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Opinion: Can mining houses compel employees to be vaccinated?

3rd February 2021 In this opinion piece, Webber Wentzel partner Lizle Louw discusses the Covid-19 vaccination rollout for the mining sector. As South Africa prepares to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine, mining companies will be important centres for distribution, but they will have to be circumspect in imposing... 

Cutifani shares thoughts on role of industry amid pandemic

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd February 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani says the global mining industry has, for the most part, been able to show resilience amid the pandemic and provide assistance to communities beyond what governments in many jurisdictions are able to do. In conversation with Deloitte Africa senior... 

Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani
Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

We want to promote greater exploration and beneficiation – President  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2021 “We want to promote greater exploration and beneficiation of minerals,” President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday in his opening address to Mining Indaba Virtual 2021, where he praised South African mining for having shown tremendous resilience in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic.... 

President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa
Mining Indaba Virtual 2021 reported on by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Opinion: Good job, Minister Mantashe – now more of the same

2nd February 2021 Ahead of this year's virtual Investing in African Mining Indaba, law firm Webber Wentzel commends Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) for continuing to work tirelessly throughout the Covid-19-related lockdown but calls for further... 

‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2021 “We need exploration to grow our industry,” Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Monday during a virtual State of the Mining Nation media briefing in which he described exploration as one of the low-hanging fruits that could change South Africa’s economic trajectory in... 

Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo
Minerals Council South Africa media brief reporting by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New report reveals insights into 4IR in mining 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st February 2021 As the mining sector undergoes significant technological shifts, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report reveals an encouraging people-centric, Fourth Industrial Revolution- (4IR-) enabled approach to the modernisation of the sector. The first edition of ‘10 Insights into 4IR’ report,... 

Minerals Council partners with Indaba organisers

29th January 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa announced in December that it had entered into a strategic partnership with the Investing in African Mining Indaba in support of the virtual event held on February 2 and 3. The Minerals Council has a long track record of supporting, partnering and participating... 

SIMON FORD
Supporting South Africa to build a stronger mining industry is a priority for the Mining Indaba organisers
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SIMON FORD Supporting South Africa to build a stronger mining industry is a priority for the Mining Indaba organisers

Lower attendance but further reach for Indaba

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 This year’s two-day Investing in African Mining Indaba virtual conference is expected to host about half of the usual attendance figures at the seven-day event, held in Cape Town in years prior. A spokesperson for event organiser Hyve tells Mining Weekly that about 3 000 delegates are expected to... 

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA
The South African President will one of the keynote speakers at the virtual event
CYRIL RAMAPHOSA The South African President will one of the keynote speakers at the virtual event

Technology presents opportunities for company, industry

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 While it will always be important for people in the mining sector to interact regularly in a forum where they seek new business opportunities, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that virtual events can replace many aspects of physical conferences that representatives were accustomed to attending. 

MARCIN WERTZ
As a conference that focuses on business networking, the Mining Indaba is certainly compromised by being limited to a virtual format
MARCIN WERTZ As a conference that focuses on business networking, the Mining Indaba is certainly compromised by being limited to a virtual format

Africa’s battery potential remains untapped

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Africa’s mining sector holds significant untapped potential for battery-powered equipment, which original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions aims to explore, says Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions MD Simon Andrews. Following the opening of Sandvik Mining and Rock... 

SIMON ANDREWS
The uptake of battery technology in Africa in its uptake will not be driven by legislation as it is in Europe
SIMON ANDREWS The uptake of battery technology in Africa in its uptake will not be driven by legislation as it is in Europe

Botswana copper development on track

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Despite some Covid-19 setbacks, the development of the 3.65-million-tonnes-a-year Khoemacau copper/silver project, in north-west Botswana, is progressing well, Khoemacau Copper Mining CEO Johan Ferreira tells Mining Weekly. In the first quarter of 2020, fourteen months after the launch of the... 

JOHAN FERREIRA
The impact of Covid-19 will lead to a modest delay in the completion of the refurbishment and upgrade of the Boseto processing plant
JOHAN FERREIRA The impact of Covid-19 will lead to a modest delay in the completion of the refurbishment and upgrade of the Boseto processing plant

Central banks return to net sales in November

29th January 2021 Following net purchases in October, central banks returned to net selling in November. Global official reserves also declined by 6.5 t during the month, gold industry market development organisation World Gold Council (WGC) market intelligence manager Krishan Gopaul said in a press release... 

SHINING STAR 
Gold outperformed many other traditional reserve assets in 2020, giving central banks additional firepower to stabilise markets and currencies
SHINING STAR Gold outperformed many other traditional reserve assets in 2020, giving central banks additional firepower to stabilise markets and currencies

Combined funding can spur sustainable mining

29th January 2021 The Investing in African Mining Indaba – which will take place virtually this year on February 2 and 3 – offers a unique opportunity for miners to educate themselves on combined funding structures for sustainable growth, says niche capital raising consulting firm Uzenzele Holdings executive... 

Conducive environs offer lucrative prospects despite difficulties

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 Many of Africa’s mineral deposits can deliver good yields to investors, even after the additional costs that are often incurred when operating in regions without sufficient infrastructure. 

ALBIE VISSER 
The state of the global economy has been an important external factor, leading to weak commodity prices that weighed on mining pre-Covid. However, several commodities have recovered well in recent months.
ALBIE VISSER The state of the global economy has been an important external factor, leading to weak commodity prices that weighed on mining pre-Covid. However, several commodities have recovered well in recent months.

Good vibrations for the year ahead

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Vibrating original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Kwatani’s capital project pipeline is “exceptionally strong against the back-end of weak markets”, which Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin says is a result of time spent actively working with mining and project houses during the worst of the pandemic. For... 

KIM SCHOEPFLIN
The pandemic has not affected Kwatani’s business as negatively as originally expected
KIM SCHOEPFLIN The pandemic has not affected Kwatani’s business as negatively as originally expected

Hydrogen economy top of mind for Minerals Council

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Mining industry body Minerals Council South Africa believes that the country’s hydrogen economy presents significant opportunities, specifically from an environmental, economic and investment, as well as a research and development, perspective. The Minerals Council hopes that this will be... 

TEBELLO CHABANA
The Minerals Council is engaged in a roadmap process, led by government and industry, to develop South Africa’s hydrogen economy
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TEBELLO CHABANA The Minerals Council is engaged in a roadmap process, led by government and industry, to develop South Africa’s hydrogen economy

ICMM announces equivalency benchmarks

29th January 2021 Last month, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry, published a series of equivalency benchmarks that compare the requirements of ICMM’s Mining Principles with several mining and... 

Industry expected to shoulder heavy responsibility

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 Much is expected of pioneer industries, such as mining, which often have to establish themselves and operate in environments that are less than ideal, lacking, for instance, in energy and transport infrastructure, local expertise and reliable supply chains, says independent consulting firm of... 

ANDREW VAN ZYL 
The African mining sector will, similar to other regions, face uncertainty around supply and demand dynamics
ANDREW VAN ZYL The African mining sector will, similar to other regions, face uncertainty around supply and demand dynamics

Contractor learns lockdown lessons

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 The main lesson learned over the past year is that, regardless of the challenges and new limitations brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, good relationships are key to keeping businesses well-enthused and optimistic, says mining services company Basil Read Mining CEO Nathan Williams. “Even... 

BIG PLANS
Basil Read Mining aims to diversify beyond the commodities it currently works in, while expanding its geographical footprint
BIG PLANS Basil Read Mining aims to diversify beyond the commodities it currently works in, while expanding its geographical footprint

Tech keeps MDG going despite Covid-19 pandemic

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling Group (MDG) has always been keen to get involved in the digitisation aspect of technology advancement in the mining industry, with 2020 having shown how important this aspect is, and for the organisation to have an adaptive culture. 

EXPANDED HORIZONS The mobile tunnel borer (pictured above) has expanded Master Drilling Group’s offering into rapid horizontal blind hole development using mechanised methods without blasting
EXPANDED HORIZONS The mobile tunnel borer (pictured above) has expanded Master Drilling Group’s offering into rapid horizontal blind hole development using mechanised methods without blasting

Tech to advance African mining development

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 Despite the devastating economic repercussions of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Africa continues to be an integral component of the global financial system, says international technology company Minetec Smart Mining CTO Mustafa Yesilyurt. 

MUSTAFA YESILYURT 
As long as there is demand for energy, there will be a need for some form of mineral extraction, with clear evidence pointing to an increase in global energy requirements
MUSTAFA YESILYURT As long as there is demand for energy, there will be a need for some form of mineral extraction, with clear evidence pointing to an increase in global energy requirements

As miners gear up for virtual shindig, commodities offer hope amid pandemic gloom

By: Nadine James     29th January 2021 Despite the ongoing uncertainty caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic, the mining industry continues to play a crucial role in the global economy, proving how resilient and adaptable it is, says international exhibition organiser Hyve Group. The mining sector has fared reasonably well during the... 

As miners gear up for virtual shindig, commodities offer hope amid pandemic gloom

Accessing the inaccessible – next level underground mine surveying and safety from Gammatec

29th January 2021 The use of drones for mapping open-pit mines is well established but flying drones underground in dark, unstable, inaccessible areas without the availability of global positioning systems (GPS) has been an impossible task – until the introduction of the revolutionary new Elios 2 drone, available... 

Accessing the inaccessible – next level underground mine surveying and safety from Gammatec

Kwatani

29th January 2021 Kwatani is Africa’s leading OEM  producing  engineered  vibratory  equipment. The 44-year old South African OEM is recognised for its world-class engineering and ISO 9001:2015 certified large-scale manufacturing capability. Kwatani is a Level 1 BBBEE accredited South African company.  Kwatani’s... 

Kwatani

Minetec Smart Mining (Pty) Ltd

29th January 2021 Minetec Smart Mining (Pty) Ltd is an international information technology company that aims to revolutionize the mining sector by providing smart, comprehensive solutions that optimize management, operation and communication processes. These solutions range from automated resource management to... 

Minetec Smart Mining (Pty) Ltd

Multotec

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2021 As a recognised industry leader in metallurgy and process engineering Multotec assists mining houses across the world process mine­rals more efficiently, effectively and reliably. Our equipment and expertise are used on six continents to optimise recoveries and reduce total cost of ownership for... 

Multotec

Raubex

29th January 2021 Firmly entrenched as an Africa-based diversified heavy engineering company, Raubex Group continues to excel as a world-class player in the heavy construction sector, with a focus on infrastructure development. Founded by industry legend Koos Raubenheimer in 1974, the company has a proud record of... 

Raubex

SkyTEM

29th January 2021 Unmatched airborne electromagnetic (EM) technology! SkyTEM is the leader in innovative airborne electromagnetic geophysical surveying services. We engineer advanced data collection systems to meet the high-data-density and high-data-quality requirements of earth scientists for a wide range of... 

SkyTEM

Weba Chute Systems

29th January 2021 Chute systems have an enormous impact on production and profitability. Our world-renowned Weba Chute Systems are used for bulk materials transfer in the industrial and mining sectors. We are the leading manufacturer of bespoke transfer chute systems. Leveraging our extensive experi- ence and the... 

Weba Chute Systems

ICMM outlines economic contribution of mining in host countries

29th January 2021 Last month, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry, published two reports – 'Role of Mining in National Economies: The Mining Contribution Index (5th edition)' and 'ICMM Members’ Tax... 

KEY ECONOMIC CATALYST 
Between 2016 and 2018, many of the world’s poorest countries relied on income from mining as the primary driver of economic activity
Photo by Reuters
KEY ECONOMIC CATALYST Between 2016 and 2018, many of the world’s poorest countries relied on income from mining as the primary driver of economic activity

Blockchain carbon tracing proof of concept released

29th January 2021 The World Economic Forum’s Mining and Metals Blockchain Initiative (MMBI) announced in December that it had released a proof of concept that uses distributed ledger technology to track embedded greenhouse gas emissions with a focus on end-to-end traceability. The initiative, a collaboration... 

PROVING THE CONCEPT
The blockchain carbon tracing proof of concept will improve the traceability of emissions from mine to final product
PROVING THE CONCEPT The blockchain carbon tracing proof of concept will improve the traceability of emissions from mine to final product
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