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Congo copper faces increased LME scrutiny with audits

By: Bloomberg     16th August 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) will start requiring that copper producers which source metal from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) carry out independent audits to prove their material is ethically sourced, according to people familiar with the matter. The LME is reviewing its requirements... 

Barrick says China partner for copper 'makes all kinds of sense'

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2018 Barrick Gold executive chairman John Thornton says the Canadian miner is looking at its copper assets “very seriously” to see if it makes sense to form a copper company with one or two partners, most likely from China. “The question for us on copper is, ‘Can you take the copper assets, combine... 

App monitors spread of FAW in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) application (app) can save 300-million people in Africa from food insecurity and prevent significant economic losses in maize of up to $4.8-billion, caused by the infestation of the fall armyworm (FAW), says Food and Agriculture... 

Industry provider to expand African footprint

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th August 2018 With many emerging and developing industries in Africa, as well as greater awareness of environmental issues and concerns, instrumentation manufacturer E Instruments regards the continent as an area of growth for its business. E Instruments product manager Bill Freed tells Engineering News that... 

New-configuration valve creates export potential

By: Halima Frost     10th August 2018 South African thermoplastic valves supplier Astore Keymak has placed an order for about 30 redesigned FK industrial butterfly valves (FK d90) from its Italy-based supplier Formatura Iniezione Polimeri (FIP) Valves, with first shipment expected later this year. The valves will be added to the... 

Celebrating the women of the Engen Knockout Challenge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 Women are making their mark in football officiating in South Africa.   As we enter Women’s Month, the role of women in football was highlighted when the South African Football Association (SAFA) recently appointed its first female vice-president, Ria Ledwaba, and the Premier Soccer League (PSL)... 

AECOM continues to secure major infrastructure contracts in East Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM continues to secure major contracts in East Africa through its Nairobi office. This forms part of a concerted strategy to target transportation, water, and power projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya. A major advantage for AECOM... 

‘Solid’ safety: Vital Engineering’s solid forged handrails and stair tread nosing – safety assured for the local and pan-African mining sector

7th August 2018 Mining is a primary creator of wealth and employment, and, as such, places demands on the people and equipment employed this all-important sector. To keep mines operating efficiently, quick, safe access to areas such as minerals processing plants is essential. Founded in 1939, Vital Engineering... 

South African industry has new infrastructure opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa if they take long-term view

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 In the face of growing international competition in Sub-Saharan Africa, South African-based companies need to take a long-term strategic view of the region and how best to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the industrial and energy evolution that is taking place, combined with... 

Jubilee gains full control of the Kabwe project

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 Jubilee Metals has gained full control of the Kabwe project, in Zambia, by increasing its interest in the project to 87.5%. While Jubilee has the option to acquire 100% of the Kabwe project, Aim-listed BMR retains a maximum of 12.5% of the generated earnings. 

Vedanta delivers strong Q1 Ebitda

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources on Monday announced that it had delivered strong earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) and drove steady margins in the first quarter of the 2019 financial year, which ended on June 30. The margins, the miner highlighted, were... 

thyssenkrupp teams up with The Red Wings Project to spread Mandela Day goodwill

6th August 2018 The education of countless disadvantaged young girls in South Africa is being compromised due to high absenteeism from school; the lack of access to and unaffordability of sanitary pads result in many girls missing one week of school every month. thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa has... 

Gemfields sells 90% of emeralds on offer at latest auction

By: Anine Kilian     3rd August 2018 Gemfields’ latest auction, comprising predominantly commercial quality rough emeralds, generated revenues of $10.89-million, with an overall average value of $4.21/ct achieved. The auction was held in Lusaka, Zambia, from July 30 to August 2. 

thyssenkrupp teams up with The Red Wings Project to spread Mandela Day goodwill

3rd August 2018 The education of countless disadvantaged young girls in South Africa is being compromised due to high absenteeism from school; the lack of access to and unaffordability of sanitary pads result in many girls missing one week of school every month. thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa has... 

Cargo Carriers cements its legacy in powders transportation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2018 South Africa’s embattled cement producers will continue to focus on improving operational efficiencies to ensure their survival in an extremely cautious economy that has brought many large state-driven civil-engineering infrastructure and private-sector property developments to a grinding halt.... 

Drilling progressing well at Arc’s Zamsort project

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2018 An 11 000 m drilling programme currently under way at Aim-listed Arc Minerals’ Kalaba prospect, in Zambia, is progressing well. The prospect is owned by Zamsort, which is developing a copper/gold project. Arc has a 66% interest in Zamsort. 

First Quantum extends copper hedge programme

By: Mariaan Webb     31st July 2018 Canada-based First Quantum has announced an extension of its copper sales hedge programme to ensure a “certain level of cash flow” during the commissioning and ramp up of its large openpit copper mine development in Panama. This comes as concern about trade wars are hurting copper prices, which... 

Zambia remains a fast growing refined copper producer

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2018 Zambia remains one of the fastest-growing refined copper producers in the world, backed by strong  domestic smelting capacity, rising mining output and ongoing government support, says BMI Research. Zambia will remain a regional leader and an important global player in refined copper production... 

Vedanta Africa base metals halts work at Zambia mine after miner killed

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Vedanta Resources' Zambian unit said on Thursday work at its Konkola Copper Mine underground copper shaft 4 was halted after one miner was killed in an accident to allow for investigations into the incident, the company said. The firm said in June that it plans to double finished copper... 

China loans to Africa energy, infrastructure projects almost trebled between 2016 and 2017

By: African News Agency      26th July 2018 The value of Chinese loans to energy and infrastructure projects in Africa almost trebled between 2016 and 2017 to nearly $9-billion and the impact of this lending is increasingly visible in Africa, law firm Baker McKenzie said at the sidelines of a Brics summit. Baker McKenzie, participating at... 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project 

26th July 2018 After a decade in design and construction, the MeerKAT radio telescope, which is located about 90km from Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated earlier this month. Simone Liedtke tells us a bit more about this step towards building an international enterprise. 

Galileo to continue with drill programme at Star Zinc project

By: Anine Kilian     23rd July 2018 Aim-listed Galileo Resources will continue with a drilling programme at its 85%-owned Zambia-based Star Zinc project, after a positive study of the project was completed by Earthmaps Consulting.    

AECOM assists with urban planning, infrastructure delivery in Zambia

20th July 2018 AECOM has been appointed by the Department for International Development (DFID) to deliver its Cities and Infrastructure for Growth project in Zambia (CIGZ). CIGZ will provide demand-led technical assistance consultancy to national and local government in areas such as urban planning,... 

Ngonye solar plant, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 The project will help Zambia reduce power shortages and diversify the country's energy generation mix. 

US-based Opic CEO visits S Africa, African countries to advance development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) president and CEO Ray Washburne this week visited South Africa and met with local banks to discuss investment opportunities in advancing development in the country and highlight Opic-supported projects. It is Washburne’s third stop on a... 

Highly anticipated Chicago Pneumatic generator give-away attracts visitors at Rustenburg MTE

19th July 2018 High-performance hand-held equipment specialist, Chicago Pneumatic, gave away the ninth CPPG5 generator at the Mining and Technical Exhibition (MTE) held in Rustenburg on 31 May 2018. According to Eben van der Vyver, the Business Development Manager for Chicago Pneumatic Construction Equipment in... 

Highly anticipated Chicago Pneumatic generator give-away attracts visitors at Rustenburg MTE

18th July 2018 High-performance hand-held equipment specialist, Chicago Pneumatic, gave away the ninth CPPG5 generator at the Mining and Technical Exhibition (MTE) held in Rustenburg on 31 May 2018. According to Eben van der Vyver, the Business Development Manager for Chicago Pneumatic Construction Equipment in... 

Ethekwini Municipality Supports Intra-African Chemicals Trade

18th July 2018 Durban to Host African Chemicals Imbizo 2018 The recent signing of commitment to the African Continent Free Trade Area (AfCTA) by 27 African states creates significant opportunity for stronger intra-Africa trade and regional integration. Intra-Africa trade is seen as one of the ways in which the... 

China overloading poor nations with debt, top US official says

By: Reuters     17th July 2018 China is saddling poor nations with unsustainable debt through large-scale infrastructure projects that are not economically viable, the head of the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) said on Monday. The criticism of Beijing - targeted by President Donald Trump in a trade war that... 

Telecom Egypt, Liquid Telecom sign MoU to complete fibre network from Cape Town to Cairo

By: Reuters     16th July 2018 Telecom Egypt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Liquid Telecom to enable the Pan-African group to complete Africa’s terrestrial fibre network stretching across the African continent, the companies said on Saturday. Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Global, has been... 

How mining tycoons are trying to foil a big UK bribery probe

By: Bloomberg     16th July 2018 It’s a faint echo of the defense being floated by targets of the Mueller probe in the US – an unaccountable circle of bureaucrats manipulating the system to their own ends. But in London, it’s the last ditch effort by a trio of Kazakh oligarchs to derail the UK’s biggest bribery investigation. 

Gauteng Company Hopes To Expand Market To Angola

13th July 2018 A Gauteng civil and structural consulting engineering company is looking forward to expanding its customer base when they participate in the Trade and Investment Mission to Angola that will take place from 16-21 July 2018. The mission will be led by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr... 

Zambia says debt restructuring will not disrupt Chinese projects

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 Zambia will be careful to ensure its planned debt restructuring does not disrupt Chinese-financed projects, President Edgar Lungu said on Wednesday, after China's ambassador to the southern African nation sought clarification on the matter. China is a leading financier of infrastructure projects... 

Barrick trims copper guidance, gold forecast intact

By: Mariaan Webb     12th July 2018 Toronto, Canada-headquartered Barrick Gold has maintained its gold production guidance for 2018 at between 4.5-million and 5-million ounces, but has slashed 40-million pounds off its copper production guidance, owing to operational challenges at its biggest copper mine – Lumwana, in Zambia. The... 

Chicago Pneumatic generator give-away a showstopper at Sibanye Gold MTE

11th July 2018 Following hot on the heels of the successful generator give-away at the Northam Mining & Technical Exhibition (MTE) in Limpopo, one week later Chicago Pneumatic once again handed out a portable generator, this time to a lucky visitor of the Sibanye Gold MTE held in Gauteng on 17 May 2018. Chicago... 

SRK, industry loses leading light

By: Nadine James     11th July 2018 One of SRK Consulting’s three founding members, Dr Oskar Steffen, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, in Johannesburg. He was 77 years old. Steffen was born in Swaziland, where he completed his schooling. He left for Johannesburg in 1956 to study civil engineering at the University of the... 

Arc lifts Zamsort stake to 66%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 Aim-listed Arc Minerals has acquired a further 5% interest in Zamsort, the operator of the Kalaba copper/cobalt project, in Zambia. It now owns 66% of Zamsort, with the other 34% interest held by Kopara Investments. 

SADC Committee of Ministers of Finance meets in South Africa

By: African News Agency      11th July 2018 The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Committee of Ministers of Finance and Investment will meet today in Johannesburg to discuss areas of cooperation and improving regional financial coordination.  The Ministers will be joined by the central bank governors from the region.  

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