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How job losses, fatalities and illegal mining are a vicious cycle

WHEN it comes to mining statistics of a negative nature they relate in the first place to the 82 mining deaths that occurred in...

Union rivalry, bully culture, DMR corruption: Inside Sibanye-Stillwaters’ safety summits

THIS year’s mining death toll of 21 at Sibanye-Stillwater mines has exposed this mining house to class action, as well as political attack. To...

Hard times, but we are finding common ground

The mood at the Mining Indaba was relatively sombre because these are hard times for miners. Yet through the gloom, there are moments of commonality.

Contrarians survive mining market cycles

It's a well established fact that well run companies with good orebodies and that can budget sensibly will reap the rewards when the market returns to health.

SA mining cannot keep relying on courts to regulate industry

THE recent judgment in the court case between the Chamber of Mines and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) over the once-empowered, always-empowered principle...

Root causes of Marikana atrocity must be tackled

Instead of trying to protect political careers, it would be better to tackle the root causes of the Marikana atrocity identified in the Farlam Commission's report.

Policies not to blame for low SA investment

The view that the dearth of foreign direct investment in South Africa's mining sector is down to poor politics has been over-played.

Temptation to draw on retirement leaves mine employees wanting

AS a trustee of one of the country’s major mining retirement funds, and as a trade union official who is often involved in retrenchment...

High Court ruling a landmark in MPRDA royalty disputes

IN a High Court decision handed down on 3 October 2017, Justice Meyer found in favour of the taxpayer, United Manganese of Kalahari Proprietary...

National alignment crucial to mining project success

AMONG the bland assertions often made about what is needed to achieve success in the mining industry are that much depends on corporate size,...