R/€ = 15.87 Change: -0.27
R/$ = 13.66 Change: -0.22
Au 1278.54 $/oz Change: -21.47
Pt 884.00 $/oz Change: -20.07


Low grades, high power costs key snags to SA chromite sector’s competitiveness

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Despite South Africa’s rich chromite endowment, the low chromium oxide (Cr2O3) grades in its orebodies and the high cost of electricity are significant barriers to the country becoming the dominant player in the global industry. Mintek metallurgical project development consultant Dr Nic Barcza... 

Glencore in pole position to benefit from growing cobalt demand

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2017 Heightened ownership of the Mutanda and Katanga mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) puts cobalt in a strong potential earnings position for Glencore, the world’s dominant supplier of the metal that is attracting attention because of its growing use in electric vehicles (EVs). In an... 

WorldShare Management Services now at Mintek Library.

27th October 2015 Mintek Library has decided to adopt web technology and move towards offering a more online library service to Mintek, a global leader in mineral and metallurgical innovation. Mintek endeavoured to find a library system that would meet the needs of all information seekers by providing them with... 

Rejected mine water plan deprived 7 000 of jobs – Robinson  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2015 The rejection of a still-workable mine water and slimes dam plan at the stricken Grootvlei gold mine on Gauteng’s East Rand deprived 7 000 squatter camp dwellers of employment and set the mine on its downward trajectory, which has arguably ended up as the harshest aspect of the Aurora liquidation... 

Jobless mining engineering graduates plead for look in 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2015 Jobless mining engineering graduates are pleading for inclusion in South Africa’s mining industry in preparation for the sector’s inevitable upturn in the future. Speaking to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online in a video interview on the sidelines of the Junior Indaba in Johannesburg, Society... 

Portfolio committee ‘concerned’ by illegal mining in KZN

By: Natalie Greve     20th October 2014 The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources says it is concerned about the scale of illegal coal mining at a derelict mine in Osizweni, outside Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal. Committee chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo said during a meeting with entities of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) –... 

South Africa squandering cobalt endowment – Robinson 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2014 South African mines could recover more cobalt if they changed their blasting methods in hard-rock narrow-reef gold and platinum mines, says veteran research commentator Dr RE (Robbie) Robinson. With the world suddenly taking new cognisance of cobalt because of its use in electric cars and... 

New blasting, smelting methods available to boost platinum – Robinson 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2014 The introduction of new methods of blasting and smelting have the potential to boost platinum mining significantly, says research commentator Dr R E (Robbie) Robinson. Robinson tells Mining Weekly Online in the attached video interview that the introduction of selected blast mining (SBM) in... 

Selected blast mining able to revive gold – Robinson  

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2014 The introduction of selected blast mining (SBM) has the potential to reduce the cost of mining narrow-reef gold to the extent of resuscitating South Africa’s ghost towns, says veteran research commentator Dr R E (Robbie) Robinson. Robinson, who spoke to Mining Weekly Online in a video interview... 

Mintek, association partner to increase e-waste collection, recycling in Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th November 2013 State-owned minerals researcher Mintek and the eWaste Association of South Africa (eWasa) have signed a five-year memorandum of understanding to jointly tackle the growing challenge of dealing with electronic and electrical equipment waste, or e-waste, in South Africa and Africa. The project,... 


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