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Software helps miners manage tailings, waste

By: Cameron Mackay     19th November 2021 Software company IsoMetrix’s tailings management solution has been developed over many years to help miners manage their incidents, obligations and risks related to mine waste facilities. The solution also reduces the administrative burden of conducting audits, inspections and reporting, states... 

Cooling solution provided for Brazilian mine

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     19th November 2021 The Pilar mine at the Caraiba mining complex in north-eastern Bahia, in Brazil, will soon own a turnkey, “high-tech, safe and efficient” underground mine cooling system, supplied by air and gas handling equipment supplier Howden. The complex, owned and operated by base metals mining company Ero... 

Bulk air coolers being installed at Brazilian mine
COOL OFF Bulk air coolers are used to chill large quantities of air to cool the working areas underground, thereby improving working conditions

Solution offered for shaft cooling

By: Halima Frost     19th November 2021 Mining engineering turnkey solutions provider United Mining Services (UMS) Group has successfully completed the delivery of a fast, innovative solution for gold miner Harmony Gold’s Target 1 mine, which will optimise the shaft’s cooling capability. The Target 1 shaft is used to transport people,... 

Workers in PPE using a Hilti cutting blade to cut out the brattice in a shaft of a gold mine
CUTTING IT UP A portion of the brattice in the shaft at Harmony Gold’s Target 1 mine had to be cut from the surface down to 9 m below

Glencore sets ‘just transition’ from coal in promising motion with wheat pilot project  

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2021 Glencore has set the ‘just transition’ in promising motion with a highly successful winter wheat pilot project in Mpumalanga, South Africa’s province of coal mining and coal-fired power generation. The programme, which began in April, has been described as being hugely successful in demonstrating... 

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Glencore ‘just transition’ pilot project explained to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green hydrogen advocate Forrest slams oil, gas as ‘anathema methane mines’  

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2021 Oil and gas plants are methane mines and opening new ones is an anathema that fails to take the livelihoods of today’s offspring seriously, says Fortescue Metals Group chairperson and green hydrogen protagonist Andrew Forrest. “I argue strongly that opening up a new coal mine, or even a methane... 

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Expect to be unemployed from age 40, Miller warns graduates entering mining   

By: Martin Creamer     15th November 2021 Because of the collapse of investment in greenfields exploration in South Africa, any mining graduate entering the profession today can expect to be unemployed from the age of 40, said AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller on Monday, when he pointed out that South Africa is now at an... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer

Lily Mine inquest: We were confident activities would not have caused mine collapse - geologist

By: News24Wire      12th November 2021 Former Lily Mine geologist Michael Begg claimed they didn't foresee the collapse that led to the closure of the Mpumalanga gold mine. On 5 February 2016, a shipping container above a crown pillar fell into a sinkhole, trapping three workers Solomon Nyirenda, Pretty Nkambule and Yvonne Mnisi... 

Lily Mine tragedy was an eye-opener on how to avoid future disasters, inquest hears

By: News24Wire      12th November 2021 A former Lily Mine manager said the collapse of the mine, which left three workers trapped underground, was an eye-opener on how things should be done better in the future to prevent another catastrophe. On Thursday, Eben Swanepoel said they had to come with remedial steps after every disaster... 

Lily Mine: Ex-manager claims collapsed crown pillar was secured before the tragedy

By: News24Wire      12th November 2021 A former Lily Mine manager has claimed the crown pillar that led to the collapse of the mine sent no warning signs beforehand. Bongani Rantho testified at the inquest into the tragedy they had restricted access to the crown pillar. 

Miner acquires asset on care and maintenance

12th November 2021 Canadian gold mining company TVI Pacific in September announced that its Philippines affiliate TVI Resource Development (TVIRD) completed the acquisition of 100% of the outstanding equity of trading company Greenstone Resources Corporation (GRC). GRC was previously the Philippine affiliate of... 

Two men in reflective outfits mapping out a grid on the Siana gold project in the Philippines, now owned by TVI Resources Development
CARE TO PURCHASE The Siana gold project as well as the Mapawa project in the Philippines have been acquired by TVI Resources Development through its acquisition of Greenstone Resources Corporation

New tech calculates ventilation recovery

By: Halima Frost     12th November 2021 Mine ventilation, refrigeration, and cooling engineering consultants BBE Group, in August released the 2021 version of its flagship Vuma-network, free of charge, to the mining sector and other interested parties worldwide. BBE’s in-house product, called Vuma-transient, used by BBE engineers,... 

Six different photos of shafts and tunnels in a mine where BBE have installed the Vuma-network sensors and technology for ventilation
CLEARING THE AIR The Vuma-network of technologies is being offered free of charge to the mining sector to help ensure that ventilation post care and maintenance is up to scratch

Care, maintenance must be communicated correctly

By: Halima Frost     12th November 2021 Environmental consulting company Environmental Assurance (Envass) director Emile van Druten says it is “absolutely imperative” for a mine to correctly communicate its care-and-maintenance plan to not only staff and stakeholders but also the affected communities and suppliers. He tells Mining... 

A sunset picture of a mine with yellow machines in operation, with a laptop, plans and cell phone in, while there is a green belt of natural vegetation in the background
THE WHOLE PICTURE The care and maintenance period of a mine entails so much more than just telling staff

Congo lawmakers tell Barrick to secure mine perimeter after deadly protest

By: Reuters     11th November 2021 Lawmakers in Democratic Republic of Congo have asked Barrick Gold Corp to secure the perimeter of its Kibali gold mine after a protest last month over the eviction of people living on the company's concession turned deadly. A parliamentary mission found four people, including one soldier, were... 

Gold major Newmont spending $500m on renewables, world congress hears 

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2021 Gold mining major Newmont is spending $500-million on renewable energy projects against the backdrop of climate risk equating to investment risk for all mining industry participants, the Energy and Mines Virtual World Congress heard on Tuesday. Expenditure of the half-a-billion dollars began last... 

Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker (left) and Newmont executive VP and chief technology officer Dean Gehring (right).
Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker (left) and Newmont executive VP and chief technology officer Dean Gehring (right).

Green hydrogen market presents huge opportunity for Africa – Mantashe  

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2021 The green hydrogen market presents a huge opportunity for Africa to position itself as a global competitor in future green energy markets, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has told the Africa Energy Week. Countries such as South Africa and Zimbabwe, the Minister said,... 

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Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Lily Mine inquest: Witness says zama zamas could have become trapped along with three employees

By: News24Wire      9th November 2021 A former illegal miner says it's possible that one or more zama zamas became trapped underground along with three missing employees when a part of Lily Mine collapsed in 2016. Known only as Mr X, he was testifying at an inquest into the mine collapse, which is being held to determine whether... 

Bafokeng clinch green business boost as part of Northam platinum deal  

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2021 Royal Bafokeng Holdings has accepted an unsolicited offer from Northam Platinum for up to a third of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) in a R17-billion transaction that opens the way for the community to accelerate into the fast-growing green energy economy with Northam’s help. Royal Bafokeng... 

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Royal Bafokeng Holdings CEO Albertinah Kekana (left) and Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.

Modern mining infrastructure, innovations to address junior mining, exploration challenges 

By: Schalk Burger     5th November 2021 Innovation and technology development to promote and reinvigorate the country’s moribund exploration, emerging and junior mining sector are focused on developing shared infrastructure and innovations to reduce costs and make exploration more effective and efficient. Research, development and... 

Platinum group metals playing key role in Proudly South African hydrogen breakthrough  

By: Martin Creamer     5th November 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs), which are hosted overwhelmingly in South Africa, have played a key role in rocketing the performance of local alkaline electrolysers, in which PGMs are not generally used. Hydrox Holdings of Randburg, which has been pursuing hydrogen solutions for more than two... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Training aims to enhance on-site safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 With businesses constantly evolving and adapting, safety training solutions provider KBC Health and Safety is also adapting and advancing its training solutions to ensure that it is creating value and positively impacting on its clients. Consequently, the company has created a new safety... 

KBC Health and safety COO Sian Thurtell
SIAN THURTELL Experiential training can enhance the retention of knowledge

Partnerships crucial to perfecting proximity detection

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2021 Amid an increasingly digitalised and connected environment, mining customers are demanding integrated solutions in the mine health and safety space, which necessitates partnerships.  

Booyco Electronics’ CXS proximity detection system
NEARLY THERE Booyco Electronics’ CXS proximity detection system allows end-users to achieve Level 9 safety compliance

Integrated control improves safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 In an underground mining environment, there is a dire need for an integrated approach to effective dust control for improve underground health conditions. Mine ventilation and cooling company BBE Consulting tells Mining Weekly that it is imperative to identify the correct dust control system for... 

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DUST IT UP Within an underground site, there are several sources from which dust can originate

Breathalysers safe despite Covid

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 With the onset of Covid-19, breathalyser specialist Alcohol Breathalysers was presented with the unique challenge of supplying alcohol breathalysers for workplaces and the mining industry that are safe and hygienic to use during the pandemic. The company has since developed operational techniques... 

EBS in use showing a pass alcohol breathalyser test
BREATHE EASY The company has made a major change in that it now recommends and makes use of paper straws, which are disposable, and non-alcohol steri-wipes

PGMs producer faces pandemic head-on

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has been the foremost health concern facing employees, their families and surrounding communities, says platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats). However, the company is entirely committed to ensuring safe work environments in all... 

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QUICK RESPONSE The company is entirely committed to ensuring safe work environments in all jurisdictions

Northern Cape community mining project helps curb illegal operations

By: Simone Liedtke     5th November 2021 In the midst of a desert wilderness, for about 109 km from the south bank of the Orange river, which forms part of the border between South Africa and Namibia, miner Lower Orange River Diamonds (LOR) has found a solution to illegal mining, a Community Artisanal Mining (CAM) project, which the... 

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Safety culture established to ensure smooth operations

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 With the importance of health and safety within an industrial and nuclear setting, Lesedi Nuclear Services (LNS) states that it establishes a world class safety culture by structuring itself in a manner that ensures that management fosters a top-down approach that is actively involved in control... 

Health, safety training increases productivity

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 Mining training company Prisma Training Solutions ensures that its customers can realise a return on investment by increasing productivity and efficiency through training. The company states that this is vital for all mining operations. Each mine and mining method offers unique risks. 

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JACQUES FARMER Just because mining takes place on the surface, does not mean there are fewer health and safety riska

Barrick installing solar power in Nevada, eliminating coal-fired power 

By: Martin Creamer     4th November 2021 Gold and copper mining company Barrick, which is installing solar power in the US where coal-fired electricity generation is also earmarked for elimination, is intent on making plans rather than promises as it cuts carbon emissions. The New York- and Toronto-listed mining company, headquartered... 

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Barrick president and CE Mark Bristow

'Darkness hovered over the place': Geologist gives emotional testimony at Lily Mine inquest

By: News24Wire      4th November 2021 'Darkness hovered over the place': Geologist gives emotional testimony at Lily Mine inquest "It took 12 seconds for Lily Mine to close its doors." 

South African Duncan Wanblad to succeed Mark Cutifani as Anglo CE 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American on Wednesday announced the appointment of Duncan Wanblad as chief executive with effect from the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) on April 19 next year – and has also spelt out details of Wanblad’s upcoming remuneration package in considerable... 

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South African Duncan Wanblad, who takes over as CE of Anglo American on April 19.

Pallinghurst now has all key battery, hydrogen fuel cell elements  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2021 The Pallinghurst Group now has within its fold all the key elements needed for lithium-ion batteries, fuel-cells and green hydrogen economy. Pallinghurst’s latest transaction with Talon Metals brings in nickel, copper and cobalt, which augment the already-in-the-bag graphite, battery-grade... 

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Pallinghurst Co-Chief Executive and Co-Founder Arne Frandsen speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Lily Mine tragedy inquest: Magistrate explains how inquest will proceed

By: News24Wire      2nd November 2021 The magistrate presiding over the inquest into the 2016 Lily Mine tragedy that left three families desperate for answers about their loved ones, has laid down the law, explaining how the matter will proceed. The proceedings are held in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court and are aimed at determining... 

Mining industry suffers another fatality

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd November 2021 Gold miner Harmony Gold Mining Company on November 2 reported that an employee had been fatally injured following a shaft-related incident at its Doornkop mine, near Soweto, on Sunday afternoon. “We are deeply concerned about the unfortunate incidents at our mines and will continue to drive our... 

Anglo can uplift livelihoods of many thousands, sustainability attendees hear

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American can uplift the livelihoods of many thousands of people living around its communities in South Africa and support many jobs through its sustainability projects, attendees of Anglo’s second 2021 sustainability update were told. The London- and... 

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Anglo American responsible business partnerships head Jon Samuel

Iamgold convoy attacked in Burkina Faso

By: Reuters     29th October 2021 A convoy transporting staff and contractors for Iamgold's Essakane gold mine in northern Burkina Faso was attacked on Friday, and two people were still unaccounted for, the Canadian mining company said. Iamgold said the incident involved 33 people in three buses, and three supply trucks... 

Minerals Council calls for MineSafe summit in November, says tech to improve safety 

By: Schalk Burger     29th October 2021 Industry organisation the Minerals Council South Africa urges the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), organised labour, mine professional associations and mining suppliers to hold the MineSafe summit in November, as soon as possible after the elections, to address the regression in... 

Anglo American sets ambition to halve Scope 3 emissions by 2040 

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American on Friday published its Climate Change Report 2021, ahead of its six-monthly sustainability performance update. The update includes Anglo’s progress towards its target of carbon neutral operations (Scopes 1 & 2) by 2040 and its ambition to reduce its... 

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Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Diamond producer reaps rewards of modernisation

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 v Russia-based diamond miner Alrosa’s significant investment in modernising and automating its manufacturing processes is aimed at improving operational performance and decreasing costs. 

A large yellow mine load dump haul truck entering a mine being directed by a miner at the Russian diamond producer Alrosa operations
BIG MOVER The modernisation drive being undertaken by Alrosa Diamonds across its operations is improving its efficiencies already
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