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Strong call for rapid green hydrogen investment by ramp-up backer 

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2022 A strong call for final investment decisions (FIDs) on a multiplicity of green hydrogen projects was made at the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit in Cape Town yesterday by H2Global, a market ramp-up instrument that serves as an innovative form of subsidy scheme to smooth out bumps along green... 

Australia’s platinum pioneer highlighting greenness, mulling smelterless tech  

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2022 Australia’s platinum group metals (PGMs) pioneer, Podium Minerals, is evaluating the cleanest and greenest mining and processing options that include the possibility of circumventing the need for smelting. The Australian Stock Exchange-listed exploration and resources development company, which... 

Podium Minerals MD and CEO Sam Rodda.
Podium CEO Sam Rodda interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2022 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... 

Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.
Photo by Siemens
Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.

Extortion rackets becoming an epidemic in South Africa – Mavuso

By: Donna Slater     28th November 2022 Large industries, from mining to construction, are being targeted by extortion rackets of epidemic proportions, as organised crime is fast emerging as the biggest threat to South Africa’s economy, says Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso. Such crime, she says, is now more... 

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.

Ghana orders mining firms to sell 20% of refined gold to its central bank

By: Reuters     25th November 2022 Ghana has ordered all large-scale mining companies to sell 20% of their entire stock of refined gold at their refineries to the Bank of Ghana from Jan. 1, 2023, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia said on Facebook on Friday. The move is part of measures to operationalize a government plan to use gold... 

Rio acknowledges federal heritage plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th November 2022 Diversified major Rio Tinto has taken note of the federal government’s efforts to co-design stronger laws to give better protection to Aboriginal cultural heritage sites, noting that the company had been working hard to restore its relationship with Traditional Owners. “Since the tragic events... 

Gold miner releases tailings policy

25th November 2022 Global gold miner DRDGold released its tailings management policy, earlier this month. The aim of the new policy is to ensure that the interests of all relevant stakeholders – including shareholders, board members, executive and operational management, operating personnel, regulators and... 

Tailings being washed down for processing at one of DRD Golds tailing facilities in Johannesburg
RESPONSIBLE ACTOR The tailings management policy set out by DRD Gold will ensure the interests of all stakeholders are attended to adequately

Global organisation publishes tailings reduction roadmap

25th November 2022 Global CEO-led organisation International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) in September published its tailings reduction roadmap as part of a broader innovation initiative to develop solutions that significantly reduce tailings waste from mining and metals processing. The roadmap lays out... 

TELLING TIMES
The tailings roadmap released by global organization International Council on Mining and Metals aims to help significantly reduce taiings waste form mining and metals processing operations
TELLING TIMES The tailings roadmap released by global organization International Council on Mining and Metals aims to help significantly reduce taiings waste form mining and metals processing operations

Tailings critical liability in mining – consultancy

25th November 2022 Tailings storage facilities (TSFs) represent one of the most critical liabilities associated with the mining industry, says engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting tailings engineering corporate consultant Pepe Moreno. With the spotlight focused on environmental, social and... 

A dry tailings dam which has been inspected by SRK Consulting
DAM DRY A dry tailings dam which has been inspected by SRK Consulting

Water stewardship key to sustaining mining sector

By: Halima Frost     25th November 2022 Mines must use water stewardship to improve water conservation and water saving, thereby enhancing perception of the industry in the twenty-first century, says innovative solutions developer Xylem South Africa African strategy and marketing manager Chetan Mistry. The benefits of becoming water... 

A computer screen showing readings attained form a pipe or pump
CLEAR VIEW The Xylem Vue collection of software is a prime water-management solution for mines and tailings storage facilities

New implements to complement tailings testing portfolio  

By: Halima Frost     25th November 2022 Civil and mining geotechnical service provider GeoGroup has received the first of three new geotechnical surveying implements, which the company has commissioned to complement its range of tailings monitoring equipment. GeoGroup operations director Grant Rijsmus points out that, of the projects... 

A sonic cone penetration testing unit drill rig onthe floor of a factory after being unpacked at the Geogroup offices in gauteng south africa
Grant Rijsmus and Meldt van der Spuy from Geogroup discuss the new surveying implements to complement its tailings storage facilities testing portfolio. Camerawork: Shadwyn Dickinson. Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson. Recorded: 04.11.2022

Platinum’s hydrogen economy role is just transition enabler, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2022 The strategic role of platinum group metals (PGMs) in the creation of a hydrogen economy is the key supporting element of the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP) unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Mapungubwe Institute for... 

Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection researcher Dr Nqobile Xaba.
Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection researcher Dr Nqobile Xaba.

New laws on the cards to protect heritage sites

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th November 2022 The federal government has signed a partnership agreement with the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance to co-design stronger laws to give better protection to Aboriginal cultural heritage, following the 2019 destruction of the Juukan Gorge rockshelters in the Pilbara by major Rio Tinto.... 

Image shows Australian coat of arms and flag

Trump lesson on US protectionism guides Canadian foreign policy

By: Reuters     24th November 2022 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government learned a lesson when former US President Donald Trump forced the renegotiation of the North American trade pact five years ago: never underestimate US protectionism. Taking that lesson to heart has prompted Canada to mirror US strategy in the... 

An image of Canadian PM
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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.

Beneficial ownership registry, extractive industries transparency can benefit South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2022 Establishing a beneficial ownership registry in South Africa will help to improve financial transparency, the transparency of value chains and provide information for companies and the public about companies and who owns and controls them. These were some of the benefits highlighted in two new... 

Chinese mining deals under review as Congo targets windfall profits

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2022 The Democratic Republic of Congo wants a mining deal it signed with China more than a decade ago to be reworked, with a view to securing all the funding that was pledged for infrastructure projects and a share of windfall profits. A review of the 2008 minerals-for-infrastructure contract that... 

Groundbreaking for R1bn fuel cell factory set for first quarter of 2023 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2022 A bankable feasibility study has opened the way for the building of a factory for the local manufacture of fuel cells that are designed to provide low-carbon electricity to decentralised users at affordable prices throughout the African continent. Innovative South African Mitochondria Energy... 

Mitochondria founder and CEO Mashudu Ramano (right) interviewed by Martin Creamer (left).
Photo by Creamer Media
Mitochondria founder and CEO Mashudu Ramano (right) interviewed by Martin Creamer (left).

WA extends potash rebate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd November 2022 The Western Australian government has extended the royalty rebate scheme for the potash industry, established in the 2022-23 State Budget. The extension of the scheme will provide a non-repayable 50% rebate on royalties paid for two years to companies that make first sulphate of potash (SOP)... 

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.

Ecuador indigenous community rejects mining on their land after court ruling

By: Reuters     21st November 2022 Ecuador's Shuar Arutam indigenous people said on Friday they will not allow mining on their territory, threatening a large copper mining operation in the Andean country, after a court ruled their rights to prior consultation were violated. Ecuador's Constitutional Court in September ruled the... 

Mali creates new company to get bigger slice of mining wealth

By: Reuters     18th November 2022 Mali's transitional government late on Thursday signed into law a new state-owned mining company, part of the government's bid to increase revenues from the mining industry, a key engine of the West African country's economy. The company, Société de Recherche et d'Exploitation Minière du Mali... 

Sedibelo Platinum will now have wind power as well as solar and smelterless technology  

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2022 Latest news from Sedibelo Platinum Mines in North West province is that the company’s Pilanesberg platinum mines situated in the Bushveld Complex, 207 km west of Johannesburg, will not only have abundant solar power on site plus a world-first smelterless processing technology that consumes 82% –... 

Pallinghurst Group managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen.
Pallinghurst's Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Palabora Mining going ‘green’ with independent power producer appointment 

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2022 In the light of clean, cost-efficient, stable electricity supply being critical, Palabora Mining Company is partnering with Mzansi Energy to develop a 132 MWp solar photovoltaic plant and battery energy storage system capable of storing 310 MWh of electricity. Mining Weekly can report that the... 

Renewable energy planned for Palabora Mining.
Photo by Creamer Media
Renewable energy planned for Palabora Mining.

AfriTin’s vision is to fast-track lithium 

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2022 The vision of Africa’s aspirant tech-metal champion AfriTin Mining is to fast-track lithium production as it expands its footprint in Namibia. The six months to the end of August has seen the London Aim-listed company focus on bringing lithium and tantalum byproducts into production. 

AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen.
AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen.

Renewable microgrid tech underpinning Gold Fields’ decarbonisation in Australia

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2022 Renewable microgrid technology is underpinning the delivery of the decarbonisation targets of Gold Fields in Australia, Mining Weekly can report. From a 2016 baseline, the Johannesburg- and New York-listed gold mining company is targeting halving of Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030. 

Analysts, investors at Gold Fields site visit.
Analysts, investors at Gold Fields site visit.

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.

Sparkling Venetia underground diamond project heading for first production in 2023 

By: Martin Creamer     15th November 2022 A visit by Mining Weekly to the Venetia Underground Project (VUP) on November 14 provided far-reaching insight into this major diamond development that is scheduled to achieve occupational readiness and first production next year – "hopefully in the first part of the year, all going well", said... 

Mining Weekly was part of this week's Venetia Underground Project media visit.
Mining Weekly was part of this week's Venetia Underground Project media visit.

It’s been a great year for Menar, says chair Mpumelelo Mkhabela  

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2022 Despite its many challenges, 2022 has been a very successful year for the Menar group of companies. “We increased production at our operations, maintained our solid safety record, and made good headway in the development of our new projects,” Menar chairperson Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela told Mining... 

Menar chairperson Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
Menar chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mineral licences, coal transition, Namibia's EIB funding make headlines  

11th November 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the backlog of mineral licences being cut by almost 45%; the recent Mistra policy paper which argues that as South Africa moves away from coal, investment will be needed, not only for renewables, but also for coal communities; and Namibia's green... 

Photo of Martin Creamer
Mineral licences, coal transition, Namibia's EIB funding make headlines

Govt not considering mining tax - Albanese

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th November 2022 Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Friday that while a price cap on gas was still on the table to help reign in electricity prices on the east coast, the government was not considering a mining tax. Responding to questions from the 2GB programme, Albanese said a price cap on gas... 

Summit provides platform to seek health, safety solutions

11th November 2022 The Mine Occupational Health and Safety Tripartite Summit provides a platform to engage and find solutions for improvement of occupational health and safety performance, said Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe during his address at the event last month. The summit – held in... 

Image of Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
GWEDE MANTASHE More platforms to share good experiences and develop programmes are needed

Independents bullish on oil and gas outlook in Nigeria

By: Cameron Mackay     11th November 2022 The Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) – implemented in Nigeria last August – provides an ideal regulatory framework for the industry, as well as opportunities for smaller oil and gas companies, such as Nigerian oil and gas company Zigma, to become more involved in the industry, says Zigma founder and... 

Picture of Zigma MD & Founder Funmi Ogbue
FUNMI OGBUE There have been many discoveries in Africa, and Nigeria has not benefited significantly from these investments

Strategically located Congo has raw materials required to become leading fertiliser hub  

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2022 Strategically located Republic of Congo, which is endowed with the key required raw materials, is poised to be a world leader in fertiliser production. This is the view of Stéphane Rigny, the executive chairperson of Kanga Potash, which has received its licence to mine and produce potash in the... 

Kanga Potash executive chairperson Stéphane Rigny.
Kanga Potash executive chairperson Stéphane Rigny interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Qld makes plans to back small-scale miners

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th November 2022 The Queensland government will introduce a suite of possible changes to support the continued operation of small-scale miners in the state, with a moratorium on new claims to end as scheduled on November 24. “The 12-month moratorium has served its purpose and allowed government to talk to... 

NUM to celebrate 40 years

By: Donna Slater     9th November 2022 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will celebrate its fortieth anniversary at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo, on December 4. Established in 1982 in Klerksdorp (now Matlosana), the NUM was initially led by general secretary Cyril Ramaphosa, president James Motlatsi and... 

Minerals licensing backlog nearly halved, Parliamentary Portfolio Committee hears 

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2022 The backlog of mineral licences has been cut to 2 625 outstanding applications – 43.5% down on what the situation was in March 2021, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Minerals Resources and Energy has been informed. A thousand of the 1 500 prospecting right applications still to be... 

Mineral right application backlog reduced.
Mineral right application backlog reduced.
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