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Glencore Ferroalloys supports woman-owned business in Rustenburg

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th February 2022 Ferrochrome company Glencore Ferroalloys has handed over a car and manufacturing machinery to a woman-owned local business Ramotshwedi, in Rustenburg. Ramotshwedi was founded by Reabetswe Maungwa and is part of Glencore Ferroalloys’ Enterprise Development programme. 

Glencore’s earnings rocket 84% to $21.3bn

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Tuesday announced 84% higher financial results for the year, with earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) rising to $21.3-billion. Looking forward, Glencore CEO Gary Nagle said the company remained focused on its... 

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Minerals Council reaffirms zero tolerance of GBVF following Rio Tinto report 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th February 2022 Industry organisation the Minerals Council South Africa has recommitted to zero tolerance of gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF), sexism, racism and bullying in the mining industry, after noting the release of a report by diversified global miner Rio Tinto exposing these problems across its... 

Green hydrogen strategy supporting development of R270bn Northern Cape pipeline 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2022 Over the past year, the South African government has built on its successful hydrogen strategy to make major strides in positioning the country as a global leader in the green hydrogen market, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated during his State of the Nation Address. This positioning included the... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

ESG risks deter investments, says consultancy

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 The elevated levels of environmental, social and governmental (ESG) risks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) make many western mining companies reluctant to invest, as they are unable to obtain the required financing, explains energy research and consultancy company Wood Mackenzie senior... 

Ying Lu, senior analyst for Wood Mackenzie
YING LU With investors reluctant to invest, Lu expects that the electric vehicle and automotive sectors will create growth in the cobalt industry, which can heighten ESG concerns

FCA gains ground despite setbacks

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and a change of government, the Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) has continued to develop initiatives to support the livelihoods of community members in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says David Sturmes, programme and business development... 

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DR ASSHETON CARTER The FCA is gaining momentum owing to the rise for a greener economy

Initiative aims to quash child labour

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 Multistakeholder action platform the Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) is setting up a localised child labour remediation system in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), explains The Impact Facility programme and business development director David Sturmes. “The FCA focuses on setting up a case... 

David Sturmes, director of programme and business development of The Impact Facility
DAVID STURMES The FCA continues its efforts in supporting initiatives for children's rights

Glencore EDP shows signs of success

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 Diversified miner Glencore’s enterprise development programme (EDP) has created and sustained over 5000 job opportunities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 2019, says Kamoto Copper Company GM of business improvement Ndomba Tshiendela. “The EDP is aimed at providing business... 

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SUCCESS STORY Local supplier who benefited from the EDP, with employee bus transport run by GPM

ERG partners with stakeholders to promote energy shift

11th February 2022 Diversified natural resources producer Eurasion Resources Group (ERG) became a platinum partner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo- (DRC-) Africa Business Forum 2021, which was held from 24 to 25 November last year. At the time, ERG CEO Benedikt Sobotka stated that the company was proud to... 

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GOING PLATINUM (FOR BATTERY METALS) ERG became a platinum partner of the DRC- Africa Business Forum 2021, which was held from 24 to 25 November last year

Caracal board appoints nonexec director with ESG experience

By: Darren Parker     10th February 2022 London-listed gold producer Caracal Gold has announced the appointment of Rachel Johnston as nonexecutive director, effective March 1. "We . . . welcome [Johnston] to our board of directors. Her . . . experience across Africa . . . and her skills in environmental, social and governance (ESG) will... 

Glencore clinches marketing relationship with US metals business 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has entered a strategic global marketing relationship with United States Strategic Metals, formerly Missouri Cobalt. Involved is a long-term offtake agreement for 100% of the US company’s products, which include cobalt and nickel sulphates,... 

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Cobalt processing plant.

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Marine phosphate project being progressed in line with court ruling 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Steps are being taken to progress the Sandpiper marine phosphate project offshore of Namibia in compliance with last year’s High Court ruling, Namibian Marine Phosphate stated on Tuesday. The High Court confirmed the ongoing validity of Namibia Marine’s mining licence on June 30, 2021, and an... 

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Project development phases to be completed.

Sibanye awards 51 bursaries

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2022 Precious and battery metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has awarded full bursaries to 51 top-performing matriculants from the class of 2021, enabling them to pursue tertiary studies at local universities. The bursaries were awarded to matriculants from the communities surrounding the group’s... 

Renewables come in at less than half of what we’re paying for energy – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2022 Failure to wholeheartedly embrace the generation of renewable energy is out-and-out business folly. Anglo American and Engie made this perfectly clear on Thursday when they revealed that renewables come in at less than half the price of South Africa’s currently high-priced carbon-intensive power... 

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From left, Natascha Viljoen, Jonathan Debasc and Fahmida Smith.

Glencore enters battery recycling JV, targeting renewable-powered facility 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has entered a battery recycling joint venture (JV) with strategic partner and battery pioneer Britishvolt, a UK battery cell technologies and research and development investor.   

Britannia Refined Metals operation in Northfleet, UK.

Glencore reports 43% higher ferrochrome production  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Wednesday reported 43% higher ferrochrome production in its full year 2021 production report.   

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Gary Nagle

Mpumalanga just transition being investigated by Ubuntu-hearted solar masterminds  

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2022 An organisation which is providing un-electrified informal settlements with clean, green solar power in the Western Cape – in Ubuntu-hearted fashion – has begun to investigate just energy transition opportunities in Mpumalanga, where South Africa’s coal-mining and coal-fired power is facing... 

Green power project manager to un-electrified informal settlements Reshmi Wolvers
GreenCape project manager Reshmi Wolvers interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa needs to embrace Ubuntu principles in going green, webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2022 In decarbonising and going green, South Africa needs to embrace the principles of Ubuntu and show humanity towards others. That view was expressed by Gold Fields South Africa executive VP Martin Preece during the 'Decarbonisation & Going Green in the Mining Sector' webinar hosted by Creamer Media... 

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From top left, clockwise, are Abel Sakhau, Martin Preece, Jevon Martin, Nikisi Lesufi and James Mackay.

Ukwazi offers preliminary perspective on the Just Transition

28th January 2022 State-owned power utility Eskom and the coal industry are at the core of the 'Just Transition', says mining services provider Ukwazi Mining director Spencer Eckstein. "[About] 75% of our electricity is coal based and derives from 16 large power stations. By December 31, 2021, Eskom was due to... 

Miner to build climate-change-resilient businesses

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Environmental, social and corporate governance is central to diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s strategy, and guides the company in how it operates and generates shared value for its stakeholders. Core to this strategy is building “climate-change-resilient businesses”, states... 

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JEVON MARTIN These energy projects will improve the ESG credentials of South African mining houses and help close the national electricity supply deficit and allow Eskom to do maintenance

Prepared to support energy transition

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 As South Africa prepares to transition to renewable sources of energy, carbon-intensive companies such as coal exporter Thungela can assist in this energy transition by ensuring delivery of higher quality, responsibly-mined coal, states Thungela CEO July Ndlovu. “This transition is going to... 

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STAKEHOLDER BENEFITS The eMalahleni Water Reclamation Plant is an example of how mine water can be transformed into an asset with benefits for the local community

Speed up solar, wind and storage developments – Easton   

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2022 A speeded up solar, wind and storage (SWS) approach is needed to advance South Africa’s decarbonised energy situation and take the country into a cleaner, greener future. Also, steps need to be taken to allow the delayed Tubatse pumped storage scheme to go ahead as an independent power producer... 

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Retired civil engineering construction cost consultant David Easton interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining majors included in Bloomberg 2022 Gender Equality Index  

By: Darren Parker     27th January 2022 Major mining companies AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye-Stillwater, Exxaro Resources, Gold Fields, Impala Platinum, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Kumba Iron Ore, Harmony Gold and Newmont have all been included in software and media company Bloomberg’s 2022 Gender Equality Index (GEI). The... 

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A total of 418 companies from across 45 countries were included in in Bloomberg’s 2022 Gender Equality Index

Hydrogen roadmap targeting societal well-being, North West conference told  

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2022 In terms of high-level outcomes, the vision of South Africa’s Hydrogen Society Roadmap is to create an inclusive, sustainable and competitive hydrogen economy to support net-zero carbon economic growth and societal well-being, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) chief director hydrogen and... 

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North West Mining and Energy Conference covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Barrick’s previously ailing Tanzanian gold mines declared tier one assets

By: Darren Parker     25th January 2022 Gold mining group Barrick Gold’s North Mara and Bulyanhulu gold mines, in Tanzania, have both been declared as tier-one assets, Barrick said in a statement on January 25. A tier one gold asset has a reserve potential to deliver a minimum ten-year life, production of at least 500 000 oz/y of gold... 

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Bulyanhulu mine in Tanzania

South African pure copper play to list in the first half of 2022 

By: Darren Parker     25th January 2022 Premium grade copper producer Big Tree Copper plans to list on the JSE and/or the Cape Town Stock Exchange (CTSE) in the first half of 2022 as it marches towards full production. The company’s business centres on recycling previously dumped mining waste through above ground processing at the... 

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Big Tree Copper CEO Jan Nelson

Many seeing platinum as hard asset, potential inflation hedge – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2022 There are a lot more people looking at platinum as a hard asset and potential hedge against inflation, World Platinum Investment Council director of research Trevor Raymond said on Monday. Responding to Mining Weekly’s questions on what has been driving the platinum up over the last two weeks,... 

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WPIC Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New high-grade lode discovery at Kibali excites Barrick CEO

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2022 Gold miner Barrick Gold revealed at a media briefing in Kinshasha, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on January 21, that underground drilling at the Kibali gold mine’s KCD orebody was defining a new high-grade lode above the base of the existing shaft infrastructure.  Barrick president... 

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Kibali gold mine in the DRC

Mine aims for increased local content

21st January 2022 Metals and mining company First Quantum Minerals (FQM) is “determined” in its mission to increase local content across its mining operations. The mining firm has backed Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema’s appeal to industry players to “step up” and exercise holistic and prudent management of... 

Hillside Aluminium could get green $0.03c/kWh lifeline by 2030 – Mallinson  

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2022 It’s all about South Africa focusing attention on the generation and storage of its wonderful African sunshine and prime African wind. It’s all about going hammer and tongs for these three letters, SWS, which stand for solar, wind and storage ­– and eight hours of storage is all we need, which is... 

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Energy consultant Clyde Mallinson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Potentially game-changing hydrogen fuel cell technology attracts funding  

By: Martin Creamer     13th January 2022 Hydrogen fuel cells are increasingly being viewed as an attractive technology to decarbonise large parts of industry, particularly heavy-duty transport. Two key barriers to more widespread adoption of fuel cells are the costs and production scale of fuel cell systems. 

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AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly

Formal launch of South Africa’s first green ammonia project on Tuesday  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2022 The formal launch of South Africa’s first green ammonia project takes place on Tuesday, against the background of the initiative having already secured an in-principle offtake agreement from a global player – a clear indication of the world’s ‘go green’ momentum. Hive Energy and BuiltAfrica –... 

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BuiltAfrica chairperson Thulani Gcabashe interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Pumped storage has potential to throw Hillside Aluminium green lifeline 

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2022 Power utility Eskom should link its delayed Tubatse pumped storage scheme to the need for Hillside Aluminium to go green. This could be done, a close observer of the intensive electricity user sector of the South African economy contends, through Eskom enabling an independent power producer (IPP)... 

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South32's Hillside Aluminium in Richards Bay.

Working on options to secure green energy for Hillside Aluminium ­– South32 

By: Martin Creamer     7th January 2022 Diversified mining company South32 is working on options to secure green electricity at Hillside Aluminium smelter in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) province. If South32 is unable to secure an affordable source of low-carbon electricity for Hillside, this key KZN operation risks becoming... 

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South32's Hillside Aluminium in Richards Bay that is working on green energy options.

Pensana becomes signatory of UN Global Compact

By: Donna Slater     6th January 2022 LSE-listed magnet metal supply chain developer Pensana has joined the United Nations (UN) Global Compact – a voluntary initiative to encourage CEOs to implement universal sustainable principles and to take steps to support the UN’s sustainable development goals. As such, Pensana joins over 13... 

Exciting green ammonia export plan for Nelson Mandela Bay 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2021 Hive Hydrogen and Built Africa – together as Hive Hydrogen – as well as Linde plc, through its wholly owned South African subsidiary Afrox, have teamed up to establish a huge green ammonia export plant in Nelson Mandela Bay, in the Eastern Cape. The first phase is planned to go live in 2025, with... 

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Thulani Gcabashe (left) and Schalk Venter

Christmas comes early for Qld mining communities

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th December 2021 The Queensland government on Tuesday announced that 15 resources communities are set to share in just over A$47-million thanks to joint government and resources sector funding. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles announced the first round of projects from the... 

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