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Pele Green-EDF SA consortium to build 100 MW solar PV plant at Mogalakwena 

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2021 JSE-listed platinum-group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has selected the Pele Green Energy – EDF Renewables South Africa consortium as the preferred supplier to build a 100 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its Mogalakwena mine, in Limpopo. Pele Green Energy develops,... 

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Innovative wireless sensor approach could make exploration cheaper – Prof  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 An innovative wireless sensor method of mapping the subsurface of the earth could make exploration cheaper and mining safer, says Professor Musa Manzi, the award-winning director of the Seismic Research Centre of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. The method, which... 

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Wits Professor Musa Manzi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Investment in mining crucial to ensure continued contribution to economy – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 Investment in the mining industry is crucial to ensure its continued contribution to the South African economy, says PwC in its thirteenth edition of SA Mine 2021, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry. In a year of doom and gloom on so many fronts,... 

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PwC presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

ICMM members collectivity commit to net zero by 2050, or sooner 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2021 Members of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) have committed to a goal of net zero Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 or sooner, in line with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. This landmark commitment was made in an open letter signed by the CEOs of ICMM company... 

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Giant private mining companies getting away with no obligation to report anything publicly   

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 A globally significant chrome producer operating six chrome mines and employing 7 000 people inside South Africa – with a social labour plan obligation on every mine, with tax and royalty obligations paid to the State – is permitted to operate in this country with no ongoing public disclosure... 

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

Platinum offering good relative value as investment – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 Platinum is viewed as an investment case for the moment and is offering good relative value, says Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne. Palladium appears more vulnerable than platinum to vehicle production downside risks, says World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) institutional distribution head... 

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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Unions team up in wage increase dispute with Sibanye in the gold sector 

By: Donna Slater     1st October 2021 Trade unions the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and UASA have united in their rejection of precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s latest wage offer for employees of its South African gold operations. Together, the... 

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Miners underground at Sibanye-Stillwater's Driefontein gold mine

Northam board approves renewable energy projects plus hydrogen project 

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2021 The board of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum has given its approval for the building of three renewable energy projects at three of the company’s mines plus a hydrogen project at one of them. Northam Platinum CFO Alet Coetzee said this week that board approval had... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Alet Coetzee, CFO of Northam Platinum, during presentation of annual results on 30 Sept 2021
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Northam Platinum CFO Alet Coetzee

Sedibelo, Northam, South32 make headlines   

1st October 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Sedibelo Platinum Mines expected electricity triumphs at the Kell processing plant; Northam’s record operations and financial performance in the 12 months to June 30; and South32's acquisition of an additional 25% of Mozal Aluminum.   

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Sedibelo, Northam, South32 make headlines

Immersive mining training can improve learning engagement, retention, performance and safety 

By: Schalk Burger     30th September 2021 A range of immersive and educational technology experts have said that immersive training, enabled by virtual and augmented reality and digital education technologies, can deepen learning retention, improve engagement with learning materials, improve safety awareness and responses, and improve... 

Countercyclical Northam growth strategy creates 8 000 jobs, 2 000 this year  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2021 The record operational and financial performance of Northam Platinum in the 12 months to June 30 was accompanied by the creation of 2 335 new sustainable jobs, which takes the total generated by the platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company well-timed growth strategy from 2015 to 8 232. In... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Paul Dune taken during 2021 results presentation in September
Northam Platinum’s record financial results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Lightning protection requires careful consideration as digitalisation of mining expands 

By: Donna Slater     30th September 2021 With the increased use of electronic and digital systems in modern mines comes the issue of lightning protection, which Wits Mining Institute's Professor Ian Jandrell suggests can be addressed in unique and simple ways, stemming from careful consideration and clear understanding. He gave a... 

Sibanye-Stillwater moving to radical transparency on public tailings disclosure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Gold, platinum and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is moving towards the embrace of radical transparency when it comes to public disclosure on matters relating to tailings facilities against the backdrop of 230 significant tailings failures having taken place globally. Sibanye-Stillwater... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Digitisation slashes Sibanye-Stillwater’s loco incidents 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Digitisation has slashed by nearly 70% underground locomotive incidents at Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African gold and platinum group metal (PGM) mines. The digital locomotive systems improve safety and productivity by managing interactions and logistics. 

Creamer Media screenshot of Sibanye-Stillwater DigiMine presentation at Wits University.
A total of 1 152 locomotives move 36-million tons of ore and interface with 58 500 employees in a confined area.

Geothermal lithium is greenest, says Sibanye-Stillwater’s Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Geothermal lithium is probably the greenest lithium in the world, says Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman, who told this year’s DigiMine event at his University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) alma mater that his company is looking to potentially extracting geothermal lithium. “It comes from quite... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Green Sedibelo will use 82% less electricity to take PGMs all the way to end consumer  

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines is well on its way to becoming the lowest of low-energy PGM energy users and the highest of high on-site beneficiators of metals that are key in the global fight against climate change. Sedibelo’s technology sensation is the remarkable... 

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Pallinghurst managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

New Mokala manganese mine heading for steady state, solar power 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2021 With mining now ramping up, the new Mokala manganese mine in the Northern Cape anticipates being at steady state production by the third quarter of 2021. Once that happens, the mine expects to be producing more than one-million tonnes of manganese ore a year, with an opencast life-of-mine of more... 

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The new Mokala manganese mine is in the Northern Cape.

Bushveld on track to meet full-year production, cost guidance  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2021 The operational stability and improved production performance achieved by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals in the last two months of the interim period ended June 30 was carried through into the first two months of the second half of the current financial year, which bodes well for reducing unit... 

Green 175 MW power for Sibanye-Stillwater platinum group metal mines  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2021 A total of 174 MW of clean, green renewable power is on the way for Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum group metal (PGM) mines in South Africa. The total cost of the three project scheme will be in the order of R2.5-billion to R2.8-billion. 

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A total of 174 MW of clean, green renewable power is on the way for Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum group metal (PGM) mines in South Africa.

45% of South African mineworkers now vaccinated 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2021 The mining industry has vaccinated, or partially vaccinated, 203 007 employees and contractors in South Africa – that is about 45% of the workforce. Of that total, 49% have been now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 

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How Exxaro is advancing from coal into global renewable energy   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2021 It is important to note that the renewable energy focus of coal company Exxaro is not a new focus but a re-focus on a strategy that has been in evidence for more than ten years, says Exxaro Energy MD Roland Tatnall. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange company’s strategy just unveiled has been the... 

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It is important to note that the renewable energy focus of coal company Exxaro is not a new focus but a re-focus on a strategy that has been in evidence for more than ten years.

Court confirms ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle  

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed the High Court judgment that the Mining Charter was not binding legislation, but rather an instrument of policy and that mining companies will not be required to “top-up” their empowerment credentials. The Minerals Council has sought a judicial... 

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Chip uncertainty causing PGMs price uncertainty – chief investment officer  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2021 The general feeling is that chip capacity will slowly start coming back in the next few months, but only to return the auto industry back to where it was pre-Covid, and not to the post-Covid surge, which resulted in platinum group metals (PGMs) prices going through the roof. If the global auto... 

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Integral Asset Management Chief Investment Officer Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exxaro’s Cennergi to decarbonise group’s own coal mines plus mining industry    

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2021 Cennergi, the wholly owned renewable energy arm of coal mining company Exxaro and South Africa’s second-largest renewable energy company, is being deployed to decarbonise the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company’s own coal mines. In addition, Exxaro, through Cennergi, is in discussion with... 

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Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Deep gold mine to trial battery electric vehicle next year – Gold Fields 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2021 Gold mining company Gold Fields has reached agreement with global engineering group Sandvik to trial a battery electric vehicle (BEV) underground loader at its South Deep gold mine, with the project starting towards the back end of next year, Gold Fields EVP for South Africa Martin Preece said on... 

Gold Fields and Sandvik cooperating on BEVs
Gold Fields EVP for South Africa Martin Preece

Heat exhaustion claims two rescue workers at Kloof mine 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st September 2021 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has confirmed that two mine rescue team workers have died at the Kloof mine, in Carletonville, because of heat exhaustion. The rescue workers were on a search mission for an employee at the Thuthukani shaft, after the employee was reported missing on... 

Sibanye-Stillwater's Kloof mine
Sibanye-Stillwater's Kloof mine

South32 appoints new COO for Africa and Colombia  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st September 2021 Diversified miner South32 on Tuesday announced that COO Mike Fraser, who has accountability for the African and Colombian operations, would leave the company. Current VP of operations at Worsley Alumina, Noel Pillay, will be appointed as COO, alongside Jason Economidis, who will remain COO with... 

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South32 COO Noel Pillay

Exxaro targeting manganese, bauxite, copper as part of decarbonisation strategy 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2021 By investing in operating manganese, bauxite and copper assets, the new Exxaro Minerals business could represent 50% of expected coal earnings within ten years, Exxaro CEO-designate and MD Minerals Dr Nombasa Tsengwa stated on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed coal company’s website on... 

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Exxaro CEO-designate and MD Minerals Dr Nombasa Tsengwa

Glencore is leading transition metals major, says Deutsche Bank Research 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2021 Glencore is the leading major mining company when it comes to its portfolio of transition metals, says Deutsche Bank Research. The bank’s research analysts afford Glencore a top 1-to-5 position in copper, cobalt, zinc and nickel – metals they describe as being central to world’s decarbonisation... 

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Revenue by commodity calculated by Morgan Stanley Research

Iron-ore’s brutal collapse under $100 flags more trouble ahead 

By: Bloomberg     17th September 2021 Iron-ore sank below $100/t as China’s moves to clean up its heavy-polluting industrial sector spurred a swift and brutal collapse. Prices have more than halved since peaking in May as the world’s biggest steelmaker intensifies production curbs to meet a target for lower volumes this year, and a... 

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Save SA Smelters responds to ChromeSA’s ‘high-risk’ analysis 

By: Martin Creamer     17th September 2021 The Save SA Smelters movement, which has thrown its full weight behind the decision of the Cabinet to impose an export tax on raw chrome leaving the country, on Friday responded to the analysis of ChromeSA that the imposition of such a tax would be high risk. ChromeSA was formed late last year... 

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Placard-bearing Save SA Smelters members.

West Rand gold, junior mining, Pan African make headlines   

17th September 2021 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks West Wits Mining reviving a West Rand underground gold mine; the unexpected consequence that is causing South Africa’s junior mining dearth; Pan African's plans to reduce its reliance on Eskom for electricity.   

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West Rand gold, junior mining, Pan African make headlines

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... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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