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Assore halts mines and smelters, prioritises on-time supplier payment

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 2 hours 54 minutes ago Mining and marketing company Assore, which is delisting from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange after 70 years, on Tuesday informed its shareholders that it had taken lockdown steps following the increased incidents of COVID-19 in South Africa. Assmang, which is half owned by Assore and jointly... 

Harmony Gold’s nine underground mines cease operations

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago Mining has ceased at all of the nine underground gold mines of Harmony Gold but the Johannesburg- and New York-listed company’s surface retreatment operations and opencast mine will continue to function, collectively producing between 650 kg and 700 kg in the 21-day lockdown period in response to... 

Harmony Gold’s nine underground mines cease operations
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Peter Steenkamp

Gold Fields places South Deep mine on care and maintenance

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 6 hours ago Johannesburg- and New York-listed gold mining company Gold Fields has placed its South Deep gold mine in Gauteng on care-and-maintenance to coincide with South Africa’s lockdown until April 16. In publishing its integrated annual report for 2019 and a number of associated reports on its website,... 

Gold Fields places South Deep mine on care and maintenance
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Nick Holland

Proudly South African hydrogen breakthrough with Shell’s backing 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2020 At this time of huge coronavirus uncertainty, the chests of a group of engineers here must surely be bulging with pride following their major Proudly South African world breakthrough that could speed up the global deployment of hydrogen as a competitive universal and environmentally friendly... 

Proudly South African hydrogen breakthrough with Shell’s backing
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Hydrox Holdings membraneless electrolyser.

Australia tightens foreign investment rules amid Covid-19 chaos

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th March 2020 The federal government on Monday announced temporary changes to the foreign investment review framework that are designed to protect Australia’s national interest as the country dealt with the economic implications arising from the spread of the coronavirus. The changes come as reports emerged... 

Australia tightens foreign investment rules amid Covid-19 chaos

Mining could be enormous post-virus stabiliser – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2020 The mining industry could be an enormous asset in stabilising and growing the economy post the coronavirus crisis – but the right economic and regulatory circumstances would have to prevail, Minerals Council South Africa stated in a weekend media release. Post coronavirus, South Africa would... 

ARM, Motsepe family play key roles in R1bn coronavirus pledge

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2020 South Africa’s diversified black-controlled mining and minerals company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and the Motsepe family on Saturday formed the key part of the partnership of companies and organisations that have pledged R1 billion to assist with the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic... 

ARM, Motsepe family play key roles in R1bn coronavirus pledge
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Dr Patrice Motsepe and Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe at Saturday's remote media conference using the Internet to ensure social distance.

Covid-19 a wake-up call on import over-dependency – Madala

By: Martin Creamer     27th March 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 internationally should be a wake-up call on the impact of South Africa’s dependency on imported products, Madala & Associates CEO Dilley Naidoo said on Friday. He urged that policies parallel to what was being implemented in the automotive sector should be prioritised in... 

Covid-19 a wake-up call on import over-dependency – Madala
Madala & Associates CEO Dilley Naidoo

Boipelo uses experience to court juniors

By: Nadine James     27th March 2020 Coal-focused Boipelo Mining Contractors – a Level 2 broad-based black economic empowerment joint venture formed by Murray & Roberts Cementation (MRC) and the Amandla TM Group – having recognised the opportunity presented by divesting majors, is actively courting players in the midtier and,... 

Boipelo uses experience to court juniors
EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS Since its appointment, Boipelo Mining has consistently exceeded its monthly production target

Miner confident of new licence

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Local coal miner Canyon Coal has applied for a new water use licence (WUL), in terms of the National Water Act, to develop its De Wittekrans coal project. De Wittekrans has an environmental authorisation, a mining right and a WUL. The reserve will be mined using opencast and underground mining... 

Miner confident of new licence
ACE IN THE COAL Product from the mine has been offered to Eskom through two separate tender processes

Coal remains vital to energy mix

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Despite increased regulatory pressure regarding the environmental impacts of its mining, storage and use in power generation, coal is still essential to the local energy mix, says engineering consultancy WSP power generation consultant Wayne Lindecke. “We are not naïve to the negative... 

Coal remains  vital to energy mix
WAYNE LINDECKE As a country, we’re evolving and trying to get our energy mix right, so we are dependent on coal and will still be for a while

Coal faces funding troubles

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 While demand for coal is still rising, there has been a local trend towards financing more sustainable and ‘green’ projects. Through public and shareholder pressure and aligning with global trends, local financial institutions are also reconsidering their approach towards funding new coal... 

Coal faces  funding troubles
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THE COAL STORY Currently, about 77% of the country’s electricity is generated from coal

Sector rich in opportunities, despite recent trends

27th March 2020 In South Africa, as well as globally, there has been a trend towards renewable energy sources and away from thermal coal. Empowered coal miner Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke states that, as the company aims to become State-owned power utility Eskom’s largest coal supplier and also has hopes to... 

Sector rich in opportunities,  despite recent trends
AT BECK AND COAL Coal-fired power will continue to fundamentally underpin of the growth of the local economy for the foreseeable future

Emerging miner on the difficulties in accessing project capital

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 The mining sector is transforming as technology presents new industry opportunities, says emerging miner Lurco Group COO Aubrey Chauke. 

Emerging miner on the difficulties in accessing project capital
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MOVING AWAY South African financial institutions no longer have an appetite for coal projects

Official gold holdings head for 34 000 t as global risks heighten 

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2020 Central banks and supranational organisations, such as the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of International Settlements, currently hold nearly 34 000 t of gold as reserve assets, the World Gold Council reported on Thursday. The council puts the primary reason for recent gold buying down... 

Official gold holdings head for 34 000 t as global risks heighten
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Gold bars.

New gold futures contract launched – LBMA 

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2020 A new gold futures contract just launched has expanded delivery options, London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) said on Thursday. The membership of LBMA, a gold and silver trade association, is made up of banks, traders and logistics companies across the world, resulting in it being given... 

New gold futures contract launched – LBMA
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LBMA executive board director Sakhila Mirza.

Global mining majors putting bright new spotlight on green hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2020 Three years ago the Hydrogen Council catapulted hydrogen to the forefront as a source of energy for transport and industrial companies. Now mining majors are putting the spotlight on hydrogen once again with the launch of the Green Hydrogen Consortium, which Hatch marketing coordinator Alana... 

Global mining majors putting bright new spotlight on green hydrogen
Liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology renders hydrogen oil-like.

New regulations on the cards for resources sector

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th March 2020 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the draft Productivity Commission report into resources sector regulation, saying a more robust, transparent and accountable regulatory system will strengthen the minerals industry once it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The draft report... 

If we don’t take climate change seriously, God help us – Mxolisi Mgojo   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2020 Coal mining company Exxaro Resources, which acknowledges coal’s negative impact on climate in a 20-page publication just released, expresses the view that a just transition to a low-carbon future should inform global climate action. “If we don’t take climate change issues very, very seriously,... 

If we don’t take climate change seriously, God help us – Mxolisi Mgojo
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nichols Boyd. Photograph: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Policy crucial to decarbonisation

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 The local mining industry, while dealing with challenges stemming from production decline over the past few years, is witnessing an evolving regulatory landscape, particularly with the development of an integrated carbon and air-quality regulatory framework. According to the Intergovernmental... 

Policy crucial to decarbonisation
SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES The industry faces challenges to reduce emissions given associated financial implications, including the impact on capital and operational efficiency

Company provides local mining carbon tax solution

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Information technology (IT) solutions provider EDS Systems, a subsidiary  of   Economic Development Solutions (EDS), is set to provide a cloud-based IT solution to help local miners calculate and comply with the Carbon Tax Act regulations. EDS provides services to  the local mining,... 

Company provides local mining carbon tax solution
FRANCOIS DU PLESSIS We are trying to create a basic environment for organisations to capture emissions according to the Act and display that in a simplistic, Web-based environment

Necessity drives drill bit innovation

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 Drilling solutions provider Lesedi Drilling and Contract Mining, in collaboration with its subsidiary, drill bit supplier Thriftline, has developed a removable reaming shell for its diamond drill bits, which the company believes will significantly reduce drilling consumable expenses. The reaming... 

Necessity drives drill bit innovation
CORE VALUE Innovation is necessary for survival in the current sluggish economic environment

Kangra awaits licence approvals

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Local coal miner Kangra Coal is planning an extension to its Savmore/Maquasa coal mining operation, in Mpumalanga, with Kangra Coal environmental specialist Niketiwe Dlamini noting that the company is awaiting the approval and issuing of the necessary environmental licences. The miner is required... 

Kangra awaits licence approvals
NIKETIWE DLAMINI As a main contributor to our GDP and as an extractive industry, mining has environmental and community impacts, hence the importance of environmental impact assessments

Question marks over protracted re-entry of trimetal PGM catalysis  

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2020 Trimetal catalysts, which use three platinum group metals (PGMs) rather than two and thereby balance PGM demand, have a multi-decade history of curbing gasoline vehicle emission, which poses question marks over why their re-adoption should be so protracted. New York-based CPM Group MD Jeffrey... 

Question marks over protracted re-entry of trimetal PGM catalysis
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CPM Group MD Jeffrey Christian

Menar progressing gold project in Kyrgyzstan  

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2020 Private investment and management company Menar, which is planning to invest R7-billion in coal projects in South Africa, is also progressing a gold project in Kyrgyzstan. “We’re looking at a sizeable gold project,” said Menar MD Vuslat Bayoǧlu, who is hoping that the Kyrgyzstan project will... 

Menar progressing gold project in Kyrgyzstan
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoǧlu talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer about gold project in Kyrgyzstan. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Australia's Victoria moves to lift onshore gas ban

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th March 2020 The Victorian government has introduced legislation to lift the moratorium on onshore gas exploration and production, while moving to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The government will be introducing two Bills to Parliament on Tuesday, the first of which would enshrine the ban... 

Australia's Victoria moves to lift onshore gas ban

Every effort must be made to ensure economy ‘does not grind to a halt’ 

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2020 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni stressed on Monday that, before contemplating any possible stimulus package to address the negative economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, all efforts should be geared towards ensuring that the already weak domestic economy “does not grind to a halt”. A failure... 

Every effort must be made to ensure economy ‘does not grind to a halt’
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Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Safety paramount at gold mine

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     13th March 2020 Gold mining company Harmony’s portfolio of operations is “a tribute to its commitment to complex underground mining in South Africa” and the most stringent of safety measures are required to offset the risks that accompany this complexity, the company stated in its safety fact sheet, that was... 

Safety paramount at gold mine
SAFETY FIRST Harmony is guided by principles that ensure that safety is built into everything that it does

Angola making progress in strengthening its precious stone sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 Angola has launched a limited public tender to contract three independent diamond evaluators, to evaluate the some 9.2-million carats of rough diamonds produced in the country each year. The contracts would fall under the Government’s services provision regime. The tender is open to both Angolan... 

Medical testing for cannabis in mining sector

13th March 2020 Since the Constitutional Court’s 2018 cannabis judgment, it has become widely known that adults may, privately, use, possess and cultivate cannabis in South Africa. The judgment raises critical questions around medical testing in the workplace, especially at mines –  whether openpit or... 

Medical testing  for cannabis in  mining sector
LIZLE LOUW The judgment raises critical questions around medical testing in the workplace, especially at mines

Coal miner Exxaro driving rigorous renewable energy strategy  

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2020 South Africa’s electricity generation crisis has created major opportunities for companies, businesses and individuals to start generating their own power, Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday when the JSE-listed black-empowered company declared generous dividends following a resilient 2019... 

Coal miner Exxaro driving rigorous renewable energy strategy
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo talks self-generation to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Exxaro lifts dividend, creates jobs, supports enterprises 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2020 Black-controlled diversified resources group Exxaro, which created 746 jobs and supported 30 small, medium-sized and microenterprises in the twelve months to December 31, reported a R235-million top-line 2019 increase, raised its dividend payout and lifted headline earnings a share. Core earnings... 

Exxaro lifts dividend, creates jobs, supports enterprises
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Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo.

Permit granted for Manas’ Eburnea gold project

By: Simone Liedtke     11th March 2020 ASX-listed Manas Resources local partner Eburnea Gold Resources (EGR), in Côte d’Ivoire, has been granted a new mineral permit. Manas holds an 80% in the permit area, which is subject to the sole funding exploration expenditure and meeting minimum yearly expenditure commitments. 

New catalyst technology bodes well for platinum – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2020 The newly announced tri-metal catalyst technology that rebalances market demand for platinum group metals bodes well for platinum, Implats CEO Nico Muller said on Wednesday. The tri-metal catalyst technology, which involves the use of palladium, rhodium and platinum in various degrees of loading,... 

New catalyst technology bodes well for platinum – Implats
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Implats CEO Nico Muller

Menar doing due diligence on thermal coal assets being offloaded  

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2020 Private investment and management company Menar is doing due diligence on thermal coal assets that have been placed on the market by companies wishing to offload them out of their portfolios. “If we get a good deal, we’ll look at making acquisitions,” Menar MD Vuslat Bayoǧlu told Mining Weekly on... 

Menar doing due diligence on thermal coal assets being offloaded
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoǧlu talks thermal coal to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Opinion: Government can and should expedite the procurement of emergency power

10th March 2020 In this opinion article, Megan Adderley and Melissa Hendrickse of Webber Wentzel argue that, to enable a swift response to closing South Africa’s existing electricity supply deficit of 3 000 MW, it may be legally permissible and necessary for the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to... 

Opinion: Government can and should expedite the procurement of emergency power

Assore to delist from JSE, offers to buy back shares

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2020 Mining company Assore, which has been listed on the JSE since 1950, has announced a transaction that will result in the minorities in the company being bought out and the company delisting from the exchange. Commenting on the transaction, Assore CEO Charles Walters said that the very low... 

Assore to delist from JSE, offers to buy back shares
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Charles Walters

Zambia buys artisanal gold to formalise unregulated mining

By: Reuters     9th March 2020 Zambia's mining investment arm ZCCM-IH has started buying gold from artisanal and small-scale miners in a bid to formalise the unregulated sector whose ranks have swelled worldwide as gold prices soar, it said on Friday. Governments across Africa are scrambling to tackle informal mining of gold,... 

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