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SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction

By: Dylan Slater     13th July 2018 Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by... 

Mining Charter crucial, improvement needed – law firm

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th July 2018 It is important that the Mining Charter is given the attention it deserves if South Africa is serious about empowerment, says law firm ENSafrica natural resources and environment director Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame. The draft Mining Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry was... 

Ricardo Ribeiro

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Ricardo Ribeiro, the current operations director and MD-designate of Rosond, the drilling, geotechnical and grouting specialist company 

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction

By: Dylan Slater     13th July 2018 Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by... 

BHP makes contract offer to union at Escondida mine in Chile

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 BHP Billiton handed in a proposal for a new labor contract to the union at its Escondida copper mine in Chile that includes a salary readjustment linked to inflation and a $23 000 bonus per worker, the company said on Wednesday. The offer falls short of fulfilling some of the demands laid out... 

WFDB appoints World Diamond Mark chairperson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2018 Former Dubai Diamond Exchange president Peter Meeus has been appointed chairperson of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses’ (WFDB’s) World Diamond Mark (WDM) programme. “I am delighted that Peter has agreed to take over as chairperson of the WDM, which was created by the WFDB in 2012. Peter... 

Challenging times for transformation in the mining sector.

9th July 2018 The announcement of the third revision to the Mining Charter in June 2017 sparked a downward spiral for the South African mining industry. With the newest draft Mining Charter released in mid-June 2018, one would be optimistic that confidence could be restored with the progress in transformation... 

On-The-Air (06/07/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2018 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro has hit the high spots with the introduction of South Africa’s first ‘smart’ mine. A strongly black-empowered mining company is taking steps to raise money in London for its modern new phosphates operation in the Western Cape. The Bafokeng community is... 

Peter Steenkamp

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Peter Steenkamp, the CEO of Harmony Gold, a R29.8-billion gold-mining company that employs 31 114 people  

Cabinet’s failure to consider IRP threatens mid-August deadline

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2018 South Africa’s Cabinet did not deliberate on the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) at its most recent fortnightly meeting, potentially threatening Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s self-imposed mid-August deadline for finalising the long-awaited update to the electricity generation plan. Communications... 

Navin Singh

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Navin Singh, co-director of the Mandela Mining Precinct, South African mining's research, development and innovation hub. 

Considering the ownership element of the Draft Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry 2018

22nd June 2018 The long-awaited draft Broad-based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry, 2018 was published on Friday, 15 June 2018, following ongoing engagement with a broad range of stakeholders, including the Minerals Council of South Africa (previously the Chamber of... 

Skills needed in local quarrying industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 The surface mining association, Aspasa, raised awareness about skills shortages in the local opencast mining and quarrying profession through a presentation delivered to an international audience of peers at the Global Aggregates Information Network (Gain) conference, in Spain, last month. Skills... 

Alastair Macfarlane

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Alastair Macfarlane, the co-director of the Mandela Mining Precinct, which is re-establishing research and development capacity and capability for the South African mining industry at Carlow Road in Johannesburg 

Stop exploiting Africa, share resources, Pope tells Europe

By: Reuters     20th June 2018 Europe should stop exploiting Africa and invest in ways that benefit the continent more, including by sharing mineral wealth more equitably, Pope Francis said. "We must invest in Africa, but invest in an orderly way and create employment, not go there to exploit it," he told Reuters in a... 

Tahltan to receive C$7m a year from Brucejack taxes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th June 2018 The Tahltan First Nation will receive about C$7-million a year in tax revenue from the new Brucejack gold mine, under a revenue-sharing agreement between the British Columbia government and the Tahltan central government. The Brucejack mine, in north-western British Columbia, is expected to... 

Virtual reality blast wall, cube providing ‘memorable’ training

By: Nadine James     15th June 2018 Virtual reality (VR) solutions provider Simulated Training Solution’s (STS’s) world-first VR blast wall and its VR cube have resulted in efficient, effective and memorable training programmes for Anglo American Platinum’s Engineering Services Training Centre (ESTC) in Randfontein, and Murray and... 

Sibusiso Mabuza

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Sibusiso Mabuza, founder and CEO of Aluwani Capital Partners, an independent black-owned investment management business, which recently announced the launch of a junior mining fund capped at R5-billion 

Mining companies combating malaria scourge – ICMM

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2018 Mining companies are taking firm steps to help combat the scourge of malaria, which affects 3.3-billion people worldwide and kills a child every 30 seconds. International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) health, safety and product stewardship director John Atherton reports that: 

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2018 South Africa has succeeded in creating a meticulous set of mineral reporting codes that continue to gain international recognition. The South African Mineral Reporting Codes (Samcodes), which protect investors, are currently so highly regarded that in October South Africa will host a large... 

Gregory Petersen

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Gregory Petersen, the senior manager for enterprise and supplier development for De Beers Consoldated Mines, which is investing $2-billion in a new underground diamond mine at Venetia, in Limpopo province. 

Mandela Mining Precinct partner boasts simulation capabilities, serves as ‘test-bed’ for Mining 4.0 technologies 

By: Nadine James     7th June 2018 SiMINE @ Mandela Mining Precinct, located at Carlow Road in Johannesburg, effectively offers two core services – experiential mining simulation as well as a “test bed” for Mining 4.0 principles and systems – for the betterment of the industry, says SiMINE director Gary Lane. He explains that... 

Southern has copper giants in the crosshairs with Peru expansion

By: Bloomberg     1st June 2018 Southern Copper is preparing to scale the ranking of global producers by spending more than $10-billion in Peru and Mexico, taking advantage of rising prices underpinned by years of industry belt-tightening. The fifth-largest copper producer hopes to start work on its Tia Maria project in Peru... 

Edwin Dreyer

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Edwin Dreyer, owner and executive director of Thos Begbie Holdings, a R220-million, 160-employee manufacturer of components for smelting and processing operations in the pyrometallurgical industry utilising foundry castings and heavy engineered and machined... 

Ottawa buys Kinder Morgan pipeline, expansion project for C$4.5bn

By: Henry Lazenby     29th May 2018 Ottawa announced on Tuesday that it has reached agreement with pipeline builder and operator Kinder Morgan to buy the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and associated controversial expansion project for C$4.5-billion, in the clearest-yet government signal that the oil expansion project is of... 

New Online Licensing Platform allows for greater functionality and increased utilisation

25th May 2018 After months of development work and consultation with MICROMINE’s global client base, Micromine 2018 was released in March this year and includes a range of exciting new features and enhancements to help improve the mine planning process. Micromine 2018 is the market leading exploration and mine... 

Sierra Leone president to push review of mining law, contracts 

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Sierra Leone's new president will follow through with campaign promises to review mining contracts and consider changes to the law that would ensure the West African nation benefits from its natural resources, his spokesperson told Reuters. Sierra Leone, which is recovering from a devastating... 

Application deadline for Amplats bursary scheme extended to month-end

By: Nadine James     25th May 2018 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has extended the application period for its bursary scheme until May 30. The scheme is designed to give young professionals an entry into the company and will provide bursars with an academic qualification as well as the job skills necessary to launch a... 

Gavin Chamberlain

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Gavin Chamberlain, COO of Kore Potash, a junior mining company developing a potash mine in Republic of the Congo 

New Online Licensing Platform allows for greater functionality and increased utilisation

22nd May 2018 After months of development work and consultation with MICROMINE’s global client base, Micromine 2018 was released in March this year and includes a range of exciting new features and enhancements to help improve the mine planning process. Micromine 2018 is the market leading exploration and mine... 

Soaring coal royalties give Qld infrastructure spending a boost

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd May 2018 Queensland coal royalties would soar to a record A$3.7-billion in the 2018 financial year, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) predicted on Tuesday. QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane said the A$536-million increase on the government’s previous royalty estimates would allow the state government to... 

WA signs co-op agreement with Argentina

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th May 2018 The Western Australian government has signed an agreement with the government of Argentina to build a stronger mining and resource relationship between the two regions. Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will help develop a mutually rewarding... 

Learning opportunity on mining training’s competitive edge 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2018 The objective of the impressive Murray & Roberts Training Academy in Carletonville is to make mining workplaces safer, more productive, technically proficient and values driven. 

Learning opportunity on mining training’s competitive edge 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2018 The objective of the impressive Murray & Roberts Training Academy in Carletonville is to make mining workplaces safer, more productive, technically proficient and values driven. 

Vedanta chairperson outlines KCM long term growth plan

18th May 2018 Employees of natural resources company Vedanta Resources subsidiary copper mining and smelting company Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) should feel secure and understand that the company cares for them as it rolls out its ‘Path to Growth’ to boost copper production, states Vedanta Resources chairperson... 

Anil Agarwal

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Anil Agarwal, the founder and chairperson of Vedanta Resources, a company that has invested $1.7-billion in Southern Africa so far and is looking to invest another $700-million to $800-million in a zinc smelter-refinery complex in South Africa's Northern Cape.  

Jerry White

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Jerry White, the marketing consultant of the mine-to-market producer of platinum group metals, Northam Platinum. 

To succeed as a ‘sunrise industry’, SA mining must widen ownership, meet other challenges

11th May 2018 The following has been adapted from a chapter Towards Mining Vision 2030, by Joel Netshitenzhe, ANC NEC member and executive director of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) in a book on The Political Economy of Mining in South Africa, to be published in 2018 by Mistra. 

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