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Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 Finland has ousted Saskatchewan as the top international jurisdiction for mining investment, Canada's Fraser Institute announced on Thursday. Canada's leading independent think-tank, the Fraser Institute, administers its Annual Survey of Mining Companies and ranks jurisdictions around the world... 

Froneman calls for collective action towards zero harm in fatality-plagued mining business 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2018 A strong call to action was made by Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman on Thursday for a common purpose towards zero harm in South Africa's mining industry, where rising fatality numbers are causing great concern. Froneman said a point had been reached where management on its own could not make... 

Froneman calls for collective action towards zero harm in fatality-plagued mining business
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman presenting half-year results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Mining Weekly Online. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded 22.2.2018

BC extends provincial flow-through tax credit for a year; resumes fight against Canadian oil

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2018 The British Columbia provincial government has released its Budget 2018 plan, confirming that the provincial flow-through exploration tax incentive will be extended for another year until the end of this year. The mining flow-through share programme is seen as critical to reinforcing the... 

BC extends provincial flow-through tax credit for a year; resumes fight against Canadian oil

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood 

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Despite positive sentiment and improving commodity prices, the African mining industry continues to face immense challenges, says Montero Mining and Exploration CEO Dr Antony Harwood. Addressing the African Mining Network’s (AMN’s) thirty-ninth networking dinner, on Thursday evening, he touched... 

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood
Photo by Duane Daws
ANTONY HARWOOD Fear of the other could become fear of the robot

Attendees set to return to PDAC 2018 Convention

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 More than 24 000 attendees, including investors and exhibitors from 130 countries, are expected at industry organisation the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) annual PDAC International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange, in Toronto, Canada, from March 4 to 7.... 

Attendees set to return to  PDAC 2018 Convention
CURRENT TRENDS Thousands of delegates, including exhibitors and investors, are expected at this year's Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada convention

Lengthy permitting process affecting investment in US mining

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The lengthy, outdated and burdensome permitting process involving federal, state and local authorities is currently the biggest barrier to new mining investment in the US, says mining-focused US trade organisation the National Mining Association (NMA). Despite having abundant mineral resources,... 

Lengthy permitting  process affecting  investment in US mining
SAFETY IS CORE The National Mining Association's mining safety initiative, Core Safety, registered zero fatalities for its 29 participating companies last year

Effective drug and alcohol testing boosts project management

By: Victor Moolman     16th February 2018 Owing to the Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996, the process of employees entering mines in South Africa is often slow because breathalyser and random drug tests need to be completed, subsequently hampering a mine’s productivity, explains drug and alcohol testing equipment and accessories company... 

Effective drug and alcohol testing boosts project management
Photo by Bloomberg
SAFETY CONCERN One entrance to a mine decreases the effectives of alcohol and drug tests owing to too many people passing through at a time

‘Digital mine’ solution for local market launched

By: Dylan Slater     16th February 2018 In tandem with the yearly mining investment conference Investing in African Mining Indaba, digital industrial company GE launched its global Digital Mine solution onto the South African market.  

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The global equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic selloff in US stocks that culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

Gold Fields going all out to put South Deep gold mine into black 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2018 Gold Fields is going all out to push Gauteng's uniquely mechanised deep-level South Deep gold mine into the black once and for all. The company is ploughing R200-million a year into training, which it believes will set South Africa on an exciting new successful course in the pioneering fields of... 

Gold Fields going all out to put South Deep gold mine into black
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on plans for South Deep. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Gold Fields pays dividend on net loss, flat production, two fatalities

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2018 Gold mining company Gold Fields on Wednesday announced a final dividend on a net loss and flat production, impacted by two fatalities. As per its trading statement released on February 8, headline earnings for 2017 were $194-million, or $0.24 a share, and net loss for the year was $35-million, or... 

Gold Fields pays dividend on net loss, flat production, two fatalities
Photo by Duane Daws
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Tahoe burnishes CSR profile in undertaking to develop indigenous peoples policy

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2018 Embattled Canadian miner Tahoe Resources has given itself until the end of the year to formalise a comprehensive new indigenous peoples policy as it deals with community protests in Guatemala, that has shuttered operations at its flagship Escobal silver mine for months. The policy is aimed at... 

Sibanye-Stillwater reports fatality at Driefontein mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th February 2018 Sibanye-Stillwater and the Department of Mineral Resources are conducting an investigation into the death of an employee at the Driefontein mine on Monday evening. The incident occurred while the employee was clearing a blocked ore pass. 

Harmony's headline earnings soar, eight die, Moab transferred

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2018 Harmony Gold on Tuesday reported improved earnings, production, grade and costs in the six months to December 31, but regrettably also eight fatalities. While Mining Weekly Online was engaged in the media conference, the transfer of ownership of Moab Khotsong assets to Harmony became official,... 

Harmony's headline earnings soar, eight die, Moab transferred
Photo by Duane Daws
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

NUM calls on workers to report unsafe working conditions

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called on its structures in the mines to confront management and employers whenever there are health and safety deviations or substandard working conditions. In a statement, the NUM said that workers must exercise their right to refuse to work in... 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

Overlooking TCO costs companies money

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Misconceptions about reducing mining companies’ total cost of ownership (TCO), including those in the platinum-group metals (PGMs) sector, result in reduced equipment life and an increase in overall operating costs, says Stilfontein-based polyurethane-moulded products designer and manufacturer... 

Overlooking TCO costs companies money
POLYURETHANE TECHNOLOGY The new Prothane Industrial Denva pump range which makes use of Polycombo technology has been well received by the market

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 "There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa," affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency Area Research Group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

Two miners killed in fall-of-ground at Sibanye’s Kloof mine

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2018 The bodies of two miners have been recovered from the Ikamva 4 shaft at precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater’s Kloof gold mine. The miners became trapped after a fall-of-ground incident at 01:30 on Wednesday morning. The company extended condolences to the miners’ families, friends and... 

US Army Corps of Engineers selects third-party contractor to complete Pebble EIA 

By: Henry Lazenby     6th February 2018 The TSX-listed equity of copper/gold project proponent Northern Dynasty Minerals gained about 11% on Tuesday, after the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced that it had appointed a third-party contractor to undertake an environmental-impact assessment for the controversial Pebble project,... 

US Army Corps of Engineers selects third-party contractor to complete Pebble EIA
Photo by Northern Dynasty Minerals
An environmental assessment is underway on Northern Dynsaty Minerals' Pebble low-grade copper/gold project, in South-West Alaska

South Africa completes inquiry into Lily mine tragedy – Zwane

By: African News Agency      5th February 2018 South Africa’s mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Monday that government had completed its inquiry into the tragedy of Lily mine and that the report would now be handed over to the Department of Mineral Resources. "The inquiry into the Lily Mine accident has been concluded, and a report will... 

Two miners die at Yamana's Gualcamayo mine, Argentina

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd February 2018 Canadian gold producer Yamana Gold has reported the death of two contractors at its Gualcamayo mine, in Argentina, the company said on Friday. The dual-listed miner reported that the two employees of a local contractor were travelling in a light truck on an access road at the Las Vacas... 

Two die in Yamana Gold mine accident in Argentina

By: Reuters     2nd February 2018 Toronto-based Yamana Gold said on Friday that an accident at its Gualcamayo mine in Argentina resulted in two fatalities. The accident involved two employees of a local contractor traveling in a light truck on an access road at the Las Vacas exploration site, the company said, adding that no... 

Mineworkers union calls for 'infrastructure audit' at South African mines

By: African News Agency      2nd February 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called for an infrastructure audit to be conducted on all South African mines in a bid to prevent underground accidents. All 952 workers were rescued alive on Friday at Sibanye-Stillwater's Beatrix gold mine in Welkom, in the Free State. They had... 

Modular pump form exported to N America

2nd February 2018 To further enhance its presence in the US and Canada, South African slurry pumps provider Hazleton Pumps intends to ship its signature Hippo submersible slurry pumps in kit form, with electrical winding, assembly and testing to be undertaken on arrival to ensure the pumps are able to function... 

Modular pump form  exported to N America
WORLD FIRST Hazleton Pumps’ Hippo flameproof high-voltage, high-head, high-volume submersible pump was the first of its kind when it was introduced in 2014

Pumping solutions positioned to address most pressing needs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd February 2018 Mining equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa has invested heavily in developing its infrastructure and resources to meet the challenges that the mining industry has faced over the past five years, modifying its products and streamlining its service offering to ensure that its pumping solutions... 

Pumping solutions positioned  to address most pressing needs
BETTER WEAR With the addition of advanced wear technology, the Warman WBH offers improved efficiency and equipment life

Sibanye gold miners in S Africa stuck underground, not in danger

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Sibanye-Stillwater said on Thursday that over 1 000 miners were stuck underground at its Beatrix gold mine, in South Africa, after a storm knocked out power, but they were not in danger. Spokesman James Wellsted said the miners were safe and receiving food and water. Power was being restored to... 

Early warning system could be the answer to preventing fatalities in mines - DST

By: Simone Liedtke     1st February 2018 An early warning and monitoring system developed by a group of young data science students could potentially assist South African mines in creating a safer working environment. The students who developed the Rock Pulse system are part of a group participating in the Data Science for Impact and... 

Achieve sustainability through long-term budgets, risk assessments on health

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 For operational sustainability in the mining industry, mining decisionmakers need to take a proactive approach to protect and promote worker health, supporting productivity and to reduce legal liabilities associated with occupational disease. All of these could have significant direct and... 

Achieve sustainability through long-term  budgets, risk assessments on health
OFTEN OVERLOOKED International SOS says health risks are not always easy to quantify and end up being under-appreciated in mining companies’ budget allocations

Tailings retreatment company to emphasise value of its plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 Although tailings retreatment has been practised for 16 years in South Africa, it is still relatively new; it is not mines’ core business and, therefore, they require convincing with regard to the profitability of installing a plant at the back-end of their operations, says platinum group metals... 

Tailings retreatment company to emphasise value of its plants
Photo by Duane Daws
ERICA LAUBSCHER, TANIA PIENAAR & DAVE BAIGENT One of Tailtech’s strengths lies in its ability to run its plants located at large mining operations at a gross profit of up to 95% during some months

Upgraded condition monitoring app launched

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 Condition monitoring specialists WearCheck launched an updated version of their condition-monitoring application (app) last month. The app was first launched mid-2017. The app provides WearCheck customers with instantaneous mobile access to their condition-monitoring data – which provides... 

Upgraded condition monitoring app launched
NEIL ROBINSON The app is free of charge, data is highly secure and the login process uses the same password credentials as the WearCheck online system

Resilient Lonmin delivers sturdy output, extracts cash from tailings

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2018 Embattled but resilient platinum company Lonmin, which is enthusiastically embracing the Sibanye-Stillwater’s offer made to it, did all its stakeholders proud in the fatality-free first quarter of its new financial year by putting in a sturdy operational performance that saw sales rise 9%,... 

Resilient Lonmin delivers sturdy output, extracts cash from tailings
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

Policy advocacy, tech innovation and fact-based talks key 2018 AME BC objectives

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd January 2018 Government policy advocacy and fostering genuine fact-based conversations among all stakeholders in the minerals exploration and mining industries are main priorities for the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) this year. "Government is increasingly getting more... 

Policy advocacy, tech innovation and fact-based talks key 2018 AME BC objectives
Photo by AME BC
AME BC President & CEO Edie Thome

Environment watchdog orders Barrick to close Chilean side of giant Pascua-Lama project

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 Chile's superintendent of the environment has ordered mining major Barrick Gold to close the Chilean side of the massive, but stalled Pascua-Lama gold/silver project straddling the border between Argentina and Chile. The Superintendencia del Medio Ambiente (SMA) announced a revised sanction on... 

Environment watchdog orders Barrick to close Chilean side of giant Pascua-Lama project

Launch of new fire suppression solution in Africa slated for 2018

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2018 Fire-suppression solutions supplier Fire and Security Techniques is eager to introduce the African mining industry to a new fire-suppression solution, Tunnel Safe, which will allow for safer evacuation of mineworkers underground during a fire, to the African mining industry.  CEO Neil Hughes... 

Launch of new fire suppression solution in Africa slated for 2018
FEWER DANGERS The new Tunnel Safe technology aims to reduce the dangers of fires in the African mining industry

Ethical leadership, good governance and favourable policies will see mining investors flocking to SA – chamber

By: Dylan Slater     19th January 2018 The findings of a December-2017 released survey conducted by the Chamber of Mines (CoM) indicate that if South Africa’s mining industry shifts its focus to create an attractive policy, regulatory and governance environment – through ethical leadership, good governance and the adoption of... 

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2018 A new Proudly South African mine tunnel borer that requires no blasting, delivers higher production advances, comes with a collaboration imprimatur and can be retrofitted to existing operations, will be unveiled at next month’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town and commissioned in the third quarter of... 

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling
Photo by Duane Daws
Danie Pretorius

Silicosis trust has awarded quarter of R400m settlement to qualifying former mineworkers

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th January 2018 A trust formed in 2016 to compensate a group of former Anglo American South Africa and AngloGold Ashanti employees who suffer from silica-related illnesses, has already distributed about R102-million of a R395-million settlement. The Q(h)ubeka Trust was established in March 2016 following the... 

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