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20 arrested, 15 AK-47s seized at illegal mine in North West

By: News24Wire      11th October 2022 Twenty people have been arrested by North West authorities for illegal mining, with charges ranging from violation of immigration laws and conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of unlicenced firearms and ammunition. Several law enforcement agencies, including the National Intervention Unit... 

Zimbabwe miners unfazed by new royalties proposal

By: Reuters     10th October 2022 Zimbabwe's miners do not expect any significant impact from the government's proposal to collect royalties in the form of refined minerals, the country's Chamber of Mines said on Monday. President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced on Sunday that Zimbabwe would require companies mining gold, diamonds,... 

South Africa takes 354 days to issue prospecting right, Botswana does it in 40 

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2022 Why does it take 354 working days for South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to issue a prospecting right which Botswana accomplishes in 40 days? Mineral Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter put that rhetorical question to the Joburg Indaba under a broad comment of what... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Calls for input into Safeguard Mechanism credits

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th October 2022 The federal government has opened consultation on draft legislation to reward industrial facilities that stay below their emissions baselines, and give other facilities a new, low-cost way of reducing net emissions. The draft Safeguard Mechanism (Crediting) Amendment Bill 2022 provides a legal... 

Taxes making mining uncompetitive - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th October 2022 A new study by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) have shown that uncompetitive tax rates have already dragged Australia’s investment effort over the past seven years, hampering productivity and wages growth. The report, written by the University of Calgary’s Philip Bazel and Jack Mintz,... 

The latest from this year's Joburg Indaba   

7th October 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the latest news coming out of this year’s Joburg Indaba. The Joburg Indaba heard this week, from Minerals Council South Africa President, that mining’s biggest opportunity lies in helping achieve a net-zero carbon world. Meanwhile, the country’s... 

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The latest from this year's Joburg Indaba

MCA argues against higher taxes for miners

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th October 2022 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) said that Australia needed to attract more investment in exploration, mining, minerals processing and mining-related manufacturing if the economy is going to benefit from growing global demand for minerals and metals. “There is strong competition for this... 

Development is only conversation South Africa should be having, Cutifani tells Joburg Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2022 Development is the only conversation that South Africa should be having, former Anglo American CEO, director and consulting business executive Mark Cutifani said amid strong applause at the Joburg Indaba on Thursday – and mining should be recognised as an industry that can serve as a very... 

Former Anglo America CEO, director and consulting business executive Mark Cutifani.
Mark Cutifani’s address to the Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Big green hydrogen project on way via European/Australian partnership

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2022 An integrated green hydrogen project to help Europe mitigate its current energy and climate crisis and to bring green molecules to Europe is being brought about by a European-Australian partnership. The key personalities developing what is described as the world’s largest green hydrogen... 

 	Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) executive chairperson and founder Dr Andrew Forrest.
Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) executive chairperson and founder Dr Andrew Forrest.

South Africa’s geological prospectivity fantastic, says Minerals Council CEO  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 South Africa’s geological prospectivity is fantastic, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter told the Joburg Indaba on Wednesday. This is so even though only 15% of South Africa's surface area has been mapped at a high-resolution 50 000-to-1 geophysical level, and even though this... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter at Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Helping world transition to net-zero carbon is mining's biggest opportunity, says Minerals Council president 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 The biggest opportunity mining has as an industry is to help the world to transition to a net-zero carbon world, Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude said on Wednesday. Fakude, who is also chairperson of Anglo American's management board in South Africa, highlighted this during... 

Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.
Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.

US funding granted to enhance platinum-based hydrogen electrolyser development

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 The US Department of Defense has granted Nel Hydrogen $5.6-million in funding for a project aimed at accelerating advanced electrolyser stack development to enable low-cost hydrogen storage and resiliency. The 19-month project is set to advance PEM electrolyser development to reduce both... 

Investment required to meet mining’s decarbonisation, power challenges – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2022 South Africa’s mining sector will be required to make major investments into alternative and renewable energy sources and energy planning to address the dual challenges of decarbonisation and reliable power supply, PwC said on Tuesday when it launched its SA Mine report, which highlights mining’s... 

Less than 5% of energy consumed by South African mining in 2020 sourced from renewables.
PwC’s SA Mine 2022 covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

More platinum-based green hydrogen generation on the way 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2022 Up to 1 350 t of green hydrogen can now be generated a year from renewable solar and wind power in the Wunsiedel Energy Park, in Germany. “This is another example of platinum-based production of green hydrogen in Europe that will assist both the replacement of imported natural gas and the earlier... 

Demand for platinum-based green hydrogen generation growing.
Demand for platinum-based green hydrogen generation growing.

'Majority of illegal miners can't be classified as small fish’ - Mantashe

By: News24Wire      3rd October 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says that most illegal miners cannot be classified as "small fish". This is because the so-called zama zamas violated the country's laws – starting with being in the country illegally. According to Mantashe, his department has finalised the... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Burkina Faso miners say work continues despite coup

By: Reuters     3rd October 2022 Endeavour Mining's operations in Burkina Faso are "unaffected by recent political events", the gold miner said on Monday after the West African nation's second military coup of the year on Friday. Endeavour is the biggest mining company in Burkina Faso, with four gold mines - Houndé, Mana,... 

An image of a gold bar produced at the Wahgnion mine in Burkina Faso

WA miners worried about staff, optimistic on deals - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2022 A new report by consulting services firm MinterEllison has highlighted the three key issues facing the mining and services sector. Research conducted among Western Australian mining executives has revealed concerns about rising costs, labour shortages, inflationary pressure, supply chain and... 

Peru proposes 'new approach' to mining to combat economic disparities, conflicts

By: Reuters     3rd October 2022 Peru's government proposed on Friday "a new approach" for mining companies to end social gaps and avoid conflicts in the sector, a measure taken after several conflicts in the country in recent months. Prime Minister Anibal Torres said during a conference between executives of large mining firms... 

Zimbabwe wants half of royalties paid in gems, precious metals

By: Bloomberg     30th September 2022 Zimbabwe wants gold, diamond and platinum miners to pay half of their royalties to the government in the commodities themselves and the rest in cash, as the southern African country seeks to build its mineral reserves. The Treasury was concerned that the country does not have reserves of the... 

Zambia plans to acquire 'golden shares' in mining sector, finmin says

By: Reuters     30th September 2022 The Zambian government plans to enhance its participation in the country's mining sector by acquiring "golden shares" in mining companies, finance minister Situmbeko Musokotwane said on Friday. 

Global Tailings Summit in January will seek to address global tailings safety 

By: Darren Parker     30th September 2022 Following the September 11 collapse of the Jagersfontein tailings dam, in the Free State, in South Africa, mining company CEOs, government Ministers from major mining nations and other key stakeholders have been invited by institutional investors to a Global Tailings Summit to be held in London,... 

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Mining Union calls for Energy Transition Authority

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2022 The Miners Union has called for the establishment of a national Energy Transition Authority amid announcements that coal-fired power stations on both Victoria and Queensland would be fast-tracked to closure. The Queensland government this week announced plans to exit coal-fired power stations... 

Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2022 The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa does not have such a cadastre, fellow African countries that are already thriving on it include... 

Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell.
Grant Mitchell: Minerals Councll Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Each Anglo Platinum employee to receive R8 000 worth of shares a year 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum has launched a new employee share ownership plan (Esop), which it envisages will be implemented in the fourth quarter of this year. The Esop involves employees receiving Anglo Platinum listed shares to the value of... 

Anglo American Platinum Executive Head Human Resources Virginia Tyobeka.
Anglo American Platinum Executive Head Human Resources Virginia Tyobeka.

Residents urged 'not to panic' after Jagersfontein hit by another dam wall collapse

By: News24Wire      28th September 2022 Yet another dam wall collapse hit disaster-stricken town Jagersfontein, the Free State government confirmed on Tuesday night. Palesa Chubisi, spokesperson for Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela, said: 

BHP sees Chile uncertainties easing in investment climate boost

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2022 Chilean regulatory uncertainties that have held up some investments in the biggest copper-producing nation are dissipating, according to top mining company BHP Group. In a referendum earlier this month, Chileans overwhelmingly rejected a proposed new constitution, while authorities are showing... 

Revised Colombia tax bill still puts mining investment at risk - industry group

By: Reuters     28th September 2022 A tax reform proposed by Colombia's leftist government will put mining investment and production at risk, despite modifications to the bill announced this week, the head of the country's mining association said on Tuesday. Colombia's new leftist President Gustavo Petro has said he wants to raise... 

Green hydrogen, fuel cells important part of any future energy system, says global strategist  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2022 Green hydrogen and fuel cells will be a very important part of any future energy system, says Switzerland-based energy and sustainability consultancy strategist Dr David Hart. Among the electrolysers that convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen are proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Dr David Hart, E4tech.
E4tech’s Dr David Hart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Manchin’s energy-permit Bill gets backing of US Chamber, with changes

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2022 The US Chamber of Congress is lobbying Congress for passage of Senator Joe Manchin’s bill that would make it easier to obtain permits for energy-related projects, while saying some changes are needed. The powerful business group encouraged the Senate to include the measure, as promised by Senate... 

An image of Senator Joe Manchin
Senator Joe Manchin

Colombia gov't agrees to ease tax changes to oil, mining

By: Reuters     27th September 2022 Colombia's government agreed on Monday to modify a tax reform proposal under debate in congress and continue to allow oil and mining companies to deduct royalty payments from their taxes in the wake of a wave of industry criticism. The government has agreed to back continued royalty deductions... 

South Africans urged to turn exploration into Big Hairy Audacious Goal   

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2022 South Africans have been urged to rally around exploration as this country's Big Hairy Audacious Goal – a BHAG – so that what is described as "our lowest hanging economic fruit" can be turned to positive account. Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, who was speaking in support of the junior... 

Council of Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza.
Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New fund-raising product appropriate for junior miners, says JSE  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2022 The JSE has a new product that is appropriate for fund-raising by junior mining companies, JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi said on Friday. Mokorosi, who was speaking at Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar, highlighted the new product against the... 

JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi.
Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior Miner Webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green hydrogen at sea on world-first offshore demonstrator platform  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2022 The world’s first offshore green hydrogen production demonstrator platform has been positioned offshore of France. “This is the first time that renewable hydrogen will be produced at sea,” French company Lhyfe stated in a release to Engineering News & Mining Weekly. (Also watch attached Creamer... 

Lhyfe producing green hydrogen at sea.
Green hydrogen at sea initiative. Lhyfe technical director Thomas Créach interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Northern Cape’s proposed green hydrogen hub can help open region’s full energy potential 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2022 The Boegoebaai green hydrogen hub in the Northern Cape can be a strategic project to open Southern Africa’s full green energy potential. A 24-month study of the strategic potential of the hub is within a hair’s breadth of reaching the halfway mark. 

Sasol hydrogen programme management head Rilet Davison.
Sasol hydrogen programme management head Rilet Davison.

World’s largest battery-electric mine truck heading for commercial availability in 2024   

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 The world’s largest battery-electric truck for underground mining is on its way to becoming commercially available in 2024. Sandvik’s 65 t TH665B machine removes between 1 t and 2 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day, along with heat and noise. 

Jakob Rutqvist, Sandvik VP strategy and commercial for battery and hybrid/electric-vehicles business unit of Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions.
Sandvik VP Jakob Rutqvist interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New CEO sees great opportunity to boost efforts to increase platinum investor numbers 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 New World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) CEO Trevor Raymond – working closely with WPIC leadership and a wider team – describes as great the opportunity to boost efforts to increase the number of investors globally who are considering allocating to platinum, amid the forceful worldwide... 

New World Platinum Investment Council CEO Trevor Raymond.
New World Platinum Investment Council CEO Trevor Raymond.

WA govt takes action to combat sexual harrassment in mining

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st September 2022 The Western Australian government on Wednesday outlined a number of actions to tackle sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace in response to the Parliamentary inquiry into the fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mining industry. The results of the Inquiry, released earlier this year, found that... 

Image shows gumboots and hard hats stacked

WA's Mining Amendment Bill passes muster

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st September 2022 The Mining Amendment Bill has passed the Upper House of the Western Australian Parliament, legislating new laws to reduce the administrative burden and support best environmental practices. The Mining Amendment Bill 2021 modernises the mining approval process and allows for easier... 

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