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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Mining Review Africa Edition 7, 2015

The Lonmin Marikana strike in 2012 is proof that history really does repeat itself. This begs one question in my mind – why did we not learn from our previous mistakes?
The Lonmin Marikana strike in 2012 is proof that history really does repeat itself. This begs one question in my mind – why did we not learn from our previous mistakes?
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Mining Review Africa Edition 5, 2015

My recent visit to Northam Platinum’s Booysendal (UG2 North) mine reminded me why I haven’t grown bored with the industry I write about day after day – for more than a decade now. It’s because no t...
My recent visit to Northam Platinum’s Booysendal (UG2 North) mine reminded me why I haven’t grown bored with the industry I write about day after day – for more than a decade now. It’s because no two mines are exactly the same and every site visit I’ve made has left a unique impression. I truly believe this having visited many mines across different continents over many years. Honestly, if I think back to some of the mines I have had the pleasure of seeing for myself, they have each offered a...
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Mining Review Africa Edition 6, 2015

The South African mining sector is currently being plagued by negative sentiment – ‘regulatory uncertainty is driving investment away, electricity prices are too high, electricity supply is inconsi...
The South African mining sector is currently being plagued by negative sentiment – ‘regulatory uncertainty is driving investment away, electricity prices are too high, electricity supply is inconsistent, wages are escalating, etc., etc.’. And that is just for starters. While I agree that these are all significant, industry impacting difficulties which need urgent and immediate attention to secure our industry’s long-term sustainability, I also want to remind you that we shouldn’t overlook the...
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