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Innovative fleet solutions improve efficiency and reduce costs in African mining.

Logistics play a vital role in mining profitability. A unique bulk haulage fleet is supplying reliable, cost-effective materials-handling solutions to the Zambian and DRC copper industry, using trailers that enable return loads – even if they are bulk liquids. Road haulage is the backbone of supply chain logistics in African mining. While …

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Emerald miner Gemfields rakes in $31.5 million at Lusaka auction

Emerald miner Gemfields Plc said it sold a little over half a million carats of rough stones at its first high-quality emerald auction in Lusaka, Zambia, raking in $31.5 million. Gemfields, owner of the Fabergé luxury jewellery brand, said it realised an average price of $54 per carat, its highest …

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Fall in copper prices to impact Zambia – KCM

KONKOLA Copper Mines says the country needs to start preparing for the reality that current continued fall in international copper price will negatively affect Zambia including reduced revenues for the Treasury. Director for strategy and business development Brad Gnanasivan, however, said the local mining sector is currently in a better …

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Murray & Roberts secures major contract

In the wake of a successful decline sinking project completed last year at Lubambe copper mine in Zambia, Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a new contract for trackless high speed development. The project is scheduled to extend to January 2014. The mine is a joint venture between African …

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Kalahari Geo to start explorations in Kafue Basin

KALAHARI Geo Energy Limited plans to commence preliminary shallow drilling for geothermal energy development at its identified sites in the Kafue basin. The company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Zambian government in 2011 for geothermal energy exploration rights to “certain identified targets among them in Kafue basin” but …

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Uphold ZEMA’s corrective process on FQM – SARW

SOUTHERN Africa Resource Watch (SARW) Zambia coordinator Edward Lange has appealed to the government not to abandon the corrective process simply to satisfy the interest of First Quantum Minerals, which has threatened to lay off 500 workers at its Kalumbila mine in Solwezi. And Zambia Congress of Trade Unions secretary …

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‘There’s no ban on auctioning emeralds abroad’

MINES deputy minister Richard Musukwa says “there is no ban” on auctioning of Zambia’s emeralds abroad. However, in April, then mines minister, Yamfwa Mukanga, directed that all Zambian emeralds be auctioned in the country, contending that “Zambian gemstones have for a long time been sold on foreign markets and the …

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FQM projects increased copper production

FIRST Quantum Minerals Limited is expected to ramp up its copper production to 700,000 metric tonnes per annum by 2015 with the completion of Sentinel Mine and increase output arising from the expansions at Kansanshi mine. And First Quantum Mineral head of public relations Godfrey Msiska said once Kalumbila Mine …

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KCM, ZRL sign MOU on lime transportation

KONKOLA Copper Mines and Zambia Railways have signed a memorandum of understanding which will see the railway company transporting lime from Ndola to the mine in Chingola. The MoU is expected to culminate into a long- term agreement, which would enable Zambia Railways to transport KCM’s copper anodes from Chingola …

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BSI re-certifies Mopani

THE British Standards Institute (BSI) has re-certified Mopani Copper Mines for operating in compliance with the international quality management system standard. In a statement released yesterday, Mopani Copper Mines chief executive officer Danny Callow stated that the recertification followed a successful quality management system audit which took place in December …

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