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Why a policy expert says S Africa's current phase of chaos is 'normal'

By: News24Wire      7th September 2018 South Africa is currently in a period of chaos – a normal phase to go through after years of neglect, corruption and weak leadership. This is the view of policy specialist Theo Venter of the North West University School of Business and Governance. He was one of the speakers at the Momentum... 

Danakali banks on new investor mood to fund Eritrean mine

By: Reuters     7th September 2018 Fertiliser miner Danakali aims to raise $322-million this year to develop giant potash reserves in Eritrea, industry sources say, banking on Asmara's warmer ties with Ethiopia to help lure investors. The project will test the changing mood in the West towards the isolated nation, sandwiched... 

R2.7bn approved for Gloria project – Assore

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 Capital expenditure (capex) of R2.7-billion has been approved for the modernisation and optimisation of Assmang’s Gloria Manganese Mine at Black Rock in the Northern Cape, Assore CEO Charles Walters told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday. Assore owns 50% of Assmang, which it controls jointly with... 

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of the key emerging trends in the global mining waste management market, states UK market research company Technavio. The London-headquartered company explains that in the last... 

Vesconite

7th September 2018 Self-lubricated polymer bearings and bushes manufacturer VescoPlastics welcomes visitors to its stand (Hall 6 Stand C23) at Electra Mining Africa, which will be held at Nasrec, Johannesburg, from September 10 to 14. VescoPlastics caters for most bearing and wear-plate-bearing requirements of the... 

Resources Watch  

6th September 2018 Global mining showing interest in Master Drilling’s new technology; And, Sibanye expects Lonmin competition finality October 

Royal Sheba exceeding expectations – Pan African

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2018 An updated mineral resource estimate at gold miner Pan African Resources’ Barberton mine Royal Sheba project has revealed a 150% increase in mineral resources to 899 000 oz, the Johannesburg- and London-listed company reported on Thursday. The company is continuing with an exploration drilling... 

Centenera to buy six Argentina precious metals projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2018 TSX-V-listed Centenera Mining has signed a binding letter agreement granting it the right to acquire up to a 100% interest in six precious metals properties in the Deseado Massif in Santa Cruz, giving the firm a meaningful foothold in the mining and exploration district. The agreement is with an... 

DRDGold expecting rapid gold output from West Rand tailings project 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 The high quality of the gold tailing retreatment infrastructure that surface gold mining company DRDGold has acquired on the Far West Rand in partnership with Sibanye-Stillwater is enabling the company to get into production very quickly, DRDGold CEO Niél Pretorius said on Wednesday. Speaking in... 

Renard underground ramp-up completed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 Quebec’s Renard underground mine has achieved its full design capacity of 6 000 t/d, with Stornoway Diamond Corp on Tuesday declaring the underground ramp-up completed. Over a 20-day period ended on August 29, ore mucked and trucked to surface averaged 6 039 t/d, against a budgeted design... 

DRDGold shares leap on higher-grade fillip 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 A 10% increase in gold production provided an important fillip for surface gold mining company DRDGold, which benefitted from high-grade sand material in the 12 months to June 30. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, which saw its share price rise by 6.09% in early morning trade,... 

Tiny beetle is killing SA's trees – and nothing can stop it

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 A beetle smaller than a sesame seed is killing huge trees throughout South Africa, and little can be done to stop it. The polyphagous shot hole borer, a native of southeast Asia no bigger than 2mm, has found its way to South Africa and is infesting trees at an alarming rate. According to... 

DRDGold operating profit up

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 Surface gold producer DRDGold on Wednesday reported a sharp rise in operating profit, higher gold production and a spurt of cash flow. The Johannesburg and New York-listed company chalked up 38% more operating profit to R355.2-million, a 10% increase in gold production to 4 679 kg and a free cash... 

Chaarat reports significant increase in Tulkubash resource and grade

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th September 2018 Aim-quoted exploration and development company on Tuesday announced a significant increase in the mineral resource estimate for its Tulkubash oxide gold deposit in the Kyrgyz Republic. Results of an interim resource update indicate that the Tulkubash mineral resource increased by 46% to more... 

Liontown delivers maiden resource at Kathleen Valley

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th September 2018 ASX-listed junior Liontown has reported a maiden 21.2-million tonne lithium/tantalum mineral resource at its Kathleen’s Corner and Mt Mann deposits, at the Kathleen Valley project, in Western Australia. MD David Richards said on Tuesday that the delivery of a maiden mineral resource was a major... 

Limpopo authorities approve amended EA for MC Mining’s Makhado project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2018 The Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (Ledet) has approved amendments to coal miner MC Mining’s 2016 environmental authorisation (EA) for the Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project, in Limpopo. MC Mining’s subsidiary Baobab Mining & Exploration, which... 

ECR Minerals shares rise on Australia gold exploration update

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd September 2018 London-listed ECR Minerals believes there is potential for a significant gold discovery at its Blue Moon gold project in Victoria, Australia, and will initiate a deeper reverse circulation drilling programme in the coming months to test the prospect’s potential. The company said on Monday that... 

Australian gold production on the rise

3rd September 2018 Australian gold production in the 2017/18 financial year was its highest since 1997/98, totaling 310 t, mining consultancy Surbiton Associates has reported. In the three months to June, gold production reached 81 t, a 9%, or 6.5 t increase on the previous quarter, and 8%, or 6 t more than the... 

Hundreds of Mazowe Mine employees in Zimbabwe reportedly to be retrenched

By: African News Agency      3rd September 2018 Hundreds of Mazowe Mine employees will reportedly lose their jobs after the company was put under care and maintenance in Zimbabwe. Mazowe Mine is part of the Metallon Corporation group which includes How Mine, Mazowe Mine, Shamva, and Redwing Mine. The employees have reportedly been given three... 

Northwest Territories awards Rover Metals exploration grant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2018 TSX-V-listed Rover Metals has been awarded an C$85 000 exploration grant from the Northwest Territories’ mining incentive programme to advance the Cabin Lake gold project, north-west of Yellowknife. The funding will assist the company to conduct a multi-stage exploration programme starting in... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 Ethiopia has ousted State-run Metals and Engineering Corporation from the dam project. 

Machine learning, knowledge management tools changing legal industry

By: Schalk Burger     29th August 2018 The legal profession, as with most other knowledge professions, is changing through, besides others, the use of machine learning tools used to ensure that legal information is leveraged and disseminated efficiently to lawyers to fulfil their tasks more quickly and more accurately, law firm Cliffe... 

Turftech multi-use sports’ facility enhances Anton Van Wouw Primary School in Pretoria

29th August 2018 Sports is widely acknowledged as beneficial for youngsters, encouraging active, healthy lifestyles and instilling lifelong lessons about teamwork and commitment. And while South African schools promote such outdoor activities, the costs associated with long-term maintenance of sports’ facilities... 

Diamond drilling programme at Tanzania graphite project completed

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2018 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has completed a diamond drilling programme at its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, with eight holes for a total of 489 m drilled, ahead of an anticipated decision to mine in early 2019. All holes intersected mineralisation from surface over wide... 

Clinobrite From Pratley Cuts Chlorine Costs In Pool Maintenance

27th August 2018 With spring almost upon us, many homeowners will again be faced with the issue of ongoing pool maintenance. Clinobrite from Pratley is an ideal product to cut costs by reducing chlorine consumption, giving homeowners peace of mind to enjoy their swimming pools to the fullest during summer.... 

Landscaping, building design grow together at Pran Boulevard in KZN

27th August 2018 Developing one of the last open sites on Umhlanga Rocks Drive in the Ridgeside precinct in Umhlanga, KwaZulu Natal afforded architecture and interior architecture company Paragon the unique opportunity to shape the landscaping as part of the overall design. Known as Pran Boulevard, the... 

Sibanye expects Lonmin competition finality October 

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2018 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater expects Competition Commission finality on its proposed acquisition of platinum company Lonmin in October, following the closure of its transaction with surface gold mining company DRDGold, which is expected to make a positive contribution to... 

Gibellini ‘years ahead’ of other N American primary vanadium projects – Prophecy

By: Mariaan Webb     24th August 2018 Canada-based Prophecy is on track to transform the Gibellini project in the Battle Mountain region in north-eastern Nevada into the first primary vanadium producing mine in the US, executive chairperson John Lee affirmed on Friday. The company, which is listed on the TSX, has set out a plan to... 

Chile says to clamp down on water rights in lithium-rich Salar de Atacama

By: Reuters     24th August 2018 Chile is preparing major new restrictions on the extraction of water from the lithium-rich Salar de Atacama salt flats, home to top lithium miners Albemarle and SQM, the head of the country’s water authority told Reuters on Thursday. Water authority chief Oscar Cristi said in an exclusive... 

Plastic Pipes Body Plays Important Role In Trenchless Technology

24th August 2018 The development of trenchless technology to rehabilitate existing underground infrastructure with minimal disruption to surface traffic, business, and other activities has left a lasting impact on the construction and civil engineering industries.  As the name denotes, trenchless technology... 

Company gets new foam-dosing trailer system

By: Melissa Zisengwe     24th August 2018 For three consecutive years, fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech and Germany-based dosing technology company FireDos have supplied the latest portable foam fire-protection system to an integrated chemicals and energy company, states DoseTech MD Mike Feldon. 

Electropolished metals making pumping smoother

By: Halima Frost     24th August 2018 Following the introduction of the Packo Pump brand to the South African food and beverage industry, industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa says the brand is electropolished as part of its finishing process. Verder Pumps Packo Pumps product specialist Dwight Nortman explains that... 

JG Afrika helps SANRAL drive another strategic road upgrade

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 JG Afrika, a leading engineering and environmental consultancy, is overseeing the upgrade of a 48 km section of the N2 highway between Caledon and Riviersonderend in the Western Cape. The road serves as a vital link between the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and about 3 500 motor vehicles and... 

Nothing comes before safe production – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2018 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday spent the most part of its half-year presentation of financial results reiterating ongoing commitment to safe production and taking safety to the next level. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, which reported 26%-higher... 

RS Components introduces industry’s first IP54 plug-and-play IIoT development kit from HARTING

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel distributor, has launched an IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) development kit for the HARTING MICA (Modular Industry Computing Architecture) edge computer. The HARTING MICA CISS (Connected... 

Mounting resistance of germs to antibiotics is a growing global concern

23rd August 2018 Germ-zapping robots will feature prominently in the future of hospital hygiene “The mounting resistance of germs to antibiotics is a growing global concern that requires much greater attention and vigilance, not only within healthcare but from every level of society, if we are to successfully... 

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