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Concentrator plant at platinum mine under way
19th February 2021 By: Darren Parker

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... 

Lithium holds great potential for Africa's mineral sector and the global energy sector
‘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,... 

The Sustainable Underground Mining future mine project sums up the aspirations of the mining sector in regards to sustainable mining
Positive progress at ‘mine of the future’
12th February 2021 By: Halima Frost

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... 

From top left clockwise, Gary Felthun, Roger Baxter, Werner Duvenhage, Mzila Mthenjane, Advocate Thabo Mokoena and Neal Froneman.
Halt to Richards Bay Minerals project depriving South Africa of R100bn
5th February 2021 By: Martin Creamer

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.... 

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
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... 

The gold mineralisation at Adumbi is associated with up to 130 m of interbedded banded ironstone, quartz carbonate and chlorite schist
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... 

Glencore is actively supporting the FCA, and are encouraging other relevant companies to join the initiative
Miner supports cobalt initiative, secures investment
5th February 2021 By: Cameron Mackay

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... 

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

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
Mining code could cap cobalt growth for DRC
5th February 2021 By: Cameron Mackay

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... 

The hydrogen plant will supply Anglo American with hydrogen to fuel its “revolutionary” fuel cell electric vehicle haul truck
Hydrogen plant to power truck
5th February 2021 By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah

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... 

The Corrego do Feijao tailings dam collapse, in Brumadinho, Brazil.
Responsible Mining Foundation seeks ‘more ambitious’ standards for TSFs
22nd January 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 

As the demand for copper increases, pressure is placed on the smelters and refineries to increase their production output
Company services Zambian smelters remotely, eyes expansion
19th January 2021 By: Cameron Mackay

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... 

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

Being able to conduct health & safety e-audits on remote locations such as mines has gained popularity owing to the Covid-19 pandemic
Remote health and safety audits gaining traction
15th January 2021 By: Halima Frost

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... 

The Grootegeluk mine has proven its mettle being Exxaro's most prominent mines
Proactive second half for coal giant
11th December 2020 By: Halima Frost

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... 

Gains in productivity, safety and efficiency have resulted in an upward revision to the planned production profile at Implats’ Rustenburg operation
Implats continues ramp-up despite pandemic disruptions
11th December 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

Multinational platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) 2018 strategic review highlighted that restructuring lossmaking operations at its Rustenburg mining complex and... 

Platinum Group Metals’ near-term objectives are to achieve the grant of a mining right for the palladium dominant Waterberg Project and complete construction
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... 

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
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... 

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
Manufacturing, lockdowns can mean more exports from Copperbelt
4th December 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

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... 

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
XRT sorting can be adapted for Copperbelt mining
4th December 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

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... 

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
Company involved in plant construction for DRC mine
4th December 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

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... 

The relationship between COENG and Amplats started about four years ago
Consulting engineers boost project portfolio
27th November 2020 By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah

Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has appointed engineering, design and project management company COENG Consulting and Construction Engineers to provide ad hoc professional... 

Since Covid-19, more clients have adopted our computer-based training programmes
Site training continues online during pandemic
27th November 2020 By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah

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... 

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... 

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
Demand for reliable monitoring systems on the rise
20th November 2020 By: Halima Frost

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... 

Multotec supplies turnkey filtration plants to enable end-users to implement a dewatering project cost effectively
Company’s range increases, improves recovery
20th November 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 

SRK’s in-country expertise has provided many advantages, particularly in instances when cross-border travel has been restricted
Technology helps companies weather storm
13th November 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

Multinational consulting engineers SRK Consulting director Andrew van Zyl stresses that technology, through the efficiencies it enables, is an important tool for retaining jobs in mining. The... 

Owing to Knight Piésold’s dam engineering experience, the company can work with mines in remote areas, particularly in the DRC, to provide hydropower
High demand for tailings consulting exceeds local capacity
13th November 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

Engineering consultant Knight Piésold is focused on providing technical advice for many local tailings dam facilities, says Knight Piésold technical director for mining services Africa Andrew... 

Gwede Mantashe (right) and Bernard Swanepoel.
Exploration is priority, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe
3rd November 2020 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa should be an exploration site that contributes to gross domestic product growth and employment creation. “Exploration is the way to go and a priority,” Mineral Resources and Energy... 

Mining supply sales consultancy AmaranthCX director Paul Miller
Flow-through must not only incentivise exploration but also market participation – Miller
2nd November 2020 By: Martin Creamer

A flow-through share scheme tax incentive, currently under consideration for South Africa, must serve to incentivise not only exploration but also public listed market development and market... 

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