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Software solution aids tailings management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2018 Governance, risk and compliance software supplier IsoMetrix has developed the IsoMetrix tailings management solution (TMS) to specifically enable mining operations to manage their tailings storage facilities (TSFs) more effectively and responsively, as these are inherently environmentally risky,... 

Sustainable management of risks gains traction

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2018 Amid a range of land contamination issues in South Africa, mining houses are increasingly adapting their operations to be more holistic to curb environmental risks and create meaningful value for local stakeholders while achieving their objectives. Engineering consultancy WSP Africa environment... 

Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge

By: Dylan Slater     23rd March 2018 Illegal mining in South Africa requires a multi-pronged approach from both the mining industry and the government in an effort to better manage the situation. The violent gang-led tendencies of illegal mining in South Africa spills to the surface through inter-gang rivalry erupting in bloody... 

Civil society organisations oppose coal IPP generation licence applications

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2018 Civil society organisations will use next week’s public hearings into the generation licence applications for the Thabametsi and Khanyisa power station projects to raise their objections to the new coal-fired power stations that private developers plan to build in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The Life... 

US Congressional action underscores strong desire to establish domestic REE supply chains

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2018 Recent US Congressional actions point to a strong desire to establish domestic rare earth element (REE) supply chains, as the industry seeks to diversify away from dominant producer and consumer – China. Congress continues to work on the development of REE separation technologies, as evidenced by... 

Anglo says cleaning up mining will earn it billions in profit

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2018 Mining is a dirty business, but Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani says it doesn’t have to be. The miner of everything from copper to diamonds to iron ore is overhauling its sustainability targets, and predicts it can earn an extra $9-billion through 2030 by improving the way it mines and boosting... 

Australian Minerals Council backs TPP

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th March 2018 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has again lobbied for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), joining nine other national industry groups in issuing a policy brief setting out the reasons Australia should support the regional trade agreement. The TPP, which was signed by Trade Ministers... 

Rosond group successfully maintains its safety achievements

7th March 2018 The Rosond group continues to place the safety of their employees at the helm of their operations. This is evident in the recent safety achievement of six months with no Lost Time Injuries (LTI) as a group from July 2017 to January 2018, following a zero harm achievement in their past financial... 

Brazil court denies Norsk Hydro request to resume production

By: Reuters     6th March 2018 A Brazilian court denied a request by Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro to resume full operations at its unit Hydro Alunorte, the court said in a statement, in the latest setback after allegations it had contaminated water in the area. Norsk Hydro had appealed to a higher court after a judge... 

Sierra Leone to vote amid discontent over ebola, iron-ore

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2018 Sierra Leone will hold elections on Wednesday in which an unprecedented number of political parties will compete as discontent over the government’s handling of an economy battered by the Ebola outbreak has soared. The vote marks a departure from a decades-old tradition that mainly divided the... 

Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2018 Global mining exploration budgets are expected to swell about 20% in 2018, bolstered by the generally positive trend in metals prices extending into early 2018, a new report by S&P Global Market Intelligence has found. Global spending on the search for nonferrous metals rose 15% year-on-year in... 

A proposal to the President – A six-point plan

2nd March 2018 South Africa’s minerals and mining industry faces severe headwinds. The Republic of South Africa hosts a treasure trove of geology and minerals, valued at about $2.5-trillion. Without modern exploration, prospecting and new local and foreign investment, these resources will not be developed for... 

Ramaphosa integral to mining’s fresh start – lawyer

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 There is an urgent need for a fresh start in mining to secure a new deal for the sector, says auditing and advisory firm BDO South Africa’s Africa desk leader Owen Murphy, suggesting that newly elected South African President Cyril Ramaphosa could be integral to this new start. The local mining... 

Disruptive MTB solution to provide for continuous operations

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 JSE-listed raise boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling launched its new mobile tunnel boring (MTB) system at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which was held from February 5 to 8, in Cape Town. The system, specifically designed for the mining sector, is suited to the... 

A proposal to the President - A six-point plan

2nd March 2018 South Africa's minerals and mining industry faces severe headwinds. The Republic of South Africa hosts a treasure trove of geology and minerals, valued at about $2.5-trillion. Without modern exploration, prospecting, and new local and foreign investment, these resources will not be developed for... 

India's outback coal bets sour as global prices recover

By: Bloomberg     1st March 2018 Australian mining legend Lang Hancock’s dream four decades ago of exporting coal from the country’s remote Galilee Basin is becoming a nightmare for two Indian conglomerates. Adani Group bought into the Queensland basin in 2010, followed a year later by GVK Group, with plans to ship thermal coal... 

Brazilian agency fines Norsk Hydro unit in Para state

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 Brazilian environmental agency Ibama fined Norsk Hydro's unit in the northern state of Para, the world's largest alumina refining plant, 20-million reais and ordered it to halt using its waste pool and drainage system, potentially halting all work at the plant, the regulator said in statement on... 

EY's Mining Eye index puts in solid Q4; M&A activity muted ahead of PDAC

By: Henry Lazenby     28th February 2018 The EY Canadian Mining Eye index has showed a fourth-quarter gain of more than 2% quarter-on-quarter, to 4%. The increase in the Canadian Mining Eye index's performance suggests confidence in pursuing growth is returning to the sector, after an extended period of volatility, according to EY. The... 

AECI posts record HEPS for FY17

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI on Tuesday reported its highest recorded headline earnings per share (HEPS) to date, at 959c, for the financial year ended December 31. HEPS were up 17% year-on-year, while earnings a share increased by 22% year-on-year to 900c. 

BC establishes mining task force to grow jobs

By: Henry Lazenby     27th February 2018 The British Columbia government has established the long-awaited Mining Jobs Task Force on Monday. The task force has its roots in the 2014 Mount Polley mine tailings pond failure in the Cariboo region of the province, and is established amid intensifying disputes with Alaska over downstream... 

He got rich on Congo mines until bribe probe put future on hold

By: Bloomberg     23rd February 2018 A 20-year friendship that helped turn Dan Gertler into a billionaire has left the Israeli businessman with a lot fewer places to go. The US government accused Gertler of corrupt mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo and said he acted as a middle-man to enrich his longtime... 

Kibaran eager to engage Tanzania’s new Minerals Commission

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2018 ASX-listed Kibaran Resources stands ready to present its Epanko graphite project to Tanzania’s yet-to-be-established Minerals Commission to start discussions over “silent” matters and the impact on the proposed Epanko debt financing arrangements. Kibaran said it had reviewed the mining... 

New directive will affect mining vessels off the shore of Namibia

By: Victor Moolman     23rd February 2018 In 2020, the International Maritime Organisation will implement a low sulphur fuel directive (LSFD) that will impact on the availability of fuel for ships and mining vessels off the coasts of African countries, including Namibia. The LSFD will require ships to use low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO),... 

After 2017 consolidation, mining to pre-empt future metals demand – EY

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2018 With stronger balance sheets across the mining and metals sector, miners are increasingly returning to an investment-led strategy, which is driving a renewed focus on building portfolios that deliver sustainable shareholder returns, says multinational consultancy Ernst & Young (EY). The focus... 

Lengthy permitting process affecting investment in US mining

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The lengthy, outdated and burdensome permitting process involving federal, state and local authorities is currently the biggest barrier to new mining investment in the US, says mining-focused US trade organisation the National Mining Association (NMA). Despite having abundant mineral resources,... 

Effective drug and alcohol testing boosts project management

By: Victor Moolman     16th February 2018 Owing to the Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996, the process of employees entering mines in South Africa is often slow because breathalyser and random drug tests need to be completed, subsequently hampering a mine’s productivity, explains drug and alcohol testing equipment and accessories company... 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

Mt Ridley acquires Philippines epithermal gold project

By: Schalk Burger     13th February 2018 ASX-listed gold miner Mount Ridley Mines has acquired Singapore-based Prometheus, which owns the rights to the high-grade Diwalwal gold project, on the island of Mindanao, in the Philippines. Mount Ridley will issue about 1.59-billion fully paid ordinary shares in exchange for 100% of the issued... 

African Tantalum sends fourth tantalum shipment to customer

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 African Tantalum (Aftan) has sent the fourth shipment of high-purity tantalum from its Namibia Tantalite Investment mine to a North American tantalum consumer and end-user of tantalum ore. Aftan, which is a subsidiary of Aim-listed Kennedy Ventures, on Friday said it has made significant progress... 

NUM calls on workers to report unsafe working conditions

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called on its structures in the mines to confront management and employers whenever there are health and safety deviations or substandard working conditions. In a statement, the NUM said that workers must exercise their right to refuse to work in... 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Cameco appoints new chairperson

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Canada's largest uranium producer Cameco has announced that board member Ian Bruce will succeed Neil McMillan as chairperson of the board immediately following the annual general meeting scheduled to be held on May 16. McMillan is retiring from the board after five years as chairperson, and 16... 

Improving Mining Operations with Asset Integrity Management Software

8th February 2018 When it comes to centralized asset integrity management (AIM), few industries have as critical a need for it as the Mining industry. In particular, many Oil Sands Mining companies have benefited dramatically from implementing these innovative and pro-active mechanical integrity solutions to... 

Exxon's silent treatment on earnings is rankling Wall Street

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 Wall Street wants answers from Exxon Mobil. For at least a decade, Exxon’s top executives haven’t taken questions from Wall Street analysts during quarterly conference calls. Instead, Exxon only fields its VP for investor relations, a unique practice among the top ten S&P 500 Index companies and... 

Mineworkers union calls for 'infrastructure audit' at South African mines

By: African News Agency      2nd February 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called for an infrastructure audit to be conducted on all South African mines in a bid to prevent underground accidents. All 952 workers were rescued alive on Friday at Sibanye-Stillwater's Beatrix gold mine in Welkom, in the Free State. They had... 

SA’s oldest gold mine shifts to refrigerated cooling as it reaches greater depths

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 A cool breeze of change has swept over South Africa’s oldest listed gold mine – the Barberton gold mine, in Mpumalanga – where a refrige- rated cooling system has been installed to improve underground conditions as the mine reaches greater depths, where ambient air temperatures become hotter. The... 

Goldman's most bullish on commodities since supercycle ended

By: Bloomberg     2nd February 2018 Goldman Sachs Group is more bullish on commodities than any time since the end of the supercycle in 2008. As economies around the world pick up, factories are humming, eating into stockpiles of raw materials and driving demand at miners and oil producers already facing limits on output. Copper,... 

Institute emphasises empowerment alternative

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd February 2018 Government’s predilection for black economic empowerment (BEE) policies, which will be intensified should the new Mining Charter be implemented, will never achieve proper empowerment and transformation in the mining industry, posits research and policy organisation South African Institute of Race... 

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