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Gloria coal mine death toll rises to 18

By: African News Agency      22nd February 2019 Rescue and body retrieval workers on Friday afternoon brought to the surface 13 more bodies of suspected copper cable thieves from the underground area at Gloria coal mine near Middelburg in Mpumalanga, provincial police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said. “The workers could not continue... 

Strike-hit but upbeat Sibanye confident of value uplift as precious metals shine 

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2019 Precious metals company Sibanye-Stillwater expressed confidence on Thursday that the global precious metals surge would enable it to deliver value despite the prolonged strike challenge that the company is contending with. The company reported 8%-lower earnings before interest, taxes,... 

Strike-hit but upbeat Sibanye confident of value uplift as precious metals shine
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Glencore auditing 140 slimes dams 

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2019 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is auditing 140 slimes dams, 65 of them active and 75 of them closed. The company has been undertaking detailed assessments and audits of all material tailings storage facilities (TSFs) over the past three years, after accumulating a TSF... 

Glencore auditing 140 slimes dams
Photo by Glencore
Fifty-one percent of Glencore's tailings storage faciities are upstream dams.

Coal capped at 150 Mt/y – Glencore 

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2019 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has capped its coal capacity at 150-million tonnes of coal a year, a figure that it is close to and which it will not exceed. The company has been working on the cap with its investors since 2016 in the interests of the transitioning to a low... 

Coal capped at 150 Mt/y – Glencore
Photo by Glencore
Glencore is using wind turbine generated energy in Canada and Australia

Glencore ups low carbon transition, limits coal output

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2019 Diversified mining company Glencore said on Wednesday that it was furthering its commitment a low carbon transition, following engagement with the investor signatories of the Climate Action 100+ initiative. As one of the world’s largest diversified mining companies, Glencore sees itself as... 

Glencore ups low carbon transition, limits coal output
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Brazil iron-ore tragedy brings home reality of mining risk – Kumba  

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2019 Following 58 mineworkers suffering fatal occupational accidents in South Africa in 2018, Kumba Iron Ore CE Themba Mkhwanazi on Tuesday drew attention to 2019 beginning globally with the tragic loss of life at Brumadinho, in Brazil, as a result of an iron-ore tailings dam collapse that killed 170... 

Kumba pays dividend, boosts safety, explores, creates local jobs

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2019 Product-improving  Kumba Iron Ore generated hefty operational cash flow, paid a competent final 2018 cash dividend, pressed on with exploration in a new area and supported the creation of 2 600 new jobs in the local community, during a fatality-free, safety-boosted year, characterised by higher... 

Kumba pays dividend, boosts safety, explores, creates local jobs
Kumba Iron Ore CE Themba Mkhwanazi

Cash-flush Amplats ups dividend, studies 100 MW solar possibility

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2019 The deaths of two mineworkers at the Amandelbult mine marred an outstanding performance by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), which has paid out a total of R3-billion cash in dividends for the 12 months to end December, recorded record production from the Mogalakwena, Unki and Kroondal mines,... 

Cash-flush Amplats ups dividend, studies 100 MW solar possibility
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Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith

Zimbabwe reviews safety laws after 24 miners die, NewsDay says

By: Bloomberg     18th February 2019 Zimbabwe’s government will review mining legislation to improve safety standards in the industry, after 24 miners died when two gold shafts collapsed, the Herald reported, citing Mines Minister Winston Chitando. “Obviously it is a learning point and we will, as government, have a serious review... 

Mantashe calls for more security at mines following Gloria coal mine incident 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday said the priority remains to restore ventilation at the Gloria mine, in Mpumalanga, and to reduce flammable gases underground so that the search and recovery process can continue with the necessary speed. He also called for security at mines to... 

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 The complete preferred list of bidders for South32’s energy coal interests is still being finalised, South32 CEO Graham Kerr told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday, when he also provided three reasons why the company’s Australian manganese operations are doing better than its South African... 

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders
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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Eskom grid upkeep increasingly problematic – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 The quality of maintenance of the Eskom distribution infrastructure is becoming increasingly problematic, DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius said on Wednesday. At the company's presentation of power-hit interim results for the six months to December 31, Pretorius said that although DRDGold's own power... 

Eskom grid upkeep increasingly problematic – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius discusses poor electricity infrastructure risk with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and video editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer.

DRDGold profit down, gold reserves up

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 Surface gold mining company DRDGold on Wednesday reported a 54% fall in operating profit to R102.2-million in the six months to December 31, but a major jump in mineral reserves. Reserves shot up by 83% to six-million ounces of gold from a former 3.28-million ounces but gold production in the... 

DRDGold profit down, gold reserves up
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DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius

Accenture seeks to improve mining sector data analytics 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Global professional services company Accenture is investing in a new Applied Intelligence Studio for Mining, in Johannesburg, which will combine the latest in data science and artificial intelligence technologies with deep industry knowledge for the development of new intelligent digital... 

Accenture seeks to improve mining sector data analytics
Accenture Applied Intelligence and Data Science lead for Africa Dr Caroline Belrose discusses Accenture's new Applied Intelligence Studio for Mining with Engineering News Online. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Harmony Gold net profit plunges, operational cash soars

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 The net profit of Harmony Gold plunged in the six months to December 31, dropping from R897-million for the corresponding period of last year to R75-million. However, production soared by 34% and operations generated R1.1-billion in free cash flow on the inclusion of the acquired Moab Khotsong... 

Harmony Gold net profit plunges, operational cash soars
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Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

Death toll rises to six at South Africa coal mine gas explosion

By: News24Wire      7th February 2019 The number of people killed by a gas explosion in an unused coal mine in South Africa's eastern province of Mpumalanga has risen to six, and several others remain trapped, an official at the mine said on Thursday. The representative of the creditor protection team at the mine, Michael Elliot,... 

Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits – Friedland 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2019 Mining can and will deliver massive benefits if all stakeholders work together, Ivanhoe Mines executive co-chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday Speaking on the third day of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he outlined the huge potential of collaborative government,... 

Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits – Friedland
Ivanhoe Mines executive co-chairperson and founder Robert Friedland speaks about the winds of change blowing in South Africa and the DRC and the benefits mining companies, African governments and communities can reap if all parties work together. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Audit of burst Brazil dam found issues with drainage, monitoring - reports

By: Reuters     5th February 2019 A report commissioned by Brazilian miner Vale SA last year to look into the stability of the tailings dam that ruptured January 25 certified it as sound but raised concerns over its drainage and monitoring systems, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported on Tuesday. The report by German-based TÜV... 

Lily mine could start recruiting new employees in March

By: African News Agency      5th February 2019 Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC), the new owners of the ill-fated Lily Mine in Mpumalanga, said on Tuesday that it would soon resume operations after the process of recruiting new employees started early this year. Tuesday marked the third anniversary of an accident at Lily Mine in... 

Brazil dam burst death toll rises

By: Reuters     4th February 2019 The death toll from a dam burst in the Brazilian town of Brumadinho rose to 115 people on Friday, according to the team tasked with recovering bodies from the site. The rescue and recovery team said that 248 people were now listed as missing, a number that grew by ten after miner Vale, which... 

South African miners to review construction of tailings dams after Brazil disaster

By: African News Agency      1st February 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday said local miners would be reviewing their tailing storage facilities construction, maintenance and operating protocols following the collapse of the tailings dam at Brumadinho in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. At least 60 people have been... 

PGM-using patents abound – CPM  

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2019 Viable patents that involve the use of platinum group metals (PGMs) should be commercialised so that PGMs become less dependent on the automotive market, says CPM Group MD and founder Jeffrey Christian. CPM’s current projections, which are similar to those in the automotive and electricity supply... 

PGM-using patents abound – CPM
CPM Group MD Jeffrey Christian talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Christo Greyling.

Palladium, tailings dam disaster, brine opportunities make headlines 

30th January 2019 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Palladium theft, Brazil's deadly tailings dam collapse and the opportunities in brine. 

Palladium, tailings dam disaster, brine opportunities make headlines
Palladium, tailings dam disaster, brine opportunities make headlines

Palladium theft rampant – FT 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2019 Palladium, used in catalytic converters that reduce harmful petrol vehicle emissions, is catalysing a crime wave in the UK, says the Financial Times (FT) of London. “Thieves are stealing catalytic converters – often in broad daylight – and selling the devices to illegal scrap dealers for cash,”... 

Palladium theft rampant – FT
Photo by Bloomberg
A bar of palladium.

Medical services can evolve with mining project life cycle

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Scalable and innovative on-site and telemedicine services can evolve with a mining company’s project lifecycle to help manage health at every stage, says global medical and security assistance provider International SOS Africa regional medical director Dr Fanie Jute. International SOS can... 

Medical services can evolve with mining project life cycle
HEALTH SERVICES International SOS provides health-impact and health-risk assessments, consulting for mines in all phases, including exploration, feasibility, operation and rehabilitation

Positive outlook for mining expected

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 There is a noticeably positive change in attitude in the mining sector with Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s showing signs of leading the sector towards a good recovery in 2019, says surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar. Mantashe hosted the Mine Occupational Health... 

Positive outlook for  mining expected
HEAPED WITH HONOURS Pienaar was recognised for his long-standing service to health and safety in the mining industry

Mineworker killed in fall-of-ground incident at Harmony's Phakisa mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd January 2019 A mineworker at Harmony Phakisa's gold mine, in Welkom, was killed in a fall-of-ground incident on Tuesday. An investigation into the accident is under way. 

New vehicle technology uses cobalt 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2019 A promising new vehicle technology, which uses a cobalt-based catalyst, mirrors the world’s current ‘well-to-wheel’ refuelling ecosystem in being designed to allow motorists to call at conventional petrol stations to fill up with the liquid fuel from which hydrogen is extracted and then converted... 

New vehicle technology uses cobalt
Photo by Electriq-Global
Car that uses fuel consisting of mainly water converted into hydrogen and then electricity.

Fourteen miners killed in Rwanda tin mine – official

By: Reuters     21st January 2019 Fourteen miners were killed in an eastern Rwandan tin mine after a hill collapsed on them after heavy rains, an official said on Monday. "Because of recent rainfall in the area, part of the hill nearby collapsed and 14 miners who were getting ready for work were buried by land," Fred Mufuruke,... 

Geologist of Canadian/Aussie JV project murdered in Burkina Faso

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2019 ASX-listed Predictive Discovery has announced the death of a senior employee of its Canadian joint venture (JV) partner, Progress Minerals, at the Progress JV in Burkina Faso. Canadian geologist Kirk Woodman was kidnapped from an exploration camp in Burkina Faso on January 15, and his body was... 

Association ensures PDS requirements are adhered to

18th January 2019 Surface mining association Aspasa, is working closely with government and role players to ensure its members understand and adhere to new requirements relating to proximity detection systems (PDS) for mobile machines in surface mining operations. Aspasa director Nico Pienaar says the new... 

Association ensures PDS  requirements are adhered to
NICO PIENAAR Measures need to be in place by no later than December 2020

Sibanye adds global experience to safety panel 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 JSE- and NYSE-listed precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has established a Global Safe Production Advisory Panel, after identifying the need for an additional safety initiative in 2018. The panel consists of a group of leading academics and is chaired by Sibanye group safety head Dr Kobus... 

Platinum price fall worsening plight of job-intensive mines 

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2019 The latest fall of the platinum price is threatening to become the last straw that broke the camel’s back for some deep labour-intensive platinum group metals (PGMs) mines on particularly the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, Mining Weekly Online can today report. Well ahead of the latest... 

Platinum price fall worsening plight of job-intensive mines
Platinum price fall pressurising mines.

Trapped Indian miners presumed dead

By: Ajoy K Das     15th January 2019 After more than a month, 15 illegal miners trapped in a coal mine in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya are presumed to be dead even though the Supreme Court monitoring rescue operations said that “hunt must continue as miracles do happen”. On December 13, 15 miners were trapped 370 ft... 

High Court sets out process to action against silicosis, TB settlement agreement  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 The Johannesburg High Court on Thursday issued a court order setting out the processes in terms of which members of the settling classes and any interested parties should be invited to show cause why the silicosis and tuberculosis class action settlement agreement should not be made an order of... 

Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi throws weight behind platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2018 The Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi has thrown its weight behind technologies that harness the high-performance characteristics of platinum group metals (PGMs) by joining Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC) as an investor in AP Ventures,... 

Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi throws weight behind platinum
Photo by Creamer Media
AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly

Transnet praised for rapidly restoring stricken Saldanha iron-ore line 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2018 State rail transport enterprise Transnet has earned praise by pulling out all the stops to rapidly restore a railway bridge on South Africa’s crucial Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore line. The line came to a halt on November 28 after a truck carrying heavy equipment at excessive height on a public road... 

Transnet praised for rapidly restoring stricken Saldanha iron-ore line
Crucial iron-ore line back on track after rapid bridge restoration

Opinion: More conversations needed to confront the violence of mining in South Africa

6th December 2018 In this opinion article Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection’s Dr Salimah Valiani argues that only in identifying, embracing and engaging in the heated debates underlying the tensions in South African mining can the country move on collectively from violence to a shared vision of the... 

Opinion: More conversations needed to confront the violence of mining in South Africa
Mistra senior researcher Dr Salimah Valiani
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