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Minerals Council calls for delay of at least five years in carbon tax implementation

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa (Minerals Council), the representative body for the mining industry in the country, has called on government to delay the implementation of the new carbon tax. “The Minerals Council would like to see a delay of at least five years for the implementation of the... 

Sibanye-Stillwater presells gold to Citibank 

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2019 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater announced on Thursday that it had entered into an agreement to presell gold to Citibank for R1.75-billion ($125-million). This follows Wednesday’s raising of a similar amount on the sale of 5% of the issued shares of the Johannesburg- and New... 

Sibanye-Stillwater presells gold to Citibank
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Hydrogen and platinum at centre of climate change solution – Anglo    

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2019 Hydrogen is at the centre of the solution to climate change and platinum, in turn, is at the centre of hydrogen, London-based Anglo American executive head of market development Benny Oeyen emphasised when he spoke to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of this week’s Platinum Group Metals... 

Hydrogen and platinum at centre of climate change solution – Anglo
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer speaks to Anglo American executive head of market development Benny Oeyen. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Nearly 2 000 Zambian villagers can sue Vedanta in English courts – Supreme Court

By: Reuters     10th April 2019 Nearly 2 000 Zambian villagers have the right to sue mining company Vedanta in the English courts, London's Supreme Court said on Wednesday, raising the prospect other companies could face legal action in England related to their activities abroad. India-listed Vedanta, which delisted from London... 

Amcu slams Lonmin-Sibanye merger over 'magnitude' of job losses at Appeal Court

By: News24Wire      8th April 2019 Thousands of jobs will be lost at Lonmin over a three-year period following its merger with Sibanye-Stillwater, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union has argued. The union has lodged an appeal before the Competition Appeal Court to set aside a 2018 decision by the Competition... 

 Amcu slams Lonmin-Sibanye merger over 'magnitude' of job losses at Appeal Court

Macau intends to join Kimberley Process for trading rough diamonds

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 The Executive Council of Macau has developed a proposal for legislation which, if approved by the territory’s Legislative Assembly, would see Macau joining the Kimberley Process Certification System. This was stated in an official communiqué, the Macauhub News Agency has reported. 

Anglo taking tailings dam monitoring to next level 

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2019 Diversified mining company Anglo American is implementing new techniques that give the company far more control over tailings dams, which have been thrown into the spotlight after the tragic loss of life at Brumadinho, in Brazil, where an iron-ore tailings dam collapsed at Vale’s Corrego do... 

Anglo taking tailings dam monitoring to next level
Photo by Anglo American
How Anglo American is reducing tailings dam risk

Parliament passes first PRRT amendment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th April 2019 The federal Parliament this week passed the first phase of the amendments to the Petroleum Resources Rent Tax, which will exclude the onshore oil and gas industry from the scope of the tax and modify a number of the carry forward rate provisions that apply to exploration and project costs... 

Parliament passes first PRRT amendment

MMG joins Glencore, ERG in reviewing Congo plans after tax hike 

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 Yet another foreign miner in the Democratic Republic of Congo is reviewing its future production plans after the government increased taxes and removed investor safeguards despite industry protests. MMG, the Chinese-owned copper producer, is considering whether to invest in more expensive methods... 

MMG joins Glencore, ERG in reviewing Congo plans after tax hike
MMG's Kinsevere mine

Anglo hopes to run truck on hydrogen in 12 months – O’Neill 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd April 2019 Diversified mining company Anglo American hopes to have a truck running on hydrogen in the next 12 months, Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill said on Wednesday, when he spoke of foreseeing the company’s installed diesel fleet one day being replaced by an electrical alternative.   To... 

Anglo hopes to run truck on hydrogen in 12 months – O’Neill
Photo by Anglo American
Graphic showing how sun can provide electricity to produce hydrogen that powers mine fleets.

AngloGold to comply with South African mining rights directive  

By: Bloomberg     1st April 2019 AngloGold Ashanti is complying with an order from South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources to amend its mining rights to reflect black economic empowerment, the company’s spokesperson Chris Nthite said. The world’s No. 3. gold producer may have contravened black economic empowerment rules... 

Law firm explains rationale behind Minerals Council’s application for judicial review of charter

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2019 Law firm Dentons partner Brandon Irsigler says the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) should not take the Minerals Council South Africa’s court application for a judicial review of Mining Charter 3 lightly, since the council is representative of the mining industry. He noted, however, that... 

Under Mantashe, SA mining’s narrative changes from ‘completely negative’ to ‘something approaching positive’

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2019 Stability, policy and regulatory certainty and rebuilding trust have been key themes in Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s first year in office. Taking the reins on February 27, 2018, of a government department overseeing one of the most difficult and fragmented industries in South... 

Under Mantashe, SA mining’s narrative changes from ‘completely negative’ to ‘something approaching positive’

Unpacking this week's headlines in gold, coal, renewables and the mining charter  

28th March 2019 This week Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Sibanye-Stillwater’s investment in DRDGold, South Africa’s good position in coal and renewables and the Minerals Council South Africa’s decision to take the Department of Mineral Resources to court.   

Unpacking this week's headlines in gold, coal, renewables and the mining charter
Unpacking this week's headlines in gold, coal, renewables and the mining charter.

Exciting DRDGold expertise deserves international prominence – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     27th March 2019 The exciting gold-from-tailings expertise of DRDGold, which has decades of experience in recovering precious metals profitably from mine dump material, deserves international prominence which Sibanye-Stillwater intends to afford it, CEO Neal Froneman said on Wednesday. Froneman drew attention to... 

Exciting DRDGold expertise deserves international prominence – Froneman
Photo by Wynand van der Merwe
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman with Joburg Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel

Minerals Council appeals some Mining Charter 3 provisions, DMR responds 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has filed an application for the judicial review and setting aside of certain clauses of Mining Charter 3, which was published in September. The decision follows after the council’s board engaged in ongoing attempts to reach a compromise with Mineral Resources... 

Minerals Council appeals some Mining Charter 3 provisions, DMR responds
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Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Argentina mining gets Macri boost as tough election looms

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2019 Argentina is eyeing its first major new mining project in two decades, nudged forward by President Mauricio Macri’s market-oriented policies. But there’s no guarantee he’ll be around to take credit. Argentina’s economy is tanking with the central bank hiking interest rates to ease inflation and... 

Argentina mining gets Macri boost as tough election looms
Argentina President Maurico Macri

Corruption Watch calls for enquiry into misadministration of mining royalties  

By: Nadine James     26th March 2019 Civil society organisation Corruption Watch (CW) has recommended that a commission of enquiry be established to determine the scope and degree of alleged misadministration and misappropriation of mining royalties. The organisation on Tuesday launched its ‘Improving Transparency and Accountability... 

Corruption Watch calls for enquiry into misadministration of mining royalties
Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis

New signs of hope for junior miners, says Minerals Council’s Chabana 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd March 2019 Despite the sector having been relatively unorganised and with junior mining companies rarely given an opportunity to influence national mining policy, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana believes there are “new signs of hope and... 

New signs of hope for junior miners, says Minerals Council’s Chabana
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Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana

Gold surface tailings re-treater increases environmental spend

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd March 2019 South African gold producer DRDGOLD is continuing its progress on environmental initiatives, having increased its environmental spend by 23% to R51.6-million for the 2018 financial year. Total spending of R24.9-million in the first six months of the 2019 financial year was 28% higher than the... 

Gold surface tailings re-treater increases environmental spend
HARD AT WORK DRDGOLD reclaims and retreats gold mining waste – mine dumps – of previous miners

EIA recommendations essential for new mining projects

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd March 2019 It is crucial for mining companies to consider the recommendations of all the environmental impact assessments (EIAs) before the start of any new mining projects, says waste management solutions provider Interwaste business development and marketing director Kate Stubbs. Her statement follows the... 

EIA recommendations essential  for new mining projects
Photo by Bloomberg
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Mining has a large environmental impact that affects not only the health and wellbeing of mining communities

Recovery process aiding cyanide detox

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd March 2019 To assist mining companies in managing and recovering cyanide, engineering consultancy AZMET Technology & Projects developed the AZMET cyanide recovery process (AZ-CRP) to provide an alternative to cyanide detoxification. AZMET’s focus is to provide a simpler and more cost-effective solution for... 

Industry adopting more sustainable approaches to mining activities

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd March 2019 As water balances are being calculated more precisely, the principles of reducing, reusing and recycling water are being adopted more strictly, as is the separation of clean from dirty water on mines. Consulting engineering firm WSP environment and energy senior associate Karen King states that... 

Industry adopting more sustainable approaches to mining activities
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WASTE REDUCTION Using cleaner production techniques, environmental control technologies and process re-engineering can further reduce waste output of mines

Coal and illegal mining make headlines this week  

20th March 2019 This week, Canyon offers Eskom cheaper coal, Wescoal to acquire 50% interest in Arnot and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe goes after illegal mining syndicate leaders. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines. 

Coal and illegal mining make headlines this week
Coal and illegal mining make headlines this week

Bristow taking Barrick helm aids Acacia talks, Tanzania AG says  

By: Bloomberg     18th March 2019 Mark Bristow taking over the leadership of Barrick Gold facilitated negotiations with Tanzania about a multibillion-dollar tax dispute that could be resolved by May, the country’s attorney general said. Barrick unit Acacia Mining has been at odds with Tanzania’s government since July 2017, when... 

MCA calls for tax reform, says ‘excessive’ burden is hurting investments

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th March 2019 A new report by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has warned that Australia’s continued lack of tax reforms will make it much harder for the country to compete for investment, as other countries continue to cut tax rates. The report, by the MCA’s international tax expert Dr Jack Mintz,... 

MCA calls for tax reform, says ‘excessive’ burden is hurting investments

Canada’s once dominant mining industry is falling behind, report warns

By: Mariaan Webb     15th March 2019 Once the dominant global mining nation in mineral production, mining finance, mining services and supplies, Canada is falling behind other countries as its competitiveness continues to erode, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has warned. In its latest edition of its yearly ‘Facts and... 

Canada’s once dominant mining industry is falling behind, report warns

Policy safeguards suppliers and service providers in mining industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th March 2019 The predominant policy that should be in place regarding the relationship between suppliers and service providers is an anti-bribery and corruption policy, says legal services company ProEthics founder, Dr Janette Minnaar-van Veijeren. An anti-bribery policy and framework demonstrate a company’s... 

Policy safeguards suppliers and  service providers in mining industry
DR JANETTE MINNAAR-VAN VEIJEREN When entering into a contract, service providers, subcontractors and consultants are bound by a mining company’s ethics policies

Coal will continue to be key resource for decades

15th March 2019 In its annual World Energy Outlook 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that coal will remain the largest single source of electricity generation through to 2040, at 26% of global electricity.  Renewables will have a role to play as future energy sources for the country, region... 

Mining Charter provides certainty, but elements of concern remain – Leon 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th March 2019 The Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry 2018, better known as Mining Charter 3, came into force on Friday, March 1 – almost three years after the publication of the first draft. This brought to a close more than nearly three years of uncertainty and... 

Eskom reform urgent to restore ferrochrome potential 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2019 The demise of State power utility Eskom has caused South Africa to lose its optimal position in the lucrative ferrochrome business. Because of Eskom’s decline, unbeneficiated chrome ore exports from South Africa to China have enabled the Asian giant to ascend up the ferrochrome production ladder. 

Eskom reform urgent to restore ferrochrome potential
Photo by Merafe
South African chrome underpins China's ferrochrome dominance.

Brazil aims to open indigenous reserves to mining - Minister

By: Reuters     11th March 2019 The government of Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro is preparing an overhaul of mining sector regulations that will include opening up indigenous reserves to mining, the country's mines and energy minister said. Mining in indigenous reserves is currently prohibited. 

RBPlat, Implats make headlines 

8th March 2019 This week Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses mining’s increased investigation of renewable energy, government support for a national platinum strategy and the PGM zone gazetting. 

RBPlat, Implats make headlines
RBPlat, Implats make headlines.

Charter may encourage unreasonable community expectations – economist

By: Nadine James     8th March 2019 The new Mining Charter imposes several transformation-based changes, including a minimum 30% broad-based black economic empowerment shareholding, which also stipulates that a minimum of 5% nontransferable shares or the equity equivalent be paid to host communities, Economic Development Solutions... 

Charter may encourage unreasonable community expectations – economist
JANINE EPSIN Local communities must be capacitated to understand the true implications of the Mining Charter

Upper ore breakthrough boosts Implats’ Zimbabwe resource base 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2019 The development of an effective method of mining upper ores, which have in the past been excluded from stoping plans, has increased the resource base of the Bimha and Mupani platinum group metals (PGMs) mines in Zimbabwe, Impala Platinum (Implats) CEO Nico Muller has disclosed. In response to... 

Upper ore breakthrough boosts Implats’ Zimbabwe resource base
Zimplats Mupani Mine

Cosatu slams Mantashe, echoes calls to amend mine health and safety act 

By: News24Wire      6th March 2019 Trade union federation the Congress of South African Trade unions (Cosatu) has denounced Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s statement that bringing criminal charges against mining bosses for fatalities at mines will cripple the industry. Following the release of mining sector fatalities... 

 Cosatu slams Mantashe, echoes calls to amend mine health and safety act
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Govt support for platinum strategy encouraging – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2019 The government’s support for the national platinum strategy is encouraging, says Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri. In an interview with Mining Weekly Online after reporting before-tax profit of R316-million in a presentation of turned-around 2018 financial results, Phiri expressed... 

Govt support for platinum strategy encouraging – RBPlat
Photo by Minerals Council South Africa
South Africa's platinum group metals mines

India’s Coal Ministry moves to get coal auction under way

By: Ajoy K Das     6th March 2019 India’s Coal Ministry has taken the first step to get the much delayed coal block auctions for private miners under way, but uncertainties loom large over timelines with the national elections just round the corner. The Coal Ministry last week floated a request for proposal (RFP) for the... 

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