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The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) is inviting Expressions of Interest from engineering specialists interested in serving on the  Panel of Experts for  Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
Specialists in the design and construction of major bridges, concrete faced rockfill dams, tunneling and tunnel structures for water and hydropower projects; geology and geotechnical engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering for water and hydropower projects, and construction and contract law for major civil engineering projects are invited to respond to the advertisement published on the LHDA Phase II website at  :
Applications close on 19 March 2018.

The rise of the machines and the people behind them - How Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore is changing mining

Four years ago, Leigh Ann Booysen worked grueling shifts at Kumba’s Kolomela iron ore mine as a drill operator. That meant sitting on a truck-sized drilling machine in an iron ore pit for eight hours, drilling holes for explosives before blasting. Today, she proudly boasts to her family that she works an office job – and yet, she’s never drilled more, or better, holes in her life.

Leigh Ann is at the forefront of a technology revolution that is changing the face of Kumba’s operations – and indeed, the entire iron ore mining industry. She is now one of a team responsible for operating Kumba’s fleet of automated drilling machines from a safe, air-conditioned control centre next to the mine’s offices.

GMSG Announces New Incoming Chair, Michelle Ash

Appointment will help GMSG extend its reach in emerging global mining powerhousesgmsg 2018

MONTREAL, QC (Feb. 20, 2018) – Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) announced today that Michelle Ash, Barrick Gold Corporation’s Chief Innovation Officer, will become the new Chair of GMSG in May 2018.

“The success of the mining industry is dependent on continued collaboration and innovation,” says Ash. “So when I was asked to become Chair of GMSG, whose work on collaboration and alignment is absolutely vital to the mining industry, I was both honoured and delighted.”

Mining insights: Curbing protracted and violent strikes in 2018

Johan Olivier

By Johan Olivier, Partner at Webber Wentzel

In one of its most recent surveys, the Chamber of Mines estimated that the mining industry was responsible for creating approximately 450,000 direct jobs in South Africa. The most recently published Fraser Institutes research also reported that South Africa had Labour Regulations/Employment Agreements and Labour Militancy/Work Disruptions which could act as a relatively high deterrent to investment. One of the key contributors to this figure is likely to be strike actions. In a time where unemployment rates are escalating, the need to ensure growth and stability of the mining industry, including its labour relations, has never been more acute.

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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
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    Democratic Republic of Congo's mines minister rejected a proposal by mining companies on Friday to retain exemptions and scrap some taxes in exchange for higher royalties than those in a new mining code, calling the taxes "untouchable". Mines Minister Martin Kabwelulu was reacting to a proposal from mining companies under which the companies would accept higher royalty payments if the government agreed to respect ten-year exemptions for existing projects from changes to the fiscal and customs regimes and cancel certain taxes.
  • Lonmin hands over New Marikana primary school to Basic Education dept
    Platinum group metals miner Lonmin on Friday handed the New Marikana primary school over to the North West Department of Education and Sport Development, in Rustenburg, and the Marikana community.
  • Cause of fire at Exxaro reductants plant in Limpopo being investigated
    Diversified miner Exxaro Resources and the Department of Mineral Resources are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out at Exxaro’s Grootegeluk reductants plant, in Lephalale, Limpopo, on Wednesday.