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Mining Services News

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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Develop wins Bellevue mining contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2022 ASX-listed Develop has been awarded a A$400-million mining contract at the Bellevue gold mine, in Western Australia. Over the four-year contract period, Develop’s Underground Services division would undertake construction, development and production activities at the underground mine.... 

Greater fuel cell adoption would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2022 The enactment by more governments of policies to enable greater hydrogen fuel cell mobility would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, Mining Weekly can today report. Adoption of hydrogen fuel cell mobility has already been significantly enabled by the German... 

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PGMs Industry Day webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

CIMIC settles contract dispute with JKC Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2022 Services provider CIMIC has agreed to a A$492.5-million settlement in a contract dispute at the Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, in the Northern Territory. CIMIC, along with consortium partners Ch2M Hill Australia and General Electric Company were in 2012 contracted by JKC Australia... 

WA investing in resource skills

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2022 The Western Australian government will partner with the resources industry to pilot a new Job Ready pre-employment program that connects participants with entry-level employment opportunities in the drilling sector. The Driller's Offsider Job Ready program is among a suite of new skill sets... 

African countries fare poorly in latest Fraser Institute investment attractiveness rankings 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2022 The Fraser Institute’s Annual Survey of Mining Companies for 2021 finds that Zimbabwe now ranks as the least attractive jurisdiction in the world for investment. Other African countries also scoring low on the survey’s Investment Attractiveness Index (IAI) are the Democratic Republic of Congo... 

Eskom aiming to unlock 1 000 MW through Mpumalanga land lease bidding process 

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2022 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has initiated a bidding process for the leasing of generation land in Mpumalanga to independent power producers (IPPs) and CEO André de Ruyter indicates that there is sufficient grid capacity available to support renewables projects with a combined capacity... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Clients planning to close many renewable energy project deals this year – Nedbank CIB  

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2022 While Africa is blessed with great natural sun and wind resources, it has about 600-million people living without access to electricity, which is one of the biggest impediments to the continent’s economic growth. Renewable energy is available to put an end to this impediment, as it can provide... 

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Nedbank CIB Group Managing Executive Anél Bosman interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Enaex Africa commissions expanded bulk emulsion plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th April 2022 Explosives company Enaex Africa has completed the construction and commissioning of an expansion project at its bulk emulsion explosive plant in Secunda. The company says this is a significant milestone as this is the first infrastructure project developed and completed under the joint venture... 

Decmil makes space in lithium market

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2022 Contractor Decmil Group has been awarded two separate lithium contracts worth a combined A$34-million. The ASX-listed company on Friday announced that it had been awarded a contract with Covalent Lithium for the design and construction of non- process infrastructure buildings for Covalent’s... 

Partnership formed for 3D printing trial

8th April 2022 Additive manufacturing of parts looks set to upend the supply of components globally. A small-scale trial of three-dimensional (3D) manufactured parts is helping mining technology company Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions and Swedish mining company Boliden explore this potential. Additive... 

Firm looks to support mining entrants

8th April 2022 West Africa is now attracting attention for battery minerals mining with a renewed interest likely to draw in explorers and miners of various sizes and capabilities, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting Ghana country manager and principal resource geologist Ivan Doku. He adds... 

Ghana subsidiary drives efficiency, sustainability for customers

By: Simone Liedtke     8th April 2022 Multinational engineering company FLSmidth continues to drive efficiency across the West African mining sector through the value-engineering approach of its Ghana-based subsidiary, with the company in close proximity to customers. The West Africa region is one of the biggest contributors to... 

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JOSEPH APPIAH-KUBI FLSmidth’s Ghana office helps its customers across the region to drive their success through productivity enhancement

Modular treatment plant ideal for African mines

8th April 2022 Water and wastewater treatment solutions provider WEC Projects, in conjunction with its partner, minerals processing equipment manufacturer Multotec, has designed and custom engineered a wastewater treatment plant for a gold mine in Mali. The plant incorporates a modular design which simplified... 

A wastewater treatment plant for a gold mine in Mali, with large blue water tanks and pipe reticulation for the gold mine that uses the water
MODULAR MALI A modular wastewater treatment plant has been designed and commissioned for a gold mine in Mali

Power provider grows West Africa market share

By: Halima Frost     8th April 2022 Power plant designer and manufacturer USP&E Global says the West Africa region currently contributes about 20% to 30% of its yearly revenue. “This figure should continue to grow, owing to an increase in modern solutions being delivered to the region,” USP&E Europe, Middle East and Africa MD Johan... 

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WEST IS BEST USP&E says that the West African region currently represents a growing portion of the company's African portfolio

Company introduces largest underground BEV truck

8th April 2022 Engineering company Sandvik in February announced that it is introducing the largest-capacity battery-electric truck for underground mining. With an unrivalled 65 t payload capacity, the Sandvik TH665B prototype is completing factory testing in California, in the US. 

Gold mine achieves record gold ounces poured

8th April 2022 In the fourth quarter of last year (Q421), Canadian gold miner Agnico Eagle’s LaRonde Gold Mining Complex poured its seven-millionth ounce of gold since the beginning of its operations in 1998. The complex also set a record for tonnes milled last year, the company noted in its Q421 results,... 

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