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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... 

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.

FFI takes a quantum leap

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th May 2022 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) will join forces with quantum computing net-zero initiative Qlimate to explore quantum solutions in the field of green hydrogen. FFI will become a foundational member of the “Qlimate Initiative” to explore quantum computing solutions in... 

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.

Australian Vanadium inks renewable MoU

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th May 2022 ASX-listed Australian Vanadium has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with renewable energy developer North Harbour Clean Energy (NHCE) for the potential development of energy storage projects. Through its subsidiary VSUN Energy, Australian Vanadium help to facilitate development of... 

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.

Anglo spinoff tackles toxic coal spill after government order

By: Bloomberg     24th May 2022 Thungela Resources is working to remedy the impact of a toxic spill in February from an old coal mine in South Africa’s eastern Mpumalanga province, Chief Executive Officer July Ndlovu said. Documents released by a shareholder activist organization on Tuesday show that Thungela -- a coal spinoff... 

Lithium pilot plant in Namibia scheduled for this year – AfriTin 

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2022 An engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor has been appointed to design and construct a lithium pilot processing plant at the Uis mine in Namibia, technology metals mining company AfriTin Mining stated on Tuesday. This follows metallurgical test work results of the... 

AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen.
AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen.

Rio and BP to collaborate on biofuel

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th May 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto and petroleum major BP will collaborate on a one-year biofuel trial in an effort to reduce carbon emissions from Rio’s marine fleet. Under the trial, BP is supplying marine biofuel that will be trialled on Rio’s RTM Tasman vessel on a mix of Transatlantic and... 

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Sevenfold increase in yearly clean hydrogen needed to hit 2050 net-zero target  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2022 Annual production of clean hydrogen would need to increase more than sevenfold for the world to hit net zero in 2050, say the leading founders of McKinsey & Company’s platform for climate technologies, Bernd Heid of Cologne, Martin Linder of Munich, and Mark Patel of San Francisco, who add that... 

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South Africa's sun and wind can contribute to crucial job creation.

EIA for Atico's La Plata project approved

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2022 Base and precious metals miner Atico Mining Corporation has received approval of the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) for the construction and operation of its La Plata mining project in Ecuador. The company notes that the project has been identified by Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso as a... 

Cobalt development an exciting prospect

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 While copper is still the main commodity driving reagent demand in Zambia, mining reagent manufacturer and supplier Axis House MD Justine Stubbs is also excited by the prospects presented by the country’s largely unexplored and unexploited cobalt reserves. Along with copper, of which Zambia is... 

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MARKET DEMANDS There has been a big drive to reduce the hazardous nature of reagents

OEM supporting sustainable Zambian mining

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 As Zambian mines move to adopt more sustainable mining practices, the reduction of energy use, water consumption and carbon emissions – as per global mining trends – is a significant priority, says original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Weir Minerals Africa Rest of Africa sales director Pieter van... 

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KITWE WAREHOUSE Weir Minerals Africa keeps extensive stock of fast-moving wet-end components at its Zambian warehouse to support the Weir product footprint across the country

Refinery project makes headway in Zambia

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 The ramp-up of the copper oxide and copper sulphide circuit at the Project Roan copper concentrator near Kitwe, in Zambia, was scheduled to start this month, according to diversified metal recovery business Jubilee Metals’ interim results for the six months ended December 31, 2021. Project Roan –... 

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READYING ROAN The Roan concentrator will have the ability to produce an additional 10 000 t/y of copper

Critical mineral demand of order of magnitude never seen – Sheila Khama  

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2022 "My genuine sense is that we are going to see a growth in the mining sector of an order of magnitude we haven't seen. I also think that we're going to find that the need for minerals is going to force the world to think that if we can't get minerals on our shore, where else do we get them from? 

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Mining stalwart Sheila Khama spoke to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on critical metals. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Calix receives funding for low emissions lime project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th May 2022 ASX-listed environmental technology company Calix has been awarded an A$11-million grant from the federal government’s Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Hubs and Technologies programme, to develop the world’s first commercial-scale process for low emissions lime. Patterning with ASX-listed Adbri,... 

Manganese mine rail-loading boost being assessed by South32 

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2022 Diversified mining company South32 is assessing the potential expansion and modernisation of rail loading infrastructure at its Wessels manganese mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape, says South32 CEO Graham Kerr. Kerr, who presented at the Bank of America Global Metals, Mining & Steel Conference... 

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Accelerated operational decarbonisation.

Collaboration needed to make South African mining globally competitive again – CSIR 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2022 Concern about mineral resource scarcity is widespread and, at the same time, many countries, such as Australia, Canada and China, are investing significantly in strengthening their mining-related research, development and innovation (RDI) capabilities. “This makes cost and differentiation... 

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CSIR CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini

Forrest retakes reins at Fortescue as Gaines steps aside

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2022 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals on Wednesday announced a swathe of changes to its leadership structure, which will see founder Dr Andrew Forrest retake leadership once current CEO Elizabeth Gaines steps aside in August. Forrest will specifically be overseeing Fortescue’s iron-ore business, in... 

Andrew Forrest
Andrew Forrest

Law firm drawing on giga-scale hydrogen project experience to derisk new ventures  

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2022 Lack of expertise about getting giga-scale hydrogen projects off the ground is a big problem in the industry, say Allen & Overy South Africa’s Alessandra Pardini and Alexandra Cluver, who believe they know how best it should be done from experience gained through project managing three of the... 

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International law firm speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on giga-scale hydrogen projects. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Business personalities Kgatle, Van der Burgh form new mining JV

By: Darren Parker     17th May 2022 Business personalities Lucky Kgatle and Quinton van der Burgh have jointly incorporated a new joint venture (JV) named Tlou Commodities, which is aimed at engaging and growing the local mining sector. The JV will pursue the establishment of a successful and sustainable coal and metal conglomerate... 

Business personalities Quinton van der Burgh and Lucky Kgatle
Business personalities Quinton van der Burgh and Lucky Kgatle

South Africa’s high-flying Jubilee creating 800 mostly long-term jobs in Zambia 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2022 Diversified metal recovery business Jubilee, which is rolling out an investment of R786-million in South Africa and Zambia, has offered employment and contractor opportunities to more than 800 people in Zambia, the most of which are long term, the company stated in a release on Monday. In Zambia,... 

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Copper and cobalt in Zambia and platinum group metals and chrome in South Africa.

Miners welcome green-tape cuts in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th May 2022 The resources sector has welcomed the Western Australian government’s commitment to reducing the reporting burden on industry, with Environment Minister Reece Whitby announcing that environmental reporting requirements would be stopped or halved for more than 60% of low to medium-risk industry... 

Things looking interesting for platinum despite surplus  

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2022 What the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) is forecasting for 2022 is a reduced but still large platinum surplus of 627 000 oz. But this surplus is extremely vulnerable to the issues the WPIC thinks may play out, particularly: 

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World Platinum Investment Council Research Director interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video Darlene Creamer.

2022 Mining Indaba headlines    

13th May 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer attended the Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town, this week and unpacks the top stories coming out of the Indaba. 

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2022 Mining Indaba headlines

Hitachi Energy selected for haul truck electrification solution

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2022 Global technology company Hitachi Energy has been selected as a technology vendor in the Charge On Innovation Challenge. Founded by BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale, together with multiple industry patrons, the initiative sees the world’s mining industry unite to solve one of the biggest challenges in... 

Supplier introduces tailings portfolio

13th May 2022 Mining equipment supplier Metso Outotec is introducing its comprehensive tailings management solutions offering for the sustainable management of mine tailings. The offering unites the company’s frontrunning products with decades of process expertise and covers tailings thickening and dewatering,... 

Certainty over closure needed

By: Cameron Mackay     13th May 2022 The current version of the National Mine Closure Strategy, released for comment by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in May 2021, aims to improve the efficiency of water management at mine sites and develop a post-closure mine water strategy. Environmental organisation the... 

Supplier launches advanced water management system

13th May 2022 Wet processing solutions supplier CDE has revealed its new AquaCycle A2500 thickener, the latest addition to its top-of-the-line water management and recycling systems. With a capacity of 2 500 m³/h, the new A2500 is CDE’s largest and most advanced water management system to date. 

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EFFICIENT WATER SUPPLIES With a capacity of 2 500 m³/h, the new A2500 is CDE’s largest and most advanced water management system to date

Organisation stresses need for long-term AMD solution

By: Cameron Mackay     13th May 2022 Environmental organisation the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) stresses the need for a long-term solution to treat acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand goldfields. FSE CEO Mariette Liefferink says failure to implement such a solution may lead to an increase of the salt... 

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES AMD is associated with surface and groundwater pollution, soil quality degradation, harming aquatic sediments and fauna, and enabling metals to seep into the environment

Slurry cleanup completed to DMRE’s satisfaction

13th May 2022 Local anthracite producer Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) reports that the coal slurry clean-up has been completed successfully to the satisfaction of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE). The clean-up was undertaken largely through the use of manual labour, with excavators... 

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ZAC CLEAN-UP the coal slurry clean-up has been completed successfully to the satisfaction of the DMRE

Weir presents water management offering

13th May 2022 Optimising water use is a priority for equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa – it is an area that can often be overlooked but contributes significantly to a mine’s environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) drive, as well as its bottom line. “Our product and service offering aims to... 

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COMPREHENSIVE WATER SOLUTIONS Weir Minerals offers engineered to order pontoon barges to suit their customers’ dewatering requirements

Multifaceted approach needed for water stewardship

13th May 2022 While water stewardship is not a well-known term, according to global organisation the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, it has been simply defined as “the use of water in a socially equitable manner, that is environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial”. Consulting... 

Image of WSP in Africa water treatment team leader Peter Willie
PETER WILLE Innovative water stewardship must focus on reducing water loss by reducing evaporation, maximising re-use and recycling and extending the lifecycle of mine water

Need for regulatory certainty over mine closures

By: Cameron Mackay     13th May 2022 The current version of the National Mine Closure Strategy, released for comment by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in May 2021, aims to improve the efficiency of water management at mine sites and develop a post-closure mine water strategy. Environmental organisation the... 

Company shows innovation in local market

13th May 2022 Mining solutions provider FlowCentric Mining Technologies have attained huge success by providing Rhino mechanical evaporators and other tailor-made solutions to local and international markets since 2015.    

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TAILOR-MADE SOLUTIONS Each project is designed to ensure the most cost effective and environment-friendly benefits to FlowCentric’s clients
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