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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... 

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

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

Women need to put change in motion

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 To change the attitudes towards women working in the mining industry, women need to abandon their ‘victim’ mentality to affect empowerment, says Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president-elect Sehliselo Ndlovu. “Women need to understand the company culture and the... 

Women need to put change in motion
DAPHNE KNOSI One of the proactive women in mining showing young women that a career in mining is a viable option

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

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

Cash-flush Randgold in massive Côte d’Ivoire gold discovery

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2017 The exploration team of Randgold Resources, which on Thursday reported a 53% leap in half-year profits, plus cash on hand of $572.8-million even after the $94-million dividend payout, has defined a large target in Côte d’Ivoire, which is considered to be “potentially the most exciting gold... 

Cash-flush Randgold in massive Côte d’Ivoire gold discovery
Photo by Duane Daws
Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow

NUM, ANC ‘very encouraging’ – Royal Bafokeng Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2017 Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday that he was “very encouraged” by the stance taken the day before by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the ruling African National Congress (ANC). “We can only improve the situation if we work together and not against each other,”... 

NUM, ANC ‘very encouraging’ – Royal Bafokeng Platinum
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri is interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on the tough current passage of the struggling platinum industry. Video and Video editing: Darlene Creamer 1.8.2017

Mines continue to drive sustainable value creation

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 The African mining industry is increasingly focusing on generating as much value as possible from mining projects to benefit all mining stakeholders and strengthen its position as a sustainable contributor to the continent’s economies, says consulting engineer Aurecon resources client director... 

Mines continue  to drive sustainable value creation
ASSMANG KHUMANI Community-benefiting projects are associated with mining company Assmang’s Khumani iron-ore mine, located in the Northern Cape, South Africa

De Beers’ Venetia mine launches multimillion-rand empowerment deal

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th July 2017 Diamond miner De Beers has announced the launch of a major empowerment deal related to 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... 

Deputy Minister ‘uncomfortable’ at not being consulted

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2017 Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant told Radio 702 morning anchor Xolani Gwala on Wednesday that he was “uncomfortable” at having to read about the proposed mineral rights moratorium in the newspapers. Oliphant, who has served as the deputy to three Mineral Resources Ministers,... 

Deputy Minister ‘uncomfortable’ at not being consulted
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant

Stop moratorium now, NUM instructs DMR 

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday that it is deeply concerned by the current consideration by the Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane to put in place a mineral rights moratorium until the finalisation of the Mining Charter Three court challenge by the Chamber of... 

Kumba CEO Mkhwanazi concerned by Minister’s reneging  

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2017 Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi on Tuesday expressed concern about the mineral rights and mining transaction moratorium that has been gazetted by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, especially because it followed his agreement to suspend the implementation of Mining Charter Three... 

Kumba CEO Mkhwanazi concerned by Minister’s reneging
Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi reported a reinstatement of the dividend at the presentation of half-year results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Darlene Creamer. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva

Moratorium infers intention to circumvent agreement – Leon 

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2017 The mineral rights moratorium gazette notice of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane infers an intention to circumvent the underlying purpose of the agreement reached with the Chamber of Mines, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Africa partner and co-chair, Peter Leon, said on Friday. In particular,... 

Moratorium infers intention to circumvent agreement – Leon
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills’ Africa practice partner and co-chair Peter Leon

Gold refinery champions upliftment through beneficiation

By: Nadine James     21st July 2017 Precious-metal smelting and refining complex Rand Refinery is committed to its socioeconomic upliftment initiatives, which are intrinsically linked to and furthered by its core aim of refining and then creating saleable gold products, or gold beneficiation, states Rand Refinery CE Praveen... 

Gold refinery champions upliftment through beneficiation
CLASS OF 2015 The Ekurhuleni Jewellery Project has trained more than 50 people and assisted more than 20 incubatees since its inception in 2009

Lack of confidence in black businesses cripples development

By: Nadine James     21st July 2017 Materials handling and alternative mining solutions expert Ncamiso Mining is expanding its presence in Welkom, where it sees strong potential to grow and support local black-owned and black economic-empowerment (BEE) entities across the various needs of their operations in the area. However,... 

Lack of confidence in black businesses cripples development
SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP The sharing of knowledge and experience would prove invaluable to black-owned companies and, ultimately, benefit all the businesses in the mining sector

Charter’s BEE ‘top-up’ provision may be unconstitutional

21st July 2017 The new “top-up” provision in the latest Mining Charter gazetted on June 15, may prove to be unconstitutional and may lead to further expensive legal action by the mining industry, states Fasken Martineau partner and global mining group member Nicola Jackson. In a statement published on June 15,... 

Charter’s BEE  ‘top-up’ provision may be unconstitutional
GOVERNMENT PAYING LIP SERVICE? The controversial Mining Charter’s new procurement targets stipulate that 80% of services be performed by black economic-empowerment entities

BMI index shows policy determines market attractiveness in Latin America

By: Henry Lazenby     20th July 2017 With policy being of the utmost importance when determining market attractiveness, countries with reliably stable  business environments will continue to dominate the top mining risk/reward index scores in the Americas, reflecting miners' prioritisation of reducing risk, given a volatile mineral... 

Taseko gets multiyear ‘NOW’ permit for contentious New Prosperity mine

By: Henry Lazenby     19th July 2017 The provincial government of British Columbia has issued Taseko Mines with a multiyear Notice of Work (NOW) permit that will allow the base metals producer to undertake a site investigation programme at the New Prosperity gold/copper mine. The mine project, which has been nixed twice by the... 

Taseko gets multiyear ‘NOW’ permit for contentious New Prosperity mine
Photo by Reuters
First Nations demonstrators protesting against the proposed New Prosperity copper/gold project by proponent Taseko Mines

Chamber wins round one in battle against mining charter

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2017 In what is a clear first round victory for the Chamber of Mines of South Africa against the errant Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has agreed to suspend the implementation of the controversial Mining Charter Three until after the High Court has... 

Chamber wins round one in battle against mining charter
Chamber CEO Roger Baxter – chamber wins first round in fight against devastating Mining Charter Three

Tahoe goes into damage control after flagship mine suspended

By: Bloomberg     14th July 2017 Tahoe Resources, whose flagship Guatemalan mine has been suspended, is taking steps to cut costs, including possibly slowing an expansion of a project in Peru and trimming exploration. The Reno, Nevada-based company may also discuss halting its dividend at an August board meeting and might slow... 

Tahoe goes into damage control after flagship mine suspended
Photo by Tahoe Resources
Escobal, Guatemala

Burundi rare earths project on track for first production

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Rare-earth element mining company Rainbow Rare Earths says it has made significant progress towards achieving first production at its Gakara rare earths project in Burundi, East Africa, with about $6-million has been invested in the project to date. Bolstered by Rainbow’s completion of an... 

Burundi rare earths project  on track for  first production
MAIN VEIN Rainbow Rare Earths is focused on exposing Gasagwe’s main vein, at the Gakara project’s initial mining site

Pockets of potential bode well for future

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 The expected turning point in the African mining sector has not yet occurred, owing to continued soft economic growth in emerging economies allied to uneven global economic recoveries, divergent monetary policies and significant geopolitical/social issues, which continue to create further... 

Pockets of potential bode well for future
PIONEERING TECHNOLOGY The boiler emission abatement plant at platinum miner Impala Platinum’s refinery, in Springs is believed to be the first of its kind in Africa

Mining Charter Three unpacked ahead of court hearing

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th July 2017 Ahead of the High Court of South Africa’s hearing, on July 18, to decide on an interdict to halt the implementation of the revised Mining Charter, Deloitte Africa Energy and Resources leader Andrew Lane last week said the mining industry had to take a broader view of the charter, focus and... 

Mining Charter Three unpacked ahead of court hearing
Photo by Duane Daws
MOSEBENZI ZWANE Zwane published the Mining Charter on June 15, which was received with much turbulence and controversy

Largest-diameter hole reamed in Africa – contractor

14th July 2017 The reaming phase of a 7.3-m-diameter hole at South African integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Impumelelo coal mine, in Mpumulanga, has been completed, setting an African record for the largest-diameter hole reamed to date, says South African mining company Redpath Mining. Mining... 

Largest-diameter  hole reamed in  Africa – contractor
DRILLING WORK Redpath Mining's Redbore 90EX is being to raisebore the shafts at energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Impumelelo coal mine

Years of gridlock face South Africa as new rules hurt mining 

By: Bloomberg     13th July 2017 Executives from Sibanye Gold Ltd., South Africa’s biggest gold miner, were in Los Angeles in the final stages of a roadshow with U.S. bond fund managers last month when a bombshell hit from back home. The government had introduced shock new rules requiring local mines be 30 percent black-owned in... 

Years of gridlock face South Africa as new rules hurt mining

EPA considers cancelling Clean Water Act veto on debated Pebble project, Alaska 

By: Henry Lazenby     12th July 2017 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a pre-publication federal register notice to withdraw the July 2014 Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404(c) proposed determination, which would have pre-emotively imposed restrictions on the discharge of dredged or fill material from the Pebble... 

EPA considers cancelling Clean Water Act veto on debated Pebble project, Alaska
Photo by Northern Dynasty Minerals
The controversial Pebble copper/gold project, in south-west Alaska

Diverse footprint keeps orders coming in during downturn 

By: Victor Moolman     7th July 2017 The wide geographic spread of Barloworld Equipment, the South African distributor of US-based construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s products, insulates it from the effects of mining cycles that may challenge the sustainability of some of its competitors. 

Diverse footprint keeps orders  coming in during downturn
Barloworld executive director Shane Fitzpatrick talks about the growth of the company in Africa. Camerawork: Victor Moolman.

Guatemala suspends Tahoe’s flagship Escobal mining licence

By: Henry Lazenby     6th July 2017 Canadian miner Tahoe Resources says it will approach Guatemala’s Constitutional Court after the Guatemala Supreme Court provisionally suspended the mining licence on its Escobal operation, the third-largest silver mine in the world. The court issued a temporary licence suspension after... 

Guatemala suspends Tahoe’s flagship Escobal mining licence
Photo by Tahoe Resources
The Guatemala Supreme Court has provisionally suspended the mining licence of Tahoe Resources' Escobal silver mine

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2017 Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again to support investment in mining companies operating in Africa and to provide an effective platform... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the major new focus on junior miner involvement. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Disruptive tech needed in local gold sector

30th June 2017 Trends in gold production and processing have remained largely unchanged; however, the varying nature of future gold reserves will force change and, as such, the industry needs to be prepared to invest in and employ disruptive technology, says independent process industry consultant Santosh... 

Disruptive tech needed in local gold sector
SANTOSH GUNPATH To maintain its relevance to the global gold industry, South Africa has no option but to position itself as a gold technology sector

Implementation of hybrid renewable-diesel microgrids set to increase

By: Nadine James     30th June 2017 Mining houses’ use of microgrids and renewable energy to generate power and supplement diesel energy at isolated mining operations has been steadily increasing, says renewable-energy and microgrid consultant THEnergy. THEnergy founder and MD Dr Thomas Hillig notes that the company has been... 

Implementation of hybrid renewable-diesel microgrids set to increase
ENERGY EFFICIENT A growing confidence in renewables has ensured that the use of hybrid plants will increase

Funding dearth, restrictive laws and lack of leadership from govt stifling SA junior miners

By: Dylan Slater     30th June 2017 The junior mining sector in South Africa has “huge potential” to grow and re-establish itself in the domestic mining environment; however, this potential is being blunted by a lack of funding, restrictive legislation and a lack of leadership from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and... 

Funding dearth, restrictive laws and lack of leadership from govt stifling SA junior miners

Lonmin showcases nonmining career opportunities to youth

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 In launching its Youth Month initiatives, London- and JSE-listed platinum mining company Lonmin has convened a series of career guidance workshops for learners at schools in communities around the company’s mines and in labour-sending areas to showcase a career life “beyond mining”.   Lonmin... 

Lonmin showcases nonmining career opportunities to youth
WIDENING THE HORIZON Despite communities often seeing mining as the only career opportunity and choice, Lonmin aims to expose the youth to other career opportunities

Vedanta’s KCM UK Court of Appeal hearing starts next week

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th June 2017 Global mining company Vedanta Resources and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines’ (KCM’s) UK court appeal against a decision in favour of 1 826 Zambian villagers is set to get under way next week. High Court Judge Justice Coulson last year ruled that English courts had jurisdiction to hear... 

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