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Nadine James

Nadine James

Nadine James is a Features Deputy Editor for Engineering News

As Cape Town gathering marks 30 years, miners eye new prospects amid disruption

26th January 2024 In keeping with its 2024 theme, ‘Embracing the power of positive disruption: A bold new future for African mining’, the Investing in African Mining Indaba is perhaps one of the best examples of embracing change without compromising on vision or long-term sustainability. The event’s evolution over... 

As Cape Town gathering marks 30 years, miners eye new prospects amid disruption

26th January 2024 In keeping with its 2024 theme, ‘Embracing the power of positive disruption: A bold new future for African mining’, the Investing in African Mining Indaba is perhaps one of the best examples of embracing change without compromising on vision or long-term sustainability. The event’s evolution over... 

As Cape Town gathering marks 30 years, miners eye new prospects amid disruption
Photo by Hyve Group
GAME CHANGERS The Mining Indaba, by attracting high-level stakeholders, has helped shape the growth and development of African mining industries for the last three decades

Cobre Panama mine, Panama

15th December 2023 Cobre Panama is one of the largest new copper mines to open in the past decade, and the first large-scale operation to be built in Panama. 

Cobre Panama mine, Panama

Eloise mine, Australia

8th December 2023 The mine is located in north Queensland, in Australia, about 60 km south-east of Cloncurry and 155 km east-south-east of Mount Isa.   

Eloise mine, Australia

Cononish mine, Scotland

1st December 2023 Cononish is Scotland’s first commercial gold mine. 

Cononish mine, Scotland

Westwood mine, Canada

24th November 2023 Westwood is Iamgold’s only underground mine. 

Westwood mine, Canada

Caserones mine, Chile

17th November 2023 The Caserones mine produces high-quality copper concentrate, copper cathode and molybdenum concentrate. 

Caserones mine, Chile

Brics expansion holds threats and opportunities for SA business

10th November 2023 The expansion of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) bloc, announced during the fifteenth yearly Brics Summit in August, has raised questions about South Africa’s role in the group and whether the perceived spurning of its more traditional allies and trade partners will have... 

Brics expansion holds threats and opportunities for SA business
WINDS OF CHANGE The new members, which have been invited to join from 2024, are Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The general consensus is that the Brics expansion is meant to enhance the group’s global influence and aid a transition to a multipolar world

Bibiani mine, Ghana

10th November 2023 Bibiani is an historically significant gold mine in Ghana 

Bibiani mine, Ghana

Lady Loretta mine, Australia

3rd November 2023 Lady Loretta is a lead/zinc/silver mine that is nearing the end of its life. 

Lady Loretta mine, Australia

Mount Isa Mines Complex, Australia

27th October 2023 A lead/zinc/silver mining operation in Queensland. 

Mount Isa Mines Complex, Australia

Packaging exhibition helps industry connect, boost growth

20th October 2023 Packaging and labelling trade exhibition Propak Cape is the “essential gathering place to discover all industry stakeholders need to know about the latest advancements and solutions that could benefit productivity, streamline business and improve profitability”, says Specialised Exhibitions, a... 

Packaging exhibition helps industry connect, boost growth
MARK ANDERSON If one looks at what Propak's exhibitors are launching and/or showcasing over the three days of the show, it speaks directly to the event's three theme topics

Karowe mine, Botswana

20th October 2023 A diamond mine in north-central Botswana. 

Karowe mine, Botswana

Syama mine, Mali

13th October 2023 A large-scale gold operation in Mali. 

Syama mine, Mali

Aljustrel Mining Complex, Portugal

6th October 2023 A zinc, lead and silver operation in the south of Portugal. 

Aljustrel Mining Complex, Portugal

Better resources, collaboration required to tackle mine security as illegal mining spikes

11th August 2023 Illegal mining has grown in scale and complexity, forcing mine security personnel and law enforcement to adapt as traditional security measures become obsolete. Additionally, the sophistication of illegal mining syndicates requires an exponential increase in cooperation and collaboration among... 

Better resources, collaboration required to tackle mine security as illegal mining spikes
Photo by Creamer Media Photographer Donna Slater
FIRE WITH FIRE There is an escalation in the number and type of firearms and ammunition seized from illegal miners, including semiautomatic rifles, hand grenades and explosives

Better resources, collaboration required to tackle mine security as illegal mining spikes

11th August 2023 Illegal mining has grown in scale and complexity, forcing mine security personnel and law enforcement to adapt as traditional security measures become obsolete. Additionally, the sophistication of illegal mining syndicates requires an exponential increase in cooperation and collaboration among... 

Better resources, collaboration required to tackle mine security as illegal mining spikes
Photo by Creamer Media Photographer Donna Slater
FIRE WITH FIRE There is an escalation in the number and type of firearms and ammunition seized from illegal miners, including semiautomatic rifles, hand grenades and explosives

Increased interest in XRF, OES from steel sector

7th July 2023 Portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES) equipment provider Innov-X-Africa has noted increased interest in its products from the steel sector, with salesperson Craig Bateman observing that the primary applications are for quality control and scarp sorting... 

Mining’s inability to absorb youth raises questions about its sustainability

16th June 2023 High youth unemployment, combined with a national skills shortage and the fact that just over a third of the population is between 15 and 35 years old, means that South Africa – already contending with poor economic growth and civil unrest – is barrelling towards an untenable situation.... 

Mining’s inability to absorb youth raises questions about its sustainability
SOME BARE NECESSITIES STEM and training programmes should become more accessible and affordable and should be adapted to be more relevant to the interests of the youth

Mining’s inability to absorb youth raises questions about its sustainability

15th June 2023 High youth unemployment, combined with a national skills shortage and the fact that just over a third of the population is between 15 and 35 years old, means that South Africa – already contending with poor economic growth and civil unrest – is barrelling towards an untenable situation.... 

Mining’s inability to absorb youth raises questions about its sustainability
SOME BARE NECESSITIES STEM and training programmes should become more accessible and affordable and should be adapted to be more relevant to the interests of the youth

Control project improves boiler efficiencies

9th June 2023 Experienced boiler and energy plant operations and maintenance service provider Associated Energy Services (AES) is currently monitoring the performance of a recently completed project that included programming and control system intervention as well as the upgrading of a boiler control system... 

Partnership with German supplier bearing fruit

9th June 2023 Boiler and steam generator supplier Steam Generation Africa’s work and partnership with German industrial equipment supplier CERTUSS has resulted in numerous projects and opportunities considering the African market modular steam supply solutions, says MD John Rundle. “Late last year we... 

Partnership with German supplier bearing fruit
HIGH-TECH OFFERING CERTUSS steam generators enable a highly flexible steam supply while saving energy

Tech*Carnival to enable greater engagement with ‘MinTech’

28th April 2023 Dwyka Mining Services Tech*Carnival-23 – “the lovechild of the Rand Easter Show and the Investing in African Mining Indaba” – is the inaugural #tech4good mining technology festival taking place on May 17 and 18 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa, says Dwyka CEO Jamie van... 

Tech*Carnival to enable greater engagement with ‘MinTech’
JAMIE VAN SCHOOR Dwyka and its partners advocate that they can create a platform where mining technologies are at the forefront. A space where the industry’s contribution and potential can be acknowledged

Early-stage AI integration in exploration and mining proves promising

7th April 2023 The recent hype around artificial intelligence (AI), spurred by millions rushing to explore AI chatbot ChatGPT and AI image generator DALL-E, has led to renewed interest and thought about the use of AI in the workplace. AI-enabled technologies have become increasingly common in numerous... 

Early-stage AI integration in exploration and mining proves promising
Photo by Adobe
FUTURE IS NOW Machinery equipped with sensors and data analytics software can collect and analyse data to identify patterns and trends. While the machines may not be making decisions or taking actions, they still perform tasks requiring a level of intelligence and analysis

Early-stage AI integration in exploration and mining proves promising

6th April 2023 The recent hype around artificial intelligence (AI), spurred by millions rushing to explore AI chatbot ChatGPT and AI image generator DALL-E, has led to renewed interest and thought about the use of AI in the workplace. AI-enabled technologies have become increasingly common in numerous... 

Early-stage AI integration in exploration and mining proves promising
Photo by Adobe
FUTURE IS NOW Machinery equipped with sensors and data analytics software can collect and analyse data to identify patterns and trends. While the machines may not be making decisions or taking actions, they still perform tasks requiring a level of intelligence and analysis

2023 ‘perfect’ to expand to Africa

24th March 2023 Speaking on the sidelines of the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba, Spanish mining technology company Torsa Global’s business development director Gabino de Diego told Mining Weekly that 2023 is the opportune time to enter the African market. Torsa Global, which creates and supplies integrated... 

2023 ‘perfect’ to expand to Africa
GABINO DE DIEGO After installing the vibration monitoring solution for a customer in Argentina, the number of people medically boarded for back and neck injuries reduced by 80%

Wastewater solution can aid ESG goals

24th March 2023 Mining companies are facing increasing scrutiny around their environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), and an area that can reduce energy consumption, and environmental and societal impact is proper wastewater management, says Finnish wastewater solutions provider EPSE Oy CEO Jouni... 

Wastewater solution  can aid ESG goals
Photo by Creamer Media
FELIX FONDEM EPSE will purify mine water to the requirements of the client, whether they require potable water or only to a level that is acceptable for environmental discharge, in accordance with, for example, South African National Standards

Consistent policy crucial amid uncertainty

27th January 2023 In addition to increasing socioeconomic challenges and their knock-on effects worldwide, mining entities must also contend with a looming metals deficit, says Zambia Chamber of Mines CEO and engineer Sokwani Chilembo. “It’s been well known and widely forecast, even before the escalation of the... 

Consistent policy crucial amid uncertainty
A SHINING EXAMPLE African governments must make their jurisdictions more attractive to investors

Electrolyte plant nearing operation

27th January 2023 Integrated vanadium producer and energy storage solutions provider Bushveld Minerals notes that the construction of the Bushveld Electrolyte Company’s (BELCO’s) electrolyte plant – which is located in East London, in the Eastern Cape – and the Vametco hybrid mini-grid – which is located in Brits,... 

Gold producer optimistic about West African exploration

27th January 2023 Gold producer Endeavour Mining intends to capitalise on its “unmatched competitive advantage” of holding one of the largest land packages in West Africa, and its strategic foothold in two of the region's most prospective belts, the Houndé and the Ity belts. “We are very excited about West Africa.... 

Gold producer optimistic about West  African exploration
ITY MINE Endeavour recently announced an increase in measured and indicated resources at the Ity

Miner remains focused on business resilience, ESG objectives

27th January 2023 West Africa-focused gold producer Endeavour Mining states that it is determined to build a resilient business and become a trusted partner, adding that it seeks to maintain its “high-quality” portfolio and generate sufficient cash flow to reinvest in its business and reward stakeholders. “We have... 

Miner remains focused on business resilience, ESG objectives
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY West Africa is also the leading region for global gold discoveries, with 67-million ounces discovered over the past decade

Contractor achieves consecutive safety milestones

27th January 2023 Drilling and grouting services company Rosond has marked a year of zero harm at platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Tumela mine in the Limpopo province, South Africa. Rosond safety head Andre Kleynhans explains that the company is conducting pack grouting operations at the... 

Contractor achieves consecutive safety milestones
RICARDO RIBEIRO The safety achievements are attributed to the culture of caring and responsibility inculcated on all Rosond’s operational sites

Firm seeks to shore up mining supply chains

27th January 2023 Global supply chains were among the many critical systems that needed to be re-examined following the emergence of Covid-19. These supply chains have yet to recover fully and, with disruption becoming the new norm, resilience in mining supply chains is crucial, says DHL Supply Chain Africa MD... 

Firm seeks to shore up mining supply chains
BREMER PAUW The lack of collaboration between the mining sector’s supply chains resulted in costly, independently-run supply, which, in turn, have resulted in inadequate planning and inventory control

Namibia Chamber optimistic about industry’s 2023 prospects

27th January 2023 Mining industry organisation Namibia Chamber of Mines (NCM) states that it is “very positive” on the trajectory of the local mining industry, stressing that it expects it to grow on the back of increased output from the diamonds and uranium sectors. “In the short term, growth in the mining sector... 

African mining investors see opportunity amid rising insecurity and recession fears

27th January 2023 The “world’s largest investment conference”, the Investing in African Mining Indaba, looks to entice investors to Cape Town’s International Convention Centre in hopes of righting “Africa’s myriad economies” following successive years of geopolitical shifts and economic disruptions, says... 

African mining investors see opportunity amid rising insecurity and recession fears
RETURNING TO FORM The Investing in African Mining Indaba is returning to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in its traditional February slot

African mining investors see opportunity amid rising insecurity and recession fears

27th January 2023 The “world’s largest investment conference”, the Investing in African Mining Indaba, looks to entice investors to Cape Town’s International Convention Centre in hopes of righting “Africa’s myriad economies” following successive years of geopolitical shifts and economic disruptions, says... 

African mining investors see opportunity amid rising insecurity and recession fears
RETURNING TO FORM The Investing in African Mining Indaba is returning to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in its traditional February slot

South Africa’s lack of urgency in introducing cadastre system decried

11th November 2022 Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart offered the familiar refrain of South Africa’s mining industry needing a functional and accurate cadastre. “We cannot manage our minerals with a GIS system,” he said during the Q&A session following his keynote address at the 2022 Council for Geoscience (CGS) Summit... 

Availability of historical geological data removes ‘big portion’ of exploration risk in SA – Smart

11th November 2022 Mining stakeholders ought to do more to capitalise on existing resources, such as available geological and mining data, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart noted at the 2022 Council for Geoscience Summit, on Wednesday. He explained that he felt that brownfield exploration, based historical data... 

Availability of historical geological data removes ‘big portion’ of exploration risk in SA – Smart
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart

While it has minerals, Africa needs to compete for investment

11th November 2022 Tullow Oil and The Metals Company non-executive director Sheila Khama, during her keynote address at the 2022 Council for Geoscience Summit on Wednesday, commented on her unease with the phrase ‘Africa is very rich in minerals’. She described it as a “dangerous statement” that perpetuates the... 

Celebrating 110 years of ‘geoscientific excellence’

9th November 2022 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) celebrated 110 years of existence and “geoscientific excellence” by hosting the 2022 CGS Summit, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre Complex, in Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, from October 25 to 27. 

Celebrating 110 years of ‘geoscientific excellence’
Tsitsa Falls

DMRE's general lethargy still hindering exploration activity

28th October 2022 Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart offered the familiar refrain of South Africa’s mining industry needing a functional and accurate cadastre. “We cannot manage our minerals with a GIS system,” he said during the Q&A session following his keynote address at the 2022 Council for Geoscience (CGS) Summit... 

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