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Chrome News

Merafe’s nine-month ferrochrome output up 64.6% y/y

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2021 JSE-listed ferrochrome producer Merafe Resources’ attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore-Merafe chrome venture for the third quarter ended September 30 was 77 000 t. Production for the nine months to September 30 increased by 64.6% year-on-year to 276 000 t. 

No zero carbon without green hydrogen, US pledging $1/kg coal-parity price 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2021 The world will be unable to meet its zero-carbon targets without the introduction of green hydrogen solutions, says Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha, at a time when the US has launched a programme to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%. Nasdaq-listed Plug Power, a pure play... 

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Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha

Policy-not-law charter judgment going long way towards providing certainty – NSDV 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2021 The court judgement that the mining charter is policy and not law goes a long way towards providing regulatory certainty, says NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan ­– but it is not the end of the road, he cautions in a 1 500-word analysis entitled The Great Mining Charter Debate. Khan... 

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NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan.

Incentive needed for smaller end of stock exchange to survive – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2021 An incentive is needed for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange, which is facing an existential crisis, said AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller on Monday. Reacting to the groundswell of headlines about delistings and lack of listings on the Johannesburg Stock... 

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AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

South Africa needs to ramp up critical minerals exploration as world decarbonises - study 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2021 The South African mining sector can remain internationally competitive and support socioeconomic development only if it drives decarbonisation and adapts to the global shift in commodity demand towards minerals used in green sectors such as renewable electricity and electric vehicles (EVs), a new... 

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Tharisa achieves record quarterly output

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome concentrate producer Tharisa reports that its Tharisa mine, in the North West, achieved its highest production ever during the quarter ended September 30. Platinum group metals output for the quarter increased to 43 700 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium,... 

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The Tharisa mine

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

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Form top left clockwise are Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Olivia Markham, Brett Beatty, Bernard Swanepoel and Mick McMullen.

South Africa’s exploration investment lowest since democracy began, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2021 South Africa’s mining industry is at its lowest level of exploration investment since democracy began in 1994, the Joburg Indaba heard on Thursday. “Never have we spent less – and this is a pity because significant promises were made about an exploration plan for the country,” Joburg Indaba... 

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Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Transnet building pipeline of transactions for private sector participation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2021 Transnet CEO Portia Derby says the State-owned group received a “fantastic” response to its two recent requests for information (RFIs) for private participation at the ports of Durban and Ngqura and that several other private sector participation (PSP) transactions are under development. The... 

Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet CEO Portia Derby

South Africa in danger of missing out on commodity boom, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2021 A much more enabling environment is needed to ensure that South Africa does not miss out on yet another commodity boom, the Joburg Indaba heard on Wednesday. “We know that we’ve missed at least one commodity boom,” Foskor chairperson, Industrial Development Corporation director and founding... 

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Joburg Indaba opening session covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Innovative wireless sensor approach could make exploration cheaper – Prof  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 An innovative wireless sensor method of mapping the subsurface of the earth could make exploration cheaper and mining safer, says Professor Musa Manzi, the award-winning director of the Seismic Research Centre of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. The method, which... 

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Wits Professor Musa Manzi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Tharisa cold commissions Vulcan recovery plant

By: Donna Slater     5th October 2021 JSE- and LSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome co-producer Tharisa reports that cold-commissioning of its R1-billion Vulcan ultra-fine chrome recovery and beneficiation plant has started and that the plant’s commissioning remains firmly on track, with initial saleable production due... 

Investment in mining crucial to ensure continued contribution to economy – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 Investment in the mining industry is crucial to ensure its continued contribution to the South African economy, says PwC in its thirteenth edition of SA Mine 2021, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry. In a year of doom and gloom on so many fronts,... 

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

Giant private mining companies getting away with no obligation to report anything publicly   

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 A globally significant chrome producer operating six chrome mines and employing 7 000 people inside South Africa – with a social labour plan obligation on every mine, with tax and royalty obligations paid to the State – is permitted to operate in this country with no ongoing public disclosure... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed on transparency by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum offering good relative value as investment – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 Platinum is viewed as an investment case for the moment and is offering good relative value, says Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne. Palladium appears more vulnerable than platinum to vehicle production downside risks, says World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) institutional distribution head... 

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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Northam board approves renewable energy projects plus hydrogen project 

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2021 The board of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum has given its approval for the building of three renewable energy projects at three of the company’s mines plus a hydrogen project at one of them. Northam Platinum CFO Alet Coetzee said this week that board approval had... 

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Northam Platinum CFO Alet Coetzee

Countercyclical Northam growth strategy creates 8 000 jobs, 2 000 this year  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2021 The record operational and financial performance of Northam Platinum in the 12 months to June 30 was accompanied by the creation of 2 335 new sustainable jobs, which takes the total generated by the platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company well-timed growth strategy from 2015 to 8 232. In... 

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

Northam Platinum’s headline earnings soar 215%

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2021 The normalised headline earnings of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum soared by more than 215% to R10.9-billion in what was a record operational and financial performance in the 12 months to June 30. The JSE-listed company stated on Thursday that its earnings before... 

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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Sibanye-Stillwater moving to radical transparency on public tailings disclosure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Gold, platinum and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is moving towards the embrace of radical transparency when it comes to public disclosure on matters relating to tailings facilities against the backdrop of 230 significant tailings failures having taken place globally. Sibanye-Stillwater... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Bauba narrows full-year loss; to raise R34m through claw-back offer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2021 JSE-listed Bauba Resources has posted a total comprehensive loss of R27.23-million for the financial year ended June 30, compared with a loss of R45.28-million in the 2020 financial year. The basic and headline loss a share for the period was 4.73c, compared with 8.07c in the prior financial year. 

Tharisa sets down initial decarbonisation targets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2021 Platinum group metals miner Tharisa has announced a target of reducing its carbon emissions by 30% by 2030, from 2020 as a baseline. The company is in the process of developing a roadmap to net carbon neutrality by 2050.  

Mantashe hopeful of turning Limpopo, North West, Northern Cape into new mining hotspots

By: Donna Slater     28th September 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe hopes to spur growth in mining hubs within Limpopo, the North West and the Northern Cape provinces with the launch of the Limpopo Mining Investment Conference, which was held on September 28. During a keynote address, he explained that the... 

Green Sedibelo will use 82% less electricity to take PGMs all the way to end consumer  

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines is well on its way to becoming the lowest of low-energy PGM energy users and the highest of high on-site beneficiators of metals that are key in the global fight against climate change. Sedibelo’s technology sensation is the remarkable... 

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Pallinghurst managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Tharisa makes lead independent director, board committee changes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st September 2021 Dual-listed Tharisa on Tuesday  announced a change to its lead independent director and the composition of certain board committees.  In addition, the platinum group metals and chrome producer also announced additional senior management appointments to enhance its corporate governance, climate... 

Ferrochrome prices increase 15.4% for fourth quarter, says Merafe

By: Simone Liedtke     21st September 2021 The European benchmark ferrochrome price for the fourth quarter of 2021 has been settled at $1.80/lb, a 15.4% increase from the third quarter, JSE-listed ferrochrome producer Merafe Resources said on Tuesday. Mining Weekly last month reported that steel production had recovered to prepandemic... 

Save SA Smelters responds to ChromeSA’s ‘high-risk’ analysis 

By: Martin Creamer     17th September 2021 The Save SA Smelters movement, which has thrown its full weight behind the decision of the Cabinet to impose an export tax on raw chrome leaving the country, on Friday responded to the analysis of ChromeSA that the imposition of such a tax would be high risk. ChromeSA was formed late last year... 

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Placard-bearing Save SA Smelters members.

ERG and NFC China to build special coke plant in Kazakhstan

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th September 2021 Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction (NFC China) have signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build a special coke plant at Shubarkol Komir in Kazakhstan. The new 400 000 t/y plant will produce a... 

Mining production up 10.3% y/y in July

By: Donna Slater     14th September 2021 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reports that production from South Africa’s mining industry increased by 10.3% year-on-year in July, with the largest contributors being the production of iron-ore, which was up by 42.9%, contributing 3.9 percentage points to the overall tally. Platinum group... 

South Africa’s junior mining dearth result of unintended consequence – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 South Africa’s junior mining dearth is a result of savings no longer flowing through to primary capital raising and stock exchange listings, as the Jacobs Committee expected them to do. The unintended consequence is that there are no longer small investors for small companies. This has negatively... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

ChromeSA says imposition of export tax would be high risk  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 The imposition of a tax on the export of chrome ore would be high risk and the gain from such an intervention would likely be eroded fairly quickly by the high cost of electricity, which is the real problem. Chrome SA’s Alistair McAdam and Paul Anderson of Genesis Analytics highlighted this... 

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ChromeSA representatives Alistair McAdam and Paul Anderson on chrome export tax. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Shut Nkomati Nickel has good-grade, long-life underground potential – ARM  

By: Martin Creamer     8th September 2021 The large underground resource that remains at the shut Nkomati Nickel mine in Mpumalanga provides optionality depending on market conditions, says African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) CEO Mike Schmidt. The Nkomati mine, located near Machadodorp, has been on care-and-maintenance since March as the... 

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African Rainbow Minerals CEO Mike Schmidt reports on Nkomati Nickel covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Machine learning reaches mineral prospecting

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 The partnership between mining consulting services provider The MSA Group and Canadian mining software developer Koan Analytics has resulted in machine learning being available to minerals explorers in South Africa and throughout the world. “The partnership offers access to the most advanced... 

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MINERAL MAP Clients will be able to use machine learning technology to map mineral resources across the globe

Metallurgical tests prove profitable

27th August 2021 Gold mining company African Gold Group in July announced the final metallurgical test results from its comprehensive sulphide testwork programme, which incorporated variability testing to determine the optimal process route of the ore across the extent of the orebody at its Kobada mine in Mali.... 

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GOING FOR GOLD New results have reported a better than predicted recovery at the Kobada gold mine

Transnet, Minerals Council to strengthen cooperation to improve network operations

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2021 State-owned Transnet and mining industry organisation Minerals Council South Africa have agreed to collaborate to ensure operational improvements across the freight system to get back to target performance levels in the short term and then to position for growth in the future. The organisations... 

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Afarak settles Absa dispute

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2021 London-listed Afarak Group has advised that a claim has been settled between itself and South African financial services provider Absa Bank. The dispute settlement also led to the District Court of Helsinki dismissing the claim in its entirety.  

IDC in discussion on the introduction of an exploration fund – Demana   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2021 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is in discussion on the introduction of a fund to underpin much-needed exploration in South Africa. This was stated by Reginald Demana, the IDC’s head of mining and metals, infrastructure and energy, in a wide-ranging Zoom interview with Mining Weekly.... 

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IDC Mining, Metals, Infrastructure & Energy Head Reginald Demana interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Resources Watch  

18th August 2021 This week: Exxaro ups coal volume at risk owing to Transnet challenges to three-million tonnes; Coal miner Exxaro to spell out decarbonisation strategy on Sept 20; and, Up to 450 MW for cleaner, greener ferrochrome envisaged 

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Resources Watch

South Africa on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says new SAIMM president  

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2021 South Africa is on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says newly elected Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Isabel Geldenhuys. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Geldenhuys expressed the view that all the big mines with big moving machinery... 

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South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy president Isabel Geldenhuys interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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