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South Africa must reform its regulatory environment, make itself investor-friendly – simple  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 South Africa must reform its regulatory environment and make itself investor-friendly – simple. That is the straight-forward view of Dr Mathews Phosa, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in his capacity as the non-executive vice-chairperson of the high-flying Jubilee Metals Group plc, a London Aim-... 

Copper extends losses on fears of a global recession

By: Reuters     26th May 2022 Copper prices fell for a third day in a row on Thursday and tin slumped to a one-week low as a gloomy economic outlook for top metals consumer China fanned concerns about a global recession, though a soft US dollar lent some support. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.3%... 

Copper extends losses on fears of a global recession

The trouble with lithium

By: Bloomberg     26th May 2022 Elon Musk wants to mine it, China is scouring Tibet for it, battery makers are crying out for it. Lithium, the wonder metal at the heart of the global shift to electric cars, is in a full-blown crisis. Demand has outstripped supply, pushing prices up almost 500% in a year and hindering the... 

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead  

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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

Severe global battery shortage likely post 2025, GlobalData forecasts

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 Extraction of raw materials will not meet soaring battery demand unless capital markets change course in the face of environmental, social and governance pressures and invest heavily in new mines, says business data and analytics company GlobalData in its 'Batteries – Thematic Research' report.... 

Glencore settles most bribery, manipulation investigations 

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Wednesday announced the settlement of most of its bribery and market manipulation investigations. This follows almost four years of investigations and a serious environmental social and governance (ESG) overhang over the group, 

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Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.

Ferrous metals, coal most exposed to climate risk in metals and mining sector – Fitch  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2022 Thermal coal, blast furnace-basic oxygen furnace (BF-BOF) steelmaking and its raw materials are the segments of the metals and mining sector that are most vulnerable to long-term climate risks owing to their large direct emissions, credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings says. Demand for many... 

Sevenfold increase in yearly clean hydrogen needed to hit 2050 net-zero target  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2022 Annual production of clean hydrogen would need to increase more than sevenfold for the world to hit net zero in 2050, say the leading founders of McKinsey & Company’s platform for climate technologies, Bernd Heid of Cologne, Martin Linder of Munich, and Mark Patel of San Francisco, who add that... 

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South Africa's sun and wind can contribute to crucial job creation.

Platinum jewellery continuing to drive 25% of platinum demand  

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2022 Several reports published during Platinum Week indicate that in 2021, platinum jewellery consumed anywhere between 1.6-million ounces to two-million ounces of platinum, which makes it still the second demand source after automotive, coming in at around 25% of total platinum demand. Positive... 

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Platinum Guild International CEO Huw Daniel interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Critical mineral demand of order of magnitude never seen – Sheila Khama  

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2022 "My genuine sense is that we are going to see a growth in the mining sector of an order of magnitude we haven't seen. I also think that we're going to find that the need for minerals is going to force the world to think that if we can't get minerals on our shore, where else do we get them from? 

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Mining stalwart Sheila Khama spoke to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on critical metals. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Europe gives another lofty boost to green hydrogen, electrolyser targets

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2022 The European Commission this week took firm steps to again boost green hydrogen production and electrolyser manufacture amid sharply rising consumption targets. The commission’s latest RePowerEU proposals include the raising of its 2030 renewable hydrogen consumption targets for industry to 75%,... 

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Renewable hydrogen consumption targets elevated.

Manganese mine rail-loading boost being assessed by South32 

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2022 Diversified mining company South32 is assessing the potential expansion and modernisation of rail loading infrastructure at its Wessels manganese mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape, says South32 CEO Graham Kerr. Kerr, who presented at the Bank of America Global Metals, Mining & Steel Conference... 

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Accelerated operational decarbonisation.

Collaboration needed to make South African mining globally competitive again – CSIR 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2022 Concern about mineral resource scarcity is widespread and, at the same time, many countries, such as Australia, Canada and China, are investing significantly in strengthening their mining-related research, development and innovation (RDI) capabilities. “This makes cost and differentiation... 

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CSIR CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini

Caterpillar eyes energy transition as growth driver for mining business

By: Reuters     18th May 2022 Construction equipment maker Caterpillar believes demand for critical minerals as the clean energy transition gathers pace will translate to solid returns for its mining business, CEO Jim Umpleby said in an interview on Tuesday. The company is aiming at a global market worth about $5-trillion for... 

PGI’s latest jewellery review shows continued demand for premium platinum products

By: Darren Parker     17th May 2022 Market development organisation Platinum Guild International (PGI) has released its latest Platinum Jewellery Business Review (PJBR), in which it highlighted platinum’s prestigious image among jewellery retailers across the globe and their customers. “Platinum’s unique qualities continue to... 

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Law firm drawing on giga-scale hydrogen project experience to derisk new ventures  

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2022 Lack of expertise about getting giga-scale hydrogen projects off the ground is a big problem in the industry, say Allen & Overy South Africa’s Alessandra Pardini and Alexandra Cluver, who believe they know how best it should be done from experience gained through project managing three of the... 

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International law firm speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on giga-scale hydrogen projects. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Sibanye-Stillwater hoists first tons from R4bn 4 000-job K4 platinum project 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2022 The first tons have been hoisted at Marikana K4, Sibanye-Stillwater’s high-return resumed platinum group metals  (PGM) project, which was largely predeveloped and equipped when acquired from the now defunct Lonmin in 2019. “The K4 project is an unrivalled, top-tier project in the PGM industry,... 

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The K4 headgear of the new platinum group metals shaft.

Gold prices buckle under pressure from 'King Dollar', higher yields

By: Reuters     16th May 2022 Gold prices fell more than 1% to their lowest in three-and-a-half months on Monday as elevated bond yields and a firmer US dollar dampened bullion demand, even as riskier assets dropped after grim China economic data. A stronger dollar makes gold expensive for overseas buyers, while higher... 

South Africa’s high-flying Jubilee creating 800 mostly long-term jobs in Zambia 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2022 Diversified metal recovery business Jubilee, which is rolling out an investment of R786-million in South Africa and Zambia, has offered employment and contractor opportunities to more than 800 people in Zambia, the most of which are long term, the company stated in a release on Monday. In Zambia,... 

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Copper and cobalt in Zambia and platinum group metals and chrome in South Africa.

Things looking interesting for platinum despite surplus  

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2022 What the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) is forecasting for 2022 is a reduced but still large platinum surplus of 627 000 oz. But this surplus is extremely vulnerable to the issues the WPIC thinks may play out, particularly: 

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World Platinum Investment Council Research Director interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video Darlene Creamer.

Copper wavers near $9 000 after fear-filled week for metals

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2022 Copper steadied and aluminum rose after a turbulent week for metals dominated by growing concerns over the state of the global economy. While metals markets were calmer Friday, prices have endured a dismal few days on fears about monetary tightening as well as demand from top consumer China.... 

LBMA, WGC advance pilot of Gold Bar Integrity initiative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2022 The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) and the World Gold Council (WGC) have selected two vendors, blockchain technology start-up companies Axedras and Peer Ledger, to participate in a pilot phase of the organisations’ Gold Bar Integrity initiative. The initiative is aimed at digitally... 

Global diamond trade fractures under the weight of Russia sanctions

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is fracturing a billion-dollar trade that spans the permafrost-laden diamond mines of Siberia, secretive trade houses in Antwerp, dusty polishing powerhouses in India and New York’s glittering designer jewellery stores. Russian mining giant Alrosa supplies about a... 

Now you can own a fraction of a fancy coloured diamond

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2022 A new fractional ownership business centered on fancy colored diamonds will launch on May 18. Luxus, founded by hedge fund expert Dana Auslander and fashion journalist Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton, will debut with a first offering of a .54 carat fancy pink diamond. 

Metal demand seen surging for decades on strength of energy transition, World Bank says

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2022 Demand for metals used in everything from wind-turbine blades to batteries will surge for decades to come, driven by efforts to decarbonize the global economy and shift away from fossil fuels, according to the World Bank. Even as consumption growth for other commodities like grain probably will... 

Copper tumbles to 7-month low as slowdown fears rock markets

By: Reuters     12th May 2022 Copper prices tumbled on Thursday to their lowest in seven months and other industrial metals fell as traders worried that a slowing global economy would require less metal. With inflation surging and interest rates rising, growth fears also pushed down oil prices and stock markets hit a... 

Miners turn to bacteria and other new ways to leach copper from waste rock

By: Reuters     12th May 2022 Rio Tinto, Freeport-McMoRan and other global miners, spurred by rising prices and demand, are deploying a raft of new leaching technologies that can extract low concentrations of copper from waste rock and help avoid lengthy mine permitting delays. Copper prices have nearly doubled in the past... 

Minimum of 14 000 jobs a year from South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor now under development has the potential to generate a minimum of 14 000 jobs, $400-million in gross domestic product and $900-million in taxes a year by 2050. In an addition, there is potential to grow platinum group metal (PGM) demand by between 1% to 2%... 

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Minerals Council hydrogen briefing from left Allan Seccombe, Roger Baxter and Fahmida Smith.

Diamond prices are spiking and even De Beers can't fill the gap

By: Bloomberg     11th May 2022 Prices are surging in some corners of the rough-diamond market, as sanctions on one of the world’s two giant miners ripple through the supply chain. In the past, the industry could turn to behemoth De Beers to crank out extra gems when supply ran tight — but not this time. The price of a small... 

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De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver

Minerals Council spells out members’ commitment to climate change mitigation 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 Members of Minerals Council South Africa have agreed to commit to a climate change response strategy that will reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and achieve a net zero emission by 2050 or earlier. Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi on Tuesday... 

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Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi, closest right, with Minerals Council's Allan Seccombe, left.

South Africa keen to harness hydrogen economy opportunities, President Ramaphosa tells Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2022 It was just amazing to see the innovation that the mining industry is capable of scaling up, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in his enthusiastic address on Tuesday. “Last week, I attended the launch by Anglo American of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Demand headwinds push aluminium to five-month low

By: Reuters     10th May 2022 Aluminium fell to its lowest in nearly five months on Tuesday as funds betting on lower prices due to slowing demand sold, but worries about output cuts in Europe because of high power costs are expected to provide some support. Traders said funds had been selling for some days now, initially to... 

Energy transition presents opportunity to build inclusive ecosystem – Wanblad 

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2022 The energy transition currently under way presents a fresh opportunity for South Africa to build a clean and inclusive energy ecosystem that can create new and significant economic opportunities for the African continent. This continent, with its vast natural reserves of abundant sun and wind,... 

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New Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad

Green hydrogen can be produced in South Africa immediately, coal conference hears

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2022 The generation of green hydrogen is achievable in South Africa immediately and is not a complicated process, Sasol just transition office head David Kawesha said on Friday. “You just need the renewable energy resource, electrolysers to split water, and that’s really what the basic process is,”... 

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McCloskey's Southern African Coal Conference panel from left moderator Randy Fabi, Tracey Davies, Steve Nicholls, Jan Oberholzer and David Kawesha.

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Gold Fields lifts first-quarter output despite macroeconomic challenges 

By: Darren Parker     5th May 2022 Despite facing various global challenges, JSE-listed gold miner Gold Fields achieved a 7% year-on-year increase in attributable equivalent gold production for the quarter ended March 31. While the 580 000 oz of gold produced in the quarter was 8% lower quarter-on-quarter, Gold Fields said it... 

Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith
Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith

Cash-flush Barrick Gold funding reintroduction of white rhinos to DRC national park 

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2022 Gold mining company Barrick Gold, which has just reported an outstanding set of first quarter financial results, is funding the reintroduction of white rhinos to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it mines at Kibali Gold Mine. Since agreement on the repatriation of revenue from Kibali... 

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Barrick Gold restoring rhino to park near Kibali mine.
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