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De Ruyter among headline speakers

27th January 2023 The world’s “largest mining event”, the Investing in African Mining Indaba, is returning to Cape Town in February 2023 and its speaker line-up boasts business, government, policymakers and investors from across the mining industry. In February, attendees will hear from global leaders in the... 

Fortescue sees renewables overtaking iron-ore business

By: Reuters     20th January 2023 Renewable energy is likely to eventually overtake Fortescue Metals Group's FMG.AX iron ore business, despite strong tailwinds for the commodity ahead, the company's former chief executive officer Elizabeth Gaines said at Davos. Fortescue would continue growing its iron ore business, but the scale... 

Glimpse into NECOM’s proposed ‘roadmap to end loadshedding’  

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2023 The National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM), which is overseeing the implementation of the National Energy Plan announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in July, presented a ‘Roadmap to end Loadshedding’ to various partners and stakeholders this week. The presentation has not been formally... 

The roadmap indicates that 6 000 MW could be introduced over the coming two years as a result of an improved performance from Eskom’s coal fleet
The roadmap indicates that 6 000 MW could be introduced over the coming two years as a result of an improved performance from Eskom’s coal fleet

Centamin commissions 36 MW solar plant at Sukari gold mine

By: Darren Parker     19th January 2023 London-listed Centamin commissioned a 36 MW solar plant at its Sukari gold mine, located in the Nubian Desert near the Red Sea in Egypt, during the fourth quarter of last year, resulting in immediate cost savings and reductions in carbon emissions, CEO Martin Horgan has said. At the release of... 

Sukari gold mine

Solidarity starts legal action against Nersa to remove private generation bottlenecks

By: Schalk Burger     19th January 2023 Trade union Solidarity has served legal papers on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to remove all bottlenecks standing in the way of private energy suppliers. Solidarity stresses that the future of energy in South Africa lies in less State and more private service delivery. 

Wind and solar power generation assets

EIUG outlines supply- and demand-side options for easing loadshedding crisis  

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2023 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) has confirmed that its large mining and industrial members have a 4 GW-plus pipeline of generation projects that can be connected to the grid over the next five years to help close the electricity supply gap. However, it argues that other supply- and... 

EIUG CEO Fanele Mondi
EIUG CEO Fanele Mondi

Electricity tariff increase will push mining costs up 33% by end-2024 – Minerals Council 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th January 2023 The Minerals Council has noted with dismay the above-inflation electricity tariff increase of 18.65% that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa granted to Eskom in its 2023/24 financial year, starting April 1. This increase, coupled with the 12.74% tariff increased that is poised for... 

Eskom's Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme

Business, labour, civil society agree tariff increases will not fix Eskom  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th January 2023 State-owned energy utility Eskom says it appreciates the tough tariff decision made by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 financial years, for which the utility has been granted tariff increases of 18.65% and 12.74%, respectively. The utility says... 

Eskom's Duvha power station

VoltVision launches power analytics centre in Joburg

By: Schalk Burger     12th January 2023 Digitised industrial power networks company VoltVision has opened a global power analytics centre in Johannesburg that will provide expert technical interpretation of performance data from clients’ high- and medium-voltage (HV and MV) electrical networks worldwide. The centre will also pioneer... 

Study shows PV plant’s value

16th December 2022 Canadian miner Giyani Metals provided results of a feasibility study (FS) conducted for its K.Hill battery-grade manganese project, located in Botswana, last month. The FS results followed lifecycle assessment – prepared by environmental consultants Minviro –  published in late September, which... 

Renewables fuel journey to sustainable mining

16th December 2022 Among South Africa’s many natural endowments, it is blessed with abundant solar energy, a free and inexhaustible resource that can provide renewable energy in mining, states gold producer Pan African Resources on its website. Unavoidably, as mining companies extract minerals from the ground that... 

Increased output attributed to facility expansion

By: Halima Frost     16th December 2022 Aim-listed metals processing company Jubilee Metals Group’s Inyoni platinum group metals (PGMs) processing facility, in Gauteng, has successfully increased its operational output, subsequent to the completion of its capitalisation and expansion programme in March. This is based on Inyoni’s... 

A platinum processing plant in the sunset
UPPING OUTPUT Jubliee's Inyoni mine has exceeded operational output predictions after its expansion

Prioritising energy security

By: Halima Frost     16th December 2022 As part of its greater five-year, R50-billion capital investment programme to extend life-of-mine (LoM) development at several of its operations, platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has allocated R4.3-billion to its energy security and decarbonisation projects in South... 

Solar helps mine reduce costs, decarbonise, mitigate loadshedding

By: Cameron Mackay     16th December 2022 The construction of gold miner Gold Fields’ 50 MW Khanyisa solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its South Deep gold mine was completed in August this year, and Gold Fields executive VP Martin Preece espouses the benefits thereof to Mining Weekly. Such benefits include, mitigating loadshedding,... 

Image of solar panels on Khanyisa solar photovoltaic plant 1
ENSURING CONTINUITY Khanyisa is enabling South Deep to have business continuity amid severe loadshedding in South Africa

Solar projects help support miner’s gold, PGMs operations

By: Cameron Mackay     16th December 2022 Diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater is implementing a range of renewable-energy solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to support its local gold and platinum-group metal (PGM) mining operations. This includes a 50 MW solar PV project to support its gold mining operations, and a combined 175 MW of... 

Image of Sibanye-Stillwater’s Kloof mine
UNDER THE SUN Sibanye-Stillwater is developing a 50 MW solar PV project to provide electricity for its Kloof ultra-deep level gold mine

‘Largest’ solar hybrid project commissioned at mine

16th December 2022 During the international community‘s search for solutions to the climate crisis at the COP27 conference in Egypt in November, international project developer JUWI published a release noting that it had entered into the final stages of commissioning the world’s “largest” solar hybrid project at... 

Image of Sukari mine PV site
HYBRID SUCCESS The energy system consists of a 36 MW solar PV farm and a 7.5 MW battery-energy storage system, integrated into the existing diesel power station

Study shows mines can reduce energy costs by improving secondary ventilation systems

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2022 A recent study conducted at a mine with close to 3 MW of underground auxiliary fan power determined that there were electrical inefficiencies of 25%, while the system also delivered 40% less ventilation, or air, to the work faces, says mine ventilation, refrigeration and cooling consulting... 

BBE Consulting senior ventilation consultant Hannes Potgieter
BBE Consulting senior ventilation consultant Hannes Potgieter

Qteq faces cartel charges

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th December 2022 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has filed civil cartel proceedings in the Federal Court against mining equipment and technology services company Qteq and its executive chairperson Simon Ashton. The ACCC alleges that on seven instances between 2017 and 2019, Qteq... 

Only five solar projects advance to preferred-bidder status following latest renewables round   

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2022 In a disappointing development, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has announced the appointment of only six preferred bidders, with a combined capacity of 1 000 MW, following the evaluation of bids made during South Africa’s latest renewables procurement round. All six are... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe at the IPP Office on December 8
IPP Office Head Bernard Magoro and Eskom Transmission MD Segomoco Scheepers explain the grid-access issues that prevented any of the wind projects in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape provinces from advancing to preferred-bidder status during Bid Window Six. Camera Work & Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson

Energy crisis driving an acceleration in renewables installations – IEA

By: Donna Slater     6th December 2022 The global energy crisis is driving an unprecedented acceleration in the installation of renewable power, with total capacity growth worldwide set to almost double in the next five years to reach 2 400 GW by 2027, according to the ‘Renewables 2022’ report published by the International Energy... 

Rooftop solar
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
The International Energy Agency’s renewables growth forecast is 30% higher than the amount of growth that was forecast just a year ago

Canadian Solar to supply modules for 256 MW North West projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th December 2022 Solar technology group Canadian Solar has announced that its majority-owned subsidiary CSI Solar had signed a 256 MW module contract with SOLA Group, the Cape Town-based independent power producer that is building two utility-scale projects in South Africa on the back of pioneering private power... 

Implats issues RFI for renewable energy to be wheeled to its South African sites

By: Donna Slater     25th November 2022 Platinum group metals miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has issued a request for information (RFI) to buy an unspecified volume of electricity, through wheeling from renewable energy sources, for its South African operations. Implats, whose electricity consumption accounts for 74% of its total... 

A solar and wind plant

EIB’s €200m funding of DBSA to support 1 200 MW private renewables roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2022 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has extended a €200-million line of credit to the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to support the delivery of 1 200 MW of distributed renewables generation by private investors. The financing package, which is the largest-ever extended by the EIB to... 

DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini and EIB VP Ambroise Fayolle at the signing ceremony in Egypt
DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini and EIB VP Ambroise Fayolle at the signing ceremony in Egypt

Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2022 With South Africa having committed to transition away from coal, investments will not only be required for the retiring of coal plants and the ramping up of renewable energy, but also for coal communities, who will require alternative economic development plans to sustain the livelihoods of all... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.

Private sector investments key for JET

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 As keynote speaker at the 2022 Joburg Indaba – held at the Inanda Club, in Sandton, on October 5 and 6 – Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter highlighted the mining industry’s decarbonisation drive towards a Just Energy Transition (JET) and how it could be achieved. He noted that,... 

A South African flag overlapping a solar field being manned by two men in yellow overalls
TREMENDOUS TRANSITION The Just Energy Transition must be driven by mines decarbonistaion

Hydrogen instrumental to decarbonisation

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 The need to decarbonise has put pressure on governments globally to move away from fossil fuels and use renewable sources of energy, says mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa senior economist Bongani Motsa. Through global research it has been established that hydrogen is... 

Renewables implemented at mines show promise

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa says that, by the end of this year, mines in the country will have established the capacity and infrastructure to generate about 100 MW of power from renewable-energy installations. This includes installations by gold mining... 

Wind turbines solar panels and hydrogen cells all in  one picture with a clear blue sky and green grass
RENEWED ZEEL The drive towards a green economy has seen renewable energy technologies grow exponentially

Schneider Electric advancing Electricity 4.0, Industry 4.0 with solutions 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th October 2022 In continuing efforts to digitize its customers, energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric’s connected products can communicate well with each other on its digital platforms, as well as those of third parties, says Schneider Electric global marketing director Quintin... 

Schneider Electric global marketing director Quintin McCutcheon
Schneider Electric global marketing director Quintin McCutcheon speaks to Creamer Media at Electra Mining.

Supplier diversifies product offerings to grow in Africa

By: Halima Frost     14th October 2022 Bearings and power transmission distributor Bearings International (BI) South Africa, a member of the Hudaco group, has expanded its offerings to include low voltage motors of electric motor manufacturer ABB for supply to BI’s sub-Saharan Africa clients. “The decision to become an ABB distributor... 

The full ABB’s low-voltage process performance motors range all in one picture
LOW VOLT HIGH DEMAND The demand for ABB's low voltage motors has been Bearings International's sales figures glow despite Covid-19

Major OEM commissions new low-voltage motor assembly line in Gauteng

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th October 2022 Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG’s South African subsidiary Zest WEG has commissioned a new assembly line for low-voltage WEG W22 IE3 and IE4 motors at the company’s corporate premises at Longlake, in Johannesburg.  

low-voltage motor assembly line of Zest WEG Group
LOW-VOLTAGE EFFICIENCY The new Zest WEG low-voltage motor assembly line can produce high-efficiency IE3 and IE4 electric motors, in various sizes

Decarbonisation underpins RBM’s move to buy solar electricity from 148 MW project 

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2022 Leading South African mineral sands producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with independent power producer Voltalia for the supply of wheeled renewable energy from a 148 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Limpopo to its smelting and... 

Richards Bay Minerals operations
Richards Bay Minerals operations

Helping world transition to net-zero carbon is mining's biggest opportunity, says Minerals Council president 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 The biggest opportunity mining has as an industry is to help the world to transition to a net-zero carbon world, Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude said on Wednesday. Fakude, who is also chairperson of Anglo American's management board in South Africa, highlighted this during... 

Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.
Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.

Distributed generation investment may ‘grind to halt’ if Eskom's retail tariff reforms are implemented 'overnight' 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2022 Economic and energy advisory company Meridian Economics is warning that the immediate implementation of Eskom’s proposed retail tariff plan could severely disincentivise investment into the large distributed generation plants required to reduce or end load-shedding. The plan, which the utility... 

Power lines

NUM asks that Eskom board restructuring includes public participation  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2022 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has welcomed Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s plan to restructure and reconstitute the board of State-owned power utility Eskom. The Minister announced on September 27 that government would soon start the process of restructuring the board,... 

Miner contributes to achieving net zero economy

23rd September 2022 Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) is embedded into gold miner Harmony Gold’s business strategy to earn credibility, remain competitive and contribute to achieving a net-zero economy, says group executive for sustainability Melanie Naidoo-Vermaak. With the urgency of... 

Minerals Council urges faster inclusion of private electricity suppliers 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s electricity recovery plan and urges more rapid private sector participation in resolving the country’s deepening electricity crisis. Minerals Council members have 6 500 MW of embedded energy projects in the pipeline which will... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

MacLean Engineering advancing fleet electrification in Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2022 Mining equipment provider MacLean Engineering intends to build the next 50 years of Maclean mining vehicle innovation on the three pillars of electrification, automation and digitalisation. The company’s current push, explains Africa GM John-Paul Theunissen, is on expanding the MacLean electric... 

MacLean Engineering Africa GM John-Paul Theunissen
MacLean Engineering Africa GM John-Paul Theunissen speaks to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining.

Ironveld’s Rustenberg smelter to go offgrid with hybrid power plant

By: Darren Parker     12th September 2022 Project development and engineering teams from energy solutions company Enernet Global have been working closely with iron-ore company Ironveld to develop an optimised hybrid power plant that will deliver clean, reliable and low-cost power for the company’s smelter facility in Rustenburg.... 

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