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Sub-Saharan Africa

JV to look for renewables, energy efficiency opportunities for African mines

Infrastructure solutions company Akhani Group signed a joint venture with South African energy management services company Energy Cybernetics in May to identify renewable-energy and energy efficiency opportunities for mining companies in...
1st August 2014

NPO tackles high TB rate at SA gold mines

All stakeholders need to get involved to help prevent the spreading of tuberculosis across Southern Africa’s gold mining sector 
Shedding light on the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic that continues to pervade the global mining industry, international nonprofit biotechnology company with a mission to develop TB vaccines, Aeras, released a documentary highlighting the need for...
1st August 2014
Legislative Environment

Commodity prices impact on mineral rents

Mining companies operating in Africa need to understand that fluctuating commodity prices impact on mineral rents, says mining risk analysis company Eunomix MD Claude Baissac. Baissac was the guest speaker at an event hosted last month by Africa...
11th July 2014

Regulatory intervention into executive pay levels may be ‘disastrous’

As the issue of the pay gap between top executives and entry-level workers became more prominent, regulatory intervention into the matter was becoming more likely; however, advisory firm PwC warned that this could have undesired consequences....
9th July 2014

‘Hot spot’ Ivory Coast may host next new Randgold mine Video Available

Randgold CEO Mark Bristow (left) and Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer  Under-explored Ivory Coast, which has just introduced what is seen as the most investor-friendly mining code in Africa, may become the site of the sixth mine that the London- and Nasdaq-listed Randgold Resources will build on the continent....
3rd July 2014

Aveng announces R830m of impairments for 2014 FY

Following financial losses at Aveng Grinaker-LTA for the financial years 2012 through 2014, allied to prolonged weakness within the local infrastructure environment and the limited evidence of near-term market improvement, construction major Aveng...
2nd July 2014

Call made for separate legal framework for oil and gas exploration in SA

SHALE GAS BIDDING The creation of a specific hydrocarbons legislation for the oil and gas industry in South Africa will foster foreign investment opportunities Estimates that South Africa has the world’s fifth largest reserves of shale gas has the potential to attracted international investment into the country, with PwC estimating that as much as $1-billion is set to be spent on shale gas exploration....
20th June 2014

Tense labour climate exacts big economic toll

The World Bank has made a further material downward revision to South Africa’s growth outlook for 2014, citing tense labour-market conditions as a key reason, along with weak electricity supply and tighter monetary policy. The bank’s latest...
20th June 2014

New CSMI head building ties with overseas centres of excellence

The Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry is in the process of building international ties with research centres of excellence, while simultaneously taking up the increased opportunities to develop a more Africa-focused research agenda
In her new role as director of the University of the Witwatersrand's (Wits') Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI), Professor Caroline Digby is now actively involved in achieving the centre’s objective of instilling a...
13th June 2014

Bank cites labour tensions as it again cuts SA’s growth outlook

The World Bank has made a further material downward revision to South Africa’s growth outlook for 2014, citing tense labour-market conditions as a key reason, along with weak electricity supply and tighter monetary policy. The bank’s latest...
11th June 2014
Coal Insight

ADT fleet goes underground

Global heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment’s newly launched E-series articulated dump trucks (ADTs) are being used by companies across sub-Saharan Africa to haul a variety of material both above and below ground. The E-series ADT, which...
30th May 2014
Mining Services

Smelting companies prepare for economic upturn

INDUSTRY REVIVAL Several of Tenova Pyromet's clients are considering the feasibility of new projects There appear to be signs of a potential revival in furnace projects in sub-Saharan Africa, says electric furnaces and associated plant equipment supplier Tenova Pyromet, which is part of the international Tenova Mining & Minerals group. Tenova...
23rd May 2014
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