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Copper drives Anglo’s overall fourth-quarter production higher, but PGMs, nickel disappoint 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 2 hours 57 minutes ago Diversified miner Anglo American has reported a year-on-year improvement in the production of nearly all its commodities – except for platinum group metals (PGMs) and nickel – for the fourth quarter of 2022. CE Duncan Wanblad says overall production increased by 10% year-on-year, driven by the... 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad
Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad

155 MW wind farm to be constructed in Mpumalanga by Seriti Green  

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 3 hours ago Work is scheduled to begin soon on the construction of a wind farm in Mpumalanga, South Africa’s electricity heartland. The project, which begins with 155 MW of wind energy and expands to a capacity of 900 MW of renewables and 800 MWh of battery storage, forms part of an agreement that will see... 

Seriti Resources CE Mike Teke.
Seriti Green's wind energy initiative covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Good grade uplifts Harmony’s gold output 

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2023 Despite the ongoing electricity shortages and supply chain disruptions, the total gold production of Harmony Gold has increased quarter-on-quarter, the Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, which will be presenting at next week’s Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, stated on... 

Underground drilling under way at Harmony's Great Noligwa gold mine.
Underground drilling under way at Harmony's Great Noligwa gold mine.

Glencore's 2022 cobalt production up, along with oil, nickel, ferrochrome 

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2023 Mining and marketing company Glencore produced 40% more cobalt last year, along with 16% more oil, 5% more nickel and 1% more ferrochrome. Although coal production of 110-million tonnes was 6.7-million tonnes higher, on a like-for-like basis, overall group coal production fell by 7%, primarily... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.

New partnership enabling South African lithium pioneer to go full throttle 

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2023 Battery metals investment and exploration company Marula Mining, which is delivering its first shipment of lithium ore from its Blesberg lithium and tantalum mine in the Northern Cape, has received a funding boost by clinching of a partnership with Q Global Commodities (QGC). As a majority... 

QGC CEO Quinton van der Burgh (left) and Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer.
QGC CEO Quinton van der Burgh (left) and Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer.

South Africa well on way to unlocking incredible base metals potential – Orion 

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2023 Emerging production hubs in the Northern Cape are opening the way for South Africa to be a producer of future-facing ‘green’ metals to support the global energy transformation and to mitigate against climate change.  The two emerging production hubs are the Prieska Copper-Zinc Mine and the Okiep... 

Dewatering plan at Prieska Copper-Zinc Mine.
Dewatering plan at Prieska Copper-Zinc Mine.

Solar saving gold mine $145 000 a month, more renewables on way, says Pan African 

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2023 The 10 MW solar power plant at Evander is averaging savings of $145 000 a month for the Mpumalanga gold mine, Pan African Resources said on Monday. Construction is scheduled to begin in June on yet another solar facility, this time an 8 MW photovoltaic solar plant at Barberton Mines’ gold... 

Shaft at Evander gold mine.
Shaft at Evander gold mine.

Green hydrogen research given R35m boost 

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2023 South Africa's North-West University (NWU) is investing around R35-million in strategic funding to advance green hydrogen research over the next five years.   This follows the announcement that Hydrogen South Africa Infrastructure Centre of Competence (HySA CoC) at NWU is collaborating with... 

Hydrogen South Africa solar power installation at NWU to supply renewable power for hydrogen production.
Hydrogen South Africa solar power installation at NWU to supply renewable power for hydrogen production.

RBCT exports, Sasol, Anglo American make headlines   

27th January 2023 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the biggest decline in coal exports from the Richards Bay Coal Terminal in three decades; Sasol’s renewable energy contract; and Anglo’s emission-reducing ship.   

RBCT exports, Sasol, Anglo American make headlines
RBCT exports, Sasol, Anglo American make headlines

African mining investors see opportunity amid rising insecurity and recession fears 

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 The “world’s largest investment conference”, the Investing in African Mining Indaba, looks to entice investors to Cape Town’s International Convention Centre in hopes of righting “Africa’s myriad economies” following successive years of geopolitical shifts and economic disruptions, says... 

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RBCT coal exports fall below 1993 level, being hit very badly by cable theft  

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2023 The number of tons of coal exported through Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) in 2022 fell to the lowest level since 1993. A total of 50.35 t was exported from the private-sector-owned RBCT, with the public-sector-owned rail line again being severely hit by copper cable theft currently. (Also... 

Lowest coal exports from Richards Bay Coal Terminal in 30 years.
Richards Bay Coal Terminal media briefing covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Copper-copious Zambia stepping up agricultural prowess, embarking on robust outreach  

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2023 Mining and agriculture are two key sectors of the Zambian economy that are attracting foreign direct investment, which rose 158% to $8.5-billion in 2022, creating 74 000 jobs. The latest company to announce that it will be developing a new copper mine in Zambia is one linked to Microsoft's Bill... 

Munkotachi Investments MD Christopher Lesa.
Munkotachi Investments MD Christopher Lesa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Independent tailings management body launched to oversee conformance with global standard 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th January 2023 On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Brumadinho Tailings dam disaster, in Brazil, which resulted in the deaths of 270 people, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Church of England Pensions Board – representing the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) that... 

The aftermath of the January 2019 Brumadinho tailings dam collapse in Brazil
The aftermath of the January 2019 Brumadinho tailings dam collapse in Brazil

Sasol secures first hydrogen-linked renewable energy supply contract  

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2023 Chemicals and energy company Sasol has signed a long-term contract for the supply of 69 MW of renewable energy to its Sasolburg site in the Free State – the first of several agreements Sasol intends finalising in the coming months as it secures the renewable energy supply required to produce... 

Sasol energy business executive VP Priscillah Mabelane.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Sasol energy business executive VP Priscillah Mabelane.

Transnet could be major disaster to South African economy, coal commentators warn  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2023 Transnet could be a major disaster to the South African economy if everybody does not get involved, commentator Michael Avery warned in his column in Business Day on Monday on Transnet Freight Rail and South Africa’s lagging coal exports. “We must be sharply focused on Transnet and its... 

Transnet Freight Rail and South Africa’s lagging coal exports.
Transnet Freight Rail and South Africa’s lagging coal exports.

South32 expects further production growth in H2; flags $100m build in working capital  

By: Darren Parker     23rd January 2023 Diversified miner South32 achieved a 12% year-on-year increase in group copper equivalent production for the first half of the 2023 financial year on the back of recent investments in copper and low-carbon aluminium capacity. "Group copper equivalent production increased . . . as we benefitted... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr
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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Eskom’s problems are not coal related, Minerals Council assures 

By: Martin Creamer     20th January 2023 A social media campaign set on halting coal exports through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal to purportedly alleviate Eskom’s loadshedding has been noted with concern by Minerals Council South Africa. “This campaign is not based on any facts and instead relies on outright fallacious allegations... 

Richards Bay Coal Terminal activity.
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Richards Bay Coal Terminal activity.

Private sector energy, Africa Hydrogen export, Williamson mine make headlines  

20th January 2023 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the 9 GW of various energy projects in the private sector; Africa's position to export hydrogen; the now contained tailings breach at Petra Diamonds Williamson mine.   

Photo of Martin Creamer
Private sector energy, Africa Hydrogen export, Williamson mine make headlines

Africa can export its sunshine as hydrogen, prof highlights ahead of big Sun City event  

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2023 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – In the past, geopolitics was such that oil- and gas-rich countries developed faster, but now countries that are able to export their sunshine in the form of hydrogen will be the ones in the pound seats as the world transitions to clean, green energy. 

Hydrogen South Africa Infrastructure Competence Centre director Professor Dmitri Bessarabov.
Hydrogen South Africa's Prof Dmitri Bessarabov interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Measures to contain diamond mine tailings breach complete – Petra 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2023 When the eastern wall of a tailings storage facility at the Williamson diamond mine, in Tanzania, was breached on November 7 last year, precautionary measures to contain the tailings material and strengthen the New Alamasi water dam were carried out at the operation which is owned 75% by... 

Williamson diamond mine in Tanzania.
Williamson diamond mine in Tanzania.

Historic Koffiefontein diamond mine to be placed on care and maintenance – Petra 

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2023 London-listed Africa-focused Petra Diamonds announced on Monday that the historic Koffiefontein diamond mine would be placed on care-and-maintenance. As reported by Mining Weekly in May last year, Petra was exploring a responsible exit from its investment in the Koffiefontein diamond mining... 

Petra's Cullinan diamond mine in Gauteng.
Petra's Cullinan diamond mine in Gauteng.

Electricity tariff increase will push mining costs up 33% by end-2024 – Minerals Council 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th January 2023 The Minerals Council has noted with dismay the above-inflation electricity tariff increase of 18.65% that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa granted to Eskom in its 2023/24 financial year, starting April 1. This increase, coupled with the 12.74% tariff increased that is poised for... 

Eskom's Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme

China’s reopening should underpin commodity demand acceleration – Barclays 

By: Martin Creamer     13th January 2023 China’s reopening and ‘whatever it takes’ approach to the property sector are tectonic shifts that should underpin an acceleration in commodity demand through 2023, say Barclays Equity Research analysts. 2023 is set to be another strong year for miners, European metals and mining analysts Amos... 

Iron-ore sparkle.
Iron-ore sparkle.

Lithium, green hydrogen make headlines   

13th January 2023 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses lithium sales out of the country this month; the ANC's statement that South Africa should become a green hydrogen centre; and the need for collaboration for a green hydrogen transition in the near future.   

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Lithium, green hydrogen make headlines

Lithium sales from South Africa on track to begin this month, Marula Mining reports  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2023 Sales of lithium processed out of stockpiles at the Blesberg project in the Northern Cape are expected to commence this month. “We’re on track for the first delivery of a thousand tons through to the offtake party that we’ve contracted with,” Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer told Mining Weekly in a... 

Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer.
Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Platinum-boosting clean hydrogen projects, patents are all the rage 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2023 The implementation agreement for Namibia’s planned multibillion-dollar Hyphen Hydrogen Energy project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of this year, Namibia President Hage Geingob revealed in his 2023 New Year’s message. Egypt has granted approval for two green hydrogen projects in... 

Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.
Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.

Pronounced platinum production plummet­ predicted by independent consultant 

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2023 Global mine supply of platinum will fall by 500 000 oz to a million ounces as South Africa’s power shortage lowers production from 2023 to 2027, independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis calculates in a summary report on platinum group metals (PGMs) production and Eskom. Davis, who... 

Independent consultant Dr David Davis
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Independent consultant Dr David Davis

Gold posts marginal gain in 2022, up 3% in December – WGC 

By: Donna Slater     10th January 2023 A 3% gain in December, owing to a weaker dollar, took the value of gold to $1 814/oz, resulting in a year-on-year gain of 0.4% – something the World Gold Council (WGC) says looked unlikely to many just two months ago. The WGC says 2022 provided a “textbook” example of how diverse sources of... 

Gold posts marginal gain in 2022, up 3% in December – WGC

Global commodities market volatility to ease in 2023 after disruptive 2022 – ERG 

By: Donna Slater     20th December 2022 As a result of short-term price drivers, such as the ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns in China, monetary policy in the US and the fallout from the energy crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, most commodity prices sold off sharply this year – a trend that is likely to ease in 2023, says... 

ERG CEO Benedikt Sobotka
ERG CEO Benedikt Sobotka

Minerals Council, Transnet to establish joint structures to improve rail, ports performance 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th December 2022 State-owned freight utility Transnet and the Minerals Council South Africa have agreed to form joint collaborative structures to ensure all possible actions are taken to stabilise and improve the throughput of South Africa’s rail and ports systems. Transnet recognises the integrated nature of the... 

The Port of Saldanha Bay
The Port of Saldanha Bay

Jubilee resolves Zambia copper concentrator issue; cites successful trial of new extractive methods  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th December 2022 Aim- and AltX-listed Jubilee Metals Group has completed a water infrastructure upgrade at its Roan copper concentrator, in Zambia, and continues to advance cobalt and copper production from waste at its Sable refinery, which is also located in Zambia. The Roan copper concentrator had faced... 

Jubilee CEO Leon Coetzer
Jubilee CEO Leon Coetzer

Harmony finalises Eva Copper acquisition 

By: Donna Slater     15th December 2022 JSE-listed gold miner Harmony Gold reports that its acquisition of the Eva Copper project from Copper Mountain Mining Corporation, has been finalised, with the R3-billion ($170-million) payment due to be made before the end of the week using cash and available revolving credit facilities. The... 

Pan African gold operation receives Eskom approval to connect to grid 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2022 The 10 MW Elikhulu solar renewable energy plant developed at Evander gold operations has become the first embedded project over 1 MW to receive full grid code compliance from Eskom.  This was announced at the weekend by JUWI Renewable Energies and South African mid-tier gold producer Pan African... 

Pan African's Elikhulu plant.
Pan African's Elikhulu plant.

Platinum-based hydrogen, fuel cell decarbonisation winning global support 

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2022 Platinum-based green hydrogen and fuel cell clean energy solutions made news across a broad front in 2022. Active support for the creation of a viable green hydrogen economy, along with the firm underpinning of a just energy transition in South Africa, have captured many headlines. 

Hydrogen reaching for the sky.
Hydrogen reaching for the sky.

GoldFields, Amplats, Anglo American make headlines   

14th December 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Chris Griffith stepping down as GoldFields CEO; underground mining at Amplats’s Mogalakwena PGMs mine; and the effects of a changing world on Anglo American.   

GoldFields, Amplats, Anglo American make headlines
GoldFields, Amplats, Anglo American make headlines

Reutech Mining wins fall-of-ground technology challenge 

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2022 Geotechnical monitoring radar systems company Reutech Mining has been revealed as the winner of the Rock Hazard Identification and Safe Removal Innovation Challenge, an initiative by the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) and the Minerals Council South Africa, supported by mining companies... 

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With Preece as interim CEO, Mokoatle will head Gold Fields South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2022 In what is a transformational high point, Benford Mokoatle will run Gold Fields South Africa from January 1 when Martin Preece steps up as interim CEO following the sudden step down of Chris Griffith over the Yamana Gold transaction not succeeding. The Gold Fields South Africa EPV position goes... 

Acting Gold Fields South Africa executive VP Benford Mokoatle.
Acting Gold Fields South Africa executive VP Benford Mokoatle.

Metalla adds royalties on Barrick’s Lama complex

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2022 NYSE- and TSX-V-listed Metalla Royalty & Streaming has entered into a royalty purchase agreement to acquire royalties on metals extracted from gold major Barrick Gold’s Lama gold project, in Argentina, for $7.5-million. Metalla would acquire an existing 2.5% to 3.75% gross value return royalty... 

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