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SA mines not resting on their laurels despite 2014 fatality figure being the lowest ever

By: Ilan Solomons The South African mining industry has made significant strides in the past 50 years to improve health and safety standards, with 2014 culminating in the lowest fatality figure ever recorded. Nonetheless, the 281 dependants of the 84 miners who were fatally injured last year remained without a... 

Director, employees on trial over 2014 Turkey colliery fire that killed 301

By: Ilan Solomons The start last week of the trial relating to the biggest recorded mine disaster in Turkey, is the first step towards justice for the victims; but enabling full accountability for the disaster will require an investigation into the State’s failure to protect workers’ right to life, says... 

Director, employees on trial over  2014 Turkey colliery fire that killed 301
Photo by Reuters
SOMA MINE DISASTER On May 13, 2014, a fire at Soma mine resulted in the deaths of 301 miners from carbon monoxide poisoning and injured about 162 others

Johnson Controls’ control software system secures platinum mines

By: Ilan Solomons One of the world’s largest producers of platinum-group metals (PGMs), in partnership with technology group Johnson Controls, has developed, piloted and implemented Johnson Controls’ P2000 X-Ray software control integration solution at its operations. The trialling of the software system was... 

Johnson Controls’ control software system secures platinum mines
P2000 X-RAY SCANNER The P2000 X-Ray software solution is helping the mining house to improve the management of its X-ray machines

SA mines not resting on their laurels despite 2014 fatality figure being the lowest ever

By: Ilan Solomons The South African mining industry has made significant strides in the past 50 years to improve health and safety standards, with 2014 culminating in the lowest fatality figure ever recorded. Nonetheless, the 281 dependants of the 84 miners who were fatally injured last year remained without a... 

SA mines not resting on their laurels despite 2014 fatality figure being the lowest ever

Skills dearth retarding mechanised mining success – Gold Fields 

By: Martin Creamer Plans being fleshed out by South Africa’s Chamber of Mines (CoM) in liaison with government for a centre of excellence were poised to take mechanised mining to the next level, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland said on Tuesday. But in the meantime, the going continued to be tough in the mechanised... 

Skills dearth retarding mechanised mining success – Gold Fields
Photo by Duane Daws
Nick Holland

RBPlat reports fatality at Styldrift

By: Creamer Media Reporter JSE-listed Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Tuesday reported a fatality at its Styldrift I project, in Rustenburg. Underground operations were suspended pending a full investigation after an Aveng contract employee, who was employed as an equipping assistant, was fatally injured in a... 

New dust buster initiative sounds potential death knell for silicosis scourge

By: Martin Creamer A spectacular new dust control system announced at a Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa conference on Monday is described as the closest the industry has come to a silver bullet to put an end to the curse of silicosis and other lung diseases that have plagued the South African mining industry... 

New dust buster initiative sounds potential death knell for silicosis scourge
Photo by Duane Daws
Terence Goodlace

Kenmare sends South African workforce home

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Titanium minerals producer Kenmare Resources has temporarily repatriated the South African members of the workforce at its Moma mine, in Mozambique. The company said in a statement on Monday that this was a precautionary measure, owing to unrest and attacks against foreign nationals working in... 

Mining companies risk competitive edge without more women on board

By: Simon Rees Canadian mining companies should have more women on their boards to sharpen their competitive edge, increase diversity and boost creativity, Patrice Merrin told an audience at the Women in Mining Toronto branch last week. Among her many roles, Merrin was currently a corporate director on the... 

Wesizwe halts Bakubung shaft development work following fatality

By: Creamer Media Reporter Shaft sinking work at the main and ventilation shafts of Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung mine, in North West, have been temporarily stopped pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of a contractor. JSE-listed Wesizwe reported on Monday that the 50-year-old contractor, who was working as... 

Glencore Coal shares its health and safety guidelines

By: Ilan Solomons Diversified mining major Glencore revealed the measures it had implemented to achieve improved health and safety standards at its coal mines in South Africa at the 2015 Coalsafe conference, which was held in Johannesburg last month. During his presentation, Glencore Coal GM Flip Kritzinger said... 

Glencore Coal shares its health and safety guidelines
FLIP KRITZINGER Glencore launched the Safe Work Programme in 2009 to ensure a safe work environment for employees

Arguments start on whether BC Supreme Court has say in Guatemalan violence suit

By: Henry Lazenby Vancouver-based Tahoe Resources on Wednesday argued in the British Columbia Supreme Court to dismiss a civil suit launched last year by seven Guatemalan protesters who were shot during a peaceful protest outside the Escobal silver/lead/zinc mine, in south-eastern Guatemala. The seven men were... 

Arguments start on whether BC Supreme Court has say in Guatemalan violence suit
Photo by Tahoe Resources
The Escobal silver/lead/zinc mine, in south-eastern Guatemala.

South Deep’s problems should ease in second half – Gold Fields

By: Martin Creamer The problems hampering the South Deep gold mine, which represents 70% of Gold Fields gold reserves, should ease in the second half of 2015. Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland said at the company’s presentation of 2014 mineral resources and reserves on Tuesday that every effort was being made to... 

South Deep’s problems should ease in second half – Gold Fields
Photo by Duane Daws
Nick Holland and Tim Rowland

R450m outstanding benefit claims paid to ex-mineworkers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt In the past year, R450-million in claims have been paid to former Southern African miners to compensate them for unpaid pension, provident fund and service-award benefits. Given that this made only a small dent in the estimated R6-billion that was owed by the Mineworkers Provident Fund (MPF),... 

R450m outstanding benefit claims paid to ex-mineworkers
Photo by Duane Daws
Bhekinkosi Moyo

Gunmen kidnap Romanian from Burkina Faso mine near Mali border

By: Reuters Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a Romanian security officer on Saturday from a manganese mining project in northern Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali's lawless desert north, the company and a security source said. The incident took place at the Tambao project, which is run by Pan African... 

Gunmen kidnap Romanian from Burkina Faso mine near Mali border

Mining-induced earthquake research in final stages

By: Bruce Montiea Research institutions, led by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Japan’s Ritsumeikan University, are in the final stages of a research project aimed at gaining a better understanding of mining-induced earthquakes.  Once the study is completed, it will assist the mining... 

Mining-induced earthquake research  in final stages
Photo by Bloomberg
SAFETY UNDERGROUND Once the research project is completed it will assist the mining industry in being better equipped to deal with the ongoing challenge of keeping their workers safe underground

SA mines benefit from sophisticated cooling methods

By: Bruce Montiea Major mining companies, such as platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and gold miner AngloGold Ashanti, are benefiting from ventilation and cooling technology provided by cooling tower manufacturer Tektower, a subsidiary of industrial cooling tower systems company Industrial Water... 

SA mines benefit from sophisticated cooling methods
COOLING TOWER Mines require sophisticated cooling methods and equipment to reduce temperatures to safe levels for workers

Parliamentary committee calls for collaboration following more illegal miner fatalities

By: Natasha Odendaal The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on Thursday called on all affected stakeholders to expose the real “kingpins” of the illegal mining sector after five alleged illegal miners were found shot dead at an abandoned mine in Benoni, Gauteng, this week. Committee chairperson Sahlulele... 

South Africa presidency receives 'Marikana massacre' inquiry report

By: Reuters South Africa's presidency said on Tuesday it had received a report on an inquiry into the police shooting of 34 striking mine workers in 2012, the deadliest security action since the end of apartheid. The inquiry, headed by retired judge Ian Farlam, was set up by President Jacob Zuma to look into... 

South Africa presidency receives 'Marikana massacre' inquiry report

Mining BEE ownership to be tested in court – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer Government, organised mining and organised labour have agreed to work collaboratively to obtain a court ruling on the crucial issue of black economic-empowerment (BEE) ownership of mines, the only sticking point of Tuesday’s Mining Charter deadline. In an interim announcement on the outcome of... 

Mining BEE ownership to be tested in court – Minister
Photo by Duane Daws
Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi (centre), chamber's Mike Teke (left) and DMR DG Dr Thibedi Ramontja

CRG shares fall as MoU due diligence deadline extended

By: Natasha Odendaal Shares in dual-listed Central Rand Gold (CRG) plunged nearly 13% on Tuesday morning after the company announced that the deadline for the sale of its Netherlands-based subsidiary would be shifted to accommodate the completion of due diligence. Prospective suitors Hiria, Shengbang Jiabo... 

CRG shares fall as MoU due diligence deadline extended

Mponeng employee killed in underground vehicle incident

Gold major AngloGold Ashanti has reported that a locomotive operator at its Mponeng mine, in Carletonville, was fatally injured in an underground vehicle incident last week. The company on Tuesday said the Department of Mineral Resources had been notified of the incident and an inspection had... 

MSA thriving on manufacturing high-quality products in current tough environment

By: Zandile Mavuso At its seventy-fifth anniversary celebration earlier this month, health and safety products manufacturer MSA Africa noted that it would continue to benefit from increased mining activity when the commodity pricing cycle improved. 

‘Industrial hotel’ facilities enable mine to focus on core business

By: Dylan Slater Outsourcing the construction and management of worker accommodation enables a mining company to fully focus on its core activity, says relocatable and modular building company Waco International CEO Stephen Goodburn. 

‘Industrial hotel’ facilities enable mine to focus on core business
BUILD, OWN, OPERATE Abacus Space Solutions provides a turnkey mine accomodation service

Electricity-slashing platinum game changer expected by December 

By: Martin Creamer The target date is the end of this year for the decision to go ahead with the commercial implementation of a paradigm shift technology that will mine and refine platinum in an integrated on-site process and use only a tenth of the electricity normally consumed. Major detail design work has... 

Electricity-slashing platinum game changer expected by December
Photo by Duane Daws
Arne Frandsen

British Columbia recognises health and safety achievements of local mines

By: Henry Lazenby The Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) this week recognised several local mining operations for their health and safety achievements at the fifty-third yearly Mine Safety Awards banquet, in the provincial capital Victoria. The awards were presented to mines and quarries within the... 

Pallinghurst shares rise on triple performance in troubled times 

By: Martin Creamer The shares of diversified mining company Pallinghurst rose by more than 4% in Johannesburg on Monday after the company reported a rise on the performance of its platinum, manganese and coloured gemstones business units during troubled times. In the 12 months to December 31, the JSE-listed... 

Pallinghurst shares rise on triple performance in troubled times
Photo by Duane Daws
Arne Frandsen

New extinguisher system eliminates need for harmful chemicals

By: David D‘ Oliveira Environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions launched its environment-friendly water-based extinguisher system EXTINGUISHmist in November last year after it had received certification from the South African Bureau of Standards. I-Cat product specialist Eugene Kleynhans explains... 

Effective CSR strategies becoming increasingly critical to project success

By: Henry Lazenby With the extractive industry these days being forced to look for viable projects in more far-flung regions, it often entails coming into contact with communities that have, in a sense, been forgotten or neglected by their own governments, potentially adding to project risk. But socioeconomic... 

Effective CSR strategies becoming increasingly critical to project success

Glencore opts for squeaky clean

By: Martin Creamer Mining and marketing giant Glencore on Thursday took the unprecedented step of signing a major human rights commitment with a top human rights body, in a bid to keep its activities beyond reproach and squeaky clean. In its latest step of many recent steps to keep the company firmly on mining's... 

Glencore opts for squeaky clean
Photo by Duane Daws
Ivan Glasenberg

Artisan enrolments decline owing to ongoing mining-sector retrenchments

By: Ilan Solomons Black-owned private artisan training academy, the Artisan Training Institute (ATI) reports that ongoing retrenchments in the mining industry are causing a downward spiral in artisan training numbers. ATI co-founder and director Sean Jones says that bookings for first year apprentices this year,... 

Artisan enrolments decline owing to ongoing mining-sector retrenchments
SEAN JONES Bookings for first year apprentices this year, at ATI, dropped by 18%
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