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Cameron Mackay

Cameron Mackay

Cameron Mackay is a Creamer Media Senior Online Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

By Cameron Mackay

Minerals Council welcomes appointment of new Transnet board

12th July 2023

The Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed the appointment of nine new members to State-owned Transnet’s board, which is now chaired by former Minerals Council VP Andile Sangqu. “The Minerals... 

Cora announces exec appointments, launches construction tender for Sanankoro

11th July 2023

West Africa-focused gold company Cora Gold on July 11 announced the appointment of key management personnel and the start of the construction tender process as it focuses on transitioning its... 

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Supplier bullish about African growth

7th July 2023

Pumps supplier Goodwin Submersible Pumps Africa is optimistic about the company’s future business prospects in the mining sector of South Africa, as well as about the company’s growth potential in... 

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Localisation, growth strategy helps supplier connect with customers

7th July 2023

To address several challenges associated with mining in Africa and pumps applications, Germany-based technology company NETZSCH Southern Africa is implementing a growth strategy that includes... 

The Ds500 offers IoT enabled remote assistance monitoring and touch-screen control

Innovations help supplier service advancing industry

7th July 2023

Integrating Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities into its pump technologies is one way through which industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa is keeping up with digital... 

Gold bars

Gold price rose by 5.4% in the first half of this year – WGC

6th July 2023

The World Gold Council (WGC) reports in its ‘Mid-Year Outlook 2023’ report, that gold outperformed other major assets, aside from developed market stocks, in the first half of this year and that... 

Xtract reports good gold recoveries at Mozambique concession

6th July 2023

Resource development company Xtract Resources chairperson Colin Bird says the company is pleased with the progress being made at the Manica concession, in Mozambique, which produced 4 522 oz of... 

Emmerson retains focus on Khemisset ESIA approval

6th July 2023

Potash development company Emmerson states that the environmental- and social- impact assessment (ESIA) approval process for its Khemisset project, in Morocco, remains the key priority for the... 

The PMC Lift 2 expansion project is expected to extend the life-of-mine to at least 2038

Palabora’s vent shaft a 'triumph of collaboration’ and remarkable safety performance

4th July 2023

The sinking of a 1 200 m ventilation shaft as part of copper miner Palabora Mining Company’s (PMC’s) Lift 2 expansion is proving to be a partnership success story, based on an unshakeable... 

Head of Glencore Copper Africa Clint Donkin

Glencore’s DRC operations host community town hall

3rd July 2023

Large-scale industrial copper and cobalt producers in the Lualaba province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) and Mutanda Mining (Mumi) hosted a community... 

Critical Minerals Africa summit welcomes launch partners

3rd July 2023

Event planner Energy Capital & Power has announced that the Critical Minerals Africa investment summit will be held in Cape Town, on October 17 and 18 . This inaugural summit kicks off a series of... 

Hamak raises £350 000, signs drilling contract

3rd July 2023

Mining exploration and development company Hamak Gold and its broker Peterhouse Capital have raised gross proceeds of £350 000, before expenses, from directors, management, existing shareholders... 

Successful Barrick partnership keeps gold shining for Mali

3rd July 2023

The 26-year-long partnership between gold miner Barrick Gold Corporation and the State of Mali has built the country’s gold mining industry into a world leader and positioned it strongly for... 

Global iron-ore production growth to accelerate – BMI

3rd July 2023

Research firm BMI states that global iron-ore production growth will accelerate in the coming years, bringing an end to the stagnation that has persisted since iron-ore prices hit a decade-low... 

Mining operations at Marsfontein

Diamond junior navigates obstacles, broadens horizons

30th June 2023

Junior miners in Africa face several challenges, especially in terms of accessing funding in the region, says Southern Africa’s only active listed junior diamond miner Botswana Diamonds (BOD) MD... 

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Miner implements measures to boost production

30th June 2023

Diamond miner Petra Diamonds improved its diamond mining performance in the third quarter of its 2023 financial year, to March this year, in the wake of lower production in the quarter prior. This... 

PGI reports recovery in jewellery sector

29th June 2023

Marketing organisation Platinum Guild International (PGI) has noted a recovery in demand in the jewellery sector, led by gold jewellery, in the first quarter of this year. The organisation notes in... 

Galileo announce discovery and delineation of extensive gold targets

29th June 2023

Mineral exploration company Galileo Resources says a recently completed gold-in-soil geochemical survey in the area around the company’s Queen’s mine, near Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe, has been highly... 

Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer

Marula seeks JSE listing, provides Kinusi exploration update

29th June 2023

Africa-focused mining and development company Marula Mining plans to apply for a dual-listing of its ordinary shares on the JSE and has appointed South African corporate advisory group Bridge... 

Zinc demand, price outlooks deteriorating – BMI

23rd June 2023

In a report published this week, Fitch Solutions company BMI revised downward its average zinc price forecast for this year from $3 000/t to $2 550/t. This implies an average price of about $2... 

Local first policy drives Barrick’s procurement practices

23rd June 2023

Diversified miner Barrick Gold Corporation’s Lumwana copper mine has bought about $4.3-billion in goods and services from Zambian registered businesses since it went into production, in line with... 

Christina Ramotsabi, Multotec Process Engineering GM

Multotec’s 12-turn spiral goes to work in the mineral sands sector

23rd June 2023

Responding to the needs of the mineral sands sector, process equipment specialist Multotec has developed its first 12-turn spiral concentrator. Multotec Process Engineering GM Christina Ramotsabi... 

WPIC reiterates platinum deficit forecast

23rd June 2023

The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) has reiterated its forecast of a record platinum market deficit of almost one-million ounces this year. The deficit is a result of strong 28%... 

Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Ivanhoe welcomes two African women leaders to its board

23rd June 2023

Canada-headquartered Ivanhoe Mines has announced the appointment of two distinguished female African leaders – Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Delphine Traoré – to the company’s board as independent... 

DMRE investigating reported deaths of 31 Lesotho nationals in illegal Free State mine

23rd June 2023

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) says inspectors have found high methane levels at an illegal mining operation, in Welkom, in the Free State, where at least 31 people are said... 

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Firm offers unique cutting service

23rd June 2023

Local water-jet cutting service provider MAXJET will be launching a new online store in early 2024 for an extensive catalogue that specifically targets clients abroad, owing to the weaker rand.... 

The TWF personnel qualification and certificate scheme is a vehicle to build, integrate and sustain welding skills and technical capacity development in Africa

Collaboration key to boosting African capacity

23rd June 2023

Local industry body the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) wants the Welding Federation Africa (TWF) – formed in 2017 – to be a vehicle to improve the welding capacity of every African... 

The SAIW has a robotic welder, and now offers a robotic welding course. SAIW also has virtual welders that can be used to help train welders

Infrastructure needed to boost stagnant industry

23rd June 2023

Industry body Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director John Tarboton stresses the need for more investment in local infrastructure to boost the prospects of the South African... 

Company increases cutting capacity

23rd June 2023

Cutting service provider AquaJet completed a deal with a local supplier to procure its fifth waterjet cutting machine. The machine is a jetstream cutter that boasts an impressive 4 000 mm by 3 000... 

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Manufacturer innovates for energy, growing industries

2nd June 2023

The ongoing energy supply crisis in South Africa has put the spotlight on the importance of reliable and efficient renewable-energy systems, and the role of the mechanical seal industry in... 

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Consultants can help country navigate energy minerals demand

26th May 2023

Owing to the increasing amount of mining activity expected in Botswana – particularly amid increasing demand for minerals such as coal and battery metals – specialist mining services provider... 

Giyani’s demonstration plant will provide a platform for de-risking K.Hill’s commercial development, and facilitate contracts with battery and OEM customers

Manganese project to capitalise on EV boom

26th May 2023

Battery metals developer Giyani Metals is positioning itself to be a sustainable, low-carbon producer of battery materials for the growing electric vehicle (EV) industry through the development of... 

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Outsourced cooling can help market navigate challenges

19th May 2023

Refrigeration services provider Energy Partners (EP) Refrigeration GM Dawie Kriel stresses that constraints in the local market offer the company opportunities to provide innovative refrigeration... 

Lack of regulations hampers transition

19th May 2023

Industry body the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) president Robert Fox stresses the need for government to implement regulations to compel local operators to... 

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Mining partnerships improve STEM skills

12th May 2023

Skills building programme TechnoGirl Trust is partnering with local mining companies to provide mentorship and other opportunities for young women interested in pursuing careers in the arenas of... 

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Colliery advances training and development

12th May 2023

Menar subsidiary Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), in KwaZulu-Natal, has, in recent years, developed a track record of providing skills and career development opportunities for communities... 

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Mining workforce trainer eyes capitalisation of African mining uptick

12th May 2023

Mining sector training solutions provider Prisma Training Solutions is hoping to position its tailored training solutions to capitalise on the expectation of an increase in mining activity in... 

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Contractor secures new orders from diamond mine

28th April 2023

Following its successful expansion of the sewage treatment plant of diamond miner Lucara Diamond’s Karowe mine in Botswana, water management contractors WEC Projects has secured further orders from... 

Sector can benefit from water optimising solutions

28th April 2023

It is evident that the South African sewage and effluent sector is under tremendous strain, as ongoing sewage spillage is a symptom of a “far wider and deeper issue”, stresses water solutions... 

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Manufacturing company stresses expert tanker control systems benefits

21st April 2023

Automation and expert control systems can provide health and safety benefits for tanker filling practices, says engineering, integration and manufacturing company Iritron divisional manager Gerhard... 

Company to capitalise on demand for container solutions

21st April 2023

There is currently a significant global demand for containerised and mobile engineered solutions. These solutions include fully equipped and tested motor control centres and substations. The... 

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