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Sierra Metals reports flat Q4 Ebitda, production increases

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 5 hours ago TSX- and Peru-listed Sierra Metals reported adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $17.4-million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with $17.5-million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The company processed 268 363 t, compared with 254 993 t processed in... 

Trust in tailings? Vale dam disaster spurs investors into action

By: Reuters     Updated 5 hours ago Seeking assurances from Brazilian miner Vale by phone after a second deadly dam disaster in three years is not enough for Sasja Beslik. He plans to fly there himself to get answers. Beslik, head of sustainable finance at Swedish bank Nordea, blocked the bank's investment managers from buying any... 

'South Africans must take climate change seriously' – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 It is time for South Africans to take climate change seriously, said President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday in his response to the debate on his State of the Nation Address. He said if South Africa is a country that prioritises the interests of the poor and the vulnerable, then we need to act with... 

Hospital group’s impressive energy savings journey recognised

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Private healthcare company Netcare Group replaced 108 000 inefficient lights and light fittings with modern energy efficient alternatives, and reduced its light-load by 40%, offsetting its hospitals’ carbon footprint by 16 000 t/y of carbon dioxide, says Netcare Group CEO Dr Richard Friedland.... 

Lithium Australia progresses towards producing cathode powders in Europe

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 ASX-listed Lithium Australia has identified a metallurgical process route which may provide security for the European renewable energy industry. The company aims to produce lithium from unconventional sources, using mine waste from the Sadisdorf lithium/tin project, in Saxony.  

Peru agency rules out tailings spill at Southern Copper mine

By: Reuters     13th February 2019 Peru's environmental regulator OEFA has concluded that mining waste from Southern Copper Corp's Cuajone unit did not spill into the environment during heavy rains last week. OEFA said in a statement late Tuesday that it was still supervising operations at Cuajone but had ruled out any tailings... 

Sierra Metals wins EIA approval for Youricocha

By: Mariaan Webb     13th February 2019 The National Environmental Certification Service of Peru has now granted Toronto-headquartered Sierra Metals environmental approval for its Youricocha tailings expansion project, reversing a previous rejection of the environmental impact assessment (EIA). With an approved EIA study in hand, the... 

Battle lines drawn as opposition parties contest Ramaphosa’s Eskom unbundling plan  

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2019 The future structure of South Africa’s debt-laden electricity producer Eskom emerged as the central topic during the debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s February 7 State of the Nation Address (SONA), in which he announced that the utility would be split, under Eskom Holdings, into three... 

Industry leaders share latest insights at Propak Africa 2019

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2019 From packaging 4.0, to the latest flexographic print trends, from serialization to evaluating the plastics alternatives flooding the local market. More than 20 industry leaders from the packaging, printing, and plastics industries will be sharing their insights into the latest developments and... 

Peru's environmental watchdog reports tailings spill from Southern Copper mine

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Peru's environmental watchdog said on Sunday it was investigating a tailings spill from a unit of Southern Copper Corp, one of the world's largest copper producers, into a river in an area that has been inundated by heavy rains. The Agency of Evaluation and Environmental Enforcement (OEFA) said... 

ArcelorMittal, Vale dam inspections trigger evacuations

By: Mariaan Webb     8th February 2019 Two Brazilian towns near iron-ore tailings dams in Minas Gerais state were evacuated on Friday as a precautionary measure while inspections of the structures were under way. Vale, which is reeling from a deadly dam wall burst last month, said that the area downstream of the Sul Superior tailings... 

Pikitup finds new bin providers, expects supply to resume by end-Feb 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 Waste manager Pikitup’s spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi has confirmed to Engineering News Online that the company has had challenges with its wheelie bin supplier, resulting in a shortage of about 22 000 bins. Contracts with new service providers have, however, been entered into.  

SATMC calls for second-hand tyre resale regulation

8th February 2019 Tyre manufacturing representative body the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) calls on government to introduce appropriate regulations controlling and enabling the resale of safe used tyres. The SATMC represents the interests of the local tyre manufacturers – Bridgestone South... 

Big economic opportunity being missed as ewaste piles up

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 The rise in electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) is resulting in a lost economic opportunity of $62.5-billion a year– a value greater than the gross domestic product of most countries – a new report shows. Each year, about 50-million tonnes of e-waste is being discarded – with less than 20%... 

Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     8th February 2019 That Eskom needs to be restructured is no longer in question. In its current form, the organisation poses a systemic risk to the South African economy and is ‘too big to fail’. The real question is what form this restructuring should take. For sure, the generation assets need to be separated from... 

Omnia nitrophosphate plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 Omnia Holdings plans to build a nitrophosphate plant that will improve the company’s overall competitiveness in the production of fertilisers. 

Brazil set to ban upstream tailings dams after collapse kills hundreds

By: Reuters     7th February 2019 Brazil's mining agency plans to ban upstream tailings dams used for storing mining waste, a director at the National Mining Agency (ANM) said on Thursday, after such a dam burst last month, likely killing at least 300 people. Eduardo Leão, a director at ANM, said the agency aims to issue an... 

IWMSA aligns with IFAT Africa to support industry collaboration

7th February 2019 The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Messe Muenchen South Africa, organisers of IFAT Africa, to collaborate on the 2019 exhibition and conference. IFAT Africa is the leading environmental technology trade fair in sub-Saharan... 

Vale moves to reduce reliance on tailings dams

By: Mariaan Webb     6th February 2019 Disaster-hit Vale has announced a R$1.5-billion (about $390-million) investment in the implementation of dry stacking technology, as the company moves to reduce its reliance on tailings dams. By 2023, Vale will rely on dry processing for 70% of its production, compared with 40% in 2014 and 60%... 

Vale declares force majeure on iron-ore after halt at mine

By: Bloomberg     6th February 2019 Vale did something it said it wasn’t going to do in the wake of the deadly tailings dam collapse in Brazil last month – declare force majeure on some of its iron ore contracts. Futures in Singapore gained. The Brazilian mining giant invoked the clause a day after a judge forced it to suspend... 

Audit of burst Brazil dam found issues with drainage, monitoring - reports

By: Reuters     5th February 2019 A report commissioned by Brazilian miner Vale SA last year to look into the stability of the tailings dam that ruptured January 25 certified it as sound but raised concerns over its drainage and monitoring systems, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported on Tuesday. The report by German-based TÜV... 

Innovation mining’s biggest challenge – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     4th February 2019 The world is standing on the brink of a technological revolution that will result in transformation unlike anything human kind has experienced before, which is making innovation mining’s biggest challenge. “In the next five years, it’s about major step changes in innovation,” Anglo American CEO... 

First Quantum resumes copper production at Spain mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st February 2019 Canada-based First Quantum has resumed copper production at the hydrometallurgical plant at Cobre Las Cruces, in Spain, processing lower-grade stockpiled ore while it obtains necessary regulatory approvals to begin mining at an area unaffected by a recent land slippage. The slippage occurred... 

South African miners to review construction of tailings dams after Brazil disaster

By: African News Agency      1st February 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday said local miners would be reviewing their tailing storage facilities construction, maintenance and operating protocols following the collapse of the tailings dam at Brumadinho in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. At least 60 people have been... 

Brazil's costly mining failures tied to cheap waste storage

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2019 The deadly collapse of a Vale tailings dam in Brazil is serving as a wake-up call for an industry that regularly cuts costs by storing mining waste in the cheapest possible way. The slurry of ground rock and effluents left over after companies extract marketable minerals from the ground has been... 

‘Scale’ matters in South Africa’s logistics game

1st February 2019 Scale matters to competitive advantage and doing more with less through technology, consolidation and networking enables South Africa-based and -managed freight solutions provider Bidvest Panalpina Logistics’ (BPL’s) larger service offering at a lower unit cost. The concept of scale – the average... 

IFAT Africa features broader scope

1st February 2019 IFAT Africa, a trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling, will have a broader scope this year, as the event is colocated for the first time with food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) and analytica Lab Africa. Presented by international exhibition organiser Messe München, IFAT... 

Vinca waste-to-energy project, Serbia

By: Sheila Barradas     1st February 2019 Beo Cista Energija is building a waste-to-energy facility that will process residual municipal waste generated by 13 municipalities of the City of Belgrade, as well as construction and demolition waste generated in its territory. 

SKF Test Center wins design prize at the International Architecture Awards

31st January 2019 The technologically innovative Sven Wingquist Test Center has been awarded the highly-regarded design prize, in the ‘industrial’ category. SKF is proud to have won a Design Award for its Sven Wingquist Test Center at The International Architecture Awards, a competition that recognises outstanding... 

No time for a ‘wait and see’ approach in SA manufacturing 

31st January 2019 Foreign investors and South African industry players seem to be taking a ‘wait and see’ approach to industrial and manufacturing growth, putting the country at risk of falling behind its neighbours. However, investment in automation now could help boost the manufacturing sector, with benefits for... 

New mining areas to improve Rainbow’s operational, financial performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st January 2019 Production from Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara mine, in Burundi – measured in terms of exported concentrate – remained flat at 275 t for the second quarter ended December 31, 2018. The average grade decreased, from 59% total rare earth oxide (TREO) in the first quarter, to 56% TREO. 

Opinion: Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?  

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     30th January 2019 That Eskom needs to be restructured is no longer in question. In its current form, the organisation poses a systemic risk to the South African economy and is ‘too big to fail’. The real question is what form this restructuring should take. For sure, the generation assets need to be separated from... 

Euro Manganese tables PEA for Czech tailings project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2019 Dual-listed Euro Manganese has announced the results of the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of its Chvaletice manganese project, in Czech Republic, which shows the tailings project can operate for a quarter of a century, producing 1.19-million tonnes of high-purity electrolytic manganese... 

Brazil makes Vale arrests as Cabinet meets on fatal dam break

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2019 Brazilian police arrested three employees and two contractors for embattled mining giant Vale SA as an investigation into a dam rupture that has killed at least 65 and left a path of destruction in the state of Minas Gerais widens. The two contractors worked for German consultancy firm TUEV SUED,... 

Trends driving on-pack promotions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2019 Mintel revealed six key consumer trends that will impact global markets in in 2019 and beyond. In its report, Mintel states that the global consumer landscape will evolve as never before, driven by themes of privacy, individuality, wellness, convenience and connectivity. Total wellbeing 

Vale plunges as deadly dam disaster leads to dividend suspension

By: Bloomberg     28th January 2019 Vale’s dam breach left at least 60 people dead and 292 missing in Brazil, leading the world’s biggest producer of iron ore to suspend dividends as it braces for the financial fallout of the catastrophe. The shares plunged as much as 20%. The collapse of a tailings dam at the Feijao mine in the... 

Second Vale dam burst in Brazil likely to curb mining risk appetite

By: Reuters     28th January 2019 Mining company Vale's second dam disaster in Brazil in less than four years deals a blow to an industry grappling with investor wariness and a poor image and casts doubt on new President Jair Bolsonaro's vow to reduce government regulation. Brazilian rescue workers on Saturday were searching for... 

Major upgrades to start at six airports

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th January 2019 South African airport management company Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) announced that upgrades and improvements over the next three to eight years at six of the country’s airports will cost about R26-billion. The upgrades and improvements are primarily to improve passenger facilities... 

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