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Now’s the time for full energy freedom, says green hydrogen stalwart Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2022 Let’s give energy sovereignty to the world. Renewable energy is everywhere. Every country can produce it. Now is the time to capture it, and have full energy freedom, enthused Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest, while being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane... 

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Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest (right), being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour.

Metals sector urged to seize South Africa’s beckoning Steel Master Plan opportunity  

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2022 South Africa’s historic metals sector employer organisation on Wednesday urged all the sector’s employer bodies to roll up their sleeves on May 19 and 20 and get their teeth into the Steel Master Plan, which is seen to have promising reindustrialisation elements. President Cyril Ramaphosa... 

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Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Pensana completes FEED, notes lower Saltend, Longonjo development costs 

By: Donna Slater     16th March 2022 Magnet metal and rare earths miner Pensana has completed the front-end engineering design (FEED) for its UK-based Saltend rare earths production facility and its Angola-based Longonjo mine, reducing the capital expenditure costs of the projects and improving its operating profitability. A... 

Sipho Nkosi’s red tape cutting role crucial to encourage investment – Menar  

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2022 The appointment of mining stalwart Sipho Nkosi to cut red tape is crucial to encourage new investment and expand existing investment in South Africa, says Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu, whose private investment company has about R1.5-billion worth of investment being delayed by regulatory processes.... 

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Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Equivalent of a Koeberg arising in solar projects – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2022 The equivalent of a Koeberg power station is arising in the form of new largely mine-linked private-sector solar power photovoltaic projects across Southern Africa, according to AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller, whose company is working on the second edition of its electronic map of... 

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

75 MW renewable energy project for Sedibelo Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2022 Pilanesberg Platinum Mines, a subsidiary of Sedibelo Platinum, has appointed the juwi/Sturdee Energy consortium as preferred bidder to supply renewable energy to the mining operation. The parties have signed a memorandum of understanding and will now commence negotiations towards a power purchase... 

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An evening view of Sedibelo's Pilanesberg Platinum Mines.

Mining opportunities, RBPlats energy study, Eskom's battery storage make headlines  

11th March 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the need for mining to seize the many obvious lucrative opportunities that are available; Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s renewable energy study on an embedded 30MW solar plant that is close to completion; and Eskom's battery storage system.   

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Martin Creamer unpacks mining opportunities, RBPlats energy study & Eskom's battery storage (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

South Africa must move very rapidly towards green energy, climate webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2022 The ratio between green energy and brown energy in South Africa needs to move very rapidly in favour of green energy, says Climate Adaptation Lead to the South African Presidential Climate Commission and Institute for Security Studies Africa senior research associate Dhesigen Naidoo. Naidoo was... 

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Fasken webinar on transition to green energy covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Considerable potential for Northern Cape’s mining sector if challenges can be addressed  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th March 2022 The Northern Cape’s mining sector is growing and can contribute positively to the country, but challenges such as aged infrastructure, poverty, high unemployment, inequality and illegal mining must be addressed, while exploration needs to be scaled up. This was said by Mineral Resources and... 

Exploration strategy approved by Cabinet, but questions remain 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th March 2022 Cabinet has announced its approval of an Exploration Strategy for the Mining Industry of South Africa; however, it does not seem to have been released for public comment and its actual legal nature is unclear. The strategy proposes a collaboration between the Department of Mineral Resources and... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s 30 MW solar power study close to completion  

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2022 South Africa’s only rural community-owned mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), which delivered record dividend-yielding earnings and production 2021, is close to completing its renewable energy study on the building of an embedded 30 MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant. “It’s almost... 

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Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Solidarity seeks urgent interdict against Sibanye to block ‘immoral’ lock-out 

By: Darren Parker     9th March 2022 Trade union Solidarity said on March 9 that it would approach the Labour Court on an urgent basis to obtain an interdict against the lock-out of its members at diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African gold mines. This comes after Solidarity members received a notice informing them... 

Sibanye investor relations senior VP James Wellsted
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Sibanye investor relations senior VP James Wellsted

Platinum surplus forecast to reduce significantly  

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2022 The platinum surplus in 2021 is forecast to reduce by 47% in 2022 as Covid-related and operational disruptions gradually settle, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) states in its Platinum Quarterly. Covering the fourth quarter of 2021, along with a full year review of 2021 and revised... 

World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Share sell off undermines community’s influence on regional job sustainability – RBPlat  

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2022 Platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri on Tuesday criticised the sell-off of RBPlat shares by Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH) to Northam Platinum as an undermining of the direct significant influence of the 300 000-strong Bafokeng community on... 

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Royal Bafokeng Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sibanye stands resolute as AMCU, NUM submit strike notice 

By: Darren Parker     8th March 2022 Ahead of the planned start of strike action by many employees of Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African gold mines at the evening shift on March 9, Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman has remained steadfast, stating that the offer made on February 4 in an attempt to reach agreement on wages was “final”. “Wage... 

Striking mineworkers

Mintek to provide new testing services to gold sector 

By: Darren Parker     7th March 2022 National mineral research organisation Mintek will be providing new services to the gold mining and exploration sector. The organisation announced on March 7 that it would be providing oxygen demand and Knelson extended gravity recoverable gold (EGRG) testing services. 

Commitment to green economy is crucial, says ARM’s Patrice Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2022 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) has reiterated its commitment to transitioning from coal to renewable energy, with its executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe describing the global commitment to the green economy as being not only important but crucial. Motsepe was... 

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African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe.

Transnet bottlenecks to hamper South Africa's export opportunities amid Russia sanctions  

By: Darren Parker     4th March 2022 The bottlenecks in South Africa’s export corridors – caused in large part by State-owned logistics company Transnet’s inability to provide sufficient capacity – will likely undermine any opportunities that could arise from commodity supply shortages and higher prices as more sanctions are... 

A Transnet train

Decarbonisation standing out as key metals/mining value driver – Wood Mackenzie  

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2022 As pressure mounts for the world to align meaningfully with the 1.5 °C global temperature rise scenario, decarbonisation is standing out as a key driver of metals and mining value. “This has strengthened our view that the mining industry now has a clear pathway towards long-term transformative... 

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Wood Mackenzie future facing mined commodities forum covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Decarbonisation, Zimplats, PGM supply make headlines   

4th March 2022 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses decarbonisation; Zimplat’s 185 MW solar approval; and whether the supply of platinum group metals could be impacted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?   

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Decarbonization, Zimplats, PGM supply make headlines

Decarbonisation creating greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime – Sibanye-Stillwater   

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2022 The decarbonising of the global economy to prevent climate change is going to create the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime. It will also leave behind the companies that do not adapt – regardless of what industry they are in. 

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Sibanye-Stillwater presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Exxaro posts R9.7bn net operating profit for 2021, despite rail issues  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2022 JSE-listed diversified resources group Exxaro Resources has declared a total ordinary dividend for the 2021 financial year of R32.52 apiece, up 72% compared with the prior year. Outgoing CEO Mxolisi Mgojo attributes the group’s solid performance to a committed delivery of strategic priorities... 

Exxaro outgoing CEO Mxolisi Mgojo, incoming CEO Nombasa Tsengwa and FD Riaan Koppeschaar
Exxaro Resources' executive team talks rail challenges, diversification and the incoming CEO

ESG slowing down as energy transition highlights mining as indispensable – RMF  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2022 The energy transition is highlighting mining as an indispensable industry, said Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) CEO Hélène Piaget in opening a webinar on 'Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report 2022', which reports a slowdown in economic, environmental, social and governance (ESG). “Yet there... 

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Responsible Mining Foundation report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Solidarity accepts Sibanye’s final wage offer  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd March 2022 Trade union Solidarity says it has informed precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater that it accepts the company’s latest offer of a 5% wage increase for members employed at Sibanye’s South African gold mines. According to Solidarity, acceptance of a 5% increase means that Solidarity and its... 

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A worker at Sibanye's Driefontein gold mine

Appian to ‘rigorously enforce’ its legal rights in Sibanye deal drop 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd March 2022 In response to JSE- and NYSE-listed precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater backing out of its acquisition of the Santa Rita nickel and Serrote copper mines, in Brazil, the seller Appian Capital has served Sibanye with a notice of claim for what it says is the unlawful failure to close the... 

Santa Rita mine, in Brazil
Santa Rita mine, in Brazil

Zimbabwe platinum miner granted licence to generate 185 MW of solar power 

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2022 Zimbabwe platinum group metals mining company Zimplats has been granted a licence to generate 185 MW of its own solar power. Zimplats is already totally green through the use of hydropower and the solar power will enhance the position of the expanding company and provide security of electricity... 

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Implats executive sustainable development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni

Implats allays fears that Russia/Ukraine conflict may impact PGMs supply  

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2022 Given the prominence of Russia as a platinum group metals (PGMs) producer, there are fears that it may potentially have an impact on global PGMs supply, Implats CEO Nico Muller said on Tuesday, when the JSE-listed company delivered robust earnings and free cash flow generation for its half year... 

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

Study ranks Ivanplats’ Platreef as one of the largest PGM-producing mines in the world 

By: Darren Parker     28th February 2022 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines’ South African subsidiary Ivanplats and its partners have announced “outstanding” positive results of an independent feasibility study for the company’s tier-one Platreef palladium, rhodium, nickel, platinum, copper and gold project in South Africa. The feasibility study... 

Ivanplats' Platreef project

Harmony spending R7.7bn on capital projects  

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2022 Gold mining company Harmony Gold is in the process of spending R7.7-billion on capital projects. The biggest of these is the high-grade Zaaiplaats gold project at a capital cost of R4.5-billion. The Moab Khotsong mine will expand through Zaaiplaats. 

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Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp speaks to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer in a Teams interview. Video: Darlene Creamer

Harmony Gold begins ‘aggressive’ renewable energy rollout as it advances decarbonisation  

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2022 South Africa’s largest gold producer by volume, Harmony Gold, has begun an “aggressive” renewable energy rollout plan as it advances its plans to decarbonise to net zero by 2045, Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp said on Monday. The rollout plan involves having 167 MW of solar power in place by... 

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

Wescoal puts Vanggatfontein on care and maintenance as it struggles to secure Eskom CSA extension 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th February 2022 Coal miner Wescoal has decided to put its Vanggatfontein Colliery on care and maintenance while it tries to secure an extension to a coal supply agreement (CSA) with power utility Eskom. Wescoal acquired the mine, in Delmas, Mpumalanga, in 2017 as part of its buyout of Keaton Energy. 

The Vanggatfontein Colliery
The Vanggatfontein Colliery

Kumba exploration, PGMs in batteries and Anglo's record financial year make headlines   

25th February 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Kumba Iron Ore's continued exploration in the Northern Cape under new CEO Mpumi Zikalala; Platinum Group Metals playing a role in batteries; and Anglo American's record financial year, under the stewardship of Mark Cutifani.   

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Kumba exploration, PGMs in batteries and Anglo's record financial year make headlines

Strong diamond market pushes Lucara's full-year revenue, Ebitda higher 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th February 2022 Vancouver-headquartered Lucara Diamond Corporation achieved a more than five-fold year-on-year increase in adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to $102.5-million for the financial year ended December 31. That compares with the adjusted Ebitda of... 

The Karowe mine
The Karowe mine

Great to see such healthy demand for this great industry – De Beers  

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2022 It's great to see such a healthy demand for this great industry, De Beers Group CFO Sarah Kuijlaars said after posting a set of stunning financial results for the world’s leading diamond company by value. Underlying 2021 earnings before tax, depreciation and amortisation soared to $1 100-million... 

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De Beers Group CFO Sarah Kuijlaars interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Anglo posts record full-year Ebitda of $20.6bn  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th February 2022 Global diversified miner Anglo American has posted a profit attributable to equity shareholders of $8.6-billion for the 2021 financial year after recording solid performances across assets and with strong support from commodity prices. Underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation... 

Anglo American outgoing CEO Mark Cutifani
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Anglo American outgoing CEO Mark Cutifani

Kumba CEO gives firm thumbs up to continued exploration in prospective Northern Cape   

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2022 New Kumba Iron Ore CEO Mpumi Zikalala this week gave a firm thumbs up to South Africa’s biggest iron-ore mining and marketing company continuing to invest in mineral exploration in the Northern Cape, which she described as being highly prospective. The Johannesburg-listed Anglo American group... 

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Kumba Iron Ore CEO Mpumi Zikalala interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum miners pursuing low-carbon production   

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd February 2022 Midtier platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines is pursuing technologies to allow it to participate in the PGMs value chain and to produce low-carbon PGMs, Sedibelo environmental, social and governance senior executive Lael Bethlehem highlighted during the Energy and Mining... 

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Minerals Council of South Africa chief economist Henk Langenhoven outlines the issues constraining renewable energy projects for its member companies, and presents possible solutions that could unlock the potential for utility-scale renewable energy for mines.

Platinum group metals may also play role in batteries – Anglo American Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2022 The unique properties of platinum group metals (PGMs) may also play a role in batteries, says Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Natascha Viljoen. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Viljoen highlighted how PGMs are poised to play a role, no matter the direction in which the energy... 

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Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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