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Freight train will link Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia

An express freight train that will link Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia in less than ten days may commence operations in September 2015. The train will cover an approximate distance of 1,000 kilometres through this corridor,” the chairman of Mozambican state port and railway company, CFM, said in Beira earlier this …

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Cost-effective submersible pumps replace vertical spindle pumps

The mining sector’s growing need to reduce costs without hindering operational efficiencies or reliability has led to a marked trend towards the use of submersible pumps as opposed to vertical spindle pumps, says pumps supplier Integrated Pump Technology (IPT). The company notes that submersible dewatering pumps offer major advantages over …

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Climate change deepens mines’ power woes

As Zambia’s energy-starved mines struggle with the shortfall between the country’s stalled power-generation capacity and its consistent economic growth, climate change appears to be “dealing a further blow to energy output”, states multidisciplinary consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa. SRK Consulting principal mining engineer Boniface Mwila highlights the …

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Copper Prices Jump Higher on Supply Cuts, China Data…

Copper prices soared on Tuesday to their biggest daily percentage gain in 2½ years, as Glencore PLC’s decision to shut mines and an increase in Chinese imports prompted investors and analysts to ratchet back estimates for global supplies. The rally forced many investors to scramble to close out bearish bets, which amplified the …

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Mopani closure an ambush we’ll not accept – Musukwa

IT is an ambush for Mopani Copper Mines, the strongest allies of the PF government, to suspend  mining operations in Zambia for at least 18 months, says mines deputy minister Richard Musukwa. Swiss commodity trader and miner Glencore AG has announced that it is immediately suspending mining in Zambia and …

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Glencore set to cut copper output by 400kt and cobalt at Mopani, Katanga…

Cathode output at Glencore’s African copper businesses is set to be cut by 400,000 tonnes as a result of operational reviews at Katanga Mining and Mopani Copper Mines, the Switzerland-based miner and trader said on Monday September 7. “This will include the suspension of production at Katanga and Mopani for …

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JCB to launch telehandler at Bauma

JCB Industrial, part of Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), is to launch a new product line at this year’s BaumaConexpo, which will give mines access to JCB’s world-leading range of telescopic handlers.  Bauma Conexpo Africa takes place from 15 – 18 September 2015 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre. The product, a …

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Miners trapped underground at Mopani Mine in Kitwe

Several miners have been trapped underground at Mopani Copper Mine’s Mindolo operation following a fire at the mine’s power station. The miners, who had reported for a night shift, were in a carriage that takes them underground when the power plant caught fire. A combined team of fire officers from …

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ERB directs mines to free up some electricity

THE Energy Regulation Board says it will start penalising mining companies and other large-scale power consumers who are keeping more power than they need. Currently, Zesco and Copperbelt Energy Corporation have scaled down power supply to the mining sector by 30 per cent, resulting in most mining houses reducing production …

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Mines advised to place new focus on innovation and technology …

The mining industry is “far behind” in terms of using technology and innovation to deal with industry-related challenges such as dropping ore grades, high-energy costs and lack of reliable energy supply, says bespoke mining enterprise software engineering solutions developer Stone Three Mining Solutions CEO Louis Marais. He says Stone Three …

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