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"Incident" reported at Barrick gold mine in Argentina

By: Reuters     29th March 2017 An incident was reported at Barrick Gold's Veladero mine, in Argentina, late on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the San Juan provincial government said on Wednesday without offering details. Barrick declined to comment immediately. The provincial government spokesperson said an official statement... 

Pallinghurst turns $45m profit, upbeat on 2017, mulling options

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2017 Diversified mining company Pallinghurst, which made $45-million profit in 2016, is upbeat on 2017. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company spoke of all three of its business platforms being well positioned for further growth and value-unlock. 

Pallinghurst turns $45m profit, upbeat on 2017, mulling options
Photo by Duane Daws
Pallinghurst CEO Arne Frandsen and chairperson Brian Gilbertson at JSE listing ten years ago this year.

Randgold hoists dividend 900% in ten years

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2017 Gold mining company Randgold Resources on Tuesday reaffirmed its intention to increase its final dividend for the year ended December 31, 2016. Since its first dividend in its 2006 financial year, the yearly dividends have increased by 900% over the ten-year period. 

Randgold hoists dividend 900% in ten years
Photo by Duane Daws
Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow

11 killed in two gold mine accidents in central China – Xinhua

By: Reuters     27th March 2017 Accidents at two neighbouring gold mines in central China's Henan province killed 11 people on Friday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing local authorities. Thick smoke engulfed a pit at the Qinling gold mine of China National Gold Group in Lingbao City on Friday morning, trapping... 

Govt to ‘amend and relax’ laws for small-scale miners in bid to combat illegal mining

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2017 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) –  The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will “amend and relax” some of its conditions in issuing mining permits to small-scale miners, Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Friday. The Deputy Minister was speaking following the conclusion... 

Govt to ‘amend and relax’ laws for small-scale miners in bid to combat illegal mining
Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant

Digitalising underground drilling

     24th March 2017 Digitalisation will improve drilling accuracy and cycle times, and reduce operation costs by improving the efficiency of the drilling and bolting phase, says global engineering group Sandvik. “Drilling as planned, with accurate visual information, leads to continuous improvement across the whole... 

Digitalising underground drilling
DIGITAL DRILLING Sandvik AutoMine compatible underground offering allows customers to significantly upgrade their operations’ productivity and safety

Drilling operations achieve impressive safety records

     24th March 2017 Two underground diamond drilling sites operated by mining industry services provider Rosond have achieved five years of ‘zero harm’. Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplat’s) Dishaba mine, previously known as Amandelbult before being split into Dishaba and Tumela, near Thabazimbi, in... 

Drilling operations achieve impressive safety records
RISKY BUSINESS Underground diamond drilling has many hazards and the possibility for a serious accident is high

Five PhD students graduate from Wits mining engineering school

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 Building on its focus of high-level research and innovation for the mining sector, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering has had another productive year with the graduation of five doctoral students.  

Five PhD students graduate from Wits mining engineering school
JANA JACOB Wits School of Mining Engineering student Jana Jacob researched how new methods of quantifying exploration risks can be developed in the absence of hard data

Greater demand for credible, local testing spurs growth

By: Johane Turkstra     24th March 2017 Local environmental laboratory X-Lab Earth Science plans to expand its support for air-quality testing companies servicing the mining and minerals industry as demand grows for accredited data analysis in this sector. X-Lab MD Quentin Hurt attributes the increasing demand for its services to... 

Greater demand for credible, local testing spurs growth
INTEREST GROWING There has been a substantial interest in air quality testing as there have been numerous high-profile issues that have developed around South Africa

Qld steps up support in battle against black lung

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 Queensland coal miners have been promised additional support from the state government, to battle the ongoing coal workers pneumoconiosis (CWP), or black lung, epidemic. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace on Thursday said that since the reemergence of black lung, the Queensland state... 

Qld steps up support in battle against black lung

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers embark on illegal strike action

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2017 No employees reported for their day shifts at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, on Thursday, with the gold miner saying this is in retaliation for the suspension of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) branch leadership who had encouraged an earlier go-slow... 

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers embark on illegal strike action
Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp

Savage River contractor killed in 'serious safety incident'

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th March 2017 Magnetite miner Grange Resources has suspended share trading following a fatality at its Savage River mine, in Tasmania. The miner on Monday said a specialist contractor had been involved in a "serious safety incident" at the Savage River mine’s North pit on Friday, with reports stating that the... 

Teranga employee dies at Sabodala plant

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2017 An employee of TSX- and ASX-listed Teranga Gold has been killed at the company’s Sabodala gold mine, in Senegal, West Africa. The Toronto-headquartered company reported that Moussa Cissokho, who has been working at Sabodala since 2011, died on Friday while working in the process plant. 

Mineral sands merger to facilitate next phase of growth

     17th March 2017 The merger between mineral sands resources companies Sierra Rutile and Iluka demonstrates that Sierra Leone is open for business and able to attract investment from high-profile multinational companies that are keen to participate in the development and growth of the country, says former Sierra... 

Mineral sands merger to facilitate next  phase of growth
PROGRESSING OPERATIONS Iluka expects to invest about $60-million over the next two years to expand on recent improvements to Sierra Rutile’s operations

Mining deaths up 31% since January

By: Ilan Solomons     17th March 2017 South African Colliery Management Association (Sacma) president Kevern Mattison has called for a “revolutionary step change” to achieve the mining industry’s goal of achieving ‘zero harm’. He highlighted that the local mining industry had to become “sexy, attractive and funky” to ensure that this... 

Mining deaths up 31% since January
MTHOKOZISI ZONDI There has been a 31% year-on-year increase in the number of fatalities recorded between January 1 and March 6, this year compared to the same period in 2016

Surface miner proves its mettle in S Africa trials

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Mining and construction services provider Wirtgen South Africa has successfully finalised trials of its 2200 SM surface miner at three coal mines, in Mpumalanga, where the capabilities of the machine were tested under local mining conditions, proving that it is a viable alternative to opencast... 

Surface miner proves its mettle in S Africa trials
MULTIPURPOSE MINER The 2200 SM surface miner can separate thin coal seams, and cut, crush and load coal ore in one operation

Magara seizes Lonmin COO opportunity as he grasps low-price nettle 

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2017 It’s 7 am. Ben Magara walks in bang on time for our interview. He left home at 4.15 am to be in the gym at 5 am and the office at 6 am. He has a nice spring in his step as he tells me that he has grasped the COO opportunity in addition to his role as CEO of platinum mining company Lonmin,... 

Magara seizes Lonmin COO opportunity as he grasps low-price nettle
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

Form partnerships and seek community acceptance, mines urged

By: Ilan Solomons     10th March 2017 Forming partnerships and social acceptance by communities are the two key factors miners need to ensure to promote sustainability in the mining industry, says University of Cape Town Department of Chemical Engineering Minerals to Metals Initiative chief research officer Professor Jennifer... 

Form partnerships and seek community acceptance, mines urged
PERCEPTION PROBLEMS Anti-mining lobbyists argue that mining companies purposefully divide communities and 'corrupt' their leaders to ensure that mining projects receive local endorsement

Delayed legislation stopping mining from firing on all cylinders – Exxaro 

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2017 South Africa’s economic growth remains inadequate to drive the changes required for the country’s socioeconomic challenges and the continued delay in the promulgation of key minerals legislation is deterring the investment required to make South Africa’s mining industry fire on all cylinders,... 

Delayed legislation stopping mining from firing on all cylinders – Exxaro
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer reports on Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo’s presentation of financial results. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer 9.03.2017

Coal industry expresses concern over fatalities

By: Ilan Solomons     9th March 2017 South African Colliery Management Association (Sacma) president Kevern Mattison has called for a “revolutionary step change” to achieve the mining industry’s goal of achieving ‘zero harm’. The plea came as Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) acting chief inspector of mines Mthokozisi Zondi on... 

Coal industry expresses concern over fatalities
Photo by Ilan Solomons
Sacma president Kevern Mattison

Merafe hits high spots with record results

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2017 Ferrochrome company Merafe Resources on Tuesday reported record production, record revenue and a major jump in headline earnings in the 12 months to December 31. Production hit the 393 000 t mark, revenue lifted to R5.7-billion, headline earnings a share soared 53% to 21.2c, safety improved and... 

Merafe hits high spots with record results
Photo by Duane Daws
Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala

Stakeholder engagement key to African development success

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2017 Capital for development ebbs and flows with global economic cycles, pushing to the fore the need for long-term regulatory security when it comes to multinational miners developing projects in Africa, said Ashanti Gold CEO and director Tim McCutcheon during a panel discussion on Africa’s mining... 

Stakeholder engagement key to African development success

Rising mining fatalities disconcerting – Solidarity

By: Anine Kilian     6th March 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Monday expressed concern about the rise in fatalities in the mining industry in the first two months of this year. This comes after the latest provisional statistics for January 1 to February 27 showed an increase in fatalities to eight, from five in the first two months... 

West African gold mine signs solar power agreement

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2017 West African gold mine Iamgold Essakane has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with renewable-energy providers in a move that will cut its diesel use and lower its carbon footprint.  EREN Renewable Energy and its partner African Energy Management Platform (AEMP) on Monday announced that... 

West African gold mine signs solar power agreement
Solar power project at Iamgold Essakane in Burkina Faso

In world first, MAC members commit to voluntary principles on security and human rights

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd March 2017 Members of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) on Thursday committed to implementing the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) – a world first for a mining association. The VPs were created in 2000 to help extractive sector companies balance the obligation to respect human... 

Anglo exceeds target as 2016 net debt declines to $8.5bn

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd March 2017 Diversified miner Anglo American is this year seeking an additional $1-billion in incremental net cost and volume improvements, while also aiming to return to an investment-grade credit rating and resume dividend payments. The group has already identified 75% of these targeted net cost and volume... 

Anglo exceeds target as 2016 net debt declines to $8.5bn
FOCUSED CAPITAL Anglo American is aiming to have capital expenditure maintained at $2.5-billion and stay-in-business capital increased to $1.2-billion in 2017

Facilitating investor support ahead of upturn in cautious market

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 The main goal of the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba was to help position businesses in industry to take advantage of the expected market upturn by securing investor support, event organiser Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose tells Mining Weekly. 

Facilitating investor support ahead of upturn in cautious market
HEART OF DEALMAKING The Investing in African Mining Indaba provides a platform for mining companies to communicate their objectives with investors

Proactive healthcare can yield a return on investment for miners

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 Cost containment is one of the key drivers for mining companies in the current economic climate, causing medical and healthcare services to become reactive purchases, according to medical and healthcare service provider International SOS medical director Dr Charl van Loggerenberg, who spoke to... 

Proactive healthcare can yield a return on investment for miners
NOT GRUDGE PURCHASE There are tangible benefits in investing in a healthcare strategy

New minerals head appointment sets cat among mining pigeons 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2017 The Chamber of Mines said on Thursday that it had been caught by surprise by the appointment of the new director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). While the chamber acknowledged that the appointment of the director-general was the prerogative of the Minister, it believed that... 

New minerals head appointment sets cat among mining pigeons
Photo by Duane Daws
Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter with Senior Public Affairs Executive Tebello Chabana

Employee dies in converyor belt incident at Exxaro’s Matla mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed concern about the number of fatalities occurring in the mining industry, after an employee at Exxaro’s Matla mine Shaft 2, Sibongiseni Majozi, was killed in a conveyor belt-related incident on Tuesday. "We are concerned that these fatalities... 

Cabinet discusses new minerals director-general, mine water and mine town steps

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2017 The Cabinet this week endorsed the appointment of Advocate Thabo S Mokoena as the new director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), a position that has been vacant for more than a year, and also approved the gazetting of a draft mine water management policy for public comment, as... 

Cabinet discusses new minerals director-general, mine water and mine town steps
Eastern Basin acid mine drainage plant in Springs

Acid mine drainage in Wits basins comes under the spotlight in new book

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 A research-based book, titled, Acid Mine Drainage in South Africa, which focuses on acid mine drainage (AMD) within the Western, Central and Eastern basins of the broader Witwatersrand basin, was launched at Unisa’s Muckleneuck campus, in Pretoria, earlier this month.  

Acid mine drainage in Wits basins comes under the spotlight in new book
BOOK LAUNCH Suvania Naidoo (third from left) with some of the key role players of her new book on acid mine drainage

Fatality figures falling each year as SA mining sector targets 'zero harm'

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 As the yearly recorded number of mining injuries and fatalities continues to decrease, albeit at a slower pace in 2016, compared with previous years, the focus of the industry shifts once again to renewed efforts to bring the number of fatalities to zero.  

Fatality figures falling each year as SA mining sector targets 'zero harm'

Ending mine fatalities most pressing 2017 priority – AngloGold

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2017 The first and most pressing of AngloGold Ashanti’s key 2017 priorities is to put an end to mine fatalities by improving workplace conditions and bettering legal compliance, AngloGold Ashanti chief operating officer South Africa Chris Sheppard said on Tuesday, when the company posted stunning... 

Ending mine fatalities most pressing 2017 priority – AngloGold
Photo by Duane Daws
AngloGold COO South Africa Chris Sheppard

Rock-drill operator dies at Lonmin’s K3 shaft

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2017 An investigation is under way after a rock-drill operator died and two other employees were injured in an incident at dual-listed Lonmin’s K3 shaft on Friday. Lonmin on Tuesday said a preliminary investigation indicated that the incident was possibly the result of the rock-drill operator drilling... 

Free cash rockets to $278m, dividend resumed – AngloGold

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2017 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti will resume dividends after lower operating and interest costs helped it nearly double free cash flow to $278-million on lower production. In the 12 months to December 31, AngloGold Ashanti produced 3.6-million ounces of gold across its 17-mine portfolio at a... 

Free cash rockets to $278m, dividend resumed – AngloGold
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglogold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan ‘Venkat’ Venkatakrishnan

Pan African shares fall on fatality-linked mining suspension at Evander

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2017 The share price of Pan African Resources fell by more than 8% in early trade on Monday after the company issued a stock exchange news service notice announcing a fatality-linked 55-day mining suspension of the Evander shafts where studies recently identified critical infrastructure issues... 

Pan African shares fall on fatality-linked mining suspension at Evander
Photo by Duane Daws
Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots

CuDeco to update Rocklands health, safety management system as ops suspended

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th February 2017 Operations at the Rocklands copper mine, in Queensland, have been temporarily suspended by order of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, pending the submission of an updated safety and health management system. ASX-listed CuDeco said on Monday that a desktop audit by the Queensland... 

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