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South Africans urged to turn exploration into Big Hairy Audacious Goal  

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2022 South Africans have been urged to rally around exploration as this country's Big Hairy Audacious Goal – a BHAG – so that what is described as "our lowest hanging economic fruit" can be turned to positive account. Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, who was speaking in support of the junior... 

New fund-raising product appropriate for junior miners, says JSE  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2022 The JSE has a new product that is appropriate for fund-raising by junior mining companies, JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi said on Friday. Mokorosi, who was speaking at Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar, highlighted the new product against the... 

JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi.
Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior Miner Webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Minerals Council urges faster inclusion of private electricity suppliers 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s electricity recovery plan and urges more rapid private sector participation in resolving the country’s deepening electricity crisis. Minerals Council members have 6 500 MW of embedded energy projects in the pipeline which will... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Pumps manufacturer proves its mettle at expo

By: Halima Frost     16th September 2022 Multinational pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves showcased its third-generation Mill Duty Xtra (MDX) heavy pumps to the African market at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2022 expo. 

A large blue pump used in mills and mines for dewatering
A LITTLE XTRA The new MDX range of pumps has founded on three generations of success

Local supplier sole distributor of specialised pumps

16th September 2022 Local pump importer and distributor AQS Liquid Transfer is the sole supplier of industrial pump manufacturers Sandpiper and Versamatic air-operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps for the South African mining sector. An AODD pump uses compressed air to move liquids or solids up or down a pipe network. 

An underground mine with a pump in the shaft
SOLID TRANSFER Air-operated double diaphragm pumps use compressed air to move liquids or solids up or down a pipe network

New pump launched at expo

By: Halima Frost     16th September 2022 Local manufacturer Goodwin Submersible Pumps Africa, the South African division of global pumps manufacturer Goodwin International, officially launched its new submersible offering, the Goodwin SlurryChamp hydraulic submersible pump, at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2022 expo. The expo was... 

A large yellow submersible slurry pump
PUMP FOR THE WIN The design of the new SlurryChamp pump was based on Goodwins ANZE submersible slurry pump

Ministers follow President in visiting Jagersfontein diamond disaster area

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 Following the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantsashe will today visit the diamond tailings deposition dam that burst its banks, killing at least one person and destroying homes. Mineral... 

Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
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Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Results show potential for beneficiation

By: Cameron Mackay     19th August 2022 Mineral exploration company Mount Burgess Mining MD Nigel Forrester says ongoing metallurgical and mineralogical testwork, conducted at the company’s Kihabe–Nxuu zinc/lead/silver/gallium/germanium/vanadium mine project, in western Ngamiland, Botswana, indicates the feasibility of metals... 

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New Bill pressures mines to comply with water regulations

5th August 2022 In a release published in May by law firm Webber Wentzel partner Kirsty Kilner and senior associate Tendai Bonga it is said that the pressure on South African mining companies to raise their standards of environmental, social and corporate governance behaviour is expected to gain momentum this... 

A body of polluted or waste water in the foreground of a mine
WATER AT THE FORE Water and environment issues are being highlighted by the new environmental bill signed earlier this year

Diamond mine sewage plant near completion

5th August 2022 Water and wastewater treatment solutions provider WEC Projects announced in June that it would soon complete the installation of a new WEC Model B packaged sewage treatment plant at the Mothae Diamond Mine, located in the Maluti mountains 214 km from Maseru, in Lesotho. The mine is 70% owned by... 

a Model B conventional activated sludge treatment plant designed and supplied by WEC Projects to a diamond mine in Lesotho
MODEL PRODUCT The Model B conventional activated sludge treatment plant was selected as the solution of choice for a diamond mine in Lesotho

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

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Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Project lets firm explore African opportunities

By: Mandisa Nyathi     29th July 2022 Bulk earthworks, demolitions and civil engineering service provider ICON Group states that a recent contract to install high-density polyethylene (HDPE) linings at a gold mine tailings project, in Burkina Faso, has provided an opportunity to explore projects, and entrench its footprint across... 

An image of a tailings dam development
SURFACE PREP ICON was appointed by geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax to install the HDPE linings for this project

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... 

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.

Green hydrogen’s business case significantly strengthened, summit hears  

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2022 Green hydrogen, when earlier identified as a necessary clean energy source to help the world achieve net-zero emissions in the coming decades, was higher up the cost curve than fossil fuels. Now that has changed with this week’s Financial Times Hydrogen Summit emphasising that green hydrogen’s... 

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FT Hydrogen Summit panel discussion.

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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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

Mandate will aid project’s progress

10th June 2022 Graphite miner Triton Minerals announced in April that it had entered into a mandate with financial solutions provider Taurus Capital Group, pursuant to which Taurus agreed to act as a lead manager of a placement to raise up to about $4.1-million (before costs). Taurus will act as a lead manager... 

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PROJECT DEVELOPMENT Once complete, this capital raising will enable the continued, rapid development of Triton’s flagship Ancuabe project towards production

Hybrid energy system benefits mine, indicates sustainable momentum

By: Cameron Mackay     10th June 2022 The approval of a solar and battery system at miner Syrah Resources’ Balama graphite operation, in Mozambique, reflects an ongoing shift in the African mining sector towards sustainability, self-reliance and cost control, states energy investment company CrossBoundary Energy mining business... 

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RENEWABLE MOMENTUM African mines are proving to be leaders in adopting hybrid energy solutions, owing to the high costs, uncertainty, and complex logistics

Circular economy prompting steel, oil, carbon recovery from end-of-life mine truck tyres  

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2022 Highest and best use of ultra-large end-of-life mine truck tyres is being brought about by a change to the model in which resources are mined, made into products, and then become waste. Just one of these giant tyres can weigh 4.5 t and stand 14 feet tall. Put five of the 63-inch variety into a... 

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Kal Tire’s Dan Allan speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Service provider continues to expand its fleet

By: Halima Frost     3rd June 2022 Demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition has steadily expanded its fleet of equipment to befit projects that facilitate relines and repairs on furnaces and kilns of all types. Furnace demolition projects generally represent a smaller proportion of the company’s scope, as furnace demolition... 

A large yellow Hyundai rock breaking machine used inside a furnace to break down the ceramic inner walls of a furnace
INSIDE JOB Jet Demolition offers solutions to work inside confined spaces such as on furnaces

Botswana mining sector on the rebound

By: Halima Frost     27th May 2022 The Botswana mining sector is on the rebound, following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the sustained period of subdued commodities prices from 2015 to 2019, industry organisation Botswana Chamber of Mines CEO Charles Siwawa tells Mining Weekly. He adds that the rebound can be... 

A large uncut diamond on a bed of black kimberlite from a mine in Botswana
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH The mining sector in Botswana holds great potential for investors according to the Botswana Chamber of Mines

Alliance promotes citizen-owned firms in fuel

27th May 2022 In a ground-breaking development for the Botswana oil and gas industry, leading diamond producer Debswana and national oil body Botswana Oil have entered a strategic partnership that is aimed at capacitating citizen-owned companies in the fuel supply value chain. Through the agreement, Botswana... 

A large fuel tanker at a filling station in Botswana
FILL 'ER UP The partnership between Debswana and Botswana Oil will capacitate citizen-owned companies in the fuel supply value chain

Botswana’s only gold mine changes hands

27th May 2022 Gold ore mining company Galane Gold announced earlier this month that it had completed the sale of its Mupane gold mine in Botswana to majority citizen-owned company Hawks Mining Company. Mupane gold mine, located about 30 km southeast of Francistown city, is the only gold mine currently in... 

A top view of the Mupane gold mine which is being sold by Galane Gold to the majority citizen-owned company Hawks Mining Company
GOLDEN EGG Mupane gold mine is being sold by Galane Gold to the majority citizen-owned company Hawks Mining Company

Demo plant, feasibility studies progressing

27th May 2022 Manganese development company Giyani Metals announced progress on its demonstration (demo) plant and feasibility study (FS) for its Botswana-based manganese oxide project, the K.Hill project, and on exploration and corporate activities, in March. At the time, Giyani said that the design of the... 

A team of mine staff working on test drilling and studies at the owned by Giyani Metals K.Hill project in Botswana
DIGGING FOR RESULTS The feasibility studies and demonstration plant at the K.Hill project owned by Giyani Metals in Botswana is making progress

JV stalls, but still on offer

27th May 2022 Diamond exploration company Botswana Diamonds (BOD) announced earlier this month that, despite intensive advanced and ongoing discussions with interested parties, the board has been unable to secure a new joint venture (JV) partner to acquire the Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana before the extended... 

A mine vehicle moving into the mouth of the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana which is up on offer by Gem Diamonds
GOING GOING GHAGHOO Botswana Diamonds continues ts discussions with potential JV partners to acquire the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana

Renewed interest in drill observed

27th May 2022 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has noted a renewed interest in its Sandvik DD422i, the next-generation mining jumbo with a range of automatic drilling functions, from tier one mining contractors operating at high-production mines in South Africa, Botswana and... 

A large red underground mining automatic drilling rig supplied by Sandvik which is being taken up by the Southern African market again
AUTOMATIC CHOICE The renewed interest in Sandvik's DD422i automatic drill is owing to African mines consistently turning to modern technologies to run more efficient operations

South Africa must reform its regulatory environment, make itself investor-friendly – simple  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 South Africa must reform its regulatory environment and make itself investor-friendly – simple. That is the straight-forward view of Dr Mathews Phosa, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in his capacity as the non-executive vice-chairperson of the high-flying Jubilee Metals Group plc, a London Aim-... 

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Jubilee's Dr Mathews Phosa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead   

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Supplier launches advanced water management system

13th May 2022 Wet processing solutions supplier CDE has revealed its new AquaCycle A2500 thickener, the latest addition to its top-of-the-line water management and recycling systems. With a capacity of 2 500 m³/h, the new A2500 is CDE’s largest and most advanced water management system to date. 

Image of CDE's new A2500
EFFICIENT WATER SUPPLIES With a capacity of 2 500 m³/h, the new A2500 is CDE’s largest and most advanced water management system to date

Slurry cleanup completed to DMRE’s satisfaction

13th May 2022 Local anthracite producer Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) reports that the coal slurry clean-up has been completed successfully to the satisfaction of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE). The clean-up was undertaken largely through the use of manual labour, with excavators... 

Image of the ZAC cleanup
ZAC CLEAN-UP the coal slurry clean-up has been completed successfully to the satisfaction of the DMRE

Minimum of 14 000 jobs a year from South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor now under development has the potential to generate a minimum of 14 000 jobs, $400-million in gross domestic product and $900-million in taxes a year by 2050. In an addition, there is potential to grow platinum group metal (PGM) demand by between 1% to 2%... 

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Minerals Council hydrogen briefing from left Allan Seccombe, Roger Baxter and Fahmida Smith.

South Africa keen to harness hydrogen economy opportunities, President Ramaphosa tells Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2022 It was just amazing to see the innovation that the mining industry is capable of scaling up, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in his enthusiastic address on Tuesday. “Last week, I attended the launch by Anglo American of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Investing in African Mining Indaba.

South Africa has significant implementation crisis – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2022 South Africa has a significant implementation crisis. A number of government departments and parastatals were hollowed out. Capacity is a significant issue in almost every parastatal – water authorities, Eskom, Transnet and across the board. “We’re not rushing in to take over activities because... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Akobo reaches agreement for gold processing plant delivery

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2022 Scandinavian gold exploration and mining company Akobo Minerals has reached an agreement with South African engineering company Solo Resources for the delivery of a processing plant for gold production at the Segele mine, in Ethiopia. The commissioning of the plant is expected to start by end of... 

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