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Hydrogen fuel cell has inexhaustible future, says Fortescue’s Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2021 The hydrogen fuel cell has an inexhaustible future as a means of maintaining the planet’s high standard of living, said Fortescue Metals Group chairperson Andrew Forrest during a global online symposium this week. “Our little planet’s cooking, the world’s impatient and there’s any amount of... 

Drilling confirms straightforward nature of planned Waterberg mine declines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th October 2021 TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has completed a geotechnical drilling campaign at the Waterberg joint venture (JV) project, in South Africa’s Bushveld Complex. The campaign started in July and consisted of 46 boreholes drilled along a centre line of two sets of twin declines... 

Market recognising higher likelihood of platinum deficit than surplus in years ahead – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2021 Right now, the market is recognising the higher likelihood of platinum being in deficit rather than in surplus in the mid-term years ahead, said World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond on Thursday. Raymond expects pent-up up consumer demand for vehicles to reduce any... 

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The market is recognising the higher likelihood of platinum being in deficit rather than in surplus in the mid-term years ahead, said World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond on Thursday.

South Africa needs to ramp up critical minerals exploration as world decarbonises - study 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2021 The South African mining sector can remain internationally competitive and support socioeconomic development only if it drives decarbonisation and adapts to the global shift in commodity demand towards minerals used in green sectors such as renewable electricity and electric vehicles (EVs), a new... 

A photo of an iron-ore stockpile

Tharisa achieves record quarterly output

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome concentrate producer Tharisa reports that its Tharisa mine, in the North West, achieved its highest production ever during the quarter ended September 30. Platinum group metals output for the quarter increased to 43 700 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium,... 

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The Tharisa mine

Mining boom papering over serious structural issues – Nedbank's Mpofu  

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 South Africa’s current mining boom is papering over some very serious structural issues that underlie the mining industry as a whole. “Chief amongst those is the slowdown if not disappearance of investment in future capacity, a trend we’ve been seeing for the past ten years,” said Nedbank mining... 

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Nedbank mining lead Vusi Mpofu interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

2021 defined by recovering markets – CIBJO Precious Metals Special Report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th October 2021 In general, precious metal markets experienced robust sales, with prices rebounding from the lows they had experienced during the disruptive turmoil of 2020, the third of this year’s CIBJO commission’s special reports indicates. Prepared by the CIBJO Precious Metals Commission, the report reviews... 

Solutions for recycling EV batteries needed now to ensure future sustainability

By: Donna Slater     11th October 2021 With the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable and less carbon-intensive energy solutions globally, as well as moves to expand electric and hybrid vehicle use, comes the issue of discarded batteries and electrical components in the future as electrical and battery systems reach the end... 

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

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Form top left clockwise are Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Olivia Markham, Brett Beatty, Bernard Swanepoel and Mick McMullen.

Feasibility study finds hydrogen corridor could add up to $8.8bn to South Africa's GDP by 2050 

By: Schalk Burger     8th October 2021 A study of the characteristics, current commercial activity and potential benefits of transitioning various economic activities along the Limpopo to Johannesburg to Durban corridor to use green hydrogen has concluded that domestic demand is critical to accelerate the development and impact of the... 

An image depicting the green hydrogen sector

PlatAfrica partners with AFI to build platinum jewellery market

By: Simone Liedtke     7th October 2021 South Africa's premiere platinum jewellery design and manufacturing competition PlatAfrica is again partnering with African Fashion International (AFI), as part of its ongoing strategy to build the platinum jewellery market, to showcase this year’s finalists’ pieces as part of 2021 Joburg Fashion... 

PGMs landscape is changing but not fading, producers agree  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th October 2021 When it comes to the future growth of platinum group metal (PGM) producers, some are covering their bases by diversifying into battery metals, while others are looking to benefit from the much-hyped hydrogen economy. Impala Platinum CEO Nico Muller sees the company’s scope for growth as being... 

South Africa’s exploration investment lowest since democracy began, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2021 South Africa’s mining industry is at its lowest level of exploration investment since democracy began in 1994, the Joburg Indaba heard on Thursday. “Never have we spent less – and this is a pity because significant promises were made about an exploration plan for the country,” Joburg Indaba... 

Creamer Media screenshot from Joburg Indaba October 2021
Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa in danger of missing out on commodity boom, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2021 A much more enabling environment is needed to ensure that South Africa does not miss out on yet another commodity boom, the Joburg Indaba heard on Wednesday. “We know that we’ve missed at least one commodity boom,” Foskor chairperson, Industrial Development Corporation director and founding... 

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Joburg Indaba opening session covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Pele Green-EDF SA consortium to build 100 MW solar PV plant at Mogalakwena 

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2021 JSE-listed platinum-group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has selected the Pele Green Energy – EDF Renewables South Africa consortium as the preferred supplier to build a 100 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its Mogalakwena mine, in Limpopo. Pele Green Energy develops,... 

An image of a solar PV installation

Innovative wireless sensor approach could make exploration cheaper – Prof  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 An innovative wireless sensor method of mapping the subsurface of the earth could make exploration cheaper and mining safer, says Professor Musa Manzi, the award-winning director of the Seismic Research Centre of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. The method, which... 

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Wits Professor Musa Manzi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Investment in mining crucial to ensure continued contribution to economy – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 Investment in the mining industry is crucial to ensure its continued contribution to the South African economy, says PwC in its thirteenth edition of SA Mine 2021, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry. In a year of doom and gloom on so many fronts,... 

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PwC presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Giant private mining companies getting away with no obligation to report anything publicly   

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 A globally significant chrome producer operating six chrome mines and employing 7 000 people inside South Africa – with a social labour plan obligation on every mine, with tax and royalty obligations paid to the State – is permitted to operate in this country with no ongoing public disclosure... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed on transparency by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum offering good relative value as investment – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 Platinum is viewed as an investment case for the moment and is offering good relative value, says Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne. Palladium appears more vulnerable than platinum to vehicle production downside risks, says World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) institutional distribution head... 

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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Northam board approves renewable energy projects plus hydrogen project 

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2021 The board of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum has given its approval for the building of three renewable energy projects at three of the company’s mines plus a hydrogen project at one of them. Northam Platinum CFO Alet Coetzee said this week that board approval had... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Alet Coetzee, CFO of Northam Platinum, during presentation of annual results on 30 Sept 2021
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Northam Platinum CFO Alet Coetzee

Sibanye-Stillwater launches programme to propel mining innovators, entrepreneurs

By: Donna Slater     1st October 2021 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater soft-launched its iXS programme during the Wits Mining Institute’s yearly DigiMine seminar on September 30 as a means to incubate and grow South African innovators and entrepreneurs with solutions for a modern mining industry. Sibanye-Stillwater... 

Countercyclical Northam growth strategy creates 8 000 jobs, 2 000 this year  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2021 The record operational and financial performance of Northam Platinum in the 12 months to June 30 was accompanied by the creation of 2 335 new sustainable jobs, which takes the total generated by the platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company well-timed growth strategy from 2015 to 8 232. In... 

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Northam Platinum’s record financial results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Lightning protection requires careful consideration as digitalisation of mining expands 

By: Donna Slater     30th September 2021 With the increased use of electronic and digital systems in modern mines comes the issue of lightning protection, which Wits Mining Institute's Professor Ian Jandrell suggests can be addressed in unique and simple ways, stemming from careful consideration and clear understanding. He gave a... 

Northam Platinum’s headline earnings soar 215%

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2021 The normalised headline earnings of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum soared by more than 215% to R10.9-billion in what was a record operational and financial performance in the 12 months to June 30. The JSE-listed company stated on Thursday that its earnings before... 

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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Sibanye-Stillwater moving to radical transparency on public tailings disclosure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Gold, platinum and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is moving towards the embrace of radical transparency when it comes to public disclosure on matters relating to tailings facilities against the backdrop of 230 significant tailings failures having taken place globally. Sibanye-Stillwater... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Digitisation slashes Sibanye-Stillwater’s loco incidents 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Digitisation has slashed by nearly 70% underground locomotive incidents at Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African gold and platinum group metal (PGM) mines. The digital locomotive systems improve safety and productivity by managing interactions and logistics. 

Creamer Media screenshot of Sibanye-Stillwater DigiMine presentation at Wits University.
A total of 1 152 locomotives move 36-million tons of ore and interface with 58 500 employees in a confined area.

Mantashe hopeful of turning Limpopo, North West, Northern Cape into new mining hotspots

By: Donna Slater     28th September 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe hopes to spur growth in mining hubs within Limpopo, the North West and the Northern Cape provinces with the launch of the Limpopo Mining Investment Conference, which was held on September 28. During a keynote address, he explained that the... 

Green Sedibelo will use 82% less electricity to take PGMs all the way to end consumer  

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines is well on its way to becoming the lowest of low-energy PGM energy users and the highest of high on-site beneficiators of metals that are key in the global fight against climate change. Sedibelo’s technology sensation is the remarkable... 

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Pallinghurst managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Wesizwe expects up to 134% y/y increase in interim headline earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th September 2021 Platinum group metals exploration and mining company Wesizwe Platinum expects to report headline earnings a share of between 8.83c and 21.21c for the six months ended June 30. That represents an increase of between 114% and 134% on the headline loss a share of 61.90c reported for the first half... 

Green 175 MW power for Sibanye-Stillwater platinum group metal mines  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2021 A total of 174 MW of clean, green renewable power is on the way for Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum group metal (PGM) mines in South Africa. The total cost of the three project scheme will be in the order of R2.5-billion to R2.8-billion. 

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A total of 174 MW of clean, green renewable power is on the way for Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum group metal (PGM) mines in South Africa.

Long-term supply contracts shielding Sibanye-Stillwater from PGMs price swing 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Sibanye-Stillwater has emphasised its strong long-term supply contract positions in the face of the current spot price pendulum swinging away from the sky-high price levels of earlier this year. Most of the sales of the Johannesburg- and... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater PGM Investor Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Chip uncertainty causing PGMs price uncertainty – chief investment officer  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2021 The general feeling is that chip capacity will slowly start coming back in the next few months, but only to return the auto industry back to where it was pre-Covid, and not to the post-Covid surge, which resulted in platinum group metals (PGMs) prices going through the roof. If the global auto... 

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Integral Asset Management Chief Investment Officer Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sandvik says half of underground equipment sales will be electric by 2030

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2021 Mining solutions provider Sandvik forecasts strong momentum for electric mining equipment over the coming decade and anticipates that it could account for more than half of its equipment sales to the underground mining sector by 2030. This market growth is expected to accelerate on the back of... 

Save SA Smelters responds to ChromeSA’s ‘high-risk’ analysis 

By: Martin Creamer     17th September 2021 The Save SA Smelters movement, which has thrown its full weight behind the decision of the Cabinet to impose an export tax on raw chrome leaving the country, on Friday responded to the analysis of ChromeSA that the imposition of such a tax would be high risk. ChromeSA was formed late last year... 

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Placard-bearing Save SA Smelters members.

PGMs are being hammered by the chip shortage

By: Bloomberg     16th September 2021 The shortage of semiconductors is clobbering the price of platinum-group metals as investors brace for a long-lasting hit to car production. Platinum and its sister metals palladium and rhodium – used in pollution-cutting catalytic converters – have all suffered sharp drops in recent weeks as... 

Mining companies launch International Mining Safety Hub to help reduce fatalities 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th September 2021 Various large mining companies have joined hands to launch the International Mining Safety (IMS) Hub – an online hub of industry-endorsed visual safety tools that allow for greater learning opportunities and improved safety for all levels of employees. "This is a collaboration by industry, for... 

A photo of a mineworker in a South African underground mine

Mining production up 10.3% y/y in July

By: Donna Slater     14th September 2021 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reports that production from South Africa’s mining industry increased by 10.3% year-on-year in July, with the largest contributors being the production of iron-ore, which was up by 42.9%, contributing 3.9 percentage points to the overall tally. Platinum group... 

South Africa’s junior mining dearth result of unintended consequence – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 South Africa’s junior mining dearth is a result of savings no longer flowing through to primary capital raising and stock exchange listings, as the Jacobs Committee expected them to do. The unintended consequence is that there are no longer small investors for small companies. This has negatively... 

Creamer Media screenshot of AmaranthCX director Paul Miller taken during Zoom interview.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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