Mining News

WITH hands covered with liver spots, Stan Madden points out the expanse of Aston Lake glimmering  in  the  distance Fields of near-ripened meal­ies and clusters of soya beans stretch across this fertile, wet­land-sodden landscape on the outskirts of Springs

The closure of the mine at Blyvooruitzicht, which sat on one of South Africa's richest gold deposits, threw all 1,700 workers out of a job. 

R60 Billion held for mines that are never closed Featured

Written by Thursday, 18 May 2017 17:42

Never-before-seen data shows a fortune has been set aside for mine rehabilitation in South Africa. But large mines are not being properly closed, and the money cannot be touched. Mark Olalde investigates

Ransacked Gold Mine Venture Reboots Featured

Written by Tuesday, 11 April 2017 19:32

South African mining veteran Peter Skeat is pressing ahead with plans to squeeze more gold out of an 80-year-old ransacked gold mine west of Johannesburg after settling a dispute with three former partners.

Coal Mines leave a legacy of ruin Featured

Written by Tuesday, 11 April 2017 18:57

Oxpeckers publishes never-before-seen data exposing the lack of mine closures, despite R45-billion being held in financial provisions for rehabilitation in 2015. Investigation by Mark Olalde

Tours of West Rand gold fields Featured

Written by Monday, 06 March 2017 17:39

The FSE conducts regular tours with interested and affected parties, of the West Rand gold fields and Sibanye Gold’s operations. 

Mine Shafts: Accidents waiting to happen

Written by Monday, 06 March 2017 07:47

 

Eighty-two shafts without warning signs.  Twenty-two open shafts.  Three waterlogged holings.  And of the reported closed mine shafts, 64 had collapsed or needed refilling.

These are among the main findings of a Department of Mineral Resources’ “Risk Area Status” report spanning the Witwatersrand’s mining belt from November 2011.

Residents left in the dark over AMD treatment

Written by Monday, 13 February 2017 11:54

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has been accused of “authorising pollution”, after its water quality tests for its acid mine drainage (AMD) plants in the Witwatersrand surpassed the government’s own water resource quality objectives.

From Gold Town to Ghost Town Featured

Written by Friday, 10 February 2017 12:02

Blyvooruitzicht, a once prosperous mine town, has become a haven for criminals.  Residents fear for their lives following the closure of the town's gold mine in 2013.

Blyvoor Gold directors accused of R10m theft

Written by Sunday, 18 December 2016 07:01

Johannesburg - Three former directors of Blyvoor Gold who were meant to revive the troubled Blyvoor gold mine have been described as the alleged “masterminds” behind the staggering R10 million theft of valuable mining equipment.