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Mining should bolster environmental, social sustainability

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 The Australian mining industry’s challenges pertain to environmentally sustainable practices, rather than community sustainability, which is the case in the African mining industry, says global engineering consulting firm Aurecon Brisbane technical director Andrew Keith. “However, in places such... 

Govt must play role in limiting large-scale retrenchment – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2018 Government must play a role in limiting large-scale retrenchment in the platinum sector by potentially incentivising companies to curb job loss. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has objected strongly to the retrenchment plans of Impala Platinum in particular and Royal Bafokeng Platinum... 

Govt must play role in limiting large-scale retrenchment – RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater

Further progress required in gender transformation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2018 The mining industry has made major strides as an equal opportunity employer, and is not as bad as some people perceive it to be, with a number of opportunities available for women through employment opportunities and training and development, says diversified natural resource company Glencore... 

Further progress required in gender transformation
ROCK AND A HARD PLACE The conditions and culture in hard rock mines remain tough for the majority of women

TRI opens subsidiary in South Africa  

By: Paige Müller     3rd August 2018 Global independent third-party geotechnical testing and research company TRI Environmental launched its new African subsidiary, TRI Africa Environmental Services, last month.   Owing to an increase in demand for its third-party quality assurance geotechnical testing services on the African... 

TRI opens subsidiary  in South Africa
Independent global third-party geotechnical testing and research company TRI Environmental discusses the establishment of its new African subsidiary. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Implats’ R2.7bn cut of 13 000 jobs, five shafts, 230 000 oz, evokes Minister’s rebuke 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2018 The drastic R2.7-billion restructure of the Impala Rustenburg mine, involving the loss of 13 000 jobs, the closure of five shafts and cutting of 230 000 oz out of yearly platinum production, has evoked a strong rebuke from the Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, who has accused Impala... 

Implats’ R2.7bn cut of 13 000 jobs, five shafts, 230 000 oz, evokes Minister’s rebuke
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Implats CEO Nico Muller (left) and Implats group mining engineer Thabile Makgala

Voorspoed diamond mine to close after search for bidder fails 

By: Martin Creamer     31st July 2018 The Voorspoed diamond mine in the Free State is scheduled to close by year-end if the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is unable to secure, in the next 30 days, a suitable bid that will set the seal on the employment and community support that this Kroonstad-area mine provides. The decision... 

Voorspoed diamond mine to close after search for bidder fails
De Beers Consolidated Mines CEO Phillip Barton outlines the Voorspoed mine closure plans to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing. Darlene Creamer.

Anglo draws line in sand for thermal coal

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2018 Anglo American has drawn a line in the sand for its thermal coal portfolio. With 14 more years of life in existing assets, the company made it clear this week that it would engage in incremental expansion where it made sense, but not in long-term growth projects. Anglo has halved its footprint in... 

Anglo draws line in sand for thermal coal
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo CE Mark Cutifani

$5bn Anglo copper project going ahead in Peru

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2018 Expected payback on the $5-billion copper project that Anglo American is leading in partnership with Mitsubishi is four years after initial production, Anglo CE Mark Cutifani said on Thursday, when the company announced the go-ahead for the development of the new community-backed low-cost,... 

$5bn Anglo copper project going ahead in Peru
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The Anglo-Mitsubishi Quellaveco copper mining project in Peru.

Logistics-hit but resilient Kumba declares dividend from cash pile

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2018 Iron-ore mining and marketing company Kumba Iron Ore on Tuesday reported a resilient financial performance despite logistics and export market conditions that resulted in 24% earnings fall to R7-billion compared with the first six months of last year. Attributable free cash flow of R2.8-billion... 

Logistics-hit but resilient Kumba declares dividend from cash pile
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Kumba Iron Ore CE Themba Mkhwanazi

Gold miner reflects on Ghana achievements

13th July 2018 Gold producer Gold Fields West Africa, a subsidiary of South Africa-based gold major Gold Fields, has invested significantly into the Ghana mining industry over the past 25 years, with shareholders, government and local communities that have and still are benefitting from the gold miner’s... 

Gold miner reflects on Ghana achievements
25TH ANNIVERSARY Gold Fields celebrates its achievement since starting its flagship gold mining operation in Ghana, the Tarkwa mine

Mining can be a major driver of development in poor countries – ICMM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 The lives of people living in countries whose economies are dependent on mining have, on average, improved faster than those of people in other countries over the past 20 years, a report by the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) has found.  

Mining can be a major driver of development in poor countries – ICMM
Countries that are mining dependent that were studied in ICMM's report

Balanced Mining Charter needed to attract investment – law firm

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2018 The most recent iteration of the draft Mining Charter needs to be balanced, and incorporate all mining industry stakeholders, to promote much-needed investment into the South African mining industry, international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills director Patrick Leyden tells Mining Weekly... 

Balanced Mining Charter needed to attract investment – law firm
Herbert Smith Freehills director Patrick Leyden

Latest charter draft an improvement on previous iteration but discontent persists

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2018 The third iteration of the Mining Charter will have a significant effect on vendors of services and goods in the procurement space of South African mining, says legal services provider Strata Legal director Brandon Irsigler, noting that a great many suppliers to the mining industry are in the... 

Latest charter draft an improvement on previous iteration but discontent persists

Coal miner, community set to meet in public debate to discuss Yzermyn underground coal mine

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2018 India-owned mining company Atha Africa Ventures is set to engage in a public debate with the community to discuss the potential impacts and remediation of a proposed coal mine near Wakkerstroom, in Mpumalanga, on Friday, June 29. This open forum community-oriented debate will allow all parties,... 

Coal miner, community set to meet in public debate to discuss Yzermyn underground coal mine

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 In early April the People’s Republic of China established a new Ministry, that of Natural Resources (MNR). The creation of the new Ministry was part of a programme to restructure the country’s State Council (Cabinet). The MNR took over all the responsibilities of the previous (and now... 

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

Glencore Coal provides free WiFi to two host communities

By: Nadine James     14th June 2018 Thermal coal miner Glencore Coal South Africa (SA) has launched a free WiFi initiative, which will allow members of two of the company’s host communities, Phola and Ogies, to access 500 MB/d per person for educational, economic and leisure purposes. The initiative currently comprises six... 

Mining companies combating malaria scourge – ICMM

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2018 Mining companies are taking firm steps to help combat the scourge of malaria, which affects 3.3-billion people worldwide and kills a child every 30 seconds. International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) health, safety and product stewardship director John Atherton reports that: 

Mining companies combating malaria scourge – ICMM
International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) health, safety and product stewardship director John Atherton.

Beneficiation opportunities in zinc, fuel cells – Oliphant

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2018 Deputy Minerals Minister Godfrey Oliphant is engaging with companies on local value-addition opportunities in zinc and platinum-catalysed fuel cells, and would like mining companies to make these and other locally mined commodities available at developmental prices to facilitate... 

Beneficiation opportunities in zinc, fuel cells – Oliphant
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Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant (right) with Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer

Goldcorp signs IBA with three First Nation communities in Ontario

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed Goldcorp and three First Nation communities – Brunswick House, Chapleau Cree and Chapleau Ojibwe – have signed an impacts and benefits agreement (IBA) with respect to the development and operation of the Borden gold project, near Chapleau, in northern Ontario.  

Goldcorp signs IBA with three First Nation communities in Ontario

Brazilian miner’s purchases in Mozambique approaching $1-billion

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 Brazilian mining group Vale has created a significant local supply chain in Mozambique to support its Moatize coal operation in the African country’s Tete province. This was highlighted recently by the President of Mozambique’s Confederation of Economic Associations (Confederação das Associações... 

Canada to impose tariffs on US, challenge at WTO

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 Canada will impose retaliatory tariffs on C$16.6-billion worth of US exports and challenge US steel and aluminum tariffs under the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Thursday. The Canadian tariffs are... 

Coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid silicosis repeat

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2018 South Africa’s coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid ending up in the same litigious space as the gold mining sector with silicosis. Earlier this month, a class action settlement was reached with thousands of mineworkers suffering from silicosis and/or... 

Coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid silicosis repeat
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Matleng chairperson Nelisiwe Magubane

‘There is no knowing where the change will end’ – analyst

By: Henry Lazenby     30th May 2018 The wave of change that the electrification of automobiles brings is moving beyond electric vehicles (EV) to the micro, artificial intelligence and autonomous mobility options, which should increasingly be brought into the outlook for the burgeoning market. “Big gambles and bold leadership does... 

‘There is no knowing where the change will end’ – analyst

Application deadline for Amplats bursary scheme extended to month-end

By: Nadine James     25th May 2018 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has extended the application period for its bursary scheme until May 30. The scheme is designed to give young professionals an entry into the company and will provide bursars with an academic qualification as well as the job skills necessary to launch a... 

This week's headlines unpacked 

18th May 2018 This week, short spell of mining hope dashed, consolidation is needed to save jobs and South African mining must negotiate the many turning points and deciding moments confronting it. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines this week.   

This week's headlines unpacked
This week's headlines unpacked

Communities oppose West Wits gold project

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 ASX-listed exploration and development company West Wits Mining’s South African subsidiary West Wits Mining MLI (West Wits MLI) is facing resistance from some of the affected communities surrounding the West Wits Mining Project (WWMP), located west of the Johannesburg Central Business District... 

To succeed as a ‘sunrise industry’, SA mining must widen ownership, meet other challenges

11th May 2018 The following has been adapted from a chapter Towards Mining Vision 2030, by Joel Netshitenzhe, ANC NEC member and executive director of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) in a book on The Political Economy of Mining in South Africa, to be published in 2018 by Mistra. 

To succeed as a ‘sunrise industry’, SA mining must widen ownership, meet other challenges

Higher metals prices prop up BC mining industry in 2017 – PwC

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th May 2018 British Columbia's mining industry remained upbeat in 2017, as prices for most metals and minerals produced in the province continued to steadily recover from multiyear lows. Although most commodity prices remain below the record highs seen in 2011, the recent increases are part of an upward... 

Agarwal encouraging Anglo to accentuate South Africa link

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2018 Indian mining billionaire Anil Agarwal is encouraging Anglo American – in which he now holds more than 21% – to accentuate its link with South Africa, where the Vedanta Resources company he founded and chairs is successfully turning to highly positive account the zinc assets that Anglo walked... 

Agarwal encouraging Anglo to accentuate South Africa link
Photo by Dylan Slater
Anil Agarwal (right) and Martin Creamer

Integrated Pump Rental evolves business model for water management

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 In reaction to the changing dewatering needs of local mines, South African pumps rental company Integrated Pump Rental (IPR) is evolving its service offering towards a full dewatering solution by introducing a stainless steel range of mine water pumps, and dewatering products. “There is a big... 

Integrated Pump Rental evolves business model for water management
DREDGING SOLUTION The SlurrySucker operates from the top of the water surface and sucks silt from the bottom of the processing pond

New pumping system to dewater deep mine shafts

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Centurion-based, family owned, pumping solutions provider Hazleton Pumps has patented a new pump technology that will dewater deep-level mine shafts more efficiently. The Hippo high head series submersible slurry pump system can remove acid mine drainage (AMD) water from flooded mine shafts in a... 

Weir Minerals Africa to tackle mine dewatering using new model

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Mine dewatering equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa is exploring enhanced holistic measures to tackle mine dewatering in Africa. The company, a subsidiary of Scottish engineering company Weir Group PLC, has long provided the global and local mining and industrial sectors with sustainable and... 

Weir Minerals Africa to tackle mine dewatering using new model
PUMP IT The Multiflo pontoons offer an integrated solution incorporating Linatex hoses, Isogate valves and Warman dewatering pumps

DMR official dismayed that ‘a soldier is much safer than a South African coal miner’

By: Nadine James     4th May 2018 Department of Mineral Resources statistics demonstrate that, in terms of fatalities, the coal sector was the only sector that regressed in 2017, acting deputy chief inspector of mines Thabo Ngwenya told delegates at the Coalsafe 2018 conference in Secunda, last month. Ngwenya noted that, “in... 

Anglo Coal boss urges industry to ensure mining-affected communities ‘feel they are better off’

By: Nadine James     4th May 2018 Anglo American Thermal Coal South Africa CEO July Ndlovu warned delegates at the 2018 Coalsafe conference that the industry had to deal with community uprisings, or “risk facing another Marikana”. During his keynote address at the April 19 event, Ndlovu noted that in the three months preceeding... 

Update – 5 of 13 saved after seismic shock at Sibanye-Stillwater mine

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd May 2018 One miner has died and two injured miners have been brought to surface after 13 miners went missing following a fall of ground that was triggered by a seismic shock at Sibanye-Stillwater's Driefontein operations' Masakhane mine, on South Africa's West Rand. The two employees have been transported... 

Feasibility into zinc smelting, refining in Northern Cape

By: Martin Creamer     2nd May 2018 A feasibility study into the development and construction of a zinc smelter-refinery complex in the Northern Cape is under way, London-listed India-based Vedanta subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) said on Wednesday. This is the latest step in the unfolding of what is envisaged as a major... 

Feasibility into zinc smelting, refining in Northern Cape
Photo by Creamer Media
Zinc project at Gamsberg, Northern Cape.

Salary disparities between workers and executives worry ANC – Mabuza

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 Deputy President David Mabuza on Tuesday said South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) was deeply concerned about the major imbalances between the incomes of workers in South Africa in comparison with those who occupy executive positions. "The ANC is very concerned about the... 

 Salary disparities between workers and executives worry ANC – Mabuza
Deputy President David Mabuza

Ramaphosa calls for equal pay for men and women #MayDay

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 African National Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday called for equal pay for men and women in South Africa. Ramaphosa was speaking at a Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) May Day Rally held at a packed Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth where he was warmly received... 

Ramaphosa calls for equal pay for men and women #MayDay
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