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Modern Mining September 2019 coverThis month’s issue has a wide spread of content, with articles featuring copper (the new Kakula mine in the DRC), coal (the design and construction of new hardstand stockpile areas at Grootegeluk), manganese (the K Hill project in Botswana) and gold (the Bomboré project in Burkina Faso).

In our comprehensive news section we look at the latest results and news from companies such as Lucara, which operates diamond mines in Angola and Lesotho; Minergy, Botswana’s new coal producer; HPX, which has acquired the Nimba iron ore project in Guinea; and Botswana Diamonds, which has used new technology to detect buried kimberlites at its Thorny River project in South Africa.

Comment: South African mining in facts and figures

The Minerals Council South Africa has released the latest edition of its Facts and Figu(res booklet, which gives a detailed insight into the state of the South African mining industry. On the whole, it paints a picture of an industry which, in terms of production, revenues and exports, is relatively stable, with the key statistics for 2018 being very similar to those for 2017. A positive development, however, is that fixed investment by mining companies showed a significant uplift in 2018. Read more …

Minergy lines up its first long term coal contractMinergy lines up its first long-term coal contract

Minergy, which recently brought on stream the Masama coal mine in Botswana (only the second coal mine in the country), reported recently that it was completing the process to sign its first long-term contract to deliver 120 000 tons of coal a year to a regional customer. Read more …

Weir Minerals Africa offers solutions from comminution to tailings

Alrode-based Weir Minerals Africa, part of the worldwide LSE-listed Weir Group, has one of the most complete ranges of minerals processing solutions available in Africa from a single supplier. Modern Mining recently spoke to JD Singleton, Process Director of Weir Minerals Africa, to learn more about the company’s comprehensive offering. Read more …

Kakula reaches high-grade ore

The Kakula mine, the first mine of Ivanhoe’s Kamoa-Kakula copper project near Kolwezi in the DRC, is on course to start producing copper concentrate in Q3-2021. Excellent progress is being made on the development of the underground mine, with the first connecting underground drift having recently reached the edge of the high-grade orebody, which in parts will have grades in excess of 8 % copper. Read more …

Unique asphalt solution meets rigorous mine requirementsUnique asphalt solution meets rigorous mine requirements

The construction of an impermeable pavement for new coal stockpile areas at Exxaro’s giant Grootegeluk mine has seen the application of an impermeable asphalt mix developed by Much Asphalt. An asphalt solution was adopted rather than the more commonly used concrete surfacing due to considerations including cost, time of construction and ease of future repairs. Read more …

A new manganese mine in Botswana’s future?

The prospects of Botswana once again getting an operating manganese mine have been enhanced with the completion of a positive Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) on the K Hill project near Kanye by Giyani Metals Corp. The company’s objective is to produce High Purity Electrolytic Manganese Metal (HPEMM) for the electric vehicle battery market. Read more …

Bombore project to benefit from stage developmentBomboré project to benefit from staged development

Canada’s Orezone Resources has released an updated Feasibility Study on its Bomboré gold project in Burkina Faso which has dramatically improved the economics of the project by incorporating a staged Phase II sulphide expansion. Under present plans, Bomboré will produce from multiple, shallow pits and will – in its first 10 years of operation – have an annual gold production of 133,8 koz at a cash cost of US$681/oz. Read more …


Master Drilling advances its cutting-edge technology

JSE-listed Master Drilling Group, renowned for its raiseboring expertise, has an ambitious vision – to mechanise both horizontal development in mines and the blind sinking of vertical shafts. This article looks at the progress the company is making on the two new machines which it envisages undertaking these tasks. Read more …

Geobrugg systems provide effective rockfall protection

A company that believes that it has some of the finest equipment and systems in the world to counter rockfalls and similar events, either in underground or open-pit environments, is Swiss safety net and mesh manufacturer, Geobrugg®. Read more …

Safety underpins everything for Murray & Roberts Cementation

While the performance and productivity of shaft sinking remains important, it is clear industry has prioritised safety as its key goal. This is according to Allan Widlake, New Business Director at Murray & Roberts Cementation, who says this focus has facilitated new safety benchmarks making it easier for mine developers to consider vertical shafts for their projects.  Read more …

Ivanhoe looks at alternative production plan for PlatreefIvanhoe looks at alternative production plan for Platreef

Ivanhoe Mines says it is investigating an alternative production plan for its Platreef project near Mokopane, targeting significantly lower initial capital, to accelerate first production by using Shaft 1 as the mine’s initial production shaft. This plan will focus on initially targeting the development of mining zones accessible from Shaft 1 and maximising the hoisting capacity of this shaft. Read more …

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