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Rhodium News

Long-stop date of Implats’ offer for RBPlat extended to November 22

By: Donna Slater     16th September 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has extended the long-stop date to its mandatory offer to acquire all outstanding shares it does not already own in fellow PGMs miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) to November 22 to meet the conditions precedent to the offer. The... 

Anglo unit says tax spat threatens Zimbabwe platinum operation

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2022 Anglo American's platinum operation in Zimbabwe asked the high court to intervene in a bid by the nation’s tax authority to seize $24-million in a dispute over royalties. Unki Mines, owned by Anglo American Platinum, lodged an urgent court application against Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, which has... 

WBHO group's order book grows by 43%, African order book at record level

By: Schalk Burger     13th September 2022 JSE-listed construction and engineering company Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) on September 13 said its order book had shown strong growth of 43% across all divisions and key regions for 2023 and beyond, and its Africa order book had reached a record levels of R1.44-billion for the 2023... 

PGMs hotter than ever amid upcoming SAIMM greener world collaboration event  

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) as global decarbonisation and environmental, social and governance (ESG) enablers have arguably never been a hotter topic globally, which will be highlighted at the upcoming in-person conference of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) at Sun... 

Implats executive: sustainable development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni, who will speak on ESG and Beyond at the upcoming SAIMM PGMs conference.
Implats Executive: Sustainable Development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni (above). SAIMM’s Gary Lane interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

US aviation fuel developer places order for platinum-based PEM electrolyser

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2022 A United States aviation fuel developer has placed an order for a containerised platinum-using proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser. Nel Hydrogen received the $3-million contract for the containerised PEM electrolyser to be installed at the world’s first commercial ‘alcohol-to-jet’... 

Proudly South African green hydrogen innovation uses platinum fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 A Proudly South African green hydrogen mobile solution, which is scheduled to be launched at the African Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) next month, ticks all the local boxes by making use of a platinum-catalysed hydrogen proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) and also being able to... 

Jaco Prinsloo and Christo Botha, the key developers of the green hydrogen solution.
Jaco Prinsloo and Christo Botha, the key developers of the green hydrogen solution.

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.

Platinum supply outlook a barrier to global decarbonisation – Davis 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2022 The future quantum of global demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) significantly outweighs global supply from 2023 onwards, the latest review carried out by independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis indicates. Compiled for Auctus Metal Portfolios of Singapore, the review illustrates... 

Independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis.
Photo by Creamer Media
Independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis.

Platinum group metals demand lift from hydrogen momentum creating excitement 

By: Martin Creamer     8th September 2022 As a platinum group metals (PGMs) producer, Impala Platinum is excited about the opportunity of hydrogen as a potential new demand source, says Impala Platinum executive: new commodities Seten Naidoo. “The exciting component for us is actually the green hydrogen,” says Naidoo, who was speaking as... 

Impala Platinum executive new commodities Seten Naidoo.
Impala Platinum executive new commodities Seten Naidoo.

South Africa drafting green hydrogen position statement for COP27 – IDC 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2022 South Africa is drafting a green hydrogen position statement for the upcoming 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27), which is scheduled to take place in Egypt from November 7-18. Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) divisional executive for mining, metals, energy, and... 

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) divisional executive for mining, metals, energy, and infrastructure Reginald Demana
Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) divisional executive for mining, metals, energy, and infrastructure Reginald Demana

Ivanhoe strengthens executive team with new COO, EVP of projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2022 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines, which has base and precious metals operations in Africa, has appointed Mark Farren as COO, effective November 1, and Steve Amos as as EVP of projects, effective immediately. Both will resume working for Ivanhoe after having worked at subsidiary company the... 

Major platinum mining company planning 520 MW renewable generation 

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2022 Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Implats is planning to introduce 520 MW of renewable power as part of an ambition to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2030 and become carbon neutral in 2050. The current carbon generation of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company is... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller.
Implats CEO Nico Muller.

Platinum remains significantly undervalued – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2022 Platinum remains significantly undervalued. That is the key takeaway from the 30-page Platinum Quarterly published by the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). “Why I say that platinum remains undervalued is that we've got a situation where the opportunities for platinum look good. 

World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond.
World Platinum Investment Council Research Director speaks to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

China gives platinum major boost with launch of PGMs centre in Shanghai 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2022 In what is a major boost for platinum group metals (PGMs), a new trade and technology centre dedicated to the growth of the PGMs market is being established in China, already the single largest consumer of PGMs, accounting for more than 25%  of total demand. Anglo American, Honeywell and the... 

Lin-Gang Special Area of Shanghai.
Lin-Gang Special Area of Shanghai.

ARM ups dividend, highlights climate commitment, shifts to green energy  

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2022 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Thursday paid higher dividends, reiterated its full commitment to climate change mitigation, and outlined the start of its intended shift towards the implementation of renewable energy. In affirming the Johannesburg Stock... 

African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe.
African Rainbow Minerals results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Implats commits R50bn capex to mines, beneficiation, energy, decarbonisation  

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2022 Platinum group metals (PGM) company Implats, which generated free cash flow of R28.8-billion in the 12 months to June 30, said on Thursday that it had allocated R4.3-billion over the next five years to energy security and decarbonisation. Gross profit totalled R41.3-billion at a gross margin of... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller.
Implats results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Implats acquires a further 1.36m RBPlat shares

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2022 Platinum group metals miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has concluded agreements to acquire a further 1.36-million shares in fellow PGMs miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat). This will increase Implats' stake in RBPlat to 38.86%. 

Northam constructing, commissioning solar plants, securing wind energy  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2022 The renewable energy plans of the Booysendal platinum group metals (PGMs) mine of Northam Platinum have been detailed quite extensively in the company’s 95-page sustainability report that will be available shortly online, Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne said on Friday, when the Johannesburg Stock... 

Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.
Northam Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson

Northam forecasts R5.4bn capex as growth projects progress  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2022 Platinum group metals company Northam, which refined 9.7% more metal than the prior year in the 12 months to June 30, on Friday forecast capital expenditure (capex) of R5.4-billion for the current 2023 financial year – up on the R4.6-billion of 2022, and reflecting the progress of its... 

Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.
Northam Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson

Sibanye-Stillwater strategising energy solution involvement  

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2022 Energy solutions that reverse climate change are on the list of strategic differentiators that Sibanye-Stillwater has under scrutiny, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said on Thursday, when the Johannesburg- and New York-listed platinum group metals (PGMs), gold and green metals company... 

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

Sibanye-Stillwater declares R3.9bn half-year dividend

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2022 Precious metals and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday declared a cash dividend of R3.9-billion for the six months to June 30. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, headed by CEO Neal Froneman, reported a half-year profit R12.3-billion, the third highest six-month period... 

Sibanye-Stillwater's Kroondal platinum group metals mine.
Sibanye-Stillwater's Kroondal platinum group metals mine.

Implats, Patel conclude framework agreement for RBPlat acquisition

By: Donna Slater     24th August 2022 JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has concluded a framework agreement with Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel regarding its proposed acquisition of all outstanding shares in midtier PGM miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) that it does... 

Plans progressing for 744 MW energy for alloys business – Merafe 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2022 Construction of the Swedish Stirling plant that converts off-gas to electricity will take place at the Lion ferrochrome smelter near Steelport starting in the second half of this year, Merafe Resources CEO Zanele Matlala said on Tuesday, when the ferrochrome company announced a dividend-yielding... 

Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala and Merafe FD Ditabe Chocho.
Photo by Creamer Media
Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala and Merafe FD Ditabe Chocho.

Green hydrogen atlas to be officially launched before year-end – Sasscal   

By: Martin Creamer     22nd August 2022 With close to 90% of all the datasets for the Southern African green hydrogen atlas having been collected, its official launch will definitely take place before year-end, Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch assured Engineering News & Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview on Monday. Moreover,... 

Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch.
Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

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.

Sibanye-Stillwater signals half-year earnings decline 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2022 Precious and future-facing metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Wednesday advised of an upcoming half-year earnings decline in a trading statement and operations update for the six months to June 30. A decline of 47% to 52% is expected in earnings per share and headline earnings per share... 

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.
Photo by Creamer Media
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.

Eastplats lifts second-quarter revenue, production

By: Donna Slater     15th August 2022 The revenue of JSE- and TSX-listed platinum group metals (PGM) miner Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) increased by 2.5% year-on-year to $20.5-million in the second quarter, taking year-to-date revenue to $37.9-million. Mine operating income increased by 25.2% or $900 000 year-on-year to $4.2-million... 

Stillwater repositioned for delivery through commodity cycle 

By: Martin Creamer     12th August 2022 Prevailing macro-environment challenges and changing palladium market conditions have prompted a strategic revision of Sibanye-Stillwater’s United States platinum group metal (PGM) operations, which in June suffered a one-in-200-year flood at Stillwater, in the Montana region. These challenges... 

The Sibanye-Stillwater US platinum group metals panel is (clockwise from bottom left) Neal Froneman, James Wellsted, Wayne Robinson, Richard Stewart, Charles Carter, and Pieter Henning.
Sibanye-Stillwater US presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

PGMs miner emphasises female representation

By: Sabrina Jardim     12th August 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) Gender Equity forums have made progress in advancing gender mainstreaming activities and the company is working towards achieving 15% female representation by 2025. Implats has achieved its aim of having women account for 25% of... 

An image depicting a smiling woman wearing sunglasses, a green hardhat and blue uniform
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT The company was again listed on the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index in 2022

Royal Bafokeng, Amplats agree to extend concentrate purchase agreement

By: Donna Slater     11th August 2022 Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM) – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), has agreed to extend its disposal of concentrate agreement (Doca) with Royal Bafokeng Resources (RBR) – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), to February 10, 2023. This comes... 

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Royal Bafokeng looking to R1.6bn off-balance-sheet spend on 98 MW solar plant  

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) is looking to off-balance-sheet capital expenditure of R1.6-billion for a 98 MW solar power plant. The photovoltaic (PV) plant will further buffer RBPlat and the region from load-shedding into the future should it prove... 

RBPlat's Rotshidzwa Manenzhe.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Barrick takes lead in holistic ESG integration amid ‘greenwashing’ scepticism 

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2022 Gold and copper mining company Barrick has taken the lead in integrating the various aspects of environmental, social and governance (ESG) to ensure holistic and objective measurement, Barrick CEO Dr Mark Bristow stated on Monday, when the New York- and Toronto-listed company reported strong... 

Barrick CE Dr Mark Bristow.
Barrick CE Dr Mark Bristow.

Implats’ earnings to decline on lower sales revenue, inflationary pressures

By: Donna Slater     5th August 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) expects its basic earnings for the financial year ended June 30 to decrease by between 29% and 35% year-on-year, to between R30.5-billion and R33.5-billion, while its earnings a share for the period are expected to decrease by between... 

Platinum-based fuel cells key for heavy-haul industry – WPIC

By: Donna Slater     4th August 2022 The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports that interest in using hydrogen fuel cells in the heavy-haul industry is growing rapidly, with several interesting developments currently under way. Platinum-based, proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells provide zero emissions... 

Anglo launches start-up incubator programme across its operations’ communities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American South Africa has launched an incubator programme through its enterprise development arm, Zimele, aimed at turning 500 start-up businesses in rural communities into sustainable and successful companies. The programme will assist mainly youth- and women-owned... 

Eastplats promotes Hanson to COO

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2022 JSE- and TSX-listed midtier platinum group metals miner Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) has promoted former South Africa GM Hannelie Hanson to the position of group COO. She has more than 24 years of experience in mining as a technical specialist and a strategic leader, currently heading up... 

Anglo’s big on-site solar, off-site wind plan lays foundation for green hydrogen  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2022 The planned construction by Anglo American of on-site solar plants and off-site regional wind farms is designed to create a renewable energy ecosystem that reduces Scope 2 emissions and lays the foundation for green hydrogen production – “a hugely ambitious piece of work, and not one that is... 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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