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On-The-Air (15/02/2019) Has Audio
Published: 15 Feb 19
African countries are streaking ahead of South Africa on the mining automation front; mining companies are opting for solar power because it is cheaper than Eskom power; and only black-owned companies will be allowed to buy the seven mining operations that are up for sale in Mpumalanga. White-owned companies are excluded.
Harmony Gold and DRDGold make headlines Has Video
Published: 15 Feb 19
Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks Harmony Gold rising to President Cyril Ramaphosa's ten-point mining challenge, DRDGold calling Eskom’s grid upkeep problematic and, Harmony looking to solar power and biofuel energy.  
South African foundry involved in product development
Published: 15 Feb 19
South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is developing a critical furnace component as part of a cooperation agreement with a major Canada-based consulting firm. Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes tells Mining Weekly that the development is “top secret” and that the component will “revolutionise” the industry by significantly lengthening the production life of a blast furnace. Design and initial testing are complete, and a full production run is under way. The Canadian consulting firm will place the component into accrual production furnaces for the ultimate tests.
Constant improvement crucial for the mining industry
Published: 15 Feb 19
Industry organisation the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC’s) is to hold its annual convention in Toronto, Canada from March 3 to 6, and PDAC president Glenn Mullan says the convention must constantly improve to benefit people in the industry. “Staying relevant is imperative to remaining the world’s premier mineral exploration and mining convention. With that in mind, we have an excellent line-up for 2019,” he tells Mining Weekly.
Government key role-player fostering competitive minerals industry
Published: 15 Feb 19
Government plays a key role in creating a favourable environment for a competitive Canadian mineral industry that will continue to provide significant socioeconomic benefits, says industry organisation Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) president Glenn Mullan. He tells Mining Weekly that Canada’s mineral exploration and mining sector generates significant socioeconomic benefits for the country’s remote and Indigenous communities, as well as cities.
Nico project positioned to help meet growing cobalt demand
Published: 15 Feb 19
Development-stage mining company Fortune Minerals’ Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, is one of the few cobalt development stage projects situated outside of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that can support near-term accelerating demand for cobalt, says Fortune Minerals president and CEO Robin Goad. The project comprises a proposed mine and mill in the Northwest Territories and a refinery in Saskatchewan.
Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress
Published: 15 Feb 19
Amid slow progress in realising South Africa’s mineral beneficiation strategy – as set out in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) 2011 policy document – mining industry participants, analysts and experts are re-evaluating the feasibility of mineral beneficiation as a growth trajectory path. Minerals beneficiation has long been championed by government as one of the major drivers in advancing the empowerment of historically disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
Resources Watch Has Video
Published: 14 Feb 19
Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits; De Beers to spend R30m on diamond exploration this year; and, Ramaphosa challenges mining to take ten value-adding steps
Energy Roundup – February 2019 Energy Roundup – February 2019 Has PDF
Published: 08 Feb 19
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa. The February 2019 roundup covers activities in December 2018 and January 2019, and includes details of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of an Eskom Sustainability Task Team to advise government on actions to resolve the State-owned power company’s operational, structural and financial challenges; the South African Local Government Association’s rejection of State-owned power utility Eskom’s appeal for a 15% tariff increase over the next three years; and Eskom’s loan agreement with the Agence Française de Développement for R1.5-billion to extend its transmission grid along the West Coast.
On-The-Air (08/02/2019) Has Audio
Published: 08 Feb 19
The Mining Indaba has become a budding United Nations of Africa that is singing off the same hymn sheet to build a better continent. De Beers stole the Mining Indaba show by announcing a R30-million investment in diamond exploration in South Africa. Gold mining companies that destroy Africa’s environment are being barred from using official top-dollar marketing channels.
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