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Electromechanical drivetrain solution unveiled Electromechanical drivetrain solution unveiled
Published: 12 Oct 18
Integrated technological solutions provider Siemens – in partnership with its subsidiary Flender and engineering solutions provider Tech Edge – unveiled a complete electromechanical cable belt conveyor drivetrain solution during a demonstration last month. Siemens, Flender and Tech Edge announced during the demonstration – held in Edenvale – that they had formed a partnership that enabled them to develop such a solution that is ideally suited to the needs of the mining industry.
 Zest WEG Group launches new motor monitoring solution Zest WEG Group launches new motor monitoring solution
Published: 12 Oct 18
Motors and controls manufacturer WEG subsidiary Zest WEG Group has launched the first phase of its WEG Motor Scan solution – a motor performance monitoring solution for electric motors. Speaking to Mining Weekly at the official product launch, held at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition last month, Zest WEG Group electric division rotating machines manager Fanie Steyn said that Phase I of the solution will facilitate the monitoring of electric motor installations and optimise access to critical information regarding motor performance.
Shanta looking  to positive future in Tanzania Shanta looking to positive future in Tanzania
Published: 12 Oct 18
Amid recent changes to Tanzanian mining legislation that has emphasised localisation, Guernsey-based East Africa gold producer Shanta Gold remains optimistic about its future mining prospects in the country, says Shanta Gold CEO Eric Zurrin. “The new legislation has worked in our favour, as we have taken this change as a silver lining to our operations to ensure that we strengthen our relations with local suppliers and employ local personnel to work at our mines.”
Graphex positive common ground to be found  Graphex positive common ground to be found
Published: 12 Oct 18
Australian mineral exploration and development company Graphex Mining submitted a 200-page document to the Tanzanian Ministry of Minerals earlier this month. The submission contains recommendations regarding the new mining legislation that was announced in Tanzania in July 2017. “At one of our last meetings with the Minister of Minerals Angellah Kairuki, she requested that we [Graphex] present a submission that not only explains the issues, concerns and clarifications that financiers are seeking but also provides more evidence on why what is currently is in place may not work and what we are proposing could work, and how other African countries deal with similar concepts,” explains Graphex MD Phil Hoskins.
Encouraging results  from maiden drill Encouraging results from maiden drill
Published: 12 Oct 18
The assay results from Australian mineral exploration and development company Strandline Resources maiden air-core (AC) drill programme and the second round of auger drilling at the Bagamoyo (BG) mineral sands project in Tanzania have provided the company with encouraging results. The BG-2 anomaly has received relatively wide spaced AC drilling along its 4.5 km length, and remains open across and along the strike, which confirms the potential scale of the system. The drilling of additional auger holes into the BG-4 anomaly has established the potential for north-west trending high-grade strands parallel to the current coast.
Armadale releases  half-year results Armadale releases half-year results
Published: 12 Oct 18
Australian investment company Armadale Capital released its half-year report in September, showing a 25% resource upgrade proving that the Mahenge Liandu project is a significant discovery and detailing the completion of various projects. Armadale has been focusing on the scoping study and commencement of the feasibility study for its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, including diamond drilling and infill reverse circulation drilling for the first six months of 2018.
Potential to expand  mineral sands project Potential to expand mineral sands project
Published: 12 Oct 18
The latest drilling results from Australian mineral exploration and development company Strandline Resources show there is significant potential to expand its 100% owned Tanga South Tajiri mineral sands project in Tanzania. The reconnaissance drilling returned multiple intersections of high-grade mineral sands from surface of up to 60 m thick and highlighted the strong potential to extend the existing Tajiri T4C Channel mineral resource at Tajiri to the north and south along the 7.5 km strike length.
Ore Corp increases shareholding Ore Corp increases shareholding
Published: 12 Oct 18
Australian development company Ore Corp received approval from the Tanzanian Fair Competition Commission (FCC) to increase its interest in the Nyanzaga Mining Company Limited (NMCL) to 51%. However, the move remains subject to the approval of the newly established Mining Commission. The application for approval from the Mining Commission was lodged at the same time as the application was lodged at the FCC. The move is also dependent on the payment of $3-million to global investment company Acacia Group.
Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages
Published: 12 Oct 18
The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss. Eskom has indicated that, currently, 10 of its 15 coal-fired power stations have less than 20 days of coal stock levels available to them. Of the ten understocked stations, four  –Arnot, Hendrina, Kriel and Tutuka, all in Mpumalanga – have coal stock levels of less than ten days, says Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe.
Junior miner reports progress at its South African nickel/copper/platinum group project
Published: 12 Oct 18
Early this month, London AIM-listed exploration and development group URU Metals released its final results for the 2017/2018 financial year (which ended on March 31 this year). During that year the company’s activities were focused on the exploration and development of its mineral properties in South Africa, particularly the Zebediela Nickel project. (Its other, less advanced, South African project is Burgersfort Nickel.)
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