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Legislative Environment News

Atrum readies for battle in Alberta

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th October 2022 Coal hopeful Atrum Coal has started a claim against the government of Alberta for the de facto expropriating of its Elan coal leases and are also seeking monetary compensation pursuant to the doctrines of private nuisance and unjust enrichment. Atrum was last year forced to pause a... 

DMRE's general lethargy still hindering exploration activity 

By: Nadine James     28th October 2022 Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart offered the familiar refrain of South Africa’s mining industry needing a functional and accurate cadastre. “We cannot manage our minerals with a GIS system,” he said during the Q&A session following his keynote address at the 2022 Council for Geoscience (CGS) Summit... 

Private sector investments key for JET

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 As keynote speaker at the 2022 Joburg Indaba – held at the Inanda Club, in Sandton, on October 5 and 6 – Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter highlighted the mining industry’s decarbonisation drive towards a Just Energy Transition (JET) and how it could be achieved. He noted that,... 

A South African flag overlapping a solar field being manned by two men in yellow overalls
TREMENDOUS TRANSITION The Just Energy Transition must be driven by mines decarbonistaion

Small-scale miners benefit from membership

28th October 2022 While large mines have sufficient staff in different roles to ensure compliance with legislation, such as quality management, smaller-scale surface mines often lack some of the resources to ensure compliance, thereby relying on mine owners and managers to undertake such responsibilities.... 

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REQUIREMENTS To become a member, mines are required to undergo two compulsory audits in health, safety and environment to ensure compliance with legislation and the statutory requirements

Council pushes for continued best practice

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 For South Africa to remain competitive amid the global drive to a greener economy, its mining sector must continue its efforts to decarbonise and respond better to shifting value pools. “It must also adapt and build resilience to local climate change impacts while ensuring a just transition,”... 

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POWERING THE FUTURE Decarbonising our energy sources is vital to the global move to a greener economy

Lack of follow-through denting exploration

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 Of the more than 1 000 prospecting rights granted in 2019 and 2020, virtually none  awarded to emerging mining companies progressed beyond the application and approval process, says mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners desk lead Grant Mitchell.... 

A man in a hard hat at the exploration face looking at a rock
EXPLORING THE OPTIONS The lack of exploration projects could dent south Africa's mining sector in ten to 20 years.

Trust must be gained in communities – Minerals Council

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 South African mining companies need to redouble engagement efforts and ultimately narrow the trust deficit that has for too long characterised most mine-community relations, says mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa social performance head Alex Khumalo. Communities and... 

mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa social performance head Alex Khumalo
ALEX KHUMALO There is an opportunity to repurpose existing “future forums” and ensure that agendas include ESG performance

Hydrogen instrumental to decarbonisation

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 The need to decarbonise has put pressure on governments globally to move away from fossil fuels and use renewable sources of energy, says mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa senior economist Bongani Motsa. Through global research it has been established that hydrogen is... 

Plan of action devised to prevent further fatalities

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 Mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa held a special board meeting last month to devise a four-tiered plan of action aimed at preventing fatalities. The meeting was called in response to the worst monthly safety performance reported for the year to date, in August, with... 

Minerals Council safety and sustainable development head Sizwe Phakathi
SIZWE PHAKATHI There is a need to be proactive rather than reactive as the industry approaches the last months of the year

Renewables implemented at mines show promise

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa says that, by the end of this year, mines in the country will have established the capacity and infrastructure to generate about 100 MW of power from renewable-energy installations. This includes installations by gold mining... 

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RENEWED ZEEL The drive towards a green economy has seen renewable energy technologies grow exponentially

New start-up intent on improving pit-to-port turnaround times  

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2022 Three women who have been in logistics collectively for more than 30 years have formed a company intent on helping to smooth out rail and port logistics in the Southern African region. The three are Nosipho Damasane, Nyameka Madikizela and Ncumisa Dube, who have formed Indlela Connections. (Also... 

Indlela Connections chairperson Nosipho Damasane.
Indlela chairperson Nosipho Damasane and CEO Nyameka Madikizela talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Chile's government, miners still clashing over mining royalty bill

By: Reuters     27th October 2022 Chile's government and mining industry continued to disagree over a proposed mining royalty bill on Wednesday despite recent adjustments. The government had on Tuesday announced modifications to a proposed mining royalty bill, lowering a variable "ad valorem" rate to a flat 1% for large... 

Brics cooperation raised at CGS Summit

By: Nadine James     27th October 2022 The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) countries are “richly endowed in mineral resources” and as such, are in a relatively good position to cater for the demands of the global economy, Russia’s Federal Agency of Minerals Resources head Dr Evgenii Petrov told delegates at the... 

Africa’s exploration spend is stagnating despite it being ‘rich in minerals'

By: Nadine James     27th October 2022 Tullow Oil and The Metals Company non-executive director Sheila Khama, during her keynote address at the 2022 Council for Geoscience Summit on Wednesday, commented on her unease with the phrase ‘Africa is very rich in minerals’. She described it as a “dangerous statement” that perpetuates the... 

Make green hydrogen part of official economic recovery plan, Dept of Science and Innovation urges  

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2022 South Africa should leverage the hydrogen opportunity as part of its official economic reconstruction and economic recovery plan. Dr Cosmas Chiteme, the director of hydrogen and energy at Department of Science and Innovation, highlighted this as the top key message on the way forward at the... 

Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Director of Hydrogen and Energy, Department of Science and Innovation.
Mistra platinum group metals event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Geoscientists should play a more active role in crafting public discourse, policy  

By: Nadine James     26th October 2022 Geoscientists could have a hand in shaping the geopolitical future of African countries, said Tullow Oil and The Metals Company nonexecutive director Sheila Khama, who is also a former CEO of De Beers Botswana, and a former policy extractives adviser at the World Bank. During her keynote address... 

Sheila Khama
Sheila Khama

Chile amends mining royalty bill with flat 1% ad valorem rate

By: Reuters     26th October 2022 Chile's government on Tuesday amended a proposed mining royalty bill that drew criticism from miners, removing provisions that assessed higher rates for larger miners and linked payments to copper prices, while implementing a flat 1% ad valorem tax rate for large producers. The original bill,... 

Orion has achieved vital funding milestone – S2 Research 

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2022 Mine development company Orion Minerals has achieved a vital funding milestone in very difficult market circumstances., S2 Research’s Simon Hudson-Peacock states in an analysis of the convertible loan of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and a valuation update. Orion’s Prieska... 

S2 Research’s Simon Hudson-Peacock.
S2 Research’s Simon Hudson-Peacock.

Miners welcome Budget outcomes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2022 The resources sector has welcomed the federal government’s Budget, but has warned that policy changes could have a negative impact on future investments. The Budget papers point out that higher commodity prices are expected to drive near-term tax receive forecasts on the back of stronger... 

Chile close to decision on raising mine royalties

By: Reuters     25th October 2022 Chile is close to achieving a consensus on how much to hike royalties in the mining sector, Mining Minister Marcela Hernando said on Tuesday, a decision that could have a significant impact on mining majors such as BHP and Antofagasta. Discussions have been held with the finance ministry on a... 

BHP operates the Escondida mine, in Chile.
BHP operates the Escondida mine, in Chile.

Nation should exploit CGS expertise to help address infrastructural, water challenges – Mantashe  

By: Nadine James     25th October 2022 The country requires that the Council for Geoscience (CGS) occupy a more preeminent role, to bolster the use of geosciences to help address socioeconomic challenges, says Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe. “These challenges include, but are not limited to, energy security, a... 

Petra Diamonds taking comfort from underlying fundamental market support  

By: Martin Creamer     25th October 2022 Notwithstanding the recent softening of the diamond market and issues that have affected production at the Cullinan and Finch diamonds mines, Petra Diamonds remains in a strong position, being considerably more resilient through its strengthened balance sheet and the implementation of its... 

Richard Duffy
Petra Diamonds CEO Richard Duffy: presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Ecuador residents seek referendum to block mining projects

By: Reuters     25th October 2022 Residents of Ecuador's capital Quito on Monday delivered hundreds of thousands of signatures to the country's electoral court in a bid to ban mining in one of the Andean country's most biodiverse areas. The signatories, who come from rural areas in northwest Quito, hope to block six gold-mining... 

UK prosecutors implicate 11 Glencore employees in bribery probe

By: Bloomberg     24th October 2022 As many as 11 Glencore employees could be under investigation by UK prosecutors as the company prepares to be sentenced for bribery across five African countries, prosecutors said. The commodity trading industry has been dogged by anti-corruption investigations for years, but few individual... 

Platinum-linked green hydrogen economy has $10-trillion-a-year opportunity tag  

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2022 The three letters PEM, which flag platinum-using green hydrogen and fuel cell solutions, are written all over the American green hydrogen company Plug, which is advancing into a potential $10-trillion-a-year sector. Plug’s PEM electrolyser solutions produce carbon-free green hydrogen using... 

Plug CEO Andy Marsh.
Andy Marsh: Green Hydrogen At Work covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

LME adds artisanal mining to green register, sets 2040 net-zero goal

By: Reuters     24th October 2022 The London Metal Exchange (LME) has added standards for small-scale mining to its digital sustainability register and pledged to achieve net-zero emissions for its own operations by 2040, it said on Monday. The 145-year-old exchange launched LMEpassport last year so miners could store... 

Gold Fields board recommends Yamana transaction 

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2022 The board and management team of Gold Fields have unanimously recommended the implementation of the Yamana Gold transaction, Gold Fields chairperson Yunus Suleman stated in a letter to shareholders on Monday. An independent evaluation has estimated Yamana's mineral asset value at between... 

Gold Fields chairperson Yunus Suleman.
Gold Fields chairperson Yunus Suleman.

PGMs demand may taper off despite robust automotive demand forecast 

By: Darren Parker     21st October 2022 Global demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) is forecast to taper off beyond 2030, despite a robust outlook for increasing automotive sales, according to platinum group metals producer Impala Platinum (Implats) corporate affairs executive Emma Townshend, who addressed a PGMs students colloquium... 

Impala Platinum ingot

DRC improves extractive sector transparency but more needed – anti-graft body

By: Reuters     21st October 2022 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has made progress in implementing transparency in its extractive mining sector but needs to do more in publishing contracts and revenues from the sector, a global anti-corruption body said. The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which sets... 

Orion’s Prieska copper/zinc mine set to streak ahead on IDC’s R250m early works funding 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2022 Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed Orion Minerals has agreed funding terms with South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) involving the advance R250-million (A$22 million) as a senior secured, convertible debt facility to fund early works at Orion’s project at its flagship... 

Orion MD Errol Smart.
Orion MD Errol Smart.

South Africa falling short of exploration target amid glacial cadastre progress

By: Cameron Mackay     21st October 2022 South Africa’s minerals potential is not in doubt, with known geological opportunities in chrome, platinum-group metals, gold, iron-ore, titanium minerals and diamonds, as well as several other minerals regarded as critical for the global energy transition. Nevertheless, there is widespread... 

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Brazil mining group sees steady investment regardless of election result

By: Reuters     20th October 2022  Brazilian miners do not expect changes in the level of investments in the sector regardless of the outcome of the country's fast-approaching presidential runoff, a leader of top industry association Ibram said on Thursday. Brazil, Latin America's biggest economy, is nearing the end of... 

Anglo, Thyssenkrupp join forces to make steel greener 

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2022 Anglo American has signed a memorandum of understanding with longstanding customer Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG to collaborate on developing new pathways for the decarbonisation of steelmaking. This follows Anglo signing of a memorandum of understanding with Japan-headquartered Nippon Steel in... 

Iron-ore operations at Anglo American's Kumba Iron Ore.
Iron-ore operations at Anglo American's Kumba Iron Ore.

China becoming fuel cell electric vehicle leader, World Platinum research indicates

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2022 In what is a major plus for platinum demand and consequently South Africa’s local mining economy, China is poised to become a leading market for platinum-using fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), which provide the zero-emission mobility that the world so desperately needs to help combat rampant... 

First mass-produced passenger fuel cell electric vehicle, the Changan Shenlan SL03.
First mass-produced passenger fuel cell electric vehicle, the Changan Shenlan SL03.

DRDGold's production up 1% in quarter 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2022 Surface gold mining company DRDGold on Wednesday reported a 1% quarter-on-quarter increase in gold production to 1 453 kg, on a 1% increase in tonnage throughput. DRDGold’s principal subsidiaries are Ergo, its flagship metallurgical plant located 50 km east of Johannesburg, in Brakpan; and Far... 

DRDGold's Ergo tailings dumps.
DRDGold's Ergo tailings dumps.

Sasol/Saldanha sign MoU for green hydrogen hub in Western Cape

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2022 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol, already a seasoned grey hydrogen producer, and Freeport Saldanha Industrial Development Zone on Tuesday announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding  (MOU) to facilitate a green hydrogen hub in the Western Cape. In terms of the MOU, the... 

Freeport Saldanha CEO Kaashifah Beukes.
Freeport Saldanha CEO Kaashifah Beukes.

Enabling exploration is urgently needed to put South African mining back in ‘sunrise’ mode  

By: Martin Creamer     17th October 2022 High on the list of the steps that must be taken to stop South African mining from fading further into sunset mode is free access to geological information from State institutions such as the Council for Geoscience. Next is the provision of a modern, functional, and transparent mineral cadastre... 

Botswana Diamonds CEO James Campbell.
Botswana Diamonds CEO James Campbell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Zambia restricts number of mining licenses per company to five 

By: Reuters     17th October 2022 Zambia, Africa's second-largest copper producer, said on Monday the number of mining licences that a company can hold at a time will be restricted to five to curb speculative purchases within the country's licensing system. The ministry of mines in February suspended the issuance of mining... 

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