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Zim says industry must tackle synthetic diamonds

The diamond industry must take action and tackle synthetic diamonds as was done with illicit diamonds through the Kimberly Process, Zimbabwe’s minister of mines and mining development Walter Chidakwa said recently. Chidakwa told a diamond conference in Windhoek that if African countries, which he said produce 65% of natural diamonds, …

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Otjikoto Gold Mine delivers 4% more in Q3 of 2015

B2Gold’s Otjikoto Mine continues to perform strongly according to a release issued by B2Gold recently. According to the Company, Otjikoto produced 38,252 ounces of gold in the third quarter of 2015, approximately 4% (or 1,361 ounces) above budget. “Gold production exceeded budget mainly due to better than expected mill throughput …

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Nghaamwa to lead Namdeb

Mines and energy minister Obeth Kandjoze last week appointed Chris Nghaamwa as the new chaiperson of Namdeb Holdings. Nghaamwa and six other newly appointed board members of Namdeb Holdings will serve on the board between 17 November 2015 and 16 November 2019. The other board members are Michael Humavindu, Kathleen !Naruses, …

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Namwater desalination plant a “National Project”

Areva’s announcement of its intent to sell its Erongo Desalination Plant has become a bone of contention for the mining communities in the Erongo Region as well as for Namwater, which by law, is the bulk supplier of water. Additionally, details of how a third desalination plant will fit into …

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First wind farm slated for 2016

Construction of the first wind farm is expected to start in the second or third quarter of this year with the potential involvement of the Lüderitz Town Council according to Alexandre Matton, a project engineer involved with local solar company, Innosun. Explaining the detail to the Economist, Matton said Innosun …

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Tschudi Project on schedule

Construction at Weatherly’s Tschudi Project remain on schedule and on budget according to Elamrie Kurz of Weatherly Mining Namibia. Construction of the project commenced towards the end of 2013 and remained in full swing ahead of its anticipated third quarter 2015 target. According to Kurz, bulk earthworks for the process …

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Simulation training centre, a first for the market

The Minister of Mines and Energy, Hon. Obeth Kandjoze, inaugurated the first ever Simulation Training Centre at the Ohorongo Cement Sargberg Plant recently. The centre forms part of the N$50 million total investment which was made into a Composite Cement Plant, a new packaging line and the Simulation Training Centre …

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Otjikoto gold output to rise again

Mining magnate B2Gold Corporation achieved record second quarter and first quarter first-half gold production output which saw production increases by 42%. This is the combined effort of three mines in Africa, one of them in Namibia. According to the Canadian mining outfit last week, the 2015 second quarter highlights included …

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Namdeb unleashes the Zaamwani Surveyor

Namdeb launched the Zaamwani Surveyor, a purpose built vessel that was acquired to survey the bathymetry of the nearshore portions of the Namdeb mining license areas. The vessel is used by the Survey Section in the Mineral Resource Department and is expected to provide better information with regards to imaging …

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Mining is still Africa’s future

One of the most prominent Australian miners in Africa said this recent global equity markets should not under-estimate the economic powerhouse that mining can deliver to the continent. Addressing the Paydirt 2015 Africa Down Under Conference in Perth, Australia, Resolute Mining CEO, John Welborn, told delegates that the business juggernaut …

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