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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... 

Tharisa’s net profit more than doubles on the back of strong prices, operational performance

By: Donna Slater     2nd December 2021 JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome miner Tharisa achieved a 139% year-on-year increase in net profit to $131.5-million for the financial year ended September 30. Revenue increased by 46.9% to $596.3-million, while earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation... 

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Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, use hydrogen to cut diesel – Cutifani   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2021 Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, and then use the hydrogen that has been created to replace diesel. Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani proposed this climate blueprint while also outlining his London- and Johannesburg-listed mining company’s entry into crop nutrients that can free up... 

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GlobeScan climate event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Implats buys a further 2.56% of RBPlat’s shares, now holds 31.94% stake

By: Donna Slater     2nd December 2021 Following two tranches of share buyouts by Impala Platinum (Implats) on November 29 and December 1 – for an aggregate of 84.89-million shares of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) – Implats has acquired a further 7.39-million RBPlat shares on December 2. This takes Implats’ shareholding in RBPlat... 

Carbon-neutral nickel launch showcased by South Africa-linked chairperson  

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2021 South Africa-linked Gareth Penny on Monday heralded the launch of a carbon-neutral nickel with a difference in that it steers completely clear of any reliance on third-party carbon credits. Penny did so in his capacity as nonexecutive chairperson of Nornickel of Russia – and put sharper focus on... 

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Nornickel capital markets day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Two rescued, three bodies recovered as mud rush rescue operations conclude

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2021 Two mineworkers have been rescued and the bodies of three have been recovered at Impala Rustenburg 6 Shaft, which suffered an underground mud-rush incident. Search and rescue operations continued around the clock following the incident took place on Sunday, November 28. 

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Shaft 16 at Impala Rustenburg, where fatality occurred on Saturday, November 27.

Search under way at Impala Rustenburg after mud rush traps five

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2021 A search and rescue operation was under way at Impala Rustenburg after a mud rush at 6 Shaft on Monday. All operations at Impala Rustenburg's 6 Shaft and 16 Shaft complexes have been suspended until a full and comprehensive report is available. 

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All operations at Impala Rustenburg's 6 Shaft and 16 Shaft complexes have been suspended. Shown here is 16 Shaft.

RBPlat bid embodies socioeconomic boost for greater Rustenburg region – Implats  

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2021 The bid by Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) for a majority shareholding in Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) presents an opportunity to create sizeable Western Limb production base with socioeconomic benefits for the region, platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Implats said on... 

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Implats’ offer to Royal Bafokeng Platinum covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer: Video: Darlene Creamer.

Froneman tells world of Sibanye’s confidence in hydrogen economy  

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are poised to be a very significant underpin in the green hydrogen economy and Sibanye-Stillwater is intent on ensuring that the supply of PGMs is sustainable and that the company is part of the global climate change solution, Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman told a global... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater hydrogen presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Law firm creates outsourced compliance solution for mining industry 

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2021 A specialist mining law firm, which prefers people to paper, has created an outsourced compliance solution for Africa’s mining industry. NSDV will not simply rely on the paper trail when a client calls with an issue, but instead phone, WhatsApp, or drive there and chat to the officials. 

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NSDV director and co-founder Lili Nupen

Very strong platinum imports into China – WPIC 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2021 Many things could play out next year that have the potential to materially reduce the substantial platinum surplus that the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) is forecasting for next year, Mining Weekly can today report. Among these is the very strong current importation of platinum into... 

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World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Namibia heading for world record green hydrogen costs, conference hears  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2021 With its vast potential for wind and solar energy, Namibia is excellently placed to become a global player in green hydrogen production, the Africa Green Hydrogen Forum's virtual conference heard on Monday, when green hydrogen was highlighted as the key decarbonisation vector in the global fight... 

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African Green Hydrogen webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Tharisa mine's life extended to 2041

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th November 2021 The life-of-mine of JSE- and LSE-listed Tharisa's openpit chrome and platinum group metals mine, in South Africa's North West province, has been extended by seven years to 2041. Tharisa notes that a yearly review of the mine's mineral resource and mineral reserve statement indicates a significant... 

Green hydrogen advocate Forrest slams oil, gas as ‘anathema methane mines’  

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2021 Oil and gas plants are methane mines and opening new ones is an anathema that fails to take the livelihoods of today’s offspring seriously, says Fortescue Metals Group chairperson and green hydrogen protagonist Andrew Forrest. “I argue strongly that opening up a new coal mine, or even a methane... 

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Expect to be unemployed from age 40, Miller warns graduates entering mining   

By: Martin Creamer     15th November 2021 Because of the collapse of investment in greenfields exploration in South Africa, any mining graduate entering the profession today can expect to be unemployed from the age of 40, said AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller on Monday, when he pointed out that South Africa is now at an... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer

Ivanhoe’s Kamoa-Kakula ramps up successfully, sells 41 490 t of copper 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th November 2021 During its first quarter of production, ended September 30, TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines’ Kamoa-Kakula joint venture, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sold 41 490 t of payable copper and recognised revenue of $342.6-million. It achieved an operating profit of $209.7-million and earnings... 

Ivanhoe appoints CFO; Cloete to focus only on the role of president

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th November 2021 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines has promoted David van Heerden to CFO, effective November 12. This will allow Marna Cloete to focus on the role of president, instead of the dual roles of president and CFO, which she has held since her appointment in March 2020. 

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Ivanhoe Mines CFO David van Heerden

Mineral exploration should be incentivised, says IDC’s Thabiso Sekano  

By: Martin Creamer     12th November 2021 Mineral exploration should be incentivised so that South Africa’s great mineral endowment can be optimally leveraged to lower unemployment, improve export revenues, and strengthen this country’s gross domestic product (GDP). That is the view of Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) mining,... 

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IDC Mining Metals Beneficiation Head interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

South Africa mining production down 3.4% y/y in Sept

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2021 South Africa’s mining production decreased by 3.4% year-on-year in September, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on November 11. The largest negative contributors were coal, platinum-group metals (PGMs) and gold. 

US adds nickel, zinc to draft critical minerals list, drops potash

By: Mariaan Webb     11th November 2021 The US Geological Survey (USGS) has added nickel and zinc to its proposed list of 50 ‘critical minerals’ – defined as those essential to economic or national security and have a supply chain vulnerable to disruption – while four others, including potash, have fallen off the draft 2021 list. The... 

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The Biden Administration's 100 day supply chain review states that there is an 'urgency' to develop a strategy around Class 1 nickel.

Minerals Council backs Eskom leadership, urges govt to cut procurement red tape

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2021 Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday supported the Eskom leadership team in its efforts to stabilise South Africa’s electricity supply and urged government to focus on shortening the bureaucratic processes hindering Eskom’s ability to procure urgently required spares for power stations and... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

Gold major Newmont spending $500m on renewables, world congress hears 

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2021 Gold mining major Newmont is spending $500-million on renewable energy projects against the backdrop of climate risk equating to investment risk for all mining industry participants, the Energy and Mines Virtual World Congress heard on Tuesday. Expenditure of the half-a-billion dollars began last... 

Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker (left) and Newmont executive VP and chief technology officer Dean Gehring (right).
Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker (left) and Newmont executive VP and chief technology officer Dean Gehring (right).

Green hydrogen market presents huge opportunity for Africa – Mantashe  

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2021 The green hydrogen market presents a huge opportunity for Africa to position itself as a global competitor in future green energy markets, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has told the Africa Energy Week. Countries such as South Africa and Zimbabwe, the Minister said,... 

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Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Bafokeng clinch green business boost as part of Northam platinum deal  

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2021 Royal Bafokeng Holdings has accepted an unsolicited offer from Northam Platinum for up to a third of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) in a R17-billion transaction that opens the way for the community to accelerate into the fast-growing green energy economy with Northam’s help. Royal Bafokeng... 

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Royal Bafokeng Holdings CEO Albertinah Kekana (left) and Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.

Modern mining infrastructure, innovations to address junior mining, exploration challenges 

By: Schalk Burger     5th November 2021 Innovation and technology development to promote and reinvigorate the country’s moribund exploration, emerging and junior mining sector are focused on developing shared infrastructure and innovations to reduce costs and make exploration more effective and efficient. Research, development and... 

Platinum group metals playing key role in Proudly South African hydrogen breakthrough  

By: Martin Creamer     5th November 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs), which are hosted overwhelmingly in South Africa, have played a key role in rocketing the performance of local alkaline electrolysers, in which PGMs are not generally used. Hydrox Holdings of Randburg, which has been pursuing hydrogen solutions for more than two... 

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

Zimplats posts slight decline in quarterly output

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2021 ASX-listed Zimplats has reported a 6% quarter-on-quarter decrease in the production of platinum, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium, iridium and gold (6E) platinum group metals (PGMs) to 143 061 oz for the three months ended September 30. The PGMs miner also reported a 4% higher quarter-on-quarter... 

Mining modernisation to benefit junior miners, exploration in South Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     4th November 2021 The development and applications of technologies and techniques in mining to make it safer, more productive and more efficient are benefiting junior miners and adding tools and capabilities to stimulate minerals exploration in South Africa, mining and technology experts said on November 4. During... 

Top-performing South African fund rides bet on energy stocks

By: Bloomberg     4th November 2021 South Africa’s top-performing equity fund has reaped the benefit of a wager that battered stocks, particularly in the energy sector, would flourish as economies rebounded from the worst of the pandemic. Blue Quadrant Capital Management’s Worldwide Flexible Prescient Fund has returned 125% this... 

Sibanye advances buyout of Sandouville asset

By: Chanel de Bruyn     4th November 2021 Precious and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater has signed a share purchase agreement (SPA) to acquire the Sandouville nickel hydrometallurgical processing facility from French mining and metallurgy company Eramet. Sibanye in July signed an exclusive put option agreement to acquire the... 

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The Sandouville nickel processing facility

South African Duncan Wanblad to succeed Mark Cutifani as Anglo CE 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American on Wednesday announced the appointment of Duncan Wanblad as chief executive with effect from the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) on April 19 next year – and has also spelt out details of Wanblad’s upcoming remuneration package in considerable... 

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South African Duncan Wanblad, who takes over as CE of Anglo American on April 19.

Pallinghurst now has all key battery, hydrogen fuel cell elements  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2021 The Pallinghurst Group now has within its fold all the key elements needed for lithium-ion batteries, fuel-cells and green hydrogen economy. Pallinghurst’s latest transaction with Talon Metals brings in nickel, copper and cobalt, which augment the already-in-the-bag graphite, battery-grade... 

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Pallinghurst Co-Chief Executive and Co-Founder Arne Frandsen speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Anglo to transition to green hydrogen mine fleet over decade – Cutifani 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American, which is piloting the world’s biggest green hydrogen-powered haulage vehicle, is planning to replace its global truck fleet of 400 diesel trucks with hydrogen trucks over a ten-year period from about 2024. Introducing hydrogen mobility on its mines will... 

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Anglo American’s hydrogen truck with hydrogen production and refuelling system shown top right.

Anglo can uplift livelihoods of many thousands, sustainability attendees hear

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American can uplift the livelihoods of many thousands of people living around its communities in South Africa and support many jobs through its sustainability projects, attendees of Anglo’s second 2021 sustainability update were told. The London- and... 

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Anglo American responsible business partnerships head Jon Samuel

Anglo to use underground mine water to generate electricity   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American is planning to use water in its underground mines as batteries. The water will be pumped up when operations have excess renewable power and allowed to run back down when electricity is needed. 

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From top left clockwise are Mark Cutifani, Jon Samuel, Stephen Pearce and Zahira Quatrocchi.

WPIC highlights 100-year history of woven platinum gauze catalysts

By: Schalk Burger     29th October 2021 Industry organisation the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) has summarised the 100-year history of platinum woven gauze catalysts and highlighted the relevance of platinum as an efficient industrial material owing to its ductility; its resistance to corrosion, oxidation and temperature;... 

Anglo American sets ambition to halve Scope 3 emissions by 2040 

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American on Friday published its Climate Change Report 2021, ahead of its six-monthly sustainability performance update. The update includes Anglo’s progress towards its target of carbon neutral operations (Scopes 1 & 2) by 2040 and its ambition to reduce its... 

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Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Implats’ 6E production volumes down 6% in the first quarter

By: Simone Liedtke     29th October 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, and platinum (6E) concentrate production decreased by 6% year-on-year to 809 000 oz for the quarter ended September 30 – the first quarter of its 2022 financial year. Managed volumes... 

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