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South Africans working together will find energy solutions – ARM  

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2020 South Africans working together with confidence and enthusiasm will improve the country and find energy solutions, African Rainbow  Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe said on Friday. Presenting a 25% higher interim dividend and a 193%-better performance from ARM Platinum in... 

Implats evaluating 200 MW solar power plant in Zimbabwe  

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2020 Zimbabwe platinum group metals mining company Zimplats is in the midst of a feasibility study to evaluate the construction of a 200 MW solar power plant, Implats CEO Nico Muller said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly following the company’s interim dividend reinstatement and generation of... 

Implats evaluating 200 MW solar power plant in Zimbabwe
Implats CEO Nico Muller talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Hydrogen fuel cell technology moving at very fast pace – Implats  

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2020 Fuel cell technology is moving at a very fast pace, Implats group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya said on Thursday. Hydrogen gas from energy company Sasol is already piped to the Impala Platinum refinery site in Springs, on the East Rand, where Implats has donated 16 ha of land... 

Hydrogen fuel cell technology moving at very fast pace – Implats
Implats interim results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Impala Rustenburg’s stunning improvement saves 12 500 jobs   

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2020 Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Implats has upped its game at Impala Rustenburg to such a stunning extent that the 12 500 jobs that were earmarked for loss through shaft closure have all been preserved. Once doomed shafts are now operating at the same cost at which the... 

Impala Rustenburg’s stunning improvement saves 12 500 jobs
Implats interim results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala

Hydrogen fuel cell technology key to achieving green economy – Plug Power 

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2020 The only way to achieve a ‘green’ economy, fight climate change and prevent the destruction that the world has seen in recent years is to ensure that conversations turn to the adoption of the hydrogen economy and interest in fuel cell deployment lives beyond the initial hype. That is the view of... 

Hydrogen fuel cell technology key to achieving green economy – Plug Power
Andy Marsh

Mining companies in danger of perceived ‘SDG-washing’ – report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th February 2020 Many of the world's largest mining companies risk the perception that they are “sustainable development goal- (SDG-) washing” through selective reporting of their impacts on these universal goals, the ‘Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report 2020’ reveals. The report was released on Monday by... 

Namibian policy uncertainty a concern

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2020 A key issue creating uncertainty among Namibia’s mining investors is the non-deductibility of royalties and export levies for non-diamond mining, which was announced during the Namibian 2019/20 Budget Speech by Namibian Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein, presented to Namibia’s Parliament in... 

Namibian policy uncertainty a concern
VESTON MALANGO The effect of the non-deductibility of royalties is double taxation, which erodes project viability for new mines or planned expansion of activities

FutureSmart, P101 earn Anglo $4.7bn

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2020 The smart technology and efficiency enhancing programmes of diversified mining company Anglo American have netted the company $4.7-billion so far. FutureSmart Mining (TM) programmes deliver additional value from equipment and processes and P101 uplifts the performance of existing operating... 

FutureSmart, P101 earn Anglo $4.7bn
Photo by Anglo American
Playing precisely to the demand for a cleaner, greener and more sustainable world.

Anglo’s earnings margins poised to strengthen – Cutifani 

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2020 The strong 2019 earnings margins of Anglo American are poised to strengthen further in 2020, CEO Mark Cutifani said on Thursday. The 2019 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) margins of the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining company ranged from... 

Anglo’s earnings margins poised to strengthen – Cutifani
Photo by Anglo American
Anglo American calculates that these earnings margins will increase in 2020.

Anglo’s hydrogen fuel truck ‘a great initiative’ – Cutifani 

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2020 Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani on Thursday described the building of the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell haul truck in Limpopo as a great initiative that would in time be rolled out across the platinum group metals (PGMs), diamonds, copper and iron-ore mining company. Hydrogen fuel cell... 

Anglo’s hydrogen fuel truck ‘a great initiative’ – Cutifani
Photo by Anglo American
Four-part forward thrust.

Price-spiking palladium must be substituted with platinum – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2020 It is incumbent on the end users to help platinum group metals mining companies to a position where the platinum price will not be destroyed, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said on Wednesday. Speaking during the presentation of superlative results, Froneman said the industry could not... 

Price-spiking palladium must be substituted with platinum – Sibanye-Stillwater
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Neal Froneman

Sibanye-Stillwater delivers phenomenal 260% return – JSE 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2020 Top-performing Sibanye-Stillwater delivered a phenomenal return of 260% on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2019, JSE CEO Dr Leila Fourie stated on Wednesday when the company relisted to the accompaniment of a rapid 5.3% early-afternoon soaring of its share price. From a Gold Fields spinoff... 

Sibanye-Stillwater delivers phenomenal 260% return – JSE
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sibanye-Stillwater's ceremony at JSE

Climate-friendly copper, cobalt, nickel steal limelight as Glencore depletes coal reserve 

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2020 Climate-friendly energy transition metals, copper, cobalt and nickel, stole the limelight during Glencore’s presentation of 2019 results on Tuesday, when the company revealed that it would be depleting its coal reserves in line with the global move towards a low-carbon economy. Presenting... 

Climate-friendly copper, cobalt, nickel steal limelight as Glencore depletes coal reserve
Photo by Bloomberg
Ivan Glasenberg

Glencore provides update on its transition to low-carbon economy

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2020 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Tuesday published an update on its performance in transitioning towards a low-carbon economy. This follows its climate change position statement of February 2019. 

Glencore provides update on its transition to low-carbon economy
Photo by Bloomberg
Ivan Glasenderg

Hydrogen fuel cell mining set to cut Amplats’ greenhouse gas emissions – Griffith  

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2020 The introduction of hydrogen fuel cell mining in response to climate change is poised to cut the greenhouse gas emissions of platinum group metals mining company Anglo American Platinum by 30%. A large enabler of this significant reduction is the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell mining trucks,... 

Hydrogen fuel cell mining set to cut Amplats’ greenhouse gas emissions – Griffith
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on Anglo American Platinum’s results. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Robbery attempt prompts security step-up at South Deep – Gold Fields  

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2020 Security is being stepped up at South Deep gold mine in Gauteng to present an even more resistant barrier to armed criminals, said Gold Fields executive vice-president Martin Preece said on Thursday. This action follows last year’s gold robbery attempt at the mine by machine-gun wielding gangsters. 

Robbery attempt prompts security step-up at South Deep – Gold Fields
Gold Fields EVP Martin Preece talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Global interest growing in Canada’s sustainability initiative

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 The implementation of the Mining Association of Canada’s (MAC’s) Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative at its members’ operations is helping drive demand for Canadian investment in global mining jurisdictions. “We are extremely proud of all that TSM has accomplished in terms of raising the... 

Global interest growing in Canada’s sustainability initiative
EXPORTING STANDARDS Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining initiative has been adopted by Finland, Argentina, Botswana, the Philippines and Brazil, with mining associations in many other countries expressing their interest

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Mineral exploration and mining’s role in the global shift towards a low carbon future could dominate discussions at this year’s Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention, PDAC executive director Lisa McDonald tells Mining Weekly. “To meet demand for electric vehicle... 

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks
CRITICAL GATHERING Popular topics that should continue to attract high attendance at the PDAC Convention are diversity and inclusion, sustainability, capital markets and Indigenous affairs

New boss for Mexico’s largest openpit mine

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Colorado-based gold mining company Newmont will transfer its Boddington gold and copper mine GM, Jim Cooper, from Australia to Mexico in the first quarter of this year to optimise its civil action-plagued Peñasquito openpit mine to improve productivity, lower costs and extend mine life. Newmont... 

New boss for Mexico’s largest openpit mine
PRODUCTIVITY PICK UP One of the key focus areas for Peñasquito includes improving throughput at the front end of the mill

Govt-mining industry cooperation at regional level very good – Gold Fields  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2020 The cooperation between the government and mines at regional level is very good, but where it falls down is at national level, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland said on Thursday. Responding to Mining Weekly during a media roundtable at the JSE, Holland said that at the national level, there was... 

Govt-mining industry cooperation at regional level very good – Gold Fields
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland questioned by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Gold Fields displays ‘green’ energy installation ahead of superb results  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2020 “What you’re seeing over here is one of the first wind turbines that we put up in Australia, a mine where we’re going to have average renewable input into our energy usage of about 57%,” was the first sentence stated by Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland as he flashed up a picture of a wind turbine at... 

Gold Fields displays ‘green’ energy installation ahead of superb results
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland’s results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

ICMM launches enhanced mining principles, membership requirements

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2020 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has launched its enhanced membership requirements, called the ICMM Mining Principles, which now include site-level validation and transparent disclosure. These requirements seek to maximise the industry’s benefits to host communities and... 

Unions launch ‘rise up’ campaign as SoNA, National Budget approach

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2020 South Africa finds itself looking over a precipice as the economic malaise currently being experienced all but places the nation at a point of no return, trade union federation, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) said in a statement published on Wednesday. With the country... 

'Green’ is king as ESG sweeps through mining world – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2020 Community members are being recruited to vegetate Johannesburg’s gold mine dumps as part of a dust suppression, environmental protection and ‘green’ imperative, DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius said on Wednesday. In presenting a stupendously successful set of half-year results that saw operating profit... 

'Green’ is king as ESG sweeps through mining world – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius presenting from New York to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

DRDGold cock-a-hoop on ‘wonderful’ gold performance  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2020 Surface gold-mining company DRDGold is cock-a-hoop over its half-year performance, which saw it produce 3 t of gold from waste dumps on the East Rand and the West Rand in the six months to December 31. But the company is also continuing to work intently on tracking down the gang of armed robbers... 

DRDGold cock-a-hoop on ‘wonderful’ gold performance
DRDGold CFO Riaan Davel interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Photographs: Donna Slater.

DRDGold hits dividend high spot

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2020 Surface gold mining company DRD Gold has hit the dividend high spots by extending its dividend declarations to the thirteenth consecutive year. The company, headed by CEO Niël Pretorius, has declared a dividend of 25c a share for the six months ended December, which follows a six-fold increase in... 

DRDGold hits dividend high spot
Photo by Creamer Media
Niël Pretorius

Another step forward for world’s largest hydrogen truck at Mogalakwena

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2020 Development of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine truck took another step forward this week. Autocar reports that Anglo American has engaged Williams Advanced Engineering to  help develop the new fuel cell electric vehicle that will be put through its paces at South Africa’s Mogalakwena... 

Another step forward for world’s largest hydrogen truck at Mogalakwena
Platinum group metals helping to fight climate change.

Harmony Gold decries attacks on gold plants  

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2020 The spate of violent attacks on gold smelting plants is of great  concern, Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp said on Tuesday. There were 19 attacks on gold facilities last year in which two security personnel were murdered, according to Minerals Council South Africa. (Also watch attached Creamer... 

Harmony Gold decries attacks on gold plants
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video & Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photograph: Donna Slater.

Harmony Gold expects to have 30 MW solar plant year from now  

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2020 Gold mining company Harmony expects to have a 30 MW solar power plant running in a year from now, provided all regulatory obstacles are removed. The company is also in discussion with Eskom to alleviate the impact of load-shedding. Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp said during a media conference... 

Harmony Gold expects to have 30 MW solar plant year from now
Harmony Gold half-year presentation reported on by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video & Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photograph: Donna Slater.

PGMs to play ever increasing roles in greener, cleaner world – Anglo Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American Platinum is convinced that PGMs are poised to play increasingly significant roles in a greener, cleaner world, driven by favourable new opportunities presented by societal megatrends. Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith, who... 

PGMs to play ever increasing roles in greener, cleaner world – Anglo Platinum
The number of indirect jobs totals 90 000

Exxaro, Bell partner up to enhance supplier development offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2020 Empowered resources company Exxaro Resources has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with equipment dealer Bell Equipment Sales South Africa (Bessa) to enhance the offering of its enterprise and supplier development (ESD) programme. The MoU, intended to formalise a partnership within its... 

Exxaro, Bell partner up to enhance supplier development offering
Exxaro stakeholder affairs executive head Mzila Mthenjane and Bell Equipment MD Duncan Mashika.

De Beers Group’s ‘make life brilliant’ fostering best-in-class mining 

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2020 De Beers Group Managed Operations MD responsible for South Africa and Canada, Nompumelelo (Mpumi) Zikalala, spoke to Mining Weekly this week about the highlights and one lowlight of her first nine months in office. 

De Beers Group’s ‘make life brilliant’ fostering best-in-class mining
Photo by Creamer Media
Nompumelelo (Mpumi) Zikalala,

Budget deficit reflects mining decline in DRC

By: Halima Frost     7th February 2020 Macroeconomic researcher Fitch Solutions expects that the Congolese budget deficit will widen from an estimated 0.7% of gross domestic product in 2019 to 1.1% in 2020, owing to declining revenues from the mining sector. The Congolese mining sector has a major bearing on government revenues,... 

Budget deficit reflects mining decline in DRC
DARK DAYS The mining industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo has experienced some dark times over the last few years

Microjobbing platform allows for direct mining community development

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2020 Microjobbing platform Money4Jam (M4Jam) has enabled a mine to more deeply and substantively engage with its surrounding communities by providing them with direct employment opportunities and helping to develop local suppliers, says M4Jam CEO Georgie Midgley. The impact of the six-month trial is... 

Microjobbing platform allows for direct mining community development
GEORGIE MIDGLEY M4Jam provides work opportunities and experience, and bridges the gap between small and large businesses

Cobalt demand drives illegal trade

By: Halima Frost     7th February 2020 Increased global demand for cobalt is spurring mining activity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), specifically illegal and artisanal operations. The southern point of the DRC is reported to contain about two-thirds of the world’s natural cobalt reserves. 

Cobalt demand drives illegal trade
IN THE TRENCHES Dire living and working conditions found in the Democratic Republic of Congo drive the artisanal and illegal mining sector

Land agreement in motion for cobalt producer

By: Halima Frost     7th February 2020 Katanga Mining, the Glencore subsidiary that operates in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has, as reported by Mining Weekly Online last month, reached an agreement to acquire land where it could build a new long-term tailings facility for its 75%-owned Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) operation.... 

Anglo’s Cutifani stresses the need for sustainable mining  

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2020 Despite mining’s contribution to almost every aspect of modern life, the industry is still seen as an industry “that takes more than it gives”, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani lamented in his keynote address at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is taking place in Cape Town,... 

Anglo’s Cutifani stresses the need for sustainable mining
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani delivers his keynote address to delegates attending this year's Investing in Africa Mining Indaba. Source: Anglo American.

AngloGold restarts Obuasi

By: Schalk Burger     30th January 2020 JSE-listed gold miner AngloGold Ashanti has successfully restarted its Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana. The mine is being developed into a mechanised underground mine after a five-year hiatus, the company said in a statement on Thursday. 

AngloGold restarts Obuasi
The Obuasi mine, in Ghana.
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