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Legislative Environment News

Gratton appointed to impact assessment advisory council

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2020 Mining Association of Canada president and CEO Pierre Gratton has been appointed to Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson’s advisory council on impact assessment. The 13-member council would advise the Minister on whether the new impact assessment regime, which came into... 

Vedanta says it will fight any attempt by Zambia to sell Konkola Copper Mines 

By: Reuters     11th December 2020 Indian-based metals and mining group Vedanta Resources said on Thursday it will fight any attempt by the Zambian government to sell its Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) business to third parties. The protracted legal fight with Zambia began in May 2019, when Lusaka appointed a liquidator for KCM, which... 

60Moz Sedibelo platinum expansion, construction of Kell beneficiation plant 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines Limited has announced the expansion of operations at Pilanesberg Platinum Mines into contiguous deposits of Sedibelo Central, Magazynskraal and Kruidfontein – known as the Triple Crown properties – with an estimated resource base in... 

Sedibelo's Pilanesberg Platinum Mines opertional area.
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Sedibelo's Pilanesberg Platinum Mines opertional area.

Proactive second half for coal giant

By: Halima Frost     11th December 2020 Diversified miner Exxaro, one of South Africa’s leading coal and coking coal producers, tells Mining Weekly that three of its five coal investment projects started production in the second half of this year. The projects include the Grootegeluk 6 expansion project, the Leeuwpan life expansion... 

GOOD LUCK 
The Grootegeluk mine has proven its mettle being Exxaro's most prominent mines
GOOD LUCK The Grootegeluk mine has proven its mettle being Exxaro's most prominent mines

Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment 

By: Martin Creamer     10th December 2020 Countries wanting to attract exploration investment need readily available geophysics data to offer to prospective investors. “Geophysics is now key to the exploration industry, particularly for metalliferous-type deposits, which have the largest value,” Exploration Geological Consultancy MD... 

Exploration Geological Consultancy MD Regina Molloy
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Exploration Geological Consultancy MD Regina Molloy

Productivity Report hopes to cut red/green tape

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2020 The Productivity Commission has released its final report on Resources Sector Regulation, making 48 findings and 11 recommendations to improve approval processes by removing duplication and cutting red and green tape. “The community needs to have confidence in regulation and how it is enforced.... 

Productivity Report hopes to cut red/green tape

Miners respond to Juukan Gorge report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2020 Diversified major Rio Tinto on Thursday said that it was committed to learning from the incident at the Juukan Gorge rockshelters earlier this year, in order to ensure that such an event did not take place again. Responding to the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia’s interim report... 

Investment approval for platinum mine’s solar project expected early next year 

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2020 Investment approval for the solar project at the Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo is expected in the first quarter of next year. “We are making progress with the environmental scoping study and the environmental impact assessment will commence following investment approval,”... 

Water dam at Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena mine.
Water dam at Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena mine.

Aus Parliament passes investment reforms

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th December 2020 Federal Parliament on Wednesday passed legislation giving effect to reforms to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975, for the first time in nearly 50 years. The reforms, which will commence on January 2021, ensure that Australia’s foreign investment framework kept pace with emerging... 

Fair Work Bill welcomed by miners

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th December 2020 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the federal governments proposed amendments to the Fair Work Act, saying it would help to ensure that Australian mining kept providing highly paid, highly skilled and secure jobs across Australia. Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial... 

Petroleum changes on the cards in NT

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th December 2020 he Northern Territory government on Wednesday endorsed the Petroleum Regulations 2020, which is aimed at strengthening regulation and ensuring the industry is accountable for its practices, while assisting pastoralists and petroleum companies to reach land access agreements for petroleum... 

China converting battery electric vehicles into platinum-linked hydrogen fuel cell vehicles  

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2020 Battery electric vehicles such as municipal buses and trucks are being converted into hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by China. “China already has a very well-established infrastructure to charge batteries and run battery electric trucks. But in the north, it’s very cold and we know battery electric... 

World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Now Implats joins high-flying PGMs-linked venture capital fund 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Impala Platinum (Implats) announced on Monday that it would be joining a high-flying venture capital fund that supports technologies making use of PGMs, which are helping the world to combat climate change. Existing investors in the... 

Implats CE Nico Muller
Implats CE Nico Muller

Retiring Glasenberg handing over Glencore reins to Gary Nagle  

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg announced on Friday that he would be handing over the reins of the global mining and marketing company in mid-2021 to top Glencore executive Gary Nagle, who has served the company for more than two decades and is well-known in South Africa, where he ran Glencore’s... 

Gary Nagle, who will be taking over in mid-2021 from retiring Ivan Glasenberg, who has served Glencore with distinction.
Gary Nagle, who will be taking over in mid-2021 from retiring Ivan Glasenberg, who has served Glencore with distinction.

Glencore spells out emission-reduction pathway to 2050 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Friday announced its ambition to be a net-zero emissions company by 2050. Glencore set out the pathway towards reducing its total emissions footprint by 40% by 2035, taking in Scope 1, 2 and 3. 

Ivan Glasenberg, who is handing Glencore reins to Gary Nagle.
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Ivan Glasenberg, who is handing Glencore reins to Gary Nagle.

Appea report warns of gas reservation issues

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th December 2020 A new report commissioned by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has warned that a gas market intervention in Australia could risk investment and supply in the sector. Undertaken by EnergyQuest, the report examined the gas market policies of 20 major... 

Appea report warns of gas reservation issues

Manufacturing, lockdowns can mean more exports from Copperbelt

By: Cameron Mackay     4th December 2020 The Chinese manufacturing sector has recovered quickly from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic which, complemented by a shortfall in raw materials in the country, has resulted in high demand for copper in China. Consequently, the lockdowns in South American countries and the challenges... 

OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Lockdowns in copper mining South American countries has created an opportunity for miners in the African Copperbelt to export more copper to countries like China
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OPEN FOR BUSINESS Lockdowns in copper mining South American countries has created an opportunity for miners in the African Copperbelt to export more copper to countries like China

Glencore, China’s GEM extend strategic cobalt partnership 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has extended its partnership with GEM of China for the supply of cobalt hydroxide by another five years. Both companies have also formally embedded responsible sourcing and sustainability into the contractual relationship. 

Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Copper bull market now fully under way – Goldman Sachs 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2020 The bull market for copper is now fully under way with prices reaching their highest level since 2017, Goldman Sachs International commodities research analysts reported on December 1. Also on December 1, Mining.com reported that the copper price was trading at its highest since March 2013 on... 

Copper smelting.
Copper smelting.

Hydrogen investment by PGMs-linked fund bodes well for South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2020 A new investment in hydrogen, made by the sustainability-focused AP Ventures, bodes well for South Africa. AP Ventures, an independent venture capital fund that invests in early-stage companies that use platinum group metals (PGMs), has invested €5-million equity in HPNow, which has introduced a... 

Building back better with green hydrogen peroxide.
Building back better with green hydrogen peroxide.

Mining can retake investor darling status by going green – Frandsen  

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2020 The taking of clear sustainability steps can make mining the darling of the investor community once again. Mining cannot participate in anything that leaves the world a worse place and needs to be cognisant of what it takes to have a licence to operate. Mining must have a smaller carbon... 

Pallinghurst Group managing partner and co-founder Arne Frandsen.
Pallinghurst Group Managing Partner and Co-Founder Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on the current demand for sustainable mining. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New chrome mine owner plans to grow in ‘very sustainable manner’ 

By: Martin Creamer     27th November 2020 The new owner of a chrome mine in North West province that was placed on care and maintenance following the Covid-19 lockdown, plans to grow production in a phased, sustainable manner that will ultimately lead to the creation of more than 1 000 jobs, Mining Weekly can today report. The... 

Highly experienced Clover Alloys CEO Philip Kotze
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Highly experienced Clover Alloys CEO Philip Kotze

Reducing regulatory burden remains critical

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 When comparing the legislative environments of different mining regimes on the African continent, law firm Webber Wentzel notes that the two highest ranked countries in terms of the 2019 Fraser Institute Survey – South Africa and Guinea – have similarities. “The legislative environments of these... 

JONATHAN VEERAN
There will always be investor interest where there is a demand
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JONATHAN VEERAN There will always be investor interest where there is a demand

Palladium-dominant Waterberg project's advance is primary objective –­ PTM 

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2020 The advancement of the palladium-dominant Waterberg Project to a development and construction decision is the primary business objective of Platinum Group Metals (PTM), for which construction funding and concentrate offtake arrangements are being pursued. The Toronto- and New York-listed company,... 

Platinum Group Metals CEO Michael Jones.
Platinum Group Metals CEO Michael Jones.

Anglo praised for blazing decarbonised mining trail with hydrogen truck project  

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2020 The electrolyser that will generate renewable hydrogen for the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle project has been delivered to site by Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser AS, as part of the joint partnership with ENGIE and Anglo American, announced last year. ENGIE is providing the... 

David Bow …..emission from mining trucks equivalent to the entire emissions from a country such as New Zealand or Finland.
Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser Senior Vice President Business Development David Bow interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

African green hydrogen can provide important economic impetus – BMBF 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2020 The establishment of an African hydrogen economy based on renewable energy can provide important impetus in the Southern African region and offer new perspectives, especially to young people. That is the view of German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Energy and Green Hydrogen... 

Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek and Innovation Commissioner ‘Green Hydrogen‘ Dr Stefan Kaufmann: Small bottle, huge effect. Sufficient energy to supply a refrigerator for a day – 48 litres of hydrogen are bound in this 80 ml liquid, referred to as liquid organic hydrogen carrier or LOHC. Dr Kaufmann was in South Africa earlier this month. © BMBF/Hans-Joachim Rickel
Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek and Innovation Commissioner ‘Green Hydrogen‘ Dr Stefan Kaufmann: Small bottle, huge effect. Sufficient energy to supply a refrigerator for a day – 48 litres of hydrogen are bound in this 80 ml liquid, referred to as liquid organic hydrogen carrier or LOHC. Dr Kaufmann was in South Africa earlier this month. © BMBF/Hans-Joachim Rickel

Australia committed to critical mineral development

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th November 2020 Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt has reiterated Australia’s aspirations to become a world leader in the exploration, extraction, production and processing of critical minerals. Speaking at the International Mining and Resources Conference, Pitt noted that the Critical Minerals Facilitation... 

Australian Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt
Australian Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt

Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2020 An Mpumalanga coal mine is on the point of entering into an agreement before year-end to have its acid mine drainage water curse turned into potable water at no cost, Mining Weekly can today report. Recovered potassium nitrate, which retails at about R15 000/t and which is marketed at about R11... 

John Bewsey
Trailblazer Technologies director John Bewsey interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining industry responds well to Covid-19, but legal risks remain

By: Schalk Burger     20th November 2020 The mining industry in South Africa responded well to the new directives to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and ensure employee health, a panel of lawyers from law firm Webber Wentzel said during the firm's annual Mining Roundup seminar on November 18. "The mining industry proved adaptable and... 

Platinum investment demand, Anglo American, Sibanye-Stillwater make headlines  

20th November 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks platinum investment demand sky rocketing 291%, Anglo American’s investment commitment to South Africa and a New York court dismissing class action against Sibanye-Stillwater.   

Platinum investment demand, Anglo American, Sibanye-Stillwater make headlines
Platinum investment demand, Anglo American, Sibanye-Stillwater make headlines

Zambia's mining assets won't be taken by bondholders – mines minister

By: Reuters     19th November 2020 Zambia doesn't expect its mining assets to be taken away by bondholders and has no plans to sell its shares in mining companies despite defaulting on part of its debt last week, Mines Minister Richard Musukwa said on Thursday. Zambia hopes to "strike a win-win situation" with bondholders,... 

Chrome producers want ferrochrome solutions that exclude export tax    

By: Martin Creamer     19th November 2020 South Africa’s non-integrated chrome ore exporters want to discuss ways of solving the existential threat to South Africa’s struggling ferrochrome industry to avoid the need for a tax being imposed on the export of locally mined chrome ore. But steadfastly in favour of a chrome ore export tax are... 

David Kovarski
ChromeSA spokespersons interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Senex raises concerns around potential reservation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th November 2020 Government intervention into the domestic gas sector could have dire consequences, energy producer Senex Energy has warned. Chairperson Trevor Bourne told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting on Thursday said that while sensible reforms could improve the efficiency of the gas... 

Anglo’s investment commitment to South Africa up R15bn  

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2020 Anglo American is on track to exceed its original investment commitment to South Africa, despite Covid-19 impacts, Mining Weekly can report. At this year’s SA Investment Conference, the London- and Johannesburg-listed diamond, platinum group metals and iron-ore mining company increased its total... 

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Platinum investment demand rockets on risk and hydrogen – WPIC

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2020 Platinum investment demand rocketed 291% in the three months to September 30, World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reported on Wednesday, when it forecast a third consecutive annual platinum deficit next year on an initial projected 2021 deficit of 224 000 oz. The high third-quarter (Q3)... 

Paul Wilson
Paul Wilson

Industry players need to ‘join hands’ to promote, build African beneficiation, processing industry

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2020 For Africa to advance its beneficiation and processing industry in a manner that will support growth, assure a return on investment and stimulate local economies, the continent will have to find a way to connect various elements of the decision making process and stakeholders, says information... 

British Columbia court rules in favour of Eastplats

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2020 TSX- and JSE-listed Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) has welcomed the British Columbia Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold the dismissal of an appeal of a petition filed by a shareholder seeking leave to start derivative action against certain of the company’s current and former directors. This... 

Iridium breakthrough a boost for green hydrogen economy, PGMs mining  

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2020 The amount of iridium required to electrolyse green hydrogen has been drastically reduced, a breakthrough that is a significant boost for the upcoming green hydrogen economy as well as South African platinum group metals (PGMs) mining. Heraeus Precious Metals has achieved a material thrifting... 

Heraeus Precious Metals executive VP new business development and innovation Philipp Walter
Heraeus Precious Metals Executive Vice President Philipp Walter interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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