After the merger

Approved by the Competitions Commission, the completion of the takeover of Warman Africa by the Weir group was finalised in April 2008. The companies competed in the slurry pumps market in Africa and, while their combination provides consolidation, this is more than the merger of two groups with the same line of business.
Jan Lourens,
Jan Lourens, Weir Warman
Africa sales and marketing
director

Before the merger, Warman held a significant share in the African mining market for slurry pumps, and with the takeover Weir International not only gains that market position, but will use Warman’s footprint in Africa as a platform to expand the group’s range of products to the mining sector. For the moment slurry pumps contribute 90% of Weir Warman Africa’s business, but the five-year plan is to grow by increasing the range, to include water pumps, cyclones, mill liners and valves. All of these will be superior products at the upper end technologically. “In three years time we plan to double the size of our business in Africa,” Dave Athey, Africa region CEO of Weir Warman says. “We will be looking at the milling circuit as a whole.”

New project house goes for Africa

K’Enyuka, a recent addition to the ranks of the project houses, focuses on building hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical process plants. It has been focused on the PGM sector in South Africa, doing Engineering Procurement Construction Management (EPCM) contracts, and from this base has initiated a drive into the rest of Africa.

K’Enyuka, an associate company of RSV, has existed since February 2006. It was formed because RSV, which is focused on underground mining, needed access to process plant project skills. These skills were then taken and incorporated into the new company, one which is independent but has a strategic alliance with RSV.

Water Management and the Mining Industry

The two biggest areas of water management concerns for mines are the challenges of avoiding discharges of contaminated water, and water scarcity in dry areas.

Mines cannot ignore these challenges. In the one case, a lack of water availability could prevent new projects from being implemented. This is possible in South Africa on the Eastern Limb of the Bushveld Complex should the necessary water supply infrastructure not be developed. In the other case, the introduction of the Water Act (36 of 1998) in South Africa requires mines to focus on water management. In particular, regulation 704 of this Act implemented in 2001/02, requires water contaminated by mine usage to be contained and reused.

Canada – Africa mining partnership

The Canada – South Africa Chamber of Business was originally founded in 1994 to promote business and development interests between the two countries. However, reflecting its members broader geographic interests across Africa it has since expanded its focus to include sub-Saharan Africa.

Today the Canada – South Africa Chamber of Business has become the premier African focused business association in Canada. Based in Toronto, this not-for-profit organisation sees some 60% to 70% of its membership made up of mining and infrastructure focused companies. Its corporate membership comprises just over 100 companies and individuals. Members include groups such Hatch, De Beers and Fasken Martineau. It has a database of some 3,500 contacts, of whom some 700 to 1,000 attend the Chamber’s events in any given year.

Promoting mining investment in Africa

CANADA CONVENTION
Stephen Coates, president and CEO, Homeland Energy Group updates the audience on his South African coal project during one of three sessions at MineAfrica’s Investing in African Mining Seminar in Toronto during the 2008 Prospector and Developers Association of Canada Convention
It is an innovative concept and a successful one, a business development company focused on promoting mining investment specifically in Africa. Toronto based MineAfrica produces a series of seminar and business development and marketing programs for clients including mining companies with projects in Africa, service providers such as banks, law firms and engineering firms that serve the African mining industry, and African governments seeking foreign mining investment.

“MineAfrica is the ideal platform for companies and African countries to get their message to the North American and UK markets,” explains MineAfrica president Bruce Shapiro.

Gippsland qualifies for German loan

[img:Gippsland%20dust_0.jpg|Dusty work! – a
Gippsland crew
in Egypt
]Claremont, West Australia --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 26 November 2008 - Gippsland Limited – an Australian-based international resource company listed on the ASX and the AIM – announced today that the German Inter-ministerial Committee, led by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, has confirmed the eligibility of the company’s Abu Dabbab tantalum-tin-feldspar project for an untied term loan.

Algeria misses gold production target

[img:Algeria%20project_0.JPG|Earth moving in full
swing at Tirek-
Amesmessa gold
project in Algeria
]Algiers, Algeria --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 20 October 2008 - Algeria will fail to achieve an ambitious plan aimed at increasing its gold output from less than one tonne to more than three tonnes this year.

Quoting energy and mines minister Chakib Khelil, Reuters reported that gold production would drop to 700 kg, because of a lack of explosives which would also hit other mines, including zinc and lead.

Massive phosphates expansion in Morocco

[img:Morocco%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Mostafa Terrab,
Chief Executive,
OCP
]Casa Blanca, Morocco --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 13 October 2008 - The world’s leading phosphate exporter – Office Cherifien de Phosphate (OCP) – plans to invest more than US$12 billion (R100 billion) to expand its output and world market share.
 
Reporting from here, Reuters quotes OCP chief executive Mostafa Terrab as saying the investment would come in successive waves over the next seven to eight years to meet higher world market demand in the next cycle of growth.

Egyptian tantalum projects moving ahead

[img:tantalum%201.thumbnail.JPG|A Gippsland drilling
crew at work in
Egypt
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 06 October 2008 - Gippsland Limited – an Australian-based international resource company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market – has completed a R6.5 million placing of 17-million fully paid ordinary shares to help develop the 44.5 million-tonne Abu Dabbab and the 98 million-tonne Nuweibi tantalum projects in Egypt.

Gippsland doubles Abu Dabbab reserves

[img:Gippsland%20bomb_0.jpg|Drilling underway
at Gippsland’s Abu
Dabbab project in
Egypt
]Perth, Australia --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 03 September 2008 - Gippsland Limited – an Australian-based international resource company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and the AIM – has doubled the ore reserves at its US$90 million (R675 million) Abu Dabbab tantalum-tin-feldspar project in Egypt.

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