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Joburg Indaba panel from left Bernard Swanepoel, Otsile Matlou, Errol Smart, Mosa Mabuza and Mzila Mthenjane.
Approving outstanding permits could shift economy in 12-18 months, says Mzila Mthenjane
6th October 2023 By: Martin Creamer

If the 5 066 outstanding mining and exploration permits were approved, South Africa could begin to see a shift in the economy within 12 to 18 months, new Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila... 


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Australian resource exports poised to fall
4th October 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australia’s commodity export earnings are forecast to fall from last year’s record A$467-billion to A$400-billion in 2023–24, and A$352-billion by 2024–25, the Department of Industry, Science and... 


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Crane-less technology simplifies turbine repair
29th September 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

Given the increasing size and weight of wind turbine components, ‘crane-less technology’ is becoming more relevant in the wind energy sector and will likely be adopted more widely in South Africa... 


WBHO makes strong return, warns of potential contractor shortage for IPP jobs
29th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) is back, “and we are back on a very strong footing”, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “We had an exceptional year in a difficult period.” 


TPT's Eastern Cape Terminals
Following national trend, Eastern Cape Terminals introduce a truck appointment system
28th September 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Transnet Port Terminals' (TPT's) Eastern Cape Terminals has introduced a mandatory truck appointment system in a move to improve coordination and streamline processes across different commodities.... 


The Kasiya Proiect area showing rail and port infrastructure for export of product to global markets.
Malawi gov't sets innovative permitting example by working alongside mining company
28th September 2023 By: Martin Creamer

On the face of it, South Africa could do a lot more to speed up critical minerals mining development in South Africa. An example of doing so that catches the eye is the extra mile the government of... 


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Motheo mine, Botswana
22nd September 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

A copper mine in the Kalahari Copper Belt, in Botswana. 


Growing electrolyser capacity bodes well for platinum demand over next decade – WPIC
15th September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

In its latest release about news in the platinum industry, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) says electrolyser capacity is ramping up as both production and deployment expand globally,... 


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Gravelotte mine, South Africa
15th September 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

An emerald mine in Limpopo, South Africa. 


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Buena Vista iron project, US – update
15th September 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Magnum Mining & Exploration has flagged a potential offtake deal with mining major Anglo American over all the iron-ore produced from the project. 


BASIC NEEDS
Misa remains an important vehicle for government to advance its efforts towards meeting the basic needs of South African citizens
Govt has more work to do – Minister
15th September 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

The Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (Misa) last month celebrated ten years of “building a stronger and more resilient nation”, as it continues to deliver municipal services that are... 


Overstocked Motus faces slowing South African new-vehicle market
15th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

Following seven months of trading, it is clear that the South African new-car market is unlikely to reach the 540 000 to 560 000 units expected at the beginning of the calendar year, says Motus CEO... 


A locomotive owned by Transnet Freight Rail
Considerable challenges hampering TFR's performance, but interventions under way
14th September 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

There are myriad of challenges plaguing State-owned rail operator Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), ranging from infrastructure and security to skills shortages; however, several interventions are under... 


Kruger Park opposes new border link to Mozambique
Kruger Park opposes new border link to Mozambique
14th September 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s biggest wildlife reserve and some local businesses are opposing plans for a new privately operated trucks-only border crossing aimed at speeding up mineral exports to ports in... 


Critical Mineral Resources expanding its portfolio
12th September 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Clean energy commodities exploration and development company Critical Mineral Resources (CMR) on September 12 provided its first operational update since acquiring its Moroccan subsidiary Atlantic... 


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Energy efficient beneficiation
8th September 2023

An R800-million mineral beneficiation plant in Zimbabwe has been unveiled by Zimbabwe-based chrome producer African Chrome Fields, which uses a modern aluminothermic process that is energy... 


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Kenya Airways unit pushing use of drones and other emerging aviation technologies
8th September 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

With new technologies promising to transform commercial aviation, Kenyan national flag carrier Kenya Airways is determined to be an active participant in this revolution and so make the East... 


Orion MD and CEO Errol Smart
Orion Minerals awarded more prospecting areas for its Okiep portfolio
4th September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals has secured additional prospecting rights on its existing Okiep Copper project, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The Department of Mineral Resources and... 


URA raises £240 000 to restart Gravelotte emerald mine
1st September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

London-listed URA Holdings has raised £240 000 through a placing and subscription to buy critical equipment and machinery required for the restart of the Gravelotte emerald mine, in Limpopo, South... 


GAME-CHANGER
Aerobotics supports farmers globally with “ground-breaking
AI-engineered solutions boost fruit and nut industry resilience
1st September 2023

The 2023 season has not been without its frustrations for fruit and nut farmers, says Aerobotics GM Ken Treloar. “A host of challenging conditions domestically and across markets have pressured... 


China's Zijin Mining's openpit copper mines.
China’s Zijin mulls $3.8bn expansion of Serbia copper mine
28th August 2023 By: Bloomberg

China’s Zijin Mining Group is developing plans to expand its copper mine in eastern Serbia due to demand for the metal considered vital to the global energy transition — an effort that could cost... 


A solar and battery powered microgrid developed and built by Eskom at the Swartkop dam in the Northern Cape
Microgrid roll-out gaining traction
25th August 2023 By: Halima Frost

After the successful commissioning of State-owned power utility Eskom’s third microgrid, at the Swartkop dam, in the Northern Cape, the company aims to launch its next two microgrids at Nomalengena... 


Much pricier Mtentu Bridge construction restarts five years after Aveng walkout
25th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced the restart of construction work on the R4.05-billion Mtentu Bridge contract, in the Eastern Cape. The Aveng Strabag joint... 


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Building bridges: Fashioning a future for women in construction and engineering law
25th August 2023

Krevania Pillay is a Senior Associate in the Construction & Engineering sector at leading corporate and commercial law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH). In 2023, Pillay was recognised as a... 


Mounds of rare earths
Saltend Chemicals Park rare-earth oxide separation facility, Angola – update
25th August 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Pensana is on track to re-engineer the Longonjo project to reduce its upfront capital cost. 


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Windfall gold project, Canada – update
25th August 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Gold Fields has reported that the joint venture will start and finalise permitting for the project, hopefully by the fourth quarter. 


Railway infrastructure
Transnet revamps security as crime hobbles trains
23rd August 2023 By: Bloomberg

State-owned rail network operator Transnet has hired five private security companies in an effort to reduce chronic theft and vandalism of trains that disrupt its operations. Transnet said it was... 


Western Milling Nevada project expected to face regulatory approval delays
22nd August 2023 By: Darren Parker

Exploration company Great Western Mining and its partner Muletown Enterprizes, which are constructing a gold and silver mill at Sodaville, close to Mina in Mineral county, Nevada, are expecting... 


An image of the Goulamina lithium project
Lithium project makes significant progress
18th August 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

Following the first drill-and-blast in June, pure-play lithium explorer Leo Lithium’s Goulamina project, in Mali, has started producing ore. This interview was conducted prior to Leo Lithium being... 


Local steel industry in prime ‘springboard’ position
18th August 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

Despite contributing only a small percentage to global steel production, the South African steel sector supplies critical components to the global economy, says industry body Southern African... 


Cape Town approves seven-year road contracts
18th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

Cape Town’s Urban Mobility Directorate has received the green light from the city council to enter into long-term road contracts, spanning seven financial years, to facilitate the “uninterrupted... 


SA mining regulations hinder junior miners
18th August 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

South African mining regulations are more geared towards major mining houses; this contributes to lower levels of investment in greenfield exploration  and remote brownfields development... 


Transnet Portia Derby
Transnet CEO fears major job losses in trucking industry after road demand fades
17th August 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s surge in trucking that’s emerged largely due to higher coal prices and train bottlenecks may lead to catastrophic job losses in the road transport sector when factors ease, according... 


A photo of Maria Mogenadi wearing PPE at the forefront of a mining operation with load haul vehicles in the background
Women-centric mine contracting company launched
11th August 2023 By: Halima Frost

With a clear goal to become a reputable service provider to pre-selected blue chip mining companies, black woman-led and women-centric mine contracting company, TseboKgadi has been launched.... 


Typhoon’s devastation brings respite to China’s coal market
4th August 2023 By: Bloomberg

Torrential rains are dousing Chinese coal prices as power consumption drops in flood-hit cities and industrial areas. Typhoon Doksuri, which inundated northern China this week, has affected the... 


An image of a slipform paver for concrete roads
Concrete offers sustainability, resilience for road construction
4th August 2023

Sustainable and resilient concrete roads are critical in supporting sustainable infrastructure development. Building durable roads should be balanced with minimising the carbon emissions throughout... 


SIHLE ZIKALALA
Contractors must refuse to pay bribes to public officials and extorters. We must protect whistleblowers, and ensure that people who indicate potential for disruption are protected
Procurement clarity and prosecutions key to tackling construction site disruptions
4th August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala has emphasised the importance of unity in condemning and addressing construction site disruption and extortion affecting the industry. “It is... 


A queue of trucks transporting coal
Global demand for coal is bringing mayhem to South African towns
1st August 2023 By: Bloomberg

An often impenetrable logjam of trucks laden with coal at South Africa’s crossing with Mozambique has brought chaos to a sleepy border town. Elephants escaping from the nearby Kruger National Park... 


Image of voestslpine High Performance Metals head office in Isando
Better communication, planning key to addressing challenges
28th July 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

Steel and Technology group voestalpine High Performance Metals (HPM) plans to introduce Powder Metallurgical grades, upselling from conventional to higher grade materials where customers will... 


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Hamersley Iron, Australia
28th July 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

An iron-ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. 


Global electric vehicle sales to soar to 22m in 2025 as adoption gathers momentum
28th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

Electric vehicle (EV) adoption is set to soar in the coming years, with more than 100-million passenger EVs expected on the roads by 2026, and more than 700-million by 2040. This is a significant... 


Aerial view of the Hermosa project
Hermosa zinc/lead/silver project, US – update
28th July 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

South32 has warned of a noncash impairment expense with regard to the Taylor zinc/silver/lead deposit at the project. 


JRA closes part of road as illegal mining activity causes sinkhole
27th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has closed one lane of Miles Stoker road in the Roodepoort direction owing to a sinkhole, which has developed because of illegal mining activity in the area,... 


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