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AEL Mining Services launches rock-breaking technology chair at University of Pretoria

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has, in partnership with the University of Pretoria (UP), launched the AEL Mining Services Chair in Innovative Rock Breaking Technology, which will reside within the Department of Mining... 

Chamber condemns mines’ deteriorating safety performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th November 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Monday expressed concern over the rising number of fatalities in South Africa’s mines after recent accidents brought the number of fatalities to date this year to 76, overtaking the 73 deaths reported for the same period in 2016. Over the last few weeks, several... 

AngloGold achieves strong Q3 performance, on track to meet FY guidance

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th November 2017 Johannesburg- and New York-listed AngloGold Ashanti generated free cash flow of $88-million in the third quarter of this year, following strong production and cost containment across its portfolio, and remains on track to meet its full-year guidance.  The free cash flow for the quarter, compared... 

AngloGold achieves strong Q3 performance, on track to meet FY guidance
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AngloGold CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan

Resilient Lonmin beats guidance, ups cash

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2017 The board of platinum mining company Lonmin has decided to extend the date of the publication of its 2017 financial results to afford management the opportunity to give undivided attention to the group’s operational review, which is targeting a viable business plan based on the possible raising... 

Resilient Lonmin beats guidance, ups cash
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

AngloGold confirms two dead, six rescued after Mponeng fall-of-ground incident

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd November 2017 Two miners have been confirmed dead, with six others rescued at AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine, near Carletonville, following a seismic activity-triggered fall-of-ground incident on Thursday morning. AngloGold Ashanti on Friday confirmed that the rescue team brought two more workers safely to... 

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Delivering well-executed projects at a low capital cost is key to continuous improvement within the local and global mining industry, and Sandton-based process and engineering service provider Metix attributes its ongoing success to its ability to do so for large projects on an engineering,... 

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement
INDUSTRY UPLIFTMENT The efficient delivery of a safely executed and on-time project is key to the upliftment of the industry

Technology to shift project relations from adversarial to cooperative 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Fluctuating global commodity demand and prices, as well as escalating geopolitical risks are causing concern among asset owners and investors, and is resulting in capital projects either being postponed or cancelled in the South African mining industry, states specialist business and project... 

Technology to shift  project relations from  adversarial to cooperative
Specialist business and project management consultancy SSG Consulting strategy and business development GM Jacques Marais discusses the company’s KEY360 mobile application. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Continued unrest at Elikhulu threatens to ‘adversely impact’ on project, warns Pan African

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd November 2017 South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources has strongly condemned the protest action by some community members at the company’s Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant project, within the Evander gold mine complex, in Mpumalanga, warning that the unrest threatens to disrupt... 

Continued unrest at Elikhulu threatens to  ‘adversely impact’ on project, warns Pan African
Photo by Pan African Resources
ELIKHULU TAILINGS RETREATMENT PROJECT To date, the project has created business opportunities for about 40 local and community businesses, with this number set to rise in the near future

Elandsfontein mine to assist in alleviating West Coast water challenges

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd November 2017 Emerging miner Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine, near Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape plans to supply the drought stricken West Coast region with additional clean water, while offsetting its own water-use over the course of the next three years. The project is located on land adjacent to... 

Elandsfontein mine to assist in alleviating  West Coast water challenges
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SEEKING TO BE MISERLY Kropz has revised down its water-use requirements to 1.6 megalitres a day and it is the company’s intention to further revise this down to 1 meglitres a day

One dead, three missing after Mponeng fall-of-ground incident

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2017 A search and rescue operation is under way at AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine, near Carletonville, following a seismic activity-triggered fall-of-ground incident on Thursday morning. Four workers have been rescued; however, AngloGold confirmed to Mining Weekly Online that there was one confirmed... 

One dead, three missing after Mponeng fall-of-ground incident

Kibali Africa’s most mechanised gold mine – Randgold

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2017 If you want to make money in mining, you must be efficient and a company taking efficiency to new heights in Africa is Randgold Resources. While there is a perception in some developed world minds that in Africa mineworkers arrive at the gate, pick up a spade and go out there and shovel stuff,... 

Kibali Africa’s most mechanised gold mine – Randgold
Randgold Resources CE Mark Bristow underground at Kibali

Rustenburg picks up, Marula turns, fatalities sadden – Implats

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2017 Improved efficiencies and production levels at the Impala Rustenburg mine coincided with a turnaround at the Marula mine in the three months to September 30, Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) said on Tuesday, when it expressed disappointment at five fatalities at Impala Rustenburg and one at... 

Rustenburg picks up, Marula turns, fatalities sadden – Implats
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Implats CEO Nico Muller

Africa must innovate or risk being left behind

     27th October 2017 South Africa remains a resource-rich region, but has missed opportunities to take advantage of the resources boom. As such, it has suffered more than other resource-rich regions during the industry downturn, says mining networking platform African Mining Network (AMN) chairperson Yolanda Torrisi.... 

Africa must innovate or risk being left behind
YOLANDA TORRISI Innovation, cost effectiveness and safety are factors that must be prioritised, to boost Africa’s opencast mining industry

Association educates mineworkers and communities

     27th October 2017 With new technologies, increasingly stringent legislation and statutory compliance matters, education has become essential in surface mining operations, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) director of surface mining Nico Pienaar. Modern surface mines require... 

Association educates mineworkers and communities
NICO PIENAAR The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa wants to encourage surface mine and quarry management to look beyond their boundaries

Small-scale opencast mining to boost industry

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 For diamond mining company De Beers’ Venetia mine GM, Benford Mokoatle, opencast mining is the future, owing to changing priorities and mindsets within industry, which must occur to sustain the mining industry in South Africa. Specifically, Mokoatle says the country must begin focusing on... 

Small-scale opencast  mining to boost industry
THINK SMALL Big industries and big underground mines are too capital intensive

Enviro lobby group takes emerging miner to court over phosphate mine’s water-use licence

By: Ilan Solomons     27th October 2017 Emerging miner Kropz has warned that the West Coast Environmental Protection Association’s (WCEPA’s) application to have the water-use license (WUL) for Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine, near Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, suspended, would, if successful, cause “irreversible environmental... 

Enviro lobby group takes emerging miner to court over phosphate mine’s water-use licence
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IN THE CROSS HAIRS Kropz is opposing WCEPA’s application, stating that according to legal advice, the bid to have Elandsfontein’s water-use license revoked has ‘no grounds’

AMCU scoffs at allegations of orchestrating killings, tribalism

By: Ilan Solomons     27th October 2017 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has rejected recent multiple allegations made by media houses that the trade union is orchestrating killings on South Africa’s Platinum Belt, in particular at platinum producers Impala Platinum and Lonmin, and that it engages in... 

AMCU scoffs at allegations of orchestrating  killings, tribalism
Photo by Duane Daws
JEFFREY MPHAHLELE In relation to the killings the leadership of AMCU has been ‘extremely pained and traumatised’ by what has been taking place

Proximity detection system commissioned, training ongoing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th October 2017 South African mining safety and monitoring solutions provider Monitech has assisted in ensuring that coal miner Sasol Mining complies with Chapter 8 of the Mine Health and Safety Act, which states that all trackless mobile machinery (TMM) should be fitted with a proximity detection system (PDS)... 

Proximity detection system commissioned, training ongoing
MEETING REQUIREMENTS Monitech’s Matrix Intellizone proximity detection system portfolio spoke to and addressed the need for a reliable, effective, accurate and low-cost-of-ownership solution for Sasol Mining’s projects

Mine.D hackathon seeks to ensure health and safety in mining sector

By: Ilan Solomons     26th October 2017 The Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in collaboration with open innovation firm RIIS, will host the Mine.D hackathon from November 3 to 5, at the precinct, which is located in Braamfontein, in Johannesburg. The precinct, a project managed by the University of the Witwatersrand, is used... 

Mine.D hackathon seeks to ensure health and safety in mining sector
Photo by University of the Witwatersrand
MINE.D HACKATHON The hackathon will be focused on mixed reality and the Internet of Things and will focus on improving the health and safety practices in the mining sector

Third-quarter Sibanye-Stillwater operating profit up 41%

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2017 The group operating profit of Sibanye-Stillwater in the three months to the end of September was 41% higher than last year’s third quarter and 5% up year-on-year. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed precious metals mining company, headed by CEO Neal Froneman, on Thursday reported group... 

Third-quarter Sibanye-Stillwater operating profit up 41%
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Pan African warns ‘rogue elements’ threatening development of Elikhulu

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2017 South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources has strongly condemned the protest action by some community members at the company’s Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant project, within the Evander gold mine complex, in Mpumalanga, warning that the unrest threatens to disrupt... 

Pan African warns ‘rogue elements’ threatening development of Elikhulu
Photo by Pan African Resources
Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant project, within the Evander gold mine complex, in Mpumalanga

Reactive ground detection tech advancing, conference nears

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Explosives and blasting company BME is in the testing and development stage of adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanning technology to quickly identify reactive ground conditions on-the-spot to prevent blast site incidents, thereby ensuring safer blasting practices.  

Reactive ground  detection tech advancing, conference nears
GROUNDWORK TESTING BME is adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanning technology to quickly identify reactive ground conditions

Miners need to focus on long-term economic benefits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 To alter the cheaper-cost mindset miners sometimes adopt in trying economic times, explosives technical services company R.A. McClure president Robert McClure recommends focusing on long-term downstream gains and valuable technological investments.  

Miners need to focus on long-term economic benefits
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LEARNING CURVE R.A. McClure presents courses that are suitable for individuals involved in blasting operations such as drillers, blasters, managers and operators

Nondetonating timing system promoted to Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Unless mines pursue safer options, explosives suppliers will continue to supply more dangerous traditional products, stresses initiation system provider Master Blaster CEO Mark Davis.  

Nondetonating timing system  promoted to Africa
ENHANCED RECOVERY By using the Maxclip solution with a propellant-based nondetonating cartridge, narrow reef mines can reduce the crush zone around holes and recover more minerals

Safer rock-breaking alternatives offered

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Rock-breaking technology supplier Nxco Mining Technologies offers nondetonating cartridges that use a pyrotechnic composition to break rock based on its tensile strength, rather than on its compressive strength as is the case with traditional explosives.  

Safer rock-breaking  alternatives offered
CARTRIDGE BENEFITS Using expanding gas improves workplace safety, recovery, reduces costs and also reduces the impact of the mining process on the environment

Materials handling software enhanced

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 New haulage functionality for underground mine operators will be built into the upcoming version of Australia-headquartered consulting and technology company Deswik’s software – Deswik.Suite.  

Sixth death in platinum belt in three months

By: News24Wire      19th October 2017 British platinum mine giant Lonmin has raised "deep concerns" following the death of employee Tholakele Dlunga this week, the sixth in the platinum belt in the North West in the past three months. "Lonmin is deeply concerned by the recent fatal shootings across the platinum belt. The company is... 

‘Digital effectiveness’ tops EY’s 2017/18 risk radar

By: Henry Lazenby     18th October 2017 Professional services firm EY Global has revealed it annual ‘Top 10 business risks facing mining and metals’ report on Tuesday, with new entry ‘digital’ topping the list of most critical risks facing the mining industry in the coming year. This year’s report has seen a reshuffling with digital... 

‘Digital effectiveness’ tops EY’s 2017/18 risk radar

Miners beware growing cyber risk

By: Henry Lazenby     17th October 2017 Cyber risk has increased in prominence on professional services firm EY’s annual ‘Top 10 business risks facing mining and metals’ report, jumping to third position from ninth in 2016. According to EY's report, which was published on Tuesday, cyber risk is an ever-growing issue – an outcome of... 

Miners beware growing cyber risk

RBPlat puts foot on capex accelerator at Styldrift

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2017 The total capital expenditure (capex) of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) surged on increased mining and construction activities at the company’s Styldrift 1 project in line with ramp-up plans. The black-owned and controlled, mid-tier platinum group metals producer, which operates the Bafokeng... 

RBPlat puts foot on capex accelerator at Styldrift
Photo by Duane Daws
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri

‘Industrial manslaughter’ won’t improve safety compliance – QRC

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th October 2017 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has raised concerns about the Queensland government’s proposed changes to workplace health and safety legislation, saying on Wednesday that it would have the perverse outcome of reducing safety. The state government earlier introduced legislative changes to... 

Safer mining conveyance promoted by association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 Improper conveyor practices in the mining industry cause 4% of overall fatalities, and result from a lack of knowledge on the equipment’s operation and an inability to identify potential hazards, says industry association Conveyor Manufacturers Association of South Africa (CMA).  

Safer mining conveyance promoted by association
DRIVING DEVELOPMENT The CMA strives to continuously develop skills and knowledge relating to belt conveyor operation excellency and safety

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
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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

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