South African mining deaths fall to new record low in 2016
Reuters – The number of miners killed in South Africa's mines fell in 2016 to a new record low of 73 from 77 in 2015 thanks to a government drive to improve practices, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday.
5% Improvement in mining fatalities in 2016
Eyewitness News – The Mineral Resources Department says that there were fewer fatalities in the mining sector last year, compared to 2015.
Mining Indaba brings together next generation of mining leaders
Miningne.ws – Mining Indaba has partnered with Brunswick Group LLP for the second annual Young Leaders Career Development Programme, as part of the Investing in Mining Indaba.
Mechanisation essential for mining's survival
Bizcommunity – Innovation is important for the future of mining, especially in South Africa. While the country sits with abundant resources - the richest deposits in the world as per a Citibank report - if these cannot be mined economically (and safely) then it will all come to naught for the mining companies, labour, unions, investors and the country.
Mining may be coming to end of 2016's rich seam
timeslive – But whether mining houses will continue to be lifted by commodity prices for a second consecutive year is questionable, according to analysts.
Gaps in Trade Data ≠ Criminal Money Laundering
Center for Global Development – The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has recently reissued a new version of the report on commodity trade misinvoicing which caused such controversy last summer.
Mining at 150 should be celebrated, not threatened yet again
politicsweb – The year 2017 will be the 150th anniversary of the discovery of diamonds in South Africa. Actually, that may not be strictly accurate, as diamonds might have been discovered earlier although not put to commercial use. But the discovery of a diamond on the banks of the Orange in 1867 sparked off mining all over the country.
Mining charter draft concern
Inside Mining – The Chamber of Mines South Africa raised some concerns after the revised version of the Draft Reviewed Mining Charter was released in late 2016.
JSE SUPPLEMENT – A shortage of skilled workers poses a challenge to the country's mining industry.
Risking their lives in abandoned mineshafts
CNBC AFRICA – They call them zama zamas which means ‘those who try their luck’. Wearing his traditional Zulu earrings, looking hirsute with whiskers on his face, this is Dumisani Ngcamu, otherwise known as Ntshebe – ‘the bearded man’.