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Tungsten industry in transition as China's competitiveness wanes

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 37 minutes ago 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 it did, providing the incentive investors are looking for to finance several shovel-ready projects. Tungsten, or wolfram as it is also called, is... 

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

Renewable energy for mines still relevant despite decline in oil price

By: Simon Rees The complexities and challenges of running a mine are immense, but the end result is simple; either it makes or loses money. In the current downturn, the difference between success and failure can be a fine line. Central to the issue of margins is the cost of power supply, consumption rates and... 

Renewable energy for mines still relevant despite decline in oil price
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Barrick Gold's Punta Colorada wind farm, Chile.

Fatality rocks Olympic Dam

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining giant BHP Billiton has temporarily suspended operations and evacuated nonessential personnel at its Olympic Dam mine, in South Australia, following a fatality. The South Australian Police were called to the mining site early on Tuesday morning after a rockfall in the underground mine... 

Acacia Mining settles group claims out of court

By: Henry Lazenby Acacia Mining, formerly African Barrick Gold (ABG), ha settled outside of a UK Court with a group of Tanzanian locals regarding alleged deaths and injuries caused by security and police guarding the company's North Mara mine, which had a history of illegal artisanal mining, the International... 

Acacia Mining settles group claims out of court
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Illegal artisanal miners at Acacia Mining's North Mara mine, Tanzania

Sibanye turns killer gas into electricity at Beatrix gold mine 

By: Martin Creamer The Johannesburg- and New York-listed Sibanye Gold is turning methane gas into electricity at the Beatrix gold mine in the Free State. The highly explosive gas, which killed 40 employees between 1983 and 2001, is instead serving as a completely free fuel for the generation of an additional 2 MW... 

Sibanye turns killer gas into electricity at Beatrix gold mine
Martin Foster

Sibanye halts Beatrix ops amid union conflict 

By: Creamer Media Reporter Dual-listed Sibanye Gold has halted operations at its Beatrix North and South shafts after union rivalry led to nine employees being injured on Thursday. Sibanye on Friday said a conflict had broken out between members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the... 

Sibanye halts Beatrix ops amid union conflict
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Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman

Keaton reports Vaalkrantz fatality

A fatality occurred at JSE-listed Keaton Energy’ Vaalkrantz mine, in KwaZulu-Natal, when an isolated fall-of-groud incident occurred at the Enyati section. Sihle Petros Xulu, a general worker, employed by Thata Dark Drill Enterprises Natal was fatally injured during the night shift of February 4.... 

Mining industry welcomes BC's independent panel report on Mount Polley

By: Henry Lazenby The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has committed to reviewing the information and recommendations of the Friday-released report examining the August 2014 tailings dam failure at the Mt Polley mine, in British Columbia, with a view to enhancing tailings dam safety. The report, compiled by the... 

Mining companies must do more to engage Latin American communities – Molodecky

By: Simon Rees Away from last year’s eye-catching headlines of Venezuelan riots, a World Cup in Brazil, and Argentina’s technical default, most Latin American countries continued to achieve middling-to-fair levels of growth, with Chile and Peru leading the pack. Much of the development and expansion continues... 

Mine fatalities at lowest level ever – Ramatlhodi 

By: Ilan Solomons The 84 mine fatalities recorded in 2014 were the lowest ever in South African mining history, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi revealed during a media briefing in Tshwane on Friday. Mineworker fatalities were down 10% from the 93 deaths reported in 2013. 

Mine fatalities at lowest level ever – Ramatlhodi

Mining boosts world’s poorest regions – ICMM

By: Martin Creamer The global mining industry makes its biggest contribution in the world’s poorest regions, an International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) study has found. The study, which became available in published form on Tuesday, finds that mining spurs the growth and development of national economies... 

Mining boosts world’s poorest regions – ICMM
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Anthony Hodge

Iamgold reports localised rock burst at Westwood mine, Quebec

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian gold producer Iamgold reported late Thursday that a rock burst occurred underground in the afternoon at its Westwood mine, in Quebec, causing ground fall in a confined area. While, access for four people was initially blocked, they were not injured and were able to exit the mine safely.... 

Fatality reported at AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine

By: Natasha Odendaal Stoping and development activities have been suspended at the Mponeng mine following a fatality, AngloGold Ashanti said on Thursday. A miners’ assistant was fatally injured in a fall-of-ground incident at the Carletonville-based mine on Wednesday. 

African mining investment event revitalised

By: Bruce Montiea This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba will feature a new addition to the programme – the participation of an influential global figurehead, with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair as the inaugural speaker presenting the keynote address, says Mining Indaba group marketing director Maria... 

African mining investment event revitalised
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APPEALING PROSPECTS New programme additions to this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba will highlight the emerging and most attractive investment opportunities throughout Africa

Company launches free Ebola app

Medical assistance, international healthcare and security services provider International SOS launched its free Ebola application (app) in November last year. The Ebola app is designed to help share International SOS’ medical and travel information on the deadly virus, which has claimed the lives... 

Consulting company hopes for a prosperous 2015

By: Bruce Montiea Irrespective of the general negative economic climate, long-term economic value in minerals projects can be achieved once environmental and social issues are built into a company’s strategy and not externalised, says consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting (SA). Chairperson and corporate... 

Consulting company hopes for a prosperous 2015
ROGER DIXON SRK Consulting’s strategy and policy group can facilitate collaborative engagement among mining industry stakeholders

Organisation aligns itself with industry demands

By: Bruce Montiea Recognising the trends and developments that shape the mining industry across the value chain, occupational health, safety and environmental risk management services provider NOSA aims to establish itself as a leading innovator in terms of occupational risk management in the mining sector, says... 

Organisation aligns itself with industry demands
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SAFETY FOCUS The Investing in African Mining Indaba presents an ideal opportunity to shed some light on the need for innovation in occupational risk management

Safety equipment manufacturer upbeat about 2015 prospects

By: Ilan Solomons Once pending occupational health and safety legislation is passed by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), mining companies will be compelled to implement pedestrian detection systems (PDS) technology at any site where trackless mobile machinery (TMM) systems are in use. As a result,... 

Safety equipment  manufacturer upbeat about 2015 prospects
NO COMPROMISE Mine safety is important for mining companies to prioritise and is strictly enforced by the Department of Mineral Resources

Scanners to combat diamond theft at Debswana mines

By: Ilan Solomons Botswana-based diamond mining company Debswana plans to soon start the R42.7-million installation of ten upright, full-body Scannex X-ray scanners at four of its diamond mines, in Botswana. Four scanners will be installed at security checkpoints at Jwaneng, four at Orapa and one each at the... 

Scanners to combat diamond theft at Debswana mines
DIAMOND DIGESTION Scannex is a full-body scanner with a low X-ray radiation dose that allows for quick scan time

Survey reveals safety, increasing productivity prioritised in African mining investment plans

By: Ilan Solomons Investment plans for the African mining industry are primarily geared towards improving safety and increasing productivity, states UK-based information solutions and technologies company Timetric. In a recent Timetric survey – conducted between July and September 2014 –of more than 100 key... 

Survey reveals safety, increasing productivity prioritised in African mining investment plans
INVESTING IN SAFE MINES Most miners aim to invest in new safety-focused technologies (such as fatigue management and collision avoidance/proximity detection systems)
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