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Businesses struggling to embed sustainability into core strategies

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Local and global C-level business leaders (CxOs) are increasingly concerned about climate change and see the world at a tipping point to act. Businesses are, however, struggling to fully embed sustainability into their core business strategies, operations, and cultures, advisory and professional... 

SA fails to recognise urgent need for protecting water resources

21st January 2022 By: Jan Venter, Chief Executive Officer of SAPPMA When blood stops flowing, the body dies. Similarly, when water stops flowing, a country “dies”. Everybody knows that water is essential to all forms of life, but not everybody shows respect or pays enough attention to this precious commodity. It... 

Fortescue warns shut Western Australia borders may worsen labour shortage

By: Reuters     21st January 2022 The CEO of Australia's Fortescue Metals Group Ltd warned on Friday that a delay by the state of Western Australia in reopening its borders may worsen a labour shortage currently affecting the mining sector. The country's largest state, home to the resource-rich Pilbara region, cancelled plans to... 

Amec calls for changes to WA border policy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st January 2022 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has called on the Western Australian government to develop a plan for reopening the state’s hard borders, after Premier Mark McGowan announced that the opening would be delayed from the February 5 target. While not giving a firm date on... 

SA to get $750-million World Bank loan to boost economic recovery  

By: News24Wire      21st January 2022 The World Bank announced on Friday morning that it had approved South Africa’s request for $750-million (about R11.4-billion) loan.  "This loan will support the government of South Africa’s efforts to accelerate its Covid-19 response aimed at protecting the poor and vulnerable from the adverse... 

South Africa bolsters genomics capability to hunt deadly disease

By: Bloomberg     21st January 2022 South Africa is enhancing its capacity to identify and respond to emerging pathogens and deadly diseases after leading global efforts to identify new strains of the coronavirus. The expansion will help “Africa to become a world leader in genomics surveillance and bring technologies to South... 

Company stresses need for on-site mining medical services

By: Cameron Mackay     21st January 2022 Mining companies that partner with professional medical consultants to provide on-site medical assistance have the confidence that medical issues are treated appropriately and quickly. This immediate treatment can help avoid unnecessary off-site referrals, treatments and prescriptions, states... 

Rising need for alcohol testing, recalibration

By: Cameron Mackay     21st January 2022 Medical equipment suppliers are encouraging local miners to conduct more regular breathalyser alcohol testing at their operations, and to recalibrate breathalyser equipment that has not been used in a long time, owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, states ALCO-Safe MD Rhys Evans. “We... 

Focus on hygiene can contribute to health, safety

21st January 2022 Owing to high safety risks, mining is considered one of the most hazardous industries and, compared to 2020, South Africa, which has some of the deepest and oldest mines in the world, has already seen a 33% increase in mine deaths in the first half of 2021. This regression in safety has... 

Contractor training solutions contribute to safe mining

By: Cameron Mackay     21st January 2022 Training solutions provider KBC Health and Safety is aiming to improve health and safety in the local mining sector by managing mining contractors, says KBC Health and Safety innovation manager Natalie Pitout. “Several of these contractors are used to working under less hazardous conditions in... 

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