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Mineral exploration should be incentivised, says IDC’s Thabiso Sekano  

By: Martin Creamer     12th November 2021 Mineral exploration should be incentivised so that South Africa’s great mineral endowment can be optimally leveraged to lower unemployment, improve export revenues, and strengthen this country’s gross domestic product (GDP). That is the view of Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) mining,... 

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IDC Mining Metals Beneficiation Head interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Endeavour looks set to beat 1.5Moz guidance 

By: Mariaan Webb     12th November 2021 West Africa-focused gold miner Endeavour Mining has reported strong third-quarter results and says it is well positioned to beat its full-year production guidance. The TSX- and LSE-listed miner produced 382 000 oz at an all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of $904/oz in the third quarter, taking... 

Miners urged to look beyond only carbon offsetting measures in net-zero journey 

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2021 As mining companies look to lower their carbon intensity, low-carbon economy software developer Minviro sustainability manager Laurens Tijsseling encourages miners to not rely solely on carbon offsetting techniques, but instead employ a range of measures. Speaking at the Energy and Mines Virtual... 

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Quality ounces hoisting Harmony into new gold stratosphere  

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2021 Harmony Gold, which was a bottom-feeding gold mining company, has been hoisted into a new stratosphere of value and volume by the quality ounces it has acquired. Johannesburg- and New York-listed company’s operational update for the three months to the end of September 30 highlights just how... 

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Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

South Deep is Gold Fields’ star performer 

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2021 Mechanised underground Gauteng gold mine South Deep has been hailed by a solidly performing Gold Fields as its star in the three months to September 30. Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith singled out the 75-year-life West Rand gold mine’s 30%-higher quarter-on-quarter performance when he reported... 

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Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith

ICMM takes leading role in climate change guidance for industry  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th November 2021 The drive for clean energy technologies that are required to achieve the climate goals will increase demand for critical minerals, putting the mining and metals industry at the forefront of the energy transition. However, this necessitates that materials be responsibly sourced and produced,... 

Mining sector looking toward hydrogen, battery storage to decarbonise 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th November 2021 The global energy landscape is changing amid a rush to net-zero emissions by 2050, and renewable energy is going from strength to strength, with these projects having captured nearly 50% of all new generation build capital in 2020. Energy services company Wärtsilä Canada business development... 

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Gold major Newmont spending $500m on renewables, world congress hears 

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2021 Gold mining major Newmont is spending $500-million on renewable energy projects against the backdrop of climate risk equating to investment risk for all mining industry participants, the Energy and Mines Virtual World Congress heard on Tuesday. Expenditure of the half-a-billion dollars began last... 

Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker (left) and Newmont executive VP and chief technology officer Dean Gehring (right).
Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker (left) and Newmont executive VP and chief technology officer Dean Gehring (right).

Green hydrogen market presents huge opportunity for Africa – Mantashe  

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2021 The green hydrogen market presents a huge opportunity for Africa to position itself as a global competitor in future green energy markets, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has told the Africa Energy Week. Countries such as South Africa and Zimbabwe, the Minister said,... 

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Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Bafokeng clinch green business boost as part of Northam platinum deal  

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2021 Royal Bafokeng Holdings has accepted an unsolicited offer from Northam Platinum for up to a third of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) in a R17-billion transaction that opens the way for the community to accelerate into the fast-growing green energy economy with Northam’s help. Royal Bafokeng... 

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Royal Bafokeng Holdings CEO Albertinah Kekana (left) and Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.

AngloGold keeping close watch on inflation 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2021 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti is keeping a close watch on inflation from which its stocking strategies provided delayed impact in the three months to the end of September, CFO Christine Ramon said on Monday, when the company reported higher costs that reflected a significant reinvestment... 

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Newly appointed AngloGold CEO Alberto Calderon and CFO Christine Ramon

MSA Group, partner see growth potential in Egypt’s growing mining industry 

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2021 The 82 exploration permits issued by Egypt to 11 junior and major mining and exploration companies, along with the country's underexplored, but promising, mineral resources and its location, bode well for the development of its mining industry and for its role as a mining exploration and services... 

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Liquid AngloGold Ashanti prioritising cost reduction, operating efficiencies 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2021 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti on Monday reported third-quarter production of 613 000 oz, which was 5% higher quarter-on-quarter, excluding Obuasi, the Ghana mine impacted earlier this year by the voluntary suspension of underground mining activities. Newly appointed AngloGold CEO Alberto... 

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AngloGold Ashanti CEO Alberto Calderon

Modern mining infrastructure, innovations to address junior mining, exploration challenges 

By: Schalk Burger     5th November 2021 Innovation and technology development to promote and reinvigorate the country’s moribund exploration, emerging and junior mining sector are focused on developing shared infrastructure and innovations to reduce costs and make exploration more effective and efficient. Research, development and... 

Platinum group metals playing key role in Proudly South African hydrogen breakthrough  

By: Martin Creamer     5th November 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs), which are hosted overwhelmingly in South Africa, have played a key role in rocketing the performance of local alkaline electrolysers, in which PGMs are not generally used. Hydrox Holdings of Randburg, which has been pursuing hydrogen solutions for more than two... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Developments at Anglo American  

5th November 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks developments at diversified mining company Anglo American. 

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Developments at Anglo American

Barrick installing solar power in Nevada, eliminating coal-fired power 

By: Martin Creamer     4th November 2021 Gold and copper mining company Barrick, which is installing solar power in the US where coal-fired electricity generation is also earmarked for elimination, is intent on making plans rather than promises as it cuts carbon emissions. The New York- and Toronto-listed mining company, headquartered... 

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Barrick president and CE Mark Bristow

Mining modernisation to benefit junior miners, exploration in South Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     4th November 2021 The development and applications of technologies and techniques in mining to make it safer, more productive and more efficient are benefiting junior miners and adding tools and capabilities to stimulate minerals exploration in South Africa, mining and technology experts said on November 4. During... 

Afrimat posts strong interim results, with all segments contributing positively to growth  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th November 2021 Midtier openpit miner Afrimat has confirmed it is in a healthy financial position and able to accelerate growth, after delivering a ‘pleasing’ performance in the six months ended August 31. The group posted an operating profit of R582-million, up 65% on the R353-million operating profit... 

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Afrimat's executive team unpacks the group's interim performance

South African Duncan Wanblad to succeed Mark Cutifani as Anglo CE 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American on Wednesday announced the appointment of Duncan Wanblad as chief executive with effect from the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) on April 19 next year – and has also spelt out details of Wanblad’s upcoming remuneration package in considerable... 

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South African Duncan Wanblad, who takes over as CE of Anglo American on April 19.

Pallinghurst now has all key battery, hydrogen fuel cell elements  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2021 The Pallinghurst Group now has within its fold all the key elements needed for lithium-ion batteries, fuel-cells and green hydrogen economy. Pallinghurst’s latest transaction with Talon Metals brings in nickel, copper and cobalt, which augment the already-in-the-bag graphite, battery-grade... 

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Pallinghurst Co-Chief Executive and Co-Founder Arne Frandsen speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Pluczenik re-enters South Africa, opens local diamond cutting facility 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd November 2021 Global diamond manufacturer and trader Pluczenik Diamond Company has made a re-entry into the South African market by partnering with a local entrepreneur to open a diamond cutting and polishing facility in Bedfordview. Pluczenik was initially established in South Africa in 1948, before migrating... 

Pluczenik re-enters South African diamond cutting and polishing market with factory in Bedfordview
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Pluczenik re-enters South African diamond cutting and polishing market with factory in Bedfordview

Anglo to transition to green hydrogen mine fleet over decade – Cutifani 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American, which is piloting the world’s biggest green hydrogen-powered haulage vehicle, is planning to replace its global truck fleet of 400 diesel trucks with hydrogen trucks over a ten-year period from about 2024. Introducing hydrogen mobility on its mines will... 

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Anglo American’s hydrogen truck with hydrogen production and refuelling system shown top right.

Anglo to use underground mine water to generate electricity   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American is planning to use water in its underground mines as batteries. The water will be pumped up when operations have excess renewable power and allowed to run back down when electricity is needed. 

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From top left clockwise are Mark Cutifani, Jon Samuel, Stephen Pearce and Zahira Quatrocchi.

Minerals Council calls for MineSafe summit in November, says tech to improve safety 

By: Schalk Burger     29th October 2021 Industry organisation the Minerals Council South Africa urges the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), organised labour, mine professional associations and mining suppliers to hold the MineSafe summit in November, as soon as possible after the elections, to address the regression in... 

Anglo American sets ambition to halve Scope 3 emissions by 2040 

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American on Friday published its Climate Change Report 2021, ahead of its six-monthly sustainability performance update. The update includes Anglo’s progress towards its target of carbon neutral operations (Scopes 1 & 2) by 2040 and its ambition to reduce its... 

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Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Glencore reports major ferrochrome production recovery 

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore expects its full-year 2021 adjusted earnings before interest and tax to exceed the top end of its forecast $2.2-billion to $3.2 billion a year long-term guidance range. A production highlight included 65%-higher attributable ferrochrome production... 

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Platinum consolidation, Canada's First Nations, Sibanye-Stillwater make headlines   

29th October 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the recent Impala Platinum proposal that seeks to acquire Royal Bafokeng Platinum, as well as African Rainbow Minerals being in talks to acquire the Bokoni Platinum Mine. Further, he notes that while miners are urged to take hydrogen seriously in its... 

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Platinum acquisitions, Canada's First Nations, Sibanye-Stillwater make headlines

Gold demand fell 7% y/y in third quarter, primarily owing to outflows from ETFs 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2021 Gold demand fell 7% year-on-year and 13% quarter-on-quarter to 831 t in the third quarter, primarily owing to outflows from gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs), the World Gold Council’s (WGC’s) latest ‘Gold Demand Trends’ (GDT) report, shows. Net gold ETF sales were relatively small at 27 t,... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater well positioned as climate resilient business – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2021 Precious and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is well positioned as a climate-change resilient business in the future green economy, says CEO Neal Froneman, who emphasises environmental social governance (ESG) as being core to the company’s strategy as it achieves its objective of building... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Sibanye expands tailings retreatment exposure through 20% stake in Australian company 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     27th October 2021 JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater has entered into investment agreements to acquire a 19.99% shareholding in ASX-listed New Century Resources, which owns the Century tailings zinc retreatment operations in Queensland, Australia. Sibanye says the transaction, which is expected to close by... 

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Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman

First Quantum tweaks copper guidance, reports Zambia shipping challenges 

By: Mariaan Webb     27th October 2021 Canada-based First Quantum has narrowed its total copper production guidance for the year by 15 000 t to a range of 800 000 t to 835 000 t, as it adjusted expectations for output from Cobre Panama mine, as well as Kansanshi and Senitel, in Zambia. The lower end of the guidance range for Cobre... 

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Parties sign terms of reference to catalyse mining industry modernisation  

By: Donna Slater     26th October 2021 Representatives of the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) and five labour unions on October 26 signed an agreement on the terms of reference for the parties to collaborate on modernising the South African mining industry, resulting in the formation of the MMP – Organised Labour Consultative (OLC)... 

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Mandela Mining Precinct and labour unions launch Organised Labour Consultative forum with terms of reference signing

Platinum's atypical alkaline electrolyser role lowering hydrogen cost outlook 

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are lifting the performance of an alkaline electrolyser, which is helping to lower the cost outlook of green hydrogen. PGMs have been incorporated in the catalytic coatings of the electrodes of the prototype Advanced Alkaline Electrolyser (AAE) alkaline electrolyser... 

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Hydrox’s PGM-using alkaline electrolyser.

Sibanye-Stillwater pushes ‘green’ metals strategy with $1bn nickel/copper buy 

By: Mariaan Webb     26th October 2021 Precious metals major Sibanye-Stillwater on Tuesday announced its fourth transaction in the battery metals sector, with the $1-billion acquisition of the Santa Rita nickel mine and the Serrote copper mine, in Brazil, from private-equity fund Appian Capital Advisory. Santa Rita is a big... 

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The plant at the Serrote copper mine.

Sibanye-Stillwater in talks to buy Brazil nickel and copper assets 

By: Mariaan Webb     25th October 2021 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater is in talks to buy nickel and copper assets in Brazil, as it looks to step up supplies of raw materials that are key to the transition to low-carbon energy sources. The South Africa-based miner on Monday confirmed that it was in negotiations with... 

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The Santa Rita operation, in Brazil

Eskom to jointly develop solar projects with Exxaro, Seriti  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th October 2021 Coal miners Exxaro and Seriti Resources are joining forces with State-owned power utility Eskom to jointly develop renewable energy projects. The landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the parties on October 25 spells out the companies’ development plan to lower their carbon... 

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Matla coal mine surrounds

Canada’s First Nations see green hydrogen as an indigenous reconciliation opportunity 

By: Martin Creamer     25th October 2021 Hydrogen systems are not only going to be green, clean and low emission but they are also going to be local – and Canada’s First Nations see them as an indigenous reconciliation opportunity. “They’re going to be local energy systems,” Change Energy principal Rymal Smith said in response to Fasken... 

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