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Initial assessment of the T1A concession in the Marange Diamond Fields of Zimbabwe

18th October 2018 Botswana Diamonds plc is pleased to announce that it and Vast Resources plc ("Vast") have received a preliminary geological assessment of the Heritage Concession ("Block T1A") within the Marange Diamond Fields of Zimbabwe. Vast has a due diligence access agreement and pre-agreed joint venture... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

Modernisation could prolong mining jobs – Mandela Mining Precinct co-director

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 Presenting at the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 2018 Mine Safe Technical Conference Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) co-director Alastair Macfarlane noted that modernisation could prolong mining jobs, while localisation and agri-industrialisation, could absorb jobs as and when... 

Five themes for five days of Electra Mining Africa

23rd August 2018 The stage is set and organisers and attendees alike are gearing up for the start of this year’s mining and industry extravaganza, which will see more than 900 exhibitors converge on Johannesburg in September. 

Seriti’s Teke awarded Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st August 2018 The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy has awarded coal producer Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke with a Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award for his contribution to the mining industry and his leadership role in society. The platinum medal presented to Teke last week by Seriti’s... 

Key industry knowledge to be delivered at co-located conferences

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 Electra Mining Africa offers further value-add to visitors attending industry conferences, which will be taking place alongside the trade show.   With a heritage to be proud of and backed by 46 years of experience, Electra Mining Africa is ranked as one of the largest mining shows in the world... 

Mark Munroe

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Impala Platinum CE Mark Munroe, who heads a R14-billion, 40 000-employee platinum mining, processing, refining and marketing operation 

Alastair Macfarlane

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Alastair Macfarlane, the co-director of the Mandela Mining Precinct, which is re-establishing research and development capacity and capability for the South African mining industry at Carlow Road in Johannesburg 

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2018 South Africa has succeeded in creating a meticulous set of mineral reporting codes that continue to gain international recognition. The South African Mineral Reporting Codes (Samcodes), which protect investors, are currently so highly regarded that in October South Africa will host a large... 

Mandela Mining Precinct partner boasts simulation capabilities, serves as ‘test-bed’ for Mining 4.0 technologies 

By: Nadine James     7th June 2018 SiMINE @ Mandela Mining Precinct, located at Carlow Road in Johannesburg, effectively offers two core services – experiential mining simulation as well as a “test bed” for Mining 4.0 principles and systems – for the betterment of the industry, says SiMINE director Gary Lane. He explains that... 

YPC promotes mining, metallurgy studies to learners

By: Donald Makhafola     4th May 2018 The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) junior organisation the Young Professionals Council (YPC) is campaigning to attract high school learners to the mining and minerals industry, as well as influencing institutions of higher education to nurture students to successfully... 

Training needs to match high-tech demands

By: Donald Makhafola     4th May 2018 The fast-changing world of technology could be a significant challenge in the global mining industry in ensuring that graduates are equipped with the relevant skills and training to meet the changing demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, says the University of Witwatersrand‘s (Wits’)... 

Exciting new mining research thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The new Mandela Mining Precinct will be officially opened on May 4 to revitalise and modernise South Africa’s high-potential but struggling mining industry. 

Exciting new mining research thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The new Mandela Mining Precinct will be officially opened on May 4 to revitalise and modernise South Africa’s high-potential but struggling mining industry. 

MHSC’s centre of excellence set to open in November

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd September 2017 The Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) is currently implementing a business plan for its centre of excellence, which is scheduled to open by the end of November. This is according to MHSC research COO Nkhensani Masekoa, who was addressing delegates at Southern African Institute of Mining and... 

Greater urgency needed in adopting mechanisation in South Africa

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 For the local mining industry to ensure its sustainability, the industry needs to accelerate the rate at which it is adopting new technology, mechanical engineering consultant CMTI Consulting MD Dr Danie Burger tells Mining Weekly. “The transitioning of mines to greater mechanisation and... 

Govt calls for elimination of mining deaths, halt to spread of occupational diseases

By: Ilan Solomons     30th September 2016 The mining sector must strive to achieve zero harm by doing everything possible to prevent fatalities, injuries and the spread of diseases among workers at South African mines. This is the plea of Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) acting mines chief inspector Xolile Mbonambi, who spoke at the... 

Govt calls for elimination of mining deaths, halt to spread of occupational diseases

By: Ilan Solomons     30th September 2016 The mining sector must strive to achieve zero harm by doing everything possible to prevent fatalities, injuries and the spread of diseases among workers at South African mines. This is according to Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) acting mines chief inspector Xolile Mbonambi, who spoke at... 

No future for conventional mining methods in South Africa – Amplats

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd September 2016 To remain relevant in the South African mining industry, mines will have to substantially change how they operate and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mining head Frik Fourie does not see any future for conventional mining methods in South Africa. “Conventional mining methods are no longer a... 

Mining companies’ business models in need of radical overhaul – software developer

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd September 2016 Mining companies need to introduce new ways of thinking about their overall business model to ensure more efficient and successful operations in future, says local enterprise software developer NxGN MD Harry Sinko. Speaking at the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s Mining for... 

‘Major setback’ as year-to-date mining fatalities top 61

By: Ilan Solomons     16th September 2016 South African mining industry stakeholders must collectively adopt the fundamental stance that if mines cannot undertake mining safely, they should not mine at all, until the necessary measures have been put in place to protect the lives of all mineworkers, Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)... 

Platinum miner says mechanisation, modernisation is only way forward  

By: Ilan Solomons     13th September 2016 To remain relevant in the South African mining industry, mines will have to substantially change how they operate and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mining head Frik Fourie does not see any future for conventional mining methods in South Africa. “Conventional mining methods are no longer a... 

Mines need to rethink traditional business models, says software developer   

By: Ilan Solomons     12th September 2016 Mining companies need to introduce new ways of thinking about their overall business model to ensure more efficient and successful operations in future, says local enterprise software developer NxGN MD Harry Sinko. Speaking at the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s Mining for... 

SA’s gold, platinum sectors may close shop by 2033 unless new mining methods are adopted – Hermanus

By: Ilan Solomons     9th September 2016 If there is no substantial change in the mining methods used in South Africa, gold and platinum mining could cease in 2033 and 2029, respectively, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Natural Resources and Environment executive director Mavis Ann ‘May’ Hermanus warned last week.... 

DMR demands mines improve H&S records, best performing mines recognised 

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd September 2016 South African mining industry stakeholders must collectively adopt the fundamental stance that if mines cannot undertake mining safely, they should not mine at all, until the necessary measures have been put in place to protect the lives of all mineworkers, Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)... 

Significant changes to South African mining methods required – Hermanus

By: Ilan Solomons     31st August 2016 If there is no substantial change in the mining methods used in South Africa, gold and platinum mining could cease in 2033 and 2029, respectively, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Natural Resources and Environment unit executive director Mavis Ann ‘May’ Hermanus warned on Wednesday.... 

Mining’s rebirth under way – Ritchken 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2016 New joint action is being brought to bear to arrest the devastating decline of the South African mining industry, which will involve the Mining Phakisa policy intervention seeking to boost the sector by positioning it as the centrepiece within a new, cohesive mining cluster that requires... 

Holistic approach needed to effectively implement new technologies in mining

By: Ilan Solomons     15th January 2016 Smart innovation and technology in mining will not deliver the quantum change that is required unless a holistic business enterprise architecture view is taken and the mining business is redesigned along a path of digital maturity, says local enterprise software developer NxGN CEO Gary Lane. He... 

Right behaviour, culture, key to safe production

By: Ilan Solomons     20th November 2015 Safe production is recognised across the mining industry as the benchmark of performance. The wellbeing and safety of mineworker’s, therefore, must be the top priority for all role-players if the culture of zero harm is be realised in the industry, says local health and wellness focused business... 

Call for mining sector to do more to improve safety as 49 die in first eight months of 2015

By: Ilan Solomons     11th September 2015 All mining industry stakeholders have to continue to work hard to try and improve on all health and safety related matters to achieve the objective of zero harm at all mining operations, said Chamber of Mines of South Africa president Mike Teke during his keynote address at Southern African... 

Improved communication urged as demands from near-mine communities become more strident

By: Ilan Solomons     24th July 2015 Strategic investments in communities should create value for beneficiaries and investors, global advisory firm KPMG climate change and sustainability global mining leader Rohitesh Dhawan said, stating that, if mining companies followed a strategic approach to corporate social responsibility... 

Improved communication urged as demands from near-mine communities become more strident

By: Ilan Solomons     24th July 2015 Strategic investments in communities should create value for beneficiaries and investors, global advisory firm KPMG climate change and sustainability global mining leader Rohitesh Dhawan said, stating that if mining companies followed a strategic approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR),... 

Mining urged to win back lost investor support by using tools that can predict earnings 

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2015 The mining industry was on Wednesday urged to make a strong new effort to win back lost investor support by making full use of the growing array of modern tools that are able to predict capital return with unprecedented accuracy. Speakers at the 2015 Mining Business Optimisation conference at... 

Curse turned blessing

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2015 There was a time when Beatrix gold mine’s methane gas was considered a curse. Between 1983 and 2001, it killed 40 employees. Because the killer gas is normally associated with coal mines rather than gold mines, its presence in a hard-rock precious metals environment 40 km south of Welkom had many... 

Sibanye turns killer gas into electricity at Beatrix gold mine 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2015 The Johannesburg- and New York-listed Sibanye Gold is turning methane gas into electricity at the Beatrix gold mine in the Free State. The highly explosive gas, which killed 40 employees between 1983 and 2001, is instead serving as a completely free fuel for the generation of an additional 2 MW... 

Mining supercycle highlighted at trade expo

By: Dylan Slater     7th November 2014 Mining companies need to adopt an increasingly sustained and strategic approach, using end-to-end processes and systems to enhance the productivity and profitability of their ore deposits, says France-based software company Dassault Systèmes. 

Mining industry needs to innovate to stay relevant – Clay

By: Chantelle Kotze     26th September 2014 The mining industry, which is facing tumultuous times in terms of funding, collapsed project pipelines and the ever present issue of resource nationalism, needs to develop an innovative strategy to ensure its sustainability and relevance going forward, says professional services firm Venmyn... 

Japan helping to reduce deep mine risk, mining must innovate to stay relevant, virtual reality used to make mines safer

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2014 Japan and South Africa are working together to mitigate seismic risk; innovative strategy needed for mining;  

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