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Ilan Solomons

Ilan Solomons

Ilan Solomons is a Creamer Media Contributing Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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‘Barometer’ provides assessment of mineral resources industry transparency

24th March 2017 Governments are challenged with creating new approaches to governance that enable them to better exploit the developmental potential provided by mineral resources. It is therefore imperative that countries establish regulatory frameworks and State capacity to ensure that mining activities are... 

‘Women, local communities must play greater role in mining’

24th March 2017 Women must be encouraged and supported to play a greater role in Africa’s mining industries, states Zambian Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma. The Minister, who was speaking at the Alternative Mining Indaba in Cape Town, last month, said that one of the greatest... 

Simplified processes, suitable technologies key to success – diamond miners told

24th March 2017 Historically diamond plants were designed on the basis of process engineering excellence. However, this focused excessively on ensuring maximum diamond liberation and recovery, rather than on the defining of the optimal mix of technical and financial solutions. This is according to project... 

Mine mechanisation and automation accelerating in South Africa and globally, says Sandvik

24th March 2017 The mechanisation and automation of mines in South Africa and globally is accelerating, with ancillary support services, such as information technology (IT), information transfer and data analysis, among others, taking on greater importance, says mining equipment and services provider Sandvik... 

Harmony plans to grow output to 1.5Moz, outlines acquisition criteria

22nd March 2017 Dual-listed Harmony Gold is aiming to increase its yearly gold production from the current 1.1-million to 1.5-million ounces over the next three years. This would be achieved by undertaking expansions at its operations in South Africa, the rest of Africa and Papua New Guinea, while also... 

Oliphant visits various Amplats-led SLP projects in Rustenburg

17th March 2017 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Friday hosted Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant at the official handover ceremony of a number of the company’s social and labour plan (SLP) projects in Rustenburg, in the North West. The projects included the official opening of... 

Faulty statistics to blame for belief that PGM prices are inaccurately low – report

17th March 2017 Platinum group metals (PGMs) market analysts have expressed confusion that platinum and palladium prices have been cut in half over the past few years while the PGM statistics they use show persistent long-term deficits in these markets. This is according to New York-based research and consulting... 

Commodities supply shortfall looming following years of underinvestment

17th March 2017 Several years of little or no investment in exploring for and developing new mining projects has resulted in the emergence of an impending commodity supply cliff in a number of resource sectors, says professional services firm EY Africa mining and metals transactions leader Quintin Hobbs.... 

West African explorer targets Ghana gold project

17th March 2017 Gold exploration company GoldStone Resources is aiming to focus its resources on developing the company’s flagship Homase-Akrokerri gold project, in Ghana, says CEO Emma Priestley. She says it is her intention to seek funding to carry out the next round of exploration drilling works on the... 

Caledonia targeting higher output, lower costs at Zim mine

17th March 2017 Southern Africa-focused gold miner Caledonia Mining Corporation aims to have its Blanket gold mine, in Zimbabwe, produce 60 000 oz of gold at all-in sustaining costs (AISCs) of between $810/oz and $850/oz this year, says corporate development VP and investor relations manager Maurice Mason.... 

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