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DRC gov makes progress in ASM industry

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) government faces challenges regarding the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) industry but has begun to create positive changes in the industry, says law firm Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech. “The DRC government has made good strides in transforming... 

Foreseen renewables demand providing opportunity for job creation, just energy transition 

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2022 Demand already foreseen is providing South Africa with the far-reaching and very welcome opportunity to create sufficient new jobs – “and then some” – to ensure a just energy transition away from the country’s current climate-threatening carbon intensity, Mining Weekly can report. South Africa’s... 

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From left, clockwise, Paul O’Flaherty, Dr Tsakani Mthombeni, Hein Reyneke, and Andre de Ruyter

Glencore clinches marketing relationship with US metals business 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has entered a strategic global marketing relationship with United States Strategic Metals, formerly Missouri Cobalt. Involved is a long-term offtake agreement for 100% of the US company’s products, which include cobalt and nickel sulphates,... 

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Cobalt processing plant.

Fifteen banks now steering clear of East African oil project, says Just Share

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Four out of five of South Africa’s largest lenders have confirmed that they will not be involved in the financing of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project, taking the total number of non-participating commercial banks globally to 15. Shareholder activism organisation Just Share stated in a... 

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Marine phosphate project being progressed in line with court ruling 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Steps are being taken to progress the Sandpiper marine phosphate project offshore of Namibia in compliance with last year’s High Court ruling, Namibian Marine Phosphate stated on Tuesday. The High Court confirmed the ongoing validity of Namibia Marine’s mining licence on June 30, 2021, and an... 

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Project development phases to be completed.

Jammed in a cage with no escape, women suffer mining’s dark side

By: Bloomberg     7th February 2022 Noxolo Bobotyane, a veteran of more than a decade in South Africa’s gold fields, has seen first hand how women are sexually harassed as they start their shifts each day. Jammed into a metal cage with other mineworkers as they descend deep below the earth’s surface, there is literally no way out.... 

Renewables come in at less than half of what we’re paying for energy – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2022 Failure to wholeheartedly embrace the generation of renewable energy is out-and-out business folly. Anglo American and Engie made this perfectly clear on Thursday when they revealed that renewables come in at less than half the price of South Africa’s currently high-priced carbon-intensive power... 

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From left, Natascha Viljoen, Jonathan Debasc and Fahmida Smith.

Rossing uranium mine gets fatigue- and distraction-detection system

By: Donna Slater     2nd February 2022 Digital reality solutions company Hexagon’s mining division completed a significant safety installation at the Namibia-based Rossing uranium mine, equipping primary mining vehicles there with the HxGN MineProtect Operator Alertness System Heavy Vehicle (OAS-HV) – two months ahead of schedule.... 

Mpumalanga just transition being investigated by Ubuntu-hearted solar masterminds  

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2022 An organisation which is providing un-electrified informal settlements with clean, green solar power in the Western Cape – in Ubuntu-hearted fashion – has begun to investigate just energy transition opportunities in Mpumalanga, where South Africa’s coal-mining and coal-fired power is facing... 

Green power project manager to un-electrified informal settlements Reshmi Wolvers
GreenCape project manager Reshmi Wolvers interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa needs to embrace Ubuntu principles in going green, webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2022 In decarbonising and going green, South Africa needs to embrace the principles of Ubuntu and show humanity towards others. That view was expressed by Gold Fields South Africa executive VP Martin Preece during the 'Decarbonisation & Going Green in the Mining Sector' webinar hosted by Creamer Media... 

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From top left, clockwise, are Abel Sakhau, Martin Preece, Jevon Martin, Nikisi Lesufi and James Mackay.

Speed up solar, wind and storage developments – Easton   

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2022 A speeded up solar, wind and storage (SWS) approach is needed to advance South Africa’s decarbonised energy situation and take the country into a cleaner, greener future. Also, steps need to be taken to allow the delayed Tubatse pumped storage scheme to go ahead as an independent power producer... 

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Retired civil engineering construction cost consultant David Easton interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Amplats records strong fourth-quarter performance, but safety a concern

By: Darren Parker     27th January 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on January 27 lamented increased levels of absenteeism and a 13% regression in its total recordable case frequency rate (TRIFR) for the fourth quarter of 2021, which Amplats CEO Natascha Viljoen said was related to Covid-19.... 

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Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen

Kumba lifts 2021 production by 9%, achieves fifth year of fatality-free production

By: Donna Slater     27th January 2022 JSE-listed iron-ore miner Kumba Iron Ore increased its production by 9% in 2021, with 40.9-million tonnes mined as volumes recovered following the Covid-19 impacts of 2020, and plant reliability improved. For the fourth quarter of 2021, the miner produced 9.7-million tonnes.  

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Miners inspect a bucket wheel excavator at Kumba's Kolomela mine

Hydrogen roadmap targeting societal well-being, North West conference told  

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2022 In terms of high-level outcomes, the vision of South Africa’s Hydrogen Society Roadmap is to create an inclusive, sustainable and competitive hydrogen economy to support net-zero carbon economic growth and societal well-being, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) chief director hydrogen and... 

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North West Mining and Energy Conference covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa's RBCT exports lowest coal tonnage since 1996  

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2022 The Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) last year exported its lowest volume of coal since 1996. In exporting 58.72-million tons of coal, RBCT was 11-milion tons down on what it achieved in 2020 and 18-million tons down on its 77-million-ton budget for the 2021 year. 

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Richards Bay Coal Terminal media brief covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

CoE to vote against mining company chairs over dam safety

By: Reuters     25th January 2022 The Church of England (CoE) Pensions Board said on Tuesday it planned to vote against the re-election of company chairs of 183 mining companies unless they sign up to a new global standard on managing mine waste. Created by a 100-strong group of investors representing $20-trillion in assets in... 

Australian miners continue in Burkina Faso, despite unrest

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th January 2022 Australian companies operating in Burkina Faso are continuing to operate unabated, despite political unrest. Reports have emerged that the military had seized power and had overthrown President Roch Kaboré. 

Many seeing platinum as hard asset, potential inflation hedge – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2022 There are a lot more people looking at platinum as a hard asset and potential hedge against inflation, World Platinum Investment Council director of research Trevor Raymond said on Monday. Responding to Mining Weekly’s questions on what has been driving the platinum up over the last two weeks,... 

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WPIC Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New high-grade lode discovery at Kibali excites Barrick CEO

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2022 Gold miner Barrick Gold revealed at a media briefing in Kinshasha, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on January 21, that underground drilling at the Kibali gold mine’s KCD orebody was defining a new high-grade lode above the base of the existing shaft infrastructure.  Barrick president... 

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Kibali gold mine in the DRC

Sam Molefi clinches promising contract for his impressive mining business  

By: Martin Creamer     21st January 2022 Modi Mining is a 100% black South African-owned company founded and owned by mining engineer and entrepreneur Samuel Molefi and entrepreneur Christina Motlapele Molefi. The company was established with the sole objective of rendering differentiated contract mining services and to be a supplier of... 

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Modi Mining MD Sam Molefi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Huge explosion in Ghana mining region kills residents, fells buildings

By: Reuters     21st January 2022 An explosion in Ghana's rural Western Region on Thursday razed hundreds of buildings and killed an unknown number of residents when a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine collided with a motorcycle. Unverified videos posted on local media showed a large, smouldering blast site in which... 

Focus on hygiene can contribute to health, safety

21st January 2022 Owing to high safety risks, mining is considered one of the most hazardous industries and, compared to 2020, South Africa, which has some of the deepest and oldest mines in the world, has already seen a 33% increase in mine deaths in the first half of 2021. This regression in safety has... 

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EMMA CORDER Mines that follow a suitable cleaning regime reduce the amount of air pollution, limiting the exposure for employees and residents of the surrounding communities

Mining industry leads way in Covid-19 health and safety

21st January 2022 South Africa and the rest of the world have faced formidable challenges over the last two years, caused by the Covid-19 virus, and the various variants thereof.  Law firm ENSAfrica mine and occupational health and safety executive Pieter Colyn says measures taken in the South African mining... 

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PIETER COLYN Employers are required to keep up to date with developments to combat the spread of Covid-19 and take cognisance of legislation and best practices for an outbreak

Footwear provider expands into new terrains

21st January 2022 Driven by “a commitment to high-quality products”, local footwear provider Lemaitre states that it has always been a brand committed to keeping those who build South Africa safe, noting that, for 30 years, the company “has helped build a nation”. The company last December announced the addition... 

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MADE FOR WORKERS, BY WORKERS Lemaitre’s Raptor range is synonymous with torsion control and keeping workers sure-footed in environments where uneven terrain is prevalent

Contractor training solutions contribute to safe mining

By: Cameron Mackay     21st January 2022 Training solutions provider KBC Health and Safety is aiming to improve health and safety in the local mining sector by managing mining contractors, says KBC Health and Safety innovation manager Natalie Pitout. “Several of these contractors are used to working under less hazardous conditions in... 

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ADAPTIVE, CRITICAL LEARNING Mining companies need to adapt to remain competitive, requiring employees to obtain new knowledge and skills that are conducive to ideal health and safety practices

Company stresses need for on-site mining medical services

By: Cameron Mackay     21st January 2022 Mining companies that partner with professional medical consultants to provide on-site medical assistance have the confidence that medical issues are treated appropriately and quickly. This immediate treatment can help avoid unnecessary off-site referrals, treatments and prescriptions, states... 

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FLEXIBLE CLINCAL OPTIONS As mines are often located far from established healthcare facilities, having medical personnel operating on-site removes the need for employees travelling for treatment

Rising need for alcohol testing, recalibration

By: Cameron Mackay     21st January 2022 Medical equipment suppliers are encouraging local miners to conduct more regular breathalyser alcohol testing at their operations, and to recalibrate breathalyser equipment that has not been used in a long time, owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, states ALCO-Safe MD Rhys Evans. “We... 

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RHYS EVANS The relationship between alcohol consumption, trauma incidents and death has been highlighted by the media and government

Sibanye restarts some safety-affected operations but records another fatality 

By: Darren Parker     20th January 2022 Mineral resources group Sibanye-Stillwater has restarted some of its operations following safety-related interventions and stoppages that were announced on December 15, the company said in a statement on January 20. Despite these interventions, however, another mineworker has died. A locomotive... 

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A fatality occurred at 2 Shaft at Driefontein gold mine

Hillside Aluminium could get green $0.03c/kWh lifeline by 2030 – Mallinson  

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2022 It’s all about South Africa focusing attention on the generation and storage of its wonderful African sunshine and prime African wind. It’s all about going hammer and tongs for these three letters, SWS, which stand for solar, wind and storage ­– and eight hours of storage is all we need, which is... 

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Energy consultant Clyde Mallinson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sabina reports contractor fatality at Back River

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2022 Toronto-listed Sabina Gold & Silver on Monday reported a fatal accident involving an employee of a contractor employed at the Back River gold district, in Nunavut. The company explained that, while clearing snow, a D6 dozer and its operator were lost through the ice about 6 km from the port... 

Early income bonanza for funded Witwatersrand gold mining reviver  

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2022 West Wits Mining, the Australia-listed Witwatersrand gold reviver that is advancing fast on an initial A$9.5-million capital raise, is the beneficiary of an unexpected gold find that will result in income being generated considerably sooner than expected. From next month, West Wits Mining, headed... 

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West Wits MD Jac van Heerden interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Two killed in Niger uranium mine collapse, company says

By: Reuters     17th January 2022 Two people have died and two others were injured in a collapse at French nuclear group Orano's Cominak uranium mine in Niger, Cominak said in a statement on Sunday. The cause of Saturday's collapse was not clear but it occurred during "dismantling" of the mine, which officially stopped producing... 

Potentially game-changing hydrogen fuel cell technology attracts funding  

By: Martin Creamer     13th January 2022 Hydrogen fuel cells are increasingly being viewed as an attractive technology to decarbonise large parts of industry, particularly heavy-duty transport. Two key barriers to more widespread adoption of fuel cells are the costs and production scale of fuel cell systems. 

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AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly

Formal launch of South Africa’s first green ammonia project on Tuesday  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2022 The formal launch of South Africa’s first green ammonia project takes place on Tuesday, against the background of the initiative having already secured an in-principle offtake agreement from a global player – a clear indication of the world’s ‘go green’ momentum. Hive Energy and BuiltAfrica –... 

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BuiltAfrica chairperson Thulani Gcabashe interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Kefi gains momentum in Ethiopia, progresses with Saudi Arabia exploration

By: Donna Slater     10th January 2022 With an abatement in civil hostilities in Ethiopia, Aim-listed gold and copper explorer and developer Kefi Minerals met with Ethiopian Ministries of Mines and Finance in the fourth quarter of 2021, to help align expectations towards normal conditions for international project financing and the... 

Arqomanzi sets out plans to creditors for Lily, Barbrook mines’ business rescue

By: Donna Slater     5th January 2022 South African miner Arqomanzi on January 5 held a briefing with other creditors of the Lily and Barbrook mines to demonstrate its proof of funding for resuming operations at the two mines. Arqomanzi is seeking to assume the business rescue rights and take control to reopen the Lily and Barbrook... 

Barrick brings North Mara tailings storage facility back to permitted design capacity

By: Donna Slater     3rd January 2022 Gold and copper miner Barrick Gold reports that its Tanzania-based North Mara gold mine achieved its commitment to bring the operation’s tailings storage facility (TSF) pond back within its permitted design capacity by the end of 2021. Barrick made the commitment to the Tanzanian government when... 

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