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2015 Mining Phakisa birthed Mandela Mining Precinct

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct, as one of the key initiatives that resulted from the 2015 Mining Phakisa, is important in terms of developing new mining technologies that support the sustainability, efficiency, and longevity of the South African mining industry while simultaneously catalysing... 

Fuel cell frenzy as cars, plants deploy platinum to protect environment

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2018 Hyundai has just launched its new Nexo fuel cell car in South Korea, pre-orders for which exceeded expectations, Honda last month launched the new 2018 Clarity fuel cell car, Doosan Fuel Cell America has cut the ribbon on three 460 kW fuel cells at the Waterbury Pollution Control Authority in... 

Fuel cell frenzy as cars, plants deploy platinum to protect environment
The NEXO, Hyundai's latest fuel cell vehicle

Online submission streamlines application procedure for water licences

By: Nadine James     26th April 2018 The process for water use licence applications (WULAs) is improving as a result of an online system being put in place by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), according to SRK Consulting principal environmental scientist Jacky Burke. Burke, the leader of SRK’s WULA Group, hosted a... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2018 A new report that fine-combed the national pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) of Canada, the US and Mexico to explore pollutant data reported by industrial facilities, has pointed to the critical need to standardise the way information is collected across the three jurisdictions,... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

Unpacking this week's headlines 

25th April 2018 South Africa needs research to improve its mining competitiveness, the industry needs to recover faster and investigations needed in Modikwa bus killings. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines.   

Unpacking this week's headlines
Unpacking this week's headlines

Namibia may scrap black ownership requirements for mining companies – minister

By: Reuters     25th April 2018 Diamond and uranium producer Namibia may scrap requirements for black ownership in the mining sector as it seeks to woo investors to an industry that is rebounding with the commodities cycle, its new mines minister said on Tuesday. Regional peers such as Angola and Zimbabwe are also trying to... 

DMR’s appeal of High Court ruling to further delay Mining Charter 3 

By: Anine Kilian     24th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s application for leave to appeal the Pretoria High Court’s decision on the ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle under the Mining Charter is regrettable, says Herbert Smith Freehills co-chairperson and partner Peter Leon. He added that the... 

Zimbabwe to drop local listing requirement from mining bill – foreign minister

By: Reuters     24th April 2018 Zimbabwe will drop a requirement that mining companies must list on the local stock exchange from a new mining act, foreign minister Sibusiso Moyo said on Monday. Industry lobby group, the Chamber of Mines, had expressed concerns about the proposal for mining firms to list locally, warning that... 

Ivanhoe reaches Platreef Shaft 1 milestone 750 m below surface

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2018 Blockbuster mine developer Ivanhoe Mines has reached a significant development milestone at its Platreef platinum/palladium/ gold/nickel/copper discovery on the northern limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex, after Shaft 1 has reached a depth of 750 m. Lateral development will take place from... 

Ivanhoe reaches Platreef Shaft 1 milestone 750 m below surface

South Africa to appeal court ruling on black ownership of mines 

By: Bloomberg     23rd April 2018 South Africa has sought leave to appeal a court judgment earlier this month over a crucial black-ownership principle in the country’s Mining Charter, the nation’s mining lobby said. The Chamber of Mines has been notified that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and the Department of Mineral... 

South Africa to appeal court ruling on black ownership of mines
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Industry hopeful that DRC mining code issues can be resolved

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2018 Mining companies operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are hopeful that their current engagement with civil society and other key interest groups will contribute to a better understanding of certain issues that need to be dealt with before the country’s new mining code is... 

Industry hopeful that DRC mining code issues can be resolved

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

By: Reuters     21st April 2018 With melting ice expanding access to the Arctic, investors from China to Canada are watching Greenland's election next week for signs of the political will to get a flagging mining programme on the island back on track. Greenland is hoping rising commodity prices can help attract foreign... 

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

Molewa gazettes financial provisioning regulation amendments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa on Friday gazetted, for implementation, an amendment to the Financial Provisioning Regulations (FPR) for prospecting, exploration, mining or production operations.  

Molewa gazettes financial provisioning regulation amendments
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Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa

Miners warn new NT royalty proposal to hurt investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th April 2018 The resources sector has warned the Northern Territory government that adjustments to its royalty system could hamper investment in the region. Northern Territory Treasurer Nicole Manison on Friday announced the introduction of a hybrid royalty scheme as part of the territory government’s plans... 

Miners warn new NT royalty proposal to hurt investment

Tanzania names chairperson for new mining commission

By: Reuters     19th April 2018 Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Wednesday appointed a chairperson and commissioners for the country's new mining commission, paving the way for the issuance of new mining licences. Africa's fourth-largest gold producer is seeking a bigger slice of the pie from its vast mineral resources by... 

Peru will not 'impose' mining projects on communities – prime minister

By: Reuters     19th April 2018 The government of new Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said on Wednesday it would not "impose" mining projects on nearby communities that object to them, but would seek to promote mining investments to take advantage of improved mineral prices. In the past decade, Southern Copper and Newmont... 

Mantashe stresses importance of partnerships for mining sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday stressed the importance of partnerships between mining companies and labour, as well as with communities, for mining to be sustainable. Speaking at the inaugural KwaZulu-Natal Mining Indaba, in Newcastle, he noted that such partnership would... 

AfriForum, TKAG welcome Shell’s indication to withdraw from shale gas exploration

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 AfriForum and the Treasure THE Karoo Action Group (TKAG) view Shell South Africa’s indication of its intention to withdraw from shale gas exploration in the Karoo as a major victory for those who care about the environment, TKAG said in a statement on Monday. The Herald last week reported that... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

DMR welcomes mineral production increase

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on Friday welcomed the year-on-year increase in mineral production in February, on the back of higher commodity prices.  Data released by Statistics South Africa on Thursday shows that mineral production increased by 3.1% year-on-year, with diamonds,... 

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle vital issues

13th April 2018 The upcoming tenth West and Central African (WaCA) Mining Summit and Expo will showcase the dynamism and resilience of the mining industry in these regions, as well as explore the challenges facing mining in the region, with speakers that will cover various topics that have significant impact on... 

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle  vital issues
PRESSING MATTERS The West and Central African Mining Summit and Expo will discuss the most pressing issues facing mining in the region

Nigeria to offer funding to artisanal, small-scale miners

13th April 2018 The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the Bank of Industry (BOI) have opened applications to the funding scheme for Nigerian artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM) in February. In August 2017, the two entities signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the... 

Nigeria to offer funding to artisanal, small-scale miners
CASH INJECTION Artisanal and small-scale miners will be able to apply for funding from the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steels Development and the Bank of Industry in Nigeria

New boards to grow Nigerian mining, focus on economic growth

13th April 2018 Four agencies and parastatals under the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (NFMMSD) had their boards reconstituted with specific mandates to assist in the growth of the mining sector in Nigeria, in March. The four entities are the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA),... 

New boards to grow Nigerian mining, focus on economic growth
NEW BOARDS New boards have been appointed to four agencies and parastatals under the Nigerian Mines and Steel Development Ministry in an effort to grow the mining sector

West African mining industry rising despite challenges

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th April 2018 West Africa has the potential to attract greater investment and further develop its fledgling mining industry, says Centurion Law group CEO NJ Ayuk. “Almost every country in the region has mineral reserves that have barely been touched, in contrast with Southern Africa, where mining is a mature... 

West African mining industry  rising despite challenges
WEST AFRICA RISING West Africa’s diverse mineral resources, increasing political stability and relatively low entry costs are ideal conditions for mining investment

Remote sensing increasingly being used in mining to monitor water

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 It is becoming increasingly important for mines to stay up-to-date with the latest monitoring technology to ensure water resources are efficiently monitored on site, both from a water management point of view and from a compliance and legislative point of view, says SRK principal hydrologist... 

Diamond producers conference calls for collaboration, cooperation between stakeholders

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 Mining industry body South African Diamond Producers Organisation (Sadpo) hosted its second yearly Digger’s Conference at the All Seasons Resort in Christiana, in North West province, last month. The organisation chose Christiana because it is centrally located between the two provinces where the... 

EY launches new team in Natural Resources segment

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 Assurance and advisory firm EY in Africa, has incorporated a new Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) technical team into its Natural Resources segment. The team includes a century’s worth of combined mining and oil and gas expertise and combines “deep sector expertise and economic competence” to... 

Fuel cell dozer expected to make game-changing 2019 debut

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2018 A fuel cell dozer that runs on hydrogen carried in liquid is expected to make a game-changing debut underground next year, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith said last night. Speaking at the fortieth African Mining Network dinner, Griffith said third generation development had... 

Fuel cell dozer expected to make game-changing 2019 debut
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Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith

Namibia scraps plan to force white-owned businesses to sell 25% stake to blacks

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Namibia has scrapped a clause in its economic empowerment framework that would have forced white businesses to sell a 25% stake to previously disadvantaged blacks, President Hage Geingob said on Wednesday. Making the announcement during his state of the nation address, Geingob said a revised... 

Macua, Wamua reject DMR’s ‘sham’ community consultation process

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2018 Community organisation Mining Affected Communities United in Action (Macua) on Wednesday said it rejected Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s “sham” community consultation process.  

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     11th April 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America
Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer discusses the North America smelting market. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Mining in sub-Saharan Africa region to remain riskiest globally – BMI

By: Simone Liedtke     11th April 2018 Sub-Saharan Africa’s mining sector will remain the riskiest in the world over the coming quarters as regulatory uncertainty rises in various markets across the region, says BMI Research. In addition to increasing regulatory uncertainty, the region will also witness challenges stemming from... 

Mugabe to be summoned over diamond mining probe

By: African News Agency      11th April 2018 Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is to be summoned by a committee of lawmakers in Zimbabwe to testify at a parliament probe into lost revenue from diamond mining. The lawmakers plan to question Mugabe over his 2016 claim that the country had lost $15-billion (12.13-billion euros) in income... 

Mugabe to be summoned over diamond mining probe
Photo by Reuters
Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

Canada's Saskatchewan sees smaller fiscal deficit as spending kept tight

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 The Canadian province of Saskatchewan, home to major potash and uranium reserves, said on Tuesday it would run a smaller deficit in the current fiscal year and balance its books in 2019/20 as it keeps a tight lid on spending despite projected higher commodity prices. Saskatchewan, which has... 

Vision 2030 mining growth strategy under development ­– ­DMR

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2018 A Vision 2030 for the mining industry, and a strategy for growth and competitiveness of the sector, are topics under development, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said on Tuesday, when efforts to finalise and gazette the Mining Charter also intensified. In announcing that Mineral... 

Mantashe to engage further on 'once empowered, always empowered' ruling

By: African News Agency      10th April 2018 South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday said that his department would be engaging further with the mining industry about the contested "once empowered, always empowered" ruling. Last week, the North Gauteng High Court granted a declaratory order on the "once empowered... 

Mantashe to engage further on 'once empowered, always empowered' ruling
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

US to lead global crude production as soon as 2023 – IEA

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 US shale production growth is expected to lift the jurisdiction to being the top oil producer globally by 2023, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has shown. According to the IEA, US output will expand by 3.7-million barrels a day, more than half of the world’s expected... 

Kinross says it remains unaffected by US sanctions on Russia

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Canadian miner Kinross Gold said on Monday that a fresh round of US sanctions targeting Russian State officials or connected businesses that were announced on Friday does not affect its Russian operations. The US announced on Friday new sanctions against Russian oligarchs with ties to President... 

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