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Saving Earth with electric cars means wrecking a fragile desert

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2019 The oases that once interrupted the dusty slopes of the Atacama desert in northern Chile allowed humans and animals to survive for thousands of years in the world’s driest climate. That was before the mining started. Sara Plaza, 67 years old, can still remember guiding her family’s sheep along... 

Minerals processing company sees growth opportunity in Moz

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th June 2019 Minerals processing specialist Multotec boasts an entrenched presence in Mozambique, having operated in the country’s mining sector for more than 15 years, and Multotec Mozambique regional manager Thinus Kruger tells Mining Weekly that there is potential for the company to grow further. Multotec... 

Manufacturer completes DRC alluvial mining equipment project

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     7th June 2019 Alluvial diamond mining equipment manufacturer PCF Engineering has completed a multimillion-rand project for a client active in the Tshikapa diamond field in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for the manufacture and supply of a variety of equipment. PCF Engineering supplied gravel pumps,... 

Lucapa launches next phase Lulu kimberlite search

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th June 2019 Australia-based Lucapa Diamond Company has launched a $3.3.-million, 12-month exploration programme to locate the kimberlite source of the high-value alluvial diamonds that it currently mines at the Lulo mine, in Angola. The programme is based on a technical review of Lulo kimberlite exploration... 

Process Pipe

29th April 2019 Process Pipe and its newly acquired company, CAB South Africa, has established a national footprint as a wholesaler and retailer of carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Moreover, as Process Pipe & CAB... 

Thorny River on track to become diamond producer by mid-2019

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2019 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has confirmed that its Thorny River diamond dyke project, in South Africa, remains on track to start bulk sampling and diamond production by the middle of this year. Bulk sampling is anticipated to start in May, assuming final permits are obtained in time, and will... 

US coal miners are shoveling more money than ever at investors

By: Bloomberg     25th March 2019 It’s not a great time to be a coal miner, but there’s never been a better time for their shareholders. US coal companies returned almost $3.7-billion in dividends and buybacks to shareholders in the 12 months through September, and S&P Global Ratings expects more of the same this year. That’s... 

First gold pour at Endeavour’s Ity completed ahead of schedule

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2019 The first gold pour at TSX-listed Endeavour Mining’s Ity carbon-in-leach (CIL) project, in Côte d'Ivoire, took place on March 18, four months ahead of schedule and under budget. The first pour yielded about 1 800 oz of gold. 

The coal miner who bet everything on US power markets and lost

By: Bloomberg     18th March 2019 Eleven years ago, Cloud Peak Energy made an all-or-nothing bet its rivals were unwilling to match: that coal would remain indispensable to the US power sector. That gamble has now pushed it to the brink of bankruptcy. 

MODI Mining

1st March 2019 Established in 2011, Modi Mining has grown an average of 30% a year, earning founding owners and husband and wife team Motlapele Molefi and Sam Molefi the 2019 Sanlam and Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year award winner.  The 100% black-owned company was established to offer contract... 

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