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Cover Story

Fatality figures falling each year as SA mining sector targets 'zero harm'

By: Dylan SlaterAs the yearly recorded number of mining injuries and fatalities continues to decrease, albeit at a slower pace in 2016, compared with previous years, the focus of the industry shifts once again to renewed efforts to bring the number of fatalities to zero.  

Fatality figures falling each year as SA mining sector targets 'zero harm'

Editorial Insight

Mining setting out to spread its benefits to maximum number of people

By: Martin CreamerThere are many initiatives on the go at the moment that show the willingness of the mining sector to spread its benefits as far and as wide as possible for the benefit of a maximum number of people – and to hurt as few as possible Many mining visions are being enunciated to goad mining towards... 

Mining setting out to spread its benefits to maximum number of people

News & Insight

Acid mine drainage in Wits basins comes under the spotlight in new book

By: Dylan SlaterA research-based book, titled, Acid Mine Drainage in South Africa, which focuses on acid mine drainage (AMD) within the Western, Central and Eastern basins of the broader Witwatersrand basin, was launched at Unisa’s Muckleneuck campus, in Pretoria, earlier this month.  

Acid mine drainage in Wits basins comes under the spotlight in new book

Global mining-sector resurgence predicted

By: Ilan SolomonsGiven that the global economy is expected to grow by 3.4% this year and 3.5% in 2018, the health of global macroeconomics is good, which bodes well for a resurgence in the global mining industry during the course of this year. This is according to Standard Bank mining and metals research head Tim... 

Global mining-sector resurgence predicted

Mines could reap significant savings by incorporating renewables into their energy mix

By: Dylan SlaterRenewable-energy systems, including solar photovoltaic (PV) power, hold significant benefits for mining operations in sub-Saharan Africa, says renewable-energy solutions company juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin.  

South African gold production remained flat in 2016 – WGC

By: David OliveiraDespite generous mineral reserves and high-grade orebodies, South Africa’s gold mining industry continues to see the sparkle it once held as the best gold producer in the world, dimming, having seen steadily declining production figures in recent years, positioning it in sixth place in 2015,... 

Uranium prices ‘are turning the corner’ – Canadian developer

By: Ilan SolomonsDespite the uranium prices remaining weak, Canadian mineral resources company GoviEx Uranium CEO Daniel Major believes that they are turning the corner and is optimistic about more price improvements. Speaking to Mining Weekly on the sidelines of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, last week,... 

Uranium prices ‘are turning the corner’ – Canadian developer

Vale’s Moatize coal operation benefiting from increased production and transport capacity

By: Keith CampbellProduction at the Moatize coal mine, owned by Brazilian mining major Vale and located in the Tete province of Mozambique, hit a record of 5.5-million tons last year, 500 000 t (or 10.7%) higher than in 2015. This was composed of 3.5-million tons of metallurgical – or coking – coal and 2-million... 

Zambia dumps copper concentrate import tariff

By: Ilan SolomonsThe Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM) has welcomed the removal of 7.5% import duty on copper concentrates following a recent statement by Finance Minister Felix Mutati. This was preceded by months of mining companies voicing concern about the impact that the imposition of the duty would have on the... 

Zambia dumps copper concentrate import tariff

Photo of the Week


By: Martin CreamerAnglo 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... 



Setting the record straight on discovery of diamonds

By: Jade Davenport, South Africa's mining history is tainted with a multitude of misconceptions, fallacies and misnomers. One of the most glaring is the notion that the Eureka Diamond, the 'first' precious stone to be discovered in South Africa, was found during the course of 1867. Indeed, this fallacy has become... 

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