Energy & Mining Trends 2018

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One person shot dead in protest at RBPlat mine on Wednesday night

A person was shot dead near Royal Bafokeng Platinum's (RBPlat's) North Shaft on Wednesday evening, during a protest by about 100 people including former employees of the company...

By Allan Seccombe 12 Jan 2018

Vedanta Gamsberg operation. Photo: Vedanta
Surging zinc set to retain strong price

The zinc price is at a decade high and the outlook is for it to stay strong for much of 2018...

3 days ago

Ore dump pollution whips up new storm
Ore dump pollution whips up new storm

Port Elizabeth Harbour tenants are fighting mad about a new wave of air pollution from Transnet's two manganese ore facilities which is damaging property and business opportunities. It is also a health threat...

By Guy Rogers 11 Jan 2018

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Unauthorised gold mining in Cameroon reaps deathly toll

YAOUNDE - Forty-three gold diggers died in abandoned mines in Cameroon in the first 10 months of last year, a watchdog group said...

11 Jan 2018

Michal Kotzé, PwC Africa energy utilities & resources leader.
#BizTrends2018: Mining in Africa - a changing landscape

The mining industry in Africa is undergoing significant change, including an increase in exploration and commodity prices, and therefore boasts significant potential for investors with regard to its vast supply of mineral reserves and production...

By Michal Kotzé 9 Jan 2018

The year that was: Five mining trends that dominated 2017
The year that was: Five mining trends that dominated 2017

As the year draws to a close, we look at five trends that dominated the mining industry in 2017...

29 Dec 2017

Steinhoff mess offers lessons for profit-greedy firms
Steinhoff mess offers lessons for profit-greedy firms

Unless companies move away from a slavish devotion to the pursuit of profit and learn to act in the interests of the communities that sustain them, the Steinhoff collapse won't be the last corporate disaster...

By Nadine Mayers, Eckard Smuts and Ralph Hamann 28 Dec 2017

BHP to exit global coal body over climate change policy
BHP to exit global coal body over climate change policy

SYDNEY - The world's biggest miner BHP said it would leave the World Coal Association and review its membership of the US Chamber of Commerce to show support for action against climate change....

19 Dec 2017

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Kimberley Process on conflict diamonds is failing, says Impact

A founding member has withdrawn from the Kimberley Process (KP), claiming that the conflict diamond certification scheme has lost its legitimacy...

18 Dec 2017

TDS Projects Construction to install 13km pipeline at Nkomati mine
TDS Projects Construction to install 13km pipeline at Nkomati mine

TDS Projects Construction will build a 13km tailing pipeline at one of the largest nickel reserves in South Africa...

13 Dec 2017

Catholic bishops urge mining companies to stop using tax havens
Catholic bishops urge mining companies to stop using tax havens

The Justice and Peace Commission for Southern African Catholics Bishops Conference (SACBC) has written to 21 mining companies operating in South Africa asking each to explain why it is using tax havens...

Issued by SACBC Justice and Peace Commission 30 Nov 2017

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For Gabon's sickly uranium miners, a long quest for compensation

MOUNANA - "We are all sick. It's our health, and we are being conned," Moise Massala says angrily...

30 Nov 2017

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Vedanta invests $200m more in Namibian mining operations

Vedanta, a major zinc producer, is making a fresh $200m investment in its Namibian operations, as it plots a strategy to make the plant a regional hub for refining the metal...

28 Nov 2017

Mining Charter hearing to be held in 2018
Mining Charter hearing to be held in 2018

The date for the hearing of the review of the 2017 Mining Charter has been moved to next year following a request from the Chamber of Mines...

27 Nov 2017

Winners of the Mine.D: Zero Harm hackathon
Winners of the Mine.D: Zero Harm hackathon

The Tshimologong Precinct and the Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability has announced the three overall winners of the digitally-inspired Mine.D: Zero Harm hackathon...

24 Nov 2017

Driefontein operations. Photo: Sibanye-Stillwater
Sibanye hands over assets for stake in DRD

In an asset swop deal worth R1.3bn, Sibanye-Stillwater will exchange some surface gold processing assets and tailings storage facilities (TSF) for a 38% stake in DRDGold...

24 Nov 2017

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Amnesty warns companies on child labour in DRC cobalt mining

Leading technology and electric car companies have been accused of failing to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined using child labour...

17 Nov 2017

Reinventing the mining industry
Reinventing the mining industry

Policy, administrative and operating challenges have plunged the mining industry into crisis...

By Gys Kappers 16 Nov 2017

Judge Dennis Davis
Davis commission calls for mining sector's upfront capex tax to be scrapped

The Davis Tax Committee has recommended that the special tax regime for the mining sector be abolished...

By Linda Ensor 14 Nov 2017

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Women's voice drowned in Mining Charter feud

The 2017 Revised Mining Charter has triggered animosity between the DMR and the Chamber of Mines, and its currently on hold...

By Dr Martin Kaggwa 13 Nov 2017

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Sibanye locks up three-year wage agreement with unions

Sibanye-Stillwater has locked the three unions at its Kroondal PGM operations into a three-year wage agreement.

9 Nov 2017

Investing in the improvement of blasting engineering practices
Investing in the improvement of blasting engineering practices

In its fifth year running, the Programme in Blasting Engineering has presented industry best practice methods and techniques for professionals working in the commercial blasting industry...

Issued by Enterprises University of Pretoria 7 Nov 2017

Charter puts pressure on procurement
Charter puts pressure on procurement

The 2017 version of the Mining Charter will also have a significant impact on mining sector service providers...

7 Nov 2017

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Protest at open-pit coal mine near Bonn ahead of UN climate talks

Environmental activists wearing hazard suits marched onto one of the world's largest open-pit coal mines, near Bonn on the eve of 196-nation UN climate talks in the city....

6 Nov 2017

Cooke 3 plant. Photo: Sibanye-Stillwater
Sibanye rescues Beatrix, but places Cooke under care and maintenance

Sibanye-Stillwater says it has completed the consultation process with stakeholders to determine the fate of its struggling Cooke and Beatrix West operations...

1 Nov 2017

Karoo uranium mining plans scuppered...for now
Karoo uranium mining plans scuppered...for now

Depressed uranium prices and the subsequent poor return for investors have had a hand in Peninsula Energy's decision to divest their interests in the Karoo Uranium Project...

30 Oct 2017

Digging in the DRC
Digging in the DRC

Those who think that mining companies sit idly over rich resources and reap fat profits from them should think again...

By Charlotte Mathews 30 Oct 2017

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Molefe: I was a permanent employee

Former Eskom boss Brian Molefe insists that he was a permanent employee at Eskom and therefore qualified to be a member of its pension fund...

24 Oct 2017

SA gold mining eroding into rusting ruins
SA gold mining eroding into rusting ruins

One important event might have escaped our attention: SA's greatest gold mining company has in effect left the country...

23 Oct 2017

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