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Ilan Solomons

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Govt to ‘amend and relax’ laws for small-scale miners in bid to combat illegal mining

24th March 2017 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) –  The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will “amend and relax” some of its conditions in issuing mining permits to small-scale miners, Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Friday. The Deputy Minister was speaking following the conclusion... 

Harmony plans to grow output to 1.5Moz, outlines acquisition criteria

22nd March 2017 Dual-listed Harmony Gold is aiming to increase its yearly gold production from the current 1.1-million to 1.5-million ounces over the next three years. This would be achieved by undertaking expansions at its operations in South Africa, the rest of Africa and Papua New Guinea, while also... 

Oliphant visits various Amplats-led SLP projects in Rustenburg

17th March 2017 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Friday hosted Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant at the official handover ceremony of a number of the company’s social and labour plan (SLP) projects in Rustenburg, in the North West. The projects included the official opening of... 

Coal industry expresses concern over fatalities

9th March 2017 South African Colliery Management Association (Sacma) president Kevern Mattison has called for a “revolutionary step change” to achieve the mining industry’s goal of achieving ‘zero harm’. The plea came as Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) acting chief inspector of mines Mthokozisi Zondi on... 

SA-based company partners with Chad to develop country’s nascent minerals sector

3rd March 2017 Gold mining, refining and resources development company Quaestec Gold Africa Resources has partnered with the government of Chad to develop the Central African country’s nascent mineral resources sector, says company CEO Charles Fourie. Chad’s gold deposits occur over 1 200 km, from the south to... 

MPRDA Amendment Bill to propel ‘radical economic transformation’

2nd March 2017 Radical economic transformation is a key driving force behind the creation of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill, says Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) mineral policy and promotion deputy director Nhlanhla Jali. Speaking at the Gauteng... 

Hefty H1 losses paint depressed picture for Implats

23rd February 2017 Platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has recorded a gross loss of R318-million for the six months to December 31, a significant increase on the loss of R40-million recorded in the six months to December 31, 2015. The group posted a headline loss of R508-million, compared with headline... 

De Beers lifts FY16 underlying Ebitda by 42%

21st February 2017 Higher revenues contributed to a 42% improvement year-on-year in diamond miner De Beers’ underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to $1.4-billion in 2016. A 30% increase in revenue to $6.1-billion was driven by stronger rough diamond demand, which led to... 

Anglo targets further $1bn in cost, volume improvements in 2017

21st February 2017 Diversified miner Anglo American is this year seeking an additional $1-billion in incremental net cost and volume improvements, while also aiming to return to an investment-grade credit rating and resume dividend payments. The group has already identified 75% of these targeted net cost and volume... 

Mokonyane gives thumbs-up as Eastern Basin plant treats 94 Mℓ/d of AMD

17th February 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has lauded the successes achieved at the Eastern Basin acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant, in Springs, in Gauteng. The R1-billion plant, which started operations in June 2016, was completed under the instruction of State-owned water management... 

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