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Geldenhuyspic2‘I joined Mintek in 1996 as a recent chemical engineering graduate and started a journey of amazing discovery, namely the world of pyrometallurgy. While watching my first pilot furnace being tapped in 1996, a spark was ignited and I fell in love with the bubbling cauldron we call furnaces. In the February issue of JOM, I was privileged that my review paper on practical perspectives of DC smelting was accepted for publication. The paper reflects on the lessons learnt during my 20 years of operating DC furnaces. In my paper I featured a favourite photograph I took in 2004 during a large demonstration project. JOM’s editorial team spotted the photograph during production and subsequently requested permission to use the photograph on the cover of the current issue. This picture truly captures the passion and spark that ignited a love for smelting and continues to inspire me in my field of interest, and I hope it will inspire others in the future.’ – Isabel Geldenhuys, SAIMM Fellow and Manager of the Pyrometallurgy Division at MINTEK

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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
  • Premier appoints chairperson, considers way forward for RHA Tungsten project
    Aim-listed Premier African Minerals has appointed nonexecutive director Michael Foster as nonexecutive chairperson effective July 20, to succeed George Roach, who remains CEO. Roach commented on Friday that the separation of chairperson and CEO is long overdue and is expected to enhance board oversight and direction.
  • Acacia boss is getting frustrated waiting for Barrick solution
    It’s been a year since Acacia Mining’s majority shareholder started talks on its behalf to end a standoff with the Tanzanian government and interim CEO Peter Geleta is getting frustrated. Barrick Gold, which owns about 64% of London-based Acacia, last month withdrew a timetable to resolve the dispute with Tanzania, after previously indicating it would have a detailed proposal ready by mid-year. The talks include efforts to lift a ban on exports of mineral concentrates introduced by the government last March, which forced the company to stockpile output and curb production.
  • Acacia H1 net earnings fall 51% y/y
    Tanzanian gold miner Acacia Mining’s net earnings for the first half of this year, ended June 30, decreased by 51% to $30.9-million, compared with the net earnings of $62.5-million recorded in the first half of 2017. Net earnings were impacted on by a $24.2-million impairment at Nyanzaga mine.