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For first time ever, renewables surpass coal in US power mix

By: Bloomberg     26th June 2019 For the clearest sign yet that renewable energy has gone mainstream, consider this: Clean energy resources supplied more of America’s electricity than coal for the first time ever in April. Hydropower dams, solar panels and wind turbines generated almost 68.5-million megawatt-hours of power in... 

Kamoa-Kakula development progressing well

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th June 2019 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines says it is making “excellent progress” on the construction of the Stage 1 six-million-tonne-a-year Kamoa-Kakula copper mine, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). After China-based Citic Metal agreed to invest an additional $459-million in Ivanhoe, the pace of... 

Zimbabwe starts rolling power cuts, hitting mines, industry

By: Reuters     13th May 2019 Zimbabwe has started rolling power cuts lasting up to eight hours that will also hit mines, a schedule from the State power utility showed on Monday, after reduced output at both the largest hydropower plant and ageing coal-fired generators. The power cuts will add to mounting public anger... 

Precinct establishing platform for all stakeholders

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th April 2019 The Mandela Mining Precinct – which industrial cluster Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA) is an inherent part of – has been very successful in establishing a platform for all mining sector stakeholders, says MEMSA CEO Ossie Carstens. “MEMSA and the Mandela Mining Precinct are... 

Hydrogen penny beginning to drop as Anglo seizes mine mobility opportunity using sun power

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2019 South Africa’s excellent sun intensity and its prime onshore wind corridors put the country in an excellent position to pursue the electrification of almost anything, says the newly published book entitled ‘South Africa’s Energy Transition, A Roadmap to a Decarbonised, low-cost and job-rich... 

SA mines can now use drone technology for underground mapping

By: Halima Frost     5th April 2019 South African systems integrator Ramjack Technology Solutions has formed an alliance with Swedish aerial robotics company Inkonova to supply underground unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) and mapping technology to the South African mining industry for use underground. Inkonova supplies... 

Multibillion-dollar Zim PGMs project making progress 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th March 2019 In the heart of the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, within the world’s second-largest known platinum group metals (PGMs) deposits, exploration has started on the 23 903 ha mining area of the Karo platinum project. One year after Cyprus-based Karo Mining signed the $4.2-billion deal to develop the latest... 

Australia nailing its colours to coal mast, despite call to halt its use for power generation by 2050

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd February 2019 Amid rising electricity costs and flailing power supplies across the East Coast of Australia, the country’s government is standing firm on its decision to keep coal as one of its main sources of electricity generation. Australia’s East Coast is facing a plethora of electricity issues, with... 

South African mining falling behind on energy, automation, discovery, development and longevity fronts

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2019 South African mining was at one stage ahead of the world, leading on all fronts using the cheapest energy. All that has ended and South African mining now finds itself far behind. Its African counterparts are streaking ahead in the use of renewable energy, the ushering in of automation and the... 

Enabling a Sustainable Future – Delivering on Africas Renewable Energy Agenda

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2019 African economies have in recent years experienced a surge in business activity, thanks in part to the emergence of an increasingly prosperous middle class. This consumer boom has not only strained retail supply chains but has placed overwhelming demands on national utilities.  The World Bank... 

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