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New US law a boost for space exploration aspirations

By: Henry LazenbyThe US House of Representatives took a firm pro stance in the advance to commercial space exploration when it passed the Space Resources Exploration and Utilisation Act of 2015 (SPACE Act) in May, providing an opportunity for companies to get off the ground and embrace a new era of space... 

New US law a boost for space exploration aspirations

Editorial Insight

The indispensable nature of South Africa’s mining industry needs to be widely acknowledged

By: Martin CreamerThe modern world would be much the poorer without mining, which is something to be borne in mind as the industry takes huge strain under the collapse of commodity prices. As often outlined by Chamber of Mines of South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, mining and the minerals are integral to society and... 

The indispensable nature of South Africa’s mining industry needs to be widely acknowledged

News & Insight

Anglo spends R5bn on employee housing since 2010

By: Anine VermeulenAnglo American and its South African business units have invested more than R5-billion since 2010 to improve employee housing and living conditions, by offering a range of housing options that cater to the diverse circumstances and needs of employees. The housing programme gives eligible... 

Gabon builds up strategic gold reserves

By: Ilan SolomonsFollowing the examples of Venezuela and Malaysia, Gabon has started building up its national gold reserves as part of the strategy to strengthen the country’s economy by providing it with the option to sell or pledge these reserves if required. Gabon State-owned mining company Société Équatoriale... 

Gabon builds up strategic gold reserves

Mining company slapped with R1.4m fine, suspended fines for river pollution

By: Ilan SolomonsPhalaborwa-based mining company Bosveld Phosphates was charged at the Regional Court for the Regional Division of Limpopo for unlawfully and intentionally or negligently causing the discharge of hazardous wastewater from its tailings facilities between December 2013 and March 2014, into the... 

Mining company slapped with R1.4m fine,  suspended fines for river pollution

Motlatsi urges mining houses to ‘engage’ workers to resolve tensions in the sector

By: Anine VermeulenThe adversarial relationship between stakeholders in the mining sector is doing little to calm the tensions currently being experienced. Looming strikes and the slide in commodity prices only exaggerate the problem said black-owned investment holding company Shanduka Group chairman Dr James... 

New blast management system showcased in Australia

By: Zandile MavusoGlobal mining software provider Maptek showcased its latest innovation, BlastLogic – a blast design and management system – at the eleventh International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting, in Sydney, Australia, from August 24 to 26 this year. 

Vale reports coal prices down, although costs also fell, in the second quarter

By: Keith CampbellBrazilian mining major Vale is of the opinion that the global metallurgical (or coking) coal market “may remain oversupplied throughout the year despite some slight production decrease from US producers in 2015”. In its report Vale’s Performance in 2Q15, the miner surveyed the state of the... 

Mine Profile

La Ronde mine, Canada

By: Sheila BarradasA gold mine, located in the Abitibi region of north-western Quebec, Canada. 

La Ronde mine, Canada

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By: Martin CreamerDr Mark Bristow, chief executive officer of Randgold Resources, who is finding it no problem to generate free cash through the current gold price slump. “You build businesses in the troughs and you make money in the peaks”, is Bristow’s long-standing business philosophy, which is producing... 



Flying the flag for South African geotourism

By: Jade DavenportThe highly niche sector of geotourism, defined as travel to and appreciation of natural landscapes and geological phenomena, could be perceived by anyone other than a geologist or even a miner  to be a 'leisure activity' that fits firmly in the realm of the dull. Indeed, not many people could... 

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