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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.

Mining industry progressing with energy transition to zero-emissions mines 

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2022 Energy and mining industry experts this week detailed how the mining industry is grappling with the technical challenges of transitioning existing, and preparing new, operations to become more efficient and integrating renewable energy sources to, eventually, facilitate net-zero emissions from... 

Kumba shares R89bn of value created in 2021 with stakeholders  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2022 South Africa’s biggest iron-ore producers and marketer, Kumba Iron Ore, has shared R89-billion of the value it created in 2021 with its stakeholders, with more than R21-billion going to the government in tax revenues and mineral royalties. The Johannesburg-listed Anglo American group company... 

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Kumba Iron Ore 2021 results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Year of improvement ahead for AngloGold as it seeks to recover from 2021 headwinds 

By: Donna Slater     22nd February 2022 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti produced 2.47-million ounces of gold in 2021, down from the 2.8-million ounces produced in the prior year, but within its revised guidance range and at a total cash cost of $963/oz, up from the $790/oz of 2020. Production was lower mainly as a result of the miner... 

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AngloGold CFO Christine Ramon will take early retirement from her current role in June

Kumba fast-tracking solar, customising green hydrogen, sees good lump premium prospects 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2022 South Africa’s major iron-ore producer and marketer Kumba Iron Ore is fast-tracking solar power permitting and looking to wind energy, it is discussing the use of green hydrogen with particularly European customers, and it foresees relatively strong iron-ore prices continuing in the short term as... 

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Kumba Iron Ore marketing and seaborne logistics executive head Timo Smit.

Multiple renewable energy forms being evaluated across South Africa – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner and marketer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), which on Monday reported a record 2021 financial performance, is collectively evaluating options to access multiple forms of renewable energy across South Africa, including hydro pump power and wheeling renewable... 

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Anglo American Platinum’s record financial results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Amplats to pay out R80bn in full-year dividends after more than doubling Ebitda to R108bn 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st February 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) more than doubled its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to R108-billion for 2021, compared with an Ebitda of R41-billion in 2020. CEO Natascha Viljoen attributed the record Ebitda to a... 

Amplats CEO Natascha Viljoen
Amplats CEO Natascha Viljoen

4 000 families, 5 000 pupils taking advantage of DRDGold’s self empowerment   

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2022 Johannesburg has a unique history. If not for mining, there would be no city. The mines, however, did not come to the city, rather the city came to the mines. What resulted was poorly regulated urbanisation and hundreds of thousands of people living in close proximity to former mining... 

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DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Poverty alleviation programmes, red tape delays, Mantashe pushing renewables make headlines   

18th February 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks DRDGold’s programmes aimed at reducing poverty in mining communities; Minerals Council South Africa notes that red tape is holding up R90-billion worth of protects that are ready to go; and Gwede Mantashe has uncharacteristically touted renewables as a... 

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Poverty alleviation programmes, red tape delays, Mantashe pushing renewables make headlines

Miners seek to blend long-term value creation with zero-carbon future 

By: Schalk Burger     18th February 2022 The mining industry is in an exceptional position to make a bold pivot to a sustainable future, and environmental, social and governance goals represent the most significant opportunity for the mining industry to create long-term value, trust and sustainable growth, says assurance and advisory... 

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DRDGold building initial 20 MW solar, 100 MW storage at Ergo gold operation  

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2022 With a view to reducing its carbon footprint as well as addressing the uncertainty of the supply and cost of electricity, surface gold mining company DRDGold has taken a decision to construct a solar power plant and a power storage facility at Ergo, the gold from mine waste operation on the East... 

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DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Deep a standout performer for Gold Fields  

By: Nadine James     17th February 2022 Dual-listed gold producer Gold Fields has reported a 22% year-on-year increase in its headline earnings to $890-millon or $1 a share for the year ended December 31.  Normalised earnings for the year were 6% higher at $929-million, and the miner reported a profit of $789-million, or $0.89 a share,... 

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Chris Griffith

Absolutely clear we’ll reduce Scope 1, 2 emissions by 30% by 2030 ­– Barrick 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2022 Gold and copper mining company Barrick has a detailed emission reduction roadmap in place that allows it to be unequivocal about the extent to which it will mitigate against climate change going forward. “We are absolutely clear that we will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 and... 

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Emission reduction roadmap for Scope 1 and 2 emissions. Scope 3 roadmap on way.

At least R3bn needed to upgrade Transnet Freight Rail’s security infrastructure 

By: Darren Parker     16th February 2022 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will need at least R3-billion to upgrade its security infrastructure across all of its corridors, with about 80% of this to be funded through external means, TFR North Corridor managing executive Thozama Mokoena revealed to Engineering News & Mining Weekly... 

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Transnet Freight Rail has seen a 177% increase in criminal incidences over the past five years

Barrick delivers on guidance, opens new exploration frontiers 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2022 Driven by strong performances from its Africa, Middle East and Latin America regions, Barrick’s production in 2021 was in line with guidance for the third successive year. The company also more than replaced its gold reserves net of depletion at a better grade. A dividend of $0.10 a share was... 

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Barrick is opening new exploration frontiers

DRDGold has 41 programmes to take mine communities out of poverty  

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2022 Surface gold recovery company DRDGold, which on Wednesday continued its uninterrupted 15-year run of dividend paying, highlighted its R100-milllion-plus half-year contribution to the fiscus in income tax as an important current underpin of social systems that are helping the country to avoid... 

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

It’s records all round for Glencore in ‘terrific’ 2021  

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2022 2021 was a terrific year for the company, Glencore CEO Gary Nagle said on Tuesday, when he reported record earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $21.3-billion, a record marketing performance Ebit of $3.7-bilion, and a record industrial business performance of... 

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Glencore’s record financial results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exceptionally good working relationship with Kyrgyz govt – Fraser  

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2022 The London Aim-quoted Chaarat Gold has an exceptionally good working relationship with the government of the Kyrgyz Republic, says CEO Mike Fraser, who is well known in South Africa as the former COO of South32. Chaarat is developing two gold projects in the Kyrgyz Republic. The first is... 

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

Minerals Council reaffirms zero tolerance of GBVF following Rio Tinto report 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th February 2022 Industry organisation the Minerals Council South Africa has recommitted to zero tolerance of gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF), sexism, racism and bullying in the mining industry, after noting the release of a report by diversified global miner Rio Tinto exposing these problems across its... 

Red tape delaying R90bn investment in ready-to-go projects – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2022 Red tape is delaying investment worth R90-billion in ready-to-go mining-related projects, at a time when the South African economy is in desperate need of such projects proceeding, to create jobs and to stimulate economic growth. Projects worth R30-billion would be able to proceed if the 4... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Green hydrogen strategy supporting development of R270bn Northern Cape pipeline 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2022 Over the past year, the South African government has built on its successful hydrogen strategy to make major strides in positioning the country as a global leader in the green hydrogen market, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated during his State of the Nation Address. This positioning included the... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Unions to hold mass meeting to update workers on Sibanye wage negotiations 

By: Darren Parker     11th February 2022 After seven months of deadlocked wage negotiations with metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and Uasa will be holding a joint mass meeting on February 13 to address their members... 

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NUM and other unions will hold a joint mass meeting on February 13

Foreseen renewables demand providing opportunity for job creation, just energy transition 

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2022 Demand already foreseen is providing South Africa with the far-reaching and very welcome opportunity to create sufficient new jobs – “and then some” – to ensure a just energy transition away from the country’s current climate-threatening carbon intensity, Mining Weekly can report. South Africa’s... 

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From left, clockwise, Paul O’Flaherty, Dr Tsakani Mthombeni, Hein Reyneke, and Andre de Ruyter

Glencore clinches marketing relationship with US metals business 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has entered a strategic global marketing relationship with United States Strategic Metals, formerly Missouri Cobalt. Involved is a long-term offtake agreement for 100% of the US company’s products, which include cobalt and nickel sulphates,... 

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Cobalt processing plant.

Anglo starts up new metallurgical coal mine 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American announced on Wednesday that its new Aquila mine has achieved its first longwall shear of steelmaking metallurgical coal on schedule and on budget, marking the project’s final stages of construction and commissioning. The new mine, which will have a total... 

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Anglo American Bulk Commodities CEO Themba Mkhwanazi

New integrated PGMs/chrome plant provides growth platform for Jubilee 

By: Darren Parker     8th February 2022 Aim-listed metal processing company Jubilee Metals is poised for growth following the successful recommissioning of its significantly upgraded and fully integrated new Inyoni platinum group metals (PGM) processing facility, in Gauteng. “The new integrated facility sets a strong foundation for... 

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Jubilee CEO Leon Coetzer

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Marine phosphate project being progressed in line with court ruling 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Steps are being taken to progress the Sandpiper marine phosphate project offshore of Namibia in compliance with last year’s High Court ruling, Namibian Marine Phosphate stated on Tuesday. The High Court confirmed the ongoing validity of Namibia Marine’s mining licence on June 30, 2021, and an... 

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Project development phases to be completed.

Solidarity to urge members to accept Sibanye’s revised gold wage offer 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th February 2022 Trade union Solidarity says precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has tabled a revised wage increase offer to employees working at its South African gold mines. This follows after seven months of deadlocked negotiations between Sibanye and unions.  

Employee at Sibanye's Driefontein gold mine

Tharisa signs MoU for 40 MW solar plant 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th February 2022 JSE-listed Tharisa has signed a comprehensive memorandum of understanding (MoU) with renewable energy independent power producer Total Eren and African-focused transitional energy company Chariot. The MoU, which is a precursor to the signing of a long-term power purchase agreement for the supply... 

An image of the Tharisa mine, on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex
Tharisa mine

South African-European consortium to develop new exploration methods 

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 A consortium of South African and European experts will be developing new seismic, electromagnetic and magnetic methods for deep exploration targeting. The project team includes researchers from universities, geological surveys, equipment manufacturers and mining companies from both continents... 

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Wits Seismic Research Centre director and Future project leader Dr Musa Manzi

Renewables, Ubuntu, GreenCape make headlines   

4th February 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Anglo American's low-cost renewables; Ubuntu principles in going green; and clean energy opportunities in Mpumalanga for the GreenCape organisation.   

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Renewables, Ubuntu, GreenCape make headlines

Hybrid energy systems needed to transition Africa away from coal  

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 A combination of renewables, storage and flexible gas are needed to create a stable and resilient energy system that provides a reliable source of electricity while transitioning away from carbon-intensive coal-fired power, marine and energy technology company Wärtsilä Energy Europe and Africa VP... 

A rendering of a hybrid energy solution
Wärtsilä’s hybrid power plants combine flexible engine power plants and energy storage, easily integratable with renewable assets

Renewables come in at less than half of what we’re paying for energy – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2022 Failure to wholeheartedly embrace the generation of renewable energy is out-and-out business folly. Anglo American and Engie made this perfectly clear on Thursday when they revealed that renewables come in at less than half the price of South Africa’s currently high-priced carbon-intensive power... 

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From left, Natascha Viljoen, Jonathan Debasc and Fahmida Smith.

Glencore enters battery recycling JV, targeting renewable-powered facility 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has entered a battery recycling joint venture (JV) with strategic partner and battery pioneer Britishvolt, a UK battery cell technologies and research and development investor.   

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Britannia Refined Metals operation in Northfleet, UK.

Glencore reports 43% higher ferrochrome production  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Wednesday reported 43% higher ferrochrome production in its full year 2021 production report.   

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Gary Nagle

Mpumalanga just transition being investigated by Ubuntu-hearted solar masterminds  

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2022 An organisation which is providing un-electrified informal settlements with clean, green solar power in the Western Cape – in Ubuntu-hearted fashion – has begun to investigate just energy transition opportunities in Mpumalanga, where South Africa’s coal-mining and coal-fired power is facing... 

Green power project manager to un-electrified informal settlements Reshmi Wolvers
GreenCape project manager Reshmi Wolvers interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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