When Past Meets Present, And There's An Explosion

A series of events playing out in Western Australia's Pilbara region at the moment looks set to have a significant role in changing the way both social and official mining licences are granted. The story thus far involves a large corporation and 48,000 years of indigenous heritage. Ironically, the Goliath involved in this tussle has been warning th...
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​Asteroid Mining – Fact Or Wild Science Fiction?

The SpaceX launch could be more significant than merely signalling the beginnings of private space travel! It costs Elon Musk less than $3,000 per kilo of payload to have his rocket orbiting the solar system. Back in the day, it used to cost the US government close to $55,000 per kilo, putting it out of reach of everyone but governments. And billio...
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​Unusual Ways To Repurpose Old Mines

Digging holes in the ground invariably leaves, well, holes in the ground. Especially when a significant portion of what has come out of the hole is not there anymore. Such is the dilemma that has faced mining companies for decades. Today, many jurisdictions dictate that companies submit rehabilitation plans as a condition of getting a licence to di...
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​Going Green – A Major Consideration For Mining CEO's

Companies go 'green' for various reasons, many of which overlap. At one end of the scale we have owners, boards, and executive managers who are so dedicated to sustainability they're doing it regardless, even if it means having to create a niche market for their products. At the other end, we have those who couldn't care less because they're all ab...
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​Should Mining CEO's Be Concerned About 'Tech Heads' Getting Involved In Mining?

What do Elon Reeve Musk FRS, William Henry Gates III, Jeffrey Preston Bezos, and Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson have in common? Apart from their money? Quite a lot as it turns out. All of them have made their fortunes on the back of innovative, creative ideas that push boundaries, as have many others like them. They're invariably involved in ...
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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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​Rock Phosphate Mining – Viable Industry Or Environmental Millstone?

Phosphorus and calcium are the 2 most abundant minerals in our body. Fortunately, a healthy balanced diet that contains enough protein also generally supplies enough of these 2 essential minerals. The most common dietary sources for humans include meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, and eggs. Phosphorus in particular is needed for a multitude of f...
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​Your Diet And How It Can Improve Your Immunity

Having a healthy immune system has never been so important as it is with the current global health crisis. Nutritionists and health professionals prefer to say that a healthy diet plays a vital role in supporting and maintaining a healthy immune system rather than boosting it per se. Either way, eating a diet rich in 'immune system booster foods' a...
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Keeping Your Immune System Healthy

With the mining industry staying open in some countries throughout the COVID pandemic, and given there are known health issues in certain sectors proven to affect immune system health, we take a look at what you can do to help keep yourself, and your immune system, healthy.  Our immune system is a remarkable thing. When it detects a foreign in...
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​Getting Feedback From Your Job Application – Why It Rarely Happens

I keep applying for jobs and getting no response…. And even if I do make the shortlist but don't actually get the job I rarely if ever get any feedback as to why I wasn't successful. Sound familiar? There's probably nothing quite as discouraging in a job search as when you never hear back from job applications. Even worse is getting to the point of...
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​Just How Effective Are Job Boards?

If you're relying on job boards to find your next mining job, it's probably fair to say that unless you're using a speciality board you'll likely still be looking in 6 to 12 months time. Particularly if you're looking for an executive position because  Executives Are Rarely Sourced Via Job Boards Most executive positions never reach a job boar...
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Coronavirus Covid-19 And What It Currently Means For The Global Mining Industry

​ It's a photo of an airport hall in an airport somewhere in the world. The seats in the departure lounge are packed with FIFO mining personnel waiting to board their flight home / back to work. Nothing out of the ordinary, you might assume. Except that this is a photo taken during one of the most extraordinary global health crises of the modern er...
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​Life Begins At 40, or 50, Or Does It?

In 1912, Chicago's Physical Director of Schools penned a publication called "Brain Culture Through Scientific Body Building". The Director, a Mrs Theodore Parsons, had picked up a few things about the many health benefits of regular exercise from her soldier husband. In her book she says "The average woman does not know how to breathe, sit, stand o...
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​The World's Best Mining Schools – Where Are They?

Where should you go if you want to obtain your mining degree from one of the world's best mining schools? The Quacquarelli Symonds ​ ( QS) World University Rankings are in for 2020 and, not surprisingly, one of the world's powerhouse mining economies dominates the Top 10 list of University mining schools with 5 of them, 4 of which are in the Top 5....
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Implementing A Successful Expat Employee Policy

Hiring expats comes with many benefits for both the company and individual employees. However, it costs many thousands of dollars to send an employee overseas to work – often 3 or 4 times as much as filling a similar role at home costs. Therefore, it definitely pays to ensure the right person is selected for the job, and subsequently given the...
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Staff Turnover - What's It Costing Your Business?

Employee turnover in any industry comes with an inevitable cost. Whilst it's hard to put an actual $ figure on this cost, one can nevertheless readily identify the areas where the bulk of the money goes when an employee leaves a company and needs to be replaced. There are considerable costs involved in hiring their replacement, notably adverti...
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How To Get Your Personal Branding Down Pat

​ Personal branding – what is it and is it important? We recently mentioned developing a personal brand in one of our articles. You may be tempted to think that in this current climate where demand for mining professionals exceeds supply, having a personal brand isn't important. However, you'd be wrong. According to professional recruiters, persona...
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​12 Handy Hints That Will Help Set Up Your Social Media Accounts So They Can Help You Look For A New Job

In previous articles, we've talked about how to use particular social media platforms to enhance your chances of finding a mining job. This article is about using social media generally in your job search. We've also mentioned that over half of recruiters search for applicants/candidates online and if they can't find them, or if the person doesn't ...
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Long Term Evolution Networks – What Are They, And Are They Important To Mining?

​ According to Techopedia "Long Term Evolution (LTE) refers to a standard for smooth and efficient transition toward more advanced leading-edge technologies to increase the capacity and speed of wireless data networks. LTE is often used to refer to wireless broadband or mobile network technologies." A possibly more 'user-friendly' and definitely mo...
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Local Content Policies - Do They Work?

​ When mining companies can clearly demonstrate a project will provide tangible benefits for local communities, they're far more likely to obtain a social licence to operate that project. However, as we pointed out recently in another article, technological advances that lead to increasing automation of local mining operations will potentially redu...
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