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Champion of local PGMs exchange cites vested interests, lack of understanding as key impediments to its establishment

By: Ilan SolomonsAs more than 80% of the world’s known platinum group metals (PGMs) reserves are situated in South Africa, it is imperative that a PGMs exchange be established locally to ensure that the country receives maximum benefit from its mineral wealth, avers investment company Pan-African Investments &... 

Champion of local PGMs exchange cites vested interests,  lack of understanding as key impediments to its establishment

Editorial Insight

Palabora’s R9.3bn Lift II, Bauba’s first chrome blast, junior conference on cards

By: Martin CreamerUpdate on Palabora Copper's R9.3-billion expansion project, Bauba's first chrome blast, junior mining conference in June, Belarus funds Zimbabwe coal mine's new equipment 

Palabora’s R9.3bn Lift II, Bauba’s first chrome blast, junior conference on cards

News & Insight

17% of US coal production at risk of idling, closure

By: Zandile MavusoAbout 17% of US coal production is at risk of idling or closure owing to mines’ cash costs and sustaining capital expenditure exceeding current market pricing this year, says consulting firm Wood Mackenzie. 

Amplats trials BME’s portable emulsion system at Tumela

By: Ilan SolomonsExplosives company BME is supporting platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) efforts to improve and modernise its operations through the introduction of a new portable emulsion system at the miner’s Tumela underground mine in Thabazimbi, Limpopo. BME officially opened its first... 

Amplats trials BME’s portable emulsion system at Tumela

Business modelling system for mines launched

By: Ilan SolomonsWhile the mining industry is steadily moving towards automation, it is comparatively slow in adopting new technology. Decision-makers still rely on basic tools that do not have the capability to holistically model complex mining value chains, says management consulting firm Datta Burton &... 

Business modelling system for mines launched

Chile-based miner reports results down but still solid

By: Keith CampbellMajor copper miner Antofagasta, listed on the London Stock Exchange and based in Chile, has revealed preliminary results for last year that are down on the results for 2013, but which the company regards as respectable, given the decline in market conditions. The 2014 preliminary results... 

Construction starts on Palabora Copper’s R9.3bn Lift II project

By: Ilan SolomonsThe development of refined copper producer Palabora Mining Company’s subsidiary, Palabora Copper’s R9.3-billion Lift II project, in Limpopo, is under way and ramp up to full project execution is gradually taking place, Palabora Copper corporate affairs manager Hulisani Nemaxwi tells Mining... 

Construction starts on Palabora Copper’s R9.3bn Lift II project

Difficult-to-understand Moz coal geology resulting in lost opportunities

By: Anine VermeulenThe coal geology of deposits in Mozambique were more difficult to understand than those of the Waterberg Coalfield in South Africa, independent consulting geologist Gerhard Esterhuizen said at a Fossil Fuel Foundation conference earlier this month, which focussed on solid fossil fuels in Southern... 

Joburg to host inaugural Junior Indaba in June

By: Ilan SolomonsInvestment conference organiser Resources 4 Africa’s inaugural Junior Indaba aims to serve as a platform to highlight all the crucial issues faced by junior mining companies in Africa. The conference will take place at the Turbine Hall, in Newtown, Johannesburg from June 3 to 4 and bookings for... 

Joburg to host inaugural Junior Indaba in June

MSA thriving on manufacturing high-quality products in current tough environment

By: Zandile MavusoAt its seventy-fifth anniversary celebration earlier this month, health and safety products manufacturer MSA Africa noted that it would continue to benefit from increased mining activity when the commodity pricing cycle improved. 

Zim colliery re-equips as it seeks to raise output to 450 000 t/m

By: Oscar NkalaZimbabwe's Hwange Colliery Company (HCC) has started taking delivery of new heavy earthmoving equipment from Belarus, marking the beginning of a re-equipment programme aimed at boosting coal production from 300 000 t/m to at least 450 000 t/m. The equipment – paid for with a $18.2-million loan... 

Mine Profile

Beatrix mine

By: Sheila BarradasA gold operation, located in South Africa’s Free State province. 

Beatrix mine

Photo of the Week

MOVING MOVIES MOOTED

By: Martin CreamerThe Coalsafe 2015 conference, hosted by mining company Glencore, heard Mineral Resources Department chief inspector of mines David Msiza, above, reveal that consideration is being given to the compilation of documentaries to reflect the fatality horrors of mining’s past in order to propel the... 

MOVING MOVIES MOOTED

Columns

#RhodesMustFall debate

By: Jade DavenportThe contentious debate surrounding the removal of the statue of pioneering mining magnate and British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes has, yet again, flared up. However, this time, given the actions of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Students Representative Council president – throwing human... 

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