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"ModernMuch of our January issue is devoted to our annual ‘Africa’s Top Mining Projects’ feature. This year we’ve selected four projects in four different countries. They are the Toliara mineral sands project of Base Resources in Madagascar; the 3,6 Mt/a ‘Starter Project’ of Khoemacau Copper Mining in the Kalahari Copperbelt; Exxaro’s newly commissioned high-tech Belfast coal mine in South Africa; and the Yaouré open-pit gold mine in Côte d’Ivoire.

Our news section includes coverage of the Moma Titanium Minerals Mine in northern Mozambique and the redevelopment of the Obuasi gold mine in Ghana. We also report on the latest results of diamond miners Lucapa and Firestone, who are both active in Southern Africa, and Teranga Gold, which has gold mines in Senegal and Burkina Faso.

Comment: New editor for Modern Mining

Modern Mining’s editor, Arthur Tassell, is retiring. In his final editorial he looks at some of the highlights of his tenure as editor and introduces his successor, Munesu Shoko, a highly experienced journalist who already edits Modern Mining’s sister magazine, Modern Quarrying. Read more …

Worley takes the digital lead

As an early adopter of digital technology in the energy, chemicals and resources sectors, Worley has been constantly testing new technology to develop value-adding digital strategies and help customers make more informed decisions. Read more …

African Mining IndabaAfrican Mining Indaba set to be bigger than ever

The upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held from 3-6 February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, will be the 26th in the series and the organisers are promising that it will be bigger than previous Mining Indabas, with 7 000 or more delegates expected to attend. Read more …

DFS confirms world-class status of Toliara project

Located in south-west Madagascar, the Toliara project of Base Resources has the potential to become one of the world’s most significant mineral sands mines. The recently completed DFS on the project details an operation which would produce an annual average of 780 kt of ilmenite, 53 kt of zircon and 7 kt of rutile over most of its initial 33-year mine life. Read more …

Construction of Kalahari copper mine in full swing

Khoemacau Copper Mining is making excellent progress on its US$397 million ‘Starter Project’, which will see a new 3,6 Mt/a underground copper/silver mine being established in the Kalahari Copperbelt of Botswana. The three huge boxcuts required for the mine are nearly complete and it is anticipated that mining services contractor Barminco will commence the development of the decline systems shortly. Read more …

Belfast pacesetterBelfast – a high-tech pacesetter

South Africa’s newest major coal mine, Belfast, was brought on stream in September last year by Exxaro six months early and well within its R3,3 billion budget, without a single LTI being recorded during the construction phase. The new mine, which has the capacity to produce 2,2 Mt/a of A-grade export quality coal and 0,5 Mt/a of secondary quality product, is notable for harnessing the power of digital technology to enhance and optimise operations. Read more …

Yaouré on course to pour its first gold a month early

Construction of Côte d’Ivoire’s latest gold mine, Yaouré, is well advanced and the developer and owner, Perseus Mining, says the US$265 million project is broadly on schedule to enable the first gold pour by the ‘stretch’ target date of late December 2020. An open-pit operation, Yaouré will produce plus 200 000 ounces a year in its early years and will be Perseus’s second Ivorian mine, its first being Sissingué, which achieved commercial production in 2018. Read more …

Ivanplats fast-tracks Platreef study as metal prices surge

Ivanhoe Mines subsidiary Ivanplats is fast-tracking a feasibility study on a smaller-scale, early-stage development plan for its Platreef PGM project near Mokopane. This would allow first production to be achieved earlier than originally planned by using Shaft 1 as a production shaft. Shaft 1, currently at a depth of 957 m below surface, is scheduled to be completed to a final depth of approximately 1 000 m by the end of July this year. Read more …

Asanko night imageAsanko achieves record production

The multi-pit Asanko Gold Mine in Ghana, a joint venture between Asanko Gold and Gold Fields, produced a record 66 112 ounces in the final quarter of 2019, bringing the total production for the year to 251 044 ounces, which exceeded production guidance. The excellent quarterly results were achieved despite an upper bench slippage in the mine’s Nkran pit disrupting mining operations. Read more …

Fast-growing Deswik a leader in mining technical software

A mining technical software and consulting company that believes it is growing faster than any of its competitors is Deswik, headquartered in Brisbane, Australia. The company has grown rapidly through both the upturns and downturns of mining since being established in 2007 and now has 320 employees based in 14 offices worldwide. Read more …

BME – success story of SA company now exporting technology

According to Joe Keenan, CEO of explosives and blasting specialist BME, an innovative approach and willingness to experiment have resulted in the company becoming a South African success story now exporting blasting technology to mining countries worldwide. Read more

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