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The importance of sustainable profitability

The mining industry’s unique ability to function as a primary driver of economic growth in Africa will be impaired or even destroyed unless mining companies and their host countries work together to address the existential challenges it faces, says...

The Magara effect

In July 2013, while the platinum industry was still reeling from the August 2012 events at Marikana, Ben Magara joined troubled miner Lonmin as its CEO – a bold move when market sentiments were at an all-time low. Under Magara’s leadership,...

Safe profitable ounces

Illegal mining has been in the news lately and this has raised serious questions in the industry. Peter Steenkamp, CEO of Harmony discusses how to deal with this and other challenges in the mining industry.

Fast-tracking modernisation

As the world grapples with the fourth industrial revolution, so the South African mining industry is grappling with its own revolution – quietly, inexorably, and more swiftly than one might think. The South African mining industry is one of great...

Women in mining: The power of women

Women often bring a fresh perspective to the table in traditionally male dominated industries, and mining is no different. More and more women are taking leading roles to the benefit of companies.

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,...