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Legislative Environment News

Challenges facing junior mining companies

By: Keith Campbell     31st August 2001 The South African mining industry lacks a large and strong junior mining sector, but this is set to change, with real opportunities likely to emerge. But there are still substantial challenges. 

SADC in beneficiation push

By: Keith Campbell     24th August 2001 SADC is determined to beneficiate the products of its mining industry 

Research to promote more use of downstream resources

By: Keith Campbell     24th August 2001 SOUTH African metallurgical and mineral processing research and development (R&D) organisation Mintek is vigorously pursuing a wide range of beneficiation technologies 

Overlapping responsibilities could result in environmental inaction

By: Claire Tucker     24th August 2001 The environmental effects of mining have traditionally been subject to a separate regulatory regime from other industries. A number of statutory interventions since 1998 incorporate mining and mining effects into the mainstream of environmental regulation. 

Junior miners the key to a healthy industry

By: Zonika Botha     17th August 2001 With the South African gold-mining industry slowly but surely on the decline, the industry needs to explore more global mining opportunities. 

Big socio-economic plan emerging to secure jobs for miners

17th August 2001 South African mining has, in the past two years, been contemplating several proposed changes to the way it conducts its business. The most critical of these will come on the back of the proposed Minerals Development Bill, which has received much publicity. However, an ambitious, but less... 

Big socio-economic plan emerging to secure jobs for miners

17th August 2001 South African mining has, in the past two years, been contemplating several proposed changes to the way it conducts its business. 

Women show mining mettle

6th August 2001 Delivering the keynote address at the gala launch of the South African Women in Mining Association (Sawima) Gauteng region on Friday, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka focused on the progress achieved since the national launch of Sawima in December 1999 to date, as well as on... 

Junior mining conference on August 14

3rd August 2001 The Junior Mining Millennium Outlook and Opportunities Conference, a PricewaterhouseCoopers initiative, with supporting sponsors, Harmony, Mmakau, Anglogold and Eyesizwe, is to be held on August 14 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg. 

Now 30-year tenure, says Minister

1st August 2001 Mineral-rights owners have been given an additional five years of tenure to ‘use it or lose it’, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has told a Gibs forum on the future of mining held in Johannesburg. 

Lengthening the cycle of the mining industry

27th July 2001 In a cyclical-natured mining industry based on demand and often rocked by changing commodity prices, efforts to lengthen its cycle are on the increase, reports PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global metals and mining leader Hugh Cameron. 

SA junior mining fund taking shape

27th July 2001 One of the issues that the draft Minerals Development Bill covers is the provision of funding for historically-disadvantaged groups seeking to enter the junior mining sector of industry. 

Global coal market attracts entrepreneurs

22nd June 2001 The international coal market is in a boom at present, and there are more requests for coal exports than the amount of coal producers can allocate to export. 

SA diamond-processing plants for DRC

15th June 2001 International mining company Oryx Natural Resources has awarded a multimillion US dollar contract for the supply of diamond-processing plants for two of its mining sites near Mbuji-Mayi, in the DRC, to Johannesburg company Bateman Project Holdings. 

Long road still lies ahead for Minerals Development Bill

8th June 2001 The draft Minerals Development Bill, hailed in some quarters as the key that will unlock the door for previously-disadvantaged people intent on entering the R500-billion South African mining industry, is unlikely to achieve this particular objective, assert critics of the proposed legislation. 

Don’t discount mining’s contribution

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Despite concerns that the mining industry is in decline, Chamber of Mines president Rick Menell asserts that the local mining ‘cluster’ is making a rich and varied contribution to the national economy, and is well advanced in having a substantial effect on development in the Southern... 

Mindpower is Mintek’s magic

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Internationally-renowned South African science council Mintek, which specialises in the development of mineral processing and beneficiation technologies, is threatened by the gap between the salaries it can pay its scientists and those paid by the private sector. 

Expansion to produce an extra 395 000 ounces

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Platinum 

Mbeki takes the heat out of mineral-rights debate

By: System Author     24th November 2000 South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki moved swiftly to take the heat out of South Africa’s proposed Minerals Development Bill, which was threatening to pull the mineral-rights carpet from under the mining industry. 

Escaping the commodities curse

By: System Author     17th November 2000 South African mining, processing and minerals beneficiation science council Mintek will, in future, also be looking at non-mining spin-offs of its technologies. 

Workers want safety audit

By: System Author     17th November 2000 The Mynwerkers Unie has submitted a proposal to the Minister of Minerals and Energy requesting a national audit into mine safety in a bid to change the safety culture at mines. 

Small-scale miners focus of centre

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Mining in Africa 

Malawi’s bauxite raises interest

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Blantyre – Resources group Billiton – which has the majority shareholding in the Mozambique Aluminium smelte – is believed to be co-operating with Malawi’s largest publicly-listed conglomerate, Press Corporation, to explore a multimillion-dollar deal to start mining and... 

Promise of capital injection for SADC small-scale miners

By: System Author     27th October 2000 The impressive Mines 2000 gathering in Lusaka this month promised to initiate an injection of capital into nascent small-scale mining activity in the Southern African region. 

Jewellery hub hopes to obtain industrial development zone status

By: System Author     27th October 2000 The R65-million African Gold Zone adjacent to Rand Refinery in Germiston, East Rand, is receiving heavyweight support from Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin, who pledges to “back the development to the hilt”. 

World congress on platinum future in SA next month

By: System Author     27th October 2000 The second biennial World Platinum Congress will be held on November 15 and 16 in Johannesburg. 

Frantic final touch to new laws

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Frantic activity continues in the office of the Department of Minerals and Energy to dot the i’s and cross the t’s of the draft Minerals Development Bill, to be published for public comment in the next two months. 

Race is on to boost small mining

By: System Author     14th April 2000 The major decline experienced by the large-scale mining sector in South Africa in the last 15 years has shifted attention to smaller-scale deposits. 

Gamsberg: technical barriers falling

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The Gamsberg zinc deposit has been the subject of some four feasibility studies since it was 

How Teba will pay for its past sins

By: System Author     17th March 2000 National Union of Mineworkers president James Motlatsi said that the mining industry would have to use The Employment Bureau of Africa to improve its ‘bad’ image. 

How Chamber is helping the retrenched – Menell

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Rick Menell, of Anglovaal Mining, is the incumbent Chamber of Mines president. 

Chamber creating rural wealth

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Initial planning of the Chamber of Mines’ campaign to advance rural entrepreneurship and wealth- creation is under way following its launch late last year. 

New era in SA mining safety

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Mine Health & Safety Council Awards 

Chicken-and-egg bedevils beneficiation

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Value-addition to precious metals & minerals 

‘Use it and keep it’ minerals legislation planned for 2000

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Government is currently drafting legislation, planned for tabling in Parliament in the third quarter of 2000, to give full effect to its long-mooted ‘use it or lose it’ mineral rights policy. 

Inspector calls for safer marine diamond-mining

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Remotely-controlled crawler dredges are being used more extensively in the marine diamond-mining industry. 

Law proves to be Bafokeng’s strongest traditional weapon

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Although the relations of the Royal Bafokeng Nation with the mining companies can today be 

SA snakes into Oz nickel

By: System Author     20th August 1999 The global reach of Anglo American’s nickel holdings has expanded with the A$250-million acquisition of 23% of the shares in Australian mining and mineral exploration company Anaconda Nickel. 

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