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President Ali Bongo inaugurates the Moanda School of Mining and Metallurgy (E3M)

This Institute will help boost the performance of the Moanda Metallurgical Complex

LIBREVILLE, Gabon, June 14, 2016/ -- The President of the Gabonese RepublicThe Moanda School of Mining and Metallurgy (E3M) (http://www.Presidence-Gabon.ga), His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, alongside the Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe, Patrice Trovoada, recently inaugurated the Moanda School of Mining and Metallurgy (known as E3M) in the Haut-Ogooué province.

"This school responds to the need for greater diversification in our economy. To achieve this goal we need establishments that can provide training for our engineers and senior technicians. This Institute will help boost the performance of the Moanda Metallurgical Complex. Whether it's for the production of manganese or iron, we need more human resources," said the Head of State.

The result of a public-private partnership between the Gabonese government, the Ogooué Mining Company (COMILOG) and the University of Nancy, the E3M is testament to the President's determination to provide Gabonese and other African students with a modern, well-adapted infrastructure for their professional training. The appointed Spokesperson for African Youth has sought to translate this ambition into tangible results, particularly via his "Equal Opportunities" programme, a major priority of which is ensuring access to professional training at new regional training centres and technical schools for tomorrow's African leaders.

As the first institution of its kind in the subregion, the school will also enable Gabon to promote exchanges with the Central African subregion and beyond, as the school will be accessible to students across the continent who wish to develop their skills in the field of mining and metallurgy.

Occupying a 40-hectare site the school consists of futuristic-looking administrative and teaching buildings, a dormitory, a library, a language laboratory, an IT room and a 150-seat lecture hall, in addition to two technical halls, a canteen and sports facilities. Over time the E3M school will enable the training of many engineers from Gabon as well as from the continent as a whole, in order to meet the growing needs of the mining industry.

The construction of the E3M school is part of a general plan to industrialise different strands of the economy including mining, petroleum and forestry, supported in each case by a specialised school dedicated to training future engineers, such as the Port-Gentil Petroleum and Gas Institute or the Wood Industry School being constructed in Booué.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Présidence de la République Gabonaise.

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14 – 15 April 2016 & 23 – 24 June 2016investigating-and-resolving-procurement-fraud
Birchwood Hotel - Johannesburg

The procurement process is a challenge as the decisions made in every step can impact positively or negatively on its success. There is a steady growth in the critical role combating fraud plays in minimising financial losses.

The Hill Institute gives you this opportunity to get practical advice on how to “identify red flags” and signals of fraud. Effectively mitigate fraud by learning the latest approaches that can be used in your company. Recognising the challenges that organisations are facing in combating Purchasing Fraud.

This event will deal with key topics on investigation and prevention, most significantly how to organise your business processes to minimise the risks whilst maintaining operational efficiency. This is an excellent opportunity to learn the best approaches to conducting an internal investigation in order to protect your organization and deter fraud.


Who Should Attend?

  • Senior Procurement Managers
  • Financial Directors
  • Senior Buyers
  • Buyers
  • Financial Managers
  • Procurement Managers
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Head Process improvement
  • Process Improvement Officers
  • Company Purchasing Managers
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Shared Service Managers
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Managers
  • Supply Chain Directors
  • Shared Service Officers
  • Pharmaceutical Procurement Specialists
  • Transport and Supply Managers


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Electra Mining Botswana to showcase mining, industrial, power generation

Leading local and international suppliers to the mining, industrial and power generation sectors will gain Electra Mining Botswanavaluable exposure at Electra Mining Botswana 2015, taking place from 1-3 September at the Gaborone Fair Grounds in Gaborone. Exhibitors at the show will have the opportunity to interact with visitors from across Botswana and neighbouring SADC countries, speaking with key decision-makers from the region’s industrial and mining sectors.

Visitors can expect to see a wide range of products and services related to mining, industrial engineering and manufacturing, electrical engineering, power generation, materials handling, safety, health and environment, machines tools and construction, amongst others. It will be an opportunity to build valuable business connections, discover the latest in technology developments and find out about the latest new products, equipment and services. The show will also feature exciting free-to-attend seminars that will provide a wealth of information and interactive discussion.

“There is much to be seen and much to learn at the show with the opportunity to interact with exhibitors and their technical experts, attend information packed seminars, network with decision-makers and boost collaboration and international trade,” says Gary Corin, Managing Director at Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery. “The show also has the endorsement of the Botswana Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources and by the Botswana Chamber of Mines.”

There will be live demonstrations on many of the exhibitors stands, including Aerzen Airgas who will be showcasing the Aerzen range of German made roots blowers and screw compressors. These are highly efficient and robust machines, perfect for demanding applications in Africa and for a growing energy conscious market.

There will be lots of interest and interactive displays on the Jachris Hose and Couplings stand with live demonstrations of Sentry services - an innovative hose tracking and monitoring device built on radio frequency identification technology. Also on display will be Sentry RFID tags and handheld data capturing device with a live link to its data repository system. Another offering on the stand will be a Container Hose Workshop, with on-site services. They will also be showcasing new product innovations from Gates such as LifeGuard, iLok and Sentry Services. The Gates iLok is a patented, revolutionary hand torque coupling system in EMEA markets and received the Innovation award for Safety during the recent HPS Exhibition in Katowice, Poland.

Airtrax will be launching a new range of H2O Air Conditioning Mobile Evaporative Cooling Equipment at Electra Mining Botswana, offering a more comfortable working environment by reducing summer heat load on staff members. A live demo will demonstrate the effective cooling capacity of the units and will be fully operational to demonstrate the new Electronic Control Panel.

The Vansen brand with its objective of “bringing water to the people”, will be offering products ranging from submersible pumps and motors, vertical turbine, axial flow, end suction, vertical multi stage and surface pumps. These are distributed throughout South Africa and neighbouring countries.

The IB McIntyre stand at Electra Mining Botswana will focus on the Master Lock range including the Lockout and Tagout devices which prevent thousands of accidents that could occur during servicing and repairing of equipment. The Lockout and Tagout procedure protects employees from risks caused by power sources. When used properly with a well-planned lockout process, the safety padlock will ensure that workers will not inadvertently energize equipment whilst someone else is working on it. Also available are a wide range of Lockout and Tagout labels to identify the operator by their name, task and the duration of the operation. The labels are available in many different designs to suit all applications and are heat and chemical resistant.

AJ Charnaud, a leading global manufacturer of personal protective clothing for protection against radiant heat, electric arc flash, acid, flames, fire, cold and molten metal splash, will be displaying various products at Electra Mining Botswana including Survive-Arc which is advanced protective wear against the thermal effects of electric arc flash. Aci-Flam protective wear will also be showcased, which guards against the dual hazards of flames and liquid acid splash - including 98% Sulphuric acid, along with Fire-Safe which is a new age firefighting suit with the highest breath-ability on the market.     

DPH (SA) Industrial, Mining & Automotive Supplies will be showcasing its broad range of quality industrial, mining, agricultural and automotive supplies products. Visitors should also look out for Arint Consulting Services, who will be holding a daily lucky draw each afternoon.

The University of Pretoria through its Continuing Education will be promoting various Project Management Courses, especially the newly launched Project Management for the Mining Industry. The programme is designed and presented to address the specific requirements and unique attributes related to mining projects.  Covering the mining project life-cycle of concept, pre-feasibility, implementation and operational handover, the course is built on proven and internationally accepted project management practices such as ISO 201500 and PMBoK.

Other exhibitors include Joy Global (Africa), Verder Pumps, Filtration Africa, Air Liquide Botswana, Franklin Electric, Becker Mining South Africa, Jachris Hose and Couplings, Schnieder Electric South Africa, Charnaud, Tubestone and AC/DC Dynamics, amongst many others.

Visitors will gain much insight and knowledge from the daily free-to-attend seminars taking place at Electra Mining Botswana. The topics will focus on Botswana’s mining infrastructure - from planning to implementation, updates on mining industry developments and legal regulations, understanding exploration opportunities, transport infrastructure and investment opportunities. Delegates will gain valuable insight through attending these seminars by getting the latest updates on the mineral industry’s development, gaining an understanding on exploration opportunities, learning about the future of power generation - macro perspective, opportunities and new scenarios, getting updates on infrastructure and the latest development in the Trans Kalahari line project, being able to evaluate investment opportunities and explore strategic finance and investment plans, and by gaining an understanding the regulatory framework and knowing the implications.

“As an international mining, industrial, power generation and machine tools event with leading brand exhibitors and a rich seminar offering, our expectation is that Electra Mining Botswana will help link Botswana with other countries to further develop and diversify local industry and business,” says Vuyiswa Mojela, Director, Soapbox Communications.“With the location of the event in Gaborone, there is easy access for Botswana visitors, as well as those from South Africa and other surrounding African countries.”

Electra Mining Botswana is organised in partnership between Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, a South African company with over 42 years exhibition experience, and Soapbox Communications, a local Botswana company.

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Terex® Minerals Processing Systems launch new modular MC380X cone plant



One of the world leaders of material processing technology for modular, portable and static crushing Terex-MC380Xand screening equipment is pleased to announce the launch of the Terex Minerals Processing MC380X Modular cone plant.

As part of its continuing product development strategy for the modular product line, Terex® Minerals Processing Systems is pleased to launch the MC380X Modular Cone Plant for utilization by aggregate and mining customers worldwide.

The NEW MC380X cone module features the Terex® Cedarapids high performance MVP380X cone crusher.  The MC380X boasts numerous features that increase the machine’s productivity and ease of use.

Major new enhancements include high speed clearing of jammed material; quick crusher separation capability for faster manganese changes; and user friendly computer controls enclosed in a robust weather-protected control panel. Other key features of the MC380X include an extra-heavy duty I-beam frame, galvanized steel structure including walkways, stairs and guard rails as standard.  The module structure and all its components are CE Compliant.

Modular Structure

The modular structure bolts together on-site boasting quick set up times using basic tools.  Pre-wired with a plug and play design the Terex MPS modules require minimum on-site wiring.  The flexible design of the module enable permits for two locations for the discharge conveyor for easy transport and site set up.

About the MVP380 Cone

Terex® Cedarapids renowned MVP380X cone with patented Rollercone® design provides high efficiency crushing from a single drive electric motor 300 hp (225kW).  The cone also have an adjustable motor mount slide-base tensioning system with V-belt drive, drive guard, V-belt motor sheave, hub and key.  Unique to Terex MPS modular plants are the fact that the hydraulic and lube skids are both positioned in the modular structure to protect them and are part of the pre-wired set up.

Optional Equipment

Optional equipment includes a motor starter kit to run off-plant cone feed conveyor, product discharge conveyor and feeder, easy upgrade overflow chute and full length skid base.

Global Modular Product Manager, Terex MPS, Mark Crooks said, “We are very proud to add the high performance MC380X cone module to our expanding CR modular product line, further increasing our plant building stations, improving our application capabilities between 150 – 450 mtph and in particular, showcasing the innovative design and modular plant controls created by our experienced engineering team”

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The Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) Professional Programmes Committee in conjunction with John Bristow and Mike DeWit is once again running the Kimberley Diamond Symposium and Trade Show in Kimberley from 10th – 13th September 2014. A similar highly successful Diamond Symposium was held in 2007 in Kimberley.

The Symposium is being organized by RCA (Pty) Ltd who also helped organize the 2007 Kimberley Diamond Symposium. Interested parties can contact Robbie at robbie@rca.co.za (telephone +27 (0)11 487 3819/2260), John Bristow (jwbdia@mweb.co.za), or Mike De Wit (dewit@icon.co.za) and visit the following websites for more information www.gssa.org.za, or www.rca.co.za.

Following the World Financial Crisis of 2008/09 and subsequent down turn in the local and international diamond industry, the past 18 months have seen the steady resurgence of the diamond trade, with renewed interest in mine development and expansions in South Africa and Botswana, and new project development in Brazil and Canada. Diamond exploration activities are also showing some green shoots. New technologies and refinements are surfacing in all facets of the diamond industry including exploration methods and geophysics, processing plant design and optimization, diamond recovery systems, and diamond cutting and polishing.

Reprocessing of old tailings dumps is also increasingly providing further sources of gemstone diamonds along with the recycling of old diamond jewellery. Currently there is also lively debate about the role and place of synthetic diamonds in diamond jewellery. With Carbon Vapour Deposition (CVD) and High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) technologies for diamond synthesis advancing rapidly, and annual production of synthetic diamonds somewhere in the 6 – 10 billion carat range compared to natural production of 130 million carats per annum, it is inevitable that synthetic diamonds will find their way into the diamond jewellery business.

The 2014 Kimberley Diamond Symposium will provide a platform to highlight and discuss changes and trends in the local and international diamond industry. It will also showcase new technological developments in diamond exploration, geophysics, processing and recovery equipment, present new scientific information relating to the origin of diamonds and the formation of diamond bearing deposits, and provide an opportunity to debate other developments noted above.

Looking forward, the world diamond market is facing declining production and steadily increasing demand. Consequently new discoveries, mine expansions, and additional production will be required to fill the growing gap between supply and demand. As the local and international diamond industry emerges from four to five challenging years the Kimberley Diamond Symposium will also provide an ideal event to show how the challenges of the past four to five years have been addressed and provide insights into the future of the industry.

Kimberley is where the diamond business started in South Africa. Hence the Symposium will also take this fascinating industry back to its local roots. The event will in this respect also highlight the various mining and developmental activities that continue to make the town of Kimberley and the Northern Cape an important focal point of the local and international diamond business.

The Kimberley Diamond Symposium will comprise a day and a half of technical presentations and poster sessions, indoor and outdoor exhibitor displays, and two days of mine visits, including underground visits and field trips.

The technical and poster sessions have attracted considerable interest from local and international diamond experts, researchers and companies and will focus on wide ranging new developments, trends, and leading edge research and development in the diamond industry

The planned field trips will have tour guides with specific knowledge of the areas, geology and activities to be seen on these trips. The following destinations and mines have been targeted as part of the field and mine trip programme:

  • Underground visit to the famous Kimberley Mines lead by Petra Diamonds
  • Underground trip to the World class Finsch diamond mine owned by Petra Diamonds
  • Nooitgedacht & Barkly West Alluvial Diamond Tour including Kanteen Koppie, and Holpan-Klipdam alluvial deposits
  • Middle Orange River to inspect alluvial deposits and mining operations on extensive ancient remnant terrace deposits, and visit DeKalk which is the site of the first diamond discovery in South Africa
  • Rooipoort Vaal River alluvial diamond mining operations, rehabilitation activities, and unique wildlife viewing opportunity
  • Ekapa Mining dump retreatment operation which is reprocessing old Kimberley tailings dumps
  • Roberts Victor mine trip to sample unique eclogite and other nodules from a micaceous Group 2 kimberlite locality
  • Kimberley ‘Big-holes’, Tailings Dumps, and Mantle Nodule Tour

The upgraded Kimberley Big Hole Diamond Museum where DeBeers spent approximately R50-million to help redevelop this facility into a world class museum is a great place for tourists as well as for people interested in the industry. The famous Kimberley Club, with all its history and character will also feature in the activities of the Symposium, and there will be opportunity for delegates and their Partners to experience other unique pieces of South African history and politics including the places of interest listed below:

  • Belgravia Historical Walk incorporating Historical Houses and places of interest in Kimberley
  • Kimberley Africana Library
  • Sol Plaatjie Museum
  • Kimberley Ghost Tour
  • Magersfontein Boer War Battlegrounds
  • Pioneers of Aviation Museum
  • Macgregor Museum
  • William Humphreys Art Gallery
  • Kamfersdam Flamingo Colony
  • Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre
  • Nooitgedacht Glacial Pavements
  • Kanteen Koppie – sight of the first alluvial digging at Barkly West (Klipdrift) on the Vaal River

A number of key Sponsors, including De Beers, have already signed up for the Symposium, and as noted above there has been excellent interest in the September 2014 Kimberley Diamond Symposium. Interest includes local and international geologists, engineers and diamond researchers. A wide range of service providers and equipment suppliers and manufacturers, including large earth moving companies, will be exhibiting their wares.

Besides the participation many well-known diamond operators, scientists and individuals, the Symposium also intends to attract old characters of the industry including diamond diggers from the Vaal and Orange River, and Ventersdorp areas, many of whom have become legends in the industry, and are now in their senior years. The intention is again to bring these characters together to share some of their experiences and pioneering deeds, and chat about some of the large and remarkable diamonds that they have recovered in the Northern Cape.

To date registrations have been received from Australian, Brazilian, Canadian, UK, Russian, African and local companies, individuals, researchers, and service providers. Space is filling up fast for the Symposium, Fieldtrips, and Trade Show and interested parties are advised to register early.



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