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New valve manufactured for tailings pipelines

By: Halima Frost     24th September 2021 Although South African company Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) has only soft launched its new slurry knife gate high-pressure valve, the SKG-HP, it has been well received by clients. The clients intend to use the valve in highly corrosive applications such as moving tailings from a processing plant... 

Association applauds upcoming event

By: Halima Frost     24th September 2021 Surface mining industry association Aspasa (previously known as Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa) applauds the conference concept and the efforts of the organisers of the upcoming Joburg Indaba, Aspasa director Nico Pienaar tells Mining Weekly. “The companies being... 

An opencast operation with product pouring onto a pile
PILING ON? Aspasa believes that increased focus on smaller opencast operations should be added to the scope for future events

Coal dependence will linger, says Mike Teke

By: Halima Frost     24th September 2021 South Africa will continue to depend on coal for at least another 60 years as a baseload energy resource, and although its use will wane over time, it will remain an integral part of the Integrated Resource Plan, Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke assures Mining Weekly. This dependence, with the low... 

An image of a large mining truck moving through a coal field at Kriel Colliery mine in South Africa
COAL CONTINUATION Although there is a global outcry to stop the use of fossil fuels, South Africa continues to use it in abundance

Strong attendance expected for Indaba

By: Halima Frost     24th September 2021 Although the Joburg Indaba mining conference will be hosted virtually for the second year running, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and the global responsibility to limit face-to-face interactions, event organiser Resources 4 Africa CEO Paula Munsie says the virtual format presents new... 

An image of host and master of ceremonies Bernard Swanepoel at a podium hosting a pre-Covid-19 Joburg Indaba, and engaging with delegates
BETTER REACH Although face-to-face interactions are always first choice, the option to attend online extends the reach of the Joburg Indaba

Long-term supply contracts shielding Sibanye-Stillwater from PGMs price swing 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Sibanye-Stillwater has emphasised its strong long-term supply contract positions in the face of the current spot price pendulum swinging away from the sky-high price levels of earlier this year. Most of the sales of the Johannesburg- and... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater PGM Investor Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

45% of South African mineworkers now vaccinated 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2021 The mining industry has vaccinated, or partially vaccinated, 203 007 employees and contractors in South Africa – that is about 45% of the workforce. Of that total, 49% have been now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 

Pic of Covid-19 vaccines

How Exxaro is advancing from coal into global renewable energy   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2021 It is important to note that the renewable energy focus of coal company Exxaro is not a new focus but a re-focus on a strategy that has been in evidence for more than ten years, says Exxaro Energy MD Roland Tatnall. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange company’s strategy just unveiled has been the... 

Creamer Media screenshot taken during Capital Markets Day in 2021
It is important to note that the renewable energy focus of coal company Exxaro is not a new focus but a re-focus on a strategy that has been in evidence for more than ten years.

Mine fatalities remain a concern, says DMRE chief inspector

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2021 Although there has been a historic improvement, the continued loss of life, injuries and diseases in the South African mining sector still remains of great concern, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) chief inspector of mines David Msiza laments. Speaking during the Coalsafe virtual... 

Chip uncertainty causing PGMs price uncertainty – chief investment officer  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2021 The general feeling is that chip capacity will slowly start coming back in the next few months, but only to return the auto industry back to where it was pre-Covid, and not to the post-Covid surge, which resulted in platinum group metals (PGMs) prices going through the roof. If the global auto... 

Creamer Media picture of Bruce Williamson
Integral Asset Management Chief Investment Officer Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sandvik says half of underground equipment sales will be electric by 2030

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2021 Mining solutions provider Sandvik forecasts strong momentum for electric mining equipment over the coming decade and anticipates that it could account for more than half of its equipment sales to the underground mining sector by 2030. This market growth is expected to accelerate on the back of... 

Exxaro’s Cennergi to decarbonise group’s own coal mines plus mining industry   

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2021 Cennergi, the wholly owned renewable energy arm of coal mining company Exxaro and South Africa’s second-largest renewable energy company, is being deployed to decarbonise the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company’s own coal mines. In addition, Exxaro, through Cennergi, is in discussion with... 

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

South Deep gold mine to trial battery electric vehicle next year – Gold Fields 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2021 Gold mining company Gold Fields has reached agreement with global engineering group Sandvik to trial a battery electric vehicle (BEV) underground loader at its South Deep gold mine, with the project starting towards the back end of next year, Gold Fields EVP for South Africa Martin Preece said on... 

Gold Fields and Sandvik cooperating on BEVs
Gold Fields EVP for South Africa Martin Preece

Exxaro targeting manganese, bauxite, copper as part of decarbonisation strategy 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2021 By investing in operating manganese, bauxite and copper assets, the new Exxaro Minerals business could represent 50% of expected coal earnings within ten years, Exxaro CEO-designate and MD Minerals Dr Nombasa Tsengwa stated on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed coal company’s website on... 

Creamer Media screenshot taken during 2021 presentation of Exxaro results
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Exxaro CEO-designate and MD Minerals Dr Nombasa Tsengwa

Glencore is leading transition metals major, says Deutsche Bank Research 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2021 Glencore is the leading major mining company when it comes to its portfolio of transition metals, says Deutsche Bank Research. The bank’s research analysts afford Glencore a top 1-to-5 position in copper, cobalt, zinc and nickel – metals they describe as being central to world’s decarbonisation... 

Screenshot of commodity revenue calculation by Morgan Stanley Research
Revenue by commodity calculated by Morgan Stanley Research

Miner dies at Sino Iron

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th September 2021 A maintenance worker has died at Citic Pacific Mining’s Sino Iron operation, in Western Australia, resulting from injuries sustained from a fall at the mine site on Friday. Citic Pacific said in a statement that the incident occurred at the coarse ore stockpile shed within the concentrator... 

Rio rolls out vaccine clinics

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th September 2021 Diversified miner Rio Tinto this week officially opened the Covid-19 vaccination clinic, in Tom Price, aimed at boosting vaccination rates in the Pilbara. The clinic has been set up in partnership with the Western Australian government, and will operate through to September 21, but would return... 

Pan African reports record profit, proposes highest ever dividend  

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2021 Gold mining company Pan African Resources on Wednesday reported record after-tax-profit, higher gold production and proposed its highest ever dividend. In the 12 months to June 30, the company, headed by CEO Cobus Loots, recorded a 12.4% increase in group gold production to 201 777 oz, a 36%... 

Creamer Media picture of Pan African CEO
Gold mining company Pan African Resources on Wednesday reported record after-tax-profit, higher gold production and proposed its highest-ever dividend.

Mining companies launch International Mining Safety Hub to help reduce fatalities 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th September 2021 Various large mining companies have joined hands to launch the International Mining Safety (IMS) Hub – an online hub of industry-endorsed visual safety tools that allow for greater learning opportunities and improved safety for all levels of employees. "This is a collaboration by industry, for... 

A photo of a mineworker in a South African underground mine

Miner dies in Qld coal mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th September 2021 Mining contractor Mastermyne on Wednesday confirmed that a worker was fatally injured in an underground incident at the Gregory Crinum coal mine, in Queensland. News services reported overnight that one man had died and two others had been taken to hospital after a section of the Sojitz-owned... 

National collaboration essential to win share of green hydrogen market, say debaters  

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2021 South Africa’s early mover advantage in green hydrogen would fade and become ineffective over time without a collaborative, collective and holistic national approach that assures the export of green hydrogen over and above its domestic use. That was the strong message that came across in the... 

Screenshot taken by Creamer Media during debate on green hydrogen.
Hydrogen Economy Discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Plans unfolding to rail manganese more efficiently – ARM 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2021 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is looking to upgrading its private rail siding from 60 t to 100 t rail wagons so that it can transport manganese ore to the Port of Saldanha in a much more efficient way. Currently, the private rail siding at the Black Rock mine in the... 

Screenshot of Andre Jourbert of ARM taken during presentation of FY2021 results.
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ARM Ferrous CE Andre Joubert

Platinum demand strengthening – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2021 Platinum demand appears to be strengthening on increased loadings, particularly in China’s strong-selling heavy-duty vehicles, more substitution of palladium by platinum, and greater investor interest, particularly with platinum’s links to the hydrogen economy. That is an overall outlook summary... 

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Platinum demand strengthening – WPIC

Guinea mining exploration firms seek to reassure investors after coup

By: Reuters     7th September 2021 Australian-listed bauxite and gold exploration firms Lindian Resources and Polymetals Resources said on Tuesday that their activities in Guinea were unaffected by a coup. The overthrow of President Alpha Conde triggered concerns about supplies of bauxite, or aluminium ore, from Guinea, the... 

Botswana copper miner Khoemacau giving attention to ESG silver lining  

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2021 Khoemacau Copper Mining of Botswana, which is ramping up to nameplate throughput of 3.65-million tonnes a year, is also giving attention to environmental social and governance (ESG) matters that include considerable renewable energy generation and promising community development initiatives. In... 

Picture from Cupric Canyon Capital and Khoemacau Copper Mining CEO Johan Ferreira
Cupric Canyon Capital CEO Johan Ferreira interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Prominent Hill halted by fatality

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th September 2021 Operations at the Prominent Hill copper mine, in South Australia, have been temporarily suspended following a fatality over the weekend. ASX-listed Oz Minerals on Monday confirmed that an underground contractor was fatally injured at the mine on Sunday afternoon. 

Implats studying three new projects as three approved projects get under way  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd September 2021 Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Implats is studying three new projects at the same time as three already approved projects get under way at a combined capital expenditure of close to R12-billion, Implats CEO Nico Muller has announced. During this week’s presentation of record... 

Picture of Implats CEO Nico Muller provided by Implats
Implats record financial results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Location tech adds real value

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Since the installation of a real-time intelligent location system – developed by global location technology platform company Quuppa – the mine in which it has been installed has reported a reduction in downtime and an uptick in productivity, communications device provider Ya Batho tells Mining... 

A black xox or tag manufactured by Quuppa and installed by Ya Batho measures real time positioning in a manganese mine in South Africa
TAG YOU'RE IT The Quuppa positioning tags are installed at critical points through out the mine for fast and effective position monitoring

New contracts awarded to services provider

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 A division of Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies, Dickinson Copperbelt Services (DCS), has successfully established new contracts with two separate copper smelting plants in the Kolwezi district, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The... 

An image of a large red truck fitted with vacuum pump and tank used for acid plant sludge spillage recovery
PUMP N' DUMP TRUCK Dickinson Copperbelt Services has secured the contracts for industrial services at two new copper plants in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Supplier keeps up with tech revolution

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Based on its BlueTechnology philosophy, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group has significantly broadened its expertise in processing, supplies and services for nonferrous metals production over the past year to meet the highest requirements of customers. “BlueTechnology in nonferrous metals... 

Three BlueSmelters supplied by SMS group in operation at Aurus automobile company in Russia for recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment
BLUE GROUP SMS group has implemented its range of BlueTechnology offerings at a greenfield plant in Russia for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment

Unique refinery concept enters first phase 

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Global industry body the International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa desk spokesperson Simon Norton says the first phase of its “bold plan” to implement South Africa’s own zinc refinery has started. This includes raising the much-needed funding for the research phase, he stresses. 

A drone image of the Skorpion zinc refinery in Namibia which South Africa imports zinc from according to the IZA Africa Desk
The International Zink Association African Desk spokesperson Simon Norton discusses the concept of a new zinc smelter with ultra-low power consumption and a novel smelting process in South Africa.

NUM calls for investigations following two mine fatalities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2021 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has advised of two fatalities having occurred in the mining industry on September 1. The first being one at Harmony Gold’s Mponeng mine, in Gauteng, owing to a fall-of-ground incident, and the second at African Rainbow Minerals’ Two Rivers mine, in... 

Harmony planning further 73 MW of green electricity generation  

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2021 Like everybody else, we’re on the verge of now starting to build our renewable energy plants. That is the latest news on the decarbonisation front from Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp, who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

Screenshot of Peter Steenkamp of Harmony during one-on-one Zoom interview
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Real-time ore analysis set for African market

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 Digital mining solutions provider MineSense is establishing offices in Africa and Europe to introduce its real-time ore analysis technologies to the African Copperbelt by the fourth quarter. “Once we have successfully introduced the technology to the upper Africa region, we intend on filtering... 

An image of a large red tracked front loader at the mine face with bucket full of ore ready to be graded by a ShovelSense system
Caption: GRADE EXPECTATIONS The new ShovelSense ore grading technology is expected to reach African shores before the end of the year

Metallurgical tests prove profitable

27th August 2021 Gold mining company African Gold Group in July announced the final metallurgical test results from its comprehensive sulphide testwork programme, which incorporated variability testing to determine the optimal process route of the ore across the extent of the orebody at its Kobada mine in Mali.... 

Gold nuggets on wooden table Shutterstock image
GOING FOR GOLD New results have reported a better than predicted recovery at the Kobada gold mine

More than 120 000 mineworkers now vaccinated

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2021 The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has welcomed the vaccination of more than 120 000 mineworkers, or about 20% of the sector’s employees, against Covid-19.   Collectively, the sector employs about 452 000 workers. The committee was on August 25 briefed by the Minerals Council... 

With Richards Bay Minerals operations resuming is there still hope for Zulti South? 

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2021 Diversified mining company Rio Tinto announced on Tuesday that it had commenced the process of restarting operations at Richards Bay Minerals, in KwaZulu-Natal. This follows a stabilisation of the security situation around the mine, supported by the national and provincial government, as well as... 

A picture showing flaming mineral sands metals at Richards Bay Minerals in KwaZulu-Natal.
Activity at Richards Bay Minerals.

Resources Watch  

24th August 2021 This week: Omnia firmly in a growth phase following restructuring; Thungela speedy in putting R6m into trust for communities around its coal mines; and, Marikana massacre commemorated with second yearly memorial lecture 

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Resources Watch

Construction of 40 MW South Deep solar plant under way – Gold Fields  

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2021 The construction of the 40 MW solar power plant at South Deep gold mine in Gauteng is under way. “We’ll deliver South Deep’s solar plant in the second quarter of next year,” Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith said during Gold Fields presentation of the dividend-enhanced, 33%-higher half-year... 

Screenshot of Chris Griffith taken during online Gold Fields presentation in August 2021.
Gold Fields presentation of half-year results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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