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Rosond records notable safety records at the Sishen, Kolomela mines

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th January 2022 Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond says it has achieved major health and safety milestones at Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen and Kolomela mines in the Northern Cape. Based in the exploration and production geology section at Sishen, Rosond is drilling boreholes for exploration and mine... 

Ukwazi offers preliminary perspective on the Just Transition

28th January 2022 State-owned power utility Eskom and the coal industry are at the core of the 'Just Transition', says mining services provider Ukwazi Mining director Spencer Eckstein. "[About] 75% of our electricity is coal based and derives from 16 large power stations. By December 31, 2021, Eskom was due to... 

Top tech trends set to disrupt global mining

28th January 2022 Technology is shaping the mines of tomorrow, with software providers AspenTech and Dassault Systemès, and mining equipment manufacturer Epiroc, at the cutting-edge of the mining, engineering, technology and services (METS) sector, says the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC)... 

Image of microchips, advanced technology
INNOVATION SHOWCASE IMARC provides a dedicated space for companies to share their knowledge and expertise with the broader industry to work towards a sustainable future for mining

Mining mobility market ideal for hydrogen uptake

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Emerging mobility applications for hydrogen, such as heavy-duty mobility and materials handling equipment used in mining, provide an ideal market for the increased uptake of green hydrogen technology in South Africa, states hydrogen technology provider Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser Division SVP Filip... 

Image of a haul truck on a mine site
MOGALAKWENA MINE the electrolyser that will generate renewable hydrogen for the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle project has been delivered to site by Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser

Solving transmission bottlenecks vital for unlocking supply

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Overcoming energy transmission congestion is vital to stabilise energy supply in South Africa and, to ensure that energy supply meets demand, transmission assessments and upgrades need to be conducted to allow for energy access from resource-rich solar and wind areas, states renewable-energy... 

Image of EGP RSA country manager William Price
WILLIAM PRICE Many of the country’s load centres are situated in coal production areas, where the transmission grid has been designed to deliver energy to large populations

SA’s green energy outlook for 2022

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 With a background in electrical engineering, “a knack for business, and a passion for sustainability”, Norwegian global renewables company Scatec Southern Africa GM Jan Fourie has specialised in renewable energy projects for over a decade. He says his love for South Africa and the natural... 

Image of solar panels
RENEWABLE UPTAKE Scatec’s new project, which falls under the RMIPPPP, includes a 150 MW flagship twin hybrid PV-and-storage site in the Northern Cape

Miner’s transition plan to benefit all stakeholders

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 As part of diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s development of renewable-energy projects, the miner has created an Infrastructure for Impact programme to benefit all its relevant stakeholders while executing these energy infrastructure projects, explains Sibanye-Stillwater energy and... 

Image of Sibanye-Stillwater investor relations senior VP James Wellsted
JAMES WELLSTED Our broader strategy is aligned with the just transition, and over time we’re going to evolve as a company to produce materials used for improving the environment

Miner to build climate-change-resilient businesses

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Environmental, social and corporate governance is central to diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s strategy, and guides the company in how it operates and generates shared value for its stakeholders. Core to this strategy is building “climate-change-resilient businesses”, states... 

Image of Sibanye-Stillwater energy and decarbonisation manager Jevon Martin
JEVON MARTIN These energy projects will improve the ESG credentials of South African mining houses and help close the national electricity supply deficit and allow Eskom to do maintenance

Bell Equipment supplies 12 ADTs to Ikoti Coal

By: Simone Liedtke     25th January 2022 Twelve locally manufactured B45E articulated dump trucks (ADTs) were recently handed over to locally-owned and -operated miner Alfieri Holdings, which operates Ikoti Coal, in Mpumalanga. These ADTs, industry cluster organisation Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa) says, are the... 

Pictured: Enock Mabaso, Zabilon Inama, Gary Bell, Branden Moodley, and Bruce Ndlela.
Pictured: Enock Mabaso, Zabilon Inama, Gary Bell, Branden Moodley, and Bruce Ndlela.

Australian miners continue in Burkina Faso, despite unrest

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th January 2022 Australian companies operating in Burkina Faso are continuing to operate unabated, despite political unrest. Reports have emerged that the military had seized power and had overthrown President Roch Kaboré. 

New high-grade lode discovery at Kibali excites Barrick CEO

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2022 Gold miner Barrick Gold revealed at a media briefing in Kinshasha, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on January 21, that underground drilling at the Kibali gold mine’s KCD orebody was defining a new high-grade lode above the base of the existing shaft infrastructure.  Barrick president... 

A photo of Kibali gold mine
Kibali gold mine in the DRC

Most earthmoving equipment arrives at Tirupati’s Sahamamy plant on schedule

By: Donna Slater     24th January 2022 In expanding its graphite production operations in Madagascar, specialist graphite and graphene company Tirupati Graphite reports that most of the new earthmoving equipment for the 18 000 t/y plant at Sahamamy has arrived on schedule, despite logistical challenges imposed by the Covid-19... 

Dominique Sambwa appointed as SRK DRC chairperson

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Mining and mineral exploration consultancy SRK Consulting has appointed geological consultant Dominique Sambwa as chairperson of SRK Consulting Congo, based in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Sambwa says an important aspect of his role as chairperson is to promote the... 

SRK Consulting Congo Dominique Sambwa
SRK Consulting Congo Dominique Sambwa

Fortescue warns shut Western Australia borders may worsen labour shortage

By: Reuters     21st January 2022 The CEO of Australia's Fortescue Metals Group Ltd warned on Friday that a delay by the state of Western Australia in reopening its borders may worsen a labour shortage currently affecting the mining sector. The country's largest state, home to the resource-rich Pilbara region, cancelled plans to... 

Amec calls for changes to WA border policy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st January 2022 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has called on the Western Australian government to develop a plan for reopening the state’s hard borders, after Premier Mark McGowan announced that the opening would be delayed from the February 5 target. While not giving a firm date on... 

Huge explosion in Ghana mining region kills residents, fells buildings

By: Reuters     21st January 2022 An explosion in Ghana's rural Western Region on Thursday razed hundreds of buildings and killed an unknown number of residents when a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine collided with a motorcycle. Unverified videos posted on local media showed a large, smouldering blast site in which... 

Focus on hygiene can contribute to health, safety

21st January 2022 Owing to high safety risks, mining is considered one of the most hazardous industries and, compared to 2020, South Africa, which has some of the deepest and oldest mines in the world, has already seen a 33% increase in mine deaths in the first half of 2021. This regression in safety has... 

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EMMA CORDER Mines that follow a suitable cleaning regime reduce the amount of air pollution, limiting the exposure for employees and residents of the surrounding communities

Multimetal recycling plant construction under way

21st January 2022 Copper producer Aurubis AG and Düsseldorf-based metallurgical plant supplier SMS group, last year signed a contract for the construction of a multimetal recycling plant in the US. As Aurubis announced on November 10, 2021, construction of the new Aurubis recycling plant will start in mid-2022 in... 

Mine aims for increased local content

21st January 2022 Metals and mining company First Quantum Minerals (FQM) is “determined” in its mission to increase local content across its mining operations. The mining firm has backed Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema’s appeal to industry players to “step up” and exercise holistic and prudent management of... 

Company stresses need for on-site mining medical services

By: Cameron Mackay     21st January 2022 Mining companies that partner with professional medical consultants to provide on-site medical assistance have the confidence that medical issues are treated appropriately and quickly. This immediate treatment can help avoid unnecessary off-site referrals, treatments and prescriptions, states... 

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FLEXIBLE CLINCAL OPTIONS As mines are often located far from established healthcare facilities, having medical personnel operating on-site removes the need for employees travelling for treatment

BME unpacks the benefits behind its new-generation electronic detonator 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2022 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME has unpacked the benefits of its latest and most advanced electronic blast detonation system called AXXIS Titanium. The company hails this system as a significant advance for both the company and the country, as it improves South Africa’s... 

BME's AXXIS Titanium system
BME's AXXIS Titanium system

Tertiary raises £500 000 Nevada, Zambia exploration

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2022 Aim-listed Tertiary Minerals has raised £500 000 before expenses through a placing of over 294-million new ordinary shares in the company. The placing was arranged through the company's joint broker Peterhouse. 

WA miners welcome visa incentives

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th January 2022 The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has welcomed a decision by the federal government to refund the visa application charges for fully vaccinated student and working holiday visa holders. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said that the measure was aimed to address current... 

Stanmore awards mining services contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th January 2022 Coal miner Stanmore Coal has awarded a A$564-million mining contract at its Isaac Downs mine, in Queensland. The five-year opencut mining services contract was awarded to EPSA Pacific, marking a major milestone in moving the mine to full production, following the e completion of all regulatory... 

Capital Drilling says 2021 was its strongest financial year yet

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2022 LSE-listed mining services company Capital Drilling recorded its strongest financial year yet in 2021, with three quarters of revenue growth, executive chairperson Jamie Boynton says. He highlights that 2021 was a “transformational” year for Capital, driven in part by a surge in market activity... 

Metso Outotec to start next phase in the development of its Metals business

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 Metso Outotec will take the next structural development steps in its business portfolio, following the completed integration of its Minerals business and the successful turnaround of its Metals business. Metso is a process technology, equipment and services company serving the minerals, metals... 

Transnet highlights turnaround at Richards Bay Bulk Terminal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 The loading rate of vessel MV Braverus at 1 205 t/h for a total of 167 341 t of magnetite, which was completed on January 14, is an early indicator of recovery at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) highlights in a statement. It notes that this performance comes just a... 

An image showing the MV Braverus loading magnetite at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal
MV Braverus loading magnetite at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal

Newcrest to test new blasting tech from Orica

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th January 2022 Gold miner Newcrest Mining’s Cadia underground operation, in New South Wales, will become a testing ground for a first-of-its-kind semi-automated explosives delivery system in the second half of 2022. The system, which was co-developed by Orica and Epiroc, is designed to remove people from... 

Silver Bullet Mines on track to commission modular pilot plant

By: Donna Slater     6th January 2022 TSX-V-listed silver, gold and copper explorer and developer Silver Bullet Mines (SBMI) is progressing with the construction of a 125 t/d modular pilot plant in Arizona, in the US, and is on track to start commissioning of the plant in the first quarter of this year. Currently, over 90% of the... 

Study confirms viability of KWG's electrification plan within the Ring of Fire

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th January 2022 An electrical infrastructure capital expenditure report, conducted by OneLine Engineering, has confirmed the positive economics of chromite project operator KWG Resources’ proposed electrification plan within the Ring of Fire, in Ontario. The study determined that electrification of the Marten... 

Sandvik receives biggest AutoMine order yet

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th January 2022 Engineering group Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has received its biggest AutoMine solutions order yet. The company has been awarded a contract by Chilean mining company Codelco to install an AutoMine load and haul automation system valued at SKr250-million at the El Teniente mine. 

Codelco's El Teniente mine in Chile

Eskom to release Mpumalanga land to catalyse investments in sub-100 MW renewables projects  

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2021 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced that Eskom is preparing to release land in the coal-rich Mpumalanga province for sub-100 MW distributed electricity projects that can now be built without a licence and wheel electricity through the grid for self-consumption, or for sale to... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Keliber drilling contractor using biofuel to cut drilling emissions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2021 Drilling contractor Kati has started using biofuel in the drill rig at Finnish miner Keliber’s exploration site in Central Ostrobothnia, a measure that will reduce the emissions caused by drilling by more than 50%. “Taking the environment into consideration and minimising the negative impacts is... 

ABB, AWS collaborate on digitally integrated all-electric operations for net-zero emissions mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2021 Global technology group ABB is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate the adoption of new and sustainable technologies in mining. The two companies are now creating solutions for digitally integrated all-electric operations to help meet industry goals on net-zero emissions. In a... 

MEDATech's Western Star haul truck

Baleni appointed Mining Indaba advisory board chairperson

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2021 Mpho Makwana will step down as chairperson of the Mining Indaba Advisory Board, with immediate effect. This follows his appointment as nonexecutive chairperson at Nedbank Group earlier this month. 

Schauenburg Systems donates R800 000 to build digital lab to teach youth tech skills

By: Schalk Burger     10th December 2021 Mine safety and productivity technology company Schauenburg Systems has, through its partnership with the Youth Employment Service (YES), donated R800 000 towards the establishment and construction of a digital laboratory to help young, unemployed people learn critical skills in the technology... 

Projects still on track to meet payback target

By: Halima Frost     10th December 2021 Despite facing challenges, such as the drawn-out licensing approval process in South Africa, ASX-listed Theta Gold Mines estimates that a payback target of 13 months for its Theta Gold Mines Expansion (TGME) projects is still attainable. TGME, which the company has coined as ‘the reawakening the... 

A mine cart with gold ore mined by Theta Gold
GOING FOR GOLD Theta Gold is currently investing in several South African gold mining projects

Zimbabwe-based miner expands operations

By: Anna Moross     10th December 2021 With Zimbabwe’s extensive resources, platinum group metals producer Zimplats intends to expand its mining operations, exhausting the southerly parts of the mine area and focusing on the northern mining blocks, says Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats), Zimplats’ holding company, group executive of... 

 An image of work being done on the Mupani Mine
MUPANI MINE The mine is a decline-accessed, mechanised bord-and-pillar mine, as with other Zimplats operations
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