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Channelling Thatcher, South Africa’s President takes on its unions

By: Bloomberg     18th March 2019 In 1987, an anti-apartheid firebrand named Cyril Ramaphosa led South Africa’s biggest-ever mining strike. Some 300 000 miners – from a union Ramaphosa himself had founded – walked off the job, protesting pay and working conditions. The mining company “used fascist methods to destroy workers’... 

Company readies itself to be key supplier

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2019 Germany-based coal cutting machinery and gearbox manufacturer and its subsidiary Eickhoff SA is strategically gearing up to comply with the black economic empowerment (BEE) and Mining Charter requirements in the local market. In January, Eickhoff SA finalised the transition from a Level 8 BEE... 

Supply chain solutions offered to coal sector

15th March 2019 Supply chain solutions provider Makoya Group has celebrated a successful five-year relationship with heavy equipment supplier HPE Africa, the sole distributor of Hyundai construction equipment in South Africa, and has affirmed that the partnership has been integral in securing the company’s... 

Policy safeguards suppliers and service providers in mining industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th March 2019 The predominant policy that should be in place regarding the relationship between suppliers and service providers is an anti-bribery and corruption policy, says legal services company ProEthics founder, Dr Janette Minnaar-van Veijeren. An anti-bribery policy and framework demonstrate a company’s... 

Eskom reform urgent to restore ferrochrome potential 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2019 The demise of State power utility Eskom has caused South Africa to lose its optimal position in the lucrative ferrochrome business. Because of Eskom’s decline, unbeneficiated chrome ore exports from South Africa to China have enabled the Asian giant to ascend up the ferrochrome production ladder. 

Opinion: In the pursuit of gender equality

8th March 2019 In this opinion piece, De Beers Group CEO Bruce Cleaver outlines the diamond miner's approach to creating a more inclusive world for all. For more than a century, International Women's Day has been celebrated annually on March 8 to recognise the social, economic, cultural and political... 

Engineering company to offer mobile service for valves from September

By: Cameron Mackay     8th March 2019 Valve repair and engineering consulting company Brimis Engineering plans to introduce mobile repair and testing facilities for clients, particularly mining companies, which will be operational from September of this year. This will enable the company to combine the convenience of being on site... 

Declining gold industry needs discovery, innovation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th March 2019 The gold mining industry has played a significant role in South Africa for 130 years and continues to play a valuable role, but, this is an industry that is mature, and in the absence of major new discoveries or innovative means to reach and mine its deep and otherwise more marginal reserves,... 

Tuks Students Get First-Hand Mining Simulation At Bentley Park

7th March 2019 Final year mining engineering students from the University of Pretoria recently had a taste of Murray & Roberts Cementation’s highly effective simulated learning environment. The company’s world-class Training Academy at Bentley Park near Carletonville in Gauteng province offers a unique blend of... 

Epiroc highlights automation and digital solutions at SME 2019

6th March 2019 Commerce City, Colorado: Epiroc, a leading productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, highlighted its suite of innovative automation and digital solutions at the 2019 Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, Colorado. Epiroc... 

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