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Australian miners embracing automation in quest for improved safety, efficiency

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd November 2018 While the phrase ‘automation’ might evoke visions of a Schwarzenegger-esque future in which machines rise up to take over the world, it has come to have a distinctly different connotation in Australia. From drones being used to safely map, survey and explore mining operations to autonomous trains... 

Amplats extends Zizwe Batlase contract at Amandelbult Complex

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2018 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Wednesday announced that the contract with joint venture (JV) company Zizwe Batlase for the provision of strip-mining services at the Amandelbult Complex has been extended. Zizwe Batlase is 51% owned by the local community of Baphalane through... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

Jeff Christian

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Jeff Christian, the managing partner of CPM Group LLC, a firm engaged in commodities market research, consulting, financial advisory and asset management. 

Bid to have Lonmin’s mining licence suspended heads to court

By: News24Wire      25th October 2018 The Mining Forum of SA heads to the North West High Court, Mahikeng, this week to have Lonmin's mining licence suspended. The forum says Lonmin has not met the commitments of its Social and Labour Plan (SLP), according to a GroundUp report. It also wants the mining rights of Lonmin-controlled... 

Community Development Agreements compulsory for mining in Malawi

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 A new Mining Act anticipated to be promulgated in Malawi this year will make it compulsory for all mining companies to undertake Community Development Agreements (CDAs). Describing it as an “important change,” AECOM Senior Specialist Karien Lotter explains that companies must commit a... 

Terence Goodlace

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Terence Goodlace, the nonexecutive director of Gold Fields, Kumba Iron Ore and AfriTin, and the former CEO of Impala Platinum 

Increased urgency to improve mine health, safety – Mantashe 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th October 2018 The increase in mining fatalities in South Africa’s mining sector over the past two years has increased the urgency of improving health and safety in the sector, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Speaking at the opening of the Mine Health and Safety Summit, in Benoni, he... 

Waheed Sulaiman

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Waheed Sulaiman, the CEO of Wescoal, a 400-employee, R750-milion South African coal mining and trading company 

SAPSDA joins SASSDA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 In 2013 the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma®) was requested by the dti as well as ESKOM to form the South African Pump Cluster and in order to comply with the dti requirement to form a cluster, Sapma had to change from being an employer’s association to become a development... 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2018 An experienced electricity system modeller has corrected a suggestion that the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) uses levelised cost assumptions for the various generation technologies tested, explaining that overnight capital cost assumptions for each technology are key inputs. The... 

BC market regulator settles with Nickel One president

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2018 The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) has reached a settlement agreement with the president of a junior mineral exploration company that filed a deficient technical report. Carl Vance Loeber is the president and a director of Nickel One Resources, a junior mineral exploration company... 

Hashveer Singh

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 this week Mining Weekly features Hashveer Singh, hed of Enable-E-Africa, part of SCC minerals group, which supports small and medium business development 

Mining tech boosts competitiveness, efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th October 2018 The miners of today look to create greater efficiencies to ensure their sustainability and profitability, which is greatly enabled with technology, a panel of speakers agreed during day two of the Joburg Indaba. Accenture Resources Africa MD Cameron Tandy said in a separate statement that the... 

Capacitate communities to facilitate more meaningful engagements – Joburg Indaba panel

By: Nadine James     4th October 2018 Communities cannot participate on an equal nor meaningful level with mining companies if they are not adequately capacitated and informed by the industry, Sibanye-Stillwater stakeholder engagement head Thabisile Phumo said in a panel discussion during the Joburg Indaba on Thursday. She stated... 

DBCM, partners invest R27m in upgrading primary school near Voorspoed mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 De Beers Group has, through its De Beers Fund, partnered with the Free State Department of Education and Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) to invest R27-million on the construction of a school in its labour sending area community of Maokeng, in Kroonstad. The construction of Phuleng primary school,... 

Roedie Naude

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Roedie Naude, director of Energy & Industry at Hilti South Africa, which provides and sales and support to the energy and industry sector 

Irony of resource-rich Africa remaining poor must be reversed

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2018 There are many world leaders holding thumbs that Africa will move to the next level in the not too distant future. Encouraging African steps just taken include the African Continental Free Trade Agreement between 44 African Union member states, with the goal of creating a single market. But even... 

Ramaphosa aims to crowd in private resources for infrastructure fund

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed the creation of a public-private infrastructure fund at the heart of an economic stimulus and recovery plan, otherwise constrained by South Africa’s serious fiscal constraints. In unveiling the plan during a briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on... 

On-The-Air (21/09/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 Japan is forecasting a massive market for fuel cells that use South African platinum; South African company Isondo this week reported that it is at the ready to produce fuel cell components locally; and Global commentators this week called on resource-rich African countries to use their wonderful... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Africa needs to invest in fuel cell technology

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Countries are recognising the value and future impact that fuel cells and hydrogen technologies will provide. Now is the time for Africa to join this global movement and invest in the fuel cell future, says Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association... 

Growing demand for synthetics not a threat to natural diamonds

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 Although the global diamond market is currently worth about $87-billion, laboratory-grown diamonds only constitute 2% of that market, or $1.9-billion, says New York-based independent diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky. While the laboratory-grown diamond jewellery market is forecast to grow to about... 

Mine looks to increase local labour force

14th September 2018 Canada-based mining and metals company First Quantum Minerals (FQM) aims to achieve a target of sourcing 25% of its employees from the surrounding area of the North-Western province of Zambia for the Sentinel mine in Kalumbila. The miner states that its local employment figures have continued to... 

Nanoparticle tech allows gemstone origin confirmation

14th September 2018 Gemstone mining company Gemfields has again partnered with Swiss gemologist Gübelin Gem Lab to embed nanoparticles proving origin into all Kagem emerald mine emeralds that were sold at auction in Lusaka, in Zambia in May. Gemfields is the operator and 75% owner of the Kagem mine and also holds... 

Growing demand for synthetics not a threat to natural diamonds

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 Although the global diamond market is currently worth about $87-billion, laboratory-grown diamonds only constitute 2% of that market, or $1.9-billion, says New York-based independent diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky. While the laboratory-grown diamond jewellery market is forecast to grow to about... 

Fred Arendse

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Fred Arendse, the CEO of the SCC Group, a diversified operating minerals investment company. 

Environmentally-Friendly Augmented-Reality Welding Simulators For Welding Students At TVET Colleges

11th September 2018 The new augmented-reality welding training solution from Sangari Education The blue collar skills shortage in South Africa is estimated at around one million jobs.  To meet this demand, training is essential, but the machinery needed is expensive.  Providing theory and no practical training is... 

Henry Jonker

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Henry Jonker, Vice President Mining & Minerals of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region of Wood plc, the 240-employee project house 

DRDGold shares leap on higher-grade fillip 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 A 10% increase in gold production provided an important fillip for surface gold mining company DRDGold, which benefitted from high-grade sand material in the 12 months to June 30. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, which saw its share price rise by 6.09% in early morning trade,... 

Fred Botha

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Fred Botha, CEO of JSE-listed Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies, the R800-million , 300-employee nonferrous metals-focused company 

Advanced FST uplifting the youth

28th August 2018 Electra Mining Africa-exhibitor Advanced Fire Suppression Technologies (Advanced FST), in conjunction with Pietermaritzburg-based Rural Metro Emergency Management Services, has rolled out a learnership programme that sees participants gain a certificate in fire rescue operations upon completion. 

Protecting the mining industry from effects of lightning

24th August 2018 Lightning threatens production in every industry in South Africa and the mining industry is no different, says the newly appointed national director of the Earthing and Lightning Protection Association (ELPA), Richard Evert, urging the industry to comply with regulations to protect their assets. 

Michael Quinert

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Michael Quinert, the executive chairperson of the ASX-listed West Wits Mining Limited gold exploration and production company, active on South AFrica's West Rand 

South Africa should set out with iron will to achieve benchmarks of world’s top mining jurisdiction

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2018 Way before the new millennium, leading South African gold mining companies organising secondary listings on global stock exchanges would say how determined they were to meet the so-called Ontario benchmark, a safety level attained by Canadian mining companies that became the Holy Grail for... 

Nothing comes before safe production – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2018 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday spent the most part of its half-year presentation of financial results reiterating ongoing commitment to safe production and taking safety to the next level. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, which reported 26%-higher... 

Five themes for five days of Electra Mining Africa

23rd August 2018 The stage is set and organisers and attendees alike are gearing up for the start of this year’s mining and industry extravaganza, which will see more than 900 exhibitors converge on Johannesburg in September. 

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