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Quebec supports Monarch to revive mine and mill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th August 2021 Gold miner Monarch Mining has entered into a $13.5-million senior secured term loan agreement with Investissement Québec to aid the restart of the Beaufor mine and Beacon mill. The loan has a three-year term and bears interest at a rate of 6% a year until the restart of the mine and mill, 5%... 

Capricorn readies for drilling at Mt Gibson

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th August 2021 Gold miner Capricorn Metals is hoping to start production at its recently acquired Mt Gibson project, in Western Australia, within the next two to two-and-a-half years. Speaking at the Diggers & Dealers conference, CEO Kim Massey said that the company is hoping to have the tenement applications... 

Spatial Dimension to design Botswana's new online mining cadastre system

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2021 Spatial Dimension South Africa, a subsidiary of hardware, software and services technology company Trimble, recently signed a contract to design and implement an online mining cadastre system for the Botswana Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security (MMGE). The... 

African mining can harness tech, automation to spur economic recovery  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2021 The mining sector in Africa can help to grow economies during and after the Covid-19 pandemic, by harnessing technology and automation, as well as by capitalising on opportunities provided by the green transition, automation company Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo said on... 

Ongoing decline in Eskom’s coal performance drove another ‘intensive’ period of load-shedding in first half of 2021 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 A continuing decline in the performance of the Eskom coal fleet drove yet another “intensive” period of load-shedding in South Africa during the first six months of 2021, when rotational power cuts were implemented for 650 hours, or 15% of the time. A new Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

MC Mining’s Uitkomst lifts second-quarter output by 208% y/y

By: Donna Slater     30th July 2021 JSE-, Aim- and ASX-listed coal explorer and miner MC Mining reports that its Uitkomst colliery had produced 127 927 t of run-of-mine coal in the second quarter of this year – a 208% year-on-year increase. Production during the comparative period in 2020 was limited as a result of the South... 

Glencore lowers full-year coal, nickel output guidance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2021 Diversified miner Glencore expects to meet the $3.2-billion top end of its full-year earnings before interest and taxes guidance owing to a strong performance from the company’s marketing business. This was despite the company reporting only modest increases year-on-year in copper production,... 

Manufacturer stresses need for quality materials during downturn

By: Cameron Mackay     30th July 2021 Amid strained economic conditions, contractors are opting to buy cheaper and lower-quality building materials, such as cement, to reduce costs, which cement manufacturer AfriSam cementitious executive Hannes Meyer argues is short-sighted and can lead to numerous issues. He emphasises the... 

Gearboxes ensure increased safety

By: Theresa Bhowan     30th July 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG supplies the local railway sector with custom-designed planetary gearboxes for use in railway maintenance programmes. Design customisations are adjusted according to the demand and physical requirements of the application. 

Production surplus meets growing rail industry demand

By: Theresa Bhowan     30th July 2021 Although stainless steel supplier Columbus Stainless can meet South Africa’s stainless steel material demands in all sectors, including the railroad industry, the apparent stainless steel consumption is too low to fulfil the mill’s total production capacity, says Columbus Stainless market... 

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