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Legislative Environment News

Explorers welcome guidelines in the NT

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th February 2021 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the Northern Territory government’s releases of a code of conduct for mineral explorers in the region, saying it would help explorers and land managers work together for more jobs and greater prosperity for all Territorians. The code is... 

Alberta backs down on opening Rockies to coal mines

By: Reuters     9th February 2021 The Canadian province of Alberta on Monday reversed a decision that expanded access to the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains for openpit coal mines, but the government allowed exploration for six coal projects to continue in the area. Premier Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party... 

Alberta backs down on opening Rockies to coal mines
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Voters backed prohibition on mining in Ecuador city of Cuenca

By: Reuters     9th February 2021 Voters in the Ecuadorean city of Cuenca backed a prohibition on mining activities in areas close to watersheds via a referendum held on Sunday, the mayor said on Monday, in a move that may spook foreign investment sought by the South American nation. The proposal, which was on the ballot for... 

Platinum group metals outlook: constrained supply, very strong demand growth – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2021 The outlook for platinum group metals (PGMs) is one of constrained supply and very strong demand growth. “You’ve got the entire PGMs suite that is short and that certainly will translate into tight markets,” World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) Director of Research Trevor Raymond told Mining... 

Platinum group metals outlook: constrained supply, very strong demand growth – WPIC
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Halt to Richards Bay Minerals project depriving South Africa of R100bn 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2021 Rio Tinto's KwaZulu-Natal mineral sands mining company, Richards Bay Minerals, has got a major project called Zulti South that is fully permitted and fully funded – but is not being developed. Construction began in the first half of 2019, but was then brought to a halt in December 2019 amidst... 

Halt to Richards Bay Minerals project depriving South Africa of R100bn
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From top left clockwise, Gary Felthun, Roger Baxter, Werner Duvenhage, Mzila Mthenjane, Advocate Thabo Mokoena and Neal Froneman.

Northern Territory bans seabed mining

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2021 The Northern Territory government on Friday announced plans to ban seabed mining in the region. A moratorium on mining activities in the sea and coastal waters is due to expire on March 5, but will be extended for up to another six months to allow for Environment Minister Eva Lawler to consult... 

Zambia is done for now with taking over mining companies

By: Bloomberg     5th February 2021 Zambia isn’t looking to take over more mining companies, nor is the government planning to nationalize the industry, according to Finance Minister Bwalya Ng’andu. The government has acquired Glencore’s and Vedanta’s local operations in the past two years. Remarks by President Edgar Lungu in... 

DRC Minister joins responsible cobalt initiative

5th February 2021 Global minerals organisation the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) announced in December that Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) National Minister of Mines Professor Willy Kitobo Samsoni has joined the Cobalt Action Partnership (CAP) Steering Committee. RMI is partnership lead and... 

DRC Minister joins responsible cobalt initiative
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RESPONSIBLE VALUE CHAINS CAP promotes the engagement and commitment towards sustainable and inclusive cobalt value chains

Battery metal demand to boost DRC mining

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) mining sector “has been given a boost, owing to a surge in demand for battery metals”, says Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking mining and resources finances co-head Nivaash Singh. He states that this has increased investment in operations for these... 

Battery metal demand  to boost DRC mining
NIVAASH SINGH Operators in the DRC will have to contend with corruption, illegal mining, growing terrorism, and the Covid-19 pandemic, after having had to deal with Ebola

Miner supports cobalt initiative, secures investment

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 Diversified miner Glencore is playing a significant supporting role in The Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA), a multi-stakeholder initiative to support the production of fair cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says Glencore lead cobalt trader David Brocas. “We operate industrial mines in... 

Miner supports  cobalt initiative,  secures investment
MULTI-STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION Glencore is actively supporting the FCA, and are encouraging other relevant companies to join the initiative

Cobalt initiative begins programme roll-out

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 International collaboration the Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) – launched in August last year – has begun implementing programmes to drive the safe and responsible development of cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The founding members of the FCA, alongside The Impact Facility, include... 

Mining code could cap cobalt growth for DRC

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 Demand for portable electronics, energy storage and electric vehicles will create significant demand for lithium-ion batteries, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be a critical supplier of raw materials used in these technologies, particularly cobalt, states international metals and... 

Mining code could cap  cobalt growth for DRC
Photo by Bloomberg
SECURING SUPPLY The DRC is the world’s largest producer of mined cobalt. Most intermediates produced in the country are exported owing to the lack of refining capacity

Red tape costing SA miners their competitive edge, laments Sibanye-Stillwater boss 

By: News24Wire      4th February 2021 Rebooting local mining would require a common vision between the sector and government, the CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater Neal Froneman said on Wednesday, adding that a number of growth-inhibiting factors still remain. From policy certainty, efficient processing of mining rights application to... 

Self-generation threshold must be increased, respondents concur 

By: Martin Creamer     4th February 2021 Minerals Council South Africa, Business Unity South Africa and individual mining companies have applauded the support that Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has given to the lifting of the licencing exemption threshold for electricity generation to 50 MW. During the ENSafrica webinar on February 2, De... 

Self-generation threshold must be increased, respondents concur
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Impala Platinum Executive Sustainable Development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni… wheeling would allow mines to share the power across their various operations.

Botswana intensifying effort to attract non-diamond exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2021 Botswana has intensified efforts to digitise and make geoscience information readily available to local and international potential investors in an effort to encourage prospecting for non-diamond minerals, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi told the virtual 2021 Investing in African Mining... 

Botswana intensifying effort to attract non-diamond exploration
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Botswana president Mokgweetsi Masisi

Miners welcome Native Title Act amendments

3rd February 2021 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the passing of the Native Title Legislation Amendment Act, saying it would provide stability for the resources industry. MCA CEO Tania Constable on Wednesday said that the passage of the legislation completed a comprehensive three-year process... 

Embedded generation dynamics shifting from ‘buyer’s to seller’s market’  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2021 Market dynamics for embedded generation projects in South Africa have shifted materially over the past 12 months as an increasing number of mines and power-heavy industrial firms moved to install renewable-energy facilities at a time when government is also starting to resume utility scale... 

Embedded generation dynamics shifting from ‘buyer’s to seller’s market’

Orion paving way for another exciting 'green' base metals hub in Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2021 The copper strength of Orion Minerals is intensifying with Tuesday’s announcement of the company’s exclusive option to acquire the Okiep Copper Complex in South Africa’s Northern Cape for A$7.5-million. The Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed company, headed by Errol Smart, now has an opportunity to... 

Orion paving way for another exciting 'green' base metals hub in Northern Cape
Photo by Orion Minerals
The Okiep Copper Complex that Orion Minerals has an option to acquire.

Appea urges more reforms

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2021 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has urged the Australian government to embrace measures for long-term business investment that will ensure sustained job creation and economic growth for Australia. In its pre-Budget submission, Appea made a number of... 

Opinion: Good job, Minister Mantashe – now more of the same

2nd February 2021 Ahead of this year's virtual Investing in African Mining Indaba, law firm Webber Wentzel commends Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) for continuing to work tirelessly throughout the Covid-19-related lockdown but calls for further... 

‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2021 “We need exploration to grow our industry,” Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Monday during a virtual State of the Mining Nation media briefing in which he described exploration as one of the low-hanging fruits that could change South Africa’s economic trajectory in... 

‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa media brief reporting by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Zimbabwe miners say foreign-exchange rule could trigger crisis

By: Bloomberg     29th January 2021 Mining companies in Zimbabwe said a central-bank requirement compelling them to surrender more foreign exchange earned from mineral exports will push their operations to the brink. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe on January 8 announced that exporters must now hand over 40% of their foreign currency... 

Lower attendance but further reach for Indaba

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 This year’s two-day Investing in African Mining Indaba virtual conference is expected to host about half of the usual attendance figures at the seven-day event, held in Cape Town in years prior. A spokesperson for event organiser Hyve tells Mining Weekly that about 3 000 delegates are expected to... 

Lower attendance  but further reach for Indaba
CYRIL RAMAPHOSA The South African President will one of the keynote speakers at the virtual event

Technology presents opportunities for company, industry

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 While it will always be important for people in the mining sector to interact regularly in a forum where they seek new business opportunities, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that virtual events can replace many aspects of physical conferences that representatives were accustomed to attending. 

Technology presents opportunities for company, industry
MARCIN WERTZ As a conference that focuses on business networking, the Mining Indaba is certainly compromised by being limited to a virtual format

Combined funding can spur sustainable mining

29th January 2021 The Investing in African Mining Indaba – which will take place virtually this year on February 2 and 3 – offers a unique opportunity for miners to educate themselves on combined funding structures for sustainable growth, says niche capital raising consulting firm Uzenzele Holdings executive... 

Conducive environs offer lucrative prospects despite difficulties

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 Many of Africa’s mineral deposits can deliver good yields to investors, even after the additional costs that are often incurred when operating in regions without sufficient infrastructure. 

Conducive environs offer lucrative prospects despite difficulties
ALBIE VISSER The state of the global economy has been an important external factor, leading to weak commodity prices that weighed on mining pre-Covid. However, several commodities have recovered well in recent months.

Hydrogen economy top of mind for Minerals Council

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Mining industry body Minerals Council South Africa believes that the country’s hydrogen economy presents significant opportunities, specifically from an environmental, economic and investment, as well as a research and development, perspective. The Minerals Council hopes that this will be... 

Hydrogen economy top of mind for Minerals Council
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TEBELLO CHABANA The Minerals Council is engaged in a roadmap process, led by government and industry, to develop South Africa’s hydrogen economy

ICMM announces equivalency benchmarks

29th January 2021 Last month, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry, published a series of equivalency benchmarks that compare the requirements of ICMM’s Mining Principles with several mining and... 

Industry expected to shoulder heavy responsibility

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 Much is expected of pioneer industries, such as mining, which often have to establish themselves and operate in environments that are less than ideal, lacking, for instance, in energy and transport infrastructure, local expertise and reliable supply chains, says independent consulting firm of... 

Industry expected to shoulder heavy responsibility
ANDREW VAN ZYL The African mining sector will, similar to other regions, face uncertainty around supply and demand dynamics

Tech keeps MDG going despite Covid-19 pandemic

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling Group (MDG) has always been keen to get involved in the digitisation aspect of technology advancement in the mining industry, with 2020 having shown how important this aspect is, and for the organisation to have an adaptive culture. 

Tech keeps MDG  going despite  Covid-19 pandemic
EXPANDED HORIZONS The mobile tunnel borer (pictured above) has expanded Master Drilling Group’s offering into rapid horizontal blind hole development using mechanised methods without blasting

Tech to advance African mining development

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 Despite the devastating economic repercussions of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Africa continues to be an integral component of the global financial system, says international technology company Minetec Smart Mining CTO Mustafa Yesilyurt. 

Tech to advance African mining development
MUSTAFA YESILYURT As long as there is demand for energy, there will be a need for some form of mineral extraction, with clear evidence pointing to an increase in global energy requirements

As miners gear up for virtual shindig, commodities offer hope amid pandemic gloom

By: Nadine James     29th January 2021 Despite the ongoing uncertainty caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic, the mining industry continues to play a crucial role in the global economy, proving how resilient and adaptable it is, says international exhibition organiser Hyve Group. The mining sector has fared reasonably well during the... 

As miners gear up for virtual shindig, commodities offer hope amid pandemic gloom

ICMM outlines economic contribution of mining in host countries

29th January 2021 Last month, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry, published two reports – 'Role of Mining in National Economies: The Mining Contribution Index (5th edition)' and 'ICMM Members’ Tax... 

ICMM outlines economic contribution of mining in host countries
Photo by Reuters
KEY ECONOMIC CATALYST Between 2016 and 2018, many of the world’s poorest countries relied on income from mining as the primary driver of economic activity

Export speed-up projects in spotlight at Richards Bay Coal Terminal  

By: Martin Creamer     28th January 2021 South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal is going all out to raise its export efficiency in a bid to counter ship queuing. With the R1.34-billion worth of stacker reclaimers and shiploaders provided in 2018 putting in solid performances, RBCT has now turned to debottlenecking conveyor projects... 

Export speed-up projects in spotlight at Richards Bay Coal Terminal
Richards Bay Coal Terminal’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

MCA welcomes EPBC Act reform suggestions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th January 2021 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the final report of an independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, saying it would help guide reforms to secure a better environment, more jobs and a faster economic recovery. The report,... 

Third consecutive year of coal export decline from Richards Bay Coal Terminal  

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2021 Coal exports from South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) last year declined for the third consecutive year, with the 70.2-million tons exported to mainly Asia and single-digit percentages to Africa and Europe, taking exports back to what they were in 2013. In 2020, two-million fewer... 

Third consecutive year of coal export decline from Richards Bay Coal Terminal
Richards Bay Coal Terminal’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Green technology boost for African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2021 The key to unlocking value of Kabanga Nickel and enabling the full beneficiation of new era metals in Tanzania is an environment-friendly hydrometallurgy process that eliminates smelting and thus slashes the need for electricity. The Kabanga Nickel Hydromet process – which takes ore to refined... 

Green technology boost for African mining
President John Magufuli of Tanzania, seated, looks on as Tanzania's Chief Treasurer Athumani Mbutukwa receives share certificates from Kabanga Nickel vice chairperson Chris von Christierson (centre) and Kabanga Nickel CEO Chris Showalter (right).

South African law team advises Saudi Arabia on mining legislation

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2021 A South African mining law team, led by Herbert Smith Freehills’ Johannesburg partner and Africa cochair Peter Leon, has advised Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources on implementing regulations and guidelines supporting the recently promulgated New Mining Investment Law,... 

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