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WearCheck moves to Westville

Condition monitoring specialists, WearCheck, recently relocated their head office and main laboratory from Pinetown to Westville, just outside Durban. The company’s Durban transformer laboratory also moved to the same premises. WearCheck’s new laboratory and offices are at No. 4 The Terrace, Westway Office Park, Westville. Managing director of WearCheck, Neil …

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Pix4D and SAP start a joint innovation project for the 3D inspection of transmission masts

Lausanne, Switzerland, Pix4D, technology pioneer and market leader in industrial photogrammetry software solutions, announces that it is starting a joint innovation project with SAP® to open up the market for drone-based, digital 3D inspections for telecommunications companies. SAP, a global leader in ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software, has included Pix4D …

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Failure to regulate artisanal mining in Kenya hinders revenue collection

Across Western Kenya, over 95 per cent of gold mining is unregulated, with corruption, political interference and bureaucracy rife. A trip to the Chamber of Mines to seek a licence is hell on earth for investors. Failure by the government to regulate artisanal gold mining has hindered not only controlling …

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Tanzania’s instant millionaire hits another jackpot

Accidentally millionaire, Saniniu Laizer, has discovered yet another giant violet-blue stone weighing 6.3 kilograms (13.9 pounds). This is within two months of becoming a millionaire overnight in June after his mining company discovered two rough Tanzania gemstones worth $3.4 million and believed to be the largest in the world. Laizer, …

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DRC exploring solutions to tame a weakening local currency against the US dollar

The Governor of the Central Bank of Congo (BCC), Deogratias Mutombo, believes that the current depreciation of the local currency is caused by the lack of repatriation of foreign earnings by mining companies into Congolese monetary circulation. Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have indicated they will tighten controls …

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Shanta completes acquisition of West Kenya.

Tanzania gold miner Shanta Gold has completed the US$14.5 million acquisition of West Kenya across the border in Kenya, from Barrick Gold (now a 6% Shanta shareholder), and plans to start infill and extension drilling soon to try to build out the current resource of 1.2Mt grading 12.6gpt (1.18Moz) and …

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Middle East, Africa mining industry increased by 16.7% in the second quarter

Data and analytics company GlobalData’s deals database shows that overall deal activity in the Middle East and African metals and mining industry increased by 16.7% in the second quarter. Twenty-eight deals worth $1.44-billion were announced for the region during the quarter, against the last four-quarter average of 24 deals. Of …

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Exploration and mining software system supports and sustains increased exploration in Africa, says Specialist

Mineral Resource Management Specialist Minrom CEO Oscar van Antwerpen has revealed that the new mining software system allows companies to monitor and manage the licences, as well as receive timely warnings of missing documents or regulatory needs. The exploration and mining licence management software system is already in operation in …

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Barrick Gold Corporation makes new appointments

Barrick Gold Corporation has reinforced its team by making new appointments in the newly created positions of Africa and Middle East Exploration VP, and Latin America and Asia Pacific exploration VP. TSX- and NYSE-listed gold miner has appointed eminent geologists Aoife McGrath and Leandro Sastre in the position of Africa …

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