Author: mientjie

120 year old School of Mining and the future of mining

It may be hard to believe that engineering in mining was so developed 120 years ago that they needed a university for young men to become engineers. Today, 120 years later, the Wits School of Mining Engineering not only boast about the history, but prepare students for the future of mining. The Wits School of Mining Engineering recently celebrated their 120 years in existence with an anniversary event, and took mining professionals and students back to the time when the school started in a tin shack in Kimberley. Today, with 35% female students, the school has two Centres of...

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Chamber of Mines claims new technology needed to extend life of mines

It is possible to extend the lives of existing mines, was one of the messages conveyed by Neal Froneman, vice president, Chamber of Mines, while giving a glimpse of the future of mining to the media at the Investing in  African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. He said it is possible by using new technology and by mining the ore in existing pillars. There are a few challenges accompanying the possibilities. Beside the natural resistance to change, is the scare of possible job losses brought about by new technology. “On the contrary, new technology will not lead to job...

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Empowerment fund for junior miners

A new fund will be launched early February to assist and empower South African junior miners. The JSS Empowerment Mining Fund has been established by Jaltech and Stefanutti Stocks to fill a void in the small scale mining sector. “Although we will look at any qualifying junior miner, we find that the juniors who are of the greatest need are coal miners,” says Gaurav Nair, director, JSS Empowerment Mining Fund. The fund’s target capital is R1 billion and will provide investment of between R30 and R500 million to junior miners. Qualifying miners will also receive assistance from Stefanutti Stocks...

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Bass Metals discovers large flake graphite in Madagascar

Bass Metals discovered large flake graphite in eastern Madagascar, immediately south of the operating Antsirabe graphite mine. The discovery is known as the Andapa discovery. The discovery forms part of the company’s exploration projects in the area, and has identified three separate targets with significant strike lengths, hosted in soft, easily mineable, saprolitic mineralisation. “The team is excited at this discovery, especially as it’s directly south along strike of a long operating large flake graphite mine. We obtained this permit as part of the Graphmada transaction but initially did not prioritise any work on the permit given our primary...

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Cummins’ new MD to build capability to support customers

Forever grateful to customers, building capability to support customers and exceeding customer expectations, are some of the areas that Thierry Pimi, the new managing director, Cummins Southern Africa, wants to focus on. “I am ready to take up the challenge and work hard to further enhance the business, elevate the Cummins brand, and get closer to our customer. My vision for Southern Africa is for us to exceed our customers’ expectations through world class professionalism from a diverse and highly motivated team,” says Pimi. Not only was Pimi born and raised in Cameroon, he also studied mechanical engineering in...

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