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Call for Nominations - 2019 South African Women in Science Awards

Making the Fourth Industrial Revolution work for Women

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2019 South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA). The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women. The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

Not all doom and gloom for mining industry

The South African mining sector is facing many challenges, but regulatory certainty and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration could spell a new dawn for the industry.

While it has been the main driver of the South African economy for many decades, the mining sector is under increasing pressure from rising costs, regulatory uncertainty and waning investor confidence, but there is hope that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government will usher in a new dawn for the industry.

Another move up world rankings for Wits School of Mining Engineering

13 March 2019 – Johannesburg: The global standing of the School of Mining Engineering at Wits University has been boosted by another step up in the QS World University Rankings – to 13th place in 2019.

Last year, the school had also moved upward in these rankings, reaching the number 15 spot from its 22nd place in 2017. The latest achievement allows it to retain its position as the highest ranked school at Wits University; it is also the only mining school on the African continent to feature in the top 50 mining schools worldwide.

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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
  • Russian, Angolan diamond groups sign MoU
    Russia’s predominantly State-owned global diamond mining major Alrosa and Angola’s State-owned national diamond mining company Endiama signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) early this month. This marks the latest stage in the development of the relationship between the two entities, which have been cooperating for more than 25 years. They are the co-founders and main shareholders (with 41% each) in Angola’s largest diamond mining company, Catoca. (Catoca has estimated reserves of 120-million carats, and mines and sells about 6.8-million carats of diamonds a year.) Also, since 2014 they have been jointly exploring for diamonds in Angola.
  • Roxgold to start drilling at newly acquired Séguéla
    TSX-listed Roxgold has completed a previously announced portfolio acquisition worth $20-million from Newcrest West Africa, which comprises 11 exploration permits in Côte d'Ivoire. The transaction includes the Séguéla project, which CEO and president John Dorward says has significant growth potential in the near-term through the near-surface Antenna deposit and attractive satellite opportunities, as well as a highly prospective large land package.
  • Orion reawakening global geological giant in Northern Cape
    Three years ago, Orion Minerals was trading at an eighth of an Australian cent a share. It had a market capitalisation of $4-milllion and set out to find something that could be turned into a mine. The good news is that the company found that opportunity in South Africa, and its share price has since had a 4.5-times value uplift.