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African Rainbow Minerals Executive Growth Jacques van der Bijl.
High hopes for potentially game-changing technology at platinum group metal mines
2nd July 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Development of an innovative new mining method for narrow tabular steep dipping orebodies has reached an advanced stage after four years of effort. The reef boring machine that has already been put... 


Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane being interviewed by Mining Weekly.
Mining needs one-stop regulatory environment to boost growth – Minerals Council
27th June 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South African mining needs what is often referred to as a one-stop shop to ensure that an applicant is not sent from one department to the other but goes to one place where the application is... 


Barrick Gold chairperson John Thornton
Business model of Western mining industry needs new power, London Indaba highlights
25th June 2024 By: Martin Creamer

New power is needed by the Western mining industry, which is still functioning on a trailing old power business model. This was highlighted at Tuesday’s London Indaba, where a spotlight was shone... 


AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
Reserve Bank concern about decline of public markets welcome development – Miller
12th June 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The concern that South Africa’s Reserve Bank expressed last week on the state of this country’s public markets is seen as a welcome development by AmaranthCX director and public market promoter... 


A black and white image of a metal ore
Three new members join global mining organisation
7th June 2024

Global CEO-led mining and metals industry body the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) reported in March that it had welcomed three new association members, which “share ICMM’s vision... 


a group of women, involved in teh Platinum-group metals mining sector stood in front of a banner at an event
Spotlight on women in mining
7th June 2024 By: Halima Frost

Embracing the contributions of women in mining, and especially those in the mining of platinum-group metals (PGMs), can offer many benefits, reports women-centric network Women in PGMs (WiPGMs)... 


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Long-term thinking key to managing South Africa’s mine water challenge
7th June 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

While South Africa has made considerable strides in addressing mine water challenges, several areas require improvement and focus to ensure that the country continues on a positive trajectory and... 


EVOLVING LEGACY
SRK Consulting's approach has adapted to evolving needs, incorporating new factors into the core of its technical decision-making processes
Enhancing mining sustainability through tech expertise
31st May 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

Amid an industry-wide shift towards more sustainable mining practices, engineering consultancy SRK Consulting says that the significance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in... 


ESSENTIAL EXPERTISE
Engineers bring essential expertise in geotechnical engineering, risk assessment and regulatory compliance
Consultancy drives mining standards innovation
31st May 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

By prioritising safety, sustainability and efficiency, mining consulting company Baletsema Mining Services MD Bokang Kelepa says the company adheres to international safety and environmental... 


ADDITIONAL SERVICES
Mixtec provides proactive aftermarket services such as maintenance, repairs and audits, including for third-party equipment
Skilled engineers key to customer satisfaction
31st May 2024

Industrial agitator and mixing specialist Mixtec’s dedicated field sales representatives, supported by consulting engineers specialising in mining applications, “resolutely” work to provide... 


ROBUST WORKFORCE NEEDED
A more robust engineering workforce can drive technological advancements and operational efficiencies in mining
Upliftment of engineers critical to industrial development
31st May 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

There is a critical need for broader educational reforms to encourage and increase the potential for take-up of engineering as a career among youth, including the country’s mining sector, which... 


Opening Junior Indaba panel (from left) Lili Nupen, Tseliso Maqubela, Errol Smart, Mosa Mabuza, Bernard Swanepoel.
Latest cadastre agreement excites South Africa’s Junior Indaba panel
21st May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

There were expressions of excitement at the South Africa’s Junior Indaba on Tuesday when attendees at the important mining event learnt of the signing of the service-level agreement (SLA) for South... 


An excavator with digital technology symbols overlayed
Master’s programme meets industry demands
10th May 2024

Tertiary education institute University of Pretoria (UP) is addressing the growing demand for skilled professionals, including those in the rapidly evolving mining industry, through its Masters in... 


Reflux flotation cell in an industrial coal application
Testing backlog as global interest in new flotation tech grows
26th April 2024 By: Tracy Hancock

Global interest in and the uptake of the new REFLUX Flotation Cell (RFC) from full flowsheet technology and service supplier FLSmidth has been gaining considerable momentum. As a result of this... 


An image of a mining tunnel
Job, cybersecurity concerns cloud 4IR transition
26th April 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

While mining companies are exploring the integration of data analytics and other artificial intelligence (AI) systems into their operations, job-loss concerns, compounded by cybersecurity concerns,... 


A group of executives that represent the Mandela Mining Precinct in a photo together at their 5 year anniversary
Circular minerals, metals initiative launched
26th April 2024 By: Halima Frost

The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP), with the support of the Department of Science and Innovation’s (DSI’s) Circular Innovation South Africa fund, launched the South African Circular Minerals and... 


Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.
How 30 years of democracy has transformed South Africa's mining industry
25th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s 30 years of democracy has changed the character of this country’s mining industry profoundly, Minerals Council South Africa emphasised in a report that highlights the industry’s... 


From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha
Minerals Council South Africa setting out to boost local demand for green hydrogen
17th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Minerals Council South Africa is focused on increasing the domestic demand for green hydrogen, which it sees as contributing to the kickstarting of the hydrogen economy in South Africa. “The... 


Karst MD Guy Richards.
Use underground mines for electricity storage, optimise mine water use – Karst Hydro
8th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s many underground mines can be used as batteries that store the clean electricity that the water descending for cooling can provide. At the same time, the local community could end up... 


The next breakthrough must be zero fatality
Mines investing R46m to put an end to fall-of-ground fatalities
5th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s mining industry is investing R46-million in an action plan to eliminate fall-of-ground (FoG) fatalities. The FoG action plan is being implemented through Minerals Council South... 


TRIUMPHANT SHAFT SINKING
Reaching a final depth of 1 200 m, the new ventilation shaft sunk by Murray & Roberts Cementation at Palabora Mining Company is a triumph in many respects
Last blast of new ventilation shaft celebrated
29th March 2024

Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation and its client Palabora Mining Company (PMC) completed the last blast in the development of the miner’s new ventilation shaft at PMC’s... 


KAROWE UNDERGROUND DEVELOPMENT
Lucara Diamond Corporation is expanding the Karowe mine to access the underground orebody, thereby extending the life-of-mine to at least 2040
Diamond miner progresses Botswana shaft sinking
29th March 2024

Diamond explorer and miner Lucara Diamond Corporation made significant shaft sinking progress in 2023 at its Karowe underground project, in Botswana, where the miner invested $101.3-million for the... 


PROJECT INVOLVEMENT
Engagement is a critical step in the construction and maintenance of mine shafts
Correct installation of components critical
29th March 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

A successful shaft sinking project entails the correct installation of various components timeously, in addition to experienced personnel working on the project from the outset and maximising the... 


EASY INTEGRATION
VUMA Live integrates with existing supervisory control and data acquisition systems, streamlining its adoption for mine operators that are already familiar with such platforms
Software enhances underground mining safety
15th March 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

In its continuous endeavour to achieve operational excellence and uphold safety standards in the underground mining industry, global independent consultancy BBE has set a new benchmark with the... 


DRA Global director Val Coetzee
DRA Global promotes Coetzee to executive director position
7th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Engineering consultancy DRA Global has appointed nonexecutive director Val Coetzee as director of process and technology – an executive position – effective immediately. He will oversee the... 


Mining consultancy SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl
Continued exploration, mine development in 2024
23rd February 2024

With Africa’s substantial and varied mineral endowment being undisputed, the year ahead will likely see ongoing progress in exploration and mine development, in both traditional metals and the... 


Two hands holding raw coal
Coal mining to move to more sustainable practices
23rd February 2024 By: Halima Frost

The ongoing shift from traditional coal mining to sustainably mined coal in 2024 and beyond will “witness remarkable advancements” in new coal mining methods, driven by innovative technologies and... 


A new Internet of things enabled camera supplied by Axis Communications
Upward trend in generative AI adoption
23rd February 2024 By: Halima Frost

Security system provider Axis Communications has noted a marked increase in the uptake of new security-focused applications based on the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI), especially... 


A group of make shift tents and lean to's in the DRC Bush which houses artisanal miners and their families
DRC investment to be buoyed by elevated copper price
16th February 2024 By: Halima Frost

A forecasted increase in global copper prices will encourage continued investment in the “copper and cobalt mining powerhouse of Africa” – the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – reports... 


Nedbank CIB) Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh.
Power aggregators seen as key accelerators of South African mining’s energy transition
13th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Many energy projects selling to one buyer, who in turn sells to many mines – this procurement model is seen as a key financial tool to accelerate the energy transition of South Africa’s mining... 


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