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Environmental News

Process that will ‘drastically’ cut the power needed to reprocess mining waste edging closer to commercialisation

By: Tracy Hancock     7th December 2018 Energy efficiency in the mining and minerals processing sector continues to be a hot topic, especially in South Africa, where increases in the cost of energy sources – namely electricity, diesel and coal – along with that of labour, exceed inflation.   

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

The final frontier: who owns the oceans and their hidden treasures?

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Ransom-hungry pirates, polar explorers, offshore oil giants - the race for the riches of the world's final frontier is on. From Thailand to Alaska, the battle to tap ever-dwindling resources from minerals to fish is spurring new conflicts over who has the right to the treasures of the deep seas. 

Need for digital tech growth in industry

By: Cameron Mackay     30th November 2018 Although the oil and gas industry has begun to use analytics, it can use digital technology to grow the industry even more, says consulting and business process services company Wipro business development manager for South Africa Marleze van Loggerenberg. “Oil and gas companies are focusing on... 

Need for digital tech growth in industry
MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG Africa has the potential to leapfrog current technology and current infrastructure, and implement new technologies in its operations

Attractive and certain policy presents positive prospects for industry

By: Cameron Mackay     30th November 2018 With the now confirmed separation of oil and gas legislation from that of mining in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act South African Oil & Gas Alliance (Saoga) CEO Niall Kramer says the prospects of South Africa entering the liquefied natural gas and indigenous shale gas market... 

Attractive and certain policy presents positive prospects for industry
NIALL KRAMER The separation of oil and gas legislation from mining legislation is something that the industry has been asking for and policy makers are heading the country in the right direction

Innovative training the next step to improving safety

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th November 2018 Health and safety training company KBC Health and Safety encourages mining companies to engage in continuous learning and the extension of knowledge to decrease the number of incidents and fatalities on site. KBC Health and Safety lead: strategy and business growth director Jared Kangisser says... 

Anglo willing to play constructive land role  

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2018 Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani on Wednesday expressed willingness to play a constructive role in helping South Africa to arrive at solutions involving the diversification of land ownership and ensuring land productivity. Speaking to journalists at a year-end media function, Cutifani urged the... 

Anglo willing to play constructive land role
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Nema to ensure mines are held accountable, adhere to legal duties – law firm

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2018 The gazetting of the overhauled National Environment Management Act (Nema) will ensure more mines are held accountable and meet their obligations in terms of financial provisioning for environmental rehabilitation, says law firm Webber Wentzel environment and natural resources partner Garyn... 

Nema to ensure mines are held accountable, adhere to legal duties – law firm
Webber Wentzel environment and natural resources partner Garyn Rapson

ICMM commits to UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2018 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Monday committed its members to implement the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.   Speaking at the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, ICMM CE Tom Butler announced the industry body's new... 

Company’s offerings protect water systems and ecology

23rd November 2018 Emalahleni-based environmental health services provider Ecotech Africa states that its environmental protection solutions for the mining, oil, gas and power generation industries are designed to protect natural water systems and the surrounding ecology. “With a clear understanding of these... 

Company’s offerings  protect water systems  and ecology
Photo by Creamer Media
ACTIVATED SLUDGE PROCESS Ecotech Africa’s activated sludge process for wastewater treatment is particularly well suited for treating waste streams high in organic or biodegradable content

Geotextile dewatering bags increase tailings dam longevity

23rd November 2018 Manufacturer and supplier of geosynthetic products Fibertex SA’s geotextile bags for use in on-site desludging wastewater projects, have advantages over conventional methods, which are often in addition unaffordable to authorities and contractors with limited budgets. Benefits of using geobags... 

Geotextile dewatering bags increase tailings  dam longevity
FUNCTIONAL FILTRATION The filtration properties of geobags are effective in retaining the fine-grained materials found in sewage sludge, while allowing the water to filter through

Thickened tailings solution testwork under way

By: Paige Müller     23rd November 2018 Process equipment and mine dewatering equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa is performing tailings test work at a major South African platinum mine to develop a turnkey thickened tailings solution. Weir Minerals Africa process manager Hoosen Essack states that the local miner has shown interest... 

Thickened tailings solution testwork under way
HEAVY DUTY PUMPING The horizontal and vertical Warman slurry pump range is specifically designed for heavy duty slurry applications such as the handling of tailings slurries

Overly prescriptive policies threaten mine profitability – analyst  

By: Paige Müller     23rd November 2018 South Africa’s overly prescriptive, unbalanced and onerous environmental policy framework runs the risk of making the mining industry “uninvestable”, says Dr Anthea Jeffery, policy research head at think tank the Institute of Race Relations. “South Africa’s environmental regulations compare badly... 

Overly prescriptive policies threaten mine profitability – analyst
research and policy organisation Institute of Race Relations head of policy research Dr Anthea Jeffery discusses the impact overly prescriptive environmental policies are having on mining in South Africa. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Artisanal gold mining in Peru causing large-scale deforestation

By: Nadine James     23rd November 2018 Small-scale gold mining has destroyed more than 68 000 ha of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon in the past five years, according to a new analysis by scientists at US-based private tertiary institution Wake Forest University's Centre for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA). The... 

Artisanal gold mining in Peru causing large-scale deforestation
Photo by Bloomberg
DWINDLING FORESTS The Centre for Amazonian Scientific Innovation's research notes that Peruvian deforestation is 30% more than previously reported

Platinum’s stature growing as world’s clean air catalyst 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2018 This month’s launch of the world’s first fuel cell double-decker bus is the latest example of platinum helping to power the world’s new clean air revolution. The fuel cell bus was developed as a part of the European Union-funded joint initiative for hydrogen vehicles, which make use of platinum,... 

Platinum’s stature growing as world’s clean air catalyst
First fuel cell double decker bus.

Instil portable skills to assist economic development post closure – consultancy

By: Nadine James     16th November 2018 Mining companies’ social and labour plans (SLPs) should incorporate initiatives or programmes aimed at reskilling workers and uplifting community members through the development of portable skills, says socioeconomic development facilitator Economic Development Solutions (EDS) MD Janine Espin.... 

Instil portable skills to assist economic development post closure – consultancy
JANINE EPSIN ompanies should approach closure with economic sustainability in mind

Peregrine, NexGen and Cardinal among leaders honoured in PDAC awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th November 2018 The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) has announced the winners of its yearly awards, which recognise the work of international and domestic leaders in the mineral exploration and mining community. The Bill Dennis award went to Peregrine Diamonds, which discovered the... 

Qld Parliament passes rehabilitation laws

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th November 2018 Queensland mining companies will now be compelled to sign up to progressive rehabilitation plans after the state Parliament passed the Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill. The bill delivers new requirements for the planning and delivery of progressive rehabilitation of... 

In Ecuador, landmark court cases challenge mining projects

By: Reuters     5th November 2018 Ecuador is facing a lawsuit this week for giving mining companies exploration rights to a protected forest in one of the country's most biodiverse regions without local consultation. Brought by the local Cotacachi government, the lawsuit requests the regional court place an injunction on all... 

In Ecuador, landmark court cases challenge mining projects

Anglo American recommits to sustainable development goals, sets milestones for 2020, 2030  

By: Simone Liedtke     5th November 2018 The mining industry has to address the critical challenges of safety, productivity and the way land is used, as well as how energy and water are consumed as, alongside a growing population, there is greater demand for minerals and metals. However, meeting the growing demand for the materials that... 

Anglo American recommits to sustainable development goals, sets milestones for 2020, 2030
Anglo American South Africa executive head Andile Sangqu speaks to Mining Weekly Online about the miner's Sustainable Development Goals, and what it hopes to achieve with these. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

MC Mining, industry reinvention and EVs in mining  

31st October 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses MC Mining’s coking coal offtake agreement, the need for the industry to reinvent itself and electric vehicles being used underground. 

MC Mining, industry reinvention and EVs in mining
MC Mining, industry reinvention and EVs in mining

Growth stock tag possible from Far West surface project –­ DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2018 When it comes to the gold sector, recovering the precious metal from dumps on surface beats pursuing it in deep, dark and dangerous underground mines. The local gold industry has put many feelers out to access gold on surface and one of the most exciting projects under way is Far West Gold... 

Growth stock tag possible from Far West surface project –­ DRDGold
DRDGold will upgrade this Driefontein 2 plant as part of Phase 1.

NT govt looks at amending enviro legislation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 The Northern Territory government will amend provisions in the proposed new environmental impact assessment and approval system, in response to concerns raised by industry. Earlier this month the government released the draft Environment Protection Bill and draft Regulations for eight weeks of... 

South32 foresees short-term volatility, but long-term growth, sustainability 

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2018 Diversified mining and metals company South32 on Thursday forecast short-term price volatility for the commodities it produces, but also highlighted its strong cash position and its work to further optimise its global portfolio of assets. In a speech delivered at the company’s 2018 annual general... 

Ore Corp increases shareholding

12th October 2018 Australian development company Ore Corp received approval from the Tanzanian Fair Competition Commission (FCC) to increase its interest in the Nyanzaga Mining Company Limited (NMCL) to 51%. However, the move remains subject to the approval of the newly established Mining Commission. The... 

Ore Corp increases shareholding
GOLD FUTURE Ore Corp is looking to increase its gold portfolio with an increasing shareholding in the Nyanzaga Mining Company Limited

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss.... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

Mines urged to do ‘all they can’ to limit pollution from used oil

By: Nadine James     5th October 2018 The mining industry consumes about 25% of the country’s lubricants - accounting for approximately 300-million litres of oil a year, of which 40% is potentially recyclable used oil, notes the Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (ROSE) Foundation. The organisation notes that used-oil is classified... 

Acquisition, manganese and agriculture in mining make headlines 

3rd October 2018 MC Mining has an eye on acquisition and project access, Botswana manganese estimate fires up aspirant battery supplier and the Bokamoso Barona initiative is promising to show how mining and agriculture can go hand-in-hand. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines. 

Acquisition, manganese and agriculture in mining make headlines
Acquisition, manganese and agriculture in mining make headlines

Vale, BHP reach final deal with prosecutors over Brazil disaster

By: Reuters     3rd October 2018 Brazilian prosecutors in Minas Gerais state said on Tuesday they reached a final compensation deal with mining companies Samarco, Vale and BHP Billiton regarding a 2015 dam burst, Brazil's largest ever environmental disaster. According to a statement from prosecutors released late on Tuesday, the... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes
Photo by Creamer Media
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins

Damage to West Coast beaches from mining can be kept to 'acceptable' levels, say consultants

By: News24Wire      26th September 2018 Consultants employed by Australian company Mineral Sands Resources (MSR) have acknowledged that the massive expansion of mining for mineral sands on 10 West Coast beaches north of the Olifants River estuary will cause unavoidable environmental damage, but claim that the damage can be reduced to... 

Africa needs to invest in fuel cell technology

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Countries are recognising the value and future impact that fuel cells and hydrogen technologies will provide. Now is the time for Africa to join this global movement and invest in the fuel cell future, says Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association... 

Africa needs to invest in fuel cell technology
POWER SUPPLY South African government could legislate the use of fuel cell mini-grid systems to electrify rural communities

Versatile spin filters extend machinery, equipment life

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 A compressor exposed to abrasive dust, such as those used in mining environments, could become increasingly inefficient and fail internal damage caused by clogged and compromised intake filters, notes RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. Additionally, opencast mine dust frequently enters... 

Versatile spin filters extend machinery, equipment life
IAN FRASER Mining companies use spin filtration for effective dust extraction from compressors' air intake filters and for direct ventilation of variable speed drives

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

R&D on clean coal technologies crucial in SA

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 The research and development (R&D) of clean coal technologies in South Africa is absolutely necessary, says Fossil Fuel Foundation director and recently retired Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative Clean Coal Technology chair... 

R&D on clean  coal technologies crucial in SA
Photo by Christo Greyling
ROSEMARY FALCON Coal is a vital element in South Africa's economy

Minergy lauds Botswana regulatory authorities

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2018 Minergy CEO Andre Bojé is full of praise for Botswana’s regulatory authorities, who he says use legislation to assist mining investment. Minergy, which is listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, has begun work on its maiden 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula coalfield, 50 km north... 

Minergy lauds Botswana regulatory authorities
Minergy CEO Andre Bojé

BHP seeks approval for $50m US pact over fatal Brazil dam burst

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 BHP Billiton has asked a US judge to approve a $50-million settlement of claims that it fraudulently inflated its share price by overstating its ability to manage safety risks before a fatal 2015 dam burst at a Brazilian mine. The Anglo-Australian mining company's preliminary settlement of... 

CNN-flighted advert projecting huge growth for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 French company Air Liquide, a member of the Davos-launched Hydrogen Council that includes platinum-mining company Anglo American, is currently flighting an advertisement on the global television network CNN, which forecasts exceptional growth for the hydrogen and fuel cell market. Quoting the... 

CNN-flighted advert projecting huge growth for platinum-using fuel cells
CNN-flighted advertisement projecting fuel cell growth.
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