Mining in Focus 2019-02-14T10:22:14+00:00

Mining in Focus

  • A 2006 tailings dam model. Image credit: IMD

Tailings dams technology – learning from failure (Part 2): Mines rethink safety measures

February 15th, 2019|

In the past few years, there has been renewed interest in finding ways to make tailings storage facilities (TSFs) safer, following very significant failures at facilities like Mount Polley in [...]

  • Old exposed stopes in the Witwatersrand Basin were quickly targeted by illegal miners, or zama-zamas. This exposed site is close to Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg.

Can we afford zama-zamas?

February 6th, 2019|

The South African government has commenced with a process of handing out mining permits to informal and illegal miners. Nicolaas Steenkamp asks what the implications are. […]

  • Water security is key to the mining industry in South Africa. Image credit: Leon Louw

Tailings dam technology: learning from failure (Part 1)

January 25th, 2019|

Water security makes tailings dam technology a key hurdle for South Africa’s mining growth, writes Adriaan Meintjes. […]

  • B2Gold’s mine in Namibia

The ins and outs of tailings dams

January 17th, 2019|

Tailings dams usually only hit the headlines when they fail, resulting in the loss of life and catastrophic environmental damage. As a result, the proper design, management, construction, and monitoring [...]

  • Wirtgen surface miners can load material via stable conveyor systems directly into trucks or dumpers in a single operation. The material can also be deposited in windrows between the crawler tracks or placed alongside the machine. Image credit: Wirtgen

Conventional mining vs surface miners

November 19th, 2018|

Several opencast mining operations are looking at using surface miners rather than conventional mining methods to unearth coal deposits. Edited by Leon Louw […]

  • Petra Diamonds - New Process Plant Cullinan Mine

Cullinan steps up: new blasting system and mine expansion

November 19th, 2018|

Petra Diamonds and BME have accomplished technological innovation for underground blasting with the implementation of the new Axxis centralised blasting system (CBS), writes Dineo [...]