Platinum mines under fire
Fin24 – Tough economic times coupled with raising unemployment are seeing platinum mines facing escalating community protests.
Mining Charter 3 may not see light of day in 2017
MINING MX – A presentation by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources earlier this week in South Africa’s parliament suggested the department is not in a position to publish the mining charter.
Chamber of Mines: SA mining production grew strongly in Q1, 2017
MINING REVIEW – The Chamber of Mines notes the March mining production data released by Statistics South Africa shows growth of nearly 4% compared to February.
Huge tech rewards for SA opencast mines, but underground operations lag behind
ENGINEERING NEWS – The adoption of new technology, aimed at improving operational efficiency and lowering costs, is driving the future of the resources sector globally.
Mine planning software a must for modern miners
MINING WEEKLY – In the face of numerous technical challenges, as well as the overall drive to reduce mining costs and improve efficiency amid commodity price volatility, miners globally can no longer afford to operate without using modern analytical, modelling, simulation and optimisation software, says mining software solutions provider MICROMINE technical product manager Frank Bilki.
Improved geology function advances mine planning
MINING WEEKLY – Adding the GeoLogic software solution to the MineSight mine planning suite provides geologists with smart, time-saving modelling and allows for a reproducible, auditable geological model that can be quickly updated with new information, says mining technology developer Hexagon Mining.
Africa demanding more mining tech, new solutions offered
MINING WEEKLY – The demand for mine planning solutions is on the rise in Africa, with mining solutions developer Maptek Africa GM Nick Venter noting that there is particular interest in new technology that can be integrated with current systems.
Resurgent mining could stop SA’s slide into recession
BUSSINESS LIVE – Production increased dramatically in March but manufacturing may offset some of the gains. SA could be well on its way to avoiding a recession, courtesy of a resurgent mining sector.
Settlement likely by year-end as parties in silicosis case pursue out-of-court option
MINING WEEKLY – Mining companies facing a class action suit from mineworkers who developed silicosis on South Africa’s gold mines are expected to reach an out-of-court settlement before the close of the year.
Editorial: SA’s investor ghost town
BUSINESS DAY – Sibanye Gold CEO Neal Froneman does not mince his words. With his forthright comments on why Sibanye is steering clear of further investments in SA, we have to wonder whether Froneman is voicing what many other CEOs are thinking.