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Bush clearing, shaft rehab under way at West Wits gold revival project  

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2021 Australia-listed West Wits Mining, which is considering a secondary listing on the JSE, has commenced bush clearing and old shaft rehabilitation west of Johannesburg, as part of its far-reaching revival plans for an area where gold mining took place as recently as 20 years ago. West Wits Mining,... 

West Wits MD Jac van Heerden. Submitted picure.
West Wits Mining MD Jac van Heerden interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sibanye-Stillwater buys half of ioneer’s Nevada project for $490m 

By: Mariaan Webb     16th September 2021 Johannesburg- and New York-listed miner Sibanye-Stillwater is investing $490-million in a lithium-boron mining project in Nevada, US, as it steps up its presence in the battery materials supply chain. Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday announced that it would establish a joint venture (JV) with... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Solar power set to reduce Pan African’s reliance on Eskom by 30%  

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2021 The generation of solar power by top-performing gold mining company Pan African Resources is expected to lower reliance on power utility Eskom by 30%, Pan African CEO Cobus Loots said on Wednesday, when the London Aim- and JSE-listed company reported record profit after tax and proposed its... 

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The generation of solar power by top-performing gold mining company Pan African Resources is expected to lower reliance on power utility Eskom by 30%

Pan African reports record profit, proposes highest ever dividend  

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2021 Gold mining company Pan African Resources on Wednesday reported record after-tax-profit, higher gold production and proposed its highest ever dividend. In the 12 months to June 30, the company, headed by CEO Cobus Loots, recorded a 12.4% increase in group gold production to 201 777 oz, a 36%... 

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Gold mining company Pan African Resources on Wednesday reported record after-tax-profit, higher gold production and proposed its highest-ever dividend.

Mining companies launch International Mining Safety Hub to help reduce fatalities 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th September 2021 Various large mining companies have joined hands to launch the International Mining Safety (IMS) Hub – an online hub of industry-endorsed visual safety tools that allow for greater learning opportunities and improved safety for all levels of employees. "This is a collaboration by industry, for... 

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South Africa’s junior mining dearth result of unintended consequence – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 South Africa’s junior mining dearth is a result of savings no longer flowing through to primary capital raising and stock exchange listings, as the Jacobs Committee expected them to do. The unintended consequence is that there are no longer small investors for small companies. This has negatively... 

Creamer Media screenshot of AmaranthCX director Paul Miller taken during Zoom interview.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Barrick eyes new mines, not deals, for future growth 

By: Reuters     14th September 2021 Barrick Gold CEO Mark Bristow spent years burnishing his reputation as an aggressive dealmaker, but he says now he is focused on new mines that he hopes will boost profit and the company's sagging stock price. The strategy eschews the acquisition appetite that made Barrick what it is today and... 

Barrick CEO Mark Bristow
Barrick CEO Mark Bristow

ChromeSA says imposition of export tax would be high risk  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 The imposition of a tax on the export of chrome ore would be high risk and the gain from such an intervention would likely be eroded fairly quickly by the high cost of electricity, which is the real problem. Chrome SA’s Alistair McAdam and Paul Anderson of Genesis Analytics highlighted this... 

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ChromeSA representatives Alistair McAdam and Paul Anderson on chrome export tax. Video: Darlene Creamer.

DRDGold nears completion of project to achieve better recoveries at FWGR 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2021 NYSE- and JSE-listed DRDGold says a project to convert the Driefontein 2 Plant (DP2) at the Far West Gold Recoveries (FWGR) surface retreatment operation, in Gauteng, to closed-circuit milling, is nearing completion. The R80-million project will achieve a finer grind and, thereby, improve gold... 

National collaboration essential to win share of green hydrogen market, say debaters  

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2021 South Africa’s early mover advantage in green hydrogen would fade and become ineffective over time without a collaborative, collective and holistic national approach that assures the export of green hydrogen over and above its domestic use. That was the strong message that came across in the... 

Screenshot taken by Creamer Media during debate on green hydrogen.
Hydrogen Economy Discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Broadening ESG has provided clear paths to economic benefit – Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2021 Sustainability is not a function of compliance but rather a strategic imperative to change the role that mining plays in society and in economies, says Sibanye-Stillwater senior vice-president and head of sustainability Loyiso Ndlovu. “We do this by sticking to the knitting in being miners, and... 

Sibanye Investor Day 2021
Sibanye-Stillwater Investor Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

World Gold Council members on board for TCFD reporting  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2021 The World Gold Council (WGC) has announced that all 33 gold miners it represents globally have committed to reporting their positions and progress on climate-related risks, in line with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The TCFD recommendations and reporting... 

Manganese, Nkomati Mine, green-hydrogen make headlines   

10th September 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks African Rainbow Minerals touting the possibility of an opportunity for manganese alloy production locally; the Nkomati Nickel mine could hold underground opportunity; and the three structural characteristics that South Africa has to possibly become a... 

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Manganese, Nkomati Mine, green-hydrogen make headlines

Plans unfolding to rail manganese more efficiently – ARM 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2021 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is looking to upgrading its private rail siding from 60 t to 100 t rail wagons so that it can transport manganese ore to the Port of Saldanha in a much more efficient way. Currently, the private rail siding at the Black Rock mine in the... 

Screenshot of Andre Jourbert of ARM taken during presentation of FY2021 results.
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ARM Ferrous CE Andre Joubert

Lucara’s Botswana expansion formally approved 

By: Mariaan Webb     9th September 2021 The board of Lucara Diamond Corp has formally approved the $534-million expansion of its Karowe mine, in Botswana, the Canadian miner announced on Wednesday. The underground mine construction approval follows the financial closure and satisfaction all conditions precedent to a $220-million debt... 

Platinum demand strengthening – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2021 Platinum demand appears to be strengthening on increased loadings, particularly in China’s strong-selling heavy-duty vehicles, more substitution of palladium by platinum, and greater investor interest, particularly with platinum’s links to the hydrogen economy. That is an overall outlook summary... 

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Platinum demand strengthening – WPIC

Shut Nkomati Nickel has good-grade, long-life underground potential – ARM  

By: Martin Creamer     8th September 2021 The large underground resource that remains at the shut Nkomati Nickel mine in Mpumalanga provides optionality depending on market conditions, says African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) CEO Mike Schmidt. The Nkomati mine, located near Machadodorp, has been on care-and-maintenance since March as the... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Mike Schmidt when he was presenting ARM's financial results in September 2021
African Rainbow Minerals CEO Mike Schmidt reports on Nkomati Nickel covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Anglo American looking at a range of decarbonising technologies 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American will be making use of a range of technologies to reach its target of zero emissions by 2040. Speaking at the Hydrogen and Mining virtual conference, Anglo America’s head of technology development, mining and sustainability, Julian Soles said that there would be a... 

An image of a hydrogen-powered mine truck being developed by Anglo American and partners
Anglo American and partners are developing a hydrogen-powered mine truck

Platinum jewellery demand held up well in the second quarter 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2021 The latest Platinum Jewellery Business Review, published by Platinum Guild International (PGI), shows that platinum jewellery remains resilient amid a still challenging situation in retail in most markets. Particularly, PGI reports that branded collections are doing well, despite headwinds from... 

Gold contributing towards efforts to achieve UN SDG 3  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th September 2021 The gold industry is committed to supporting the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but the Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted the progress being made towards achieving the SDGs, the World Gold Council (WGC) notes. It highlights that this has made the contributions... 

Botswana copper miner Khoemacau giving attention to ESG silver lining  

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2021 Khoemacau Copper Mining of Botswana, which is ramping up to nameplate throughput of 3.65-million tonnes a year, is also giving attention to environmental social and governance (ESG) matters that include considerable renewable energy generation and promising community development initiatives. In... 

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Cupric Canyon Capital CEO Johan Ferreira interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Engie partners with Scatec for PV support at mine-based hydrogen plant  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2021 Renewable energy company Scatec has signed a two-year lease agreement with Engie to provide a mobile plug-and-play solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its hydrogen production plant at Anglo American Platinum’s Mokalakwena mine, in Limpopo. Scatec launched its Release by Scatec service in September... 

Strength of high-flying ARM is its multiracial, multicultural character – Motsepe  

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2021 The strength of South Africa, its businesses as well as African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) itself is its multiracial and multicultural character, which the country is privileged to have, ARM executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe emphasised on Monday, when his JSE-listed company presented stellar... 

Screenshot of Dr Patric Motsepe taken from ARM website.
African Rainbow Minerals stellar financial results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Implats studying three new projects as three approved projects get under way  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd September 2021 Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Implats is studying three new projects at the same time as three already approved projects get under way at a combined capital expenditure of close to R12-billion, Implats CEO Nico Muller has announced. During this week’s presentation of record... 

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Implats record financial results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Implats, Harmony Gold make headlines   

3rd September 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Implats' contribution of about R13-billion in taxes and royalties to government; Harmony Gold tackling decarbonization with a renewable rollout plan; and Harmony pushing forward with its Zaaiplaats project.   

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Implats, Harmony Gold make headlines

Focus on South Africa’s critical PGMs supply role increasing – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2021 The critical role South Africa plays in the supply of platinum group metals (PGMs) is gaining increasing focus, Implats said on Thursday. Following a period where South Africa’s relevance and the country’s importance tended to be discounted on the assumption that sourcing could be done from... 

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Implats executive corporate affairs Emma Townshend

Implats contributes R13bn in taxes, royalties to South African government  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Implats has contributed about R13-billion in taxes and royalties to the South African government for the 12 months to June 30, Implats CFO Meroonisha Kerber said on Thursday. In total, the participation in value of the government,... 

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Implats full-year results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Kazera Global, DJ Drilling ink plan for Namibian tantalum project 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2021 Aim-listed investment company Kazera Global has concluded a plan with contract drilling company DJ Drilling, which they believe will lead to the profitable production of tantalum from its mine in Namibia before the end of this year. DJ Drilling will, as a result, take over the day-to-day... 

Harmony planning further 73 MW of green electricity generation  

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2021 Like everybody else, we’re on the verge of now starting to build our renewable energy plants. That is the latest news on the decarbonisation front from Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp, who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

Screenshot of Peter Steenkamp of Harmony during one-on-one Zoom interview
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Minerals policy holding back growth in the junior diamond mining sector 

By: Donna Slater     1st September 2021 A report into small and junior diamond miners provides, for the first time, a glimpse into the “shocking state of the industry and the regulating authority”, says independent diamond producer Lyndon de Meillon. The ‘Status of the South African Small and Junior Diamond Mining Sector’ report was... 

Harmony Gold realises R1bn gain from hedge  

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2021 Gold mining company Harmony Gold realised a R1-billion gain on derivatives in the 12 months to June 30. “This confirms that our more definitive hedging programme is yielding positive results, and we’ll still see that in future,” said Harmony Gold FD Boipelo Lekubo on Tuesday, in presenting what... 

Screenshot taken by Creamer Media of Harmony FD during August 2021 presentation.
Harmony Gold financial year results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Harmony Gold going ahead with R4.5bn Zaaiplaats project  

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2021 Gold mining company Harmony Gold is going ahead with its high-grade Zaaiplaats gold project at a capital cost of R4.5-billion. Zaaiplaats is one of three Harmony projects that, with three others already under way, will collectively add 550 000 oz of gold a year to the Johannesburg- and New... 

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Harmony Gold presentation of results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Booysendal expansion plans well under way 

By: Donna Slater     31st August 2021 Mining and production expansion plans at platinum group metals miner Northam Platinum’s Booysendal mine are progressing on schedule, with the mine’s South mine (BCU and BCM mining modules) under construction and north aerial conveyor systems nearing completion. The... 

a picture of miners at the Booysendal South mine work on constructing a new decline shaft
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Miners at the Booysendal South mine work on constructing a new decline shaft

Evidence-based report welcomed by small and junior diamond miners 

By: Donna Slater     30th August 2021 Small and junior diamond miners are facing persistent challenges from a policy and regulatory perspective, which has resulted in a significant decrease in the number of small miners over recent years, a report titled ‘Status of the South African Small and Junior Diamond Mining Sector, states.... 

Best place to start driving value is within your own assets – Griffith  

By: Martin Creamer     30th August 2021 The best place to start driving value is within your own assets, says new Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Griffith emphasised that existing assets are the best place to get value. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

Creamer Media picture of Chris Griffith, CEO of Gold Fields, taken during a Zoom interview.
Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Zulti South project delay is already having negative impact – RBM 

By: Martin Creamer     30th August 2021 The fact that the Zulti South mineral sands project is not being developed is already having a real impact, says Richards Bay Minerals (RMB) MD Werner Duvenhage. This is because RMB is already unable to fully utilise its smelting complex from a capacity perspective because ore grades in Zulti... 

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Richards Bay Minerals smelting facility.

IDC, RBM, Sibanye make headlines  

27th August 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the Industrial Development Corporation deliberating the introduction of a fund to underpin exploration in South Africa; Richards Bay Minerals enforcing the external auditing of community trust funds; and Sibanye-Stillwater’s record financial performance... 

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Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks news around IDC, RBM and Sibanye-Stillwater (Camera & editing: Darlene Creamer)

Important link between South Africa’s mining industry and its public capital markets is broken 

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2021 With South Africa needing more listings on its stock exchanges, what can be done to encourage companies in general and junior mining companies in particular to go public? A lot of the building blocks are in place. South Africa has a stock exchange that punches way above its weight relative to the... 

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