Mining and ESG

Launches full project development and delivery (PDD) offering In June 2020, Rio Tinto in Australia blasted a 46 000-year-old Aboriginal cultural heritage site in the Juukan Gorge cave, to expand its iron ore operation in the Pilbara in Western Australia. Although it had ministerial consent to do so, the local community was opposed to it.…

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Autonomous Vehicles – Science fiction or current mining reality?

Ukwazi’s head of mining in the Northern Cape, Jaco Mans, has first-hand experience of conducting studies for companies who wish to use autonomous vehicles underground. Mans states, “The mine of the future is digitally connected from pit to port, utilising artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic mining systems (RMS). In this scenario, the use of autonomous…

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Closing in on mine closure…from compliance to strategy

By: Dr Christine Vivier, Head of Ukwazi’s Sustainable Mining Practice In mining, “implement like hell” means making chasing production and making sure each operation meets their quarterly production targets. Consequently, outputs and outcomes tend to matter more than process, strategy or stakeholders. At the same time, the global mining industry is currently being challenged by…

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