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Metso clinches life cycle services contract renewal at  Swedish mine Metso clinches life cycle services contract renewal at Swedish mine
Published: 21 Jul 17
Base metals miner Lundin Mining’s Zinkgruvan zinc, lead, copper and silver mine in Askersund, Sweden has signed a new life cycle services (LCS) agreement with diversified engineering group Metso. The agreement covers mill lining and related services for five grinding mills and is valid for three years. Metso reports that a ‘cost per ton’ agreement ensures that both Zinkgruvan’s and its own goals are aligned for maximum production as well as safer operations, and is a result of the “unique and ...
Proper hose assemblies  improve hydraulic  safety and life span Proper hose assemblies improve hydraulic safety and life span
Published: 21 Jul 17
Technical solutions provider BMG urges that care be taken when selecting, installing and maintaining high-quality components in any hydraulic system because hose assemblies can be highly dangerous if misapplied and if inadequate attention is given to maintenance of the hose and related equipment.
Pilar mine Pilar mine
Published: 21 Jul 17
A gold mine located in the state of Goiás in central region of Brazil.
Low-pressure  hydraulic valve  to offer adaptability Low-pressure hydraulic valve to offer adaptability
Published: 21 Jul 17
Valves manufacturer Hydromine Projects will take its latest in-development low pressure, pressure-reducing valve to market within the next two months, after ironing out the last issues during a recent trial period at a deep-level gold mine in Klerksdorp, in the North West. The design of the low-pressure valve is based on water systems manufacturer Hydrocore’s regular pattern valve for high-pressure applications, of which Hydromine is the original-equipment manufacturer. 
Chinese group increases stake in Moz graphite project
Published: 21 Jul 17
Chinese company Shandong Tianye Mining has invested a further $1.23-million into Australian junior Triton Minerals, buying shares (in a placement by Triton) at a price of $0.048 per share, Proactive Investors has reported. Shandong Tianye Mining was already the largest shareholder in the Australian company, which is developing graphite projects in Mozambique. (Shandong Tianye Mining is itself part of the larger, private sector, Shandong Tianye Group, established in 1999 and originally a real estate business, with real estate remaining a core focus; the mining operation was set up in 2007. The group is also active in the energy and micro-finance, as well as other, sectors.)
Pallinghurst eyeing London listing following Gemfields acquisition Pallinghurst eyeing London listing following Gemfields acquisition
Published: 21 Jul 17
Following Pallinghurst’s restructuring and successful acquisition of emerald miner Gemfields, the JSE-listed diversified miner will now commence with the preparatory work to potentially obtain a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange, with Gemfields delisting from London’s Aim stock exchange by month end. Following the takeover offer by Pallinghurst in May to acquire the entire issued and to-be-issued share capital of Gemfields, almost 90% of Gemfields’ shareholders have accepted Pallinghurst’s offer.
Zim lithium, tantalum prospect returns ‘excellent’ test results Zim lithium, tantalum prospect returns ‘excellent’ test results
Published: 21 Jul 17
Diversified exploration and mining company Premier African Minerals reported “excellent results” from the initial metallurgical testwork study, which was completed by German materials testing and analysis company Dorfner Anzaplan on its wholly-owned Zulu lithium and tantalum project, in Zimbabwe last month. Premier chairperson and CEO George Roach says that the company will continue with additional testwork to improve the recoveries of lithium and associated minerals, as well as flow sheet design improvement and establishing capital and operating costs for producing lithium from Zulu.
Geophysical techniques touted as ideal  for alluvial diamond exploration Geophysical techniques touted as ideal for alluvial diamond exploration
Published: 21 Jul 17
Ground geophysical surveys have been carried out by the Council for Geoscience (CGS) on a farm that hosts an alluvial diamond mining operation near Schweizer-Reneke, in the North West. The North West is host to what were previously known as the Southwestern Transvaal diamond fields. The surveys formed part of a CGS training programme and were also intended to assess the effectiveness of geophysical techniques for alluvial diamond exploration.
Social media fuelling illicit diamond trade  in Central African Republic – report Social media fuelling illicit diamond trade in Central African Republic – report
Published: 21 Jul 17
A new undercover investigation by international watchdog organisation Global Witness has uncovered how diamond smugglers are making use of social media platforms as they seek to get diamonds linked to the ongoing violent conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) out of the country and into international markets. The investigation codenamed ‘A Game of Stones’ reveals how the tools of the digital economy, including Facebook and WhatsApp, among others are being used by CAR’s traders to find international partners and evade the already limited scrutiny of international diamond markets.
Gold refinery champions upliftment through beneficiation Gold refinery champions upliftment through beneficiation
Published: 21 Jul 17
Precious-metal smelting and refining complex Rand Refinery is committed to its socioeconomic upliftment initiatives, which are intrinsically linked to and furthered by its core aim of refining and then creating saleable gold products, or gold beneficiation, states Rand Refinery CE Praveen Baijnath. The refinery believes that beneficiation drives such upliftment, as beneficiation of raw materials creates and supports jobs, as well as develops small enterprises, thereby immeasurably benefiting local communities.
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