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Gold mining companies granted partial leave to appeal against certification judgment

By: Anine Kilian     24th June 2016 The South Gauteng High Court on Friday granted gold mining companies leave to appeal against a finding amending the common law in respect of general damages claims regarding the class certification judgment handed down by the court in May. It, however, refused leave to appeal on the certification... 

The MSA Group

     24th June 2016 Local mining consultancy The MSA Group provides exploration, geology, mineral resource, mining and environmental consulting solutions to a client base that includes some of the world’s largest multinational mining companies, as well as private equity and sovereign wealth funds, banks, governments... 

The MSA Group

Unsustainable use of revenue from once booming phosphate sector haunting Nauru

By: Ilan Solomons     24th June 2016 The entire topside of the island of Nauru, in Micronesia, in the Central Pacific, has largely been mined out and requires extensive rehabilitation, says Asian Development Bank (ADB) economist Roland Rajah. The tiny island nation, with a population of about 10 700 residents over 21 km2, has... 

Unsustainable use of revenue from once booming phosphate sector haunting Nauru

Analyst urges caution as lithium excites and pitfalls multiply 

By: Simon Rees     23rd June 2016 Lithium’s prospects are bright as demand from the battery sector is surging and observers believe it will only get better as more electric vehicles (EV) are produced and new energy storage solutions arise, such as Tesla’s Powerwall technology. Indeed, prices had marched higher, while... 

Analyst urges caution as lithium excites and pitfalls multiply
Photo by Reuters
Rockwood's Lithium plant on the Atacama salt flat, the largest lithium deposit currently in production, in the Atacama desert of northern Chile

Great Panther reports fatality at Guanajuatito mine

By: Samantha Herbst     23rd June 2016 A contract miner has died due to an isolated rock fall at TSX-listed silver miner Great Panther Silver’s Guanajuatito mine, in Mexico. "We feel great sadness over the loss of one of our colleagues, and we offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends," stated Great Panther president and... 

Rio Tinto iron-ore mine still offline after fatality

By: Reuters     21st June 2016 Operations remain suspended at the Channar iron-ore mine in Australia following a fatality late on Sunday, with the slack in production being picked up by other mines, majority owner Rio Tinto said on Tuesday. The fatality involved a 32-year-old man who was working on a drill rig at the time, a... 

Employee killed in accident at Harmony’s Phakisa mine

     20th June 2016 An employee has been killed in an underground rail bound related incident at Harmony Gold’s Phakisa mine, near Welkom, in the Free State. The incident occurred on Saturday. 

Rio suspends work at Channar iron-ore mine after death

By: Reuters     20th June 2016 Rio Tinto has suspended operations at its Channar iron-ore mine in Australia after a worker was killed overnight, the company said on Monday. "Operations have been suspended," a Rio Tinto spokesman said, adding that the company was working with investigators on the cause of the incident. He did... 

Rio suspends work at Channar iron-ore mine after death

Ensuring worker health yields direct, indirect benefits for mining companies – Sasol executive

By: Ilan Solomons     17th June 2016 Safe and healthy employees at all levels, operating within a culture of care and respect, create direct value through for example reduced absenteeism and through indirect benefits, such as higher levels of efficiency, morale and cooperative teamwork, says petrochemicals group Sasol mining... 

Ensuring worker health yields direct, indirect benefits for  mining companies – Sasol executive
LUCKY KGATLE For the industry to achieve the goal of zero harm, it is going to take serious leadership to create a culture where people feel cared for and respected

Lockout systems to prevent accidents and injuries

     17th June 2016 Carefully planned lockout and tagout procedures limit the risk of injuries or accidents caused by the inadvertent starting of machines or equipment while they are being serviced or maintained, says American padlock manufacturer Bearing Man Group (BMG) senior product manager Ryan Basset.  

Lockout systems to prevent accidents and injuries
PREVENT ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES Tagout devices prevent workers from unintentionally energising equipment while a maintenance job is in progress

Mpumalanga paying huge enviro price owing to poor regulation by govt departments – report

By: Ilan Solomons     17th June 2016 Mining is a destructive activity that poses significant threats to the environment, health and livelihoods. Managing these threats to avoid the violation of Constitutional rights requires strong, well-resourced and principled regulation. This is according to Cape Town-based nonprofit organisation... 

Mpumalanga paying huge enviro price owing to poor  regulation by govt departments – report
COAL COUNTRY Over the past 14 years, Mpumalanga has experienced a “proliferation” of prospecting and mining right applications, particularly for coal

Women in mining urged to overcome petty differences to achieve ‘great things’

By: Ilan Solomons     17th June 2016 Women in mining (WIM) must overcome their “petty” differences to ensure that they achieve great things in the local mining industry, states Limpopo-based copper miner Palabora Mining Company human resources development and training manager Sisiwe Mthethwa. She told delegates at training and... 

Women in mining urged to overcome petty differences  to achieve ‘great things’
UNITED STAND More needs to be done to ensure that women work together to advance themselves in the mining sector

US SEC proposes mining rules to sync with global standards

By: Reuters     16th June 2016 The top US securities regulator on Thursday proposed new requirements for what companies must disclose about their mining properties, saying the industry had undergone significant changes in recent years and had become more globalised. The proposal would align with "global standards and give... 

Peruvian mining volumes continue to grow as new president takes helm

By: Simon Rees     15th June 2016 The Peruvian mining industry is expected to spur renewed growth in the country as output grows, prices stabilise and revive, several speakers told a recent Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce economic outlook seminar. The recent Peruvian election was so close that the winner Pedro Pablo... 

Peruvian mining volumes continue to grow as new president takes helm
Photo by Reuters
Incoming Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

Big boost for South African mining as old Comro reopens  

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2016 The revitalisation of the South African mining industry through the resuscitation of research and development (R&D) is under way as an outcome of the Mining Phakisa, a strategy forged by 120 government, company, union and nongovernmental participants, who last year spent five weeks working... 

Big boost for South African mining as old Comro reopens
Photo by Creamer Media
CSIR mining manager Navin Singh

Legal discretion dogging mine safety inquiries – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2016 The only certainty about current enforcement of South Africa’s Mine Health and Safety Act is consistent uncertainty, says Webber Wentzel partner Kate Collier. Addressing a seminar on the way the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) approaches senior mine management in the aftermath of serious... 

Legal discretion dogging mine safety inquiries – Webber Wentzel
Photo by Duane Daws
Webber Wentzel partner Kate Collier

Silicosis ruling to have far-reaching implications for SA common law

By: David Oliveira     10th June 2016 The Johannesburg High Court’s decision earlier this month to give 69 mineworkers and silicosis sufferers the right to institute class action against 32 current and historical South African gold mining companies would have far-reaching implications for the country’s common law, according to law... 

Opposition to Eastern Cape mine galvanises communities to hold authorities accountable

By: Ilan Solomons     10th June 2016 Opposition to the development of a titanium mine in Xolobeni, in the Eastern Cape, by local activists has galvanised mine-effected communities to be more vigilant and conscious of mining-related activities that impact on their living conditions. This is according to social justice movement Bua... 

Opposition to Eastern Cape mine galvanises communities to hold authorities accountable
SUSTAINED OPPOSITION Many AmaDiba people have continued to oppose the project over the past three years

Zondereinde losing R13m a day, will do ‘utmost’ to protect employees

By: Ilan Solomons     9th June 2016 Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde platinum mine, in Limpopo, has not suffered direct damage to any property owing to the current unrest at the mine, however, the loss of production has been about R13-million a day. Nevertheless, Northam said it would do its “utmost” to ensure the safety of its... 

Zondereinde losing R13m a day, will do ‘utmost’ to protect employees
Photo by SAPS
Northam mine unrest

Mining’s rebirth under way – Ritchken 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2016 New joint action is being brought to bear to arrest the devastating decline of the South African mining industry, which will involve the Mining Phakisa policy intervention seeking to boost the sector by positioning it as the centrepiece within a new, cohesive mining cluster that requires... 

Mining’s rebirth under way – Ritchken
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Mining Phakisa strategist Edwin Ritchken

Situation at Zondereinde mine remains tense, police on alert

By: Ilan Solomons     8th June 2016 The management of platinum miner Northam Platinum said talks would continue with all parties – namely rival trade unions, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) – to resolve the current unrest at its Zondereinde platinum mine, in... 

Situation at Zondereinde mine remains tense, police on alert
Photo by SAPS
Northam unrest

NUM says members will not return to Northam mine until safety assured

By: Reuters     7th June 2016 Members of South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will not return to work at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine until their safety is assured after a spate of murders, a spokesperson for the union said on Tuesday. Northam suspended production at the mine on Monday after a worker was... 

NUM says members will not return to Northam mine until safety assured

Mine safety a ‘red flag’ for DMR as number of fatalities rise 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd June 2016 The number of fatalities at mines in South Africa is at risk of surpassing that of the 77 mineworkers' deaths recorded in 2015, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Friday. Addressing delegates at the National Union of Mineworkers' (NUM’s) 2016 Central Committee meeting, held in... 

Mine safety a ‘red flag’ for DMR as number of fatalities rise
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Gold miners to appeal silicosis class action ruling

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd June 2016 Mining companies African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American South Africa, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields and Sibanye Gold have filed individual applications to appeal against the class certification judgment handed down by the South Gauteng High Court on May 13. Judge Phineas Mojapelo certified the... 

Gold miners to appeal silicosis class action ruling

Air filter solution leads mining and industry expansion

By: Victor Moolman     3rd June 2016 Specialised engineering company RTS Africa has experienced significant success over the past 26 years while expanding into Mozambique and further afield in Africa. 

Air filter solution leads mining and industry expansion
MOZAMBIQUE MATTERS RTS Africa has installed several air filtration systems in Mozambique, experiencing only technical challenges related to site constraints

Black Rock taking women in mining to next level

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd June 2016 South African ferrochrome producer Assmang’s Black Rock mine, in the Northern Cape, is committed to embracing diversity in the workplace and taking women in mining (WIM) to the next level, asserted company transformation superintendent Khanyi Tshabalala. She was speaking at training and... 

Black Rock taking women  in mining to next level
ENTICING TALENT Assmang every year arranges a career exhibition for female learners from grade nine to matric to attract young females to the mining industry

Plans afoot to draw up ‘radical alternative’ to proposed Mining Charter this month

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd June 2016 Social justice movement Bua Mining Communities (BuaMC) is in discussions with “like-minded” civil society bodies throughout the country about arranging a mass meeting (the details of which have yet to be finalised) this month to draw up a People’s Mining Charter. BuaMC coordinator Joseph Magobe... 

Plans afoot to draw up ‘radical alternative’ to proposed  Mining Charter this month
WILL OF THE PEOPLE The People’s Mining Charter aims to ensure that the needs and aspirations of mine-hosting communities are taken into account

Vacuum solutions provider assists diamond industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     3rd June 2016 Heavy-duty industrial vacuum systems designer, manufacturer and supplier Hencon Vacuum Technologies is testing an automated, remote-controlled dual-vacuum unit at diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine, in Gauteng, which is expected to reduce theft. The Honeydew-based company is conducting... 

Vacuum solutions provider assists diamond industry
DAVID DE OLIVEIRA The use of Hencon Vacuum Technologies' dual vacuum system allows a tunnel to be bored without the need for immediate roof support being installed

Venetia takes safe approach to building major underground operation

By: Simon Sonnekus     3rd June 2016 Anticipating and prioritising the additional challenges and potential hazards of implementing underground mining operations at the Venetia diamond mine requires putting the necessary enablers and precautions in place over the next few years. “It is a massive operation in logistics and cooperation... 

Venetia takes safe approach to building major underground operation
OPENPIT TO UNDERGROUND Production from the underground development is expected in 2022 and the current plant will treat about 132-million tons of material, containing an estimated 94-million carats

Resources Watch  

     2nd June 2016 This week: New acid mine water process has huge agri potential in arid areas Women representation in South Africa’s mining industry now 10% And, mine closure, rehabilitation getting more attention from regulators 

Resources Watch

Detour Gold faces further charges over 2015 employee death

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st June 2016 Canadian gold miner Detour Gold and three employees have been charged with offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act following the death of an employee at the Detour Lake mine in June 2015. The 52-year-old employee was believed to have died from cyanide intoxication. 

Mining ‘most transparent’ – Corruption Watch 

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2016 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa on Monday welcomed the Corruption Watch report on transparency in corporate reporting, which found that South Africa’s most transparent companies came from the mining sector. Gold Fields, BHP Billiton and Anglo American Platinum come out tops in the report,... 

Mining ‘most transparent’ – Corruption Watch
Chamber CEO Roger Baxter

Suncor partially restarts Fort McMurray ops as Alberta wildfire grows to cover 579 946 ha

By: Henry Lazenby     30th May 2016 Even as the Alberta wildfires continued to rage out of control, oil sands major Suncor Energy announced at the weekend that it had started a safe and staged restart in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), with initial production from its Firebag in situ facility starting early last... 

Suncor partially restarts Fort McMurray ops as Alberta wildfire grows to cover 579 946 ha
Photo by Air Canada
About 300 South African firefighters have arrived in Edmonton to assist combating the Alberta wildfires

Canadian gold producer invests $11m in embattled Vantage Goldfields

By: Samantha Herbst     27th May 2016 Canadian gold producer AfroCan Resources Gold will invest $11-million over the next two months into South African gold miner Vantage Goldfields, effective June 1, following an agreement signed Friday, Vantage confirmed to Mining Weekly Online. The companies noted in a join statement that AfroCan,... 

After topping 14% in early 2015, women representation in South Africa’s mining industry now 10% 

By: Ilan Solomons     27th May 2016 Within the top 500 JSE-listed companies in South Africa, women make up 21% of the boards of these companies, which is the highest percentage of women on boards worldwide, noted volunteer nonprofit organisation Women in Mining South Africa chairperson Noleen Pauls. Pauls, who is also a geology... 

After topping 14% in early 2015, women representation  in South Africa’s mining industry now 10%
Photo by Duane Daws
NOLEEN PAULS Over the past 20 years women representation in the South African mining sector had grown from 7% to 14% at the start of 2015

Half of SA mining companies lossmaking, says Chamber of Mines

By: Ilan Solomons     27th May 2016 Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter has said the chamber’s members had experienced progressively weakening commodity prices, rapidly rising costs, falling productivity and some regulatory issues that challenged their ability to sustain operations and to maintain employment levels. “With an... 

Half of SA mining companies lossmaking,  says Chamber of Mines
WORKING HAND-IN-HAND? Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and Chamber of Mines president Mike Teke

Importance of fire-safe conveyers emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Fire is a pervasive threat to conveyor belt systems at mines and can cause substantial damage to the conveyed material, electromechanical components of the conveyor system and the belt if the necessary fire-protection systems are not in place. This can result in costly damage and downtime,... 

Importance of fire-safe conveyers emphasised
FIRE-DETECTION ESSENTIAL ASP Fire designs, installs and maintains a range of fire-detection and -suppression equipment to suit customer needs

Re-elected CoM president rejects ‘sunset industry’ tag for SA mining

By: Ilan Solomons     27th May 2016 South African mining is certainly not a sunset industry. The country’s 130-year-old gold mining sector for instance has huge potential for the future with the promising research and development into new mining methods, which itself can spawn a new set of industries, as it did 100 years ago. This... 

Re-elected CoM president rejects ‘sunset industry’ tag for SA mining
SUNSHINE SECTOR If the local mining sector follows the right approach, it will be taken in a direction that will be to the benefit of South African society more broadly
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