Mechanised mining

South Deep transformation is on track

The transformation process underway at Gold Fields’ South Deep gold mine “will continue to gain traction through the June quarter, and should result in greater stability and improved productivity during the second half of the year,” said CEO Nick...

South Deep a world-class mechanised mine

South Deep is the most important value driver in the Gold Fields portfolio, CEO Nick Holland said in the company’s results for the March 2014 quarter. As a result, the company has “fundamentally changed the way we manage and execute the South Deep...

Platinum woes see Bakubung go mechanised

Wesizwe’s Bakubung Platinum Mine will switch to partially mechanised mining, reducing the number of employees at steady state by 235 to 3 135. This is one of the main outcomes of the optimisation study approved by the Wesizwe board on 12 March....

Bulyanhulu CIL expansion on track for completion

The Bulyanhulu carbon-in-leach expansion project is close to completion, with commissioning set to continue through Q2 this year. This was revealed by African Barrick Gold (ABG) CEO Brad Gordon in the company’s preliminary results for the 12 months...

JIC Mining’s unparalleled achievement at Maseve

Underground mining contractor JIC Mining Services is proving that the outsourced contractor model remains as successful as ever. Its decline development rates at Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM) Maseve project is perfect evidence of this, writes Laura...
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A junior with some major aspirations

A junior mining company with exploration assets aspires to one thing: to become a producer as quickly as possible. South African gold company Wits Gold intends to do just that with its DBM project and is working to achieve production and growth...

The benefits of doing it right

Mechanised mining – it is the present and future methodology for underground development! But why is the entire industry not embracing the advantages it offers? Particularly in South Africa, Laura Cornish asks. The word ‘mechanised’ still induces a...