In-house renewable energy could be a boon for South African mines
Exploring the opportunities afforded by mine sites generating at least some of their own power, with a particular focus on the potential in South Africa With their recent profitability buoyed by price improvements in certain commodities, some South African miners may consider investing part of their windfall gains to create their own renewable energy generating capacity. Encouraging comments by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, at February’s Mining Indaba Read More
December 2019
The benefits of formal mentoring programs
When properly managed, formal mentoring programs provide a range of opportunities for both mentors and mentees at all stages of their careers Although the goals of a mentoring relationship may differ according to context, all good mentoring partnerships involve the transfer of knowledge between a less experienced individual (the mentee) and the more experienced mentor. Mentors can provide insight and expertise to support the mentee’s individual growth and maturity (Allen and Eby, Read More
December 2019
Changing the face of mining
Social licence continues to be the top business risk for the mining and metals industry today. While it is promising to see the industry start to embrace new ways to more effectively engage communities, one could argue that the inherent problem still remains: the way we mine. Economies of scale over the past 50 years have seen mines become increasingly larger and larger. With the deepest mines extending kilometres below the surface, large scale mining is a feat of engineering that has Read More
December 2019
It’s time to better manage biodiversity in Australia
An overview of strategies that can help mitigate project risks and improve your organisation’s biodiversity footprint For any infrastructure, power, mining or oil and gas development, managing biodiversity and environmental values effectively is essential to securing project approval. Managing biodiversity is also a major factor affecting reputation and social licence. But beyond this narrow perspective, we need to recognise that our local approach to biodiversity matters in a global Read More
December 2019
The importance of autonomous technology training
With the huge potential for new technology to revolutionise mining operations, high-quality training of personnel is needed to ensure safety and efficiency Across the global mining industry, there is an ever-increasing adoption of smart technology. Gone are the days where miners worked in isolation, digging up earth and hoping to strike pay dirt. Now, every stage of the mining process is jam-packed with technology designed to improve the mining process and safeguard mining personnel. Read More
October 2019
Forecasts of a lithium ‘glut’ are far from the truth
There has been much talk around an apparent 'oversupply' of lithium, including at the recent Diggers and Dealers forum in Kalgoorlie. Here, veteran Australian lithium expert Adrian Griffin puts this talk into context. Many equity market and lithium industry analysts have seized on recent statistics for lithium supply and demand as indicative of long-term market trends. They see the rapid increase in hard-rock production, combined with a slower-than-anticipated uptake of electric Read More