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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... 

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... 

Creamer Media screenshot of panel discussion at Joburg Indaba in October 2021
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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

Explosives company aims to extend its reach

By: Cameron Mackay     8th October 2021 As part of bulk emulsion explosives and mining technology manufacturer BME’s ongoing strategic global expansion strategy, the company plans to continue growing its footprint in mining in West Africa, states BME West African operations GM Michael Klaasen. “BME has been active in West Africa for... 

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REGIONAL FOOTPRINT BME has seven emulsion manufacturing plants in West Africa

Cooperation crucial to West African development – law firm

By: Cameron Mackay     8th October 2021 Amid opportunities for mining and the availability of substantial human resources in West Africa, cooperation between the public and private sectors can help grow mining in the region. This cooperation can contribute to the development of industries, such as the energy sector, as well as the... 

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EMPOWERED DEVELOPMENT Minerals mined from West Africa, aside from the fiscal revenue they bring in, should be used to develop the country in which they were extracted

Ghana base acts as catalyst for growth

By: Cameron Mackay     8th October 2021 Much of the success of consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting’s office in Accra, Ghana, is based on the company’s local knowledge, represented by experienced professionals from West Africa, states SRK Consulting principal resource geologist and SRK Ghana country manager Ivan Doku.... 

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BUILDING IN-COUNTRY EXPERTISE Despite challenges, SRK Consulting continues to build capacity in West Africa

South Africa’s exploration investment lowest since democracy began, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2021 South Africa’s mining industry is at its lowest level of exploration investment since democracy began in 1994, the Joburg Indaba heard on Thursday. “Never have we spent less – and this is a pity because significant promises were made about an exploration plan for the country,” Joburg Indaba... 

Creamer Media screenshot from Joburg Indaba October 2021
Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa in danger of missing out on commodity boom, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2021 A much more enabling environment is needed to ensure that South Africa does not miss out on yet another commodity boom, the Joburg Indaba heard on Wednesday. “We know that we’ve missed at least one commodity boom,” Foskor chairperson, Industrial Development Corporation director and founding... 

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Joburg Indaba opening session covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Zambia is reviewing mining tax framework, mines minister says

By: Reuters     6th October 2021 Zambia's mines minister said on Wednesday that the government had been reviewing the mining tax framework with key stakeholders to design a regime that would be stable, predictable and competitive. "This will also attract both local and foreign investment in mining and ultimately scale up mineral... 

Innovative wireless sensor approach could make exploration cheaper – Prof  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 An innovative wireless sensor method of mapping the subsurface of the earth could make exploration cheaper and mining safer, says Professor Musa Manzi, the award-winning director of the Seismic Research Centre of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. The method, which... 

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Wits Professor Musa Manzi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Investment in mining crucial to ensure continued contribution to economy – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 Investment in the mining industry is crucial to ensure its continued contribution to the South African economy, says PwC in its thirteenth edition of SA Mine 2021, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry. In a year of doom and gloom on so many fronts,... 

Creamer Media screenshots and design of elements presented at PwC SA Mine 2021
PwC presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

From minerals to beer, Congo’s Finance Minister hunts for cash

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2021 The Democratic Republic of Congo is intent on revisiting mining contracts, rescinding and reselling unused oil permits and boosting taxes on beer to fund its development plans, according to Nicolas Kazadi, the country’s finance minister. A country the size of Western Europe with 80-million... 

Giant private mining companies getting away with no obligation to report anything publicly   

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 A globally significant chrome producer operating six chrome mines and employing 7 000 people inside South Africa – with a social labour plan obligation on every mine, with tax and royalty obligations paid to the State – is permitted to operate in this country with no ongoing public disclosure... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Paul Miller taken during Zoom interview on 4 October 2021
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed on transparency by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Peru's Las Bambas standoff tests Castillo's mining reform pledges

By: Reuters     4th October 2021 Peru's new socialist government swept to power pledging to strike a new deal with the copper mining sector and redistribute profits to Andean communities like those around the huge Las Bambas project, owned by China's MMG. Those promises are now being tested, with protests and blockades at Las... 

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Peru's Pedro Castillo

Platinum offering good relative value as investment – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 Platinum is viewed as an investment case for the moment and is offering good relative value, says Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne. Palladium appears more vulnerable than platinum to vehicle production downside risks, says World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) institutional distribution head... 

Screenshot of Paul Dunne taken during Northam presentation early 2021
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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Northam board approves renewable energy projects plus hydrogen project 

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2021 The board of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum has given its approval for the building of three renewable energy projects at three of the company’s mines plus a hydrogen project at one of them. Northam Platinum CFO Alet Coetzee said this week that board approval had... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Alet Coetzee, CFO of Northam Platinum, during presentation of annual results on 30 Sept 2021
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Northam Platinum CFO Alet Coetzee

South Africa will appeal court ruling on black mine ownership

By: Bloomberg     1st October 2021 South Africa’s government will appeal two court rulings that struck down changes to rules requiring mining firms to be at least 26% owned by Black investors in perpetuity and declared it unlawful for payouts to the coronavirus-struck tourism industry to be limited to Black businesses. President... 

Countercyclical Northam growth strategy creates 8 000 jobs, 2 000 this year  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2021 The record operational and financial performance of Northam Platinum in the 12 months to June 30 was accompanied by the creation of 2 335 new sustainable jobs, which takes the total generated by the platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company well-timed growth strategy from 2015 to 8 232. In... 

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Northam Platinum’s record financial results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Northam Platinum’s headline earnings soar 215%

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2021 The normalised headline earnings of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum soared by more than 215% to R10.9-billion in what was a record operational and financial performance in the 12 months to June 30. The JSE-listed company stated on Thursday that its earnings before... 

Creamer Media picture of Northam CEO Paul Dunne.
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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Sibanye-Stillwater moving to radical transparency on public tailings disclosure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Gold, platinum and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is moving towards the embrace of radical transparency when it comes to public disclosure on matters relating to tailings facilities against the backdrop of 230 significant tailings failures having taken place globally. Sibanye-Stillwater... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Digitisation slashes Sibanye-Stillwater’s loco incidents 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Digitisation has slashed by nearly 70% underground locomotive incidents at Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African gold and platinum group metal (PGM) mines. The digital locomotive systems improve safety and productivity by managing interactions and logistics. 

Creamer Media screenshot of Sibanye-Stillwater DigiMine presentation at Wits University.
A total of 1 152 locomotives move 36-million tons of ore and interface with 58 500 employees in a confined area.

Green Sedibelo will use 82% less electricity to take PGMs all the way to end consumer  

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines is well on its way to becoming the lowest of low-energy PGM energy users and the highest of high on-site beneficiators of metals that are key in the global fight against climate change. Sedibelo’s technology sensation is the remarkable... 

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Pallinghurst managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

New Mokala manganese mine heading for steady state, solar power 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2021 With mining now ramping up, the new Mokala manganese mine in the Northern Cape anticipates being at steady state production by the third quarter of 2021. Once that happens, the mine expects to be producing more than one-million tonnes of manganese ore a year, with an opencast life-of-mine of more... 

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The new Mokala manganese mine is in the Northern Cape.

Green 175 MW power for Sibanye-Stillwater platinum group metal mines  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2021 A total of 174 MW of clean, green renewable power is on the way for Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum group metal (PGM) mines in South Africa. The total cost of the three project scheme will be in the order of R2.5-billion to R2.8-billion. 

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A total of 174 MW of clean, green renewable power is on the way for Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum group metal (PGM) mines in South Africa.

Top copper miners show some love for Peru’s leftist leader

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2021 Some of the world’s biggest miners say they like what they’re hearing from Peru’s new leftist government of late, further easing fears that drastic policy changes could stall future output in the No. 2 copper nation. Freeport-McMoRan boss Richard Adkerson said at an industry event last week he... 

IMF to advise Peru on reform to increase mining taxes, says finance minister

By: Reuters     24th September 2021 Peru's finance minister said on Thursday that the International Monetary Fund would advise Peru on a tax reform on the mining sector that will capture more revenue in times of high metal prices without affecting competitiveness. "There is a need for more fiscal resources," finance minister Pedro... 

Association applauds upcoming event

By: Halima Frost     24th September 2021 Surface mining industry association Aspasa (previously known as Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa) applauds the conference concept and the efforts of the organisers of the upcoming Joburg Indaba, Aspasa director Nico Pienaar tells Mining Weekly. “The companies being... 

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PILING ON? Aspasa believes that increased focus on smaller opencast operations should be added to the scope for future events

Strong attendance expected for Indaba

By: Halima Frost     24th September 2021 Although the Joburg Indaba mining conference will be hosted virtually for the second year running, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and the global responsibility to limit face-to-face interactions, event organiser Resources 4 Africa CEO Paula Munsie says the virtual format presents new... 

An image of host and master of ceremonies Bernard Swanepoel at a podium hosting a pre-Covid-19 Joburg Indaba, and engaging with delegates
BETTER REACH Although face-to-face interactions are always first choice, the option to attend online extends the reach of the Joburg Indaba

Long-term supply contracts shielding Sibanye-Stillwater from PGMs price swing 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Sibanye-Stillwater has emphasised its strong long-term supply contract positions in the face of the current spot price pendulum swinging away from the sky-high price levels of earlier this year. Most of the sales of the Johannesburg- and... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater PGM Investor Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SADPO welcomes Mining Charter judgment as key to unlocking investment

By: Donna Slater     23rd September 2021 The South African Diamond Producers Organisation (SADPO) has welcomed the September 21 judgment by the Gauteng High Court that the Mining Charter was not binding legislation, but rather an instrument of policy. The court case follows the Minerals Council, in early 2019, seeking a judicial review... 

How Exxaro is advancing from coal into global renewable energy   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2021 It is important to note that the renewable energy focus of coal company Exxaro is not a new focus but a re-focus on a strategy that has been in evidence for more than ten years, says Exxaro Energy MD Roland Tatnall. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange company’s strategy just unveiled has been the... 

Creamer Media screenshot taken during Capital Markets Day in 2021
It is important to note that the renewable energy focus of coal company Exxaro is not a new focus but a re-focus on a strategy that has been in evidence for more than ten years.

Court confirms ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle  

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed the High Court judgment that the Mining Charter was not binding legislation, but rather an instrument of policy and that mining companies will not be required to “top-up” their empowerment credentials. The Minerals Council has sought a judicial... 

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Chip uncertainty causing PGMs price uncertainty – chief investment officer  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2021 The general feeling is that chip capacity will slowly start coming back in the next few months, but only to return the auto industry back to where it was pre-Covid, and not to the post-Covid surge, which resulted in platinum group metals (PGMs) prices going through the roof. If the global auto... 

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Integral Asset Management Chief Investment Officer Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Peru seeks to redraft legal framework for mining industry, Minister says

By: Reuters     22nd September 2021 Peru's Energy and Mines Minister said on Tuesday the government wants to revise the framework for the country's mining industry, redrafting the umbrella law that regulates the sector, as well as the legislation that sets royalty payments. Peru is the world's No. 2 copper producer. Leftist... 

Exxaro’s Cennergi to decarbonise group’s own coal mines plus mining industry    

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2021 Cennergi, the wholly owned renewable energy arm of coal mining company Exxaro and South Africa’s second-largest renewable energy company, is being deployed to decarbonise the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company’s own coal mines. In addition, Exxaro, through Cennergi, is in discussion with... 

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Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Deep gold mine to trial battery electric vehicle next year – Gold Fields 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2021 Gold mining company Gold Fields has reached agreement with global engineering group Sandvik to trial a battery electric vehicle (BEV) underground loader at its South Deep gold mine, with the project starting towards the back end of next year, Gold Fields EVP for South Africa Martin Preece said on... 

Gold Fields and Sandvik cooperating on BEVs
Gold Fields EVP for South Africa Martin Preece

Exxaro targeting manganese, bauxite, copper as part of decarbonisation strategy 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2021 By investing in operating manganese, bauxite and copper assets, the new Exxaro Minerals business could represent 50% of expected coal earnings within ten years, Exxaro CEO-designate and MD Minerals Dr Nombasa Tsengwa stated on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed coal company’s website on... 

Creamer Media screenshot taken during 2021 presentation of Exxaro results
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Exxaro CEO-designate and MD Minerals Dr Nombasa Tsengwa

Glencore is leading transition metals major, says Deutsche Bank Research 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2021 Glencore is the leading major mining company when it comes to its portfolio of transition metals, says Deutsche Bank Research. The bank’s research analysts afford Glencore a top 1-to-5 position in copper, cobalt, zinc and nickel – metals they describe as being central to world’s decarbonisation... 

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Revenue by commodity calculated by Morgan Stanley Research
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