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Lucapa announces maiden Mothae resource estimate

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2017 Precious gem miner Lucapa Diamonds has published a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource estimate for the Mothae kimberlite pipe, in Lesotho. Mothae is located approximately 5 km from Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng mine. 

Govt rules out granting mining licences to zama-zamas as it seeks solutions to illegal mining

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2017 While government is committed to finding a reasonable solution to regulate the artisanal mining sector, in South Africa this will  only apply to surface projects, and not to those undertaken in underground areas by the many illegal miners referred to as zama-zamas, Mineral Resources Deputy... 

Cheers to largest centrifugal pump in South Africa

     24th March 2017 The largest centrifugal pump available on the South African market for the food and beverage industry has been introduced by Verder Pumps South Africa. Part its new Packo range of food-grade pumps, the new centrifugal pump is capable of pumping beer into eight million 250 ml bottles an hour. It... 

Reviving king of gold means getting mine workers off their knees

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 During his early years as a miner in South Africa, Joas Mahanuque spent six hours a day on his knees drilling for Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. The dust-filled tunnels half a mile underground were too low for him to stand, and temperatures reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).... 

Revised mine plan, updated reserves extend life of Shanta’s New Luika mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th March 2017 Aim-listed Shanta Gold has announced a revised mine plan for its New Luika gold mine, in Tanzania, for January 2017 to December 2023, as well as an updated reserve plan for the mine. The revised mine plan is expected to result in a 39% increase in forecast gold production for 2017 to 2023, from... 

Proponents see glistening future in seabed mining, but environmentalists fret

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 With the current known mineral deposits on land increasingly being depleted globally, necessitating greater exploration, interest in deep-sea minerals is growing as mining companies look for future sources to exploit. “The ocean is where future resources exist,” India Council of Scientific and... 

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 It is 2031 and the next space race has started with the launch of the largest-ever interplanetary space rocket and spaceship carrying four carefully selected astronauts on a mission to establish a human settlement on Mars – a planet that is about 225-million kilometres away. Heading for the... 

Company offers joints for plastic content in auto manufacturing

     24th March 2017 Germany-based mechanical engineering company Haag + Zeissler says the automotive industry is planning to increase the present plastic content in electric vehicles by around 25% to enable a necessary saving in vehicle weight.  

Denel signs dockyard agreement with German shipbuilding group

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). This agreement will allow Denel’s Maritime Division to take responsibility for the maintenance of, and upgrades to, the South... 

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Owing to the high air entrainment and shear sensitivity of froth pulp, mixing equipment and peristaltic pump manufacturer Afromix applied its AFX065 peristaltic hose pump – which is already associated with arduous mining and industrial applications – to mitigate this challenge.  

Returns will be key to fulfulling AI’s business promise

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2017 Using artificial intelligence (AI) to support business operations is not fully understood, and the availability of time and skills, as well as return on investment criteria, must be taken into account to justify investments in AI and ensure that the intended benefits are achieved, says market... 

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up 

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 It is 2031 and the next space race has started with the launch of the largest-ever interplanetary space rocket and spaceship carrying four carefully selected astronauts on a mission to establish a human settlement on Mars – a planet that is, on average, 225-million km away.  

Africa’s biggest copper find keeps giving as Ivanhoe hits mineralisation 3.8 km west of Kakula

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2017 The TSX-listed stock of Africa-focused explorer Ivanhoe Mining on Tuesday rose 12% after it announced that it had encountered more shallow, high-grade mineralisation at Africa’s largest copper deposit ever – the Kamoa-Kakula copper discovery, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A new hole... 

Trilogy pulls the trigger on high-grade copper Arctic prefeasibility study

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2017 Alaska-focused mineral explorer Trilogy Metals will undertake a prefeasibility study (PFS) on the Arctic project, in Northwest Alaska – one of the highest-grade copper deposits known in the world with an average grade of 6% copper equivalent. "The PFS will demonstrate the true value of the... 

South African OEM completes equipment delivery to Chinese copper mine

By: David Oliveira     20th March 2017 South African original-equipment manufacturer Galison earlier this month completed the delivery of an automated underground rolling stock solution, comprising 40 underground wagons and two tipping stations, to Chinese State-owned copper mine Pulong, in Yunnan province, China, at a cost of about... 

Jubilee executes tailings agreement

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2017 Dual-listed Jubilee Platinum has secured access to 1.25-million tonnes of new platinum-bearing surface material at an estimated grade of 2.7 g/t platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) platinum-group metals (PGMs). The execution of a framework and processing of tailings agreement with PlatCro... 

Barkerville exploration returns high grades at Island Mountain

By: Henry Lazenby     17th March 2017 Ongoing drilling as part of a 130 000 m Phase 2 exploration programme by junior Barkerville Gold Mines on its flagship Cariboo gold project, in central British Columbia, has uncovered new high-grade gold mineralisation, not far from surface. The TSX-V-listed company on Thursday reported that... 

Wealth Minerals files technical report that will guide Atacama lithium exploration

By: Henry Lazenby     17th March 2017 Vancouver-based lithium exploration junior Wealth Minerals has filed a Canadian National Instrument 43-101-compliant technical report with securities regulators that will guide a two-pronged exploration campaign at the company’s Atacama lithium project, in Chile. To test the exploration potential... 

Bwana Mkubwa solar photovoltaic project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The project entails the construction of an 80 MW to 120 MW solar PV plant. 

Chain ideal for food and beverage industry

     17th March 2017 Engineering solutions company BMG has designed a lubricant-free chain intended for environments with stringent hygiene standards such as the food and beverage industry. BMG GM Carlo Beukes says the environmental-friendly Lambda chain is designed with a sintered oil impregnated bush where the... 

Demand for ecofriendly paint expected to rise as building outlook improves

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Improving confidence and more projects in the construction sector are providing a boost in demand for a locally manufactured, industrial waste-derived, environment-friendly paint, says Amoriguard technical director and paint chemist Ryan Purchase. 

Extra funding for another SA-based international radio telescope project

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 The international Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array (Hera) telescope, being constructed in South Africa’s radio astronomy reserve in the Karoo region in the Northern Cape province, has received a significant new cash injection, that will fund a major expansion of the array, SKA South Africa... 

Smart projectors being used to enrich meetings and lessons

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Smart projectors that enable users to interact directly with the images and videos displayed are increasingly being used in commerce and education to make meetings and lessons rich and collaborative, says electronics multinational Epson Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia Visual Instruments... 

Lily Mine recovery depends on 'government intervention' – AMCU lawyer

By: News24Wire      16th March 2017 There is still hope of recovering the container with the bodies of the three Lily Mine workers and getting the mine operational again, a lawyer for AMCU has said. "This almost entirely depends on government intervention," human rights attorney Richard Spoor said on Wednesday. 

Optimism on minerals seen seeping down to grassroots explorers

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2017 Noting the optimism exhibited at the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) international convention, held in Toronto, project generator Transition Metals says the fundamental shift in confidence it saw over the past year is consistent with this. “If you look at the... 

Sandspring on the hunt for major minerals, partner in Guyana

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2017 Canada-listed project developer Sandspring Resources is firming up the resource base at the Toroparu gold project, in Guyana, with the focus on enticing a major partner to join the development of the nearly seven-million-ounce project. “We’ve got the backing of major mining investors such as... 

West Wits eyes second SA development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th March 2017 South Africa-focused West Wits Mining has selected a second surface project for development at its Soweto cluster gold project, in Gauteng. The ASX-listed company told shareholders on Tuesday that the Main and South Reef (M&S) project had been selected as the second project to be developed in the... 

'Irrational' uranium prices making life tough, even for world-class juniors 

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2017 The resource investment market’s fixation on uranium spot prices and fewer majors operating in the space are making life difficult for uranium exploration juniors, even those such as Fission Uranium that have made world-class discoveries in one of the best jurisdictions in the world. Speaking to... 

Nyanzaga could be a winner – OreCorp

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th March 2017 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Nyanzaga gold project, in Tanzania, shows the project can deliver an estimated 213 000 oz/y of gold over a 12-year mine life. ASX-listed OreCorp on Monday reported that a capital investment of some $287-million would be required to develop the project, with... 

Innovative Use Of Technicrete Aqua Zig Zags And Dzz’s For Storm Water Attenuation Management

     13th March 2017 All new properties developed in the Ekurhuleni region, regardless of the size, are required to submit a storm water management plan to the Ekurhuleni Municipality. To meet this prerequisite, the consulting engineers, Mhiduve (Pty) Ltd, developed an innovative storm water attenuation management... 

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances

By: Henry Lazenby     11th March 2017 Canadian gold major Goldcorp is acting as a catalyst to bring innovation into the mining industry, an industry traditionally loathe to adopt new technologies that could ultimately improve the bottom line. As exemplified in its leading role in sponsoring the #DisruptMining competition during the... 

Cast process ensures cost-effective production

     10th March 2017 High pressure die-casting provides the shortest route from molten metal to completed component and comprises injecting molten metal into a hardened steel mold and allowing it to solidify under pressure before ejection, says casting supplier MRT Castings, based in Andover, England. 

Deep surface salt bath hardening technique offered locally

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Diversified manufacturing facility Frankwen Forge is now offering a unique tailor-made salt-bath hardening technique, the company states, explaining that the surface of the item is run through heated molten salt and then undergoes a water quench. 

Cementation Canada secures a win at #DisruptMining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2017 Cementation Canada, a member of the Murray & Roberts group, has emerged as the co-winner of the $1-million dollar grand prize in the yearly #DisruptMining competition. Selected as one of five finalists from 153 submissions, the firm, which was also the winner of the prestigious People’s Choice... 

Intel eyes four critical interlinked focus areas of the digital era

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th March 2017 With the world continuing to scratch only the surface of what is possible in the digital era, information and communication technology giant Intel is, this year, narrowing its focus to four key areas it believes will play a critical role in society in future. Intel’s 2017 focus areas include... 

Products supplied by A.B.E Construction Chemicals were successfully applied to create and coat floors in four parts of Southern Africa.

     9th March 2017 A.B.E. Is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. The A.B.E. Products supplied were: 

R1bn Eastern basin treatment plant processes 94 Mℓ/d of AMD 

     9th March 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has officially visited the Eastern Basin acid mine drainage treatment plant, in Springs, where she heaped high praise on the facility and its operators. 

Jubilee sees opportunity at South Australia copper mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2017 South African mine-to-metals specialist Jubilee Platinum will jointly explore and develop Resilience Mining Australia’s (RMA’s) Leigh Creek copper mine (LCCM) and other copper tenements collectively owned or held by LCCM, in South Australia. The companies have entered a binding and exclusive term... 

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