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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. 

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

Minerals Council regrets delay of 2018 Mining Charter review 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2020 Minerals Council South Africa on Monday expressed regret that the finalisation of the review of the contested elements of the 2018 Mining Charter had been delayed following a judgement of the full bench of the High Court in Pretoria ordering that a number of other parties be joined to the action.... 

Minerals Council South Africa.
Photo by Creamer Media
Minerals Council South Africa.

Third-quarter ferrochrome benchmark price rolls over at $1.14/lb

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2020 The European benchmark ferrochrome price for the third quarter of 2020 has been settled at $1.14/lb, a rollover from the second quarter of 2020, JSE-listed Merafe Resources advised shareholders on Monday. This price remains an increase of 12.9% on the first-quarter price of $1.01/lb. 

Lion ferrochrome.
Photo by Creamer Media
Lion ferrochrome.

WA amends mining regulations to ease Covid constraints

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th July 2020 The Western Australian state government has amended the state’s mining regulations to assist tenement holders to apply for expenditure exemption amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the revised regulations, tenement holders could now apply for expenditure exemptions if they are able to demonstrate... 

Displacement continuing at copper mine where openpit give way is imminent 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2020 Vertical and horizontal displacement is continuing at the Nchanga Open Pit Cut 2 in Chingola in Zambia, where geo-technical assessments point to an imminent collapse of a portion of the open pit – but the anticipated slough had not happened by late Sunday when Mining Weekly spoke by phone to... 

Konkola Copper Mines CEO Chris Sheppard.
Photo by Creamer Media
Konkola Copper Mines CEO Chris Sheppard.

Congo mines minister to meet with firms on confinement moratorium

By: Reuters     5th July 2020 Democratic Republic of Congo mines minister Willy Kitobo Samsoni plans to meet with mining companies to agree a moratorium on confining workers to mine sites due to the coronavirus. Civil society groups last month demanded an end to mandatory mine-site confinement policies put in place by copper... 

Community relations vital for thriving mining operations

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd July 2020 With South America being rich in natural minerals, and communities having a strong relation to the land, mining companies have to approach communities correctly if they want projects to be sustainable, Washington-based law firm Miller & Chevalier tells Mining Weekly. 

MATTESON ELLIS
There are significant economic implications if a sophisticated approach to handling community relationships is not taken
MATTESON ELLIS There are significant economic implications if a sophisticated approach to handling community relationships is not taken

Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2020 Thirteen mineworkers have now succumbed to the coronavirus, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana said on Thursday. Of the 13 who have died, seven were employed in platinum mining in North West province, which has the most cases at 1 413... 

The new normal at South Africa's mines.
Minerals Council South Africa Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen-powered aviation preparing for takeoff – study 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2020 Hydrogen as an energy source will play a key role in transforming aviation into a zero-carbon/climate-neutral system over the next few decades, an independent study states in estimating that the first short-range hydrogen-powered demonstrator could be developed by 2028 if sufficient investments... 

Strong steps being taken to clean up the skies by using hydrogen to power aircraft.
Strong steps being taken to clean up the skies by using hydrogen to power aircraft.

ELB’s delisting-linked offers send up share price

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2020 The board of directors of ELB on Wednesday made delisting-linked offer to its shareholders, which saw its share price rise. By late afternoon, the JSE-listed company’s price had risen by 54.17% to R1.85 a share. The capital equipment and engineering solutions group proposed a transaction to... 

Gamsberg zinc mine project in the Northern Cape, where ELB Engineering Services was active.
Photo by Creamer Media
Gamsberg zinc mine project in the Northern Cape, where ELB Engineering Services was active.

Arnot OpCo concludes Section 189 process affecting 1 100 employees

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2020 Coal mining company Arnot OpCo has completed a Section 189 process, affecting 1 100 of its employees. Exxaro Resources in February entered into a transfer-of-business agreement with Arnot OpCo, transferring all its assets and liabilities to Arnot OpCo as a going concern. 

Arnot OpCo CEO Bontle Aphane
Arnot OpCo CEO Bontle Aphane

Qld manslaughter legislation takes effect

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st July 2020 New laws will come into effect in Queensland on Wednesday, with executives facing up to 20 years’ jail if the state’s resources sector workers die because of their criminal negligence, Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said. He noted that the new legislation would better protecting the state’s 66... 

R10m Covid testing lab unveiled at De Beers' Venetia diamond mine

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2020 De Beers Venetia Mine has unveiled a R10-million coronavirus testing laboratory that will be used to check the diamond mines’ employees and contractors for Covid-19. Discussion with the Department of Health is also under way on assisting with the government’s screening efforts in the mine’s... 

Limpopo MEC of Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba (left) and De Beers Group Managed Operations MD Mpumi Zikalala (right).
Limpopo MEC of Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba (left) and De Beers Group Managed Operations MD Mpumi Zikalala (right).

Platinum group metals in pole position to benefit from global decarbonisation thrust  

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2020 Platinum group metals are in pole position to benefit from the fast-growing global decarbonisation momentum, Mining Weekly can today report. A multiplicity of global announcements are emerging daily that inextricably link platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells as well as platinum-catalysed... 

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking   transforming aviation into a zero-carbon transport that uses hydrogen.
AP Ventures founding partner Kevin Eggers interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Environmental groups propose tailings dam safety standards

By: Reuters     30th June 2020 Mining companies should be required to buy private insurance for tailings dams and their board of directors should be held legally responsible for any disasters, a coalition of 140 environmental groups said in a report published on Tuesday. The recommendations, which differ from standards to be... 

Pleasantly surprised by productivity during lockdown – Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering  

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2020 Engineering company Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering has been pleasantly surprised by the productivity and agility that the lockdown has afforded it as an engineering house engaged in the energy sector. Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering’s major industrial clients include State electricity utility Eskom... 

THAVA GOVENDER...impeccable safety record is proudest achievement.
Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering CEO Thava Govender interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Fairtree takes 5%-plus of Harmony Gold 

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2020 South African investment management company Fairtree Asset Management now holds more than 5% of the ordinary shares of gold mining company Harmony Gold, the company stated on Monday. The Cape Town-based Fairtree, which describes itself as a ‘long-only’ investment manager, has more than... 

Mponeng gold mine.
Photo by Creamer Media
Mponeng gold mine.

Increased continued loan support for Orion confirmed 

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2020 Private equity group Tembo Capital Mining Fund II LP on Monday confirmed its increased continued support of Orion Minerals through a loan facility boost. The Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed Orion is developing the Prieska copper-and-zinc project in the Northern Cape. 

Orion is developing the Prieska copper-and-zinc project in the Northern Cape.
Orion is developing the Prieska copper-and-zinc project in the Northern Cape.

Intensive communication playing key role in curbing Covid at South Deep  

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2020 Way ahead of any indication of national lockdown, South Deep gold mine started an intensive and focused communication awareness campaign to shield its people from the coronavirus pandemic. It placed a lot of reliance on leadership across the board, going down to basic family leadership, and put... 

Martin Preece, executive VP and head of the South Africa region for Gold Fields.
Gold Fields VP Martin Preece talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on South Deep. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SA Inc must act now to take ownership of battery metals value chain – Bushveld 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2020 Bold action is needed by South Africa Inc to take ownership of the significant potential share of the global battery metals market open to it, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Speaking to Mining Weekly following this week’s presentation by the company of solid 2019 financial results... 

Wind and sun are producing clean electricity that vanadium flow batteries can store.
Wind and sun are producing clean electricity that vanadium flow batteries can store.

Refinery prepares for ramp-up

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 In line with the Level 4 and Level 3 regulations announced by South Africa’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, precious metals refining and smelting complex Rand Refinery is preparing to ramp up its operations.  

PRAVEEN BAIJNATH 
Rand Refinery remains committed to its obligations
PRAVEEN BAIJNATH Rand Refinery remains committed to its obligations

Tanzanian miner expands to Kenya

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 Aim-listed Tanzanian gold mining company Shanta Gold has acquired TSX-listed Barrick Gold Corporation’s Acacia Exploration subsidiary, in Kenya. 

TANZANIAN SUNRISE 
The outlook for the Tanzanian gold sector in the short and medium term is very positive
TANZANIAN SUNRISE The outlook for the Tanzanian gold sector in the short and medium term is very positive

Nature of mining thwarts pandemic response

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 As almost all of South Africa’s gold mines are underground operations, the lockdown essentially brought this sector to a halt for some time, says independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

MARCIN WERTZ
While some work can be done remotely, and meetings can be held online, the lack of access to site has hampered some projects
MARCIN WERTZ While some work can be done remotely, and meetings can be held online, the lack of access to site has hampered some projects

Gold secure in times of crisis – WGC

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 The inflows into the gold exchange-traded fund products are indicative of the strength of gold’s “safe haven” appeal. 

JOHN MULLIGAN
Gold mine production is likely to dip in 2020, mainly as a result of Covid-19-related shutdowns
JOHN MULLIGAN Gold mine production is likely to dip in 2020, mainly as a result of Covid-19-related shutdowns

WGC notes increased investor interest

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 The strength of investor interest in gold, particularly once Covid-19 lockdowns became more widespread, is clearly evident in the demand from institutions and investment professionals for gold-backed exchange-traded funds, says gold industry market development organisation the World Gold Council... 

WGC notes increased investor interest

Time to ditch the rand for gold – SA Bullion

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 In the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, South Africa was subjected to a sovereign debt rating downgrade by ratings agency Moody’s, SA Bullion MD and analyst Hilton Davies notes. 

HILTON DAVIES
It will not be too many years into the future when it will become difficult to satisfy investment gold demand in South Africa
HILTON DAVIES It will not be too many years into the future when it will become difficult to satisfy investment gold demand in South Africa

Lesotho opens more border posts for return of foreign mineworkers 

By: Martin Creamer     25th June 2020 Lesotho has opened up more border posts to speed up  the return to work of locked-down foreign mineworkers. As reported  by Mining Weekly last week, 12 000 mineworkers had one border post at their disposal on re-entering South Africa from Lesotho and the opening of more border posts was requested. 

Minerals Council South Africa environment, health and legacies senior executive Nikisi Lesufi.
Minerals Council South Africa environment, health and legacies senior executive Nikisi Lesufi.
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