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Legislative Environment News

Mining a pressure on the environment - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th July 2022 Resource extraction has been identified as one of the key pressures behind the decline in Australia’s environment according to the latest State of the Environment report. The report pointed out that over the past five years, investment in mineral exploration doubled from A$344.7-million in June... 

Canada’s Tantalex on way to becoming African lithium producer  

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2022 Canadian junior exploration company Tantalex Lithium Resources, which is developing tin, tantalum and lithium projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is looking to raise capital $15-million early next year for the further development of its lithium assets. Tantalex is developing three... 

Tantalex Lithium Resources chairperson Hadley Natus.
Tantalux Lithium chairperson Hadley Natus interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Logistics solutions needed quickly to avoid lost commodity price opportunity – Menar  

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2022 While there is commitment from State rail enterprise Transnet to find a solution to bulk commodity logistical disruption, the issue is time, as the challenges need to be overcome with the necessary speed to avoid South Africa continuing to lose out on decent commodity prices. “The State’s... 

Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu speaks to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Governments turn against deep-sea mining as EV boom drives demand for metals

By: Bloomberg     18th July 2022 As battery makers scramble to procure cobalt, nickel and other metals to meet rising consumer demand for electric cars, governmental opposition to strip-mining the seabed for minerals is mounting. The deep ocean contains the largest estimated deposits of minerals on the planet, potentially worth... 

Governments turn against deep-sea mining as EV boom drives demand for metals

CMOC's Congo mine suspends copper and cobalt exports

By: Reuters     18th July 2022 CMOC's Tenke Fungurume copper and cobalt mine has suspended all exports, logistics companies were told in a notice seen by Reuters late on Saturday, complying with demands by a court-appointed administrator. A CMOC spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for comment but had said on... 

Miner BHP may reconsider investments in Chile if tax hikes go forward

By: Reuters     18th July 2022 Global miner BHP Billiton is likely to reconsider its investment plans in Chile, the world's No. 1 copper producer, if the government moves ahead with mining tax hikes, according to a report on Sunday. The company was quoted by El Mercurio newspaper as saying in a statement that higher taxes... 

An image of the Escondida operation in Chile
BHP mines copper at Escondida in Chile

SA’s mining future rests on exploration turnaround

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2022 The popular Junior Indaba, held in Johannesburg last month, highlighted once again that South Africa is losing ground on the exploration and junior mining front – with exploration being discouraged by a range of factors. Unlike many other jurisdictions, it appears that South Africa does not... 

ACTION NEEDED
Unless exploration increases very quickly, there will be a real lack of projects to replace the mines facing closure in the next decade
ACTION NEEDED Unless exploration increases very quickly, there will be a real lack of projects to replace the mines facing closure in the next decade

Mine water, waste skills deficit amid green mining transition

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2022 The global green mining transition, which is driving a significant increase in demand for effective water and waste management in the African mining market, has highlighted a skills shortage, says WSP in Africa Earth and Environment MD Ralph Heath. “We can’t hire enough people and we are not... 

THE SHOW MUST GO ON
WSP has continued to work for mining companies across Africa while adapting to the challenge of keeping water and waste facilities operational remotely amid the Covid-19 pandemic
THE SHOW MUST GO ON WSP has continued to work for mining companies across Africa while adapting to the challenge of keeping water and waste facilities operational remotely amid the Covid-19 pandemic

New mining Bill major threat to jobs and investment, must be strenuously opposed – ENSafrica  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2022 A new draconian mining industry draft Bill, which threatens jobs and investment – and can even impose a penalty of 10% of turnover on a mine company, along with corporate manslaughter charges – must be “very, very strenuously opposed", top South African mining industry lawyer Willem Le Roux urged... 

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Presenting ENSafrica webinar are from top anti-clockwise Willem Le Roux, Pieter Colyn and Celeste Coles.

CSOs call for respect of rights of the Mpukunyoni people in Tendele mining right matter

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th July 2022 In an open letter, 36 civil society organisations (CSOs) are calling on an attorney representing the Mpukunyoni Traditional Authority, the Mpukunyoni Community Mining Forum, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) to respect the... 

Stabilised security situation in Ethiopia allows for Tulu Kapi to progress towards development

By: Darren Parker     13th July 2022 Aim-listed Kefi Gold and Copper has said that the security situation in Ethiopia has materially improved since the end of last year, following the end of the civil war in the country's northern regions during December, the lifting of the national state of emergency in February, and the agreed... 

Hydrogen highlighted as ‘slam dunk’ of heavy haul 

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2022 What will be Australia’s biggest electrolyser – a platinum-using proton exchange membrane or PEM electrolyser – is on order to provide green hydrogen Down Under at a time when the planet’s lightest molecule is being highlighted as the ‘slam dunk’ of heavy-haul transport in a decarbonising world.... 

Renewables, green hydrogen, and platinum group metals are needed to decarbonise.
Renewables, green hydrogen, and platinum group metals are needed to decarbonise.

Zambia seeks out-of-court resolution to Vedanta dispute

By: Reuters     12th July 2022 Zambia's mines minister Paul Kabuswe has told state mining investment company ZCCM-IH to engage with Vedanta Resources in an effort to find an out-of-court resolution to their long-running dispute over Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), he said on Tuesday. "We must sit around the table and begin to... 

Harmony to deliver green gold with help of green loan 

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2022 Harmony Gold, which met its annual production guidance in the 12 months to end June against strong odds, is continuing to “mine with purpose”, which includes leaving a cleaner and healthier planet. Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp said headwinds had again been turned into opportunities, with the... 

Picture provided by Harmony
Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp

Tribunal approves Namane Group merger

By: Donna Slater     11th July 2022 The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved a merger between Namane Resources, which through acquisitions of several businesses, will, post-merger, have a controlling stake in Resource Generation (Resgen) South Africa, Resgen South Africa Farms, Waterberg One Coal and Ledjadja Coal.... 

Gold Fields enhances dividends, seeks Toronto listing to woo Yamana shareholders 

By: Martin Creamer     11th July 2022 Gold mining company Gold Fields on Monday announced that it would be enhancing its dividends and applying to list on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) in response to the shareholders of Yamana Gold Inc, which it is taking steps to acquire. The transaction, for which October is a targeted... 

Slide from presentation.
Yamana assets sought by Gold Fields.

Giant Congo cobalt mine exports at risk as investors feud

By: Bloomberg     11th July 2022 An intensifying feud between shareholders of the giant Tenke Fungurume Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo may lead a court-appointed administrator to block its exports of copper and cobalt. The administrator, Sage Ngoie Mbayo, began ordering the export suspension over the past week as he... 

Bushveld positioned to generate decent cash flows on back of unit cost improvement   

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2022 Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo on Friday described the London Aim-listed company that he leads as heading into a future that will be requiring a lot more vanadium for steel and energy. To meet emerging demand, Bushveld has positioned itself for broad-based involvement through its... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Look out for the platinum coin toss at Wimbledon 

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2022 In the year of the Queen of England’s platinum jubilee, the coins to be used in the Wimbledon ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss this weekend will be made of platinum for the first time in the championships’ history. As Mining Weekly reported earlier this year, the coins are being... 

Heads and tails of the platinum toss coin.
Heads and tails of the platinum toss coin.

Green electrons and green molecules can be South Africa’s just energy transition 

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2022 A green electron and green molecule energy transition is tailor made for South Africa, an increasing number of observers are concluding. Superior sun, prime wind, land, favourable storage potential, know-how and metals put this country in pole position for green electricity and green mobility. 

Green electrons and molecules hold solution.
Green electrons and molecules hold solution.

Tailings closure standard required to fast-track sustainable tailings landscapes, a rehabilitation expert suggests

By: Darren Parker     7th July 2022 A tailings closure standard is urgently needed for the tailings industry to outline criteria that will ensure a closure certificate. This according to Agreenco CEO Fanus van Wyk, a specialist mine rehabilitation services contractor, who discussed the topic during a recent Southern African... 

Tailings

Good-to-do R2.5bn Mogale Gold project an all-round win-win – Pan African  

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2022 If Pan African Resources is able to work with all stakeholders to get the long-life, high-margin, safe and sustainable R2.5-billion Mogale Gold surface tailings project going, it will be to the benefit of its business, local communities and the entire Mogale area. “It’s the sort of project that's... 

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

Exciting listing on JSE’s AltX poised to give investors pure copper play  

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2022 The reverse listing of Big Tree Copper into SHiP Copper Company on the AltX of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in October is expected to raise between R60-million to R250-million for the ramping up of combined production to 10 000 t of copper a year in the next three years. SHiP, run by Shirley... 

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Big Tree Copper CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Congo orders China's CMOC to stop exports from Tenke Fungurume cobalt mine

By: Reuters     5th July 2022 A temporary administrator appointed by a Congolese court to run the world's second-largest cobalt mine ordered majority owner CMOC to suspend marketing and export of its production, letters seen by Reuters showed. CMOC, which has previously said that Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM) remains under its... 

Chile delivers final Constitution draft as skepticism runs high

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2022 Chile’s Constitutional Convention presented the final version of the charter that will be put to a referendum as a growing number of voters question the broad changes it would enact from social rights to political rules. The institution’s leadership handed the draft to President Gabriel Boric at... 

Industry taxes reach record heights - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th July 2022 Company tax and royalty payments from the Australian resources sectors reached a record A$43.2-billion in the 2020-21 financial year, up 16% on the previous financial year. A report released by advisory firm Ernst & Young, commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia, revealed that company... 

Plans under way to extend the ADGSM

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th July 2022 The federal government is looking to extend the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism (ADGSM) until 2030 to ensure the mechanism is available to help secure ongoing domestic gas supplies in the next decade. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King said the existing ADGSM... 

Billionaire Oppenheimer wins ban on mining at Zimbabwe farm

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2022 Billionaire Nicky Oppenheimer, South Africa’s second-richest man, won a court order to temporarily halt mineral exploration on his private family ranch in Zimbabwe. Pearline Mineral Exploration must cease any mining activities on the 65,000-hectare (251-square mile) Shangani Ranch, according to a... 

New Anglo strategy director excited by mining’s green energy transition 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2022 The newly appointed group director of strategy and business development of diversified mining company Anglo American on Monday singled out mining’s green energy transition in commenting on the excitement of her new appointment. Helena Nonka, who is currently executive VP of corporate development... 

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New Anglo American group director of strategy and business development Helena Nonka.

Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption   

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2022 If the world were to electrify every mine truck, it would stop 198 000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day from entering the atmosphere, which equates to a single electrified mining truck eliminating what would take 46 000 trees to absorb. That mammoth sustainability benefit was driven home firmly... 

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ABB's Erik Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Spanish Parliament rejects motion to make mining approvals more difficult

By: Darren Parker     1st July 2022 The Spanish Parliament has rejected a motion by democratic socialist electoral alliance Unidas Podemos that would have made it more difficult to secure approvals for new mining projects and would have also increased taxes on existing mineral producers. On June 23, the motion was outvoted by an... 

Pan African study highlights Mogale Gold's fast payback, low costs, output uplift, ungeared return 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2022 Fast payback, low costs, big production uplift, long life, high ungeared return and a lot more is contained in the definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Mogale Gold tailings storage facilities published by gold mining company Pan African on Thursday. The Mogale Gold tailings storage... 

Creamer Media photograph.
Photo by Creamer Media
Pan African CEO Cobus Loots.

Illegal mining brazenness a significant concern to legitimate industry 

By: Donna Slater     29th June 2022 Minerals Council South Africa legal deputy head Mxolisi Ngubane says that, although the prevalence of illegal mining is not new, the brazenness and evolving nature at which operations are taking place, is becoming increasingly concerning to the wider mining industry and especially to miners in... 

An image of a disused mine shaft in South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
Feeble attempts to close disused mine shafts means illegal miners will have an easy avenue to gain access to underground tunnels and ore.

Capital raise under way to progress copper/zinc mine in Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2022 An opportunity to subscribe for new shares in parcels starting from R20 000 to a maximum of R330 000 is being offered to eligible shareholders by Orion Minerals. The capital raise is being undertaken to fund the Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed Orion’s Prieska copper/zinc mine, as well as other... 

Creamer Media photograph.
Photo by Creamer Media
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart

South Africa in a position to export energy – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2022 South Africa is one of only four countries that has more renewable energy available to it than what it needs for itself, which places the country in a very strong position to be able to export energy, with hydrogen in the form of ammonia, hydrogen gas or liquid hydrogen among the best ways of... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.

Vedanta urges Zambia to halt search for new KCM investor

By: Reuters     28th June 2022 Zambia should halt the search for a new investor in Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) until litigation with Vedanta Resources is settled, the Indian mining company said on Tuesday. Zambia's previous government put KCM in the hands of a liquidator in May 2019, triggering the ongoing legal dispute with... 

Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2022 Going forward, combined renewables plans already in place are poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Exxaro Resources’s Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo by up to 90%. The renewable strategy being executed by coal miner Exxaro’s wholly owned green energy arm – Cennergi – is the key driver of the... 

Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro/Cennergi MD energy Roland Tatnall interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer,

Kefi refutes media reports that it lost its Tulu Kapi licence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th June 2022 Aim-listed Kefi Gold and Copper says media in Ethiopia have inaccurately reported that it had lost its Tulu Kapi licence. It notes that it has received a reminder of deadline letter from the Ethiopia Minister of Mines referring to a new deadline of June 30, by which it is required to demonstrate... 

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