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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... 

Integration: the key to improving our mining future

28th May 2018 Visualisation and technology-integration are key themes for mining IT and software developers and they are not surprisingly continue to be the most talked about from a mine management and reporting point of view, collaboration and partnering are two hot themes that continue to be driven... 

Billionaire's battered miner may face investor, political unrest

By: Bloomberg     28th May 2018 A troubled 2018 so far for billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta may get worse amid concern that its key copper smelter in southern India could remain shut until 2019, further pressuring a stock that’s down 25% since the start of the year. Deadly protests last week over alleged pollution from the... 

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... 

Only one-third of the 15 largest copper producers reported positive production trends – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Only about one-third of the 15 largest copper producers with output of more than 40 000 t of copper per quarter reported positive production trends during the first quarter of this year, driving quarter-on-quarter output 4.8% or 136 548 t lower, a new report by S&P Global has found. However, on... 

Oil pipeline plot thickens as British Columbia files Alberta suit over ‘tariff-like’ Act

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2018 A significant disruption in the supply of gasoline, diesel and crude oil from Alberta to British Columbia would cause British Columbia “irreparable harm” and could “injure human health and safety in remote communities”, the provincial government argued in a statement of claim filed in Alberta's... 

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... 

US top court takes up challenge to Virginia uranium mining ban

By: Reuters     21st May 2018 The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether states have the right to ban uranium mining for public health reasons in a dispute over a moratorium Virginia put in place on the radioactive metal in 1982. The court will hear a bid by a Virginia Energy Resources Inc subsidiary and other... 

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. 

Expo will facilitate interaction among sectors of Zambian economy

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     18th May 2018 The Caminex trade expo, which will be held from June 5 to 7 at the Kitwe showgrounds, in Zambia, provides a platform to facilitate interaction among various sectors of the economy, says event co-organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio director Charlene Hefer. “It will promote... 

Comprehensive package facilitates fugitive dust management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2018 Fugitive dust emissions pose risks to mining companies, surrounding communities and the receiving environment, and require proper management to mitigate their effects, and environmental management company I-CAT is well poised to do so through its comprehensive solution offering. I-CAT... 

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. 

Widespread cable theft requires intervention

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2018 With the prevalence of cable theft at local mine sites, and the potential health and safety implications this has, it is imperative that companies take a proactive approach and implement preventative measures, asserts industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions SA (Banding... 

Copper coil device to clean contaminated water, field trials under way

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     18th May 2018 Nonprofit organisation promoting copper use in Africa the Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) is the sponsor of field tests being conducted for a copper coil device that can clean contaminated water. The device has been in development since 2013. Medical company Infection Control Africa... 

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... 

Communities oppose West Wits gold project

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 ASX-listed exploration and development company West Wits Mining’s South African subsidiary West Wits Mining MLI (West Wits MLI) is facing resistance from some of the affected communities surrounding the West Wits Mining Project (WWMP), located west of the Johannesburg Central Business District... 

South African mining is obliged to negotiate the many turning points and deciding moments confronting it with courage and care

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2018 Major turning points and crucial deciding moments continue to confront the South African mining industry, which can no longer flinch from negotiate them with fortitude and fairness. The industry has reached a point of being obliged to look long and to act strong when it comes to doing what is... 

Gold to maintain its significance for decades to come – WGC

By: Nadine James     17th May 2018 Having compiled and published the ‘Gold 2048: The next 30 years for Gold’ report, the World Gold Council (WGC) has concluded that gold will “continue to be recognised, appreciated and valued in the years ahead” The report, released on Thursday, looks at the next 30 years and considers ways in... 

Nuclear industry urged to address business case

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th May 2018 Decisions on the future energy mix for South Africa need to be forward looking, not backward looking. So affirmed EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland in his keynote address to the National Nuclear Regulator's second Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference on Wednesday. "Nuclear power in South Africa... 

The world’s first high visibility safety work wear wellington boot

16th May 2018 Brightboot launches its unique and innovative wellingtons at this year's Safety & Health Expo 2018 – Stand P172. Brightboot delivers a world first in combining safety footwear protection with compliant high visibility performance. Brightboot conform to the EN ISO 20345:2011 S5 HRO CI SRA footwear... 

Mantashe to rope in Police Minister over illegal mining issue

By: African News Agency      15th May 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday that he intends to have discussions with the Police Minister in a bid to curb illegal mining as the department vies to enforce regulations for artisanal mining.  Tabling the Department of Mineral Resource's R1.9-billion Budget Vote in... 

Mantashe prioritises policy, laments ‘inadequate’ budget allocation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will make policy and legislation one of its key priorities this year and has committed to finalising the Mining Charter in June, Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. Mantashe, who tabled the DMR’s Budget Vote in Parliament, listed the department’s... 

Injured Sibanye employees stable, one discharged from hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2018 One of the six employees who was hospitalised after sustaining injuries in a seismic-related incident at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein mine, earlier this month, has been discharged and is in good health.  

Ramaphosa’s ‘New Deal’ could revive investor confidence, restore fiscal discipline – Goldman Sachs

By: Anine Kilian     11th May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic policy platform – otherwise known as the ‘New Deal’ for South Africa – does not represent a significant philosophical departure from stated objectives in the existing National Development Plan (NDP), but Ramaphosa’s focus on economic stewardship and reform... 

Company continuously enhances core technologies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Mine management solutions provider Modular Mining Systems (MMS) is continuously working on making value-added enhancements to its core technologies, says MMS MD Lourens du Plessis. He says customer feedback plays an important role in how the company’s solutions evolve over time. “By engaging with... 

CoM reaffirms safety view

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2018 Ensuring colleagues return home safely and unharmed at the of every day should be the industry’s upper most priority, said the Chamber of Mines (CoM) in response to the picket at its offices, on Thursday, by a small group of Congress of South African Trade Unions and National Union of Mineworkers... 

Agarwal encouraging Anglo to accentuate South Africa link

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2018 Indian mining billionaire Anil Agarwal is encouraging Anglo American – in which he now holds more than 21% – to accentuate its link with South Africa, where the Vedanta Resources company he founded and chairs is successfully turning to highly positive account the zinc assets that Anglo walked... 

Mines urged to prioritise safety

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2018 Mining companies should regularly scrutinise their health and safety systems to ensure these comply with the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA), law firm Webber Wentzel health and safety practice partner Ken Coster advises.  

Coal miners next to launch lung disease compensation claims

By: Simone Liedtke     4th May 2018 The Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) Justice and Peace Commission and Richard Spoor Attorneys say coal miners are the next in line to seek compensation for occupational lung diseases. "The battle to secure justice for sick miners in South Africa is not over. We are working... 

Mantashe urges Sibanye-Stillwater to prioritise health, safety

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th May 2018 Greater attention needs to be paid to issues of safety, and particularly the protection of the lives of mineworkers, as opposed to the insistence on chasing production, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Friday after four employees died in a cave-in at Sibanye-Stillwater’s... 

MQA plans to review and develop 50 learning programmes

By: Donald Makhafola     4th May 2018 The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) has set a target to review and develop a total of 50 learning programmes in the 2018/19 financial year to remain at the cutting edge of new technology and skills development in the mining and mineral sector, in line with 2017/18 Sector Skills Plan (SSP).... 

Weir Minerals Africa to tackle mine dewatering using new model

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Mine dewatering equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa is exploring enhanced holistic measures to tackle mine dewatering in Africa. The company, a subsidiary of Scottish engineering company Weir Group PLC, has long provided the global and local mining and industrial sectors with sustainable and... 

3M showcases products that can be used in the fight against TB

By: Nadine James     4th May 2018 Mining solutions manufacturer 3M’s Live Life Breathe campaign intensified last month, when the company presented its message of tuberculosis (TB) eradication to the Women in Mining South Africa (WIMSA) organisation –  an organisation which 3M believes represents “South Africa’s industrial heart.”... 

DMR official dismayed that ‘a soldier is much safer than a South African coal miner’

By: Nadine James     4th May 2018 Department of Mineral Resources statistics demonstrate that, in terms of fatalities, the coal sector was the only sector that regressed in 2017, acting deputy chief inspector of mines Thabo Ngwenya told delegates at the Coalsafe 2018 conference in Secunda, last month. Ngwenya noted that, “in... 

Work starts on initial phases of Songwe feasibility study

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2018 Work has started on the initial phases of a feasibility study into Mkango Resources’ Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. Metallurgical optimisation is under way at laboratories in Australia and Canada, with the work programme having been scaled up following the receipt, in January, of... 

Kubayi-Ngubane to unveil Mandela Mining Precinct

By: Nadine James     30th April 2018 Science and Technology Minster Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will deliver the keynote address at the launch of the Mandela Mining Precinct, a Mining Phakisa initiative aimed at reviving South Africa’s flagging mining sector, on May 4. The Mandela Mining Precinct is aimed at supporting local... 

Exciting new mining research thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The new Mandela Mining Precinct will be officially opened on May 4 to revitalise and modernise South Africa’s high-potential but struggling mining industry. 

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