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Large and small miners announce, plan contract awards for Moz projects

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2017 Brazilian mining group Vale has awarded Mota-Engil Africa a $445-million contract to supply mining services to the Moatize coal mine, in Mozambique’s Tete province, the Macauhub news agency has reported. Mota-Engil Africa is a subsidiary of the Portuguese engineering, construction, contract... 

Four Mexican miners die of gas poisoning – First Majestic

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd October 2017 Mexico-focused precious metals producer First Majestic Silver has reported the death of four miners at its La Encantada mine, in Coahuila state. The miners died of gas poisoning underground, despite carrying all required personal protection equipment, including safety belt breathing apparatuses,... 

Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine back in full production

By: African News Agency      3rd October 2017 Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville in Gauteng, South Africa, is back to full production following temporary closure in August as government was investigating the cause of a seismic event that killed five workers. Operations at the Kusasalethu mine were halted following a seismic... 

America’s ‘most storied mine’ under new management as Bunker Hill aims at restart

By: Henry Lazenby     29th September 2017 One of America’s most famous mines is set to restart operations, after a team of mine developers that have done it before in Idaho’s Silver Valley, recently obtained a lease and option to buy the historic brownfields project. Using a Canadian shell company to advance the acquisition of the... 

America’s ‘most storied mine’ under new management as Bunker Hill aims at restart
Photo by US EPA
The Bunker Hill smelter operating in winter snow in the 1970s

New brand to be showcased at event

     29th September 2017 Mining company Sibanye-Stillwater will be showcasing its newly launched brand as a mining industry partner sponsor at The Joburg Indaba, which will be held at the Inanda Club, in Sandton, from October 4 to 5.  

New brand to be  showcased at event
Photo by Duane Daws
ALEX FENN Sibanye-Stillwater’s safe technology and innovation unit manager will discuss innovative mining safety and productivity improvement solutions at The Joburg Indaba

South African mining industry must prepare for future

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th September 2017 It is critical that the South African mining sector works unceasingly to make government understand the need to remain competitive with global miners through upskilling people so that they are capable of functioning and prospering in a technologically-advanced environment, says Neil Jacobsohn,... 

South African mining industry must prepare for future
BETTER, FASTER Drones are successfully being used in the mining industry to reduce costs and save time through aiding the three-dimensional modelling and the analytics of orebodies

Noticeable increase in use of in-cab video surveillance

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 Internet of Things solutions provider Orbcomm has seen a noticeable increase in mining companies requesting in-vehicle video solutions for their earthmoving and bulk handling equipment. Orbcomm VP of sales for Africa Henry Smith notes that, since the company launched this solution late last year,... 

Noticeable increase  in use of in-cab  video surveillance
HENRY SMITH Stringent mine health and safety requirements are driving the use of in-cab video surveillance

Report reveals how politicians and security forces are siphoning off Zim’s diamond wealth

By: Ilan Solomons     29th September 2017 Powerful military, political elites and security forces have taken control and secretly exploited Zimbabwe’s once promising diamond sector, while concealing the scale of the loss to its people, a new report from international watchdog organisation Global Witness reveals. The report entitled ‘An... 

Report reveals how politicians and security forces are  siphoning off Zim’s diamond wealth
FUNDING OPPRESSION? The report raises concern that diamond money is secretly financing institutions responsible for oppressing the Zimbabwean people

Mining-focused drone data service company gets Ghana licence

By: Dylan Slater     29th September 2017 Drone data service provider Rocketmine has received the first commercial remotely piloted aircraft system operating certificate (ROC) in Ghana.  

MHSC’s centre of excellence set to open in November

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd September 2017 The Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) is currently implementing a business plan for its centre of excellence, which is scheduled to open by the end of November. This is according to MHSC research COO Nkhensani Masekoa, who was addressing delegates at Southern African Institute of Mining and... 

MHSC’s centre of excellence set to open  in November
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NKHENSANI MASEKOA The centre of excellence will seek to undertake research, build capacity and facilitate research outcomes for the South African mining sector

Technological advances aim to improve sustainability

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Owing to the possible presence of hazardous methane gas during coal mining, it is common practice to monitor methane levels at operational mining sections. As such, mining monitoring systems company Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control System was introduced to coal mining fifteen years ago and it... 

Technological advances aim to improve sustainability
CUSTOMISED PROJECTS Every Exxaro project is customised, owing to possible environmental constraints

Hazardous area control system for coal mining

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Owing to the possible presence of hazardous methane gas during coal mining, it is common practice to monitor methane levels at operational mining sections. As such, mining monitoring systems company Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control System was introduced to coal mining fifteen years ago and it... 

Hazardous area control system  for coal mining
METHANE MITIGATION Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control Systems promotes safety and the importance of monitoring mining activities

Rockfall kills two miners at Impala Platinum’s Rustenburg mine

By: News24Wire      20th September 2017 Two miners died when a rock fell on their heads while drilling in shaft 12 of Impala Platinum’s Rustenburg mine on Tuesday morning, the mine said. The two men, aged 31 and 34, died at the scene, Impala Platinum spokesperson Johan Theron told News24. 

MAC adds two new factors to TSM initiative to combat child labour

By: Henry Lazenby     19th September 2017 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has added two new components to its Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative to help curb child and forced labour in the mining supply chain, and to provide the information needed for companies to demonstrate their responsible sourcing of minerals and... 

Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud

By: Henry Lazenby     18th September 2017 Fraud is a significant burden on the mining industry and is likely to cost companies an average of 5.85% of turnover every year. Therefore, catching it before it happens is often the best weapon to combat this scourge. This figure is based on 20 years of data across more than 40 sectors,... 

Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud

Industrial solutions provider aiming to benefit Zambia’s mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) states that air compressors used in the mining industry – including in Zambia – are, for the most part, well-proven, reliable pieces of equipment that can operate for years with relatively little maintenance. 

Industrial solutions provider aiming to benefit Zambia’s mines
EFFECTIVE SUPPLY The use of a spin filter is a truly effective means of feeding clean air at ambient temperatures

Hydrogen detection solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Tshwane-based industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) believes that Zambia offers a “strong and vibrant mining economy” and is currently in the process of entering the Zambian mining market to provide increased safety at mines through its hydrogen detection solutions. 

Hydrogen detection  solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines
HIGHLY VERSATILE The H2Scan Hy-Alerta 500 instrument is a “highly versatile” hand-held detection device

New bulk materials solution supplied to Kansanshi

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering introduced the company’s newest primary cleaner offering, the CleanScrape, to Zambia, following its launch at Electra Mining, which was held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, last year. The primary cleaner has been supplied... 

New bulk materials solution supplied to Kansanshi
CLEANSCRAPE The primary cleaner has been supplied to mining company First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi mine

Call to mining to update refrigerant systems

     15th September 2017 While the majority of the mining industry use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in its refrigerant systems, these ozone-depleting substances are set to be phased-out in accordance with the Montreal Protocol and Kigali Agreement. 

Submersible pump that can run dry a safer option

By: Victor Moolman     15th September 2017 The Hippo submersible pumps range from Centurion-based slurry pumping solutions provider Hazleton Pumps can operate without water for an unlimited amount of time, explains Hazleton Pumps MD Thys Wehmeyer. 

Submersible pump that can run dry a safer option
LARGE PLAYER Hazleton has supplied some of the largest submersible pumps in the world

Establishing connectivity, visibility critical to economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 The mining sector remains crucial to the economic growth of many African countries, including copper-dependent Zambia, and, as such, it is important that foreign mining companies operating in these countries can improve the performance of their mining assets to ensure their continued economic... 

Establishing connectivity, visibility critical to economic growth
STEPHEN DU PREEZ Mines will be transitioning from manual to autonomous operations, with a higher reliance on digitalisation

Systems water intensive, but more efficient and environment friendly 

By: Victor Moolman     15th September 2017 Although ultrahigh-pressure water blasting systems used to clean refineries or cut rock and prepare surfaces on mines will not save water, it is more efficient than using acid washing or abrasive grit blasting techniques, says water jetting solutions provider Total Blasting sales director Bradley... 

Systems water intensive, but more efficient and environment friendly
Total Blasting sales director Bradley Storer explains what ultrahigh-pressure water blasting systems are used for. Video: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Mining industry urged to do more to prevent further fatalities in 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

Mining industry urged to do more to prevent further fatalities in 2017
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MTHOKOZISI ZONDI Despite the decrease in fatalities and injuries at mines in recent years, a lot more needs to be done to ensure the ending of injuries and fatalities at mines

Qld pumps A$25m into coal health and safety

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th September 2017 The Queensland government on Friday announced a A$25-million investment over the next two years to deliver more reforms aimed at protecting the health and safety of the state’s coal workers. In tabling the government’s response to the second Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis Select Committee report,... 

Qld pumps A$25m into coal health and safety

South African mining must be made globally competitive – Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2017 All South Africans need to work together to ensure that the South African mining industry is a globally competitive investment destination, said African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe on Thursday, when he declared the black-controlled company’s highest-ever dividend.... 

South African mining must be made globally competitive – Motsepe
All South Africans need to work together to ensure that the South African mining industry is a globally competitive investment destination. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 7.9.2017

Amplats worker dies after chemical incident at refinery

By: African News Agency      7th September 2017 An Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) employee has died from his injuries after suffering chemical burns in an accident at the company’s Precious Metals Refinery (PMR) in Rustenburg. Amplats said the incident occurred on August 21 but the employee succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday this week. 

DRDGold tackles mine dump vegetation  

     7th September 2017 DRDGold says it has spent more money on vegetating tailings dams than it has paid dividends to shareholders in the last ten years and is seeing its dump vegetation effort going up in smoke. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer speaks to Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley about the challenges. 

DRDGold tackles mine dump vegetation
DRDGold tackles mine dump vegetation

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2017 Surface mining company DRDGold, which has spent more money on vegetating tailings dams in the last ten years than it has paid dividends to shareholders, is seeing its dump vegetation effort going up in smoke at the same time as it comes under criticism from a leading nongovernmental organisation... 

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius broaches tailings treatment consolidation with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer 5.9.2017

Zwane launches investigation into deadly Kusasalethu mining accident

By: African News Agency      5th September 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has instructed that no stone should be left unturned in getting to the cause of the accident which claimed the lives of five mine workers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine last week. “This should be a turning point in as far as accidents and fatalities... 

DRDGold shrugs off challenges, declares final dividend

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2017 Surface material gold mining company DRDGold on Tuesday declared a final dividend of 5c a share despite the challenging 12 months to June 30. DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius described the company's exacting 2017 financial year as positioning the company well for the 2018 financial year and beyond. 

DRDGold shrugs off challenges, declares final dividend
Photo by Duane Daws
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius

Fatalities serve to remind industry of necessity to achieve zero harm – DMR

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

Fatalities serve to remind industry of necessity to achieve zero harm – DMR
Photo by Creamer Media
Department of Mineral Resources chief inspector of mines Mthokozisi Zondi

Zwane calls for turning point after Kusasalethu mine deaths

By: African News Agency      1st September 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Friday that the Kusasalethu mine incident where five mineworkers lost their lives should be a “turning point” in the health and safety of the country’s mining industry. “Kusasalethu mine deaths should be a turning point in mine safety in the... 

Zwane to receive Kusasalethu mine seismic incident report

By: African News Agency      1st September 2017 Harmony Gold management is on Friday, expected to brief Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on the seismic incident a week ago, which killed five mineworkers at it’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville. The Chief inspector of mines and the department’s inspectors, who were part of the... 

Anglo, South Africa set to pay to end miners' lung-damage battle

By: Bloomberg     1st September 2017 Former workers who contracted deadly lung diseases in South African gold mines decades ago may soon finally receive compensation. Six large mining companies including  Anglo American Plc have set aside about $390-million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by victims. At the same time, a... 

Heavy industries equipment supplier adapts to stay relevant

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 Botswana’s decision to diversify its economy away from diamond mining towards coal resources and base metal beneficiation should prompt businesses to adapt to service the changing needs of the market to remain relevant, emphasises global supplier and manufacturer of special mobile equipment for... 

Heavy industries equipment supplier adapts to stay relevant
SAFETY SOLUTION Hencon Vactech’s Robot Mole is designed to clean hard-to-reach or potentially dangerous areas

Lighting equipment eliminates glare

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 Lighting plays an important role in mining, as it is vital to be visually aware of potential mine and machinery-related safety hazards, as well as to allow for accommodating working conditions in the dark. 

Lighting equipment eliminates glare
ZERO GLARE A lack of industry standards in mining lighting led to the development of Hella Minings Zero Glare optical system

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield  long-term savings – BMI
LONG-TERM BENEFIT BMI expexts long-term cost savings to benefit companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to prioritising green strategies

SA coal sector ‘rapidly falling behind’ in safety practices

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The South African coal mining industry continues to push back on safe practices, states Australian mining-refuge chamber manufacturer MineArc Systems. The company says that although there is plenty of talk and “self-congratulation” on evidence within the coal industry with regards to safety, the... 

SA coal sector ‘rapidly falling behind’ in safety practices
REGULATORY SHORTFALLS? South Africa has ‘an outdated and inadequate regulation’ in Chapter 16 of the Mining Act that requires just a single airline from the surface for the supply of breathable air

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