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Project Management News

Continued exploration, mine development in 2024

Updated 5 hours ago 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... 

Coal mining to move to more sustainable practices

By: Halima Frost     Updated 5 hours ago 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

Human rights a key issue

By: Halima Frost     16th February 2024 Modern slavery risk mitigation data and research company Evidencity says although poor governance is an endemic issue in the mining sector of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the protection of human rights – primarily those pertaining to the use of child labour – is the greatest challenge.   

 A young boy miner stood in front of an openpit artisanal mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo
MINOR MINERS The use of children and disadvantaged people in the Democratic Republic of Congo mining sector is rampant

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.

2024 defining year for world’s first woman-owned phosphate mine, looking at IPO   

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2024 Adelaide Ruiters has been slogging away for ten years to get the world’s first woman-owned phosphate mine up and running. Now, 2024 looks like the year she'll likely do it. Ribbon-cutting for Adelaide Ruiters Mining and Exploration (ARME) is now expected around June, July ­– and being considered,... 

ARME founder and CEO Adelaide Ruiters.
AMRE CEO Adelaide Ruiters interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Spatial Dimension commences Angolan mining cadastre project

By: Sabrina Jardim     6th February 2024 Land management solutions provider Spatial Dimension has started activities to implement its Landfolio solution for the Angolan government. Partnering with Angolan company OceanGeo SA, Spatial Dimension will deliver a modern, online mining cadastre system for the Agência Nacional de Recursos... 

An image depicting Spatial Dimension CEO Bill Feast
Spatial Dimension CEO Bill Feast

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.

Renewables projects on track to meet energy requirement

2nd February 2024 Platinum group metals and gold miner Sibanye-Stillwater has reached financial close and started construction works on two new renewable energy projects for its South African operations The projects consist of the 103 MW Witberg wind energy project, located near Matjiesfontein in the Western Cape... 

Circularity promoted

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 Bearings manufacturer and distributor SKF South Africa intends to promote its continuous drive towards reliability improvements and a circular economy to attendees of this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8.... 

a re-manufactured bearing which was made by SKF
PERFECT CIRCLE Bearings manufacturer SKF has adopted the circular economy concept in its manufacturing processes

PGMs, hydrogen think tank hosted

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 A discussion on platinum group metal (PGM) miners and the role of these resources in hydrogen technology will be presented at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8. As a panellist involved in this... 

a Gloved hand holding a chunk of raw platinum ore
PLATINUM A PRIORITY The role that platinum group metals have in the development of a green economy will be discussed by Minerals Council South Africa modernisation and safety senior executive Sietse van der Woude at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba

Processing solutions manufacturer optimistic for African mining

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 Despite economic challenges globally, international minerals processing specialist Multotec Group remains optimistic about the future of mining in Africa and the company is looking forward to a productive and insightful Investing in African Mining Indaba this year, says Multotec Africa MD Peter... 

A Multotec pulping chute being manufactured with a woman in PPE looking through the centre of the Chute
CHUTING FOR THE STARS A Multotec pulping chute which embraces new technology to maximise efficacy being manufactured

Standardising best practices to develop better project managers

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th January 2024 Through its commitment to advancing the profession, project management authority Project Management Institute (PMI) is focusing on improving efficiencies and ethical standards of asset-intensive industries by increasingly standardising best practices through its project management certifications.... 

Women-centric procurement processes

26th January 2024 The impact of procurement in facilitating and promoting the growth of female participation in the mining industry is often overlooked, says consulting and project management organisation Tshepa Basadi Group commercial director Mbali Milanzi. As a result, there are often low levels of... 

Project management skillsets highlighted

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th January 2024 Developing projects in the mining industry, and other industries, demands a unique and complex set of skills. These skills are often more specialised compared to those typically required for core mining operations. Possessing these advanced skillsets is crucial for facilitating growth within the... 

Disruptive tech to be showcased at Indaba

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 In partnership with French government business export agency Business France, energy management and automation company Schneider Electric will exhibit at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba, showcasing its offerings to the African mining market. “Business France is responsible for... 

A man at an opencast mining operation wearing PPE working on geotechnical mapping on a tablet
TECHING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL Offering advanced and more digitised technologies to the mining sector are what the Schneider Electric team hope to achieve at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba

Event organisers anticipate sizable attendance

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 On the back of a record-breaking attendance at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in 2023, event organisers Hyve Group are anticipating more than 8 000 delegates from over 100 countries to attend this year’s event, set to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February... 

A group of men and ladies standing on a stage with the Investing in African Mining Indaba logo on a wall behind them at the indaba last year
DIGNITARIES AND DELEGATES The upper echelon of Africa's mining sector will be attending this years Investing in African Mining Indaba being held in Cape town in February

Young mining potential

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 To ignite conversations about the ballooning youth unemployment rate in South Africa, private-sector-funded initiative Youth Employment Services (YES) programme CEO Ravi Naidoo will unpack the topic at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held at the Cape Town International... 

a group of women one smiling straight at the camera wearing green Youth Employment Programme shirts
POSITIVE OUTLOOK The Youth Employment Programme offers youth training and job opportunities in a tough and often daunting environment

SRK celebrating 50 years of consulting to natural resource sector 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2024 The 50 years of experience that SRK Consulting has accumulated since coming into existence in 1974 has placed it in an excellent position to outline how mining’s approach to environmental sustainability and responsible sourcing has evolved over the last 50 years. As a South African-founded global... 

SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl (right) interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.
SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl is interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

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

South Africa-linked mining luminaries advising on metals industry greening 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2024 South Africa-linked mining luminaries are playing roles in an initiative to transform the metals industry with clean technology. Being targeted for metals is the elimination of energy-intensive smelters, toxic chemicals and strong acids. 

Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill
Photo by Creamer Media
Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill

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.

JSE presents opportunity for critical mineral miners to access capital  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2024 Critical mineral demand is growing significantly at a time when South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets – two crucial needs that can be fulfilled in one go by companies raising capital on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) to fund their entry into the critical minerals... 

JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster
JSE Business Development Manager Patrycja Kula-Verster interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly.

Hive Hydrogen, Itochu sign co-op memo on $5.8bn Coega green ammonia export project

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2023 Hive Hydrogen South Africa and Itochu Corporation of Japan have signed a memorandum of co-operation to advance Hive’s Coega green ammonia export project in South Africa's Eastern Cape province. Itochu and Hive have agreed to work together on matters of viable green hydrogen and ammonia project... 

Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe and Itochu Africa Bloc CEO Shinya Ishizuka signing memorandum with Japan Ambassador Ushio Shigeru (top right) and Eastern Cape Premier’s office chief of staff Baphelele Mhlaba (top left).
Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe and Itochu Africa Bloc CEO Shinya Ishizuka signing memorandum with Japan Ambassador Ushio Shigeru (top right) and Eastern Cape Premier’s office chief of staff Baphelele Mhlaba (top left).

Mpumalanga battery manganese aspirant hoping for IDC co-investment 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2023 Canada-headquartered Giyani Metals, which operates in Botswana, has secured $16-million in financing from South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to advance a battery-grade manganese project in Botswana – whereas South Africa’s Manganese Metal Co (MMC) of Mpumalanga is still... 

MMC in Mpumalanga.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
MMC in Mpumalanga.

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.

Platform facilitates information sharing

By: Lynne Davies     1st December 2023 Project, engineering, and construction management consulting firm SSG Consulting is positioning its business intelligence software platform KEY360, designed for project management and business process functions, as a solution to the “gap” in the organisational capability that comes with... 

An image of a laptop and phone with the KEY360 platform
BRIDGING THE GAP KEY360 provides a simple interface, accelerating workflow with instant feedback

Tailings retreatment plant construction progressing

By: Halima Frost     24th November 2023 The construction of midtier gold producer Pan African Resources’ Mogale tailings retreatment (MTR) plant at the Mintails site, on the West Rand of Gauteng, is progressing according to schedule and within budget. “This is Pan African's fourth large-scale tailings plant in a project that is... 

A large patch of land being cleared to make way for the construction of a tailing re treatment plant being constructed for Pan African Resources at its Mintails operations
FROM THE GROUND UP The foundation phase of the Mogale tailings retreatment plant at Mintails is progressing according to schedule and within budget

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.

Imperative that exploration plan be implemented as matter of urgency – Khoza

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2023 If South Africa is not to be left out of the exploration boom, spurred by the immense mineral resources required to develop technologies needed to achieve net zero, it is imperative that the recommendations of South Africa’s Exploration Implementation Plan be implemented in full as a matter of... 

Integrated Geoscience Solutions Technical Director Dr David Khoza.
Integrated Geoscience Solutions Technical Director Dr David Khoza.

Larger premises boosts stockholding

By: Halima Frost     9th November 2023 Industrial electrical, electronic and mechanical product supplier Madacan Africa started operations last month at its new premises in the Northlands Business Park in Northriding, which is almost double the size of its previous facility in Kya Sands, both of which are in Gauteng. “The new 944 m2... 

A Blue Motovario Motor Gearbox unit which is being imported by Madacan to supply South Africa's mining sector.
THE FIRST OF MANY The Motovario single-stage gearbox units which are being imported by Madacan will be the first of this range to be stocked in its new facility

Boosting capital productivity in mining

3rd November 2023 Better project management, through the implementation of two key measures, can improve a mine’s capital productivity, reports consulting, assurance, tax and transaction services firm Ernst & Young (EY) Oceania business transformation delivery leader Loretta Hudson. A major concern for the mining... 

Project managers appointed for mine build

3rd November 2023 Canada-based diversified explorer and developer Foran Mining has selected specialised mining consultancy G Mining Services (GMS) as its partner in the formation of the integrated project management team (IPMT) for construction of Foran’s 100%-owned McIlvenna Bay complex in the Saskatchewan region... 

Optimising to address issues

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd November 2023 As mining operations contend with various industry challenges, operations and maintenance  specialist Associated Energy Sources (AES) MD Chris Paterson points to energy plant optimisation and alternative energy solutions as techniques to mitigate operational challenges and facilitate growth amid... 

An image of AES's projects division
SPECIALISED TEAM Operation and maintenance of a turnkey new boiler house installation executed by AES projects division

Orion advancing towards operational commencement at Prieska in Northern Cape

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2023 Johannesburg- and Sydney-listed Orion Minerals has continued its transition to mine developer and operator at the Prieska copper/zinc mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape. The diversified base metals company, which is developing three complementary base metal production hubs in the Northern Cape,... 

Orion is developing three complementary base metal production hubs in the Northern Cape.
Orion is developing three complementary base metal production hubs in the Northern Cape.

Finland may be site of Anglo’s next greenfield mining project  

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2023 Sakatti, with its metal concentrations of platinum group metals (PGMs), copper, nickel, cobalt, and others, may be the site of the next greenfield project of diversified Johannesburg- and London-listed mining company Anglo American. Located in central Lapland in Finland, Sakatti’s polymetallic... 

Anglo American projects and development director Alison Atkinson.
Anglo American Sustainability Performance Report covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Complex openpit modelling sees geologist awarded

27th October 2023 Awarded for her work in modelling complex geological structures for an openpit operation, Australia-based ground modelling, engineering and design services company GMEK engineering geologist Caroline Burden won the Geology Challenge of mining technology developer Maptek earlier this month. The... 

Three portrait images of Caroline Burden, Anthony Bottrill and Evelyn Charlesworth who won first, second and third places respectively for their submission in the Maptek's Geology Challenge
THE WINNING TRIFECTA Three research geologists have been awarded with Maptek's Geology Challenge's top honors
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