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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... 

New sewage treatment plants planned

By: Darren Parker     21st August 2020 Following the successful commissioning of a sewage treatment plant for coal mining company Canyon Coal’s Khanye colliery, in Gauteng, in early 2019, plans are under way to build similar plants at the company’s planned De Wittekrans and Palmietkuilen collieries. In a statement issued by the... 

Water treatment technology available but costly

By: Darren Parker     21st August 2020 Although the technology to treat and purify mine water to acceptable standards already exists, the main challenge for the mining industry and society is affordability, says water and environmental consulting firm GCS regional director and senior hydrogeologist Pieter Labuschagne. Currently, the... 

Xtract Resources, Longhau ink agreement for exploitation of Guy Fawkes deposit

By: Simone Liedtke     19th August 2020 Diversified metals and minerals producer Xtract Resources’ wholly-owned Mozambican subsidiary, Explorator Limitada, has concluded a mining contractor agreement with Longhau Tianci Mining for the exploitation of the Guy Fawkes hard rock gold deposit at its Manica mining concession in Mozambique.... 

Sadpo co-founder dies; industry is managing Covid-19 well

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th August 2020 South African Diamond Producers Organisation (Sadpo) chairperson Gert van Niekerk reports in a newsletter that the organisation’s former deputy chairperson and co-founder Jaap van Heerden has passed away. Van Niekerk goes on to report that its members in the diamond mining industry have adapted... 

Wescoal develops SOPs, COPs for Covid, expects upcoming loss

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2020 Coal-mining and trading company Wescoal on Monday voluntarily updated shareholders on its operations, strategic projects and milestones as well as its quarterly production and sales figures from its operating assets. Wescoal stated that it was in the process of finalising its results for the year... 

Minister urges mines to test without fear of mine closure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday urged mines to test for Covid-19 to the full extent without fearing mine closure. The Minister was responding to a media question on the steps the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) was taking to end the backlog of... 

Mining shifts focus to technology, automation

1st May 2020 Technology implemented alongside the correct logistics and strategy, makes a difference to age-old industries, automation company SICK Automation noted in a press release in February. As the mining industry is faced with numerous challenges relating to growth in a digitised economy, it is in... 

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