Corruption, Mining & Sustainability

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This week, I read another damaging story about corruption involving mining companies and the Guinean Government revolving around Simandou, the vast undeveloped iron ore resource in Guinea. As you may know, there have been several allegations of corruption surrounding mining … Continue reading

How to develop mineral resources in uncertain times: The way forward for Africa?

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The last two editions of Mining Journal have included two articles about mining in Africa that have inspired this post. With commodity prices trending downward, it appears several African countries, have once again missed the opportunity to benefit, long-term, from … Continue reading

Challenges of contemporary mining engineering education: Part 1 — General issues

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I recently read an article by Professors H. Sevim and R. Honaker on “Review of the evolution of mining engineering curriculum in the US”, Mining Engineering Vol. 64, No. 10, pp. 27-35 (October 2012). I immediately knew I wanted to … Continue reading

The mine & its local community: Aiming for a sustainable relationship

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A mine and its local community are inextricably linked. The two will thrive together or fail together but rarely will one thrive without the other for any length of time. Yet, mine planning engineers and mine managers often do not … Continue reading

Robben Island, the South African struggle & mining

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On my recent visit to South Africa, I had the opportunity to visit Robben Island near Cape Town. Robben Island is a symbol of South Africa’s struggle to rid itself of apartheid and it is well known for the time … Continue reading