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Initiative to reduce noise induced hearing loss

The challenges of noise emission in the mining industry are well known. These challenges are exacerbated by the increasing trend towards mechanized mining, and there is general consensus that an effective industry-wide Buy Quiet Initiative (BQI)...

Outsourcing in the mining industry

In a commodity-based business such as mining, outsourcing has become a potential solution to overcome two main challenges, namely cost and the acquisition and retention of skilled people (Deloitte Management Consulting). The report by CJH Steenkamp...

The Predictive Content of Commodity Futures

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) researchers Menzie D Chinn and Olivier Coibion examine the predictive content of futures prices for energy, agricultural, precious and base metal commodities. Coibion and Chinn document significant...

The application of geophysics in coal mining

by M. van Schoor and C.J.S. Fourie Coal remains South Africa’s most abundant and cheapest source of energy, and there is an ever-increasing necessity for optimal and safe extraction of the remaining reserves. Increasing focus on cost-effective...