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Walkabout projects on course in Tanzania

By: Cameron Mackay     16th October 2020 In spite of the 2017 Tanzanian Mining Act Amendments, Tanzania remains a “premium mining investment destination” for Australian energy minerals developer Walkabout Resources, says Walkabout Resources director Allan Mulligan. “Our relations with government and ministries in Tanzania is excellent,... 

High demand for TES in blasting sector

By: Tracy Hancock     16th October 2020 The use of temporary employment services (TES) is common among South African blasting companies, and demand for this service is high, says TES provider Workforce Staffing area manager Hendri Poolman. The scarcity of skills in the field presents a challenge for blasting companies. 

FINDING FLEXIBILITY
Temporary staffing services can address the fluctuating staffing requirements of blasting companies
FINDING FLEXIBILITY Temporary staffing services can address the fluctuating staffing requirements of blasting companies

Mining committed to doing all it takes to improve worker health – Matlala 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2020 Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala on Thursday committed the South African mining industry to doing all it takes to ensure that employee lives are saved and health is improved. Speaking at a global virtual health seminar to reprioritise... 

Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala
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Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala

National Treasury postpones proposed mining tax amendments  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2020 The National Treasury has agreed to postpone the proposed amendments to the 2020 Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) and the 2020 Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill (TALAB), to allow for more investigation and detailed consultation with the mining industry and related stakeholders... 

Hydrogen-linked Platinum Valley Corridor Project under way – Nzimande 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2020 A Platinum Valley Corridor Project being developed as part of South Africa’s economic recovery was outlined by Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Wednesday. Taking part in the third Hydrogen Energy Ministerial meeting held virtually, Nzimande described the... 

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande
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Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

Southern Africa’s green hydrogen buy-in exceeding expectations – Sacreee  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2020 Southern Africa’s buy-in into the green hydrogen economy concept is exceeding expectations, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (Sacreee) executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula said on Tuesday. Green hydrogen is a clean form of hydrogen... 

Southern African Development Community SADC Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula
Sacreee executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula discusses green hydrogen with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

New venture capital incubation fund targeting small-scale mining space  

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2020 Venture capital incubation fund initiator Pearl Gray Equity Partners is targeting South Africa’s small-scale gold mining space. Pearl Gray, a reform of the Gray Family trust created in the late 1990s, is a family investment firm based in Pretoria, with activities in Delaware, in the US. (Also... 

Pearl Gray Equity Partners managing partner Steve Booyens
Pearl Gray Equity managing partner Steve Booyens outlines mining fund to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nigeria incentivises new mining investment

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Nigerian Mines and Steel Development Minister Olamilekan Adagbite highlighted the incentives being offered to investors in Nigeria’s mining sector during a webinar on Driving Investment in the Nigerian Mining Industry in a Pandemic Situation, held in August. Government intends to reignite... 

GOING FOR GOLD
Nigeria's government looks to reignite flames under the mining investment banner to draw attention to its vast mineral and metal resources
GOING FOR GOLD Nigeria's government looks to reignite flames under the mining investment banner to draw attention to its vast mineral and metal resources

Study paves way for engaging artisanal miners

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Environmental consulting firm Digby Wells Environmental Mali country manager Mamadou Dembele says a dearth of opportunities drives the artisanal mining sector in Mali, and in West Africa. He tells Mining Weekly that a study conducted in June 2019 in the region by Digby Wells Environmental, which... 

LEGITIMATE OPPORTUNITY 
While considered illegitimate trade, artisanal mining space is well organised and financially fruitful
LEGITIMATE OPPORTUNITY While considered illegitimate trade, artisanal mining space is well organised and financially fruitful

Company notes West African mining potential  

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 West Africa holds notable mining potential, with exploration and mining consulting services provider The MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson noting the company’s short- to medium-term goal of expanding further into the jurisdiction. “MSA sees West Africa as an increasingly appealing... 

TRIAL RUN
One of many sample plants set up in Mali has revealed the great potential the gold mining sector holds in the country
MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson discusses the company’s investment in West Africa and the challenges faced in doing so.

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2020 A comprehensive exploration strategy will be developed in the next three months and engagement on the potential of the platinum group metals-linked hydrogen economy is taking place, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Thursday. In a keynote... 

Advocate Thabo Mokoena
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reporting on DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Flow-through must form part of overall exploration strategy – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2020 The introduction of a flow-through share scheme must form part of a full suite and package of measures tailored for a comprehensive exploration strategy for South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday. Speaking during question time on day one of the Joburg... 

Roger Baxter at Joburg Indaba virtual event.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer putting a question at Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Anglo investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy ­– Cutifani  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2020 As the world’s largest marketer of platinum group metals (PGM), Anglo American is investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy, including through a joint venture with the State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani said on Wednesday. In a keynote address on day one of... 

Mark Cutifani
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani’s keynote address at the Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen can be game-changer for South African economy ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2020 Hydrogen has the potential to be a game-changer for the South African economy, PwC African mining leader Andries Rossouw said on Tuesday. Speaking during the virtual release of the professional services firm’s 12th edition SA Mine, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South... 

Andries Rossouw
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on PwC SA Mine 2020 event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Regulations tailored to alluvial diamonds will reward S Africa with jobs – Sadpo  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2020 South Africa’s one-size-fits-all mining legislation is losing vital jobs for the country in the job-intensive alluvial diamonds space that requires regulations tailored to junior mining to survive, South African Diamond Producers Organisation (Sadpo) reiterated on Monday. Because there are so... 

South African Diamond Producers Organisation chairperson Gert van Niekerk
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer speaks to the South African Diamond Producers Organisation’s Gert van Niekerk and Lyndon de Meillon. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sedibelo Platinum Mines closer to finding listing date – Frandsen  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2020 The unlisted Sedibelo Platinum in South Africa’s North West province is closer to finding a listing date, says Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder and Sedibelo chairperson Arne Frandsen, who is absolutely bullish about the prospects for platinum group metals (PGMs) in the medium to long... 

Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Arne Frandsen.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer interviewed Pallinghurst’s Arne Frandsen. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Economic diversification should not prevent Zambia from exploiting its minerals – Stanbic Zambia

By: Donna Slater     2nd October 2020 Financial services provider Stanbic Bank Zambia, warns that, while pushing for economic diversification is important, there is also a need to ensure the country’s mineral wealth and the mining sector are not neglected. 
In a release published this week, following the latest Stanbic Anakazi Online... 

Company raises bar with innovative components

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd October 2020 Engineering, mining services and industrial manufacturing specialist NEPEAN Conveyors recently unveiled two ground-breaking conveyor component solutions in South Africa - a conveyor belt monitoring system (ROXON HX270) and an extreme environment liner material (ROXDUR). The company also locally... 

LOCAL IS LEKKER 
NEPEAN has locally developed a range of standard plant conveyors with the aim of delivering these conveyors in as short as possible time to the market at competitive pricing
LOCAL IS LEKKER NEPEAN has locally developed a range of standard plant conveyors with the aim of delivering these conveyors in as short as possible time to the market at competitive pricing

Versatile cam clutches ensure broad application

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd October 2020 Engineering components provider BMG’s range of Tsubaki cam clutches comprises the backstop reducer high-torque (BR-HT) series, designed for use in equipment that includes inclined conveyors and bucket elevators. 

SAFETY FIRST 
Tsubaki backstop cam clutches, which are designed for safety in high- or low-speed applications, meet the requirements of the Mine Health and Safety Act
SAFETY FIRST Tsubaki backstop cam clutches, which are designed for safety in high- or low-speed applications, meet the requirements of the Mine Health and Safety Act

Components provider launches ‘improved’ chain range

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd October 2020 Engineering components provider BMG’s power transmission division has launched the new Tsubaki Titan chain series, which offers “significant improvements” in wear-life in demanding applications. 

INCORPORATED FEATURES 
The Tsubaki Titan chain’s use of seamless bushes incorporate lube grooves
INCORPORATED FEATURES The Tsubaki Titan chain’s use of seamless bushes incorporate lube grooves

Increased focus on mining sector during pandemic

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd October 2020 Power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) was heavily focused on the mining sector during all stages of the South Africa’s national lockdown, which was triggered by the global Covid-19 pandemic. 

SHAUN COMBRINCK
The main challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic for businesses was also to mitigate the economic impact of the associated lockdown
SHAUN COMBRINCK The main challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic for businesses was also to mitigate the economic impact of the associated lockdown

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future 

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett
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Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2020 The local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Sandvik's Nina Axman and Jens Holmberg.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sandvik’s mining innovation virtual event. Video: Darlene Creamer

South Africa has 22 operating manganese mines – AmaranthCX ­ 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2020 South Africa has 22 operating manganese mines, with only four of them owned in part by Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)-listed companies, AmaranthCX director Paul Miller has calculated. All are in the Northern Cape, except for four small mines well outside the Northern Cape in the North West,... 

Mamatwan manganese mine in South Africa's Northern Cape.
Mamatwan manganese mine in South Africa's Northern Cape.

Zambia chamber of mines says double taxation hurting investment

By: Reuters     28th September 2020 Zambia should treat mineral royalty payments as a deductible expense in order to avoid double taxation and attract investment, the Zambia Chamber of Mines said on Monday. Since 2019, mineral royalty payments have not been treated as a deductible expense when calculating corporate income tax and... 

First Majestic considers next steps in Mexico tax dispute

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2020 Canadian miner First Majestic Silver said on Friday it was considering its legal plan of action going forward in an ongoing tax dispute with Mexico. The dispute with the Mexican tax authority relates to a 2012 advance pricing agreement (APA) that was granted to a subsidiary of the company,... 

Green hydrogen economy growing rapidly – Hatch  

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2020 At Glencore’s Raglan Mine, in Canada, a closed loop, microgrid system converts excess wind power to hydrogen, which is then stored in tanks. During periods of low wind power, a fuel cell produces electricity from the stored hydrogen, and within the facility are also innovations such as a battery... 

Glencore's Raglan Mine in Canada.
Photo by Raglan Mine
Glencore's Raglan Mine in Canada.

LNG can help reduce costs, emissions

25th September 2020 The discovery and development of natural gas projects in northern Mozambique over the past decade could have a significant impact on the economic landscape of Southern Africa, says analytical services provider Deloitte. The group has released a series of reports to examine the different sectors... 

STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURE
LNG requires specialised infrastructure to manage. It is vital that southern Africa has the capability to move LNG from ship-based transport to land-based storage
Photo by Reuters
STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURE LNG requires specialised infrastructure to manage. It is vital that southern Africa has the capability to move LNG from ship-based transport to land-based storage

Mining can play active role in Covid-19 recovery

By: Cameron Mackay     25th September 2020 Multinational professional services network Deloitte senior partner Andrew Lane emphasises the importance of the private sector, particularly the local mining sector, in addressing socioeconomic challenges in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. "The private sector needs to take a proactive role in... 

PROACTIVE SUPPORT
Reliance on the mining industry in assistance in Covid-19 relief has been prevalent in mine-effected communities, where miners are vital to communities
PROACTIVE SUPPORT Reliance on the mining industry in assistance in Covid-19 relief has been prevalent in mine-effected communities, where miners are vital to communities

Online format expands global presence of Joburg Indaba

By: Cameron Mackay     25th September 2020 Owing to the impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent physical distancing regulations, yearly mining conference the Joburg Indaba will be hosted as an online discussion on October 7 and 8. Event organisers Resources 4 Africa CEO Paula Munsie states that this will enable industry players, who were... 

MAKING UP LOST GROUND
Many of the Joburg Indaba’s presentations, panels and discussions will focus on how the mining industry can be revitalised after the Covid-19
MAKING UP LOST GROUND Many of the Joburg Indaba’s presentations, panels and discussions will focus on how the mining industry can be revitalised after the Covid-19

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2020 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – A German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa is integrating the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region ahead of the projected opening up of a trillion dollar market going into the future. 

Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch
Sasscol executive director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Russian lawmakers support tax hike for mining companies, oil industry at first reading

By: Reuters     22nd September 2020 Russian lawmakers on Tuesday supported a plan by the finance ministry to increase taxes for some mining companies and the oil industry, in the first of three readings in the State Duma, Russia's lower house of Parliament. Moscow is trying to plug holes in its budget and announed the plan, which... 

Authorities laudably supportive of grid-tied Pan African solar project – coordinator 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2020 The authorities have been laudably supportive of the R150-million grid-tied photovoltaic solar project that is to be built to supply electricity to Pan African Resources’ highly successful Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant in Evander, Mpumalanga. The nigh-10 MW solar plant, which is expected to... 

Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant at Evander, in Mpumalanga.
Photo by Pan African Resources
Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant at Evander, in Mpumalanga.

AngloGold reinstates guidance on growing certainty 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2020 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti on Monday reinstated annual guidance on improved operating certainty amid the Covid-19 pandemic and in anticipation of the conclusion of the sale of its South African assets at the end of this month. All conditions precedent have been met with respect to the... 

AngloGold Ashanti acting CEO Christine Ramon
AngloGold Ashanti acting CEO Christine Ramon

High Court ruling underscores requirement for mining right applicants to consult community

By: Donna Slater     18th September 2020 A recent High Court ruling underscores the more stringent requirements in recent amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) for mining right applicants to consult with community members​, says law firm Webber Wentzel. The firm points out that, on September 11, the... 

Local green methanol synthesis making headway

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 The Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Infrastructure Centre of Competence (CoC), co-hosted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and North-West University, is designing a multi-litre-scale green methanol production unit that will be fabricated next year. HySA Infrastructure is... 

PROOF OF CONCEPT
HySA successfully designed and fabricated a lab-scale green methanol synthesis demonstration unit after it reviewed the techno-economics of producing the chemical
PROOF OF CONCEPT HySA successfully designed and fabricated a lab-scale green methanol synthesis demonstration unit after it reviewed the techno-economics of producing the chemical

Coal can reignite SA economy

18th September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the South African economy, which already had record high unemployment prior to the pandemic; however, the coal-mining sector, could aid the revival of the economy, investment company Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu stated last month. He was speaking... 

CANYON OF COAL The Phalanndwa mine is part of Canyon Coal's operations which is a subsidiary of Menar
CANYON OF COAL The Phalanndwa mine is part of Canyon Coal's operations which is a subsidiary of Menar

Banks reluctant to fund coal in Africa

18th September 2020 Despite huge advances in clean coal technologies, an abundance of coal in the South African Development Community (SADC) region and Southern Africa’s vast energy needs, most of South Africa’s major banks, in step with those in the developed West, are assessing their willingness to fund future... 

AUBREY CHAUKE
It is a credit to both inclusion and transformation that today 53 fully-operational coal mines exist outside the mining majors in South Africa
AUBREY CHAUKE It is a credit to both inclusion and transformation that today 53 fully-operational coal mines exist outside the mining majors in South Africa
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