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Environmental News

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. 

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

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... 

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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

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

Eight submissions to progress in global innovation challenge

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th May 2022 Mining majors BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale have selected eight technology innovators’ submissions to progress beyond the Charge On Innovation Challenge. The global challenge is aimed at accelerating the commercialisation of effective solutions for charging large electric haul trucks while... 

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Minimum of 14 000 jobs a year from South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor now under development has the potential to generate a minimum of 14 000 jobs, $400-million in gross domestic product and $900-million in taxes a year by 2050. In an addition, there is potential to grow platinum group metal (PGM) demand by between 1% to 2%... 

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Minerals Council hydrogen briefing from left Allan Seccombe, Roger Baxter and Fahmida Smith.

Vedanta continues to invest in Zambia despite legal dispute over KCM

By: Donna Slater     11th May 2022 Despite a dispute with investment company ZCCM-Investment Holdings over Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), Vedanta Resources Holdings (Vedanta) and its parent company Vedanta Resources has continued with financial and corporate social responsibility programmes in Zambia. In May 2019, the Zambian... 

Minerals Council spells out members’ commitment to climate change mitigation 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 Members of Minerals Council South Africa have agreed to commit to a climate change response strategy that will reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and achieve a net zero emission by 2050 or earlier. Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi on Tuesday... 

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Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi, closest right, with Minerals Council's Allan Seccombe, left.

Innovative technologies being developed in SA and Scandinavia to increase mining’s sustainability 

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2022 Innovative technologies to help the mining and minerals processing sectors transition to low-carbon operations and sustainability were the topic at a business breakfast hosted by the Embassies of Denmark, Finland and Sweden, in Cape Town, on Tuesday. The event was held on the fringes of the... 

South Africa keen to harness hydrogen economy opportunities, President Ramaphosa tells Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2022 It was just amazing to see the innovation that the mining industry is capable of scaling up, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in his enthusiastic address on Tuesday. “Last week, I attended the launch by Anglo American of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Minerals Council president urges miners to be uncompromising on safety and be inclusive

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2022 Minerals Council of South Africa president Nolitha Fakude has urged South African mining companies to bring their environmental, social and corporate governance (better known as ESG) policies, programmes and reporting into line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She was... 

Green hydrogen can be produced in South Africa immediately, coal conference hears

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2022 The generation of green hydrogen is achievable in South Africa immediately and is not a complicated process, Sasol just transition office head David Kawesha said on Friday. “You just need the renewable energy resource, electrolysers to split water, and that’s really what the basic process is,”... 

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McCloskey's Southern African Coal Conference panel from left moderator Randy Fabi, Tracey Davies, Steve Nicholls, Jan Oberholzer and David Kawesha.

Chile's parched mines race for an increasingly scarce commodity: water

By: Reuters     6th May 2022  A record-breaking drought in Chile is impacting mining operations and forcing companies to escalate their search for more sources of water, from water treatment and pricey desalination plants to even encouraging workers to use less water in the shower. The Andean nation, the world's no. 1... 

WA to introduce Aboriginal Empowerment Unit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th May 2022 The Western Australian government is investing A$14.6-million to establish an Aboriginal Empowerment Unit to ensure developments in Western Australia's resources industry deliver improved outcomes for Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal Empowerment Unit will develop and implement the... 

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Only way to fix Eskom, Transnet is to work as SA Inc, conference hears 

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2022 Putting South Africa’s 60-million people first and working as South Africa Incorporated – SA Inc – is the only way to solve the problems of this country’s biggest State-owned enterprises, Eskom and Transnet. This message was put out loudly and clearly during a panel discussion at McCloskey’s... 

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World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Woodside to collaborate on CCU facility in Perth

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th May 2022 Oil and gas major Woodside on Thursday announced it would collaborate with Perth’s Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) on a carbon-to-products pilot project that will recycle greenhouse gases (GHGs) into useful products. The two parties have agreed a term sheet setting out the terms of a... 

Voltvision completes Phase 1 energy efficiency project at Endeavour’s Houndé

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th May 2022 High-voltage electrical data analytics business Voltvision has completed Phase 1 of a pioneering energy efficiency and operational enhancement project at Endeavour Mining’s Houndé mine, in Burkina Faso. The results of this initial phase have been so constructive that Voltvision has been... 

South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium status to world that needs this very rare metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2022 South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium supply status to gain the full confidence of a world that requires this very rare platinum group metal (PGM) to advance the fast-moving hydrogen economy. Iridium is a potent co-roleplayer with PGM stalwart platinum when it comes to... 

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Dwyka to make tech tangible at Mining Indaba, conduct live virtual walkabouts

By: Donna Slater     29th April 2022 Pan-African mining technology platform Dwyka Mining Services plans to have key technology partners join its team at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba 2022 to offer their view of mining technology in an effort to “make tech tangible” for Dwyka customers. “Making technology tangible... 

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Technology, such as drones outfitted with LiDAR SLAM-based scanners, are helping miners map previously inaccessible areas. These will be showcased by Dwyka at Mining Indaba

WPIC encourages investment in platinum in Earth Day message

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 Industry organisation the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) is encouraging investment in and use of platinum-based technologies that are helping to support greener operations, industries and economies. In a short video marking Earth Day, WPIC chief administrative officer David Badham says... 

Mining giant Glencore is losing support for its climate plan

By: Bloomberg     29th April 2022 Shareholder support for Glencore Plc’s climate change strategy has weakened and the world’s top coal shipper will now have to consult with investors as it looks to defend one of its most profitable businesses. The company secured about 76% support for its climate progress report at its annual... 

Former Finance Minister Nene chair, Gomwe CEO of MC Mining

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2022 The board of MC Mining has appointed former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene as chairperson and former Anglo Coal leading light Godfrey Gomwe as CEO of the London AIM-, Sydney ASX- and Johannesburg JSE-listed South African coal exploration, development, and mining company. The key projects of MC... 

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Godfrey Gomwe, CEO of MC Mining

Clean coal a ‘figment of the imagination’, says Olver

By: Darren Parker     26th April 2022 The concept of clean coal is a figment of the imagination, according to science, said Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) Secretariat executive director Dr Crispian Olver on April 26. “There is no such thing,” he said, speaking at the PCC-JSE Financial Sector Forum on Just Transition Framework... 

PCC Secretariat executive director Dr Crispian Olver
PCC Secretariat executive director Dr Crispian Olver

Wimbledon opts for platinum to mark Queen’s jubilee, centre court centenary 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2022 In the year of the Queen of England’s platinum jubilee, the coins to be used in the Wimbledon ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss will be made of platinum for the first time in the championships’ history. This follows last month’s unveiling by the UK Royal Mint of its largest ever... 

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Platinum coin to be tossed at Wimbledon.

NT promised A$300m investment in green energy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th April 2022 Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged a A$300-million funding package to the Northern Territory, to grow export opportunities and boost employment, ahead of a federal election in May. The A$300-million package will fund a new hydrogen hub in Darwin and multiple carbon capture... 

Morrison promises green future in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th April 2022 Diversified miner Glencore on Tuesday welcomed the promise of federal funding of up to A$35-million to its CTSCo carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) project. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, on the campaign trail in Queensland, has promised funding of over A$275-million to the Queensland energy... 

New fund approved by Sibanye to foster R&D 

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2022 The board of diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater has approved a new fund called the BioniCCubE to foster research and development of new innovations and technologies, as well as market development, by investing in and leveraging strategic partnerships. “This will support the company on our path... 

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Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman

De Beers invests $2m in Kelp Blue to explore marine carbon reduction solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd April 2022 Diamonds multinational De Beers Group is investing $2-million in Kelp Blue, a start-up focused on growing and managing large-scale giant kelp forests, initially off the Namibian coast. These underwater forests have the potential to safely and permanently lock away vast amounts of carbon dioxide... 

Miner’s results reflect commitment to host communities

22nd April 2022 By investing in the people who live in its host communities, energy company Exxaro states that it is investing in the future of South Africa. “Our company depends on communities and our success is intrinsically linked to their sustainability. Without them we would not be where we are today,” said... 

Consultancy bolsters leadership team

22nd April 2022 Mining industry consultancy CSA Global – a subsidiary of multinational consultancy ERM Group – last month announced the appointment of Africa manager Sifiso Siwela, who joined its regional team based in Johannesburg, South Africa. CSA Global partner and Africa director Brendan Clarke stated: “I... 

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SIFISO SIWELA The new manager is keen to progress with aligning the combined offerings of CSA Global and ERM to the emerging green economy

Inability to attract youth among challenges facing mining

By: Nadine James     22nd April 2022 Global research indicates that mining, as an industry, has the greatest potential to contribute toward a greener future, and yet it is facing unprecedented recruitment pressures, with advisory services provider BDO stating that new entrants into the workforce are questioning the attractiveness of... 

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SERVING THE YOUTH? New entrants into the workforce are questioning the attractiveness of a career in the industry, as there is a distinct gap between what Gen Zs want and what the industry currently offers

Indaba’s ESG focus resonates with tyre recycler

22nd April 2022 The main theme of the Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from May 9 to 12 – is environmental, social and governance (ESG), which resonates with the services and support mining tyre supplier Kal Tire provides to customers. The company... 

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RECYCLING FACILITY The facility puts stockpiles of end-of-life mining tyres through Kal Tire’s thermal conversion process, and returns the resulting products back into the global economy

Miners gather amid surging demand for critical minerals and fiercely rising ESG demands

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd April 2022 Amid the global transition to renewable energies and the effects of strong commodity prices and supply crunches, there is a scramble to ensure security of supply of critical and battery minerals in Africa. These factors heighten the importance of African mining and the role of the Investing in... 

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Glencore believes ESG responsibilities for coal assets should remain in-house

By: Darren Parker     21st April 2022 Diversified miner Glencore’s board believes the environment, social and governance (ESG) responsibilities related to its coal assets are best managed by the company as a responsible operator, rather than leaving those responsibilities to become someone else’s problem, Glencore chairperson Kalidas... 

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