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Environmental News

MQA launches initiative to improve 
maths and science education

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st August 2009 In response to the growing need to resolve the country’s increasing skills crisis, the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) has recently launched its tutoring programme to promote the development of maths and science at high school level. 

Canadian miners see threat from climate change – study

By: Liezel Hill     19th August 2009 A significant percentage of Canadian miners believe that climate change could have, or is already having, a negative a negative effect on operations, according to a report published on Wednesday by the David Suzuki Foundation. Interestingly, however, only 25% of senior executives and management... 

SA firm installing first-of-a-kind wastewater plants in Ghana

By: Loni Prinsloo     14th August 2009 Wholly-owned subsidiary of Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies VWS Envig is currently in the final phase of completing a project valued at € 920 000 for gold major AngloGold Ashanti. 

Mintails prepared to help tackle AMD on the West Rand

By: Loni Prinsloo     14th August 2009 Gold producer Mintails SA is committed to participating in any sustainable solution aimed at tackling acid mine drainage (AMD), one of the biggest environmental challenges facing the mining industry on the West Rand, says Mintails CEO Dick van der Walt.  

NGO urges swift decision-making on 
toxic water treatment option

By: Loni Prinsloo     7th August 2009 The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) is urging Government to make an immediate decision on the preferred process to treat the toxic water from mine activities in the Western, Central and Eastern basins of the Witwatersrand. 

Role of politicians-turned-mine-bosses a cause for concern

By: Jonathan Faurie     7th August 2009 The role of past politicians, who have moved on to become significant role players in the mining industry, is negatively affecting the mining industry reports an independent research company, the Bench Marks Foundation. 

Public consultation under way on Coro Mining's Argentina project

By: Francisca Pouiller     31st July 2009 A formal public consultation period has begun on Coro Mining's San Jorge project, in the Argentine province of Mendoza, and will continue until October 13. The study is currently also being evaluated by the National Technical University on behalf of the government, and this technical review is... 

AngloGold Ashanti resumes gold exports after settling enviro dispute with Guinea govt

By: Jonathan Faurie     31st July 2009 Gold mining major AngloGold Ashanti has reached an agreement with the government of Guinea regarding the environmental rehabilitation programme of the Siguiri project. 

Massive acid mine drainage project stimulus for local beneficiation

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     31st July 2009 Help is at hand to assist South Africa’s rising mine water dilemma. It has come in the form of the Western Utilities Corporation (WUC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Aim-listed Watermark Global, which aims to turn the acid mine drainage scourge into a beneficiation opportunity.  

Alaskans file suit challenging Pebble permits

By: Liezel Hill     29th July 2009 An organisation representing native Alaskan groups, as well as some prominent Alaskans, have filed a civil suit against the state's Department of Natural Resources (DNR), asserting that the department violated the Alaskan constitution by granting exploration permits to the controversial Pebble... 

Govt urged to cast net wider in its search 
for solution to acid mine drainage

By: Loni Prinsloo     24th July 2009 Acid mine drainage (AMD) is one of the most serious and potentially enduring environmental problems for the mining industry and, if left unchecked, can result in such long-term water-quality impacts that could well be this industry’s most harmful legacy, says Environmental and Remedial Technology... 

Angloplat pioneers ‘clean’ fuelcell power using Anglo Coal gas

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2009 The world’s largest platinum miner, Anglo Platinum, on Monday unveiled a pioneering clean-energy fuel-cell power plant that uses coal-bed methane gas from group company Anglo Coal. Journalists were flown to see the stationary plant at an Anglo Coal coal-bed methane gas exploration site near... 

NGOs seek to have Mpumalanga prospecting licences overturned

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th June 2009 A group of nongovernmental organisations (NGO’s) and landowners in the Wakkerstroom and Luneburg area of Mpumalanga have filed two High Court applications to have the coal prospecting rights, which the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) awarded to Delta Mining Company, refuted. 

SRK sets up shop in Argentina

By: Jonathan Faurie     26th June 2009 The Argentinean mining industry, although small compared with South Africa, Australia and Chile, has huge potential. 

SA consulting group opens offices in China, Indonesia

By: Jonathan Faurie     26th June 2009 With the rapid expansion shown in many Asian markets, consulting engineering company SRK Consulting has recently opened a number of new offices in the region to cope with its growing demand. 

Acid mine drainage – a new value-added beneficiation economy?

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     26th June 2009 The issue of mine water should not be considered a mining challenge, but rather as a resource that can be used as the basis of a new value-added beneficiation economy, says political scientist Dr Anthony Turton. 

Cyanide neutralisation firm sets up shop in South Africa

By: Loni Prinsloo     19th June 2009 Within the next two months, the US-based wastewater treatment company, Pollution to Water (P2W), will set up office in South Africa offering the country’s gold mines a cyanide destruction system that eliminates the use of chemicals. 

Growth opportunities galore 
despite downturn – SRK

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th June 2009 Although South African companies are facing an uncertain future in the current economic climate, local consulting engineering company SRK Consulting comments that there are a lot of oppertunaties for growth in the market.


Remote monitoring of water saves time, money

19th June 2009 Where water is used on industrial sites and at the surface on mines there is a need to monitor the water at its source and once it has moved through the plant process. Sources that can be monitored include dams, rivers and boreholes and at-source monitoring generally covers flow rates and the... 

Tshipi feasibility study confirms ‘large, long-life’ SA manganese project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2009 JSE-listed Pallinghurst Resources said on Thursday that the a feasibility study had indicated that an open-pit mine producing two-million ton a year could be established at the Tshipi Kalahari manganese project, South Africa. Pallinghurst, together with its co-investors, hold 49,9% of Tshipi.  

Tyre recycling and microencapsulation at Sishen mine

By: Lindsey Berry     12th June 2009 Two waste management projects under way at Kumba Iron Ore’s (KIO’s) Sishen mine, in the Northern Cape, are a tyre-recycling project and a microencapsulation process to treat contaminated soil. 

Global mining company pilots water-management scheme

By: Philippa Levenberg     5th June 2009 Diversified mining group Xstrata South Africa (XCSA) has developed an integrated groundwater resource management plan (IGRMP) that will ensure sustainability and environmental compliance in ground water management at its South African mining operations.  

Australian mining major commits to Lumwana town development

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th May 2009 Australian mining major, Equinox Minerals has secured a $25-million debt facility with the Netherlands Government development funding institution, the Nederlandse Financierings-Maatshappij voor Ontwikklingslanden, to advance the company’s social development plan. 

Australia’s emissions scheme to cut 23 510 mining jobs by 2020 – council

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd May 2009 The Australian minerals industry could potentially lose 23 510 direct jobs by 2010 and 66 480 by 2030, owing the introduction of the carbon pollution reduction scheme (CPRS), the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) warned on Friday. The council said that the “adverse” employment impact of the... 

Mining giant develops better water consumption understanding

By: Jacqueline Holman     22nd May 2009 Mining giant Anglo American’s (Anglo’s) business units will develop a better understanding of its water consumption in 2009 by using the Anglo Water Footprint model, which was implemented across all the mine’s business units during 2008. 

Coal of Africa submits environmental study for Vele colliery  

By: Christy van der Merwe     20th May 2009 JSE- Aim- and ASX-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has submitted the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental management plan (EMP) as part of the new order mining license for the Vele colliery project in South Africa’s Limpopo province. Located near Musina, the project has... 

Mine’s social committee provides local community with running water

By: Kelly Farthing     15th May 2009 One of the largest ferrochrome producers in the world, Samancor Chrome, is involved in various community upliftment projects. One such initiative is the Hlalanikahle water reticulation project headed up by the Samcor Ferrometals corporate social investment (CSI) committee. 

Local community sustains environmental rehabilitation scheme

By: Philippa Levenberg     8th May 2009 Predominantly black women-owned business Monontsha reports that it has, to date, rehabilitated more than 34,4 ha of land at platinum-miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) Rustenburg mine. Monontsha is responsible for Implats’ environmental rehabilitation initiative, the Woodchips project,... 

Acid mine drainage single most significant threat to South Africa’s environment

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     8th May 2009 Environmentalists have termed acid mine drainage (AMD) as the single most significant threat to South Africa’s environment. In the past, these and other concerns about AMD were in effect ignored by the major stakeholders of the country’s mining industry, including government and mining houses. 

DME to nail down titanium project rights issue by early June

By: Christy van der Merwe     8th May 2009 South Africa’s Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) spokesperson Bheki Khumalo tells Mining Weekly that the issue of the mining right for the Xolobeni titanium bearing minerals mine on the Wild Coast, will be finalised by the end of May or early June this year. 

Challenges of water management on SA mines

By: Jacqueline Holman     1st May 2009 Business disruption risk is growing owing to uncertain future water allocations, environmental management consultancy Environmental Resources Management mining director Marinda van der Merwe said at the consultancy's seminar, Prioritising Water Management. 

Mining companies to benefit from expanding environmental footprint

By: Jacqueline Holman     1st May 2009 Mining companies can reduce closure costs and claim market share by expanding their global environmental footprint, environmental management consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) mining director Marinda van der Merwe said at ERM's seminar, Prioritising Water Management. 

Gold miner receives automated dewatering pump control system

By: Jacqueline Holman     1st May 2009 Energy services company HVAC International appointed engineering company Iritron to complete the installation of an automated dewatering pump control system for Shaft 7 on gold-miner Goldfields' Kloof mine, in Glen Harvie. 

Water reclamation plant reaches 99% recovery

By: Jacqueline Holman     1st May 2009 Consulting and contracting company Keyplan has achieved 99% treated water recovery at the eMalahleni water reclamation plant, which it designed, built and currently operates on behalf of diverse mining company Anglo American's coal subsidiary Anglo Coal and BHP Billiton. 

Environmental management system standardised across operations

By: Darren Parker     1st May 2009 Platinum producer Anglo Platinum (Angloplat) engaged in March, 2009, the implementation of a standardised environmental management system standard that has been similarly applied across all holding company Anglo American's (Anglo's) business units and divisions, called the Anglo Environment Way... 

Now R5m from government for Pamodzi Gold water problem missing  

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2009 A sum of R5-million said by government to have been paid over to Pamodzi Gold to solve its rising water problem is missing. Pamodzi Gold East Rand GM Graham Chamberlain told Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday that the money had still not been received but government spokespersons say that it has... 

Pamodzi Gold’s Grootvlei water problem now desperate – East Rand GM

By: Martin Creamer     24th April 2009 The mine water problem at Pamodzi Gold’s Grootvlei mine had reached desperate proportions, Pamodzi Gold GM East Rand Operations Graham Chamberlain told Mining Weekly Online at the weekend. Chamberlain, whose team has been fighting a rising mine water battle on a shoestring for months, told... 

Quelling the fire

By: Carla Thomaz     24th April 2009 When Grootegeluk coal mine, situated in the Limpopo province, began operating in 1980, all of the mine’s plant discards and inter-burden materials were stacked on discards dumps. The plant discards and inter-burden material with their high carbon content began to spontaneously combust. The safe... 

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