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Ilan Solomons

Ilan Solomons

Ilan Solomons is a Creamer Media Contributing Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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KZN coal mine supplying communities’ water needs and more, mulls output expansion

19th May 2017 The Zululand region of KwaZulu-Natal was afflicted by what the Department of Water and Sanitation described as the “worst drought in a century” in 2016 and is still one of the water-scarce areas of the country. Helping neighbouring communities survive this disaster, investment company Menar... 

Evenly balanced year for platinum in 2017, supply deficits to continue

15th May 2017 The platinum market is expected to be broadly balanced over the year with a deficit of 65 000 oz forecast for this year. Above ground stocks are expected to end the year at 1.89-million ounces, which is a 3% decline on 2016 and in excess of 54% down from 2012 levels. 

DTI determined to support manufacturing sector

9th May 2017 To enhance industrial capabilities and ensure job creation in South Africa, government aims to adopt a strategy to leverage the scrap metals produced by and belonging to the State and State-owned companies to enhance the competitiveness of the local steel industry. This is according to Department... 

Manufacturing sector success key to achieving NDP goals, says Radebe

9th May 2017 There is an "urgent" need for government, labour and industry to revive South Africa's flagging economy and the manufacturing sector can play a key role in achieving that goal, said Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Jeff Radebe. He was... 

AMCU celebrates Workers Day, sends signal to rivals saying politics not unions’ business

2nd May 2017 Workers Day is a time when South African workers come together in solidarity with workers worldwide to celebrate the gains made, while also calling for more improvements to the livelihoods and working conditions of labourers around the world, said Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union... 

AMCU decries government’s ‘failures’, calls for South Africa First approach

2nd May 2017 The African National Congress- (ANC-) led government has failed to deliver meaningful economic empowerment for the oppressed working class majority and has instead given away South Africa’s strategic interests and resources to exploitative international monopoly capitalists, Association of... 

Analysts paint sparkling picture of coloured gemstone market

28th April 2017 The shift from small-scale artisanal mining to larger mechanised mining, owing to the increasing involvement of larger mining companies and greater formalisation of the sector, is expected to increase the distribution channel of the coloured gemstone industry, which will continue to consolidate... 

Junior iron-ore miner outlines ambitious aims, supports local steel production

26th April 2017 Junior iron-ore miner Manngwe Mining plans to expand its asset base and increase production at its existing operation over the next five years to provide integrated steel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) with between four-million and five-million tons of iron-ore a year.... 

Chamber of Mines ‘seriously concerned’ about Gordhan’s dismissal

31st March 2017 The Chamber of Mines has added its voice to the chorus of parties that are worried about the consequences of President Jacob Zuma’s decision to reshuffle his Cabinet. Those that were removed from their positions included Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, his deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas, Tourism... 

Coal junior targets near-threefold output increase to 10Mt/y in two years

31st March 2017 Junior coal mining company Canyon Coal is producing 300 000 t/m of run-of-mine (RoM), which equates to 3.6-million tons of coal a year across all its operations. However, the company is aiming to increase this to ten-million tons a year over the next two years, thereby making it a midtier coal... 

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