Minister Gwede Mantashe officially opens first mining summit in KwaZulu-Natal, 18 Apr

KwaZulu-Natal has organised a ground-breaking mining summit aimed at unlocking opportunities for small enterprises, buddying miners and emerging industrialists along the mining industry value chain. The summit, which will be officially opened by the Department of Mineral Resources Minister Mr Gwede Mantashe, will be characterized by high level inputs from various stakeholders in the mining space in order to ensure a more rapid inclusion of more Black Africans in this lucrative sector. Outlining the importance of the summit, Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC, Mr Sihle Zikalala said: “We…

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“Anglo American Platinum and Yokogawa Forging a New Way Forward – Mining Opportunities with new local business entity”

Strategic Alliance: Back from left: Fazel Majlessi, senior executive manager at Yokogawa SA; Vinesh Maharaj, senior manager at Yokogawa SA; and Donald Mokomane, regional local procurement manager at Platinum’s Rustenburg Multi-Purpose Hub. Front from left: Theko Letsie, business development director; and Lesley Kennedy Pholose, public relations manager, both from 3E Control and Instrumentation.   Yokogawa South Africa is proud to announce the signing of a distributor agreement with 3E Control and Instrumentation (3E C&I) to support local business development by the supply of their wide range of instrumentation products in…

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NitraLife nitrogen generators: In for the ‘long haul’ with Jabula Plant Hire

Of all the components on a commercial vehicle, tyres are one of the more critical items, as their reliability affects not only the vehicle’s performance but its safety as well. National heavy duty transporter Jabula Plant Hire is keenly aware of this and, for this reason, takes proactive steps to make sure that tyre life and performance are maximised. Founded in 1995, Jabula Plant Hire has grown to be one of South Africa’s top five earthmoving and mining commodity logistics companies, on the strength of its innovative solutions and superior…

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Botswana Diamonds just raised more than $695K to boost exploration

Shares in Africa-focused Botswana Diamonds (LON:BOD) received a much-needed boost on Wednesday after the miner announced it had has raised £500,000 (about $695,060 at current rates) to fund ongoing exploration in South Africa and Botswana. The company said the sum was collected through the issue of 50-million shares to new and existing investors at a price of 1p a share. Miner will begin exploration work in the Sunland Minerals joint venture with Russia’s Alrosa. Proceeds from the placing will fund ongoing diamond exploration in South Africa and Botswana, and will also provide the company with additional working capital, Botswana…

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Powering the mines of the future

·         Dedicated Mining Minerals, Metals division ·         Delivering 10% increase in capacity ·         Digitisation, IoT lead the way   Johannesburg South Africa, – Schneider Electric will be attending the Mining Indaba, being held 5-8 February 2018 in Cape Town. As part of the Indaba, Mining 2050 innovation will discuss the best strategies for taking mining operations to the next level over 10-30 years. “It is this section that the company is most interested in,” says Wilhelm Swart, Vice President for Schneider Electric South Africa’s Mining, Minerals and Metals (MMM) Africa Business.…

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Sibanye-Stillwater to buy troubled platinum producer Lonmin

LONDON – South Africa’s precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has agreed to buy Lonmin in an all-share deal, valuing the troubled platinum producer at about $382 million, the two companies said on Thursday. Lonmin, the world’s third biggest platinum producer, has faced the combined pressures of low platinum prices and challenges of operating in South Africa, where laying off workers to improve profitability is a fraught issue. Its share price in London was up 18% by 0822 GMT, while Sibanye-Stillwater’s fell 2.6% in Johannesburg trade. “The flexibility inherent in the larger…

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‘Mining’ the most out of OTR tyres with NitraLife’s nitrogen filling: improved safety, better inflation and less ‘hot air’

Today, in the mining industry, safety standards are more stringent than ever. Should a mine experience an incident, which results in an injury or even a fatality, the subsequent legal consequences and financial penalties can be severe. A potential risk in open-pit mines concerns the ultra-large tyres on off-the-road (OTR) vehicles. Over the past couple of decades, there have been recorded instances of these tyres catching fire and, in some cases, actually exploding – with potentially serious consequences. However, nitrogen tyre inflation has proven to be very effective at preventing…

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SA Business Delegation Arrives in Lubumbashi to Seek Investment and Export Opportunies

The South African business delegation has arrived in Lubumbashi for the second leg of the Initiative and Trade and Investment (ITI) organised and funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). The ITI which, started in Kinshasa on Monday will continue today in the mining capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) till Saturday, 11 November 2018. The ITI will assist in building relationships between South Africa and the DRC companies and also increase exports of the South Africa value-added goods to the DRC market. The business…

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Spanjaard Limited Launches EP2 Grease

lubrication of plain, needle, ball and roller bearings

Spanjaard Limited, leading manufacturer of special lubricants and allied chemical products, has introduced EP2 Grease to its range of products. Spanjaard identified a need for a high quality lower-cost multipurpose grease to complement its range of specialised greases and has therefore introduced EP2 Grease to fulfil the needs of the market. Spanjaard EP2 Grease is a high quality, all purpose, lithium-based grease. It is suitable for lubrication of plain, needle, ball and roller bearings of all types. Spanjaard EP2 Grease is fortified with rust and oxidation inhibitors and is suitable…

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How SA turned gold mining riches into rusty ruins

While our attentions have been focused on the ever-engrossing political manoeuvrings this past week, one important event might have escaped our attention: SA’s greatest gold mining company has in effect left the country. ©Neil Lockhart 123rf.com You can tell it has left because AngloGold Ashanti spokesmen have told us the company is definitely not leaving the country. But the fact remains that the group has just one mine and a tailings operation left in SA. This follows the sale of the Moab Khotsong mine, the mothballed Great Noligwa mines and its…

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