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Many companies still procuring unsuitable protective equipment for female mineworkers
Published: 19 Apr 19
The number of women working in the mining sector has increased significantly over the past 17 years, with the numbers growing from 11 400 in 2002 to over 53 100 today, comments female footwear brand Sisi’s senior brand manager Vanessa Ronald. Sisi is one of eight brands under the BBF Safety Group, which was established after a merger of several South African safety footwear manufacturers, including Bagshaw Footwear, Beier Safety Footwear, Bronx Safety, United Frams and Wayne.
Construction at Turquoise Ridge  mine progresses Construction at Turquoise Ridge mine progresses
Published: 19 Apr 19
Construction of a third shaft at mining company Barrick Gold’s underground mine Turquoise Ridge in Nevada, in the US, continues to advance according to schedule and within budget, the miner noted in its financial report, released in February. Efforts for this year will focus on shaft sinking and earth works.
UMS Group follows  alternative shaft sinking methodologies UMS Group follows alternative shaft sinking methodologies
Published: 19 Apr 19
Mining solutions provider Underground Mining Services (UMS) Group is focusing on an alternative shaft sinking methodology that emphasises safety and mechanisation. The UMS Group comprises Shaft Sinkers as well as Mining Engineering Technical Services (METS) aims to provide clients with the full value chain offering of mining services.
Investor sentiment contradicting diamond market fundamentals
Published: 19 Apr 19
Lukewarm investor sentiment for natural diamonds seems to contradict the stable demand and favourable supply forecasts for natural diamonds, US-based diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky notes in a statement released last week. He recalls that during the State-owned Russian diamond company Alrosa’s Capital Markets Day on March 18, the company noted that the questions most frequently asked during one-on-one meetings with investors are ones related to the impact of laboratory-grown diamonds on the business. 
Russian, Angolan diamond groups sign MoU
Published: 19 Apr 19
Russia’s predominantly State-owned global diamond mining major Alrosa and Angola’s State-owned national diamond mining company Endiama signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) early this month. This marks the latest stage in the development of the relationship between the two entities, which have been cooperating for more than 25 years. They are the co-founders and main shareholders (with 41% each) in Angola’s largest diamond mining company, Catoca. (Catoca has estimated reserves of 120-million carats, and mines and sells about 6.8-million carats of diamonds a year.) Also, since 2014 they have been jointly exploring for diamonds in Angola.
Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues
Published: 19 Apr 19
The South African mining industry has continuously recommitted to the shared aspiration of zero harm, which aims to ensure that mineworkers return home from work unharmed every day. While there was an 86% decline in the number of fatalities from 1994 to 2016, the death of 90 mineworkers marked a notable regression in 2017, which has resulted in industry stakeholders recommitting to achieving zero harm.
Ivanplats to complete early-works construction at Platreef Shaft 2 Ivanplats to complete early-works construction at Platreef Shaft 2
Published: 19 Apr 19
Ivanplats, the South African subsidiary of Ivanhoe Mines, is expected to complete early-works construction at Shaft 2 of the Platreef palladium/platinum/nickel/copper/gold/rhodium project, near Mokopane, in Limpopo, South Africa, in the second quarter, says Ivanplats VP and project director Gerick Mouton. Mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation is the principal contractor for Shaft 2 and has employed the services of civil engineering company Concor Holdings as a subcontractor.
Underground copper project start remains  on track Underground copper project start remains on track
Published: 19 Apr 19
Copper ore company Nevada Copper has confirmed that its Pumpkin Hollow underground copper project remains on target to start production in the fourth quarter this year. Pumpkin Hollow is located in Nevada, in the US and has substantial reserves and resources including copper, gold and silver.
Murray & Roberts Cementation wins Palabora contract Murray & Roberts Cementation wins Palabora contract
Published: 19 Apr 19
Mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a contract by copper miner Palabora Mining Company for a 1 200-m-deep ventilation shaft. The shaft, with a lined diameter of 8.5 m, will reach a final blind sink depth of 1 190 m before a drop raise takes it to its final depth, according to Murray & Roberts Cementation project executive Braam Blom.
Africa will struggle to keep up with lead-producing countries, says Fitch Africa will struggle to keep up with lead-producing countries, says Fitch
Published: 19 Apr 19
Africa will struggle to keep up with major lead-producing countries, such as China and Australia, owing to a lack of new projects in the pipeline, says credit and macro intelligence solutions provider Fitch Group commodities industry expert Diego Oliva-Velez. There are currently only four new lead projects in Africa, three in Namibia and one in Algeria, according to Fitch Solutions’ mining projects database.
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