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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. 

Former bureaucrat says criticism of mining companies often uninformed

By: Jonathan Faurie     5th August 2011 South African mining law expert Jacinto Rocha believes South Africa needs to stop generalising about the social and environmental aspects of mining development to drive the industry forward.  

Multistep process to social commitments needed – Xstrata executive 

By: Jonathan Faurie     5th August 2011 South African diversified mining giant Xstrata reports that a multi-step process to address social commitments is key to drive the industry forward.  

DRA Minerals pledges R3.8m for SMME incubator

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th July 2011 Minerals company DRA Minerals has offered its support by pledging R3.8-million over two years for the recently launched Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU) Pretoria.  

Communities seeking economic benefit from mining 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2011 Local communities are increasingly seeking economic benefit from mining activities in their regions through equity stakes, infrastructure development, job creation and improving the communities’ ability to supply services and goods, international consulting firm Synergy Global Consulting director... 

Mitigating risks in Africa relies on sufficient planning

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2011 Given Africa’s growing mining economy, risk mitigation is becoming increasingly important, as even the most risk-free country can become unstable, integrated risk mitigation solutions firm Unity Resources Group senior VP for strategic development Tim Curtis tells Mining Weekly. 

Australia supporting increased investments

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2011 The Australian government is supporting its significant, and rapidly expanding, investments in the African mining industry by ramping up its political and diplomatic engagement with the continent, says Australian High Commissioner to South Africa Ann Harrap. 

Building hubs of excellence in Africa

8th July 2011 Africa’s mining industry needs to grow the availability of local skills in the engineering and management sectors, so that its current and future mineral projects are not hamstrung, says consulting engineers company SRK Consulting chairperson Roger Dixon. 

Corporate scrutineer, varsity in research partnership

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th July 2011 South African scrutineer The Bench Marks Foundation has developed a research partnership with the North-West University (NWU) Potchefstroom campus. The parties have started the Bench Marks Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility 

Lonmin sets aside R163m for community projects 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     5th July 2011 Platinum miner Lonmin will spend R163.8-million on community projects between 2012 and 2014, which will be a key enabler to grow its production, Lonmin executive manager for external affairs Abey Kgotle told Mining Weekly Online on Monday. The company, which spent R156-million on community... 

Sierra Leone diamond miner secures funding for $150m expansion

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st July 2011 Sierra Leone’s largest diamond-mining company, Koidu Holdings, has confirmed that funding for the $150-million expansion at the Koidu kimberlite project has been secured and implementation is gaining momentum.  

Shabangu to address responsible mining leadership forum

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st July 2011 The Community Responsible Mining Initative (CRMI) which is responsible for organising the Community Responsible Mining Leadership Forum, to be held at the Sandton Sun on July 25 and 26, reports that this year’s event will feature high-profile keynote speakers, such as Mineral Resources Minister... 

Mining, other sectors far from being good corporate citizens – Bench Marks Foundation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st July 2011 The mining sectors and other industries in the South African market have a long way to go before they can be considered good corporate citizens. 

IDC says R22bn to be invested in mining over five years  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th June 2011 South Africa’s mining industry would receive a large portion, some R22.2-billion, of the R102-billion of funding being made available by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) over the next five years. Despite funding for mining being considerably lower for the financial year ended March... 

Engineering group backs Wits science stadium projects

By: Jonathan Faurie     17th June 2011 Bateman Africa, part of the Bateman Engineering group, has made a donation of R600 000 to the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Johannesburg, to assist in funding the new Wits Science Stadium. 

South African mining companies embracing social upliftment

By: Jonathan Faurie     17th June 2011 The development of the South African mining industry from the re-entry of the country into the international business sphere has been primarily focused on the role that it can play in boosting the economy, where, traditionally, it has been a pillar of strength. In this focus on gearing the... 

Australian miners help to save Hall of Fame from closing

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     3rd June 2011 The Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame, which needed about A$1-million a year to remain open, avoided possible closure this week following pledges received from members, particularly industry, the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum said on Friday. The Hall of Fame... 

Coal miner, municipality delivering 100 houses to Mpumalanga community

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th May 2011 In the midst of the country’s service delivery challenges, South Africa’s fourth-largest exporter of thermal coal Optimum Coal and the Steve Tshwete local municipality have joined hands in a R13-million project to deliver 100 houses to the public.  

Coal miner helps to end water restrictions in Mpumalanga towns

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th May 2011 A year after the Department of Mineral Resources commissioned the water reclamation plant near Hendrina, Mpumalanga, and following concerns that the Steve Tshwete municipality could run out of water in future, coal miner Optimum Coal has intervened to shore up supply to the communities of... 

BEE firm clinches belt cleaning, garden services deal with chrome miner 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd April 2011 Chrome ore supplier to the chemical industry Lanxess South Africa’s mining division has signed a contract with Khupe Maintenance and Projects for belt cleaning and gardening services at Lanxess’s chrome mine, near Rustenburg, on a permanent basis. 

Optimum Coal, municipality build community centre in eMalahleni

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd April 2011 In response to calls from a community in Emalahleni, coal-focused South African miner Optimum Coal, along with the local municipality, has opened the R4,2-million Hlalanikahle multipurpose community centre. 

Indigenisation will have dire consequences for mining sector if it is not handled ‘sensibly’ – Zim Chamber of Mines

By: Jonathan Faurie     15th April 2011 The Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines has issued a stern warning that economic growth in the embattled country may become static should the threats issued by President Robert Mugabe last week regarding indigenisation compliance bear fruit.  

Diversified miner reports growth of CSI projects

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     15th April 2011 Diversified mining giant Anglo American’s Chairman’s Fund, a corporate social investment (CSI) arm of the company, reports that the Aurum Institute for Health Research has secured major international Aids research grants and that the institute’s budget and employees have grown more than fourfold... 

R15m centre to help support the disabled in KZN community

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     15th April 2011 A R15-million facility, the Khayalethu Home of Love and Care for the disabled, will be built in KwaNzimakwe near Port Edward, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The project represents the collaboration between the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), mining companies and social partners.  

Mining, metal sector more transparent: international council

15th April 2011 Transparency in the mining and metals sector is on the rise, according to new figures released by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and network-based organisation Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). 

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