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Cover Story

Proponents see glistening future in seabed mining, but environmentalists fret

By: Megan van WyngaardtWith the current known mineral deposits on land increasingly being depleted globally, necessitating greater exploration, interest in the prevalence of deep-sea minerals is growing as mining companies look for future sources to exploit. “The ocean is where future resources exist,” India Council of... 

Proponents see glistening future in seabed mining,  but environmentalists fret

Editorial Insight

Mining’s role as economic transformation lever must be used to the full

By: Martin CreamerFor the past century, the view of mining by the governments of Africa has been deficient as it prioritised rent maximisation and ignored mining's innate ability to function as a powerful lever for structural economic transformation.  Rightfully, this point is being emphasised by the African... 

Mining’s role as economic transformation lever must  be used to the full

News & Insight

Explosives innovation helping to drive mining costs down – new report

By: David OliveiraSteady technological advancements in the mining industry are reducing mining costs, improving blasting efficiencies and driving explosives sales, thereby boosting growth in the South African mining explosives market, new analysis from market research company Frost & Sullivan finds. ‘The Mining... 

Five PhD students graduate from Wits mining engineering school

By: Dylan SlaterBuilding on its focus of high-level research and innovation for the mining sector, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering has had another productive year with the graduation of five doctoral students.  

Five PhD students graduate from Wits mining engineering school

Mine mechanisation and automation accelerating in South Africa and globally, says Sandvik

By: Ilan SolomonsThe mechanisation and automation of mines in South Africa and globally is accelerating, with ancillary support services, such as information technology (IT), information transfer and data analysis, among others, taking on greater importance, says mining equipment and services provider Sandvik... 

Mine mechanisation and automation accelerating  in South Africa and globally, says Sandvik

Moz coalfields to be served by third railway and port corridor

By: Keith CampbellMozambique has taken another step to fulfil the objective of providing comprehensive railway links between the country’s rich coal fields in its inland Tete province and harbours on the coast from which the coal can be exported. Zambeze Integrated Development Corridor (acronymned in Portuguese to... 

New programme increases environmental stewardship awareness at quarries

By: Dylan SlaterEnvironmental stewardship by private sector producers association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) member quarries, across South Africa, has improved significantly since the inception of the Aspasa About Face environmental management programme in 1994.  

New programme increases environmental stewardship awareness at quarries

Simplified processes, suitable technologies key to success – diamond miners told

By: Ilan SolomonsHistorically diamond plants were designed on the basis of process engineering excellence. However, this focused excessively on ensuring maximum diamond liberation and recovery, rather than on the defining of the optimal mix of technical and financial solutions. This is according to project... 

Simplified processes, suitable technologies key to success – diamond miners told

‘Barometer’ provides assessment of mineral resources industry transparency

By: Ilan SolomonsGovernments are challenged with creating new approaches to governance that enable them to better exploit the developmental potential provided by mineral resources. It is therefore imperative that countries establish regulatory frameworks and State capacity to ensure that mining activities are... 

‘Barometer’ provides assessment of mineral resources industry transparency

‘Women, local communities must play greater role in mining’

By: Ilan SolomonsWomen must be encouraged and supported to play a greater role in Africa’s mining industries, states Zambian Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma. The Minister, who was speaking at the Alternative Mining Indaba in Cape Town, last month, said that one of the greatest... 

‘Women, local  communities must play greater role in mining’

Photo of the Week

GOLD RAMP-UP

By: Martin CreamerGold Fields’ only South African asset, the South Deep mine, on the Far West Rand, in Gauteng, is steadily ramping up gold production with a 2017 target of 315 000 oz, having increased from 290 000 oz in 2016. Steady-state production is projected to be reached in 2022 with a production target of... 

GOLD RAMP-UP

Columns

Gold mining in Swaziland

By: Jade DavenportThere are indications that gold mining and production in our neighbour, Swaziland, is undergoing a resurgence after decades of near-dormant activity. The reopening of the Lufafa gold mine, near Pigg's Peak, at the beginning of 2016 has been succeeded by the recent award of a ten-year mining lease... 

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