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Underground surveying critical in mining

6th May 2022 Specialist utility services company Bosch Munitech provides specialist utility services that include underground utility detection (UUD) which is essential for providing accurate information on underground infrastructure for many sectors, including the mining industry. 

Sorting tech unlocks value from tainted material

6th May 2022 Lithium mines often face the challenge of basalt contamination. The Mt Cattlin openpit lithium concentrate, or spodumene, mine uses a two-stage crushing system followed by dense medium separation (DMS) gravity recovery as the primary spodumene concentration process. Owing to basalt’s high density... 

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SCOTT GREEN The TOMRA PRO Secondary Laser has exceeded Galaxy Resources' expectation

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Resource companies support Qld's STEM ambitions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2022 Resources companies Rio Tinto and Australia Pacific LNG will join a host of other companies in Queensland partnering with the state government on regional science and innovation hubs. Under the government’s Partner Up Queensland Regional Science and Innovation Network, the hubs aim to provide... 

Dwyka to make tech tangible at Mining Indaba, conduct live virtual walkabouts

By: Donna Slater     29th April 2022 Pan-African mining technology platform Dwyka Mining Services plans to have key technology partners join its team at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba 2022 to offer their view of mining technology in an effort to “make tech tangible” for Dwyka customers. “Making technology tangible... 

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Technology, such as drones outfitted with LiDAR SLAM-based scanners, are helping miners map previously inaccessible areas. These will be showcased by Dwyka at Mining Indaba

Precinct pursues implementable solutions

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th April 2022 Public–private partnership Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) has strengthened its focus on developing and sourcing implementable solutions for the mining industry. The precinct has shifted its focus, from an investment and research perspective, towards the “latter technology readiness levels” to... 

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MANDELA MINING PRECINCT TEST MINE The precinct is appreciative of the site as it will improve research and development

Precinct follows people-centric approach

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th April 2022 Public–private partnership Mandela Mining Precinct’s (MMP’s) recent mining research has resulted in increased capacity to analyse how modernisation and technology affect the people in the industry or mine-affected environment. The precinct runs the Strategic Application of Technology Centered... 

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MANDELA MINING PRECINCT The precinct offers guidance to mines navigating new technology impacts

Project unpacks 4IR skills-related needs

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th April 2022 Industry cluster organisation Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa’s (Memsa’s) Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Skills Study Project seeks to understand the 4IR skills-related needs of local manufacturers of mining equipment. 4IR and skills development is a relatively new exploration... 

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INAUGURAL INNOVATION AWARDS Many industry stakeholders lack awareness of the diversity and innovation taking place in South Africa

Bridging the gap between tech and its understanding

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th April 2022 To unlock the full benefits and capabilities of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and ensure successful uptake, training programmes need to first assist mining operations and their employees in understanding where the challenges in the business operations are, says business management... 

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SiMINE SIMULATION CENTRE The centre supports the mining industry through research and training programmes

Northam a step closer to extending Zondereinde mine’s life 

By: Donna Slater     28th April 2022 Platinum group metals (PGM) miner Northam, through drilling contractor Master Drilling, completed drilling of the No 3 Shaft at its Zondereinde mine on April 27, thereby extending the life of the mine and enabling easier and quicker access for personnel to the working face, as well as getting ore... 

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Master Drilling's RD8-R1 drill rig on site at the riase boring of Northam's Zondereinde Number three Shaft

Israel tech companies say digital solutions ‘at heart’ of mining innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2022 The mining industry is under pressure to integrate innovation into core business operations, to remain competitive globally, to ensure zero harm and to do its part in mitigating against climate change. The future of sustainable mining, therefore, lies in innovation and at the heart of... 

Progress being made to clear way for 4.5 GW of distributed generation, Presidency assures  

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2022 Constraints to implementing a more streamlined registration process for distributed generation power plants below 100 MW have been fully scoped and are being addressed systematically under the aegis of Operation Vulindlela, the head of The Presidency’s project management office has confirmed. In... 

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Yanfolila processing plant maintenance cuts Hummingbird’s first-quarter output

By: Darren Parker     25th April 2022 Aim-listed gold producer Hummingbird Resources produced 15 548 oz of gold at its Yanfolila mine, in Mali, for the quarter ended March 31, compared with the 18 181 oz produced in the fourth quarter of 2021. Output was also lower than the 22 781 oz produced in the first quarter of 2021. 

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Epiroc gets large mining equipment order from DRC copper mine

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2022 Swedish original-equipment manufacturer Epiroc has received a large order from copper miner Kamoa Copper for mining equipment that will be used at the Kamoa-Kakula underground copper mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  Kamoa Copper operates Kamoa-Kakula as a joint venture between... 

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Indaba allows stakeholders to nail colours to the mast

By: Nadine James     22nd April 2022 The Investing in African Mining Indaba – hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from May 9 to 12 – allows companies and regulators to publicly state intentions, and drive stakeholders to action, says engineering solutions provider Zutari client director Dr Eduard Vorster.  “In... 

Supplier highlights mining efficiency at Indaba

22nd April 2022 Getting behind the renewed enthusiasm of the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba, Omnia Group subsdiairy and blasting and explosives company BME will be face-to-face with the mining industry at its exhibition booth. The Indaba will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre... 

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ON DISPLAY BME will be showcasing its breakthrough electronic initiation system, AXXIS Titanium, which was launched globally in November last year

Partnership launches financial excellence programme

22nd April 2022 South African Institute of Chartered Accountants Enterprise Development (SAICA ED) has partnered with diversified miner Anglo American Zimele to implement a Financial Excellence Programme that will support 66 small medium-sized, and microenterprises (SMMEs) within the mining sector. 

Power provided for Zim gold mine

22nd April 2022 Gensets manufacturer HIMOINSA Southern Africa was selected to provide a build, own, operate, transfer (BOOT) power solution in the form of 12 MW diesel generator spinning reserve power for fold mining company Delta Gold Zimbabwe’s Eureka mine. 

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EUREKA HIMOINSA Southern Africa was selected as the turnkey supplier to provide 12 MW power to Delta Gold’s Eureka mine. When fully operational, the gold mine will be one of the largest in Zimbabwe

$1.5m funding awarded for SDTC project

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd April 2022 Mining, refining and recycling of rare earths and other critical materials, and clean technologies developer, Geomega Resources, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary Innord has been awarded funding worth $1.5-million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) towards the... 

Firm prepares for outsourcing trend

22nd April 2022 The global trend towards green energy and sustainable environmental management is placing almost impossible regulatory pressure on mining companies and the bodies that regulate them. 

Consultancy bolsters leadership team

22nd April 2022 Mining industry consultancy CSA Global – a subsidiary of multinational consultancy ERM Group – last month announced the appointment of Africa manager Sifiso Siwela, who joined its regional team based in Johannesburg, South Africa. CSA Global partner and Africa director Brendan Clarke stated: “I... 

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SIFISO SIWELA The new manager is keen to progress with aligning the combined offerings of CSA Global and ERM to the emerging green economy

Inability to attract youth among challenges facing mining

By: Nadine James     22nd April 2022 Global research indicates that mining, as an industry, has the greatest potential to contribute toward a greener future, and yet it is facing unprecedented recruitment pressures, with advisory services provider BDO stating that new entrants into the workforce are questioning the attractiveness of... 

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SERVING THE YOUTH? New entrants into the workforce are questioning the attractiveness of a career in the industry, as there is a distinct gap between what Gen Zs want and what the industry currently offers

Company showcases capabilities on flagship project

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd April 2022 Mining services provider United Mining Services (UMS) Group is involved in a twin shaft sinking, equipping and infrastructure project for the Karowe diamond mine in Botswana. Owned by Lucara Diamond Corp, Karowe mine is one of the world’s leading producers of large, high-quality Type IIA... 

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SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENTS UMS has provided early study input and has taken this twin shaft sinking, equipping and infrastructure project to implementation phase

Amplified buzz around this year’s Mining Indaba

22nd April 2022 Excitement reigns among members of the mining industry as for the first time in many months they prepare to meet facetoface at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. With many... 

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BONNIE SMITH We cannot deny the convenience of online platforms and the value they added when travel was difficult, but there is no replacement for the quality of personal interactions

Opportunity for Africa to fill commodity gap

22nd April 2022 Forecasts suggest that the global economy is facing a ‘commodity gap’ in the near future as the demand for battery minerals could outstrip supply. Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl poses the question as to whether Africa could be... 

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ANDREW VAN ZYL Africa has made great strides in a range of facets, and we are successfully producing a large range of minerals, including bulk commodities

Company eyeing expansion into Africa

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd April 2022 South African alcohol testing instruments and services provider ALCO-Safe is aiming to leverage increased demand for alcohol testing solutions to expand into other African mining markets, states ALCO-Safe MD Rhys Evans. “Commodity prices are doing well and there’s a great case for investment in... 

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RHYS EVANS In the past, breathalysers that have been supplied to mines relied on manual reporting. We will monitor how mines and our systems are communicating

Tackling bottlenecks, energy transition vital for African mining

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd April 2022 While mining in Africa is back in “full swing” as commodity markets are booming, the sector is still hampered by several factors that result in various bottlenecks, states commodities market analyst Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. These factors include logistical bottlenecks caused by railway and... 

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LARA SMITH Intra-African trade will be a key way for Africa to support itself. There needs to be progress before neighbouring countries can do business with one another

Drive tech company joins Indaba community

22nd April 2022 On its return to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), the Investing in African Mining Indaba is "looking forward to a reunion like no other" and, for the first time in its history, drives and automation specialist SEW-Eurodrive will be exhibiting at the event. Under the... 

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JONATHAN MCKEY SEW-Eurodrive is in the process of transforming the local drives and automation segment with its new 26 000 m2 factory in Aeroton, Johannesburg

Centamin reports 89% y/y increase in capex

By: Darren Parker     20th April 2022 LSE- and TSX-listed gold producer Centamin reported total capital expenditure (capex) for the first quarter ending March 31 of $71.4-million, reflecting an 89% increase year-on-year. In a quarterly report released on April 20, the company said significant investment had been made in key capital... 

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President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Firm looks to increase investment in outsourced businesses

By: Nadine Ramdass     15th April 2022 Private equity firm Agile Capital continues to search for investment opportunities, including in outsourced mining businesses. Agile Capital CEO Tshego Sefolo explains that outsourced mining services play a critical role in the mining industry. Therefore, the company aims to invest in businesses... 

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TSHEGO SEFOLO Outsourced mining services play a critical role in the mining industry

Coal handling, sales contract signed in Tanzania

15th April 2022 UK-based energy producer Edenville Energy announced in February that its subsidiary Edenville International Tanzania Limited (EITL) has entered into a contract with coal handling services company Nextgen Coal Mine for the operation of the company’s Rukwa coal project in Tanzania. The contract is... 

Employment solutions enable companies to focus on core objectives

By: Nadine Ramdass     15th April 2022 Integrated employment management solutions company Quyn provides a range of tailor-made employment management solutions for multiple industries, including the mining sector. These solutions offer significant value to companies, as they can focus on their core objectives while ensuring that... 

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WAYNE ALCOCK Outsourced services allow mines to focus in their core objectives

Experts can simplify compliance challenges

By: Nadine Ramdass     15th April 2022 Mining houses need to be aware of tax legislation and compliance requirements to ensure that they are protected, and the most effective and efficient way of doing so is to use tax advisory specialists who are aware of any potential pitfalls in legislative requirements, particularly when procuring... 

Tanzanian project continues to develop

15th April 2022 Aim-quoted investment company Armadale Capital announced in February that it had made further progress in developing its mining lease at the Mahenge Liandu project in Tanzania, as part of ongoing plans to hasten commercial operations. It announced that the board had applied for three incremental... 

Men standing around a core drilling machine which is taking geotechnical samples to be evaluated elsewhere, at the Mahenge Liandu project in Tanzania
GRAPHITE GRADING The testing at the Mahenge Liandu project in Tanzania continues as Armadale Capital have applied for additional exploration licenses

Investor announces sell down of equity position

15th April 2022 Investment adviser Appian in February announced a strategic sell-down of its equity position to global rare earths company Shenghe Resources. At the time, Appian noted it had substantially exited its position in ASX-listed Peak Rare Earths, generating strong risk adjusted returns for its investors. 

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AT THE PEAK Tanzania's Ngualla rare earths project owned by Peak Rare Earths shows great promise

Oxide mill expansion successfully ramped up

15th April 2022 Gold producer Tanzanian Gold Corporation, referred to as TanGold, announced in February that the first phase of the oxide mill expansion of 360 t/d at the Buckreef Gold project is now fully commissioned, and production has successfully ramped up to design capacity. TanGold also cited its... 

Large steel tanks with a man on site at the Buckreef oxide mill expansion project
TANK TOP The new the steel carbon-in-leach tanks were locally constructed for the Buckreef oxide mill expansion

Mining jobs a steady force - MCA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2022 Permanent employment rates in the mining sector remained high, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) said on Thursday, shooting down concerns around insecure mining positions. The MCA reported that mining employment has trebled from 83 900 in 2002 to 264 700 in 2021 and overwhelmingly these... 

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