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Mining closures are all about planning

Coupled with the global movement of protecting the environment and leaving communities better off, mine closure is a complex process rather than a single event...

9 hours ago

ConCourt rules Diamond Act constitutional
ConCourt rules Diamond Act constitutional

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has welcomed a ruling which states that section 20A of the Diamonds Act, 1986 (as amended) is not unconstitutional...

2 days ago

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Guinea landslide kills three illegal miners

CONAKRY - Two women and a man who slipped past security in northeastern Guinea to pan for gold died in a landslide...

21 Jul 2017

Minister tries new tactic to push through Mining Charter
Minister tries new tactic to push through Mining Charter

After reaching a legal stalemate with the Chamber of Mines over the Mining Charter III, the mining minister has published a notice on his intention to impose a moratorium on prospecting and mining rights...

20 Jul 2017

Charter also fails on health & safety details
Charter also fails on health & safety details

Mining Charter III has been mired in controversy since before its publication...

By Kate Collier and Jonathan Veeran 19 Jul 2017

Mining minister, Mosebenzi Zwane
Zwane halts Mining Charter... for now

The mining minister has agreed not to implement the new Mining Charter, pending the outcome of an urgent interdict...

17 Jul 2017

Geita gold mine. Photo: AngloGold Ashanti
AngloGold battles Tanzanian laws

AngloGold Ashanti's subsidiaries in Tanzania have initiated arbitration to protect their interests in case the government changes the terms of their longstanding agreement...

17 Jul 2017

New rules sought to combat acid mine drainage
New rules sought to combat acid mine drainage

The government is looking for new ways to regulate the effects of mining activity on SA's scarce water resources..

By Khulekani Magubane 14 Jul 2017

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Expanded engagement for Caterpillar: Boosting sales and alleviating poverty

A strong signal of growing business engagement with Africa by large US corporations was the announcement last September by Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman of plans to invest over $1b in Africa over the next five years...

14 Jul 2017

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Sibanye realigns business units

As a result of acquiring Stillwater Mining Company, Sibanye Group has reshuffled its organisational structure from divisional commodity units to a geographical regionalised structure...

13 Jul 2017

Sipho Pityana, AngloGold Ashanti chairman, Photo: Black Opinion
Pityana warns of more cuts in mining

AngloGold Ashanti chairman Sipho Pityana has warned of further job cuts in mining, saying the country's macroeconomic policies made it impossible to sustain jobs...

12 Jul 2017

Johan Olivier, partner: Webber Wentzel
The Mining Charter and employment equity

The latest version of the Mining Charter is much tougher on employment equity targets than its predecessor...

By Johan Olivier 12 Jul 2017

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SepFluor begins building its long-awaited fluorspar mine

SepFluor has begun work on the R1.7bn Nokeng fluorspar mine at Rust de Winter, northeast of Pretoria, with funding provided by private equity and banks...

By Charlotte Mathews 11 Jul 2017

Big miners pay CEOs top dollar
Big miners pay CEOs top dollar

CEOs of large-cap basic resources companies are the highest paid among their peers, despite spectacular share price declines over the past decade...

7 Jul 2017

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17 declared dead in Ghana goldmine collapse: lawmaker

Rescuers called off a search for miners who were trapped underground after an illegal goldmine collapsed in western Ghana, declaring 17 dead...

7 Jul 2017

China backs hundreds of global coal power projects: report
China backs hundreds of global coal power projects: report

Chinese companies are planning or constructing hundreds of coal-fired power projects around the world, even as Beijing talks up its commitment to fighting climate change...

6 Jul 2017

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Union blames Zwane for job losses

Mineral resources minister, Mosebenzi Zwane is directly responsible for damaging investor confidence, and therefore the possible 8,500 job losses at AngloGold Ashanti...

4 Jul 2017

Roger Baxter, CEO: Chamber of Mines
Empowerment for naturalised trips alarm

The third and most controversial iteration of the Mining Charter was developed by the Department of Mineral Resources by people with a lack of integrity...

30 Jun 2017

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Sibanye's Cooke to resume operations after unprotected strike over illegal mining

Sibanye's Cooke Operations is to resume mining on Monday, 3 July, following an unprotected strike over a prohibition on food being taken underground...

30 Jun 2017

Coalition wins court order to postpone mining in environmentally threatened area
Coalition wins court order to postpone mining in environmentally threatened area

The Pretoria High Court has granted an order to the coalition of eight organisations challenging the proposed coal mine by Atha-Africa Ventures inside the Mabola Protected Environment and Ekangala-Drakensberg strategic water source area...

By Catherine Horsfield 29 Jun 2017

Kopanang mine. Photo: AngloGold Ashanti
AngloGold may cut up to 8,500 jobs

AngloGold Ashanti could cut up to 8,500 jobs at its unprofitable South African mines, reducing its workforce by nearly a third...

By Allan Seccombe 29 Jun 2017

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Charter gives short shrift to mining jobs

No industry has more equity ownership transfer than mining. Paradoxically, more jobs have been lost in the sector than any other...

27 Jun 2017

Mining Charter: What does it all mean?
Mining Charter: What does it all mean?

Mining companies will need to start amending their legal and corporate structures if the challenges to the Mining Charter are unsuccessful...

By Giada Masina, Allan Reid and Deepa Vallabh 22 Jun 2017

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Fitch: Mining Charter vindicates downgrade

Credit rating agency Fitch says the new Mining Charter showed that its decision to cut SA's sovereign credit rating to junk in April was correct...

By Robert Laing 21 Jun 2017

High-tech diamond mining vessel starts operations
High-tech diamond mining vessel starts operations

Debmarine's newest diamond mining vessel, SS Nujoma, has started operations after being commissioned in Walvis Bay last week...

20 Jun 2017

Mosebenzi Zwane, minister of mineral resources. Photo: African Mining Indaba
Stakeholders blast Mining Charter as underhanded

The worst fears of a cross-section of mining industry stakeholders were realised when the latest iteration of the Mining Charter was released last week...

By Nicci Botha 19 Jun 2017

Export orders, container shipping on the rise
Export orders, container shipping on the rise

Stronger global trade is expected this year and as reported by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), indicators like export orders and container shipping are on the rise at the beginning of 2017...

19 Jun 2017

The brain drain and messy regulation
The brain drain and messy regulation

The regulatory environment governing the mining industry in South Africa has never been more complicated - or expensive...

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Jun 2017

Roger Baxter, CEO, Chamber of Mines of South Africa. Photo:
Chamber: Misgivings on proposed Mining Charter

The revised Mining Charter could be gazetted this week, but the Chamber of Mines is worried that it may differ from what was originally proposed...

14 Jun 2017

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