Could Covid-19 spark an autonomous revolution in mining?

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted mining operations across the globe but, as lockdowns lift and miners adjust to new ways of working, we look at whether coronavirus could be the spark for an autonomous revolution. At the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic’s worldwide economic and social disruption around early April, analysis by GlobalData showed that …

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Coronavirus: CCTV cameras to monitor people’s temperature, social distancing in Dubai

Dubai: Security cameras in Dubai will be used to detect people’s temperature on the streets and alert police about violations in social distancing in public places to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, a Dubai Police official has said. Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, Director General of the Artificial Intelligence Department at Dubai Police, said …

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The case for turning South Africa’s coal fields into a renewable energy hub

South Africa is currently one of the world’s largest carbon emitters. And it’s increasingly being viewed as a pariah that isn’t contributing as much as it could to the international fight against global warming and climate change. With a lot of other countries now moving away from fossil fuel-based electricity, there’s considerable pressure for South Africa to …

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Safeguarding airport terminals for a post-COVID-19 world

Safe passenger separation management will rely on the ability to understand passenger density across the terminal and taking action to prevent crowding. So much has changed in such a short time. With the rapid spread of COVID-19, airport terminals have gone from bustling hubs of activity to eerily empty spaces. But as the infection peaks …

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#LockdownLessons: Mining partners developing new ways to work

As South Africa’s mining sector gradually ramps up after the national lockdown, a new world of restrictions, regulations and protocols is evolving that will require mines and their service providers to constantly adapt the way they work. Managing the risk of Covid-19 infections – both on mine sites and in surrounding communities – will be …

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SA mining sector to operate a 50% of production capacity as Govt adjusts lockdown regulation

SOUTH Africa’s mining sector would be allowed to ramp up to 50% of its productive capacity over the next two weeks as part of the government’s plans to slowly relax COVID-19 related lockdown regulations. The country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, said on April 9 that a three-week lockdown intended to slow the spread of the virus would …

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Fibre-optic networks could act as earthquake observatories

Existing networks of buried fibre-optic cables have the potential to become an inexpensive observatory for monitoring and studying earthquakes, a new study has demonstrated. The study, managed by researchers at the University of Michigan and other institutions, demonstrates that the same optical fibres that deliver high-speed internet to our homes could one day double as …

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Minister checks on Covid-19 compliance at mines

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has visited three mines to monitor compliance with the country’s 21-day national lockdown. The minister used the visits to the Glencore’s Impunzi Colliery, Exxaro’s Matla Coal and Seriti’s Kriel Colliery, which all supply coal to Eskom, in Mpumalanga to assess the implementation of the directive and guiding principles …

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South Africa: The Impact of COVID-19 on Key African Sectors

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in mass production shutdowns and supply chain disruptions due to port closures in China, causing global ripple effects across all economic sectors in a rare “twin supply-demand shock”. With South Africa having just reported its first cases of COVID-19, Africa is beginning to feel its full impact and plans to …

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