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Entrepreneurs pursuing gold dump projects, ‘pennyweight’ opportunities at depth 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2016 Fresh from developing seven superb gold projects in Africa, mining project company DRA is excited about new gold project opportunities opening up in South Africa, where its sees much potential in gold tailings retreatment and also in underground gold deposits that are still rated in the... 

Entrepreneurs pursuing gold dump projects, ‘pennyweight’ opportunities at depth
DRA global executive process Glenn Bezuidenhout outlines gold project potential to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’ 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 Cabinet appears to have put paid to Eskom efforts to halt the country’s highly regarded independent power producer (IPP) programme, with Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe indicating on Monday that there was no intention to “change course midstream”.... 

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’
Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe on South Africa's commitment to the IPP programme. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 22.8.2016

Gold Fields lifts FY production guidance as South Deep, Aus operations perform in H1 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th August 2016 Gold major Gold Fields, led by CEO Nick Holland, has increased its production guidance for this year to between 2.1-million and 2.15-million ounces, up from its previous guidance of 2.05-million to 2.1-million ounces. This, the company reported, was on the back of a “better-than-expected”... 

Gold Fields lifts FY production guidance as South Deep, Aus operations perform in H1
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland outlines the industry feel in the gold market. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Harmony back in the black, eyes acquisitions 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th August 2016 Gold miner Harmony Gold has bounced back into the black and is now eyeing acquisitions to reach its target of becoming a 1.5-million-ounce-a-year gold producer, at below $950/oz, within three years. Declaring its first dividend in four years, CEO Peter Steenkamp reported a net profit of... 

Harmony back in the black, eyes acquisitions
Harmony Gold CEO discusses the company's three-year strategy to uplift gold output. Date recorded: 17.08.16. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd

DRA enjoying rise in gold project share, eyeing more gold opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2016 Mining project house DRA, which has hit the gold project high spots in particularly West Africa, is now well poised to extend that gold triumph further into Central Africa, East Africa and also South Africa. DRA’s impressive penetration of the gold project market has been characterised by... 

DRA enjoying rise in gold project share, eyeing more gold opportunities
DRA MD Johann de Bruin talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on the company’s project successes in gold. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Illegal miner progress at Obuasi ‘frustratingly slow’ – AngloGold  

By: Martin Creamer     15th August 2016 The occupation by illegal miners of part of the Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, is slowing the feasibility work AngloGold Ashanti is undertaking for the modernisation of the troubled operation. Obuasi’s first half of 2016 has been dominated by the incursion of illegal miners on to the operating area,... 

Illegal miner progress at Obuasi ‘frustratingly slow’ – AngloGold
AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat) talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Revolutionary gold-mining machine making progress – AngloGold 

By: Martin Creamer     15th August 2016 The innovative Mark IV high-technology machine that AngloGold Ashanti is developing to improve the economics of gold mining in South Africa’s low-height, hard-rock reef is continuing to make progress, AngloGold COO South Africa Chris Sheppard said on Monday. Speaking at Monday’s presentation of... 

Revolutionary gold-mining machine making progress – AngloGold
AngloGold Ashanti COO South Africa Chris Sheppard talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

AngloGold’s free cash trebles, slashes net debt  

By: Martin Creamer     15th August 2016 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti announced on Monday that it had more than trebled free cash flow generation in the first half of the year to $108-million and lowered net debt by almost a third, as costs fell and it took advantage of a higher gold price. In its presentation of results for... 

AngloGold’s free cash trebles, slashes net debt
AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat) talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New vacuum cleaner transforms smog into gemstones 

By: Ilan Solomons     12th August 2016 Dutch social design lab Studio Roosegaarde will deliver to China, a smog vacuum cleaner system, which sucks in smog and turns it into small gemstones, in September. Studio Roosegaarde has to date produced rings, cubes and cufflinks from compressed smog particles collected from other trials of the... 

New vacuum cleaner transforms smog  into gemstones
Daan Roosegaarde discusses the benefits of Studio Roosegaarde’s smog free tower. (Video courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde)

Sibanye firming up funding for gold-from-dumps project 

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2016 Sibanye Gold is far advanced with plans to recover gold, uranium and sulphuric acid in a phased manner. Sibanye VP Grant Stuart says the West Rand Tailings Retreatment Project (WRTRP) defines the creation of superior value for all stakeholders, creates jobs and is environmentally responsible. 

Sibanye firming up funding for gold-from-dumps project
Sibanye Gold outline tailings treatment plans to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video & Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Attractive returns expected from quick-pay iron-ore projects 

By: Martin Creamer     5th August 2016 Keep a look out for the five letters UHDMS, which stand for ultrahigh dense media separation. Outgoing Kumba Iron Ore CEO Norman Mbazima tells Mining Weekly Online that they translate into “mouth-watering” financial metrics. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video). 

Attractive returns expected from quick-pay iron-ore projects
Outgoing Kumba Iron Ore CEO Norman Mbazima talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Amplats commissions quick-return chrome plant 

By: Martin Creamer     5th August 2016 A new chrome recovery plant has been commissioned at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Amandelbult mine in Limpopo province. The chrome plant, which cost R400-million, should generate additional free cash flow at current prices of between R350-million and R400-million a year. (Also watch... 

Amplats commissions quick-return chrome plant
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith outlines quick-freturn chrome project to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

RBPlat’s Phiri staves off analysts’ labour cost queries 

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2016 A premium has to be paid for labour stability, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Monday in reply to analyst queries on the company’s rising wage bill. Reporting a 67% improvement in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation in the six months to June... 

RBPlat’s Phiri staves off analysts’ labour cost queries
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri outlines company's top priority to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Elandspruit on track to deliver 200 000 t/m of coal 

By: Victor Moolman     29th July 2016 Coal production at the Elandspruit mine, in Mpumalanga, is on track to reach 200 000 t/m run-of-mine (RoM) with the development of the colliery’s underground mining project, says coal mining and trading company Wescoal Holdings CEO Waheed Sulaiman. 

Elandspruit on track to deliver  200 000 t/m of coal
Wescoal project manager Ettienne Strydom explains the progress made at the Elandspruit open pit mine, in Mpumalanga. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Supply, demand fundamentals remain challenging – Kumba Iron Ore 

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2016 While iron-ore prices seem to have stabilised, supply and demand fundamentals remain challenging, outgoing Kumba Iron Ore CEO Norman Mbazima said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Anglo American group company's presentation of interim results for the six months to June 30, Mbazima said that the global... 

Supply, demand fundamentals remain challenging – Kumba Iron Ore
Outgoing Kumba Iron Ore CEO Norman Mbazima outlines the current state of the company to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Fuel cell thrust continuing – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2016 The momentum around fuel cell vehicles as one of the zero-emission technologies of the future is continuing to build as shown by launches and proposed launches of commercially available fuel cell electric vehicles by major car manufacturers. Pictures of fuel cell electric vehicles bearing... 

Fuel cell thrust continuing – Anglo American Platinum
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

World heading for shortage of physical gold – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2016 Confidence in the world order and the ability of governments to manipulate the value of fiat currency is seen to be diminishing, as is confidence in governments as credible sources of capital. What the world does in such circumstances is buy gold but there may not be enough gold to buy because of... 

World heading for shortage of physical gold – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius spells out upcoming gold supply constraints to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. 24.7.2016

De Beers partners with govt to empower youth in diamond sector 

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd July 2016 Diamond miner and marketer De Beers, along with government and other industry stakeholders, last week unveiled an enterprise development project for diamond beneficiators. De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa sales head Peter Moeti introduced the five historically disadvantaged South African-... 

De Beers partners with govt to empower youth in diamond sector
De Beers Group CEO Bruce Cleaver discusses the significance of the new diamond beneficiation project and of the company’s broader commitment towards beneficiation. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Local company outlines aspirations, challenges bigger players 

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd July 2016 Local mining solutions provider RapX is seeking to challenge the dominance of multinational mining equipment and services providers in the South African coal sector while exploring opportunities abroad. RapX director and majority shareholder Maila Masetlwa says it is difficult to compete with... 

Local company outlines aspirations, challenges bigger players
RapX director and majority shareholder Maila Masetlwa discusses the company’s strategy of making inroads into the local and global mining equipment suppliers sector. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Soaring DRDGold adds R14bn a year to economy as it turns waste to gold  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2016 By taking material that has been dumped as waste and turning it into gold, DRDGold is adding R14-billion worth of value a year to the South African economy and unlocking scarce real estate for gainful development, a visiting media contingent heard on Thursday. “[That is] R14-billion rands worth... 

Soaring DRDGold adds R14bn a year to economy as it turns waste to gold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius spells out Ergo’s multi-billion-rand economic contribution to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. 21.7.2016

Eskom moves to raise exports as it closes in on 80% plant-availability goal  

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom says it is on course to achieve its stated goal of achieving an energy availability factor (EAF) of 80% well ahead of its 2021 target, reporting a steady recovery in the performance of its fleet of coal-fired power stations. As a consequence, the utility... 

Eskom moves to raise exports as it closes in on 80% plant-availability goal
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe outlines progress regarding the energy availability factor at its power stations. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 19.7.2016

Tax Bill throws up royalty surprises as Davis Tax Committee mulls broader mining reforms 

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2016 The Taxation Laws Amendment Bill released on July 8 contains two surprise amendments to mineral royalty taxation on the eve of the Davis Tax Committee’s next mining tax report, which is expected to provide the royalty regime with much needed certainty. The two amendments proposed in the Bill,... 

Tax Bill throws up royalty surprises as Davis Tax Committee mulls broader mining reforms
KPMG tax head Muhammad Saloojee talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Wescoal ‘comfortable’ with coal price from Eskom 

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2016 Coal mining and trading company Wescoal, which sells 80% of its coal to Eskom, is comfortable with the price it receives from South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility. “We think it’s a fair price, both to Wescoal and to Eskom. I understand Eskom’s challenges around managing costs and the... 

Wescoal ‘comfortable’ with coal price from Eskom
Wescoal CEO Waheed Sulaiman outlines future plans to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Construction of tailings storage facilities at Tharisa platinum mine to be completed in six months 

By: Dylan Slater     8th July 2016 Mine development and construction company Fraser Alexander has concluded a contract for platinum group metals (PGM) miner Tharisa Minerals to install and commission a tailings storage facility at its Tharisa mine.  

Construction of tailings storage facilities at Tharisa platinum mine to be completed in six months
Fraser Alexander CEO Velile Nhlapo tells Mining Weekly about the company’s latest tailings contract

Eskom insists R1 600/t is the ‘total cost’ of Anglo coal to Tutuka 

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom moved to clarify its statement that Anglo American’s New Denmark colliery had supplied coal to the Tutuka power station between April 2015 and May 2016 at R1 600/t – a level that group executive for generation Matshela Koko described as “unacceptable”. In a... 

Eskom insists R1 600/t is the ‘total cost’ of Anglo coal to Tutuka
Eskom group executive for generation Matshela Koko on its coal sourcing strategy and the 'unacceptable' cost of coal to Tutuka. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Molefe in forceful defence of Gupta-linked coal deal  

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe went on the offensive on Tuesday against critics of the State-owned utility’s recent coal contract with the Gupta-family-linked Tegeta Exploration and Resources, likening the role of the banks and the media in the “hullabaloo” to that of a “kangaroo court”. Speaking at the... 

Molefe in forceful defence of Gupta-linked coal deal
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe defends Tegeta coal deal, while slamming banks and media. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 5.6.2016

Finns unveil acid mine water fix  

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2016 A Finnish technology innovator on Tuesday unveiled a new and different solution to the problem of acid mine drainage (AMD). Global EcoProcess Services Oy (EPSE) provides a technology that extracts saleable metals from AMD and produces purified clean water. 

Finns unveil acid mine water fix
Top executives from Finnish water cleaning company EPSE spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. 5.07.2016

Substantive mineral law issues still far from resolved – Herbert Smith Freehills 

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2016 The content and the implications of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill are extraordinarily complicated. Three issues, which embody the most significant negative implications for the mining industry and South Africa, have been delaying the finalisation of... 

Substantive mineral law issues still far from resolved – Herbert Smith Freehills
Herbert Smith Freehills associate Ben Winks outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer minerals sector sticking points. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva

Transnet pares back capex as commodity slump impacts demand 

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has pared back its 2016/17 capital expenditure (capex) plan in line with its strategy of “validating” demand ahead of moving ahead with major investments. The rail, ports and pipelines utility expects to invest around R22.8-billion during the 2017... 

Transnet pares back capex as commodity slump impacts demand
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama and CFO Garry Pita on the capex outlook for the group. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 27.6.2016

Consider rest of Africa as well, potential mining investors urged 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th June 2016 Young business people that are wanting to get involved in the mining industry should broaden their horizons and not limit themselves by focusing on South Africa alone, as there many opportunities in the rest of the African continent also exist, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu... 

Consider rest of Africa as well, potential mining investors urged
Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu discusses the opportunities and challenges that small, medium-sized and microenterprises face in entering the mining industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Mining Charter should be policy not law – Leon 

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2016 The Mining Charter should be a policy type document rather than a legislative instrument. “We need to go back to what it was intended to be,” Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa practice co-chair Peter Leon said on Tuesday. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video). 

Mining Charter should be policy not law – Leon
Herbert Smith Freehills partner Peter Leon outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the fall of the South African mining industry. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Skills compatibility, dual-skilled labour enhance agreements  

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 The mine maintenance industry is facing a significant skills shortage, exacerbated by commodity price instability, industrial conveyor maintenance service provider ELB Conveyor Maintenance director Sharmlin Govender tells Mining Weekly. 

Skills compatibility, dual-skilled labour enhance agreements
ELB Conveyor Maintenance Director Sharmlin Govender talks on the state of the industry and the company's biggest achievements. Camerawork: Nichols Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

New way to mine hard rock impresses veteran researcher 

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2016 A new way of breaking rock in Southern Africa’s narrow-reef mines is seen as safety and production enhancing. Veteran researcher Rod Pickering, who spent 20 years at the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation (Comro) running the stoping technology laboratory, says he has yet to come across a... 

New way to mine hard rock impresses veteran researcher
Mining researcher Rod Pickering speaks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on using foam to break rock. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Big boost for South African mining as old Comro reopens  

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2016 The revitalisation of the South African mining industry through the resuscitation of research and development (R&D) is under way as an outcome of the Mining Phakisa, a strategy forged by 120 government, company, union and nongovernmental participants, who last year spent five weeks working... 

Big boost for South African mining as old Comro reopens
Mining Phakisa outcomes are spelt out to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Legal discretion dogging mine safety inquiries – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2016 The only certainty about current enforcement of South Africa’s Mine Health and Safety Act is consistent uncertainty, says Webber Wentzel partner Kate Collier. Addressing a seminar on the way the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) approaches senior mine management in the aftermath of serious... 

Legal discretion dogging mine safety inquiries – Webber Wentzel
Webber Wentzel partners tell Mining Weeky Online’s Martin Creamer of uncertainty being mining’s new certainty. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video & Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mining’s rebirth under way – Ritchken 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2016 New joint action is being brought to bear to arrest the devastating decline of the South African mining industry, which will involve the Mining Phakisa policy intervention seeking to boost the sector by positioning it as the centrepiece within a new, cohesive mining cluster that requires... 

Mining’s rebirth under way – Ritchken
Mining Phakisa's Edwin Ritchken outlines progress to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer at SAIMM conference. Video & Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Sasol targeting step change in coal mining productivity  

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2016 Sasol Mining is targeting a productivity leap at its coal mines in Secunda, which supply 40-million tonnes of run-of-mine coal a year to the company’s coal-to-liquids synfuels plant in Secunda. Up to now, its five Secunda coal mines have been bord and pillar mined, but under identification are... 

Sasol targeting step change in coal mining productivity
Sasol Mining senior VP Lucky Kgatle tells Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer that a study of longwall mining is under way to increase productivity. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd and Lionel da Silva.

Coal will be part of Africa’s energy mix – African Union  

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2016 Coal will be part of Africa’s energy mix owing to its availability, cost advantage and ability to generate much-needed electricity, says African Union (AU) chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Zuma, who was speaking to journalists during a media conference in which Creamer Media’s Mining... 

Coal will be part of Africa’s energy mix – African Union
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer at Junior Indaba with African Union chairperson Dr Nkosasana Dlamini Zuma. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva
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