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Modern Mining January 2018

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MM January 2018 Front coverPride of place in this issue goes to our annual ‘Africa’s Top Mining Projects’ feature. This year we’ve selected five projects, three in South Africa and two outside our borders, all of them notable for their size, innovation or pioneering spirit. They are the Ity CIL gold project in Côte d’Ivoire, the Bisie tin mine in the DRC, and – in South Africa – the Venetia Underground Project (VUP), the new processing plant at the Cullinan diamond mine, and the Booysendal South expansion at Northam’s Booysendal platinum mine.

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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

Cardinal completes PEA on Namdini

Published: 12 February 2018

Cardinal Resources, listed on the ASX and TSX, has announced the results of a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) of the Namdini gold project in Ghana, West Africa. According to Cardinal...

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Gamsberg zinc project remains on track

Published: 12 February 2018

In its production and financial results for the third quarter ended 31 December 2017, Vedanta Resources says that the US$400 million Gamsberg zinc project in the Northern Cape is on...

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First gold poured at Mako in Senegal

Published: 12 February 2018

Toro Gold, a private gold exploration and development company, has announced that first gold has been poured at its Mako mine in Eastern Senegal. The mine is owned and operated...

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Randgold lifts gold production yet again

Published: 12 February 2018

For the seventh consecutive year, Randgold Resources has increased its gold production, boosting output in 2017 by 5 % to 1,31 million ounces, ahead of its guidance, while shrinking total...

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Chrome tailings retreatment plant complete

Published: 31 January 2018

ChromTech Holdings, the South African mine-to-market chrome producer established in 2006, has announced the completion of its R230 million chrome tailings retreatment plant at platinum producer Lonmin.

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Loulo-Gounkoto on track to improve on record performance

Published: 31 January 2018

Randgold Resources’ Loulo-Gounkoto gold mining complex in Mali is on track to improve on its record performance in 2016, with last year’s production expected to reach a new peak and...

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Bakubung reaches major milestone

Published: 31 January 2018

WorleyParsons RSA, which has designed more deep mine shafts than any other company in the world, has recently completed the first and most critical phase of Wesizwe’s R10,7 billion Bakubung...

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Solar-powered load scanning at Sabodala

Published: 18 January 2018

Loadscan’s first off-the-grid solar-powered Load Volume Scanner (LVS) system is reportedly proving successful at Teranga Gold’s Sabodala mine in Senegal.

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AfriTin purchases crushing plant for Uis

Published: 18 January 2018

AIM-listed AfriTin Mining reports it is making good progress towards its objective of achieving commercial production from its Uis tin mine in Namibia later this year.

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Teranga reports record production in 2017

Published: 15 January 2018

Teranga Gold Corporation, listed on the TSX, has reported record gold production of 233 267 ounces in 2017, exceeding the high end of its annual production guidance range of 205...

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Ore introduced to Sissingué mill

Published: 15 January 2018

Perseus Mining, listed on the ASX and TSX, reports that the development and commissioning of its second gold mine, Sissingué, in Côte d’Ivoire, is nearing completion with the introduction of...

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Mining operations restart at Namoya

Published: 05 January 2018

Banro Corporation reports that mining operations at its Namoya gold mine in the DRC have recommenced as a result of the reestablishment of the road access to the mine. The...

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Yanfolila pours its first gold

Published: 05 January 2018

AIM-listed Hummingbird Resources’ Yanfolila gold mine in southern Mali poured its first gold from the carbon-in-leach circuit (CIL) on 19 December. Hummingbird is now focused on completing commissioning and ramping...

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Boungou mine development 75 % complete

Published: 05 January 2018

SEMAFO Inc, listed on the TSX, is continuing to make good progress on its new US$231 million Boungou mine in south-eastern Burkina Faso and announced on 20 December that the...

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Permitting approval for Bagassi South received

Published: 05 January 2018

Roxgold Inc, listed on the TSX, has announced that it has received permitting approval to develop the Bagassi South project from the Burkina Faso Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

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Maptek provides the tools for stockpile measurement

Published: 15 December 2017

Bulk stockpiles enable grade maximisation by blending and provide a buffer for mining companies against market and supply fluctuations. Demand forecasting is a compelling driver for identifying the best way...

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Scientific approach to chute design lowers end-user costs

Published: 15 December 2017

Germiston-based Weba Chute Systems says that its scientific approach to the design and engineering of transfer chutes has made it a leader in its field, saving customers millions in plant...

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Local engineering for a true pit-to-port solution

Published: 15 December 2017

The provision of bulk materials handling equipment and systems to industries such as mining and power generation is a keenly contested market in Africa, with a host of suppliers and...

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Mechanisation gains momentum

Published: 15 December 2017

Hemmed in by low commodity prices, ever-increasing labour costs and safety concerns, South Africa’s mining companies are probably more receptive now to the benefits of mechanisation than they’ve ever been...

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Significant increase in ore reserve at Arcadia project

Published: 15 December 2017

ASX-listed Prospect Resources has announced a further increase in the ore reserve estimate at its flagship Arcadia lithium deposit in Zimbabwe to 26,9 Mt at 1,31 % Li2O.This is a...

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BBE Projects commissions cooling system at Fairview

Published: 15 December 2017

BBE Projects has recently commissioned a refrigeration and air cooling system at Barberton Mines’ Fairview Shaft to provide much-needed cooling for the on-going expansion into the deepening orebody.

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TAKRAF Africa poised for further growth in 2018

Published: 15 December 2017

2017 ended on a high note for TAKRAF Africa on a wide range of fronts, with the year-end results testimony to the successful implementation of the turnaround strategy the company...

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Fekola races into commercial production

Published: 15 December 2017

Canada’s B2Gold Corp reports that its new Fekola gold mine in Mali achieved commercial production on 30 November, one month ahead of the revised schedule and four months ahead of...

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Is 2018 likely to be a better year for Africa’s miners?

Published: 15 December 2017

With 2017 drawing to a close as I write this, I have to say that the year was generally not a great one for mining in Africa – West Africa...

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Modern Mining: Product News

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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Mogalakwena acquires CYBERMINE Full Mission Simulator

Published: 28 April 2016

Employees of Anglo American’s Mogalakwena platinum mine in Limpopo Province, as well as the surrounding community, are reaping the benefits of the mine’s high-fidelity, simulator-training programme.

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World’s largest articulated hauler introduced locally

Published: 28 April 2016

Babcock has introduced the new Volvo A60H articulated hauler to the Southern African market following its much-anticipated unveiling at the 2016 Bauma exhibition. This heavyweight 60-tonne articulated hauler is the...

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