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Acid mine drainage in Wits basins comes under the spotlight in new book

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 A research-based book, titled, Acid Mine Drainage in South Africa, which focuses on acid mine drainage (AMD) within the Western, Central and Eastern basins of the broader Witwatersrand basin, was launched at Unisa’s Muckleneuck campus, in Pretoria, earlier this month.  

Fatality figures falling each year as SA mining sector targets 'zero harm'

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 As the yearly recorded number of mining injuries and fatalities continues to decrease, albeit at a slower pace in 2016, compared with previous years, the focus of the industry shifts once again to renewed efforts to bring the number of fatalities to zero.  

Fatality figures falling each year as SA mining sector targets 'zero harm'

Ending mine fatalities most pressing 2017 priority – AngloGold

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2017 The first and most pressing of AngloGold Ashanti’s key 2017 priorities is to put an end to mine fatalities by improving workplace conditions and bettering legal compliance, AngloGold Ashanti chief operating officer South Africa Chris Sheppard said on Tuesday, when the company posted stunning... 

Ending mine fatalities most pressing 2017 priority – AngloGold
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AngloGold COO South Africa Chris Sheppard

Rock-drill operator dies at Lonmin’s K3 shaft

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2017 An investigation is under way after a rock-drill operator died and two other employees were injured in an incident at dual-listed Lonmin’s K3 shaft on Friday. Lonmin on Tuesday said a preliminary investigation indicated that the incident was possibly the result of the rock-drill operator drilling... 

Free cash rockets to $278m, dividend resumed – AngloGold

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2017 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti will resume dividends after lower operating and interest costs helped it nearly double free cash flow to $278-million on lower production. In the 12 months to December 31, AngloGold Ashanti produced 3.6-million ounces of gold across its 17-mine portfolio at a... 

Free cash rockets to $278m, dividend resumed – AngloGold
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Anglogold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan ‘Venkat’ Venkatakrishnan

Pan African shares fall on fatality-linked mining suspension at Evander

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2017 The share price of Pan African Resources fell by more than 8% in early trade on Monday after the company issued a stock exchange news service notice announcing a fatality-linked 55-day mining suspension of the Evander shafts where studies recently identified critical infrastructure issues... 

Pan African shares fall on fatality-linked mining suspension at Evander
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Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots

CuDeco to update Rocklands health, safety management system as ops suspended

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th February 2017 Operations at the Rocklands copper mine, in Queensland, have been temporarily suspended by order of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, pending the submission of an updated safety and health management system. ASX-listed CuDeco said on Monday that a desktop audit by the Queensland... 

Harmony reports fatality at Bambanani

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th February 2017 JSE-listed Harmony Gold on Monday reported a fatality at its Bambanani mine, in Welkom, in the Free State An investigation is under way after a winch driver was fatally injured in a fall-of-ground incident on Friday. 

Convention aims to bridge communication gap

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 As a continually evolving industry that operates globally, sometimes the biggest difficulty for the mining industry is getting the right people together in one place to discuss their challenges and find ways to address and, ultimately, overcome them, says Prospectors and Developers Association of... 

Convention aims to bridge communication gap
EIGHTY-FIFTH CONVENTION Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2017 convention will feature more than 400 exhibitors at the investors exchange and 500 at the trade show

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Over the past three to four years, metal prices have dropped precipitously and North American mining operators have been forced to implement more operational efficiencies, states conveyor belt vulcaniser product provider Shaw Almex CEO Tim Shaw. 

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies
CONVEYOR BELT SOLUTION Many operators have turned to offshore conveyor belt suppliers, resulting in premature product failures and unreliable supply

DRDGold spends R26m in six months on environmental restoration  

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2017 Johannesburg is probably one of the world’s best examples of unintended sustainable development, where almost accidentally the mining economy has been fully replaced by another larger economy. This is because mining took place for long enough to allow for the emergence of services industries such... 

DRDGold spends R26m in six months on environmental restoration
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer talks to DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius on the company’s R26-million expenditure on environmental restoration. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Botswana chamber adopts Canada’s sustainable mining programme

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2017 The Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) has announced that it will adopt the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, a corporate social responsibility programme developed by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) to improve environmental and social practices in the mining industry. This is first... 

Botswana chamber adopts Canada’s sustainable mining programme

Atlatsa reports fatality at Bokoni

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th February 2017 Dual-listed Atlatsa Resources has been issued a Section 54 notice after a fatality at its Bokoni platinum mine’s Middelpunt Hill shaft section. A Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) investigation is under way following a fall-of-ground incident at the shaft that claimed the life of a team... 

New Bill on way to boost State involvement in mining

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2017 A new Bill is to be presented to the South African Parliament to strengthen the State’s role in the industry, currently dogged by legislative, regulatory and administrative tensions between government, business and labour. The Mining Company of South Africa Bill will be presented to Cabinet and... 

New Bill on way to boost State involvement in mining
President Jacob Zuma

Miners report improved production results

     10th February 2017 Platinum producer Lonmin reports a 71% decline in tonnes lost as a result of Section 54 safety stoppages in the three months to December 31, 2016. In its unaudited production results for the first quarter of 2017, Lonmin highlights that its safety strategy remains centred on the belief that zero... 

Miners report improved production results
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE Anglo American Platinum's total platinum production (metal-in-concentrate) was up 2% to 610 100 oz for the fourth quatter of 2016

Producer does part to fight abuse of children in artisanal mining

     10th February 2017 Natural resources provider Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) has partnered with international foundation Good Shepherd Sisters to fund its Bon Pasteur Alternative Livelihood programme, which aims to help break the cycle of violence and abuse endured by children in artisanal mining communities in the... 

Producer does part to  fight abuse of children  in artisanal mining
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FIGHTING CHILD LABOUR The Good Shepherd organisation is particularly focused on supporting children who work in artisinal mines and are involved in the worst forms of child labour

Water scarcity tops list of world miners' worries

By: Reuters     8th February 2017 The world's top mining companies warned on Tuesday that assets will be stranded and investors will walk away unless they deal with water scarcity in key mining regions such as Africa, Australia and Latin America. After the hottest global year on record in 2016, water has shot up the agenda at... 

Inquiry into Lily mine accident to start within a few days

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2017 An inquiry into an accident at the Lily gold mine, in Barberton, Mpumalanga, a year ago, will start within the next few days. This follows the wrapping up of an investigation by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The primary objective of the inquiry is to find the container in which three... 

Quality of equipment directly impacts safety, efficiency

     3rd February 2017 As the mining industry is supported by a vast system of pumps and pipes, it is important to install pumping equipment that is capable of outlasting its intended job, thereby ensuring safety and efficiency in the mining industry, says displacement pumps manufacturer Netzsch Pumps North America.... 

Quality of equipment directly impacts safety, efficiency
NETZCH'S NICHE Netzsch pumps are frequently used in oil and gas plants, although the company's range also caters for other industrial and mineral applications

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2017 The predominantly Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation has served the mining industry for more than a century. Along with Cementation Canada, Cementation USA and RUC Cementation Australia, the Murray & Roberts Underground Mining Platform ranks among the biggest underground mining contracting... 

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors
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VENETIA MODEL What the Venetia underground diamond mine will look like when complete

US Army Corps ordered to expedite work on Dakota Access Pipeline easement

By: Henry Lazenby     1st February 2017 Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline. “This will enable [Dakota Access] to complete the project, which can and will be built with the necessary safety features to... 

US Army Corps ordered to expedite work on Dakota Access Pipeline easement

Two dead at Hochschild gold and silver mine in Peru – police

By: Reuters     31st January 2017 Two workers died when a tunnel caved in at Hochschild Mining's Inmaculada gold and silver mine, in southern Peru, on Tuesday, a police chief said on local broadcaster RPP. Citing information from the company, Miguel Angel Rivera added that a third worker was wounded in the incident at the mine... 

Randgold in talks to resolve illegal sit-in at Côte d'Ivoire mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2017 LSE-listed Randgold Resources is working to resolve an ongoing illegal underground sit-in at its Tongon mine, in Côte d'Ivoire, which started on January 26. The group is currently negotiating with some workers who are demanding yearly ex gratia payments. 

Court OKs Guatemala civil suit against Tahoe in BC court system

By: Henry Lazenby     27th January 2017 The Court of Appeal for British Columbia on Thursday issued a ruling that civil legal action filed by claimants from Guatemala against dual-listed Tahoe Resources can be heard in the British Columbia court system. Tahoe said it was reviewing the ruling, after which it would decide on whether to... 

Ontario fines Goldcorp, Miller Paving for 2014 contractor injury

By: Henry Lazenby     27th January 2017 Justice of the Peace Sylvie-Emanuelle Bourbonnais in Timmins court on Thursday fined Goldcorp C$55 000 and Miller Paving C$40 000 for a September 2014 accident in which a contractor was injured in an accident. The two defendants pled guilty after the worker was injured when a hopper containing... 

Completion of Mindola shaft expected in 2019

By: Nadine James     27th January 2017 The Mindola Deeps shaft sinking project in Kitwe, Zambia, should be completed by June 2018, marking the first time that a 2 000 m shaft will be raise drilled, says mining contractor Redpath Mining. The project, which is owned by diversified mining and marketing company Glencore’s Zambian copper... 

Completion of Mindola shaft expected in 2019
DAVLIN RICHARDSON The Mining Indaba is the best platform to market our business to a global audience while connecting with companies on a local level

Explosives manufacturer launches electronic blasting system

     27th January 2017 Explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services launched what it claims is its most advanced electronic initiating system, the intelliShot, in December. The electronic initiating system is designed to work in partnership with the company’s DetNet. 

Explosives manufacturer launches electronic blasting system
INCENDIARY INNOVATION AEL has developed the intelliShot system with the notion of innovating and modernising mining practices

Functional specification for proximity detection systems in sight

By: Nadine James     27th January 2017 The South African Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) is expected to adopt a functional specification for proximity detection systems (PDSes) by April this year, says mine safety equipment supplier Booyco Electronics MD Anton Lourens. He explains that the MHSC is expected to sign off on a... 

Functional specification  for proximity detection  systems in sight
DANGER DETECTOR The Booyco proximity detection system uses icons making it easy for operators to understand

Further precedent set for inspectorate’s powers

By: Nadine James     27th January 2017 The Labour Court’s decision to set aside a Section 54 mine stoppage order that unjustifiably stopped operations at leading gold producer AngloGold Ashanti’s Kopanang mine, in the Free State, is pleasing, as it provides further legal precedent for the manner in which inspectors from the Department... 

Further precedent set for inspectorate’s powers
KATE COLLIER The negative impact of an unreasonable instruction or unnecessarily harsh enforcement cannot be overlooked

Gubhani Exploration

     27th January 2017 Black female-owned, cutting-edge surface exploration drilling company Gubhani Exploration was established in 2008. With projects led by a geologist with 13 years of experience in working with drilling contractors and mining companies, Gubhani is a well-rounded service provider that understands... 

Gubhani Exploration

Mining Indaba platform for driving best practice, positive change

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 The Investing in African Mining Indaba is a valuable platform for driving best practice and positive change in the mining industry, providing a forum where governments, companies, investors and civil society can meet and exchange views, says mining organisation International Council on Mining and... 

Mining Indaba platform for driving best practice, positive change
TOM BUTLER Water sustainability will be a key topic of discussion at the 2017 Mining Indaba as access to the resource in some mining areas is becoming increasingly scarce and competitive

Monitech

     27th January 2017 Family-owned and operated safety and monitoring specialist Monitech’s products can be found in more than 90% of the underground coal mining operations under way in South Africa. The South Africa-based company was established in 1995 by a fourth-generation coal mining family, whose roots trace... 

Monitech

Regulatory environment stifling investment

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 South Africa’s mining industry will continue to feel the effects of regulatory uncertainty and political turbulence in 2017 compounding various developments in the sector this year, says banking services provider Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking investment banker Paul Miller. 

Regulatory environment stifling investment
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PAUL MILLER Mining Indaba brings key mining industry players together and provides an efficient way of networking with multiple capital-providers

New laboratories opened based on demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Oil and fuel analysis expert WearCheck has shown considerable growth in Africa in 2016 establishing three new laboratories around the continent’s mining hotspots, a move largely driven by demand from mining operations looking to cut operational costs. As a result of this expansion, the company... 

Wits, Chinese university in partnership to boost research

By: David Oliveira     20th January 2017 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) established the Joint International Research Laboratory of China–Africa Mining Geospatial Informatics in November last year at a ceremony in Xuzhou, China, to further the mining research of the two... 

Zambian copper mine to receive upgraded refuge chambers

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 A Zambian copper mine is set to receive delivery of 12 MineSAFE underground refuge chambers from manufacturer and supplier MineARC, incorporating its new System Intelligence package, including the GuardIAN remote monitoring system, compressed air management system and Aura-FX digital gas... 

Zambian copper mine to receive upgraded refuge chambers
Photo by Duane Daws
ENHANCED SAFETY The GuardIAN secure online interface is hosted on an internal server within the refuge chamber so that no client software installation is required

Mine safety a casualty of too many distractions, say unions as 2016 statistics show marginal improvement

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2017 South Africa’s mining stakeholders need to “go back to the drawing board” and refocus efforts on bringing down the number of fatalities in the sector, trade union Solidarity's deputy general secretary for occupational health and safety and sustainable development Advocate Paul Mardon said, as a... 

Mine safety a casualty of too many distractions, say unions as 2016 statistics show marginal improvement
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Mineral Resources Minister Mosebezi Zwane

Rockfall claims one life at Implats’ 20 shaft

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2017 A rockfall at Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) 20 shaft, in Rustenburg, on Wednesday claimed the life of one mineworker and injured another. Implats spokesperson Johan Theron confirmed the incident to Mining Weekly Online, noting that the shaft has been shut down pending investigation. 

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