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75 MW renewable energy project for Sedibelo Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2022 Pilanesberg Platinum Mines, a subsidiary of Sedibelo Platinum, has appointed the juwi/Sturdee Energy consortium as preferred bidder to supply renewable energy to the mining operation. The parties have signed a memorandum of understanding and will now commence negotiations towards a power purchase... 

Provisional liquidator of Zambia's KCM suspended – official

By: Reuters     11th March 2022 The provisional liquidator of Zambia's Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), Milingo Lungu, has been suspended, the country's Official Receiver said in a statement on Thursday. Zambia's previous government, which owns 20% of KCM through State mining investment firm ZCCM-IH, handed control of KCM to Lungu... 

South Africa must move very rapidly towards green energy, climate webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2022 The ratio between green energy and brown energy in South Africa needs to move very rapidly in favour of green energy, says Climate Adaptation Lead to the South African Presidential Climate Commission and Institute for Security Studies Africa senior research associate Dhesigen Naidoo. Naidoo was... 

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Fasken webinar on transition to green energy covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Gratton says Canada should do more to seize mining opportunities 

By: Mariaan Webb     10th March 2022 Canada has long been the dominant global mining nation – in mineral production, mining finance, mining services and supplies, and sustainability and safety, but Mining Association of Canada (MAC) president and CEO Pierre Gratton has warned that there are signs this position is slipping. Citing... 

MAC president and CEO Pierre Gratton has warned that Canada's position as mining leader is slipping
MAC president and CEO Pierre Gratton has warned that Canada's position as mining leader is slipping

WA to draw up carbon legislation for resources sector

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th March 2022 The Western Australian government will draft a Bill that will provide Western Australia's resources sector with further investment and regulatory certainty as it transitions to a low-carbon future. The Greenhouse Gas Storage and Transport Bill aims to provide Western Australia's mining,... 

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Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s 30 MW solar power study close to completion  

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2022 South Africa’s only rural community-owned mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), which delivered record dividend-yielding earnings and production 2021, is close to completing its renewable energy study on the building of an embedded 30 MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant. “It’s almost... 

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Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum surplus forecast to reduce significantly  

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2022 The platinum surplus in 2021 is forecast to reduce by 47% in 2022 as Covid-related and operational disruptions gradually settle, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) states in its Platinum Quarterly. Covering the fourth quarter of 2021, along with a full year review of 2021 and revised... 

World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Share sell off undermines community’s influence on regional job sustainability – RBPlat  

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2022 Platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri on Tuesday criticised the sell-off of RBPlat shares by Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH) to Northam Platinum as an undermining of the direct significant influence of the 300 000-strong Bafokeng community on... 

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Royal Bafokeng Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Landowner consent requirement withdrawn for mining-related enviro applications

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th March 2022 The “contentious” landowner consent requirement for mining-related environmental authorisation (EA) or waste management licence (WML) applications has been withdrawn, law firm Webber Wentzel senior associate Tendai Bonga and partner Garyn Rapson report. With effect from March 3, consent is no... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum delivers record production, best-ever earnings

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2022 Platinum group metals company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Tuesday delivered record production and earnings in the 12 months ended December 31. The RBPlat board has declared a gross cash final dividend of 535 c per share, equating to R1.5 billion. This is in addition to the interim... 

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Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri

Tshiamiso Trust starts to clear 2021 case backlog

By: Donna Slater     7th March 2022 The Tshiamiso Trust, created to settle silicosis and tuberculosis (TB) class action suits against six mining companies, has started a process of responding to 12 000 claimants on the outcome of their claims following a backlog of up to eight months for claims lodged before April 2021. The trust... 

Commitment to green economy is crucial, says ARM’s Patrice Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2022 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) has reiterated its commitment to transitioning from coal to renewable energy, with its executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe describing the global commitment to the green economy as being not only important but crucial. Motsepe was... 

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African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe.

Honduran Minister says new mining restrictions not retroactive

By: Reuters     7th March 2022 The Honduran government's recent push to sharply restrict mining will not apply to existing projects, the country's environment and mining minister said on Friday, days after the ministry declared the industry harmful and pledged to cancel permits. The government announced on Monday that permit... 

Decarbonisation standing out as key metals/mining value driver – Wood Mackenzie  

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2022 As pressure mounts for the world to align meaningfully with the 1.5 °C global temperature rise scenario, decarbonisation is standing out as a key driver of metals and mining value. “This has strengthened our view that the mining industry now has a clear pathway towards long-term transformative... 

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Wood Mackenzie future facing mined commodities forum covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Companies must do fact finding if adversely mentioned in State capture report – Pinsent Masons advises 

By: Thabi Madiba     4th March 2022 Pinsent Masons partner and white collar crime expert Edward James has advised companies to stay up to date with media reports about companies implicated in State capture and to check whether suppliers are adversely mentioned in the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture report.... 

Pinsent Masons partner Edward James
Pinsent Masons partner Edward James unpacks 'What to do if you, your client or a supplier are implicated in a State Capture report' (Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Filter press installation nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 Local anthracite producer Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) is installing a filter press at its coal washing plant, in Emakhalathini, KwaZulu-Natal. The filter press will remove slurry from the water used in the coal washing process and prevent incidents such as the 1 500 m3 coal slurry spill,... 

Three slurry dams next to each other at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery owned by Menar that shows an embankment and berm which were constructed hours after a wall failure
DAMAGE CONTROL The spill area at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery was sealed off with an earth embankment and a berm

Kimberlite research could help reverse emissions

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 Global diamond corporation Alrosa Group is working with Russia’s leading research centres to study the carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption capabilities of kimberlite to determine whether it could eventually be used to completely offset the company’s greenhouse-gas emissions. The results from the... 

A pile of kimberlite stones which are the general ore from which diamonds are mined
ABSORBING RESEARCH Alrosa's Research has shown that kimberlite ore absorbs emissions when subject to standard mining operations which use water in the processes

Local gold industry shows potential – advisory

4th March 2022 Data released by national statistical service Statistics South Africa indicate that the mining sector continues to contribute substantially to the country’s gross domestic product, owing to the high commodity prices of gold, platinum-group metals and iron-ore, says Vahlengwe Mining Advisory CEO... 

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GOING FOR GOLD Mabaso explains that the local gold mining industry can return to its former glory

Mining law experts say innovation key to SA gold mining

By: Sabrina Jardim     4th March 2022 Despite a decline in the South African gold mining industry over the past few years, gold production in the country remains the second largest in Africa, and remaining gold mines are still expected to have a significant lifespan, says  ENSafrica senior associate Mihlali Sitefane and associate... 

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MIHLALI SITEFANE Gold mining is expected to continue being a key contributor to South Africa’s economy

Designs evolving to meet new outcomes

4th March 2022 Owing to the latest tailings dam standards demanding a longer-term view of design, construction and closure outcomes, a growing interest in design philosophies that incorporate shapes and processes as they exist in nature has been experienced, says SRK Consulting principal civil engineer in mine... 

SRK Consulting principal civil engineer in mine closure Justin Walls in portrait image
JUSTIN WALLS Engineers are increasingly looking to learn from natural analogues, so that they can better emulate these more sustainable designs and structures

Solar plant to be commissioned by May

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 The first photovoltaic (PV) solar plant to be completed and commissioned by a mining company in South Africa is on track to produce 100% steady-state power generation by May, says midtier gold producer Pan African Resources investor relations head Hethen Hira. The PV plant is being built by Pan... 

A large solar plant at the Evander mine, which should be extended even further, subject to regulatory approval
GAINING GROUND One of the first solar plants to be commissioned by a mining house will be expanded to produce more renewable energy

Decarbonisation creating greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime – Sibanye-Stillwater   

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2022 The decarbonising of the global economy to prevent climate change is going to create the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime. It will also leave behind the companies that do not adapt – regardless of what industry they are in. 

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Sibanye-Stillwater presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

ESG class action lawsuits are a growing trend in mining, oil and gas

By: Darren Parker     3rd March 2022 There is a growing global trend in terms of class action lawsuits surrounding the production of misleading information or fraudulent information in securities disclosures, which law firm Webber Wentzel partner Garyn Rapson said was dominating the environmental, social and governance (ESG) class... 

Webber Wentzel partner Garyn Rapson
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Webber Wentzel partner Garyn Rapson

Deep-South says Namibia Ministry misses deadline to file Haib licence refusal defence affidavit

By: Donna Slater     3rd March 2022 TSX-V-listed copper explorer and developer Deep-South Resources reports that the legal counsel of Namibia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy has failed to file its defence affidavit in the refusal of a licence for the Haib copper project, as ordered by the High Court of Namibia on November 25, 2021.... 

Sibanye-Stillwater delivers another record performance with highest-ever dividend

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2022 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater in 2021 delivered another record financial performance, with revenue of R172.2-billion and adjusted earnings before interest taxation depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R68.6-billion. Revenue was 35% higher than for 2020 and Ebitda 39%... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

ESG slowing down as energy transition highlights mining as indispensable – RMF  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2022 The energy transition is highlighting mining as an indispensable industry, said Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) CEO Hélène Piaget in opening a webinar on 'Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report 2022', which reports a slowdown in economic, environmental, social and governance (ESG). “Yet there... 

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Responsible Mining Foundation report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Aura does not expect immediate impact on Honduras mines

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd March 2022 Canadian company Aura Minerals said on Tuesday that it did not expect Honduras’ announcement that it would prohibit openpit mining to have an immediate impact on production at its San Andres gold mine. The company stated, however, that it was working to better understand the implications of the... 

Hichilema, Masisi to attend Mining Indaba 2022

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2022 Zambia President Hakainde Hichilema and Botswana President Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi have confirmed their attendance at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. Hichilema has pledged to foster a better democracy through respect for the... 

Zimbabwe platinum miner granted licence to generate 185 MW of solar power 

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2022 Zimbabwe platinum group metals mining company Zimplats has been granted a licence to generate 185 MW of its own solar power. Zimplats is already totally green through the use of hydropower and the solar power will enhance the position of the expanding company and provide security of electricity... 

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Implats executive sustainable development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni

Implats allays fears that Russia/Ukraine conflict may impact PGMs supply  

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2022 Given the prominence of Russia as a platinum group metals (PGMs) producer, there are fears that it may potentially have an impact on global PGMs supply, Implats CEO Nico Muller said on Tuesday, when the JSE-listed company delivered robust earnings and free cash flow generation for its half year... 

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Implats half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Honduras to cancel environmental permits for mining, ban open pits

By: Reuters     1st March 2022 Environmental permits for Honduran metal and non-metal mining will be cancelled, the country's government said in a brief statement on Monday, describing the industry as harmful and declaring it will specifically prohibit open-pit mining. The statement from the Ministry of Energy, Natural... 

Harmony spending R7.7bn on capital projects  

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2022 Gold mining company Harmony Gold is in the process of spending R7.7-billion on capital projects. The biggest of these is the high-grade Zaaiplaats gold project at a capital cost of R4.5-billion. The Moab Khotsong mine will expand through Zaaiplaats. 

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Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp speaks to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer in a Teams interview. Video: Darlene Creamer

Harmony Gold begins ‘aggressive’ renewable energy rollout as it advances decarbonisation  

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2022 South Africa’s largest gold producer by volume, Harmony Gold, has begun an “aggressive” renewable energy rollout plan as it advances its plans to decarbonise to net zero by 2045, Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp said on Monday. The rollout plan involves having 167 MW of solar power in place by... 

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Harmony Gold presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rio Tinto settles with Australian watchdog on Mozambique disclosure breach 

By: Reuters     28th February 2022 Rio Tinto has agreed to pay a small penalty for overstating its Mozambique coal reserves in 2012 in return for the Australian corporate watchdog dropping charges against its top two executives at the time, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) said on Monday. The settlement... 

Harmony Gold's profit plunges, interim dividend declared

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2022 The net profit of gold mining company Harmony Gold plunged 69% to R1.4-billion from R4.6-billion in the six months to December 31, and an interim dividend has been declared out of income reserves. Revenue increased by 2% to R22-billion from R21.6-billion and  the operating free cash flow margin... 

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Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

Great to see such healthy demand for this great industry – De Beers  

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2022 It's great to see such a healthy demand for this great industry, De Beers Group CFO Sarah Kuijlaars said after posting a set of stunning financial results for the world’s leading diamond company by value. Underlying 2021 earnings before tax, depreciation and amortisation soared to $1 100-million... 

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De Beers Group CFO Sarah Kuijlaars interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Kumba CEO gives firm thumbs up to continued exploration in prospective Northern Cape   

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2022 New Kumba Iron Ore CEO Mpumi Zikalala this week gave a firm thumbs up to South Africa’s biggest iron-ore mining and marketing company continuing to invest in mineral exploration in the Northern Cape, which she described as being highly prospective. The Johannesburg-listed Anglo American group... 

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Kumba Iron Ore CEO Mpumi Zikalala interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum group metals may also play role in batteries – Anglo American Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2022 The unique properties of platinum group metals (PGMs) may also play a role in batteries, says Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Natascha Viljoen. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Viljoen highlighted how PGMs are poised to play a role, no matter the direction in which the energy... 

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Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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