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SRK, industry loses leading light

By: Nadine James     11th July 2018 One of SRK Consulting’s three founding members, Dr Oskar Steffen, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, in Johannesburg. He was 77 years old. Steffen was born in Swaziland, where he completed his schooling. He left for Johannesburg in 1956 to study civil engineering at the University of the... 

Epiroc South Africa encourages employee wellness in the home and work space

11th July 2018 With employee wellness at the core of Epiroc South Africa’s ethos, the company addressed the important topic of stress management in support of World Safety Day 2018. The World Health Organisation’s safety day focus this year was on child labour. However, globally Epiroc decided to focus on... 

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... 

Latest Komatsu production loaders cut operating costs, boost performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th July 2018 Komatsu has released upgraded low-emission Tier 4 engine powered versions of its WA500 and WA600 production loaders, with enhancements that see them consuming less fuel while delivering increased productivity and operating efficiency. The new WA500-8, powered by a Komatsu SAA6D140E-7 engine rated... 

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... 

Occupational disease prevention campaign launched

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 Workplace health and safety compensation funds Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA), Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company and the Department of Labour Compensation Fund, as well as the Department of Mineral Resources, on Thursday launched the Occupational Disease Prevention Campaign, in... 

Former coal lobbyist takes over EPA from embattled chief Pruitt

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2018 The new head of the EPA is a former Senate staffer who has worked behind the scenes to quash climate change legislation and promote coal. Andrew Wheeler, 53, now the Environmental Protection Agency’s No. 2 official, will take over Monday as acting administrator following the resignation of Scott... 

New wheel dozer to drive productivity levels

6th July 2018 Global mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has released the new Cat 814K – a wheel dozer that delivers “operating comfort, efficiency and serviceability advancements”. The wheel dozer’s features include a new, sound-suppressed cab, an efficient power unit and transmission... 

Petra to sell KEM JV stake to Ekapa for R300m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2018 LSE-listed Petra Diamonds and its black economic empowerment partners plan to sell their 75.9% interest in the Kimberley Epaka Mining (KEM) joint venture (JV) to JV partner Ekapa Mining for about R300-million. The KEM JV incorporates the Kimberley Underground mine, extensive tailings retreatment... 

Kropz eyeing dual listing

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2018 Emerging plant nutrient producer Kropz is eyeing a dual listing on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange in addition to seeking admission to trade on the Aim in London, where it intends raising equity capital to fund the completion of its advanced-stage phosphates project in South Africa, cut debt... 

Band-It clamping solutions to be showcased at Electra Mining Africa

4th July 2018 Challenging market conditions in the mining industry necessitate the use of innovative, simple-to-use systems that provide for high-quality and cost-effective solutions. This will be the focus of Banding & Identification (ID) Solutions Africa’s presence at Electra Mining Africa 2018 at Nasrec... 

Good Partnerships Can Lower Mining Contractors’ Cycle Times

25th June 2018 When planning and implementing load-haul mining contracts, the importance of close cooperation between contractor and customer cannot be over-emphasised, says Graeme Campbell, commercial and operations manager of Raubex Group company SPH Kundalila. “It begins with the customer providing relevant... 

Victoria reveals changes to EPA

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd June 2018 Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio has introduced the Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 into Parliament, which will give the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) the powers and tools it needs to stop pollution. The Bill was part of the Victorian government’s A$180-million... 

Rham Equipment wants to improve safety and efficiency using IoT

By: Donald Makhafola     22nd June 2018 South African manufacturer of specialised mining and hydraulic equipment Rham Equipment is investing in advanced technology to ease equipment maintenance, where real-time data will be measured and used to make better decisions. Rham Equipment capital sales manager Francois van der Merwe says the... 

Alrosa to lower production at International underground mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Russian mining major Alrosa has revised the production plan of its International underground mine, near Mirny, as it takes a tougher stance on health and safety management. The production plan for 2018 remains unchanged at 36.6-million carats, but under the revised plan for 2019 to 2022, output... 

Report alleges miners inadequately disclose information on environmental rehabilitation costs

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 Neither the law, nor the accounting standards governing company disclosures, ensure the necessary transparency and accountability about financial provision for environmental rehabilitation, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) alleges in its ‘Full Disclosure: The Truth about Mining... 

Sibanye-Stillwater appoints safety exec, to fund study to enhance risk management

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Following a spate of fatalities at its South African mines this year, Sibanye-Stillwater has committed to funding an independent study, to be conducted by a visiting academic at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), with the aim of developing practical recommendations for enhancing risk... 

Mines chief inspector compiling report on Sibanye-Stillwater accidents – Mantashe

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 The acting chief inspector of mines is compiling a report on all accidents that occurred at Sibanye-Stillwater mining operations since the beginning of this year, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Sunday. "This will enable us to take appropriate action, guided by the Mine Health... 

Trump's coal gambit may yield political points, not mining jobs

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2018 The Trump administration’s plan for reviving coal power plants is unlikely to resurrect mining jobs but may boost the president’s support among crucial Rust Belt voters before the midterm elections that will determine which party controls Congress. President Donald Trump has asked Energy... 

Copper veteran has unfinished business at biggest openpit

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2018 Nelson Pizarro wants to remain at the helm of the world’s biggest copper company until he can cut the ribbon on a project to convert its flagship pit into a giant underground mine. He’s been in mining for most of his 77 years, with the last four spent guiding state-owned Codelco through a... 

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: 

Gemfields’ latest auction nets $71.8m

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2018 JSE-listed Pallinghurst Resources’ Gemfields subsidiary sold about 95% of its lots on offer at an auction of rough rubies held in Singapore last week. The auction yielded an all-time auction record for the company, generating $71.8-million in revenues with the rubies sold at an average realised... 

Teck recognised for its corporate citizenship

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2018 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources has been recognised as one of the top companies in Canada for corporate citizenship by media and investment research company Corporate Knights, marking the twelfth consecutive year Teck has been named to the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada ranking.... 

Diamond industry longevity on the line

By: Paige Müller     8th June 2018 The implementation of enabling mining policies by government is key in safeguarding the South African diamond industry from further decline and a worrying contraction, says Global Diamond Network consultant and industry heavyweight Dr John Bristow. Bristow states that the local diamond mining... 

Resources company on target for PFS completion

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Diversified resources company Savannah Resources says the company is well on target to complete the Mutamba prefeasibility study (PFS) in early 2019, as stage one of the PFS is well advanced and includes a gap analysis, an options review, project planning and budget finalisation for stage two of... 

Major graphite development shows Mozambique resource potential

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Australian resources company and graphite miner Syrah Resources says the Balama graphite project is the first major resources development in Mozambique for several years, with the company, along with the Mozambique government, “demonstrating the importance of operating stability in Mozambique to... 

Global view of clean air as a human right highlighting need for clean coal, emissions-destroying platinum

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2018 Globally, clean air is being seen as a human right, even in dictatorial parts of the world, which has seen vigorous public protest against air pollution that damages health. People of the world are demanding that air ceases to contain particles that penetrate their lungs and causes illness, with... 

Mantashe says dept paying attention to seismicity to avoid fatalities

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday that the death-toll increase in mining accidents was a serious concern, adding that the department's Council for Geoscience (CGS) and other stakeholders were paying special attention into seismicity.  Since the beginning of 2018, a total... 

Artisanal mining should be legalised – analyst  

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 As industrial mining for gold declines, artisanal mining for gold in abandoned, ownerless and derelict mines will increase, making way for artisanal miners to mine abandoned shafts, says mining analyst David van Wyk. Addressing delegates during a mining seminar at Sustainability Week 2018, in... 

Goldcorp signs IBA with three First Nation communities in Ontario

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed Goldcorp and three First Nation communities – Brunswick House, Chapleau Cree and Chapleau Ojibwe – have signed an impacts and benefits agreement (IBA) with respect to the development and operation of the Borden gold project, near Chapleau, in northern Ontario.  

Multistakeholder initiative launched to address sustainable mine closure challenges

By: Nadine James     5th June 2018 Private and public sector entities officially launched a sustainable mine closure collaborative platform, called the Mine Water Coordinating Body (MWCB), at the Nedbank-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) Business Foundation Networking Forum, hosted in Sandton, on Tuesday. The MWCB... 

Mining industry stakeholders pledge to do more to achieve zero harm  

By: Anine Kilian     4th June 2018 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater is concerned that a plateau has been reached in reducing fatalities in South Africa’s mining industry and believes a different and collaborative approach involving all stakeholders is needed for the industry to achieve its aspiration of zero harm. It was... 

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... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 Deep-sea mining is yet to become a major mining activity, and not much is known about undersea deposits of minerals. However, some role-players in the mining industry are claiming that the deep-sea floor could be host to an abundant and untapped resource of highly sought-after commodities, which... 

‘Law does not adequately protect pregnant women working in risk environments’

By: Nadine James     1st June 2018 The legislature should amend the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA) to protect pregnant employees working in risk environments, says Cliffe Dekker Hofmyer employment practice director Fiona Leppan. She says South African legislation does not provide adequate protection for pregnant women working in... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 Deep-sea mining is yet to become a major mining activity, and not much is known about undersea deposits of minerals. However, some role-players in the mining industry are claiming that the deep-sea floor could be host to an abundant and untapped resource of highly sought-after commodities, which... 

ICMM releases latest mining safety data of its members

30th May 2018 Today, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) released its annual safety data report on its member companies (1).  

ICMM is committed to strengthening the health and safety performance of its members and reducing operational fatalities to zero. As part of this commitment we... 

Two coal IPPs would cost S Africa an additional R20bn, not in public interest – report 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 A report released by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) shows that government’s planned independent power producer (IPP) coal plants – Thabametsi and Khanyisa – would cost South Africa an additional R19.68-billion compared with a least-cost energy system.  

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