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Certainty over closure needed

By: Cameron Mackay     13th May 2022 The current version of the National Mine Closure Strategy, released for comment by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in May 2021, aims to improve the efficiency of water management at mine sites and develop a post-closure mine water strategy. Environmental organisation the... 

Organisation stresses need for long-term AMD solution

By: Cameron Mackay     13th May 2022 Environmental organisation the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) stresses the need for a long-term solution to treat acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand goldfields. FSE CEO Mariette Liefferink says failure to implement such a solution may lead to an increase of the salt... 

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES AMD is associated with surface and groundwater pollution, soil quality degradation, harming aquatic sediments and fauna, and enabling metals to seep into the environment

Large-scale gold miners should help legitimate artisanal miners access formal markets

By: Darren Parker     12th May 2022 While a large proportion of artisanal or small-scale gold mining (ASGM) in Africa is illegitimate, companies operating in the large-scale gold mining (LSGM) sector in Africa should work to support responsible and legitimate ASGM operations wherever feasible and help them access the formal global... 

World Gold Council CFO Terry Heymann
World Gold Council CFO Terry Heymann

Congo mines Minister seeks to cancel artisanal cobalt monopoly

By: Reuters     12th May 2022 Democratic Republic of Congo Mines Minister Antoinette N'Samba Kalambayi is seeking to cancel a decree granting Entreprise Generale du Cobalt (EGC) a monopoly over artisanal cobalt produced in the country, she told Reuters on Wednesday. EGC was created to buy, process and market artisanal cobalt... 

Mining drives WA budget

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th May 2022 A strong resources sector, which has continued to operate through much of the Covid-19 pandemic, along with higher commodity prices has assisted in Western Australia in reporting an expected operating surplus of A$5.7-billion for 2021-22. Premier Mark McGowan on Thursday pointed out that the... 

Minimum of 14 000 jobs a year from South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor now under development has the potential to generate a minimum of 14 000 jobs, $400-million in gross domestic product and $900-million in taxes a year by 2050. In an addition, there is potential to grow platinum group metal (PGM) demand by between 1% to 2%... 

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Minerals Council hydrogen briefing from left Allan Seccombe, Roger Baxter and Fahmida Smith.

Removal of growth impediments key to improve the perception of mining in South Africa, says Minerals Council

By: Donna Slater     11th May 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s acknowledgement of South Africa ranking of seventy-fifth out of global mining jurisdictions in the latest Fraser Institute’s survey means the South African government needs to respond with urgency and purpose to remove impediments to growth and development of the... 

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Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Minerals Council spells out members’ commitment to climate change mitigation 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 Members of Minerals Council South Africa have agreed to commit to a climate change response strategy that will reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and achieve a net zero emission by 2050 or earlier. Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi on Tuesday... 

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Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi, closest right, with Minerals Council's Allan Seccombe, left.

US in ‘race to the top’ to solve energy supply chain vulnerabilities – Fernandez

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2022 The US has three international energy priorities, and they also relate to Africa, says US State Department Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, José Fernandez. Speaking at the Inveesting in African Mining Indaba 2022 on Tuesday, Fernandez said these priorities were... 

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José Fernandez

South Africa keen to harness hydrogen economy opportunities, President Ramaphosa tells Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2022 It was just amazing to see the innovation that the mining industry is capable of scaling up, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in his enthusiastic address on Tuesday. “Last week, I attended the launch by Anglo American of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Investing in African Mining Indaba.

DRC seeking to encourage investment in mining and local beneficiation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2022 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde has stressed his government’s commitment to responsibly managing the country’s mineral resources, facilitating investment in mining and promoting local minerals beneficiation. He was addressing the Mining Indaba 2022... 

Cadastral system core to ensure re-emergence of exploration in SA 

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2022 A mining cadastral system is the most critical part of the puzzle to ensure the re-emergence of exploration in South Africa, says Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana. The country currently attracts less than 1% of global exploration spend. 

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Tebello Chabana

South Africa has significant implementation crisis – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2022 South Africa has a significant implementation crisis. A number of government departments and parastatals were hollowed out. Capacity is a significant issue in almost every parastatal – water authorities, Eskom, Transnet and across the board. “We’re not rushing in to take over activities because... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Open letter to Mantashe bemoans lack of SLP enforcement

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2022 In an open letter to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, the Sekhukhune Combined Mining-Affected Communities (SCMAC), the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) and Amnesty International South Africa (AISA) raised concerns about the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Zambian President calls on African leaders to act, not talk, regarding economic development

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th May 2022 Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema has called for African countries to exploit their resources “properly, strategically and cleverly”. He was delivering a keynote address at the first day of the Mining Indaba 2022 conference in Cape Town, on Monday. “This calls for deliberate efforts on the... 

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Zambia President Hakainde Hichilema

Mantashe highlights importance and opportunity of mining in Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th May 2022 South African Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has stressed the need for mining to be used to achieve wider economic development across Africa. He was delivering one of the keynote addresses on the first day of the Mining Indaba 2022 conference in Cape Town. “We must... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Vedanta offers Zambia investment commitments if handed back KCM

By: Reuters     9th May 2022 Vedanta Resources has offered to step up investment in Zambia's Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and implement several social responsibility programmes if it resumes control of the local firm, a company letter sent to the government showed. Zambia's previous government put KCM into the hands of... 

Gangs stealing cables miles underground torment South African platinum mines

By: Bloomberg     9th May 2022 South African miners are battling a growing threat miles underground in the world’s deepest platinum shafts: Gangs stealing copper cables and disrupting operations. Enticed by high copper prices, thieves are sneaking in, descending deep underground and setting up camp among vast networks of... 

Green hydrogen can be produced in South Africa immediately, coal conference hears

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2022 The generation of green hydrogen is achievable in South Africa immediately and is not a complicated process, Sasol just transition office head David Kawesha said on Friday. “You just need the renewable energy resource, electrolysers to split water, and that’s really what the basic process is,”... 

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McCloskey's Southern African Coal Conference panel from left moderator Randy Fabi, Tracey Davies, Steve Nicholls, Jan Oberholzer and David Kawesha.

WA to introduce Aboriginal Empowerment Unit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th May 2022 The Western Australian government is investing A$14.6-million to establish an Aboriginal Empowerment Unit to ensure developments in Western Australia's resources industry deliver improved outcomes for Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal Empowerment Unit will develop and implement the... 

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Only way to fix Eskom, Transnet is to work as SA Inc, conference hears 

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2022 Putting South Africa’s 60-million people first and working as South Africa Incorporated – SA Inc – is the only way to solve the problems of this country’s biggest State-owned enterprises, Eskom and Transnet. This message was put out loudly and clearly during a panel discussion at McCloskey’s... 

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Sereti CEO Mike Teke

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium status to world that needs this very rare metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2022 South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium supply status to gain the full confidence of a world that requires this very rare platinum group metal (PGM) to advance the fast-moving hydrogen economy. Iridium is a potent co-roleplayer with PGM stalwart platinum when it comes to... 

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SFA Oxford CEO Henk de Hoop interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Zuma replaced Ramatlhodi with inexperienced 'Gupta minister' Zwane to do their bidding – Zondo

By: News24Wire      29th April 2022 It was clear that former president Jacob Zuma replaced Ngoako Ramatlhodi as mineral resources minister because he refused to cooperate with the Gupta family’s wishes, the State Capture Inquiry has found. "... Ramatlhodi had consistently refused to have anything to do with the Guptas and was not... 

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Mosebenzi Zwane

Implats reports 6% lower refined production amid challenging operating landscape 

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2022 The gross refined production of platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Implats declined by 6% to 2.35-million ounces in the nine months to March 31, when sales volumes of 2.38-million ounces were 4% lower than the prior comparable period. “The operating landscape continues to be challenging,”... 

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Implats CEO Nico Muller

Glencore guides higher full-year ferrochrome output with coal marking time 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is guiding 3% higher ferrochrome performance for the whole of this year, with no change to its coal production guidance. Full-year guidance for nickel is also up by the same three percentage points but full-year 2022 zinc guidance has been reduced... 

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Gary Nagle

Further delay in Haib licence court case

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2022 TSX-V-listed Deep-South Resources reports that the legal counsel for the Namibia Ministry of Mines and Energy has been late to file its defence affidavit and has requested an extension of ten days to file its affidavit with regard to the review of the decision of the Minister to deny the renewal... 

Former Finance Minister Nene chair, Gomwe CEO of MC Mining

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2022 The board of MC Mining has appointed former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene as chairperson and former Anglo Coal leading light Godfrey Gomwe as CEO of the London AIM-, Sydney ASX- and Johannesburg JSE-listed South African coal exploration, development, and mining company. The key projects of MC... 

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Godfrey Gomwe, CEO of MC Mining

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa confirms Mining Indaba attendance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2022 Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been confirmed as an attendee at this year's Investing in African Mining Indaba to be held in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. He is the fifth African President to confirm his attendance at this year's Mining Indaba. 

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Clean coal a ‘figment of the imagination’, says Olver

By: Darren Parker     26th April 2022 The concept of clean coal is a figment of the imagination, according to science, said Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) Secretariat executive director Dr Crispian Olver on April 26. “There is no such thing,” he said, speaking at the PCC-JSE Financial Sector Forum on Just Transition Framework... 

PCC Secretariat executive director Dr Crispian Olver
PCC Secretariat executive director Dr Crispian Olver

Petra Diamonds exploring responsible Koffiefontein exit 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2022 Diamond company Petra is exploring a responsible exit from its investment in the Koffiefontein diamond mining operations. The exit would be carried out together with its black economic empowerment partners Kago Diamonds and its Itumelang employee trust, the London Stock Exchange-listed company... 

Wimbledon opts for platinum to mark Queen’s jubilee, centre court centenary 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2022 In the year of the Queen of England’s platinum jubilee, the coins to be used in the Wimbledon ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss will be made of platinum for the first time in the championships’ history. This follows last month’s unveiling by the UK Royal Mint of its largest ever... 

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Platinum coin to be tossed at Wimbledon.

Zambia 'very close' to picking investor for Mopani copper mine -president

By: Reuters     26th April 2022 Zambia's government is close to finding a private investor for Mopani Copper Mines, President Hakainde Hichilema said on Monday, in order to ramp up production at the mine, one of the biggest in the country. Zambia took on $1.5-billion in debt to buy Mopani from Glencore in January 2021 and has... 

New Limpopo diamond mine on cards 

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2022 An evaluation carried out by Botswana Diamonds has firmed up the possibility of a diamond mine being developed at the company’s Thorny River property in South Africa’s Limpopo province. The analysis indicates potential opencast options, the London-Aim and Botswana Stock Exchange-listed company... 

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Botswana Diamonds MD James Campbell

Chile Constitutional assembly knocks back ambitious environmental proposals

By: Reuters     22nd April 2022 - Chile's constitutional convention rejected on Thursday night a set of proposals focused on expanding environmental protections, especially around the major mining sector, a blow to reformers which will push the articles back to committees to be reworked. "Regretfully, our commission's [full... 

Local industry waiting for regulatory certainty

22nd April 2022 The local industry is cautiously anticipating the content of the amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), which were alluded to by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) following the judicial review and setting aside of certain provisions of the... 

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NTSIKI ADONISI-KGAME The firm’s exposure at the Indaba will ensure that legal practitioners specialising in mining are enriched with specialised views about prevailing topics of concern in mining

Tackling bottlenecks, energy transition vital for African mining

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd April 2022 While mining in Africa is back in “full swing” as commodity markets are booming, the sector is still hampered by several factors that result in various bottlenecks, states commodities market analyst Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. These factors include logistical bottlenecks caused by railway and... 

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LARA SMITH Intra-African trade will be a key way for Africa to support itself. There needs to be progress before neighbouring countries can do business with one another

Miners gather amid surging demand for critical minerals and fiercely rising ESG demands

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd April 2022 Amid the global transition to renewable energies and the effects of strong commodity prices and supply crunches, there is a scramble to ensure security of supply of critical and battery minerals in Africa. These factors heighten the importance of African mining and the role of the Investing in... 

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