All articles by Heidi Vella

  1. Marine mining: lessons from Namibia

    With on-land deposits depleting fast, the seabed, which is thought to be rich in nickel, copper, cobalt and manganese, is…
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    13 Jan
  2. Can South Africa’s new leader reinvigorate its battered mining sector?

    South Africa is home to some of the world’s largest gold, platinum and diamond deposits.  Yet production in the country’s…
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    24 Jul
  3. When funding fuels fire: the ins and outs of responsible mining finance

    After international outcry for greater accountability and transparency, in 1999 the World Bank established The Office of the Compliance Advisor…
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    26 Jun
  4. Mining safety by changing cultures: Actions to overcome worker fatigue

    Caterpillar is one of the world’s best-known manufacturers of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas…
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    13 Feb
  5. MinEx: the hunt for tech to turn around mineral discovery

    Australia’s share of global mineral exploration spend has reduced from about 25% in the 1990s to just 12.5% today. This…
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    10 Jan
  6. Rwandan miners want to scrap traceability fees, but are they justified?

    Over 20 years ago, Rwanda suffered a deadly civil war and while the scars of war are still evident and…
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    7 Jan
  7. Talking mining safety with Hudbay Minerals: ‘Keep your mind on the job’

    Hudbay Minerals is a Canadian-based mining company with operations in Canada and Peru and projects in Arizona and Nevada. Ian Cooper…
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    19 Dec
  8. Giant mining vessels: how high-quality gems are exploited from the sea

    Offshore the southwest coast of Namibia, five specially designed ships are mining the seabed in search of marine diamonds washed…
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    26 Nov
  9. Discovering new mining deposits with big data

    Understanding more about mineral formations and physical properties has high value for academics, miners, material scientists and engineers alike. And…
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    23 Oct
  10. Opening the lid on North Korea’s untapped mineral reserves

    The world watched in awe in June as US President Donald Trump shook hands and co-signed a ‘de-nuclearisation’ agreement in…
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    15 Aug
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