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Japan working with South Africa to reduce risks in deep-level mines

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Japan is assisting South Africa with research into seismicity and mining. “We have joint research on mitigating seismic risks in South African mines,” reports Japanese Ambassador to South Africa Yutaka Yoshizawa. “Japan experiences a lot of...
26th September 2014
 
 
MINE HOUSING

422 family homes handed over to RBPlat workers in a departure from mining’s ‘normal’ single-sex hostels

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Mining major Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) officially launched the completed Phase 1 of its Waterkloof Estate Employee Home Ownership Scheme earlier this month, which was signaled by handing over the keys to the new home owners of the first 422...
26th September 2014
 
 
MINING & TECHNOLOGY

Academic calls for use of virtual reality technology to ensure safe, productive mines

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RONNY WEBBER-YOUNGMAN 
Educating mining engineering students using virtual reality tools may promote analytical and creative thinking, communication and teamwork, practical ingenuity and the ability to generate alternative workable technologies
University of Pretoria (UP) Department of Mining Engineering (DME) head Dr Ronny Webber-Youngman believes mining engineering students need to become “imagineers” and work on developing safer and more efficient mines of the future using virtual...
26th September 2014
 
 
MINING CHARTER AUDIT

Call for compliance clarity as DMR says licences may be withdrawn

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It has been ten years since the South African Mining Charter was first put in place, in an attempt to accelerate transformation in the South African mining industry.
26th September 2014
 
 
DIAMONDS – 2

De Beers investing billions as diamond demand is forecast to outstrip supply

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Diamond mining and manufacturing company De Beers Group is making major investments in its business operations as diamond demand is expected to almost outstrip growth in diamond carat production in the next ten years, given the lack of new...
26th September 2014
 
 
CONTRACT MINING & MATERIALS HANDLING

Eqstra weighing options for underperforming contract mining unit

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Eqstra’s Contract Mining and Plant Rental division served as a heavy drag on the company’s results for the year ended June 30. Group revenue increased by 9.8%, to R10-billion, compared with the previous financial year, while operating profit...
26th September 2014
 
 
DIGGING DEEP

Merensky’s discovery of platinum

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In the grand scheme of things, a ninetieth anniversary of a mineral discovery should not be worth much fanfare. However, given the fact that South Africa’s commercial mining sector is relatively young, dating back only 162 years, and taking into...
26th September 2014
 
 
PROCESSING EQUIPMENT

Mineral processing equipment cluster gaining momentum

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SYBIL RHOMBERG
The only way to develop an industry quickly is through clustering, as it creates a platform to interface and link synergies
The South African Mineral Processing Equipment Cluster (Sampec), which was launched earlier this year, has gotten off to a flying start, says South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) MD Sybil Rhomberg.
26th September 2014
 
 
 
 
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