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Environmental News

Report alleges miners inadequately disclose information on environmental rehabilitation costs

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 Neither the law, nor the accounting standards governing company disclosures, ensure the necessary transparency and accountability about financial provision for environmental rehabilitation, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) alleges in its ‘Full Disclosure: The Truth about Mining... 

NT govt looking for remediation partners

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th June 2018 The Northern Territory government has released two tenders for remediation works at abandoned openpit mines as part of its plans to develop Tennant Creek as a mining services hub. “Tennant Creek has a long mining history and many old mines pre-date the requirement for operators to leave them in... 

High Court lifts interim order against MC Mining's Makhado project

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 MC Mining, previously known as Coal of Africa, on Monday said it welcomed a high court decision to lift an interim order against the company's environmental authorisation for the Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project. The court had in 2014 granted the Vhembe Mineral Stakeholders Forum and... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) have reached a significant milestone in a collaborative exercise on water conservation and water demand management aimed at driving water savings and usage improvements in the mining industry. The... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

Samcodes, malaria, beneficiation make headlines  

15th June 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses Samcodes, malaria and beneficiation in this week's Second Take. 

Samcodes, malaria, beneficiation make headlines
Samcodes, malaria, beneficiation make headlines

Alrosa auctioning large rough diamonds in Asia

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 Russian diamond mining major is currently holding an auction in Hong Kong for large rough diamonds, and will soon start a second one in Vladivostock. The Hong Kong auction started on June 13 and will run until June 27. The Vladivostock auction will start on June 18 and conclude on June 29. In... 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2018 The value of illegal mining and dealing of metals and diamonds in South Africa is estimated to be more than R7-billion a year, says PwC. In its latest edition of SA Mine, the professional services firm equates this to revenue generated from 430 000 oz of gold at the current market price. 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC
Photo by Dylan Slater
Informal processing of sand from a depleted mine dump off the N3 South freeway, near Elandsfontein, in Germiston

Thunderbird gets enviro approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th June 2018 The Thunderbird mineral sands project, has been granted environmental approval by the Western Australian Minister of Environment. ASX-listed Sheffield Resources said on Tuesday that the Minister had dismissed all appeals on the Works Approval as well as the majority of the appeals on the... 

Ancuabe gets provisional enviro licence

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th June 2018 Graphite developer Triton Minerals has been given a provisional environmental licence for its Ancuabe project, in Mozambique. The company told shareholders that the grant of the provisional environmental licence was a precursor for the receipt of the final environmental licence, which completed... 

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2018 The lithium price might be in for a rough ride this year, as a supply response might overshoot what the market actually needs, London-based pricing intelligence firm Metal Bulletin’s head of research William Adams tells Mining Weekly in an interview. “We see a slight lithium surplus coming this... 

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism

Russian diamond miner announces auctions and award of high sustainability ranking

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th June 2018 Russian diamond mining major Alrosa announced on Thursday that it would hold auctions in Hong Kong and Vladivostok for large rough diamonds. The Hong Kong auction will start on June 13 and will run until June 27. The Vladivostok auction would start on June 18 and conclude on June 29. In both... 

Frydenberg approves Tasmania iron-ore mine’s development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th June 2018 Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has approved the Rogetta iron-ore mine, in Tasmania, for development. The project, which is being developed by unlisted Forward Mining, will comprise an opencut operation producing at a rate of one-million tonnes a year over a proposed... 

Frydenberg approves Tasmania iron-ore mine’s development

Multistakeholder initiative launched to address sustainable mine closure challenges

By: Nadine James     5th June 2018 Private and public sector entities officially launched a sustainable mine closure collaborative platform, called the Mine Water Coordinating Body (MWCB), at the Nedbank-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) Business Foundation Networking Forum, hosted in Sandton, on Tuesday. The MWCB... 

Giant waste-spewing mine turns to battleground in Indonesia

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2018 Every year, Freeport-McMoRan dumps tens of-millions of tons of mining waste into the Ajkwa River system in Indonesia. The company has been doing it for decades, and is demanding the right to keep at it for decades to come. The discharge of what are called tailings, the leftovers of mineral... 

Frydenberg promises more scrutiny as study shows Hunter coal mines threaten groundwater

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st June 2018 Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg on Friday said that any new coal mining operation in the Hunter region of New South Wales would be subject to a review of their impact on groundwater resources, before they would be approved. This comes after the government released new... 

Brazilian miner’s purchases in Mozambique approaching $1-billion

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 Brazilian mining group Vale has created a significant local supply chain in Mozambique to support its Moatize coal operation in the African country’s Tete province. This was highlighted recently by the President of Mozambique’s Confederation of Economic Associations (Confederação das Associações... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 Deep-sea mining is yet to become a major mining activity, and not much is known about undersea deposits of minerals. However, some role-players in the mining industry are claiming that the deep-sea floor could be host to an abundant and untapped resource of highly sought-after commodities, which... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 There is real anxiety in the oil and gas and mining industries regarding the lack of aptitude to replace an ageing top-level management talent pool, Stephen Diotte, partner and head of leadership services for Odgers Berndtson tells Mining Weekly Online. He recently joined the executive search... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

Frydenberg nixes phosphate exploration on Christmas Island

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st May 2018 The federal government has nixed plans by privately held Phosphate Resources to explore on Christmas Island, with Environment and Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg saying it was likely to have ‘significant and unacceptable’ impacts on the region. Frydenberg said that the decision followed a... 

Qld calls for public opinion on old mines

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st May 2018 The Queensland government has released the Abandoned Mines discussion paper, calling on public input on how to manage old mine sites. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham noted that from the gold rush of the late 1800s to the earliest days of coal, zinc, copper and lead, Queensland has a rich mining... 

Altus granted new zinc, copper licences in Morocco

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2018 Aim-listed Altus Strategies’ wholly-owned subsidiary Aterian Resource has been granted new exploration licences that target zinc and copper, in Morocco. The Ammas, Takzim Est and Arfa licences cover 87.55 km2. 

Lucara Diamond on track with diamond production

By: Melissa Zisengwe     25th May 2018 Lucara Diamond Corp. is pleased with the progress and developments it has made during the year to date, with the company doing significant work in Botswana and remaining consistent in quality-diamond production. “We are on track to produce the 2018 production estimate, which is 270 000 ct to 290... 

Lucara Diamond on track with diamond production
WHITE DIAMOND One of Lucara Diamonds’ exceptional diamonds

Unpacking Kropz’s Elandsfontein project 

22nd May 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the developments around Kropz’s Elandsfontein project. 

Unpacking Kropz’s Elandsfontein project
Unpacking Kropz’s Elandsfontein project

Comprehensive package facilitates fugitive dust management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2018 Fugitive dust emissions pose risks to mining companies, surrounding communities and the receiving environment, and require proper management to mitigate their effects, and environmental management company I-CAT is well poised to do so through its comprehensive solution offering. I-CAT... 

Comprehensive package facilitates fugitive  dust management
DUST ISSUES Fugitive dust emissions are inherently part of the mining industry, owing to the nature of mining activities such as blasting and minerals processing activities

Mt Peake vanadium project gains federal govt approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th May 2018 The Australian government has approved the Mount Peake vanadium/titanium project, in the Northern Territory, for development. ASX-listed TNG on Tuesday said that the federal environmental approval, which was subject to a number of conditions, came after the Northern Territory Environmental... 

Brisbane court fines Linc Energy A$4.5m for environmental offences

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th May 2018 The now defunct Linc Energy has been fined A$4.5-million for environmental offences in Queensland, relating to toxic gas leakages from its underground coal gasification operations between 2007 and 2013. Linc Energy, which is now in liquidation, was found guilty of five counts of willfully and... 

Integrated mining software championed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2018 The constant evolution and innovation of technology have prompted mining houses to move away from “disparate” legacy systems and pursue integrated and easy-to-use software tools instead, global consulting and technology company Deswik South Africa MD Ian Lawler tells Mining Weekly. Lawler... 

Integrated mining  software championed
UNIQUE FACET Deswik.Enviro is fully integrated with the rest of the Deswik suite and it enables mining companies to account for the cost of closure when doing a life-of-mine plan

Sustainable solutions possible for AMD treatment

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa states that while acid mine drainage (AMD) decant in the Witwatersrand gold fields and surrounds should be dealt with urgently, there is no company large enough to start a large-scale water rehabilitation programme. “The Witwatersrand gold... 

Sustainable solutions  possible for AMD treatment
Photo by Creamer Media
TACKLING ACID MINE DRAINAGE Acid mine drainage is one of the single most significant threats to South Africa’s environment and needs to be urgently addressed

Integrated Pump Rental evolves business model for water management

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 In reaction to the changing dewatering needs of local mines, South African pumps rental company Integrated Pump Rental (IPR) is evolving its service offering towards a full dewatering solution by introducing a stainless steel range of mine water pumps, and dewatering products. “There is a big... 

Integrated Pump Rental evolves business model for water management
DREDGING SOLUTION The SlurrySucker operates from the top of the water surface and sucks silt from the bottom of the processing pond

New pumping system to dewater deep mine shafts

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Centurion-based, family owned, pumping solutions provider Hazleton Pumps has patented a new pump technology that will dewater deep-level mine shafts more efficiently. The Hippo high head series submersible slurry pump system can remove acid mine drainage (AMD) water from flooded mine shafts in a... 

Weir Minerals Africa to tackle mine dewatering using new model

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Mine dewatering equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa is exploring enhanced holistic measures to tackle mine dewatering in Africa. The company, a subsidiary of Scottish engineering company Weir Group PLC, has long provided the global and local mining and industrial sectors with sustainable and... 

Weir Minerals Africa to tackle mine dewatering using new model
PUMP IT The Multiflo pontoons offer an integrated solution incorporating Linatex hoses, Isogate valves and Warman dewatering pumps

Aussie mines cashing in as Chinese enviro crackdown shifts demand to high-grade iron-ore

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th May 2018 A renewed focus on environmental reforms and the accelerated restructure of its steel industry has resulted in a shift change in China’s iron-ore demand, with high-grade ores being given preferential treatment over their low-grade counterparts. The Australian Department of Industry, Innovation... 

Aussie mines cashing in as Chinese enviro crackdown shifts demand to high-grade iron-ore

Northwest Territories gets shortest end of straw as mining boosts Nunavut, Yukon economies

By: Henry Lazenby     1st May 2018 A lack of new mining projects in the development pipeline of Canada’s Northwest Territories (NT) is threatening to derail the region’s economic growth outlook, the latest ‘Territorial Outlook’ by The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) has found. The independent Ottawa-headquartered think tank... 

BC govt court case another ‘stall tactic’ to block Trans Mountain expansion – CAPP

By: Henry Lazenby     27th April 2018 A reference court case brought by the environment-focused minority provincial government of British Columbia that seeks a confirmation of the province's constitutional rights to defend against the risks of a bitumen spill has been criticised by Canada’s petroleum producers as “just another stall... 

BC govt court case another ‘stall tactic’ to block Trans Mountain expansion – CAPP

Uncertainty remains in mining industry, technology transformation arising

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 Recent changes in political leadership suggest that the South African mining industry may be moving towards a clearer operating framework but much uncertainty remains, says consulting engineering and science company SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. “This uncertainty... 

Uncertainty remains in mining industry, technology transformation arising
INNOVATION IMPERATIVE Innovative thinking must be embedded into all specialist disciplines of consulting engineering so that the full benefit of modern invention can be applied

‘Toolbox’ helps Harmony Gold improve environmental management

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th April 2018 JSE-listed Harmony Gold Mining (Harmony) has improved its environmental management through the implementation of a system that centralises the company’s environmental data. The system, named Management Toolbox (MTB), facilitates the capturing of environmental data, the storing of related source... 

Mandela Mining Precinct seeks to safeguard jobs, says Chamber of Mines

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) is excited about the launch of the Mandela Mining Precinct, which seeks to preserve jobs while creating new skilled positions through its support, research, industrial and sustainable development initiatives for the local mining sector, says CoM senior executive:... 

Mandela Mining Precinct seeks to safeguard jobs, says Chamber of Mines
SIETSE VAN DER WOUDE Industry has to address needs pertaining to the skills, health, safety and personal fulfilment of workers, while ensuring that mining operations become more efficient, and profitable

2015 Mining Phakisa birthed Mandela Mining Precinct

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct, as one of the key initiatives that resulted from the 2015 Mining Phakisa, is important in terms of developing new mining technologies that support the sustainability, efficiency, and longevity of the South African mining industry while simultaneously catalysing... 

2015 Mining Phakisa birthed Mandela  Mining Precinct
JEFF RADEBE AND RUDI DICKS The Mining Phakisa was a government initiative led by the Presidency aimed at developing a shared vision and growth strategy for the long-term development and transformation of the mining sector
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