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AngloGold confirms two dead, six rescued after Mponeng fall-of-ground incident

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd November 2017 Two miners have been confirmed dead, with six others rescued at AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine, near Carletonville, following a seismic activity-triggered fall-of-ground incident on Thursday morning. AngloGold Ashanti on Friday confirmed that the rescue team brought two more workers safely to... 

One dead, three missing after Mponeng fall-of-ground incident

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2017 A search and rescue operation is under way at AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine, near Carletonville, following a seismic activity-triggered fall-of-ground incident on Thursday morning. Four workers have been rescued; however, AngloGold confirmed to Mining Weekly Online that there was one confirmed... 

Harmony lifts Q1 gold production

By: African News Agency      12th October 2017 JSE-listed Harmony Gold said on Thursday that gold production from its South African underground operations will be 12% to 14% higher quarter-on-quarter, due to an increase in both volumes and recovered grade. This comes ahead of the release next month of Harmony’s production results for the... 

Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine back in full production

By: African News Agency      3rd October 2017 Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville in Gauteng, South Africa, is back to full production following temporary closure in August as government was investigating the cause of a seismic event that killed five workers. Operations at the Kusasalethu mine were halted following a seismic... 

Mining industry urged to do more to prevent further fatalities in 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

Fatalities serve to remind industry of necessity to achieve zero harm – DMR

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

Zwane calls for turning point after Kusasalethu mine deaths

By: African News Agency      1st September 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Friday that the Kusasalethu mine incident where five mineworkers lost their lives should be a “turning point” in the health and safety of the country’s mining industry. “Kusasalethu mine deaths should be a turning point in mine safety in the... 

Zwane to receive Kusasalethu mine seismic incident report

By: African News Agency      1st September 2017 Harmony Gold management is on Friday, expected to brief Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on the seismic incident a week ago, which killed five mineworkers at it’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville. The Chief inspector of mines and the department’s inspectors, who were part of the... 

Bodies of two last remaining trapped Kusasalethu miners recovered

By: News24Wire      31st August 2017 The bodies of the two trapped miners at the Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville have been recovered, Harmony Gold said on Thursday. Harmony Gold spokesperson Marian van der Walt said the bodies were found at around 12:00 on Thursday afternoon. 

Kusasalethu mine fatalities: Chamber of Mines extends condolences

By: African News Agency      29th August 2017 The Chamber of Mines on Tuesday extended its “heartfelt sympathies” to the families, friends, and colleagues of the three employees who died in a fall of ground accident at Harmony’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville. Five miners were trapped underground on Friday after a fall of ground at the... 

NUM to march against AngloGold Ashanti’s planned retrenchments 

By: African News Agency      4th August 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is set to embark on a protest march to AngloGold Ashanti’s head office in downtown Johannesburg on Saturday. NUM spokesperson, Livhuwani Mammburu, said the march was against the company’s decision to issue a Section 189 process notice to retrench 8,500... 

Low-pressure hydraulic valve to offer adaptability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 Valves manufacturer Hydromine Projects will take its latest in-development low pressure, pressure-reducing valve to market within the next two months, after ironing out the last issues during a recent trial period at a deep-level gold mine in Klerksdorp, in the North West. The design of the... 

Virtual Technology Now Used For Blast Training In SA

     20th July 2017 Training for underground blasting has just taken a technological leap forward, with the installation and commissioning of Africa’s first virtual reality blast wall with rear-view projection, powered by Simulated Training Solutions, at the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy near... 

Hawks nab Zama Zamas at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine

By: African News Agency      6th July 2017 The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks) said on Thursday that they had arrested six men aged between 24 and 35 years for corruption, illegal dealing in precious metals, possession of gold and theft, at the Kusasalethu gold mine in Carletonville. Located about 90 kilometres from... 

Investing in recruitment pays off

     14th June 2017 Over the past five years, Rosond estimates that it has reduced an annual staff turnover from around 40% per annum to 15%, a feat that it attributes largely to a substantial investment in recruitment and training. “Our recruitment process is something we take very seriously,” says Rosond’s... 

Training academy deriving ‘incredible’ value from simulators

     26th May 2017 Simulation has resulted in a definite, dramatic reduction in training cycle times, says Bedfordview-headquartered mining contractor Murray & Roberts’ Murray and Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) education and training development (ETD) executive Tony Pretorius. With five, high-fidelity Cybermine... 

Million-ounce-plus gold output well in reach – Harmony

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2017 Gold-mining company Harmony Gold said on Tuesday that its forecast of 1.05-million-ounce production in the 12 months to the end of June is “well in reach”. In recent months, Harmony has lost production at its Kusasalethu gold mine in Carletonville owing to unprotected strikes. 

Drilling specialist to receive training accreditation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2017 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond is in the process of becoming an accredited Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) training provider.  

Supplier working to improve service delivery, product offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th April 2017 To cater for increased demand for its products in the Steelpoort area, physical support systems supplier to the underground mining industry M and J Mining has expanded its Steelpoort depot, in Limpopo. Over the past two months, the area of the distribution depot has increased from 200 m2 to 1 000... 

Kusasalethu strike comes to an end

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2017 After six days of ongoing industrial action at the Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, the striking workers have returned to work, Harmony Gold said on Thursday. Workers once again downed tools last week, prompting Harmony on Friday to seek an interdict from the Labour Court of South Africa to... 

Kusasalethu strike ends

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 A two-day unprotected strike at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, drew to a close on Friday afternoon, following discussions between Harmony's senior management and the senior leadership of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). “I am pleased that the... 

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers embark on illegal strike action

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2017 No employees reported for their day shifts at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, on Thursday, with the gold miner saying this is in retaliation for the suspension of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) branch leadership who had encouraged an earlier go-slow... 

$1bn earmarked for AngloGold’s deep-but-cheap Mponeng mine

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2017 A big capital investment is on the cards for AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng gold mine, the world’s deepest underground operation. The former Western Deep Levels Number One operation was on the receiving end of a surfeit of comment when AngloGold Ashanti presented cash-rich results on Tuesday.  

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2017 The predominantly Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation has served the mining industry for more than a century. Along with Cementation Canada, Cementation USA and RUC Cementation Australia, the Murray & Roberts Underground Mining Platform ranks among the biggest underground mining contracting... 

Kusasalethu employees end 48-hour sit-in – Harmony

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2017 With the 1 700-odd employees who staged a 48-hour wildcat underground sit-in at the Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, safely back on surface on Friday, JSE-listed Harmony Gold has initiated an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the workers’ actions. Production at the... 

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers stage underground sit-in, no demands made

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2017 Around 1 700 workers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, in Carletonville, have staged an illegal sit-in underground, with no demands or grievances yet forthcoming. Harmony Gold on Thursday said the employees had refused to return to surface on Wednesday after the end of the morning shift, with... 

Holistic behavioural change needed to ensure mining safety

By: Ilan Solomons     28th October 2016 To integrate safety into a mining company’s work routine a holistic approach is required, says gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti GM Francois Naude. He believes that safe work cannot be a campaign or a once-off initiative. “It is an intervention that requires a new mindset, a new set of... 

Cash costs plunge below $700/oz at AngloGold’s Mponeng mine

By: David Oliveira     23rd September 2016 Mponeng gold mine, near Carletonville, in the North West, currently the world’s deepest mine, was one of the lowest-cost producers in South Africa during the first half of 2016, states South African gold mining major AngloGold Ashanti in its earnings report for the six months ended June 30,... 

Cash costs plunge below $700/oz at AngloGold’s Mponeng mine

By: David Oliveira     23rd September 2016 South African gold mining major Anglo-Gold Ashanti reported in its six- months through June 30 earnings report, released in mid-August, that its South African flagship operation, Mponeng gold mine, near Carletonville, was one of the lowest-cost producers in South Africa during the first half of... 

Mine land, water should be used for community development through agriculture

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2016 The calls made for mine land and mine water to be used for community development through agriculture need to be heeded. 

Tau Tona mine, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th August 2016 A gold mine situated on the West Wits line, south of Carletonville, in South Africa’s North West province. 

Minister calls on mines to take ‘extraordinary measures’ to prevent fatalities

By: Ilan Solomons     29th July 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has lamented the sharp rise in mining-related fatalities this year and called for “extraordinary measures” to be taken to prevent further fatalities occurring in the sector. Speaking at a health and safety Imbizo at diversified miner Sibanye Gold's... 

Zwane decries sharp increase in mine fatalities

By: Ilan Solomons     15th July 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Friday lamented the sharp rise in mining-related fatalities this year and called for “extraordinary measures” to be taken to prevent further fatalities occurring in the sector. Speaking at a health and safety Imbizo at diversified miner Sibanye Gold's... 

AngloGold Ashanti Surface Operations, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 A gold mine located to the north and south of the Vaal river, close to the town of Orkney, in South Africa’s North West province. 

Mponeng mine, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 A gold mine near the town of Carletonville, about 65 km west of Johannesburg, in South Africa. 

Harmony reports Kusasalethu fatality

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th April 2016 Gold mining company Harmony Gold on Monday reported a fatality at its Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville. Mining activities on the level where a fall-of-ground accident occurred have been halted as investigations got under way. 

Drought likely to pose water challenges for mines in the medium term

By: Ilan Solomons     18th March 2016 There is no evidence of water supply concerns related to the current drought compromising mining operations in South Africa, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) tells Mining Weekly. However, project management and engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV mining director Berte Simons... 

Drought likely to pose water challenges for mines in the medium term

By: Ilan Solomons     18th March 2016 There is currently no evidence of water supply issues, owing to the current drought, compromising mining operations in South Africa, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) tells Mining Weekly. However, project management and engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV mining director Berte... 

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