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National Treasury to trim budget deficits further on mining royalties

By: Reuters     21st October 2022 South Africa's National Treasury will have a narrower budget deficit in 2022/23 than it earlier assumed, continuing to be trimmed over the next three years thanks to buoyant mining receipts, a Reuters poll found on Friday. In a review of finances due to be announced next week in parliament - the... 

World Platinum Investment Council's new research director

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2022 The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) on Thursday announced the appointment of Edward Sterck as its new director of research, effective from November 1. Sterck, who joined WPIC last year, takes over the role from Trevor Raymond, who was appointed WPIC CEO on October 1. 

New World Platinum Investment Council director of research Edward Sterck.
New World Platinum Investment Council director of research Edward Sterck.

Anglo, Thyssenkrupp join forces to make steel greener 

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2022 Anglo American has signed a memorandum of understanding with longstanding customer Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG to collaborate on developing new pathways for the decarbonisation of steelmaking. This follows Anglo signing of a memorandum of understanding with Japan-headquartered Nippon Steel in... 

Iron-ore operations at Anglo American's Kumba Iron Ore.
Iron-ore operations at Anglo American's Kumba Iron Ore.

Eastplats COO resigns

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2022 Hannelie Hanson has stepped down as COO of Eastern Platinum (Easplats) to pursue new career opportunities. “Hannelie has been a valued member of the South African management team for several years and provided significant contributions to the retreatment project, restart of Zandfontein... 

China becoming fuel cell electric vehicle leader, World Platinum research indicates

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2022 In what is a major plus for platinum demand and consequently South Africa’s local mining economy, China is poised to become a leading market for platinum-using fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), which provide the zero-emission mobility that the world so desperately needs to help combat rampant... 

First mass-produced passenger fuel cell electric vehicle, the Changan Shenlan SL03.
First mass-produced passenger fuel cell electric vehicle, the Changan Shenlan SL03.

Implats lifts stake in RBPlat to 40.49%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2022 Platinum group metals miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has concluded agreements to acquire a further 78 253 shares in Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat). The shares constitute about 0.03% of RBPlat's shares in issue. 

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.

Enabling exploration is urgently needed to put South African mining back in ‘sunrise’ mode  

By: Martin Creamer     17th October 2022 High on the list of the steps that must be taken to stop South African mining from fading further into sunset mode is free access to geological information from State institutions such as the Council for Geoscience. Next is the provision of a modern, functional, and transparent mineral cadastre... 

Botswana Diamonds CEO James Campbell.
Botswana Diamonds CEO James Campbell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Karo platinum project taking off in Zimbabwe with solar power tailwind  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2022 A multi-phased development approach is being adopted at the Karo Platinum project in Zimbabwe, where a 17-year opencast mine is to be built with a timeline to deliver its first ore to mill in July 2024. “In July 2024, we will put the first ore in mill,” Karo Mining Holdings MD Bernard Pryor told... 

Bernard Pryor and Phoevos Pouroulis.
Phoevos Pouroulis (right) and Bernard Pryor (left) present Karo project update, covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Shell consortium accelerating electrification of mine haul trucks  

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2022 Transitioning oil, gas, fuels and lubricants company Shell has established a nine-member consortium to create electrification solutions for mining sites. The electrification offers a shift away from reliance on diesel. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

Shell VP Sectoral Decarbonisation & Innovation Grischa Sauerberg.
Shell decarbonisation webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

AngloGold targets 30% emissions reduction by 2030 

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2022 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti on Wednesday released a carbon emissions reduction target that aims to achieve a 30% absolute reduction in its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 through a combination of renewable energy projects, fleet electrification and lower-emission... 

AngloGold Ashanti CEO Alberto Calderon.
AngloGold Ashanti CEO Alberto Calderon.

Strongly producing Tharisa achieves seven fatality-free years 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome co-producer Tharisa, which on Tuesday reported considerably higher production in the 12 months to September 30, has achieved seven fatality-free years. “We continue to strive to be a zero-harm company,” said Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis. 

Metallurgical chrome stacker with material ready for despatch.
Metallurgical chrome stacker with material ready for despatch.

Zimbabwe miners unfazed by new royalties proposal

By: Reuters     10th October 2022 Zimbabwe's miners do not expect any significant impact from the government's proposal to collect royalties in the form of refined minerals, the country's Chamber of Mines said on Monday. President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced on Sunday that Zimbabwe would require companies mining gold, diamonds,... 

Zimbabwe demands some mining royalties in refined metal 

By: Reuters     10th October 2022  Global miners operating in Zimbabwe will have to pay some of their royalties in refined metal rather than cash, the country's president wrote in a newspaper on Sunday, as the country struggles to benefit from demand for its resources. Zimbabwe has abundant reserves of minerals such as gold and... 

Development is only conversation South Africa should be having, Cutifani tells Joburg Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2022 Development is the only conversation that South Africa should be having, former Anglo American CEO, director and consulting business executive Mark Cutifani said amid strong applause at the Joburg Indaba on Thursday – and mining should be recognised as an industry that can serve as a very... 

Former Anglo America CEO, director and consulting business executive Mark Cutifani.
Mark Cutifani’s address to the Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sibanye exploring further means of treating water, extracting value

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2022 JSE-listed diversified mining company Sibanye-Stillwater has built various innovative water treatment plants and is researching and developing new technologies to treat water, as well as extract valuable materials from the water it treats, Sibanye-Stillwater South Africa mine water treatment... 

Big green hydrogen project on way via European/Australian partnership

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2022 An integrated green hydrogen project to help Europe mitigate its current energy and climate crisis and to bring green molecules to Europe is being brought about by a European-Australian partnership. The key personalities developing what is described as the world’s largest green hydrogen... 

 	Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) executive chairperson and founder Dr Andrew Forrest.
Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) executive chairperson and founder Dr Andrew Forrest.

South Africa’s geological prospectivity fantastic, says Minerals Council CEO  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 South Africa’s geological prospectivity is fantastic, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter told the Joburg Indaba on Wednesday. This is so even though only 15% of South Africa's surface area has been mapped at a high-resolution 50 000-to-1 geophysical level, and even though this... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter at Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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.

Sibanye interested in Zambia's Mopani Copper Mines – Froneman

By: Reuters     5th October 2022 Sibanye-Stillwater has expressed an interest in Zambia's Mopani Copper Mines, the mine and smelter complex looking for new investors after Glencore sold the asset to state mining investment company ZCCM-IH in January last year, CEO Neal Froneman said on Wednesday. Froneman said Sibanye had... 

A photo of the Mopani operations in Zambia

US funding granted to enhance platinum-based hydrogen electrolyser development

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 The US Department of Defense has granted Nel Hydrogen $5.6-million in funding for a project aimed at accelerating advanced electrolyser stack development to enable low-cost hydrogen storage and resiliency. The 19-month project is set to advance PEM electrolyser development to reduce both... 

Investment required to meet mining’s decarbonisation, power challenges – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2022 South Africa’s mining sector will be required to make major investments into alternative and renewable energy sources and energy planning to address the dual challenges of decarbonisation and reliable power supply, PwC said on Tuesday when it launched its SA Mine report, which highlights mining’s... 

Less than 5% of energy consumed by South African mining in 2020 sourced from renewables.
PwC’s SA Mine 2022 covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

More platinum-based green hydrogen generation on the way 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2022 Up to 1 350 t of green hydrogen can now be generated a year from renewable solar and wind power in the Wunsiedel Energy Park, in Germany. “This is another example of platinum-based production of green hydrogen in Europe that will assist both the replacement of imported natural gas and the earlier... 

Demand for platinum-based green hydrogen generation growing.
Demand for platinum-based green hydrogen generation growing.

Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2022 The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa does not have such a cadastre, fellow African countries that are already thriving on it include... 

Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell.
Grant Mitchell: Minerals Councll Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Each Anglo Platinum employee to receive R8 000 worth of shares a year 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum has launched a new employee share ownership plan (Esop), which it envisages will be implemented in the fourth quarter of this year. The Esop involves employees receiving Anglo Platinum listed shares to the value of... 

Anglo American Platinum Executive Head Human Resources Virginia Tyobeka.
Anglo American Platinum Executive Head Human Resources Virginia Tyobeka.

Metals for cleaner future being turned to account in minerals-endowed Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2022 South Africa’s critical minerals potential is being highlighted in an increasingly promising manner by Orion Minerals, the Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed company that is showing the way in the minerals-endowed Northern Cape. Orion, headed by its Boksburg-born CEO Errol Smart, is poised to bestow... 

Orion Minerals reaping rewards from South Africa's minerals-endowed but under-explored Northern Cape.
Orion Minerals reaping rewards from South Africa's minerals-endowed but under-explored Northern Cape.

Green hydrogen, fuel cells important part of any future energy system, says global strategist  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2022 Green hydrogen and fuel cells will be a very important part of any future energy system, says Switzerland-based energy and sustainability consultancy strategist Dr David Hart. Among the electrolysers that convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen are proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Dr David Hart, E4tech.
E4tech’s Dr David Hart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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.

Green hydrogen at sea on world-first offshore demonstrator platform  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2022 The world’s first offshore green hydrogen production demonstrator platform has been positioned offshore of France. “This is the first time that renewable hydrogen will be produced at sea,” French company Lhyfe stated in a release to Engineering News & Mining Weekly. (Also watch attached Creamer... 

Lhyfe producing green hydrogen at sea.
Green hydrogen at sea initiative. Lhyfe technical director Thomas Créach interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Northern Cape’s proposed green hydrogen hub can help open region’s full energy potential 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2022 The Boegoebaai green hydrogen hub in the Northern Cape can be a strategic project to open Southern Africa’s full green energy potential. A 24-month study of the strategic potential of the hub is within a hair’s breadth of reaching the halfway mark. 

Sasol hydrogen programme management head Rilet Davison.
Sasol hydrogen programme management head Rilet Davison.

World’s largest battery-electric mine truck heading for commercial availability in 2024   

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 The world’s largest battery-electric truck for underground mining is on its way to becoming commercially available in 2024. Sandvik’s 65 t TH665B machine removes between 1 t and 2 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day, along with heat and noise. 

Jakob Rutqvist, Sandvik VP strategy and commercial for battery and hybrid/electric-vehicles business unit of Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions.
Sandvik VP Jakob Rutqvist interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New CEO sees great opportunity to boost efforts to increase platinum investor numbers 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 New World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) CEO Trevor Raymond – working closely with WPIC leadership and a wider team – describes as great the opportunity to boost efforts to increase the number of investors globally who are considering allocating to platinum, amid the forceful worldwide... 

New World Platinum Investment Council CEO Trevor Raymond.
New World Platinum Investment Council CEO Trevor Raymond.

EU-like energy approach needed in Southern Africa, says Namibia presidential adviser  

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2022 A collaborative energy approach, like that of the European Union (EU), is needed in Southern Africa, says Namibia’s Presidential economic advisor James Mnyupe. At least South Africa and Namibia should put together a case that shows seriousness about decarbonising Sub Saharan Africa, says Mnyupe,... 

Namibia’s presidential economic adviser James Mnyupe.
Namibia’s presidential economic adviser James Mnyupe.

Amplats announces finalists for PlatAfrica design, manufacturing competition

By: Donna Slater     20th September 2022 As part of its ongoing strategy to grow the platinum jewellery market, platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is hosting the twenty-third edition of South African platinum jewellery design and manufacturing competition PlatAfrica. Working in partnership with... 

Implats lifts stake in RBPlat to 40.11%

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2022 JSE-listed Impala Platinum (Implats) has acquired a further 2.6-million shares, or 0.92% ownership, in fellow platinum miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat). Implats now holds a 40.11% stake in RBPlat. 

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.

PGMs demand from hydrogen to eclipse 100 000 oz from next year, report calculates 

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2022 From next year, platinum group metals (PGMs) demand in the hydrogen sector will eclipse 100 000 oz for the first time, according to Metal Focus’ Hydrogen Economy Quarterly Service. Catalysed by the global shift to clean energy, the metals will see year-on-year double-digit growth over the next... 

Demand for platinum group metals forecast to rise sharply.
Demand for platinum group metals forecast to rise sharply.
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