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Strong call for rapid green hydrogen investment by ramp-up backer 

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2022 A strong call for final investment decisions (FIDs) on a multiplicity of green hydrogen projects was made at the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit in Cape Town yesterday by H2Global, a market ramp-up instrument that serves as an innovative form of subsidy scheme to smooth out bumps along green... 

Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.
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Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.

Australia’s platinum pioneer highlighting greenness, mulling smelterless tech  

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2022 Australia’s platinum group metals (PGMs) pioneer, Podium Minerals, is evaluating the cleanest and greenest mining and processing options that include the possibility of circumventing the need for smelting. The Australian Stock Exchange-listed exploration and resources development company, which... 

Podium Minerals MD and CEO Sam Rodda.
Podium CEO Sam Rodda interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

R4-trillion needed for South Africa’s hydrogen economy, PIC declares 

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2022 South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) stated on Monday that more than R4.3-trillion is required for the development of the hydrogen economy, which it declared positive for people, planet, and client portfolios. The hydrogen investment strategy of the PIC, which has... 

Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.
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Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.

South Africa’s mining market is dynamic and fast-moving, Siemens Large Drives finds  

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2022 South Africa is a super dynamic and super fast-moving market, says Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck, who has just completed a week of discussions with customers to highlight sustainability solutions for mining. From his perspective, South African mining economy is at the... 

Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck.
Siemens Large Drives' Oliver Beck, Tim Walwyn talk to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd, Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Pictures: Donna Slater.

Crime, platinum demand, R1bn fuel cell factory make headlines   

25th November 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the country’s economic/crime paradox that was highlighted at a recent Anglo American meeting; new green hydrogen end-demand pushing platinum into a meaningful deficit; and the development of the R1-billion fuel cell factory which could break ground... 

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Crime, platinum demand, R1bn fuel cell factory make headlines

Platinum’s hydrogen economy role is just transition enabler, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2022 The strategic role of platinum group metals (PGMs) in the creation of a hydrogen economy is the key supporting element of the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP) unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Mapungubwe Institute for... 

Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection researcher Dr Nqobile Xaba.
Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection researcher Dr Nqobile Xaba.

South Africa’s crime crisis ruling out economic growth, sustainability discussion hears 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2022 South Africa’s economic paradox is that it cannot grow economically if it has a burgeoning crime crisis but it is unable to solve the burgeoning crime crisis if it is not growing. That was the opening comment of outgoing Mineral Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, who anchored the second of... 

Roger Baxter.
Roger Baxter.

Groundbreaking for R1bn fuel cell factory set for first quarter of 2023 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2022 A bankable feasibility study has opened the way for the building of a factory for the local manufacture of fuel cells that are designed to provide low-carbon electricity to decentralised users at affordable prices throughout the African continent. Innovative South African Mitochondria Energy... 

Mitochondria founder and CEO Mashudu Ramano (right) interviewed by Martin Creamer (left).
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Mitochondria founder and CEO Mashudu Ramano (right) interviewed by Martin Creamer (left).

Sedibelo Platinum will now have wind power as well as solar and smelterless technology  

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2022 Latest news from Sedibelo Platinum Mines in North West province is that the company’s Pilanesberg platinum mines situated in the Bushveld Complex, 207 km west of Johannesburg, will not only have abundant solar power on site plus a world-first smelterless processing technology that consumes 82% –... 

Pallinghurst Group managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen.
Pallinghurst's Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green energy, Venetia's underground project make headlines   

18th November 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the Motsepe Foundation's $2-million Green Energy competition; Palabora’s partnership with Mzansi energy to develop a solar PV plant with an energy storage system; and Venetia's underground project which is hoping for first production next year.   

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Green energy, Venetia's underground project make headlines

Palabora Mining going ‘green’ with independent power producer appointment 

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2022 In the light of clean, cost-efficient, stable electricity supply being critical, Palabora Mining Company is partnering with Mzansi Energy to develop a 132 MWp solar photovoltaic plant and battery energy storage system capable of storing 310 MWh of electricity. Mining Weekly can report that the... 

Renewable energy planned for Palabora Mining.
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Renewable energy planned for Palabora Mining.

Harmony Gold’s Tshepong mines steal first-quarter show 

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2022 Harmony Gold Mining Company’s disaggregated Tshepong North and Tshepong South gold mines stole the proverbial show by both delivering strong operational performances in the three months to the end of September. The two Free State mines provided 37% of group operating free cash flow and drove much... 

Tshepong gold mine in Free State.
Tshepong gold mine in Free State.

AfriTin’s vision is to fast-track lithium 

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2022 The vision of Africa’s aspirant tech-metal champion AfriTin Mining is to fast-track lithium production as it expands its footprint in Namibia. The six months to the end of August has seen the London Aim-listed company focus on bringing lithium and tantalum byproducts into production. 

AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen.
AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen.

Top green hydrogen/fuel cell collaboration boost for platinum-group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2022 A joint development agreement struck between global majors Nel Hydrogen US and General Motors is expected to speed up the development of green hydrogen technology that is competitive with fossil fuels.  The aim of agreement is to help accelerate the industrialisation of Nel’s proton exchange... 

Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.
Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.

Sparkling Venetia underground diamond project heading for first production in 2023 

By: Martin Creamer     15th November 2022 A visit by Mining Weekly to the Venetia Underground Project (VUP) on November 14 provided far-reaching insight into this major diamond development that is scheduled to achieve occupational readiness and first production next year – "hopefully in the first part of the year, all going well", said... 

Mining Weekly was part of this week's Venetia Underground Project media visit.
Mining Weekly was part of this week's Venetia Underground Project media visit.

Study confirms $1bn cash generation potential for K.Hill manganese project  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2022 TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals Corporation says a feasibility study for the K.Hill project, in Botswana, has confirmed a low capital intensity for what can be one of the largest high-purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) projects in the world. The study, which was prepared by SRK... 

Exploration drilling at the K.Hill project in Botswana

It’s been a great year for Menar, says chair Mpumelelo Mkhabela  

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2022 Despite its many challenges, 2022 has been a very successful year for the Menar group of companies. “We increased production at our operations, maintained our solid safety record, and made good headway in the development of our new projects,” Menar chairperson Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela told Mining... 

Menar chairperson Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
Menar chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mineral licences, coal transition, Namibia's EIB funding make headlines  

11th November 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the backlog of mineral licences being cut by almost 45%; the recent Mistra policy paper which argues that as South Africa moves away from coal, investment will be needed, not only for renewables, but also for coal communities; and Namibia's green... 

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Mineral licences, coal transition, Namibia's EIB funding make headlines

Strategically located Congo has raw materials required to become leading fertiliser hub  

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2022 Strategically located Republic of Congo, which is endowed with the key required raw materials, is poised to be a world leader in fertiliser production. This is the view of Stéphane Rigny, the executive chairperson of Kanga Potash, which has received its licence to mine and produce potash in the... 

Kanga Potash executive chairperson Stéphane Rigny.
Kanga Potash executive chairperson Stéphane Rigny interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Yamana ‘not the only’ opportunity around, says Gold Fields CEO 

By: Mariaan Webb     10th November 2022 South Africa-based Gold Fields will continue to execute on its strategy of improving the quality and value of its assets and, in time, will pursue other strategic opportunities, CEO Chris Griffith said on Wednesday. The JSE- and NYSE-listed company has walked away from its deal to buy Canadian... 

Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith says the group refused to be dragged into a bidding war.
Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith says the group refused to be dragged into a bidding war.

Minerals licensing backlog nearly halved, Parliamentary Portfolio Committee hears 

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2022 The backlog of mineral licences has been cut to 2 625 outstanding applications – 43.5% down on what the situation was in March 2021, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Minerals Resources and Energy has been informed. A thousand of the 1 500 prospecting right applications still to be... 

Mineral right application backlog reduced.
Mineral right application backlog reduced.

Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2022 With South Africa having committed to transition away from coal, investments will not only be required for the retiring of coal plants and the ramping up of renewable energy, but also for coal communities, who will require alternative economic development plans to sustain the livelihoods of all... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.

First-phase commissioning of Namibia tin expansion project complete 

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2022 The commissioning of the first phase of the tin expansion project at the Uis mine in Namibia is complete, AfriTin Mining said on Monday. Appealingly, lithium and tantalum will also be extracted from the processing streams. 

AfriTin Mining CEO Anthony Viljoen.
AfriTin Mining CEO Anthony Viljoen.

Gold Fields target Yamana receives ‘superior proposal’ from Pan American, Agnico Eagle 

By: Mariaan Webb     4th November 2022 Canadian miner Pan American Silver has tossed its hat into the ring to acquire fellow miner Yamana Gold, teaming up with Agnico Eagle Mines in an unsolicited proposal to buy the company that South Africa-based Gold Fields has its eye on. Pan American Silver and Agnico Eagle on Friday delivered a... 

The joint offer will consolidate Agnico Eagle's interest in the Canadian Malartic mine (pictured), in Canada.
The joint offer will consolidate Agnico Eagle's interest in the Canadian Malartic mine (pictured), in Canada.

Inflation denies AngloGold spectacular showing that higher grade normally assures 

By: Martin Creamer     4th November 2022 Higher grade ore mined by AngloGold Ashanti in the third quarter should have meant more gold at unchanged cost – more bang for the same buck, as it were. But the current abnormally high level of inflation knocked back the potential benefits of 17% higher underground grades and 21% higher opencast... 

AngloGold Ashanti CEO Alberto Calderon.
AngloGold Ashanti CEO Alberto Calderon.

Barrick’s competitive gold, copper position being progressively boosted by exploration 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2022 The competitive position of gold and copper mining company Barrick is being progressively boosted by exploration, which results in the company replacing extracted ore with similar quality. “We’re the only company that has replaced our ounces at the same quality through exploration – though the... 

Barrick Gold Corporation CEO Dr Mark Bristow.
Barrick Gold Corporation CEO Dr Mark Bristow.

Northern Cape’s Tshipi manganese mine ‘up there with best of them’, says new Jupiter CEO  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2022 The Northern Cape’s Tshipi Borwa manganese mine is “up there with the best of them”, says new Jupiter Mines CEO Brad Rogers, who has seen his fair share of mines around world as the former head of a company with more than 50 mining and industrial sites in Australia and Indonesia. Rogers has been... 

Jupiter Mines CEO Brad Rogers.
Jupiter CEO Brad Rogers interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen economy support highlighted in maiden Anglo Platinum climate report 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2022 Active support for the creation of a viable green hydrogen economy in South Africa and globally, along with the firm underpinning of a ‘just energy transition’, are highlighted in Anglo American Platinum maiden climate change report. The report sets out the role the JSE-listed mining and... 

Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.

Green hydrogen truck trials going well – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2022 The 500 t world-first haulage truck powered by green hydrogen last week underwent fully loaded trialling that included tipping into the crusher at Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo. “The trials all went well,” Anglo American group technical director Tony... 

Clockwise from top left are Duncan Wanblad, Tony O’Neill, Stephen Pearce and Hilton Ingram.
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Clockwise from top left are Duncan Wanblad, Tony O’Neill, Stephen Pearce and Hilton Ingram.

Anglo updates on decarbonisation, biodiversity, responsible mining  

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2022 Decarbonisation, net positive biodiversity, and progress towards assuring all operations against recognised responsible mining standards are addressed in Anglo American’s twice-yearly sustainability performance update, which was presented on Monday. Recognising that many of the metals and... 

Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American sustainability report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

IDC increases stake in green aluminum producer 

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2022 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has increased its shareholding in Mozambique’s Mozal Aluminium to 32.45%. Prior to this transaction, State-owned IDC held 24% equity in the hydropowered aluminium smelter, which is located 20 km west of Maputo, in Beluluane industrial park. 

Mozal Aluminium in Mozambique.
Mozal Aluminium in Mozambique.

Ivanhoe exploration award draws high-spirited comment on northern limb 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2022 The northern limb of the Bushveld Complex is attracting real exploration interest in the form of Platinum Group Metals, Sylvania Platinum and now Ivanhoe Mines, AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller has noted on LinkedIn. Platinum Group Metals and Ivanhoe are listed on the Toronto Stock... 

Exploration under way on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex.
Exploration under way on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex.

Implats set on maximising strong prevailing PGM price tailwind 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Implats on Friday expressed determination to maximise the tailwinds of strong prevailing PGM prices and deliver its guided business performance for the benefit of all stakeholders. Six-element (6E) concentrate volumes were a 2% higher 824... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller.
Implats CEO Nico Muller.

Glencore responds to climate suggestions, provides production update 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, in response to recommendations received, will take four steps to advance its  climate reporting amid the world facing a rapidly closing window to meet the Paris Agreement’s climate goals. The London- and Johannesburg-listed Glencore... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.

Orion Minerals, green hydrogen and fuel cells make headlines  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th October 2022 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the funding milestone achieved by mine development company Orion Minerals; the Department of Science and Innovation's suggestion that South Africa should make green hydrogen part of its Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan; and US... 

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Orion Minerals, green hydrogen and fuel cells make headlines

DMRE's general lethargy still hindering exploration activity 

By: Nadine James     28th October 2022 Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart offered the familiar refrain of South Africa’s mining industry needing a functional and accurate cadastre. “We cannot manage our minerals with a GIS system,” he said during the Q&A session following his keynote address at the 2022 Council for Geoscience (CGS) Summit... 

New start-up intent on improving pit-to-port turnaround times  

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2022 Three women who have been in logistics collectively for more than 30 years have formed a company intent on helping to smooth out rail and port logistics in the Southern African region. The three are Nosipho Damasane, Nyameka Madikizela and Ncumisa Dube, who have formed Indlela Connections. (Also... 

Indlela Connections chairperson Nosipho Damasane.
Indlela chairperson Nosipho Damasane and CEO Nyameka Madikizela talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Brownfields, byproducts and tailings are South Africa’s biggest growth opportunity

By: Nadine James     27th October 2022 Mining stakeholders ought to do more to capitalise on existing resources, such as available geological and mining data, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart noted at the 2022 Council for Geoscience Summit, on Wednesday. He explained that he felt that brownfield exploration, based historical data... 

Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart
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