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Latest cadastre agreement excites South Africa’s Junior Indaba panel 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2024 There were expressions of excitement at the South Africa’s Junior Indaba on Tuesday when attendees at the important mining event learnt of the signing of the service-level agreement (SLA) for South Africa's long-awaited mining cadastral system, a key tool for orderly mineral exploration... 

Master’s programme meets industry demands

10th May 2024 Tertiary education institute University of Pretoria (UP) is addressing the growing demand for skilled professionals, including those in the rapidly evolving mining industry, through its Masters in Technology and Innovation Management (MTIM) programme. UP Graduate School of Technology Management... 

An excavator with digital technology symbols overlayed
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION Demand is growing in the mining industry for professionals equipped with the skills needed to navigate digital transformation

Testing backlog as global interest in new flotation tech grows

By: Tracy Hancock     26th April 2024 Global interest in and the uptake of the new REFLUX Flotation Cell (RFC) from full flowsheet technology and service supplier FLSmidth has been gaining considerable momentum. As a result of this significant interest, the company is experiencing a backlog in paid-for test programmes at its Salt... 

Reflux flotation cell in an industrial coal application
RESOURCE OPTIMISATION Because of the shift in the grade recovery curve, the need for additional downstream cleaning stages is reduced, thereby, decreasing water and energy consumption

Job, cybersecurity concerns cloud 4IR transition

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th April 2024 While mining companies are exploring the integration of data analytics and other artificial intelligence (AI) systems into their operations, job-loss concerns, compounded by cybersecurity concerns, cloud the cost-effectiveness and optimisation benefits of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)... 

An image of a mining tunnel
FOCUSING ON POSITIVES Artificial intelligence can improve the efficiency of a mine and reduce corruption

Circular minerals, metals initiative launched

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2024 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP), with the support of the Department of Science and Innovation’s (DSI’s) Circular Innovation South Africa fund, launched the South African Circular Minerals and Metals Initiative (SACMMI) on April 11. “The aim of the initiative is to support the mining sector in... 

A group of executives that represent the Mandela Mining Precinct in a photo together at their 5 year anniversary
THE RIGHT STUFF The small, yet specialised, team at the Mandela Mining Precinct celebrated its five year anniversary late last year

How 30 years of democracy has transformed South Africa's mining industry  

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2024 South Africa’s 30 years of democracy has changed the character of this country’s mining industry profoundly, Minerals Council South Africa emphasised in a report that highlights the industry’s significant advance since the dawning of democracy in 1994. Importantly, South Africa’s highly regarded... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.

Minerals Council South Africa setting out to boost local demand for green hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2024 Minerals Council South Africa is focused on increasing the domestic demand for green hydrogen, which it sees as contributing to the kickstarting of the hydrogen economy in South Africa. “The applications that we’re looking at are stationary as well as mobility applications of using hydrogen... 

From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha
From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha.

Use underground mines for electricity storage, optimise mine water use – Karst Hydro  

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2024 South Africa’s many underground mines can be used as batteries that store the clean electricity that the water descending for cooling can provide. At the same time, the local community could end up with a utility that supplies them clean water along with a store of cheap and reliable green energy. 

Karst MD Guy Richards.
Karst interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mines investing R46m to put an end to fall-of-ground fatalities   

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2024 South Africa’s mining industry is investing R46-million in an action plan to eliminate fall-of-ground (FoG) fatalities. The FoG action plan is being implemented through Minerals Council South Africa with the assistance of its Rock Engineering Technical Committee, and supported by the South... 

The next breakthrough must be zero fatality
Action plan to end fall of ground fatalities covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Last blast of new ventilation shaft celebrated

29th March 2024 Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation and its client Palabora Mining Company (PMC) completed the last blast in the development of the miner’s new ventilation shaft at PMC’s Lift II project, in Limpopo, which took its depth to a final 1 200 m below surface, in January. The... 

TRIUMPHANT SHAFT SINKING
Reaching a final depth of 1 200 m, the new ventilation shaft sunk by Murray & Roberts Cementation at Palabora Mining Company is a triumph in many respects
TRIUMPHANT SHAFT SINKING Reaching a final depth of 1 200 m, the new ventilation shaft sunk by Murray & Roberts Cementation at Palabora Mining Company is a triumph in many respects

Correct installation of components critical

By: Simone Liedtke     29th March 2024 A successful shaft sinking project entails the correct installation of various components timeously, in addition to experienced personnel working on the project from the outset and maximising the time spent at shaft bottom, says fastener supplier Swagefast sales manager Neil Koen. The company’s... 

PROJECT INVOLVEMENT
Engagement is a critical step in the construction and maintenance of mine shafts
PROJECT INVOLVEMENT Engagement is a critical step in the construction and maintenance of mine shafts

Diamond miner progresses Botswana shaft sinking

29th March 2024 Diamond explorer and miner Lucara Diamond Corporation made significant shaft sinking progress in 2023 at its Karowe underground project, in Botswana, where the miner invested $101.3-million for the year, focusing on development of the Karowe Underground Project (UGP). Development efforts in the... 

KAROWE UNDERGROUND DEVELOPMENT
Lucara Diamond Corporation is expanding the Karowe mine to access the underground orebody, thereby extending the life-of-mine to at least 2040
Photo by Bloomberg
KAROWE UNDERGROUND DEVELOPMENT Lucara Diamond Corporation is expanding the Karowe mine to access the underground orebody, thereby extending the life-of-mine to at least 2040

Software enhances underground mining safety

By: Simone Liedtke     15th March 2024 In its continuous endeavour to achieve operational excellence and uphold safety standards in the underground mining industry, global independent consultancy BBE has set a new benchmark with the recent launch of its VUMA Live software. Led by BBE director Christo Visagie, this advanced and... 

EASY INTEGRATION
VUMA Live integrates with existing supervisory control and data acquisition systems, streamlining its adoption for mine operators that are already familiar with such platforms
EASY INTEGRATION VUMA Live integrates with existing supervisory control and data acquisition systems, streamlining its adoption for mine operators that are already familiar with such platforms

DRA Global promotes Coetzee to executive director position

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2024 Engineering consultancy DRA Global has appointed nonexecutive director Val Coetzee as director of process and technology – an executive position – effective immediately. He will oversee the company’s process technical excellence, particularly front-end project solutions and support process... 

DRA Global director Val Coetzee
DRA Global director Val Coetzee

Continued exploration, mine development in 2024

23rd February 2024 With Africa’s substantial and varied mineral endowment being undisputed, the year ahead will likely see ongoing progress in exploration and mine development, in both traditional metals and the minerals associated with the global energy transition, according to mining consultancy SRK Consulting MD... 

Mining consultancy SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl
ANDREW VAN ZYL The more important questions about mining’s prospects for the coming year relate to the foundation that the sector is creating for the longer term

Coal mining to move to more sustainable practices

By: Halima Frost     23rd February 2024 The ongoing shift from traditional coal mining to sustainably mined coal in 2024 and beyond will “witness remarkable advancements” in new coal mining methods, driven by innovative technologies and evolving industry practices, says coal procurement, mining project development and services company... 

Two hands holding raw coal
THE FUTURE IN OUR HANDS The future of coal as an energy source needs to be aligned with more sustainable mining practices

Upward trend in generative AI adoption

By: Halima Frost     23rd February 2024 Security system provider Axis Communications has noted a marked increase in the uptake of new security-focused applications based on the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI), especially in the South African mining sector. The company, which provides security solutions – including... 

A new Internet of things enabled camera supplied by Axis Communications
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Security systems and the uptake of new technologies in the mining sector will continue its upward trajectory

DRC investment to be buoyed by elevated copper price

By: Halima Frost     16th February 2024 A forecasted increase in global copper prices will encourage continued investment in the “copper and cobalt mining powerhouse of Africa” – the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – reports business advisory firm BDO South Africa senior audit manager Dorcas Nhlapo. She attributes this elevated... 

A group of make shift tents and lean to's in the DRC Bush which houses artisanal miners and their families
COPPER CAMPOUT An artisanal miner encampment which is a prolific occurrence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Power aggregators seen as key accelerators of South African mining’s energy transition  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2024 Many energy projects selling to one buyer, who in turn sells to many mines – this procurement model is seen as a key financial tool to accelerate the energy transition of South Africa’s mining industry. “We think the aggregator model can really accelerate the requirements of the mines to get... 

Nedbank CIB) Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh.
Nedbank CIB Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

PDAC to focus on new industry fundamentals

9th February 2024 This year’s Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention, will include a key programme that will help miners understand how to navigate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and benchmarks, following the growing focus on ESG scorecards and the influence these... 

A group of core samples listed and on display at last years PDAC
AT THE CORE The Core Shack – a unique venue where explorers may display their core samples – will again be an attraction at this years PDAC

SRK Consulting brings power of innovation to Mining Indaba 

6th February 2024 Celebrating 50 years of serving the mining industry worldwide, SRK Consulting continues to be a partner to its clients in working to derisk mining investments. As an independent consultancy with over 45 offices on six continents, the company provides focused advice and solutions through its... 

SRK Consulting brings power of innovation to Mining Indaba

Fluor ready to address carbon tax challenges 

By: Tracy Hancock     6th February 2024 One of the most significant focus areas for the mining and metals industry in the next decade, and into the future, will be the management of carbon emissions, says global engineering, procurement and construction company Fluor. Fluor process technology director Etienne Bredell discusses the... 

Fluor ready to address carbon tax challenges

Earthlab poised for further global growth 

5th February 2024 South African geological consulting company Earthlab is poised to further expand its global footprint through the commercial and technical experience it has accumulated across 23 countries since it started serving the exploration and mining industry in 2012. “Through our solid, proudly South... 

Earthlab poised for further global growth

South Africa’s mining industry now 39% black-owned, Mining Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2024 In 2004, the year South Africa’s far-reaching Mining Charter was first introduced, black ownership in South Africa’s globally recognised mining industry stood at a negligible 2%. This has now leapt nearly 20 times higher to approximately 39%, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.

Recycling jetting and vacuum unit redefining maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2024 With optimising operations, reducing costs and embracing eco-conscious practices being imperative in the mining industry, pumps manufacturer Werner Pumps’ truck-mounted recycling jetting and vacuuming unit “not only redefines maintenance protocols but also directly tackles the specific hurdles... 

MAINTENANCE SUPPORT
The truck-mounted recycling jetting and vacuuming unit tackles the specific hurdles encountered by maintenance teams working in the mining sector
MAINTENANCE SUPPORT The truck-mounted recycling jetting and vacuuming unit tackles the specific hurdles encountered by maintenance teams working in the mining sector

OIM Consulting expands footprint into Australia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2024 Advisory firm OIM Consulting is branching out to Australia to take advantage of opportunities in its $28-billion mining industry. The company is adapting its proven methodologies to meet the unique needs and challenges of the Australian mining sector. 

Exploration deficit hampering sector

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 South Africa’s mineral exploration sector is underperforming, with as much as a 15-year deficit in terms of the required exploration activity for a minerals- and mining- prolific country, posits industry employers’ association Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging mining leadership... 

A man in yellow PPE in front of a rock face looking at a stone sample.
EXPLORING THE OPTIONS Minerals Council South Africa hopes to engage with prospective exploration companies to address the exploration deficit

PGMs, hydrogen think tank hosted

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 A discussion on platinum group metal (PGM) miners and the role of these resources in hydrogen technology will be presented at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8. As a panellist involved in this... 

a Gloved hand holding a chunk of raw platinum ore
PLATINUM A PRIORITY The role that platinum group metals have in the development of a green economy will be discussed by Minerals Council South Africa modernisation and safety senior executive Sietse van der Woude at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba

Disruptive tech to be showcased at Indaba

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 In partnership with French government business export agency Business France, energy management and automation company Schneider Electric will exhibit at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba, showcasing its offerings to the African mining market. “Business France is responsible for... 

A man at an opencast mining operation wearing PPE working on geotechnical mapping on a tablet
TECHING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL Offering advanced and more digitised technologies to the mining sector are what the Schneider Electric team hope to achieve at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba

French delegation aims to forge new ties

26th January 2024 The French Trade Commission, referred to as Business France, will again attend the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, from February 5 to 8. However, for the first time, Business France will have a dedicated “Team France” stand,... 

a man and woman shaking hands in line with a small french flag
SHAKE ON IT The partnerships that can be forged at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba are being explored by Business France

Event organisers anticipate sizable attendance

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 On the back of a record-breaking attendance at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in 2023, event organisers Hyve Group are anticipating more than 8 000 delegates from over 100 countries to attend this year’s event, set to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February... 

A group of men and ladies standing on a stage with the Investing in African Mining Indaba logo on a wall behind them at the indaba last year
DIGNITARIES AND DELEGATES The upper echelon of Africa's mining sector will be attending this years Investing in African Mining Indaba being held in Cape town in February

Young mining potential

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 To ignite conversations about the ballooning youth unemployment rate in South Africa, private-sector-funded initiative Youth Employment Services (YES) programme CEO Ravi Naidoo will unpack the topic at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held at the Cape Town International... 

a group of women one smiling straight at the camera wearing green Youth Employment Programme shirts
POSITIVE OUTLOOK The Youth Employment Programme offers youth training and job opportunities in a tough and often daunting environment

SRK celebrating 50 years of consulting to natural resource sector 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2024 The 50 years of experience that SRK Consulting has accumulated since coming into existence in 1974 has placed it in an excellent position to outline how mining’s approach to environmental sustainability and responsible sourcing has evolved over the last 50 years. As a South African-founded global... 

SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl (right) interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.
SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl is interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

AI must be sustainably embraced by mining sector – law firm

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 In an everchanging mining environment, it is crucial for the industry to approach technological advancements, especially artificial intelligence (AI), with a focus on sustainable development and positive disruption, says law firm ENS in the build-up to next month’s Investing in African Mining... 

Cadastre imminent, 2024 to be used as year to clear backlogs, says Minerals Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 The introduction of an electronic cadastral system to record and enable online access to mining data is imminent, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe emphasised in an interview with Radio 702 host Clement Manyathela on Thursday. Mantashe disclosed to Manyathela that agreement had... 

Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Gwede Mantashe

Global mining commits to nature-positive future 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 Global mining and metals companies have committed at Davos to take urgent action to support a nature-positive future by 2030 that promotes the health, diversity and resilience of species, ecosystems and natural processes. International Council of Metals and Minerals (ICMM) members have pledged... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Smart wristwatches to uplift mineworker well-being at Copper 360  

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2024 Computer programmes that use artificial intelligence (AI) to model orebodies and plan mines optimally have already been introduced by Copper 360, says the JSE AltX-listed Northern Cape copper mining company, which is developing the Rietberg copper mine, the first of a dozen copper mining assets... 

Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson
Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Concerted effort required to address knowledge gaps

By: Simone Liedtke     8th December 2023 Mine care and maintenance, particularly in tailings management, require a concerted effort from regulators, operators and communities, especially as the mining industry continues to evolve. However, this can be achieved only by acknowledging and acting upon identified knowledge gaps, says... 

RESPONSIBLE FUTURE
Addressing knowledge gaps will ensure a fundamental shift in practices, and ensure a sustainable and responsible future for the mining industry
RESPONSIBLE FUTURE Addressing knowledge gaps will ensure a fundamental shift in practices, and ensure a sustainable and responsible future for the mining industry
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