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Mining graduates urged to show ingenuity amid bleak near-term jobs outlook

By: Dylan SlaterThe job prospects for the growing number of South African mining engineering graduates has become increasingly uncertain as a result of the plunge in commodities prices. In fact, mining industry leaders, who attended the University of the Witwatersrand's (Wits') School of Mining Engineering... 

Mining graduates urged to show ingenuity amid bleak near-term jobs outlook

Editorial Insight

Opening of new heavy mineral sands mine highlights currency benefits, technology adaptation, water saving

By: Martin CreamerThe official opening of the new Fairbreeze heavy mineral sands mine in Kwazulu-Natal provides an interesting insight into the currency dividend that global companies receive from operating in South Africa. It also throws light on the advantage of vertical integration at a time of weak commodity... 

Opening of new heavy mineral sands mine highlights currency benefits, technology adaptation, water saving

News & Insight

Chromite recovery firm reports injury-free milestone

By: Ilan SolomonsSouth African chromite recovery business Masa Chrome Company reported achieving seven years of total injury free shifts, which equates to 2 555 injury free days, on February 28. The International Chromium Development Association (ICDA) has welcomed this achievement by the company and hopes Masa... 

Chromite recovery firm reports  injury-free milestone

Construction under way at Burkina Faso’s Houndé gold project

By: David OliveiraTSX-listed gold miner Endeavour Mining announced earlier this month that its 90%-owned Houndé project has entered the construction phase of development, following approval from its board of directors. The project is expected to deliver average production of 190 000 oz/y of gold over a ten-year... 

Eritrean potash project signs eight nonbinding offtake MoUs

By: David OliveiraASX-listed potash developer Danakali has signed nonbinding memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with eight multinational parties throughout Northern Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America for the offtake of sulphate from its 50%-owned Colluli potash project in Eritrea, in East Africa.... 

Geology data of Botswana district launched for public perusal

By: Dylan SlaterExploration and earth sciences company Geosoft launched its Botswana Geoscience Portal last month, which is a partnership initiative with the Botswana Geoscience Institute and industry sponsors. Data available on the Botswana Geoscience Portal includes airborne geophysics, ground geophysics and... 

Gold explorer reports positive results from Tanzania campaign

By: Mia BreytenbachEast Africa-focused gold producer, developer and explorer Shanta Gold has intersected encouraging mineralisation at its Ilunga prospects, in south-west Tanzania. Drilling at Ilunga forms part of Shanta Gold’s regional exploration programme within and surrounding its flagship asset, the New Luika... 

Gold explorer reports positive results from Tanzania campaign

Hydrogeological investigation studies enviro impact of fracking

By: Ilan SolomonsSouth Africa’s groundwater resources play a significant role in the domestic water supply and are often the sole source of water available to local municipalities and farmers in the arid Karoo basin. The possible existence of large reserves of shale gas within the Karoo Supergroup, which covers... 

Hydrogeological investigation studies enviro impact of fracking

Insights into mining climate in Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire

By: Ilan SolomonsConducting mining and exploration activities in Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire are not without challenges, but both countries hold “great potential” for determined exploration and mining companies, mineral exploration company Predictive Discovery (PD) MD Paul Roberts tells Mining Weekly. PD has... 

Miners react negatively to go-it-alone Zwane

By: Martin CreamerSouth African gold mining company Sibanye expressed immediate disappointment that the draft revised Mining Charter was gazetted without prior consultation. In a unilateral action, Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on April 15 gazetted the draft reviewed broad-based black economic-empowerment Mining... 

Nambian operation delivers improved copper cathode production

By: Mia BreytenbachAim-listed mining company Weatherly International’s Tschudi mine, in Namibia, has achieved a production of copper cathode of 4% above the mine’s nameplate production rate of 17 000 t/y. The mine produced 4 442 t of copper cathode in the quarter ended March 31, the company reported in a statement... 

Nambian operation delivers improved copper cathode production

New generation of low-weight composite rollers launched

By: Mia BreytenbachTooling, materials technology, mining and construction engineering group Sandvik Group has launched its latest generation all-composite roller, the Sandvik HR185, which is a low‐weight, low‐noise innovation for conveyor systems. The rollers feature a composite tube and moulded composite end caps... 

New generation of low-weight composite rollers launched

Sibanye reshuffles to bring platinum, energy into pack

By: Martin CreamerGold-mining company Sibanye has revised its organisational structures in anticipation of imminent entry into platinum mining. As it becomes a multi-commodity business, Sibanye headed by CEO Neal Froneman will be restructured into separate, commodity specific divisions focused on operational... 

Tronox mulls expansion options as new R3.3bn KZN mineral sands mine opens

By: Martin CreamerHeavy minerals mining company Tronox last week officially opened its new R3.3-billion Fairbreeze mine in KwaZulu-Natal. This is the latest mine of the New York Stock Exchange-listed Tronox, headed by chairperson and CEO Tom Casey, who said the company was also considering a related beneficiation... 

US uranium miner acquires idled producer as it anticipates price uptick

By: Dylan Slater     Updated -8656 minutes agoUS-based uranium miner Energy Fuels recently announced that it is acquiring established uranium producer Mesteña Uranium.  

US uranium miner acquires idled producer as it anticipates price uptick

Women ‘grossly’ underrepresented in SA mining and quarrying sector

By: Ilan SolomonsWomen are still “grossly underrepresented” at all levels of the local mining and quarrying sector, stated Department of Labour (DoL) inspection and enforcement deputy director general Aggy Moiloa. Moiloa was speaking at training and conferencing company Intelligence Transfer Centre’s recent Women... 

Women ‘grossly’ underrepresented in SA mining and  quarrying sector

ZCCM seeks to diversify assets as it reports 2015 loss

By: Ilan SolomonsZambian investments holding group ZCCM reported a full year loss after tax of K987-million for the year ended March 31, 2015. At the company level the loss was K639-million in 2015, which was a significant reversal from the profit of K893-million it made in 2014. 

ZCCM seeks to diversify assets as it reports 2015 loss

‘Boot camp’ initiative used to energise Sasol Mining’s women employees

By: Ilan SolomonsAt petrochemicals group Sasol's mining subsidiary, Sasol Mining, women account for 28% of management positions and 10% of executive positions with women comprising 15% of all Sasol Mining employees. This is according to Sasol Mining Twistdraai colliery mine manager Portia Malele who addressed... 

‘Boot camp’ initiative used to energise Sasol Mining’s women employees

Mine Profile

Mungari mine, Australia

By: Sheila BarradasA gold mine 600 km east of Perth, and 20 km west of Kalgoorlie, in Western Australia. 

Mungari mine, Australia

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