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Mechanised boring solutions making headway

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 The development of rock-boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling’s mobile tunnel borer (MTB) and shaft-boring system (SBS) technology is advancing, with the machinery expected to reduce project development times by three to four times, says Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius. “These... 

DRC President to attend Mining Indaba

By: Simone Liedtke     17th January 2020 Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Félix Tshisekedi will be attending this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held in Cape Town next month. He will be accompanied by a large delegation from the DRC, including two newly appointed Cabinet Ministers, namely Energy... 

Minerals Council calls for intervention to ‘salvage and revive’ South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa and other government leaders to “salvage and revive” South Africa’s economy after noting the “increasing urgency of a range of critical steps needed”. In a statement released ahead of the Business Economic Indaba (BEI), which... 

Renewable Sector Prepares Just Transition Roadmap for Declining Coal and Gold Mining Regions

28th October 2019 South Africa’s renewable energy sector has revealed the preparation of a transition roadmap that seeks to speed up and assist the mobilisation of wind and solar energy in regions where gold and coal mining are on the decline. By incorporating employment and industrialisation in the renewable... 

Adapting to circular economy makes ‘good business sense’ – Accenture 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th October 2019 With economies seeking to tap into the $4.5-trillion opportunity that the circular economy presents, mining companies are under pressure to adapt faster and embrace change in order to remain relevant,  Accenture senior MD Rachael Bartels said last week. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the... 

Mining has opportunity to engage, reset and invest

4th October 2019 South African mining executives, investors and officials gathered at the second day of the Joburg Indaba conference today where the discussion was kicked off by Mining Minister Gwede Mantashe.  Mantashe said he has been called a coal fundamentalist, but is a realist: “We will have coal for the... 

On-The-Air (04/10/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2019 Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe this week reiterated South Africa’s full commitment to honouring its climate-change undertakings; New technology is available to turn South Africa’s mining industry back into a sunrise industry that is much safer; and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says South... 

Deeper research required by those calling for coal’s demise – Menar chairperson

By: Simone Liedtke     4th October 2019 South Africa needs to consider its unique position and its level of industrialisation to determine what should be deemed a “just transition”, Menar chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela said during a panel discussion at this year’s Joburg Indaba, in Sandton, this week. Speaking during a panel focusing... 

Miners need to be agile, innovative, says Andrew Lane

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd October 2019 In the current socioeconomic environment, mining companies need innovative business models, as well as new strategies to adapt to the changing landscape, Deloitte Africa energy and resources leader Andrew Lane believes. However, he warned on Thursday that mining companies would first need to... 

Mining industry sunrise at even odds – consultant

By: Mamaili Mamaila     3rd October 2019 Recent debates regarding the South African mining industry have centred on whether it is a sunrise or sunset industry. Local mining engineering consultancy Ukwazi business development director Spencer Eckstein comments that while the sun may rise on certain aspects of the sector, it may set on... 

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