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ESG investment opportunities provided

By: Cameron Mackay     19th March 2021 Law firm ENSafrica executive Lloyd Christie says the Financial Provisions Regulations, which came into effect in 2015, have presented significant opportunities for sustainable finance, as well as environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment in the local mining industry. He highlights... 

Significant attendance expected for virtual event

By: Cameron Mackay     19th March 2021 Business events organiser Hyve Group is expecting a significant number of attendees, specifically from North America, to take part in the Mining Indaba Virtual Investment Programme meetings, says Hyve Group director of investor relations for Mining Indaba Kael O’Sullivan. This is owing to the... 

Tackling issues would boost investment – analyst

By: Cameron Mackay     19th March 2021 Although the local mining industry is faring better as an investment destination than it was three years ago, local financial institution Nedbank CIB equity analyst Arnold Van Graan argues that certain challenges need to be addressed to foster a more ideal investment climate for the industry. “In... 

BOUNCING BACK
Higher metal prices have helped sustain the local industry though the Covid-19 pandemic, as the industry should benefit on the back of improving global sentiment
BOUNCING BACK Higher metal prices have helped sustain the local industry though the Covid-19 pandemic, as the industry should benefit on the back of improving global sentiment

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO Andrew T Stuart emphasised during last week’s Fasken online panel discussion on hydrogen. In this... 

Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.
Photo by Creamer Media
Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

Additional government support could boost industry growth

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Mpumalanga-based industrial valve specialists Brimis Engineering technical director Moeketsi Mpotu emphasises the significant growth opportunities available through government’s offering support to the mining valves industry. He states that the local industry has remained on a “positive upward... 

DESIGNATING LOCAL VALVES
Brimis Engineering aims to offer locally manufactured valves, in some highly specialised applications, while ensuring that all global standards are met
DESIGNATING LOCAL VALVES Brimis Engineering aims to offer locally manufactured valves, in some highly specialised applications, while ensuring that all global standards are met

Support needed for black owned downstream players

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Black-owned businesses and industrialists in the local mining valves industry need better domestic coordination and support to protect them, while black industrialists who want to own and manage such businesses should be encouraged, says valves manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) CEO Tumi... 

RF PINCH VALVE
The RF pinch valve has a rubber sleeve with proprietary technology that includes a tube fold design
RF PINCH VALVE The RF pinch valve has a rubber sleeve with proprietary technology that includes a tube fold design

Positive results after gold remains resilient

By: Halima Frost     26th February 2021 The worth and resilience of gold has been proven, yet again, with midtier gold producer Pan African Resources reporting very strong results for the financial year ended in June 30, 2020 (FY20), and reasserting its aim to be debt free during 2021. Pan African Resources investor relations head... 

Global gold event taking place in SA

26th February 2021 The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) has announced that, together with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, it will be hosting the World Gold 2021 conference in August. The conference will be... 

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
SAIMM will be co hosting this years World Gold 21 event in August
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY SAIMM will be co hosting this years World Gold 21 event in August

Webinar highlights aims for artisanal gold project

By: Halima Frost     26th February 2021 Zahabu Safi project deputy chief of party Lazarre Potier highlighted the three key objectives of the project during a webinar held last month on ‘Exploring gold potential in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’, which was aimed at drawing attention to the gold prospects of a country renowned... 

SETTING THE BAR
The Zahabu Safi project intends to build on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly-produced gold to jewellery buyers globally
SETTING THE BAR The Zahabu Safi project intends to build on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly-produced gold to jewellery buyers globally

Test mine study under way for Fourth Industrial Revolution try-outs  

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2021 A feasibility study is under way on a mine selected for the testing of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies ahead of their implementation, Minerals Council South Africa senior executive modernisation and safety Sietse van der Woude said on Wednesday. Van der Woude was answering... 

Clockwise from top left Sietse van der Woude, Ian Mackay, and Bernard Swanepoel.
Joburg Indaba Modernisation in Mining virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Contractor onboarding creates safe mining operations

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th February 2021 Onboarding solutions provider KBC Health & Safety has been hired by coal and minerals mining company Exxaro to oversee the onboarding of contractors for its Grootegeluk Six (GG6) expansion project, in Limpopo, South Africa. The new GG6 plant will enable an additional 600 t/h of throughput o‌n the... 

DRIES LOUBSER 
KBC has been employed by Exxaro to facilitate the site-specific inductions for the GG6 contractors at the Exxaro Marapong Training Centre
DRIES LOUBSER KBC has been employed by Exxaro to facilitate the site-specific inductions for the GG6 contractors at the Exxaro Marapong Training Centre

Digital tech advances project management

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th February 2021 Since the development and application of critical chain methods, no real new project management techniques have been developed, but information, digital and design technologies have accelerated. This has resulted in improved application of existing project management methodologies, says tertiary... 

GIEL BEKKER
In the mining sector, we have already witnessed the application of digital twins, but this tool is still new with many lessons still to be learned
GIEL BEKKER In the mining sector, we have already witnessed the application of digital twins, but this tool is still new with many lessons still to be learned

Concentrator plant at platinum mine under way

By: Darren Parker     19th February 2021 Engineering, design and project management company COENG is overseeing the engineering design, procurement and construction management of a three-million-tonne-a-year concentrator plan at platinum mining company Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung platinum mine, in the North West. Phase 1 of the project,... 

‘Green’ trend an opportunity for mining

12th February 2021 Africa’s minerals sector should “seize the opportunities presented by the global transition towards green energy”, experts noted during a virtual webinar on the future of mining in Africa, post-Covid-19. One opportunity lies in growing global demand for lithium, which is used in batteries for... 

LIKING LITHIUM
Lithium holds great potential for Africa's mineral sector and the global energy sector
LIKING LITHIUM Lithium holds great potential for Africa's mineral sector and the global energy sector

Positive progress at ‘mine of the future’

By: Halima Frost     12th February 2021 Global automation company ABB says operators at the Sustainable Underground Mining (SUM) future mine project, have been able to make use of new remote technological systems implemented by the company since September 2020. The SUM project aims to establish a new world standard for sustainable... 

SUM IT UP
The Sustainable Underground Mining future mine project sums up the aspirations of the mining sector in regards to sustainable mining
SUM IT UP The Sustainable Underground Mining future mine project sums up the aspirations of the mining sector in regards to sustainable mining

Halt to Richards Bay Minerals project depriving South Africa of R100bn 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2021 Rio Tinto's KwaZulu-Natal mineral sands mining company, Richards Bay Minerals, has got a major project called Zulti South that is fully permitted and fully funded – but is not being developed. Construction began in the first half of 2019, but was then brought to a halt in December 2019 amidst... 

From top left clockwise, Gary Felthun, Roger Baxter, Werner Duvenhage, Mzila Mthenjane, Advocate Thabo Mokoena and Neal Froneman.
Photo by Creamer Media
From top left clockwise, Gary Felthun, Roger Baxter, Werner Duvenhage, Mzila Mthenjane, Advocate Thabo Mokoena and Neal Froneman.

PGMs company’s subsidiary awarded US patent

5th February 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Platinum Group Metals reports that it has completed an "at-the-market" offering of common shares first announced on September 4, 2020. The offering was completed on November 30, 2020 pursuant to an Equity Distribution Agreement with financial service... 

HIGHLY VALUED
Platinum Group Metals sold 5 440 186 common shares in the capital of the company at an average price of $2.21 for gross proceeds of $12-million
HIGHLY VALUED Platinum Group Metals sold 5 440 186 common shares in the capital of the company at an average price of $2.21 for gross proceeds of $12-million

Miner reports gold intercepts at flagship deposit

5th February 2021 Gold miner Loncor Resources last December announced that the second core hole of a 7 000 m drilling programme at its Adumbi deposit had intersected gold at its 84.6%-owned Imbo Project in the eastern part of the Ngayu greenstone belt, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The second core... 

STRIKING GOLD
The gold mineralisation at Adumbi is associated with up to 130 m of interbedded banded ironstone, quartz carbonate and chlorite schist
Photo by Shuttershock
STRIKING GOLD The gold mineralisation at Adumbi is associated with up to 130 m of interbedded banded ironstone, quartz carbonate and chlorite schist

Miner supports cobalt initiative, secures investment

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 Diversified miner Glencore is playing a significant supporting role in The Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA), a multi-stakeholder initiative to support the production of fair cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says Glencore lead cobalt trader David Brocas. “We operate industrial mines in... 

MULTI-STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION
Glencore is actively supporting the FCA, and are encouraging other relevant companies to join the initiative
MULTI-STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION Glencore is actively supporting the FCA, and are encouraging other relevant companies to join the initiative

Tin producer achieves record production

5th February 2021 Tin miner Alphamin Resources in January reported that its tin production at its high-grade operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo increased by 13% to a quarterly record of 2 898 t. This exceeded the company’s market guidance of between 2 600 t and 2 800 t. The company also provided an... 

EXCELLING SAFETY
The Bisie tin mine recorded zero lost-time injuries in the last quarter
EXCELLING SAFETY The Bisie tin mine recorded zero lost-time injuries in the last quarter

Mining code could cap cobalt growth for DRC

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 Demand for portable electronics, energy storage and electric vehicles will create significant demand for lithium-ion batteries, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be a critical supplier of raw materials used in these technologies, particularly cobalt, states international metals and... 

SECURING SUPPLY
The DRC is the world’s largest producer of mined cobalt. Most intermediates produced in the country are exported owing to the lack of refining capacity
Photo by Bloomberg
SECURING SUPPLY The DRC is the world’s largest producer of mined cobalt. Most intermediates produced in the country are exported owing to the lack of refining capacity

Hydrogen plant to power truck

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th February 2021 Energy transition leader ENGIE has contracted Pretoria-based engineering firm Thermtron Scientific to provide balance of plant services for the on-site hydrogen plant of the Mogalakwena mine, in Limpopo, on an engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning basis. Initial talks between... 

POWER HOUSE 
The hydrogen plant will supply Anglo American with hydrogen to fuel its “revolutionary” fuel cell electric vehicle haul truck
POWER HOUSE The hydrogen plant will supply Anglo American with hydrogen to fuel its “revolutionary” fuel cell electric vehicle haul truck

Responsible Mining Foundation seeks ‘more ambitious’ standards for TSFs 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd January 2021 The vast majority of large-scale mining companies are still unable to demonstrate that they review and report on how effectively they manage risks related to tailings storage facilities (TSF), and take responsive actions as necessary, despite growing disclosure on TSFs, the Responsible Mining... 

The Corrego do Feijao tailings dam collapse, in Brumadinho, Brazil.
The Corrego do Feijao tailings dam collapse, in Brumadinho, Brazil.

Company services Zambian smelters remotely, eyes expansion

By: Cameron Mackay     19th January 2021 Local foundry company Thos Begbie opened a workshop in Solwezi, Zambia, in March last year to supply and service copper smelters in the region more efficiently; however, the impact of Covid-19 has forced the company to close its workshop indefinitely. “There has been a drastic decrease in... 

ALEX NHLAPO
As the demand for copper increases, pressure is placed on the smelters and refineries to increase their production output
ALEX NHLAPO As the demand for copper increases, pressure is placed on the smelters and refineries to increase their production output

Upgraded chairlift PLC panels increase safety

15th January 2021 Mining systems solutions provider Becker Mining South Africa in October last year successfully installed and commissioned its first, upgraded chairlift programmable logic controller (PLC) panel, which enhances the reliability of the Becker chairlift systems. The PLC, which was launched at the... 

HEALTHY PLC
The upgraded PLC is used in conjunction with Becker’s chairlift system to safely transport personnel on mines
HEALTHY PLC The upgraded PLC is used in conjunction with Becker’s chairlift system to safely transport personnel on mines

Remote health and safety audits gaining traction

By: Halima Frost     15th January 2021 The unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has fast-tracked technologies and methodologies across all sectors, especially those pertaining to mining health and safety regulations and compliance, accredited certifications provider JC Auditors compliance specialist Oliver Naidoo tells Mining... 

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... 

GOOD LUCK 
The Grootegeluk mine has proven its mettle being Exxaro's most prominent mines
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,... 

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
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... 

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
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... 

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
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

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... 

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
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

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... 

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
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

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... 

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
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

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... 

LOUIS LABUSCHAGNE 
The relationship between COENG and Amplats started about four years ago
LOUIS LABUSCHAGNE The relationship between COENG and Amplats started about four years ago

Site training continues online during pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 The onset of Covid-19 resulted in many companies moving aspects of their operations to online and virtual platforms, and contractor and management solutions provider KBC Health & Safety has made similar adjustments. “Since Covid-19 more clients have adopted our computer-based training programmes.... 

SIAN THURTELL
Since Covid-19, more clients have adopted our computer-based training programmes
SIAN THURTELL Since Covid-19, more clients have adopted our computer-based training programmes

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... 

Demand for reliable monitoring systems on the rise

By: Halima Frost     20th November 2020 The demand for early-warning systems for tailings facilities and/or dams has increased exponentially, subsequent to the Vale incident, suggests geotechnical civil and mining instrumentation company Terra Monitoring operations director Robin Schmidt. Therefore, the company – a member of... 

IN DEMAND The raise in demand for reliable detection systems aimed at tailing facilities has grown over the last few years owing to devastating faliures
IN DEMAND The raise in demand for reliable detection systems aimed at tailing facilities has grown over the last few years owing to devastating faliures

Company’s range increases, improves recovery

By: Simone Liedtke     20th November 2020 The application of South African minerals processing company Multotec’s technologies in tailings and waste management streams allows for the recovery of resources – such as water, precious metals and by-products – in a way that maximises revenue and the manageability of the process, says product... 

TURNKEY SOLUTIONS
Multotec supplies turnkey filtration plants to enable end-users to implement a dewatering project cost effectively
TURNKEY SOLUTIONS Multotec supplies turnkey filtration plants to enable end-users to implement a dewatering project cost effectively
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