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Flooding in Colombia coal mine killed 12, officials say

By: Reuters     Updated 1 hour 8 minutes ago Twelve miners were killed in a flooded underground coal mine in northeastern Colombia, the world's fourth-largest exporter of the mineral, local officials and rescue workers said on Friday. Flooding in the mine, located in the Amaga municipality in Antioquia, a region that has been the site of... 

Harmony shuts Kusasalethu after illegal miners cause fire

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 2 hours 17 minutes ago Gold miner Harmony Gold has closed its Kusasalethu mine for two weeks, as it takes a stance against the scourge of illegal miners after a fire – the third this month – threatened the safety and health of mineworkers. The fire, believed to have been started on Thursday by illegal miners, had... 

Harmony shuts Kusasalethu after illegal miners cause fire
Photo by Duane Daws
Harmony CEO Graham Briggs

Mining ops continue unfettered despite Burkina Faso civil unrest

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian gold miners with operations in Burkina Faso on Thursday said despite the declared state of emergency, their operations were continuing uninterrupted. Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore had declared a state of emergency following violent protests in the capital that saw demonstrators... 

Mining ops continue unfettered despite Burkina Faso civil unrest

Mine productivity down 7% last year as greater depths, tricky orebodies and labour unrest take toll

By: Chantelle Kotze As the latest statistics from Productivity SA show that labour productivity in the mining sector fell almost 7% last year, mine management urgently needs a long-term vision for an operating environment that will improve output per worker, consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting chairman Roger... 

Mine productivity down 7% last year as greater depths,  tricky orebodies and labour unrest take toll
ROGER DIXON While machines and systems are vital to better productivity, so is the health of the workers themselves

Wits CMMS to host rock cutting technology course

By: Chantelle Kotze The University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) will host a rock cutting technology course focused on hard rock boring and coal mining applications next month. 

Wits CMMS to host rock cutting technology course
Photo by Duane Daws
DECLAN VOGT The use of machinery to create dramatic improvements in safety by eliminating risk exposure is the primary route the industry should pursue with greater vigour than before

Motsepe Foundation, ARM donate $1m to Guinea Ebola fund 

By: Leandi Kolver Motsepe Foundation founder and African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson and founder Patrice Motsepe has donated $1-million to Guinea’s Ebola Fund on behalf of the organisations. This donation, for which regulatory approval was received on Friday, would assist Guinea with clinical... 

Motsepe Foundation, ARM donate $1m to Guinea Ebola fund
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Patrice Motsepe

Bristow lauds Mali govt’s action on containing Ebola

By: Natalie Greve Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow has lauded the “high level of alertness and careful planning” by the Malian authorities that enabled the government to act swiftly to identify, treat and contain the country's first confirmed case of Ebola. Randgold owns and operates the Morila, Loulo and... 

Importance of developing cutting-edge mining technology stressed

By: Chantelle Kotze The future of mining through the eyes of the next generation places importance on working towards ensuring a sustainable future, by means of developing cutting edge mining technology and finely honed skills. 

Importance of developing cutting-edge  mining technology stressed
LOOKING FORWARD Developing cutting edge mining technology and relevant skills is important in ensuring productive future mines

Simulator training reduces fuel consumption, tyre wear and risk

By: Dylan Slater Australia-based equipment training simulator company Immersive Technologies’ vehicle simulator training is assisting mine-vehicle operators, especially those working at opencast mining operations, in ensuring that they are shifting gears properly, using their vehicles’ full braking capability and... 

Simulator training reduces fuel consumption, tyre wear and risk
COMPREHENSIVE RANGE Many well-known mining vehicle brands and models are available to train operators through Immersive Technologies’ simulators

BC tables amendment to Mine Act allowing more time to investigate, charge offenders

By: Henry Lazenby The British Columbia government on Thursday tabled proposals to amend the provincial Mines Act to give investigators and Crown Counsel more time to investigate violations under the Act and bring charges if necessary. Energy and Mines Minister and Minister Responsible for Core Review Bill Bennett... 

Wesizwe reports first fatality at Bakubung

By: Natasha Odendaal Work on the shaft sinking operations on the main and ventilation shafts at the Bakubung platinum mine site, in Rustenburg, was suspended after Wesizwe on Monday reported its first fatality. A contractor employed as a jumbo operator was fatally injured on October 17 during the shaft sinking... 

Portfolio committee ‘concerned’ by illegal mining in KZN

By: Natalie Greve The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources says it is concerned about the scale of illegal coal mining at a derelict mine in Osizweni, outside Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal. Committee chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo said during a meeting with entities of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) –... 

Renewable energy a tough sell for prospective RoF developers

By: Henry Lazenby Among the many challenges facing as many as 20 mining companies holding claims in the Ring of Fire (RoF) mineral region of Northern Ontario, the most significant might be the limited infrastructure. However, besides having to deal with exploration, project planning, First Nations negotiations and... 

Renewable energy could open door to social licence for new mines in RoF 

By: Henry Lazenby A poll released on Thursday revealed that First Nations living in the remote far northern reaches of Ontario, including near the latent Ring of Fire minerals-rich district, would be more agreeable to allow mining projects to take root near their communities if the mines were to make use of... 

Renewable energy could open door to social licence for new mines in RoF

R50m virtual reality centre set to revolutionise mine design

By: Martin Creamer The University of Pretoria’s new virtual reality mine design centre, which is on track to go into test mode in April, is set to revolutionise both surface and underground mine design. A total of R50-million is being invested in the centre, which will be put into a three-month test phase ahead of... 

R50m virtual reality centre set to revolutionise mine design
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Prof Ronny Webber-Youngman (right) and Martin Creamer

Outgoing Nedlac chief remains in place for Nov labour indaba

By: Terence Creamer National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) executive director Alistair Smith, who has resigned from the organisation, will continue in his role until January. He will, therefore, still play a central role at the upcoming Labour Relations Indaba, which is scheduled for November 4 in... 

Outgoing Nedlac chief remains in place for Nov labour indaba
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Nedlac executive director Alistair Smith

Platinum producers top mining/metals companies in sustainability data transparency index

By: Tracy Hancock The 2014 IRAS Sustainability Data Transparency Index (SDTI) report has been published, with platinum producer Anglo America Platinum (Amplats) topping the mining/metals companies list and ranking second out of the more than 300 companies assessed throughout South Africa and across all sectors in... 

RBPlat reports second fatality in a week

By: Natalie Greve In its second fatality reported this week, platinum producer Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) said on Friday that a worker had died following an underground accident at the Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine’s South shaft. Locomotive operator Refumane Petrose Kanono, who was employed by contractor... 

RBPlat reports second fatality in a week

Anglo puts up R120m for municipal capacity development

By: Chantelle Kotze Programme implementation is already under way for diversified miner Anglo American’s R120-million, three year Municipal Capacity Development Programme (MCDP), which it is undertaking in partnership with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Investment Climate Facility for Africa... 

Anglo puts up R120m for municipal  capacity development
KHANYISILE KWEYAMA The Municipal Capacity Development Programme would directly improve the conditions of local communities in South Africa by improving service delivery and shaping social development

Law for ‘one environmental system’ relating to mining, related activities comes into force

By: Chantelle Kotze The National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Act (Nemla 3) came into force last month on September 3. Nemla 3 forms part of a suite of new laws that will give rise to the “One Environmental System” for South Africa relating to mining and related activities. 

Law for ‘one environmental system’ relating to mining,  related activities comes into force
GARYN RAPSON The National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Act aims to give rise to the “One Environmental System” for South Africa’s mining industry

Monitoring, assessing of land reclamation methods gaining momentum in SA

By: Chantelle Kotze The mining industry contributes significantly to South Africa’s economic development and job creation. It also remains an infinite source of growth for the country, which means that post-mining landscapes that are socially inclusive, self-sustaining and financially viable need to be established. 

Monitoring, assessing of land reclamation methods gaining momentum in SA

Modernise SA mining or bust

By: Creamer Media Reporter Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about the need to modernise and mechanise South Africa's mining industry. 

Modernise SA mining or bust

Feds triply cite Patriot Coal for May mine collapse that killed 2

By: Henry Lazenby Federal mining officials cited US miner Patriot Coal on Tuesday for three serious violations they said led to an accident called a ‘coal burst’, that killed two miners at the West Virginia Brody Mine No 1, in May. The US Department of Labour’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) blamed... 

Feds triply cite Patriot Coal for May mine collapse that killed 2

66% of claims to asbestos trust related to mesothelioma

By: Zandile Mavuso With an increase in mesothelioma cancer within the mining industry, the Asbestos Relief Trust (ART) urges miners to contact the trust to claim for financial assistance that will help them to get treatment for the cancer. 

Symposium to focus on mine safety

By: Pimani Baloyi Local nonprofit organisation the South African Flameproof Association’s (Safa’s) symposium, which will take place on November 13 in Secunda, Mpumalanga, will focus on mine safety and preventing hazardous explosions. Safa representative Dion Abrahams tells Mining Weekly that the yearly symposium... 

Symposium to focus on mine safety
Photo by Bloomberg
ENSURING SAFETY Flameproofing is an important aspect in mining that ensures the safety of mineworkers and a mining company’s assets

Freeport Indonesia workers blockade mine after deadly accident

By: Reuters Workers at Freeport-McMoRan Inc's Indonesian unit are blocking access to the mine site, union and company officials said on Wednesday, to protest against the number of fatal accidents at one of the world's biggest copper mines. Open-pit mining at the Grasberg mine in Indonesia's Papua had been... 

Freeport Indonesia workers blockade mine after deadly accident

Ontario sets aside funding for mining research projects

By: Henry Lazenby Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on Friday announced government funding for several mining research projects aimed at creating jobs, reducing operating costs and enhancing miner safety. Wynne announced in Sudbury that the province would provide financial support through the Northern Ontario... 

Ontario sets aside funding for mining research projects

DMR, portfolio committee aim to eradicate illegal mining by Feb 2015

By: Natalie Greve Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources has undertaken to work closely with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) as well as with law enforcement agencies, other relevant departments and entities to root out illegal mining in the country, especially in Gauteng. “We will be... 

DMR, portfolio committee aim to eradicate illegal mining by Feb 2015

Japan working with South Africa to reduce risks in deep-level mines

By: Keith Campbell Japan is assisting South Africa with research into seismicity and mining. “We have joint research on mitigating seismic risks in South African mines,” reports Japanese Ambassador to South Africa Yutaka Yoshizawa. “Japan experiences a lot of earthquakes, so Japanese universities have a lot of good... 

Auto guided vehicle benefits SA mines

By: Bruce Montiea South African mining companies can now benefit from drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive’s automatic guided vehicle (AGV), which has built-in safety features that make it possible to prevent accidents, helping mineworkers to safely conduct their materials handling processes, says SEW-Eurodrive... 

Auto guided vehicle  benefits SA mines
FOLLOW THE TRACK SEW-Eurodrive's automatic guided vehicle has built-in safety features that prevent accidents

Bigger trucks with better manoeuvrability for mining operations

By: Bruce Montiea Local forklift distributor and services provider Toyota Forklift added bigger trucks, with a capacity of up to 8 t, to its 8-series range of counterbalanced trucks this year, making it easier for mining operations to meet their materials handling requirements. “The trucks are suitable for mining... 

Bigger trucks with better  manoeuvrability for  mining operations
USEFUL MANOEUVRABILITY Toyota Forklift’s new counterbalance trucks are suitable for mining because of their compact size and ability to move in tight spaces
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