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Innovation to support alluvial gold diggers

By: Zonika Botha     15th August 2003 A new product innovation from New Zealand could help to attend to the needs of small-scale alluvial gold-miners in Africa. 

Small-scale mining a big empowerment opportunity

15th August 2003 Small-scale mining has a long history in South Africa. 

At last, a woman’s touch in SA mining

8th August 2003 In the male-dominated world of deep-level underground mining in South Africa, an increasingly familiar sight is women working alongside their male colleagues, performing work that they were banned from doing through legislation up to as recently as 1997. 

Small-miner support programme underutilised

By: Zonika Botha     8th August 2003 Despite the South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) making some R15,1-million available for the development of small-scale mining this financial year, there are currently only 20 projects operating with its help in various parts of the country. 

Diamond mining not forever?

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 South Africa’s diamond-mining industry is seriously concerned not only about the proposed new royalties regime for the local mining industry, but also about the fact that their sector has been singled out for much heavier imposts than the rest of the industry. 

Small-scale mining needs boost from big players

By: Martin Czernowalow     30th July 2003 The South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has called on the country’s big mining houses to support government’s initiative to assist small-scale miners. 

SA mining landscape must cope with expected influx of new mining companies

18th July 2003 The number of entrants into the mining industry is reported to be increasing significantly. 

Surface rights and SA’s new mine law

18th July 2003 Under current law it is not necessary for the holder of a right to a mineral to own the surface of the land that it intends mining. 

Value-growth investment key to sustainable empowerment, says mining company

18th July 2003 “The South African mining industry will need to focus on value-growth investment propositions to adequately achieve sustainable levels of empowerment, as set out in the Mining Charter,” Kumba Resources chief executive Dr Con Fauconnier said, speaking at the Enabling Empowerment in... 

Explorer mulls Stockholm listing

18th July 2003 Minerals exploration company South Atlantic Ventures is considering a listing in Stockholm in September or October to finance the acquisition of a precious metals deposit in Finland, a Swedish paper reported yesterday. 

Mining projects benefit from debt-relief funds

By: Marcel Chimwala     18th July 2003 Malawi – The Malawian government, which has received $1-billion in interim debt relief as part of the World Bank-sponsored Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, has started using part of the funds for mining projects meant to uplift the country’s poor. 

Mineral Royalty Bill needs refining

11th July 2003 The mining industry made it very clear through its various submissions to the National Treasury, particularly in regards to the Chamber of Mines’ presentation, that the Royalty Bill in its first draft form was not good for South Africa’s economy as a whole or for the mining industry... 

Mining can be a force for development

By: Keith Campbell     11th July 2003 The World Bank reports that the mining industry can be a significant positive impact on social and economic development but it can also wreak havoc in a developing country or region. 

Transferability of old-order rights during transitional period of the Mineral Act

4th July 2003 The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (the Mineral Development Act) provides for a transitional period during which current holders of mineral and mining rights can convert their rights to the new form of rights contemplated by the Mineral Development Act. 

Govt urges ex-mineworkers to claim compensation

2nd July 2003 The Eastern Cape government plans to intensify its operations to address the low turn up rates registered in the first phase of compensating some former mineworkers in the province. 

SA set to study big titanium value-addition project

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2003 A public-private initiative is under way to study the creation of a R1-billion titanium beneficiation project for either Kwazulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape or the Western Cape. 

SA technology for Dubai gold refinery

By: Deborah Spicer     27th June 2003 The Al Ghurair Giga refinery, which should be commissioned in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), by the end of the year, will be a showcase of South African technology. 

Is the mining industry ready to embrace the changes?

By: Laura Franz     27th June 2003 The winds of change in the mining industry in the last few years saw the social partners sitting down and plotting a course for unwinding the economic legacy of apartheid, but firmly within the confines of the need for competitiveness within a rapidly expanding domestic economic pie. 

Bringing the underground Aids fight to surface

20th June 2003 Today up to 30 per cent of the mining industry’s workforce is living with HIV/ Aids. It is important that we continuously ask ourselves critical questions about what we are collectively as an industry and as a nation, going to do, to ensure that our workforce does not perish under attack... 

State, industry set for Beneficiation Bill talks

By: Zonika Botha     6th June 2003 Preliminary discussions between the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) and the Chamber of Mines on the proposed Beneficiation Bill are due to start either in June or July. 

Growing optimism that royalties plan will be of global standard

By: Keith Campbell     6th June 2003 The member companies of the Foreign Investors Mining Association (Fima) are now more upbeat about the issue of royalties on mining in South Africa, but mood is still not positive. 

Mining has key reconstruction role

6th June 2003 Over the last few years the mining industry has faced tremendous challenges. The changing legislative framework of government has created a new set of challenges that must be tackled by the industry. 

Harmony happy with bar sales, questions of legality linger

By: Martin Czernowalow     30th May 2003 Despite a low-key marketing drive, Harmony Gold Mine says its new range of investment bars is selling well, though there is still some doubt regarding the South African Reserve Bank’s official stance on the legality of the product. 

The Royalty Bill: A final letter to the Minister

30th May 2003 This is my final letter on the issue of the new Royalty Bill. Today we will discuss an important issue, namely how the Royalty Bill fits into the grand scheme of things. The first and most important document to consider is the Constitution which, as you know is Supreme Law, the highest in the... 

Royalty Bill’s treatment of right holders raises questions

30th May 2003 The Royalty Bill, which was released for public comment on March 10, deals indiscriminately with companies that hold, that is have purchased, their mineral rights (‘mineral-right holders’) and companies that lease their mineral rights (‘mineral-right lessees’), with the... 

DME gets ready to implement new mine law

By: Jill Stanford     23rd May 2003 Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said in her budget vote speech in Parliament last week that her department will spend an estimated R5,7-billion over the next three financial years. 

Enviro compliance will be key scorecard test

By: Zonika Botha     23rd May 2003 The importance of mine rehabilitation and environmental management was once again highlighted at the second annual opencast mining conference held in Midrand earlier this month. 

Code of mining conduct adopted in Peru

By: Keith Campbell     23rd May 2003 The National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy (SNMPE) of Peru recently presented its code of conduct for member companies, both local and foreign, in a high-profile ceremony in the capital, Lima. 

Where Africans were making gold artefacts hundreds of years ago

16th May 2003 It is interesting to note that Africans were creating precious-metal artifacts hundreds of years ago. 

Valuations and the Royalty Bill

16th May 2003 Valuations are used by many different people in the industry, from entrepreneurs to managers, from financiers to investors, from buyers to sellers, and from analysts to academics. 

Nominees shortlisted for minerals advisory board

By: Martin Czernowalow     16th May 2003 South African Minister of Minerals and Energy Affairs Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka announced yesterday that a shortlist of nominees for the Minerals and Mining Development Board has been drawn up. 

Benefication Bill aims for spin-offs from SA's mining complex

By: Zonika Botha     12th May 2003 Blessed with diverse and sizeable mineral resources, South Africa is not only the world’s leading exporter of gold, platinum-group metals, chromium, manganese ferroalloys and vanadium, but also a major supplier of diamonds, titanium minerals, coal, andalusite and other important commodities. 

Beneficiation Bill

By: Zonika Botha     9th May 2003 Blessed with diverse and sizeable mineral resources, South Africa is not only the world's leading exporter of gold, platinum-group metals, chromium, manganese ferroalloys and vanadium, but also a major supplier of diamonds, titanium minerals, coal, andalusite and other important commodities. 

Gold-miners protest SA royalty bill

By: Deborah Spicer     9th May 2003 Two South African gold miners expressed opposition to government’s proposed Royalty Bill last week, voicing concern that marginal producers especially could be adversely affected by the legislation. 

Royalty 'yes', current formula ‘no’

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd May 2003 The concept of mineral royalties was given the thumbs-up at a colloquium hosted by the South African Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) in Johannesburg last month, but the Mineral and Petroleum Royalty Bill, in its present form, came in for heavy criticism, because of its potential... 

Brace of new gold beneficiation initiatives by Harmony

By: zeena isaacs     28th April 2003 In all five of the latest key steps taken to add value to gold in the Free State and Gauteng, one name stands out as common to all. 

Bold new gold mould

By: zeena isaacs     25th April 2003 In all five of the latest key steps taken to add value to gold in the Free State and Gauteng, one name stands out as common to all. 

Harmony exploits legal loophole to sell gold bars in SA

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th April 2003 An apparent loophole in South African gold-ownership legislation has been grasped by Harmony Gold, which sees it as an opportunity to produce and market a new range of investment bars, the company announced recently. 

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