Copper Case Studies & News

Global quality status boosted by Dekra

Global quality status boosted. The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in

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Foundry involved in product development

Foundry involved in product development. South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is developing a critical furnace component as part of a cooperation agreement with a major Canada-based consulting firm.

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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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  • GoviEx hones in on Zambia project following Niger licence challenge

    TSX-V-listed GoviEx Uranium says that, while it plans to fight for its rights at the Madaouela project, in Niger, the difficulties faced in that country present it with a unique opportunity to concentrate its efforts on its Muntanga project, in Zambia. The company reiterates that it was, nearly two weeks ago, informed by the Nigerien government that it no longer has rights over the perimeter of the mining permit for its Madaouela project, which reverted back to the public domain.

  • Cleaver, Newton-King join AngloGold board

    Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti has announced that former De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver and former JSE CEO Nicky Newton-King have been appointed as independent nonexecutive directors with effect from July 22. Cleaver, who has commercial and mining experience, will serve as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Social, Ethics and Sustainability Committee and Newton-King will serve as a member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee and the Social, Ethics and Sustainability Committee.

  • Council reiterates importance of compliance with amended guidelines on mandatory COP

    The Minerals Council South Africa has reiterated the implications of the Amended Guideline for the compilation of a mandatory code of practice (COP), which was first published in July 2023. The guideline provides guidance to the mining sector employer on how to compile a mandatory COP, which would assist employers in providing suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) for women in mining (WiM) where required, and to train all employees on issues relating to PPE for WiM.

  • Uasa, Petra Diamonds sign five-year wage agreement for Cullinan mine

    Trade union Uasa has signed a five-year wage agreement with the management of the Cullinan mine, which is owned by London-listed Petra Diamonds. The agreement is effective from July 1 this year to July 1, 2028, stipulating a 5.5% or consumer price inflation (CPI) increase for entry level, or C lower, employees for the first three years and a 6% increase in years four and five.

  • Petra Diamonds focusing on refinancing $250-million loan notes

    Having reset its cost base, delivering new life-of-mine (LoM) plans with a smooth capital profile, the focus of Petra Diamonds is very much on refinancing its $250-million loan notes. “We plan to get that done before the end of this calendar year,” Petra Diamonds CEO Richard Duffy outlined to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.)

  • First Battery showcases 80 t/d lead-acid battery recycling plant

    Automotive and industrial battery manufacturer First Battery on July 17 took media on a tour of its battery recycling facility in Benoni Industrial Sites, in Ekurhuleni, where it recycles 80 t of lead-acid batteries a day. The facility features advanced technology to efficiently recycle used lead-acid batteries, and includes a battery breaker, an effluent plant for acid treatment, a lead smelter and a plastic reprocessing plant.

  • Over-taxation in automotive market will undermine BEV adoption in South Africa

    South Africa’s automative market is going to struggle to transition to battery electric vehicles (BEVs), specifically because of the country’s “peculiar” automotive market structure, which Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies manufacturing ambassador Professor Justin Barnes has said needs to be corrected. “We actually have a huge problem in South Africa in relation to how our market functions,” he said during a webinar hosted by Creamer Media on July 17, where various automotive industry experts discussed the current state and future prospects of the country's automotive industry.

  • BMI sees monetary policy easing globally, but high inflation persists in some regions

    In considering the accuracy of the economic and political risk predictions that were made at the end of 2023 for the new year, BMI’s sub-Saharan Africa Country Risk team has found that most of the situations played out as predicted, with two more having partially occurred. BMI predicted that headline growth globally would accelerate with some underlying challenges persisting. Considering GDP data from the first quarter of the year, global growth has held up well at 2.5%, driven by Asian countries such as India, Vietnam, Mainland China and Japan.

  • Macpherson highlights the work of Infrastructure South Africa

    The work of Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) has been hailed by Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Dean Macpherson. He was delivering the keynote address, on Tuesday, at the Infrastructure Africa 2024 Conference, being held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. ISA is an agency of the national Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, and its mission is to design and maintain a country-wide portfolio of priority, credible, quality, high impact projects that constitute a bankable investment pipeline. ISA is the core driver of the National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) 2050, and its responsibilities include dealing with policy and regulatory issues that block investment, as well as building investor confidence.

  • Treasury to sign agreements in transport and water sectors aimed at fast-tracking private investment

    Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana reports that the National Treasury is working on signing memoranda of agreement in the transport and water sectors with the goal of fast-tracking private sector participation. Delivering his Budget Vote, the Minister said that the agreements would be similar to the one that governs the Independent Power Producers Office (IPPO).

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