http://www.miningweekly.com

Global Mining News in real time

Health News

Mine mechanisation linked to local equipment retains jobs – Jourdan 

By: Martin Creamer Resource development strategist Dr Paul Jourdan this week called for the local manufacture of mechanised mining equipment to neutralise job losses during the switch to machines. The former Mintek president says that even though mechanisation “massively” increases the quality of work in mines and... 

AngloGold employee killed in fall-of-ground incident

By: Creamer Media Reporter A rock-drill operator was killed in a fall-of-ground incident at AngloGold Ashanti’s Kopanang mine, near Orkney, in the Free State, on Tuesday. The Department of Mineral Resources had been notified and an in loco inspection would be conducted. 

Dozens of children die of lead poisoning in Nigeria as release of funds is delayed

By: Ilan Solomons Nigerian health officials reported last month that 28 children were killed and another 37 fell ill from drinking water poisoned by lead in an area of artisanal and small-scale gold mining sites in Niger state, in north-western Nigeria. International human rights advocacy organisation Human Rights... 

Dozens of children die of lead poisoning in Nigeria  as release of funds is delayed
LESSONS NOT LEARNT Human Rights Watch’s 2012 report documented how lead poisoning in Nigeria’s Zamfara State killed more than 400 children and left thousands more with permanent life-long disabilities

Keaton lays criminal charge over massive coal theft, R56m impaired 

By: Martin Creamer Coal mining company Keaton Energy, which described as “disastrous” its performance in the three months to March 31, confirmed on Wednesday that one criminal charge had already been laid and several others were pending over the alleged theft of R24.7-million worth of coal from its troubled... 

Keaton lays criminal charge over massive coal theft, R56m impaired
Photo by Daune Daws
Mandi Glad

Ramatlhodi hails 'safest year' in industry 

By: Reuters South Africa's mines minister on Tuesday hailed 2014 as the "safest year" in the history of an industry that has claimed a huge toll in mostly black lives over the past century. "There has been a reduction of about 86% in fatalities from 615 in 1993 to 84 in 2014, which is the safest year on... 

Public comment sought on Mount Polley restart application

By: Henry Lazenby The British Columbia provincial government is seeking public input to help ensure that Imperial Metals has a modern long-term remediation and restoration plan for the ill-fated Mount Polley mine in place by early next year, as the government considers allowing a temporary restart of the... 

Solutions team customises maintenance safety product

By: Dylan Stewart Responding to industry requests, identification solutions manufacturer Brady has introduced customised additions to its Lockout/Tagout system, a product that has the ability to totally cut off any flows of energy into a particular machine, over the past six months. 

Stable quarry growth hampered by cost, legislative challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach As a result of the local construction industry’s recovery and government’s multibillion-rand infrastructure projects, the South African quarrying industry is on a steady growth path, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) director Nico Pienaar, adding that... 

Stable quarry growth hampered by cost, legislative challenges
Photo by Bloomberg
GROWTH EXPECTED As a result of the local construction industry’s recovery and government’s multibillion-rand infrastructure projects, the South African quarrying industry is on a steady growth path

WA committee hands down report on mental health impact of Fifo

By: Ilan Solomons A Western Australia Parliamentary committee on Thursday handed down its report into the mental health impact of fly-in, fly-out (Fifo) work practices in the resources industry, which industry bodies said they would review in detail. The Education and Health Standing Committee’s report, which was... 

WA committee hands down report on mental health impact of Fifo

Internal audit under way at Nevsun as report alleges forced Eritrean labour

By: Henry Lazenby A United Nations (UN) report has implicated Canadian base metals producer Nevsun Mining in using forced labour at its high-grade Bisha copper mine, even as an internal company audit was under way. TSX- and NYSE-listed Nevsun on Wednesday said it was awaiting the results of a follow-up audit on... 

Internal audit under way at Nevsun as report alleges forced Eritrean labour
Photo by Nevsun Resources
Bisha, Eritrea.

Tharisa shares up on platinum/chrome miner’s profitability turnaround

By: Martin Creamer The share price of the JSE-listed Tharisa plc rose strongly in Johannesburg on Wednesday on a turnaround in the profitability of the platinum group metals (PGMs) and chromium concentrates producer. The share price of the Cyprus-domiciled but South Africa-focused company, which increased PGMs... 

Tharisa shares up on platinum/chrome miner’s profitability turnaround
Phoevos Pouroulis

Partnership to help tackle acid mine drainage

Industrial automation provider Rockwell Automation and mine dewatering company Ritz Pumps South Africa (SA) are partnering to address South Africa’s acid mine drainage (AMD) challenge. Rockwell Automation and Ritz Pumps SA are providing variable speed drives (VSDs) and pumps, respecitively, for... 

Partnership to help tackle acid mine drainage
WORKING OVERTIME The equipment operates for 24-hours nonstop, which requires the pumps to have 99.9% availability to ensure they can deliver the maximum capacity to guarantee full flow at all times

Ramatlhodi calls meeting to deal with Blyvoor humanitarian challenges

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Mineral Resources Minister Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi has called an urgent meeting with various stakeholders to discuss the dire situation at the Blyvooruitzicht (Blyvoor) mine, which was currently under liquidation. “The most urgent matter we must address relates to the humanitarian challenges... 

Kimberley Diamonds reports fatality at Botswana mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed diamond miner Kimberley Diamonds has reported a fatality at its Lerala mine, in Botswana. The company said that an employee who was engaged as part of the care and maintenance team was involved in a fatal incident on Wednesday, which resulted in activities at Lerala ceasing, pending a... 

Botswana chamber impressed with Canada’s mine safety tools

By: Martin Creamer Botswana is so impressed with Canada’s mine safety tools that use thereof may become a requirement for all the country’s chamber members. Botswana Chamber of Mines safety committee and Debswana safety head Fred Jansen told the thirteenth Botswana Resource Sector Conference here that taking on... 

Johnson Controls sells two more chillers to copper miner

By: Ilan Solomons Technology group Johnson Controls has sold refined copper producer Palabora Mining Company’s subsidiary, Palabora Copper, two more 3 500 kW York CYK compound centrifugal chillers. The next two chillers will be assembled and commissioned in early 2016 by a Johnson Controls team, with a Palabora... 

Johnson Controls sells two more chillers to copper miner
YORK CYK CENTRIFUGAL CHILLER The new chillers will assist in improving ventilation and cooling at Palabora’s mine thereby facilitating the expansion of its operations

Remote mining operations should spread more grassroots benefits

By: Simon Rees As the mining industry is increasingly looking for world-class deposits in more remote jurisdictions, issues surrounding risk and engagement have become more pressing, seeing as local demands and often-shifting regulatory goal posts are complicating many a project developer's plans. Former... 

Remote mining operations should spread more grassroots benefits

Doornkop consultations continue – Harmony

By: Creamer Media Reporter Dual-listed Harmony Gold continues to consult stakeholders in an effort to limit job losses as it moves to restructure its Doornkop shaft. The gold miner reiterated on Tuesday that the current gold price environment and the significant capital investment required to sustain operations at the... 

Bambanani employee killed in fall-of-ground accident  

By: Creamer Media Reporter An employee was fatally injured in a fall-of-ground accident at Harmony Gold’s Bambanani mine, near Welkom, in the Free State, on Saturday. Investigations into the accident were under way and all blasting operations at the mine were halted. 

Health dept, gold industry launch compensation programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt The Department of Health (DoH), along with eight current and historical gold mining companies, on Friday launched their Project Ku-Riha – meaning compensation in Tsonga. The project was aimed at tackling the backlog of compensation claims from mineworkers who suffered occupational lung diseases... 

Anglo security head highlights advantages, disadvantages of outsourcing security

By: Ilan Solomons Mining companies must carefully consider the outsourcing of their mine security activities, stated dual-listed mining giant Anglo American protection services head Mandla Zembe during his presentation at business-to-business events organiser Fleming Gulf’s 2015 African Mine Security Summit, held... 

Anglo security head highlights advantages, disadvantages of outsourcing security
MINE SECURITY EMPHASIS Mine management teams must be allowed to evaluate the actions, practices and policies of security contractors

Dust control enhances mine machinery performance

By: Bruce Montiea Proper dust control can significantly enhance the profitability and sustainability of a mining operation, says dust control management company Dust-A-Side corporate marketing manager Lolly Chibi. “Dust gets in everywhere – in air filters, in oil and in between moving parts of machinery. Dust at... 

Dust control  enhances mine  machinery performance
TREATED SURFACE Dust-A-Side’s bituminous-based emulsion solution mitigates the effects of dust and maintains mine haul roads

Mines might face additional challenges in run-up to 2016 elections – consultant

By: Ilan Solomons Mining companies must evaluate the risks that are likely to arise in the lead-up to South Africa’s 2016 local government elections, warns security, risk and strategy advisory consultancy Foresight Advisory Services CEO Mthuthuzeli Madikiza. “All the country’s major political parties will continue... 

Mines might face additional challenges in run-up to 2016 elections – consultant
MTHUTHUZELI MADIKIZA The risk of general civil unrest spilling over into the mining industry should be a concern for the mining sector

Newmont cancels Macmahon contract at NZ mine up for sale

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Project house Macmahon Holdings on Thursday announced that its two-year contract with gold miner Newmont at the Martha mine, in New Zealand, had been cut short owing to safety concerns. The contract, which was valued at A$38-million, had initially been scheduled to complete in April next year;... 

Zuma promises to release Marikana report

By: RDM News Wire President Jacob Zuma has told parliament that he will release the report of the Farlam commission of inquiry into the Marikana massacre by the end of next month. Zuma was responding to mounting pressure‚ including a threatened court action by the families of the victims of the incident which saw... 

Zuma promises to release Marikana report
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma

St Andrew Goldfields worker killed in underground accident

By: Henry Lazenby Operations at St Andrew Goldfields’ Holt mine and mill, located 125 km east of Timmins, in Ontario, resumed on Monday morning after a fatal underground accident halted all operations on the weekend. Twenty-two-year-old Alexie Dallaire-Vincent was killed on Saturday after being involved in an... 

St Andrew Goldfields worker killed in underground accident

Presidency rejects Marikana lawyer's claims

By: News24Wire President Jacob Zuma has dismissed as "false" comments by a lawyer linking the presidency to the retirement of the North West police commissioner. "The presidency rejects the false statements made by Marikana defence attorney, Andries Mkome... in relation to the provincial and national police... 

Presidency rejects Marikana lawyer's claims
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma

Illegal mining continues to plague many SA mines – security expert

By: Ilan Solomons Mining engineering consultancy services provider Jonrik Mining & Engineering national security and industrial relations manager Dean Millar says according to his information and feedback he has received from local mining companies that criminal mining syndicates in South Africa have increased... 

Illegal mining continues to plague many SA mines – security expert
ALL-ENCOMPASSING THREAT Illegal mining – whether on the surface, underground, at operational mines or at mines that have been decommissioned – is a huge challenge that the mining industry is facing

Resources Watch

By: Creamer Media Reporter This week: A premium should be placed on the reputational risks to the diamond sector. State miner aims to increase output by the end of the year. And, the DMR’s new fatigue-monitoring code of practice is welcomed. 

Resources Watch

Fatigue-monitoring COP welcomed

By: Pimani Baloyi Fatigue-management advocacy company Fatigue Sharks and technology developer Prism Services have welcomed the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) code of practice (COP) on risk based fatigue management, which requires miners to compile and implement a code to monitor and take fatigue into... 

Fatigue-monitoring COP welcomed
Photo by Duane Daws
ADVOCACY Doug Potter and Jeff Sease maintain fatigue is a real health hazard for workers

Lonmin reports fatality at Hossy shaft

By: Creamer Media Reporter A Lonmin employee has died of his injuries following a vehicle accident at the Hossy shaft. The platinum miner on Wednesday said the accident had occurred on Tuesday morning and that a full investigation into the incident was under way. “I am sure everyone at Lonmin shares my distress at the loss... 

First
Prev
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Next Last

Latest News

more

Latest Videos

more

Topics In These Articles

RSS Feed

About

Mining Weekly is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on MiningWeekly.com is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
R/€ = 13.53Change: 0.03
R/$ = 12.26Change: -0.01
Au 1168.21 $/ozChange: -3.55
Pt 1083.00 $/ozChange: -5.50
 
Subscribe Now for $96
Subscribe Now for $96 Close