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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.

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.

Urgent need for single, global emissions standard

The world needs a uniform emissions standard, such as Euro 6, so that developing nations have access to the clean air enjoyed in Davos.

What’s the state of our mining nation?

South Africa's mining sector has lost ground in its ability to attract international investment, but tripartite cooperation can restore our fortunes.

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.

Water licence no guarantee to SA miners

The South African government is able to restrict water supply to mining companies during drought even if firms hold an integrated water use licence.

PGMs are the unchallenged metals of future

Platinum group metals have a vibrant, healthy future that far outweighs the current stresses in the market, argues Chamber of Mines CEO, Roger Baxter.

Mindset change needed for water management

It makes better sense to integrate our management of our water resources in a manner that does not require legislative change.

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.

Advances in miner indebtedness only the start

Anglo American Platinum has saved and refunded R3m to its workers by properly administrating indebtedness, but it's only the tip of the iceberg.