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Mponeng stoping, development activities halted following fatality

By: Leandi Kolver Stoping and development activities at gold miner AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine, near Carletonville, have been suspended following the death of an employee. The deceased, a scraper winch operator, had been fatally injured in a fall-of-ground incident on Tuesday. 

IFM Section 54 notice lifted, 4 000 t of production lost

By: Leandi Kolver International Ferro Metals (IFM) on Wednesday announced that the Section 54 notice for its two ferrochrome furnaces and pelletiser has successfully been lifted following a meeting with the Department of Mineral Resources. The Section 54 notice had been issued last week following a health and... 

IFM, DMR settlement agreement made court order

By: Leandi Kolver International Ferro Metals (IFM) on Monday, in court, reached an agreement with Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), stipulating that an agreement reached by the parties last week, which allowed IFM to resume its operations following a Section 54 stoppage, remained in force. This settlement... 

IFM, DMR settlement agreement made court order

Worker killed at Jaguar Mining’s Turmalina mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter An employee was killed at TSX- and NYSE-listed Jaguar Mining’s Turmalina mine, in Minas Gerais, Brazil, on Friday. The incident occurred in the underground workings of the Turmalina mine. 

Nevsun denies Bisha human rights allegations in lawsuit

By: Creamer Media Reporter A lawsuit has been filed against Vancouver-based mining company Nevsun Resources in the British Columbia Supreme Court by three individuals who claim to have once worked with a local subcontractor at the Bisha mine, in Eritrea, on the Horn of Africa. The TSX-listed company said on Friday that the... 

Nevsun denies Bisha human rights allegations in lawsuit

Section 54 stoppages at Pan African to dent Nov output

By: Natalie Greve The issuing of two separate Section 54 notices at Pan African Resources’ Mpumalanga-based mines by the Department of Mineral Resources’ Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate (MHSI) this month is set to negatively impact gold production from the Barberton and Evander operations, the company said on... 

Anglo-endowed Chair in Occupational Hygiene established at Wits

By: Zandile Mavuso Multinational mining company Anglo American launched its new Anglo American-endowed Chair in Occupational Hygiene at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Public Health, in which it invested R15-million, earlier this month. 

Ivanhoe platinum project prepares for site work resumption

By: Martin Creamer Preparations have begun for a resumption of site work at Ivanhoe’s platinum project near Mokopane in Limpopo province, with the construction of the initial production shaft of the planned underground mine the focal point of the first phase of development of an initiative that has been decades in... 

Ivanhoe platinum project prepares for site work resumption
Photo by Duane Daws
Ivanhoe's Robert Friedland

Value of miners’ lives must be recognised – Ramatlhodi

By: Anine Vermeulen It was a national duty to develop and implement policies and legislation that recognised the value of the lives of each one of the almost 500 000 mineworkers in South Africa, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said at the 2014 Mine Occupational Health and Safety Summit on Tuesday.... 

Perception study of Aboriginal Canadians reveals low opinion of mining industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter A Canada-wide survey of Aboriginal Canadians who reside in rural and/or remote communities has revealed that only 38% have a favourable perception of the mining and mineral exploration industry. This is a considerable difference compared with the positive approval among Canadians cited in recent... 

Perception study of Aboriginal Canadians reveals low opinion of mining industry

Tharisa processing plant resumes operations

By: Natasha Odendaal A Section 54 order imposed on a processing plant at Tharisa’s platinum-group metals and chrome mine has been lifted. In an update to shareholders on Monday, the JSE-listed mining company said operations at the Voyager processing plant on the western limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex had resumed. 

US House passes Keystone bill 

By: Reuters The Republican-led US House of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, but a similar measure struggled to get enough support in the Senate and President Barack Obama indicated he might use his veto if the bill does get through Congress. The legislation, approved by 252 votes... 

US House passes Keystone bill

Anglo–Wits partnership launches R15m occupational hygiene Chair

By: Zandile Mavuso Multinational mining company Anglo American has launched its new Anglo American Endowed Chair in Occupational Hygiene at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health. The Chair, in which Anglo American invested R15-million, was aimed at decreasing employee exposure to dust, noise... 

Anglo–Wits partnership launches R15m occupational hygiene Chair
Anglo American executive director Khanyisile Kweyama; Wits Faculty of Health Science dean Professor Martin Veller; Wits School of Public Health head Professor Laetitia Rispel; Anglo American Chief Medical Officer Dr Brian Brink; Wits vice-chancellor and principal Professor Adam Habib; and Wits School of Public Health senior lecturer and Public Health Occupational Hygiene Coordinator Dr Andrew Swanepoel.

Biogas power generation has huge potential for postmining land use

By: Chantelle Kotze Global climate change and the need for sustainable land rehabilitation in the mining industry are prompting mining companies to reassess their approach to postmining land use to ensure that they leave a positive legacy, notes carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon director Robbie Louw. 

Biogas power generation has huge potential for postmining land use

Safety training prevents injuries, downtime

In response to the high incidences of workplace injuries, mining services company Group R Mining & Exploration runs training courses and safe work procedures workshops to assist its clients in empowering their workers to prevent workplace injuries, says company director Hein van Staden. “A... 

Safety training prevents injuries, downtime
Photo by Bloomberg
PAYING ATTENTION Group R Mining & Exploration offers training courses and safe work procedures that are in line with its clients’ safe working structures

Quebec First Nations petition province to include rare earths under uranium ban

By: Henry Lazenby A group of Quebec- and Labrador-based First Nations would like to see the Quebec government include rare earth elements in the same moratorium currently in force for uranium. The Quebec government had decreed a moratorium on issuing exploration, development or mining permits for uranium projects... 

ABG to appear in UK court over Tanzania violence victims suit

By: Henry Lazenby Tanzanian locals have sued African Barrick Gold (ABG) in the UK for alleged deaths and injuries caused by security and police guarding the company's North Mara mine, which has a history of illegal artisanal mining. On November 19, the claimants in the proceedings against ABG would seek orders... 

Fly-in, fly-out suicide rate not higher than WA average – CME

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has told the state’s Parliamentary Inquiry into the mental health of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) employees that they should look beyond the job-site to find a cause for the recent spate of suicides. In August this year, the Parliamentary... 

Contractor dies at Great Panther Silver’s Topia mine, Mexico

By: Henry Lazenby A contract miner died on Saturday when struck by falling rock that became dislodged while he was working in a raise at TSX- and NYSE-listed Great Panther Silver’s Hormiguera underground mine, one of ten independent mines comprising the Topia mine district, in Durango state, Mexico. All... 

Flooding in Colombia coal mine killed 12, officials say

By: Reuters Twelve miners were killed in a flooded underground coal mine in northeastern Colombia, the world's fourth-largest exporter of the mineral, local officials and rescue workers said on Friday. Flooding in the mine, located in the Amaga municipality in Antioquia, a region that has been the site of... 

Harmony shuts Kusasalethu after illegal miners cause fire

By: Natasha Odendaal Gold miner Harmony Gold has closed its Kusasalethu mine for two weeks, as it takes a stance against the scourge of illegal miners after a fire – the third this month – threatened the safety and health of mineworkers. The fire, believed to have been started on Thursday by illegal miners, had... 

Harmony shuts Kusasalethu after illegal miners cause fire
Photo by Duane Daws
Harmony CEO Graham Briggs

Mining ops continue unfettered despite Burkina Faso civil unrest

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian gold miners with operations in Burkina Faso on Thursday said despite the declared state of emergency, their operations were continuing uninterrupted. Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore had declared a state of emergency following violent protests in the capital that saw demonstrators... 

Mining ops continue unfettered despite Burkina Faso civil unrest

Mine productivity down 7% last year as greater depths, tricky orebodies and labour unrest take toll

By: Chantelle Kotze As the latest statistics from Productivity SA show that labour productivity in the mining sector fell almost 7% last year, mine management urgently needs a long-term vision for an operating environment that will improve output per worker, consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting chairman Roger... 

Mine productivity down 7% last year as greater depths,  tricky orebodies and labour unrest take toll
ROGER DIXON While machines and systems are vital to better productivity, so is the health of the workers themselves

Wits CMMS to host rock cutting technology course

By: Chantelle Kotze The University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) will host a rock cutting technology course focused on hard rock boring and coal mining applications next month. 

Wits CMMS to host rock cutting technology course
Photo by Duane Daws
DECLAN VOGT The use of machinery to create dramatic improvements in safety by eliminating risk exposure is the primary route the industry should pursue with greater vigour than before

Motsepe Foundation, ARM donate $1m to Guinea Ebola fund 

By: Leandi Kolver Motsepe Foundation founder and African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson and founder Patrice Motsepe has donated $1-million to Guinea’s Ebola Fund on behalf of the organisations. This donation, for which regulatory approval was received on Friday, would assist Guinea with clinical... 

Motsepe Foundation, ARM donate $1m to Guinea Ebola fund
Photo by Duane Daws
Patrice Motsepe

Bristow lauds Mali govt’s action on containing Ebola

By: Natalie Greve Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow has lauded the “high level of alertness and careful planning” by the Malian authorities that enabled the government to act swiftly to identify, treat and contain the country's first confirmed case of Ebola. Randgold owns and operates the Morila, Loulo and... 

Importance of developing cutting-edge mining technology stressed

By: Chantelle Kotze The future of mining through the eyes of the next generation places importance on working towards ensuring a sustainable future, by means of developing cutting edge mining technology and finely honed skills. 

Importance of developing cutting-edge  mining technology stressed
LOOKING FORWARD Developing cutting edge mining technology and relevant skills is important in ensuring productive future mines

Simulator training reduces fuel consumption, tyre wear and risk

By: Dylan Slater Australia-based equipment training simulator company Immersive Technologies’ vehicle simulator training is assisting mine-vehicle operators, especially those working at opencast mining operations, in ensuring that they are shifting gears properly, using their vehicles’ full braking capability and... 

Simulator training reduces fuel consumption, tyre wear and risk
COMPREHENSIVE RANGE Many well-known mining vehicle brands and models are available to train operators through Immersive Technologies’ simulators

BC tables amendment to Mine Act allowing more time to investigate, charge offenders 

By: Henry Lazenby The British Columbia government on Thursday tabled proposals to amend the provincial Mines Act to give investigators and Crown Counsel more time to investigate violations under the Act and bring charges if necessary. Energy and Mines Minister and Minister Responsible for Core Review Bill Bennett... 

Wesizwe reports first fatality at Bakubung

By: Natasha Odendaal Work on the shaft sinking operations on the main and ventilation shafts at the Bakubung platinum mine site, in Rustenburg, was suspended after Wesizwe on Monday reported its first fatality. A contractor employed as a jumbo operator was fatally injured on October 17 during the shaft sinking... 

Portfolio committee ‘concerned’ by illegal mining in KZN

By: Natalie Greve The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources says it is concerned about the scale of illegal coal mining at a derelict mine in Osizweni, outside Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal. Committee chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo said during a meeting with entities of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) –... 

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