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Modern Mining September 2018

In this issue we take a look at Mozambique, paying particular to Cabo Delgado Province in the north-east of the country, where a graphite mining boom is underway, with two mines – Balama and the much smaller Ancuabe – already operating with three more in the pipeline.

Murray and Roberts CementationOur feature this month is shaft sinking and raiseboring. Companies covered are Murray & Roberts Cementation, which currently has an impressive R10 billion order book, Aveng Mining, whose flagship project is Platreef Shaft 1, and Master Drilling Group, which – with a fleet of 128 raisebore rigs – can probably claim to be the world’s biggest raisebore contractor.

Nokeng fluorspar mineHighlights in our news section include updates on Alphamin’s Bisie tin project in the DRC and the Nokeng fluorspar mine in South Africa and a story on Osino Resources’ discovery of what it calls the Karibib Gold Trend in Namibia (in the vicinity of the producing Navachab gold mine).


Comment – All the facts on SA mining

While it is common cause that the contribution of the mining industry to South Africa’s economy has been in steady decline in recent years, the mining sector nevertheless remains extremely important to the country, as the latest edition of the Minerals Council South Africa’s Facts and Figures series makes clear. Read more …

A partnership based on continuous improvement

The first of two Cat 6030BH hydraulic mining shovels has been commissioned by Barloworld Equipment for Tronox at its Namakwa Sands heavy minerals mine on the West Coast of South Africa. Namakwa Sands has also recently acquired a Cat 777E off highway truck which joins the mine’s existing fleet of five Cat 777F trucks. Read more …

Updated DFS points to strong returns from Algerian project

An updated Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) for the development of the Tala Hamza-Amizour (Tala Hamza) zinc and lead project in northern Algeria has indicated that an underground mine would deliver strong financial returns over a 21-year mine life. The updated DFS envisages an average annual production of 129 300 tonnes of zinc and 26 000 tonnes of lead. Read more …

Mozambique emerges as a graphite mining hotspot

With one large-scale graphite mine, Balama, already producing, a smaller mine, Ancuabe, in operation and at least another three mines on the near horizon, Mozambique – which two years ago did not have a single commercial-scale graphite mine – is well on its way to becoming one of the world’s leading graphite producers. Click to read in the online magazine ...

New player enters ruby sector in Mozambique

Fura Gems Inc is to merge the ruby assets of Mustang Resources and Regius Resources with its existing licences in Mozambique, transforming Fura – which controls the Coscuez emerald mine in Columbia –into the country’s largest ruby group by licence area. Fura is headed by Dev Shetty, previously COO of Gemfields, which dominates ruby mining in Mozambique. Read more …

Healthy order book for shaft-sinking leader

Murray & Roberts Cementation currently has an extremely healthy R10 billion order book, with a significant portion of it being shaft-sinking work, as its Director of New Business, Allan Widlake, told Modern Mining during a recent extended interview. The company is current the main contractor of the Venetia Underground Project (VUP), which includes the sinking of two vertical shafts and the development of a decline system. Click to read in the online magazine ...

Mining contractor looks for a more balanced workload

Aveng Shafts & Underground, part of Aveng Mining (which will be trading in future under the Moolmans brand name), has enjoyed considerable success in the shaft-sinking field in recent years. The current dearth of greenfield mining projects, however, has left it with only one active shaft contract, Shaft 1 at Ivanhoe’s Platreef project. As a result, its strategy going forward will be to seek greater diversification in the underground mining contracting space. Click to read in the online magazine ...

Raiseboring specialist grows in a difficult market

Helped by its wide geographical diversification, South Africa-based Master Drilling – which operates a fleet of 128 raisebore rigs – has recorded very creditable results for the six months to 30 June 2018, with revenue increasing by 11,3 % and operating profits by 6 %. The group is known for its technological innovation and is currently busy with the development of a Mobile Tunnel Borer which allows for continuous mining without blasting. Click to read in the online magazine ...

Samplers will give real-time results at Gamsberg project

Vedanta’s US$400 million Gamsberg zinc project near Aggeneys in the Northern Cape – now in the commissioning phase – will use process control and metallurgical accounting slurry samplers supplied by global specialists Multotec Process Equipment. Read more…

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