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Global coal market attracts entrepreneurs

     22nd June 2001 The international coal market is in a boom at present, and there are more requests for coal exports than the amount of coal producers can allocate to export. 

SA diamond-processing plants for DRC

     15th June 2001 International mining company Oryx Natural Resources has awarded a multimillion US dollar contract for the supply of diamond-processing plants for two of its mining sites near Mbuji-Mayi, in the DRC, to Johannesburg company Bateman Project Holdings. 

Long road still lies ahead for Minerals Development Bill

     8th June 2001 The draft Minerals Development Bill, hailed in some quarters as the key that will unlock the door for previously-disadvantaged people intent on entering the R500-billion South African mining industry, is unlikely to achieve this particular objective, assert critics of the proposed legislation. 

Don’t discount mining’s contribution

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Despite concerns that the mining industry is in decline, Chamber of Mines president Rick Menell asserts that the local mining ‘cluster’ is making a rich and varied contribution to the national economy, and is well advanced in having a substantial effect on development in the Southern... 

Mindpower is Mintek’s magic

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Internationally-renowned South African science council Mintek, which specialises in the development of mineral processing and beneficiation technologies, is threatened by the gap between the salaries it can pay its scientists and those paid by the private sector. 

Expansion to produce an extra 395 000 ounces

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Platinum 

Mbeki takes the heat out of mineral-rights debate

By: System Author     24th November 2000 South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki moved swiftly to take the heat out of South Africa’s proposed Minerals Development Bill, which was threatening to pull the mineral-rights carpet from under the mining industry. 

Escaping the commodities curse

By: System Author     17th November 2000 South African mining, processing and minerals beneficiation science council Mintek will, in future, also be looking at non-mining spin-offs of its technologies. 

Workers want safety audit

By: System Author     17th November 2000 The Mynwerkers Unie has submitted a proposal to the Minister of Minerals and Energy requesting a national audit into mine safety in a bid to change the safety culture at mines. 

Small-scale miners focus of centre

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Mining in Africa 

Malawi’s bauxite raises interest

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Blantyre – Resources group Billiton – which has the majority shareholding in the Mozambique Aluminium smelte – is believed to be co-operating with Malawi’s largest publicly-listed conglomerate, Press Corporation, to explore a multimillion-dollar deal to start mining and... 

Promise of capital injection for SADC small-scale miners

By: System Author     27th October 2000 The impressive Mines 2000 gathering in Lusaka this month promised to initiate an injection of capital into nascent small-scale mining activity in the Southern African region. 

Jewellery hub hopes to obtain industrial development zone status

By: System Author     27th October 2000 The R65-million African Gold Zone adjacent to Rand Refinery in Germiston, East Rand, is receiving heavyweight support from Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin, who pledges to “back the development to the hilt”. 

World congress on platinum future in SA next month

By: System Author     27th October 2000 The second biennial World Platinum Congress will be held on November 15 and 16 in Johannesburg. 

Frantic final touch to new laws

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Frantic activity continues in the office of the Department of Minerals and Energy to dot the i’s and cross the t’s of the draft Minerals Development Bill, to be published for public comment in the next two months. 

Race is on to boost small mining

By: System Author     14th April 2000 The major decline experienced by the large-scale mining sector in South Africa in the last 15 years has shifted attention to smaller-scale deposits. 

Gamsberg: technical barriers falling

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The Gamsberg zinc deposit has been the subject of some four feasibility studies since it was 

How Teba will pay for its past sins

By: System Author     17th March 2000 National Union of Mineworkers president James Motlatsi said that the mining industry would have to use The Employment Bureau of Africa to improve its ‘bad’ image. 

How Chamber is helping the retrenched – Menell

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Rick Menell, of Anglovaal Mining, is the incumbent Chamber of Mines president. 

Chamber creating rural wealth

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Initial planning of the Chamber of Mines’ campaign to advance rural entrepreneurship and wealth- creation is under way following its launch late last year. 

New era in SA mining safety

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Mine Health & Safety Council Awards 

Chicken-and-egg bedevils beneficiation

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Value-addition to precious metals & minerals 

‘Use it and keep it’ minerals legislation planned for 2000

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Government is currently drafting legislation, planned for tabling in Parliament in the third quarter of 2000, to give full effect to its long-mooted ‘use it or lose it’ mineral rights policy. 

Inspector calls for safer marine diamond-mining

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Remotely-controlled crawler dredges are being used more extensively in the marine diamond-mining industry. 

Law proves to be Bafokeng’s strongest traditional weapon

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Although the relations of the Royal Bafokeng Nation with the mining companies can today be 

SA snakes into Oz nickel

By: System Author     20th August 1999 The global reach of Anglo American’s nickel holdings has expanded with the A$250-million acquisition of 23% of the shares in Australian mining and mineral exploration company Anaconda Nickel. 

Mining Will realise Africa’s renaissance

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Africa is a mineral-rich continent and, with its countries encouraging exploration within their boundaries, there is a great likelihood that the African Renaissance is going to be realised with the mining industry catapulting it into economic development, suggests Canadian gold-mining company... 

80 000 jobs now at stake

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Gold 

Guyana privatisation evokes local interest

By: System Author     6th August 1999 South African diversified minerals group Billiton – now domiciled in London – has been shortlisted in the Guyanese government’s bauxite privatisation programme, while a South African-owned junior has won the right to search for gold and diamonds in the west of the country,... 

Heap-leach leader

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Minerals-processing specialist Metallurgical Design & Management (MDM), of Randburg – which played a central role in the development of Afrikander Lease’s new heap-leach facility – believes the venture further consolidates its position as a leader in this technology in Africa.... 

Moz sands gets US investment

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The prefeasibility study for the Corridor Sands heavy-mineral sands project should be completed next month. According to the 1999 annual report, no serious problems have been encountered so far. Corridor Sands is a heavy-mineral sands resource located close to the town of Chibuto in Gaza... 

Surprise-free mining forecast

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Surprise-free mining is forecast for Target gold-mine by seismic interpreters Rock Deformation Research (RDR) of Leeds in the UK – the fruit of state-of-the-art seismic surveying and detailed analysis, RDR’s Steve Jolley tells Mining Weekly. A three-dimensional (3D) seismic reflection... 

Carlin Trend, US

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Name: Carlin Trend. Location: 51 km west of Elko, in north-eastern Nevada in the US. Brief description: The mine consists of both pit mines and underground mines. The gold quarry is a large, low-grade disseminated sediment-hosted gold deposit. Mineralisation occurs in three main zones which are... 

‘Use it or lose it’ law on the way

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Draft legislation to clarify government’s stated ‘use it or lose it’ mineral rights policy is in the process of being prepared. There has been some anxiety about the clause since the release of the White Paper on Minerals and Mining last year, and the new legislation will be... 

Put up or close, Maduna warns small-scale miners

By: System Author     30th April 1999 South Africa’s thousands of small-time, illegal miners will be forced into legality over the next few years or face losing the source of their livelihoods. Speaking at the launch of the National Small-Scale Mining Development Framework, Minerals and Energy Minister Dr Penuell Maduna said... 

Small-scale mining report out

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Areport entitled The State of Small Scale Mining in South Africa, which is aimed at informing policy makers and implementers on the potential and challenges associated with small-scale mining, has been released by the Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency. In the the report’s introduction... 

Small-scale gold recovery plants offered

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Expansion of Bateman Process Equipment’s capital sales activities into central and northern Africa has highlighted the need for an uncomplicated, cost-effective method of gold recovery from alluvial claims for small-scale operators, reveals sales manager Simon Tuma-Waku. Realising that its... 

Maduna’s pledge to South Africa’s 3 000 illegal mines

By: System Author     26th February 1999 State support for South Africa’s small-scale miners, most of whom are operating illegally, has been officially endorsed by Minerals and Energy Minister Dr Penuell Maduna. The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) estimates that there could be as many as 3 000 illegal diggings in South... 

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