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Megan van Wyngaardt

Megan van Wyngaardt

Megan van Wyngaardt is Creamer Media Senior Contributing Editor Online for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Offtake agreements now cover 60% of Montepuez production – Battery Minerals

19th January 2018 ASX-listed Battery Minerals has signed a binding offtake agreement with Qingdao Black Dragon Graphite for 10 000 t/y of graphite concentrate from its Montepuez project, in Mozambique, for an initial term of three years. This marks the third offtake agreement for the project. 

AfDB to support Mozambique rail project

19th January 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) is taking the lead in facilitating the takeoff of one of Africa’s largest infrastructure project − the $5-billion Nacala corridor rail and port project, supporting the project with $300-million from its private sector window. After years of financial... 

Ethiopia signs $4bn deal to build geothermal power plants

19th January 2018 Ethiopia has signed an agreement to build two geothermal power plants at a combined cost of $4-billion, to be run by the country's first privately-owned utility. The Corbetti and Tulu Moye plants will produce a combined 1 000 MW of power upon completion in eight years time in the... 

Building efficiency improvements needed to meet Paris target

19th January 2018 The energy intensity per square metre of buildings need to improve by 30% by 2030 to keep the Paris Agreement on track, the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction’s ‘Global Status Report 2017’ has revealed. The report, released on Monday, found that total floor area reached an estimated... 

Winds of change have landed, bringing economic growth – BLSA CEO

18th January 2018 Business in South Africa has not been this hopeful about the future of the country in years, Business Leadership CEO Bonang Mohale said at a pre-World Economic Forum (WEF) briefing on Thursday. He highlighted that while the country was below investment grade, the recent African National Congress... 

Kefi approves final model for Tulu Kapi project

18th January 2018 The final project models for Kefi Minerals’ Tulu Kapi project have now been agreed to by the government of Ethiopia, contractors Lycopodium and Ausdrill/African Mining Services and preferred project financiers. "The models were uploaded into the formal financing data rooms. They show some... 

Employee dies in accident at Harmony’s Thsepong mine

18th January 2018 Harmony Gold on Thursday said an employee at its Tshepong mine, near Welkom, in the Free State, had been killed in a mining equipment related incident on Wednesday afternoon. An investigation into the accident was currently under way. 

BlueRock starts mining new kimberlite pipe, expects improved results

18th January 2018 South African-focused diamond miner BlueRock Diamonds made a number of planned modifications to the crushing circuit at its Kareevlei diamond mine, near Kimberley, during a three-week Christmas break. The modifications are expected to improve the method of feeding ore to the crushers. 

Shanta expects to produce up to 88 000 oz of gold this year

18th January 2018 East Africa-focused gold developer Shanta Gold’s New Luika mine, in Tanzania, produced 21 288 oz of gold in the three months ended December 31, a quarter-on-quarter increase of 17%. This brought the Aim-listed miner’s full-year production to 79 585 oz, in line with its 80 000 oz guidance, but... 

Eskom challenges need to be addressed urgently, or South Africa will sink – Gigaba

18th January 2018 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Thursday painted a grim picture of the financial challenges facing power utility Eskom, stating that the national fiscus would be unable to bail the State-owned enterprise (SOE) out in the event of a default. Speaking at a pre-World Economic Forum (WEF)... 

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