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Miner Trevali reports worker death at Burkina Faso mine

By: Reuters     9th August 2018 Zinc miner Trevali Mining Corp said on Thursday an accident at its Perkoa Mine in Burkina Faso resulted in the death of a worker. The miner was hired by a contractor, the company said. 

Govt must play role in limiting large-scale retrenchment – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2018 Government must play a role in limiting large-scale retrenchment in the platinum sector by potentially incentivising companies to curb job loss. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has objected strongly to the retrenchment plans of Impala Platinum in particular and Royal Bafokeng Platinum... 

Govt must play role in limiting large-scale retrenchment – RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater

Heavy-handed laws not needed to transform mining – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2018 The growth of the once small community-based Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) into the fully fledged mining company that it is today, provides ample evidence that transformation is best served by collaborative partnerships rather than heavy-handed laws. “Anglo American Platinum have been an... 

Heavy-handed laws not needed to transform mining – RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater

Voorspoed diamond mine to close after search for bidder fails 

By: Martin Creamer     31st July 2018 The Voorspoed diamond mine in the Free State is scheduled to close by year-end if the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is unable to secure, in the next 30 days, a suitable bid that will set the seal on the employment and community support that this Kroonstad-area mine provides. The decision... 

Voorspoed diamond mine to close after search for bidder fails
De Beers Consolidated Mines CEO Phillip Barton outlines the Voorspoed mine closure plans to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing. Darlene Creamer.

Anglo draws line in sand for thermal coal

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2018 Anglo American has drawn a line in the sand for its thermal coal portfolio. With 14 more years of life in existing assets, the company made it clear this week that it would engage in incremental expansion where it made sense, but not in long-term growth projects. Anglo has halved its footprint in... 

Anglo draws line in sand for thermal coal
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Anglo CE Mark Cutifani

SA needs passive fire protection

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 Safety in mining is a high priority in South Africa, and the country needs to adopt stricter regulations regarding passive fire protection systems, says global technologies company Hilti South Africa mining, business development manager Hector Cerdio. More awareness should also be created... 

SA needs passive fire protection
FIRESTOP BARRIER Hilti South Africa was awarded new contracts this year to provide passive fire protection solutions, including the firestop, for several South African mining majors

Company meets stringent fire and explosives safety requirements

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 The increasing demand for strict fire and explosion protection in the hazardous areas of mining has led specialist manufacturer and designer of flameproof diesel engine systems Elgin Flameproofing to introduce the new Elgin 112TR tow tractor model for underground coal mining applications. The... 

Company meets stringent fire and explosives  safety requirements
MODIFIED The newly modified Elgin 112TR flameproofed tractor was officially launched in May

Miners prefer water mist technology as fire suppression system

27th July 2018 Mining contractors are under pressure from mining companies to have their machines fitted with fire prevention systems, says Southern African distributor of Swedish company Fogmaker International's water-mist fire protection system, Fogmaker South Africa MD John Russell. “When it comes to... 

Miners prefer water mist technology as fire suppression system
PREFERRED TECHNOLOGY Fogmaker's triple action fire-suppression system uses high-pressure water mist to suppress fire and cools down compartments to prevent reignition

Proactive measures needed to mitigate fire incidents in mining

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 Fire incidents in mining operations occur every day because of poor maintenance and components that have reached the end of their life span, says environmental solutions company I-CAT fire division head Andro Gibhard. However, he says vehicles catching fire – the most common fire incident in... 

Proactive measures  needed to mitigate fire  incidents in mining
FIRE PREVENTION Mining companies can put preventative measures in place, such as a good maintenance regime, to prevent fire damage

644 workers rescued after fire at Gold One’s Modder East mine

By: Schalk Burger     26th July 2018 An early morning rescue operation on Wednesday saw 644 miners, who were underground when a fire broke out at miner Gold One’s Modder East operations, brought to the surface. All the employees evacuated to the mine's refuge bays from where they were rescued. 

Minerals Council to launch national safety and health day campaign

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 In light of the growing number of fatalities in South African mines, the Minerals Council South Africa plans to launch a national campaign of Safety and Health Days in Mining, in mid-August. The Minerals Council on Wednesday said its board is deeply disappointed, concerned and saddened by the... 

Minerals Council to launch national safety and health day campaign
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Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo

CSIR unveils technologies to enhance mine safety

By: Nadine James     24th July 2018 It is unlikely that the mining industry will attain its goal of zero harm by 2020 and, as such, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has revealed some of the mine safety technologies it is developing and looking to commercialise. Speaking at the Mandela Mining Precinct, on... 

CSIR unveils technologies to enhance mine safety
Photo by Nadine James
The Monster safety inspection robot

Worker killed in fall-of-ground incident at Harmony's Tshepong mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th July 2018 An employee at Harmony Gold's Tshepong mine, in Welkom, has died in a fall-of-ground incident on Thursday. An investigation into the incident is under way. 

Union calls for mine bosses to be prosecuted for deaths of mineworkers 

By: African News Agency      17th July 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday called for mine bosses to be prosecuted for the deaths of six miners in Limpopo at the Phalaborwa Mining Company's copper mine. The men died after they became trapped underground when a fire broke out in the early hours of... 

R2.6bn boost for platinum demand

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2018 Platinum demand received a R2.6-billion boost on Tuesday when South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) joined forces with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to promote the development of innovative and competitive technological uses of platinum-group metals (PGMs). By each... 

R2.6bn boost for platinum demand
From left are PIC executive head: project development Sholto Dolamo; AP Ventures partner Kevin Eggers, AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly and Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith.

Ramaphosa talks tough on mine safety, says to engage tribal chiefs on land

By: Reuters     17th July 2018 South Africa will tighten its mine safety regulations to hold mine operators accountable for accidental deaths in the industry, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday. Safety is a huge issue in South Africa’s deep and dangerous mines and increasingly a focus for investors. A spate of deaths at... 

Six die in underground fire at Palabora copper mine  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 Mining company Palabora Copper confirmed on Monday that six people have died at its copper mine in Phalaborwa, following a fire that broke out at its underground conveyor belt operation during the early hours of Sunday.  

Company distributes boosters for use in rescue services

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 High pressure breathing air compressor supply company Coltri Compressors South Africa became the sole distributer of the MPS Booster pump for booster pump manufacturer MPS Technology in Southern Africa which is marketing it to emergency medical services (EMS) for underground rescues. The MPS... 

Company distributes boosters for use in rescue services
SLEEK DESIGN The smaller, more compact MPS Booster pump can be taken anywhere in its specially designed hard explorer case

IoT, new technologies can solve challenges, increase competitiveness

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Although the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating “a huge wave” in Africa, as smart connected devices are being deployed at mines, there is further potential for smart devices and IoT to positively impact on mining operations in Africa, says pan-African law conglomerate Centurion Law Group CEO NJ... 

IoT, new technologies can solve challenges, increase competitiveness
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NEW TECHNOLOGY African mines can implement the Internet of Things to improve efficiencies and increase their competitiveness

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction

By: Dylan Slater     13th July 2018 Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by... 

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction

Joburg to host ‘safe drilling’ event this month

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 The DrillSafe initiative will host its inaugural Drill Safe Drill Rig & Safety Innovation Forum at the Glen Hove Conference Centre, in Johannesburg, on July 20.  The forum will explore innovations in to drilling equipment and the exploration work environment, explains DrillSafe founder and Colin... 

Joburg to host ‘safe drilling’ event this month
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SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT Colin Rice notes that almost every accident in an exploration drilling environment is related to human error

Fatality-free Pan African sparkles on lower-cost, longer-life prospects

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2018 Pan African has repositioned itself as a lower-cost, longer-life gold mining company that is guiding production of 170 000 oz of gold in the 12 months to June 30 next year. The Aim- and JSE-listed company saw its Barberton Mines commendably achieve a million fatality-free shifts and help the... 

Fatality-free Pan African sparkles on lower-cost, longer-life prospects
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Pan African CEO Cobus Loots

Turkish court jails executives over 2014 coal mine disaster

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 A Turkish court sentenced five mining executives to up to 22 years in jail on Wednesday for their role in the coal mine disaster in May 2014 that killed 301 people, the ruling showed. The deaths were caused by a fire that swept through the mine in the town of Soma, 480 km south of Istanbul. It... 

Turkish court jails executives over 2014 coal mine disaster
A mining helmet and carnations are seen placed on the ground by demonstrators during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the 2014 Soma mining disaster in western Turkey.

Kusasalethu employee killed in fall-of-ground incident

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2018 An employee was killed in a fall-of-ground incident at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine, in Carletonville, on Tuesday morning. An investigation into the accident is under way. 

Occupational disease prevention campaign launched

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 Workplace health and safety compensation funds Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA), Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company and the Department of Labour Compensation Fund, as well as the Department of Mineral Resources, on Thursday launched the Occupational Disease Prevention Campaign, in... 

Kropz eyeing dual listing

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2018 Emerging plant nutrient producer Kropz is eyeing a dual listing on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange in addition to seeking admission to trade on the Aim in London, where it intends raising equity capital to fund the completion of its advanced-stage phosphates project in South Africa, cut debt... 

Kropz eyeing dual listing
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Kropz CEO Ian Harebottle

Class action lawsuit filed against South Africa's Sibanye-Stillwater following fatalities 

By: Reuters     28th June 2018 A US law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against South African miner Sibanye-Stillwater on behalf of shareholders to recover losses suffered after a spate of deaths at its mines triggered a sharp fall in its share price. Bernstein Liebhard said in a statement the suit would deal with... 

Class action lawsuit filed against South Africa's Sibanye-Stillwater following fatalities

Ongoing fuel cell developments kindle hope for platinum demand 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2018 Ongoing hydrogen fuel cell developments across the globe are kindling hope for an eventual significant increase in platinum demand. This month alone, Hyundai Auto Canada took part in the official opening of Canada's first retail hydrogen fuelling station operated by Shell and Hydrogen Technology... 

Ongoing fuel cell developments kindle hope for platinum demand
Photo by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Shell hydrogen GM Oliver Bishop fuels a fuel cell Hyundai in Vancouver.

Employee killed in incident at Sibanye's Khomanani mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2018 An employee has been killed in an accident at JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater's Khomanani mine, at the Driefontein operation. "For reasons still to be determined, he entered a scraper path and was caught by the scraper. 

Lungu refuses to fire Minister following Zambian mining tragedy

By: African News Agency      21st June 2018 Zambian President and leader of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party Edgar Lungu, has turned a deaf ear to calls for the Minister of Mines Richard Musukwa to be fired following Wednesday’s mining tragedy when at least ten miners were buried alive after the collapse of a mine dump in Zambia's... 

Serabi reports fatality at Brazil mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Dual listed Serabi Gold on Wednesday reported that a worker had died in a mining accident at its Sao Chico mine, in Brazil. The accident, which happened during the weekend, involved the operation of one of the underground loading machines. 

Sibanye-Stillwater appoints safety exec, to fund study to enhance risk management

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Following a spate of fatalities at its South African mines this year, Sibanye-Stillwater has committed to funding an independent study, to be conducted by a visiting academic at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), with the aim of developing practical recommendations for enhancing risk... 

Sibanye-Stillwater appoints safety exec, to fund study to enhance risk management

New mechanisms launched to help former mineworkers claim in landmark silicosis case

By: African News Agency      20th June 2018 A new website and a Facebook page was launched on Tuesday in a bid to assist former mineworkers and their dependents who may be entitled to compensation that have made provisions for a Trust Fund to pay mineworkers who contracted silicosis or TB at work. The historic R5 billion settlement was... 

New mechanisms launched to help former mineworkers claim in landmark silicosis case

Mines chief inspector compiling report on Sibanye-Stillwater accidents – Mantashe

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 The acting chief inspector of mines is compiling a report on all accidents that occurred at Sibanye-Stillwater mining operations since the beginning of this year, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Sunday. "This will enable us to take appropriate action, guided by the Mine Health... 

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

Body of missing Sibanye employee recovered

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 Mine rescue teams have located and retrieved the body of the fifth employee that went missing at Sibanye-Stillwater's Kloof Ikamva mine. "The bodies of all five employees who entered an abandoned area on Monday have now been recovered and sadly five colleagues lost their lives in this tragic... 

Mining companies combating malaria scourge – ICMM

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2018 Mining companies are taking firm steps to help combat the scourge of malaria, which affects 3.3-billion people worldwide and kills a child every 30 seconds. International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) health, safety and product stewardship director John Atherton reports that: 

Mining companies combating malaria scourge – ICMM
International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) health, safety and product stewardship director John Atherton.

Search for fifth miner continues at Sibanye Kloof mine

By: African News Agency      13th June 2018 The search for the fifth mineworker trapped underground continues at Sibanye-Stillwater Kloof mine, the company said on Wednesday.  Sibanye confirmed late Tuesday that the body of a fourth worker had been retrieved from the abandoned stope ore pass by the specialised proto teams after it was... 

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