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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... 

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 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... 

Image shows mine trucks and openpit operation

Supplier hones in-country offering

22nd September 2023 Industrial products supplier BMG has established itself in Zambia as a single point of contact and reliable supplier of all essential quality branded products and essential support services, thereby ensuring high productivity, reduced energy consumption, reduced downtime and long service life of... 

A cut through view of a Timken Quick Flex coupling
QUICK FIX BMG's Timken Quick Flex is just one of many solutions offered by the company in Zambia

It’s getting harder to find mining engineers a green world needs

By: Bloomberg     1st September 2023 Digging up the metals that go into power grids and electric cars is crucial to the energy transition. While the mining industry has plenty of reserves to tap, it faces a worrying shortage of young workers needed to get materials out of the ground. In regions like Canada and the US, enrollment or... 

People working at a mine site

Emissions predicted to increase with EV boom

By: Bridget Lepere     25th August 2023 As electric vehicles (EVs) gain traction, the strain on electricity supply, especially national power grids, will be more, with an increase in the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with fossil-fuel electricity generation, says sustainability consultancy startup firm Impulse International... 

Image of an electric bulldozer at the charging dock
UNDER PRESSURE It is essential for companies to consider the post-use of components in their products, especially regarding the life cycle of electric vehicles, for sustainability strategies to be effective

Jubilee appoints new CFO, strategic and operational executive team

By: Cameron Mackay     14th August 2023 Metals processing company Jubilee Metals announced it has expanded its executive leadership team in support of its growth strategy. This comes with the appointment of Neal Reynolds as CFO, effective October 1, as well as Ricus Grimbeek, who will be leading Jubilee’s expansion drive into energy... 

Jubile Metals CEO Leon Coetzer
Jubile Metals CEO Leon Coetzer

Organisation appoints new board

11th August 2023 Internationally recognised nonprofit organisation International Women in Mining (IWiM) last month announced its new governance board and advisory council to support the next wave of strategic development for the organisation. The new board has been appointed following the stepping down of an... 

International Day of Woman in Mining celebrated

By: Halima Frost     11th August 2023 Minerals Council South Africa hosted a breakfast celebrating the International Day of Women in Mining on June 15, at The Country Club Johannesburg in Rosebank, Gauteng, themed Equity in Mining is Everyone’s Responsibility. Minerals Council president Nolitha Fakude, who opened the breakfast,... 

Women-centric mine contracting company launched

By: Halima Frost     11th August 2023 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. TseboKgadi – which means “women with knowledge” in Sotho – has been established by mining advisory company... 

A photo of Maria Mogenadi wearing PPE at the forefront of a mining operation with load haul vehicles in the background
MARIA MOGANEDI Moganedi has gone from being one of the first ladies to complete a blasting training certificate in the mining sector to being the CEO of a women-centric mine contracting company

Women-led event to highlight mining opportunities

By: Halima Frost     11th August 2023 This year’s second yearly Women and Leadership in Mining 2023 event – themed Develop, Unite, Empower – aims to attract over 200 women in various positions across the mining sector to uplift, empower and celebrate women in the sector. The event, hosted by conferencing and training specialists... 

A group of ladies sat in a conference room with one at the foreground stood up asking the two hosting ladies a question.
ASKING MORE OF THE SECTOR A question and answer session at the 2022 Women and Leadership in Mining event saw questions being asked of the male-dominated sector

Kore raises $1m, signs revised agreement with Sepco for Kola project

By: Cameron Mackay     8th August 2023 Potash development company Kore Potash has entered into a revised agreement with Chinese construction and engineering company Sepco Electric Power Construction Corporation for the provision of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the construction of the company’s Kola... 

Kore Potash has 97% ownership of the Kola and DX Potash Projects in the Sintoukola Basin, located in Congo-Brazzaville
Kore Potash has 97% ownership of the Kola and DX Potash Projects in the Sintoukola Basin, located in Congo-Brazzaville

Murray & Roberts Cementation reaches milestone on PMC vent shaft

By: Cameron Mackay     7th August 2023 Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation achieved a milestone at the end of July when it successfully reached the 1 000 m mark on its contract to sink the 1 200 m ventilation shaft at copper miner Palabora Mining Company’s (PMC's) Lift II expansion. This significant feat stands... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation achieved a remarkable milestone at the end of July this year, when it successfully reached the 1 000 m mark on its contract to sink the 1 200 m ventilation shaft at PMC's Lift 2 expansion
Murray & Roberts Cementation achieved a remarkable milestone at the end of July this year, when it successfully reached the 1 000 m mark on its contract to sink the 1 200 m ventilation shaft at PMC's Lift 2 expansion

Magnet metals miner thankful for ongoing support

28th July 2023 London-listed magnet metals miner Pensana chairperson Paul Atherley has lauded the ongoing support from the government of Angola, the sovereign wealth fund of Angola – Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA), financial services provider Absa, and others, for their assistance in the development of the... 

Three large mine dump trucks carrying ore to a processing plant owned by Pensana in Angola
METAL CONNECTION Magnet metals miner Pensana continues to develop the Longonjo rare earths project in Angola

Marketing of nickel product from new mine starts

28th July 2023 An offtake marketing process has been initiated by modern metals mining company Lifezone Metals pertaining to the nickel, copper and cobalt from its Kabanga nickel project, in north-west Tanzania, the company reported in April. The miner believes the Kabanga project comprises a significantly... 

An image of Hydromet mineral processing technology that Lifezone Metals has developed for the processing of nickle
PROCESSING PROGRESS Lifezone Metals will implement its Hydromet mineral processing technology at its Kabanga nickel project

Seeking partnerships in South Sudan

28th July 2023 South African State-owned mining company African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation (AEMFC) is actively searching for partnerships with South Sudanese mining companies, according to an announcement it made in June. The announcement was made during the Africa Energy and Mining Business... 

Two men standing waist deep in murky brown water panning for gold in the South Sudan mining sector
CALL FOR COLLABORATION South African State-owned mining company African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation looks to advance the rather infantile mining sector in South Sudan

Ugandan rare earths project progressing to plan

28th July 2023 Minerals exploration company Ionic Rare Earths (IonicRE) reports that the Phase 5 drill programme at its 60%-owned Makuutu rare earths project in Uganda, is advancing to plan with the rotary air blast (RAB) drilling now completed on two of its exploration licences. IonicRE MD Tim Harrison says... 

A box of rare earth core samples in a box ready for analysis owned by Ionic Rare Earths in Uganda
ICONIC FIND Ionic Rare Earths has made a substantial find in its initial core drilling programmes on its exploration licenses

Copper mine files geological findings

28th July 2023 Africa-focused mining and development company Marula Mining reports promising initial findings from the exploration work completed by the company’s independent geological consultants Geofields Tanzania, at the Kinusi copper mine in Tanzania. Marula Mining currently holds a 75% commercial interest... 

ESG certification for Gabon iron-ore producer

28th July 2023 Emerging African iron-ore producer Genmin advised last month that it was awarded environmental, social and governance (ESG) certification by independent, transparent assessment platform Digbee ESG. Genmin corporate, and its wholly-owned Baniaka iron-ore project, is located in south-east Gabon, in... 

A large red rock which shows clear indications of a high grade iron-ore deposit
GREENER ORE Genmin, an emerging iron-ore producer, aims to sustainably produce a greener, higher value iron-ore from its Baniakaoperation to advance lower carbon intensity iron making.

Local manufacturer lights up DRC mine

14th July 2023 The Kipushi mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been illuminated using an underground lighting solution made possible by South African lighting solutions manufacturer BEKA Schréder. The Kipushi project, a historical underground mine located in the DRC's province of Haut-Katanga, is... 

BEKA Schréder OPTIWAY low-power light-emitting diode bulkhead on a white background
ONLY-WAY The selection of the BEKA Schréder OPTIWAY low-power light-emitting diode bulkhead was the best solution for the mines lighting requirements

US gold company investing in Sierra Leone

14th July 2023 New York City-based mining company, Tresor Gold, is currently raising capital to scale its gold projects in Sierra Leone for production within 18 months, while also pursuing strategic acquisitions of critical metal projects in West Africa. The company is leveraging geotechnical data, predictive... 

gold nuggets placed on a stark black fine sand background as a generic mage for Tresor Gold
RAISING HOPE Tresor Gold is in the process of raising capital to scale up its gold operations based on an optimistic forecast of investment in West Africa

Palabora’s vent shaft a 'triumph of collaboration’ and remarkable safety performance

By: Cameron Mackay     4th July 2023 The sinking of a 1 200 m ventilation shaft as part of copper miner Palabora Mining Company’s (PMC’s) Lift 2 expansion is proving to be a partnership success story, based on an unshakeable commitment to safety, Murray & Roberts Cementation states. PMC commissioned the new ventilation shaft – which... 

The PMC Lift 2 expansion project is expected to extend the life-of-mine to at least 2038
The PMC Lift 2 expansion project is expected to extend the life-of-mine to at least 2038

Clean hydrogen could be virtually zero cost, US energy diplomat tells London Indaba 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2023 The main founders of the Inflation Reduction Act envision the US legislation as a clean energy bill to lower the costs of green energy technologies for everyone around the world as well as being emulated by especially those countries that have benefitted from emitting carbon into the air since... 

US Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources Office of Energy Transformation acting director Scott Woodard.
US Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources Office of Energy Transformation acting director Scott Woodard.

Private sector working with government on multiple work streams to end loadshedding  

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2023 The private sector is so far working with government on six of the ten energy crisis work streams, for which business raised R100-million to procure skills and expertise for donation on an arm's length basis to the Presidency, within which the National Energy Crisis Committee (Necom) is housed.... 

Business for South Africa chairperson Martin Kingston
Business for South Africa chairperson Martin Kingston interviewed by Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Multotec’s 12-turn spiral goes to work in the mineral sands sector

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd June 2023 Responding to the needs of the mineral sands sector, process equipment specialist Multotec has developed its first 12-turn spiral concentrator. Multotec Process Engineering GM Christina Ramotsabi says the HM12 spiral was designed and tested in-house, evolving from the company’s popular NHM heavy... 

Christina Ramotsabi, Multotec Process Engineering GM
Christina Ramotsabi, Multotec Process Engineering GM

Regional Expansion

By: Halima Frost     23rd June 2023 International minerals processing specialist Multotec will be opening its new 4 000 m2 manufacturing facility in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in July. This facility is geared to manufacture the company’s mineral processing equipment for the region. This expansion highlights Multotec’s commitment to... 

A factory floor clean and new with a few machines in it but all clean and tidy.
BRAND SPANKING NEW Multotec's new manufacturing facility in Brazil will open next month

Significant opportunity

By: Halima Frost     23rd June 2023 Recently founded NewCo – a multibillion-dollar collaboration between US-based chemical manufacturing corporation Livent Corporation and Australia-based global lithium chemicals company Allkem – is the “largest lithium-based joint venture (JV) under way”, according to Latin America-focussed... 

An emerald green brine pond at a lithium operation in Bolivia, in South America
ITS A NO BRINER The joint venture between two global lithium related companies will form the third largest lithium producer globally

New copper project promises good yield 

By: Halima Frost     23rd June 2023 Chile-based junior miner Marimaca Copper is looking to garner a substantial foothold in the copper mining sector in Chile, having determined promising prospective operational yields at the Marimaca copper project, with actual copper production to start as early as the first quarter of 2026. “This... 

A group of men around a coring machine in orange overalls in Chile, at the Marimacca Copper project
Marimaca Copper president and CEO Hayden Locke discusses the development of the Marimaca copper project from greenfield to production. Recording: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

I’ll somehow re-emerge in the mining sector at some point in the future, says Baxter  

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2023 I’ll somehow re-emerge in the mining sector at some point in the future, outgoing Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Tuesday, when spoke to Mining Weekly in a Teams interview. At the end of this month, Baxter will hand over to incoming CEO Mzila Mthenjane, who will inherit a... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter 
Outgoing Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green hydrogen atlas results show enormous Southern African potential – Sasscal 

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2023 The results of the green hydrogen atlas for Southern Africa, now readily available online, show enormous potential green hydrogen production throughout the region, the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (Sasscal) said on Monday. 

Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch of Namibia.
Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch of Namibia.

More succinct licence processes are a must to attract exploration investment – researcher  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2023 More succinct licence processes are needed to attract exploration investment in South Africa,  Pearl Gray Equity and Research managing partner Steve Booyens said on Friday. “There are loads of investors in North America, London and the European Union that want to invest, but they're afraid of... 

Pearl Gray Equity and Research's  Steve Booyens.
Pearl Gray’s Steve Booyens interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Value chain solution implemented at local mine

2nd June 2023 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric and information technology management company 4Sight have embarked on a project at a prominent South African mining group that sees both partners implementing a value chain optimisation (VCO) solution that includes AVEVA’s Production... 

A portrait picture of Charl Marais 4Sight operational technology digital transformation manager
CHARL MARAIS Having the foresight to work together allows for a better tech offering

Addressing Energy Challenges

By: Sabrina Jardim     2nd June 2023 While South Africa’s mining industry has embraced renewable energy amid a global energy transition, local energy constraints have made renewable-energy capacity a short-term requirement, in addition to coal-based energy sources, says international mining consultancy SRK MD Andrew van Zyl. “As an... 

An image depicting a smiling man, Andrew van Zyl.
ANDREW VAN ZYL To assist mines in their transition to renewable power, consulting engineers are crucial to assist clients in managing the technical and contextual opportunities, and risks associated with the transition
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