Mining Yearbook 2015

De Beers looks to SA with fresh eyes

The easy mines, where you trip over a diamond-bearing outcrop, have long been found in SA but that doesn't mean new mines in the country are an impossibility.

Mark Cutifani: ‘We are rebuilding Anglo American’

Pressure on Mark Cutifani's Anglo American is growing with analysts calling for the dividend to be cut. He spoke to David McKay ...

Anglo pumping iron but cost issues weigh

Anglo American's newly commissioned Minas Rio has the attributes of a quality assets but the focus is now falling on building its scale to be more competitive.

300-day NEMA target in Govt’s reach

A one-stop authorisation process for mining and prospecting rights is a step in the right direction, provided the state departments has the capacity.

Restructuring no easy option for SA platinum

Estimates say up to 700,000 ounces of production ought to be excised from the platinum sector, but the industry's ability to restructure is cramped.

China’s ‘coming out party’ now a global hangover

If the Beijing Olympics was China's 'coming out party', the iron ore price slump is surely the hangover ... and it's hurting the world's miners in the race to survive.

‘I told Eskom to get its facts right’: Brown

Lynne Brown, public enterprises minister, explains the day she lost patience with inconsistency and excuses at Eskom, the state-owned power utility.

Eskom to stay public in basic service role

Eskom's balance sheet has long been the subject of debate, but private enterprises minister, Lynne Brown, doesn't think selling part of the utility will help.

Light at the end of the tunnel for Eskom’s Molefe

Brian Molefe, acting CEO at Eskom, draws a range of opinions, but his stubborn resistance to naysayers may just be what South Africa's stricken utility needs.

Adding up the numbers

As Transnet Freight Rail starts delivering on the early phases of its coal line upgrades, questions remain over the economics of its most ambitious expansion plans.