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R4-trillion needed for South Africa’s hydrogen economy, PIC declares 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) stated on Monday that more than R4.3-trillion is required for the development of the hydrogen economy, which it declared positive for people, planet, and client portfolios. The hydrogen investment strategy of the PIC, which has... 

South Africa’s mining market is dynamic and fast-moving, Siemens Large Drives finds  

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2022 South Africa is a super dynamic and super fast-moving market, says Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck, who has just completed a week of discussions with customers to highlight sustainability solutions for mining. From his perspective, South African mining economy is at the... 

Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck.
Siemens Large Drives' Oliver Beck, Tim Walwyn talk to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd, Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Pictures: Donna Slater.

Denarius granted option to buy 80% of Spanish zinc/lead project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd November 2022 Canada-based Denarius Metals has been granted a definitive option agreement to acquire, in two stages, up to 80% in Aim-listed Europa Metals’ Spanish subsidiary, which owns the Toral zinc/lead/silver project. Denarius executive chairperson and CEO Serafino Iacono says the company is pleased to... 

South Africa’s crime crisis ruling out economic growth, sustainability discussion hears 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2022 South Africa’s economic paradox is that it cannot grow economically if it has a burgeoning crime crisis but it is unable to solve the burgeoning crime crisis if it is not growing. That was the opening comment of outgoing Mineral Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, who anchored the second of... 

Roger Baxter.
Roger Baxter.

Platinum moving into meaningful deficit amid emergent source of new end-demand 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2022 Platinum is moving into meaningful deficit amid an emergent source of new end-demand in the form of green hydrogen. The 2022 surplus of 804 000 oz is projected to move into a deficit of 303 000 oz in 2023, according to the Platinum Quarterly of the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) for the... 

World Platinum Investment Council director of research Edward Sterck.
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Edward Sterck interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Top green hydrogen/fuel cell collaboration boost for platinum-group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2022 A joint development agreement struck between global majors Nel Hydrogen US and General Motors is expected to speed up the development of green hydrogen technology that is competitive with fossil fuels.  The aim of agreement is to help accelerate the industrialisation of Nel’s proton exchange... 

Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.
Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.

Copper near 5-month high on hopes Fed could slow rate-hike pace

By: Reuters     11th November 2022 Copper prices climbed on Friday to their highest in nearly five months, as US inflation data bolstered hopes for a slower pace of interest rate hikes in the world's largest economy that would support industrial metals demand. The softer-than-expected data also sent the dollar sharply lower... 

Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2022 With South Africa having committed to transition away from coal, investments will not only be required for the retiring of coal plants and the ramping up of renewable energy, but also for coal communities, who will require alternative economic development plans to sustain the livelihoods of all... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.

Chicago is coming for London’s metal trading after LME stumbles

By: Bloomberg     8th November 2022 As the London Metal Exchange (LME) wades through the fallout of this year’s nickel crisis, its American rival is gaining ground. Chicago-based CME Group Inc. has successful copper and precious-metals contracts but has never managed to challenge the LME’s dominance in other industrial metals. This... 

Green hydrogen truck trials going well – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2022 The 500 t world-first haulage truck powered by green hydrogen last week underwent fully loaded trialling that included tipping into the crusher at Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo. “The trials all went well,” Anglo American group technical director Tony... 

Clockwise from top left are Duncan Wanblad, Tony O’Neill, Stephen Pearce and Hilton Ingram.
Photo by Creamer Media
Clockwise from top left are Duncan Wanblad, Tony O’Neill, Stephen Pearce and Hilton Ingram.

Saudi Arabia to auction five new mining exploration licences in 2023

By: Reuters     31st October 2022 Saudi Arabia is planning to auction five new mining exploration licences with copper, zinc, lead and iron deposits for local and international investors in 2023, the mining minister said on Sunday, as it diversifies the economy away from hydrocarbons. The ministry will launch the bidding process... 

Glencore responds to climate suggestions, provides production update 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, in response to recommendations received, will take four steps to advance its  climate reporting amid the world facing a rapidly closing window to meet the Paris Agreement’s climate goals. The London- and Johannesburg-listed Glencore... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.

New start-up intent on improving pit-to-port turnaround times  

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2022 Three women who have been in logistics collectively for more than 30 years have formed a company intent on helping to smooth out rail and port logistics in the Southern African region. The three are Nosipho Damasane, Nyameka Madikizela and Ncumisa Dube, who have formed Indlela Connections. (Also... 

Indlela Connections chairperson Nosipho Damasane.
Indlela chairperson Nosipho Damasane and CEO Nyameka Madikizela talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Make green hydrogen part of official economic recovery plan, Dept of Science and Innovation urges  

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2022 South Africa should leverage the hydrogen opportunity as part of its official economic reconstruction and economic recovery plan. Dr Cosmas Chiteme, the director of hydrogen and energy at Department of Science and Innovation, highlighted this as the top key message on the way forward at the... 

Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Director of Hydrogen and Energy, Department of Science and Innovation.
Mistra platinum group metals event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South32 posts a mixed quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th October 2022 Diversified miner South32 has reported a mixed quarter for the three months to September, with aluminium and copper output rising, while all others fell. The miner on Monday reported that aluminium production for the first quarter of the 2023 financial year had increased by 9%, quarter on... 

Sasol/Saldanha sign MoU for green hydrogen hub in Western Cape

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2022 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol, already a seasoned grey hydrogen producer, and Freeport Saldanha Industrial Development Zone on Tuesday announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding  (MOU) to facilitate a green hydrogen hub in the Western Cape. In terms of the MOU, the... 

Freeport Saldanha CEO Kaashifah Beukes.
Freeport Saldanha CEO Kaashifah Beukes.

Enabling exploration is urgently needed to put South African mining back in ‘sunrise’ mode  

By: Martin Creamer     17th October 2022 High on the list of the steps that must be taken to stop South African mining from fading further into sunset mode is free access to geological information from State institutions such as the Council for Geoscience. Next is the provision of a modern, functional, and transparent mineral cadastre... 

Botswana Diamonds CEO James Campbell.
Botswana Diamonds CEO James Campbell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Lead set to shine on tight supplies, winter battery failures

By: Reuters     12th October 2022 Lead is expected to outperform other metals over the coming months as cold weather is likely to force consumers to replace auto batteries and supplies tighten, analysts say. The only base metal to make gains over the last month, lead has already been the best performer on the London Metal... 

Shell consortium accelerating electrification of mine haul trucks  

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2022 Transitioning oil, gas, fuels and lubricants company Shell has established a nine-member consortium to create electrification solutions for mining sites. The electrification offers a shift away from reliance on diesel. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

Shell VP Sectoral Decarbonisation & Innovation Grischa Sauerberg.
Shell decarbonisation webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Aurelia looking at funding after Federation study

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th October 2022 ASX-listed Aurelia Metals on Monday said it was considering a ‘range of funding options’ for its Federation project, in New South Wales, following a positive feasibility study (FS). The study was based on the development of an underground mining operation at the Federal deposit, with the ore to... 

Development is only conversation South Africa should be having, Cutifani tells Joburg Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2022 Development is the only conversation that South Africa should be having, former Anglo American CEO, director and consulting business executive Mark Cutifani said amid strong applause at the Joburg Indaba on Thursday – and mining should be recognised as an industry that can serve as a very... 

Former Anglo America CEO, director and consulting business executive Mark Cutifani.
Mark Cutifani’s address to the Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa’s geological prospectivity fantastic, says Minerals Council CEO  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 South Africa’s geological prospectivity is fantastic, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter told the Joburg Indaba on Wednesday. This is so even though only 15% of South Africa's surface area has been mapped at a high-resolution 50 000-to-1 geophysical level, and even though this... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter at Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Helping world transition to net-zero carbon is mining's biggest opportunity, says Minerals Council president 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 The biggest opportunity mining has as an industry is to help the world to transition to a net-zero carbon world, Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude said on Wednesday. Fakude, who is also chairperson of Anglo American's management board in South Africa, highlighted this during... 

Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.
Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.

Investment required to meet mining’s decarbonisation, power challenges – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2022 South Africa’s mining sector will be required to make major investments into alternative and renewable energy sources and energy planning to address the dual challenges of decarbonisation and reliable power supply, PwC said on Tuesday when it launched its SA Mine report, which highlights mining’s... 

Less than 5% of energy consumed by South African mining in 2020 sourced from renewables.
PwC’s SA Mine 2022 covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nyrstar's Port Pirie lead smelter to shut for 55 days

By: Reuters     4th October 2022 Nyrstar's Port Pirie lead smelter in Australia will shut for 55 days to implement capital expenditure to improve emissions and operational performance, the Belgium-based company said on Tuesday. Trafigura is a majority owner of Nyrstar, which declined to say how much lead Port Pirie produces.... 

More platinum-based green hydrogen generation on the way 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2022 Up to 1 350 t of green hydrogen can now be generated a year from renewable solar and wind power in the Wunsiedel Energy Park, in Germany. “This is another example of platinum-based production of green hydrogen in Europe that will assist both the replacement of imported natural gas and the earlier... 

Demand for platinum-based green hydrogen generation growing.
Demand for platinum-based green hydrogen generation growing.

NorZinc agrees to cash-offer to continue Prairie Creek development

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd October 2022 Canadian zinc and lead developer NorZinc on Friday agreed to a cash offer from private equity group  RCF VI (RCF) to maintain the current development work at its Prairie Creek project, in the Northwest Territories. RCF will buy NorZinc for C$0.0325 a share in cash, which represents a 3.5%... 

Prairie Creek, Northwest Territories
Prairie Creek, Northwest Territories

Sierra reaches agreement with communities blocking Yauricocha road

By: Mariaan Webb     29th September 2022 Toronto-listed Sierra Metals has reached an agreement with residents from the town of Alis, following the blockade of the main access road to the Yauricocha mine, in Peru, the company reported on Wednesday. The company is undertaking safety inspections and reviews to support the progressive... 

Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2022 The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa does not have such a cadastre, fellow African countries that are already thriving on it include... 

Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell.
Grant Mitchell: Minerals Councll Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Metals for cleaner future being turned to account in minerals-endowed Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2022 South Africa’s critical minerals potential is being highlighted in an increasingly promising manner by Orion Minerals, the Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed company that is showing the way in the minerals-endowed Northern Cape. Orion, headed by its Boksburg-born CEO Errol Smart, is poised to bestow... 

Orion Minerals reaping rewards from South Africa's minerals-endowed but under-explored Northern Cape.
Orion Minerals reaping rewards from South Africa's minerals-endowed but under-explored Northern Cape.

Green hydrogen, fuel cells important part of any future energy system, says global strategist  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2022 Green hydrogen and fuel cells will be a very important part of any future energy system, says Switzerland-based energy and sustainability consultancy strategist Dr David Hart. Among the electrolysers that convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen are proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Dr David Hart, E4tech.
E4tech’s Dr David Hart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africans urged to turn exploration into Big Hairy Audacious Goal   

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2022 South Africans have been urged to rally around exploration as this country's Big Hairy Audacious Goal – a BHAG – so that what is described as "our lowest hanging economic fruit" can be turned to positive account. Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, who was speaking in support of the junior... 

Council of Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza.
Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New fund-raising product appropriate for junior miners, says JSE  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2022 The JSE has a new product that is appropriate for fund-raising by junior mining companies, JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi said on Friday. Mokorosi, who was speaking at Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar, highlighted the new product against the... 

JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi.
Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior Miner Webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

World’s largest battery-electric mine truck heading for commercial availability in 2024   

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 The world’s largest battery-electric truck for underground mining is on its way to becoming commercially available in 2024. Sandvik’s 65 t TH665B machine removes between 1 t and 2 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day, along with heat and noise. 

Jakob Rutqvist, Sandvik VP strategy and commercial for battery and hybrid/electric-vehicles business unit of Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions.
Sandvik VP Jakob Rutqvist interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Minerals Council urges faster inclusion of private electricity suppliers 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s electricity recovery plan and urges more rapid private sector participation in resolving the country’s deepening electricity crisis. Minerals Council members have 6 500 MW of embedded energy projects in the pipeline which will... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Trevali CEO resigns as sales process for Rosh Pinah and Caribou gets under way

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2022 Embattled base metals miner Trevali Mining has kicked off a court-approved sales process for its interest in the 90%-owned Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia, and its fully-owned Caribou mine, in Canada. The Supreme Court of British Columbia last week granted a sales and investment solicitation process... 

An image of the Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia
The Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia

Ministers follow President in visiting Jagersfontein diamond disaster area

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 Following the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantsashe will today visit the diamond tailings deposition dam that burst its banks, killing at least one person and destroying homes. Mineral... 

Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
Photo by Google Maps
Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.

Santander mine owner applies for TSX listing

By: Mariaan Webb     30th August 2022 Cerro de Pasco Resources (CDPR), the company which bought the Santander mine from Trevali last year, has applied to list its common shares on the TSX. "Listing our shares to the TSX will mark a valuable milestone that will highlight CDPR's impact. This is a crucial step in our growth that will... 

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