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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).
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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.
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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... 

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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... 

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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.

France, Germany extend €600m to support South Africa’s transition from coal

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2022 South Africa, France and Germany have signed loan agreements for the two European nations to each extend €300-million in concessional financing to South Africa to support this country’s efforts to reduce its reliance on coal through a just transition to cleaner energy sources. Mining Weekly can... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Zimbabwe's new mineral royalty policy comes into force

By: Reuters     8th November 2022 Zimbabwe has passed regulations allowing the state to collect mining royalties partly in the form of minerals, according to a government notice seen by Reuters on Tuesday, as the country seeks to build a reserve of precious metals. The southern African country has struggled to capitalise on its... 

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.

Calls intensify for audit of South African tailings dams after Jagersfontein disaster

By: Darren Parker     4th November 2022 Following the tragic collapse of the Jagersfontein tailings storage facility (TSF) in the Free State on September 11, there has been a resurgence of urgent calls for audits of South Africa’s other TSFs. The collapse of the Jagersfontein TSF claimed one human life and nearly 900 farm animals... 

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Barrick’s competitive gold, copper position being progressively boosted by exploration 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2022 The competitive position of gold and copper mining company Barrick is being progressively boosted by exploration, which results in the company replacing extracted ore with similar quality. “We’re the only company that has replaced our ounces at the same quality through exploration – though the... 

Barrick Gold Corporation CEO Dr Mark Bristow.
Barrick Gold Corporation CEO Dr Mark Bristow.

Northern Cape’s Tshipi manganese mine ‘up there with best of them’, says new Jupiter CEO  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2022 The Northern Cape’s Tshipi Borwa manganese mine is “up there with the best of them”, says new Jupiter Mines CEO Brad Rogers, who has seen his fair share of mines around world as the former head of a company with more than 50 mining and industrial sites in Australia and Indonesia. Rogers has been... 

Jupiter Mines CEO Brad Rogers.
Jupiter CEO Brad Rogers interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen economy support highlighted in maiden Anglo Platinum climate report 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2022 Active support for the creation of a viable green hydrogen economy in South Africa and globally, along with the firm underpinning of a ‘just energy transition’, are highlighted in Anglo American Platinum maiden climate change report. The report sets out the role the JSE-listed mining and... 

Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.

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

Anglo updates on decarbonisation, biodiversity, responsible mining  

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2022 Decarbonisation, net positive biodiversity, and progress towards assuring all operations against recognised responsible mining standards are addressed in Anglo American’s twice-yearly sustainability performance update, which was presented on Monday. Recognising that many of the metals and... 

Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American sustainability report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum group metals gaining ground in Australia where PGMs have critical status

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2022 Exploration and resources development company Podium Minerals is continuing to blaze a trail in platinum group metals (PGMs) in Australia, where PGMs have been classified as critical minerals, which is also the case the US, Japan, India and the Eurozone. ASX-listed Podium on Monday announced a... 

PGMs supply.
PGMs supply.

Baxter to step down as Minerals Council CEO in April 2023

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2022 Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter will step down as CEO of the entity when his contract expires in April 2023. Baxter has led the organisation for nine years through various changes and challenging times, bringing much positive and transformative change, says Minerals Council... 

Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

IDC increases stake in green aluminum producer 

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2022 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has increased its shareholding in Mozambique’s Mozal Aluminium to 32.45%. Prior to this transaction, State-owned IDC held 24% equity in the hydropowered aluminium smelter, which is located 20 km west of Maputo, in Beluluane industrial park. 

Mozal Aluminium in Mozambique.
Mozal Aluminium in Mozambique.

Mining Amendment Bill passes another hurdle

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2022 The Mining Amendment Bill has passed the Legislative Council in Western Australia, streamlining administrative processes and safeguarding the security of titles and licences, the state government said. “The Mining Amendment Bill 2022 supports the government's ongoing commitment to provide... 

Canada raises hurdles for foreign deals targeting critical minerals

By: Reuters     31st October 2022 Canada’s government is making it harder for foreign State-owned companies to pursue deals that target critical minerals in the resource-rich country. “Significant transactions by foreign state-owned enterprises from Canada’s critical minerals sectors will only be approved as of likely net... 

Canada raises hurdles for foreign deals targeting critical minerals

Ivanhoe exploration award draws high-spirited comment on northern limb 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2022 The northern limb of the Bushveld Complex is attracting real exploration interest in the form of Platinum Group Metals, Sylvania Platinum and now Ivanhoe Mines, AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller has noted on LinkedIn. Platinum Group Metals and Ivanhoe are listed on the Toronto Stock... 

Exploration under way on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex.
Exploration under way on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex.

Mining companies vulnerable to cyberattacks

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th October 2022 Amid a rising number of high profile corporate data breaches this year, cybersecurity software company ESET has warned that resource companies could face a similar threat unless they were well insulated. ESET’s chief security evangelist Tony Anscombe told Mining Weekly Online this week that... 

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.
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