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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
  • Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge
    A multipronged approach involving both the mining industry and government is required to better deal with illegal mining in South Africa, where bloody skirmishes pitting rival gangs profiting from this illicit pursuit and the illegal mineworkers themselves are a frequent occurrence, with police officers and security guards sometimes caught in the crossfire when they try to intervene. Fatalities also occur when the illegal mineworkers, or zama-zamas, are trapped underground in fall-of-ground incidents or when they inhale dangerous gases. There have also been incidents where illegal miners, fearing to return to the surface after being tipped off about above-ground ambushes by rival illegal mining gangs or syndicate leaders, perish in underground workings.
  • Court rules that Optimum BRP removal application is urgent
    Law firm Kruger & Co Attorneys says the North Gauteng High Court has ruled that its application to remove the current business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for the Optimum coal mine, is urgent.
  • Transnet renews manganese contract with South32
    State-owned Transnet and diversified miner South32 on Thursday signed a seven-and-a-half-year manganese export capacity allocation (Meca) contract, allowing for the transportation of 2.6-million tonnes a year of export manganese and realising almost R10.4-billion in total value for Transnet.