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Kolomela mine gears up for production, invests in community

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     20th January 2012 This year will usher in the opening of the Kolomela Mine, Anglo American company Kumba Iron Ore’s R8.5-billion development near Postmasburg, in the Northern Cape, which is set to produce nine-million tons of iron ore a year over 28 years.  

EIA submitted for Namibia marine phosphates project 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2012 ASX- and TSX-listed Minemakers has submitted a draft environmental-impact assessment (EIA) and draft environmental management plan (EMP) for the marine component of its proposed Sandpiper phosphate project, in Namibia. The report, lodged with the Namibian Ministries of Mines and Energy and... 

KZN provincial govt rejects Fairbreeze mine basic assessment report

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th December 2011 Diversified miner Exxaro’s KZN Sands is expecting to release an amended basic assessment report (BAR) for comment for its proposed Fairbreeze mine, in the Mtunzini area, near Richards Bay, in January. 

Fuel cells provide clean power, cut carbon, sustain jobs

By: Martin Creamer     16th December 2011 Hydrogen fuel cells using platinum catalysts are efficient, versatile and scaleable and represent a proven technology that bestows clean, reliable and cost-effective power.  

Caledonia committed to indigenisation talks

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th December 2011 Toronto- and London-listed Caledonia Mining is hoping to reach a mutually agreeable indigenisation implementation plan for its Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe. The gold miner said, on Tuesday, it remained committed to the ongoing indigenisation negotiations with the Zimbabwe government, despite... 

BHP unveils new energy coal BEE deal in South Africa

By: Henry Lazenby     13th December 2011 Mining major BHP Billiton has entered into an empowerment transaction with a consortium led by the Pembani Group, effectively giving it an 8% stake in its South African energy coal unit, known as Becsa. Pembani, formerly Worldwide African Investment Holdings, is an investment company with... 

Central Rand Gold's licence cancellation appeal unopposed

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2011 Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu will not oppose Central Rand Gold’s (CRG’s) application for final relief to review and set aside the decision to cancel its mining rights. Mining licence cancellation papers were served on the Johannesburg- and London-listed company in September, for... 

Resgen secures water for Stage 2 of Limpopo mine

By: Henry Lazenby     9th December 2011 Coal junior Resource Generation (ResGen) has secured the water supply for developing the second phase of its Boikarabelo coal mine in Limpopo, the ASX- and JSE-listed junior the reported on Friday. The contract with the Lephalale local municipality (LLM) stipulated that ResGen must construct,... 

Carbon tax will have a huge impact on mining operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th December 2011 The introduction of a carbon tax in South Africa will have a significant impact on mining operations, particularly as operational costs are rising every year. “Companies are dealing with three significant factors in energy policies, namely, the cost of electricity, sufficient electricity supply... 

Anglo American launches entrepreneurial internships

By: Henry Lazenby     7th December 2011 Four to six aspiring entrepreneurs would be given an opportunity to take part in mining major Anglo American’s new Entrepreneur Internship Programme (EIP) in South Africa, the company said on Wednesday. The programme is intended to support economic growth. Entrepreneurs would be provided the... 

Peru detains leaders of protests over Newmont mine

By: Reuters     7th December 2011 Peru's counterterrorism police on Tuesday detained two leaders of protests that have stalled Newmont Mining's $4.8-billion Conga gold mine project, in a widening crackdown by President Ollanta Humala. Wilfredo Saavedra, the leader of the Environment Defense Front of Cajamaraca, and Milton... 

Miners forced to embrace more flexible planning strategies

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2011 Mining companies are being forced to incorporate more complex scenarios into their strategic planning as some elements of the industry are in constant change, a report highlighted on Thursday. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) global mining lead Philip Hopwood said executives had to look... 

Amplats to build 20 000 houses for employees 

By: Henry Lazenby     29th November 2011 South African miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) will spend R1.4-billion on building 20 000 new houses for its employees in the North West and Limpopo provinces. The miner plans to build 12 000 houses in the North West and 8 000 in Limpopo as part of the ‘Each-One-Settle-One’ campaign... 

Exxaro takes in rehabilitation lessons from Hillendale as mines closure nears

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th November 2011 The rehabilitation of diversified miner Exxaro’s KZN Sands mineral sands mine near Richards Bay is progressing as the mine prepares for closure in 2012. 

Anglo adds green string to enterprise-development bow

By: Jessica Hannah     25th November 2011 Collaboration is key to solving the big challenges being faced world wide at the moment, said Anglo American Zimele chief investment manager Dr Lia Vangelatos at the launch of the Zimele Green Fund last week.  

CoAL and NGO coalition bury the hatchet

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th November 2011 Emerging coal miner Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) and the Save Mapungubwe Coalition, which has hitherto been challenging the Vele opencast mine development, in Limpopo, on Thursday agreed to work together. The parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreeing to strengthen cooperation... 

SA urged to monitor impact of mining on water resources

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2011 The World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) has urged government to monitor and better manage the impact of mining on the country’s water, soil and biodiversity resources. In its latest report, WWF-SA pointed out that South Africa’s heavy dependence on coal for electricity had a... 

Mining sector has major role to play in SA’s transformation – Samda

By: Jessica Hannah     18th November 2011 The mining industry needed to play a major role in the transformation agenda in South Africa, said South African Mining Development Association (Samda) chairperson Peter Temane, at the Transformation Indaba 2011 in Centurion, in early November.  

Royal Bafokeng Platinum launches enterprise development pilot project

By: Jessica Hannah     18th November 2011 Black-owned and controlled, mid-tier platinum group metals producer Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) is proud to be a part of the enterprise development pilot project run by outsourcing company Micro Enterprise Development Organisation (Medo), which was launched at the end of last month, said... 

Exxaro to apply Hillendale lessons at new KZN mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2011 Diversified miner Exxaro believes that the lessons it has learnt in rehabilitating its KZN Sands mineral sands mine, also known as Hillendale, near Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, would assist in the rehabilitation of its proposed replacement mine. 

Taseko takes New Prosperity adversaries to court

By: Matthew Hill     15th November 2011 The clash between Taseko Mines and First Nations groups seeking to stop it from building a the New Prosperity copper-gold mine in British Columbia, boiled over into the courts this week, with both sides seeking injunctions against the other. Taseko said in a statement late on Monday that it was... 

Anglo launches R100m ‘green’ development fund

By: Jessica Hannah     14th November 2011 Anglo Zimele, the enterprise development arm of mining giant Anglo American, on Monday launched a R100-million ‘green’ investment fund in Johannesburg. The fund would target investment opportunities that mitigate carbon, reduce energy and water consumption, as well as improve waste and emissions... 

‘I’m no watchdog’ – Canada’s CSR Counsellor

By: Matthew Hill     9th November 2011 Responding to media reports calling it “toothless” and a “bogus PR job”, Canada’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Counsellor for the extractive sector said on Tuesday said its mandate is not to be a watchdog. In a statement that Counsellor Marketa Evans' office issued, the government body... 

Changing lives in Zambia

4th November 2011 Mining equipment supplier Sandvik Mining and Construction (SMC) Zambia is expanding its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to include financial counselling. 

KwaZulu-Natal varsity helping spark interest in science subjects among learners

By: Jessica Hannah     4th November 2011 The University of Zululand (UniZul) Science Centre, in Richards Bay, has inspired generations of children to take an interest in maths, science and engineering for the past 25 years.  

SA needs to debate money source for next 100 years of mining – Godsell  

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2011 South Africa needs to ask itself how it will mobilise the money to pay for the next 100 years of mining, says Business Leadership South Africa chairperson Bobby Godsell. He was speaking during discussion time at the fifth of six AngloGold Ashanti/Motjoli Resources’ Mining for Change seminars,... 

De Beers targets 5 000 non-mining Namaqua jobs

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2011 Diamond miner De Beers is going all out to create 5 000 non-mining jobs in the Namaqualand diamond mines area in the next five years, while it passes the Namaqua diamond-mining baton on to JSE-listed Trans Hex. De Beers Northern Cape Heritage GM Christie Pisane, who spoke to a visiting media... 

Diamond community worse off post-1994, meeting hears  

By: Martin Creamer     25th October 2011 The near-mine community at Taung in North West province is worse off now than under the despised Bophuthatswana regime, says Kgosi Nyoko Motlhabane. Motlhabane, who was addressing the fourth of six AngloGold Ashanti/Motjoli Resources’ Mining for Change seminars chaired by AngloGold Ashanti’s... 

Kumba Iron Ore takes the sustainability honours at enviro awards ceremony

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st October 2011 Iron-ore mining company Kumba Iron Ore has been named winner in the Sustainability category of the sixth yearly Nedbank Capital Green Mining Awards for its rural research project at its Sishen mine, in the Northern Cape. 

Kumba Iron Ore pumps millions into bone marrow initiative

By: Jessica Hannah     21st October 2011 Iron-ore producer Kumba Iron Ore reports that it is investing R3.5-million in The Sunflower Fund to assist in driving the expansion of the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR).  

The business case for mining, managing environment simultaneously

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st October 2011 The development of green mining initiatives and more environment-friendly projects will become an increasingly economically viable option for the mining industry, commentators indicate to Mining Weekly.  

Mining firm developing courses to meet the industry’s skills requirements

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th September 2011 Mining company Mukundi Mining Resources has started developing accredited training courses specifically to meet the mining industry’s skill requirements. 

SA’s high youth unemployment rate has ‘worryingly significant implications’ for the country’s future – BHP Billiton

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th September 2011 The number of unemployed young South Africans has worryingly significant implications for the future of this country. 

Chartwell assists in roll-out of home ownership programme at Northam

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th September 2011 Financial services and entrepreneurial company Chartwell Group, which specialises in housing finance solutions for the mining industry, besides others, reports it has assisted in the roll out of a multimillion-rand employee home ownership programme in conjunction with black-owned platinum miner... 

Growth opportunities abound but challenges remain

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2011 Global engineering and technology corporation Metso’s mining and construction technology segment has received an order intake, its largest to date, of €1.185-million during the second quarter of this year. This is up from €841-million in the first quarter. 

RCMP confirms investigation into Blackfire: paper

By: Matthew Hill     29th August 2011 Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police have launched a criminal investigation into allegations of bribery against Calgary based Blackfire Exploration, a newspaper reported on Monday. “An investigation is ongoing,” the Calgary Herald quoted RCMP spokesman Sgt. Patrick Webb as saying.  

PGMs project moving forward

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2011 JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum’s Frischgewaagd-Ledig platinum-group metals (PGMs) project, in the Western Bushveld Complex, is moving forward with the next step of starting civil works. 

R50bn injection into CSI initiatives fails to enhance community wellbeing

By: Jonathan Faurie     5th August 2011 Corporate social investment (CSI) consultancy Next Generation reports that, despite the private sector’s R50-billion injection in 2010 into CSI initiatives, no dramatic shift in community wellbeing is evident in South Africa. 

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