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Analysts raise precious metals expansion opportunities for cash-flush Sibanye  

By: Martin Creamer     30th August 2020 Mining analysts last week raised local platinum and gold expansion opportunities for cash-flush precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater, but Neal Froneman, the CEO of the superbly performing Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, expressed concern that South Africa’s current... 

Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2020 Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade, Northam CEO Paul Dunne said on Friday. Speaking at the JSE-listed company’s presentation of outstanding results, which saw the company shrug off the Covid-19 pandemic to report a record financial year in the 12 months to June 30, Dunne said... 

Paul Dunne
Northam Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Company to provide energy storage for local mines

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 The local mining sector is becoming more open to implementing new technologies in terms of energy solutions, as they can make mining operations more efficient, productive and cost effective, states microgrid and energy solutions provider Hitachi ABB Power Grids MD Malvin Naicker. Hitachi ABB... 

CHANGING STATUS QUO
The company is beginning to interact more with the mining industry to provide flexible, resilient and smart microgrid and energy storage solutions
CHANGING STATUS QUO The company is beginning to interact more with the mining industry to provide flexible, resilient and smart microgrid and energy storage solutions

Higher energy efficiency can save costs for miners

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Local energy organisation the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) GM Barry Bredenkamp states that South Africa’s mining sector can continue to explore cost-saving measures through increased energy efficiency. Local miners face many challenges, including rising energy... 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY GAINS
With more environmental pressures being placed on miners, improving energy efficiency is one of the leading drivers to contribute to a reduction in harmful emissions
ENERGY EFFICIENCY GAINS With more environmental pressures being placed on miners, improving energy efficiency is one of the leading drivers to contribute to a reduction in harmful emissions

Logistics company branches out

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Local logistics services supplier Mixcorp is including renewable-energy technology suited to the mining industry in the scope of its research and development (R&D) department to add renewables-related logistical services to its offering. Mixcorp special scientific adviser Dr Godfrey Gandawa... 

DR GODFREY GANDAWA
We are in the process of setting up operations in Zambia and the DRC, working with mines that are considering investing in renewable energy technologies
DR GODFREY GANDAWA We are in the process of setting up operations in Zambia and the DRC, working with mines that are considering investing in renewable energy technologies

Mining waste can boost alternative-fuels prospects

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Certain wastes in the mining sector present an opportunity to create alternative fuels, which can alleviate the energy supply challenges in the local industry, says waste management solutions provider Interwaste. Repurposing waste for energy purposes can also reduce the reliance on landfills and... 

REFUSE-DERIVED FUEL
RDF is a solid fuel source recovered through the shredding and bailing of certain presorted dry industrial nonrecyclable waste
REFUSE-DERIVED FUEL RDF is a solid fuel source recovered through the shredding and bailing of certain presorted dry industrial nonrecyclable waste

Camden power station resumes operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th August 2020 Operations at the Camden power station resumed on August 27 after a four-month shutdown. The shutdown was implemented to relocate ash from an unsafe dam at the station. 

Accountability, good governance, participation key to rehabilitate sites for a ‘life after mining’

By: Simone Liedtke     26th August 2020 Across South Africa, and globally, affected locations should have the opportunity to have a “life after mining”, but Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation Research Chair Mineral Law in Africa postdoctoral research fellow Bernard Kengi laments that mine waste often... 

High-flying DRDGold expecting nigh sevenfold earnings rocket 

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2020 Surface gold mining company DRDGold is expecting half-year earnings per share to rocket nearly sevenfold. In a trading statement released on Wednesday, the company, headed by CEO Niël Pretorius, indicated earnings per share of 82.5 c for the financial year to June 30, compared with 11.8 c for the... 

Tailings dumps from which DRDGold recovers gold.
Tailings dumps from which DRDGold recovers gold.

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2020 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling, which is active in 23 countries, is aligning itself with the transitioning global requirement of opencast mines going underground. “As the world is changing, so are the mines,” said Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan at the... 

Curves on the hard rock 9 ° inclination of the declining cutting face at Eland mine.
Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Northern Dynasty stock tumbles further as doubts grow over Alaska's Pebble mine

By: Reuters     26th August 2020 Northern Dynasty Minerals shares fell more than 25% on Tuesday on rising doubts the company can clear regulatory hurdles for its Pebble mine project in Alaska, and prominent politicians said it would harm the state's salmon fishing industry. The US Army Corps of Engineers on Monday gave Northern... 

Northern Dynasty stock tumbles further as doubts grow over Alaska's Pebble mine

Third of labour force let go – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2020 The Covid-19 crisis resulted in drilling company Master Drilling having to let go a third of its labour force in the world, Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius said on Tuesday. Fochville-based Master Drilling provides drilling services to the mining, civil engineering and building construction... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius
Master Drilling half-year results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Glencore part of giant leap to transform informal cobalt mining  

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2020 Eight concerns, including diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, have joined forces to transform the informal mining of cobalt for the better. Full implementation would take five years and would begin in mines in Kasulu and Kamilombe in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with the... 

The pit is excavated by a team of five to seven diggers, locally known as creuseurs.
The pit is excavated by a team of five to seven diggers, locally known as creuseurs.

Underground gold mines produce less emissions than openpit operations − S&P Market Intelligence

By: Donna Slater     21st August 2020 Last year, gold mines produced nearly 1 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) for every ounce of gold produced, says business intelligence company Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Market Intelligence research. To gather insight into greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions in the gold mining industry, the firm reviewed... 

Water treatment technology available but costly

By: Darren Parker     21st August 2020 Although the technology to treat and purify mine water to acceptable standards already exists, the main challenge for the mining industry and society is affordability, says water and environmental consulting firm GCS regional director and senior hydrogeologist Pieter Labuschagne. Currently, the... 

AN EXPENSIVE ENDEAVOUR
Many factors involved in the treatment and purification of mine-impacted water make it a costly exercise
AN EXPENSIVE ENDEAVOUR Many factors involved in the treatment and purification of mine-impacted water make it a costly exercise

Industry welcomes new water management tool

By: Darren Parker     21st August 2020 The uptake of a tool to assist the mining sector in implementing the principles of water conservation and water demand management (WC/WDM), has been “overwhelmingly positive”, Minerals Council South Africa head of environment Stephinah Mudau tells Mining Weekly. The WC/WDM self-assessment... 

ACCURATE SELF-ASSESSMENT
The new tool assesses water requirements and the level of water reuse and recycling required, thereby reducing treatment costs
Photo by Creamer Media
ACCURATE SELF-ASSESSMENT The new tool assesses water requirements and the level of water reuse and recycling required, thereby reducing treatment costs

New sewage treatment plants planned

By: Darren Parker     21st August 2020 Following the successful commissioning of a sewage treatment plant for coal mining company Canyon Coal’s Khanye colliery, in Gauteng, in early 2019, plans are under way to build similar plants at the company’s planned De Wittekrans and Palmietkuilen collieries. In a statement issued by the... 

WASTE NOT The sewage treatment plant at Khanye colliery is designed to treat up to 30 000 ℓ/d of sewage water for discharge into an adjacent wetland system
WASTE NOT The sewage treatment plant at Khanye colliery is designed to treat up to 30 000 ℓ/d of sewage water for discharge into an adjacent wetland system

Kropz to present Elandsfontein water-use licence case

By: Donna Slater     20th August 2020 The Water Tribunal has given Aim-listed phosphate explorer and developer Kropz three days, starting on September 3, to present its case in an appeal against the integrated water-use licence (WUL) for its Elandsfontein mine on South Africa's West Coast. The miner’s Elandsfontein WUL came into... 

Alaska Republican Party backs Pebble mine

By: Mariaan Webb     20th August 2020 The Alaska Republic Party has thrown its weight behind the proposed Pebble copper/gold mine, arguing that responsible development of the mine will be a significant economic boost for the state. In a resolution dated August 9, the party urges Alaska leaders and the US Army Corp of Engineers... 

Alaska Republican Party backs Pebble mine

K+S Windsor Salt fined for illegal disposals

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2020 Salt miner Seleine Mines – a division of K+S Windsor Salt – has been fined C$400 000 for violating environmental laws in 2014. Environment and Climate Change Canada says Seleine Mines had disposed of dredged material on four occasions in 2014, outside of the disposal area authorised by its... 

More to zinc than what is commonly known

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th August 2020 Baby bum cream, fertiliser and roof tiles all have one thing in common: the lesser-known, but incredibly pervasive mineral zinc. 

HEALTHY COMPONENT 
Zinc is integral to human health as it boosts the immune system, with many zinc-based medicines, including tablets
HEALTHY COMPONENT Zinc is integral to human health as it boosts the immune system, with many zinc-based medicines, including tablets

South Africans must work together on an accelerated economic recovery plan – Exxaro  

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2020 South Africans must work together on an accelerated economic recovery plan that focuses on inclusive growth and prosperity for all citizens, Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo  said on Thursday. Speaking during the black-empowered resources company’s presentation of very strong dividend-yielding... 

Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest   

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2020 An awesome new proudly South African face mask, with a replaceable filtration system at its heart, is attracting international interest. The innovative and timely Hudaco Air Mask is a lockdown-period product of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Hudaco Industries group. (Also watch attached... 

The Hudaco mask assembly.
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford and Hudaco’s executive consultant Mike Allnutt discuss the new Hudaco face mask innovation with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exxaro pays dividend on 40%-higher half-year earnings 

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2020 Black-empowered diversified resources group Exxaro Resources on Thursday declared an interim dividend on posting a 40% increase in earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation of R3.9-billion for the six months to June 30. In the face of global trade tensions, a challenging local... 

Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo
Photo by Creamer Media
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Investors call for greater Rio accountability over destroyed ancient caves

By: Reuters     11th August 2020 British and Australian investment funds said on Monday that Rio Tinto's testimony last week over its destruction of ancient caves in Australia raised questions about the accountability of its senior leadership. Rio CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques was grilled by an Australian Senate panel on Friday... 

Investors call for greater Rio accountability over destroyed ancient caves

Uncertain when Milnerton oil refinery will come back on stream ­ 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2020 Astron Energy’s oil refinery in Cape Town, where a fire broke out last month killing two people and injuring seven others, remains closed while a full investigation into the incident is carried out. The former Chevron 100 000 bbl/d Milnerton refinery – which with the Caltex brand now fall under... 

Cape Town refinery.
Photo by Astron Wesbite
Cape Town refinery.

WA welcomes federal enviro agreements

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th August 2020 The Western Australian government has welcomed confirmation of the federal government’s intent to enter into a landmark agreement with the state government to provide a single avenue for environmental assessments and approvals. The agreement is expected to result in the removal of duplication... 

Arctic wastewater dump near Russia's Norilsk was toxic, says Greenpeace

By: Reuters     7th August 2020 Water samples taken by Greenpeace in Russia’s Arctic at the site of a wastewater dump by mining giant Norilsk Nickel contained 50 times the permitted level of toxic substances, the environmental campaign group has said. The miner admitted last month its Talnakh metals processing plant had used... 

Glencore holds back on dividend, accelerates net debt reduction 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2020 Notwithstanding its cash-generative business and secure liquidity positions, the board of Glencore has concluded that it would be inappropriate to make a distribution to shareholders in 2020, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Thursday. Instead the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified... 

Ivan Glasengerg
Ivan Glasengerg

World Gold Council publishes Retail Gold Investment Principles

By: Simone Liedtke     5th August 2020 With retail investors owning close to 40 000 t of gold, valued at about $2-trillion, the World Gold Council (WGC) aims to set the bar for product providers across the global retail gold market and further encourage retail investors to place their trust in gold through the publication of its... 

INV says new anti-mining vote request near Loma Larga

By: Mariaan Webb     4th August 2020 Canada-based developer IVN Metals continues to believe that it will start development of its Loma Larga gold/copper mine in Ecuador next year, despite a new anti-mining referendum request emerging. On August 3, the Prefect of Azuay submitted a request regarding mining activities in the Canton of... 

INV says new anti-mining vote request near Loma Larga

Exchange control lifting sends strong growth message – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     4th August 2020 The lifting of exchange control by South Africa sends a really strong message about the country’s desire to promote investment and growth, says Anglo American finance director Stephen Pearce. He gave South Africa a pat on the back during Anglo’s virtual presentation of half-year results last... 

Anglo American finance director Stephen Pearce
Anglo American finance director Stephen Pearce

Air Envirotech launched to assist mining industry in creating ‘cleaner air’

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2020 Air pollution, dust control and pneumatic product handling specialists Air Envirotech has started operating, providing a comprehensive range of air environmental and pneumatic conveying services, systems and technologies. The company mainly focuses on the mining, metallurgical processing and... 

Top copper nation gets tougher on water

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2020 Authorities in Chile are cracking down on water use by mines in the driest desert on earth, threatening future supply in the top copper-producing nation. On Friday, Chile’s environmental agency SMA charged BHP Group’s Escondida for allegedly drawing more water than allowed for almost 15 years in... 

Crop nutrients have double potential of coal being exited – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2020 Covid-19 notwithstanding, diversified mining company Anglo American will this year be spending the $300-million that it forecast on the Woodsmith polyhalite project in the UK, which gives it entry into the crop nutrients business at a time when fertilising is being hailed a godsend to ease global... 

Anglo American's Woodsmith polyhalite mining shaft under construction.
Photo by Anglo American
Anglo American's Woodsmith polyhalite mining shaft under construction.

Rio strikes exploration deal with Sipa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2020 Gold and base metals explorer Sipa Resources has inked a A$12-million farm-in agreement with the exploration arm of major Rio Tinto over its Paterson North copper/gold project, in Western Australia. Under the terms of the farm-in and joint venture (JV) agreement, Rio will commit a minimum... 

Chilean regulators scrap lithium miner SQM's environmental plan

By: Reuters     3rd August 2020 Chilean regulators have rejected lithium producer SQM's $25-million environmental compliance plan for the Atacama salt flat, requesting the miner to start again from scratch, a filing showed. Chile's Environmental Superintendent (SMA) approved SQM's compliance plan early in 2019 after a... 

B2Gold launches North American gold bar campaign to support rhino conservation

By: Donna Slater     31st July 2020 Canada-based B2Gold has launched a Namibian Rhino Gold Bar campaign in North America to help support the conservation and protection of the critically endangered black rhinos, and the community-based rhino rangers and trackers who protect the rhinos, in Namibia. This announcement coincides with... 

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