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Net-zero emissions commitments hold benefits, but also downsides, for miners 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th January 2021 Miners are targeting massive carbon reductions over the next 10 to 15 years on the path to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, with equity research company Jefferies warning that this implies higher costs and capital expenditure (capex), but also a trend of less supply, higher commodity prices,... 

Ramaphosa’s attendance confirmed for virtual Mining Indaba

By: Simone Liedtke     5th January 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has been confirmed as the third President who will attend this year's virtual Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held on February 2 and 3. The President will be discussing South Africa, the mining economy and the way forward for the country, which includes... 

Ramaphosa’s attendance confirmed for virtual Mining Indaba
President Cyril Ramaphosa

AMCU laments rise in Covid-19 cases, calls on mining companies for assistance

By: Simone Liedtke     4th January 2021 Trade union the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has called for an urgent virtual high-level stakeholder engagement to deliberate on concerns regarding Covid-19 vaccinations for mineworkers, and to chart a way forward. It says in a January 4 statement that it believes the... 

MACA makes a A$175m offer for Mining West

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th December 2020 Mining services provider MACA has struck a A$175-million deal with fellow lited Downer EDI to acquire its Mining West business unit. The acquisition would cover all assets, contracts, employees and liabilities comprising the Mining West business, which currently include four large contracts at... 

Open architectures IOM key to unlocking mining, minerals, metals value – Schneider Electric

By: Schalk Burger     11th December 2020 To seamlessly digitalise the mining, minerals and metals (MMM) industries, MMM organisations need to consider an integrated operations management (IOM) approach based on open architectures to gain holistic insight into their operations from design to maintenance, says Schneider Electric MMM... 

Proactive second half for coal giant

By: Halima Frost     11th December 2020 Diversified miner Exxaro, one of South Africa’s leading coal and coking coal producers, tells Mining Weekly that three of its five coal investment projects started production in the second half of this year. The projects include the Grootegeluk 6 expansion project, the Leeuwpan life expansion... 

Proactive second half for coal giant
GOOD LUCK The Grootegeluk mine has proven its mettle being Exxaro's most prominent mines

Implats continues ramp-up despite pandemic disruptions

By: Cameron Mackay     11th December 2020 Multinational platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) 2018 strategic review highlighted that restructuring lossmaking operations at its Rustenburg mining complex and positioning it on the lower half of the cost curve were strategically crucial. These strategic imperatives,... 

Implats continues ramp-up  despite pandemic disruptions
SIDE-STEPPING COVID DELAYS Gains in productivity, safety and efficiency have resulted in an upward revision to the planned production profile at Implats’ Rustenburg operation

PGMs miner focused on Waterberg mine project

11th December 2020 As reported by Mining Weekly last month, platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Platinum Group Metals is focused on advancing the palladium dominant Waterberg project, located on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa. The project is planned as a fully mechanised, shallow, decline... 

PGMs miner focused on Waterberg mine project
R. MICHAEL JONES Platinum Group Metals’ near-term objectives are to achieve the grant of a mining right for the palladium dominant Waterberg Project and complete construction

Transport system linking mining areas now operational

11th December 2020 As part of an expansion programme at local platinum miner Booysendal Platinum’s Booysendal concession platinum project, multinational ropeway manufacturer Doppelmayr Transport Technology has been awarded a contract for the construction of a second RopeCon system. Once finished, this second... 

Transport system  linking mining areas  now operational
IN TOTAL ORE For the expansion of the Booysendal mine, Booysendal Platinum opted for a RopeCon system to tackle the challenge of transporting 909 t/h of platinum ore

Standard Bank publishes climate-change-mitigating fossil fuels financing policy 

By: Donna Slater     10th December 2020 Financial services company Standard Bank Group has published its Fossil Fuels Financing Policy (FFFP) as part of its efforts to improve its management of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and contribute to the sustainable development of Africa.   This follows the 2019 adoption of... 

Standard Bank publishes climate-change-mitigating fossil fuels financing policy

Report highlights gold mining’s opportunity to achieve net-zero carbon targets 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2020 More action is needed over the next decade if net-zero carbon targets are to be feasible, the World Gold Council’s (WGC’s) latest report, titled ‘Gold and Climate Change: The Energy Transition’, highlights. The report, released on December 9, builds on the council’s initial work of the last two... 

Report highlights gold mining’s opportunity to achieve net-zero carbon targets
WGC climate change director John Mulligan

Inframid says mines’ energy liabilities can be transformed into assets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2020 Since the 2008 energy crisis, mines have responded by implementing energy reduction tactics such as shifting loads to off peak periods, switching to more efficient equipment and implementing better maintenance programmes. While mines are better prepared to operate on reduced power than they... 

Inframid says mines’ energy liabilities can be transformed into assets

Rosond to deliver last batch of new rigs to Kumba

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2020 The final batch of 28 newly manufactured advanced drilling rigs under a R2-billion multiyear contract with mining services group Rosond is making its way to Anglo American-controlled Kumba Iron Ore in the Northern Cape, with expectations that the new range will be fully operational early in 2021.... 

MACA confirms Downer talks

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th December 2020 Mining services provider MACA on Monday confirmed that it was in talks with fellow-listed Downer EDI over the potential acquisition of its Western mining services division. Downer previously announced that it was seeking expressions of interest in various parts of its Mining business portfolio,... 

Public hearing participant questions Nersa mandate in evolving electricity market 

By: Donna Slater     4th December 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa was outdated, and regulation changes were needed to bring it in line with current trends, the only respondent to public hearings into gold miner Gold Fields' application to build a 40 MW solar plant near its mine in Westonaria said on Thursday. Brian... 

Manufacturing, lockdowns can mean more exports from Copperbelt

By: Cameron Mackay     4th December 2020 The Chinese manufacturing sector has recovered quickly from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic which, complemented by a shortfall in raw materials in the country, has resulted in high demand for copper in China. Consequently, the lockdowns in South American countries and the challenges... 

Manufacturing, lockdowns can mean more exports from Copperbelt
Photo by Bloomberg
OPEN FOR BUSINESS Lockdowns in copper mining South American countries has created an opportunity for miners in the African Copperbelt to export more copper to countries like China

Kumba’s sustainability drive fosters shared value

4th December 2020 Iron-ore producer Kumba Iron Ore presented its sustainability performance last month, as reported by Mining Weekly Online. At the time, Kumba CE Themba Mkhwanazi said: “Sustainability is at the heart of who we are at Kumba and core to what we do. We recognise that a sustainability mindset,... 

Kumba’s sustainability drive fosters shared value
THEMBA MKHWANAZI Sustainability is at the heart Kumba's activities

XRT sorting can be adapted for Copperbelt mining

By: Cameron Mackay     4th December 2020 Ore-processing equipment supplier TOMRA Sorting Mining’s experience in copper ore sorting globally came to the fore with its X-ray transmission (XRT) technology, with which the company has attained “ideal” results in the recovery of material and waste removal. TOMRA Sorting Mining area sales... 

XRT sorting can be adapted for Copperbelt mining
CHRISTIAN KORSTEN Test results have shown that senor-based ore sorters in copper mining can work as a pre-concentration, and remove a significant mass of waste material

Chinese steel industry could jeopardise project

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     4th December 2020 The Chinese steel industry is close to peaking, as it is expected to exceed one-billion tons in 2020; consequently, analysts predict that iron-ore consumption in China will plateau and decline, owing to the abundance of scrap in the country. Commodities consultancy Roskill steel alloys principal... 

Chinese steel industry could jeopardise project
DROP IN THE OCEAN Covid-19 has had a small impact on the iron-ore market, with South Africa experiencing some disruption

Company involved in plant construction for DRC mine

By: Cameron Mackay     4th December 2020 Local consulting firm Metallurgical Engineering Technology and Construction (METC) was approached in 2017 to provide detailed engineering and equipment supply for the Mutoshi copper mine, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). METC director Steve Cathey states that the main objective was... 

Company involved in plant construction for DRC mine
STEVE CATHEY We aim to become the go-to engineering team to solve the challenges around transitional ores that many copper producing mining houses are currently facing

Capital secures 'transformational' contract mining contract at Centamin's Sukari 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd December 2020 A subsidiary of minerals drilling solutions provider Capital Limited has entered into a conditional 120-million-tonne openpit waste mining services contract and an expanded drilling contract at LSE-listed Centamin’s Sukari gold mine in Egypt, as part of Centamin’s operational reset. The four-year... 

Capital secures 'transformational' contract mining contract at Centamin's Sukari
Sukari open pit

Procurement boosts local economy

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 With low economic growth and high unemployment, South Africa’s economy is under intense pressure. Management consultancy Kearney’s research indicates that particularly mining and mining-related industries could improve the country’s economic outlook. Government has challenged the mining industry... 

Procurement boosts local economy
FRANCOIS SANTOS Capturing and sustaining a competitive advantage will require embracing a shared value agenda

Iron-ore, copper doing well amid pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Covid-19 negatively impacted the demand for all industrial commodities, but not all markets were impacted equally, explains investment management provider Sanlam Private Wealth. Commodities on which China has a greater import reliance, such as iron-ore and copper, generally fared better than... 

Iron-ore, copper doing  well amid pandemic
CHRISTIAAN BOTHMA While commodity demand beyond Covid-19 remains uncertain, he highlights a few observations in terms of copper and iron-ore

More 4IR integration needed from mining

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 The advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has had a significant impact on all facets of society, but international investment company StratisQ Group notes that the mining industry needs to participate more in the 4IR transformation. “Digitisation is not the future – it is here already.... 

More 4IR integration needed from mining
HUGO BOTHA Digitisation is not the future – it is here already

Consulting engineers boost project portfolio

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has appointed engineering, design and project management company COENG Consulting and Construction Engineers to provide ad hoc professional services at Amplats operations. “A formal tender process was conducted, whereby a certain number of... 

Consulting engineers boost project portfolio
LOUIS LABUSCHAGNE The relationship between COENG and Amplats started about four years ago

More communities to benefit from Moma mine following plant relocation

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Through constant involvement in and development of its surrounding communities, titanium minerals producer Kenmare Resources notes that its increased ilmenite production, and the subsequent effect on Mozambique’s exports, will have significant benefits for the company, its host communities and... 

More communities to benefit from Moma mine following plant relocation
HELPING HAND Kenmare donated personal protective equipment and hand sanitisation kits to community health facilities close to the Moma mine

Manganese expertise boosts service to mines

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Geological service provider Minrom states that its dedicated team of geologists, with years of manganese mining expertise, can provide crucial decision-making services for manganese mines in the Northern Cape. Minrom’s services range from greenfield exploration and three-dimensional geological... 

Manganese expertise boosts service to mines
Photo by Bloomberg
MANGANESE EXPERTISE Through services to manganese mines in the Northern Cape, Minrom has identified pitfalls and bottlenecks that occur during the exploitation of resources during mining programmes

Safe, custom-made ERCs increase safety

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Increased scrutiny on mine safety and targets for zero harm have ensured that emergency refuge chambers (ERC) have become vital to mining operations, and mining safety solutions provider Strata Worldwide has launched its new Global ERCX model. “This new ERC design uses a new manufacturing process... 

Safe, custom-made ERCs increase safety
SAFE KEEPING Strata ERCs safeguard mineworkers if they get trapped underground or if the air-quality in the mine is compromised

Steadily growing order books helps M&R weather remaining pandemic impacts 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th November 2020 While still recovering from a R622-million Covid-19 impact on its business in the 2020 financial year, JSE-listed construction group Murry & Roberts (M&R) says its R60.5-billion order book will help in its upward trajectory following the pandemic. The company had reported an order book of... 

Aveng's shares rise on recapitalisation, restructuring progress

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2020 Infrastructure and resources company Aveng's share price on the JSE rose by 50% on Wednesday, after it announced that it was making progress with its balance sheet restructuring and recapitalisation plans and that it expected to report improved financial results for the financial year ended June... 

Nersa to host public hearing on Gold Fields' South Deep solar plant application 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2020 NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields’ South Deep mining operation has lodged an application with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for an electricity generation licence for a proposed 40 MW solar photovoltaic plant at the mine, in Westonaria. Nersa has advised that a public... 

Nersa to host public hearing on Gold Fields' South Deep solar plant application
South Deep mine

MCA launches three skills hubs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th November 2020 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has announced three new mining skills project hubs aimed at delivering training faster to accelerate skills development for the resources sector. “Australia’s minerals industry already has a highly skilled, highly paid workforce that is better trained than... 

NRW makes A$100m play for Primero

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th November 2020 Mining contractor NRW has launched a takeover offer for vertically integrated engineering design, construction and operational services provider Primero Group. NRW was offering Primero shareholders 27.5c in cash and 0.106 NRW shares for each Primero share held, implying a value of 55c each for... 

MACA appoints receivers for Carabella funds

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th November 2020 Mining contractor MACA has appointed receiver managers over the A$34.7-million owed from embattled coal miner Carabella Resources for work performed at its Bluff project, in Queensland. The Bluff project moved into care and maintenance at the end of October this year on the back of falling coal... 

Gearboxes ideal for wet, dry cooling towers

20th November 2020 Industrial equipment provider BMG’s electromechanical team plays an important role in the dependable operation of wet and dry cooling towers in the mining sector, through the supply and support of many power generation components, including Hansen gearboxes. “Hansen units, which have been... 

Bulk air coolers improving efficiencies and working conditions

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     20th November 2020 Thermal engineering solutions provider Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) recently supplied a field-erected bulk air cooler for a mine site in Burkina Faso, in addition, supplying the associated condenser cooling towers for the associated refrigeration plant. Further to this, several cooling towers... 

Bulk air coolers improving efficiencies and working conditions
COOLER CONDITIONS Bulk air coolers reduce the working temperatures inside a mine, consequently enabling mineworkers to operate in better conditions and allowing for improved efficiencies

Company designs, constructs ventilation and cooling systems for mines  

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     20th November 2020 Specialist mine refrigeration and ventilation consultancy group Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) is fully committed to the underground mining project for De Beers’ Venetia diamond mine, in Limpopo. The consulting and projects divisions of BBE are both involved in the project, with the former... 

Company designs, constructs ventilation and cooling systems for mines
Bluhm Burton Engineering’s joint head of projects Richard Gundersen and CEO Wynand Marx discuss the company’s recent mining ventilation and cooling projects and give an overview of the sector.

Strides taken to improve environmental, community impact

20th November 2020 Worley Parsons mineral processing technology and expert solutions VP Mervyn Stevens states that the mining industry has taken big strides to improve its impact on both nearby communities, and the world. He explains that this has seen targets set around renewable energy, automation and zero... 

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