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Alweendo reins in CPB over gems tender

THE Central Procurement Board has failed to convince mines minister Tom Alweendo why it picked a diamond valuation company that charged the government N$70 million more than the outgoing service provider. The CPB, on behalf of the mines ministry, had awarded a N$300 million contract to Gem Diamonds Namibia to …

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Tumas 1 East reports encouraging drilling

Deep Yellow has reported encouraging drilling results on EPL3497 where new continuous mineralisation has been identified in the Tumas 1 East palaeochannel area along Tributary 5. According to the company, the program was completed in April 2019 with a total of 211 RC drill holes for 1,951m drilled. The project’s …

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De Beers embark on carbon footprint research

De Beers Group’s carbon-capture research at the Gahcho Kué mine in Canada has received a funding boost following the award of a C$675,000 grant from Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program towards pioneering research in partnership focused on delivering carbon-neutral diamond mining. The project in Canada is part of a …

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Dundee Precious Metals proposes expansion of Tsumeb smelter

Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb has proposed to expand their current smelter operations in Tsumeb in order to increase the copper concentrate throughput capacity from 240,000 tons per annum to 370 000. In a report for the proposed expansion released this week, it is said that Dundee has appointed SLR Environment …

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Confidence in the diamond sector

By Jonathan Kendall* I have previously discussed how vital confidence is if you are to succeed at any and all stages of the diamond value chain, and to maintain confidence requires expertise, innovation and hard work. In the diamond sector, this has never been truer than it is today. Across …

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Why use a triple point of water?

Despite primary standards being expensive and complex to use, there is, however, an exception to that and it’s the Triple Point of Water Cell.   The fixed-points, sometimes called intrinsic standards, are used to define the International Temperature Scale of 1990 (ITS-90). The most commonly used fixed-point is the Triple Point of …

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Temporal ablutions for Qalani learners-Kangra Coal

Learners at Qalani Primary School in Saul Mkhizeville of South Africa have joyously welcomed the temporal ablution facilities provided by Kangra Coal. The subsidiary of Menar has provided safe temporary ablution facilities at Qalani Primary School to ensure its students are able to learn in a safer and healthier schooling …

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Rosh Pinah to spur metal production

Research and Markets, the world’s largest market research store said the global lead mine production is projected to grow between 2018 to 2022, fueled by increased demand for lead acid batteries from the automobiles and electric bikes sectors, especially from China and the US. China, US and Australia’s declining production …

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KSB expands its aftermarket services

KSB Pumps and Valves is intensifying its focus on aftermarket services that add value to customer operations far beyond the supply and maintenance of its own products. According to the company plans are to extend its services and engineering expertise to include maintenance of entire systems, reverse engineering of rotating …

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Namibia’s first lithium mine on track

Desert Lion Energy has filed an independent technical report for the country’s first large-scale lithium mine, 210km from the capital of Windhoek and 220km from Walvis Bay. Completed by Hatch Ltd and MSA Group, the report details the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the project, covering mining, concentrate and lithium …

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