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Explorer issues tenders for project drilling

16th February 2024 As it looks to progress the development of its Adumbi project, Canadian gold exploration company Loncor sent drilling tenders to a number of drilling companies to bid on a 11 000 m deep drilling programme at the priority gold exploration target below the Adumbi $1 600/oz pit shell. Fifteen... 

Explorer starts Tanganyika-based drill programme

16th February 2024 During January, junior explorer and developer AJN Resources started percussion drilling on its Manono Northeast project in the Tanganyika province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Local Congolese drilling company MB Exploration has been contracted to drill three drill fence lines for... 

A raw rock of pegmatite
EXPLORATION PROGRAMME Percussion drilling has started at the Manono Northeast project

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.

Positive reaction to machine, tech partnership

By: Halima Frost     9th February 2024 Mining equipment manufacturer Veracio, a new subsidiary of international exploration drilling company Boart Longyear, says although its partnership with directional drilling service provider International Directional Services (IDS) is still in its infancy, the response from clients has been... 

A Veracio TruGyro implement placed on tests on a red rock surface
DEDICATED DRILL DISTRIBUTOR The partnership between IDS and Veracio will see the new TruGyro north-seeking continuous gyro tool being distributed to IDS clients across North America

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.

DSI, CSIR and Mandela Mining Precinct to showcase innovations at Mining Indaba

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2024 The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) will showcase technologies that have been developed to improve mining efficiencies at the Investing in African Mining Indaba. Under the theme "Embracing... 

The Isidingo drill
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
The Isidingo drill

Capital positive about growth prospects in 2024

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2024 London-listed mining services company Capital continues to see strong demand across each of its business divisions, with the group expecting to report total revenue of $318-million for the year ended December 31. This marks a 9.7% year-on-year growth rate compared with the prior year.  

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

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.

Zenith resumes full control over Split Rocks and Waratah Well lithium projects

By: Darren Parker     12th January 2024 ASX-listed Zenith Minerals has resumed 100% control over both the Split Rocks and Waratah Well lithium projects in Western Australia. "Regaining full control of our key lithium assets in Western Australia is a crucial step forward. Our technical team has made significant progress at both Split... 

Oriole receives remaining signature payment for Bibemi earn-in agreement

By: Darren Parker     8th January 2024 Following the recently-executed definitive earn-in agreement on Aim-listed gold exploration company Oriole Resources’ Bibemi gold project, in Cameroon, the company reported on January 8 that it had received the remaining $450 000 signature payment from BCM International, which follows an earlier... 

Epiroc secures SKr280m equipment order for Türkiye copper mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th December 2023 Productivity and sustainability partner for the mining and construction industries Epiroc has won a SKr280-million order from Eti Bakir, Türkiye’s largest mining company, for underground mining equipment that will be used at a new copper mine.  Eti Bakir is a long-time customer of Epiroc and has... 

Epiroc's Simba E70 S production drilling rigs
Epiroc's Simba E70 S production drilling rigs

MRC, PMC reach new depths in Lift II ventilation shaft project

By: Shannon de Ryhove     15th December 2023 Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation and its client, copper miner Palabora Mining Company (PMC) celebrate a significant milestone in their partnership as they approach the completion of a notable project that can reshape the future of mining in Phalaborwa, in Limpopo, and... 

COLLABORATIONThe Palabora copper mine Lift II expansion project is expected to extend the life of mine to at least 2038
COLLABORATIONThe Palabora copper mine Lift II expansion project is expected to extend the life of mine to at least 2038

Sunward expands presence in South Africa with new distribution, service centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2023 Drilling, earthmoving and construction equipment supplier Sunward South Africa has unveiled its dedicated distribution facility in Jet Park, Boksburg, to serve the Southern African mining and construction markets. Sunward South Africa is part of the Sunward Equipment Group, which is a... 

Sunward South Africa launch

CAA Mining actively drilling for lithium in spodumene in Ghana – research firm

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2023 Non-independent researcher SP Angel has reported that mining and exploration company CAA Mining is actively engaged in drilling operations to delineate a new lithium-in-spodumene resource in Ghana.   Drilling services company GTS’s rig is potentially penetrating a central pegmatite dome from... 

Power Metal Resources to start drill testing at Botswana project

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2023 Since early October, Aim-listed exploration company Power Metal Resources has advanced plans to drill test a key target at T1-14 at its Molopo Farms Complex (MFC) project, in southwestern Botswana, where the company is targeting a district-scale nickel and platinum group element discovery.  The... 

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.

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.

Specialist develops economical solutions

3rd November 2023 Multi-disciplinary specialist underground mining and metallurgical processing services company United Mining Services (UMS) Group has equipped its operations in preparation for the surge in demand for specialist underground mining skills. Among other efforts, the company offers refurbished... 

An image of the commissioning of five-boom drill-rig (drill-jumbo)
FORWARD THINKING SOLUTIONS UMS refurbishes equipment with the latest electrical technology to make the machines fit for the specific application

M&R describes past year as its ‘most difficult’ since 2008

By: Darren Parker     2nd November 2023 The financial year ended June 30 had been the most challenging period for Murray & Roberts (M&R) Holdings since the 2008 global financial crisis, the company said in a statement on November 2. In a business update published as part of its annual general meeting proceedings, the company said the... 

Murray & Roberts sign

Partnership formed to focus on directional drilling

20th October 2023 Global mining technology company IMDEX is partnering with directional core drilling (DCD) services and borehole surveying company Devico to expand their DCD capabilities and grow the market for technology that will deliver sustainable mining operations. This will be achieved through more focused... 

The above image depicts the directional core drilling technology
GROWING THE MARKET IMDEX and Devico are aiming to grow the market for directional core drilling technology, which provides sustainability to mining operations while decreasing costs and environmental impacts through focused and efficient explorations

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.

Perenti completes DDH1 buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th October 2023 ASX-listed diversified mining services provider Perenti has implemented the scheme of arrangement to acquire fellow-listed driller DDH1. The two companies earlier this year entered into a scheme implementation agreement under which DDH1 shareholders received A$0.1238 cash plus 0.7111 Perenti... 

Image shows a drilling rig

Empire Metals raises £3m to expand and accelerate Pitfield exploration

By: Cameron Mackay     26th September 2023 Gold and copper exploration and development company Empire Metals has raised £3-million to advance exploration at its Pitfield project, in Western Australia. This was done by way of an oversubscribed placing of 75 000 000 new ordinary shares of no par value in the capital of the company (placing... 

Bell placing strong new emphasis on underground mining equipment advance  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2023 With a legacy spanning decades and a reputation for pioneering advancements, South Africa’s Bell Equipment is now placing strong new emphasis on advancing underground mining equipment. Currently a producer of low-profile underground mining trucks as well as underground rockscalers, Bell is... 

Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen.
Bell CEO Leon Goosen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Explorer commences soil sampling campaign

22nd September 2023 Following the receipt of forest permits in July, energy minerals explorer and developer Tertiary Minerals has started soil sampling at its Konkola West project in Zambia with about 260 soil samples due to be collected. Proceeding their collection, the soil samples will be analysed in the field... 

A large core sample being compared to a standard orange ballpoint pen from an exploration site n Zambia
STRONG CORE A drill campaign totaling 1 150 core samples from the Mushima North complex are part of the development of many exploration projects being undertaken by Tertiary Minerals in Zambia

Capital secures major Nevada gold mining contract

By: Darren Parker     20th September 2023 London-listed mining services company Capital has announced the award of a significant drilling contract in Nevada, in the US, along with associated rig purchases, as well as an update on the ramp-up of operations at its Ivindo iron-ore contract, in Gabon.  The new major contract is a three-year... 

Andrada confirms lithium intersected pegmatites from Lithium Ridge drilling

By: Cameron Mackay     18th September 2023 Namibian metals mining company Andrada Mining on September 18 confirmed that all drill holes – from assay results for the remaining reverse circulation (RC) exploration drilling results of an initial scouting programme undertaken with the ML133 mining licence area (Lithium Ridge) – intersected... 

Exploration resumes at flagship gold mine

By: Sabrina Jardim     8th September 2023 After suspending operations amid underground logistical constraints and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on contractor operations, gold producer Caledonia Mining restarted production and exploration on its flagship operation the Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, in January. Favourable results have... 

An image depicting a graph
DRILL AGAIN Following completion of the central shaft and other infrastructure, drilling is focused on the Eroica orebody, where a crosscut has been mined to allow for better access to drill the deeper zones of the steeply-dipping orebody

Epiroc wins its largest order ever at Kamoa-Kakula

By: Darren Parker     5th September 2023 Original-equipment manufacturer Epiroc has won its largest-ever order for the expansion of the Kamoa-Kakula copper mining complex, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).   Mine owner Kamoa Copper – a joint venture (JV) between base and precious metals developer Ivanhoe Mines, with 39.6%... 

epiroc mining machines

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

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

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.

Exploration drilling starts at Tanzanian nickel project

28th July 2023 A maiden 1 800 m reverse circulation (RC) drilling programme was started by Australian battery metals exploration company Resource Mining Corporation (RMC) in May, at its Liparamba nickel project, situated in the Nyasa Ruvuma region of Tanzania. The start of the drilling programme, aimed at... 

A group of men in PPE stood around a drill rig that is doing core drilling for Resources Mining Corporation's Liparamba nickel project in Tanzania
DRILL A-BIT The reverse cirgulation drilling programme has started at Resources Mining Corporation's Liparamba nickel project in Tanzania

Deep-South releases previously undisclosed Haib copper exploration results

By: Darren Parker     26th July 2023 TSX-V-listed Deep-South Resources has announced the third batch of assay results from its drilling programme, which was interrupted in June 2021, at its Haib copper project in southern Namibia. The programme, which was renewed this month, was interrupted when the Namibian Ministry of Mines and... 

Haib copper project
Haib copper project

Resources Watch  

25th July 2023 This week: Company highlights hand-held rock drill at customer day; South Africa dare not fail in securing future demand for platinum; and, as gold demand rises, South Africa has opportunity to recover 30Moz of gold from dumps  

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Wide pegmatite intercepts announced in Initial Kamativi lithium drilling programme

By: Cameron Mackay     24th July 2023 Exploration and development mining company Galileo announced on July 24 that the first two holes of the recently started drill programme over the Kamativi lithium/tin target, in Zimbabwe, have intersected multiple pegmatite dykes, some over substantial widths. "We are pleased with the thickness... 

GoviEx announces higher openpit mineral resources at Muntanga

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2023 Mineral resources company GoviEx Uranium has announced an updated mineral resource estimate (MRE) for its mine-permitted Muntanga uranium project, in Zambia. The Muntanga project comprises three mining permits that cover about 720 km2 and contains five deposits – Dibbwi, Dibbwi East, Muntanga,... 

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