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Investment required to meet mining’s decarbonisation, power challenges – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2022 South Africa’s mining sector will be required to make major investments into alternative and renewable energy sources and energy planning to address the dual challenges of decarbonisation and reliable power supply, PwC said on Tuesday when it launched its SA Mine report, which highlights mining’s... 

Combat energy poverty as well as achieve decarbonisation - Mantashe

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th October 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday warned that the need to transition to low-carbon energy sources sat “uncomfortably” with energy poverty in Africa. He did so in his keynote address at the Africa Oil Week 2022 conference in Cape Town. He pointed out that while Africa... 

MCA calls for cost protection in safeguard mechanism

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2022 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called for additional price risk management measures to be included in any changes to the safeguard mechanism to prevent excessive costs, damaging volatility or predatory price speculation and other forms of behaviour that would cost jobs and exports in... 

A landmark $8.5bn climate finance deal hangs in the balance

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2022 A landmark $8.5-billion deal to help wean South Africa off its dependence on coal is hanging in the balance amid fraught negotiations with rich donor countries over how the funds should be spent. The climate finance deal, unveiled at UN-led talks in Glasgow last year, was hailed as a prototype... 

A photo of Eskom's Duvha power station

Petrofac takes over at Northern Endeavour

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2022 The federal government on Monday said that the decommissioning of the Northern Endeavour floating production storage and offtake facility has reached a significant milestone with contractor Petrofac Facilities Management Limited taking operational control of the facility. Petrofac was earlier... 

Global Tailings Summit in January will seek to address global tailings safety 

By: Darren Parker     30th September 2022 Following the September 11 collapse of the Jagersfontein tailings dam, in the Free State, in South Africa, mining company CEOs, government Ministers from major mining nations and other key stakeholders have been invited by institutional investors to a Global Tailings Summit to be held in London,... 

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Lifecycle assessment gives Giyani insight into K.Hill project’s global warming potential

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2022 TSX-V-listed Giyani has announced the results of a lifecycle assessment (LCA), prepared by Minviro, based on the feasibility study for its K.Hill battery-grade manganese project, in Botswana, with these concluding a total product global warming potential (GWP) of 3.2 kg of carbon dioxide... 

ESG risks and geopolitics ranked top risks for mining companies – survey

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th September 2022 Global mining and metals executives rank environment, social and governance (ESG), geopolitics and climate change as the top three risks facing their business over the next 12 months, a survey by consultancy EY has found. “We have witnessed huge upheaval and change over the last year, namely due... 

Mining Union calls for Energy Transition Authority

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2022 The Miners Union has called for the establishment of a national Energy Transition Authority amid announcements that coal-fired power stations on both Victoria and Queensland would be fast-tracked to closure. The Queensland government this week announced plans to exit coal-fired power stations... 

A$43m in funding for industry energy ideas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2022 The federal government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will invest A$43-million into an Industrial Energy Transformation Studies Program, to help industry reduce emissions, adopt renewable energy, lower energy costs and become more energy efficient. The A$43-million in... 

Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2022 The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa does not have such a cadastre, fellow African countries that are already thriving on it include... 

Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell.
Grant Mitchell: Minerals Councll Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Jagersfontein mine dam owner denies second collapse

By: Reuters     28th September 2022 Jagersfontein Developments, the owner of a mine waste dam that partially collapsed two weeks ago, denied on Wednesday that another dam wall had collapsed, contradicting a statement from the Free State provincial government. "There has been no further breach of any kind at the facility," the... 

Residents urged 'not to panic' after Jagersfontein hit by another dam wall collapse

By: News24Wire      28th September 2022 Yet another dam wall collapse hit disaster-stricken town Jagersfontein, the Free State government confirmed on Tuesday night. Palesa Chubisi, spokesperson for Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela, said: 

WMI, Sibanye stress importance of innovation in a changing mining industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th September 2022 Opening the annual University of the Witwatersrand Mining Institute (WMI) seminar on September 27, the Engineering and the Built Environment faculty Dean Professor Thokozani Majozi said diversity and transformation, as well as full digital migration, was a necessity for sustainability and growth.... 

Green hydrogen, fuel cells important part of any future energy system, says global strategist  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2022 Green hydrogen and fuel cells will be a very important part of any future energy system, says Switzerland-based energy and sustainability consultancy strategist Dr David Hart. Among the electrolysers that convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen are proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Dr David Hart, E4tech.
E4tech’s Dr David Hart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

FFI strikes $80m investment deal with US' NREL

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th September 2022 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals’ green energy arm, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) will invest some $80-million in a partnership with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to create green jobs in America and advance green hydrogen production and... 

Eskom, partners to establish renewables training facility at Komati  

By: Darren Parker     23rd September 2022 State-owned Eskom, the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (Saretec) – based at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) – and the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) have signed a partnership agreement for the development of a new training facility to be... 

The Komati power station is being decommissioned and repurposed
Photo by Creamer Media's Darren Parker
The Komati power station is being decommissioned and repurposed

Jagersfontein disaster: 2 people still missing, rivers polluted as residents warned to avoid sludge

By: News24Wire      23rd September 2022 Two people are still unaccounted for, nearly two weeks after a mining dam wall collapsed in the small Free State town of Jagersfontein. They are 50-year-old Mantele Mokhali, and 70-year-old Shadrack Williams. 

Rio funds Mongolian forrest fight

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has announced $2.3-million in funding to help protect forests in Mongolia. The company signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia (MET) and the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF), which aims to... 

Woodside signs up to zero methane emissions initiative

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2022 Energy major Woodside has become the first Australian company to join the Aiming for Zero Methane Emissions Initiative. By signing the initiative Woodside is committing to striving to reach near-zero methane emissions from its operated assets by 2030. 

Scholarships up for grab for mine rehab plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2022 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is offering up more than A$200 000 in student scholarships in a bid to develop innovative ways to improve land rehabilitation in Queensland coal mines. Queensland Resources Minister Scott Stewart said applications were now open for the QRC Coal Mine Site... 

Aus joins renewable energy initiative

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2022 Australian Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen has signed a letter of intent with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, to break down barriers for US companies to invest in Australia’s clean energy industries. Bowen has signed up for the US’ Clean Energy Demand... 

Rio signs green-steel agreement with Shougang

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2022 Major Rio Tinto has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with major steel producer Shougang Group to promote research, design and implementation of low-carbon solutions for the steel value chain. The MoU’s focus areas include low-carbon sintering technology, blast furnace (BF) and basic... 

Producing a carbon-neutral economy

23rd September 2022 Addressing the nation on the ongoing energy crisis on July 25, 2022, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reinforced the direction in which the country’s energy-generation market is moving, which has created various opportunities to secure a reduction in South Africa’s carbon footprint, says mining... 

Northern Cape’s proposed green hydrogen hub can help open region’s full energy potential 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2022 The Boegoebaai green hydrogen hub in the Northern Cape can be a strategic project to open Southern Africa’s full green energy potential. A 24-month study of the strategic potential of the hub is within a hair’s breadth of reaching the halfway mark. 

Sasol hydrogen programme management head Rilet Davison.
Sasol hydrogen programme management head Rilet Davison.

Jagersfontein highlights standards, engineering capacity, technical knowledge gaps – SAICE

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2022 Industry organisation the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) says the collapse of an embankment at the Jagersfontein mine’s tailings storage facility (TSF), in the Free State, has brought to light several underlying and significant concerns impacting the country’s tailings... 

Rio Tinto, Shougang to collaborate on finding low-carbon solutions in the steel value chain

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2022 Diversifed miner Rio Tinto and Chinese steel producer Shougang Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote research, design and implementation of low-carbon solutions for the steel value chain. The MoU’s focus areas include low-carbon sintering technology, blast furnace (BF)... 

Photo of a steel blast furnace

ICMM roadmap aims to assist in drastically reducing tailings waste 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd September 2022 Member organisation the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has published a Tailings Reduction Roadmap, which outlines approaches and solutions that it posits are capable of considerably reducing tailings from the mine life cycle, as part of a broader Tailings Innovation Initiative.... 

A satellite image of the Jagersfontein area after a tailings dam collapsed on September 11
A satellite image of the Jagersfontein area after a tailings dam collapsed on September 11

Energy: Private sector participation, regional collaboration, investment   

22nd September 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Minerals Council South Africa urging more rapid private sector energy participation; Southern Africa needing a collaborative energy approach, much like that of the EU's; and the World Platinum Investment Council’s new CEO seeing much opportunity for... 

Martin Creamer photo
Energy: Private sector participation, regional collaboration, investment

Resources Watch 

21st September 2022 This week: PGMs hotter than ever amid upcoming SAIMM greener world collaboration event; Pan African effectively building new underground gold mine at Evander and, Menar says anthracite prospects looking very good 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

World’s largest battery-electric mine truck heading for commercial availability in 2024  

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 The world’s largest battery-electric truck for underground mining is on its way to becoming commercially available in 2024. Sandvik’s 65 t TH665B machine removes between 1 t and 2 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day, along with heat and noise. 

Jakob Rutqvist, Sandvik VP strategy and commercial for battery and hybrid/electric-vehicles business unit of Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions.
Sandvik VP Jakob Rutqvist interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New CEO sees great opportunity to boost efforts to increase platinum investor numbers 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 New World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) CEO Trevor Raymond – working closely with WPIC leadership and a wider team – describes as great the opportunity to boost efforts to increase the number of investors globally who are considering allocating to platinum, amid the forceful worldwide... 

New World Platinum Investment Council CEO Trevor Raymond.
New World Platinum Investment Council CEO Trevor Raymond.

Rio joins global zero-carbon coalition

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st September 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto will join global initiative, the First Movers Coalition, to help commercialise zero-carbon technologies by harnessing purchasing power and supply chains. More than 50 companies with a collective market value of about $8.5-trillion across five continents now make up... 

WA's Mining Amendment Bill passes muster

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st September 2022 The Mining Amendment Bill has passed the Upper House of the Western Australian Parliament, legislating new laws to reduce the administrative burden and support best environmental practices. The Mining Amendment Bill 2021 modernises the mining approval process and allows for easier... 

Geologist urges heritage agency to reconsider decision to backfill historic Jagersfontein openpit

By: Darren Parker     20th September 2022 The decision made by the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) on September 15 to permit the backfilling of the historic Jagersfontein diamond mining pit with waste from a second compartment of the tailings dam – to prevent a secondary breach after one compartment of the dam failed on... 

A photo of the Jagersfontein openpit

EU-like energy approach needed in Southern Africa, says Namibia presidential adviser 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2022 A collaborative energy approach, like that of the European Union (EU), is needed in Southern Africa, says Namibia’s Presidential economic advisor James Mnyupe. At least South Africa and Namibia should put together a case that shows seriousness about decarbonising Sub Saharan Africa, says Mnyupe,... 

Namibia’s presidential economic adviser James Mnyupe.
Namibia’s presidential economic adviser James Mnyupe.

International collaboration critical to accelerate transition to sustainable energy future 

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2022 Intergovernmental organisation the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its 'Breakthrough Agenda Report 2022' says international collaboration will be critical to successfully transition to sustainability, given the global scale and fast pace of change that is required. "Action by governments and... 

A photo of renewable vs coal-fired power

BHP to move Port Hedland to renewable power

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th September 2022 Diversified miner BHP expects to halve emissions from electricity generation at its port facilities in Port Hedland, by the end of 2024. The miner on Tuesday announced that it had signed a large-scale renewable power purchase agreement with Alinta Energy, which will see the construction and... 

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