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Covid-19 News

WA economy bucks the trend to show a growth

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2020 Western Australia has emerged as the only state to record positive economic growth in 2020-21, with the state government on Thursday announcing that the economy was expected to grow by 1.25%. Premier Mark McGowan noted that the forecast for continued growth is supported by a range of economic... 

Resources Watch  

8th October 2020 This week: Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities And, Amplats focused on going back to basics, stretching existing assets optimally 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

South Africa’s iron-ore sector to benefit from rising Chinese demand 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th October 2020 South Africa’s Northern Cape is considered a “fantastic mineral region” and African Rainbow Minerals ferrous division CE Andre Joubert believes iron-ore, besides other commodities, is likely to benefit following the Covid-19 pandemic. Crude steel is a major driver for iron-ore production, he... 

Hydrogen can be game-changer for South African economy ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2020 Hydrogen has the potential to be a game-changer for the South African economy, PwC African mining leader Andries Rossouw said on Tuesday. Speaking during the virtual release of the professional services firm’s 12th edition SA Mine, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South... 

Andries Rossouw
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on PwC SA Mine 2020 event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Regulations tailored to alluvial diamonds will reward S Africa with jobs – Sadpo  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2020 South Africa’s one-size-fits-all mining legislation is losing vital jobs for the country in the job-intensive alluvial diamonds space that requires regulations tailored to junior mining to survive, South African Diamond Producers Organisation (Sadpo) reiterated on Monday. Because there are so... 

South African Diamond Producers Organisation chairperson Gert van Niekerk
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer speaks to the South African Diamond Producers Organisation’s Gert van Niekerk and Lyndon de Meillon. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Australia invests in skills retainment during Covid

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th October 2020 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed an additional A$1.2-billion investment by the federal government to support the employment of 100 000 new apprentices or trainees as part of its Covid-19 economic recovery plan. From October 5, businesses, which take on a new Australian... 

Hwange’s prospects look to be slowly improving

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th October 2020 JSE-listed Hwange Colliery Company says it performance continues to improve, albeit at a slower pace than initially expected. Reporting on its results for the six months ended June 30, it says the improvement in its performance was achieved despite the economic environment continuing to be... 

Queensland extends rent relief for explorers

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th October 2020 The Queensland government has extended its Covid rent break for explorers by another six months, allowing the hunt for resources to continue in the state unabated. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the government was extended an existing Covid break on land rent to March 31 next year.... 

Queensland extends rent relief for explorers

Sedibelo Platinum Mines closer to finding listing date – Frandsen  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2020 The unlisted Sedibelo Platinum in South Africa’s North West province is closer to finding a listing date, says Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder and Sedibelo chairperson Arne Frandsen, who is absolutely bullish about the prospects for platinum group metals (PGMs) in the medium to long... 

Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Arne Frandsen.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer interviewed Pallinghurst’s Arne Frandsen. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sandvik, manganese and green hydrogen atlas make headlines  

2nd October 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Sandvik's Innovation in Mining Virtual Event, South Africa having 22 operating manganese mines and the German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa while integrating the Southern African Development Community region.   

Sandvik, manganese and green hydrogen atlas make headlines

Amplats focused on going back to basics, stretching existing assets optimally   

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2020 Doing the ordinary tasks extraordinarily well is the current short-term tactic of the platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) under new CEO Natascha Viljoen, who is intent on stretching the company’s existing assets to their full capacity. “We don’t deserve... 

Natascha Viljoen (right) responding to Coronation's Pallavi Ambekar.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Coronation Fund Managers webinar. Video: Darlene Creamer

Exploration budgets lowered owing to Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     1st October 2020 Newly released global exploration budget data from research and data company Standard & Poor’s Global Market Intelligence’s Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) series shows that the exploration sector's optimism that began to appear in the second half of 2019 had been snuffed out by the... 

Copper output from world’s top ten producers declined in second-quarter

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2020 Lockdowns, a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, across Chile, Peru and Mexico, including the closure of some of the world’s largest copper mines, were a key factor behind a 3.7% year-on-year decline in copper output from the world’s top ten producers in the second quarter this year, reports... 

The Chuquicamata mine.
The Chuquicamata mine.

BHP unveils METS strategy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st October 2020 Mining major BHP has committed to training and funding for 3,500 new Australian apprenticeship and training positions, and driving up to $450 million into supporting business opportunities in Australia’s mining, equipment, technology and services (METS) sector. CEO Mike Henry on Thursday said... 

BHP unveils METS strategy

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future 

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett
Photo by Creamer Media
Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett

MC Mining reports solid full-year result despite Covid-19 impact

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2020 Despite the adverse impact of Covid-19 and the related lockdown in South Africa, coal miner MC Mining narrowed its loss for the financial year ended June 30. Acting CEO Brenda Berlin noted on September 30 that the company had made considerable progress on its strategy prior to the lockdown. This... 

MC Mining acting CEO Brenda Berlin
MC Mining acting CEO Brenda Berlin

BlueRock records milestones despite pandemic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2020 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds reports that it had achieved a lot for the six months ended June 30 despite the pandemic, noting that it is now well positioned to expand its operations as planned and to operate profitably again from the second half of the year. The company undertook a rapid response... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2020 The local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Sandvik's Nina Axman and Jens Holmberg.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sandvik’s mining innovation virtual event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Olive Downs coking coal mine gets final approvals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2020 The Queensland government has granted a mining lease for the A$1-billion Olive Downs coal mine being developed by Pembroke Resources. The project is forecast to produce 15-million tonnes a year of saleable coal over a 79-year mine life, and would create over 1 000 jobs in the region. 

Olive Downs coking coal mine gets final approvals

South Africa has 22 operating manganese mines – AmaranthCX ­ 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2020 South Africa has 22 operating manganese mines, with only four of them owned in part by Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)-listed companies, AmaranthCX director Paul Miller has calculated. All are in the Northern Cape, except for four small mines well outside the Northern Cape in the North West,... 

Mamatwan manganese mine in South Africa's Northern Cape.
Mamatwan manganese mine in South Africa's Northern Cape.

IPP procurement a signal that growth-enhancing reform is moving ahead – Ramaphosa  

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Gazetting of a Ministerial determination enabling the development of more than 11 800 MW of new electricity capacity by independent power producers signals government’s intention to move ahead with one of the key reforms needed to unlock growth and investment in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Photo by Creamer Media
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Pandemic bolsters US demand for precious metals

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst for furthering investment in gold and silver in the US, with a new wave of investors who have never bought precious metals before now considering investing in such assets, Monex Precious Metals broker Albert Johnston III said during an LBMA-hosted... 

Green hydrogen economy growing rapidly – Hatch  

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2020 At Glencore’s Raglan Mine, in Canada, a closed loop, microgrid system converts excess wind power to hydrogen, which is then stored in tanks. During periods of low wind power, a fuel cell produces electricity from the stored hydrogen, and within the facility are also innovations such as a battery... 

Glencore's Raglan Mine in Canada.
Photo by Raglan Mine
Glencore's Raglan Mine in Canada.

Minergy achieves milestones despite Covid-19 impact

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th September 2020 Coal mining and trading company Minergy recorded considerable achievements and milestones during the financial year ended June 30, despite a significant part of the year being impacted by Covid-19. “Despite border restrictions between South Africa and Botswana (a minimum of 15 weeks), Minergy, in... 

Morné du Plessis
Morné du Plessis

Gold mining, green hydrogen, Pan African make headlines  

25th September 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the need for business and government to look seriously at mining material from gold mine dumps and tailings dams, Australia  producing green hydrogen at $2/kg and Pan African Resource’s R150-million solar PV project that authorities are supporting.   

Gold mining, green hydrogen, Pan African make headlines
Gold mining, green hydrogen, Pan African make headlines

Tshipi continues to deliver

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th September 2020 ASX-listed Jupiter Mines on Thursday said that production and exports from its Tshipi Borwa manganese mine, in South Africa, remained on track, despite the project tracking behind plan. The company told shareholders that overall mining volumes during the quarter ended August were below plan as... 

Mashaba vows retrieval of bodies from 2016 accident at Lily mine 

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd September 2020 ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba on Wednesday said his party’s legal team will aim to present the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy with a court order to retrieve the container at Lily mine in which three miners were trapped during a 2016 mine collapse. Three miners – Yvonne Mnisi, Pretty... 

ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba
ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2020 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – A German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa is integrating the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region ahead of the projected opening up of a trillion dollar market going into the future. 

Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch
Sasscol executive director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Resources Watch 

23rd September 2020 This week: Solar to provide most of gold plants’ daytime power; Mponeng integration presenting ‘wonderful opportunities’; and, Egoli likely to be S Africa’s least complicated underground gold mine 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Glencore extends life of copper smelter and refinery

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2020 Diversified major Glencore has announced plans to extend the life of its copper smelter in Mount Isa and its refinery in Townsville beyond 2022, after reaching a deal with the state government. As part of the Queensland government’s North Queensland Recovery Plan, Glencore will receive a one-off... 

Glencore extends life of copper smelter and refinery

Authorities laudably supportive of grid-tied Pan African solar project – coordinator 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2020 The authorities have been laudably supportive of the R150-million grid-tied photovoltaic solar project that is to be built to supply electricity to Pan African Resources’ highly successful Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant in Evander, Mpumalanga. The nigh-10 MW solar plant, which is expected to... 

Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant at Evander, in Mpumalanga.
Photo by Pan African Resources
Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant at Evander, in Mpumalanga.

Gold miners have important role to play in meeting the UN SDGs 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2020 The gold industry can play a major role in helping to address the many social, economic and environmental challenges facing the world, while also expanding its overall contribution to meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, says AngloGold Ashanti nonexecutive director Kojo... 

World Gold Council CFO Terry Heymann
World Gold Council CFO Terry Heymann

Global chromium production impacted by Covid-19 outbreak, says ICDA

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2020 Global chromium production impacted by Covid-19 outbreak, says ICDA Chromium production and consumption remained constrained during the second quarter of this year, in line with lockdown restrictions implemented in various countries, says the International Chromium Development Association (ICDA). 

AngloGold reinstates guidance on growing certainty 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2020 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti on Monday reinstated annual guidance on improved operating certainty amid the Covid-19 pandemic and in anticipation of the conclusion of the sale of its South African assets at the end of this month. All conditions precedent have been met with respect to the... 

AngloGold Ashanti acting CEO Christine Ramon
AngloGold Ashanti acting CEO Christine Ramon

Minerals Council welcomes call to rebuild the South African economy  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2020 Industry body the Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address this week announcing the further lifting of restrictions with the shift in the country’s Covid-19 status to Level 1 from September 20. The Minerals Council says it also shares the view of the... 

Cybersecurity has to remain ‘front of mind’ for miners, says panel

By: Simone Liedtke     18th September 2020 As the world becomes more connected through information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), ABB local division manager for mining solutions John Manuell warns that cybersecurity will need “to remain front of mind”. With the advent and increasing use of digital technologies,... 

Cybersecurity has to remain ‘front of mind’ for miners, says panel

WEF White Paper highlights human rights fragility in DRC's artisanal mining sector 

By: Donna Slater     17th September 2020 Human rights abuses associated with artisanal cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are highlighted in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) 'Making Mining Safe and Fair: Artisanal cobalt extraction in the DRC' White Paper, published in September. Amnesty International business,... 

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