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Renewables projects, mining licence transparency and exploration incentives make headlines  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th April 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer talks about a pipeline of renewable energy projects Nedbank clients plan to close this year; how full mining licence transparency is needed to revive exploration in South Africa; and the need for National Treasury to urgently incentivise mining exploration. 

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Hydrogen, public-service reform, Zambian copper make headlines   

8th April 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks SFA Oxford’s Stephen Forrest's belief that hydrogen is the key to long-term use of platinum; former President Kgalema Motlanthe's statement that the process to appoint public-service managers should be reformed; and Castillo Copper's argument for copper... 

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PGMs, Anglo American, Vedanta make headlines   

1st April 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses PGMs supply on a hiding to nothing; Anglo American touting the idea of providing green hydrogen energy to local communities; and Vedanta's R7-billion investment into the Gamsberg expansion.   

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Job creation, renewable energy, climate change make headlines   

25th March 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the potential for 60 000 new jobs through green hydrogen development; Merafe Resources putting focus on renewable energy; and World Parliaments being urged to use their constitutional powers to tackle climate change.   

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Energy sovereignty, Steel Master Plan, Solar PV projects make headlines   

18th March 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Fortescue Metals Group’s Andrew Forrest's call for energy sovereignty; Seifsa  urging the metals sector to take advantage of the Steel Master Plan opportunities; and the comparison of mine-linked Solar PV power projects with the Koeberg nuclear power... 

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Mining opportunities, RBPlats energy study, Eskom's battery storage make headlines  

11th March 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the need for mining to seize the many obvious lucrative opportunities that are available; Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s renewable energy study on an embedded 30MW solar plant that is close to completion; and Eskom's battery storage system.   

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Decarbonisation, Zimplats, PGM supply make headlines   

4th March 2022 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses decarbonisation; Zimplat’s 185 MW solar approval; and whether the supply of platinum group metals could be impacted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?   

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Kumba exploration, PGMs in batteries and Anglo's record financial year make headlines   

25th February 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Kumba Iron Ore's continued exploration in the Northern Cape under new CEO Mpumi Zikalala; Platinum Group Metals playing a role in batteries; and Anglo American's record financial year, under the stewardship of Mark Cutifani.   

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Poverty alleviation programmes, red tape delays, Mantashe pushing renewables make headlines   

18th February 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks DRDGold’s programmes aimed at reducing poverty in mining communities; Minerals Council South Africa notes that red tape is holding up R90-billion worth of protects that are ready to go; and Gwede Mantashe has uncharacteristically touted renewables as a... 

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New jobs, Glencore, climate change liability make headlines   

11th February 2022 This week Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer talks about the just energy transition providing South Africa with significant opportunities for new jobs; Glencore’s new global marketing relationship with United States Strategic Metals; and Webber Wentzel's warning that mining and energy directors... 

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Renewables, Ubuntu, GreenCape make headlines   

4th February 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Anglo American's low-cost renewables; Ubuntu principles in going green; and clean energy opportunities in Mpumalanga for the GreenCape organisation.   

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Hydrogen, coal exports make headlines   

28th January 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses South Africa’s hydrogen roadmap targeting societal well-being; South Africa offsetting losses from the eventual decline in coal export by using hydrogen direct reduced iron technology; and the Richards Bay Coal Terminal's lowest volume of coal exports... 

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SWS, Hillside Aluminium, Aus investment make headlines   

21st January 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks huge advantages in South Africa modifying its Integrated Resource Plan to focus its energy effort exclusively solar, wind and storage; Hillside Aluminium which could go green by 2030; and Australian investment in Orion’s Prieska as well as in West Wits... 

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Green ammonia, FDI, SA's COP26 funds   

14th January 2022 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks South Africa’s first green ammonia project, which launches next week; foreign direct investment for countries transitioning to clean energy; and whether South Africa has effectively deployed funds secured at COP26.   

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Clean energy and climate change on South Africa's radar   

7th January 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses decarbonisation as an opportunity to create quality employment; South Africa's need to transition to clean energy without creating job losses and ghost towns in areas where fossil fuels provide the overwhelming economic support; and South Africa's... 

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Just energy transition makes headlines   

9th December 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the United Nations climate envoy calling for the urgent specification of energy transition action; the Shell Foundation's calls for an energy transition through on-the-ground projects to transition developing countries to renewable solutions; and... 

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Renewables and Implats acquiring RBPlat shares make headlines   

3rd December 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks: Anglo American is urging the use of renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen and then using that hydrogen to replace diesel. South Deep will increase its 40 MW solar power project to 50 MW after it procured more efficient solar panels. Impala... 

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Green hydrogen, platinum and renewable energy make headlines   

25th November 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Namibia's plans in the green hydrogen space; platinum imports to China that could reduce the surplus forecast for next year; and Minerals Council South Africa member companies that could deliver up to 3 900MW of renewable energy projects.   

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Zambia's pledges to investors, mining employment and Andrew Forrest make headlines   

19th November 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Zambia’s pledges around green energy and copper as it seeks to attract investment; mining graduates should expect to be unemployed from the age of 40; and green hydrogen activist Andrew Forrest had some strong opinions about oil and gas in a recent... 

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Green business, energy procurement, gold performances make headlines   

12th November 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the Royal Bafokeng/Northam deal that will see a green business boost; Minerals Council South Africa's call for government to speed up electricity procurement processes; and the recent performances in gold mining, with Gold Fields and Harmony recently... 

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Developments at Anglo American  

5th November 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks developments at diversified mining company Anglo American. 

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Platinum consolidation, Canada's First Nations, Sibanye-Stillwater make headlines   

29th October 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the recent Impala Platinum proposal that seeks to acquire Royal Bafokeng Platinum, as well as African Rainbow Minerals being in talks to acquire the Bokoni Platinum Mine. Further, he notes that while miners are urged to take hydrogen seriously in its... 

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Listing incentives, excessive backlogs and Jupiter Mines make headlines   

21st October 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the need for incentives for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange; bringing in the private sector to clear excessive government backlogs; and Jupiter Mines's recent decisions relating to the board.   

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Minerals exploration, Sibanye-Stillwater, structural issues make headlines   

15th October 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the need for South Africa to ramp up critical minerals exploration as the world decarbonises; Sibanye-Stillwater's underground pumped energy storage prefeasibility study; and concern that the country’s mining boom is papering over structural issues.   

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Commodity boom, public disclosure, mining investment make headlines  

8th October 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses fears that South Africa could miss out on another commodity boom; AmaranthCX director Paul Miller calling out private mining companies for not operating with public disclosure requirements; and mining investment being crucial for the South African... 

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Sedibelo, Northam, South32 make headlines   

1st October 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Sedibelo Platinum Mines expected electricity triumphs at the Kell processing plant; Northam’s record operations and financial performance in the 12 months to June 30; and South32's acquisition of an additional 25% of Mozal Aluminum.   

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Exxaro, Gold Fields, Glencore make headlines  

22nd September 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Exxaro's strategy to move toward decarbonisation as part of its climate change response; Gold Fields and Sandvik teaming up to trial a battery electric vehicle underground loader at South Deep next year; and new research that shows Glencore as the... 

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West Rand gold, junior mining, Pan African make headlines   

17th September 2021 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks West Wits Mining reviving a West Rand underground gold mine; the unexpected consequence that is causing South Africa’s junior mining dearth; Pan African's plans to reduce its reliance on Eskom for electricity.   

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Manganese, Nkomati Mine, green-hydrogen make headlines   

10th September 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks African Rainbow Minerals touting the possibility of an opportunity for manganese alloy production locally; the Nkomati Nickel mine could hold underground opportunity; and the three structural characteristics that South Africa has to possibly become a... 

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Implats, Harmony Gold make headlines   

3rd September 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Implats' contribution of about R13-billion in taxes and royalties to government; Harmony Gold tackling decarbonization with a renewable rollout plan; and Harmony pushing forward with its Zaaiplaats project.   

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IDC, RBM, Sibanye make headlines  

27th August 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the Industrial Development Corporation deliberating the introduction of a fund to underpin exploration in South Africa; Richards Bay Minerals enforcing the external auditing of community trust funds; and Sibanye-Stillwater’s record financial performance... 

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Shallow Reefs Gold, SAIMM, Gold Fields make headlines  

20th August 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Shallow Reefs Gold's significant capital raise out of North America; South Africa being on the verge of a breakthrough in hydrogen; and the positive trajectory of Gold Fields’ South Deep gold mine.   

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Barrick Gold, Merafe, BHP Group make headlines   

13th August 2021 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks exploration investment; Merafe's cleaner, greener ferrochrome; and BHP Group being asked to responsibly manage down its fossil fuel assets.   

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PGMs, green hydrogen, cadastre system make headlines  

5th August 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the strong future market of platinum group metals; Germany’s green hydrogen strategy; and Botswana using South African cadastre technology.   

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Anglo American, iron-ore export line, PGMs make headlines   

30th July 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Anglo American’s record half-year financial performance; Transnet & Kumba Iron Ore working to refurbish the iron-ore export line; and Anglo American Platinum eyeing computing and food technology as areas of opportunity for Platinum Group Metals.   

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Orion Minerals, SAIMM, Anglo American make headlines   

23rd July 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the news that over 14 000 South Africans own shares in Orion minerals, which is good support for local minerals exploration; a mine has achieved a massive earnings boost following the employment of four more people and guided by a value driver tree... 

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Hydrogen economy, ICMM report, unlisted mining companies make headlines   

16th July 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks how thirty-million jobs can be created with the hydrogen economy; mining-dependent countries have significantly improved in the 23 years up to 2018; and why unlisted mining companies should be made to sign the King Code.   

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Botswana Diamonds, Yamkela Makupula, AngloGold Ashanti make headlines   

9th July 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Botswana Diamonds' maiden diamond resource; mining investor Yamkela Makupula’s alluvial diamond deal; and AngloGold Ashanti’s incoming CEO is positive that gold could be a refuge of choice in the coming years.   

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