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Exploration results make compelling case for Armadale's Tanzania graphite project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2016 Initial assay results from Armadale Capital's Mahenge Liandu project, in Tanzania, show high-grade graphite mineralisation at up to 26% near-surface total graphitic carbon. Further feedback on Joint Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc-) compliant modelling, due for completion by the end of the fourth... 

Modified wagon designs to increase volumes per trip

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 By modifying construction materials and wagon design, original-equipment manufacturer Galison Group believes that the lighter weight of a wagon will significantly reduce transport and production costs, by enabling customers to increase their production volumes per wagon per trip. 

New technology extended to wagon and passenger bogies

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Having become the first rolling stock company in the southern hemisphere to pioneer its own fabricated lightweight, cost-competitive locomotive bogie, South Africa-based locomotives company DCD Rolling Stock is extending its technology to wagon and passenger coach bogies aimed at the global market. 

Sound planning, partnerships critical for success of Africa’s gas-to-power initiatives

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th November 2016 Africa is home to one of the greatest future energy sources – gas. Continuous exploration and talks, combined with gas’s low carbon make-up, have paved the way for a potentially powerful emerging gas-to-power market.  However, bringing gas-to-power facilities on line involves a complex process of... 

Trade relations from afar

By: Riaan de Lange     4th November 2016 It took Julie Gold, in her own words, “on the one hand, two hours to write and, on the other hand, 30 years to write”, in 1986, the most famous of songs. The song was first recorded by Nanci Griffith for her 1987 album, Lone Star State of Mind, but it only became a commercial success after Bette... 

Global wind energy industry is soaring, hears Windaba

By: Kim Cloete     2nd November 2016 China is still leading the charge in the wind energy industry, outpacing by far the US, Germany, India and Spain. Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) secretary-general Steve Sawyer, said the last two years in the global wind energy industry had seen substantial growth, after a flat period between... 

Oil, gas activity in sub-Saharan Africa nosedives

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 As oil prices continue to plunge, capital investment budgets in the oil and gas industry in sub-Saharan Africa for the next five years have also been cut by $100-billion, Wood Mackenzie's latest report on upstream activity in the region reveals. Deepwater suffered the biggest capital expenditure... 

SADC’s dependence on South Africa’s trade corridors slows

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2016 South Africa is at risk of being left behind as its neighbours ramp up port and corridor development and rapidly reduce their dependence on the Southern African powerhouse’s trade routes. With continued infrastructure-led growth, the changing dynamics in the Southern African Development Community... 

Kibo receives final commercial bids for Mbeya project

By: Anine Kilian     1st November 2016 The final commercial bids for Kibo Mining’s Mbeya coal-to-power project’s (MCPP’s) engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) contracts were received from Sepco III and General Electric (GE) on October 31, the Tanzania-focused company announced... 

African telecoms market to reach $51bn in six years

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th October 2016 Sub-Saharan Africa’s telecommunication services market will be worth $51-billion in 2021, with retail telecoms revenue set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4.1% between 2015 and 2021, a new Analysys Mason report reveals. Karim Yaici, a senior analyst at the research firm, noted that... 

Japanese multinational signs East African geothermal development deals

     28th October 2016 Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corporation has moved to expand its presence in the East African renewable-energy market by signing geothermal development deals with Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Djibouti. The memorandums of understanding (MoUs) that Toshiba signed with the four countries will see... 

Conference highlights the economic, environmental challenges facing mining communities

By: Anine Kilian     24th October 2016 Mining communities in Africa are often in remote areas, far from where decisions are being made on their behalf, Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa team leader Masego Madzwamuse said on Monday. Speaking at an event hosted by nonprofit organisation Benchmarks Foundation, in Johannesburg,... 

Petra achieves 1.1Mct output in Q1

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th October 2016 LSE-listed Petra Diamonds has reported a strong start to the 2017 financial year, achieving a double-digit surge in diamond output and higher revenue for the three months to September 30. Petra on Monday reported a 30% jump in diamond production during the first quarter of the year to nearly... 

Acacia raises FY guidance on back of strong Q3 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st October 2016 Owing to a continued strong performance at its operations, Acacia Mining expects its full-year output to be about 5% higher than the top end of its initially guided 750 000 oz to 780 000 oz gold production forecast. "Our strong third-quarter operational and financial results represent another... 

Continental vision identifies mining’s role in transforming economies

By: David Oliveira     21st October 2016 The need to diversify Africa’s primary-resource export-focused economies in support of other industry-related value chains is key to helping transform the continent’s economy and generate greater wealth from its significant minerals endowment. At this year’s Joburg Indaba, which took place... 

Ethiopia’s controversial hydropower scheme now feeding 800 MW into grid

By: John Muchira     21st October 2016 Ethiopia’s controversial Gilgel Gibe III hydropower dam is now feeding 800 MW into the national grid, following the recent switching on of the sixth of its ten turbines. When completed, the $1.8-billion hydropower scheme will generate 1 870 MW. Completion was initially scheduled for June this... 

Reforesting Kilimanjaro would protect water supplies 

By: African News Agency      20th October 2016 There is a need to reforest Africa’s highest mountain to help protect vital water supplies that are under threat across large parts of East Africa, a UN Environment report has urged. The loss of Mount Kilimanjaro’s forests could trigger a water crisis as rivers begin to dry up, the report,... 

Shanta Gold sees robust third quarter

By: Anine Kilian     18th October 2016 After a robust operational performance, East Africa-focused gold producer, developer and explorer Shanta Gold on Tuesday reported cash generation of $11.1-million and a reduction in net debt – from $44-million to $38-million – for the quarter ended September 30. The company expected to deliver at... 

Africa sliding? 

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2016 Over the past number of years, the Africa Rising narrative has asserted itself. It has been a story of improving economic growth, rising investment and greater democracy. Between 2003 and 2008, sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) enjoyed average yearly growth of 6.8% and was home to many of the... 

Kibo, Sepco agree development refund for MCPP

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th October 2016 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining and Chinese firm Sepco III have agreed that $10.94-million is a fair reflection of the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP) development costs over the past four years. Upon the financial close of the MCPP, Sepco III will refund Kibo some 50%, or $5.49-million, of... 

Mali miners call strike with Randgold, Resolute affected

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2016 Mine workers in Mali will go on strike this month for five days as the biggest union accuse employers of treating its members unfairly due to their affiliation with the employee organisation. Workers will go on strike from October 24 at mines belonging to gold producers including Resolute Mining... 

Armadale discovers high-grade coarse flake graphite mineralisation at Tanzania project

By: Anine Kilian     7th October 2016 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has discovered high-grade coarse flake graphite mineralisation near surface at its Mahenge Liandu project, in Tanzania. The reverse circulation (RC) drilling undertaken to date has intersected wide intervals of high-grade graphite mineralisation. 

Black Rock increases resource at Tanzania graphite project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th October 2016 Junior Black Rock Mining has reported a 24% increase in the mineral resource at its Mahenge graphite project, in Tanzania, following infill drilling at the Ulanzi, which delivered a 39% increase to the prospect. The Ulanzi mineral resource now stood at 111.8-million tonnes, at 8.2% graphitic... 

Monsanto opens revamped plant breeding centre  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th September 2016 Sustainable agriculture company Monsanto on Friday opened its R15-million renovated breeding centre, in Petit, near Benoni. The breeding centre is located on a 300 ha maize farm and hosts new offices, which are more than double the size of the original office, and an audiovisual boardroom that... 

Airbus to assist with Rooivalk upgrade, as it reaffirms Africa commitment

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 The Airbus Group (parent of Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters) is committed to help develop aeronautical industries in Africa, because it believes that this makes good business sense. For the Group, Africa is defined as sub-Saharan Africa plus Moroco (with Egypt, Libya,... 

‘Slipping’ South Africa contributes to Africa’s big 2016 growth downgrade to 1.6%

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2016 The World Bank has lowered its 2016 growth forecast for Africa to only 1.6%, a dramatic downward revision from the 3% figure projected in April. The new forecast represents the lowest level of growth for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in over two decades and is also below expected regional population... 

Edenville raises £500 000

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th September 2016 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has raised £500 000 through an oversubscribed placing to new and existing shareholders to advance commercial mining operations at its Rukwa coal-to-power project, in south-west Tanzania. The raising will also be used to continue the project’s technical and regulatory... 

South Africa improves slightly in global competitiveness rankings

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th September 2016 South Africa has slightly improved its competitiveness score and ranking in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), registering marginal improvements in almost all aspects of competitiveness. The 2016/17 GCI shows the African powerhouse moving up two rankings... 

Edenville concludes Rukwa bulk sampling, awaits results

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2016 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has completed its bulk sampling programme at the Rukwa coal-to-power project, in Tanzania, with 20 t of samples being delivered to SGS Laboratories, in Johannesburg, South Africa. While the results from testing are expected in October, the sampling at three different... 

Acacia resolves Bulyanhulu process plant troubles

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2016 LSE-listed Acacia Mining has resumed full operations at the Bulyanhulu process plant, in north-west Tanzania, after resolving technical difficulties following a routine maintenance shutdown, with full-year production guidance remaining unchanged. The London-headquartered group reported... 

Kibaran eyes downstream processing in Tanzania

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th September 2016 ASX-listed Kibaran Resources has started a feasibility study on the downstream processing of its graphite product from its Epanko project, in Tanzania. The feasibility study will include the production of battery-grade graphite for the lithium-ion battery market. 

Randgold CEO Bristow ‘super excited’ about Africa as ‘next China’ 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2016 Africa needs investments coupled with aggressive growth and if correctly managed, will be the world’s "next China", says Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow, who has developed half a dozen highly successful gold mines on the continent besides traversing its length and breadth on his motor... 

Fraser Alexander’s structured funding offering to revolutionise mining industry – CEO 

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2016 Mining Services and construction company Fraser Alexander has, as part of repositioning its business value proposition, introduced a structured funding offering to its Integrated Mining Service (IMS) for its clients. CEO Velile Nhlapo believes this value proposition will “revolutionise the mining... 

Armadale starts RC drilling at Tanzania graphite project

By: Anine Kilian     23rd September 2016 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has started reverse circulation (RC) drilling at its high-grade Mahenge Liandu graphite project in Tanzania. The company reported on Friday that RC drilling had started over a 2 km strike length within the project area. 

Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate Advisory appoints Gavin Klarmann to head its comprehensive property occupier and investor advisory services

     23rd September 2016 Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate Advisory has received a considerable boost with the appointment of real estate industry veteran Gavin Klarmann, who is committed to continue driving property advisory disciplines forward in South Africa, and delivering the best international standards in the local... 

Kibo, Sepco agree to 3-week extension on MCPP development cost determination

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd September 2016 Aim- and Alt-X-listed Kibo Mining has agreed to a three-week extension for the determination of the final development amount still due by China-based contractor Sepco III as part of a redefined agreement for the progression of Kibo’s Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), in Tanzania. The agreement,... 

Kibo to fast-track gold assets with heads of agreement with Opera

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd September 2016 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining has consolidated its Imweru and Lubando gold projects, in northern Tanzania, into a newly renamed company Katoro Gold Mining. This followed the signing of a heads of agreement with London-listed Opera Investment for the unloading of Kibo’s wholly-owned UK... 

Armadale to increase focus on Tanzania graphite project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd September 2016 Investment company Armadale Capital will increase its focus on further developing its Mahenge Liandu graphite project in southeast Tanzania, as it represented an “exciting new investment”. Being a key element in the global battery market, the potential of the graphite prospect led to a successful... 

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