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Electra Mining Africa: the best of cutting edge technology

Technology, a key driver in engineering and mining innovation, is being driven by the commodity downturn. This year’s Electra Mining Africa saw a host of these innovative technologies being showcased, demonstrating the local engineering and mining industry’s world class status in terms of producing products and services that provide a safer mining environment, that is more efficient in terms of production but also more adaptive.

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Taking a shine to Trans Hex

Parow headquartered diamond mining group Trans Hex has seen a significant change in shareholding – a development that hopefully points to brighter prospects in the competitive gem game for the years ahead.

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Interview Dr Dirk Jan Koch at the Mining Indaba 2016

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Interview Dr Dirk Jan Koch at the Mining Indaba 2016.

Koch said:

“What we have seen is that there are huge sustainability issues around water in mining. Think for instance about the big dam collapse in Brazil in November, which had tragic consequences for both people and the environment. We think that if more advanced technologies could be used then more cooperation would take place and such tragedies could be prevented.”

“28% of our country is below sea level and we have been fighting back the water for a long time. All the expertise we have in water management has been pulled together – communities, companies, universities and government have come together in our mining and water platform. We have used this platform and we share experience, learn lessons from each other and look for partners with whom we can develop programmes together.”

“In South Africa, one of the big problems that we see are the old abandoned mines – there are around 6,000 of these old mines and all the water that remains in these mines need to be cleaned up.”

“The Netherland’s strength is that we pull together the various strengths in different sectors, collaborate with our partners and come up with creative solutions to these problems.”

“One of the technologies I found particularly interesting was how we have tried to deal with acid mine drainage through bacteria. In a lab in the Netherlands we have developed specific new bacteria that can help deal with the acid water and try to get it pure again so we can drink it.”

“All these funky technologies we have been explained to us at the Indaba and the South African authorities have said that that sounds very interesting, let’s go and develop that together.”

“What I like about the Mining Indaba is that all the people that you need are here. You have independent consultants that ask very critical questions, you have the NGOs that ask how you organised that, where are you doing that, you have the investors that are looking for exciting new opportunities, so basically anybody you need to make a difference in mining is present here.”

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No surprises in Minister’s address at Mining Indaba

Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Zwane, ticked all the right boxes for the mining industry when he delivered the opening address at Mining Indaba in Cape Town this morning.  But, according to Andrew Lane, Africa Mining Leader for Deloitte, industry would have liked to have heard a more tangible action plan for addressing key issues in the mining sector.

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