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Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi throws weight behind platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2018 The Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi has thrown its weight behind technologies that harness the high-performance characteristics of platinum group metals (PGMs) by joining Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC) as an investor in AP Ventures,... 

De Beers partners with Bridgestone SA, Global Wheel to create local procurement opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th December 2018 Diamond miner De Beers has, through a partnership with tyre manufacturers Bridgestone South Africa (SA) and Global Wheel, facilitated a five-year contract for Chibadura Trading – a women-owned small, medium-sized and microenterprise (SMME) from Musina – to become the local distributor for... 

Youth-owned SMMEs receive grants through De Beers, NYDA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th December 2018 Four local Blouberg youth-owned small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) have received grants of up to R50 000 from the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) through the intervention and support from De Beers’ Venetia Mine. Thabosilakhu Empire, Betty Catering and Deco, Roadhouse Mollax... 

Youth-owned SMMEs receive grants through De Beers, NYDA
Roadhouse Mollaz Enterprise owner Moloko Manaka

Pioneering nickel sulphate venture draws down on loan 

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2018 Black-controlled Thakadu Battery Materials, a pioneering South African high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate developer, has made its first drawdown from South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) under a R152-million loan facility agreement. The IDC loan is funding... 

Pioneering nickel sulphate venture draws down on loan
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Glencore assists Eskom, a minerals-energy complex, Anglo's land commitment make headlines 

5th December 2018 This week, Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks Glencore assisting Eskom, renewable energy and Anglo’s commitment to land solutions.   

Glencore assists Eskom, a minerals-energy complex, Anglo's land commitment make headlines
Glencore assists Eskom, a minerals-energy complex, Anglo's land commitment make headlines

FIFO workers faces higher stress levels - study

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th December 2018 New research by Curtin University has shown that one-third, or 33% of Western Australia’s fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforce was affected by high levels of psychological distress compared to only 17% of non-FIFO workers.   

Glencore doing whatever it can to assist Eskom – Glasenberg 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2018 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is doing whatever it can to assist Eskom overcome its current coal supply issues, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg has told Mining Weekly Online. “We’re looking at trucking coal and railing coal, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist them on... 

Glencore doing whatever it can to assist Eskom – Glasenberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Anglo willing to play constructive land role  

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2018 Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani on Wednesday expressed willingness to play a constructive role in helping South Africa to arrive at solutions involving the diversification of land ownership and ensuring land productivity. Speaking to journalists at a year-end media function, Cutifani urged the... 

Anglo willing to play constructive land role
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Overly prescriptive policies threaten mine profitability – analyst  

By: Paige Müller     23rd November 2018 South Africa’s overly prescriptive, unbalanced and onerous environmental policy framework runs the risk of making the mining industry “uninvestable”, says Dr Anthea Jeffery, policy research head at think tank the Institute of Race Relations. “South Africa’s environmental regulations compare badly... 

Overly prescriptive policies threaten mine profitability – analyst
research and policy organisation Institute of Race Relations head of policy research Dr Anthea Jeffery discusses the impact overly prescriptive environmental policies are having on mining in South Africa. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Although trending lower, lung disease incidence in SA mines still ‘alarmingly high’

By: Nadine James     16th November 2018 With the reaffirmation of tripartite commitments at the 2018 Mine Occupational Heath and Safety Summit and the publication of the Compensation for Occupational Diseases Act (Coida) Amendment Bill, both in October, it is clear that the regulatory authorities, including the departments of Labour... 

Although trending lower, lung disease incidence in SA mines still ‘alarmingly high’

Instil portable skills to assist economic development post closure – consultancy

By: Nadine James     16th November 2018 Mining companies’ social and labour plans (SLPs) should incorporate initiatives or programmes aimed at reskilling workers and uplifting community members through the development of portable skills, says socioeconomic development facilitator Economic Development Solutions (EDS) MD Janine Espin.... 

Instil portable skills to assist economic development post closure – consultancy
JANINE EPSIN ompanies should approach closure with economic sustainability in mind

‘100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining’ 2018 edition released

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th November 2018 The Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) congratulated the women featured in Women in Mining’s 2018 edition of the ‘100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining’. The publication was released in London on Tuesday, with Kalagadi Manganese executive chairperson Daphne Mashile Nkosi – a 2015 South... 

WDC calls for expanded definition of conflict diamonds

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th November 2018 The World Diamond Council (WDC) and the Civil Society Coalition (CSC) this week voiced their strong support for an expanded definition of conflict diamonds at the launch of the 2018 Plenary Session of the Kimberley Process (KP), in Brussels, Belgium. The proposal, put forward by the government of... 

De Beers, UN Women complete first round of trainer development workshop

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th November 2018 De Beers Group and the United Nations Entity for Women for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), in partnership with Blouberg and Musina municipalities, on Friday completed the trainer development workshops aimed at equipping trainers to deliver capacity-building programmes to... 

Orion equipping communities to benefit from and contribute to its Prieska project

By: Nadine James     9th November 2018 ASX and JSE listed base metals developer, Orion Minerals, has put a big focus on equipping and enabling the communities surrounding its Prieska Zinc-Copper Project, Northern Cape, to benefit from, and contribute to, the development of a modern, mechanised and productive mining operation, says... 

Orion equipping communities to benefit from and contribute to its Prieska project
Photo by Creamer Media
ERROL SMART Unlike Prieska, most South African mining projects are an extension of legacy mining operations and are therefore locked into a cycle of inefficient labour-intensive, unsafe operations

Randgold/Barrick merger giving gold mining investment new attraction 

By: Martin Creamer     6th November 2018 During gold mining’s years of prosperity, the industry was able to harvest and feed off itself. But in recent years, it has lost $100-billion worth of value, with increasing revenue streams being consumed by lower reserve grade. 

Randgold/Barrick merger giving gold mining investment new attraction
Photo by Bloomberg
Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow

Gold Fields’ Holland stresses importance of engaging near-mine communities

By: Nadine James     2nd November 2018 If mining companies are going to be successful and sustainable they have to work closely with governments, and especially communities, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland told African Mining Network attendees last month. He noted that most of the gold companies in the gold space had a mix of assets... 

Some aspects of new Mining Charter ‘still need to be explained’

By: Nadine James     26th October 2018 The gazetting of South African Mining Charter 3, while welcomed as a step forward in creating certainty in the industry, has left gaps regarding its interpretation and its affects on mining communities, says black economic-empowerment advisory firm NPI Governance Consulting founder and CEO Israel... 

Some aspects of new Mining Charter ‘still need to be explained’
ISRAEL NOKO It will take some time for municipalities and tribal authorities to know and understand what role they would be playing according to the new charte

Court to hear MFSA’s application against DMR 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 The Mining Forum of South Africa (MFSA) says the Mafikeng High Court will, on October 26, hold a hearing into an application lodged by the MFSA against the Mineral Resources Minister over allegations that platinum miner Lonmin is not complying with its social and labour plans (SLPs). The... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss.... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2018 An investment pavilion will be introduced at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba to drive capital into African mining with even greater intensity, MD Alex Grose said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online during a media roundtable, Grose also revealed that more time would be... 

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about the upcoming event. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Darlene Creamer

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining  

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on South Africa’s massive mining opportunity loss. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Christo Greyling.

Mali approves Randgold’s Morila mine to agribusiness conversion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2018 Gold miner Randgold Resources’ Morila gold mine’s ambitious agribusiness project has been approved by the Malian government. The project is designed to replace mining with a sustainable economic activity in the local community after the operation’s closure in two years’ time. 

Mali approves Randgold’s Morila mine to agribusiness conversion
Photo by Bloomberg
Randgold Resources CE Mark Bristow

Kefi gets Ethiopian government go-ahead for community resettlement plan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2018 Aim-listed Kefi Minerals has received approval from Ethiopian authorities to proceed with the resettlement of the Tulu Kapi community, surrounding the company’s Tulu Kapi mine. Preparatory activities for the resettlement will now turn to an exhaustive community communication and consultation... 

South Africa researching hydrogen storage for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is researching innovative hydrogen storage technologies that have the potential to be key enablers of platinum-catalysed fuel cells, which generate clean electricity using hydrogen as a fuel and platinum as a catalyst. The... 

South Africa researching hydrogen storage for platinum-using fuel cells

Junior gold miner reports strong earnings for first half of year

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 UK-domiciled, London AIM-listed West African gold miner Hummingbird Resources has reported (in its unaudited financial results for the first half – H1 – of this calendar year) that its primary asset, the Yanfolilia Gold Mine in Mali, had recorded a solid performance that had been in line with the... 

Acquisition, manganese and agriculture in mining make headlines 

3rd October 2018 MC Mining has an eye on acquisition and project access, Botswana manganese estimate fires up aspirant battery supplier and the Bokamoso Barona initiative is promising to show how mining and agriculture can go hand-in-hand. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines. 

Acquisition, manganese and agriculture in mining make headlines
Acquisition, manganese and agriculture in mining make headlines

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes
Photo by Creamer Media
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins

Joburg Indaba to provide ‘reality check’, promote investment

By: Paige Müller     28th September 2018 This year’s Joburg Indaba will focus heavily on the economic environment and South African government’s role in encouraging investment in the embattled local mining sector, says investment conference specialist and organiser of the Joburg Indaba, Resources 4 Africa. Resources 4 Africa CEO Paula... 

Joburg Indaba to provide ‘reality check’, promote investment
MEANINGFUL DEBATE The Joburg Indaba is known as a mining conference which creates a competitive advantage by facilitating an environment where industry leaders can have honest, open and direct conversations

Industry leaders to tackle concerns at Indaba

By: Paige Müller     28th September 2018 With the economy and Mining Charter front of mind, the 2018 Joburg Indaba – taking place from October 3 to 4 at the Inanda Club, in Johannesburg – will scrutinize the mining industry and the economy, says event organiser Resources 4 Africa. Key speakers will focus on diverse topics, with the... 

Industry leaders to tackle concerns at Indaba
MEANINGFUL DEBATE Debates at the Joburg Indaba are decided in response to the pressing need to focus on relevant and crucial issues in the mining industry throughout the course of the year

Mine digitisation accelerates to ensure profitability

By: Paige Müller     28th September 2018 Professional services firm and corporate partner sponsor of this year’s Joburg Indaba, Deloitte, says the tough operating conditions in the mining industry have resulted in the accelerated uptake of digitisation at South African mines. Deloitte Africa energy and resources leader Andrew Lane – who... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Young generations push record diamond demand but require new approaches by industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The worldwide demand for diamond jewellery set a new record high of $82-billion in 2017, diamond giant De Beers reported in its “Diamond Insight Report 2018”. The driving forces behind this demand were Millennial and Generation Z (Gen Z) consumers, who, together, accounted for 66% of global... 

Minergy lauds Botswana regulatory authorities

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2018 Minergy CEO Andre Bojé is full of praise for Botswana’s regulatory authorities, who he says use legislation to assist mining investment. Minergy, which is listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, has begun work on its maiden 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula coalfield, 50 km north... 

Minergy lauds Botswana regulatory authorities
Minergy CEO Andre Bojé

Upbeat Pan African repositioned as lower-cost gold producer

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2018 Gold mining company Pan African Resources said on Wednesday that it had reconfigured its gold operations for sustainable profitability through the creation of a lower cost base and the imposition of efficiencies and stability through restructuring. The London- and Johannesburg-listed company,... 

Upbeat Pan African repositioned as lower-cost gold producer
Photo by Creamer Media
Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots (right) with Thabo Mokoena (left) and Eric Kholwane (centre) at the Elikhulu sod-turning ceremony

CNN-flighted advert projecting huge growth for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 French company Air Liquide, a member of the Davos-launched Hydrogen Council that includes platinum-mining company Anglo American, is currently flighting an advertisement on the global television network CNN, which forecasts exceptional growth for the hydrogen and fuel cell market. Quoting the... 

CNN-flighted advert projecting huge growth for platinum-using fuel cells
CNN-flighted advertisement projecting fuel cell growth.

New Botswana coal mine development under way – Minergy

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 Work is under way on the new Masama coal mine, which Botswana Stock Exchange-listed Minergy expects to commission in January, ahead of its primary listing on London’s Alternative Investment Market (Aim) in the first half of next year. The 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula... 

New Botswana coal mine development under way – Minergy
Minergy CEO Andre Bojé
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