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Mining stimulating economic and social development in Mozambique

By: Keith Campbell     3rd August 2012 On Saturday, July 21 2012, in Maputo, Mozambique’s Health Minister, Alexandre Manguele, with Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer, presided at the official opening of the African country’s first pharmaceuticals plant. The State-owned facility, created with technical assistance from Brazil’s... 

Solutions provider emphasises importance of social value creation for mining in Africa

By: Gia Costella     13th July 2012 Obtaining a social licence to operate a project with the ongoing approval of stakeholders is critical for the success of mining companies in Africa and is increasingly becoming the differentiator between companies, says science-based products and solutions provider DuPont. 

Randgold CEO raises $500 000 for charity on motorcycle trip

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th July 2012 Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow raised more than $500 000 for charity after completing a 13 000 km charity motorcycle marathon across 17 countries, the company reported on Wednesday. The mining leader’s team, 3boyzonbikes, which included Bristow’s two sons, travelled an estimated 820 km or... 

Bolivian explorers released by project saboteurs

By: Henry Lazenby     9th July 2012 TSX-listed South American Silver (SAS) on Monday welcomed the confirmation that two of its Bolivian employees, Agustin Cardenas and Fernando Fernandez, and a local policeman have been set free. These were the last people to be freed following a series of aggressive acts by a local faction... 

DMR to implement Section 54 task team recommendations

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th July 2012 Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu on Monday said that an implementation plan was being drafted to adopt new recommendations for dealing with alleged inconsistencies on the application of Section 54 of the Mine Health and Safety Act. A meeting of the mining industries, growth, development... 

African mining industry demands unconventional thinking – think-tank

By: Leandi Kolver     6th July 2012 The future of Africa’s mining industry demands unconventional thinking, global business and technology think tank FutureWorld South Africa joint CEO Neil Jacobsohn said at bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems and services supplier SKF’s ‘Maximising your Machine Reliability’... 

Consol idles Fola operations, to retrench 300

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th June 2012 NYSE-listed Consol Energy on Friday idled another of its coal operations, impacting more than 300 employees and reducing group production by another 800 000 t. The Pittsburgh-based coal and natural gas producer said the Fola operations, near Bickmore, West Virginia, would be idled as a weak... 

Communities must drive CSR initiatives – Bench Marks Foundation

By: Leandi Kolver     29th June 2012 Mines’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes should be driven by the communities in the nearby areas of the mine and not the mining company itself to ensure it addresses the needs of the community, says corporate performance-monitoring organisation Bench Marks Foundation chief... 

Mandalay reaches 3-year labour agreement at Cerro Bayo

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2012 TSX-listed Mandalay Resources last week reached a three-year labour agreement with workers at its Cerro Bayo silver/gold mine, in Aysen, Chile, CEO Brad Mills said on Tuesday. The Canada-based natural resource company said that the “fair and equitable” agreement enabled Mandalay to build on the... 

Yukon wildfire disrupts Alexco production

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th June 2012 A nearby wildfire, triggered by lightening on Friday, disrupted two days of production at Toronto-listed Alexco Resource’s Bellekeno mill facility, in Yukon. The company shut down its silver mine, mill and surface exploration operations on Friday evening and evacuated all nonfirefighting... 

Arch Coal to retrench 750, reduce coal output by 3Mt

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th June 2012 NYSE-listed Arch Coal expected to reduce its employee base by 750 and cut thermal coal production by more than three-million tons a year as the company deferred several more operations this week. As an unprecedented downturn in demand for coal-based electricity weighs on the group, the US-based... 

MAC elects Ian Pearce as chairperson

By: Henry Lazenby     21st June 2012 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has elected Xstrata Nickel CEO Ian Pearce as its new chairperson to serve a two-year term, replacing outgoing Teck Resources senior VP Doug Horswill. 

Fatalities, adverse ground conditions delay Ghaghoo production

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th June 2012 London-listed diamond producer Gem Diamonds on Monday said two contract workers died at its Ghaghoo underground mine project, in Botswana, when the ground collapsed at the face of the tunnel development. The combination of the fatalities – the mine’s first in 2012 – and adverse ground... 

South African mining going all out to be world’s No 1 again

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2012 Quotations from Cry, the Beloved Country, the best-selling novel South African author Alan Paton published more than six decades ago, kicked off last week’s historic Mining Lekgotla in Johannesburg, which aims to take South African mining back the highest point of the global resources firmament... 

Business, not govt, now responsible for incorporating enterprise development into mining houses’ supply chains

By: Natalie Greve     8th June 2012 The responsibility of incorporating enterprise development into the supply chain of mining majors in South Africa now falls on the shoulders of big business, and not government, following amendments to the Mining Charter and policy creation to support the entry of smaller players. 

First diamonds from new processing plant

8th June 2012 First diamonds have been recovered from diamond company Octéa’s Koidu diamond mine expansion project in Sierra Leone, during the commissioning stage of the new 180 t/h processing plant. 

DMR aims to pull SA mining industry together 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th June 2012 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) aimed to initiate collaboration between all mining industry stakeholders to mitigate the industry’s current challenges and underpin its position as a significant economic driver in South Africa. Addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the... 

Bristow party departs on motorcycle expedition to Abidjan

By: Henry Lazenby     1st June 2012 Randgold Resources CE Mark Bristow on Friday departed on a 10 500 km, six-man expedition from Bagshot, in the UK, to Abidjan, in Côte d’Ivoire, to raise funds for a number of charities. This is the second trip for fundraising purposes to be undertaken by Bristow and his party on specially... 

Xstrata Coal pumps R100m into CSI initiatives

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     1st June 2012 Coal mining major Xstrata Coal has spent over R100-million over the last three years to meet its corporate social investment (CSI) commitments.  

Implats starts union member verification at Rustenburg

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2012 Platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) said on Tuesday it was undertaking an union member verification at its Rustenburg operations following conflict between rival unions the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu). Group executive... 

Near-mine communities up in arms against Freeport McMoRan’s DRC unit

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     25th May 2012 Communities living near the new $2-billion Fungurume copper/cobalt mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are up in arms against the gigantic mine’s developer, which they accuse of not delivering on its pledge to create substantial employment for locals or to implement community... 

Brazilian group targeting more African opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     18th May 2012 Brazilian diversified mining major Vale has confirmed that its portfolio includes investments of $7.7-billion in projects in nine African countries. Speaking at a recent seminar on Africa hosted by Brazil’s National Economic and Social Development Bank (better known by its Portuguese initials,... 

Moz continues to attract interest as mining investment destination, mineral export conduit

By: Keith Campbell     27th April 2012 Mining company Rovuma Resources, a subsidiary of the privately-held Rockover Resources group, has discovered a major deposit of nickel in the north of Mozambique. According to Radio Mozambique, which reported the find, this is the first nickel orebody located in the country and is estimated to... 

Trust rolls out programme to stimulate maths learning and teaching at 21 Mpumalanga schools

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     20th April 2012 The Optimum Community Trust unveiled a new programme aimed at stimulating mathematical learning and teaching across 21 schools in the Steve Tshwete local municipality community in Mpumalanga.  

Community development supported by Australia

13th April 2012 In Ghana, the High Commission is contributing $30 000 towards a water and sanitation project in Ghana’s Western region, where Endeavour Mining’s Nzema Gold operations are located. 

Varsity, NGO launch research centre aimed at improving living conditions of near-mine communities

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     13th April 2012 A new research centre has been established at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom campus and is aimed at, amongst other things, improving the living conditions of communities near-mine. The new Bench Marks Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) will focus its activities... 

33 000 Harmony employees to benefit from share ownership plan

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     30th March 2012 About 33 000 workers will participate in gold-mining company Harmony Gold’s share ownership plan (Esop), in terms of which 4 288-million ordinary and 8 576-million share appreciation rights have been offered to the workforce. 

Anglo Zimele reports substantial interest in Green Fund

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2012 Anglo American enterprise development arm Zimele reported on Tuesday an “overwhelmingly” positive response from small enterprises in its Green Fund, with over 100 responses since its launch in November last year. Zimele committed R100-million over seven years to its Zimele Green Fund – an amount... 

33 000 workers become owners of Harmony Gold

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2012 More than 33 000 employees of JSE-listed miner Harmony Gold will become owners of direct shares in the company through its employee share ownership plan (Esop), it announced on Thursday. The Esop is an equity-settled share incentive and share appreciation rights scheme, in terms of which... 

Argentinian miners to launch informative campaign

By: Francisca Pouiller     10th March 2012 “For a clean, safe and sustainable mining"– according to website iprofesional.com, this will be the slogan used for each of the items created in the ad campaign launched by the Argentine Camera of Mining Businessmen (Cámara Argentina de Empresarios Mineros (CAEM)). The campaign´s first piece... 

Miners should focus on community empowerment as nationalism tide rises

By: Jean McKenzie     9th March 2012 The mining industry should do more to implement sustainable practices and empower local communities, as resource nationalism is evolving into a “tidal wave that threatened" mining, says Gold Fields chairperson Dr Mamphela Ramphele. 

Implats dispute with Zimbabwe deepens

By: Reuters     8th March 2012 A war of words between South Africa's Impala Platinum and Zimbabwe intensified on Thursday, when the world's second-biggest platinum producer denied offering to hand over a stake in its local unit to the government. A senior Zimbabwean Minister told Reuters on Wednesday Implats had agreed to... 

Illegal labour unrest halts Centamin’s Sukari

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th March 2012 Egyptian miner Centamin on Tuesday temporarily halted operations at its Sukari gold mine, in Egypt, following illegal labour unrest. The TSX- and LSE-listed miner pointed to a breakdown during ongoing discussions – about general salary increases and other benefits – between the miner and some of... 

Rio Tinto sets date for UK aluminium smelter closure

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th March 2012 Diversified major Rio Tinto announced on Tuesday that it would close its Lynemouth aluminium smelter, in the UK, at the end of March, resulting in hundreds of job losses. The smelter, which opened in 1972, was declared unsustainable last year owing to significant energy cost increases attributed... 

Exxaro, Tata move power JV forward

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th March 2012 South African diversified resources company Exxaro and India-based power utility Tata Power Company, through its subsidiary Khopoli Investments, are expected to launch a 50:50 joint venture (JV) energy company next month. The initial project pipeline of Cennergi, which will be based in South... 

Zimbabwe partially rejects Mimosa indigenisation plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2012 Platinum miners Impala Platinum (Implats) and Aquarius Platinum said on Friday that Zimbabwe had rejected a portion of the indigenisation plan for the Mimosa mine, which they jointly own. Implats said it would negotiate with Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Saviour... 

Fraser Institute poll names New Brunswick most attractive mining jurisdiction

By: Matthew Hill     23rd February 2012 New Brunswick has snatched the title as the most attractive jurisdiction to explore for minerals and build mines in the Fraser Institute’s yearly survey, jumping from last year’s position of twenty-third to beat Alberta. Of the 93 jurisdictions the survey covered, Finland, Alberta, Wyoming,... 

Xstrata injects R19.5m into engineering research, study centre

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd February 2012 Diversified miner Xstrata has given R19.5-million for engineering research and the construction of an engineering study centre at the University of Pretoria (UP). Some R12-million would be immediately available for the construction of the centre at the Engineering, Built Environment and... 

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