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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.

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).

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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
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    Less than a month into 2020, South African companies have already announced thousands of job cuts. In a country where a third of the labour force is already unemployed, this will put even more strain on demand and economic growth. Almost 8 000 jobs are at risk as companies including Telkom, the country’s largest fixed-line operator, and Walmart’s local unit Massmart Holdings plan to reduce their headcount after slumps in earnings. That’s after Sibanye-Stillwater cut positions at its Marikana operations as part of restructuring plans and Glencore issued a notice of possible reductions at its Rustenburg ferrochrome smelter.
  • Côte d'Ivoire gold output up 35% in 2019 after new mine starts
    Côte d'Ivoire produced a record 32.478 t of gold in 2019, up 35% from 24.06 t in 2018, data from the mine and geology ministry seen by Reuters showed on Tuesday. The rise was partly explained by the start of production in the northern mine of Sissingue operated by Perseus Mining, mining industry officials said.
  • Ghana delays mining fund IPO to review royalty payment processes
    Ghana is delaying the sale of $750-million of shares in a gold mining fund as the government reviews the rules and processes that dictate mineral royalty payments, according to people familiar with the matter. The West African nation initially prepared to hold the public offering this month, but has postponed the plan until March, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. The fund will be structured to receive royalties and pay dividends from these inflows, prompting the government to reassess whether its systems are sufficiently robust to secure all income due, they said.