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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

BUFFALO SOLDIER

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2017 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith, who appeared at last month’s presentation of results in a wheelchair, was injured by a Cape buffalo while on vacation, the company has told Reuters. "While he was on holiday, he had an encounter with a buffalo and sustained injuries,” the... 

BUFFALO SOLDIER

'CAPITAL HAS NO COLOUR'

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2017 Speaking at last week’s Investing in African Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town, Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani, above, advocated a new future for mining, through innovation, more resilience and, in South Africa in particular, a recognition that “capital has no colour”. Cutifani said many did... 

'CAPITAL HAS NO COLOUR'

COAL SHIPLOADER FOR SOUTH AFRICA

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2017 The 40-year-old Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) is in the midst of a R1.4-billion equipment-replacement project, which remains on time and on budget for completion in January 2018. RBCT engineering and project manager Bill Murphy assures Mining Weekly that the installation of the new equipment... 

COAL SHIPLOADER FOR SOUTH AFRICA

DIGITAL TWINNING

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2017 Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama (left) and GE CEO Jeff Immelt (right) are seen at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, where they spelt out their joint realigning of strategies towards digitisation, which they see as a driver of major growth on the African continent. GE has repositioned itself... 

DIGITAL TWINNING

POST MARIKANA MEASURES

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2017 A pensive Lonmin CEO Ben Magara, pictured at last week’s media conference, where he outlined the many measures that his London- and Johannesburg-listed platinum-mining company has taken since the tragic killing of 44 miners by police at the company’s Marikana mine in 2012. In addition to a... 

POST MARIKANA MEASURES

WHITE PETROL

     20th January 2017 The first tonnage of lithium carbonate has been extracted from the Uyuni salt flats of Bolivia, which is aspiring to become a major exporter of lithium, a commodity dubbed ‘white petrol’ because of the role it plays in powering electric cars. Bolivia aims to ship 10 000 t of lithium carbonate by... 

WHITE PETROL

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
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