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Ironveld seeks to bring Rustenburg smelter back to life 

By: Donna Slater     13th July 2022 Aim-listed iron, vanadium and titanium developer Ironveld plans to raise up to £5-million to acquire the remaining stake in the mothballed Ferrochrome Furnaces (FCF) business it does not already own, as well as to refurbish the FCF smelting complex, in Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West... 

Komatsu to trial new-gen tunnel borer at Codelco mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2022 Japan-based equipment manufacturer Komatsu has partnered with Chilean State-owned miner Codelco to trial a new tunnel excavation method using a newly launched tunnel boring machine (TBM). The trial will start in 2024 at Codelco’s Chuquicamata mine, in Chile. 

Komatsu's latest tunnel boring machine
Komatsu's latest tunnel boring machine

Company confirms continuity of grades

8th July 2022 Canadian miner Filo Mining announced in May that the ongoing 2021/22 campaign for the miner’s 100%-owned Filo del Sol copper/gold/silver deposit – located in Chile’s Region III and the adjacent San Juan province in Argentina – continues to deliver exploration success. The campaign extends one of... 

Fieldwork starting at mine

8th July 2022 Mining company Orosur Mining announced in March that its geology teams have mobilised to Santa Cruz province, Argentina, to commence the company’s first field exploration programme at the El Pantano gold/silver project. The field programme is expected to last about two weeks and will involve... 

Eskom confirms strong flow of grid-connection applications for Bid Window 6 of renewables programme 

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2022 Eskom’s Grid Access Unit reports that it has received payments for 179 cost estimate letters, or CELs, and has issued 53 such letters, following the April 6 issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) for Bid Window Six (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro addressing the Bidders Conference
IPP Office head Bernard Magoro addressing the Bidders Conference

Pensana to use offshore wind to produce ‘ultra-low carbon’ magnet metal 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2022 London-listed Pensana has signed a letter of intent with Yorkshire Energy Park (Yep) which ensures access to between 4 MW and 10 MW of low-carbon electricity. Pensana will use the low-cost and resilient supply of low-carbon electricity to power the Saltend rare earth separation facility and... 

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Worley acquires Australian sustainable mining solutions company

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th July 2022 Global engineering, procurement and construction provider Worley has acquired technical solutions provider Minera Mining Technology. The two companies have a long-standing relationship in having worked together several times in the last 16 years.  

Bridgestone Southern Africa appoints Carl Martins as mining services executive manager

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 Tyre and mobility multinational Bridgestone Southern Africa has appointed Carl Martins as Mining Services executive manager with effect from July 1. His priority will be to ensure Bridgestone delivers value to its customers in the mining sector, as well as the surrounding communities. 

Bridgestone Southern Africa mining services executive manager Carl Martins
Bridgestone Southern Africa mining services executive manager Carl Martins

CTC aims to get ahead of skills lag by working with equipment manufacturers, technology researchers

By: Schalk Burger     4th July 2022 Mining industry training company the Colliery Training Centre (CTC) has established links with various original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), technology research organisations and employers to enable it to train students and employees on the latest equipment and technologies emerging in the... 

CTC CEO Manyabela Mailula
CTC CEO Manyabela Mailula

Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption   

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2022 If the world were to electrify every mine truck, it would stop 198 000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day from entering the atmosphere, which equates to a single electrified mining truck eliminating what would take 46 000 trees to absorb. That mammoth sustainability benefit was driven home firmly... 

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ABB's Erik Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Company at forefront of engineer-to-order space

By: Simone Liedtke     1st July 2022 As industries have developed, customers’ equipment demands have increased. As such, equipment and solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa has found that continuously engineering product solutions to meet these industry trends and demands has positioned it uniquely within the engineer-to-order... 

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ENGINEERED EXCELLENCE The Multiflo Mudflo pump has been engineered for abrasive applications

Alignment breeds success

By: Tracy Hancock     1st July 2022 There seems to be a misperception that if South Africa mechanises and/or digitises its mines, all the country’s problems will disappear, according to business management consultant company OIM Consulting. But this is not the case, states OIM Consulting MD Arjen de Bruin, whose company has been... 

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OPERATIONAL FIRST Gold Fields acknowledged the significant role OIM Consulting played in the turnaround of South Deep, OIM Consulting’s first underground mine experience

AECI Mining’s incoming CEO aims to cut carbon footprint, grow outside Africa in the medium term

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2022 Newly appointed AECI Mining CEO Mark Kathan (51) says his main focus over the medium term will be the greening of the company’s manufacturing and logistical footprint, while also growing the firm’s presence in the rest of the world. Kathan, the former AECI CFO, put up his hand for the top job at... 

Supplier replaces pump seals at coal mine

By: Sabrina Jardim     1st July 2022 Mechanical seals, pumps and complementary pumps products supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) replaced expeller seals on centrifugal pumps at a coal mining company’s facility, in Mpumalanga, at the end of April and beginning of May; the pumps were registering poor mean time between... 

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FRANSCOIS STEENKAMP Fitting an incorrect sealing solution can cause damage to bearings, owing to excessive leakage from the pump

Local pumps manufacturer details successes

By: Sabrina Jardim     1st July 2022 Submersible industrial pumps manufacturer Amandla Pumps manufactures and designs its pumps locally, enabling the company to meet specific customer demands. The company has a state-of-the-art machining facility, equipped with computer numerical controlled equipment to accurately manufacture its... 

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FIRED UP The Jenny and Varkie pump series have been flameproof certified for underground use in fiery mines

Easy access to pump, hose flotation devices

1st July 2022 Every dewatering project is different, but most do require the using of accessories such as hosing and flotation systems. While these accessories may seem to be just that, it is essential that when selecting the hosing and flotation system it is correctly matched to the dewatering pump and the... 

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FLOATING STOCKS Integrated Pump Rental carries a comprehensive range of pump flotation devices

Ensuring pump reliability in abrasive service

1st July 2022 Maintaining and improving reliability of pumps used to transport abrasive media can be challenging in high-energy applications with players in the oil and gas industry aiming to optimise performance and minimise downtime. Fluid engineering company Sulzer says these objectives can be met through... 

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DESIGN CAPABILITIES The pumps responsible for delivering these materials are constantly under attack and their design directly affects their durability and efficiency

Anglo enters deal to accelerate rollout of nuGen zero emissions haulage solution 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th June 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American is in exclusive negotiations with specialist engineering technology company First Mode Holding and has agreed nonbinding terms to establish a combined business to accelerate the rollout of Anglo's nuGen hydrogen-powered Zero Emissions Haulage Solution (ZEHS). The... 

Anglo American's nuGen haulage truck
Anglo American's nuGen haulage truck

Illegal mining brazenness a significant concern to legitimate industry 

By: Donna Slater     29th June 2022 Minerals Council South Africa legal deputy head Mxolisi Ngubane says that, although the prevalence of illegal mining is not new, the brazenness and evolving nature at which operations are taking place, is becoming increasingly concerning to the wider mining industry and especially to miners in... 

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Feeble attempts to close disused mine shafts means illegal miners will have an easy avenue to gain access to underground tunnels and ore.

Green economy will require more commodities – specialist mining director

By: Nadine Ramdass     24th June 2022 Rather than requiring fewer commodities, the green economy, and its resulting technological developments, will actually require more commodities, says specialist mining services provider Ukwazi business development director Spencer Eckstein. Consequently, mining companies, including manganese... 

Energy transition highlighted at Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th June 2022 With the energy transition in mining having been topical at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, advisory firm Deloitte participated in discussions such as self-generation opportunities available for mining companies amid issues of local energy supply. “The ability to self-generate up... 

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ENERGISING DISCUSSIONS Deloitte was a silver partner at the Indaba, participating in topics related to the energy transition in mining

Decarbonisation strategies necessary for mining

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th June 2022 Global climate consultancy the Carbon Trust attended this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, and supported a World Bank Climate-Smart Mining Initiative round table event. Carbon Trust director Christelle van Vuuren, manager Renata Lawton-Misra, and senior analyst Reinhardt Arp attended as... 

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THE TIME IS NOW The Carbon Trust discussed decarbonisation strategies at this year’s Indaba, highlighting the importance of mining companies embarking on net zero targets

Aura announces massive increase in uranium grade at Mauritania project

By: Darren Parker     23rd June 2022 ASX- and Aim-listed Aura Energy has achieved an average 550% increase in uranium grade through pilot scale confirmatory results from simple screening techniques carried out at its Tiris uranium project, in Mauritania. Preliminary bulk leaching tests have also confirmed rapid uranium extraction of... 

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Implats contractors comment on Numsa’s claims

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2022 Three contractors appointed at Impala Platinum’s mines in Rustenburg, North West, have expressed their views on some of the claims made by National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which is currently carrying out strike action at the mines. The three contractors, Newrak Mining,... 

Eskom signs battery contracts with Pinggao and Hyosung as part of R11bn roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2022 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that it has awarded battery energy storage system (BESS) contracts to two suppliers for projects with a combined capacity of 199 MW/833 MWh. CEO André de Ruyter confirmed on Wednesday that the BESS programme, which is being funded through a... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

TNG appoints new contractor at Mt Peake

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd June 2022 ASX-listed TNG has appointed engineering and construction group Clough as the lead engineering and the preferred engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for its Mt Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, in the Northern Territory. TNG’s long-standing strategic engineering partner... 

Battery metals and green hydrogen make headlines   

17th June 2022 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the new age battery metals potential in Namibia; the new green hydrogen partnership between Prieska Power Reserve and the IDC; and Volvo Construction Equipment’s first fuel-cell articulated hauler prototype.   

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Battery metals and green hydrogen make headlines

African diamond sector set for strong growth

17th June 2022 With China being Africa’s, and South Africa’s, most important trading partner, the Asian superpower’s expected economic slowdown in coming years is a cause for concern, unless these economies can find alternative drivers of growth from other emerging markets, says Standard Bank mining head Mark... 

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MINING GROWTH Standard Bank’s mining team anticipates that the sector will continue showing resilience and growth, remaining financially sound in 2022

Venetia aims to address shortages

17th June 2022 Following the protests over water shortages in Musina last month, a meeting was convened between the Musina local municipality, the Vhembe district municipality and diamond miner De Beers’ Venetia mine to find ways to assist the municipalities in efficiently and safely resolving the issue. 

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RESPONSIBLE ACTOR While the provision of water is the responsibility of the municipality, Venetia mine commits to working with the municipalities and host communities to address concerns in a responsible and consultative manner

Diamond miners require supportive regulation

By: Mandisa Nyathi     17th June 2022 Government needs to provide regulatory laws that protect the interests of natural diamond owners with the rise of laboratory-grown diamonds in the market, Aim- and BSE-listed Botswana Diamonds MD James Campbell tells Mining Weekly. 

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ILLUMINATING OPERATION Botswana Diamonds exploring the Thorny River licence area

Firm revamps pumps to support miners

17th June 2022 Revamping its distributorship base in recent years has given submersible pump specialist Integrated Pump Technology a solid foundation to support customers around sub-Saharan Africa. A key focus has been on mining areas, and the expansion has included new distributors in a number of Southern... 

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SMOOTH SUPPLY The company focuses heavily on the mining sector

Pandemic revives diamond industry

By: Mandisa Nyathi     17th June 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic was a blessing in disguise for the diamond industry, as supply constraints caused by the knock-on effects of the restrictions resulted in increased prices, after sustained periods of subdued commodities prices, says minerals processing plant supplier Bond Equipment business... 

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BUSINESS BOOMING In the period following the pandemic, the number of brownfield developments increased for the diamond industry in the Southern African region

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Exxaro secures Nersa registration for 80 MW solar project at its Grootegeluk coal mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2022 Diversified mining and renewable energy company Exxaro Resources and its wholly-owned subsidiary Cennergi has confirmed the successful registration of the 80 MW Lephalale Solar Project (LSP) by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa and the regulator’s executive committee. The project... 

Exxaro Resources' Grootgeluk processing plant
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Exxaro Resources' Grootgeluk processing plant

New report outlines strategy for ending load-shedding by early 2024, but delivery hinges on ‘substantial political will’ 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2022 A comprehensive strategy for drastically reducing, or even eliminating, the scourge of rotational power cuts in South Africa by early 2024 has been outlined in a new public-interest report published by Meridian Economics. The authors warn, however, that load-shedding is poised to rise to extreme... 

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Nedbank CIB facilitates R10bn loan to realise Harmony’s renewable energy goal

By: Donna Slater     10th June 2022 Nedbank, acting through its corporate and investment banking (CIB) division, has coordinated and structured an innovative financing solution for Harmony Gold to enable the miner to refinance and upsize its key corporate debt facilities through a R10-billion package. JSE-listed Harmony formally... 

Firm part of offshore project

10th June 2022 Global leader and reference in heavy lifting and engineered transport Sarens, in a press release released in May, reaffirmed its position as an important partner in large-scale projects, citing its involvement in operations for oil and gas in Mozambique. Sarens was involved, in Maputo, on... 

Firm offers labour solutions to mines

By: Cameron Mackay     10th June 2022 Integrated employment management solutions company Quyn will use its presence, contacts and previous experience in projects in Mozambique to supply bespoke employment management solutions to the mining sector, says Quyn Mozambique country manager Nelo Teixeira. Quyn provides a range of tailored... 

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BESPOKE EMPLOYMENT MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS Quyn will use its experience in providing labour for infrastructure projects in the country to assist the country’s mining sector
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