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Diversified Miners News

BHP invests in blue carbon

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th June 2022 Diversified miner BHP has launched a A$3-million grants program to help drive the development of the Australian blue carbon market. BHP’s Blue Carbon Breakthrough Grant Program will support shovel-ready projects and is open for applications, while BHP’s Blue Carbon Enabler Program will support... 

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rio targets green steel in Germany

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th June 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Germany’s Salzgitter Group to study the optimisation of Rio’s Australian and Canadian iron-ore products for use in a green steel project, in Germany. Under the MoU, Rio Tinto and Salzgitter will explore optimisation... 

Blockchain platform Minexx to assist artisanal miners in Rwanda

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th June 2022 Blockchain platform Minexx has been approved by the government of Rwanda to support artisanal miners access capital and supply global markets in a way that meets Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region responsible sourcing... 

Canadian miner Teck sets nature-positive goal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th June 2022 Diversified miner Teck Resources has committed to conserve or rehabilitate at least three hectares for every hectare disturbed by its mining activities as part of a goal of becoming a nature positive company by the end of the decade. Through land conservation investments, Teck will protect 14... 

An image of Elmo Lake, part of the Next Creek headwaters
Elmo Lake, part of the Next Creek headwaters

Circular economy prompting steel, oil, carbon recovery from end-of-life mine truck tyres  

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2022 Highest and best use of ultra-large end-of-life mine truck tyres is being brought about by a change to the model in which resources are mined, made into products, and then become waste. Just one of these giant tyres can weigh 4.5 t and stand 14 feet tall. Put five of the 63-inch variety into a... 

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Kal Tire’s Dan Allan speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa can only achieve 5% of global exploration spend if we cut the red tape – Smart  

By: Darren Parker     3rd June 2022 South Africa can achieve 5% of global exploration spend if government were to “cut the red tape” that is hurting the mining and exploration industry more than it is helping it, diversified metals explorer Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart told delegates at the Junior Indaba this week. “The... 

Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart

Consultancy unpacks why primary capital is unattainable for junior miners 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2022 South Africa’s public markets are no longer fit for purpose in a resource-rich economy, said AmaranthCX director Paul Miller, unpacking the state of public markets in South Africa at the Junior Indaba, held on June 1 and 2. “South Africa has a hidden superpower. It has 85% of all pension fund... 

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Paul Miller

JSE reforms, venture capital juniors, Sedibelo make headlines   

3rd June 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the JSE’s reforms highlighted at this year’s Junior Indaba; attracting venture capital funded juniors to invest; and Sedibelo Platinum Mines's role in the country’s green hydrogen effort.   

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JSE reforms, venture capital juniors, Sedibelo make headlines

Anglo American appoints new head in Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd June 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American this week announced the appointment of Daniel van der Westhuizen as CEO of its Australian division. Van der Westhuizen will lead Anglo American’s steelmaking coal business based in Brisbane. 

Rio unveils future plans for pink diamonds

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd June 2022 Diversified major Rio Tinto as unveiled a new strategy for the future development of its Argyle Pink Diamonds brand, following the 2020 closure of the Argyle mine, in Western Australia. The company this week launched the new Icon Partner program, as part of its strategy to ensure it remains the... 

An image pink Argyl diamonds

Copper furnace component supply in final stage

By: Halima Frost     3rd June 2022 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has shipped the last of three batches of copper furnace components to a metal smelting and recycling firm, in Germany. The third and final batch was shipped last week and arrived at its destination on time. 

A copper cast Lander chute with tapoholes used in a flash furnace to skim slag off molten copper
COPPER CHUTE The copper components for a new German client requires the use of raw, pure copper

Converter to be supplied to smelter

3rd June 2022 Metallurgical industry plant supplier SMS group has been selected to supply a Peirce-Smith Converter for converting nickel matte for the production of batteries to global nickel exporter Société de Nickel de Nouvelle Calédonie et Corée (SNNC) in South Korea. The supply will fast-track the... 

A group of gentlemen representing furnace component manufacturer and SMS group and nickle exporter SNNC holding a sign announcing the conclusion of their contract signing meeting
A GOOD SIGN The contract signing ceremony between SMS group and SNNC held earlier this year in South Korea

BHP's neighbours to benefit from wind fences

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2022 Mining major BHP has awarded contracts for Australia’s first wind fences, designed to reduce dust emissions as part of BHP’s A$300-million air quality commitment. The fences will be built in Port Hedland by CIMIC Group’s CPB Contractors under a A$130-million contract. 

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Automated shiploaders on the way at BHP

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2022 Diversified miner BHP has started testing two new automated shiploaders at its Port Hedland export facility in the Pilbara. In what is a world first, 3D laser scan technology has been used in the A$50-million project, which will fully automate eight shiploaders by 2023, and is aimed at... 

Far-reaching JSE reforms highlighted at exploration-focused Junior Indaba 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2022 The June 1 launch of the JSE’s new Cutting Red Tape initiative to make listing on the JSE considerably easier, faster and more sustainable is twinning with JSE’s recent private placements inventiveness that provides for the raising of capital in the private market for minerals exploration and the... 

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JSE head of origination and deals Sam Mokorosi.

Resources Watch  

1st June 2022 This week: Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead, and, South Africa must reform its regulatory environment, make itself investor-friendly  

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Resources Watch

South32 completes Mozal buy  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st June 2022 Diversified miner South32 has completed the acquisition of an additional 16.6% shareholding and related rights in Mozal Aluminium from Mitsubishi’s MCA Metal for a final cash consideration of some $200-million. 

South32 completes Mozal buy

Transnet increasing rail and port capacity allocation for emerging miners 

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2022 To reduce barriers to entry, improve the ease of doing business and support transformation of the mining sector, measures are to be implemented to increase rail and port capacity allocation for emerging miners, Transnet announced on Monday. Improving access to loading facilities, and simplifying... 

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Rail capacity allocation for emerging miners to be increased.

Glencore bribery cases draw in billionaire former executives 

By: Bloomberg     30th May 2022 The US corruption and market manipulation cases against Glencore include allegations about the conduct of two former executives who formed part of the inner circle of the trading house’s top management for over a decade -- and walked away as billionaires. The US government did not bring any... 

Merrick Garland, US attorney general, speaks during a news conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
Merrick Garland, US attorney general, speaks during a news conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

Glencore’s oil-price rigging puts spotlight back on benchmarks

By: Bloomberg     27th May 2022 Glencore's settlement with US prosecutors has cast fresh light on manipulation of an under-the-radar part of the commodities world that’s crucial for valuing physical deals and derivatives. The raw-materials giant this week agreed to plead guilty to rigging fuel-oil assessment prices after... 

Hydrox, universal energy carrier, AfriTin make headlines   

27th May 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer Hydrox Holdings's advanced alkaline electrolyser; Hydrogen's potential to become a universal energy carrier; and AfriTin's lithium pilot plant in Namibia.   

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Hydrox, universal energy carrier, AfriTin make headlines

Botswana mining sector on the rebound

By: Halima Frost     27th May 2022 The Botswana mining sector is on the rebound, following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the sustained period of subdued commodities prices from 2015 to 2019, industry organisation Botswana Chamber of Mines CEO Charles Siwawa tells Mining Weekly. He adds that the rebound can be... 

A large uncut diamond on a bed of black kimberlite from a mine in Botswana
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH The mining sector in Botswana holds great potential for investors according to the Botswana Chamber of Mines

Renewed interest in drill observed

27th May 2022 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has noted a renewed interest in its Sandvik DD422i, the next-generation mining jumbo with a range of automatic drilling functions, from tier one mining contractors operating at high-production mines in South Africa, Botswana and... 

A large red underground mining automatic drilling rig supplied by Sandvik which is being taken up by the Southern African market again
AUTOMATIC CHOICE The renewed interest in Sandvik's DD422i automatic drill is owing to African mines consistently turning to modern technologies to run more efficient operations

Alliance promotes citizen-owned firms in fuel

27th May 2022 In a ground-breaking development for the Botswana oil and gas industry, leading diamond producer Debswana and national oil body Botswana Oil have entered a strategic partnership that is aimed at capacitating citizen-owned companies in the fuel supply value chain. Through the agreement, Botswana... 

A large fuel tanker at a filling station in Botswana
FILL 'ER UP The partnership between Debswana and Botswana Oil will capacitate citizen-owned companies in the fuel supply value chain

Demo plant, feasibility studies progressing

27th May 2022 Manganese development company Giyani Metals announced progress on its demonstration (demo) plant and feasibility study (FS) for its Botswana-based manganese oxide project, the K.Hill project, and on exploration and corporate activities, in March. At the time, Giyani said that the design of the... 

A team of mine staff working on test drilling and studies at the owned by Giyani Metals K.Hill project in Botswana
DIGGING FOR RESULTS The feasibility studies and demonstration plant at the K.Hill project owned by Giyani Metals in Botswana is making progress

JV stalls, but still on offer

27th May 2022 Diamond exploration company Botswana Diamonds (BOD) announced earlier this month that, despite intensive advanced and ongoing discussions with interested parties, the board has been unable to secure a new joint venture (JV) partner to acquire the Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana before the extended... 

A mine vehicle moving into the mouth of the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana which is up on offer by Gem Diamonds
GOING GOING GHAGHOO Botswana Diamonds continues ts discussions with potential JV partners to acquire the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana

South Africa must reform its regulatory environment, make itself investor-friendly – simple  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 South Africa must reform its regulatory environment and make itself investor-friendly – simple. That is the straight-forward view of Dr Mathews Phosa, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in his capacity as the non-executive vice-chairperson of the high-flying Jubilee Metals Group plc, a London Aim-... 

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Jubilee's Dr Mathews Phosa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Glencore says its bribery days are over. Now it has to prove it

By: Bloomberg     26th May 2022 Glencore has closed the “cash desks” in London and Switzerland that once dispensed money for bribes. Employees implicated in sweeping, cross-border corruption investigations are gone. New safeguards are in place, and boss Gary Nagle says it’s a “different company.” Now he will have to prove it.... 

An image of the Glencore sign

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Minerals Council re-elects VPs, Mantashe chastises harsh critics of the State  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa has re-elected Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi, Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp and Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne to serve as VPs for another year. The council hosted its 132nd annual general meeting (AGM) on May 25, reporting that mineral export sales... 

Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
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Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Mantashe to mining CEOs: Stop insulting the state

By: News24Wire      25th May 2022 Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, has warned that a growing tendency by mining executives to "insult the state" is detrimental to the resources sector. "We have observed a growing temptation to insult the state by strong and powerful mining executives. 

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe

Resources Watch  

25th May 2022 This week: Sheila Khama says critical mineral demand of order of magnitude never seen; Law firm drawing on giga-scale hydrogen project experience to derisk new ventures; and, things looking interesting for platinum despite surplus 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Rio Tinto's Madagascar mine restarts after reaching deal with protesters

By: Reuters     25th May 2022 Rio Tinto's QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM) mineral sands mine restarted production on Monday following a five-day halt, after reaching an agreement with demonstrators who had set up roadblocks at the site, Rio told Reuters on Tuesday. Communities surrounding QMM's mine in southeastern Madagascar... 

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead   

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Glencore settles most bribery, manipulation investigations 

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Wednesday announced the settlement of most of its bribery and market manipulation investigations. This follows almost four years of investigations and a serious environmental social and governance (ESG) overhang over the group, 

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Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.

Ferrous metals, coal most exposed to climate risk in metals and mining sector – Fitch  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2022 Thermal coal, blast furnace-basic oxygen furnace (BF-BOF) steelmaking and its raw materials are the segments of the metals and mining sector that are most vulnerable to long-term climate risks owing to their large direct emissions, credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings says. Demand for many... 

Ghanaian Vice President Bawumia to speak at this year’s Wampex

By: Darren Parker     24th May 2022 Ghanaian Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia will be speaking at the upcoming West African Mining and Power Exhibition (Wampex) at the Accra International Convention Centre, Ghana, which will take place from June 1 to 3. “Looking towards the future of mining in West Africa and across the... 

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