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IMF nations approve record $650bn to aid virus fight

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2021 The International Monetary Fund approved the biggest resource injection in its history, with $650-billion meant to help nations deal with mounting debt and the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. The creation of the reserve assets – known as special drawing rights – is the first since the... 

Gold can still top $3 000 amid recovery, says Quadriga fund

By: Bloomberg     2nd August 2021 Gold is primed to surge to fresh highs as the risks around central banks unwinding massive stimulus are under-appreciated by investors, said a fund manager who forecast the metal’s ascent to a record last year. Diego Parrilla, who manages the $250-million Quadriga Igneo fund, said there isn’t... 

Gold can still top $3 000 amid recovery, says Quadriga fund

Weekly Coal Index Report

2nd August 2021 South Africa’s Eskom has presented its decarbonisation plans going forward, which sees gas, solar and wind as preferred future technologies, assisted by micro grids and battery storage. The old coal stations (Komati, Grootvlei and Camden) are likely targets for gas conversion but of course these... 

A graph showing the spot prices of coal in July 2021.

Anglo working towards collaborative decarbonised energy advance across South Africa  

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2021 Anglo American, which will have all of its South American operations on renewable energy by the end of next year, is working towards trying to achieve a collaborative multi-company government- and Eskom-linked decarbonised energy advance across South Africa. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom... 

Mark Cutifani interviewed by Mining Weekly.
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Glencore lowers full-year coal, nickel output guidance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2021 Diversified miner Glencore expects to meet the $3.2-billion top end of its full-year earnings before interest and taxes guidance owing to a strong performance from the company’s marketing business. This was despite the company reporting only modest increases year-on-year in copper production,... 

Glencore's Koniambo operation, in New Caledonia
Glencore's Koniambo operation, in New Caledonia

Anglo on trajectory towards becoming minerals solutions provider  

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American, which shot the lights out on Thursday with the presentation of an all-time record set of half-year results, is on its way to becoming a minerals solutions provider rather than a digger of holes. The London- and Johannesburg-listed Anglo is... 

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Anglo American results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

De Beers bounces back to 2019 levels with outstanding performance  

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2021 Global consumer demand for diamonds continued to recover from the impact of Covid, supported by fiscal stimulus in the US and the roll-out of vaccines, De Beers Group said on Thursday when it was credited with helping Anglo American to achieve an all-time record half-year, a period in which De... 

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De Beers Group CFO Sarah Kuijlaars interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

World-beating Anglo reports record half-year earnings of $12.1bn 

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American on Thursday reported a record half-year financial performance in its position as the best of the world’s top-five global mining companies. Anglo calculates that its elevated global position is poised to continue, assisted by its superior depth, breadth... 

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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Consumer demand for gold returning – WGC 

By: Donna Slater     29th July 2021 Despite dampened investor demand, gold investment increased in the second quarter of this year as a result of consumer investment into the commodity, with demand of 955.1 t – a 9% rise from the first quarter, the World Gold Council (WGC) reports. The WGC’s latest ‘Gold Demand Trends’ report,... 

A gold pour at Elikhulu mine
World Gold Council market intelligence manager Krishan Gopaul discusses gold’s performance in the second quarter of this year

Computing, food tech among many new PGM opportunity areas ­– Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     28th July 2021 The computing world is an opportunity area for platinum group metals (PGMs), along with food technology, alloy development, medical advance, waste control, battery and storage  – and that is on top of the now much-celebrated and pervasive green hydrogen feedstock phenomenon. JSE-listed Anglo... 

Picture of Natascha Viljoen from Creamer Media files.
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

If done responsibly, coal mining can add value to economies – panel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2021 JSE-listed coal trader Thungela Resources CEO July Ndlovu says it has been a polarising year for the coal industry, with many opposing views on the commodity and the way forward for the industry. For him, the “just transition” represents not simply a switch from fossil fuels to renewables for... 

Cutting coal not as clear-cut as some wish, says analyst

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2021 Although climate and environmental concerns have resulted in an energy policy that shies away from fossil fuels, demand for coal remains prevalent in many parts of the world, XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost has said. Speaking during the Coal Industry Day 2021 conference, which... 

Technology will secure coal’s place in a sustainable future, says WCA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2021 In opening the Coal Industry Day 2021 on July 27, mining entrepreneur Bernard Swanepoel said the coal industry remains a significant revenue, jobs and energy contributor to the South African economy. He added that a complete faze-out scenario of coal-fired power generation was still decades away.  

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Nickel nears seven-year high with metals rising on demand bets

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2021 Nickel rose for a third straight session, approaching a seven-year high on booming demand for the metal used in stainless steel and electric-vehicle batteries. Copper advanced the most in more than two months. Nickel gained as much as 2.1% to $19 780 a ton. It reached $20 110 in February, the... 

Anglo Platinum evaluating multiple renewable energy forms  

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2021 As a result its geographic distribution across South Africa, the Anglo American group is collectively evaluating options to access multiple forms of renewable energy, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Natascha Viljoen said on Monday. The JSE-listed company has already completed the design and... 

A side view of the Amplats CEO during the July 2021 results presenetation.
Anglo American Platinum presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

High-flying Anglo Platinum’s stakeholders receive nigh-R40bn boost 

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2021 The strong operational and financial performance of platinum group metals company Anglo American Platinum in the six months to June 30 translated into nearly R40-billion worth of benefits for stakeholders including the fiscus, local and doorstep suppliers and communities. In light of the impact... 

This picture was taken during the presentation of results on26 July 2021
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Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen

Metals make climate change mitigation possible – Citi Research 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2021 In a rapid electrification scenario, metals have the ability to bring about the reduction of close to 1 000 gigatonnes (Gt) of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, Citi Research states in a note that examines the metals industry’s potential contribution to climate change mitigation over... 

A graphic compiled the Citi Research on the fast and moderate way of meeting the Paris climate change accord.
Complying with the Paris agreement on climate change mitigation.

Thermal coal prices to weaken by the end of this year, says Fitch Solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2021 Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry expects thermal coal prices to peak during the third quarter of this year and then weaken “substantially” by the end of the year. In spite of this forecast, the research firm increased its average price forecast for the year to $85/t, up from $72/t... 

Extremely strong demand for platinum bar and coin – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd July 2021 Extremely strong demand for platinum bar and coin is being seen around the world, particularly in the US, along with growth in demand for platinum exchange traded funds (ETFs), mainly out of North America and Europe,  World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) head of research Trevor Raymond said... 

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WPIC Research Head Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Exploration trailblazer Orion cracks retail investor code with 14 000-plus SA backers  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2021 More than 14 000 South Africans now own shares in the discovery and development mining company Orion Minerals, which is reflective of retail investment that can be stimulated in South Africa to support essential local minerals exploration. What is also extremely promising is that the dual listed... 

This is a picture of Errol Smart, CEO of Orion Minerals, who is also chair of Minerals Council junior miner leadership forum.
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Anglo increasingly focused on future-enabling decarbonising metals, minerals – Cutifani 

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2021 The portfolio and growth investments of diversified mining company Anglo American is increasingly focused future-enabling metals and minerals that are critical to decarbonising energy and transport and to meeting consumers' growing needs, from luxury to everyday life. This was stated by Anglo... 

A picture of Anglo American's CEO, Mark Cutifani.
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Carbon emissions to reach record levels in 2023 as stimulus spending fails to match net-zero ambition  

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2021 The financial resources allocated by governments globally to clean-energy measures in response to the Covid-19 crisis currently represents only 2% of the $16-trillion in total fiscal support set aside for economic stimulus, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) new Sustainable Recovery... 

Photo of IEA executive director Fatih Birol
IEA executive director Fatih Birol

Mine achieves massive earnings boost after employing four more people  

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2021 Guided by a value driver tree (VDT) study, an opencast mine increased its earnings massively after employing four additional operators at comparatively negligible cost. The operation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) soared hugely from $634.3-million to... 

Gary Lane is also a director of SiMine
Value Driver Tree case study covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Fox-Davies unpacks the growing market dynamics for potash, phosphates  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2021 The fertiliser industry is poised to benefit from increased consumption in coming years, with the global population being forecast to reach 9.7-billion in 2064, says advisory firm Fox-Davies Capital. The firm’s market analysis suggests that both potash and phosphates is approaching production... 

Small miners aim for European supply chain for EVs independent from China

By: Reuters     16th July 2021 Growing demand for electric vehicles has spurred small-scale miners of the lithium, cobalt and rare earths that automakers rely on to develop mines and build refining capacity in Europe to reduce their reliance on China. Efforts by the United States and Europe to build a secure and independent... 

IEA report points to growth in global electricity demand this year

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2021 The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects global electricity demand to rebound strongly this year and next. Electricity demand decreased by about 1% in 2020, but is expected to grow by 5% this year and by 4% in 2022, a new IEA report shows.  

Hydrogen economy can create 30-million jobs, Japanese professor calculates  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Thirty-million jobs can be created through the introduction of the hydrogen economy to decarbonise the world, HyWealth founder and CEO Professor Katsuhiko Hirose said on Wednesday. While hydrogen is currently more expensive than fossil fuel, green hydrogen will be the cheapest solution by 2050,... 

An image of HyWealth founder and CEO Professor Katsuhiko Hirose
Nedbank CIB’s green economy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Life in mining-dependent countries significantly improved – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Life in mining-dependent countries has improved significantly in the 23 years leading up to 2018, with strong governance the key to improving socio-economic well-being, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) said on Wednesday. A report that analysed 41 social metrics grouped under... 

A picture of the CEO of the International Coiuncil on Mining and Metals
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Exploration is quick foreign investment ‘no brainer’, says Minerals Council’s Smart  

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2021 Exploration is one of the quickest ways to secure foreign direct investment into South Africa for the generation of desperately needed jobs and wealth during the country's hour of need, said Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners’ leadership forum chairperson Errol Smart on... 

Picture of Errol Smart, who is also CEO of Orion Minerals.
Minerals Council Junior Leadership Forum chair Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Survey finds tech skills gap is a growing future mining risk 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th July 2021 A survey undertaken by law firm Hogan Lovells on how technology is shaping the future prospects of mining, has found that almost 69% of respondents believe the skills gap is the greatest future risk to further technological integration in the mining industry. The ‘Future of Mining’ report notes... 

De Beers makes diamond buyers cough up with another price rise

By: Bloomberg     13th July 2021 De Beers raised prices for its rough diamonds yet again as the industry’s dramatic recovery this year shows little sign of slowing. The top producer increased prices by about 5% at its July sale taking place this week, with most of the rises focused around higher-quality stones, according to... 

Investors face uncertainty at the end of Covid crisis - report

By: Simone Liedtke     9th July 2021 To better understand investor strategies during the transitional period presented by the Covid-19 pandemic and the emergence of the variants of the virus, data provider Coalition Greenwich launched its report for the third quarter of this year, in conjunction with the World Gold Council’s... 

Gold policymakers, investors operating in ‘uncharted territory’ 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th July 2021 As the global economy emerges from an unprecedented shutdown, policymakers and investors are operating in uncharted territory, the World Gold Council (WGC) says. The council’s mid-year outlook report notes that interest rates are likely to remain a key driver for the yellow metal in the short to... 

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Moody’s unpacks its rationale for low coal producer credit ratings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2021 Social opposition to coal production is leaving coal assets increasingly concentrated among companies that specialise in coal, rather than diversified groups, says Moody’s Investors Service. The credit rating company says larger mining companies are divesting from coal-related assets, while... 

Industrial sector to drive platinum demand in 2021

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2021 Platinum industrial demand has exhibited strong growth in recent years, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6% between 2013 and 2019. The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) says this is significantly above the CAGR of two key industrial benchmarks, being more than double that of... 

Calderon an 'excellent' choice as new AngloGold CEO

By: Bloomberg     7th July 2021 “It’s an excellent appointment, and it removes uncertainties about the leadership crisis,” Noah Capital analyst Rene Hochreiter has said about the appointment of AngloGold Ashanti's new CEO Alberto Calderon. In Colombia, “he can probably get things done better than say an American or South... 

New AngloGold Ashanti CEO Alberto Calderon

Gold breaks $1 800 again as traders await steer from Fed minutes

By: Bloomberg     7th July 2021 Gold climbed above $1 800 an ounce again as investors took a risk-off turn before the release of Federal Reserve meeting notes that should bring fresh insight on US monetary policy. Minutes from the Fed’s June gathering will be combed for more clues on the bank’s thinking around rates,... 

Gold breaks $1 800 again as traders await steer from Fed minutes

Gold heading towards ‘refuge of choice’ status, says incoming AngloGold CEO  

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2021 Gold is poised to be a "refuge of choice" in the years ahead owing to the extent to which money is being printed and world debt is rising, AngloGold Ashanti CEO-designate Alberto Calderon said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Microsoft Teams interview ahead of taking office on September... 

Newly appointed AngloGold CEO
AngloGold Ashanti CEO-designate Alberto Calderon interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer
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