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Sierra Leone president to push review of mining law, contracts

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Sierra Leone's new president will follow through with campaign promises to review mining contracts and consider changes to the law that would ensure the West African nation benefits from its natural resources, his spokesperson told Reuters. Sierra Leone, which is recovering from a devastating... 

Agarwal wants to build Indian commodity giant to rival majors

By: Bloomberg     25th May 2018 Billionaire industrialist Anil Agarwal plans to leave behind a legacy: an Indian resources group to rival the world’s biggest. The founder and owner of Vedanta Resources wants to keep building the company into a giant producer of the commodities that India needs to curb its reliance on imports,... 

Commissioning under way following VSD supply

By: Halima Frost     25th May 2018 Following Gauteng-based SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa’s supply of a Movitrac LTP B variable speed drive (VSD) for a slurry application to a new mine in Zambia, tests have been completed and commissioning of the pump is under way. The mine required a 110 kW VSD for an urgent slurry application, and... 

Africa Day – 55 years on

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th May 2018 As you read this piece, I am probably putting together the next instalment or doing whatever else my job description demands I should be doing each weekday. But colleagues in countries such as Ghana, Lesotho, Mali, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are probably braai-ing in their backyards or engaging... 

Colas South Africa

25th May 2018 Colas South Africa is a company focused on innovative road surfacing products and technology. A subsidiary of the Bouygues Group, the international Colas Group, headquartered in France, is a world leader in the construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure, operating in 50 countries... 

Jet engines help power cobalt to 10-year highs

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 The spotlight in the cobalt market has been fixed on electric vehicles but shrinking supply and robust demand from traditional sectors such as jet engine makers are helping fuel a price rally that shows no signs of fading. Cobalt in recent years has become synonymous with electric vehicles as it... 

20 years of the Africa Energy Forum: a catalyst for progress within the industry

24th May 2018 Just before the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) arrives in Mauritius from 19-22 June to celebrate its 20th anniversary, we hear from some of the energy industry’s most respected decision-makers on how the Forum provided a platform for the development of Africa’s energy sector. 

Gamsberg producing by mid-year – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2018 The Gamsberg zinc project in South Africa’s Northern Cape is on track with production expected by the middle of this year, the London-listed, India-rooted Vedanta Resources said on Wednesday, when it reported higher revenue and profits and lifted its dividend yield for the year to 6%. Current... 

Pallinghurst sells 56% of carats on offer at Zambia auction

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 JSE-listed Pallinghurst Resources, which owns 100% of Gemfields, has sold 56% of the carats on offer at an auction of higher-quality rough emeralds held in Lusaka, Zambia. The auction, which took place earlier this month, saw 31 companies placing bids and generated revenue of $10.3-million, with... 

CAMINEX 2018 to provide latest product showcase and free seminars

21st May 2018 CAMINEX, Zambia’s premier Copperbelt agricultural, mining and industrial trade expo, will be taking place at the Kitwe Showgrounds in Kitwe, Zambia, from 5-7 June, and will be showcasing the latest in products, machinery, technologies and services that these and related industries can offer. An... 

Barloworld H1 profits, revenue rise on higher Southern African, Russian equipment sales

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Despite a weaker first quarter, the global economy remains on track to show solid growth for 2018 in both developed and emerging markets, while South Africa’s economic outlook is also improving, benefiting multinational Barloworld. The company on Monday reported a 14.2% year-on-year increase in... 

Contrasting performances for Sub-Saharan African, European miners – BMI

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2018 Europe and sub-Saharan Africa are on opposite ends of BMI Research’s Mining Risk and Reward Index (RRI), as can be seen with Europe’s significantly stronger performance in country and industry risk indicators, while sub-Saharan Africa continues to lag in country reward scores. The country reward... 

China's Jinchuan to double African copper, cobalt output – exec

By: Reuters     17th May 2018 China's Jinchuan Group International Resources plans to double its African copper and cobalt production in the next two to three years, its CEO said on Thursday. The company currently produces around 50 000 tonnes of copper and 5 000 tonnes of cobalt a year, Gao Tianpeng said at the LME Asia Week... 

Stefanutti Stocks’ FY operating loss widens on impairment

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2018 JSE-listed Stefanutti Stocks’ operating loss widened to R451-million for the financial year ended February 28, compared with the R106-million loss incurred in the prior financial year. The company on Thursday reported that goodwill and intangible assets of R667-million had been impaired,... 

Copper industry in crisis, new areas pursued

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2018 The global copper industry is in crisis – traditional orebodies are becoming depleted and the commodity market has depressed the price of copper to such an extent that mining companies cannot afford to invest in expansion or new equipment, says foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie group... 

Rising resource nationalism seen as 'fire burning' for miners

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2018 A rising tide of resource nationalism is causing miners to rethink where they invest and creating volatility for a sector already buffeted by brewing trade wars. “A significant industry issue is resource nationalism,” Rio Tinto Group CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques told investors at a conference in... 

Fuchs Lubricant opens new grease manufacturing plant in Gauteng

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2018 Lubricants specialist Fuchs Lubricants South Africa (Fuchs SA), together with its parent company Fuchs Petrolub, on Wednesday launched a R125-million grease manufacturing plant at its factory, in Isando, Gauteng. The plant will allow Fuchs to manufacture specialty greases for the local market, as... 

Rosatom, Zambia to build nuclear science centre

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2018 Russia’s Rosatom and Zambia have signed an agreement for the construction of the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) in the Southern African country. Construction of the centre will be the first joint project between Russia and Zambia in the field of nuclear technologies.  

Chicago Pneumatic generates success at Botswana MTEs with three genset giveaways

16th May 2018 Chicago Pneumatic strenthened its foothold outside South Africa’s borders with the sponsorship of a CPPG5 (5.5Kva) petrol-driven portable generator at each of the three Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTEs) held in Botswana during April 2018. Eben van der Vyver, Business Development Manager for... 

Vedanta appoints Deshnee Naidoo as Africa Base Metals CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     16th May 2018 Deshnee Naidoo has been appointed as CEO of Vedanta Resources’ Africa Base Metals, an entity through which its zinc and copper assets in South Africa, Zambia and Namibia will be managed. Naidoo’s appointment signals Vedanta group’s ongoing commitment to enhancing its African operations and is... 

Galileo hits 15.4% zinc mineralisation at Zambia project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 Aim-listed Galileo Resources on Monday announced drilling results for its final eight drill holes – as part of a 26-hole diamond drilling programme – at the Star Zinc project, in Zambia, in which the company has an 85% interest.  

Barrick, Glencore expect to get licence for Tanzanian project

By: Bloomberg     14th May 2018 Executives at Barrick Gold and Glencore expect to receive a new license for their joint venture Kabanga nickel project in Tanzania, having held “productive” talks with the government during the past several months, Barrick said Sunday. Under changes to Tanzania’s mining license structure put into... 

A-OSH EXPO 2018 exhibitors gearing up for show

11th May 2018 As the continent’s leading occupational health and safety (OHS) show draws closer, it’s all systems go for this year’s exhibitors as they work on the finishing touches for their stands and marketing plans. Whatever your interest in the OHS arena, there is something for everyone at A-OSH EXPO... 

First use of drone for inspection in Namibia

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has used a drone to undertake inspection for an undisclosed mining company on its operation in Namibia, marking it the company’s first use of a drone in this regard for an African country outside of South Africa. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn informs... 

Cement plant maintenance crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Strategic and effective cement plant maintenance services can increase plant productivity and reduce costs, says furnace and industrial services company The Dickinson Group sales manager Brighton Mapiku. “By doing thorough cement plant maintenance, which includes proper planning, employing... 

Zest WEG Group

11th May 2018 Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has a strong commitment to contributing to the development of Africa and has been servicing the mining sector on the continent for more than 35 years. An in-depth understanding of the harsh conditions found... 

Kinross reels as two more Africa nations seek mining payoffs

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2018 Kinross Gold is the latest miner to be hit by changing policies in Africa as governments seem increasingly willing to upend historic deals with foreign companies in their quest for more mining revenue. Mauritania’s rejection of a key permit to expand a Kinross project, and a proposed mining code... 

Vedanta's KCM disputes $18m Zambia tax bill – industry source

By: Reuters     9th May 2018 Vedanta Resources' Zambia unit, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), is disputing a bill of almost $18-million slapped on it by tax authorities after an audit, an industry source familiar with the matter, told Reuters on Wednesday. Zambia's revenue authority concluded audits of mining companies that... 

Zambia to complete 50 MW World Bank solar project in September

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 Zambia will complete its first large-scale 50 MW solar power generation plant in September this year as the nation battles a power deficit which threatens industrial output, a state-owned agency said on Tuesday. The electricity shortfall has forced Africa's second-largest copper producer to... 

IMF warns of rising African debt despite faster economic growth

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 Sub-Saharan African nations are at growing risk of debt distress because of heavy borrowing and gaping deficits, despite an overall uptick in economic growth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned on Tuesday. The sober assessment comes as African countries continue to tap international... 

Zambia concludes mine tax audits after slapping huge bill on First Quantum

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 Zambia concluded audits of mining companies that prompted the nation to slap Canadian miner First Quantum Minerals with a tax bill of over 76.5-billion Zambian kwacha ($8-billion), its revenue authority said on Monday. First Quantum, which owns two copper mines in Zambia, said in March that... 

Goldman Sachs maintains buy rating on Glencore

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th May 2018 Diversified miner Glencore’s strong production growth has prompted investment banking and management firm Goldman Sachs to maintain its buy rating on Glencore.  

Economist predicts growth for African countries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th May 2018 The tide has turned for many African countries in terms of growth, says Citibank Africa economist David Cowan.  

Glencore's Congo mining conundrum

By: Reuters     4th May 2018 Miner and commodities trader Glencore is embroiled in a legal tangle over its copper and cobalt operations in Democratic Republic of Congo, where conflict and changes to regulations have deterred many mining firms. US sanctions on Glencore's former Israeli partner in Congo have been a trigger for... 

Investment underpins African expansion

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th May 2018 Private equity fund Agile Capital’s investment in consulting and engineering services business Bluhm Burton Engineering Group (BBE Group) serves as a prime example of the company’s strategy to aggressively drive expansion into African markets through its portfolio of companies, Agile Capital CEO... 

Development agendas to curb power woes

4th May 2018 Sub-Saharan Africa is burdened with a complex and persistent electricity gap that is difficult to bridge in the medium to long-term owing to population growth, says intergovernmental partnership Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) programme officer Grania Rubomboras. To address the increasing population... 

Exclusive CEO Forum to discuss utilities transformation at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 CEOs from Africa will meet at the Pan-African Utility CEO Forum to discuss pertinent issues affecting the power, energy and water sectors. The Forum at African Utility Week (AUW), taking place from 15 to 17 May, is the largest of the five forums and is the meeting place for CEOs from across the... 

A monarch’s costly whim

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     4th May 2018 It is safe to say that many readers of this column now know that what used to be the Kingdom of Swaziland is now the Kingdom of eSwatini, which means ‘the place of the Swati people’. The name change, announced by King Mswati III last month, during celebrations to mark 50 years of independence... 

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