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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... 

Digitalised in-house communications to benefit African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Mining companies operating in Africa need to think innovatively about how to reach their workforces and consider different access and communication models to ensure healthy and effective employee relations that can significantly improve their bottom lines, says communications provider Wyzetalk... 

Tailored equipment advances mine safety in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 With a growing global health and safety culture developing, large mining companies are driving new safety standards in African mines, creating opportunities for mine safety equipment producer DEZEGA to extend the reach of its fit-for-purpose, self-contained self-rescue (SCSR) equipment on the... 

Bold steps taken to ensure growth in West Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 With the development of a strong project pipeline and exploration prioritised in the underexplored Birimian belt, in West Africa, gold miner Endeavour Mining is on a clear path to achieving its 2019 goal of becoming a premier African gold producer, says Endeavour Mining CEO Sebastien de Montessus. 

Call for better understanding of trackless mobile mining equipment regulations

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 Mechanisation of the South African mining sector is a major priority for all stakeholders. However, with the introduction of mechanised mining technologies come several new challenges, one of which relates to the brakes and in-service brake testing of trackless mobile mining (TMM) equipment, says... 

Mining technology gets boost from new Wits-Sibanye partnership

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2017 Mining technology is being given a Fourth Industrial Revolution boost through the new partnership struck between precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater and the Wits Mining Institute. Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood outlined in a news release on Thursday that... 

At mines, security is about people

7th November 2017 By Neil Cameron, Johnson Controls Area General Manager, Building Efficiency – Africa   In the mining sector, security is increasingly complex. High value assets, sensitive equipment and a hazardous work environment make meeting workplace rules and policy requirements pivotal to safety and... 

Chamber condemns mines’ deteriorating safety performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th November 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Monday expressed concern over the rising number of fatalities in South Africa’s mines after recent accidents brought the number of fatalities to date this year to 76, overtaking the 73 deaths reported for the same period in 2016. Over the last few weeks, several... 

Rosond achieves one year zero harm at drilling sites

31st October 2017 Several drilling sites operated by Rosond have successfully achieved a full year of ‘zero harm’. Rosond employs more than 1600 people who work under physically demanding and risky conditions. This safety achievement bolsters the successful implementation of Rosond’s health and safety processes by... 

Association educates mineworkers and communities

27th October 2017 With new technologies, increasingly stringent legislation and statutory compliance matters, education has become essential in surface mining operations, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) director of surface mining Nico Pienaar. Modern surface mines require... 

Influence of association grows in surface mining sector

27th October 2017 The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) says it has become a world leader in the proactive guidance and management of issues facing the surface mining industry, subsequent to gaining the recognition of its local and international stakeholders. Aspasa’s proactive... 

Proximity detection system commissioned, training ongoing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th October 2017 South African mining safety and monitoring solutions provider Monitech has assisted in ensuring that coal miner Sasol Mining complies with Chapter 8 of the Mine Health and Safety Act, which states that all trackless mobile machinery (TMM) should be fitted with a proximity detection system (PDS)... 

Profits hit by strike but support for industry, communities continues

27th October 2017 Coal miner Sasol Mining reported a 21% decline in its operating profit for the 2017 financial year, compared with the previous comparable period. The mining business unit of integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol, Sasol Mining’s profit dropped to R3.7-billion, mainly owing to the negative... 

AMCU scoffs at allegations of orchestrating killings, tribalism

By: Ilan Solomons     27th October 2017 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has rejected recent multiple allegations made by media houses that the trade union is orchestrating killings on South Africa’s Platinum Belt, in particular at platinum producers Impala Platinum and Lonmin, and that it engages in... 

Mine.D hackathon seeks to ensure health and safety in mining sector

By: Ilan Solomons     26th October 2017 The Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in collaboration with open innovation firm RIIS, will host the Mine.D hackathon from November 3 to 5, at the precinct, which is located in Braamfontein, in Johannesburg. The precinct, a project managed by the University of the Witwatersrand, is used... 

Workshop: The pertraction metal refinery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 Workshop: The pertraction metal refinery. Media Report 11 October 2017 The Focus Area: 

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