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Balance expected to return to platinum market

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     17th October 2003 London-based research and consultancy firm Virtual Metals believes that the?platinum market will continue to be robust for the next few years and?expects the metal’s price – which reached a 23-year high of $724/oz at the?beginning of this month – to remain in the $650/oz to... 

New basis for competition for mineral rights access

By: mike harrison     10th October 2003 Much has been said about the various impacts of the new mining legislation on mining companies. Issues such as the payment of royalties, conversion of rights, compliance with black economic empowerment requirements and the like have featured prominently. 

Coal sector leads the way in safety

By: Zonika Botha     6th October 2003 South Africa’s mining industry last year claimed 288 lives. 

. . . but new laws could have negative effect

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd October 2003 The world’s largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, said that while it was looking for ‘creative’ ways to bring on board a black economic empowerment (BEE) partner for its chrome operation in South Africa, it was also wary of what the country’s imminent mining legislation... 

Safety scorecard

By: Zonika Botha     3rd October 2003 South Africa’s mining industry last year claimed 288 lives. And, while all accept that mining is, by its very nature, a hazardous profession, work-related deaths remain a serious blemish on its reputation. 

Mineral processing congress officially opened

     30th September 2003 Over 600 international and local delegates met in Cape Town yesterday to participate in the week-long 22nd International Mineral Processing Congress that is taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. 

Gilbertson calls for BEE flagship

By: Jill Stanford     30th September 2003 In his plenary lecture at the 22nd International Mineral Processing Congress being held in Cape Town former BHP Billiton CEO Brian Gilbertson suggested that an appropriate foundation for a flagship that will stand as a model for BEE in the mining industry might have emerged over the past two weeks. 

Scorecard clarity needed – Swanepoel

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th September 2003 Mining group Harmony Gold – one of the companies held up as the leading lights of empowerment in the industry – has called for greater clarity in the government’s mining-empowerment scorecard. 

Gold regains top export-earning spot in 2002

     17th September 2003 The South African gold industry regained its top export-earning spot from the platinum sector in 2002, a newly-released report shows. 

Mintek receives ISO 14001 certification

     17th September 2003 State-owned mineral and metallurgical agency Mintek announced yesterday that its environmental management system has met the requirements for certification according to the ISO 14001 standard. 

DBSA backs mining fund

     17th September 2003 The Development Bank of Southern Africa approved a contribution of R100-million, in November last year, to the New Africa Mining Fund, which aims to create employment opportunities within the South African mining industry through the funding of junior mining operations. 

Harmony to produce 1 000 medals for big golfing event

By: nkolola halwindi     12th September 2003 Gold company Harmony Gold will manufacture 1 000 gold golf markers for the Presidents Cup 2003 golf tournament, which will be held between November 18 to 23 at the Fancourt’s Links golf estate, in the Western Cape.? 

Mining-for-development action plan

By: Jill Stanford     8th September 2003 The Northern Cape Government and six of the province’s mining companies, known collectively as the Northern Cape Mine Manager’s Association (NCMMA) have forged a public–private partnership to translate and implement the Mining Charter. 

Mining-for-development action plan

By: Jill Stanford     5th September 2003 THE Northern Cape Government and six of the province’s mining companies, known collectively as the Northern Cape Mine Manager’s Association (NCMMA) have forged a public–private partnership to translate and implement the Mining Charter. 

State increases small-scale mining spend

     3rd September 2003 Speaking in Malaysia, South African Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka announced that her department has increased the annual funding allocated to assist the development of the small-scale mining sector, from R5,1-million to R15-million for the 2003/04 budget year. 

Greater accommodation choice beckons for SA miners

By: Deborah Spicer     25th August 2003 A senior union member at Blyvooruitzicht mine, who has been a mineworker all his adult life, can remember how, as a youth, he used to live in a mine hostel room with 19 other people, he told Mining Weekly on a visit to the mine last month. 

Promise of greater accommodation choice for SA’s mineworkers

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd August 2003 A senior union member at Blyvooruitzicht mine, who has been a mineworker all his adult life, can remember how, as a youth, he used to live in a mine hostel room with 19 other people, he told Mining Weekly on a visit to the mine last month. 

Another ambiguity emerges in new mineral-rights system

     15th August 2003 In a previous column, it was pointed out that a recent amendment to the Mining Titles Registration Act removed an ambiguity that had previously created some uncertainty regarding whether it was possible for holders of current mineral and mining rights (‘old order rights’) to deal with... 

Innovation to support alluvial gold diggers

By: Zonika Botha     15th August 2003 A new product innovation from New Zealand could help to attend to the needs of small-scale alluvial gold-miners in Africa. 

Small-scale mining a big empowerment opportunity

     15th August 2003 Small-scale mining has a long history in South Africa. 

At last, a woman’s touch in SA mining

     8th August 2003 In the male-dominated world of deep-level underground mining in South Africa, an increasingly familiar sight is women working alongside their male colleagues, performing work that they were banned from doing through legislation up to as recently as 1997. 

Small-miner support programme underutilised

By: Zonika Botha     8th August 2003 Despite the South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) making some R15,1-million available for the development of small-scale mining this financial year, there are currently only 20 projects operating with its help in various parts of the country. 

Diamond mining not forever?

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 South Africa’s diamond-mining industry is seriously concerned not only about the proposed new royalties regime for the local mining industry, but also about the fact that their sector has been singled out for much heavier imposts than the rest of the industry. 

Small-scale mining needs boost from big players

By: Martin Czernowalow     30th July 2003 The South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has called on the country’s big mining houses to support government’s initiative to assist small-scale miners. 

SA mining landscape must cope with expected influx of new mining companies

     18th July 2003 The number of entrants into the mining industry is reported to be increasing significantly. 

Surface rights and SA’s new mine law

     18th July 2003 Under current law it is not necessary for the holder of a right to a mineral to own the surface of the land that it intends mining. 

Value-growth investment key to sustainable empowerment, says mining company

     18th July 2003 “The South African mining industry will need to focus on value-growth investment propositions to adequately achieve sustainable levels of empowerment, as set out in the Mining Charter,” Kumba Resources chief executive Dr Con Fauconnier said, speaking at the Enabling Empowerment in... 

Explorer mulls Stockholm listing

     18th July 2003 Minerals exploration company South Atlantic Ventures is considering a listing in Stockholm in September or October to finance the acquisition of a precious metals deposit in Finland, a Swedish paper reported yesterday. 

Mining projects benefit from debt-relief funds

By: Marcel Chimwala     18th July 2003 Malawi – The Malawian government, which has received $1-billion in interim debt relief as part of the World Bank-sponsored Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, has started using part of the funds for mining projects meant to uplift the country’s poor. 

Mineral Royalty Bill needs refining

     11th July 2003 The mining industry made it very clear through its various submissions to the National Treasury, particularly in regards to the Chamber of Mines’ presentation, that the Royalty Bill in its first draft form was not good for South Africa’s economy as a whole or for the mining industry... 

Mining can be a force for development

By: Keith Campbell     11th July 2003 The World Bank reports that the mining industry can be a significant positive impact on social and economic development but it can also wreak havoc in a developing country or region. 

Transferability of old-order rights during transitional period of the Mineral Act

     4th July 2003 The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (the Mineral Development Act) provides for a transitional period during which current holders of mineral and mining rights can convert their rights to the new form of rights contemplated by the Mineral Development Act. 

Govt urges ex-mineworkers to claim compensation

     2nd July 2003 The Eastern Cape government plans to intensify its operations to address the low turn up rates registered in the first phase of compensating some former mineworkers in the province. 

SA set to study big titanium value-addition project

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2003 A public-private initiative is under way to study the creation of a R1-billion titanium beneficiation project for either Kwazulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape or the Western Cape. 

SA technology for Dubai gold refinery

By: Deborah Spicer     27th June 2003 The Al Ghurair Giga refinery, which should be commissioned in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), by the end of the year, will be a showcase of South African technology. 

Is the mining industry ready to embrace the changes?

By: Laura Franz     27th June 2003 The winds of change in the mining industry in the last few years saw the social partners sitting down and plotting a course for unwinding the economic legacy of apartheid, but firmly within the confines of the need for competitiveness within a rapidly expanding domestic economic pie. 

Bringing the underground Aids fight to surface

     20th June 2003 Today up to 30 per cent of the mining industry’s workforce is living with HIV/ Aids. It is important that we continuously ask ourselves critical questions about what we are collectively as an industry and as a nation, going to do, to ensure that our workforce does not perish under attack... 

State, industry set for Beneficiation Bill talks

By: Zonika Botha     6th June 2003 Preliminary discussions between the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) and the Chamber of Mines on the proposed Beneficiation Bill are due to start either in June or July. 

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