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Gold keeps its shine for investors as other precious metals fade

By: Bloomberg     Updated 6 hours ago Investors cut holdings in exchange-traded funds for silver, platinum and palladium in the second quarter on fears that a potential recession will reduce industrial demand, but gold assets held up because of its role as a haven, and that may persist. Gold-backed ETFs shrank by just over 1% in the... 

Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption   

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago 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.

Copper slumps to 17-month low as recession fears haunt markets

By: Reuters     1st July 2022 Copper prices tumbled to a near 17-month low on Friday and were set for their fourth consecutive weekly decline, as fast-rising interest rates and weak economic data stoked fears of a global recession, which would dent demand for metals. Other industrial metals also fell, with zinc dropping over... 

Copper slumps to 17-month low as recession fears haunt markets

Iron-ore tumbles as recession fears fuel commodities selloff

By: Reuters     1st July 2022 Iron-ore and steel prices tumbled on Friday as prospects of a sharp global economic downturn fanned fears of a slump in demand for commodities, despite signs of a rebound in manufacturing activity in top metals consumer China. The spectre of a global recession fed an already clouded demand... 

Anglo enters deal to accelerate rollout of nuGen zero emissions haulage solution 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th June 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American is in exclusive negotiations with specialist engineering technology company First Mode Holding and has agreed nonbinding terms to establish a combined business to accelerate the rollout of Anglo's nuGen hydrogen-powered Zero Emissions Haulage Solution (ZEHS). The... 

Anglo American's nuGen haulage truck
Anglo American's nuGen haulage truck

Metals set for worst quarter since 2008 on global downturn angst

By: Bloomberg     30th June 2022 Base metals headed for the worst quarterly slump since the global financial crisis in 2008 as China’s economy recovered only gradually and fears of a world recession intensified. The London Metal Exchange Index has tumbled 23% since the end of March, although the decline has been magnified due... 

Metals set for worst quarter since 2008 on global downturn angst

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... 

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Pan African CEO Cobus Loots.

Critical minerals inspire global collaborative exploration efforts, finds PDAC panel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th June 2022 Governments around the world are using next-generation public geoscience to meet many of the same challenges and opportunities, including meeting increased demands for critical minerals, clean energy supply and disaster risk reduction. As such, many national and regional geological survey... 

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... 

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Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart

'Terrifying': WWF chief hits out at plans to mine the deep sea

By: Reuters     29th June 2022  The World Wildlife Fund's chief warned on Tuesday that the potential impact of mining the deep sea could be "terrifying" and called for strict regulations to avoid yet another environmental disaster. There is growing interest in deep-sea mining but there is also pressure from some environmental... 

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.

Bill Gates-led fund backs startup with cheaper way to move hydrogen

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2022 A hydrogen molecule is tiny. So tiny, in fact, that trying to store and transport it via existing tanks and pipes can end up causing cracks in steel. If hydrogen is to become a clean fuel of the future, urgent technological solutions are needed to keep it in place and move it at will. Enter... 

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,

WDC president says there seems to be movement towards KP reform

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2022 There seems to be a positive shift in the readiness of World Diamond Council (WDC) members to reforming the Kimberley Process (KP), says president of the organisation Edward Asscher. In closing the 2022 KP Intersessional, which was hosted in Botswana last week, he highlighted that strong... 

Metals haven’t crashed this hard since the great recession

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2022 Industrial metals are on track for the worst quarter since the 2008 financial crisis as prices are pummeled by recession worries. Copper, the great economic bellwether, has ricocheted into a bear market from a record four months ago, while tin just tumbled 21% in its worst week since a 1980s... 

Iron-ore output poised to grow globally up to 2030

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2022 Research agency Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research believes global iron-ore production is likely to accelerate between 2022 and 2026, after stagnating somewhat over the past five years. The agency forecasts global iron-ore mine output to grow by an average 2.7% over the period,... 

Fortescue iron-ore being transported
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Fortescue iron-ore

High-purity manganese facing phenomenal demand growth, PDAC hears 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2022 The commitment of at least six major motor companies to manganese-based batteries for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is elevating the demand outlook for high-purity manganese phenomenally, a Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference has been told. CPM Group lead manganese... 

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CPM Group lead manganese analyst Andrew Zemek.

Deeming could bring regulatory certainty to much-needed minerals investment – NSDV  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2022 The detraction of the South African investment market is the uncertainty around approval timelines and the implementation of a deeming provision could change all that by treating applications as approved after the passing of a set period of time. Many want to invest in exploration and mining... 

NSDV advisory head Mark Gilbert.
NSDV Advisory Head Mark Gilbert interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sustainability taking front seat at Harmony Gold  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2022 Large South African gold miner Harmony Gold sees R500m/y savings from Phase 2 on-balance-sheet renewables projects. This means the estimated R1.5-billion cost of the planned 137 MW second phase solar power projects will be covered in three years. 

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Harmony Gold investor relations head interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

De Beers' latest sales cycle generates $650m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2022 Diamond miner De Beers' fifth sales cycle of this year generated $650-million, as US diamond jewellery demand remained strong. Sales revenues were higher than the $477-million generated for the fifth sales cycle of 2021 and the $604-million generated during the fourth sales cycle of this year. 

De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver
De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver

Small diamond miners want big licence holders built in so they can grow sector together  

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2022 Small diamond miners want to lock arms with all stakeholders through the South African Diamond Producers’ Organisation (Sadpo) to recover a large number of lost jobs and to realise the full potential value alluvial diamonds. “The role of Sadpo is to take on those big conversations and make sure... 

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Sadpo CEO Yamkela Makupula interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Building Forever has become core business at De Beers, it's in the business plan  

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2022 It is a full year since the De Beers Group set itself a dozen far-reaching 2030 ‘Building Forever’ sustainability goals, which have as their four focus areas leading ethical practices, protecting the natural world, partnering for thriving communities and accelerating equal opportunity. In... 

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De Beers Group CEO Bruce Cleaver interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green hydrogen’s business case significantly strengthened, summit hears 

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2022 Green hydrogen, when earlier identified as a necessary clean energy source to help the world achieve net-zero emissions in the coming decades, was higher up the cost curve than fossil fuels. Now that has changed with this week’s Financial Times Hydrogen Summit emphasising that green hydrogen’s... 

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FT Hydrogen Summit panel discussion.

Nature’s Vault offers investors a ‘green’ gold option

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2022 About 3 000 t of gold are mined each year, of which 50% goes directly into bank vaults. Environmental, social and governance finance company Nature's Vault aims to keep gold in the ground, thereby avoiding the carbon emissions and environmental impact of mining, while providing investors with... 

Nature's Vault CEO Phil Rickard
Nature's Vault CEO Phil Rickard

Top producer Russia thwarts move to redefine 'conflict diamonds'

By: Reuters     16th June 2022 Russia has torpedoed a Western-backed proposal to discuss whether its diamonds are funding war ahead of an international conflict diamond meeting in Botswana, letters seen by Reuters show. The rift in the Kimberley Process (KP), which certifies rough diamond exports, risks paralyzing the body... 

Top producer Russia thwarts move to redefine 'conflict diamonds'

ICMM doubles down on tangible sustainability efforts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2022 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has published an ambitious new strategy for the next three years, which doubles down on the organisation’s spirit of partnership and collaboration. The ‘Strategy and Action Plan 2022 – 2024’ aims to make breakthrough progress on four key... 

ICMM president and CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.
ICMM president and CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.

PwC suggests miners use 2021 gains to prepare for critical minerals future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2022 Although the world’s top 40 mining companies demonstrated stellar financial results in 2021, it is unclear how long this record run can continue, since the industry is experiencing unprecedented change, says PwC. The enterprise services and advisory company finds in its ‘Mine 2022’ report that... 

PwC energy, utilities and resources leader Andries Rossouw
PwC energy, utilities and resources leader Andries Rossouw

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

Prieska Power Reserve partners IDC to further South Africa’s green hydrogen ambitions

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2022 Emerging green hydrogen company Prieska Power Reserve on Tuesday announced a partnership with the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to advance a green hydrogen project in Prieska, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The Prieska Power Reserve Project is described on the... 

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Prieska Power Reserve director Meta Mhlarhi.

Glencore to automate drilling in first phase of digital mining journey 

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to convert surface drills in Chile to autonomous operation as part of the first phase of a digital mining journey. Glencore's Compañía Minera Lomas Bayas copper mine in the Atacama Desert, northern Chile – which extracts low-grade copper oxide... 

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Glencore to convert surface drills to autonomous operation in Chile.

Future metals beneficiation bonus on way for already hugely endowed Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2022 Modern technology and global decarbonisation demand is positioning South Africa’s already incredibly well-endowed Northern Cape with big beneficiation bonanza potential, in addition to being a green minerals, green metals and green energy haven. Rapidly developing clean beneficiation technology... 

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Future-facing metals in abundance in Northern Cape.

Copper wilts on renewed China lockdowns and recession fears

By: Reuters     10th June 2022 Copper prices extended their decline on Friday as investors fretted over the prospect of weak economic growth hitting metals demand after renewed Covid-19 lockdowns in China and increases to interest rates. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) fell 0.3% to $9 583.50 a tonne by... 

Greenlight's Einhorn sees gold going 'higher, perhaps much higher'

By: Reuters     10th June 2022 Greenlight Capital hedge fund manager David Einhorn said on Thursday that the Federal Reserve is pretending it can tame inflation and that the price of gold is likely to go higher amid the current environment of rising prices. "The question is whether there's enough gold to back the currency... 

Greenlight's Einhorn sees gold going 'higher, perhaps much higher'

Small remaining equity needed for restart of rich old copper mine in Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2022 A mine that produced some of South Africa’s best copper and zinc concentrates back in the day is capable of being brought back into production in 19 months after reconstruction go-ahead. Only a very little portion of equity is still required for the restart of the Prieska copper/zinc mine, which... 

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Where Orion Minerals is developing mines.

Gold’s haven appeal burnished by drumbeat of growth warnings

By: Bloomberg     9th June 2022 Gold could be heading for another rally, with warnings over a global economic slowdown paving the way for a fresh push toward $2 000/oz. A potent mix of decades-high inflation, geopolitical turmoil and growing talk of recession should be bullish for the traditional haven, according to speakers... 

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JSE recounts rousing tent-to-tech journey as Southern Palladium turns listing tide  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 The first in-person listing of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange since covid heard the African kudu horn serenade an opening bid of R6.90 a share for platinum group metals (PGMs) company Southern Palladium, which on Wednesday took its place on the JSE’s main board as a secondary listing under the... 

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Southern Palladium’s JSE listing covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

ETFs shed $3bn worth of gold assets in May

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2022 The World Gold Council (WGC) reports that outflows of global gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have ended their four-month run of positive inflows, with outflows totalling 53 t, or $3.1-billion, in May. While this was the largest monthly outflow since March 2021, total holdings remain 8%... 

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