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Downstream challenge remains for SA metals, minerals sector

By: Zonika Botha     1st October 2004 The low level of downstream development remains one of the main challenges facing South Africa’s metals and minerals sector. 

Foundation Industry

By: Keith Campbell     1st October 2004 New look at mining's economic contribution 

BEE groups now control 10% of SA's gold output - chamber

By: Irma Venter     24th September 2004 Some 10% of South Africa’s gold production and 8,1% of coal production are controlled by historically-disadvantaged groups, said Chamber of Mines of South Africa acting CE Dr Frans Barker at the South African Mining Week held earlier this month. 

Radebe questions sustainability of empowerment deals

By: jenny furness     24th September 2004 In the rush to achieve compliance with the new South African mining legislation, companies are forming black economic empowerment (BEE) partnerships that are not sustainable, Mmakau Mining CEO and South African Mining Development Association (Junior Mining Chamber) chairperson Bridgette Radebe... 

Policy unsupportive of small miners

By: Helene Le Roux     24th September 2004 The development of the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector is hamstrung by several challenges that prevent it from making a meaningful contribution to the South African economy. 

SA still falling short of global safety norms

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st September 2004 South Africa's mining industry, which has shown a big improvement in safety during the past decade, has to improve further to meet international safety targets and milestones, an industry representative said recently. 

Bid to balance power in wage-negotiation system

By: Zonika Botha     20th September 2004 South Africa could have a new bargaining regime for its gold- and coal-mining sector by as early as 2007. 

Bargaining Power

By: Zonika Botha     17th September 2004 Bid to balance power in new wage-negotiation system 

'Mining houses should not be forced to beneficiate'

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th September 2004 South African Chamber of Mines acting CEO Dr Frans Barker last week rejected suggestions that mines should be directly involved in the beneficiation of minerals, but said the mining sector would play an encouraging and supportive role of downstream industries. 

Stop exporting beneficiation jobs, minister tells summit

By: andrew lanham     10th September 2004 The objectives of the Limpopo Mining Summit held on the August 31 2004 in Polokwane focused on gaining the commitment from the mining houses operating in the region towards a provincial growth and development strategy. 

Study of Cape zircon project advances

10th September 2004 BATEMAN is progressing with the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the Tormin zircon project, 400 km north of Cape Town on the West Coast. 

Botswana praised, SA chided over mining regimes

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2004 Botswana's Department of Minerals and Energy was praised and South Africa's chided at this week's mining conference in Australia. 

'New law introduces new risks'

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd September 2004 While acknowledging that recent changes in South Africa’s minerals legislation are essential, given the country’s history, Alexander Forbes Risk Services director Neels Kornelius says the new dispensation has introduced a new set of risks into the mining sector. 

Opportunities for SA to develop mining inputs industries

By: Keith Campbell     30th August 2004 Although South Africa accounts for only some 0,5% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), it accounts for about 10% of the world’s mining GDP, excluding hydrocarbons and industrial minerals (quarrying). 

Mining migration

By: Keith Campbell     27th August 2004 From static orebodies to dynamic mining inputs. 

Union, chamber welcome interest rate cut

By: Martin Czernowalow     13th August 2004 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) commended South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni’s decision yesterday to cut the repo rate by half a percentage point, to 7,5%. 

Strong rand necessitates cost-control measures

By: Nicola Mawson     6th August 2004 The strength of the rand against the dollar has caused the gold industry to streamline operations significantly; Mining Weekly asked analysts and economists in the field what to expect. 

Gold beneficiation company enters SA market

27th July 2004 Free State-based gold-jewellery manufacturing and exporting enterprise South African Royal Manufacturers (Sarm) has, for the first time since its founding three years ago, attended the Jewellex Exhibition, at the Sandton Convention Centre, and is, thereby, announcing its entry into the South... 

Department clarifies rules on BEE targets for new mines

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd July 2004 Following weeks of uncertainty regarding the black economic empowerment (BEE) shareholding requirement for new mining projects, the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) last week clarified its position. 

Jewellery-making skills project launched

By: Zonika Botha     16th July 2004 Beneficiation and skills development, two key aspects of South Africa’s mining charter, form the heart of a newly-launched project on the East Rand. 

SA clarifies new mine-ownership law

By: jenny furness     15th July 2004 Clarification of the contentious issue of black economic empowerment (BEE) ownership of new mining projects was yesterday received in Pretoria, after a meeting between the Department of Minerals and Energy, labour unions and mine resource owners. 

Miners–State locked in talks on BEE level for new mines

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     9th July 2004 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) and other stakeholders are locked in talks regarding the minimum empowerment-shareholding requirement for companies applying for the right to implement new mining projects, a senior official said in Johannesburg last week. 

Foreign miners concerned about 51% criterion

By: Keith Campbell     9th July 2004 CONCERN among foreign mining juniors seeking to explore in South Africa over the possibility that future prospecting ventures in this country will have to have a 51% black economic empowerment (BEE) shareholding does not refllect hostility to the concept of BEE.?Their concern is financial. 

New East Rand beneficiation project launched

By: Martin Czernowalow     7th July 2004 A new beneficiation project, officially launched yesterday, will provide youngsters from previously-disadvantaged communities with jewellery-making skills. 

Gem-miner, union agree on charter implementation

28th June 2004 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and diamond giant De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) announced last week that they have agreed to hasten the implementation of the mining charter. 

‘Govt will address small-scale miners’ concerns’

28th June 2004 Small-scale miners can expect the South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) to deal with issues affecting the small-scale mining sector in a cooperative and understanding spirit, said Chamber of Mines chief executive Mzolisi Diliza. 

Chamber welcomes Mlambo-Ngcuka’s comments

23rd June 2004 The Chamber of Mines yesterday welcomed the Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka’s 2004 budget vote speech “as being generally positive in its outlook and emphasis for the mining industry”. 

Chamber offering to facilitate jewellery advance

By: ongezwa manyathi     4th June 2004 Following the organisation’s growing concern over possible job losses by the mining Royalties Bill, the Chamber of Mines has embarked on a plan to act as a facilitator of the jewellery manufacturing industry while also offering alternative employment to those who have been retrenched. 

Chamber of Mines clarifies BEE requirements

13th May 2004 Chamber of Mines president Con Fauconnier said yesterday that media publicity focused on the recently-introduced Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), has given rise to concerns over black economic empowerment requirements for the mining industry. 

Ten-year review shows tripartite approach has bore fruit

By: renay de     7th May 2004 In line with the anniversary decade of democracy that fell in April this year, the Chamber of Mines put together a document recording the milestones that have been achieved by the mining industry in health and safety over the last ten years. 

DME hosts mine-law workshop

5th May 2004 The South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) yesterday launched a four-day workshop on the practical implementation of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act. 

$53-million platinum jewellery spin-off for Cape Town

By: Jill Stanford     23rd April 2004 A $53-million downstream platinum benefaction project has been established in Cape Town by a multinational partnership of Italian, Swedish, British and South African companies. 

Musuku gets its BEE

By: ongezwa manyathi     19th April 2004 Musuku Beneficiation Systems had four products when Mining Weekly called at the gold operation a year ago; now it has 15. 

Flourishing jewellery school

By: ongezwa manyathi     16th April 2004 When one walks down the corridors of the Harmony Jewellery School in Virginia in the Free State, it is almost hard to believe that the very same building was once an engineering training centre. 

Plans to employ 1 000 soon

By: ongezwa manyathi     16th April 2004 Situated just down the road from Musuku Refinery, anchor jewellery manufacturer South African Royal Manufacturers (SARM) has exported more than R50-million worth of gold rope chain after a year in operation. 

$53m platinum beneficiation partnership announced

8th April 2004 South Africa is reaping economic benefits from a new downstream platinum beneficiation project, centred on a Cape Town-based jewellery factory established under a multinational partnership involving Italian, Swedish, British and South African companies. 

Treasury confirms sales-based royalty preference

By: Martin Czernowalow     30th March 2004 South Africa will introduce a gross sales-based royalty system for its mining industry in 2009, a National Treasury official said yesterday. 

Samda urged to play role in transformation

30th March 2004 South African Mining Development Association (Samda) president Bridgette Radebe yesterday reiterated the association’s vision: “to be the vehicle for the development of a vibrant and sustainable junior mining sector, which contributes towards the growth and prosperity of the... 

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