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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.

2019 is a seminal year for investor confidence in South Africa’s mining sector

2019 is a seminal year for investor confidence in South Africa’s mining sector, and international investors will be closely watching a variety of important issues as they seek the clarity they will need to commit to investments in the country.

With crucial national elections due in May, a debt crisis at state electricity utility Eskom and the country’s new mining charter still pending finalisation, Hulme Scholes, a partner at law firm Malan Scholes, said the need for accountability and transparency in the fight against corruption was critical if international investors were to commit to SA and continue unlocking the country’s vast geological potential.

Mining Charter III: Piling the pressure on small miners

By Manus Booysen and Rita Spalding, Partners and mining sector experts at Webber Wentzel

Achieving Mining Charter III’s requirements for structuring broad-based ownership, local procurement and social and labour plans is likely to present serious challenges for small scale miners in particular. It may be time to move away from a “one size fits all” approach in setting charter targets.

Several clauses in Mining Charter III, which may be challenging for large mining houses, place onerous, even impossible, responsibilities on small-scale miners.

These miners include some black-owned businesses as well as hundreds of alluvial diamond miners who are members of the South African Diamond Producers’ Organisation (SADPO) a member of the Minerals Council South Africa.

Phase II striding ahead …

LHDA

Implementing large scale infrastructure projects combines ‘maths and music’: the maths of delivering multiple highly technical engineering components within a specific timeframe and budget, and the music of the softer skills of diplomacy, communication, social, environmental and community protection, while considering the interests and expectations of multiple, diverse stakeholders. The Lesotho Highlands Water Project is no exception to this and while the project is behind the timelines proposed in the Feasibility Report, given the two-year deferred start, Phase II is stepping ahead purposefully.

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Mining Weekly | Africa

19 July 2024

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa. providing updates on the progress of future, new and existing projects. Developments in mining legislation, policies, investments and infrastructure will be highlighted
  • Vulindlela 2.0, green industrialisation, infrastructure at centre of GNU’s growth vision
    A second round of economic reforms under Operation Vulindlela, together with green industrialisation and scaled-up infrastructure development have been placed at the centre of the Government of National Unity’s (GNU’s) agenda for driving inclusive growth and job creation, which President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined in his opening of Parliament address on Thursday night. Speaking 50 days after highly competitive elections where no single party secured an outright majority and days after the new members of the expanded executive met at a Cabinet lekgotla to agree on priorities for a GNU that includes ten political parties, Ramaphosa announced that inclusive economic growth had been placed at “the top of the national agenda”.
  • Capital posts solid growth in second-quarter revenue
    London-listed mining services company Capital has posted a 16.6% year-on-year increase in revenue to just under $90-million for the quarter ended June 30. The revenue generated in the quarter also represents an 11.2% increase on that generated in the first quarter of the year.
  • Improved wheeled plant solution enhances portability, flexibility on mining sites
    In response to shifting market demands and evolving customer needs, mining technology company Weir has undertaken a significant redesign of its wheeled plant solution, known as the Weir Modular Wheeled Plant (WMWP). This initiative marks a strategic turn towards enhancing portability and operational flexibility in mining and construction sectors across global markets, particularly in Africa,” notes Weir Africa GM for crushing and screening products Tiisetso Masekwameng.