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Project Management News

Global gold mining major highlights academic partnership with South Africa’s Fort Hare 

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2024 The University of Fort Hare, where the offspring of mineworkers were the first graduates, has agreed a R12.5-million, initial ten-year academic partnership with gold mining major AngloGold Ashanti, which no longer mines in this country and is now domiciled in London. Fort Hare is the university... 

Reducing remote-site breakdowns

By: Lynne Davies     21st June 2024 Mass accommodation and remote-site catering, laundry and hospitality solutions provider Ascot Site Solutions aims to ensure employee comfortability by reducing the risk of accommodation-related equipment breakdowns. A remote site can have its own “frustrations”, but Ascot’s maintenance strategy... 

The above image depicts a laundry room provided by Ascot Site Solutions
SPARE PARTS Implementing and maintaining an inventory of critical spare parts will reduce unnecessary downtime, thereby reducing costs and saving time

Fast-greening Richards Bay Minerals now eyeing on-site renewables, storage, aggregation  

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2024 Energy-intensive Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), which consumes an average of 1.8 terawatts of power a year, was able to secure its latest 140 MW wind energy power purchase agreement (PPA) in six months. When operating at full capacity, RBMs, power consumption across its mining and smelting... 

Richards Bay Minerals GM for Growth Strategy Bradley Reddy.
Richards Bay Minerals' Bradley Reddy interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Cereamer.

Thungela poised to spend R3.9bn capital in South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2024 Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Thungela Resources is poised to spend R3.9-billion worth of capital in South Africa going forward. An estimated R1.3-billion of this capital expenditure (capex) is scheduled to be spent in the next six months and a further R800-million in the final six months of... 

Thungela Resources active in Mpumalanga.
Thungela Resources active in Mpumalanga.

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 has not been enough to change... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

World Hydrogen alerted to benefit of South Africa’s zero-emission hydrogen haul truck 

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2024 One hydrogen haul truck eliminates the deleterious carbon emissions of the equivalent of 700 cars, First Mode global hydrogen sourcing director James Betts highlighted during this week’s World Hydrogen Australia webinar, where he spoke of the need for the hydrogen haul trucks to be conceived as... 

South Africa pioneered hydrogen haul truck.
South Africa pioneered hydrogen haul truck.

Bigger attendance expected

By: Halima Frost     7th June 2024 Following the inaugural London Indaba in 2023, event organiser Resources4Africa (R4A) says this year’s conference aims to garner more attention from investors and the global mining sector. Set to be held on June 25 and 26 at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, in London, this year’s event will... 

Men and women sitting on a stage in a panel discussion at the 2023 London indaba
PLANNING WITH A PANEL The panel discussions to be held at this year's London Indaba will host industry experts from across the mining sector

Three new members join global mining organisation

7th June 2024 Global CEO-led mining and metals industry body the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) reported in March that it had welcomed three new association members, which “share ICMM’s vision for a safe, just and sustainable world enabled by responsible production of minerals and metals,”... 

A black and white image of a metal ore
MORE TO MINE The three new members added to the International Council on Mining and Metals umbrella share ICMM’s vision for a safe, just and sustainable world

First call applications for R400m junior mining exploration fund close July 12

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2024 The first call applications for the R400-million junior mining exploration fund (JMEF) close on July 12. This was stated on Tuesday in a media release issued by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), in partnership with the Council for Geoscience (CGS) and the Industrial... 

Need for quick exploration activity.
Unless exploration increases fast, the vital mining economy will shrink.

South Africa’s ARM completes strategic investment in Canada’s Surge Copper 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2024 South Africa’s diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals has secured its 15% strategic shareholding in Surge Copper, a Toronto Stock Exchange-Venture Exchange company that is advancing an emerging critical metals district in British Columbia, Canada. Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed... 

African Rainbow Minerals Executive Chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe
African Rainbow Minerals Executive Chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe

Enhancing mining sustainability through tech expertise

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2024 Amid an industry-wide shift towards more sustainable mining practices, engineering consultancy SRK Consulting says that the significance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in mining has evolved over the past few decades from basic monitoring to now include a wide range of... 

EVOLVING LEGACY
SRK Consulting's approach has adapted to evolving needs, incorporating new factors into the core of its technical decision-making processes
EVOLVING LEGACY SRK Consulting's approach has adapted to evolving needs, incorporating new factors into the core of its technical decision-making processes

Consultancy drives mining standards innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2024 By prioritising safety, sustainability and efficiency, mining consulting company Baletsema Mining Services MD Bokang Kelepa says the company adheres to international safety and environmental standards, and that through employing a skilled workforce, it is adept at navigating the complexities of... 

ESSENTIAL EXPERTISE
Engineers bring essential expertise in geotechnical engineering, risk assessment and regulatory compliance
ESSENTIAL EXPERTISE Engineers bring essential expertise in geotechnical engineering, risk assessment and regulatory compliance

Upliftment of engineers critical to industrial development

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2024 There is a critical need for broader educational reforms to encourage and increase the potential for take-up of engineering as a career among youth, including the country’s mining sector, which “remains the backbone of South Africa’s economy”, industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa... 

ROBUST WORKFORCE NEEDED
A more robust engineering workforce can drive technological advancements and operational efficiencies in mining
Photo by Adobe Stock
ROBUST WORKFORCE NEEDED A more robust engineering workforce can drive technological advancements and operational efficiencies in mining

Digital twins as test beds for planning

By: Trent Roebeck     31st May 2024 Digital twins can, and should, be used by mine operators as a “testing ground for analysis and scenario planning”, as well as to provide real-time feedback through Internet of Things (IoT) sensors as a means to optimise production, reports Geospatial solutions company 5DGEO principal and... 

An image of a plant in the digital twin format
G23067 DIGITAL TWIN An illustration of a digital representation in the digital twin software can be used for identifying problems or providing meaningful information

Acquisition boosts asset, fleet management solutions

31st May 2024 Mining technology solutions provider Datamine aims to expand its asset and fleet management solutions for mining, industrial and construction operations, through its parent software development company Vela’s acquisition of Samtech – a Latin America-based fleet management, machine performance and... 

An image of a machine on a mine site
ENHANCED MACHINE PRODUCTIVITY Samtech offers fleet and machine monitoring sensor technology solutions to optimise productivity

Mine consultancy offers software suite for streamlining mine management

31st May 2024 On the back of mine health and safety remaining an international talking point, mining industry operational software solutions provider Mineware Consulting has developed an innovative AI-powered feature aimed at transforming risk mitigation processes in the mining industry. With a spotlight on... 

An image of a mineworker in an underground mining operation
EFFICIENT MINE SOFTWARE The technology solutions on offer from Mineware will enhance accuracy and optimise efficiency

Sibanye clinches yet another renewable energy purchase agreement 

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2024 Johannesburg- and New York-listed Sibanye-Stillwater has concluded its fourth renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA). The green metals and gold producer has reached financial close for an additional 140 MW wind energy project, the Umsinde Emoyeni Wind Farm, located on the border between... 

Sibanye-Stillwater secures fourth power purchase agreement.
Sibanye-Stillwater secures fourth power purchase agreement.

Massive water power possibilities in underground mining, says COMRO book editor   

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2024 When hydropower was being developed for South Africa’s gold-mining industry, the industry was going through a tough time and the research organisation of the day, the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation or COMRO, ceased to function in the form that it had for 30-odd years. Had COMRO continued... 

COMRO book editor Brian Protheroe (right) and Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer (left).
COMRO’S Legacy editor Brian Protheroe interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Diamond miner progresses move to underground

By: Nadine Ramdass     24th May 2024 Ahead of its fifty-fifth anniversary, Botswana-based diamond miner Debswana Diamond Company is undertaking an expansion project at its flagship Jwaneng mine, in the south-central part of Botswana, to extend its life-of-mine and generate new value for shareholders, says Debswana deputy MD... 

An aerial image of the Jwaneng openpit mine
MOVING BELOW GROUND Debswana Diamond Company is undertaking an expansion project at its Jwaneng mine to extend the mine's life

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.

Minerals Council, Geoscience, IDC going all out to boost South African exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2024 A collective effort was apparent on Friday when Minerals Council South Africa, the Council for Geoscience and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) spoke on the same platform to promote a return to growth in the shrinking South African mining industry. Minerals Council South Africa CEO... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane
South African public-private sector exploration webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Master’s programme meets industry demands

10th May 2024 Tertiary education institute University of Pretoria (UP) is addressing the growing demand for skilled professionals, including those in the rapidly evolving mining industry, through its Masters in Technology and Innovation Management (MTIM) programme. UP Graduate School of Technology Management... 

An excavator with digital technology symbols overlayed
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION Demand is growing in the mining industry for professionals equipped with the skills needed to navigate digital transformation

Mine focuses on steady-state production, tech, cost saving

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      3rd May 2024 Coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal is focusing on maintaining steady-state coal production at its Khanye colliery in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, with the former having made significant progress in the past six months by improving production through smarter operational management,... 

An image of the Khanye colliery
IMPROVING MINE OPERATIONS Canyon Coal aims to use technology to optimise operational processes and increase profitability at its Bronkhorstspruit-based Khanye Colliery

Enhancing efficiency

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th April 2024 Software solutions provider GEOVIA, a brand of software company Dassault Systèmes, has introduced two new roles to its portfolio, which facilitate improved collaboration, and fast-track work processes to ensure increased efficiency across departments. The two new roles comprise the GEOVIA... 

An image of Geovia's Strategic Mine Planner role interface
STRATEGIC MINE PLANNER ROLE The role can create an optimised and robust mining schedule that prioritises value and ecological responsibility

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.

More green hydrogen insight on way as Southern African scientists head to Germany  

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2024 Twelve scientists from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries will head to Germany in May, where they will have an opportunity to obtain more in-depth insight into green hydrogen amid the region’s unveiling of important green hydrogen projects, pilot plant initiatives and the... 

Sasscal Executive Director Dr Jane Olwoch
Sasscal Executive Director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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.

Zimbabwean gas project spurs regional interest

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd March 2024 Following the discovery of the Mukuyu gas field in the Cabora Bassa basin, in northern Zimbabwe, oil and gas explorer Invictus Energy is confident further discoveries will be made in the basin. The company aims to tap into the growing demand for energy in Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries, and... 

An image of the Mukuyu well site
PROJECT GASSED UP Invictus Energy has made two discoveries of gas in the Cabora Bassa basin of Zimbabwe

Operational efficiencies highlighted at Indaba

22nd March 2024 The message from global energy management and automation supplier Schneider Electric at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – held in Cape Town, South Africa in early February – stressed that building operational efficiency and resiliency to address volatility across the value chain... 


A portrait photo of Schneider Electric mining, minerals and metals industries president Rob Moffitt
ROB MOFFITT Achieving sustainable operations is one of the most important challenges industries have ever faced

Automotive demand for platinum expected to hit seven-year high this year  

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2024 This year could potentially turn out to be quite an interesting year for platinum as a commodity and also as an investment, with the 2023 platinum market deficit of 878  000 oz forecast to be followed by a 2024 deficit of 418 000 oz. In addition to automotive demand being poised to reach the... 

World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Edward Sterck.
World Platinum Investment Council's Edward Sterck interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum remains in fundamental deficit – Northam  

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2024 Platinum remains in fundamental deficit, Northam CEO Paul Dunne emphasised at the company’s presentation on Friday, which reported a strong performance from all group operations in the six months to December 31. “In mining terms, it’s a slow-burning fuse. Ultimately, we will see a price response... 

Northam CEO Paul Dunne.
Northam Platinum half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Project finance clinched for 520 MW South African wind, solar projects – Anglo

By: Martin Creamer     29th February 2024 Johannesburg- and London-listed diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American announced on Thursday that jointly owned renewable energy venture with EDF Renewables, Envusa Energy, has completed the project financing for its first three wind and solar projects in South Africa. The terms... 

Anglo American's Africa and Australia Regional Director Themba Mkhwanazi.
Anglo American's Africa and Australia Regional Director Themba Mkhwanazi.

Likely lifespan boost for critical rare earths project in South Africa’s Limpopo province 

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2024 South Africa’s rare earths project in Limpopo has received a distinctly possible lifespan boost to more than 16 years following an updated bulk density calculation, which has enlarged the likely Phalaborwa resource tonnage to 35.1-million tonnes, an increase of 16%. “The improvement in the... 

The Phalaborwa Rare Earths Project involves the recovery of rare earths from gypsum and waste dumps.
Photo by Creamer Media
The Phalaborwa Rare Earths Project involves the recovery of rare earths from gypsum and waste dumps.

Continued exploration, mine development in 2024

23rd February 2024 With Africa’s substantial and varied mineral endowment being undisputed, the year ahead will likely see ongoing progress in exploration and mine development, in both traditional metals and the minerals associated with the global energy transition, according to mining consultancy SRK Consulting MD... 

Mining consultancy SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl
ANDREW VAN ZYL The more important questions about mining’s prospects for the coming year relate to the foundation that the sector is creating for the longer term

Coal mining to move to more sustainable practices

By: Halima Frost     23rd February 2024 The ongoing shift from traditional coal mining to sustainably mined coal in 2024 and beyond will “witness remarkable advancements” in new coal mining methods, driven by innovative technologies and evolving industry practices, says coal procurement, mining project development and services company... 

Two hands holding raw coal
THE FUTURE IN OUR HANDS The future of coal as an energy source needs to be aligned with more sustainable mining practices

Rich new Copper 360 discovery points to big Chile-type copper mine potential   

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2024 Okiep Copper Company, which mining company Newmont established in 1937, is today one of the 100%-owned subsidiaries of South Africa’s Copper 360, the only pure copper play listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Under Newmont, the Okiep Copper Company paid out about R30-million in dividends... 

Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson.
Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Complex SA-DRC reactor project recognised

16th February 2024 The fabrication, in South Africa, of six large reactors for the Azmet Reactor project, being undertaken at a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is a “massive achievement” after it was awarded the Southern African Institute for Steel Construction (SAISC) 2023 Steel Awards Mining and... 

A three story high reactor manufactured by Viva Engineering with people in PPE under it to show scale
AWARD WINNING The supply of six reactors to a mine in the DRC has been met with an award from SAISC for the Mining and Industrial category
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