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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.

Producing a carbon-neutral economy

23rd September 2022 Addressing the nation on the ongoing energy crisis on July 25, 2022, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reinforced the direction in which the country’s energy-generation market is moving, which has created various opportunities to secure a reduction in South Africa’s carbon footprint, says mining... 

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.

TFR, police clamp down on ferrochrome thieves

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th September 2022 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and the South African Police Services (SAPS) on September 8 undertook a joint operation in response to the spike in incidents of theft of ferrochrome being transported from mines in Mpumalanga to the coast for export. "TFR has recently witnessed a... 

Environmental and industry policy gaps, corruption constrain industry

By: Cameron Mackay     9th September 2022 The Zimbabwe government’s decision to grant prospecting and mining rights in environmentally protected areas, such as the Hwange National Park, has been criticised by the international community, says law firm Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech. Natural resources are in abundance in Zimbabwe, which... 

Generic image of an earthmoving machine on a mine site
ERRATIC POLICIES The raw chrome export ban is unlikely to improve investment in what is currently seen as a volatile investment climate

Implats commits R50bn capex to mines, beneficiation, energy, decarbonisation  

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2022 Platinum group metals (PGM) company Implats, which generated free cash flow of R28.8-billion in the 12 months to June 30, said on Thursday that it had allocated R4.3-billion over the next five years to energy security and decarbonisation. Gross profit totalled R41.3-billion at a gross margin of... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller.
Implats results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

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

Transnet and unions declare wage deadlock, strike looms 

By: Reuters     26th August 2022 South Africa's Transnet announced on Friday a deadlock in wage negotiations, with two labour unions raising the prospect of a strike that could further cripple the State-owned logistics company and impact Africa's most advanced economy. Transnet has been operating below capacity due to the... 

Rail infrastructure owned by Transnet

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

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.

Fatality-free Merafe declares cash dividend on 68% earnings surge

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2022 Ferrochrome company Merafe Resources on Tuesday reported a profit of R925-million for the six months ended June 30 on higher realised ferrochrome prices and a weaker rand-dollar exchange rate. Ferrochrome prices have since declined and cost pressures from inflation, higher reductant costs, chrome... 

Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala.
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Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala.

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.

Transnet security guards to be made peace officers

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2022 Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has given approval for State-owned Transnet’s security officers to be granted peace officer status as Gazetted on August 5, elevating them above mere security guards and giving them powers comparable to the Metro Police. In terms of Chapter... 

handcuffs
Photo by Bloomberg
Transnet security officers will now have the power to make arrests

Eastplats lifts second-quarter revenue, production

By: Donna Slater     15th August 2022 The revenue of JSE- and TSX-listed platinum group metals (PGM) miner Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) increased by 2.5% year-on-year to $20.5-million in the second quarter, taking year-to-date revenue to $37.9-million. Mine operating income increased by 25.2% or $900 000 year-on-year to $4.2-million... 

Ironveld starts refurbishment work at Rustenburg smelter

By: Donna Slater     11th August 2022 Aim-listed iron, vanadium and titanium project developer Ironveld and its team of specialist contractors has started work at the mothballed Ferrochrome Furnaces (FCF) smelter site, in Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West province. This follows the successful completion of a £4.5-million... 

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.

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.

Integrated, tech-driven rail industry needed to drive South Africa’s heavy haul sector   

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2022 To enable South Africa’s mining and resources sector to remain competitive, it is imperative the country pursues a safe, competitive, responsible, integrated and intelligent heavy haul system, powered by rail 4.0, by 2030. This was emphasised by industry organisation the South African Heavy Haul... 

A Transnet Freight Rail train transporting iron-ore
Transnet CE Portia Derby outlines Transnet’s targets for commodities

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... 

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

Afrimat raises R680m in accelerated bookbuild

By: Donna Slater     29th July 2022 JSE-listed building materials, industrial minerals and bulk commodities company Afrimat has successfully closed an equity raise of R680-million – about 8.5% of its current market capitalisation. Following strong demand, Afrimat elected to increase the size of the bookbuild it announced on July... 

Glencore’s ferrochrome production up on consistent smelter performance 

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2022 Ferrochrome production, which is South Africa-based, rose 2% in the six months to June 30, reflecting consistent smelter performance, Glencore reported on Friday. Attributable ferrochrome production of 786 000 t was 13 000 t higher than in the first half of last year amid overall production being... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle
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Glencore CEO Gary Nagle

Zimbabwe raises mines power tariff by 8% to meet production cost

By: Bloomberg     28th July 2022 Zimbabwe’s power utility ZESA Holdings will no longer charge mining houses tariffs below cost of production as it is struggling to service “ballooning power import debt.” Exporters, such as mining companies, will be charged $0.1063/kWh from August 1, ZESA executive chairperson Sydney Gata said in... 

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... 

Creamer Media screenshot.
Photo by Creamer Media
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.

CN Railway boosts freight prices and beats analyst forecasts

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2022 Canadian National Railway reported earnings that easily beat analysts’ forecasts as strong volumes allowed the railroad to increase prices and fuel surcharges to offset rising costs. Revenue in the second quarter was C$4.34-billion, topping the expected C$4.08-billion and 21% higher than last... 

An image of a CN Rail locomotive
A CN Rail locomotive

Merafe to post higher interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th July 2022 JSE-listed chrome miner Merafe Resources expects to report basic earnings per share (EPS) of between 34.7c and 39.3c for the six months ended June 30, which would be a 51% to 71% improvement on the basic EPS of 23c reported for the six months ended June 30, 2021. The company says its financial... 

Decarbonisation, renewables can create new economic sectors in SA – Anglo Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2022 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen on Monday expressed the firm belief that decarbonisation and renewable energy have the potential to create new economic sectors in South Africa. On the renewable energy front, Viljoen also revealed that Anglo Platinum... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen

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.

PEM Electrolyser, Ironveld, Jubilee Metals make headlines   

15th July 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Australia’s PEM water electrolyser; Ironveld’s plans to acquire Ferrochrome Furnaces; and Jubilee Metals's Sable refinery.   

Photo of Martin Creamer
PEM Electrolyser, Ironveld, Jubilee Metals make headlines

Mining production down 7.8% y/y in May, but sales increase

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th July 2022 Mining production decreased by 7.8% year-on-year in May, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has revealed. The largest negative contributors were gold (-28.3% and contributing -4.6 percentage points); coal (-7.3% and contributing -1.9 percentage points); and manganese ore (-14.5% and contributing... 

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... 

Creamer Media screenshot
Photo by Creamer Media
Presenting ENSafrica webinar are from top anti-clockwise Willem Le Roux, Pieter Colyn and Celeste Coles.

Jubilee appoints nonexecutive director to chair safety, sustainability committee

By: Donna Slater     14th July 2022 Aim- and AltX-listed diversified metals processing company Jubilee Metals Group has appointed Tracey Kerr independent nonexecutive director with immediate effect. Based in the UK, she is currently a nonexecutive director of Hochschild Mining, a FTSE 250 precious metal mining company with mines... 

Tracey Kerr
Jubilee Metals new independent nonexecutive director and safety and sustainability committee chairperson Tracey Kerr

Tharisa weathers challenging conditions to record strong quarterly output, cash generation  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th July 2022 Dual-listed Tharisa achieved a “commendable” third quarter, ended June 30, maintaining strong production, which was supported by the favourable commodity markets, ensuring a healthy balance sheet that will allow the company to continue implementing its strategy, CEO Phoevos Pouroulis says. “The... 

An image of Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis
Phoevos Pouroulis
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