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Iron-ore from Limpopo and the Northern Cape has so far generated a staggering R23.5-billion in dividends for black shareholders; Strike-hit Anglo American Platinum is planning to spend up to R100-million on its mechanised mines, which survived...
25th July 2014
 
COSTS

New metrics enhance transparency of gold miners' cost reporting

The World Gold Council’s (WGC’s) supplementary ‘all-in’ cost metrics have helped gold miners to provide more external transparency regarding their cost reporting, while the metrics have enabled them to internally drive change by equipping...
25th July 2014
 
EDITORIAL INSIGHT

Boardroom bargaining tops rest, platinum sales ‘normal’ in strike, 60 000 ex-miners claim R5bn

The National Union of Mineworkers and JSE-listed Royal Bafokeng Platinum have struck top wage and housing deal; platinum sales continued “at normal levels” during the five-month strike; and 60 000 former mineworkers have now come forward to...
25th July 2014
 
Potash

Brazil-based potash project in development phase

POSITIVE RESULTS Verde Potash published a positive update in March on Cerrado Verde’s measured and indicated resource Brazil-based fertiliser development company Verde Potash is focusing on securing an environmental licence for its Cerrado Verde potash project, which is currently in the development stage, in Brazil’s Minas Gerais province. Verde Potash CEO...
25th July 2014
 
Ferrous Metals

Continuous product development necessary

CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT
As part of product development, Sandvik’s considerations include the design of rotary bits with more operational flexibility
Considering some of the key challenges currently facing the iron-ore industry, there is a definite need for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to focus on product research and development for specific customised products, says tooling,...
25th July 2014
 
Ferrous Metals

Drilling programme aims to double iron-ore project resource

NEW ESTIMATION
Ferrex expects the second drilling programme at the South African Malelane iron-ore project to double the estimated inferred resource
Aim-listed exploration and development company Ferrex hopes to at least double the inferred resource – 139-million tonnes at 37% iron – of its Mpumalanga-based Malelane iron-ore project with the second drilling programme, due to start in...
25th July 2014
 
INNOVATION

Fingerprint sensors unaffected by grime and sweat

GREG SARRAIL This fingerprint technology can be used as a solution for authorised access control at entry points and for controlling attendance at mines  Fingerprint biometrics company Lumidigm’s V-Series fingerprint sensors are rugged and reliable, making them suited to use in the mining industry, where traditional fingerprint biometrics have a difficult adoption rate because the environment...
25th July 2014
 
Ferrous Metals

Increased demand for wear solutions

PRODUCT INNOVATION
Nordbak has developed a new ceramic pipelining to ensure the cost effectiveness of pipelines at iron-ore mines
South African wear and corrosion solutions provider Nordbak says there has been a significant increase in demand for its lagged pulleys and ceramic pipe linings from South African iron-ore mines over the past two years. “The significant increase...
25th July 2014
 
Exploration

Infrastructure plan finalised for Congo project

SOLID RESOURCE
Core Mining’s Avima project aims to produce 35-million tonnes a year of high-grade shipping ore over the 25-year life-of-mine 
Despite the logistics challenges of iron-ore developer Core Mining’s Avima project, in the Republic of the Congo (Congo), a two-phased feasible infrastructure plan was finalised in the past few months to allow for iron-ore to be exported from...
25th July 2014
 
Ferrous Metals

Investors shift focus to adequate infrastructure, higher-grade deposits

FOCUS SHIFT
SRK Consulting South Africa expects investor emphasis to shift to higher-grade iron-ore deposits
The upsurge in iron-ore exports from South Africa and Africa in the past five years, largely driven by Chinese demand, has not only gradually diminished in the past year but has also caused a slowdown in African exploration and project development...
25th July 2014
 
Exploration

Iron-ore developer confident in Congo project

INFRASTRUCTURE ACCESS
The Mayoko-Moussondji resource is located 500 m from an existing operational railway that leads to existing deep-water port
Despite the iron-ore price dropping below $100/t, ASX-listed iron-ore explorer and developer Equatorial Resources tells Mining Weekly that its confidence in its iron-ore projects in the Republic of Congo (Congo) remains strong. “Equatorial...
25th July 2014
 
COAL

Joburg firm to complete supply of 3 730 m2 of grating to Impumelelo colliery this month

MADE TO SPEC
Gridfast manufactures and supplies handrailing and stanchions; standard grating panels; fabricated grating floors; stair treads; and trench covers
Johannesburg-based industrial grating and hand railing manufacturer Gridfast will this month complete the supply of 3 730 m2 of grating and 2 500 stair treads to coal miner Sasol Mining’s Impumelelo colliery in Secunda, Mpumalanga.
25th July 2014
 
 
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