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Six die in underground fire at Palabora copper mine  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 Mining company Palabora Copper confirmed on Monday that six people have died at its copper mine in Phalaborwa, following a fire that broke out at its underground conveyor belt operation during the early hours of Sunday.  

Company distributes boosters for use in rescue services

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 High pressure breathing air compressor supply company Coltri Compressors South Africa became the sole distributer of the MPS Booster pump for booster pump manufacturer MPS Technology in Southern Africa which is marketing it to emergency medical services (EMS) for underground rescues. The MPS... 

Company distributes boosters for use in rescue services
SLEEK DESIGN The smaller, more compact MPS Booster pump can be taken anywhere in its specially designed hard explorer case

IoT, new technologies can solve challenges, increase competitiveness

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Although the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating “a huge wave” in Africa, as smart connected devices are being deployed at mines, there is further potential for smart devices and IoT to positively impact on mining operations in Africa, says pan-African law conglomerate Centurion Law Group CEO NJ... 

IoT, new technologies can solve challenges, increase competitiveness
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NEW TECHNOLOGY African mines can implement the Internet of Things to improve efficiencies and increase their competitiveness

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction

By: Dylan Slater     13th July 2018 Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by... 

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction

Joburg to host ‘safe drilling’ event this month

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 The DrillSafe initiative will host its inaugural Drill Safe Drill Rig & Safety Innovation Forum at the Glen Hove Conference Centre, in Johannesburg, on July 20.  The forum will explore innovations in to drilling equipment and the exploration work environment, explains DrillSafe founder and Colin... 

Joburg to host ‘safe drilling’ event this month
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SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT Colin Rice notes that almost every accident in an exploration drilling environment is related to human error

Fatality-free Pan African sparkles on lower-cost, longer-life prospects

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2018 Pan African has repositioned itself as a lower-cost, longer-life gold mining company that is guiding production of 170 000 oz of gold in the 12 months to June 30 next year. The Aim- and JSE-listed company saw its Barberton Mines commendably achieve a million fatality-free shifts and help the... 

Fatality-free Pan African sparkles on lower-cost, longer-life prospects
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Pan African CEO Cobus Loots

Turkish court jails executives over 2014 coal mine disaster

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 A Turkish court sentenced five mining executives to up to 22 years in jail on Wednesday for their role in the coal mine disaster in May 2014 that killed 301 people, the ruling showed. The deaths were caused by a fire that swept through the mine in the town of Soma, 480 km south of Istanbul. It... 

Turkish court jails executives over 2014 coal mine disaster
A mining helmet and carnations are seen placed on the ground by demonstrators during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the 2014 Soma mining disaster in western Turkey.

Kusasalethu employee killed in fall-of-ground incident

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2018 An employee was killed in a fall-of-ground incident at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine, in Carletonville, on Tuesday morning. An investigation into the accident is under way. 

Occupational disease prevention campaign launched

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 Workplace health and safety compensation funds Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA), Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company and the Department of Labour Compensation Fund, as well as the Department of Mineral Resources, on Thursday launched the Occupational Disease Prevention Campaign, in... 

Kropz eyeing dual listing

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2018 Emerging plant nutrient producer Kropz is eyeing a dual listing on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange in addition to seeking admission to trade on the Aim in London, where it intends raising equity capital to fund the completion of its advanced-stage phosphates project in South Africa, cut debt... 

Kropz eyeing dual listing
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Kropz CEO Ian Harebottle

Class action lawsuit filed against South Africa's Sibanye-Stillwater following fatalities 

By: Reuters     28th June 2018 A US law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against South African miner Sibanye-Stillwater on behalf of shareholders to recover losses suffered after a spate of deaths at its mines triggered a sharp fall in its share price. Bernstein Liebhard said in a statement the suit would deal with... 

Class action lawsuit filed against South Africa's Sibanye-Stillwater following fatalities

Ongoing fuel cell developments kindle hope for platinum demand 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2018 Ongoing hydrogen fuel cell developments across the globe are kindling hope for an eventual significant increase in platinum demand. This month alone, Hyundai Auto Canada took part in the official opening of Canada's first retail hydrogen fuelling station operated by Shell and Hydrogen Technology... 

Ongoing fuel cell developments kindle hope for platinum demand
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Shell hydrogen GM Oliver Bishop fuels a fuel cell Hyundai in Vancouver.

Employee killed in incident at Sibanye's Khomanani mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2018 An employee has been killed in an accident at JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater's Khomanani mine, at the Driefontein operation. "For reasons still to be determined, he entered a scraper path and was caught by the scraper. 

Lungu refuses to fire Minister following Zambian mining tragedy

By: African News Agency      21st June 2018 Zambian President and leader of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party Edgar Lungu, has turned a deaf ear to calls for the Minister of Mines Richard Musukwa to be fired following Wednesday’s mining tragedy when at least ten miners were buried alive after the collapse of a mine dump in Zambia's... 

Serabi reports fatality at Brazil mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Dual listed Serabi Gold on Wednesday reported that a worker had died in a mining accident at its Sao Chico mine, in Brazil. The accident, which happened during the weekend, involved the operation of one of the underground loading machines. 

Sibanye-Stillwater appoints safety exec, to fund study to enhance risk management

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Following a spate of fatalities at its South African mines this year, Sibanye-Stillwater has committed to funding an independent study, to be conducted by a visiting academic at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), with the aim of developing practical recommendations for enhancing risk... 

Sibanye-Stillwater appoints safety exec, to fund study to enhance risk management

New mechanisms launched to help former mineworkers claim in landmark silicosis case

By: African News Agency      20th June 2018 A new website and a Facebook page was launched on Tuesday in a bid to assist former mineworkers and their dependents who may be entitled to compensation that have made provisions for a Trust Fund to pay mineworkers who contracted silicosis or TB at work. The historic R5 billion settlement was... 

New mechanisms launched to help former mineworkers claim in landmark silicosis case

Mines chief inspector compiling report on Sibanye-Stillwater accidents – Mantashe

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 The acting chief inspector of mines is compiling a report on all accidents that occurred at Sibanye-Stillwater mining operations since the beginning of this year, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Sunday. "This will enable us to take appropriate action, guided by the Mine Health... 

Samcodes, malaria, beneficiation make headlines  

15th June 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses Samcodes, malaria and beneficiation in this week's Second Take. 

Samcodes, malaria, beneficiation make headlines
Samcodes, malaria, beneficiation make headlines

Body of missing Sibanye employee recovered

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 Mine rescue teams have located and retrieved the body of the fifth employee that went missing at Sibanye-Stillwater's Kloof Ikamva mine. "The bodies of all five employees who entered an abandoned area on Monday have now been recovered and sadly five colleagues lost their lives in this tragic... 

Mining companies combating malaria scourge – ICMM

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2018 Mining companies are taking firm steps to help combat the scourge of malaria, which affects 3.3-billion people worldwide and kills a child every 30 seconds. International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) health, safety and product stewardship director John Atherton reports that: 

Mining companies combating malaria scourge – ICMM
International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) health, safety and product stewardship director John Atherton.

Search for fifth miner continues at Sibanye Kloof mine

By: African News Agency      13th June 2018 The search for the fifth mineworker trapped underground continues at Sibanye-Stillwater Kloof mine, the company said on Wednesday.  Sibanye confirmed late Tuesday that the body of a fourth worker had been retrieved from the abandoned stope ore pass by the specialised proto teams after it was... 

Sibanye blames workers not following rules as mine deaths spike

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2018 Sibanye Gold says workers failing to follow rules and procedures are largely to blame for a spike in fatal accidents at its South African operations, where 19 people have died since January. The company accounts for more than a third of the deaths in South African mines this year and faces... 

Sibanye suspends operations at Kloof mine for a day of mourning

By: African News Agency      12th June 2018 Sibanye-Stillwater said on Tuesday it had suspended mining operations at its Kloof Ikamva shaft for a day of mourning after four mineworkers died underground. Sibanye on Tuesday located the body of a fourth mineworker killed at the shaft near Westonaria, south-west of Johannesburg, following a... 

Sibanye suspends operations at Kloof mine for a day of mourning

Employee killed in fall of ground at Harmony's Bambanani mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th June 2018 An employee was killed in a fall-of-ground incident at Harmony Gold's Bambanani mine, in the Free State, on Friday morning. An investigation into the accident is under way. 

Major graphite development shows Mozambique resource potential

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Australian resources company and graphite miner Syrah Resources says the Balama graphite project is the first major resources development in Mozambique for several years, with the company, along with the Mozambique government, “demonstrating the importance of operating stability in Mozambique to... 

Major graphite development shows Mozambique resource potential
OPERATING STABILITY The Balama graphite project provides a long-term and consistent source of high-grade flake graphite

Mantashe says dept paying attention to seismicity to avoid fatalities

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday that the death-toll increase in mining accidents was a serious concern, adding that the department's Council for Geoscience (CGS) and other stakeholders were paying special attention into seismicity.  Since the beginning of 2018, a total... 

Sibanye CEO says seismic events a fact of life for South Africa mines

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Earthquakes such as the one in which seven miners died last month in South Africa are impossible to predict and a fact of life for deep level operations there, the chief executive of the mine's owner Sibanye-Stillwater said on Thursday. Precious metals producer Sibanye has been the object of... 

Seven mineworkers missing after accident in northern Mexico

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Rescuers were searching on Wednesday for seven workers who went missing in at a gold and silver mine in northern Mexico after a dam filled with liquid waste collapsed, authorities said. The accident occurred on Monday in the La Cieneguita mine operated by Minera Rio Tinto and Pan American... 

Govt creating junior miners’ fund, boosting geoscience, legitimising zama-zamas 

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2018 The government is partnering the State-owed Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to establish a junior miners’ fund that will provide exploration investment capital to black-owned emerging miners; it is also investing R20-billion in the Council for Geoscience to boost exploration as well as... 

Govt creating junior miners’ fund, boosting geoscience, legitimising zama-zamas
Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant announces junior funding at Junior Indaba, covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Two killed in abandoned mine in Morocco – agency

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Two freelance miners have died in a rockfall in an abandoned Moroccan lead mine in a region hit by protests after the similar deaths of two other miners in December, state news agency MAP said. "Two people, aged 33 and 42, were killed on Sunday after a lead gallery partially collapsed in the... 

Mining industry stakeholders pledge to do more to achieve zero harm  

By: Anine Kilian     4th June 2018 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater is concerned that a plateau has been reached in reducing fatalities in South Africa’s mining industry and believes a different and collaborative approach involving all stakeholders is needed for the industry to achieve its aspiration of zero harm. It was... 

Miner killed in accident at Sibanye's Driefontein mine

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers said on Friday a miner was killed by falling rocks at Sibanye-Stillwater's Driefontein gold mine, where seven workers died four weeks ago in a cave-in following a seismic event. Sibanye, which saw its share price sink about 28% in May, noted on... 

‘Law does not adequately protect pregnant women working in risk environments’

By: Nadine James     1st June 2018 The legislature should amend the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA) to protect pregnant employees working in risk environments, says Cliffe Dekker Hofmyer employment practice director Fiona Leppan. She says South African legislation does not provide adequate protection for pregnant women working in... 

‘Law does not adequately protect pregnant women  working in risk environments’
FIONA LEPPAN If the Unemployment Insurance Act were to be amended, it should address situations where pregnant women would be prejudiced because of the work environment – not because they are pregnant

Modular chute system to reduce safety risks, increase uptime

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st June 2018 With mining operations valuing the optimisation of their assets, and safety and uptime remaining focal points, wear solutions provider Rio-Carb has “answered the industry’s call” with the development of a new modular chute, Rio-Carb director Sias Suurd tells Mining Weekly. Developing this modular... 

Modular chute system to reduce safety risks, increase uptime
CHUTE YOUR SHOT Rio-Carb’s modular chute system reduces the risks associated with liner maintenance on chute systems

Sibanye-Stillwater shares rise on deleveraging plan

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2018 The share price of Sibanye-Stillwater rose on Thursday on the news of a deleveraging plan that explicitly excludes debt and equity raising. Prospective deleveraging options include a streaming arrangement to raise $500-million and a process inventory financial arrangement to raise a further... 

Sibanye-Stillwater shares rise on deleveraging plan
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Miners expect to weather one-day Canadian Pacific rail worker strike

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 A one-day strike by Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway engineers and conductors is not expected to have a lasting impact on Canada’s mining operations, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) said on Wednesday. Members of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) downed tools on Tuesday night following... 

Miners expect to weather one-day Canadian Pacific rail worker strike

Coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid silicosis repeat

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2018 South Africa’s coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid ending up in the same litigious space as the gold mining sector with silicosis. Earlier this month, a class action settlement was reached with thousands of mineworkers suffering from silicosis and/or... 

Coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid silicosis repeat
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Matleng chairperson Nelisiwe Magubane

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