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PGMs in all three drive trains if Lion Battery initiative is successful – Anglo  

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2021 If the Lion Battery Technologies initiative proves successful, platinum group metals (PGMs) will feature in all three of the world’s drive trains, Anglo American executive head of PGM market development Benny Oeyen said on Thursday. This would mean that PGMs would not only play key roles in... 

Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor  

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2021 Mining, preceded by exploration, is the greatest economic multiplier of all business activities, including government expenditure, says Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson. It therefore makes huge sense for government to enact attractive investment-friendly... 

Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson.
Integral Asset Management CIO Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Tackling climate change could not be more urgent – Anglo American 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2021 Tackling climate change could not be more urgent, Anglo American said on Monday when it presented its biannual sustainability performance update. “For the emissions that we control in our business, we have come a long way, delivering our 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 22% a... 

From left, clockwise Mark Cutifani, Anik Michaud and Stephen Pearce
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From left, clockwise Mark Cutifani, Anik Michaud and Stephen Pearce

Anglo explores PGMs-based tech to simplify hydrogen storage in electric vehicles 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American, through its platinum group metals (PGMs) business Anglo American Platinum, is partnering with Umicore to research and develop technology that has the potential to transform the way hydrogen can be stored and used to power fuel cell electric... 

Anglo American executive head of PGMs market development Benny Oeyen
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Anglo American executive head of PGMs market development Benny Oeyen

Anglo American lifts first-quarter output on strong copper, PGMs performance 

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American managed to meet strong customer demand during the quarter ended March 31, despite some limited constraints at certain operations as a result of Covid-19, CE Mark Cutifani says. He notes that production for the quarter was achieved at 95% of normal operating capacity. 

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Amplats increases production, sales volumes

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2021 Despite the negative impact of the second wave of Covid-19 infections in South Africa, platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) increased its PGM production by 7% year-on-year to 1.02-million ounces in the first quarter of this year. CEO Natascha Viljoen attributes the... 

Amplats CEO Natascha Viljoen
Amplats CEO Natascha Viljoen

RBPlat increases first-quarter hoisted tonnes, net cash 

By: Donna Slater     21st April 2021 Mid-tier platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) increased its mine production by 4.6% year-on-year for the first quarter of this year, with 998 000 t hoisted from the Bafokeng Rasimone platinum mine (BRPM). Tonnes hoisted from the Styldrift mine increased by 7.8%, to... 

PTM to oppose latest Waterberg project appeal

By: Donna Slater     15th April 2021 TSX- and NYSE-listed platinum group metals miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has received a further notice appealing the granting of a mining right to Waterberg Joint Venture (JV) Resources. The mining right had been granted by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on January 28.  

Sibanye continues to increase geographical diversity through M&As, says Froneman

By: Simone Liedtke     14th April 2021 While 2021 is looking like a solid year for precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater, executive director and CEO Neal Froneman has emphasised that the company will continue to increase its geographical diversity through value-accretive mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions. He noted during... 

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2021 South Africa’s exploration industry has until April 19 to comment on controversial regulations still in draft form. “They’ve never consulted industry about it and what they are requesting is impractical,” says Allan Saad, a consulting exploration geologist, who formerly represented the now... 

Allan Saad, Consulting Exploration Geologist
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2021 Canadian and Australian mines are big on wanting hydrogen ventilation in underground mining operations, and Canada will likely lead in the use of hydrogen underground. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of... 

Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.
Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.

How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds   

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2021 Of four factors required to attract investment in exploration, economic and fiscal stability is the most important, says highly experienced geological and mining consultant and nonexecutive company director Adrian Reynolds. Reynolds spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview about the factors... 

Adrian Reynolds
Geological and mining consultant Adrian Reynolds interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Silver is smart metal that fits Sibanye-Stillwater's green space – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2021 Silver is a smart high-technology metal that fits into Sibanye-Stillwater’s green metals space. This was made clear by Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman during Wednesday’s Mining Indaba gold roundtable, moderated by Nedbank CIB lead analyst Arnold van Graan and covered by Mining Weekly. 

From top left, clockwise, Jeff Quartermaine, Arnold van Graan, Neal Froneman, Christine Ramon and Mark Bristow.
Photo by Creamer Media
From top left, clockwise, Jeff Quartermaine, Arnold van Graan, Neal Froneman, Christine Ramon and Mark Bristow.

Anglo collaborating on feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’ 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American on Wednesday announced a collaboration agreement to complete a feasibility study to develop a ‘hydrogen valley’ anchored in South Africa’s platinum group metals- (PGMs-) rich Bushveld geological area. Spearheaded by South Africa’s Department... 

The Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo.
The Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo.

Resources Watch 

31st March 2021 This week: Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients; South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy and, Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Now is time to get going on hydrogen economy opportunity – PIC 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2021 South Africa has got a massive opportunity to participate in the hydrogen economy and it would be a national travesty if the country failed to do so, says Public Investment Corporation (PIC) sector specialist mining, beneficiation and energy Heidi Sternberg. Mining Weekly can report that the PIC,... 

From top left, clockwise, are Prakashim Moodliar, Neal Froneman, Sifiso Sibiya, Kevin Eggers and Heidi Sternberg.
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From top left, clockwise, are Prakashim Moodliar, Neal Froneman, Sifiso Sibiya, Kevin Eggers and Heidi Sternberg.

SAIIA, UK PACT launch just transition project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th March 2021 Think tank the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is launching a new project to support South Africa’s just transition to a low-carbon, inclusive and climate-resilient future. Funded by the UK’s Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions programme in South Africa (South... 

South African-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 A South African-developed stationary hydrogen fuel cell is doing well as it is put through a testing phase at the Impala Platinum (Implats) refinery, group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya has revealed. The stationary hydrogen fuel cell at Implats’ precious metals and base metals... 

Impala Platinum group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya
Impala Platinum group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya

First hydrogen and movement by third quarter – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar has outlined what the company refers to as its smart power project, which is the development of the hydrogen fuel cell and battery-powered module, retrofitted on to a large haul truck, for deployment at the... 

Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar.
Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar.

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way  

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2021 Two-part modernisation is under way at the Amandelbult underground platinum group metals (PGMs) mine of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), one where conventional mine design remains intact but is renedered safer and more efficient, and the other involving mechanisation and the deployment of... 

Amplats CEO Natascha Viljoen
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Eastplats’ revenue buoyed by retreatment project

By: Donna Slater     26th March 2021 Owing to strong operating results from its Crocodile River Mine (CRM) retreatment project, JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome miner Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) reports that its revenue for the year ended December 31, 2020, increased by 43.1% year-on-year, to $56.1-million.... 

Africa hosts considerable potential for green hydrogen

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th March 2021 While there may be many challenges, Africa has the potential to leapfrog in terms of decarbonisation and to capitalise on opportunities presented by green hydrogen, African Hydrogen Partnership secretary general Vincent Oldenbroek has said. Speaking on the second day of a two-day green hydrogen... 

Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2021 Substituting rhodium with palladium is the next platinum group metals (PGMs) substitution investment that PGM mining and marketing company Sibanye-Stillwater intends making. Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman revealed this during a panel discussion at this week’s PGMs Industry Day virtual event covered by... 

From left Bernard Swanepoel, RBPlat CFO Hanre Rossouw, Impala Platinum CEO Nico Muller, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman and Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
PGMs Industry Day panel discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sustainability to drive commodity markets for next ten years − Hambro 

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2021 China's strong demand for commodities has shifted the global industry’s perspective away from developing market consumption to a focus on Chinese consumption, BlackRock MD Evy Hambro said during a discussion as part of this year’s virtual Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) Industry Day, on March 24.... 

South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2021 South Africa is playing an important role in the ‘hydrogen economy’ as the country targets clean and reliable alternative energy sources, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. In his opening keynote address to the Platinum Group Metals Industry Day chaired by... 

Gwede Mantashe and Bernard Swanepoel
Platinum Group Metals Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Mine mechanisation is being advanced for two top-tier  local clients of Master Drilling, the CEO of the JSE-listed company, Danie Pretorius, said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview after reporting 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 An increased remote-operation drilling footprint is providing considerable benefit for Master Drilling, the JSE-listed drilling services company said on Tuesday, when it reported 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to $42.1-million, and a halved gearing ratio to... 

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling
Master Drilling results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Northam preferential share buyout of Zambezi to be expedited

By: Donna Slater     23rd March 2021 Platinum group metals miner Northam reports that, following the early maturity of its black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction with Zambezi Platinum, preferential shares in Zambezi will be delisted from the JSE and, as such, share terms will change. The non-participating preference shares in... 

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling, which operates in 23 countries and which is continuing to grow its presence in new global markets, on Tuesday reported a “muted but resilient performance” for the full year ended December 31, thanks to what it described as a “flexible business model and... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.
Photo by Creamer Media
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.

Northam pays most tax as growth strategy heads for 8 500 jobs boost 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 “We’ve made the single-largest tax payment in the history of the company,” Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne said during last week’s presentation of 74%-higher headline half-year earnings.   The JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company’s half-year contribution to the fiscus topped... 

Northam Platinum has provided R80-million in 341 interest-free home loans to date in its drive to fund home ownership.
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne’s half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Northam Platinum building 10 MW solar power plant at Zondereinde smelter  

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum said on Friday that it was designing and building a 10 MW solar energy plant for the company’s smelter at its Zondereinde mine, in Limpopo province. Located on the northern end of the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, near the town... 

Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne’s half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sibanye, Johnson Matthey partner to boost battery technology, low-carbon development 

By: Donna Slater     19th March 2021 LSE-listed sustainable technologies company Johnson Matthey and JSE- and NYSE-listed gold and platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Sibanye-Stillwater have formed a strategic partnership to secure critical metals and accelerate new battery technologies for a low-carbon future. The collaboration will... 

Sibanye, Johnson Matthey partner to boost battery technology, low-carbon development

Northam earnings soar, operational performance pumps cash 

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2021 The earnings of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum soared in the six months to the end of December when 54% more cash was generated. Operational growth projects, initiated in a period of lacklustre metal prices, are now coming on track, and delivering valuable... 

Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne
Photo by Creamer Media
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Exxaro eyeing 84 MW solar power for coal mine, hydrogen fuel cells 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 South Africa is at crossroads of energy liberalisation with 2.5 GW of embedded mining demand, including 84 MW demand at Exxaro Resources’ Grootegeluk coal mine alone and the intended use of hydrogen fuel cell powered trucking, Exxaro Resources said on Thursday. “Energy is the largest single... 

Exxaro Resources’ newly appointed MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro Resources’ newly appointed MD Energy Roland Tatnall

Platinum giants get lifeline as green economy boosts demand

By: Bloomberg     18th March 2021 The world’s biggest platinum miners have been handed a lifeline as the introduction of tougher vehicle emissions rules from Asia to Europe stimulates demand. After a decade in the doldrums, South Africa’s key platinum industry reported windfall profits last month as supply deficits pushed... 

Northern Cape ‘elephant country' needs exploration boost, says explorer  

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2021 South Africa is still "elephant country" and needs to boost exploration in the Northern Cape's highly prospective Namaqua metamorphic geological province in particular, says PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes. Meintjes, a private explorer who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, focuses on... 

PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes
PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Platinum’s high-flying stocks set to extend Johannesburg gains 

By: Bloomberg     17th March 2021 The blistering pace of gains that has pushed South African platinum stocks to the highest in more than 12 years looks likely to be sustained as an upswing in demand and supply constraints fuel the rally. Johannesburg’s index of platinum stocks has soared 30% this year, leaving the other sectors... 

Platinum’s high-flying stocks set to extend Johannesburg gains
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