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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...

South Africa’s first lady of Water and Sanitation

Nomvula Mokonyane, often described as one of the hardest working ministers in cabinet, has made waves since her appointment as Minister of Water and Sanitation in 2014. The minister’s engagement with her portfolio, in the private and public sector,...

Rock-eating bacteria produce gold

What do mine fissure organisms, microbes, and minute little worms have to do with mining? Much to the surprise of many, it’s the new ‘technology’ in metals recovery, methane management, and carbon storage. Click here to read the full...

Steady as she goes

Unique in its own right, Beatrix’s No. 3 Shaft straddles three reefs, each with its own challenges. Even so, and despite external influences, the mine continues to produce rock-solid results.By Tony Stone Click here to read the full...

Measured optimism for coal prices

If only it were possible to correctly predict the future prices of coal, life would be so much easier. Since that is not entirely possible, one has to work with the data at hand for a possible prediction. Xavier Prévost discusses what has happened...