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Company reduces environmental risk through greener blasts

26th February 2021 For over three decades, chemicals manufacturer Omnia Holdings’ subsidiary Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) has been incorporating used oil in its emulsion explosives, making blasting greener and reducing environmental risk. Consequently, the company is the leading consumer of used oil in the... 

Association develops new audit programme

26th February 2021 Industry association the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) is in the process of completely redeveloping its renowned environmental audit system, creating a robust new system that is more user friendly and better aligned with the requirements of smaller-scale... 

ESG principles integral to addressing carbon tax challenges

26th February 2021 Attracting new investment will increasingly depend on having a strong environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) culture, and mines aiming to reduce their carbon footprint through capital-intensive technology programmes will thus need to implement better ESG programmes to help raise... 

Environmental trend spurs green financing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th February 2021 The green financing market is gaining traction in South Africa, says law firm ENSafrica natural resources and environment senior associate Mihlali Sitefane. Green financing promotes the funding of projects that contribute to sustainable development by requiring the integration of social, economic... 

Gold sales are up, but production is declining

By: Halima Frost     26th February 2021 In its ‘2020 Facts and Figures’ pocketbook, published last month, Minerals Council South Africa notes that despite a total increase in gold sales of 2% South Africa’s gold production figures decreased by 13.7%. The Minerals Council attributes this to “structurally weak fundamentals underpinning... 

Positive results after gold remains resilient

By: Halima Frost     26th February 2021 The worth and resilience of gold has been proven, yet again, with midtier gold producer Pan African Resources reporting very strong results for the financial year ended in June 30, 2020 (FY20), and reasserting its aim to be debt free during 2021. Pan African Resources investor relations head... 

On track to meet production guidance

26th February 2021 Harmony Gold Mining Company announced last month that it is on target to meet yearly gold production guidance of between 1.26-million ounces and 1.3-million ounces after producing 23 183 kg in the six months ended December 31, 2020. Total production for the quarter ended December 31, 2020... 

Global gold event taking place in SA

26th February 2021 The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) has announced that, together with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, it will be hosting the World Gold 2021 conference in August. The conference will be... 

Webinar highlights aims for artisanal gold project

By: Halima Frost     26th February 2021 Zahabu Safi project deputy chief of party Lazarre Potier highlighted the three key objectives of the project during a webinar held last month on ‘Exploring gold potential in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’, which was aimed at drawing attention to the gold prospects of a country renowned... 

Identifying gold and associated elements with the SciAps Z-300 handheld analyser

26th February 2021 It is now possible to map elemental distribution in geological samples in the field, using the SciAps Z-300 handheld laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analyser, available from Gammatec.  LIBS is a form of atomic emission spectroscopy (AES) that can produce a comprehensive spectral... 

Colliery installs filter press systems at processing plants

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th February 2021 Mining investment firm Menar will implement a programme comprising the installation of filter press systems at both of its Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) processing plants to maximise water reuse and recycling. The commissioning of the first filter press system is planned for next month, with... 

Sarens Siba introduces decentralized depot structure

24th February 2021 Sarens is the global leader and industry reference in crane rental services, heavy lifting and engineered transport. With state-of-the-art equipment and value engineering, Sarens offers its clients creative and intelligent solutions to any heavy lifting and engineered transport challenges. 

Namibia suspends new mining right applications

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 The Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) will not consider or process new applications for mineral rights from November 18, 2020, to August 17, 2021,  the ministry said in a statement last year.   The reason is to enable the ministry to review requirements and procedures for right... 

Uranium industry awaits price increase

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 Despite the prolonged period of low uranium prices, wrought by the Fukushima tsunami and the subsequent oversupply caused by the shutdowns of nuclear power plants, the Namibian uranium sector, unlike those in other countries, has not stagnated, states Namibian Uranium Institute executive director... 

Improved tailings disposal could reduce water use

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 Namibia is a water-scarce country in most areas; therefore, minimising water consumption in ore processing is a focus area, especially for tailings disposal, which can account for over 50% of all new/fresh water used in processing, states engineering and environmental consulting firm Knight... 

Contractor onboarding creates safe mining operations

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th February 2021 Onboarding solutions provider KBC Health & Safety has been hired by coal and minerals mining company Exxaro to oversee the onboarding of contractors for its Grootegeluk Six (GG6) expansion project, in Limpopo, South Africa. The new GG6 plant will enable an additional 600 t/h of throughput o‌n the... 

Digital tech advances project management

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th February 2021 Since the development and application of critical chain methods, no real new project management techniques have been developed, but information, digital and design technologies have accelerated. This has resulted in improved application of existing project management methodologies, says tertiary... 

Two-phase coal project will secure production

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th February 2021 Coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal’s De Wittekrans greenfield project, in Mpumalanga, South Africa, will take place in two phases. Phase 1 – the opencast operation – has an economically minable reserve of 14.3-million tonnes of run-of-mine (RoM), while Phase 2 comprises the... 

Concentrator plant at platinum mine under way

By: Darren Parker     19th February 2021 Engineering, design and project management company COENG is overseeing the engineering design, procurement and construction management of a three-million-tonne-a-year concentrator plan at platinum mining company Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung platinum mine, in the North West. Phase 1 of the project,... 

PDAC welcomes proposed flow-through legislation

12th February 2021 In December, the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) welcomed the federal government’s draft legislative proposals to protect jobs and save operations within the junior mining exploration sector and other flow-through share issuers, by extending the timelines for spending the... 

Canadian firm launches pioneering hydrogen advisory team

12th February 2021 Canadian law firm Fasken has launched a new Hydrogen Energy Advisory Team (H2EAT), a pioneering initiative to help clients navigate the global transition to a clean hydrogen economy. 

Hydrogen electrolyser installed in Canada

12th February 2021 Multinational industrial gases supplier Air Liquide has completed the construction of the world's largest proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser. 

Major enters scandium market

12th February 2021 Diversified major Rio Tinto will become the first producer of high-quality scandium oxide in North America, with construction of a new commercial-scale demonstration plant underway at its Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. 

Challenges need to be met to further development

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th February 2021 While Canada’s mineral potential is well recognised, it has several challenges that need to be addressed to capitalise on the resource development opportunity, says North American mine developer Fortune Minerals president and CEO Robin Goad. 

Association commits to supporting diversity, inclusion

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th February 2021 In December, the national organisation for the Canadian mining industry, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and its members, which include 45 of Canada’s leading mining companies, released a statement denouncing all forms of discrimination, racism and sexism, and committed to eliminating such... 

Canada’s potential growth backed by non-traditional demand

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th February 2021 Canada is the second largest country in the world and has vast uninhabited regions with diverse geology, hosting one of the most prolific mineral endowments on the planet, says North American mine developer Fortune Minerals president and CEO Robin Goad. 

‘Green’ trend an opportunity for mining

12th February 2021 Africa’s minerals sector should “seize the opportunities presented by the global transition towards green energy”, experts noted during a virtual webinar on the future of mining in Africa, post-Covid-19. One opportunity lies in growing global demand for lithium, which is used in batteries for... 

juwi Renewable Energies

12th February 2021 juwi Renewable Energies in South Africa is part of the international juwi Group, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies.  With over 5.1GW of installed capacity and 25 years of experience, we are proud global leaders in the renewable energy sector. We develop solar photovoltaic,... 

Company delivers solar mounting structures to mine

12th February 2021 Solar equipment supplier Valsa Trading announced that it supplied its locally designed and manufactured solar photovoltaic (PV) ground mounting structures to a large mine in the Northern Cape in December. The mounting structures are designed and manufactured to provide a “quick-install, secure... 

Positive progress at ‘mine of the future’

By: Halima Frost     12th February 2021 Global automation company ABB says operators at the Sustainable Underground Mining (SUM) future mine project, have been able to make use of new remote technological systems implemented by the company since September 2020. The SUM project aims to establish a new world standard for sustainable... 

Generator supplier completing two orders 

By: Halima Frost     12th February 2021 International power generator supplier Cummins has recently commissioned one mining site and is in the process of commissioning a further site where both system monitoring and control philosophies, were upgraded. The mining sites operate and supply 18 MVA and 5 MVA of prime rated generator power... 

PDAC 2021: The world’s premier virtual mineral exploration and mining convention

10th February 2021 The mineral exploration and mining industry will come together – virtually – on March 8-11, 2021, for the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) 2021 Convention. This year marks the 89th year for the iconic event. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect travel and major... 

Modernisation in South Africa will attract new investment, offer opportunities for industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th February 2021 Demonstrating that modernisation in South Africa is possible will attract new investment and offer opportunities for the mining industry, while simultaneously promoting the country as an attractive mining investment location, says Boston Consulting Group (BCG) MD and partner Tycho Mőnks. This... 

Opinion: Decarbonisation will need more, better mining

5th February 2021 In this opinion piece, SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl reflects on some of the most prominent topics discussed at this year's Investing in African Mining Indaba. Mining remains a vital part of a low-carbon future, a fact that was confirmed by the topics prioritised... 

Opinion: Sustainable energy - a fascinating dynamic for the resources sector  

5th February 2021 In this opinion piece, written to coincide with the yearly Investing in African Mining Indaba,  Absa Corporate and Investment Banking natural resources and energy head Shirley Webber writes about the key sustainability trends the financial services industry will be monitoring this year. Issues... 

Union Mine exceeds expectations

5th February 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mine Siyanda Bakgatla Platinum Mine (SBPM) is exceeding all financial and operational expectations, says SBPM CFO Imraan Osman. “Since acquiring Union mine from platinum producer Anglo American Platinum in early 2018, our financial performance has improved... 

PGMs faring well during pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th February 2021 While Covid-19 continues to pose challenges for several industries, the mining industry, specifically platinum group metal (PGM) mines, has been somewhat less affected. Mining advisory company Ukwazi tells Mining Weekly that most PGM mines, like other mines, were considered essential services and... 

PGMs company’s subsidiary awarded US patent

5th February 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Platinum Group Metals reports that it has completed an "at-the-market" offering of common shares first announced on September 4, 2020. The offering was completed on November 30, 2020 pursuant to an Equity Distribution Agreement with financial service... 

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