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Zambian energy crisis opening way to clean energy for the country and its mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th May 2022 The energy crisis in Zambia had created a situation in which the country could combine increasing its electricity generation capacity with a simultaneous transition to low-carbon renewable energy sources. This was pointed out to Mining Weekly Online by Zambian State-owned group ZCCM Investments... 

Any just transition needs to consider jobs, communities – coal panel 

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2022 Any just transition, particularly in Africa and South Africa, needs to be job centered, says World Coal Association CEO Michelle Manook. Speaking at the Just Transition & The Future of Coal in Africa panel at the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2022, held this week, she noted that coal-fired... 

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From left to right is Lesufi, Mabuza, Manook and Tsengwa

Gold to play increasingly important role as climate risk asset, Heymann says

By: Darren Parker     12th May 2022 Gold is going to play an increasingly important role as a climate risk and resilience asset, World Gold Council (WGC) CFO Terry Heymann told Mining Weekly on May 11. “Gold is well understood as a risk mitigating asset and climate change is simply another lens with which to view that,” he said. 

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Large-scale gold miners should help legitimate artisanal miners access formal markets

By: Darren Parker     12th May 2022 While a large proportion of artisanal or small-scale gold mining (ASGM) in Africa is illegitimate, companies operating in the large-scale gold mining (LSGM) sector in Africa should work to support responsible and legitimate ASGM operations wherever feasible and help them access the formal global... 

World Gold Council CFO Terry Heymann
World Gold Council CFO Terry Heymann

Congo mines Minister seeks to cancel artisanal cobalt monopoly

By: Reuters     12th May 2022 Democratic Republic of Congo Mines Minister Antoinette N'Samba Kalambayi is seeking to cancel a decree granting Entreprise Generale du Cobalt (EGC) a monopoly over artisanal cobalt produced in the country, she told Reuters on Wednesday. EGC was created to buy, process and market artisanal cobalt... 

De Beers an industry leader in innovation, technology 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2022 FutureSmart Mining, together with its longstanding innovation and technology programmes, is part of what makes diamond company De Beers stand out as “the world’s leading diamond company”, says De Beers Group managed operations MD Moses Madondo. “De Beers has been an industry leader in innovation... 

Venetia Mine in South Africa showing the headgear
De Beers Group managed operations MD Moses Madondo talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Probe Mining Group leading the way for integrated solutions for productivity, safety 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2022 As escalating challenges erode profits, the pressure is on for mining organisations to achieve new levels of performance, efficiency and productivity, while maintaining safe and sustainable operations, says Probe Mining Group of Companies. The company, however, notes that digital technology, with... 

Probe Mining Group leading the way for integrated solutions for productivity, safety
Probe IMT's business development manager Henry Esbend talks to Mining Weekly at the Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

B&E shares mines’ load, risk with broad offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2022 With buoyant commodity prices attracting considerable investment in mine expansions and new projects, B&E International is growing its support to the sector with a suite of services in mining and processing. “More than ever, mines are looking to their technical partners for efficiency,... 

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B&E plant and engineering director Ken Basson talks to Mining Weekly at Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Lesedi continues to execute projects in mining industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2022 Multi-disciplinary projects organisation Lesedi Nuclear Services is active at clients in the mining sector and has, over the last six years, executed several projects for mining industry clients focusing on support systems in mining processes. These include, among others, a focus on environmental... 

Lesedi continues to execute projects in mining industry
Lesedi Nuclear Services GM Bernhard Wilcocks talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Murray & Roberts continues raise boring activities in Africa  

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2022 Murray & Roberts’ Mining Platform, one of the world’s leading mining contracting businesses, is fast putting the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic behind it, with its order book has now recovered to pre-pandemic levels. “Our order book was eroded in the immediate aftermath of the global... 

Murray & Roberts continues raise boring activities in Africa
Murray & Roberts Cementation MD Mike Wells talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Mining contracting business makes strong recovery 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2022 Murray & Roberts’ Mining Platform, one of the world’s leading mining contracting businesses, is fast putting the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic behind it, with its order book has now recovered to pre-pandemic levels. “Our order book was eroded in the immediate aftermath of the global... 

Mining contracting business makes strong recovery
Murray & Roberts Mining Platform CEO Mike da Costa talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

High expectations drive Multotec’s Africa journey 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2022 Two decades of concerted investment in subsidiaries across Africa gives minerals processing equipment specialist Multotec a world class foundation from which to serve mines. Multotec MD Jaco du Toit highlights that mining companies in Africa expect not only the highest performance from equipment,... 

Multotec’s subsidiaries in Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and Ghana employ over 200 local people
Multotec MD Jaco du Toit talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Barrick boosts stocks at mines to weather supply chain storm, CEO says

By: Reuters     11th May 2022 Barrick Gold has nearly doubled its inventory of some key supplies at mines to weather the disruptions caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, CEO Mark Bristow told Reuters on Wednesday. The world's second-biggest gold miner used to hold a month's worth of supplies at mines but tripled its... 

Barrick Gold CEO Mark Bristow
Barrick Gold CEO Mark Bristow

Minerals Council assures it has a strong focus on safety and health in the mining industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa gave a strong assurance, at a media briefing at the Mining Indaba 2022 conference in Cape Town on Wednesday, that it was acting to halt and reverse the regression in mine safety in South Africa that had taken place over the past three or so years. “Nearly half of... 

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... 

An image of De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver
De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver

Southern Africa must be pragmatic about a zero-emission future – Miasa 

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2022 While the Mining Industry Association of Southern Africa (Miasa) supports the just transition to clean energy, the region must ensure it is pragmatic in its approach, says newly elected president Sokwani Chilembo. Chilembo is also the CEO of the Zambia Chamber of Mines. 

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Sokwani Chilembo

Removal of growth impediments key to improve the perception of mining in South Africa, says Minerals Council

By: Donna Slater     11th May 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s acknowledgement of South Africa ranking of seventy-fifth out of global mining jurisdictions in the latest Fraser Institute’s survey means the South African government needs to respond with urgency and purpose to remove impediments to growth and development of the... 

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Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Atlantic Lithium advancing Ghana lithium project 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2022 With projects in Ghana and Côte d’lvoire, AIM-listed mineral exploration and development company Atlantic Lithium (previously known as IronRidge Resources) has the scope and capacity to “make West Africa a leading player in the lithium supply chain,” says interim CEO Len Kolff. He explains that,... 

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Atlantic Lithium interim CEO Len Kolff talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Europe looking to get 1Mt/y of coal from Botswana, says President Masisi

By: Reuters     11th May 2022 Botswana has been inundated with inquiries to supply coal to Europe and estimates that demand from Western countries could top a million tonnes a year, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said on Tuesday, as the Ukraine war forces Europe to pivot more to Africa for energy resources. Since Russia invaded... 

Robust AI-focused partnership improving downstream mining processes 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2022 Chemicals company BASF Mining Solution’s latest and “most exciting” new project is a partnership with service provider Intellisense.io, where the two companies are working together to develop dynamic and robust artificial intelligence- (AI-) based solutions for downstream mining processes. The... 

Pic of BASF global digitisation in mining head Ken Plozza
BASF global digitisation in mining head Ken Plozza talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

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.

US in ‘race to the top’ to solve energy supply chain vulnerabilities – Fernandez

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2022 The US has three international energy priorities, and they also relate to Africa, says US State Department Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, José Fernandez. Speaking at the Inveesting in African Mining Indaba 2022 on Tuesday, Fernandez said these priorities were... 

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José Fernandez

Milestone ‘bring together all the pieces’ for video surveillance

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2022 Bringing together all the puzzle pieces for video surveillance, together with a “perfect combination” to create a solution that keeps people and property safe, software company Milestone Systems’ XProtect video management software (VMS) enables “critical infrastructure site operators to... 

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Milestone Systems Africa channel business manager Markus Bodenstein

Hytera advancing digital transformation in mining 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2022 Manufacturer Hytera is launching its first 5G terminal PNC560 as well as dual-mode device PDC680 and mobile radio MNC360 at this year’s Mining Indaba, says presales manager Hesse Ray. This, Hytera notes, falls in line with its strategic objective to empower mines in automation, in-pit mobility,... 

Hytera advancing digital transformation in mining
Hytera presales manager Hesse Ray talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba 2022. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Gold Fields’ South Deep to generate own solar at 8.5% of Eskom grid cost

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2022 Gold Fields’ South Deep gold mine west of Johannesburg in Gauteng will be generating its own solar power at a mere 8.5% of the cost of power from the national grid. The JSE- and New York-listed company is also optimistic that it will be successful in augmenting the solar power generated with wind... 

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Gold Fields VP South Africa Martin Preece

Innovative technologies being developed in SA and Scandinavia to increase mining’s sustainability 

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2022 Innovative technologies to help the mining and minerals processing sectors transition to low-carbon operations and sustainability were the topic at a business breakfast hosted by the Embassies of Denmark, Finland and Sweden, in Cape Town, on Tuesday. The event was held on the fringes of the... 

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.

DRC seeking to encourage investment in mining and local beneficiation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2022 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde has stressed his government’s commitment to responsibly managing the country’s mineral resources, facilitating investment in mining and promoting local minerals beneficiation. He was addressing the Mining Indaba 2022... 

Cadastral system core to ensure re-emergence of exploration in SA 

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2022 A mining cadastral system is the most critical part of the puzzle to ensure the re-emergence of exploration in South Africa, says Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana. The country currently attracts less than 1% of global exploration spend. 

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Tebello Chabana

Spectrem Air pioneering ‘most advanced airborne electromagnetic tech’  

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2022 Geophysical airborne service provider Spectrem Air has pioneered the industry’s most advanced airborne electromagnetic (AEM) technology to collect, process and deliver rapid understanding and reliable data for exploration operations, says geophysics manager Brad Pitts. He explains that the... 

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Spectrem Air geophysics manager Brad Pitts talks to Mining Weekly at Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.
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