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Petra reports strong Q1 performance, despite strike, Tanzania export ban

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 5 hours ago Despite labour disruptions at LSE-listed Petra Diamonds’ Finsch, Koffiefontein and Kimberley Ekapa Mining (KEM) Joint Venture (JV) operations in late September, CEO Johan Dippenaar says the group achieved a strong start to the 2018 financial year. Production for the quarter was down 4%... 

Rotary table shot blast machine: what it is and how it works

     Updated 7 hours ago Shot blasting is a technique used to clean, reinforce (by shot peening) or polish various types of material, especially metals. The versatility of this method is so impressive that it is also used to achieve artistic effects on glass, stone, marble and wood. 

Lucapa boosts Lesotho diamond project’s economics

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd October 2017 A new development plan for the Mothae kimberlite diamond mine, in Lesotho, has significantly improvedproject economics, ASX-listed Lucapa Diamonds reported on Monday. Lucapa’s initial plans for the Mothae project would have seen the company process some two-million tonnes of mainly weathered,... 

CoreSlab drives uptake of precast concrete and HCC technologies

     20th October 2017 CoreSlab’s involvement in a number of public sector projects reflects the ongoing growth of precast and hybrid-concrete construction (HCC) technologies in the country. This leading precast concrete designer and manufacturer has participated in many successful infrastructure-related projects,... 

Flights are going to get a lot more bumpy, says new research

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 Flights all around the world could be encountering lots more turbulence in the future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight bumpiness.   A new study published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, has calculated that climate... 

WPG output falls in line with plan to lower costs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th October 2017 Gold miner WPG Resources has reported a decline in production for the September quarter, as the company implemented a new mine and mill plan aimed at reducing all-in sustaining costs (AISC) to about A$1 200/oz by the June quarter of next year. The strategy, which was finalised in May this year,... 

Remove exploration red tape or mining will die, geologist warns 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2017 The excessive red tape around minerals exploration must be removed to prevent the demise of South Africa’s vital mining industry, consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad said on Thursday. Saad, who spent 18 years in geological roles with mining major Rio Tinto and who formerly represented the... 

Time and money – two major obstacles in tackling Cape Town's water crisis

By: News24Wire      19th October 2017 Desalination plants and other plans, which are in the pipeline for Cape Town to help alleviate the water crisis, will probably cost the city billions of rand, and it is not yet clear where this money will come from. Another possibly hampering factor could be the time it will take to construct... 

Teck concludes acquisition of Goldcorp’s 21% minority share in San Nicolas

By: Samantha Herbst     19th October 2017 TSX- and NYSE-listed senior gold producer Goldcorp has completed the $50-million sale of its 21% minority interest in the San Nicolas copper-zinc project, located in Zacatecas, Mexico to Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources. The closing follows receipt of Mexican anti-trust approval and the... 

AngloGold Ashanti sells Moab Khotsong to Harmony; Kopanang to Heaven-Sent

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2017 JSE-listed AngloGold Ashanti has disposed of its various South African gold and uranium mining assets in the Vaal river region to Harmony Gold Mining for $300-million. The transaction comprised the Moab Khotsong mine, the Great Noligwa mine and related infrastructure; AngloGold Ashanti’s entire... 

Diamond exploration intensifying close to mine that paid for itself in 3.5 days 

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2017 London- and Botswana-listed Botswana Diamonds, which is funding diamond exploration on three sites in South Africa, expects to declare an inferred resource by year-end at its Thorny River project in Limpopo, which is located very close to the Marsfontein mine that had an astonishing... 

Miners beware growing cyber risk

By: Henry Lazenby     17th October 2017 Cyber risk has increased in prominence on professional services firm EY’s annual ‘Top 10 business risks facing mining and metals’ report, jumping to third position from ninth in 2016. According to EY's report, which was published on Tuesday, cyber risk is an ever-growing issue – an outcome of... 

City of Cape Town's water supply augmentation process 'not cancelled'

By: News24Wire      17th October 2017 The City of Cape Town has announced on Monday that its emergency augmentation programme to increase the supply of water in the drought-stricken metro has not been cancelled as reported in the media. "Contrary to allegations emerging over the weekend, the City of Cape Town's augmentation programme... 

Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 and Collaborating Robotics — How Do We Cope with Societal Discourse?

     16th October 2017 An Appeal for Research and A Critical Reflection. Omron Industrial Automation, Johannesburg. South Africa. 

Bioenzymes Continue To Revolutionise Industrial Cleaning

     16th October 2017 Issued by Perfect Word Consulting (Pty) Ltd In the field of industrial cleaning, the antiquated mantra dictates that the stronger the product smells, the better it works. Using this approach, many companies utilised acrid, chemically driven products that were ineffectual against many strains of... 

Argentina Lithium starts digging at Arizaro

By: Henry Lazenby     13th October 2017 Lithium explorer Argentina Lithium & Energy has initiated its first drilling and subsurface brine sampling programme at the 20 500 ha Arizaro lithium project, located on the Arizaro Salar in Salta province. The TSX-V-listed company initially plans to drill three to four holes, with depths up to... 

Volcanic exploration at Guinea project shows potential to expand resource

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th October 2017 TSX-V-listed Volcanic Gold Mines this week released the results of close-spaced air core (AC) drilling at its Mandiana project, in Guinea, which shows potential to significantly increase the resource. The results, which include 20 m at 6.43 g/t gold (Au), 4 m at 10.4 g/t Au and 12 m at 6.34 g/t... 

South African Weather Service battered by faulty equipment, decries CEO

By: News24Wire      13th October 2017 The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has blamed the poor state of their equipment for failing to warn citizens earlier of the stormy weather that devastated parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. SAWS CEO Jerry Lengoasa on Thursday said although a severe weather warning for the catastrophic... 

Nonconformance of standards exacerbates drought conditions

By: Nica Schreuder     13th October 2017 Fundamental conformities not being upheld during the manufacturing stages of pipe production has exacerbated South Africa’s current water scarcity, says plastics and polymer testing laboratory P.E.S.C. MD Graham Marsberg. “The basics of pipe manufacturing involves quality workmanship. This... 

Groundwater a viable water saving initiative

     13th October 2017 South African consulting and engineering firm JG Afrika is working hard to change the mind-set around using South Africa’s groundwater to mitigate water scarcity, despite project failures in the past. JG Afrika technical director Mark Schapers and JG Afrika executive associate Regan Rose agree... 

The Saturn mission’s grand finale

By: Kelvin Kemm     13th October 2017 September 15, 2017, will go down in history as the date of a spectacular death that brought mixed emotions to many people.  It was a death by fire, far away from home, of the Cassini spaceship. The Cassini space mission has turned out to be one of the most successful and spectacular space... 

Angola grants gold exploration concession as it seeks to diversify economy

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 A public/private partnership (PPP) has been granted a concession to prospect for gold in the Angolan province of Cabinda, the Macauhub news agency has reported. The PPP is named Mongo Mongo Mineração Limitada (Mongo Mongo Mining Limited). Its shareholders are the State-owned Empresa Nacional de... 

RBPlat puts foot on capex accelerator at Styldrift

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2017 The total capital expenditure (capex) of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) surged on increased mining and construction activities at the company’s Styldrift 1 project in line with ramp-up plans. The black-owned and controlled, mid-tier platinum group metals producer, which operates the Bafokeng... 

Harmony lifts Q1 gold production

By: African News Agency      12th October 2017 JSE-listed Harmony Gold said on Thursday that gold production from its South African underground operations will be 12% to 14% higher quarter-on-quarter, due to an increase in both volumes and recovered grade. This comes ahead of the release next month of Harmony’s production results for the... 

Integra quick to outline inferred resource at DeLamar mine, Idaho

By: Henry Lazenby     11th October 2017 Junior explorer Integra Resources has outlined a new inferred resource at the DeLamar gold/silver mine, in southern Idaho, saying it is a critical first step on an 18- to 24-month journey to develop the brownfield project. “There is appetite in the market for new stories right now. DeLamar has... 

Atlas Copco Condensate Separators – When less really means more

     11th October 2017 The OSC range of condensate separators for compressed air systems from global quality compressed air technology, equipment and systems specialist, Atlas Copco Compressor Technique, delivers high performance, versatility and low maintenance. Consisting of eight models, the OSC range can... 

Japan Gold expands portfolio

By: Henry Lazenby     11th October 2017 TSX-V-listed exploration junior Japan Gold has expanded its epithermal gold exploration portfolio in Japan with the addition of two new projects in the prospective Southern Kyushu epithermal gold province. The Vancouver-headquartered company advised that the Tobaru and Ohra-Takamine projects... 

Urgent need to explore alternative water sources in Western Cape to avoid day zero

By: Schalk Burger     10th October 2017 Department of Water and Sanitation Western Cape regional head Rashid Khan on Tuesday highlighted the urgent need to explore the use of alternative water sources to decrease reliance on surface water systems (rainfall) in the province. Recycling the partially treated final effluent through... 

Specialist Knowledge Meets Innovation

     10th October 2017 Local Engineering And Construction Company Develops Unique Formwork Solution For Dome Structures Durban-based engineering company, NOVARC, has developed a safe, fast and cost-effective formwork solution for concrete dome structures and reservoirs. 

Paving the path to a digital future

     10th October 2017 Further digitalization of established technologies such as condition monitoring and smart sensors could have a revolutionary effect on manufacturing, says Bernie van Leeuwen, Director Product Management Digitalization at SKF Digitalization is most apparent in the consumer market, where music... 

Lucapa raises funds for second mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th October 2017 Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Compnay has secured a $15-million finance facility to develop Phase 1 of its Mothae kimberlite diamond project, in Lesotho. The three-year debt facility has been arranged with a private Singaporean company, and will be repayable in eight quarterly payments starting... 

Packaging conference and free-to-attend seminars at Propak Cape

     9th October 2017 Business decision-makers, purchasing influencers and other industry professionals will be heading to Propak Cape in October. As the Western Cape’s premier packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling trade exhibition, visitors will be looking for the latest products, technologies... 

Private coal operator Armstrong notifies 110 workers of possibly layoffs

By: Henry Lazenby     7th October 2017 The US steam-making thermal coal market is on a downward trajectory from which it will likely not recover, as cheaper natural gas prices prompt power generators to shutter coal fired capacity. This is evidenced in privately held Armstrong Energy announcing on Thursday that its affiliate has... 

New Range Of Eco-Friendly Road Dust Suppressants From Chryso S.A.

     6th October 2017 Chryso Southern Africa has launched a new range of dust suppressants locally developed by the company specifically for the sealing of dirt roads on the African continent. The new Chryso Eco Dust range consists of four products: 

High-pressure water jetting pumps witness growth in market

By: Nica Schreuder     6th October 2017 In the last three to four years, hydrodemolition by means of automated technological advances has become an increasingly popular method for significant concrete repairs, says water blasting and surface preparation equipment supply company Total Blasting director Bradley Storer. Storer says the... 

Mobile workshop enhances interactions with automotive OEMs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 Science and technology company 3M South Africa has launched its new mobile workshop – Abrasive Solutions On the Move – which will provide easy access to its technologies and services for its original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) clients in the automotive sector. 

De Beers’ diamond exploration grinding to halt on government issues 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2017 The exploration programme of De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is grinding to a halt owing to the ongoing issues the iconic diamond mining company is experiencing with South Africa’s Department of Minerals Resources (DMR). With the hold-up of as many as 54 prospecting licence applications for as... 

Robots under Swedish forest breathe life into ancient mines

By: Reuters     4th October 2017 Hundreds of metres below the lush forests of rural Sweden, one of the world’s most ancient mines has been transformed into one of the most modern. Sensors linked to robotic equipment in Boliden’s Garpenberg zinc mine – which has been in operation since the 13th century – feed data to operators... 

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