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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.