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Defining the heavy-haul railway of the future

26th June 2019 Heavy-haul railways are under constant pressure to optimise operational efficiency, a factor that has led the sector to spearhead many new technologies. Michael Roney, special advisor to the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), explains in this article, originally published in the... 

Diamonds continue to do good for the people of Botswana, says Okavango Diamond Company

25th June 2019 Botswana is reaping the rewards from decades of successful management of its diamond sector to become one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Speaking at the Plenary Meeting of the Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation... 

Glencore cuts out agents and dealmakers as scrutiny grows 

By: Bloomberg     25th June 2019 Glencore is cutting out many of its intermediaries – the agents and dealmakers once essential to cracking the toughest markets – amid growing scrutiny of its operations around the world. Under pressure from its compliance division, Glencore is dismantling much of its global network of trading... 

Eskom's gain South Africa's pain as investors balk at debt 

By: Bloomberg     24th June 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s latest pledge to support Eskom Holdings is good news for the cash-strapped electricity company -- but some investors are balking at the prospect of increased sovereign-bond issuance to pay for the bailout. Ramaphosa told lawmakers last week South Africa would bring... 

Rio and ArcelorMittal tell different sides of iron-ore story

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2019 In the world of metals and mining, sometimes it’s better to sell the raw product rather than the finished one. This seems to be a lesson for investors who chose to hold shares in ArcelorMittal rather than Rio Tinto Group this year. Despite nagging trade tensions and fears about global growth,... 

Cost-effective lubricant increases machine life

By: Halima Frost     21st June 2019 The change in lubricants on brick manufacturer KuluCrete’s excavator at its Port Shepstone quarry, in KwaZulu-Natal, has resulted in significant cost savings and a notable decrease in lubrication quantities and applications. KuluCrete is a supplier of bricks, blocks, roof tiles, kerbing, pavers,... 

Award winning software company ESS Engineering Software Steyr poised to make its mark at Mining Investment London Conference

20th June 2019 Mining Investment London Conference and Exhibition www.mininginvestmentlondon.com, part of the global Mining Investment Conference Series. will be returning to London for the 3rd time from 19 – 20 Sep 2019 and ESS Engineering Software Steyr, an award-winning global software company based in... 

Unions call for new standard to protect US miners from silica dust

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2019 With cases of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (black lung disease) and progressive massive fibrosis spiking, two unions have called on the Mine Safety and Health Administration to step up standards to protect miners from silica dust. The United Mine Workers of America and United Steelworkers said in... 

Trump makes his biggest move yet to try to save coal plants

By: Bloomberg     20th June 2019 President Donald Trump is scaling back sweeping Obama-era curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants burning coal, his biggest step yet to fulfill his campaign promise to stop a “war” on the fossil fuel. Yet the Environmental Protection Agency’s rewrite of the Clean Power Plan, which... 

De Beers Group launches diamond education course partnership in India

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th June 2019 De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds is partnering with the International Institute of Gemology in India (IIG) to deliver diamond education courses throughout that country. The IIG has been operating for more than 50 years and is entrenched in gemology and in diamond and jewellery education in... 

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