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Environmental News

Improving prices prompt Fortune to aim for bigger, more economic Nico development

By: Henry Lazenby     9th September 2017 With a bird in hand, Canadian project developer Fortune Minerals is considering to up the ante for its flagship Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The London, Ontario-based company late last month announced that its update of the 2014 feasibility study for... 

Pan African’s tailings retreatment project set to boost Mpumalanga economy

By: Ilan Solomons     8th September 2017 Government, trade unions and traditional leadership have heaped praise on South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources for the development of its R1.7-billion Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant (TRP) project, located at the company’s Evander gold mine, in Mpumalanga. Speaking at the... 

Pan African’s tailings retreatment project set to boost Mpumalanga economy
Pan African CEO Cobus Loots, Mpumalanga Finance, Economic Development and Tourism MEC Eric Kholwane and Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena

DRDGold tackles mine dump vegetation  

     7th September 2017 DRDGold says it has spent more money on vegetating tailings dams than it has paid dividends to shareholders in the last ten years and is seeing its dump vegetation effort going up in smoke. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer speaks to Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley about the challenges. 

DRDGold tackles mine dump vegetation
DRDGold tackles mine dump vegetation

New EnviroLeach process poised to transform metals extraction as we know it

By: Henry Lazenby     6th September 2017 A small Vancouver-based start-up company has created a new environment-friendly chemical process with the potential to disruptively transform metal extraction in the mining and electronic waste (e-waste) sectors, akin to the application of cyanide for gold extraction, which revolutionised the... 

New EnviroLeach process poised to transform metals extraction as we know it
EnviroLeach expects to capitalise on recovering metals from e-waste – the fastest growing portion of municipal waste expected to grow to 50-million tons by 2020

Acid mine water used to recover gold from dumps – DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2017 Acid mine drainage (AMD), which is water that has been polluted as a result of mining activity, is being used to relieve the cost burden of the large volume of water needed to recover gold from mine dump material, as well as lower the demand placed on scarce drinking water. Surface mining company... 

Acid mine water used to recover gold from dumps – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the company’s use of AMD. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Excelsior receives operating permit for Gunnison copper project

By: Samantha Herbst     6th September 2017 The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has awarded triple-listed mineral exploration and development company Excelsior Mining an aquifer protection permit (APP) for its Gunnison copper project, in Cochise County, south-eastern Arizona. "Completing this permitting milestone, within... 

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2017 Surface mining company DRDGold, which has spent more money on vegetating tailings dams in the last ten years than it has paid dividends to shareholders, is seeing its dump vegetation effort going up in smoke at the same time as it comes under criticism from a leading nongovernmental organisation... 

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius broaches tailings treatment consolidation with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer 5.9.2017

Fatalities serve to remind industry of necessity to achieve zero harm – DMR

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

Fatalities serve to remind industry of necessity to achieve zero harm – DMR
Photo by Creamer Media
Department of Mineral Resources chief inspector of mines Mthokozisi Zondi

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield  long-term savings – BMI
LONG-TERM BENEFIT BMI expexts long-term cost savings to benefit companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to prioritising green strategies

Debate on land rehab for future farming comes to the fore as mine closures increase

By: Dylan Slater     1st September 2017 As the mining industry winds down from the supercycle, thereby also coming under increasingly constrained budgets as markets tighten up and commodity prices fall, more mines are closing and, subsequently, the need for their rehabilitation is coming to the fore.  

Debate on land rehab for future farming comes to the fore as mine closures increase

Council for Geoscience appoints new CEO

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) has appointed Mosa Mabuza as its new CEO. The position was previously held by Simon Sikhosana until his retirement in November 2016. Mabuza was subsequently seconded to the CGS by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to act as its interim CEO until the... 

Council for Geoscience appoints new CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
MOSA MABUZA Mabuza is a qualified geologist with extensive exploration experience in multiple regional jurisdictions

Show expected to achieve further growth

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 The number of exhibitors and visitors taking part in the Electra Mining Botswana exhibition and conference, since its inception in 2013, has increased by 17% and 8% respectively, with this years’ event expected to attract further key industry players in the mining, industrial and power generation... 

Show expected to achieve further growth
PROMISING PODIUM Electra Mining Botswana is said to be fast becoming a major mining exhibition and networking platform

Resources Watch  

     31st August 2017 Alphamin focused on conflict-free tin production; Huge opportunity to create more demand for platinum; And, Obuasi clear of illegal miners 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

EnviroLeach strikes global Jabil partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2017 TSX-V-listed Mineworx Technologies announced on Wednesday that EnviroLeach Technologies has entered into a strategic global partnership with NYSE-listed Jabil Inc, to use the company’s patent-pending formula and processes to recover metals from circuit boards and electronic waste (e-waste). The... 

Kusile Unit 1 brought into full commercial operation well ahead of schedule

By: Samantha Herbst     30th August 2017 Unit 1 of Eskom’s Kusile power station has been brought into full commercial operation, adding 800 MW of much-needed power to help stabilise the national power grid. This means that construction and optimisation of the unit is complete and the operator, Eskom Generation, has taken over the plant... 

Kusile Unit 1 brought into full commercial operation well ahead of schedule
Eskom interim group CEO Johnny Dladla

Improve efficiencies before adopting new energy solutions

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 For many mines, there is still significant work to be done in terms of improving operating energy efficiencies, and a sound understanding of the benefits of digitalisation could be the key to unlocking considerable value in this endeavour, says professional services firm EY South Africa advisory... 

Improve efficiencies before  adopting new energy solutions
Photo by Bloomberg
STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS With a thorough understanding of its daily energy requirements, a mine can achieve clarity on where an injection of renewable energy can provide maximum benefit

Modular, mobile dry-type transformers ideal for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 As mining projects move into ever more remote locations in Africa, modular and mobile energy solutions – such as dry-type transformers – are gaining popularity, says transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen. 

Modular, mobile  dry-type transformers ideal for Africa
SAFER OPTION Dry-type transformers are completely flame-retardant and emissions free, using resin and vacuum-pressure impregnation to insulate windings and air as a cooling agent

Seventh platinum conference to be held in October

     25th August 2017 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum mining head Frik Fourie is scheduled to present a keynote address on how to make the South African mining business globally attractive again at the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM’s) seventh International Platinum Conference –... 

Seventh platinum conference to be  held in October
TECHNICAL TOURS The first of the Platinum 2017 conference's technical tours will take place at Mogalakwena, the world’s largest openpit platinum mine

Forum welcomes adoption of mercury convention

By: Ilan Solomons     25th August 2017 The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Metals, Minerals and Sustainable Development (IGF) has welcomed the “successful adoption” of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which came into force on August 16. “The convention is a crucially important global treaty aimed at protecting human health and... 

Forum welcomes adoption of mercury convention
Photo by Human Rights Watch
HARMFUL SUBSTANCE Exposure to mercury can have serious health impacts including irreversible brain damage

Concern raised over lack of support for coal roadmap

By: David Oliveira     25th August 2017 After being released in July 2013, the South African Coal Roadmap (SACRM) has suffered the fate of which it warned industry, effectively ‘falling off a cliff’, with there having been no impetus by government or coal miners to implement any of the study’s recommendations. The SACRM was developed... 

Concern raised over lack of support for coal roadmap

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments reap long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th August 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments reap long-term savings – BMI

Obuasi clear of illegal miners, Sadiola hinges on talks – AngloGold 

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2017 The Obuasi site remains clear of illegal miners and care-and-maintenance activities are ongoing at the Ghana operation, AngloGold Ashanti group planning executive Graham Ehm has assured. “Ghana has definitely done a 180-degree turnaround,” he told investors, analysts and journalists at this... 

Obuasi clear of illegal miners, Sadiola hinges on talks – AngloGold
AngloGold Ashanti executives provide information on Obuasi and Sadiola to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Beech advises mining firms to prepare for implementation of Mining Charter 3

By: Dylan Slater     22nd August 2017 The implementation of the third iteration of the Mining Charter, or Mining Charter 3, in some form or another, is inevitable and mining companies should start the process of bringing their operations in line with the regulations set out in the charter, law firm Hogan Lovells mining head and... 

Beech advises mining firms to prepare for implementation of Mining Charter 3
Hogan Lovells mining head and partner Warren Beech

IHS materials index posts sixth gain in seven weeks

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has recovered about half the losses it suffered between February and June. The latest reading of the MPI, an index measuring the weighted average of weekly spot prices for a basket of globally traded manufacturing inputs comprising... 

Zinc refiner needed in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2017 A local zinc refiner needs to be established to provide more intimate support for the South African galvanising industry to capitalise on the recovery of the South African economy, says International Zinc Association of South Africa (Izasa) regional director Rob White. He notes that, with the... 

Zinc refiner needed  in South Africa
ZINC APPLICATIONS Zinc-coated steel has found a niche in solar parks, where remote locations preclude almost any maintenance

Beneficiation solution for fines, sludges superior – developer

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 South Africa-based mineral extrusion processing company Mineral Agglomeration Solutions (MAS) is offering its Briquettes By Extrusion (Brex) technology to the international mining industry. 

Beneficiation solution for fines, sludges superior – developer
USEFUL WASTE The Briquettes By Extrusion technology allows mining and smelting companies based worldwide to exploit the waste/by-products from all commodities

Global tin outlook to impact on South African imports

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2017 Global tin production will decrease in the coming years, subsequently increasing tin prices, which will have an adverse effect on South Africa, suggests research firm BMI Research mining analyst Diego Oliva-Velez. This global outlook for tin from 2017 to 2021 is detailed in BMI’s ‘Tin Report’,... 

Global tin outlook to impact on South African imports
Photo by Bloomberg
OUTLOOK Global tin production, excluding that from China, is expected to stagnate or drop from 2017 to 2021

Simplicity is key when applying for water licences – engineer

By: Dylan Slater     18th August 2017 For water use licences (WULs) to be successfully granted, the application process needs to be made simple and easy to understand by representatives from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), according to Sibanye Gold water engineer Lauren Dell.  

Producing hydromining technology for greater productivity

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mining services provider Fraser Alexander is developing two technologies – a jet-pump system and an automated hydraulic re-mining unit – for the efficient reclamation of gold or platinum tailings through hydro mining. 

Producing hydromining technology for  greater productivity
EASIER OPTION Jet-pump technology is being introduced for tailings reclamation owing to the difficulty of reclaiming coarse- and high-specific gravity tailings using conventional techniques

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill
Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill

Canada to host tantalum, niobium symposium in October

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 The Tantalum-Niobium International Study Centre (T.I.C.) will host its fifty-eighth general assembly and seventh technical symposium from October, 15 to 18 in Vancouver, Canada. The special early bird booking rate for members and applicants closes on August 18 with the final booking deadline... 

Canada to host  tantalum, niobium  symposium in October
Photo by Tantalum-Niobium International Study Centre
SECTORAL INSIGHTS The conference will be of interest to industry stakeholders who are involved or interested in the global tantalum and/or niobium markets

Mining-impacted water punted as potential source of supply for agriculture

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 There is a dire need for alternative, sustainable, cheap processes to treat mine-impacted water (MIW) and acid mine drainage (AMD), says State-owned research organisation Mintek senior scientist Tamsyn Grewar, who calls for support for irrigation as a preferred reuse activity for treated MIW... 

Mining-impacted water punted as potential source of supply for agriculture

Supreme Court verdict backing Odisha on illegal mining could have wider ramifications

By: Ajoy K Das     10th August 2017 The Odisha provincial government, in eastern India, will recover $3.17-billion in penalties from mine owners for illegal mining and violating environmental laws. According to a senior official, the provincial government decided to issue notices to all mine owners to pay the penalty for the... 

New booklet outlines measures to turn mine enviro hazards into jobs generator

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 Environmental watchdog Federation for Sustainable Environment (FSE) has proposed the establishment of a pilot project to address the waste and pollution legacy of mining in the Witwatersrand basin, with a clear linkage between the potential for revenue generation through materials reclamation and... 

New booklet outlines measures to turn mine enviro hazards into jobs generator
Photo by Duane Daws
MARIETTE LIEFFERINK The project would be in the position to supply jobs to 100 people, who would be responsible for the rehabilitation of Tweelopiespruit and surrounding areas

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

Taseko capitalises on rising copper prices, builds on 2016 success

By: Samantha Herbst     3rd August 2017 Building on its successes from 2016 and using the first half of 2017 to capitalise on rising copper prices, TSX- and NYSE-listed Taseko Mines has, over the past nine months, generated $192-million of cash flow from operations as well as $147-million in earnings from its mining operations, before... 

Taseko capitalises on rising copper prices, builds on 2016 success

DRA makes top origination appointment

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2017 Multi-disciplinary global engineering group DRA has appointed Pierre Julien to lead the company’s global origination team as executive VP origination. With more than 22 years of senior level industry experience, Julien has been tasked with identifying and accessing new business channels, seeking... 

DRA makes top origination appointment
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA Group Holdings CEO Wray Carvelas (left) with Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer in Johannesburg.

Introduce stringent anti-emission laws – Royal Bafokeng Platinum

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2017 The South African government must introduce stringent anti-emission legislation as well as press for the platinum equivalent of the gold Kruger Rand, Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri insists. Phiri expressed dismay at the government, as custodian of the world’s major platinum endowment,... 

Introduce stringent anti-emission laws – Royal Bafokeng Platinum
Photo by Duane Daws
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri

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