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Minerals Council says August mine safety regression a red flag 

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2022 Industry body the Minerals Council South Africa says the industry’s safety performance in August, during which eight fatalities were recorded, making it the worst month of the year, is a red flag that it cannot ignore and demands an immediate, proactive response. In the year to date, the total... 

EU-like energy approach needed in Southern Africa, says Namibia presidential adviser  

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2022 A collaborative energy approach, like that of the European Union (EU), is needed in Southern Africa, says Namibia’s Presidential economic advisor James Mnyupe. At least South Africa and Namibia should put together a case that shows seriousness about decarbonising Sub Saharan Africa, says Mnyupe,... 

Namibia’s presidential economic adviser James Mnyupe.
Namibia’s presidential economic adviser James Mnyupe.

Joint statement: Busa, BLSA joint position on delaying carbon tax compromises corporate South Africa’s climate credibility

20th September 2022 In this joint statement, 14 civil society and environmental groups write about the implications of a proposed delay in the implementation of a carbon tax for corporate South Africa. 

An image depicting carbon taxes

Qld Treasury's new tax estimates understated - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th September 2022 An independent report into the Queensland government’s new coal royalty regime found that the state’s Treasury had understated the impact of the new rates, and that their forecasts for revenue collection under the previous tax regime had been ‘extremely low’. The report, which was conducted by... 

Minerals Council urges faster inclusion of private electricity suppliers 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s electricity recovery plan and urges more rapid private sector participation in resolving the country’s deepening electricity crisis. Minerals Council members have 6 500 MW of embedded energy projects in the pipeline which will... 

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

Lula campaign mulls new mining royalties in Brazil, spooking industry

By: Reuters     19th September 2022 Brazilian presidential frontrunner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is considering raising royalties on certain mining projects if elected, a campaign adviser told Reuters, likely affecting iron-ore giant Vale and other multinationals. Under the proposal drafted by mining specialists working for Lula's... 

PGMs demand from hydrogen to eclipse 100 000 oz from next year, report calculates 

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2022 From next year, platinum group metals (PGMs) demand in the hydrogen sector will eclipse 100 000 oz for the first time, according to Metal Focus’ Hydrogen Economy Quarterly Service. Catalysed by the global shift to clean energy, the metals will see year-on-year double-digit growth over the next... 

Demand for platinum group metals forecast to rise sharply.
Demand for platinum group metals forecast to rise sharply.

Long-stop date of Implats’ offer for RBPlat extended to November 22

By: Donna Slater     16th September 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has extended the long-stop date to its mandatory offer to acquire all outstanding shares it does not already own in fellow PGMs miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) to November 22 to meet the conditions precedent to the offer. The... 

Congo violence rages despite US conflict-mineral law, GAO says

By: Bloomberg     16th September 2022 Violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo continues to rage unabated despite US legislation aimed at stopping the mineral trade from fueling conflict, the Government Accountability Office said. The so-called conflict-mineral law that came into effect in 2014 requires US-traded companies to... 

After South African dam collapse, mine waste to be pumped into historical pit

By: Reuters     16th September 2022 A South African company is dumping the sludgy byproduct of mining into a historical diamond pit after the tailings dam that had stored the waste partially collapsed, killing one and leaving scores injured. The government agency overseeing cultural preservation said on Thursday it approved plans... 

Tripling Zambia’s copper output ambitious but attainable best-case scenario

By: Tracy Hancock     16th September 2022 Key prerequisites need to be in place if Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema is to tap into the potential developmental benefits of the “oil of Zambia” by tripling the country’s yearly copper output in the next ten years, says Zambia Chamber of Mines CEO Sokwani Chilembo. “Tripling the country’s... 

Valve demand up amid mining uptick

By: Tracy Hancock     16th September 2022 Demand from the Zambian mining industry for valves, and actuator technology manufacturer AR Controls’ product offering, is stable and increasing since Hakainde Hichilema became the seventh President of the country in August last year, says AR Controls CEO Julien van Niekerk. “Demand is relatively... 

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS
Zambia’s acceptance of the IncoValves and Controls range, whose design is based on lowering the total cost of ownership for end-users and increasing uptime, has exceeded AR Control’s expectations
EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS Zambia’s acceptance of the IncoValves and Controls range, whose design is based on lowering the total cost of ownership for end-users and increasing uptime, has exceeded AR Control’s expectations

MMDA review expected to be extensive

By: Tracy Hancock     16th September 2022 Law firm Webber Wentzel expects the review of Zambia’s Mines and Minerals Development Act (MMDA), No 11 of 2015, to take a considerable amount of time to complete, as the current government addresses the challenges hindering the mining industry’s already significant contribution to the country’s... 

MMADIKA MOLOI
The proposed changes to the Mines and Minerals Development Act are expected to encourage development at all levels of the mining sector and sustained investment in small-scale and gemstone exploration projects
MMADIKA MOLOI The proposed changes to the Mines and Minerals Development Act are expected to encourage development at all levels of the mining sector and sustained investment in small-scale and gemstone exploration projects

ICMM, UNEP, PRI say Jagersfontein tragedy shows urgency of responsible tailings management

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th September 2022 The co-convenors of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM) have expressed their disappointment about the tailings dam failure that occurred in Jagersfontein, in the Free State, South Africa, on September 11, saying the tragedy underscores the critical importance of... 

Anthracite prospects looking very good – Menar  

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2022 The prospects for anthracite are looking very good, especially in terms of market value and having demand coming from different parts of the world, says Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) Bayoglu reports that... 

Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu.
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SAICE calls for proper management of infrastructure following Jagersfontein tragedy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th September 2022 The leadership and members of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) have extended their “heartfelt condolences” to the families who have lost loved ones and belongings following the wall collapse of the Jagersfontein mine dam, in the Free State, at the weekend, and wished... 

Pan African effectively building new underground gold mine at Evander  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2022 Midtier Africa-focused gold producer Pan African Resources is effectively building a new internally-funded underground gold mine on two levels of the Evander underground gold mine in Mpumalanga, CEO Cobus Loots said on Wednesday when the company reported record production for the 12 months to... 

Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots.
Pan African CEO Cobus Loots interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

PGMs hotter than ever amid upcoming SAIMM greener world collaboration event  

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) as global decarbonisation and environmental, social and governance (ESG) enablers have arguably never been a hotter topic globally, which will be highlighted at the upcoming in-person conference of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) at Sun... 

Implats executive: sustainable development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni, who will speak on ESG and Beyond at the upcoming SAIMM PGMs conference.
Implats Executive: Sustainable Development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni (above). SAIMM’s Gary Lane interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Troubled South African tailings dam had history of high water levels

By: Reuters     13th September 2022 South African authorities shut down the Jagersfontein diamond tailings dam in 2020 due to high water levels before allowing it to reopen last year, a company official said on Monday, a day after the dam burst, killing at least one person and injuring 40. Sludge flooded out of the tailings dam on... 

US aviation fuel developer places order for platinum-based PEM electrolyser

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2022 A United States aviation fuel developer has placed an order for a containerised platinum-using proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser. Nel Hydrogen received the $3-million contract for the containerised PEM electrolyser to be installed at the world’s first commercial ‘alcohol-to-jet’... 

Rise in Limpopo illegal mining concerns portfolio committees

By: Donna Slater     12th September 2022 Limpopo is experiencing a surge in illegal mining activity, particularly in the Sekhukhune, Mopani, Capricorn and Waterberg districts, the Portfolio Committees on Mineral Resources and Energy, Police and Home Affairs report. Delegations from the three portfolio committees concluded a two-day... 

Proudly South African green hydrogen innovation uses platinum fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 A Proudly South African green hydrogen mobile solution, which is scheduled to be launched at the African Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) next month, ticks all the local boxes by making use of a platinum-catalysed hydrogen proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) and also being able to... 

Jaco Prinsloo and Christo Botha, the key developers of the green hydrogen solution.
Jaco Prinsloo and Christo Botha, the key developers of the green hydrogen solution.

Ministers follow President in visiting Jagersfontein diamond disaster area

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 Following the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantsashe will today visit the diamond tailings deposition dam that burst its banks, killing at least one person and destroying homes. Mineral... 

Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
Photo by Google Maps
Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.

Dam collapse at abandoned South African diamond mine kills three

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2022 A dam at South Africa’s abandoned Jagersfontein diamond mine collapsed early Sunday, triggering heavy flooding that damaged property and killed at least three people. About nine houses were swept away and more than 20 damaged by flood waters after the dam wall of the historic mine collapsed,... 

Glencore clinches green aluminium deals

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has entered into a ten-year alumina supply and aluminium offtake agreements with global green aluminium subsidiary of Press Metal Aluminium Holdings, a Malaysian stock exchange listed company. The transactions are seen important steps in the... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.

Platinum supply outlook a barrier to global decarbonisation – Davis 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2022 The future quantum of global demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) significantly outweighs global supply from 2023 onwards, the latest review carried out by independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis indicates. Compiled for Auctus Metal Portfolios of Singapore, the review illustrates... 

Independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis.
Photo by Creamer Media
Independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis.

South Africa plans special police force to combat illegal miners

By: Bloomberg     9th September 2022 The South African Police Service will establish a specialized force to combat illegal mining that’s robbing the nation of revenue and hampering operations at mineral companies. The new security force will be a “multi-disciplinary unit” between the SAPS and the Department of Mineral Resources and... 

Cohesive policies can boost investor sentiment

By: Cameron Mackay     9th September 2022 While mining and mineral exports contribute significantly to Zimbabwe’s gross domestic product, the industry falls short of its potential to contribute to the country’s growth and development. In the latest investment perception survey of mining companies, released by independent think tank the... 

Image of Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech
WARREN BEECH Mining and mineral exports contribute significantly to Zimbabwe’s GDP, but Zimbabwe’s mining industry falls far short of what it can contribute to growth and development

Environmental and industry policy gaps, corruption constrain industry

By: Cameron Mackay     9th September 2022 The Zimbabwe government’s decision to grant prospecting and mining rights in environmentally protected areas, such as the Hwange National Park, has been criticised by the international community, says law firm Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech. Natural resources are in abundance in Zimbabwe, which... 

Generic image of an earthmoving machine on a mine site
ERRATIC POLICIES The raw chrome export ban is unlikely to improve investment in what is currently seen as a volatile investment climate

Minerals Council, members increase collaboration with govt in fight against illegal mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa and its members have increased their collaboration with the government’s security cluster in the fight against illegal mining and to protect their staff and assets from criminals to combat the scourge that is costing lives and billions of rands. "The South... 

Photo of an old mining shaft being used by illegal miners

Platinum group metals demand lift from hydrogen momentum creating excitement 

By: Martin Creamer     8th September 2022 As a platinum group metals (PGMs) producer, Impala Platinum is excited about the opportunity of hydrogen as a potential new demand source, says Impala Platinum executive: new commodities Seten Naidoo. “The exciting component for us is actually the green hydrogen,” says Naidoo, who was speaking as... 

Impala Platinum executive new commodities Seten Naidoo.
Impala Platinum executive new commodities Seten Naidoo.

King introduces Bill to ensure Ranger rehabilitation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2022 The federal government has introduced a Bill to Parliament to amend existing legislation to allow the government to oversee the clean-up of the Ranger uranium mine, in the Northern Territory, beyond 2026, and to ensure that owner Energy Resources Australia (ERA) completed rehabilitation.... 

Image shows the Ranger uranium operation

South Africa drafting green hydrogen position statement for COP27 – IDC 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2022 South Africa is drafting a green hydrogen position statement for the upcoming 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27), which is scheduled to take place in Egypt from November 7-18. Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) divisional executive for mining, metals, energy, and... 

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) divisional executive for mining, metals, energy, and infrastructure Reginald Demana
Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) divisional executive for mining, metals, energy, and infrastructure Reginald Demana

Ecuador indigenous demand rulings against extractive industries be enforced

By: Reuters     7th September 2022 Two indigenous communities from Ecuador's Amazon region on Tuesday demanded the Constitutional Court enforce rulings from 2018 and 2019 to protect thousands of hectares (thousands of acres) of tropical jungle from oil and mining projects. Local courts in Ecuador ruled separately in favor of the... 

Major platinum mining company planning 520 MW renewable generation 

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2022 Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Implats is planning to introduce 520 MW of renewable power as part of an ambition to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2030 and become carbon neutral in 2050. The current carbon generation of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company is... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller.
Implats CEO Nico Muller.

Chilean market ends sharply higher after voters reject new constitution

By: Reuters     5th September 2022 Chileans rejecting a proposed new constitution should be positive for the country's assets, Wall Street bank JPMorgan said in a note to clients. Chileans overwhelmingly voted against a proposed new constitution on Sunday, rejecting what would have been one of the world's most progressive... 

Platinum remains significantly undervalued – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2022 Platinum remains significantly undervalued. That is the key takeaway from the 30-page Platinum Quarterly published by the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). “Why I say that platinum remains undervalued is that we've got a situation where the opportunities for platinum look good. 

World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond.
World Platinum Investment Council Research Director speaks to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

China gives platinum major boost with launch of PGMs centre in Shanghai 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2022 In what is a major boost for platinum group metals (PGMs), a new trade and technology centre dedicated to the growth of the PGMs market is being established in China, already the single largest consumer of PGMs, accounting for more than 25%  of total demand. Anglo American, Honeywell and the... 

Lin-Gang Special Area of Shanghai.
Lin-Gang Special Area of Shanghai.
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