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Colombia – The Land of Coffee and so much more

Back in 2007, I was invited by the Colombian Government to speak at a safety conference that was being hosted in Medellin. I knew only two things about Medellin … it was famous for its coffee and also for violent crime. With a little apprehension, I agreed to participate at the conference primarily because previously we had hosted a delegation ...

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A 4.0D Leadership Model for Mining and Related Industries in the Context of the 4th Industrial Revolution

The mining industry of the 21st century needs a new kind of leader as certain leadership styles currently employed in South Africa are not sustainable. This paper explores the historical leadership styles that are now outdated (with specific reference to the South African mining industry, but in many ways also applicable to other countries) and proposes a different approach in ...

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Assessment and Prevention of Rockbursts Hazard in Polish Hard Coal Mines

Mining exploitation can, under certain conditions, cause the occurrence of tremors and rock bursts in rock excavations. In most of active hard coal mines in the region of the Upper Silesian Coal Basin, seams that are classified as threat by rockbursts are exploited. Despite the restructuring changes in the Polish hard coal mining industry, and hence the limitation of coal ...

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New Mines in an old Mining District – Opportunities and Challenges of the 4th Mining Boom in the Ore Mountains Region

With the end of 2018 and the closure of the last two collieries, industrial hard coal mining in Germany came to an end. Unknown to most, at the same time metal ore mining in the Eastern part of Germany is booming again, with a large number of metal mining projects in different stages of realization and some mines even under ...

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Sinking of two Shafts on a Potash Deposit in Belarus with the most recent Shaft Boring Roadheaders: ­Conceptual Design and First Practical Experiences

The Republic of Belarus has a history of some 60 years of intensive mining for potash, which has always been exclusively executed by the government-owned company Belaruskali. Six working mines exist up to now. However, in 2016, the private-owned company Slavkaliy commenced the construction of a new mine, named Nezhinskiy Mine, located nearby the city of Soligorsk. The planning of ...

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Mine Tailings Management: Integrated Solutions for Re-Handling and Re-Processing

Tailings deposits are found everywhere in the world that has ongoing or legacy mining activity. These man-made deposits present both a challenge and can represent an interesting economic value source, if the still interesting constituents of such tailings resources can be economically and effectively recovered. The value of such deposits has only recently become increasingly of interest, and is based ...

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The German Overseas Mining Sector and its Future Prospects

Major German companies with true mining expertise are regrettably a rare commodity these days and Germany’s overseas mining sector is now mainly in the hands of mid-sized enterprises. It is also worrying to see the monopoly position that China now occupies in the global raw materials market, both on the supplier and on the consumer side. On sober reflection it ...

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Africa: A Continent of Opportunity for Raw Materials Recovery

Africa is a continent with enormous potential and the second fastest growing economic region after Southeast Asia. Mining is now carried out in over 100 countries around the world. Over 50 of these can be described as “mining countries”. These are countries in which mining products account for over 6 % of exports and are therefore of great national importance, not ...

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50 Years of ISSA Mining

The OSHAfrica 2019 Conference brought together stakeholders from across Africa and beyond to discuss the existing challenges in Occupational Safety and Health in Africa. Taking place in Johannesburg/South Africa, from 18th to 20th September, OSHAfrica 2019 featured the 7 Golden Rules and the ISSA’s VISION ZERO approach, which came as an initiative from the ISSA Mining section. During the event, ...

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Celebration of ISSA Mining’s 50th Anniversary – Opening Speech

I am very happy today, to see all of you to commemorate the foundation of ISSA Mining 50 years ago, and the remarkable development since then (Figures 1, 2). When ISSA Mining was established in 1969, the founding fathers could probably not imagine what would happen over the following 50 years. Yet, the core alignment did not differ from today’s ...

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