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THE POWER OF PLATINUM

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2016 Three platinum-based 5 kW fuel cells, a 73 kWh battery bank, a 14 m3 methanol fuel tank and inverters and control systems are being put to the test in Free State province to power 34 Naledi Trust households in Maokeng township, Kroonstad. The trial has provided detailed data on the use of fuel... 

THE POWER OF PLATINUM

REGAINING LOST SPARKLE

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2016 South Africa has lost so much diamond sparkle that any successful regain will come off a much-reduced base. At last week’s Diamond Indaba, Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant, pictured, expressed the view that opportunities for local diamond beneficiation continue to beckon and... 

REGAINING LOST SPARKLE

TAKING OVER THE REINS

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2016 On October 10, Alex Grose, above, will take over the reins of the Investing in African Mining Indaba event, now in its twenty-third year. Grose will replace Jonathan Moore as the MD of Investing in African Mining Indaba 2017, which takes place in Cape Town from February 6 to 9. The platform of... 

TAKING OVER THE REINS

THE PROVINCE OF GOLD

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2016 Gauteng Premier David Makhura is seen visiting the exhibition area of Electra Mining Africa 2016, the premier mining showcase that brings new products to market with resounding success. Electra Mining Africa, which is ranked among the world’s top three mining shows, takes place every two years in... 

THE PROVINCE OF GOLD

DRIVERLESS MINE TRUCK

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2016 New radar-based light detection and ranging (Lidar) and global positioning system technologies are providing the vision for a new generation of driverless mining vehicles. In this picture, a self-driving truck is seen driving through underground tunnels at the Kristineberg mine in the Boliden... 

DRIVERLESS MINE TRUCK

MINERS BEAT MINISTER TO DEATH

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2016 `striking mineworkers, seen blocking a main road in Bolivia, beat Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes to death in a conflict over mining laws. The fatal beating followed the killing of two protesters in clashes with police. Illanes had gone to Panduro, 130 km south of the La Paz, to open a... 

MINERS BEAT MINISTER TO DEATH

GOLD ON THE GO

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2016 An employee checks on equipment used to separate gold from other metals at the Baird & Co precious metals refinery in London. Baird & Co, which buys much of the UK's scrap gold from collectors and pawn shops, is planning a 50% expansion at its 20-ton-a-year refining plant, which is near the... 

GOLD ON THE GO

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2016 Peru mines minister Gonzalo Tamayo stands for a photograph at his office in Lima to highlight gold's best start to a year in decades. Tamayo expects gold’s current good fortune to boost mine development in Peru and provide investment relief for Latin America's biggest gold producer. Peru... 

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

DESPERATE MEASURES

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2016 Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro gestures during a meeting with mining companies earlier this month, when eight deals were signed to open 112 km2 of the state of Amazonas to mining. Gold Reserve of Canada settled its government dispute in a $5-billion deal that is expected to generate revenue... 

DESPERATE MEASURES

RECOVERING GOLD FROM DUMPS

By: Martin Creamer     12th August 2016 The original mill at Sibanye Gold’s Cooke Operations in Randfontein goes back to 1888 when, according to surface manager Andre Du Plessis, it hosted the biggest stamp mill battery in the world to create 40-million tonnes of coarse sand and fine slime. That dumped mine waste is currently being... 

RECOVERING GOLD FROM DUMPS

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

By: Martin Creamer     5th August 2016 Lusaka-born Norman Mbazima, 58, will be focusing on the divestment of Anglo American plc’s noncore assets in South Africa from September 1, when he will retain the Anglo deputy chairperson position and pass the Kumba Iron Ore CEO baton on to Themba Mkhwanazi, the CEO of Anglo’s South African coal... 

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

GOLD GUSHER

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2016 Cynthia Macingwane is seen at the Ergo retreatment plant of DRDGold, where dumped mine waste is turned into gold that adds R14-billion worth of value a year to the South African economy a year. With the gold price hitting the high spots in rands and rising in dollars, the debt-free DRDGold has... 

GOLD GUSHER

DIAMOND BENEFICIATION BONANZA

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd July 2016 De Beers, along with government and other industry stakeholders, last week unveiled an enterprise development project for young diamond beneficiators. De Beers Consolidated Mines chairperson Barend Petersen sits alongside Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant and Gauteng Premier... 

DIAMOND BENEFICIATION BONANZA

MIDNIGHT MINERS

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2016 Indonesian villagers on the island of Java earn $10 a night making several dangerous trips to collect sulphur from the active Ijen volcano, the caldera of which is 2 600 m above sea level, 1 km wide and filled with turquoise-blue extreme 0.5pH acidity water. Many miners use a wet rag to protect... 

MIDNIGHT MINERS

CANADIAN CARTEL

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2016 How does the World Trade Organisation allow a rich country like Canada get away with cartelising a commodity like potash, which influences the price of food also needed by people far less well-heeled than first-world Canadians? Surely competition should be mandatory when it comes ingredients for... 

CANADIAN CARTEL

COAL CAPERS

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2016 Jubilant SGS COO Africa Fred Herren, left, and outgoing Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) CEO Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane at the opening of RBCT’s new R49-million coal sampling laboratory, which will ensure 25% faster turnaround times from a state-of-the-art facility built in partnership with leading... 

COAL CAPERS

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE YOUTH

By: Ilan Solomons     24th June 2016 Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu (pictured) wearing a traditional Soviet Army winter fur hat, or ushanka, at the 2016 Youth In Mining Procurement Transformation Summit, in Johannesburg, last week, where she revealed that her department was working with the Department of Mineral... 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE YOUTH

TOUGHER THAN EXPECTED

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2016 South32 CEO Graham Kerr at Australia's Melbourne Mining Club earlier this month, where he reminded stakeholders that it was a little over a year since the diversified mining company was spun out of BHP Billiton to allow the world’s largest mining company to focus on its 100-year-plus assets. The... 

TOUGHER THAN EXPECTED

MINERAL RICH, PEOPLE POOR

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2016 MINERAL RICH, PEOPLE POOR – African Union Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma pleaded at last week’s Junior Indaba for a new new win-win approach to ensure that Africans benefited from the exploitation of natural resources in Africa, which she said was mineral rich, but without those... 

RUBY LAND

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2016 A girl pans in a stream near Mogok, Myanmar, which is estimated to produce 90% of the world's rubies. The area, 450 km north of the capital Napyidaw, also hosts sapphire and semi-precious lapis lazuli, garnet, moonstone, peridot and chrysoberyl. This ‘Valley of Rubies’, in the former Burma, is a... 

RUBY LAND

LONG ROAD TO WATER FREEDOM

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2016 South Africa’s Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has been tasked with implementing what Water Minister Nomvula Mokonyane (centre) described as the long-term solution for turning acid mine drainage (AMD) into safe drinking water. TCTA AMD project manager Craig Hasenjager is seen leading the... 

LONG ROAD TO WATER FREEDOM

LENGTHENING CYCLE TIMES

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2016 At a function hosted by Venmyn Deloitte in Johannesburg last week, Deloitte global mining leader Phil Hopwood, pictured, gave a presentation on the state of the global minerals industry. In it, he made the point that just as the people of the mining industry imagined that prices would go up... 

LENGTHENING CYCLE TIMES

GAS THE MINERS BYPASSED

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2016 Miners drilling for gold at depth paid little attention to shallower natural gas, scattered across the Free State from Virginia to Welkom, that today’s exploiters might well sell back to them as a power generation fuel. Happily hoisting helium balloons at the media function to announce the... 

GAS THE MINERS BYPASSED

HARD CHANGES NEEDED

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2016 BHP Billiton Minerals Australia president Mike Henry, above, warned in his address to the Melbourne Club that Australia could adapt to its changed economic circumstances or stagnate in the approaches of wealthier times. He believes it essential for the mining industry and government to lean into... 

HARD CHANGES NEEDED

COAL CATACLYSM

By: Martin Creamer     22nd April 2016 This Somerville Central coal mine is one of the six Indiana coal mines of Peabody Energy Corporation of the US, which this month filed for bankruptcy in the face of massive debt, compounded by its 2011 acquisition of the $5.2-billion McArthur Coal in Australia. Although the Australian operations... 

COAL CATACLYSM

THE BIG AND THE SMALL

By: Martin Creamer     15th April 2016 Big dump trucks operate alongside small roadway hardeners at the Chernigovsky opencast coal mine, outside the town of Beryozovsky, in the Kemerovo region of Siberia, Russia. The opencast colliery is owned and operated by SDS-Coal, which reportedly supplies Russian and foreign markets with coking... 

THE BIG AND THE SMALL

FUEL CELL FEVER

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2016 Jubilant Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is flanked by Gauteng Premier David Makhura (right) and Impala Platinum (Implats) CEO Terence Goodlace at the launching of platinum-using mobile fuel cells at the Implats refineries on the East Rand. The platinum-mining company is also... 

FUEL CELL FEVER

COPPER CONVOLUTION

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2016 This scale model shows the web of underground tunnels that provide access to copper ore at the Nchanga copper mine in Chingola, Zambia. The operation forms part of Konkola, a unit of the London-listed Vedanta Resources. Konkola mines collectively produce two-million tonnes of copper ore a year... 

COPPER CONVOLUTION

COUNTRY CALL

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2016 Patrice Motsepe, above, last week called on all South Africans, irrespective of political persuasion, to close ranks around economic growth. The African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson urged that in cases where extreme politics stood in the way of economic well being, they should be... 

COUNTRY CALL

FAREWELL TO MINING SUPER STAR

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2016 Executives paid warm tributes to outgoing Exxaro CEO Sipho Nkosi at last week’s presentation of 2015 financial results, when the JSE-listed company’s coal business marked the bowing out of this mining super star with a 29%-higher net operating profit. Nkosi is handing over the reins of the... 

FAREWELL TO MINING SUPER STAR

MINING IN VENEZUELA

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2016 Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro met representatives of local and international companies at the country’s central bank in Caracas last week to discuss prospecting and exploitation of his country’s Orinoco mining arc, a non-oil area covering 114 000 km2 from Guayana Esequiba to Colombia.... 

MINING IN VENEZUELA

‘SOLID A’ RATING A BIG ASK

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2016 ‘SOLID A’ RATING A BIG ASK – The 'solid A' credit rating of BHP Billiton could still come under pressure from a possible 7% fall in copper, oil and iron-ore during the company's 2017 financial year, say Liberum mining analysts, who calculate that BHP’s funds from operations and net debt may not... 

‘SOLID A’ RATING A BIG ASK

GOING DOWN

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2016 More than 6 000 delegates attended the 22nd Investing in African Mining Indaba, which has become an important meeting point for the world mining sector. It has now become a tradition for representatives of host governments, mining company heads, mining equipment manufacturers, service providers,... 

GOING DOWN

DIMMING OUTLOOK

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2016 World Bank programme leader Catriona Purfield said at the release of the eighth edition of the bank’s biannual ‘South Africa Economic Update’ that the deterioration in South Africa’s growth outlook over the past few months had been rapid and warned the country might not even meet the bank’s... 

DIMMING OUTLOOK

'MIRACLE' MINE RESCUE

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2016 Four mineworkers who survived the December 25 collapse 200 m underground in a gypsum mine in eastern China's Pingyi County were finally pulled to surface 36 days later in what was described as a “miraculous” rescue. In a country with a poor track record on industrial incidents, the final... 

'MIRACLE' MINE RESCUE

ADDING TO THE COAL GLUT

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2016 Colombia Mines Minister Tomas Gonzalez Estrada, who told reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos that his country’s answer to the global over-supply of coal is to produce more coal. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers again attended the... 

ADDING TO THE COAL GLUT

COPPER SLOW DOWN

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2016 Nelson Pizarro, CEO of Codelco, Chile’s State-owned copper-mining company, is seen telling journalists that he foresees an additional delay in the expansion of Codelco’s top producing copper mine, the century-old underground El Teniente. He said would not be following the path initially planned... 

COPPER SLOW DOWN

COAL BANKRUPTCY

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2016 America’s second-largest coal producer, Arch Coal, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection under a heavy debt load and halving coal prices. The Wall Street Journal reports that more than a quarter of US coal production is now in bankruptcy, battered by competition from natural gas and new... 

COAL BANKRUPTCY
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