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Need for advanced slope stability tech realised

By: Halima Frost     2nd June 2023 Having noted the industry’s need for more advanced slope stability, Seequent, the Bentley subsurface company, launched its advanced slope stability analysis tool, SLOPE3D, which empowers geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists to design safer slopes. The tool was developed on the back... 

Modern skills for young mining engineers

By: Sabrina Jardim     2nd June 2023 Amid the emergence of Industry 4.0 and an increasing emphasis on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors, new generations of mining engineers are expected to embrace a multifaceted and holistic mindset to keep up with industry expectations and trends. University of the... 

An image depicting students from the Wits School of Mining Engineering
FUTURE OF MINING ENGINEERING The Wits School of Mining Engineering is equipping a new generation of mining and engineering consultants to meet industry demands

New Blood Needed

By: Sabrina Jardim     2nd June 2023 While older generation consulting engineers have specialised in mining and are aware of the opportunities to add value to that sector, younger generation consulting engineers not employed in such environments are largely unaware of the opportunities presented by the mining industry. As a result,... 

An image depicting Chris Campbell wearing a grey suit and red tie
CHRIS CAMPBELL Organisations, such as Cesa, are necessary to assist with capacity development issues to help mining companies comply with the necessary industry standards

Supplier grows tech as sector evolves

By: Halima Frost     2nd June 2023 Operational technology software provider AVEVA continuously strives to advance its technologies in the mining sector as both the local and global mining sectors evolve. AVEVA Select partner, Industry Software Solutions and Support (a business unit of Digital Industries Pty Ltd) proudly distribute... 

A photo of Digital Industries CEO and software distributor IS³ MD Dion Govender
DION GOVENDER With one platform for all your value chain activities, you can enhance your value chain business processes and create new workflows that cross traditional tool boundaries

Sibanye-Stillwater funding Wits University’s carbon storage brainstorming ‘techathon’  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2023 Johannesburg- and New York listed platinum group metals, green metals and gold mining company Sibanye-Stillwater is funding a brainstorming ‘techathon’ on the challenge of storing carbon in suitable host rock environments in underground mines as part of an environmental protection imperative. “We... 

University of the Witwatersrand’s Wits Mining Institute DigiMine Laboratory head Ahsan Mahboob.
Wits Mining Institute DigiMine Laboratory head Ahsan Mahboob interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Junior Indaba to highlight challenges, opportunities

By: Halima Frost     19th May 2023 This year’s Junior Indaba event – aimed at explorers, developers and investors in the African junior mining sector – will feature a panel discussion on efforts to create a junior mining environment that is conducive to attracting prospectors, developers and investors. The conference, to be held... 

A photo of Roger Baxter speaking at an indaba podium with Bernard Swanepoel in the background.
ROGER BAXTER Just one of many industry giants addressing the Junior Indaba next month

Coal, platinum of most interest in growing junior space

By: Halima Frost     19th May 2023 Junior miner-generated revenue in 2022 proportionally exceeded that of other South African mining-generated revenue, according to Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners desk lead Grant Mitchell. He points out that South African mining contributed about R1.2-trillion to the... 

A sheet of platinum bullion bars with one solitary gold bar on top
GREATEST BAR BY FAR Platinum sales have been the largest contributor to junior mining revenue over the last year

Mantashe: Exploration funds July; Lorimer: Mining new deal can create poverty-busting jobs 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2023 The first R500-million worth of mineral exploration funds will be available from July, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe told Parliament on May 16 when Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer stated that a new mining vision can create new poverty-busting jobs and assure... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer.
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer.

Aerison lodges A$47.5m dispute with Roy Hill

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th May 2023 ASX-listed engineering and construction provider Aerison Group has lodged a formal dispute with iron-ore giant Roy Hill, claiming the miner owes A$47.5-million for services rendered. Aerison was awarded a design and construct contract for the Roy Hill saline water reserve osmosis desalination... 

Mines change approach to water management

By: Bonginkosi Tiwane     12th May 2023 Water is a crucial resource and plays a vital role in the mining sector, but climate change and sustainability challenges have forced mines to reconsider their approach to water management. Various factors, such as urbanisation, deforestation, contamination of our water resources and... 

Lithium developer reduces reliance on freshwater resources

12th May 2023 With its Portugal-based Barroso lithium project, European lithium developer Savannah Resources intends to use a closed-loop water system to reduce its reliance on having to draw water from the Covas river, meaning process water will be stored, treated and recycled onsite and also not be... 

ABGM's partnership with Tata Steel to unlock mining opportunities in India, South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2023 Mining engineering services provider and consultancy A&B Global Mining (ABGM) has signed a cooperation agreement with major steelmaker Tata Steel to identify and pursue opportunities in the mining and metals engineering value chains, ABGM India business head Kamal Chatterjee tells Mining Weekly.... 

ABGM India business head Kamal Chatterjee
ABGM India business head Kamal Chatterjee

Something must be done to make exploration investment attractive – ex-JSE stalwart Noah Greenhill  

By: Martin Creamer     8th May 2023 Beginning in the early 1970s, the Canadian government said guys, we're losing ground in exploration investment. We don't seem to be attracting any of that cash. Let's introduce something that attracts money to the sector and they sat around the table and some really clever tax guys came up with... 

Noah Greenhill, former senior marketing and business development GM of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Former senior JSE GM marketing and business development Noah Greenhill interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Shaft-sinking boom-time stalwart Nigel Townshend returns as chair of mining services company  

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2023 Mining luminary of South Africa’s shaft-sinking boom period at the beginning of the millennium Nigel Townshend is back in action as the newly appointed nonexecutive chairperson of United Mining Services (UMS) Limited. Since the start of this month, Townshend has been at the top table of UMS, an... 

Nigel Townshend.
New UMS chairperson Nigel Townshend interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SRK Global, RGC announce passing of founder Dr Andy Robertson

By: Schalk Burger     24th April 2023 Mining industry geotechnical and environmental engineering services company Robertson GeoConsultants (RGC) and engineering consultancy SRK Global have announced the passing of the companies' founder Dr Andy Robertson on March 29. "Our hearts are with his family, as we share in their loss," they... 

Dr Andy Robertson
Dr Andy Robertson

Firm branches out, improves technology offering

By: Halima Frost     21st April 2023 International exploration company Boart Longyear announced the launch of its new subsidiary Veracio, which will combine science and digital technologies in a single, integrated platform for the mining and exploration sectors, in February. The platform will help mining companies derive more value... 

A Truscan machine which uses high-resolution sample scanning and x-ray fluorescence to better asses ores, being manned by a male technician in PPE
VALUE ORE DATA Veracio will help its clients better use the information acquired when drilling for ore by using Boart Longyear's longstanding technologies

Acquisition will expand company’s portfolio

21st April 2023 Mining and industrial machinery developer Komatsu announced in December that it has entered into an agreement to acquire underground mining, tunnelling and special civil engineering equipment manufacturer GHH Group, which is headquartered in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  Founded in the 1960s and... 

Platinum-based hydrogen production is in competitive upscale mode, Heraeus’ Walter reports  

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2023 Platinum group metals- (PGM-) based proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis is a competitive technology in upscale mode and is making its mark in electrolysis for hydrogen production as well as in the use of hydrogen for vehicle mobility. PEM electrolysers have distinct advantages when... 

Heraeus Precious Metals Executive Vice-President New Business Philipp Walter.
Heraeus' Philipp Walter interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Weir boosts W African efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2023 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Weir Minerals’ extensive experience allows it to comprehend clients’ processes, needs and operational hurdles to design solutions that enhance processing efficiency and reduce total cost of ownership. Referring to products like the company’s Envirotech®... 

Weir Minerals works closely with customers to design a solution that suits their specific process
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS Weir Minerals works closely with customers to design a solution that suits their specific process

More skills and exploration needed - Minister

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th April 2023 Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King has acknowledged the need for continued investment in exploration and the need for more staff within the resources sector. Speaking at the Powering the Future conference, in Perth, King noted that the resource sector currently employed around 280 000... 

Triton awards major contract to Chinese engineering company

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2023 Chinese equipment engineering and supply company Yantai Oriental Metallurgical Engineering (Yome) has been awarded a contract for front-end engineering design (FEED) works for the process plant and associated non-processing infrastructure for graphite miner Triton Minerals’ Ancuabe graphite... 

Trackless mobile machinery one of mining’s burning issues, ENSafrica webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd April 2023 South Africa’s new trackless mobile machinery (TMM) regulations published five months ago are one of mining’s burning issues and perhaps an undeclared state of national disaster for some, ENSafrica webinar attendees heard on Monday. TMM is defined as any self-propelled mobile machine used at a... 

ENSafrica's safety and health webinar team.
ENSafrica health and safety webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Shaft ventilation project making headway

By: Halima Frost     31st March 2023 Mine ventilation, refrigeration and cooling engineering consultant BBE Group says it is on track to complete a turnkey project for the design and construction of the refrigeration plant and fan station at platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde No 3 Shaft project.... 

A construction site out in the bush with koppies in the background, where the refrigeration plant and fan station at Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde No 3 Shaft project in the western limb of the Bushveld Complex is being construvted
A VENT IN THE BUSH The refrigeration plant and fan station at Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde No 3 Shaft project in the western limb of the Bushveld Complex

Mining needs truth-and-reconciliation approach to ESG, says Rifle-Shot’s Naidoo  

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2023 Mining companies need to approach environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles on a truth and reconciliation footing and be honest about where they are on a scale of one to 10, says Rifle-Shot Performance business development director Dilley Naidoo. Naidoo, who spoke to Mining Weekly on... 

Rifle-Shot Performance Business Development Director Dilley Naidoo.
Rifle-Shot’s Dilley Naidoo interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum group metals can add million South African jobs plus R8-trillion to economy  

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2023 Collaborative marketing of platinum group metals (PGMs) has the potential to add a million more South African jobs and contribute R8-trillion more to the economy as the world greens and lowers carbon intensity. The combination of green hydrogen displacing natural gas and fuel cell electric... 

Platinum group metals can boost South African jobs and economic growth.
PGM Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video editing: Darlene Creamer.

DMTKai Batla celebrates 15 years, continues digital push in mining sector

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2023 Celebrating 15 years in business this year, Kai Batla, a minerals consultancy established during the 2008 financial crisis, is making a strong push into the digital space with the support of its parent company; the engineering consultancy DMT Group. Now operating under the name DMTKai Batla, the... 

DMT post image

Higher commodity prices failing to spur fixed mining investment  

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2023 The regulatory uncertainties and inability of the industry to transparently, quickly and efficiently apply for mining and prospecting rights in a corruption-free manner has had severe investment consequences, Minerals Council South Africa states in its Facts & Figures Pocketbook 2022. This is... 

South African mining remained a trillion rand industry for the second year in 2022.
South African mining remained a trillion rand industry for the second year in 2022.

Firm receives two new rigs

24th February 2023 Emerging Namibian drilling contractor KODO Drilling has taken delivery of two Leopard DI650i surface drill rigs from global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions’ Namibia branch. The rigs – the first to be delivered to the country –  will be put to work at an opencast gold mine,... 

Two drill rigs working on an opencast gold operation in Namibia
DOUBLE DUTY The two Leopard DI650i surface drill rigs have been delivered by Sandvik to its client KODO Drilling in Namibia

Namibia’s current capacity unpacked - Institute

By: Halima Frost     24th February 2023 The Namibian uranium sector is not only recovering from a global slump but is also, in fact, growing, owing to uranium prices improving amid positive supply and demand fundamentals, says Namibian Uranium Institute (NUI) executive director Dr Gabi Schneider. “Besides a few ebbs and flows over the... 

A large openpit uranium mine in Namibia with mine trucks moving ore to the processing facility
DEEPLY INGRAINED The Namibian Uranium Institute says an increased openness to use nuclear power as a green energy source has seen uranium prices increase substantially

Uranium demand growing on back of Paris Agreement

By: Halima Frost     24th February 2023 Global analysts suggest that a greater uptake of nuclear power generation is expected in the future, in line with predictions that global utility uncovered uranium requirements will rise “tremendously”, says Namibian Uranium Institute (NUI) executive director Dr Gabi Schneider. This will be... 

A sunset picture of a helicopter kicking up dust above the Elevate uranium mine in Namibia
FLYING HIGH The Elevate Uranium mine is one of many uranium mines in the country that contribute to Namibia's global uranium suppl

Demand for training increasing markedly

By: Halima Frost     24th February 2023 Upskilling and empowerment company Dyna Training Namibia has noted a marked increase in demand for supervisory skills training in the country’s mining industry. Although its core clients focus on the gold and copper sectors, the company has recently started engaging with clients in the uranium... 

A head and torso image of Dyna Training Namibia country head Hilma Haimbili
HILMA HAIMBILI Mining houses are putting the emphasis on their supervisors and team leaders as the engine room of the business

Expansion to lithium production ongoing

By: Halima Frost     24th February 2023 Aim- and NSX-listed Andrada Mining, formerly AfriTin Mining, says its pivot towards a focus on lithium production, having previously treated lithium as a by-product, is becoming increasingly more relevant amid the rise in the lithium price over the past year. As part of its five-year growth... 

No fall of ground fatalities so far in 2023

By: Darren Parker     23rd February 2023 So far this year, no fall-of-ground (FoG) fatalities have been recorded in South Africa’s mines, Mandela Mining Precinct advanced orebody knowledge programme manager Michelle Pienaar said on February 22. “We are incredibly encouraged by this significant progress and hope this is a great step... 

worker checking roof of mine

Minerals Council welcomes 125% energy tax break in Budget speech

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2023 Minerals Council South Africa welcomed the government’s intervention on Eskom’s debt and the financial encouragement to stimulate businesses building renewable energy projects by offering generous tax incentives as outlined in the 2023 Budget Speech. The Minerals Council believes there should be... 

South Africa’s hydrogen corridor will create 14 000 jobs, says Anglo Platinum CEO  

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2023 South Africa’s hydrogen corridor, which has been declared a strategic project, will create 14 000 jobs and consume 63 000 oz of platinum, Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen told Mining Weekly on Monday. Viljoen’s interview by Mining Weekly followed the JSE-listed company’s presentation... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen (left) and FD Craig Miller at the results presentation.
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Green hydrogen moves by China, India boosting outlook for platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2023 The firm embrace of the new green hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cell future by China and India is a huge twin boost for Southern Africa’s great platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment, Mining Weekly can today report. Hydrogen technologies have a special relevance for South Africa as most of the PGMs... 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is intent on making India a global green hydrogen hub.
Photo by Hydrogen Council
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is intent on making India a global green hydrogen hub.

Sustainable mining companies can gain from sustainable finance trends – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2023 Mining companies that can demonstrate responsible and sustainable mining practices can set themselves up to take advantage of the current environmental social governance (ESG) and sustainable finance trends, says law firm Webber Wentzel. “In 2023, ESG will continue to gain regulatory traction... 

Webber Wentzel highlights funding opportunity for mining companies that are doing the right thing.
Photo by Creamer Media
Webber Wentzel highlights funding opportunity for mining companies that are doing the right thing.

MSA Group to establish Saudi Arabia office to meet soaring consultancy demand 

By: Donna Slater     9th February 2023 With the opening up of the mining regulatory and investment sectors in Saudi Arabia, exploration and mining consultancy MSA Group, together with joint venture (JV) partner Saudi Arabian company the Al-Rushaid Group, is establishing a consulting company in the country – MSA Arabia. MSA Group MD Dr... 

MSA Group MD Dr Ian Haddon
MSA Group MD Dr Ian Haddon speaks to Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke at this year's Investing in African Mining Indaba. Video: Nicholas Boyd; Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson.
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