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Project Management News

Training provider opening centre in Ghana 

By: Halima Frost     8th April 2022 Specialist mining training provider Prisma Training Solutions is finalising its applications to open a formal training centre in Accra, Ghana together with a local partner. Prisma offers customised and sustainable education, training and organisational development solutions to the African mining... 

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Equipping, changeover on track for March

1st April 2022 Diversified mining company Ivanhoe Mines is expected to complete the equipping and changeover of its Platreef Project Shaft 1 by the end of last month. The construction of the 996-m-level station at the bottom of Shaft 1 was completed in July 2020. Shaft 1 will initially be used to access the... 

An image of construction activities taking place at the Platreef project site, with shaft 1 depicted on the left, and the high-to-collar advancement for shaft 2 portrayed on the right
Photo by Ivanhoe Mines
SHAFT CONSTRUCTION Construction activities at the Platreef Project site, including Shaft 1 on the left, and the hitch-to-collar advancement for Shaft 2 on the right

Vedanta investing R7bn in Gamsberg 'green' zinc expansion  

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2022 The board of directors of Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) has approved a R7-billion investment into Gamsberg Phase 2 expansion project in the Northern Cape, which will double the mine and plant capacity from four-million tons to eight-million tons a year. In metal terms, will increase output... 

Vedenta Zinc International executive director and CFO Pushpender Singla.
Vedanta Zinc International’s Pushpender Singla interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video editing: Darlene Creamer

Underground graders coming to Africa

18th March 2022 Underground equipment manufacturer MacLean Engineering announced last month that the first-ever MacLean GR5 underground road grader has been shipped to Africa and that additional units have been scheduled for factory production. The newest addition to MacLean’s Mine-Mate utility vehicles, which... 

A yellow grader used for underground roads and pathways part of MacLean’s Mine-Mate utility vehicles range, this is teh GR5
HIGHER GRADE The MacLean GR5 underground road grader is coming to African shores and mines

Brazilian mine benefits from cooling system installation

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Mine ventilation, refrigeration and cooling engineering consultant BBE Group has successfully completed the installation of a ventilation and cooling system at the Caraíba mine in the Curaçá river valley, in Brazil. The deepening of a shaft to open up a new orebody in the mine had put the... 

Large yellow pipes and a filtration system in a mine in Brazil that allow for fresh air to be pumped into the shaft for better breathing
DEEP BREATH BBE have successfully installed an underground ventilation system at a mine in Brazil

New blasting system improves safety

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Having developed, and now busy testing its second-generation WebGen™ 200 in Australia and Canada, mining and infrastructure solutions provider Orica says its trials have shown improved safety and productivity across operations.   The WebGen™ 200, a wireless electronic blasting system with... 

The second-generation WebGen 200 range of wireless initiating systems form small to large, in orange, yellow and green
EXPLOSIVE STUFF The second-generation WebGen 200 range of wireless initiating systems is being tested in Australia and Canada

Abandoned mines can be used for energy storage

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Sweden-based sustainable power transition enabler Mine Storage co-founder and CEO Thomas Johansson notes that the company’s concept of using abandoned underground mines – or those under care and maintenance – as energy storage facilities has progressed to the prefeasibility phase. He explains... 

A photo of Mine Storage CEO Thomas Johansson stood in front of a lake and wooded area
THOMAS JOHANSSON The first underground mine storage facility will be constructed in Sweden

Now’s the time for full energy freedom, says green hydrogen stalwart Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2022 Let’s give energy sovereignty to the world. Renewable energy is everywhere. Every country can produce it. Now is the time to capture it, and have full energy freedom, enthused Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest, while being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane... 

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Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest (right), being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour.

Miner capitalises on strong price environment

By: Cameron Mackay     11th March 2022 Heavy minerals miner Base Resources is aiming to maintain efficient mining at its Kwale mineral sands mining operation, in Kenya, so that it can capitalise on a strong price environment. “Our Kwale Operation has been consistent since we began mining in 2013, and this enables us and our customers... 

Image of a mine worker and conveyor belt carrying mined material
AFRICAN EXPLORATION Base Resources is pursuing several near-mine and regional exploration opportunities

Decarbonisation standing out as key metals/mining value driver – Wood Mackenzie  

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2022 As pressure mounts for the world to align meaningfully with the 1.5 °C global temperature rise scenario, decarbonisation is standing out as a key driver of metals and mining value. “This has strengthened our view that the mining industry now has a clear pathway towards long-term transformative... 

Creamer Media screenshot taken during webinar.
Wood Mackenzie future facing mined commodities forum covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Filter press installation nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 Local anthracite producer Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) is installing a filter press at its coal washing plant, in Emakhalathini, KwaZulu-Natal. The filter press will remove slurry from the water used in the coal washing process and prevent incidents such as the 1 500 m3 coal slurry spill,... 

Three slurry dams next to each other at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery owned by Menar that shows an embankment and berm which were constructed hours after a wall failure
DAMAGE CONTROL The spill area at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery was sealed off with an earth embankment and a berm

Kimberlite research could help reverse emissions

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 Global diamond corporation Alrosa Group is working with Russia’s leading research centres to study the carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption capabilities of kimberlite to determine whether it could eventually be used to completely offset the company’s greenhouse-gas emissions. The results from the... 

A pile of kimberlite stones which are the general ore from which diamonds are mined
ABSORBING RESEARCH Alrosa's Research has shown that kimberlite ore absorbs emissions when subject to standard mining operations which use water in the processes

Solar plant to be commissioned by May

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 The first photovoltaic (PV) solar plant to be completed and commissioned by a mining company in South Africa is on track to produce 100% steady-state power generation by May, says midtier gold producer Pan African Resources investor relations head Hethen Hira. The PV plant is being built by Pan... 

A large solar plant at the Evander mine, which should be extended even further, subject to regulatory approval
GAINING GROUND One of the first solar plants to be commissioned by a mining house will be expanded to produce more renewable energy

Increased demand despite pandemic’s effects

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     25th February 2022 Following structural changes at several client organisations that affected the available internal Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) implementation capacity, ESD advisory and project management firm Zevoli Growth Partners has had increased demand from companies that restructured their ESD... 

Zevoli GP executive director Mpopi Khupe
MPOPI KHUPE The impact of Covid-19 required that Zevoli fully digitise its ESD implementation approach

Agility will prove beneficial in mining project management

25th February 2022 With multidimensional and multifaceted change being the only constant in the mining industry, nonprofit organisation Project Management Institute (PMI) says an agile approach to project management is vital to accommodate the constant changes within mining projects. “There is a technological... 

PMI MD Ashwini Bakshi
ASHWINI BAKSHI The inherent flexibility afforded by an agile approach to project management lends longevity to the industry

Project to help diversify critical minerals production

By: Cameron Mackay     18th February 2022 The shovel-ready status of North American miner Fortune Minerals’ NICO cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project positions it well to help diversify the sources of critical minerals in North America in the near term, states Fortune Minerals president and CEO Robin Goad. The company announced in January... 

Image of a geologist conducting geology, exploration work
CRITICAL MINERALS DEMAND The vertically integrated NICO project would provide a reliable North American source of three Critical Minerals produced responsibly with Canadian ESG values

Red tape delaying R90bn investment in ready-to-go projects – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2022 Red tape is delaying investment worth R90-billion in ready-to-go mining-related projects, at a time when the South African economy is in desperate need of such projects proceeding, to create jobs and to stimulate economic growth. Projects worth R30-billion would be able to proceed if the 4... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

CCUS not viable for S Africa yet

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     4th February 2022 Despite North America and the UK being the global frontrunners in carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), with more than 40 new related projects announced last year, society body the National Society of Black Engineers of South Africa president Mdu Mlaba says the organisation does not... 

Headshot of NSBE President Mdu Mlaba
MDU MLABA To reduce South Africa’s carbon footprint, the country should focus on rolling out renewable energy projects like wind, solar and green hydrogen

South Africa needs to embrace Ubuntu principles in going green, webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2022 In decarbonising and going green, South Africa needs to embrace the principles of Ubuntu and show humanity towards others. That view was expressed by Gold Fields South Africa executive VP Martin Preece during the 'Decarbonisation & Going Green in the Mining Sector' webinar hosted by Creamer Media... 

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From top left, clockwise, are Abel Sakhau, Martin Preece, Jevon Martin, Nikisi Lesufi and James Mackay.

JSE has role to play in sustainable energy transition

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 The JSE has a role to play in creating an enabling environment for more sustainable practices, particularly in terms of South Africa’s transition to using renewable energies, JSE chief sustainability officer Shameela Soobramoney stated at the Southern Africa-Europe CEO Dialogue event hosted in... 

Miner to build climate-change-resilient businesses

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Environmental, social and corporate governance is central to diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s strategy, and guides the company in how it operates and generates shared value for its stakeholders. Core to this strategy is building “climate-change-resilient businesses”, states... 

Image of Sibanye-Stillwater energy and decarbonisation manager Jevon Martin
JEVON MARTIN These energy projects will improve the ESG credentials of South African mining houses and help close the national electricity supply deficit and allow Eskom to do maintenance

Sustainability, majority shareholder driving miner’s strategy

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Local gold producer DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius says the market response to the global transition to clean energy, as well as the strategy and energy plans of the company’s majority shareholder, diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater, are important considerations in shaping DRDGold’s strategy for... 

Image of DRDGOLD CEO Niël Pretorius
NIËL PRETORIUS our strategy remains to deliver economic value by applying our technology, management system and skillset to reclaim and treat material at a rate and level of efficiency

New high-grade lode discovery at Kibali excites Barrick CEO

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2022 Gold miner Barrick Gold revealed at a media briefing in Kinshasha, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on January 21, that underground drilling at the Kibali gold mine’s KCD orebody was defining a new high-grade lode above the base of the existing shaft infrastructure.  Barrick president... 

A photo of Kibali gold mine
Kibali gold mine in the DRC

Mining industry leads way in Covid-19 health and safety

21st January 2022 South Africa and the rest of the world have faced formidable challenges over the last two years, caused by the Covid-19 virus, and the various variants thereof.  Law firm ENSAfrica mine and occupational health and safety executive Pieter Colyn says measures taken in the South African mining... 

Image of ENSAfrica mine and occupational health and safety executive Pieter Colyn
PIETER COLYN Employers are required to keep up to date with developments to combat the spread of Covid-19 and take cognisance of legislation and best practices for an outbreak

Company stresses need for on-site mining medical services

By: Cameron Mackay     21st January 2022 Mining companies that partner with professional medical consultants to provide on-site medical assistance have the confidence that medical issues are treated appropriately and quickly. This immediate treatment can help avoid unnecessary off-site referrals, treatments and prescriptions, states... 

Image of a remote mine site
FLEXIBLE CLINCAL OPTIONS As mines are often located far from established healthcare facilities, having medical personnel operating on-site removes the need for employees travelling for treatment

Exciting green ammonia export plan for Nelson Mandela Bay 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2021 Hive Hydrogen and Built Africa – together as Hive Hydrogen – as well as Linde plc, through its wholly owned South African subsidiary Afrox, have teamed up to establish a huge green ammonia export plant in Nelson Mandela Bay, in the Eastern Cape. The first phase is planned to go live in 2025, with... 

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Thulani Gcabashe (left) and Schalk Venter

Projects still on track to meet payback target

By: Halima Frost     10th December 2021 Despite facing challenges, such as the drawn-out licensing approval process in South Africa, ASX-listed Theta Gold Mines estimates that a payback target of 13 months for its Theta Gold Mines Expansion (TGME) projects is still attainable. TGME, which the company has coined as ‘the reawakening the... 

A mine cart with gold ore mined by Theta Gold
GOING FOR GOLD Theta Gold is currently investing in several South African gold mining projects

Zimbabwe-based miner expands operations

By: Anna Moross     10th December 2021 With Zimbabwe’s extensive resources, platinum group metals producer Zimplats intends to expand its mining operations, exhausting the southerly parts of the mine area and focusing on the northern mining blocks, says Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats), Zimplats’ holding company, group executive of... 

 An image of work being done on the Mupani Mine
MUPANI MINE The mine is a decline-accessed, mechanised bord-and-pillar mine, as with other Zimplats operations

Commissioning of PGMs plant announced

10th December 2021 Canada-based platinum-group metals (PGMs) company Eastern Platinum in October announced the successful commissioning of its PGMs main plant circuit B following the completion of the refurbishment and upgrade work, which began in May. Construction and pre-commissioning were completed in September... 

Local project shows significant progress

10th December 2021 Diversified miner Jubilee Metals, a “leader” in metals processing, with operations in Africa, in November provided an operational and corporate update on its Inyoni platinum group metals (PGMs) project in South Africa, “following a period of significant progress”.  

Suppliers partner to deliver project

10th December 2021 Industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa, a market leader in advanced industrial pumping solutions, announced that it had been selected as one of the preferred pump suppliers for platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) new modular fines flotation pilot plant and had... 

An image of the feed pump to the modular pilot plant for the main plant
VERDERFLEX PUMPS The pumps selected for this project included the Verderflex VF65, Dura 25, Dura 35 and Dura 45

Miner provides update on Waterberg project

By: Anna Moross     10th December 2021 TSX-listed mine developer Platinum Group Metals in October provided an update on the Waterberg project, a bulk underground palladium and platinum deposit located in the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex in the Limpopo province.  

Company highlights importance of phased development

By: Anna Moross     10th December 2021 Diversified miner Ivanhoe Mines’ palladium/rhodium/platinum/gold/nickel/copper Platreef project is well under way, with the company pursuing a phased-development approach for the project, says Ivanhoe technical services executive VP Pierre Joubert. 

An image of the development of the Platreef Project
PLATREEF PROJECT The preliminary economic assessment envisaged average production of 109 000 oz/y of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold

Exploration debate highlights Nema challenge  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2021 The withdrawal of a portion of the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) has created a major challenge for mineral exploration in South Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) co-sponsored exploration webinar heard on Thursday. Taking part in the panel discussion under... 

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IDC co-sponsored webinar covered by Mining Weekly.

Fibre solution aids communication

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 Multinational network operator Paratus Zambia is rolling out its fibre and microwave links to cover the Copperbelt mining area and is extending coverage to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Paratus Zambia country manager Marius van Vuuren tells Mining Weekly that the... 

A mine vehicle in the forefront of ZZambian mine with openpit in the background
IN THE DISTANCE The distance its networks now cover allow Paratus Zambia to connect remote mines on the Copperbelt with the world

African Copperbelt a good mining destination – consultants

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 The Central Africa Copperbelt is the obvious choice for miners looking to expand their copper portfolios, with the region being known for “world-class” deposits, says mining consultants The MSA Group. “Mining companies looking for a foothold in the region always focus on two things – prospective... 

Chrysocolla and malachite exposures on a rock face in Zambia both are copper ores
N PLAIN SIGHT Chrysocolla and malachite are so prevalent in the Central Africa Copperbelt it can be seen above ground in rock formations
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