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Continued exploration, mine development in 2024

Updated 5 hours ago With Africa’s substantial and varied mineral endowment being undisputed, the year ahead will likely see ongoing progress in exploration and mine development, in both traditional metals and the minerals associated with the global energy transition, according to mining consultancy SRK Consulting MD... 

Coal mining to move to more sustainable practices

By: Halima Frost     Updated 5 hours ago The ongoing shift from traditional coal mining to sustainably mined coal in 2024 and beyond will “witness remarkable advancements” in new coal mining methods, driven by innovative technologies and evolving industry practices, says coal procurement, mining project development and services company... 

Two hands holding raw coal
THE FUTURE IN OUR HANDS The future of coal as an energy source needs to be aligned with more sustainable mining practices

Upward trend in generative AI adoption

By: Halima Frost     Updated 5 hours ago Security system provider Axis Communications has noted a marked increase in the uptake of new security-focused applications based on the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI), especially in the South African mining sector. The company, which provides security solutions – including... 

A new Internet of things enabled camera supplied by Axis Communications
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Security systems and the uptake of new technologies in the mining sector will continue its upward trajectory

DRC investment to be buoyed by elevated copper price

By: Halima Frost     16th February 2024 A forecasted increase in global copper prices will encourage continued investment in the “copper and cobalt mining powerhouse of Africa” – the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – reports business advisory firm BDO South Africa senior audit manager Dorcas Nhlapo. She attributes this elevated... 

A group of make shift tents and lean to's in the DRC Bush which houses artisanal miners and their families
COPPER CAMPOUT An artisanal miner encampment which is a prolific occurrence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Power aggregators seen as key accelerators of South African mining’s energy transition  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2024 Many energy projects selling to one buyer, who in turn sells to many mines – this procurement model is seen as a key financial tool to accelerate the energy transition of South Africa’s mining industry. “We think the aggregator model can really accelerate the requirements of the mines to get... 

Nedbank CIB) Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh.
Nedbank CIB Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

PDAC to focus on new industry fundamentals

9th February 2024 This year’s Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention, will include a key programme that will help miners understand how to navigate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and benchmarks, following the growing focus on ESG scorecards and the influence these... 

A group of core samples listed and on display at last years PDAC
AT THE CORE The Core Shack – a unique venue where explorers may display their core samples – will again be an attraction at this years PDAC

SRK Consulting brings power of innovation to Mining Indaba 

6th February 2024 Celebrating 50 years of serving the mining industry worldwide, SRK Consulting continues to be a partner to its clients in working to derisk mining investments. As an independent consultancy with over 45 offices on six continents, the company provides focused advice and solutions through its... 

SRK Consulting brings power of innovation to Mining Indaba

Fluor ready to address carbon tax challenges 

By: Tracy Hancock     6th February 2024 One of the most significant focus areas for the mining and metals industry in the next decade, and into the future, will be the management of carbon emissions, says global engineering, procurement and construction company Fluor. Fluor process technology director Etienne Bredell discusses the... 

Fluor ready to address carbon tax challenges

Earthlab poised for further global growth 

5th February 2024 South African geological consulting company Earthlab is poised to further expand its global footprint through the commercial and technical experience it has accumulated across 23 countries since it started serving the exploration and mining industry in 2012. “Through our solid, proudly South... 

Earthlab poised for further global growth

South Africa’s mining industry now 39% black-owned, Mining Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2024 In 2004, the year South Africa’s far-reaching Mining Charter was first introduced, black ownership in South Africa’s globally recognised mining industry stood at a negligible 2%. This has now leapt nearly 20 times higher to approximately 39%, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.

Recycling jetting and vacuum unit redefining maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2024 With optimising operations, reducing costs and embracing eco-conscious practices being imperative in the mining industry, pumps manufacturer Werner Pumps’ truck-mounted recycling jetting and vacuuming unit “not only redefines maintenance protocols but also directly tackles the specific hurdles... 

MAINTENANCE SUPPORT
The truck-mounted recycling jetting and vacuuming unit tackles the specific hurdles encountered by maintenance teams working in the mining sector
MAINTENANCE SUPPORT The truck-mounted recycling jetting and vacuuming unit tackles the specific hurdles encountered by maintenance teams working in the mining sector

OIM Consulting expands footprint into Australia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2024 Advisory firm OIM Consulting is branching out to Australia to take advantage of opportunities in its $28-billion mining industry. The company is adapting its proven methodologies to meet the unique needs and challenges of the Australian mining sector. 

Exploration deficit hampering sector

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 South Africa’s mineral exploration sector is underperforming, with as much as a 15-year deficit in terms of the required exploration activity for a minerals- and mining- prolific country, posits industry employers’ association Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging mining leadership... 

A man in yellow PPE in front of a rock face looking at a stone sample.
EXPLORING THE OPTIONS Minerals Council South Africa hopes to engage with prospective exploration companies to address the exploration deficit

PGMs, hydrogen think tank hosted

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 A discussion on platinum group metal (PGM) miners and the role of these resources in hydrogen technology will be presented at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8. As a panellist involved in this... 

a Gloved hand holding a chunk of raw platinum ore
PLATINUM A PRIORITY The role that platinum group metals have in the development of a green economy will be discussed by Minerals Council South Africa modernisation and safety senior executive Sietse van der Woude at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba

Disruptive tech to be showcased at Indaba

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 In partnership with French government business export agency Business France, energy management and automation company Schneider Electric will exhibit at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba, showcasing its offerings to the African mining market. “Business France is responsible for... 

A man at an opencast mining operation wearing PPE working on geotechnical mapping on a tablet
TECHING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL Offering advanced and more digitised technologies to the mining sector are what the Schneider Electric team hope to achieve at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba

French delegation aims to forge new ties

26th January 2024 The French Trade Commission, referred to as Business France, will again attend the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, from February 5 to 8. However, for the first time, Business France will have a dedicated “Team France” stand,... 

a man and woman shaking hands in line with a small french flag
SHAKE ON IT The partnerships that can be forged at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba are being explored by Business France

Event organisers anticipate sizable attendance

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 On the back of a record-breaking attendance at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in 2023, event organisers Hyve Group are anticipating more than 8 000 delegates from over 100 countries to attend this year’s event, set to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February... 

A group of men and ladies standing on a stage with the Investing in African Mining Indaba logo on a wall behind them at the indaba last year
DIGNITARIES AND DELEGATES The upper echelon of Africa's mining sector will be attending this years Investing in African Mining Indaba being held in Cape town in February

Young mining potential

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 To ignite conversations about the ballooning youth unemployment rate in South Africa, private-sector-funded initiative Youth Employment Services (YES) programme CEO Ravi Naidoo will unpack the topic at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held at the Cape Town International... 

a group of women one smiling straight at the camera wearing green Youth Employment Programme shirts
POSITIVE OUTLOOK The Youth Employment Programme offers youth training and job opportunities in a tough and often daunting environment

SRK celebrating 50 years of consulting to natural resource sector 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2024 The 50 years of experience that SRK Consulting has accumulated since coming into existence in 1974 has placed it in an excellent position to outline how mining’s approach to environmental sustainability and responsible sourcing has evolved over the last 50 years. As a South African-founded global... 

SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl (right) interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.
SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl is interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

AI must be sustainably embraced by mining sector – law firm

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 In an everchanging mining environment, it is crucial for the industry to approach technological advancements, especially artificial intelligence (AI), with a focus on sustainable development and positive disruption, says law firm ENS in the build-up to next month’s Investing in African Mining... 

Cadastre imminent, 2024 to be used as year to clear backlogs, says Minerals Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 The introduction of an electronic cadastral system to record and enable online access to mining data is imminent, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe emphasised in an interview with Radio 702 host Clement Manyathela on Thursday. Mantashe disclosed to Manyathela that agreement had... 

Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Gwede Mantashe

Global mining commits to nature-positive future 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 Global mining and metals companies have committed at Davos to take urgent action to support a nature-positive future by 2030 that promotes the health, diversity and resilience of species, ecosystems and natural processes. International Council of Metals and Minerals (ICMM) members have pledged... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Smart wristwatches to uplift mineworker well-being at Copper 360  

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2024 Computer programmes that use artificial intelligence (AI) to model orebodies and plan mines optimally have already been introduced by Copper 360, says the JSE AltX-listed Northern Cape copper mining company, which is developing the Rietberg copper mine, the first of a dozen copper mining assets... 

Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson
Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Concerted effort required to address knowledge gaps

By: Simone Liedtke     8th December 2023 Mine care and maintenance, particularly in tailings management, require a concerted effort from regulators, operators and communities, especially as the mining industry continues to evolve. However, this can be achieved only by acknowledging and acting upon identified knowledge gaps, says... 

RESPONSIBLE FUTURE
Addressing knowledge gaps will ensure a fundamental shift in practices, and ensure a sustainable and responsible future for the mining industry
RESPONSIBLE FUTURE Addressing knowledge gaps will ensure a fundamental shift in practices, and ensure a sustainable and responsible future for the mining industry

Greenfield investment lagging badly, mining’s contribution to economy halved 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2023 The growth of investment in fresh new greenfield mining projects is lagging badly and the contribution of the South African mining industry to the national economy has more than halved in the last two decades, Minerals Council South Africa’s latest Facts and Figures 2022 points out. Net fixed... 

Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.
Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.

Platform facilitates information sharing

By: Lynne Davies     1st December 2023 Project, engineering, and construction management consulting firm SSG Consulting is positioning its business intelligence software platform KEY360, designed for project management and business process functions, as a solution to the “gap” in the organisational capability that comes with... 

An image of a laptop and phone with the KEY360 platform
BRIDGING THE GAP KEY360 provides a simple interface, accelerating workflow with instant feedback

African Rainbow Minerals provides R20-million for Wits University research 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2023 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is supporting postdoctoral research into water, energy and digitalisation at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg. The investment is firmly located within the university’s mining precinct and dovetails with the... 

ARM founder and executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe and Wits ARM Building.
ARM founder and executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe and Wits ARM Building.

DRA expands executive committee with four new VPs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2023 ASX- and JSE-listed engineering and operations management group DRA Global has announced new appointments to its executive committee as the company works to drive its ‘Roadmap to 2025’ strategy. The expanded committee, working alongside existing members, now include JC Heslinga as executive VP... 

Imperative that exploration plan be implemented as matter of urgency – Khoza

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2023 If South Africa is not to be left out of the exploration boom, spurred by the immense mineral resources required to develop technologies needed to achieve net zero, it is imperative that the recommendations of South Africa’s Exploration Implementation Plan be implemented in full as a matter of... 

Integrated Geoscience Solutions Technical Director Dr David Khoza.
Integrated Geoscience Solutions Technical Director Dr David Khoza.

Boosting capital productivity in mining

3rd November 2023 Better project management, through the implementation of two key measures, can improve a mine’s capital productivity, reports consulting, assurance, tax and transaction services firm Ernst & Young (EY) Oceania business transformation delivery leader Loretta Hudson. A major concern for the mining... 

Optimising to address issues

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd November 2023 As mining operations contend with various industry challenges, operations and maintenance  specialist Associated Energy Sources (AES) MD Chris Paterson points to energy plant optimisation and alternative energy solutions as techniques to mitigate operational challenges and facilitate growth amid... 

An image of AES's projects division
SPECIALISED TEAM Operation and maintenance of a turnkey new boiler house installation executed by AES projects division

Complex openpit modelling sees geologist awarded

27th October 2023 Awarded for her work in modelling complex geological structures for an openpit operation, Australia-based ground modelling, engineering and design services company GMEK engineering geologist Caroline Burden won the Geology Challenge of mining technology developer Maptek earlier this month. The... 

Three portrait images of Caroline Burden, Anthony Bottrill and Evelyn Charlesworth who won first, second and third places respectively for their submission in the Maptek's Geology Challenge
THE WINNING TRIFECTA Three research geologists have been awarded with Maptek's Geology Challenge's top honors

Local agitator order a world first for global drive engineer

By: Tracy Hancock     13th October 2023 Drive engineering specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has secured the world’s first order for its new X.e series agitator unit, launched in July, from a participant in the South African mining industry. The order for nine X.e agitator drives was placed in early August. The units are expected to... 

X.e series agitator on display, painted red
EARLY ADOPTER The tough African mining environment will be the first to put SEW-EURODRIVE’s new X.e series to the test

Energy management platform increases efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2023 While West Africa is home to a thriving mining industry, miners in the region face challenges, which are multifaceted in nature and range from power quality issues to supply chain concerns, coupled with the growing importance of environmental sustainability, says digitalised industrial power... 

VOLTVISION CUBE INSTALLATION
VoltVision is transforming energy management in West African mines
VOLTVISION CUBE INSTALLATION VoltVision is transforming energy management in West African mines

Approving outstanding permits could shift economy in 12-18 months, says Mzila Mthenjane  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2023 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 Mthenjane told this week’s Joburg Indaba. In response to questions put to him by ENSafrica’s COO Otsile... 

Joburg Indaba panel from left Bernard Swanepoel, Otsile Matlou, Errol Smart, Mosa Mabuza and Mzila Mthenjane.
Joburg Indaba mining revival panel discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

DRA makes major changes to its board

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th October 2023 Dual-listed engineering, project delivery and operations management group DRA Global has announced the resignation of four of its directors from the company’s board, effective immediately. The ASX- and JSE-listed company on Thursday said that following engagement with the company’s largest... 

Conservation: if business-as-usual continues, world’s doomed – Oppenheimer conference hears  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2023 World-renowned conservationist Jane Goodall reminded hundreds of scientists present at the 12th Oppenheimer Research Conference in Midrand that if the world carries on with a business-as-usual approach to conservation, the planet is doomed. “Forests, wetlands, peatlands grasslands, all of which... 

Nicky Oppenheimer.
Oppenheimer Research Conference covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson. Photographs: Donna Slater

RCF sells Ausenco to US investment firms

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd September 2023 Private equity firm Resource Capital Funds (RCF) has announced plans to sell global engineering firm Ausenco to US investment firms Eldridge, Brightstar Capital Partners and Claure Group, in a deal valued at an estimated $578-million. RCF’s original investment in Ausenco stems back to December... 

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