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Safety paramount at gold mine

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     13th March 2020 Gold mining company Harmony’s portfolio of operations is “a tribute to its commitment to complex underground mining in South Africa” and the most stringent of safety measures are required to offset the risks that accompany this complexity, the company stated in its safety fact sheet, that was... 

Angola making progress in strengthening its precious stone sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 Angola has launched a limited public tender to contract three independent diamond evaluators, to evaluate the some 9.2-million carats of rough diamonds produced in the country each year. The contracts would fall under the Government’s services provision regime. The tender is open to both Angolan... 

Medical testing for cannabis in mining sector

13th March 2020 Since the Constitutional Court’s 2018 cannabis judgment, it has become widely known that adults may, privately, use, possess and cultivate cannabis in South Africa. The judgment raises critical questions around medical testing in the workplace, especially at mines –  whether openpit or... 

Medical testing  for cannabis in  mining sector
LIZLE LOUW The judgment raises critical questions around medical testing in the workplace, especially at mines

Coal miner Exxaro driving rigorous renewable energy strategy  

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2020 South Africa’s electricity generation crisis has created major opportunities for companies, businesses and individuals to start generating their own power, Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday when the JSE-listed black-empowered company declared generous dividends following a resilient 2019... 

Coal miner Exxaro driving rigorous renewable energy strategy
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo talks self-generation to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Exxaro lifts dividend, creates jobs, supports enterprises 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2020 Black-controlled diversified resources group Exxaro, which created 746 jobs and supported 30 small, medium-sized and microenterprises in the twelve months to December 31, reported a R235-million top-line 2019 increase, raised its dividend payout and lifted headline earnings a share. Core earnings... 

Exxaro lifts dividend, creates jobs, supports enterprises
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo.

Permit granted for Manas’ Eburnea gold project

By: Simone Liedtke     11th March 2020 ASX-listed Manas Resources local partner Eburnea Gold Resources (EGR), in Côte d’Ivoire, has been granted a new mineral permit. Manas holds an 80% in the permit area, which is subject to the sole funding exploration expenditure and meeting minimum yearly expenditure commitments. 

New catalyst technology bodes well for platinum – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2020 The newly announced tri-metal catalyst technology that rebalances market demand for platinum group metals bodes well for platinum, Implats CEO Nico Muller said on Wednesday. The tri-metal catalyst technology, which involves the use of palladium, rhodium and platinum in various degrees of loading,... 

New catalyst technology bodes well for platinum – Implats
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Implats CEO Nico Muller

Menar doing due diligence on thermal coal assets being offloaded  

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2020 Private investment and management company Menar is doing due diligence on thermal coal assets that have been placed on the market by companies wishing to offload them out of their portfolios. “If we get a good deal, we’ll look at making acquisitions,” Menar MD Vuslat Bayoǧlu told Mining Weekly on... 

Menar doing due diligence on thermal coal assets being offloaded
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoǧlu talks thermal coal to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Opinion: Government can and should expedite the procurement of emergency power

10th March 2020 In this opinion article, Megan Adderley and Melissa Hendrickse of Webber Wentzel argue that, to enable a swift response to closing South Africa’s existing electricity supply deficit of 3 000 MW, it may be legally permissible and necessary for the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to... 

Opinion: Government can and should expedite the procurement of emergency power

Assore to delist from JSE, offers to buy back shares

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2020 Mining company Assore, which has been listed on the JSE since 1950, has announced a transaction that will result in the minorities in the company being bought out and the company delisting from the exchange. Commenting on the transaction, Assore CEO Charles Walters said that the very low... 

Assore to delist from JSE, offers to buy back shares
Photo by Creamer Media
Charles Walters

Zambia buys artisanal gold to formalise unregulated mining

By: Reuters     9th March 2020 Zambia's mining investment arm ZCCM-IH has started buying gold from artisanal and small-scale miners in a bid to formalise the unregulated sector whose ranks have swelled worldwide as gold prices soar, it said on Friday. Governments across Africa are scrambling to tackle informal mining of gold,... 

Explosion closes Amplats plant, Sibanye plans using own facilities 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has been dealt a major output blow at a time of sky-high palladium and rhodium prices and high PGM basket prices. The JSE-listed company, which last month reported spectacularly high financial results that... 

Explosion closes Amplats plant, Sibanye plans using own facilities
Photo by Anglo American Platinum
Matte tapping at the Anglo Converter Plant, which has been temporarily shut.

Valves industry continues to struggle

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 The valves sector in South Africa has shrunk every quarter since 2017, with about 9 000 jobs lost since the start of 2020. South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) chairperson Pam du Plessis tells Mining Weekly that the outlook for 2020 is bleak. 

Valves industry continues to struggle
MANUFACTURING COOLDOWN Numerous South African foundries and smelters have doused their furnaces and shut their doors, leading to job losses in a number of manufacturing sectors

PGMs production still constrained with no quick ounces to fill gap – Nedbank 

By: Martin Creamer     5th March 2020 The production base for South Africa’s high-flying platinum group metals (PGMs) is still constrained and there are no quick ounces to fill the gap, Nedbank CIB market research mining analyst Arnold van Graan said on Thursday. “We’ve seen a lot of shaft closures and we’re still seeing planned... 

PGMs production still constrained with no quick ounces to fill gap – Nedbank
Arnold van Graan

RBPlat talks on solar power, mechanised skills shortage, UG2 riches, fuel cells, dividends  

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2020 A study being undertaken by platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) into the generation of renewable energy in general and solar power in particular is at a very advanced stage. “We should have the results in the second half of this year, if not earlier,”... 

RBPlat talks on solar power, mechanised skills shortage, UG2 riches, fuel cells, dividends
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Minerals Council publishes women in mining White Paper, tackles gender violence 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th March 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa has published a new White Paper on Women in Mining to promote gender diversity and inclusion across mining operations. The paper, focusing on improving the representation of women in the sector, aims to accelerate the industry’s strategies and provide impetus for... 

Minerals Council publishes women in mining White Paper, tackles gender violence
Deshnee Naidoo

Amazing take up of fuel cell electric vehicles in China – RBPlat

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2020 The growth in the adoption of especially fuel cell electric buses and trucks is very noticeable in China in particular, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday. “It’s so amazing how you see technology development of fuel cells in Shanghai, and they’re monitored even by... 

Amazing take up of fuel cell electric vehicles in China – RBPlat
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
RBPlat Steve Phiri (left) and Martin Creamer

Ramp-up of new mechanised PGMs mine below expectations – RBPlat  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2020 The ramp-up of the new mechanised Styldrift platinum group metals mine was disappointingly below expectations, Royal Bafokeng Platinum COO Neil Carr said on Tuesday. Delays in the commissioning of section ore-handling infrastructure and the difficulty experienced in the recruitment of trackless... 

Ramp-up of new mechanised PGMs mine below expectations – RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s presentation of results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

No alternative but to substitute palladium with platinum – RBPlat  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2020 There is no alternative but to substitute palladium with platinum, said platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri on Tuesday. Speaking at RBPlat’s presentation of 147.2% improvement in headline earnings to R123.1-million and a strengthened balance sheet that has... 

No alternative but to substitute palladium with platinum – RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s presentation of results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

QRC argues for amendments to manslaughter laws

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd March 2020 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has warned the state government that its proposed industrial manslaughter laws could have a negative outcome and decrease the safety culture in the mining industry. The Queensland government in February introduced legislation to Parliament that could see... 

Norway Adopts Canada's Towards Sustainable Mining initiative

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd March 2020 Norsk Bergindustri, the national mining association in Norway, on Monday announced that it would adopt the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, a corporate social responsibility programme developed by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) to improve environmental and social practices in... 

Norway Adopts Canada's Towards Sustainable Mining initiative
Norwegian mining industry secretary general Anita Hall signing an agreement at the PDAC in Toronto on Monday.

Congo plans dollar purchases from miners to bolster reserves

By: Bloomberg     2nd March 2020 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s central bank plans to use the country’s updated mining law to buy dollars from mining companies in exchange for Congolese francs to shore up dwindling foreign currency reserves. The government’s demand for dollars is “to assure the resilience of the national... 

2020 Action Plan brings Canada’s mining framework to life

By: Mariaan Webb     1st March 2020 Canada Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan on Sunday launched the first action plan under the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan (CMMP), detailing the measures put in place to ensure the mining industry seizes opportunities in the “clean-growth century”. The plan includes specific actions... 

2020 Action Plan brings Canada’s mining framework to life
Canadian Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan pictured with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November 2019.

Canada's top court rules Nevsun lawsuit can proceed, paving way for more overseas abuse cases

By: Reuters     28th February 2020 Canada's top court on Friday said a lawsuit by Eritrean workers against miner Nevsun Resources can proceed, a decision that clears the way for cases to be brought domestically against Canadian companies accused of abuses abroad. Legal advocates and civil society groups hailed the court's 5-4... 

Going green is a good business proposition ­– Schmidt  

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2020 Going green and ensuring environmental protection is a good business proposition, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) CEO Mike Schmidt said on Friday. Speaking to Mining Weekly after the company had declared a 25% higher dividend on the back of its platinum division reporting a 193%-better performance... 

Going green is a good business proposition ­– Schmidt
ARM CEO Mike Schmidt talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Work: Darlene Creamer

South Africans working together will find energy solutions – ARM  

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2020 South Africans working together with confidence and enthusiasm will improve the country and find energy solutions, African Rainbow  Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe said on Friday. Presenting a 25% higher interim dividend and a 193%-better performance from ARM Platinum in... 

South Africans working together will find energy solutions – ARM
ARM half-year results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Work: Darlene Creamer

ARM buoyed by soaring platinum earnings, ups dividend  

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2020 The earnings of black-owned diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals ARM were buoyed in the six months to December 31 by soaring platinum earnings, which helped to offset lower manganese metals and thermal coal prices. ARM Platinum’s half-year headline earnings rocketed 193% to... 

ARM buoyed by soaring platinum earnings, ups dividend
Photo by Creamer Media
Patrice Motsepe

Minister skates over issues in speech

By: Tracy Hancock     28th February 2020 The various proverbial “elephants in the room” of the South African mining sector were not addressed by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe when he delivered his speech at the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba earlier this month, says law firm Herbert Smith Freehills... 

Minister skates over issues in speech
GWEDE MANTASHE The Draft Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill has received positive comments

Angolan diamond production up, but revenues increase at significantly slower rate

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th February 2020 Last year Angola sold just over 9.44-million carats of diamonds, earning $1.299-billion, the National Diamond Commercialisation Company of Angola (Empresa Nacional de Comercialização de Angola) – better known as Sodiam – has reported. This represented a year-on-year increase of 12.3% in... 

Gold strong despite dip in demand

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     28th February 2020 Despite gold demand declining by 1% to 4 335 t in 2019 – as reported by international association the World Gold Council (WGC) – central bank demand for gold and gold exchange traded fund (ETF) purchases remained strong, says WGC member and market relations director John Mulligan. Referencing the... 

Gold strong despite dip in demand
CUSTOMER UNCERTAINTY Rapidly rising gold prices often cause uncertainty among consumers

Producer to derisk vanadium operations

By: Tracy Hancock     28th February 2020 Energy storage solutions provider Bushveld Energy intends to secure partial self-supply of electricity at all Bushveld Minerals operations in South Africa this year to mitigate the risks associated with the potential deterioration of State-owned power utility Eskom and the national power system.... 

Producer to derisk vanadium operations
RARE ASSET Bushveld Vanadium’s Vametco plant is one of four existing primary vanadium production processing facilities in the world

Implats evaluating 200 MW solar power plant in Zimbabwe  

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2020 Zimbabwe platinum group metals mining company Zimplats is in the midst of a feasibility study to evaluate the construction of a 200 MW solar power plant, Implats CEO Nico Muller said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly following the company’s interim dividend reinstatement and generation of... 

Implats evaluating 200 MW solar power plant in Zimbabwe
Implats CEO Nico Muller talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Hydrogen fuel cell technology moving at very fast pace – Implats  

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2020 Fuel cell technology is moving at a very fast pace, Implats group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya said on Thursday. Hydrogen gas from energy company Sasol is already piped to the Impala Platinum refinery site in Springs, on the East Rand, where Implats has donated 16 ha of land... 

Hydrogen fuel cell technology moving at very fast pace – Implats
Implats interim results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Impala Rustenburg’s stunning improvement saves 12 500 jobs   

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2020 Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Implats has upped its game at Impala Rustenburg to such a stunning extent that the 12 500 jobs that were earmarked for loss through shaft closure have all been preserved. Once doomed shafts are now operating at the same cost at which the... 

Impala Rustenburg’s stunning improvement saves 12 500 jobs
Implats interim results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala

India fails yet again to make Fraser Institute’s investment destination ranking

By: Ajoy K Das     27th February 2020 The Indian mining industry has squarely blamed the country’s present mining policy and adoption of mandatory auction for allocation of mineral assets as the cause of the country not featuring in Fraser Institute’s global survey gauging investment attractiveness. “The current mining policy has... 

Hydrogen fuel cell technology key to achieving green economy – Plug Power 

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2020 The only way to achieve a ‘green’ economy, fight climate change and prevent the destruction that the world has seen in recent years is to ensure that conversations turn to the adoption of the hydrogen economy and interest in fuel cell deployment lives beyond the initial hype. That is the view of... 

Hydrogen fuel cell technology key to achieving green economy – Plug Power
Andy Marsh

South Africa surpasses Botswana in attractiveness as a mining investment destination

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th February 2020 South Africa last year surpassed Botswana as the most attractive mining investment destination on the African continent, the Fraser Institute’s latest ‘Annual Survey of Mining Companies’ shows. Guinea topped the list of African countries included in the institute’s Investment Attractiveness... 

South Africa surpasses Botswana in attractiveness as a mining investment destination

DMIRS cuts exploration application times

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th February 2020 The Western Australian Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) will cut its assessment timeframes in half for exploration applications from July 1. The new timeframe meant DMIRS would reduce its target for programme of works (PoW) applications for exploration activities from... 

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