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Environmental News

Proudly South African hydrogen breakthrough with Shell’s backing 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2020 At this time of huge coronavirus uncertainty, the chests of a group of engineers here must surely be bulging with pride following their major Proudly South African world breakthrough that could speed up the global deployment of hydrogen as a competitive universal and environmentally friendly... 

Mining could be enormous post-virus stabiliser – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2020 The mining industry could be an enormous asset in stabilising and growing the economy post the coronavirus crisis – but the right economic and regulatory circumstances would have to prevail, Minerals Council South Africa stated in a weekend media release. Post coronavirus, South Africa would... 

Miner confident of new licence

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Local coal miner Canyon Coal has applied for a new water use licence (WUL), in terms of the National Water Act, to develop its De Wittekrans coal project. De Wittekrans has an environmental authorisation, a mining right and a WUL. The reserve will be mined using opencast and underground mining... 

Miner confident of new licence
ACE IN THE COAL Product from the mine has been offered to Eskom through two separate tender processes

Coal remains vital to energy mix

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Despite increased regulatory pressure regarding the environmental impacts of its mining, storage and use in power generation, coal is still essential to the local energy mix, says engineering consultancy WSP power generation consultant Wayne Lindecke. “We are not naïve to the negative... 

Coal remains  vital to energy mix
WAYNE LINDECKE As a country, we’re evolving and trying to get our energy mix right, so we are dependent on coal and will still be for a while

Coal faces funding troubles

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 While demand for coal is still rising, there has been a local trend towards financing more sustainable and ‘green’ projects. Through public and shareholder pressure and aligning with global trends, local financial institutions are also reconsidering their approach towards funding new coal... 

Coal faces  funding troubles
Photo by Creamer Media
THE COAL STORY Currently, about 77% of the country’s electricity is generated from coal

Sector rich in opportunities, despite recent trends

27th March 2020 In South Africa, as well as globally, there has been a trend towards renewable energy sources and away from thermal coal. Empowered coal miner Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke states that, as the company aims to become State-owned power utility Eskom’s largest coal supplier and also has hopes to... 

Sector rich in opportunities,  despite recent trends
AT BECK AND COAL Coal-fired power will continue to fundamentally underpin of the growth of the local economy for the foreseeable future

Emerging miner on the difficulties in accessing project capital

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 The mining sector is transforming as technology presents new industry opportunities, says emerging miner Lurco Group COO Aubrey Chauke. 

Emerging miner on the difficulties in accessing project capital
Photo by Bloomberg
MOVING AWAY South African financial institutions no longer have an appetite for coal projects

Dual-purpose building solution benefits mines

By: Halima Frost     27th March 2020 Formwork solution provider Moladi not only offers a fast and effective housing solution to African and South African mines but also uses mining slag as construction material sustainably. The solution entails a reusable, patented, recyclable, lightweight plastic injection moulded formwork system.... 

Dual-purpose building solution benefits mines
TOP FORM The formwork system from Moladi allows for a full structure to be completed in under 24 hours

R2.8bn staff housing project continues apace

By: Halima Frost     27th March 2020 Platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has to date invested almost R1-billion, of a projected R2.8-billion, in the housing project devised for its staff, in line with its aspirational creed to engage in “More than Mining”. The intention with the housing project is... 

R2.8bn staff housing project continues apace
MORE THAN A HOUSE Royal Bafokeng Platinum continues to uplift its workers by affording them the opportunity to own their own homes

Global mining majors putting bright new spotlight on green hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2020 Three years ago the Hydrogen Council catapulted hydrogen to the forefront as a source of energy for transport and industrial companies. Now mining majors are putting the spotlight on hydrogen once again with the launch of the Green Hydrogen Consortium, which Hatch marketing coordinator Alana... 

Global mining majors putting bright new spotlight on green hydrogen
Liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology renders hydrogen oil-like.

Low-carbon, energy crisis, renewables make headlines  

25th March 2020 Welcome to Second Take, the show that focuses on the issues behind the news. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks Exxaro’s energy transition to a low-carbon economy, Nersa needing to address the energy crisis and incentivising coal miners in the renewables transition.    

Low-carbon, energy crisis, renewables make headlines
Low-carbon, energy crisis, renewables make headlines

If we don’t take climate change seriously, God help us – Mxolisi Mgojo   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2020 Coal mining company Exxaro Resources, which acknowledges coal’s negative impact on climate in a 20-page publication just released, expresses the view that a just transition to a low-carbon future should inform global climate action. “If we don’t take climate change issues very, very seriously,... 

If we don’t take climate change seriously, God help us – Mxolisi Mgojo
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nichols Boyd. Photograph: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Policy crucial to decarbonisation

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 The local mining industry, while dealing with challenges stemming from production decline over the past few years, is witnessing an evolving regulatory landscape, particularly with the development of an integrated carbon and air-quality regulatory framework. According to the Intergovernmental... 

Policy crucial to decarbonisation
SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES The industry faces challenges to reduce emissions given associated financial implications, including the impact on capital and operational efficiency

Mine haul roads can reduce emissions, costs

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Having researched the design and management of opencast mine haul roads locally and globally for the past 30 years, retired University of Pretoria civil engineering professor Alex Visser highlights a specific road construction system for mine haul roads which can reduce fuel emissions and save... 

Mine haul roads can reduce emissions, costs
Photo by Bloomberg
PAVING THE WAY If roads are not constructed properly, undulations can form, increasing rolling resistance. This can cause increased diesel fumes from trucks and health and safety risks

Company provides local mining carbon tax solution

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Information technology (IT) solutions provider EDS Systems, a subsidiary  of   Economic Development Solutions (EDS), is set to provide a cloud-based IT solution to help local miners calculate and comply with the Carbon Tax Act regulations. EDS provides services to  the local mining,... 

Company provides local mining carbon tax solution
FRANCOIS DU PLESSIS We are trying to create a basic environment for organisations to capture emissions according to the Act and display that in a simplistic, Web-based environment

Kangra awaits licence approvals

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Local coal miner Kangra Coal is planning an extension to its Savmore/Maquasa coal mining operation, in Mpumalanga, with Kangra Coal environmental specialist Niketiwe Dlamini noting that the company is awaiting the approval and issuing of the necessary environmental licences. The miner is required... 

Kangra awaits licence approvals
NIKETIWE DLAMINI As a main contributor to our GDP and as an extractive industry, mining has environmental and community impacts, hence the importance of environmental impact assessments

Moves afoot to 'futureproof' South Africa's drones regulations

By: Donna Slater     20th March 2020 Regulations governing drones, officially referred to as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), have been stagnant since July 2015, when the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) first introduced regulations to formalise the industry.  

Moves afoot to 'futureproof' South Africa's drones regulations

Question marks over protracted re-entry of trimetal PGM catalysis  

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2020 Trimetal catalysts, which use three platinum group metals (PGMs) rather than two and thereby balance PGM demand, have a multi-decade history of curbing gasoline vehicle emission, which poses question marks over why their re-adoption should be so protracted. New York-based CPM Group MD Jeffrey... 

Question marks over protracted re-entry of trimetal PGM catalysis
Photo by Creamer Media
CPM Group MD Jeffrey Christian

Unpacking green energy in mining  

19th March 2020 Welcome to Second Take, the show that focuses on the issues behind the news. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the Green Hydrogen Consortium, zero emission incentives and Exxaro’s energy business   

Unpacking green energy in mining
Unpacking green energy in mining

Bulk sampling to start at Botswana Diamonds’ Marsfontein project

By: Simone Liedtke     18th March 2020 Dual-listed Botswana Diamonds has started a bulk sampling campaign at its Marsfontein project, in South Africa, where kimberlite was previously identified as being of “high interest”. Treatment will be undertaken at a nearby diamond processing facility using two-stage crushing, screening, pans,... 

Clean fuel pivotal for engine life

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th March 2020 Clean, uncontaminated fuel is key to optimal fuel system performance and engine longevity in the mining industry, says filtration designer and manufacturer Cummins Filtration mining sales manager Tinus Naude. 

Clean fuel pivotal for engine life

Coal miner Exxaro driving rigorous renewable energy strategy  

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2020 South Africa’s electricity generation crisis has created major opportunities for companies, businesses and individuals to start generating their own power, Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday when the JSE-listed black-empowered company declared generous dividends following a resilient 2019... 

Coal miner Exxaro driving rigorous renewable energy strategy
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo talks self-generation to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Exxaro lifts dividend, creates jobs, supports enterprises 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2020 Black-controlled diversified resources group Exxaro, which created 746 jobs and supported 30 small, medium-sized and microenterprises in the twelve months to December 31, reported a R235-million top-line 2019 increase, raised its dividend payout and lifted headline earnings a share. Core earnings... 

Exxaro lifts dividend, creates jobs, supports enterprises
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo.

Amplats suffers processing setback; China's appetite for FCEVs grows 

12th March 2020 This week Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks details about the production base for South Africa’s high-flying platinum group metals (PGMs), PGMs mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum's double processing setback and growth in the adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles in... 

Amplats suffers processing setback; China's appetite for FCEVs grows
Amplats suffers processing setback; China's appetite for FCEVs grows

New catalyst technology bodes well for platinum – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2020 The newly announced tri-metal catalyst technology that rebalances market demand for platinum group metals bodes well for platinum, Implats CEO Nico Muller said on Wednesday. The tri-metal catalyst technology, which involves the use of palladium, rhodium and platinum in various degrees of loading,... 

New catalyst technology bodes well for platinum – Implats
Photo by Creamer Media
Implats CEO Nico Muller

Menar doing due diligence on thermal coal assets being offloaded  

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2020 Private investment and management company Menar is doing due diligence on thermal coal assets that have been placed on the market by companies wishing to offload them out of their portfolios. “If we get a good deal, we’ll look at making acquisitions,” Menar MD Vuslat Bayoǧlu told Mining Weekly on... 

Menar doing due diligence on thermal coal assets being offloaded
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoǧlu talks thermal coal to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Glencore joins Global Battery Alliance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th March 2020 Diversified natural resource company Glencore has become a member of the Global Battery Alliance (GBA), an initiative of the World Economic Forum. The GBA and its members aim to establish, and collaborate on, a sustainable global battery value chain by 2030. 

Explosion closes Amplats plant, Sibanye plans using own facilities 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has been dealt a major output blow at a time of sky-high palladium and rhodium prices and high PGM basket prices. The JSE-listed company, which last month reported spectacularly high financial results that... 

Explosion closes Amplats plant, Sibanye plans using own facilities
Photo by Anglo American Platinum
Matte tapping at the Anglo Converter Plant, which has been temporarily shut.

PGMs production still constrained with no quick ounces to fill gap – Nedbank 

By: Martin Creamer     5th March 2020 The production base for South Africa’s high-flying platinum group metals (PGMs) is still constrained and there are no quick ounces to fill the gap, Nedbank CIB market research mining analyst Arnold van Graan said on Thursday. “We’ve seen a lot of shaft closures and we’re still seeing planned... 

PGMs production still constrained with no quick ounces to fill gap – Nedbank
Arnold van Graan

Resources Watch 

5th March 2020 Implats evaluating 200 MW solar power plant in Zimbabwe; Hydrogen fuel cell technology moving at very fast pace; and, Impala Rustenburg’s stunning improvement saves 12 500 jobs 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

RBPlat talks on solar power, mechanised skills shortage, UG2 riches, fuel cells, dividends  

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2020 A study being undertaken by platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) into the generation of renewable energy in general and solar power in particular is at a very advanced stage. “We should have the results in the second half of this year, if not earlier,”... 

RBPlat talks on solar power, mechanised skills shortage, UG2 riches, fuel cells, dividends
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Amazing take up of fuel cell electric vehicles in China – RBPlat

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2020 The growth in the adoption of especially fuel cell electric buses and trucks is very noticeable in China in particular, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday. “It’s so amazing how you see technology development of fuel cells in Shanghai, and they’re monitored even by... 

Amazing take up of fuel cell electric vehicles in China – RBPlat
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
RBPlat Steve Phiri (left) and Martin Creamer

No alternative but to substitute palladium with platinum – RBPlat  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2020 There is no alternative but to substitute palladium with platinum, said platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri on Tuesday. Speaking at RBPlat’s presentation of 147.2% improvement in headline earnings to R123.1-million and a strengthened balance sheet that has... 

No alternative but to substitute palladium with platinum – RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s presentation of results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Medupi's killer fumes: The story of a power station's missing air scrubbers 

By: News24Wire      3rd March 2020 Eskom's megapower station Medupi is suffocating South Africa in more ways than one: It is not just a financial black hole; it is also a health and environmental catastrophe. And the installation of crucial technology to make it less poisonous has once again been delayed. For years, Eskom has... 

Medupi's killer fumes: The story of a power station's missing air scrubbers

Norway Adopts Canada's Towards Sustainable Mining initiative

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd March 2020 Norsk Bergindustri, the national mining association in Norway, on Monday announced that it would adopt the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, a corporate social responsibility programme developed by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) to improve environmental and social practices in... 

Norway Adopts Canada's Towards Sustainable Mining initiative
Norwegian mining industry secretary general Anita Hall signing an agreement at the PDAC in Toronto on Monday.

Going green is a good business proposition ­– Schmidt  

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2020 Going green and ensuring environmental protection is a good business proposition, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) CEO Mike Schmidt said on Friday. Speaking to Mining Weekly after the company had declared a 25% higher dividend on the back of its platinum division reporting a 193%-better performance... 

Going green is a good business proposition ­– Schmidt
ARM CEO Mike Schmidt talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Work: Darlene Creamer

South Africans working together will find energy solutions – ARM  

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2020 South Africans working together with confidence and enthusiasm will improve the country and find energy solutions, African Rainbow  Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe said on Friday. Presenting a 25% higher interim dividend and a 193%-better performance from ARM Platinum in... 

South Africans working together will find energy solutions – ARM
ARM half-year results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Work: Darlene Creamer

Societal and other pressures affecting gold

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     28th February 2020 Apart from the generational shifts in attitude towards gold in some key markets, notably China, a bigger risk facing the gold industry is its perception by society and how it responds and adapts to societal expectations, says international association World Gold Council (WGC) member and market... 

Societal and other pressures affecting gold
JOHN MULLIGAN Key changes across the mining supply chain has been the growing awareness of the need to ensure industry acts sustainably and responsibly
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