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Lily Mine probe escalated to inquiry

By: SANews, SA government news service     7th December 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources says the investigation into the tragic Lily Mine disaster, which left three mineworkers trapped underground, will be converted into an inquiry. Xolile Mbonambi, the Acting Chief Inspector of Mines, said this when the department appeared before the Portfolio... 

Eskom reiterates 50%-plus black ownership requirement for coal suppliers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th December 2016 State-owned electricity provider Eskom on Monday reiterated its commitment to procure coal for its power stations from companies that have a black ownership of more than 50%, throughout the life of the mine. This comes after Exxaro Resources recently revealed a new black economic empowerment... 

DMR appointment causes concern

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has controversially made a key appointment within the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on the grounds that it is only temporary.   Earlier this month, the Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources, James Lorimer MP, requested... 

Concern raised about mine health and safety backsliding, targets under threat

By: Ilan Solomons     17th November 2016 The milestones that were agreed upon by all industry stakeholders at the 2014 Mine Occupational Health & Safety Summit are in danger of not being achieved in accordance with their timeline, warns Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) acting mines chief inspector Xolile Mbonambi. He was addressing... 

JSE Top 40 index indicative of deeper-lying problems

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2016 While industrial-listed companies as a proportion of the JSE’s Top 40 Index increased from 31% in the early 2000s to 70% in 2015, the resource-listed companies dropped, from over 50% to just 12% in the same period, though they slowly ticked back up to just over 20% by October. This, noted Bayhill... 

Zwane welcomes South Africa’s appointment as KPCS’s working group chair

By: Anine Kilian     17th November 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has welcomed the decision by the plenary of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) to endorse South Africa as the new chair of its working group on monitoring. The Minister is currently leading a South African delegation to the plenary meeting... 

Now Minister Zwane applies to interdict 'state capture' report 

By: News24Wire      31st October 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has filed papers to join proceedings in the application to interdict the release of the Public Protector's "state capture" report. The matter is due to be heard on November 1, after it was postponed in the High Court in Pretoria in October. President... 

Memorandam Of Kimberly Artisinal Mine Workers (Zama Zamas) to be Handed to DMR after a march to the DMR Offices on the 2nd Of November 2016.

     31st October 2016 Today we are gartered here us the Artisanal mine workers, the unemployed communities, Civil Society Organisations and the Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) to demand the rights, as enshrined in the constitution, to Work in order to place food on our tables. The blanket ban on... 

Fuel cell field trial providing detailed technical data on rural microgrids

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2016 A methanol-based fuel cell rural electrification field trial by JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) with support from the departments of Mineral Resources, Energy, Science and Technology and Trade and Industry, Eskom and the Moqhaka Municipality has provided detailed data on the use of... 

DiamondCorp’s share price dives as Lace commercial mining delayed

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th October 2016 The shares of DiamondCorp plunged by nearly 50% and 40% on the JSE and LSE respectively on Wednesday after the company reported another delay in the ramp-up to full commercial mine production of its Lace diamond mine. The 30 000 t/m production target at the Free State-based mine is now expected... 

Botswana pulls out of $279m Norilsk Nickel mine deal

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2016 Botswana withdrew its decision to buy a 50% stake in South Africa’s Nkomati mine from OAO GMK Norilsk Nickel because it can’t afford the price tag of just under P3-billion ($279-million). “The kind of situation we are in, where’s that money going to come from,” Khaulani Fichani, chairman of... 

Anglo’s top shareholder wants more South African control

By: Bloomberg     6th October 2016 Anglo American’s biggest shareholder wants South African investors to follow its lead and increase their holdings in the century-old miner as it pushes for the creation of a domestic commodities “champion.” “Our role is to make Anglo more South African-owned and controlled,” Public Investment... 

Fuel cell field trial provides technical data on rural microgrids 

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2016 A methanol-based fuel cell rural electrification field trial by JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) with support from the departments of Mineral Resources, Energy, Science and Technology and Trade and Industry, Eskom and the Moqhaka Municipality has provided detailed data on the use of... 

Lily mine disaster: Eight months of no answers

By: African News Agency      5th October 2016 Families of three Lily Mine employees who got trapped underground when the mine in Barberton collapsed in February are still in the dark about when the remains of their loved ones will be recovered, eight months after the disaster. Lily Mine workers – Yvonne Mnisi, Pretty Nkambule and Solomon... 

MinRes drags Pilbara to court

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd October 2016 ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) has served fellow-listed Pilbara Minerals with a writ of summons to the Supreme Court of Western Australia. The writ relates to a dispute over the validity of Pilbara Minerals' sales notice over lithium from the Pilgangoora project, in Western Australia. 

Regional integration key to bolster local diamond industry, beneficiation 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th September 2016 The importance of regional integration within the Southern African Development Community as a means to advance the region’s diamonds industry was a recurring topic at the South African Diamond Indaba, held in Midrand earlier this week, with industry stalwarts, such as De Beers Consolidated Mines... 

DMR moves to close down Langlaagte shaft of death

By: African News Agency      16th September 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on Friday confirmed that it was moving ahead with plans to shut down the shaft at the disused mine in Langlaagte, west of Johannesburg, where three illegal miners died last week after being trapped underground for days. DMR spokesperson Martina Madlala... 

Minister halts TEM’s Xolobeni mining application

By: Anine Kilian     16th September 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has placed an 18-month moratorium on Transworld Energy and Mineral Resources’ (TEM’s) application to mine at Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape. TEM is a subsidiary of ASX-listed Mineral Commodities, which announced in July that it plans to sell its stake in... 

Cabinet caught unawares by Zwane’s announcement on banks

By: News24Wire      15th September 2016 Fellow Cabinet members were not forewarned of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s announcement of a judicial inquiry into banks and read about it in the media, Cabinet spokesperson and Presidency Minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday. “No, I also like all of you read it in the... 

Gordhan met Gupta-owned Oakbay on banks 4 months ago 

By: News24Wire      9th September 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan admitted meeting with Oakbay Investments in May this year. In a parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance’s (DA's) David Maynier, Gordhan said he had met with Nazeem Howa, CEO of Oakbay Investments on 24 May. He was accompanied by National Treasury... 

Deeper gets deadly for workers in ageing South Africa gold mines

By: Bloomberg     9th September 2016 Finding minerals in South Africa after more than a century of digging often means going deeper than ever before. Now, it’s also becoming deadlier. In a country that remains one of the biggest producers of gold, platinum and diamonds, 60 mining deaths this year through August was 20 percent higher... 

Zuma pressed to fire errant South African mining minister

By: Bloomberg     8th September 2016 South African President Jacob Zuma is facing growing pressure from within the ruling party to fire Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane after his false statement about a cabinet decision to set up a judicial investigation into banking oversight bodies. Zwane’s actions embarrassed the... 

IMC proposes establishment of State bank

By: Anine Kilian     2nd September 2016 An inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) has recommended that government consider the establishment of a State Bank of South Africa, with the possible corporatisation of the Post Bank as a possible option. This is according to a statement released by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who... 

Boost Africa’s geoscientific knowledge, urges Zwane

By: Kim Cloete     29th August 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has called on delegates to the thirty-fifth International Geological Congress (IGC) to rechannel their efforts into development on the African continent, which is lagging in terms of geoscientific knowledge. “On average, expenditure in the generation of... 

South Africa, mines fight over proposed community revenue share

By: Bloomberg     29th August 2016 South Africa’s biggest mining companies are opposed to a government proposal that 1% of their annual revenue be spent on developing communities associated with their operations and have countered with suggestions that they instead pay out a share of profit. The Chamber of Mines, which represents... 

DMR denies using MHSA for its own gains

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on Tuesday criticised certain mining companies for suggesting that its use of Section 54 of the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA), which compels producers to stop operations so that investigations can take place, furthers its own purposes. Mining majors... 

Mineral Resources may sell stake in Mt Marion lithium project

By: Mariaan Webb     18th August 2016 Mining infrastructure services firm Mineral Resources is considering divesting its shareholding in the Mt Marion lithium joint venture (JV) project, in Western Australia. Mineral Resources, which in June this year increased its stake in the project to 43.1% after exercising an option to acquire... 

BC Iron keen to develop Bucklands project, considering Nullagine options

By: Mariaan Webb     1st August 2016 The board of iron-ore junior BC Iron has approved a new business plan, which will focus the company’s efforts on the Bucklands mine-to-port development, while it is considering its options regarding the suspended Nullagine joint venture (JV) in Western Australia. BC Iron, which posted an... 

War of words between AfroCan, Vantage intensifies over failed Lily deal 

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2016 Canadian gold producer and investor AfroCan Resources Gold and South African gold miner Vantage Goldfields are continuing to exchange words in a dispute over a failed financing deal. AfroCan has stated that Vantage has demanded, in a letter received from Vantage’s attorneys dated July 25, that... 

Former mineworkers owed billions of rands

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd July 2016 A substantial sum – between R7-billion and R10-billion – of an estimated R30-billion in unclaimed benefits is believed to be due to South Africa’s former mineworkers. The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is working to deliver a single compensation legislation by March and an integrated... 

Zwane decries sharp increase in mine fatalities

By: Ilan Solomons     15th July 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Friday lamented the sharp rise in mining-related fatalities this year and called for “extraordinary measures” to be taken to prevent further fatalities occurring in the sector. Speaking at a health and safety Imbizo at diversified miner Sibanye Gold's... 

Cosatu to march to DMR over Lily mine

By: African News Agency      8th July 2016 The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) and its affiliate National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) would next week march to the Department of Mineral Resources to demand more government action to resolve the problems at Mpumalanga’s Lily Mine, where three workers remained trapped underground since... 

Underperformance by ANC in upcoming election may spell trouble for mines, BMI cautions

By: Ilan Solomons     5th July 2016 The South African government's vocal support for labour unions, particularly in wage negotiations, will increase owing to a rising challenge from the country’s political left, research firm BMI said on Tuesday. In an analysis piece entitled ‘Global Mining: Political Flashpoints 2016 Revisted’ the... 

Zwane appeals for calm at Northam Platinum

By: African News Agency      10th June 2016 Efforts to bring peace and stability at Northam Platinum operation in Limpopo will continue next week, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday. “We will continue to engage with all stakeholders to resolves issues affecting you as workers. We will be back on Tuesday. The... 

AMCU speaks out on union dispute at Zondereinde

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2016 Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has claimed that mine security and South African Police Service (SAPS) personnel had escorted armed members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) at the Zondereinde platinum mine, in Limpopo, on Monday, and that this resulted in the... 

DMR, Keaton at odds over status of Vaalkrantz retrenchment process

By: Ilan Solomons     6th June 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) continues to engage management of the Vaalkrantz colliery, in KwaZulu-Natal, to explore job saving options, DMR spokesperson Ayanda Shezi told Mining Weekly Online on Friday. She said the DMR continued to engage coal producer Keaton Energy’s wholly owned... 

Mine safety a ‘red flag’ for DMR as number of fatalities rise 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd June 2016 The number of fatalities at mines in South Africa is at risk of surpassing that of the 77 mineworkers' deaths recorded in 2015, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Friday. Addressing delegates at the National Union of Mineworkers' (NUM’s) 2016 Central Committee meeting, held in... 

Mineral Resources ups shareholding in Mt Marion lithium project

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd June 2016 ASX-listed Mineral Resources has exercised its option to acquire a further 13.1% shareholding in Reed Industrial Minerals from fellow-listed Neometals, taking its shareholding in the Mt Marion project to 43.1%. Mineral Resources subsidiary Process Minerals International would pay Neometals... 

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