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Kumi Consulting advancing plans to assist miners with increasing regulatory requirements 

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 4 hours ago Supply chains are coming under increasing focus, with sustainability consultancy Kumi Consulting highlighting the impact of growing regulation, particularly in Europe, which sees manufacturers and consumer brands possibly being held accountable for the actions of their raw material producers.... 

Minerals Council's Roger Baxter encouraged by board-level engagement with Transnet 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Monday that the council is encouraged by the board level engagement it has undertaken so far with State rail enterprise Transnet and is hoping that this engagement will deliver some very specific results in stabilising rail performance in the... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, Council president Nolitha Fakude, office bearer Themba Mkhwanazi, and chief economist Henk Langenhoven.
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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, Council president Nolitha Fakude, office bearer Themba Mkhwanazi, and chief economist Henk Langenhoven.

Ever greater global acknowledgement of need to decarbonise ever more urgently – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago Ever greater acknowledgement is being given to the need to decarbonise global energy and transport systems ever more urgently. At the same time, ever greater global recognition is being given to the fact that many of the products of mining are fundamental to enabling that shift. 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.

Mining industry can play key role in saving water

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th February 2023 The South African mining sector can play a significant role in water savings, says water treatment chemicals, equipment and services group AECI Water executive Dean Mulqueeny. With about 200 mines consuming between 2% and 5% of South Africa’s available water, there is potential to leverage new... 

Seriti Green raises need for Africa to appraise vanadium as electricity storage battery metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2023 Wind farm builder Seriti Green, which is planning substantial electricity storage capacity at its big renewable energy project in Mpumalanga, has raised the need for vanadium to be appraised as a battery storage metal of choice in Africa owing to the difficulties of sourcing lithium batteries.... 

From left, Layton Nenzinane, Peter Venn and Doug Gain.
Seriti Green Mpumalanga wind farm developers talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Proudly South African technology catches eye of fusion project researchers 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2023 Innovative Proudly South African membraneless technology has caught the eye of the engineers involved in the huge global ITER fusion project as a possible solution to recover tritium from tritiated water. The membraneless technology is the brainchild of Hydrox Holdings engineers, based in... 

The Hydrox team (from left) CEO Corrie de Jager, process engineer Jason Cuomo, director/inventor George Anagnostopoulos, and director Paul van de Vyver.
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The Hydrox team (from left) CEO Corrie de Jager, process engineer Jason Cuomo, director/inventor George Anagnostopoulos, and director Paul van de Vyver.

Renewables projects, Mining Indaba make headlines   

3rd February 2023 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the 155 MW wind farm that Seriti Green is constructing in Mpumalanga; the first phase of Blyvoor Gold Mine's solar energy project; and this year’s Mining Indaba, which kicks off in Cape Town next week.   

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Renewables projects, Mining Indaba make headlines

Consultants offer energy efficiency planning, implementation

3rd February 2023 Making a mine energy efficient requires plenty of planning, which ideally means proactively designing for efficiency from an early stage in a project, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. “Many mining companies are embracing new technology for energy efficiency, but there is... 

A large open pit operation at night being lit up with flood lights and masts
OPEN TO SUGGESTION Mines need to be more open to energy solutions being implemented during the planning phase, as opposed to once the mine has been constructed

Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2023 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed his attendance at the Mining Indaba taking place in Cape Town next week, from Monday to Thursday. Ramaphosa, accompanied by eight ministers and three deputy ministers, will deliver a keynote address on Tuesday, 7 February. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.

155 MW wind farm to be constructed in Mpumalanga by Seriti Green  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2023 Work is scheduled to begin soon on the construction of a wind farm in Mpumalanga, South Africa’s electricity heartland. The project, which begins with 155 MW of wind energy and expands to a capacity of 900 MW of renewables and 800 MWh of battery storage, forms part of an agreement that will see... 

Seriti Resources CE Mike Teke.
Seriti Green's wind energy initiative covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Barrick hosts human rights organisation at North Mara in Tanzania

By: Darren Parker     1st February 2023 Gold miner Barrick Gold has hosted UK-based nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Rights and Accountability in Development (Raid) at a two-day open-door visit to its North Mara gold mine, in Tanzania. The intention of the visit was for Raid to assess the impact Barrick has had since assuming... 

EPA's move to block Pebble project in Alaska 'unlawful' - CEO

By: Reuters     1st February 2023 The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to block the proposed Pebble copper and gold mining project near Alaska's ecologically sensitive Bristol Bay watershed is "unlawful" and hurts the state, said the top boss of the mining project. The EPA has moved to stop the company from... 

Pebble CEO John Shively
Pebble CEO John Shively

Blyvoor Gold secures approval for solar energy project

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2023 Carletonville’s Blyvoor Gold Mine has announced the approval of the first phase of its solar energy project. Up to 40 MW will be generated near its mining operations on Gauteng’s West Rand, following Eskom’s first phase approval. 

Carletonville’s Blyvoor Gold Mine on Gauteng’s West Rand.
Carletonville’s Blyvoor Gold Mine on Gauteng’s West Rand.

Squeezed mining companies face growth dilemma

By: Reuters     31st January 2023 High costs and the prospect of shrinking earnings have made big miners nervous about expansion, even as shareholders demand investment in response to robust commodity prices, China's reopening and the role of minerals in decarbonising the economy. Although years of cost discipline have repaired... 

Intervention urgent to resolve rail, port problems, says Business Leadership South Africa

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2023 Urgent intervention is required to resolve the problems of South Africa’s freight rail system and ports, says Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA)CEO Busi Mavuso, who in this week’s BLSA newsletter describes the coal export slump through Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) as startling. “The... 

Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso.
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Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso.

Solar saving gold mine $145 000 a month, more renewables on way, says Pan African 

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2023 The 10 MW solar power plant at Evander is averaging savings of $145 000 a month for the Mpumalanga gold mine, Pan African Resources said on Monday. Construction is scheduled to begin in June on yet another solar facility, this time an 8 MW photovoltaic solar plant at Barberton Mines’ gold... 

Shaft at Evander gold mine.
Shaft at Evander gold mine.

Green hydrogen research given R35m boost 

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2023 South Africa's North-West University (NWU) is investing around R35-million in strategic funding to advance green hydrogen research over the next five years.   This follows the announcement that Hydrogen South Africa Infrastructure Centre of Competence (HySA CoC) at NWU is collaborating with... 

Hydrogen South Africa solar power installation at NWU to supply renewable power for hydrogen production.
Hydrogen South Africa solar power installation at NWU to supply renewable power for hydrogen production.

RBCT exports, Sasol, Anglo American make headlines   

27th January 2023 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the biggest decline in coal exports from the Richards Bay Coal Terminal in three decades; Sasol’s renewable energy contract; and Anglo’s emission-reducing ship.   

RBCT exports, Sasol, Anglo American make headlines
RBCT exports, Sasol, Anglo American make headlines

Plug Power scraps electrolyser plant partnership with Fortescue

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 Plug Power has walked away from building an electrolyser manufacturing plant in Australia with Fortescue Metals Group as the economics did not work, Plug CEO Andrew Marsh said on Thursday. The project, announced in October 2021, is a key plank in Fortescue's ambition to become a major green... 

WA to introduce climate change legislation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 The Western Australian government this week announced plans to introduce climate change legislation this year to establish a framework for responsible emissions reductions to meet Western Australia's goal of net zero by 2050. This legislation will also formalise the state’s ambitious aim to... 

Mining Indaba to be ‘bigger than ever’

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9 – is expected to be “bigger than ever”, owing to strong commodity prices and an increase in demand for critical minerals, as well as battery and rare earth metals. “We... 

An image depicting speakers at the Mining Indaba
INTRODUCING… New programmes and initiatives will be introduced, such as the Explorers Showcase, the Junior MINE and Official Government Leaders Programme

Namibia Chamber optimistic about industry’s 2023 prospects

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 Mining industry organisation Namibia Chamber of Mines (NCM) states that it is “very positive” on the trajectory of the local mining industry, stressing that it expects it to grow on the back of increased output from the diamonds and uranium sectors. “In the short term, growth in the mining sector... 

Africa should adopt ESG focus

27th January 2023 With over half of the world’s copper resources outside the mainstream mining countries and decarbonisation and the energy transition fuelling demand, African countries – where mining regulations are less robust, perhaps – are becoming increasingly attractive. The current situation has testing,... 

Firm introduces new software

27th January 2023 Software company Aspen Technology (AspenTech) has announced the availability of its latest aspenONE software release V14. The new release delivers advanced intelligence and guidance capabilities that improve decision-making abilities and further boost operational excellence. 

Firm seeks to shore up mining supply chains

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 Global supply chains were among the many critical systems that needed to be re-examined following the emergence of Covid-19. These supply chains have yet to recover fully and, with disruption becoming the new norm, resilience in mining supply chains is crucial, says DHL Supply Chain Africa MD... 

An image of DHL Supply Chain Africa MD Bremer Pauw.
BREMER PAUW The lack of collaboration between the mining sector’s supply chains resulted in costly, independently-run supply, which, in turn, have resulted in inadequate planning and inventory control

ICMM to be active at Mining Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 Mining industry organisation the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) is participating at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9 – with a presence on the main stage and at the Sustainability... 

An image depicting a smiling man, Rohitesh Dhawan
ROHITESH DHAWAN ICMM mining principles are updated to reflect best performance and progress on the most important sustainable development issues

Firm raises $42-million to deliver data solutions

27th January 2023 Digital mining solutions provider MineSense in December announced that it had secured $42-million in Series E funding, which would be used to accelerate the commercial deployment of its solutions, driving growth and profitability. The financing –  led by J.P Morgan Asset Management’s Sustainable... 

An image depicting Jeff More
JEFF MORE The global mining industry is faced with the challenge of meeting increasing demand while shifting towards more sustainable business practices

Renewable energy, social upset key themes for miners in 2023 – Fitch Solutions 

By: Donna Slater     26th January 2023 Capital expenditure of mining companies is increasingly being aimed at renewable energy projects and associated grid development – a trend that is likely to continue throughout this year, financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions commodities analyst Amelia Haines... 

Solar PV panels
Miners in 2023 to focus on renewable energy expansion, addressing social aspect of ESG

Andrada reports lower emissions for 2022 financial year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2023 Aim-listed Andrada Mining – previously AfriTin Mining – has managed to produce 8.2% less combined Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse-gas emissions from its Uis tin mine, Namibia, than what is stated in the Equator Principles Yearly Threshold. The company produced 8 208 t of carbon dioxide equivalent... 

Copper-copious Zambia stepping up agricultural prowess, embarking on robust outreach  

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2023 Mining and agriculture are two key sectors of the Zambian economy that are attracting foreign direct investment, which rose 158% to $8.5-billion in 2022, creating 74 000 jobs. The latest company to announce that it will be developing a new copper mine in Zambia is one linked to Microsoft's Bill... 

Munkotachi Investments MD Christopher Lesa.
Munkotachi Investments MD Christopher Lesa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Independent tailings management body launched to oversee conformance with global standard 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th January 2023 On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Brumadinho Tailings dam disaster, in Brazil, which resulted in the deaths of 270 people, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Church of England Pensions Board – representing the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) that... 

The aftermath of the January 2019 Brumadinho tailings dam collapse in Brazil
The aftermath of the January 2019 Brumadinho tailings dam collapse in Brazil

Sasol secures first hydrogen-linked renewable energy supply contract  

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2023 Chemicals and energy company Sasol has signed a long-term contract for the supply of 69 MW of renewable energy to its Sasolburg site in the Free State – the first of several agreements Sasol intends finalising in the coming months as it secures the renewable energy supply required to produce... 

Sasol energy business executive VP Priscillah Mabelane.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Sasol energy business executive VP Priscillah Mabelane.

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... 

Eskom’s problems are not coal related, Minerals Council assures 

By: Martin Creamer     20th January 2023 A social media campaign set on halting coal exports through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal to purportedly alleviate Eskom’s loadshedding has been noted with concern by Minerals Council South Africa. “This campaign is not based on any facts and instead relies on outright fallacious allegations... 

Richards Bay Coal Terminal activity.
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Richards Bay Coal Terminal activity.

BLM slaps ioneer with Rhyolite Ridge trespass notice

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th January 2023 The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a trespass notice to Australia-based ioneer for the unauthorised use of certain Tiehm’s buckwheat habitat at the Rhyolite Ridge lithium project, in Nevada. The areas were being used as a laydown area for geotechnical drilling operations associated... 

Green hydrogen mine mobility on way in India to platinum applause

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2023 India has opted for hydrogen fuel-cell heavy-duty mine truck mobility in a green initiative that will have platinum group metals (PGMs) miners applauding. This is because the clean emission-free power will come from proton exchange membrane PEM technology, which is PGM-enabled. 

Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.
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Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.

Africa can export its sunshine as hydrogen, prof highlights ahead of big Sun City event  

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2023 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – In the past, geopolitics was such that oil- and gas-rich countries developed faster, but now countries that are able to export their sunshine in the form of hydrogen will be the ones in the pound seats as the world transitions to clean, green energy. 

Hydrogen South Africa Infrastructure Competence Centre director Professor Dmitri Bessarabov.
Hydrogen South Africa's Prof Dmitri Bessarabov interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Measures to contain diamond mine tailings breach complete – Petra 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2023 When the eastern wall of a tailings storage facility at the Williamson diamond mine, in Tanzania, was breached on November 7 last year, precautionary measures to contain the tailings material and strengthen the New Alamasi water dam were carried out at the operation which is owned 75% by... 

Williamson diamond mine in Tanzania.
Williamson diamond mine in Tanzania.
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