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Illegal mining threatens Johannesburg infrastructure – Mashaba

By: African News Agency      19th April 2018 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Thursday he was concerned about apparent inaction by the national government to curb illegal mining which threatened critical bulk infrastructure and posed an imminent disaster in the city of Johannesburg. Mashaba said the activities could also... 

Cattle class

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th April 2018 I was in Uganda. Lovely people, beautiful scenery, traffic nightmare, airport nightmare. Entebbe International Airport is 40 km from the capital, Kampala. It takes two hours to travel from Entebbe to Kampala. Departing, your baggage is X-rayed three times and you are metal-detected three times.... 

Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge

By: Dylan Slater     23rd March 2018 A multipronged approach involving both the mining industry and government is required to better deal with illegal mining in South Africa, where bloody skirmishes pitting rival gangs profiting from this illicit pursuit and the illegal mineworkers themselves are a frequent occurrence, with police... 

AECI mining division reports improved operating profit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI's mining solutions segment's revenue declined by 2.2% to R9.7-billion in the year ended December 31, owing to lower ammonia prices and a stronger rand against the dollar - more than 50% of revenue in this segment is dollar based. Profit from... 

AECI posts record HEPS for FY17

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI on Tuesday reported its highest recorded headline earnings per share (HEPS) to date, at 959c, for the financial year ended December 31. HEPS were up 17% year-on-year, while earnings a share increased by 22% year-on-year to 900c. 

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 The Mogalakwena platinum mine lived up to its reputation of being the most profitable platinum group metals (PGM) mine on the planet when it gushed cash and elevated a modernising, community supporting, environment protecting, growth studying and fuel-cell marketing Anglo American Platinum... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa,” affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency area research group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

RDM to supply advanced Assegai projectiles to Australian defence company

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2018 Munitions and explosives manufacturer Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has secured a contract to supply advanced 155 mm Assegai projectiles to Australian private defence company NIOA. The A$100-million contract was secured in partnership with German defence company Rheinmetall Defence,... 

Magufuli bans registration of foreign ships in Tanzania, orders probe

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday put a temporary ban on the registration of foreign ships in the country and ordered over 400 vessels to be investigated for allegations of involvement in criminal activity. The ban came after at least five foreign-owned ships flying Tanzania's flag were... 

Four zama zamas dead, 15 others arrested after shootout with police

By: News24Wire      23rd November 2017 Four illegal miners have been shot and killed during a shootout with police on an open field in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, early on Thursday morning. Police said fifteen illegal miners, also known as zama zamas, were arrested. 

Road infrastructure theft and vandalism costing Joburg millions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has called for immediate intervention to stop the theft and vandalism of road-related infrastructure, which in the first five months of the current financial year cost the city R12.3-million. This included the theft and damage of man-hole covers, traffic... 

Surviving on $3/oz has Lonmin in race against time

By: Bloomberg     9th November 2017 Every day, Lonmin sends thousands of miners hundreds of meters below ground, where they use drills, diggers and explosives to extract about 40 000 metric tons of rock laden with precious metals. The ore is milled, crushed, concentrated, smelted and refined in a month-long process that eventually... 

St Helena Airport development

By: Sheila Barradas     20th October 2017 St Helena has welcomed its first commercial flight. 

Preproduction mining gets under way at Hummingbird’s Yanfolila project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2017 Preproduction mining has started at Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources’ Yanfolila project, in Mali, which remains on schedule for its first gold pour by the end of this year. The preproduction mining, which is being undertaken by contractor African Mining Services (AMS), will ramp up over the next... 

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2017 The oil and gas unit of Murray & Roberts (M&R) has been awarded a five-year contract to perform maintenance services at a liquid ammonia plant and a technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant on the Burrup Peninsula, in Western Australia. Norway’s Yara International, which owns the facilities,... 

Lower grades, higher costs weigh on Guyana Goldfields’ Q2 performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st August 2017 Despite lower grades dragging down production at its Aurora mine, in Guyana, in the second quarter of this year, TSX-listed Guyana Goldfields has maintained its production guidance for the full-year, albeit at the lower end of the range of 160 000 oz to 180 000 oz of gold. The mine produced 29... 

AECI’s partners to pioneer US-based bio-based PET plant in 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th July 2017 Specialty chemicals group AECI’s R65-million investment into US-based startup Origin Materials is expected to position the JSE-listed group as the preferred industrialisation and applications development partner, with access to Africa, in the renewable chemicals space. The investment was the... 

Casspir mine-protected vehicle continues to enjoy market success

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2017 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced early this month that 21 of its Casspir NG2000 mine protected vehicles were ready for handing over to an African customer, completing an order for 45 of the vehicles. The first batch of 24 was delivered to the customer in December... 

Virtual Technology Now Used For Blast Training In SA

     20th July 2017 Training for underground blasting has just taken a technological leap forward, with the installation and commissioning of Africa’s first virtual reality blast wall with rear-view projection, powered by Simulated Training Solutions, at the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy near... 

AECI expects 30% rise in H1 HEPS, EPS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2017 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI expects to report a 30% to 35% increase in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30. Its HEPS are expected to be between 381c and 396c, compared with the 293c reported in the six months ended June 30, 2016. 

A good disaster

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th July 2017 Do they still have, one wonders, the good old engineering Friday afternoon braai? For the sake of moral, it used to be that, at the end of every month, on a site, they would have a braai, usually starting at 15:00. The beers would be floating in a water-and-ice mixture in a galvanised bath (know... 

On-The-Air (30/06/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2017 Manganese mining company Ntsimbintle, headed by struggle veteran Saki Macozoma, is having huge success in the Northern Cape; The 100%-black-owned Modi Mining has won a R158-million contract from Australian mining company South32; and Yet another black-controlled mining junior – the Johannesburg... 

Grassroots shareholders celebrate black-controlled manganese mine’s R300m dividend

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2017 Against the background of rising calls for radical economic transformation in South Africa’s mining sector, particularly transformation that benefits the country’s communities, grassroots shareholders of the black-controlled Ntsimbintle were last week able to celebrate the Northern Cape manganese... 

Botswana determined to become investor friendly – Minister

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2017 The government is determined to better its legislative framework and policies to ensure the country becomes investor friendly, against a backdrop of collapsed foreign direct investment (FDI). Delivering the keynote address at the Botswana Resource Sector Conference, Mineral Resources, Green... 

Tribeca planning to target overhaul of BHP board directors

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2017 BHP Billiton’s board is being targeted for a sweeping overhaul by Tribeca Global Natural Resources Fund, opening a potential new front in the burgeoning activist campaign against the world’s biggest mining company. The Sydney-based hedge fund, which last month joined billionaire Paul Singer’s... 

Kubota RTV-X900 delivers deep underground

     31st May 2017 With a rich founding history of gold and diamond mining, South Africa remains a leader in deep underground mining as well as safety in this arena, making the transfer of equipment and goods underground a task with little margin for error. Enter the Kubota RTV-X900. While the tasks involved in a... 

Underground work resumes at Northern Ireland gold project

By: Mariaan Webb     15th May 2017 Underground development is set to resume at the Omagh gold mine, in Northern Ireland, after the police agreed to supervise blasting operations in line with anti-terrorism rules. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has agreed to increase the availability of its required anti-terrorism... 

Huge tech rewards for SA opencast mines, but underground operations lag behind

By: David Oliveira     12th May 2017 The adoption of new technology, aimed at improving operational efficiency and lowering costs, is driving the future of the resources sector globally. However, South Africa’s deep-level underground platinum and gold mining sectors, with their unique challenges, have proven to be slower in adopting... 

Increased demand for SD flooring

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Static control solutions provider Altico completed two static dissipative (SD) flooring installations last month for the electronic repairs franchise weFix at Balito Lifestyle Centre, in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as at the Vaal Mall, in Gauteng. 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

Shell Australia moves to help ease domestic gas supply constraints

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has welcomed news from major Shell Australia that its QGC joint venture (JV) has signed two new gas sales agreements with domestic customers, saying that it was a clear demonstration that the Queensland gas industry was doing... 

Endeavour Silver a step closer to developing fifth mine based on positive reserve estimates, PFS

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2017 The TSX-listed stock of primary silver producer Endeavour Silver rose as much as 7% on Monday after the company released an updated National Instrument (NI) 43-101-compliant reserve estimate and positive preliminary feasibility study (PFS) for its Terronera silver/gold project, located 40 km... 

Avesoro turnaround strategy to start bearing fruit this year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th March 2017 In “a year of transition”, dual-listed Avesoro Resources has posted revenues of $63.6-million for the year ended December 31, generated from gold sales of 50 264 oz at an average realised price of $1 266/oz. “While the period was challenging for the company, the new leadership team [introduced in... 

Reviving king of gold means getting mine workers off their knees

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 During his early years as a miner in South Africa, Joas Mahanuque spent six hours a day on his knees drilling for Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. The dust-filled tunnels half a mile underground were too low for him to stand, and temperatures reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).... 

New Cat® MD6250 Blasthole Drill Cuts Costs and Improves Drilling Efficiency with Rugged Design, Integrated Technology

     13th March 2017 The new Cat® MD6250 blasthole drill delivers optimum drilling efficiency in single- and multi-pass applications for both rotary and down-the-hole (DTH) modes. Featuring automated operation, the drill runs within ideal operating parameters for maximum bit life, hole accuracy and reduced total cost... 

Difficult trading conditions dull Clover’s H1 financial performance 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st March 2017 As branded consumer goods and beverages group Clover Industries works its way through muted trading and economic conditions, the JSE-listed group is progressing a number of strategies to set it back on a growth path. Unpacking the lacklustre financial results for the half-year ended December 31,... 

One-off items impact AECI’s top-line performance in FY16

By: Anine Kilian     28th February 2017 JSE-listed AECI on Tuesday said its core operating segments, explosives and specialty chemicals, have delivered “commendable” performances in 2016, despite a difficult domestic and global trading environment. Group revenue grew by 1% year-on-year to R18.6-billion for the 12 months to December 31,... 

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