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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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By Ilan Solomons

Govt, NGOs, industry combining to fend off acid mine water threat

Govt, NGOs, industry combining to fend off acid mine water threat

10th November 2017

Acid mine drainage (AMD) is regarded as one of the greatest environmental challenges ever faced by South Africa, says Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) mine water management chief director... 


IDENTIFYING THREATS Risks posed by acid mine drainage include damage to the natural and built environment, including world heritage sites and the flooding of mines, thereby sterilising reserves

Govt, NGOs and industry joining forces to fend off acid mine water threat

10th November 2017

Acid mine drainage (AMD) is regarded as one of the greatest environmental challenges ever faced by South Africa, says Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) mine water management chief director... 


LONG-TERM VISION Chile place’s great emphasis on due process and the rule of law, when it comes to their mining industry; even where it might not be to the country’s short-term benefit

Zambian chamber lauds Chile as model of what mining can achieve with the right policies

10th November 2017

A two-person team from Chile’s mining industry recently visited Zambia and met with the Zambian Chamber of Mines (ZCM), the Presidency, the Zambia Revenue Authority’s Mineral Value Chain Monitoring... 


PAUL JORGENSEN
Sustainability practices in mining are increasingly being incorporated into these value chain approaches to risk management

Miners urged to take heed of Natural Capital Protocol framework

10th November 2017

The recently released Natural Capital Protocol promises to give business a new appreciation of the ecosystem services on which they rely, states independent engineering and scientific consultancy... 


DANIE BURGER There are currently a number of problems relating to the standards for the testing of brakes and in-service brake testing of trackless mobile mining equipment

Call for better understanding of trackless mobile mining equipment regulations

10th November 2017

Mechanisation of the South African mining sector is a major priority for all stakeholders. However, with the introduction of mechanised mining technologies come several new challenges, one of which... 


LIKING FOR LITHIUM The lithium carbonate with a purity 99.5% was produced in Prospect Resources’ custom laboratory, Kwekwe, Zimbabwe

Zim mine produces first battery grade lithium carbonate

10th November 2017

Junior miner Prospect Resources has produced battery grade lithium carbonate from its Arcadia petalite project, in Zimbabwe, the company announced last week. The lithium carbonate with a purity... 


Caption:  	NEODYMIUM ALLOY POWDER Mkango and Metalysis are jointly researching, developing and commercialising neodymium iron boron alloy powders for use in permanent magnets

Mkango pushes forward with research programme, upbeat about Malawi prospects

3rd November 2017

Dual-listed Mkango Resources is upbeat about its research on the development of neodymium iron boron alloys, which are “critically important” for environment-friendly sectors, such as that of... 


MOGALAKWENA MINE, LIMPOPO Strong performances from Mogalakwena, Unki and Union mines in the third quarter, were partially offset by reduced production from the joint venture Bokoni mine

Amplats reports tame quarter, revises guidance downwards

3rd November 2017

Platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) reported last week that total platinum production (expressed as metal in concentrate) for the three months ended September 30, was flat at... 


SEEKING TO BE MISERLY Kropz has revised down its water-use requirements to 1.6 megalitres a day and it is the company’s intention to further revise this down to 1 meglitres a day

Elandsfontein mine to assist in alleviating West Coast water challenges

3rd November 2017

Emerging miner Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine, near Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape plans to supply the drought stricken West Coast region with additional clean water, while offsetting its... 


ELIKHULU TAILINGS RETREATMENT PROJECT To date, the project has created business opportunities for about 40 local and community businesses, with this number set to rise in the near future

Continued unrest at Elikhulu threatens to ‘adversely impact’ on project, warns Pan African

3rd November 2017

South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources has strongly condemned the protest action by some community members at the company’s Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant project, within... 


The lithium carbonate with a purity 99.5% was produced in Prospect Resources’ custom laboratory, Kwekwe, Zimbabwe

Zim project produces first known battery grade lithium carbonate in Southern Africa

31st October 2017

Junior miner Prospect Resources has produced battery grade lithium carbonate from its Arcadia petalite project, in Zimbabwe, the company announced on Tuesday. The lithium carbonate with a purity... 


CuDeco reports Sept quarter results

31st October 2017

Queensland copper miner CuDeco earned a positive earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $3.3-million, gross revenue of $39.8-million and a net revenue of $30.8-million... 


The mine plan review focussed on opportunities relating to early ore access and mine establishment costs

Reviewed Central Eyre mine plan speeds up production timetable, cuts capital costs

31st October 2017

ASX-listed Iron Road on Tuesday announced that a review of the mine plan of its Central Eyre iron-ore project (CEIP), in South Australia, had identified lower upfront capital requirements and that... 


Yearly production is still expected to meet the full year 2018 forecast of 70 000 oz, which is outlined in the company’s annual report

Sylvania dump production down 8% in Q1

30th October 2017

Platinum group metals (PGMs) processor Sylvania Platinum’s Sylvania Dump Operations (SDO) produced 16 589 oz of PGMs in the quarter to September 30 – an 8% decrease on the previous quarter's output... 


REINVIGORATING NATURE Sand Dump 20 was alleged to be the ‘largest man made sand dump worldwide’ and had been a significant source of dust fallout and water pollution

First indigenous tree species planted on West Rand sand dump

27th October 2017

Local environmental watchdog the Federation for Sustainable Environment (FSE) planted the first indigenous trees, namely Ziziphus mucronatas, which are commonly known as Buffalo Thorns, on the... 


JEFFREY MPHAHLELE In relation to the killings the leadership of AMCU has been ‘extremely pained and traumatised’ by what has been taking place

AMCU scoffs at allegations of orchestrating killings, tribalism

27th October 2017

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has rejected recent multiple allegations made by media houses that the trade union is orchestrating killings on South Africa’s Platinum... 


EXPLOSIVE EXCELLENCE The blast was conducted in the main pit of Kansanshi and involved 6 690 electronic delay detonators that were initiated using BME’s Axxis digital initiation system

BME claims world record for most electronic detonators fired in single blast

27th October 2017

Johannesburg-headquartered explosives and services supplier BME says it has broken the world record for the most electronic detonators fired in a single blast. This was achieved in conjunction with... 


IN THE CROSS HAIRS Kropz is opposing WCEPA’s application, stating that according to legal advice, the bid to have Elandsfontein’s water-use license revoked has ‘no grounds’

Enviro lobby group takes emerging miner to court over phosphate mine’s water-use licence

27th October 2017

Emerging miner Kropz has warned that the West Coast Environmental Protection Association’s (WCEPA’s) application to have the water-use license (WUL) for Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine, near... 


MINE.D HACKATHON The hackathon will be focused on mixed reality and the Internet of Things and will focus on improving the health and safety practices in the mining sector

Mine.D hackathon seeks to ensure health and safety in mining sector

26th October 2017

The Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in collaboration with open innovation firm RIIS, will host the Mine.D hackathon from November 3 to 5, at the precinct, which is located in Braamfontein,... 


Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant  project, within the Evander gold mine complex, in Mpumalanga

Pan African warns ‘rogue elements’ threatening development of Elikhulu

25th October 2017

South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources has strongly condemned the protest action by some community members at the company’s Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant project, within... 


For the first nine months of the year, copper equivalent production increased by 8%, while copper production increased by 5% to 147 300 t

Mixed fortunes for Anglo’s copper, coal and nickel divisions

24th October 2017

Diversified major Anglo American recorded increases in production at its copper units, while coal and nickel production decreased in the third quarter, ended September 30. The company on Tuesday... 


Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena platinum mine in Limpopo

Amplats reports flat Q3 production numbers, revises guidance downward

24th October 2017

Platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Tuesday reported that total platinum production (expressed as metal in concentrate) for the three months ended September 30, was flat at... 


LOSING FAVOUR There has been a growing negative sentiment in Europe toward diesel vehicles, which use platinum intensive catalysts

Softening demand, unrelenting supply key causes of platinum price weakness

20th October 2017

The weakness in platinum prices has been driven primarily by softening fabrication demand fundamentals and a lack of commensurate reductions in supply to offset those weaker demand fundamentals,... 


DIGITAL IMPERATIVE Digital transformation in the South African mining sector will be a critical enabler to addressing the industry’s productivity and margin challenges

Digital transformation necessary to improve productivity in mining – EY

20th October 2017

The current digital disruption that is occurring worldwide and upending industries, has resulted in a digital disconnect – a gap between the potential that digital transformation has and the... 


JOHN KWOFIE SRK has been engaged in aspects of iron-ore projects in Cameroon, bauxite in Guinea and diamonds in Sierra Leone and Guinea in recent years

General uptick in West Africa mining as commodity prices improve

20th October 2017

There have been a number of recent positive developments in West Africa’s mining industry, such as in Mali, where two new mines are scheduled to be commissioned by the end of this year. This is... 


URBAN AGRICULTURE
The Chamber of Mines is participating in and has funded a pilot project to assess the feasibility of growing herbs and vegetables on the rooftops

Chamber of Mines championing rooftop agriculture in Joburg inner city

20th October 2017

The Chamber of Mines (CoM) hosted the launch of the Urban Agriculture Initiative, last week, which is aimed at creating a vibrant urban agricultural ecosystem by “innovatively” repurposing disused... 


Miner defends Western Cape phosphate project, highlights its importance

Miner defends Western Cape phosphate project, highlights its importance

19th October 2017

Emerging miner Kropz has warned that the West Coast Environmental Protection Association’s (WCEPA’s) application to have the water-use license (WUL) for Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine, near... 


Citibank South Africa chief economist Gina Schoeman

Economist warns of consequences of low growth, potential tax hikes

18th October 2017

It is well known that the South African economy is having serious growth challenges, which is unlikely to improve over the next three years, with best estimates that the country’s gross domestic... 


Self-starters share secrets to success in the South African mining sector

Self-starters share secrets to success in the South African mining sector

13th October 2017

There are many ways for entrepreneurs to enter the mining industry, including as project developers, service providers and product suppliers – all of which hold great opportunities and challenges,... 


HWANGE COLLIERY, ZIMBABWE
The company’s revenue stands at $18.8-million, which is substantial decline from the $24.5-million recorded during the same period last year

Zim coal miner posts revenue decline but operating loss narrows

13th October 2017

Zimbabwe coal mining and exploration company Hwange Colliery Company (HCC) recorded a 23% year-on-year decline in revenue for the six months to end June, it reported last month. The company’s... 


GROWTH AMBITIONS Canyon aims to graduate to a midtier coal miner by 2020, as it ramps up production from 3.6-million tons of coal a year to 10-million tons a year

Canyon Coal optimistic about local mining industry despite headwinds

13th October 2017

Despite current policy uncertainty relating to the implementation of Mining Charter 3 and a struggling South African economy having adverse effects on the local mining industry, South African... 


DREAM FULFILLED The opening of the Assen iron-ore mine, in the North West, earlier this year is the realisation of Matodzi Nesongozwi’s life goal of owning his own mining operation

Self-starters share secrets to success in the South African mining sector

13th October 2017

There are many ways for entrepreneurs to enter the mining industry, including as project developers, service providers and product suppliers – all of which hold great opportunities and challenges,... 


The Chamber of Mines is participating in and has funded a pilot project to assess the feasibility of growing herbs and vegetables on the rooftops

CoM shows off potential of rooftop agriculture in Johannesburg inner city

11th October 2017

The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Wednesday hosted the launch of the Urban Agriculture Initiative, which is aimed at creating a vibrant urban agricultural ecosystem by “innovatively” repurposing... 


The Diba gold resource, on the Korali Sud licence, includes intersections of 5.36 g/t gold over 13 m and 13.88 g/t gold over 8 m

Altus sets out intention to buy Legend Gold

11th October 2017

Africa-focused exploration project generator Altus Strategies has signed a nonbinding letter of intent to buy gold exploration company Legend Gold Corp – a TSX-V-listed company with a portfolio of... 


Kenmare Resources’ Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique

Kenmare buoyed by ilmenite market improvement, record production potential

11th October 2017

Production volumes decreased across the board at mineral sands miner Kenmare Resources’ Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique, in the third quarter, with the exception of ilmenite.... 


New Liberty records 26% q/q production improvement despite heavy rains

11th October 2017

TSX- and Aim-listed Avesoro Resources’ New Liberty mine, in Liberia, achieved a 26% quarter-on-quarter increase in gold production to 19 885 oz for the quarter ended September 30. This brought the... 


The Krugerrand's remarkable contribution to SA mining value-addition

The Krugerrand's remarkable contribution to SA mining value-addition

6th October 2017

The gold bullion Krugerrand represents a most remarkable story from a beneficiation perspective, with more than 60-million pieces sold over the past 50 years. This equates to more than 1 660 t of... 


STANDING TEST OF TIME
The factory became part of the Metso group in 1970 and has played ‘a crucial role’ not only in the South African, but also the African mining industry

Metso’s Vereeniging factory celebrates 60 years of service

6th October 2017

This year marks 60 years since global engineering and technology corporation Metso's factory in Vereeniging was established. The factory became part of the Metso group in 1970 and has played "a... 


DEMAND RENEWAL The resurgence of demand for the Krugerrand returned it to its standing as the world’s best selling new gold coin in 2016

The Krugerrand’s remarkable contribution to SA mining value-addition

6th October 2017

The gold bullion Krugerrand represents a most remarkable story from a beneficiation perspective with more than 60-million pieces sold over the past 50 years, equating to more than 1 660 t of local... 


PROVIDING NEW OPPORTUNITIES The $12-million in credit guarantee facilities will be made available to financial institutions in Cameroon, Guinea, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia

Partnership to provide $12m for African development minerals producers

6th October 2017

Five-thousand small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) development minerals operators will have access to more affordable finance as a result of a partnership between the African Guarantee Fund for... 


KANSANSHI COPPER MINE
‘Advanced mining techniques’ have assisted the mine in recovering increasingly more ounces of gold during the mineral refining process

Golden value-addition for Zambian copper miner

6th October 2017

Copper mining can produce lucrative by-products, with the most common one in Zambia being cobalt. It sells for five times more than copper on world markets. However, Zambia Chamber of Mines... 


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