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Buffalo implements ‘no work, no pay’ for unusable services employees

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2020 Coal mining company Buffalo Coal said on Wednesday that it had implemented a ‘no-work-no-pay’ policy for those employees whose services could be not utilised since the extension of national lockdown on April 17. In its fourth Covid-19 update, Buffalo stated that it had successfully implemented... 

MC Mining restarts, ‘no work, no pay’ for nonessential staff  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2020 The mechanised Uitkomst underground colliery has restarted, with ramp up to 50% capacity expected in seven to ten days, London-, Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed MC Mining said on Tuesday. The lockdown’s impact on activities at the corporate office had led to the implementation of business... 

MC Mining restarts, ‘no work, no pay’ for nonessential staff
Brenda Berlin

Amplats ramps up stricken smelter, force majeure to be lifted 

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2020 The repair of the stricken Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) Phase B unit has been safely and successfully completed ahead of schedule, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Monday. Amplats' chain of processing facilities, as well as the ACP Phase B unit that was meant to replace it, was... 

Amplats ramps up stricken smelter, force majeure to be lifted
Photo by Amplats
A general view of the Anglo Converter Plant.

Exxaro provides more Covid relief, releases ESG report plus financials 

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2020 Diversified mining and renewable energy company Exxaro on Monday pledged a further R3.45-million aid in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, while also releasing its integrated sustainability report and making available its audited financial statements for 2019. The latest R3.45-million to assist... 

Exxaro provides more Covid relief, releases ESG report plus financials
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Bushveld enhances liquidity, implements detailed Covid programme 

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2020 Vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals, which on Monday provided an operational update on Bushveld Vanadium and Bushveld Energy for the three months to March 31, is implementing a detailed programme in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and drawing down its full R375-million of bank debt facilities... 

Bushveld enhances liquidity, implements detailed Covid programme
Photo by Creamer Media
Fortune Mojapelo

Mopani Copper Mines restarting operations for 90 days

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2020 Glencore-managed Mopani Copper Mines confirmed on Sunday that constructive discussions had taken place with the Zambian government and that mining operations would be restarted and a notice issued of the company’s intention to place the mining operations on care and maintenance after 90 days.... 

Mopani Copper Mines restarting operations for 90 days
Mopani Copper Mines shaft complex.

Competition Tribunal approves Harmony-AngloGold transaction  

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2020 The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved Harmony Gold’s acquisition of Mponeng gold mine, other assets and other related liabilities from AngloGold Ashanti. The purchase price includes $200-million in cash, plus a deferred payment of up to $100-million. As Mining Weekly has reported,... 

Competition Tribunal approves Harmony-AngloGold transaction
Mponeng Gold Mine.

Covid-positive Impala Canada employee dies

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2020 An employee of Impala Canada has died after testing Covid-19 positive, Implats said on Thursday. Twenty five employees tested positive at Impala Canada’s Lac des Iles operation, resulting in the mine being closed and placed on care and maintenance. 

Covid-positive Impala Canada employee dies
An ore pile at Impala Canada.

Glencore well positioned to navigate Covid challenges – Glasenberg 

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is well positioned to navigate the current challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Thursday, when the London- and Johannesburg-listed company reported first-quarter production and provided a general... 

Glencore well positioned to navigate Covid challenges – Glasenberg
Photo by Blooomberg
Ivan Glasenberg

Unplanned interruptions likely to be regular feature – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2020 Unplanned interruptions are likely to be a regular feature of the remaining months of the 2020 financial year, Implats CEO Nico Muller said on Thursday, when his platinum group metals mining and refining company presented production results for the three months to March 31. The impact of the... 

Unplanned interruptions likely to be regular feature – Implats
Nico Muller

De Beers makes Covid donation to help women in host communities

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2020 Diamond mining and marketing company on Wednesday announced a $200 000 donation across its four producer partner countries of Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa to assist women’s shelters and support organisations to respond to an increase in gender-based violence resulting from Covid-19.... 

De Beers makes Covid donation to help women in host communities
De Beers Group CEO Bruce Cleaver

RBPlat bucks turbulent trend with stable first-quarter production 

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2020 Platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Wednesday reported stable first-quarter production output despite significant operational headwinds related to power grid stability, the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) force majeure declaration and the Covid-19 pandemic.... 

RBPlat bucks turbulent trend with stable first-quarter production
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri

RBM makes R1.5m Covid food, water pledge

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2020 KwaZulu-Natal minerals sands mining and beneficiation company Richards Bay Minerals has committed R1.5-million towards meeting mine community food, water and health needs during the Covid-19 crisis.  RBM, which Rio Tinto manages as a 74% shareholder, produces predominantly rutile, zircon, titania... 

RBM makes R1.5m Covid food, water pledge
RBM MD Werner Duvenhage (right) and uMhlathuze Mayor Mduduzi Mhlongo in elbow shake.

Mali parliament approves new mining code

By: Reuters     29th April 2020 Mali's Parliament on Tuesday approved a new code that eliminates mining companies' value added tax exemptions during production and shortens the period during which they are protected from fiscal changes to 20 years, a lawmaker told Reuters. The new code, which shortens the so-called "stability... 

World's mine workers resist quick restart amid coronavirus

By: Reuters     28th April 2020 As mining heavyweights South Africa and Peru move to lift coronavirus lockdowns, workers in deep mines are resisting going back to work without adequate protective gear and information about cases at sites, with one major union filing legal action against restart plans. The workers fear being... 

World's mine workers resist quick restart amid coronavirus
Peru's Antamina copper mine has done 600 tests for Covid-19, with 210 testing positive. About 87% of those testing positive are asymptomatic.

AMCU heads to court to fight for minimum health, safety standards for mineworkers

By: Donna Slater     28th April 2020 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says it is ready to appear in the Labour Court on April 29 to defend its urgent application requesting that the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) set minimum standards for health and safety of mineworkers during the... 

Morale high as Covid-masked South African miners get back to work 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2020 Morale is reportedly high as Covid-masked and physically distanced South African mineworkers get back to mining underground for companies that have gone the extra mile to ensure that they have been fully remunerated and host communities generously funded during the national lockdown. In a... 

Morale high as Covid-masked South African miners get back to work
Mineworkers with personal protective equipment.

Opencast mines may return to 100% of capacity from May 1 – Patel

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 Opencast mines are permitted to return in phases to 100% operation from May 1 but underground mines must continue at 50% of production capacity, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Saturday. Speaking during a media briefing covered by Mining Weekly on South Africa’s easing from the... 

Opencast mines may return to 100% of capacity from May 1 – Patel
Openast mines like this one may return to 100% production capacity.

Tshipi opencast miner able to recommence 100% from May 1 – Jupiter

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 Tshipi Borwa, an opencast manganese mine in the Kalahari manganese field of the Northern Cape, will be able to commence operations at  100% levels from May 1, Jupiter Minerals has noted. During a briefing hosted on Saturday April 25, Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel provided... 

Tshipi opencast miner able to recommence 100% from May 1 – Jupiter
The Tshipi Borwa manganese mine.

Learning curve still too steep to define ‘best practice’ mining response

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 The rapidly evolving Covid-19 crisis learning curve is still too steep to conclusively define what a ‘best practice’ response looks like from the mining industry, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is facilitating a rapid exchange of information and knowledge to... 

Learning curve still too steep to define ‘best practice’ mining response
ICMM CEO Tom Butler

Wesizwe Platinum expecting earnings to soar

By: Martin Creamer     24th April 2020 Platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Wesizwe is expecting earnings to soar. Wesizwe stated in a stock exchange news service trading statement that its board of directors is expecting to report 2019 basic earnings per share of between 5.80 c and 6.87 c per share, which would be between 207%... 

Wesizwe Platinum expecting earnings to soar
Photo by Creamer Media
Wesizwe's Bakubung.

Lesotho permits diamond mining to restart while lockdown continues  

By: Martin Creamer     24th April 2020 The Lesotho government has permitted diamond mines to reopen from Monday, ahead of the May 5 lockdown extension, Gem Diamonds said on Friday. Mining Weekly can report that Lesotho is authorising diamond-mining’s recommencement in the Mountain Kingdom, contingent on compliance with Covid-19 health... 

Lesotho permits diamond mining to restart while lockdown continues
Letšeng diamond mine in Lesotho’s Maluti mountain range.

Consider compliance when buying second-hand TMMs

By: Tracy Hancock     24th April 2020 Mining companies buying second-hand trackless mobile machines (TMMs) on auction need to ensure that only proximity detection systems (PDSes) from suppliers that have been approved by the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) are fitted to such machines when complying with the Mine Health and... 

Consider compliance when buying second-hand TMMs
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
SECOND-HAND SUPPORT Mines that decide to buy machinery on auction are those that have strong maintenance teams that can undertake on-site rebuilds

Modernisation to address safety, efficiency of deep-level mines

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 South Africa has many “cutting-edge mines” and is a global leader in deep-level mining, says mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter. 

Modernisation to address safety, efficiency of deep-level mines
DEPTH OF RESOURCES The SA deep-level mining industry has to modernise if it hopes to access the remaining reserves and resources that lie at increasing depth

New blood key to Mining 4.0 transition

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 Although driving youth participation and innovation in the mining industry is crucial, the advent of Industry 4.0 in the mining industry (Mining 4.0) often makes it challenging, as the youth perceives the industry as less attractive, when compared with other mainstream career fields. 

New blood key to  Mining 4.0 transition
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
MINING FOR THE FUTURE Mining 4.0 is about integrating people with technology to allow for seamless cooperation

Precinct reaffirms R&D focus, test mine in the works

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 The Mandela Mining Precinct, a public–private mining industry collaboration, remains committed to advancing people-centric processes and technologies, in the research and development (R&D) activities that it will be undertaking for the advancement of the South African mining industry. 

Precinct reaffirms R&D focus,  test mine in the works
LONG-TERM VISION The future looks good for the mining industry

SA mining ‘head and shoulders’ above the rest – Wits Group

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 The South African mining industry remains a significant world player, as it continues to break new ground, says the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Mine Health and Safety Working Group. 

SA mining ‘head and shoulders’ above the rest – Wits Group
MINDS FOR MINES IN SIGHT Researchers from Japan, Germany, Switzerland and South Africa at the Mandela Mining Precinct in September 2018

Transformation front and centre of precinct’s modus operandi

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 Transformation, representation and inclusion are “key imperatives” for public–private mining industry collaboration the Mandela Mining Precinct, says research body The Coaltech Research Association (Coaltech) CEO Henk Lodewijks. 

Transformation front and centre of precinct’s modus operandi
DRY PROCESSING The Russian pilot plant (pictured above) which Coaltech imported to conduct trials on several domestic coals, upgrades coal without using any water

Govt will ease some restrictions from May 1

By: News24Wire      23rd April 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a five-level “risk-adjusted strategy” where the country will slowly ease lockdown restrictions starting 1 May. From 1 May, there will be some activity allowed, subject to extreme caution. Some businesses will be allowed to resume under specific conditions.... 

Govt will ease some restrictions from May 1
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Kumba adds to liquidity with cost saving, capex deferral 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2020 Iron-ore mining company Kumba Iron Ore said on Thursday that it was targeting a cost saving of R325-million and deferral of R1-billion of non-critical capital expenditure (capex) as a measure of prudence in the face of broad-based economic uncertainty across the world’s markets. Mining Weekly can... 

Kumba adds to liquidity with cost saving, capex deferral
Kumba Iron Ore CE Themba Mkhwanazi

Most Anglo mines around the world continuing to operate

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2020 Most of Anglo American’s mining sites around the world are continuing to operate, with appropriate health, hygiene and distancing measures. The diversified mining company said on Thursday that it was taking all necessary steps to ensure the security and integrity of its assets for the long term... 

Most Anglo mines around the world continuing to operate
Photo by Bloomberg
Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

South African Q1 diamond production up 97% – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2020 Diversified mining company Anglo American reported on Thursday that its first-quarter diamond production in South Africa increased by 97% to 0.8-million carats as the final ore from the opencast Venetia mine in Limpopo was mined prior to transitioning to underground mining, Venetia’s underground... 

South African Q1 diamond production up 97% – Anglo
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Opencast Venetria diamond mine.

Good progress on converter plant repair – Amplats 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Thursday that repairs to its Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) Phase B that had continued throughout the national Covid-19 lockdown period, were making good progress and were on schedule.  Amplats' chain... 

Good progress on converter plant repair – Amplats
Matte tapping at the Anglo Converter Plant, where good repair progress is being made.

Sibanye-Stillwater welcomes pragmatic partial mining resumption

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2020 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday welcomed the pragmatic approach taken to partially resume economic activity in South Africa’s mining industry while safeguarding the health of employees. This phased approach would facilitate a managed and orderly return to safe... 

Sibanye-Stillwater welcomes pragmatic partial mining resumption
Photo by Creamer Media
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on Thursday issued a firm directive to all mining operations to ensure safe start-up procedures as the sector prepares to ramp up to 50% of capacity. Mining Weekly can report that the directive is issued to ensure compliance with Section 5(1)... 

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.

South Deep beginning phased ramp-up – Gold Fields

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2020 Gold mining company Gold Fields on Thursday reported that its South Deep gold mine in western Gauteng had commenced a staged incremental ramp-up plan, which included recalling employees, making the mine safe and implementing Covid-19 standard operating procedures. The initial plan would be to... 

South Deep beginning phased ramp-up – Gold Fields
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland.

Western Australia drops mine levy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd April 2020 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has welcomed a decision by Western Australian Mines Minister Bill Johnston to reduce the Mine Safety Levy by 20%, from July 1. Johnston said that the reduction would provide relief to mining companies, with the rates reducing from 21c... 

Sibanye-Stillwater releases suite of reports, will hold virtual AGM 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd April 2020 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Wednesday released its annual suite of reports and that its annual general meeting (AGM) would be held entirely by electronic communication owing to the physical distancing and legal imperatives of the Covid-19 outbreak. Mining Weekly can... 

Sibanye-Stillwater releases suite of reports, will hold virtual AGM
Sibanye-Stillwater's Krooldal platinum group metals mine.
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