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

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 6 hours ago 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... 

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

App revolutionises project management

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     4th November 2022 Consulting firm SSG Consulting founder and CEO Steven Golding, in partnership with his team, designed and developed the award-winning KEY360 Management Platform that has become a “highly esteemed” global platform, owing to SSG’s passion for solving capital project management challenges for... 

An image of SSG’s KEY360 boardroom
SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED KEY360 includes more than 140 business and project management systems in one integrated platform

Ivanhoe exploration award draws high-spirited comment on northern limb 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2022 The northern limb of the Bushveld Complex is attracting real exploration interest in the form of Platinum Group Metals, Sylvania Platinum and now Ivanhoe Mines, AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller has noted on LinkedIn. Platinum Group Metals and Ivanhoe are listed on the Toronto Stock... 

Exploration under way on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex.
Exploration under way on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex.

Council pushes for continued best practice

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 For South Africa to remain competitive amid the global drive to a greener economy, its mining sector must continue its efforts to decarbonise and respond better to shifting value pools. “It must also adapt and build resilience to local climate change impacts while ensuring a just transition,”... 

I light bulb with a plant inside being held by a hand with fields behind in the sunset
POWERING THE FUTURE Decarbonising our energy sources is vital to the global move to a greener economy

Lack of follow-through denting exploration

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 Of the more than 1 000 prospecting rights granted in 2019 and 2020, virtually none  awarded to emerging mining companies progressed beyond the application and approval process, says mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners desk lead Grant Mitchell.... 

A man in a hard hat at the exploration face looking at a rock
EXPLORING THE OPTIONS The lack of exploration projects could dent south Africa's mining sector in ten to 20 years.

Hydrogen instrumental to decarbonisation

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 The need to decarbonise has put pressure on governments globally to move away from fossil fuels and use renewable sources of energy, says mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa senior economist Bongani Motsa. Through global research it has been established that hydrogen is... 

Plan of action devised to prevent further fatalities

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 Mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa held a special board meeting last month to devise a four-tiered plan of action aimed at preventing fatalities. The meeting was called in response to the worst monthly safety performance reported for the year to date, in August, with... 

Minerals Council safety and sustainable development head Sizwe Phakathi
SIZWE PHAKATHI There is a need to be proactive rather than reactive as the industry approaches the last months of the year

Renewables implemented at mines show promise

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa says that, by the end of this year, mines in the country will have established the capacity and infrastructure to generate about 100 MW of power from renewable-energy installations. This includes installations by gold mining... 

Wind turbines solar panels and hydrogen cells all in  one picture with a clear blue sky and green grass
RENEWED ZEEL The drive towards a green economy has seen renewable energy technologies grow exponentially

Make green hydrogen part of official economic recovery plan, Dept of Science and Innovation urges  

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2022 South Africa should leverage the hydrogen opportunity as part of its official economic reconstruction and economic recovery plan. Dr Cosmas Chiteme, the director of hydrogen and energy at Department of Science and Innovation, highlighted this as the top key message on the way forward at the... 

Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Director of Hydrogen and Energy, Department of Science and Innovation.
Mistra platinum group metals event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Australian explorer drills in new oxide zone

21st October 2022 Australian exploration company Sarama Resources announced in September that exploration drilling for the company’s 100%-owned Santura project – located in the prolific Houndé Greenstone Belt in south-west Burkina Faso – has returned further significant intersections in near-surface oxide... 

Stock image of gold
Photo by Shutterstock
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY The drilling programme is designed to increase the oxide component of the project’s large 0.6-million-ounce gold resource, plus 2.3-million gold ounces inferred mineral resource

Explorer reaches campaign drilling goal

21st October 2022 Toronto-based exploration company Eskay Mining announced in October that it had completed 29 500 m of diamond core drilling, substantially fulfilling its planned meterage for the 2022 property wide exploration campaign for the development of precious and base metals projects along the Eskay rift... 

Miner completes initial metallurgical tests

21st October 2022 Canadian explorer West Mining Corporation announced in October that it had received final reports for initial metallurgical and mineralogical testwork completed on the Gold Mountain and Kena Gold Zones of its 100%-owned Kena Gold-Copper project, in south-eastern British Columbia. The Kena... 

South Africa falling short of exploration target amid glacial cadastre progress

By: Cameron Mackay     21st October 2022 South Africa’s minerals potential is not in doubt, with known geological opportunities in chrome, platinum-group metals, gold, iron-ore, titanium minerals and diamonds, as well as several other minerals regarded as critical for the global energy transition. Nevertheless, there is widespread... 

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Sasol/Saldanha sign MoU for green hydrogen hub in Western Cape

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2022 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol, already a seasoned grey hydrogen producer, and Freeport Saldanha Industrial Development Zone on Tuesday announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding  (MOU) to facilitate a green hydrogen hub in the Western Cape. In terms of the MOU, the... 

Freeport Saldanha CEO Kaashifah Beukes.
Freeport Saldanha CEO Kaashifah Beukes.

Backstop boasts sizable installed base

By: Halima Frost     14th October 2022 Since being appointed as the official channel partner of backstop clutch manufacturer Marland Clutch in 2020, specialist power transmission supplier Novus Gear has garnered a significant installation base covering the majority of mines in South Africa. Novus Gear is the sole supplier of Marland... 

A yellow clutch with self oiling apparatus used on conveyor systems to prevent failures
NO GOING BACK The backstop clutch manufactured my Marland Clutch prevents a conveyor belt from running back under a load

Manufacturer launches new range of mobile conveyors

7th October 2022 Mining equipment supplier ELB Equipment announced in May that it had launched its latest range of Powerscreen mobile conveyors, which offer reduced crushing and screening costs when combined with mobile conveyor loading solutions and can replace more costly loading equipment in many applications.... 

A large conveyor driven screening apparatus pouring material off the end
CARRY ON The new Powerscreen mobile conveyors offered by ELB Equipment can replace more costly loading equipment in many applications

Helping world transition to net-zero carbon is mining's biggest opportunity, says Minerals Council president 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 The biggest opportunity mining has as an industry is to help the world to transition to a net-zero carbon world, Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude said on Wednesday. Fakude, who is also chairperson of Anglo American's management board in South Africa, highlighted this during... 

Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.
Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.

South Africans urged to turn exploration into Big Hairy Audacious Goal   

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2022 South Africans have been urged to rally around exploration as this country's Big Hairy Audacious Goal – a BHAG – so that what is described as "our lowest hanging economic fruit" can be turned to positive account. Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, who was speaking in support of the junior... 

Council of Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza.
Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New fund-raising product appropriate for junior miners, says JSE  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2022 The JSE has a new product that is appropriate for fund-raising by junior mining companies, JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi said on Friday. Mokorosi, who was speaking at Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar, highlighted the new product against the... 

JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi.
Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior Miner Webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Minerals Council urges faster inclusion of private electricity suppliers 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s electricity recovery plan and urges more rapid private sector participation in resolving the country’s deepening electricity crisis. Minerals Council members have 6 500 MW of embedded energy projects in the pipeline which will... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Pumps manufacturer proves its mettle at expo

By: Halima Frost     16th September 2022 Multinational pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves showcased its third-generation Mill Duty Xtra (MDX) heavy pumps to the African market at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2022 expo. 

A large blue pump used in mills and mines for dewatering
A LITTLE XTRA The new MDX range of pumps has founded on three generations of success

Local supplier sole distributor of specialised pumps

16th September 2022 Local pump importer and distributor AQS Liquid Transfer is the sole supplier of industrial pump manufacturers Sandpiper and Versamatic air-operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps for the South African mining sector. An AODD pump uses compressed air to move liquids or solids up or down a pipe network. 

An underground mine with a pump in the shaft
SOLID TRANSFER Air-operated double diaphragm pumps use compressed air to move liquids or solids up or down a pipe network

New pump launched at expo

By: Halima Frost     16th September 2022 Local manufacturer Goodwin Submersible Pumps Africa, the South African division of global pumps manufacturer Goodwin International, officially launched its new submersible offering, the Goodwin SlurryChamp hydraulic submersible pump, at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2022 expo. The expo was... 

A large yellow submersible slurry pump
PUMP FOR THE WIN The design of the new SlurryChamp pump was based on Goodwins ANZE submersible slurry pump

Ministers follow President in visiting Jagersfontein diamond disaster area

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 Following the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantsashe will today visit the diamond tailings deposition dam that burst its banks, killing at least one person and destroying homes. Mineral... 

Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
Photo by Google Maps
Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Results show potential for beneficiation

By: Cameron Mackay     19th August 2022 Mineral exploration company Mount Burgess Mining MD Nigel Forrester says ongoing metallurgical and mineralogical testwork, conducted at the company’s Kihabe–Nxuu zinc/lead/silver/gallium/germanium/vanadium mine project, in western Ngamiland, Botswana, indicates the feasibility of metals... 

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