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Supporting communities with practical infrastructure: Designing functional yet attractive footbridges within limited budgets

9th April 2018 Footbridges are built to improve road safety for pedestrians and motorists. First and foremost they must be functional and low maintenance structures. There is, however, the question for designers of whether they can be more than that. “Footbridges of unique character can fit into any environment... 

First phase of PTM’s Maseve sales transaction completed

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has completed the sale of its Maseve concentrator plant, near Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West province, as well as the sale of certain surface rights to Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat). PTM and RBPlat in November 2017 executed definitive agreements... 

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Continued growth for tool manufacturer

6th April 2018 This year, tool and equipment manufacturer the Hilti Group intends to maintain its growth momentum following last year’s growth of CHF 5.1-billion throughout all of its business regions. The company explains that year-on-year the company’s sales are up by 10.8%, and 9.6% in local currencies. 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 The upgrade of two shiploaders at the Durban harbour has been completed. 

Cyberattacks to grow as hackers target greater financial returns – Trend Micro

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2018 The increase in ransomware, cryptocurrency mining and business email compromise attempts throughout 2017 will continue this year as cybercriminals refine and target their attacks for greater financial return, says cybersecurity multinational Trend Micro. Cybercriminals are increasingly abandoning... 

Savannah discovers high-grade lithium at Mina do Barroso

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2018 Aim-quoted Savannah Resources has discovered new high-grade lithium mineralisation at its Mina do Barroso project, in Portugal, where it believes the Grandoa deposit offers a significant near-term lithium development. The new mineralisation was discovered to the west and southwest of the main... 

Orion granted two new prospecting rights at Prieska

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th April 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals has been granted two prospecting rights over strike extensions across important contiguous areas around the Prieska zinc/copper deposit, in the Northern Cape. The new rights, granted by the Department of Mineral Resources to Orion subsidiaries Vardocube and... 

Rain could bring on more sinkholes in Gauteng, say officials

By: News24Wire      3rd April 2018 The presence of dolomite, most likely activated by heavy rains, has caused recent sinkholes in Gauteng – and could trigger more, the provincial and local government authorities warned on Monday. “In Gauteng, 25% of the land is dolomitic and in that case we have to be very, very careful,” said... 

Hudbay outlines new mine plan for Constancia; global resources dip on depletion

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd April 2018 Canadian base metals producer Hudbay Minerals has released a new technical report on its flagship Constancia mine, in Peru, which lifted the operation’s value, while also extending the mine life. Toronto-headquartered Hudbay said a twin-hole drill programme during the fourth quarter of 2017 had... 

Eldorado Gold updated Greek mine plan reduces 'footprint'

By: Reuters     30th March 2018 Canada's Eldorado Gold filed a new technical report for its contentious Skouries gold mine project, in Greece, on Thursday, which said it "significantly" reduces the development's environmental footprint. The miner, which also filed updated reports for projects in Turkey and Canada, took a tough... 

Coating systems to benefit harbour infrastructure projects

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 Technical products and services provider JST Group will market its range of Guardian coating systems for various applications, including marine piling, to the Southern African harbour infrastructure industry. The Guardian range has been well received internationally, with various splash-zone... 

Upgrade of shiploaders at Durban harbour completed

30th March 2018 Consulting engineering solutions provider Bosch Projects has recently completed the upgrade of two shiploaders at the Durban harbour. The shiploaders have been used to load sugar onto vessels at the South African Sugar Association’s sugar terminal for over 50 years. 

Carbon-dioxide-enriched greenhouse farming can reduce water use

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2018 Enriching the air feed to greenhouses using inorganic silica membranes will help to increase yield and reduce water consumption, University of South Africa Materials and Process Synthesis Research Group researchers Dr Neil Stacey, James Fox and Diane Hildebrandt propose. In their paper, titled... 

Reliable Flowrox PVE Valves Require Zero Maintenance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th March 2018 By Neil Venter - Flqwrox Senior Sales Engineer Flowrox high performance pinch valves proved to be a perfect solution for a Mpumalanga located Power Generation Water Treatment Plant.  Six years after the PVE installations no maintenance has been required. 

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

By: Dylan Slater     29th March 2018 A historical mining area now known as Fleurhof, on the northern edge of the Witwatersrand basin, in the Central Rand goldfield, immediately south-west of the Johannesburg central business district, is being transformed into a vast new housing development with the help of alternative mining... 

Sibanye-Stillwater, Wits partner to digitalise mining industry

By: Nadine James     28th March 2018 Gold miner Sibanye-Stillwater has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring safer and more productive mines by continuing its ongoing partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) Mining Institute with the launch on Wednesday of the Sibanye-Stillwater Digital Mining Laboratory... 

DRDGold shareholders approve WRTRP deal with Sibanye-Stillwater

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Dual-listed DRDGold’s shareholders on Wednesday voted in favour of all resolutions relating to the company’s proposed acquisition of certain assets at diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s West Rand Tailings Retreatment Project (WRTRP).  

Park Inn by Radisson installs Cape Town’s first PVT project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Hotel brand Park Inn by Radisson, together with hybrid solar products producer Solarus, have installed a large-scale commercial hybrid photovoltaic and thermal (PVT) project in Cape Town’s central business district – the first PVT project in the city.  

Epiroc ROC family of drill rigs ROC for Booysen Bore

28th March 2018 “Mobility, flexibility, reliability, efficiency and precision drilling capacity define Epiroc’s ROC family of drilling machines making them the most suitable and up for the task,” states Pieter Malan, General Manager of Booysen Bore Drilling Company, Sishen. This specialist drilling company is... 

Desalination is an integral part of future water-source mix for Cape Town

28th March 2018 Desalination must form part of the future water-source mix in a large coastal city in a water-scarce environment like Cape Town. However, it must be carried out responsibly from an environmental and financial perspective. The impact of higher water tariffs to fund water augmentation schemes will... 

Gensource inks second offtake accord with potash major

By: Henry Lazenby     27th March 2018 Potash project developer Gensource Potash has secured a second potash offtake deal in a week with a hitherto unnamed senior North American agriculture industry player. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Gensource said on Tuesday that the nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) contemplates the... 

Newcrest restarts mining at Cadia, processing remains suspended

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th March 2018 Gold miner Newcrest Mining has restarted mining at the Cadia East operation, in New South Wales, following a limited breakthrough of tailings material earlier this month. Newcrest progressively suspended all mining operations at the Cadia mine on March 10, to allow site management to focus on... 

SLAM stakes new cobalt project in Bathurst Mining Camp

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2018 Base metals-focused project generator SLAM Exploration's shares jumped 50% on Friday after the junior announced that it had acquired a new cobalt exploration property in the Bathurst Mining Camp of New Brunswick through claim staking. The Miramichi, New Brunswick-based explorer said it had staked... 

Britain refuses permission for new coal mine in northeast England

By: Reuters     23rd March 2018 The British government has refused to allow a new opencast coal mine to be built in northeastern England, the Minister for Local Government said on Friday. Northumberland County Council agreed last year that developer The Banks Group could extract three-million tonnes of coal by cutting an... 

Beowulf releases Finland graphite drilling results

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 Aim-listed exploration and development company Beowulf on Friday announced the preliminary drilling results for its latest drilling campaign at its Aitolampi graphite project in Finland.  

On-The-Air (23/03/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2018 Anglo American has embarked on a very ambitious job-creation programme. Advisory firm Deloitte this week launched Intelligent Mining to encourage digital transformation in South Africa’s biggest industry; South African business luminary Patrice Motsepe has expressed the firm belief that South... 

Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge

By: Dylan Slater     23rd March 2018 A multipronged approach involving both the mining industry and government is required to better deal with illegal mining in South Africa, where bloody skirmishes pitting rival gangs profiting from this illicit pursuit and the illegal mineworkers themselves are a frequent occurrence, with police... 

Excellon swings back into black on dry mining conditions

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2018 Mexico’s highest-grade silver producer, Excellon Resources, has reported its first quarterly headline profit since the second quarter of 2016, thanks to optimisation efforts to effectively dewater the flagship Platosa mine. The Platosa deposit comprises several high-grade massive sulphide mantos... 

Shnogh hydroelectric project, Armenia

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd March 2018 The project will harness the water from the Debed and Martsiget rivers.  

Be in the black

By: Riaan de Lange     23rd March 2018 Is South Africa in the black? Or does it have aspirations to be in the black? In terms of what does South Africa want to be in the black?  Is it in wealth or the factors of production, or the financial viability and sustainability of State-owned enterprises? Is it essentially, about a single... 

Investment needed in strategic water source areas – WWF-SA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd March 2018 As South Africa struggles with the most devastating drought experienced in decades, the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) is calling for more investment into the country’s strategic water source areas to ensure the best yields are achieved from living landscapes. Spending more... 

Rising synthetic diamond output lifts discount to natural stones

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2018 An analysis from independent New York-based diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky has shown that prices for synthetic laboratory-created diamonds are falling at an accelerating pace. Lab-created diamonds have enjoyed a 71% year-on-year improvement of its discount to natural equivalents over the past 12... 

First Cobalt undertakes study to assess mine waste rock; success could impact overall strategy

By: Henry Lazenby     21st March 2018 ASX- and TSX-V-listed First Cobalt has launched a metallurgical study on the high-grade inventory of refinery residue and crushed waste rock material located near the company’s mill facility, located in the Canadian Cobalt Camp, in Ontario. First Cobalt has partnered with Dundee Sustainable... 

Intermin reports maiden resource at Richmond

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th March 2018 Junior explorer Intermin Resources has announced a resource of 2.5-billion tonnes, grading 0.32% vanadium pentoxide for its Richmond project, in Queensland, making it one of the largest vanadium deposits in the world. The company noted that the resource remained open in all directions and was... 

Updated study lowers Wafi-Golpu project cost by A$1bn

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th March 2018 A feasibility study into the Wafi-Golpu gold project, in Papua New Guinea, has decreased the expected total project costs by nearly A$1-billion, project partners Newcrest Mining and Harmony Gold reported on Monday. While the preproduction capital costs increased from the A$2.6-billion estimated... 

Papua Mining awarded exploration permit in Australia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 London-listed exploration company Papua Mining has been granted, through its subsidiary BGM Investments, the Monarch exploration permit to mine in Queensland, Australia. The five-year exploration permit covers an area 10 km south of Charters Towers, where six-million ounces of gold has been... 

AfriTin completes geological mapping at Namibian tin project

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 Aim-listed tin miner AfriTin Mining has undertaken and completed detailed geological mapping over the V1 and V2 pegmatite bodies at its flagship asset Uis tin mine, in Namibia. The V1 and V2 bodies were previously identified as priority targets for ore to supply the new, intermediary plant, based... 

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