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Harmony lifts Q1 gold production

By: African News Agency      12th October 2017 JSE-listed Harmony Gold said on Thursday that gold production from its South African underground operations will be 12% to 14% higher quarter-on-quarter, due to an increase in both volumes and recovered grade. This comes ahead of the release next month of Harmony’s production results for the... 

Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine back in full production

By: African News Agency      3rd October 2017 Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville in Gauteng, South Africa, is back to full production following temporary closure in August as government was investigating the cause of a seismic event that killed five workers. Operations at the Kusasalethu mine were halted following a seismic... 

Industries should prepare for increased use of HFO gases

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 As a result of the Kigali Agreement, countries will gradually start phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, replacing them with hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) gases and natural refrigerants like ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, says industrial gases supplier A-Gas South Africa.... 

Fatalities serve to remind industry of necessity to achieve zero harm – DMR

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

Zwane calls for turning point after Kusasalethu mine deaths

By: African News Agency      1st September 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Friday that the Kusasalethu mine incident where five mineworkers lost their lives should be a “turning point” in the health and safety of the country’s mining industry. “Kusasalethu mine deaths should be a turning point in mine safety in the... 

Zwane to receive Kusasalethu mine seismic incident report

By: African News Agency      1st September 2017 Harmony Gold management is on Friday, expected to brief Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on the seismic incident a week ago, which killed five mineworkers at it’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville. The Chief inspector of mines and the department’s inspectors, who were part of the... 

Bodies of two last remaining trapped Kusasalethu miners recovered

By: News24Wire      31st August 2017 The bodies of the two trapped miners at the Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville have been recovered, Harmony Gold said on Thursday. Harmony Gold spokesperson Marian van der Walt said the bodies were found at around 12:00 on Thursday afternoon. 

Kusasalethu mine fatalities: Chamber of Mines extends condolences

By: African News Agency      29th August 2017 The Chamber of Mines on Tuesday extended its “heartfelt sympathies” to the families, friends, and colleagues of the three employees who died in a fall of ground accident at Harmony’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville. Five miners were trapped underground on Friday after a fall of ground at the... 

NUM to march against AngloGold Ashanti’s planned retrenchments 

By: African News Agency      4th August 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is set to embark on a protest march to AngloGold Ashanti’s head office in downtown Johannesburg on Saturday. NUM spokesperson, Livhuwani Mammburu, said the march was against the company’s decision to issue a Section 189 process notice to retrench 8,500... 

Virtual Technology Now Used For Blast Training In SA

     20th July 2017 Training for underground blasting has just taken a technological leap forward, with the installation and commissioning of Africa’s first virtual reality blast wall with rear-view projection, powered by Simulated Training Solutions, at the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy near... 

Hawks nab Zama Zamas at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine

By: African News Agency      6th July 2017 The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks) said on Thursday that they had arrested six men aged between 24 and 35 years for corruption, illegal dealing in precious metals, possession of gold and theft, at the Kusasalethu gold mine in Carletonville. Located about 90 kilometres from... 

Investing in recruitment pays off

     14th June 2017 Over the past five years, Rosond estimates that it has reduced an annual staff turnover from around 40% per annum to 15%, a feat that it attributes largely to a substantial investment in recruitment and training. “Our recruitment process is something we take very seriously,” says Rosond’s... 

Million-ounce-plus gold output well in reach – Harmony

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2017 Gold-mining company Harmony Gold said on Tuesday that its forecast of 1.05-million-ounce production in the 12 months to the end of June is “well in reach”. In recent months, Harmony has lost production at its Kusasalethu gold mine in Carletonville owing to unprotected strikes. 

Kusasalethu strike comes to an end

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2017 After six days of ongoing industrial action at the Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, the striking workers have returned to work, Harmony Gold said on Thursday. Workers once again downed tools last week, prompting Harmony on Friday to seek an interdict from the Labour Court of South Africa to... 

Biomass solution brings new energy to degraded land

By: Dylan Slater     31st March 2017 A case study into an opportunity for renewable energy development in conjunction with community upliftment, has led to a proposal for biomass production and a 2 MW bio-energy power plant to be built in the Merafong local municipality, west of Johannesburg.  

Kusasalethu strike ends

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 A two-day unprotected strike at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, drew to a close on Friday afternoon, following discussions between Harmony's senior management and the senior leadership of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). “I am pleased that the... 

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers embark on illegal strike action

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2017 No employees reported for their day shifts at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, on Thursday, with the gold miner saying this is in retaliation for the suspension of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) branch leadership who had encouraged an earlier go-slow... 

$1bn earmarked for AngloGold’s deep-but-cheap Mponeng mine

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2017 A big capital investment is on the cards for AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng gold mine, the world’s deepest underground operation. The former Western Deep Levels Number One operation was on the receiving end of a surfeit of comment when AngloGold Ashanti presented cash-rich results on Tuesday.  

Unpaid stipends, no certificates, Carletonville youth up in arms

By: African News Agency      8th February 2017 More than 100 Carletonville youths – who completed a three-month courses in practical skills that included upholstery, sewing, clothing, agriculture, jewellery and cabinet-making – are up in arms because the Gauteng department of education has not given them certificates. All in all about 115... 

Kusasalethu employees end 48-hour sit-in – Harmony

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2017 With the 1 700-odd employees who staged a 48-hour wildcat underground sit-in at the Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, safely back on surface on Friday, JSE-listed Harmony Gold has initiated an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the workers’ actions. Production at the... 

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers stage underground sit-in, no demands made

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2017 Around 1 700 workers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, in Carletonville, have staged an illegal sit-in underground, with no demands or grievances yet forthcoming. Harmony Gold on Thursday said the employees had refused to return to surface on Wednesday after the end of the morning shift, with... 

Cash costs plunge below $700/oz at AngloGold’s Mponeng mine

By: David Oliveira     23rd September 2016 Mponeng gold mine, near Carletonville, in the North West, currently the world’s deepest mine, was one of the lowest-cost producers in South Africa during the first half of 2016, states South African gold mining major AngloGold Ashanti in its earnings report for the six months ended June 30,... 

Petrus Pieterse

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th July 2016 This week we feature Petrus Pieterse, CEO of Select PPE, a provider of personal protective equipment management solutions 

Zwane decries sharp increase in mine fatalities

By: Ilan Solomons     15th July 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Friday lamented the sharp rise in mining-related fatalities this year and called for “extraordinary measures” to be taken to prevent further fatalities occurring in the sector. Speaking at a health and safety Imbizo at diversified miner Sibanye Gold's... 

Wits University Chose Technicrete Masonry

     11th May 2016 The concrete masonry face brick of Technicrete ISG was selected for the recently completed Mathematical Science Building on the West Campus of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg.    A two phase re-build was commissioned in 2013, in order to meet functionality and standards... 

Harmony reports Kusasalethu fatality

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th April 2016 Gold mining company Harmony Gold on Monday reported a fatality at its Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville. Mining activities on the level where a fall-of-ground accident occurred have been halted as investigations got under way. 

Working for a living Part 5

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     1st April 2016 This is the final column in which I detail my experiences of having to work to get money for my university fees. I am writing this to show all the university students who want to go to university and not pay any fees how much real-life education they are missing. I think this is a real tragedy.... 

Drought likely to pose water challenges for mines in the medium term

By: Ilan Solomons     18th March 2016 There is no evidence of water supply concerns related to the current drought compromising mining operations in South Africa, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) tells Mining Weekly. However, project management and engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV mining director Berte Simons... 

Push for unified compensation system for mineworkers gaining traction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th February 2016 With about R5-billion in pension, provident, unemployment insurance and compensation funds due to South Africa’s current and former mineworkers, the Deputy Ministers of Mineral Resources, Health and Labour are renewing their focus on the integration of various statutory systems, including those... 

Atlas Copco shares technology expertise with Wits Mining Engineering students

     19th January 2016 Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique shared valuable practical information on the diverse and fascinating field of mining with 33 final year BSc Mining Engineering Honours students from the University of the Witwatersrand on 29 September 2015. “South Africa’s mining, industrial,... 

AngloGold reports miner death at TauTona

By: Natalie Greve     14th January 2016 A rock drill operator at AngloGold Ashanti’s TauTona mine, in Carletonville, has died following a fall-of-ground incident on Monday. The Department of Mineral Resources had been notified of the incident and an in loco inspection had been concluded, the gold miner said in a statement. 

Fatality at TauTona Mine

By: African News Agency      21st September 2015 A mineworker has been killed in a fall of ground incident at AngloGold Ashanti’s TauTona Mine in western Gauteng, the company said on Sunday. “AngloGold Ashanti regrets to announce the death of an employee at its TauTona Mine in the Carletonville area. The deceased, a meshing & lacing assistant,... 

AngloGold Ashanti reports fatality

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th August 2015 An AngloGold Ashanti employee was fatally injured following a seismic-related incident at the Mponeng mine, near Carletonville, on Thursday. Senior inspectors of the Department of Mineral Resources and Mponeng mine management conducted an on-site inspection and agreed remedial actions had been... 

Harmony reports Kusasalethu fatality

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th August 2015 An employee was fatally injured in a rail bound accident at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, on Monday. Harmony on Tuesday said investigations into the accident were under way, with all tramming operations on the level where the accident occurred having been stopped. Harmony’s... 

Mining towns get R18bn facelift

By: SANews, SA government news service     1st July 2015 Government has allocated R18-billion to improve the socioeconomic conditions of distressed mining communities across the country. Headed by the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) in charge of revitalising mining communities, the projects include housing and wellness projects. 

Blyvoor community’s water supply to be restored – Ramatlhodi 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2015 The Merafong municipality was ordered to restore water supply to the Blyvooruitzicht mining community, following an emergency meeting called by Mineral Resources Minister Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi to deal with the humanitarian challenges facing the community. Water supply, which was disconnected... 

Ramatlhodi calls meeting to deal with Blyvoor humanitarian challenges

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th June 2015 Mineral Resources Minister Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi has called an urgent meeting with various stakeholders to discuss the dire situation at the Blyvooruitzicht (Blyvoor) mine, which was currently under liquidation. “The most urgent matter we must address relates to the humanitarian challenges... 

Health dept, gold industry launch compensation programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2015 The Department of Health (DoH), along with eight current and historical gold mining companies, on Friday launched their Project Ku-Riha – meaning compensation in Tsonga. The project was aimed at tackling the backlog of compensation claims from mineworkers who suffered occupational lung diseases... 

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