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Gold recoverer Goldplat turning attention to platinum opportunity

     Updated 4 hours ago Gold recovery company Goldplat, the South African operations of which generated an operating profit in the three months to September 30, is taking steps to diversify into platinum group metal (PGM) recovery. The London-AIM-listed company, which serves companies including AngloGold Ashanti,... 

On-The-Air (31/10/2014)

New mechanised mining courses at Wits; Shale gas received major boost gov gave nod for application processing to proceed; coal-gas roadmap is being drawn up to get energy from coal without having to mine it. 

Markus Hannemann

Main Activity of the Company: Niche steel manufacture including grinding media, rolled products, cast products, wire-rod products, scrap processing Date and Place of Birth: May 10, 1967, Johannesburg Education: Marais Viljoen High School, Alberton, matric 1985; National Higher Diploma -... 

De Beers plans to keep South African diamond exploration spend at R30m a year

JOHANNESBURG ( – Diamond company De Beers plans to maintain its diamond exploration spend in South Africa at R30-million to R35-million a year. De Beers Consolidation Mines (DBCM) CEO Phillip Barton, who spoke to Mining Weekly Online in a video interview (see attached) on the... 

Less Eskom coal, fewer South African diamonds, less refined platinum, lower iron-ore sales – Anglo

JOHANNESBURG ( – Diversified mining company Anglo American on Thursday reported 12% lower coal production for South Africa’s State electricity utility Eskom, 31% less refined platinum production, 4% lower iron-ore exports and fewer diamond carats from South African diamond mines,... 

Capital raise underpins Northam Platinum’s funded R6.6bn BEE deal

JOHANNESBURG ( – Platinum mining company Northam on Wednesday concluded a fully funded ten-year R6.6-billion black economic-empowerment (BEE) equity transaction underpinned by a R4.6-billion capital raising, which has the potential to position the JSE-listed company as a fully... 


Russian tungsten, molybdenum and copper mining created this cavity outside the town of Tuim in Khakassia, Russia, where a bungee jumper is seen plunging 120 m down the Tuimsky Proval, a deep technogenic intra-mountain pit on the site where the polymetallic ores were excavated. The five-second,... 

Mining needs new ways, mine productivity down, illegal mining concern

South African mining needs to forge a strong new direction; mine productivity needs to be lifted up from its bootstraps; and illegal coal mining is undermining a KwaZulu-Natal school. 

300 a year doing mechanised mining courses at Wits centre

Three hundred people a year are doing courses in mechanised mining offered by the University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS). CMMS director Dr Declan Vogt, who was interviewed by Mining Weekly Online at the university, sees one of the centre’s main roles as... 

Strike-hit Impala’s platinum output down 25%, unit costs up 62%

Strike-hit mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) has produced 25.5% fewer platinum ounces in the three months to September 30 than in the corresponding period last year. In line with reduced platinum production, group unit costs rose 62% to R26 698/oz of platinum, compared with R16 488/oz in... 

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