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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.

Minerals Council bemoans South Africa’s drop in Fraser Institute rankings  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa says it is “deeply disappointing” that South Africa now ranks, for the first time, among the world’s ten least attractive mining destinations globally, as per the latest Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies. The council says it serves as a warning... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

African countries fare poorly in latest Fraser Institute investment attractiveness rankings 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2022 The Fraser Institute’s Annual Survey of Mining Companies for 2021 finds that Zimbabwe now ranks as the least attractive jurisdiction in the world for investment. Other African countries also scoring low on the survey’s Investment Attractiveness Index (IAI) are the Democratic Republic of Congo... 

Glencore, GM enter multi-year cobalt supply agreement 

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore and General Motors (GM) on Tuesday announced a multi-year sourcing agreement in which Glencore will supply GM with cobalt from its Murrin Murrin operation in Australia. The agreement represents initial strategic collaboration between the two... 

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The Murrin Murrin operation in Australia.

NUM, AMCU to ramp up Sibanye gold strike, down tools at affiliated platinum mines 

By: Donna Slater     12th April 2022 Trade unions the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) have agreed to intensify strike action against precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater in a dispute over wage increases at the company’s South African gold mines. Additional... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater's Gauteng-based Driefontein gold mine

Clients planning to close many renewable energy project deals this year – Nedbank CIB  

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2022 While Africa is blessed with great natural sun and wind resources, it has about 600-million people living without access to electricity, which is one of the biggest impediments to the continent’s economic growth. Renewable energy is available to put an end to this impediment, as it can provide... 

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Nedbank CIB Group Managing Executive Anél Bosman interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green hydrogen production a key part of Sasol’s net-zero strategy 

By: Darren Parker     8th April 2022 Energy and chemicals company Sasol senior sustainability manager Viran Pillay has reiterated that the group already has the technology to produce green hydrogen, which will form a key part of its strategy to transitioning from being the second-largest greenhouse-gas emitter in South Africa to... 

Green hydrogen production a key part of Sasol’s net-zero strategy

Hydrogen economy ‘incredibly exciting opportunity’, says Minerals Council’s Baxter 

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2022 Mobility in mining is perfectly suited to kickstarting the domestic hydrogen adoption process, according to Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, who drew attention during the PGMs Industry Day conference to several mining companies that had already played a leadership role in the... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Hydrogen, public-service reform, Zambian copper make headlines   

8th April 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks SFA Oxford’s Stephen Forrest's belief that hydrogen is the key to long-term use of platinum; former President Kgalema Motlanthe's statement that the process to appoint public-service managers should be reformed; and Castillo Copper's argument for copper... 

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Hydrogen, public-service reform, Zambian copper make headlines

Baxter says hydrogen sector could be 25 times larger than the iron-ore industry 

By: Darren Parker     7th April 2022 Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter has said South Africa’s hydrogen sector has the potential to be 25 times larger than the country’s iron-ore industry. Speaking at the 2022 PGMs Industry Day, in Johannesburg, on April 6, he said this would only be achievable if the country were to... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

New process needed when appointing public-service managers – Motlanthe  

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2022 To build a capable State, the way public-service managers are appointed should be reformed, says former President Kgalema Motlanthe. By doing so, the country would be assured of selecting the best available talent, added Motlanthe, who was speaking to Centre for Development and Enterprise... 

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Kgalema Motlanthe

Mantashe says delayed roll-out of cadastral system one of the DMRE’s ‘biggest nightmares’ 

By: Darren Parker     7th April 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe told delegates at the 2022 PGMs Industry Day, in Johannesburg, on April 6, that the roll-out of a state-of-the-art online central cadastral system – which the mining and exploration industry has been begging for over the past decade – was one... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Hydrogen key to long-term use of platinum, says SFA Oxford’s Forrest   

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2022 Coordinated industry intervention is required to create sustainable platinum group metals (PGM) markets, with hydrogen the key to the long-term use of platinum, said outgoing SFA Oxford head Stephen Forrest in a swansong address. “Promote PGMs heavily as platinum’s structural surplus helps... 

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Platinum Group Metals Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer Media

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Metals, new mine investment required now to support future energy transition 

By: Donna Slater     5th April 2022 Despite the significant energy intensity required to mine metals, the commodities are still “essential for the energy transition to succeed”, says BHP market analysis and economics VP Dr Huw McKay. He says that, although having a common goal of limiting global warming to below 2 °C of... 

BHP's Spence mine

Zambia’s copper potential coming to fore again as Castillo survey shows upside 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 London- and Sydney-listed base metal explorer Castillo Copper has identified multiple copper-potential drill-testing targets at its Mkushi project in Zambia, Africa’s second-largest copper producer. Castillo stated in a release to Mining Weekly on Tuesday that the formulation of a drilling... 

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Castillo Copper MD Dr Dennis Jensen.

Sibanye-Stillwater highlights battery grade nickel sulphate fetching price premium 

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2022 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Friday highlighted the quality elevation of its price-discounted nickel sulphate crystals to price-premium battery grade through the introduction of the Thakadu Battery Materials operation into the Base Metal Refinery in North West province.... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater operation highlighted during Bank of America conference virtual site visit.

RBPlat’s Maseve to serve as test mine for tech demonstration, research 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st April 2022 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) to establish a “test mine” at RBPlat’s Maseve mine, 50 km north of Rustenburg, in North West. The test mine will be developed as an industry site for research, development and... 

PGMs, Anglo American, Vedanta make headlines   

1st April 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses PGMs supply on a hiding to nothing; Anglo American touting the idea of providing green hydrogen energy to local communities; and Vedanta's R7-billion investment into the Gamsberg expansion.   

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PGMs, Anglo American, Vedanta make headlines

Platinum supply on downhill slope – Northam  

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum displayed graphs during Thursday’s presentation of half year results, which indicate that PGMs supply is on a hiding to nothing on the way to 2040. “There’s a systematic global primary supply problem and the scarcity of both new PGM... 

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Northam Platinum half-year results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Strong investment case for country’s mining sector, but issues must be addressed  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2022 There are a myriad of opportunities that can be capitalised on in South Africa’s mining sector and there has been notable progress in improving the state of the industry; however, to further enhance this and attract more investment, it is critical that several issues be resolved.  This was the... 

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Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Green energy transition presents ‘unparalleled’ opportunity for Zambia  

By: Darren Parker     30th March 2022 The green energy transition presents an “unparalleled” opportunity for Zambia, but for it to work, the mining sector needs a fair, predictable and stable regulatory framework, law firm Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chair Peter Leon said during an address at the Chatham House... 

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema
Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema

Vedanta investing R7bn in Gamsberg 'green' zinc expansion  

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2022 The board of directors of Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) has approved a R7-billion investment into Gamsberg Phase 2 expansion project in the Northern Cape, which will double the mine and plant capacity from four-million tons to eight-million tons a year. In metal terms, will increase output... 

Vedenta Zinc International executive director and CFO Pushpender Singla.
Vedanta Zinc International’s Pushpender Singla interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video editing: Darlene Creamer

LBMA, WGC collaborate to develop blockchain-backed gold bar integrity programme 

By: Donna Slater     29th March 2022 Independent precious metals authority the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) and gold authority the World Gold Council (WGC) plan to collaborate to develop and implement an international system of gold bar integrity, chain of custody and provenance – the Gold Bar Integrity Programme. Over... 

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Green hydrogen energy supply to local communities envisaged by Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2022 The green hydrogen footprint being developed by Anglo American could be extended to provide low-cost and efficient energy to local communities. Anglo, which is advancing towards using green hydrogen to replace diesel in the huge haul truck it is building at Anglo American Platinum’s Mogalakwena... 

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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani.

Exxaro realises R16.74bn of 2018 investment pledge, creates 6 712 SA jobs 

By: Donna Slater     25th March 2022 Coal miner Exxaro’s pledge at the 2018 South African Investment Conference (SAIC) to invest R19.54-billion in projects led to it completing seven megaprojects at operations in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, with as much as 98% of its capital expenditure having been spent with South African suppliers.... 

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An off-highway dump truck passes an upper level of Exxaro's Grootegeluk coal mine near Lephalale

Job creation, renewable energy, climate change make headlines   

25th March 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the potential for 60 000 new jobs through green hydrogen development; Merafe Resources putting focus on renewable energy; and World Parliaments being urged to use their constitutional powers to tackle climate change.   

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Job creation, renewable energy, climate change make headlines

Bokoni platinum mine is large, high-grade opportunity, says African Rainbow Minerals 

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2022 The Bokoni platinum group metals (PGM) mine being acquired for R3.5-billion by African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) hosts South Africa’s second largest PGM resource, with ready-built mining and processing plant infrastructure on site. Bokoni provides greater exposure to palladium and is close to ARM’s... 

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Increases ARM's combined platinum group metals resource base to 266-million ounces.

Platinum group metals miner Implats commits R50bn to five-year capital programme 

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Implats affirmed at the South African Investment Conference on Thursday that it would commit close to R50-billion to its Southern African capital investment programme over the next five years. The investment capital would be targeted at... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller and President Cyril Ramaphosa at the investment conference
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Implats CEO Nico Muller and President Cyril Ramaphosa at the investment conference

Hydrogen development expected to create up to 60 000 new jobs – Mjwara 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2022 Green hydrogen development in South Africa has the potential to generate up to 60 000 new jobs in the next ten to 15 years, said Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) director-general Dr Phil Mjwara during a televised interview on SABC News. Mjwara expressed confidence that the R15-million... 

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Science and Innovation Department DG Dr Phil Mjwara

Renewable-energy projects Merafe’s 2022 focus, says CEO Zanele Matlala   

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2022 The focus of ferrochrome company Merafe Resources in 2022 will be on renewable energy projects, along with efficient operations, cash management and well-ordered capital allocations, CEO Zanele Matlala said on Tuesday. The year 2021 has been one of spectacular recovery for the Glencore Merafe... 

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

Thungela reaps global coal demand rewards despite rail disruptions 

By: Donna Slater     22nd March 2022 JSE- and LSE-listed thermal coal miner Thungela Resources recorded a 601% year-on-year increase in revenue to R26.28-billion in 2021, pushing it to a profit of R6.94-billion, from a loss of R362-million in the prior year. The miner posted headline earnings a share of R66.57 for 2021, compared... 

Parliaments must act swiftly to reduce climate change – Mapisa-Nqakula  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2022 National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Monday urged heads of the world's Parliaments gathering at the 144th plenary assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to undertake all necessary efforts to deal with climate change through oversight and the constitutional powers of the... 

South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Debmarine Namibia inaugurates Benguela Gem diamond recovery vessel 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th March 2022 Diamond mining company Debmarine Namibia on March 18 officially inaugurated its latest diamond recovery vessel, christened on the day as the Benguela Gem (previously the AMV3), at the Port of Walvis Bay, Namibia. Debmarine Namibia is a joint venture marine diamond and prospecting company owned by... 

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Benguela Gem name unveiling

Anglo partnership secures 100% renewable energy supply for South Africa operations 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American has signed a memorandum of understanding with global renewable energy company EDF Renewables to work together towards developing a regional renewable energy ecosystem in South Africa. The regional renewable energy ecosystem is expected to be... 

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Anglo American management board chairperson in South Africa Nolitha Fakude.

Energy sovereignty, Steel Master Plan, Solar PV projects make headlines   

18th March 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Fortescue Metals Group’s Andrew Forrest's call for energy sovereignty; Seifsa  urging the metals sector to take advantage of the Steel Master Plan opportunities; and the comparison of mine-linked Solar PV power projects with the Koeberg nuclear power... 

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Energy sovereignty, Steel Master Plan, Solar PV projects make headlines

Mining houses should prioritise human rights to stave off radicalisation among communities  

By: Nadine James     18th March 2022 The mining industry must work harder on implementing human rights programmes to prevent the exploitation of unhappy communities for narrow self-defeating motives, Minerals Council South Africa senior executive Tebello Chabana commented during a Human Rights Dialogue on March 17. He noted that... 

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