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Importance of supplier engagement emphasised

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 Surface mining association Aspasa is encouraging suppliers, service providers and contractors, such as those in the materials handling and logistics sector, to become associate members of the association to meet the industry’s future challenges. Aspasa director Nico Pienaar stresses that this... 

Afrimat Construction Index shows marginal improvement year-on-year

By: Simone Liedtke     20th June 2019 JSE-listed Afrimat’s Construction Index (ACI) for the first quarter broadly followed the same “disappointing trend” evident in overall economic activity during the quarter, with gross domestic product (GDP) having contracted by more than 3% quarter-on-quarter. Economist Dr Roelof Botha, who... 

Athabasca Minerals signs agreement with First Nation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th June 2019 Canadian mineral explorer Athabasca Minerals Inc (AMI) has signed a ten-year aggregates management agreement with the Montana First Nation (MFN) for the processing and sale of aggregates from MFN’s 185 acre Colchester property located near Ponoka, Alberta. The scope of the agreement includes... 

ELBCon installing leach vats at Glencore’s Rhovan vanadium mine

By: Simone Liedtke     12th June 2019 Construction services provider ELB Construction (ELBCon) has been awarded a contract by Turnmill Proquip Equipment to install four leach vats, as well as associated structural steel, at Glencore’s Rhovan vanadium mine, in the North West. The mine’s aged leach vats are becoming obsolete and will... 

ELB Construction installing Rhovan Leach Vat project at Bethanie

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th June 2019 ELB Construction (Pty) Ltd (ELBCON) is pleased to announce it has been awarded the project to install 4x Leach Vats, as well as associated structural steel for Turnmill Proquip Equipment (Pty) Ltd at Glencore’s Rhovan Mine Operations at Bethanie outside Brits in the North West province.... 

Rare earths giant Lynas to prioritise US military's needs, CEO says

By: Bloomberg     7th June 2019 The world’s largest rare-earth producer outside of China will prioritise the US military’s needs when it starts production at a plant it’s building in Texas, the company’s CEO said. While defence applications are small compared to commercial uses, the military has been successful in creating... 

Palladium, tin constraints offer upside for Ivanplats, Alphamin 

By: Nadine James     5th June 2019 Palladium and tin are both entering into periods of constrained supply, attendees of the Junior Mining Indaba – hosted at the Country Club Johannesburg in Auckland Park – were told on Wednesday. In his presentation, titled ‘We need more palladium’, Ivanplats senior VP Gerick Mouton noted that... 

African Transport Operations Agency (ATOA)

31st May 2019 Specialising in cross-border transportation to African countries, African Transport Operations Agency (ATOA) provides expert solutions and services to the trade and transport industry. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, ATOA moves cargo throughout Africa by road, sea, air or multimodal freight. 

Efficiency trending in bulk materials handling sector

By: Tracy Hancock     31st May 2019 Surprisingly, this year has seen increased demand for bulk materials handling from the local mining sector, which, South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) chairperson Adriano Frittella says, is possibly a result of the sector having remained static at a low base over the past couple... 

Smart digitalisation an urgent problem

By: Tracy Hancock     31st May 2019 Smart technology-enabled digitalisation poses a significant challenge for South Africa’s materials handling and logistics companies who fail to adapt, especially in a market where the country’s big mining players seek to realise the ‘mine of tomorrow’, says African artificial intelligence (AI)... 

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