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Minerals Council urges employees over 60 to register for vaccinations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2021 Industry organisation the Minerals Council South Africa has urged employees over the age of 60 to register for the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out that is due to start on May 17. It further appeals to all employees to assist their family members, neighbours and friends over the age... 

Gold Fields going greener and cleaner across broad front 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2021 Gold mining company Gold Fields, which this week announced the board’s green light for a 40 MW solar photovoltaic plant at the South Deep mine, near Carletonville, intends taking short- medium- and long-term steps to lower emissions in underground mining in general and at South Deep in... 

Artisanal and small-scale mining workforce has tripled from 2001

By: Donna Slater     7th May 2021 Mineworkers in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) industry make up the world’s largest mining workforce, with the number of such workers more than tripling from 13-million estimate of 2001 by the International Labour Organisation, reveals the yearly report on the state of the ASM industry... 

Energy specialist encourages mines to consider hybrid energy systems

By: Simone Liedtke     5th May 2021 Electrical energy solutions provider Senergy energy specialist Wilco de Villiers has encouraged miners to consider the value of implementing hybrid energy systems at their operations, as mines cannot function effectively without reliable energy supply. Speaking during this year’s Energy & Mines... 

Canada's Agnico says Nunavut hearings delayed amid rise in Covid-19 cases

By: Reuters     30th April 2021 Canada's Arctic territory Nunavut has delayed public hearings about a key water disposal project at Agnico Eagle Mines' Meliadine gold mine, a company executive said on Friday, as the region grapples with a new wave of coronavirus. The mineral-rich territory extended a public health emergency to... 

World top copper producer Chile sees output slide for tenth consecutive month

By: Reuters     30th April 2021 World top copper producer Chile saw output of the red metal fall for the tenth consecutive month in March, government statistics agency INE said on Friday, marking a modest but continual slide in production that began shortly after the coronavirus pandemic struck the country. Copper output fell... 

Implats lifts first-quarter production despite challenges 

By: Donna Slater     30th April 2021 JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) reports that its tonnes milled for the first quarter of this year had increased by 4% to 5.59-million tonnes, with higher volumes reported at Impala Rustenburg, Impala Canada and its Marula operations. Its milled grade was... 

Platinum applications enabling effective healthcare delivery amid pandemic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th April 2021 Cold-chain monitoring and ultralow freezer storage of biologicals and vaccines for the pharmaceutical and health segment has increased in importance. However, as the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated, providing a cold supply chain for temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products, such as... 

Mine safety key to higher copper production, says First Quantum

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th April 2021 Strong safety guidelines and training at mines across Zambia must be implemented with the seriousness they deserve to avoid workplace accidents, says global metals and mining company First Quantum Minerals (FQM) government relations specialist Dr Godwin Beene. Speaking ahead of World Day for... 

De Beers, BMH Africa launch skills development programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd April 2021 Diamond miner De Beers’ Venetia mine, in partnership with contracting partner BMH Africa, on April 23 launched a programme to develop skills in the construction industry and ultimately enhance the local skills base. The programme, which is part of De Beers Group’s Socio-Economic Development... 

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