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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTOR

By: Martin Creamer     16th December 2016 State minerals research enterprise Mintek last week demonstrated its Reflaut tailing treatment process to Mining Weekly at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine west of Johannesburg. Reflaut, which stands for Retreatment Flowsheet for Gold (au) and Uranium Tailings, removes gold as well as harmful... 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTOR

PLANET EARTH’S VITAL LUNG BEING HACKED DOWN

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2016 The 25 000 inhabitants of Novo Progresso in the Pará, northern Brazil, rely on illegal logging and mining for survival. This pictures shows one of the few occasions law enforcers are able to burn their trucks and illegally sawn tree trunks on the spot. Most of the time they are fighting a losing... 

PLANET EARTH’S VITAL LUNG BEING HACKED DOWN

GOLDEN PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2016 Newmont Mining Corporation CEO Gary Goldberg is seen at the opening last month of the Merian gold mine in Sipaliwini district, Suriname, which President Desi Bouterse expects to boost the economy of the small struggling South American country. Bouterse outlined how his government was taking the... 

GOLDEN PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

WHERE THE TRUMPS STRUCK ‘GOLD’

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2016 During the Klondike Gold Rush at the turn of the twentieth century, this area of Bennett in British Columbia, Canada, was a transit point for gold prospectors - and also the location of the Arctic Hotel and Restaurant, run by Frederick Trump, the grandfather of US president-elect Donald, who made... 

WHERE THE TRUMPS STRUCK ‘GOLD’

REMOTE CONTROL

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2016 Modern technology is enabling this city-based employee located in Perth to monitor iron-ore operations 1 760 km away in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. He is able to check on virtually every conceivable metric at the Christmas Creek mine, which is owned and operated by the Fortescue... 

REMOTE CONTROL

COAL GAS KILLS 33

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2016 Tired rescue workers are seen sleeping near the site of last month’s devastating gas explosion at the privately owned Jinshangou colliery in Chongqing's Yongchuan district of China. All 33 coal miners trapped underground were found dead after more than 200 firefighters, police and specialists... 

COAL GAS KILLS 33

OLD GIVING WAY TO NEW

By: Martin Creamer     4th November 2016 Germany’s biggest energy company RWE owned all this, but that changed earlier this month when the RWE’s renewable energy offshoot Innogy SE hived itself off in a what was Europe’s biggest initial public offering (IPO) since that of Glencore in 2011. The IPO is a consequence of years of falling... 

OLD GIVING WAY TO NEW

SUSTAINED SPARKLE

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2016 South Africa’s diamond mines are leaving a positive legacy of preserved land that conservationists are enhancing through research. Last week the outcomes of that research were made public at the seventh Oppenheimer De Beers Group Research Conference. Photographed at De Beers corporate... 

SUSTAINED SPARKLE

NO DIVIDENDS FOR TEN YEARS

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2016 New Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques is seen during an interview in Mongolia earlier this month, where he declared a ten-year freeze on dividend payments from the partly government owned Oyu Tolgoi copper mine to allow Rio to complete a $5.3-billion underground expansion. Rio and Mongolia... 

NO DIVIDENDS FOR TEN YEARS

THE POWER OF PLATINUM

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2016 Three platinum-based 5 kW fuel cells, a 73 kWh battery bank, a 14 m3 methanol fuel tank and inverters and control systems are being put to the test in Free State province to power 34 Naledi Trust households in Maokeng township, Kroonstad. The trial has provided detailed data on the use of fuel... 

THE POWER OF PLATINUM

REGAINING LOST SPARKLE

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2016 South Africa has lost so much diamond sparkle that any successful regain will come off a much-reduced base. At last week’s Diamond Indaba, Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant, pictured, expressed the view that opportunities for local diamond beneficiation continue to beckon and... 

REGAINING LOST SPARKLE

TAKING OVER THE REINS

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2016 On October 10, Alex Grose, above, will take over the reins of the Investing in African Mining Indaba event, now in its twenty-third year. Grose will replace Jonathan Moore as the MD of Investing in African Mining Indaba 2017, which takes place in Cape Town from February 6 to 9. The platform of... 

TAKING OVER THE REINS

THE PROVINCE OF GOLD

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2016 Gauteng Premier David Makhura is seen visiting the exhibition area of Electra Mining Africa 2016, the premier mining showcase that brings new products to market with resounding success. Electra Mining Africa, which is ranked among the world’s top three mining shows, takes place every two years in... 

THE PROVINCE OF GOLD

DRIVERLESS MINE TRUCK

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2016 New radar-based light detection and ranging (Lidar) and global positioning system technologies are providing the vision for a new generation of driverless mining vehicles. In this picture, a self-driving truck is seen driving through underground tunnels at the Kristineberg mine in the Boliden... 

DRIVERLESS MINE TRUCK

MINERS BEAT MINISTER TO DEATH

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2016 `striking mineworkers, seen blocking a main road in Bolivia, beat Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes to death in a conflict over mining laws. The fatal beating followed the killing of two protesters in clashes with police. Illanes had gone to Panduro, 130 km south of the La Paz, to open a... 

MINERS BEAT MINISTER TO DEATH

GOLD ON THE GO

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2016 An employee checks on equipment used to separate gold from other metals at the Baird & Co precious metals refinery in London. Baird & Co, which buys much of the UK's scrap gold from collectors and pawn shops, is planning a 50% expansion at its 20-ton-a-year refining plant, which is near the... 

GOLD ON THE GO

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2016 Peru mines minister Gonzalo Tamayo stands for a photograph at his office in Lima to highlight gold's best start to a year in decades. Tamayo expects gold’s current good fortune to boost mine development in Peru and provide investment relief for Latin America's biggest gold producer. Peru... 

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

DESPERATE MEASURES

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2016 Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro gestures during a meeting with mining companies earlier this month, when eight deals were signed to open 112 km2 of the state of Amazonas to mining. Gold Reserve of Canada settled its government dispute in a $5-billion deal that is expected to generate revenue... 

DESPERATE MEASURES

RECOVERING GOLD FROM DUMPS

By: Martin Creamer     12th August 2016 The original mill at Sibanye Gold’s Cooke Operations in Randfontein goes back to 1888 when, according to surface manager Andre Du Plessis, it hosted the biggest stamp mill battery in the world to create 40-million tonnes of coarse sand and fine slime. That dumped mine waste is currently being... 

RECOVERING GOLD FROM DUMPS

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

By: Martin Creamer     5th August 2016 Lusaka-born Norman Mbazima, 58, will be focusing on the divestment of Anglo American plc’s noncore assets in South Africa from September 1, when he will retain the Anglo deputy chairperson position and pass the Kumba Iron Ore CEO baton on to Themba Mkhwanazi, the CEO of Anglo’s South African coal... 

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

GOLD GUSHER

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2016 Cynthia Macingwane is seen at the Ergo retreatment plant of DRDGold, where dumped mine waste is turned into gold that adds R14-billion worth of value a year to the South African economy a year. With the gold price hitting the high spots in rands and rising in dollars, the debt-free DRDGold has... 

GOLD GUSHER

DIAMOND BENEFICIATION BONANZA

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd July 2016 De Beers, along with government and other industry stakeholders, last week unveiled an enterprise development project for young diamond beneficiators. De Beers Consolidated Mines chairperson Barend Petersen sits alongside Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant and Gauteng Premier... 

DIAMOND BENEFICIATION BONANZA

MIDNIGHT MINERS

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2016 Indonesian villagers on the island of Java earn $10 a night making several dangerous trips to collect sulphur from the active Ijen volcano, the caldera of which is 2 600 m above sea level, 1 km wide and filled with turquoise-blue extreme 0.5pH acidity water. Many miners use a wet rag to protect... 

MIDNIGHT MINERS

CANADIAN CARTEL

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2016 How does the World Trade Organisation allow a rich country like Canada get away with cartelising a commodity like potash, which influences the price of food also needed by people far less well-heeled than first-world Canadians? Surely competition should be mandatory when it comes ingredients for... 

CANADIAN CARTEL

COAL CAPERS

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2016 Jubilant SGS COO Africa Fred Herren, left, and outgoing Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) CEO Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane at the opening of RBCT’s new R49-million coal sampling laboratory, which will ensure 25% faster turnaround times from a state-of-the-art facility built in partnership with leading... 

COAL CAPERS

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE YOUTH

By: Ilan Solomons     24th June 2016 Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu (pictured) wearing a traditional Soviet Army winter fur hat, or ushanka, at the 2016 Youth In Mining Procurement Transformation Summit, in Johannesburg, last week, where she revealed that her department was working with the Department of Mineral... 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE YOUTH

TOUGHER THAN EXPECTED

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2016 South32 CEO Graham Kerr at Australia's Melbourne Mining Club earlier this month, where he reminded stakeholders that it was a little over a year since the diversified mining company was spun out of BHP Billiton to allow the world’s largest mining company to focus on its 100-year-plus assets. The... 

TOUGHER THAN EXPECTED

MINERAL RICH, PEOPLE POOR

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2016 MINERAL RICH, PEOPLE POOR – African Union Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma pleaded at last week’s Junior Indaba for a new new win-win approach to ensure that Africans benefited from the exploitation of natural resources in Africa, which she said was mineral rich, but without those... 

RUBY LAND

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2016 A girl pans in a stream near Mogok, Myanmar, which is estimated to produce 90% of the world's rubies. The area, 450 km north of the capital Napyidaw, also hosts sapphire and semi-precious lapis lazuli, garnet, moonstone, peridot and chrysoberyl. This ‘Valley of Rubies’, in the former Burma, is a... 

RUBY LAND

LONG ROAD TO WATER FREEDOM

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2016 South Africa’s Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has been tasked with implementing what Water Minister Nomvula Mokonyane (centre) described as the long-term solution for turning acid mine drainage (AMD) into safe drinking water. TCTA AMD project manager Craig Hasenjager is seen leading the... 

LONG ROAD TO WATER FREEDOM

LENGTHENING CYCLE TIMES

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2016 At a function hosted by Venmyn Deloitte in Johannesburg last week, Deloitte global mining leader Phil Hopwood, pictured, gave a presentation on the state of the global minerals industry. In it, he made the point that just as the people of the mining industry imagined that prices would go up... 

LENGTHENING CYCLE TIMES

GAS THE MINERS BYPASSED

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2016 Miners drilling for gold at depth paid little attention to shallower natural gas, scattered across the Free State from Virginia to Welkom, that today’s exploiters might well sell back to them as a power generation fuel. Happily hoisting helium balloons at the media function to announce the... 

GAS THE MINERS BYPASSED

HARD CHANGES NEEDED

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2016 BHP Billiton Minerals Australia president Mike Henry, above, warned in his address to the Melbourne Club that Australia could adapt to its changed economic circumstances or stagnate in the approaches of wealthier times. He believes it essential for the mining industry and government to lean into... 

HARD CHANGES NEEDED

COAL CATACLYSM

By: Martin Creamer     22nd April 2016 This Somerville Central coal mine is one of the six Indiana coal mines of Peabody Energy Corporation of the US, which this month filed for bankruptcy in the face of massive debt, compounded by its 2011 acquisition of the $5.2-billion McArthur Coal in Australia. Although the Australian operations... 

COAL CATACLYSM

THE BIG AND THE SMALL

By: Martin Creamer     15th April 2016 Big dump trucks operate alongside small roadway hardeners at the Chernigovsky opencast coal mine, outside the town of Beryozovsky, in the Kemerovo region of Siberia, Russia. The opencast colliery is owned and operated by SDS-Coal, which reportedly supplies Russian and foreign markets with coking... 

THE BIG AND THE SMALL

FUEL CELL FEVER

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2016 Jubilant Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is flanked by Gauteng Premier David Makhura (right) and Impala Platinum (Implats) CEO Terence Goodlace at the launching of platinum-using mobile fuel cells at the Implats refineries on the East Rand. The platinum-mining company is also... 

FUEL CELL FEVER

COPPER CONVOLUTION

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2016 This scale model shows the web of underground tunnels that provide access to copper ore at the Nchanga copper mine in Chingola, Zambia. The operation forms part of Konkola, a unit of the London-listed Vedanta Resources. Konkola mines collectively produce two-million tonnes of copper ore a year... 

COPPER CONVOLUTION

COUNTRY CALL

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2016 Patrice Motsepe, above, last week called on all South Africans, irrespective of political persuasion, to close ranks around economic growth. The African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson urged that in cases where extreme politics stood in the way of economic well being, they should be... 

COUNTRY CALL
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