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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.

Global Minerals Professionals Alliance undertakes International Action on Tailings

In light of the global challenges faced around mine waste, particularly tailings, the Global Minerals Professionals Alliance (GMPA) will be undertaking ‘Global Action on Tailings’. The initiative was announced at a recent meeting of the GMPA – a collaborative partnership between leading professional organizations for minerals around the world – held in February 2019, in Denver, Colorado in conjunction with the 2019 SME Annual Conference & Expo.

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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
  • Gerald Group unit to suspend iron-ore mining in Sierra Leone
    SL Mining, a subsidiary of US commodity trader Gerald Group, will suspend iron-ore mining operations in Sierra Leone over a dispute with the government about royalty payments, a company letter seen by Reuters showed on Friday. SL Mining filed for arbitration last month in an international court against Sierra Leone's government after authorities imposed a ban in July on exports from the company's Marampa mine.
  • BlueRock sells another high value diamond
    Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds has sold a 10.6 ct diamond for $103 000. This is the sixth diamond sold for more than $50 000 this year. Together, the six diamonds have generated revenues of $600 000.
  • Hydropedology focus added to water use licence consideration
    Growing awareness around the importance of wetlands is prompting the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to request specialist hydropedological studies from companies applying for water use licences under certain conditions. Hydropedology – the study of the interaction between soils and water – provides insights into interflow processes in the sub-surface area between surface water and groundwater.