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Legislative Environment News

World’s seeing widespread investment plans in hydrogen – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2020 The broader portfolio of diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American is positioned to contribute an environmental-led new materials demand in a world that is seeing widespread investment plans in hydrogen, Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani said on Thursday. “We’ve seen the early evolution of... 

Operational agility underpins Anglo’s $3.4bn half-year earnings 

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2020 The first half of 2020 has tested society to its limits, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani said on Monday, when the company reported 39%-lower $3.4-billion half-year earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). The interim dividend of $0.28 a share declared by Anglo is... 

Profit attributable to equity shareholders of $0.5bn compared with last half-year’s $1.9-bn.
Photo by Anglo American
Profit attributable to equity shareholders of $0.5bn compared with last half-year’s $1.9-bn.

Flight to quality favours South Africa – Kumba Iron Ore 

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2020 The flight to iron-ore quality, driven by environmental concerns and the need for cleaner production and less air pollution, is a demand trend that favours South Africa’s high quality iron-ore. That is the view of Kumba Iron Ore executive head marketing and seaborne logistics Timo Smit, who was... 

Illustrated is Kumba Iron Ore's pit-to-port performance in the six months to June 30.
Illustrated is Kumba Iron Ore's pit-to-port performance in the six months to June 30.

All-female exploration crew drilling for iron-ore in Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2020 An all-female exploration crew has commenced drilling activities on two new prospecting sites in the Northern Cape, where Kumba Iron Ore, with its drilling partner Rosond, is rolling out a fleet of next-generation exploration rigs that incorporate completely automated rod handling and are... 

All-female exploration crew drilling for iron-ore in Northern Cape
Photo by Kumba Iron Ore
All-female exploration crew drilling for iron-ore in Northern Cape

Risky business for Australian miners

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th July 2020 Climate change and natural disasters, as well as commodity price risks were topping the list of concerns for Australian miners, a new report by KPMG has found. KPMG partner and mining risk specialist Caron Sugars said on Tuesday that profound changes had occurred since KPMG conducted its 2020... 

Risky business for Australian miners

PGM prices expected to remain robust in the short term   

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) prices are expected to remain robust in the short term, with demand and supply starting to balance. Covid notwithstanding, the average realised dollar basket price of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) in the six-month to June 30 was 56% higher year-on-year at $1 956 a... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen is interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Fatality-free Amplats delivers higher earnings, declares dividend

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2020 Platinum group metals (PGM) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Monday reported a robust set of financial results and a strong safety performance, illustrating the resilience of the business despite significant headwinds. The JSE-listed company delivered 6%-higher... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.

Australia's Cabinet approves single-touch approvals for major projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th July 2020 The National Cabinet on Friday agreed to move to single-touch environmental approvals underpinned by national environmental standards for Commonwealth environmental matters. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government was also hoping to cut excessive waiting time for project approvals,... 

Australia PM Scott Morrison
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Australia PM Scott Morrison

Sacred site destruction demonstrates industry's need to improve corporate citizenship

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Diversified miner Rio Tinto's destruction of a 46 000-year-old sacred Aboriginal site in the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara – which occurred in last month following a misunderstanding during the extension of the Brockman 4 iron-ore mine – demonstrates the adverse environmental and cultural impact... 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT 
Devastation left in the wake of a tailings dam burst owned by Vale and BHP Billiton in Mariana, Brazil
Photo by Reuters
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Devastation left in the wake of a tailings dam burst owned by Vale and BHP Billiton in Mariana, Brazil

Iron-ore-rich Guinea shows much potential

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 With Guinea not being a producer of iron-ore as yet, the major challenge for its projects – which are under consideration, owing to changing supply-and-demand dynamics – pertains to the evolution of investors’ commitments in response to the iron-ore price. 

WEST SIDE LOOKING UP
Guinea is likely to increase its revenue gained from mining more rapidly than from other economic activities
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WEST SIDE LOOKING UP Guinea is likely to increase its revenue gained from mining more rapidly than from other economic activities

Africa’s iron-ore sector largely unexplored – consultant

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Mining projects in Africa, particularly those in the iron-ore sector, require deep pockets, lengthy feasibility studies and complementary infrastructure assets, such as efficient logistics channels, to get products from mine to markets. 

LOCAL IS LEKKER
China imports some of its iron-ore for its steel manufacturing and construction industries from producers in the Northern Cape, such as Kumba Iron Ore
Photo by Kumba Iron Ore
LOCAL IS LEKKER China imports some of its iron-ore for its steel manufacturing and construction industries from producers in the Northern Cape, such as Kumba Iron Ore

Menar’s R250m cash-funded solar-served East Manganese project is under way  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2020 Initial project activities are under way at the R250-million cash-funded East Manganese project in Hotazel, Northern Cape, where the hot sun will be harvested to provide solar power to the mine’s infrastructure. The development forms part of the company’s strategy of building a manganese... 

Menar MD and cofounder Vuslat Bayoğlu
Menar MD and co-founder discusses manganese project with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Pan African does it again with exciting rich vein of gold at New Consort  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2020 London-, Johannesburg- and now also New York-listed Pan African Resources continues to demonstrate the resilience of its operations with an improved all-round performance, despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the last year, Pan African has taken strong steps to reduce all-in... 

Pan African does it again with exciting rich vein of gold at New Consort
Pan African CEO Cobus Loots interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

EPBC Act reform welcomed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st July 2020 The Australian resources sector has welcomed the release of the interim report into the independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. The interim report sets out preliminary views on the EPBC Act and how it operates, focusing on the fundamental... 

Fasken helps junior mining desk with flow-through shares submission to govt

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2020 Mining law firm Fasken is helping the Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miner’s Desk compile a submission to the National Treasury regarding the introduction of a local tax incentive. The local tax incentive is based on the Canadian flow-through shares (FTS) model, proposing... 

South32 shuts Metalloys temporarily, expects $7m restructuring costs  

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2020 Diversified mining company South32 has placed the manganese alloys Metalloys smelter in Meyerton, Gauteng, on temporary care and maintenance. The Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed company stated in its June 2020 quarterly report on Monday that it had taken this decision after consideration of the... 

South32 Metalloys in Meyerton, Gauteng.
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South32 Metalloys in Meyerton, Gauteng.

MCA urges foreign trade leeway

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th July 2020 Australia’s mining industry needed at least A$7-billion of annual investment to maintain existing production, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) said on Monday. In its submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into the implications of the... 

‘Historic dumps’ do not appear to be MPRDA regulated – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2020 South Africa’s ‘historic dumps’­ – mine dumps created prior to the promulgation of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) which took effect in 2004 – do not appear to be regulated under the MPRDA, and the common law owners of such dumps do not require a right under the MPRDA... 

Herbert Smith Freehills Patrick Leyden and Aobakwe Mametse.
Herbert Smith Freehills Patrick Leyden and Aobakwe Mametse.

China’s vehicle sales rebound bodes well for platinum group metals demand 

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2020 The rebound of car sales and heavy-duty vehicle sales in China bodes well for platinum group metals demand as the world’s coronavirus lockdowns ease. A weekend Kitco News video on Platinum Group Metals president and CEO Michael Jones outlined the spurt in car sales in China and a note on LinkedIn... 

Platinum Group Metals president and CEO Michael Jones.
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Platinum Group Metals president and CEO Michael Jones.

Less demand for outsourced labour

By: Tracy Hancock     17th July 2020 There has been a sharp decline in demand for labour for mining-related construction projects amid the Covid-19 outbreak, with some projects on hold, as mines focus on their core business. This is according to technical recruitment company Oxyon director Pierre Bekker, who tells Mining Weekly that... 

CONSTRUCTION CURTAILED The reopening of South Africa’s mines has been staggered and construction projects have been delayed to focus on production
CONSTRUCTION CURTAILED The reopening of South Africa’s mines has been staggered and construction projects have been delayed to focus on production

Platinum boosts hydrogen electrolyser performance exponentially – Hydrox   

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2020 Platinum provides an exponential improvement in the performance of electrolysers used to produce green hydrogen, says Hydrox Holdings CEO Corrie de Jager, who describes platinum’s uplift as being “amazing”. “We tried a smattering of only 9% platinum and it provided a tremendous improvement in the... 

Hydrox Holdings CEO Corrie de Jager
Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager tells Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer of the company’s hydrogen breakthrough. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Global mining sharing knowledge in response to Covid-19  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2020 The International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) has been convening many knowledge-sharing sessions in response to the coronavirus. Among ICMM’s 27 mining and metals company members and 36 association members are South Africa’s African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti,... 

International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler
International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Positive reaction to ANC document’s encouragement of exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2020 Reaction has been positive to the discussion document of economic transformation committee (ETC) of the African National Congress (ANC), which states that the listing of mining companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) should be encouraged and mining exploration incentivised, as is the... 

Paul Miller...flashback to his period in coal exploration and development.
Photo by Creamer Media
Paul Miller...flashback to his period in coal exploration and development.

Appea members call for green tape reform

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th July 2020 The Australian oil and gas industry has called for a green tape reform to support investment confidence and to rebuild the Australian economy post Covid-19. A survey of more than 100 of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association’s (Appea’s) members had shown that nearly... 

Covid opens up opportunity for more constructive, purposeful dialogue – Minsur  

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has allowed the mining industry to highlight and strengthen its role as a catalyst of social development in the areas in which it operates, Minsur  CEO Juan Luis Krueger said on Monday. Krueger was speaking during an  International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) online... 

Juan Luis Krueger
International Council on Mining and Metals virtual Covid event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Investors in mining exploration should be incentivised – ANC’s ETC 

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 Listings of mining companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange should be encouraged and South African retail investors willing to invest in mining exploration should be incentivised as is the case in other mining jurisdictions, the economic transformation committee (ETC) of the African National... 

ANC document says mining exploration should be incentivised.
Photo by Creamer Media
ANC document says mining exploration should be incentivised.

Return of foreign mineworkers taking double planned time   

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 The return of the 12 500 foreign mineworkers to South Africa’s mines is taking double the time planned. The initial ten-day plan of Minerals Council South Africa has become a 20-day plan because of the need to overcome bottlenecks. 

Minerals Council South Africa Senior Executive: Environment, Health and Legacies Nikisi Lesufi
Minerals Council South Africa Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Pan African reports higher output, lower debt, upped guidance, intensified dividend intent 

By: Martin Creamer     10th July 2020 Despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, Pan African Resources on Friday reported higher gold production, lower debt, good safety, environmental progress, project advances and intensified dividend intent. In an operational update for the year ended June 30, the London-,... 

Hydraulic mining of Pan African's surface tailings.
Hydraulic mining of Pan African's surface tailings.

Indonesia group seeks judicial review over new mining law

By: Reuters     10th July 2020 A group made up of activists and regional officials submitted on Friday a request for a judicial review of Indonesia's mining law at the Constitutional Court, arguing there had been a failure of procedures before the law was approved by parliament in May. The group, which includes the governor... 

Pan African board approves development of 10 MW solar plant at Elikhulu  

By: Martin Creamer     10th July 2020 The board of gold-mining company Pan African has approved the development of a 10 MW solar photovoltaic project at the Elikhulu gold-from-tailings operation in Evander, Mpumalanga, the London-, Johannesburg- and now also New York-listed Pan African stated on Friday. Earlier this month, the... 

Gold pour at Elikhulu gold plant.
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Gold pour at Elikhulu gold plant.

Minerals Council expresses deep sadness at loss of 28 colleagues to Covid  

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2020 Minerals Council South Africa health head Dr Thuthula Balfour on Thursday expressed deep sadness at the loss of 28 colleagues to Covid-19 and stated that research was being conducted to understand what makes people particularly vulnerable to the pandemic and what can be done to prevent the... 

Minerals Council South Africa health head Dr Thuthula Balfour.
Minerals Council South Africa’s Covid-19 update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Solidarity urges council, govt to settle out of court to avoid both unrest and delays

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2020 Trade union Solidarity has called on the Minerals Council South Africa and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to negotiate and reach an agreement out of court around ownership and the “once empowered, always empowered” principle. This follows after the High Court ruled that... 

South Africa’s July Ndlovu to chair World Coal Association 

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2020 South Africa’s July Ndlovu has been appointed the chairperson of the World Coal Association (WCA), Mining Weekly can today report. Ndlovu, who heads Anglo American’s coal business in South Africa, takes up the position at a time when, in his words, “the role of responsible coal is front and... 

July Ndlovu and Michelle Manook.
Photo by World Coal Association
July Ndlovu and Michelle Manook.

First 1 100 foreign mineworkers scheduled to cross back into South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2020 The first batch of 1 100 foreign mineworkers was scheduled to cross back into South Africa on Tuesday, Mining Weekly can report. This is part of a total of 12 500 gold and platinum workers returning from Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini, formerly Swaziland. 

Mineworkers being transported in response to Covid-19.
Mineworkers being transported in response to Covid-19.

Committee concerned about impact of new budget on electrification backlog target

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2020 While still in the process of reviewing the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s revised budget for the 2020/21 financial year, the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has noted its revision to R7.8-billion, from R9.3-billion previously. The revised budget follows after... 

Covid death toll on mines rises to 21, positive cases at 3 119 

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2020 The Covid-19 death toll in the mining industry has risen to 21, Minerals Council South Africa recorded on its website on Tuesday, with the number of Covid-positive cases totalling 3 119. Platinum mining, which employs the most people, continues to have the largest number of Covid deaths so far at... 

Mining industry's Covid statistics.
Photo by MINERALS COUNCIL SOUTH AFRICA
Mining industry's Covid statistics.

Mantashe lauds court ruling for broader community to be included in charter review

By: Donna Slater     7th July 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has welcomed the June 30 ruling by the Gauteng High Court that the Minerals Council South Africa include parties representing communities, trade unions and black economic empowerment (BEE) entrepreneurs in its judicial review of the 2018 Mining... 

South African govt initiates process of developing societal hydrogen roadmap  

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2020 South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has initiated a process, with other government and industry stakeholders, to develop a roadmap that will lead South Africa towards a hydrogen society, Mining Weekly can today report. The aim is to create a policy document that will inform... 

South African government initiates development of societal hydrogen roadmap
South African government initiates development of societal hydrogen roadmap
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