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Kamoa Copper on track to be among ten largest copper mines globally  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th January 2022 Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines has set its sights on producing between 290 000 t and 340 000 t of copper in concentrate this year. The Kamoa copper project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, produced 105 884 t of copper in concentrate in 2021. This exceeded the upper end of the guidance range,... 

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Ivanhoe Mines provides an update on developments at the Kamoa-Kakula mine (Video by Ivanhoe Mines)

BHP invests in Tanzanian nickel project  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th January 2022 Diversified major BHP will make a $90-million investment into private firm Kabanga Nickel to accelerate the development of the Kabanga nickel project, in Tanzania. Kabanga Nickel on Monday announced an initial $40-million investment by the miner, will convert into an 8.9% equity stake in Kabanga... 

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Working on options to secure green energy for Hillside Aluminium ­– South32 

By: Martin Creamer     7th January 2022 Diversified mining company South32 is working on options to secure green electricity at Hillside Aluminium smelter in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) province. If South32 is unable to secure an affordable source of low-carbon electricity for Hillside, this key KZN operation risks becoming... 

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South32's Hillside Aluminium in Richards Bay that is working on green energy options.

Clean energy and climate change on South Africa's radar   

7th January 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses decarbonisation as an opportunity to create quality employment; South Africa's need to transition to clean energy without creating job losses and ghost towns in areas where fossil fuels provide the overwhelming economic support; and South Africa's... 

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Clean energy and climate change on South Africa's radar

Minerals Council backs State capture commission’s recommendations 

By: Martin Creamer     6th January 2022 Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday endorsed the recommendations of the first report of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. The Minerals Council said these recommendations, aimed at preventing endemic and corrosive corruption in organs of the state and within the private sector,... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

Pan African moving to acquire Blyvoor Gold surface resources for R110m 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2021 Gold mining company Pan African on Wednesday announced that it had entered into a conditional agreement to acquire Blyvoor Gold Operations for R110-million from Peter Skeat's Blyvoor Gold. The transaction takes in six tailings dumps containing more than 1.4-million ounces of gold, the company... 

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Exciting green ammonia export plan for Nelson Mandela Bay 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2021 Hive Hydrogen and Built Africa – together as Hive Hydrogen – as well as Linde plc, through its wholly owned South African subsidiary Afrox, have teamed up to establish a huge green ammonia export plant in Nelson Mandela Bay, in the Eastern Cape. The first phase is planned to go live in 2025, with... 

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Sedibelo’s green platinum resolve firmed up by first-of-a-kind ESG appointment  

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2021 In a mining investment world increasingly dominated by environmental social and governance (ESG) demands, the resolve of Sedibelo Platinum Mines to be a green platinum group metals producer has been firmed up by the timely first-of-a-kind appointment of a chief ESG officer. As chief ESG officer,... 

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Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa leads platinum output recovery, says GlobalData 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th December 2021 Global platinum production is expected to recover by 21.9% this year after a steep decline in 2020, says data analytics consultancy GlobalData, which adds that the recovery in the automotive and jewellery sectors has led to a rise in demand for platinum production, which will reach 6-million... 

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Anglo looks to green steel development as one measure to reduce Scope 3 emissions 

By: Donna Slater     13th December 2021 Efforts in the steel industry to increase the metal’s environment friendliness – a process known as “green steel” – will assist diversified miner Anglo American in reducing its Scope 3 emissions, outgoing Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani has said. Speaking during an investor day on December 10,... 

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Outgoing Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Minerals Council members commit to implementing measures aimed at reducing fatalities 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2021 Minerals Council South Africa member companies have agreed and committed to implement eight measures immediately to urgently address and halt the number of fatalities at South Africa’s mines. Following on from the MineSafe 2021 conference with all stakeholders on November 25, the council convened... 

Minerals Council members commit to implementing measures aimed at reducing fatalities

Sedibelo set to transform green mining landscape with game-changing technology 

13th December 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines is setting a high bar for green mining globally at its Pilanesberg Platinum Mines (PPM), in the North West, where it will soon start construction of its revolutionary Kell processing plant. “When you look at the future and the impact... 

Sedibelo CEO Erich Clarke
Sedibelo CEO Erich Clarke

Construction starts on renewable energy project for Rio Tinto's Madagascar mine 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     10th December 2021 The government of Madagascar and Rio Tinto QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM) on December 10 celebrated the start of construction of a solar and wind energy project that will supply the ilmenite mine operations in Fort Dauphin, in southern Madagascar. The renewable energy project is vital to the... 

Anglo American eyes 35% growth within a decade at 50% margin 

By: Donna Slater     10th December 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American reports that it maintained a strong performance this year, with high demand for diamonds and overall production up 7% on the back of particularly strong production of platinum group metals (PGMs); as well as the expectation of a further improvement in 2022. Unit... 

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Outgoing Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Amplats board approves R3.9bn Mototolo/Der Brochen expansion project 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th December 2021 The board of JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has given the go-ahead for the R3.9-billion Mototolo/Der Brochen life expansion project to proceed. The project is aimed at extending the life of mine of the Der Brochen mine to beyond 30 years, by enabling mining further into the... 

Amplats CEO Natascha Viljoen
Amplats CEO Natascha Viljoen

Leading mining companies commit to contract transparency 

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2021 Members of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Thursday announced their commitment to disclose all mineral development contracts from the start of January this year, wherever they operate, marking a significant step by about a third of the global mining and metals industry to... 

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ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Just energy transition makes headlines   

9th December 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the United Nations climate envoy calling for the urgent specification of energy transition action; the Shell Foundation's calls for an energy transition through on-the-ground projects to transition developing countries to renewable solutions; and... 

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Just energy transition makes headlines

Ivanhoe secures $300m in stream financing deals for Platreef mine  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th December 2021 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines’ South African subsidiary, Ivanplats, has concluded stream financing agreements with Orion Mine Finance and Nomad Royalty Company for a $200-million gold streaming facility and a $100-million palladium and platinum streaming facility for its Platreef... 

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BIRD'S EYE VIEW The proceeds of the financing agreements will be used to advance the first phase of Platreef’s mine development, with commercial production expected in 2024

Just transition energy projects needed now – Shell Foundation 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2021 Real projects on the ground, that can transition developing countries to renewable solutions justly, are what is needed now, along with the correct use of blended finance to create sustainable entrepreneurship as asset bases are repurposed, a global webinar has heard. Without a just energy... 

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Shell Foundation chairperson Gail Klintworth

Specify energy transition action now, the money’s there for it, UN climate envoy urges  

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2021 The energy transition is woefully under specified, the United Nations special envoy on climate change action and finance Mark Carney told a global webinar, in which he described the specifying of energy transition action as being “a matter of urgency”. Such specification, the webinar heard,... 

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UN Climate Action Finance Envoy Mark Carney covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

NUM concerned about ‘deepening crisis’ in South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th December 2021 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed concern about the “deepening crisis” in South Africa, saying it feels that the “gains of the 1994 democratic breakthrough are fast withering away under the weight of deepening inequality and mass unemployment”. During its extended national... 

MineSafe attendees recommit to elimination of fatalities in South Africa’s mines 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2021 Stakeholders who attended MineSafe 2021 on November 25 have recommitted themselves to working towards the elimination of fatalities, injuries and occupational diseases on South Africa’s mines in pursuit of Zero Harm and to ensure each employee returns from work unharmed every day. The urgency of... 

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Glencore targeting recycling step change  

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2021 The goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change are best achieved through the circular economy, says diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, which sees recycling as being a significant means for relieving the growing burden that global decarbonisation is set to place on finite raw... 

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Glencore 2021 investor update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exploration debate highlights Nema challenge  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2021 The withdrawal of a portion of the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) has created a major challenge for mineral exploration in South Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) co-sponsored exploration webinar heard on Thursday. Taking part in the panel discussion under... 

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IDC co-sponsored webinar covered by Mining Weekly.

Renewables and Implats acquiring RBPlat shares make headlines   

3rd December 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks: Anglo American is urging the use of renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen and then using that hydrogen to replace diesel. South Deep will increase its 40 MW solar power project to 50 MW after it procured more efficient solar panels. Impala... 

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Renewables and Implats acquiring RBPlat shares make headlines

Panel stresses need for action to save South Africa’s exploration potential 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2021 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has approved and availed R100-million in funding to assist in closing the different funding model gaps in South Africa’s exploration sector. In collaboration with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), it is working towards the... 

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Rail constraints to continue hampering Exxaro’s export sales 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources expects demand for export coal to remain strong amid constrained global supply. FD Riaan Koppeschaar said in a pre-close message to shareholders on December 2 that high gas prices and expected cold weather in the northern hemisphere would continue to drive... 

Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, use hydrogen to cut diesel – Cutifani   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2021 Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, and then use the hydrogen that has been created to replace diesel. Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani proposed this climate blueprint while also outlining his London- and Johannesburg-listed mining company’s entry into crop nutrients that can free up... 

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GlobeScan climate event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Gold Fields’ South Deep solar project now 50 MW, equivalent wind planned 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2021 South Deep gold mine in Gauteng, where a 40 MW solar power project was initially announced, will now have a 50 MW solar plant as a result of the procurement of more efficient solar panels. Mining Weekly can report that the construction of the R715-million solar power plant at South Deep will... 

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Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith

Sable to undertake rights issue at R1 a share followed by transaction at R5 a share  

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2021 The rights issue that Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Sable Exploration and Mining is to undertake at R1 a share will be followed by a transaction at R5 a share, giving an immediate fivefold uplift to the shareholders of the company. This follows mining company Magni Investment Holdings... 

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Sable’s James Allan interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer Media

Barclays’ analysts back Glencore coal strategy  

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2021 Glencore’s coal strategy favours a Paris-compliant coal runoff, which increases investability, say Barclays’ equity research analysts in a note. Analysts Ian Rossouw, Amos Fletcher and Tom Zang see little value to unlock in the current coal market environment and question whether a coal business... 

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Carbon-neutral nickel launch showcased by South Africa-linked chairperson  

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2021 South Africa-linked Gareth Penny on Monday heralded the launch of a carbon-neutral nickel with a difference in that it steers completely clear of any reliance on third-party carbon credits. Penny did so in his capacity as nonexecutive chairperson of Nornickel of Russia – and put sharper focus on... 

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Nornickel capital markets day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Gold industry has a supporting role to play as world still in a ‘fragile place’ – WGC 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th November 2021 Thirty-one of the World Gold Council’s (WGC’s) member companies collectively contributed $37.9-billion, in the form of taxes, salaries and payments to suppliers, to the gross domestic product of the countries in which they operate during 2020. This represents 63% of the total revenue these... 

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RBPlat bid embodies socioeconomic boost for greater Rustenburg region – Implats  

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2021 The bid by Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) for a majority shareholding in Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) presents an opportunity to create sizeable Western Limb production base with socioeconomic benefits for the region, platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Implats said on... 

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Implats’ offer to Royal Bafokeng Platinum covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer: Video: Darlene Creamer.

Froneman tells world of Sibanye’s confidence in hydrogen economy  

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are poised to be a very significant underpin in the green hydrogen economy and Sibanye-Stillwater is intent on ensuring that the supply of PGMs is sustainable and that the company is part of the global climate change solution, Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman told a global... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater hydrogen presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

B2Gold weighs acquiring gold assets in Zimbabwe 

By: Bloomberg     26th November 2021 B2Gold, the Canadian company that owns mines in Africa and the Philippines, is interested in acquiring gold assets in Zimbabwe. The mid-tier gold producer which has mines in Mali, Namibia and the Philippines, has held talks with the government and other officials in the southern African nation... 

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B2Gold CEO Clive Johnson

Stakeholders identify measures to address fatalities in mining industry 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th November 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy together with leaders from the Minerals Council South Africa and organised labour held a MineSafe Conference on November 25 to discuss measures to drive a sustainable improvement in mine health and safety. The conference was held on the back of a... 

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Law firm creates outsourced compliance solution for mining industry 

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2021 A specialist mining law firm, which prefers people to paper, has created an outsourced compliance solution for Africa’s mining industry. NSDV will not simply rely on the paper trail when a client calls with an issue, but instead phone, WhatsApp, or drive there and chat to the officials. 

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