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War for talent in mining just heating up – EY

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 4 hours ago With many a miner’s focus firmly trained on cost cutting and productivity, companies must not neglect talent management, professional services firm EY said on Wednesday. The end of the mining boom did not mean victory in the “war for talent”, according to a new EY report. Instead, EY said it was... 

RoF access route land squabble headed to Court of Appeal

By: Henry Lazenby Prospective Ring of Fire (RoF) miners KWG Resources and Cliffs Natural Resources have been given the green light to take their quarrel over the right of way over an isthmus, narrow strip of land, connecting the remote Northern Ontario mining camp with the outside world to the Court of Appeal for... 

Mining boosts world’s poorest regions – ICMM

By: Martin Creamer The global mining industry makes its biggest contribution in the world’s poorest regions, an International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) study has found. The study, which became available in published form on Tuesday, finds that mining spurs the growth and development of national economies... 

Mining boosts world’s poorest regions – ICMM
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Anthony Hodge

Seabridge Gold appoints independent panel to advise on KSM

By: Henry Lazenby British Columbia-focused project developer Seabridge Gold has established an independent geotechnical review board (IGRB) to review and consider its KSM project's tailings management facility (TMF) and water-storage dam (WSD), focusing on their structural stability and integrity. The IGRB would... 

Mine project successes lead to significant client base, follow-on work

By: Mia Breytenbach Having noted the significant achievements and success of its involvement in several significant mining mega-projects in 2014, project management firm SSG Consulting says all these projects have resulted in follow-on work and the gaining of significant clients in mining-related industries. These... 

Mine project successes lead to significant client base, follow-on work
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Software solutions provider to launch new products

By: Bruce Montiea Mining software solutions and services provider MICROMINE Africa will launch the latest versions of its mining operations and geological data solutions, Pitram 2015 and Geobank Mobile 2, at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the Cape Town International... 

Software solutions provider to launch new products
ON SCREEN MICROMINE Africa’s stand at the Investing in African Mining Indaba will be manned by knowledgeable consultants who are able to demonstrate the company’s suite of solutions

Mining companies urged to take a stand – Divinsky Group

By: Simon Rees Mining has an image problem; it is seen by many in the public as untrustworthy, uncaring and, on occasion, unscrupulous. This is confirmed by polling data, such as the 2014 Edelman trust barometer, where mining came third from the bottom in trustworthiness. Only the chemicals and oil sectors... 

Despite vanadium price falling to 5yr low, Largo proceeds with ramp-up

By: Henry Lazenby Despite the price of vanadium having fallen below the historic floor of $5/lb, market entrant Largo Resources on Friday reported that it was making progress at ramping-up its Maracas Menchen mine, in Brazil, saying it believed that current pricing was unsustainable in the long run. Vanadium... 

Despite vanadium price falling to 5yr low, Largo proceeds with ramp-up

Mining sector will find reward by addressing risk

By: Simon Rees Consider the resource supercycle; it was a once-in-a-generation event driven by China becoming the world’s workshop. The country’s demand for commodities seemed insatiable and pushed many metal and mineral prices to historic highs. The mantra for most mining seniors became “big is beautiful” and... 

Underground mining platform most active shaft sinker outside China

With 22 active shaft projects under way globally, construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts’ underground mining platform is ranked the most active shaft sinking group in the world, outside of China, says Murray & Roberts Cementation business development executive Allan Widlake. The... 

To survive miners need to deftly balance short-term hopes with long-term business needs

By: Henry Lazenby To remain viable into the future, mining companies need have to become more adept at balancing short-term investor expectations with long-term business imperatives, while dealing with challenging market conditions, including price volatility, geopolitical turmoil, rising costs, declining grades... 

Canadian oil firms rein in spending as oil price craters

By: Henry Lazenby Companies focused on Canada’s oil patch in Alberta are facing tough times ahead should the cratering oil price remain below forecasts for a prolonged time. The latest firm to prune back investment spending in its 2015 budget was Canada’s largest oil and gas company Suncor Energy, which lopped... 

Canadian oil firms rein in spending as oil price craters

Mexican Penoles' mine may not produce for up to 6 months – union

By: Reuters Mexican miner Penoles' flooded Naica lead, silver and zinc deposit might not be operational for up to six months, a union mine official said on Friday, although the company had no estimate on when production would resume. The mine in the northern state of Chihuahua was flooded on January 1 and... 

Despite lifting rare earths export quotas, China could still manipulate market

By: Henry Lazenby In the wake of recently lifting rare earths export quotas, China, the world’s largest producer of the specialty metals, is still expected to manipulate the global market through other means, favouring instead preferential treatment of domestic producers as it strives to create an economy based on... 

Despite lifting rare earths export quotas, China could still manipulate market

Focus Graphite reports potential arrangement for 12% of Lac Knife financing

By: Henry Lazenby Emerging Canadian graphite producer Focus Graphite this week announced that Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation had expressed formal interest to further evaluate the company's Lac Knife project to provide Focus with a financing solution that could account for 12% of the Lac Knife project's... 

Canadian mining employers expect increased business activity – survey

By: Henry Lazenby More than half of Canadian mining and resource employers expect to grow their business in 2015 but only one-third intend to boost their permanent headcount, a recent survey has found. The fifth yearly ‘Hays Canada Salary Guide’ revealed that despite the mining industry having had to adjust hiring... 

Canadian mining employers expect increased business activity – survey

Weak commodities pummel Australian shares, NZ scales new heights

By: Reuters Australian shares retreated on Tuesday as commodity prices fell, while New Zealand stocks set a fresh record high. Trading volume is likely to remain thin this week with many investors away for New Year holidays. The market will be closed on Thursday. 

Weak commodities pummel Australian shares, NZ scales new heights

Has China reached peak graphite? – Benchmark Mineral Intelligence 

By: Creamer Media Reporter According to a report released this week by London-based Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, China’s share of global natural graphite output will fall by 15% this year to levels not seen since the mid-1990s, when the country began exporting to international markets. This year alone the country’s... 

Education at the heart of DRA’s corporate social investment

By: Mariaan Webb Recognising the need for a constant supply of well-qualified, locally educated graduate engineers and scientists to recruit from, DRA has placed education at the heart of its corporate social investment (CSI) programme, with 26 local nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) benefiting from its... 

Maintenance specialist upbeat about 2014 contract renewals

By: Mariaan Webb Outsourced plant operations and maintenance specialist Minopex, a member of the DRA Group, has been awarded three contract renewals in 2014, which MD Gerhard Hendriksz says is indicative of the value-add service that the company offers. 

Mining division expanding again

By: Mariaan Webb DRA Mining – a division offering specialised mining services and total mining service solutions – is bouncing back after the South African mining industry took a knock in the post-Marikana environment. 

Mining division expanding again
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DRA director responsible for the mining division, Neale Goddard

Mining downturn threatens to erode local talent pool

By: Mariaan Webb Slow growth in the South African mining industry is threatening to erode the availability of critical skills in the local industry, as experienced engineers turn to other emerging and faster-growing industries for work opportunities. 

Mining downturn threatens to erode  local talent pool
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DRA CEO Paul Thomson

New Oman office already bringing in leads

By: Mariaan Webb Having already established a strong foothold in sub-Saharan Africa, Johannesburg-headquartered  

New Oman office already bringing in leads
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DRA COO Michiel van Niekerk

Refurbished winders attractive alternative

By: Mariaan Webb Refurbishing existing mine winders remains a popular practice in the mining industry, with DRA’s specialist consultant winder systems team reporting that the majority of its clients choose refurbished equipment where possible, owing to significant cost and time savings. 

Refurbished winders attractive alternative
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DRA director responsible for the winder systems business, Graham du Plessis

Thompson Creek to suspend Endako mine operations

By: Henry Lazenby Denver, Colorado-based Thompson Creek Metals would suspend operations at its Endako molybdenum mine, in British Columbia, at the end of the month, as a result of the continued weakness in the molybdenum market. The NYSE- and TSX-listed miner said that about half of its salaried employees at the... 

Alliance formed to develop mine-to-market manganese-based batteries

By: Henry Lazenby Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Star Minerals Group has joined forces with Cooperative Mineral Resources (CMR) of Brainerd, in Minnesota, and Octopus Technologies (OTI) of Vancouver, in British Columbia, to develop a mine-to-market manganese-based battery technology. Star is a junior mining... 

Despite delays, Largo Resources’ vanadium output gathers pace

By: Henry Lazenby Vanadium producer Largo Resources this week said despite minor challenges, output at its Maracas Menchen mine, in Brazil, was gathering pace, with the project operating at between 45% and 65% of capacity. Largo started vanadium production in August and output rates rose steadily up to November,... 

Western Lithium USA ready to ramp up production

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian firm Western Lithium USA has completed all safety inspections at its Fernley, Nevada, Hectatone organoclay plant and received its business licence on Tuesday, paving the way for it to start operations. The TSX-listed firm in October ceremoniously cut the ribbon to its Hectatone... 

Toronto-listed miners faced tough but improved conditions over 2014 

By: Simon Rees The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Toronto Venture Exchange (TSX-V) witnessed an improved level of financings across 2014, while the avalanche of companies predicted to delist failed to materialise, TMX head, business development, global mining TSX and TSXV Carlos Espinosa told members of the... 

Toronto-listed miners faced tough but improved conditions over 2014

Indian miner plans Mozambique power station as study into network is almost complete

By: Keith Campbell Indian company International Coal Ventures Limited (ICVL) has despatched its first shipment of coal from its recently acquired Benga mine in Mozambique to India. This shipment was composed of metallurgical or coking coal and was sent to the Steel Authority of India (SAIL). This was revealed to... 

Modular Mining Systems honours Palabora Copper for using its solutions for 30 years

By: Chantelle Kotze Mine management solutions provider Modular Mining Systems last month presented a long-term client service award to refined copper producer Palabora Copper (PC), a subsidiary of Palabora Mining Company (PMC), which extracts and beneficiates copper and other by-products in the Ba-Phalaborwa area,... 

Modular Mining Systems honours Palabora Copper  for using its solutions for 30 years
AWARD HANDOVER Palabora Copper mining division GM Johan van Dyk with the client achievement award presented to it by Modular Mining Systems on October 29, 2014
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