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Govt commits billions for revitalisation of mining-dependent communities

By: Ilan SolomonsJohannesburg is a prime example of a gold mining community that has diversified its economy successfully from reliance on mining to becoming an “economic powerhouse” on the African continent over the past 100 years, states Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation revitalisation of... 

Govt commits billions for revitalisation of mining-dependent communities

Editorial Insight

Platinum fuel cell investment, new govt backing imminent, timeline for Platinum Valley

By: Martin CreamerAnglo American Platinum is investing to platinum fuel cell economics; new government fuel cell backing is believed to be imminent; and the special economic zone for platinum now has a 2016 timeline.  

Platinum fuel cell investment, new govt backing imminent, timeline for Platinum Valley

News & Insight

2015 fatality rate the lowest ever, occupational disease incidence down 3%

By: Ilan SolomonsIn 2015 South Africa recorded its lowest-ever number of mine fatalities - 77, down from 84 the year before, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane revealed on Thursday. Gold mines reported 33 fatalities in 2015 – an improvement on the 44 fatalities the year before; however, the number of... 

2015 fatality rate the lowest ever, occupational disease incidence down 3%

Ferrochrome price nears bottom, but no improvement expected just yet – analyst

By: Ilan Solomons     Updated -2729 minutes agoThe ferrochrome market is nearing the bottom of the cycle. This is evidenced by the fact that the latest price contractions have resulted in closures across the supply chain, states mining consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. She notes that stainless steel production during quarter four of... 

Ferrochrome price nears bottom, but no improvement  expected just yet – analyst

Fossil Fuel Foundation establishing professional development centre

By: Mia BreytenbachThe Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) has embarked on the development of a formal educational and training section, the Professional Development Centre, which seeks to provide for the needs of new players to the coal, carbon and related industries as well as update existing industry players on... 

Fossil Fuel Foundation establishing professional development centre

Importance of social, labour plans stressed

By: Anine KilianEconomic challenges, coupled with the downturn in commodity prices, have recently resulted in many job losses in the mining sector, economic development services company EDS executive director Ugeshree Thakurpersad tells Mining Weekly. Another consequence of the downturn, is that mining companies... 

Mineral sands miner hands over resource centre to Western Cape community

By: David OliveiraAustralia-based miner Mineral Sands Resources (MSR), which owns and operates the Tormin Mine near Vredendal, in the Western Cape, celebrated the launch and official handover of a resource centre to the local Koekenaap School and community last month.      The centre consists of a computer... 

New machine to recycle SA’s waste mining tyre stockpiles

By: Mia BreytenbachVanderbijlpark-based machine building company Nicaud Trading has developed a tyre-recycling shredder to process and recycle waste off-the-road (OTR) tyres for the local mining industry. In joint venture (JV) with newly formed recycling company Kabusha OTR this will result in a solution to the... 

New machine to recycle SA’s waste mining tyre stockpiles

Preliminary results of Joburg seismic study expected in March

By: David OliveiraThe preliminary results of the Council for Geoscience’s (CGS’s) seismic microzonation model for Johannesburg are expected to be released by the end of March this year CGS microzonation project manager Michelle Grobbelaar tells Mining Weekly. The seismic microzonation model for Johannesburg... 

Satellite imagery to assist in monitoring illegal mining activities

By: Ilan SolomonsMonitoring abandoned mines and illegal mining activities using satellite imagery is now possible, says remediation services provider and subsidiary of the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action, Crosstech director Hansjörg Eberle. Crosstech, as part of the Swiss consortium that also includes software... 

Satellite imagery to assist in monitoring illegal mining activities

Zimbabwe’s gold production up 33.8% to 18.6 t

By: Oscar NkalaZimbabwe produced 18.6  of gold in 2015, a 33.8% increase on the 13.9 t produced in 2014, according to the country's principal gold buyer and refiner, Fidelity Refiners & Printers. Last year's output was also 2 t higher that the target set by the country's gold producers. Early in 2015, the... 

Mine Profile

Manaila mine

By: Sheila BarradasA polymetallic mine located in Suceava County, in northern Romania, 26 km from the town of Iacobeni. 

Manaila mine

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ADDING TO THE COAL GLUT

By: Martin CreamerColombia Mines Minister Tomas Gonzalez Estrada, who told reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos that his country’s answer to the global over-supply of coal is to produce more coal. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers again attended the... 

ADDING TO THE COAL GLUT

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