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Fura closes in on Colombian emerald mine buy; to create single-stop Dubai-based gemstone shop

By: Henry Lazenby     13th January 2018 Canadian gemstone-focused miner Fura Gems is setting up a single-stop destination in Dubai, where rubies and emeralds produced from its Mozambique and Colombian assets will be graded and sold at the Almas Tower. “The Almas Tower is arguably one of the most secure spaces in the world, from where... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2018 South Africa needs to aim towards smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing. “It’s about taking all the major sectors of the economy forward, with each feeding on the other,” says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) research and information head Jorge Maia of the roles... 

Port Elizabeth manganese export terminal to be transferred to Port of Ngqura

By: Anine Kilian     12th January 2018 State-owned Transnet has confirmed that its manganese export facility at the Port of Port Elizabeth will be transferred to the neighbouring Port of Ngqura by October 2023, where the commodity will continue to serve as an important catalyst for economic growth and development. During a site visit... 

Dell to recycle gold from e-waste for use in new motherboards, jewellery

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2018 Technology company Dell is piloting a project to recover gold from used electronics for use in new computer motherboards and jewellery. Dell has partnered with Wistron GreenTech, which uses an environmentally responsible extraction process to break the used electronics down into individual... 

Centamin appoints two board members, COO, as chairperson signals retirement

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2018 LSE- and TSX-listed Centamin has made several changes to its board and senior management as it transitions “into the next phase” of growth. This comes as executive chairperson Josef El-Raghy notified the company of his intention to retire by the end of this year. 

Output and exports from Colombia's Cerrejon coal mine fell in 2017

By: Reuters     10th January 2018 Production and exports at Cerrejon, Colombia's largest thermal coal mine, fell in 2017 for the third straight year as heavy rainfall affected operations, the mine's owners said on Wednesday. Output reached 31.9-million tonnes in 2017, 0.3% below the previous year. Exports totalled 31.7-million... 

Workers at Colombia's Cerrejon coal mine say they could strike over wages

By: Reuters     10th January 2018 Union workers at Colombia's largest coal mine, Cerrejon, could strike if disagreements at negotiations for wages and benefits are not resolved by January 19, the main union's president said on Tuesday. A strike at the Cerrejon mine, which produces 32-million tonnes of coal a year, or about 37%... 

CMTI Group gears up to supply gold, platinum mines

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th January 2018 Mining equipment and machinery supplier CMTI Group, which started operations at its Gauteng-based factory last year, aims to raise $20-million before the close of the first quarter of this year to increase its production capacity. Initial indications and expressions of interest from potential... 

Adani Australia port must refinance soon or face rating cut

By: Bloomberg     9th January 2018 An Australian deep water port linked to one of the world’s biggest planned coal mines should lock in refinancing within six months of a loan maturing in November to safeguard credit ratings on its debt, according to S&P Global Ratings. Adani Abbot Point Terminal in Australia’s Queensland state,... 

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Improving the quality of life of the South African people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “Significant strides” were made in 2017 in fighting poverty, inequality, and unemployment, he said in his new year’s... 

Philippines miners adopt Canadian mining sustainability principles

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) has announced that it will adopt a mining sustainability standard developed by the Mining Association of Canada, called the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. The announcement made the Philippines the first Southeast Asian nation to adopt... 

BC govt refuses KGHM’s Ajax environmental permit

By: Henry Lazenby     15th December 2017 The British Columbia provincial government on Thursday refused to issue Polish base metals miner KGHM Polska Miedź’s Ajax copper/gold mine a provincial environmental certificate, saying the adverse effects of the project outweigh the potential benefits. The news is a blow to the nearby City of... 

Company fills gap in market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Platinum group metal (PGM) tailings reprocessing company Tailing Technology (Tailtech) is investigating the potential development of a tailings plant to add value to an existing operation owned by platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  

Small- and medium-scale operations punted as ‘the future’ of mining

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 With industrial mining on the decline, smaller- to medium-scale mining operations are the future, according to Bench Marks Foundation South Africa lead researcher David van Wyk. Addressing delegates at the Science Business Society Dialogue Conference on Linking Science, Society, Business and... 

Biggest Australian business lender to stop new coal mine funding

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2017 National Australia Bank (NAB) pledged to stop funding new thermal coal mine developments and boost lending to renewable energy projects as part of global efforts to tackle climate change. “While we will continue to support our existing customers across the mining and energy sectors, including... 

Silicosis: we’re close to a deal with the mines, says miners’ attorney

By: News24Wire      12th December 2017 A settlement between thousands of sick gold miners and the mining industry is possible before the end of the year, according to one of the attorneys for the sick mineworkers. More than 100 000 mineworkers and former mineworkers, and their dependants, are claiming damages for contracting silicosis... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 South Africa must urgently break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector to ensure the proper use of this country’s world-class mineral resources, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In an article on the CR17 Siyavuma campaign website, ahead of this... 

Mkango receives conditional TSX-V approval for Talaxis transaction

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th December 2017 The TSX-V has conditionally accepted dual-listed Mkango Resources’ transaction with Noble Group subsidiary Talaxis, which will invest £12-million to fund a bankable feasibility study (BFS) at Mkango’s Songwe Hill rare-earth project in Malawi. "We are very pleased to announce conditional... 

Mine fatalities in South Africa rise first time in decade 

By: Bloomberg     8th December 2017 For the first time in almost a decade, more people are dying in South African mines, the world’s deepest and among the most dangerous. There were 81 fatalities from January through November, according to data from the Chamber of Mines, an industry lobby group. Harmony Gold Mining Co. reported a... 

Billionaire's mine financing hurdles fuel bondholder jitters

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2017 The Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises is learning how one financing problem can lead to headaches for debt investors elsewhere as it tries to secure money for one of the world’s biggest coal mines. Three of China’s largest banks this week ruled out any involvement in financing the mine in... 

SA government takes healthcare services to Kuruman mineworkers

By: African News Agency      6th December 2017 Mineworkers in the manganese-rich town of Kuruman, in the Northern Cape, are set to benefit from integrated healthcare and social services after government partnered with the mining industry and workers associations to launch a centre on Tuesday. The One Stop Health Service Centre is aimed at... 

Queensland’s DMRM slaps Rockland with suspension directive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st December 2017 Queensland copper producer CuDeco has temporarily suspended processing plant operations at its Rocklands copper mine, after an investigation by the Department of Mineral Resources and Mines (DNRM) on Thursday identified a number of safety issues. The suspension would remain in place pending... 

Chairlift system to augment safety at Orkney mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2017 A 180-m-long, footwall-mounted chairlift system will be installed at gold miner Tau Lekoa Gold Mining Company’s mine near Orkney, in the North West, in January to assist the mine with daily operations and enhance its safety. Energy distribution, automation, communication, transportation and roof... 

Alcohol abuse long-standing issue, drug abuse growing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2017 Growing drug and alcohol abuse at mines in South Africa is especially prevalent in newer mining areas, such as the North West, where living arrangements of the general workforce foster such behaviour, drug and alcohol testing equipment and accessories company Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans informs... 

South Zambezi delivers Engineering services: for Africa by Africans 

By: Tracy Hancock     1st December 2017 South Zambezi corporate director Sikanyisiwe Phiri and Makoko Makgonye discuss its role in developing Africa 

Nkhesani Masekoa

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2017 This week Mining Weekly featuers Nkhesani Masekoa, the Chief Research Operations Officer of the Mine Health and Safety Council of South Africa 

Small-scale mining has big future but requires formalisation, planning

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th November 2017 With industrial mining on the decline, smaller- to medium-scale mining operations are the future, according to Bench Marks Foundation South Africa lead researcher David van Wyk. Addressing delegates at the Science Business Society Dialogue Conference on Linking Science, Society, Business and... 

A-OSH EXPO leads the way in mining safety considerations

     29th November 2017 ‘Safety first!’ should always be an imperative in the mining industry, and it has come under the spotlight both locally and globally in the recent past.  In November 2017, the South African Chamber of Mines expressed concern over the rising number of fatalities in the country’s mines, after... 

IDC outlines actions for mining industry to inch closer to success

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th November 2017 While the Toronto Declaration-based standards for the mining industry, adopted by the International Council of Metals and Mining, are broadly accepted as encompassing mines’ social licence to operate, only an “arrogant or stupid person” would argue that all relevant standards have been met, says... 

Charter focuses on jobs, economic and social benefits for the Pilbara

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2017 The Western Australian resources industry has committed to work with the state government to provide increased social and economic benefits to communities in the Pilbara. The Pilbara Collaboration Charter was signed on Friday by Premier Mark McGowan, Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) Reg... 

Kingsgate chair tears into Metal Tiger

By: Mariaan Webb     24th November 2017 Ross Smyth-Kirk, the chairperson of Australian miner Kingsgate Consolidated, had strong words for shareholder Metal Tiger and its CEO, Michael McNeilly, this week, slamming the UK firm’s call for a boardroom coup as an “opportunistic attempt to steal” the assets of the company. Metal Tiger,... 

Relays assist with cable-theft detection

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s Proloc and ProBeck electronic protection and control relays have been designed for motor protection, as well as cable-theft detection, in diverse industries, including ventilation and cooling applications in mining and quarrying. 

International Sos Reveals Ipsos Mori Global Business Resilience Trends Watch Survey Results And Launches 2018 Travel Risk Ratings Map.

     20th November 2017 Travel Risk Map webinars are open to the public and you can register here. The top 3 reasons most organisations in Africa modified itineraries of their business travellers and assignees in the last year were: Security threats (63%), Country risk ratings (41%) and civil unrest (36%). 

Financial provisioning regulations a game changer – law firm

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 The National Environmental Management Act’s (Nema’s) Financial Provisioning Regulations are a game changer because of the level of detail they require from mining companies, as well as the increased levels of liability they have established, says mining law firm Webber Wentzel. Webber Wentzel... 

Zambian mining sector edging closer to ‘zero harm’

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 The atmosphere at the Zambian mining industry’s third annual Health and Safety Conference, held in Ndola on November 2 and 3, was particularly positive as, at the time, the industry was firmly on course for a fatality-free year, the Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM) reports. This was significant, as... 

Mkango shares jump on Talaxis investments

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2017 The share price of Mkango Resources on the LSE surged by up to 135% on Thursday afternoon after the company reported securing a £12-million direct investment that will enable the funding of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) for its Songwe Hill rare-earth project, in Malawi. The company’s shares... 

Richland sees signs of sapphire pricing recovery

By: Mariaan Webb     13th November 2017 Aim-listed Richland Resources’ strategy shift to larger-scale sales events appears to be yielding results, with CEO Bernard Olivier reporting on Monday that the company had started to see signs of prices recovering. Richland, which owns the Capricorn mine in Queensland, achieved total sales... 

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