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Opinion piece: Beef up visual security to clamp down on illegal mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2019 By Laurence Smith, Executive at Graphic Image Technologies In 2017, it was estimated that South Africa’s illegal mining trade was worth R7 billion a year, and in 2015 the SA Human Rights Commission estimated that there were an active 30 000 illegal miners (known as zama-zamas). It has been... 

Adani commits to invest Abbot Point water monitoring equipment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st May 2019 The Queensland government has ceased court proceedings against Indian major Adani relating to stormwater release during Cyclone Debbie in 2017, with Adani agreeing to invest in water monitoring equipment at the Abbot Point Operations. The Department of Environment previously claimed at the Abbot... 

Vale's Gongo Soco mine dam has up to 15% chance of bursting -Brazil official

By: Reuters     21st May 2019 Brazilian miner Vale's tailings dam in the town of Barao de Cocais in Minas Gerais has up to a 15% chance of breaking, the state's environment secretary said on Monday. The dam at Vale's Gongo Soco mine is about 64 km from Brumadinho, where a tailings dam collapse unleashed a torrent of toxic... 

Buoyed by mining recovery, Barloworld looks to Mongolia for growth 

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2019 Barloworld’s results on Monday reflected some of the biggest trends in the South African economy, with the company reporting a sharp drop in equipment sales to the troubled construction industry, as well as a decline in new-vehicle sales and car rental days, but with the mining industry seemingly... 

Tanzania fines Acacia Mining $2.4m over alleged pollution

By: Reuters     20th May 2019 Tanzania's mining minister said on Monday Acacia Mining had been fined 5.6-billion Tanzanian shillings ($2.4-million) for alleged pollution at its North Mara mine. Acacia, majority-owned by Barrick Gold, is embroiled in a long-running tax dispute with Tanzania. 

Amplats considers sale of Twickenham and Bokoni mines – CEO

By: Reuters     17th May 2019 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is contemplating the sale of its Bokoni and Twickenham mines in South Africa, a move which would mostly complete the group's divestment strategy, its chief executive told Reuters. The precious metals producer has sold many of its mines as it pivots from the... 

Afarak attributes €7.5m first-quarter loss to low prices, sales volumes

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 A higher chrome benchmark price and increased sales volumes are expected to result in an improvement in London-listed Afarak Group’s financial performance for the second quarter, after the company posted a €7.5-million loss for the first quarter. The company attributed the first-quarter loss to... 

Rebranded Minerals Council reflects the promise of the future 

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa – formerly the Chamber of Mines –  officially rebranded in May 2018, repositioning the organisation to reflect, “the promise of the future”, by amending its role and ethos to drive a positive reform agenda that enables the industry to reach its true economic and... 

More efficient health and safety management in mining holds much promise

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 The mining sector is often a risky environment in which to work, making health and safety a major focus, and much has to be done to ensure that it is managed more efficiently in the industry, says employee experience company Wyzetalk CEO Gysbert Kappers. He tells Mining Weekly that industry... 

Technological advancements improve health and safety

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 Global advancements in mine automation, remote monitoring, control technologies and improvements to equipment operator interfaces have created many new opportunities for mining companies to improve their health and safety while increasing productivity, says training and workforce development... 

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