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RBPlat CEO Steve Phiri sees PGMs market remaining strong   

By: Martin Creamer     4th August 2021 Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri sees the market for platinum group metals (PGMs) remaining strong for many years to come. In a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly following the JSE-listed PGM mining company’s presentation of outstanding record financial results, Phiri outlined the... 

Rhodium again top performer in RBPlat’s revenue basket  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2021 Rhodium was once again the top performer in the revenue basket for platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), the revenue of which was up 108.1% to R9 584.3-million in the six months to June 30. The average rhodium price for the period increased threefold to $25... 

Taken during presenetation of half year results in August 2021.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Electricity supply constraints to impact on critical PGMs production - Davis 

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2021 As efforts to reduce the impact of global warming and climate change ramp up, South Africa is set to lose out on critical platinum group metals (PGM) production as a result of increasing electricity disruptions and load-shedding, independent precious metal consultant Dr David Davis says. Demand... 

An image of independent precious metal consultant Dr David Davis
Independent precious metal consultant Dr David Davis

30 MW solar study will be concluded in second quarter of 2022 – RBPlat  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2021 The feasibility study for the construction of the 30 MW modular photovoltaic plant for renewable energy will be concluded in the second quarter of 2022, platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) reported on Tuesday when it presented record financial results and... 

Screenshot taken during RBPlat's presentation of half-year results, August 2021
Royal Bafokeng Platinum results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

RBPlat declares R1.5bn dividend on record first-half performance

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2021 Platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has declared a R1.5 billion interim dividend in addition to the R482.3 million buy-back and redemption of a portion of its convertible bonds on the back of a record performance in the six months to June 30. RBPlat... 

Creamer Media picture of Steve Phiri
Photo by Creamer Media
RBPlat CEO Steve Phiri

Southern Africa part of Germany’s platinum-boosting green hydrogen strategy  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2021 Green hydrogen, which can be generated and then used with the help of Southern Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs), is a topic that has gained a lot of importance in recent months in the context of limiting global warming and meeting the world’s decarbonisation goals. In Germany, the increased... 

Picture of Dr Jan Olwoch moderating green hydrogen atlas event.
Green Hydrogen Atlas Africa data validation workshop covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Zimplats notes quarterly improvement in output

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2021 ASX-listed Zimplats’ production of platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and gold (6E) platinum group metals (PGMs) for the quarter ended June 30, increased by 12% quarter-on-quarter, but decreased by 5% year-on-year,. Specifically, the company produced 70 688 oz of platinum, 59 544... 

Anglo working towards collaborative decarbonised energy advance across South Africa  

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2021 Anglo American, which will have all of its South American operations on renewable energy by the end of next year, is working towards trying to achieve a collaborative multi-company government- and Eskom-linked decarbonised energy advance across South Africa. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom... 

Mark Cutifani interviewed by Mining Weekly.
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

How eight entrepreneurs helped shape the South African economy

30th July 2021 In this exploration of eight famous, and not so famous, South African entrepreneurs, economic historian Stefan Schirmer celebrates the dynamism, tenacity and ingenuity of these individuals, while delving into the complexities of building successful enterprises in a society so deeply scarred by... 

How eight entrepreneurs helped shape the South African economy

Anglo on trajectory towards becoming minerals solutions provider  

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American, which shot the lights out on Thursday with the presentation of an all-time record set of half-year results, is on its way to becoming a minerals solutions provider rather than a digger of holes. The London- and Johannesburg-listed Anglo is... 

Picture for presentation of results July 2021
Anglo American results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

World-beating Anglo reports record half-year earnings of $12.1bn 

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American on Thursday reported a record half-year financial performance in its position as the best of the world’s top-five global mining companies. Anglo calculates that its elevated global position is poised to continue, assisted by its superior depth, breadth... 

Picture from Anglo American
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Computing, food tech among many new PGM opportunity areas ­– Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     28th July 2021 The computing world is an opportunity area for platinum group metals (PGMs), along with food technology, alloy development, medical advance, waste control, battery and storage  – and that is on top of the now much-celebrated and pervasive green hydrogen feedstock phenomenon. JSE-listed Anglo... 

Picture of Natascha Viljoen from Creamer Media files.
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Higher basket price, sales volumes to lift Implats’ full-year earnings

By: Donna Slater     28th July 2021 JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Impala Platinum (Implats) reports that a significant increase in the dollar basket price for PGMs, together with higher sales volumes of platinum, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium, iridium and gold (6E), resulted in higher revenue and improved... 

Sylvania’s fourth-quarter revenue falls on lower ounce production, lower basket price

By: Donna Slater     27th July 2021 Aim-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Sylvania Platinum’s dump operations (SDO) produced 16 289 oz in the fourth quarter of its financial year ended June 30, which is slightly lower than the 17 420 oz produced in the third quarter. The miner notes that production was in line with its... 

Anglo Platinum evaluating multiple renewable energy forms  

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2021 As a result its geographic distribution across South Africa, the Anglo American group is collectively evaluating options to access multiple forms of renewable energy, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Natascha Viljoen said on Monday. The JSE-listed company has already completed the design and... 

A side view of the Amplats CEO during the July 2021 results presenetation.
Anglo American Platinum presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Zimplats plans 185 MW solar power plants

By: Reuters     26th July 2021 Impala Platinum Holdings Zimbabwe unit Zimplats plans to build two solar power plants with generation capacity of 185 MW to power its operations, the country's energy regulator said on Monday. The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority said Zimplats, the biggest platinum group metals producer in... 

High-flying Anglo Platinum’s stakeholders receive nigh-R40bn boost 

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2021 The strong operational and financial performance of platinum group metals company Anglo American Platinum in the six months to June 30 translated into nearly R40-billion worth of benefits for stakeholders including the fiscus, local and doorstep suppliers and communities. In light of the impact... 

This picture was taken during the presentation of results on26 July 2021
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen

Metals make climate change mitigation possible – Citi Research 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2021 In a rapid electrification scenario, metals have the ability to bring about the reduction of close to 1 000 gigatonnes (Gt) of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, Citi Research states in a note that examines the metals industry’s potential contribution to climate change mitigation over... 

A graphic compiled the Citi Research on the fast and moderate way of meeting the Paris climate change accord.
Complying with the Paris agreement on climate change mitigation.

Platinum giants eye solar power as green answer to blackouts

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2021 The world’s biggest platinum miners are ramping up plans to build renewable energy plants to free them from power outages that have plagued South Africa for more than a decade and to reduce their carbon footprint. Sibanye-Stillwater, the No. 1 platinum miner, Impala Platinum Holdings and Anglo... 

Extremely strong demand for platinum bar and coin – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd July 2021 Extremely strong demand for platinum bar and coin is being seen around the world, particularly in the US, along with growth in demand for platinum exchange traded funds (ETFs), mainly out of North America and Europe,  World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) head of research Trevor Raymond said... 

Picture of WPIC research head Trevor Raymond
WPIC Research Head Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Exploration trailblazer Orion cracks retail investor code with 14 000-plus SA backers  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2021 More than 14 000 South Africans now own shares in the discovery and development mining company Orion Minerals, which is reflective of retail investment that can be stimulated in South Africa to support essential local minerals exploration. What is also extremely promising is that the dual listed... 

This is a picture of Errol Smart, CEO of Orion Minerals, who is also chair of Minerals Council junior miner leadership forum.
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Anglo increasingly focused on future-enabling decarbonising metals, minerals – Cutifani 

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2021 The portfolio and growth investments of diversified mining company Anglo American is increasingly focused future-enabling metals and minerals that are critical to decarbonising energy and transport and to meeting consumers' growing needs, from luxury to everyday life. This was stated by Anglo... 

A picture of Anglo American's CEO, Mark Cutifani.
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Amplats lifts second-quarter production and refining 

By: Donna Slater     20th July 2021 Platinum group metals (PGM) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) reports that its production for the quarter ended June 30 had increased by 59% year-on-year to 1.05-million ounces as a result of a strong recovery in production from all its operations. CEO Natascha Viljoen notes that Amplats’... 

An image of Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen

Mine achieves massive earnings boost after employing four more people  

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2021 Guided by a value driver tree (VDT) study, an opencast mine increased its earnings massively after employing four additional operators at comparatively negligible cost. The operation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) soared hugely from $634.3-million to... 

Gary Lane is also a director of SiMine
Value Driver Tree case study covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

PTM says detailed work on Waterberg progressing well

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2021 TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) says work is progressing well on the development of its 50.02%-owned Waterberg project. The Waterberg project is located on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex, in South Africa, and will be a fully mechanised, shallow platinum, palladium,... 

Implats’ Rustenburg stoppage resolved with only one blast shift lost

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2021 Platinum group metals miner Impala Platinum (Implats) reports that a July 14 work stoppage at its Rustenburg mine, initiated by labour union the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) had been resolved by the union on the same day. Implats corporate affairs group executive... 

Hydrogen economy can create 30-million jobs, Japanese professor calculates  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Thirty-million jobs can be created through the introduction of the hydrogen economy to decarbonise the world, HyWealth founder and CEO Professor Katsuhiko Hirose said on Wednesday. While hydrogen is currently more expensive than fossil fuel, green hydrogen will be the cheapest solution by 2050,... 

An image of HyWealth founder and CEO Professor Katsuhiko Hirose
Nedbank CIB’s green economy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Patent issued for use of PGMs in lithium batteries

By: Donna Slater     14th July 2021 TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) and its subsidiary Lion Battery Technologies reports that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a third patent to Florida International University (FIU) related to platinum group metals (PGMs) being used in lithium batteries. Specifically,... 

Life in mining-dependent countries significantly improved – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Life in mining-dependent countries has improved significantly in the 23 years leading up to 2018, with strong governance the key to improving socio-economic well-being, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) said on Wednesday. A report that analysed 41 social metrics grouped under... 

A picture of the CEO of the International Coiuncil on Mining and Metals
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Epiroc secures battery-electric mining equipment order from Ivanplats’ South African mine 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2021 Mining and infrastructure industry productivity and sustainability partner Epiroc has won a significant order for battery-electric mining equipment from Ivanplats, which will use the equipment to develop its greenfield mine in South Africa in the “most sustainable and productive manner possible”.... 

Pic of Epiroc Boomer M2 Battery drill
Epiroc Boomer M2 Battery drill

Iconic South African mines are ravaged economy’s unlikely saviour

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2021 The world’s deepest precious-metals mines, together with giant iron-ore and coal pits are providing an unexpected boon to a South African economy slowly recovering from its biggest contraction in a century. Surging demand and prices for commodities including platinum-group metals, iron-ore,... 

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Sibanye-linked Finnish developer takes next step towards battery-grade lithium goal 

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2021 Finnish lithium project developer Keliber, in which South Africa’s Sibanye-Stillwater is a significant shareholder, this week took a new step towards its goal of becoming the first European company to start producing battery-grade lithium hydroxide in 2024. Construction of the infrastructure and... 

The initlally opencast Rapasaari mine will eventually go underground.
The initlally opencast Rapasaari mine will eventually go underground.

Hydrogen represents huge moment of opportunity for South Africa – AP Ventures  

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2021 Hydrogen represents a huge moment of opportunity for South Africa, AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly said on Monday. AP Ventures began investing along the generally platinum group metals- (PGMs-) linked hydrogen value chain as long ago as 2013 and the $320-million committed in AP... 

AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly
AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

South Africa helping hydrogen down cost curve, giving it greater zip 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2021 South Africa is part of a crucial international project aimed at taking key hydrogen technology down the cost curve and lowering the energy it requires to facilitate catalytic reactions. The focus of the SherLOHCk project, which is funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020 framework, is... 

Renewable hydrogen piloting site at HySA North-West University, including LOHC hydrogenation system.
Renewable hydrogen piloting site at HySA North-West University, including LOHC hydrogenation system.

Hydrogen-focused AP Ventures fund balloons to fourfold-bigger close 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2021 AP Ventures Fund II, with its strategy of investing along the hydrogen value chain, has closed at four times the size of Fund I. The far-seeing AP Ventures began investing along the generally platinum group metals- (PGMs-) linked hydrogen value chain as long ago as 2013. 

AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly
AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly

President’s 100 MW renewable energy reform ‘very welcome opportunity’ – Harmony Gold  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2021 Harmony Gold sustainable development executive Melanie Naidoo-Vermaak on Tuesday described the decision of President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift the licence-exemption cap on own or embedded renewable energy plants from 1 MW to 100 MW as “a very welcome opportunity" for the South African mining... 

From top left clockwise, Harmony’s Jared Coetzer, Peter Steenkamp, Boipelo Lekubo, Anton Buthelezi, Mashego Mashego, Beyers Nel, Marian van der Walt and Melanie Naidoo-Vermaak, during virtual ESG Day event.
Harmony Gold ‘s ESG Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Carbon capture helpful decarbonisation tool – investment professionals  

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2021 Carbon capture and storage is one of the tools in the toolkit that needs to be included in the decarbonisation mix if the world is to reduce emissions  effectively over a reasonable time horizon. That is the view of Carbon Infrastructure Partners president and managing partner Craig Golinowski,... 

Carbon Infrastructure Partners president Craig Golinowski
Carbon Infrastructure Partners president Craig Golinowski interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer: Video: Darlene Creamer
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