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Improved recovery for Graphmada

Bass Metals’ Graphmada graphite mine managed to improve its final recovery by 25% and plans to build a processing plant to produce between 20 000 tonnes and 24 000 tonnes per annum as part of its expansion plans.

Changes making the difference

A combination of tough economic times and the company’s enterprise risk management (ERM) strategy required Exxaro to change its governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management system. These changes brought about cost savings through effective risk...

A game changer for the West Rand

One of Sibanye Gold’s planned projects is the West Rand Tailings Retreatment Project (WRTRP), located in the West Rand goldfields. It is a large-scale, environmentally responsible, long-life surface tailings retreatment opportunity for gold and...

A snuffer to the once golden flame?

No sooner had the Christmas decorations come down in January 2016 than the world’s attention turned to the dismal state of the global mining industry. Mining companies were hit by plummeting commodities prices, forcing them to slash jobs,...

To invest, or not?

When a certain mineable element is suddenly in high demand, it is human nature to follow the urge to invest in that element as well. Potash and graphite have been identified as new commodities. Mientjie Kleinhans investigates the implications....

Saving grace for the steel industry

Is the government import tariff bail-out for the domestic steel industry the saving grace? Or is it distorting the workings of a free market pricing mechanism? Karen Roets, consultant at Baker & McKenzie’s Corporate/M&A Practice...

Tarkwa Gold Mine – Excellence breeds success

Goldfields’ Tarkwa Gold Mine, in Ghana, recently won the country’s Mining Company of the Year award. Mientjie Kleinhans finds out what the company’s secret to success is, to be bestowed such an honour. Click here to read more. 

Doubling production figures

Double production figures and an extended life of mine were two of the reasons to extend the Brakfontein colliery. The new extension and the new crushing and screening plant investment of R10 million will result in production of about 300 000...

Can mechanisation save SA’s ailing mines?

With steadily falling productivity on South Africa’s mines and a commodity price slump putting thousands of jobs on the line, mining companies have no option but to grasp the nettle of mechanisation to put this vital sector on a sustainable...