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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... 

AngloGold Ashanti posts above-expectation Q1 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2015 Despite facing a number of challenges, including a stagnant gold price, mining giant AngloGold Ashanti has reported an operational performance ahead of market guidance for the three months to March 31. The bullion producer on Monday reported output of 969 000 oz of gold for the three months,... 

New toilet solution caters for informal sector’s sanitation needs

By: David Oliveira     24th April 2015 Portable sanitation solutions provider Sanitech hopes to start producing its New Informal Concept (Nic) portable toilet solution, which employs a double-sphere rotating bowl, by the end of this month. Sanitech MD Robert Erasmus tells Engineering News that the rotating bowl, which was patented in... 

Mponeng employee killed in underground vehicle incident

     31st March 2015 Gold major AngloGold Ashanti has reported that a locomotive operator at its Mponeng mine, in Carletonville, was fatally injured in an underground vehicle incident last week. The company on Tuesday said the Department of Mineral Resources had been notified of the incident and an inspection had... 

Protection is no drag with affordable superior quality EKD Kolibri Energy Chain from Powermite

     2nd February 2015 Powermite, a Division of Hudaco, is the official sole distributor of the affordable range of superior quality EKD Kolibri energy (drag) chain to Southern African industry for over 30 years.Powermite was established in the late '60's with the objective to serve the local market as a 'one stop'... 

Fatality reported at AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd January 2015 Stoping and development activities have been suspended at the Mponeng mine following a fatality, AngloGold Ashanti said on Thursday. A miners’ assistant was fatally injured in a fall-of-ground incident at the Carletonville-based mine on Wednesday. 

Mineworker numbers set to fall 8% a year – Teba 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2014 The number of mineworkers employed in gold mining and platinum mining in South Africa is expected to decline by about 8% a year in the next two years, says Teba Limited CEO Graham Herbert. Herbert, who spoke to Mining Weekly Online in the attached video interview, says his company – which is... 

Harmony Gold outlines plan to fix lossmaking mine with fewer workers

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2014 A new plan that requires fewer employees to mine lower volumes at higher grades and reduced cost, is being implemented at Harmony Gold’s lossmaking 6 300-employee Kusasalethu gold mine near Carletonville. “Without these actions, this mine will not survive and that would be a tragedy for our... 

Technological advances reduce costs

By: Bruce Montiea     21st November 2014 Keeping up with technological advances is enabling steel industry engineering services provider Steel Services & Allied Industries (SS & AI) to “cut overhead costs and reduce the handling of materials throughout the fabrication process”, says MD Lawrence Bartlett. SS & AI, which is a member of... 

Mponeng employee killed in fall-of-ground incident

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th November 2014 A stope team leader at AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine, in Carletonville, was killed in a fall-of-ground incident on Friday. “AngloGold Ashanti would like to express its sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased. Management is working with the employee’s family to... 

Twenty gold miners held for theft

By: Sapa     11th June 2014 Twenty Sibanye Gold Mine workers were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the theft of gold-bearing material, the Hawks said. The arrested miners, aged between 25 and 54, all worked as plant operators at Sibanye's plant shaft in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg, Captain Paul Ramaloko said. 

AngloGold’s new game-changing technology churns out 1 600 oz  

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2014 South Africa’s largest gold miner AngloGold Ashanti has now produced 1 600 oz of gold using its exciting new technology, which mines “all of the gold, only the gold, all the time, safely”. AngloGold’s Tau Tona gold mine near Carletonville has become the first pukka production site of the... 

South Africa squandering cobalt endowment – Robinson 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2014 South African mines could recover more cobalt if they changed their blasting methods in hard-rock narrow-reef gold and platinum mines, says veteran research commentator Dr RE (Robbie) Robinson. With the world suddenly taking new cognisance of cobalt because of its use in electric cars and... 

Platinum strike slashes Amplats Q1 output by 39%

By: Natalie Greve     24th April 2014 Beleagured platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has posted an unsurprising narrowing of production for the first quarter ended March 31, as a strike that has forced the temporary closure of several of its mines enters its third month. The South African producer’s total equivalent... 

NUM to march against sale of Sibanye hospital

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th March 2014 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has stood up against the sale of the Leslie Williams Hospital owned by Sibanye Gold to an undisclosed private company. The NUM said in a statement that its Sibanye Gold health service branch would march on Wednesday from the hospital to Sibanye Gold’s... 

NUM to march to Blyvoor

By: Leandi Kolver     18th March 2014 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will on Wednesday march to the Blyvooruitzicht mine head office, in Carletonville, to hand over a list of demands to the mine’s new owner Goldrich, as well as its liquidators. The NUM’s demands included the payment of monies owed to its members employed by... 

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