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Electricity supply problems, decentralised power trend opportunity for platinum

By: Martin CreamerSouth Africa’s electricity problems are offering platinum mining companies a major opportunity to stimulate the offtake of platinum. State power utility Eskom’s loadshedding programme and the global trend towards decentralised power generation are elevating power-generating fuel cell technology –... 

Electricity supply problems, decentralised power trend opportunity for platinum

Editorial Insight

Mechanised mining gets union nod, call for older miner retirement age, Glencore shows alacrity Down Under

By: Martin CreamerGold Fields blazes a new wage-negotiaion trail; Solidarity wants the retirement age for mineworkers to be increased to 63 and 65; and Glencore's alacrity in offering to relocate its coal trading from Singapore to Australia puts it in a good position with the tax authorities  

Mechanised mining gets union nod,  call for older miner retirement age, Glencore shows alacrity Down Under

News & Insight

Illegal mining costing South Africa R2bn a year

By: Zandile MavusoThere is a strong link between legally and illegally mined gold as the two come to convergence between level three and level five of the commodity value chain, says African Centre for Migration & Society PhD candidate Janet Munakamwe. 

Mozambique plans more infrastructure to benefit coal miners and others

By: Keith CampbellThe Mozambican government has confirmed its plan to construct a new port and railway for the export of coal from the Moatize coal basin in the inland Tete province. This was done by Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario when he presented the government’s programme for the five years... 

New system streamlines granting of licences, slashing lead times

By: Ilan SolomonsThe One Environmental Management System for granting prospecting and mining rights materialised as a result of the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) strategy of ensuring sustainable growth and competitiveness in the local mining industry, says DMR mine environmental management deputy... 

New system streamlines granting of licences,  slashing lead times

Sandvik launches next-generation blasthole drill

By: Anine VermeulenMining equipment manufacturer Sandvik launched its DR461i diesel-powered, self-propelled, crawler-mounted blasthole drill last month. The drill is automation-ready and features forward-thinking design and technology for bulk mining operations and is designed to withstand the harshest conditions... 

Secondary UG2 reef intercepted at Wesizwe’s Bakubung project

By: Anine VermeulenPlatinum development company Wesizwe Platinum last month intersected the secondary upper group two (UG2) reef at the main shaft of its Bakubung mine, on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, and will send the samples to South Africa’s State-owned Council for Mineral Technology (Mintek) this... 

Small-scale mining has key role in community upliftment, job creation and poverty alleviation

By: Zandile MavusoThere is a need for policy to be revised to cater for small-scale mining in South Africa as the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) identifies it as a sector that contributes to economic growth, states law firm Legal Resources Centre regional director Naseema Fakir. 

Uncontrolled, illegal sand mining has increased ‘dramatically’ in last five years

By: Ilan SolomonsIllegal sand mining forms a significant part of the $200-billion global environmental crime challenge, says Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning environmental compliance and enforcement director Dr Eshaam Palmer. Palmer was addressing black-owned training and... 

Uncontrolled, illegal sand mining has increased ‘dramatically’ in last five years

Mine Profile

Marula mine, South Africa

By: Sheila BarradasA platinum mine on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex, in South Africa’s Limpopo province.  

Marula mine, South Africa

Photo of the Week

COAL PAYBACK

By: Martin CreamerBlack-controlled JSE-listed Exxaro Resources has spent R250-million on a water treatment plant at its Matla coal-mine in Mpumalanga, which turns 10-million litres (Mℓ) of polluted underground mine water into clean drinking water every day. Seen at last week’s opening are Exxaro Coal finance... 

COAL PAYBACK

Columns

Tourist for a day in the City of Gold

By: Jade DavenportIf you are a resident of Johannesburg and have ever had visitors come to stay, be they local or foreign, you have probably been confronted with the conundrum of what to do and where to take them to get a real feel for the history of the place.  On the surface, it may seem that there is a distinct... 

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