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Hummingbird to raise processing throughput, confirms good gold intercepts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 Aim-listed gold miner Hummingbird Resources will build a second ball mill at the Yanfolila gold mine, in Mali, that will increase plant throughput from 1.2-million to 1.4-million tonnes a year, based on a blend of ore types. Based on 100% fresh ore types, the throughput capacity will increase... 

Large Bridges Showcase Concor Infrastructure Expertise On N2 Road Contract

17th September 2018 Concor Infrastructure has made solid progress constructing and extending more than eleven structures, including two large bridges and four overpass bridges, on the exciting N2 highway upgrade between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal. This substantial South African National Roads Agency SOC... 

Tango’s African diamond focus grows

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 TSX-listed Africa-focused Tango Mining on Thursday reported production since January of 941 ct of high-value diamonds from its Oena diamond mine, in the Western Cape. It also reported on progress at further diamond exploration projects in Angola, Liberia and Botswana. 

Ngodwana biomass project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th September 2018 Official site clearing and preparation for earthworks have started at Ngodwana Energy’s biomass power project. 

Professional team toasts success at state-of-the-art brewery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2018 Work forged ahead as planned on a fast-track reservoir-construction project for a sophisticated brewery in Sedibeng, Gauteng. Heineken owns more than 70% of the brewery and Diageo the balance of the facility, where millions of hectolitres of premium beers are brewed and bottled for the South... 

Tanzanian integrity pledge regulations lack clarity, cause uncertainty – law firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Multinational law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has raised concerns around Tanzania’s new integrity pledge for mining companies, questioning whether it meets international best practice. Since July 2017, the Tanzanian government has introduced significant regulatory reforms to the mining... 

Failure not an option at DCT berth deepening project, says TNPA

By: Shirley le Guern     11th September 2018 Transnet’s R7-billion megaproject to create deeper berths at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2’s North Quay will create some disruption and require close collaboration. However, given that this is the first project to be funded by the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa's New... 

Engen support advances rapid growth of David Swartz Engineering Services

7th September 2018 Petroleum giant’s Enterprise & Supplier Development fund provides an encouraging stimulus for a South Durban engineering firm. David Swartz grew up hard in the Durban township of Wentworth, where opportunities were scarce. His dreams of becoming an architect, thwarted by the modest financial... 

Engen support advances rapid growth of David Swartz Engineering Services

7th September 2018 Petroleum giant’s Enterprise & Supplier Development fund provides an encouraging stimulus for a South Durban engineering firm. David Swartz grew up hard in the Durban township of Wentworth, where opportunities were scarce. His dreams of becoming an architect, thwarted by the modest financial... 

Feasibility study contractor selected for Mozambique energy project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th September 2018 US-based contractor HDR International has been selected to conduct a feasibility study for a solar energy project in Mozambique. The study will assess the viability of a photovoltaic plant of up to 100 MW, to be developed in increments of 20 MW to 40 MW. 

Site clearing, earthworks preparation starts at 25 MW Ngodwana biomass power project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2018 Official site clearing and preparation for earthworks have started at Ngodwana Energy’s 25 MW biomass power project, in Mpumalanga. The ELB-KCC Consortium on Wednesday said the project will be erected at the Sappi Ngodwana site about 40 km from Nelspruit, next to the N4 highway and is part of... 

ELB-KCC Consortium commencing site clearing and preparing for bulk earthworks at Ngodwana Energy Biomass Power Project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 The ELB-KCC Consortium (Consortium), is pleased to announce that the official site clearing started and that preparation for bulk earthworks commenced at the Ngodwana Energy (RF) (Pty) Limited 25MW Biomass Power Project. The project will be erected at the Sappi Ngodwana site about 40km from... 

Consolidated Zinc starts mining in Mexico

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th September 2018 ASX-listed Consolidated Zinc will immediately start mining at its Plomosas zinc/lead/silver project, in Mexico, after inking a processing and offtake agreement with Grupo Mexico. Under the terms of the agreement, Grupo Mexico will process Plomosas ore through its plant at Santa Eulalia, and sell... 

Downer wins mining contract extension at Commodore

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th September 2018 Contractor Downer EDI has been awarded a five year mining contract extension at the Commodore opencut coal mine, in Queensland, worth A$286-million. The contract will see Downer continue operations at Commodore until the end of August 2024. 

Tando ready to start 7.1 km drilling programme at South African vanadium project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2018 ASX-listed junior miner Tando Resources has mobilised one reverse circulation and one diamond core drilling rig at its SPD Vanadium project, in South Africa’s Bushveld Complex, and is ready to start a A$1.4-million drilling programme. Assay results are expected to underpin strong newsflow over... 

Beadell's plant uprade heading on trend

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd September 2018 Gold miner Beadell Resources has completed the installation and commissioning of the ball mill at its Tucano plant, in Brazil, two weeks ahead of schedule. The installation of the ball mill is one of four key areas being undertaken as part of the Tucano plant upgrade, along with the installation... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 Twenty-seven Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme project agreements were signed in April 2018.  

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 Ethiopia has ousted State-run Metals and Engineering Corporation from the dam project. 

Braamfontein student accommodation project halted as contractor faces liquidation

By: Simone Liedtke     30th August 2018 Completion of the 17-storey Braamfontein South Point student accommodation project, in Jorissen street, will, most likely, be delayed by a year and only be ready in time for the start of the 2021 academic year, South Point CFO Johan Wheeler told Engineering News Online this week. Construction on... 

Cradle Arc cuts 2018 guidance, appoints senior industry execs to board

By: Mariaan Webb     29th August 2018 Aim-listed Cradle Arc’s share price tumbled 28% on Wednesday after the company lowered its 2018 production guidance and detailed the operational difficulties that it faced at its 60%-owned Mowana copper mine, in Botswana. The mine’s revised guidance for 2018 is to produce 4 000 t of copper in... 

Kibo, GE expand their collaboration on energy projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2018 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Energy has entered into an expanded collaboration agreement with US-based General Electric (GE). Under the terms of the agreement, GE will work with Kibo to develop its portfolio of energy projects in Tanzania, Botswana and Mozambique, as well as enhance its strategy of... 

Bulk sampling programme gets under way at Nayega manganese project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th August 2018 Aim-listed Keras Resources has started Phase 1 of its 10 000 t bulk sampling testwork programme, at its Nayega manganese project, in northern Togo. Carriere Mines Travaux Public was appointed as mining and logistics contractor, which has established the testwork site and started the mining... 

Ethiopia ousts State firm from Nile dam project after construction delays

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 Ethiopia has ousted State-run Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) from a $4-billion dam project on the River Nile due to numerous delays in completing the project. The Grand Renaissance Dam is the centrepiece of Ethiopia's bid to become Africa's biggest power exporter. 

SSC working to restart production at Barbrook, Lily  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Vantage Goldfields, which has been bought out by Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC), hopes to resume production at the Barbrook mine, in Mpumalanga, by early 2019. Both Barbrook and Vantage’s adjacent Lily mine were closed after a pillar collapse at Lily mine, in February 2016,... 

Challenges facing the private security industry - is there light at the end of the tunnel?

24th August 2018 The South African private security sector is facing more challenges than ever before. This was according to Tony Botes, national administrator, Security Association of South Africa (SASA), during his address at the Securex 2018 event, Africa’s leading security and fire trade exhibition, which... 

Western Cape govt says R650m roadworks delayed as main contractor in business rescue

By: African News Agency      24th August 2018 The Western Cape provincial government, run by the main national opposition Democratic Alliance, said on Friday a R650-million roadworks project currently underway between Ashton and Montagu had been delayed because the main contractor Basil Read was in business rescue. The Western Cape... 

Kenya expressway project hangs in the balance

By: John Muchira     24th August 2018 Construction of a $2.1-billion expressway between the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and the port city of  Mombasa hangs in the balance following a decision by President Ururu Kenyatta's government not to finance the project through debt. Instead, it has directed the contractor, US construction giant... 

JG Afrika helps SANRAL drive another strategic road upgrade

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 JG Afrika, a leading engineering and environmental consultancy, is overseeing the upgrade of a 48 km section of the N2 highway between Caledon and Riviersonderend in the Western Cape. The road serves as a vital link between the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and about 3 500 motor vehicles and... 

Quality and affordable grouts help specialist contractor cement its standing in tailings management

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 Epoxerite continues to build on its solid track record as a leading supplier of tailor-made chemical solutions for an array of applications in the mining industry and, among these, are the large volumes of high-quality grouts that it supplies for the decommissioning of tailings dams. These... 

Wacker Neuson and Haddad dealer relationship leads to increased business opportunities

21st August 2018 Wacker Neuson Managing Director, Dennis Vietze and Sidney Haddad, Director of S. Haddad Agricultural Services, agree that the thriving relationship between the two companies over the past four years has resulted in increased business opportunities for them within the agricultural sector of the... 

MC Mining secures R15m banking facility for Uitkomst colliery

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2018 Coal miner MC Mining’s 70%-owned Uitkomst colliery has procured a revolving asset facility from South African financial institution Absa Bank. Uitkomst intends to use the facility to finance the acquisition of new underground mining equipment following the transition to owner-operated mining at... 

Durable equipment is the key to success

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2018 One of the Western Cape’s fastest growing civil construction companies, JVZ Construction, attributes a large portion of its success to the procurement of reliable and durable equipment that has enabled it to complete projects effectively and timeously. As a result of its on-time performance and... 

Structurally-complex 140 West Street is both timeless and elegant

15th August 2018 The ability to make a structurally-complex building appear both elegant and timeless was the driver behind the successful design of the new 140 West Street commercial development in Sandton, according to Paragon Project Architect Kay Hausler. Developed by Zenprop, the 27 000 m² of P-grade office... 

Keras advances testwork at Togo manganese project

By: Anine Kilian     15th August 2018 Aim-listed Keras Resources has made a number of appointments to advance the 10 000 t bulk sampling metallurgical test work programme at the Nayega manganese project, in northern Togo. Keras has appointed Graham Stacey as project manager, Carriere Mines Travaux Public (CMTP) as the turnkey mining... 

Ausdrill adds underground expertise with Barminco deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th August 2018 Mining services provider Ausdrill has made a takeover offer for joint specialist underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco in a deal valued at A$271.5-million. The transaction will create Australia’s second-largest mining services company. 

Minister decries Gold Fields’ job-cut plan at cash-burning South Deep

By: Martin Creamer     14th August 2018 They say South Deep will be the last gold mine standing, but every report coming out of it indicates that it is an extremely hard nut to crack, with production hopelessly below guidance. Since 2006, Gold Fields has pumped R32-billion into South Deep without even breaking even, let alone making a... 

GR Engineering settles Davyhurst dispute

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th August 2018 Perth-based GR Engineering and fellow-listed Eastern Goldfields have struck a settlement agreement relating to the 2017 refurbishment contract of the Davyhurst processing plant. GR Engineering said on Monday that while the terms of the settlement deed were confidential, the company could... 

Lucara recovers 253 special diamonds at Karowe in Q2

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2018 TSX-listed Lucara Diamonds’ Karowe mine, in Botswana, delivered 253 diamonds larger than 10.8 ct during the second quarter, ended June 30, representing 10.5% of the total recovered carats. This is also the highest number of specials recovered, by quarter, since production started at Karowe. 

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