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Reserve Bank concern about decline of public markets welcome development – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2024 The concern that South Africa’s Reserve Bank expressed last week on the state of this country’s public markets is seen as a welcome development by AmaranthCX director and public market promoter Paul Miller. Everything the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has done, even when it has been... 

Latest cadastre agreement excites South Africa’s Junior Indaba panel  

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2024 There were expressions of excitement at the South Africa’s Junior Indaba on Tuesday when attendees at the important mining event learnt of the signing of the service-level agreement (SLA) for South Africa's long-awaited mining cadastral system, a key tool for orderly mineral exploration... 

Opening Junior Indaba panel (from left) Lili Nupen, Tseliso Maqubela, Errol Smart, Mosa Mabuza, Bernard Swanepoel.
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hosted learnerships allow for collaborative skills development

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th May 2024 Hosted learnerships play a crucial role in addressing the skills gap in the mining sector, particularly in areas with high unemployment rates, by upskilling local talent, providing additional workforce and offering employment opportunities outside the sector, says training services provider... 

An image of mining consultants at a site
CULTIVATING TALENT Hosted learnerships enable a three-way collaboration approach to skills development, ensuring various businesses can play their part in cultivating talent

Atlantic achieves positive drilling results at Ewoyaa target

By: Sabrina Jardim     7th May 2024 Africa-focused lithium exploration and development company Atlantic Lithium has reported that initial assay results from the drilling completed so far this year at its Ewoyaa project, in Ghana, have delivered impressive intersections, providing confidence in the growth potential of the current... 

Epiroc acquires South African rock drilling parts maker Weco

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2024 Swedish equipment manufacturer Epiroc has successfully acquired Weco, a South African manufacturer of precision-engineered rock drilling parts. Weco has been operating in Krugersdorp, Gauteng, for more than 40 years, serving mainly underground mining customers in the Southern Africa region.  

Weco's factory in Krugersdorp
Weco's factory in Krugersdorp

Conference drives mining innovation, skills

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2024 The second yearly Mind Shift Conference, hosted by industry association Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa), will delve into innovation, digital technology and skills in the South African mining supply chain. This year’s event will be held from May 15 to 16 at a new location –... 

Memsa CEO Lehlohonolo Molloyi standing at a podium addressing delegates and speakers at last year’s Mind Shift Conference
LEHLOHONOLO MOLLOYI South African industrial developments are gradually decreasing the country’s reliance on multinational developers, thereby further promulgating locally developed and manufactured technologies

Focus on programmes driving tech development

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2024 The five mining technology research programmes of the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) have garnered much attention and have, thus far, yielded positive results, pointing to “great future potential”, reports MMP director Julie Courtnage. In celebrating the MMP’s fifth anniversary, she tells Mining... 

A man in Blue PPE at the face of a shaft in the Test Mine offered by the Mandela Mining Precinct
TESTING THE LIMITS The Mandela Mining Precinct's Test Mine, based at platinum producer Impala Bafokeng’s Maseve mine, offers the opportunity to put to test thoeries and technologies being developed in a safe and controlled real-life environment

How 30 years of democracy has transformed South Africa's mining industry  

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2024 South Africa’s 30 years of democracy has changed the character of this country’s mining industry profoundly, Minerals Council South Africa emphasised in a report that highlights the industry’s significant advance since the dawning of democracy in 1994. Importantly, South Africa’s highly regarded... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.

Acquisition to boost tunnelling offering

19th April 2024 In an effort to drive efficiency and safety across mining and tunnelling operations, mining product and systems developer DSI Underground SMART, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DSI Underground, completed the acquisition of virtual reality training specialist Edvirt in February. Edvirt provides... 

Three men in PPE in an underground tunnel discussing something in front of a borer
GOING VIRTUAL DSI Underground has acquired virtual reality training specialist Edvirt to provide products and training courses to mining and tunnelling clients globally

Driller foresees revenue boost with strong order book

By: Halima Frost     19th April 2024 Boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling is optimistic its revenue for this year will improve on the back of a strong order book, the company reported during its 2023 full-year results presentation, held last month. Master Drilling COO Roelof Swanepoel reported that the company’s... 

A Large white RD8 drill rig manufactured by Master drilling on site
TRIPPLE XL The rotary drill 7-series and rotary drill 8-series drill rigs which Master Drilling is currently manufacturing are on schedule for delivery as ordered

Equipment mobilised to prospect Cameroon target

19th April 2024 West Africa-focused explorer Oriole Resources has mobilised drilling equipment to explore its 82.2%-owned Bibemi orogenic gold project, in Cameroon, where a Phase 5 diamond drilling programme is planned for the second quarter of this year. Historically, the company reported a pit-constrained... 

A core drill rig set in the Bakassi Zone 1 Drill area in Cameroon with five men in PPE around it
MAIDEN DRILLING To date, Oriole Resources has completed four phases of diamond drilling, totaling 6 685.4 m in 54 holes, at its Bibemi project in Cameroon

Minerals Council South Africa setting out to boost local demand for green hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2024 Minerals Council South Africa is focused on increasing the domestic demand for green hydrogen, which it sees as contributing to the kickstarting of the hydrogen economy in South Africa. “The applications that we’re looking at are stationary as well as mobility applications of using hydrogen... 

From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha
From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha.

Use underground mines for electricity storage, optimise mine water use – Karst Hydro  

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2024 South Africa’s many underground mines can be used as batteries that store the clean electricity that the water descending for cooling can provide. At the same time, the local community could end up with a utility that supplies them clean water along with a store of cheap and reliable green energy. 

Karst MD Guy Richards.
Karst interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Cora to start exploration drill programme at Senegal project

By: Sabrina Jardim     8th April 2024 West Africa-focussed gold company Cora Gold will soon start an exploration drill programme at its Madina Foulbé gold permit, within the Kenieba project area in East Senegal. The company plans to start this programme in the week of April 15 and finishing it in May. 

Mines investing R46m to put an end to fall-of-ground fatalities   

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2024 South Africa’s mining industry is investing R46-million in an action plan to eliminate fall-of-ground (FoG) fatalities. The FoG action plan is being implemented through Minerals Council South Africa with the assistance of its Rock Engineering Technical Committee, and supported by the South... 

The next breakthrough must be zero fatality
Action plan to end fall of ground fatalities covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Miner eyes further growth in Zimbabwe

By: Halima Frost     5th April 2024 In its constant drive to increase its representation and relevance in the country’s mining sector, Zimbabwe-focused explorer, developer and miner Caledonia Mining Corporation has changed its mining strategy to become a multi-asset gold producer. The miner’s flagship Blanket gold mine, about 15 km... 

An Aerial view of the Balnket Mine in Zimbabwe owned by Mining Corporation
BLANKET INVESTMENT Caledonia Mining Corporation has changed its mining strategy to become a multi-asset gold producer in Zimbabwe

Resources Watch  

3rd April 2024 This week: Mechanical cutting is going to be key for mining going forward – Master Drilling and, DRDGOLD to determine economic viability of copper recovery from Copper 360’s tailings dams 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Correct installation of components critical

By: Simone Liedtke     29th March 2024 A successful shaft sinking project entails the correct installation of various components timeously, in addition to experienced personnel working on the project from the outset and maximising the time spent at shaft bottom, says fastener supplier Swagefast sales manager Neil Koen. The company’s... 

Engagement is a critical step in the construction and maintenance of mine shafts
PROJECT INVOLVEMENT Engagement is a critical step in the construction and maintenance of mine shafts

Mechanical cutting is going to be key for mining going forward – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2024 Mechanical cutting, in which huge progress is being made, is going to be key for the mining industry going forward, Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius emphasised on Tuesday, when his Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company presented a dividend-yielding set of 2023 full-year results that... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining innovators recognised

By: Halima Frost     22nd March 2024 In conjunction with this year’s yearly Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town at the start of February, industry body Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa) held a virtual webinar – titled ‘Innovation, Digitisation and Collaboration in the South African Mining... 

A generated image of mine machines and thinking in blue on a black background
FUTURE FORWARD the future of mining will see companies and mines embracing new technologies and developments

Underground hard rock equipment launched locally

By: Donna Slater     15th March 2024 Mining and industrial machinery developer and manufacturer Komatsu launched, at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in February in Cape Town, three new models in its underground range that are applicable to hard rock applications, following an expansion of its portfolio to... 

The first products to launch in South Africa include, among others, the Komatsu single boom ZJ21 jumbo drill rig and the Komatsu ZB21 medium-class bolter
LOCAL LAUNCH The first products to launch in South Africa include, among others, the Komatsu single boom ZJ21 jumbo drill rig and the Komatsu ZB21 medium-class bolter

Intelligent drilling solutions advance underground capabilities 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th March 2024 The adoption of intelligent drilling technologies represents a critical step towards more efficient, safe and sustainable underground mining operations, though eco-efficient rock processing solutions provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions underground drills business line manager Khomotso... 

The Sandvik DD422iE drill offers intelligent and electric fully automated, top hammer longhole drilling performance
Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions underground drills business line manager Khomotso Duiker

Capital achieves fourth consecutive year of strong growth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th March 2024 Mining services company Capital CE Peter Stokes says the company is excited for the year ahead after "another great year" in 2023, in which it achieved growth for the fourth consecutive year, despite a challenging market environment. The UK-headquartered company's services include exploration,... 

A Chrysos PhotonAssay unit
A Chrysos PhotonAssay unit

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... 

Two hands holding an ore with gold flakes in it
FINE SPECIMEN A piece of ore with gold streaks in it found during the exploration phase of the Adumbi project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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... 

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