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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:

WESTERN CAPE QUARRY:

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2018 The 60-year-old AfriSam Peninsula Quarry, in Killarney, Cape Farms, uses drill and blast methods to mine greywacke stone, which is processed at the plant using mainly jaw and two cone crushers to produce a range of concrete aggregates for the Western Cape region. The quarry, which exposes the... 

WESTERN CAPE QUARRY:

ARTISANAL GOLD MINING:

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 ARTISANAL GOLD MINING: Artisanal mining activity at Makala gold camp near the town of Mongbwalu in Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A big part of the community programmes of some major mining companies operating in the DRC is to offer alternative livelihood... 

ARTISANAL GOLD MINING:

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
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