Mining Review Africa Edition 5, 2016

West Africa, the focus of our May issue, offered a wealth of potential regions, candidates and topics to choose from and cover – including Ghana and the Ivory Coast through to Mali and Liberia. Whe...
West Africa, the focus of our May issue, offered a wealth of potential regions, candidates and topics to choose from and cover – including Ghana and the Ivory Coast through to Mali and Liberia. When compiling our final list of projects however, of which there were many, it appeared that one specific country and one specific commodity took centre stage… Burkina Faso.
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Mining Review Africa Edition 4, 2016

The April edition of Mining Review Africa pays tribute to this with just one word: technology. It has become crystal clear to me that technology can unlock the doors to operating viability and coul...
The April edition of Mining Review Africa pays tribute to this with just one word: technology. It has become crystal clear to me that technology can unlock the doors to operating viability and could be a saving grace for South Africa’s mining sector in particular: it is desperate for transitional change as it looks to unlock low grade, uneconomic ore bodies to ensure long-term livelihood. When coupled with mechanisms to deliver ‘lean and mean’ operations, a large percentage of mining projects...
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Mining Review Africa Edition 3, 2016

It is with great sadness that I write my opening comments for the March edition. It is hard to celebrate another year of record safety achievements in South Africa’s mining sector when the tragedy ...
It is with great sadness that I write my opening comments for the March edition. It is hard to celebrate another year of record safety achievements in South Africa’s mining sector when the tragedy at Lily mine weighs so heavily on my mind.
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Mining Review Africa Edition 2, 2016

By the time you read this the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town would have come and gone and all my questions (and perhaps yours) will be answered – will this major event be we...
By the time you read this the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town would have come and gone and all my questions (and perhaps yours) will be answered – will this major event be well attended when disposable income is thin? Will CEOs stand up and be honest about the economic mining crisis we’re struggling with and will they openly share their adaptation strategies for staying alive? I hope so, because these are the stories Mining Review Africa is looking for.
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Mining Review Africa Edition 1, 2016

It has not been easy to start the year on a positive note. 2015 was one of the most difficult years for the mining industry, which saw commodity prices plummet to record-breaking lows and retrenchm...
It has not been easy to start the year on a positive note. 2015 was one of the most difficult years for the mining industry, which saw commodity prices plummet to record-breaking lows and retrenchment statistics rise … and rise.
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Mining Review Africa Edition 12, 2015

December is undoubtedly the month for reflection. As the year winds to a close we are afforded the chance to review the past 12 months and prepare for the year ahead. 2015 has been a roller coaster...
December is undoubtedly the month for reflection. As the year winds to a close we are afforded the chance to review the past 12 months and prepare for the year ahead. 2015 has been a roller coaster ride for the mining sector. The start of the year may not represent the end of a boom period; but it certainly represents that point on a roller coaster where you reach the top of a steady climb. You have just a moment to view the world before plummeting back down – which is what commodity prices h...
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Mining Review Africa Edition 11, 2015

Wasn’t it only yesterday that South Africa was welcoming Ngoako Ramatlhodi as the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR) new mining minister? That is what it feels like to me, although in reality R...
Wasn’t it only yesterday that South Africa was welcoming Ngoako Ramatlhodi as the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR) new mining minister? That is what it feels like to me, although in reality Ramatlhodi was appointed in May last year. Fast forward to the present and the mining industry must contend with another major challenge (amongst numerous others) as it returns to the starting blocks with Mosebenzi Zwane, our new mining minister as of September – and frankly, an unknown entity who ha...
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Mining Review Africa Edition 10, 2015

It is not always easy to stay upbeat when your industry is bleeding, suffering and wounded. Anaemic commodity prices are strangling the life out of so many mining operations – the Democratic Republ...
It is not always easy to stay upbeat when your industry is bleeding, suffering and wounded. Anaemic commodity prices are strangling the life out of so many mining operations – the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia being the latest additions to the fatally wounded list. But, just for a moment, maybe longer, I would like to focus on the positive. Fortunately for me, it isn’t too hard to find. Mining Review Africa has become an expert and specialist in providing the industry on a monthly b...
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Mining Review Africa Edition 9, 2015

If I could theme this particular issue of Mining Review Africa, I would theme it ‘INSPIRATION’. This was not my or Chantelle’s intention, nor did I realise it until our page plan design for the iss...
If I could theme this particular issue of Mining Review Africa, I would theme it ‘INSPIRATION’. This was not my or Chantelle’s intention, nor did I realise it until our page plan design for the issue was complete. Nonetheless, the magazine is full of inspirational messages and mining activities that are sure to make you smile or brighten your day.
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Mining Review Africa Edition 8, 2015

My day started like any other – with coffee and the morning’s news headlines. But this day was diff erent and the consequences are showing already. 17 July, a Friday, is the day the platinum price ...
My day started like any other – with coffee and the morning’s news headlines. But this day was diff erent and the consequences are showing already. 17 July, a Friday, is the day the platinum price dropped below $1 000/oz. And like many situations in life, I knew it was coming but was still greatly shocked when it did. Precious metal prices have not been this low since February 2009, which is even more concerning. It suggests a long market recovery turnaround.
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