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Resources Watch Resources Watch

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:00
Welcome to Creamer Media’s Resources Watch. This week: Mining project studies are on the increase. Kumba’s cash return to black shareholding is now at an astounding R23-billion. And, a metals mine will implement a new planning solutions system.

Metals mine to implement planning solutions system Mine planning and engineering consultancy Ukwazi Group director and principal engineer Jaco Lotheringen discusses the Open Pit Metals Solutions software for metals mines.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:00
Mine planning and engineering consultancy Ukwazi Group is working with mining major Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore (Kumba) to implement the new Open Pit Metals Solution (OPMS) software system at Kumba’s Kolomela mine, in Postmasburg, in the Northern Cape, says Ukwazi director and principal engineer Jaco Lotheringen. “Ukwazi will assist Kolomela with the implementation of the OPMS system as a long term mine planning tool. We have extensive OPMS experience, having implemented the system before on other iron-ore mines in Africa.”

Insufficient infrastructure a challenge for Africa

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:00
African governments should prioritise infrastructure development to attract foreign investment to the continent, which boasts a wealth of mineral resources, says South Africa-based midtier mining consultancy Ukwazi Group. Company director Hugo Tukker tells Mining Weekly that the lack of infrastructure remains a significant challenge for Africa, causing prospective mining projects not to be initiated at times.

Jaco Lotheringen

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 00:00
Full Name: Jacobus Johannes Lotheringen Position: Ukwazi director: Open cut, coal and turnaround studies Main Activity of the Company: Mining engineering and mine planning Date and Place of Birth: December 3, 1971, Ladysmith, KwazuluNatal Education: B Eng (Mining) First Job: Miner at Tshikondeni Colliery Size of First Pay Packet: R2 000

Ukwazi Group

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:00
Though classified as a medium-sized mine planning and engineering consultancy, Gauteng-based Ukwazi Group remains the largest independent and focused mine planning and engineering services provider in Africa. Ukwazi specialises in the use and interpretation of various mine planning software systems and sees itself not only as a user, but also as an expert in the field, working closely with various software suppliers, including Dassault Systèmes, RungePincockMinarco, Trimble, MineRP and Bentley.

Mine planning essential for opencast environment

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 00:00
A project team with mine planning as its core business is best positioned to deliver appropriate, integrated, optimum and executable mine designs, says mining consultancy Ukwazi. Ukwazi is the largest-capacity mining engineering-focused consulting services provider in Africa and has successfully delivered mine design-related services over the last ten years as a strategic partner and independent adviser to its clients. 

Mining consultancy celebrates ten years

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:00
Centurion-based medium sized mine consultancy Ukwazi will this year celebrate its tenth anniversary, says director and principal mining engineer Jaco Lotheringen, who tells Mining Weekly that the company has developed into a sustainable and reputable mining engineering consultancy over the past decade. “I think the biggest milestone we could have hoped to pass after ten years is that we helped prove that the mining industry still values independence and using independent consultants for one of the most integrated and critical aspects in mining projects – mining itself.

New scheduling solution receiving exceptional initial feedback

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 00:00
Mining consultancy RungePincockMinarco’s (RPM’s) latest commodity-based solution, Open Pit Metals Solution (OPMS), which is a comprehensive, end-to-end openpit metals mine scheduling solution, has received exceptional reviews from initial customer feedback, supporting the company’s view that commodity-based solutions represent the next step in the evolution of mine scheduling.

Ukwazi Ukwazi Corporate Video

Wed, 08/22/2012 - 00:00
Centurion company Ukwazi aims to grow systematically from being a small mining consultancy to a medium-sized mining solutions provider.

Continental more than doubles Penumbra coal resource

Wed, 06/15/2011 - 12:27
ASX-listed Continental Coal on Wednesday announced a significant increase in measured coal resources from 25-million tons to 68.3-million tons at its Penumbra project, which it will develop next. CEO Don Turvey said that an updated resource and reserve assessment showed further potential to materially extend the proposed mine life at the South African project beyond that currently contemplated.

Company Announcement: Coal Resources And Reserves Update Continental Coal

Wed, 06/15/2011 - 09:03
Attached please find a press release on: South African focused thermal coal mining company Continental Coal Limited (ASX: CCC) (“Continental” or “the Company”) has updated the Coal Resources and Reserves managed by the Company’s South African subsidiary Continental Coal Limited (“CCL”).

Local consulting firm reports good project pipeline

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 00:00
Centurion-based consultancy firm Ukwazi reports that it is involved in many mining projects across South Africa and Africa. Some of company’s clients for underground projects include Impala Platinum, Gold Fields and Xstrata Alloys.

Daily podcast – December 2, 2009 podmw_2122009

Wed, 12/02/2009 - 15:12
Anglo American agrees, in principle, to invest another $450-million in De Beers; and Alpha Natural Resources resumes production at its Emerald longwall coal mine.

Daily podcast – December 1, 2009 podmw_1122009

Tue, 12/01/2009 - 15:00
The construction of the power infrastructure necessary to supply the Burnstone mine will start in January 2010; and Teck Resources expects to restart the lead production line at its Trail, British Columbia, refinery on Wednesday.

Daily podcast – November 30, 2009 podmw_30112009

Mon, 11/30/2009 - 10:36
Petra Diamonds sells a 168 ct white diamond for $6,28-million; and the request for an extraordinary general meeting at Simmer & Jack is withdrawn.

Daily podcast – November 27, 2009 podmw_27112009

Fri, 11/27/2009 - 10:00
Canadian mining executives come out strongly against the contentious Bill C-300; and Namibia's proposed law to force mining companies to yield 25% of their shareholding to black investors poses a risk to the industry.

Daily podcast – November 26, 2009 podmw_27112009

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 10:44
Workers at Antamina wraps up negotiations for a labour agreement; and Keaton Energy's board 'authorises the development of the first phase of the Vanggatfontein project.

Daily podcast – November 25, 2009 podmw_25112009

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 09:43
Debswana plans to extend the closure of its Damtshaa mine to the end of 2010; and De Beers and the government of Botswana expect to spend as much as $3-billion over the next 15 years to extend the life of the Jwaneng diamond mine.

Daily podcast – November 24, 2009 podmw_24112009

Tue, 11/24/2009 - 12:29
A global iron-ore price settlement 10% up on the current price is expected from price negotiations in 2010; and JIC Mining Services plans to retrench 662 of its 6 300 employees.

Daily podcast – November 23, 2009 poden_23112009

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 10:28
A JV between De Beers and AngloGold Ashanti expects to start its first underwater drilling for gold in the second quarter of next year; and strikers at Chile's Spence copper mine vote to end a prolonged stoppage.


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