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2022 Mining Indaba headlines    

13th May 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer attended the Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town, this week and unpacks the top stories coming out of the Indaba. 

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2022 Mining Indaba headlines

Trident’s lithium-powered locomotives engendering benefits for mining operations  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2022 Original-equipment manufacturer Trident SA has diversified its offering and is now providing lithium-powered batteries for locomotives used by global mining operations. During a visit to the company’s site in Germiston, Gauteng, where the locomotives and battery packs are assembled, Trident... 

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Trident SA lithium battery pack for locomotive

Any just transition needs to consider jobs, communities – coal panel 

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2022 Any just transition, particularly in Africa and South Africa, needs to be job centered, says World Coal Association CEO Michelle Manook. Speaking at the Just Transition & The Future of Coal in Africa panel at the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2022, held this week, she noted that coal-fired... 

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From left to right is Lesufi, Mabuza, Manook and Tsengwa

Minimum of 14 000 jobs a year from South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor now under development has the potential to generate a minimum of 14 000 jobs, $400-million in gross domestic product and $900-million in taxes a year by 2050. In an addition, there is potential to grow platinum group metal (PGM) demand by between 1% to 2%... 

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Minerals Council hydrogen briefing from left Allan Seccombe, Roger Baxter and Fahmida Smith.

Southern Africa must be pragmatic about a zero-emission future – Miasa 

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2022 While the Mining Industry Association of Southern Africa (Miasa) supports the just transition to clean energy, the region must ensure it is pragmatic in its approach, says newly elected president Sokwani Chilembo. Chilembo is also the CEO of the Zambia Chamber of Mines. 

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Sokwani Chilembo

Minerals Council spells out members’ commitment to climate change mitigation 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 Members of Minerals Council South Africa have agreed to commit to a climate change response strategy that will reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and achieve a net zero emission by 2050 or earlier. Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi on Tuesday... 

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Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi, closest right, with Minerals Council's Allan Seccombe, left.

South Africa keen to harness hydrogen economy opportunities, President Ramaphosa tells Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2022 It was just amazing to see the innovation that the mining industry is capable of scaling up, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in his enthusiastic address on Tuesday. “Last week, I attended the launch by Anglo American of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Cadastral system core to ensure re-emergence of exploration in SA 

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2022 A mining cadastral system is the most critical part of the puzzle to ensure the re-emergence of exploration in South Africa, says Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana. The country currently attracts less than 1% of global exploration spend. 

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Tebello Chabana

South Africa has significant implementation crisis – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2022 South Africa has a significant implementation crisis. A number of government departments and parastatals were hollowed out. Capacity is a significant issue in almost every parastatal – water authorities, Eskom, Transnet and across the board. “We’re not rushing in to take over activities because... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Energy transition presents opportunity to build inclusive ecosystem – Wanblad 

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2022 The energy transition currently under way presents a fresh opportunity for South Africa to build a clean and inclusive energy ecosystem that can create new and significant economic opportunities for the African continent. This continent, with its vast natural reserves of abundant sun and wind,... 

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New Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad

Anglo American launches much anticipated hydrogen-powered zero-emission haul truck  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th May 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American on May 6 launched a prototype of its first self-developed zero-emission hydrogen-powered mine haul truck, which was developed as part of its Future Smart Mining strategy. The 2 MW hydrogen-battery hybrid truck, which is stationed at the Mogalakwena platinum mine,... 

Anglo American's NuGen hydrogen-powered haul truck
Anglo American's NuGen hydrogen-powered haul truck

Only way to fix Eskom, Transnet is to work as SA Inc, conference hears 

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2022 Putting South Africa’s 60-million people first and working as South Africa Incorporated – SA Inc – is the only way to solve the problems of this country’s biggest State-owned enterprises, Eskom and Transnet. This message was put out loudly and clearly during a panel discussion at McCloskey’s... 

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Sereti CEO Mike Teke

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Gold Fields lifts first-quarter output despite macroeconomic challenges 

By: Darren Parker     5th May 2022 Despite facing various global challenges, JSE-listed gold miner Gold Fields achieved a 7% year-on-year increase in attributable equivalent gold production for the quarter ended March 31. While the 580 000 oz of gold produced in the quarter was 8% lower quarter-on-quarter, Gold Fields said it... 

Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith
Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith

Sibanye suspends gold guidance, but reports strong first-quarter earnings 

By: Donna Slater     5th May 2022 JSE- and NYSE-listed precious and battery metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has reported adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R13.66-billion ($898-million) for the quarter ended March 31. This marks a 31% year-on-year decrease from the record Ebitda of... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater's Kroondal operation

Iridium, platinum and labour woes make headlines   

5th May 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the need for South Africa to make known its iridium supply status to advance the hydrogen economy; for the first time, the coins used in the Wimbledon finals will be made of platinum, this in the year of the Queen’s platinum jubilee; and how can South... 

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Iridium, platinum and labour woes make headlines

Barrick Gold taking final steps towards developing large ‘super tier one’ copper/gold project in Pakistan 

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2022 "It’s not just tier one. This is a super tier one,” says Barrick Gold president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow of the proposed Reko Diq project, one of the largest undeveloped copper-gold porphyry deposits in the world. Bristow is scheduled to meet Pakistan’s new prime minister later this month to... 

Barrick Gold CEO Dr Mark Bristow
Barrick Gold CEO Dr Mark Bristow

Cash-flush Barrick Gold funding reintroduction of white rhinos to DRC national park 

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2022 Gold mining company Barrick Gold, which has just reported an outstanding set of first quarter financial results, is funding the reintroduction of white rhinos to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it mines at Kibali Gold Mine. Since agreement on the repatriation of revenue from Kibali... 

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Barrick Gold restoring rhino to park near Kibali mine.

Earthworks start for new 500 000 t/y Kamoa copper smelter 

By: Donna Slater     3rd May 2022 In its endeavours to ramp up copper production and become the third-largest copper producer, diversified miner Ivanhoe Mines has started earthworks on a 500 000 t/y direct-to-blister flash smelter at its Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based and 39.6%-owned Kamoa-Kakula copper mining... 

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The Kamoa-Kakula processing complex

South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium status to world that needs this very rare metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2022 South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium supply status to gain the full confidence of a world that requires this very rare platinum group metal (PGM) to advance the fast-moving hydrogen economy. Iridium is a potent co-roleplayer with PGM stalwart platinum when it comes to... 

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SFA Oxford CEO Henk de Hoop interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Orion set for successful second half following strong March quarter  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th April 2022 JSE- and ASX-listed Orion Minerals recorded a productive March quarter, with several significant developments across its business, which the company expects will deliver important outcomes in the second half of the year, MD and CEO Errol Smart says. In terms of project development, an early... 

MC Mining investigates marketing alternatives to ride price boom; Uitkomst output rises 

By: Donna Slater     29th April 2022 Coal miner MC Mining’s 70%-owned Uitkomst colliery increased its run-of-mine production by 7% year-on-year to 124 144 t in the first quarter of the year. Sales of high-grade peas and duff, totalling 62 751 t, were achieved in the period, up from the 53 512 t sold in the first quarter of 2021.  

Implats reports 6% lower refined production amid challenging operating landscape 

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2022 The gross refined production of platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Implats declined by 6% to 2.35-million ounces in the nine months to March 31, when sales volumes of 2.38-million ounces were 4% lower than the prior comparable period. “The operating landscape continues to be challenging,”... 

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Implats CEO Nico Muller

Northam a step closer to extending Zondereinde mine’s life 

By: Donna Slater     28th April 2022 Platinum group metals (PGM) miner Northam, through drilling contractor Master Drilling, completed drilling of the No 3 Shaft at its Zondereinde mine on April 27, thereby extending the life of the mine and enabling easier and quicker access for personnel to the working face, as well as getting ore... 

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Master Drilling's RD8-R1 drill rig on site at the riase boring of Northam's Zondereinde Number three Shaft

Petra Diamonds exploring responsible Koffiefontein exit 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2022 Diamond company Petra is exploring a responsible exit from its investment in the Koffiefontein diamond mining operations. The exit would be carried out together with its black economic empowerment partners Kago Diamonds and its Itumelang employee trust, the London Stock Exchange-listed company... 

Wimbledon opts for platinum to mark Queen’s jubilee, centre court centenary 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2022 In the year of the Queen of England’s platinum jubilee, the coins to be used in the Wimbledon ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss will be made of platinum for the first time in the championships’ history. This follows last month’s unveiling by the UK Royal Mint of its largest ever... 

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Platinum coin to be tossed at Wimbledon.

New Limpopo diamond mine on cards 

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2022 An evaluation carried out by Botswana Diamonds has firmed up the possibility of a diamond mine being developed at the company’s Thorny River property in South Africa’s Limpopo province. The analysis indicates potential opencast options, the London-Aim and Botswana Stock Exchange-listed company... 

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Botswana Diamonds MD James Campbell

New fund approved by Sibanye to foster R&D 

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2022 The board of diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater has approved a new fund called the BioniCCubE to foster research and development of new innovations and technologies, as well as market development, by investing in and leveraging strategic partnerships. “This will support the company on our path... 

Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman
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Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman

RBM commits R5m to support flood relief efforts in KZN

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2022 Titanium dioxide mining company Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) and its parent company Rio Tinto have announced the commitment of R5-million towards supporting relief efforts in KwaZulu-Natal, following the devastation caused by the recent flooding in the region that killed more than 400 people. “The... 

Miners gather amid surging demand for critical minerals and fiercely rising ESG demands 

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd April 2022 Amid the global transition to renewable energies and the effects of strong commodity prices and supply crunches, there is a scramble to ensure security of supply of critical and battery minerals in Africa. These factors heighten the importance of African mining and the role of the Investing in... 

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Chaarat Gold looking forward to ‘very green’ production out of Kyrgyz Republic  

By: Martin Creamer     21st April 2022 London Aim-quoted gold mining company Chaarat Gold is looking forward to “very green and sustainable gold production” coming out of the Kyrgyz Republic, where it is developing two gold projects. The of these first is Tulkubash, a near-term opencast heap leach project, and the second a far larger,... 

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Chaarat Gold CEO Mike Fraser interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Anglo revises full-year production guidance for PGMs, met coal, iron-ore lower 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st April 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American has reported a 10% year-on-year decrease in production in the first quarter of this year and adjusted downward its full-year guidance for platinum group metals (PGMs), iron-ore and metallurgical (met) coal production. This “normally slower” first quarter was... 

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Kumba Iron Ore operation

Strong prices, exceptional diamonds sold drive Petra’s revenues higher 

By: Darren Parker     20th April 2022 LSE-listed Petra Diamonds has reported a 33% year-on-year increase in revenue to $140.6-million for the quarter ended March 31 – the third quarter of its 2022 financial year. In an unaudited trading update released on April 20, Petra said the higher revenue was driven by strong prices achieved in... 

Petra CE Richard Duffy
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Petra CE Richard Duffy

Fuel cell EVs, hydrogen and Glencore's cobalt supply deal make headlines  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th April 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer talks about the need for South Africa to promote the use of fuel cell electric vehicles to ensure clean mobility in the heavy-duty vehicle segment; the potential size of the South African hydrogen sector; and a multiyear cobalt supply agreement between... 

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Fuel cell EVs, hydrogen and Glencore's cobalt supply deal make headlines

Geopolitical support for hydrogen evolution positive for platinum group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2022 The overall geopolitical situation is lending strong support to the hydrogen evolution, which in turn continues to drive the demand for platinum group metals (PGMs). Hydrogen Europe and the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance are now calculating that 2030 will see the generation of 320 GW to 400 GW... 

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Heraeus Precious Metals Executive VP New Business Development Dr Philipp Walter

Anglo positioning itself as favoured iron-ore supplier to green steelmakers  

By: Martin Creamer     14th April 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American is taking steps to position itself as a favoured iron-ore supplier to green steel producers. 

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Anglo American sustainability presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Coal exporters discussing agreements with Transnet following force majeure notifications  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2022 Coal miners Thungela Resources and Exxaro Resources have reported in separate statements that they remain in discussions with Transnet, through its Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) division, regarding the contractual terms of long-term coal transportation agreements. TFR on April 8 notified coal... 

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Coal miners remain in discussions with Transnet Freight Rail regarding the contractual terms of long-term coal transportation agreements

Greater fuel cell adoption would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2022 The enactment by more governments of policies to enable greater hydrogen fuel cell mobility would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, Mining Weekly can today report. Adoption of hydrogen fuel cell mobility has already been significantly enabled by the German... 

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PGMs Industry Day webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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