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More than 300 000 mining sector employees, contractors vaccinated  

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2021 South Africa’s mining industry has surpassed the 300 000 milestone for fully and partially vaccinated employees and contractors. As the year draws to a close, the Minerals Council South Africa has urged all unvaccinated employees to get the jab to protect their families and friends at the start... 

Covid-19 vaccination

Council reaffirms commitment to transformation as DMRE confirms it will not appeal mine ownership ruling 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa has reiterated its full commitment to the transformation of the mining sector. This follows after Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on November 23 told Members of Parliament in the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and... 

A South African PGMs mine

Minerals Council members could deliver up to 3 900 MW of supplementary electricity supply  

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2021 Minerals Council South Africa member companies could deliver up to 3 900 MW of renewable energy projects worth an estimated R60-billion, which, if built, would relieve pressure on State-owned power utility Eskom and go a long way towards meeting the industry’s commitment to achieve net-zero... 

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Namibia heading for world record green hydrogen costs, conference hears  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2021 With its vast potential for wind and solar energy, Namibia is excellently placed to become a global player in green hydrogen production, the Africa Green Hydrogen Forum's virtual conference heard on Monday, when green hydrogen was highlighted as the key decarbonisation vector in the global fight... 

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African Green Hydrogen webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Dog-like robot launched in South Africa to automate hard-to-reach mining environments 

By: Donna Slater     19th November 2021 Mining technology integration partner Dwyka Mining Services this week launched US-based robotics developer Boston Dynamics’ quadruped robot, known as Spot, in South Africa, targeting specifically a variety of mining applications. Dwyka MD Jamie van Schoor says Spot can be used in the mining... 

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Spot Enterprise with charging and data-offloading station

Battery-grade nickel demand to grow as world sets sights on low-carbon future 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th November 2021 The global green transition and electrification of transport has started a paradigm shift in the demand dynamics of metals, which are required for a low-carbon future, and are set to experience a significant boost in demand in the coming decade at least, says research agency Fitch Solutions.... 

Sibanye tables conditional settlement offer for South African gold operations employees 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th November 2021 JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater has, in an effort to reach common ground with unions, tabled an amended conditional three-year settlement offer that takes into account that the cost of living has increased and is above the average inflation rate of 3.6% over the past year but also... 

A miner working underground at Sibanye's Driefontein mine

Chinese company awarded engineering contract for Kamoa-Kakuka smelter 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2021 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines’ Kamoa Copper subsidiary has awarded China Nerin Engineering the basic engineering contract for the planned, direct-to-blister flash smelter at the Kamoa-Kakula copper complex that will incorporate leading-edge technology, supplied by Metso Outotec, and have a nameplate... 

An artist's impression of the flash smelter at Kamoa Kakula
An artist's impression of the flash smelter at Kamoa Kakula

Jubilee’s Project Roan nearing completion, company finishing Inyoni upgrades 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2021 Construction of Aim-listed Jubilee Metals’ Project Roan is quickly nearing completion, with commissioning activities targeted to start during December, slightly ahead of the anticipated timetable and notwithstanding international freight and logistics challenges. Project Roan, which is targeting... 

Green hydrogen advocate Forrest slams oil, gas as ‘anathema methane mines’  

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2021 Oil and gas plants are methane mines and opening new ones is an anathema that fails to take the livelihoods of today’s offspring seriously, says Fortescue Metals Group chairperson and green hydrogen protagonist Andrew Forrest. “I argue strongly that opening up a new coal mine, or even a methane... 

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Zambia going all out to up green energy, copper with private-sector at helm  

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2021 Zambia zoomed into town today and did all it could to sweep investors off their feet with pledges to be private-sector driven, surge into green energy, and do everything it can to regain top spot in global copper at a time when the metal is set to play such a key role in the fight against climate... 

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Webber Wentzel Zambia event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Saudi Arabia continues talks with South African investors to further support mining ecosystem 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2021 Saudi Arabia recognises the importance of building lasting international partnerships to support its minerals ecosystem – a move that will ultimately result in the mapping of the kingdom’s mineral-rich territories for the benefit of all local and international investors. Saudi Arabia Vice... 

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Saudi Arabia Vice Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Mudaifer

Bring on non-binary debates for a redefined, realistic just transition, says WCA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2021 A binary, this-or-that debate on technology for a just energy transition is unhelpful and does not consider the unique circumstances for each country in the pursuit of carbonisation, the World Coal Association (WCA) argues. The association’s stance is that it will respect coal users and non-coal... 

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WCA CEO Michelle Manook

Expect to be unemployed from age 40, Miller warns graduates entering mining   

By: Martin Creamer     15th November 2021 Because of the collapse of investment in greenfields exploration in South Africa, any mining graduate entering the profession today can expect to be unemployed from the age of 40, said AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller on Monday, when he pointed out that South Africa is now at an... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer

Ivanhoe’s Kamoa-Kakula ramps up successfully, sells 41 490 t of copper 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th November 2021 During its first quarter of production, ended September 30, TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines’ Kamoa-Kakula joint venture, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sold 41 490 t of payable copper and recognised revenue of $342.6-million. It achieved an operating profit of $209.7-million and earnings... 

Mineral exploration should be incentivised, says IDC’s Thabiso Sekano  

By: Martin Creamer     12th November 2021 Mineral exploration should be incentivised so that South Africa’s great mineral endowment can be optimally leveraged to lower unemployment, improve export revenues, and strengthen this country’s gross domestic product (GDP). That is the view of Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) mining,... 

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IDC Mining Metals Beneficiation Head interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Endeavour looks set to beat 1.5Moz guidance 

By: Mariaan Webb     12th November 2021 West Africa-focused gold miner Endeavour Mining has reported strong third-quarter results and says it is well positioned to beat its full-year production guidance. The TSX- and LSE-listed miner produced 382 000 oz at an all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of $904/oz in the third quarter, taking... 

Miners urged to look beyond only carbon offsetting measures in net-zero journey 

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2021 As mining companies look to lower their carbon intensity, low-carbon economy software developer Minviro sustainability manager Laurens Tijsseling encourages miners to not rely solely on carbon offsetting techniques, but instead employ a range of measures. Speaking at the Energy and Mines Virtual... 

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Quality ounces hoisting Harmony into new gold stratosphere  

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2021 Harmony Gold, which was a bottom-feeding gold mining company, has been hoisted into a new stratosphere of value and volume by the quality ounces it has acquired. Johannesburg- and New York-listed company’s operational update for the three months to the end of September 30 highlights just how... 

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Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

South Deep is Gold Fields’ star performer 

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2021 Mechanised underground Gauteng gold mine South Deep has been hailed by a solidly performing Gold Fields as its star in the three months to September 30. Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith singled out the 75-year-life West Rand gold mine’s 30%-higher quarter-on-quarter performance when he reported... 

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Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith

ICMM takes leading role in climate change guidance for industry  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th November 2021 The drive for clean energy technologies that are required to achieve the climate goals will increase demand for critical minerals, putting the mining and metals industry at the forefront of the energy transition. However, this necessitates that materials be responsibly sourced and produced,... 

Mining sector looking toward hydrogen, battery storage to decarbonise 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th November 2021 The global energy landscape is changing amid a rush to net-zero emissions by 2050, and renewable energy is going from strength to strength, with these projects having captured nearly 50% of all new generation build capital in 2020. Energy services company Wärtsilä Canada business development... 

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Gold major Newmont spending $500m on renewables, world congress hears 

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2021 Gold mining major Newmont is spending $500-million on renewable energy projects against the backdrop of climate risk equating to investment risk for all mining industry participants, the Energy and Mines Virtual World Congress heard on Tuesday. Expenditure of the half-a-billion dollars began last... 

Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker (left) and Newmont executive VP and chief technology officer Dean Gehring (right).
Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker (left) and Newmont executive VP and chief technology officer Dean Gehring (right).

Green hydrogen market presents huge opportunity for Africa – Mantashe  

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2021 The green hydrogen market presents a huge opportunity for Africa to position itself as a global competitor in future green energy markets, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has told the Africa Energy Week. Countries such as South Africa and Zimbabwe, the Minister said,... 

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Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Bafokeng clinch green business boost as part of Northam platinum deal  

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2021 Royal Bafokeng Holdings has accepted an unsolicited offer from Northam Platinum for up to a third of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) in a R17-billion transaction that opens the way for the community to accelerate into the fast-growing green energy economy with Northam’s help. Royal Bafokeng... 

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Royal Bafokeng Holdings CEO Albertinah Kekana (left) and Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.

AngloGold keeping close watch on inflation 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2021 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti is keeping a close watch on inflation from which its stocking strategies provided delayed impact in the three months to the end of September, CFO Christine Ramon said on Monday, when the company reported higher costs that reflected a significant reinvestment... 

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Newly appointed AngloGold CEO Alberto Calderon and CFO Christine Ramon

MSA Group, partner see growth potential in Egypt’s growing mining industry 

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2021 The 82 exploration permits issued by Egypt to 11 junior and major mining and exploration companies, along with the country's underexplored, but promising, mineral resources and its location, bode well for the development of its mining industry and for its role as a mining exploration and services... 

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Liquid AngloGold Ashanti prioritising cost reduction, operating efficiencies 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2021 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti on Monday reported third-quarter production of 613 000 oz, which was 5% higher quarter-on-quarter, excluding Obuasi, the Ghana mine impacted earlier this year by the voluntary suspension of underground mining activities. Newly appointed AngloGold CEO Alberto... 

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AngloGold Ashanti CEO Alberto Calderon

Modern mining infrastructure, innovations to address junior mining, exploration challenges 

By: Schalk Burger     5th November 2021 Innovation and technology development to promote and reinvigorate the country’s moribund exploration, emerging and junior mining sector are focused on developing shared infrastructure and innovations to reduce costs and make exploration more effective and efficient. Research, development and... 

Platinum group metals playing key role in Proudly South African hydrogen breakthrough  

By: Martin Creamer     5th November 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs), which are hosted overwhelmingly in South Africa, have played a key role in rocketing the performance of local alkaline electrolysers, in which PGMs are not generally used. Hydrox Holdings of Randburg, which has been pursuing hydrogen solutions for more than two... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Developments at Anglo American  

5th November 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks developments at diversified mining company Anglo American. 

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Developments at Anglo American

Barrick installing solar power in Nevada, eliminating coal-fired power 

By: Martin Creamer     4th November 2021 Gold and copper mining company Barrick, which is installing solar power in the US where coal-fired electricity generation is also earmarked for elimination, is intent on making plans rather than promises as it cuts carbon emissions. The New York- and Toronto-listed mining company, headquartered... 

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Barrick president and CE Mark Bristow

Mining modernisation to benefit junior miners, exploration in South Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     4th November 2021 The development and applications of technologies and techniques in mining to make it safer, more productive and more efficient are benefiting junior miners and adding tools and capabilities to stimulate minerals exploration in South Africa, mining and technology experts said on November 4. During... 

Afrimat posts strong interim results, with all segments contributing positively to growth  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th November 2021 Midtier openpit miner Afrimat has confirmed it is in a healthy financial position and able to accelerate growth, after delivering a ‘pleasing’ performance in the six months ended August 31. The group posted an operating profit of R582-million, up 65% on the R353-million operating profit... 

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Afrimat's executive team unpacks the group's interim performance

South African Duncan Wanblad to succeed Mark Cutifani as Anglo CE 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American on Wednesday announced the appointment of Duncan Wanblad as chief executive with effect from the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) on April 19 next year – and has also spelt out details of Wanblad’s upcoming remuneration package in considerable... 

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South African Duncan Wanblad, who takes over as CE of Anglo American on April 19.

Pallinghurst now has all key battery, hydrogen fuel cell elements  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2021 The Pallinghurst Group now has within its fold all the key elements needed for lithium-ion batteries, fuel-cells and green hydrogen economy. Pallinghurst’s latest transaction with Talon Metals brings in nickel, copper and cobalt, which augment the already-in-the-bag graphite, battery-grade... 

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Pallinghurst Co-Chief Executive and Co-Founder Arne Frandsen speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Pluczenik re-enters South Africa, opens local diamond cutting facility 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd November 2021 Global diamond manufacturer and trader Pluczenik Diamond Company has made a re-entry into the South African market by partnering with a local entrepreneur to open a diamond cutting and polishing facility in Bedfordview. Pluczenik was initially established in South Africa in 1948, before migrating... 

Pluczenik re-enters South African diamond cutting and polishing market with factory in Bedfordview
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Pluczenik re-enters South African diamond cutting and polishing market with factory in Bedfordview

Anglo to transition to green hydrogen mine fleet over decade – Cutifani 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American, which is piloting the world’s biggest green hydrogen-powered haulage vehicle, is planning to replace its global truck fleet of 400 diesel trucks with hydrogen trucks over a ten-year period from about 2024. Introducing hydrogen mobility on its mines will... 

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Anglo American’s hydrogen truck with hydrogen production and refuelling system shown top right.
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