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JIC Mining to retrench another 861 employees

By: Megan Wait Mining contractor JIC Mining Services on Friday confirmed plans to retrench 861 of its employees by the end of November, bringing its number of retrenchments for the year to 1 600. JIC human resources director Andre Oldknow told Mining Weekly Online that there were several reasons for the... 

Eastplats Q1 PGM output drops 3.6%

By: Henry Lazenby TSX- and JSE-listed Eastern Platinum on Thursday reported a 3.6% year-on-year decline in first-quarter platinum group metals production at its Crocodile River mine (CRM) in South Africa. The mine produced 24 474 oz in the three months ended March. This was a 23% increase on the 19 854 oz it... 

Industrial action, safety stoppage hit Eastplats output

By: Henry Lazenby Industrial action and a mine fatality negatively impacted on fourth-quarter production at Eastern Platinum’s (Eastplats’) Crocodile River Mine (CRM), resulting in the South African mine’s output falling by 40% year-on-year in the final three months of the year, the miner said on Tuesday.... 

Platinum Australia moves to owner-operator at Smokey Hills 

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed Platinum Australia is transitioning to an owner-operator model at its Smokey Hills mine in South Africa, the company reported on Thursday. Platinum Australia said an owner-operator model would place it in a stronger position to meet its production targets and would achieve cost... 

Platinum Australia reports marginal production increase

By: Henry Lazenby ASX-listed Platinum Australia on Monday reported that it produced 222 oz more of 4E platinum-group metals (PGMs), comprising platinum, rhodium, palladium and gold, despite losing about 20% of the available underground production days available to it because of industrial action. In its quarterly... 

Platinum miners say strike end as JIC and NUM settle

By: Henry Lazenby Mining contractor JIC Mining Services and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have settled on a two-year wage agreement, ending a strike that impacted on platinum output in South Africa. Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) said the majority of the 756 JIC employees working at its Crocodile River... 

RBPlat says contract miner strike to impact production

By: Brindaveni Naidoo South Africa’s black-owned Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) said on Friday that prolonged industrial action at the Bafokeng Rasimone platinum mine, particularly its south shaft, would affect production. Workers employed by mining contractor JIC Mining Services downed tools on October 17, over a... 

Eastplats says Crocodile River production halved by strike

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-, Aim-, and JSE-listed Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) on Thursday reported that platinum production had been halved to 210 oz/d at its Crocodile River mine, due to “peaceful” industrial action by about 756 members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said... 

Smokey Hills workers go on strike

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed Platinum Australia’s embattled Smokey Hills operation has once again been thrust into the limelight as disgruntled contract workers started a protected industrial action on Monday. The strike, which affects all of mining contractor JIC Mining Services’ operations, including the Smokey... 

Bushveld Complex project on time and within budget

Mining operations, exploration, financing and construction company Platinum Group Metals (PTM) reports that development plans for its 74% owned Western Bushveld Joint Venture (WBJV) Project 1 platinum mine, in the North West province, are advancing on budget and within three weeks of the project... 

JIC Mining Services clinches contract for underground development at Rustenburg PGM project

By: Megan Wait South African underground mining contractor JIC Mining Services has been contracted by Canadian mining company Platinum Group Metals for phase one underground development of twin 1 200 m central decline tunnels into the Project 1 platinum deposit for the purposes of retrieving a bulk sample and... 

Mining service providers seeing industry growth

By: Natasha Odendaal Mining service provider JIC Mining Services CEO Jacques Roux believes the general climate in the contract-mining industry is becoming more buoyant, with opportunities available and out on tender. 

Smokey Hills output to rise as contractor moves to hire staff

By: Esmarie Swanepoel South Africa-focused Platinum Australia expects to achieve its planned production level of 60 000 t/m over the next two months, as mining contractor JIC Mining Services worked to employ staff at the Smokey Hills operation. JIC Mining dismissed 85% of its workforce at the Smokey Hills mine in... 

Platinum Australia appoints new contractor for Smokey Hills

By: Mariaan Webb Junior miner Platinum Australia expects its underground mining at its Smokey Hills mine, in South Africa, to resume on Monday, after appointing JIC Mining Services as its new mining contractor. Platinum Australia terminated its underground mining contract with Redpath Mining on October 11. The... 

Shiva Uranium contract miner to absorb workers

By: Loni Prinsloo The new owner of the Dominion mine, Shiva Uranium, plans to retrench more than one half of the mine's workforce, as it brings in a contract miner for the operation near Klerksdorp. Trade union Solidarity said on Friday that Shiva Uranium, headed by Jagdish Parekh, had announced in a section 189... 

Daily podcast – November 24, 2009

By: Shannon de Ryhove A global iron-ore price settlement 10% up on the current price is expected from price negotiations in 2010; and JIC Mining Services plans to retrench 662 of its 6 300 employees. 

SA contractor JIC may retrench 662 workers – union

By: Esmarie Swanepoel South African mining contractor JIC Mining Services plans to retrench 662, or nearly 10,4% of its 6 300 employees, trade union Solidarity reported on Monday. The retrenchment would affect 628 Category B employees and 34 Category A employees. Category A employees include, among others, officials,... 

Mining services company striving to support mineworkers’ interests

By: Kelly Farthing Outsourced service provider to the mining industry, JIC Mining Services together with liquidators SBT Trust, are invloved in the preservation of some 4 000 permanent and contractor mineworkers’ jobs, in the recent provisional liquidation of Pamodzi Gold’s Orkney mine, in Free State province. JIC... 

Pamodzi Gold liquidators choose job preservation over fire sale

By: Martin Creamer Liquidators are normally associated with selling assets as fast as possible and distributing the proceeds to the creditors. But not so the provisional joint liquidators of Pamodzi Gold’s North West, Free State and East Rand gold mines.  

Pamodzi Gold liquidators choose job preservation over fire sale

By: Martin Creamer Liquidators are normally associated with selling assets as fast as possible and distributing the proceeds to the creditors that have appointed them, under the supervision of the Master of the Supreme Court. But not so the provisional joint liquidators of Pamodzi Gold’s North West, Free State and... 

Six Pamodzi Gold mines now in provisional liquidation with May 26 return date

By: Martin Creamer Six Pamodzi Gold gold mines have now been placed in provisional liquidation and each has May 26 as the new return date. Four of the gold mines are East Rand mines, one a Free State mine and one a mine the North West province.  

Daily podcast – April 15, 2009

By: Shannon de Ryhove In today's podcast: JIC Mining Services takes immediate steps to bring Pamodzi Gold's Orkney gold mine out of care-and-maintenance and back into production; and Central African Mining and Exploration resumes copper production at its Luita operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

JIC to bring Pamodzi gold mine back, restore 1 200 jobs immediately 

By: Martin Creamer Contract mining company JIC Mining Services of Midrand is taking immediate steps to bring Pamodzi Gold's Orkney gold mine out of care-and-maintenance and back into production, initially restoring 1 200 jobs and later all 2 800. Liquidator Enver Motala of SBT Trust said that production would take... 

Pamodzi Gold given six more days to come up with cash or evidence of cash

By: Martin Creamer The judicial managers have given Pamodzi Gold six days to come up with cash or have the entire group plunged into liquidation, SBT Trust’s Enver Motala told Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday. Motala said that the deadline of Wednesday April 8 for the continuance of the judicial management of... 

AngloGold provides R10m for Pamodzi wages, begins technical study 

By: Martin Creamer Gold major AngloGold Ashanti on Friday agreed to provide R10-million for wages at Pamodzi Gold’s provisionally liquidated Orkney gold mine and simultaneously began a five-day technical study into the impact of a possible closure of the Orkney mine. AngloGold Ashanti corporate affairs manager... 

Pamodzi Gold liquidators in funding talks with AngloGold Ashanti

By: Martin Creamer The provisional liquidators of Pamodzi Gold’s Orkney gold mine were on Thursday locked in funding talks with neighbouring AngloGold Ashanti. SBT Trust liquidator Enver Motala told Mining Weekly Online that he was in discussions with AngloGold Ashanti, which processed gold ore for Orkney gold... 

Daily podcast – March 24, 2009

By: Shannon de Ryhove In today's podcast: A technical team from JIC conducts an on-site technical study at Pamodzi Gold's provisionally liquidated Orkney gold mine; and AngloGold Ashanti expects gold production at its Geita mine, in northwest Tanzania, to surpass 300 000 oz this year. 

Pamodzi suitor JIC's technical team at Orkney gold mine – liquidator

By: Martin Creamer A technical team from mining services company JIC was doing an on-site technical study at Pamodzi Gold’s provisionally liquidated Orkney gold mine to determine how much cash would have to be injected into the business, liquidator Enver Motala said on Tuesday. Motala estimated to Mining Weekly... 

Rand Refinery turned away as sheriff attaches Pamodzi gold

By: Martin Creamer A sheriff of the court has attached gold from the East Rand operations of the cash-strapped Pamodzi Gold, Mining Weekly Online can report. Rand Refinery MD Geoff Millet told Mining Weekly Online that the Rand Refinery was refused permission to remove gold from Pamodzi Gold’s East Rand operations... 

Court grants wider powers to Pamodzi Gold’s Orkney liquidators

By: Martin Creamer The Pretoria High Court on Monday granted wider powers to the three provisional liquidators of Pamodzi Gold’s Orkney gold mine to allow the operation to continue to trade and to pay wages to 3 000 workers. Provisional liquidator Enver Motala, who is acting together with who is acting together... 

Pamodzi workers down tools over pay dispute

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Members of South Africa's biggest mineworkers union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), on Wednesday went on strike at gold producer Pamodzi Gold’s operations in the East Rand, said NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka. The NUM had demanded a 12% wage increase, but stated that it was also... 

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