THE CRISIS FACING SA MINING

The South African mining industry has always releied on a labour intensive extraction process, requirering manual drilling, blasting and clean-up on a stop start basis.

As mines have aged they have become deeper, hotter, more seismilogically unstable, more dangerous for miners and less productive overall. In fact experts predict that without a rapid shift in mining methodology toward modern mechanised 24/7 mining solutions the industry could experience the sterilisation of resources, accelerated and premature mine closures and significant job losses. Research suggests 200,000 jobs lost by 2025 could affect 2,000,000 people indirectly.

The introduction of locally produced modern mining machines could make the transition to this less labour- intensive methodology job neutral, improve health and safety conditions by removing workers from the dangers of the mine face, contribute to increased skills development and extend the viable life of the mining sector with improved productivity and profitability.

THE FUTURE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN MINING INDUSTRY

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GOLD MINING IN SOUTH AFRICA

  • The gold industry is in decline using conventinal mining methods and is estimated to remain viable only until (circa) 2030.

  • Mechanisation provides a potentially significant increase in the life of mine

  • Mechanisation leads to job preservation and increased skills utilisation and, if correctly implimented, could in fact be job neutral.

  • 24/7 mechanised operation allows viable mining to continue beyond 2070

PGM MINING IN SOUTH AFRICA

  • Under current forecasts, conventional mining ceases to be economically viable by 2024

  • Mechanised mining extends life to 2042

  • 24/7 Mechanisation extends life of mine to 2070

  • Beyond that, using 24/7 mechanisation, deeper resources and greenfield will be added.
INDUSTRY SPOKESMEN ON MECHANISATION
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"We have a problem with mechanisation if it's sole purpose is to replace labour. But if it's about safety and workers getting more pay, then we don't have such a problem."

FRANS BALENI. Gen Secretary
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“If we don’t have this shift to a new way of thinking about technology, we are going to sterilise resources. The industry will be dead by 2033 if we don’t change.”

NEAL FRONEMAN - CEO
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“As mining depths increase and conditions become more challenging, there is an urgent need to modernise the industry. Mechanisation is one pillar of modernisation."

SIETSE vd WOUDE - Executive
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“As mining depths increase and conditions become more challenging, there is an urgent need to modernise the industry. Mechanisation is one pillar of modernisation."

Dr DECLAN VOGTS - Director

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