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South Africa's Minerals & Energy Outlook

Ukwazi offers preliminary perspective on the Just Transition

28th January 2022 State-owned power utility Eskom and the coal industry are at the core of the 'Just Transition', says mining services provider Ukwazi Mining director Spencer Eckstein. "[About] 75% of our electricity is coal based and derives from 16 large power stations. By December 31, 2021, Eskom was due to... 

Spectrem Air

28th January 2022 With a DC3 fixed-wing aircraft and range of airborne geophysical equipment, including its Squid magnetic gradiometer sensor, Johannesburg-based airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air is well equipped to deliver integrated three-dimensional (3D) solutions for geological mapping,... 

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Zest WEG

28th January 2022 Zest WEG, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, is committed to the development of the African region, and has been servicing the continent for over 40 years.  Leveraging best practice engineering and manufacturing capabilities, we offer a range of standard... 

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Weba Chute Systems

28th January 2022 Weba Chute Systems is world-renowned for ensuring that its custom-engineered chutes add immediate and significant value to customers’ profitability, uptime and on-site health and safety. The company’s scientific approach to the dynamics of bulk materials handling at transfer points has been... 

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The key role of training to drive automation in Africa

28th January 2022 While South Africa’s mining sector is still unsure of exactly what future safety legislation will require in terms of proximity detection systems (PDS) or collision prevention systems (CPS), there is no mistaking that each mine has a responsibility to assess and mitigate ‘significant risk’. The... 

Anton Lourens, CEO of Booyco Electronics
Anton Lourens, CEO of Booyco Electronics

Hybrid Power Generation and Microgrids from Clarke Energy Supporting South Africa’s Just Energy Transition.

28th January 2022 Hybrid Power Generation and Microgrids from Clarke Energy Supporting South Africa’s Just Energy Transition. Economics and technology developments are changing the landscape of the power generation sector. Over the last 20 years, there has been a movement away from large centralised power stations... 


Embarking on 2050 Carbon Neutrality Challenge through decarbonisation of the mining sector

28th January 2022 There is a common misconception that the mining sector cannot conduct environmental stewardship, but Exxaro has proven otherwise, argues Abel Sakhau, Environment and Climate Change Manager January 2022 – Climate change is undoubtedly one of the defining global challenges. It is disrupting... 

Abel Sakhau, Environment and Climate Change Manager
Abel Sakhau, Environment and Climate Change Manager

FLSmidth builds African capability for tomorrow’s mines

28th January 2022 Leveraging the fast moving world of digital technology, FLSmidth is driving efficiency across the mining sector in Africa, with West Africa among the key focal areas. According to FLSmidth President for Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and South Asia Deon de Kock, the company’s MissionZero... 

FLSmidth President for Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and South Asia Deon de Kock
FLSmidth President for Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and South Asia Deon de Kock

Minerals Council muses on S Africa’s path to Just Transition

28th January 2022 The Minerals Council therefore supports the global legal framework for global climate change negotiations facilitated under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which has as its goal the facilitation of the implementation of measures that will enable stabilisation... 

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The urgency of infrastructure upgrade in South Africa

28th January 2022 There is no doubt that South Africa urgently needs to upgrade its infrastructure across multiple sectors; however, for us to achieve this at the speed that is required, it is critical that the public and private sector work much closer together than they have in the past.    For the most part... 

Judy Kobus is Co-Head of Infrastructure Finance Solutions at RMB
Judy Kobus is Co-Head of Infrastructure Finance Solutions at RMB

Fuelling South Africa’s Gas Revolution

28th January 2022 It is no secret that there is a global shift towards smarter and greener energy use. While still predominantly relying on coal, South Africa is aiming towards combining gas and renewables as the best future energy solution. Across multiple sub-sectors in the gas industry, it is vital then for key... 

By John Parry, newly appointed chairperson of SAQCC Gas
By John Parry, newly appointed chairperson of SAQCC Gas

Risky road towards carbon-neutrality for mines

28th January 2022 As South Africa begins its journey towards a lower-carbon future, the mining industry will have much to consider. It can make a significant local contribution by generating its own renewable energy, but faces considerable uncertainty in applying low-emission technologies.  As South Africa begins... 

SRK Consulting director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl
SRK Consulting director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl

JSE has role to play in sustainable energy transition

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 The JSE has a role to play in creating an enabling environment for more sustainable practices, particularly in terms of South Africa’s transition to using renewable energies, JSE chief sustainability officer Shameela Soobramoney stated at the Southern Africa-Europe CEO Dialogue event hosted in... 

Solving transmission bottlenecks vital for unlocking supply

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Overcoming energy transmission congestion is vital to stabilise energy supply in South Africa and, to ensure that energy supply meets demand, transmission assessments and upgrades need to be conducted to allow for energy access from resource-rich solar and wind areas, states renewable-energy... 

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WILLIAM PRICE Many of the country’s load centres are situated in coal production areas, where the transmission grid has been designed to deliver energy to large populations

Top tech trends set to disrupt global mining

28th January 2022 Technology is shaping the mines of tomorrow, with software providers AspenTech and Dassault Systemès, and mining equipment manufacturer Epiroc, at the cutting-edge of the mining, engineering, technology and services (METS) sector, says the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC)... 

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INNOVATION SHOWCASE IMARC provides a dedicated space for companies to share their knowledge and expertise with the broader industry to work towards a sustainable future for mining

Mining can be a catalyst for growth in 2022

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Global commodity prices and economies have rebounded strongly since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, which left many companies facing mammoth financial challenges to sustain themselves. This resurgence in the mining sector is closely connected to the rollout of vaccinations, which was... 

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ZERO HARM INDUSTRY the mining industry’s goal of zero harm, ensuring that mineworkers return home from work unharmed, is critical to the joint success of labour and mines

Mining mobility market ideal for hydrogen uptake

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Emerging mobility applications for hydrogen, such as heavy-duty mobility and materials handling equipment used in mining, provide an ideal market for the increased uptake of green hydrogen technology in South Africa, states hydrogen technology provider Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser Division SVP Filip... 

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MOGALAKWENA MINE the electrolyser that will generate renewable hydrogen for the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle project has been delivered to site by Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser

SA’s green energy outlook for 2022

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 With a background in electrical engineering, “a knack for business, and a passion for sustainability”, Norwegian global renewables company Scatec Southern Africa GM Jan Fourie has specialised in renewable energy projects for over a decade. He says his love for South Africa and the natural... 

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RENEWABLE UPTAKE Scatec’s new project, which falls under the RMIPPPP, includes a 150 MW flagship twin hybrid PV-and-storage site in the Northern Cape

Miner’s transition plan to benefit all stakeholders

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 As part of diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s development of renewable-energy projects, the miner has created an Infrastructure for Impact programme to benefit all its relevant stakeholders while executing these energy infrastructure projects, explains Sibanye-Stillwater energy and... 

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JAMES WELLSTED Our broader strategy is aligned with the just transition, and over time we’re going to evolve as a company to produce materials used for improving the environment

Private, public adversity thwarts growth

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 The state of local public sector infrastructure has been declining for years, while private sector infrastructure has not kept pace with international trends. This infrastructure could be upgraded by the private sector if it were given the chance to grow; however, an “adversarial” relationship... 

Will South Africa finally ignite minerals and energy growth engines in 2022?

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2022 Problems in South Africa’s electricity sector will, sadly, continue to dominate the headlines and undermine growth and confidence in 2022. Despite the fact that the crisis is now deep into its second decade, there is little sign of immediate relief and load-shedding remains a clear and present... 

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Miner to build climate-change-resilient businesses

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Environmental, social and corporate governance is central to diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s strategy, and guides the company in how it operates and generates shared value for its stakeholders. Core to this strategy is building “climate-change-resilient businesses”, states... 

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JEVON MARTIN These energy projects will improve the ESG credentials of South African mining houses and help close the national electricity supply deficit and allow Eskom to do maintenance

Prepared to support energy transition

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 As South Africa prepares to transition to renewable sources of energy, carbon-intensive companies such as coal exporter Thungela can assist in this energy transition by ensuring delivery of higher quality, responsibly-mined coal, states Thungela CEO July Ndlovu. “This transition is going to... 

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STAKEHOLDER BENEFITS The eMalahleni Water Reclamation Plant is an example of how mine water can be transformed into an asset with benefits for the local community

Sustainability, majority shareholder driving miner’s strategy

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Local gold producer DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius says the market response to the global transition to clean energy, as well as the strategy and energy plans of the company’s majority shareholder, diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater, are important considerations in shaping DRDGold’s strategy for... 

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NIËL PRETORIUS our strategy remains to deliver economic value by applying our technology, management system and skillset to reclaim and treat material at a rate and level of efficiency

How we can advance SA’s just transition in 2022

28th January 2022 The transition to a low or net-zero carbon economy is here. The United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow last November called for rapid action to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. This means substantially reducing global greenhouse gas emissions to limit the... 

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PAUL O’FLAHERTY This energy transition must start by exponentially increasing generation from South Africa’s renewable sources of energy

VZI well-positioned despite Covid

22nd January 2021 Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the global economy which, in turn, affected all industries. During the hard-lockdown, we had to revise the way we do business and our plans for the year ahead. Some of our operations were stopped we had to change the way we interact with our colleagues,... 

 Vedanta Zinc International  CFO Pushpender Singla
Vedanta Zinc International CFO Pushpender Singla

Sustainable finance could drive recovery

22nd January 2021 Sustainable finance could help drive Africa’s recovery from Covid-19 while also incentivising much-needed investments in the green economy and social development. The global pandemic has set back the continent’s growth and demanded new approaches to economic development. It has also highlighted... 

 Standard Bank Group Sustainable Finance executive head Nigel Beck
Standard Bank Group Sustainable Finance executive head Nigel Beck

Success factors for operating during, post-Covid-19

22nd January 2021 Reopening after the pandemic will require reinvention and reinvestment in digital technologies. In 2021, companies should prioritise being more digital, data-driven, and in the cloud; as well as having more variable cost structures, agile operations and automation; and creating stronger... 

Accenture South Africa CEO Vukani Mngxati
Accenture South Africa CEO Vukani Mngxati

SA has components for energy sector transition

22nd January 2021 It is said: “The stone age did not end because it ran out of stones; it ended because it was time for a re-think about how we live.” 2020 has likely been the most profound reset of how the world thinks and lives, in modern history.  The pathway to a green energy future has been rapidly... 

PwC Director: Energy Strategy and Infrastructure James Mackay
PwC Director: Energy Strategy and Infrastructure James Mackay

Industry, government must band together

22nd January 2021 Even before Covid-19 struck the outlook for exploration and new investment in our industry was less than rosy. South Africa currently sees less than 1% of global exploration spend, which is half of what it was a decade ago. Given the importance of exploration to attract new foreign investment to... 

Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart

How can mining usher in green energy future?

22nd January 2021 EY published its 2020 Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index at the end of November. South Africa had slipped one place from 36 to 37, while several other jurisdictions, in which the mining industry is a substantive contributor, have improved rankings.  However, South Africa announced in... 

EY Finance Africa Leader Sandra du Toit
EY Finance Africa Leader Sandra du Toit
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