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Jonathan Rodin

Jonathan Rodin

Jonathan Rodin is a former Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Heavy minerals industry growth mostly influenced by China

13th March 2015 The potential for growth in the heavy minerals industry largely depends on China, says mining consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. She says while it is difficult to consider the outlook for the heavy minerals sector as a whole – as heavy metals encompasses many different elements – the... 

12.9% of mineworkers severely indebted

27th February 2015 A recent study by the University of Pretoria has shown that 12.9% of South African mining industry employees have emolument attachment orders (EAOs), or garnishee orders, against their names and are severely indebted. This is as a result of mineworkers’ stable employment status, as they are being... 

Mining industry consumables demand remains stable

27th February 2015 Despite the current volatile state of the South African mining industry, the demand for consumables remains positive, as not many mines have closed down, says local screening and vibrating-equipment solutions supplier Aury Africa MD Mark Houchin. “As long as a mine is running, it will need... 

Seal solution decreases the impact of dust on communities

27th February 2015 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions – in partnership with gold producer and surface gold tailings retreatment expert DRD Gold – has reduced the impact of dust on communities in the vicinity of DRD’s tailing dam surrounding the FNB Stadium, in Johannesburg, by applying... 

Proper management key to unlocking mining growth

30th January 2015 Despite the projected economic, legal and labour-related challenges that the South African mining industry will face this year, there is significant opportunity for growth and development, with an opportunity for government to try to mitigate these challenges, believes multinational law firm... 

Departments set to align BBBEE business practice regulations

30th January 2015 The Mining Charter is set to align with the Department of Trade and Industry’s Codes of Good Practice amendments, which come into effect on May 1, says law firm Fasken Martineau partner Paul Fouche. He says the alignment is inevitable, as a clause has now been included in the amended BBBEE Act,... 

MPRDA approval delay positive for industry

30th January 2015 The proposed amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) being put on hold by Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi is a positive move for the South African mining industry, says International law firm Hogan Lovells partner and head of mining Warren Beech. He... 

Several challenges hampering investment in Africa

16th January 2015 African mining is expected to remain depressed, says mining consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith, who believes 2015 will be characterised by depressed commodity prices, weakened demand and an oversupply in most commodity markets. Smith tells Mining Weekly that a price rebound is only... 

Pipes manufacturer increases focus on quality in Africa

16th January 2015 Plastic pipes and fittings manufacturer and distributor Marley Pipe Systems is prioritising “quality without compromise” and educating the market that the cheaper option is not always best, as increased maintenance increases the costs of a mine. Marley Pipe Systems sales and marketing manager... 

Gold majors discuss worker indebtedness

4th December 2014 The actions of unscrupulous lenders and the effect this was having on vulnerable miners were discussed by representatives of gold mining majors AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold at a This is Gold conference, on Thursday. Owing of their stable employment, mining... 

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