The art of mining tailings

The extraction of valuable metals from tailings dumps (residues or low-grade stockpiles), traditionally regarded as waste, has long been researched by metallurgists. 


Botswana shines brightly in mining

By Ntsako Khosa

Diamonds and coal, among many other resources, are what makes Botswana stand out as a nation. We pay tribute to its mining industry, and take a closer look at the present situation.


Venetia challenges the status quo

Development at diamond giants De Beers’ Venetia mine close to Musina in the Limpopo province is unique in a number of ways. Mining continues while shaft development takes place near to the existing open pit. In addition, the shaft sinking method has not been used in many other projects in South Africa.


Finch unleashes mechanised bolters

Work at the new block 5 sub-level cave development at Petra Diamond’s Finsch Diamond Mine in the Northern Cape continues unabated. The JSE- and London-listed company recently purchased a fleet of four new Sandvik dry drilling bolters to support mining operations at the new development.


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