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Technological advances aim to improve sustainability

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Owing to the possible presence of hazardous methane gas during coal mining, it is common practice to monitor methane levels at operational mining sections. As such, mining monitoring systems company Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control System was introduced to coal mining fifteen years ago and it... 

MAC adds two new factors to TSM initiative to combat child labour

By: Henry Lazenby     19th September 2017 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has added two new components to its Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative to help curb child and forced labour in the mining supply chain, and to provide the information needed for companies to demonstrate their responsible sourcing of minerals and... 

Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud

By: Henry Lazenby     18th September 2017 Fraud is a significant burden on the mining industry and is likely to cost companies an average of 5.85% of turnover every year. Therefore, catching it before it happens is often the best weapon to combat this scourge. This figure is based on 20 years of data across more than 40 sectors,... 

Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud

800 000 t copper output by year-end conservative estimate

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Copper production in Zambia will reach just more than 800 000 t by the end of this year as the country is taking steps to regain its position as Africa’s leading copper producer, according to Zambia Chamber of Mines (CoM) initiative Mining for Zambia (MFZ). “This is a conservative estimate,... 

800 000 t copper output by year-end conservative estimate
DRAWING DOLLARS $12.4-billion was invested in new mining ventures in Zambia from 2000 to 2014 by just six mining companies

Kalumbila facility will service global mining industry

     15th September 2017 By the first quarter of 2018,  a building site in Kalumbila, in North-Western province, in  Zambia, will be transformed into a $40-million manufacturing facility that will produce high-quality mill-balls for mines in Zambia, neighbouring countries and the world market, says Zambia Chamber of... 

Kalumbila facility will service global mining industry
TANGIBLE EXCITEMENT There’s a tangible feeling of excitement in the air at Kalumbila with the coming of the ME Elecmetal plant

Inca One more than doubles y/y output for July and August

By: Henry Lazenby     13th September 2017 Small-scale Peru-focused gold processor Inca One Gold has reported a 124% year-on-year increase in gold output for the months of July and August combined, it announced on Wednesday. "July and August was another productive period for Chala One and our operations team is to be commended for solid... 

South African mining must be made globally competitive – Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2017 All South Africans need to work together to ensure that the South African mining industry is a globally competitive investment destination, said African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe on Thursday, when he declared the black-controlled company’s highest-ever dividend.... 

South African mining must be made globally competitive – Motsepe
All South Africans need to work together to ensure that the South African mining industry is a globally competitive investment destination. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 7.9.2017

Nedlac rejects union bias claims

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th September 2017 The National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on Thursday rebuffed claims that it was biased when issuing Section 77 certificates to applying trade unions.  Section 77 certificates protect workers who take part in socioeconomic protests. 

Nedlac rejects union bias claims

Continental Gold invests in Colombia-based agricultural development programme

By: Samantha Herbst     6th September 2017 As part of its sustainability strategy, TSX-listed exploration and development company Continental Gold will contribute about $370 000 towards a programme developed to support agricultural development in western Antioquia, in north-west Colombia. The Future Harvest programme, aimed at directly... 

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2017 Surface mining company DRDGold, which has spent more money on vegetating tailings dams in the last ten years than it has paid dividends to shareholders, is seeing its dump vegetation effort going up in smoke at the same time as it comes under criticism from a leading nongovernmental organisation... 

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius broaches tailings treatment consolidation with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer 5.9.2017

Challenges delay miner’s housing project

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 The Gabonewe Housing Estate Development project, located near the town of Ledig in the North West province, has been delayed by various challenges, including cost constraints and stakeholder integration, says South African platinum group metals miner Wesizwe Platinum. Wesizwe’s Sustainable... 

Challenges delay miner’s housing project
PERSISTENT PROGRESS The development of the Bakubung platinum mine and its housing estate continue, despite economic challenges

Debate on land rehab for future farming comes to the fore as mine closures increase

By: Dylan Slater     1st September 2017 As the mining industry winds down from the supercycle, thereby also coming under increasingly constrained budgets as markets tighten up and commodity prices fall, more mines are closing and, subsequently, the need for their rehabilitation is coming to the fore.  

Debate on land rehab for future farming comes to the fore as mine closures increase

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield  long-term savings – BMI
LONG-TERM BENEFIT BMI expexts long-term cost savings to benefit companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to prioritising green strategies

Prominent diamond miner invests in Botswana’s people

     1st September 2017 Diamond mining major De Beers announced in August that it has secured a $3-million, three-year partnership with tertiary education entity US-based Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) to empower young entrepreneurs and established business owners in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The... 

Prominent diamond  miner invests in Botswana’s people
LIFE EXTENSION Debswana’s Letlhakane mine tailings project will extend the life-of-mine by 25 years

Show expected to achieve further growth

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 The number of exhibitors and visitors taking part in the Electra Mining Botswana exhibition and conference, since its inception in 2013, has increased by 17% and 8% respectively, with this years’ event expected to attract further key industry players in the mining, industrial and power generation... 

Show expected to achieve further growth
PROMISING PODIUM Electra Mining Botswana is said to be fast becoming a major mining exhibition and networking platform

Corporate and govt cooperation needed to drive energy stability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 There needs to be ongoing open dialogue between the corporate sector and government to ensure that energy supplies for mining projects are secured and stabilised timeously to take advantage of valuable economic opportunities in Africa, says Johannesburg-based consultancy Core Consultants founder... 

Corporate and govt cooperation needed to drive energy stability
LARA SMITH Governments’ lead times for approving new power plants in African countries are often too long, resulting in a failure to realise the full potential of valuable mining projects

Mines realise commercial, social gains of off-grid power

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Mining companies in Africa are beginning to realise the full potential of standalone power solutions as they strive to improve operational efficiencies and meet the social obligations governing their ventures in emerging economies, says engineering consultant WSP Africa power director Dinesh Buldoo. 

Mines realise commercial, social gains of off-grid power
Photo by Bloomberg
REMOTE CHALLENGES As mining companies expand their mining activities into ever-more remote locations in Africa, access to basic services, such as power, becomes more challenging

Platinum company advancing women

By: Nica Schreuder     25th August 2017 Platinum mining and marketing company Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) programmes and initiatives to advance women in mining have received good participation, with the company reporting that women comprise 11% of its workforce. Implats, which has five main operations in South Africa’s Bushveld... 

Seventh platinum conference to be held in October

     25th August 2017 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum mining head Frik Fourie is scheduled to present a keynote address on how to make the South African mining business globally attractive again at the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM’s) seventh International Platinum Conference –... 

Seventh platinum conference to be  held in October
TECHNICAL TOURS The first of the Platinum 2017 conference's technical tours will take place at Mogalakwena, the world’s largest openpit platinum mine

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments reap long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th August 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments reap long-term savings – BMI

Huge opportunity to create more demand for platinum – PGI 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2017 The South African platinum industry has been investing in platinum jewellery for more than 45 years through the Platinum Guild International (PGI), which has turned platinum jewellery into an amazing South African asset. Of all the platinum demand levers, platinum in jewellery is the one that can... 

Huge opportunity to create more demand for platinum – PGI
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer speaks to Platinum Guild International CEO Huw Daniel. Photographs: Christo Greyling. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Beech advises mining firms to prepare for implementation of Mining Charter 3

By: Dylan Slater     22nd August 2017 The implementation of the third iteration of the Mining Charter, or Mining Charter 3, in some form or another, is inevitable and mining companies should start the process of bringing their operations in line with the regulations set out in the charter, law firm Hogan Lovells mining head and... 

Beech advises mining firms to prepare for implementation of Mining Charter 3
Hogan Lovells mining head and partner Warren Beech

Tanzania’s 55% share of mine revenue ‘pretty generous’ – AngloGold  

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2017 The share of revenues that the government of Tanzania has received from the Geita gold mine is “pretty generous” when compared with what shareholders have received, AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan said on Monday when the company reported an adjusted headline loss of $93-million,... 

Tanzania’s 55% share of mine revenue ‘pretty generous’ – AngloGold
AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the new Tanzanian legal challenges. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer 21.8.2017

WorleyParsons developing black enterprises 

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2017 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is answering South Africa’s call for broader economic participation and transformation. The local company, which is part of the Australian Securities Exchange-listed WorleyParsons engineering group that serves the resources and energy... 

WorleyParsons developing black enterprises
WorleyParsons RSA CEO Denver Dreyer interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Darlene Creamer

Zwane again firm on Charter targets as consistent with radical economic transformation

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2017 As government’s plans for radical economic transformation unfold, the mining sector has become the centre of that swirling debate in light of the newly gazetted reviewed and updated Mining Charter. South Africa has been pursuing radical economic transformation as the path towards coveted... 

Zwane again firm on Charter targets as consistent with radical economic transformation
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

University receives R15m shot in the arm from Sibanye

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 Diversified miner Sibanye has partnered with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to integrate mining education with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The company will inject R15-million into the university’s mining engineering faculty over the next three years. The company will transfer the money... 

University receives R15m  shot in the arm from Sibanye
Photo by University of Johannesburg
FUNDING THE FUTURE Neal Froneman; Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Saurabh and Dr Hennie Grobler at the handing over the first of three R5-million cheques to the University of Johannesburg

Women still not participating ‘extensively’ in mining sector – IFC

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 Although mining companies are moving in the right direction with regard to women’s participation, women are still not participating extensively, meaning that effectively 50% of the population remains excluded, says International Finance Corporation (IFC) mining principal investment officer Robin... 

Women still not participating ‘extensively’ in mining sector – IFC
DIVERSIFICATION GOALS Goal establishment in terms of gender diversification is key, with systems that should be in place to ensure goals are met

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill
Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill

Public urged to participate in police leadership survey 

By: Sane Dhlamini     15th August 2017 Nonprofit organisation Corruption Watch (CW) and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) have launched a survey, on the eve of the commemoration of the Marikana massacre, seeking public input on the selection of the new South African Police Service (Saps) national commissioner and the head of... 

Public urged to participate in police leadership survey

Major setback for Lily mineworkers after another takeover deal fails

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th August 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Monday said the cancellation of another proposed buyout of the troubled Lily and Barbrook mines was a major setback that reinstilled further uncertainty for the mines’ workers and the surrounding communities. TSX-listed Galane Gold and Lily mine owners Vantage Goldfields... 

40% BEE stake mulled for Venetia mine employee transporters

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Diamond miner De Beers has announced the launch of a major empowerment deal regarding the transportation of employees to and from its operations at the Venetia diamond mine, in Limpopo. In a high-impact, local procurement and empowerment initiative, Venetia mine, in partnership with VM Diamond... 

40% BEE stake mulled for Venetia mine employee transporters
HIGH-IMPACT INITIATIVE De Beers’ empowerment deal centres on the transportation of employees to and from its operations at the Venetia diamond mine

Review trade agreements to put South Africa first, Mathunjwa suggests 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th August 2017 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) wants to have South Africa’s “unfavourable” trade agreements reviewed and potentially amended as the country struggles to industrialise and beneficiate, exacerbating the current jobs “bloodbath” in the mining sector. Speaking at a media... 

Sibanye’s R15m investment aims to unlock benefits of 4th industrial revolution for mining

By: Ilan Solomons     10th August 2017 Diversified miner Sibanye has partnered with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to integrate mining education with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The company will inject R15-million into the university’s mining engineering faculty over the next three years. The company will transfer the money... 

Sibanye’s R15m investment aims to unlock benefits of 4th industrial revolution for mining
Photo by University of Johannesburg
Karen Coetzee, Neal Froneman; Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, Saurabh and Dr Hennie Grobler at the handing over the first of three R5-million cheques to the university

Employee diversity fosters innovation, creativity

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 Global engineering consultancy Aurecon geotechnical engineer Dr Gabrielle Wojtowitz advocates for cross-gender, -cultural and -border teams in the workplace, as this stimulates diverse thinking and creativity. Within her role at Aurecon, Wojtowitz works within the built environment space as well... 

Employee diversity fosters innovation, creativity
GABRIELLE WOJTOWITZ Aurecon is exposing young women to the subjects of science, technology, economics and mathematics to increase the number of women in the mining industry

Female scientist brings gold home to South Africa

     4th August 2017 MSc environmental management student at University of the Free State Tshiamo Legoale took top honours with her speech on phytomining when she competed against 31 scientists from across the world at the 2017 FameLab International competition in June. The 27-year-old represented South Africa at the... 

Female scientist brings gold home to South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
WINNING IDEA Phytomining involves harvesting gold from wheat crops growing on mine waste tailings and can possibly aid improverished communities

Role models essential for women in mining

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 When multinational mining company Anglo American mine overseer Lorraine Nndwambi first entered the mining industry 2013, female mentors were scarce. This made acclimatising to the working environment in the mining industry more of a challenge and made it difficult for her to determine “how to... 

Role models essential for women in mining
AUTHORITY FIGURE Assertiveness may sometimes be perceived as being arrogant, especially when a female has to show authority

Service provider encourages development

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 Hard work, practical experience and knowing the industry are key factors needed to succeed as a woman in the mining sector, 24-year-old workshop technician at specialist safety and monitoring solutions provider Monitech Zukiswa Mkhulisi tells Mining Weekly. “Do well and prove your worth. It is... 

Service provider encourages development
ZUKISWA MKHULISI The 24-year old has had a very different experience to most women in the mining industry, having received support and acknowledgement for her achievements

Virtual reality experience aids mine design analysis

By: Nadine James     4th August 2017 Virtual reality (VR) provides an immersive experience which makes it easier for project managers to make decisions on and improve project designs, and to undertake other activities that ensure the effective implementation of their strategies, believes the University of Pretoria's (UP’s)... 

Virtual reality experience aids mine design analysis
ACTUAL BENEFITS Aside from improving the decision-making process, virtual reality ensures that risky incidents are reduced
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