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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... 

Transformed AECI to go big globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2024 JSE-listed South African multinational AECI aims to be the global number three company in its core market segment of mining explosives and mining chemicals, by 2030. Of the company’s business, 80% is already outside South Africa and 30% is outside Africa, CEO Holger Riemensperger emphasises to... 

AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger
AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger

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.

Company showcases contribution to positive disruption

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 Explosives and mining chemicals company AECI Mining will attend this years’ Investing in African Mining Indaba to showcase some of its new technologies and innovations aimed at unlocking value in the mining industry. “As a global organisation, we aspire to embark on partnerships with our clients... 

A man holding a remote detonator for an explosive set at a mine
EXPLOSIVE TOPIC according to AECI the concept of positive disruption clearly speaks volumes to the explosives in mining sector

Green blasting tech to be showcased

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 Commercial explosives and blasting systems developer Orica will showcase its lead-free, non-electric detonator range, its 4D underground (UG) bulk explosives solution as well as its new electronic blasting system, at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held in Cape Town next... 

A man sitting in front of an AI Generated screen indicating the cycle of a remote blasting sequence
PLUG N' PLAY The new remote detonation technology offered by Orica will be showcased at this year's Investing in African Mining Indaba

Indaba theme apt for sector – explosives company

26th January 2024 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba 2024 theme ‘Embracing the power of positive disruption: A bold new future for African mining’ could not be more appropriate for the directions being forged in the field of mine blasting and explosives, reports mining explosives and blasting... 

Rock and gravel flying through the air in an optimally placed blast
BLASTING BOUNDARIES The safety and environmental aspects surrounding blasting in the mining sector will be addressed at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba

AECI outlines new strategy as it celebrates its centenary

By: Sabrina Jardim     23rd January 2024 JSE-listed AECI celebrates its centenary this year, with Group CEO Holger Riemensperger attributing the company’s success to its solution-focussed value proposition and dedication from its workforce. Riemensperger describes AECI as a “remarkable success story founded on unique customer... 

An image depicting AECI Group CEO Holger Riemensperger
AECI Group CEO Holger Riemensperger

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

AECI reorganises executive leadership team

By: Donna Slater     20th December 2023 Diversified group AECI reorganised the structure of its executive leadership team, on December 20, to be more aligned to a corporate business that will enable the delivery of its strategic ambition to double the profitability of its core mining and chemicals business by 2026. This is also in... 

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.

Smart technology for mobile explosives units

1st December 2023 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME is leveraging smart technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning as a key aspect of its automation efforts to enhance the productivity and safety of its mobile manufacturing units (MMUs). The smart MMUs provide realtime data on... 

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.

AECI to sell noncore assets, focus on core mining, chemicals capability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2023 Diversified chemicals solutions company AECI will increase focus on its core mining and chemicals capability and divest noncore businesses. The group aims to double the profitability of its core mining and chemicals business by 2026 and become a global top three integrated mining explosives and... 

AECI equipment

AECI mining projects boost earnings amid other pressures

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th November 2023 An increase in mining explosives sales volumes in Southern Africa, Central Africa and Asia Pacific has helped to keep JSE-listed chemicals group AECI’s revenue and earnings in the nine months to September 30 on par with the same period of last year. The group’s Mining division has recorded a 30%... 

Nonelectric detonators gain traction

By: Halima Frost     20th October 2023 Since the launch of mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME’s new Viperdet MS series of detonators in August, the products have been used in 11 successful blasts in the South African quarrying sector. According to BME, the mining segment of chemicals company Omnia, the series is an... 

An explosion with ground being blown up in a controlled explosion using the BME Viperdet MS series of Detonators
BLOWING UP IN POPULARITY The new BME Viperdet MS series of detonators has been used in 11 successful blasts since its launch in August

Lead-free detonator range safer for environment

20th October 2023 Commercial explosives and blasting systems developer Orica is taking another step towards its purpose to sustainably capitalise from the Earth’s resources by commercially launching what it claims is the “world’s first” lead-free nonelectric detonator range – Exel Neo. The company announced last... 

A detonator and charge placed on the wall of an opencast mining operation with
EXEL-ENT RESULTS The new Exel Neo range of non-electric detonators are a global first lead-free detonator which offers excellent results

New explosives innovation prioritises safety

20th October 2023 The DigiShot Ranger, designed by South African mining explosives manufacturer AECI Mining Explosives has been designed to cater specifically for smaller mines, quarries and civil blasting operations, offering inherent safety features and improving functionality for operators. Technological... 

A detonator and charge placed on the wall of an opencast mining operation with
TOP SHOT The DigiShot Ranger offering inherent safety features and improving functionality for operators

Omnia acquires minority stake in Swedish clean explosives company

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2023 JSE-listed chemicals group Omnia has partnered with Sweden-based Hypex Bio Explosives Technology through the acquisition of a minority stake in the company. Hypex has been developing sustainable civil explosive solutions, including an emulsion using hydrogen peroxide (HP) that offers... 

Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy

Enaex chases North American deals as mine-blasting demand grows

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2023 Chilean industrial conglomerate Sigdo Koppers said it is scouring the market for acquisition targets in North America to grow its share of mining explosives as deteriorating ore grades push up demand for blasting. The group’s Santiago-listed explosives unit, Enaex, has built up a large presence... 

Enaex vehicles in operation at a mining site

Regional focus

By: Sabrina Jardim     8th September 2023 Amid the global energy transition and general upswing in commodity demand, there has been a significant increase in the number of new openpit projects coming on line for lithium mining, in Zimbabwe, says diversified explosives and chemicals group AECI Mining Explosives MD Alois Kwenda. As a... 

AECI Mining Explosives Mobile Manufacturing Unit (MMU) at a customer site
EXPLOSIVES DEMAND AECI Mining Explosives reports increasing demand for its underground bulk explosives, shock tube initiators and blasting technical services in Zimbabwe

AECI completes R45m Dinaser acquisition in Brazil

By: Darren Parker     4th September 2023 Explosives manufacturer AECI Mining has concluded the R45-million acquisition of Brazilian explosives business Dinaser Industria.  The acquisition, executed through local Brazilian entity AECI Mining Produtos  

explosion on mine

AECI commissions 1 MW solar project at Chem Park factory

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2023 JSE-listed chemicals group AECI has installed and commissioned a 1MW solar project at Chem Park, its AECI Chemicals manufacturing site, in Johannesburg. The Chem Park project marks the first stage of a four-phase solar programme approved by the AECI executive committee in 2021, and the company... 

AECI Chamicals' Chem Park premises
AECI Chamicals' Chem Park premises

Mining, water businesses drive AECI’s record interim performance  

By: Cameron Mackay     26th July 2023 Diversified chemicals group AECI delivered record growth in revenue; earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda); and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30. The group’s revenue increased by 19% year-on-year to R18.4-billion, while Ebitda... 

AECI Group CE and Executive Director Holger Riemensperger.
AECI Group CE and executive director Holger Riemensperger discusses AECI’s mining and water businesses and how they drove the company’s record interim performance. Camerawork: Shadwyn Dickinson. Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson

Orica cuts ribbon on new abatement technology

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th July 2023 Mining services provider Orica has officially unveiled its tertiary catalyst abatement technology to halve emissions from its Kooragang Island explosive manufacturing facility. Orica is using tertiary catalyst abatement technology to capture nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 265 times more potent... 

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.

S African explosives maker anchors in Brazil

By: Halima Frost     23rd June 2023 South African company AECI Mining is currently undertaking an expansion project in two strategically significant mining states in Brazil, with an anticipated completion date in mid-2023. This venture aims to bolster the company's presence in South America and solidify its foothold on the... 

Company expands blast enhancement platform to include quarries

16th June 2023 Explosives and blasting solutions company Orica released a new integrated digital solution for the quarry market to streamline and optimise blasting operations in April. BlastIQ Quarry is a smart solution that exploits the power of digital technologies to help quarry operators optimise their... 

An image of two men holding tablets and standing near a quarry overlaid with graphic representations of BlastIQ's offering
STREAMLINED PROCESS Orica's BlastIQ Quarry integrated solution offers streamlined and improved blasting

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BME expands its footprint with Indonesian JV 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th March 2023 Mining and explosives solutions provider BME – a subsidiary of Omnia Holdings – has signed a conditional sale and purchase of shares agreement (CSPA) with Multi Nitrotama Kimia (MNK), an Indonesian provider of explosives and blasting services. The two companies will form a joint venture (JV),... 

A mine blasting undertaken by BME

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.
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