All articles by Heidi Vella

  1. Changing tactics to capitalise on the mining commodities boom

    After four years of weak commodity prices and oversupply to the market, the last 18 months has finally seen growth…
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    16 Apr
  2. Overhauling the DRC’s mining code

    “We are talking about the development of a country, not the shareholder rent of a particular pension fund,” Gecamines chairman Albert…
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    28 Mar
  3. Cultivating responsible mining in Canada and abroad

    In 2004 the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) launched the ‘Towards Sustainable Mining’ standard (TSM) in Canada to improve the…
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    26 Mar
  4. Eliminating digital risk in 2018: mining’s biggest new headache?

    The concept of digital mining is nothing new. In fact, a 2017 EY poll of more than 700 industry representatives…
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    15 Feb
  5. Mining in Mexico: activity and expectation is high in 2018

    Mexico is a prime mining destination, with a 500-year history of exploration and production. With the country’s abundant resources of…
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    13 Feb
  6. The race to mine Afghanistan

    For years, governments and experts have contemplated the mineral resource wealth of Afghanistan, where the US has been at war…
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    12 Dec
  7. Is state-funded mining making a comeback?

    The Australian and Canadian Governments recently announced plans to finance new mines, in a move which suggests that the sourcing…
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    11 Sep
  8. Honing skills at the Saskatchewan Mine Rescue Competition

    Mine rescues are highly specialised. Often working in remote regions, rescuers must be firefighters, paramedics, problem solvers and team players….
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    13 Aug
  9. Legalising North East India’s mica mines

    It makes cars sparkle and eyeshadow shimmer. Yet, despite the glamourous hue it produces,  how mica is collected is far…
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    16 Jul
  10. Mining in Mali: balancing prospects and problems

    Landlocked between six other West African nations, including Burkina Faso and Guinea, Mali is a gold mining star in a…
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    2 Jul