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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... 

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.

Bushveld nudges vanadium output expectations higher

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2022 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals reached the upper end of its guidance for the year ended December 31, with production of 3 592 t of vanadium. This was in line with guidance of between 3 400 t and 3 600 t, but below the 3 631 t produced in 2020. 

New board advances uranium project with renewed vigour

By: Darren Parker     20th January 2022 A newly appointed board of directors is advancing Australian mineral resources company Aura Energy’s Tiris uranium project, in Mauritania, with gusto. The new board was appointed in December, with members strategically chosen to focus on production. In a statement on January 20, chairperson Phil... 

Vanadium Resources’ stake in South African project increases to 73.95%

By: Donna Slater     19th January 2022 ASX-listed Vanadium Resources (VR8) has received approval from the South African government to receive transfer of an interest of 23.95% in the Limpopo-based tier-one Steelpoortdrift vanadium project, thereby increasing VR8’s interest to 73.95%. As a result, VR8 will be receiving transfer of the... 

Bushveld, Mustang deal hangs in the balance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2022 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has revised agreement terms regarding Mustang Energy’s acquisition of a 22.1% interest in Bushveld’s indirect subsidiary Vanadium Redox Flow Battery Holdings (VRFB-H), including to extend the maturity date of the agreement to February 28. Bushveld CEO Fortune... 

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Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo

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.

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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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

Working on options to secure green energy for Hillside Aluminium ­– South32 

By: Martin Creamer     7th January 2022 Diversified mining company South32 is working on options to secure green electricity at Hillside Aluminium smelter in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) province. If South32 is unable to secure an affordable source of low-carbon electricity for Hillside, this key KZN operation risks becoming... 

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South32's Hillside Aluminium in Richards Bay that is working on green energy options.

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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South Africa urged to move quickly to capitalise on battery storage value chain opportunities 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th December 2021 An ongoing study funded by the World Bank under the guiding leadership of mineral research organisation Mintek has found that there are considerable opportunities for South Africa in the battery storage value chain. The country, however, needs to move quickly to capitalise on these opportunities... 

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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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Just transition energy projects needed now – Shell Foundation 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2021 Real projects on the ground, that can transition developing countries to renewable solutions justly, are what is needed now, along with the correct use of blended finance to create sustainable entrepreneurship as asset bases are repurposed, a global webinar has heard. Without a just energy... 

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Shell Foundation chairperson Gail Klintworth

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.

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.

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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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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Qld to build its own critical minerals refinery

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd November 2021 The Queensland government on Tuesday announced plans to spend some A$10-million to build and own a new processing plant for a key new resource mineral in Townsville. The vanadium facility will be part of the government’s plan to make Queensland a leading producer and exporter of new-economy... 

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.

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

Highveld Robusteel to acquire Evraz Highveld's remaining iron, steelmaking assets

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2021 Highveld Robusteel will be acquiring the remaining iron and steelmaking assets of Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium, business rescue practitioner Piers Marsden confirmed on November 12. The transaction is the first of Robusteel’s strategic acquisitions in the steel, mining, minerals beneficiation... 

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

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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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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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.

TNG raises funds for Mt Peake

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th November 2021 ASX-listed TNG will raise A$12.5-million in a share placement to fund work at its Mt Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, in the Northern Territory, and to progress green energy initiatives. The company on Tuesday said that it had received firm commitments from institutional and high net worth... 

Hydrogen turning Europe into climate neutral economy, energy leaders highlight 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2021 Hydrogen has an essential role to play to meet the climate change imperative of carbon neutrality, a World Hydrogen Leaders panel highlighted week. German, French, British, Norwegian and Swiss energy representatives taking part in the World Hydrogen Leaders discussion on the regulatory landscape... 

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World Hydrogen Leaders virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Bushveld Minerals reaches agreement on settlement of $11.5m in loan notes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th October 2021 Integrated primary vanadium producer and energy storage solutions provider Bushveld Minerals has reached an agreement regarding the repayment of $11.5-million in unsecured convertible loan notes held by Duferco Participations Holding. The $11.5-million in notes was due to be repaid by November 8... 

Platinum's atypical alkaline electrolyser role lowering hydrogen cost outlook 

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are lifting the performance of an alkaline electrolyser, which is helping to lower the cost outlook of green hydrogen. PGMs have been incorporated in the catalytic coatings of the electrodes of the prototype Advanced Alkaline Electrolyser (AAE) alkaline electrolyser... 

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Hydrox’s PGM-using alkaline electrolyser.

No zero carbon without green hydrogen, US pledging $1/kg coal-parity price 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2021 The world will be unable to meet its zero-carbon targets without the introduction of green hydrogen solutions, says Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha, at a time when the US has launched a programme to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%. Nasdaq-listed Plug Power, a pure play... 

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Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha

Bushveld Minerals enters fourth quarter on solid footing

By: Simone Liedtke     21st October 2021 Aim-listed integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals achieved a 19% quarter-on-quarter increase in production for the third quarter, which the company said was underpinned by operational stability at Vametco. Bushveld, which is also an energy storage solutions provider with ownership... 

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Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Policy-not-law charter judgment going long way towards providing certainty – NSDV 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2021 The court judgement that the mining charter is policy and not law goes a long way towards providing regulatory certainty, says NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan ­– but it is not the end of the road, he cautions in a 1 500-word analysis entitled The Great Mining Charter Debate. Khan... 

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NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan.

Incentive needed for smaller end of stock exchange to survive – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2021 An incentive is needed for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange, which is facing an existential crisis, said AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller on Monday. Reacting to the groundswell of headlines about delistings and lack of listings on the Johannesburg Stock... 

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AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Raubex invests in Mpumalanga vanadium project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2021 ASX-listed Vanadium Resources (VR8) has entered into a A$4.6-million subscription agreement with South African construction and mining services company Raubex, which will inject the investment for development of a vanadium project. In return for the investment premium, VR8 associate company... 

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

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