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Modern Mining July 2017

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Modern Mining July 2017Botswana is the subject of our country focus this month and this extensive section of the magazine includes a comprehensive review of the recent Botswana Resource Sector Conference (BRSC) in Gaborone, as well as articles on the T3 copper/silver project of MOD Resources/Metal Tiger and the coal portfolio of Shumba Energy, whose projects include Mabesekwa, Sechaba and Morupule South.

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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

Sissingué to produce first gold in early 2018

Published: 10 August 2017

Perseus Mining, which operates the Edikan gold mine in Ghana and is listed on the ASX and TSX, reports that it “steadily advanced” the development of its second gold mine...

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Exceptional rare earth grades confirmed at Gasagwe

Published: 10 August 2017

Rainbow, the AIM-quoted rare-earth element mining company, reports that independent laboratory testing recently undertaken in respect of its ‘main vein’ at Gasagwe in Burundi has returned an average Total Rare...

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First production from Balama delayed till October

Published: 01 August 2017

In its second quarter report (to 30 June 2017), ASX-listed Syrah Resources says that its Balama graphite project in northern Mozambique was 90 % complete at the end of the...

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Positive DFS on Ivanhoe’s Platreef project

Published: 01 August 2017

Ivanhoe Mines’ Executive Chairman Robert Friedland, CEO Lars-Eric Johansson and Platreef Project Managing Director Patricia Makhesha have welcomed the positive findings of an independent Definitive Feasibility Study ( DFS )...

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Tongon on course to produce 285 000 ounces in 2017

Published: 25 July 2017

Randgold Resources’ Tongon gold mine in Côte d’Ivoire continues to ramp up production as it tracks its 2017 target of 285 000 ounces, Chief Executive Mark Bristow said at a...

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Gakara rare earth project inaugurated

Published: 25 July 2017

Rainbow, the rare-earth element mining company, reports that it hosted the President of the Republic of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, and other notable guests at an inauguration ceremony for the company's...

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Shumba plans to fast-track Mabesekwa into production

Published: 25 July 2017

Botswana has massive coal resources but none of the current generation of coal explorers in the country has yet managed to get into production, in part because of the logistical...

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T3 discovery well on the way to becoming a mine

Published: 25 July 2017

ASX-listed MOD Resources, in conjunction with its joint venture (JV) partner, AIM-listed Metal Tiger, is moving at speed to develop its flagship T3 deposit in the heart of Botswana’s Kalahari...

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Botswana’s mining industry on the back foot

Published: 25 July 2017

Although it attracted an excellent turnout of delegates, the recent Botswana Resource Sector Conference (BRSC) held in Gaborone on 12 and 13 June took place at a bleak time for...

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Study reveals low capex and opex for Malingunde

Published: 25 July 2017

Australia’s Sovereign Metals, an ASX-listed company, has announced the results of the Scoping Study for its Malingunde saprolite-hosted graphite project in Malawi. Preliminary economics show the project has capital and...

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Pre-Feasibility Study completed for Arcadia lithium project

Published: 25 July 2017

ASX-listed Prospect Resources has announced that its Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) over the Arcadia lithium project in Zimbabwe has been completed. The company says the results of the PFS confirm and...

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Junior diamond explorer looks to repeat past success

Published: 25 July 2017

The team that can claim much of the credit for having recognised the potential of Botswana’s AK6 kimberlite and devising a low-cost development strategy to bring it into production has...

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Next generation jumbo for Black Mountain

Published: 25 July 2017

Vedanta’s Black Mountain Mine in the Northern Cape will become the first local mine to adopt a new generation jumbo Sandvik DD422i with the new control system technology for tunnelling...

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Balama graphite project in the finishing straight

Published: 25 July 2017

ASX-listed Syrah Resources, which is developing the Balama graphite project in northern Mozambique, reports that overall construction progress completion was 90 % as at 30 June 2017. Processing plant commissioning...

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More body blows to an already embattled industry

Published: 25 July 2017

Sadly, the state of South African mining is such that every positive development is soon balanced out by bad news. Like many others, I was heartened by the announcement recently...

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Construction starts on R1,7 billion fluorspar mine

Published: 12 July 2017

Nokeng Fluorspar Mine (RF) (Pty) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of SepFluor Limited, has announced the start of construction of the R1,7 billion Nokeng open-pit fluorspar mine and concentrator at...

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Balama graphite project nears completion

Published: 12 July 2017

ASX-listed Syrah Resources, which is developing the Balama graphite project in northern Mozambique, reports that overall construction progress completion was 90 % as at 30 June 2017. Processing plant commissioning activities...

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Platinum Group to restructure Maseve mine

Published: 10 July 2017

Platinum Group Metals (Platinum Group), listed on the TSX and NYSE MKT, says it is taking steps to restructure its mining operations at its Maseve mine, located 35 km from...

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Tharisa delivers record chrome production

Published: 10 July 2017

Tharisa, the PGM and chrome co-producer, has reported record chrome production of 333,9 kt for the three months to end June 2017. Records were also achieved for PGM and chrome...

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PPM appointed to undertake Tongo-Tonguma FEED study

Published: 05 July 2017

Stellar Diamonds, the London-quoted diamond exploration and development company focused on West Africa, reports it has entered into a contract for the Front End Engineering and Design study (FEED) to...

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Burkina Faso emerges as a gold-mining powerhouse

Published: 05 July 2017

One of the most extraordinary developments seen in West Africa in recent years has been the emergence of Burkina Faso as a major gold producer. Roughly a decade ago the...

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PFS completed for Arcadia lithium project

Published: 05 July 2017

ASX-listed Prospect Resources has announced that its Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) over the Arcadia lithium project in Zimbabwe has been completed. The company says the results of the PFS confirm and...

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Endeavour to acquire Avnel for US$122 million

Published: 05 July 2017

Endeavour Mining Corporation and Avnel Gold Mining, both listed on the TSX, have announced that they have reached an agreement under which Endeavour will acquire Avnel in an all-share transaction...

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Wash plant opened at Zululand Anthracite Colliery

Published: 28 June 2017

Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) has opened its new wash plant in an opening ceremony attended by King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. ZAC is located on the border of the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game...

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Pilot hole drilling at BK16 kimberlite completed

Published: 28 June 2017

Tsodilo Resources , listed on the TSX-V, has completed a Pilot Hole Drill (PHD) programme on its wholly owned BK16 kimberlite project in Botswana. The purpose of programme was to...

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Birrell Mining reopens Klipwal gold mine in KZN

Published: 08 June 2017

Birrell Mining International (BMI) has announced the re-opening of the recently acquired Bosveld Mining’s Klipwal gold mine in KwaZulu-Natal.

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New MD for Khoemacau Copper Mining

Published: 08 June 2017

Cupric Canyon Capital has announced the appointment of Johan Ferreira as Head of African Operations and Managing Director of Khoemacau Copper Mining. Ferreira will lead the development of the Khoemacau...

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XRT technology ushers in a new era in diamond recovery

Published: 07 June 2017

The spectacular success of TOMRA X-ray transmission (XRT) technology at the Karowe diamond mine of TSX-listed Lucara Diamond Corp in Botswana has led to more and more diamond mines electing...

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Gakara rare earth project on fast track to production

Published: 07 June 2017

Rainbow Rare Earths, now listed on the LSE after a US$8 million fund-raising and successful IPO in January this year, is moving swiftly to bring its Gakara rare earth project...

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Norilsk-BCL dispute threatens Botswana’s reputation

Published: 29 May 2017

The dispute between Russia’s Norilsk Nickel and the Botswana government and other parties over the commitment made by BCL – now in provisional liquidation – in 2014 to purchase Norilsk’s...

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MOD reports “significant progress” on T3 copper project

Published: 29 May 2017

Australian junior MOD Resources, listed on the ASX, has announced “significant progress” on a number of fronts at the T3 project in Botswana and on regional exploration, currently focused along...

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Base Resources approves Kwale Phase 2 project

Published: 23 May 2017

ASX-listed mineral sands producer Base Resources has announced that, following completion of the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS), its board has approved implementation of the Kwale Phase 2 project (KP2) at...

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DRA appointed as lead contractor for Elikhulu project

Published: 23 May 2017

Multi-disciplinary international engineering group, DRA has been appointed by JSE-listed Pan African Resources to deliver a detailed design and construction supervision service for the Elikhulu gold tailings retreatment plant facility...

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Robust quarterly performance by Randgold

Published: 04 May 2017

Randgold Resources’ operations in West Africa and the DRC delivered a robust all-round performance in the first quarter of 2017 to set the group on track to achieve its guidance...

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PFS indicates strong returns for Riversdale project

Published: 04 May 2017

ASX-listed Acacia Coal has announced that a Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) has found that its flagship Riversdale Anthracite Colliery (RAC) project in South Africa will generate strong financial returns for shareholders.

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Final ramp up at Liqhobong on track

Published: 26 April 2017

In its report on the quarter ended 31 March 2017, Firestone Diamonds plc, the AIM-quoted diamond company, reports that commissioning activities at its new Liqhobong mine in Lesotho are largely...

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Modern Mining: Product News

Round-the-clock rental plant availability

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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XRT sorters commissioned at leading diamond mine

A leading southern African diamond mine famous for its large, top quality diamonds, reports success with the two IMS Engineering (IMS) Steinert X-ray transmission (XRT) sorters that are being used...

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Resonance screen supplied to Australian iron ore mine

The recent supply of a complete resonance screen with an additional screen box to an Australian iron ore mine underpins MBE Minerals SA’s drive to participate in global markets. The...

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