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Legislative Environment News

Council reaffirms commitment to transformation as DMRE confirms it will not appeal mine ownership ruling 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa has reiterated its full commitment to the transformation of the mining sector. This follows after Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on November 23 told Members of Parliament in the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and... 

South Africa won’t appeal court ruling on black mining ownership

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2021 South Africa ruled out challenging a High Court ruling that struck down some key changes to mining rules that govern black ownership targets, in a move that could potentially revive investor interest in the industry. In September, the High Court struck down some key provisions introduced to the... 

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Namibia heading for world record green hydrogen costs, conference hears  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2021 With its vast potential for wind and solar energy, Namibia is excellently placed to become a global player in green hydrogen production, the Africa Green Hydrogen Forum's virtual conference heard on Monday, when green hydrogen was highlighted as the key decarbonisation vector in the global fight... 

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African Green Hydrogen webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Congo president demands audit of mining registry to fight fraud 

By: Reuters     22nd November 2021 Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has demanded a ban on issuing and trading mining permits until the country's mining registry has been audited, a measure aimed at combating fraud within the sector. Tshisekedi told ministers he wanted to end the squandering of mining assets... 

DRC President Felix Tshisekedi
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DRC President Felix Tshisekedi

Peru PM sparks controversy with mining sector by ruling out timeline extensions

By: Reuters     21st November 2021 Peruvian Prime Minister Mirtha Vasquez sparked a controversy with the key mining sector on Friday night, saying a group of four mines in the Andean Ayacucho region would not be allowed any extensions on their operational timelines. "This is an arbitrary measure that ignores the rule of law and... 

MCA welcomes govt's critical technologies blueprint

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th November 2021 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the federal government’s Blueprint and Action Plan for Critical Technologies, saying it would help drive innovation, productivity and economic prosperity as well as creating more highly skilled jobs for Australians. “Australia has a strong... 

Company leverages sorting technology to treat local mine dumps

By: Cameron Mackay     19th November 2021 Mining technology company Acrux Sorting Technology wants to use its sensor-based sorting technology to help local miners improve their environmental, social and governance (ESG) processes, as well as their bottom line, through resource enhancement, states Acrux Sorting Technology chairperson Sean... 

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SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION Acrux is confident that it will be able to roll this technology out to local commodity sectors, including bulk commodities

Impact of new tailings standards highlighted

By: Cameron Mackay     19th November 2021 With the release of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM) in August last year, the foundation of this field has shifted, and the stakes have been raised, argues engineering consultancy SRK Consulting. The company adds that this standard sets a new bar for corporate... 

An infographic from SRK regarding spheres of TSF influence
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT The Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management requires that mines engage with multiple spheres of influence when designing and managing tailings storage facilities

Local company helps miners budget for new regulations

By: Cameron Mackay     19th November 2021 Mining services provider Cenviro Solutions is involved in discussions with local regulatory bodies responsible for the revision of the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) – particularly as the Act pertains to financial provision regulations for tailings storage and mine waste facilities... 

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LEENTIE SMIT Tailing dams have emerged as a risk for mining pollution, impacting underground and surface water, and posing a health and safety risk owing to aging infrastructure

Glencore sets ‘just transition’ from coal in promising motion with wheat pilot project  

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2021 Glencore has set the ‘just transition’ in promising motion with a highly successful winter wheat pilot project in Mpumalanga, South Africa’s province of coal mining and coal-fired power generation. The programme, which began in April, has been described as being hugely successful in demonstrating... 

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Glencore ‘just transition’ pilot project explained to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining projects will come if Colombia solves bottlenecks - Vice Minister

By: Reuters     18th November 2021 Colombia will easily attract major mining investment by solving licensing and regulatory bottlenecks and dealing with security issues comprehensively, the vice minister of mines said on Wednesday. Colombia has long sought to tap its gold, copper and other mineral deposits, especially with the... 

Green hydrogen advocate Forrest slams oil, gas as ‘anathema methane mines’  

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2021 Oil and gas plants are methane mines and opening new ones is an anathema that fails to take the livelihoods of today’s offspring seriously, says Fortescue Metals Group chairperson and green hydrogen protagonist Andrew Forrest. “I argue strongly that opening up a new coal mine, or even a methane... 

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WA tables new Aboriginal Heritage Bill in Parliament

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th November 2021 The Western Australian resources sector has welcomed a new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill introduced into state parliament on Wednesday. The bill removes the controversial Section 18 approvals process which currently exists under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972, and in line with Native Title... 

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WA Premier Mark McGowan

Zambia going all out to up green energy, copper with private-sector at helm  

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2021 Zambia zoomed into town today and did all it could to sweep investors off their feet with pledges to be private-sector driven, surge into green energy, and do everything it can to regain top spot in global copper at a time when the metal is set to play such a key role in the fight against climate... 

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Webber Wentzel Zambia event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Ecuador indigenous community welcomes judges to jungle, demands role in mining decisions

By: Bloomberg     16th November 2021 Ecuador's constitutional court judges traveled to the heart of the Amazon to hear indigenous communities defend their right to oppose mining projects in their territories during a historic hearing in the jungle. "We want our feelings to be heard and reflected in a document that guarantees the... 

Expect to be unemployed from age 40, Miller warns graduates entering mining   

By: Martin Creamer     15th November 2021 Because of the collapse of investment in greenfields exploration in South Africa, any mining graduate entering the profession today can expect to be unemployed from the age of 40, said AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller on Monday, when he pointed out that South Africa is now at an... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer

Chile copper giants seek stability in uncertain political times

By: Reuters     15th November 2021 Chile’s mining sector is looking for certainty amid political fog in the world’s top copper producer, which is redrafting its constitution and on Sunday is headed for a polarized vote led by outsider candidates on the far left and right. The front-runners have kept their powder dry on copper in... 

Mineral exploration should be incentivised, says IDC’s Thabiso Sekano  

By: Martin Creamer     12th November 2021 Mineral exploration should be incentivised so that South Africa’s great mineral endowment can be optimally leveraged to lower unemployment, improve export revenues, and strengthen this country’s gross domestic product (GDP). That is the view of Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) mining,... 

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IDC Mining Metals Beneficiation Head interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Quality ounces hoisting Harmony into new gold stratosphere  

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2021 Harmony Gold, which was a bottom-feeding gold mining company, has been hoisted into a new stratosphere of value and volume by the quality ounces it has acquired. Johannesburg- and New York-listed company’s operational update for the three months to the end of September 30 highlights just how... 

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Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

Congo lawmakers tell Barrick to secure mine perimeter after deadly protest

By: Reuters     11th November 2021 Lawmakers in Democratic Republic of Congo have asked Barrick Gold Corp to secure the perimeter of its Kibali gold mine after a protest last month over the eviction of people living on the company's concession turned deadly. A parliamentary mission found four people, including one soldier, were... 

South Deep is Gold Fields’ star performer 

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2021 Mechanised underground Gauteng gold mine South Deep has been hailed by a solidly performing Gold Fields as its star in the three months to September 30. Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith singled out the 75-year-life West Rand gold mine’s 30%-higher quarter-on-quarter performance when he reported... 

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Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith

Minerals Council backs Eskom leadership, urges govt to cut procurement red tape

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2021 Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday supported the Eskom leadership team in its efforts to stabilise South Africa’s electricity supply and urged government to focus on shortening the bureaucratic processes hindering Eskom’s ability to procure urgently required spares for power stations and... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

Gold major Newmont spending $500m on renewables, world congress hears 

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2021 Gold mining major Newmont is spending $500-million on renewable energy projects against the backdrop of climate risk equating to investment risk for all mining industry participants, the Energy and Mines Virtual World Congress heard on Tuesday. Expenditure of the half-a-billion dollars began last... 

Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker (left) and Newmont executive VP and chief technology officer Dean Gehring (right).
Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker (left) and Newmont executive VP and chief technology officer Dean Gehring (right).

Green hydrogen market presents huge opportunity for Africa – Mantashe  

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2021 The green hydrogen market presents a huge opportunity for Africa to position itself as a global competitor in future green energy markets, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has told the Africa Energy Week. Countries such as South Africa and Zimbabwe, the Minister said,... 

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Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Bafokeng clinch green business boost as part of Northam platinum deal  

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2021 Royal Bafokeng Holdings has accepted an unsolicited offer from Northam Platinum for up to a third of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) in a R17-billion transaction that opens the way for the community to accelerate into the fast-growing green energy economy with Northam’s help. Royal Bafokeng... 

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Royal Bafokeng Holdings CEO Albertinah Kekana (left) and Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.

Platinum group metals playing key role in Proudly South African hydrogen breakthrough  

By: Martin Creamer     5th November 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs), which are hosted overwhelmingly in South Africa, have played a key role in rocketing the performance of local alkaline electrolysers, in which PGMs are not generally used. Hydrox Holdings of Randburg, which has been pursuing hydrogen solutions for more than two... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Guinea junta names AngloGold Ashanti executive as mines minister

By: Reuters     5th November 2021 Guinea's junta has appointed Moussa Magassouba, the director general of AngloGold Ashanti subsidiary in the country as mines and geology minister following the September coup, a statement said on Friday. Magassouba will be tasked with managing the West African nation's main industry. The country... 

PGMs producer faces pandemic head-on

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has been the foremost health concern facing employees, their families and surrounding communities, says platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats). However, the company is entirely committed to ensuring safe work environments in all... 

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QUICK RESPONSE The company is entirely committed to ensuring safe work environments in all jurisdictions

Barrick installing solar power in Nevada, eliminating coal-fired power 

By: Martin Creamer     4th November 2021 Gold and copper mining company Barrick, which is installing solar power in the US where coal-fired electricity generation is also earmarked for elimination, is intent on making plans rather than promises as it cuts carbon emissions. The New York- and Toronto-listed mining company, headquartered... 

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Barrick president and CE Mark Bristow

South African Duncan Wanblad to succeed Mark Cutifani as Anglo CE 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American on Wednesday announced the appointment of Duncan Wanblad as chief executive with effect from the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) on April 19 next year – and has also spelt out details of Wanblad’s upcoming remuneration package in considerable... 

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South African Duncan Wanblad, who takes over as CE of Anglo American on April 19.

Pallinghurst now has all key battery, hydrogen fuel cell elements  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2021 The Pallinghurst Group now has within its fold all the key elements needed for lithium-ion batteries, fuel-cells and green hydrogen economy. Pallinghurst’s latest transaction with Talon Metals brings in nickel, copper and cobalt, which augment the already-in-the-bag graphite, battery-grade... 

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Pallinghurst Co-Chief Executive and Co-Founder Arne Frandsen speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Africa’s crackdown on informal gold miners spreads to Mali

By: Bloomberg     2nd November 2021 Mali is getting closer to bringing in new rules to better control artisanal gold mining and overtake South Africa as the continent’s second-biggest producer. The country has struggled to keep tabs on informal output that’s sold on the black market or smuggled out, and gold is also being illegally... 

Anglo to transition to green hydrogen mine fleet over decade – Cutifani 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American, which is piloting the world’s biggest green hydrogen-powered haulage vehicle, is planning to replace its global truck fleet of 400 diesel trucks with hydrogen trucks over a ten-year period from about 2024. Introducing hydrogen mobility on its mines will... 

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Anglo American’s hydrogen truck with hydrogen production and refuelling system shown top right.

Anglo can uplift livelihoods of many thousands, sustainability attendees hear

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American can uplift the livelihoods of many thousands of people living around its communities in South Africa and support many jobs through its sustainability projects, attendees of Anglo’s second 2021 sustainability update were told. The London- and... 

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Anglo American responsible business partnerships head Jon Samuel

Anglo to use underground mine water to generate electricity   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American is planning to use water in its underground mines as batteries. The water will be pumped up when operations have excess renewable power and allowed to run back down when electricity is needed. 

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From top left clockwise are Mark Cutifani, Jon Samuel, Stephen Pearce and Zahira Quatrocchi.

Anglo American sets ambition to halve Scope 3 emissions by 2040 

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American on Friday published its Climate Change Report 2021, ahead of its six-monthly sustainability performance update. The update includes Anglo’s progress towards its target of carbon neutral operations (Scopes 1 & 2) by 2040 and its ambition to reduce its... 

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Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Diamond producer reaps rewards of modernisation

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 v Russia-based diamond miner Alrosa’s significant investment in modernising and automating its manufacturing processes is aimed at improving operational performance and decreasing costs. 

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BIG MOVER The modernisation drive being undertaken by Alrosa Diamonds across its operations is improving its efficiencies already

Hydrogen turning Europe into climate neutral economy, energy leaders highlight 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2021 Hydrogen has an essential role to play to meet the climate change imperative of carbon neutrality, a World Hydrogen Leaders panel highlighted week. German, French, British, Norwegian and Swiss energy representatives taking part in the World Hydrogen Leaders discussion on the regulatory landscape... 

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World Hydrogen Leaders virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer
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