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South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2021 South Africa is playing an important role in the ‘hydrogen economy’ as the country targets clean and reliable alternative energy sources, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. In his opening keynote address to the Platinum Group Metals Industry Day chaired by... 

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Mine mechanisation is being advanced for two top-tier  local clients of Master Drilling, the CEO of the JSE-listed company, Danie Pretorius, said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview after reporting 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 An increased remote-operation drilling footprint is providing considerable benefit for Master Drilling, the JSE-listed drilling services company said on Tuesday, when it reported 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to $42.1-million, and a halved gearing ratio to... 

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling
Master Drilling results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling, which operates in 23 countries and which is continuing to grow its presence in new global markets, on Tuesday reported a “muted but resilient performance” for the full year ended December 31, thanks to what it described as a “flexible business model and... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.
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Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.

Draft Geoscience Act regulations could benefit exploration, but gaps remain

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has published for public comment draft Geoscience Act regulations relating to the compulsory submission of exploration data to the Council for Geoscience (CGS) and the dissemination of that data. Written representations must be sent to... 

Northam pays most tax as growth strategy heads for 8 500 jobs boost 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 “We’ve made the single-largest tax payment in the history of the company,” Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne said during last week’s presentation of 74%-higher headline half-year earnings.   The JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company’s half-year contribution to the fiscus topped... 

Northam Platinum has provided R80-million in 341 interest-free home loans to date in its drive to fund home ownership.
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne’s half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Northam Platinum building 10 MW solar power plant at Zondereinde smelter  

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum said on Friday that it was designing and building a 10 MW solar energy plant for the company’s smelter at its Zondereinde mine, in Limpopo province. Located on the northern end of the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, near the town... 

Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne’s half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Industry well positioned to battle Covid 19, create investment

By: Cameron Mackay     19th March 2021 The local mining industry is uniquely placed to deal with and prevent the spread of Covid-19, distribute vaccinations and create an environment that encourages further investment, according to law firm ENSafrica executive consultant Willem le Roux. He adds that Covid-19 regulations and codes of... 

WILLEM LE ROUX
By now, most mining companies have assessed the implications that the 2015 Regulations will have on their businesses
WILLEM LE ROUX By now, most mining companies have assessed the implications that the 2015 Regulations will have on their businesses

ESG investment opportunities provided

By: Cameron Mackay     19th March 2021 Law firm ENSafrica executive Lloyd Christie says the Financial Provisions Regulations, which came into effect in 2015, have presented significant opportunities for sustainable finance, as well as environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment in the local mining industry. He highlights... 

LLOYD CHRISTIE
Mobilising capital for a sustainable economy will require shifting the current capital allocation from an unsustainable pathway to a sustainable one
LLOYD CHRISTIE Mobilising capital for a sustainable economy will require shifting the current capital allocation from an unsustainable pathway to a sustainable one

Significant attendance expected for virtual event

By: Cameron Mackay     19th March 2021 Business events organiser Hyve Group is expecting a significant number of attendees, specifically from North America, to take part in the Mining Indaba Virtual Investment Programme meetings, says Hyve Group director of investor relations for Mining Indaba Kael O’Sullivan. This is owing to the... 

Tackling issues would boost investment – analyst

By: Cameron Mackay     19th March 2021 Although the local mining industry is faring better as an investment destination than it was three years ago, local financial institution Nedbank CIB equity analyst Arnold Van Graan argues that certain challenges need to be addressed to foster a more ideal investment climate for the industry. “In... 

BOUNCING BACK
Higher metal prices have helped sustain the local industry though the Covid-19 pandemic, as the industry should benefit on the back of improving global sentiment
BOUNCING BACK Higher metal prices have helped sustain the local industry though the Covid-19 pandemic, as the industry should benefit on the back of improving global sentiment

Exxaro outlines value opportunity in transforming to low-carbon future  

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 The value opportunity of diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources is rapidly transforming in line with the accelerated demand for cleaner and low-carbon resources, Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday. During a strategy update after the company announced 47%-higher... 

Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo
Exxaro strategy update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exxaro eyeing 84 MW solar power for coal mine, hydrogen fuel cells 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 South Africa is at crossroads of energy liberalisation with 2.5 GW of embedded mining demand, including 84 MW demand at Exxaro Resources’ Grootegeluk coal mine alone and the intended use of hydrogen fuel cell powered trucking, Exxaro Resources said on Thursday. “Energy is the largest single... 

Exxaro Resources’ newly appointed MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro Resources’ newly appointed MD Energy Roland Tatnall

Nombasa Tsengwa appointed CEO-designate of Exxaro Resources 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate of diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources, effective from 31May 2023, when current CEO Mxolisi Mgojo reaches the retirement age of 63. The appointment of Dr Tsengwa, who is Exxaro’s current MD Minerals, forms part of what the... 

Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate.
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Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate.

Exxaro announces record dividend on earnings leap in fourth fatality-free year

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 The black-empowered and black-led diversified mining company Exxaro Resources on Thursday announced a record dividend distribution on 25%-higher earnings and another year without occupational loss of life, taking the safety achievement to four years of fatality-free operation. Cash of... 

Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Northern Cape ‘elephant country' needs exploration boost, says explorer  

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2021 South Africa is still "elephant country" and needs to boost exploration in the Northern Cape's highly prospective Namaqua metamorphic geological province in particular, says PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes. Meintjes, a private explorer who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, focuses on... 

PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes
PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

South Africa has opportunity to win back lost share of global vanadium market – Bushveld   

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2021 South Africa has an opportunity to win back its lost share of the global vanadium market, which at one stage stood at 25%-plus, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Mojapelo, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, contends that South Africa has the wherewithal to regain... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo talks on vanadium to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2021 Ahead of tackling policy issues, incremental ongoing effort must be prioritised to clear South Africa’s huge mineral exploration and mining rights backlog, says AmaranthCX director Paul Miller. The backlog currently stands at more than 5 000 unprocessed exploration applications and  235... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller talks exploration to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SA slips to sixtieth on Fraser Institute index

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2021 South Africa ranked sixtieth out of 77 destinations in terms of investment attractiveness, Canada-based public policy research organisation Fraser Institute's 2020 Survey of Mining Companies, released on February 23, has shown. The country had ranked fortieth out of 76 destinations in 2019. 

Pandemic highlights new supply chain priorities

12th March 2021 Despite the severe disruption of the global movement of goods during the early stages of Covid-19, most countries and companies were able to introduce mechanisms to allow for activity to resume, notes independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting principal consultant Lisl... 

TEAMWORK 
A mine’s supply chain can be a powerful aspect of achieving shared value and community resilience through local procurement, supplier development and enterprise support
TEAMWORK A mine’s supply chain can be a powerful aspect of achieving shared value and community resilience through local procurement, supplier development and enterprise support

Dividend-paying Gem Diamonds working on technologies to reduce diamond damage  

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2021 Diamond mining and marketing company Gem Diamonds is advancing innovative technologies that reduce diamond damage by ejecting rock non-mechanically and being able to see diamonds in a certain size of rock, Gem CEO Clifford Elphick said on Thursday when the London-listed company reported positive... 

Gem CEO Clifford Elphick
Gem Diamonds results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

ESG inherently part of EV evolution – PDAC panel

By: Donna Slater     10th March 2021 The factors of environment, social and corporate governance (ESG), now more than ever, are critical to move away from fossil fuels and towards energy efficiency, a panel of experts concurred at a major Canadian mining conference on Tuesday. Speaking during the 2021 edition of the Prospectors and... 

E3 Metals Corp Corporate Affairs & Exploration VP Liz Lappin
E3 Metals Corp Corporate Affairs & Exploration VP Liz Lappin

South Africa should regulate bus, truck emissions – Royal Bafokeng Platinum   

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2021 What a wonderful housing job Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has done in building 1 400 impressive family homes for its employees, with another 100 outstanding for occupation. When RBPlat CEO Steve Phiri listed the black-controlled and black-led platinum group metals (PGM) mining company on the... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum provides every employee with an opportunity to own a dignified home.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Royal Bafokeng Platinum engaged in tailings, concentrator, conveyor projects  

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2021 Platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has tailings, concentrator and overland conveyor projects under way, which are aimed at achieving organic growth as well as long-term sustainability. RBPlat executive head of operations Neil Carr reported at the company's... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum executive head of operations Neil Carr.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s project pipelined covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Organisation to support at-risk, entrepreneurial nature of exploration, development

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2021 South Africa requires a robust, representative, principled and professional, future-focused mineral-exploration and development organisation that is capable of educating, promoting, lobbying and, if necessary, litigating for the creation of a vibrant exploration sector, says exploration,... 

Dr John Bristow
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Dr John Bristow

Royal Bafokeng Platinum studying feasibility of 30 MW solar power plant   

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) which on Tuesday reported a record performance accompanied a R1.5-billion maiden dividend payment, is conducting a study into the economic feasibility building of a 30 MW modular photovoltaic (PV) solar energy plant at... 

Concentrator at RBPlat's BRPM mine for which 30 MW of solar power is being studied.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s record results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

China South Africa’s largest coal market in February – Goldman Sachs 

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2021 China was South Africa’s largest coal market in February, taking over from India, which is traditionally been South Africa’s largest coal export market. Normally, China does not import coal from South Africa, but 2021 has seen a shift, Mining Weekly reported in early January 

South Africa's world-class Richards Bay Coal Terminal in KwaZulu-Natal.
South Africa's world-class Richards Bay Coal Terminal in KwaZulu-Natal.

Royal Bafokeng Platinum delivers top performance, declares maiden dividend

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Tuesday reported a record performance and declared its maiden dividend on the back of a 2 734.2% increase in 2020 headline earnings to R3.5-billion. The JSE-listed black-controlled, black-led and black-managed... 

RBPlat CEO Steve Phiri
RBPlat CEO Steve Phiri

Merafe loss decreases, electricity risk remains, logistics challenge intensifies  

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Although the loss suffered by ferrochrome company Merafe Resources decreased in 2020, its electricity risk remains and its logistics challenges are intensifying. Merafe’s revenue and operating income is primarily generated from the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, which has a total capacity of... 

Merafe Resources CEO Zanele Matlala.
Merafe Resources results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Electricity supply constraints, costs a challenge for South Africa's ferrochrome industry

By: Simone Liedtke     8th March 2021 Some industry stakeholders have suggested that a special electricity tariff would be a “better way” to support the embattled ferrochrome ore industry, rather than government’s recently approved export tax on exported chrome. Although the tax percentage and further details are still to be... 

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO Andrew T Stuart emphasised during last week’s Fasken online panel discussion on hydrogen. In this... 

Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.
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Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

Additional government support could boost industry growth

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Mpumalanga-based industrial valve specialists Brimis Engineering technical director Moeketsi Mpotu emphasises the significant growth opportunities available through government’s offering support to the mining valves industry. He states that the local industry has remained on a “positive upward... 

DESIGNATING LOCAL VALVES
Brimis Engineering aims to offer locally manufactured valves, in some highly specialised applications, while ensuring that all global standards are met
DESIGNATING LOCAL VALVES Brimis Engineering aims to offer locally manufactured valves, in some highly specialised applications, while ensuring that all global standards are met

Support needed for black owned downstream players

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Black-owned businesses and industrialists in the local mining valves industry need better domestic coordination and support to protect them, while black industrialists who want to own and manage such businesses should be encouraged, says valves manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) CEO Tumi... 

RF PINCH VALVE
The RF pinch valve has a rubber sleeve with proprietary technology that includes a tube fold design
RF PINCH VALVE The RF pinch valve has a rubber sleeve with proprietary technology that includes a tube fold design

South Africa ‘unique’ circumstances could give it tech-minerals edge - 18

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2021 Amid continuing decarbonisation worldwide, the increased global demand for tech minerals (such as zinc, copper, tin and vanadium) presents South Africa’s mining regions with “a unique set of circumstances”, says dual-listed Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart. He tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly... 

South Africa ‘unique’ circumstances could give it tech-minerals edge - 18

Steps being taken to improve manganese export logistics – ARM 

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2021 Steps involving the use of two ports rather than one, longer trains and increased rail wagon payload are being studied to improve the logistics surrounding the export from South Africa of manganese ore. State-owned rail enterprise Transnet has put on hold the capital expansion plan centred on the... 

The control room at African Rainbow Minerals' Black Rock manganese ore mine in the Northern Cape.
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The control room at African Rainbow Minerals' Black Rock manganese ore mine in the Northern Cape.

Minerals Council offers to part pay cost of replacing Samrad system 

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa has made recommendations to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) about critical reforms that are needed to encourage greater investment in exploration and mining. One of its suggestions is that the dysfunctional South African Mineral Resources... 

Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

DA questions disconnect between prospecting requirements, Minister's comments

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2021 Political party Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament James Lorimer has questioned the veracity of Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe's comments that the broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) shareholding will not be required for prospecting rights licence... 

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