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Legislative Environment News

Transnet praised for rapidly restoring stricken Saldanha iron-ore line 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2018 State rail transport enterprise Transnet has earned praise by pulling out all the stops to rapidly restore a railway bridge on South Africa’s crucial Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore line. The line came to a halt on November 28 after a truck carrying heavy equipment at excessive height on a public road... 

Keeping abreast of trends and technologies crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th December 2018 With the annual Caminex trade expo being the only mining, agricultural and industrial trade expo that takes place in the Copperbelt – in Kitwe, Zambia – event co-organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery mining and industrial portfolio director Charlene Hefer says the event offers visitors the... 

Keeping abreast of trends and technologies crucial
EXPO EXHIBITORS This year, the show hosted more than 140 commercial and international exhibitors

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

Opinion: More conversations needed to confront the violence of mining in South Africa

6th December 2018 In this opinion article Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection’s Dr Salimah Valiani argues that only in identifying, embracing and engaging in the heated debates underlying the tensions in South African mining can the country move on collectively from violence to a shared vision of the... 

Opinion: More conversations needed to confront the violence of mining in South Africa
Mistra senior researcher Dr Salimah Valiani

Investment Battlefield competition seeks next big investment opportunity

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba is set to host its third Investment Battlefield competition during its twenty-fifth edition of the event from February 4 to 6, 2019. Event organisers are looking for sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising mining companies with a market capitalisation of $50-million... 

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.

Brazil launches new mining regulator in twilight of Temer govt

By: Reuters     5th December 2018 Brazil launched on Wednesday a new mining regulator aimed at cleaning up its slow permitting process, in an 11th-hour victory for outgoing President Michel Temer's reform agenda. The National Mining Agency (ANM) will replace the previous National Department of Mineral Production (DNPM). The... 

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

Indigenous rights 'invisible' as Ecuador pushes mining, oil projects– UN

By: Reuters     3rd December 2018 Excluding indigenous Ecuadoreans from the country's development plans has made their rights "invisible", a UN expert said, citing a government push to approve oil and mining projects to extract resources from their territories. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of... 

Deep-water Africa at the heart of Impact’s strategy

30th November 2018 Owing to the upstream oil industry quickly becoming comfortable with increased demand, and the resultant improvement in investor confidence, privately-owned oil and gas exploration company Impact Oil and Gas exploration director Phil Birch says Africa is witnessing an upsurge in interest in... 

Deep-water Africa  at the heart of  Impact’s strategy
OFFSHORE OIL RIG Some of the largest remaining oil and gas reserves lie along deep passive continental margins

Attractive and certain policy presents positive prospects for industry

By: Cameron Mackay     30th November 2018 With the now confirmed separation of oil and gas legislation from that of mining in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act South African Oil & Gas Alliance (Saoga) CEO Niall Kramer says the prospects of South Africa entering the liquefied natural gas and indigenous shale gas market... 

Attractive and certain policy presents positive prospects for industry
NIALL KRAMER The separation of oil and gas legislation from mining legislation is something that the industry has been asking for and policy makers are heading the country in the right direction

Skills upgrade in SA oil and gas industry needed

By: Cameron Mackay     30th November 2018 South Africa has fallen behind the rest of Africa in the oil and gas industry in terms of skills, exploration and legislation, says OPITO (which used to be known as the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization before it was internationally recognized) accredited offshore training company... 

Canadian govt introduces measures to boost mining

By: Nadine James     30th November 2018 Measures included in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement (FES) will provide an “important boost for Canadian mining competitiveness”, industry organisation Mining Association of Canada (MAC) noted in a statement released last week. The mining industry is a major sector of Canada's economy,... 

Canadian govt introduces measures to boost mining
Photo by Reuters
BILL MORNEAU The Canadian finance minster proposed several measures to enhance the investment competitiveness of Canada's mining and metal manufacturing sectors

Illegal mining, Amadiba and Gold One make headlines  

29th November 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses illegal mining, the Amadiba Crisis Committee case and Gold One’s plant expansion project.   

Illegal mining, Amadiba and Gold One make headlines
Illegal mining, Amadiba and Gold One make headlines

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

Mexico miners extend drop on policy angst; Southern Copper sags

By: Bloomberg     24th November 2018 Mining companies operating in Mexico extended a sell-off, with Southern Copper falling the most since 2011, even as a Mexican lawmaker attempted to calm market worries over the prospect of tougher regulation under incoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Large Mexico-based mining... 

Mexico miners extend drop on policy angst; Southern Copper sags
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

New administrations, policies spur optimism for South Africa, Brazil  

By: Nadine James     23rd November 2018 The withdrawal of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act Amendment Bill, the finalisation of Mining Charter 3 and the investment drive led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, has given the South African mining sector reason to be cautiously optimistic, Herbert Smith Freehills partner... 

Mexico mining selloff worsens as concerns grow on law proposals

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2018 Fears of tougher mining regulation in Mexico under incoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador are taking over investor sentiment, with some of the top stocks falling for the third consecutive day. Industrias Penoles SAB, Grupo Mexico SAB and Fresnillo Plc extended losses after Morgan Stanley... 

Mexico mining selloff worsens as concerns grow on law proposals

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.

GRP pipes more resilient in dewatering systems

23rd November 2018 Glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) pipes’ proven resilience in harsh terrains, extreme climates and unpredictable site environments make them the superior choice over high-density polyethylene (HDPE), steel and ductile iron concrete-lined (DICL) pipes in the demanding environment of a mine dewatering... 

Platinum’s stature growing as world’s clean air catalyst 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2018 This month’s launch of the world’s first fuel cell double-decker bus is the latest example of platinum helping to power the world’s new clean air revolution. The fuel cell bus was developed as a part of the European Union-funded joint initiative for hydrogen vehicles, which make use of platinum,... 

Platinum’s stature growing as world’s clean air catalyst
First fuel cell double decker bus.

Colombian mining group says tax bill will attract foreign investment

By: Reuters     20th November 2018 Colombia's main mining industry group said on Monday it was optimistic a new tax bill that includes a cut to corporate taxes will help attract more foreign investment, allowing companies to boost exploration and output in the coming years. The bill, known as the financing law, proposes a gradual... 

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... 

Qld Parliament passes rehabilitation laws

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th November 2018 Queensland mining companies will now be compelled to sign up to progressive rehabilitation plans after the state Parliament passed the Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill. The bill delivers new requirements for the planning and delivery of progressive rehabilitation of... 

Eastplats shareholder launches court petition against transactions with Union Goal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th November 2018 Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) has received a petition, filed with the Supreme Court of British Columbia by 2538520 Ontario Limited, a shareholder of the company, seeking leave from the court to start a derivative action against certain of its current and former directors in relation to the... 

Lack of unity still stunting growth of African mining sector

By: Tracy Hancock     9th November 2018 Mining has a considerable positive economic impact in most African countries, but with the right kind of support from government, industry, individual stakeholders and the general population, it can be even greater, says African Mining Network chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. 

Govt’s R20bn exploration boost lauded, but more needs to be done

By: Paige Müller     9th November 2018 Amid reports that South Africa is attracting less than 1% of the global share of exploration spend, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has dedicated a national investment of R20-billion to an integrated multi-disciplinary mapping programme to boost global investment in local exploration.... 

Govt’s R20bn exploration boost lauded, but more needs to be done

Amplats takes all of Mototolo 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Thursday that it had completed acquisition of the Mototolo joint venture (JV), which has become a wholly owned asset of the company. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Amplats, which was a 50% JV partner,... 

Amplats takes all of Mototolo
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith

Queensland gets tough on mine safety, gives inspectors more power

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 The Queensland Parliament has backed changes to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act, and the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act, giving the state’s mine inspectors more power to directly take action on health and safety issues. The amendments to the legislation will see miners face... 

South African competition authorities consider proposed Barrick, Randgold merger  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th October 2018 South Africa’s Competition Tribunal will, on Wednesday, consider the proposed merger between TSX- and NYSE-listed Barrick Gold and LSE-listed Randgold Resources. The gold miners announced in September that Barrick plans to acquire Randgold in an $18.3-billion share deal. If the buyout is... 

India framing funding options for global junior exploration companies

By: Ajoy K Das     29th October 2018 With global resource majors showing tepid interest in Indian mineral exploration projects, the Mines Ministry is working on models including offers of financial incentives for foreign junior exploration companies to undertake such projects. Government officials familiar with framing of such... 

Namibia scraps black ownership rules for mining exploration licences

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 Namibia has scrapped a requirement for companies seeking mining exploration licences to be partly owned and managed by black Namibians, the country's mining industry group said on Friday. The policy was introduced in 2015 to increase the participation of historically disadvantaged black Namibians... 

Namibia scraps black ownership rules for mining exploration licences

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

South Africa's top court ruling curtails power of chiefs to cut mining deals 

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 South Africa's top court ruled on Thursday that a platinum miner that has a deal with a tribal chief could not evict a group of black farmers, in a decision that could curtail the power of traditional leaders whose deals often disadvantage poor blacks. Land rights are a red-hot issue ahead of... 

South Africa's top court ruling curtails power of chiefs to cut mining deals

MTBPS highlights 

25th October 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the main issues discussed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni during his maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement speech on Wednesday. 

MTBPS highlights
MTBPS highlights

US Justice Dept demands details from Glencore on intermediary firms – sources

By: Reuters     23rd October 2018 The US Department of Justice is seeking documents from Glencore about intermediary companies that the commodities firm has worked with in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela and Nigeria, sources familiar with the matter said. The investigation is not directed at Glencore's own activities... 

Resources Watch  

18th October 2018 Plea for government to awaken to massive economic potential of mining and, Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch
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