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Africa’s crackdown on informal gold miners spreads to Mali

By: Bloomberg     2nd November 2021 Mali is getting closer to bringing in new rules to better control artisanal gold mining and overtake South Africa as the continent’s second-biggest producer. The country has struggled to keep tabs on informal output that’s sold on the black market or smuggled out, and gold is also being illegally... 

Anglo to transition to green hydrogen mine fleet over decade – Cutifani 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American, which is piloting the world’s biggest green hydrogen-powered haulage vehicle, is planning to replace its global truck fleet of 400 diesel trucks with hydrogen trucks over a ten-year period from about 2024. Introducing hydrogen mobility on its mines will... 

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Anglo can uplift livelihoods of many thousands, sustainability attendees hear

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American can uplift the livelihoods of many thousands of people living around its communities in South Africa and support many jobs through its sustainability projects, attendees of Anglo’s second 2021 sustainability update were told. The London- and... 

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Anglo American responsible business partnerships head Jon Samuel

Anglo to use underground mine water to generate electricity   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American is planning to use water in its underground mines as batteries. The water will be pumped up when operations have excess renewable power and allowed to run back down when electricity is needed. 

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From top left clockwise are Mark Cutifani, Jon Samuel, Stephen Pearce and Zahira Quatrocchi.

Anglo American sets ambition to halve Scope 3 emissions by 2040 

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American on Friday published its Climate Change Report 2021, ahead of its six-monthly sustainability performance update. The update includes Anglo’s progress towards its target of carbon neutral operations (Scopes 1 & 2) by 2040 and its ambition to reduce its... 

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Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Diamond producer reaps rewards of modernisation

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 v Russia-based diamond miner Alrosa’s significant investment in modernising and automating its manufacturing processes is aimed at improving operational performance and decreasing costs. 

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BIG MOVER The modernisation drive being undertaken by Alrosa Diamonds across its operations is improving its efficiencies already

Hydrogen turning Europe into climate neutral economy, energy leaders highlight 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2021 Hydrogen has an essential role to play to meet the climate change imperative of carbon neutrality, a World Hydrogen Leaders panel highlighted week. German, French, British, Norwegian and Swiss energy representatives taking part in the World Hydrogen Leaders discussion on the regulatory landscape... 

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World Hydrogen Leaders virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Peru's government asks Congress for permission to hike mining taxes

By: Reuters     28th October 2021 Peru's leftist government on Wednesday asked Congress for authorization to overhaul the country's tax code with a focus on raising taxes on the mining sector, funds the administration wants to use on social programs. The government wants to "perfect the mining sector's fiscal regime," according... 

Sibanye-Stillwater well positioned as climate resilient business – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2021 Precious and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is well positioned as a climate-change resilient business in the future green economy, says CEO Neal Froneman, who emphasises environmental social governance (ESG) as being core to the company’s strategy as it achieves its objective of building... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Parties sign terms of reference to catalyse mining industry modernisation  

By: Donna Slater     26th October 2021 Representatives of the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) and five labour unions on October 26 signed an agreement on the terms of reference for the parties to collaborate on modernising the South African mining industry, resulting in the formation of the MMP – Organised Labour Consultative (OLC)... 

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Mandela Mining Precinct and labour unions launch Organised Labour Consultative forum with terms of reference signing

Platinum's atypical alkaline electrolyser role lowering hydrogen cost outlook 

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are lifting the performance of an alkaline electrolyser, which is helping to lower the cost outlook of green hydrogen. PGMs have been incorporated in the catalytic coatings of the electrodes of the prototype Advanced Alkaline Electrolyser (AAE) alkaline electrolyser... 

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Hydrox’s PGM-using alkaline electrolyser.

Colombia environmental authority shelves AngloGold licensing request

By: Reuters     26th October 2021 Colombia's environmental licensing authority has shelved a permissioning process for AngloGold Ashanti's Quebradona copper project, the authority said on Monday. The decision was taken "following a technical, rigorous and comprehensive evaluation of the environmental impact study, of what was... 

Mining firms seek 'stability' for sector in new Chilean constitution

By: Reuters     26th October 2021 Mining companies operating in Chile will deliver a proposal document to the elected assembly drafting a new constitution for the world's largest copper producer, an industry association said on Monday, seeking stability for the sector. The National Mining Society (Sonami) said the proposal... 

Canada’s First Nations see green hydrogen as an indigenous reconciliation opportunity 

By: Martin Creamer     25th October 2021 Hydrogen systems are not only going to be green, clean and low emission but they are also going to be local – and Canada’s First Nations see them as an indigenous reconciliation opportunity. “They’re going to be local energy systems,” Change Energy principal Rymal Smith said in response to Fasken... 

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Bimaadzwin CEO Isadore Day

Mine operators need to take hydrogen very seriously, law firm webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2021 Mine operators need to take hydrogen and fuel cells very seriously as a pathway to decarbonisation, a webinar hosted by law firm Fasken heard this week. “There’s no pathway to zero carbon that does not include hydrogen and fuel cells,” H2GO Canada CEO Bob Oliver stated emphatically in response to... 

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From to left, clockwise, Dan Brock, Isadore Day, Al Davidson, Rymal Smith and Bob Oliver.

Targeted assistance improves workplace vaccination success

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa champions vaccines as being integral to curbing the transmission of Covid-19 and protecting people. The Minerals Council is following the approach of saving lives and livelihoods, which is linked to assisting with vaccine access. 

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DR THUTHULA BALFOUR Minerals Council provided resources to help vaccine efforts

Vaccine campaigns tackle hesitancy

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 Having administered the vaccine to over 200 000 people to date in the mining industry, mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa is confident that the industry will meet its vaccination targets. The achievement is encouraging for the sector having encouraged mass... 

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NIKS LESUFI Unions are critical in getting employees to accept vaccinations

Illegal sand mines continue to profit

By: Claire O'Reilly     22nd October 2021 Statistics released by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) inaccurately reflect the volume of illegal mining operations in South Africa, says mining industry body Aspasa (formerly Aggregate and Sand Producers of Southern Africa).  

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DIRTY DEALINGS Illegal sand and aggregate mining threatens the financial sustainability of legal operations

Minerals Council says collaboration is key to unlocking growth-supporting infrastructure

By: Nadine James     22nd October 2021 There have been positive developments since the introduction of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan in October last year, and while implementation has been delayed, continued engagement between Minerals Council South Africa and government, as well as the current commodities price... 

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Covid-19 successes owed to industry collaboration – Baxter

22nd October 2021 The close bonds of cooperation and collaboration between South Africa’s mining industry and its stakeholders pushed it to the forefront of the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, says Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, adding that the industry continues to lead the way through... 

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ROGER BAXTER

No zero carbon without green hydrogen, US pledging $1/kg coal-parity price 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2021 The world will be unable to meet its zero-carbon targets without the introduction of green hydrogen solutions, says Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha, at a time when the US has launched a programme to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%. Nasdaq-listed Plug Power, a pure play... 

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Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha

Fresnillo CEO says Mexico's mining situation 'unfavourable' 

By: Reuters     21st October 2021 The chief executive of Mexico's top precious metals miner Fresnillo on Wednesday described the current government's policies as "unfavorable" for the key industrial sector. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's government has been criticized by the mining industry for its policy of no... 

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Voted-out Gilbertson wishes Jupiter godspeed, CEO moved off board

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2021 A resolution for the removal of the MD and CEO of the ASX-listed Jupiter Mines as a member of the board was passed at the company’s general meeting on Wednesday, when mining doyen Brian Gilbertson was not re-elected as chairperson. Jupiter’s focus is on the highly successful Tshipi Borwa... 

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Brian Gilbertson

Policy-not-law charter judgment going long way towards providing certainty – NSDV 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2021 The court judgement that the mining charter is policy and not law goes a long way towards providing regulatory certainty, says NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan ­– but it is not the end of the road, he cautions in a 1 500-word analysis entitled The Great Mining Charter Debate. Khan... 

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NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan.

Incentive needed for smaller end of stock exchange to survive – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2021 An incentive is needed for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange, which is facing an existential crisis, said AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller on Monday. Reacting to the groundswell of headlines about delistings and lack of listings on the Johannesburg Stock... 

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AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Mineral nationalisation to remain prominent on back of Covid-19 disruption, green energy transition demand 

By: Donna Slater     18th October 2021 A “flare up” in mining resource nationalisation from 2020, is set to continue this year and into 2022, reports financial risk management, solutions and insights firm Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions). Over the past 12 months, resource nationalism in top mining... 

Mineral nationalisation to remain prominent on back of Covid-19 disruption, green energy transition demand

Hydrogen fuel cell has inexhaustible future, says Fortescue’s Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2021 The hydrogen fuel cell has an inexhaustible future as a means of maintaining the planet’s high standard of living, said Fortescue Metals Group chairperson Andrew Forrest during a global online symposium this week. “Our little planet’s cooking, the world’s impatient and there’s any amount of... 

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Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh (left) and Fortescue Metals Group chairperson Andrew Forrest (right)

US Senator Manchin promises to block mining royalty plan

By: Reuters     15th October 2021 US Senator Joe Manchin has promised to block a proposed royalty for minerals extracted on federal land from advancing in the US Senate's version of the hotly debated reconciliation package, a senate staffer said on Thursday. Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat and chair of the Senator's Energy and... 

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ioneer's Rhyolite Ridge project area

Vaccination roll-out could increase investment

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     15th October 2021 The South African mining industry’s proactive efforts to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 on the industry have resulted in its adopting a holistic approach to the pandemic, including the more recent vaccination roll-out. This can provide benefits for exploration investment in the country, says... 

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WARREN BEECH Vaccination has been acknowledged by the industry as one element of the holistic approach to managing Covid-19 in the workplace

Legislative changes needed to enhance exploration prospects

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     15th October 2021 While exploration is the lifeblood of the local mining industry, law firm Beech Veltman states that exploration spend has been declining for several years, even before the Covid-19 pandemic impacted on global demand. “This decline of exploration activity has primarily been as a result of... 

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DOWNWARD SPIRAL Unless significant efforts are made to attract exploration investment, the South African mining industry will be in trouble

Electricity wheeling can reduce load-shedding risk if legal, technical uncertainties are addressed

By: Donna Slater     15th October 2021 Tariffs and the legal framework governing the wheeling of electricity from independent power producers (IPPs), which are taking advantage of the recently declared 100 MW licence threshold, will be key factors in IPPs’ ability and willingness to feed surplus power into regional and national power... 

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Market recognising higher likelihood of platinum deficit than surplus in years ahead – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2021 Right now, the market is recognising the higher likelihood of platinum being in deficit rather than in surplus in the mid-term years ahead, said World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond on Thursday. Raymond expects pent-up up consumer demand for vehicles to reduce any... 

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The market is recognising the higher likelihood of platinum being in deficit rather than in surplus in the mid-term years ahead, said World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond on Thursday.

Harmony re-engineering portfolio, deleveraging balance sheet, creating optionality – Coetzer 

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2021 Harmony Gold is at a very exciting point as it pivots in a new portfolio-enhancing direction and sheds costs at the same time, says Harmony investor relations head Jared Coetzer. “That little paragraph that we came up with about reengineering our portfolio and deleveraging our balance sheet to... 

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Harmony Gold investor relations head Jared Coetzer.

Qld Parliament backs miner claims

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th October 2021 The Queensland Parliament has passed legislation aimed at assisting the resources sector keep driving Queensland’s economic recovery by confirming the validity of more than 900 historical mining tenures. Resources Minister Scott Stewart told Parliament that the Resources and Other Legislation... 

Pan African well positioned as solid-margin extended-life gold producer  

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2021 Midtier South African gold mining company Pan African is building two schools for its communities, has handed over a clinic in Barberton, is planning to embed 35 MW of renewable energy, is constructing a water retreatment plant that will pretty much eliminate the use of potable water at Evander,... 

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Pan African is building two schools, has handed over a clinic in Barberton, is planning to embed 35 MW of renewable energy, is constructing a water retreatment plant and has a large-scale blueberry project in Barberton.

Mining boom papering over serious structural issues – Nedbank's Mpofu  

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 South Africa’s current mining boom is papering over some very serious structural issues that underlie the mining industry as a whole. “Chief amongst those is the slowdown if not disappearance of investment in future capacity, a trend we’ve been seeing for the past ten years,” said Nedbank mining... 

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Nedbank mining lead Vusi Mpofu interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

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Form top left clockwise are Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Olivia Markham, Brett Beatty, Bernard Swanepoel and Mick McMullen.

Concerns remain despite assurances after coup

By: Cameron Mackay     8th October 2021 Despite assurances that mining activity would not be disrupted in Guinea following the coup d'état on September 5, there is lingering concern that investors could be reluctant to continue investing in the country, argues law firm Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech. “Investors are usually concerned... 

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WARREN BEECH While West Africa should be benefitting from more investment, there are a number of concerns to investors regarding illegal mining and regional stability and security
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