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Platinum health risk study due to be published by year-end

By: Yolandi Booyens Pathologists at the South African National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH) have examined the hearts and lungs of more than 100 000 mineworkers to date, including almost 13 000 platinum mineworkers. The results of research on the health effects of platinum mining should be published... 

Mining firms fight diseases 
facing industry

By: Megan Wait Africa has been hit harder by the HIV/Aids virus than any other region of the world. As increasing numbers of people who acquired HIV over the past years become ill, mining companies operating in the region are tackling the problem in several ways, form providing for employee testing to... 

Daily podcast – July 23, 2008

By: Shannon de Ryhove In today's podcast: industrial, mining and property investors are still in a state of confusion over Eskom's approach to new electricity connections, the number of mining engineering-specific graduates is still shockingly low, and shareholders in fraud-clobbered JCI and Randgold & Exploration... 

HIV/Aids education and training needed to improve productivity

By: Jade Davenport With an estimated 11,4% of South Africa’s population infected with HIV/Aids , this disease has become a pandemic that is increasingly threatening the efficiency and productivity of the country’s workforce. 

Mechanisation tradition

By: andrew lanham Following on the privatisation of the Zambian copper-mines, it was recognised that there was urgent need to improve and upgrade the existing labourforce, particularly in the area of technical skills, explains GM of Sandvik Mining and Construction Zambia (SMCZ) Gerald Elliott. 

ASA Metals builds on quality

By: andrew lanham Burgersfort is exploding. 

Testing, counselling key to miner's Aids fight

Mining giant Anglo American's voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) programme has become a key component at its operations and now the company has embarked on a rigorous VCT programme at its Johannesburg head office. 

Mine inspectors to scrutinise equipment suppliers

Equipment manufacturers and suppliers have a duty of care to ensure the occupational safety and health of miners, said May Hermanus, chief inspector of mines at the Department of Minerals and Energy. 

BRPM expansion on track

By: andrew lanham The Bafokeng Rasimone platinum mine (BRPM) project is an unincorporated joint venture between RBRM and Anglo American Platinum’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Rustenburg Platinum Mines(RPM). 

Explosives firm report Aids-programme success

Johannesburg-based explosives company African Explosives (AEL) has reached a milestone concerning Aids awareness, treatment and prevention in a cost-efficient manner, an independent-survey reveals. 

Oz miner unaware of any takeover talks

Shares in Emperor Mines eased yesterday after the company said it was not aware of any takeover plans by fellow gold miner Durban Roodepoort Deep (DRD) of South Africa. 

Bringing the underground Aids fight to surface

Today up to 30 per cent of the mining industry’s workforce is living with HIV/ Aids. It is important that we continuously ask ourselves critical questions about what we are collectively as an industry and as a nation, going to do, to ensure that our workforce does not perish under attack... 

Industry, State, labour uniting to fight Aids

By: Joanne Delaurentis The government, labour and the South African mining industry have takendecisive steps to end the war against each other over the HIV/Aids epidemic facing the industry, and to turn their fighting efforts towards the epidemic. 

Battling Aids in mining

By: Joanne Delaurentis The government, labour and the South African mining industry have taken decisive steps to end the war against each other over the HIV/Aids epidemic facing the industry, and to turn their fighting efforts towards the epidemic. 

The four challenges facing SA mine managers

By: Keith Campbell FOUR main challenges face South African Mine Managers today. Three – HIV/Aids, skills retention, and employment equity – are recent and one (safety) is perennial. 

Platinum leader calculates the cost of Aids pandemic

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu World number one platinum miner Anglo Platinum projects that the HIV/Aids pandemic will this year cost the company R75,7-million in South Africa, where it employs some 46 000 people, mostly in the Limpopo and North West provinces. 

Aids on South African mines: multistakeholder effort required

Research done by Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) Southern Africa indicates that 27% of mine workers would have died of Aids by 2005. 

Aids on South African mines: multistakeholder effort required

By: Irma Venter Research done by Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) Southern Africa indicates that 27% of mine workers would have died of Aids by 2005. 

10 000 receive Aids counselling

By: System Author More than 10 000 miners have been counselled and treated as part of a two-pronged response to meet the healthcare challenge presented by HIV/Aids. 

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