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Green hydrogen research given R35m boost 

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2023 South Africa's North-West University (NWU) is investing around R35-million in strategic funding to advance green hydrogen research over the next five years.   This follows the announcement that Hydrogen South Africa Infrastructure Centre of Competence (HySA CoC) at NWU is collaborating with... 

WA to introduce climate change legislation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 The Western Australian government this week announced plans to introduce climate change legislation this year to establish a framework for responsible emissions reductions to meet Western Australia's goal of net zero by 2050. This legislation will also formalise the state’s ambitious aim to... 

Consistent policy crucial amid uncertainty

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 In addition to increasing socioeconomic challenges and their knock-on effects worldwide, mining entities must also contend with a looming metals deficit, says Zambia Chamber of Mines CEO and engineer Sokwani Chilembo. “It’s been well known and widely forecast, even before the escalation of the... 

An image of hands holding emeralds at the Kagem mine in Zambia
A SHINING EXAMPLE African governments must make their jurisdictions more attractive to investors

Mining Indaba to be ‘bigger than ever’

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9 – is expected to be “bigger than ever”, owing to strong commodity prices and an increase in demand for critical minerals, as well as battery and rare earth metals. “We... 

An image depicting speakers at the Mining Indaba
INTRODUCING… New programmes and initiatives will be introduced, such as the Explorers Showcase, the Junior MINE and Official Government Leaders Programme

Namibia Chamber optimistic about industry’s 2023 prospects

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 Mining industry organisation Namibia Chamber of Mines (NCM) states that it is “very positive” on the trajectory of the local mining industry, stressing that it expects it to grow on the back of increased output from the diamonds and uranium sectors. “In the short term, growth in the mining sector... 

ICMM to be active at Mining Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 Mining industry organisation the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) is participating at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9 – with a presence on the main stage and at the Sustainability... 

An image depicting a smiling man, Rohitesh Dhawan
ROHITESH DHAWAN ICMM mining principles are updated to reflect best performance and progress on the most important sustainable development issues

Uncertainty can hinder investment potential – law firm

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 The theme of this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – Unlocking African Mining Investment – is quite relevant, as uncertainty in the South African mining industry can create reluctance among investors, says law firm ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou. He explains that there are three main... 

An image depicting a smiling man, Otsile Matlou
OTSILE MATLOU ENSafrica is sending its partners as delegates to the Mining Indaba to engage with industry players on pertinent issues

Law firm wants to effect positive change through discussions

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 Representatives of law firm Beech Veltman will attend the Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9 – to discuss and address the challenges facing the mining and natural resources industry across Africa. Beech Veltman... 

A black and white image depicting a smiling man, Warren Beech
WARREN BEECH Beech notes that, while enthusiasm within the African mining sector has decreased over the past few years, Africa still presents “ample opportunity” for investors in the mining and natural resources sector

Sustainability emphasised in African mining

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 With an increasing focus on sustainability for mining operations globally, more operations are cognisant of their carbon footprint – particularly major mining companies that face more scrutiny from civil society and investors. Hence, more mining companies are focusing on achieving net-zero Scope... 

An image depicting a smiling man, Andrew Lane
ANDREW LANE Deloitte is running the Ministerial Symposium as a leader and knowledge partner, which will include CEOs and Ministers from African mining industries

RBCT coal exports fall below 1993 level, being hit very badly by cable theft  

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2023 The number of tons of coal exported through Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) in 2022 fell to the lowest level since 1993. A total of 50.35 t was exported from the private-sector-owned RBCT, with the public-sector-owned rail line again being severely hit by copper cable theft currently. (Also... 

Lowest coal exports from Richards Bay Coal Terminal in 30 years.
Richards Bay Coal Terminal media briefing covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining Indaba introduces InfraTech platform to look at mining innovation

By: Donna Slater     26th January 2023 The organiser of the yearly Investing in African Mining Indaba, Hyve Group, reports that this year’s event will see the launch of a three-day InfraTech content platform that will include discussions on innovation in mining technology and how global pandemics and geopolitical realities act as... 

Copper-copious Zambia stepping up agricultural prowess, embarking on robust outreach  

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2023 Mining and agriculture are two key sectors of the Zambian economy that are attracting foreign direct investment, which rose 158% to $8.5-billion in 2022, creating 74 000 jobs. The latest company to announce that it will be developing a new copper mine in Zambia is one linked to Microsoft's Bill... 

Munkotachi Investments MD Christopher Lesa.
Munkotachi Investments MD Christopher Lesa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Independent tailings management body launched to oversee conformance with global standard 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th January 2023 On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Brumadinho Tailings dam disaster, in Brazil, which resulted in the deaths of 270 people, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Church of England Pensions Board – representing the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) that... 

The aftermath of the January 2019 Brumadinho tailings dam collapse in Brazil
The aftermath of the January 2019 Brumadinho tailings dam collapse in Brazil

Sasol secures first hydrogen-linked renewable energy supply contract 

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2023 Chemicals and energy company Sasol has signed a long-term contract for the supply of 69 MW of renewable energy to its Sasolburg site in the Free State – the first of several agreements Sasol intends finalising in the coming months as it secures the renewable energy supply required to produce... 

Sasol energy business executive VP Priscillah Mabelane.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Sasol energy business executive VP Priscillah Mabelane.

BlueRock forced to suspended Kareevlei operations following DMRE inspection

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd January 2023 Diamond miner BlueRock Diamonds has suspended operations at its Kareevlei mine, in South Africa, following an unscheduled visit by officials of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on January 20. The officials issued an instruction in terms of Section 54 and Section 55 of the... 

Transnet could be major disaster to South African economy, coal commentators warn 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2023 Transnet could be a major disaster to the South African economy if everybody does not get involved, commentator Michael Avery warned in his column in Business Day on Monday on Transnet Freight Rail and South Africa’s lagging coal exports. “We must be sharply focused on Transnet and its... 

Transnet Freight Rail and South Africa’s lagging coal exports.
Transnet Freight Rail and South Africa’s lagging coal exports.

Eskom’s problems are not coal related, Minerals Council assures 

By: Martin Creamer     20th January 2023 A social media campaign set on halting coal exports through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal to purportedly alleviate Eskom’s loadshedding has been noted with concern by Minerals Council South Africa. “This campaign is not based on any facts and instead relies on outright fallacious allegations... 

Richards Bay Coal Terminal activity.
Photo by Creamer Media
Richards Bay Coal Terminal activity.

Green hydrogen mine mobility on way in India to platinum applause

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2023 India has opted for hydrogen fuel-cell heavy-duty mine truck mobility in a green initiative that will have platinum group metals (PGMs) miners applauding. This is because the clean emission-free power will come from proton exchange membrane PEM technology, which is PGM-enabled. 

Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.

Congo sees deal on $6bn China mining contract overhaul this year – FinMin

By: Reuters     19th January 2023 The Democratic Republic of Congo expects to reach an agreement on overhauling $6-billion of an infrastructure-for-minerals deal with Chinese investors this year, Finance Minister Nicolas Kazadi told Reuters in an interview. The government is in active talks with representatives of Sicomines, a... 

Africa can export its sunshine as hydrogen, prof highlights ahead of big Sun City event  

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2023 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – In the past, geopolitics was such that oil- and gas-rich countries developed faster, but now countries that are able to export their sunshine in the form of hydrogen will be the ones in the pound seats as the world transitions to clean, green energy. 

Hydrogen South Africa Infrastructure Competence Centre director Professor Dmitri Bessarabov.
Hydrogen South Africa's Prof Dmitri Bessarabov interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

ACCC posts compliance guidelines on gas price caps

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2023 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released interim compliance and enforcement guidelines for the gas industry on the new Gas Market Emergency Price order. Parliament before Christmas passed the federal government’s Energy Relief package, which include a temporary... 

Measures to contain diamond mine tailings breach complete – Petra 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2023 When the eastern wall of a tailings storage facility at the Williamson diamond mine, in Tanzania, was breached on November 7 last year, precautionary measures to contain the tailings material and strengthen the New Alamasi water dam were carried out at the operation which is owned 75% by... 

Williamson diamond mine in Tanzania.
Williamson diamond mine in Tanzania.

Historic Koffiefontein diamond mine to be placed on care and maintenance – Petra 

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2023 London-listed Africa-focused Petra Diamonds announced on Monday that the historic Koffiefontein diamond mine would be placed on care-and-maintenance. As reported by Mining Weekly in May last year, Petra was exploring a responsible exit from its investment in the Koffiefontein diamond mining... 

Petra's Cullinan diamond mine in Gauteng.
Petra's Cullinan diamond mine in Gauteng.

NUM pushes back against RBCT’s decision to terminate Optimum’s terminal use

By: Darren Parker     16th January 2023 Labour union the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Highveld Region has noted “with regret” the decision taken by the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) board that seeks to indicate that Optimum Colliery, which remains under business rescue, will no longer be allowed to export coal using the... 

NUM workers protesting

Business, labour, civil society agree tariff increases will not fix Eskom  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th January 2023 State-owned energy utility Eskom says it appreciates the tough tariff decision made by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 financial years, for which the utility has been granted tariff increases of 18.65% and 12.74%, respectively. The utility says... 

Eskom's Duvha power station

China’s reopening should underpin commodity demand acceleration – Barclays 

By: Martin Creamer     13th January 2023 China’s reopening and ‘whatever it takes’ approach to the property sector are tectonic shifts that should underpin an acceleration in commodity demand through 2023, say Barclays Equity Research analysts. 2023 is set to be another strong year for miners, European metals and mining analysts Amos... 

Iron-ore sparkle.
Iron-ore sparkle.

Copper360 to develop inclusion White Paper

By: Darren Parker     12th January 2023 Copper producer Copper360 has launched a project to develop a White Paper on inclusion, specifically to measure current levels of inclusion in the mining and resources sector. The intent of the project, according to the company, is not only to troubleshoot inclusivisity but to interrogate... 

Copper360 chairperson Shirley Hayes
Copper360 chairperson Shirley Hayes

Lithium sales from South Africa on track to begin this month, Marula Mining reports  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2023 Sales of lithium processed out of stockpiles at the Blesberg project in the Northern Cape are expected to commence this month. “We’re on track for the first delivery of a thousand tons through to the offtake party that we’ve contracted with,” Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer told Mining Weekly in a... 

Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer.
Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Platinum-boosting clean hydrogen projects, patents are all the rage 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2023 The implementation agreement for Namibia’s planned multibillion-dollar Hyphen Hydrogen Energy project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of this year, Namibia President Hage Geingob revealed in his 2023 New Year’s message. Egypt has granted approval for two green hydrogen projects in... 

Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.
Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.

Zambia extends electricity rationing to mining firms

By: Reuters     10th January 2023 Zambia has started rationing electricity supply to mining firms following reduced power generation after a big drop in water levels in lake Kariba, the chairman of state-owned power utility Zesco said on Tuesday. Water levels in the lake were down at 1.66% of usable storage on Monday for the... 

Pronounced platinum production plummet­ predicted by independent consultant 

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2023 Global mine supply of platinum will fall by 500 000 oz to a million ounces as South Africa’s power shortage lowers production from 2023 to 2027, independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis calculates in a summary report on platinum group metals (PGMs) production and Eskom. Davis, who... 

Independent consultant Dr David Davis
Photo by Creamer Media
Independent consultant Dr David Davis

Enable South Africa to become green hydrogen centre – ANC

By: Martin Creamer     9th January 2023 Enabling South Africa to become a green hydrogen centre through government support is highlighted in the January 8 Statement 2023 of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC). "The ANC recognises important work in the Hydrogen Roadmap and directs government to... 

Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.
Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.

Chile mining royalty bill progresses after committee approves

By: Bloomberg     5th January 2023 A Chilean congressional committee approved on Wednesday a controversial mining royalty bill, putting it a step closer to final approval as part of the government's sweeping tax reform. The proposal, strongly criticized by the industry, was presented in the middle of 2022 by the government to... 

Gas price cap threatens Senex investment plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd December 2022 Energy major Senex Energy has warned that the federal government’s cap on gas prices placed its A$1-billion expansion plans at risk. Senex, which is owned by POSCO International and Hancock Prospecting, in August this year announced plans to expand its Atlas and Roma North natural gas... 

Zimbabwe bans raw lithium exports to curb artisanal mining 

By: Reuters     21st December 2022 Zimbabwe has imposed a ban on the export of unprocessed lithium, according to a government notice seen by Reuters on Tuesday, in a bid to stop artisanal miners who the government says are digging up and taking the mineral across borders. The southern African country holds some of the world's... 

Burkina Faso denies it paid Russian fighters with mine rights

By: Reuters     21st December 2022 Burkina Faso's mines minister on Tuesday denied an allegation by the president of Ghana that Burkina Faso had paid Russian mercenaries by giving them the rights to a mine. Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo caused a controversy by stating last week that Burkina Faso had hired mercenaries from... 

Panama orders First Quantum to halt copper mine operations

By: Reuters     20th December 2022 First Quantum Minerals must make a plan to halt work at its copper mine in Panama then go ahead with the scheme within two days of approval, the Central American country said after it and the Canadian company had failed to agree on boosting taxes from the project. The company has ten days to... 

The Cobre Panama mine

Bowen calls for consultation on emissions reduction plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th December 2022 The federal government has called for consultation to include emissions reduction in the National Energy Objectives, which govern the way electricity and gas markets and regulations work across the states and territories. This consultation is the next step in implementing the landmark decision... 

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