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Environmental Protection

Filter press installation nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 Local anthracite producer Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) is installing a filter press at its coal washing plant, in Emakhalathini, KwaZulu-Natal. The filter press will remove slurry from the water used in the coal washing process and prevent incidents such as the 1 500 m3 coal slurry spill,... 

Kimberlite research could help reverse emissions

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 Global diamond corporation Alrosa Group is working with Russia’s leading research centres to study the carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption capabilities of kimberlite to determine whether it could eventually be used to completely offset the company’s greenhouse-gas emissions. The results from the... 

A pile of kimberlite stones which are the general ore from which diamonds are mined
ABSORBING RESEARCH Alrosa's Research has shown that kimberlite ore absorbs emissions when subject to standard mining operations which use water in the processes

Designs evolving to meet new outcomes

4th March 2022 Owing to the latest tailings dam standards demanding a longer-term view of design, construction and closure outcomes, a growing interest in design philosophies that incorporate shapes and processes as they exist in nature has been experienced, says SRK Consulting principal civil engineer in mine... 

SRK Consulting principal civil engineer in mine closure Justin Walls in portrait image
JUSTIN WALLS Engineers are increasingly looking to learn from natural analogues, so that they can better emulate these more sustainable designs and structures

Solar plant to be commissioned by May

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 The first photovoltaic (PV) solar plant to be completed and commissioned by a mining company in South Africa is on track to produce 100% steady-state power generation by May, says midtier gold producer Pan African Resources investor relations head Hethen Hira. The PV plant is being built by Pan... 

A large solar plant at the Evander mine, which should be extended even further, subject to regulatory approval
GAINING GROUND One of the first solar plants to be commissioned by a mining house will be expanded to produce more renewable energy

Company reduces environmental risk through greener blasts

26th February 2021 For over three decades, chemicals manufacturer Omnia Holdings’ subsidiary Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) has been incorporating used oil in its emulsion explosives, making blasting greener and reducing environmental risk. Consequently, the company is the leading consumer of used oil in the... 

Association develops new audit programme

26th February 2021 Industry association the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) is in the process of completely redeveloping its renowned environmental audit system, creating a robust new system that is more user friendly and better aligned with the requirements of smaller-scale... 

ESG principles integral to addressing carbon tax challenges

26th February 2021 Attracting new investment will increasingly depend on having a strong environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) culture, and mines aiming to reduce their carbon footprint through capital-intensive technology programmes will thus need to implement better ESG programmes to help raise... 

BALANCING ACT 
Linking ESG priorities to operations’ short-term viability is complex, and a careful balancing act is needed for mines to attract and retain investors
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BALANCING ACT Linking ESG priorities to operations’ short-term viability is complex, and a careful balancing act is needed for mines to attract and retain investors

Environmental trend spurs green financing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th February 2021 The green financing market is gaining traction in South Africa, says law firm ENSafrica natural resources and environment senior associate Mihlali Sitefane. Green financing promotes the funding of projects that contribute to sustainable development by requiring the integration of social, economic... 

Policy crucial to decarbonisation

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 The local mining industry, while dealing with challenges stemming from production decline over the past few years, is witnessing an evolving regulatory landscape, particularly with the development of an integrated carbon and air-quality regulatory framework. According to the Intergovernmental... 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES 
The industry faces challenges to reduce emissions given associated financial implications, including the impact on capital and operational efficiency
SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES The industry faces challenges to reduce emissions given associated financial implications, including the impact on capital and operational efficiency

Mine haul roads can reduce emissions, costs

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Having researched the design and management of opencast mine haul roads locally and globally for the past 30 years, retired University of Pretoria civil engineering professor Alex Visser highlights a specific road construction system for mine haul roads which can reduce fuel emissions and save... 

PAVING THE WAY

If roads are not constructed properly, undulations can form, increasing rolling resistance. This can cause increased diesel fumes from trucks and health and safety risks
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PAVING THE WAY If roads are not constructed properly, undulations can form, increasing rolling resistance. This can cause increased diesel fumes from trucks and health and safety risks

Company provides local mining carbon tax solution

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Information technology (IT) solutions provider EDS Systems, a subsidiary  of   Economic Development Solutions (EDS), is set to provide a cloud-based IT solution to help local miners calculate and comply with the Carbon Tax Act regulations. EDS provides services to  the local mining,... 

FRANCOIS DU PLESSIS

We are trying to create a basic environment for organisations to capture emissions according to the Act and display that in a simplistic, Web-based environment
FRANCOIS DU PLESSIS We are trying to create a basic environment for organisations to capture emissions according to the Act and display that in a simplistic, Web-based environment

Kangra awaits licence approvals

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Local coal miner Kangra Coal is planning an extension to its Savmore/Maquasa coal mining operation, in Mpumalanga, with Kangra Coal environmental specialist Niketiwe Dlamini noting that the company is awaiting the approval and issuing of the necessary environmental licences. The miner is required... 

NIKETIWE DLAMINI

As a main contributor to our GDP and as an extractive industry, mining has environmental and community impacts, hence the importance of environmental impact assessments
NIKETIWE DLAMINI As a main contributor to our GDP and as an extractive industry, mining has environmental and community impacts, hence the importance of environmental impact assessments

Gold surface tailings re-treater increases environmental spend

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd March 2019 South African gold producer DRDGOLD is continuing its progress on environmental initiatives, having increased its environmental spend by 23% to R51.6-million for the 2018 financial year. Total spending of R24.9-million in the first six months of the 2019 financial year was 28% higher than the... 

HARD AT WORK DRDGOLD reclaims and retreats gold mining waste – mine dumps – of previous miners
HARD AT WORK DRDGOLD reclaims and retreats gold mining waste – mine dumps – of previous miners

EIA recommendations essential for new mining projects

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd March 2019 It is crucial for mining companies to consider the recommendations of all the environmental impact assessments (EIAs) before the start of any new mining projects, says waste management solutions provider Interwaste business development and marketing director Kate Stubbs. Her statement follows the... 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Mining has a large environmental impact that affects not only the health and wellbeing of mining communities
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Mining has a large environmental impact that affects not only the health and wellbeing of mining communities

Recovery process aiding cyanide detox

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd March 2019 To assist mining companies in managing and recovering cyanide, engineering consultancy AZMET Technology & Projects developed the AZMET cyanide recovery process (AZ-CRP) to provide an alternative to cyanide detoxification. AZMET’s focus is to provide a simpler and more cost-effective solution for... 

Industry adopting more sustainable approaches to mining activities

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd March 2019 As water balances are being calculated more precisely, the principles of reducing, reusing and recycling water are being adopted more strictly, as is the separation of clean from dirty water on mines. Consulting engineering firm WSP environment and energy senior associate Karen King states that... 

WASTE REDUCTION Using cleaner production techniques, environmental control technologies and process re-engineering can further reduce waste output of mines
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WASTE REDUCTION Using cleaner production techniques, environmental control technologies and process re-engineering can further reduce waste output of mines

AZMET Technology & Projects

22nd March 2019 AZMET is a multi-disciplinary engineering and project management company specialising in the design and implementation of hydrometallurgical processing plants all over the world.  AZMET’s industry knowledge and experience, linked to a sound, fundamental understanding of metallurgical processes,... 

AZMET Technology & Projects

Lubritech Manufacturing

22nd March 2019 Level 2 broad-based black economic- empowerment company, Lubritech Manu-facturing specialises in hydrocarbon contamination solutions by managing and controlling contamination at the source. A rise in mechanised mining has led to an increased use of oil and grease, with a resultant impact on... 

Lubritech Manufacturing

Provider ensures sustainability in CO2-intensive industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2018 With a high carbon footprint characterising the global cement industry, supplier of construction materials and technical solutions AfriSam is continuously advancing sustainable practices to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in mining operations and cement manufacturing processes, and has... 

QUARRYING FAVOUR 
To mine limestone in the ecologically sensitive Saldanha Vredenburg area, AfriSam is placing more than 150 ha of this property into environmental status
QUARRYING FAVOUR To mine limestone in the ecologically sensitive Saldanha Vredenburg area, AfriSam is placing more than 150 ha of this property into environmental status

Software solution aids tailings management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2018 Governance, risk and compliance software supplier IsoMetrix has developed the IsoMetrix tailings management solution (TMS) to specifically enable mining operations to manage their tailings storage facilities (TSFs) more effectively and responsively, as these are inherently environmentally risky,... 

POWERFUL FEATURE  
IsoMetrix Tailings Management Solution’s built-in dashboard capabilities are configurable and provide visible data customisable to the user profile
POWERFUL FEATURE IsoMetrix Tailings Management Solution’s built-in dashboard capabilities are configurable and provide visible data customisable to the user profile

Sustainable management of risks gains traction

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2018 Amid a range of land contamination issues in South Africa, mining houses are increasingly adapting their operations to be more holistic to curb environmental risks and create meaningful value for local stakeholders while achieving their objectives. Engineering consultancy WSP Africa environment... 

HAZARDOUS 
The impacts of land contamination can be significant and widespread for mine operations, leading to high costs
HAZARDOUS The impacts of land contamination can be significant and widespread for mine operations, leading to high costs

Clay mine aims to expand output to 2086

By: Johane Turkstra     24th March 2017 Feedback from the Mineral Resources Minister on whether the expansion of clay brick company Era Bricks’ southern clay quarry can proceed is expected in the second quarter of this year. Era Bricks is looking to expand the quarry on the Rietvalei farm near Delmas, in Mpumalanga, extending the... 

SIGNIFICANT EXTENSION Era Bricks is looking to extend its southern clay quarry project’s life-of-mine to 2086 through phases
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SIGNIFICANT EXTENSION Era Bricks is looking to extend its southern clay quarry project’s life-of-mine to 2086 through phases

Greater demand for credible, local testing spurs growth

By: Johane Turkstra     24th March 2017 Local environmental laboratory X-Lab Earth Science plans to expand its support for air-quality testing companies servicing the mining and minerals industry as demand grows for accredited data analysis in this sector. X-Lab MD Quentin Hurt attributes the increasing demand for its services to... 

INTEREST GROWING
There has been a substantial interest in air quality testing as there have been numerous high-profile issues that have developed around South Africa
INTEREST GROWING There has been a substantial interest in air quality testing as there have been numerous high-profile issues that have developed around South Africa

More focus needed on ESG factors

By: Johane Turkstra     24th March 2017 Mining companies operating globally need to pay greater attention to their social licence to operate in terms of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors associated with their projects, says mining industry consultant MSA principal environmental consultant Robin Bolton.... 

EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT 
Environmental, social and governance factors have immense influence on risk management for operations of any size
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EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT Environmental, social and governance factors have immense influence on risk management for operations of any size

Company promotes ecofriendly production processes

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As a means of protecting the environment, nonwoven geotextile manufacturer Fibertex uses chemical-binder-free products and production processes to manufacture Fibertex geotextiles, which are made of virgin polypropylene (PP) material. Fibertex South Africa CEO Clive Hitchcock comments that virgin... 

CLIVE HITCHCOCK
Nonwoven geotextiles play an important role in diverse sectors
CLIVE HITCHCOCK Nonwoven geotextiles play an important role in diverse sectors

Financial provisioning regulations increase strain on indigent miners

By: Lynne Jackson     18th March 2016 The South African extractive industry, which is currently battling depressed commodity prices, is being subjected to increasingly stringent regulations, such as the Financial Provisioning Regulations (promulgated as General Notice Regulation (GNR) 1147) under the National Environmental Management... 

COSTLY CHARGES
The potential financial ramifications of funding liabilities, such as acid mine drainage, may not be insubstantial
COSTLY CHARGES The potential financial ramifications of funding liabilities, such as acid mine drainage, may not be insubstantial

Enviro impact of mine top of mind

By: Lynne Jackson     18th March 2016 Environmental management company Cabanga Concepts has been contracted to yearly audit the environmental compliance of uranium and gold mining company Oakbay Resources & Energy subsidiary Shiva Uranium’s operations in Hartbeesfontein, in the North West. The Shiva mine is operating three... 

Company targets mining waste

By: Lynne Jackson     18th March 2016 The energy-intensive mining industry can benefit from waste-management company Interwaste’s refuse-derived fuel (RDF) plant in terms of more effective waste management and a reduced carbon footprint. Interwaste is focusing on the South African mining industry, which has come under fire for its... 

BITTER SWEET Although the mining sector has been a key driver for the growth and development of South Africa’s economy, the waste generated from its activities can pose serious threats to communities and the environment
BITTER SWEET Although the mining sector has been a key driver for the growth and development of South Africa’s economy, the waste generated from its activities can pose serious threats to communities and the environment

Sierra Leone project closer to enviro licence

By: Lynne Jackson     18th March 2016 Aim-listed exploration company Stellar Diamonds aims to schedule a meeting with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discuss and agree on the fee for issuing the environmental licence for its Tongo Dyke-1 project, in Sierra Leone. The meeting was set for early this month. The company... 

TONGO DYKE-1
Exploration activities on the Tongo project are considered to have had minimal impact on the environment
TONGO DYKE-1 Exploration activities on the Tongo project are considered to have had minimal impact on the environment

Nema amendments bring land rehabilitation to the fore

By: David Oliveira     20th March 2015 Amendments made to the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) in October last year indicate that government is focusing more on mining-related land rehabilitation schemes, says land rehabilitation membership organisation the Land Rehabilitation Society of Southern Africa (LaRSSA) council... 

LAND REHABILITATION FOCUS The Nema amendments have shifted the focus from closure plans as a guide for post-mining planning documentation to rehabilitation plans
LAND REHABILITATION FOCUS The Nema amendments have shifted the focus from closure plans as a guide for post-mining planning documentation to rehabilitation plans

New extinguisher system eliminates need for harmful chemicals

By: David Oliveira     20th March 2015 Environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions launched its environment-friendly water-based extinguisher system EXTINGUISHmist in November last year after it had received certification from the South African Bureau of Standards. I-Cat product specialist Eugene Kleynhans explains... 

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