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Health dept, gold industry launch compensation programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt The Department of Health (DoH), along with eight current and historical gold mining companies, on Friday launched their Project Ku-Riha – meaning compensation in Tsonga. The project was aimed at tackling the backlog of compensation claims from mineworkers who suffered occupational lung diseases... 

Anglo security head highlights advantages, disadvantages of outsourcing security

By: Ilan Solomons Mining companies must carefully consider the outsourcing of their mine security activities, stated dual-listed mining giant Anglo American protection services head Mandla Zembe during his presentation at business-to-business events organiser Fleming Gulf’s 2015 African Mine Security Summit, held... 

Anglo security head highlights advantages, disadvantages of outsourcing security
MINE SECURITY EMPHASIS Mine management teams must be allowed to evaluate the actions, practices and policies of security contractors

Dust control enhances mine machinery performance

By: Bruce Montiea Proper dust control can significantly enhance the profitability and sustainability of a mining operation, says dust control management company Dust-A-Side corporate marketing manager Lolly Chibi. “Dust gets in everywhere – in air filters, in oil and in between moving parts of machinery. Dust at... 

Dust control  enhances mine  machinery performance
TREATED SURFACE Dust-A-Side’s bituminous-based emulsion solution mitigates the effects of dust and maintains mine haul roads

Mines might face additional challenges in run-up to 2016 elections – consultant

By: Ilan Solomons Mining companies must evaluate the risks that are likely to arise in the lead-up to South Africa’s 2016 local government elections, warns security, risk and strategy advisory consultancy Foresight Advisory Services CEO Mthuthuzeli Madikiza. “All the country’s major political parties will continue... 

Mines might face additional challenges in run-up to 2016 elections – consultant
MTHUTHUZELI MADIKIZA The risk of general civil unrest spilling over into the mining industry should be a concern for the mining sector

Newmont cancels Macmahon contract at NZ mine up for sale

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Project house Macmahon Holdings on Thursday announced that its two-year contract with gold miner Newmont at the Martha mine, in New Zealand, had been cut short owing to safety concerns. The contract, which was valued at A$38-million, had initially been scheduled to complete in April next year;... 

Rockfall traps nine miners in Iamgold mine in Quebec

By: Reuters Rescuers were clearing rocks to free nine miners trapped about 1 km underground at Iamgold's Westwood gold mine, in Quebec, on Tuesday after a rockfall, a company spokesperson said. The miners, who have been trapped more than 12 hours, were uninjured and in constant contact with mine officials... 

Zuma promises to release Marikana report

By: RDM News Wire President Jacob Zuma has told parliament that he will release the report of the Farlam commission of inquiry into the Marikana massacre by the end of next month. Zuma was responding to mounting pressure‚ including a threatened court action by the families of the victims of the incident which saw... 

Zuma promises to release Marikana report
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President Jacob Zuma

St Andrew Goldfields worker killed in underground accident

By: Henry Lazenby Operations at St Andrew Goldfields’ Holt mine and mill, located 125 km east of Timmins, in Ontario, resumed on Monday morning after a fatal underground accident halted all operations on the weekend. Twenty-two-year-old Alexie Dallaire-Vincent was killed on Saturday after being involved in an... 

St Andrew Goldfields worker killed in underground accident

Presidency rejects Marikana lawyer's claims

By: News24Wire President Jacob Zuma has dismissed as "false" comments by a lawyer linking the presidency to the retirement of the North West police commissioner. "The presidency rejects the false statements made by Marikana defence attorney, Andries Mkome... in relation to the provincial and national police... 

Presidency rejects Marikana lawyer's claims
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President Jacob Zuma

Illegal mining continues to plague many SA mines – security expert

By: Ilan Solomons Mining engineering consultancy services provider Jonrik Mining & Engineering national security and industrial relations manager Dean Millar says according to his information and feedback he has received from local mining companies that criminal mining syndicates in South Africa have increased... 

Illegal mining continues to plague many SA mines – security expert
ALL-ENCOMPASSING THREAT Illegal mining – whether on the surface, underground, at operational mines or at mines that have been decommissioned – is a huge challenge that the mining industry is facing

Resources Watch

By: Creamer Media Reporter This week: A premium should be placed on the reputational risks to the diamond sector. State miner aims to increase output by the end of the year. And, the DMR’s new fatigue-monitoring code of practice is welcomed. 

Resources Watch

Fatigue-monitoring COP welcomed

By: Pimani Baloyi Fatigue-management advocacy company Fatigue Sharks and technology developer Prism Services have welcomed the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) code of practice (COP) on risk based fatigue management, which requires miners to compile and implement a code to monitor and take fatigue into... 

Fatigue-monitoring COP welcomed
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ADVOCACY Doug Potter and Jeff Sease maintain fatigue is a real health hazard for workers

Lonmin reports fatality at Hossy shaft

By: Creamer Media Reporter A Lonmin employee has died of his injuries following a vehicle accident at the Hossy shaft. The platinum miner on Wednesday said the accident had occurred on Tuesday morning and that a full investigation into the incident was under way. “I am sure everyone at Lonmin shares my distress at the loss... 

Ten thought dead in Guyana gold mine collapse

By: Reuters A mining pit collapsed in the Guyanese jungle on Sunday, presumably burying ten gold miners, authorities and a private association said on Monday. "The men are confirmed dead," said Ajay Baksh, a consultant with the local Guyana gold and diamond miners association. 

3M aiming to increase sales to mining sector

By: Ilan Solomons Mining forms an important part of all Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries’ economies, and diversified technology company 3M aims to increase sales volumes in this sector by continuously improving its product offering, says 3M South Africa and SADC MD Ismail Mapara. The company... 

3M aiming to increase sales to mining sector
CONTINUOUS INNOVATION 3M introduced a range of new products to the mining sector, including safety glasses and respiratory support equipment, in the fourth quarter of 2014

Alcohol testing equipment gains momentum

By: Pimani Baloyi Substance abuse and specialised safety equipment supplier PSA Africa has noted increased interest from the mining industry in its Lifeloc FC5 Sentinel alcohol testing product, which was launched onto the South African market last year. PSA Africa product manager Michael Crossland tells Mining... 

Alcohol testing equipment gains momentum
HUMAN ERROR REMOVED The Lifeloc FC5 Sentinel eliminates the possibility of human error by being fully automated

Contract for dust-control product extended

By: Pimani Baloyi Environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions’ contract to supply GreenBit dust palliative – its locally produced dust-control solution – to a mining company, has been renewed for another five years. I-Cat director Anton van der Merwe tells Mining Weekly that the GreenBit dust... 

Contract for dust-control product extended
ANTON VAN DER MERWE I-Cat has made inroads in developing products for the underground mining sector

Deepest mobile rescue winder commissioned

By: Pimani Baloyi Mining-focused rescue organisation Mines Rescue Services (MRS) is commissioning the “world’s deepest-reaching” emergency mobile rescue winder, specifically designed for MRS to accommodate the deep levels of South Africa’s mine shafts, MRS CEO Christo de Klerk tells Mining Weekly. De Klerk says... 

Deepest mobile rescue winder commissioned
HONOURED David Msiza, Christo De Klerk and Ronald Mafoko

Major mining commodities show decline in worker fatalities

By: Pimani Baloyi In February this year diamond producer Namdeb Diamond Corporation was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Cooperative Education Unit (CEU) of tertiary education institute Polytechnic for exposing students to a real work environment under Polytechnic’s Work Integrated Learning programme. 

Major mining commodities show decline in worker fatalities
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DAVID MSIZA Emphasis should be placed on reducing transport-related fatalities at mines

New range launched at safety expo

Safety equipment supplier MSA Africa has launched and demonstrated the workings of its new range of safety devices, the PremAire Escape compressed air emergency escape breathing device (EEBD) and the PremAire Combination Airline/Escape EEBD at this year’s Africa Occupational Safety and Health... 

New range launched at safety expo
ENHANCED SAFETY The Gravity suspension harness is a major breakthrough in fall protection

SA making strides in health and safety legislation

By: Pimani Baloyi South Africa is making progress in legislating and monitoring compliance with health and safety regulations, says commercial law firm Fasken Martineau, noting that significant amendments to the Mine Health and Safety Act are currently being considered and expected to be passed by Parliament... 

SA making strides in health and safety legislation
PAUL FOUCHE Fasken Martineau advocates for ongoing training and monitoring to ensure health and safety in mining

Strategies sought to implement safety beyond compliance

Operational improvement consulting firm Partners in Performance (PIP) says that it is noting a trend by South African mining companies to reassess their safety strategies and safety auditing procedures, as safety is increasingly approached not only as a legislative but also as a performance... 

Strategies sought to implement safety  beyond compliance
GARETH HUCKLE Partners in Performance can assist mines find out how to drive and sustain safer behaviour

Rickford opens TSX in honour of National Mining Week

By: Henry Lazenby Canada’s Natural Resources Minister and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario Greg Rickford opened the market at the TSX on Thursday in honour of National Mining Week, a yearly celebration of Canada's international leadership and expertise in mining.... 

Nifty ops suspended after worker is killed

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Copper miner Aditya Birla has temporarily suspended operations at its Nifty copper mine, in Western Australia, following a fatality. The miner said on Tuesday that a worker operating a bogger in the underground section of the mine was killed in an accident overnight. 

Fed Mining Minister Rickford celebrates 19th National Mining Week

By: Henry Lazenby Canada’s Minister of Mining Greg Rickford on Monday celebrated the 19th National Mining Week that would run to Friday, touting the country’s international leadership and innovation in the sector and underscoring the importance of mining to communities across Canada. "Quite simply, mining matters... 

Fed Mining Minister Rickford celebrates 19th National Mining Week

Tramming accident claims life of South Deep contractor

By: Creamer Media Reporter A contractor was killed in a tramming accident at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine on Saturday. The relevant authorities were notified and the Department of Mineral Resources issued a Section 54 notice, halting all tramming activities at the project until further notice and pending the outcome of an... 

Brazil’s Vale stresses importance of community engagement

By: Ilan Solomons Community engagement is critically important to ensure the safety, security and sustainability of any mining operation, stresses Brazilian mining major Vale corporate security and crisis manager Ademar Barros Moura Filho. “Community protests are currently the greatest challenge for our mining... 

Brazil’s Vale stresses importance of  community engagement
Photo by Fabiola Ortiz/IPS
PROTEST PROBLEMS Vale’s mines in Brazil were affected by 14 community-led protests, which resulted in losses of $400-million for the company in 2014

Threat of a fire ever present at mines – consultant

By: Ilan Solomons The risk of a fire occurring at a mine is a significant threat that South African mines are well aware of and try to prevent from occurring, states industrial risk solutions provider Collaborative Risk Applications CEO Schalk Willem Lubbe. “It is clear that all fires cannot be prevented. We are,... 

Threat of a fire ever present at mines – consultant
CAULDRON CONUNDRUM Large surface drilling machines and mobile mining plants are some of the equipment that are most at risk of catching fire

Ventilation control system enhances mine planning

By: Dylan Slater Sweden-based hardware and software automation and control company Gefa System’s Arctic Vent Control system can significantly reduce a mine’s energy consumption by ensuring underground areas are efficiently ventilated, the company says. 

Ventilation control system enhances  mine planning
CONTROLLING VENTILATION The system is decentralised, and can be controlled through a remote control platform

What role does deep-level mining play in seismic activity in South Africa?

By: Anine Vermeulen An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 shook Southern Africa in August 2014 and was felt as far apart as Botswana and Durban, in South Africa. One man was killed when a wall collapsed on him in Orkney; 34 miners were injured in mines around Orkney; and more than 600 houses were damaged in the... 

What role does deep-level mining play  in seismic activity in South Africa?

Cash-enriched Randgold taking African mining tech to new high

By: Martin Creamer A big technological step for African mining is being taken at the Loulo mine, in Mali, run by Randgold Resources, the London-listed gold-mining company which on Thursday reported boosted cash and improved profit in the three months to March 31, on the back of lower costs. Randgold, which also... 

Cash-enriched Randgold taking African mining tech to new high
Mark Bristow
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