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Orion Minerals receives Australian ESG award 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2020 Australian junior miner Orion Minerals, which is accelerating the development of its Prieska copper/zinc project, in South Africa’s Northern Cape, has received the inaugural Australian-Africa Minerals & Energy Group (Aameg) environment, social and governance (ESG) leader award.   

Clean, green copper of N Cape will be produced at nigh zero cost – Orion 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2020 The clean, green copper that Orion Minerals will mine with the help of the Northern Cape’s hot sun and prime wind will be almost free of cost, paid for by the zinc credits, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart said on Tuesday. “If you take it as a copper mine only, net of zinc credits, we come close to... 

Clean, green copper of N Cape will be produced at nigh zero cost – Orion
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Anglo American CEO says not responsible for lead poisoning in Zambia

By: Reuters     30th October 2020 Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani said on Friday it was not responsible for lead poisoning at a Zambian lead mine it part-owned nearly 50 years ago and planned to defend itself after a class action was filed against the miner. The class action suit was filed last week by South African law firm... 

Ferrochrome, flow-through scheme, Sumitomo make headlines  

30th October 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the Ferrochrome industry's need for an interim measure to be competitive, the flow-through share model that has been drawn up for exploration and Sumitomo becoming the latest investor in partnership with AP Ventures.   

Ferrochrome, flow-through scheme, Sumitomo make headlines
Ferrochrome, flow-through scheme, Sumitomo make headlines

Brazil prosecutors file appeal against BHP, Vale dam compensation deal

By: Reuters     30th October 2020 Brazilian federal prosecutors on Thursday filed a lawsuit contesting a compensation package for victims from a 2015 collapsed dam jointly owned by mining giants BHP and Vale, arguing that the package is far too low. The move comes after prosecutors earlier this month accused the two companies of... 

Profitable circular economy concepts making future potentially bright for coal miners  

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2020 Coal mining companies need to start looking at creating their own profitable circular economies around existing coal assets because it is possible, says African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones. While still responsibly mining coal, coal-mining companies have an opportunity to look at creating a... 

Profitable circular economy concepts making future potentially bright for coal miners
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Election will decide fate of Alaska gold mine, shift to e-cars

By: Bloomberg     29th October 2020 Oil drilling in the Arctic and the Pebble gold mine in Alaska aren’t actually on the ballot -- but they might as well be. The controversial projects are hanging in the balance of the presidential election, with Joe Biden’s vow to scuttle them. And dozens of other oil, gas and mining ventures... 

Election will decide fate of Alaska gold mine, shift to e-cars

New coral species discovered on seabed prized for mining potential

By: Reuters     29th October 2020 Three species of black coral have been discovered on the seabed of the northern Pacific Ocean, an area where several countries have contracts to explore for metals including cobalt and nickel as they race to find new supplies of the key battery elements. The corals were discovered on deep... 

Hopes rise as top firms arrive at potential flow-through share model to stimulate mining exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2020 A flow-through share model has been drawn up with the help of top firms to stimulate badly neglected mining exploration in South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners leadership forum chairperson Errol Smart said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom... 

Hopes rise as top firms arrive at potential flow-through share model to stimulate mining exploration
Minerals Council South Africa Junior Miners’ Forum Chairperson Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Excitement as Sumitomo becomes AP Ventures’ latest hydrogen economy investor 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2020 Leading Fortune 500 global trading and business investment company Sumitomo Corporation, which has a strong focus on the hydrogen economy, has become the latest investor in partnership with venture capital company AP Ventures Fund II. Sumitomo joins cornerstone investors such as South Africa’s... 

Excitement as Sumitomo becomes AP Ventures’ latest hydrogen economy investor
Photo by Creamer Media
Andrew Hinkly

Decision soon on platinum process that can save power   

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2020 The definitive feasibility study for the installation of a revolutionary new electricity-slashing processing plant at Pilanesberg Platinum Mine in the North West will be completed next month, in time for an investment decision from the shareholders in KellTechnology South Africa, which are... 

Decision soon on platinum process that can save power
Kelltech’s Keith Liddell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Implats reports significant ESG progress for this year 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2020 Platinum group metals miner Impala Platinum (Implats) made significant progress on its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals during this year, as highlighted in its ESG report released on October 26. Referring to the miner’s workforce specifically, a statement by social, transformation... 

Gold Fields, export tax, coal mine disposal make headlines  

23rd October 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Gold Fields' application for a 40MW solar power plant at South Deep, the export tax on chrome ore and coal mine disposal exacerbating CO2 emissions.   

Gold Fields, export tax, coal mine disposal make headlines
Gold Fields, export tax, coal mine disposal make headlines

Resources Watch  

22nd October 2020 This week: Southern Africa’s green hydrogen buy-in exceeding expectations; New venture capital incubation fund targeting small-scale mining space; And, environmental under-investment comes back to bite 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2020 The upcoming platinum demand of Hyundai alone could come close to taking up the total annual production of one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines. Hyundai has stated categorically, in a double-page advertisement in The Economist of London, that it will be making 700 000 fuel cell stacks a... 

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC
World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

40 MW solar power application making good progress ­– Gold Fields  

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2020 The application for the establishment of a 40 MW solar power plant at the South Deep gold mine in western Gauteng is in process and making good progress, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland said on Monday. Responding to Mining Weekly during the Johannesburg- and New York-listed company’s virtual... 

40 MW solar power application making good progress ­– Gold Fields
Gold Fields ESG presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa is well positioned to export green hydrogen ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2020 South Africa is in an extraordinary position to revolutionise its own economy and supply green hydrogen to the world, PwC said on Monday. “The energy transition is and will be biggest global theme this decade,” PwC associate director James Mackay told journalists at a virtual event covered by... 

South Africa is well positioned to export green hydrogen ­– PwC
PwC Hydrogen Report 2020 covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

MCA paying attention to Juukan Gorge inquiry

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2020 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has refuted claims by Western Australia senator Pat Dodson, who accused diversified miner Rio Tinto of ‘incremental genocide’ during a Parliamentary Inquiry into the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves. Speaking at the Inquiry, Dodson was quoted by the... 

Hydrogen fast-tracking will be much quicker than imagined – Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2020 The fast-tracking of the hydrogen economy will be much quicker than most people have imagined, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said at the Financial Times (FT) Commodities Mining Summit, where he was part of a panel that included Anglo American Platinum CEO Natasha Viljoen and South32 CEO... 

Hydrogen fast-tracking will be much quicker than imagined – Sibanye-Stillwater
Financial Times Commodities Mining Summit covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Coal mine disposal exacerbating carbon emissions problem – Glencore  

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2020 The disposal of thermal coal mines in response to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investors is not lowering carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions but exacerbating the problem, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg pointed out on Friday. Questioned by Financial Times (FT) natural resources editor Neil... 

Coal mine disposal exacerbating carbon emissions problem – Glencore
Financial Times Commodities Mining Summit covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Hydrogen-linked Platinum Valley Corridor Project under way – Nzimande 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2020 A Platinum Valley Corridor Project being developed as part of South Africa’s economic recovery was outlined by Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Wednesday. Taking part in the third Hydrogen Energy Ministerial meeting held virtually, Nzimande described the... 

Hydrogen-linked Platinum Valley Corridor Project under way – Nzimande
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Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

Southern Africa’s green hydrogen buy-in exceeding expectations – Sacreee  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2020 Southern Africa’s buy-in into the green hydrogen economy concept is exceeding expectations, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (Sacreee) executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula said on Tuesday. Green hydrogen is a clean form of hydrogen... 

Southern Africa’s green hydrogen buy-in exceeding expectations – Sacreee
Sacreee executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula discusses green hydrogen with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Inquiry to hear from PKKP, Rio

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2020 The Parliamentary inquiry into the destruction of 46 000 year old caves at the Juukan Gorge, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, is expected to hear from the Puutu Kunti Kurama and Pinikura (PKKP) this week. Mining giant Rio Tinto and the Western Australian government are also expected... 

GPS-denied drone trialled in South Africa, with keen eye on underground mine mapping 

By: Donna Slater     9th October 2020 Melrose Arch-based mining technology company Dwyka Mining has conducted what it believes is the first Autonomy Level 2 (AL2) flight in South Africa, using a new drone-mounted light detection and ranging (Lidar) technology payload − Hovermap. The Hovermap payload is developed by Brisbane,... 

GPS-denied drone trialled in South Africa, with keen eye on underground mine mapping
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Dwyka Mining Services trials a DJI drone fitted with the Hovermap lidar payload in a GPS-denied environment

Chile lithium miner SQM says to slash water, brine use at Atacama

By: Reuters     9th October 2020 Chilean miner SQM said late Thursday it would immediately slash its use of both fresh water and lithium-rich brine from Chile's Atacama salt flat in a push to reduce the overall impact of its operations. The announcement comes two months after SQM lost a high profile legal battle that forced it... 

Nigeria incentivises new mining investment

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Nigerian Mines and Steel Development Minister Olamilekan Adagbite highlighted the incentives being offered to investors in Nigeria’s mining sector during a webinar on Driving Investment in the Nigerian Mining Industry in a Pandemic Situation, held in August. Government intends to reignite... 

Nigeria incentivises new  mining investment
GOING FOR GOLD Nigeria's government looks to reignite flames under the mining investment banner to draw attention to its vast mineral and metal resources

Study paves way for engaging artisanal miners

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Environmental consulting firm Digby Wells Environmental Mali country manager Mamadou Dembele says a dearth of opportunities drives the artisanal mining sector in Mali, and in West Africa. He tells Mining Weekly that a study conducted in June 2019 in the region by Digby Wells Environmental, which... 

Study paves way for engaging artisanal miners
LEGITIMATE OPPORTUNITY While considered illegitimate trade, artisanal mining space is well organised and financially fruitful

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2020 A comprehensive exploration strategy will be developed in the next three months and engagement on the potential of the platinum group metals-linked hydrogen economy is taking place, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Thursday. In a keynote... 

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reporting on DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Amazon mining overlaps 20% of indigenous land, worsening deforestation - report

By: Reuters     8th October 2020 Mining concessions and illegal mining operations overlap more than a fifth of indigenous land in the Amazon, causing higher deforestation rates, said a report published on Wednesday. Some 1.5-million indigenous people live in the Amazon, where mining activities affect some 445 000 km2 of their... 

Anglo investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy ­– Cutifani  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2020 As the world’s largest marketer of platinum group metals (PGM), Anglo American is investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy, including through a joint venture with the State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani said on Wednesday. In a keynote address on day one of... 

Anglo investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy ­– Cutifani
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani’s keynote address at the Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen can be game-changer for South African economy ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2020 Hydrogen has the potential to be a game-changer for the South African economy, PwC African mining leader Andries Rossouw said on Tuesday. Speaking during the virtual release of the professional services firm’s 12th edition SA Mine, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South... 

Hydrogen can be game-changer for South African economy ­– PwC
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on PwC SA Mine 2020 event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Regulations tailored to alluvial diamonds will reward S Africa with jobs – Sadpo  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2020 South Africa’s one-size-fits-all mining legislation is losing vital jobs for the country in the job-intensive alluvial diamonds space that requires regulations tailored to junior mining to survive, South African Diamond Producers Organisation (Sadpo) reiterated on Monday. Because there are so... 

Regulations tailored to alluvial diamonds will reward S Africa with jobs – Sadpo
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer speaks to the South African Diamond Producers Organisation’s Gert van Niekerk and Lyndon de Meillon. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sedibelo Platinum Mines closer to finding listing date – Frandsen  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2020 The unlisted Sedibelo Platinum in South Africa’s North West province is closer to finding a listing date, says Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder and Sedibelo chairperson Arne Frandsen, who is absolutely bullish about the prospects for platinum group metals (PGMs) in the medium to long... 

Sedibelo Platinum Mines closer to finding listing date – Frandsen
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer interviewed Pallinghurst’s Arne Frandsen. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Amplats focused on going back to basics, stretching existing assets optimally   

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2020 Doing the ordinary tasks extraordinarily well is the current short-term tactic of the platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) under new CEO Natascha Viljoen, who is intent on stretching the company’s existing assets to their full capacity. “We don’t deserve... 

Amplats focused on going back to basics, stretching existing assets optimally
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Coronation Fund Managers webinar. Video: Darlene Creamer

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future 

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future
Photo by Creamer Media
Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett

Green hydrogen economy growing rapidly – Hatch  

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2020 At Glencore’s Raglan Mine, in Canada, a closed loop, microgrid system converts excess wind power to hydrogen, which is then stored in tanks. During periods of low wind power, a fuel cell produces electricity from the stored hydrogen, and within the facility are also innovations such as a battery... 

Green hydrogen economy growing rapidly – Hatch
Photo by Raglan Mine
Glencore's Raglan Mine in Canada.

Gas industry to help with green plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 A new report developed by Australia’s gas industry bodies has demonstrated the pivotal role that gas and gas infrastructure would play in Australia’s low carbon energy future. The Gas Vision 2050 report outlines a roadmap to decarbonising the natural gas sector to help meet Australia’s emissions... 

80 000 Australian mines need rehabilitation – Monash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 New research by Monash University has identified more than 80 000 inactive and unused mine sites, which could have the potential to be transformed into valuable assets. The University on Friday said that the abandoned mines pose extreme environmental, public health and safety risks. However,... 

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