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Photo of Week

COAL COPPER CAPAMITY:

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2019 The decline shaft leading into the closed Gloria coal mine near Middelburg, in Mpumalanga, where an underground methane gas explosion killed 13 people thought to have been extracting copper cable that supplied large fans with electrical power. Gloria was placed under business rescue a year ago... 

COAL COPPER CAPAMITY:

TAKING FIRE TO ILLEGAL MINING:

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 Mining machines are destroyed by fire at an illegal tin mine in the Amazon rainforest. This operation was conducted by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources to prevent water pollution and deforestation at the national park near Novo Progresso, southeast of... 

TAKING FIRE TO ILLEGAL MINING:

ANOTHER TAILINGS DISASTER:

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2019 Residents are seen observing the impact of the breach of an iron-ore tailings dam at the Córrego do Feijão mine in Brazil, operated by Brazilian mining company Vale SA, which four years ago suffered a simiar breach at the Samarco iron-ore tailings dam, where Australian mining company BHP was a... 

ANOTHER TAILINGS DISASTER:

NO COAL MINE SURVIVORS

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2019 Indian Navy personnel come out of a coal mine during a rescue operation in Ksan, in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya, India, where no headway has been made to retrieve the bodies of 15 illegal miners. Despite a ban on so-called “rat-hole” mining, accidents have continued in the mountainous... 

NO COAL MINE SURVIVORS

HIGHLIGHTING THE HISTORICAL:

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2019 Exploration and development company West Wits Mining last year highlighted historical gold workings such as this one, which were unearthed during renewed opencast activity in South Africa's renowned Witwatersrand basin. Opencast mining at levels no deeper than 400 m below surface are ongoing at... 

HIGHLIGHTING THE HISTORICAL:

ZINC BOOST FOR NORTHERN CAPE:

By: Dylan Slater     18th January 2019 A Caterpillar 789-series rigid dump truck exits one of the three pits at the $400-million Gamsberg zinc project of diversified miner Vedanta. The London-listed India-rooted Vedanta is ready to launch Phase 1 of the mine in the lead-up to achieving its production target of 600 000 t/y. In Phase 1,... 

ZINC BOOST FOR NORTHERN CAPE:

NEW FACILITY

By: Dylan Slater     14th December 2018 The southern Africa division of Japanese yellow metal equipment manufacturer Komatsu, opened its new R985-million facility, in Germiston, Johannesburg. The campus comprises the company’s head office operations, Gauteng branch and training centre, equipment workshop and parts distribution centre.... 

NEW FACILITY

NEW GOLD PROCESING PLANT:

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2018 The Springs-based Modder East operation of gold miner Gold One International unveiled its new R100-million processing plant expansion on November 23. The bankable feasibility study for the mine had expected it to produce 70 000 t/m, producing just over a million ounces over a nine-year life, with... 

NEW GOLD PROCESING PLANT:

COAL COLLECTION:

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2018 A coal stockpile at the newly opened Khanye Colliery, which has reserves of 39-million tonnes and which plans to produce 2.8-million tonnes a year of coal over the next 15 years. Khanye forms part of the four-operation Canyon Coal group and offers a sub-bituminous product to both domestic and... 

COAL COLLECTION:

SCHEDULE SLIPPAGE:

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2018 Challenging ground conditions and shaft completion delays during the $5.3-billion underground development at the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia, have resulted in a nine-month schedule setback. Rio Tinto’s Turquoise Hill, which owns 66% of the mine and Mongolia government the remaining... 

SCHEDULE SLIPPAGE:

COLLIERY CONFETTI:

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe (third from left) this month officiated at the opening of Canyon Coal’s new Khanye colliery, in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng. Khanye, which has a 39-million-tonne coal reserve, is expected to produce 2.8-million tonnes a year of coal over a 16-year mine... 

COLLIERY CONFETTI:

NIOBIUM CHAMPION:

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2018 NIOBIUM CHAMPION: Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro has put a lot of store on niobium, used to make steel stronger and lighter. Brazil accounts for more than 80% of the world’s supply of niobium and so smitten is Bolsonaro with niobium that he produced a 20-minute YouTube video touting its... 

NIOBIUM CHAMPION:

WATER FIGHT

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2018 Brine pools from a lithium mine belonging to US-based Albermarle Corp is seen in Chile’s Atacama salt flat. The mine is located only 5 km from a mine belonging to Chilean company SQM. Earlier this year, in celebrating contracts with Chile’s government that will allow them to vastly increase... 

WATER FIGHT

CONSTRUCTIVE NEW APPROACH:

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2018 This friendly handshake between Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe (left) and Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter (right) symbolises the constructive new ‘South-Africa-first’ approach of the public and private sectors to mining. Incorrect policy has been the main cause of reducing... 

CONSTRUCTIVE NEW APPROACH:

OPENCAST MINE EVOKES PROTEST

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2018 An aerial view of the Hambach opencast lignite mine near the German town of Kerpen-Buir, west of Cologne, which protesting activists say threatens the Hambach forest, the home to a number of endangered species. Cries of protest erupted in the Cologne Administrative Court earlier this month after... 

OPENCAST MINE EVOKES PROTEST

ENERGY SHOWDOWN:

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 Thousands of German protesters faced off with police last month to stop giant excavators like this one at the RWE lignite mine in Hambach from further diminishing the area’s 1 200-year-old forest. Demand for coal and lignite has intensified following the government’s decision to phase out nuclear... 

ENERGY SHOWDOWN:

FROM COAL MINE TO HYDROPOWER STATION:

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 Coal mining is all but over at the 150-year-old Prosper Haniel anthracite mine in Bottrop, Germany, now earmarked for pumped storage electricity generation. When the sun is shining or the wind is blowing, excess renewable energy will be used to pump the mine’s underground water to surface for... 

FROM COAL MINE TO HYDROPOWER STATION:

ELECTRA INNOVATION WINNER:

By: Dylan Slater     28th September 2018 The winner of the International Innovator Mechanical Award at the 2018 Electra Mining Africa exhibition for its gravity assist system was Canadian independent tyre dealer Kal Tire. The system’s mechanical arm allows technicians weightlessly, precisely and safely to manoeuvre tools and parts on... 

ELECTRA INNOVATION WINNER:

ELECTRA MINING WINNER:

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 Johannesburg-based mining supplier Afri-Tech was crowned the South African Innovation prizewinner as well as the overall innovative product winner at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2018 exhibition for the company's forced ejection nozzle technology. The locally manufactured Power Nozzle is... 

ELECTRA MINING WINNER:

HEADGEAR DOMINANCE:

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2018 HEADGEAR DOMINANCE: Headgears in dominant setting at Pan African Resource’s Evander Gold Mine, close to where the new 400-job Elikhulu retreatment plant is recovering 55 000 oz of gold a year from tailings. The plant uses a carbon-in-leach circuit with a proprietary pre-oxidation process. The... 

HEADGEAR DOMINANCE:

NEW TRAINING CENTRE:

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, accompanied by Sepfluor CEO Rob Wagner on the extreme right, walks through the newly opened 2 400 m2 Dr Lelau Mohuba Training Centre, near Rust de Winter, in Gauteng, which was built and equipped in seven months at a cost of R17-million. Sepfluor’s... 

NEW TRAINING CENTRE:

HIGH MARGIN GOLD

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2018 Pan African Resource's Evander Gold Mine, in Mpumalanga, poured its first gold obtained through its newly commissioned Elikhulu tailings retreatment project on August 16. The R1.74-billion project uses a conventional carbon-in-leach circuit with a proprietary pre-oxidation process through which... 

HIGH MARGIN GOLD

SOUTH AFRICAN MINE INVESTMENT DOWN UNDER:

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2018 Construction cranes stand at the site of the processing plant at the Gruyere gold venture, in eastern Yilgarn, Australia, a 50-50 partnership between Gold Road Resources of Perth and Gold Fields of Johannesburg. Production at this 13-year life-of-mine is due to begin in the middle of next year,... 

SOUTH AFRICAN MINE INVESTMENT DOWN UNDER:

CHROME-RICH ZIMBABWE

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2018 This chrome processing plant, 50 km outside Kwekwe, in Zimbabwe, requires no electricity to increase the economic value of the country’s chromite endowment by producing an ultra-low carbon high grade product used in stainless steel. With global demand for stainless steel growing steadily, hopes... 

CHROME-RICH ZIMBABWE

DISPENSING WITH THE NEED FOR DIESEL:

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 Operator Adam Ladouceur is guiding an electric jumbo drill at Goldcorp's Borden underground gold mine project in Canada, which is dispensing with the use of diesel-powered equipment. This quiet battery-powered tunnelling machine is making its way towards gold without lowering air quality. Near... 

DISPENSING WITH THE NEED FOR DIESEL:

REFURB ON WAY FOR GOLDEN OLDIE:

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2018 REFURB ON WAY FOR GOLDEN OLDIE: The old Durban Deep mine shaft, near Roodepoort, on Gauteng’s old-gold West Rand, is earmarked for refurbishment by the Australian-listed exploration and development company West Wits Mining. Although this shaft descends to 1 100 m, West Wits only plans to mine at... 

REFURB ON WAY FOR GOLDEN OLDIE:

FIRM FOUNDATIONS:

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2018 Former US President Barack Obama shakes hands with mining magnate Patrice Motsepe during the sixteenth edition of the yearly Nelson Mandela lecture. The event was hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation, to honour the centennial of Nelson Mandela’s... 

FIRM FOUNDATIONS:

SMART COAL:

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2018 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro Resources is blazing a high-technology trail with the launch of a “smart” mine, in Mpumalanga. A complete digital replica of the Belfast coal mine will allow it to be managed from any location, anywhere on the planet. Turning the first sods at the start of... 

SMART COAL:

WHERE GOLD NO LONGER GLITTERS:

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2018 The downturn of an industry that once symbolised South Africa can be evidenced in Khutsong, Carletonville, where former engineering assistant at the world’s deepest gold mine, Caldwell Nzimeni, posed for this photograph. News service Bloomberg reports that Nzimeni, 29, left AngloGold Ashanti's... 

WHERE GOLD NO LONGER GLITTERS:

COAL TO THE WORLD, GROWTH TO THE NATION:

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2018 The private-sector-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal, which opened in 1976 with an original capacity of 12 million tons a year, 42 years later has a design capacity of 91-million tons a year – 10-million tons more than the State-owned Transnet Freight Rail is currently able to deliver. In a... 

COAL TO THE WORLD, GROWTH TO THE NATION:

COLOURED GEMSTONE MINING:

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2018 The pace of coloured gemstone mining is quickening in several parts of the world, including in Colombia, where this picture shows mineworkers extracting emeralds at Mineria Texas Colombia Puerto Arturo, in Muzo. In April, the Canada-listed Fura Gems restarted coloured gemstone mining at Coscuez... 

COLOURED GEMSTONE MINING:

CEASELESS DIGGING:

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2018 These processors of sand from a depleted mine dump off the N3 South freeway, near Elandsfontein, in Germiston, are still hoping to scoop up some precious metal from the gold mining diggings that began in these parts no less than 132 years ago. George Harrison discovered an outcrop of the main... 

CEASELESS DIGGING:

DREAM TEAM:

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2018 The organising team of last week’s outstanding Junior Indaba in Johannesburg are (from left) Resources for Africa Investment Conferences CEO Paula Munsie, Resources for Africa Investment Conferences marketing manager Kevin Mnone, Junior Indaba and Joburg Indaba chairperson and mining luminary... 

DREAM TEAM:

SOUTH AFRICA'S BIGGEST IRON-ORE MINE:

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2018 This opencast Sishen iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape, which is operated by the Anglo American-controlled Kumba Iron Ore, is the biggest iron-ore operation in South Africa. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Kumba hopes to extend Sishen’s life-of-mine beyond its remaining 13 years through... 

SOUTH AFRICA'S BIGGEST IRON-ORE MINE:

NEW ERA:

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 NEW ERA: Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo (centre) is flanked by CEO Roger Baxter (left) and VP Neil Froneman (right). In the background is the logo of the new council, which replaces the Chamber of Mines of South Africa as a signifier of future growth and prosperity for the... 

NEW ERA:

'CLEAN' COAL?:

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2018 Water pours from an excavator bucket as coal is extracted from below the water's surface at an opencast mine in India. Taken four years ago, this picture of drenched coal arising out of a water-filled pit is indicative of the potential environmental mixing and matching that can occur with mining.... 

'CLEAN' COAL?:

SPECIAL SPARKLE:

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2018 Lucara Diamond Corporation president and CEO Eira Thomas sits for a photograph in Vancouver, Canada, where the Southern Africa-focused diamond mining company is headquartered. A geologist with decades of experience, Thomas has held board positions on diamond mining companies over an extended... 

SPECIAL SPARKLE:

GOING FOR GRACE'S GOLD:

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2018 Artisanal gold miners go for gold on a farm 40 km north of Harare, owned by former President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace Mugabe, in Mazowe, Zimbabwe. The ironically named Smithfield farm, once guarded by armed police, is now dotted with gold diggings. The illegal miners have stated that they... 

GOING FOR GRACE'S GOLD:
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