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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.

Call for participation in ISO Standards Development for Collision Avoidance and Emergency Remote Stop

gmsg 2018We are requesting assistance regarding standards that are being developed for Collision Awareness and Avoidance, and Emergency Remote Stop.

These standards development projects are being developed through an established Joint Working Group under ISO TC 127 (i.e. TC127 Joint Working Group 22 (JWG22). This is a joint working group of TC127 Earth Moving Machinery (the international committee for mobile surface mining equipment and OEMs) and TC82 Mining (the international committee for mining).

Preventative maintenance: key to productivity and sustainability

Operations within the mining, petrochemical, construction, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries that use compressed air equipment are confronted with numerous hazards daily, often resulting in varying degrees of injuries and in some cases fatalities. Although there are a number of underlying causes of these accidents - improper maintained air compressors is one of the common causes of equipment-related injuries. In light of this, proactive maintenance not only plays a significant part of the safety of operations that use compressors, but also an important role in the productivity and sustainability.

Rand-Air, market leaders in portable compressed air and power generation rental understands that for an air compressor to perform at optimum, regular services and preventative maintenance is essential. It is for this reason that businesses are advised to rent equipment as opposed to buying - this ensures a preventative maintenance approach and eliminates the stress of reactively maintaining equipment when the need arises.

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