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Canada Cobalt produces first cobalt sulphate from Castle mine

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 TSX-listed Canada Cobalt Works produced the first premium-grade cobalt sulphate from its 100%-owned Castle mine, in Northern Ontario, using its proprietary Re-2OX process.  President and CEO Frank Basa said in a statement on Thursday that pilot plant production of cobalt/nickel-rich gravity... 

Western Uranium raises funds in positive macroeconomic environment

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 US-focused uranium and vanadium mining company Western Uranium Corporation is benefiting from a positive macroenvironment and price increases for both uranium and vanadium, which have increasingly led management to focus on strategic, operational and capital raising opportunities, the company... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

Microsurfacing system cost effective, environment friendly

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 Bituminous binders and slurries for road-surfacing specialist manufacturer and applicator Colas South Africa completed 700 000 m² of road reseal for Mogale City local municipality, including several roads in the Krugersdorp Nature Reserve, over the past three years. For the project, which... 

Mantashe blames Gold Fields bosses for mine woes

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 Gold Fields' plan to cut jobs at its struggling South African mine fails to address "poor management", Mining Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday, piling pressure on CE Nick Holland. Gold Fields, which is due to report half-year results later, said this week it would cut 1 100 permanent jobs... 

Power clean your home and work space with Black & Decker’s new pressure washers

15th August 2018 Black & Decker has a more than a 100 year’s history of producing innovative products that make life simple, so the introduction of two new high-pressure washers is sure to make a splash in the South African market. With the variety of surfaces across a home and work that need regular cleaning,... 

Ausdrill adds underground expertise with Barminco deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th August 2018 Mining services provider Ausdrill has made a takeover offer for joint specialist underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco in a deal valued at A$271.5-million. The transaction will create Australia’s second-largest mining services company. 

Daro exploration producing promising outputs

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2018 Exploration work at the Daro copper/gold project, in northern Ethiopia, has produced promising results at the Teklil prospect and a significant gold-bearing quartz vein at the Keren prospect has been discovered, while stream sediment analysis has defined new target areas for exploration, Aim- and... 

Gold Mountain boosts its exploration efforts in PNG

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th August 2018 ASX-listed Gold Mountain has completed the assembly and commissioning of a large-capacity mobile plant to process coarse gold and platinum bulk samples. Gold Mountain holds a number of exploration tenements in Papua New Guinea, with its flagship Crown Ridge project in the final stage assessment... 

Ivanhoe advances projects in ‘productive’ Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines had a productive second quarter ended June 30, with underground development at the planned initial copper mine at Kakula, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), making steady progress. The mine is expected to reach the high-grade copper mineralisation later this... 

Thermaspray’s Plasma coatings solve a sticky situation

13th August 2018 The excellent release properties of Plasma non-stick coatings from Thermaspray render this surface coating technology ideal for a wide range of applications within industries such as food processing, printing and packaging, paper and pulp, tyre and rubber, and conveyor belt manufacturing. These... 

Mozambique's ruby mining goes from ‘wild west’ to big business

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2018 Sebastiao Pedro struck it lucky in 2014 when, as a 21-year-old small-scale miner, he found a large red ruby in northern Mozambique. He sold it to a buyer from Vietnam for $43 000, returned to his family 900 miles away and built a house with the proceeds. Then the money ran out. 

Ultra-reliability of Hub Seals secures largest single order for SKF

10th August 2018 When a key OEM customer approached SKF for a high quality Hub Seal solution on their trailers, the CR Scotseal Hybrid, with its sealed for life hub arrangement and simplicity of fitment, met every required specification. The customer manufactures and supplies trailers to customers across the vast... 

Consolidated Zinc moves forward Mexico mine plans to this year

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th August 2018 ASX-listed Consolidated Zinc has flagged the start of production from its Plomosas zinc/lead/silver mine, in Mexico, before the end of 2018. The company had initially targeted a large production facility to start in 2019/20; however, Consolidated Zinc said on Friday said that the results from... 

Ongoing waterproofing for Innovation Hub campus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Speciality chemicals manufacturer a.b.e. Construction Chemicals continues to provide large volumes of polyurea coating for the waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the Innovation Hub campus’ new buildings in Gaborone, Botswana. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the... 

Playing with mental clarity

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th August 2018 There is a serious disconnect between engineers and production idea people.  Production idea people want to innovate. They want a new thing every year. They do not want improvements, they want change – out of the box! Dynamic! Some of these ideas are good but few are ground-breaking. What is... 

Sitatunga Resources hopes to create jobs at newly acquired colliery

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 Exploration and mining project development company Sitatunga Resources, which has bought Wescoal’s coal assets near Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, believes its investment in the Braakfontein Colliery will create much-needed jobs in the area. Braakfontein Colliery is an advanced-stage exploration... 

Cat construction machinery keeps Motheo on the road on N4 project

8th August 2018 Brand-new Caterpillar construction machinery from Barloworld Equipment has been deployed by the Motheo Construction Group’s civils division on a R500 million contract to upgrade and rehabilitate a 40 km section of the N4 from Belfast to Machadadorp in Mpumalanga. The civils division is... 

‘Solid’ safety: Vital Engineering’s solid forged handrails and stair tread nosing – safety assured for the local and pan-African mining sector

7th August 2018 Mining is a primary creator of wealth and employment, and, as such, places demands on the people and equipment employed this all-important sector. To keep mines operating efficiently, quick, safe access to areas such as minerals processing plants is essential. Founded in 1939, Vital Engineering... 

What is thermal transfer overprinting?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Thermal transfer overprinting (TTO) is a digital printing process that offers an alternative to hot stampers and other traditional analogue printing techniques. Thermal transfer overprinting works by creating high-quality and high-definition marks, codes and images by transferring ink onto a... 

Copper supply woes on show with No. 2 mine output to halve

By: Bloomberg     6th August 2018 A battle over the world’s second-largest copper mine has dogged Freeport-McMoRan shareholders for more than a year. Now it may be the turn of the copper market. Production at Grasberg in Indonesia will fall by more than half next year as its giant pits transition to underground operations,... 

Orion starts drilling at high conductance target at Rok Optel

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 Drilling has started on a high conductance target at ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ Rok Optel nickel/copper target on the Namaqua and Disawell mineral rights in the Areachap Belt, in South Africa. “Our first intersection at Rok Optel demonstrated that geological conditions exist for the... 

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has assisted in supplying four materials handling specialist SAMSON Eco-Hoppers to the Kenyan Port of Mombasa, in June this year. Acquiring the hoppers is part of the Mombasa Resilient Infrastructure Programme (MRIP) initiative by the Kenya Ports... 

Tando to accelerate exploration at South African vanadium project

By: Nadine James     2nd August 2018 ASX-listed junior exploration company Tando Resources on Thursday announced that it heliborne magnetic survey has delineated targets that demonstrate the potential for a low-cost direct shipping ore (DSO) operation at its SPD vanadium project, in South Africa. As a result, Tando has decided to... 

Kirkland Lake chases higher FY target

By: Mariaan Webb     1st August 2018 A strong first-half performance from the Fosterville and Macassa mines has provided Toronto-based Kirkland Lake Gold with enough confidence to increase its consolidated full-year production guidance by 15 000 oz to more than 635 000 oz. The miner produced 312 329 oz in the first six months of... 

DRDGold expects first tailings production from WRTRP assets in Q1 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 Following the successful implementation of the transaction between JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater and JSE- and NYSE-listed DRDGold, Sibanye-Stillwater now owns 38.05% of the issued share capital of DRDGold, which is currently worth R895.7-million. Under the terms of the transaction,... 

Rare blue diamonds may be Earth's deepest secret

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 The Hope Diamond, a rare blue diamond that is one of the world's most famous jewels, has had a complicated history, passing through the hands of monarchs and bankers and heiresses and thieves before landing for all to see at a Washington museum. The geological history of blue diamonds is even... 

Water Research Commission to investigate tow-an-iceberg proposal

By: News24Wire      1st August 2018 The Water Research Commission is to investigate the proposal to tow an iceberg to Cape Town to establish whether it is feasible as a new source of water. The commission has asked the brains behind the project, salvage expert Nick Sloane, to set up a seminar where they can get a more detailed... 

Alacer’s sulphide project on track for Q3 start

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st July 2018 TSX- and ASX-listed Alacer Gold says its sulphide project, at the Çöpler mine, in Turkey, is nearing completion and remains on track for start-up in the third quarter. The project capital cost estimate has been reduced from $744-million to $673-million.  

Goldplat FY18 financials expected to be in line with market expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Aim-listed gold producer Goldplat expects its consolidated profit, before tax, for the financial year ended June 30, to be in line with market expectations, despite Kilimapesa Gold (KPG) having experienced a poor final quarter financially. While Kilimapesa Plant 1 was shut down during the final... 

Golden Rim raises cash for Kouri

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th July 2018 ASX-listed Golden Rim Resources will raise A$3-million through a share placement to fund work at its Kouri gold project, in Burkina Faso. The company on Monday said that some 116-million fully paid ordinary shares will be placed to institutional and sophisticated investors, priced at 2.6c each,... 

Carnegie advances to PFS

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th July 2018 A scoping study into the Carnegie potash project, in Western Australia, has confirmed the project had the potential to be technically and economically viable, prompting joint venture partners BCI Minerals and Kalium Lakes to green light a prefeasibility study. With the completion of the scoping... 

Company invites clients to test its products

27th July 2018 Construction materials industry chemical solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa, states that it has a range of solutions to meet the plethora of different demands the readymix sector faces for all concrete applications. Chryso welcomes all concrete industry professionals to engage with its... 

West Wits breathes life into old gold mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th July 2018 ASX-listed exploration and development company West Wits Mining is reinvigorating the goldfield known as the Witwatersrand basin, near Roodepoort, which has a revised Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant mineral resource estimate of 3.67-million ounces of gold. The company has restarted openpit... 

Agnico Eagle improves 2018 guidance, sees ‘enormous’ potential in Nunavut

By: Mariaan Webb     26th July 2018 Canadian gold major Agnico Eagle Mines has added 50 000 oz to its gold production guidance for 2018, after a strong operational performance from its mines during the June quarter. The NYSE- and TSX-listed miner, which operates in Canada, Finland and Mexico, increased its guidance to 1.58-million... 

Solid start for M&D Construction Group on ground-breaking housing development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 M&D Construction Group, a leading South African building and civil-engineering construction contractor, has commenced work on a large development that will provide affordable housing to many low income earners and tenants in Vosloorus, Gauteng. Importantly, this project aims to deliver an... 

Zimbabwe's African Chrome Fields eyes equity sale to fund expansion

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Zimbabwe's largest chrome miner African Chrome Fields (ACF) is talking to foreign investors about an equity sale to help fund expansion but will ensure the firm's two main partners retain control, the majority shareholder said on Wednesday. The chairman of Moti Group, which has a majority stake... 

Recent technology modernisations within the South African context

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 SMS group has successfully supplied and installed a Torque Retainer System for the two 100-ton AOD Converters at Columbus Stainless (Pty) Ltd. in Middelburg, South Africa. Columbus Stainless is part of the Acerinox group of companies and is the only stainless steel plant on the African continent.... 

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