Operations 2021-04-20T11:17:09+00:00
  • A junior miner in Mpumalanga. Covid-19, regulatory constraints and a lack of funding has resulted in several mining operations being mothballed in South Africa. Photo by ©Leon Louw

Where are the SA juniors?

April 28th, 2021|Cover story, Operations|

A junior miner in Mpumalanga. Covid-19, regulatory constraints and a lack of funding has resulted in several mining operations being mothballed in South Africa. Photo by ©Leon Louw For a world-renowned mining country, [...]

  • Drill rigs with the control room on the left. Photo by ©Leon Louw

Rigs step into the future

March 30th, 2021|Cover story, Operations|

Edited by Leon Louw African Mining recently visited equipment manufacturer Rosond’s head office in Midrand to have a look at the drilling rigs on the way to Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore mines in the [...]

  • Water in underground mines can be a curse or a blessing. Image credit: Barnabas Mboweni

Water: Blessing or Curse?

May 18th, 2020|Operations|

For mining, water can be both a blessing and a curse, writes Barnabas Mboweni. Water is an extremely precious resource; necessary for sustaining life itself. No organisation can operate without it. Whether it is a [...]

  • Piping should be sized and installed in accordance with rules of good practice. Pixabay

Mine ventilation a matter of life and death

March 25th, 2020|Operations|

Compiled by Tarina Coetzee A well-functioning heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in a mine is non-negotiable when it comes to creating a safe working environment for mine workers. […]

  • AfriTin produced first concentrate from their Phase 1 pilot plant at the Uis deposit in Namibia in August 2019. All images by Leon Louw.

In congested tin space, Bisie shines bright

March 25th, 2020|Operations|

Edited by Leon Louw While a number of exploration companies in Africa are still looking to get a foot in the door, the tin (Sn) processing plant at Bisie mine [...]

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Reduce the risk of tailings

January 30th, 2020|Operations|

The risk of tailings dam failures can be reduced significantly by using accurate pore pressure monitoring, writes Dr Kym L. Morton. The January 2019 Brumadinho tailings dam failure in Brazil [...]