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Geopolitical support for hydrogen evolution positive for platinum group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2022 The overall geopolitical situation is lending strong support to the hydrogen evolution, which in turn continues to drive the demand for platinum group metals (PGMs). Hydrogen Europe and the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance are now calculating that 2030 will see the generation of 320 GW to 400 GW... 

Burkina Faso mines chamber promises extra security

By: Reuters     19th April 2022 The president of Burkina Faso's mines chamber said on Monday extra measures would be taken to increase security and help to avoid further suspensions after Russia's Nordgold shut down a gold mine in the insurgent-hit country earlier this month. Nordgold called force majeure on its Taparko mine on... 

Coal handling, sales contract signed in Tanzania

15th April 2022 UK-based energy producer Edenville Energy announced in February that its subsidiary Edenville International Tanzania Limited (EITL) has entered into a contract with coal handling services company Nextgen Coal Mine for the operation of the company’s Rukwa coal project in Tanzania. The contract is... 

Oxide mill expansion successfully ramped up

15th April 2022 Gold producer Tanzanian Gold Corporation, referred to as TanGold, announced in February that the first phase of the oxide mill expansion of 360 t/d at the Buckreef Gold project is now fully commissioned, and production has successfully ramped up to design capacity. TanGold also cited its... 

Large steel tanks with a man on site at the Buckreef oxide mill expansion project
TANK TOP The new the steel carbon-in-leach tanks were locally constructed for the Buckreef oxide mill expansion

Anglo positioning itself as favoured iron-ore supplier to green steelmakers  

By: Martin Creamer     14th April 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American is taking steps to position itself as a favoured iron-ore supplier to green steel producers. 

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Anglo American sustainability presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Greater fuel cell adoption would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2022 The enactment by more governments of policies to enable greater hydrogen fuel cell mobility would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, Mining Weekly can today report. Adoption of hydrogen fuel cell mobility has already been significantly enabled by the German... 

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PGMs Industry Day webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Glencore, GM enter multi-year cobalt supply agreement 

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore and General Motors (GM) on Tuesday announced a multi-year sourcing agreement in which Glencore will supply GM with cobalt from its Murrin Murrin operation in Australia. The agreement represents initial strategic collaboration between the two... 

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The Murrin Murrin operation in Australia.

Clients planning to close many renewable energy project deals this year – Nedbank CIB  

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2022 While Africa is blessed with great natural sun and wind resources, it has about 600-million people living without access to electricity, which is one of the biggest impediments to the continent’s economic growth. Renewable energy is available to put an end to this impediment, as it can provide... 

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Nedbank CIB Group Managing Executive Anél Bosman interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exxaro celebrates safety accolades at Sustainability Summit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th April 2022 JSE-listed diversified miner Exxaro Resources has used the occasion of its annual Sustainability Summit on April 7 to reiterate its commitment to be a leading sustainable and responsible mining company. The theme is this year’s summit was the Power of 5, marking five years of fatality-free... 

Hydrogen economy ‘incredibly exciting opportunity’, says Minerals Council’s Baxter 

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2022 Mobility in mining is perfectly suited to kickstarting the domestic hydrogen adoption process, according to Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, who drew attention during the PGMs Industry Day conference to several mining companies that had already played a leadership role in the... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Ageing infrastructure, production pressure contributing to fatalities – Msiza

By: Darren Parker     8th April 2022 Reiterating concerns about the rise in fatalities in the mining industry since 2020, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) chief inspector of mines David Msiza has said the industry should not be satisfied with any number greater than zero fatalities. In an address at the Coalsafe... 

DMRE chief inspector of mines David Msiza
DMRE chief inspector of mines David Msiza

Firm looks to support mining entrants

8th April 2022 West Africa is now attracting attention for battery minerals mining with a renewed interest likely to draw in explorers and miners of various sizes and capabilities, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting Ghana country manager and principal resource geologist Ivan Doku. He adds... 

Modular treatment plant ideal for African mines

8th April 2022 Water and wastewater treatment solutions provider WEC Projects, in conjunction with its partner, minerals processing equipment manufacturer Multotec, has designed and custom engineered a wastewater treatment plant for a gold mine in Mali. The plant incorporates a modular design which simplified... 

A wastewater treatment plant for a gold mine in Mali, with large blue water tanks and pipe reticulation for the gold mine that uses the water
MODULAR MALI A modular wastewater treatment plant has been designed and commissioned for a gold mine in Mali

Power provider grows West Africa market share

By: Halima Frost     8th April 2022 Power plant designer and manufacturer USP&E Global says the West Africa region currently contributes about 20% to 30% of its yearly revenue. “This figure should continue to grow, owing to an increase in modern solutions being delivered to the region,” USP&E Europe, Middle East and Africa MD Johan... 

The sun setting in Mali behind a large generator installation alongside tanks, storage and other structures that comprise a minerals processing plant
WEST IS BEST USP&E says that the West African region currently represents a growing portion of the company's African portfolio

Developer acquires Burkina Faso projects

8th April 2022 UK-based natural resource developer Red Rock Resources in January announced the acquisition of two prospective exploration projects by the Red Rock Group in the prolific Boromo and Banfora greenstone belts of Burkina Faso. The assets are held by Faso Greenstone Resources (FGR), a wholly-owned... 

Burkina Faso landscape with many small artisanal holes dug into the ground with artisinal miners milling around
GOING FOR GOLD The prolific presence of artisanal miners in Boulon, Burkina Faso clearly indicates the presence of gold

Miner maintains steady production, ESG focus despite challenges

8th April 2022 Despite challenges experienced during 2021, gold miner Gold Fields had a solid operational performance, achieving both production and cost guidance for the year. “Last year, we undertook a detailed review of the company's strategy and determined that this was the time to build on a previously... 

Training provider opening centre in Ghana 

By: Halima Frost     8th April 2022 Specialist mining training provider Prisma Training Solutions is finalising its applications to open a formal training centre in Accra, Ghana together with a local partner. Prisma offers customised and sustainable education, training and organisational development solutions to the African mining... 

A picture fo Prisma Training MD Jacques Farmer Looking out onto an Open cast mine wearing PPE
Prisma Training Solutions MD Jacques Farmer discusses its plans to offer training and upskilling services to the West Africa mining sector. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Tshiamiso Trust has paid out more than R320m to claimants

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2022 The Tshiamiso Trust, which was established to give effect to the settlement agreement between six mining companies and claimant attorneys in the historic silicosis and tuberculosis class action, says it has successfully paid out more than R320-million to 3 598 eligible claimants and their... 

Minerals Council acknowledges Black Rock’s 13-year fatality-free achievement

By: Donna Slater     6th April 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa says the safety performance of Assmang’s Black Rock mine is “remarkable and deserving of the highest praise and accolades” after the mine achieved 13 years and ten-million shifts without a fatality. For the South African mining industry, which is grappling with... 

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Trevali rolls out digital technologies to further digitalisation goals

By: Donna Slater     4th April 2022 Canada-headquartered base metals miner Trevali is increasingly rolling-out its use of the Emmesent Hovermap simultaneous localisation and mapping light detection and ranging scanner, both underground and on the surface, as the miner moves towards increased digitalisation of its mines. With its... 

Minerals Council ending century-long relationship with Johannesburg CBD

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2022 Minerals Council South Africa has begun a new era by moving into modern premises in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and closing a century-long chapter in Johannesburg’s central business district (CBD). The historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street– which was constructed in 1921 – will be sold. 

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Historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street.

Detection system ensures safety on coal mines

By: Anna Moross     1st April 2022 The Drill Platform Detection system aims to assist that coal mine personnel on or around the drill platform are safe while the drill is in operation, says safety and monitoring solutions provider Monitech chief sales officer Nick Murray. 

An image of the Drill Platform Detection system implemented in a mine
DRILL PLATFORM DETECTION SYSTEM The system can be adapted to suit the application and the mine. Monitech collaborates with clients to find solutions to problems and resolve their challenges regarding safety

Company develops dust suppressants to assist miners

1st April 2022 Leading fine particle specialist Reynolds Soil Technologies (RST Solutions) is assisting mine site operators to comply with tougher workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants. 

An image of spray and foaming systems above a conveyor carrying coal
DUST SUPPRESSION METHODS Dust suppression methods involve a surface-active agent added to water that is applied to the bulk material through spray or foaming systems to lift the dust extinction moisture levels

No ‘mucking about’ with safety for UMS

1st April 2022 Shaft sinking company United Mining Services (UMS) boasts shaft sinking innovations that the company is applying across its international projects, says CEO Digby Glover. Throughout its 60-year history, UMS has helped its clients extract value from the world’s most challenging ore bodies. Over... 

An image depicting construction at a shaft
SAFETY FIRST UMS CEO Digby Glover says it is now possible to sink shafts without accidents, owing to innovations of equipment and methodology

Platinum supply on downhill slope – Northam  

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum displayed graphs during Thursday’s presentation of half year results, which indicate that PGMs supply is on a hiding to nothing on the way to 2040. “There’s a systematic global primary supply problem and the scarcity of both new PGM... 

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Northam Platinum half-year results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Leadership, mindset key to reducing fall-of-ground injuries, fatalities

By: Donna Slater     31st March 2022 Lowering injuries and fatalities as a result of fall-of-ground (FoG) incidents is “all about leadership”, the correct mindset, “the heart, the passion” and “walking the talk” Minerals Council South Africa Zero Harm Forum vice chairperson Japie Fullard said on March 31. Speaking at a Khumbulekhaya... 

Exxaro realises R16.74bn of 2018 investment pledge, creates 6 712 SA jobs 

By: Donna Slater     25th March 2022 Coal miner Exxaro’s pledge at the 2018 South African Investment Conference (SAIC) to invest R19.54-billion in projects led to it completing seven megaprojects at operations in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, with as much as 98% of its capital expenditure having been spent with South African suppliers.... 

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An off-highway dump truck passes an upper level of Exxaro's Grootegeluk coal mine near Lephalale

Another accident disrupts Zambia's Mopani Copper Mines

By: Reuters     23rd March 2022 Zambia's Mopani Copper Mines on Wednesday reported a second fatal accident in three days at the mine, saying a 35-year-old contractor worker died on Tuesday after falling through the roof of a copper concentrate storage shed. Operations at the smelter concentrate shed where the accident occurred... 

Parliaments must act swiftly to reduce climate change – Mapisa-Nqakula  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2022 National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Monday urged heads of the world's Parliaments gathering at the 144th plenary assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to undertake all necessary efforts to deal with climate change through oversight and the constitutional powers of the... 

South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

FIFO harrassment under the spotlight again

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st March 2022 Resource industry bodies on Monday reaffirmed that there would be zero tolerance for sexual harassment in the mining industry. A report by 60 Minutes over the weekend made allegations of persistent sexual harassment in the mining industry, echoing findings of an external review of diversified... 

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Training provider focuses on safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     18th March 2022 Mining training solutions provider Prisma ensures that it takes a “deeper look” into the safety aspects of its training for individuals operating machines on site or those who are part of a blasting crew. “As a training provider, we focus on the safety element to ensure that, once learners are... 

Image of workers conducting training on site
KEEPING ON Despite Covid-19, Prisma has been considering a distance learning approach for the purpose of assessments

Battery tech can curb emissions

18th March 2022 Commercial vehicle electrification technology company Proterra and equipment manufacturer Komatsu, in the last quarter of 2021 announced a new collaboration to electrify next-generation underground mining machines using Proterra’s battery technology. Under the collaboration, Proterra will supply... 

Underground graders coming to Africa

18th March 2022 Underground equipment manufacturer MacLean Engineering announced last month that the first-ever MacLean GR5 underground road grader has been shipped to Africa and that additional units have been scheduled for factory production. The newest addition to MacLean’s Mine-Mate utility vehicles, which... 

A yellow grader used for underground roads and pathways part of MacLean’s Mine-Mate utility vehicles range, this is teh GR5
HIGHER GRADE The MacLean GR5 underground road grader is coming to African shores and mines

Brazilian mine benefits from cooling system installation

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Mine ventilation, refrigeration and cooling engineering consultant BBE Group has successfully completed the installation of a ventilation and cooling system at the Caraíba mine in the Curaçá river valley, in Brazil. The deepening of a shaft to open up a new orebody in the mine had put the... 

Large yellow pipes and a filtration system in a mine in Brazil that allow for fresh air to be pumped into the shaft for better breathing
DEEP BREATH BBE have successfully installed an underground ventilation system at a mine in Brazil

More women entering underground mining

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Specialist mining training provider Prisma Training Solutions has noted a marked increase in women being trained and employed in the mining sector. “At times, we have a class filled entirely with women, and some of our training components are being facilitated by women,” says Prisma MD Jacques... 

Two men in PPE in front of a mine's processing facility with a document which they are reading
LEARNING CURVE Prisma Training focuses on career path development for the underground, opencast and mineral processing sectors

New blasting system improves safety

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Having developed, and now busy testing its second-generation WebGen™ 200 in Australia and Canada, mining and infrastructure solutions provider Orica says its trials have shown improved safety and productivity across operations.   The WebGen™ 200, a wireless electronic blasting system with... 

The second-generation WebGen 200 range of wireless initiating systems form small to large, in orange, yellow and green
EXPLOSIVE STUFF The second-generation WebGen 200 range of wireless initiating systems is being tested in Australia and Canada

Abandoned mines can be used for energy storage

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Sweden-based sustainable power transition enabler Mine Storage co-founder and CEO Thomas Johansson notes that the company’s concept of using abandoned underground mines – or those under care and maintenance – as energy storage facilities has progressed to the prefeasibility phase. He explains... 

A photo of Mine Storage CEO Thomas Johansson stood in front of a lake and wooded area
THOMAS JOHANSSON The first underground mine storage facility will be constructed in Sweden
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