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Serabi reports fatality at Brazil mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 2 hours 36 minutes ago 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... 

Sibanye blames workers not following rules as mine deaths spike

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2018 Sibanye Gold says workers failing to follow rules and procedures are largely to blame for a spike in fatal accidents at its South African operations, where 19 people have died since January. The company accounts for more than a third of the deaths in South African mines this year and faces... 

Sibanye suspends operations at Kloof mine for a day of mourning

By: African News Agency      12th June 2018 Sibanye-Stillwater said on Tuesday it had suspended mining operations at its Kloof Ikamva shaft for a day of mourning after four mineworkers died underground. Sibanye on Tuesday located the body of a fourth mineworker killed at the shaft near Westonaria, south-west of Johannesburg, following a... 

Sibanye suspends operations at Kloof mine for a day of mourning

Employee killed in fall of ground at Harmony's Bambanani mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th June 2018 An employee was killed in a fall-of-ground incident at Harmony Gold's Bambanani mine, in the Free State, on Friday morning. An investigation into the accident is under way. 

Major graphite development shows Mozambique resource potential

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Australian resources company and graphite miner Syrah Resources says the Balama graphite project is the first major resources development in Mozambique for several years, with the company, along with the Mozambique government, “demonstrating the importance of operating stability in Mozambique to... 

Major graphite development shows Mozambique resource potential
OPERATING STABILITY The Balama graphite project provides a long-term and consistent source of high-grade flake graphite

Mantashe says dept paying attention to seismicity to avoid fatalities

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday that the death-toll increase in mining accidents was a serious concern, adding that the department's Council for Geoscience (CGS) and other stakeholders were paying special attention into seismicity.  Since the beginning of 2018, a total... 

Sibanye CEO says seismic events a fact of life for South Africa mines

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Earthquakes such as the one in which seven miners died last month in South Africa are impossible to predict and a fact of life for deep level operations there, the chief executive of the mine's owner Sibanye-Stillwater said on Thursday. Precious metals producer Sibanye has been the object of... 

Seven mineworkers missing after accident in northern Mexico

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Rescuers were searching on Wednesday for seven workers who went missing in at a gold and silver mine in northern Mexico after a dam filled with liquid waste collapsed, authorities said. The accident occurred on Monday in the La Cieneguita mine operated by Minera Rio Tinto and Pan American... 

Govt creating junior miners’ fund, boosting geoscience, legitimising zama-zamas 

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2018 The government is partnering the State-owed Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to establish a junior miners’ fund that will provide exploration investment capital to black-owned emerging miners; it is also investing R20-billion in the Council for Geoscience to boost exploration as well as... 

Govt creating junior miners’ fund, boosting geoscience, legitimising zama-zamas
Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant announces junior funding at Junior Indaba, covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Two killed in abandoned mine in Morocco – agency

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Two freelance miners have died in a rockfall in an abandoned Moroccan lead mine in a region hit by protests after the similar deaths of two other miners in December, state news agency MAP said. "Two people, aged 33 and 42, were killed on Sunday after a lead gallery partially collapsed in the... 

Mining industry stakeholders pledge to do more to achieve zero harm  

By: Anine Kilian     4th June 2018 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater is concerned that a plateau has been reached in reducing fatalities in South Africa’s mining industry and believes a different and collaborative approach involving all stakeholders is needed for the industry to achieve its aspiration of zero harm. It was... 

Miner killed in accident at Sibanye's Driefontein mine

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers said on Friday a miner was killed by falling rocks at Sibanye-Stillwater's Driefontein gold mine, where seven workers died four weeks ago in a cave-in following a seismic event. Sibanye, which saw its share price sink about 28% in May, noted on... 

‘Law does not adequately protect pregnant women working in risk environments’

By: Nadine James     1st June 2018 The legislature should amend the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA) to protect pregnant employees working in risk environments, says Cliffe Dekker Hofmyer employment practice director Fiona Leppan. She says South African legislation does not provide adequate protection for pregnant women working in... 

‘Law does not adequately protect pregnant women  working in risk environments’
FIONA LEPPAN If the Unemployment Insurance Act were to be amended, it should address situations where pregnant women would be prejudiced because of the work environment – not because they are pregnant

Modular chute system to reduce safety risks, increase uptime

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st June 2018 With mining operations valuing the optimisation of their assets, and safety and uptime remaining focal points, wear solutions provider Rio-Carb has “answered the industry’s call” with the development of a new modular chute, Rio-Carb director Sias Suurd tells Mining Weekly. Developing this modular... 

Modular chute system to reduce safety risks, increase uptime
CHUTE YOUR SHOT Rio-Carb’s modular chute system reduces the risks associated with liner maintenance on chute systems

Sibanye-Stillwater shares rise on deleveraging plan

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2018 The share price of Sibanye-Stillwater rose on Thursday on the news of a deleveraging plan that explicitly excludes debt and equity raising. Prospective deleveraging options include a streaming arrangement to raise $500-million and a process inventory financial arrangement to raise a further... 

Sibanye-Stillwater shares rise on deleveraging plan
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Miners expect to weather one-day Canadian Pacific rail worker strike

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 A one-day strike by Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway engineers and conductors is not expected to have a lasting impact on Canada’s mining operations, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) said on Wednesday. Members of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) downed tools on Tuesday night following... 

Miners expect to weather one-day Canadian Pacific rail worker strike

Coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid silicosis repeat

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2018 South Africa’s coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid ending up in the same litigious space as the gold mining sector with silicosis. Earlier this month, a class action settlement was reached with thousands of mineworkers suffering from silicosis and/or... 

Coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid silicosis repeat
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Matleng chairperson Nelisiwe Magubane

Widespread cable theft requires intervention

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2018 With the prevalence of cable theft at local mine sites, and the potential health and safety implications this has, it is imperative that companies take a proactive approach and implement preventative measures, asserts industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions SA (Banding... 

Widespread cable theft requires intervention
CLAMPING DOWN The UL4000-C Ultra-Lok clamping system can reduce cable theft at mining operations by significantly increasing the time needed to remove a clamp and increasing the theft risk factor

Comprehensive package facilitates fugitive dust management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2018 Fugitive dust emissions pose risks to mining companies, surrounding communities and the receiving environment, and require proper management to mitigate their effects, and environmental management company I-CAT is well poised to do so through its comprehensive solution offering. I-CAT... 

Comprehensive package facilitates fugitive  dust management
DUST ISSUES Fugitive dust emissions are inherently part of the mining industry, owing to the nature of mining activities such as blasting and minerals processing activities

Optic fibre system ideal for essential fire prevention

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2018 Owing to the dangers and issues posed by fires in the mining industry, it is imperative that fire-detection systems be implemented and properly maintained, and fire-detection and -suppression provider ASP Fire offers a customised optic fibre system that is ideal for detection, ASP Fire CEO... 

Optic fibre system ideal for essential fire prevention
PREEMPTIVE STRIKE It is important that mining houses have fire detection and prevention systems in place to prevent lost production time and lost assets

Holistic approach championed for mine vehicle safety

18th May 2018 While great strides have been taken to improve operator safety in recent years, with new collision awareness systems likely to improve this trend, technology alone should not be a mine’s only line of defence in the goal to avoid vehicle collisions, says mine management solutions provider Modular... 

Mantashe prioritises policy, laments ‘inadequate’ budget allocation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will make policy and legislation one of its key priorities this year and has committed to finalising the Mining Charter in June, Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. Mantashe, who tabled the DMR’s Budget Vote in Parliament, listed the department’s... 

Mantashe prioritises policy, laments ‘inadequate’ budget allocation
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Injured Sibanye employees stable, one discharged from hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2018 One of the six employees who was hospitalised after sustaining injuries in a seismic-related incident at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein mine, earlier this month, has been discharged and is in good health.  

Manufacturer adds products to existing line aimed at mining industry

11th May 2018 Automotive chip manufacturer VBox Africa, a division of automotive chip installer Automotive Technology Specialists (ATS), has added a range of measurement and control products to its range that is aimed specifically at the local mining industry. By combining new hardware and software, VBox... 

Manufacturer adds products to existing line aimed at mining industry
MINE OPTIMISATION VBox Africa provides solutions for the opencast mining industry that can reduce operating costs

Autonomous mining vehicle test at SA coal mine successfully completed

By: Victor Moolman     11th May 2018 A global truck manufacturer in cooperation with multinational networking systems provider Cisco, has successfully completed a proof of concept (PoC) for autonomous mining trucks at an opencast coal mine in South Africa. Speaking at an In2IT networking event in Sandton, Johannesburg, Cisco... 

To succeed as a ‘sunrise industry’, SA mining must widen ownership, meet other challenges

11th May 2018 The following has been adapted from a chapter Towards Mining Vision 2030, by Joel Netshitenzhe, ANC NEC member and executive director of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) in a book on The Political Economy of Mining in South Africa, to be published in 2018 by Mistra. 

To succeed as a ‘sunrise industry’, SA mining must widen ownership, meet other challenges

CoM reaffirms safety view

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2018 Ensuring colleagues return home safely and unharmed at the of every day should be the industry’s upper most priority, said the Chamber of Mines (CoM) in response to the picket at its offices, on Thursday, by a small group of Congress of South African Trade Unions and National Union of Mineworkers... 

Unions to picket at chamber of mines over industry fatalities

By: African News Agency      9th May 2018 Labour federation Congress of South African Trade Unions and the National Union of Mineworkers will picket at the chamber of mines on Thursday to demand action against what they call deteriorating safety standards in the industry. In a statement, NUM said more than 33 people had been killed in... 

South African output rises as AngloGold delivers at lower cost

By: Martin Creamer     8th May 2018 The smaller South African footprint of gold-mining company AngloGold Ashanti, consisting of one underground mine and one tailings treatment operation on surface, delivered impressive first-quarter results with rising production and reduced rand-denominated costs. Production rocketed 29% at... 

South African output rises as AngloGold delivers at lower cost
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AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat)

Mines urged to prioritise safety

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2018 Mining companies should regularly scrutinise their health and safety systems to ensure these comply with the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA), law firm Webber Wentzel health and safety practice partner Ken Coster advises.  

Mines urged to prioritise safety

Ramaphosa mourns mining disaster deaths at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein operations

By: African News Agency      5th May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his sadness at the death of seven workers at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein mine near Carletonville on the West Rand in Gauteng. The death toll at the mine has risen to seven following initial reports that four workers had died. 

Ramaphosa mourns mining disaster deaths at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein operations
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