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Returning mineworkers, Covid-19 deaths, hydrogen roadmap make headlines  

9th July 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks foreign mineworkers returning to South Africa, platinum having the highest number of Covid-19 related deaths and government's hydrogen society roadmap.   

Aboriginal groups call for Rio to lose human rights status after caves blast

By: Reuters     9th July 2020 Aboriginal and human rights groups on Thursday called for miner Rio Tinto Ltd to be stripped of its status as a human rights leader following its destruction of an Aboriginal sacred site showing evidence of 46 000 years of human habitation. With state government approval, the world's biggest... 

South Africa’s July Ndlovu to chair World Coal Association 

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2020 South Africa’s July Ndlovu has been appointed the chairperson of the World Coal Association (WCA), Mining Weekly can today report. Ndlovu, who heads Anglo American’s coal business in South Africa, takes up the position at a time when, in his words, “the role of responsible coal is front and... 

South Africa’s July Ndlovu to chair World Coal Association
Photo by World Coal Association
July Ndlovu and Michelle Manook.

Rio Tinto closes NZ aluminium smelters

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th July 2020 Major Rio Tinto on Thursday announced that it would wind down operations and eventually close the New Zealand aluminium smelters (NZAS), following the conclusion of a strategic review. The company in October last year announced a review into the future of the smelter, to determine the... 

Rio Tinto closes NZ aluminium smelters

Resources Watch 

8th July 2020 This week: Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work; Platinum group metals in pole position to benefit from global decarbonisation thrust; and, Intensive communication playing key role in curbing Covid at South Deep 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Covid death toll on mines rises to 21, positive cases at 3 119 

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2020 The Covid-19 death toll in the mining industry has risen to 21, Minerals Council South Africa recorded on its website on Tuesday, with the number of Covid-positive cases totalling 3 119. Platinum mining, which employs the most people, continues to have the largest number of Covid deaths so far at... 

Covid death toll on mines rises to 21, positive cases at 3 119
Photo by MINERALS COUNCIL SOUTH AFRICA
Mining industry's Covid statistics.

Osborn completes first equipment installation in CIS region

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th July 2020 Mining and quarrying equipment specialist Osborn has completed an export order to Kyrgyzstan, which extends its reach into the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. The equipment supplied by Osborn has been installed at the country’s second-largest gold mine, the Jerooy gold project.  

Minerals Council regrets delay of 2018 Mining Charter review 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2020 Minerals Council South Africa on Monday expressed regret that the finalisation of the review of the contested elements of the 2018 Mining Charter had been delayed following a judgement of the full bench of the High Court in Pretoria ordering that a number of other parties be joined to the action.... 

Minerals Council regrets delay of 2018 Mining Charter review
Photo by Creamer Media
Minerals Council South Africa.

Vale CFO says dividend payments may resume depending on coronavirus pandemic

By: Reuters     6th July 2020 Brazilian miner Vale is ready to resume dividend payments to investors and is just waiting for more certainty around the coronavirus pandemic before approving the move, CFO Luciano Siani told investors on Friday. Vale has suspended dividend payments since the Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, dam burst,... 

Cost blow-outs and delays confirmed at Oyu Tolgoi

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd July 2020 Mining major Rio Tinto on Friday confirmed a cost blow-out of between $1.3-billion and $1.8-billion at the Oyu Tolgoi copper project, in Mongolia, compared with the original $5.3-billion capital estimates. Meanwhile, first sustainable production has been delayed by between 21 and 29 months... 

Cost blow-outs and delays confirmed at Oyu Tolgoi

Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2020 Thirteen mineworkers have now succumbed to the coronavirus, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana said on Thursday. Of the 13 who have died, seven were employed in platinum mining in North West province, which has the most cases at 1 413... 

Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work
Minerals Council South Africa Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

PGMs, battery metals market potential, De Beers' R10m Covid-19 lab make headlines  

2nd July 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks platinum group metals being in a great position to benefit from the fast-growing global decarbonisation momentum, SA and the global battery metals market; and De Beer’s R10-million coronavirus testing lab.   

PGMs, battery metals market potential, De Beers' R10m Covid-19 lab make headlines
PGMs, battery metals market potential, De Beers' R10m Covid-19 lab make headlines

Rio adds to board

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd July 2020 Diversified major Rio Tinto has added a strategy and development role to its executive committee, with Peter Toth appointed as a group executive. The new role will be focused on leading Rio’s transformation efforts around portfolio, climate change, and closure, working in partnership with the... 

Resources Watch  

1st July 2020 This week: Ethiopia looking to bolster investment in resources, mining; And, Covid-19 is an important catalyst for hydrogen economy’s take-off 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Hydrogen to fuel giant mining trucks in green shift by Anglo 

By: Bloomberg     1st July 2020 Anglo American is advancing plans to convert its fleet of giant diesel-fueled mine trucks to hydrogen power as the company seeks to burnish its green credentials. More than 400 mine-haul trucks could be rebuilt to use hydrogen fuel, with a pilot project starting next year at Anglo American... 

Glencore pays $1.3bn to SA government in 2019

By: Donna Slater     30th June 2020 Diversified miner Glencore made payments of $7.7-billion to the governments of countries in which it operates in 2019. This includes $96.6-million paid to the South African government in taxes, royalties and other payments.  

Exxaro says safety strategy paying off

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th June 2020 JSE-listed diversified miner Exxaro has achieved 730 lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free days at the plant and central engineering workshop work areas within the Matla coal mine. This is equivalent to two years of zero mineworker LTIs, it says.  

Exxaro says safety strategy paying off

SA Inc must act now to take ownership of battery metals value chain – Bushveld 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2020 Bold action is needed by South Africa Inc to take ownership of the significant potential share of the global battery metals market open to it, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Speaking to Mining Weekly following this week’s presentation by the company of solid 2019 financial results... 

SA Inc must act now to take ownership of battery metals value chain – Bushveld
Wind and sun are producing clean electricity that vanadium flow batteries can store.

Gascoyne creditors approve DOCA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th June 2020 The creditors of ASX-listed Gascoyne Resources have approved a deed of company arrangement (DOCA) as part of a broader recapitalisation and relisting plan for the gold miner. The DOCA and associated recapitalization and relisting plan was formulated with the objective of Gascoyne continuing to... 

Lesotho opens more border posts for return of foreign mineworkers 

By: Martin Creamer     25th June 2020 Lesotho has opened up more border posts to speed up  the return to work of locked-down foreign mineworkers. As reported  by Mining Weekly last week, 12 000 mineworkers had one border post at their disposal on re-entering South Africa from Lesotho and the opening of more border posts was requested. 

Lesotho opens more border posts for return of foreign mineworkers
Minerals Council South Africa environment, health and legacies senior executive Nikisi Lesufi.

Anglo American calls for cooperative response in trying times 

By: Schalk Burger     25th June 2020 Diversified miner Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani has called for a society-wide response to the global Covid-19 crisis and says the miner is committed to global tax and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). In its Tax and Economic Contribution report for the year ended... 

Anglo American calls for cooperative response in trying times
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Six mineworkers die from Covid-19 – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     25th June 2020 Six mineworkers have succumbed to coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, Minerals Council South Africa said on Thursday. Back at work so far and screened daily are 272 770 mineworkers, on which 16 994 tests have been conducted, yielding 1 796 positive Covid cases and 666 recoveries,... 

Six mineworkers die from Covid-19 – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa’s Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exxaro expecting higher coal export volumes, lower domestic sales

By: Simone Liedtke     25th June 2020 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources expects a mixed picture for demand for its coal products as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on the global economy. In a interim pre-close update by FD Riaan Koppeschaar on June 25, the group pointed out that it had, to date, recorded eight... 

Exxaro expecting higher coal export volumes, lower domestic sales

Minerals Council looks forward to more detail following supplementary budget

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa says Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s Supplementary Budget speech expressed the right perspectives on the management of the country’s deepening fiscal crisis, but lacked detail on the steps that have to the taken to rescue the economy. “It is important to... 

Infrastructure investment, China & the hydrogen economy make headlines  

25th June 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the need for SA to invest more in productive infrastructure to boost the economy, China becoming a net importer of vanadium and how Covid-19 could be catalyst for the hydrogen economy to take off.   

Infrastructure investment, China & the hydrogen economy make headlines
Infrastructure investment, China & the hydrogen economy make headlines

Samarco fund approves $100m infrastructure investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th June 2020 Diversified giant BHP has reported that the Renova Foundation had approved a package of over $100-million to fund works in the health and infrastructure sectors in municipalities of the Doce River basin, in Brazil. The miner said that the government projects were selected by the states for their... 

BHP launches METS programme in Aus

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th June 2020 Mining giant BHP as partnered with industry body Austmine to launch its supplier innovation programme across Australia. Following a successful program in BHP’s Minerals Americas business, the BHP Austmine supplier innovation programme would provide opportunities for Australian mining equipment,... 

Altus appoints new business development manager

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2020 Dual-listed Altus Strategies has appointed Alister Hume business development manager, with immediate effect. Altus says he will play an integral role for the company in evaluating and progressing the growing number of potential royalty and project transactions under review. 

Vale to sell stake in nickel producer to Indonesia's Inalum

By: Reuters     22nd June 2020 Brazil iron-ore miner Vale said on Friday in a securities filing that its Canadian subsidiary had reached an agreement to sell a 20% stake in the nickel producer PT Vale Indonesia to state-controlled PT Indonesia Asahan (Inalum). Vale's Canadian subsidiary will receive $290-million for the sale,... 

Glencore says will cooperate with investigation by Swiss

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2020 Diversified mining company Glencore stated at the weekend that it would cooperate with an investigation opened into it by the office of the attorney general of Switzerland. Glencore stated in a release to Mining Weekly that it had been informed by the office of the attorney general that it had... 

Glencore says will cooperate with investigation by Swiss
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore head office.

Glencore human rights report showcases progress

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th June 2020 Diversified miner Glencore’s 2019 Human Rights Report states that the company continued to make progress with its approach to human rights, focusing on four work programmes. Glencore group head of sustainability Anna Krutikov on June 19 said the company’s report detailed its approach to managing... 

Minerals Council shares details of mining industry's Covid-19 resilience with committee 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2020 With a higher test rate at 3.01%, compared with the national and global average test rates of 2.07% and 1.57%, respectively, South Africa’s mining industry is proving to be handling the Covid-19 pandemic better than most sectors, the Minerals Council has said. Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter... 

Minerals Council shares details of mining industry's Covid-19 resilience with committee
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

BHP advances Trion work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2020 Diversified major BHP have tapped Altera Infrastructure doing business as (dba) Teekay Shipping Norway AS, BW Offshore dba BW Offshore Singapore, and SBM Offshore dba Single Buoy Moorings to deliver an early engineering study for a floating storage and offloading unit (FSO) for the Trion field in... 

Barrick Gold alerts authorities after fake news release claims it sold Lumwana mine

By: Reuters     19th June 2020 Barrick Gold on Thursday said there is "absolutely no truth" in a news release circulated on social media in Zambia claiming the gold miner sold its Lumwana copper mine. The fake press release, dated June 15, claimed Barrick had sold its Zambian copper mine to Metalinvest Capital Corporation and... 

Rio launches internal review into Aboriginal cave disaster

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2020 Major Rio Tinto has launched a board-led review of its heritage management processes within its iron-ore division following the events at Juukan Gorge, with a focus on recommending improvements to the effectiveness of its internal processes and governance. The company review comes after the... 

Alexkor, Tshipi Borwa and Acacia Mining make headlines  

18th June 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Alexkor's need for a panel of experts, the Tshipi Borwa manganese mine remaining profitable and the three Acacia Mining employees who were released from a Tanzanian jail.   

Alexkor, Tshipi Borwa and Acacia Mining make headlines
Alexkor, Tshipi Borwa and Acacia Mining make headlines

Australia begins probe into Rio's destruction of Aboriginal site

By: Reuters     18th June 2020 Australia called for submissions on Thursday to an inquiry into how mining giant Rio Tinto legally blew up two sacred Aboriginal caves that showed human history stretching back at least 46,000 years. Rio in late May destroyed the sacred caves in the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region of Western... 

Australia begins probe into Rio's destruction of Aboriginal site

Ethiopia looking to bolster investment in resources, mining 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th June 2020 With an abundance of natural resources that have not been significantly exploited, Ethiopia has “enormous potential” for the export of these resources and at a relatively low production cost, Ethiopia Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas planning, monitoring and evaluation director... 

Ethiopia looking to bolster investment in resources, mining
Beryihun Temesgan, who spoke on behalf of Ethiopian Mines and Petroleum Minister Dr Samuel Urkato, and Ethiopia Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas planning, monitoring and evaluation director Geremew Negassa discuss the investment case for Ethiopia in a webinar hosted by the Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.
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