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Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2022 The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa does not have such a cadastre, fellow African countries that are already thriving on it include... 

Green hydrogen, fuel cells important part of any future energy system, says global strategist  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2022 Green hydrogen and fuel cells will be a very important part of any future energy system, says Switzerland-based energy and sustainability consultancy strategist Dr David Hart. Among the electrolysers that convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen are proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Dr David Hart, E4tech.
E4tech’s Dr David Hart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africans urged to turn exploration into Big Hairy Audacious Goal  

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2022 South Africans have been urged to rally around exploration as this country's Big Hairy Audacious Goal – a BHAG – so that what is described as "our lowest hanging economic fruit" can be turned to positive account. Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, who was speaking in support of the junior... 

Council of Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza.
Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New fund-raising product appropriate for junior miners, says JSE  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2022 The JSE has a new product that is appropriate for fund-raising by junior mining companies, JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi said on Friday. Mokorosi, who was speaking at Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar, highlighted the new product against the... 

JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi.
Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior Miner Webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

World’s largest battery-electric mine truck heading for commercial availability in 2024  

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 The world’s largest battery-electric truck for underground mining is on its way to becoming commercially available in 2024. Sandvik’s 65 t TH665B machine removes between 1 t and 2 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day, along with heat and noise. 

Jakob Rutqvist, Sandvik VP strategy and commercial for battery and hybrid/electric-vehicles business unit of Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions.
Sandvik VP Jakob Rutqvist interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Minerals Council urges faster inclusion of private electricity suppliers 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s electricity recovery plan and urges more rapid private sector participation in resolving the country’s deepening electricity crisis. Minerals Council members have 6 500 MW of embedded energy projects in the pipeline which will... 

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

Ministers follow President in visiting Jagersfontein diamond disaster area

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 Following the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantsashe will today visit the diamond tailings deposition dam that burst its banks, killing at least one person and destroying homes. Mineral... 

Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
Photo by Google Maps
Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.

AngloGold appoints Rio Tinto exec as its new CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2022 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti has appointed Gillian Doran CFO, with effect from January 1, 2023. Doran (45) joins AngloGold from Rio Tinto Group, where she is currently CFO Aluminium, based in Montreal, Canada. 

Development banks under pressure to compensate harmed communities

By: Reuters     30th August 2022 Mamadou Lamarana was hoping the World Bank's financial involvement in a western Guinean bauxite mine expansion would lead to compensation for the loss of land and pollution he says his community suffered in the run up to their resettlement in 2020. The 38-year-old electrician and representatives... 

Most base metals climb on supply concerns, demand uncertainty

By: Reuters     23rd August 2022 Prices of most base metals moved higher on Tuesday, as supply-and-demand worries amid an energy crisis in Europe and China lent some support to the market against the backdrop of reduced stockpiles. The most-traded September zinc contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange SZNc1 was up 2% at 25... 

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.

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.

Worsley expansion given two more weeks for public comment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th August 2022 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has given stakeholders and community groups an additional two weeks to comment on diversified miner South32’s proposed expansion at its Worsley alumina operations. South32 is proposing to continue operations and expand the existing... 

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

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Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

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Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

World-first hydrogen haul truck operational from August – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 The pilot world-first hydrogen haul truck launched early in the year, has had some final changes made to it before it heads into the pit and goes into operational mode from August. Meanwhile, the second prototype is already underway, where learnings from the first truck are being taken into the... 

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

Basing analysis solely on data can result in treasure being mistaken for trash  

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2022 Applying subject matter expertise to process data streams for accuracy is a necessary part of mining’s new digital age, according to SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen. Olsen, the leader of SRK’s data engineering team, spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview from Canada.... 

How to avert the risk of valuable information being disregarded.
SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rio posts solid quarter but warns of inflation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2022 Diversified major Rio Tinto has reported a solid second quarter of production, with iron-ore, bauxite and copper up from the previous corresponding period. Rio on Friday reported that iron-ore production from the Pilbara had increased by 4% in the June quarter, compared with the same period in... 

Image shows a Rio Tinto branded hard hat

Mine water, waste skills deficit amid green mining transition

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2022 The global green mining transition, which is driving a significant increase in demand for effective water and waste management in the African mining market, has highlighted a skills shortage, says WSP in Africa Earth and Environment MD Ralph Heath. “We can’t hire enough people and we are not... 

THE SHOW MUST GO ON
WSP has continued to work for mining companies across Africa while adapting to the challenge of keeping water and waste facilities operational remotely amid the Covid-19 pandemic
THE SHOW MUST GO ON WSP has continued to work for mining companies across Africa while adapting to the challenge of keeping water and waste facilities operational remotely amid the Covid-19 pandemic

New mining Bill major threat to jobs and investment, must be strenuously opposed – ENSafrica  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2022 A new draconian mining industry draft Bill, which threatens jobs and investment – and can even impose a penalty of 10% of turnover on a mine company, along with corporate manslaughter charges – must be “very, very strenuously opposed", top South African mining industry lawyer Willem Le Roux urged... 

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Presenting ENSafrica webinar are from top anti-clockwise Willem Le Roux, Pieter Colyn and Celeste Coles.

New Anglo strategy director excited by mining’s green energy transition 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2022 The newly appointed group director of strategy and business development of diversified mining company Anglo American on Monday singled out mining’s green energy transition in commenting on the excitement of her new appointment. Helena Nonka, who is currently executive VP of corporate development... 

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New Anglo American group director of strategy and business development Helena Nonka.

Australian resources exports to set new records

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th July 2022 Australia’s resource and energy export earnings are estimated to be worth A$405-billion in 2021–22, and is forecast to rise to A$419-billion in 2022–23, delivering two successive record years, the Office of the Chief Economist reported on Monday. As world supply responds to high prices and... 

Image shows container ships at Port Hedland

Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption   

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2022 If the world were to electrify every mine truck, it would stop 198 000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day from entering the atmosphere, which equates to a single electrified mining truck eliminating what would take 46 000 trees to absorb. That mammoth sustainability benefit was driven home firmly... 

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ABB's Erik Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Metals set for worst quarter since 2008 on global downturn angst

By: Bloomberg     30th June 2022 Base metals headed for the worst quarterly slump since the global financial crisis in 2008 as China’s economy recovered only gradually and fears of a world recession intensified. The London Metal Exchange Index has tumbled 23% since the end of March, although the decline has been magnified due... 

Metals set for worst quarter since 2008 on global downturn angst

Metro to expand Bauxite Hills operation

By: Darren Parker     29th June 2022 ASX-listed Metro Mining’s board has approved a final investment decision (FID), subject to financing, to expand the capacity of its Bauxite Hills mine, in Queensland, to 7-million wet metric tonnes a year for a capital expenditure (capex) of A$28.3-million. The expansion will be financed from a... 

Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2022 Going forward, combined renewables plans already in place are poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Exxaro Resources’s Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo by up to 90%. The renewable strategy being executed by coal miner Exxaro’s wholly owned green energy arm – Cennergi – is the key driver of the... 

Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro/Cennergi MD energy Roland Tatnall interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer,

Deeming could bring regulatory certainty to much-needed minerals investment – NSDV  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2022 The detraction of the South African investment market is the uncertainty around approval timelines and the implementation of a deeming provision could change all that by treating applications as approved after the passing of a set period of time. Many want to invest in exploration and mining... 

NSDV advisory head Mark Gilbert.
NSDV Advisory Head Mark Gilbert interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Canyon's Cameroon project proves up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st June 2022 A bankable feasibility study (BFS) into the Minim Martap bauxite project, in Cameroon, has confirmed an initial 20 year mine life, with the project expected to produce 6.4-million tonnes of high-grade bauxite a year. ASX-listed Canyon Resources on Tuesday told shareholders that the BFS was... 

Green hydrogen’s business case significantly strengthened, summit hears  

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2022 Green hydrogen, when earlier identified as a necessary clean energy source to help the world achieve net-zero emissions in the coming decades, was higher up the cost curve than fossil fuels. Now that has changed with this week’s Financial Times Hydrogen Summit emphasising that green hydrogen’s... 

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FT Hydrogen Summit panel discussion.

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

Guinea bauxite miner CBG backs alumina refining push

By: Reuters     14th June 2022 Guinea will have alumina refineries in the coming years, but these projects are capital-intensive and complex, Guinea's second-biggest bauxite miner said on Monday, after a new ultimatum from the government keen to boost mineral processing. Bauxite mining companies have ten days to present a... 

Guinea extends deadline for bauxite miners to present refinery plans

By: Reuters     10th June 2022 Guinea's junta has given bauxite mining companies 10 days to present a timeline for the construction of alumina refineries, extending an end of May deadline the companies did not meet, it said in a statement on Friday. Africa's biggest producer of the aluminium ore has been seeking to channel its... 

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Workers at Rusal's Guinea bauxite mine end strike, obtain salary rise

By: Reuters     7th June 2022 Striking employees of Russian aluminium giant Rusal's Guinea subsidiary Compagnie des Bauxites de Dian-Dian (COBAD) returned to work on June 2, one week after their protest action started, a union leader said on Monday. The workers at COBAD went on strike on May 26 to demand better pay and... 

Circular economy prompting steel, oil, carbon recovery from end-of-life mine truck tyres  

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2022 Highest and best use of ultra-large end-of-life mine truck tyres is being brought about by a change to the model in which resources are mined, made into products, and then become waste. Just one of these giant tyres can weigh 4.5 t and stand 14 feet tall. Put five of the 63-inch variety into a... 

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Kal Tire’s Dan Allan speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Far-reaching JSE reforms highlighted at exploration-focused Junior Indaba 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2022 The June 1 launch of the JSE’s new Cutting Red Tape initiative to make listing on the JSE considerably easier, faster and more sustainable is twinning with JSE’s recent private placements inventiveness that provides for the raising of capital in the private market for minerals exploration and the... 

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JSE head of origination and deals Sam Mokorosi.
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