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Minister urges mines to test without fear of mine closure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday urged mines to test for Covid-19 to the full extent without fearing mine closure. The Minister was responding to a media question on the steps the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) was taking to end the backlog of... 

South Africa’s biggest emitters to be exposed to public scrutiny 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2020 South Africa’s emission levels are as high as those of the eight-times-larger UK economy, EDS Systems business development head Eckart Zollner pointed out on Friday, when he also drew attention to the mounting pressure on South Africa’s biggest polluters to curb their greenhouse-gas (GHG)... 

South Africa’s biggest emitters to be exposed to public scrutiny
Eskom's coal-fired Duvha power station.

Conversation on getting economy back on track post-Covid has begun   

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2020 The conversation has begun on getting the South African economy back on track with the necessary structural reforms post-Covid, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday. Speaking at question time during a virtual media conference following the council’s annual general... 

Conversation on getting economy back on track post-Covid has begun
Minerals Council’s virtual media conference covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Manganese mine in strong position to weather uncertainties – Jupiter

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2020 The Tshipi Borwa manganese mine is in a strong position to weather the uncertainties ahead, as the world struggles, probably for years to come, to recover from the devastating economic consequences of the global lockdown, Jupiter Mines nonexecutive chairperson independent Brian Gilbertson said on... 

Manganese mine in strong position to weather uncertainties – Jupiter
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Jupiter nonexecutive chairperson Brian Gilbertson

IDC confirms Kalagadi Manganese business rescue application

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2020 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) confirmed on Wednesday that it had initiated business rescue proceedings at Kalagadi Manganese (Pty) Ltd. The application, issued out of the Johannesburg High Court on April 29, saw IDC argue that Kalagadi Manganese urgently required the restructuring... 

IDC confirms Kalagadi Manganese business rescue application
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Kalagadi Manganese mine in the Kalahari basin.

DMRE to fast-track mining rights, capital projects to help save jobs 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2020 To help create jobs in what will remain a challenging macroeconomic environment for the foreseeable future, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) says it will fast-track its capital expenditure (capex) projects planned for the next five years. If an allocated R25-billion can be... 

IDC’s Kalagadi Manganese business rescue application opposed  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2020 An application of the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to have mining company Kalagadi Manganese placed under business rescue is being opposed in the High Court Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg. As a R3-billion creditor and 20% shareholder of the black women-led private... 

IDC’s Kalagadi Manganese business rescue application opposed
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Kalagadi Manganese mine in Kalahari Basin, Northern Cape.

South Africa’s potential to export green hydrogen boosted   

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2020 South Africa, which has been examining its competitiveness as a potential supplier of green hydrogen to Japan, is also being courted by Europe as a potential supplier in a world that is taking steps to decarbonise, Mining Weekly can report. Clean hydrogen is enjoying unprecedented political and... 

South Africa’s potential to export green hydrogen boosted
Japan, Europe, California creating demand for production of green hydrogen in South Africa.

Select Committee says DMRE is improving its service delivery

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2020 The Select Committee on Land Reform, Environment, Mineral Resources and Energy has welcomed the plan to implement the proposed nuclear new build programme at a scale and pace that the country can afford to ensure the security of energy supply. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy... 

AMCU calls for testing of all employees at affiliated workplaces 

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2020 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has again called on employers to test all employees for Covid-19 as the pandemic continues to spread across South Africa. AMCU notes that while it has consistently called for the testing of all workers, the official stance of... 

Northam Platinum strengthens liquidity, attracts R411m new funding 

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2020 Platinum group metals mining company Northam Platinum has strengthened its liquidity position in response to Covid-19 by attracting R411-million of additional new long-term funding during the lockdown period as part of the completion of its R2.65-billion restructuring of its domestic medium-term... 

Northam Platinum strengthens liquidity, attracts R411m new funding
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Northam CEO Paul Dunne

Mponeng detects 196 Covid cases, suspends mining – AngloGold Ashanti

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2020 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti on Monday confirmed that, following the detection of its first positive Covid-19 case at its Mponeng gold mine last week, a comprehensive screening, contact tracing and testing programme had revealed 196 positive cases at the site in Merafong, in Gauteng... 

Mponeng detects 196 Covid cases, suspends mining  – AngloGold Ashanti
Mponeng Gold Mine

Full reopening of mining from June 1 – President Ramaphosa

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2020 Subject to strict Covid-19 protocols, mining will be allowed to reopen fully from June 1, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. In his address on South Africa’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the President announced that South Africa would advance to level 3 from June 1, with an... 

Full reopening of mining from June 1 – President Ramaphosa
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Leon lists measures to attract mining investment in these challenging times  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2020 South Africa should consider appointing an independent minerals regulator to speed up minerals licensing, Herbert Smith Freehills Africa co-chair Peter Leon said during a webinar this week. Responding to Patrick Leyden, who moderated the webinar entitled re-imagining the sub-Saharan mining... 

Leon lists measures to attract mining investment in these challenging times
Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Co-Chair Peter Leon spoke at a webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Event organisers adopt flexible approach

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 This year’s Junior Indaba is one of many conferences that have been postponed because of the international Covid-19 crisis, and although a new date has been set for November 3 and 4, the organisers have to remain flexible and adaptable to an uncertain and unprecedented set of circumstances.... 

Event organisers adopt flexible approach
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UP FOR DISCUSSION Conference proceedings and panel discussions at the upcoming Junior Indaba might have to take place virtually

Covid-19 response built on successful holistic approach

By: Nadine James     22nd May 2020 The De Beers Group’s ‘Put Safety First as our Number One Value’ way of work – driven by management and mainstreamed into the operations – has led to numerous successes in terms of the holistic health and safety of its employees, and now forms the basis of its Covid-19 response, says  De Beers... 

Covid-19 response  built on successful holistic approach
URISHANIE GOVENDER De Beers developed action plans per country of operation, with preventive protocols as well as emergency response plans and restart procedures

PDS provider ready to implement Level 9 systems

By: Nadine James     22nd May 2020 South African-based equipment supplier Booyco Electronics is well advanced in testing its proximity detection systems (PDS) to comply with Level 9 safety standards – despite the fact that, while the Mine Health and Safety Act regulations pertaining to Level 9 implementation have been promulgated,... 

PDS provider ready  to implement  Level 9 systems
EARLY WARNING SYSTEM Booyco Electronics' control unit provides audio and visual displays

Pandemic survivors among juniors will face new reality

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 The impact of Covid-19 and the consequent national lockdown on junior miners is likely to be devasting, mining services provider Ukwazi Mining business development director Spencer Eckstein tells Mining Weekly. However, he believes that survivors in the real economy will occupy a vastly different... 

Pandemic survivors among juniors will face new reality
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PROPER PROTECTION Juniors have to issue proper personal protection equipment and train workers in the appropriate use thereof

Acute understanding of regulations key for success

22nd May 2020 Strategic advisory and legal services firm Inmiso Consulting director Robert Botha believes that successful delivery of large mining, construction and energy projects requires an acute understanding and timeous incorporation of all applicable regulatory requirements during the project development... 

Juniors reach out for government support

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 A survey of about 25 junior miners, who are members of the Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners desk, conducted by the desk last month, showed that the majority of juniors intended to pay full wages for the first two weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown – docking it as paid leave –... 

Juniors reach out for government support
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THE JUNIOR AND EMERGING MINERS DESK Alex Khumalo, Errol Smart and Grant Mitchell discuss junior mining at the Investing in African Mining Indaba

Juniors should look for opportunities amid crisis

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 While junior and emerging miners are experiencing tough times, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and consequent national lockdown, Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners forum chairperson and board representative Errol Smart says juniors and emerging miners should stop “licking... 

Juniors should look for opportunities amid crisis
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ERROL SMART Juniors need to stop licking their wounds and start looking for opportunities

Copper Belt exploration enables diversification

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd May 2020 Renewed exploration interest in the Kalahari Copper Belt, in Botswana, can help the country diversify its mining economy and industrialise, says mining consulting services provider MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson. He emphasises that diamond mining has been the mainstay of Botswana’s... 

Copper Belt exploration enables diversification
RENEWED EXPLORATION INTEREST Improvements in exploration techniques have resulted in a pipeline of exploration projects

Mining becoming significant corporate buyer of renewable energy ­– ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2020 The mining industry has started to become a significant corporate buyer of renewable energy in regions where these technologies have become reliable and cost-competitive compared with fossil fuel-based electricity, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). These regions include... 

Mining becoming significant corporate buyer of renewable energy ­– ICMM
Wind turbines at Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine in Western Australia.

Gazetted Covid guideline restates much of what mining has already adopted 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2020 The newly gazetted guideline to prevent, mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic on mines is largely a restatement of what has already been adopted by the mining industry. Most of the requirements of the code of practice (COP) mandated in the gazette already form part of the standard operating... 

Gazetted Covid guideline restates much of what mining has already adopted
ENSafrica executive consultant Willem le Roux

Covid prevention a must at mines – gazette 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2020 Covid-19 prevention, mitigation and management programmes must be established at mines using the guideline gazetted by Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza on Tuesday. The gazette notice states that this guideline provides minimum requirements for the compilation of a code of practice to prevent... 

Covid prevention a must at mines – gazette
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Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza

Qld Parliament passes mining manslaughter laws

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th May 2020 The Queensland Parliament has passed mine safety legislation that would see mining executives facing up to 20 years’ jail if fatalities occurred because of criminal negligence. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said establishing industrial manslaughter as an offence in mines and quarries was... 

Mandatory code of Covid mining practice gazetted 

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2020 South Africa's guidelines for a mandatory Code of Practice (COP) to mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic in the mining industry have been gazetted. Failure by employers to prepare and implement a mine's COP in line with the guidelines would constitute a criminal offence and a breach of the... 

Mandatory code of Covid mining practice gazetted
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Sibanye-Stillwater to hold AGM electronically

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2020 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Tuesday announced the logistical arrangements for an electronically conducted annual general meeting (AGM) later this month. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, headed by CEO Neal Froneman, provided detailed steps for shareholders to... 

Sibanye-Stillwater to hold AGM electronically
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Silbanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

South African platinum coin sold out as global coin demand skyrockets 

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2020 The initial minting of the new South Africa platinum coin has been an instant success as demand for platinum coins skyrockets worldwide. The 1 oz Elephant platinum bullion coin, which made its debut in March as part of a Big Five platinum bullion coin series, is completely sold out, World... 

South African platinum coin sold out as global coin demand skyrockets
South Africa's new platinum coin has been an instant success.

Platinum group metals prices fall but markets tight – Johnson Matthey 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2020 Platinum group metals (PGM) supply and demand will be severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, as national lockdowns hit auto production as well as South African mine output, Johnson Matthey said on Monday. Autocatalyst use was expected to fall by at least 15% to 20% and PGM supply by more... 

Platinum group metals prices fall but markets tight – Johnson Matthey
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Johnson Matthey principal analyst Alison Cowley

Uitkomst mine ramps up to strong customer demand for its met coal 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2020 The mechanised Uitkomst Colliery has successfully ramped-up production to the stipulated 50% labour capacity level since recommencing operations, MC Mining said on Monday. In a market update on the impact on the company of the Covid-19 pandemic, MC Mining stated that it remained focused on taking... 

Uitkomst mine ramps up to strong customer demand for its met coal
Uitkomst Colliery

Glencore Coal donating food to Mpumalanga communities

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2020 Glencore group company Glencore Coal had, at the time of Mining Weekly going to press, distributed more than 1 250 food parcels worth over R658 000 to the communities of Mpumalanga, as part of its ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Last month, the London- and Johannesburg-listed Glencore... 

Glencore Coal donating food to Mpumalanga communities
Glencore Coal's food parcels for distribution to vulnerable communities.

AMCU urges govt to make universal testing for mineworkers mandatory

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th May 2020 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has reiterated its call for universal testing of all mineworkers. This follows after 19 new Covid-19 infections were diagnosed at Impala Platinum’s Marula mine, in Limpopo, over the weekend.  

AMCU urges govt to make universal testing for mineworkers mandatory
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AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa

Renewables embrace lifts Namibia’s energy optimism

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2020 With the recently introduced reforms in Namibia’s renewable energy sector and the growing presence and entry of international oil companies into the hydrocarbons sector, Namibia Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo on Friday expressed optimism about the country’s energy future. Namibia, which... 

Renewables embrace lifts Namibia’s energy optimism
Namibia Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo

Atrum welcomes winds of change in Alberta

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2020 Coal developer Atrum Coal has welcomed a decision by the Alberta government to repeal the Coal Development Policy for Alberta, saying it represented a significant step forward to the targeted future development of Atrum’s Elan hard coking coal project. Atrum said on Monday that the repeal of... 

Atrum welcomes winds of change in Alberta

Covid-19 impact on platinum market less than expected – WPIC 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2020 While the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major negative effect on the platinum market — including price, demand and supply — the results for the first quarter of 2020 show the net effect is less than feared, and the outlook for 2020 is better than expected, the World Platinum Investment Council... 

Covid-19 impact on platinum market less than expected – WPIC
Surging demand for platinum bar and coin.

Minister, premier, Implats meet on Limpopo Covid detection

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Sunday convened an urgent meeting with the Limpopo Provincial Government, led by Premier Stanley Mathabatha, and Impala Platinum (Implats) Marula mine management, following confirmation of a cluster of Covid-19 cases being detected in and... 

Minister, premier, Implats meet on Limpopo Covid detection
Marula Platinum process plant

Implats suspends Marula after detecting 19 positive Covid cases

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2020 Platinum group metals mining company Implats on Saturday confirmed that a cluster of positive Covid-19 cases had been detected in and around its Marula operation in Limpopo province following stringent and comprehensive screening, testing and tracing protocols. The JSE-listed company said it had... 

Implats suspends Marula after detecting 19 positive Covid cases
The Marula platinum mining operation in Limpopo.
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