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Deadly mines linked to child labour thrive in rush for batteries

By: Bloomberg     Updated 36 minutes ago The appetite for electric cars is driving a boom in small-scale cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some mines have been found to be dangerous and employ child labour. Production from so-called artisanal mines probably rose by at least half last year, according to the... 

South Africa: The Department Of Trade And Industry And The South African Electrotechnical Export Council To Host African Delegation During The 2018 Africa Energy Indaba Conference

     19th February 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through Trade Invest Africa, in partnership with the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) will host a high level delegation from several African countries to participate at the annual Africa Energy Indaba Conference that is set to... 

Nuclear energy future imminent, despite delays in updated IRP

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services (Lesedi) business development executive Shane Pereira believes that there is a future for nuclear power globally, although it is being hindered locally by the delay in passing the updated Integrated... 

Sarens siba

     16th February 2018 It is the mission of heavy-lifting and engineered transport specialist Sarens to be the reference in crane rental services, heavy lifting and engineered transport. Understanding the need for change and transformation in the South African market, as well as the need to incorporate previously... 

Zambia's President Lungu appoints new finance, mining ministers

By: Reuters     15th February 2018 Zambian President Edgar Lungu appointed new finance and mining ministers in a reshuffle on Wednesday that included changes in numerous other departments as well. Margaret Mwanakatwe was appointed finance minister while Richard Musukwa was named minister of mining, the government said in a... 

Win one of 25 CPPG generators at MTE, compliments Chicago Pneumatic

     15th February 2018 Visitors to this year’s Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTE) stand the chance of winning one of 25 Chicago Pneumatic CPPG5 (5.5Kva) petrol-driven portable generators. ”In a bid to grow the Chicago Pneumatic brand within the mining industry which is a key market for us, we took the decision to... 

EMR Capital plans to double output at Zambia's Lubambe copper mine

By: Reuters     14th February 2018 Australian company EMR Capital plans to double production at Zambia's Lubambe copper mine, a company official said on Wednesday after completion of EMR's acquisition of a majority stake for $100-million. "Our first task is to lift copper production to above 40 000 t and we want to do that in the... 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

Win one of 25 CPPG generators at MTE, compliments Chicago Pneumatic

     14th February 2018 Visitors to this year’s Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTE) stand the chance of winning one of 25 Chicago Pneumatic CPPG5 (5.5Kva) petrol-driven portable generators. ”In a bid to grow the Chicago Pneumatic brand within the mining industry which is a key market for us, we took the decision to... 

WSP to develop 330 kV Zambia-DRC electricity transmission line

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2018 The Southern African Power Pool has appointed UK-based engineering consultancy WSP to develop a proposed 330 kV electricity interconnector between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  

First Quantum lifts Cobre Panama capacity 15%; swings to FY17 loss

By: Henry Lazenby     13th February 2018 Base metals producer First Quantum Minerals will expand the capacity of its massive Cobre Panama copper project, in Panama, by 15% to 85-million tonnes a year. The Toronto-based miner on Monday also said it has sanctioned upgrades to certain areas to accommodate a further capacity expansion to... 

bauma CONEXPO AFRICA supporting program offers a glimpse into topics of the future

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th February 2018 The supporting program for bauma CONEXPO AFRICA gives both exhibitors and visitors a comprehensive overview of the technologies of the future. The focus will be on networking and communication between specialists from various fields. The African and international construction and mining... 

Stanbic says mining remains crucial to Zambian economy

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 Stanbic Zambia says mining remains a significant sector of the southern African country's economy as it generates the largest amount of revenue for the government through taxes. "As the second largest copper producer in Africa, we are poised to further develop the mining sector,"  Stanbic Bank... 

On-The-Air (09/02/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2018 Every Friday morning, SAfm's AMLive's radio anchor Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.  Reported here is this Friday's At the Coalface transcript: Kamwendo: China's colossal Clean Air Revolution is poised to give massive support to... 

Transnet to lease rolling stock to Zambia Railways

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 South African logistics firm Transnet will lease locomotives and wagons to Zambia Railways to boost its capacity to handle bulk cargo, Zambia Railways' CEO said on Thursday. Zambia Railways CEO Christopher Musonda said Transnet had agreed to lease eight locomotives and 600 wagons to the Zambian... 

Jubilee’s Zambia JV hit with mining right termination notice

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2018 Dual-listed Jubilee Metals Group remains supportive of its joint venture (JV) partner BMR Group after a surprise mining right termination notice was issued for the Kabwe lead/zinc/vanadium project, in Zambia, from the Mining Cadastre Department of Zambia. BMR Group plans to appeal the notice,... 

Zambia project says South African mining indaba an opportunity to interact with potential investors

By: African News Agency      8th February 2018 Zambia’s Mineral Production Monitoring Support Project hopes to use the annual mining indaba in South Africa as an opportunity to tout for support, including investment into the copper producing country, its team leader said. The MPMSP operates alongside Zambia’s mines ministry, helping keep... 

Nimbus takes 26.5% stake in Paratus Namibia

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2018 Namibian Stock Exchange- (NSX-) listed capital-pool company Nimbus Infrastructure has bought a 26.5% stake in Pan-African telecommunications company Paratus Africa’s Namibian operations for N$95-million. The deal resulted in Nimbus acquiring 8% of the issued share capital in Paratus for a cash... 

2018 presents best prospects in a decade for African mining – Standard Bank

By: Anine Kilian     6th February 2018 Sustained commodity price growth and reduced costs are likely to present Africa’s mining sector with the best prospects in over a decade. “The centrality of mining to the development of the continent means that 2018 is likely to be a watershed year in Africa’s ongoing growth story,” Standard Bank... 

Zambia sees 1.5Mt copper output on improved power, easing tensions

By: African News Agency      6th February 2018 Zambia expects to increase its annual copper output to 1.5-million tonnes, boosted by improved electricity supply and eased tensions with producers over policy, mines minister Christopher Yaluma said on Tuesday. "The outlook for Zambian mining looks very very positive," he told the African News... 

Jubilee exercises 40% Kabwe option

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th February 2018 AltX- and Aim-listed Jubilee Metals Group intends to exercise its option to earn a 40% interest in BMR Group’s Kabwe lead/zinc project, in Zambia, after a comprehensive technical, financial and legal due diligence. This increases Jubilee’s effective interest in the Kabwe project to 57.41%,... 

AfDB boosts ALBC Fund books with R140m loan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th February 2018 To further enhance the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCB Fund) portfolio and promote the development of domestic capital markets across the continent, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a loan of R140-million. The senior loan, with a seven-year tenor including a two-year grace... 

Zest WEG Group 

     5th February 2018 The Zest WEG Group has a strong commitment to contributing to the development of the African region, and has been servicing the mining sector on the continent for more than 35 years.  

Intrepid shareholders approve sale of Zambia project to Weatherly

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2018 Shareholders of ASX-listed Intrepid Mines have voted in favour of Weatherly International's acquisition of the Kitumba copper project, in Zambia. The proposed A$4.75-million deal was announced in December. 

M&C Zambia Now Offers In-House 12 Dynamic Ton Balancing Service

     2nd February 2018 The largest balancing machine in Zambia was recently successfully commissioned at Marthinusen & Coutts’ Zambian operation in Kitwe. The fully upgraded 12 ton Schenck machine is capable of balancing rotors up to 12 tons at operating speeds up to 3300 r/min, 5.5 metre in length and with diameters... 

New coal terminal planned for Beira could be a gateway to the east

By: Kim Cloete     2nd February 2018 A coal terminal planned for construction at Mozambique’s Beira port could be a gateway for imports and exports from the landlocked countries of Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Botswana and could greatly boost coal exports to India. Essar Ports CEO Tej Nargundkar... 

Digitalisation major topic at railways expo and conference

     2nd February 2018 In line with trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics and machine learning, digitalisation will play a major role in this year’s Africa Rail agenda. The conference will look at the innovative technologies and systems that are transforming the African industry and... 

Getting more efficient

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd February 2018 About four years ago, I launched a project called the 400 W house. The house I proposed would use no more than an average of 400 W of electricity an hour over a 24 hour period. I specified a fridge that would use 180 W, a TV at 90 W, an induction cooker/hob at 900 W and an induction water heater... 

Zambia's chamber of mines says rail transport law 'inappropriate and unworkable' 

By: Reuters     31st January 2018 A new Zambian law compelling mining companies and other bulk cargo firms to transport at least 30% of their freight by rail is "economically inappropriate and unworkable" and should be reviewed, the Chamber of Mines said on Wednesday. Transport Minister Brian Mushimba said on Friday the law was... 

Rio-Carb is a one-stop shop for complete wear solutions

     29th January 2018 A number of innovations adopted successfully in 2017 has seen Rio-Carb become a one-stop shop for all wear solutions, in addition to supplying a range of wear materials.These innovations include modular chutes, the design of hybrid liner packages for haul trucks, upgraded liner packaging, and an... 

Zambia court dismisses First Quantum bid to stop $1.4bn lawsuit

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 A $1.4-billion lawsuit against Canada's First Quantum Minerals in Zambia will go ahead, a Zambian court ruled after dismissing the company's bid to stop the case. State-owned ZCCM-IH launched action in October 2016 to sue First Quantum for $1.4-billion over claims that the Canadian company... 

Zambia says miners must move 30% cargo by railway 

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 Mining firms and other bulk cargo firms in Zambia must transport at least 30% of their freight by railway, the government said on Friday, imposing a law to revive the sector. Transport Minister Brian Mushimba told reporters there was evidence of a huge imbalance between use of the road and rail... 

Junior projects lighting bright path into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group, which designs, manufactures, markets and installs electrical products and solutions across the full electrical spectrum, is achieving great success with its new specially crafted ‘pavement pounding, search and solve’ business model that ensures... 

Michael Higley

     26th January 2018 This week we feature Michael Higley, VP Operations at FedEx, a company that provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transport, ecommerce and business services   

Cradle Arc's London listing to fund Botswana copper

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 Copper producer Cradle Arc embarked on a new London listing on Wednesday to fund production in Botswana, considered by miners as a safe African jurisdiction seeking to diversify its economy from its reliance on diamonds. Formerly known as Alecto Minerals, which ceased trading last July, Cradle... 

Zimbabwe considers building gold, diamond reserves to back currency relaunch

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2018 Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said his government is considering building reserves of gold and diamonds to back the eventual relaunch of the country’s own currency. The nation abandoned the Zimbabwe dollar in February 2009 after an economic collapse saw inflation surge to about... 

Botswana to spend $495m to extend power grid to northwest

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) on Monday launched a P4.8-billion ($495-million) project to build an electricity transmission line to connect the northwest of the country, a centre of copper mining and tourism, to the national grid. Domestic consumers in the region currently rely on imports... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over South Africa amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

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