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Exploration geologists, coal reserves, outperforming companies make headlines   

11th June 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses why exploration geologists in Africa need to be allowed to help find new metals and minerals; an opportunity to create new jobs by mining coal reserves in an environmentally correct manner; and mining companies that do their best for the environment... 

Exploration geologists, coal reserves, outperforming companies make headlines

Battery materials, new cadastre system, digital geoscience data make headlines   

4th June 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks South Africa being considered for its value-add consolidation advantage to battery materials; the tender for a new modern cadastre system; and geoscience data being digitally available on the Council for Geoscience website.   

Battery materials, new cadastre system, digital geoscience data make headlines

Copper, JSE listings, battery mineral exploration make headlines   

28th May 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the Northern Cape’s lucrative copper potential that must be given assistance; concern over the lack of JSE listings ahead of the Junior Indaba; and South Africa’s battery mineral exploration potential. 

Copper, JSE listings, battery mineral exploration make headlines

Climate change, geology graduates, PGMs make headlines   

21st May 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Anglo American calling the global climate crisis "something that exceeds anything seen in centuries"; a call for unemployed geology graduates to capture historic exploration data; and the PGMs opportunities coming out of the hydrogen economy being... 

Climate change, geology graduates, PGMs make headlines

Mining policy, NY zinc-air system, AngloGold Ashanti make headlines   

14th May 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks why mining policy in South Africa needs to deal with both the highs and lows of mining, New York using platinum on the cathodes of a zinc-air system and AngloGold Ashanti investigating renewable energy projects across the entire group.   

Mining policy, NY zinc-air system, AngloGold Ashanti make headlines

Solar at South Deep, ruthenium, short-termism make headlines   

7th May 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Gold Fields' R660-million 40 MW solar plant at South Deep, the possible declining use of ruthenium in fuel cells in relation to green hydrogen and Barrick Gold's Mark Bristow's criticism of the resurgence short-termism.   

Solar at South Deep, ruthenium, short-termism make headlines

Lion Battery, investment-friendly policies, Brian Gilbertson make headlines   

30th April 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the Lion Battery initiative, calls for government to enact attractive investment-friendly policies  and Pallinghurst Group chairperson and co-founder Brian Gilbertson's retirement.   

Lion Battery, investment-friendly policies, Brian Gilbertson make headlines

PGMs, exploration, ferrochrome make headlines  

23rd April 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks how Government can help boost economic growth by joining the promotion of platinum group metals, how South Africa’s exploration backlog could be cleared by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and the ferrochrome industry taking its first... 

PGMs, exploration, ferrochrome make headlines

Gold, exploration and coal contracts make headlines  

16th April 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Barberton’s potential to get South African gold mining going again, South Africa’s exploration industry's deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations and Treasury being asked to cancel coal contracts and replace them with new ones at double... 

Gold, exploration and coal contracts make headlines

Hydrogen, thermal coal, exploration make headlines   

9th April 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Canada possibly taking the lead in the use of hydrogen underground, Anglo American demerging it’s South African thermal coal operations and how South Africa could unlock its exploration potential.   

Hydrogen, thermal coal, exploration make headlines

Amplats, Implats projects unpacked  

31st March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Anglo American Platinum’s smart power project, Implats in testing phase of its stationary hydrogen fuel cell and the two-part modernization underway at Amplats Amandelbult mine.   

Amplats, Implats projects unpacked

PGMs, investments, economic growth make headlines   

26th March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer notes: It is imperative that government, business and labour launch a global campaign to highlight the huge importance of South Africa’s platinum group metals in the fight against climate change. It was right and proper of Mineral Resources Minister Gwede... 

PGMs, investments, economic growth make headlines

Exploration, vanadium, local battery material champions make headlines   

19th March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks South Africa needing to boost exploration in the Northern Cape, South Africa’s opportunity to win back its share of the global vanadium market, and South Africa’s team of local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new... 

Exploration, vanadium, local battery material champions make headlines

Opportunities for mines to decarbonise and South Africa's coal exports to China make headlines  

12th March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Royal Bafokeng Platinum's proposed plans to generate its own electricity; China having become the largest importer of South African coal; and the opportunities for miners to invest in green energy and decarbonisation. 

Opportunities for mines to decarbonise and South Africa's coal exports to China make headlines

Mineral Rights, JSE, Kumba make headlines   

5th March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks slow mineral rights processing and ending it; why the JSE should be South Africa’s main mine funder; and Kumba Iron Ore’s exciting new project.     

Mineral Rights, JSE, Kumba make headlines

Implats, 4IR and Target North make headlines   

26th February 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Implats' R10-billion worth of new platinum projects, the feasibility study on a mine selected for the testing of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and the Greenfield exploration drilling that has restarted at Target North.   

Implats, 4IR and Target North make headlines

Sibanye-Stillwater, Hydrox Holdings, coal exports to China make headlines  

19th February 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Sibanye-Stillwater assessing on-site green hydrogen generation to power fuel cell mobility; Hydrox's advanced alkaline electrolyser; and South Africa's coal exports to China.   

Sibanye-Stillwater, Hydrox Holdings, coal exports to China make headlines

Sadpo, Vision Blue, PetroSA make headlines   

12th February 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the South African Diamond Producers Organisation's ideas to save the industry, Vision Blue’s high-return prospects for investors and how green hydrogen and powerfuels could revive PetroSA and create a 160-billion euro export platform.   

Sadpo, Vision Blue, PetroSA make headlines

Orion Minerals, Eskom, Botswana's non-diamond exploration make headlines   

5th February 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Orion Minerals’ latest acquisition in the Northern Cape, Eskom supporting increasing the licensing exemption threshold for self-generation to 50MW and, Botswana intensifying its effort to attract non-diamond exploration.   

Orion Minerals, Eskom, Botswana's non-diamond exploration make headlines

Green tech, RBCT make headlines   

29th January 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the green technology boost for African Mining, exports for the Richards Bay Coal Terminal have declined for the third consecutive year and the Richards Bay Coal Terminal is improving efficiency to counter ship queuing.   

Green tech, RBCT make headlines

PGMs, new Gold Fields CEO designate make headlines 

22nd January 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Switzerland's green hydrogen roll-out, PGM demand and Chris Griffith becoming Gold Fields CEO designate.   

PGMs, new Gold Fields CEO designate make headlines

China importing SA coal, PGMs in a greener world make headlines 

14th January 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks South Africa supplying coal to China, the role of South Africa’s platinum group metals in a greener future and the new project in the North West that is cutting electricity use by 82% and putting platinum into focus.   

China importing SA coal, PGMs in a greener world make headlines

South Deep Covid protocols, platinum demand, decarbonisation make headlines 

8th January 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks back-to-work protocols at South Deep, the building of hydrogen infrastructure in the US being a good boost for platinum demand and mining companies being pressurised to commit to a decarbonised future. 

South Deep Covid protocols, platinum demand, decarbonisation make headlines

Hydrogen fuel cells, Implats, Mogalakwena make headlines  

11th December 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks China converting battery electric vehicles into hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Impala platinum joining a high-flying PGMs-linked venture capital fund and the approval for the Mogalakwena PGMs mine solar project.   

Hydrogen fuel cells, Implats, Mogalakwena make headlines

Investments, copper, Chinese trade relations make headlines  

4th December 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks mining companies going all out for investors, a bull market in copper is now firmly under way and South Africa’s buoyant trade relations with China.   

Investments, copper, Chinese trade relations make headlines

Waterberg, potable water from AMD, economic growth make headlines  

27th November 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Platinum Group Metals’ objective to move the Waterberg project to a development and construction stage; An Mpumalanga coal mine is on the point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost; and the need for South African to focus on... 

Waterberg, potable water from AMD, economic growth make headlines

Platinum investment demand, Anglo American, Sibanye-Stillwater make headlines  

20th November 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks platinum investment demand sky rocketing 291%, Anglo American’s investment commitment to South Africa and a New York court dismissing class action against Sibanye-Stillwater.   

Platinum investment demand, Anglo American, Sibanye-Stillwater make headlines

Ferrochrome, green hydrogen, potash make headlines  

13th November 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the ferrochrome industry committing to solar generation; the green hydrogen economy and its benefits for Africa; and Kore Potash expecting to complete the first phase of its starter project in May.   

Ferrochrome, green hydrogen, potash make headlines

Shallow Reefs Gold, Orion Minerals, exploration make headlines  

6th November 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Shallow Reefs Gold being built to mine the shallow reefs of the Wits Basin; Orion Minerals using zinc credits to mine clean, green copper in the Northern Cape; and Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe stating that exploration is a... 

Shallow Reefs Gold, Orion Minerals, exploration make headlines

Ferrochrome, flow-through scheme, Sumitomo make headlines  

30th October 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the Ferrochrome industry's need for an interim measure to be competitive, the flow-through share model that has been drawn up for exploration and Sumitomo becoming the latest investor in partnership with AP Ventures.   

Ferrochrome, flow-through scheme, Sumitomo make headlines

Gold Fields, export tax, coal mine disposal make headlines  

23rd October 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Gold Fields' application for a 40MW solar power plant at South Deep, the export tax on chrome ore and coal mine disposal exacerbating CO2 emissions.   

Gold Fields, export tax, coal mine disposal make headlines

Replacing value, Pearl Gray, green hydrogen economy make headlines  

15th October 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses a call for mining companies to convince investors to replace the value being taken out of the ground, the new venture capital incubation fund that is targeting small-scale mining and Southern Africa’s buy-in into the green hydrogen economy concept.   

Replacing value, Pearl Gray, green hydrogen economy make headlines

Exploration strategy, flow through share scheme, Sedibelo Platinum make headlines  

9th October 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the DMRE's exploration strategy, South Africa needing a flow-through share scheme and Sedibelo Platinum mines close to listing.   

Exploration strategy, flow through share scheme, Sedibelo Platinum make headlines

Sandvik, manganese and green hydrogen atlas make headlines  

2nd October 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Sandvik's Innovation in Mining Virtual Event, South Africa having 22 operating manganese mines and the German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa while integrating the Southern African Development Community region.   

Sandvik, manganese and green hydrogen atlas make headlines

Gold mining, green hydrogen, Pan African make headlines  

25th September 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the need for business and government to look seriously at mining material from gold mine dumps and tailings dams, Australia  producing green hydrogen at $2/kg and Pan African Resource’s R150-million solar PV project that authorities are supporting.   

Gold mining, green hydrogen, Pan African make headlines

Harmony Gold, Pan African, platinum make headlines 

17th September 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the integration of Mponeng and Mine Waste Solutions surface gold recovery operation into Harmony Gold, Pan African's results and platinum possibly on its way into battery electric vehicles as a battery metal. 

Harmony Gold, Pan African, platinum make headlines

Platinum, hydrogen, fuel cells make headlines  

10th September 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the potential for platinum to become a $35-billion a year industry, the need for South Africa to promote the hydrogen economy and the potentially large prize for South Africa in significant fuel cell growth and hydrogen. 

Platinum, hydrogen, fuel cells make headlines

Mine dumps, tax laws, rhodium make headlines  

2nd September 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks dealing with mine dumps to cut down commute time in Johannesburg, linking tax laws to job creation and Rhodium being "metal of the decade".   

Mine dumps, tax laws, rhodium make headlines
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