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ENSafrica unpacks the impact of POPIA on mine health, safety

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2021 Mine and occupational health and safety executive Pieter Colyn opened a webinar on July 13 during which law firm ENSafrica unpacked the impact of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) on mine health and safety. POPIA is a South African data protection and privacy law that (largely)... 

Life in mining-dependent countries significantly improved – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Life in mining-dependent countries has improved significantly in the 23 years leading up to 2018, with strong governance the key to improving socio-economic well-being, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) said on Wednesday. A report that analysed 41 social metrics grouped under... 

A picture of the CEO of the International Coiuncil on Mining and Metals
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Exploration is quick foreign investment ‘no brainer’, says Minerals Council’s Smart  

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2021 Exploration is one of the quickest ways to secure foreign direct investment into South Africa for the generation of desperately needed jobs and wealth during the country's hour of need, said Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners’ leadership forum chairperson Errol Smart on... 

Picture of Errol Smart, who is also CEO of Orion Minerals.
Minerals Council Junior Leadership Forum chair Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Social impact underestimated

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 Many mines in Africa have underestimated their social impact and often struggle to manage this constructively, consulting engineer and scientist firm SRK Consulting partner and principal scientist Wouter Jordaan tells Mining Weekly. He says an added complication is the shift in corporate culture... 

DARRYLL KILIAN The timeous resolution of all substantive ESG issues is vital
DARRYLL KILIAN The timeous resolution of all substantive ESG issues is vital

ESG implementation improves in African mining

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 As environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) reporting improves, so does the implementation of the resulting policies across the African mining industry,  consulting engineer and scientist firm SRK Consulting director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl tells Mining Weekly. He says... 

ANDREW VAN ZYL There is growing pressure from investors for mines to contribute to broad imperatives such as climate change
ANDREW VAN ZYL There is growing pressure from investors for mines to contribute to broad imperatives such as climate change

No simple solution to illegal mining in Africa

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to combat the rise of illegal mining and the associated artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) industry in Africa, says diversified mining and exploration company Emiral Resource founder Boris Ivanov. ASM is a legal industry in many African countries, with... 

BORIS IVANOV Artisanal and small-scale mining often provides the only means of income and employment for rural communities
BORIS IVANOV Artisanal and small-scale mining often provides the only means of income and employment for rural communities

New security technologies increasing in Africa

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 Mining companies operating in Africa are increasing their investment in new security technologies, and are procuring services that help them to refine security strategies and security implementation, diversified mining and exploration company Emiral Resource founder Boris Ivanov tells Mining... 

BORIS IVANOV Mining companies must invest in technical defences such as email filtering and antivirus software
BORIS IVANOV Mining companies must invest in technical defences such as email filtering and antivirus software

Gold heading towards ‘refuge of choice’ status, says incoming AngloGold CEO  

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2021 Gold is poised to be a "refuge of choice" in the years ahead owing to the extent to which money is being printed and world debt is rising, AngloGold Ashanti CEO-designate Alberto Calderon said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Microsoft Teams interview ahead of taking office on September... 

Newly appointed AngloGold CEO
AngloGold Ashanti CEO-designate Alberto Calderon interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Peru's indigenous hope for a voice, at last, under new President

By: Reuters     6th July 2021 Maxima Ccalla, 60, an indigenous Quechua woman, has spent her life tilling the harsh soil in Peru's Andean highlands, resigned to a fate far removed from the vast riches buried deep beneath her feet in seams of copper, zinc and gold. The Andean communities in Ccalla's home region of Puno and... 

Alberto Calderon is new AngloGold CEO

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2021 The board of AngloGold Ashanti on Tuesday announced the appointment of Alberto Calderon as the new CEO of the gold-mining company, effective September 1. Mining Weekly can report that Calderon has more than two decades of executive leadership experience in the global mining sector. 

Alberto Calderon
Alberto Calderon

Yamkela Makupula clinches exciting Rockwell-linked alluvial diamond deal  

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Alluvial diamond mining investor Yamkela Makupula has clinched an alluvial diamond mining transaction which makes her a 30% shareholder in three diamond assets that have a link with the former Rockwell Diamonds. Makupula, who leads the Africa growth strategy of international law firm Diaz, Reus,... 

Picture of Yamkela Makupula, investor in alluvial diamonds.
Yamkela Makupula interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on alluvial diamond transaction. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Chile royalty regime changes may jeopardise future investments – Woodmac

5th July 2021 Although proposed changes to Chile’s mining royalty regime are not expected to have a drastic impact on the copper-producing nation’s production landscape in the near term, amendments do risk compromising continued appetite for large-scale, long-term investments. This is according to resources... 

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Sibanye-linked Finnish developer takes next step towards battery-grade lithium goal 

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2021 Finnish lithium project developer Keliber, in which South Africa’s Sibanye-Stillwater is a significant shareholder, this week took a new step towards its goal of becoming the first European company to start producing battery-grade lithium hydroxide in 2024. Construction of the infrastructure and... 

The initlally opencast Rapasaari mine will eventually go underground.
The initlally opencast Rapasaari mine will eventually go underground.

Glencore paid governments $5.8bn, working hard to develop local skills

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2021 As one of the world’s largest natural resource companies, with operations across five continents, Glencore is committed to delivering long-lasting socioeconomic benefits, CFO Steven Kalmin on Wednesday. Speaking on video with the release of Glencore's 2020 Payment to Governments Report, Kalmin... 

Glencore CFO Steven Kalmin
Photo by Creamer Media
Glencore CFO Steven Kalmin

Phalaborwa dumps contain rare earths worth $4.7bn, says London junior 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2021 “We have high value rare earth elements totalling $123/t in our gypsum stacks and multiply that by 38-million tonnes and that can give you an idea of the value of these stacks,” Rainbow Rare Earths CEO George Bennett has told Flagstaff TV. The gypsum dumps – built up from half a century of hard... 

Rainbow Rare Earths CEO George Bennett
Rainbow Rare Earths CEO George Bennett

Waste cooking oil powers ship from Singapore to South Africa for Anglo  

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2021 The use of sustainable biofuel to power a chartered capesize ship during a voyage from Singapore to South Africa has been successfully trialled as part of a decarbonisation initiative, Anglo American said on Tuesday. The biodiesel blend was produced by converting waste cooking oil from... 

The trial was conducted onboard the Frontier Jacaranda.
The trial was conducted onboard the Frontier Jacaranda.

South African oil law seen unlikely to be approved until 2022

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2021 South Africa’s draft oil exploration and production law is unlikely to be finalized for at least another year, despite the government’s call for the legislation to be expedited. Parliamentary hearings and amendments to the Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill published earlier in June... 

Appea laments new NOGA levy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th June 2021 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has warned that a new A$0.48 per barrel levy on all offshore oil producers was ‘over the top’ and ‘extreme’. The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources in May this year announced a possible temporary levy on... 

Appea laments new NOGA levy

Hydrogen represents huge moment of opportunity for South Africa – AP Ventures  

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2021 Hydrogen represents a huge moment of opportunity for South Africa, AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly said on Monday. AP Ventures began investing along the generally platinum group metals- (PGMs-) linked hydrogen value chain as long ago as 2013 and the $320-million committed in AP... 

AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly
AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Sunday Times gives Glasenberg splash send-off  

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2021 The latest edition of the Sunday Times gives outgoing Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg a splash ST Insight send-off story ahead of his retirement on Wednesday. Topped by a large all-column picture of a broadly smiling Glasenberg, the broadsheet two-page story carried large twin bold headlines, the... 

Ivan Glasenberg
Ivan Glasenberg

Cash-pumping but lossmaking Wescoal to broaden from coal to energy  

By: Martin Creamer     25th June 2021 Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed coal-mining company Wescoal, which narrowed its losses in the 12 months to the end of March, is transitioning from being a coal miner to a broader energy company. “Towards the end of the new financial year, we will come back to the market in terms of our overall... 

Wescoal CFO Jubilant Speckman with Wescoal CEO Mining Thivha Tshitavane
Wescoal’s Jubilant Speckman and Thivha Tshitavane interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Responsible sourcing needed

By: Cameron Mackay     25th June 2021 In 2019, South African authorities granted 19 refining licences, while in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, 26 refineries were either completed or under construction; these refineries increase the likelihood of local beneficiation and can help prevent illegal gold mining or smuggling. Gold refiner... 

All THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD
Rand Refinery supports the establishment of refineries that add value to the African gold industry
All THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD Rand Refinery supports the establishment of refineries that add value to the African gold industry

Deep-South implores Namibian Mines Ministry to renew Haib licence

By: Donna Slater     24th June 2021 TSX-V-listed explorer and developer Deep-South Resources met with the Namibia Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo and other officials of the Ministry of Mines and Energy on June 23 to voice its objections to Alweendo’s refusal to renew its Haib copper licence. Earlier this month, Deep-South... 

South Africa helping hydrogen down cost curve, giving it greater zip 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2021 South Africa is part of a crucial international project aimed at taking key hydrogen technology down the cost curve and lowering the energy it requires to facilitate catalytic reactions. The focus of the SherLOHCk project, which is funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020 framework, is... 

Renewable hydrogen piloting site at HySA North-West University, including LOHC hydrogenation system.
Renewable hydrogen piloting site at HySA North-West University, including LOHC hydrogenation system.

Hydrogen-focused AP Ventures fund balloons to fourfold-bigger close 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2021 AP Ventures Fund II, with its strategy of investing along the hydrogen value chain, has closed at four times the size of Fund I. The far-seeing AP Ventures began investing along the generally platinum group metals- (PGMs-) linked hydrogen value chain as long ago as 2013. 

AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly
AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly

President’s 100 MW renewable energy reform ‘very welcome opportunity’ – Harmony Gold  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2021 Harmony Gold sustainable development executive Melanie Naidoo-Vermaak on Tuesday described the decision of President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift the licence-exemption cap on own or embedded renewable energy plants from 1 MW to 100 MW as “a very welcome opportunity" for the South African mining... 

From top left clockwise, Harmony’s Jared Coetzer, Peter Steenkamp, Boipelo Lekubo, Anton Buthelezi, Mashego Mashego, Beyers Nel, Marian van der Walt and Melanie Naidoo-Vermaak, during virtual ESG Day event.
Harmony Gold ‘s ESG Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Glencore to reopen one of world’s biggest cobalt mines in Congo

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2021 Glencore could reopen its Mutanda Mining copper and cobalt project in Democratic Republic of Congo by the end of 2021, about two years after idling the mine. Congo’s new mines minister, Antoinette N’Samba Kalambayi met with representatives from the Swiss company Monday to discuss the restart of... 

Carbon capture helpful decarbonisation tool – investment professionals  

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2021 Carbon capture and storage is one of the tools in the toolkit that needs to be included in the decarbonisation mix if the world is to reduce emissions  effectively over a reasonable time horizon. That is the view of Carbon Infrastructure Partners president and managing partner Craig Golinowski,... 

Carbon Infrastructure Partners president Craig Golinowski
Carbon Infrastructure Partners president Craig Golinowski interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer: Video: Darlene Creamer

Mining companies in Chile seek input into the country's new constitution

By: Reuters     21st June 2021 Mining companies operating in Chile will seek to enter the constitutional debate set to start soon in the world's top copper-producing nation as the firms try to preserve growth of the sector, an industry leader told local media on Saturday. A broad political agreement generated after the... 

The Codelco El Teniente copper mine, the world's largest underground copper mine.
The Codelco El Teniente copper mine, the world's largest underground copper mine.

Miners urge EPBC reforms

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st June 2021 The Australian resources sector has called on federal Parliament to support pragmatic, targeted and reasonable amendments to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act which the government will bring forward for debate this week. The Australian government has introduced... 

Miners urge EPBC reforms

Partnership removes thousands of children from forced labour at DRC mines

By: Donna Slater     18th June 2021 In marking the United Nations (UN) Week of Action against child labour, from June 10 – 17, diversified natural resources group Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) reflects that it has enabled thousands of children to leave mining activities, through its partnership with nonprofit organisation the Good... 

AfriForum raises concern about incoming artisanal mining policy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th June 2021 Civil rights group AfriForum has submitted comments on the draft Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Policy, following its gazette for public comment by government on May 5. While the organisation considers the policy a step in the right direction, it is concerned about the policy potentially... 

Aboriginal groups reject bill to protect cultural heritage in Western Australia mining state

By: Reuters     18th June 2021 Indigenous Australians say a bill to protect cultural heritage in the mining state of Western Australia is flawed and should not be presented to parliament, as the state reviews laws that allowed Rio Tinto to destroy a 46 000-year-old rock shelter. Five Indigenous groups on Thursday said they... 

Sasol able to produce green hydrogen within 24 months – CEO   

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2021 Synthetic fuels and chemicals company Sasol is in a position to be able to produce green hydrogen within the next 24 months, Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler said on Thursday. Grobler was responding to Absa group industrials research head Christina Steyn, who moderated an SA Tomorrow panel discussion... 

From top left, clockwise, Christina Steyn, Natascha Viljoen, Dmitri Bessarabov and Fleetwood Grobler
JSE hydrogen panel discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Court judgment on NMP’s Sandpiper licence postponed until June 30

By: Donna Slater     17th June 2021 Marine phosphate miner Namibia Marine Phosphate (NMP) reports that the handing down of the judgment in a court case challenging the legitimacy of its Sandpiper mining licence (ML170) has been postponed to June 30. The court application was launched by the Confederation of Namibian Fishing... 

In top copper nation, senators pause to ponder tax impacts

By: Bloomberg     17th June 2021 A controversial mining windfall tax will be the subject of a monthlong debate in Chile’s senate as lawmakers hear from companies and unions on the potential impact on mines that generate more than a quarter of global copper. The senate’s mining and energy committee will hold weekly hearings on... 

300-plus vehicle fleets assessed for cleaner, safer mine mobility in five regions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2021 As part of the cleaner, safer vehicles initiative of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), more than 300 vehicle fleets have been assessed for cleaner, safer mobility on more than 300 mines in five regions globally, ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell... 

ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell
International Council on Mining and Metals’ Sarah Bell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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