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Mining: Production versus Productivity

Productivity in mining has been an issue for some time. The declining quality of ore bodies, ageing infrastructure, rising labour costs and lower per-labour-unit output …

Mining in Africa

Although 2014 was, to quote the Queen of England, an ‘annus horribilis’ for mining in general and African mining in particular, there is no reason …

Aluminium prices soar

Indonesia’s ban on the export of raw bauxite, used to make aluminium, and the auto industry opting to use the metal instead of steel is …

China slowdown hits copper hard

China imports around 40% of the global output of copper so any hint of a slowdown in the Chinese economy sends shivers of apprehension among …

Diamonds regain their sparkle

Things are looking up for the diamond industry, which managed to weather the storm of the financial crisis in typically canny fashion. De Beers, still …

Gold fever cooling down

Whilst gold’s decade-long bull run appears to have come to an end, African production proceeds surely and steadily. MJ Morgan presents his monthly mining news …