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Exxaro eyeing 84 MW solar power for coal mine, hydrogen fuel cells 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 South Africa is at crossroads of energy liberalisation with 2.5 GW of embedded mining demand, including 84 MW demand at Exxaro Resources’ Grootegeluk coal mine alone and the intended use of hydrogen fuel cell powered trucking, Exxaro Resources said on Thursday. “Energy is the largest single... 

Nombasa Tsengwa appointed CEO-designate of Exxaro Resources 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate of diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources, effective from 31May 2023, when current CEO Mxolisi Mgojo reaches the retirement age of 63. The appointment of Dr Tsengwa, who is Exxaro’s current MD Minerals, forms part of what the... 

Nombasa Tsengwa appointed CEO-designate of Exxaro Resources
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Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate.

Exxaro announces record dividend on earnings leap in fourth fatality-free year

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 The black-empowered and black-led diversified mining company Exxaro Resources on Thursday announced a record dividend distribution on 25%-higher earnings and another year without occupational loss of life, taking the safety achievement to four years of fatality-free operation. Cash of... 

Exxaro announces record dividend on earnings leap in fourth fatality-free year
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Northern Cape ‘elephant country' needs exploration boost, says explorer  

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2021 South Africa is still "elephant country" and needs to boost exploration in the Northern Cape's highly prospective Namaqua metamorphic geological province in particular, says PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes. Meintjes, a private explorer who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, focuses on... 

Northern Cape ‘elephant country' needs exploration boost, says explorer
PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

South Africa has opportunity to win back lost share of global vanadium market – Bushveld   

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2021 South Africa has an opportunity to win back its lost share of the global vanadium market, which at one stage stood at 25%-plus, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Mojapelo, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, contends that South Africa has the wherewithal to regain... 

South Africa has opportunity to win back lost share of global vanadium market – Bushveld
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo talks on vanadium to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2021 Ahead of tackling policy issues, incremental ongoing effort must be prioritised to clear South Africa’s huge mineral exploration and mining rights backlog, says AmaranthCX director Paul Miller. The backlog currently stands at more than 5 000 unprocessed exploration applications and  235... 

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller talks exploration to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SA slips to sixtieth on Fraser Institute index

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2021 South Africa ranked sixtieth out of 77 destinations in terms of investment attractiveness, Canada-based public policy research organisation Fraser Institute's 2020 Survey of Mining Companies, released on February 23, has shown. The country had ranked fortieth out of 76 destinations in 2019. 

Pandemic highlights new supply chain priorities

12th March 2021 Despite the severe disruption of the global movement of goods during the early stages of Covid-19, most countries and companies were able to introduce mechanisms to allow for activity to resume, notes independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting principal consultant Lisl... 

Pandemic highlights new supply chain priorities
TEAMWORK A mine’s supply chain can be a powerful aspect of achieving shared value and community resilience through local procurement, supplier development and enterprise support

Dividend-paying Gem Diamonds working on technologies to reduce diamond damage  

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2021 Diamond mining and marketing company Gem Diamonds is advancing innovative technologies that reduce diamond damage by ejecting rock non-mechanically and being able to see diamonds in a certain size of rock, Gem CEO Clifford Elphick said on Thursday when the London-listed company reported positive... 

Dividend-paying Gem Diamonds working on technologies to reduce diamond damage
Gem Diamonds results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

ESG inherently part of EV evolution – PDAC panel

By: Donna Slater     10th March 2021 The factors of environment, social and corporate governance (ESG), now more than ever, are critical to move away from fossil fuels and towards energy efficiency, a panel of experts concurred at a major Canadian mining conference on Tuesday. Speaking during the 2021 edition of the Prospectors and... 

ESG inherently part of EV evolution – PDAC panel
E3 Metals Corp Corporate Affairs & Exploration VP Liz Lappin

South Africa should regulate bus, truck emissions – Royal Bafokeng Platinum   

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2021 What a wonderful housing job Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has done in building 1 400 impressive family homes for its employees, with another 100 outstanding for occupation. When RBPlat CEO Steve Phiri listed the black-controlled and black-led platinum group metals (PGM) mining company on the... 

South Africa should regulate bus, truck emissions – Royal Bafokeng Platinum
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Royal Bafokeng Platinum engaged in tailings, concentrator, conveyor projects  

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2021 Platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has tailings, concentrator and overland conveyor projects under way, which are aimed at achieving organic growth as well as long-term sustainability. RBPlat executive head of operations Neil Carr reported at the company's... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum engaged in tailings, concentrator, conveyor projects
Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s project pipelined covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Organisation to support at-risk, entrepreneurial nature of exploration, development

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2021 South Africa requires a robust, representative, principled and professional, future-focused mineral-exploration and development organisation that is capable of educating, promoting, lobbying and, if necessary, litigating for the creation of a vibrant exploration sector, says exploration,... 

Organisation to support at-risk, entrepreneurial nature of exploration, development
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Dr John Bristow

Royal Bafokeng Platinum studying feasibility of 30 MW solar power plant   

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) which on Tuesday reported a record performance accompanied a R1.5-billion maiden dividend payment, is conducting a study into the economic feasibility building of a 30 MW modular photovoltaic (PV) solar energy plant at... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum studying feasibility of 30 MW solar power plant
Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s record results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

China South Africa’s largest coal market in February – Goldman Sachs 

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2021 China was South Africa’s largest coal market in February, taking over from India, which is traditionally been South Africa’s largest coal export market. Normally, China does not import coal from South Africa, but 2021 has seen a shift, Mining Weekly reported in early January 

China South Africa’s largest coal market in February – Goldman Sachs
South Africa's world-class Richards Bay Coal Terminal in KwaZulu-Natal.

Royal Bafokeng Platinum delivers top performance, declares maiden dividend

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Tuesday reported a record performance and declared its maiden dividend on the back of a 2 734.2% increase in 2020 headline earnings to R3.5-billion. The JSE-listed black-controlled, black-led and black-managed... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum delivers top performance, declares maiden dividend
RBPlat CEO Steve Phiri

Merafe loss decreases, electricity risk remains, logistics challenge intensifies  

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Although the loss suffered by ferrochrome company Merafe Resources decreased in 2020, its electricity risk remains and its logistics challenges are intensifying. Merafe’s revenue and operating income is primarily generated from the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, which has a total capacity of... 

Merafe loss decreases, electricity risk remains, logistics challenge intensifies
Merafe Resources results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Electricity supply constraints, costs a challenge for South Africa's ferrochrome industry

By: Simone Liedtke     8th March 2021 Some industry stakeholders have suggested that a special electricity tariff would be a “better way” to support the embattled ferrochrome ore industry, rather than government’s recently approved export tax on exported chrome. Although the tax percentage and further details are still to be... 

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO Andrew T Stuart emphasised during last week’s Fasken online panel discussion on hydrogen. In this... 

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized
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Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

Additional government support could boost industry growth

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Mpumalanga-based industrial valve specialists Brimis Engineering technical director Moeketsi Mpotu emphasises the significant growth opportunities available through government’s offering support to the mining valves industry. He states that the local industry has remained on a “positive upward... 

Additional government support could boost industry growth
DESIGNATING LOCAL VALVES Brimis Engineering aims to offer locally manufactured valves, in some highly specialised applications, while ensuring that all global standards are met

Support needed for black owned downstream players

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Black-owned businesses and industrialists in the local mining valves industry need better domestic coordination and support to protect them, while black industrialists who want to own and manage such businesses should be encouraged, says valves manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) CEO Tumi... 

Support needed for black owned downstream players
RF PINCH VALVE The RF pinch valve has a rubber sleeve with proprietary technology that includes a tube fold design

South Africa ‘unique’ circumstances could give it tech-minerals edge - 18

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2021 Amid continuing decarbonisation worldwide, the increased global demand for tech minerals (such as zinc, copper, tin and vanadium) presents South Africa’s mining regions with “a unique set of circumstances”, says dual-listed Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart. He tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly... 

South Africa ‘unique’ circumstances could give it tech-minerals edge - 18

Steps being taken to improve manganese export logistics – ARM 

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2021 Steps involving the use of two ports rather than one, longer trains and increased rail wagon payload are being studied to improve the logistics surrounding the export from South Africa of manganese ore. State-owned rail enterprise Transnet has put on hold the capital expansion plan centred on the... 

Steps being taken to improve manganese export logistics – ARM
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The control room at African Rainbow Minerals' Black Rock manganese ore mine in the Northern Cape.

Minerals Council offers to part pay cost of replacing Samrad system 

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa has made recommendations to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) about critical reforms that are needed to encourage greater investment in exploration and mining. One of its suggestions is that the dysfunctional South African Mineral Resources... 

Minerals Council offers to part pay cost of replacing Samrad system
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

DA questions disconnect between prospecting requirements, Minister's comments

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2021 Political party Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament James Lorimer has questioned the veracity of Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe's comments that the broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) shareholding will not be required for prospecting rights licence... 

DMRE commits to provide final decision on Samrad system in six months 

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Thabo Mokoena, during a follow-up briefing to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Resources on March 3, committed the department to providing a final determination on the South African Mineral Resources... 

The major challenge of the mining industry is the imperative of growth – Dr Motsepe  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2021 The major challenge of the mining industry is the imperative of growth, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe said on Wednesday, when the 25 000-employee ARM reported record financial results. “You’ve got to replace the orebody that you’re mining with an equally... 

The major challenge of the mining industry is the imperative of growth – Dr Motsepe
African Rainbow Minerals interim results report by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer: Video: Darlene Creamer.

New exploration strategy a step closer, but questions remain

By: Donna Slater     3rd March 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa and the Council for Geoscience are said to be close to publishing their so-called new strategic Exploration Implementation Plan. Announced during the Joburg Indaba in October 2020, the new exploration strategy was then earmarked for development within three... 

African Rainbow Minerals' earnings soar 134%, interim dividend declared

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2021 Despite Covid-19-related global economic challenges and uncertainty, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Wednesday reported record headline earnings of R5 039-million for the six months to December 31. This represented a 134% increase compared with the corresponding of 2019 and was underpinned by... 

African Rainbow Minerals' earnings soar 134%, interim dividend declared
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African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe

Super-cycling PGMs being shielded from demand-hit repeat of 2000s – Froneman  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are moving into a super cycle and producers are working with end-users to prevent the metals going through a repeat of the demand-destruction phase that took place in the early 2000s, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman told the BMO conference on Monday. Speaking on... 

Super-cycling PGMs being shielded from demand-hit repeat of 2000s – Froneman
Outlook for platinum group metals positive as they enter super cycle, says Sibanye-Stillwater.

High Court interdicts business rescue of Lily, Barbrook mines 

By: Donna Slater     1st March 2021 The Mpumalanga division of the High Court on February 26 granted an interim interdict, as applied for by bidder Arqomanzi, delaying the implementation of busines rescue plans for the Lily and Barbrook mines by former owner Vantage Goldfields. The interim interdict is valid until May 4.  

Anglo CEO talks hydrogen, recycling, Scope 3, material solutions provision  

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2021 The surge of the hydrogen economy, the need to recycle, halving Scope 3 emissions through iron-ore-linked green steelmaking, assisting South Africa to create new industries, and becoming a one-stop material solutions provider, were among the issues discussed by Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani in... 

Anglo CEO talks hydrogen, recycling, Scope 3, material solutions provision
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Mexican mining chamber warns uncertainty to bring investment cuts

By: Reuters     1st March 2021 Mexico's large mining sector will likely see some recovery this year after 2020's pandemic-induced slump, but a key industry leader said he fears rising political risk will drag down growth as companies focus new investments elsewhere. Fernando Alanis, president of Mexican mining chamber... 

Mexican mining chamber warns uncertainty to bring investment cuts

Company reduces environmental risk through greener blasts

26th February 2021 For over three decades, chemicals manufacturer Omnia Holdings’ subsidiary Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) has been incorporating used oil in its emulsion explosives, making blasting greener and reducing environmental risk. Consequently, the company is the leading consumer of used oil in the... 

Association develops new audit programme

26th February 2021 Industry association the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) is in the process of completely redeveloping its renowned environmental audit system, creating a robust new system that is more user friendly and better aligned with the requirements of smaller-scale... 

Colliery installs filter press systems at processing plants

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th February 2021 Mining investment firm Menar will implement a programme comprising the installation of filter press systems at both of its Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) processing plants to maximise water reuse and recycling. The commissioning of the first filter press system is planned for next month, with... 

Colliery installs filter press systems at processing plants
FRESH AND CLEAN All the water management measures implemented by ZAC will also ensure the protection of freshwater resources against pollution

ESG principles integral to addressing carbon tax challenges

26th February 2021 Attracting new investment will increasingly depend on having a strong environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) culture, and mines aiming to reduce their carbon footprint through capital-intensive technology programmes will thus need to implement better ESG programmes to help raise... 

ESG principles integral to addressing carbon tax challenges
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BALANCING ACT Linking ESG priorities to operations’ short-term viability is complex, and a careful balancing act is needed for mines to attract and retain investors
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