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Chromite recovery firm reports injury-free milestone

By: Ilan Solomons South African chromite recovery business Masa Chrome Company reported achieving seven years of total injury free shifts, which equates to 2 555 injury free days, on February 28. The International Chromium Development Association (ICDA) has welcomed this achievement by the company and hopes Masa... 

Companies bought to enhance training offering

Training, supply and management group Workforce Holdings announced in January that it had acquired the various operating companies comprising outsourcing solutions providers Quyn Outsource Solutions. Workforce has predominantly placed staff in nontechnical positions and adding Quyn to its service... 

Companies bought to  enhance training offering
Photo by Bloomberg
SKILLS OFFERING EXPANDED Quyn Outsource Solutions’s e provision of technical skills to clients across a range of industries represents diversification for Workforce

Emphasis on opportunities in harsh business climate

By: Simon Sonnekus The West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) 2016 will showcase the opportunities that still exist in the challenging African market, says events company and organiser dmg-ems Africa VP Christine Davidson. The biennial event, which has been running for 22 years, will return to the Accra... 

Emphasis on opportunities  in harsh business climate
GLOBAL ATTRACTION Between 50 and 100 companies are expected to attend, with exhibitors from China, the UAE, France, Poland, South Africa, the UK and Turkey confirmed

‘Boot camp’ initiative used to energise Sasol Mining’s women employees

By: Ilan Solomons At petrochemicals group Sasol's mining subsidiary, Sasol Mining, women account for 28% of management positions and 10% of executive positions with women comprising 15% of all Sasol Mining employees. This is according to Sasol Mining Twistdraai colliery mine manager Portia Malele who addressed... 

‘Boot camp’ initiative used to energise Sasol Mining’s women employees
PORTIA MALELE Sasol Mining has a Women in Mining forum to address issues such as recruitment strategies, development and growth and retention of female employees

Encouraging progress overshadowed by loss of life – Implats

By: Martin Creamer Continuing mourning over the loss of the lives of six employees had completely overshadowed the encouraging progress being made to build a stronger and more robust business, Impala Platinum (Implats) CEO Terence Goodlace said on Tuesday. In the three months to March 31, four employees lost their... 

Encouraging progress overshadowed by loss of life – Implats
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Terence Goodlace

Sibanye guides soaring earnings after quarterly operating profit rockets

By: Martin Creamer ‘Proudly South African’ precious metals mining company Sibanye on Monday reported a 240% higher operating profit to R2.5-billion in the March quarter on a doubled-plus 38% margin. The flourishing JSE- and NYSE-listed company, headed by CEO Neal Froneman, said earnings a share for the six months... 

Sibanye guides soaring earnings after quarterly operating profit rockets
Photo by Duane Daws
Neal Froneman

Draft Mining Charter 'only a proposal' – Zwane

By: Ilan Solomons Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Friday sought to assure mining industry stakeholders concerned about certain provisions in the new broad-based black economic-empowerment Mining Charter that the draft was “just a proposal by government” and that “nothing has been cast in stone". The... 

Draft Mining Charter 'only a proposal' – Zwane
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Anglo bettering North American safety benchmark

By: Martin Creamer Safety improvement at Anglo American mines has put the diversified mining company ahead of the North American mining industry, the leading point of reference. While in full production mode, the London- and Johannesburg-listed business achieved a fatality-free fourth quarter (Q4), which on top of... 

Anglo bettering North American safety benchmark
Photo by Duane Daws
Mark Cutifani

Industry body eyes ongoing partnership with municipal govt

By: Sascha Solomons Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), a voluntary organisation of consulting engineering firms, plans to partner with government entities on a municipal level in the long term to tackle challenges such as a lack of technical personnel and poor service delivery. “Cesa wants to... 

Industry body eyes  ongoing partnership with municipal govt
CHRIS CAMPBELL Partnership with governmet entities could tackle service delivery challenges

Pipe manufacturer advocates plastic over concrete

By: Sascha Solomons Consulting engineers and their clients should focus on long-term sustainability rather than short-term profitability, says high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe manufacturer Sinvac Piping MD Kobus van Dyk. “In South Africa, traditional concrete piping systems and manholes are being prescribed by... 

Pipe manufacturer advocates plastic over concrete
PLASTIC PIPING MORE SUSTAINABLE HDPE piping has a longer life span in comparison to concrete piping

Amplats refined platinum output halved

By: Martin Creamer The refined platinum production of platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) halved in the three months to March 31, when metal-in-concentrate output rose 4% . Refined production plummeted 52% to 261 000 oz on a Section 54 work stoppage that closed the Precious Metals Refinery for... 

Amplats refined platinum output halved
Photo by Duane Daws
Chris Griffith

Qld mulls coal dust reforms

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Queensland state government was hoping that coal dust reforms would assist in the prevention of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, or the so-called black lung disease. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said this week that coal dust reforms were under way as the government... 

Trapped KZN miners presumed dead, rescue called off

By: News24Wire The brief search for illegal miners trapped underground in a disused illegal mine in Pongola has been abandoned, squashing any hopes that they might still be alive. A rock fall at the Klipwal goldmine in Northern KwaZulu-Natal on Friday prompted a response from emergency service personnel who had... 

Missing worker confirmed dead at Goldcorp’s Marlin mine, Guatemala

By: Henry Lazenby Major miner Goldcorp on Sunday confirmed that a missing miner, as a result of a fall-of-rock accident that took place on Thursday, was dead. The company reported Thursday that a worker was trapped underground when an unexpected fall-of-rock occurred. 

Five illegal miners die in blasting accident at KZN mine

By: News24Wire Five people have died in a blast during illegal mining activities at the Klipwal Mine in KwaZulu-Natal, the mining company announced on Sunday. "Despite extensive search and rescue operations… five illegal miners have lost their lives in a blasting accident," Birrell Mining CEO, Lloyd Birrell,... 

Ontario once more budgets a billion for RoF development, private sector takes action

By: Henry Lazenby For the third consecutive year, the Liberal Ontario government has made a C$1-billion commitment toward development in the emerging Ring of Fire (RoF) nickel/chromite mining camp, in the province’s remote far north. The RoF presented a multigenerational economic opportunity for the province, with... 

Ontario once more budgets a billion for RoF development, private sector takes action

Guatemala Goldcorp mine tunnel collapses, one trapped

By: Reuters A tunnel collapsed inside a Goldcorp gold and silver mine in Guatemala on Thursday and one worker is trapped inside, the Canadian company said. The collapse occurred at the Marlin mine in the department of San Marcos, around 250 km (155 miles) to the northwest of Guatemala City, said Julio... 

Modernisation at heart of new State-backed local mining equipment body

By: Martin Creamer The modernisation of South Africa’s mines and the extension of their lives are at the heart of a new government-backed local manufacturing body that will have access to a State-owned developmental cluster location, where joint development initiatives are envisaged. The new organisation – Mining... 

Modernisation at heart of new State-backed local mining equipment body
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Anton Wheeler (right) with Martin Creamer

Ramu ops suspended after fatality

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Operations at the Ramu nickel plant, in Papua New Guinea, have been suspended following a fatality. ASX-listed Highlands Pacific, which holds an 8.56% interest in the project, said on Wednesday that one worker was killed and a further two injured while working around high pressure vessels at... 

Rock-drill operator killed in fall-of-ground at Harmony's Phakisa mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter A rock-drill operator has been killed in a fall-of-ground incident at Harmony Gold's Phakisa mine, near Welkom. The incident happened on Monday afternoon. 

Leigh Day, Vedanta to argue jurisdiction of class action

By: Creamer Media Reporter UK-headquartered Vedanta Resources, its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and law firm Leigh Day were set to argue the jurisdiction of an upcoming legal battle between the miner and villagers living near KCM’s operations over alleged pollution in the areas surrounding KCM in Zambia.... 

Qld govt to appoint medical advisers

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Queensland government has announced the formation of a core group of coal mining medicos as part of its review into health issues faced by the state’s miners. State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Friday that the re-emergence of coal workers... 

Portable toilets for underground mines flush with little or no water

By: Dylan Slater Mining-specific toilets and auxiliary products have been developed by portable toilet and sanitation solutions company Sanitech, specifically for underground mines.  

Lily mine enters business rescue, Solidarity reacts to move

By: Creamer Media Reporter Gold miner Vantage Goldfields, which operates the Mpumalanga-based Lily mine where three miners have been trapped underground since February 4, has announced that its subsidiary MIMCO, which owns the mine, officially entered business rescue on Thursday. In a statement released on Thursday, the... 

Lily mine enters business rescue, Solidarity reacts to move

Brazil wants Samarco to stop leaks before operations resume

By: Reuters Samarco Mineração will not receive Brazilian government authorisation to resume iron-ore mining operations at the site of a dam burst that killed 19 people until leaks of tailings are stopped, environmental protection officials said on Wednesday. Samarco, which is jointly owned by mining... 

Revised draft standard for responsible mining released for 60-day review

By: Creamer Media Reporter The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) on Tuesday released the second and revised draft Standard for Responsible Mining for a sixty-day review and public comment period, ahead of the first-ever global certification programme for industrial-scale mine sites, planned to begin in... 

Responsible mining standards published ahead of global certification programme launch

By: Samantha Herbst The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) has published the second and revised draft of its Standard for Responsible Mining, which it released on Tuesday for public comment and a sixty-day review.The standard would form part of a multisector effort to certify the social and... 

Two Primero employees die in aircraft crash-landing near San Dimas

By: Henry Lazenby Two employees of precious metals producer Primero Mining, plus a relative of one of the employees, have died following an aircraft crash-landing in the Sierra Madre mountain range, about 15 km from the Tayoltita airport, close to Primero's San Dimas mine in Mexico. Late on Friday, the miner... 

Mali gold mine to use SA cooling solution

By: Simon Sonnekus Mine ventilation, refrigeration and air-cooling installations provider BBE projects has secured a $16-million order for two mine cooling systems at a deep-level gold mine, in Mali. “The addition of the cooling systems will enhance safety at the mine by improving the underground working... 

Mali gold mine to use  SA cooling solution
RICHARD GUNDERSEN Gundersen notes that the selection of lightweight building materials for the shell of the air coolers, leads to saving costs and speeding up construction.

Mine mechanisation gains traction

By: Simon Sonnekus More South African mining companies are shifting from using conventional labour forces to mechanising their deep-level operations, as they are exposed to increased seismic stress and the subsequent seismic activity, higher temperatures and time-consuming travelling to the rock face, says... 

Mine mechanisation gains traction
Photo by Duane Daws
DECLAN VOGT Mines and mining corporations have shifted their focus to improving production efficiency and maintaining steady productivity to prevent capital expenditure amid the commodities slump by means of using machinary

Shaft solutions to address commodities crunch

By: Simon Sonnekus Some of the most exciting opportunities are in deep-level mining, says Hatch Goba associate and Africa, Europe and the Middle East mining director Kevin Seyfried. The scarcity of capital, lower operating costs and the reaffirmation of safety by mining companies have prompted multinational... 

Shaft solutions to address commodities crunch
DIGITAL MINING TECH Hatch Goba has highlighted an increase in mechanised mining and the subsequent need for such solutions

Watchdog claims poor public participation

By: Sascha Solomons The uranium mining industry is cause for concern and will create significant challenges for the Karoo community near Beaufort West, in the Western Cape, asserts faith-based environmental watchdog Southern African Faith  . He contends that the community has not been properly consulted by the... 

Watchdog claims poor public participation
PROVIDING INSIGHT The Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute is embarking on a new project to educate communities in the Karoo about uranium mining

10 t hybrid locomotive to be completed in April

By: Nadine James Pretoria-based mining machinery and equipment supplier CMTI Consulting is scheduled to complete its 10 t diesel, lithium-ion hybrid locomotive by the end of next month, says MD Dr Danie Burger, adding that the company aims to supply South Africa’s “frail” underground rail networks. The project,... 

Equipment supplier offers ultralow emission diesel engines

Multinational equipment supplier Sandvik Mining plans to offer its entire range of underground load and haul fleet models with ultra-low-emission diesel engines – either Stage IV/Tier 4 or Stage II/Tier 2 – options by mid-2016. The Gauteng-based Southern African division notes that these options... 

Equipment supplier offers ultralow  emission diesel engines
Photo by Måns Berg
SNADVIK TH550 Tara mine replaced the engine in the mining truck with a Tier 4 engine to reduce emissions

Mining sector reports 36% increase in year-to-date fatalities

By: Ilan Solomons This year has seen 15 mining-related deaths to date, up 36% from the 11 fatalities recorded between January 1 and March 7, 2015, according to Department of Mineral Resources Mpumalanga principal mines inspector Elliot Letsoko. Speaking at the South African Colliery Management Association's 2016... 

Mining sector reports 36% increase in year-to-date fatalities
ELLIOT LETSOKO Letsoko laments the tragic loss of life that has already occurred this year in the local mining industry

Underground transport challenges deeper than commodity slump

By: Nadine James In addition to the weakened commodity market adversely affecting the sales of underground locomotives, three further challenges that suppliers and manufacturers of underground transport equipment face are insufficient equipment maintenance by mining companies, the incorrect use of equipment and... 

Underground transport challenges deeper than commodity slump
COMPACT DESIGN The Wolf locomotives are designed for small tunnels in deep-level hard-rock mining operations

Lily Mine: AMCU and mine management dismiss NUM allegations

By: African News Agency The Association of Construction and Mineworkers Union (AMCU) and Lily mine management on Thursday dismissed allegations leveled against them by the National Union Mineworkers (NUM), which complained that it has been denied access to the site of the collapsed mine in Barberton, Mpumalanga. On... 

NUM blames management, rival union for Lily Mine disaster

By: African News Agency The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday leveled serious allegations against the rival union, the Association of Construction and Mineworkers Union (Amcu), and Lily mine management following a failed attempt to visit the site of the mine collapse in Barberton on Tuesday. NUM’s deputy... 

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