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Metals, engineering need govt support to ensure sustainable economic recovery

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 South African businesses in the metals and engineering sector have faced enormous challenges over the past few years, with the Covid-19 pandemic compounding an already difficult situation, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Tuesday. Seifsa is a... 

New integrated PGMs/chrome plant provides growth platform for Jubilee 

By: Darren Parker     8th February 2022 Aim-listed metal processing company Jubilee Metals is poised for growth following the successful recommissioning of its significantly upgraded and fully integrated new Inyoni platinum group metals (PGM) processing facility, in Gauteng. “The new integrated facility sets a strong foundation for... 

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Jubilee CEO Leon Coetzer

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Tharisa signs MoU for 40 MW solar plant 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th February 2022 JSE-listed Tharisa has signed a comprehensive memorandum of understanding (MoU) with renewable energy independent power producer Total Eren and African-focused transitional energy company Chariot. The MoU, which is a precursor to the signing of a long-term power purchase agreement for the supply... 

An image of the Tharisa mine, on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex
Tharisa mine

Renewables come in at less than half of what we’re paying for energy – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2022 Failure to wholeheartedly embrace the generation of renewable energy is out-and-out business folly. Anglo American and Engie made this perfectly clear on Thursday when they revealed that renewables come in at less than half the price of South Africa’s currently high-priced carbon-intensive power... 

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From left, Natascha Viljoen, Jonathan Debasc and Fahmida Smith.

Mpumalanga just transition being investigated by Ubuntu-hearted solar masterminds  

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2022 An organisation which is providing un-electrified informal settlements with clean, green solar power in the Western Cape – in Ubuntu-hearted fashion – has begun to investigate just energy transition opportunities in Mpumalanga, where South Africa’s coal-mining and coal-fired power is facing... 

Green power project manager to un-electrified informal settlements Reshmi Wolvers
GreenCape project manager Reshmi Wolvers interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Production issues weigh on Implats’ H1 output

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st February 2022 JSE-listed Impala Platinum (Implats) says it faced several operational challenges in the six months ended December 31. These included extended safety stoppages, intermittent industrial action and power supply interruptions, which impacted on production.  

South Africa needs to embrace Ubuntu principles in going green, webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2022 In decarbonising and going green, South Africa needs to embrace the principles of Ubuntu and show humanity towards others. That view was expressed by Gold Fields South Africa executive VP Martin Preece during the 'Decarbonisation & Going Green in the Mining Sector' webinar hosted by Creamer Media... 

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Photo by Creamer Media
From top left, clockwise, are Abel Sakhau, Martin Preece, Jevon Martin, Nikisi Lesufi and James Mackay.

Sylvania increases earnings, progresses Lesedi tailings deposition facility 

By: Donna Slater     31st January 2022 Aim-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Sylvania Platinum’s dump operations achieved a 5% quarter-on-quarter increase in production to 16 605 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) for the quarter ended December 31 – the second quarter of its 2022 financial year. A 5% increase in... 

Sibanye takes full control of Kroondal for R1 plus mine closure, rehab costs 

By: Donna Slater     31st January 2022 Subsidiary of JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater – Sibanye Rustenburg Platinum Mines (Rustenburg operation) – has entered into an agreement with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) subsidiary – Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM) – in which the Rustenburg operation will assume full ownership of... 

An image of Kroondal mine
Kroondal mine

Green energy transition will help South Africa become more resilient, competitive   

By: Schalk Burger     28th January 2022 South Africa needs more power generation to overcome the supply gap and underpin economic growth, and investments by private companies, including mining houses, are essential to close that gap. Renewable energy projects provide good economic prospects, help to decarbonise the mining sector and... 

Solar panels installed by Cennergi
Creamer Media on January 28 hosted a webinar on decarbonisation and going green in the mining sector. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Speed up solar, wind and storage developments – Easton   

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2022 A speeded up solar, wind and storage (SWS) approach is needed to advance South Africa’s decarbonised energy situation and take the country into a cleaner, greener future. Also, steps need to be taken to allow the delayed Tubatse pumped storage scheme to go ahead as an independent power producer... 

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Retired civil engineering construction cost consultant David Easton interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Anglo increases copper guidance for 2022 as Peru mine comes online

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th January 2022 Global miner Anglo American says its production for the fourth quarter of 2021 was flat compared with output in the fourth quarter of 2020. CEO Mark Cutifani noted on January 27 that operating levels across the group had been at about 95% of normal capacity throughout 2021 as a result of... 

Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani
Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani

Hydrogen roadmap targeting societal well-being, North West conference told  

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2022 In terms of high-level outcomes, the vision of South Africa’s Hydrogen Society Roadmap is to create an inclusive, sustainable and competitive hydrogen economy to support net-zero carbon economic growth and societal well-being, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) chief director hydrogen and... 

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North West Mining and Energy Conference covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Amplats lauded for gender quality practices

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2022 JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has been included in the latest Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) for the third year in a row. The company takes pride in its inclusive and diverse workplace, and the fact that it is one of 418 companies across 45 countries and regions to be... 

Barplats terminates ABT agreement for Circuit H Project

By: Donna Slater     26th January 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) reports that, owing to none of the conditions precedent being fulfilled, its subsidiary Barplats Mines has terminated a project framework agreement with Advanced Beneficiation Technologies (ABT) for the development and... 

Many seeing platinum as hard asset, potential inflation hedge – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2022 There are a lot more people looking at platinum as a hard asset and potential hedge against inflation, World Platinum Investment Council director of research Trevor Raymond said on Monday. Responding to Mining Weekly’s questions on what has been driving the platinum up over the last two weeks,... 

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WPIC Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sam Molefi clinches promising contract for his impressive mining business  

By: Martin Creamer     21st January 2022 Modi Mining is a 100% black South African-owned company founded and owned by mining engineer and entrepreneur Samuel Molefi and entrepreneur Christina Motlapele Molefi. The company was established with the sole objective of rendering differentiated contract mining services and to be a supplier of... 

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Modi Mining MD Sam Molefi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

November mining production, sales up; Omicron to weigh on December stats

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2022 Mining production increased by 5.2% year-on-year in November, buoyed by a 38.1% rise in the production of platinum group metals (PGMs) – contributing 7.7 percentage points to the overall tally; and a 9.3% rise in iron-ore – contributing 0.8 of a percentage point, overall. Financial services... 

Hillside Aluminium could get green $0.03c/kWh lifeline by 2030 – Mallinson  

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2022 It’s all about South Africa focusing attention on the generation and storage of its wonderful African sunshine and prime African wind. It’s all about going hammer and tongs for these three letters, SWS, which stand for solar, wind and storage ­– and eight hours of storage is all we need, which is... 

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Energy consultant Clyde Mallinson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

RBPlat preparing a response to Implats offer

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2022 In response to JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) issuing an offer circular to shareholders of midtier PGM miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on January 17, RBPlat says it will revert with its own response circular within 20 business days. Implats and... 

Implats tables RBPlat share offer in circular to shareholders 

By: Donna Slater     17th January 2022 JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has issued an offer circular to shareholders of midtier PGM miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on January 17 as it proposes to acquire all RBPlat shares it does not already hold. As at January 7, it held 102.05-million... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller
Implats CEO Nico Muller

Waterberg nudges toward construction decision  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2022 After completing a 46-hole drilling programme and having conducted various geophysical surveys in October last year, TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) is ready to advance the palladium-dominant Waterberg project to a development and construction decision. The company’s other... 

Palladium bar
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Palladium bar

Potentially game-changing hydrogen fuel cell technology attracts funding  

By: Martin Creamer     13th January 2022 Hydrogen fuel cells are increasingly being viewed as an attractive technology to decarbonise large parts of industry, particularly heavy-duty transport. Two key barriers to more widespread adoption of fuel cells are the costs and production scale of fuel cell systems. 

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AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly

Formal launch of South Africa’s first green ammonia project on Tuesday  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2022 The formal launch of South Africa’s first green ammonia project takes place on Tuesday, against the background of the initiative having already secured an in-principle offtake agreement from a global player – a clear indication of the world’s ‘go green’ momentum. Hive Energy and BuiltAfrica –... 

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BuiltAfrica chairperson Thulani Gcabashe interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Gemfields simplifies stake in Sedibelo Platinum Mines

By: Donna Slater     7th January 2022 With ongoing plans to dispose of its entire interest in Sedibelo Platinum Mines (SPM), gemstone miner Gemfields confirms that interposed vehicle Pallinghurst Ivy Lane Capital (Ivy Lane), which held an interest of 27.64% interest in SPM, has been unbundled. By November 2020, Gemfields had held its... 

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Minerals Council backs State capture commission’s recommendations 

By: Martin Creamer     6th January 2022 Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday endorsed the recommendations of the first report of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. The Minerals Council said these recommendations, aimed at preventing endemic and corrosive corruption in organs of the state and within the private sector,... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

Billionaire-backed African Rainbow buys mothballed platinum mine

By: Bloomberg     20th December 2021 African Rainbow Minerals, backed by South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe, agreed to buy Anglo American Platinum’s mothballed Bokoni platinum mine for R3.5-billion. The deal comes after the world’s biggest platinum miners declared record dividends this year as rebounding demand for their... 

An underground PGM mining operation

Sibanye suspends operations at safety-impacted South African mines, adjusts guidance

By: Donna Slater     15th December 2021 JSE- and NYSE-listed precious and battery metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has revised its operational guidance for this year, primarily as a result of various safety-related interventions and measures that have been implemented to reinforce the group’s primary priority of safety. A group-wide... 

Sibanye's Kloof mine
Sibanye's Kloof mine

Exciting green ammonia export plan for Nelson Mandela Bay 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2021 Hive Hydrogen and Built Africa – together as Hive Hydrogen – as well as Linde plc, through its wholly owned South African subsidiary Afrox, have teamed up to establish a huge green ammonia export plant in Nelson Mandela Bay, in the Eastern Cape. The first phase is planned to go live in 2025, with... 

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Thulani Gcabashe (left) and Schalk Venter

Sibanye appoints Keliber chairperson as chief regional officer for Europe

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2021 Precious and battery metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has appointed Finnish mining company Keliber's executive chairperson Mika Seitovirta as its chief regional officer for Europe. This is in line with the group’s growth strategy in battery and green metals, focused predominantly on the... 

Anglo American eyes 35% growth within a decade at 50% margin 

By: Donna Slater     10th December 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American reports that it maintained a strong performance this year, with high demand for diamonds and overall production up 7% on the back of particularly strong production of platinum group metals (PGMs); as well as the expectation of a further improvement in 2022. Unit... 

An image of Outgoing Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani
Outgoing Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Implats lifts shareholding in RBPlat to 35% as Northam makes unsolicited bid for RBPlat

By: Donna Slater     9th December 2021 Platinum group metals miner Impala Platinum (Implats) announced late on Thursday that it had increased its shareholding in Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) to 35.31%. Implats had acquired a further 8.82-million RBPlat shares, representing about 3.05% of RBPlat's shares in issue. The Takeover... 

Mining production up 2.1% y/y in October, buoyed by PGMs

By: Donna Slater     9th December 2021 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reports that mining production increased by 2.1% year-on-year in October, with the largest positive contributor being the platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, which was 24% up, contributing 5.5 percentage points. Chromium ore increased by 28.7%, adding 0.9 of a... 

Leading mining companies commit to contract transparency 

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2021 Members of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Thursday announced their commitment to disclose all mineral development contracts from the start of January this year, wherever they operate, marking a significant step by about a third of the global mining and metals industry to... 

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ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Ivanhoe secures $300m in stream financing deals for Platreef mine  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th December 2021 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines’ South African subsidiary, Ivanplats, has concluded stream financing agreements with Orion Mine Finance and Nomad Royalty Company for a $200-million gold streaming facility and a $100-million palladium and platinum streaming facility for its Platreef... 

An aerial image of Ivanplats' Platreef development, located in the Limpopo Province
BIRD'S EYE VIEW The proceeds of the financing agreements will be used to advance the first phase of Platreef’s mine development, with commercial production expected in 2024

Specify energy transition action now, the money’s there for it, UN climate envoy urges  

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2021 The energy transition is woefully under specified, the United Nations special envoy on climate change action and finance Mark Carney told a global webinar, in which he described the specifying of energy transition action as being “a matter of urgency”. Such specification, the webinar heard,... 

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UN Climate Action Finance Envoy Mark Carney covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exploration debate highlights Nema challenge  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2021 The withdrawal of a portion of the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) has created a major challenge for mineral exploration in South Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) co-sponsored exploration webinar heard on Thursday. Taking part in the panel discussion under... 

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IDC co-sponsored webinar covered by Mining Weekly.
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