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

Mining in Focus

  • Underground equipment at the Burnstone gold mine in 2012

Remember Burnstone

April 5th, 2019|

There has been a lot of talk about mechanisation, but mechanisation has failed in certain instances, writes Leon Louw. […]

  • Most mining activities will be automated within the next five years. Image credit: Sandvik

Underground mining — automate or die

April 4th, 2019|

Technology is changing the face of underground mining, writes Leon Louw and Dineo Phoshoko. […]

  • Australian mining company West Wits is exploiting gold seams left in the ground by bigger mining companies. Image credit: Leon Louw

SA’s fields of gold

April 4th, 2019|

Contrary to popular belief, great opportunities still exist for gold miners in South Africa. In fact, the country might be sitting on the world’s next great gold deposit. But we won’t know until the drill [...]

  • Advances in technology promise to pave the way to safer and more environmentally sound tailings storage practices. Image credit: SRK

Tailings dams technology: learning from failure (Part 3)

March 18th, 2019|

By Adriaan Meintjes In his third article on tailings storage facilities, Adriaan Meintjes looks at how technology can address the challenges. […]

  • 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. […]