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Venetia underground project may deliver first carats ahead of 2022 target

By: Ilan SolomonsThe construction of the R29-billion ($2.1-billion) underground development of Venetia mine by diamond miner De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is within budget and developing on schedule, with the potential to see underground operations deliver the first ore before the targeted start of... 

Venetia underground project may deliver  first carats ahead of 2022 target

Editorial Insight

Gold road ahead, ‘capture’ concerns, technology needed

By: Martin CreamerGold Fields CEO Nick Holland concerned about decline in exploration spend; application of Section 54 safety notices queried; and the development of new mining equipment progressing.  

Gold road ahead,  ‘capture’ concerns,  technology needed

News & Insight

Arbitrary licence cancellation a thing of the past as Kenya establishes oversight board

By: John MuchiraInvestors in Kenya’s mining sector will no longer face the risk of arbitrary cancellation of their licences, as the country has established a body to oversee the licensing of prospecting and mining activities and the leasing of mining tenements. Moreover, companies planning to invest in the... 

Chinese banks major players in the country’s gold industry

By: Ilan SolomonsIn the past ten years China has become the world’s largest gold producer and consumer. It has also developed a vibrant gold banking sector, says the World Gold Council (WGC). The WGC’s latest Gold Demand Trends report, which was released earlier this month, states that China’s commercial banks... 

Chinese banks major players in the country’s gold industry

Drones offer significant benefits for mine surveying and analysis

By: Dylan SlaterThe remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) industry is growing at a staggering rate and such systems are increasingly being taken up by mining companies as a tool to manage their assets, operations and land.  

Drones offer significant benefits for mine surveying and analysis

More high-tech uses for gold being developed as electronic, industrial applications decline

By: Ilan SolomonsScientists in the US have developed a new super-hard alloy of gold and titanium. This new alloy is the hardest metallic substance that is compatible with living tissues and is four times tougher than titanium alone. This new material could have wide-ranging applications in medicine and dentistry,... 

More high-tech uses for gold being developed as electronic, industrial applications decline

SA urged to grasp opportunities afforded by platinum and gold resurgence, rising coal exports

By: Dylan SlaterAccording to consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa, the fact there are signs of resurgence in platinum, a stronger gold price and growing coal exports to India should be triggers for South Africa’s mining leadership to grasp the opportunities it missed in the last... 

SA urged to grasp opportunities afforded by platinum and gold resurgence, rising coal exports

SAIMM to host ‘high impact’ forums at Electra Mining

By: Ilan Solomons     Updated -2500 minutes agoThe Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) is offering the opportunity for mining industry stakeholders to participate in three, four-hour “high-impact forums” with top industry figures about the future of the mining industry. The SAIMM’s Mining for the Future conference will... 

SAIMM to host ‘high impact’ forums at Electra Mining

Sexual violence prevalent in platinum belt – study

By: David OliveiraIn a report released at the first South African National Conference on Violence, held in Johannesburg earlier this month, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) outlined the high levels of sexual violence in the platinum belt in Rustenburg, in the North West. With one in four women between the ages of 18... 

Zim gold mining group loses 6 000 oz in potential output owing to power outages

By: Oscar NkalaMining company Metallon Gold is seeking alternative power sources to ensure uninterrupted production at its five mines in Zimbabwe, following the loss of at least 6 000 oz in potential output as a result of outages since the beginning of the year. The company says its How, Shamva, Acturus,... 

Mine Profile

Sadiola mine, Mali

By: Sheila BarradasA gold mine in western Mali. 

Sadiola mine, Mali

Photo of the Week

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

By: Martin CreamerPeru mines minister Gonzalo Tamayo stands for a photograph at his office in Lima to highlight gold's best start to a year in decades. Tamayo expects gold’s current good fortune to boost mine development in Peru and provide investment relief for Latin America's biggest gold producer. Peru... 

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

Columns

Origins of the International Geological Congress

By: Jade DavenportThe four-year-long wait for the ‘world cup of geoscientific conferences’, the International Geological Congress, is finally over, with the much-anticipated thirty-fifth session of the event set to start on August 27 in Cape Town. Given that 138 years have lapsed since the first congress was held... 

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