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Simmers reopens shaft at 30% after fatal accident

By: Liezel Hill     11th September 2008 South African gold-miner Simmer and Jack has received the go-ahead from the country's Department of Minerals and Energy to reopen the number two shaft, at the Buffelsfontein mine, the company reported on Thursday. The shaft, which was closed on August 29 after a worker died in a fall of ground,... 

Miner dies at Lebowa platinum mine

By: Mariaan Webb     10th September 2008 A mineworker has died at the Lebowa platinum mine in the Limpopo province of South Africa, Anglo Platinum (Angloplat) said on Wednesday afternoon. Spokesperson Simon Tebele said that the worker was killed in a winch-related accident. 

Freeport adjusts '08 sales guidance after incident at Grasberg

By: Liezel Hill     10th September 2008 Phoenix-based Freeport-McMoRan has trimmed its copper and gold sales forecasts for this year, after a “small-scale failure” at its Grasberg openpit mine, in Indonesia. There were no injuries or property damage, and mining and milling activities are continuing normally, but access would be... 

Union plans to down tools at several SA mines to mourn deaths

By: Chanel de Bruyn     10th September 2008 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday called on all its members to observe a day of mourning whenever a mining accident claimed the life of a mineworker. This comes as 5 000 workers had downed tools at gold producer DRDGold’s Blyvooruitzicht mine, in Carletonville, to mourn the... 

Worker killed at Exxaro coal mine - union

By: Chanel de Bruyn     9th September 2008 A second mineworker has died at a South African mining operation since the weekend, bringing the total number of South African mine deaths this year to just under 120. A worker died at Exxaro’s Grootegeluk coal mine outside Ellisras, in Limpopo, on Monday afternoon, when a conveyor belt... 

Contract worker killed at Kroondal platinum mine

By: Chanel de Bruyn     8th September 2008 Platinum-miner Aquarius Platinum on Monday confirmed that an employee of mining contractor, Redpath Mining, had died at the weekend after being injured in a load haul dump (LHD) vehicle accident at the Kroondal K5 shaft on Friday. Kroondal is a joint venture between Aquarius and world number-one... 

SA mines agree to regular safety assessments – COM

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th September 2008 At Friday’s Tripartite Leadership summit, the South African Chamber of Mines (COM) stated that its members would willingly undergo regular assessments of their effectiveness as health and safety leaders. COM president Sipo Nkosi said the mining industry was mindful of the harm brought by... 

Platinum company to accelerate HIV/Aids initiative

By: Leandi Kolver     5th September 2008 “Wesizwe will definitely be running the programme on an ongoing basis as we scale up in terms of resourcing. This HIV/Aids awareness training is included as part of our training and development initiatives,” the company’s human resources and organisational development consultant, Marlain Polovin,... 

Two workers killed at Harmony’s Elandsrand mine

By: Mariaan Webb     1st September 2008 South African gold-miner Harmony Gold has reported two mine deaths at its Elandsrand mine, near Carletonville, at the weekend. The deaths were as a result of a seismic event, measuring 1,2 on the Richter scale, which caused an extensive fall of ground.  

Asbestos-related disease sufferers receive R147,5m 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     29th August 2008 There are many undetected diseases in the pipeline and we need to protect young people from further exposure to asbestos, argued Brian Gibson, chairperson of the asbestos-related diseases compensatory fund, the Kgalagadi Relief Trust, at an asbestos regulations workshop, held in Johannesburg,... 

Miner killed at Implats mine on eve of union’s safety boycott at gold mines

By: Chanel de Bruyn     27th August 2008 A worker has died at platinum-group metals (PGMs) producer Impala Platinum's (Implats') No 10 shaft on Tuesday night after a fall-of-ground incident, the company confirmed on Wednesday. Implats spokesperson Alice Lourens told Mining Weekly Online that production at the shaft still was ongoing. 

Angloplat's Amandelbult resumes blasting

By: Matthew Hill     27th August 2008 World number-one platinum-miner Anglo Platinum said on Wednesday that government had lifted its nearly ten-day suspension of drilling and blasting at the Amandelbult mine, northwest of Johannesburg. "The suspension has been lifted, and drilling and blasting has begun again," spokesperson Simon... 

Assmang met manganese dust laws – executive

By: Sapa     26th August 2008 The Assmang ferromanganese smelter met all legal requirements for exposure to poisonous manganese dust, the company's chief executive for its factory at Cato Ridge on Tuesday. "What I am saying is that we have actually met the legal requirements all the time," Bryan Broekman told labour... 

Blasting at Angloplat’s Amandelbult expected to resume late on Friday

By: Matthew Hill     22nd August 2008 Anglo Platinum (Angloplat), majority owned by Anglo American, was hoping to resume blasting at its Amandelbult mine on Friday, after these activities were halted on Monday when a worker died. Spokesperson Simon Tebele said that the company would be presenting the findings of an investigation... 

Report on alleged Angloplat human rights abuses expected by month-end

By: Matthew Hill     22nd August 2008 Anglo Platinum, the biggest producer of the precious metal, should have the report on its alleged human rights abuses by the end of the month, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said on Friday. “The investigation has been completed, and we are just going through the findings,”... 

New pressure ring sets result in better baking of electrodes at Lion Ferrochrome

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd August 2008 Diversified mining group, Xstrata, reports that smelter technology equipment provider Metix’s two new sets of pressure rings installed at the 63-MVA closed submerged arc furnaces at its Lion Ferrochrome plant earlier this year, has made operations safer and resulted in the better baking of... 

'Day of mourning' halts output at AngloGold's Mponeng mine

By: Chanel de Bruyn     21st August 2008 Production at South African gold producer AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine, in Carletonville, had stopped on Thursday, with nearly 16 000 workers observing a day of mourning, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said. The employees were mourning the death of a colleague who died in a tramming... 

Safety audit report to be released 'soon' – DME

By: Matthew Hill     20th August 2008 Government has completed audits on all the 300-plus high-risk mines, ordered by South African President Thabo Mbeki, and will release the report “soon”, an official said on Wednesday. “The report has been finalised,” Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) chief inspector of mines Thabo Gazi... 

Two workers killed at Angloplat mines – union

By: Matthew Hill     19th August 2008 Two workers died at Anglo Platinum’s (Angloplat’s) mines at the weekend, the National Union of Mineworkers said on Tuesday. South Africa’s biggest union said that one worker died at the world’s biggest platinum producer’s Mogalakwena and another at the Amandelbult mine, near Rustenburg.... 

AngloGold temporarily shuts two main sections at TauTona

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th August 2008 Two main sections of AngloGold Ashanti's TauTona mine would remain closed for another day, following an inspection by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) on Monday into the death of a worker last week. AngloGold Ashanti spokesperson Joanne Jones told Mining Weekly Online that a Section... 

Three die at Evraz mine in Siberia

18th August 2008 Three miners were killed on Sunday after a roof collapsed at Evraz's Mine 12 coal operation, in the Kenerovo region in Siberia. Seven more people who were working at the mine at the time of the accident were safely evacuted, the company said in a statement.  

AngloGold closes part of TauTona after mine death

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th August 2008 A miner died and another six workers were injured at gold-miner AngloGold Ashanti's TauTona operation, near Carletonville, on Friday after a seismic event had triggered a fall-of-ground. The accident came only four days after a worker had died at the company's nearby Mponeng mine, owing to a... 

Safety standards slide as mines approach end of operating lives

15th August 2008 As some South African gold mines head towards the end of their commercial lives, margins are being squeezed to the extent that safety performance can be dangerously compromised. 

'Too early too tell' cause or effect of latest Cigar Lake setback – Cameco's Grandey

By: Liezel Hill     14th August 2008 Cameco Corporation CEO Jerry Grandey determinedly refused to hazard any guesses on Wednesday about what had caused the sudden rapid inflow of water into the beleaguered Cigar Lake project that forced the company to halt pumping and repair work earlier this week. Although he conceded that the... 

BHP unlikely to bid for Implats – analysts

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th August 2008 It was improbable that BHP Billiton would bid for global platinum number-two Impala Platinum (Implats), analysts said on Thursday. The company said before that safety risks associated with South Africa’s deep-level mines was a deterrent to bringing the white metal into its production fold, which... 

Four killed in BC helicopter crash

8th August 2008 Four people died after a helicopter carrying contractors to Bravo Venture Group's Homestake Ridge prospect, in British Columbia, crashed on Wednesday morning, the company said in a statement. "At this stage few details of the circumstances of the accident are known to the company and company... 

South Deep geology lends itself to modern mechanised mining – Gold Fields

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2008 The geology of South Deep mine lends itself to mechanised mining, which is now under way there, says outgoing Gold Fields COO Terence Goodlace. 

SA’s gold output drops further

By: Matthew Hill     7th August 2008 The fall in South Africa’s gold production continued in June, when the industry produced 12,3% less of the yellow metal than the same month the previous year, government figures showed. Actual total mining production in the country for the quarter ended June 30, slid by 6,3% compared with the... 

Eskom halts coal transport after 16 road deaths

By: Matthew Hill     7th August 2008 State-owned Eskom on Thursday took all of the 1 500-plus trucks that supply its power stations with coal off the road for the day, after 16 people died in 55 accidents over the last month. The company said that the 24-hour stoppage was for the coal transporters to focus on safety, and that the... 

Gold Fields takes short-term production knock to tackle safety record 

By: Matthew Hill     1st August 2008 Gold Fields sank to a new 12-month low on the JSE on Friday, after it reported that it was taking even more short-term production pain in favour of improving safety at its operations, with the six-month closure of the main shaft at its key Kloof mine. The move would cost it in the order of 500... 

Safety milestone as AngloGold marks first fatality free quarter 

By: Matthew Hill     31st July 2008 AngloGold Ashanti has for the first time in its 100-year history gone 110 days without a death at its mines, which employ 60 000 people globally. CEO Mark Cutifani said that this was an important milestone that demonstrated that “we can operate in South Africa without fatalities”, but that the... 

AngloGold posts $946m adjusted loss after cutting hedge

By: Matthew Hill     31st July 2008 Africa’s number-one gold producer, AngloGold Ashanti, made an adjusted headline loss of $946-million for the quarter ended June 30, after it spent nearly $1-billion to cut its gold hedge book and uranium contracts, it said on Thursday. Excluding these one-off items, the company reported adjusted... 

BHP halts operations at Klipspruit following fatal accident

By: Mariaan Webb     30th July 2008 BHP Billiton has suspended mining operations at its Klipspruit Colliery in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, after a fatal accident on Tuesday. A drill groundsman was killed at the operation, near Ogies, when a drill rig moved over a high wall and fell about 10 m, the company said in a... 

Communications specialist fills market gap

By: Darren Parker     25th July 2008 South African mining and engineering communications specialists Ngage public relations (PR) has launched a new communications systems service under the brand Mintel. The system is a solution to communicating internally with vast numbers of employees through the use of cellular-phone technology. 

Collaboration gives birth to new tracking system

25th July 2008 Software solutions provider Mineware Consulting, in a new partnership with tracking solutions company Accutrak, has implemented Smartrail, a system which allows mines to analyse the amount of rock being transported underground, as well as the grade and movement of each load. 

Innovative technology use leads to substantial growth

By: Darren Parker     25th July 2008 Canadian mining communications specialist Mine Radio Systems (MRS), reports that its South African branch has more than doubled its turnover every year, over the past three years. As a result of the company’s rapid growth, it has had to move owing to the constricting size of its previous office... 

Shedding light on miners’ whereabouts

By: Darren Parker     25th July 2008 Local lighting technology company Optimac has launched a workable asset tracking solution (Wats) to work with its in-house designed, lightweight Halolite H2 miner’s cap lamp. 

Two-way radio goes digital

By: Darren Parker     25th July 2008 South African wireless communications provider Multisource is introducing digital two-way radios to the country and the continent, ideally aimed at vertical industries, including mining. 

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