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Darren Parker

Darren Parker

Darren Parker is a Creamer Media Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Chamber hopes to extend health and safety project

24th January 2020 The South African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (SAGCCI’s) Mine Health and Safety Project is heading into its third and final year this year. The project was initiated in 2018 as part of the SAGCCI’s Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources Southern Africa, which was... 

Water atomiser can reduce silicosis risk

24th January 2020 Mine ventilation equipment manufacturer Terramin is experiencing an uptick in demand for its Terrablast in-stope water-atomising device. Terramin CEO Martin van Schoor – who will be attending the Investing in African Mining Indaba this year, in Cape Town – believes that the uptick can, in part,... 

Disruptive tech can take industry forward

24th January 2020 Mining industry decision-makers need to be more disruptive in their thinking to successfully bring optimisation and investment to the increasingly digitised African mining sector, says transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) business development leader Shaun Combrinck. “Our... 

Miners sow seeds for success at Indaba

24th January 2020 Mining services provider Ukwazi business development director Spencer Eckstein compares the Investing in African Mining Indaba to farming, as many delegates and companies attending the event are “planting seeds” and hoping for a “fruitful harvest” in terms of new deals and business leads. Aside... 

Khoemacau begins decline development

24th January 2020 Development work is well under way at the Khoemacau copper and silver project in Botswana, with mining contractor Barminco beginning decline development for the new underground mine in Zone 5 this month. Early construction activities started in early 2019, with mine construction, development and... 

First tin concentrate shipped from Uis in 30 years

24th January 2020 Tin miner AfriTin Mining successfully shipped its first tin concentrate from the newly recommissioned Uis tin mine, in Namibia, in November last year. It was the first tin concentrate shipped from the mine in about 30 years since the mine closed in 1990, following a tin price collapse. 

Change management key to digital success

24th January 2020 When investing in digitalisation and automation, change management is one of the key challenges that needs to be addressed globally, and not only in the African mining industry, says global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology Southern Africa automation business line manager... 

Tool to improve mining project evaluation

24th January 2020 The Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) is developing an automated tool to improve its assessment of the financial and credit strength of corporations, says ECIC COO Mandisi Nkuhlu. The tool can be used to assess mining companies as well, especially for small to... 

No boom expected for battery metals

24th January 2020 The battery metals market is not expected to show a significant upturn this year, says blasting solutions and explosives manufacturer BME Southern Africa operations GM Albie Visser. “We do not anticipate a massive increase. However, BME will follow the lead of the electronic vehicle (EV)... 

Firm invests hopes in Indaba

24th January 2020 Mining investment firm Menar MD Vuslat Bayoğlu hopes that this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba will “rise to the occasion” in addressing the challenges that are plaguing the South African mining industry. Some pressing challenges include the need to deal with regulatory uncertainty and... 

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