Copper Case Studies & News

Smelter welding project completed

South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie successfully completed a smelter welding project and timeously delivered erosion-resistant copper coolers, which are being installed to a smelter in Southern Africa. Thos

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Long Service Awards 2019

30 Years Long ServiceMarianne Allison, Bettie Knoessen and Mr Eugene Rossouw 20 Years Long Service Elize Engelbrecht and Veronica Khoza 15 Years Long ServiceJacob Mankgane, Annetjie

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New smelter in Zimbabwe.

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to

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Ionic coolant sales gain momentum

After introducing the specially developed ionic coolant into the global pyrometallurgical market, foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is seeing a marked increase in interest and confidence in the product,

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  • Cochilco sees 2020 copper production and price rising

    Chile's copper production will likely rise by 0.6% to 5.82-million tonnes in 2020, State copper commission Cochilco said on Monday, and to 5.99-million tonnes in 2021. Cochilco estimated that the copper price will average $2.75/lb in 2020, before rising to $2.90/lb in 2021. In August, Cochilco's price estimate was $2.62/lb for 2020 and $2.85/lb for 2021.

  • Minerals Council bemoans downgrades, asks for urgency in action

    The Minerals Council South Africa has expressed its concern about the sovereign ratings downgrades by agencies Moody’s and Fitch on November 20, which pushed South Africa deeper into “junk territory”. While not unexpected, the ratings downgrades reinforce the fact that South Africa faces a deep economic crisis which, if not rapidly arrested, will continue to plunge the country into a vicious socio-economic downward spiral towards a full-blown sovereign debt crisis which will cause significant economic pain to all South Africans.

  • Kodal starts gold exploration drilling in Côte d'Ivoire

    Having entered into two financing agreement with Riverfort Global Opportunities and a hedge fund operated by Yorkville Advisors Global, Aim-listed Kodal Minerals says it is well-funded to start gold exploration this month in Côte d'Ivoire. The company will explore for gold mineralisation at the Dabakala project, while awaiting a mining licence grant for its flagship Bougouni lithium project, in Mali.

  • Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost

    An Mpumalanga coal mine is on the point of entering into an agreement before year-end to have its acid mine drainage water curse turned into drinking water at no cost, Mining Weekly can today report. Recovered potassium nitrate, which retails at about R15 000/t and which is marketed at about R11 000/t to R11 500/t, pays for everything – and a return on investment of about 30% is achieved.

  • Giyani appoints president, COO

    Canada-based Giyani Metals, which is developing a manganese project in Botswana, has appointed Derk Hartman as president and COO with effect from March 1, 2021. The company also announced on Monday that Wajd Boubou had resigned as president to pursue other business opportunities.

  • New sea-level monitoring satellite successfully launched

    The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) sea-level monitoring Sentinel-6 satellite was successfully placed in orbit over the weekend, after being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in the US State of California on one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets. The Sentinel-6 has, unusually for a satellite, a name as well as a designation: the Michael Freilich. It is named after the former director of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) Earth Science Division.

  • Sisulu hands over KZN bulk water supply scheme

    Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, on Sunday, launched the uMshwathi Regional Bulk Water Supply Scheme, set to service more than 3 000 households in the areas of Albert Falls, Mpolweni, Nadi, Cool Air, Efaye, Kwazibusele, Ntanzi, Mtulwa and Mount Elias. The scheme is being implemented by Umgeni Water and the network has 27 km of bulk pipeline and four reinforced concrete reservoirs.

  • UN leveraging new technology for peacekeeping missions

    The UN is introducing new technologies to assist in its peacekeeping operations, says UN Support Office in Somalia supply chain management service chief Herbert Pechek. Some of the elements of the UN’s programme are arms control, cease fire monitoring, elections, enforcement and combat, public information, protection of civilians, and sanctions and border management.

  • Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost

    An Mpumalanga coal mine is on the point of entering into an agreement before year-end to have its acid mine drainage water curse turned into drinking water at no cost, Mining Weekly can today report. Recovered potassium nitrate, which retails at about R15 000/t and which is marketed at about R11 000/t to R11 500/t, pays for everything – and a return on investment of about 30% is achieved.

  • Business resilience is about people

    The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the central importance of people in enabling businesses to adapt to new challenges and ensuring that organisations remain resilient and capable of delivering value to customers. During a recent panel discussion, Central Bank of Kenya governor Dr Patrick Njoroge said that the global health crisis had forced businesses to introspect deeply to determine how they could continue to serve their customers.

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