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Canada falls out of top ten attractive places for mining investment

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 49 minutes ago For the first time in a decade, no Canadian jurisdiction ranks in the top ten for ‘investment attractiveness', according to the latest survey released by the Fraser Institute. Australian, US and European jurisdictions dominate the top ten. 

Ecuadorean court denies public vote on halting mining projects

By: Reuters     24th February 2020 Ecuador's Constitutional Court late on Friday denied for a second time a request by activists to hold a public vote on whether to ban mining in the Andean country's mineral-rich Azuay province, where several mining projects are in development. Azuay's prefect, Yaku Perez, who submitted the... 

Solar power for mines under consideration – Assore 

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2020 A scoping study is under way into the self-generation of electricity for Assmang’s mines – but not its smelters, Assore CEO Charles Walters said on Friday, when the company reported interim results that were negatively affected by weaker chrome and manganese prices, and lower shipments of... 

Solar power for mines under consideration – Assore
Photo by Assore
Assore's mines and logisitcs routes

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.... 

Policy review could improve investor confidence
DRIVING INVESTMENT Namibia’s reliable transport infrastructure, despite the remote nature of many sites of mineral interest, is attractive to investors

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

Leaders must adapt to seize opportunities

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st February 2020 Africa’s status as a continent of abundant resources crucial to global development has prompted foreign investors to increase their presence in Africa to capitalise on growth opportunities, says Project Management South Africa (PMSA) director Robert Best, adding that project leaders need to focus... 

Leaders must adapt to seize opportunities
ROBERT BEST Project managers need to focus on a success-building mindset in the mining sector

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.

South Africa could use mining royalties to set up sovereign fund – Minister

By: Reuters     20th February 2020 South Africa could use mining royalties to set up a proposed sovereign wealth fund, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa said in an annual address to parliament last week the government had decided to establish a sovereign fund, but he... 

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.

Hydrogen fuel cells the next big disruptive technology – Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2020 The next big disruptive technology will be hydrogen fuel cell technology, which is platinum rich, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said on Wednesday. Speaking ahead of half-year results of a 44% increase in revenue to R73-billion and a R432-million profit for 2019, Froneman stated that this... 

Hydrogen fuel cells the next big disruptive technology – Sibanye-Stillwater
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Donna Slater.

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
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sibanye-Stillwater's ceremony at JSE

Zimbabwe threatens to withdraw mining licences over unpaid fees

By: Reuters     19th February 2020 Zimbabwe has given holders of mining concessions up to the end of April to pay $11-million in outstanding annual fees or risk losing their licences, the mines minister said on Tuesday. Mining is the biggest earner of foreign exchange in the southern African nation, which hopes the sector will... 

South Africa’s Astron ‘a nice short to have for the trading business’ – Glencore 

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2020 Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg on Tuesday described his company’s investment in Astron Energy oil refinery and fuel distribution station business in South Africa as “a nice short to have for the trading business”. The Chevron oil refinery in Cape Town and the Caltex brand now fall under Astron... 

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

Controversial Act reducing investment in US

By: Tracy Hancock     18th February 2020 While the US scores high in terms of its steady economic and political systems, lack of government corruption and currency stability, it has a low ranking for permitting delays, with the necessary government authorisations taking about seven to ten years to secure, says the American Exploration &... 

Controversial Act reducing investment in US
ENVIRONMENTAL ACT ASSESMENT The National Environmental Policy Act is being misused in ways that delay a whole array of desirable projects that create jobs

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

Robbery attempt prompts security step-up at South Deep – Gold Fields  

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2020 Security is being stepped up at South Deep gold mine in Gauteng to present an even more resistant barrier to armed criminals, said Gold Fields executive vice-president Martin Preece said on Thursday. This action follows last year’s gold robbery attempt at the mine by machine-gun wielding gangsters. 

Robbery attempt prompts security step-up at South Deep – Gold Fields
Gold Fields EVP Martin Preece talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Seifsa, Minerals Council react positively to SoNA commitments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2020 The mining and metals and engineering sectors have mostly welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans around energy and infrastructure, following his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday night. The Minerals Council South Africa said in a statement that it was encouraged by the... 

Angola seeks to make itself a more mining-friendly jurisdiction

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2020 Angola will this year initiate a new governance system for the country’s mining industry, the country’s Mineral Resources and Petroleum Minister, Diamantino Azevedo, confirmed at the recent Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. The new system will include the new National Agency for... 

Call made for accelerated exploration to build critical-minerals pipeline

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Amid growing demand for critical minerals globally on the back of increased production of the technologies needed to realise a low-carbon future, North America’s policies and regulations are said to be hindering exploration and depleting its project pipeline. This is the most minerals-intensive... 

Call made for accelerated exploration to build critical-minerals pipeline

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

Controversial Act reducing investment in US

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 While the US scores high in terms of its steady economic and political systems, lack of government corruption and currency stability, it has a low ranking for permitting delays, with the necessary government authorisations taking about seven to ten years to secure, says the American Exploration &... 

Controversial Act reducing investment in US
ENVIRONMENTAL ACT ASSESMENT The National Environmental Policy Act is being misused in ways that delay a whole array of desirable projects that create jobs

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

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

Govt-mining industry cooperation at regional level very good – Gold Fields  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2020 The cooperation between the government and mines at regional level is very good, but where it falls down is at national level, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland said on Thursday. Responding to Mining Weekly during a media roundtable at the JSE, Holland said that at the national level, there was... 

Govt-mining industry cooperation at regional level very good – Gold Fields
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland questioned by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

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.

Resources Watch 

13th February 2020 Urgent steps needed to revive South Africa’s economy; Baxter discusses mining industry's electricity self-generation plan; and, Minerals Council South Africa lobbying strongly for junior miners 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

'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.
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