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Mintek, Unisa acquire 3D X-ray microscopy system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2018 Minerals beneficiator Mintek and Unisa’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology have jointly acquired a three-dimensional (3D) X-ray microscopy system, which the companies will launch on July 24 at Unisa’s Florida science campus.  

Mintek, Difeme partner to beneficiate quartz mined in the Northern Cape

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Minerals beneficiator Mintek has partnered with Difeme Holdings Group on the development of appropriate process technologies to beneficiate quartz. Mintek will provide technical services to Difeme – a black-owned mining start-up company with a focus on the mining and beneficiation of quartz to a... 

Short spell of mining hope dashed – Lorimer

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2018 The short spell of hope for South Africa’s beleaguered mining sector, which burst forth with the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as President, has been dashed, Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer said during the mineral resources budget debate. Applying the ‘learning nothing and... 

Mantashe prioritises policy, laments ‘inadequate’ budget allocation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will make policy and legislation one of its key priorities this year and has committed to finalising the Mining Charter in June, Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. Mantashe, who tabled the DMR’s Budget Vote in Parliament, listed the department’s... 

Exciting new mining research thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The new Mandela Mining Precinct will be officially opened on May 4 to revitalise and modernise South Africa’s high-potential but struggling mining industry. 

Mintek to develop technologies to selectively recover PACs

9th March 2018 Geochemical and metallurgical analysis company Mintek is currently conducting a project called Pacman for which the aim is to separate valuable metal and unreacted material from waste during ferrochrome production. The project is run by Mintek’s pyrometallurgy and minerals processing divisions.... 

A proposal to the President – A six-point plan

2nd March 2018 South Africa’s minerals and mining industry faces severe headwinds. The Republic of South Africa hosts a treasure trove of geology and minerals, valued at about $2.5-trillion. Without modern exploration, prospecting and new local and foreign investment, these resources will not be developed for... 

On-The-Air (26/01/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 A pioneering black industrialist has secured a R50-million non-repayable grant from the government for a nickel plant in North West; The private sector is taking a rare plunge into plant nutrient minerals that could see the creation of a new South African fertiliser champion; Strong calls are... 

CSIR nanotechnology centre: foundations laid, future challenging

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2017 A key success of the National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM), a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been its role in developing skilled researchers. This was highlighted by NCNSM Director... 

CSIR nanotechnology centre: foundations laid, future challenging

By: Keith Campbell     27th November 2017 A key success of the National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM), a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been its role in developing skilled researchers. This was highlighted on Monday by... 

Workshop: The pertraction metal refinery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 Workshop: The pertraction metal refinery. Media Report 11 October 2017 The Focus Area: 

South Africa should consider agromining – US professor 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2017 South Africans, who have been mining for metals for more than a century, were this week urged to farm for metals. South African-born Stephen Haggerty, a distinguished research professor of Florida International University in the US who spoke to Mining Weekly Online while in Johannesburg, outlined... 

Mintek CEO steps down after ten-year tenure

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st September 2017 After serving two five-year terms, Abiel Mngomezulu is stepping down as CEO and president of national mineral research organisation Mintek, effective September 3. The Mintek board had not yet announced his successor after advertising the position in May. 

Bamboo a possible answer to asbestos remediation challenges – Mintek

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2017 Bamboo may be suitable as potential cover to remediate asbestos related mine waste in semi-arid regions of South Africa, states South African State-owned mineral and metallurgical innovation company Mintek mineral economics and strategic unit manager Godfrey Mothapo. He was speaking at the Fossil... 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 At last month’s International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, one of the very many topics addressed was the use of remote sensing, particularly from earth observation (EO) satellites, to support the... 

Despite glorious past, mineral processing innovation faces uncertain future

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 While the mining industry does not yet seem to be in a crisis regarding innovation in mineral processing, it certainly seems to be on a downward trajectory, says former Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre director and emeritus professor Tim Napier-Munn, noting that, with innovation being... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 The Department of Science and technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project, aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     13th April 2017 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

New cost-slashing platinum technology ready to roll – Pallinghurst

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2017 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Years of diligent research and development have paid off for Pallinghust group platinum mine Sedibelo, which is now ready to implement an amazing new technology that will send platinum processing costs tumbling down the cost curve, use a fifth of the electricity... 

Govt to ‘amend and relax’ laws for small-scale miners in bid to combat illegal mining

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2017 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) –  The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will “amend and relax” some of its conditions in issuing mining permits to small-scale miners, Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Friday. The Deputy Minister was speaking following the conclusion... 

HyPlat works to replicate early entry successes in global fuel cell market

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2017 Two years after its establishment as a South African hydrogen fuel cell component supplier, HyPlat has made rapid inroads into the global fuel cell market following the launch of its locally owned and developed intellectual property and technology offerings at the Hannover Fair in 2016. The... 

Kogi granted mining licences in Nigeria

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd March 2017 Junior Kogi Iron has been granted two mining licences for its Agbaja iron-ore and steel project, in Nigeria. The two granted mining licences cover 90.7 km2 and contain 586-million tonnes of indicated and inferred mineral resources. 

Glencore in pole position to benefit from growing cobalt demand

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2017 Heightened ownership of the Mutanda and Katanga mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) puts cobalt in a strong potential earnings position for Glencore, the world’s dominant supplier of the metal that is attracting attention because of its growing use in electric vehicles (EVs). In an... 

Waste coal gasification could offer alternative power generation source  

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 To facilitate the gasification of low-grade fine waste coal that is discarded as a by-product of coal processing, State-owned mineral research council Mintek is developing the concept of direct current (dc) arc plasma gasification, intending to produce a synthesis gas (syngas) that could be used... 

EU, South Africa move ahead with innovation programmes

By: Kim Cloete     20th April 2016 The European Union (EU) has reiterated its committed to continuing its support for South Africa in the field of science and technology. “Science and technology is a lynchpin in our collaboration. We’ve witnessed how South Africa is gradually but consistently moving ahead towards a knowledge-based... 

Eunomix hosting beneficiation panel at Joburg Indaba 2015

12th October 2015 Advisory firm Eunomix is a premium sponsor at this year’s Joburg Indaba to be held on 14 & 15 October 2015 and will be hosting a discussion on beneficiation. Claude Baissac, Group CEO of Eunomix Business, will be part of a panel-style discussion on the topic of beneficiation. Claude and his team... 

Rare earths to ride price see-saw for foreseeable future

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th July 2015 The general mood in the rare earths industry is cautiously optimistic, owing to the Chinese market opening up and the increased use of the elements in the automotive sector and in renewable energy. According to independent mining consultancy Core Consultant’s ‘Rare Earths Monthly Report’, which... 

Resources Watch  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2015 This week: Mintek unveils its pilot rare earth solvent extraction plant. Glencore puts millions into education in the Mpumalanga coalfields. And, South Africa’s geoscience is ‘desperately’ underfunded. 

Mintek unveils pilot rare earth solvent extraction plant 

By: Ilan Solomons     12th June 2015 Local State-owned mineral and metallurgical innovation company Mintek on Friday officially opened a rare earth solvent extraction pilot plant at its head offices in Johannesburg. Research and development of the technology for the plant cost about R50-million, while the value of the plant itself... 

Infectious disease diagnosis strips developed

By: David Oliveira     22nd May 2015 South African mineral research organisation Mintek launched a R13-million manufacturing facility last month to produce lateral-flow diagnostics test strips for infectious diseases such as malaria, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and tuberculosis (TB). The facility, located at Mintek’s... 

New approach to mining needed

By: Saliem Fakir     13th March 2015 There is a need for a more holistic view of mining than the current compliance mode of governance. By holistic, one means working on the full virtuous cycle in which depleting valuable resources are used to generate other types of assets and capital formation. The current model for mining has... 

Auditor-General's office lauds SOEs for clean audit reports, Shabangu proud  

By: Anine Kilian     25th March 2014 The office of the Auditor-General handed clean audit awards to three of the State-owned enterprises (SOE’s) reporting to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) between the 2012 and 2013 reporting period at the department’s offices in Pretoria on Tuesday. State-owned minerals researcher Mintek,... 

Mintek, association partner to increase e-waste collection, recycling in Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th November 2013 State-owned minerals researcher Mintek and the eWaste Association of South Africa (eWasa) have signed a five-year memorandum of understanding to jointly tackle the growing challenge of dealing with electronic and electrical equipment waste, or e-waste, in South Africa and Africa. The project,... 

Resources Watch 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2013 This week: Mintek says the prospects are perking up for the industrial use of gold. Dedicated mining permit teams could lead to increased project success. And, a well-implemented mining cadastre system could improve investment. 

Major facilitation still needed to create business case for mineral beneficiation 

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     26th October 2012 According to research by American banking group Citigroup, South Africa is the world’s richest country in terms of its mineral reserves, which are worth about $2.5-billion. This leaves the country with significant potential to capitalise on the mineral reserves through mining and beneficiation –... 

Resources Watch  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2012 This week: Mintek CEO calls for a State-owned exploration company. Omnia’s new plant will raise South Africa’s nitric acid production to 1.4-million tons a year. And, a 120 ton excavator is introduced to the South African mining industry. 

Mngomezulu calls for State-owned exploration company  

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     3rd July 2012 To ensure the vibrant future of mining in South Africa, exploration would have to be resuscitated, State-owned Mintek president and CEO Abiel Mngomezulu said on Tuesday. Mngomezulu suggested that small State-owned exploration companies focusing on developing smaller deposits and known mineral... 

Tokyo conference to showcase gold’s industrial advances – Mintek

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2012 Gold continues to search for its industrial potential, particularly at the nanoscale. Minuscule, nanosized gold particles – measuring three- to four-millionths of a millimetre – are selectively reactive at the nanoscale, while remaining stable and oxidation immune, a property shared with... 

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