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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... 

Matla coal mine surrounds
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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Bimaadzwin CEO Isadore Day

Mine operators need to take hydrogen very seriously, law firm webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2021 Mine operators need to take hydrogen and fuel cells very seriously as a pathway to decarbonisation, a webinar hosted by law firm Fasken heard this week. “There’s no pathway to zero carbon that does not include hydrogen and fuel cells,” H2GO Canada CEO Bob Oliver stated emphatically in response to... 

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From to left, clockwise, Dan Brock, Isadore Day, Al Davidson, Rymal Smith and Bob Oliver.

Listing incentives, excessive backlogs and Jupiter Mines make headlines   

21st October 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the need for incentives for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange; bringing in the private sector to clear excessive government backlogs; and Jupiter Mines's recent decisions relating to the board.   

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Listing incentives, excessive backlogs and Jupiter Mines make headlines

No zero carbon without green hydrogen, US pledging $1/kg coal-parity price 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2021 The world will be unable to meet its zero-carbon targets without the introduction of green hydrogen solutions, says Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha, at a time when the US has launched a programme to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%. Nasdaq-listed Plug Power, a pure play... 

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Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha

Diamonds, iron-ore drive 2% rise in Anglo American's third-quarter output  

By: Simone Liedtke     21st October 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American achieved a 2% increase in production for the third quarter, ended September 30, which CEO Mark Cutifani largely attributed to planned higher rough diamond production at its De Beers subsidiary, as well as increased production from the Minas-Rio iron-ore project,... 

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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Global mining sector sees ESG focus as top risk or opportunity 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th October 2021 Global mining executives rank environment, social and governance (ESG), decarbonisation and license to operate (LTO) as the top three risks and opportunities facing their businesses over the next 12 months, according to the latest EY 'Top 10 Business Risks and Opportunities for Mining and Metals... 

Global mining sector sees ESG focus as top risk or opportunity

Policy-not-law charter judgment going long way towards providing certainty – NSDV 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2021 The court judgement that the mining charter is policy and not law goes a long way towards providing regulatory certainty, says NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan ­– but it is not the end of the road, he cautions in a 1 500-word analysis entitled The Great Mining Charter Debate. Khan... 

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NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan.

Incentive needed for smaller end of stock exchange to survive – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2021 An incentive is needed for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange, which is facing an existential crisis, said AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller on Monday. Reacting to the groundswell of headlines about delistings and lack of listings on the Johannesburg Stock... 

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AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Mineral nationalisation to remain prominent on back of Covid-19 disruption, green energy transition demand 

By: Donna Slater     18th October 2021 A “flare up” in mining resource nationalisation from 2020, is set to continue this year and into 2022, reports financial risk management, solutions and insights firm Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions). Over the past 12 months, resource nationalism in top mining... 

Mineral nationalisation to remain prominent on back of Covid-19 disruption, green energy transition demand

Hydrogen fuel cell has inexhaustible future, says Fortescue’s Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2021 The hydrogen fuel cell has an inexhaustible future as a means of maintaining the planet’s high standard of living, said Fortescue Metals Group chairperson Andrew Forrest during a global online symposium this week. “Our little planet’s cooking, the world’s impatient and there’s any amount of... 

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Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh (left) and Fortescue Metals Group chairperson Andrew Forrest (right)

Minerals exploration, Sibanye-Stillwater, structural issues make headlines   

15th October 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the need for South Africa to ramp up critical minerals exploration as the world decarbonises; Sibanye-Stillwater's underground pumped energy storage prefeasibility study; and concern that the country’s mining boom is papering over structural issues.   

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Minerals exploration, Sibanye-Stillwater, structural issues make headlines

Market recognising higher likelihood of platinum deficit than surplus in years ahead – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2021 Right now, the market is recognising the higher likelihood of platinum being in deficit rather than in surplus in the mid-term years ahead, said World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond on Thursday. Raymond expects pent-up up consumer demand for vehicles to reduce any... 

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The market is recognising the higher likelihood of platinum being in deficit rather than in surplus in the mid-term years ahead, said World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond on Thursday.

Company establishes green rare earth fluoride manufacturing plant based on Necsa intellectual property 

By: Donna Slater     14th October 2021 Over the past two years, Pretoria-based rare earth (RE) minerals refinery Rare Earth Refiners (RER) has designed, built and commissioned a demonstration plant for the green production of RE fluorides using a R15-million grant from the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). REs, and especially... 

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The rare earth fluoride production machine based on intellectual property developed by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation

South Africa needs to ramp up critical minerals exploration as world decarbonises - study 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2021 The South African mining sector can remain internationally competitive and support socioeconomic development only if it drives decarbonisation and adapts to the global shift in commodity demand towards minerals used in green sectors such as renewable electricity and electric vehicles (EVs), a new... 

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Harmony re-engineering portfolio, deleveraging balance sheet, creating optionality – Coetzer 

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2021 Harmony Gold is at a very exciting point as it pivots in a new portfolio-enhancing direction and sheds costs at the same time, says Harmony investor relations head Jared Coetzer. “That little paragraph that we came up with about reengineering our portfolio and deleveraging our balance sheet to... 

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Harmony Gold investor relations head Jared Coetzer.

Kamoa-Kakula Phase 2 concentrator plant to start operations a quarter earlier 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2021 The construction of TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines’ construction of the Kamoa-Kakula's Phase 2 concentrator plant is proceeding ahead of schedule. Designed to double copper production to about 400 000 t/y, the project team now expects to start operating the concentrator plant in the second quarter of... 

Pan African well positioned as solid-margin extended-life gold producer  

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2021 Midtier South African gold mining company Pan African is building two schools for its communities, has handed over a clinic in Barberton, is planning to embed 35 MW of renewable energy, is constructing a water retreatment plant that will pretty much eliminate the use of potable water at Evander,... 

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Pan African is building two schools, has handed over a clinic in Barberton, is planning to embed 35 MW of renewable energy, is constructing a water retreatment plant and has a large-scale blueberry project in Barberton.

Mining boom papering over serious structural issues – Nedbank's Mpofu  

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 South Africa’s current mining boom is papering over some very serious structural issues that underlie the mining industry as a whole. “Chief amongst those is the slowdown if not disappearance of investment in future capacity, a trend we’ve been seeing for the past ten years,” said Nedbank mining... 

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Nedbank mining lead Vusi Mpofu interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

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Form top left clockwise are Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Olivia Markham, Brett Beatty, Bernard Swanepoel and Mick McMullen.

Feasibility study finds hydrogen corridor could add up to $8.8bn to South Africa's GDP by 2050 

By: Schalk Burger     8th October 2021 A study of the characteristics, current commercial activity and potential benefits of transitioning various economic activities along the Limpopo to Johannesburg to Durban corridor to use green hydrogen has concluded that domestic demand is critical to accelerate the development and impact of the... 

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Mining industry embraces decarbonisation 

By: Donna Slater     8th October 2021 Achieving net zero carbon emissions between now and 2050 has been a fast-evolving topic with lots of work being done in the mining industry, particularly around its Scope 1 and 2 emissions, Standard Chartered Bank MD and sustainable finance head Daniel Hanna said this week. He addressed the... 

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A key focus on decarbonising the mining industry is phasing-out diesel machinery

Panel urges responsible coal phase-out 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2021 The business community of South Africa, including coal miners, coal processors and unions, shares the sentiment that the just energy transition must be implemented in a responsible manner if the country is to reach carbon neutrality and not damage the economy. Sasol Mining senior VP Lucky... 

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Commodity boom, public disclosure, mining investment make headlines  

8th October 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses fears that South Africa could miss out on another commodity boom; AmaranthCX director Paul Miller calling out private mining companies for not operating with public disclosure requirements; and mining investment being crucial for the South African... 

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Commodity boom, public disclosure, mining investment make headlines

PGMs landscape is changing but not fading, producers agree  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th October 2021 When it comes to the future growth of platinum group metal (PGM) producers, some are covering their bases by diversifying into battery metals, while others are looking to benefit from the much-hyped hydrogen economy. Impala Platinum CEO Nico Muller sees the company’s scope for growth as being... 

South Africa’s exploration investment lowest since democracy began, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2021 South Africa’s mining industry is at its lowest level of exploration investment since democracy began in 1994, the Joburg Indaba heard on Thursday. “Never have we spent less – and this is a pity because significant promises were made about an exploration plan for the country,” Joburg Indaba... 

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Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Holistic approach needed to achieve a just transition, says panel  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th October 2021 With environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects often related to solving issues in an area or country, thinking is starting to shift away from managing the Covid-19 crisis and vaccine delivery to the just energy transition. A panel discussion on ESG hosted during the first day of the... 

South Africa in danger of missing out on commodity boom, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2021 A much more enabling environment is needed to ensure that South Africa does not miss out on yet another commodity boom, the Joburg Indaba heard on Wednesday. “We know that we’ve missed at least one commodity boom,” Foskor chairperson, Industrial Development Corporation director and founding... 

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Joburg Indaba opening session covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Thyssenkrupp, Wismut to study potential to repurpose old South African gold mines for energy storage 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2021 Diversified industrial group Thyssenkrupp Uhde South Africa and German uranium mining company Wismut have been appointed to execute a prefeasibility study for a renewable underground pumped hydroelectric energy storage (Ruphes) project on a specific but undisclosed site owned by a South African... 

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