South Africa mine expansion plan brings death, division to KZN community.
23 Dec 2020
A small village in rural South Africa is caught up in a dispute over a controversial expansion plan of Somkhele, one of South Africa's largest open coal mines in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province.
The expansion plan is dividing friends and neighbours and pitting businesses against traditions and the environment.
China likely to diversify iron ore supply to reduce reliance on Australia, Brazil: Analyst.
15 Dec 2020
China will most probably delve into West Africa's Guinea as an alternative source of iron ore over time, says Shaw and Partners' Peter O'Connor.
Why China's control of rare earths matters.
22 Sep 2020
China dominates the world's production and supply of rare earths - obscure elements such as lanthanum, yttrium, europium, cerium and terbium - that are vital for high tech manufacturing.
The FT's Jamie Smyth explains why this matters.
Clive Palmer suing West Australian govt for $30b over mining dispute.
12 Aug 2020
The West Australian government has introduced emergency legislation into the state parliament after Clive Palmer claimed damages which could amount to $30 billion.
The government and Mr Palmer had been in arbitration over mining disputes relating to the Balmoral South iron ore project dating back to 2012.
Livelihoods at stake: Mining in Indian-administered Kashmir.
22 Jul 2020
Mining has long been a way of life for many people in Indian-administered Kashmir. But the scrapping of the territory's special status last year led to changes in the way contracts are allocated.
And that has left some locals fearing for their livelihoods.
High Court Rejects Fortescue Metals Group Appeal over Native Title of Yindjibarndi People.
05 Jun 2020
Australian mining giant Fortescue Metals Group lost its High Court bid against a native title determination covering one of its iron ore mines.
High Court rejected the company's application for special leave to have the case heard, with costs to be paid by Fortescue Metals Group.
Fortescue Metals Group was seeking to contest the exclusive possession rights of the Yindjibarndi people over land in the Pilbara that includes the site of its multi-billion-dollar Solomon mine hub.
Mining firm 'blindsided' by Papua New Guinea government.
06 May 2020
The Lowy Institute's Jonathan Pryke speaks to The World about Papua New Guinea's national court ordering the country's government to resolve its dispute with mining firm Barrick Niugini Limited.
Australia could inflict 'serious damage' on China by boycotting iron-ore trade.
28 Apr 2020
NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham says Australia and China have a co-dependent trading relationship where both sides could inflict “serious damage” on the other.
"While it is true Australia relies on significant parts of the Chinese economy for our exports, China relies on 40 percent of its iron ore coming out of Australia" he said.
Mr Latham said refusing to supply China with this essential commodity would have a major impact on their construction and manufacturing industries.
Diamond Mining - Inside the largest Mine in the World.
22 Mar 2020
Diamonds are the most coveted stones worldwide and have been mined for decades. We visit the largest diamond mine in the world - in Siberia.