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What comes first - production or the purchase?

While commodity prices are currently favourable, the general volatility of commodities in the South African market has often presented a barrier to mining companies accessing traditional forms of financing to enhance their liquidity...

By Lodewyk Meyer, Chantel van Zyl & Kira White 13 Feb 2020

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Harmony buys AngloGold Ashanti's SA business

Harmony Gold is buying AngloGold Ashanti's Mponeng Mine and Mine Waste Solutions, which will add approximately 350,000oz to its annual gold production...

13 Feb 2020

Sandra Sithole, partner, Webber Wentzel
Insuring against climate and technology risks for mining companies and directors

Rising concern about climate change and the risks associated with advancing technology are changing the risk landscape for mining operators and, increasingly, for their directors on a personal level...

By Sandra Sithole 12 Feb 2020

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Sustainable development redefines African mining

Mining is so much more than just digging up rocks. Sustainable development, community welfare, greenhouse gas emissions and traceability of the source of minerals all play a substantial role in developing the industry as an economic driver in Africa...

By Nicci Botha 12 Feb 2020

Information on mining applications should be public, Xolobeni activists tell court
Information on mining applications should be public, Xolobeni activists tell court

Mining rights applications should be public documents, the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) and the Centre for Applied Studies (CALS) argued in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday...

By Zoë Postman 11 Feb 2020

#WomenInScience: Linda Mahlangu on making her mark as a metallurgist
#WomenInScience: Linda Mahlangu on making her mark as a metallurgist

Annually, 11 February marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science, highlighting the need for greater gender equality in science-related fields...

By Sindy Peters 11 Feb 2020

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Can mines now generate their own power?

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, created a flurry of headlines when he told the Investing in African Mining Indaba that mines could generate their own electricity...

By Jason van der Poel, Mzukisi Kota & Alexandra Felekis 10 Feb 2020

New leave laws may increase mine employee costs
New leave laws may increase mine employee costs

The implementation of the Labour Laws Amendment Act from 1 January 2020 is welcome from an equality perspective but may have cost implications for mining companies...

By Lizle Louw 7 Feb 2020

Cathleen Cox, John Welborn, David Awram, Peter Ruxton
#MiningIndaba2020: Gold(en) opportunities in West Africa

West Africa still holds a certain lustre among gold miners, although they are cautious about the regulatory and security risks...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2020

Marco Pagnini, director of mining, DuPont Sustainable Solutions
#MiningIndaba2020: Transformational and risk-savvy leadership

While reputation has always been important, there has been a rethink about the purpose of a mining company...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2020

Minerals Minister, Gwede Mantashe in conversation with Errol Smart, CEO, Orion Minerals
#MiningIndaba2020: Will Mining Charter III benefit junior miners?

Junior mining is a relatively new concept in South Africa, and is often confused with illegal mining or artisanal mining, but they are, in fact, new entrant small and medium size enterprises...

By Nicci Botha 5 Feb 2020

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#MiningIndaba2020: Cooperation needed to address structural and policy constraints

South African mining companies are struggling to ramp up production in response to improved commodity prices due to structural constraints such as the cost and unreliability of electricity supply...

3 Feb 2020

Minerals and Energy Mnister, Gwede Mantashe
#MiningIndaba2020: Mining industry must embrace 4IR

The demands of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) provide new growth opportunties for the mining industry, which must position itself, including reskilling the workforce, to take advantage of this new reality

By Nicci Botha 3 Feb 2020

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Communities want fairer say in mining laws

Late last year, just before the December shut down period, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy released two important draft pieces of legislation for public comment...

30 Jan 2020

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Managing environmental, social and governance risks is growing in importance for mining companies

Within the mining and minerals sector, investors are increasingly integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) into their investment process to help secure capital during fundraising, identify risks during due diligence, capitalise on opportunities post-acquisition, and facilitate information disclosure in exit...

27 Jan 2020

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Mining health & safety figures improve dramatically

There has been a significant reduction in fatalities and injuries in the mining sector, according to the mine health and safety statistics released by the Department of Minerals and Energy...

27 Jan 2020

Leanne Mostert, partner, Webber Wentzel
6 things every miner ought to know about AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers prospecting and mining operations a greater ability to target likely mineral deposits, plan new mine developments in difficult terrain, control autonomous vehicles and improve recovery rates from diamond sorting or other minerals processing...

By Leanne Mostert 24 Jan 2020

More time for mining industry to comply with FP Regulations
More time for mining industry to comply with FP Regulations

On 17 January 2020, the long-awaited notice extending the transitional timeframe for compliance with the Financial Provisioning Regulations, 2015 (FP Regulations) was published by Minister Creecy (Extension Notice)...

By Garyn Rapson, Gillian Niven and Paula-Ann Novotny 23 Jan 2020

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China's investment in Africa's mineral resources

When it comes to energy, it's not just the traditional advocates of renewable energy that are leading the way, it is the world's major emerging economies such as China and India that are driving this clean energy transition...

20 Jan 2020

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Deep marine mining faces multiple challenges

With on-land deposits depleting fast, the seabed, which is thought to be rich in nickel, copper, cobalt and manganese, is the obvious place to look next...

17 Jan 2020

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Technology is key to the future of the South Africa mining

Spiralling labour and energy costs are putting pressure on the financial performance of South African gold mines, but the solution could be found in adopting digital technologies...

16 Jan 2020

Anthea Jeffery, head, policy research, IRR
Mining could spearhead a new empowerment strategy for real change

Few policy changes could be more vital to the 'new dawn' President Cyril Ramaphosa promised than finding an effective, inclusive, and non-racial formula for promoting economic growth, generating jobs, and truly empowering the disadvantaged...

By Anthea Jeffery 10 Jan 2020

Obuasi in the Ashanti region of Ghana has a long history with mining companies. Wikimedia Commons
Ghana's mining communities are still not getting their just dues

Ghana has gold, diamonds, bauxite, manganese, salt, limestone, granite and oil. Its mining and quarrying sector contributes significantly to its economy..

By Päivi Lujala 9 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Mining - the future in 2020: An optimistic forecast
#BizTrends2020: Mining - the future in 2020: An optimistic forecast

Mining remains one of the major contributors to the South African economy. In 2019, the mining industry saw a number of exciting developments. More interesting developments lie ahead...

By Athi Jara 6 Jan 2020

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Implats concludes Canadian deal

Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) has successfully acquired 100% of the outstanding shares in North American Palladium (NAP)...

17 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Energy & Mining
#BestofBiz 2019: Energy & Mining

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

Roger Baxter, CEO, Minerals Council South Africa
Mining industry calls for independent power production

The devastating impact of Stage 6 load shedding on production this week has prompted a call from the mining industry to produce its own power...

13 Dec 2019

The human cost of mining in the Amazon rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is one of the most contested spaces for mining in the world, and the impacts of both legal and illegal operations can be devastating for the environment and the indigenous groups that call it home...

By JP Casey 12 Dec 2019

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Metals & mining M&As totalled $6.98bn in Q3

Metals & mining industry mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals in the third quarter of 2019 totalled $6.98bn...

11 Dec 2019

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