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Gold-miner awarded licence that is expected to add 11-million extra resource ounces

By: Liezel Hill     10th March 2006 Gold-miner DRDGold has been awarded two new-order prospecting licence rights by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME), which, together, are expected to contribute an additional 11-million ounces to the group’s resource base. 

New store opens at prestigiouos address

By: peter cromberge     24th February 2006 A store specialising in diamond jewellery was launched in the Michelangelo Towers in Sandton earlier this month. 

As prospects for the yellow metal glister, SA output slump rouses concern

By: peter cromberge     17th February 2006 The marriage between gold mining in South Africa and delirious profit-taking is long past the honeymoon phase. Since the golden years of the 1960s and 1970s, the marriage between the two has been in steady decline. Gold-mining output in South Africa has been falling at an average of 4% a year... 

The devil really is in the detail

By: Laura Tyrer     27th January 2006 Platinum giant calls for more clarity on beneficiation 

Manganese-oxide producer in wrangle with DME

By: Helene Le Roux     20th January 2006 A North West manganese-dioxide producer, Metmin, is seeking clarity from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) concerning several issues that affect the award of new order mining rights. 

SA losing in scramble for Africa

By: Jade Davenport     20th January 2006 Skewed investor perceptions hurting local mining sector 

Coal industry seen as having small-scale mining potential

By: Helene Le Roux     9th December 2005 New initiatives are being investigated to unlock opportunities for the small-scale mining sector. 

Defence offsets continue to boost jewellery sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2005 British defence and aerospace industrial giant BAE Systems is committed to helping develop sustainable beneficiation projects for South African minerals and metals. 

Study launched into R300m fluorspar-beneficiation project

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2005 South Africa has launched a feasibility study to build a 30 000 t/y to 50 000 t/y hydrogen fluoride (HF) and aluminum triflouride (ATF) plant. 

Mines seek cooperative solution to shortage

By: Ollie Madlala     11th November 2005 The South African mining industry in cooperation with other approprirate members of the business community should urgently seek to discuss the critical issue of artisan and technician shortage with government, this is the view of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa president Dr Con Fauconnier. 

Incentivise beneficiation

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2005 Government must put measures in place to incentivise beneficiation, industry development, foreign investment, technology upgrades and job creation, says Columbus Stainless market development manager Ken Dewar. 

Manufacturers, not miners, must lead beneficiaton thrust

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2005 Mining companies have the competency and skill in mining minerals, and in certain areas of concentrating and refining, says Chamber of Mines chief economist Roger Baxter. 

Bringing small-scale miners into mainstream sector

By: Mariaan Webb     21st October 2005 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) contributes to the growth and wealth of South Africa’s people through geoscientific expertise to the public, by improving the quality of life of its people in a sustainable manner. 

De Beers extends Diamond Act olive branch

By: Liezel Hill     13th October 2005 The battle of wills between established diamond interests, the government and sections of the cutting and polishing community continues in parliament this week, with miners warning of serious unintended consequences should the Diamond Amendment Bill go ahead in its current form. 

Equitaqble access to diamonds in focus

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2005 Aim also to intensify the regulation of diamond exports 

Mining Charter rules

By: peter cromberge     23rd September 2005 While the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) black economic empowerment (BEE) codes of good practice are to be finalised within the next few weeks, the mining charter will take precedence over the codes in the mining industry, says DTI deputy DG Lionel October. 

Mineral rights conversion corruption alleged

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2005 South Africa’s Deputy Minerals and Energy Minister has been asked to explain how the mineral-rights-permitting process can be made ‘more transparent’ because ‘there have been allegations of corruption in the granting of tenements’. 

Oz mag alleges SA mineral-permitting corruption

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2005 South Africa's Deputy Minerals and Energy Minister has been asked to explain how the mineral-rights-permitting process can be made 'more transparent' because 'there have been allegations of corruption in the granting of tenements'. 

Minerals Minister urges downstream development

By: andrew lanham     9th September 2005 While the Minister congratulated Driefontein for its achievement in pouring its 100 millionth ounce of gold, she challenged Gold Fields to be equally pioneering in other areas such as the meaningful participation of black people in mining as well in the role of suppliers to the mines. 

'Mining BEE must penetrate beyond boardrooms'

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2005 The South African mining sector had programmes to reskill its workforce and re-engineer its workplaces, Deputy Minerals and Energy Minister Lulu Xingwana told prospective investors at the Africa Downunder mining conference in Perth yesterday. 

Mintek to host beneficiation forum

29th August 2005 Mineral and metallurgical technology specialist Mintek will in September host a conference on minerals and metals beneficiation, at Gallagher Estate, in Midrand. 

Gem-cutters body head sets sights on big changes

By: peter cromberge     26th August 2005 Despite the current emphasis on downstream beneficiation, the country may need to tweak and change a few structures to wring the most value out of the value-add drive. 

Royalty bill tabling only next year

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2005 The new draft of the mining Royalty Bill should be tabled in parliament in 2006, says National Treasury COO Logan Wort. 

Sustainability in focus

By: Helene Le Roux     19th August 2005 The date for the South African Chamber of Mines’ fourth conference on sustainable development is drawing closer. 

North West to be platinum-jewellery hub

By: Helene Le Roux     29th July 2005 The North West province, which is home to some of the world’s largest platinum-mines, is putting a plan in place to beneficiate more of the precious metal. 

Popularity soars

By: Helene Le Roux     29th July 2005 The popularity of platinum jewellery has shown phenomenal growth in South Africa in the last six years. 

SA platinum jewellery range launched

By: Liezel Hill     27th July 2005 A milestone was reached last week in South Africa's efforts to promote beneficiation in the mining sector, in the form of the launch of a new platinum jewellery range - called Djadji - for a platinum project under way in the North West province. 

Mineral-beneficiation framework a stone's throw away

15th July 2005 The case for improved beneficiation was given a polish this month when Minerals and Energy Minister Lindiwe Hendricks announced that beneficiation legislation will come into force by the end of the year. 

Industry faces many challenges in meeting 2013 targets

By: Helene Le Roux     1st July 2005 The South African mining industry has a number of challenges in attaining the ten-year occupational health targets agreed to by the tripartite partners in 2003. 

Miners and government in stand-off over pace of rights conversion

By: elizabeth rebelo     24th June 2005 In the last two years, the mining and minerals industry has been characterised by significant change. 

Best safety year, but.....

By: Helene Le Roux     24th June 2005 Last year the South African mining industry achieved the best safety performance in its history. 

Vanadium leader mulls empowerment options

By: elizabeth rebelo     17th June 2005 The world’s largest vanadium producer, Highveld Steel & Vandium, is mulling over a range of empowerment options to facilitate the conversions of mineral rights. 

State considers incentives to boost beneficiation

By: Helene Le Roux     6th June 2005 The South African government's plans for adding value to the country's mineral wealth are gradually unfolding. 

SA EYES FUEL-CELL OPPORTUNITY

By: Liezel Hill     3rd June 2005 Minerals and Energy Deputy Minister Lulu Xingwana said yesterday that South Africa had the potential to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of catalytic fuel cells. 

Ministerial adviser syas government is considering new incentives

By: Helene Le Roux     3rd June 2005 The South African government’s plans for adding value to the country’s mineral wealth are gradually unfolding. 

New initiative to boost role of women in mining

By: elizabeth rebelo     29th April 2005 The launch of the “Women in Mining” programme by the Da Vinci Institute of Technology and Management, aims to develop operational portfolios for women in the mining industry. 

SA launches metal exchange study

By: elizabeth rebelo     22nd April 2005 A study investigating the viability of the creation of a South African metals exchange is currently under way. 

Junior Funding

By: Jill Stanford     15th April 2005 Boutique African fund seeks to navigate choppy small-cap waters 

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