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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
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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
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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
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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.  

Asbestos mining residues exempt from final Canada asbestos ban

By: Mariaan Webb     19th October 2018 Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna has announced final regulations that will ban asbestos and products containing it by the end of this year, but concern has been expressed over the decision to exempt asbestos-mining residues. RightOnCanada founder Kathleen Ruff... 

Mike Eksteen reflects on twenty-fifth anniversary of Kloof Gold accident

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 October 13 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the successful rescue of 150 miners trapped 3 km underground at the Kloof Gold Mine No. 3 sub shaft, in Westonaria, west of Johannesburg. Former Kloof Gold Mine GM Mike Eksteen, who helmed one of the most successful mine rescue operations in South... 

Mike Eksteen reflects on twenty-fifth anniversary of Kloof Gold accident
Photo by Nadine James
Dirk Albrecht & Mike Eksteen

Motsoaledi calls on mining industry to provide healthy working environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th October 2018 It is estimated that more than one-million former mineworkers, who are in need of medical assessments and treatments, are without access to health services, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi told delegates at the Mine Health and Safety Summit, held in Benoni, on Thursday. He said that, with the... 

Increased urgency to improve mine health, safety – Mantashe 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th October 2018 The increase in mining fatalities in South Africa’s mining sector over the past two years has increased the urgency of improving health and safety in the sector, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Speaking at the opening of the Mine Health and Safety Summit, in Benoni, he... 

Increased urgency to improve mine health, safety – Mantashe
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining  

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on South Africa’s massive mining opportunity loss. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Christo Greyling.

Metso Megaliner improves safety, reduces downtime

By: Donald Makhafola     5th October 2018 Global industrial equipment and services offering company Metso has proven that its Megaliner mill lining system can result in a drastic reduction in downtime and improved safety in mining operations. The Megaliner was developed by Metso in 2012, and expanded in 2013 to include a liner... 

Metso Megaliner improves  safety, reduces downtime
FAST AND EFFECTIVE Megaliner uses fewer and larger parts improving safety, with faster installations

Conveyor fire prevention system rolling out

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 Fire protection systems provider Advanced Automated Systems (AAS) is focusing on improving the fire prevention system of conveyors as opposed to most fire-prevention companies that try to prevent the spreading of fires already active on conveyor systems. AAS has, therefore, finalised the initial... 

Conveyor fire prevention system rolling out
TELL NO LIOS The new LIOS Technology allows for fire hazard dangers to be tended to immediately

Mines urged to do ‘all they can’ to limit pollution from used oil

By: Nadine James     5th October 2018 The mining industry consumes about 25% of the country’s lubricants - accounting for approximately 300-million litres of oil a year, of which 40% is potentially recyclable used oil, notes the Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (ROSE) Foundation. The organisation notes that used-oil is classified... 

Junior gold miner reports strong earnings for first half of year

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 UK-domiciled, London AIM-listed West African gold miner Hummingbird Resources has reported (in its unaudited financial results for the first half – H1 – of this calendar year) that its primary asset, the Yanfolilia Gold Mine in Mali, had recorded a solid performance that had been in line with the... 

Cobalt mining in DRC poses public health risk – study

By: Nadine James     5th October 2018 Cobalt mining comes at a great cost to public health in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), states new research by Belgium university Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven, and the DRC’s University of Lubumbashi. In a statement on the university’s website last week, KU Leuven department of... 

Cobalt mining in DRC poses public health risk – study
Photo by Reuters
COBALT CONCERNS Children living in the mining district had ten times as much cobalt in their urine as children living elsewhere

Zimplats held up as mine safety benchmark at Joburg Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2018 Zimplats platinum mine in Zimbabwe was held up as a safety benchmark at the Joburg Indaba, which on Thursday observed a minute’s silence for mining colleagues fatally injured at work. Opening the second day of the well-attended event, Gold Fields, Kumba Iron Ore and AfriTin director Terence... 

Zimplats held up as mine safety benchmark at Joburg Indaba
Terence Goodlace

Empire State mine contractor dies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 An employee of a contractor working at the Empire State mine, in New York state, died on Tuesday afternoon, TSX-listed Titan Mining said and announced that all mining activities had been suspended. The company said it was working with authorities to determine the cause of the accident that... 

46-year-old man dies in accident at Lonmin mine

By: News24Wire      2nd October 2018 A 46-year-old miner has died following an underground accident at Lonmin's K3 shaft on Sunday. According to a statement by Lonmin, Tembelani Manyana – who was a team leader – died in a "fall-of-ground accident". "Mr Manyana succumbed to head injuries while being evacuated from underground. This... 

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