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Topic - Explosives
Nov 23, 2015
ASX-listed Sumatra Copper & Gold has started underground production of high-grade ore at its Tembang gold/silver operation, in Indonesia. Construction of the Tembang project started in November last year, and first gold pour was achieved in September this year,...
Nov 16, 2015
Knowledge management was key to bridging the knowledge gap in the explosives industry, North-West University chemical and mineral engineering lecturer and explosives engineering programme manager Joe-Nimique Cilliers said at the inaugural Explosives Education and...
Nov 13, 2015
European defence company Airbus Defence and Space has developed a system to counter small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), also known as remotely-piloted aircraft (RPAs). "We target small commercial UAVs; we do not target military UAVs," explained company mission and...
Oct 23, 2015
Ongoing research and development has put explosives manufacturer BME in a position where it is now able to customise emulsions to suit the needs of each quarry or mine, says BME South Africa and Namibia GM Albie Visser. The use of an emulsion has made blasting safer...
Oct 16, 2015
Executive president of the Chemical and Allied Industries Association, Deidre Penfold, paid a visit to Modderfontein last week to update members of the Community Awareness and Emergency Response Committee on CAIA’s Responsible Care initiative.  The meeting took place...
Oct 14, 2015
Ausdrill subsidiary African Mining Services (AMS) has been contracted to carry out all premining earthworks and openpit mining at Aim-listed Kefi Minerals’ Tulu Kapi project, in Ehtiopia. Kefi and AMS would now jointly increase the efficiency of the detailed...
Sep 18, 2015
Joseph Keenan
JSE-listed chemicals group Omnia has appointed Joseph Keenan the new MD of its explosives division, Bulk Mining Explosives. Group CEO Rod Humphris said in a statement to shareholders on Friday that Keenan was an accomplished international executive with more than 20...
Sep 18, 2015
Green Cell Technologies founder and CEO Roy Henderson talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about his days as a South African naval officer, which he says set him up to help develop his start-up Green Cell Technologies’ Dynamic Cellular Disruption (DCD)...
Sep 07, 2015
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Aug 07, 2015
South Africa’s defence acquisitions and research and development (R&D) agency Armscor is considering reorganising itself to better meet the changing demands on the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the local defence industry. “We’re looking into...
Aug 07, 2015
South Africa's defence acquisitions and research and development (R&D) agency Armscor is considering reorganising itself to better meet the changing demands on the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the local defence industry. "We're looking into...
Aug 03, 2015
Hong Kong-listed Shanghai Zendai – the group that plans to develop its expansive Modderfontein-based property into a 22 km2 mixed-use ‘city’ – has held a series of public consultations to brief the public on its plans for the proposed development, spelling out the...
Jul 31, 2015
The rapid growth of Africa’s mining industry, and particularly in Central Africa, is being mirrored in the mining explosives and chemicals market, research firm Frost & Sullivan reports. Through new analysis, the firm has found that almost 65% of major and minor...
Jul 28, 2015
AECI CEO Mark Dytor
Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s R400-million bulk property sale, in Somerset West, paired with a maintained market share, despite a difficult environment, pushed its headline earnings for the six months to June 30, up 45% to R632-million, compared...
Jul 27, 2015
It is not an easy time to be starting a mine but fortunately zinc is now in fashion because it has been unloved for so long, Vedanta CEO Tom Albanese said on Monday at the first blast of the $630-million Gamsberg zinc project in the Northern Cape. Groundbreaking at...
Jul 24, 2015
Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI expects the R400-million in revenue it earned through the recent bulk sale of land in Somerset West to the City of Cape Town to bolster its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the half-year ended June 30 by up to 47%...
Jul 20, 2015
The process plant at Aureus Mining’s New Liberty gold mine, in Liberia, has reached nameplate capacity, following a successful period of commissioning. The process plant recently underwent a 24-hour performance test, during which time the plant was operating at a...
Jul 17, 2015
Coal India Limited (CIL) dreams of producing one-billion tons of coal a year by 2020, and, as the sixth-largest miner in the world, having big dreams is not unusual. However, if past performance is seen as an indicator of future performance, then it has a lot of...
Jul 02, 2015
Jun 24, 2015
The South African Competition Tribunal has approved explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI’s deal with the City of Cape Town that will see the metropole acquire 709 ha of land and certain buildings in Somerset West from AECI subsidiary Paardevlei Properties...
Jun 22, 2015
South African explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has entered into an agreement to acquire Malawi-based agrochemicals, seeds and spraying equipment distributor Farmers Organisation Limited (FOL) from Rendale Holdings for an undisclosed amount. This formed...
Jun 05, 2015
Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has inked a deal with the City of Cape Town that will see the metropole acquiring 709 ha of land and certain buildings in Somerset West from AECI subsidiary Paardevlei Properties for R400-million. AECI said in a statement...
May 26, 2015
The definitive mining feasibility study (DMFS) for Phase 2 of Tanzania-focused mineral explorer Kibo Mining’s Mbeya coal-to-power project, in Tanzania, remains on schedule and “well” within budget, with early results indicating the potential for “signicant”...
May 01, 2015
The last of the 26 mooring units comprising the Port of Ngqura’s automated mooring system have arrived.
Apr 17, 2015
Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has appointed Edwin Ludick as acting MD of subsidiary AEL Mining Services, with effect from May 15, until the process to appoint a permanent candidate has been completed. Ludick is a member of the AECI executive committee...
Apr 16, 2015
Apr 03, 2015
The St Helena government and the Department for International Development have appointed Comair as the provider for airline services to St Helena, with the island’s airport opeining in 2016.
Mar 20, 2015
GUY LUNDY Industry needs to work more closely with research institutions and universities to encourage and support local research and development
International executive search firm Odgers Berndtson describes the current state of the South African chemicals and petrochemicals industry as stagnant, if not diminishing, says energy, consumer and technology specialist for sub-Saharan Africa Guy Lundy, a partner in...
Mar 19, 2015
AEL Mining Services has entered into an agreement with ELB Engineering Services for the installation of turnkey Vertical Drop infrastructure that will enable deeper, safe and efficient delivery of emulsions for blasting in underground mining operations. A Memorandum...
Mar 12, 2015
Mar 04, 2015
Explosives company BME officially opened its first narrow-reef emulsion site and training centre at platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Tumela underground mine in Thabazimbi, Limpopo on Wednesday. Tumela mine production manager Pierre Prinsloo said...
Feb 26, 2015
Peru-focused explorer and project developer Lupaka Gold has received its certificate of mining (COM) permit at the Invicta gold project, moving the company a step closer to start production by mid-year. The COM, granted by the Direccion General de Mineria of the...
Feb 24, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
The 2 200 ha multibillion-rand Waterfall City development currently under construction in the Midrand area of Gauteng can only be described as a mega property development. Besides a major residential component, the project will also result in the creation of a new...
Feb 20, 2015
Eskom reported in January this year that the first 333 MW Ingula pumped-storage unit would only be synchronised in the first half of 2016.
Feb 20, 2015
The 2 200 ha, multi billion Rand Waterfall City development currently under construction could potentially become Gauteng’s new central business district, enabling large corporates to consolidate their Johannesburg base. The land is owned by the Waterfall Islamic...
Feb 13, 2015
Work has recently been conducted near Bradley’s Camp on St Helena to prepare for the installation of a key piece of navigation equipment.
Feb 10, 2015
Explosives and chemicals company AECI has entered into a five-year agreement with mining contractor Thiess to provide explosives, initiating systems and technical services to Thiess in Australia. Thiess Australia’s executive GM Michael Wright said that AECI...
Feb 05, 2015
Australian services provider Orica on Thursday officially opened its new 2 600 m2 double-storey African headquarters in Isando, Gauteng, to support and grow the company’s footprint in Africa. The building featured several boardrooms, as well as a multipurpose...
Jan 16, 2015
Minerals Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi
Talk of restoring the lost iconic status of the South African mining industry has gladdened the London-based Investec Global Research Team. “We’re glad to see growing political pressure in South Africa to restore the premier status of the mining industry,” the...
Jan 14, 2015
Canada's Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced late on Monday that miner New Gold’s proposed Rainy River Project, located in the Township of Chapple, Ontario, was not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. New Gold spokesperson Julie...
Jan 12, 2015
Godfrey Gomwe
South African explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has appointed Godfrey Gomwe as nonexecutive director, effective January 31. 
Jan 09, 2015
African miners aim to increase spending over 2015, budgeting, in particular, for enhanced investment in plant and heavy equipment, a survey of more than 100 African mine managers has revealed. The majority of respondents expected capital expenditure (capex) to...
Dec 05, 2014
While it is unclear whether illegal mining in and around South African mines is on the increase or decrease, Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant was quoted in Mining Weekly in September as saying that the department wanted to see...
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