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Palladium News

Reagents finally ready to break into PGMs market

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th February 2022 Reagents manufacturer and supplier Axis House has identified 2022 as the year to introduce its platinum group metals (PGMs) range of technical reagents – comprising collectors, depressants and frothers – into the Southern African market. 

Profits mimic recycled demand

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th February 2022 Since the emergence of exchange traded funds, platinum has increasingly been used as an investment vehicle. Owing to its value, platinum tends to be recycled quite readily and, because of its rarity and use as a store of value, “there’s no more important precious metal to recycle and refine than... 

Foreseen renewables demand providing opportunity for job creation, just energy transition 

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2022 Demand already foreseen is providing South Africa with the far-reaching and very welcome opportunity to create sufficient new jobs – “and then some” – to ensure a just energy transition away from the country’s current climate-threatening carbon intensity, Mining Weekly can report. South Africa’s... 

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From left, clockwise, Paul O’Flaherty, Dr Tsakani Mthombeni, Hein Reyneke, and Andre de Ruyter

Nornickel's core earnings jumped 37% in 2021

By: Reuters     10th February 2022 Norilsk Nickel said on Thursday its full-year core earnings jumped 37% in 2021 thanks to higher revenue from surging metal prices and the sale of stockpiled palladium left over from 2020. Nornickel, the world's largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel, said earnings before interest,... 

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Nickel sheets

Community protests halt construction at Wesizwe's Bakubung mine

By: Chanel de Bruyn     8th February 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) development company Wesizwe Platinum on February 8 informed shareholders that community protests have interrupted the development of its Bakubung mine. It noted that Ledig community members on January 26 embarked on a march towards the Bakubung mine. The marchers... 

Metals, engineering need govt support to ensure sustainable economic recovery

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 South African businesses in the metals and engineering sector have faced enormous challenges over the past few years, with the Covid-19 pandemic compounding an already difficult situation, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Tuesday. Seifsa is a... 

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Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini

New integrated PGMs/chrome plant provides growth platform for Jubilee 

By: Darren Parker     8th February 2022 Aim-listed metal processing company Jubilee Metals is poised for growth following the successful recommissioning of its significantly upgraded and fully integrated new Inyoni platinum group metals (PGM) processing facility, in Gauteng. “The new integrated facility sets a strong foundation for... 

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Jubilee CEO Leon Coetzer

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Diversified portfolio pays off for Wheaton Precious Metals

By: Mariaan Webb     8th February 2022 Having a diversified, high-quality portfolio of low-cost assets paid off for royalty firm Wheaton Precious Metals in 2021, with strong performances from some key mines more than offsetting challenges at others, CEO Randy Smallwood reported on Monday. The company achieved its 2021 production... 

Tharisa signs MoU for 40 MW solar plant 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th February 2022 JSE-listed Tharisa has signed a comprehensive memorandum of understanding (MoU) with renewable energy independent power producer Total Eren and African-focused transitional energy company Chariot. The MoU, which is a precursor to the signing of a long-term power purchase agreement for the supply... 

An image of the Tharisa mine, on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex
Tharisa mine

Renewables come in at less than half of what we’re paying for energy – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2022 Failure to wholeheartedly embrace the generation of renewable energy is out-and-out business folly. Anglo American and Engie made this perfectly clear on Thursday when they revealed that renewables come in at less than half the price of South Africa’s currently high-priced carbon-intensive power... 

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From left, Natascha Viljoen, Jonathan Debasc and Fahmida Smith.

Implats achieves sustainability accolade

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd February 2022 The Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Sustainability Yearbook 2022 has recognised JSE-listed Impala Platinum (Implats) for its sustainability efforts,. The company was one of four JSE-listed metals and mining companies to be included in the yearbook this year and the winner of the Metals and... 

Implats women emloyees underground

Sibanye stresses importance of healthy wetlands

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2022 Precious and battery metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater acknowledges that wetlands are critical ecosystems that support its business, communities and ensure all are resilient to the impacts of climate change through greenhouse-gas emissions reduction, buffering the impacts of changes in the... 

Mpumalanga just transition being investigated by Ubuntu-hearted solar masterminds  

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2022 An organisation which is providing un-electrified informal settlements with clean, green solar power in the Western Cape – in Ubuntu-hearted fashion – has begun to investigate just energy transition opportunities in Mpumalanga, where South Africa’s coal-mining and coal-fired power is facing... 

Green power project manager to un-electrified informal settlements Reshmi Wolvers
GreenCape project manager Reshmi Wolvers interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Production issues weigh on Implats’ H1 output

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st February 2022 JSE-listed Impala Platinum (Implats) says it faced several operational challenges in the six months ended December 31. These included extended safety stoppages, intermittent industrial action and power supply interruptions, which impacted on production.  

South Africa needs to embrace Ubuntu principles in going green, webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2022 In decarbonising and going green, South Africa needs to embrace the principles of Ubuntu and show humanity towards others. That view was expressed by Gold Fields South Africa executive VP Martin Preece during the 'Decarbonisation & Going Green in the Mining Sector' webinar hosted by Creamer Media... 

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From top left, clockwise, are Abel Sakhau, Martin Preece, Jevon Martin, Nikisi Lesufi and James Mackay.

Sylvania increases earnings, progresses Lesedi tailings deposition facility 

By: Donna Slater     31st January 2022 Aim-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Sylvania Platinum’s dump operations achieved a 5% quarter-on-quarter increase in production to 16 605 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) for the quarter ended December 31 – the second quarter of its 2022 financial year. A 5% increase in... 

Sibanye takes full control of Kroondal for R1 plus mine closure, rehab costs 

By: Donna Slater     31st January 2022 Subsidiary of JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater – Sibanye Rustenburg Platinum Mines (Rustenburg operation) – has entered into an agreement with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) subsidiary – Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM) – in which the Rustenburg operation will assume full ownership of... 

An image of Kroondal mine
Kroondal mine

Green energy transition will help South Africa become more resilient, competitive   

By: Schalk Burger     28th January 2022 South Africa needs more power generation to overcome the supply gap and underpin economic growth, and investments by private companies, including mining houses, are essential to close that gap. Renewable energy projects provide good economic prospects, help to decarbonise the mining sector and... 

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Creamer Media on January 28 hosted a webinar on decarbonisation and going green in the mining sector. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Switch to platinum by automakers will weigh on palladium prices

By: Reuters     28th January 2022 Platinum prices are expected to steadily rise over the next two years and palladium prices to gradually fall as automakers switch to using platinum in autocatalysts to cut costs, a Reuters survey Thursday showed. Both metals are used in engine exhausts, where they neutralise harmful emissions.... 

Speed up solar, wind and storage developments – Easton   

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2022 A speeded up solar, wind and storage (SWS) approach is needed to advance South Africa’s decarbonised energy situation and take the country into a cleaner, greener future. Also, steps need to be taken to allow the delayed Tubatse pumped storage scheme to go ahead as an independent power producer... 

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Retired civil engineering construction cost consultant David Easton interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Amplats records strong fourth-quarter performance, but safety a concern

By: Darren Parker     27th January 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on January 27 lamented increased levels of absenteeism and a 13% regression in its total recordable case frequency rate (TRIFR) for the fourth quarter of 2021, which Amplats CEO Natascha Viljoen said was related to Covid-19.... 

A photo of Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen

Anglo increases copper guidance for 2022 as Peru mine comes online

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th January 2022 Global miner Anglo American says its production for the fourth quarter of 2021 was flat compared with output in the fourth quarter of 2020. CEO Mark Cutifani noted on January 27 that operating levels across the group had been at about 95% of normal capacity throughout 2021 as a result of... 

Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani
Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani

Palladium soars as Russia tension sparks investor rush for metal

By: Bloomberg     27th January 2022 Palladium soared to the highest in four months, with traders looking to secure supplies amid growing tensions over Ukraine as Russia, the top metal producer, amassed troops near the border. The metal that’s mostly used in catalytic converters rose as much 8.3% on Wednesday, extending this year’s... 

Hydrogen roadmap targeting societal well-being, North West conference told  

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2022 In terms of high-level outcomes, the vision of South Africa’s Hydrogen Society Roadmap is to create an inclusive, sustainable and competitive hydrogen economy to support net-zero carbon economic growth and societal well-being, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) chief director hydrogen and... 

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North West Mining and Energy Conference covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Amplats lauded for gender quality practices

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2022 JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has been included in the latest Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) for the third year in a row. The company takes pride in its inclusive and diverse workplace, and the fact that it is one of 418 companies across 45 countries and regions to be... 

Barplats terminates ABT agreement for Circuit H Project

By: Donna Slater     26th January 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) reports that, owing to none of the conditions precedent being fulfilled, its subsidiary Barplats Mines has terminated a project framework agreement with Advanced Beneficiation Technologies (ABT) for the development and... 

Hosken buys more shares in PTM to retain 26% stake

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2022 TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) plans to sell 3.5-million common shares at $1.69 each to its existing major shareholder Hosken Consolidated Investments, to raise $6-milion. PTM will use the proceeds to repay $3-million in senior secured debt it has with Sprott Private Resource Lending II... 

Many seeing platinum as hard asset, potential inflation hedge – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2022 There are a lot more people looking at platinum as a hard asset and potential hedge against inflation, World Platinum Investment Council director of research Trevor Raymond said on Monday. Responding to Mining Weekly’s questions on what has been driving the platinum up over the last two weeks,... 

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WPIC Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

PTM to buy, cancel $20m convertible notes

By: Donna Slater     21st January 2022 TSX- and NYSE-listed platinum group metals miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has entered into privately-negotiated agreements with the beneficial owners of $20-million of  convertible senior subordinated notes due July 1, which it plans to buy and cancel. The notes were originally sold to... 

Sam Molefi clinches promising contract for his impressive mining business  

By: Martin Creamer     21st January 2022 Modi Mining is a 100% black South African-owned company founded and owned by mining engineer and entrepreneur Samuel Molefi and entrepreneur Christina Motlapele Molefi. The company was established with the sole objective of rendering differentiated contract mining services and to be a supplier of... 

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Modi Mining MD Sam Molefi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

November mining production, sales up; Omicron to weigh on December stats

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2022 Mining production increased by 5.2% year-on-year in November, buoyed by a 38.1% rise in the production of platinum group metals (PGMs) – contributing 7.7 percentage points to the overall tally; and a 9.3% rise in iron-ore – contributing 0.8 of a percentage point, overall. Financial services... 

Hillside Aluminium could get green $0.03c/kWh lifeline by 2030 – Mallinson  

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2022 It’s all about South Africa focusing attention on the generation and storage of its wonderful African sunshine and prime African wind. It’s all about going hammer and tongs for these three letters, SWS, which stand for solar, wind and storage ­– and eight hours of storage is all we need, which is... 

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Energy consultant Clyde Mallinson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

RBPlat preparing a response to Implats offer

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2022 In response to JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) issuing an offer circular to shareholders of midtier PGM miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on January 17, RBPlat says it will revert with its own response circular within 20 business days. Implats and... 

Implats tables RBPlat share offer in circular to shareholders 

By: Donna Slater     17th January 2022 JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has issued an offer circular to shareholders of midtier PGM miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on January 17 as it proposes to acquire all RBPlat shares it does not already hold. As at January 7, it held 102.05-million... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller
Implats CEO Nico Muller

Waterberg nudges toward construction decision  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2022 After completing a 46-hole drilling programme and having conducted various geophysical surveys in October last year, TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) is ready to advance the palladium-dominant Waterberg project to a development and construction decision. The company’s other... 

Palladium bar
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Palladium bar

Potentially game-changing hydrogen fuel cell technology attracts funding  

By: Martin Creamer     13th January 2022 Hydrogen fuel cells are increasingly being viewed as an attractive technology to decarbonise large parts of industry, particularly heavy-duty transport. Two key barriers to more widespread adoption of fuel cells are the costs and production scale of fuel cell systems. 

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AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly

Formal launch of South Africa’s first green ammonia project on Tuesday  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2022 The formal launch of South Africa’s first green ammonia project takes place on Tuesday, against the background of the initiative having already secured an in-principle offtake agreement from a global player – a clear indication of the world’s ‘go green’ momentum. Hive Energy and BuiltAfrica –... 

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BuiltAfrica chairperson Thulani Gcabashe interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer
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