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Browsing the web earlier this week I came across the site of the South African Department of Water Affairs.  There I found the following Best Practice Guidelines relevant to mine water management: (more…)

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When I was a kid on a mine in South Africa, the day after Christmas was truly Boxing Day.  The excitement of presents subsided and we got to play with the new toys at leisure.  There was no TV so we truly sat quietly and read the new books Santa had brought.  The servants were off for the day and our parents, every reluctant to cook, simply spread the left-overs from which we picked as fancy and appetite dictated.  The sun shone ever-bright and we dipped yet again into the mine swimming pool and got ever more burnt to produce today’s sun-scorched skin and cancers. (more…)

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Here from the CostMine  2012 Survey Results for African Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits are some South African mining salaries.  (more…)

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Just in from CostMine is the 2012 Survey Results for African Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits.  This is a first and sure to become a staple of the mining industry and for all those who work or seek to work or mine in Africa.  I cannot tell or comment on all in one posting.  So here follows a brief survey of the continent as a whole—in future postings I will look at the data for individual countries. (more…)

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Julius Malema is demanding a base salary of R12,500 per month for South African miners.  Give or take that is about $1,500 per month or $18,000 a year.  (more…)

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That venerable firm, Ernst & Young have just issued their latest, Business Risks Facing Mining and Metal 2012-2013.  It is worth looking at their site at this link and downloading the report’s Executive Summary.  To whet your appetite, here is the number one risk they write about, namely Resource Nationalism: (more…)

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An ordinary weekend preceding a Monday holiday.  And yet extraordinary if you think hard about it. (more…)

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Languages come and go.  New ones develop as old ones die out.  Latin is now Italian, French, Spanish, Romanian, Catalan, and other dialects of Spanish and French.  English may retain its Anglo-Saxon roots, but none of us can now read or understand early English which is effectively a foreign tongue.  (more…)

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Here is a conundrum to ponder.  In the posting from yesterday (see posting below this one,) I write of why Vancouver has so many Junior Mining Companies.  Here is part of a private email I received from some-body commenting on what I wrote.  The author of the comment wishes to remain unnamed: (more…)

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On a joyous Sunday we would pile into the 1949 Mercury and head for the mine sand dumps. In the boot (trunk) of the car, we had stowed corrugated cardboard cut from old boxes. These precious pieces of cardboard we shaped, as best we understood, like sledges. My father regularly drove us out to those piles of golden sand, so soft and warm in the summer sun. And here we would spend happy hours climbing up the sand and sliding down, and climbing up and sliding down, until we were exhausted and covered in the golden sand. (more…)

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