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Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.
Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years
26th May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The board members of Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday elected the first female president in 131 years. New president Nolitha Fakude, a former Minerals Council VP who is the chairperson of... 


Bill McKechnie
Diamond explorer Bill McKechnie feels South Africa has battery mineral exploration potential
25th May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The renowned exploration geologist linked to the colossal and still-thriving diamond discovery against all odds at the Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo, believes there is no reason why new battery... 


LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase
Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI
19th May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

A strong call for unemployed geology graduates to be contracted to capture historic exploration data electronically has been made by Letaba Elihle Investments (LEI) principal geology consultant... 


An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.
New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM
14th May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

New technologies are transforming the mining and metals industry, making it cleaner and safer, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is progressing an 'innovation for... 


Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson.
Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor
28th April 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Mining, preceded by exploration, is the greatest economic multiplier of all business activities, including government expenditure, says Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce... 


Allan Saad, Consulting Exploration Geologist
Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations
9th April 2021 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s exploration industry has until April 19 to comment on controversial regulations still in draft form. “They’ve never consulted industry about it and what they are requesting is... 


Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.
Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA
7th April 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov,... 


Adrian Reynolds
How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds
1st April 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Of four factors required to attract investment in exploration, economic and fiscal stability is the most important, says highly experienced geological and mining consultant and nonexecutive company... 


Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius
Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients
23rd March 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Mine mechanisation is being advanced for two top-tier  local clients of Master Drilling, the CEO of the JSE-listed company, Danie Pretorius, said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom... 


Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling
Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling
23rd March 2021 By: Martin Creamer

An increased remote-operation drilling footprint is providing considerable benefit for Master Drilling, the JSE-listed drilling services company said on Tuesday, when it reported 72.7%-higher 2020... 


Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.
Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance
23rd March 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Drilling services company Master Drilling, which operates in 23 countries and which is continuing to grow its presence in new global markets, on Tuesday reported a “muted but resilient performance”... 


AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller
12th March 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Ahead of tackling policy issues, incremental ongoing effort must be prioritised to clear South Africa’s huge mineral exploration and mining rights backlog, says AmaranthCX director Paul Miller. The... 


Canadian Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan
Canada targets 31 critical minerals for domestic production
12th March 2021 By: Mariaan Webb

Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan has announced the release of a Canadian critical minerals list, signalling to investors where the country’s focus will be in the global race to shore up... 


Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.
Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized
8th March 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO... 


Clockwise from top left Sietse van der Woude, Ian Mackay, and Bernard Swanepoel.
Test mine study under way for Fourth Industrial Revolution try-outs
24th February 2021 By: Martin Creamer

A feasibility study is under way on a mine selected for the testing of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies ahead of their implementation, Minerals Council South Africa senior executive... 


Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo
‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council
1st February 2021 By: Martin Creamer

“We need exploration to grow our industry,” Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Monday during a virtual State of the Mining Nation media briefing in which he described... 


Exploration Geological Consultancy MD Regina Molloy
Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment
10th December 2020 By: Martin Creamer

Countries wanting to attract exploration investment need readily available geophysics data to offer to prospective investors. “Geophysics is now key to the exploration industry, particularly for... 


John Bewsey
Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost
23rd November 2020 By: Martin Creamer

An Mpumalanga coal mine is on the point of entering into an agreement before year-end to have its acid mine drainage water curse turned into potable water at no cost, Mining Weekly can today... 


Gwede Mantashe (right) and Bernard Swanepoel.
Exploration is priority, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe
3rd November 2020 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa should be an exploration site that contributes to gross domestic product growth and employment creation. “Exploration is the way to go and a priority,” Mineral Resources and Energy... 


Mining supply sales consultancy AmaranthCX director Paul Miller
Flow-through must not only incentivise exploration but also market participation – Miller
2nd November 2020 By: Martin Creamer

A flow-through share scheme tax incentive, currently under consideration for South Africa, must serve to incentivise not only exploration but also public listed market development and market... 


Errol Smart
Hopes rise as top firms arrive at potential flow-through share model to stimulate mining exploration
27th October 2020 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


ifm Australia’s Freddie Coertze and Aditya Kunder.
Covid has highlighted the value of operating remotely – mining editor
22nd October 2020 By: Martin Creamer

The extraction of data from machinery to improve decision-making is a key benefit of the digital mine and has changed the way that mines manage their assets and perform machine maintenance,... 


Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala
Mining committed to doing all it takes to improve worker health – Matlala
15th October 2020 By: Martin Creamer

Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala on Thursday committed the South African mining industry to doing all it takes to ensure that employee lives... 


Sir Mick Davis, Fiona Perrott-Humphrey and Bernard Swanepoel
Mining majors must convince investors of need to replace value – Sir Mick Davis
8th October 2020 By: Martin Creamer

Major mining companies need to convince investors of the crucial need to replace the value that they are taking out of the ground, mining luminary Sir Mick Davis said on Thursday. “Every single day... 


Advocate Thabo Mokoena
Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE
8th October 2020 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


Roger Baxter at Joburg Indaba virtual event.
Flow-through must form part of overall exploration strategy – Minerals Council
7th October 2020 By: Martin Creamer

The introduction of a flow-through share scheme must form part of a full suite and package of measures tailored for a comprehensive exploration strategy for South Africa, Minerals Council South... 


Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett
Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future
30th September 2020 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


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