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UP to host diamond exploration course in October
Published: 13 Jul 18
The University of Pretoria (UP) will be hosting a short course on ‘Diamond Exploration and their Primary and Secondary Sources’ from October 23 to 26. The internationally recognized short course will be led by Tsodilo Resources nonexecutive director and geologist Dr Mike de Wit and resource consultant and geologist Dr John Bristow.
Gold miner reflects on Ghana achievements Gold miner reflects on Ghana achievements
Published: 13 Jul 18
Gold producer Gold Fields West Africa, a subsidiary of South Africa-based gold major Gold Fields, has invested significantly into the Ghana mining industry over the past 25 years, with shareholders, government and local communities that have and still are benefitting from the gold miner’s commitment to the African country. Gold Fields West Africa has paid around $1-billion in dividends to its shareholders since the start of its surface operations in 1998. Of this amount, the government has earned an excess of $100-million in dividend payments through its 10% ownership in shares since 1998,” says Gold Fields executive VP and West Africa head Alfred Baku.
Coal to remain a significant energy source for decades – WCA Coal to remain a significant energy source for decades – WCA
Published: 13 Jul 18
Coal will remain a vital growth enabler and source of energy for decades to come, says World Coal Association CEO Benjamin Sporton. He notes that demand for coal will remain stable to positive, as a result of increased industrialisation and electrification, especially in Africa and South-East Asia.
SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction
Published: 13 Jul 18
Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by Africa-focused research and analysis organisation In On Africa and human resource advisory Managing Transformation Solutions (MTS Holdings).
Joburg to host ‘safe drilling’ event this month Joburg to host ‘safe drilling’ event this month
Published: 13 Jul 18
The DrillSafe initiative will host its inaugural Drill Safe Drill Rig & Safety Innovation Forum at the Glen Hove Conference Centre, in Johannesburg, on July 20.  The forum will explore innovations in to drilling equipment and the exploration work environment, explains DrillSafe founder and Colin Rice Exploration and Training MD Colin Rice. DrillSafe was first launched in 2013 to distribute accident and hazard alerts to the industry. “This required a high level of support from mining and exploration companies and this was not always available. As a result, the initiative lost momentum and so went into ‘hibernation’,” says Rice.  
Mining pursuing optimisation, innovation to increase profits
Published: 13 Jul 18
Sandton-based chemical reagent supplier and distributor Axis House believes mining in Africa is moving towards process optimisation through innovation to reduce costs and increase profits, explains Axis House group general manager Justine Stubbs. “Mines are optimising various processes to achieve the most value and becoming more environmentally conscious by improving water disposal, recycling water and using non-hazardous products,” she highlights.
Record gold production at Jaguar’s Pilar mine during Q2
Published: 12 Jul 18
TSX-listed Jaguar Mining produced 18 819 oz of gold during the quarter ended June 30, including record output from the Pilar gold mine, in Brazil.
Anaconda Mining withdraws Maritime Resources buyout offer
Published: 12 Jul 18
TSX-listed emerging miner Anaconda Mining on Thursday announced the withdrawal of its previously announced buyout bid to acquire all shares of Maritime Resources. “With the recently completed private placement, Maritime shareholders made it clear that they stood with management and wanted to pursue a standalone strategy to advance the Hammerdown project,” stated the company.
Mintek, Unisa acquire 3D X-ray microscopy system
Published: 12 Jul 18
Minerals beneficiator Mintek and Unisa’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology have jointly acquired a three-dimensional (3D) X-ray microscopy system, which the companies will launch on July 24 at Unisa’s Florida science campus.
Indonesia to pay $3.85bn for majority stake in Freeport's Grasberg copper mine Indonesia to pay $3.85bn for majority stake in Freeport's Grasberg copper mine
Published: 12 Jul 18
Indonesia on Thursday struck an agreement with Freeport-McMoRan and Rio Tinto to buy a controlling stake in the world's second-biggest copper mine via a series of transactions valued at $3.85-billion. The heads of agreement establishes a structure for Indonesia, through its state-owned mining holding company PT Inalum, to gain control of the Grasberg mine located in the country's eastern province of Papua. The deal should cap years of wrangling over the rights for the site as Jakarta seeks to gain greater control over its mineral wealth.
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