Inside Mining  :: Editor's Letter
Vol.7 No1 January 2014
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Our prestigious projects...

The beginning of the New Year is a good time to take a look back at the projects that impressed us the most in 2013.

Randgold Resources’ Kibali gold mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is described by chief
executive Mark Bristow as an “enormous feat” in every sense of the world, from geology to metallurgy, engineering, logistics, and even “negotiation and diplomacy”. This is the fifth world-class gold mine that Randgold has delivered, following Morila. The opencast phase will be one of the largest operations of its kind in the world.

A totally different project is the Heavy Mining Equipment (HME) Workshop at Kumba’s Sishen iron ore mine in Kathu in the Northern Cape. The R1 billion facility will cater for the mine’s equipment and maintenance service needs for the next 10 to 15 years. It has allowed the mine to boost its haul-truck fleet from 75 to 156, with a special focus on the new ultra-class Komatsu 960E trucks.

The new acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant at the Central Basin’s ERPM South West Vertical Shaft is critical in ensuring the future quality of Gauteng’s water supply. Key to realising the project’s tight deadline has been the extensive collaboration between a range main professionals and subcontractors.

Another project setting a benchmark for the mining industry – not only in South Africa, but throughout the continent – is the WBJV Project 1, or Maseve platinum mine, near Rustenburg. The development rates achieved here are among the highest in South Africa to date.

Petra Diamonds’ Williamson mine in Tanzania, also known as Mwadui, represents the world’s largest economic kimberlite pipe by surface area. With no major kimberlite discoveries since the 1990s, Williamson is poised to capitalise on any upsurge in the future diamond market, where the fundamentals remain exciting.

There you have it: from gold, platinum and diamonds to an AMD treatment plant and an HME workshop, our Prestigious Projects of 2013 represent some of the most exciting and diverse technical and logistical challenges in Africa to date.

This is my first issue at the helm of Inside Mining. I started out at Martin Creamer’s Engineering News and Mining Weekly, as have so many of us in this industry, and went on to work on such titles as SA Builder for the MBSA. I have just returned to South Africa after editing a weekly construction title in Dubai for a number of years.

It is good to be back in Africa, and to be involved in the mining industry again, which is still the economic engine of this country and, indeed, the entire continent, despite the myriad problems it is beset with at the moment, and the herculean challenges it faces in the foreseeable future, from legislation to labour issues and commodity prices.

The entire team here at Inside Mining would like to reassure our readers, advertisers and supporters that it is ‘business as usual’. You are more than welcome to contact either myself or Tazz Porter if you require any further information, or if you have any news you would like to convey to our readers.

Editing a magazine like this is very much a partnership between the team and our readers, advertisers and supporters. Therefore we encourage you to engage with us, from reading the magazine to subscribing to our weekly newsletters and visiting our website and social media feeds.
Welcome to the Inside Mining family!

Gerhard Hope


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