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

By: Zandile Mavuso     Updated 6 hours ago 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     Updated 6 hours ago 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
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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
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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
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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%

Documentaries on horrors of mining’s past mooted at Coalsafe

By: Martin Creamer The names of each of the nine mineworkers killed last year in South Africa’s coal mines were flashed singly on to a large screen during a solemn minute’s silence at Thursday’s packed coal safety conference at Emperor’s Palace, where special homage was paid to the thousands of mineworkers who... 

Documentaries on horrors of mining’s past mooted at Coalsafe
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David Msiza

BHP halts Blackwater operations after fatality

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining giant BHP Billiton has temporarily halted operations at the Blackwater coal mine, in Queensland, following a fatality. It is understood that a worker was killed in an accident involving a raptor transporter vehicle on Thursday morning. 

Major miners embrace local procurement strategy reporting initiative

By: Henry Lazenby Mining majors Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Newmont Mining and Barrick Gold have the most detailed local procurement reporting among 40 companies examined in a new study by Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB). Released on Wednesday, the report titled ‘Local Procurement and Public Reporting Trends... 

11 Sibanye employees face arrest over inter-union violence

By: Natasha Odendaal Eleven Sibanye Gold employees were facing criminal charges after a joint investigation by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and Sibanye Gold Protection Services found them to be allegedly behind the inter-union conflict at the Beatrix mine last month. The SAPS aimed to charge six employees... 

11 Sibanye employees face arrest over inter-union violence
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Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman

Amplats investigates attack on two employees

By: Natasha Odendaal Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has launched an internal investigation to determine whether it should alter its security measures following a weekend attack on two female employees. The group said in a statement that an “outsider” had illegally gained access to the women’s change... 

Greater consistency and transparency in Africa could spur investment

By: Henry Lazenby Investors are often naive when it comes to their perception of Africa as an investment destination; however, despite the continent having significant challenges to deal with, there have, in recent years, been remarkable changes taking place that set the scene for increased mining investment.... 

Accident claims life at St Barbara's Simberi 

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Gold miner St Barbara has reported a fatality at its Simberi operations, in Papua New Guinea. The miner said on Friday that a local contractor was fatally injured during tree clearing activities on site. 

Economies of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia hit by outbreak but severity of impact on mining debatable

By: Ilan Solomons As of February 4, 2015, more than 22 400 confirmed Ebola cases have been reported – with about 9 000 of these being fatal – mostly in the West African nations of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, reports the World Health Organisation. The World Bank released a report in January, ‘The Economic... 

Economies of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia hit by outbreak  but severity of impact on mining debatable

Mining industry needs to be more consultative, transparent

By: Pimani Baloyi Mining companies needed to be more open and transparent with communities surrounding their mine operations, Bench Marks Foundation executive director John Capel said in his presentation during a panel discussion, of which the topic was Building Community Trust, at the 2015 Investing in African... 

‘Zero harm’ should be mines’ ultimate goal

By: Ilan Solomons The target of achieving zero harm on mines and ensuring that all employees return home safely every day must remain the ultimate goal of the industry, say international law firm Hogan Lovells partner and mining head Warren Beech. “Sitting in on fatality enquiries is one of the most difficult... 

‘Zero harm’ should be mines’ ultimate goal
WARREN BEECH The fact that last year the mining sector achieved its lowest number of fatalities (84) and injuries (2 569) is testament that the industry is heading in the right direction

Tungsten industry in transition as China's competitiveness wanes

By: Henry Lazenby Despite China having not yet made significant inroads into securing tungsten supply from outside its borders, it might only be a matter of time before teh country did, providing the incentive investors are looking for to finance several shovel-ready projects. Tungsten, or wolfram as it is also... 

Africa ready to break the paradox of being primary, yet poorest, mining location 

By: Henry Lazenby Despite the commodity price collapse, Africa was ready to participate as a host continent to the global mineral extraction industry, South African Mineral Resources Minister Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi told the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business's sixteenth Annual African Mining Breakfast... 

Africa ready to break the paradox of being primary, yet poorest, mining location
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Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi

Marketing hoists Glencore over low commodity price hurdle

By: Martin Creamer Diversified major Glencore has managed to scale the low commodity price hurdle with significant help from its marketing arm. The London- Hong Kong- and Johannesburg-listed company, which produces and markets 93 commodities, went against the grain with its surging agricultural business yielding... 

Marketing hoists Glencore over low commodity price hurdle
Ivan Glasenberg

New tech competitive this year – AngloGold

By: Martin Creamer The new raise-boring technology, which produced 100 kg of gold for AngloGold Ashanti in 2014, is targeted to be competitive with conventional mining this year. Last year the company used the raise-bore technology to drill 83 holes in shaft pillars that are unsafe to mine conventionally. 

New tech competitive this year – AngloGold
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Mike O'Hare

Ramatlhodi visits Kusasalethu, Harmony to ‘fully participate’ in investigation

The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will lead the investigation, together with management, unions and employees, into the cause of Sunday’s fire at the afflicted Kusasalethu mine, in Gauteng. Harmony COO Alwyn Pretorius advised that the company would fully participate in the investigation... 

Ramatlhodi visits Kusasalethu, Harmony to ‘fully participate’ in investigation

Self-generation does not pass economic muster – AngloGold

By: Martin Creamer Gold major AngloGold Ashanti said on Monday that the idea of the company building its own power stations to provide electricity to its South African gold mines did not pass economic muster and was thus not at the top of its current priority list. At a media roundtable ahead of the presentation of... 

Self-generation does not pass economic muster – AngloGold
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Venkat (right) and Martin Creamer

Wireless communication can help mines achieve zero harm

By: Zandile Mavuso In support of South Africa’s Mining Health and Safety Council’s quest for zero harm, telecommunications equipment company Huawei Technologies believes that the use of wireless communications solutions can assist in controlling and monitoring mineworkers on site to ensure that there are no... 

Anglo confirms fatality at Queensland coal mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Diversified miner Anglo American on Monday confirmed that an accident at its Dawson coal mine, in central Queensland, had claimed the life of a contractor. Another person was injured and has been airlifted to hospital. 

Aligning mining projects with financing requirements a challenge

By: Bruce Montiea Aligning mining projects in Africa with international project financing requirements, while ensuring that there is a direct link to the work conducted on the ground and that clients’ expectations are being met, can be challenging, says global consulting organisation Golder Associates head of... 

Aligning mining projects with  financing requirements a challenge
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INCREASED IMPORTANCE The issue of sustainability in the mining industry has become more prominent over the past ten years

Mining deaths, injuries at an all-time low, but TB and silicosis cases increase

By: Ilan Solomons The number of mine injuries reduced by about 18% from 3 123 in 2013 to 2 569 in 2014, stated Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi during a media briefing at the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) head offices in Tshwane last week. However, he said that although this was the lowest ever... 

Mining deaths, injuries at an all-time low,  but TB and silicosis cases increase
CONCERNS REMAIN The Department of Mineral Resources is still “greatly concerned” about the high number of injuries reported

Thermal-imaging cameras halve illegal mining incidents

By: Ilan Solomons Using new thermal-imaging camera systems in mine security vehicles and at the mine sites of a Pan-African gold mining company’s mines, in Ghana and Tanzania, has resulted in illegal mining incidents having decreased by more than 50% over the past three years. The provider of these systems,... 

Thermal-imaging cameras halve illegal mining incidents
A WATCHFUL EYE High Site is made up of a network of thermal imaging cameras that are installed on the highest point of a mine site

Resources Watch

By: Creamer Media Reporter This week: Resource prices are the main source of adversities and opportunities for Africa. And, mine fatalities are at their lowest level ever. 

Resources Watch
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