Metal Heads

Miners must get back to what they do best

Mining companies have forgotten why they exist, a type of hypoxia caused from a prolonged period of sky-high metal prices.

Platinum sector facing 20% cost hike by 2016

It's just as well miners are optimistic because we face some heavy challenges, especially in the platinum sector where costs will be 20% higher over 13 months.

Overcoming the talent gap in African mining

Local skills are hard to come by in mining provinces such as Zambia's copperbelt which throws up challenges in completing environmental studies for projects.

Project disasters and how to avoid them

All too often mining and construction companies make assumptions about their projects that lead them down the road to disaster.

We’re not waiting around for Farlam report

Ben Magara, CEO of Lonmin, said the company had worked to address the distrust between labour and management since his appointment in 2013.

Mining charter ruling will have limited effect

The South African government can amend its legislation if a court ruling proves the 'once-empowered, always-empowered' principle is supported in the charter.

Black business stymied by BEE lock-in clauses

Mining firms have no option but to lock their black partners into BEE structures which in turn limits the scope for real empowerment.

Time to honour Jo’burg’s gold legacy

Johannesburg has a rich legacy in gold mining, but mining firms today will fail that legacy if they fail to give back to communities.

Folly in taking mining charter to court

The potential knock-on effects of seeking legal clarity on aspects of the mining charter could result in protracted delays, rejoinders and sector uncertainty.

New tripartite alliance needed for SA mining

Industrial companies innovate constantly and assume lower prices will prevail in future. Mining companies used to operate like that. Now they have to again.