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Epiroc supports Kimberley Ekapa Mining in South Africa on their digitalization journey

12th November 2018 Mobilaris Mining Intelligence (MMI) from Epiroc enables superior situational awareness to oversee a mining operation in all its complexity. Kimberley Ekapa Mining will use MMI to embrace mine digitalization and create a superior decision support system to proactively enhance safety and increase... 

Is Basic Sanitation a Human Right?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th November 2018 From 2005 to 2017, Human Rights Watch conducted research in countries such as China, Russia, Nepal, South Africa, India and America to assess the levels of sanitation and other basic human rights. Senior women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, Amanda Klasing, said, “The way people are... 

Alamos meets quarterly guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd November 2018 Canada-based Alamos Gold produced 124 000 oz of gold in the third quarter, which is in line with its guidance and 16% above the third quarter of 2017, reflecting the inclusion of the Island Gold mine, which it bought earlier this year. Year-to-date production hit a record of 379 400 oz – 23%... 

Capital-starved mining sector creates 'buyer's market' for investors

By: Reuters     1st November 2018 Specialist mining investors have found a "buyer's market" for projects as the mining sector struggles to compete for funding with new industries, multiple industry executives said at a conference this week. Smaller mines and developers who previously found capital through retail investors in... 

Zimplats profit rises on higher 4E output 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 Impala Platinum (Implats) subsidiary Zimplats has reported a 4% increase in platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) tonnes mined to 1.6-million tonnes and a 6% increase in tonnes milled to 1.67-million for the quarter ended September 30. This compares with the 1.8-million tonnes of ore mined... 

MC marginally lifts Q1 output, despite Makhado delays

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 Run-of-mine coal production at MC Mining’s Uitkomst colliery increased to 125 153 t in the quarter ended September 30, compared with the 125 108 t produced in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Third-party coal purchases for the quarter, which is the first quarter of MC’s 2019 financial... 

MC Mining, industry reinvention and EVs in mining  

31st October 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses MC Mining’s coking coal offtake agreement, the need for the industry to reinvent itself and electric vehicles being used underground. 

Growth stock tag possible from Far West surface project –­ DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2018 When it comes to the gold sector, recovering the precious metal from dumps on surface beats pursuing it in deep, dark and dangerous underground mines. The local gold industry has put many feelers out to access gold on surface and one of the most exciting projects under way is Far West Gold... 

Goldcorp’s all-electric Borden gets $5m govt boost

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 The Canadian government has announced a $5-million investment to support TSX- and NYSE-listed Goldcorp Borden project, which will be the first underground mine in the country to replace all diesel mobile equipment with battery electric vehicles. The new all-electric Borden, in Chapleau, Ontario,... 

Bird-in-Hand to cost $34m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th October 2018 A scoping study into the Bird-in-Hand gold project, in South Australia, has found that the project could produce some 47 000 oz of gold and 22 000 oz of silver a year, over a five-year mine life. ASX-listed Terramin Australia told shareholders on Tuesday that the scoping study estimated that a... 

High-quality screening, vibrating solutions for African mining industry

29th October 2018 The African mining industry needs high-quality screening and vibrating equipment solutions, supported by rapid turnaround around times and expert technical back-up, which is where Aury Africa stands to play a key role on the continent. This was the message from senior management from Dadi... 

Richard’s Bay IDZ gate wins AfriSam-SAIA sustainable architecture award

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 The Richard’s Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) entrance gate in KwaZulu-Natal has won a seminal sustainable design award, in the sustainable architecture category, at the biennial AfriSam-South African Institute of Architects (AfriSam-SAIA) Awards for Sustainable Architecture and... 

Johnson Controls supply second round of York chillers for Implats’ No 16 Shaft

29th October 2018 Johnson Controls has supplied two York YK centrifugal chillers to Impala Platinum (Implats) for the planned second phase expansion of cooling capacity for its No. 16 Shaft as it heads toward a depth of 1 650 m. The chillers will be installed by the end of August 2018 and the start-up of the... 

Johnson Controls supply second round of York chillers for Implats’ No 16 Shaft

26th October 2018 Johnson Controls has supplied two York YK centrifugal chillers to Impala Platinum (Implats) for the planned second phase expansion of cooling capacity for its No. 16 Shaft as it heads toward a depth of 1 650 m. The chillers will be installed by the end of August 2018 and the start-up of the... 

CSIR points to 30 000 net jobs gain in electricity to 2030, despite fall in coal jobs 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 An analysis of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) recommended plan in the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP 2018) shows that there will be a 30 000 net increase in employment in the electricity industry to 2030, despite a 100 000 fall in coal jobs over the period. In its formal response to... 

Leagold says Santa Luz restart requires $82m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2018 Vancouver-based Leagold has completed an updated feasibility study for the Santa Luz project that it acquired in the recent Brio takeover, which demonstrates the potential for restarting 100 000 oz/y mine at a cost of $82-million. However, the company’s first priority remains to optimise its... 

Evolution's decline development approved

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2018 Gold miner Evolution Mining has been given approval by the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) to start construction of the Galway-Regal-E46(GRE46) exploration decline at its Cowal operation. Evolution will spend between A$20-million and A$22-million over 2019 and 2020... 

Industries must address legacy contamination – firm

By: Paige Müller     26th October 2018 Despite a significant improvement in the parameters outlined by current environmental policy – often diligently upheld by the local chemicals and petrochemicals industries – multidisciplinary engineering consultant SRK Consulting states that historic practices caused by lack of knowledge have... 

Wind farm to power local development

By: Tracy Hancock     26th October 2018 The R3.1-billion Perdekraal East Wind Farm, in the Western Cape’s Witzenberg local municipality, has started work on its electrical distribution network, edging closer to not only making an impact on the national grid but also on the economies of surrounding communities. 

Waterberg drilling programme increases confidence in mineral resources – PTM

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2018 A 2018 drilling programme at TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) 50.02%-owned Waterberg project, in South Africa, has increased confidence in the estimated mineral resources for the project, with 6.2-million platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) ounces now recognised in the... 

MMP announces shortlist of three in rock-drill innovation challenge 

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) has announced the three winners of phase 1 of its Isidingo Drill open innovation challenge. They are Novatek, HPE and Fermel. Fermel is a Gauteng-based manufacturer of mechanised machinery for underground hardrock and flameproof mining operations. 

South32 foresees short-term volatility, but long-term growth, sustainability 

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2018 Diversified mining and metals company South32 on Thursday forecast short-term price volatility for the commodities it produces, but also highlighted its strong cash position and its work to further optimise its global portfolio of assets. In a speech delivered at the company’s 2018 annual general... 

Agnico Eagle hikes 2018 production guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     25th October 2018 Canadian gold major Agnico Eagle has again increased its gold guidance for 2018, adding another 200 000 oz to its production target for the year, following a strong operational third quarter. The NYSE- and TSX-listed miner now expects to produce 1.60-million ounces in 2018, up from its... 

Barrick takes $405m write-down on Peru mine, adjusted earnings fall

By: Mariaan Webb     25th October 2018 Gold major Barrick Gold, which has agreed to a $6.1-billion deal to buy Randgold Resources, has posted a third-quarter net loss of $412-million, or $0.35 a share, reflecting a $405-million impairment charge at the Lagunas Norte mine, in Peru. The net loss is significantly wider than the... 

WorleyParsons supports local contractor constructing Heat Tolerance Testing Station at Venetia mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 Situated 80 km from Musina (formerly Messina) in the Limpopo Province, the Venetia diamond mine, which opened in 1992, is De Beers Consolidated Mines’ flagship operation. The mine is South Africa’s largest diamond producer, with an output of approximately 4Mct of diamond. De Beers is now in the... 

Hecla says Q3 output meets expectations

By: Mariaan Webb     24th October 2018 US silver and gold producer Hecla Mining produced lower third-quarter silver production of 2.5-million ounces and gold output of 72 995 oz, but the miner stated on Tuesday that the production was in line with its expectations. Silver production fell by 24% year-on-year in the September quarter,... 

Employee dies in accident at Medusa's Philippines mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th October 2018 Gold miner Medusa Mining has reported a fatality at its Co-O underground mine, in the Philippines. The ASX-listed company said on Wednesday that a worker had fallen from a height within the mine, and had subsequently succumbed from his injuries. 

De Beers’ rough diamond production down 5% in Q3

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 De Beers Group on Tuesday reported that its rough diamond production had decreased by 5% to 8.7-million carats in the third quarter ended September 30, owing to planned volume reductions in Botswana and South Africa. In Botswana, production declined by 6% to 5.7-million carats owing to the... 

B2Gold studying expansion at El Limon

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd October 2018 Vancouver-headquartered B2Gold is mulling an expansion at the El Limon mine, announcing on Monday that it is considering a $35-million investment to increase production at the Nicaragua-based mine. B2Gold has concluded an expansion study, which indicates that increasing plant capacity from 485... 

Kibali set for another record quarter

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2018 The Kibali gold mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is continuing to deliver performance improvements across the board and is expected to post record results for the quarter ended September 30, Randgold Resources CE Mark Bristow said on Monday. Speaking at a briefing for local media,... 

Cononish mine receives planning application decision notice

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd October 2018 Scotgold, the company gearing up to build the Cononish mine on the edge of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, said on Monday that it had received a decision notice relating to the planning application for its gold and silver project. The Aim-listed company’s application for the... 

Lonmin undertakes refinancing, delivers on results promise 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 Platinum miner Lonmin has entered into a $200-million metal purchase agreement with Pangaea Investments Management (PIM), an associate company of Jiangxi Copper Company (JCC), which will provide the miner with improved liquidity and remove certain restrictive current lender conditions. Of the... 

Ramelius outlines merits of its offer for Explaurum

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2018 Gold miner Ramelius Resources has extended the deadline for its takeover offer of Western Australian explorer Explaurum until November 23, arguing that its takeover offer had merit. Ramelius in September launched an all-scrip bid for Explaurum, offering one of its own shares for every four... 

Mike Eksteen reflects on twenty-fifth anniversary of Kloof Gold accident

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 October 13 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the successful rescue of 150 miners trapped 3 km underground at the Kloof Gold Mine No. 3 sub shaft, in Westonaria, west of Johannesburg. Former Kloof Gold Mine GM Mike Eksteen, who helmed one of the most successful mine rescue operations in South... 

SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 UK company Magway has won co-funding support of more than £650 000 from Innovate UK, through its emerging and enabling technologies competition, to build a 150 m hyperloop-type demonstration link for high-speed package delivery, east of London. Innovate UK is the UK government’s Research Agency. 

SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 UK company Magway has won co-funding support of more than £650 000 from Innovate UK, through its emerging and enabling technologies competition, to build a 150 m hyperloop-type demonstration link for high-speed package delivery, east of London. Innovate UK is the UK government’s Research Agency. 

Shanta revises FY18 production guidance lower

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2018 Aim-listed Shanta Gold has revised its production guidance for the full-year to about 80 000 oz of gold, compared with the previously targeted 82 000 oz to 88 000 oz, as a result of lower-than-expected mine grades, which have impact on production and increased the per unit cost. The gold miner,... 

Alkane reconsiders Peak Hill

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 ASX-listed Alkane Resources is considering the development of an underground operation at its Peak Hill gold mine, some 15 km from its Tomingley gold project, in New South Wales. The junior company said on Thursday said that an inferred mineral resource of 1.02-million tonnes, grading 3.29 g/t... 

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