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Minerals Council regrets delay of 2018 Mining Charter review 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 2 hours 2 minutes ago Minerals Council South Africa on Monday expressed regret that the finalisation of the review of the contested elements of the 2018 Mining Charter had been delayed following a judgement of the full bench of the High Court in Pretoria ordering that a number of other parties be joined to the action.... 

Third-quarter ferrochrome benchmark price rolls over at $1.14/lb

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 3 hours ago The European benchmark ferrochrome price for the third quarter of 2020 has been settled at $1.14/lb, a rollover from the second quarter of 2020, JSE-listed Merafe Resources advised shareholders on Monday. This price remains an increase of 12.9% on the first-quarter price of $1.01/lb. 

Third-quarter ferrochrome benchmark price rolls over at $1.14/lb
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Lion ferrochrome.

Lithium feeling pandemic pinch

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd July 2020 The lithium market is declining as a direct result of electric vehicle (EV) plans being pushed back and EV production plummeting, says international commodities consultancy Core Consultants. 

Lithium feeling pandemic pinch
ON HOLD South America contains 61% of global lithium reserves and is feeling the effects of the decline in the commodities performance

Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2020 Thirteen mineworkers have now succumbed to the coronavirus, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana said on Thursday. Of the 13 who have died, seven were employed in platinum mining in North West province, which has the most cases at 1 413... 

Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work
Minerals Council South Africa Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Swedish Stirling, Samancor sign MoU for clean energy tech at smelters

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st July 2020 Clean tech company Swedish Stirling and South African ferrochrome producer Samancor Chrome have entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding the possible installation of up to 135 PWR BLOKs at Samancor Chrome’s TC Smelter, Ferrometals and Tubatse Alloys smelters. On December 13, 2019,... 

Seriti CEO seeks acquisitions beyond South African coal mines

By: Bloomberg     25th June 2020 Seriti Resources Holdings has satisfied its appetite for South African coal mines after acquisitions over the past three years made the company one of the nation’s top producers of the fuel. Seriti will consider a range of growth opportunities from other minerals to renewable energy, CEO Mike... 

Lesotho opens more border posts for return of foreign mineworkers 

By: Martin Creamer     25th June 2020 Lesotho has opened up more border posts to speed up  the return to work of locked-down foreign mineworkers. As reported  by Mining Weekly last week, 12 000 mineworkers had one border post at their disposal on re-entering South Africa from Lesotho and the opening of more border posts was requested. 

Lesotho opens more border posts for return of foreign mineworkers
Minerals Council South Africa environment, health and legacies senior executive Nikisi Lesufi.

Glencore says will cooperate with investigation by Swiss

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2020 Diversified mining company Glencore stated at the weekend that it would cooperate with an investigation opened into it by the office of the attorney general of Switzerland. Glencore stated in a release to Mining Weekly that it had been informed by the office of the attorney general that it had... 

Glencore says will cooperate with investigation by Swiss
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Glencore head office.

Glencore, Merafe begin Section 189 consultation process 

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2020 The alloys division of Glencore Operations South Africa and Merafe have commenced a consultation process in terms of sections 189 and 189A of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) with employee representatives and recognised trade unions, the JSE-listed Merafe Resources stated on Friday. Mining Weekly... 

Glencore, Merafe begin Section 189 consultation process
Photo by Creamer Media
The Lion Ferrochrome Smelter

Eastplats halts chrome concentrate production for Covid-19 testing, cleaning

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2020 Canada-based platinum group metals and chrome miner Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) has temporarily halted its chrome concentrate production in South Africa. The operation at the Crocodile River Mine, in the North West province, was halted over the weekend of June 13 and 14 as a result of a... 

More border openings wanted for returning workers – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2020 More border openings are wanted for returning foreign mineworkers. As of Thursday last week, not a single foreign mineworker had re-entered South Africa from neighbouring foreign countries. “Only a limited number of border posts are open,” Minerals Council South Africa environment, health and... 

More border openings wanted for returning workers – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa Covid-19 Update covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Lubrication packs cater for customised needs

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 Local lubrication solutions supplier Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa is making its leading products available in value packs, specifically designed to meet the lubrication requirements of everyday users in the local mining industry. LE national marketing manager Callum Ford states that... 

Lubrication packs cater for customised needs
UNIQUE LUBRICATION NEEDS Load, environment, temperature and machine speed are the variables considered when deciding on an appropriate lubricant

240 000 miners back at work – Minerals Council South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2020 An estimated 240 000 miners are back at work on 385 large and small mines across South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana said on Thursday. Each and every one of these miners was screened on their return to work after lockdown... 

240 000 miners back at work – Minerals Council South Africa
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Covid update by Minerals Council South Africa. Video: Darlene Creamer 11.06.2020

ICMM members record 287 fatalities in 2019

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2020 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Thursday released the 2019 safety data of its company members, who reported 287 occupational fatalities, a marked increase from the 50 fatalities recorded in 2018 and 51 fatalities recorded in 2017. ICMM said in a media release to Mining... 

ICMM members record 287 fatalities in 2019
ICMM CEO Tom Butler

Global mining forum IGF puts forward sweeping employment reforms 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2020 The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining Minerals Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) on Wednesday put forward sweeping mining employment reforms in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has, it states, exposed weak points in the global labour market. IGF emerged from the 2002 World Summit... 

Global mining forum IGF puts forward sweeping employment reforms
Photo by Bloomberg
Sweeping mining reforms advocated in response to Covid-19.

Weekly Coal Index heralds vital new era of African pricing transparency  

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2020 Coal remains the dominant primary energy source for the production of electricity in South Africa. Even with high allocations for renewable energy in the latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019, as well as the prospect of coal-plant decommissioning over the coming ten years, coal is still... 

Weekly Coal Index heralds vital new era of African pricing transparency
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones

Well positioned to weather storm – Standard Bank

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2020 The Standard Bank is well positioned to weather the Covid-19 storm and remains determined to emerge from this crisis as a stronger Africa-focused financial services group, Standard Bank Group FD Dr Arno Daehnke said on Thursday. The capital and liquidity levels of Africa’s biggest lender by... 

Well positioned to weather storm – Standard Bank
Standard Bank building.

Mozambique streaks ahead with new e-government cadastre advance 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2020 While South Africa is still trundling along laboriously with a minerals cadastre system fraught with shortcomings, Mozambique has rocketed to the highest firmament of e-government licence processing, Mining Weekly can report. Mozambique first led the pack 17 years ago when, ironically, it latched... 

Mozambique streaks ahead with new e-government cadastre advance
Mozambique mining cadastre portal.

New solution for monitoring tailings dams 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2020 The tragic tailings dam breach in Brazil that killed more than 270 people has focused the world of mining on making tailings dams safe. Earlier this year, and environmental organisation Grid-Arendal launched the world’s first publicly accessible global database of mine tailings storage facilities... 

New solution for monitoring tailings dams
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Tailings dam.

Minister urges mines to test without fear of mine closure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday urged mines to test for Covid-19 to the full extent without fearing mine closure. The Minister was responding to a media question on the steps the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) was taking to end the backlog of... 

Minister urges mines to test without fear of mine closure
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Gwede Mantashe

Merafe subsidiary buys stake in Glencore’s Unicorn subsidiary

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2020 Diversified miner Glencore has agreed to sell a 20.5% interest in Unicorn Chrome to a subsidiary of JSE-listed Merafe for R32.2-million. The subsidiary, Merafe Ferrochrome and Mining, will gain access to Unicorn’s shareholding in a chrome concentrate producer that extracts chrome concentrate... 

Conversation on getting economy back on track post-Covid has begun   

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2020 The conversation has begun on getting the South African economy back on track with the necessary structural reforms post-Covid, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday. Speaking at question time during a virtual media conference following the council’s annual general... 

Conversation on getting economy back on track post-Covid has begun
Minerals Council’s virtual media conference covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa's deep mines grapple with thousands returning to work 

By: Bloomberg     27th May 2020 When South African miners are allowed to recall all their workers as lockdown restrictions ease further on Monday, full production will remain elusive as the pandemic upends operating practices. Social distancing, screening and testing will hamper the country’s deep-level mines, which have been... 

Mining production to fall 8% to 10% this year, says Minerals Council

By: Reuters     26th May 2020 South Africa's mining production is likely to fall between 8% and 10% this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the CEO of industry body the Minerals Council said on Tuesday during a virtual panel discussion. Mines across South Africa, the world's biggest producer of platinum and chrome and a... 

Full reopening of mining from June 1 – President Ramaphosa

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2020 Subject to strict Covid-19 protocols, mining will be allowed to reopen fully from June 1, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. In his address on South Africa’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the President announced that South Africa would advance to level 3 from June 1, with an... 

Full reopening of mining from June 1 – President Ramaphosa
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Leon lists measures to attract mining investment in these challenging times  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2020 South Africa should consider appointing an independent minerals regulator to speed up minerals licensing, Herbert Smith Freehills Africa co-chair Peter Leon said during a webinar this week. Responding to Patrick Leyden, who moderated the webinar entitled re-imagining the sub-Saharan mining... 

Leon lists measures to attract mining investment in these challenging times
Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Co-Chair Peter Leon spoke at a webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Mining becoming significant corporate buyer of renewable energy ­– ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2020 The mining industry has started to become a significant corporate buyer of renewable energy in regions where these technologies have become reliable and cost-competitive compared with fossil fuel-based electricity, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). These regions include... 

Mining becoming significant corporate buyer of renewable energy ­– ICMM
Wind turbines at Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine in Western Australia.

Gazetted Covid guideline restates much of what mining has already adopted 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2020 The newly gazetted guideline to prevent, mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic on mines is largely a restatement of what has already been adopted by the mining industry. Most of the requirements of the code of practice (COP) mandated in the gazette already form part of the standard operating... 

Gazetted Covid guideline restates much of what mining has already adopted
ENSafrica executive consultant Willem le Roux

Covid prevention a must at mines – gazette 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2020 Covid-19 prevention, mitigation and management programmes must be established at mines using the guideline gazetted by Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza on Tuesday. The gazette notice states that this guideline provides minimum requirements for the compilation of a code of practice to prevent... 

Covid prevention a must at mines – gazette
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Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza

Mandatory code of Covid mining practice gazetted 

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2020 South Africa's guidelines for a mandatory Code of Practice (COP) to mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic in the mining industry have been gazetted. Failure by employers to prepare and implement a mine's COP in line with the guidelines would constitute a criminal offence and a breach of the... 

Mandatory code of Covid mining practice gazetted
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Jubilee relocates chrome plant to maximise earnings 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2020 Aim- and AltX-listed metals processing company Jubilee Metals will relocate its fine chrome operation from the Dilokong chrome mine (DCM) to the group’s larger Inyoni or Windsor operations in South Africa. Jubilee on May 19 said the move would optimise group earnings. 

World’s top mining companies committed to climate change solutions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2020 Twenty seven of the world's leading mining and metals companies and 36 associations are committed to climate change solutions through their membership of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), Mining Weekly can today report. The ICMM is an international organisation dedicated to a... 

World’s top mining companies committed to climate change solutions – ICMM
International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler

Anglo delivering through volatile times with $14.5bn liquidity  

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2020 How Anglo American is ‘delivering through volatile times’ was outlined on Tuesday  at Bank of America’s virtual global metals, mining and steel conference, where it reiterated its strong liquidity position of $14.5-billion, made up of $6.9-billion in cash and $7.6-billion in undrawn committed... 

Anglo delivering through volatile times with $14.5bn liquidity
Photo by Anglo American
Anglo American's FutureSmart MiningTM is an innovation-led approach to sustainable mining.

South Africa's chrome output to be constrained for a while, says CRU

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th May 2020 Research agency CRU says South African opencast chrome mines will be restarting at reduced capacity and that chrome ore supply will be tighter than the pre Covid-19 levels for some time. It notes that physical distancing measures in response to Covid-19 had resulted in disruptions to mining in... 

Afarak South Africa, Mogale enter business rescue

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2020 Nasdaq- and London-listed specialist alloy producer Afarak Group has placed its South African subsidiaries into voluntary business rescue. The companies have been in financial distress since South Africa implemented the Alert Level 5 Covid-19 lockdown at the end of March, but Afarak's board is... 

Lion ferrochrome smelter, Eastern Chrome mines restart – Merafe 

By: Martin Creamer     8th May 2020 Operations at the Lion ferrochrome smelter and Eastern Chrome mines of the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture have recommenced, but the Boshoek, Rustenburg, Wonderkop, Lydenburg smelters and Kroondal mine will remain on care and maintenance until the macroeconomic environment improves, Merafe... 

Lion ferrochrome smelter, Eastern Chrome mines restart – Merafe
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The Lion ferrochrome plant, which uses 37% less electricity.

Amplats, Harmony, Dwarsrivier chrome mine make headlines 

7th May 2020 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks repairs on Amplats' Anglo Convertor Plant Phase B Unit, Harmony Gold's healthy Operating free cash flow and the knock-on effects of Covid-19 at the Dwarsrivier chrome mine. 

Amplats, Harmony, Dwarsrivier chrome mine make headlines
Amplats, Harmony, Dwarsrivier chrome mine make headlines

Judgment reserved at Mining Charter review hearing 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2020 A full bench has heard the application for a judicial review of certain aspects of the Mining Charter gazetted in September 2018. Judge President Mlambo, judges Vally and  Van Der Schyff reserved judgment on the application lodged by the Minerals Council South Africa on March 27, 2019, when the... 

Judgment reserved at Mining Charter review hearing
Photo by Creamer Media
Minerals Council South Africa building in central Johannesburg.
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