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Environmental Protection

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... 

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... 

EIA recommendations essential  for new mining projects
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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... 

Industry adopting more sustainable approaches to mining activities
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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... 

Provider ensures sustainability in CO2-intensive industry
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,... 

Software solution aids tailings management
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... 

Sustainable management  of risks gains traction
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... 

Clay mine aims to  expand output to 2086
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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... 

Greater demand for credible, local testing spurs growth
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.... 

More focus needed  on ESG factors
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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... 

Company promotes ecofriendly production processes
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... 

Financial provisioning  regulations increase  strain on indigent miners
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... 

Company targets  mining waste
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... 

Sierra Leone project closer to enviro licence
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... 

Nema amendments bring land rehabilitation to the fore
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... 

Legislative changes to result in improved enviro protection

By: David Oliveira     20th March 2015 While recent changes to legislation have not affected the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) role as controlling authority in terms of issuing mining environmental authorisations, penalties for noncompliance are greater than what they were under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources... 

Legislative changes  to result in improved enviro protection
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NEMA AMENDMENTS, SAFER ENVIRONMENT Increased penalties should result in the environment being better protected in the areas affected by mining activities

Increased focus on enviro management in tough investment climate

By: David Oliveira     20th March 2015 The increasing focus on mitigating the environmental and social impacts of mining is making securing financing to develop new and expand existing mining projects more difficult, says specialist mining consultancy The MSA Group. MSA principal environmental consultant Robin Bolton explains that... 

Increased focus on enviro management in tough investment climate
FINDING A SOLUTION Environmental and social risk imperatives will always be present and companies have to find means to identify, manage and limit those risks

EIA regulation amendments promotes integration

By: David Oliveira     20th March 2015 The amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations under the National Environmental Management Act, which came into effect in December last year, supports the early integration of social and environmental aspects into mining project design, says consulting engineers and... 

EIA regulation amendments promotes integration
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SMOOTHER LICENSING PROCESS Mine design, site selection and infrastructure layouts should be identified before commencing environmental permitting

GIS software application manages mining’s environmental impact

By: Carina Borralho     21st March 2014 In response to mining company’s moral duty to protect the planet’s natural resources and uplift societies in which they operate, environmental and social solutions provider Digby Wells Environmental offers the mining industry a Geographic Information System (GIS) service, which allows for... 

Testing services provider prioritises the environment, promotes sustainability

By: Carina Borralho     21st March 2014 Inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS has, as part of its endeavour to promote sustainability and environmental protection in the mining industry, been servicing South Africa’s minerals sector by testing water, soil and air samples. The company says test results are... 

New legal framework for mine dumps defines ownership

By: Carina Borralho     21st March 2014 The amendments and further proposed amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) attempt to clarify the regulation of mine dumps created before the commencement of the MPRDA. The environmental regulation of such dumps that were intended to be reprocessed was... 

Mining giant invests significantly in environmental protection

By: Carina Borralho     21st March 2014 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol is forced to take drastic measures with regard to environmental protection efforts, especially at its Secunda-based underground coal mining complex, which covers more than 1 1002 km and is one of the largest in the country, says Sasol spokesperson Alex... 

Mining giant invests  significantly in  environmental protection
CLEAN MEANS OF MINING Sasol incorporates dust control technology into its operations to enhance the safety and health of its employees and the quality of the air in the surrounding environment

Gold mine installs oily-water treatment, recycling system

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd March 2013 Environmental solutions company Procon Environmental Technologies reports that, in January, it supplied an oily-water treatment solution, Ultraspin, for a car wash bay at gold producer Gold Fields’ Tarkwa mine, in Ghana.  

New multigas detector for mining industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd March 2013 To increase safety and to reduce harmful gas emissions in the mining industry, safety equipment manufacturer Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Africa added the Altair 4X Mining gas detector to its Altair range of multigas detectors in June last year. 

Mining giant invests in environmental, community sustainability

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd March 2013 Diversified miner Anglo American aims to add to South African mining’s environmental sustainability and green economic growth through a R100-million investment in its Green Fund, which falls under the company’s enterprise development arm Zimele. 

Award focuses on rehabilitation through landscape architecture

22nd March 2013 University of Cape Town graduate Phillippa Hedley won brick manufacturing company Corobrik’s Most Innovative Final Year Landscape Architecture Project award in Cape Town, in December last year, along with a R3 000 prize for her thesis on disused landscapes and the potential that mines, urban... 

Mine lake rehabilitation proposal seeks African mining partner

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd March 2013 Australian company Ngalang Boodja Enterprises (NBE) is hoping to break new ground in the African mining sector through the commercial use of mine voids.  

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