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DRC’s new President an ‘unknown factor’ as far as mining is concerned DRC’s new President an ‘unknown factor’ as far as mining is concerned
Published: 08 Feb 19
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), lying pretty much in the centre of Africa, is geographically the 11th biggest country in the world and is well-known for its mineral riches. In its most recent (2014) report “The Mineral Industry of Congo (Kinshasa)”, the US Geological Survey (USGS) noted that the country “played a globally significant role in the world’s production of cobalt, copper, diamonds, tantalum, and tin. In 2014, the country’s share of the world’s mined cobalt production amounted to 51%; tantalum, 17%; diamond, 13%; copper, 6%; refined cobalt, nearly 4%, and tin, 2%. … [It] accounted for about 47% of the world’s cobalt reserves.” It is also believed to have rich deposits of gold, potash and zinc.
Containerised workshop facilitates hydraulic services
Published: 19 Oct 18
Hydraulics components supplier Hytec Services Africa (HSA), part of hydraulic components supplier Hytec Group, has launched its mine site based containerised hose workshops to provide a comprehensive onsite hose and fittings service to its mining clients across Africa. Set up in refurbished and branded shipping containers varying in size from 20 ft to 40 ft, the workshops not only provide hose and fittings services, but also enable Hytec to supply its entire range of hydraulic services on a mine site – effectively functioning as an onsite mobile branch.
DRC, Tanzania resource nationalist measures more extreme – Leon
Published: 10 Oct 18
The resource nationalist measures being implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania are significantly more extreme than those being adopted and even considered in most other African countries. One likely reason for this is that the DRC and Tanzania both suffer from significant institutional weaknesses. In that sense, they are outliers, but the general trend is undoubtedly in the direction of greater fiscal control and greater state intervention, as espoused in the African Mining Vision adopted by the African Union in 2009. This calls for transparent and equitable revenue collection and distribution; and leveraging mining to stimulate beneficiation,  procurement) and the development of infrastructure, technology and skills.
Dr Con Fauconnier latest inductee in South African Mining Hall of Fame
Published: 05 Oct 18
Dr Con Fauconnier was inducted into the Joburg Indaba’s South African Mining Hall of Fame, this week.  
Transerve Filtration appointed as Cummins Filtration dealer, opens Middelburg branch Has PDF
Published: 21 Sep 18
Cummins Filtration is pleased to announce the recent appointment of mining and construction filtration specialist Transerve Filtration as a Distributor Dealer, with full use of Cummins Filtration, and Cummins-owned original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Fleetguard’s, fuel-filtration solutions across all its branches in the Northern Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga. Transerve specialises in supplying Fleetguard filters, hardware, coolant, oil products and accessories, which will be used mainly to service its clients in the mining sector. For the past 25 years, Transerve was using a major competitor’s fuel-filtration solutions, but made the switch to Fleetguard after such a lengthy period as it was looking for a reliable, trustworthy partner that can provide new-technology solutions focused on reducing customer maintenance costs in the long-term, Transerve Managing Director Willie van Zyl explains.
Denison to showcase Canada uranium project with release of PFS next month
Published: 10 Aug 18
Canada-based Denison Mines is gearing up for the release of a prefeasibility study (PFS) focusing on largest undeveloped high-grade uranium project in the eastern Athabasca basin. Following two years of exploration and project development work, the PFS for the Wheeler River project will be finalised next month, reports president and CEO David Cates.
SA needs passive fire protection
Published: 27 Jul 18
Safety in mining is a high priority in South Africa, and the country needs to adopt stricter regulations regarding passive fire protection systems, says global technologies company Hilti South Africa mining, business development manager Hector Cerdio. More awareness should also be created regarding the different fire risks in mining, he says, adding that Hilti South Africa has found gaps in the implementation of passive fire protection systems at all local mining companies.
Africa Mining Projects in Progress 2018 (Second Edition) Africa Mining Projects in Progress 2018 (Second Edition) Has PDF
Published: 24 Jul 18
Mining is one of Africa’s major export industries, with global affairs and evolving market conditions shaping the industry landscape. While Africa initially gained a reputation for its gold and diamond resources, the African mining industry is now also being recognised for its copper, cobalt, manganese and platinum group metals resources. This edition of Creamer Media’s Africa Mining Projects in Progress highlights some of the prospective projects on the continent that have been announced in some of these sectors, focusing on recent preliminary economic assessments, scoping, prefeasibility and definitive/bankable feasibility studies, as well as some of the projects that are already under way.
Solution enhances use rates for mine fleet
Published: 01 Jun 18
A total fuel-filtration solution from power and engine multinational Cummins’ Fleetguard has ensured that a haul-truck fleet at a large copper mine in Zambia has achieved use rates of between 85% and 90%, after previously experiencing operational difficulties relating to substandard fuel qualities, which had reduced the fleet’s run-time capacity to 65%. “Since the solution was implemented in June 2017, the mine’s downtime has reduced significantly, as injector and fuel-pump failures were substantially less. This has provided for longer service intervals on the haul trucks, increased oil lifespan, and improved equipment availability, which has equated to significant improvement in production volumes at the mine, while generating substantial savings and reducing the total cost of ownership,” Cummins Filtration Africa mining manager Tinus Naude indicates.
Cummins Filtration Provides Total Fleetguard Solution To Major Zambian Copper Mine Has PDF
Published: 11 May 18
A total fuel-filtration solution from Fleetguard has ensured that a haul-truck fleet at a large copper mine in Zambia has achieved utilisation rates of between 85% and 90%, after previously experiencing operational difficulties relating to substandard fuel qualities, which had reduced the fleet’s run-time capacity to 65%. The haul trucks were not achieving the targeted 350-hours service intervals on the fuel filters due to sporadic blockages. Fitted with Cummins QSK50 MCRS engines, onboard filter, injector, and injector-pump failures were occurring.
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