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Modern Mining July 2018

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ModernMining July 2018The difference that technology and efficient mine planning can make to the operating margins of mines is well illustrated by the initiatives that Kumba Iron Ore has taken its Sishen and Kolomela mines in the Northern Cape. At Sishen, for example, the current fleet of mining trucks is significantly smaller than it was in 2015 and yet is handling more material, as our article on Kumba in this issue explains.

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Conferences and Exhibitions

A selection of some of the more notable upcoming conferences/exhibitions focused on mining in Africa. Organisers are welcome to send details of their events to mining@crown.co.za

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Modern Mining: Latest News

Kinross puts Phase Two expansion at Tasiast on hold

Published: 07 August 2018

Canada’s Kinross Gold Corporation has completed the Phase One expansion at its Tasiast gold mine in Mauritania but has “paused” the implementation of Phase Two. Tasiast, which produced 243 240 gold...

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Sanbrado developer makes key appointment

Published: 07 August 2018

Gold developer West African Resources (WAF), listed on the ASX and TSX-V, has made a key management appointment as it moves into the development phase for its 90-% owned Sanbrado...

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Randgold’s Kibali mine on track to beat its guidance

Published: 30 July 2018

Gold production at the Kibali mine in the DRC is rising steadily on the back of the optimisation of its automated underground operation, and it is on track to beat...

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Zimbabwean chrome miner launches aluminothermic plant

Published: 30 July 2018

African Chrome Fields (ACF), reputedly Zimbabwe’s biggest chrome miner, has launched its state-of-the-art aluminothermic plant which is set to further increase the company’s range of products through the addition of...

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Goldstone sinks shaft to access historic mine

Published: 11 July 2018

AIM-listed GoldStone Resources reports it is sinking a new shaft to access the historic high-grade Akrokeri underground gold mine, one of two previously producing operations at its Akrokeri-Homase Gold Project...

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Gamsberg zinc project now commissioning

Published: 11 July 2018

Vedanta Zinc International (VZI), a subsidiary of London-listed Vedanta Resources, reports that commissioning of its Gamsberg project near Aggeneys in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province has begun. The project is...

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Sasol inaugurates its Shondoni colliery

Published: 06 July 2018

Sasol has officially inaugurated its new R4,5 billion Shondoni colliery in Mpumalanga as part of its R14 billion mine replacement programme. The event was attended by a number of VIPS...

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Exxaro breaks ground on Belfast coal project

Published: 06 July 2018

South Africa’s largest coal producer and black empowered mining group, Exxaro, has broken ground on a R3,3-billion, first-of-its-kind digital mine.

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B2Gold ups its Malian exploration budget

Published: 02 July 2018

Canada’s B2Gold Corp has announced that it has increased the Fekola North Extension zone exploration budget at its Fekola mine in Mali based on very positive exploration drill results to...

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Boungou produces its first gold

Published: 02 July 2018

TSX-listed SEMAFO Inc reports that it has completed its first gold pour at the Boungou mine in Burkina Faso, slightly ahead of the original schedule. The first pour yielded approximately...

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Khoemacau copper-silver project ready to roll

Published: 08 June 2018

Botswana’s long-awaited Khoemacau copper/silver project is now ready to enter the mine development phase, with early works due to start in October this year and the full project release scheduled...

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Botswana Diamonds acquires Mooikloof kimberlite

Published: 08 June 2018

In an update on its exploration projects in South Africa, AIM-listed Botswana Diamonds reports it has been awarded the Mooikloof kimberlite pipe concession.

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Large rock crusher installed at Kipushi

Published: 31 May 2018

TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has announced that a large capacity rock crusher has been successfully installed 1 150 m below surface at the upgraded Kipushi zinc-copper-silver-germanium mine in the DRC.

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Solar farm at Otjikoto gold mine inaugurated

Published: 31 May 2018

The new landmark 7 MW solar farm at B2Gold’s Otjikoto gold mine in Namibia – which became operational in March this year – has been officially inaugurated by the country’s...

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Toro’s Mako gold mine makes a strong start

Published: 17 May 2018

The new Mako gold mine of Toro Gold in eastern Senegal is off to a good start, with most metrics exceeding forecasts. Mill throughput for the first three months of...

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DRA appointed for Arcadia lithium project in Zimbabwe

Published: 17 May 2018

ASX-listed Prospect Resources has appointed global engineering firm DRA to provide engineering services and upfront design for its flagship Arcadia lithium project, located 38 km east of Harare, Zimbabwe.

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Teranga records strong Q1 operating results

Published: 08 May 2018

TSX-listed Teranga Gold Corporation has reported a gold production of 64 031 ounces in the March quarter (Q1) of 2018, a 13 % increase on the figure for the equivalent period in...

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Sanbrado gold project heads for development

Published: 08 May 2018

West African Resources (WAF), listed on the ASX and TSX-V, reports it has received firm commitments to raise A$35 million through a placement of 109 375 million shares.

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Syama Underground on course for late-2018 startup

Published: 25 April 2018

Reporting on the three-month period to 31 March 2018, ASX-listed Resolute Mining says that the Syama Underground mine development remains on schedule for first sublevel cave ore production to commence in...

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Gakara ramping up to full production

Published: 25 April 2018

London-listed Rainbow, the rare earth element mining company, has announced its first quarterly operations update from its Gakara project in Burundi since commencing production in December 2017. Gakara is one...

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AfriTin completes mine design for Uis

Published: 16 April 2018

Reporting on its Uis tin project in Namibia, AIM-listed AfriTin Mining says that following the completion of a mapping programme and construction of a 3-D geological model, it has undertaken...

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Updated study strengthens the case for Kalongwe

Published: 16 April 2018

ASX-listed Nzuri Copper has completed an updated Feasibility Study (FS) for the proposed Stage 1 development of its flagship 85 %-owned Kalongwe copper-cobalt project located in the Kolwezi region of the DRC.

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Volvo unveils its rigid hauler range

Published: 12 April 2018

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has unveiled its new range of Volvo-branded rigid haulers at the company’s Motherwell facility in Scotland. Around 160 customers and dealers from around the world...

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Wits launches DigiMine initiative

Published: 29 March 2018

In a technology-focused partnership that will help make mines safer and more productive, Sibanye-Stillwater and the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) at the University of the Witwatersrand have launched the Sibanye-Stillwater...

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Modern Mining: Product News

Safe, dependable blast-hole drilling

Published: 03 July 2018

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has delivered and commissioned the first DR461i (now identified as the DR412i) rotary blast-hole drill to the African continent. This next generation blast-hole drill drastically...

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Cullinan and BME in blasting collaboration

Published: 03 July 2018

Cullinan Diamond Mine, owned and managed by Petra Diamonds since 2008 and previously known as Premier Mine, is located to the east of Pretoria. The mining operation is rich in...

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MSA Africa introduces integrated harness system

Published: 30 August 2017

Any safety-related incidents when working at height often necessitate self-rescue as the front-line or most rapid-response tactic. To facilitate this, MSA Africa is introducing its Latchways Personal Rescue Device (PRD)...

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Wheel mover attachment from Bobcat

Published: 30 August 2017

Handling tyres with diameters from 36 inch to 90 inch is now a safe, simple, and efficient operation thanks to a new Industrial Wheel Mover attachment introduced locally by Bobcat...

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Round-the-clock rental plant availability

Published: 23 February 2017

There are many companies in the pump rental business that promise, but not all of them deliver, according to Integrated Pump Rental Managing Director Lee Vine.

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CDE to launch wash plant and screens at CONEXPO

Published: 23 February 2017

Global wet processing industry leader CDE will once again participate in CONEXPO-CON/AGG (on 7-11 March 2017 in Las Vegas) where the company will unveil its latest innovation, the CDE M5500...

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Zest Energy provides mobile power for Kamoa-Kakula

Published: 17 January 2017

The development of the world’s largest high-grade copper deposit – the Kamoa-Kakula copper project in the DRC– is now running on power from the DRC’s national grid using a mobile...

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Rapid reloading emulsion system in use at Modder East

Published: 17 January 2017

In a first for South African mining, Gold One’s Modder East mine has rolled out an innovative infrastructure to use emulsion explosives for all 70 of its underground narrow-reef stope...

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Fibertex paving fabric used at Zambian mine

Published: 19 September 2016

The Fibertex range of geotextiles, which is designed especially for civil engineering, mining and road construction and maintenance projects, includes a paving fabric – Fibertex AM-2. This flexible needle punched...

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Locally built continuous miner launched at Electra

Published: 19 September 2016

Broadening its footprint as an OEM, JA Engineering introduced its first ever in-house designed continuous miner at Electra Mining 2016 - the Wildcat JAE42 CM.

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Spirals retrofit delivers improved recoveries

Published: 05 September 2016

Northam Chrome Producers is realising improved recoveries, better grades and higher yields following the retrofit of Multotec spirals at its recovery plant. The decision to replace the existing spirals with...

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Liner expert provides wear solution for chute project

Published: 05 September 2016

Chromium Carbide (CrC) liner expert Rio-Carb has provided a total wear solution for a chute project for a major chrome mine in the Rustenburg area in North West Province. This...

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FLSmidth provides package solution for Husab

Published: 02 August 2016

The Counter Current Decantation (CCD) thickener circuit at Swakop Uranium’s Husab project demonstrates the potential of an FLSmidth package solution. Designed and supplied by FLSmidth, this CCD circuit has the...

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Slurry Blaster de-silts ponds at DRC copper mine

Published: 02 August 2016

Rapid sediment build-up in acid ponds can have dire results for mines as the reservoirs gradually lose their ability to store solution, impacting on both upstream and downstream processes.

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Multotec drives down DMS maintenance costs

Published: 30 June 2016

Maintenance is a critical requirement for any minerals processing plant and Multotec says it has made it easier for mines to implement a pro-active programme on Dense Medium Separation (DMS)...

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Pneuflot technology proves itself in field trials

Published: 30 June 2016

Pneumatic flotation technology is reported to be delivering outstanding results in field trials involving platinum group metals (PGMs) and iron ore, and will soon be put to the test in...

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