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Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2021 Canadian and Australian mines are big on wanting hydrogen ventilation in underground mining operations, and Canada will likely lead in the use of hydrogen underground. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of... 

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA
Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.

Prolonging a sunset industry

2nd April 2021 Mining is a sunset industry and no matter how deep we dig or far we go, minerals are finite, and their extraction becomes more challenging every year, says international law firm Hogan Lovells partner Wessel Badenhorst. “The Minerals Council South Africa has stated that, over the last decade,... 

Prolonging a sunset industry
WESSELS BADENHORST Without technological innovation some mineral resources cannot be mined at all

Investment hindered by illegal mining, other challenges

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     2nd April 2021 While Ghana has benefited from significant long-term investment, it has also faced significant challenges over the years, the most notable being the significant and justifiable concerns regarding illegal mining operations, as well as regional security and stability, says law firm Beech Veltman... 

Investment hindered by illegal mining, other challenges
WARREN BEECH West Africa, and its institutions, such as the Economic Community of West African States, will need to continue relying on the cooperative, regional approach that has resulted in substantial benefits

Ghana promotes local content after discovery

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     2nd April 2021 Ghana’s Parliament passed into law the Minerals and Mining Local Content and Local Participation Regulations in December 2020, which is timely following the drive to industrialise the country’s economy and, in particular, explore its bauxite reserves. The regulations set out the levels of local... 

Ghana promotes local content after discovery
EKUA NEWMAN The discovery of abundant reserves of bauxite has attracted interest and the discussion highlights provisions of the regulations that will ensure that the exploration is beneficial to the people of Ghana

How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds   

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2021 Of four factors required to attract investment in exploration, economic and fiscal stability is the most important, says highly experienced geological and mining consultant and nonexecutive company director Adrian Reynolds. Reynolds spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview about the factors... 

How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds
Geological and mining consultant Adrian Reynolds interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Biden infrastructure plan targets electric cars, clean power

By: Bloomberg     1st April 2021 President Joe Biden is calling for sweeping investment in electric vehicles, renewable power and the electric grid as part of a broad blueprint to bolster the US economy while combating climate change. The president’s plans, part of a $2.25-trillion infrastructure and stimulus blueprint he is... 

Biden infrastructure plan targets electric cars, clean power
US President Joe Biden

Greenland to hold election watched closely by global mining industry

By: Reuters     31st March 2021 Greenland holds an election next week that could decide the fate of vast deposits of rare earth metals which international companies want to exploit and are vital to the Arctic island's hopes of economic recovery and independence. The government called the April 6 snap parliamentary poll after a... 

Greenland to hold election watched closely by global mining industry

Anglo collaborating on feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’ 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American on Wednesday announced a collaboration agreement to complete a feasibility study to develop a ‘hydrogen valley’ anchored in South Africa’s platinum group metals- (PGMs-) rich Bushveld geological area. Spearheaded by South Africa’s Department... 

Anglo collaborating on feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’
The Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo.

Now is time to get going on hydrogen economy opportunity – PIC 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2021 South Africa has got a massive opportunity to participate in the hydrogen economy and it would be a national travesty if the country failed to do so, says Public Investment Corporation (PIC) sector specialist mining, beneficiation and energy Heidi Sternberg. Mining Weekly can report that the PIC,... 

Now is time to get going on hydrogen economy opportunity – PIC
Photo by Creamer Media
From top left, clockwise, are Prakashim Moodliar, Neal Froneman, Sifiso Sibiya, Kevin Eggers and Heidi Sternberg.

South African-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 A South African-developed stationary hydrogen fuel cell is doing well as it is put through a testing phase at the Impala Platinum (Implats) refinery, group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya has revealed. The stationary hydrogen fuel cell at Implats’ precious metals and base metals... 

South African-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery
Impala Platinum group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya

First hydrogen and movement by third quarter – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar has outlined what the company refers to as its smart power project, which is the development of the hydrogen fuel cell and battery-powered module, retrofitted on to a large haul truck, for deployment at the... 

First hydrogen and movement by third quarter – Anglo American Platinum
Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar.

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way  

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2021 Two-part modernisation is under way at the Amandelbult underground platinum group metals (PGMs) mine of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), one where conventional mine design remains intact but is renedered safer and more efficient, and the other involving mechanisation and the deployment of... 

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

PGMs, investments, economic growth make headlines   

26th March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer notes: It is imperative that government, business and labour launch a global campaign to highlight the huge importance of South Africa’s platinum group metals in the fight against climate change. It was right and proper of Mineral Resources Minister Gwede... 

PGMs, investments, economic growth make headlines
PGMs, investments, economic growth make headlines

NAIF Bill progresses to Senate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th March 2021 Reforms to the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) have passed through the House of Representatives, Resources Minister Keith Pitt announced this week. The Bill would now head to the Senate. 

Atrum halts work at Elan as Alberta legislation changes  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th March 2021 The shares of coal developer Atrum Coal plunged to a low on Friday after the company announced that it would pause the prefeasibility study for its Elan project, in Alberta, after the government of Alberta took a decision to reinstate the previously rescinded Coal Development Policy for... 

Atrum halts work at Elan as Alberta legislation changes

Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2021 Substituting rhodium with palladium is the next platinum group metals (PGMs) substitution investment that PGM mining and marketing company Sibanye-Stillwater intends making. Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman revealed this during a panel discussion at this week’s PGMs Industry Day virtual event covered by... 

Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater
PGMs Industry Day panel discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Appea urges reforms for federal budget

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th March 2021 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has reiterated its call for the Australian government to implement a number of reforms in this year’s federal budget to improve the investment environment for the oil and gas sector. Speaking at the Australian Domestic Gas... 

South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2021 South Africa is playing an important role in the ‘hydrogen economy’ as the country targets clean and reliable alternative energy sources, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. In his opening keynote address to the Platinum Group Metals Industry Day chaired by... 

South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Minister
Platinum Group Metals Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Mine mechanisation is being advanced for two top-tier  local clients of Master Drilling, the CEO of the JSE-listed company, Danie Pretorius, said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview after reporting 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to... 

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 An increased remote-operation drilling footprint is providing considerable benefit for Master Drilling, the JSE-listed drilling services company said on Tuesday, when it reported 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to $42.1-million, and a halved gearing ratio to... 

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling
Master Drilling results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling, which operates in 23 countries and which is continuing to grow its presence in new global markets, on Tuesday reported a “muted but resilient performance” for the full year ended December 31, thanks to what it described as a “flexible business model and... 

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance
Photo by Creamer Media
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.

Draft Geoscience Act regulations could benefit exploration, but gaps remain

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has published for public comment draft Geoscience Act regulations relating to the compulsory submission of exploration data to the Council for Geoscience (CGS) and the dissemination of that data. Written representations must be sent to... 

Northam pays most tax as growth strategy heads for 8 500 jobs boost 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 “We’ve made the single-largest tax payment in the history of the company,” Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne said during last week’s presentation of 74%-higher headline half-year earnings.   The JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company’s half-year contribution to the fiscus topped... 

Northam pays most tax as growth strategy heads for 8 500 jobs boost
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne’s half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Northam Platinum building 10 MW solar power plant at Zondereinde smelter  

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum said on Friday that it was designing and building a 10 MW solar energy plant for the company’s smelter at its Zondereinde mine, in Limpopo province. Located on the northern end of the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, near the town... 

Northam Platinum building 10 MW solar power plant at Zondereinde smelter
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne’s half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Industry well positioned to battle Covid 19, create investment

By: Cameron Mackay     19th March 2021 The local mining industry is uniquely placed to deal with and prevent the spread of Covid-19, distribute vaccinations and create an environment that encourages further investment, according to law firm ENSafrica executive consultant Willem le Roux. He adds that Covid-19 regulations and codes of... 

Industry well positioned to battle Covid 19, create investment
WILLEM LE ROUX By now, most mining companies have assessed the implications that the 2015 Regulations will have on their businesses

ESG investment opportunities provided

By: Cameron Mackay     19th March 2021 Law firm ENSafrica executive Lloyd Christie says the Financial Provisions Regulations, which came into effect in 2015, have presented significant opportunities for sustainable finance, as well as environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment in the local mining industry. He highlights... 

ESG investment opportunities provided
LLOYD CHRISTIE Mobilising capital for a sustainable economy will require shifting the current capital allocation from an unsustainable pathway to a sustainable one

Significant attendance expected for virtual event

By: Cameron Mackay     19th March 2021 Business events organiser Hyve Group is expecting a significant number of attendees, specifically from North America, to take part in the Mining Indaba Virtual Investment Programme meetings, says Hyve Group director of investor relations for Mining Indaba Kael O’Sullivan. This is owing to the... 

Tackling issues would boost investment – analyst

By: Cameron Mackay     19th March 2021 Although the local mining industry is faring better as an investment destination than it was three years ago, local financial institution Nedbank CIB equity analyst Arnold Van Graan argues that certain challenges need to be addressed to foster a more ideal investment climate for the industry. “In... 

Tackling issues would boost investment – analyst
BOUNCING BACK Higher metal prices have helped sustain the local industry though the Covid-19 pandemic, as the industry should benefit on the back of improving global sentiment

Exxaro outlines value opportunity in transforming to low-carbon future  

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 The value opportunity of diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources is rapidly transforming in line with the accelerated demand for cleaner and low-carbon resources, Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday. During a strategy update after the company announced 47%-higher... 

Exxaro outlines value opportunity in transforming to low-carbon future
Exxaro strategy update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exxaro eyeing 84 MW solar power for coal mine, hydrogen fuel cells 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 South Africa is at crossroads of energy liberalisation with 2.5 GW of embedded mining demand, including 84 MW demand at Exxaro Resources’ Grootegeluk coal mine alone and the intended use of hydrogen fuel cell powered trucking, Exxaro Resources said on Thursday. “Energy is the largest single... 

Exxaro eyeing 84 MW solar power for coal mine, hydrogen fuel cells
Exxaro Resources’ newly appointed MD Energy Roland Tatnall

Nombasa Tsengwa appointed CEO-designate of Exxaro Resources 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate of diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources, effective from 31May 2023, when current CEO Mxolisi Mgojo reaches the retirement age of 63. The appointment of Dr Tsengwa, who is Exxaro’s current MD Minerals, forms part of what the... 

Nombasa Tsengwa appointed CEO-designate of Exxaro Resources
Photo by Creamer Media
Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate.

Exxaro announces record dividend on earnings leap in fourth fatality-free year

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 The black-empowered and black-led diversified mining company Exxaro Resources on Thursday announced a record dividend distribution on 25%-higher earnings and another year without occupational loss of life, taking the safety achievement to four years of fatality-free operation. Cash of... 

Exxaro announces record dividend on earnings leap in fourth fatality-free year
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Northern Cape ‘elephant country' needs exploration boost, says explorer  

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2021 South Africa is still "elephant country" and needs to boost exploration in the Northern Cape's highly prospective Namaqua metamorphic geological province in particular, says PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes. Meintjes, a private explorer who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, focuses on... 

Northern Cape ‘elephant country' needs exploration boost, says explorer
PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

South Africa has opportunity to win back lost share of global vanadium market – Bushveld   

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2021 South Africa has an opportunity to win back its lost share of the global vanadium market, which at one stage stood at 25%-plus, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Mojapelo, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, contends that South Africa has the wherewithal to regain... 

South Africa has opportunity to win back lost share of global vanadium market – Bushveld
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo talks on vanadium to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2021 Ahead of tackling policy issues, incremental ongoing effort must be prioritised to clear South Africa’s huge mineral exploration and mining rights backlog, says AmaranthCX director Paul Miller. The backlog currently stands at more than 5 000 unprocessed exploration applications and  235... 

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller talks exploration to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SA slips to sixtieth on Fraser Institute index

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2021 South Africa ranked sixtieth out of 77 destinations in terms of investment attractiveness, Canada-based public policy research organisation Fraser Institute's 2020 Survey of Mining Companies, released on February 23, has shown. The country had ranked fortieth out of 76 destinations in 2019. 

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