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NMC a 63 percent blacked owned and fully transformed construction company

     3rd October 2017 The NMC Construction Group is underpinning a proud 34-year heritage, with an exceptional reputation as a designer and builder of industrial, commercial and infrastructure projects, through its new executive chairman, Phila Jordan whose 51 percent stake has lifted BEE ownership to 63 percent. So... 

Electricity industry approaching ‘breaking point’, City Power warns 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2017 Johannesburg’s electricity utility City Power is warning that the current structure of South Africa’s electricity sector is unsustainable and that, in the absence of a coherent national policy, the sector is approaching “breaking point”. Demand- and supply-side manager Paul Vermeulen says that... 

Australian Mines secures Flemington water licence

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd October 2017 Metals developer Australian Mines has secured a permanent water licence for its Flemington cobalt/nickel/scandium project, in New South Wales. “Securing a permanent water allocation that will more than cover the current proposed scale and life of the operation at the Flemington project is another... 

Cape Town ordered to reduce water consumption by 40%

By: News24Wire      3rd October 2017 The Department of Water and Sanitation has told the City of Cape Town to reduce overall water consumption by 40%, the city said on Monday. The department is the custodian of all national water resources. 

Production losses as result of bird flu estimated to be in region of R800m in Western Cape

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 Early estimates suggest an outbreak of avian influenza has led to production losses of around R800-million in the Western Cape, Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde said on Monday. In a statement, Winde said there were at least 36 confirmed cases of avian flu. Seventy ostrich farms were under... 

Chile confident that stable legislation, strong institutions promote its mining sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd October 2017 As various headwinds continue to challenge mining industries worldwide, a Chilean delegation visiting South Africa on Monday spoke of stable legal frameworks and solid institutions as being critical factors in the success of its mining sector. As part of a Chilean delegation visiting three... 

Organic load under control

     2nd October 2017 Endress+Hauser launched a new analyser for the chemical oxygen demand. Liquiline System CA80COD is perfectly suited for environmental monitoring and applications in municipal and industrial wastewater. Reliable assessment of the organic load Chemical oxygen demand is the most commonly used... 

Weg W22xd Flameproof Motors Fully Ex Certified

     2nd October 2017 The WEG W22Xd flameproof motor, available from Zest WEG Group, meets worldwide standards for use in hazardous applications including the mining, chemical and oil and gas sectors. The W22Xd motor is certified in line with European ATEX and International IECEx standards. ATEX/IECEx certified, WEG... 

Tungsten Mining launches A$13.5m capital raise

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd October 2017 ASX-listed Tungsten Mining will raise some A$13.5-million through a nonrenounceable entitlement offer, to complete pilot plant testwork at its Mt Mulgine tungsten project, in Western Australia The one-for-three nonrenounceable entitlement issue will be priced at 10c a share, with some 135-million... 

Request to quash Omagh underground consent denied

By: Mariaan Webb     29th September 2017 Toronto-headquartered Galantas Gold is continuing with underground development at its Omagh gold mine, in Northern Ireland, after a court ruling denied a third-party request to set aside planning consent. The Belfast High Court on Friday delivered judgment in a Judicial review into the planning... 

Appea calls for clarity on Pristine Rivers legislation

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th September 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has called on the Queensland government to clarify its position on natural gas development in the Cooper basin, after reports emerged that the government could be considering environmental legislation to protect rivers.... 

Townsville port expansion moves ahead

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th September 2017 The A$1.6-billion expansion of Australia’s largest lead and copper export port in Townsville, Queensland, has been approved by the state’s Coordinator-General. The 30-year development plan includes four key elements, including capital dredging of some 11.48-million cubic metres of sediment to... 

Trade deals, emissions laws set to challenge SA auto industry, warns Toyota Europe’s Van Zyl

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 In an effort to clean up ever-increasing pollution, the UK in July announced a proposal that sales of new diesel and petrol cars would come to an end by 2040. This announcement mirrors one made earlier by the French government, with a similar timeline and intent. This means two of South Africa’s... 

America’s ‘most storied mine’ under new management as Bunker Hill aims at restart

By: Henry Lazenby     29th September 2017 One of America’s most famous mines is set to restart operations, after a team of mine developers that have done it before in Idaho’s Silver Valley, recently obtained a lease and option to buy the historic brownfields project. Using a Canadian shell company to advance the acquisition of the... 

Continued development and investment for KZN SEZ

     29th September 2017 To date, the Dube TradePort has attracted R1.5-billion in private sector investment through various developments within the special economic zone (SEZ), with a further R4.2-billion investment in the pipeline for developments within the second phase of the Dube TradeZone, within the Dube... 

Trade deals, emissions laws set to challenge SA auto industry, warns Toyota Europe’s Van Zyl

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 In an effort to clean up ever-increasing pollution, the UK in July announced a proposal that sales of new diesel and petrol cars would come to an end by 2040. This announcement mirrors one made earlier by the French government, with a similar timeline and intent. This means two of South Africa’s... 

Ariake waste-to-energy plant, Japan

By: Sheila Barradas     29th September 2017 The project will refurbish core components at the Ariake waste-to-energy plant. 

The Glass Works retail and leisure development, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     29th September 2017 The project involves the extension and refurbishment of a multistorey precinct in Barnsley. 

Court rules DAFF failed to properly consider application for Forestry Licence

     28th September 2017 On 22 September 2017 the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruled on a matter that has been preventing the Long Beach Home Owners Association from developing their properties for the past five years. The Long Beach development – situated in the Great Kei Municipality near East London – plans to build... 

Need a moisture resistant label?

     28th September 2017 Many of our clients need more from their product labels than standard labelling solutions can offer them. Some clients require labels that can accommodate extra content due to all the mandatory information that must be included on-pack, often in multiple languages, to comply with the laws that... 

Karoo shale gas deposits seen less than earlier estimates

By: Reuters     28th September 2017 South Africa's Karoo basin probably has a thirtieth of the shale gas deposits that some estimates had suggested, deflating expectations of an energy bonanza, a study published on Thursday said. The findings by the South African Journal of Science have been published shortly before the expected... 

Merkel may have promised too much in carbon pollution fight

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2017 As German Chancellor Angela Merkel embarks on coalition talks to bed down her fourth term in office, a promise made shortly before her re-election may come back to haunt her. At least that’s the view of nine analysts and researchers from Berlin to London who all say her target of reducing carbon... 

Trial mining starts at Sconi

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th September 2017 Trial mining has started at the Sconi nickel/cobalt/copper project, in Queensland, with 20 t of bulk sample materially successfully mined. The bulk ore sample is expected to produce about 160 kg of nickel sulphate, 20 kg of cobalt sulphate and 5 kg of high-purity scandium oxide. 

Digitisation of nature presents huge opportunities - and some risks

     28th September 2017 By Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor at SAP Africa The field of bio-engineering is not new, despite its recent prominence: humans have been domesticating and selectively breeding animals since as far back as 12 000 BC. More recently, advances in technology have enabled genetic... 

No clarity on mine rehab funding drawdown  

     28th September 2017 There is no clarity on the how mining companies can draw down from their financial provision vehicles to undertake mine rehabilitation, Mining Weekly heard during a discussion on the new National Environmental Management Act at the Joburg Indaba breakfast ahead of the event next month. Mining... 

Icasa, SABS take next step for EMI/EMC certificates of compliance issuance

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2017 Post the June 2016 signing of a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on a revised approach for the issue of Electromagnetic Interference/Compatibility (EMI/EMC) Certificates of Compliance (CoCs), the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the South African Bureau... 

No clarity on funding drawdown for mine rehab – Joburg Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2017 There is no clarity on the way that mining companies can draw down from their financial provision vehicles to undertake mine rehabilitation, the Joburg Indaba Breakfast heard on Wednesday during a discussion on the implications of the new National Environmental Management Act (Nema). Chaired by... 

Looming east coast shortage sparks war of words over Australian gas

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th September 2017 The Victorian and New South Wales state governments have hit back at claims made by Premier Malcolm Turnbull that the state governments are failing to develop available gas resources, exacerbating the looming gas shortage faced by the Australian east coast. Turnbull this week urged the New South... 

Oaktree's Molycorp legacy firm is said to weigh IPO, sale

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2017 Advanced materials producer Neo Performance Materials, carved from the remains of bankrupt Molycorp, is weighing an initial public offering (IPO) or an outright sale, according to people familiar with the matter. Neo Performance, backed by investment firm Oaktree Capital Group, has not... 

Chile left-wing candidates could form alliance, threatening market rally

By: Reuters     27th September 2017 Chile's stock market has priced in a victory of conservative presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera, even though progressive candidates could form an alliance in a December runoff, traders and analysts said. The IPSA stock market index has surged 27% this year and is on track for its best year... 

Alderon settles Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro dispute

By: Henry Lazenby     26th September 2017 Project developer Alderon Iron Ore has settled a dispute with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro regarding a C$21-million letter of credit it posted for the construction of a new transmission line to the Labrador West area. Under the settlement, Alderon subsidiary Kami Mine Limited Partnership will... 

BC’s NDP-led govt talks up exploration, mining as basis for building burgeoning communities

By: Henry Lazenby     26th September 2017 British Columbia is ‘ground zero’ for mining in Canada, as technological advances require an ever-increasing volume of metals to satisfy improving standards of living and environment-friendly technologies. This was the key message to attendees at the fourth yearly Resource Breakfast Series held... 

Zinc price on the up as supply tightens; cobalt forecast revised upwards as demand intensifies

By: Henry Lazenby     26th September 2017 Chinese zinc imports for August have increased by 145% year-on-year to 227 000 t, according to Metal Bulletin and Chinese customs data released on Tuesday. Scotia Mining Sales noted in a report to clients that this was not surprising given the Shangai Futures Exchange and London Metals Exchange... 

Court freezes mine rehab billions from Gupta-owned mines

By: News24Wire      26th September 2017 Anti-corruption advocacy group the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday won an urgent interim interdict to freeze some R1.75-billion in mine rehabilitation funds from two Gupta-owned coal mines. The group’s urgent application was heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. In a... 

Stellar Diamonds pays for Tongo environmental licence

By: Anine Kilian     26th September 2017 Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds has paid the Sierra Leone Environmental Agency $150 240 for an environmental licence for its Tongo project. The payment of the environmental licence fee is an important step in Stellar being issued the large-scale mining licence for the Tongo project. 

Kibaran finds eco-friendly process at Epanko

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th September 2017 Graphite developer Kibaran Resources has produced battery-grade graphite at its Epanko project, in Tanzania, using a graphite purification method that is considered environmentally friendly. The ASX-listed company told shareholders this week that the new process used simple acids that were... 

Brazil to reinstate protection for Amazon reserve

By: Reuters     26th September 2017 Brazil will reinstate a mining ban in a vast area of the Amazon rainforest, the government announced on Monday, in an about-face that is a victory for environmentalists who feared deforestation. The Mines and Energy Ministry said in a statement that President Michel Temer's administration had... 

Taseko’s board OKs Florence test facility in wake of permit appeal win

By: Henry Lazenby     26th September 2017 Base metals-focused miner Taseko Mines has decided to proceed with the $25-million construction of a production test facility at its Florence in situ copper project, in Arizona, after winning a third-party appeal against the federal underground injection control (UIC) permit that was issued late... 

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