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Modern Mining May 2019With the annual Botswana Resource Sector Conference (BRSC) coming up soon (it will be held in Gaborone on 10/11 June), we take an in-depth look at the country’s mining industry. As is well-known, the closure of several mines has hit the industry in Botswana hard and resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs (mainly in Selebi-Phikwe, where BCL operated) but there is hope of relief with several new copper and coal mines due to open over the next two to three years.

Also in this issue we have a special feature on crushing, screening and milling which looks at the achievements and product offerings of a number of companies. Among them are MVT (Munton Vibratory Technology), a relatively new company which is fast carving out a share of the vibrating equipment market, Multotec Rubber, which supplies mill liners, and screen specialist Kwatani.

Comment: Namibia’s mining industry shows surprising resilience

According to the Chamber of Mines of Namibia (which is currently celebrating its 50th birthday), the Namibian mining industry grew by 22 % in 2018, a remarkable achievement given that the country’s economy is currently officially in recession. Read more …

Refurbished Zambian nickel mine restarts operations1Refurbished Zambian nickel mine restarts operations

The Munali nickel mine near Lusaka in Zambia, commissioned in 2008, has resumed operations after having been on care and maintenance for a number of years. The refurbished mine was officially opened by Zambian President Edgar Lungu on 16 April this year. Read more …

Perseus approves the development of Yaouré gold mine

The board of Perseus Mining has ‘greenlighted’ the construction of the Yaouré gold mine in Côte d’Ivoire. The new mine – which will be the third in Perseus’s portfolio – will cost US$265 million to develop and will have an average annual production of 215 000 oz in its first five years of operation. Read more …

Fuel efficiency the hallmark of Volvo’s mining machines

David Vaughan, MD of Babcock’s Equipment business, and his colleague Grant Sheppard, Regional Manager – Export/Equipment, Babcock International Group, discuss the fuel saving features of Volvo’s mining equipment line-up. Babcock is the Southern African dealer for Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE). Read more …

Sanankoro RC DrillingSanankoro shaping up to be a standalone mine

AIM-listed Cora Gold, which has a portfolio of exploration assets in West Africa, believes that its flagship Sanankoro project in southern Mali has the potential to become a standalone mine. Cora’s CEO is Dr Jonathan (Jon) Forster, a veteran African explorationist with a number of important gold discoveries to his credit, collectively totalling over 8 Moz. Read more …

Botswana’s mining sector presents a mixed picture

Although Botswana has lost several important mining operations over the past several years, most notably the BCL nickel/copper mine in Selebi Phikwe, there are several new mines and mining projects in the pipeline (including Cut-9 at Jwaneng) which offer the hope of better times ahead. Modern Mining reviews the mining scene in the country in advance of the upcoming annual Botswana Resource Sector Conference. Read more …


MVT brings innovation to screen and feeder design

One of the newest entrants to the vibratory equipment market is MVT, founded by Tim Munton and his son Chris. The company, which now has more than 250 vibrating screens out in the field, prides itself on its ability to provide innovative and customised vibrating machines to its customers. Read more …

FLSmidth Delmas 1Screen and panel solutions from FLSmidth’s Supercenter

The FLSmidth Supercenter at Delmas in Mpumalanga Province is now one of the few facilities that manufactures both large vibrating screens and screen media panels at the same plant. This offers substantial advantages for customers, including a seamless solution that drives down the cost of ownership of screening installations. Read more …

Mill liner supplier makes inroads into export markets

South African-based mill liner specialist Multotec Rubber is leveraging its extensive local design and manufacturing capability to supply linings to mills as far afield as Australia and Sudan. One of the company’s recent large projects, for example, was to design and supply mill liners for a new 7,9 m SAG mill for a gold mine in Western Australia. Read more …

Mobile coal crusher ups volume and quality

Mobile crushing leader B&E International has released a mobile track-mounted coal crusher which it says has a capacity that far exceeds that of similar equipment in the market. The unit also has the ability to guarantee the sizing specification of coal demanded by the customer. Read more …

Kwatani 2Vibrating equipment specialist meets the digital challenge

Johannesburg-based vibrating equipment specialist Kwatani has built up a reputation for being able to design, engineer and build some of the world’s largest and most rugged screens while, at the same time, incorporating modern electronics linked to leading-edge digital functionality. Read more …

Engineered Weba chutes keep plant circuits efficient

Often an overlooked element of the crushing, screening and milling circuit, chute systems are now emerging from their ‘step-child’ status, says Mark Baller, MD of Weba Chute Systems. He contends that there is increasing recognition that chutes are not just standard items of plate-work but also vital facilitators of smooth plant operations. Read more …

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