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Ilan Solomons

Ilan Solomons

Ilan Solomons is a Creamer Media Contributing Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Eastern basin AMD treatment plant treating 94 Mℓ/d, Mokonyane gives thumbs up

17th February 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has lauded the successes achieved by the Eastern basin acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant, which is located in the town of Springs, in Gauteng, since it began operating in June 2016. The R1-billion plant was completed under the instruction of... 

Temporary power solutions touted as cost-effective option for mines

9th February 2017 The global mining industry is enduring a period of great uncertainty. In the face of extreme market volatility, stagnant commodity prices, weak demand and suppressed levels of economic growth in established markets, many mining companies are striving to remain buoyant, says temporary power... 

Parties recommit to AMV Compact, Mbeki praises initiative’s aims

9th February 2017 Delegates at a policy dialogue forum during the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba heard strong re-endorsements from public and private sector speakers for the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) Compact. The AMV Compact was launched at last year’s Mining Indaba, where it received early support from... 

Collaboration, inclusiveness among key themes at 2017 Mining Indaba

9th February 2017 There are signs of hope for recovery in some commodities, owing to recent price improvement, which has lent a more upbeat tone to this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town. However, South Africa has some “sobering lessons” for African countries, which have yet to fully launch... 

Global uncertainties to drive FDI in Africa’s mining sector

9th February 2017 The uncertainties surrounding geo-economic trends, including Brexit, Donald Trump’s election as US President and increasing efforts by China to dominate the global economy, may not bode well for global political stability but could present opportunities for Africa, says global law firm Baker... 

Streamlined, transparent system needed to unlock Africa’s mineral resources value – AU

8th February 2017 It is vitally important that African mining industry stakeholders start initiating dialogue towards building a more well governed and progressive minerals sector that will contribute to the continental vision of resource-led industrial development guided by Agenda 2063, outgoing African Union... 

Satellite platform to increase bandwidth efficiency by up to 50% for mines in remote areas

8th February 2017 Pan-African telecommunications group Liquid Telecom has deployed its first Mx-DMA satellite link to a mining company in Africa, the company announced during a presentation at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town this week. Liquid Telecom satellite and very small aperture... 

Locally developed pelletising technology set for commercial roll-out

8th February 2017 Engineering company CoalTech has successfully established a 10 000 t/m coal pelletising and curing plant, in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. Having initially launched its pelletising technology at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, the company announced to delegates at this year’s Mining Indaba... 

Master Drilling readies for international roll-out of new horizontal raiseboring technology

7th February 2017 JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling announced at the Investing in African Mining Indaba on Tuesday that its horizontal raiseboring (HRB) technology is ready for international roll-out after a successful pilot test at the Cullinan diamond mine, in Gauteng. Master Drilling CEO... 

Forevermark brand expanding customer base globally

7th February 2017 The response to the Forevermark diamond brand has been “just great” in the past three years, which is, to a significant degree, attributable to the brand’s promise of authenticity, quality, uniqueness, integrity and being ethically sourced, states De Beers' Forevermark brand ambassador at Caratco... 

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