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Northern Australia targeted for economic growth

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th May 2021 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the federal government’s intentions to invest A$190-million over the next five years as part of its growth plans for the region. Minsiter for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, announced the major investment package which was... 

Resources Watch  

5th May 2021 This week: PGMs in all three drive trains if Lion Battery initiative is successful And, Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic  

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Tackling climate change could not be more urgent – Anglo American 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2021 Tackling climate change could not be more urgent, Anglo American said on Monday when it presented its biannual sustainability performance update. “For the emissions that we control in our business, we have come a long way, delivering our 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 22% a... 

From left, clockwise Mark Cutifani, Anik Michaud and Stephen Pearce
Photo by Creamer Media
From left, clockwise Mark Cutifani, Anik Michaud and Stephen Pearce

Weekly Coal Index Report

26th April 2021 The market softened last week as expectations of lower Indian demand going forward weighed on price. The nation is battling with an exploding second wave of Covid-19. With the shifting market supply:demand dynamics, this is now hurting Australian producers more, versus SA producers who now have... 

Weekly Coal Index Report

Nedbank makes pioneering ‘zero fossil-fuel exposure by 2045’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2021 South Africa’s Nedbank Group released an ambitious new energy policy on April 22, containing a commitment to reduce its exposure to all fossil fuels to zero by 2045, as well as a pledge to halt all new thermal coal-mine financing by January 1, 2025. Simultaneously, Nedbank said it would scale up... 

Nedbank makes pioneering ‘zero fossil-fuel exposure by 2045’ pledge

Cabinet welcomes recommendation on lifting of J&J vaccine pause, says Mkhize to announce recommencement details   

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2021 Cabinet has welcomed the recommendation by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority regarding the lifting of the temporary pause placed on the Johnson & Johnson Sisonke Vaccination Programme, but did not immediately announce an end to the suspension following its Wednesday meeting,... 

Cabinet welcomes recommendation on lifting of J&J vaccine pause, says Mkhize to announce recommencement details

Oz on track for 2021 targets, but Covid hampering Brazil ops

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd April 2021 Copper/gold miner Oz Minerals on Thursday said that it was on track to meet its full year production guidance, however, the miner told shareholders that challenging conditions in Brazil, relating to the escalating Covid-19 pandemic in the region, could impact the development of the Pedra Branca... 

A$2.5m available under Qld's new round of CEI

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st April 2021 The Queensland government has launched its fifth consecutive round of funding to support mineral explorers in the region, putting A$2.5-million up for grabs. Minister for Resources Scott Stewart said the latest round of the Collaborative Exploration Initiative (CEI) provided a golden opportunity... 

Carbon emissions set to surge in 2021 as coal rebound eclipses record renewables growth 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2021 Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could surge by 1.5-billion tonnes in 2021 to 33-billion tonnes, reversing most of last year’s decline caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, as rebounding coal demand in the electricity sector more than offsets record renewables deployments. This... 

Carbon emissions set to surge in 2021 as coal rebound eclipses record renewables growth

Energy expert writes to government calling for overhaul of RMIPPPP ahead of July financial close  

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2021 An energy expert has written to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) and the Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office to highlight the expensive shortcomings of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), which he says should be replaced by a... 

Energy expert writes to government calling for overhaul of RMIPPPP ahead of July financial close

Business outlines strategy for supporting ramp-up to daily vaccination tempo of 250 000 by September 

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2021 Business for South Africa (B4SA) has outlined its strategy for a steady upscaling of the private sector’s capacity to administer the Covid-19 vaccine and position the country’s public and private health sectors to reach a daily vaccination rate of more than 250 000 by September. B4SA health... 

Business outlines strategy for supporting ramp-up to daily vaccination tempo of 250 000 by September

Greenland halts trading as Kvanefjeld future questioned

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2021 ASX-listed Greenland Minerals went into a trading halt on Thursday after reports emerged that its Kvanefjeld rare earths project would be halted. Reuters earlier reported that the leader of the Inuit Ataqatigiit party, which won a snap election earlier this week, had told state broadcaster DR... 

Qld miners eye emission reduction technologies - survey

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2021 A survey undertaken by the Queensland Resource Council (QRC) has shown that its member companies were actively looking at new technologies, such as hydrogen to reduce emissions and grow business. “More than two-thirds of the CEOs surveyed said they were thinking about hydrogen-related... 

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

Amplats, Implats projects unpacked  

31st March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Anglo American Platinum’s smart power project, Implats in testing phase of its stationary hydrogen fuel cell and the two-part modernization underway at Amplats Amandelbult mine.   

Amplats, Implats projects unpacked
Amplats, Implats projects unpacked

Anglo collaborating on feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’ 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American on Wednesday announced a collaboration agreement to complete a feasibility study to develop a ‘hydrogen valley’ anchored in South Africa’s platinum group metals- (PGMs-) rich Bushveld geological area. Spearheaded by South Africa’s Department... 

The Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo.
The Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo.

Govt awards energy saving grants

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st March 2021 The federal government on Wednesday launched A$14-million worth of grants under its broader A$3.5-billion Climate Solutions Package to help lower power bills for high energy-using businesses. Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor announced that 48 businesses that consume more... 

South Africa continues to be G20 coal outlier, report shows  

By: Terence Creamer     29th March 2021 With 86% of the country’s electricity produced from coal, South Africa continued to have the highest reliance on the energy mineral among all G20 countries in 2020, with the global average standing at 34%. The ‘Global Electricity Review 2021’, published on March 29, indicates that the G20 country... 

South Africa continues to be G20 coal outlier, report shows

First hydrogen and movement by third quarter – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar has outlined what the company refers to as its smart power project, which is the development of the hydrogen fuel cell and battery-powered module, retrofitted on to a large haul truck, for deployment at the... 

Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar.
Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar.

Big business to approach government with solutions for accelerating infrastructure spending  

By: Terence Creamer     26th March 2021 Big business in South Africa plans to approach government with a series of solutions aimed at narrowing the ever-widening gap between the country’s fixed-investment spending targets and the dismal reality of declining spending on both social and economic infrastructure. Through the National... 

Big business to approach government with solutions for accelerating infrastructure spending

PGMs, investments, economic growth make headlines   

26th March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer notes: It is imperative that government, business and labour launch a global campaign to highlight the huge importance of South Africa’s platinum group metals in the fight against climate change. It was right and proper of Mineral Resources Minister Gwede... 

PGMs, investments, economic growth make headlines
PGMs, investments, economic growth make headlines

South Africa’s updated climate pledge to be released for comment after Cabinet approves NDC draft 

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2021 South Africa’s Cabinet has approved the country’s updated draft Nationally Determined Contribution in response to climate change, which will be released for public consultation next week. The updated NDC outlines South Africa’s target for limiting greenhouse gas emissions as required in line with... 

South Africa’s updated climate pledge to be released for comment after Cabinet approves NDC draft

Resources Watch  

24th March 2021 This week: Menar projects unpacked; Exxaro outlines value opportunity in transforming to low-carbon future; and, Northern Cape needs exploration boos 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling, which operates in 23 countries and which is continuing to grow its presence in new global markets, on Tuesday reported a “muted but resilient performance” for the full year ended December 31, thanks to what it described as a “flexible business model and... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.
Photo by Creamer Media
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.

Exploration, vanadium, local battery material champions make headlines   

19th March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks South Africa needing to boost exploration in the Northern Cape, South Africa’s opportunity to win back its share of the global vanadium market, and South Africa’s team of local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new... 

Exploration, vanadium, local battery material champions make headlines
Exploration, vanadium, local battery material champions make headlines

Northam earnings soar, operational performance pumps cash 

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2021 The earnings of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum soared in the six months to the end of December when 54% more cash was generated. Operational growth projects, initiated in a period of lacklustre metal prices, are now coming on track, and delivering valuable... 

Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne
Photo by Creamer Media
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Newcrest in talks with govt as PNG restrictions tighten

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th March 2021 Gold miner Newcrest Mining on Friday said that it would consult with the Australian government to better understand the details of a travel suspension to Papua New Guinea (PNG), amid fears of Covid-19 outbreak. Passenger flights from PNG to Cairns have been suspended this week, while passenger... 

Appea calls for govt support in Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th March 2021 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has called on the Australian governments to support the oil and gas industry as it continues to support the national economy. Speaking at the Regional Australia Institute’s Regions Rising National Summit in Canberra, Appea... 

A$50m in grants for Beetaloo exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th March 2021 The oil and gas industry has welcomed a A$50-million federal government grant to support and accelerate exploration in the Beetaloo basin, in the Northern Territory. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said the grants will be provided through the Beetaloo Cooperative... 

Bidding for renewables finally opens as powership-heavy ‘emergency’ projects are unveiled  

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe released the names of the eight preferred bidders – including three powership projects – selected as part of government’s 2 000-MW ‘emergency’ procurement programme and also launched the much-anticipated fifth bid window (BW5) for the... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Exxaro announces record dividend on earnings leap in fourth fatality-free year

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 The black-empowered and black-led diversified mining company Exxaro Resources on Thursday announced a record dividend distribution on 25%-higher earnings and another year without occupational loss of life, taking the safety achievement to four years of fatality-free operation. Cash of... 

Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Australian miners welcome trade diversification

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th March 2021 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed a call by the Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth for the need to diversify Australia’s trade base to reduce reliance on any one market. In its report Pivot: Diversifying Australia’s Trade and Investment Profile, the... 

Australian miners welcome trade diversification

Sumitomo commits to Qld hydrogen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th March 2021 Japanese multinational Sumitomo Corporation has formalised a partnership with Gladstone Ports Corporation, Gladstone Regional Council, CQUniversity Australia and Australian Gas Industry Group to develop Australia’s first hydrogen ecosystem in Central Queensland. The proposed Hydrogen Park... 

1 000 miners wanted in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th March 2021 More than 1 000 resources jobs were currently available across Queensland, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said on Tuesday, proving that despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and commodity price fluctuations, the sector continued to hire staff. “The resources sector already... 

1 000 miners wanted in Qld

Production resumes at Balama

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th March 2021 Natural graphite production has restarted at the Balama operations, in Mozambique. ASX-listed Syrah Resources on Tuesday reported that the company had achieved consistent production of on-specification natural graphite at Balama during March, positioning the operation ahead of schedule for... 

Maintenance progress alone insufficient to eliminate load-shedding risk amid 4 GW deficit   

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter insisted on Monday that, despite a recent return to load-shedding, progress was being made on the utility’s so-called reliability maintenance programme to improve the performance of the coal fleet to the point where the risk of rotational power cuts would be materially... 

Andre de Ruyter and Jan Oberholzer
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter on the 4GW supply gap and what solutions could be used to help close it. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko
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