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Gold Fields chairperson Cheryl Carolus to step down at 2022 AGM

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2021 Gold Fields chairperson Cheryl Carolus has announced that she will step down from her role and as a non-executive director with effect from the annual general meeting (AGM) in 2022. In her remarks to the 2021 AGM, which took place virtually on Thursday Carolus said she believed that after 12... 

Gold Fields on track to deliver on guidance

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2021 Notwithstanding the impact of Covid-19, gold mining company Gold Fields produced attributable equivalent gold production of 541 000oz, which was largely flat year-on-year and down 9% quarter-on-quarter. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company stated on Thursday, when it provided an... 

Gold Fields on track to deliver on guidance
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Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith

Minerals Council encourages distributed generation for mining industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th May 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa is encouraging the uptake of distributed generation (also called self-generation) of power in South Africa, especially considering that South Africa is facing an electricity supply gap. The impact of this is “huge”, Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter told... 

Minerals Council encourages distributed generation for mining industry
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Tanzania gets renewed hope to transform mining industry with Hassan administration – Leon

By: Donna Slater     5th May 2021 The “change of tone” brought by Tanzania’s new President Samia Suluhu Hassan over the past month could indicate a welcome new economic direction for the country, professional services firm Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon says.   In March, former Tanzania... 

Use of ruthenium in fuel cells set to turn down as green hydrogen trend turns up – Heraeus  

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2021 The use of ruthenium in fuel cells is poised to decline in line with the growing trend towards the generation of green hydrogen. “We believe that the use of ruthenium in fuel cells will come down, as the trend to green hydrogen will bring with it purer feeds with less carbon monoxide impurities,... 

Use of ruthenium in fuel cells set to turn down as green hydrogen trend turns up – Heraeus
Heraeus Precious Metals executive VP Philipp Walter interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Ministers agree to pipeline reforms

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2021 Australian Energy Ministers have agreed to a major package of reforms to natural gas pipeline regulation that are expected to reduce costs of transportation and delivered gas, improve access to pipelines, and facilitate more effective competition in the gas market. The reforms agreed through a... 

Law firm adds to call for South Africa to launch an online central mining cadastral system 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2021 South Africa aims to increase its share of global exploration expenditure to at least 3% in the next five years, an ambition which Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has touted as “laudable” during a recent keynote address to the platinum-group metals (PGMs) industry. He... 

Law firm adds to call for South Africa to launch an online central mining cadastral system
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

2018 Mining Charter review application being heard this week

By: Schalk Burger     3rd May 2021 The application for the judicial review and setting aside of certain clauses of the 2018 Mining Charter, brought by mining industry organisation the Minerals Council South Africa in March 2019, is scheduled to be heard from May 3 to 6. The application is being brought in terms of the Promotion of... 

2018 Mining Charter review application being heard this week
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Promising suite of manganese assets facing extremely attractive manganese fundamentals 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2021 Unlisted empowered mining investment company Ntsimbintle Holdings, which last month grabbed the headlines by becoming the biggest shareholder in the ASX-listed Jupiter Mines Limited, has promising additional manganese mining assets serving a manganese market that observers describe as having... 

Promising suite of manganese assets facing extremely attractive manganese fundamentals
Ntsimbintle chairperson Saki Macozoma

AP Ventures makes yet another promising hydrogen investment 

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2021 Venture capital funds manager AP Ventures has made yet another promising investment the fast-growing hydrogen sector, Mining Weekly can today report. AP Ventures Fund II focuses on hydrogen and its role in decarbonising energy and this latest investment is set up to contribute to establishing a... 

AP Ventures makes yet another promising hydrogen investment
AP Ventures founder and partner Kevin Eggers

PGMs in all three drive trains if Lion Battery initiative is successful – Anglo  

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2021 If the Lion Battery Technologies initiative proves successful, platinum group metals (PGMs) will feature in all three of the world’s drive trains, Anglo American executive head of PGM market development Benny Oeyen said on Thursday. This would mean that PGMs would not only play key roles in... 

PGMs in all three drive trains if Lion Battery initiative is successful – Anglo
Anglo American executive head PGM market development interviewed by Mining weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Minnesota court orders fresh review of PolyMet mine permits

By: Reuters     29th April 2021 The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered state regulators to reconsider some permits needed by PolyMet Mining Corp to build an openpit copper mine in the state's rural north, handing a win to environmentalists and delaying the project. The ruling from the state's top court comes as the... 

Minnesota court orders fresh review of PolyMet mine permits

Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor  

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2021 Mining, preceded by exploration, is the greatest economic multiplier of all business activities, including government expenditure, says Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson. It therefore makes huge sense for government to enact attractive investment-friendly... 

Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor
Integral Asset Management CIO Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Tackling climate change could not be more urgent – Anglo American 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2021 Tackling climate change could not be more urgent, Anglo American said on Monday when it presented its biannual sustainability performance update. “For the emissions that we control in our business, we have come a long way, delivering our 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 22% a... 

Tackling climate change could not be more urgent – Anglo American
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From left, clockwise Mark Cutifani, Anik Michaud and Stephen Pearce

Anglo explores PGMs-based tech to simplify hydrogen storage in electric vehicles 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American, through its platinum group metals (PGMs) business Anglo American Platinum, is partnering with Umicore to research and develop technology that has the potential to transform the way hydrogen can be stored and used to power fuel cell electric... 

Anglo explores PGMs-based tech to simplify hydrogen storage in electric vehicles
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Anglo American executive head of PGMs market development Benny Oeyen

Mining industry not expected to oppose third draft of Financial Provisioning Regulations – Webber Wentzel

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2021 The April 22 publication of an intention by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) to again amend the transitional arrangements contained in the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) Financial Provisioning Regulations provides “more breathing room” for mining... 

Industry test mine piques interest  

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Of the initiatives and programmes implemented by the Mandela Mining Precinct, its industry test mine has garnered the most interest and positive sentiment from mining companies, universities and other interested parties. “About 40 companies have already expressed interest in using the real-life... 

Industry test mine piques interest
Mandela Mining Precinct Test Mine Manager Jurgens Visser and Advanced Orebody Knowledge manager Michelle Pienaar discusses the Mandela Mining Precincts programme and the test mine

Local procurement crucial to economic recovery

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Local procurement will be crucial if local companies are to benefit from the increased gold mining activity and the resultant increase in mine-related purchases, stresses industry body Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa). “We support the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery... 

Local procurement crucial  to economic recovery
KEEN SKILLS The promotion of relevant skills in the mining equipment sector is fundamental to its sustainability

Programme showing promising results 

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 The Advanced Orebody Knowledge (AOK) programme – one of six research programmes of the Mandela Mining Precinct – has reported notable results across a range of tests being conducted using the Precinct’s test mine near Rustenburg, in the North West. The programme aims to test and develop... 

Programme showing promising results
Mandela Mining Precinct Test Mine Manager Jurgens Visser and Advanced Orebody Knowledge manager Michelle Pienaar discusses the Mandela Mining Precincts programme and the test mine.

Empowered Ntsimbintle strengthens standing in manganese mining  

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2021 Mining investment company Ntsimbintle Holdings has acquired a further 13.8% stake in Jupiter Mines, making it the Australian-listed miner’s largest shareholder, with a total holding of 19.9% and entrenching its position in manganese mining at Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining's mine in the Northern... 

Empowered Ntsimbintle strengthens standing in manganese mining
Tshipi Borwa manganese mine, in the Northern Cape.

Wescoal looking to possibly becoming broader energy company  

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2021 The JSE-listed coal-mining company Wescoal is looking to possibly becoming a broader energy company in which coal remains a substantial but reducing component alongside other energy pursuits such as renewables, Wescoal interim CEO Robinson Ramaite said on Monday. Outlining the company’s major... 

Wescoal looking to possibly becoming broader energy company
Wescoal interim CEO Robinson Ramaite interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Pictures: Donna Slater.

Gold, exploration and coal contracts make headlines  

16th April 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Barberton’s potential to get South African gold mining going again, South Africa’s exploration industry's deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations and Treasury being asked to cancel coal contracts and replace them with new ones at double... 

Gold, exploration and coal contracts make headlines
Gold, exploration and coal contracts make headlines (Camera: Nicholas Boyd)

Peru candidate seeks bigger cut from mining, not State control

By: Bloomberg     16th April 2021 The first-round winner of Peru’s Presidential election wants to renegotiate contracts with mining companies rather than seize assets, a party official said. While Free Peru’s official political platform mentions taking control of natural resources, its candidate Pedro Castillo isn’t looking to... 

Covid affects use of platinum miner’s shafts

By: Cameron Mackay     16th April 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic and its impact in terms of health and safety regulations has significantly affected the use of two underground mine shafts at local platinum miner Wesizwe’s Bakubung platinum mine, in the North West province of South Africa, as well as the development of the mine project.... 

Covid affects use of platinum miner’s shafts
MAKING SHAFTS SAFER Since the shafts were commissioned, the company has had to implement a range of measures when transporting mineworkers up and down the shafts

Emerging coal changes poised to present new electricity price risk 

By: Martin Creamer     15th April 2021 South Africa’s emerging coal mining changes are poised to present new electricity price risk as the Treasury and Eskom are called upon to consider the softening of uneconomic contractual coal-supply obligations. An example of this is Treasury being asked to authorise Eskom paying more to Seriti... 

Emerging coal changes poised to present new electricity price risk
South32 COO Mike Fraser

PTM to oppose latest Waterberg project appeal

By: Donna Slater     15th April 2021 TSX- and NYSE-listed platinum group metals miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has received a further notice appealing the granting of a mining right to Waterberg Joint Venture (JV) Resources. The mining right had been granted by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on January 28.  

Barberton should be focus of new gold thrust – exploration geologist  

By: Martin Creamer     14th April 2021 Barberton should be the prime target to get South African gold mining going again, with geologists having an input at all stages of development and mining cycle. “The main area that I think we should be concentrating on now is on Barberton. I think it has some exceptional geology,” said highly... 

Barberton should be focus of new gold thrust – exploration geologist
Exploration geologist Graham Gavine interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New law would allow Uganda to take stakes in private mining

By: Reuters     14th April 2021 Uganda's cabinet has approved a draft mining law that would allow the government to own shares in private mining operations and impose steep penalties for violations in the sector, including prison terms of up to seven years. The draft law mirrors others in the region, including in Tanzania,... 

'Unconstitutional': Chile govt opposes mine royalty bill, prepares national policy

By: Reuters     12th April 2021 Chile Mining Minister Juan Carlos Jobet said on Monday the country's center-right government would oppose a bill to hike royalties on copper and lithium miners currently under consideration by lawmakers, blasting it as "unconstitutional". The legislation, introduced by left-leaning lawmakers, is... 

'Unconstitutional': Chile govt opposes mine royalty bill, prepares national policy

ZCCM to appeal against latest Court of Appeal ruling in Konkola dispute

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2021 Investment holding company ZCCM has advised that it intends to appeal against the latest decision of the Zambian Court of Appeal and to stay the court’s judgment in a matter between ZCCM and diversified miner Vedanta Resources. The High Court of Zambia ruled against Vedanta on August 7, 2019,... 

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2021 South Africa’s exploration industry has until April 19 to comment on controversial regulations still in draft form. “They’ve never consulted industry about it and what they are requesting is impractical,” says Allan Saad, a consulting exploration geologist, who formerly represented the now... 

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Debt funding hampers promising graphite project

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th April 2021 The recent changes in Tanzanian mining legislation, combined with the dispute between gold producer Acacia Mining and the Tanzanian government, have created apprehension among investors, particularly in terms of investment in greenfield projects. However, Walkabout Resources intends to... 

Debt funding hampers promising graphite project
Measuring Graphite The Lindi Jumbo project has the highest reserve grade undeveloped graphite project currently in Africa.

Government ushers in local participation

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th April 2021 There have been multiple changes and amendments to mining legislation, with a focus on mineral beneficiation and local content to encourage local participation. The mineral beneficiation regulations, introduced in 2018 and amended in 2019, require that any person interested in beneficiating... 

Government ushers in local participation
Amalia Lui The current legislative framework has shown a positive effect and can continue to if it remains stable

Gold producer embraces sector improvements

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th April 2021 A common theme in the recent changes to Tanzanian mining legislation is an increased focus on local content and securing the needs of the country, but the focus also appears to be finding a middle ground between the expectations of foreign investors and those of Tanzanians. This is a balance that... 

Gold producer embraces  sector improvements
Tanzanian Gold uplifts community Tanzanian Gold donates 300 desks to local secondary school

Legislative changes impose challenges

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th April 2021 The changes in Tanzania’s mining legislation over the past four years, combined with the tax disputes between government and some mining companies, have made international investors wary. However, recent amendments to mining legislation show that the late President John Magufuli was attempting to... 

Legislative changes impose challenges
Warren Beech The country continues to present opportunities to potential investors

Rare earths project diversifies sector

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th April 2021 Increased interest in a green economy and critical minerals is leading to new mining and investment opportunities in Tanzania such as ASX-listed rare earths mining company Peak Resources’ Ngualla rare earths project. “The Ngualla project is based on one of the largest and highest-grade... 

Rare earths project  diversifies sector
Bardin Davis Rare earths provide Tanzanian mining sector with new opportunites

Anglo American to demerge South African thermal coal assets 

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American is to demerge its South Africa thermal coal operations, the company said on Thursday. The demerger is subject to the approval of Anglo’s shareholders on May 5. Anglo American Coal South Africa CEO and World Coal Association chairperson July... 

Anglo American to demerge South African thermal coal assets
Anglo thermal coal head July Ndlovu named as CEO of Thungela Resources.

Govt unveils oil and gas changes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2021 The federal government has approved a suite of measures to enhance and strengthen Australia’s offshore oil and gas decommissioning framework. The measures were developed as part of consultation on the Offshore Oil and Gas Decommissioning Review in December and January, and include strengthening... 

Govt unveils oil and gas changes
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