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Beadell terminates Tucano contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd June 2018 Gold miner Beadell Resources and contract miner MACA have mutually terminated the openpit mining contract for the Tucano gold mine, in Brazil Beadell said on Friday that MACA and its Brazilian subsidiaries will cease mining services immediately, with mining at Tucano to be conducted by a... 

Solutions engender safety, reliability for chemical fasteners

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2018 Construction industry service and technology provider Hilti South Africa is offering two “innovative technologies” – the HIT-Z rod and advanced on-site testing – to ensure safety and reliability for chemical fasteners, Hilti South Africa head of engineering Christiaan Davel tells Engineering... 

China Nonferrous Gold signs Pakrut mining contract

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Aim-listed mineral explorer China Nonferrous Gold (CNG) has awarded the contract for first-stage mining of its Pakrut gold project, in Tajikistan, to local contractor Wenjian. The contract, worth about $7.56-million, is a tolling arrangement that is payable in accordance with each stage of... 

Concor Infrastructure To Construct New Wind Farms

19th June 2018 Concor Infrastructure has been appointed, in a consortium with Conco, by global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power as the construction contractor for two large scale wind farms. The wind farms, located in the Northern and Western Cape, represent an investment of approximately R6.6.... 

PEA completed for South America’s ‘most advanced’ PGM project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Pedra Branca platinum group metal (PGM) project, in north-eastern Brazil, has confirmed the economic potential of the project, which Aim-listed Jangada Mines says is South America’s largest and most advanced PGMs play. The PEA has assigned a net... 

Arc buys a further 6% stake in Zamsort

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 Aim-listed Arc Minerals has acquired a further 6% interest in Zamsort, which is developing a copper/cobalt project in Zambia, from two separate shareholders. It now holds a 61% interest in Zamsort. 

Green building requires holistic approach

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 With the current water shortage in the Western Cape having encouraged efficient water use and proactive ways of saving water, building industry representative the Joint Building Contacts Committee (JBCC) CEO Uwe Putlitz says a similar attitude should be pursued regarding green building in the... 

‘Substantial improvement’ in alluvial mining at Xtract’s Manica mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2018 Aim-listed gold miner Xtract Resources reports substantial improvements in alluvial mining contractor gold production at its Manica alluvial operations, in Mozambique.  

Twinsaver opens Kliprivier plant, now largest tissue manufacturer in sub-Saharan Africa 

14th June 2018 Tissue manufacturer the Twinsaver Group last month opened a new manufacturing plant in Klipriver, on the border of the Midvaal and Ekurhuleni municipalities. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

TMH invests R500m into South African rail manufacturing facility

By: Simone Liedtke     13th June 2018 As part of its international growth strategy, Russian rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholding (TMH) on Wednesday launched its R500-million investment in a South African manufacturing facility through its newly acquired subsidiary, TMH Africa. TMH Africa, which is 70% owned by TMH and 30%... 

Glencore’s Katanga resolves debt dispute with Gécamines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 Diversified miner Glencore’s Katanga Mining subsidiary has settled its legal dispute with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) State-owned trading and mining company La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines).  

Upgraded Main Road 118 brings relief to residents of Oranjemund, Namibia

12th June 2018 VKE Namibia Consulting Engineers, part of the SMEC Group, was contracted by the Namibian Roads Authority to carry out the design work and to supervise the construction phase of the Main Road 118 upgrade. The SMEC Group is a global consultancy delivering engineering excellence, design innovation... 

Flsmidth Offers Economic Options For Large Thickeners

11th June 2018 Finding the optimal design and delivery solution for a large thickener at a remote gold mine in the West African state of Mauritania meant considering a complex range of technical, transportation and assembly options, according to FLSmidth senior account manager Ricus van Reenen. The cost of... 

IFPA Announces Steps To Qualify Welding Procedures And Welds

11th June 2018 Ensuring Consistent Quality Installations And Peace Of Mind The Installation and Fabrication Plastics Pipe Association (IFPA) has announced that it will be qualifying welding procedures and weld jobs performed by its members going forward. 

From Upington to Durban, Incledon has South Africa covered

8th June 2018 With branches in every major South African city, leading quality fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon has a formidable national footprint. This allows it to target many major water-infrastructure projects in the country at present. DPI Trading, a division of the larger national Incledon... 

Honest fee proposal

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     8th June 2018 I thought what it would be like to write a fee proposal in which I was honest about the services we will offer in a fee proposal for a contract. Here it is: Dear Client, 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2018 A return of capital expenditure (capex) and inorganic sources of growth are seen as a key corporate priority for 2018 and beyond, CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic said on Wednesday. The provider of marketing intelligence to mining told the Junior Indaba that the company’s... 

Nevsun starts exploration decline construction at Serbia copper project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed Nevsun Resources has started construction of the exploration decline at its Timok Upper Zone copper project in Bor, Serbia.  

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2018 A further two South African wind farms, with a combined investment value of R6.6-billion, have reached financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects on April 4. Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power announced on Tuesday that construction... 

Realism Key Component Of Building Projects, Says JBCC

4th June 2018 A lack of realism about important components of a building project is often the cause of major disputes and problems in the completion of a contract, says Uwe Putlitz, CEO of the Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC). JBCC is a non-profit company that represents building owners and... 

Build your own electricity connection to the power grid

4th June 2018 The huge demand for new electricity connections in the business sector caused a backlog in infrastructure delivery at Eskom in the past and, resulting in longer waiting periods for some customers.  Having now addressed the backlog, and committed to facilitating faster connections going forward,... 

AfriTin starts civil construction works on Uis mine’s processing plant

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Phase 1 of the civil works construction on the processing plant at Aim-listed AfriTin Mining’s flagship Uis mine, in Namibia, is targeted for completion in the third quarter of this year. Phase 1 is designed to process 500 000 t/y. 

Havilah sells Portia and Portia North

By: Mariaan Webb     4th June 2018 South Australian copper junior Havilah Resources on Monday announced that it would sell its Portia and Portia North projects to Broken Hill-based Consolidated Mining and Civil (CMC), freeing up the company’s time and financial resources to focus on its core projects. Havilah CEO Walter Richards... 

Contractor dies in haul truck accident at Semafo’s Mana mine

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2018 An employee at Canada-based gold mining company Semafo’s Mana mine, in Burkina Faso, has passed away after sustaining injuries in a haul truck accident. The accident occurred when the individual, who was driving a haul truck, unexpectedly lost control of the vehicle. 

Northern Dynasty tumbles on First Quantum’s Pebble pull-out

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The TSX-traded stocks of base metals producer First Quantum Minerals and Northern Dynasty Minerals tumbled on Friday following an overnight joint announcement that the companies have terminated a 2017 framework accord that envisioned the partners closing an option and partnership transaction to... 

Motheo Construction Group wins Lesedi fuel terminal contract

25th May 2018 Motheo Construction Group has been appointed civil engineering and earthworks contractor for a new fuel-terminal project for Lesedi Local Municipality in Heidelberg, Mpumalanga. The contract was awarded to Motheo Construction Group by Chemie Tech, an EPCM contractor in the oil-and-gas industry,... 

Ngodwana biomass project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 The project involves the construction of a 25 MW woodchip biomass plant.  

Eurasia’s West Kytlim fully operational

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2018 The West Kytlim alluvial platinum mine, in the Ural mountains of Russia, is fully operational and is producing an average of 1.8 kg a day of raw platinum, Aim-listed Eurasia Mining reported on Wednesday. In the first two weeks of production, the mine produced 11.8 kg at a suggested average grade... 

Leading infrastructure specialist mobilises in Western Cape

23rd May 2018  M&D Construction Group’s new office in Paarl will assist Breede Valley Local Municipality with the augmentation of the water-storage capacity at the Langerug reservoir. The construction of the 20 ML reservoir is the first contract to be secured by the leading diversified contractor’s new office,... 

AECOM debates the impact of EIAs in project development at IAIA18

21st May 2018 Integrated infrastructure development company AECOM had a major presence at the 38th annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, IAIA18, held from 16 to 19 May at the Durban International Convention Centre. Billed as the international environment conference of the... 

Eskom evacuates contractor workers after protest at Kusile

By: African News Agency      18th May 2018 South African power utility Eskom on Friday, said it had to evacuate contractor workers at the Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga, after a violent protest erupted by employees of SGB, a subcontractor of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa. Mitsubishi Hitachi is appointed by Eskom to design,... 

Murray & Roberts Announces The Potential Combination With Aveng Limited

18th May 2018 Murray & Roberts Holdings Limited (“Murray & Roberts”) today announced a potential transaction, proposing to make an all share offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Aveng Limited (“Aveng”), as well as to implement a solution to enable the early redemption of the Aveng convertible... 

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     18th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has introduced the collision-tolerant Elios drones to its nondestructive (NDT) testing offering, and has started using them at State-owned power utility Eskom. The drones are part of Skyriders’ turnkey solution offering that improves the efficiency of the NDT and... 

Ninety-five years of lighting up South Africa

18th May 2018 For the past 95 years, State-owned power utility Eskom, has been at the forefront of contributing positively towards fighting the country’s socioeconomic challenges through the Eskom Development Foundation. The foundation, a nonprofit organisation solely funded by Eskom, has launched many... 

Chana biomass power plant, Thailand

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 The project involves the construction of rubber wood-fuelled power plant. 

Tharisa on track to achieve Vision 2020 strategy; acquires Zim chrome asset

By: Simone Liedtke     16th May 2018 Integrated resource group Tharisa CFO Michael Jones says the company’s Vision 2020 strategy, which is aimed at increasing production to 200 000 oz of platinum-group metals (PGMs) and two-million tonnes of chrome concentrates by year-end 2020, is well on track. Tharisa, which on Wednesday... 

Gordhan outlines his plan for the ‘recapture’ of South Africa’s SoCs

16th May 2018 The full text of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Vote speech to Parliament on May 15. In it, the Minister warns that it has become evident that several State-owned companies (SOCs) will not be able to trade and borrow their way out of their financial difficulties and that some... 

Mining starts at Comet Vale

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th May 2018 Mining has started at the Comet Vale gold project, in Western Australia. ASX-listed Orminex on Tuesday said that its strategic partner, underground mining contractor GBF Mining has started work on a decline which marked the start of the 27-month mine plan. 

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