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Integra seizes precious metals opportunity in Idaho

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 Mere months after Integra Gold was bought out in a deal worth about C$590-million by Eldorado Gold, essentially the same team – reincarnated as Integra Resources – has reached agreement with major Kinross Gold to buy the DeLamar gold/silver mine, in Southern Idaho. The C$7.5-million... 

Third of Pan African gold from low-cost, low-risk surface tailings 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2017 More than a third of the yearly gold production of Pan African Resources is destined to arise from low-cost, low-risk tailings businesses, which have long lives ahead of them. Pan African CEO Cobus Loots told investors, analysts and journalists at the company’s presentation of financial results... 

Robust intersections support potential to fast-track Portugal lithium project

By: Mariaan Webb     20th September 2017 Aim-quoted Savannah Resources is hard at work to fast-track its Mina do Barroso lithium project, in Portugal, to production, as it seeks to tap into the fast-expanding battery market. Assay results from the first part of a reverse circulation drilling programme at two high-priority targets,... 

Integrated Pump Rental Dewaters Tunnel Under Vaal River

     20th September 2017 Integrated Pump Rental recently made short work of dewatering a large pipe deep under the Vaal River, expelling over 1800 cubic metres in one day in a rapid turnkey solution. The job was to clear a 2,5 metre diameter pipeline of water, so that engineers could safely enter the tunnel to conduct... 

Sibanye-Stillwater announces $450m convertible bond offering

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2017 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Tuesday announced the impending launch of a $450-million convertible bond offering linked to the refinancing of the outstanding portion of the bridge loan the company raised to buy Stillwater Mining in the US. The senior unsecured guaranteed... 

Petra’s Finsch, Kimberley Ekapa Mining JV impacted by labour disruption

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2017 Aim-listed Petra Diamonds’ Finsch and Kimberley Ekapa Mining joint venture operations are being affected by a labour disruption that started on Monday evening. Underground and surface mining operations are affected, but plant treatment is continuing at near normal capacity, treating surface... 

AngloGold announces potential disposal of lossmaking Kopanang

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2017 A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with a selected party which could result in a sale agreement involving the disposal of the 36-year-old, lossmaking Kopanang gold mine. AngloGold Ashanti said in a media release to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online on Friday that unsolicited... 

Orion on track to develop Prieska zinc/copper project

By: Anine Kilian     15th September 2017 ASX-listed Orion Minerals, which will list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Monday, is focused on fast -tracking the development of its Northern Cape-based Prieska zinc/copper project. The company plans to leverage the secondary listing to open up more efficient local funding options through... 

Protecting pipelines from overvoltage interferences

     15th September 2017 Pipelines operate under high pressure, meaning that the material used (such as steel) can rapidly reach its maximum lifespan. In extreme cases, heavy corrosion can damage the pipeline and result in leakage that may impact both on the material used and the environment. Thus it is clear that... 

Colourful Concrete That Glows After Dark

     15th September 2017 Chryso Southern Africa has launched a new product that adds an attractive luminous glow to concrete surfaces after dark. LuminTech®, the impressive new addition to Chryso’s wide range of decorative concretes, comprises a variety of different luminescent particles that are applied to the surface... 

Lesotho’s Letšeng mine recovers several 100-ct-plus diamonds, expects trend to continue

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The Letšeng diamond mine, in Lesotho, recovered several diamonds larger than 100 ct during the first half of 2017, with LSE-listed diamond miner Gem Diamonds upbeat that this trend will continue for the remainder of the year. These gems include the 114.38 ct Type II, the 126 ct D-colour Type IIa... 

Avalon intent to cash in on rapidly rising technology metal demand

By: Henry Lazenby     15th September 2017 A whole new world for lithium demand has aspiring technology metals firm Avalon evaluating its options to cash in on the red-hot industry, with the company patiently advancing three projects in its portfolio that will benefit from higher metals prices. Just this week, new evidence was provided... 

Future of Denel’s aero engine and manned aircraft businesses clarified

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2017 South African defence industrial group Denel has a clear plan for the future of Turbomeca Africa (TMA), which it is in the process of buying off Safran Helicopter Engines (Safran HE), part of France’s Safran S/A aeroengines group. Hitherto, TMA (originally established in 2002) was a joint venture... 

NDT testing integral to safety foundation

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is Africa’s leading welder training organisation and also hosts the leading non-destructive testing (NDT) facility in Africa. The importance of NDT to the safety of structures must never be underestimated, SAIW systems and quality manager Harold... 

South Johnstone work programme approved

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th September 2017 The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines has formally approved the works programme for the South Johnstone bauxite project. The approval comes after ASX-listed project developer Queensland Bauxite received approval from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection for... 

Archer finds copper in cobalt hunt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th September 2017 The share price of ASX-listed Archer Exploration increased by nearly 22% on news of a copper discovery at Broken Hill, in New South Wales. Archer on Wednesday reported the discovery of two new large copper targets at the North Broken project, some 20 km north of Broken Hill, while hunting for... 

First round of drilling on Sarama’s strategic Bondi asset finds shallow, oxide gold ore

By: Henry Lazenby     13th September 2017 Canadian explorer Sarama Resources' first reconnaissance aircore drilling campaign at the company's newly acquired Bondi deposit has intersected shallow, oxide gold mineralisation over broad intervals about 4 km north-east of the historic resource on the property, the company announced on... 

Tailings-savvy DRDGold inviting collaboration, consolidation 

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2017 Surface gold mining company DRDGold, the oldest company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange with more experience than any other mining company in the recovery of gold from tailings dumps, believes that the time may have arrived for the transplanting of its remarkable expertise to other... 

PetroSA upbeat about gas exploration

By: Kim Cloete     12th September 2017 Despite a slowdown in exploration and an underinvested industry, South Africa still holds great prospects for exploration in gas, believes PetroSA chief geophysicist Peter Dekker. He told delegates at the South African Geophysical Association (Saga) conference, in Somerset West, that there were... 

Geophysicists urged to innovate amid tough times for exploration

By: Kim Cloete     12th September 2017 The state of exploration for oil and gas as well as mining is in a fix, with exploration spending having decreased by 69% in the last four years, delegates attending the South African Geophysical Association (Saga) 2017 conference have heard. Lockheed Martin business development manager Dan Di... 

Sensitivity study lifts Dalradian’s mineable Curraghinalt ounces

By: Henry Lazenby     12th September 2017 Project developer Dalradian Resources now has 32% more mineable gold ounces at its flagship Curraghinalt project, in Northern Ireland, after its undertook a sensitivity study on two of the best veins at the project. The TSX- and Aim-listed junior used a revised resource modelling approach on the... 

Booyco Pds Demonstrates Compliance At SACEA Day

     8th September 2017 There remains an ongoing need to inform and educate the mining industry as a whole in terms of compliance to the legislated requirements as well as the correct application of Proximity Detection System (PDS) technology. This is according to Graeme Jardine, general manager field services at Booyco... 

Lucapa sells more diamonds, eyes second mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th September 2017 ASX-listed diamond miner Lucapa has reported gross proceeds of $7.4-million from its seventh sale of alluvial diamonds from the Lulo diamond project, in Angola. The company said that it had sold 3 214 ct in the last tender at an average of $2 298/ct. 

Company champions enterprise development in fledgling waste industry

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Skills and socioeconomic development company Bosch Ulwazi launched the first phase of its three-year Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) programme in KwaZulu-Natal, in July. The Petroleum and Waste Recycling programme will assist in developing five businesses that will offer products and... 

Thermal spray coatings provide protection for refineries

     8th September 2017 Thermal spray coatings can produce significant cost savings for refineries by reducing the amount of piping maintenance required to guard against the consequences of corrosion under insulation (CUI), says wear solutions provider Weartech director Adam Wintle.  

Bolstered by new geological model, Broadway outlines drill plans for third round drilling

By: Henry Lazenby     7th September 2017 With a new geological model and funding raised, TSX-listed Broadway Gold Mining is planning a Phase III drill programme to test multiple high-priority targets, the company announced on Thursday. The copper/gold porphyry targets were discovered at depth at the company’s 100%-owned Madison project,... 

GoldStone completes first step of pit definition programme in Ghana

By: Anine Kilian     7th September 2017 Aim-listed GoldStone Resources has completed a deep trenching programme – the first step of a pit definition programme – on the Akrokerri licence, in Ghana.   The trenching was undertaken to define the extent of the mineralisation in the near-surface oxide zone of the known deposit, and to... 

Thermaspray showcases thermal spray coating technologies and welding capabilities in Limpopo

     7th September 2017 Thermaspray showcased its ground-breaking thermal spray coating technologies and Plasma Transferred Arc (PTA) welding process capabilities at the Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTE) which took place in Mogalakwena and Lephalale, Limpopo, on 1st and 3rd August 2017 respectively. Thermaspray’s... 

Fortinet Expands the Security Fabric with Enhanced Software-Defined Wide Area Networking Capabilities

     6th September 2017 New SD-WAN Functionality Combined with Security Fabric Features Enable Distributed Enterprises to Increase Flexibility with Reduced Cost and Complexity   Fortinet®, the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, announced the latest expansion of its Security Fabric, featuring... 

Ivanhoe plans 'new era of production' for historic DRC mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2017 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has entered into discussions to start a “new era of production” at the historic Kipushi zinc-copper-silver-germanium mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), that could deliver one of the highest-grade major zinc mines worldwide. Ivanhoe, which, in conjunction... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum in $74m Maseve deal

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2017 Black-controlled platinum mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has entered into a $74-million term sheet transaction with Platinum Group Metals (PTM) to acquire the concentrator plant and surface assets of the Maseve mine, including power and water. Both companies on Wednesday... 

Acid mine water used to recover gold from dumps – DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2017 Acid mine drainage (AMD), which is water that has been polluted as a result of mining activity, is being used to relieve the cost burden of the large volume of water needed to recover gold from mine dump material, as well as lower the demand placed on scarce drinking water. Surface mining company... 

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2017 Surface mining company DRDGold, which has spent more money on vegetating tailings dams in the last ten years than it has paid dividends to shareholders, is seeing its dump vegetation effort going up in smoke at the same time as it comes under criticism from a leading nongovernmental organisation... 

DRDGold shrugs off challenges, declares final dividend

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2017 Surface material gold mining company DRDGold on Tuesday declared a final dividend of 5c a share despite the challenging 12 months to June 30. DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius described the company's exacting 2017 financial year as positioning the company well for the 2018 financial year and beyond. 

Olympic Dam’s SMA expansion delivers first ore

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th September 2017 Mining major BHP has produced its first ore from the high-grade underground expansion at the Southern Mining Area (SMA) of its Olympic Dam operations, in South Australia. The miner previously abandoned plans to expand its openpit operations at Olympic Dam, opting rather for an underground... 

SA Hippo - World’s Safest Submersible Pump For Underground Mining

     1st September 2017 Coal mining accidents caused by gas and coal dust explosions account for the most fatal mining disasters around the world. However, dangerous Methane gas is present at most underground mines as well and not only in coal mines.  This was, once again, confirmed when a fatal methane gas explosion... 

Fatalities serve to remind industry of necessity to achieve zero harm – DMR

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

More Fire Protection For Concrete With Adfil Fibres From Chryso

     1st September 2017 The recent Knysna wildfires and building fires in Johannesburg, as well as mine fires underground, are a reminder of the value of specialised construction materials in passive fire protection, especially in reducing explosive spalling. Such a solution is the specially designed Adfil IGNIS®... 

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