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On-The-Air (21/09/2018) Has Audio
Published: 21 Sep 18
Japan is forecasting a massive market for fuel cells that use South African platinum; South African company Isondo this week reported that it is at the ready to produce fuel cell components locally; and Global commentators this week called on resource-rich African countries to use their wonderful mineral endowments to take their people out of poverty.
Fuel cell parts manufacturer ready to commission plant
Published: 21 Sep 18
Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from Germany, arrived in the country during June 2018 and is currently in storage in Johannesburg. The MEA is the core component of a fuel cell.
Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies
Published: 21 Sep 18
The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining efficiency and safety for personnel – as mining becomes deeper in search of orebodies – is using alternative rock-breaking methods to replace the legacy explosives-based methods.
Supplier grows installed base of Cavex hydrocyclones Has Video
Published: 21 Sep 18
There is a fast-growing installed base of Cavex hydrocyclone technology in coal processing in both classification and dense-medium separation (DMS) applications, according to mining equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa. “This is as a result of the lower total cost of ownership achieved by clients using the Cavex hydrocyclones in their operations,” Weir Minerals Africa cyclones product manager Sheldon Gabriel tells Mining Weekly.
Manufacturer ready to commission plant
Published: 21 Sep 18
Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from Germany, arrived in the country during June 2018 and is currently in storage in Johannesburg. The MEA is the core component of a fuel cell.
Local coal future depends on economic situation
Published: 21 Sep 18
Coal mining currently provides more than 86 000 jobs locally, and this figure will increase as more junior mines are expected to open in the future, provided that the economic situation “does not deteriorate further”, says coal consulting company XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost. South African coal production has remained stagnant during the last five years because of a lack of incentives and capital to implement new coal projects. However, production will soon drop drastically because some of the older, larger mine reserves are almost exhausted, he tells Mining Weekly.
R&D on clean coal technologies crucial in SA
Published: 21 Sep 18
The research and development (R&D) of clean coal technologies in South Africa is absolutely necessary, says Fossil Fuel Foundation director and recently retired Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative Clean Coal Technology chair Professor Rosemary Falcon. Clean coal technologies are a collection of technologies being developed to reduce the environmental impact of coal during production and in energy generation.
Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies
Published: 21 Sep 18
The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining efficiency and safety for personnel – as mining becomes deeper in search of orebodies – is using alternative rock-breaking methods to replace the legacy explosives-based methods.
Investor confidence takes on new hue, South Africa needs to embrace it with vigour
Published: 21 Sep 18
Investor confidence is no longer a stand-alone in the South African context, where it includes other key confidences. In delivering 51% higher headline earnings of R4 814-million in the 12 months to June 30 accompanied by a hefty R1.7-billion cumulative dividend payout, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe gave a view on investor confidence that goes beyond the norm.
Resource-rich Africa, Masama coal mine and Pan African's reconfiguration make headlines Has Video
Published: 20 Sep 18
Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses getting resource-rich Africa on the road the success, the Masama coal mine and Pan African’s reconfigured gold operations.  
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