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Now’s the time for full energy freedom, says green hydrogen stalwart Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2022 Let’s give energy sovereignty to the world. Renewable energy is everywhere. Every country can produce it. Now is the time to capture it, and have full energy freedom, enthused Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest, while being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane... 

Harmony employee killed in mine-related car incident at Doornkop mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th March 2022 A Harmony Gold employee was killed in a mine-related material car incident at the Doornkop mine, near Soweto, in Gauteng, on March 11. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague. Harmony continues its focus on embedding its risk management practice to create a more engaged and proactive... 

Equivalent of a Koeberg arising in solar projects – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2022 The equivalent of a Koeberg power station is arising in the form of new largely mine-linked private-sector solar power photovoltaic projects across Southern Africa, according to AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller, whose company is working on the second edition of its electronic map of... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

75 MW renewable energy project for Sedibelo Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2022 Pilanesberg Platinum Mines, a subsidiary of Sedibelo Platinum, has appointed the juwi/Sturdee Energy consortium as preferred bidder to supply renewable energy to the mining operation. The parties have signed a memorandum of understanding and will now commence negotiations towards a power purchase... 

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An evening view of Sedibelo's Pilanesberg Platinum Mines.

South Africa must move very rapidly towards green energy, climate webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2022 The ratio between green energy and brown energy in South Africa needs to move very rapidly in favour of green energy, says Climate Adaptation Lead to the South African Presidential Climate Commission and Institute for Security Studies Africa senior research associate Dhesigen Naidoo. Naidoo was... 

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Fasken webinar on transition to green energy covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Miner celebrates record year in production, safety

By: Cameron Mackay     11th March 2022 Last year was exceptional for mineral sands miner Kenmare Resources in terms of safety, production and sales. Kenmare Resources MD Michael Carvill enthuses that many factors contributed to this success in 2021, citing the quality of the Moma titanium deposit, in Mozambique, the growth programme... 

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AFRICAN MILESTONE Moving WCP B 23 km by road in one piece represents the largest transportation of a piece of mining equipment in Africa to date

Royal Bafokeng Platinum delivers record production, best-ever earnings

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2022 Platinum group metals company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Tuesday delivered record production and earnings in the 12 months ended December 31. The RBPlat board has declared a gross cash final dividend of 535 c per share, equating to R1.5 billion. This is in addition to the interim... 

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Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri

Tshiamiso Trust starts to clear 2021 case backlog

By: Donna Slater     7th March 2022 The Tshiamiso Trust, created to settle silicosis and tuberculosis (TB) class action suits against six mining companies, has started a process of responding to 12 000 claimants on the outcome of their claims following a backlog of up to eight months for claims lodged before April 2021. The trust... 

Commitment to green economy is crucial, says ARM’s Patrice Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2022 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) has reiterated its commitment to transitioning from coal to renewable energy, with its executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe describing the global commitment to the green economy as being not only important but crucial. Motsepe was... 

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African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe.

Decarbonisation standing out as key metals/mining value driver – Wood Mackenzie  

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2022 As pressure mounts for the world to align meaningfully with the 1.5 °C global temperature rise scenario, decarbonisation is standing out as a key driver of metals and mining value. “This has strengthened our view that the mining industry now has a clear pathway towards long-term transformative... 

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Wood Mackenzie future facing mined commodities forum covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Filter press installation nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 Local anthracite producer Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) is installing a filter press at its coal washing plant, in Emakhalathini, KwaZulu-Natal. The filter press will remove slurry from the water used in the coal washing process and prevent incidents such as the 1 500 m3 coal slurry spill,... 

Three slurry dams next to each other at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery owned by Menar that shows an embankment and berm which were constructed hours after a wall failure
DAMAGE CONTROL The spill area at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery was sealed off with an earth embankment and a berm

Kimberlite research could help reverse emissions

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 Global diamond corporation Alrosa Group is working with Russia’s leading research centres to study the carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption capabilities of kimberlite to determine whether it could eventually be used to completely offset the company’s greenhouse-gas emissions. The results from the... 

A pile of kimberlite stones which are the general ore from which diamonds are mined
ABSORBING RESEARCH Alrosa's Research has shown that kimberlite ore absorbs emissions when subject to standard mining operations which use water in the processes

Solar plant to be commissioned by May

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 The first photovoltaic (PV) solar plant to be completed and commissioned by a mining company in South Africa is on track to produce 100% steady-state power generation by May, says midtier gold producer Pan African Resources investor relations head Hethen Hira. The PV plant is being built by Pan... 

A large solar plant at the Evander mine, which should be extended even further, subject to regulatory approval
GAINING GROUND One of the first solar plants to be commissioned by a mining house will be expanded to produce more renewable energy

Decarbonisation creating greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime – Sibanye-Stillwater   

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2022 The decarbonising of the global economy to prevent climate change is going to create the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime. It will also leave behind the companies that do not adapt – regardless of what industry they are in. 

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Sibanye-Stillwater presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

ESG class action lawsuits are a growing trend in mining, oil and gas

By: Darren Parker     3rd March 2022 There is a growing global trend in terms of class action lawsuits surrounding the production of misleading information or fraudulent information in securities disclosures, which law firm Webber Wentzel partner Garyn Rapson said was dominating the environmental, social and governance (ESG) class... 

Webber Wentzel partner Garyn Rapson
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Webber Wentzel partner Garyn Rapson

At least 18 killed in informal gold mine collapse in Guinea

By: Reuters     3rd March 2022 At least 18 people were killed when an informal gold mine collapsed on Monday in Gaoual, in western Guinea, the government spokesman said on Thursday. 

Sibanye-Stillwater delivers another record performance with highest-ever dividend

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2022 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater in 2021 delivered another record financial performance, with revenue of R172.2-billion and adjusted earnings before interest taxation depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R68.6-billion. Revenue was 35% higher than for 2020 and Ebitda 39%... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

ESG slowing down as energy transition highlights mining as indispensable – RMF  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2022 The energy transition is highlighting mining as an indispensable industry, said Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) CEO Hélène Piaget in opening a webinar on 'Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report 2022', which reports a slowdown in economic, environmental, social and governance (ESG). “Yet there... 

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Responsible Mining Foundation report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Zimbabwe platinum miner granted licence to generate 185 MW of solar power 

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2022 Zimbabwe platinum group metals mining company Zimplats has been granted a licence to generate 185 MW of its own solar power. Zimplats is already totally green through the use of hydropower and the solar power will enhance the position of the expanding company and provide security of electricity... 

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Implats executive sustainable development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni

Implats allays fears that Russia/Ukraine conflict may impact PGMs supply  

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2022 Given the prominence of Russia as a platinum group metals (PGMs) producer, there are fears that it may potentially have an impact on global PGMs supply, Implats CEO Nico Muller said on Tuesday, when the JSE-listed company delivered robust earnings and free cash flow generation for its half year... 

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

Debt-free Implats generates R15bn free cash, declares dividend, advances projects

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2022 Platinum group metals (PGM) mining and marketing company Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) on Tuesday delivered robust earnings and free cash flow generation for its half year ended December 31, despite the retracement in rand PGM pricing from recent highs and a decline in sales volumes.... 

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Impala Refinery in Springs

Tharisa, Liebherr start testing of more efficient mining machines in pursuit of ESG goals

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st March 2022 Dual-listed Tharisa announces that three Liebherr mining machines with more efficient engines and fuel systems have been delivered to the Tharisa mine in the Bushveld Complex, and have begun operational testing. The partnership with Liebherr is part of Tharisa’s environmental, social and... 

Harmony Gold begins ‘aggressive’ renewable energy rollout as it advances decarbonisation  

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2022 South Africa’s largest gold producer by volume, Harmony Gold, has begun an “aggressive” renewable energy rollout plan as it advances its plans to decarbonise to net zero by 2045, Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp said on Monday. The rollout plan involves having 167 MW of solar power in place by... 

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Harmony Gold presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Colombia mine explosion kills 11 people, four missing

By: Reuters     28th February 2022  An explosion at a coal mine in Colombia's Boyaca province killed 11 people and left four missing, the national mining agency (ANM) said on Sunday. The accident occurred on Saturday night and was caused by a build up of methane gas at the mine, which is located in the Tasco municipality, the ANM... 

Increased demand despite pandemic’s effects

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     25th February 2022 Following structural changes at several client organisations that affected the available internal Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) implementation capacity, ESD advisory and project management firm Zevoli Growth Partners has had increased demand from companies that restructured their ESD... 

Zevoli GP executive director Mpopi Khupe
MPOPI KHUPE The impact of Covid-19 required that Zevoli fully digitise its ESD implementation approach

Platinum group metals may also play role in batteries – Anglo American Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2022 The unique properties of platinum group metals (PGMs) may also play a role in batteries, says Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Natascha Viljoen. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Viljoen highlighted how PGMs are poised to play a role, no matter the direction in which the energy... 

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Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Anglo American won't face charges for Grosvenor

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd February 2022 The Queensland the Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor (OWHSP) will not be laying charges against miner Anglo American following the 2020 explosion at its Grosvenor coal mine, which injured five. Anglo American this week restarted operations at Grosvenor, after receiving confirmation... 

Burkina Faso investigates blast that killed over 60 at gold miners market

By: Reuters     22nd February 2022 One person has been detained and an investigation opened to determine the cause of an explosion that killed scores of people at an informal gold miners market in Burkina Faso, a judicial source said on Tuesday. The blast happened on Monday in the rural commune of Gbomblora in the southwestern... 

Employee killed in load haul dump loader accident at Caledonia's Blanket mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd February 2022 An employee at gold miner Caledonia Mining Corporation's Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, died following an accident on February 21. The accident involved a load haul dump loader in one of the mine's underground haulages, the gold miner reports. 

Cash-flush Kumba Iron Ore reports record earnings in exceptional year of delivery

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2022 Iron-ore mining and marketing company Kumba Iron Ore delivered record earnings of R64.6-billion in 2021, when it accumulated 47%-higher attributable free cash flow of R30.5 billion. The average realised export price of $161/t was 18% above benchmark helped the company to achieve a 63% earnings... 

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Kumba Iron Ore CEO Mpumi Zikalala

Multiple renewable energy forms being evaluated across South Africa – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner and marketer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), which on Monday reported a record 2021 financial performance, is collectively evaluating options to access multiple forms of renewable energy across South Africa, including hydro pump power and wheeling renewable... 

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Anglo American Platinum’s record financial results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

It’s records all round for Glencore in ‘terrific’ 2021  

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2022 2021 was a terrific year for the company, Glencore CEO Gary Nagle said on Tuesday, when he reported record earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $21.3-billion, a record marketing performance Ebit of $3.7-bilion, and a record industrial business performance of... 

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Glencore’s record financial results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Glencore’s earnings rocket 84% to $21.3bn

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Tuesday announced 84% higher financial results for the year, with earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) rising to $21.3-billion. Looking forward, Glencore CEO Gary Nagle said the company remained focused on its... 

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Glencore CEO Gary Nagle

Mineworkers warned of fraudsters promising to help with TB, silicosis claims

By: Darren Parker     14th February 2022 Compensation trust the Tshiamiso Trust has warned of fraudulent “touts” claiming to be able to the assist former mineworkers with their silicosis and tuberculosis (TB) claims. The Tshiamiso Trust was established to help thousands of current and previous mineworkers with silicosis and TB claim... 

A photo of mineworkers with silicosis and TB being assisted with claim compensation
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The Tshiamiso Trust was established to help mineworkers with silicosis and TB claim compensation

Green hydrogen strategy supporting development of R270bn Northern Cape pipeline 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2022 Over the past year, the South African government has built on its successful hydrogen strategy to make major strides in positioning the country as a global leader in the green hydrogen market, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated during his State of the Nation Address. This positioning included the... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

ESG risks deter investments, says consultancy

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 The elevated levels of environmental, social and governmental (ESG) risks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) make many western mining companies reluctant to invest, as they are unable to obtain the required financing, explains energy research and consultancy company Wood Mackenzie senior... 

Ying Lu, senior analyst for Wood Mackenzie
YING LU With investors reluctant to invest, Lu expects that the electric vehicle and automotive sectors will create growth in the cobalt industry, which can heighten ESG concerns

FCA gains ground despite setbacks

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and a change of government, the Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) has continued to develop initiatives to support the livelihoods of community members in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says David Sturmes, programme and business development... 

Dr Assheton Carter of The Impact Facility
DR ASSHETON CARTER The FCA is gaining momentum owing to the rise for a greener economy

Initiative aims to quash child labour

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 Multistakeholder action platform the Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) is setting up a localised child labour remediation system in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), explains The Impact Facility programme and business development director David Sturmes. “The FCA focuses on setting up a case... 

David Sturmes, director of programme and business development of The Impact Facility
DAVID STURMES The FCA continues its efforts in supporting initiatives for children's rights
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