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Photo of Week

ARC OF DEPERATION:

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2018 An underground miner in El Callao, Venezuela's capital of legal and illegal gold mining in the Arco Minero del Orinoco, which concerned observers have dubbed the Arc of Desperation. It is a region where soldiers keep watch behind sandbags or roam with balaclava-covered faces and rifles in hand.... 

ARC OF DEPERATION:

PITS AND PASSAGES:

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2018 Makeshift tents dot this excavation at Kasulo township, Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where artisanal mining under houses, schools and churches is not uncommon. Shovels consistently strike the hard silvery-white veins of cobalt, used in rechargeable batteries to power Apple... 

PITS AND PASSAGES:

RUSSIA'S RISE:

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2018 Iron-ore is piled colourfully at a mine in Russia, where iron-ore production is expected to grow to 115.1-million tonnes a year in the next two years, according to Timetric’s ‘Iron-Ore Mining in Russia to 2020‘, which highlights Russia’s 25-billion-tonne iron-ore reserve. Iron-ore producers in... 

RUSSIA'S RISE:

CHARTER BARTER

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2018 CHARTER BARTER: Newly Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, in his first media conference last week, emphasised that government would not begin developing the new Mining Charter from scratch, despite criticism from various organisations. He said that Mining Charter 3 would be the basis of... 

CHARTER BARTER

SPARKLING SHORELINE:

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2018 This diamond mining activity is located very close to the Atlantic shoreline on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, which is diamondiferous. Diamonds can be found on the beach and diamond mining areas along Namibia's shoreline are thus off limits to the public. 

SPARKLING SHORELINE:

VALUE-ADDING THRUST:

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 Kazakhstan-focused miner Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) plans to double aluminium output in three years to lessen dependence on lower-value alumina sales to Russia's Rusal. In this picture, a worker oversees molten aluminium being poured at ERG's Kazakhstan Aluminium Smelter JSC factory in... 

VALUE-ADDING THRUST:

REMEMBERING THE DEAD:

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2018 Mock coffins, symbolising the 65 miners that died in an explosion at Grupo Mexico's Pasta de Conchos coal mine, are displayed at the Angel of the Independence monument during a protest in Mexico City to mark the 12th anniversary of the disaster, which occurred in the early hours of the morning in... 

REMEMBERING THE DEAD:

CHROME CONTENDER:

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2018 Johannesburg-listed platinum explorer and chrome-ore miner Bauba last week officially embarked on the underground development phase of its Moeijelijk chrome mine, in Limpopo. Bauba CEO Nick van der Hoven told Mining Weekly that he expected the mine to be close to full production by December,... 

CHROME CONTENDER:

HAPPY HOUSING

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2018 Northam Platinum independent nonexecutive director Emily Kgosi plants a tree at one of the wonderful houses that Northam Platinum has built in the town of Northam. Looking on is Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne, who last week hosted a media visit, that included Mining Weekly, to this happy housing... 

HAPPY HOUSING

FOREIGN EXCHANGE GUSHER:

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2018 The Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), shown above, has five tandem tipplers that offloaded 5 500 t of South African-mined coal an hour from 27 trains that called at the private-sector terminal daily in 2017. Seven stacker reclaimers, two stackers and one reclaimer piled up and recovered 42... 

FOREIGN EXCHANGE GUSHER:

MARIKANA MINING

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2018 Platinum-group metals (PGMs) and chrome coproducer Tharisa Minerals last week hosted a media briefing at the Tharisa Mine, a large shallow 17-year-life open pit and a future 40-year underground mine at Marikana, in North West. The first mining rights were granted in 2008, the year of the global... 

MARIKANA MINING

KEEPING MINING AT BAY:

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2018 Colombia president Juan Manuel Santos is seen waving his way to the signing of an environmental land protection order at the Loma Seca Military Base in Codazzi, Colombia. The order protects the lands inside the region's northern Andean ecosystem from mining and agriculture. The area serves as a... 

KEEPING MINING AT BAY:

LEADERSHIP DETERMINATION:

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 LEADERSHIP DETERMINATION: The message that South Africa’s Deputy President and newly-elected African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has for the world is that South Africa should be viewed in a “new way”. He is intent on leading South Africa away from low economic growth towards... 

LEADERSHIP DETERMINATION:

COAL DEATHS:

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2018 People shout slogans during a protest over two brothers dying while working clandestinely 80 m below surface in an abandoned underground coal-mine in Jerada, a Moroccan city that has been dependent on coal mining since the 1920s. State coal mines employed thousands until rising operational costs... 

COAL DEATHS:

NEW RIO CHAIR

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2017 Former Anglo American executive director Simon Thompson, 58, has been appointed chairperson of diversified mining company Rio Tinto, where he has served as a director since 2014. Thompson will from March 5 succeed South African-born Jan du Plessis, who held the post since 2009. The outgoing... 

NEW RIO CHAIR

LIQUID LITHIUM

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2017 Australian mining company Orocobre extracts lithium needed in electric car batteries from this giant pool of turquoise-coloured brine at a salt pan in Argentina. The Australian company is one of several lithium producers stepping up investment in Argentina amid expectations that President... 

LIQUID LITHIUM

BROKEN HEARTED PEOPLE

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2017 BHP Billiton has come under pressure from activist shareholders, including fund manager Elliot, which has demanded strategic changes to set the company on a more rewarding course. Other critical shareholders have denigrated the first three letters of the acronym for Broken Hill Proprietary, the... 

BROKEN HEARTED PEOPLE

RUSSIAN POTASH MINING:

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2017 A mineworker measures the concentration of harmful gases in the Usolskiy underground potash mine at Verkhnekamskoe in Russia. The mine is operated by EuroChem, which is owned by Russian commodities tycoon Andrey Melnichenko, who is spending $6-billion on the extraction of the reddish mineral that... 

RUSSIAN POTASH MINING:

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
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