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Growing Focus on Social Transitioning in Mine Closure

Social transitioning is a vital aspect of mine closure that can no longer be ignored. This was the clear message from the 13th International Conference on Mine Closure in Perth earlier last month. SRK is an independent, global network of consulting practices in over 45 countries on six continents. Its …

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Chinese graphite demand slump questioned

As Syrah Resources reduced graphite production from the Balama Mine for the fourth quarter to 5000 tonnes a month, down from 15,000 tonnes, another Australian miner has challenged claims of slowing Chinese demand for graphite. Walkabout Resources has questioned the accuracy of reports that spot prices for all graphite flake …

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WearCheck wins double awards in Europe

Condition monitoring specialists, WearCheck, scooped two awards from top international training body, Mobius, at a condition based maintenance (CBM Europe) conference in Belgium recently. The awards are for first place in the Best Training Partner EUMEA 2018/19 and the Best Student Growth Africa 2018/19. Dennis Swanepoel, WearCheck’s reliability solutions consultant …

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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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XRT technology recovers 1,758 carat diamond in Botswana

TOMRA Sorting Mining technologies have enabled Lucara’s diamond mine in Botswana to discover an unbroken 1,758 carat stone The diamond is the largest to be mined at Karowe to date, weighing close to 352 grams through the TOMRA XRT sensor technology. “As the largest diamond ever recovered by a mechanical …

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Rank rises for Wits School of Mining Engineering

The University Of Witwatersrand School Of Mining Engineering has again scooped a better position in the QS World University Rankings to 13th place in 2019. The latest achievement allows it to retain its position as the highest ranked school at Wits University as it is also the only mining school …

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Amid uncertainties African mining shows steady progress

Despite escalating trade wars keeping commodity prices in check as well as increased regulatory challenges across the continent generally, the mining team at Standard Bank anticipates that 2019 will see miners continue to cautiously pursue emerging pockets of opportunity across the continent. Over the last 18 months, the focus in …

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Equipment sales remain under pressure

Plant equipment sales remained largely unchanged recording a decline of just 21 units over last year’s figure of 1455 machines sold during the third quarter of 2018. Lawrence Peters, Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers Association (CONMESA) chairman said there is little growth and the industry needs stimulus. Despite the flatline …

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China’s gold market on the rise

China has become the largest gold producer and consumer in the world in the past two decades. On the backdrop, Roland Wang, Managing Director of China for the WGC said his company aims to work with government bodies, regulators and market practitioners to ‘develop China’s gold market on a long-term, …

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