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Minerals Council's Roger Baxter encouraged by board-level engagement with Transnet 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Monday that the council is encouraged by the board level engagement it has undertaken so far with State rail enterprise Transnet and is hoping that this engagement will deliver some very specific results in stabilising rail performance in the... 

Ever greater global acknowledgement of need to decarbonise ever more urgently – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago Ever greater acknowledgement is being given to the need to decarbonise global energy and transport systems ever more urgently. At the same time, ever greater global recognition is being given to the fact that many of the products of mining are fundamental to enabling that shift. 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.

Record year for mineral production marred by persistent issues, Minerals Council says

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th February 2023 The value of South African mineral production achieved a record high for the second consecutive year in 2022, but underlying mining’s considerable contribution to the country’s economy and its citizens, warning lights are flashing for the sector because of constrained transport logistics,... 

Brazilian authorities back BHP's play for Oz Minerals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th February 2023 Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence has given mining major BHP approval for its proposed acquisition of ASX-listed Oz Minerals. The two companies in December entered into a scheme implementation deed and the Oz Minerals directors unanimously recommended that shareholders accept... 

Exxaro recognised in Bloomberg Gender Equity Initiative for fourth year

By: Schalk Burger     3rd February 2023 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources has been recognised in the 2023 Bloomberg Gender Equity Initiative (GEI) – its fourth consecutive year of being recognised.  The group says it is a testament to its gender equality and inclusion. 

Seriti Green raises need for Africa to appraise vanadium as electricity storage battery metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2023 Wind farm builder Seriti Green, which is planning substantial electricity storage capacity at its big renewable energy project in Mpumalanga, has raised the need for vanadium to be appraised as a battery storage metal of choice in Africa owing to the difficulties of sourcing lithium batteries.... 

From left, Layton Nenzinane, Peter Venn and Doug Gain.
Seriti Green Mpumalanga wind farm developers talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Proudly South African technology catches eye of fusion project researchers 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2023 Innovative Proudly South African membraneless technology has caught the eye of the engineers involved in the huge global ITER fusion project as a possible solution to recover tritium from tritiated water. The membraneless technology is the brainchild of Hydrox Holdings engineers, based in... 

The Hydrox team (from left) CEO Corrie de Jager, process engineer Jason Cuomo, director/inventor George Anagnostopoulos, and director Paul van de Vyver.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
The Hydrox team (from left) CEO Corrie de Jager, process engineer Jason Cuomo, director/inventor George Anagnostopoulos, and director Paul van de Vyver.

Renewables projects, Mining Indaba make headlines   

3rd February 2023 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the 155 MW wind farm that Seriti Green is constructing in Mpumalanga; the first phase of Blyvoor Gold Mine's solar energy project; and this year’s Mining Indaba, which kicks off in Cape Town next week.   

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Renewables projects, Mining Indaba make headlines

Consultants offer energy efficiency planning, implementation

3rd February 2023 Making a mine energy efficient requires plenty of planning, which ideally means proactively designing for efficiency from an early stage in a project, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. “Many mining companies are embracing new technology for energy efficiency, but there is... 

A large open pit operation at night being lit up with flood lights and masts
OPEN TO SUGGESTION Mines need to be more open to energy solutions being implemented during the planning phase, as opposed to once the mine has been constructed

Company welcomes master distributorship of new range

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2023 Dewatering pumps and dredging specialist IPR recently welcomed a master distributorship for global industrial company Atlas Copco’s new pumps range in the Southern Africa region into its overall product and service offering. This will advance plans to further its position as a new product... 

HIGH QUALITY
The Atlas Copco brand boasts a high level of quality for strong performance and rugged wear
HIGH QUALITY The Atlas Copco brand boasts a high level of quality for strong performance and rugged wear

Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2023 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed his attendance at the Mining Indaba taking place in Cape Town next week, from Monday to Thursday. Ramaphosa, accompanied by eight ministers and three deputy ministers, will deliver a keynote address on Tuesday, 7 February. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.

Copper drives Anglo’s overall fourth-quarter production higher, but PGMs, nickel disappoint 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd February 2023 Diversified miner Anglo American has reported a year-on-year improvement in the production of nearly all its commodities – except for platinum group metals (PGMs) and nickel – for the fourth quarter of 2022. CE Duncan Wanblad says overall production increased by 10% year-on-year, driven by the... 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad
Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad

MCA calls for stable policy to boost investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2023 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called on the federal government to implement a number of reforms in order to ‘seize a once in a generation opportunity’ to grow investment in the resources sector. In its 2023-24 pre-Budget submission, the MCA pointed out that Australia’s mining... 

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Glencore's 2022 cobalt production up, along with oil, nickel, ferrochrome 

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2023 Mining and marketing company Glencore produced 40% more cobalt last year, along with 16% more oil, 5% more nickel and 1% more ferrochrome. Although coal production of 110-million tonnes was 6.7-million tonnes higher, on a like-for-like basis, overall group coal production fell by 7%, primarily... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.

Missing radioactive capsule found in Western Australia

By: Reuters     1st February 2023 Australian authorities on Wednesday found a radioactive capsule that was lost in the vast Outback after nearly a week-long search along a 1 400 km (870-mile) stretch of highway, an emergency services official said. The military was verifying the capsule and it would be taken to a secure facility... 

Rio signs cooperation agreement with Canadian First Nation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2023 Diversified miner Rio Tinto, through its Iron Ore Company of Canada (ICO) has signed an agreement with the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach to establish a mutually beneficial relationship based on dialogue, collaboration and trust between the company and the community over the coming decades.... 

Canadian govt invests $100m in Jansen potash mine

By: Mariaan Webb     31st January 2023 Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne on Monday announced a $100-million investment through the Strategic Innovation Fund to support BHP’s $7.5-billion potash project. This mine, located in Jansen, Saskatchewan, is expected to generate the lowest direct emissions... 

Teck forecasts big jump in copper output this year

By: Mariaan Webb     31st January 2023 Canadian miner Teck Resources has missed its production guidance for copper in 2022, but the company has set its sights on significantly higher output this year, as its new mine in Chile continues to ramp up. Copper production in 2023 will be in the range of 390 000 t to 445 000 t. The Quebrada... 

Teck forecasts big jump in copper output this year

Squeezed mining companies face growth dilemma

By: Reuters     31st January 2023 High costs and the prospect of shrinking earnings have made big miners nervous about expansion, even as shareholders demand investment in response to robust commodity prices, China's reopening and the role of minerals in decarbonising the economy. Although years of cost discipline have repaired... 

Energy transition, decarbonisation to influence metals and mining industry  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st January 2023 The demand for metals and minerals that underpin economic progress is set to increase, with minerals underpinning most climate change efforts. This growing  demand predominantly stems from building the new infrastructure required for the global transition to cleaner energy sources, as well as for... 

An image of Deloitte Africa Energy, Resources and Industrials lead Andrew Lane
Deloitte Africa Energy, Resources and Industrials lead Andrew Lane provides an overview of the metals and mining industry performance of late, as well as the outlook moving forward.

Rio Tinto apologises for loss of tiny radioactive capsule in Australian outback

By: Reuters     30th January 2023 Rio Tinto apologised on Monday for the loss of a tiny radioactive capsule that has sparked a radiation alert across parts of the vast state of Western Australia. The radioactive capsule, believed to have fallen from a truck, was part of a gauge used to measure the density of iron ore feed which... 

Brazil's government eyes compensation deal for 2015 Vale-BHP dam burst

By: Reuters     30th January 2023 Brazil's government will try to reach a deal "as soon as possible" on compensation for the 2015 burst of a tailings dam owned by Samarco, a joint venture between Vale and BHP,  Institutional Relations Minister Alexandre Padilha said on Friday. 

Takeover target Oz Minerals eyes increased output

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th January 2023 Takeover target Oz Minerals has reported a strong fourth quarter of production, with the company recording its highest group quarterly copper production on record. Total copper production in the three months to December reached 36 307 t, up from the 30 012 t produced in the previous quarter,... 

Image shows the Prominent Hill operation

WA resource sales hits record

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 The Western Australian government this week revealed that the resources sector reached record sales of A$231-billion in 2021-22, with employment reaching an all-time high of more than 157 700 workers. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's 2021-22 Statistics Digest stated that... 

RBCT exports, Sasol, Anglo American make headlines   

27th January 2023 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the biggest decline in coal exports from the Richards Bay Coal Terminal in three decades; Sasol’s renewable energy contract; and Anglo’s emission-reducing ship.   

RBCT exports, Sasol, Anglo American make headlines
RBCT exports, Sasol, Anglo American make headlines

Consistent policy crucial amid uncertainty

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 In addition to increasing socioeconomic challenges and their knock-on effects worldwide, mining entities must also contend with a looming metals deficit, says Zambia Chamber of Mines CEO and engineer Sokwani Chilembo. “It’s been well known and widely forecast, even before the escalation of the... 

An image of hands holding emeralds at the Kagem mine in Zambia
A SHINING EXAMPLE African governments must make their jurisdictions more attractive to investors

Mining Indaba to be ‘bigger than ever’

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9 – is expected to be “bigger than ever”, owing to strong commodity prices and an increase in demand for critical minerals, as well as battery and rare earth metals. “We... 

An image depicting speakers at the Mining Indaba
INTRODUCING… New programmes and initiatives will be introduced, such as the Explorers Showcase, the Junior MINE and Official Government Leaders Programme

Namibia Chamber optimistic about industry’s 2023 prospects

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 Mining industry organisation Namibia Chamber of Mines (NCM) states that it is “very positive” on the trajectory of the local mining industry, stressing that it expects it to grow on the back of increased output from the diamonds and uranium sectors. “In the short term, growth in the mining sector... 

Firm seeks to shore up mining supply chains

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 Global supply chains were among the many critical systems that needed to be re-examined following the emergence of Covid-19. These supply chains have yet to recover fully and, with disruption becoming the new norm, resilience in mining supply chains is crucial, says DHL Supply Chain Africa MD... 

An image of DHL Supply Chain Africa MD Bremer Pauw.
BREMER PAUW The lack of collaboration between the mining sector’s supply chains resulted in costly, independently-run supply, which, in turn, have resulted in inadequate planning and inventory control

Firm will showcase monitoring products, services at Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 Condition monitoring company WearCheck will showcase its mining-related products and services at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9 – to participants in the broader African mining industry. “We always... 

An image depicting a man, Shane Goslin, testing coolant samples
SHANE GOSLIN The WearCheck laboratory technician testing coolant samples as part of the company’s condition monitoring offering

Miner remains focused on business resilience, ESG objectives

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 West Africa-focused gold producer Endeavour Mining states that it is determined to build a resilient business and become a trusted partner, adding that it seeks to maintain its “high-quality” portfolio and generate sufficient cash flow to reinvest in its business and reward stakeholders. “We have... 

Image of the first gold produced by the Ity Mine
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY West Africa is also the leading region for global gold discoveries, with 67-million ounces discovered over the past decade

Miner approves project implementation, begins refinery construction

27th January 2023 Diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater announced in November last year that, subsequent to securing an effective controlling interest of about 85% in Keliber Oy, the Sibanye-Stillwater board had approved capital expenditure of €588-million for the Keliber lithium hydroxide project, beginning with... 

An image of Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman
Photo by Donna Slater
NEAL FRONEMAN Keliber is expected to have one of the lowest carbon emission footprints in the industry

ICMM to be active at Mining Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 Mining industry organisation the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) is participating at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9 – with a presence on the main stage and at the Sustainability... 

An image depicting a smiling man, Rohitesh Dhawan
ROHITESH DHAWAN ICMM mining principles are updated to reflect best performance and progress on the most important sustainable development issues

Uncertainty can hinder investment potential – law firm

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 The theme of this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – Unlocking African Mining Investment – is quite relevant, as uncertainty in the South African mining industry can create reluctance among investors, says law firm ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou. He explains that there are three main... 

An image depicting a smiling man, Otsile Matlou
OTSILE MATLOU ENSafrica is sending its partners as delegates to the Mining Indaba to engage with industry players on pertinent issues

WiMSA to exhibit at Mining Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 Nonprofit organisation (NPO) Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) will exhibit alongside its UK-based counterpart, Women in Mining UK (WiMUK), at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9. WiMSA will host... 

An image depicting three women from Women in Mining holding up signs that read: be bold, be brave, be you
GIRL POWER The role of female leaders within organisations can help address the biases and stereotypes faced by women working in the industry

Course enables project management’s full potential

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th January 2023 Not-for-profit professional project management organisation Project Management Institute (PMI) has launched a course covering critical power skills amongst others to assist project managers in bridging the gap between project owners and contractors. PMI sub-Saharan Africa MD George Asamani... 

An image of a construction sector worker on site
BRIDGING THE GAP The course bridges the gap between contractors and project owners

Mining Indaba introduces InfraTech platform to look at mining innovation

By: Donna Slater     26th January 2023 The organiser of the yearly Investing in African Mining Indaba, Hyve Group, reports that this year’s event will see the launch of a three-day InfraTech content platform that will include discussions on innovation in mining technology and how global pandemics and geopolitical realities act as... 

Metals, mining industry execs pessimistic about global growth, CRU study finds

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2023 More than half (52%) of global commodities business intelligence company CRU’s clients in the metals and mining industries expect global gross domestic product (GDP) to grow by no more than 1% this year, according to its yearly macroeconomic survey of clients, which polled global clients from the... 

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