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Environmental News

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 As the world gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African mines are embracing real-time information management systems to plug the gap left by the shortage of competent maintenance supervisors and mining equipment operators, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Ossie... 

Minergy appoints CEO-designate 

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2019 The Botswana Stock Exchange-listed Minergy on Thursday announced that its CFO Morne du Plessis had been appointed CEO-designate and would take over the reins of the coal mining and coal trading company on August 1. This follows last month’s announcement that current Minergy CEO Andre Bojé, 63,... 

Minergy appoints CEO-designate
Minergy CEO-designate Morne du Plessis

Hydrogen Council, dam safety and climate change make headlines  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2019 This week, new members join the Hydrogen Council; dam safety risks could scare investors and coal companies fighting climate change are on the right path. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines.   

Hydrogen Council, dam safety and climate change make headlines
Hydrogen Council, dam safety and climate change make headlines

Swiss refiner Metalor to stop processing artisanal gold

By: Reuters     18th June 2019 Switzerland's Metalor, one of the world's biggest gold refineries, said on Monday it would work only with gold from large industrial mines in order to reduce the risk of illegality in its supply chain. Informal methods of gold production, known as "artisanal" or small-scale mining, have grown... 

Platinum mine truck being converted to run on hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2019 Early research and development work has begun to pave the way for the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell electric trucking at a local platinum mine, Mining Weekly Online can today report. A truck is currently being converted to run on hydrogen, which will initially be brought to the mine in tankers. 

Platinum mine truck being converted to run on hydrogen
Inner workings of platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cell

Montana Supreme Court will consider limiting pollution cleanup suits

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2019 The US Supreme Court agreed to use a Montana case involving a BP unit to consider shielding companies from environmental cleanup lawsuits that go beyond what federal regulators have ordered. The justices will review a Montana Supreme Court decision that allowed a suit by property owners whose... 

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2019 South Africa, which has a wonderful platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment and an abundance of high-quality manganese ore, should go all out to be in the best of two new carbon-reducing technology worlds. On the one hand, it should do all it can to be in the world of hydrogen with the help of... 

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds
Photo by Toyota/Anglo American
A fuel cell electric vehicle requires platinum

Anglo’s South African units confirm integrity of tailings dams 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2019 The JSE-listed subsidiaries of global miner Anglo American have confirmed the structural integrity of their tailings dams, in line with a global call for better disclosure about tailings storage facilities (TSFs). Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) operates nine mineral residue facilities, of... 

Anglo’s South African units confirm integrity of tailings dams
Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Manufacturer completes DRC alluvial mining equipment project

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     7th June 2019 Alluvial diamond mining equipment manufacturer PCF Engineering has completed a multimillion-rand project for a client active in the Tshikapa diamond field in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for the manufacture and supply of a variety of equipment. PCF Engineering supplied gravel pumps,... 

Manufacturer completes DRC alluvial mining equipment project
Photo by Creamer Media
ECONOMIC ENDEAVOUR For some small mining companies it is much cheaper to do alluvial mining in the rivers

Manganese, Junior Mining, Mantashe make headlines 

6th June 2019 This week, Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks manganese as an EV metal, a kickstart for junior mining and, approval for Gwede Mantashe’s appointment. 

Manganese, Junior Mining, Mantashe make headlines
Manganese, Jr Mining, Mantashe make headlines

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2019 Manganese could make its mark in the battery electric vehicle (EV) arena by displacing cobalt to a large extent in many of the cathode formulations, where the bulk of battery metals are used. The Junior Indaba heard on Wednesday that manganese, which South Africa hosts in abundance, is in a race... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal
Junior Indaba strategic metals discussion covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Anglo American Coal study shows ecological value of mining sites

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2019 Anglo American Coal’s Isibonelo Colliery is emerging as a noteworthy case study for how rehabilitated landscapes can play an important role in conservation and biodiversity, including a ground-breaking study on the population of serval in the Mpumalanga coalfields. Isibonelo is home to a large... 

Anglo American Coal study shows ecological value of mining sites

Unfolding environmental disaster

By: African News Agency      4th June 2019 A security company responsible for safeguarding a gold treatment plant belonging to Mintails on the West Rand withdrew last week, citing “financial constraints”. The evacuation, which follows the liquidation of the embattled mining company and its subsidiaries, has left the door wide open to... 

Independent power producer association hails Mantashe's appointment

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2019 The appointment of Gwede Mantashe as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy has been welcomed by the South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA), which described as “massive” the challenges he, Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa and the rest of... 

Case against Aurora directors postponed to July

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th May 2019 A court case against the directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems has been postponed to July 15 to allow the State to locate one of the accused, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse said on Tuesday. Aurora directors Khulubuse Zuma, Zondwa Mandela and Thulani Ngubane appeared in the Springs regional... 

Collective SA effort needed to spotlight platinum’s deftness in climate change battle  

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2019 More vehicle manufacturers are acknowledging that platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells are the sole route to 100% carbon-free driving. But platinum’s own catalytic prowess is in danger of being under-acknowledged. 

Collective SA effort needed to spotlight platinum’s deftness in climate change battle
Photo by Reuters
Inner workings of platinum-using electric vehicle

EPA consults further on rescinded emissions guidelines

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th May 2019 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) will open its greenhouse gas guidelines for public consultation starting on June 10. The 12-week consultation period will close on September 2. 

Carbon Tax Act signed into law, effective from June 1 

By: News24Wire      27th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Carbon Tax Act into law and it will come into effect on June 1, the National Treasury said on Sunday. The Act was gazetted on May 23, together with the Customs and Excise Amendment Act, the Treasury said in a statement. "Climate change represents one of... 

 Carbon Tax Act signed into law, effective from June 1
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Base metals promise future prosperity for Botswana economy

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     24th May 2019 The base metals industry is an exciting prospect for Botswana, as copper mining is increasing, which bodes well for the country’s economy, says Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) CEO Charles Siwawa. Although copper- and nickel-producing mines have temporarily closed down, companies such as Khoemacau... 

Base metals promise future prosperity for Botswana economy
MORE FOR ALL There is quite a lot of exploration around the Orapa area, which is known for diamond mining

Competence development a key focus for Sandvik

By: Thabi Madiba     24th May 2019 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology Southern Africa will launch its Mechatronic Training Program, which is a competence service offering that aims to take advantage of the changing world of business by equipping their current workforce with competencies to work on... 

Competence development a key focus for Sandvik
HANDS-ON Experience-based training groomed artisans for real operations

Menar looking for more opportunities in South African coal mining sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Mining investment company Menar, as a part of recently formed coal mining investment company Sibambene Coal, a 51% black-owned company, is looking for opportunities in the South African coal sector. 

Minister publishes amendments to financial provisioning regulations for mine closure  

By: Nadine James     21st May 2019 Environmental Affairs Minster Nomvula Mokonyane has gazetted additional amendments to the Financial Provisioning Regulations for the rehabilitation and remediation of environmental damage caused by exploration and/or mining activity. The regulations stipulate the manner in which mining... 

Minister publishes amendments to financial provisioning regulations for mine closure

Tanzania fines Acacia Mining $2.4m over alleged pollution

By: Reuters     20th May 2019 Tanzania's mining minister said on Monday Acacia Mining had been fined 5.6-billion Tanzanian shillings ($2.4-million) for alleged pollution at its North Mara mine. Acacia, majority-owned by Barrick Gold, is embroiled in a long-running tax dispute with Tanzania. 

Canada funds mining climate change adaptation project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2019 The Canadian government has announced a C$325 000 investment in the Mining Association of Canada’s climate change adaptation project, which seeks to make mining operations resilient to a changing climate and extreme weather events. The project – Climate Change Risk and Adaptation Best Practices... 

Acacia says North Mara to be issued environmental protection order

By: Reuters     17th May 2019 Acacia Mining said on Friday its North Mara gold mine would be issued an environmental protection order (EPO) relating to alleged historical breaches of environmental regulations in Tanzania. Acacia, majority-owned by Barrick Gold, is embroiled in a long-running tax dispute with Tanzania and had... 

Rebranded Minerals Council reflects the promise of the future 

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa – formerly the Chamber of Mines –  officially rebranded in May 2018, repositioning the organisation to reflect, “the promise of the future”, by amending its role and ethos to drive a positive reform agenda that enables the industry to reach its true economic and... 

Rebranded Minerals Council reflects the promise of the future
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter discusses the organisation’s rebranding and role in the industry. Camerawork and Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

CER urges Ramaphosa to appoint environment-focussed Cabinet  

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th May 2019 In anticipation of next week’s Cabinet announcement, law clinic the Centre for Environmental Rights has requested that President Cyril Ramaphosa make environmental governance a priority and appoint committed Ministers to lead institutional reform. The CER has written to Ramaphosa with... 

CER urges Ramaphosa to appoint environment-focussed Cabinet
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Amazon rainforest is ours and not yours, Brazil tells the world

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2019 Managing the world’s largest rainforest is a Brazilian affair and foreigners should stop meddling in the Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro’s top security adviser said in an interview. "I don’t accept this idea that the Amazon is world heritage, this is nonsense," General Augusto Heleno Pereira... 

Amazon rainforest is ours and not yours, Brazil tells the world

Even Trudeau’s Canada, gripped in carbon fight, won’t ditch coal

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2019 Set against lush hills, deep inlets and snow-kissed mountain peaks, Vancouver is the wellspring of Canadian environmentalism—and the heart of its climate dilemma. British Columbia’s premier city prides itself on its green bona fides. The province is the birthplace of Greenpeace, ushered in... 

Even Trudeau’s Canada, gripped in carbon fight, won’t ditch coal
Justin Trudeau

Barrick excited about the DRC 

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2019 Gold-mining company Barrick is excited about ongoing opportunities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it is making progress with the new mining code, Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday. Bristow, whose Randgold Resources is now fully... 

Barrick excited about the DRC
Photo by Creamer Media
Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow

Legislation hampers small- to medium-sized surface miners

By: Cameron Mackay     10th May 2019 Inflexible mining legislation that does not differentiate between small to medium-sized surface mining operations and larger, often underground, mining operations could cause the small surface mining sector to diminish, says surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar. “Mines that... 

Legislation hampers  small- to medium-sized surface miners
NICO PIENAAR Aspasa is there to promote the industry and sustainable small and medium-sized surface mining industry

Mining industry’s image in tatters following deadly Brazilian tailings dam collapse

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2019 At 1.00 PM, local time, on January 25 this year, the deactivated Tailings Dam 1 of the Córrego do Feijão (“Bean Stream”) iron ore mine, owned by Brazil’s world-renowned mining group Vale and located near the small town of Brumadinho in the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais, suddenly collapsed. The... 

Mining industry’s image in tatters following deadly Brazilian tailings dam collapse

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.

BHP faces $5bn claim over 2015 Brazil dam failure

By: Reuters     7th May 2019 Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP is facing a landmark, $5-billion damages claim in England for being "woefully negligent" in the run-up to a 2015 dam failure that led to Brazil's worst environmental disaster, a lawsuit alleges. The claim, which will be largest group action to be heard in... 

Agri SA launches court proceedings against granting of shale gas exploration rights

By: Simone Liedtke     7th May 2019 Agricultural organisation Agri SA has launched court proceedings in the Pretoria High Court against the granting of environmental authorisations and explorations rights for shale gas to Africa-focused oil and gas exploration and development company Rhino Oil and Gas. Although the authorized... 

Eni to focus on saving African forests to offset CO2 emissions

By: Bloomberg     3rd May 2019 Eni's plan to offset emissions from its oil and gas operations will focus on working with African communities to prevent deforestation. The project is part of the Italian energy giant’s goal of removing the equivalent of 20-million tons a year of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere by 2030.... 

Water supply pressure boosts mine water treatment demand

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     3rd May 2019 Treating mine water has become more common as the mines try to minimise their impacts.  This has allowed for different types of water treatment options to enter the market, as well as a growing understanding of the environmental and economic impact, and where the water can be used to support... 

Water supply pressure boosts mine water treatment demand
EVERY DROP COUNTS Mines need to reduce their water consumption and also take into consideration the increasing need for water as the population grows

Protocol strengthens standards

3rd May 2019 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has introduced a new standard, the Water Stewardship Protocol, as part of its Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. This protocol will play an important role in the continuous improvement taking place in the mining industry regarding sustainable... 

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