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Mining automation, IIoT, raise cyber risk
Mining automation, IIoT, raise cyber risk

Next-generation automation is a double-edged sword for the mining sector, increasing the risk of cyber attacks...

19 Jun 2019

Joe Keenan, CEO, BME
Miners tap into suppliers' tech to improve productivity

Protracted pressure on margins over many years has put miners' focus squarely on productivity. Lower commodity prices with a steadily rising cost base and growing compliance requirements have created a perfect storm...

By Joe Keenan 18 Jun 2019

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Could primary healthcare help curb TB at mines?

Seventy percent of tuberculosis cases among miners go undiagnosed, which puts families and communities at risk. The risk also spreads across borders, with 40% of mine workers coming from neighbouring countries to work on SA mines.

14 Jun 2019

Minerals & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe. Photo: Twitter
Let's work together, then we can mine

To make a difference to the mining industry's fortunes, all the stakeholders in South Africa would need to work together...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Jun 2019

Mpumalanga High Court rules in favour of SSC Group
Mpumalanga High Court rules in favour of SSC Group

The Mpumalanga High Court on Friday, 7 June 2019, dismissed (with costs) the intervention application brought by Ferdi Dippenaar against Flaming Silver...

10 Jun 2019

Work still needs to be done on Zero Harm
Work still needs to be done on Zero Harm

So far this year 17 fatalities and 881 injuries on duty have been recorded in the mining industry, compared to 35 and 1,056 respectively the previous year...

By Stanford Mazhindu 10 Jun 2019

An aerial view of the Brumadinho dam collapse in Brazil. Photo by HO / Minas Gerais Fire Department
Mining houses open up their tailings dam strategies

In January this year, a tailings dam at the Córrego do Feijão iron ore mine in Brazil failed, releasing a mudflow that killed at least 237 people...

7 Jun 2019

Conservation and biodiversity - the upside of mine rehabilitation
Conservation and biodiversity - the upside of mine rehabilitation

Anglo American Coal's Isibonelo Colliery is emerging as a powerful case study for how rehabilitated landscapes can play an important role in conservation and biodiversity...

5 Jun 2019

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Miners at the top of their game, but investors aren't impressed

The Top 40 mining houses continued to consolidate their stellar performance of the past several years by delivering steady growth in 2018, according to PwC's Mine 2019 report...

4 Jun 2019

Gwede Mantashe
Mixed reactions to Mantashe's two hats

Reactions to Gwede Mantashe's new combined cabinet portfolio of mining and energy have been mixed, with some saying it will be good for restoring investor confidence and others believing it will be a blow the country's climate change commitments...

3 Jun 2019

Court blow for activists being sued by mining company
Court blow for activists being sued by mining company

Cape High Court Judge Judith Cloete dismissed with costs a discovery application brought by three of six defendants ahead of a defamation case totalling R9.25m...

By John Yeld 31 May 2019

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Regulatory change and safeguarding against corruption in the Australian mining industry

The Australian mining industry is a force to be reckoned with, playing a prominent role in the country's economy, accounting for 7% of its gross domestic product (GDP)...

By Scott Harris 30 May 2019

Otto Shikongo, CEO of Debmarine Namibia
What SA can learn about offshore mining from Namibia

The incredible wealth of the Southern African region's offshore mineral deposits was once again highlighted by the oil and gas find off the coast of Mossel Bay...

By Otto Shikongo 30 May 2019

Neal Froneman, CEO, Sibanye-Stillwater
Massive shareholder support for Lonmin take-over deal

Calls from some analysts for Lonmin's largest shareholder, SA's Public Investment Corporation (PIC), to reject the take-over deal by Sibanye-Stillwater because it undervalued the platinum company, were overshadowed...

29 May 2019

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What carbon tax means to energy-intensive businesses

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Carbon Tax Act into law and it will come into effect on 1 June 2019 to reduce the impact of climate change following the polluter-must-pay-principle, taxing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...

28 May 2019

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Mineworkers' wellbeing imperative to development plan

Within the South African context, mining remains a major contributor to the gross domestic product (GDP) and, as a major source of employment, the mining industry has the potential to leverage investments in the health of its workforce to realise improved productivity...

28 May 2019

$400m investment into the Gamsberg mine in Northern Cape, CNN reports
$400m investment into the Gamsberg mine in Northern Cape, CNN reports

New investments by global mining group, Vedanta, might see the South Africa's zinc potential finally unearthed...

24 May 2019

2019 Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards winners revealed
2019 Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards winners revealed

Distell Group was named Overall Winner at the 2019 Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards, which recognise supplier development best practice in South Africa...

23 May 2019

#IABSummit19: Dudu Mkhwanazi to speak on the connected city
#IABSummit19: Dudu Mkhwanazi to speak on the connected city

Ahead of this year's IAB Summit, taking place 30 May at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein, we interviewed speaker Dudu Mkhwanazi, CEO of Project Isizwe, to find out what to expect from her talk on 'the connected city' and what this year's theme of the 'new now' means to her...

By Jessica Tennant 23 May 2019

Konkola copper mine. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Zambia threatens to liquidate Vedanta's Konkola Copper Mines

Vedanta Resources is seeking at urgent meeting with Zambia president Edgar Lungu ahead of a High Court hearing on Friday to rule on an application to provisionally liquidate Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) which Vedanta controls...

22 May 2019

Source: Environment News South Africa
2nd draft of Proposed Financial Provisioning Regulations published for comment

The minister of environmental affairs has published the long-awaited second draft of the Proposed Regulations Pertaining to the Financial Provision for the Rehabilitation and Remediation of Environmental Damage caused by Reconnaissance, Prospecting, Exploration, Mining or Production Operations...

By Garyn Rapson 21 May 2019

Laurence Smith, executive, Graphic Image Technologies
Beef up visual security to clamp down on illegal mining

South Africa's illegal mining trade was estimated at being worth R7bn a year in 2017, while the SA Human Rights Commission said there in 2015 that tere were about active 30,000 illegal miners (zama-zamas)...

By Laurence Smith, 21 May 2019

Kate Collier
New guideline on medico-legal investigations of mine deaths

A new guideline published by the chief inspector of mines aims to provide clarity on the process when the cause of a death on a mine is immediately unclear...

By Kate Collier 20 May 2019

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DMaaS - a solution for mining's 4th Industrial Revolution

Mining has always been an intensive industry, from the perspective of resources, time, labour and people safety...

14 May 2019

Have your say in Bojanala SEZ designation
Have your say in Bojanala SEZ designation

The public has 30 days in which to have their say in the designation of the Bojanala Special Economic Zone in the North West province, said the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) on Monday...

13 May 2019

The true cost of downtime in the mining sector
The true cost of downtime in the mining sector

The South African mining industry has performed poorly over the past decade, with its contribution to the national GDP having halved since 1994...

7 May 2019

Bluewater offers innovative drinking water solutions for the mining industry
Bluewater offers innovative drinking water solutions for the mining industry

An innovative new mobile water station has been developed to provide safe drinking water for remote workforces in the mining sector...

Issued by Bluewater 6 May 2019

Photo: SKA
SA reaches for the stars - but at what cost to mining?

While the square kilometre array (SKA) telescope is one of the most exciting projects in South Africa's scientific and academic fields with long-term benefits to the country's economy, it is likely to impact the use and exploitation of mineral resources in the Northern Cape...

By Lili Nupen & Ross McLean 29 Apr 2019

Botswana's largest diamond find
Botswana's largest diamond find

A 1,758-carat diamond, second only in size to the famous Cullinan diamond, has been unearthed by Lucara Diamond Corp at its Karowe mine in Botswana.

26 Apr 2019

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