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Legislative Environment News

Environmental trend spurs green financing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th February 2021 The green financing market is gaining traction in South Africa, says law firm ENSafrica natural resources and environment senior associate Mihlali Sitefane. Green financing promotes the funding of projects that contribute to sustainable development by requiring the integration of social, economic... 

Implats pursuing renewables, green hydrogen, exploration, carbon neutrality  

By: Martin Creamer     25th February 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Implats is pursuing green hydrogen, greenfield exploration and carbon neutrality, the company made clear during question time after presenting a stellar set of high-dividend-yielding interim financial results on Thursday, which cut debt by... 

Implats pursuing renewables, green hydrogen, exploration, carbon neutrality
Impala Platinum's Shaft 16 in Rustenburg

South Africa's mineral licensing system holding back prospecting, exploration

By: Schalk Burger     25th February 2021 Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Thabo Mokoena has conceded that the South African Mineral Resources Administration System (Samrad), which was introduced to allow the general public and investors to view the country's mineral rights, is dysfunctional. He told a... 

South Africa's mineral licensing system holding back prospecting, exploration

Test mine study under way for Fourth Industrial Revolution try-outs  

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2021 A feasibility study is under way on a mine selected for the testing of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies ahead of their implementation, Minerals Council South Africa senior executive modernisation and safety Sietse van der Woude said on Wednesday. Van der Woude was answering... 

Test mine study under way for Fourth Industrial Revolution try-outs
Joburg Indaba Modernisation in Mining virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

NAIF amendments head to Parliament

24th February 2021 Reforms to speed up investment approvals for the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has been introduced into Federal Parliament. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said the reforms would extend the operations of the government’s A$5-billion NAIF for a... 

NAIF amendments head to Parliament

Harmony Gold’s hedging realises R902m net gain in six months  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2021 Gold mining company Harmony Gold realised a net gain of R902-million from its hedging in the six months to December 31, Harmony Gold FD Boipelo Lekubo said on Tuesday. In presenting Harmony’s superb set of dividend-yielding half-year results of profit soaring 336% to R5.8-billion in the six... 

Harmony Gold’s hedging realises R902m net gain in six months
Harmony Gold FD Boipelo Lekubo’s financial report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nevada and Arizona now the most attractive mining destinations 

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd February 2021 Nevada, in the US, is now the world’s number-one jurisdiction for mining investment, bumping Western Australia from the top of the chart, according to the latest Fraser Institute survey. Arizona, which ranked ninth in 2019, sailed into the second place, while Saskatchewan climbed eight spots... 

Nevada and Arizona now the most attractive mining destinations

Greenfield exploration drilling restarts at Target North gold prospect  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2021 Greenfield exploration drilling has restarted at the Target North prospect in the Free State, which Covid-19 temporarily halted, Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp told Mining Weekly on Tuesday. Speaking during a Zoom interview after presenting an outstanding set of dividend-yielding  financial... 

Greenfield exploration drilling restarts at Target North gold prospect
Harmony gold CEO Peter Steenkamp interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Harmony starts on first 10 MW of own solar, keen to pursue next 20 MW 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2021 Gold mining company Harmony Gold, which is in the process of introducing 30 MW of own-generation solar power into its electricity mix, has begun the phasing in of the first 10 MW of renewable energy generation. “Generating our own power from solar power is the way to go,” Harmony Gold CEO Peter... 

Harmony starts on first 10 MW of own solar, keen to pursue next 20 MW
Harmony Gold mineworkers underground at Masimong gold mine.

Green hydrogen to be produced from solar power at platinum mine  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2021 Although platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum will be starting with a 75 MW solar photovoltaic powered plant at its Mogalakwena mine, planned is an eventual 320 MW of solar power generation, the excess from which will be used to produce green hydrogen.... 

Green hydrogen to be produced from solar power at platinum mine
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Global decarbonisation rapidly upping demand for Anglo Platinum products 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2021 Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum said on Monday that it was poised to deliver next phase of value for its stakeholders as decarbonisation efforts increase the long-term demand for its metals. “We are grounded in our purpose to re-imagine mining to improve... 

Global decarbonisation rapidly upping demand for Anglo Platinum products
Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena platinum mine in Limpopo.

Namibia suspends new mining right applications

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 The Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) will not consider or process new applications for mineral rights from November 18, 2020, to August 17, 2021,  the ministry said in a statement last year.   The reason is to enable the ministry to review requirements and procedures for right... 

Namibia suspends new mining right applications
BRYAN WHITE Mining industry will grapple with the Covid-19 measures for some time, and notes that they have largely been normalised as part of mines’ work processes

Uranium industry awaits price increase

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 Despite the prolonged period of low uranium prices, wrought by the Fukushima tsunami and the subsequent oversupply caused by the shutdowns of nuclear power plants, the Namibian uranium sector, unlike those in other countries, has not stagnated, states Namibian Uranium Institute executive director... 

Uranium industry awaits price increase
SAFETY FIRST Radiation Safety Working Group inspecting final product transport at the Husab Mine

Improved tailings disposal could reduce water use

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 Namibia is a water-scarce country in most areas; therefore, minimising water consumption in ore processing is a focus area, especially for tailings disposal, which can account for over 50% of all new/fresh water used in processing, states engineering and environmental consulting firm Knight... 

Improved tailings disposal could reduce water use
FOR THE BETTER OF IT The company assist several mining clients with water and waste management design for greenfield operations, as well as expansion plans for existing mines

Having gold in your portfolio is a very solid insurance right now – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2021 Having gold in your portfolio is a very solid insurance right now, as it always has been during global crises. That is the view of Barrick Gold president and CE Dr Mark Bristow, whose company on Thursday reported 91% higher fourth-quarter operating cash flow to $5.4-billion and annual free cash... 

Having gold in your portfolio is a very solid insurance right now – Bristow
Barrick Gold president and CE Dr Mark Bristow

Sibanye assessing on-site green hydrogen generation to power fuel cell mobility  

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2021 Platinum group metals (PGM) producer Sibanye-Stillwater is assessing the generation of green hydrogen on its mine sites to power PGM-catalysed hydrogen fuel cell mobility, it said on Thursday, when the Johannesburg- and New York-listed company foresaw good exposure for itself to the hydrogen... 

Sibanye assessing on-site green hydrogen generation to power fuel cell mobility
Sibanye-Stillwater results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

First Quantum sees no 'contagion' risk in Zambia after Mopani deal – COO

By: Reuters     18th February 2021 First Quantum Minerals sees no risk of nationalization in Zambia following the sale last month of Mopani Copper Mines to the country's mining investment arm ZCCM-IH, the Canadian miner's chief operating officer, Tristan Pascall, said on Wednesday. “We don’t see any contagion or any element or... 

Governments from Mongolia to Mali seek to reopen mining deals

By: Reuters     18th February 2021 Some resource-rich developing countries are seeking to rewrite mining contracts and accelerate dividend payouts, which can take years to materialize under deals that experts said are tilted in companies' favor. Any move to renegotiate agreements will trigger pushback by miners wary of threats to... 

Minister welcomes export inquiry

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th February 2021 Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt has welcomed the Trade and Investment Growth Committee’s inquiry into the financial sector’s treatment of Australia’s export industries. The Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth this week announced that it had started an inquiry into the... 

Glencore ferrochrome business evaluating clean energy projects 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2021 The ferrochrome business of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, which uses a substantial amount of electricity, is evaluating various clean energy projects, Glencore ferroalloys head Japie Fullard said during this week’s Glencore a media conference. The media conference followed... 

Glencore ferrochrome business evaluating clean energy projects
Glencore Alloys CEO Japie Fullard

Coal to China set to continue while Asian giant not buying from Australia – Glencore 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2021 The export of South African coal to China is poised to continue while China decides not to buy Australian coal, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said during this week’s Glencore media conference. “China still imports round about 185-million tons to 190-million tons of seaborne coal. They like to... 

Coal to China set to continue while Asian giant not buying from Australia – Glencore
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore heading for a future without any coal production.

Nagle expresses firm belief in Glencore’s coal-depleting climate change strategy 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2021 Firm belief in the climate change strategy being embarked upon by diversified mining and marketing company Glencore was expressed on Tuesday by incoming Glencore CEO Gary Nagle, Outgoing Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg announced in December that he would be handing over the reins of the global... 

Nagle expresses firm belief in Glencore’s coal-depleting climate change strategy
Gary Nagle

DRDGold flies sky high on numbers never seen before  

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2021 Surface gold recovery company DRDGold flew sky high in the six months to the end of December on financial returns never seen before. “We’ve never seen numbers like this. I mean the cash operating profit was R1.4-billion and earnings R950-million. These are numbers over a six-month period. It’s... 

DRDGold flies sky high on numbers never seen before
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Glencore ready to support transition to low-carbon economy – Glasenberg 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is ready to support the transition to a low-carbon economy, CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Tuesday when the company reported finishing 2020 with earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $11.6-billion, Covid-19... 

Glencore ready to support transition to low-carbon economy – Glasenberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

DRDGold declares 60%-higher dividend on soaring earnings

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2021 Surface gold recovery company DRDGold has declared an interim cash dividend on soaring six-month earnings. The operating profits of the Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, headed by CEO Niël Pretorius, rose by 100% to R1.4-billion in the six months to the end of December. 

DRDGold declares 60%-higher dividend on soaring earnings
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius

London listing on way as mining company strives to become green gold producer  

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2021 A Kenyan gold asset with expansion, exploration and green status upside is scheduled to reverse list on the London Stock Exchange in March. The Kilimapesa gold mine, with a declared Joint Ore Reserves Committee resource of 670 000 oz, is an operating three-adit asset with fairly extensive... 

London listing on way as mining company strives to become green gold producer
Mayflower Capital executive Gerard Kisbey-Green interviewed by Mining Weekly ‘s Martin Creamer on the Kilimapesa gold-mining opportunity. Video: Darlene Creamer.

PGMs-linked hydrogen production on way with local electrolysers, 12J funding  

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2021 South African company Hydrox Holdings of Randburg is developing an advanced alkaline electrolyser to supply what it describes as “huge hydrogen demand”. The zero gap system will be the first locally produced electrolyser for South Africa and Africa, Hydrox states in a media release to Mining Weekly. 

PGMs-linked hydrogen production on way with local electrolysers, 12J funding
Photo by Creamer Media
Hydrox Holdings CEO Corrie de Jager

Strong showing for Ecuador's Perez signals backlash against mining industry

By: Reuters     12th February 2021 Surprisingly strong support for Ecuadorean environmental presidential candidate Yaku Perez in Sunday's election shows the country's nascent mining industry faces growing backlash that could weaken its expansion plans. Perez, a lawyer and indigenous activist, won nearly 20% of the votes in last... 

PDAC welcomes proposed flow-through legislation

12th February 2021 In December, the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) welcomed the federal government’s draft legislative proposals to protect jobs and save operations within the junior mining exploration sector and other flow-through share issuers, by extending the timelines for spending the... 

PDAC welcomes proposed flow-through legislation
Photo by Creamer Media
GREATER REACH The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada made the decision to go virtual after many months of analysis and careful consideration, and was encouraged by the prospect of reaching an even greater number of international attendees

Canadian firm launches pioneering hydrogen advisory team

12th February 2021 Canadian law firm Fasken has launched a new Hydrogen Energy Advisory Team (H2EAT), a pioneering initiative to help clients navigate the global transition to a clean hydrogen economy. 

Canadian firm launches pioneering hydrogen advisory team
CASH INJECTION Conventional energy producers, transportation companies, and power suppliers are making substantial investments in hydrogen

Hydrogen electrolyser installed in Canada

12th February 2021 Multinational industrial gases supplier Air Liquide has completed the construction of the world's largest proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser. 

Hydrogen electrolyser installed in Canada
LOW-CARBON COMMITMENTS Air Liquide confirms its commitment to the production of low-carbon hydrogen on an industrial scale and its ability to effectively deploy the related technological solutions

Major enters scandium market

12th February 2021 Diversified major Rio Tinto will become the first producer of high-quality scandium oxide in North America, with construction of a new commercial-scale demonstration plant underway at its Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. 

Major enters  scandium market
MULTIFACETED Scandium oxide is used to improve the performance of solid oxide fuel cells, which are used as a power source for data centres and hospitals, as well as in niche products such as lasers and lighting for stadiums or studios

Challenges need to be met to further development

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th February 2021 While Canada’s mineral potential is well recognised, it has several challenges that need to be addressed to capitalise on the resource development opportunity, says North American mine developer Fortune Minerals president and CEO Robin Goad. 

Challenges need to be met to further development
GOVERNANCE GOALS Governments in Canada, particularly those provinces responsible for resource development, need to be more aligned with national objectives, priorities and policies

Association commits to supporting diversity, inclusion

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th February 2021 In December, the national organisation for the Canadian mining industry, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and its members, which include 45 of Canada’s leading mining companies, released a statement denouncing all forms of discrimination, racism and sexism, and committed to eliminating such... 

Association commits to supporting diversity, inclusion
PIERRE GRATTON It is clear our industry has much more to do to eliminate racism, discrimination and sexism in all its forms

Canada’s potential growth backed by non-traditional demand

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th February 2021 Canada is the second largest country in the world and has vast uninhabited regions with diverse geology, hosting one of the most prolific mineral endowments on the planet, says North American mine developer Fortune Minerals president and CEO Robin Goad. 

Canada’s potential growth backed by non-traditional demand
GETTING THERE The NICO Project (pictured above) is a near shovel-ready, vertically integrated primary cobalt deposit with a 1.1-million-ounce in-situ gold co-product

Alluvial diamond miners outline way to save fast-shrinking industry  

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2021 The number of alluvial diamond operators is decreasing at an alarming rate. In 2004, there were 2 000 small diamond-mining companies, which employed close to 25 000 people, and now there are only about 200 operators employing only 5 000 people – a 90% decline. 

Alluvial diamond miners outline way to save fast-shrinking industry
The South African Diamond Producers Organisation is interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Environmental attorneys, activists welcome High Court's SLAPP judgment

By: Donna Slater     11th February 2021 Nonprofit shareholder activism and responsible investment organisation Just Share’s board of directors has welcomed an “important” High Court judgment, handed down on February 9, in relation to a Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP) lawsuit initiated by Australian minerals... 

Vision Blue helping world to achieve green dream with high-return prospects for investors  

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2021 The world’s energy transition away from fossil fuels is a phenomenon that is not dependent on any assumptions about gross domestic product (GDP) growth or countries urbanising or industrialising. It is a phenomenon driven by international consensus that the carbon footprint of the world has to be... 

Vision Blue helping world to achieve green dream with high-return prospects for investors
Sir Mick Davis interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer about Vision Blue Resources. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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