Golconda kicks off mining at Princeton Top

Golconda Gold has commenced mining at, and delivered its first ore to the processing plant, from Princeton Top, a key step in its development plan to significantly increase production at its Galaxy gold mine in South Africa.  “The commencement of mining at Princeton Top is ahead of schedule and is a testimony to our hard-working team at Galaxy,” said Nick…

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Montage Koné project takes big step forward

Canadian-based and African-focused Montage Gold said it received its ministerial order from the Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development and Ecological Transition of Côte d’Ivoire granting the environmental permit for the development of the company’s Koné project as it prepares to bring the flagship asset online. Company officials said the mining permit application for the Koné project has been submitted. All…

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Harmony Gold marks two deaths in as many days

South African miner Harmony Gold has reported two fatalities at its mines in a two-day period. On 2 May, the company confirmed a single fatality of an underground construction employee at its Mponeng operation near Careltonville, Gauteng province. At the time of its statement, Harmony said an investigation had begun to determine the nature of the incident. It did confirm,…

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Gold Fields CFO Schmidt to retire

South African miner Gold Fields has confirmed the early retirement of its chief financial officer and executive director Paul Schmidt. The company said Schmidt will also be stepping down from its board of directors. Both changes were effective 30 April, though he will remain with the company through 30 June. Alex Dall, currently the vice president of Corporate Finance, has…

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Komatsu hands over keys to second-ever rope shovel

Komatsu South Africa has confirmed the handover of a P&H 4800XPC rope shovel, the world’s largest, to the crews at the Mogalakwena operation in Mokopane, South Africa. The machine, only the second of its kind besides an initial one in Canada, was assembled on-site at the operation – a task that involved 47,711 man-hours. Construction of the rope shovel involved…

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The New Cat® 16 GC Motor Grader: Delivering Economical Haul Road Maintenance

While it can require considerable effort, keeping haul roads smooth, appropriately graded and clear of debris can have a significant impact on costs and productivity. Motor graders, the machine of choice for haul road maintenance activities, have a direct impact on how productively and safely other machines can operate. Good road conditions also reduce truck maintenance, lower fuel costs, increase…

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Omai Gold making strides in Wenot project

Omai Gold Mines announced positive results from its first preliminary economic assessment  for the Wenot project – one of two gold deposits located on its past-producing Omai property in Guyana.  The report supports an initial open-pit mining scenario for production averaging 142,000 ounces of gold per year over a 13-year mine life, with peak year production of 184,000 oz. Total…

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DRC mine upgrades transformers, calls in Trafo

A Democratic Republic of Congo copper-zinc mine leveling up its power infrastructure has retained Trafo Power Solutions for the supply of three mini-substations and two transformers. The order was for two 2000 kVA transformers to step down the electricity supply from 6.6 kV to 550V, as well as three dry-type miniature substations. Two of the mini-substations are rated 315 kVA…

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Two Anglo American mines achieve IRMA 75

Kumba Iron Ore, an Anglo American subsidiary, said its Sishen and Kolomela iron ore mines in South Africa have been assessed against the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance’s (IRMA) comprehensive mining standard, achieving the IRMA 75 level of performance. The IRMA scoring system recognises four levels of performance: IRMA Transparency, in which a mine is third-party-assessed and publicly shares its…

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