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New sanctions could cripple reclusive North Korea’s mining sector

By: Ilan SolomonsNew sanctions on North Korea imposed by the United Nations (UN) and the US in March for allegedly undertaking nuclear and ballistic missile tests earlier this year will affect the country’s mineral resources sector. North Korea – officially named the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)... 

New sanctions could cripple reclusive North Korea’s mining sector

Editorial Insight

It’s time for predictability, consistency, integrity with an end to policy somersaulting

By: Martin CreamerThe South African mining industry is now significantly smaller than in it was in 1994. Mining Ministers have come and gone. As one Minister becomes familiar with the territory, another comes in cold and begins afresh. Each has promised predictability and consistency but none has delivered any. 

It’s time for predictability, consistency, integrity with an end to policy somersaulting

News & Insight

2016 platinum deficit estimate revised upwards to 455 000 oz

By: Ilan SolomonsLower supply of and higher demand for platinum are expected to lead to a 455 000 oz deficit this year, compared with the 135 000 oz deficit previously anticipated. Total supply was forecast to decrease 1% to 7.8-million ounces this year, from 7.9-million ounces in 2015, owing to lower refined... 

2016 platinum deficit estimate revised upwards to 455 000 oz

After topping 14% in early 2015, women representation in South Africa’s mining industry now 10%

By: Ilan SolomonsWithin the top 500 JSE-listed companies in South Africa, women make up 21% of the boards of these companies, which is the highest percentage of women on boards worldwide, noted volunteer nonprofit organisation Women in Mining South Africa chairperson Noleen Pauls. Pauls, who is also a geology... 

After topping 14% in early 2015, women representation  in South Africa’s mining industry now 10%

Black Business Council throws weight behind draft Mining Charter

By: Ilan SolomonsThe Black Business Council (BBC) national council has reaffirmed its support for the draft amended Mining Charter as the council said it had eliminated the issue of ‘once empowered always empowered’ from the charter. BBC CEO Mohale Ralebitso said that the ‘once empowered always empowered’... 

Black Business Council throws weight behind draft Mining Charter

Companies in partnership to enhance gold recovery, enviro remediation

By: Mia BreytenbachLocal mining and raw material processing firm Ncamiso Mining has collaborated with ASX-listed mining company Mintails Mining SA-Mogale Gold to carry out vital services to ensure maximum gold recovery and environmental remediation. Ncamiso specialises in screening gold from material that would... 

Companies in partnership to enhance gold recovery, enviro remediation

Half of SA mining companies lossmaking, says Chamber of Mines

By: Ilan SolomonsChamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter has said the chamber’s members had experienced progressively weakening commodity prices, rapidly rising costs, falling productivity and some regulatory issues that challenged their ability to sustain operations and to maintain employment levels. “With an... 

Half of SA mining companies lossmaking,  says Chamber of Mines

Local manufacturer showcases equipment in Russia

By: Dylan SlaterJohannesburg-based equipment manufacturer Osborn attended the Mining World Russia exhibition last month to showcase its range of South African-designed and manufactured equipment.  

Local manufacturer showcases equipment in Russia

Mine closure, rehabilitation getting more attention from regulators

By: David OliveiraGlobally, the mining industry was resistant to mine closure and rehabilitation, said University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry director professor Caroline Digby. Speaking at the Centre for Environmental Rights seminar on mine closure and... 

Mine closure, rehabilitation getting more attention from regulators

Mozambique seeks to handle commodity price falls and secret debt crisis

By: Keith CampbellA Mozambican government minister has called on mining companies working in the country to focus on the future as it battles though the current economic downturn. Justice Minister Isaque Chande urged them to plan and execute structural measures to secure their investments. He was speaking at a... 

New sanctions could cripple reclusive North Korea’s mining sector

By: Ilan SolomonsNew sanctions on North Korea imposed by the United Nations (UN) and the US in March for allegedly undertaking nuclear and ballistic missile tests earlier this year will affect the country’s mineral resources sector. North Korea – officially named the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)... 

New sanctions could cripple reclusive North Korea’s mining sector

Peregrine Diamonds starts core drilling at Botswana prospect

By: Mia BreytenbachCore drilling has started this month at TSX-listed explorer Peregrine Diamonds’ 100%-owned Sikwane project in Botswana. Peregrine’s primary assets in Botswana include 11 prospective diamond prospecting licences that cover 6 613 km2. In expanding its land position in Botswana, Peregrine has... 

Re-elected CoM president rejects ‘sunset industry’ tag for SA mining

By: Ilan SolomonsSouth African mining is certainly not a sunset industry. The country’s 130-year-old gold mining sector for instance has huge potential for the future with the promising research and development into new mining methods, which itself can spawn a new set of industries, as it did 100 years ago. This... 

Re-elected CoM president rejects ‘sunset industry’ tag for SA mining

Mine Profile

Olympic Dam mine, Australia

By: Sheila BarradasA copper and uranium mine located 560 km north-west of Adelaide, in South Australia. 

Olympic Dam mine, Australia

Photo of the Week

LONG ROAD TO WATER FREEDOM

By: Martin CreamerSouth Africa’s Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has been tasked with implementing what Water Minister Nomvula Mokonyane (centre) described as the long-term solution for turning acid mine drainage (AMD) into safe drinking water. TCTA AMD project manager Craig Hasenjager is seen leading the... 

LONG ROAD TO WATER FREEDOM

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