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Motsepe calls on South Africans to come together to boost economy
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Top South African business leader Patrice Motsepe on Friday made an impassioned plea to all South Africans, irrespective of political affiliation, to close ranks and focus on building an economy that is sufficiently strong to benefit the country’s entire population.
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Johnny Clegg goes underground at Tau Tona gold mine
 
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Beginning at the site of worlds greatest cataclysm, which created the natural landscape and geology of the Reef, Johnny Clegg follows that elusive thread of gold, and the manmade landscape it has created in its wake, to discover the diverse ways in which artists have imagined and responded to it. On his journey Johnny meets artists Marcus Neustetter, Willem Boshoff, Sam Nhlengethwa, David Goldblatt, Hugh Masekela and Jo Ractliffe. He also ventures down the worlds deepest gold mine; samples age-old distilled beverages, and revisits memories of his childhood growing up on the reef.
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Jobless mining engineering graduates plead for look in
 
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Jobless mining engineering graduates are pleading for inclusion in South Africa’s mining industry in preparation for the sector’s inevitable upturn in the future. Speaking to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online in a video interview on the sidelines of the Junior Indaba in Johannesburg, Society of Mining Engineering Students independent presidential adviser Smangaliso Musawenkosi outlined the current difficulty mining engineering graduates have in finding employment in mining.
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South African mining must be made globally competitive – Motsepe
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – All South Africans need to work together to ensure that the South African mining industry is a globally competitive investment destination, said African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe on Thursday, when he declared the black-controlled company’s highest-ever dividend.
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Take community engagement seriously, ARM’s Motsepe advises
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The South African mining industry must take community engagement extremely seriously to prevent this country’s global competitiveness from being negatively impacted, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe urged on Thursday.
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Technology slashes power use at Glencore's huge S African chrome smelter
 
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STEELPOORT, Limpopo (miningweekly.com) – The Lion ferrochrome smelter owned and operated by the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, uses 37% less electricity than conventional ferrochrome processes to produce the equivalent volume of ferrochrome.
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ANC document's mining tax a worry -- ARM's Motsepe
 
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JOHANNEBURG (miningweekly.com) -- The super tax proposed in the African National Congress's (ANC's) recent nationalisation-rejectxing study is not good for mining, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe said on Monday.
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Globally competitive mining legislation critically important – Motsepe
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Globally competitive mining legislation is critically important for South Africa, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe said on Thursday when he gave his full backing to the “once empowered, always empowered” principle currently the subject of negotiation between the Chamber of Mines and the Department of Mineral Resources.
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Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits – Friedland
 
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CAPE TOWN (miningweekly.com) – Mining can and will deliver massive benefits if all stakeholders work together, Ivanhoe Mines executive co-chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday.
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Second Take: South Africas mine nationalisation
 
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Creamer Media's Shannon O'Donnell speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about the strident calls by South Africa's youth league's for the nationalisation of the country's mines.
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ARM's Motsepe predicts successful charter, land outcomes
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) - The executive chairperson of diversified black-controlled mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), Patrice Motsepe, on Friday expressed the firm conviction that South Africa was in the process of reinforcing its position as a competitive mining destination through a positive Mining Charter outcome and widespread consensus on the manner in which the crucial issue of land expropriation is tackled.
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Sasol targeting step change in coal mining productivity
 
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SECUNDA (miningweekly.com) – Sasol Mining is targeting a productivity leap at its coal mines in Secunda, which supply 40-million tonnes of run-of-mine coal a year to the company’s coal-to-liquids synfuels plant in Secunda. Up to now, its five Secunda coal mines have been bord and pillar mined, but under identification are panels appropriate for more efficient long-hole mining.
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he next decade belongs to palladium rather than platinum
 
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Creamer Media's Shannon O'Donnell speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about the next decade belonging to palladium rather than platinum.
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Time to make Africa prosperous – Ghana President
 
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CAPE TOWN (miningweekly.com) ­– It is time for Africa to make itself and its people prosperous by making use of mineral resources and modern technology to create a new world shorn of greed and stupidity, Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Monday.
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Wits 'digital mine' bringing satellite communication to underground mining
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) -- The digital-mine mock-up that is being built beneath the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) is expected to pave the way for the introduction of real-time satellite communication into South Africa's Internet-deprived underground mines.
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Rand Water invests billions to ensure sufficient supply by 2020
 
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Water utility Rand Water will invest more than R17-billion on infrastructure development during its five-year infrastructure development plan, which will end in 2020.
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Mintek unveils pilot rare earth solvent extraction plant
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Local State-owned mineral and metallurgical innovation company Mintek on Friday officially opened a rare earth solvent extraction pilot plant at its head offices in Johannesburg.
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Enormous global demand on way for copper, platinum, zinc
 
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Enormous global demand is building for copper, platinum and zinc, driven by new technology, mitigation of health risks in hospitals and agricultural augmentation. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer speaks to Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley about the developments.
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Contractor finds value in gold mine dumps
 
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Although tailings retreatment is not new to South Africa, the country’s mine dumps, especially those of the gold mining sector, still hold immeasurable value that could increase the profitability of mining projects for clients and contractors, says materials handling and hauling expert Ncamiso Mining.
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Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – With about 650-million people in Africa currently without access to electricity, Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov believes the solution lies in area-specific solutions.
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South Africa is Eickhoff base for global continuous coal miner lift off
 
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Coal mining equipment multinational Eickhoff is using South Africa as a base from which to ramp up its penetration of the global market for continuous mining machines. Eickhoff MD Reinhard Jahn tells Mining Weekly Online in a video interview that the company has chosen South Africa for the introduction of its continuous miner prototypes because of the country's widespread use of the room-and-pillar coal mining method.
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South Africa must instil new confidence in global investors -- Patrice Motsepe
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) -- South Africa would benefit greatly if it succeeded in instilling new confidence in the global investment community, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe said on Tuesday. Answering questions after the JSE-listed ARM presented a 30% fall in headline earnings to R1.41-billion in the six months to December 31, Motsepe said the countries that had created the most jobs, lifted living standards highest, improved literacy most and provided the best health facilities were those that offered global investors the highest degree of confidence.
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South Africa crucial to global chrome supply, Chromium 2017 hears
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – South Africa is an irreplaceable global supplier of chrome ore and ferrochrome, which is, in turn, an irreplaceable component of China-dominated stainless steel production, global delegates to last week’s well-attended Chromium 2017 conference heard.
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Bauba Platinum to raise R45m for more exploration
 
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New platinum junior Bauba intends raising R45-million in equity capital by the end of this year or in the first quarter of 2011 to allow for additional exploration drilling to take the inferred resource up the value curve and towards a bankable feasibility study.
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Line has to be drawn on unreasonable union demands -- Patrice Motsepe
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) -- Employers had to set a limit on unreasonable pay demands by labour unions, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe said on Monday.
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SuzelleDIY The Book
 
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SuzelleDIY The Book gives DIY a humorous twist. Julia Anastasopoulos, aka Suzelle, shows us how to deal with household chores, maintain your car, live green, make braai day a day to remember and how to minimise the hours you spend in the kitchen.
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South Africa's Labour Relations Act needs radical reform -- John Brand
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) -- South Africa's Labour Relations Act needed radical reform by way of a Wiehahn-type commission of inquiry into labour legislation, top South African labour lawyer John Brand said on Wednesday.
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South Zambezi delivers Engineering services: for Africa by Africans
 
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Centurion-based civil and structural engineering consultant South Zambezi Engineering Services has grown substantially since it was acquired in 2014 by conglomerate Khato Holdings, helping Africa deliver sustainable basic infrastructure on time and within budget to promote socioeconomic development.
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Industrial uses for gold
 
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Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about the industrial uses for gold.
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Shortage of rock engineers a problem
 
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South African mine seismology specialist SiM Mining Consultants is increasing awareness of the risks associated with rockbursts in deep-level mines by compiling the mine seismology section for the Chamber of Mines' (CoM's) rock engineering certificate (REC) training material.
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Second Take: Acid Mine Drainage and its environmental threat
 
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Creamer Media's Shannon O'Donnell speaks to Engineering News features editor Brindaveni Naidoo about the causes and effects of acid mine drainage on South Africa's environment.
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Kebble's cleansed Randgold & Exploration heads back to JSE
 
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The "sanitised" Randgold & Exploration (R&E) mining company of the late Brett Kebble is heading back to the JSE after shareholders on Friday voted overwhelmingly in favour of a settlement that unlocks a value of R1,4-billion.
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Gold Fields invests $1.4bn to extend Damang’s life-of-mine
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Gold Fields will invest $1.4-billion to extend the life of its Damang mine, in Ghana, from 2017 to 2024. Over the life of the mine, 165-million tons will be mined, with 32-million tons processed at a grade of 1.65 g/t, resulting in total gold production of 1.56-million ounces.
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Platinum projects well under way
 
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Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sylvania Platinum’s project portfolio includes four hotspots on the northern limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex that have been identified as prospective platinum, palladium and gold targets (PGM 3E), together with copper (Cu) and nickel (Ni) deposits.
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Tanzania’s 55% share of mine revenue ‘pretty generous’ – AngloGold
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The share of revenues that the government of Tanzania has received from the Geita gold mine is “pretty generous” when compared with what shareholders have received, AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan said on Monday when the company reported an adjusted headline loss of $93-million, which includes retrenchment provision of $47-million and a silicosis provision of $46-million.
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'Hot spot' Ivory Coast may host next new Randgold mine
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) -- Under-explored Ivory Coast, which has just introduced what is seen as the most investor-friendly mining code in Africa, may become the site of the sixth mine that the London- and Nasdaq-listed Randgold Resources will build on the continent.
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Glencore sees slight coal undersupply
 
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Ogies, Mpumalanga (miningweekly.com) – Mining and marketing giant Glencore sees a slight undersupply of coal on the horizon. Speaking on video to Creamer Media’s senior staff writer Zandile Mavuso at Glencore’s donation of a new R75-million state-of-the-art school to South Africa’s Department of Basic Education, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg outlined higher expected future demand for seaborne coal, owing to the world’s biggest coal exporter Indonesia absorbing a large volume of previously exported coal for its own new coal-fired power stations and India, China and Korea also requiring coal for new thermal stations.
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Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – While retaining coal as its bedrock, Exxaro Resources has begun taking steps that will take the company beyond coal and even beyond mining, Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday.
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Second Take: Tshipi é Ntle mine
 
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Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about the Tshipi é Ntle mine, the newest manganese development in the Northern Cape.
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Chinese to invest R600m to resuscitate liquidated Orkney gold mine -- Khumalo
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) -- Chinese investors have agreed to a capital injection of R600-million into the dormant Orkney gold mine, bought out following the liquidation of the former JSE-listed Pamodzi Gold. China African Precious Metals (CAPM) executive director Elias Khumalo said on Monday that the amount of R600-million had been approved at a meeting of shareholders in Shanghai last week.
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Kumba hands over Siyathemba youth centre, parks to community
 
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KATHU (miningweekly.com) – Kumba Iron Ore CE Themba Mkhwanazi on Tuesday officially handed over 17 parks, as well as the Siyathemba Youth Centre, to the community of Siyathemba, near Kathu.
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LontohCoal enters export market with first shipment to Ethiopia
 
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RICHARDS BAY (miningweekly.com) − South African junior LontohCoal shipped its first 27 500 t of anthracite on Wednesday, marking the company's entry into the coal export market.
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Mintek reveals new tailings retreatment process
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – State-owned research organisation Mintek on Wednesday demonstrated its Reflaut tailings treatment process at gold miner Gold Fields’ South Deep mine, in Johannesburg.
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Gold Fields to build 3D model of huge South Deep mine
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – A three-dimensional (3D) visualisation model of the large South Deep gold mine is poised to be the high point of a series of modernisation steps taken by the Gold Fields operation, which last week helped the share price of the Johannesburg- and New York-listed gold mining company to take its highest single leap in 16 years.
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Remove exploration red tape or mining will die, geologist warns
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The excessive red tape around minerals exploration must be removed to prevent the demise of South Africa’s vital mining industry, consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad said on Thursday.
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Exciting new system automates mining of low seams
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) -- A new fully automated low-seam mining system, which unlocks resources too difficult to mine, is able to achieve high outputs of 10 000 t a day in seams as low as 1.3 m. Joy Global VP products management underground mining Ben Snyman, who spoke to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy symposium, said the first system would be operational in an underground mine by the end of this year.
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Kumba opens automated iron-ore sampling plant
 
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SALDANHA (miningweekly.com) − JSE-listed iron-ore miner Kumba has opened a new automated iron-ore sampling plant at the port of Saldanha, which last year exported 47-million tons of iron-ore from South Africa.
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Gamsberg project cost lowered as zinc price outlook brightens
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Zinc International, the subsidiary of the London-listed and India-rooted Vedanta, is managing to achieve what both Anglo American and Gold Fields failed to do before it – build a zinc mine that has been 40 years in the making at Gamsberg in the Northern Cape.
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Research coordinator advocates new mining method for gold, platinum
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweeky.com) -- A new mining method, which avoids the wasteful shattering of precious metal during blasting, has the potential to boost gold and platinum mining significantly, says highly experienced research coordinator Dr RE (Robbie) Robinson. Selected blast mining (SBM), assisted by modern computer programming, could be re-piloted in a matter of months to become standard practice across South Africa's narrow-reef precious metals mines within a year, the former director of the National Institute for Metallurgy, now Mintek, says in a Mining Weekly Online video interview. (To watch this video interview, click on the icon on the picture accompanying this article).
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Mine nationalisation lost Zambia $45bn, Eunomix study finds
 
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) -- Copper-endowed Zambia lost $45-billion in mining rents by nationalising its mines, an amount considerably greater than the foreign aid it received in those years, Eunomix MD Claude Baissac calculates in a just-completed major study on African economic advancement through resource development.
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