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Former mineworkers owed billions of rands

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd July 2016 A substantial sum – between R7-billion and R10-billion – of an estimated R30-billion in unclaimed benefits is believed to be due to South Africa’s former mineworkers. The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is working to deliver a single compensation legislation by March and an integrated... 

Cost of fire suppression tailored in tough times

     22nd July 2016 Although mines are under extreme pressure to operate at tight margins, owing to the decline in commodities prices, fire suppression solutions company I-CAT has solutions in place to meet their needs. “We are geared to absorb the commodities price fluctuations and can ride the cycle to its... 

Cost of fire suppression  tailored in tough times
LOURENS JANSERN VAN RENSBURG LOURENS JANSERN VAN RENSBURG I-CAT is geared to absorb the commodities price fluctuations and can ride the cycle to its eventual upturn

Explosionproof hoists, cranes

     22nd July 2016 Operating electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres requires specially designed and constructed lifting equipment to avoid the risk of explosion posed by gases, liquids, dusts, vapours and other substances, states lifting solutions company Konecranes. Owing to the risks involved, Konecranes... 

Explosionproof hoists, cranes
RISK OF EXPLOSION REDUCED Konecranes manual hoists are an economical solution in hazardous environments where electricity is not available or practical

Product reduces unplanned downtime, machinery replacement

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd July 2016 Australian-listed speciality chemicals development company Alexium International has made significant inroads into the resins, films and polymers industry, owing to its newly commercialised environment-friendly flame-retardant (FR) treatment Alexiflam, which is well suited to the mining industry.... 

Product reduces unplanned  downtime, machinery replacement
UNPLANNED DOWNTIME DIVERTED One of Alexiflam's largest applications in the mining sector comprises polymers used to protect the circuit board wiring in machinery against fire

Harmony reports fatality at Joel mine

By: Anine Kilian     19th July 2016 A Harmony Gold employee died on Monday after succumbing to injuries following a material handling accident at the Joel mine, in the Free State, on Friday. Investigations into the accident were under way.   

Mining houses pledge support for fight against HIV/Aids

By: David Oliveira     18th July 2016 Major miners Anglo American and Harmony Gold have pledged their support for the United Nations' HIV/Aids organisation UNAids’ global #ProTEST HIV campaign. The campaign is aimed at positively contributing to the goal of ending HIV/Aids by 2030, by highlighting the importance of voluntary HIV... 

Mining houses pledge support for fight against HIV/Aids
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

DiamondCorp suspends operations to have miner’s assistants’ training refreshed

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th July 2016 Aim-listed DiamondCorp has suspended underground mining operations at its Lace diamond mine to have miner’s assistants undertake refresher training after a fall-of-ground incident in a development tunnel on the 310 m level. A miner’s assistant has been hospitalised for observation after suffering... 

Zwane decries sharp increase in mine fatalities

By: Ilan Solomons     15th July 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Friday lamented the sharp rise in mining-related fatalities this year and called for “extraordinary measures” to be taken to prevent further fatalities occurring in the sector. Speaking at a health and safety Imbizo at diversified miner Sibanye Gold's... 

Zwane decries sharp increase in mine fatalities
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Custom-built chillers installed at Tanzanian gold mine

By: Ilan Solomons     15th July 2016 Mine ventilation, refrigeration and air-cooling installations provider BBE Projects has installed two new custom-built Frick ammonia water chillers at gold miner Acacia Mining’s Bulyanhulu gold mine’s West shaft, in the Shinyanga region of Tanzania.   The chillers were manufactured by technology... 

Custom-built chillers installed at Tanzanian  gold mine
AMMONIA WATER CHILLER The system will supply chilled water to a surface bulk air cooler at a second ventilation shaft developed to service Bulyanhulu’s extended mining operations

New diesel-hydraulic tunnelling jumbo provides high-quality drilling solution

     15th July 2016 A new tunnelling jumbo, the DT912D, has been added to the range of products offered by breaking, drilling, crushing tools and equipment provider Sandvik Construction and is equipped with the company’s RD525 hydraulic rock drill, or optionally the RD520.  

New diesel-hydraulic tunnelling jumbo provides high-quality drilling solution
PERFORMANCE BOOST The DT912Da tunnelling jumbo RD525 hydraulic rock drill, which offers 'superior drilling performance' with high lifetime

New strategy to tackle black lung after review finds ‘major system failures’

By: Mariaan Webb     13th July 2016 Queensland Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham on Wednesday unveiled a three-pronged strategy to improve coal workers’ health, after a review of the Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme found that a health screening system to protect underground coal workers had failed. Eleven... 

New strategy to tackle black lung after review finds ‘major system failures’

Amplats reports fatality after accident at Thembelani

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th July 2016 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Wednesday reported that an employee had died after sustaining injuries from an incident at its Khuseleka shaft at the Thembelani mine in March. The employee was injured during a rock conveyance incident on March 31, succumbing on July 9 to an... 

WA backs suicide prevention strategy with funding commitment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2016 Western Australia’s peak resources sector body has welcomed news of grants to support suicide prevention training in remote and regional Western Australia. Western Australian Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell on Monday announced a A$560 000 grant for suicide prevention training, targeting... 

Former mineworkers to get integrated support in claiming unpaid benefits

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2016 An improved integrated process to aid former mineworkers battling with pension and provident fund claims would be rolled out across major historical mine labour sending areas following the conclusion of a pilot project in the Eastern Cape earlier this week. The Department of Planning, Monitoring... 

Cosatu to march to DMR over Lily mine

By: African News Agency      8th July 2016 The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) and its affiliate National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) would next week march to the Department of Mineral Resources to demand more government action to resolve the problems at Mpumalanga’s Lily Mine, where three workers remained trapped underground since... 

Budget cuts re-emphasise safety, efficiency on mines

By: Sebastian Whyle     8th July 2016 African mines are under pressure to increase their safety and efficiency standards, all the while adhering to tighter budgets owing to commodity price fluctuations, tyre and wheel service provider Kal Tire Southern Africa VP John Sims tells Mining Weekly. 

Budget cuts re-emphasise safety, efficiency on mines
STICKLER FOR SAFETY Innovations in the mining vehicle wheel and tyre service sector aim to make the servicing of components safer

Mozambique mining to benefit from infrastructure developments

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 Encouraging news for the Chibuto heavy minerals sands project in Mozambique is that three companies are, it has been reported, interested in developing the Chongoene Logistics Corridor, without which Chibuto will not be viable on an sustained basis. The information was revealed by Transport and... 

Gasification could reinvigorate coal mining – Mast-Ingle 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2016 Coal mining in Africa and in South Africa in particular could provide the key to powering up growth on the continent if the opportunity presented by recent developments in underground-coal-to-gas (UCG) technology is seized and implemented. Project management consultant and UCG thought leader... 

Gasification could reinvigorate coal mining – Mast-Ingle
Eskom team at UCG pilot plant in 2007

Finns unveil acid mine water fix  

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2016 A Finnish technology innovator on Tuesday unveiled a new and different solution to the problem of acid mine drainage (AMD). Global EcoProcess Services Oy (EPSE) provides a technology that extracts saleable metals from AMD and produces purified clean water. 

Finns unveil acid mine water fix
Top executives from Finnish water cleaning company EPSE spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. 5.07.2016

BHP fighting rollercoaster legal battle over Brazil dam collapse

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2016 Claims and appeals in Brazil's unpredictable legal environment are obscuring the potential size of BHP Billiton's burst-dam compensation payout, which is oscillating between a hoped-for $2.3-billion, the sudden return of a suspended $6.2-billion and the refusal to go away of a $58-billion claim.... 

BHP fighting rollercoaster legal battle over Brazil dam collapse
BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie

Gold miners’ silicosis case could open floodgate for litigation in other sectors

By: David Oliveira     1st July 2016 The certification of class action status to current and former gold mineworkers suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis against more than 30 historic and current gold mining companies in South Africa potentially opens the door for similar litigation across several sectors, including those of... 

Joburg technical library comes out of mothballs and opens doors to public

By: Dylan Slater     1st July 2016 The public now has access to Johannesburg-based mining, engineering and related disciplines library The Technical Library through a membership programme, after having been outsourced from diversified miner Anglo American.  

Joburg technical library comes out of mothballs and opens doors to public
INFORMATION ON HAND The Technical Library staff provide source-specific material for members of the engineering and mining industry

Mining materials haulage system among receivers of enviro recognition

By: Ilan Solomons     1st July 2016 Conservation organisation World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) South Africa has announced the three winners of the 2016 South African Climate Solver Awards in recognition of innovations that reduce carbon emissions or boost access to clean energy. They are Heliolab, a “revolutionary” heliostat... 

Mining materials haulage system among receivers of enviro recognition
Photo by Source: WWF-SA/Substance Films
2016 SOUTH AFRICAN CLIMATE SOLVER AWARD WINNERS Milotek CEO Andries Louw, Ducere Holdings MD Andre Reyneke and Stellenergy CEO Paul Gauche

Mining sector has some of the highest workplace intoxication rates – ALCO-Safe

By: Ilan Solomons     1st July 2016 When it comes to security in mines, the major focus tends to be on preventing theft and unauthorised access, as a result of the high value commodities involved in the industry. However, comprehensive safety and security needs to cover significantly more, including aspects such as theft of time as... 

Mining sector has some of the highest workplace intoxication  rates – ALCO-Safe
DEADLY COMBO The chances of an incident occurring at a mine are ‘multiplied drastically’ when one introduces alcohol and drugs into the mix

New Wits Mining Institute to focus on innovation

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2016 Innovative technology solutions for the struggling mining sector will be the focus of a new unit at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), which brings together various disciplines under former School of Mining Engineering head Professor Fred Cawood. The new Wits Mining Institute will... 

New Wits Mining Institute to focus on innovation
Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood

Gold mining companies granted partial leave to appeal against certification judgment

By: Anine Kilian     24th June 2016 The South Gauteng High Court on Friday granted gold mining companies leave to appeal against a finding amending the common law in respect of general damages claims regarding the class certification judgment handed down by the court in May. It, however, refused leave to appeal on the certification... 

The MSA Group

     24th June 2016 Local mining consultancy The MSA Group provides exploration, geology, mineral resource, mining and environmental consulting solutions to a client base that includes some of the world’s largest multinational mining companies, as well as private equity and sovereign wealth funds, banks, governments... 

The MSA Group

Unsustainable use of revenue from once booming phosphate sector haunting Nauru

By: Ilan Solomons     24th June 2016 The entire topside of the island of Nauru, in Micronesia, in the Central Pacific, has largely been mined out and requires extensive rehabilitation, says Asian Development Bank (ADB) economist Roland Rajah. The tiny island nation, with a population of about 10 700 residents over 21 km2, has... 

Unsustainable use of revenue from once booming phosphate sector haunting Nauru

Analyst urges caution as lithium excites and pitfalls multiply 

By: Simon Rees     23rd June 2016 Lithium’s prospects are bright as demand from the battery sector is surging and observers believe it will only get better as more electric vehicles (EV) are produced and new energy storage solutions arise, such as Tesla’s Powerwall technology. Indeed, prices had marched higher, while... 

Analyst urges caution as lithium excites and pitfalls multiply
Photo by Reuters
Rockwood's Lithium plant on the Atacama salt flat, the largest lithium deposit currently in production, in the Atacama desert of northern Chile

Great Panther reports fatality at Guanajuatito mine

By: Samantha Herbst     23rd June 2016 A contract miner has died due to an isolated rock fall at TSX-listed silver miner Great Panther Silver’s Guanajuatito mine, in Mexico. "We feel great sadness over the loss of one of our colleagues, and we offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends," stated Great Panther president and... 

Employee killed in accident at Harmony’s Phakisa mine

     20th June 2016 An employee has been killed in an underground rail bound related incident at Harmony Gold’s Phakisa mine, near Welkom, in the Free State. The incident occurred on Saturday. 

Ensuring worker health yields direct, indirect benefits for mining companies – Sasol executive

By: Ilan Solomons     17th June 2016 Safe and healthy employees at all levels, operating within a culture of care and respect, create direct value through for example reduced absenteeism and through indirect benefits, such as higher levels of efficiency, morale and cooperative teamwork, says petrochemicals group Sasol mining... 

Ensuring worker health yields direct, indirect benefits for  mining companies – Sasol executive
LUCKY KGATLE For the industry to achieve the goal of zero harm, it is going to take serious leadership to create a culture where people feel cared for and respected

Lockout systems to prevent accidents and injuries

     17th June 2016 Carefully planned lockout and tagout procedures limit the risk of injuries or accidents caused by the inadvertent starting of machines or equipment while they are being serviced or maintained, says American padlock manufacturer Bearing Man Group (BMG) senior product manager Ryan Basset.  

Lockout systems to prevent accidents and injuries
PREVENT ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES Tagout devices prevent workers from unintentionally energising equipment while a maintenance job is in progress

Mpumalanga paying huge enviro price owing to poor regulation by govt departments – report

By: Ilan Solomons     17th June 2016 Mining is a destructive activity that poses significant threats to the environment, health and livelihoods. Managing these threats to avoid the violation of Constitutional rights requires strong, well-resourced and principled regulation. This is according to Cape Town-based nonprofit organisation... 

Mpumalanga paying huge enviro price owing to poor  regulation by govt departments – report
COAL COUNTRY Over the past 14 years, Mpumalanga has experienced a “proliferation” of prospecting and mining right applications, particularly for coal

Women in mining urged to overcome petty differences to achieve ‘great things’

By: Ilan Solomons     17th June 2016 Women in mining (WIM) must overcome their “petty” differences to ensure that they achieve great things in the local mining industry, states Limpopo-based copper miner Palabora Mining Company human resources development and training manager Sisiwe Mthethwa. She told delegates at training and... 

Women in mining urged to overcome petty differences  to achieve ‘great things’
UNITED STAND More needs to be done to ensure that women work together to advance themselves in the mining sector

Peruvian mining volumes continue to grow as new president takes helm

By: Simon Rees     15th June 2016 The Peruvian mining industry is expected to spur renewed growth in the country as output grows, prices stabilise and revive, several speakers told a recent Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce economic outlook seminar. The recent Peruvian election was so close that the winner Pedro Pablo... 

Peruvian mining volumes continue to grow as new president takes helm
Photo by Reuters
Incoming Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

Big boost for South African mining as old Comro reopens  

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2016 The revitalisation of the South African mining industry through the resuscitation of research and development (R&D) is under way as an outcome of the Mining Phakisa, a strategy forged by 120 government, company, union and nongovernmental participants, who last year spent five weeks working... 

Big boost for South African mining as old Comro reopens
Mining Phakisa outcomes are spelt out to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Legal discretion dogging mine safety inquiries – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2016 The only certainty about current enforcement of South Africa’s Mine Health and Safety Act is consistent uncertainty, says Webber Wentzel partner Kate Collier. Addressing a seminar on the way the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) approaches senior mine management in the aftermath of serious... 

Legal discretion dogging mine safety inquiries – Webber Wentzel
Webber Wentzel partners tell Mining Weeky Online’s Martin Creamer of uncertainty being mining’s new certainty. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video & Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.
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