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Improved communication urged as demands from near-mine communities become more strident

By: Ilan SolomonsStrategic investments in communities should create value for beneficiaries and investors, global advisory firm KPMG climate change and sustainability global mining leader Rohitesh Dhawan said, stating that if mining companies followed a strategic approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR),... 

Improved communication urged as demands from near-mine communities become more strident

Editorial Insight

Kenya drawing master plan, Thabazimbi mine closure, cutting road-delivered coal

By: Martin CreamerKenya drawing up mining masterplan; Kumba closing Thabazimbi iron-ore mine; Eskom transporting too much coal by road 

Kenya drawing master plan, Thabazimbi mine closure, cutting road-delivered coal

News & Insight

Anglo launches financial wellness programme as 26% of workers languish in debt trap

By: Anine VermeulenA growing number of people in South Africa are struggling with crippling debt, a symptom of the fact that South Africans are ranked as the world’s biggest borrowers, according to the World Bank’s 2014 Global Findex Database study. The issue is that over indebtedness not only has a negative effect... 

Chinese involvement stimulates mining sector in Mozambique

By: Keith CampbellThe British country, industry and risk analysis business the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has expressed the view that recently concluded long-term purchase agreements between Australian miners and Chinese enterprises have cleared the way for the development of graphite mining operations in... 

Eskom aiming to slash truck-delivered coal as it seeks cost, other benefits

By: Ilan SolomonsState-owned power utility Eskom continues to press ahead with its integrated logistics strategy of prioritising the use of conveyors and rail to reduce the number of trucks that are required to transport coal to power stations, says Eskom road logistics head manager Nico Singh. However, he notes... 

Eskom aiming to slash truck-delivered coal  as it seeks cost, other benefits

Global mining sector raises $80bn-plus in three years despite turbulence

By: Ilan SolomonsThe past three years have unquestionably been particularly challenging for the mining industry. Nevertheless, in spite of these hardships, the global mining industry continues to attract new funding, says global mining and research company SNL Metals & Mining analyst Chris Galbraith. He says that... 

Global mining sector raises $80bn-plus in three years despite turbulence

Kenya to develop mining-sector masterplan in bid to restore investor confidence

By: John MuchiraThe government of Kenya is hoping to win back the confidence of foreign investors in the mining sector after contracting an independent consultant to develop a comprehensive masterplan. It has tasked global consultancy firm McKinsey & Co with designing a 20-year plan that will guide the... 

NGO raises concerns about child labour in Ghana’s gold sector

By: Ilan SolomonsInternational gold refiners who use gold from Ghana may be benefiting from hazardous child labour in unlicensed mines, warns independent human rights organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW further stresses that the refiners should take “immediate steps” to eliminate child labour in their... 

NGO raises concerns about child labour in Ghana’s gold sector

R2m mobile screen enables new business opportunities for sand mine

By: Zandile MavusoWestern Cape-based building and materials supply group Els Group has invested in a Sandvik QA331 mobile screen worth R2-million to increase output from its subsidiary OJ Plant Hire sand mine, which has opened up new business opportunities for the group. 

Routine testing will deter drug use and improve safety, productivity

By: Schalk BurgerRoutine drug testing on mining sites is an effective deterrent to habitual and casual drug use, which improves the safety of workers and their productivity, says drug-testing company ALCO-Safe director Rhys Evans. A simple six-drug screening panel tests for the common illicit drugs of... 

Routine testing will  deter drug use and  improve safety, productivity

South African mining sector seen revolving round digital technologies in the future

By: Ilan SolomonsThe future of the mining industry in South Africa will revolve around digital developments, asserted University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering lecturer Dr Bekir Genc during his address at the Mining into the Future conference, which took place at the Birchwood Conference... 

South African mining sector seen revolving round  digital technologies in the future

Stringent controls urged as explosives theft poses danger to society

By: Zandile MavusoThe theft of explosives by illegal miners presents great danger to society and steps need to be taken to ensure the prevention of such products falling into the wrong hands, says explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services global mining optimisation manager Simon Tose. 

Mine Profile

Constancia mine, Peru

By: Sheila BarradasA copper mine, located about 600 km south-east of Lima, in the south-eastern Andes of Peru. 

Constancia mine, Peru

Photo of the Week

COAL FOR POWER GENERATION

By: Ilan SolomonsThe opencast Brakfontein coal mine, above, near Delmas in Mpumalanga, is owned and operated by Tegeta Exploration and Resources. The mine, which has been supplying coal to Eskom since March, has a contract to provide 100 000 t of coal a month to the State electricity company. An extension to the... 

COAL FOR POWER GENERATION

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