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Environmental News

Policy review could improve investor confidence

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2020 Mining consulting firm The MSA Group is hoping that the review of Namibia’s Minerals (Prospecting and Mining) Act will enhance the country’s “friendliness” toward mining investors. The MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson says the 1992 legislation has been under review since 2018.... 

Namibian policy uncertainty a concern

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2020 A key issue creating uncertainty among Namibia’s mining investors is the non-deductibility of royalties and export levies for non-diamond mining, which was announced during the Namibian 2019/20 Budget Speech by Namibian Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein, presented to Namibia’s Parliament in... 

Namibian policy uncertainty a concern
VESTON MALANGO The effect of the non-deductibility of royalties is double taxation, which erodes project viability for new mines or planned expansion of activities

Copperbelt spells opportunity for firm

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2020 Superior, modern exploration techniques have resulted in a surge of interest in the Kalahari Copperbelt in recent years, with the uptick in the 2019 year-end copper price spurring exploration activity. The Kalahari Copperbelt, which is regarded as one of the world’s most promising underexplored... 

Copperbelt spells opportunity for firm
BELT OF POTENTIAL The 1 000 km long Kalahari Copperbelt Is regarded as one of the world’s most promising underexplored copper provinces

Uranium sector improving

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2020 The Namibian uranium sector is under pressure, but Namibian Uranium Institute (NUI) executive director Dr Gabi Schneider believes that it is improving. “The sector is negatively impacted on by the low uranium price, but as the world builds new nuclear power plants, and with the realisation that... 

Uranium sector improving
Photo by Bloomberg
YELLOW FEVER The targets of the Paris climate accord cannot be met without nuclear power generation, which means that the uranium demand is expected to rise

FutureSmart, P101 earn Anglo $4.7bn

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2020 The smart technology and efficiency enhancing programmes of diversified mining company Anglo American have netted the company $4.7-billion so far. FutureSmart Mining (TM) programmes deliver additional value from equipment and processes and P101 uplifts the performance of existing operating... 

FutureSmart, P101 earn Anglo $4.7bn
Photo by Anglo American
Playing precisely to the demand for a cleaner, greener and more sustainable world.

Alternative energy developments at Amplats, Sibanye 

20th February 2020 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the alternative energy developments at Anglo American Platinum and Sibanye Stillwater. 

Alternative energy developments at Amplats, Sibanye
Alternative energy developments at Amplats, Sibanye

Anglo’s earnings margins poised to strengthen – Cutifani 

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2020 The strong 2019 earnings margins of Anglo American are poised to strengthen further in 2020, CEO Mark Cutifani said on Thursday. The 2019 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) margins of the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining company ranged from... 

Anglo’s earnings margins poised to strengthen – Cutifani
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Anglo American calculates that these earnings margins will increase in 2020.

Anglo’s hydrogen fuel truck ‘a great initiative’ – Cutifani 

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2020 Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani on Thursday described the building of the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell haul truck in Limpopo as a great initiative that would in time be rolled out across the platinum group metals (PGMs), diamonds, copper and iron-ore mining company. Hydrogen fuel cell... 

Anglo’s hydrogen fuel truck ‘a great initiative’ – Cutifani
Photo by Anglo American
Four-part forward thrust.

Bill Gates-led fund invests in making lithium mining more sustainable

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2020 Breakthrough Energy Ventures, helmed by Bill Gates, and MIT’s The Engine fund are leading an investment round of $20-million for Lilac Solutions, a US startup aimed at making the extraction of lithium less water-intensive and more sustainable. As the world looks to cut carbon emissions, people... 

Resources Watch 

20th February 2020 Harmony Gold decries attacks on gold plants; DRDGold pleased with ‘wonderful’ gold performance; and, 'Green’ is king as ESG sweeps through mining world 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Price-spiking palladium must be substituted with platinum – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2020 It is incumbent on the end users to help platinum group metals mining companies to a position where the platinum price will not be destroyed, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said on Wednesday. Speaking during the presentation of superlative results, Froneman said the industry could not... 

Price-spiking palladium must be substituted with platinum – Sibanye-Stillwater
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Neal Froneman

Very Proudly South African Sibanye-Stillwater set to take on world – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2020 An upbeat Neal Froneman said on Wednesday that world would see his “very Proudly South African’ precious metals mining company Sibanya-Stillwater take on global companies across the world. Speaking after the relisting of the platinum group metals (PGM) and gold mining company at the Johannesburg... 

Very Proudly South African Sibanye-Stillwater set to take on world – Froneman
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
JSE CEO Dr Leila Fourie (left) and Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.

Sibanye-Stillwater delivers phenomenal 260% return – JSE 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2020 Top-performing Sibanye-Stillwater delivered a phenomenal return of 260% on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2019, JSE CEO Dr Leila Fourie stated on Wednesday when the company relisted to the accompaniment of a rapid 5.3% early-afternoon soaring of its share price. From a Gold Fields spinoff... 

Sibanye-Stillwater delivers phenomenal 260% return – JSE
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Sibanye-Stillwater's ceremony at JSE

Climate-friendly copper, cobalt, nickel steal limelight as Glencore depletes coal reserve 

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2020 Climate-friendly energy transition metals, copper, cobalt and nickel, stole the limelight during Glencore’s presentation of 2019 results on Tuesday, when the company revealed that it would be depleting its coal reserves in line with the global move towards a low-carbon economy. Presenting... 

Climate-friendly copper, cobalt, nickel steal limelight as Glencore depletes coal reserve
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Ivan Glasenberg

Glencore provides update on its transition to low-carbon economy

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2020 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Tuesday published an update on its performance in transitioning towards a low-carbon economy. This follows its climate change position statement of February 2019. 

Glencore provides update on its transition to low-carbon economy
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Ivan Glasenderg

Substitution outlook intensifies with platinum at half palladium price ­– Amplats 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2020 With the price of platinum at half of the palladium price, the concept of replacing palladium with platinum in some gasoline catalyst convertors is increasingly likely to occur – but not in the very short term, outgoing Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith said on Monday.... 

Substitution outlook intensifies with platinum at half palladium price ­– Amplats
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on Anglo American Platinum’s results. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Hydrogen fuel cell mining set to cut Amplats’ greenhouse gas emissions – Griffith  

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2020 The introduction of hydrogen fuel cell mining in response to climate change is poised to cut the greenhouse gas emissions of platinum group metals mining company Anglo American Platinum by 30%. A large enabler of this significant reduction is the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell mining trucks,... 

Hydrogen fuel cell mining set to cut Amplats’ greenhouse gas emissions – Griffith
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on Anglo American Platinum’s results. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Record-performing Amplats applying for 75 MW solar power at Mogalakwena

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American, which has reported record safety, record financials and the highest dividend in 15 years, has submitted an application to be allowed to self-generate 75 MW of solar power at its Mogalakwena mine where the world’s largest hydrogen fuel... 

Record-performing Amplats applying for 75 MW solar power at Mogalakwena
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Chris Griffith

Chris Griffith to step down as Amplats CEO

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2020 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith is to step down as CEO of the company after seven years at the helm, the board of Anglo American Platinum said on Monday. The company announced that Griffith, who took Kumba Iron Ore to great heights before taking on Amplats, will also leave... 

Chris Griffith to step down as Amplats CEO
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Chris Griffith

Gold miners go green  

14th February 2020 Gold miners are making green additions to their operations. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks Harmony Gold's 30 MW solar plant, Gold Fields' Australian wind turbine and DRDGold's clean up operation in Johannesburg. 

Gold miners go green
Gold miners go green

New focus implies decarbonisation assent

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 In its seventh year, the 2019 Energy and Mines World Congress marked a “historic shift in conversations about energy in mining”, says Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker. 

New focus implies decarbonisation assent
NICK HOLLAND The Gold Fields CEO and congress keynote speaker committed to reducing emissions by 800 000 t from 2017 to 2020

Global interest growing in Canada’s sustainability initiative

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 The implementation of the Mining Association of Canada’s (MAC’s) Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative at its members’ operations is helping drive demand for Canadian investment in global mining jurisdictions. “We are extremely proud of all that TSM has accomplished in terms of raising the... 

Global interest growing in Canada’s sustainability initiative
EXPORTING STANDARDS Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining initiative has been adopted by Finland, Argentina, Botswana, the Philippines and Brazil, with mining associations in many other countries expressing their interest

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Mineral exploration and mining’s role in the global shift towards a low carbon future could dominate discussions at this year’s Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention, PDAC executive director Lisa McDonald tells Mining Weekly. “To meet demand for electric vehicle... 

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks
CRITICAL GATHERING Popular topics that should continue to attract high attendance at the PDAC Convention are diversity and inclusion, sustainability, capital markets and Indigenous affairs

Mines need energy alternatives

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 Although South African mines are not yet ready to fully adopt renewable energy, they are desperate for a reliable and cost-effective alternative to State-owned power utility Eskom’s monopoly, says energy equipment and solutions provider Vuselela Energy co-founder and director Jacques Malan. 

Mines need energy alternatives
WINNING STREAK In 2015, the Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting energy recovery plant was inducted into the South African Innovation Awards' Hall of Fame

Solar price signifies renewables’ viability

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 Although renewables were perceived as expensive a decade ago, the same cannot be said today, says energy company Abengoa. The sentiment that renewable energy is unreliable and provides power only intermittently – when the sun shines or when the wind blows – has also since changed, says Abengoa... 

Solar price signifies renewables’ viability
DOMINIC JOSÉ GONCALVES With solar, you are able to create resilient plans because the sun will be highly predictable over the next 20 to 25 years

Centenary milestone spurs ‘new dawn’ for genset specialist 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 Global diesel and alternative fuel engines supplier Cummins celebrated its hundredth year in 2019, which Cummins South Africa application engineer Rodney Naidoo states has resulted in a “new dawn”, as the company embarks on a mission to find alternatives to fossil fuels to supply back-up power. 

Centenary milestone spurs  ‘new dawn’ for genset specialist
Cummins South Africa mining leader George Mahlangu and Cummins South Africa applications engineer Rodney Naidoo discuss the company’s role in the mining sector. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 22.02.2020

Gold Fields displays ‘green’ energy installation ahead of superb results  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2020 “What you’re seeing over here is one of the first wind turbines that we put up in Australia, a mine where we’re going to have average renewable input into our energy usage of about 57%,” was the first sentence stated by Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland as he flashed up a picture of a wind turbine at... 

Gold Fields displays ‘green’ energy installation ahead of superb results
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland’s results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

ICMM launches enhanced mining principles, membership requirements

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2020 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has launched its enhanced membership requirements, called the ICMM Mining Principles, which now include site-level validation and transparent disclosure. These requirements seek to maximise the industry’s benefits to host communities and... 

'Green’ is king as ESG sweeps through mining world – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2020 Community members are being recruited to vegetate Johannesburg’s gold mine dumps as part of a dust suppression, environmental protection and ‘green’ imperative, DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius said on Wednesday. In presenting a stupendously successful set of half-year results that saw operating profit... 

'Green’ is king as ESG sweeps through mining world – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius presenting from New York to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

DRDGold cock-a-hoop on ‘wonderful’ gold performance  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2020 Surface gold-mining company DRDGold is cock-a-hoop over its half-year performance, which saw it produce 3 t of gold from waste dumps on the East Rand and the West Rand in the six months to December 31. But the company is also continuing to work intently on tracking down the gang of armed robbers... 

DRDGold cock-a-hoop on ‘wonderful’ gold performance
DRDGold CFO Riaan Davel interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Photographs: Donna Slater.

DRDGold hits dividend high spot

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2020 Surface gold mining company DRD Gold has hit the dividend high spots by extending its dividend declarations to the thirteenth consecutive year. The company, headed by CEO Niël Pretorius, has declared a dividend of 25c a share for the six months ended December, which follows a six-fold increase in... 

DRDGold hits dividend high spot
Photo by Creamer Media
Niël Pretorius

Harmony Gold expects to have 30 MW solar plant year from now  

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2020 Gold mining company Harmony expects to have a 30 MW solar power plant running in a year from now, provided all regulatory obstacles are removed. The company is also in discussion with Eskom to alleviate the impact of load-shedding. Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp said during a media conference... 

Harmony Gold expects to have 30 MW solar plant year from now
Harmony Gold half-year presentation reported on by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video & Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photograph: Donna Slater.

PGMs to play ever increasing roles in greener, cleaner world – Anglo Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American Platinum is convinced that PGMs are poised to play increasingly significant roles in a greener, cleaner world, driven by favourable new opportunities presented by societal megatrends. Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith, who... 

PGMs to play ever increasing roles in greener, cleaner world – Anglo Platinum
The number of indirect jobs totals 90 000

In-house renewable energy could be a boon for South African mines, says SRK

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th February 2020 With their recent profitability buoyed by price improvements in certain commodities, some South African miners may consider investing part of their windfall gains to create their own renewable energy generating capacity, and according to consultancy SRK Consulting director and principal... 

Mining sector found to be highly exposed to water risks 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2020 The mining sector has come out tops as the industry most likely to be affected most by the world’s worsening water crises, and South Africa’s mining sector is not immune. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has warned of the water risks facing the mining industry after an exhaustive analysis of... 

Mining sector found to be highly exposed to water risks

Minerals Council supports just energy transition, jr miners; calls for action to revive economy  

7th February 2020 The Investing in African Mining Indaba took place in Cape Town this week and Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer was there for the headlines. Minerals Council South Africa gave its support for a just transition to cleaner energy in the face of climate change and also gave its support for junior... 

Minerals Council supports just energy transition, jr miners; calls for action to revive economy
Minerals Council supports just energy transition, jr miners; calls for action to revive economy.

Implats focuses on diversity, debt reduction

By: Cameron Mackay     7th February 2020 Platinum-group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) is focused on mitigating the challenges of a constrained local economy through the diversification of its portfolio, debt reduction and investment in market development, as well as increasing community support. “The... 

Implats focuses on diversity, debt reduction
IDEAL SUPPLY ACQUISITION Implats’ ore from the Merensky and UG2 Reefs and the Great Dyke Reef will now be supplemented with strong palladium exposure from Impala Canada

Drive package delivered to greenfield mine

7th February 2020 The last of nine units of a comprehensive drive package were successfully delivered to a major greenfield copper mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by drive and automation specialist SEW-Eurodrive. The five main 500 kW drives weighed 12 t each while the remaining four... 

Drive package delivered to greenfield mine
BIG FAN A cooling unit had to be installed to the drives because of the extreme temperatures they would encounter in the Democratic Republic of Congo
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