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Harmony employee killed in heavy-duty vehicle accident near Mponeng mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2021 Gold miner Harmony Gold reports that an employee has died after losing control of a heavy-duty vehicle. The accident occurred near the Mponeng mine salvage yard. The driver was on his way to the Savuka central salvage yard, near Carletonville. 

Sibanye suspends operations at safety-impacted South African mines, adjusts guidance

By: Donna Slater     15th December 2021 JSE- and NYSE-listed precious and battery metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has revised its operational guidance for this year, primarily as a result of various safety-related interventions and measures that have been implemented to reinforce the group’s primary priority of safety. A group-wide... 

Sibanye's Kloof mine
Sibanye's Kloof mine

Hummingbird ramps up Yanfolila operations after public disorder incident

By: Donna Slater     15th December 2021 Aim-listed gold miner Hummingbird Resources reports that, with its Mali-based Yanfolila mine returning to operations on December 1, after being shut for six days as a result of illegal roadblocks and public disorder near the mine, mining and processing operations have now restarted. The miner is... 

Exciting green ammonia export plan for Nelson Mandela Bay 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2021 Hive Hydrogen and Built Africa – together as Hive Hydrogen – as well as Linde plc, through its wholly owned South African subsidiary Afrox, have teamed up to establish a huge green ammonia export plant in Nelson Mandela Bay, in the Eastern Cape. The first phase is planned to go live in 2025, with... 

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Thulani Gcabashe (left) and Schalk Venter

Minerals Council members commit to implementing measures aimed at reducing fatalities 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2021 Minerals Council South Africa member companies have agreed and committed to implement eight measures immediately to urgently address and halt the number of fatalities at South Africa’s mines. Following on from the MineSafe 2021 conference with all stakeholders on November 25, the council convened... 

Minerals Council members commit to implementing measures aimed at reducing fatalities

AMCU reports another mine fatality

By: Donna Slater     13th December 2021 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) reports that the seventy-second mining death of the year took place at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu operations outside Carletonville at 10:45 on December 10. In a statement, AMCU says the report it received pointed to a team leader being... 

Projects still on track to meet payback target

By: Halima Frost     10th December 2021 Despite facing challenges, such as the drawn-out licensing approval process in South Africa, ASX-listed Theta Gold Mines estimates that a payback target of 13 months for its Theta Gold Mines Expansion (TGME) projects is still attainable. TGME, which the company has coined as ‘the reawakening the... 

A mine cart with gold ore mined by Theta Gold
GOING FOR GOLD Theta Gold is currently investing in several South African gold mining projects

Specify energy transition action now, the money’s there for it, UN climate envoy urges  

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2021 The energy transition is woefully under specified, the United Nations special envoy on climate change action and finance Mark Carney told a global webinar, in which he described the specifying of energy transition action as being “a matter of urgency”. Such specification, the webinar heard,... 

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UN Climate Action Finance Envoy Mark Carney covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

MineSafe attendees recommit to elimination of fatalities in South Africa’s mines 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2021 Stakeholders who attended MineSafe 2021 on November 25 have recommitted themselves to working towards the elimination of fatalities, injuries and occupational diseases on South Africa’s mines in pursuit of Zero Harm and to ensure each employee returns from work unharmed every day. The urgency of... 

Pic of mine workers' boots and safety hat

Transport group eyes Copperbelt

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 Specialist logistics group Unitrans Africa plans to use its copper handling success, in Botswana, as a launchpad to enter into mining operations in the Copperbelt of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Our recent success in on-mine copper materials handling and pit development, paired... 

A large yellow mining machine with EV capability used to load ore onto Unitrans road trains
POWER PUSH The use of electric power vehicles in the mining sector is being successfully pushed further up into the Central African region by Unitrans

Rising demand for separation compound 

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 Since the partnership between global chemicals producer 2M Holdings and speciality materials company Celanese, established in 2014, demand for its methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC) compound, used to separate copper from ore, has grown substantially in the Central Africa region. 2M Holdings South... 

Large plastic containers of methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC) compound which is used in the separation or flotation of ores on the African Copperbelt
2M Holdings South Africa MD Denzyl O’Donoghue discusses the use of MIBC as an effective flotation agent in the separation of copper

Minerals Council, SAAFF outline requirements to get Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border congestion resolved

By: Donna Slater     2nd December 2021 With delays at the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post on the Maputo corridor between South Africa and Mozambique having cost trucking companies R1.3-billion in lost revenue this year, the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) and the Minerals Council South Africa have requested... 

An image of freight trucks lining up for several kilometres on the N4 towards Komatipoort in South Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Freight trucks lining up for several kilometres on the N4 towards the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post in South Africa

Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, use hydrogen to cut diesel – Cutifani   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2021 Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, and then use the hydrogen that has been created to replace diesel. Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani proposed this climate blueprint while also outlining his London- and Johannesburg-listed mining company’s entry into crop nutrients that can free up... 

Creamer Media screenshot during GlobeScan climate webinar
GlobeScan climate event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Gold Fields’ South Deep solar project now 50 MW, equivalent wind planned 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2021 South Deep gold mine in Gauteng, where a 40 MW solar power project was initially announced, will now have a 50 MW solar plant as a result of the procurement of more efficient solar panels. Mining Weekly can report that the construction of the R715-million solar power plant at South Deep will... 

Creamer Media screenshot taken at Gold Fields ESG online presentation
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Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith

Barclays’ analysts back Glencore coal strategy  

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2021 Glencore’s coal strategy favours a Paris-compliant coal runoff, which increases investability, say Barclays’ equity research analysts in a note. Analysts Ian Rossouw, Amos Fletcher and Tom Zang see little value to unlock in the current coal market environment and question whether a coal business... 

Screenshot of Barclays, Glencore and Bloomberg research
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Coal, copper and diversified index

Carbon-neutral nickel launch showcased by South Africa-linked chairperson  

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2021 South Africa-linked Gareth Penny on Monday heralded the launch of a carbon-neutral nickel with a difference in that it steers completely clear of any reliance on third-party carbon credits. Penny did so in his capacity as nonexecutive chairperson of Nornickel of Russia – and put sharper focus on... 

Creamer Media screenshot taken during Nornickel capital markets day 2021
Nornickel capital markets day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Gold industry has a supporting role to play as world still in a ‘fragile place’ – WGC 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th November 2021 Thirty-one of the World Gold Council’s (WGC’s) member companies collectively contributed $37.9-billion, in the form of taxes, salaries and payments to suppliers, to the gross domestic product of the countries in which they operate during 2020. This represents 63% of the total revenue these... 

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Two rescued, three bodies recovered as mud rush rescue operations conclude

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2021 Two mineworkers have been rescued and the bodies of three have been recovered at Impala Rustenburg 6 Shaft, which suffered an underground mud-rush incident. Search and rescue operations continued around the clock following the incident took place on Sunday, November 28. 

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Shaft 16 at Impala Rustenburg, where fatality occurred on Saturday, November 27.

Nedlac to hold emergency meetings on vaccine mandates, access restrictions for unvaccinated

By: Terence Creamer     29th November 2021 The social partners participating in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) will hold emergency meetings this week about the institution of workplace vaccine mandates and the imposition of public access restrictions for the unvaccinated amid low vaccine uptake levels, the... 

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Search under way at Impala Rustenburg after mud rush traps five

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2021 A search and rescue operation was under way at Impala Rustenburg after a mud rush at 6 Shaft on Monday. All operations at Impala Rustenburg's 6 Shaft and 16 Shaft complexes have been suspended until a full and comprehensive report is available. 

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All operations at Impala Rustenburg's 6 Shaft and 16 Shaft complexes have been suspended. Shown here is 16 Shaft.

Hummingbird warns of lower full-year output amid Mali unrest

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2021 Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources' share price on the LSE fell by more than 14% on November 29 after the company announced that unrest and illegal roadblocks near its Yanfolila mine, in Mali, had impacted on the company's ability to safely continue operations. Yanfolila is, therefore, temporarily... 

Froneman tells world of Sibanye’s confidence in hydrogen economy  

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are poised to be a very significant underpin in the green hydrogen economy and Sibanye-Stillwater is intent on ensuring that the supply of PGMs is sustainable and that the company is part of the global climate change solution, Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman told a global... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater hydrogen presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Two Chinese nationals killed, others kidnapped in eastern Congo - army

By: Reuters     26th November 2021 Two Chinese nationals have been killed and an unknown number of other people kidnapped in an attack by the Codeco militia on a mining camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an army spokesman said on Thursday. A local chief and a civil society leader also confirmed the two deaths and said... 

Gold producer expands processing plant

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th November 2021 Gold producer Tanzanian Gold Corporation has completed its 360 t/d processing plant for its Buckreef operation, in Tanzania, and will continue its phased construction approach, which will result in the processing operation being expanded to 1 000 t/d by 2022’s third quarter. The 360 t/d plant is... 

An image of Tanzanian Gold's team
PLANNING EXPANSIONS Tanzanian Gold will expand its recently completed 360 t/d plant to a 1000 t/d plant

Stakeholders identify measures to address fatalities in mining industry 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th November 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy together with leaders from the Minerals Council South Africa and organised labour held a MineSafe Conference on November 25 to discuss measures to drive a sustainable improvement in mine health and safety. The conference was held on the back of a... 

A South African underground mining operation

Law firm creates outsourced compliance solution for mining industry 

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2021 A specialist mining law firm, which prefers people to paper, has created an outsourced compliance solution for Africa’s mining industry. NSDV will not simply rely on the paper trail when a client calls with an issue, but instead phone, WhatsApp, or drive there and chat to the officials. 

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NSDV director and co-founder Lili Nupen

Limpopo Health MEC warns of fourth wave as Exxaro Mine records 57 Covid-19 cases in just four days

By: News24Wire      25th November 2021 Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba says she is alarmed by the Covid-19 cluster outbreak at Exxaro Mine in Lephalale, where 57 new cases were recorded within four days this week. Of the 57 cases, 18 of them were recorded on Wednesday.  

Short wall mining

More than 300 000 mining sector employees, contractors vaccinated  

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2021 South Africa’s mining industry has surpassed the 300 000 milestone for fully and partially vaccinated employees and contractors. As the year draws to a close, the Minerals Council South Africa has urged all unvaccinated employees to get the jab to protect their families and friends at the start... 

Covid-19 vaccination

Very strong platinum imports into China – WPIC 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2021 Many things could play out next year that have the potential to materially reduce the substantial platinum surplus that the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) is forecasting for next year, Mining Weekly can today report. Among these is the very strong current importation of platinum into... 

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World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Namibia heading for world record green hydrogen costs, conference hears  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2021 With its vast potential for wind and solar energy, Namibia is excellently placed to become a global player in green hydrogen production, the Africa Green Hydrogen Forum's virtual conference heard on Monday, when green hydrogen was highlighted as the key decarbonisation vector in the global fight... 

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African Green Hydrogen webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Armed raid at Consolidated Zinc's Mexican operation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd November 2021 ASX-listed Consolidated Zinc on Monday revealed that a group of armed bandits had entered its Plomosas mine, in Mexico, on November 16, and had taken the security guard and employees at the mine captive. The employees were locked in a sea container, and the armed bandits stole some 90 t of zinc... 

Fatality reported at Curragh

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd November 2021 Operations at the Curragh coal mine, in Queensland, have been temporarily suspended following a fatality at the mine site. ASX-listed Coronado Global Resources on Monday reported the fatality involving one of its employees, noting that it was working with the appropriate authorities to secure... 

Dog-like robot launched in South Africa to automate hard-to-reach mining environments 

By: Donna Slater     19th November 2021 Mining technology integration partner Dwyka Mining Services this week launched US-based robotics developer Boston Dynamics’ quadruped robot, known as Spot, in South Africa, targeting specifically a variety of mining applications. Dwyka MD Jamie van Schoor says Spot can be used in the mining... 

An image of Boston Dyanamics' Spot Enterprise with charging and data-offloading station
Spot Enterprise with charging and data-offloading station

Free software creates safer mine ventilation

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     19th November 2021 With specialist mine ventilation simulation software VUMA-network available at no cost, mining companies, particularly junior miners, can enjoy the benefits of this simulation technology. This is further underpinned by the continuous development and support of VUMA. “The safety of mineworkers is... 

Intrinsic testing tools a necessity – manufacturer

By: Halima Frost     19th November 2021 Using intrinsically safe testing tools in the mining and industrial sectors is of the “utmost importance” amid the explosive gases, vapours and dust in those industries, says testing and measurement equipment provider Comtest technical sales manager Gerrit Barnard. Devices that are certified as... 

The Comtest 28II Ex range of intrinsically safe testing equipment
INTEGRAL The need for safe testing tools is a priority in environments with highly explosive gases present

Flame-detection series in demand

By: Halima Frost     19th November 2021 Since the launch of its new Det-Tronics X-Series range of flame detectors earlier this year, multinational home and industrial appliance manufacturer Carrier Global has noted a marked increase in demand for the detectors. Carrier Global sub-Saharan Africa sales manager Randhir Seodutt attributes... 

A Carrier Infrared and ultraviolet sensor which detects hydrogen gases or flame
EXPLOSIVE GROWTH The X-series range of flame detectors offered by Carrier has seen a growth in popularity

Company leverages sorting technology to treat local mine dumps

By: Cameron Mackay     19th November 2021 Mining technology company Acrux Sorting Technology wants to use its sensor-based sorting technology to help local miners improve their environmental, social and governance (ESG) processes, as well as their bottom line, through resource enhancement, states Acrux Sorting Technology chairperson Sean... 

Image of an ESG infographic from Acrux
SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION Acrux is confident that it will be able to roll this technology out to local commodity sectors, including bulk commodities

Impact of new tailings standards highlighted

By: Cameron Mackay     19th November 2021 With the release of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM) in August last year, the foundation of this field has shifted, and the stakes have been raised, argues engineering consultancy SRK Consulting. The company adds that this standard sets a new bar for corporate... 

An infographic from SRK regarding spheres of TSF influence
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT The Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management requires that mines engage with multiple spheres of influence when designing and managing tailings storage facilities
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