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Schalk Burger

Schalk Burger

Schalk Burger is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Social elements of ESG in mining more complex, but an established part of mining's legacy

24th May 2024

While there are increasingly complex regulatory requirements governing the social obligations of mines, regulations are only catching up to what some mining companies are doing to benefit mine... 


Haul trucks in operation at a West African mine

Use resources to diversify African economies, unlock sustainable growth

21st May 2024

A majority of African economies, or 83%, are highly commodity-dependent and are vulnerable to external shocks, experiencing good growth when commodity prices are high, but seeing growth reversal... 


Clean energy critical minerals can transform sub-Saharan Africa, says IMF

17th May 2024

Sub-Saharan Africa holds an estimated 30% of the world’s volume of proven critical mineral reserves and managing their use properly as part of the global transition to clean energy has the... 


A Zimbabwe flag

Despite challenges, Zim business environment offers investment opportunities

10th May 2024

Zimbabwe is undergoing change and aims to attract more companies to do business in the country, but risks and challenges remain for businesses aiming to capitalise on the opportunities in the... 


The Port of Cape Town

TNPA issues RfP for Cape Town port liquid bulk terminal

10th May 2024

State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has issued a request for proposals (RfP) for the appointment of a terminal operator to acquire, operate, maintain, refurbish or build and... 


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Unlocking social and environmental benefits through tailings retreatment

10th May 2024

The retreatment, or remining, of mine tailings can provide usable land, provide profits for companies and clean the environment by moving the reprocessed tailings to more advanced and well-managed... 


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Unlocking social and environmental benefits through tailings retreatment

10th May 2024

The retreatment, or remining, of mine tailings can provide usable land, provide profits for companies and clean the environment by moving the reprocessed tailings to more advanced and well-managed... 


Zimbabwe aims to use FDI to develop a competitive economy by 2030

7th May 2024

Zimbabwe held an investment conference on May 2 and 3 in South Africa during which its officials explained that the country of 16-million people wants to use local and international investments... 


Woolworths launches regenerative farming practices campaign

3rd May 2024

Retail company Woolworths has launched a Farming for the Future campaign, with the aim of encouraging farmers to implement regenerative farming practices. By partnering with farmers who adopt... 


Clean energy critical minerals can transform sub-Saharan Africa – IMF

30th April 2024

Sub-Saharan Africa holds an estimated 30% of the world’s volume of proven critical mineral reserves and managing their use properly as part of the global transition to clean energy has the... 


The Two Rivers PGM mine

South African PGM miners overcoming challenges to build new mines

26th April 2024

South African platinum group metal (PGM) miners are overcoming challenges and building new mines locally, albeit in phases, to derisk some of these promising tier-one projects. PGM mining industry... 


Reunert to merge two of its subsidiaries

26th April 2024

JSE-listed electrical and electronic engineering group Reunert Group plans to merge its technology management and consulting firm IQbusiness and digital services firm +OneX subsidiaries into a... 


A Zimbabwe flag

Changing business opportunities, challenges in Zimbabwe highlighted

24th April 2024

Zimbabwe is undergoing change and aims to attract more companies to do business in the country, but risks and challenges remain for businesses aiming to capitalise on the opportunities in the... 


The Nexus 1 building

Attacq’s Nexus 1 building achieves EDGE, Green Star certification

12th April 2024

Real estate investment trust Attacq's Nexus 1 building, in Waterfall City, which also serves as its headquarters, has received Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) certification.... 


The carbon capture pilot plant at the Kelvin power station

Companies unveil Kelvin power station carbon capture pilot project

12th April 2024

The 600 MW coal-fired Kelvin power station, in Isando, Ekurhuleni, has installed a 300 m3/h flue gas emissions capturing pilot project, which removes carbon dioxide (CO₂), nitrogen oxides and... 


The Two Rivers PGM mine

PGM miners overcoming challenges to build new mines

11th April 2024

South African platinum group metal (PGM) miners are overcoming challenges and building new mines locally, albeit in phases, to derisk some of these promising tier-one projects. PGM mining industry... 


Sasol president and CEO Simon Baloyi

Sasol streamlines its executive committee’s portfolios

3rd April 2024

JSE-listed energy and chemicals company Sasol has streamlined the portfolios of the members of its group executive committee, with effect from April 1. This involves changes to important functions... 


The Vertrex modules to be supplied to the Merak 1 project

PV plant for ARM mine operational by year-end

29th March 2024

Shanghai-listed solar photovoltaic company Trina SOLAr, renewable energy project developer SOLA and civil engineering and construction company WBHO Construction will build the 135 MW Merak 1 SOLAr... 


FNB/BER building confidence index ‘nosedives’ to 27 in the first quarter

29th March 2024

The FNB/BER Building Confidence Index dropped by 16 points to 27 in the first quarter of this year, from 43 in the fourth quarter of 2023, and four of the six sectors surveyed recorded a decline in... 


A coal-fired power plant operated by Eskom

Draft IRP 2023 lacks environmental, health, climate commitments, says Life After Coal

27th March 2024

Coal phase-out campaign the Life After Coal Campaign, in its comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023, said the plan has fundamental flaws and expressed skepticism in the plan's... 


The Cape Town International Airport

ACSA to invest nearly R22bn in airport infrastructure

22nd March 2024

Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga has reported that State-owned Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) will invest R21.7-billion on airport infrastructure developments focused on refurbishments,... 


Tugboats owned by TNPA

TNPA orders seven tugboats to enhance seaport operations

15th March 2024

State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has, as part of its marine fleet renewal programme, ordered seven tugboats in a R1-billion investment aimed at enhancing marine operations at... 


The Vertrex modules to be supplied to the Merak 1 project

Trina Solar, SOLA and WBHO collaborate on 135 MW solar plant for ARM

14th March 2024

Shanghai-listed solar photovoltaic company Trina SOLAr, renewable energy project developer SOLA and civil engineering and construction company WBHO Construction will build the 135 MW Merak 1 SOLAr... 


Unctad develops digital solution to promote new critical mineral discoveries

13th March 2024

To prevent a production gap of critical and energy minerals amid burgeoning demand to keep global warming within the 1.5 °C targeted under the Paris Agreement, the United Nations Conference on... 


Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi

100 MW of OCGT power to be available in Gauteng by April to mitigate loadshedding – Lesufi

8th March 2024

Johannesburg power utility City Power would, on behalf of the Gauteng government, add 100 MW of electricity capacity to the grid to assist the Gauteng province in its goal to reduce the impact of... 


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Teraco moves to grow and green SA data-centre footprint

8th March 2024

Digital transformation is happening in every industry and digitalisation of the economy is intensifying the need for highly available, and sustainable, information and communication technology... 


Eskom CEO Dan Marokane

Eskom board tasks Marokane with three priorities in his first 100 days as CEO

1st March 2024

State-owned power utility Eskom's board of directors has tasked incoming CEO Dan Marokane to prioritise three key areas – assessing the generation operational recovery plan, reviewing Eskom’s... 


Energy firm to install PV plant at Kimberly-Clark’s C Town facility

1st March 2024

Personal care and hygiene products manufacturer Kimberly-Clark has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with energy company Energy Partners (EP), which will install a 2.2 MW rooftop... 


M&R to report narrowed losses, improved capital structure

29th February 2024

JSE-listed engineering and contracting services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) on February 29 said it has made meaningful progress towards implementing a sustainable capital structure. In a trading... 


The site of the proposed green hydrogen production facility

Lhyfe seeking approval for planned 20 MW green hydrogen plant in the UK

28th February 2024

Green hydrogen development company Lhyfe is planning to build, if plans are approved, a 20 MW green hydrogen production facility in Wallsend, North Tyneside, in the UK. The proposed facility will... 


Award for biodegradable cellulose gloves inventor

23rd February 2024

Industry association Women in Mining Kenya founder Grace Akinyi won the Mining Innovation and Research Battlefield 2024 competition with her 'Eco Green Gold’ concept to produce biodegradable gloves... 


SAPVIA CEO Dr Rethabile Melamu

SAPVIA CEO appointed to board of Global Solar Council

23rd February 2024

South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) CEO Dr Rethabile Melamu has been appointed as a board member of the international solar power industry organisation Global Solar Council.... 


Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane

Fiscal discipline in Budget, but 5% infrastructure expenditure increase ‘barely positive’ – Minerals Council

22nd February 2024

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana maintained focus on fiscal discipline and balancing the need to address socioeconomic challenges facing the country, industry organisation Minerals Council South... 


Forge Academy launches new 4IR training centre in partnership with Sibanye-Stillwater

19th February 2024

Technology training company Forge Academy has launched a new Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) training centre and two courses in partnership with mining company Sibanye-Stillwater. The first two... 


Power lines with the Kendal power station in the background

DMRE to remodel draft IRP 2023 in light of new information, curtailment plans

16th February 2024

Many of the submissions the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has received from the first round of public engagements about the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) in... 


Scatec CEO Terje Pilskog

New renewables platform poised to change South Africa’s energy landscape

16th February 2024

Renewable energy company Scatec, financial services firm Standard Bank and asset management company Stanlib have established new renewable energy platform Lyra Energy to offer a low-risk, flexible... 


Anglo American projects and development director Alison Atkinson.

Anglo American, Finnish Minerals sign battery value chain agreement

12th February 2024

Mining multinational Anglo American and Finnish State-owned mining company Finnish Minerals Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore opportunities to further support the... 


Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane

Mining industry sustainability hinges on energy, logistics reforms, Minerals Council stresses

9th February 2024

The sustainability of the South African mining industry and its ability to play a meaningful and positive role in society and the economy are dependent on urgent and extensive structural reforms in... 


Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist and South African Renewable Energy Masterplan facilitator Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

Energy transition offers once-in-century chance for South Africa to reindustrialise

9th February 2024

The global and local renewable energy transition is presenting industries, and South Africa, with a once-in-a-century growth trajectory to provide products and components into the value chains of... 


Almost half of South African companies needed overhaul after cybersecurity incidents

9th February 2024

Cybersecurity company Trellix's 'Mind of the CISO 2023' report found that nearly half of South African organisations found it necessary to completely overhaul the skills and qualifications of their... 


Ports of entry redevelopment bid submission deadline extended

9th February 2024

The Border Management Authority (BMA) has agreed to extend the submission date for requests for proposal for the 'Redevelopment of the Six Priority Land Ports of Entry' project to July 4. The six... 


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