Author: Mpinane Senkhane

DRDGOLD announces the advancement of the first phase of the Far West Gold Recoveries

DRDGOLD Limited has announced that, just four months into construction of Phase 1 of its Far West Gold Recoveries project, commissioning is set to start on Thursday (6 December) with the pumping of reclaimed tailings into the carbon-in-leach (CIL) circuit. CEO Niël Pretorius says the project is on track to achieve full production of 500 000tpm from Phase 1 in the first quarter of 2019. As part of early-stage commissioning, face has been established at the Driefontein 5 tailings dam reclamation site, from which pumping of reclaimed tailings through a new 2km pipeline to the Driefontein 2 plant is...

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Mining industry campaigner honoured

For more than 20 years Aspasa director, Nico Pienaar, has focussed his energy on bringing about fair trade in the mining industry while promoting safer, healthier and more environmentally sustainable mining practices. His efforts have recently been rewarded with two separate awards which were made in quick succession. The first was presented to him by the Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, at the Mine Occupational Health and Safety Summit which was held in Benoni recently. The special award was made in recognition of his valuable and ongoing contributions to the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) as director...

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Illegal miners at Lily Mine

Residents living around Lily Mine want it to be re-opened as soon as possible. They say crime and illegal mining are out of control. The mine In Barberton collapsed three years ago, trapping three workers underground. Source: ENCA....

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Sibanye-Stillwater employee killed during strike

Sibanye-Stillwater has said today that it would temporarily suspend night shift work after an employee was killed and others injured during overnight protests at its South African gold operations. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), which represents around 43% of Sibanye-Stillwater’s workforce in South Africa, downed tools on Wednesday night after wage talks with the company broke down. Sibanye-Stillwater’s spokesman James Wellsted said he could no give details about how the employee was...

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The fairer side of AEL

Great strides have been made over the years to promote gender equality in various industries. However, despite finding itself at heights never before achieved, gender equality is still lagging in some important economic sectors, especially mining. By Mpinane Senkhane  According to the Chamber of Mines South Africa, women only represent 18% of the workforce in the mining industry. While this is a remarkable improvement over the past couple of years, there is still much room for growth for the role women can play in the South African industry. Blasting is considered the most economical method to liberate rock since...

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