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Minergy appoints CEO-designate 

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2019 The Botswana Stock Exchange-listed Minergy on Thursday announced that its CFO Morne du Plessis had been appointed CEO-designate and would take over the reins of the coal mining and coal trading company on August 1. This follows last month’s announcement that current Minergy CEO Andre Bojé, 63,... 

Corruption, maladministration of royalties leave mine-affected communities high and dry

By: Tracy Hancock     14th June 2019 Maladministration and misappropriation of funds continue to render South Africa’s mining royalties system mostly ineffective, with no one being brought to book. Established to deliver transformation in impoverished, mining-affected communities through the distribution of royalties paid by the... 

Corruption, maladministration of royalties leave mine-affected communities high and dry

Platinum mine truck being converted to run on hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2019 Early research and development work has begun to pave the way for the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell electric trucking at a local platinum mine, Mining Weekly Online can today report. A truck is currently being converted to run on hydrogen, which will initially be brought to the mine in tankers. 

Platinum mine truck being converted to run on hydrogen
Inner workings of platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cell

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2019 South Africa, which has a wonderful platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment and an abundance of high-quality manganese ore, should go all out to be in the best of two new carbon-reducing technology worlds. On the one hand, it should do all it can to be in the world of hydrogen with the help of... 

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds
Photo by Toyota/Anglo American
A fuel cell electric vehicle requires platinum

Market growth supports Moz graphite project reaching full production

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th June 2019 Australian resources company and graphite miner Syrah Resources’ base case demand view provides natural graphite market growth of about 270 000 t in the next three years from about 750 000 t at the end of last year, almost all of which is in natural graphite fines, with quality also becoming an... 

Market growth supports Moz graphite project reaching full production
SHAUN VERNER Our focus for this year is for consistency and stability through methodical continuation of production volume increase

Gemfields partners with National Geographic

7th June 2019 Gemstones supplier Gemfields is partnering with National Geographic to lift the veil on vital projects supported by Gemfields in Africa, benefitting both communities and conservation. Gemfields’ gemstone mining operations in Zambia and Mozambique provide a significant benefit to these African... 

Gemfields partners with National Geographic
Photo by Bloomberg
BENEFICIAL OPERATIONS Gemfields’ gemstone mining operations in Zambia and Mozambique provide a significant benefit to these African countries

Zero harm is possible – Zikalala 

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2019 Nompumelelo (Mpumi) Zikalala has hit the ground running as the newly appointed Managing Director of De Beers Group Managed Operations in South Africa and Canada, which employ more than 5 500 people, including contractors. The focus of the De Beers Group Managed Operations leadership team is on... 

Zero harm is possible – Zikalala
Newly appointed MD of De Beers Group Managed Operations in South Africa and Canada Mpumi Zikalala talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Christo Greyling.

Mining Charter III part of efforts to bring ‘equality to reality’ – Mantashe

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th June 2019 The latest (third) iteration of the Mining Charter must not be viewed in isolation, but rather seen within the context of the socioeconomic transformation of South Africa, affirmed Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe in a keynote address to a recent colloquium hosted by the... 

Mining Charter III part of efforts to bring ‘equality to reality’ – Mantashe

Minerals processing company sees growth opportunity in Moz

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th June 2019 Minerals processing specialist Multotec boasts an entrenched presence in Mozambique, having operated in the country’s mining sector for more than 15 years, and Multotec Mozambique regional manager Thinus Kruger tells Mining Weekly that there is potential for the company to grow further. Multotec... 

Minerals processing company sees growth opportunity in Moz
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
KRIS VERGOTE Multotec supports its products and regularly communicates with and visits clients

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2019 Manganese could make its mark in the battery electric vehicle (EV) arena by displacing cobalt to a large extent in many of the cathode formulations, where the bulk of battery metals are used. The Junior Indaba heard on Wednesday that manganese, which South Africa hosts in abundance, is in a race... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal
Junior Indaba strategic metals discussion covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel   

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2019 Junior mining is badly in need of a policy framework that will kickstart activity, mining luminary Bernard Swanepoel said on Tuesday. Speaking to a packed 2019 Junior Indaba conference for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining, Swanepoel outlined how he had boldly stepped into the... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel
Junior Indaba opening addresses covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater.

Orion takes steps to meet Mining Charter III ownership requirements 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2019 JSE- and ASX-listed Orion Minerals has established community and employee trusts for its Prieska project, in the Northern Cape, to meet the ownership structure requirements set out in Mining Charter III. The Master of the High Court confirmed the registration of both a community and an employee... 

Orion takes steps to meet Mining Charter III ownership requirements
Orion MD Errol Smart

Independent power producer association hails Mantashe's appointment

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2019 The appointment of Gwede Mantashe as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy has been welcomed by the South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA), which described as “massive” the challenges he, Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa and the rest of... 

Exxaro hands over Ga-Nala landfill site to community, local municipality

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2019 Black-empowered resources group Exxaro officially handed over the Ga-Nala landfill site to the Emalahleni local municipality and Ga-Nala communities earlier this week. The transfer of the landfill site near the Thubelihle township, in Mpumalanga, took place after three years. 

Labour issues at Mototolo platinum mine resolved – Amplats 

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2019 The labour issues at the Mototolo platinum mine in Limpopo have been resolved, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Thursday. The General Industrial Workers Union has accepted that the proposed medical aid meets the requirement of the Section 197 transfer, undertaken after Amplats acquired... 

Labour issues at Mototolo platinum mine resolved – Amplats
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Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith.

Collective SA effort needed to spotlight platinum’s deftness in climate change battle  

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2019 More vehicle manufacturers are acknowledging that platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells are the sole route to 100% carbon-free driving. But platinum’s own catalytic prowess is in danger of being under-acknowledged. 

Collective SA effort needed to spotlight platinum’s deftness in climate change battle
Photo by Reuters
Inner workings of platinum-using electric vehicle

Use remote machinery to mine at depth ­– Jourdan 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2019 Independent consultant Dr Paul Jourdan on Thursday called on South Africa to cease sending people down dangerous deep-level mines and introduce remote machinery to mine at depth. He was speaking at the Southern African Mining Supply Chain Conference and Strategy Workshop, which was hosted by the... 

Use remote machinery to mine at depth ­– Jourdan
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Dr Paul Jourdan at the SA Mining Supply Chain Conference.

Minerals Council getting closer to communities

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has established two pilot regional offices as part of its broader aim to enhance community relations, says Minerals Council public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana. Minerals Council social performance head Alex Khumalo explains that the... 

Stakeholder relations key to Minerals Council’s new brand

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 In striving to become the preeminent policy advocacy in the mining industry, maintaining positive stakeholder engagements is key for Minerals Council South Africa, says public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana. He describes the Minerals Council as a focused advocacy... 

Rebranded Minerals Council reflects the promise of the future 

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa – formerly the Chamber of Mines –  officially rebranded in May 2018, repositioning the organisation to reflect, “the promise of the future”, by amending its role and ethos to drive a positive reform agenda that enables the industry to reach its true economic and... 

Rebranded Minerals Council reflects the promise of the future
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter discusses the organisation’s rebranding and role in the industry. Camerawork and Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

$62m Zimbabwe smelter heeds local beneficiation call 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2019 The $62-million smelter at Unki Mine’s existing complex is a strategic investment, which meets local beneficiation commitments, Anglo American Platinum said on Thursday, when it opened the completed installation at a ceremony in Shurugwi, Zimbabwe. The smelter investment is indicative of the... 

$62m Zimbabwe smelter heeds local beneficiation call
Matte casting at the new smelter at Anglo American Platinum’s Unki Mine in Zimbabwe.

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac   

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa is correct in stating that South Africans need to act together with urgency and boldness if they are to realise the economic opportunities before them, Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac said on Tuesday. Baissac, who was speaking to Mining Weekly Online following the finding of... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about South Africa’s economic growth needs. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

Gemfields warns about forced illegal mining ‘slavery’ in Mozambique

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2019 London-based Gemfields warned in a statement on Monday that illegal miners were putting their lives at risk and facing “modern slavery” in Mozambique, where the company owns 75% of Montepuez Ruby Mining (MRM). The coloured gemstones miner has observed increasing numbers of illegal miner pit... 

Lonmin/Sibanye merger judgment set for Friday 

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2019 The Competition Appeal Court judgment on the merging of Lonmin with Sibanye-Stillwater is expected to be handed down in the Cape High Court on May 17 at 10h00, Mining Weekly Online can today report. The appeal against the merger was brought by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction... 

Lonmin/Sibanye merger judgment set for Friday
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Lonmin-Sibanye merger seen as a perfect job-saving fit.

Low morale, management turnover hit Lonmin output

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2019 Low morale and high management turnover hit the operational performance of Lonmin heavily in the six months to March 31. In reporting a 4%-reduced workforce to 29 812, Lonmin CEO Ben Magara reiterated his conviction that the consolidation of the company through the all-share Sibanye-Stillwater... 

Low morale, management turnover hit Lonmin output
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Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

Barrick excited about the DRC 

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2019 Gold-mining company Barrick is excited about ongoing opportunities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it is making progress with the new mining code, Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday. Bristow, whose Randgold Resources is now fully... 

Barrick excited about the DRC
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Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow

AngloGold embarking on process to dispose of South African assets  

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2019 Iconic South African gold-mining company AngloGold Ashanti said on Thursday that it was embarking on a process to review divestment options for its remaining South African assets. The company, headed by CEO Kelvin Dushnisky, said the process would consider all ownership options, with a view to... 

AngloGold embarking on process to dispose of South African assets
Photo by Bloomberg
AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushnisky

Protocol strengthens standards

3rd May 2019 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has introduced a new standard, the Water Stewardship Protocol, as part of its Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. This protocol will play an important role in the continuous improvement taking place in the mining industry regarding sustainable... 

Mining must both prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution and also transform – Mantashe 

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th April 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has warned that the South African mining industry must carry out skills development to prepare itself and its employees for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Automated mining activities were no longer scarce, he pointed out; the 4IR was coming. He... 

Mining must both prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution and also transform – Mantashe
Photo by Dylan Slater/Creamer Media
Minerals Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Demand likely to grow for mine-closure expertise

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 Mine closure is a field where best practice continuously evolves and there is likely to be a strong demand for this expertise as mines look to remain current and, in some instances, begin the closure process, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant... 

Demand likely to grow for mine-closure expertise
ABANDONED MINE In the case of an unplanned mine closure the implications are significant

Solutions provider tailoring its product offering for South African market

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th April 2019 Solutions provider Buraaq Mining Services is working towards rebuilding mining equipment and to specifically tailor its product offering for the South African market. 

Solutions provider tailoring its product  offering for South African market
S.A.M KADER Buraaq Mining Services has pledged a percentage of its profits towards developing local communities

Youth-focused professional institute reaches 125-year milestone

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th April 2019 As the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) celebrates 125 years of existence this year, it will move even further in the direction of uplifting youngsters in the sector. The institute will continue to support students financially through its long-standing scholarship trust... 

Resources Watch  

25th April 2019 Kumba hands over Siyathemba youth centre, parks to community And, Orion clinches potent new-style empowerment deal 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues

By: Simone Liedtke     19th April 2019 The South African mining industry has continuously recommitted to the shared aspiration of zero harm, which aims to ensure that mineworkers return home from work unharmed every day. While there was an 86% decline in the number of fatalities from 1994 to 2016, the death of 90 mineworkers marked a... 

Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues

Orion reawakening geological giant in Northern Cape  

By: Martin Creamer     18th April 2019 Three years ago, Orion Minerals was trading at an eighth of an Australian cent a share. It had a market capitalisation of $4-milllion and set out to find something that could be turned into a mine. The good news is that the company found that opportunity in South Africa, and its share price has... 

Orion reawakening geological giant in Northern Cape
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer interviewing Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Five-month gold strike is over 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2019 The five-month strike by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) at Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African gold operations is over. Parties have acknowledged that it is in their interest to rebase and develop a constructive relationship going forward, Sibanye-Stillwater said in a... 

Eager black investors fund premium-priced opportunity in zinc, copper 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2019 Black investors have self-funded the purchase of shares at a premium price in the fast-tracked redevelopment of the Prieska zinc and copper mine in the Northern Cape, which has a three-year payback and a minimum mine life of ten years. The $8-million equity capital raising by Orion Minerals,... 

Eager black investors fund premium-priced opportunity in zinc, copper
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
Orion Minerals’ ‘meet-the-media’ attendees were from left: Jowell Tobias, Godfrey Gomwe, Billy Mawasha, Michelle Jenkins, Errol Smart, Nelson Mosiapoa, Tom Borman, Sharon Matthews and Roger Matthews.

Orion clinches potent new-style empowerment deal  

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2019 Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed exploration and mining development company Orion Minerals has found a formula to achieve empowerment that puts all shareholders at full participation and contribution. “What we’ve arrived at is a fantastic win-win scenario,” an overjoyed Orion CEO Errol Smart told... 

Orion clinches potent new-style empowerment deal
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart (left) interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.
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