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Mavuso stresses importance of implementing structural reform  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th January 2021 Everyone, from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to organised labour can see what must be done to get the country back on a growth trajectory, but little seems to change, CEO Busi Mavuso says in the latest newsletter from Business Leadership South Africa. She welcomes SARB governor Lesetja... 

Guinea President retains Magassouba as Mines Minister

By: Reuters     22nd January 2021 Guinea President Alpha Conde has retained Abdoulaye Magassouba as mines minister overseeing the West African nation's bauxite, iron-ore, gold and diamond wealth, according to a decree read on state television on Thursday. Magassouba was first appointed to the position in January 2016. Under his... 

WA makes plans to fast-track major projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd January 2021 The resources sector has welcomed the Western Australian state government’s commitment to fast track approvals for major projects. Premier Mark McGowan on Friday announced that more than A$1.6-million would will be invested in cutting application wait times for major resource projects, unlocking... 

Platinum group metals demand set to overwhelm supply balance – Davis  

By: Martin Creamer     21st January 2021 Long-serving precious metals consultant Dr David Davis has reached the conclusion, after a comprehensive study, that the demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) is poised to outstrip stagnant supply. Davis, who has spent several months carrying out a ‘deep dive’ into the future of PGMs for... 

Platinum group metals demand set to overwhelm supply balance – Davis
Precious metals consultant Dr David Davis, who believes that platinum will be next to board the price rocket.

Platinum group metals playing role in Switzerland’s green hydrogen roll-out  

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs), which South Africa hosts in greater abundance than any other country on earth, are playing important catalytic roles in Switzerland’s green hydrogen and green truck rollout, which is now under way. Mining Weekly can today report that proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Platinum group metals playing role in Switzerland’s green hydrogen roll-out
Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility CEO Mark Freymueller is interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Company services Zambian smelters remotely, eyes expansion

By: Cameron Mackay     19th January 2021 Local foundry company Thos Begbie opened a workshop in Solwezi, Zambia, in March last year to supply and service copper smelters in the region more efficiently; however, the impact of Covid-19 has forced the company to close its workshop indefinitely. “There has been a drastic decrease in... 

Company services Zambian smelters remotely, eyes expansion
ALEX NHLAPO As the demand for copper increases, pressure is placed on the smelters and refineries to increase their production output

Want a fuel cell, you need platinum – analysts 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2021 If you want a fuel cell, you need platinum, is one of the multiplicity of points Bernstein investment company makes in a major work just released, which shows growing and ongoing demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) and provides ample reason why metals and mining matter more than ever. In the... 

Want a fuel cell, you need platinum – analysts
Photo by Bernstein
Predicted future PGM tons heading high.

Coal price expected to average $100/t as China turns to South Africa for coal 

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2021 China is buying South African coal at a time when analysts are forecasting a buoyant average coal price of $100/t for the first half (H1) of 2021. The purchase of South African coal by China follows Chinese relations with Australia deteriorating last year and imports of coal from Australia being... 

Coal price expected to average $100/t as China turns to South Africa for coal
Richards Bay Coal Terminal, from which South African coal is exported.

High Court limits diesel refund claims for mining activities, tax associate says

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2021 A recent High Court judgment Graspan Colliery v The Commissioner for the South African Revenue Services (could have significant implications for mining operators and their ability to claim diesel refunds, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg Tax Practice associate Prenisha Govender says.   The judgment... 

More sales of South African coal to China expected as prices rise

By: Martin Creamer     14th January 2021 About 600 000 t to 700 000 t of South African coal have already moved to China since the Asian giant ceased accepting coal from Australia and more South African coal sales to China are expected “for sure”, a top trader said in an interview with Mining Weekly. China’s power plants have been... 

More sales of South African coal to China expected as prices rise
Richards Bay Coal Terminal, South Africa's world-class coal export port.

China buying South African coal ‘could be game-changer but we shouldn’t be complacent’ 

By: Martin Creamer     13th January 2021 Normally, China does not import coal from South Africa, but 2021 has seen a shift. Shipments to mainland China were reported on Monday by the African Source Markets’ Weekly Coal Index Report. 

China buying South African coal ‘could be game-changer but we shouldn’t be complacent’
Richards Bay Coal Terminal, the port from which South African coal is exported

Indebted Zambia pays $400m in VAT refunds to mining firms

By: Reuters     13th January 2021 Zambia paid 8.5-billion kwacha ($400-million) in value-added tax refunds to mining companies last year, the head of the tax authority said on Wednesday, equal to about 3.5% of the external debt that the southern African country is struggling to repay. Zambia, Africa’s second-largest copper... 

The essential role of platinum group metals in ‘greening’ the world needs highlighting 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2021 The ‘greenness’ that South Africa can help bestow on the world needs hard sell now, Mining Weekly can today report. While South Africa’s amazing platinum group metals (PGMs) continue their decades-long task of cleaning the air of the world’s cities in the autocatalytic convertors of vehicle... 

The essential role of platinum group metals in ‘greening’ the world needs highlighting
Photo by Hyundai Truck & Bus
'Green' hydrogen and fuel cells named by Lux Research as two of top-five energy technologies.

M&A challenges remain, but so do lessons – law firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th January 2021 Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) says many of last year’s uncertainties that impacted merger and acquisition (M&A) activity will remain this year. HSF global M&A head Gavin Davies says the significant regional and global questions from 2020 have not gone away, although some have... 

M&A challenges remain, but so do lessons – law firm

New ‘green’ platinum project leaps out of starting blocks, will use 82% less electricity  

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2021 The innovative new platinum group metals mining and processing project that slashes 82% off electricity use and elevates platinum to a new high level of greenness, leapt out of its starting blocks in North West province on Monday. “We’ve commenced. The tanks are rolling,” Pallinghurst managing... 

New ‘green’ platinum project leaps out of starting blocks, will use 82% less electricity
Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Arne Frandsen is interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Montero secures funding for lawsuit against Tanzanian government

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th January 2021 Junior exploration company Montero Mining and Exploration has completed a litigation funding agreement with Omni Bridgeway Canada to draw down $2.32-million from a financing facility to meet fees and expenses relating to Montero's pursuit of legal claims against the government of Tanzania.... 

Trump moves to loosen mining regulations, approve projects as he exits

By: Reuters     8th January 2021 Outgoing US President Donald Trump's administration is moving to loosen mining regulations and green light new mineral projects before leaving office this month, with successor Joe Biden unable to reverse some of the changes. Administration officials tell Reuters they plan to publish a raft of... 

Trump moves to loosen mining regulations, approve projects as he exits
Donald Trump

The little-known laws that could galvanise South Africa's fight against corruption

By: News24Wire      8th January 2021 After more than 300 days and 2 000 hours of testimony, one of the clearest takeaways from the ongoing state capture inquiry is a repeated failure to report corruption. But according to lawyer Nick Alp of Webber Wentzel, South Africa's laws are clear and strict. Not reporting knowledge of, or even... 

US company planning at least 500 hydrogen fuelling stations in next 3 to 5 years  

By: Martin Creamer     7th January 2021 The creation of a minimum of 500 fuelling stations to provide hydrogen to mainly trucks powered by platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells is planned by a US company in the next three to five years. “We believe that everyone will be within a couple of miles of a hydrogen fuelling station in the... 

US company planning at least 500 hydrogen fuelling stations in next 3 to 5 years
Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly interviews RAGHU KILAMBI, the CEO of PowerTap, a company that provides crucial hydrogen fuelling infrastructure for fuel cell electric vehicles.

Quebec govt spares mining industry from new restrictions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2021 The Quebec Mining Association (QMA) has welcomed the announcement of the continuation of mining operations, despite the total containment decreed by the provincial government late on January 6. The association says this exemption for the industry is the result of robust measures that the mining... 

Gold mine ups return-to-work protocols as Covid infection numbers spike  

By: Martin Creamer     6th January 2021 Return-to-work protocols at South Deep gold mine have been significantly enhanced to manage the sharp rise in the number of employees testing positive for the coronavirus on return to work after the festive season. Seven hundred and fifty tests have been carried out over three-and-a-half days,... 

Gold mine ups return-to-work protocols as Covid infection numbers spike
Creamer Media speaks to Gold Fields executive VP Martin Preece on coronavirus at South Deep gold mine. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Covid lessons help inform sustainability strategies for miners going forward, says law firm 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th January 2021 Law firm Webber Wentzel notes that key areas of focus for mining businesses this year will be to adopt the lessons learnt from the successful response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as other aspects of risk management within the industry; while continuing to build a culture of sustainability.... 

Zambia President says greater State role in mines will help economy recover 

By: Reuters     17th December 2020 Zambia must build majority stakes in selected mines to benefit from its mineral wealth beyond taxes, President Edgar Lungu said on Thursday, as he set out an economic recovery plan after the country defaulted on a debt payment last month. Africa's second-biggest copper producer, Zambia is seeking... 

Zambia President says greater State role in mines will help economy recover
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

US SEC votes to relax requirements on ' 'resource extraction' disclosure

By: Reuters     17th December 2020 The US Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday voted to relax disclosure requirements on payments made by oil, gas and mining companies to foreign governments. The agency's 3-2 vote to adopt industry-friendly changes to its so-called "resources extraction" disclosure rule addresses a... 

Zimbabwe central bank to form new gold refining unit, sell shares to miners

By: Reuters     17th December 2020 Zimbabwe's central bank will unbundle its gold refining and printing unit into two separate companies and sell a majority stake in the new gold refinery business to miners, governor John Mangudya said on Wednesday. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe's Fidelity Printers and Refiners (FPR) is the sole buyer,... 

Ethiopia revokes licences of 63 mining companies - Minister

By: Reuters     15th December 2020 Ethiopia has revoked the mining licences of 63 companies due to breach of contract, the mines minister said on Tuesday without providing any names. The mining companies breached contract rules, failed to renew their licences, or not made royalty payments, Mines Minister Takele Uma said,... 

Gratton appointed to impact assessment advisory council

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2020 Mining Association of Canada president and CEO Pierre Gratton has been appointed to Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson’s advisory council on impact assessment. The 13-member council would advise the Minister on whether the new impact assessment regime, which came into... 

Gratton appointed to impact assessment advisory council
MAC president and CEO Pierre Gratton

Vedanta says it will fight any attempt by Zambia to sell Konkola Copper Mines 

By: Reuters     11th December 2020 Indian-based metals and mining group Vedanta Resources said on Thursday it will fight any attempt by the Zambian government to sell its Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) business to third parties. The protracted legal fight with Zambia began in May 2019, when Lusaka appointed a liquidator for KCM, which... 

60Moz Sedibelo platinum expansion, construction of Kell beneficiation plant 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines Limited has announced the expansion of operations at Pilanesberg Platinum Mines into contiguous deposits of Sedibelo Central, Magazynskraal and Kruidfontein – known as the Triple Crown properties – with an estimated resource base in... 

60Moz Sedibelo platinum expansion, construction of Kell beneficiation plant
Photo by creamer media
Sedibelo's Pilanesberg Platinum Mines opertional area.

Proactive second half for coal giant

By: Halima Frost     11th December 2020 Diversified miner Exxaro, one of South Africa’s leading coal and coking coal producers, tells Mining Weekly that three of its five coal investment projects started production in the second half of this year. The projects include the Grootegeluk 6 expansion project, the Leeuwpan life expansion... 

Proactive second half for coal giant
GOOD LUCK The Grootegeluk mine has proven its mettle being Exxaro's most prominent mines

Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment 

By: Martin Creamer     10th December 2020 Countries wanting to attract exploration investment need readily available geophysics data to offer to prospective investors. “Geophysics is now key to the exploration industry, particularly for metalliferous-type deposits, which have the largest value,” Exploration Geological Consultancy MD... 

Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment
Photo by Creamer Media
Exploration Geological Consultancy MD Regina Molloy

Productivity Report hopes to cut red/green tape

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2020 The Productivity Commission has released its final report on Resources Sector Regulation, making 48 findings and 11 recommendations to improve approval processes by removing duplication and cutting red and green tape. “The community needs to have confidence in regulation and how it is enforced.... 

Productivity Report hopes to cut red/green tape

Miners respond to Juukan Gorge report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2020 Diversified major Rio Tinto on Thursday said that it was committed to learning from the incident at the Juukan Gorge rockshelters earlier this year, in order to ensure that such an event did not take place again. Responding to the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia’s interim report... 

Investment approval for platinum mine’s solar project expected early next year 

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2020 Investment approval for the solar project at the Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo is expected in the first quarter of next year. “We are making progress with the environmental scoping study and the environmental impact assessment will commence following investment approval,”... 

Investment approval for platinum mine’s solar project expected early next year
Water dam at Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena mine.

Aus Parliament passes investment reforms

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th December 2020 Federal Parliament on Wednesday passed legislation giving effect to reforms to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975, for the first time in nearly 50 years. The reforms, which will commence on January 2021, ensure that Australia’s foreign investment framework kept pace with emerging... 

Fair Work Bill welcomed by miners

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th December 2020 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the federal governments proposed amendments to the Fair Work Act, saying it would help to ensure that Australian mining kept providing highly paid, highly skilled and secure jobs across Australia. Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial... 

Petroleum changes on the cards in NT

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th December 2020 he Northern Territory government on Wednesday endorsed the Petroleum Regulations 2020, which is aimed at strengthening regulation and ensuring the industry is accountable for its practices, while assisting pastoralists and petroleum companies to reach land access agreements for petroleum... 

China converting battery electric vehicles into platinum-linked hydrogen fuel cell vehicles  

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2020 Battery electric vehicles such as municipal buses and trucks are being converted into hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by China. “China already has a very well-established infrastructure to charge batteries and run battery electric trucks. But in the north, it’s very cold and we know battery electric... 

China converting battery electric vehicles into platinum-linked hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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