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More border openings wanted for returning workers – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2020 More border openings are wanted for returning foreign mineworkers. As of Thursday last week, not a single foreign mineworker had re-entered South Africa from neighbouring foreign countries. “Only a limited number of border posts are open,” Minerals Council South Africa environment, health and... 

240 000 miners back at work – Minerals Council South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2020 An estimated 240 000 miners are back at work on 385 large and small mines across South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana said on Thursday. Each and every one of these miners was screened on their return to work after lockdown... 

Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Covid update by Minerals Council South Africa. Video: Darlene Creamer 11.06.2020

ICMM members record 287 fatalities in 2019

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2020 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Thursday released the 2019 safety data of its company members, who reported 287 occupational fatalities, a marked increase from the 50 fatalities recorded in 2018 and 51 fatalities recorded in 2017. ICMM said in a media release to Mining... 

ICMM CEO Tom Butler
ICMM CEO Tom Butler

Global mining forum IGF puts forward sweeping employment reforms 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2020 The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining Minerals Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) on Wednesday put forward sweeping mining employment reforms in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has, it states, exposed weak points in the global labour market. IGF emerged from the 2002 World Summit... 

Sweeping mining reforms advocated in response to Covid-19.
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Sweeping mining reforms advocated in response to Covid-19.

Well positioned to weather storm – Standard Bank

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2020 The Standard Bank is well positioned to weather the Covid-19 storm and remains determined to emerge from this crisis as a stronger Africa-focused financial services group, Standard Bank Group FD Dr Arno Daehnke said on Thursday. The capital and liquidity levels of Africa’s biggest lender by... 

Standard Bank building.
Standard Bank building.

Mozambique streaks ahead with new e-government cadastre advance 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2020 While South Africa is still trundling along laboriously with a minerals cadastre system fraught with shortcomings, Mozambique has rocketed to the highest firmament of e-government licence processing, Mining Weekly can report. Mozambique first led the pack 17 years ago when, ironically, it latched... 

Mozambique mining cadastre portal.
Mozambique mining cadastre portal.

New solution for monitoring tailings dams 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2020 The tragic tailings dam breach in Brazil that killed more than 270 people has focused the world of mining on making tailings dams safe. Earlier this year, and environmental organisation Grid-Arendal launched the world’s first publicly accessible global database of mine tailings storage facilities... 

Tailings dam.
Photo by Creamer Media
Tailings dam.

It’s official, the hottest party in the metals world is cancelled

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2020 The London Metal Exchange (LME) has pulled the plug on the biggest annual gathering in the metals market, cancelling all its own events during October’s LME Week because of coronavirus concerns. From its origins as an annual gathering organised by the LME’s golf association, the week-long roster... 

Minister urges mines to test without fear of mine closure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday urged mines to test for Covid-19 to the full extent without fearing mine closure. The Minister was responding to a media question on the steps the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) was taking to end the backlog of... 

Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Gwede Mantashe

Conversation on getting economy back on track post-Covid has begun   

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2020 The conversation has begun on getting the South African economy back on track with the necessary structural reforms post-Covid, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday. Speaking at question time during a virtual media conference following the council’s annual general... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter
Minerals Council’s virtual media conference covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Full reopening of mining from June 1 – President Ramaphosa

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2020 Subject to strict Covid-19 protocols, mining will be allowed to reopen fully from June 1, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. In his address on South Africa’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the President announced that South Africa would advance to level 3 from June 1, with an... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Leon lists measures to attract mining investment in these challenging times  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2020 South Africa should consider appointing an independent minerals regulator to speed up minerals licensing, Herbert Smith Freehills Africa co-chair Peter Leon said during a webinar this week. Responding to Patrick Leyden, who moderated the webinar entitled re-imagining the sub-Saharan mining... 

Herbert Smith Freehills Africa co-chair Peter Leon
Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Co-Chair Peter Leon spoke at a webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Cacophony of voices on LME floor may not be heard for many months

By: Reuters     21st May 2020 The London Metal Exchange's open outcry trading floor may remain closed for many more months as it cannot be reopened under COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the head of the exchange said. LME CEO Matthew Chamberlain also told Reuters the exchange would look at potential M&A activity, but... 

Mining becoming significant corporate buyer of renewable energy ­– ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2020 The mining industry has started to become a significant corporate buyer of renewable energy in regions where these technologies have become reliable and cost-competitive compared with fossil fuel-based electricity, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). These regions include... 

Wind turbines at Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine in Western Australia.
Wind turbines at Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine in Western Australia.

Gazetted Covid guideline restates much of what mining has already adopted 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2020 The newly gazetted guideline to prevent, mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic on mines is largely a restatement of what has already been adopted by the mining industry. Most of the requirements of the code of practice (COP) mandated in the gazette already form part of the standard operating... 

ENSafrica executive consultant Willem le Roux
ENSafrica executive consultant Willem le Roux

Covid prevention a must at mines – gazette 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2020 Covid-19 prevention, mitigation and management programmes must be established at mines using the guideline gazetted by Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza on Tuesday. The gazette notice states that this guideline provides minimum requirements for the compilation of a code of practice to prevent... 

Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza
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Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza

Mandatory code of Covid mining practice gazetted 

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2020 South Africa's guidelines for a mandatory Code of Practice (COP) to mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic in the mining industry have been gazetted. Failure by employers to prepare and implement a mine's COP in line with the guidelines would constitute a criminal offence and a breach of the... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Glencore Coal donating food to Mpumalanga communities

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2020 Glencore group company Glencore Coal had, at the time of Mining Weekly going to press, distributed more than 1 250 food parcels worth over R658 000 to the communities of Mpumalanga, as part of its ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Last month, the London- and Johannesburg-listed Glencore... 

Glencore Coal's food parcels for distribution to vulnerable communities.
Glencore Coal's food parcels for distribution to vulnerable communities.

Glencore invests more in Ireland neighbour Group Eleven

By: Mariaan Webb     15th May 2020 Diversified major Glencore will invest C$750 000 in exploration and development group Group Eleven Resources, which owns the Stonepark project adjacent to its Pallas Green project, in Ireland. Glencore Canada will buy 15-million units in TSX-V-listed Group Eleven at C$0.05 a share. The... 

Zinc flakes
Zinc flakes

EY Canadian Eye drops sharply on Covid-19

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2020 The EY Canadian Mining Eye index has declined by 29% in the first quarter of 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The substantial decrease compares with a gain of 11% in the final quarter of 2019. “The mining and metals sector continues to grapple with the impact of government Covid-19 mandates... 

Glencore beats emissions target, sets out to deliver safety step change 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore significantly surpassed its emission target in 2019 but described its safety performance as being unacceptable. In announcing the publication on its website of its 2019 Sustainability Report as well as its environment, social and governance (ESG)... 

Glencore’s head of sustainable development Anna Krutikov
Glencore’s head of sustainable development Anna Krutikov

Trevali defers Namibia zinc expansion decision

By: Mariaan Webb     14th May 2020 Global base-metals miner Trevali has deferred its expansion plans for the Rosh Pinah zinc mine, in Namibia, to a future date, as it moves to preserve liquidity during the economic downturn. The Vancouver-based company, which also owns mines in Peru, Canada and Burkina Faso, said on Wednesday... 

The Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia.
The Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia.

World’s top mining companies committed to climate change solutions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2020 Twenty seven of the world's leading mining and metals companies and 36 associations are committed to climate change solutions through their membership of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), Mining Weekly can today report. The ICMM is an international organisation dedicated to a... 

International Council on Mining and Metals  CEO Tom Butler
International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler

Judgment reserved at Mining Charter review hearing 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2020 A full bench has heard the application for a judicial review of certain aspects of the Mining Charter gazetted in September 2018. Judge President Mlambo, judges Vally and  Van Der Schyff reserved judgment on the application lodged by the Minerals Council South Africa on March 27, 2019, when the... 

Minerals Council South Africa building in central Johannesburg.
Photo by Creamer Media
Minerals Council South Africa building in central Johannesburg.

Glencore well positioned to navigate Covid challenges – Glasenberg 

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is well positioned to navigate the current challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Thursday, when the London- and Johannesburg-listed company reported first-quarter production and provided a general... 

Ivan Glasenberg
Photo by Blooomberg
Ivan Glasenberg

Morale high as Covid-masked South African miners get back to work 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2020 Morale is reportedly high as Covid-masked and physically distanced South African mineworkers get back to mining underground for companies that have gone the extra mile to ensure that they have been fully remunerated and host communities generously funded during the national lockdown. In a... 

Mineworkers with personal protective equipment.
Mineworkers with personal protective equipment.

Ivanhoe advances Kakula underground development at record pace

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2020 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has now completed 13.5 km of underground development at the Kakula copper mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The company is 4.2 km ahead of plan on the mine’s development. 

Members of Kamoa-Kakula’s multi-national team of geologists and engineers that is helping to build the Kakula mine, in front of the mine’s high-grade ore stockpile.
Members of Kamoa-Kakula’s multi-national team of geologists and engineers that is helping to build the Kakula mine, in front of the mine’s high-grade ore stockpile.

Opencast mines may return to 100% of capacity from May 1 – Patel

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 Opencast mines are permitted to return in phases to 100% operation from May 1 but underground mines must continue at 50% of production capacity, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Saturday. Speaking during a media briefing covered by Mining Weekly on South Africa’s easing from the... 

Openast mines like this one may return to 100% production capacity.
Openast mines like this one may return to 100% production capacity.

Learning curve still too steep to define ‘best practice’ mining response

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 The rapidly evolving Covid-19 crisis learning curve is still too steep to conclusively define what a ‘best practice’ response looks like from the mining industry, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is facilitating a rapid exchange of information and knowledge to... 

ICMM CEO Tom Butler
ICMM CEO Tom Butler

Adriatic a step closer to operational mining after environmental permit RoD

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2020 The Bosnian Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism (FMET) has issued a positive record of decision (RoD) for the Veovaca environmental permit, UK-based exploration and development company Adriatic Metals said on Thursday. Adriatic is the owner of the Vareš mining concession in Bosnia and... 

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on Thursday issued a firm directive to all mining operations to ensure safe start-up procedures as the sector prepares to ramp up to 50% of capacity. Mining Weekly can report that the directive is issued to ensure compliance with Section 5(1)... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.

Central Asia Metals mulls renewables opportunities, releases inaugural sustainability report

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2020 London-listed Central Asia Metals (CAML), which produces base metals essential for modern living, has commissioned independent consultants to conduct feasibility studies on the potential of building a renewable energy plant at its Kounrad operation, in Kazakhstan. The studies will consider the... 

Central Asia Metals' Kounrad operation, in Kazakhstan.
Central Asia Metals' Kounrad operation, in Kazakhstan.

Ascendant sells Honduran mine to focus on Portugal project

By: Donna Slater     21st April 2020 TSX-listed base metals miner Ascendant Resources has entered into a share purchase agreement with Panama-based Kirungu to sell all the issued and outstanding shares of its wholly-owned Honduran subsidiary American Pacific Honduras (Ampac), which owns the producing El Mochito zinc, lead and silver... 

Lundin reports underground fire at Sweden mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st April 2020 Canadian base metals miner Lundin Mining had to evacuate its underground personnel at the Zinkgruvan operation, in Sweden, on Monday, after a haulage truck caught fire on the 1 140 m level of the mine. There were 58 people underground at the time. All personnel were accounted for and there were... 

Impala CE granted bail after appearance on Covid-19 charge 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2020 The arrest of the chief executive of Implats' Implala Platinum Rustenburg mining operations was on Friday welcomed by the Mineral Resources and Energy Parliamentary chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo, who on Thursday called on law enforcement agencies to act decisively against mining executives who... 

Impala Platinum Rustenburg CE Mark Munroe
Photo by Creamer Media
Impala Platinum Rustenburg CE Mark Munroe

Jubilee operations restart under strict Covid-19 protocols 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2020 Metals processing company Jubilee Metals announced on Friday that its South African operations had recommenced and it was strictly adhering to the updated lockdown regulations set out to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Jubilee retreats mine tailings, waste, slag, slurry and other secondary... 

Sorting solution shows potential in metals sectors

By: Cameron Mackay     17th April 2020 Ore-processing equipment supplier TOMRA Sorting Mining has provided X-ray transmission (XRT) sensor-based ore sorting technology for two local mining plant projects on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, in Limpopo, which were commissioned recently. TOMRA Sorting Mining senior VP... 

XRT TECHNOLOGY MARKET 
P2E realised that sensor-based sorting, as a toll-treatment option, has benefits over DMS technology
XRT TECHNOLOGY MARKET P2E realised that sensor-based sorting, as a toll-treatment option, has benefits over DMS technology

Minerals Council welcomes revised Covid-19 regulations

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday welcomed the amendments to the Disaster Management Act regulations as they pertain to mining. These regulations allow a phase-up in mining capacity to 50% during the lockdown period, but with all the preventative and mitigating controls in place to... 

Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
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