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Mine fatalities at lowest level ever – Ramatlhodi

By: Ilan Solomons The 84 mine fatalities recorded in 2014 were the lowest ever in South African mining history, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi revealed during a media briefing in Tshwane on Friday. Mineworker fatalities were down 10% from the 93 deaths reported in 2013. 

Mining boosts world’s poorest regions – ICMM

By: Martin Creamer The global mining industry makes its biggest contribution in the world’s poorest regions, an International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) study has found. The study, which became available in published form on Tuesday, finds that mining spurs the growth and development of national economies... 

Mining boosts world’s poorest regions – ICMM
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Anthony Hodge

Iamgold reports localised rock burst at Westwood mine, Quebec

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian gold producer Iamgold reported late Thursday that a rock burst occurred underground in the afternoon at its Westwood mine, in Quebec, causing ground fall in a confined area. While, access for four people was initially blocked, they were not injured and were able to exit the mine safely.... 

Fatality reported at AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine

By: Natasha Odendaal Stoping and development activities have been suspended at the Mponeng mine following a fatality, AngloGold Ashanti said on Thursday. A miners’ assistant was fatally injured in a fall-of-ground incident at the Carletonville-based mine on Wednesday. 

African mining investment event revitalised

By: Bruce Montiea This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba will feature a new addition to the programme – the participation of an influential global figurehead, with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair as the inaugural speaker presenting the keynote address, says Mining Indaba group marketing director Maria... 

African mining investment event revitalised
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APPEALING PROSPECTS New programme additions to this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba will highlight the emerging and most attractive investment opportunities throughout Africa

Company launches free Ebola app

Medical assistance, international healthcare and security services provider International SOS launched its free Ebola application (app) in November last year. The Ebola app is designed to help share International SOS’ medical and travel information on the deadly virus, which has claimed the lives... 

Consulting company hopes for a prosperous 2015

By: Bruce Montiea Irrespective of the general negative economic climate, long-term economic value in minerals projects can be achieved once environmental and social issues are built into a company’s strategy and not externalised, says consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting (SA). Chairperson and corporate... 

Consulting company hopes for a prosperous 2015
ROGER DIXON SRK Consulting’s strategy and policy group can facilitate collaborative engagement among mining industry stakeholders

Organisation aligns itself with industry demands

By: Bruce Montiea Recognising the trends and developments that shape the mining industry across the value chain, occupational health, safety and environmental risk management services provider NOSA aims to establish itself as a leading innovator in terms of occupational risk management in the mining sector, says... 

Organisation aligns itself with industry demands
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SAFETY FOCUS The Investing in African Mining Indaba presents an ideal opportunity to shed some light on the need for innovation in occupational risk management

Safety equipment manufacturer upbeat about 2015 prospects

By: Ilan Solomons Once pending occupational health and safety legislation is passed by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), mining companies will be compelled to implement pedestrian detection systems (PDS) technology at any site where trackless mobile machinery (TMM) systems are in use. As a result,... 

Safety equipment  manufacturer upbeat about 2015 prospects
NO COMPROMISE Mine safety is important for mining companies to prioritise and is strictly enforced by the Department of Mineral Resources

Scanners to combat diamond theft at Debswana mines

By: Ilan Solomons Botswana-based diamond mining company Debswana plans to soon start the R42.7-million installation of ten upright, full-body Scannex X-ray scanners at four of its diamond mines, in Botswana. Four scanners will be installed at security checkpoints at Jwaneng, four at Orapa and one each at the... 

Scanners to combat diamond theft at Debswana mines
DIAMOND DIGESTION Scannex is a full-body scanner with a low X-ray radiation dose that allows for quick scan time

Survey reveals safety, increasing productivity prioritised in African mining investment plans

By: Ilan Solomons Investment plans for the African mining industry are primarily geared towards improving safety and increasing productivity, states UK-based information solutions and technologies company Timetric. In a recent Timetric survey – conducted between July and September 2014 –of more than 100 key... 

Survey reveals safety, increasing productivity prioritised in African mining investment plans
INVESTING IN SAFE MINES Most miners aim to invest in new safety-focused technologies (such as fatigue management and collision avoidance/proximity detection systems)

Mining companies urged to take a stand – Divinsky Group

By: Simon Rees Mining has an image problem; it is seen by many in the public as untrustworthy, uncaring and, on occasion, unscrupulous. This is confirmed by polling data, such as the 2014 Edelman trust barometer, where mining came third from the bottom in trustworthiness. Only the chemicals and oil sectors... 

SA mine fatality at all-time low, sets positive outlook for 2015

By: Natasha Odendaal South Africa may be gaining traction on its ambitions of “zero harm” within the mining sector, with indications that the number of recorded fatalities in 2014 had reached a record low with the unofficial count at 84. In the run-up to the release, at the end of January, of the latest Department of... 

SA mine fatality at all-time low, sets positive outlook for 2015

Miner dies at KwaZulu-Natal mine

By: Sapa A mine worker died underground at a mine near Utrecht in KwaZulu-Natal, Emergency Medical Services said on Wednesday. The accident happened at around 05:00, but its cause and exactly what happened was still unknown, said spokesperson Robert Mckenzie. 

Fatality reported at Woodie Woodie

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Unlisted Consolidated Minerals has reported a fatality at its Woodie Woodie manganese mine, in Western Australia. The company reported this week that a contractor lost his life during exploration activities at a mining tenement south of the Woodie Woodie mine site. 

Union says Masimong, Eland mine fatalities preventable

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Trade union Solidarity on Monday sharply criticised the death of employees at Harmony Gold’s Masimong and Glencore’s Eland Platinum mines, stating that the fatalities could have been prevented. Harmony Gold confirmed that an employee had died in a rail-bound equipment-related accident at its... 

Mining sector poised for a bumpy 2015 as legislative uncertainty, other challenges linger

By: Jade Davenport The Chamber of Mines (CoM) is hopeful that labour stability will be achieved this year, as progress is being made in terms of stakeholder engagement, CoM president Mike Teke tells Mining Weekly. He says that the industry is moving forward in terms of engaging and creating an environment in which... 

Mining sector poised for a bumpy 2015 as legislative uncertainty, other challenges linger

Wits honours Anglo doctor for role in ARV therapy roll-out

The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) awarded an honorary doctorate to diversified miner Anglo American chief medical officer Dr Brian Brink last month for his role in the provision of antiretroviral therapy (ART) to miners. The honorary doctorate citation states that Brink was the group... 

Wits honours Anglo doctor for role in ARV therapy roll-out
BRIAN BRINK Primarily owing to the efforts of Brink, two of the country’s largest companies initiated programmes that saved many thousands of lives

Kusasalethu employee killed in fall of ground

By: Creamer Media Reporter An employee was killed in a fall-of-ground incident at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine on Tuesday evening. Investigations into the incident were under way and all development operations at the mine have been stopped. 

Shanta Gold reports fire at New Luika

By: Natalie Greve East Africa-focused Shanta Gold has reported a “fire incident” in the screening section of the recently commissioned crushing circuit of the gold processing plant at its New Luika gold mine, in south-western Tanzania. The company said on Friday that two people suffered minor injuries during the... 

Central Rand Gold raising $1.85m to boost surface mining

By: Martin Creamer London- and Johannesburg-listed gold-mining company Central Rand Gold, which is currently being courted by three Chinese suitors, is taking steps to raise $1.85-million in equity capital to boost surface mining production, bring idled underground equipment to surface and reduce staff. The focus... 

Central Rand Gold raising $1.85m to boost surface mining
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Johan du Toit

Tighter coal market in sight – Glencore

By: Martin Creamer A natural tightening of the coal market as a result of demand catching up with supply will happen in the near future, says Glencore Coal CEO Peter Freyberg. Freyberg, who was addressing Glencore’s investor day, made the point that coal is not in the same over-supply situation as iron-ore and that... 

Tighter coal market in sight – Glencore
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Peter Freyberg

Future S African mining technology investment focused on safety issues

By: Chantelle Kotze The top two areas for future technology investment in the mining sector are fatigue management and collision avoidance/proximity-detection tools, tackling daily safety issues faced by operators, reveals Research and Markets. 

Future S African mining technology investment focused on safety issues

Chamber, Parliament pledge support for govt stamp-out of illegal mining by February

By: Chantelle Kotze While it is unclear whether illegal mining in and around South African mines is on the increase or decrease, Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant was quoted in Mining Weekly in September as saying that the department wanted to see “stability” in the fight against... 

Chamber, Parliament pledge support  for govt stamp-out of illegal mining by February

Innovative technologies could help further reduce incidents at oil sands sites

By: Henry Lazenby A new report by professional services firm Visser Deloitte has found that despite injuries to workers in the oil sands sector being on the decline, adopting data analysis tools and making some cultural shifts could improve worker safety. In its report ‘Predictive Site Safety: People and Culture... 

Marmion welcomes drug raids at mines

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Western Australian Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion has welcomed a crack-down on illicit drugs at Western Australian mine sites, following the raid of two mine sites earlier this week. The Western Australian police on Tuesday raided iron-ore miner Fortescue’s Christmas Creek mine and... 

Mponeng stoping, development activities halted following fatality

By: Leandi Kolver Stoping and development activities at gold miner AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine, near Carletonville, have been suspended following the death of an employee. The deceased, a scraper winch operator, had been fatally injured in a fall-of-ground incident on Tuesday. 

IFM Section 54 notice lifted, 4 000 t of production lost

By: Leandi Kolver International Ferro Metals (IFM) on Wednesday announced that the Section 54 notice for its two ferrochrome furnaces and pelletiser has successfully been lifted following a meeting with the Department of Mineral Resources. The Section 54 notice had been issued last week following a health and... 

IFM, DMR settlement agreement made court order

By: Leandi Kolver International Ferro Metals (IFM) on Monday, in court, reached an agreement with Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), stipulating that an agreement reached by the parties last week, which allowed IFM to resume its operations following a Section 54 stoppage, remained in force. This settlement... 

IFM, DMR settlement agreement made court order

Worker killed at Jaguar Mining’s Turmalina mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter An employee was killed at TSX- and NYSE-listed Jaguar Mining’s Turmalina mine, in Minas Gerais, Brazil, on Friday. The incident occurred in the underground workings of the Turmalina mine. 

Nevsun denies Bisha human rights allegations in lawsuit

By: Creamer Media Reporter A lawsuit has been filed against Vancouver-based mining company Nevsun Resources in the British Columbia Supreme Court by three individuals who claim to have once worked with a local subcontractor at the Bisha mine, in Eritrea, on the Horn of Africa. The TSX-listed company said on Friday that the... 

Nevsun denies Bisha human rights allegations in lawsuit
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