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Project Management News

Ever greater global acknowledgement of need to decarbonise ever more urgently – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 6 hours ago Ever greater acknowledgement is being given to the need to decarbonise global energy and transport systems ever more urgently. At the same time, ever greater global recognition is being given to the fact that many of the products of mining are fundamental to enabling that shift. 

Seriti Green raises need for Africa to appraise vanadium as electricity storage battery metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2023 Wind farm builder Seriti Green, which is planning substantial electricity storage capacity at its big renewable energy project in Mpumalanga, has raised the need for vanadium to be appraised as a battery storage metal of choice in Africa owing to the difficulties of sourcing lithium batteries.... 

From left, Layton Nenzinane, Peter Venn and Doug Gain.
Seriti Green Mpumalanga wind farm developers talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Consultants offer energy efficiency planning, implementation

3rd February 2023 Making a mine energy efficient requires plenty of planning, which ideally means proactively designing for efficiency from an early stage in a project, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. “Many mining companies are embracing new technology for energy efficiency, but there is... 

A large open pit operation at night being lit up with flood lights and masts
OPEN TO SUGGESTION Mines need to be more open to energy solutions being implemented during the planning phase, as opposed to once the mine has been constructed

New tech boosts energy, operational efficiencies

By: Halima Frost     3rd February 2023 A manganese miner, in the Northern Cape, has reported a double-digit increase in energy and operational efficiencies since it implemented an Integrated Remote Operations Centre (iROC) designed by energy management and automation company Schneider Electric. An iROC is an integrated operations... 

A photo of Schneider Electrics Building and company logo
ENERGY ENABLER Schneider Electric has helped a notable miner in the Northern Cape to increase its energy and operational efficiencies, with further improvements on the cards

Mining Indaba to be ‘bigger than ever’

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9 – is expected to be “bigger than ever”, owing to strong commodity prices and an increase in demand for critical minerals, as well as battery and rare earth metals. “We... 

An image depicting speakers at the Mining Indaba
INTRODUCING… New programmes and initiatives will be introduced, such as the Explorers Showcase, the Junior MINE and Official Government Leaders Programme

Miner approves project implementation, begins refinery construction

27th January 2023 Diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater announced in November last year that, subsequent to securing an effective controlling interest of about 85% in Keliber Oy, the Sibanye-Stillwater board had approved capital expenditure of €588-million for the Keliber lithium hydroxide project, beginning with... 

An image of Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman
Photo by Donna Slater
NEAL FRONEMAN Keliber is expected to have one of the lowest carbon emission footprints in the industry

Course enables project management’s full potential

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th January 2023 Not-for-profit professional project management organisation Project Management Institute (PMI) has launched a course covering critical power skills amongst others to assist project managers in bridging the gap between project owners and contractors. PMI sub-Saharan Africa MD George Asamani... 

An image of a construction sector worker on site
BRIDGING THE GAP The course bridges the gap between contractors and project owners

Copper-copious Zambia stepping up agricultural prowess, embarking on robust outreach  

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2023 Mining and agriculture are two key sectors of the Zambian economy that are attracting foreign direct investment, which rose 158% to $8.5-billion in 2022, creating 74 000 jobs. The latest company to announce that it will be developing a new copper mine in Zambia is one linked to Microsoft's Bill... 

Munkotachi Investments MD Christopher Lesa.
Munkotachi Investments MD Christopher Lesa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Green hydrogen mine mobility on way in India to platinum applause

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2023 India has opted for hydrogen fuel-cell heavy-duty mine truck mobility in a green initiative that will have platinum group metals (PGMs) miners applauding. This is because the clean emission-free power will come from proton exchange membrane PEM technology, which is PGM-enabled. 

Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.

Measures to contain diamond mine tailings breach complete – Petra 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2023 When the eastern wall of a tailings storage facility at the Williamson diamond mine, in Tanzania, was breached on November 7 last year, precautionary measures to contain the tailings material and strengthen the New Alamasi water dam were carried out at the operation which is owned 75% by... 

Williamson diamond mine in Tanzania.
Williamson diamond mine in Tanzania.

Lithium sales from South Africa on track to begin this month, Marula Mining reports  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2023 Sales of lithium processed out of stockpiles at the Blesberg project in the Northern Cape are expected to commence this month. “We’re on track for the first delivery of a thousand tons through to the offtake party that we’ve contracted with,” Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer told Mining Weekly in a... 

Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer.
Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Platinum-boosting clean hydrogen projects, patents are all the rage 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2023 The implementation agreement for Namibia’s planned multibillion-dollar Hyphen Hydrogen Energy project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of this year, Namibia President Hage Geingob revealed in his 2023 New Year’s message. Egypt has granted approval for two green hydrogen projects in... 

Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.
Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.

Enable South Africa to become green hydrogen centre – ANC

By: Martin Creamer     9th January 2023 Enabling South Africa to become a green hydrogen centre through government support is highlighted in the January 8 Statement 2023 of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC). "The ANC recognises important work in the Hydrogen Roadmap and directs government to... 

Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.
Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.

Study shows PV plant’s value

16th December 2022 Canadian miner Giyani Metals provided results of a feasibility study (FS) conducted for its K.Hill battery-grade manganese project, located in Botswana, last month. The FS results followed lifecycle assessment – prepared by environmental consultants Minviro –  published in late September, which... 

Expansion project on track

By: Nadine Ramdass     16th December 2022 Investment company Menar’s Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) expansion project is in the shaft development phase and first coal is expected by April 2023. The project will increase production at the colliery, in Emakhalathini, about 100 km from Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

An aearial image of Menar's Zululand Anthracite Colliery
ZULULAND ANTHRACITE COLLIERY The colliery's superior quality places it as a favoured supplier

Greenfield project deemed feasible

By: Nadine Ramdass     16th December 2022 Coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal’s greenfield Gugulethu project – located south-east of Hendrina, in Mpumalanga – forms part of the miner’s expansion objectives to become a larger player in the sector. Initially delayed by Covid-19’s impact on coal prices, Canyon Coal reassessed... 

An image of a excavator for Menar
DIGGING IN The Gugulethu project will use underground and opencast mining methods

Projects move miner towards sustainability

16th December 2022 Mining company Exxaro’s “Mega Projects” are geared toward ensuring sustainability through initiatives dedicated to incorporating diverse stakeholder perspectives, strengthening its existing human resources and upgrading existing sites to be more modern and efficient. Exxaro’s Mega Projects... 

An image of Exxaro's Grootgeluk's processing plant
Photo by Donna Slater
GROOTEGELUK PPROCESSING PLANT The double-stage beneficiation plant will expand Grootegeluk’s capacity by 7%, or 1.7-million tons a year.

Increased output attributed to facility expansion

By: Halima Frost     16th December 2022 Aim-listed metals processing company Jubilee Metals Group’s Inyoni platinum group metals (PGMs) processing facility, in Gauteng, has successfully increased its operational output, subsequent to the completion of its capitalisation and expansion programme in March. This is based on Inyoni’s... 

A platinum processing plant in the sunset
UPPING OUTPUT Jubliee's Inyoni mine has exceeded operational output predictions after its expansion

Prioritising energy security

By: Halima Frost     16th December 2022 As part of its greater five-year, R50-billion capital investment programme to extend life-of-mine (LoM) development at several of its operations, platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has allocated R4.3-billion to its energy security and decarbonisation projects in South... 

Solar helps mine reduce costs, decarbonise, mitigate loadshedding

By: Cameron Mackay     16th December 2022 The construction of gold miner Gold Fields’ 50 MW Khanyisa solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its South Deep gold mine was completed in August this year, and Gold Fields executive VP Martin Preece espouses the benefits thereof to Mining Weekly. Such benefits include, mitigating loadshedding,... 

Image of solar panels on Khanyisa solar photovoltaic plant 1
ENSURING CONTINUITY Khanyisa is enabling South Deep to have business continuity amid severe loadshedding in South Africa

‘Largest’ solar hybrid project commissioned at mine

16th December 2022 During the international community‘s search for solutions to the climate crisis at the COP27 conference in Egypt in November, international project developer JUWI published a release noting that it had entered into the final stages of commissioning the world’s “largest” solar hybrid project at... 

Image of Sukari mine PV site
HYBRID SUCCESS The energy system consists of a 36 MW solar PV farm and a 7.5 MW battery-energy storage system, integrated into the existing diesel power station

Preconstruction programme approved in principle

16th December 2022 In October New York Stock Exchange-listed mining house Platinum Group Metals (PTM) reported that the Waterberg Joint Venture (JV) Resources, in principle approved a R380-million pre-construction work programme for the Waterberg project, which focuses on early infrastructure, de-risking and... 

A map depicting the Waterberg project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa
COMPLEX PROGRESS The pre-construction programme for the Waterberg project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa has been approved in principal

Company builds centralised control room for mine

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd December 2022 Engineering, integration and manufacturing company Iritron completed a 360° control room at a mine in the Northern Cape province this year. The control room is a showcase for the implementation of smart technology, digitalisation and mechanisation using smart control room equipment and... 

Image of a smart control room 1
SMART CONTROL ROOM The control room is a showcase for the implementation of smart technology, digitalisation and mechanisation

Supplier aids tunnel construction

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd December 2022 Construction materials supplier Peikko South Africa has partnered with a local construction company to develop an innovative ventilation tunnel design for a headgear structure in a mine located in the Limpopo province. Peikko South Africa supplies a large selection of products for both precast... 

Image of Peikko MD Daniel Petrov
DANIEL PETROV The local engineering, procurement and construction contractor conducted the manufacture and installation of the precast concrete elements on-site

Strong call for rapid green hydrogen investment by ramp-up backer 

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2022 A strong call for final investment decisions (FIDs) on a multiplicity of green hydrogen projects was made at the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit in Cape Town yesterday by H2Global, a market ramp-up instrument that serves as an innovative form of subsidy scheme to smooth out bumps along green... 

Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.
Photo by Creamer Media
Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.

R4-trillion needed for South Africa’s hydrogen economy, PIC declares  

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2022 South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) stated on Monday that more than R4.3-trillion is required for the development of the hydrogen economy, which it declared positive for people, planet, and client portfolios. The hydrogen investment strategy of the PIC, which has... 

Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.
Photo by Siemens
Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.

South Africa’s mining market is dynamic and fast-moving, Siemens Large Drives finds  

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2022 South Africa is a super dynamic and super fast-moving market, says Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck, who has just completed a week of discussions with customers to highlight sustainability solutions for mining. From his perspective, South African mining economy is at the... 

Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck.
Siemens Large Drives' Oliver Beck, Tim Walwyn talk to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd, Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Pictures: Donna Slater.

Gold miner releases tailings policy

25th November 2022 Global gold miner DRDGold released its tailings management policy, earlier this month. The aim of the new policy is to ensure that the interests of all relevant stakeholders – including shareholders, board members, executive and operational management, operating personnel, regulators and... 

Tailings being washed down for processing at one of DRD Golds tailing facilities in Johannesburg
RESPONSIBLE ACTOR The tailings management policy set out by DRD Gold will ensure the interests of all stakeholders are attended to adequately

Global organisation publishes tailings reduction roadmap

25th November 2022 Global CEO-led organisation International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) in September published its tailings reduction roadmap as part of a broader innovation initiative to develop solutions that significantly reduce tailings waste from mining and metals processing. The roadmap lays out... 

TELLING TIMES
The tailings roadmap released by global organization International Council on Mining and Metals aims to help significantly reduce taiings waste form mining and metals processing operations
TELLING TIMES The tailings roadmap released by global organization International Council on Mining and Metals aims to help significantly reduce taiings waste form mining and metals processing operations

Tailings critical liability in mining – consultancy

25th November 2022 Tailings storage facilities (TSFs) represent one of the most critical liabilities associated with the mining industry, says engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting tailings engineering corporate consultant Pepe Moreno. With the spotlight focused on environmental, social and... 

A dry tailings dam which has been inspected by SRK Consulting
DAM DRY A dry tailings dam which has been inspected by SRK Consulting

New implements to complement tailings testing portfolio  

By: Halima Frost     25th November 2022 Civil and mining geotechnical service provider GeoGroup has received the first of three new geotechnical surveying implements, which the company has commissioned to complement its range of tailings monitoring equipment. GeoGroup operations director Grant Rijsmus points out that, of the projects... 

A sonic cone penetration testing unit drill rig onthe floor of a factory after being unpacked at the Geogroup offices in gauteng south africa
Grant Rijsmus and Meldt van der Spuy from Geogroup discuss the new surveying implements to complement its tailings storage facilities testing portfolio. Camerawork: Shadwyn Dickinson. Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson. Recorded: 04.11.2022

South Africa’s crime crisis ruling out economic growth, sustainability discussion hears  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2022 South Africa’s economic paradox is that it cannot grow economically if it has a burgeoning crime crisis but it is unable to solve the burgeoning crime crisis if it is not growing. That was the opening comment of outgoing Mineral Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, who anchored the second of... 

Roger Baxter.
Roger Baxter.

Sedibelo Platinum will now have wind power as well as solar and smelterless technology  

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2022 Latest news from Sedibelo Platinum Mines in North West province is that the company’s Pilanesberg platinum mines situated in the Bushveld Complex, 207 km west of Johannesburg, will not only have abundant solar power on site plus a world-first smelterless processing technology that consumes 82% –... 

Pallinghurst Group managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen.
Pallinghurst's Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Top green hydrogen/fuel cell collaboration boost for platinum-group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2022 A joint development agreement struck between global majors Nel Hydrogen US and General Motors is expected to speed up the development of green hydrogen technology that is competitive with fossil fuels.  The aim of agreement is to help accelerate the industrialisation of Nel’s proton exchange... 

Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.
Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.

It’s been a great year for Menar, says chair Mpumelelo Mkhabela  

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2022 Despite its many challenges, 2022 has been a very successful year for the Menar group of companies. “We increased production at our operations, maintained our solid safety record, and made good headway in the development of our new projects,” Menar chairperson Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela told Mining... 

Menar chairperson Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
Menar chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Stringent standards dampening SMMEs’ participation

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     4th November 2022 Small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) advisory and project management firm  Zevoli Growth Partners (ZGP) has partnered with education and training solutions provider African Management Institute (AMI) to create a programme that helps South Africa’s mining industry build a stronger SMME... 

An image of Zevoli Grwoth Partners MD Mpopi Khupe
MPOPI KHUPE Only becoming acutely aware of the compliance, mandatory and technical requirements at the RFx stage often results in an imminent opportunity being misse

Skills shortages detrimental to mining projects

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     4th November 2022 To carry out any mining project, one must have the necessary tools, skills and knowledge to optimise time and produce high-quality work. Ability to do this requires continuous development, training and upliftment of personnel to avoid any skills shortages, says consultancy firm Wood mining and... 

An image of VP Henry Jonker
HENRY JONKER As a global organisation, Wood really tries to do work on a global platform

Scrupulous project management deemed a must

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     4th November 2022 The most important aspect of project management – a proven management discipline that focuses efforts, engages stakeholders and provides a framework within which work is integrated and closely controlled – is to define the scope of work, says University of Pretoria (UP) project management... 

An image of University of Pretoria Professor Giel Bekker
GIEL BEKKER Project managers must ask themselves what needs to be done, why it needs to be done and what the objectives to be met are
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