Mining's Evolving Role In A Post Covid-19 World

Is it the pandemic we had to have? For decades, if not centuries, Mother Nature has been copping a hammering at the hands of humans. As Covid-19 tightened its grip on the globe and forced some of our most polluting industries to halt, we've seen miraculous happenings.  Take the reports from India for instance about being able to see the Himala...
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​The Future Of Mining Work

Few would argue that the 'Future of Work' is no longer a distant concept to be worried about at some point in the future but a very real, and very current, reality! Therefore, what does a current high school student considering a career in mining have to look forward to? What sort of skill sets will he, or she, require in the modern mining employme...
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​What Does A Future Ready Mining Company Look Like?

The modern, and future, mining workforce is changing at a rapid rate of knots. Previously digital transformation meant companies were focusing on how these types of technologies could reduce costs and improve efficiency. These days though it's more about preparing and positioning the workforce to take advantage of the way these changes wi...
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Bulgarian Mining - How Young Professionals See It

​ Bulgaria has a number of important mineral resources, notably bauxite, coal, copper, lead, zinc and more recently, gold. Rhodochrosite, valued for its gemstone qualities, is also found here, as are many other significant, and not so significant, minerals. However, according to many sources, hazardous working conditions, pollution, and serious env...
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The Aurus III Copper Venture Fund

Copper is one of those metals that the world is going to need more of as we move into clean energy. One major reason for this is its recyclability, which gives it some important advantages over other materials that aren't quite so easily recycled. Other reasons include the fact that many of the technologies involved in producing environmentally fri...
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​The Value Of Start-Ups To The Mining Industry

The mining industry is a world leader when it comes to certain types of innovation, notably in the areas of automation and water use. However, much of this innovation wouldn't be possible without start-ups. When New Year's Eve 2017/18 rolled around, there were some 200 start-ups globally working on mining related projects. Many of them are located ...
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​Electric Cars And Their Inevitable Impact On Mining

They're seen as the clean, green alternative to the carbon monoxide emitting, fossil fuel guzzling cars of today. Certainly, governments around the world have taken this concept on board and are working towards ensuring electric cars become the norm rather than the exception. The UK and France plan to ban their sale from 2040. The Netherlands wants...
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Could Remote Workplace Arrangements Be Affecting Your Ability To Hire The Best Talent?

Workplace flexibility as a term covers a wide area. It can refer to alterations in rosters, being prepared to swap from working weekdays to weekends, changing from part-time to full-time (and vice versa), taking on work even though it isn't 'in your job description' and a range of other things. However, what most people tend to think of when they h...
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How Realistic Is The Mining Clock?

In the absence of the hugely noticeable indicators that were present leading up to the last mining boom, how do investors 'know' when another boom is about to happen? In the past, the activities of behemoth economies like China have made it pretty obvious when things start to happen. Pundits though believe this isn't going to happen, or isn't happe...
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Social Licence To Operate Or Social License To Operate?

Perhaps some of the problems with social licences to operate stem from confusion over use of the term 'licence'?  The official definition of 'licence' is that it is a " permit from an authority to own or use something, do a particular thing, or carry on a trade. " In other words it's a noun (naming word), which implies it is a formal document ...
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What is a Social Licence To Operate?

A social licence to operate, or SLO. What is it and why does a company need one? A social licence to operate is a concept rather than a contract. There are no documents to sign. There is nothing written down. There is no official piece of paper with Social Licence To Operate written across the top. Despite its intangibility however an SLO is often ...
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A World Without Mining – Imagine That!

  If you ate today, thank a farmer.  We take many things for granted in today's world. Our technological gadgets, the vehicles that transport us from point A to point B, houses, roads and a million other things. Indeed, without many of these creations the world as we know it would simply not exist. What we often don't stop to think about ...
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The Hot Political Potato That Is Mining Royalties

Mining royalties are currently a hot topic in the industry as governments globally implement, or consider, rises in mining royalties and taxes. In Brazil for example iron ore royalties are set to increase if a sliding scale comes into effect. Royalties on diamonds, gold and niobium likewise will be increasing. Conversely, in at attempt to aid the s...
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Measures For Dealing Successfully With An Older Workforce

As the mining industry gears up for another boom, dealing with chronic shortages in skilled personnel looms as a potential deal breaker. This is forcing companies to take a long hard look at the people they already have on their teams. How many of these people, although getting older and perhaps approaching retirement age, can instead be retained? ...
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The Impending Skills Shortage In Mining

If you're a mining executive or CEO you probably should be worried. Very worried! Why? As the industry begins to pick up pace after the last bust, several pertinent facts are emerging.  And it isn't just mining that is affected. The State Of The Global Workforce Apart from a number of select 'cool' industries, notably in the technology se...
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The Many And Varied Changes To The World Of Mine Management

As mining moves into the future a number of changes are on the horizon. Not least is the Smart Mine, a mine running on the Internet of Things where everything, from the pit vehicles to the ore trains to the processing plant are run autonomously from a remote control centre. That's one significant change. Members of the mining workforce previously e...
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Mining’s Famous Boom And Bust Cycles And How They Affect Skilled Talent

Mining is an industry famous for its cyclical booms and busts. Unfortunately in many ways it doesn't ride these out very well from a personnel aspect. But before we consider the effects of these booms and busts on the availability of skilled mining staff, let's take a look at the nuts and bolts of the boom and bust cycle. It starts with demand...
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