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Climate is global issue that exceeds anything seen in centuries – Anglo   

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2021 Recent generations have defined the environment as a critical issue for humanity and climate change represents a new and sharper focus that exceeds any single global issue that we have seen in centuries, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani has told the Bank of America Securities Global Metals,... 

Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI   

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2021 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 Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase. In a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly Ntshangase also called on South... 

LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase
LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele Ntshangase interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Hydrogen providing PGM opportunity similar to 90s emissions boost – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2021 The advent of the hydrogen economy is providing an opportunity for platinum group metals (PGMs) similar what occurred in the 1990s when the PGM market faced a structural boost driven by stringent emissions regulations, Sibanye-Stillwater COO Richard Stewart said on Tuesday. Particularly for the... 

Sibanye-Stillwater COO Richard Stewart
Sibanye-Stillwater COO Richard Stewart

Mining industry had the biggest influence on GDP decline with onslaught of Covid-19 – Mantashe 

By: Donna Slater     18th May 2021 Disruptions brought about by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa early last year resulted in the mining industry being the largest contributor to economic decline with its negative growth of 21.5%, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on May 18. Presenting his... 

Asian demand for South African export coal remains strong – Seriti 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2021 Seriti Resources, which will take over South African Energy Coal (SAEC) from South32 on June 1, is particularly excited about the opportunity as the Seriti group to start now exporting coal in addition to continuing to support coal flows into Eskom. “We note that Asian demand for South African... 

Doug Gain
Doug Gain

New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2021 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 cleaner, safer vehicles' initiative. The initiative brings together 28 of the world’s leading mining... 

An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.
An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.

Mineworker succumbs after fall of ground at Marula

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2021 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has advised of a fatality at Impala Platinum’s Marula mine, in Limpopo, following a fall-of-ground incident on May 13. The union reports that the mineworker was busy in the panel in the early hours of the morning when the fall of... 

Balancing technology advancements can help industry thrive

By: Nadine Ramdass     14th May 2021 Stakeholders need to balance the multiple impacts of technological advancements in the mining industry to enable the industry and its employees to thrive, says engineering consulting company Zutari technical director Pieter Scholtz. There are many advantages to such technological advancements,... 

Pieter Scholtz 
Improved technology takes employees out of dangerous situations
Pieter Scholtz Improved technology takes employees out of dangerous situations

Emulsion delivery system a ‘game changer’

14th May 2021 In an expansion project at its Chambishi mine in Zambia, metal company Non-Ferrous China Africa (NFCA) opted to install explosives company AECI Mining Explosives’ emulsion vertical delivery system (EVDS) to further its aim of developing a cost-effective mining operation. Both the emulsion and... 

TAILOR-MADE DELIVERY SYSTEM
This integrated EVDS delivers the base emulsion and sensitiser required directly to a storage facility underground.
TAILOR-MADE DELIVERY SYSTEM This integrated EVDS delivers the base emulsion and sensitiser required directly to a storage facility underground.

Refurb programme sustains business during Covid

By: Cameron Mackay     14th May 2021 Machine supplier Bell Equipment’s ReMan repower programme, through which refurbishments of articulated dump trucks (ADTs) are conducted by Bell Equipment, has helped the company to mitigate some of the economic impact of Covid-19 in Zambia. Bell Equipment Zambia MD Mike Quin says the impact of... 

SUPPORTING A STAGNANT INDUSTRY
There has been an increase in demand for refurbishing the B40D series ADTs, in particular, across all sectors of the Zambian mining industry
SUPPORTING A STAGNANT INDUSTRY There has been an increase in demand for refurbishing the B40D series ADTs, in particular, across all sectors of the Zambian mining industry

Platinum on cathodes of zinc-air system chosen to decarbonise New York City  

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2021 Platinum features on the cathode of zinc-air battery technology that is taking the City of New York by storm in helping to lower the carbon footprint of its buildings, Mining Weekly can today report. Zinc8, the Canadian Stock Exchange company that has won the city’s decarbonisation challenge, has... 

Zinc8 president and CEO Ron MacDonald
Zinc8 Energy Solutions Ron MacDonald interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Renewable energy projects under investigation across AngloGold    

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2021 Renewable energy projects are under investigation across the entire AngloGold Ashanti group, AngloGold Ashanti VP: environment Tony Da Cruz told Mining Weekly on Tuesday. Da Cruz reported that the gold mining company is also working with industry peers and vehicle original-equipment manufacturers... 

AngloGold interim CEO Christine Ramon
AngloGold Ashanti presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Big jump in earnings margin generates strong cash ­for Harmony Gold 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2021 Gold mining company Harmony Gold has delivered another strong set of operational results year-on-year on the back of the integration of AngloGold Ashanti assets into its portfolio and a stronger rand per kilogram gold price. The combination of a higher gold price received and improved earnings... 

Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

Coronado to face court over fatality

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th May 2021 Coal miner Coronado Global Resources is facing court charges over a fatality at its Curragh mine, in Queensland, which occurred in January of last year. An employee of contractor Thiess was critically injured last year after becoming trapped in machinery at the mine. 

AngloGold Q1 earnings rise to $203m despite lower production, higher costs

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2021 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti reported first quarter headline earnings of $203-million, driven by the higher gold price. Q1 production of 2021 of 588 000 oz was down on the 630 000 oz for the same period last year and total cash cost of $999/oz was well up on the $773/oz from continuing... 

AngloGold Ashanti interim CEO Christine Ramon
Photo by Creamer Media
AngloGold Ashanti interim CEO Christine Ramon

Gold Fields going greener and cleaner across broad front 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2021 Gold mining company Gold Fields, which this week announced the board’s green light for a 40 MW solar photovoltaic plant at the South Deep mine, near Carletonville, intends taking short- medium- and long-term steps to lower emissions in underground mining in general and at South Deep in... 

Gold Fields' South Deep gold mine, near Carletonville
Photo by Creamer Media
Gold Fields' South Deep gold mine, near Carletonville

Pumps acceptance testing achieved remotely

7th May 2021 Local pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves has launched an innovative online acceptance test procedure that no longer requires customers or their engineering teams to be present when acceptance testing takes place. “Acceptance tests and final inspection are an essential proof of compliance... 

FARTHER-TEST
Being able to test from a distance or remotely has become a reality during Covid-19
FARTHER-TEST Being able to test from a distance or remotely has become a reality during Covid-19

Substantial water savings add up

7th May 2021 Solid liquid separation specialists Watercare Mining, in a case study published last month, highlighted cost savings of about R760 000 a month, following its upgrade of a mine’s water treatment plant. The upgrade of the existing water treatment plant entailed the optimised use of abundant and... 

CARRY-ION
Being able to save water on a month to month basis is now possible subsequent an upgrade on a mines water treatment plant
CARRY-ION Being able to save water on a month to month basis is now possible subsequent an upgrade on a mines water treatment plant

Academy’s upgrades embrace Industry 4.0 approach 

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 Occupational technical skills and safety training facility Murray & Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) has invested in a series of additions and upgrades to further ensure that learners are better prepared for the digitised, mechanised and automated future of mining. One of the most significant... 

TRAINING FOR THE FUTURE OF MINING The Murray & Roberts Training Academy has upgraded its systems and made new additions to embrace Industry 4.0 mining technology
Murray & Roberts Cementation education, training and development executive Tony Pretorius discusses the Murray & Roberts Training Academy’s paperless training management system.

Mechatronics added to training offering

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions’ South African operation has introduced a 12-month mechatronic training programme. The first intake of ten apprentices was in January and the second intake will take place in July. “There is a shift across the market towards using more intelligent machines. The... 

FIRST INTAKE The new mechatronics training course forms part of Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions’ Southern African operations’ comprehensive apprenticeship programme
FIRST INTAKE The new mechatronics training course forms part of Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions’ Southern African operations’ comprehensive apprenticeship programme

New training centre for diamond mine

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 Diamond mining company De Beers Group – majority owned by diversified mining major Anglo American – is constructing a new training facility at its Venetia Diamond Mine, in Limpopo, to facilitate the transitional training of personnel for the Venetia Underground Project (VUP). The VUP is under way... 

MORRISON MASEKO The transition from openpit to underground demands a complete shift in mindset, as well as new skills
MORRISON MASEKO The transition from openpit to underground demands a complete shift in mindset, as well as new skills

Pandemic highlights value of digital learning

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic made all sectors realise just how powerful the online technology at our disposal truly is, says University of Pretoria (UP) project management associate Professor Giel Bekker. “Platforms, such as Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting and Microsoft Teams, were available, but the real... 

GIEL BEKKER Digital online training formats can ensure that modules and training programs are always available and accessible
GIEL BEKKER Digital online training formats can ensure that modules and training programs are always available and accessible

Local clarification, dewatering system going global

By: Halima Frost     7th May 2021 Water treatment specialist Watercare Mining tells Mining Weekly that it is in talks with mining houses in Australia, Canada, India and Europe to incorporate  the Watercare Integrated High-Rate Clarifier and Dewatering (IHRC&D) system as part of early feasibility studies for various mine... 

SUCCESSFUL SYSTEM The successful implementation of Watercare Mining's systems locally has led to the move to mines internationally
SUCCESSFUL SYSTEM The successful implementation of Watercare Mining's systems locally has led to the move to mines internationally

New mining filtration solutions launched

7th May 2021 Minerals and metals processing technology company Metso Outotec announced last month that it would be launching a comprehensive range of smart and sustainable filtration solutions to meet the needs of the mining industry. The filtration solutions will also address the needs of demanding... 

FILTRATION FIRST
The new range of filtration solutions from Metso Outotec are smart and sustainable
FILTRATION FIRST The new range of filtration solutions from Metso Outotec are smart and sustainable

Plant destined for coal mine

7th May 2021 Water solutions provider Clean TeQ Water, in March, announced that it had been awarded a contract to design, procure, deliver and install a BIONEX water treatment plant at a coal mine in inner Mongolia, China. “We have persisted for a long time to make inroads into the very large Chinese water... 

WATER WOES
The water treatment plant supplied by Clean TeQ Water will assist the Mongolian cola mine with its wastewater
WATER WOES The water treatment plant supplied by Clean TeQ Water will assist the Mongolian cola mine with its wastewater

Skills development integral to sector mandate

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 The mining industry needs to employ more skilled workers with higher qualifications to progress and modernise, which will, in turn, enable the industry to operate safer and more efficiently, says mining investment company Menar group social licensing manager Xolile Mankayi. Menar runs several... 

OPEN PIT PRACTICAL Twenty community members attended a 30-day mobile machinery for surface mining training programme in 2019
OPEN PIT PRACTICAL Twenty community members attended a 30-day mobile machinery for surface mining training programme in 2019

ICMM launches protocols, guide to improve tailings management, safety 

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2021 The organisation lobbying for a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), has launched two new resources to support continual improvement in the safe and transparent management of tailings facilities. These resources include... 

The scene post the catastrophic tailings dam collapse at Vale’s Córrego de Feijão mine, in Brumadinho, Brazil
Photo by Reuters
The scene post the catastrophic tailings dam collapse at Vale’s Córrego de Feijão mine, in Brumadinho, Brazil

Gold Fields on track to deliver on guidance

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2021 Notwithstanding the impact of Covid-19, gold mining company Gold Fields produced attributable equivalent gold production of 541 000oz, which was largely flat year-on-year and down 9% quarter-on-quarter. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company stated on Thursday, when it provided an... 

Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith
Photo by Creamer Media
Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith

Use of ruthenium in fuel cells set to turn down as green hydrogen trend turns up – Heraeus  

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2021 The use of ruthenium in fuel cells is poised to decline in line with the growing trend towards the generation of green hydrogen. “We believe that the use of ruthenium in fuel cells will come down, as the trend to green hydrogen will bring with it purer feeds with less carbon monoxide impurities,... 

Heraeus Precious Metals executive VP new business development and innovation Philipp Walter
Heraeus Precious Metals executive VP Philipp Walter interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

AP Ventures makes yet another promising hydrogen investment 

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2021 Venture capital funds manager AP Ventures has made yet another promising investment the fast-growing hydrogen sector, Mining Weekly can today report. AP Ventures Fund II focuses on hydrogen and its role in decarbonising energy and this latest investment is set up to contribute to establishing a... 

AP Ventures founder and partner Kevin Eggers
AP Ventures founder and partner Kevin Eggers

PGMs in all three drive trains if Lion Battery initiative is successful – Anglo  

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2021 If the Lion Battery Technologies initiative proves successful, platinum group metals (PGMs) will feature in all three of the world’s drive trains, Anglo American executive head of PGM market development Benny Oeyen said on Thursday. This would mean that PGMs would not only play key roles in... 

Anglo American executive head of PGM market development Benny Oeyen
Anglo American executive head PGM market development interviewed by Mining weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Tackling climate change could not be more urgent – Anglo American 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2021 Tackling climate change could not be more urgent, Anglo American said on Monday when it presented its biannual sustainability performance update. “For the emissions that we control in our business, we have come a long way, delivering our 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 22% a... 

From left, clockwise Mark Cutifani, Anik Michaud and Stephen Pearce
Photo by Creamer Media
From left, clockwise Mark Cutifani, Anik Michaud and Stephen Pearce

Anglo explores PGMs-based tech to simplify hydrogen storage in electric vehicles 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American, through its platinum group metals (PGMs) business Anglo American Platinum, is partnering with Umicore to research and develop technology that has the potential to transform the way hydrogen can be stored and used to power fuel cell electric... 

Anglo American executive head of PGMs market development Benny Oeyen
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Anglo American executive head of PGMs market development Benny Oeyen

Industry test mine piques interest  

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Of the initiatives and programmes implemented by the Mandela Mining Precinct, its industry test mine has garnered the most interest and positive sentiment from mining companies, universities and other interested parties. “About 40 companies have already expressed interest in using the real-life... 

HANDS ON
Being able to test machinery and technologies in the test mine offers more accurate testing conditions and results
Mandela Mining Precinct Test Mine Manager Jurgens Visser and Advanced Orebody Knowledge manager Michelle Pienaar discusses the Mandela Mining Precincts programme and the test mine

4IR technologies key focus for precinct, council

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Mandela Mining Precinct Real-Time Information Management Systems (RTIMS) programme manager Jean-Jacques Verhaeghe tells Mining Weekly that its focus for 2021 is primarily on the implementation of baseline Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies for mining. The RTIMS programme, one of six... 

JEAN-JACQUES VERHAEGHE 
RTIMS focus for 2021 is primarily on the implementation of baseline Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies for mining
JEAN-JACQUES VERHAEGHE RTIMS focus for 2021 is primarily on the implementation of baseline Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies for mining

Local procurement crucial to economic recovery

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Local procurement will be crucial if local companies are to benefit from the increased gold mining activity and the resultant increase in mine-related purchases, stresses industry body Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa). “We support the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery... 

KEEN SKILLS
The promotion of relevant skills in the mining equipment sector is fundamental to its sustainability
KEEN SKILLS The promotion of relevant skills in the mining equipment sector is fundamental to its sustainability

Programme showing promising results 

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 The Advanced Orebody Knowledge (AOK) programme – one of six research programmes of the Mandela Mining Precinct – has reported notable results across a range of tests being conducted using the Precinct’s test mine near Rustenburg, in the North West. The programme aims to test and develop... 

LIGHTING THE WAY
Some of the testing conducted by the Advanced Orebody Knowledge programme included handheld light-detection and ranging scanners from a range of suppliers
Mandela Mining Precinct Test Mine Manager Jurgens Visser and Advanced Orebody Knowledge manager Michelle Pienaar discusses the Mandela Mining Precincts programme and the test mine.

Cabinet welcomes recommendation on lifting of J&J vaccine pause, says Mkhize to announce recommencement details   

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2021 Cabinet has welcomed the recommendation by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority regarding the lifting of the temporary pause placed on the Johnson & Johnson Sisonke Vaccination Programme, but did not immediately announce an end to the suspension following its Wednesday meeting,... 

Cabinet welcomes recommendation on lifting of J&J vaccine pause, says Mkhize to announce recommencement details
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