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Fuel cell thrust continuing – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2016 The momentum around fuel cell vehicles as one of the zero-emission technologies of the future is continuing to build as shown by launches and proposed launches of commercially available fuel cell electric vehicles by major car manufacturers. Pictures of fuel cell electric vehicles bearing... 

Fuel cell thrust continuing – Anglo American Platinum
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

World heading for shortage of physical gold – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2016 Confidence in the world order and the ability of governments to manipulate the value of fiat currency is seen to be diminishing, as is confidence in governments as credible sources of capital. What the world does in such circumstances is buy gold but there may not be enough gold to buy because of... 

World heading for shortage of physical gold – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius spells out upcoming gold supply constraints to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. 24.7.2016

De Beers partners with govt to empower youth in diamond sector 

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd July 2016 Diamond miner and marketer De Beers, along with government and other industry stakeholders, last week unveiled an enterprise development project for diamond beneficiators. De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa sales head Peter Moeti introduced the five historically disadvantaged South African-... 

De Beers partners with govt to empower youth in diamond sector
De Beers Group CEO Bruce Cleaver discusses the significance of the new diamond beneficiation project and of the company’s broader commitment towards beneficiation. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Local company outlines aspirations, challenges bigger players 

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd July 2016 Local mining solutions provider RapX is seeking to challenge the dominance of multinational mining equipment and services providers in the South African coal sector while exploring opportunities abroad. RapX director and majority shareholder Maila Masetlwa says it is difficult to compete with... 

Local company outlines aspirations, challenges bigger players
RapX director and majority shareholder Maila Masetlwa discusses the company’s strategy of making inroads into the local and global mining equipment suppliers sector. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Soaring DRDGold adds R14bn a year to economy as it turns waste to gold  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2016 By taking material that has been dumped as waste and turning it into gold, DRDGold is adding R14-billion worth of value a year to the South African economy and unlocking scarce real estate for gainful development, a visiting media contingent heard on Thursday. “[That is] R14-billion rands worth... 

Soaring DRDGold adds R14bn a year to economy as it turns waste to gold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius spells out Ergo’s multi-billion-rand economic contribution to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. 21.7.2016

Eskom moves to raise exports as it closes in on 80% plant-availability goal  

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom says it is on course to achieve its stated goal of achieving an energy availability factor (EAF) of 80% well ahead of its 2021 target, reporting a steady recovery in the performance of its fleet of coal-fired power stations. As a consequence, the utility... 

Eskom moves to raise exports as it closes in on 80% plant-availability goal
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe outlines progress regarding the energy availability factor at its power stations. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 19.7.2016

Tax Bill throws up royalty surprises as Davis Tax Committee mulls broader mining reforms 

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2016 The Taxation Laws Amendment Bill released on July 8 contains two surprise amendments to mineral royalty taxation on the eve of the Davis Tax Committee’s next mining tax report, which is expected to provide the royalty regime with much needed certainty. The two amendments proposed in the Bill,... 

Tax Bill throws up royalty surprises as Davis Tax Committee mulls broader mining reforms
KPMG tax head Muhammad Saloojee talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Wescoal ‘comfortable’ with coal price from Eskom 

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2016 Coal mining and trading company Wescoal, which sells 80% of its coal to Eskom, is comfortable with the price it receives from South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility. “We think it’s a fair price, both to Wescoal and to Eskom. I understand Eskom’s challenges around managing costs and the... 

Wescoal ‘comfortable’ with coal price from Eskom
Wescoal CEO Waheed Sulaiman outlines future plans to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Construction of tailings storage facilities at Tharisa platinum mine to be completed in six months 

By: Dylan Slater     8th July 2016 Mine development and construction company Fraser Alexander has concluded a contract for platinum group metals (PGM) miner Tharisa Minerals to install and commission a tailings storage facility at its Tharisa mine.  

Construction of tailings storage facilities at Tharisa platinum mine to be completed in six months
Fraser Alexander CEO Velile Nhlapo tells Mining Weekly about the company’s latest tailings contract

Eskom insists R1 600/t is the ‘total cost’ of Anglo coal to Tutuka 

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom moved to clarify its statement that Anglo American’s New Denmark colliery had supplied coal to the Tutuka power station between April 2015 and May 2016 at R1 600/t – a level that group executive for generation Matshela Koko described as “unacceptable”. In a... 

Eskom insists R1 600/t is the ‘total cost’ of Anglo coal to Tutuka
Eskom group executive for generation Matshela Koko on its coal sourcing strategy and the 'unacceptable' cost of coal to Tutuka. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Molefe in forceful defence of Gupta-linked coal deal  

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe went on the offensive on Tuesday against critics of the State-owned utility’s recent coal contract with the Gupta-family-linked Tegeta Exploration and Resources, likening the role of the banks and the media in the “hullabaloo” to that of a “kangaroo court”. Speaking at the... 

Molefe in forceful defence of Gupta-linked coal deal
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe defends Tegeta coal deal, while slamming banks and media. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 5.6.2016

Finns unveil acid mine water fix  

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2016 A Finnish technology innovator on Tuesday unveiled a new and different solution to the problem of acid mine drainage (AMD). Global EcoProcess Services Oy (EPSE) provides a technology that extracts saleable metals from AMD and produces purified clean water. 

Finns unveil acid mine water fix
Top executives from Finnish water cleaning company EPSE spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. 5.07.2016

Substantive mineral law issues still far from resolved – Herbert Smith Freehills 

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2016 The content and the implications of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill are extraordinarily complicated. Three issues, which embody the most significant negative implications for the mining industry and South Africa, have been delaying the finalisation of... 

Substantive mineral law issues still far from resolved – Herbert Smith Freehills
Herbert Smith Freehills associate Ben Winks outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer minerals sector sticking points. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva

Transnet pares back capex as commodity slump impacts demand 

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has pared back its 2016/17 capital expenditure (capex) plan in line with its strategy of “validating” demand ahead of moving ahead with major investments. The rail, ports and pipelines utility expects to invest around R22.8-billion during the 2017... 

Transnet pares back capex as commodity slump impacts demand
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama and CFO Garry Pita on the capex outlook for the group. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 27.6.2016

Consider rest of Africa as well, potential mining investors urged 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th June 2016 Young business people that are wanting to get involved in the mining industry should broaden their horizons and not limit themselves by focusing on South Africa alone, as there many opportunities in the rest of the African continent also exist, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu... 

Consider rest of Africa as well, potential mining investors urged
Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu discusses the opportunities and challenges that small, medium-sized and microenterprises face in entering the mining industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Mining Charter should be policy not law – Leon 

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2016 The Mining Charter should be a policy type document rather than a legislative instrument. “We need to go back to what it was intended to be,” Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa practice co-chair Peter Leon said on Tuesday. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video). 

Mining Charter should be policy not law – Leon
Herbert Smith Freehills partner Peter Leon outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the fall of the South African mining industry. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Skills compatibility, dual-skilled labour enhance agreements  

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 The mine maintenance industry is facing a significant skills shortage, exacerbated by commodity price instability, industrial conveyor maintenance service provider ELB Conveyor Maintenance director Sharmlin Govender tells Mining Weekly. 

Skills compatibility, dual-skilled labour enhance agreements
ELB Conveyor Maintenance Director Sharmlin Govender talks on the state of the industry and the company's biggest achievements. Camerawork: Nichols Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

New way to mine hard rock impresses veteran researcher 

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2016 A new way of breaking rock in Southern Africa’s narrow-reef mines is seen as safety and production enhancing. Veteran researcher Rod Pickering, who spent 20 years at the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation (Comro) running the stoping technology laboratory, says he has yet to come across a... 

New way to mine hard rock impresses veteran researcher
Mining researcher Rod Pickering speaks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on using foam to break rock. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Big boost for South African mining as old Comro reopens  

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2016 The revitalisation of the South African mining industry through the resuscitation of research and development (R&D) is under way as an outcome of the Mining Phakisa, a strategy forged by 120 government, company, union and nongovernmental participants, who last year spent five weeks working... 

Big boost for South African mining as old Comro reopens
Mining Phakisa outcomes are spelt out to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Legal discretion dogging mine safety inquiries – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2016 The only certainty about current enforcement of South Africa’s Mine Health and Safety Act is consistent uncertainty, says Webber Wentzel partner Kate Collier. Addressing a seminar on the way the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) approaches senior mine management in the aftermath of serious... 

Legal discretion dogging mine safety inquiries – Webber Wentzel
Webber Wentzel partners tell Mining Weeky Online’s Martin Creamer of uncertainty being mining’s new certainty. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video & Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mining’s rebirth under way – Ritchken 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2016 New joint action is being brought to bear to arrest the devastating decline of the South African mining industry, which will involve the Mining Phakisa policy intervention seeking to boost the sector by positioning it as the centrepiece within a new, cohesive mining cluster that requires... 

Mining’s rebirth under way – Ritchken
Mining Phakisa's Edwin Ritchken outlines progress to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer at SAIMM conference. Video & Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Sasol targeting step change in coal mining productivity  

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2016 Sasol Mining is targeting a productivity leap at its coal mines in Secunda, which supply 40-million tonnes of run-of-mine coal a year to the company’s coal-to-liquids synfuels plant in Secunda. Up to now, its five Secunda coal mines have been bord and pillar mined, but under identification are... 

Sasol targeting step change in coal mining productivity
Sasol Mining senior VP Lucky Kgatle tells Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer that a study of longwall mining is under way to increase productivity. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd and Lionel da Silva.

Coal will be part of Africa’s energy mix – African Union  

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2016 Coal will be part of Africa’s energy mix owing to its availability, cost advantage and ability to generate much-needed electricity, says African Union (AU) chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Zuma, who was speaking to journalists during a media conference in which Creamer Media’s Mining... 

Coal will be part of Africa’s energy mix – African Union
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer at Junior Indaba with African Union chairperson Dr Nkosasana Dlamini Zuma. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva

Expedite platinum fuel cells to boost economy – Deputy Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2016 Deputy Minerals Minister Godfrey Oliphant has called for an acceleration of minerals beneficiation in general and the development of a platinum fuel cell economy in particular. Oliphant said that engagement with the platinum sector had taken place on one of its outputs, being the fuel cell,... 

Expedite platinum fuel cells to boost economy – Deputy Minister
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer at Junior Indaba with Deputy Minerals Minister Godfrey Oliphant. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Mine safety a ‘red flag’ for DMR as number of fatalities rise 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd June 2016 The number of fatalities at mines in South Africa is at risk of surpassing that of the 77 mineworkers' deaths recorded in 2015, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Friday. Addressing delegates at the National Union of Mineworkers' (NUM’s) 2016 Central Committee meeting, held in... 

Mine safety a ‘red flag’ for DMR as number of fatalities rise
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane discusses the rising number of fatalities at mines in South Africa, raising concerns that this year’s reports could surpass that of the 77 mineworkers' deaths recorded in 2015. Date recorded: 03/06/2016. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd.

Deputy Minister calls for junior mining Migdett 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2016 South Africa needed to establish a Migdett – a mining industry growth, development and employment task team – for the junior mining sector, which was crucial for future exploration success, Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Wednesday. Oliphant reminded the Junior Indaba... 

Deputy Minister calls for junior mining Migdett
Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant talks about the positive impact that the Migdett has had for South Africa. Camerawork and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Now is time for Africa to take charge of mining destiny – Dlamini Zuma 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2016 Now is the time for Africa to take charge of its mining destiny, African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told junior miners on Wednesday. Speaking at the Junior Indaba, the AU head drew repeated attention to the need for a new win-win approach to ensure that Africans... 

Now is time for Africa to take charge of mining destiny – Dlamini Zuma
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma stresses the importance of using Africa's resources to benefit the continent's citizens and countries. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Integrator has tools for long-term mining company success 

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2016 With several major, junior and small minerals and mining services companies debt stressed, folding or in business rescue, former investment researcher Stephen Roper has come up with a longevity and success formula – with diamond consultant Dr John Bristow offering input. Accountant Roper and... 

Integrator has tools for long-term mining company success
Integrated Thinking Laboratory founder and CEO Stephen Roper talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about the tools to extend the lives of mining companies. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Cleaver is new De Beers CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2016 Bruce Cleaver, 51, is the new CEO-designate of De Beers. He will take over from Philippe Mellier on July 1. After a half-decade at the helm, Mellier, who is ten years Cleaver’s senior, has honoured his commitment to step down as CEO after five years. 

Cleaver is new De Beers CEO
Flashback video to 20 March 2015: Creamer Media's Mining Weekly Online talks to Bruce Cleaver, the Director of Strategy at De Beers, on the diamond mining companies latest Consumer Market report.

After topping 14% in early 2015, women representation in South Africa’s mining industry now 10% 

By: Ilan Solomons     27th May 2016 Within the top 500 JSE-listed companies in South Africa, women make up 21% of the boards of these companies, which is the highest percentage of women on boards worldwide, noted volunteer nonprofit organisation Women in Mining South Africa chairperson Noleen Pauls. Pauls, who is also a geology... 

After topping 14% in early 2015, women representation  in South Africa’s mining industry now 10%
Women in Mining South Africa chairperson Noleen Pauls discusses the strides that women in mining have made in South Africa and the challenges that remain. Cameraperson and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Mine closure, rehabilitation getting more attention from regulators 

By: David Oliveira     27th May 2016 Globally, the mining industry was resistant to mine closure and rehabilitation, said University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry director professor Caroline Digby. Speaking at the Centre for Environmental Rights seminar on mine closure and... 

Mine closure, rehabilitation getting more attention from regulators
Wits Centre for Sustainable Mining and Industry director professor Caroline Digby discusses the global challenges in mine closure. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2016 Government would, within weeks, finalise a “fair pricing” agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and establish a “steel committee” to monitor implementation of the formula, which would be based on a basket of selling prices in Europe, Asia and North America. Department of... 

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge
Garth Strachan, Dean Macpherson and Dean Subramanian debate the fair-pricing steel 'deal'. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.5.2015

New acid mine water process has huge agri potential in arid areas   

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2016 The newly developed process that yields handsome profits by converting acid mine water into valuable fertiliser materials, also has the potential to process South Africa’s large volumes of currently unusable brackish groundwater. The use of the process that eradicates acid mine drainage (AMD) for... 

New acid mine water process has huge agri potential in arid areas
Trailblazer Technologies director John Bewsey tells Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer that the new acid mine water breakthrough could bring profitable agriculture to arid areas. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

New highly profitable acid mine water solution unveiled  

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2016 A process has been developed that yields handsome profits by converting acid mine water into valuable fertiliser materials. The process, which purifies the water free of charge, removes all of the total dissolved solids and converts them into saleable products. 

New highly profitable acid mine water solution unveiled
Trailblazer Technologies director John Bewsey shows Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer his pilot plant that eliminates acid mine drainage at a handsome profit. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editor: Lionel da Silva.

First permanent infrastructure being built at new DRC tin mine 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2016 The first permanent mining infrastructure is being built at the proposed new tin mine at Bisie, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for which $130-million is being raised. Alphamin Resources CEO Boris Kamstra said the return airway drive being built would be used to acclimatise mining... 

First permanent infrastructure being built at new DRC tin mine
Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on the company’s tin prospect in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

S&P's downgrade will tip South Africa into job-shedding recession, bank economist warns  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2016 A downgrade of South Africa’s credit rating to junk was currently only partially priced in, a leading bank economist warned on Monday, arguing that a negative assessment by Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) on June 3 would most probably trigger a recession and precipitate the shedding on around 200 000... 

S&P's downgrade will tip South Africa into job-shedding recession, bank economist warns
Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim on the risks of a downgrade to the real economy. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 23.5.2016

Contractor finds value in gold mine dumps  

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Although tailings retreatment is not new to South Africa, the country’s mine dumps, especially those of the gold mining sector, still hold immeasurable value that could increase the profitability of mining projects for clients and contractors, says materials handling and hauling expert Ncamiso... 

Contractor finds value in gold mine dumps
Ncamiso Mining GM Fikile Mashinini explains the state and demand for outsource services. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Minister launches long-term acid mine water solution  

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2016 Water Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Wednesday launched a long-term project to turn acid mine drainage (AMD) into safe water for commercial use as either industrial or potable water. The Minister chose the old south-west vertical shaft area of the dormant East Rand Proprietary Mines (ERPM) to... 

Minister launches long-term acid mine water solution
Acid mine drainage project manager Craig Hasenjager tells Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer that gypsum can be recovered in new long term government plans. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer.
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