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Wind of change sees DMR grant prospecting licences to De Beers 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2018 After a two-year procrastination, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has approved 16 prospecting licence applications submitted by De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM). The licences are all in the Kimberley area of the Northern Cape, where DBCM began mining diamonds 130 years ago. (Also... 

Rio-Carb is a one-stop shop for complete wear solutions

29th January 2018 A number of innovations adopted successfully in 2017 has seen Rio-Carb become a one-stop shop for all wear solutions, in addition to supplying a range of wear materials.These innovations include modular chutes, the design of hybrid liner packages for haul trucks, upgraded liner packaging, and an... 

Innovation and blockchain tech high on the agenda at the 10th Africa Energy Indaba

29th January 2018 Leading figures within the African energy scene will convene at the 10th Annual Africa Energy Indaba, the World Energy Council’s annual African regional meeting, to discuss the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing a major transition.... 

Nersa welcomes Mkhize as petroleum pipelines regulator

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th January 2018 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has appointed Muzuvukile Mkhize as full-time regulator member responsible for petroleum pipelines regulation, following Cabinet approval. Mkhize will fill the role for a five-year term from January 16 this year to January 15, 2023. His... 

High-tech vessel leaves Durban for African coastal research

By: African News Agency      26th January 2018 A Norwegian research vessel deemed the most technologically advanced in the world set out from Durban on Friday to assist coastal African countries with data collection to promote sustainable marine and fishing environments. The Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, a state-of-the-art vessel equipped with three... 

Junior projects lighting bright path into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group, which designs, manufactures, markets and installs electrical products and solutions across the full electrical spectrum, is achieving great success with its new specially crafted ‘pavement pounding, search and solve’ business model that ensures... 

Michael Higley

26th January 2018 This week we feature Michael Higley, VP Operations at FedEx, a company that provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transport, ecommerce and business services   

De Beers ups year-on-year production by 22%

By: Samantha Herbst     25th January 2018 Buoyed by stronger trading conditions and a contribution from the ramp up of its Canada-based Gahcho Kué mine in the fourth quarter of 2017, diamond giant De Beers increased its total rough diamond production for the year by 22% to 33.5-million, boosted by a 5% increase in production in the... 

Botswana to spend $495m to extend power grid to northwest

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) on Monday launched a P4.8-billion ($495-million) project to build an electricity transmission line to connect the northwest of the country, a centre of copper mining and tourism, to the national grid. Domestic consumers in the region currently rely on imports... 

De Beers diamond venture to lay off at least 130 in Namibia – union

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Namdeb, a joint venture between Namibia's government and Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers, is expected to lay off at least 130 of its 1,700-strong workforce, a union official said on Wednesday. Shavuka Mbidhi, from the Mineworkers Union of Namibia's Oranjemund branch, said the diamond miner... 

AfriTin marks progress at Uis mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2018 Aim-listed tin miner AfriTin Mining has acquired the entire front-end crushing component for the processing circuit of the Phase 1 processing plant at the company’s Uis tin mine, in Namibia. The equipment includes a jaw crusher, three cone crushers, stacking and conveying equipment and an... 

Top 10 zinc miner Trevali lifts 2018 guidance 140% as zinc powers to 10yr high

By: Henry Lazenby     16th January 2018 Canadian zinc miner Trevali Mining expects to produce 140% more zinc this year, following a transformational 2017 that saw it produce a record 177.4-million payable pounds of zinc. The 2017 output was boosted by the December quarter production from the newly acquired Perkoa mine, in Burkina Faso,... 

At Mining Indaba 2018, Caterpillar presents broad range of machines, technology and services to support African mining

15th January 2018 Caterpillar will present its unmatched range of innovative technologies and services at Mining Indaba, February 5-8 in Cape Town, South Africa. With a focus on optimizing operations, whether surface or underground, large or small, Caterpillar and Cat® dealers are dedicated to working with mining... 

Autonomous driving in SA faces pedestrian, road sign challenges, finds Merc 

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2018 It may surprise the taxi haters, but South Africa is not the most challenging country to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle in self-driving mode. The winner is China, with its sometimes erratic cyclists, lack of lane markings and confusing traffic signals. Mercedes-Benz at the end of last year... 

Walkabout executes lithium exploration MoU in Namibia

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2018 ASX-listed Walkabout Resources has executed a binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a local Namibian company for a staged earn-in to an exclusive prospecting licence that will expand the company’s current lithium exploration ground in that country. Walkabout, through its Namibian entity... 

Lithium at depth in Namibia – Montero 

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2018 Significant concentrations of lithium mineralisation have been established in Namibia, where Montero Mining and Exploration has completed assaying historical drilling results.  The Toronto Venture Exchange-listed company announced on Wednesday that lithium-bearing mineralisation, found to be... 

African Tantalum gears mine towards future tantalum deliveries

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2017 African Tantalum has sent its third shipment of high-purity tantalum from the Namibia tantalite investment mine (NTI) to its customer, a global North American tantalum consumer and end-user of tantalum ore, with a fourth shipment currently being tested by a third party before being sent. Aftan,... 

Rio recalibrating understanding of Africa, working on Africa strategy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th December 2017 Diversified mining company Rio Tinto is recalibrating its understanding of Africa and working on an Africa strategy that is scheduled to be presented to the company’s executive committee next year. The company, which has the Rössing Uranium Mine in Namibia, Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South... 

Namibia Rare Earths bags Lofdal enviro clearance

By: Henry Lazenby     19th December 2017 The Namibian Environment Ministry has cleared TSX-V-listed project promotor Namibia Rare Earths’ (NRE’s) Lofdal heavy rare earth project for mining and processing operations and for a planned power and water line corridor, the company announced on Monday. 

Weatherly’s losses more than triple on back of Tschudi operational challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th December 2017 Despite a revenue increase to $75.1-million from $63.7-million for the year ended June 30, Aim-listed Weatherly International’s losses for the year ended June 30 have more than tripled to about $40.1-million from $10.6-million, the company reported on Monday. Losses a share widened to $3.64 from... 

SA Hippo Founder Celebrates 38 Years Of Innovative Manufacturing.

11th December 2017   Hazleton Pumps International (Pty) Ltd previously known as Electro-Mech (Pty) Ltd was registered on 23 October 1979 with electrical and mechanical contracting being the main business activities of the company. Electro-Mech further expanded the business to include borehole drilling and the... 

Khato Civils opens new head office in South Africa 

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2017 South African construction and engineering company Khato Civils on Friday unveiled its official headquarters, located in Samrand, Gauteng. Speaking at the launch, Khato Civils chairperson Simbi Phiri noted that the company has expanded its operations to Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ghana and... 

SA’s not-so-impressive showing in the governance stakes

8th December 2017 South Africa is a force to be reckoned with in Africa. It is one of the continent’s powerhouses – politically and economically – with its gross domestic product (GDP) being the largest, although it had to contend with being second best to Nigeria in the GDP stakes between 2014, when the latter... 

Wuhlf Equipment

8th December 2017 Started in 2005, South African heavy-duty equipment manufacturer, supplier and importer Wuhlf Equipment has supplied more than 2 000 pieces of equipment over the years. The company operates from its facility in Wallmansthal, Pretoria, where it will manufacture its recently launched 70 kW... 

Mike Brown steps in as Gem Diamonds nonexecutive director

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2017 Diamond producer Gem Diamonds is set to receive fresh blood as decade-sitting Gavin Beevers will not stand for re-election in 2018 as a nonexecutive director 

South Africa, Norway announce new oceans research programme

By: Anine Kilian     6th December 2017 The Norwegian Embassy in South Africa, together with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), has signed a declaration of intent to develop a new bilateral research programme focused on the oceans economy. The intent for the development of the programme, called the South Africa-Norway... 

Vivo to gain 300 stations in 9 African countries in Engen share transaction

By: Schalk Burger     5th December 2017 Petroleum and energy company Vivo Energy, which represents oil multinational Shell’s brand of fuels and lubricants in Africa, will gain 300 service stations across nine African countries after it agreed to buys shares in oil multinational Engen International Holdings from Engen Holdings in... 

Tanga to acquire Namibia zinc project, raises A$1.16m in placement

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2017 ASX-listed Tanga Resources announced on Tuesday that it would acquire the high-grade Joumbira zinc project in Namibia and that it would raise A$1.16-million to fund the transaction and to start planned work programmes. The company entered into a binding option agreement to acquire 100% of the... 

Wuhlf ready to fill orders for its Africa-tough TLB

4th December 2017 The new locally manufactured 70 kW 4 x 4 Skerpioen tractor loader backhoe (TLB) will provide businesses in Africa with an affordable, low-tech solution that is robust enough to withstand the harsh operating environment synonymous with the continent. After developing the machine for the past two... 

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy 

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 The second Norway-South Africa Science Week will provide a platform for scientists, researchers, civil servants and business people from both countries to share best practices and policies to promote the sustainable use of ocean resources. Norwegian ambassador to South Africa, Botswana,... 

Demand for battery metals will drive African exploration, investment

By: Nadine James     1st December 2017 Growth in the electric vehicle (EV) market will boost demand for battery metals exponentially, driving exploration and investment in Africa. This was discussed during a live-streamed Mining Indaba panel on energy metals in which Cobalt 27 chairperson Anthony Milewski, Montero president and CEO Dr... 

Exports could ease Eskom’s debt pressure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st December 2017 By Jason Mann and Victoria Barr Recent reports have highlighted the many challenges facing State-owned electricity utility Eskom, including difficulties in continuing to service its debt. 

South Zambezi delivers Engineering services: for Africa by Africans 

By: Tracy Hancock     1st December 2017 South Zambezi corporate director Sikanyisiwe Phiri and Makoko Makgonye discuss its role in developing Africa 

AfriTin advancing towards feasibility studies at Uis mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th November 2017 Since being admitted to shares trading, Aim-listed AfriTin Mining is now positioned to expand the pilot plant at Uis tin mine, in Western Namibia’s Erongo region, into a commercial operation, before completion of a definitive feasibility study for full-scale production. In the six months to... 

Premium German anchoring systems available locally

30th November 2017 Some of the most technically-advanced anchoring system solutions in the world are being made available to the local construction and allied industries by leading distributor Upat in Johannesburg. Established in 1983, one of the sole distributorships that Upat prides itself on is, fischer from... 

De Beers’ Voorspoed diamond mine on market

By: Martin Creamer     27th November 2017 The decision of diamond giant De Beers to place its Voorspoed diamond mine on the market opens the way for a lower-cost operator to buy the mine and potentially extend its life, the company said on Monday, when it invited expressions of interest from prospective buyers and appointed Standard Bank... 

Resources Watch 

23rd November 2017 This week: Afritin targets Africa tin champion title, Namibia project upscaled to commercial production And, South Africa crucial to global chrome supply, Chromium 2017 hears 

De Beers JV starts planning construction of largest offshore diamond mining vessel

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2017 Planning for what could potentially be the world’s largest custom-built offshore diamond mining vessel has been initiated, diamond giant De Beers announced this week. The Government of Namibia and De Beers’ 50:50 joint venture Debmarine Namibia is aiming to start the operation of a new... 

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