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Diamonds, uranium projected to spearhead Namibia’s recovery

According to the Bank of Namibia (BoN), diamond output was down 14,7 per cent in real terms in 2020, and growth is projected at 2,8 per cent in 2021 and 16,9 per cent next year. Namibia expects robust growth in diamond and uranium mining this year after the two sub-sectors …

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Mines push on as SA plays catch-up

Omnia Group company BME says South Africa needs to do more to benefit from the looming demand peak in ‘green minerals. Ralf Hennecke, General Manager, Technology and Marketing at Omnia Group company BME said mines have been very successful in containing COVID-19 infections, allowing most operations to return to almost …

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Diamond Miner envisions carbon-neutrality by 2030

The De Beers Company is on its way towards becoming a carbon-neutral diamond miner and marketer. By 2030, carbon neutrality at its mines in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa, as well as in its other activities around the diamond pipeline around the world, is expected to be reached by …

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O&L Nexentury gears up for SADC renewable energy business

International Independent Power Producer (IPP) – O&L Nexentury has appointed Chris Forlee, General Manager and Head of Business Development to spearhead renewable energy development in the Southern Africa bloc. According to the company, Forlee will be responsible for leading and arranging new renewable energy business development in South Africa, Namibia …

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Caterpillar enhance mining equipment simulators’ sustainability

Caterpillar customers will now enjoy the latest simulator-based equipment training solutions courtesy of a new deal with ThoroughTec Simulation. The development comes after a global cooperation agreement to help improve safety, boost productivity, increase machine availability and create more sustainable mining operations. Under the agreement, Caterpillar Mining will recommend ThoroughTec …

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Mining remains Namibia’s cash cow

The latest official trade statistics show that Namibia has increased its income from non-ferrous metal exports by 25.5 per cent to Belgium, China and Germany in the last quarter. According to the Namibian Statistics Agency (NSA), the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) was the largest import source for Namibia, accounting …

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Upskill your workforce with WearCheck training

Condition monitoring technology is advancing so fast that ongoing training for staff working in the machinery maintenance arena is essential in order to stay abreast of current trends. So says WearCheck’s technical manager, Steven Lumley, who plays an instrumental role in developing the company’s training schedule as well as ensuring …

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Mining set to benefit from Continental Free Trade Area

Namibian political scientist and international relations specialist Dr Ndumba Kamwanyah says the recently consummated African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) would require more than just the signatures of the continent’s 55 political leaders to operate. While the operationalization of the AfCFTA was a historical moment for Africa, Dr Kamwanyah said …

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Fuel prices remain unchanged

The Ministry of Mines and Energy has resolved to keep countrywide fuel pump prices unchanged for January 2021, with N$11.38 per litre for diesel while the petrol price will remain N$11.35 per litre. The development comes despite the under-recoveries which were observed in the previous month. In addition, the authorities said …

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