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Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Geopolitics, social responsibility rise in the risk ranks for mining globally  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th September 2020 Mining executives across the world have ranked licence to operate, high-impact risks and productivity and rising costs as the top three risks facing their business over the next year. Multinational professional services firm EY's 'Top 10 Business Risks and Opportunities – 2021' survey for the... 

Geopolitics, social responsibility rise in the risk ranks for mining globally

Gold mining, green hydrogen, Pan African make headlines 

25th September 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the need for business and government to look seriously at mining material from gold mine dumps and tailings dams, Australia  producing green hydrogen at $2/kg and Pan African Resource’s R150-million solar PV project that authorities are supporting.   

Gold mining, green hydrogen, Pan African make headlines
Gold mining, green hydrogen, Pan African make headlines

Mining can play active role in Covid-19 recovery

By: Cameron Mackay     25th September 2020 Multinational professional services network Deloitte senior partner Andrew Lane emphasises the importance of the private sector, particularly the local mining sector, in addressing socioeconomic challenges in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. "The private sector needs to take a proactive role in... 

Mining can play active role in Covid-19 recovery
PROACTIVE SUPPORT Reliance on the mining industry in assistance in Covid-19 relief has been prevalent in mine-effected communities, where miners are vital to communities

New manganese mine edges closer to opening

25th September 2020 East Manganese, diversified miner Menar’s first manganese asset, located near the Northern Cape town of Hotazel, was recently granted Amendment to Environmental Authorisation, along with plant and tree removal permits – which are the latest statutory approvals. The R250-million project holds... 

Online format expands global presence of Joburg Indaba

By: Cameron Mackay     25th September 2020 Owing to the impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent physical distancing regulations, yearly mining conference the Joburg Indaba will be hosted as an online discussion on October 7 and 8. Event organisers Resources 4 Africa CEO Paula Munsie states that this will enable industry players, who were... 

Online format expands global presence of Joburg Indaba
MAKING UP LOST GROUND Many of the Joburg Indaba’s presentations, panels and discussions will focus on how the mining industry can be revitalised after the Covid-19

Mining well placed to maintain healthy profits despite pandemic impacts, says Stanlib 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2020 Asset manager Stanlib says the scars from a blow-out of corporate bond yields and indebted miners finding themselves on the brink of collapse have ultimately introduced good balance sheet and operational discipline into the sector. This included rationalising growth plans and consolidating... 

Mining well placed to maintain healthy profits despite pandemic impacts, says Stanlib
Kobus Nell

Glencore welcomes Australian govt's investments for clean future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2020 Diversified miner Glencore has welcomed the Australian federal government’s decision to invest A$1.9-billion in a suite of new and emerging energy technology to position the country for a low-emission future. To this end, metals and minerals will play a key role in the global transition to a... 

Minerals Council welcomes call to rebuild the South African economy  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2020 Industry body the Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address this week announcing the further lifting of restrictions with the shift in the country’s Covid-19 status to Level 1 from September 20. The Minerals Council says it also shares the view of the... 

Bullish sentiment about PGMs sector’s immediate outlook, long-term potential

By: Nadine James     18th September 2020 Speakers at the September 9 virtual 2020 PGMs Industry Day, hosted against the backdrop of historically high prices for certain platinum-group metals (PGMs), seemed cautiously optimistic about the immediate outlook for, and long-term potential of, the PGMs sector. The event, organised by... 

Bullish sentiment about PGMs sector’s immediate outlook, long-term potential

Coal remains dominant despite Paris Agreement

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Coal still remains the biggest source of power generation globally, despite the omnipresent notion of a coal-free world, driven by the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to petrochemicals company BP’s ‘Statistical Review of World Energy’ report, released in June.   While the report highlights the... 

Coal remains  dominant despite Paris Agreement
NOT GREEN YET Although pressures to eliminate coal fired power stations remain strong coal still powers the majority of the world

New rig offers autonomous capabilities on smaller blast holes

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Construction engineering company Basil Read Mining has launched a new autonomous drill that could offer an increase of about 30% in productivity, compared to manual drilling, contracts director Nqobile Khumalo tells Mining Weekly. The first C650 drill is to be delivered to a mine in Botswana... 

New rig offers autonomous capabilities on smaller blast holes
NQOBILE KHUMALO the automated C650 offers two distinct benefits when drilling coal deposits

New software offers greater continuous-miner business support

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Mining equipment manufacturer Eickhoff South Africa has introduced new software packages, which help clients to manage and analyse continuous miners’ key performance indicators (KPIs). Some of these KPIs include data pertaining to shift advances, first coal, last coal, shuttle car counts and... 

New software offers greater continuous-miner business support
KEEPING TRACK Being able to track key performance indicators allows for optimal operation and output

WCA considers post-Covid-19 trials

18th September 2020 The World Coal Association (WCA), having recognised the challenges in developing recovery pathways post Covid-19, welcomed the emphasis in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Special Report on Sustainable Recovery’, which looks at boosting economic growth, creating new jobs, and building... 

WCA considers post-Covid-19 trials
JULY NDLOVU & MICHELLE MANOOK Coal has been an essential resource for multiple economies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic

Study demonstrates longwall viability for Sasol 

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Despite the challenges wrought by lockdown restrictions, mining and engineering consulting firm Mindset Mining Consultants has successfully completed a comprehensive longwall mining feasibility study for chemicals and energy company Sasol Mining. Sasol Mining sought ways of optimising its coal... 

Study demonstrates longwall viability for Sasol
Mindset Mining Consultants MD Alan Gissing and senior mining engineer Ronnie van Eeden discuss a recently completed longwall mining feasibility study conducted for energy and chemicals company Sasol. Camerawork: Darlene Creamer. Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 30.07.2020

New continuous miner to launch in 2021 

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Manufacturing of the JAE 38 Wildcub continuous miner – mining equipment and services provider JA Engineering’s newest offering – has started and will be delivered at the end of January 2021. The mid-seam continuous miner will be optimally suited to the “harsh and hard” mid-seam conditions... 

New continuous miner  to launch in 2021
JA Engineering CEO Danie van Wyk and the sales and marketing director Reuben Mabunda discuss the production of a new continuous miner, as well as the new JAE Data Mining Services app. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.08.2020

Energy transition to have transformative effect on mining sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2020 Climate change and environmental and social governance (ESG) will transform the energy industry risk landscape, said global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson at the launch of its yearly Mining Risk Review on September 17. It noted that this transformation was taking... 

Harmony Gold, Pan African, platinum make headlines 

17th September 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the integration of Mponeng and Mine Waste Solutions surface gold recovery operation into Harmony Gold, Pan African's results and platinum possibly on its way into battery electric vehicles as a battery metal. 

Harmony Gold, Pan African, platinum make headlines
Harmony Gold, Pan African, platinum make headlines

Minerals Council publishes second field guide on Covid-19 safety behaviour

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th September 2020 The Mineral Council South Africa on September 16 launched its Beyond the Mine Gate Field Guide. The guide is aimed at empowering employees in the sector as agents of change, by promoting and supporting healthy and safe behaviour within communities.  

Top miner BHP sees profit in a world speeding up climate action

By: Bloomberg     16th September 2020 BHP Group, a major industrial polluter, says it will benefit most from a global shift toward faster and more dramatic measures to address climate change, and aims to profit from doing so itself.The top miner, which plans to reduce emissions attached to its own operations, will drive the... 

Top miner BHP sees profit in a world speeding up climate action
BHP CEO Mike Henry

Miner BHP says Aboriginal landowners free to speak on how it manages cultural heritage

By: Reuters     16th September 2020 BHP Group said on Wednesday the destruction of a 43 000-year old Aboriginal rock shelter in Australia by fellow miner Rio Tinto had impacted the trust between Indigenous land owners and the resource industry. It said it would halt work that could impact Aboriginal sacred sites while it consulted... 

Resources Watch  

16th September 2020 This week: Platinum has potential to be three-times-bigger $35bn-a-year industry Data key to long-term optimization And, prize potentially large in platinum fuel cell and hydrogen growth 

Resources Watch

BHP freezes executive salaries as CEO Henry takes $6.1m for first 6 months

By: Reuters     15th September 2020 Global miner BHP Group said in its annual report on Tuesday that it froze salaries of key leadership personnel for the coming financial year, while CEO Mike Henry received $6.1-million in the first six months on the job. Henry, who became chief executive on January 1 this year, was set a salary... 

BHP freezes executive salaries as CEO Henry takes $6.1m for first 6 months
Mike Henry

BHP's taxes reach $9.1bn in 2020

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th September 2020 Mining major BHP on Tuesday revealed that it had paid some $9.1-billion in tax, royalties and other government payments during the 2020 financial year. In its Economic Contribution Report, company CFO Peter Beaven noted that over the last decade, the company paid some $85-billion globally in... 

Local manufacturing needs support to fulfil potential, panellists say  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th September 2020 Local manufacturing had the potential to support South Africa's economic recovery, but this required addressing a myriad of challenges, panellists said during a South African Capital Equipment Export Council webinar on September 10. The webinar was held as part of this year's Electra Mining... 

Local manufacturing needs support to fulfil potential, panellists say
CZ Electronics executive chairperson Oupa Magashula outlines some of the challenges facing the local manufacturers; while Department of Trade Industry and Competition Export Promotion Africa Trade Invest Africa chief director John Rocha calls for African investment to boost the country’s manufacturing capabilities.

Rio drops axe on CEO, execs over caves debacle 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th September 2020 Mining major Rio Tinto has announced the resignation of CEO Jean-Sebastian Jacques, iron-ore CEO Chris Salisbury and group executive of corporate relations Simone Niven, following the Juukan Forge rock shelters debacle. The resignations come after the August publication of the Board Review of... 

Rio drops axe on CEO, execs over caves debacle
Photo by Bloomberg
Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastian Jacques

BHP links bonuses to climate plan, sets medium-term targets

By: Mariaan Webb     10th September 2020 Diversified major BHP has set medium-term targets for reducing greenhouse emissions, announcing on Thursday that it would reduce emissions by at least 30% from adjusted 2020 levels by the end of this decade. The group has already established its long-term goal of achieving net zero operational... 

BHP links bonuses to climate plan, sets medium-term targets
BHP CEO Mike Henry

Pressure mounts for Rio board after Australian cave blast review

By: Reuters     10th September 2020 Australian superannuation fund Hesta has become the latest investor to voice dissatisfaction over the findings of Rio Tinto's board-led review into how the iron ore miner legally detonated historically significant Aboriginal rockshelters. The comments come as Rio Tinto is expected to update... 

Platinum, hydrogen, fuel cells make headlines  

10th September 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the potential for platinum to become a $35-billion a year industry, the need for South Africa to promote the hydrogen economy and the potentially large prize for South Africa in significant fuel cell growth and hydrogen. 

Platinum, hydrogen, fuel cells make headlines
Platinum, hydrogen, fuel cells make headlines

Innovation drives mining efficiency, but also accessibility for women

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th September 2020 Even though the mining industry has come a long way in providing more opportunities for women, women still only make up 12% of the industry’s workforce. The adoption of new innovations and technology can contribute to increasing the number of women working in the industry, says Women in Mining... 

Innovation drives mining efficiency, but also accessibility for women

Rio board to debate CEO’s future as pressure mounts over blasts

By: Bloomberg     9th September 2020 Rio Tinto Group’s board will debate the future of CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques as it faces pressure to respond more strongly to the destruction of ancient Aboriginal heritage sites in Australia, according to people familiar with the matter. Recent talks with shareholders, traditional landowners... 

Rio board to debate CEO’s future as pressure mounts over blasts
Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques

Commenters call for an end to lockdown as second-quarter GDP contracts sharply 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th September 2020 South Africa’s real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by just over 16% between the first and second quarters, resulting in an annualised growth rate of ‑51%. This has extended the economic recession into its fourth quarter. 

ABB deploys process control automation solution for Anglo American's mineral labs

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2020 Industrial digital technologies, energy and automation multinational ABB has deployed an advanced process control platform for Anglo American Technical Solutions, in Johannesburg, enabling it to do continuous laboratory test work without supervision, ABB said in a September 7 statement. Anglo... 

Resources Watch  

8th September 2020 This week: South Africa must link tax laws to job creation; Joburg’s political legacy mine dumps should come down to cut commute time; and, lagging platinum being actively promoted 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Mining deal value declines $18bn in first half as Covid-19 disrupts flow of capital - GlobalData

By: Donna Slater     7th September 2020 Global mining deal value, suffering from the shock from the Covid-19 pandemic, fell by more than $18-billion year-on-year in the first six months of the year, to $46.6-billion, says data analytics company GlobalData. The company notes that an expected slump in the global economy, steered by a... 

BHP adds to its board

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th September 2020 Diversified miner BHP has appointed Christine O’Reilly to the board as an independent non-executive director, effective October 12. Ms O’Reilly is currently a Non-executive Director of Stockland, Medibank Private, Transurban Group and CSL. 

BHP turns to LNG to ship iron-ore

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th September 2020 Major BHP has made further moves to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, awarding the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled bulk carrier tender to Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) The five-year time charter contract would see five LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carriers carry... 

BHP turns to LNG to ship iron-ore

Challenges remain as industry forges ahead with transformation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     4th September 2020 It is important to acknowledge that the regulatory environment for local mining companies has been instrumental in progressing transformation and inclusion of women in the mining sector, integrated resources business Lurco Group says. 

Challenges remain as industry forges ahead with transformation
Photo by Lurco Group
LEE STOKES It is important for us to note that there still are industry barriers that affect the advancement of women in mining
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