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JRA commits over R12m to resurface the M2 motorway by end-June
Published: 11 May 22
The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has committed over R12-million towards the resurfacing of the M2 motorway. The three-pronged project, which entails the resurfacing of the M2 motorway Eastbound,
MD Raymond Obermeyer SEW-EURODRIVE’s best-fit solutions match miners’ needs, provides every-day assistance Has Video
Published: 11 May 22
Drives and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE offers customised best-fit solutions that match a mine’s application needs, which it achieves through providing the electric motors, gearmotors, gearboxes and girth gears that keep everyday mining equipment moving and working, along with the inverters and other equipment used to power and control these machines. Found in underground and overland mining conveyors, winches, and bucket elevators, to name a few, MD Raymond Obermeyer notes that the company’s purpose-built adaptable solutions are supplied to the industry with high quality and complete drive solutions, which include modular industrial gears and gearmotor systems, as well as a comprehensive range of services that meet the needs of the mining industry’s entire value chain.
Ghaghoo sale falls through, but Botswana Diamonds remains hopeful of a future deal
Published: 11 May 22
Aim- and BSE-listed diamond explorer Botswana Diamonds reports that, despite intensive advanced and ongoing discussions with interested parties, its board has been unable to secure a new joint venture (JV) partner to acquire the Ghaghoo mine before the extended long-stop date of May 10. The share sale agreement with Gem Diamonds for the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary Gem Diamonds Botswana, which owns the Ghaghoo mine, has, therefore, lapsed.

MTN Group links remuneration of senior executives to ESG goals
Published: 11 May 22
Telecommunications giant MTN Group has linked the remuneration of senior executives with the group’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets, supporting the delivery of its Ambition 2025 strategy and, in particular, the strategic priority to create shared value with ESG at the core. The variable elements of executive compensation, both short-term incentives (STIs) and long-term incentives (LTIs), now depend on the progress of the three ESG goals of reaching net zero, enhancing diversity and inclusion and extending rural broadband.
Pic of SRK Consulting director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl SRK Consulting assisting clients with technological evolution of mining Has Video
Published: 11 May 22
While original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) tend to drive the technological evolution of mining equipment toward lower-carbon options, engineering consultancy SRK Consulting director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl says the company assists clients to “understand exactly how these solutions impact indices like cost, productivity and mine plans”. For example, the introduction of new technology into a feasibility study impacts the confidence of the modifying factors linked to resource and reserve determination.
WAPA encourages government to release 1 200 GHz of WiFi 6E spectrum
Published: 11 May 22
New data shows that South Africa could benefit by $57.76-billion over the next 10 years by enabling 1 200 license-exempt megahertz in the 6 GHz band. This comprises $34.81-billion in gross domestic product contribution, $13.32-billion in producer surplus to South African businesses and $9.63-billion in consumer surplus.
Newmont anticipates to move forward with Peru mine expansion - CEO
Published: 11 May 22
Gold miner Newmont is anticipating that it will move forward on a $2-billion investment on the so-called Yanacocha sulfides project in Peru, CEO Tom Palmer said on Tuesday. The remarks are the strongest support yet for a project that Newmont says will only be fully decided later this year. Peru is the world's No. 2 copper producer and a major producer of gold.
Europe looking to get 1Mt/y of coal from Botswana, says President Masisi
Published: 11 May 22
Botswana has been inundated with inquiries to supply coal to Europe and estimates that demand from Western countries could top a million tonnes a year, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said on Tuesday, as the Ukraine war forces Europe to pivot more to Africa for energy resources. Since Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of February, Europe has sought to cut its gas imports from Russia, which many European nations previously relied on, and is looking at other parts of the world to meet its fuel demand, including coal.
Elon Musk says Tesla open to buying a mining company
Published: 11 May 22
Tesla is open to buying a mining company if producing its own supply of electric vehicle (EV) metals would speed up worldwide adoption of clean energy technologies, CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday. Concern is mounting across the EV industry that there may not be enough supply of lithium, nickel, copper and other metals to match demand later this decade, fueling questions about whether Tesla would consider jumping into the mining sector. "It's not out of the question," Musk told the FT Future of the Car 2022 conference. "We will address whatever limitations are on accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy. It's not that we wish to buy mining companies, but if that's the only way to accelerate the transition, then we will do that."
Pic of BASF global digitisation in mining head Ken Plozza Robust AI-focused partnership improving downstream mining processes Has Video
Published: 11 May 22
Chemicals company BASF Mining Solution’s latest and “most exciting” new project is a partnership with service provider Intellisense.io, where the two companies are working together to develop dynamic and robust artificial intelligence- (AI-) based solutions for downstream mining processes. The platform called the BASF Intelligent Mine (powered by Intellisense.io) focuses on maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit operations involved in the recovery of minerals and concentrates.

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