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Australian mining safety solutions introduced locally

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Having proven its ability over 12 years in the Australian market to greatly reduce the dangers of a hazardous mining environment, mining safety solutions provider Nautitech this year started introducing its range of safety products to South Africa, trialling its products at some major operations. 

Drones offer significant benefits for mine surveying and analysis

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 The remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) industry is growing at a staggering rate and such systems are increasingly being taken up by mining companies as a tool to manage their assets, operations and land.  

Drones offer significant benefits for mine surveying and analysis
Photo by Dylan Slater
AERIAL OPPORTUNITY Remotely piloted aircraft systems open the doors to numerous opportunities for the mining industry

New retractable dust-suppression system easy to operate, maintain

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Environmental management solutions provider I-CAT this year introduced a retractable stockpile dust ring (R-SDR) for dust suppression at conveyor discharge points, which can be fully automated and allows for easy maintenance. 

New retractable  dust-suppression system easy to operate, maintain
SIMPLIFYING MAINTENANCE I-CAT’s retractable stockpile dust ring makes the dust-suppression system easy to access for maintenance

Sexual violence prevalent in platinum belt – study

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 In a report released at the first South African National Conference on Violence, held in Johannesburg earlier this month, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) outlined the high levels of sexual violence in the platinum belt in Rustenburg, in the North West. With one in four women between the ages of 18... 

Safety dominates Sibanye results presentation as 125% profit surge takes back seat 

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2016 Top performing precious-metals mining company Sibanye Gold, dismayed by an uncharacteristic spate of mineworker fatalities, began its presentation of high-cash results for the half-year with a safety moment as a mark of its determination to up its safety performance. The 125% surge in profits in... 

Safety dominates Sibanye results presentation as 125% profit surge takes back seat
Sibanye Gold presentation attended by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs, Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Sibanye Gold declares R785m dividend

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2016 Johannesburg- and New York-listed precious metals mining company Sibanye Gold on Thursday reported strong financial results for the six months ended June 30, driven mainly by a higher rand gold price and underpinned by solid production from both the gold and platinum divisions. Sibanye's... 

Sibanye Gold declares R785m dividend

Employee dies in accident at Amplats’ Rustenburg East mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd August 2016 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Monday reported that an explosion-related incident at the company’s Rustenburg East mine fatally injured an employee on August 18. “Our sincerest condolences are with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased who we are assisting and supporting during... 

Australian resources group responds to security risks in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     19th August 2016 With the rising threat of terrorism and other security concerns in Africa, the Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group (AAMEG) has drawn up an industry response to help ensure the safety and security of Australian companies and their employees working on the continent. The Perth-based AAMEG... 

Australian resources  group responds to security risks in Africa
TRISH O'REILLY Australia’s current security footprint in Africa is small in relation to the size of its involvement in Africa’s resources industry

Congress key to addressing socioeconomic challenges

By: Nadine James     19th August 2016 Owing to the increasing relevance of the geosciences field and the insights and solutions to global socioeconomic challenges it holds, the thirty-fifth International Geological Congress (IGC) –  to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from August 27 to September 4 –  is... 

Congress key to addressing socioeconomic challenges
PASSING THE TORCH The Thirty-fourth IGC president Neil Williams symbolically handing over the IGC to current copresident Professor Richard Viljoen

Mining complex refurbished with no major delays

     19th August 2016 Eleven products from specialist chemicals company Sika have been used in the refurbishment of platinum producer Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) Rustenburg operations, a 14-shaft complex in the Bushveld Igneous Complex near Rustenburg, which was completed in June. Since this active platinum... 

Mining complex refurbished with no major delays
NO DELAYS The refurbishment project was carried out under a highly restrictive schedule

Producer has positive platinum outlook

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th August 2016 Platinum-group metals (PGMs) remain a positive investment, as there is improved sentiment in the platinum market, and platinum exchange-traded fund (ETF) prices remained stable in the first half of 2016, states PGMs mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). The company held its interim... 

Producer has positive platinum outlook
MOGALAKWENA Amplats’ flagship Mogalakwena operation provided a record performance, with tonnes milled so far this year increasing by 6% to 208 000 oz

Tyre management project yields positive results for producer

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th August 2016 A tyre management project under way at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Mogalakwena platinum mine, in the Waterberg district of Limpopo, aims to increase hauling days without tyre failures to improve the operation’s productivity and safety, as well as facilitate financial savings by make... 

Tyre management project yields positive results for producer
DAMAGED TYRES Tyre life is directly affected by the condition of haul roads

AMCU demands Lily mine rescue resume

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th August 2016 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Thursday marched to the Department of Mineral Resources to demand that the Lily mine rescue mission be resumed and the container recovered. The gold mine, in Barberton, was temporarily closed after a shaft collapsed on February 5,... 

AMCU demands Lily mine rescue resume

Rights of groups vulnerable to HIV must be safeguarded – Chamber of Mines

By: David Oliveira     12th August 2016 To effectively combat HIV/Aids, countries should have laws that are not punitive, but protective of human rights or vulnerable groups such as sex workers, drug users, homosexuals and transgender people. Chamber of Mines health head Dr Thuthula Balfour-Kaipa says this was the general consensus... 

China's Guangdong sets up tribunal to handle zombie firms – media

By: Reuters     9th August 2016 China's Guangdong province has set up a special court to deal with disputes that arise from the closure of "zombie enterprises", the official China Daily reported on Tuesday. The Guangdong High People's Court unveiled a new tribunal on Monday to help settle legal issues that might arise from the... 

China's Guangdong sets up tribunal to handle zombie firms – media

Detonation system’s Australian footprint expanding

By: Sebastian Whyle     5th August 2016 The AXXIS Digital Initiation System from explosives company BME has been well received in Australia and is regarded highly in its mining sector, BME technical director Tony Rorke tells Mining Weekly.  

Detonation  system’s Australian footprint expanding
Photo by Ilan Solomons
ADVANCING IN AUSTRALIA BME is actively working towards growing its customer base in Australia

More women in managerial, technical positions in mining globally, but SA still has long way to go

By: Ilan Solomons     5th August 2016 Traditionally, women in the mining sector have occupied positions in support services such as administration and commercial and human resources. However, more women globally are occupying technical roles, such as mine engineering, mechanical engineering and metallurgy, says International Women in... 

More women in managerial, technical positions in mining globally, but SA still has long way to go

Sector slump drives surface engineering demand

By: Sebastian Whyle     5th August 2016 The mining industry downturn continues to spark calls for higher productivity on mine sites, says Sydney-headquartered advanced surface-engineering technique developer LaserBond, which has helped fuel demand for its products.  

Sector slump drives surface engineering demand
COST OF DOWNTIME Companies are looking at costs and the cost of downtime overwhelms any incremental cost of a higher-performing component

Two employees killed at AngloGold’s Kopanang, TauTona mines

     1st August 2016 AngloGold Ashanti has stopped reef-raise development and secondary support operations at its Kopanang mine and tramming activities at its TauTona mine following fatalities. The gold miner on Monday said a rock-drill operator had been killed in a fall-of-ground incident at Kopanang, while a crew... 

AMCU assists beleaguered Lily mineworkers

By: Ilan Solomons     29th July 2016 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has been sending food parcels to assist its members at the Lily gold mine, in Barberton, Mpumalanga. South African gold miner Vantage Goldfields, which owns the Barbrook and Lily gold mines, entered into business rescue in April after... 

AMCU assists beleaguered Lily mineworkers
PROVIDING FOOD AID On July 10, AMCU delivered more than 500 food parcels to the Barbrooks mine to assist members that have not received salaries since April

Gold boom in DRC funded militias – Global Witness

By: Ilan Solomons     29th July 2016 Armed groups in the Shabunda territory of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) received “gifts” of arms and cash from a Chinese mining company and made up to $25 000 a month extorted from local miners during a recent two-year gold boom in the region, reports international watchdog... 

Gold boom in DRC funded militias – Global Witness
FUELLING UNREST Armed groups received at least two AK-47 assault rifles and $4 000 in cash from a Chinese mining company which operates in the eastern region of the DRC

Kudos for mine ventilation engineers

By: Dylan Slater     29th July 2016 Engineers from industrial fan manufacturer MechCal received awards for fan development, from the Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa (MVSSA), during its seventy-second annual general meeting (AGM) on April 20.  

Minister calls on mines to take ‘extraordinary measures’ to prevent fatalities

By: Ilan Solomons     29th July 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has lamented the sharp rise in mining-related fatalities this year and called for “extraordinary measures” to be taken to prevent further fatalities occurring in the sector. Speaking at a health and safety Imbizo at diversified miner Sibanye Gold's... 

Minister calls on mines to take ‘extraordinary measures’ to prevent fatalities
Photo by Duane Daws
DARK DAYS Since the beginning of this year, a total of 49 fatalities had been reported by the sector, with Sibanye Gold accounting for nine of those fatalities

South African mine health and safety record among the best – MSA

By: David Oliveira     29th July 2016 The South African mining sector’s health and safety record ranks among the best in the world and he attributes the latest drop in fatalities to closer co-operation between the government, mines and trade unions, as well as continual improvements made to safety products used in the industry. This... 

War of words between AfroCan, Vantage intensifies over failed Lily deal 

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2016 Canadian gold producer and investor AfroCan Resources Gold and South African gold miner Vantage Goldfields are continuing to exchange words in a dispute over a failed financing deal. AfroCan has stated that Vantage has demanded, in a letter received from Vantage’s attorneys dated July 25, that... 

War of words between AfroCan, Vantage intensifies over failed Lily deal
Lily gold mine, Barberton

Kumba generates cash in tough half-year

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2016 Anglo American company Kumba Iron Ore on Tuesday reported 20% higher headline earnings of R3-billion in the six months to June 30, when its financial performance was supported by strong cash generation. On a normalised basis, the R9.41 headline earnings a share were 4% lower on 11%-less... 

Kumba generates cash in tough half-year
Photo by Duane Daws
Outgoing Kumba CEO Norman Mbazima

Fuel cell thrust continuing – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2016 The momentum around fuel cell vehicles as one of the zero-emission technologies of the future is continuing to build as shown by launches and proposed launches of commercially available fuel cell electric vehicles by major car manufacturers. Pictures of fuel cell electric vehicles bearing... 

Fuel cell thrust continuing – Anglo American Platinum
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Anglo American Platinum generates strong free cash flow, cuts debt

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2016 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Monday reported generating R3.2-billion free cash flow in the six months ended June 30, and cutting debt by R2.9-billion, despite the lower price environment. The leading platinum producer’s sales revenue increased by 3% to R30.7-billion, its earnings before... 

Anglo American Platinum generates strong free cash flow, cuts debt
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith

Former mineworkers owed billions of rands

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd July 2016 A substantial sum – between R7-billion and R10-billion – of an estimated R30-billion in unclaimed benefits is believed to be due to South Africa’s former mineworkers. The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is working to deliver a single compensation legislation by March and an integrated... 

Cost of fire suppression tailored in tough times

     22nd July 2016 Although mines are under extreme pressure to operate at tight margins, owing to the decline in commodities prices, fire suppression solutions company I-CAT has solutions in place to meet their needs. “We are geared to absorb the commodities price fluctuations and can ride the cycle to its... 

Cost of fire suppression  tailored in tough times
LOURENS JANSERN VAN RENSBURG LOURENS JANSERN VAN RENSBURG I-CAT is geared to absorb the commodities price fluctuations and can ride the cycle to its eventual upturn

Explosionproof hoists, cranes

     22nd July 2016 Operating electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres requires specially designed and constructed lifting equipment to avoid the risk of explosion posed by gases, liquids, dusts, vapours and other substances, states lifting solutions company Konecranes. Owing to the risks involved, Konecranes... 

Explosionproof hoists, cranes
RISK OF EXPLOSION REDUCED Konecranes manual hoists are an economical solution in hazardous environments where electricity is not available or practical

Product reduces unplanned downtime, machinery replacement

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd July 2016 Australian-listed speciality chemicals development company Alexium International has made significant inroads into the resins, films and polymers industry, owing to its newly commercialised environment-friendly flame-retardant (FR) treatment Alexiflam, which is well suited to the mining industry.... 

Product reduces unplanned  downtime, machinery replacement
UNPLANNED DOWNTIME DIVERTED One of Alexiflam's largest applications in the mining sector comprises polymers used to protect the circuit board wiring in machinery against fire

Harmony reports fatality at Joel mine

By: Anine Kilian     19th July 2016 A Harmony Gold employee died on Monday after succumbing to injuries following a material handling accident at the Joel mine, in the Free State, on Friday. Investigations into the accident were under way.   

Mining houses pledge support for fight against HIV/Aids

By: David Oliveira     18th July 2016 Major miners Anglo American and Harmony Gold have pledged their support for the United Nations' HIV/Aids organisation UNAids’ global #ProTEST HIV campaign. The campaign is aimed at positively contributing to the goal of ending HIV/Aids by 2030, by highlighting the importance of voluntary HIV... 

Mining houses pledge support for fight against HIV/Aids
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

DiamondCorp suspends operations to have miner’s assistants’ training refreshed

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th July 2016 Aim-listed DiamondCorp has suspended underground mining operations at its Lace diamond mine to have miner’s assistants undertake refresher training after a fall-of-ground incident in a development tunnel on the 310 m level. A miner’s assistant has been hospitalised for observation after suffering... 

Zwane decries sharp increase in mine fatalities

By: Ilan Solomons     15th July 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Friday lamented the sharp rise in mining-related fatalities this year and called for “extraordinary measures” to be taken to prevent further fatalities occurring in the sector. Speaking at a health and safety Imbizo at diversified miner Sibanye Gold's... 

Zwane decries sharp increase in mine fatalities
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Custom-built chillers installed at Tanzanian gold mine

By: Ilan Solomons     15th July 2016 Mine ventilation, refrigeration and air-cooling installations provider BBE Projects has installed two new custom-built Frick ammonia water chillers at gold miner Acacia Mining’s Bulyanhulu gold mine’s West shaft, in the Shinyanga region of Tanzania.   The chillers were manufactured by technology... 

Custom-built chillers installed at Tanzanian  gold mine
AMMONIA WATER CHILLER The system will supply chilled water to a surface bulk air cooler at a second ventilation shaft developed to service Bulyanhulu’s extended mining operations

New diesel-hydraulic tunnelling jumbo provides high-quality drilling solution

     15th July 2016 A new tunnelling jumbo, the DT912D, has been added to the range of products offered by breaking, drilling, crushing tools and equipment provider Sandvik Construction and is equipped with the company’s RD525 hydraulic rock drill, or optionally the RD520.  

New diesel-hydraulic tunnelling jumbo provides high-quality drilling solution
PERFORMANCE BOOST The DT912Da tunnelling jumbo RD525 hydraulic rock drill, which offers 'superior drilling performance' with high lifetime
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