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Cover Story

Latin American miners expected to persist with cost-cutting and disinvestment strategies

By: Henry LazenbyThe end of the commodities super cycle continues to have a dampening effect on several South American economies, especially those that previously relied on high hydrocarbons prices to achieve high rates of growth. As well as hitting government earnings and rates of economic expansion, the... 

Latin American miners expected to persist with cost-cutting and disinvestment strategies

Editorial Insight

International mining council correct to step in with new slimes dam measures

By: Martin CreamerThe Samarco disaster, which last year claimed the lives of 19 people in Brazil, destroyed homes, cut off water supplies and damaged landscapes, is a warning to mining companies that mismanagement of their environmental eyesores is going to be punished like never before, with monumental financial... 

International mining council  correct to step in with new slimes dam measures

News & Insight

Electronic incident reporting, management system touted as best practice

By: Ilan SolomonsFor many years line managers and safety staff in the South African mining industry have tried to understand the relationship between incidents, minor injuries, lost-time injuries, serious injuries and fatal injuries. In the early 1980s, ‘loss control’ was the buzzword in mine safety and the Frank... 

Electronic incident reporting, management system  touted as best practice

Glencore producing zinc at negative cost

By: Martin CreamerDiversified mining and marketing company Glencore is producing zinc at negative cost. Towards the end of this year it has been doing so at -3c/lb and next year it expects to do so at an even better -14c/lb, supported by healthy lead by-product credits. 

Glencore sees nickel shortage as electric vehicle demand burgeons

By: Martin CreamerDiversified mining and marketing company Glencore sees a shortage in nickel arising as a result of burgeoning demand from electric vehicle (EV) production. Batteries used in EVs are consuming about 100 000 t of nickel demand and if 10% of the world’s vehicle fleet transitions to electric power,... 

Gold miner and varsity form R&D partnership

By: Dylan SlaterThe signing of a memorandum of understanding to form a partnership between gold tailings retreatment company DRDGold and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering is one of first steps in the uptake of in-sourcing research and development (R&D)... 

Gold miner and varsity form R&D partnership

Integration of IoT platforms in mining seen as way to enhance productivity

By: Ilan SolomonsThe adoption and implementation of exponential technologies will increase productivity and ensure greater efficiencies throughout the mining sector globally, asserts advisory firm Deloitte digital transformation in Africa head Gareth Rees. He points out that the mining sector has been developing... 

Mintek demonstrates new tailings treatment process

By: David OliveiraState-owned research organisation Mintek earlier this month demonstrated its Retreatment Flowsheet for Au and Uranium Tailings, or Reflaut, tailings treatment process at gold miner Gold Fields’ South Deep mine, in Johannesburg. Reflaut has been used at South Deep since last month, and removes... 

Mintek demonstrates new tailings treatment process

New ocean mining vessel fitted with dust-extraction system

By: Dylan SlaterOcean mining vessel, the deep-water diamond exploration and sampling motor vessel (MV) SS Nujoma has been fitted with a dynamic scrubber to assist with wet dust extraction on board, once the vessel goes into operation. The dynamic scrubber was provided by mining, bulk materials handling and... 

New ocean mining vessel fitted with dust-extraction system

Platinum fuel cell passes competitive muster at Implats

By: Martin CreamerImpala Platinum Refinery and its partners are in the last phase of financial close for the introduction of 8 MW of off-grid electricity from a platinum-catalysed fuel-cell system that will make use of natural gas from the Sasol grid. “We expect to get close and first flow of funds by March, with... 

Report says Zambia needs more friendly tax regime to attract mining investors

By: Ilan SolomonsZambia needs a more competitive mining tax regime to entice new and existing investors to invest billions of dollars into the mining industry and boost flagging production, says Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM) president Nathan Chishimba. “Zambia Finance Minister Felix Mutati’s Budget Speech, last... 

Report says Zambia needs more friendly  tax regime to attract mining investors

Systems thinking game aims to bring change to mining industry

By: Ilan SolomonsMining industry stakeholders knows that the industry must become more productive and efficient if it is to remain competitive and achieve the returns on investment required by shareholders. Local management consultancy Vuuma Collaborations has been researching other complex industries that have... 

Systems thinking game aims to bring change to mining industry

Things beginning to look up for Brazilian miner in Mozambique

By: Keith CampbellIn a recent presentation to the New York Stock Exchange, Brazilian major mining group Vale reported on progress at its Mozambican operations. These comprise the Moatize coal mine and the Nacala Logistics Corridor. Moatize is primarily a metallurgical, or coking, coal mine while the Nacala... 

Work on Booysendal South Central access decline to start in April

By: David OliveiraPlatinum producer Northam Platinum earlier this month awarded JSE-listed Murray & Roberts Cementation the Phase 1 contract for the Mpumalanga-based Booysendal South Central complex, a new mine that will be established on the same mining lease as Booysendal platinum mine. Murray & Roberts... 

Zim chrome miners relinquish some licences to State

By: BloombergMining companies including Sinosteel-owned Zimasco have ceded chrome-mining licenses to Zimbabwe’s State-owned Apple Bridge Investments, which buys chrome ore for export, Mines Minister Walter Chidakwa said. The mining licenses, known as claims, have been allocated to small-scale miners who dig... 

Mine Profile

Zondereinde mine, South Africa

By: Sheila BarradasA platinum group metals mine, on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, an estimated 30 km south of Thabazimbi, in South Africa’s Limpopo province. 

Zondereinde mine, South Africa

Photo of the Week

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTOR

By: Martin CreamerState minerals research enterprise Mintek last week demonstrated its Reflaut tailing treatment process to Mining Weekly at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine west of Johannesburg. Reflaut, which stands for Retreatment Flowsheet for Gold (au) and Uranium Tailings, removes gold as well as harmful... 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTOR

Columns

A cateador’s hunt for gold in South America

By: Jade DavenportIt was inevitable that the excitement of the Californian, Australian and South African gold rushes would spur the search for an ‘El Dorado’ in other localities across the globe. However, such was the scale and significance of these rushes that details of most of the prospecting activities and... 

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