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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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Miner defends Western Cape phosphate project, highlights its importance

19th October 2017 Emerging miner Kropz has warned that the West Coast Environmental Protection Association’s (WCEPA’s) application to have the water-use license (WUL) for Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine, near Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, suspended, would, if successful, cause “irreversible environmental... 

Economist warns of consequences of low growth, potential tax hikes

18th October 2017 It is well known that the South African economy is having serious growth challenges, which is unlikely to improve over the next three years, with best estimates that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow by just 2% during this period. This is according to financial services company... 

Self-starters share secrets to success in the South African mining sector

13th October 2017 There are many ways for entrepreneurs to enter the mining industry, including as project developers, service providers and product suppliers – all of which hold great opportunities and challenges, states mining investment advisory company MX Mining Capital Advisors director Dr Mike Seeger. The... 

CoM shows off potential of rooftop agriculture in Johannesburg inner city

11th October 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Wednesday hosted the launch of the Urban Agriculture Initiative, which is aimed at creating a vibrant urban agricultural ecosystem by “innovatively” repurposing disused rooftops and making use of hydroponics and aquaponics to produce agricultural produce for... 

Altus sets out intention to buy Legend Gold

11th October 2017 Africa-focused exploration project generator Altus Strategies has signed a nonbinding letter of intent to buy gold exploration company Legend Gold Corp – a TSX-V-listed company with a portfolio of gold projects in Mali. Aim-listed Altus plans to acquire a 100% interest in Legend and is offering... 

Kenmare buoyed by ilmenite market improvement, record production potential

11th October 2017 Production volumes decreased across the board at mineral sands miner Kenmare Resources’ Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique, in the third quarter, with the exception of ilmenite. Nonetheless, production of total finished products increased by 4.5% year-on-year to 277 800 t in the third... 

New Liberty records 26% q/q production improvement despite heavy rains

11th October 2017 TSX- and Aim-listed Avesoro Resources’ New Liberty mine, in Liberia, achieved a 26% quarter-on-quarter increase in gold production to 19 885 oz for the quarter ended September 30. This brought the mine’s year-to-date gold production to 50 615 oz. 

The Krugerrand's remarkable contribution to SA mining value-addition

6th October 2017 The gold bullion Krugerrand represents a most remarkable story from a beneficiation perspective, with more than 60-million pieces sold over the past 50 years. This equates to more than 1 660 t of local gold used in the process, and about 25% of all South African gold sold currently is in the form... 

Good corporate governance integral to mitigating risk – Manuel

3rd October 2017 The current lack of good corporate governance is negatively impacting on many of South Africa’s State-owned enterprises, according to former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, who believes that working corporate governance could successfully mitigate risk. Delivering the keynote address at the... 

Hwange Colliery Company records revenue declines, narrows operating loss

29th September 2017 Zimbabwe coal mining and exploration company Hwange Colliery Company (HCC) recorded a 23% year-on-year decline in revenue for the six months to end June, it reported on Friday. The company’s revenue stands at $18.8-million, which is substantial decline from the $24.5-million recorded during the... 

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