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155 MW wind farm to be constructed in Mpumalanga by Seriti Green  

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 3 hours ago Work is scheduled to begin soon on the construction of a wind farm in Mpumalanga, South Africa’s electricity heartland. The project, which begins with 155 MW of wind energy and expands to a capacity of 900 MW of renewables and 800 MWh of battery storage, forms part of an agreement that will see... 

Barrick hosts human rights organisation at North Mara in Tanzania

By: Darren Parker     1st February 2023 Gold miner Barrick Gold has hosted UK-based nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Rights and Accountability in Development (Raid) at a two-day open-door visit to its North Mara gold mine, in Tanzania. The intention of the visit was for Raid to assess the impact Barrick has had since assuming... 

Blyvoor Gold secures approval for solar energy project

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2023 Carletonville’s Blyvoor Gold Mine has announced the approval of the first phase of its solar energy project. Up to 40 MW will be generated near its mining operations on Gauteng’s West Rand, following Eskom’s first phase approval. 

Carletonville’s Blyvoor Gold Mine on Gauteng’s West Rand.
Carletonville’s Blyvoor Gold Mine on Gauteng’s West Rand.

Sibanye, Harmony, Gold Fields among miners listed in the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st January 2023 Precious metals miners Sibanye-Stillwater, Harmony Gold and Gold Fields are among the mining firms recognised in this year's Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. Harmony has been included in the index for the fifth consecutive year. 

Solar saving gold mine $145 000 a month, more renewables on way, says Pan African 

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2023 The 10 MW solar power plant at Evander is averaging savings of $145 000 a month for the Mpumalanga gold mine, Pan African Resources said on Monday. Construction is scheduled to begin in June on yet another solar facility, this time an 8 MW photovoltaic solar plant at Barberton Mines’ gold... 

Shaft at Evander gold mine.
Shaft at Evander gold mine.

Green hydrogen research given R35m boost 

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2023 South Africa's North-West University (NWU) is investing around R35-million in strategic funding to advance green hydrogen research over the next five years.   This follows the announcement that Hydrogen South Africa Infrastructure Centre of Competence (HySA CoC) at NWU is collaborating with... 

Hydrogen South Africa solar power installation at NWU to supply renewable power for hydrogen production.
Hydrogen South Africa solar power installation at NWU to supply renewable power for hydrogen production.

Mining Indaba to be ‘bigger than ever’

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9 – is expected to be “bigger than ever”, owing to strong commodity prices and an increase in demand for critical minerals, as well as battery and rare earth metals. “We... 

An image depicting speakers at the Mining Indaba
INTRODUCING… New programmes and initiatives will be introduced, such as the Explorers Showcase, the Junior MINE and Official Government Leaders Programme

Miner remains focused on business resilience, ESG objectives

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 West Africa-focused gold producer Endeavour Mining states that it is determined to build a resilient business and become a trusted partner, adding that it seeks to maintain its “high-quality” portfolio and generate sufficient cash flow to reinvest in its business and reward stakeholders. “We have... 

Image of the first gold produced by the Ity Mine
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY West Africa is also the leading region for global gold discoveries, with 67-million ounces discovered over the past decade

ICMM to be active at Mining Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 Mining industry organisation the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) is participating at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9 – with a presence on the main stage and at the Sustainability... 

An image depicting a smiling man, Rohitesh Dhawan
ROHITESH DHAWAN ICMM mining principles are updated to reflect best performance and progress on the most important sustainable development issues

Uncertainty can hinder investment potential – law firm

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 The theme of this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – Unlocking African Mining Investment – is quite relevant, as uncertainty in the South African mining industry can create reluctance among investors, says law firm ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou. He explains that there are three main... 

An image depicting a smiling man, Otsile Matlou
OTSILE MATLOU ENSafrica is sending its partners as delegates to the Mining Indaba to engage with industry players on pertinent issues

Firm raises $42-million to deliver data solutions

27th January 2023 Digital mining solutions provider MineSense in December announced that it had secured $42-million in Series E funding, which would be used to accelerate the commercial deployment of its solutions, driving growth and profitability. The financing –  led by J.P Morgan Asset Management’s Sustainable... 

An image depicting Jeff More
JEFF MORE The global mining industry is faced with the challenge of meeting increasing demand while shifting towards more sustainable business practices

Sustainability emphasised in African mining

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 With an increasing focus on sustainability for mining operations globally, more operations are cognisant of their carbon footprint – particularly major mining companies that face more scrutiny from civil society and investors. Hence, more mining companies are focusing on achieving net-zero Scope... 

An image depicting a smiling man, Andrew Lane
ANDREW LANE Deloitte is running the Ministerial Symposium as a leader and knowledge partner, which will include CEOs and Ministers from African mining industries

Mining Indaba introduces InfraTech platform to look at mining innovation

By: Donna Slater     26th January 2023 The organiser of the yearly Investing in African Mining Indaba, Hyve Group, reports that this year’s event will see the launch of a three-day InfraTech content platform that will include discussions on innovation in mining technology and how global pandemics and geopolitical realities act as... 

Barrick’s North Mara, Bulyanhulu deliver higher output, socioeconomic benefits

By: Donna Slater     25th January 2023 Gold and copper miner Barrick Gold’s two gold mines in Tanzania – North Mara and Bulyanhulu – lifted their combined output to 547 000 oz in 2022, achieving another step towards their potential Tier One status in the group’s asset portfolio as a combined complex. In addition, Barrick reports that... 

Copper-copious Zambia stepping up agricultural prowess, embarking on robust outreach  

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2023 Mining and agriculture are two key sectors of the Zambian economy that are attracting foreign direct investment, which rose 158% to $8.5-billion in 2022, creating 74 000 jobs. The latest company to announce that it will be developing a new copper mine in Zambia is one linked to Microsoft's Bill... 

Munkotachi Investments MD Christopher Lesa.
Munkotachi Investments MD Christopher Lesa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Sasol secures first hydrogen-linked renewable energy supply contract  

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2023 Chemicals and energy company Sasol has signed a long-term contract for the supply of 69 MW of renewable energy to its Sasolburg site in the Free State – the first of several agreements Sasol intends finalising in the coming months as it secures the renewable energy supply required to produce... 

Sasol energy business executive VP Priscillah Mabelane.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Sasol energy business executive VP Priscillah Mabelane.

Transnet could be major disaster to South African economy, coal commentators warn  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2023 Transnet could be a major disaster to the South African economy if everybody does not get involved, commentator Michael Avery warned in his column in Business Day on Monday on Transnet Freight Rail and South Africa’s lagging coal exports. “We must be sharply focused on Transnet and its... 

Transnet Freight Rail and South Africa’s lagging coal exports.
Transnet Freight Rail and South Africa’s lagging coal exports.

Eskom’s problems are not coal related, Minerals Council assures 

By: Martin Creamer     20th January 2023 A social media campaign set on halting coal exports through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal to purportedly alleviate Eskom’s loadshedding has been noted with concern by Minerals Council South Africa. “This campaign is not based on any facts and instead relies on outright fallacious allegations... 

Richards Bay Coal Terminal activity.
Photo by Creamer Media
Richards Bay Coal Terminal activity.

Green hydrogen mine mobility on way in India to platinum applause

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2023 India has opted for hydrogen fuel-cell heavy-duty mine truck mobility in a green initiative that will have platinum group metals (PGMs) miners applauding. This is because the clean emission-free power will come from proton exchange membrane PEM technology, which is PGM-enabled. 

Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.

Africa can export its sunshine as hydrogen, prof highlights ahead of big Sun City event  

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2023 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – In the past, geopolitics was such that oil- and gas-rich countries developed faster, but now countries that are able to export their sunshine in the form of hydrogen will be the ones in the pound seats as the world transitions to clean, green energy. 

Hydrogen South Africa Infrastructure Competence Centre director Professor Dmitri Bessarabov.
Hydrogen South Africa's Prof Dmitri Bessarabov interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Measures to contain diamond mine tailings breach complete – Petra 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2023 When the eastern wall of a tailings storage facility at the Williamson diamond mine, in Tanzania, was breached on November 7 last year, precautionary measures to contain the tailings material and strengthen the New Alamasi water dam were carried out at the operation which is owned 75% by... 

Williamson diamond mine in Tanzania.
Williamson diamond mine in Tanzania.

Historic Koffiefontein diamond mine to be placed on care and maintenance – Petra 

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2023 London-listed Africa-focused Petra Diamonds announced on Monday that the historic Koffiefontein diamond mine would be placed on care-and-maintenance. As reported by Mining Weekly in May last year, Petra was exploring a responsible exit from its investment in the Koffiefontein diamond mining... 

Petra's Cullinan diamond mine in Gauteng.
Petra's Cullinan diamond mine in Gauteng.

Platinum-boosting clean hydrogen projects, patents are all the rage 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2023 The implementation agreement for Namibia’s planned multibillion-dollar Hyphen Hydrogen Energy project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of this year, Namibia President Hage Geingob revealed in his 2023 New Year’s message. Egypt has granted approval for two green hydrogen projects in... 

Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.
Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.

Miners support flood relief efforts in the Kimberley region

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th January 2023 A number of resources companies have contributed to flood relief efforts in the Kimberley region of Western Australia following heavy rainfall associated with Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie. Mining major Rio Tinto has donated A$2-million to Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund to support Kimberley... 

Pronounced platinum production plummet­ predicted by independent consultant 

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2023 Global mine supply of platinum will fall by 500 000 oz to a million ounces as South Africa’s power shortage lowers production from 2023 to 2027, independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis calculates in a summary report on platinum group metals (PGMs) production and Eskom. Davis, who... 

Independent consultant Dr David Davis
Photo by Creamer Media
Independent consultant Dr David Davis

Enable South Africa to become green hydrogen centre – ANC

By: Martin Creamer     9th January 2023 Enabling South Africa to become a green hydrogen centre through government support is highlighted in the January 8 Statement 2023 of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC). "The ANC recognises important work in the Hydrogen Roadmap and directs government to... 

Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.
Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.

Rio strikes First Nation partnership in Canada

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th December 2022 Mining major Rio Tinto has inked an alliance agreement with the Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation in Canada. This first agreement named Kuessilueu, which means "the wind is turning” in Nelueun, establishes the foundation for an innovative and sustainable alliance for both partners from a human,... 

Expansion project on track

By: Nadine Ramdass     16th December 2022 Investment company Menar’s Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) expansion project is in the shaft development phase and first coal is expected by April 2023. The project will increase production at the colliery, in Emakhalathini, about 100 km from Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

An aearial image of Menar's Zululand Anthracite Colliery
ZULULAND ANTHRACITE COLLIERY The colliery's superior quality places it as a favoured supplier

Greenfield project deemed feasible

By: Nadine Ramdass     16th December 2022 Coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal’s greenfield Gugulethu project – located south-east of Hendrina, in Mpumalanga – forms part of the miner’s expansion objectives to become a larger player in the sector. Initially delayed by Covid-19’s impact on coal prices, Canyon Coal reassessed... 

An image of a excavator for Menar
DIGGING IN The Gugulethu project will use underground and opencast mining methods

Increased output attributed to facility expansion

By: Halima Frost     16th December 2022 Aim-listed metals processing company Jubilee Metals Group’s Inyoni platinum group metals (PGMs) processing facility, in Gauteng, has successfully increased its operational output, subsequent to the completion of its capitalisation and expansion programme in March. This is based on Inyoni’s... 

A platinum processing plant in the sunset
UPPING OUTPUT Jubliee's Inyoni mine has exceeded operational output predictions after its expansion

Prioritising energy security

By: Halima Frost     16th December 2022 As part of its greater five-year, R50-billion capital investment programme to extend life-of-mine (LoM) development at several of its operations, platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has allocated R4.3-billion to its energy security and decarbonisation projects in South... 

Preconstruction programme approved in principle

16th December 2022 In October New York Stock Exchange-listed mining house Platinum Group Metals (PTM) reported that the Waterberg Joint Venture (JV) Resources, in principle approved a R380-million pre-construction work programme for the Waterberg project, which focuses on early infrastructure, de-risking and... 

A map depicting the Waterberg project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa
COMPLEX PROGRESS The pre-construction programme for the Waterberg project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa has been approved in principal

Pan African gold operation receives Eskom approval to connect to grid 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2022 The 10 MW Elikhulu solar renewable energy plant developed at Evander gold operations has become the first embedded project over 1 MW to receive full grid code compliance from Eskom.  This was announced at the weekend by JUWI Renewable Energies and South African mid-tier gold producer Pan African... 

Pan African's Elikhulu plant.
Pan African's Elikhulu plant.

R387m bonanza for Thungela employees

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2022 More than 3 500 employees will this month benefit from the first R387-million empowerment scheme payout of the high-flying Johannesburg- and London-listed Thungela mining company. The Sisonke employee empowerment scheme’s first disbursement is based on the dividends declared for the 2021... 

From left to right are beneficiary trustee Ishmael Zuliyani, employer trustee Masechaba Makgolane, chairperson Paulos Soviya, employer trustee Kimm Matsose, Thungela human resources head Lesego Mataboge and beneficiary trustee Bongani Mahungela.
From left to right are beneficiary trustee Ishmael Zuliyani, employer trustee Masechaba Makgolane, chairperson Paulos Soviya, employer trustee Kimm Matsose, Thungela human resources head Lesego Mataboge and beneficiary trustee Bongani Mahungela.

Platinum-based hydrogen, fuel cell decarbonisation winning global support 

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2022 Platinum-based green hydrogen and fuel cell clean energy solutions made news across a broad front in 2022. Active support for the creation of a viable green hydrogen economy, along with the firm underpinning of a just energy transition in South Africa, have captured many headlines. 

Hydrogen reaching for the sky.
Hydrogen reaching for the sky.

Underground mining at Anglo Platinum’s Mogalakwena targeted to start end 2024 

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2022 The first potential underground mining at Anglo American Platinum’s opencast Mogalakwena platinum group metals (PGM) mine in Limpopo is targeted to start towards the end of 2024 and build up slowly to a full underground unit by the end of the decade. “We’re nearing the end of phase one of the... 

Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.

World’s rapid rate of change resulting in profound business disruptions, says Anglo CEO  

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2022 The world changing at a rapid rate has resulted in profound disruptions to the business of Anglo American, CEO Duncan Wanblad told analysts and investors on Friday. Speaking during an update presentation covered by Mining Weekly, Wanblad said the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining... 

Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo investor update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Recommissioning aids growth opportunities

By: Sabrina Jardim     9th December 2022 With more coal mines being recommissioned, owing to the increasing global demand for coal, more employment opportunities and a rising contribution to the fiscus in South Africa are expected, says law firm Webber Wentzel employment, health and safety partner Kate Collier. Despite the global... 

An image depicting a smiling man, Jonathan Veeran
JONATHAN VEERAN Mining companies, labour unions and government are encouraged to collaborate on creating a policy agenda and developing a social compact in post-mine-closure communities
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