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Environmental News

Gold producer invests in dust pollution control

By: Chanel de Bruyn     2nd November 2007 Gold producer Harmony Gold has invested R2,5-million during the past year in an effort to control dust pollution at its Randfontein operations. 

Mining industry urged to use influence to address climate-change issues

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th October 2007 The mining industry has always had an influential position, particularly in South Africa, where it contributes significantly to gross domestic product and, for this reason, "the industry must use its position to influence its employees, its stakeholders, as well as its upstream suppliers and... 

Biodiversity study looks at responsible natural resource management

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     26th October 2007 Gold producer AngloGold Ashanti has embarked on an assessment of the biodiversity status in the company's West Wits and Vaal River operations. 

Miners should look beyond legal compliance to help ensure sustainability

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th October 2007 Sustained life on planet earth depends on individuals and companies contributing to environmental sustainability above and beyond what is legally required of them, NEPAD Business Foundation chairperson, Dr Ruel Khoza explained at this year's Nedbank Capital Green Mining Awards. 

Anglo companies shine in this year's competition

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th October 2007 Mining heavyweight Anglo American has proved that environmental sustainability is high on the agenda, as its various divisions shone at this year's Nedbank Capital Green Mining Awards. 

Rehabilitation dusts the soot off coal mining

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th October 2007 Surface and underground coal mining operations, in South Africa produces some 300-million tons a year. Impact on the environment is inevitable says research and development body Coaltech manager Johann Beukes. 

Explosives products on mines employ recycled oil

     5th October 2007 Listed member of the Omnia Group bme is applying recycled oil in its explosives products used on mines around the African continent. 

Costa Rican gold mine suspended over pollution risks

     28th September 2007 A multinational coalition of environmental and human rights organisations is calling on Canadian mining company Glencairn Gold Corporation to disclose information about suspected cyanide and metals pollution from its Bellavista gold mine in Costa Rica. 

World-standard environmental monitoring for new mining activities

By: Neal Goldwyer     21st September 2007 The South African marine-mining unit of world number-one diamond producer, De Beers Marine (DBM), has implemented an ISO14001-certified Environmental Management System (EMS) to manage the impacts of its operations and has an Environmental Management Programme Report, which is approved by the... 

Mining-right application goes in to resuscitate Golden City's old workings

By: Leandi Kolver     21st September 2007 The application is for 7 kilometers of old mine workings in the Crown Mines, Consolidated Main Reef, City Deep and Langlaagte areas. 

Research body launches projects to counter small-scale mining effects

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2007 The Small-Scale Mining and Beneficiation division of Mintek has launched a number of projects to counter the impact of small-scale and artisanal mining on the environment. 

Mining group puts its foot down on unethical clients

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2007 BRAZILIAN diversified mining group Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) - which is in the process of establishing itself in Southern Africa through its Moatize coal project in Mozambique - recently announced that it had introduced a policy of terminating (as soon as legally possible) the supply of... 

BHP Billiton takes action on climate change

     31st August 2007 The world’s largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, has committed $300-million for the next five years towards efforts to mitigate climate change as part of its revised climate change policy. 

Diamond-miner supports marine protected area development network

     24th August 2007 Earlier this year diamond producer De Beers announced its intention to cooperate with conservation organisation, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in the auditing of offshore biodiversity, the accurate mapping of threats to offshore... 

Joint venture to focus on exploration, dump retreatment and water management

By: Christy van der Merwe     24th August 2007 Gold-mining company DRDGold South Africa and ASX-listed Mintails have come together in a joint venture (JV) on the West Rand called West Wits Mining (WWM), which plans to list on the Australian Stock Exchange, with a dual listing at a later stage on the JSE. 

Gold-miner’s ‘green fingers’ grow living gold

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2007 he high-tech rose farm established by gold producer Gold Fields in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg, Living Gold, has been awarded top honours in the product of the year category at the 2006 WesBank Proudly South African (HomeGrown) Awards. 

Wetlands rehabilitation to curb mining environmental impact

By: Guy Copans     10th August 2007 Mining giant Anglo Coal has committed to rehabilitating off-site degraded wetland areas in the Upper Olifants River Catchment, as part of its Isibonelo dragline mining strip operation. An estimated R900 000 has been spent in capital to date for the work, of which R618 000 was spent on the actual... 

Mine closure plan not a substitute for environmental management

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     3rd August 2007 Mine closure considerations should be incorporated into the environmental management plan that is carried out throughout a project's life and not a substitute for sound environmental management during the life of a mine, says Reichardt and Reichardt partner Markus Reichardt. 

Miners reduce air-polluting effects

By: Dennis Ndaba     27th July 2007 Platinum major Anglo Platinum, together with the North West Air Pollution Control Forum, is committed to preventing the adverse effects arising from it operations in the North West Province, says corporate communications head Simon Tebele. 

Wonderfonteinspruit rehabilitation sets wheels in motion

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th July 2007 A year since its inception the Wonderfontein Action Group is still in the process of searching for a sustainable solution to the water and sediment pollution caused by mining and farming operations in the Wonderfonteinspruit catchment area. 

KZN river bed lining nears completion

By: Christy van der Merwe     13th July 2007 Diversified resources group Exxaro is nearing completion of the lining of the riverbed on the Hlobane mountain, near Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal, in an effort to manage the water contamination that has resulted from decades of underground coal mining activity in the area. 

Awards honour responsible mining companies

By: Chanel de Bruyn     6th July 2007 Nominations for Nedbank Capital’s second Green Mining Awards have been expanded to recognise African, and not only Southern African, mining companies for their contribution to sustainability and the environment. 

Mine-linked tourism potential should not be overlooked

By: Dennis Ndaba     6th July 2007 South Africa has a heritage of conservation and mining, which, if promoted together, can encourage tourism. 

South Africa seen as pivotal source of uranium supply

By: Neal Goldwyer     29th June 2007 South Africa has the capability, the mindset and the infrastructure to make the country a major player in the uranium market, says Nufcor International CEO Charles Scorer. 

Platinum miners fall short in social responsibility - report

By: Matthew Hill     26th June 2007 A report released on Monday by the Bench Marks Foundation said that platinum miners operating around the Rustenburg area were having a far worse impact on the surrounding communities and environment than had previously been reported. 

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