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20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY

Industry leaders reflect on evolution of SA’s mining industry over last two decades

The mining industry has, from a historical perspective, played an inherently complex and contradictory role within South Africa’s sociopolitical economy. While the industry has, for more than a century, been the main driver of phenomenal...
25th April 2014
 
Consulting Engineers

Large mining projects under pressure as capital strategies are reviewed

RAIL TO PORT The development of rail routes to facilitate the transportation of commodities is a major challenge currently facing the mining industry Much has changed in the mining industry in the last two years, with large capital projects coming under pressure as major mining houses review their capital strategies, project delivery and consulting services provider WorleyParsons RSA CEO Digby...
25th April 2014
 
Consulting Engineers

Mining consultancy celebrates ten years

Centurion-based medium sized mine consultancy Ukwazi will this year celebrate its tenth anniversary, says director and principal mining engineer Jaco Lotheringen, who tells Mining Weekly that the company has developed into a sustainable and...
25th April 2014
 
SUSTAINABLE MINING

Sustainable mining operations framework well received in South Africa, rest of Africa

While there has been interest in the sustainable operations (Susop) process from Australia-based miners, the process has received more interest from Africa and South Africa, owing to the mine development potential that the continent offers,...
25th April 2014
 
Editorial Insight

Underground coal gasification boost, diesel mechanisation and health, simulation upping safety, productivity

Underground coal gasification given a regulatory boost; the move to mining mechanisation is raising the issue of potential diesel-linked health risk; simulation technology is helping to prepare trainee operators for the real thing.
25th April 2014
 
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UNLOVED ASSETS

The once-prized Rustenburg assets of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) are being hocked. “The workers haven’t pitched and the owners want us ditched,” is the lament of the central shaft in this Mining Weekly cartoon. The mechanised...
25th April 2014
 
Consulting Engineers

Wastewater treatment specialist offers expertise to consulting engineers

International water-treatment plant specialist Degrémont has made itself available to advise South African consulting engineers on the issue of mining-focused wastewater treatment solutions, Degrémont South Africa GM Remy Jaffray tells Mining...
25th April 2014
 
NEW REPORT AVAILABLE

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2014 research report

Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
23rd April 2014
 
ACID MINE DRAINAGE

Govt lauded for AMD paradigm shift, but compexity not fully grasped

While government is stating that acid mine drainage (AMD) in South Africa is not an insurmountable problem and that the country will certainly win the struggle, industry experts and activists are concerned that the true extent of the challenge has...
18th April 2014
 
HEALTH & SAFETY

Association highlights most prevalent health and safety risks at mines

The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) outlined the top ten health and safety risks at mines at the Electra Mining West Africa 2014 Indaba and advised mine bosses on what steps to take to mitigate these risks....
18th April 2014
 
Base Metals

Base metals prospects attract investment across continents

PROSPECTIVE INVESTMENT
Denham Capital Management believes the outlook for copper and zinc prospects in South America is positive
In addition to focusing on copper mining investment opportunities in Africa, energy-focused global private-equity firm Denham Capital Management is investing in new copper projects in South America this year, company director Caroline Donally...
18th April 2014
 
PLATINUM-GROUP METALS

Two palladium ETFs list on JSE within one week

PRECIOUS METALS INVESTMENT
Investors are also constantly aiming to diversify their portfolios and investing in precious metal commodities helps facilitate this
An increase in demand for precious metal exchange-traded funds (ETFs) from institutional investors has resulted in the listing of two palladium ETFs on the JSE in one week.
18th April 2014
 
 
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