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Responding to client demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     Updated 3 hours ago Multidisciplinary professional services firm Hatch this year aims to enhance its service offering to its customers through the provision of Gateway Logistics. This system forms part of responding to the changing needs of clients and helping businesses adapt to unstable markets by launching a “new... 

New acid mine water process has huge agri potential in arid areas  

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2016 The newly developed process that yields handsome profits by converting acid mine water into valuable fertiliser materials, also has the potential to process South Africa’s large volumes of currently unusable brackish groundwater. The use of the process that eradicates acid mine drainage (AMD) for... 

New acid mine water process has huge agri potential in arid areas
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Trailblazer Technolgies director John Bewsey

New highly profitable acid mine water solution unveiled 

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2016 A process has been developed that yields handsome profits by converting acid mine water into valuable fertiliser materials. The process, which purifies the water free of charge, removes all of the total dissolved solids and converts them into saleable products. 

New highly profitable acid mine water solution unveiled
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Trailblazer director John Bewsey (right) and Martin Creamer

Alternative fundraising model seen flourishing but regulatory issues could stifle uptake in South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th May 2016 The mining industry is facing increasing risk averseness from equity and debt investors, owing to testing circumstances in the depressed global market, particularly with regard to falling commodity prices, slower economic growth in China and reduced mining production. Owing to traditional funding... 

Alternative fundraising model seen flourishing  but regulatory issues could stifle uptake in South Africa

South African software to improve plant operations

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 South African process and operations management solutions provider BluESP is introducing Model Predictive Control, a form of advanced process control technology, with applications to improve plant efficiency in several industries, including smelting and minerals processing. 

South African software to improve plant operations
PLANT OPTIMISATION BluESP’s Model Predictive Control technology the software is ideally suited to the smelting and minerals processing industries

Lorimer decries mining’s production crash, job losses

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2016 Mineral Resources Shadow Minister James Lorimer MP on Tuesday decried the sharply reduced output of South Africa’s once-colossal mining industry and warned that mining's “jobs bloodbath” had only just begun. State statistics compiler StatsSA reported earlier this month that South Africa’s... 

Lorimer decries mining’s production crash, job losses
Shadow Minerals Minister James Lorimer

Miners adapting to more austere fundamental backdrop – report

By: Henry Lazenby     17th May 2016 Mining companies, in general, are adapting to a more austere fundamental backdrop, despite a recent announcement in Chinese media that the country would be removing stimulus and reprioritising reforms, which caused significant apprehension during Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s (BofAML’s) recent... 

Miners adapting to more austere fundamental backdrop – report

Assmang’s Malaysian JV commissions first ferromanganese smelter

By: Anine Kilian     12th May 2016 Sakura Ferroalloys, a joint venture (JV) between South Africa’s Assmang, Japanese trading giant Sumitomo Corporation and Taiwanese firm China Steel Corporation, this month hot commissioned the first of two 81 MVA furnaces, at its manganese alloy smelting facility, in Sarawak, Malaysia. The first... 

Anglo dangles goody-two-shoes Grosvenor to lure coal buyers

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2016 At most other times in the mining cycle, news of the sale of a goody-two-shoes metallurgical coal asset like Australia’s Grosvenor would have had buyers queuing up to buy. But disposal of even alluring resources in today’s uncertain and low-price environment needs to be accompanied by an enticing... 

Anglo dangles goody-two-shoes Grosvenor to lure coal buyers
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Seamus French

Draft Mining Charter under intense legal scrutiny

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2016 The possible far-reaching implications for the mining industry of the new draft Mining Charter came under intense scrutiny in Johannesburg on Tuesday when a team of lawyers discussed the various changes contained in the draft and focused in particular on its attempt to align the mining industry –... 

Draft Mining Charter under intense legal scrutiny
Sabelo Dlamini of Fasken Martineau

Glencore cuts supply cloth to fit demand coat

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2016 The mix of mining and marketing within the same company provides sensitivity to commodity price falls. Continually highlighting the value of the mining-marketing mix is Glencore, which is quick to respond to market changes. 

Glencore cuts supply cloth to fit demand coat
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Ivan Glasenberg hand-in-hand with Education Minister Angie Motshekga at school opening.

Companies bought to enhance training offering

     29th April 2016 Training, supply and management group Workforce Holdings announced in January that it had acquired the various operating companies comprising outsourcing solutions providers Quyn Outsource Solutions. Workforce has predominantly placed staff in nontechnical positions and adding Quyn to its service... 

Companies bought to  enhance training offering
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SKILLS OFFERING EXPANDED Quyn Outsource Solutions’s e provision of technical skills to clients across a range of industries represents diversification for Workforce

Legal frameworks key to mining growth in West Africa

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th April 2016 Revised tax rules and regulations have allowed for greater competition for foreign direct investment and pressure from major donors in the West Africa mining sector, according to Pan-African arbitration and commercial litigation law firm Centurion Law Firm. Centurion Law Firm Legal services... 

Legal frameworks key to  mining growth in West Africa
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REMARKABLE RESERVES Africa harbours the world’s largest mineral reserves of platinum, gold, diamonds, chromite, manganese and vanadium

MetSkill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2016 Process industry training provider MetSkill is actively involved with the development of the new occupational qualifications for the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations under the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA). Benoni, Gauteng-based MetSkill, 100% owned by MD Rebecca Sands, has... 

Mineworkers empowered

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th April 2016 If workers in the mining, energy and construction industries want to improve their financial situation, it is important that they take advantage of the financial literacy programmes currently being rolled out by financial assistance provider Mineworkers Investment Trust (MIT), which supports... 

Mineworkers empowered
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INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE The Mineworkers Investment Trust's financial literacy training started in Mpumalanga as a pilot study in June 2015 with more training expected to take place this year

Society aims to integrate more students into mining sector 

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th April 2016 The University of Witwatersrand's Students Mining Engineering Society (SMES) aims to increase the integration of mining engineering graduates into the mining industry this year, as well as to encourage mining engineering students to have an opinion on mining-related issues in South Africa. SMES... 

Society aims to integrate more students into mining sector
FORTUNE MSIBI Mining engineering students face the challenge of a lack of available jobs in the sector, as a result of South Africa’s financial crisis

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn

By: Sascha Solomons     29th April 2016 Beneficial trends and technological advancements in the mining industry are being introduced regardless of the depressed market conditions that the sector faces, says environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions technical manager Morne van Wyk. One such trend is recycling water... 

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn
HYFLUX KRISTAL HOLLOW-FIBRE Ensure the effective and environmentally safe reduction of excess wastewater in the mining industry

West Africa fraught with challenges in tough mining times

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th April 2016 While political instability, corruption and the global commodities price crunch have had adverse effects on the West African mining sector, other factors such as a lack of infrastructure, power shortages and inconsistency and a lack of transparency in terms of regulatory policy, as well as... 

West Africa fraught with challenges in tough mining times
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UNREST Factors such as war, social unrest or hardship are all indicative of a somewhat unstable political environment, which, in turn, negatively impacts on the attractiveness of certain economies

New Transnet chief prioritising diversification as commodity ‘meltdown’ bites 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet is taking aim at new sectors, such as fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and manufacturing, as it seeks to sustain volumes amid the prevailing commodity “meltdown”. Speaking publically for the first since his appointment as permanent Transnet CEO,... 

New Transnet chief prioritising diversification as commodity ‘meltdown’ bites
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Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

Empty mining pipeline expected to be hot Junior Indaba topic

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2016 Mining’s problematic empty pipeline, which should be a major worry to both the mining industry and governments, is expected to be a hotly debated topic at the upcoming Junior Indaba in Johannesburg. Chairperson Bernard Swanepoel said on Monday that the Junior Indaba’s recently launched programme... 

Empty mining pipeline expected to be hot Junior Indaba topic
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Bernard Swanepoel

Anglo bettering North American safety benchmark

By: Martin Creamer     22nd April 2016 Safety improvement at Anglo American mines has put the diversified mining company ahead of the North American mining industry, the leading point of reference. While in full production mode, the London- and Johannesburg-listed business achieved a fatality-free fourth quarter (Q4), which on top of... 

Anglo bettering North American safety benchmark
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Mark Cutifani

Anglo diamond, copper, coal, manganese alloy, niobium outputs fall

By: Martin Creamer     21st April 2016 Diversified mining company Anglo American has produced less diamond, copper, coal, manganese alloy and niobium in the three months to March 31. Diamond production fell by 10%, copper production by 19%, export thermal coal by 13%, export metallurgical coal by 9%, Eskom coal by 8% and niobium by 13%. 

Anglo diamond, copper, coal, manganese alloy, niobium outputs fall
Mark Cutifani

Zwane gazettes Mining Charter review for comment

By: Martin Creamer     15th April 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Friday gazetted the draft reviewed broad-based black economic empowerment Mining Charter for public comment. The Ministry said in a release to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online that the draft sought to strengthen the charter’s efficacy to effect... 

Zwane gazettes Mining Charter review for comment
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Mosebenzi Zwane

Middle East, North Africa on mining periphery despite hosting 30% of the world’s minerals

By: Ilan Solomons     15th April 2016 Despite having more than 30% of global mineral reserves, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region severely lacks exploration and resource development investment. The region’s mining industry is facing several challenges such as social and environmental pressure from communities living near... 

Middle East, North Africa on mining periphery despite hosting 30% of the world’s minerals

Mining industry facing challenging downturn

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th April 2016 Despite being ranked Africa’s third-most attractive mining investment destination, Ghana’s mining industry continues to face several challenges that impede operations in the country, states Ghana Chamber of Mines external relations and communications director Ahmed Nantogmah. 

Mining industry facing challenging downturn
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES Ghana’s government is liaising with the mining industry to ensure that the country remains an attractive location for mining investment

Research predicts another tough year for commodities

By: Henry Lazenby     30th March 2016 In the wake of lacklustre discipline by producers to curtail output in the face of relentless price declines, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) Global Research was concerned that another leg of lower prices may be required to incentivise another round of cuts for a range of materials. In its... 

China sets course for smooth economic transition and commodity price gains

By: Simon Rees     24th March 2016 The retreat of commodity prices on the back of China’s economic shift belied rising levels of uptake and the likelihood of an upcycle later in the decade, CRU Group managing consultant Philip Macoun told an audience at the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention.... 

China sets course for smooth economic transition and commodity price gains

KPMG calls for levelling of mine rehab playing field

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2016 KPMG corporate tax head Muhammad Saloojee wants the tax authorities to level the mine rehabilitation playing field by ensuring that mine rehabilitation insurance premiums are tax deductible. His commentary to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online comes against the background of a tax ruling that... 

KPMG calls for levelling of mine rehab playing field
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Muhammad Saloojee

Motsepe spells out difficulty of retaining mandatory BEE ownership in perpetuity 

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2016 The difficulty companies have in preventing their mandatory black economic empowerment (BEE) ownership arrangements from unravelling when BEE shareholders sell out is highlighted by top South African business leader Patrice Motsepe’s personal experience of BEE undoing within his diversified... 

Motsepe spells out difficulty of retaining mandatory BEE ownership in perpetuity
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Patrice Motsepe

Motsepe calls on South Africans to come together to boost economy 

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2016 Top South African business leader Patrice Motsepe on Friday made an impassioned plea to all South Africans, irrespective of political affiliation, to close ranks and focus on building an economy that is sufficiently strong to benefit the country’s entire population. Speaking at the presentation... 

Motsepe calls on South Africans to come together to boost economy
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ARM chairperson Patrice Motsepe

Mining output continues contraction in January

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th March 2016 South African mining has had a “poor start” to the year, leaving investors “cautious” on the outlook for the mining sector for the year after seeing production “slipping deeper” into negative growth territory in January. Mining production contracted 4.5% year-on-year, from a downwardly revised... 

Mine closure option coming to fore as mine sale attempts drag

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2016 Because most mining majors are steering clear of giving their mining assets away at fire sale prices, the expectation is growing that care-and-maintenance closure options may take centre-stage. As things stand, for-sale notices are ubiquitous, with the likes of Anglo American, Freeport-McMoRan,... 

Mine closure option coming to fore as mine sale attempts drag
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Andrew Forrest reiterates call for iron-ore inquiry.

Kalagadi offers reward after cable theft halts mine ops

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2016 Kalagadi Manganese has appealed to members of the public to come forward with information related to copper cable theft that has halted operations at its Hotazel mine, in the Northern Cape.   The incident, which took place on Monday night, caused millions of rands worth of damage to the affected... 

Moody’s cuts BHP’s debt rating

By: Henry Lazenby     4th March 2016 Investment risk ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service on Thursday cut the world’s largest miner BHP Billiton’s debt rating from A1 to A3, mentioning the deterioration in the company's earnings and cash flow, which has led to significantly weaker credit metrics. The outlook for all ratings of... 

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Manganese writedowns push South32 to $1.7bn half-year loss

By: Reuters     25th February 2016 Australia's South32 on Thursday reported a first-half loss of $1.7-billion, hurt by big writedowns for its manganese and energy coal businesses. South32 is the dominant global producer of manganese, and has interests in alumina, silver, nickel and coking coal - industrial mainstays hard hit in... 

Gulf Manganese appoints former BHP exec to its board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th February 2016 ASX-listed Gulf Manganese has appointed Andrew Wilson to its board as a nonexecutive director with immediate effect. Wilson served as president director of BHP Billiton Indonesia between 2000 and 2007 and was also a director of the Indonesian Mining Association. He was based in Jakarta, had... 

Anglo suffers two rating downgrades

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2016 Credit ratings agency Fitch on Wednesday lowered Anglo American’s credit rating to junk status with a negative outlook, two days after Moody’s Investors Service made a similar assessment. Fitch reduced the London-listed company’s rating to BB+ from BBB- in the wake of Moody's citing doubts over... 

Anglo suffers two rating downgrades
Anglo CFO René Médori
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