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Consolidation of efforts key to increasing youth participation in mining

By: Ilan Solomons     16th June 2017 South Africa’s mining sector needs to consolidate its current youth development initiatives to ensure meaningful upliftment of the country’s youth, says Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa skills development head Mustak Ally. The pooling of resources will provide a more focused and centralised... 

Chamber going to court to halt devastating charter blow to already battered mining sector 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2017 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa will be applying at the earliest opportunity for a court date for a declaratory order on continuing empowerment consequences, as well as immediately seeking an interim court interdict to suspend the implementation of Mining Charter Three, the devastating set... 

Chamber going to court to halt devastating charter blow to already battered mining sector
Photo by Creamer Media
Chamber of Mines of South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo

Guyana Goldstrike reports first sales from Marudi

By: Henry Lazenby     15th June 2017 Guyana Goldstrike has recorded maiden sales of 910 oz of gold, which were mined and recovered by local small-scale alluvial, or artisanal, miners on the company’s Marudi gold project, as part of a corporate social responsibility drive. Through a cooperative agreement, artisanal miners have been... 

De Beers’ Voorspoed mine initiates Kroonstad entrepreneur scheme

By: Ilan Solomons     9th June 2017 Diamond miner De Beers’ Voorspoed mine on Friday officially unveiled its Incubation Support Programme for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) at the miner’s Zimele business hub in Kroonstad, in the Free State. The programme is aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs. Thirty-five... 

De Beers’ Voorspoed mine initiates Kroonstad entrepreneur scheme
Photo by De Beers
De Beers supply development lead Lesiba Lamola with some of the incubatees of the Incubation Support Programme

Inca One gold output nearly doubles to record high despite bad Peruvian weather

By: Henry Lazenby     7th June 2017 Junior Canadian mineral processing company Inca One Gold has nearly doubled its gold output in Peru, despite dealing with a particularly harsh rainy season that has left its mark on the country’s economy. TSX-V-listed Inca One’s main asset is its Chala One gold milling facility, in Peru,... 

‘Auspicious’ time for M&A, yet difficult to secure capital – mining survey

By: Henry Lazenby     6th June 2017 There is a clear indication that mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity among smaller players in the mining sector will increase this year, while the majors will increase divestitures to focus on core commodities. This will, in turn, benefit some of the midtiers that are able to make... 

‘Auspicious’ time for M&A, yet difficult to secure capital – mining survey

Association to drive Zambian copper product use, membership

By: Nica Schreuder     2nd June 2017 Nonprofit organisation promoting copper use in Africa the Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) is aiming to promote the use of Zambian copper products and increase CDAA membership throughout the Copperbelt region, which covers Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The... 

Association to drive Zambian copper product use, membership
Photo by Bloomberg
AVOIDING FOUL PLAY Replacing polyethylene and high-density polyethylene-netting with copper cages will eradicate biofouling and fish mortality

Merger expands value of expo

By: Nica Schreuder     2nd June 2017 This year is the first time Caminex and the Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-TEC) will be held as a combined event from June 6 to 8 at the Kitwe showgrounds, in Zambia, to create a more valuable trade expo by combining the shows’ resources and strengths. From 2018, the exhibition... 

Zambian company seeks multicommodity approach

By: Nica Schreuder     2nd June 2017 Zambian Investment holdings company ZCCM CEO Dr Pius Kasolo has emphasised the importance of the company’s adoption of a multi-commodity approach as part of its resilience, in light of the cyclical nature of commodities. Presenting investment opportunities for potential strategic partners at the... 

Zambian company seeks multicommodity approach
PORTFOLIO DIVERSIFICATION ZCCM, whose portfolio has 90% exposure to copper, aims to tap into new sources of consistent and stable income

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 At last month’s International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, one of the very many topics addressed was the use of remote sensing, particularly from Earth observation (EO) satellites, to support the... 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

Antimicrobial tech could bolster copper beneficiation

By: Nica Schreuder     2nd June 2017 Nonprofit organisation promoting copper use in Africa the Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) is negotiating the use of antimicrobial copper technology at healthcare clinics in copper-rich African countries, which could aid the continent’s beneficiation goals. The initiative, launched in... 

Veladero strike ends; formal dialogue with trade union estabished

By: Henry Lazenby     29th May 2017 Workers belonging to the AOMA union at the Veladero mine, in San Juan province, Argentina, has restarted work on Monday afternoon after downing tools early on Sunday. Barrick did not elaborate on the union’s issues of concern, but said it is in dialogue with union leadership to “seek a timely... 

Canada publishes rules to reduce oil and gas sector methane emissions, air pollution

By: Henry Lazenby     26th May 2017 Canada has introduced new rules aimed at reducing methane emissions and cutting air pollution from its significant oil and gas industry, a move that met with mixed reaction from the industry itself. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna introduced the new regulation on... 

Canada publishes rules to reduce oil and gas sector methane emissions, air pollution

Botswana business expected to ‘flourish’

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Mineral processing equipment solutions provider Multotec aims to find a balance between initiatives that drives localisation and benefits communities in Botswana, and the advantages associated with international connections, following the relaunch of the fully-fledged Botswana-registered and... 

Botswana business  expected to ‘flourish’
CUSTOMER SERVICE Multotec field service teams are based on-site at key customers in Botswana

Botswana to adopt Canadian model of sustainability

26th May 2017 A Canadian model aimed at improving the sustainability of mining through environmental and community outreach practices is being introduced in Botswana, says mining networking platform African Mining Network (AMN) chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. 

Botswana to adopt Canadian model  of sustainability
CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT TSM requires miners to continuously assess their mining practices and report them to the community

Access to First Majestic’s La Encantada mine blocked by rogue protestors

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2017 A group of rogue unionised employees at First Majestic Silver’s La Encantada mine, in Mexico, has formed an illegal blockade, blocking access to the mine and forcing operations to a halt, the company reported Wednesday. These rogue workers cited disagreement with the most recent bonus pay-out,... 

Vedanta hits production high spot at Black Mountain

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2017 Diversified mining company Vedanta has achieved its highest quarterly production in four years at Black Mountain in South Africa, where the Gamsberg zinc project is on track to begin production towards the middle of next year. In addition, mobilisation on the Skorpion pit layback, in neighbouring... 

Vedanta hits production high spot at Black Mountain
Photo by Bloomberg
Vedanta chairperson Anil Agarwal

AuRico Gold, First Nations ink impact benefit accord

By: Henry Lazenby     19th May 2017 TSX-listed AuRico Metals and First Nations surrounding the Kemess underground project have signed an impact benefits agreement (IBA) for the Kemess underground project, in British Columbia, solidifying local relationships and ensuring the project provides economic opportunities and benefits to... 

Implats trial of safety packed drill rig imminent 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 The Safe Quality Stoping (SQS) face advance drill rig from Brits-based mining machinery manufacturer GST Drilling will be trialled at platinum miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) E&F operation, in Rustenburg, South Africa, in the next few weeks. “This trial represents the modernisation of mining... 

Implats trial of safety  packed drill rig imminent
Safe Quality Stoping (SQS) face advance drill rig from Brits-based mining machinery manufacturer GST Drilling and original-equipment developer Scamont Engineering is being demonstrated. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

KZN coal mine supplying communities’ water needs and more, mulls output expansion 

By: Ilan Solomons     19th May 2017 The Zululand region of KwaZulu-Natal was afflicted by what the Department of Water and Sanitation described as the “worst drought in a century” in 2016 and is still a water scarce area of the country. Helping neighbouring communities survive this disaster, investment company Menar Holding’s... 

KZN coal mine supplying communities’ water needs and more, mulls output expansion
Zululand anthracite colliery discusses the importance it places on providing potable water for the local communities, as well as provides a mining operational update. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

New cost-slashing platinum technology gaining impressive momentum

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 The new cost-slashing, time-saving, capital-unlocking, mine-broadening and cobalt-saving platinum technology, driven by diversified mining company Pallinghurst and South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is gaining impressive international momentum as an initiative... 

New cost-slashing platinum technology gaining impressive momentum
Photo by Duane Daws
Pallinghurst chairperson Brian Gilbertson (centre), Pallinghurst CEO Arne Frandsen (right) in an earlier discussion with Martin Creamer on the new platinum technology.

Shadow Minerals Minister warns of ‘disastrous’ mining outlook 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer forecasts that South Africa’s new minerals legislation and new charter will be “disastrous” for an industry already crippled by hugely diminished capital injection and massive year-on-year job loss. The Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) MP, who... 

Shadow Minerals Minister warns of ‘disastrous’ mining outlook
Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer

Improved outcomes at member quarries

12th May 2017 Voluntary producers association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) notes a significant improvement in the environmental stewardship of its member quarries across South Africa since the inception of its About Face programme. Launched in 1994, the programme has... 

Improved outcomes at member quarries
NICO PIENAAR The About Face programme is a valuable tool for meaningful self-governance

Gathering info to better training

12th May 2017 Industry body Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) is farming information from within the industry that will enable it to develop custom training courses to meet the industry’s current and future needs.  

Gathering info to better training
Photo by Bloomberg
SELF-RELIANT Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa does not rely on training institutions to provide general training, but develops training materials itself

Violent protestors demand 1 500 new jobs from struggling Lonmin 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2017 Platinum company Lonmin on Thursday expressed deep concern about ongoing violence, damage to property and intimidation of employees by the near-mine Bapo Ba Mogale community, which is demanding 1 000 jobs for its members and 500 cadet positions for its unemployed youth.   The London- and... 

Violent protestors demand 1 500 new jobs from struggling Lonmin
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara, who is also acting COO. Personally, he has not taken a pay increase since taking over the reins of the company in 2013

NUM marks 22 years since Vaal Reefs disaster

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th May 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday remembered the 104 mineworkers that were killed in an accident at AngloGold’s Vaal Reefs mine in 1995. On May 10 that year, a locomotive broke through safety barriers and fell into a lift shaft, landing on a cage transporting people to the... 

Canadian mining and metals sector faces a looming digital disconnect

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2017 A new report by professional services firm EY has identified an encroaching digital disconnect between the productivity potential from digital transformation and the poor track record of implementation in the mining sector. In its report entitled ‘The digital disconnect: problem or pathway’, of... 

Northern Dynasty, EPA identify likely framework to settle long-standing dispute next week

By: Henry Lazenby     6th May 2017 A subsidiary of Northern Dynasty Minerals, the proponent of one of the largest undeveloped copper/gold deposits in the world today, and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have filed a joint motion in federal court to extend a stay of proceedings in the parties' long-standing legal... 

Miner ensuring skills base development on platinum belt

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2017 With the workforce on South Africa’s platinum belt ageing and the attraction of high-calibre candidates for employment being a challenge, platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum plans to boost its training initiatives and start construction of an accredited training facility by the end of the year.  

Miner ensuring skills base development on platinum belt
SUSTAINABLE SKILLS Wesizwe training programmes are focused on making people employable in the mining industry as well as for life after mining has ended

Mozambique authorities act to protect mining tax base from illegal activities

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2017 The Cabo Delgado Provincial Command of the Mozambique Republic Police announced late last month that it had expelled more than 4 000 illegal miners form the Namanhumbir area since February. Fifty of the illegal miners, composed of both Mozambicans and foreigners, had been arrested. The foreigners... 

Drilling specialist to receive training accreditation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2017 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond is in the process of becoming an accredited Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) training provider.  

Drilling specialist to receive training accreditation
UPSKILLING YEARLY Rosond enables ten interns yearly to gain practical experience

Settlement likely by year-end as parties in silicosis case pursue out-of-court option

By: Jade Davenport     5th May 2017 Mining companies facing a class action suit from mineworkers who developed silicosis on South Africa's gold mines, are anticipated to reach an out of court settlement before the close of the year. The class action, which was lodged in May 2016, comprises, according to attorney Richard Spoor, an... 

Settlement likely by year-end as parties in silicosis case  pursue out-of-court option

Greater emphasis on ensuring sustainability

By: Nadine James     28th April 2017 Engineering expertise can be used to generate socioeconomic gains for mining companies, particularly in jurisdictions that are dependent on the finite business of mineral extraction, states global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon, an adviser to the African mining sector.... 

Greater emphasis on  ensuring sustainability
ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION Engineering innovation could transform mining assets into new business opportunities

Firm develops compensation framework for KZN mining-affected community

By: David Oliveira     28th April 2017 A complicated dispute over compensation for land damages has led to the development of a compensation framework aimed at strengthening trust between a mining company and the affected community at a mining operation in KwaZulu-Natal. While the framework was developed to address this specific... 

Black Mountain Mining establishes Esop 

26th April 2017 While mining companies Kumba and Exxaro have boasted successful employee share ownership plans over the last few years, Vedanta’s Black Mountain Mining has established a 7-year plan for its employees. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer speaks to Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley about the payouts. 

Black Mountain Mining establishes Esop
Black Mountain Mining establishes Esop

KWG, Marten Falls First Nation to establish equal partnership to kick-start RoF development

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2017 Junior project developer KWG Resources has undertaken to strike an equal partnership with the Marten Falls First Nation to kick-start infrastructure development in the remote emerging mining district known as the Ring of Fire, in Northern Ontario. The parties envision the establishment of... 

Randgold replaces 2016 Loulo-Gounkoto complex gold output, updates Morila reclamation plan

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2017 Africa-focused gold producer Randgold Resources said Tuesday it had replaced 100% of the 707 116 oz gold it produced in 2016 at the Mali-based Loulo-Gounkoto complex through ongoing exploration, placing the operation on track to meet 2017 production guidance of 690 000 oz gold, despite some... 

Randgold replaces 2016 Loulo-Gounkoto complex gold output, updates Morila reclamation plan
Randgold CEO Mark Bristow

FCX stock rises on interim Indonesia export deal despite earnings miss

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2017 The NYSE-listed stock of US-based diversified miner Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) on Tuesday closed 7.11% higher despite the miner reporting earnings below analyst forecasts, as investors were pleased with the company reporting resumed copper concentrate exports from Indonesia following a three-month... 

FCX stock rises on interim Indonesia export deal despite earnings miss
Photo by Reuters
Freeport has taken actions to adjust its cost structure, reduce its workforce and slow significant investments in its underground development projects and new smelter at Grasberg, Indonesia

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