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Diamond Producers to continue operations despite COVID-19 outbreak

Even in these uncertain times, traditional diamond producers remain confident about future demand. Despite the current COVID-19 outbreak, on Friday (27th March), Anglo American announced that production will continue across several African diamond assets with considerably reduced employee numbers. Individual mines will continue operating with only 50% of workers remaining. …

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How can mining help to change South Africa’s economic outlook after the country emerges from the COVID-19 crisis?

The Minerals Council of South Africa believes that mining could be critical and particularly effective in helping to boost economic recovery after the country emerges from the COVID-19 crisis. It is evident that to tackle the effects of the current situation, South Africa will be required to pass a set …

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Skorpion Zinc Mine suspends operations

Vedanta Zinc International has suspended operations at its Skorpion Zinc Mine. Vedanta, a unit of diversified miner Vedanta Resources, said the decision to place Skorpion Zinc on care and maintenance, was inspired by failures that have paralysed a significant portion of the open-cast mine. According to the company, the failures, …

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Namibia Critical Metals raise more capital

Australian miner Namibia Critical Metals recently announced intentions to complete a non-brokered private placement in the amount of up to $350,000. According to the company, the private placement will be used primarily to fund working capital and general corporate purposes. Namibia Critical Metals holds a diversified portfolio of exploration and …

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Mines Ministry, NBC in strategic partnership

Namibian Ministry on Mines has entered into a strategic partnership with the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) for production and broadcasting services. The Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed recently, will see the ministry using the NBC platform to promote its operations and market its strategic plans. During the signing ceremony, …

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ULTRA-HIGH CAPACITY BULK BAG FILLING SYSTEM

A new sanitary bulk bag filling system from Flexicon features dual SWING-DOWN™ fillers fed by high capacity weigh hoppers, achieving fill rates of up to 40 bulk bags per hour. The patented filler design simultaneously lowers and pivots each fill head into a vertically-oriented position that places the inflatable spout …

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Optimism on the radar for local economy

Positive growth is expected to return to the local economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF).   According to IMF, the real GDP contracted in 2019 and is expected to turn positive during 2020 as the impact of last year drought fades and mining production picks up.   “Absent structural reforms, …

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Coronavirus: Africa might be the biggest loser

Researchers believe the spread of coronavirus in Asia might condemn the African continent to be the biggest loser outside Asia; this is despite the absence of a single case being confirmed thus far. According to Dirk Willem te Velde, principal research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, a slowdown in …

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B2Gold throw weight behind rhino conservation initiative

Canadian gold miner B2Gold Corp has shown its support for the black rhino conservation initiative in Namibia by donating 1000 oz of gold to support the initiative and the communities that protect them The gold donation is valued at approximately US$1.5 million. B2Gold’s Rhino Gold Bar initiative was recently launched …

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WearCheck expands in West Africa

South African condition monitoring specialists, WearCheck, today upgraded their laboratory in Tarkwa, Ghana into a state-of-the-art testing centre which can now conduct transformer oil, coolant and fuel analysis – amongst a host of additional services – as well as traditional used oil analysis. Tarkwa’s new laboratory – now housed in …

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