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Draft housing standard calls for clarity on Charter requirements

By: Tracy Hancock     30th August 2019 It is unclear whether the requirements of Mining Charter III for mining companies with regard to the housing and living conditions of their mineworkers will fall away once the Draft Reviewed Housing and Living Conditions Standard, 2019, is finalised and comes into effect, says law firm Fasken... 

‘Green’ energy's advance fast becoming irreversible – Isondo 

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2019 The energy systems of the world are going ‘green’ in a process that is fast becoming irreversible, says Isondo Precious Metals CEO Vinay Somera, who adds that hydrogen is emerging as the main storage medium for energy generated from the sun, wind and other renewable sources. The storing of wind... 

‘Green’ energy's advance fast becoming irreversible – Isondo
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Isondo Precious Metals CEO Vinay Somera

S Africa well placed to supply competitive hydrogen – CSIR 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2019 South Africa, which has excellent solar and wind energy potential, is well placed to produce and export clean renewable hydrogen, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research senior research engineer Thomas Roos. Hydrogen is emerging globally as an environmentally friendly energy carrier... 

S Africa well placed to supply competitive hydrogen – CSIR
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Council for Scientific and Industrial Research senior research engineer Thomas Roos (right) and Martin Creamer.

Misconceptions around AMD remain a threat to the environment

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     23rd August 2019 Acid mine drainage (AMD) has become one of South Africa’s largest environmental threats, as AMD has caused considerable damage to the natural environment and communities living near mining areas, says engineering consultants WSP Africa’s hydrology, environment and energy senior associate Karen... 

Sibanye-Stillwater intensifies PGMs presence

By: Mamaili Mamaila     23rd August 2019 International precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater (Sibanye) has, through the recent acquisition of platinum-group metals (PGMs) producer Lonmin, increased its role in and authority in the global PGMs sector. Following the inroads that Sibanye made into the sector by acquiring PGM... 

Sibanye-Stillwater intensifies PGMs presence
JAMES WELLSTED The Lonmin acquisition is the culmination of Sibanye-Stillwater's South African PGMs strategy

Climate risk lifting insurance premiums for coal mining company Exxaro  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd August 2019 Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed coal-mining and energy company Exxaro Resources said on Thursday that it was experiencing higher insurance premiums in the renewal of its insurance policies. In reporting 24% lower net operating profit of R2.4-billion in the six months to June 30 on lower coal... 

Climate risk lifting insurance premiums for coal mining company Exxaro
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo speaks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer and Kutlwano Matlala. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Exxaro declares double dividend on lower profit, revenue

By: Martin Creamer     22nd August 2019 Black-empowered coal-mining and energy resources company Exxaro on Thursday rewarded shareholders with a double dividend on lower profit and revenue in the six months to June 30. The company declared an interim and special cash dividend and reported early value realisation at its Belfast coal... 

Exxaro declares double dividend on lower profit, revenue
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Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Highveld polluters on the water department’s radar

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is planning to take “drastic measures” to ensure mines and other sectors of the economy take responsibility for any groundwater contamination caused by their operations. In a water status update on Wednesday, the department said the pollution of... 

Acid mine water eyed for producing hydrogen at petrol cost 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2019 Acid mine water, and also seawater and brackish water, are being eyed for hydrogen production by innovative South African company Hydrox Holdings, which has patented a water electrolysis method that is attracting world attention. The new membrane-free technology that the company has developed was... 

Acid mine water eyed for producing hydrogen at petrol cost

Platinum-linked hydrogen fuel cell vehicle roadmap needed – uYilo 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2019 A national roadmap for platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles needs to be developed to complement the electric vehicle roadmap drawn up six years ago, says uYilo Electric Mobility director Hiten Parmar. uYilo is an initiative of the Technology Innovation Agency, a schedule 3A... 

Platinum-linked hydrogen fuel cell vehicle roadmap needed – uYilo
Hiten Parmar

Govt observes anniversary of Marikana tragedy

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2019 Government says it has, since the conclusion of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, made “great progress” in implementing the inquiry’s recommendations, among which has been to ensure that the South African Police Service strengthens its public order policing capacity. A statement issued by the... 

Da Vinci model required for mining in Industry 4.0 – Cawood

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 The global push for ever-increasing technological advancement in the mining industry means that it needs to readdress the way it builds and sources competencies, with a focus on breaking down skills silos to create more multidisciplined professionals, according to Wits Mining Institute director... 

Da Vinci model required for mining in Industry 4.0 – Cawood
FRED CAWOOD Sensors will take our jobs if we don’t stay relevant

Platinum-catalysed fuel cells can cut mine ventilation costs – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2019 Replacing diesel machines with zero-emitting fuel cell electrical equipment can lower the cost of underground mine ventilation, says Hydrogen Infrastructure (HySA) director Dr Dmitri Bessarabov, who adds that renewable hydrogen can also be used to mitigate air pollution at Eskom power stations.... 

Platinum-catalysed fuel cells can cut mine ventilation costs – HySA
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HySA's clean mining ventilation test facility.

Chinese demand for ‘green’ metals increasing 'exceptionally fast' – Glencore 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2019 The demand for environmentally protective ‘green’ metals is increasing exceptionally fast, boosted by a 59% increase in electric vehicle production in China, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Wednesday. In response to Mining Weekly Online during a post-results conference call, Glasenberg... 

Chinese demand for ‘green’ metals increasing 'exceptionally fast' – Glencore
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Ivan Glasenberg

Platinum-linked hydrogen economy is way to go ­– Phiri   

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2019 The hydrogen economy is the answer to South Africa’s decarbonised mobility future to avoid battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sapping up too much of South Africa’s already scarce electricity, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday. Hydrogen is increasingly seen as being... 

Platinum-linked hydrogen economy is way to go ­– Phiri
RBPlat CEO Steven Phiri speaks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Photograph: Dylan Slater

Govt initiates fresh look at South Africa’s carbon-emission yardsticks  

By: Martin Creamer     5th August 2019 South Africa’s Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries on Friday placed an advertisement for service providers to take a fresh look at this country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission guidelines and carbon space allocation in what could be a great boost for South Africa's green-promoting... 

Govt initiates fresh look at South Africa’s carbon-emission yardsticks
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The off-take of platinum-using fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)

Inclusion and diversity strategy delivering change

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd August 2019 Global diamond producer De Beers Group is most proud of the “energy change” its inclusion and diversity strategy has instigated throughout its value chain – from mining to retail, says De Beers social impact senior VP Katie Fergusson. “We are still early in the journey, but we are making visible... 

Inclusion and diversity strategy delivering change
TECHNICAL TRANSFORMATION More needs to be done to build the pipeline of women equipped to take on technical roles in the mining sector

Angola advances its mining reforms

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd August 2019 The Angolan Government is to launch a public tender process during the remainder of this year for five mining concessions. These will be for diamonds, iron ore and phosphates. This was announced late last month by the country’s Mineral Resources and Petroleum Minister Diamantino Azevedo during a... 

Initiatives to boost diversity under way as only 15% of mining jobs are held by women

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd August 2019 The gender gap in the mining industry will widen if it does not invest in attracting more women to associated careers, owing to the quickly evolving roles and skills required by the industry, particularly owing to Industry 4.0, says diamond company De Beers Group. “There is no doubt that the... 

Initiatives to boost diversity under way as only 15% of mining jobs are held by women

Pressure must be applied to force platinum mining to go green, conference hears 

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2019 The need for pressure to be applied to the platinum mining industry to go “green” was expressed at Nedbank CIB Mark Research's recent conference on fuel cells in Cape Town. While platinum group metals (PGMs) have been used for decades to stop air pollution in the major cities of the world, steps... 

Pressure must be applied to force platinum mining to go green, conference hears
Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle

South Africa urged to seize massive platinum-boosting fuel cell opportunity 

By: Martin Creamer     31st July 2019 South Africa is being urged to seize the massive opportunity that the new fuel cell and hydrogen economy present at a time of slumped local wealth creation and horrific job starvation. With the platinum-catalysed fuel cell and hydrogen markets beginning to ascend stridently globally, South... 

South Africa urged to seize massive platinum-boosting fuel cell opportunity
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Vinay Somera

Miners contest Oxfam claims of profit grabs in Africa 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th July 2019 Australian miners singled out in a recent report by not-for-profit group Oxfam have expressed their disappointment in the allegations made within the report. In its recently released Tax Justice Network Tax Extractives report, Oxfam alleges that as much as $1.1-billion in profits were shifted... 

Miners contest Oxfam claims of profit grabs in Africa

Producer to invest $1-billion in Brazil port

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th July 2019 Diversified natural resources producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) plans to invest about $1-billion in the Porto Sul project, in Brazil, during the construction period. The port will be able to handle more than 40-million tonnes a year of iron-ore, with facilities to handle future grain... 

Producer to invest $1-billion in Brazil port
PEDRA DE FERRO Eurasian Resources Group's Pedra de Ferro iron-ore project will make Bahia the third largest iron-ore producer in Brazil

Anglo portfolio playing to demand for cleaner, electrified world – Cutifani 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2019 The asset quality and product positioning of the Anglo American portfolio play precisely to the macro global demand for a “cleaner world, an electrified world and a consumer world”, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani said on Thursday. The London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining and... 

Anglo portfolio playing to demand for cleaner, electrified world – Cutifani
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Mark Cutifani

Toyota’s co-funding of PGM market development pleases Amplats 

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2019 The decision of the giant Toyota Motor Corporation to co-fund the development of the market for platinum group metals (PGMs) has been applauded by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Toyota, through the Mirai Creation Fund II in which Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation is a co-participant, this... 

Toyota’s co-funding of PGM market development pleases Amplats
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Chris Griffith

Amplats targeting largest fuel cell truck, mulling renewable energy   

By: Martin Creamer     22nd July 2019 Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum, which recorded a spectacular 120% increase in half-year headline earnings per share, is screening the opportunities to use fuel cell trucks in its fleet. The cash-rich company has declared an interim dividend of... 

Amplats targeting largest fuel cell truck, mulling renewable energy
Anglo American Platinum first-half results presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater

Platinum-linked fuel cell business accelerating at rapid rate, say experts  

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2019 South Africa is continuing to gather top-tier insight into fuel cell technology as it navigates the electric vehicle market’s growing links to this country’s globally unparalleled platinum group metals industry. Expert after expert at this week’s Nedbank CIB’s Market Research conference outlined... 

Platinum-linked fuel cell business accelerating at rapid rate, say experts
Nedbank CIB Market Research mining analyst Arnold van Graan

Platinum helping California’s fuel cell cars to fill up with hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2019 Thousands of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in California obtain their hydrogen with the help of platinum from a growing number of hydrogen refuelling stations that have been established with effective government help. Independent hydrogen consultant Dr Jose Lopez Gallego, who is in South... 

Platinum helping California’s fuel cell cars to fill up with hydrogen
Dr Jose Lopez Gallego (left) talking to Martin Creamer

Fuel cell electric vehicles set to make strong entry – visiting experts   

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2019 There is simply no doubt that fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), which use platinum group metal catalysts, will make a very strong global entry in the next decade, global experts said on Monday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the eve of Nedbank’s FCEV conference in Cape Town, Professor Dr... 

Fuel cell electric vehicles set to make strong entry – visiting experts
Fuel cell experts talk to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater.

Fuel cells presenting mining, manufacturing with compelling opportunity – Isondo 

By: Martin Creamer     11th July 2019 If South Africans make use of their superior sunlight and their prime wind, they can generate a lot of carbon-free electricity at a cost potentially cheaper than when Eskom burns coal and pollutes the air. That, in itself, is in line with the world’s decarbonisation demands. But there is more.... 

Fuel cells presenting mining, manufacturing with compelling opportunity – Isondo
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Isondo Precious Metals COO Dr Sakib Khan

Exciting new stimulus for hydrogen power, fuel cells, platinum economy 

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2019 The emerging world of hydrogen power, fuel cells, platinum and climate change mitigation received another stimulus on Tuesday with the announcement of new high-level investment backing for a fund that promotes technologies dependent on the high-performance characteristics of platinum group metals... 

Exciting new stimulus for hydrogen power, fuel cells, platinum economy
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AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly

Blyvoor Gold winning overwhelming support from employees, community 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2019 Emerging gold-mining company Blyvoor Gold, which is targeting a resumption of mining at the old Blyvooruitzicht gold mine in the last quarter of this year, is winning overwhelming support from the once liquidated mine’s former employees, as well as the members of the nearby mine community.... 

Blyvoor Gold winning overwhelming support from employees, community
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
From left Blyvoor Gold deputy chairperson Richard Floyd, BEE of Blyvoor spokesperson Wels Sempe, Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer, Blyvoor Gold CEO Alan Smith, Blyvoor Gold spokesperson Joseph Rammusa, Blyvoor Gold chairperson Peter Skeat and Community of Blyvoor spokesperson Johannes Tala.

Gold miner distributed $690m in host communities in 2018

28th June 2019 Gold mining company Gold Fields’ investment in communities goes well beyond socioeconomic development and compliance spending, says Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee chair Dr Carmen Letton. The company is making considerable progress in sharing the value it creates with the communities... 

Gold miner distributed $690m in host  communities in 2018
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ATTENTION TO DETAIL Gold Fields continues to focus on building a more diverse and inclusive workforce

Diamonds body urges govts to optimise developmental opportunities provided by natural resources

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2019 In his speech during the opening session of the recent 2019 Intersessional Meeting of the Kimberley Process (KP), World Diamond Council President Stephane Fischler urged the Governments of KP-member countries to optimise the developmental opportunities provided by their natural resources through... 

Blyvoor to begin producing gold again from Q4 – Skeat 

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2019 Gold mining is to resume at the old Blyvooruitzicht gold mine in the last quarter of this year, Blyvoor Gold executive chairperson Peter Skeat has told Mining Weekly Online. “We’ve worked very hard and we’re at the point of moving ahead. We’ve got cash, we’ve got no debt, and the employees and... 

Blyvoor to begin producing gold again from Q4 – Skeat
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
From left Martin Creamer, Peter Skeat, Alan Smith and Richard Floyd.

‘Platinum Valley’ SEZ in three months – Patel 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2019 The legal entity for the Bojanala Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in North West, which already has an investment pipeline in place, will be set up in the next three months, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel promised on Tuesday evening. Fuel cell development is listed as the... 

‘Platinum Valley’ SEZ in three months – Patel
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Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel

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,... 

Minergy appoints CEO-designate
Minergy CEO-designate Morne du Plessis

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
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