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Implats’ earnings to decline on lower sales revenue, inflationary pressures

By: Donna Slater     5th August 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) expects its basic earnings for the financial year ended June 30 to decrease by between 29% and 35% year-on-year, to between R30.5-billion and R33.5-billion, while its earnings a share for the period are expected to decrease by between... 

Anglo launches start-up incubator programme across its operations’ communities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American South Africa has launched an incubator programme through its enterprise development arm, Zimele, aimed at turning 500 start-up businesses in rural communities into sustainable and successful companies. The programme will assist mainly youth- and women-owned... 

Anglo’s big on-site solar, off-site wind plan lays foundation for green hydrogen  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2022 The planned construction by Anglo American of on-site solar plants and off-site regional wind farms is designed to create a renewable energy ecosystem that reduces Scope 2 emissions and lays the foundation for green hydrogen production – “a hugely ambitious piece of work, and not one that is... 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Royal Bafokeng applauds President’s energy plan, nears decision on solar  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2022 Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri on Tuesday applauded President Cyril Ramaphosa’s energy plan, which involves the introduction of new generation capacity to the grid as quickly as possible to give Eskom the required headroom to carry out much-needed maintenance on its ageing coal fleet.... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Royal Bafokeng Platinum declares conservative R711m interim dividend 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2022 Taking into consideration the declining basket price, the uncertain demand fundamentals, global recession fears and the continuing uncertainty brought about by the M&A activity, the board of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) decided to adopt a conservative approach in declaring the interim... 

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

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Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Zimbabwe raises mines power tariff by 8% to meet production cost

By: Bloomberg     28th July 2022 Zimbabwe’s power utility ZESA Holdings will no longer charge mining houses tariffs below cost of production as it is struggling to service “ballooning power import debt.” Exporters, such as mining companies, will be charged $0.1063/kWh from August 1, ZESA executive chairperson Sydney Gata said in... 

Green electron/hydrogen advance set to move much faster – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     28th July 2022 Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad on Thursday expressed delight at the energy announcement of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has unveiled several far-reaching interventions, including a doubling in the allocation for the next renewables procurement round, an uncapping of the 100 MW... 

Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad
Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad

Zimplats reports higher quarterly production

By: Darren Parker     27th July 2022 ASX-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Zimplats has reported a quarter-on-quarter increase of 9% in mined tonnage and an increase of 4% in milled tonnage for the quarter ending June 30. This translated to a 4% year-on-year increase in ore mined, with no change in tonnes of ore milled. 

Entrance to Mupani mine

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

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Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

World-first hydrogen haul truck operational from August – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 The pilot world-first hydrogen haul truck launched early in the year, has had some final changes made to it before it heads into the pit and goes into operational mode from August. Meanwhile, the second prototype is already underway, where learnings from the first truck are being taken into the... 

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

Steel market embracing need for decarbonisation, says Kumba Iron Ore  

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2022 At a time when steelmakers the world over are taking strong steps to decarbonise steelmaking, Kumba Iron Ore’s high-quality, high-lump iron-ore is highly sought after, which positions the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed mining and marketing company well in the global fight against climate... 

Kumba Iron Ore CEO Mpumi Zikalala.
Kumba Iron Ore results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Kumba Iron Ore excited by President’s energy plan, working earnestly on carbon reduction 

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2022 Kumba Iron Ore CEO Mpumi Zikalala on Tuesday expressed excitement at the energy announcement of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who unveiled several far-reaching interventions, including a doubling in the allocation for the next renewables procurement round, an uncapping of the 100 MW... 

Kumba marketing and seaborne logistics executive head Timo Smit.
Kumba marketing and seaborne logistics executive head Timo Smit.

Wesizwe CEO steps down

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th July 2022 Wang Hongile has stepped down as CEO of Wesizwe Platinum owing to ill health. Wesizwe has appointed deputy CEO Zhimin Li as interim CEO. 

Decarbonisation, renewables can create new economic sectors in SA – Anglo Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2022 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen on Monday expressed the firm belief that decarbonisation and renewable energy have the potential to create new economic sectors in South Africa. On the renewable energy front, Viljoen also revealed that Anglo Platinum... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen

Anglo Platinum declares R21bn dividend, levers R71bn half-year societal underpin 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum on Monday declared a gross interim dividend of R21.5-billion from profits accrued during the six-month period ended June 30, when it made a R71-billion economic contribution to society. The dividend is equivalent to... 

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Anglo American Platinum CFO Craig Miller

Europe leads even though sun, wind, storage, green electron/molecule energy is tailor made for South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd July 2022 This week the European Commission approved €5.4-billion of public support by 15 member states for a hydrogen technology value chain taking in hydrogen generation technology, fuel cells technology, storage technology and end-user technology. The week before, Shell started building Europe’s largest... 

The European Commission approval of €5.4-billion took in backing from Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain.
The European Commission approval of €5.4-billion took in backing from Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain.

Anglo progresses sustainability as Chile drought hits copper output 

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American is progressing towards its stretching sustainability targets on all fronts while partnering to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen-powered haul truck technology across the mining industry and other transport applications. This was... 

Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad
Photo by Anglo American
Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad

Anglo Platinum maintains 2022 guidance as half-year earnings head for fall 

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2022 Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum has maintained its metal-in-concentrate PGM guidance, while also advising of a potential halving of half-year earnings in the six months to June 30. Guided for 2022 is 3.9-million... 

Hydrogen-powered truck launch highlights sustainability progress.
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Hydrogen-powered truck launch highlights sustainability progress.

Basing analysis solely on data can result in treasure being mistaken for trash  

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2022 Applying subject matter expertise to process data streams for accuracy is a necessary part of mining’s new digital age, according to SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen. Olsen, the leader of SRK’s data engineering team, spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview from Canada.... 

How to avert the risk of valuable information being disregarded.
SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining production down 7.8% y/y in May, but sales increase

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th July 2022 Mining production decreased by 7.8% year-on-year in May, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has revealed. The largest negative contributors were gold (-28.3% and contributing -4.6 percentage points); coal (-7.3% and contributing -1.9 percentage points); and manganese ore (-14.5% and contributing... 

New mining Bill major threat to jobs and investment, must be strenuously opposed – ENSafrica  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2022 A new draconian mining industry draft Bill, which threatens jobs and investment – and can even impose a penalty of 10% of turnover on a mine company, along with corporate manslaughter charges – must be “very, very strenuously opposed", top South African mining industry lawyer Willem Le Roux urged... 

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Presenting ENSafrica webinar are from top anti-clockwise Willem Le Roux, Pieter Colyn and Celeste Coles.

Hydrogen highlighted as ‘slam dunk’ of heavy haul 

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2022 What will be Australia’s biggest electrolyser – a platinum-using proton exchange membrane or PEM electrolyser – is on order to provide green hydrogen Down Under at a time when the planet’s lightest molecule is being highlighted as the ‘slam dunk’ of heavy-haul transport in a decarbonising world.... 

Renewables, green hydrogen, and platinum group metals are needed to decarbonise.
Renewables, green hydrogen, and platinum group metals are needed to decarbonise.

Look out for the platinum coin toss at Wimbledon 

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2022 In the year of the Queen of England’s platinum jubilee, the coins to be used in the Wimbledon ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss this weekend will be made of platinum for the first time in the championships’ history. As Mining Weekly reported earlier this year, the coins are being... 

Heads and tails of the platinum toss coin.
Heads and tails of the platinum toss coin.

Green electrons and green molecules can be South Africa’s just energy transition 

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2022 A green electron and green molecule energy transition is tailor made for South Africa, an increasing number of observers are concluding. Superior sun, prime wind, land, favourable storage potential, know-how and metals put this country in pole position for green electricity and green mobility. 

Green electrons and molecules hold solution.
Green electrons and molecules hold solution.

New Anglo strategy director excited by mining’s green energy transition 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2022 The newly appointed group director of strategy and business development of diversified mining company Anglo American on Monday singled out mining’s green energy transition in commenting on the excitement of her new appointment. Helena Nonka, who is currently executive VP of corporate development... 

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New Anglo American group director of strategy and business development Helena Nonka.

Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption   

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2022 If the world were to electrify every mine truck, it would stop 198 000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day from entering the atmosphere, which equates to a single electrified mining truck eliminating what would take 46 000 trees to absorb. That mammoth sustainability benefit was driven home firmly... 

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ABB's Erik Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Biggest African fund manager is key to platinum takeover battle

By: Bloomberg     30th June 2022 Impala Platinum Holdings said Africa’s biggest fund manager must make a decision over what to do with its Royal Bafokeng Platinum stake, which has become central to ending an eight-month takeover battle that is hindering the companies from making future plans. South Africa’s Public Investment... 

Capital raise under way to progress copper/zinc mine in Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2022 An opportunity to subscribe for new shares in parcels starting from R20 000 to a maximum of R330 000 is being offered to eligible shareholders by Orion Minerals. The capital raise is being undertaken to fund the Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed Orion’s Prieska copper/zinc mine, as well as other... 

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Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart

Implats, AMCU sign five-year wage deal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th June 2022 JSE-listed Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) on June 28 signed a five-year wage agreement with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) for its operating subsidiaries Marula and Impala Rustenburg, effective July 1. The agreement is in line with current inflation of 6.5% and... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller and AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa
Implats CEO Nico Muller and AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa

South Africa in a position to export energy – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2022 South Africa is one of only four countries that has more renewable energy available to it than what it needs for itself, which places the country in a very strong position to be able to export energy, with hydrogen in the form of ammonia, hydrogen gas or liquid hydrogen among the best ways of... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.

Anglo investing in expansion of organic waste upcycling company Sanergy

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2022 Diversified mining multinational Anglo American is leading the latest investment round of organic waste upcycling business Sanergy, which has operations in Kenya. Sanergy's solutions are helping to transform how fast-growing cities in the developing world manage waste by upcycling it into... 

Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2022 Going forward, combined renewables plans already in place are poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Exxaro Resources’s Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo by up to 90%. The renewable strategy being executed by coal miner Exxaro’s wholly owned green energy arm – Cennergi – is the key driver of the... 

Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro/Cennergi MD energy Roland Tatnall interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer,

Numsa shopsteward at Implats contractor murdered

By: News24Wire      27th June 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said that one of its shopstewards, Mahlomola Hlothoane, was murdered at his home on Friday evening. Police have confirmed the incident, and said there have been no arrests yet.  

High-purity manganese facing phenomenal demand growth, PDAC hears 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2022 The commitment of at least six major motor companies to manganese-based batteries for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is elevating the demand outlook for high-purity manganese phenomenally, a Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference has been told. CPM Group lead manganese... 

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CPM Group lead manganese analyst Andrew Zemek.

Informal settlements near North West mining areas to be upgraded

By: Yvonne Silaule     24th June 2022 Informal settlements in the mining areas around the Bojanala and Dr Kenneth Kaunda districts, in the North West, will soon be upgraded as the provincial Department of Human Settlements sets out to fast-track upgrades. The expanding informal settlements are close to mining areas and mainly house... 

Deeming could bring regulatory certainty to much-needed minerals investment – NSDV  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2022 The detraction of the South African investment market is the uncertainty around approval timelines and the implementation of a deeming provision could change all that by treating applications as approved after the passing of a set period of time. Many want to invest in exploration and mining... 

NSDV advisory head Mark Gilbert.
NSDV Advisory Head Mark Gilbert interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sustainability taking front seat at Harmony Gold  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2022 Large South African gold miner Harmony Gold sees R500m/y savings from Phase 2 on-balance-sheet renewables projects. This means the estimated R1.5-billion cost of the planned 137 MW second phase solar power projects will be covered in three years. 

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Harmony Gold investor relations head interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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