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Mia Breytenbach

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Mia Breytenbach is a Creamer Media Staff Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Zwane expresses concern over proposed mining retrenchments

4th August 2017 The South African government is concerned about the various retrenchment announcements issued by mining companies in recent weeks, says Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. “We continue to urge all stakeholders to be more responsible in how these planned retrenchments are announced, as... 

Richmont’s Island Gold drives strong quarterly gold production, performance

4th August 2017 Small-scale gold producer Richmont Mines has reported a strong operating and financial performance for the second quarter ending June 30, driven by solid results from its flagship Island Gold mine, in Ontario. The company produced 31 249 oz of gold and sold 35 040 oz in the quarter, with 26 110... 

Women representation increases from ‘extreme minority’ to 13%-plus of SA’s mining workforce

4th August 2017 The local mining industry has made significant strides in executing trans- formation and promoting gender diversity in terms of women representation, with the number of women having increased from an “extreme minority” to exceeding 10% across different levels. According to the Chamber of Mines... 

New approaches key to surmounting water infrastructure challenges

4th August 2017 Infrastructure modernisation, consumer education and data analytics will be key tools to overcome the challenges posed by ageing water infrastructure.  This is according to engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch’s 2017 global ‘Strategic Directions Water... 

Legal and policy certainty required if gas economy is to be realised

4th August 2017 Key factors that will influence the establishment of a gas economy in South Africa include the passing of the amended Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and greater clarity regarding the expected and stated imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), says South African Oil and... 

Nokeng breaks ground at Gauteng’s new R1.7bn fluorspar mine

3rd August 2017 Nokeng Fluorspar Mine has broken ground at the site of its R1.7-billion fluorspar mine, near Rust de Winter, in Gauteng.  This is the first new fluorspar mine to be built in Gauteng in 12 years, Sepfluor chairperson Dr Lelau Mohuba noted at the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, while Sepfluor... 

Moves to fast-track regulation could ignite energy efficiency sector

28th July 2017 As businesses move to become more self-reliant and decrease their exposure to electricity price volatility, government is also moving ahead with policy support for energy efficiency initiatives in homes, business and industry, says Pan-African law firm Bowmans public law and regulatory head and... 

AfDB in $2bn project finance pact

28th July 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) have signed a landmark agreement to strengthen their partnership at country level and jointly contribute to $2-billion over the next three years to finance projects in agriculture, food security, renewable energy, small... 

Bearings, power transmission giant moves to 5 000 m2 site

28th July 2017 As part of its business strategy to re-engineer and optimise global operations, bearings and mechanical power transmission solutions provider Timken has opened a new facility in Gauteng. The facility spans almost 5,000 m2 and is home to Timken South Africa’s bearing repair and assembly... 

De Beers’ Venetia mine launches multimillion-rand empowerment deal

26th July 2017 Diamond miner De Beers has announced the launch of a major empowerment deal related to the transportation of employees to and from its operations at the Venetia diamond mine, in Limpopo. In a high-impact, local procurement and empowerment initiative, Venetia mine, in partnership with VM Diamond... 

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