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Political turbulence overshadowing Egypt’s efforts to increase mining’s share of GDP

By: Ilan SolomonsEgypt, which seeks to grow its mining sector’s contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), has become Africa’s second-largest economy after Nigeria, pushing South Africa into third place on the continent, says professional services firm KPMG. This is according to data released by... 

Political turbulence overshadowing Egypt’s  efforts to increase mining’s share of GDP

Editorial Insight

AngloGold breaking into profit, Gold Fields moving forward, DRDGold market cap well up

By: Martin CreamerGold mining companies that were in the red are moving quickly into the black, with some seeing a deficit of physical gold on the horizon. 

AngloGold breaking into profit,  Gold Fields moving forward, DRDGold market cap well up

News & Insight

AMCU assists beleaguered Lily mineworkers

By: Ilan SolomonsThe Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has been sending food parcels to assist its members at the Lily gold mine, in Barberton, Mpumalanga. South African gold miner Vantage Goldfields, which owns the Barbrook and Lily gold mines, entered into business rescue in April after... 

AMCU assists beleaguered Lily mineworkers

Creamer Media scores highly with readers for credibility, accuracy

By: Creamer Media Reporter Accurate reporting and a high credibility rating continue to be the hallmarks of Creamer Media’s publishing effort, according to a survey completed by nearly 2 000 readers of Engineering News, Mining Weekly, Polity and Research Channel Africa.   During the reader survey, conducted during May,... 

Creamer Media scores highly with readers for credibility, accuracy

Exxaro hands over 20 houses to Mpumalanga community

By: Mia BreytenbachDiversified mineral resource company Exxaro, through its North Block Complex (NBC) Coal in Belfast, in Mpumalanga, handed over 20 newly built houses to the community of Siyathuthuka last week. This formal settlement forms part of the eMakhazeni local municipality and is close to NBC Coal’s... 

Exxaro hands over 20 houses to Mpumalanga community

Gauteng still the land of golden opportunities for mines – Makhura

By: Ilan SolomonsWhile Gauteng is principally a post-mining economy, the industry still plays an important part in the province’s overall economic make-up and can in no way be viewed as sunset sector, says Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Speaking at an event in Johannesburg earlier this month, he noted that there... 

Gauteng still the land of golden opportunities for mines – Makhura

Gold boom in DRC funded militias – Global Witness

By: Ilan SolomonsArmed groups in the Shabunda territory of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) received “gifts” of arms and cash from a Chinese mining company and made up to $25 000 a month extorted from local miners during a recent two-year gold boom in the region, reports international watchdog... 

Gold boom in DRC funded militias – Global Witness

Kenya titanium mine eyeing revenue rise to $140m this year

By: John MuchiraMineral sands developer Base Resources is set earn $140-million from minerals exports from its titanium mine, in Kenya, this year. The Kwale mine generated revenue of $90-million in 2015, up from $85-million in 2014. 

Kudos for mine ventilation engineers

By: Dylan SlaterEngineers from industrial fan manufacturer MechCal received awards for fan development, from the Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa (MVSSA), during its seventy-second annual general meeting (AGM) on April 20.  

Mogalakwena manager sees bright future for Rustenburg mine

By: Dylan SlaterPlatinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Mogalakwena mine is set to be a sustainable venture going forward with high cutoff grades and plans to ensure the mine has steady output, according to mine senior GM Richard Cox.  

Mogalakwena manager sees bright future for Rustenburg mine

Most South32 operations meet, exceed guidance in maiden year

By: Mia BreytenbachDiversified major South32 says the completion of restructuring initiatives and the fact that production met or exceeded guidance for the 2016 financial year for the majority of its operations positions the company well to achieve its unit cost guidance in the new financial year. Despite a... 

Most South32 operations meet, exceed guidance in maiden year

Platinum producers hard-pressed to meet union demands, says legal expert

By: Ilan SolomonsThe National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is demanding a wage increase of 20% a year for the next two years and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) an entry-level salary of R12 500 a month in the upcoming talks with platinum producers. AMCU is also seeking increases of... 

Platinum producers hard-pressed to meet union demands,  says legal expert

South African mine health and safety record among the best – MSA

By: David OliveiraThe South African mining sector’s health and safety record ranks among the best in the world and he attributes the latest drop in fatalities to closer co-operation between the government, mines and trade unions, as well as continual improvements made to safety products used in the industry. This... 

Mine Profile

Obuasi mine, Ghana

By: Sheila BarradasA gold mine in the Ashanti region of Ghana about 320 km north-west of the capital Accra. 

Obuasi mine, Ghana

Photo of the Week

GOLD GUSHER

By: Martin CreamerCynthia Macingwane is seen at the Ergo retreatment plant of DRDGold, where dumped mine waste is turned into gold that adds R14-billion worth of value a year to the South African economy a year. With the gold price hitting the high spots in rands and rising in dollars, the debt-free DRDGold has... 

GOLD GUSHER

Columns

The first female pioneer of the Rand gold rush

By: Jade DavenportGiven that mining has almost always been a wholly male dominated enterprise, information relating to women is disappointingly sparse from the historical record. Of course, there is the odd snippet here and there detailing the more risqué role that women played in South Africa’s early mining... 

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