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Thermaspray brings 360° coating solutions with the introduction of Laser Cladding technology

7th November 2018 Thermaspray proudly introduces laser cladding technology in a bid to offer customers a 360° coating product and service solution. “As one of South Africa’s leading surface engineering specialists, we boast an extensive range of coating and welding solutions including thermal spray coatings,... 

Epiroc has agreed to acquire Fordia Group Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of exploration drilling tools.

2nd November 2018 Fordia Group is based in Montreal, Canada, and has sales in more than 70 countries. It provides exploration drilling tools such as diamond bits, down-the-hole tools, drill rods and drill casings, as well as water treatment systems and pumps, used by mining houses and drilling contractors. Its... 

Conroy intersects ‘extensive’ gold at Clay Lake

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2018 Aim-listed Conroy Gold and Natural Resources on Thursday reported an “extensive gold intersection” at a drill hole completed in the north-eastern end of its Clay Lake gold target, in Ireland. The gold intersection extends for 150.5 m at 0.3 g/t gold. The gold intersection adds to previous... 

MC marginally lifts Q1 output, despite Makhado delays

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 Run-of-mine coal production at MC Mining’s Uitkomst colliery increased to 125 153 t in the quarter ended September 30, compared with the 125 108 t produced in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Third-party coal purchases for the quarter, which is the first quarter of MC’s 2019 financial... 

Updated PEA forecasts 44% more gold from Marathon’s Valentine Lake

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2018 Toronto-headquartered Marathon Gold has unveiled an updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Valentine Lake Gold Camp, in Newfoundland, announcing a 44% increase in the recovered gold and improved economics. Compared with the May 2018 PEA, Valentine Lake will deliver 827 000 oz more... 

Blackham increases Matilda-Wiluna reserves

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 ASX-listed Blackham Resources has reported a 27% increase in its gold reserves at the Matilda-Wiluna operation, in Western Australia. The reserve is now estimated at 26-million tonnes, grading 1.8 g/t gold for 1.53-million ounces of gold, while the free milling ore reserve has increased to 550... 

Monarques starts promoting Wasamac as Beaufor heads for closure

By: Mariaan Webb     30th October 2018 As the Beaufor gold mine heads for a temporary shutdown in less than two months’ time, Quebec miner Monarques Gold has begun promoting its Wasamac project – a past producing mine in the heart of the Abitibi gold mining camp – to the mining and financial communities. President and CEO Jean-Marc... 

Endeavour announces maiden resource estimate for Côte d’Ivoire target

By: Simone Liedtke     29th October 2018 TSX-listed Endeavour Mining on Monday announced a maiden resource estimate on the Lafigué target, located within the Fetekro greenfield exploration property, in Côte d’Ivoire, and the identification of 14 additional nearby targets. The maiden Lafigué resource estimate encompasses about two-thirds... 

On-The-Air (26/10/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2018 South Africa is ahead of the world in the new race to develop innovative ‘power fuels’ that prevent climate change. An Australian company is selling its four big South African coal mines in Mpumalanga to new black owners. The Mandela Mining Precinct this week took its first steps towards the... 

Evolution's decline development approved

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2018 Gold miner Evolution Mining has been given approval by the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) to start construction of the Galway-Regal-E46(GRE46) exploration decline at its Cowal operation. Evolution will spend between A$20-million and A$22-million over 2019 and 2020... 

Hatches Creek sale stalls

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2018 ASX-listed Tungsten Mining and fellow listed GWR Group have encountered difficulties with the sale of the Hatches Creek tungsten project, in the Northern Territory. The two companies in September struck an agreement under which Tungsten Mining would acquire the project for A$8.68-million. 

Operations resume at Tongon mine, targets advanced

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th October 2018 Randgold Resources has resumed normal operation at its Tongon gold mine after a protracted illegal strike, and the company expects to achieve its revised 2018 production target of 230 000 oz, Randgold CEO Mark Bristow has indicated. The mine has also resumed dividend payments and recently... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

Incorrect tools can contaminate stainless steel

By: Thabi Madiba     26th October 2018 Any tradesmen will highlight the importance of using the right tools to get a project done as efficiently as possible. Stainless steel is a hard, heat-conductive metal, which can be quite severe on a tools’ consumables. Stainless steel necessitates an extremely slow cutting and drilling rate to... 

B2Gold mulls options to increase Fekola mill throughput

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2018 The increased mineral resource at TSX- and NYSE-listed B2Gold’s Fekola mine, in south-western Mali, indicates potential to increase mill throughput tonnage and yearly gold production with moderate capital expenditure, the company said on Thursday. Based on about 192 000 m of exploration drilling... 

Waterberg drilling programme increases confidence in mineral resources – PTM

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2018 A 2018 drilling programme at TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) 50.02%-owned Waterberg project, in South Africa, has increased confidence in the estimated mineral resources for the project, with 6.2-million platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) ounces now recognised in the... 

MMP announces shortlist of three in rock-drill innovation challenge 

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) has announced the three winners of phase 1 of its Isidingo Drill open innovation challenge. They are Novatek, HPE and Fermel. Fermel is a Gauteng-based manufacturer of mechanised machinery for underground hardrock and flameproof mining operations. 

Aura says Häggån IPO to be delayed to 2019

By: Mariaan Webb     25th October 2018 Dual listed Aura Energy said on Thursday that plans to spin out its Swedish vanadium operation remained intact, but that the anticipated initial public offering (IPO) of the Häggån vanadium project would be delayed to early 2019. The miner explained that it wanted to complete a scoping study on... 

The business case for improving water resilience

25th October 2018 Bernelle Verster, Bridget Fundikwa and Dyllon Garth Randall “Introduction of the level 6 industrial and commercial restriction tariffs has significantly improved the business case for most water efficiency interventions. 

South32 foresees short-term volatility, but long-term growth, sustainability 

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2018 Diversified mining and metals company South32 on Thursday forecast short-term price volatility for the commodities it produces, but also highlighted its strong cash position and its work to further optimise its global portfolio of assets. In a speech delivered at the company’s 2018 annual general... 

Agnico Eagle hikes 2018 production guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     25th October 2018 Canadian gold major Agnico Eagle has again increased its gold guidance for 2018, adding another 200 000 oz to its production target for the year, following a strong operational third quarter. The NYSE- and TSX-listed miner now expects to produce 1.60-million ounces in 2018, up from its... 

Fresnillo cuts silver guidance, tweaks gold forecast

By: Mariaan Webb     24th October 2018 Despite reporting a 6.3% increase in third-quarter silver production, Mexican precious metals miner Fresnillo on Wednesday lowered its production forecast for the year, citing “continued challenges” at the Saucito and Fresnillo mines. The company reported that the third quarter’s silver... 

Third diamond hole intersects sulphide stringer veins at Rok Optel nickel/copper target

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2018 The Rok Optel nickel/copper target, in the Northern Cape, which forms part of ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ regional exploration programme, is continuing to emerge as a very promising nickel sulphide project, MD and CEO Errol Smart said on Wednesday. Diamond drill hole OROD003, which was... 

AfriTin pilot production plant to achieve first material by end-2018

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2018 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining looks forward to achieving its target of processing the first material through the pilot plant at its Uis mine, in Namibia, by the end of this year, after having achieved a number of important milestones in the six-month period ended August 31. Construction of the pilot... 

Strike Energy raises A$13m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th October 2018 ASX-listed Strike Energy has received binding commitments from institutional and professional investors to successfully raise A$13-million through a share placement. More than 113-million shares will be issued at a price of 11.5c each under the company’s existing placement capacity. 

Kenya wins case against Cortec Mining on rare earths, niobium licence

By: Reuters     24th October 2018 Kenya has won a case against Cortec Mining Kenya Limited, Cortec and Stirling Capital over the revocation in 2013 of a licence for mining niobium and rare earth minerals, a court ruling made public on Tuesday showed. The decision could add to wariness about Kenya's nascent mining industry among... 

Sipa starts ‘extensive’ Uganda nickel exploration programme

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 Australia-based exploration company Sipa Resources on Tuesday announced that an “extensive” nickel exploration programme was under way at the Kitgum Pader joint venture (JV) project, in Uganda. The Kitgum-Pader project contains two new mineral discoveries, Akelikongo nickel/copper sulphide and... 

Independence invests A$51m in exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd October 2018 Diversified miner Independence Group will spend A$51-million on discovery expenditure in the 2019 financial year, MD and CEO Peter Bradford said on Tuesday. Speaking to the Australian Nickel conference, Bradford said that some A$33-million of this funding would go towards greenfields... 

Black Mountain sees exploration potential at Lanfranchi

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd October 2018 Privately held Black Mountain Metals on Tuesday told delegates at the Australian Nickel conference, in Perth, that the company would focus on exploring its recently-acquired Lanfranchi nickel operation, in Western Australia, before planning a restart. Black Mountain in September acquired the... 

De Beers eyes tech markets for synthetic diamonds future 

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Anglo American unit De Beers is going after lucrative, but elusive high-tech markets in quantum computing, as it aims to expand its lab-grown diamond business beyond drilling and cutting. Element Six, De Beers' synthetic diamond arm, is building a $94-million factory in Portland, Oregon, an... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho/South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 Construction work on Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is set to start soon. 

Alkane reconsiders Peak Hill

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 ASX-listed Alkane Resources is considering the development of an underground operation at its Peak Hill gold mine, some 15 km from its Tomingley gold project, in New South Wales. The junior company said on Thursday said that an inferred mineral resource of 1.02-million tonnes, grading 3.29 g/t... 

Wallbridge adds Excellon's Beschefer to its growth pipeline

By: Mariaan Webb     17th October 2018 TSX-listed Wallbridge Mining has entered into an option agreement to acquire an advanced gold exploration project near its flagship Fenelon gold property. The company announced on Wednesday that it had entered into an option agreement to acquire the Beschefer property from fellow-listed Excellon... 

Vast Resources, Botswana Diamonds receive preliminary geological assessment on Marange JV

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 Aim-listed Vast Resources, together with Botswana Diamonds (BOD), have received an independent competent person’s preliminary geological assessment relating to the Heritage concession within the Marange diamond fields of Zimbabwe, in which specific exploration recommendations were made. As... 

IDM sinks drills at Red Mountain

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th October 2018 TSX-V-listed IDM Mining is back drilling at the Red Mountain mine, west of Stewart, British Columbia, announcing on Tuesday that two core rigs had started operating at the underground project, An estimated 7 600 m in over 30 holes are planned for the exploration programme, which will test four... 

Brazilian assets start to deliver for Oz

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2018 Copper/gold producer Oz Minerals has reported an increase on copper production for the three months to September, following the addition o f the Antas copper project, in Brazil. Copper production in the September quarter was up to 31 919 t, up from the 27 131 t produced in the previous quarter,... 

Chile's State copper firm outlines lifeline plan for Salvador mine

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Chile's State copper miner, Codelco, has submitted an environmental impact assessment of its plans to overhaul its aging Salvador deposit that would sharply increase its production and extend its life by 40 years. The Rajo Inca project would convert the existing mine, which has been in operation... 

URU Metals completes geophysics survey at Zebediela project

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 The ground-based geophysics survey over a portion of Aim-listed exploration and development group URU Metals’ Zebediela nickel/sulphide project, in Limpopo, has been completed. The purpose of the programme was to assist with the accurate placement of further planned exploration drill holes and to... 

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