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Programme showing promising results 

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 The Advanced Orebody Knowledge (AOK) programme – one of six research programmes of the Mandela Mining Precinct – has reported notable results across a range of tests being conducted using the Precinct’s test mine near Rustenburg, in the North West. The programme aims to test and develop... 

Empowered Ntsimbintle strengthens standing in manganese mining  

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2021 Mining investment company Ntsimbintle Holdings has acquired a further 13.8% stake in Jupiter Mines, making it the Australian-listed miner’s largest shareholder, with a total holding of 19.9% and entrenching its position in manganese mining at Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining's mine in the Northern... 

Tshipi Borwa manganese mine, in the Northern Cape.
Tshipi Borwa manganese mine, in the Northern Cape.

Wescoal looking to possibly becoming broader energy company  

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2021 The JSE-listed coal-mining company Wescoal is looking to possibly becoming a broader energy company in which coal remains a substantial but reducing component alongside other energy pursuits such as renewables, Wescoal interim CEO Robinson Ramaite said on Monday. Outlining the company’s major... 

Wescoal interim CEO Robinson Ramaite
Wescoal interim CEO Robinson Ramaite interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Pictures: Donna Slater.

Gold, exploration and coal contracts make headlines  

16th April 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Barberton’s potential to get South African gold mining going again, South Africa’s exploration industry's deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations and Treasury being asked to cancel coal contracts and replace them with new ones at double... 

Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer
Gold, exploration and coal contracts make headlines (Camera: Nicholas Boyd)

Peru candidate seeks bigger cut from mining, not State control

By: Bloomberg     16th April 2021 The first-round winner of Peru’s Presidential election wants to renegotiate contracts with mining companies rather than seize assets, a party official said. While Free Peru’s official political platform mentions taking control of natural resources, its candidate Pedro Castillo isn’t looking to... 

Covid affects use of platinum miner’s shafts

By: Cameron Mackay     16th April 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic and its impact in terms of health and safety regulations has significantly affected the use of two underground mine shafts at local platinum miner Wesizwe’s Bakubung platinum mine, in the North West province of South Africa, as well as the development of the mine project.... 

MAKING SHAFTS SAFER 
Since the shafts were commissioned, the company has had to implement a range of measures when transporting mineworkers up and down the shafts
MAKING SHAFTS SAFER Since the shafts were commissioned, the company has had to implement a range of measures when transporting mineworkers up and down the shafts

Emerging coal changes poised to present new electricity price risk 

By: Martin Creamer     15th April 2021 South Africa’s emerging coal mining changes are poised to present new electricity price risk as the Treasury and Eskom are called upon to consider the softening of uneconomic contractual coal-supply obligations. An example of this is Treasury being asked to authorise Eskom paying more to Seriti... 

South32 COO Mike Fraser
South32 COO Mike Fraser

PTM to oppose latest Waterberg project appeal

By: Donna Slater     15th April 2021 TSX- and NYSE-listed platinum group metals miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has received a further notice appealing the granting of a mining right to Waterberg Joint Venture (JV) Resources. The mining right had been granted by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on January 28.  

Barberton should be focus of new gold thrust – exploration geologist  

By: Martin Creamer     14th April 2021 Barberton should be the prime target to get South African gold mining going again, with geologists having an input at all stages of development and mining cycle. “The main area that I think we should be concentrating on now is on Barberton. I think it has some exceptional geology,” said highly... 

Highly experienced exploration geologist Graham Gavine
Exploration geologist Graham Gavine interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New law would allow Uganda to take stakes in private mining

By: Reuters     14th April 2021 Uganda's cabinet has approved a draft mining law that would allow the government to own shares in private mining operations and impose steep penalties for violations in the sector, including prison terms of up to seven years. The draft law mirrors others in the region, including in Tanzania,... 

'Unconstitutional': Chile govt opposes mine royalty bill, prepares national policy

By: Reuters     12th April 2021 Chile Mining Minister Juan Carlos Jobet said on Monday the country's center-right government would oppose a bill to hike royalties on copper and lithium miners currently under consideration by lawmakers, blasting it as "unconstitutional". The legislation, introduced by left-leaning lawmakers, is... 

'Unconstitutional': Chile govt opposes mine royalty bill, prepares national policy

ZCCM to appeal against latest Court of Appeal ruling in Konkola dispute

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2021 Investment holding company ZCCM has advised that it intends to appeal against the latest decision of the Zambian Court of Appeal and to stay the court’s judgment in a matter between ZCCM and diversified miner Vedanta Resources. The High Court of Zambia ruled against Vedanta on August 7, 2019,... 

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2021 South Africa’s exploration industry has until April 19 to comment on controversial regulations still in draft form. “They’ve never consulted industry about it and what they are requesting is impractical,” says Allan Saad, a consulting exploration geologist, who formerly represented the now... 

Allan Saad, Consulting Exploration Geologist
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Debt funding hampers promising graphite project

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th April 2021 The recent changes in Tanzanian mining legislation, combined with the dispute between gold producer Acacia Mining and the Tanzanian government, have created apprehension among investors, particularly in terms of investment in greenfield projects. However, Walkabout Resources intends to... 

Measuring Graphite
The Lindi Jumbo project has the highest reserve grade undeveloped graphite project currently in Africa.
Measuring Graphite The Lindi Jumbo project has the highest reserve grade undeveloped graphite project currently in Africa.

Government ushers in local participation

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th April 2021 There have been multiple changes and amendments to mining legislation, with a focus on mineral beneficiation and local content to encourage local participation. The mineral beneficiation regulations, introduced in 2018 and amended in 2019, require that any person interested in beneficiating... 

Amalia Lui
The current legislative framework has shown a positive effect and can continue to if it remains stable
Amalia Lui The current legislative framework has shown a positive effect and can continue to if it remains stable

Gold producer embraces sector improvements

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th April 2021 A common theme in the recent changes to Tanzanian mining legislation is an increased focus on local content and securing the needs of the country, but the focus also appears to be finding a middle ground between the expectations of foreign investors and those of Tanzanians. This is a balance that... 

Tanzanian Gold uplifts community
Tanzanian Gold donates 300 desks to local secondary school
Tanzanian Gold uplifts community Tanzanian Gold donates 300 desks to local secondary school

Legislative changes impose challenges

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th April 2021 The changes in Tanzania’s mining legislation over the past four years, combined with the tax disputes between government and some mining companies, have made international investors wary. However, recent amendments to mining legislation show that the late President John Magufuli was attempting to... 

Warren Beech The country continues to present opportunities to potential investors
Warren Beech The country continues to present opportunities to potential investors

Rare earths project diversifies sector

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th April 2021 Increased interest in a green economy and critical minerals is leading to new mining and investment opportunities in Tanzania such as ASX-listed rare earths mining company Peak Resources’ Ngualla rare earths project. “The Ngualla project is based on one of the largest and highest-grade... 

Bardin Davis
Rare earths provide Tanzanian mining sector with new opportunites
Bardin Davis Rare earths provide Tanzanian mining sector with new opportunites

Anglo American to demerge South African thermal coal assets 

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American is to demerge its South Africa thermal coal operations, the company said on Thursday. The demerger is subject to the approval of Anglo’s shareholders on May 5. Anglo American Coal South Africa CEO and World Coal Association chairperson July... 

Anglo thermal coal head July Ndlovu named as CEO of Thungela Resources.
Anglo thermal coal head July Ndlovu named as CEO of Thungela Resources.

Govt unveils oil and gas changes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2021 The federal government has approved a suite of measures to enhance and strengthen Australia’s offshore oil and gas decommissioning framework. The measures were developed as part of consultation on the Offshore Oil and Gas Decommissioning Review in December and January, and include strengthening... 

Govt unveils oil and gas changes

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... 

Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

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... 

Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.
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,... 

WESSELS BADENHORST
Without technological innovation some mineral resources cannot be mined at all
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... 

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
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... 

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
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... 

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... 

US President Joe Biden
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... 

The Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo.
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,... 

From top left, clockwise, are Prakashim Moodliar, Neal Froneman, Sifiso Sibiya, Kevin Eggers and Heidi Sternberg.
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... 

Impala Platinum group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya
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... 

Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar.
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... 

Amplats CEO Natascha Viljoen
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... 

From left Bernard Swanepoel, RBPlat CFO Hanre Rossouw, Impala Platinum CEO Nico Muller, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman and Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
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... 

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