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Petrobras fuel tank explodes in Brazil, killing two

By: Reuters A heating unit at a Petrobras depot in Brazil used to treat fuel for ocean-going ships exploded on Wednesday, killing two workers, the state-run oil company said in a statement. The blast and resulting fire broke out about 13:00 GMT, while workers were doing planned maintenance on the heating... 

Aquarius reports fatality at Mimosa

By: Creamer Media Reporter JSE-listed Aquarius Platinum on Wednesday reported that an employee had been killed in a fall-of-ground accident at its Zimbabwe-based Mimosa joint venture platinum operation on Monday. “The relevant regulatory authorities have been informed and a full investigation is under way,” the company said. 

High Court reserves judgment as civil society groups push for entry into silicosis case

By: News24Wire The South Gauteng High Court today (25 August) reserved judgement on whether the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Sonke Gender Justice will be allowed to appear as friends of the court in what could be the county’s first class action against the gold industry. Represented by public interest... 

High Court reserves judgment as civil society groups push for entry into silicosis case

Report to assist WA resources sector in improving mine safety

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The inaugural Serious Injury Review report, released by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP), will help lay the groundwork for further reductions in Western Australian mining fatality and injury rates, says Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion. The report considers the underlying... 

Report to assist WA resources sector in improving mine safety

ANC sold its people to the highest bidder says AMCU leader 

By: African News Agency The African National Congress (ANC) had, through the 2012 Marikana massacre, betrayed black workers said Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) leader Joseph Mathunjwa on Thursday. “The massacre in Marikana was well-planned by the ANC,” said Mathunjwa. 

ANC sold its people to the highest bidder says AMCU leader
Photo by Duane Daws
AMCU leader Joseph Mathunjwa

Company to launch new reflective cable for mining industry

By: David Oliveira Powermite, a division of industrial and electrical products distributor Hudaco, will launch its new thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) cable during this year’s Electra Mining Botswana mining, industrial and power generation exhibition, which will take place at the Fair Grounds, in Gaborone, from... 

Local company launches foldable 3D warning chevrons suitable for underground, opencast mines

By: Ilan Solomons South African company three-dimensional (3D) advance warning triangles manufacturer Phepha Reflective Triangles has launched a range of foldable 3D warning chevrons that are suitable for underground and opencast mines. Phepha director Shaun Gunter tells Mining Weekly that all components of the... 

Local company launches foldable 3D warning chevrons  suitable for underground, opencast mines
SHAUN GUNTER The product’s primary function is for use as an advanced warning triangle

Mining systems and technologies on show

Energy distribution, automation, communication, transportation and underground mining infrastructure roof support systems manufacturer and supplier Becker Mining South Africa will be showcasing its latest products and systems at this year’s Electra Mining Botswana exhibition, which is taking... 

Mining systems and  technologies on show
INTELLIGENT SYSTEM Becker’s latest generation of safety device, the ICAS, provides situational awareness for operators, ensuring improved on-site safety

Marikana families sue police minister

By: News24Wire Families of the 37 mineworkers killed in Marikana are taking on Police Minister Nathi Nhleko in court. The families, represented by the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) and Wits Law Clinic, filed papers at the High Court in Pretoria on... 

Marikana families sue police minister

Mechanic dies at Metanor’s Bachelor gold mine

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-V-listed Metanor Resources on Monday reported that a mechanic (50) had died at the Bachelor gold mine, located in Desmaraisville, 250 km north-east of Val d'Or. The company said the mechanic was busy assembling a small haulage truck in a maintenance shop early on Sunday morning when he... 

Accident reports on workers must be disclosed – court

By: News24Wire Eighteen years ago, 15 workers at the Sasol Secunda plant were burned to death in what was described at the time as a "catastrophic fire". What caused the blaze that killed them, how did they die and could they have been saved? These were questions the next of kin and their union wanted to know... 

Accident reports on workers must be disclosed – court

Sibanye Gold upbeat on high-value surface project

By: Martin Creamer Gold mining company Sibanye Gold on Wednesday expressed excitement about the outcome of a feasibility study that pointed to a lucrative potential go-ahead for its huge gold tailings retreatment project on South Africa’s West Rand. “It’s a beaut,” Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman said of the West Rand... 

Sibanye Gold upbeat on high-value surface project
Photo by Duane Daws
Neal Froneman

R50m mine design centre opens 

By: Martin Creamer The University of Pretoria’s new virtual and augmented reality mine design centre, which is set to revolutionise both surface and underground mine design, was officially opened on Tuesday evening. A total of R50-million has been invested in the centre, which has come out of a highly successful... 

R50m mine design centre opens
Inside the new mine design centre

Harmony reports Kusasalethu fatality

By: Creamer Media Reporter An employee was fatally injured in a rail bound accident at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, on Monday. Harmony on Tuesday said investigations into the accident were under way, with all tramming operations on the level where the accident occurred having been stopped. Harmony’s... 

Clear policy guidelines will eliminate confusion between artisanal and illegal mining

By: Zandile Mavuso While the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) states that artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) plays a fundamental role in the South African economy, as it addresses poverty and creates jobs for rural communities, in most cases, the artisanal mining aspect of ASM has been labelled as illegal. 

Clear policy guidelines will eliminate confusion between artisanal and illegal mining

TB incidence in South African mining sector highest in the world

By: Zandile Mavuso Diagnostic medical imaging solutions company IntriHEALTH believes that with every mining company in South Africa being obligated by the Mine Health and Safety Act to provide consistent medical surveillance for their employees, the company can assist mining companies by archiving employee medical... 

Guidelines needed to eliminate confusion between artisanal, illegal mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter Creamer Media's Leandi Kolver speaks to senior staff writer Zandile Mavuso about the clear policy guidelines that are needed to eliminate the confusion between artisanal and illegal mining. 

Guidelines needed to eliminate confusion between artisanal, illegal mining

Better understanding of fire risks needed – industry body

By: Leandi Kolver Persons working in hazardous locations have to understand their environment, its associated risks and the applicable laws and standards better, the South African Flameproof Association (Safa) tells Mining Weekly, stating that education is of paramount importance. In addition, better monitoring in... 

Better understanding of fire risks needed – industry body
DANGEROUS BUSINESS Workplace monitoring is crucial to ensure that mining risks are mitigated and incidents avoided

Event highlights explosives health and enviro risks

By: Leandi Kolver The health and environmental issues pertaining to explosives have to be addressed, says Mogorosi Communications conference producer Grace Gambiza, commenting on topics discussed at the third Annual Explosives Conference, which took place on May 26 and 27, in Johannesburg. Mogorosi Communications... 

Improved communication urged as demands from near-mine communities become more strident

By: Ilan Solomons Strategic investments in communities should create value for beneficiaries and investors, global advisory firm KPMG climate change and sustainability global mining leader Rohitesh Dhawan said, stating that if mining companies followed a strategic approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR),... 

Improved communication urged as demands from near-mine communities become more strident

Live fire demonstrations showcase technology

By: Mia Breytenbach To emphasise the importance of adopting effective fire-suppression solutions designed for specific, special fire risks, environmental solutions company I-Cat showcased several fire-suppression technologies, which the company recently introduced to the industry, through live demonstrations last... 

Live fire demonstrations showcase technology
FIREFIGHTING ENHANCEMENT The EXTINGUISHmist sprays only 6 ℓ of water per minute, guaranteeing longer-lasting firefighting capacity of up to four times

Mining industry to benefit from emergency services event

By: Leandi Kolver Mine owners and mining-sector stakeholders will benefit from attending the 2015 South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) Conference, Exhibition and Training event owing to the inherent risks of the industry, conference organiser Sean Macnamara from Interact Media Defined tells Mining... 

Mining industry to benefit from emergency services event
RESCUE CHALLENGES The SAESI 2015 training component includes various challenges during which emergency management services personnel can compete individually or as a tea

NGO raises concerns about child labour in Ghana’s gold sector

By: Ilan Solomons International gold refiners who use gold from Ghana may be benefiting from hazardous child labour in unlicensed mines, warns independent human rights organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW further stresses that the refiners should take “immediate steps” to eliminate child labour in their... 

NGO raises concerns about child labour in Ghana’s gold sector
Photo by Human Rights Watch
GHANA CHILD LABOUR CHALLENGE Children pull gold ore out of shafts, carry and crush loads of ore and process it with toxic mercury

Partnership supplies flameproof plug and socket to mines

Industrial equipment supplier Hysense Trading in conjunction with Lean Mining Solutions (LMS) this month launched a new 250 A flameproof plug and socket into the market. Hysense Trading supplies products and consumables to the mining and metals industries, and will be supplying the LMS plug and... 

Routine testing will deter drug use and improve safety, productivity

By: Schalk Burger Routine drug testing on mining sites is an effective deterrent to habitual and casual drug use, which improves the safety of workers and their productivity, says drug-testing company ALCO-Safe director Rhys Evans. A simple six-drug screening panel tests for the common illicit drugs of... 

Routine testing will  deter drug use and  improve safety, productivity
RHYS EVANS Routine drug screening tests enable a database of results to be developed to determine the effectiveness of drug-combating initiatives or education programmes

Stringent controls urged as explosives theft poses danger to society

By: Zandile Mavuso The theft of explosives by illegal miners presents great danger to society and steps need to be taken to ensure the prevention of such products falling into the wrong hands, says explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services global mining optimisation manager Simon Tose. 

Ontario fines Goldcorp subsidiary C$100 000 for 2013 worker injury

By: Henry Lazenby The Canadian subsidiary of gold major Goldcorp has been fined C$100 000 following the injury of a mineworker in a 2013 incident. According to an Ontario Court of Justice bulletin, the incident occured while workers were performing tasks at the 800 level of the Campbell complex mine, near... 

AngloGold reports fatality at Moab Khotsong

By: Natasha Odendaal Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti on Wednesday reported a fatality at its Moab Khotsong mine, near Orkney, in the Free State. A scraper winch operator was fatally injured in a winch incident at the mine, 170 km from Johannesburg, on Tuesday. 

Canada’s exploration, mining industries call for government collaboration on policy priorities

By: Henry Lazenby At the seventy-second yearly conference of Canada’s Energy and Mines Ministers, the country’s exploration and mining industries on Monday lobbied for increased government attention in several challenging sector areas during the current period of economic downturn and uncertainty. The Canadian... 

Quebec uranium mining not realistic for several years – BAPE 

By: Henry Lazenby Uranium mining in Quebec is not feasible for several years still, owing to the exceedingly negative perception mining of the radio active element has among the province’s inhabitants, as a result of “numerous unanswered” questions regarding human health and ecosystem integrity, a committee tasked... 

Quebec uranium mining not realistic for several years – BAPE

Most ounces from mechanised mining in next ten years – Amplats

By: Martin Creamer Most of the platinum ounces produced by the world’s biggest platinum company in the next ten years would come from mechanised mining, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith said on Monday. Delivering a strong set of results for the six months to June 30 – which saw profit soar 704%... 

Most ounces from mechanised mining in next ten years – Amplats
Photo by Duane Daws
Chris Griffith

Inspection products reduce fluid-injection injuries

By: Bruce Montiea In response to the unacceptable number of fluid-injection injuries in the global mining industry, US-based ultraviolet equipment and fluorescent materials manufacturer Spectronics Corporation will intensify its efforts to make its FluidSafe and SafetyBlu products widely available. Spectronics... 

Inspection products reduce fluid-injection injuries
ENHANCING SAFETY The SafetyBlu light kit comprises smart alternating current and direct current chargers, yellow fluorescence-enhancing glasses and a belt holster, with all components packed in a padded carrying case

BC OKs restricted restart of Mt Polley mine amid environmental protests

By: Henry Lazenby The British Columbia provincial government has given base metals miner Imperial Metals the green light to restart partial operations at the ill-fated Mount Polley mine, after a breach of the tailings dam in August last year caused environmental havoc and a province-wide regulatory safety review.... 

Rare earths to ride price see-saw for foreseeable future

By: Megan van Wyngaardt The general mood of the rare earths industry is cautiously optimistic, owing to the Chinese market opening up and the increased use of the elements in the automotive sector and in renewable energy. According to independent mining consultancy Core Consultant’s Rare Earth Monthly Report, which... 

Rare earths to ride price see-saw for foreseeable future

We need police leaders with integrity - analyst

By: News24Wire If situations like Marikana were to be prevented in the future, South Africa needed police leaders with integrity who did not make decisions based on politics, an analyst said on Thursday. "To move forward and really see a change in the police and the police culture; to reduce police misconduct;... 

We need police leaders with integrity - analyst

EFF to lay criminal charges against deputy president Ramaphosa, ministers 

By: African News Agency The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Thursday it would lay charges against deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, former police minister Nathi Mthethwa and top police management for the deaths of 44 people in Marikana three years ago. ”We are opening these cases because we believe only a proper... 

EFF to lay criminal charges against deputy president Ramaphosa, ministers
Photo by EFF
EFF leader Julius Malema

Rejected mine water plan deprived 7 000 of jobs – Robinson 

By: Martin Creamer The rejection of a still-workable mine water and slimes dam plan at the stricken Grootvlei gold mine on Gauteng’s East Rand deprived 7 000 squatter camp dwellers of employment and set the mine on its downward trajectory, which has arguably ended up as the harshest aspect of the Aurora liquidation... 

Rejected mine water plan deprived 7 000 of jobs – Robinson
Photo by Daune Daws
Dr RE (Robbie) Robinson (right) and Martin Creamer

Mine mechanisation linked to local equipment retains jobs – Jourdan 

By: Martin Creamer Resource development strategist Dr Paul Jourdan this week called for the local manufacture of mechanised mining equipment to neutralise job losses during the switch to machines. The former Mintek president says that even though mechanisation “massively” increases the quality of work in mines and... 

Mine mechanisation linked to local equipment retains jobs – Jourdan
Photo by Creamer Media
Paul Jourdan
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