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Glencore signs MoU with Chinese company for carbon capture tech  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th April 2021 The China Huaneng Group Clean Energy Research Institute and diversified miner Glencore have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) technology, starting with Glencore’s Carbon Capture Transport and Storage Company (CTSCo) project at the... 

CATL takes stake in DRC cobalt mine for $137.5m 

By: Reuters     12th April 2021 Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) said on Sunday its subsidiary would take a stake in China Molybdenum Co's Kisanfu copper/cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for $137.5-million. The investment gives CATL access to one of the world's largest... 

CATL takes stake in DRC cobalt mine for $137.5m

AfriTin progressing by-product test work programme at Uis  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th April 2021 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining is proceeding with a metallurgical test work programme to investigate the by-product potential of ancillary metals at its Uis tin mine, in Namibia. The Uis mine’s 2012 Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant mineral resource estimate includes ancillary metals with an... 

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2021 South Africa’s exploration industry has until April 19 to comment on controversial regulations still in draft form. “They’ve never consulted industry about it and what they are requesting is impractical,” says Allan Saad, a consulting exploration geologist, who formerly represented the now... 

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

S&P upgrades Petra’s credit rating, but negative outlook remains for now  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2021 Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global has raised its long-term issuer credit rating on London-listed Petra Diamonds to ‘B-‘ from ‘D’, after the company reduced its debt by $375-million and extended its maturities for the next two years. S&P forecasts that Petra’s ratings-adjusted debt... 

Exxaro sells Coal Central operations to Overlooked Colliery 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2021 JSE-listed diversified miner Exxaro Resources has signed a definitive sale and purchase agreement with black-owned mining entity Overlooked Colliery for the Exxaro Coal Central (ECC) operations. This while a disposal process is ongoing for the Leeuwpan coal mine.  

Exxaro sells Coal Central operations to Overlooked Colliery
Exxaro's Leeuwpan mine

Hydrogen, thermal coal, exploration make headlines   

9th April 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Canada possibly taking the lead in the use of hydrogen underground, Anglo American demerging it’s South African thermal coal operations and how South Africa could unlock its exploration potential.   

Hydrogen, thermal coal, exploration make headlines
Hydrogen, thermal coal, exploration make headlines

Barrick raises its GHG reduction target to 30% by 2030 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th April 2021 Gold major Barrick Gold Corporation has raised its greenhouse-gas emissions target to 30% by 2030, from 10% previously, its 2020 Sustainability Report, published on April 8, shows. CE Mark Bristow notes that the company's ultimate aim is to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. 

Barrick raises its GHG reduction target to 30% by 2030
Photo by Bloomberg
Barrick Gold CEO Mark Bristow

Coal output poised for growth this year after 2% fall in 2020 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th April 2021 Research agency GlobalData expects global coal output to have declined by 2% in 2020 owing to Covid-19-related lockdowns and restrictions. Notably, significant reductions have been observed in the US at 23.6%, Indonesia at 13.1%, Russia at 8.1% and Australia at 5.5%.  

Anglo American to demerge South African thermal coal assets 

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American is to demerge its South Africa thermal coal operations, the company said on Thursday. The demerger is subject to the approval of Anglo’s shareholders on May 5. Anglo American Coal South Africa CEO and World Coal Association chairperson July... 

Anglo American to demerge South African thermal coal assets
Anglo thermal coal head July Ndlovu named as CEO of Thungela Resources.

Rio Tinto South African project in limbo on security concerns 

By: Bloomberg     7th April 2021 Rio Tinto Group’s new $463-million mining project in South Africa will remain on hold until the security problems that halted work two years ago are resolved. Richards Bay Minerals, the South African unit of Rio Tinto, is in talks with the country’s authorities to permanently address violent... 

Trevali signs solar power PPA for Rosh Pinah 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2021 Canada-headquartered Trevali Mining on Wednesday announced a 15-year power purchase agreement with Emerging Markets Energy Services (Emesco) for the supply of solar power to the Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia. The PPA will deliver 30% of the zinc/lead mine’s power requirements over 15 years. The... 

Trevali signs solar power PPA for Rosh Pinah
The Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2021 Canadian and Australian mines are big on wanting hydrogen ventilation in underground mining operations, and Canada will likely lead in the use of hydrogen underground. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of... 

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA
Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.

Caledonia’s increases dividend as Central Shaft brought into operation 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2021 Gold miner Caledonia Mining’s Central Shaft at the Blanket gold mine, in Zimbabwe, is now fully operational. “I am delighted to announce that our new Central Shaft, which is the deepest shaft of any gold mine in Zimbabwe, is fully operational. We can now start to hoist rock, men and material on a... 

Kore signs MoU to finance construction of Kola project  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2021 Potash development company Kore Potash and African strategic advisory, corporate finance and alternative investment group Summit Africa have signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) to arrange the total financing required for the construction of the Kola potash project in... 

How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds   

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2021 Of four factors required to attract investment in exploration, economic and fiscal stability is the most important, says highly experienced geological and mining consultant and nonexecutive company director Adrian Reynolds. Reynolds spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview about the factors... 

How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds
Geological and mining consultant Adrian Reynolds interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Bushveld makes follow-on investment in VRFB manufacturer Enerox 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st April 2021 Vanadium miner Bushveld Minerals will invest a further $7.5-million in vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) manufacturer Enerox, as part of a larger $30-million commitment by Enerox investors to scale up the production of capacity of the energy storage solutions firm. Enerox will expand its... 

South32 sweetens SA Energy Coal sale  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st April 2021 Diversified miner South32 has added incentive to get the sale of its South African Energy Coal operations over the line. The miner earlier this week announced that the sale of the South African Energy Coal division would be completed post the end of the March quarter, but said on Thursday that... 

South32 sweetens SA Energy Coal sale
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Silver is smart metal that fits Sibanye-Stillwater's green space – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2021 Silver is a smart high-technology metal that fits into Sibanye-Stillwater’s green metals space. This was made clear by Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman during Wednesday’s Mining Indaba gold roundtable, moderated by Nedbank CIB lead analyst Arnold van Graan and covered by Mining Weekly. 

Silver is smart metal that fits Sibanye-Stillwater's green space – Froneman
Photo by Creamer Media
From top left, clockwise, Jeff Quartermaine, Arnold van Graan, Neal Froneman, Christine Ramon and Mark Bristow.

Amplats, Implats projects unpacked  

31st March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Anglo American Platinum’s smart power project, Implats in testing phase of its stationary hydrogen fuel cell and the two-part modernization underway at Amplats Amandelbult mine.   

Amplats, Implats projects unpacked
Amplats, Implats projects unpacked

State company ramps up efforts to support artisanal cobalt mining in the DRC 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2021 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) State-owned company Entreprise Générale du Cobalt (EGC) on March 31 officially launched its activities to support the commercialisation of responsibly sourced artisanal cobalt in the country. EGC, a subsidiary of Gécamines, was established in November 2019,... 

Minerals Council urges caution over Easter weekend 

By: Donna Slater     31st March 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa urges all employees and communities to be mindful that Covid-19 is still prevalent, especially over the Easter weekend and other holidays in April, as many travel to visit friends and family and otherwise interact socially. Minerals Council health head Dr... 

Anglo collaborating on feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’ 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American on Wednesday announced a collaboration agreement to complete a feasibility study to develop a ‘hydrogen valley’ anchored in South Africa’s platinum group metals- (PGMs-) rich Bushveld geological area. Spearheaded by South Africa’s Department... 

Anglo collaborating on feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’
The Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo.

Petra delays release of report into alleged abuses at Williamson mine 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2021 LSE-listed Petra Diamonds says it has obtained further information relating to the allegations of human rights abuses at its Williamson mine, in Tanzania. It has, therefore, decided to defer the publication of its feedback on the independent investigation into the alleged human rights abuses... 

Now is time to get going on hydrogen economy opportunity – PIC 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2021 South Africa has got a massive opportunity to participate in the hydrogen economy and it would be a national travesty if the country failed to do so, says Public Investment Corporation (PIC) sector specialist mining, beneficiation and energy Heidi Sternberg. Mining Weekly can report that the PIC,... 

Now is time to get going on hydrogen economy opportunity – PIC
Photo by Creamer Media
From top left, clockwise, are Prakashim Moodliar, Neal Froneman, Sifiso Sibiya, Kevin Eggers and Heidi Sternberg.

South32 to settle coal business sale after March quarter end  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th March 2021 Diversified miner South32 was expecting to finalise the sale of its South African Energy Coal division after the end of the March quarter. The miner in November 2019 struck an agreement with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seriti Resources Holdings, to divest of the South African Energy Coal assets... 

South African-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 A South African-developed stationary hydrogen fuel cell is doing well as it is put through a testing phase at the Impala Platinum (Implats) refinery, group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya has revealed. The stationary hydrogen fuel cell at Implats’ precious metals and base metals... 

South African-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery
Impala Platinum group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya

First hydrogen and movement by third quarter – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar has outlined what the company refers to as its smart power project, which is the development of the hydrogen fuel cell and battery-powered module, retrofitted on to a large haul truck, for deployment at the... 

First hydrogen and movement by third quarter – Anglo American Platinum
Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar.

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way  

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2021 Two-part modernisation is under way at the Amandelbult underground platinum group metals (PGMs) mine of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), one where conventional mine design remains intact but is renedered safer and more efficient, and the other involving mechanisation and the deployment of... 

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Moody’s forecasts 30% earnings growth for metals and mining industry by 2022  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2021 Moody’s Investors Service forecasts the global metals and mining industry’s earnings will increase by about 30% through the first quarter of 2022 on the back of economic recovery, as well as rising demand and tight supplies for steel, iron-ore and copper. This while aluminium, nickel and zinc... 

PGMs, investments, economic growth make headlines   

26th March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer notes: It is imperative that government, business and labour launch a global campaign to highlight the huge importance of South Africa’s platinum group metals in the fight against climate change. It was right and proper of Mineral Resources Minister Gwede... 

PGMs, investments, economic growth make headlines
PGMs, investments, economic growth make headlines

Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2021 Substituting rhodium with palladium is the next platinum group metals (PGMs) substitution investment that PGM mining and marketing company Sibanye-Stillwater intends making. Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman revealed this during a panel discussion at this week’s PGMs Industry Day virtual event covered by... 

Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater
PGMs Industry Day panel discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sustainability to drive commodity markets for next ten years − Hambro 

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2021 China's strong demand for commodities has shifted the global industry’s perspective away from developing market consumption to a focus on Chinese consumption, BlackRock MD Evy Hambro said during a discussion as part of this year’s virtual Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) Industry Day, on March 24.... 

South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2021 South Africa is playing an important role in the ‘hydrogen economy’ as the country targets clean and reliable alternative energy sources, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. In his opening keynote address to the Platinum Group Metals Industry Day chaired by... 

South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Minister
Platinum Group Metals Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Anglogold Ashanti to release exploration data for research purposes, sale to explorers 

By: Donna Slater     24th March 2021 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti is set to avail a wealth of South African exploration data to academics for research purposes in an effort to preserve geological heritage and enable research that might otherwise not be possible. The information contained within the new online application – the SA... 

Anglogold Ashanti to release exploration data for research purposes, sale to explorers

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Mine mechanisation is being advanced for two top-tier  local clients of Master Drilling, the CEO of the JSE-listed company, Danie Pretorius, said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview after reporting 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to... 

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 An increased remote-operation drilling footprint is providing considerable benefit for Master Drilling, the JSE-listed drilling services company said on Tuesday, when it reported 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to $42.1-million, and a halved gearing ratio to... 

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling
Master Drilling results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer
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