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South Africa in a position to export energy – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2022 South Africa is one of only four countries that has more renewable energy available to it than what it needs for itself, which places the country in a very strong position to be able to export energy, with hydrogen in the form of ammonia, hydrogen gas or liquid hydrogen among the best ways of... 

Anglo investing in expansion of organic waste upcycling company Sanergy

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2022 Diversified mining multinational Anglo American is leading the latest investment round of organic waste upcycling business Sanergy, which has operations in Kenya. Sanergy's solutions are helping to transform how fast-growing cities in the developing world manage waste by upcycling it into... 

Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2022 Going forward, combined renewables plans already in place are poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Exxaro Resources’s Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo by up to 90%. The renewable strategy being executed by coal miner Exxaro’s wholly owned green energy arm – Cennergi – is the key driver of the... 

Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro/Cennergi MD energy Roland Tatnall interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer,

Numsa shopsteward at Implats contractor murdered

By: News24Wire      27th June 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said that one of its shopstewards, Mahlomola Hlothoane, was murdered at his home on Friday evening. Police have confirmed the incident, and said there have been no arrests yet.  

High-purity manganese facing phenomenal demand growth, PDAC hears 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2022 The commitment of at least six major motor companies to manganese-based batteries for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is elevating the demand outlook for high-purity manganese phenomenally, a Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference has been told. CPM Group lead manganese... 

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CPM Group lead manganese analyst Andrew Zemek.

Informal settlements near North West mining areas to be upgraded

By: Yvonne Silaule     24th June 2022 Informal settlements in the mining areas around the Bojanala and Dr Kenneth Kaunda districts, in the North West, will soon be upgraded as the provincial Department of Human Settlements sets out to fast-track upgrades. The expanding informal settlements are close to mining areas and mainly house... 

Deeming could bring regulatory certainty to much-needed minerals investment – NSDV  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2022 The detraction of the South African investment market is the uncertainty around approval timelines and the implementation of a deeming provision could change all that by treating applications as approved after the passing of a set period of time. Many want to invest in exploration and mining... 

NSDV advisory head Mark Gilbert.
NSDV Advisory Head Mark Gilbert interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sustainability taking front seat at Harmony Gold  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2022 Large South African gold miner Harmony Gold sees R500m/y savings from Phase 2 on-balance-sheet renewables projects. This means the estimated R1.5-billion cost of the planned 137 MW second phase solar power projects will be covered in three years. 

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Harmony Gold investor relations head interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Numsa heads to court to fight interdict preventing strike at Implats’ Rustenburg mines

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2022 Labour union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is heading to the Labour Court on June 21 to lay out its case for wanting about 4 000 of its members, employed by three mining contractors, to embark on a strike at Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) Rustenburg mines. One of the... 

Numsa members employed by Implats contractors embark on a strike

By: Donna Slater     20th June 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) claims it has served three contractors supplying services to platinum group metals miner Impala Platinum (Implats) with notice to embark on an “indefinite” strike, starting on June 20. On June 21, Numsa says, its members will gather to... 

Green hydrogen’s business case significantly strengthened, summit hears  

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2022 Green hydrogen, when earlier identified as a necessary clean energy source to help the world achieve net-zero emissions in the coming decades, was higher up the cost curve than fossil fuels. Now that has changed with this week’s Financial Times Hydrogen Summit emphasising that green hydrogen’s... 

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FT Hydrogen Summit panel discussion.

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

Prieska Power Reserve partners IDC to further South Africa’s green hydrogen ambitions

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2022 Emerging green hydrogen company Prieska Power Reserve on Tuesday announced a partnership with the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to advance a green hydrogen project in Prieska, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The Prieska Power Reserve Project is described on the... 

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Prieska Power Reserve director Meta Mhlarhi.

Future metals beneficiation bonus on way for already hugely endowed Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2022 Modern technology and global decarbonisation demand is positioning South Africa’s already incredibly well-endowed Northern Cape with big beneficiation bonanza potential, in addition to being a green minerals, green metals and green energy haven. Rapidly developing clean beneficiation technology... 

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Future-facing metals in abundance in Northern Cape.

Group Ten changes name to Stillwater Critical Minerals

By: Mariaan Webb     10th June 2022 TSX-V-listed Group Ten Metals is rebranding to Stillwater Critical Minerals to reflect the potential its sees in the iconic and famously productive Stillwater mining district of the Montana, US. The company’s flagship project is the Stillwater west project, which hosts eight metals – nickel,... 

Northam urges tribunal to accept its assistance in proposed RBPlat merger 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th June 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Northam Platinum is requesting the Competition Tribunal to accept its request to intervene in and assist in the tribunal processes related to fellow PGM miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) proposed buyout of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat). As reported by Mining... 

JSE recounts rousing tent-to-tech journey as Southern Palladium turns listing tide  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 The first in-person listing of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange since covid heard the African kudu horn serenade an opening bid of R6.90 a share for platinum group metals (PGMs) company Southern Palladium, which on Wednesday took its place on the JSE’s main board as a secondary listing under the... 

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Southern Palladium’s JSE listing covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

GDP returns to pre-pandemic levels, up 1.9% q/q in the first quarter

By: Donna Slater     7th June 2022 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reports that the country’s seasonally-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 1.9% quarter-on-quarter in the first quarter of the year, driven primarily by the manufacturing sector, which increased by 4.9% and contributed 0.6 of a percentage point to the... 

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Southern Palladium to start trading on ASX, JSE on June 8

By: Donna Slater     6th June 2022 South Africa-based platinum group metals (PGM) miner Southern Palladium has been granted a secondary listing on the main board of the JSE, subject to the primary listing of shares on the ASX. The company was admitted to the official list of ASX on June 6.  

Circular economy prompting steel, oil, carbon recovery from end-of-life mine truck tyres  

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2022 Highest and best use of ultra-large end-of-life mine truck tyres is being brought about by a change to the model in which resources are mined, made into products, and then become waste. Just one of these giant tyres can weigh 4.5 t and stand 14 feet tall. Put five of the 63-inch variety into a... 

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Kal Tire’s Dan Allan speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Russia stake in biggest Zimbabwe platinum project deters backers

By: Bloomberg     3rd June 2022 Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum project, struggling to get off the ground for the past two years has a new challenge. A major stake held by a Russian tycoon is scaring off potential financiers for the $3-billion mine, people with knowledge of the matter said. Initial development work on the... 

Far-reaching JSE reforms highlighted at exploration-focused Junior Indaba 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2022 The June 1 launch of the JSE’s new Cutting Red Tape initiative to make listing on the JSE considerably easier, faster and more sustainable is twinning with JSE’s recent private placements inventiveness that provides for the raising of capital in the private market for minerals exploration and the... 

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JSE head of origination and deals Sam Mokorosi.

Sedibelo Platinum to play important part in South Africa’s green hydrogen effort – Frandsen  

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2022 Sedibelo Platinum Mines, in South Africa’s North West province, will be playing a very important part in South Africa's green hydrogen effort to ensure that it contributes to a greener South Africa, chairperson Arne Frandsen assured Mining Weekly on Tuesday. Frandsen is the managing partner and... 

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

Sibanye appoints chief regional officers for Americas, Southern Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2022 Multinational mining and metals group Sibanye-Stillwater has appointed Charles Carter as Americas chief regional officer, with effect from June 1, as the group establishes a regionalised leadership structure to help it deliver on its corporate strategy. The new regionalised leadership structure... 

Northam completes R2.06bn note placement

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2022 As part of its R15-billion domestic medium-term note programme, JSE-listed platinum group metals miner Northam Platinum has completed a private placement of new domestic medium-term notes to the value of about R2.06-billion. The programme has thus far effectively extended the maturity of the... 

Implats' buyout of RBPlat extended after Northam intervenes in competition proceedings

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2022 Platinum group metal miners Impala Platinum (Implats) and Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) have informed their respective shareholders that the proposed deal whereby Implats intends to acquire all the shares in RBPlat it does not already own is likely to be delayed. The transaction has received... 

Competition Commission recommends approval of ARM’s Bokoni acquisition

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2022 The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal approve the proposed acquisition of platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Bokoni Platinum by special purpose vehicle African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) Bokoni, subject to public interest conditions. The commission found that the... 

South Africa must reform its regulatory environment, make itself investor-friendly – simple  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 South Africa must reform its regulatory environment and make itself investor-friendly – simple. That is the straight-forward view of Dr Mathews Phosa, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in his capacity as the non-executive vice-chairperson of the high-flying Jubilee Metals Group plc, a London Aim-... 

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Jubilee's Dr Mathews Phosa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Tharisa reports higher interim production, revenue

By: Darren Parker     26th May 2022 JSE-listed integrated resources group Tharisa has reported a “cash-generative performance” and an increase in production for the six months ended March 31, despite material increases in one of the company’s major input costs – diesel – which continues to rise. Tharisa has positioned itself in the... 

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead   

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

AMCU says wage deal agreed with Amplats

By: Bloomberg     24th May 2022 Anglo American Platinum Ltd., the world’s biggest platinum miner by market value, has agreed to a new five-year wage deal, according to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union. The pivotal deal with the unit of Anglo American Plc could be signed this week and would be effective from... 

Dwyka gets its clients hands on technology to showcase capability

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2022 In its endeavours to “make tech tangible”, mining technology company Dwyka Mining Services hosted a mining technology showcase on May 18 to get clients and potential future clients physical hands-on technology to help them understand its capability and potential. Dwyka MD Jamie van Schoor says... 

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Dwyka Mining Services MD Jamie van Schoor with a DJI Matrice drone and Hovermap payload at Dwyka's Midrand offices

Sevenfold increase in yearly clean hydrogen needed to hit 2050 net-zero target  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2022 Annual production of clean hydrogen would need to increase more than sevenfold for the world to hit net zero in 2050, say the leading founders of McKinsey & Company’s platform for climate technologies, Bernd Heid of Cologne, Martin Linder of Munich, and Mark Patel of San Francisco, who add that... 

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South Africa's sun and wind can contribute to crucial job creation.

SAIMM positioning industry for next-gen metals with upcoming PGMs conference

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2022 In positioning itself for the next generation of precious metals - such as palladium, rhodium, iridium, and others - which fulfill catalytic roles, the eighth iteration of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s (SAIMM’s) Platinum-Group Metals (PGMs) Conference is looking to... 

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PGMs Conference chairperson Gary Lane

Platinum jewellery continuing to drive 25% of platinum demand  

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2022 Several reports published during Platinum Week indicate that in 2021, platinum jewellery consumed anywhere between 1.6-million ounces to two-million ounces of platinum, which makes it still the second demand source after automotive, coming in at around 25% of total platinum demand. Positive... 

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Platinum Guild International CEO Huw Daniel interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sibanye-Stillwater receives SA Innovation League award

By: Schalk Burger     20th May 2022 Precious and battery metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has achieved second place in innovation consultancy Innocentrix’s 2021/22 South African Innovation League awards in the large organisations category. Sibanye’s innovation strategy is focused primarily on creating a diverse and inclusive... 

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