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Donna Slater

Donna Slater

Donna Slater is Creamer Media Features Deputy Editor and Chief Photographer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

Metals processor expands, progresses Zambian assets

17th May 2024 Zambia- and South Africa-focused diversified metals processor Jubilee Metals has completed the manufacturing of a new front-end modular 50 000-t-a-month unit at its Zambia-based Roan copper processing facility. The plant, which was shipped to Zambia in February, was designed by the Jubilee... 

New longwall commissioned in war zone

29th March 2024 Forty kilometres from the front line of the war in Ukraine, vertically integrated mining and metals company Metinvest has commissioned its eleventh longwall for coking coal in Block 10 of the Pokrovske Colliery, enabling the group of companies to produce almost one-million tonnes of coal.... 

New longwall  commissioned  in war zone
VOLUMOUS COAL The new 242-m-long eleventh longwall face possesses reserves of 993 000 t of coal

Underground hard rock equipment launched locally

15th March 2024 Mining and industrial machinery developer and manufacturer Komatsu launched, at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in February in Cape Town, three new models in its underground range that are applicable to hard rock applications, following an expansion of its portfolio to... 

Underground hard rock equipment launched locally
LOCAL LAUNCH The first products to launch in South Africa include, among others, the Komatsu single boom ZJ21 jumbo drill rig and the Komatsu ZB21 medium-class bolter

Innovation, sustainability key to coal expansion

15th March 2024 Expanding upon successful initial foundations, coal miner Kangra’s recent initiative in Mpumalanga towards the end of 2023, marked by the start of production at the miner’s underground Belgarthen Adit project, symbolises a major milestone in sustainable mining practices, says GM Paul... 

Innovation, sustainability key to coal expansion
The end of 2023 marked the start of production from Kangra's Belgarthen Adit project

Company growing presence in the DRC

16th February 2024 Amidst the growing global spotlight on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a key player in copper and cobalt mining, asset integrity management and industrial solutions company DGC Africa’s – a group of the Dickinson Group of Companies – new headquarters in Kolwezi, in the DRC signifies not... 

Company growing presence in the DRC
UPSKILLING DGC Africa, equips people with essential skills for meaningful employment, benefiting both the local workforce and international mining companies operating in the DRC

Programme eyes critical minerals

9th February 2024 Independent Vancouver, Canada-based public geoscience organisation Geoscience British Columbia is bringing together government, industry and other partners for the first desktop phase of the Critical Minerals and Metals in British Columbia Mine Tailings and Waste Rock Facilities programme to... 

AECI reorganises executive leadership team

20th December 2023 Diversified group AECI reorganised the structure of its executive leadership team, on December 20, to be more aligned to a corporate business that will enable the delivery of its strategic ambition to double the profitability of its core mining and chemicals business by 2026. This is also in... 

Critical Mineral Resources appoints COO after chairperson resignation

20th December 2023 Morocco-focused critical mineral explorer and developer Critical Mineral Resources (CMR) reports that chairperson Christopher Lambert has left the company’s board of directors with immediate effect of December 20. As the board considers his replacement, it reports the appointment of Noureddine... 

Atlantic Lithium appoints new independent non-executive director

20th December 2023 Aim- and ASX-listed Africa-focused lithium explorer and developer Atlantic Lithium has appointed Jonathan Henry to the company's board of directors as an independent non-executive director. The company’s flagship project – the Ewoyaa lithium project – set to be Ghana’s first lithium-producing... 

Contango receives payment for Muchesu bulk sample

20th December 2023 LSE-listed natural resource development company Contango Holdings has received about $116 000 from a large multinational company (MNC) as payment for the previously reported 1 000 t bulk sample of washed coking coal from its Zimbabwe-based Muchesu coal mine. Over half of the bulk sample has been... 

Contango receives payment for Muchesu bulk sample
Machinery seen at the Muchesu project

Petra Diamonds downscales board, eyes efficiency

20th December 2023 Diamond miner Petra Diamonds is making a series of changes to reduce the size and improve the efficiency of its board, going into 2024. Once these changes take effect, Petra's board will reduce from eight to seven directors, having been ten directors immediately prior to the company's annual... 

Petra Diamonds downscales board, eyes efficiency
Petra Diamonds' Finsch mine

Critical Metals improves logistics infrastructure for 2024 ramp up

20th December 2023 Southern Africa- and Americas-focused developer and miner Critical Metals is progressing with the development of its Molulu copper-cobalt project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), being in receipt of key permits and by investing further in key infrastructure. Critical Metals has... 

Arrow Minerals restarts Guinea fieldwork

20th December 2023 West Africa-focused explorer and developer Arrow Minerals reports that fieldwork has been restarted at its flagship Simandou North iron ore project in the Republic of Guinea. The initial work programme has two key objectives: re-log drill core and collect metallurgical samples, and map the... 

Arrow Minerals restarts Guinea fieldwork
The Simandou range

Protest continues at Implats' BRPM, with more than 2 000 emplyees still underground

19th December 2023 An illegal underground protest at platinum group metals major Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) Bafokeng Rasimone platinum mine (BRPM) has continued for a second day, Implats corporate relations group executive Johan Theron informs Mining Weekly The protest action started on the morning of December 18. 

Protest continues at Implats' BRPM, with more than 2 000 emplyees still underground
File photo: Personnel of the Bafokeng Rasimone platinum mine stand at infrastructure of the mine

Centamin upgrades reserves by 28%

19th December 2023 LSE- and TSX-listed gold miner Centamin reports that it has increased its reserves by 28% to 7.7-million oz, including 10% growth at its Egypt-based Sukari gold mine. Sukari mine’s proven and probable mineral reserves increased to 5.8-million oz compared to the 5.3-million oz mineral reserve... 

Centamin upgrades reserves by 28%
Centamin's Egypt-based Sukari gold mine

Rwanda, European Investment Bank ink critical material declaration

19th December 2023 The government of Rwanda and the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed a joint declaration, on December 19, enabling a strategic alliance to enhance investment in critical raw material value chains. This agreement will strengthen technical and financial cooperation to identify critical raw... 

Rwanda, European Investment Bank ink critical material declaration
Photo by Bloomberg
Rwandan President Paul Kagame (pictured), with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, witnessed the signature of the partnership by EIB VP Gelsomina Vigliotti and Rwanda Finance and Economic Planning Minister Dr Uzziel Ndagijimana

Bushveld greenlighted on Vametco deal

19th December 2023 In its pusuit of acquiring full ownership of the Vametco vanadium mine and production facility (Vametco), Aim-listed integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals has met all the necessary conditions and received final approval from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), thereby allowing... 

Bushveld greenlighted on Vametco deal
Vametco plant

MC Mining receives revised takeover offer for all outstanding shares

19th December 2023 JSE-, ASX- and Aim-listed emerging developer and producer MC Mining reports that it has received a non-binding and indicative off-market takeover offer to acquire all its outstanding shares by a consortium of its biggest shareholders – Senosi Group Investment Holdings and Dendocept. This follows... 

MC Mining receives revised takeover offer for all outstanding shares
MC Mining's Uitkomst Colliery

Implats reports illegal underground protest at Bafokeng Rasimone mine

18th December 2023 Platinum major Impala Platinum (Implats) is closely monitoring an illegal underground protest, which started on the morning of December 18, at both the North and South shafts of the Bafokeng Rasimone platinum mine at the group’s Impala Bafokeng operation in the North West province. As a result... 

Nersa grants Envusa Energy trading licence

18th December 2023 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved an electricity trading licence for Envusa Energy – a joint venture between diversified miner Anglo-American and renewable energy company EDF Renewables South Africa (EDF). In November, Envusa lodged an application for a licence... 

Nersa grants Envusa Energy trading licence
Photo by Creamer Media
Envusa's energy trading area

Tirupati makes second payment for Suni Resources

18th December 2023 LSE-listed specialist flake graphite producer Tirupati Graphite, with projects in Mozambique and Madagascar, has issued of 6.56-million shares to ASX-listed gold and copper explorer and developer Battery Minerals as part of the second tranche of the acquisition agreement of Suni Resources.... 

Implats to carry out independent investigation of fatal conveyance incident

18th December 2023 Platinum group metals major Impala Platinum (Implats) has been instructed by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DMRE) to commission an independent investigation into the fatal incident that claimed the lives of 13 miners on November 27, to determine its cause. During mid-December, Implats... 

Implats to carry out independent investigation of fatal conveyance incident
Impala Platinum's Rustenburg 11 Shaft

Bushveld enters into $3.7m sale agreement for Mokopane project

18th December 2023 Aim-listed primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals has entered into a definitive agreement to sell 64% of its issued shares in Pamish Investments No. 39 (known as the Mokopane project), to Southern Point Resources - Fund 1 (SPRF), represented by its general partner, SPR GP1, for... 

Bushveld enters into $3.7m sale agreement for Mokopane project
Bushveld Minerals' vanadium ore

Jubilee completes £13m fundraise to progress Zambian copper interests

18th December 2023 Diversified metal recovery and production company Jubilee successfully closed a placing of 236-million new ordinary shares on December 15, taking the total gross proceeds of the placing from the minimum amount of about £10-million, to £13-million, at a price of 5.5 pence apiece. Jubilee intends... 

Jubilee completes £13m fundraise to progress Zambian copper interests
Jubilee CEO Leon Coetzer

Zimbabwe mine sets production record

15th December 2023 The Zimbabwe-based Blanket gold mine continues to perform in line with the expectations of operator Caledonia Mining Corporation, having set a new quarterly production record in the third quarter of this year of 21 772 oz. This production record is 3% up from production in the third quarter of... 

Zimbabwe mine sets production record
BLANKET MINERS Caledonia Mining Corporation intends to operate Blanket gold mine in 2024 within the same guidance range as 2023 of between 75 000 oz to 80 000 oz

SA’s wind-energy potential is vast and not geographically constrained

29th September 2023 Despite no wind energy projects being selected as preferred bidders in the sixth bid window (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) says there is significant untapped wind potential in South... 

SA’s wind-energy potential is vast and not geographically constrained
HARNESSING WIND Grid capacity needs to be strengthened in areas where wind farms are likely to be built to ensure sufficient and efficient electricity evacuation can occur

Solid foundations required for successful community trusts

18th August 2023 Several factors can play a key and determining role in the success of mining companies’ efforts to improve environmental, social and governance credentials, especially as it relates to the management of community trusts to drive social impact, reports social investment fund manager and advisory... 

Solid foundations required for successful community trusts
Tshikululu Social Investments social impact head Dipalesa Mpye

Advancing bolt load measurement

18th August 2023 Ensuring the reliability of bolted connections is vital for safety, performance and operational efficiency in mining and engineering applications, leading to bolt technology developer InterBolt developing the InterBolt System, which is available in South Africa through Wanawake Industrial... 

Advancing bolt load measurement
STRESS TESTING InterBolt uses a precision gauge pin in the loaded region of a bolt or stud to create a minute gap between itself and the sensor, which serving as a reliable measuring device for load on the bolt

Miners increasingly focusing on green energy

14th July 2023 Miners operating in Africa are increasingly shifting focus towards improving their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, including endeavours to incorporate renewable-energy solutions into projects and operations, says independent international consultancy SRK Consulting South... 

Miners increasingly focusing  on green energy
ANDREW VAN ZYL There is growing optimism surrounding the adoption of renewable-energy sources across Africa

Cape Town earmarks R1.2bn for Steenbras peaker plant maintenance and expansion

5th May 2023 The City of Cape Town’s ‘Building Hope’ budget for 2023/24 proposes continued investment in its Steenbras hydroelectric pumped storage scheme, laying the foundation for a potential estimated investment of about R1.2-billion over the next nine years on the maintenance and expansion of the plant.... 

Africa utilising only a tiny proportion of its renewable-energy resources – foundation

5th May 2023 As the majority of the world embraces a shift in electricity generation away from fossil fuels towards greener, renewable sources of energy, Africa faces several challenges in attracting investment capital to undertake a significant energy transition, renewable energy support foundation Renewable... 

Demand for untethered trains set to rise ‘rapidly’

28th April 2023 Demand for “untethered” electric trains will increase rapidly over the coming years, with sales to grow four-fold year-on-year to reach over 100 deliveries this year, according to a report by market research and business intelligence company IDTechEx. The ‘Battery Electric & Hydrogen Fuel Cell... 

Business interruption, disruption, natural catastrophes main risks for construction, engineering firms – Allianz

28th April 2023 Business interruption, supply chain disruption and natural catastrophes rank as the top risks facing the construction and engineering sector, followed most recently by the energy crisis, according to respondents to a risk barometer survey done by financial services company Allianz. After the... 

Disruptions impact Blanket mine’s first-quarter production

24th April 2023 NYSE- and Aim-listed gold miner Caledonia Mining produced 13% less gold year-on-year from its flagship Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, at 18 515 oz in the first quarter of the year as a result of several individually-insignificant mechanical breakdowns and logistical issues. However, the miner... 

With oversubscribed listing in hand, Copper 360 ready to ramp up Northern Cape operations

24th April 2023 With a recent oversubscribed private placement of shares totalling R152-million, South Africa’s only pure copper play Copper 360 has raised enough capital to see it through at least a year-and-a-half of production ramp-up, says CEO Jan Nelson. This is in addition to a R62-million interest-free... 

With oversubscribed listing in hand, Copper 360 ready to ramp up Northern Cape operations
Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson speaks with Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer at the AltX listing of the company on April 21

Collapse in rail service has increased road freight volumes and risks

21st April 2023 A spate of attention-grabbing road safety incidents involving trucks has sparked debate about the state of land transport in South Africa and brought the safety of trucks and their operators into sharp focus. Among recent horror crashes involving trucks is the Boksburg gas tanker explosion that... 

Collapse in rail service has increased road freight volumes and risks
Photo by Creamer Media
There has been an overall increase in vehicular crashes, reflected in a number of simple variables, including a general increase in the number of vehicles on the road, translating into greater chances of collisions.

Collapse in rail service has increased road freight volumes and risks

21st April 2023 A spate of attention-grabbing road safety incidents involving trucks has sparked debate about the state of land transport in South Africa and brought the safety of trucks and their operators into sharp focus. Among recent horror crashes involving trucks is the Boksburg gas tanker explosion that... 

Collapse in rail service has increased road freight volumes and risks
Photo by Creamer Media
There has been an overall increase in vehicular crashes, reflected in a number of simple variables, including a general increase in the number of vehicles on the road, translating into greater chances of collisions.

Implats acquires another 1.07m RBPlat shares

20th April 2023 JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has acquired an additional 1.07-million shares in fellow PGMs miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) – representing 45.09% of RBPlat’s shares in issue. The latest acquisition of shares constitutes about 0.37% of the RBPlat... 

Centamin lifts revenue, production in first quarter

20th April 2023 LSE- and TSX-listed gold miner and explorer Centamin produced 14% more gold year-on-year in the first quarter of this year at 105 875 oz, while its revenue increased by 18% year-on-year to $205-million from the sale of 107 661 oz of gold at an average price of $1 902/oz. The higher production... 

Copper 360 raises R152.5m ahead of AltX listing

18th April 2023 Ahead of its upcoming AltX listing on the JSE on April 21, JSE-listed copper miner Copper 360 raised R152.5-million by April 18 at an oversubscription rate of 1.3 times. Copper 360 has a dozen mines in the Northern Cape, which it plans to mine using a cluster method, that collectively present... 

Latest assays uncover best gold intercepts to date at Osino’s Namibia project

18th April 2023 TSX-V-listed gold explorer and developer Osino Resources has made the “best intercepts recorded in the company’s history” at its Ondundu gold project, in Namibia, following recently completed infill and scissor hole drill programmes. Since defining a maiden mineral resource estimate, Osino has... 

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