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Topic - Mineral Resources
Jul 31, 2015
While artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) plays a fundamental role in the South African economy, as it helps reduce poverty and creates jobs for rural communities, the artisanal mining aspect has been labelled as illegal. This is because of the blurred delineation...
Jul 23, 2015
Operations at Northam Platinum’s Booysendal mine, in Steelpoort, have returned to normal, after Mineral Resources Minister Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi, who visited the area on Wednesday, intervened to resolve protests by community members. The mine’s operations were...
Jul 20, 2015
Mineral Resources Minister Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi has appealed for calm in Steelpoort, Sekhukhune, following protests in the area over the past few days. The protests had resulted in, besides others, disruptions in the operations of the mines in the area.
Jul 10, 2015
The general mood in the rare earths industry is cautiously optimistic, owing to the Chinese market opening up and the increased use of the elements in the automotive sector and in renewable energy. According to independent mining consultancy Core Consultant’s ‘Rare...
Jun 25, 2015
Ekurhuleni - Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies and Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina will address the second annual Manufacturing Indaba Conference and Director General Lionel October will moderate a session with international speakers on 29th and 30th...
Jun 12, 2015
Jun 05, 2015
Jun 04, 2015
Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi
The mining sector was no longer the main driver of the South African economy but it still contributed significantly towards the country’s gross domestic product, said Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi at the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM’s) fifteenth...
Jun 03, 2015
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May 28, 2015
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May 14, 2015
Minister Ngoako Ramathlodi
In light of all the downscaling activity in the local mining industry, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi on Thursday said he was “alarmed at the rate at which retrenchments have been taking place”. Most recently, platinum miner Lonmin announced that it was...
May 12, 2015
The South African government has formally launched a R12.5-million, 24-month strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of shale gas mining in the Karoo in an effort to understand the potential environmental risks of exploiting probable, but as yet unexplored,...
Apr 23, 2015
ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) has welcomed the Western Australian Minister for Environment’s call for a public environmental review of the proposed Jackson 5 and Bungalbin East projects, in the Yilgarn. The company told shareholders that the Minister’s...
Apr 23, 2015
The conditions precedent related to Part A of the sale of Aquarius Platinum’s idled Everest mine to Northam Platinum have been fulfilled, rendering the disposal process unconditional and an amount of R400-million payable to Aquarius by June 26. Aquarius announced in...
Apr 21, 2015
The new Oil & Gas team
Business law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr announced on Tuesday that it had appointed a new oil and gas legal team, which comprised director Megan Rodgers, associates Craig Wilton and Giovanni Cloete, and personal assistant Theresa Barreto. Rodgers would lead the firm's...
Apr 13, 2015
Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Monday that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) was ensuring that the South African mining industry was a global leader in mine health and safety.
Apr 09, 2015
Norman Mbazima
Kumba Iron Ore top brass and Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi on Thursday launched a new R8.8-million clinic and visited the Anglo American company’s award-winning 718-employee-house complex in the Northern Cape. “We believe that these projects will go a...
Mar 30, 2015
Ngoako Ramatlhodi
South Africa’s Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi will on Tuesday brief the media on the outcomes of the audit to assess the extent to which mining companies have complied with the Mining Charter in the ten years to 2014. This follows the Minister making in...
Mar 20, 2015
It has been almost a year since Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi indicated in his 2014 Budget Vote speech that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) would submit the State-owned Mining Company (Somco) Bill to Parliament for processing, but the mining...
Feb 23, 2015
The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will lead the investigation, together with management, unions and employees, into the cause of Sunday’s fire at the afflicted Kusasalethu mine, in Gauteng. Harmony COO Alwyn Pretorius advised that the company would fully...
Feb 18, 2015
Ngoako Ramatlhodi
The review of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill would be restricted to four recommendations and the focus would be on whether or not these passed constitutional and procedural muster, Mineral Resources Parliamentary Portfolio...
Feb 16, 2015
James Lorimer
Amidst apparent disagreement in his Cabinet about mining policy, President Jacob Zuma needed to step in and provide leadership so that potential mining investors had certainty about South Africa’s mining policy, Shadow Democratic Alliance (DA) Mineral Resources...
Feb 16, 2015
Jim O'Neill
The governments of resource-rich countries should base their financial planning on commodity prices that are lower than the year prior. Should actual commodity prices eventuate that are higher than those assumed, the additional revenue from the higher prices should...
Feb 12, 2015
Feb 10, 2015
Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi
Striking mineworkers who break the law will be jailed, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi promised the Mining Indaba on Tuesday. Leaving the labour issue till last in his 20-minute opening address to the jam-packed conference, the Minister told the 7 000...
Feb 06, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi
A coal task team has been established to intensify the dialogue between government, business and labour on the mineral, which suffered a R23-billion foreign exchange loss in 2014 owing to falling prices, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said on Wednesday....
Feb 02, 2015
Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi on Monday met with CEOs of companies in the coal and platinum sectors in Pretoria, as part of his focused engagements with stakeholders throughout the mining industry. This followed his engagement with CEOs of companies in...
Jan 30, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
President Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma has referred the Mineral And Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill back to The National Assembly on Friday. The President was of the view that the Bill, which was passed by Parliament last year and referred to Zuma for assent...
Jan 13, 2015
The Western Australian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has vetoed the proposed development of the Jackson 5 and Bungalbin East iron-ore project by Polaris Metals, a subsidiary of ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes). The Jackson 5 and Bungalbin East projects...
Dec 12, 2014
Technip has been awarded a substantial subsea contract by PT Chevron for the Bangka development project.
Nov 18, 2014
It was a national duty to develop and implement policies and legislation that recognised the value of the lives of each one of the almost 500 000 mineworkers in South Africa, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said at the 2014 Mine Occupational Health and...
Nov 07, 2014
The Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) has confirmed on Monday that it would proceed with the processing of pending shale-gas applications received prior to February 1, 2011. The applicants affected include Shell South Africa Upstream, Falcon Oil and Gas and...
Nov 07, 2014
Oct 28, 2014
The Democratic Alliance (DA) would continue to pursue a declaration from the State Diamond Trader (SDT) on who its biggest buyers are, DA shadow Minister of Mineral Resources James Lorimer has said. He noted in a statement that the DA had been pursuing this matter...
Oct 16, 2014
Oct 09, 2014
A total of R2.1-billion has been ring-fenced in the Department of Human Settlements’  medium-term expenditure framework period for housing projects in mining towns, with R290-million of this amount to be spent in the current financial year, Minister in the Presidency...
Oct 08, 2014
Oct 02, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
Sydney-listed energy group Challenger Energy says it is encouraged by recent indications of a “growing appreciation of the importance” of South Africa’s nascent shale gas industry and its potential beneficial impact to the broader economy, adding that momentum...
Sep 26, 2014
It has been ten years since the South African Mining Charter was first put in place, in an attempt to accelerate transformation in the South African mining industry. A top priority on the charter’s transformation list, which mining companies had to have complied with...
Sep 24, 2014
Reed, Manitoba
Difficult geology slowed ramp development at 70/30 joint venture (JV) partners HudBay Minerals and VMS Ventures’ Reed copper mine, in Northern Manitoba, in Canada, forcing operator HudBay’s engineers to alter the mine plan. Following ribbon-cutting ceremonies last...
Sep 19, 2014
Sep 04, 2014
Amendments to portions of the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) and the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) that govern the environmental requirements of mining companies in South Africa are expected to finally settle a legislative...
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