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Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

'Will I come back dead?' Human costs of South African gold

By: Bloomberg     10th September 2018 fter more than two decades of improving mine safety since the end of apartheid, South Africa’s progress has stalled with an increase in gold-mining deaths. More than 50 people have died in the country’s mines in 2018, roughly the same number as this time last year. While annual death tolls are... 

Viceroy says it's shorting Canadian miner Pretium Resources

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2018 Viceroy Research said it’s shorting Pretium Resources, arguing the company has artificially inflated the value of its Canadian gold mine, which risks being taken over by creditors in coming months. The New York-based short seller – which rose to prominence last year with research into financial... 

Unions call for full investigation into explosion at Rheinmetall Denel Munition plant

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th September 2018 Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has confirmed that the fatal explosion which rocked its Somerset West plant, in the Western Cape, on Monday took place in the propellant operations building. “During operations an explosion occurred and destroyed the entire building and the immediate surrounding... 

Number of female mineworkers gradually increasing as technology and conducive policies are introduced

By: Nadine James     3rd August 2018 The mining industry remains male dominated and much can still be done to address issues that specifically affect women. However, policies aimed at attracting, supporting and retaining women have led to a gradual, but steady increase in the number of women in core roles, as well as the industry in... 

AECI achieves strong H1 performance

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 JSE-listed AECI on Wednesday reported positive financial results for the six months ended June 30. Together with contributions from the acquisitions of Schirm and Much Asphalt in February and April respectively, AECI increased its revenue by 24% to R10.47-billion and profit from operations by 35%... 

Digitisation key to sustainable mining industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd July 2018  The mining industry is at an inflection point and on the cusp of profound change, Australian mining futurist Gavin Yeates told delegates at the AEL Workshop for Explosives Engineers and Technical Representatives (WEETR) themed IntelliBlast, in Pretoria. Delivering the keynote address, he said... 

Argonaut explosive permit to be reinstated after successful appeal

By: Mariaan Webb     1st July 2018 TSX-listed Argonaut Gold expects its explosives permit for the La Colorada mine, in Sonora, Mexico, to be reinstated imminently and that it will ramp up to full operations by mid-July, the company reported on Friday, following a successful court appeal. The Collegiate Tribunal, which is the arm... 

Operation North Pole

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th June 2018 Once upon a time, I tell the youth, there was a world war called World War II. Germany and Italy were fighting the UK, France and the US. The Germans invaded and occupied France, Holland, Belgium and Norway. The British decided to disrupt the German occupation of France and Holland by parachuting... 

Companies use Securex, A-OSH to showcase products and services

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th June 2018 The Securex exhibition and its co-located A-OSH Expo successfully executed their twenty-fifth and eighth editions respectively, with several companies using the events as a launchpad for new products and services. Securex is Africa’s leading security and fire-protection trade exhibition, while... 

Rising attacks on cash-carrying vans pose threat to economy

By: African News Agency      1st June 2018 A renewed surge in attacks on armoured trucks that transport vast amounts of money between retailers and banks is hurting South Africa's economy, given that the bulk of transactions in the country are still conducted in hard cash, industry officials said this week. Cash-in-transit (CIT) attacks... 

Learning opportunity on mining training’s competitive edge 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2018 The objective of the impressive Murray & Roberts Training Academy in Carletonville is to make mining workplaces safer, more productive, technically proficient and values driven. 

Argonaut appeals La Colorada explosives suspension, reports hearing delay

By: Henry Lazenby     17th May 2018 The TSX-listed equity of gold producer Argonaut Gold traded lower on Thursday after it announced that it has appealed an April Mexican court decision that suspended its explosives permit for the La Colorada mine. The company has appealed the original Judiciary Court decision to temporarily... 

Illegal mining threatens Johannesburg infrastructure – Mashaba

By: African News Agency      19th April 2018 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Thursday he was concerned about apparent inaction by the national government to curb illegal mining which threatened critical bulk infrastructure and posed an imminent disaster in the city of Johannesburg. Mashaba said the activities could also... 

Cattle class

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     6th April 2018 I was in Uganda. Lovely people, beautiful scenery, traffic nightmare, airport nightmare. Entebbe International Airport is 40 km from the capital, Kampala. It takes two hours to travel from Entebbe to Kampala. Departing, your baggage is X-rayed three times and you are metal-detected three times.... 

Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge

By: Dylan Slater     23rd March 2018 A multipronged approach involving both the mining industry and government is required to better deal with illegal mining in South Africa, where bloody skirmishes pitting rival gangs profiting from this illicit pursuit and the illegal mineworkers themselves are a frequent occurrence, with police... 

AECI mining division reports improved operating profit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI's mining solutions segment's revenue declined by 2.2% to R9.7-billion in the year ended December 31, owing to lower ammonia prices and a stronger rand against the dollar - more than 50% of revenue in this segment is dollar based. Profit from... 

AECI posts record HEPS for FY17

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI on Tuesday reported its highest recorded headline earnings per share (HEPS) to date, at 959c, for the financial year ended December 31. HEPS were up 17% year-on-year, while earnings a share increased by 22% year-on-year to 900c. 

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 The Mogalakwena platinum mine lived up to its reputation of being the most profitable platinum group metals (PGM) mine on the planet when it gushed cash and elevated a modernising, community supporting, environment protecting, growth studying and fuel-cell marketing Anglo American Platinum... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa,” affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency area research group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

RDM to supply advanced Assegai projectiles to Australian defence company

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2018 Munitions and explosives manufacturer Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has secured a contract to supply advanced 155 mm Assegai projectiles to Australian private defence company NIOA. The A$100-million contract was secured in partnership with German defence company Rheinmetall Defence,... 

Magufuli bans registration of foreign ships in Tanzania, orders probe

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday put a temporary ban on the registration of foreign ships in the country and ordered over 400 vessels to be investigated for allegations of involvement in criminal activity. The ban came after at least five foreign-owned ships flying Tanzania's flag were... 

Four zama zamas dead, 15 others arrested after shootout with police

By: News24Wire      23rd November 2017 Four illegal miners have been shot and killed during a shootout with police on an open field in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, early on Thursday morning. Police said fifteen illegal miners, also known as zama zamas, were arrested. 

Road infrastructure theft and vandalism costing Joburg millions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has called for immediate intervention to stop the theft and vandalism of road-related infrastructure, which in the first five months of the current financial year cost the city R12.3-million. This included the theft and damage of man-hole covers, traffic... 

Surviving on $3/oz has Lonmin in race against time

By: Bloomberg     9th November 2017 Every day, Lonmin sends thousands of miners hundreds of meters below ground, where they use drills, diggers and explosives to extract about 40 000 metric tons of rock laden with precious metals. The ore is milled, crushed, concentrated, smelted and refined in a month-long process that eventually... 

St Helena Airport development

By: Sheila Barradas     20th October 2017 St Helena has welcomed its first commercial flight. 

Preproduction mining gets under way at Hummingbird’s Yanfolila project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2017 Preproduction mining has started at Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources’ Yanfolila project, in Mali, which remains on schedule for its first gold pour by the end of this year. The preproduction mining, which is being undertaken by contractor African Mining Services (AMS), will ramp up over the next... 

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2017 The oil and gas unit of Murray & Roberts (M&R) has been awarded a five-year contract to perform maintenance services at a liquid ammonia plant and a technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant on the Burrup Peninsula, in Western Australia. Norway’s Yara International, which owns the facilities,... 

Lower grades, higher costs weigh on Guyana Goldfields’ Q2 performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st August 2017 Despite lower grades dragging down production at its Aurora mine, in Guyana, in the second quarter of this year, TSX-listed Guyana Goldfields has maintained its production guidance for the full-year, albeit at the lower end of the range of 160 000 oz to 180 000 oz of gold. The mine produced 29... 

AECI’s partners to pioneer US-based bio-based PET plant in 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th July 2017 Specialty chemicals group AECI’s R65-million investment into US-based startup Origin Materials is expected to position the JSE-listed group as the preferred industrialisation and applications development partner, with access to Africa, in the renewable chemicals space. The investment was the... 

Casspir mine-protected vehicle continues to enjoy market success

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2017 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced early this month that 21 of its Casspir NG2000 mine protected vehicles were ready for handing over to an African customer, completing an order for 45 of the vehicles. The first batch of 24 was delivered to the customer in December... 

Virtual Technology Now Used For Blast Training In SA

20th July 2017 Training for underground blasting has just taken a technological leap forward, with the installation and commissioning of Africa’s first virtual reality blast wall with rear-view projection, powered by Simulated Training Solutions, at the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy near... 

AECI expects 30% rise in H1 HEPS, EPS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2017 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI expects to report a 30% to 35% increase in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30. Its HEPS are expected to be between 381c and 396c, compared with the 293c reported in the six months ended June 30, 2016. 

A good disaster

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th July 2017 Do they still have, one wonders, the good old engineering Friday afternoon braai? For the sake of moral, it used to be that, at the end of every month, on a site, they would have a braai, usually starting at 15:00. The beers would be floating in a water-and-ice mixture in a galvanised bath (know... 

On-The-Air (30/06/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2017 Manganese mining company Ntsimbintle, headed by struggle veteran Saki Macozoma, is having huge success in the Northern Cape; The 100%-black-owned Modi Mining has won a R158-million contract from Australian mining company South32; and Yet another black-controlled mining junior – the Johannesburg... 

Grassroots shareholders celebrate black-controlled manganese mine’s R300m dividend

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2017 Against the background of rising calls for radical economic transformation in South Africa’s mining sector, particularly transformation that benefits the country’s communities, grassroots shareholders of the black-controlled Ntsimbintle were last week able to celebrate the Northern Cape manganese... 

Botswana determined to become investor friendly – Minister

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2017 The government is determined to better its legislative framework and policies to ensure the country becomes investor friendly, against a backdrop of collapsed foreign direct investment (FDI). Delivering the keynote address at the Botswana Resource Sector Conference, Mineral Resources, Green... 

Tribeca planning to target overhaul of BHP board directors

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2017 BHP Billiton’s board is being targeted for a sweeping overhaul by Tribeca Global Natural Resources Fund, opening a potential new front in the burgeoning activist campaign against the world’s biggest mining company. The Sydney-based hedge fund, which last month joined billionaire Paul Singer’s... 

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