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Botswana intensifying effort to attract non-diamond exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2021 Botswana has intensified efforts to digitise and make geoscience information readily available to local and international potential investors in an effort to encourage prospecting for non-diamond minerals, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi told the virtual 2021 Investing in African Mining... 

No schmoozing and boozing as the Indaba mining jamboree goes online

By: Reuters     3rd February 2021 The prospect of chasing cocktails and contacts in the shadow of Table Mountain draws executives and officials from around the world to Cape Town each year for Africa's biggest mining conference. But this year the Investing in African Mining Indaba is online only and has been cut to two days... 

Mining has a role to play in supporting the global population, says Cutifani

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2021 The global human population – almost nine-billion people – cannot be supported without mining, diversified miner Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani said during a panel discussion at the virtual Investing in African Mining Indaba on February 2. Speaking during an environmental, social and governance-... 

Exxaro no longer investing in thermal coal as it strives for 2050 carbon neutral goal

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources will no longer invest in thermal coal assets, as this forms part of the company’s transition to becoming carbon neutral by 2050 in terms of Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on February 2. Speaking during an environmental, social and... 

Upskilling needs careful thought amid rapid tech adoption in mining industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd February 2021 Despite the negative impacts that Covid-19 has brought to the world, it has also had positive impacts, such as the acceleration of Fourth Industrial Revolution- (4IR-) type technology adoption, particularly in the mining industry. During a panel discussion on the first day of the Investing in... 

Opinion: Can mining houses compel employees to be vaccinated?

3rd February 2021 In this opinion piece, Webber Wentzel partner Lizle Louw discusses the Covid-19 vaccination rollout for the mining sector. As South Africa prepares to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine, mining companies will be important centres for distribution, but they will have to be circumspect in imposing... 

Cutifani shares thoughts on role of industry amid pandemic

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd February 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani says the global mining industry has, for the most part, been able to show resilience amid the pandemic and provide assistance to communities beyond what governments in many jurisdictions are able to do. In conversation with Deloitte Africa senior... 

We want to promote greater exploration and beneficiation – President  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2021 “We want to promote greater exploration and beneficiation of minerals,” President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday in his opening address to Mining Indaba Virtual 2021, where he praised South African mining for having shown tremendous resilience in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic.... 

Opinion: Good job, Minister Mantashe – now more of the same

2nd February 2021 Ahead of this year's virtual Investing in African Mining Indaba, law firm Webber Wentzel commends Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) for continuing to work tirelessly throughout the Covid-19-related lockdown but calls for further... 

‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2021 “We need exploration to grow our industry,” Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Monday during a virtual State of the Mining Nation media briefing in which he described exploration as one of the low-hanging fruits that could change South Africa’s economic trajectory in... 

New report reveals insights into 4IR in mining 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st February 2021 As the mining sector undergoes significant technological shifts, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report reveals an encouraging people-centric, Fourth Industrial Revolution- (4IR-) enabled approach to the modernisation of the sector. The first edition of ‘10 Insights into 4IR’ report,... 

Company’s pump systems an ‘ideal solution’

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     29th January 2021 High-pressure jetting equipment specialist Werner Pumps continuously supplies systems, such as power jetting pump systems, to several gold mines in South Africa. These systems include the trolley- and trailer-mounted units, says Werner Pumps MD Sebastian Werner. 

Supplier extends range, suitable for various sectors

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     29th January 2021 Air compressor, pumps and generator rental supplier Rand-Air has introduced two robust and durable pump ranges suitable for use in a variety of applications, including within the mining sector.  The new ranges include the Weda electrical submersible pump, which features low to medium heads, and... 

Pump maintenance vital to minimise water leaks

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     29th January 2021 As one pump can spill up to 8 820 kℓ of water a year, saving water is coming to the fore as one of the most important aspects of mining and the granting of mining permits and licences, highlights industrial solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) CEO Franscois Steenkamp. He... 

Pumps rental agency ready for dewatering demand

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2021 Equipment rental agency Integrated Pump Rental is well positioned to cater for the rise in urgent dewatering requirements, as a result of the rainy season and subsequent heavy downpours in South Africa and its neighbouring countries, through its market-ready range of dewatering solutions. While... 

Range brings higher flow rates, delivery heads addition

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2021 Pump manufacturer Grundfos’ CR185 vertical, multistage centrifugal pump range – which has suction and discharge ports on the same level – allows for higher flow rates and delivery heads. The uptake of the CR185 pump – launched in October 2020 – has been “really positive”, as it can operate in a... 

Integrated Pump Rental

29th January 2021 Integrated Pump Rental is a specialist pump rental organisation that caters to the needs of all sectors, including mining, quarrying, construction, wastewater, energy and general industry across Africa. The company has the agility to offer cus­tomers quick and easy access to a compre­hen­sive... 

Technology presents opportunities for company, industry

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 While it will always be important for people in the mining sector to interact regularly in a forum where they seek new business opportunities, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that virtual events can replace many aspects of physical conferences that representatives were accustomed to attending. 

Central banks return to net sales in November

29th January 2021 Following net purchases in October, central banks returned to net selling in November. Global official reserves also declined by 6.5 t during the month, gold industry market development organisation World Gold Council (WGC) market intelligence manager Krishan Gopaul said in a press release... 

Combined funding can spur sustainable mining

29th January 2021 The Investing in African Mining Indaba – which will take place virtually this year on February 2 and 3 – offers a unique opportunity for miners to educate themselves on combined funding structures for sustainable growth, says niche capital raising consulting firm Uzenzele Holdings executive... 

Conducive environs offer lucrative prospects despite difficulties

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 Many of Africa’s mineral deposits can deliver good yields to investors, even after the additional costs that are often incurred when operating in regions without sufficient infrastructure. 

ICMM announces equivalency benchmarks

29th January 2021 Last month, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry, published a series of equivalency benchmarks that compare the requirements of ICMM’s Mining Principles with several mining and... 

Industry expected to shoulder heavy responsibility

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 Much is expected of pioneer industries, such as mining, which often have to establish themselves and operate in environments that are less than ideal, lacking, for instance, in energy and transport infrastructure, local expertise and reliable supply chains, says independent consulting firm of... 

Tech keeps MDG going despite Covid-19 pandemic

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling Group (MDG) has always been keen to get involved in the digitisation aspect of technology advancement in the mining industry, with 2020 having shown how important this aspect is, and for the organisation to have an adaptive culture. 

Tech to advance African mining development

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 Despite the devastating economic repercussions of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Africa continues to be an integral component of the global financial system, says international technology company Minetec Smart Mining CTO Mustafa Yesilyurt. 

ICMM outlines economic contribution of mining in host countries

29th January 2021 Last month, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry, published two reports – 'Role of Mining in National Economies: The Mining Contribution Index (5th edition)' and 'ICMM Members’ Tax... 

Minerals Council partners with Indaba organisers

29th January 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa announced in December that it had entered into a strategic partnership with the Investing in African Mining Indaba in support of the virtual event held on February 2 and 3. The Minerals Council has a long track record of supporting, partnering and participating... 

Lower attendance but further reach for Indaba

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 This year’s two-day Investing in African Mining Indaba virtual conference is expected to host about half of the usual attendance figures at the seven-day event, held in Cape Town in years prior. A spokesperson for event organiser Hyve tells Mining Weekly that about 3 000 delegates are expected to... 

Africa’s battery potential remains untapped

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Africa’s mining sector holds significant untapped potential for battery-powered equipment, which original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions aims to explore, says Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions MD Simon Andrews. Following the opening of Sandvik Mining and Rock... 

Botswana copper development on track

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Despite some Covid-19 setbacks, the development of the 3.65-million-tonnes-a-year Khoemacau copper/silver project, in north-west Botswana, is progressing well, Khoemacau Copper Mining CEO Johan Ferreira tells Mining Weekly. In the first quarter of 2020, fourteen months after the launch of the... 

Good vibrations for the year ahead

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Vibrating original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Kwatani’s capital project pipeline is “exceptionally strong against the back-end of weak markets”, which Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin says is a result of time spent actively working with mining and project houses during the worst of the pandemic. For... 

Hydrogen economy top of mind for Minerals Council

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Mining industry body Minerals Council South Africa believes that the country’s hydrogen economy presents significant opportunities, specifically from an environmental, economic and investment, as well as a research and development, perspective. The Minerals Council hopes that this will be... 

Contractor learns lockdown lessons

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 The main lesson learned over the past year is that, regardless of the challenges and new limitations brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, good relationships are key to keeping businesses well-enthused and optimistic, says mining services company Basil Read Mining CEO Nathan Williams. “Even... 

As miners gear up for virtual shindig, commodities offer hope amid pandemic gloom

By: Nadine James     29th January 2021 Despite the ongoing uncertainty caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic, the mining industry continues to play a crucial role in the global economy, proving how resilient and adaptable it is, says international exhibition organiser Hyve Group. The mining sector has fared reasonably well during the... 

Booyco Electronics

29th January 2021 Booyco Electronics, South African pioneer of Proximity Detection Systems, offers safety solutions for underground and surface mining, quarrying, construction, forestry and materials handling. Underpinned by years of experience, substantial support infrastructure and its continued focus on... 

Accessing the inaccessible – next level underground mine surveying and safety from Gammatec

29th January 2021 The use of drones for mapping open-pit mines is well established but flying drones underground in dark, unstable, inaccessible areas without the availability of global positioning systems (GPS) has been an impossible task – until the introduction of the revolutionary new Elios 2 drone, available... 

Integrated Pump Technology

29th January 2021 Established as the sole importer and princi­pal distributor for sub-Saharan Africa for the Grindex range of submersible pumps, Integrated Pump Technology has grown to offer tailor-made solutions for vacuum pumps, as well as dry and submersible pumping applications. With its head office, warehouse... 

Kwatani

29th January 2021 Kwatani is Africa’s leading OEM  producing  engineered  vibratory  equipment. The 44-year old South African OEM is recognised for its world-class engineering and ISO 9001:2015 certified large-scale manufacturing capability. Kwatani is a Level 1 BBBEE accredited South African company.  Kwatani’s... 

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