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South African energy issues need joint effort - Minerals Council  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2022 South Africa’s energy conundrum will require a concerted effort by both industry and government, the Minerals Council South Africa said. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of Paydirt’s Africa Downunder conference, in Perth, Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter said that the solution... 

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

DRDGold's livelihoods initiative attracts 8 000-plus direct participants  

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2022 The livelihoods initiative introduced by surface gold mining company DRDGold has to date attracted more than 8 000 direct participants at a time when boosting jobs and livelihoods in South Africa has never been more important The broad-based livelihoods (BBL) programme of the Johannesburg- and... 

DRDGold's broad-based livelihoods programme is attracting thousands of participants.
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson.

Feasibility studies this year for Mponeng gold mine deepening – Harmony  

By: Martin Creamer     30th August 2022 Time will be spent this year on doing feasibility studies relating to the deepening of the Mponeng gold mine on the West Rand, Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp said on Tuesday. In response to Afrifocus Securities analyst Des Moines on how important Mponeng woud be in the years to come, Steenkamp... 

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

Harmony working hard to boost productivity  

By: Martin Creamer     30th August 2022 Gold mining company Harmony Gold on Tuesday announced a programme to improve the human dimension of safety and productivity by combining cultural transformation with technological advancements. The target of the Safety 300 or S300 programme is to safely lift the output per mining crew from the... 

Harmony COO South Africa Operations Beyers Nel.
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Shirley Hayes sheds more light on next month’s copper listing on the JSE’s AltX  

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2022 Shirley Hayes, the founder and CEO of SHiP Copper, into which Big Tree Copper will be reversed when Copper 360 lists on the AltX of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) next month, on Monday shed more light on the way forward for what will be South Africa’s only pure copper play on the JSE. “It... 

Shirley Hayes, the founder and CEO of SHiP Copper.
SHiP Copper CEO Shirley Hayes interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Northam constructing, commissioning solar plants, securing wind energy  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2022 The renewable energy plans of the Booysendal platinum group metals (PGMs) mine of Northam Platinum have been detailed quite extensively in the company’s 95-page sustainability report that will be available shortly online, Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne said on Friday, when the Johannesburg Stock... 

Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.
Northam Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson

South Africa urged to consider its contribution to the global battery value chain 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th August 2022 Batteries are fast becoming the core of modern energy systems and more sustainable economies, underpinning the implementation of smart grids and minigrids, while fostering the rollout of renewable energy and e-mobility, and yet, South Africa’s involvement in the battery value chain remains... 

Lithium-ion battery pack for a locomotive
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
Lithium-ion battery pack for a locomotive

Northam forecasts R5.4bn capex as growth projects progress  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2022 Platinum group metals company Northam, which refined 9.7% more metal than the prior year in the 12 months to June 30, on Friday forecast capital expenditure (capex) of R5.4-billion for the current 2023 financial year – up on the R4.6-billion of 2022, and reflecting the progress of its... 

Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.
Northam Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson

DRDGold, Merafe, green hydrogen atlas make headlines   

26th August 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses DRDGold monitoring its tailing dumps using satellite imagery and drone surveillance; Merafe's plans for 744 MW of energy; and a new Southern African green hydrogen atlas that is set to be launched before the end of the year.   

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DRDGold, Merafe, green hydrogen atlas make headlines

Sibanye-Stillwater strategising energy solution involvement  

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2022 Energy solutions that reverse climate change are on the list of strategic differentiators that Sibanye-Stillwater has under scrutiny, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said on Thursday, when the Johannesburg- and New York-listed platinum group metals (PGMs), gold and green metals company... 

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Gold Fields raises dividend on higher interim profit 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th August 2022 NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields has generated an attributable profit of $510-million for the six months ended June 30, and declared an interim dividend of R3, or $0.18, apiece. This compares with an attributable profit of $387-million and a dividend of R2.10, or about $0.12 apiece, for the six... 

DRDGold using satellite imagery to monitor tailings  

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2022 Johannesburg- and New York-listed surface gold mining company DRDGold is using satellite imagery to monitor its tailings dumps, in addition to quarterly drone surveillance. An international tailings performance management system implemented ensures the integrity of data for day-to-day management... 

DRDGold CEO CEO Niël Pretorius.
DRDGold’s results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson.

DRDGold's 15th consecutive financial year of dividend paying 

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2022 Surface gold mining company DRDGold on Wednesday announced its fifteenth consecutive financial year of dividend paying. For the year ended June 30, the Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, headed by CEO Niël Pretorius, declared a final dividend of 40c a share, totaling a distribution of 60c... 

DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius.
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DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius.

Plans progressing for 744 MW energy for alloys business – Merafe 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2022 Construction of the Swedish Stirling plant that converts off-gas to electricity will take place at the Lion ferrochrome smelter near Steelport starting in the second half of this year, Merafe Resources CEO Zanele Matlala said on Tuesday, when the ferrochrome company announced a dividend-yielding... 

Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala and Merafe FD Ditabe Chocho.
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Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala and Merafe FD Ditabe Chocho.

Green hydrogen atlas to be officially launched before year-end – Sasscal   

By: Martin Creamer     22nd August 2022 With close to 90% of all the datasets for the Southern African green hydrogen atlas having been collected, its official launch will definitely take place before year-end, Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch assured Engineering News & Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview on Monday. Moreover,... 

Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch.
Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Rainbow enters into REE extraction testwork agreement with Moroccan company  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd August 2022 London-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has entered into a master agreement with Moroccan phosphate products producer OCP and Moroccan university Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) to investigate and develop the optimal technique for rare earth element (REE) extraction from phosphogypsym.... 

Rare earth oxides
Rare earth oxides

Troubled Trevali idles Canada mine, suspends Namibia expansion 

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd August 2022 Financially troubled Trevali Mining has suspended operations at its Caribou mine, in Canada, and placed the expansion of its Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia, on hold, as the miner filed for protection from its creditors. Trevali was granted on Friday an initial order for protection from the British... 

The Caribou operation in Canada
The Caribou operation in Canada

Exxaro, Thungela make headlines in green energy  

19th August 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Exxaro’s renewables company Cennergi’s agreement with Enertrag for the development of renewable projects in Mpumalanga; Exxaro eyeing green hydrogen; and Thungela's renewables move, as well as its free cash sharing and its initiative to plant a... 

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Exxaro, Thungela make headlines in green energy

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Exxaro partnering Enertrag to support just energy transition   

By: Martin Creamer     18th August 2022 Coal and renewable energy company Exxaro has built a renewable energy business that is said to be well positioned to contribute significantly to addressing South Africa's electricity deficit. Emphasised by the JSE-listed company is that South Africa's economic growth and social progress depends... 

Exxaro CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa.
Exxaro's results covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd,

Exxaro eyeing green hydrogen, new CEO tells Mining Weekly  

By: Martin Creamer     18th August 2022 Diversified minerals and energy company Exxaro is eyeing green hydrogen, new Exxaro CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa disclosed on Thursday when the JSE-listed company reported 147%-higher half-year group earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R10 603-million on mainly... 

Exxaro is already generating wind energy, and is looking to generate solar in Limpopo and wind and solar in Mpumalanga.
Exxaro CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Sibanye, Heraeus partner to bring green hydrogen electrocatalysts to the market  

By: Darren Parker     18th August 2022 Diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater and precious metals refiner Heraeus Precious Metals have agreed to collaborate on the research and development of novel electrolyser catalysts containing platinum group metals (PGMs). These electrocatalysts will be high activity and possess the necessary... 

Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman
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Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman

DRDGold expecting lower earnings on better-than-guided production 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2022 Surface gold mining company DRDGold expects to report lower earnings on better-than-guided production and lower capital investment. In the 12 months to June 30, DRDGold produced 183 902 oz of gold at a cash operating cost of R600 875/kg, with a capital investment of R584.1 million. 

DRDGold CEO Niel Pretorius
DRDGold CEO Niel Pretorius

Sibanye-Stillwater signals half-year earnings decline 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2022 Precious and future-facing metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Wednesday advised of an upcoming half-year earnings decline in a trading statement and operations update for the six months to June 30. A decline of 47% to 52% is expected in earnings per share and headline earnings per share... 

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.

Orion raises $1.35m with strong South African support 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2022 Copper and zinc mine development company Orion Minerals has raised raised $1.35-million under its share purchase plan, with strong support from shareholders, particularly those in South Africa. The share purchase plan of the Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed company, headed by CEO Errol Smart,... 

Orion CEO Errol Smart.
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Orion CEO Errol Smart.

Exxaro expecting half-year earnings to soar 

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2022 Coal mining and renewable energy company Exxaro advised on Tuesday of its half-year earnings being set to soar on the exceptional performance of its coal business. Half-year earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) will be up 137% to 151% compared with the first half of... 

Exxaro CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa.
Exxaro CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa.

Thungela shares R500m with employees, community as it sets out to plant million trees, add solar power  

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2022 Coal mining and exporting company Thungela, which generated R8.9-billion free cash in the first six months to June 30, is sharing R500-million of it with employees and communities, setting out to plant a million trees to purify water, putting in solar power to reduce its carbon footprint as it... 

Thungela CEO July Ndlovu.
Thungela CEO July Ndlovu interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Thungela declares whopping R8.2bn half-year dividend on R8.9bn free cash 

By: Martin Creamer     15th August 2022 JSE- and London-listed thermal coal-mining and marketing company Thungela has approved the declaration of an interim gross ordinary cash dividend totalling R8.2-billion from retained earnings accrued during the six months to June 30, on profit for the reporting period of R9.6-billion, which is... 

Thungela CEO July Ndlovu
Thungela CEO July Ndlovu

Lithium value to remain high amid accelerated demand, tight supply – Fitch Solutions 

By: Donna Slater     12th August 2022 Financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) says lithium prices will remain “extremely” elevated this year and next, as accelerating demand for lithium-ion batteries and a tight upstream supply keep market supply... 

A photo of a parking space for EVs
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EVs will continue to be a big driver of demand for lithium

Renewables gains momentum in mining   

12th August 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the news of Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s R1.6-billion 98 MW solar power plant; Barrick's renewable energy benefits; and the growing renewables momentum.   

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Renewables gains momentum in mining

Experts unpack why there are so few listed junior miners in South Africa 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th August 2022 Experts in the spheres of law, mining and financial services are divided on whether South Africa’s public market has become too institutionalised, which, if so, makes access to capital for junior miners and exploration companies all the more challenging. With South Africa’s punching way above... 

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Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Royal Bafokeng looking to R1.6bn off-balance-sheet spend on 98 MW solar plant  

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) is looking to off-balance-sheet capital expenditure of R1.6-billion for a 98 MW solar power plant. The photovoltaic (PV) plant will further buffer RBPlat and the region from load-shedding into the future should it prove... 

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

Barrick’s Mali trebling solar as renewables stave off high energy prices at Kibali  

By: Martin Creamer     9th August 2022 The African regions are continuing to excel on all fronts for Barrick, the large gold/copper miner that is benefitting from a stand-out performance in Tanzania and finding exploration in Mali and Senegal “a gift that keeps giving”, and which is being received with open arms in Pakistan. Under the... 

Barrick CEO Mark Bristow.
Barrick second-quarter results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Barrick takes lead in holistic ESG integration amid ‘greenwashing’ scepticism 

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2022 Gold and copper mining company Barrick has taken the lead in integrating the various aspects of environmental, social and governance (ESG) to ensure holistic and objective measurement, Barrick CEO Dr Mark Bristow stated on Monday, when the New York- and Toronto-listed company reported strong... 

Barrick CE Dr Mark Bristow.
Barrick CE Dr Mark Bristow.

President’s new energy plan opens way for Glencore Alloys to target bigger projects  

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2022 Glencore Alloys head Japie Fullard has hailed the new energy plan announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa as opening the way for the company to target bigger power projects. “I must say that the President’s energy presentation is definitely something that is appealing to us,” said Fullard, who... 

Glencore Alloys head Japie Fullard.
Glencore Alloys head Japie Fullard.

Vedanta Zinc breaks ground on R7bn Gamsberg expansion project  

By: Darren Parker     5th August 2022 Zinc mining company Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) officially broke ground on its Gamsberg Phase II project on August 5. The R7-billion investment in the expansion of the company’s opencast zinc mine is expected to create between 2 000 and 2 500 jobs during the construction phase and a further... 

Vedanta Zinc International's Gamsberg Phase II sod-turning ceremony

Nothing adds more value than improving operational performance – AngloGold 

By: Martin Creamer     5th August 2022 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti is firmly focused on operation performance and the recovery of cost competitiveness as it implements its full asset potential review programme, on which it will report at three-monthly intervals. This was made clear by AngloGold Ashanti CEO Alberto Calderon... 

AngloGold Ashanti CEO Alberto Calderon
AngloGold Ashanti CEO Alberto Calderon
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