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Zambezi Protocol providing strategic direction to identity-changing Chamber of Mines 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2017 The 128-year-old Chamber of Mines of South Africa provided an important indicator of its intended new direction when it revealed that the Zambezi Protocol would be its guiding light as it embarked on its identity and name-change programme. Under unanimously elected new president of Mxolisi Mgojo,... 

Zambezi Protocol providing strategic direction to identity-changing Chamber of Mines
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer asks new Chamber of Mines office bearers to spell out the influential institution’s decision to change its 128-year-old name and identity. Photographs and Video: Duane Daws. Video Editing : Lionel d Silva.

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2017 The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the... 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra
Engineering News Online’s Martin Creamer talks to Thos Begbie’s Edwin Dreyer and Dekra’s Johan Gerber. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Implats trial of safety packed drill rig imminent 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 The Safe Quality Stoping (SQS) face advance drill rig from Brits-based mining machinery manufacturer GST Drilling will be trialled at platinum miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) E&F operation, in Rustenburg, South Africa, in the next few weeks. “This trial represents the modernisation of mining... 

Implats trial of safety  packed drill rig imminent
Safe Quality Stoping (SQS) face advance drill rig from Brits-based mining machinery manufacturer GST Drilling and original-equipment developer Scamont Engineering is being demonstrated. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

KZN coal mine supplying communities’ water needs and more, mulls output expansion 

By: Ilan Solomons     19th May 2017 The Zululand region of KwaZulu-Natal was afflicted by what the Department of Water and Sanitation described as the “worst drought in a century” in 2016 and is still a water scarce area of the country. Helping neighbouring communities survive this disaster, investment company Menar Holding’s... 

KZN coal mine supplying communities’ water needs and more, mulls output expansion
Zululand anthracite colliery discusses the importance it places on providing potable water for the local communities, as well as provides a mining operational update. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Legislation plays ‘big role’ in uptake of healthcare services 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 In many countries, health and safety legislation is either nonexistent or not effectively enforced and, therefore, greatly influences the number of mining-related work opportunities available for healthcare service providers, such as International SOS in Midrand, South Africa 

Legislation plays  ‘big role’ in uptake  of healthcare services
International SOS medical director Dr Charl van Loggerenberg speaks about 'Duty of Care' and the company's services and products. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Golden Arrow, Silver Standard JV ‘a match made in heaven’ as explorer turns producer 

By: Henry Lazenby     16th May 2017 Canadian explorer Golden Arrow Resources has made the leap from project developer to revenue-earning miner in record time through its novel partnership with senior miner Silver Standard Resources, after the latter exercised its option to form a joint venture (JV) with the company that will... 

Golden Arrow, Silver Standard JV ‘a match made in heaven’ as explorer turns producer
Golden Arrow president and CEO Joseph Grosso discusses the creation of a joint venture partnership between itself and Silver Standard Resources to combine the prospective Chinchillas project with the depleted Pirquitas mine, in Argentina’s Jujuy province. Video: Henry Lazenby; Editing: Lionel da Silva.

De Beers leads research project to deliver carbon-neutral mining at its operations 

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th May 2017 Diamond miner De Beers Group is leading a groundbreaking research project that aims to deliver carbon-neutral mining at some of its operations in as few as five years. The company’s scientists, in close collaboration with a team of internationally renowned scientists, are investigating the... 

De Beers leads research project to deliver carbon-neutral mining at its operations
An animation shows the mineral carbonation process at a diamond mine. Video courtesy of De Beers

Strongbow’s South Crofty to revive age-old tin mining tradition in Cornwall 

By: Henry Lazenby     21st April 2017 Bolstered by strengthening tin prices and improving fundamental support in the long term, Canadian mineral exploration firm Strongbow Exploration is set to revive a mining tradition in England’s county of Cornwall, that reaches back thousands of years to the early Bronze Age. The company’s... 

Strongbow’s South Crofty to revive age-old tin mining tradition in Cornwall
Strongbow president and CEO Richard Williams discusses the prospect of reviving a Bronze Age mining tradition in Cornwall. Video: Henry Lazenby; Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Coal junior targets near-threefold output increase to 10Mt/y in two years 

By: Ilan Solomons     31st March 2017 Junior coal mining company Canyon Coal is producing 300 000 t/m of run-of-mine (RoM), which equates to 3.6-million tons a year of coal across all its operations. However, the company is aiming to increase this to ten-million tons a year over the next two years, thereby making it a midtier coal... 

Coal junior targets near-threefold output increase to 10Mt/y in two years
Canyon Coal executive chairperson Vuslat Bayoğlu discusses the state of the company’s operations and its vision for the future

First SA-made four rope handling system 

By: Victor Moolman     31st March 2017 South Africa’s first locally designed and built mobile rope-handling system, designed for installing both head and tail ropes onto a four-rope Koepe friction winder, is ready to be used at platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung mine in the North West, mining equipment manufacturer Tech Edge... 

First SA-made four rope handling system
Tech Edge Group MD Bannister Erasmus and Tech Edge Group executive chairperson Russell Moore explain how the rope-handling equipment was designed and made for the Bakubung platinum mine. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Gold mining operations need to transform into 'mines of the future' 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2017 Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland believes it is time for current gold mining operations to “fundamentally transform” into “mines of the future" in order to prosper. Speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) School of Mining Engineering’s celebration of 120 years of service, on... 

Gold mining operations need to transform into 'mines of the future'
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland discusses the need to move to mechanisation and adopt other technologies to improve mine productivity and safety. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Master Drilling boasts strong order book 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 The launch of new projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, paired with increased investment in human resources, has resulted in a 12.1% drop in JSE-listed Master Drilling’s gross profit to $23.5-million for the 2016 financial year. However, the company noted that... 

Master Drilling boasts strong order book
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius speaks on the company's prospects. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd. 22/03/2017

Vedanta already turning Anglo’s discarded zinc assets to account 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2017 Diversified mining company Vedanta, which is being associated with the acquisition of 13% of the equity of Anglo American by Volcan Investments because of the link both these entities have with Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal, has done well with the South African assets it acquired from Anglo... 

Vedanta already turning Anglo’s discarded zinc assets to account
Flashback video: Vedanta's Zinc International CEO Deshnee Naidoo updates Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on the Gamsberg zinc project. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Take community engagement seriously, ARM’s Motsepe advises 

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2017 The South African mining industry must take community engagement extremely seriously to prevent this country’s global competitiveness from being negatively impacted, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe urged on Thursday. Speaking at question time after ARM... 

Take community engagement seriously, ARM’s Motsepe advises
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe’s presentation of interim results. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

IDC supporting entry of superior platinum processing route – Malinga 

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2017 A bankable feasibility study has been completed on a new platinum processing method that slashes electricity consumption by eliminating the power-guzzling smelting step in the processing of platinum-group metals (PGMs), Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) divisional executive: mining and... 

IDC supporting entry of superior platinum processing route – Malinga
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer in conversation with Industrial Development Corporation divisional executive: mining and metals industries Abel Malinga. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

'Irrational' uranium prices making life tough, even for world-class juniors 

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2017 The resource investment market’s fixation on uranium spot prices and fewer majors operating in the space are making life difficult for uranium exploration juniors, even those such as Fission Uranium that have made world-class discoveries in one of the best jurisdictions in the world. Speaking to... 

'Irrational' uranium prices making life tough, even for world-class juniors
Fission Uranium chairperson and CEO Dev Randhawa discusses the uranium industry's fixation on spot prices and COO and chief geologist Ross McElroy gives an exploration update. Video: Henry Lazenby; Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Silver Wheaton remains a unique offering in uncertain times 

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2017 As the tide turns in the resource investment space, a renewed focus on project development sees many juniors looking for cash to fund their project development goals. The world’s largest precious metals streaming firm Silver Wheaton believes it has the answer for the right junior firms: its early... 

Silver Wheaton remains a unique offering in uncertain times
Silver Wheaton president and CEO Randy Smallwood discusses the company's strategy for acquiring metal streams. Video: Henry Lazenby; Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Mining equipment orders ‘rebuilding’ after slump – Barloworld 

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 Orders from Russian and Southern Africa mining customers are starting to rebuild for JSE-listed Barloworld, following a period of limited capital expenditure (capex) owing to commodity prices, steadily declining since 2012, having shown signs of recovery last year. Barloworld former CEO Clive... 

Mining equipment orders ‘rebuilding’ after slump – Barloworld
Outgoing Barloworld CEO Clive Thomson discusses his tenure at the helm of the South African industrial conglomerate. Video cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Delayed legislation stopping mining from firing on all cylinders – Exxaro 

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2017 South Africa’s economic growth remains inadequate to drive the changes required for the country’s socioeconomic challenges and the continued delay in the promulgation of key minerals legislation is deterring the investment required to make South Africa’s mining industry fire on all cylinders,... 

Delayed legislation stopping mining from firing on all cylinders – Exxaro
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer reports on Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo’s presentation of financial results. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer 9.03.2017

Royal Bafokeng Platinum's share price falls on bond launch 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2017 The share price of platinum mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) fell by more than 5% on the company's launch of a R1.2-billion bond offering to to secure the next phase of the ramp-up of its Styldrift I expansion project. The funding solution included R2-billion of recently concluded... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum's share price falls on bond launch
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer talks on video to Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri.

Trackless mobile machinery regulation a contentious point for industry 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 The regulation of trackless mobile machinery (TMM) in the mining industry will be the subject of ongoing debate between mines and the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate in the next couple of years, when further regulations may be promulgated. At ENSAfrica’s Mine Health and Safety (MHS) Seminar... 

Trackless mobile machinery regulation a contentious point for industry
ENSAfrica director Warren Hendricks speaks about recent changes to the Mine Health and Safety Act. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd. 07/03/2017

Platinum needs marketing, marketing and more marketing – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2017 Embattled platinum needs ongoing marketing, with producers needing to invest in the promotion effort and ensure that the metal does not continue to be demonised by the anti-diesel hype, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri told investors, unionists, analysts and journalists on... 

Platinum needs marketing, marketing and more marketing – RBPlat
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer talks on video to Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri. Photograph, Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer 28.2.2017

Hefty H1 losses paint depressed picture for Implats 

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd February 2017 Platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has recorded a gross loss of R318-million for the six months to December 31, a significant increase on the loss of R40-million recorded in the six months to December 31, 2015. The group posted a headline loss of R508-million, compared with headline... 

Hefty H1 losses paint depressed picture for Implats
Impala Platinum acting CEO Gerhard Potgieter discusses the group’s consolidated interim results for the six months ended December 31, and how the company foresees the future of the platinum group metals market. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Pan African CEO accuses union of ‘blatantly false’ safety statements 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2017 The CEO of the London Aim- and Johannesburg-listed precious metals and coal mining company Pan African Resources on Wednesday accused the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) of making statements that were “blatantly false” on safety practice at the Evander gold mine in Mpumalanga. “I will not say... 

Pan African CEO accuses union of ‘blatantly false’ safety statements
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on results presentation of Pan African Resources by CEO Cobus Loots. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Mokonyane gives thumbs-up as Eastern Basin plant treats 94 Mℓ/d of AMD 

By: Ilan Solomons     17th February 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has lauded the successes achieved at the Eastern Basin acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant, in Springs, in Gauteng. The R1-billion plant, which started operations in June 2016, was completed under the instruction of State-owned water management... 

Mokonyane gives thumbs-up as Eastern Basin plant treats 94 Mℓ/d of AMD
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane discusses the importance of the Eastern Basin acid mine drainage treatment plant. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Gold Fields set for ‘year of reinvestment’, announces R2.28bn South Deep growth plan 

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th February 2017 The South Deep gold mine achieved several milestones in 2016 as interventions implemented over the past two years started yielding results and dual-listed Gold Fields will now embark on a new R2.3-billion rebase plan at the mine to create a defensive asset in a spiralling industry. Equipped with... 

Gold Fields set for ‘year of reinvestment’, announces R2.28bn South Deep growth plan
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland talks to Mining Weekly Online about South Deep's turnaround, what its future holds and why it is such a critical asset for Gold Fields. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Videoediting: Lionel da Silva. Date recorded: 16.02.2017.

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... 

DRDGold spends R26m in six months on environmental restoration
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer talks to DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius on the company’s R26-million expenditure on environmental restoration. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Kumba applying exploration-to-beneficiation technology 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2017 South Africa’s biggest iron-ore mining company Kumba Iron Ore intends maximising the return potential of its assets through productivity initiatives, accompanied by ongoing robust cost management. It intends ensuring disciplined capital allocation, prioritising the reinstatement of dividend... 

Kumba applying exploration-to-beneficiation technology
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer at the Kumba Iron Ore results presentation by CEO Themba Mkhwanazi and outgoing CFO Frikkie Kotzee. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Forevermark brand expanding customer base globally  

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 The response to the Forevermark diamond brand has been “just great” in the past three years, which is, to a significant degree, attributable to the brand’s promise of authenticity, quality, uniqueness, integrity and being ethically sourced, states De Beers' Forevermark brand ambassador at Caratco... 

Forevermark brand expanding customer base globally
De Beers' Forevermark brand ambassador at Caratco Anna Russo discusses the brand's growth.

Political, regulatory uncertainty could deter investment in African resources sector – Barclays 

By: Anine Kilian     3rd February 2017 Any political and regulatory uncertainty will undermine African countries’ attractiveness as natural resource investment destinations according to financial institution Barclays Africa. Speaking to Mining Weekly about the African sector’s mining outlook for 2017 Barclays Africa’s coverage head... 

Political, regulatory uncertainty could deter investment in African resources sector – Barclays
Barclays Africa natural resources head Shirley Webber talks to Mining Weekly about the 2017 Africa mining outlook.

Survey reveals improved reporting by mining companies 

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd February 2017 The mining industry has continued to face significant uncertainty, volatility and pressure to contain costs over the past three years. This unpredictable business environment has given rise to a number of reporting trends geared towards providing stakeholders and users of mining companies’... 

Survey reveals improved reporting by  mining companies
Jacques Erasmus discusses the company’s 2016 Mining Reporting Survey and his prediction for the global mining industry in 2017

Harmony pays second dividend in 12 months, swings back to H1 profit  

By: Anine Kilian     2nd February 2017 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Harmony Gold swung back into a profit for the six months ended December 31, with earnings lifted by gains from gold and currency hedges. The higher rand and US dollar gold prices received over the last year had improved the profitability of Harmony’s operations... 

Harmony pays second dividend in 12 months, swings back to H1 profit
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp talks to Mining Weekly Online about operational developments

Bank upbeat about mining sector in 2017, predicts steady commodity price uptick 

By: Ilan Solomons     30th January 2017 Given that the global economy is expected to grow by 3.4% this year and 3.5% in 2018, the health of global macroeconomics is good, which bodes well for a resurgence in the global mining industry during the course of this year. This is according to Standard Bank mining and metals research head Tim... 

Bank upbeat about mining sector in 2017, predicts steady commodity price uptick
Standard Bank’s Tim Clark and Sandra du Toit discuss their perceptions of the state of the global mining sector and predictions for the year ahead. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 30.1.2017

S African company taking ‘next big step’ in airborne geophysics  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 Airborne electromagnetic technology pioneer Spectrem Air, together with mining majors and main shareholders Anglo American and De Beers, is developing a superconductor magnetic gradiometer, known as Squid, that will greatly enhance the capability of the sensors used in airborne geophysical surveys. 

S African company taking ‘next big step’ in airborne geophysics
Spectrem Air GM Louis Polomé discusses the company’s technological advancements in the field of airborne geophysics. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Exxaro will support any ‘sustainable’ plan for restarting Arnot 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2017 Mining group Exxaro says it will be guided by Eskom on the future of the Arnot coal mine, in Mpumalanga, which was closed after Eskom’s contentious December 31, 2015, decision not to renew a 40-year coal supply agreement (CSA) with Arnot, an Eskom-tied mine operated by Exxaro. The termination of... 

Exxaro will support any ‘sustainable’ plan for restarting Arnot
Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko on Arnot, Matla and Exxaro's empowerment structure. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Anglo confident of ‘favourable outcome’ with Eskom on sale of three tied coal mines  

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2017 Mining group Anglo American says it has held discussions with and continues to engage with Eskom, government and potential bidders on its plan to exit its Eskom-tied mines – Kriel, New Denmark and New Vaal. Responding to Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko’s insistence that Eskom had assets at the... 

Anglo confident of ‘favourable outcome’ with Eskom on sale of three tied coal mines
Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko on Anglo American's proposed exit of Eskom-tied coal mines. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Tough operating climate brings greater transparency emphasis for miners 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th January 2017 The mining industry has continued to face significant uncertainty, volatility and pressure to contain costs over the past three years. This unpredictable business environment has given rise to a number of reporting trends geared towards providing stakeholders and users of mining companies’... 

Tough operating climate brings greater transparency emphasis for miners
KPMG global mining leader Jacques Erasmus discusses the company’s 2016 Mining Reporting Survey and his prediction for the global mining industry in 2017

Platinum price upturn needed to sustain industry – Lonmin  

By: Martin Creamer     20th January 2017 An upturn in the platinum price is needed for the sustainability of the platinum industry as a whole, Lonmin CEO Ben Magara said on Friday. The head of the large London- and Johannesburg-listed platinum mining company said that although there had been a slight price recovery since November and... 

Platinum price upturn needed to sustain industry – Lonmin
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara points out the unsustainability of the current low platinum price at a media conference covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.
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