Mining Yearbook 2015

Lessons from Blyvoor’s demise

The derelict streets of Blyvooruitzicht, once one of the richest gold mines in the world, serves as a stark reminder of much that needs fixing in SA's mining sector.

West Africa’s iron ore tough to crack

West Africa's iron ore fields offer vast opportunities to the mining sector, but poor infrastructure and political risk are making it difficult to finance them.

Spotlight on African Minerals, Zanaga

Two UK-listed iron ore development and mining companies, African Minerals and Zanaga Iron Ore disclose some of the year's biggest challenges and successes.

Tshipi mine breaks into SA’s major league

Tshipi e Ntle Manganese Mining, in which Pallinghurst Resources has a stake, has broken into the top four manganese producers with its debut Tshipi Borwa mine.

China’s favourite African country

In a spectacularly ironic nod to the colonisers old and new, you can choose to be directed in either English and Chinese at Zimbabwe's Harare airport.

Bullies in the playground

The business climate in Zimbabwe has been described as crazy, confused and unpredictable. Yet somehow mining firms that stay there seem to make it work.

Juniors make hay in Witbank coalfields

Keaton Energy and Universal Coal show that while the Witbank coalfields may be drawing to a close, it offers excellent opportunities to smaller, fleet-footed companies.

SA miners may be stung by BEE

SA's mining sector faces the most acid of compliance tests later this year when it submits its BEE report card. Yet this is far from the end of the matter.

Kalagadi cries foul on loan terms

Interest on an IDC loan has heaped pressure on Kalagadi Manganese, ironically the poster-child of the SA government's beneficiation ideal.

‘We are a new Grootegeluk,” says WCC’s Miller

Waterberg Coal Company has more export thermal coal than any other firm in South Africa, according to its CEO Stephen Miller.