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NEW GOLD PROCESING PLANT:

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2018 The Springs-based Modder East operation of gold miner Gold One International unveiled its new R100-million processing plant expansion on November 23. The bankable feasibility study for the mine had expected it to produce 70 000 t/m, producing just over a million ounces over a nine-year life, with... 

NEW GOLD PROCESING PLANT:

COAL COLLECTION:

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2018 A coal stockpile at the newly opened Khanye Colliery, which has reserves of 39-million tonnes and which plans to produce 2.8-million tonnes a year of coal over the next 15 years. Khanye forms part of the four-operation Canyon Coal group and offers a sub-bituminous product to both domestic and... 

COAL COLLECTION:

SCHEDULE SLIPPAGE:

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2018 Challenging ground conditions and shaft completion delays during the $5.3-billion underground development at the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia, have resulted in a nine-month schedule setback. Rio Tinto’s Turquoise Hill, which owns 66% of the mine and Mongolia government the remaining... 

SCHEDULE SLIPPAGE:

COLLIERY CONFETTI:

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe (third from left) this month officiated at the opening of Canyon Coal’s new Khanye colliery, in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng. Khanye, which has a 39-million-tonne coal reserve, is expected to produce 2.8-million tonnes a year of coal over a 16-year mine... 

COLLIERY CONFETTI:

NIOBIUM CHAMPION:

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2018 NIOBIUM CHAMPION: Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro has put a lot of store on niobium, used to make steel stronger and lighter. Brazil accounts for more than 80% of the world’s supply of niobium and so smitten is Bolsonaro with niobium that he produced a 20-minute YouTube video touting its... 

NIOBIUM CHAMPION:

WATER FIGHT

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2018 Brine pools from a lithium mine belonging to US-based Albermarle Corp is seen in Chile’s Atacama salt flat. The mine is located only 5 km from a mine belonging to Chilean company SQM. Earlier this year, in celebrating contracts with Chile’s government that will allow them to vastly increase... 

WATER FIGHT

CONSTRUCTIVE NEW APPROACH:

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2018 This friendly handshake between Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe (left) and Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter (right) symbolises the constructive new ‘South-Africa-first’ approach of the public and private sectors to mining. Incorrect policy has been the main cause of reducing... 

CONSTRUCTIVE NEW APPROACH:

OPENCAST MINE EVOKES PROTEST

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2018 An aerial view of the Hambach opencast lignite mine near the German town of Kerpen-Buir, west of Cologne, which protesting activists say threatens the Hambach forest, the home to a number of endangered species. Cries of protest erupted in the Cologne Administrative Court earlier this month after... 

OPENCAST MINE EVOKES PROTEST

ENERGY SHOWDOWN:

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 Thousands of German protesters faced off with police last month to stop giant excavators like this one at the RWE lignite mine in Hambach from further diminishing the area’s 1 200-year-old forest. Demand for coal and lignite has intensified following the government’s decision to phase out nuclear... 

ENERGY SHOWDOWN:

FROM COAL MINE TO HYDROPOWER STATION:

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 Coal mining is all but over at the 150-year-old Prosper Haniel anthracite mine in Bottrop, Germany, now earmarked for pumped storage electricity generation. When the sun is shining or the wind is blowing, excess renewable energy will be used to pump the mine’s underground water to surface for... 

FROM COAL MINE TO HYDROPOWER STATION:

ELECTRA INNOVATION WINNER:

By: Dylan Slater     28th September 2018 The winner of the International Innovator Mechanical Award at the 2018 Electra Mining Africa exhibition for its gravity assist system was Canadian independent tyre dealer Kal Tire. The system’s mechanical arm allows technicians weightlessly, precisely and safely to manoeuvre tools and parts on... 

ELECTRA INNOVATION WINNER:

ELECTRA MINING WINNER:

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 Johannesburg-based mining supplier Afri-Tech was crowned the South African Innovation prizewinner as well as the overall innovative product winner at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2018 exhibition for the company's forced ejection nozzle technology. The locally manufactured Power Nozzle is... 

ELECTRA MINING WINNER:

HEADGEAR DOMINANCE:

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2018 HEADGEAR DOMINANCE: Headgears in dominant setting at Pan African Resource’s Evander Gold Mine, close to where the new 400-job Elikhulu retreatment plant is recovering 55 000 oz of gold a year from tailings. The plant uses a carbon-in-leach circuit with a proprietary pre-oxidation process. The... 

HEADGEAR DOMINANCE:

NEW TRAINING CENTRE:

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, accompanied by Sepfluor CEO Rob Wagner on the extreme right, walks through the newly opened 2 400 m2 Dr Lelau Mohuba Training Centre, near Rust de Winter, in Gauteng, which was built and equipped in seven months at a cost of R17-million. Sepfluor’s... 

NEW TRAINING CENTRE:

HIGH MARGIN GOLD

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2018 Pan African Resource's Evander Gold Mine, in Mpumalanga, poured its first gold obtained through its newly commissioned Elikhulu tailings retreatment project on August 16. The R1.74-billion project uses a conventional carbon-in-leach circuit with a proprietary pre-oxidation process through which... 

HIGH MARGIN GOLD

SOUTH AFRICAN MINE INVESTMENT DOWN UNDER:

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2018 Construction cranes stand at the site of the processing plant at the Gruyere gold venture, in eastern Yilgarn, Australia, a 50-50 partnership between Gold Road Resources of Perth and Gold Fields of Johannesburg. Production at this 13-year life-of-mine is due to begin in the middle of next year,... 

SOUTH AFRICAN MINE INVESTMENT DOWN UNDER:

CHROME-RICH ZIMBABWE

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2018 This chrome processing plant, 50 km outside Kwekwe, in Zimbabwe, requires no electricity to increase the economic value of the country’s chromite endowment by producing an ultra-low carbon high grade product used in stainless steel. With global demand for stainless steel growing steadily, hopes... 

CHROME-RICH ZIMBABWE

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. 

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