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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.

Colombia may require environmental licenses for mining exploration

By: Reuters     2nd September 2022 Colombia could require mining firms get environmental licenses for exploration in order to protect the environment, increase state control and prevent conflict between communities and extractive companies, the Environment Minister said on Thursday. The comments from Minister Susana Muhamad... 

Motor manufacturer helping to reduce load on grid 

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd September 2022 In focusing on energy efficiency, Zest WEG, a subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, is helping the South African mining industry reduce its load on the country’s fragile energy generation system through the uptake of its products. For example, the company started... 

CONSIDERED CAPACITY
Before developing manufacturing capacity locally, Zest WEG endeavours to understand the end-users’ needs first
Mining Weekly talks to newly appointed Zest WEG CEO Eduardo Werninghaus, who gives his first media interview in South Africa

ARM ups dividend, highlights climate commitment, shifts to green energy  

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2022 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Thursday paid higher dividends, reiterated its full commitment to climate change mitigation, and outlined the start of its intended shift towards the implementation of renewable energy. In affirming the Johannesburg Stock... 

African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe.
African Rainbow Minerals results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South African energy issues need joint effort - Minerals Council  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2022 South Africa’s energy conundrum will require a concerted effort by both industry and government, the Minerals Council South Africa said. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of Paydirt’s Africa Downunder conference, in Perth, Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter said that the solution... 

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

DRDGold's livelihoods initiative attracts 8 000-plus direct participants  

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2022 The livelihoods initiative introduced by surface gold mining company DRDGold has to date attracted more than 8 000 direct participants at a time when boosting jobs and livelihoods in South Africa has never been more important The broad-based livelihoods (BBL) programme of the Johannesburg- and... 

DRDGold's broad-based livelihoods programme is attracting thousands of participants.
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson.

Chile's president says mining sector tax reform up for debate

By: Reuters     31st August 2022 Chilean President Gabriel Boric said in a speech late Tuesday that any changes in the country's tax law that would affect the mining sector are still up for discussion, with a vote scheduled in Congress in coming weeks. Boric said the industry had been historically unwilling to reach agreements... 

Feasibility studies this year for Mponeng gold mine deepening – Harmony  

By: Martin Creamer     30th August 2022 Time will be spent this year on doing feasibility studies relating to the deepening of the Mponeng gold mine on the West Rand, Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp said on Tuesday. In response to Afrifocus Securities analyst Des Moines on how important Mponeng woud be in the years to come, Steenkamp... 

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

MCA calls for reforms to encourage investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th August 2022 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on Tuesday said that greater business investment in new technology and projects is essential to ensure Australia’s skilled workforce could drive higher wages and a stronger economy. In its latest Economic Series report, the MCA said that Australia needed... 

Shirley Hayes sheds more light on next month’s copper listing on the JSE’s AltX  

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2022 Shirley Hayes, the founder and CEO of SHiP Copper, into which Big Tree Copper will be reversed when Copper 360 lists on the AltX of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) next month, on Monday shed more light on the way forward for what will be South Africa’s only pure copper play on the JSE. “It... 

Shirley Hayes, the founder and CEO of SHiP Copper.
SHiP Copper CEO Shirley Hayes interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Northam constructing, commissioning solar plants, securing wind energy  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2022 The renewable energy plans of the Booysendal platinum group metals (PGMs) mine of Northam Platinum have been detailed quite extensively in the company’s 95-page sustainability report that will be available shortly online, Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne said on Friday, when the Johannesburg Stock... 

Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.
Northam Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson

WA moves to allay explorer fears over Court ruling

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th August 2022 The Western Australian resources sector has welcomed the quick response by the state government’s Mines and Petroleum Minister following the Warden’s Court decision to declare an exploration license invalid. In the matter True Fella vs Pantoro South, the Warden found that True Fella’s... 

Peru lowers 2022 growth forecast and abandons mining tax hike plan

By: Reuters     26th August 2022 Peru on Thursday lowered the country's economic growth forecast to 3.3% this year, the finance minister said, and officially abandoned a plan to hike taxes on the mining industry amid falling metal prices, high inflation and slowing growth. The new forecast is significantly higher than the... 

Ionic reveals progress on Makuutu rare earths project

By: Darren Parker     25th August 2022 ASX-listed Ionic Rare Earths will increase its stake in the Mauuku rare earth project’s operating company Rwenzori Rare Metals (RRM) from 51% to 60% upon the completion of a feasibility study, which is expected to be submitted to the Ugandan government at the end of October. Meanwhile, the... 

Sibanye-Stillwater strategising energy solution involvement  

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2022 Energy solutions that reverse climate change are on the list of strategic differentiators that Sibanye-Stillwater has under scrutiny, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said on Thursday, when the Johannesburg- and New York-listed platinum group metals (PGMs), gold and green metals company... 

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Sibanye-Stillwater declares R3.9bn half-year dividend

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2022 Precious metals and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday declared a cash dividend of R3.9-billion for the six months to June 30. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, headed by CEO Neal Froneman, reported a half-year profit R12.3-billion, the third highest six-month period... 

Sibanye-Stillwater's Kroondal platinum group metals mine.
Sibanye-Stillwater's Kroondal platinum group metals mine.

DRDGold using satellite imagery to monitor tailings  

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2022 Johannesburg- and New York-listed surface gold mining company DRDGold is using satellite imagery to monitor its tailings dumps, in addition to quarterly drone surveillance. An international tailings performance management system implemented ensures the integrity of data for day-to-day management... 

DRDGold CEO CEO Niël Pretorius.
DRDGold’s results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson.

Implats, Patel conclude framework agreement for RBPlat acquisition

By: Donna Slater     24th August 2022 JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has concluded a framework agreement with Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel regarding its proposed acquisition of all outstanding shares in midtier PGM miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) that it does... 

Gov still committed to EPBC reform

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2022 Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King on Wednesday pledged government’s commitment to the reform of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. Speaking at the Northern Territory Resources Week conference, in Darwin, King said that the newly elected government... 

DRDGold's 15th consecutive financial year of dividend paying 

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2022 Surface gold mining company DRDGold on Wednesday announced its fifteenth consecutive financial year of dividend paying. For the year ended June 30, the Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, headed by CEO Niël Pretorius, declared a final dividend of 40c a share, totaling a distribution of 60c... 

DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius.
Photo by Creamer Media
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius.

Mexican mining industry expects investments to rise 15% in 2022

By: Reuters     24th August 2022 Mexico's mining industry plans to invest $5.5-billion in 2022, up 15.2% from 2021, the Mining Chamber of Mexico (Camimex) said on Tuesday, but will remain below the record figure of $8.04-billion seen in 2012 amid challenging conditions. Growing security problems, a high tax burden and the... 

Green hydrogen atlas to be officially launched before year-end – Sasscal   

By: Martin Creamer     22nd August 2022 With close to 90% of all the datasets for the Southern African green hydrogen atlas having been collected, its official launch will definitely take place before year-end, Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch assured Engineering News & Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview on Monday. Moreover,... 

Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch.
Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Opinion: Beyond zama-zamas – new vision required for Gauteng mining belt

19th August 2022 In this article, project management, local government and property development advice and management services company Cadre Plan executive director and project lead on the Gauteng mining belt policy Reinier Minny writes about possible solutions to address tensions between mine owners, residents... 

Photo of old mining shafts being used by illegal miners

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Choosing the right ESG paths is critical

By: Sabrina Jardim     19th August 2022 The Australian mining industry is facing hampered growth owing to domestic and global system backlogs. With ESG now a non-negotiable in the sector, explorers are having to quickly adapt to changing policy and guidance with miners now focussing on their environmental, social and corporate... 

An image depicting green fields with wind turbines
SECTOR CHALLENGES Sweeney says ESG-related changes will require companies to rethink old processes and take some big swings on emerging technology

Exxaro partnering Enertrag to support just energy transition   

By: Martin Creamer     18th August 2022 Coal and renewable energy company Exxaro has built a renewable energy business that is said to be well positioned to contribute significantly to addressing South Africa's electricity deficit. Emphasised by the JSE-listed company is that South Africa's economic growth and social progress depends... 

Exxaro CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa.
Exxaro's results covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd,

Exxaro eyeing green hydrogen, new CEO tells Mining Weekly  

By: Martin Creamer     18th August 2022 Diversified minerals and energy company Exxaro is eyeing green hydrogen, new Exxaro CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa disclosed on Thursday when the JSE-listed company reported 147%-higher half-year group earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R10 603-million on mainly... 

Exxaro is already generating wind energy, and is looking to generate solar in Limpopo and wind and solar in Mpumalanga.
Exxaro CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.
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