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COAL DEADLOCK

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2017 Riot police are seen blocking protesters during a rally against opencast brown coal mining at the Garzweiler mine, is a large surface lignite mine north-west of Cologne, in Germany. The German city of Bonn is hosting United Nations-led climate talks that end today, November 17. Thousands of... 

COAL DEADLOCK

NICKEL UPTURN:

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2017 Russian mineworkers stand in a skip that is about to descend the mine shaft at the Taymyrsky mine, operated by MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC, in Norilsk, Russia, which competes with Vale of Brazil as the world’s top nickel producer. Norilsk Nickel, which mines the rich deposits of nickel, copper and... 

NICKEL UPTURN:

SPARKLING RESEARCH:

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2017 Former De Beers head Nicky Oppenheimer (right) and Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer (left) at the 8th Oppenheimer De Beers Group Research Conference at the De Beers corporate headquarters in Ormonde. The conference dealt with a host of important environmental issues including the impact on... 

SPARKLING RESEARCH:

PAVING THE WAY

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2017 Emerging tin miner Alphamin Resources is steadily progressing the development of the first large commercial tin mine in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The 10 000 t/y tin mine, located in the North Kivu province, is expected to set precedent in a region that is plagued by significant... 

PAVING THE WAY

AUSTRALIAN ANGST

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2017 Indian multinational conglomerate company Adani has the backing of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal Party to build a coal mine in northeast Australia, but thousands of protestors, including those in this picture, have expressed their opposition to the $3.3-billion, 25-million... 

AUSTRALIAN ANGST

EXXARO INVESTS IN WATERBERG COAL POTENTIAL:

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2017 South African diversified resources company Exxaro Resources will invest 50% of its R20-billion coal capital expenditure programme over the next five years in the Waterberg area. The R10-million investment is a milestone, as it comes at a time when the mining sector is not investing in projects.... 

EXXARO INVESTS IN WATERBERG COAL POTENTIAL:

WILDCAT MINING IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST:

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2017 Illegal mining in Brazil is seen by many as a scourge that pollutes the Amazon rainforest, poisons indigenous tribes and robs the nation of legitimate tax collection for the benefit of the country as a whole. But for garimpeiros, or wildcat gold miners, it is a way of life. Garimpos, or wildcat... 

WILDCAT MINING IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST:

BASE METALS REVIVAL

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2017 Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, above, took Mining Weekly on a guided tour of the company’s Prieska zinc and copper project in the Northern Cape, where the company is leading a revival of the historic former workings of South Africa’s now defunct Anglovaal group. The Sydney-listed company’s... 

BASE METALS REVIVAL

ENERGY STAND-OFF

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2017 Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques, above, is seen during the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) conference at Parliament House in Canberra, where he chided the Australian government for allowing the country to become one of the most expensively priced energy countries. He warned... 

ENERGY STAND-OFF

SPARKLING EXCELLENCE

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2017 The Dynasty, above, cut from a 179 ct rough diamond discovered in Russia by State diamond company Alrosa, is a 51.38 ct traditional round brilliant-cut diamond, with 57 facets. It has the potential to be most expensive diamond ever sold in Russian history when it is auctioned online in November.... 

SPARKLING EXCELLENCE

FIFTY NOT OUT

By: Ilan Solomons     8th September 2017 This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first 22 ct gold bullion Krugerrand, which was produced on July 3, 1967. Since its launch, more than 53-million ounces of gold, or over 60-million pieces, have been sold in the form of Krugerrands, more than its closest competitors, the Canadian... 

FIFTY NOT OUT

ACCOMODATION ACCOMPLISHMENT

By: Anine Kilian     1st September 2017 Platinum producer Lonmin last month showcased the first two phases of infill apartments at the company’s Wonderkop and Eastern sites, close to the converted hostel family units, in North West province. The R410-million development currently comprises 493 completed units, of which 403 have been... 

ACCOMODATION ACCOMPLISHMENT

ZEST FOR ZINC

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2017 Vedanta Resources’ Zinc International subsidiary has committed more than 80% of the $400-million capital expenditure for the first phase of the Gamsberg zinc project, in the Northern Cape. To date, more than 25-million tonnes of waste rock have been excavated as part of the prestart activities... 

ZEST FOR ZINC

FLUORSPAR RESURGE

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 Nokeng Fluorspar Mine earlier this month broke ground at the site of its R1.7-billion fluorspar mine near Rust de Winter, in Gauteng. This is the first new fluorspar mine to be built in Gauteng in 12 years and is one of three new fluorspar mines in the world. The mine has an estimated 19-year... 

FLUORSPAR RESURGE

ASTONISHINGLY HIGH TAX BILL

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2017 The Buzwagi mine of Pangea Minerals in Tanzania, shown above, has been hit, along with its Bulyanhulu stablemate, by an astonishingly high adjusted tax assessments of $190-billion in alleged unpaid taxes, penalties and interest owed. The tax blow followed Tanzania’s earlier ban on the export of... 

ASTONISHINGLY HIGH TAX BILL

PUBLIC-PRIVATE CUBAN MINING

By: Martin Creamer     4th August 2017 Cuba’s former mining town of Minas de Matahambre, in the communist country’s westernmost Pinar del Rio province, is hosting the revival of the Castellanos lead and zinc operation, which has been dormant for a decade. Enmicar, a public-private joint venture between the State-run Geominera de Cuba... 

PUBLIC-PRIVATE CUBAN MINING

SPEED DATING

By: David Oliveira     28th July 2017 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons South Africa this month hosted a conference at its offices in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, where entrepreneurs were given 90 seconds to network with some of the largest mining and engineering companies, including Rio Tinto and Anglo... 

SPEED DATING

SUCKING UP TO DIAMONDS

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2017 Diamond company De Beers finds some of its most valuable diamonds on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Namibia. It recovers the diamonds by sucking them off the seabed in a vacuuming action that creates angst among some environmental organisations and helicoptering them to shore.... 

SUCKING UP TO DIAMONDS

INVESTMENT AND TRANSFORMATION

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says government and the mining industry need to "go back to the drawing board" to recraft the Mining Charter, following gazetting of the third version causing deep consternation within the industry. Speaking at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in... 

INVESTMENT AND TRANSFORMATION

COAL COMBINATION

By: Ilan Solomons     7th July 2017 TSX-and-JSE-listed bituminous and anthracite coal miner Buffalo Coal produces high-quality thermal and metallurgical coal from its operations, which are based near the town of Dundee, in KwaZulu-Natal. Mining Weekly recently visited the company’s Magdalena thermal coal colliery and Aviemore... 

COAL COMBINATION

REPLACING RESOURCES

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2017 Sasol Mining, which operates one of the largest underground coal complexes in the world at Secunda in Mpumalanga, is ensuring the uninterrupted supply of 40-million tons of coal a year to its Sasol Synfuels operations by commissioning the Thubelisha, Impumelelo, Shondoni and Tweedraai mines to... 

REPLACING RESOURCES

CALL FOR REFORM

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2017 African National Congress National Executive Committee member Dr Mathews Phosa, above, pilloried the Department of Mineral Resources at last week’s Junior Indaba for taking excessive time to process mining right applications. The former Mpumalanga premier described applying for a mining right as... 

CALL FOR REFORM

GOLD RUSH

By: Martin Creamer     16th June 2017 Less than two years after delisting from the London Stock Exchange, Russian gold producer Polyus has returned. Listed in Moscow with a market capitalisation of $9.9-billion, Polyus is prepared to sell 7% of its equity, which follows China’s Fosun Group agreed to acquire 15% of the company. CEO... 

GOLD RUSH

MONGOLIA'S ZAMA-ZAMAS

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2017 Illegal miners take a break in Mongolia's largest illegal coal mine, which is located 40 km from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Nobody knows for sure how many bodies are buried in the Nailakh mine’s makeshift pits, but it is said to suffer one fatality for every 56 000 t of coal mined, making... 

MONGOLIA'S ZAMA-ZAMAS

NEW BEGINNINGS

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2017 The 128-year-old Chamber of Mines of South Africa is heading for a new beginning under new president Mxolisi Mgojo, 57, the CEO of the R40-billion, 6 000-employee, black-controlled mining company Exxaro Resources, a company with mining experience in coal, mineral sands, zinc and iron-ore and... 

NEW BEGINNINGS

KIMBERLEY COMES TO BRAZIL

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2017 This is South America’s largest diamond mine and the continent’s first kimberlite diamond operation, which was previously owned by De Beers, but never developed by it. Today, the opencast Braúna mine, which is expected to produce at a rate of up to 400 000 ct a year, is wholly owned by Lipari... 

KIMBERLEY COMES TO BRAZIL

WORKERS' RALLY

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2017 Shown in this picture are some of the estimated 8 000 members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) who attended the May Day celebration rally at the Griffons Rugby Stadium, in Welkom, in the Free State on May 1. In his keynote address, AMCU president president Joseph... 

WORKERS' RALLY

IRON-ORE START-UP

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2017 Junior iron-ore miner Manngwe Mining last month officially opened its Assen iron-ore mine, near Brits, in the North West. The mine and its dense medium separation (DMS) plant, which were developed at a cost of R180-million, will initially target production of 60 000 t/m of saleable ore for... 

IRON-ORE START-UP

GOLD FROM THE COLD

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2017 This dump truck is moving through the Taryn gold mine in the Oymyakon district of Russia's far eastern Yakutia region, which claims to be the coldest continually-inhabited settlement in the northern hemisphere. It gets so cold in winter that metal snaps. In winter, motorists keep their engines... 

GOLD FROM THE COLD

GENDER BALANCE BY 2025

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2017 The world’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton, is taking lessons from banks to bring its boys’ club era to an end. Chief of staff and geoscience head Laura Tyler, above, who is one of three women in top BHP leadership positions, has been tasked with achieving gender balance by 2025. Financial... 

GENDER BALANCE BY 2025

ANTHRACITE ADIT

By: Martin Creamer     21st April 2017 This picture shows the adit leading into the Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), near the town of Ulundi, in KwaZulu-Natal, which operates an underground, deep level, narrow seam operation, using both continuous miners and drill and blast mining techniques. ZAC currently extracts about 65 000 t... 

ANTHRACITE ADIT

GIANT DUMP TRUCK

By: Martin Creamer     14th April 2017 The employee in this picture is dwarfed as she walks past the unfinished chassis of this giant mining dump truck at the Autoworks Belaz OJSC heavy vehicle plant in Zhodino, Belarus. Belaz is a major world manufacturer of mining dump trucks of heavy-duty and super-size load capacity, as well as... 

GIANT DUMP TRUCK

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2017 Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland, above, believes it is time for gold mining operations to transform fundamentally into mines of the future. Speaking at the 120-year celebration of the School of Mining Engineering of the University of the Witwatersrand last month, Holland said that the gold mines of... 

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

MINING SUPPORT

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2017 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is going all out to support technologies that will enable South Africa to beneficiate far more effectively and in an environmentally friendly manner. IDC divisional executive: mining and metals industries Abel Malinga (left) is seen with... 

MINING SUPPORT

GOLD RAMP-UP

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2017 Gold Fields’ only South African asset, the South Deep mine, on the Far West Rand, in Gauteng, is steadily ramping up gold production with a 2017 target of 315 000 oz, having increased from 290 000 oz in 2016. Steady-state production is projected to be reached in 2022 with a production target of... 

GOLD RAMP-UP

TORONTO NOW, CHILE NEXT

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2017 Attendees ride an escalator at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre during the 2017 Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention in Toronto, Ontario, which bills itself as the world's biggest mining gathering. The prospect of increased deal-making was a hot topic for the more... 

TORONTO NOW, CHILE NEXT

PHALANNDWA COAL MINE

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2017 Junior coal mining and exploration group Canyon Coal’s Phalanndwa Colliery is located 10 km east of Delmas, in Mpumalanga. It commenced mining in October 2010 and was fully operational, inclusive of its wash plant, in 2013. Using Canyon’s own mining equipment, the company extracts 120 000 t of... 

PHALANNDWA COAL MINE

CHROME BONUS

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2017 This new R474-million chrome recovery plant at Anglo American Platinum’s Amandelbult mine near Thabazimbi in Limpopo produces two grades of concentrated chromite, one metallurgical and the other chemical. A network of 300 spirals  gravitationally extract chromite from the Upper Group Two ore... 

CHROME BONUS
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