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DFS confirms feasibility of expanding AfriTin’s Uis Phase 1

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th May 2021 The definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the expansion of the Phase 1 mining and processing facility and the accompanying ore reserve estimate for the V1 and V2 pegmatites at Aim-listed AfriTin’s Uis tin mine, in Namibia, has confirmed the feasibility of expanding the current Phase 1 processing... 

Company releases drill, blast knowledge base

2nd April 2021 Underground drill and blast planning software company iRing has introduced an extensive, searchable and comprehensive Knowledge Base that provides answers to questions concerning the use of commercial explosives in mining and construction applications. This includes the physics of the detonation... 

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way  

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2021 Two-part modernisation is under way at the Amandelbult underground platinum group metals (PGMs) mine of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), one where conventional mine design remains intact but is renedered safer and more efficient, and the other involving mechanisation and the deployment of... 

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 An increased remote-operation drilling footprint is providing considerable benefit for Master Drilling, the JSE-listed drilling services company said on Tuesday, when it reported 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to $42.1-million, and a halved gearing ratio to... 

Dividend-paying Gem Diamonds working on technologies to reduce diamond damage  

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2021 Diamond mining and marketing company Gem Diamonds is advancing innovative technologies that reduce diamond damage by ejecting rock non-mechanically and being able to see diamonds in a certain size of rock, Gem CEO Clifford Elphick said on Thursday when the London-listed company reported positive... 

The major challenge of the mining industry is the imperative of growth – Dr Motsepe  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2021 The major challenge of the mining industry is the imperative of growth, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe said on Wednesday, when the 25 000-employee ARM reported record financial results. “You’ve got to replace the orebody that you’re mining with an equally... 

Partnership approach to tech collaboration at De Beers Venetia underground project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2020 Partnership will be the watchword in the technological collaboration between global diamond leader De Beers Group and engineering group Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions on the Venetia Underground Project (VUP). South Africa’s largest diamond mine, Venetia has been mined as an open pit since... 

UCP shareholders approve takeover by Afrimat

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th October 2020 JSE-listed Afrimat has announced that its offer to acquire all of the ordinary shares in Unicorn Capital Partners (UCP) not already held by Afrimat has gotten the green light from UCP’s shareholders. The industrial minerals and construction materials company in July announced its intention to... 

Resources Watch  

2nd September 2020 This week: Third of Master Drilling’s labour force let go; Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world; and, Sibanye prides itself in having the 'rock star' metals of the moment 

BME achieves another blasting record

By: Simone Liedtke     24th August 2020 Explosives, related accessories and blasting services provider BME has broken the South African record for the largest electronic detonator blast by initiating 3 780 detonators in a single blast at a manganese mine in the Northern Cape. BME Northern Cape area manager Kobus Boonzaaier says the... 

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