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High Court sets out process to action against silicosis, TB settlement agreement  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 The Johannesburg High Court on Thursday issued a court order setting out the processes in terms of which members of the settling classes and any interested parties should be invited to show cause why the silicosis and tuberculosis class action settlement agreement should not be made an order of... 

Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi throws weight behind platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2018 The Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi has thrown its weight behind technologies that harness the high-performance characteristics of platinum group metals (PGMs) by joining Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC) as an investor in AP Ventures,... 

Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi throws weight behind platinum
Photo by Creamer Media
AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly

Transnet praised for rapidly restoring stricken Saldanha iron-ore line 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2018 State rail transport enterprise Transnet has earned praise by pulling out all the stops to rapidly restore a railway bridge on South Africa’s crucial Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore line. The line came to a halt on November 28 after a truck carrying heavy equipment at excessive height on a public road... 

Transnet praised for rapidly restoring stricken Saldanha iron-ore line
Crucial iron-ore line back on track after rapid bridge restoration

Opinion: More conversations needed to confront the violence of mining in South Africa

6th December 2018 In this opinion article Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection’s Dr Salimah Valiani argues that only in identifying, embracing and engaging in the heated debates underlying the tensions in South African mining can the country move on collectively from violence to a shared vision of the... 

Opinion: More conversations needed to confront the violence of mining in South Africa
Mistra senior researcher Dr Salimah Valiani

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

FIFO workers faces higher stress levels - study

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th December 2018 New research by Curtin University has shown that one-third, or 33% of Western Australia’s fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforce was affected by high levels of psychological distress compared to only 17% of non-FIFO workers.   

World Bank president visits occupational lung disease outreach

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th December 2018 World Bank president Dr Jim Yong Kim, who is currently on an official visit to South Africa, was this week hosted on a visit to an occupational lung disease outreach being carried out by various South African organisations. Kim was accompanied by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi; Compensation... 

Japanese embassy donates mobile clinic to speed up occupational health claims

By: African News Agency      4th December 2018 The Japanese Embassy on Monday donated a mobile clinic facility to the Aurum Institute in a bid to speed up the assessment of occupational health claims from former miners with the support of Compensation Commissioner Barry Kistnasamy. The Aurum Institute has 20 years of experience in researching... 

Attractive and certain policy presents positive prospects for industry

By: Cameron Mackay     30th November 2018 With the now confirmed separation of oil and gas legislation from that of mining in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act South African Oil & Gas Alliance (Saoga) CEO Niall Kramer says the prospects of South Africa entering the liquefied natural gas and indigenous shale gas market... 

Attractive and certain policy presents positive prospects for industry
NIALL KRAMER The separation of oil and gas legislation from mining legislation is something that the industry has been asking for and policy makers are heading the country in the right direction

Skills upgrade in SA oil and gas industry needed

By: Cameron Mackay     30th November 2018 South Africa has fallen behind the rest of Africa in the oil and gas industry in terms of skills, exploration and legislation, says OPITO (which used to be known as the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization before it was internationally recognized) accredited offshore training company... 

Mining tripartite stakeholders recommit to zero harm

30th November 2018 Last month, the Department of Mineral Resources and its tripartite stakeholders concluded the Mine Health and Safety Summit with a commitment to strive for zero harm. The objective of the Summit was to review the health and safety performance of the mining sector and to develop strategies to... 

Safety initiatives, innovative machinery achieve zero harm

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th November 2018 Mining development and exploration drilling company Rosond achieved zero harm last month, which bodes well for the company’s aim of achieving zero harm in its next financial year. “In the year ahead, we will continue to focus on promoting safe behaviour and increasing management visibility on the... 

Innovative training the next step to improving safety

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th November 2018 Health and safety training company KBC Health and Safety encourages mining companies to engage in continuous learning and the extension of knowledge to decrease the number of incidents and fatalities on site. KBC Health and Safety lead: strategy and business growth director Jared Kangisser says... 

Refinery implements proactive approach towards safety

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th November 2018 Following its current record of 702 lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free days, its previous best being 554 days, Rand Refinery’s Germiston-based gold refinery and smelter operations intends to exceed 1 000 LTI-free days. The company current record equates to 2.3-million LTE-free man-hours.   During... 

Safety assured for Vertical Drop delivery system

30th November 2018 Johannesburg-based supplier and manufacturer of explosives AEL Intelligent Blasting has pioneered the vertical drop emulsion delivery system which delivers the non-detonable base emulsion and sensitiser required directly to a storage facility, boosting safety and efficiency. These storage... 

Anglo willing to play constructive land role  

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2018 Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani on Wednesday expressed willingness to play a constructive role in helping South Africa to arrive at solutions involving the diversification of land ownership and ensuring land productivity. Speaking to journalists at a year-end media function, Cutifani urged the... 

Anglo willing to play constructive land role
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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

DMR initiates ground stability study in areas affected by illegal mining in Joburg 

By: African News Agency      26th November 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said on Monday that it has initiated a ground stability study in the Johannesburg area with immediate effect. In a statement, the DMR said the study, which will commence shortly through the Council for Geoscience (CGS), aims to assess whether there is any... 

GRP pipes more resilient in dewatering systems

23rd November 2018 Glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) pipes’ proven resilience in harsh terrains, extreme climates and unpredictable site environments make them the superior choice over high-density polyethylene (HDPE), steel and ductile iron concrete-lined (DICL) pipes in the demanding environment of a mine dewatering... 

Cost limiting uptake in Africa as technology is deployed against mining accidents

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd November 2018 South Africa’s mining safety statistics are commendable, but the same cannot be said for some of the mining jurisdictions in Africa, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA) chairperson Freddy Mugeri tells Mining Weekly. “I have been around the world and have not heard any one... 

Cost limiting uptake in Africa as technology is deployed against mining accidents

Global mining waste management market to grow

23rd November 2018 The mining waste management market is expected to reach 233.56-billion tons by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1% during the forecast period, according to the ‘Mining Waste Management Market by Mining Method, Metals and Minerals, Waste Type, and Region - Global Forecast to... 

Global mining  waste management market to grow
Photo by Creamer Media
COAL CONTRIBUTES TO GROWTH The amount of mining waste is expected to increase owing to increased demand for coal in power generation and energy and in cement production

Adequate ventilation flow pivotal to safety at mines

23rd November 2018 Safely operating a mine is a fundamental principle, where all procedures and code of practices (COPs) should be carefully adhered to, with ventilation flow and the positioning of refuge bays and early detection and monitoring systems being carefully considered, says deaths elimination product... 

Adequate ventilation flow pivotal to safety at mines
SAFETY MEASURE Underground miner evaluates safety strategy to ensure safety

Platinum’s stature growing as world’s clean air catalyst 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2018 This month’s launch of the world’s first fuel cell double-decker bus is the latest example of platinum helping to power the world’s new clean air revolution. The fuel cell bus was developed as a part of the European Union-funded joint initiative for hydrogen vehicles, which make use of platinum,... 

Platinum’s stature growing as world’s clean air catalyst
First fuel cell double decker bus.

Although trending lower, lung disease incidence in SA mines still ‘alarmingly high’

By: Nadine James     16th November 2018 With the reaffirmation of tripartite commitments at the 2018 Mine Occupational Heath and Safety Summit and the publication of the Compensation for Occupational Diseases Act (Coida) Amendment Bill, both in October, it is clear that the regulatory authorities, including the departments of Labour... 

Although trending lower, lung disease incidence in SA mines still ‘alarmingly high’

VR reinventing education, training in organisations – BSC

By: Simone Liedtke     14th November 2018 Business Science Corporation (BSC) is reinventing itself as the world moves into the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and is focusing on the use of virtual reality (VR) as a cost-effective method of training people. Skills development and the inadequacies of traditional safety training remain... 

Kumba champions ‘zero-harm’ approach for mining industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th November 2018 The mining industry’s efforts to achieve zero harm are achievable, but this will need a fundamental change in mindset from mine leadership that includes a relentless focus on managing catastrophic and fatal risks, says Kumba Iron Ore safety and sustainable development executive head Philip... 

Kumba champions ‘zero-harm’ approach for mining industry
Kumba Iron Ore safety and sustainable development executive head Philip Fourie

AngloGold Ashanti debt falls, Mponeng stands out

By: Martin Creamer     5th November 2018 Production of 851 000 oz and a drop in costs helped gold-mining company AngloGold Ashanti to drive net debt down by 15% year-on-year in the three months to September 30, with net debt now 44% lower in six years. Third-quarter production of 851 000 oz was at a 14%-lower all-in sustaining cost... 

AngloGold Ashanti debt falls, Mponeng stands out
Photo by AngloGold Anshanti
The debt reduction path of AngloGold Ashanti

Commitments for continued spending in South Africa – AngloGold  

By: Martin Creamer     5th November 2018 There are commitments for continued spending in South Africa next year related to the Phase 2 development of the Mponeng gold mine, new AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushnisky told Mining Weekly Online on Monday. The proposed Phase 2 expansion of the Mponeng mine in Gauteng involves deepening the... 

Commitments for continued spending in South Africa – AngloGold
Photo by Bloomberg
AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushnisky

New tech ensures safety at underground mines

2nd November 2018 With the death toll in South African mines this year having reached 54, dynamic company Advanced Communications has sourced advanced radios, which use the mine’s existing metallic and conductive infrastructure, to create reliable communication paths underground that extend for kilometres. Mine... 

New tech ensures safety  at underground mines
HANDY TECH The radios provide continuous communication signal strength of 5/5

Amplats takes all of Mototolo 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Thursday that it had completed acquisition of the Mototolo joint venture (JV), which has become a wholly owned asset of the company. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Amplats, which was a 50% JV partner,... 

Amplats takes all of Mototolo
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith

MC Mining, industry reinvention and EVs in mining  

31st October 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses MC Mining’s coking coal offtake agreement, the need for the industry to reinvent itself and electric vehicles being used underground. 

MC Mining, industry reinvention and EVs in mining
MC Mining, industry reinvention and EVs in mining

Queensland gets tough on mine safety, gives inspectors more power

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 The Queensland Parliament has backed changes to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act, and the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act, giving the state’s mine inspectors more power to directly take action on health and safety issues. The amendments to the legislation will see miners face... 

Greenpeace Africa affirms Mpumalanga is a nitrogen dioxide air pollution hotspot

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Greenpeace Africa states that analysis from satellite data between June 1 and August 31 shows that Mpumalanga is the world’s largest nitrogen dioxide air pollution hotspot across six continents. The data points to coal and transport as the two principal sources of the nitrogen dioxide air... 

Lake Charles on track and within budget

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Next year will be a defining year for petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol, with the start-up of its Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US, which is earmarked as a catalyst for transforming Sasol’s earnings profile. In its 2018 annual results, Sasol announced that it had achieved... 

Lake Charles on track and  within budget
BOILING POINT The Lake Charles boiler facility has produced first steam

Change management crucial for automation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th October 2018 There is a need for effective change management in the opencast mining industry to assist clients in adapting to new technologies and technological capabilities, says equipment supplier Epiroc surface and exploration drilling business line manager Hedley Birnie. “Challenges facing the South... 

Change management  crucial for automation
SMART DRILL RIG The Epiroc Advanced Drilling Solutions division supplies surface drilling machines that are autonomous

Surface miners drive up savings in coal mining

26th October 2018 Mine operators have been increasingly turning to an alternative to conventional rip-and-stack or drill-and-blast coal mining – the use of surface miners. Diverse studies and tests show that surface miners offer considerable advantages in terms of both economic efficiency and the final product. 

Surface miners  drive up savings  in coal mining
WIRTGEN 4200 SM Using Wirtgen surface miners delivers compelling improvements in final product quality, cost-efficiency, environmental protection and safety

Reutech Mining plans to expand product range

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th October 2018 Mining technology and geotechnical slope-stability-monitoring radar systems supplier Reutech Mining plans to expand its product range in 2019, says executive manager Jan de Beer. The company provides equipment that can assist in real-time monitoring of the mine walls in opencast mines to provide... 

Reutech Mining  plans to expand  product range
QUICK SCAN The Reutech Mining Movement and Surveying Radar is the fastest scanning real aperture radar capable of detecting submillimeter movement of up to 4 000 m away from the rock face

Employee dies in accident at Medusa's Philippines mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th October 2018 Gold miner Medusa Mining has reported a fatality at its Co-O underground mine, in the Philippines. The ASX-listed company said on Wednesday that a worker had fallen from a height within the mine, and had subsequently succumbed from his injuries. 

Harmony, Amplats report fatalities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2018 Precious metals miners Harmony Gold and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) both reported fatalities on Friday. A Harmony employee died after falling from a height, while working in the shaft bottom at the Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville.  

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