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Explosives company achieves world-class rating

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME, a member of diversified chemicals group Omnia, tells Mining Weekly it has achieved a record-low recordable case rate of 0.05% in the blasting sector for the last financial year. A recordable case rate is a well-established measure of safety... 

Company showcases tech innovations on new forum

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 Industrial equipment multinational Siemens launched its inaugural Smart Mining Forum as an online event from August 3 to 5. The event highlighted Siemens’ technical expertise and showcased real examples of its software and technology solutions while current and future trends in sustainable mining... 

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DRIVING TECHNOLOGY Siemens offers numerous new technologies aimed at the mining sector which it highlighted its Smart Mining Forum

Hydrogen turning Europe into climate neutral economy, energy leaders highlight 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2021 Hydrogen has an essential role to play to meet the climate change imperative of carbon neutrality, a World Hydrogen Leaders panel highlighted week. German, French, British, Norwegian and Swiss energy representatives taking part in the World Hydrogen Leaders discussion on the regulatory landscape... 

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World Hydrogen Leaders virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Three employees die at Sasol’s Bosjesspruit colliery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th October 2021 On October 26 at about 17:00, an underground water compartment incident occurred at Sasol Mining’s Bosjesspruit colliery, resulting in death of three employees, Sasol has confirmed. The Bosjesspruit colliery is an underground mine in the Secunda Mining Complex. 

Sibanye-Stillwater well positioned as climate resilient business – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2021 Precious and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is well positioned as a climate-change resilient business in the future green economy, says CEO Neal Froneman, who emphasises environmental social governance (ESG) as being core to the company’s strategy as it achieves its objective of building... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Parties sign terms of reference to catalyse mining industry modernisation  

By: Donna Slater     26th October 2021 Representatives of the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) and five labour unions on October 26 signed an agreement on the terms of reference for the parties to collaborate on modernising the South African mining industry, resulting in the formation of the MMP – Organised Labour Consultative (OLC)... 

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Mandela Mining Precinct and labour unions launch Organised Labour Consultative forum with terms of reference signing

Platinum's atypical alkaline electrolyser role lowering hydrogen cost outlook 

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are lifting the performance of an alkaline electrolyser, which is helping to lower the cost outlook of green hydrogen. PGMs have been incorporated in the catalytic coatings of the electrodes of the prototype Advanced Alkaline Electrolyser (AAE) alkaline electrolyser... 

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Hydrox’s PGM-using alkaline electrolyser.

Majors band together to fight harassment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2021 Majors Rio Tinto, BHP and Fortescue Metals will partner to fund industry-first learning programs against sexual harassment, bullying and racism. The three companies will fund and contribute to the design, build and implementation of new social awareness education packages for deployment through... 

Canada’s First Nations see green hydrogen as an indigenous reconciliation opportunity 

By: Martin Creamer     25th October 2021 Hydrogen systems are not only going to be green, clean and low emission but they are also going to be local – and Canada’s First Nations see them as an indigenous reconciliation opportunity. “They’re going to be local energy systems,” Change Energy principal Rymal Smith said in response to Fasken... 

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Bimaadzwin CEO Isadore Day

Two employees die in incident at Harmony's Kusasalethu shaft

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2021 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) says it is mourning the loss of two mineworkers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu Shaft near Carletonville. There was a seismic event at 02:27 on October 21, which resulted in a fall of ground at 109 – 24 W2 panel and raise. The event... 

Mine operators need to take hydrogen very seriously, law firm webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2021 Mine operators need to take hydrogen and fuel cells very seriously as a pathway to decarbonisation, a webinar hosted by law firm Fasken heard this week. “There’s no pathway to zero carbon that does not include hydrogen and fuel cells,” H2GO Canada CEO Bob Oliver stated emphatically in response to... 

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From to left, clockwise, Dan Brock, Isadore Day, Al Davidson, Rymal Smith and Bob Oliver.

Commitment to Zero Harm unwavering

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa, and its member companies, remain unwaveringly committed to ensuring every mineworker returns from work unharmed every day through the goal of zero harm, says Minerals Council safety and sustainable development head Dr Sizwe Phakathi. In terms of safety... 

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DR SIZWE PHAKATHI Minerals Council believes it is possible to achieve Zero Harm

Studies show women benefit from modernisation

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 As more women join the mining industry in a professional capacity, more research and studies are analysing the various obstacles they have to contend with, as well as how employers can address these. Such research is instrumental in helping the historically male-dominated industry adapt so that... 

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WOMEN IN MINING Companies need to identify how high-risk occupations can be re-engineered to accommodate women

Targeted assistance improves workplace vaccination success

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa champions vaccines as being integral to curbing the transmission of Covid-19 and protecting people. The Minerals Council is following the approach of saving lives and livelihoods, which is linked to assisting with vaccine access. 

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DR THUTHULA BALFOUR Minerals Council provided resources to help vaccine efforts

Vaccine campaigns tackle hesitancy

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 Having administered the vaccine to over 200 000 people to date in the mining industry, mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa is confident that the industry will meet its vaccination targets. The achievement is encouraging for the sector having encouraged mass... 

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NIKS LESUFI Unions are critical in getting employees to accept vaccinations

Illegal sand mines continue to profit

By: Claire O'Reilly     22nd October 2021 Statistics released by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) inaccurately reflect the volume of illegal mining operations in South Africa, says mining industry body Aspasa (formerly Aggregate and Sand Producers of Southern Africa).  

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DIRTY DEALINGS Illegal sand and aggregate mining threatens the financial sustainability of legal operations

Covid-19 successes owed to industry collaboration – Baxter

22nd October 2021 The close bonds of cooperation and collaboration between South Africa’s mining industry and its stakeholders pushed it to the forefront of the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, says Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, adding that the industry continues to lead the way through... 

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No zero carbon without green hydrogen, US pledging $1/kg coal-parity price 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2021 The world will be unable to meet its zero-carbon targets without the introduction of green hydrogen solutions, says Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha, at a time when the US has launched a programme to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%. Nasdaq-listed Plug Power, a pure play... 

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Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha

Venetia’s new on-site heat tolerance screening facility is now open

By: Simone Liedtke     19th October 2021 De Beers’ Venetia diamond mine, near Alldays, in Limpopo, has opened a new on-site heat tolerance screening (HTS) facility as part of its ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of its workers. The new facility, which was built by local small business Ravhuyani Construction and Projects, will... 

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Venetia's HTS Building

CME partners with Lifeline in WA

19th October 2021 The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has joined forces with Lifeline Western Australia to provide targeted peer support for those struggling with mental health challenges. A six-month pilot program is currently being undertaken by CME member companies Roy Hill, Mineral... 

Vedanta partners with Pink Drive on cancer screening for near-mine communities

By: Donna Slater     15th October 2021 Zinc producer Vedanta Zinc International, supported by the Pink Drive outreach programme, hosted its sixth yearly five-day cancer screening drive across the Namakwa district in the Northern Cape recently. The Pink Drive mobile clinics are known for providing free breast health assessments across... 

Vedanta partners with Pink Drive on cancer screening for near-mine communities

DRDGold environmentalist awarded for contributions towards cleaner air

By: Donna Slater     15th October 2021 DRDGold environmental manager Louis Kleynhans has received a Golden Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Cause for Clean Air from the Council of the National Association for Clean Air (Naca).   As a qualified horticulturalist, he has worked for DRDGold for 37 years, 27 of these in his present... 

Vaccination roll-out could increase investment

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     15th October 2021 The South African mining industry’s proactive efforts to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 on the industry have resulted in its adopting a holistic approach to the pandemic, including the more recent vaccination roll-out. This can provide benefits for exploration investment in the country, says... 

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WARREN BEECH Vaccination has been acknowledged by the industry as one element of the holistic approach to managing Covid-19 in the workplace

Market recognising higher likelihood of platinum deficit than surplus in years ahead – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2021 Right now, the market is recognising the higher likelihood of platinum being in deficit rather than in surplus in the mid-term years ahead, said World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond on Thursday. Raymond expects pent-up up consumer demand for vehicles to reduce any... 

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The market is recognising the higher likelihood of platinum being in deficit rather than in surplus in the mid-term years ahead, said World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond on Thursday.

Minerals Council plans Vooma vaccination campaign for Oct 18 to 22

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th October 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa and its members are aligned with the government’s Vooma vaccination drive and will intensify ongoing efforts by launching a focussed campaign from October 18 to 22. The Minerals Council board has set a target of having 80% of the industry’s 450 000 employees... 

Rio's WA workers told to get the jab

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2021 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has announced that vaccinations against the Covid-19 pandemic would be a requirement for its entire Western Australian workforce, including those within offices and other facilities in Perth. The announcement comes as the company opened its vaccination hub at the... 

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

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Form top left clockwise are Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Olivia Markham, Brett Beatty, Bernard Swanepoel and Mick McMullen.

Seven die in gas explosion at Zimbabwe gold mine, police say

By: Reuters     8th October 2021 Seven people, including six foreign nationals, died when some gas cylinders exploded at the SAS gold mine in Zimbabwe's Mazowe district on Thursday, police said. The six foreigners were Chinese, Mazowe lawmaker Fortune Chasi told Reuters. 

Explosives company aims to extend its reach

By: Cameron Mackay     8th October 2021 As part of bulk emulsion explosives and mining technology manufacturer BME’s ongoing strategic global expansion strategy, the company plans to continue growing its footprint in mining in West Africa, states BME West African operations GM Michael Klaasen. “BME has been active in West Africa for... 

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REGIONAL FOOTPRINT BME has seven emulsion manufacturing plants in West Africa

Six killed in stand-off between zama zamas, mine security guards in North West

By: News24Wire      7th October 2021 Police have been placed on high alert in Orkney in North West where six suspected illegal miners have been killed and 35 more were arrested after an attack on security guards at a mine. On Wednesday, more than 30 people were arrested on charges of attempted murder, causing an explosion, malicious... 

BHP makes vaccines mandatory in Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th October 2021 Diversified miner BHP on Thursday announced that vaccinations against Covid-19 would be mandatory for all workers and visitors seeking access to its workplaces in Australia. BHP on Thursday said that its workplaces in New South Wales would introduce the controls sooner, considering local risk... 

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Innovative wireless sensor approach could make exploration cheaper – Prof  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 An innovative wireless sensor method of mapping the subsurface of the earth could make exploration cheaper and mining safer, says Professor Musa Manzi, the award-winning director of the Seismic Research Centre of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. The method, which... 

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Wits Professor Musa Manzi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

WA miners mandated to get the jab

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th October 2021 The Western Australian government on Tuesday mandated that fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers in the resource sector would need to be fully vaccinated by January 1, 2022. The ABC quoted Premier Mark McGowan as saying that the vaccination requirement would apply to FIFO and other workers at mining,... 

WA miners mandated to get the jab

Giant private mining companies getting away with no obligation to report anything publicly   

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 A globally significant chrome producer operating six chrome mines and employing 7 000 people inside South Africa – with a social labour plan obligation on every mine, with tax and royalty obligations paid to the State – is permitted to operate in this country with no ongoing public disclosure... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed on transparency by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Fit-for-purpose design of digital training important to address specific needs

By: Schalk Burger     1st October 2021 There is no single digital education solution that can address all the needs of an industry, and fit-for-purpose designed training solutions are important to facilitate training that effectively develops particular skills or meets a particular business or industry need. Rekindle Learning founder... 

Sibanye-Stillwater launches programme to propel mining innovators, entrepreneurs

By: Donna Slater     1st October 2021 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater soft-launched its iXS programme during the Wits Mining Institute’s yearly DigiMine seminar on September 30 as a means to incubate and grow South African innovators and entrepreneurs with solutions for a modern mining industry. Sibanye-Stillwater... 

Hoists ordered for mine operation, maintenance

1st October 2021 Mining systems solutions provider Becker Mining South Africa’s distributor in Rustenburg, Tech-North Rustenburg, has secured an order for 26 Kito electric and manual chain hoists and accessories, for a processing plant at a mine in North West province. The hoists have been delivered to the mine... 

A Kito 1 t electric chain hoist, an orange hoist on rail a rail, supplied to a mill in North West province by Becker Mining South Africa,
CHAIN GANG A number of Becker Mining's hoists are being supplied to a mill in the North West Province as part of a supply and maintenance contract

Smart plant control readily accessible

1st October 2021 The innovative digital operating concept SPECTIVE from crushing plant producer Kleemann, supplied by German construction company Wirtgen Group, has optimised the control options of crushing plants in a “trendsetting manner”. With the SPECTIVE CONNECT extension, Kleemann goes one step further. All... 

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HIGH TECH Operators no longer have to leave the cab or interrupt the ongoing process and they can detect on the smartphone that the diesel fill level is low
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