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2017 – Issue 6

Drilling Safely – The non-negotiable factor

Two underground diamond drilling sites, both with drilling expert ROSOND, have achieved impressive safety records of five years of zero harm. Amandelbult Dishaba Underground Diamond Drilling, near Thabazimbi in the Limpopo province, achieved this milestone...

Professional Engineers – Skills retention vital for South African mining

Professional Engineers - Skills retention vital for South African mining It is unfortunate that one of the largest consumers of the commodities produced through the mining process, namely China, decided to temper its growth...

Victaulic Pipe Solutions – Addressing Africa’s most demanding mining applications

Although they can be huge, the pay-offs in mining are never quick or easy. Mining requires large capital input, and new projects or expansions may take some time to start yielding cash fl ow....

Shanta Gold: New luika gold mine

AIM-listed gold producer Shanta Gold has spent the last two years focusing on building a sustainable operation at its wholly-owned New Luika gold mine in Tanzania. This includes the development of two new underground...

Cupric Canyon Capital – Building a copper hot spot in Botswana

Through its wholly-owned Botswana subsidiary Khoemacau Copper Mining, copper-focused private equity firm Cupric Canyon Capital is working to deliver first concentrate from its Zone 5 Starter project in Botswana’s Kalahari Copper Belt towards the...

Bullish for Bauxite – Alufer Mining rapidly advances Bel Air project

Independent bauxite exploration and development company Alufer Mining (Alufer) is poised to become a significant bauxite exporter to China when it achieves first commercial production from its Bel Air bauxite project in Guinea within...

Personality of the month: SACPS chairman Jayson Jacobs

JAYSON JACOBS, newly appointed chairman for the Southern African Coal Processing Society (SACPS), believes that there are still growth opportunities for the South African coal mining sector, despite its rapidly depleting reserves. To ensure such...

Investment Trends in Africa

Most, if not all, African countries face similar investment challenges, particularly in the mining industry. These include: perceptions of systemic corruption, political instability, regulatory uncertainty, high costs of employment, community activism and the state...

SRK warns against ‘hollowing out’ mining company skills

The trend towards outsourcing of core business functions creates a number of risks, according to engineering and scientific specialist SRK Consulting, especially at a time when external factors are demanding that mines address a...

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