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DRDGold spends R26m in six months on environmental restoration  

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2017 Johannesburg is probably one of the world’s best examples of unintended sustainable development, where almost accidentally the mining economy has been fully replaced by another larger economy. This is because mining took place for long enough to allow for the emergence of services industries such... 

Botswana chamber adopts Canada’s sustainable mining programme

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2017 The Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) has announced that it will adopt the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, a corporate social responsibility programme developed by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) to improve environmental and social practices in the mining industry. This is first... 

Botswana chamber adopts Canada’s sustainable mining programme

Atlatsa reports fatality at Bokoni

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th February 2017 Dual-listed Atlatsa Resources has been issued a Section 54 notice after a fatality at its Bokoni platinum mine’s Middelpunt Hill shaft section. A Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) investigation is under way following a fall-of-ground incident at the shaft that claimed the life of a team... 

New Bill on way to boost State involvement in mining

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2017 A new Bill is to be presented to the South African Parliament to strengthen the State’s role in the industry, currently dogged by legislative, regulatory and administrative tensions between government, business and labour. The Mining Company of South Africa Bill will be presented to Cabinet and... 

New Bill on way to boost State involvement in mining
President Jacob Zuma

Miners report improved production results

     10th February 2017 Platinum producer Lonmin reports a 71% decline in tonnes lost as a result of Section 54 safety stoppages in the three months to December 31, 2016. In its unaudited production results for the first quarter of 2017, Lonmin highlights that its safety strategy remains centred on the belief that zero... 

Miners report improved production results
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE Anglo American Platinum's total platinum production (metal-in-concentrate) was up 2% to 610 100 oz for the fourth quatter of 2016

Producer does part to fight abuse of children in artisanal mining

     10th February 2017 Natural resources provider Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) has partnered with international foundation Good Shepherd Sisters to fund its Bon Pasteur Alternative Livelihood programme, which aims to help break the cycle of violence and abuse endured by children in artisanal mining communities in the... 

Producer does part to  fight abuse of children  in artisanal mining
Photo by Loes Schalekamp
FIGHTING CHILD LABOUR The Good Shepherd organisation is particularly focused on supporting children who work in artisinal mines and are involved in the worst forms of child labour

Inquiry into Lily mine accident to start within a few days

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2017 An inquiry into an accident at the Lily gold mine, in Barberton, Mpumalanga, a year ago, will start within the next few days. This follows the wrapping up of an investigation by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The primary objective of the inquiry is to find the container in which three... 

Quality of equipment directly impacts safety, efficiency

     3rd February 2017 As the mining industry is supported by a vast system of pumps and pipes, it is important to install pumping equipment that is capable of outlasting its intended job, thereby ensuring safety and efficiency in the mining industry, says displacement pumps manufacturer Netzsch Pumps North America.... 

Quality of equipment directly impacts safety, efficiency
NETZCH'S NICHE Netzsch pumps are frequently used in oil and gas plants, although the company's range also caters for other industrial and mineral applications

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2017 The predominantly Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation has served the mining industry for more than a century. Along with Cementation Canada, Cementation USA and RUC Cementation Australia, the Murray & Roberts Underground Mining Platform ranks among the biggest underground mining contracting... 

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors
Photo by Duane Daws
VENETIA MODEL What the Venetia underground diamond mine will look like when complete

US Army Corps ordered to expedite work on Dakota Access Pipeline easement

By: Henry Lazenby     1st February 2017 Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline. “This will enable [Dakota Access] to complete the project, which can and will be built with the necessary safety features to... 

US Army Corps ordered to expedite work on Dakota Access Pipeline easement

Randgold in talks to resolve illegal sit-in at Côte d'Ivoire mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2017 LSE-listed Randgold Resources is working to resolve an ongoing illegal underground sit-in at its Tongon mine, in Côte d'Ivoire, which started on January 26. The group is currently negotiating with some workers who are demanding yearly ex gratia payments. 

Court OKs Guatemala civil suit against Tahoe in BC court system

By: Henry Lazenby     27th January 2017 The Court of Appeal for British Columbia on Thursday issued a ruling that civil legal action filed by claimants from Guatemala against dual-listed Tahoe Resources can be heard in the British Columbia court system. Tahoe said it was reviewing the ruling, after which it would decide on whether to... 

Ontario fines Goldcorp, Miller Paving for 2014 contractor injury

By: Henry Lazenby     27th January 2017 Justice of the Peace Sylvie-Emanuelle Bourbonnais in Timmins court on Thursday fined Goldcorp C$55 000 and Miller Paving C$40 000 for a September 2014 accident in which a contractor was injured in an accident. The two defendants pled guilty after the worker was injured when a hopper containing... 

Mining Indaba platform for driving best practice, positive change

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 The Investing in African Mining Indaba is a valuable platform for driving best practice and positive change in the mining industry, providing a forum where governments, companies, investors and civil society can meet and exchange views, says mining organisation International Council on Mining and... 

Mining Indaba platform for driving best practice, positive change
TOM BUTLER Water sustainability will be a key topic of discussion at the 2017 Mining Indaba as access to the resource in some mining areas is becoming increasingly scarce and competitive

Further precedent set for inspectorate’s powers

By: Nadine James     27th January 2017 The Labour Court’s decision to set aside a Section 54 mine stoppage order that unjustifiably stopped operations at leading gold producer AngloGold Ashanti’s Kopanang mine, in the Free State, is pleasing, as it provides further legal precedent for the manner in which inspectors from the Department... 

Further precedent set for inspectorate’s powers
KATE COLLIER The negative impact of an unreasonable instruction or unnecessarily harsh enforcement cannot be overlooked

Regulatory environment stifling investment

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 South Africa’s mining industry will continue to feel the effects of regulatory uncertainty and political turbulence in 2017 compounding various developments in the sector this year, says banking services provider Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking investment banker Paul Miller. 

Regulatory environment stifling investment
Photo by Duane Daws
PAUL MILLER Mining Indaba brings key mining industry players together and provides an efficient way of networking with multiple capital-providers

Gubhani Exploration

     27th January 2017 Black female-owned, cutting-edge surface exploration drilling company Gubhani Exploration was established in 2008. With projects led by a geologist with 13 years of experience in working with drilling contractors and mining companies, Gubhani is a well-rounded service provider that understands... 

Gubhani Exploration

Monitech

     27th January 2017 Family-owned and operated safety and monitoring specialist Monitech’s products can be found in more than 90% of the underground coal mining operations under way in South Africa. The South Africa-based company was established in 1995 by a fourth-generation coal mining family, whose roots trace... 

Monitech

Completion of Mindola shaft expected in 2019

By: Nadine James     27th January 2017 The Mindola Deeps shaft sinking project in Kitwe, Zambia, should be completed by June 2018, marking the first time that a 2 000 m shaft will be raise drilled, says mining contractor Redpath Mining. The project, which is owned by diversified mining and marketing company Glencore’s Zambian copper... 

Completion of Mindola shaft expected in 2019
DAVLIN RICHARDSON The Mining Indaba is the best platform to market our business to a global audience while connecting with companies on a local level

Functional specification for proximity detection systems in sight

By: Nadine James     27th January 2017 The South African Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) is expected to adopt a functional specification for proximity detection systems (PDSes) by April this year, says mine safety equipment supplier Booyco Electronics MD Anton Lourens. He explains that the MHSC is expected to sign off on a... 

Functional specification  for proximity detection  systems in sight
DANGER DETECTOR The Booyco proximity detection system uses icons making it easy for operators to understand

Explosives manufacturer launches electronic blasting system

     27th January 2017 Explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services launched what it claims is its most advanced electronic initiating system, the intelliShot, in December. The electronic initiating system is designed to work in partnership with the company’s DetNet. 

Explosives manufacturer launches electronic blasting system
INCENDIARY INNOVATION AEL has developed the intelliShot system with the notion of innovating and modernising mining practices

Zambian copper mine to receive upgraded refuge chambers

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 A Zambian copper mine is set to receive delivery of 12 MineSAFE underground refuge chambers from manufacturer and supplier MineARC, incorporating its new System Intelligence package, including the GuardIAN remote monitoring system, compressed air management system and Aura-FX digital gas... 

Zambian copper mine to receive upgraded refuge chambers
Photo by Duane Daws
ENHANCED SAFETY The GuardIAN secure online interface is hosted on an internal server within the refuge chamber so that no client software installation is required

New laboratories opened based on demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Oil and fuel analysis expert WearCheck has shown considerable growth in Africa in 2016 establishing three new laboratories around the continent’s mining hotspots, a move largely driven by demand from mining operations looking to cut operational costs. As a result of this expansion, the company... 

Wits, Chinese university in partnership to boost research

By: David Oliveira     20th January 2017 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) established the Joint International Research Laboratory of China–Africa Mining Geospatial Informatics in November last year at a ceremony in Xuzhou, China, to further the mining research of the two... 

Mine safety a casualty of too many distractions, say unions as 2016 statistics show marginal improvement

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2017 South Africa’s mining stakeholders need to “go back to the drawing board” and refocus efforts on bringing down the number of fatalities in the sector, trade union Solidarity's deputy general secretary for occupational health and safety and sustainable development Advocate Paul Mardon said, as a... 

Mine safety a casualty of too many distractions, say unions as 2016 statistics show marginal improvement
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebezi Zwane

Rockfall claims one life at Implats’ 20 shaft

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2017 A rockfall at Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) 20 shaft, in Rustenburg, on Wednesday claimed the life of one mineworker and injured another. Implats spokesperson Johan Theron confirmed the incident to Mining Weekly Online, noting that the shaft has been shut down pending investigation. 

Despite expecting further delay to RoF development, Noront exploration guns for gold

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2017 Despite reporting progress with discussions between stakeholders, the largest landholder in the emerging Ring of Fire (RoF) mining camp of Northern Ontario, Noront Resources, said Tuesday that it expected further delays to the development of its cornerstone Eagle’s Nest mine. The precious and... 

Solidarity cautious on Barbrook mine business rescue promises

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Friday vowed to do all it can to prevent the embattled Barbrook mine, in Mpumalanga, from following in the footsteps of its sister mine as it heads into business rescue. However, the union was hesitantly cautious on the commitments made by the business rescue... 

Kusasalethu employees end 48-hour sit-in – Harmony

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2017 With the 1 700-odd employees who staged a 48-hour wildcat underground sit-in at the Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, safely back on surface on Friday, JSE-listed Harmony Gold has initiated an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the workers’ actions. Production at the... 

Kusasalethu employees end 48-hour sit-in – Harmony
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers stage underground sit-in, no demands made

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2017 Around 1 700 workers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, in Carletonville, have staged an illegal sit-in underground, with no demands or grievances yet forthcoming. Harmony Gold on Thursday said the employees had refused to return to surface on Wednesday after the end of the morning shift, with... 

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers stage underground sit-in, no demands made

BC agrees Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion meets 5 prerequisites

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2017 British Columbia has issued an environment assessment certificate for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project, adding its own 37 specific conditions. These conditions are based on the National Energy Board's (NEB's) project report on May 19, 2016, recommending to the federal government... 

BC agrees Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion meets 5 prerequisites
Photo by British Columbia Government
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark

Qld introduces new health reforms to combat black lung

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th December 2016 The Queensland government has introduced a suite of health and safety reforms to protect coal miners from black lung disease. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthonly Lynham said on Friday that coal health and safety laws will see dust levels made public, compulsory health checks for... 

Qld introduces new health reforms to combat black lung

Contract miner dies at Agnico Eagle’s Kittilä mine, Finland

By: Henry Lazenby     16th December 2016 A contractor has died in a mining accident at TSX- and NYSE-listed Agnico Eagle’s Kittilä mine, in northern Finland. The miner said Thursday that the accident occurred underground on level 325 of the mine, however, details and exact cause are not yet known. 

Electronic incident reporting, management system touted as best practice

By: Ilan Solomons     16th December 2016 For many years line managers and safety staff in the South African mining industry have tried to understand the relationship between incidents, minor injuries, lost-time injuries, serious injuries and fatal injuries. In the early 1980s, ‘loss control’ was the buzzword in mine safety and the Frank... 

Electronic incident reporting, management system  touted as best practice
RISK AWARENESS Any manager that knows of a hazard and the associated risk, as a reasonable person, will act to avert the harm that will result if this risk materialises

Latin American miners expected to persist with cost-cutting and disinvestment strategies

By: Henry Lazenby     16th December 2016 The end of the commodities super cycle continues to have a dampening effect on several South American economies, especially those that previously relied on high hydrocarbons prices to achieve high rates of growth. As well as hitting government earnings and rates of economic expansion, the... 

Latin American miners expected to persist with cost-cutting and disinvestment strategies

Mintek demonstrates new tailings treatment process

By: David Oliveira     16th December 2016 State-owned research organisation Mintek earlier this month demonstrated its Retreatment Flowsheet for Au and Uranium Tailings, or Reflaut, tailings treatment process at gold miner Gold Fields’ South Deep mine, in Johannesburg. Reflaut has been used at South Deep since last month, and removes... 

Mintek demonstrates new tailings treatment process
Photo by Duane Daws
REFLAUT RETREATMENT Mintek’s Reflaut demonstration plant at South Deep retreats about 200 kg/h worth of tailings, producing about 2 g of concentrate for every ton of tailings

Sibanye Gold’s tailings project launch likely 'in next six months'  

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2016 Sibanye Gold will probably launch its West Rand Tailings Retreatment Project (WRTRP) in the next six months. The WRTRP, which aims to recover 11-million ounces of gold, 170-million pounds of uranium, as well as sulphuric acid from 1.3-billion tonnes of tailings, offers 35 years of mine life, 5... 

Sibanye Gold’s tailings project launch likely 'in next six months'
WRTRP team at Sibanye Gold.

Platinum fuel-cell plant being built in Korea by Implats project supplier

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2016 The company that is building South Africa’s first multi-megawatt platinum-catalysed fuel-cell power plant in South Africa is simultaneously building an even larger fuel-cell power plant in Korea under a renewable energy classification. Doosan Fuel Cell America, which is laying on an eventual 20... 

Platinum fuel-cell plant being built in Korea by Implats project supplier
Photo by Duane Daws
Doosan Fuel Cell America VP Eric Strayer

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