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TAILINGS TRAGEDY:

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2019 A scene at the Hpakant area of Kachin state in the north of Myanmar, where a mine mudlside buried 54 miners in April. The mud flowed down from a collapsed tailings dam. Hpakant, 950 km north of Yangon, is noted for jade mining, which contributes significantly to the gross domestic product of the... 

TAILINGS TRAGEDY:

ILLEGAL MINING DECIMATING RAINFOREST:

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2019 Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra is taking firm steps to eradicate illegal mining in this deforested area of the Amazon jungle, at La Pampa, Madre de Dios, in southeast Peru. Shown near abandoned illegal mines is a base from which police are operating to track down illegal operators. According... 

ILLEGAL MINING DECIMATING RAINFOREST:

MINERALS COUNCIL PRESIDENT RAISES CONCERNS:

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2019 During his address at last month’s Minerals Council South Africa annual general meeting, re-elected Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo praised the commitment of mining companies to solving safety, transformation and inclusive growth problems. He pointed out, however, that policy uncertainty... 

MINERALS COUNCIL PRESIDENT RAISES CONCERNS:

STRANGE ESKOM CONTRADICTION:

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2019 State electricity utility Eskom has the strange contradiction of over-staffing in some parts of it and under-staffing where the much-needed actual electricity generation takes place, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan told last week’s Minerals Council South Africa dinner attended by... 

STRANGE ESKOM CONTRADICTION:

DESTINED FOR DECOMMISSIONING:

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2019 A large excavator is seen operating in Germany’s Garzweiler opencast mining area, in front of the lignite-fired Frimmersdorf and Neurath power stations, owned by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk (RWE), one of Europe's biggest electricity companies. Since 2005, a shutdown process has been... 

DESTINED FOR DECOMMISSIONING:

EMERALD MINING:

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2019 Gemstone mining and marketing company Fura Gems is set on introducing modern mining to Coscuez, Colombia, where it is involved in emerald mining. Coscuez has yielded emeralds for more than 300 years but, as reported by Bloomberg, Colombian emeralds are now more difficult to find. According to... 

EMERALD MINING:

STRATEGIC PLATINUM:

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2019 Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa examines platinum exploration core samples at a function where Cyprus-based Karo Resources, chaired by Loucas Pouroulis, updated its $4.2 billion platinum mining project in Mhondoro Ngezi. As part of a strategy to transform Zimbabwe into a middle-income... 

STRATEGIC PLATINUM:

REPLACEMENT COAL MINE:

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2019 Sasol has officially opened the R5.6-billion, 8.5-million-tonne-a-year Impumelelo Colliery in Mpumalanga, the last of its three replacement coal mines, following the opening of Shondoni and Thubelisha. The output from the three replacement mines will satisfy Sasol’s coal needs until 2050. As the... 

REPLACEMENT COAL MINE:

HYDROGEN AND PLATINUM FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE:

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2019 The use of hydrogen and platinum to combat climate change was emphasised at this month’s Platinum Group Metals Industry Day in Johannesburg, where Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith said that “very real and credible progress is being made in the development of the hydrogen economy”. In... 

HYDROGEN AND PLATINUM FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE:

KISSING COAL GOODBYE:

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2019 A mineworker kisses the last piece of coal from the Franz Haniel shaft at a ceremony marking the closure of the last active black coal mine in Bottrop, Germany, a country which once thrived on the combustible black rock. As recognition of climate change science as set out by the United Nations... 

KISSING COAL GOODBYE:

UKRAINIAN UNEASE:

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2019 A mineworker toils inside the Novovolynska-9 coal mine, which is the focal point of a Ukrainian police investigation into a coal deal that some anti-corruption campaigners say resulted in mineworkers not being paid salaries while unnamed officials allegedly lined their pockets. State-run coal... 

UKRAINIAN UNEASE:

FLOATING POWER STATION THAT SAVES WATER:

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2019 These solar panels are floating on a tailings dam at Anglo American’s Los Bronces copper mine on the outskirts of Santiago, in Chile. The first-of-a-kind solar island reflects the South African mining company’s commitment to clean renewable energy as well as the use of far less water. The shadow... 

FLOATING POWER STATION THAT SAVES WATER:

PLATINUM'S LAND AND WATER LARGESSE:

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2019 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has switched on its newly commissioned Bokamoso waste water management plant, near the company’s Waterval Smelter. The plant will process waste water from nearby residential areas, including the Bokamoso housing project site, which is under construction. The... 

PLATINUM'S LAND AND WATER LARGESSE:

IRON-ORE MINING IN UKRAINE:

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2019 This is ArcelorMittal’s opencast iron-ore mine in Kryvyi Rih, in Ukraine, where the company produces concentrate, lump and sinter feed. Mining is core to the growth strategy of ArcelorMittal, which produces steel in South Africa as ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and operates the Thabazimbi... 

IRON-ORE MINING IN UKRAINE:

RUSSIAN DIAMOND:

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2019 A 24.21 ct rough diamond on a scanner at Alrosa’s selling organisation in Russia, where sorting, valuation and sale of Alrosa diamonds is carried out. The United Selling Organisation employs 500 professionals who grade the gemstones, with diamond acceptance tracked on a computer database. Russia... 

RUSSIAN DIAMOND:

PRODUCT CERTIFIED:

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2019 Conveyor belts process and separate different types of aggregate at the Butler Brothers Supplies aggregate mine in Victoria, British Columbia (BC), Canada, which has been providing aggregate and ready-mix the South Vancouver Island area since the early 1940s, with its batch plants certified under... 

PRODUCT CERTIFIED:

DIAMOND MINE WITH SPARKLING HISTORY:

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2019 A mine worker walks towards a shaft at the Cullinan diamond mine, which continues to be a source of large gem diamonds and rare blue diamonds. Cullinan earned its place in history with the discovery of the Cullinan diamond in 1905, the largest rough diamond ever found at 3 106 ct, which was cut... 

DIAMOND MINE WITH SPARKLING HISTORY:

COAL COPPER CAPAMITY:

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2019 The decline shaft leading into the closed Gloria coal mine near Middelburg, in Mpumalanga, where an underground methane gas explosion killed 13 people thought to have been extracting copper cable that supplied large fans with electrical power. Gloria was placed under business rescue a year ago... 

COAL COPPER CAPAMITY:

TAKING FIRE TO ILLEGAL MINING:

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 Mining machines are destroyed by fire at an illegal tin mine in the Amazon rainforest. This operation was conducted by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources to prevent water pollution and deforestation at the national park near Novo Progresso, southeast of... 

TAKING FIRE TO ILLEGAL MINING:

ANOTHER TAILINGS DISASTER:

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2019 Residents are seen observing the impact of the breach of an iron-ore tailings dam at the Córrego do Feijão mine in Brazil, operated by Brazilian mining company Vale SA, which four years ago suffered a simiar breach at the Samarco iron-ore tailings dam, where Australian mining company BHP was a... 

ANOTHER TAILINGS DISASTER:

NO COAL MINE SURVIVORS

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2019 Indian Navy personnel come out of a coal mine during a rescue operation in Ksan, in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya, India, where no headway has been made to retrieve the bodies of 15 illegal miners. Despite a ban on so-called “rat-hole” mining, accidents have continued in the mountainous... 

NO COAL MINE SURVIVORS

HIGHLIGHTING THE HISTORICAL:

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2019 Exploration and development company West Wits Mining last year highlighted historical gold workings such as this one, which were unearthed during renewed opencast activity in South Africa's renowned Witwatersrand basin. Opencast mining at levels no deeper than 400 m below surface are ongoing at... 

HIGHLIGHTING THE HISTORICAL:

ZINC BOOST FOR NORTHERN CAPE:

By: Dylan Slater     18th January 2019 A Caterpillar 789-series rigid dump truck exits one of the three pits at the $400-million Gamsberg zinc project of diversified miner Vedanta. The London-listed India-rooted Vedanta is ready to launch Phase 1 of the mine in the lead-up to achieving its production target of 600 000 t/y. In Phase 1,... 

ZINC BOOST FOR NORTHERN CAPE:

NEW FACILITY

By: Dylan Slater     14th December 2018 The southern Africa division of Japanese yellow metal equipment manufacturer Komatsu, opened its new R985-million facility, in Germiston, Johannesburg. The campus comprises the company’s head office operations, Gauteng branch and training centre, equipment workshop and parts distribution centre.... 

NEW FACILITY

NEW GOLD PROCESING PLANT:

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2018 The Springs-based Modder East operation of gold miner Gold One International unveiled its new R100-million processing plant expansion on November 23. The bankable feasibility study for the mine had expected it to produce 70 000 t/m, producing just over a million ounces over a nine-year life, with... 

NEW GOLD PROCESING PLANT:

COAL COLLECTION:

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2018 A coal stockpile at the newly opened Khanye Colliery, which has reserves of 39-million tonnes and which plans to produce 2.8-million tonnes a year of coal over the next 15 years. Khanye forms part of the four-operation Canyon Coal group and offers a sub-bituminous product to both domestic and... 

COAL COLLECTION:

SCHEDULE SLIPPAGE:

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2018 Challenging ground conditions and shaft completion delays during the $5.3-billion underground development at the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia, have resulted in a nine-month schedule setback. Rio Tinto’s Turquoise Hill, which owns 66% of the mine and Mongolia government the remaining... 

SCHEDULE SLIPPAGE:

COLLIERY CONFETTI:

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe (third from left) this month officiated at the opening of Canyon Coal’s new Khanye colliery, in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng. Khanye, which has a 39-million-tonne coal reserve, is expected to produce 2.8-million tonnes a year of coal over a 16-year mine... 

COLLIERY CONFETTI:

NIOBIUM CHAMPION:

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2018 NIOBIUM CHAMPION: Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro has put a lot of store on niobium, used to make steel stronger and lighter. Brazil accounts for more than 80% of the world’s supply of niobium and so smitten is Bolsonaro with niobium that he produced a 20-minute YouTube video touting its... 

NIOBIUM CHAMPION:

WATER FIGHT

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2018 Brine pools from a lithium mine belonging to US-based Albermarle Corp is seen in Chile’s Atacama salt flat. The mine is located only 5 km from a mine belonging to Chilean company SQM. Earlier this year, in celebrating contracts with Chile’s government that will allow them to vastly increase... 

WATER FIGHT

CONSTRUCTIVE NEW APPROACH:

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2018 This friendly handshake between Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe (left) and Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter (right) symbolises the constructive new ‘South-Africa-first’ approach of the public and private sectors to mining. Incorrect policy has been the main cause of reducing... 

CONSTRUCTIVE NEW APPROACH:

OPENCAST MINE EVOKES PROTEST

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2018 An aerial view of the Hambach opencast lignite mine near the German town of Kerpen-Buir, west of Cologne, which protesting activists say threatens the Hambach forest, the home to a number of endangered species. Cries of protest erupted in the Cologne Administrative Court earlier this month after... 

OPENCAST MINE EVOKES PROTEST

ENERGY SHOWDOWN:

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 Thousands of German protesters faced off with police last month to stop giant excavators like this one at the RWE lignite mine in Hambach from further diminishing the area’s 1 200-year-old forest. Demand for coal and lignite has intensified following the government’s decision to phase out nuclear... 

ENERGY SHOWDOWN:

FROM COAL MINE TO HYDROPOWER STATION:

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 Coal mining is all but over at the 150-year-old Prosper Haniel anthracite mine in Bottrop, Germany, now earmarked for pumped storage electricity generation. When the sun is shining or the wind is blowing, excess renewable energy will be used to pump the mine’s underground water to surface for... 

FROM COAL MINE TO HYDROPOWER STATION:

ELECTRA INNOVATION WINNER:

By: Dylan Slater     28th September 2018 The winner of the International Innovator Mechanical Award at the 2018 Electra Mining Africa exhibition for its gravity assist system was Canadian independent tyre dealer Kal Tire. The system’s mechanical arm allows technicians weightlessly, precisely and safely to manoeuvre tools and parts on... 

ELECTRA INNOVATION WINNER:

ELECTRA MINING WINNER:

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 Johannesburg-based mining supplier Afri-Tech was crowned the South African Innovation prizewinner as well as the overall innovative product winner at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2018 exhibition for the company's forced ejection nozzle technology. The locally manufactured Power Nozzle is... 

ELECTRA MINING WINNER:

HEADGEAR DOMINANCE:

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2018 HEADGEAR DOMINANCE: Headgears in dominant setting at Pan African Resource’s Evander Gold Mine, close to where the new 400-job Elikhulu retreatment plant is recovering 55 000 oz of gold a year from tailings. The plant uses a carbon-in-leach circuit with a proprietary pre-oxidation process. The... 

HEADGEAR DOMINANCE:

NEW TRAINING CENTRE:

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, accompanied by Sepfluor CEO Rob Wagner on the extreme right, walks through the newly opened 2 400 m2 Dr Lelau Mohuba Training Centre, near Rust de Winter, in Gauteng, which was built and equipped in seven months at a cost of R17-million. Sepfluor’s... 

NEW TRAINING CENTRE:
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