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Mining ‘most transparent’ – Corruption Watch 

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2016 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa on Monday welcomed the Corruption Watch report on transparency in corporate reporting, which found that South Africa’s most transparent companies came from the mining sector. Gold Fields, BHP Billiton and Anglo American Platinum come out tops in the report,... 

Four killed in Botswana mining accident

By: Reuters     30th May 2016 Four mine workers were killed and six others critically injured in an accident at Botswana's State-owned BCL copper mine, the Minister of Energy and Minerals said on Monday. The ten employees were travelling underground in a mine shaft elevator on Sunday evening when the accident happened,... 

Suncor partially restarts Fort McMurray ops as Alberta wildfire grows to cover 579 946 ha

By: Henry Lazenby     30th May 2016 Even as the Alberta wildfires continued to rage out of control, oil sands major Suncor Energy announced at the weekend that it had started a safe and staged restart in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), with initial production from its Firebag in situ facility starting early last... 

Suncor partially restarts Fort McMurray ops as Alberta wildfire grows to cover 579 946 ha
Photo by Air Canada
About 300 South African firefighters have arrived in Edmonton to assist combating the Alberta wildfires

Canadian gold producer invests $11m in embattled Vantage Goldfields

By: Samantha Herbst     27th May 2016 Canadian gold producer AfroCan Resources Gold will invest $11-million over the next two months into South African gold miner Vantage Goldfields, effective June 1, following an agreement signed Friday, Vantage confirmed to Mining Weekly Online. The companies noted in a join statement that AfroCan,... 

After topping 14% in early 2015, women representation in South Africa’s mining industry now 10%

By: Ilan Solomons     27th May 2016 Within the top 500 JSE-listed companies in South Africa, women make up 21% of the boards of these companies, which is the highest percentage of women on boards worldwide, noted volunteer nonprofit organisation Women in Mining South Africa chairperson Noleen Pauls. Pauls, who is also a geology... 

After topping 14% in early 2015, women representation  in South Africa’s mining industry now 10%
Photo by Duane Daws
NOLEEN PAULS Over the past 20 years women representation in the South African mining sector had grown from 7% to 14% at the start of 2015

Half of SA mining companies lossmaking, says Chamber of Mines

By: Ilan Solomons     27th May 2016 Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter has said the chamber’s members had experienced progressively weakening commodity prices, rapidly rising costs, falling productivity and some regulatory issues that challenged their ability to sustain operations and to maintain employment levels. “With an... 

Half of SA mining companies lossmaking,  says Chamber of Mines
WORKING HAND-IN-HAND? Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and Chamber of Mines president Mike Teke

Importance of fire-safe conveyers emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Fire is a pervasive threat to conveyor belt systems at mines and can cause substantial damage to the conveyed material, electromechanical components of the conveyor system and the belt if the necessary fire-protection systems are not in place. This can result in costly damage and downtime,... 

Importance of fire-safe conveyers emphasised
FIRE-DETECTION ESSENTIAL ASP Fire designs, installs and maintains a range of fire-detection and -suppression equipment to suit customer needs

Re-elected CoM president rejects ‘sunset industry’ tag for SA mining

By: Ilan Solomons     27th May 2016 South African mining is certainly not a sunset industry. The country’s 130-year-old gold mining sector for instance has huge potential for the future with the promising research and development into new mining methods, which itself can spawn a new set of industries, as it did 100 years ago. This... 

Re-elected CoM president rejects ‘sunset industry’ tag for SA mining
SUNSHINE SECTOR If the local mining sector follows the right approach, it will be taken in a direction that will be to the benefit of South African society more broadly

New acid mine water process has huge agri potential in arid areas  

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2016 The newly developed process that yields handsome profits by converting acid mine water into valuable fertiliser materials, also has the potential to process South Africa’s large volumes of currently unusable brackish groundwater. The use of the process that eradicates acid mine drainage (AMD) for... 

New acid mine water process has huge agri potential in arid areas
Photo by Duane Daws
Trailblazer Technolgies director John Bewsey

Silicosis class-action status impacts on local common law

By: David Oliveira     25th May 2016 The Johannesburg High Courts’ decision earlier this month to give 69 mineworkers and silicosis sufferers the right to institute class action against 32 current and historical South African gold mining companies would have far-reaching implications for the country’s common law, according to law... 

Joint panel formed to review Teck Resources oil sands project

By: Samantha Herbst     25th May 2016 A three-member joint panel of environmental experts has been established to review diversified miner Teck Resources’ proposed Frontier oil sands mine project, in Northern Alberta, announced Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and Alberta Energy Regulator president and CEO... 

Wildfire-hit Athabasca Oil resumes operations at Hangingstone

By: Samantha Herbst     25th May 2016 TSX-listed energy company Athabasca Oil Corporation has resumed operations at its Hangingstone facility, 20 km south of Fort McMurray, which has been engulfed by a Canadian wildfire starting in early May, forcing widespread evacuations and a prolonged shutdown of all oil operations in the region.... 

First permanent infrastructure being built at new DRC tin mine

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2016 The first permanent mining infrastructure is being built at the proposed new tin mine at Bisie, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for which $130-million is being raised. Alphamin Resources CEO Boris Kamstra said the return airway drive being built would be used to acclimatise mining... 

First permanent infrastructure being built at new DRC tin mine
Photo by Duane Daws
Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra

Compensation integration a welcome development – CoM

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2016 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Friday said it fully supported the proposed integration of the compensation systems currently governed separately by the Occupational Disease in Mines and Works Act (ODMWA) and the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA). This followed a... 

Centamin executive on missing EgyptAir flight

By: Anine Kilian     20th May 2016 An executive of gold mining company Centamin is believed to have been on the ill-fated EgyptAir flight MS804 that disappeared between Paris and Cairo on Thursday.  The British National was believed to have been flying to work for the gold mining company, which owns the Sukari mine, in Egypt. 

Centamin executive on missing EgyptAir flight

Implats still searching for remaining missing miner

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2016 The body of Tanki Samuel Lepitikoe, one of the two employees who went missing in this week's fall-of-ground incident, has been found and brought to surface by mine rescue personnel. Implats said in a media release to Creamer Media's Mining Weekly Online on Friday that rescue efforts were... 

Fire safety needs to be self-regulated

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 Global safety, health and environmental management services provider Nosa maintains that it is imperative that businesses in fire-related industries, such as smelting and minerals processing, assume a self-regulatory role with regard to fire safety standards. Nosa marketing, social media and... 

New solution simplifies water-use licence application, renewal processes

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Global consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting have prepared a manageable system and training programme, which is designed to simplify the process of aligning personnel responsible for implementing and renewing a mining water use licence (WUL)  

New solution simplifies water-use licence application, renewal processes
JACKY BURKE Mines must conduct routine inspections and aquatic assessments, applying corrective actions where necessary

Ivanhoe slams NGO misinformation on flagship Platreef PGM project

By: Henry Lazenby     19th May 2016 Africa-focused project developer Ivanhoe Mines on Thursday condemned “in the strongest terms possible” a statement issued late Wednesday by nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Mining Watch Canada, alleging that its subsidiary Ivanplats was engaged in human rights abuses and illegal operations as... 

Impala Platinum CEO to step down

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2016 Impala Platinum (Implats) on Wednesday announced that its CEO, Terence Goodlace, would step down on December 1. Goodlace, 57, who began as a R200-a-month learner miner, has been with the platinum-group metals mining, processing, refining and marketing company for six years. 

Impala Platinum CEO to step down
Photo by Duane Daws
Implats CEO Terence Goodlace

Minister launches long-term acid mine water solution 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2016 Water Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Wednesday launched a long-term project to turn acid mine drainage (AMD) into safe water for commercial use as either industrial or potable water. The Minister chose the old south-west vertical shaft area of the dormant East Rand Proprietary Mines (ERPM) to... 

Minister launches long-term acid mine water solution
Photo by Duane Daws
Water Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

Mining companies urged to consider price forecasting with greater care

By: Simon Rees     18th May 2016 While predicting future metals prices is a vital tool for assessing the viability of a deposit, a project’s economics or the potential income an operation could expect to generate, the prognostications often prove wrong. “Studies of past forecasts show that the success rate for commodity price... 

Bright interims, better output lift Lonmin share price

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2016 The share price of platinum mining company Lonmin rose sharply on Monday on net cash generation, higher platinum sales and the expectation of platinum demand from the automotive and chemical sectors remaining firm. Lonmin’s share price rose 17.57% to R42.56 a share in early JSE trade after Lonmin... 

Bright interims, better output lift Lonmin share price
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

TAC, SECTION27 welcomes silicosis judgment

By: Sane Dhlamini     13th May 2016 Civic organisations, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 on Friday welcomed the judgment handed down by Gauteng Deputy Judge President Phineas Mojapelo in the South Gauteng High Court, which allowed for class action suits against gold companies. Fifty-six former miners wanted the... 

TAC, SECTION27 welcomes silicosis judgment

Strong platinum leadership needed – Sibanye

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2016 Strong leadership is required in the fragmented South African platinum mining sector, which newcomer Sibanye Gold described on Friday as having too much unprofitable production and questionable capital allocation. Speaking at the 2016 Oxford Platinum Lectures, CEO Neal Froneman told his UK... 

Strong platinum leadership needed – Sibanye
Photo by Duane Daws
Neal Froneman

South African court allows silicosis class action suit against gold firms; firms yet to decide on appeal

By: Reuters     13th May 2016 South Africa gave the green light on Friday for class action suits seeking damages from gold companies for up to half a million miners who contracted the fatal lung diseases silicosis and tuberculosis underground. The High Court decision sets the stage for protracted proceedings in the largest... 

South African court allows silicosis class action suit against gold firms; firms yet to decide on appeal

Queensland reports another case of black lung

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th May 2016 The Queensland government has reported another case of coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, bringing the total number of affected workers in the state to seven. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham told Parliament this week that a 55-year-old underground miner from central Queensland had... 

Adequate environmental management systems boost health, safety

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 An effective environmental management system (EMS) has to reduce the possible environmental damage caused by and the overall cost of a mine, as well as ensure that workers are safe and healthy, says mining industry consultant The MSA Group. 

Adequate environmental  management systems  boost health, safety
ROBIN BOLTON Water, air and noise pollution, the loss of resources through spills or leaks, along with accidents and the impact on surrounding communities, are repercussions of not identifying risks timeously

Check employee health, avoid implications

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 Occupational health medicals of mineworkers are taking place frequently enough in South Africa, affirms occupational health service Working Knowledge International (WKI). 

Check employee health, avoid implications
HEALTH MATTERS Having mineworkers’ health checked on site could save employers and employees time and money

Constant power supply crucial to mine safety

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 Fluctuating power supply or complete failure thereof at a mine, interrupting mining process, could result in dangerous consequences, emphasises power generation equipment designer and manufacturer Cummins Africa power solutions director Kenneth Gaynor. 

Constant power supply crucial to mine safety
Photo by Duane Daws
MINING POWER SUPPLY A power failure at an underground mine could lead to mineworkers becoming stranded

Expo set to be filled with innovation

     13th May 2016 There is no occupational health and safety (OHS) problem that does not have a solution at the Occupational Safety & Health Expo Africa 2016 (A-OSH EXPO 2016), says exhibitions servicing business Specialised Exhibitions event director Joshua Low. 

Expo set to be filled with innovation
Photo by Duane Daws
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA The University of South Africa centre for business management will be at the Occupational Safety & Health Expo Africa

Fatigue management prevents accidents, enhances output

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 Fatigue has to be managed throughout a mine to ensure everyone is functioning at their peak, especially when working under the hazardous conditions prevalent in the industry, to achieve optimal production results, says fatigue management specialist Predictive Safety. 

Fatigue management prevents accidents, enhances output
KOLOMELA MINE Predictive Safety is managing three fatigue systems across South Africa, one of which is the Kolomela iron-ore mine, in the Northern Cape

Innovation yields double-digit growth

     13th May 2016 Health and safety developer Bramhope Group has enjoyed double-digit growth during the past three years and attributes this success to its continuous innovation through a culture of learning. The company is moving beyond a focus on traditional product and service categories of innovation to... 

Innovation yields double-digit growth
Photo by Duane Daws
ENHANCING EDUCATION Bramhope is working with the University of Johannesburg to supply students with relevant and practical curricula, as well as practical experience

Mine dump biofuel pilot project achieves early success, holds much potential  

By: Ilan Solomons     13th May 2016 Local green technology company G-Tech has recorded early success in its attempt to grow biofuel and other bioenergy feedstock to produce bioethanol and biodiesel as part of a mine dump rehabilitation pilot project in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg. The pilot project, on one of the gold dumps... 

Mine dump biofuel pilot project achieves early success,  holds much potential
BIOFUEL FEEDSTOCK More than 50% of the sorghum planted had grown despite not using any irrigation other than rainwater

Rössing mineworker health study under way

     13th May 2016 Namibian uranium producer Rössing Uranium is undertaking a “comprehensive epidemiological study” of former and current employees of the Rössing mine, in the Namib desert, which has been planned since 2011.  

Rössing mineworker health study under way
DETERMINING RISK The aim of the Rössing mine's epidemiological study is to determine whether there is an excess work-related cancer risk

Anglo dangles goody-two-shoes Grosvenor to lure coal buyers

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2016 At most other times in the mining cycle, news of the sale of a goody-two-shoes metallurgical coal asset like Australia’s Grosvenor would have had buyers queuing up to buy. But disposal of even alluring resources in today’s uncertain and low-price environment needs to be accompanied by an enticing... 

Anglo dangles goody-two-shoes Grosvenor to lure coal buyers
Photo by Bloomberg
Seamus French

AngloGold resorts to international arbitration as illegal mining worsens in Ghana

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2016 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti has resorted to international arbitration to resolve the worsening illegal mining incursion at Obuasi gold mine in Ghana, where underground mining has been stalled to allow for lower-cost redevelopment. The company, headed by CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan... 

AngloGold resorts to international arbitration as illegal mining worsens in Ghana
Photo by Duane Daws
Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat)

Australian company unveils first-ever standalone first aid station for underground mines

By: Ilan Solomons     6th May 2016 Australian mining-refuge chamber manufacturer MineArc Systems has developed its first portable, freestanding first aid station designed specifically for application in the underground mining industry. Identifying an opportunity for improvement in the industry, MineARC has launched MediSAFE, which... 

Australian company unveils first-ever standalone  first aid station for underground mines
UNDERGROUND FIRST AID STATION MediSAFE is self-contained structure designed to provide the necessary tools and a sterile, safe working environment for first aid treatment
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