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Mining Indaba welcomes back in-person event with a focus on ESG

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th April 2022 After two years, the African Mining Indaba will once again be held in-person at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, albeit in May, rather than its conventional February placing. This change of date will be a one off, with the change made to cater to Covid-19 restrictions to allow the... 

New process needed when appointing public-service managers – Motlanthe  

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2022 To build a capable State, the way public-service managers are appointed should be reformed, says former President Kgalema Motlanthe. By doing so, the country would be assured of selecting the best available talent, added Motlanthe, who was speaking to Centre for Development and Enterprise... 

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Kgalema Motlanthe

Mantashe says delayed roll-out of cadastral system one of the DMRE’s ‘biggest nightmares’ 

By: Darren Parker     7th April 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe told delegates at the 2022 PGMs Industry Day, in Johannesburg, on April 6, that the roll-out of a state-of-the-art online central cadastral system – which the mining and exploration industry has been begging for over the past decade – was one... 

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

Hydrogen key to long-term use of platinum, says SFA Oxford’s Forrest   

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2022 Coordinated industry intervention is required to create sustainable platinum group metals (PGM) markets, with hydrogen the key to the long-term use of platinum, said outgoing SFA Oxford head Stephen Forrest in a swansong address. “Promote PGMs heavily as platinum’s structural surplus helps... 

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Platinum Group Metals Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer Media

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Zimbabwe mines see $10bn funding shortfall over five years

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2022 Zimbabwe’s mining industry sees a funding shortfall of $10-billion over the next five years, a challenge compounded by erratic power supplies and exchange-rate volatility. While Zimbabwe has the world’s third-biggest reserves of platinum-group metals, plus gold, diamond and chrome mines,... 

Zambia’s copper potential coming to fore again as Castillo survey shows upside 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 London- and Sydney-listed base metal explorer Castillo Copper has identified multiple copper-potential drill-testing targets at its Mkushi project in Zambia, Africa’s second-largest copper producer. Castillo stated in a release to Mining Weekly on Tuesday that the formulation of a drilling... 

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Castillo Copper MD Dr Dennis Jensen.

With court's backing, Ecuador's indigenous block Amazon mining

By: Reuters     4th April 2022 Armed with spears, their faces painted, members of the A'i Cofan community's indigenous guard prepare to patrol the banks of the Aguarico River in Ecuador's Amazon, ready to confiscate equipment and call in the police if they find miners on their ancestral land. "We go down (the river) and... 

Peru targets copper price windfall in dialed-back tax reform, Minister says

By: Reuters     4th April 2022 Peru, the world's no. 2 copper producer, will target "excess profits" that mining firms have gained from soaring global metals prices for extra taxation, the country's economy minister told Reuters. While President Pedro Castillo came to power last July pledging to increase taxes on the powerful... 

Minerals Council ending century-long relationship with Johannesburg CBD

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2022 Minerals Council South Africa has begun a new era by moving into modern premises in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and closing a century-long chapter in Johannesburg’s central business district (CBD). The historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street– which was constructed in 1921 – will be sold. 

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Historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street.

Sibanye-Stillwater highlights battery grade nickel sulphate fetching price premium 

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2022 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Friday highlighted the quality elevation of its price-discounted nickel sulphate crystals to price-premium battery grade through the introduction of the Thakadu Battery Materials operation into the Base Metal Refinery in North West province.... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater operation highlighted during Bank of America conference virtual site visit.

Bulks most affected by Russia-Ukraine conflict

1st April 2022 Trade dislocations owing to sanctions, high power prices and disruption to production facilities in the conflict zone are three major threats to the metals and mining industry as a result of escalating conflict between Russia and Ukraine. 

Growing uncertainty around local coal industry’s future

By: Anna Moross     1st April 2022 While the decision to phase out coal in the global economy has put a damper on the South African local coal industry, geological consultants Gemecs MD Nico Denner says all is not lost for the Southern Africa coal industry. 

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DEAD END? A lot of uncertainty persists, with no clear direction on the road ahead, especially for junior and midtier coal mining companies, many of which are Gemecs clients

Junior mining sector continues to face complex challenges, regulations

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2022 Junior and emerging mining companies in South Africa face a range of complex social and regulatory challenges that add significant financial and operational barriers to growing their operations, a range of junior miners, industry experts and regulators highlighted during a webinar hosted by the... 

Biden’s battery-metal push does nothing to ease mining permit bottleneck

By: Bloomberg     31st March 2022 The US is set to give the mining industry a key tool to boost domestic production of metals behind the energy transition -- but nothing that speeds up efforts to dig ore out of the ground. President Joe Biden is poised to add battery metals to the list of items covered by the 1950 Defense... 

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US President Joe Biden

Growth outcomes inform approach to dividends ­as Northam digs in on RBPlat deal

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2022 Growth outcomes will inform Northam Platinum’s approach to dividends, the platinum group metals (PGMs) company stated in reporting 60%-higher half-year headline earnings a share. Northam highlighted that it still had an option to acquire a further 3.29% in Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), which... 

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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Green energy transition presents ‘unparalleled’ opportunity for Zambia  

By: Darren Parker     30th March 2022 The green energy transition presents an “unparalleled” opportunity for Zambia, but for it to work, the mining sector needs a fair, predictable and stable regulatory framework, law firm Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chair Peter Leon said during an address at the Chatham House... 

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema
Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema

NMP moves ahead with Sandpiper environmental application

By: Darren Parker     30th March 2022 Phosphate mining company Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP) is progressing the application for an Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) for its mining licence (ML170) for the Sandpiper marine phosphate project, in Namibia. The company has appointed an environmental assessment practitioner (EAP)... 

Vedanta investing R7bn in Gamsberg 'green' zinc expansion  

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2022 The board of directors of Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) has approved a R7-billion investment into Gamsberg Phase 2 expansion project in the Northern Cape, which will double the mine and plant capacity from four-million tons to eight-million tons a year. In metal terms, will increase output... 

Vedenta Zinc International executive director and CFO Pushpender Singla.
Vedanta Zinc International’s Pushpender Singla interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video editing: Darlene Creamer

China’s imports have shifted platinum into global deficit, says independent consultant 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2022 China’s importation of platinum has shifted platinum’s supply balance into deficit, says independent precious metal consultant Dr David Davis. Supply-and-demand forecasts presented to the market are not giving the complete picture, Davis contends in a 17-page analysis published by Singapore-based... 

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Independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis.

Green hydrogen energy supply to local communities envisaged by Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2022 The green hydrogen footprint being developed by Anglo American could be extended to provide low-cost and efficient energy to local communities. Anglo, which is advancing towards using green hydrogen to replace diesel in the huge haul truck it is building at Anglo American Platinum’s Mogalakwena... 

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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani.

Zambia to cap number of mining licences issued to single firms

By: Reuters     28th March 2022  Zambia, Africa's second-largest copper producer, said it plans to limit the number of mining licences that a company can hold at a time to curb speculation and promote investment. The ministry of mines last month suspended the issuance of mining licenses and commissioned an audit in response to... 

Job creation, renewable energy, climate change make headlines   

25th March 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the potential for 60 000 new jobs through green hydrogen development; Merafe Resources putting focus on renewable energy; and World Parliaments being urged to use their constitutional powers to tackle climate change.   

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Job creation, renewable energy, climate change make headlines

Bokoni platinum mine is large, high-grade opportunity, says African Rainbow Minerals 

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2022 The Bokoni platinum group metals (PGM) mine being acquired for R3.5-billion by African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) hosts South Africa’s second largest PGM resource, with ready-built mining and processing plant infrastructure on site. Bokoni provides greater exposure to palladium and is close to ARM’s... 

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Increases ARM's combined platinum group metals resource base to 266-million ounces.

Platinum group metals miner Implats commits R50bn to five-year capital programme 

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Implats affirmed at the South African Investment Conference on Thursday that it would commit close to R50-billion to its Southern African capital investment programme over the next five years. The investment capital would be targeted at... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller and President Cyril Ramaphosa at the investment conference
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Implats CEO Nico Muller and President Cyril Ramaphosa at the investment conference

Hydrogen development expected to create up to 60 000 new jobs – Mjwara 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2022 Green hydrogen development in South Africa has the potential to generate up to 60 000 new jobs in the next ten to 15 years, said Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) director-general Dr Phil Mjwara during a televised interview on SABC News. Mjwara expressed confidence that the R15-million... 

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Science and Innovation Department DG Dr Phil Mjwara

Renewable-energy projects Merafe’s 2022 focus, says CEO Zanele Matlala   

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2022 The focus of ferrochrome company Merafe Resources in 2022 will be on renewable energy projects, along with efficient operations, cash management and well-ordered capital allocations, CEO Zanele Matlala said on Tuesday. The year 2021 has been one of spectacular recovery for the Glencore Merafe... 

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Merafe Resources presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Cash-flush ferrochrome producer Merafe declares dividend on record profit

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2022 The year 2021 was a year of recovery for the Glencore Merafe Pooling and Sharing Venture, both from a financial and operational perspective. JSE-listed Merafe, headed by CEO Zanele Matlala, reported on Tuesday that Improved economic activity had contributed to robust demand for ferrochrome,... 

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Merafe Resources CEO Zanele Matlala

Parliaments must act swiftly to reduce climate change – Mapisa-Nqakula  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2022 National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Monday urged heads of the world's Parliaments gathering at the 144th plenary assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to undertake all necessary efforts to deal with climate change through oversight and the constitutional powers of the... 

South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Anglo partnership secures 100% renewable energy supply for South Africa operations 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American has signed a memorandum of understanding with global renewable energy company EDF Renewables to work together towards developing a regional renewable energy ecosystem in South Africa. The regional renewable energy ecosystem is expected to be... 

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Anglo American management board chairperson in South Africa Nolitha Fakude.

Mining houses should prioritise human rights to stave off radicalisation among communities  

By: Nadine James     18th March 2022 The mining industry must work harder on implementing human rights programmes to prevent the exploitation of unhappy communities for narrow self-defeating motives, Minerals Council South Africa senior executive Tebello Chabana commented during a Human Rights Dialogue on March 17. He noted that... 

Anglo, Minerals Council ponder human rights implications of wearables, drones  

By: Nadine James     17th March 2022 The growing use of surveillance technologies, drones and wearables has serious implications for employees’ and individual's rights –  to privacy, for one – which civil society and the private sector have yet to fully explore, diversified major Anglo American international, government and... 

Now’s the time for full energy freedom, says green hydrogen stalwart Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2022 Let’s give energy sovereignty to the world. Renewable energy is everywhere. Every country can produce it. Now is the time to capture it, and have full energy freedom, enthused Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest, while being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane... 

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Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest (right), being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour.

Metals sector urged to seize South Africa’s beckoning Steel Master Plan opportunity  

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2022 South Africa’s historic metals sector employer organisation on Wednesday urged all the sector’s employer bodies to roll up their sleeves on May 19 and 20 and get their teeth into the Steel Master Plan, which is seen to have promising reindustrialisation elements. President Cyril Ramaphosa... 

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Haib prospecting licence refusal extended after Namibian mining ministry submits nonevidence documents

By: Donna Slater     16th March 2022 In an ongoing court case relating to the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Namibia refusing to grant copper explorer and developer Deep-South Resources a licence for its Haib copper project, the miner reports that, although the Ministry filed additional documents as part of the review record, these... 

Sipho Nkosi’s red tape cutting role crucial to encourage investment – Menar  

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2022 The appointment of mining stalwart Sipho Nkosi to cut red tape is crucial to encourage new investment and expand existing investment in South Africa, says Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu, whose private investment company has about R1.5-billion worth of investment being delayed by regulatory processes.... 

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Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Govt commits funding to modernise environmental protection

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2022 The resources sector has welcomed a A$128.5-million funding package from the federal government to modernise the operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley on Tuesday said that the measures, to be included in this... 

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Equivalent of a Koeberg arising in solar projects – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2022 The equivalent of a Koeberg power station is arising in the form of new largely mine-linked private-sector solar power photovoltaic projects across Southern Africa, according to AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller, whose company is working on the second edition of its electronic map of... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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