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2021 – Issue 6

Mining Review Africa Issue 6 2021

My last editor’s comment for 2021 – where did the time go? COVID-19 has accelerated many things: one is time and the other is technology!

Pandemic spurs on IIoT in mining

The pandemic has catalysed businesses to increase reliance on Industry 4.0, and particularly IIOT, in order to maintain business continuity.

The future of mining: How do we ensure technology is embraced?

As mines across mature and drilling becomes harder, technology will extend mine life by enabling existing resources to be maximised.

Asante Gold’s newly acquired Bibiani: Reawakening a sleeping giant

“With the current gold prices, we are hoping to build significant cashflow once production starts,” Douglas MacQuarrie

Digitalisation key to unlocking mineral wealth

South Africa has as much as R35 trillion worth of untapped mineral wealth but does not attract sufficient investment.

XR technology masterclass: Mining and education combo

Exxaro has partnered with the University of Pretoria to create a research programme that will help drive sustainable and safer mining.

Copper/cobalt: Deficits to drive healthy prices, but only from 2025

The energy transition is heralding the start of the next super-cycle given demand from metal intensive renewable energy generation.

Digital blasting innovations paving the way to mining’s future

Future-oriented mines will invariably seek continuous improvement in blasting practice, which depends on detailed assessments of each blast.

Vibramech: Bringing cutting edge technology to minerals processing

Vibramech has launched Vibrasure – an online condition monitoring system which has enabled continuous vibration monitoring of equipment.

Lindi Jumbo: Restoring confidence in Tanzania’s mining sector

As global flake graphite prices soar and Tanzania legislation continues to see positive change, the company’s will reap handsome rewards.

Newfield Resources’ Tongo: Brimming with diamonds

“We are confident the mine has the capacity to increase future production levels through systematic and exploration and development."