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Environmental News

MMDA review expected to be extensive

By: Tracy Hancock     16th September 2022 Law firm Webber Wentzel expects the review of Zambia’s Mines and Minerals Development Act (MMDA), No 11 of 2015, to take a considerable amount of time to complete, as the current government addresses the challenges hindering the mining industry’s already significant contribution to the country’s... 

Local supplier sole distributor of specialised pumps

16th September 2022 Local pump importer and distributor AQS Liquid Transfer is the sole supplier of industrial pump manufacturers Sandpiper and Versamatic air-operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps for the South African mining sector. An AODD pump uses compressed air to move liquids or solids up or down a pipe network. 

An underground mine with a pump in the shaft
SOLID TRANSFER Air-operated double diaphragm pumps use compressed air to move liquids or solids up or down a pipe network

New pump launched at expo

By: Halima Frost     16th September 2022 Local manufacturer Goodwin Submersible Pumps Africa, the South African division of global pumps manufacturer Goodwin International, officially launched its new submersible offering, the Goodwin SlurryChamp hydraulic submersible pump, at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2022 expo. The expo was... 

A large yellow submersible slurry pump
PUMP FOR THE WIN The design of the new SlurryChamp pump was based on Goodwins ANZE submersible slurry pump

ICMM, UNEP, PRI say Jagersfontein tragedy shows urgency of responsible tailings management

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th September 2022 The co-convenors of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM) have expressed their disappointment about the tailings dam failure that occurred in Jagersfontein, in the Free State, South Africa, on September 11, saying the tragedy underscores the critical importance of... 

Pan African effectively building new underground gold mine at Evander  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2022 Midtier Africa-focused gold producer Pan African Resources is effectively building a new internally-funded underground gold mine on two levels of the Evander underground gold mine in Mpumalanga, CEO Cobus Loots said on Wednesday when the company reported record production for the 12 months to... 

Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots.
Pan African CEO Cobus Loots interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Satellite imagery shows extent of Jagersfontein flood damage

By: Darren Parker     14th September 2022 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has released satellite imagery following the Jagersfontein tailings dam burst, in the Free State, on September 11, which caused damage to property and resulted in the loss of lives. The intelligence derived from Sansa’s earth observation satellite... 

Jagersfontein dam before
Jagersfontein dam before

Coal waste a solution to cost-effective natural gas storage

By: Tracy Hancock     14th September 2022 Activated carbons derived from South Africa’s coal wastes present a cost-effective adsorbent for adsorbed natural gas (ANG) storage and transportation amid growing global pressure to reduce the environmental impact of the country’s coal waste. “Coal dumps can not only potentially spontaneously... 

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT
Process lines could easily be designed and established in proximity with local coal wastes or collieries to produce activated carbons for cost-effective adsorbed natural gas storage and transportation
WASTE NOT, WANT NOT Process lines could easily be designed and established in proximity with local coal wastes or collieries to produce activated carbons for cost-effective adsorbed natural gas storage and transportation

Kal Tire promoting ESG, sustainability through tyre recycling 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2022 Mining tyre service provider Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group continues to innovate how it works, its tools and its technology to meet evolving needs and deliver positive change when working through the lens of how to solve customers’ challenges. These challenges, says senior VP Dan Allan, include... 

Kal Tire senior VP Dan Allan
Kal Tire senior VP Dan Allan speaks to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining.

Indonesia has lost more tropical forest to mining than anywhere

By: Bloomberg     13th September 2022 More than half the tropical deforestation caused by industrial mining in the last two decades took place in Indonesia, according to a new study. The researchers, whose paper was published September 12 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), overlapped the geographic... 

Indonesia has lost more tropical forest to mining than anywhere

PGMs hotter than ever amid upcoming SAIMM greener world collaboration event  

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) as global decarbonisation and environmental, social and governance (ESG) enablers have arguably never been a hotter topic globally, which will be highlighted at the upcoming in-person conference of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) at Sun... 

Implats executive: sustainable development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni, who will speak on ESG and Beyond at the upcoming SAIMM PGMs conference.
Implats Executive: Sustainable Development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni (above). SAIMM’s Gary Lane interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

IAS expects 2022 to exceed 2021 business levels 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2022 With 2022 set to exceed business levels of 2021, compressed air solutions provider Integrated Air Solutions (IAS) says that tailwinds from the strong mining cycle and related projects have positively impacted the company’s business activities, as well as the recovery of manufacturing and... 

IAS expects 2022 to exceed 2021 business levels
GiGi Investments Group CEO Graham Russell and ELGi Africa & Middle East head Mohammed Saifullah talk to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining.

Andrew Forrest meets with Egyptian President

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th September 2022 Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) founder and executive chairperson Dr Andrew Forrest has met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi this week, Forrest to discuss the development of green energy projects in the region. FFI has already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to conduct... 

US aviation fuel developer places order for platinum-based PEM electrolyser

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2022 A United States aviation fuel developer has placed an order for a containerised platinum-using proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser. Nel Hydrogen received the $3-million contract for the containerised PEM electrolyser to be installed at the world’s first commercial ‘alcohol-to-jet’... 

Proudly South African green hydrogen innovation uses platinum fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 A Proudly South African green hydrogen mobile solution, which is scheduled to be launched at the African Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) next month, ticks all the local boxes by making use of a platinum-catalysed hydrogen proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) and also being able to... 

Jaco Prinsloo and Christo Botha, the key developers of the green hydrogen solution.
Jaco Prinsloo and Christo Botha, the key developers of the green hydrogen solution.

Ministers follow President in visiting Jagersfontein diamond disaster area

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 Following the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantsashe will today visit the diamond tailings deposition dam that burst its banks, killing at least one person and destroying homes. Mineral... 

Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
Photo by Google Maps
Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.

Dam collapse at abandoned South African diamond mine kills three

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2022 A dam at South Africa’s abandoned Jagersfontein diamond mine collapsed early Sunday, triggering heavy flooding that damaged property and killed at least three people. About nine houses were swept away and more than 20 damaged by flood waters after the dam wall of the historic mine collapsed,... 

Glencore clinches green aluminium deals

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has entered into a ten-year alumina supply and aluminium offtake agreements with global green aluminium subsidiary of Press Metal Aluminium Holdings, a Malaysian stock exchange listed company. The transactions are seen important steps in the... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.

Platinum supply outlook a barrier to global decarbonisation – Davis 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2022 The future quantum of global demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) significantly outweighs global supply from 2023 onwards, the latest review carried out by independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis indicates. Compiled for Auctus Metal Portfolios of Singapore, the review illustrates... 

Independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis.
Photo by Creamer Media
Independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis.

Cohesive policies can boost investor sentiment

By: Cameron Mackay     9th September 2022 While mining and mineral exports contribute significantly to Zimbabwe’s gross domestic product, the industry falls short of its potential to contribute to the country’s growth and development. In the latest investment perception survey of mining companies, released by independent think tank the... 

Image of Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech
WARREN BEECH Mining and mineral exports contribute significantly to Zimbabwe’s GDP, but Zimbabwe’s mining industry falls far short of what it can contribute to growth and development

Environmental and industry policy gaps, corruption constrain industry

By: Cameron Mackay     9th September 2022 The Zimbabwe government’s decision to grant prospecting and mining rights in environmentally protected areas, such as the Hwange National Park, has been criticised by the international community, says law firm Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech. Natural resources are in abundance in Zimbabwe, which... 

Generic image of an earthmoving machine on a mine site
ERRATIC POLICIES The raw chrome export ban is unlikely to improve investment in what is currently seen as a volatile investment climate

Platinum group metals demand lift from hydrogen momentum creating excitement 

By: Martin Creamer     8th September 2022 As a platinum group metals (PGMs) producer, Impala Platinum is excited about the opportunity of hydrogen as a potential new demand source, says Impala Platinum executive: new commodities Seten Naidoo. “The exciting component for us is actually the green hydrogen,” says Naidoo, who was speaking as... 

Impala Platinum executive new commodities Seten Naidoo.
Impala Platinum executive new commodities Seten Naidoo.

Australia passes Emissions Bill into legislation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2022 Australia’s net zero emissions target by 2050 has been enshrined into legislation, after the Senate passed the Climate Change Bill, targeting a 43% reduction to Australia’s emissions. Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said the legislation puts Australia on a credible path to net... 

TLT-Turbo Africa focusing on providing clean air to advance mining operations’ success 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2022 With mining being the most important sector for technology-driven ventilation systems provider and manufacturer TLT-Turbo Africa’s products, sales and marketing head for sub-Saharan Africa Vusi Madlopha emphasises the importance of providing clean, contaminant-free air. He explains that the... 

TLT-Turbo Africa products, sales and marketing head for sub-Saharan Africa Vusi Madlopha
TLT-Turbo Africa products, sales and marketing head for sub-Saharan Africa Vusi Madlopha speaks to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining.

King introduces Bill to ensure Ranger rehabilitation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2022 The federal government has introduced a Bill to Parliament to amend existing legislation to allow the government to oversee the clean-up of the Ranger uranium mine, in the Northern Territory, beyond 2026, and to ensure that owner Energy Resources Australia (ERA) completed rehabilitation.... 

Image shows the Ranger uranium operation

South Africa drafting green hydrogen position statement for COP27 – IDC 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2022 South Africa is drafting a green hydrogen position statement for the upcoming 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27), which is scheduled to take place in Egypt from November 7-18. Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) divisional executive for mining, metals, energy, and... 

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) divisional executive for mining, metals, energy, and infrastructure Reginald Demana
Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) divisional executive for mining, metals, energy, and infrastructure Reginald Demana

Multotec technology assists in achieving ESG goals 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2022 South Africa-based minerals processing equipment specialist Multotec will have a strong presence at this year’s Electra Mining Africa (EMA) exhibition, and will have its in-house experts on hand to brief visitors on the company’s comprehensive line-up of minerals processing equipment. Multotec... 

Multotec South African operations CEO Rikus Immink
Multotec South African operations CEO Rikus Immink speaks to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining Africa. Video: Creamer Media's Shadwyn Boyd. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Major platinum mining company planning 520 MW renewable generation 

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2022 Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Implats is planning to introduce 520 MW of renewable power as part of an ambition to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2030 and become carbon neutral in 2050. The current carbon generation of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company is... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller.
Implats CEO Nico Muller.

More than half of FTSE 100 companies now have ESG committees

By: Bloomberg     5th September 2022 More than half of FTSE 100 companies now have a board-level committee focusing on ESG issues, a sign of their desire to become more sustainable. A dedicated ESG committee can help a company speed up the push toward net-zero goals, lower emissions faster and boost investments in carbon offsets.... 

New Century looks at solar options

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th September 2022 Zinc miner New Century Resources is looking at solar solutions for its Century mine, in Queensland. The company on Monday announced that it had inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ASX-listed APA Group for the supply of up to 8 MW of solar power to the Century Mine from the Mica Creek... 

Santos given more CCS permits

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th September 2022 Oil and gas major Santos on Monday announced that the company had been awarded permits to undertake evaluation and appraisal work for the potential storage of carbon dioxide in the offshore Carnarvon and Bonaparte basins, off the coast of Western Australia. Permits G-9-AP and G-11-AP will... 

Image shows Santos workers

Platinum remains significantly undervalued – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2022 Platinum remains significantly undervalued. That is the key takeaway from the 30-page Platinum Quarterly published by the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). “Why I say that platinum remains undervalued is that we've got a situation where the opportunities for platinum look good. 

World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond.
World Platinum Investment Council Research Director speaks to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

China gives platinum major boost with launch of PGMs centre in Shanghai 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2022 In what is a major boost for platinum group metals (PGMs), a new trade and technology centre dedicated to the growth of the PGMs market is being established in China, already the single largest consumer of PGMs, accounting for more than 25%  of total demand. Anglo American, Honeywell and the... 

Lin-Gang Special Area of Shanghai.
Lin-Gang Special Area of Shanghai.

ARM, Implats, DRDGold make headlines   

2nd September 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks African Rainbow Minerals's pledge to combat climate change; Implats's commitment of R4.3-billion for the next five years towards energy security and decarbonisation; and DRDGold’s broad-based livelihoods initiative, which has had more than 8 000... 

Photo of Martin Creamer
ARM, Implats, DRDGold make headlines

ARM ups dividend, highlights climate commitment, shifts to green energy  

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2022 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Thursday paid higher dividends, reiterated its full commitment to climate change mitigation, and outlined the start of its intended shift towards the implementation of renewable energy. In affirming the Johannesburg Stock... 

African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe.
African Rainbow Minerals results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Implats commits R50bn capex to mines, beneficiation, energy, decarbonisation  

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2022 Platinum group metals (PGM) company Implats, which generated free cash flow of R28.8-billion in the 12 months to June 30, said on Thursday that it had allocated R4.3-billion over the next five years to energy security and decarbonisation. Gross profit totalled R41.3-billion at a gross margin of... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller.
Implats results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Resources Watch  

1st September 2022 This week: Green hydrogen atlas to be officially launched before year-end; And, Northam constructing, commissioning solar plants, securing wind energy 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Oil and gas skills pivotal to emissions targets - Appea

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2022 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) has told the federal government’s Jobs and Skills Summit that the nation’s oil and gas workforce would play a pivotal role in the cleaner energy future given the skills and expertise in the sector. “If science and technology... 

Woodside-led JV given GHG assessment permit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2022 A joint venture (JV) between energy majors Woodside Energy, BP, Shell Australia, Chevron Australia, and Japan Australia LNG (MIMI), which is owned equally by Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsui & Co, have been awarded the greenhouse gas (GHG) assessment permit (G-10-AP) in the Northern Carnarvon... 

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