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On-The-Air (11/03/2022)
11th March 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Every Friday, SAfm’s radio anchor Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News & Mining Weekly. Reported here is this Friday’s At the Coalface transcript:... 


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South Africa must move very rapidly towards green energy, climate webinar hears
11th March 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The ratio between green energy and brown energy in South Africa needs to move very rapidly in favour of green energy, says Climate Adaptation Lead to the South African Presidential Climate... 


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Canada’s First Nations see green hydrogen as an indigenous reconciliation opportunity
25th October 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Hydrogen systems are not only going to be green, clean and low emission but they are also going to be local – and Canada’s First Nations see them as an indigenous reconciliation opportunity.... 


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Mine operators need to take hydrogen very seriously, law firm webinar hears
22nd October 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Mine operators need to take hydrogen and fuel cells very seriously as a pathway to decarbonisation, a webinar hosted by law firm Fasken heard this week. “There’s no pathway to zero carbon that does... 


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Minerals Council says collaboration is key to unlocking growth-supporting infrastructure
22nd October 2021 By: Nadine James

There have been positive developments since the introduction of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan in October last year, and while implementation has been delayed, continued engagement... 


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Minerals Council says collaboration is key to unlocking growth-supporting infrastructure
22nd October 2021 By: Nadine James

There have been positive developments since the introduction of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan in October last year, and while implementation has been delayed, continued engagement... 


GRANT MITCHELL
Minerals Council South Africa highlights challenges that need to be overcome to ensure a positive mining cycle
Future growth of juniors a growing possibility
21st May 2021 By: Anna Moross

Through support and its involvement in policy, mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa has contributed significantly over the past year to ensure the future growth of... 


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Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized
26th March 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO... 


Climate change, ESG obligations will make water issues more challenging for miners
12th March 2021 By: Nadine James

“Water isn’t just a technical issue, it is very much a stakeholder issue”, ERM partner Caroline Vail stated during a panel hosted by international law firm Fasken on March 11. The panel, ‘Water: A... 


On-The-Air (12/03/2021)
On-The-Air (12/03/2021)
12th March 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The black-owned mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum is studying the feasibility of generating its own green electricity; China became South Africa’s largest coal export market in the month of... 


Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.
Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized
8th March 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO... 


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Minerals Council offers to part pay cost of replacing Samrad system
4th March 2021 By: Schalk Burger

The Minerals Council South Africa has made recommendations to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) about critical reforms that are needed to encourage greater investment in... 


New exploration strategy a step closer, but questions remain
3rd March 2021 By: Donna Slater

The Minerals Council South Africa and the Council for Geoscience are said to be close to publishing their so-called new strategic Exploration Implementation Plan. Announced during the Joburg... 


Major questions hang over true ESG impact of commodities used in clean energy sector
Major questions hang over true ESG impact of commodities used in clean energy sector
2nd March 2021 By: Donna Slater

The future of sustainable mining, and by association the continuing drive towards greener forms of energy production, in an ever eco-conscious environment, will be driven by the “true”... 


CASH INJECTION 
Conventional energy producers, transportation companies, and power suppliers are making substantial investments in hydrogen
Canadian firm launches pioneering hydrogen advisory team
12th February 2021

Canadian law firm Fasken has launched a new Hydrogen Energy Advisory Team (H2EAT), a pioneering initiative to help clients navigate the global transition to a clean hydrogen economy. 


Canada could be a major player in hydrogen, says law firm
Canada could be a major player in hydrogen, says law firm
19th November 2020 By: Mariaan Webb

With its abundant natural gas for conversion into hydrogen fuel, Canada could be a major player in the burgeoning hydrogen market, says law firm Fasken, which has recently launched a new hydrogen... 


Fasken helps junior mining desk with flow-through shares submission to govt
20th July 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Mining law firm Fasken is helping the Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miner’s Desk compile a submission to the National Treasury regarding the introduction of a local tax... 


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Positive reaction to ANC document’s encouragement of exploration
14th July 2020 By: Martin Creamer

Reaction has been positive to the discussion document of economic transformation committee (ETC) of the African National Congress (ANC), which states that the listing of mining companies on the... 


Updated workplace health and safety obligations of employers during Covid-19 pandemic
18th June 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

On 17 March 2020, the Department of Employment and Labour issued guidelines for employers to deal with COVID-19 in workplaces.  In the period since issuing the guidelines, a clearer picture emerged... 


Guidelines for compiling and implementing mandatory codes of practice to mitigate and manage the effect of the outbreak of Covid-19 in mines
21st May 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Introduction On 18 May 2020, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy ("DMRE") issued guidelines for employers to prepare and implement codes of practice ("COP") to mitigate and manage the... 


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Gazetted Covid guideline restates much of what mining has already adopted
20th May 2020 By: Martin Creamer

The newly gazetted guideline to prevent, mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic on mines is largely a restatement of what has already been adopted by the mining industry. Most of the... 


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Covid prevention a must at mines – gazette
20th May 2020 By: Martin Creamer

Covid-19 prevention, mitigation and management programmes must be established at mines using the guideline gazetted by Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza on Tuesday. The gazette notice states... 


Construction on REIPPP Renewable Energy Projects permitted to resume
18th May 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The regulations issued pursuant to the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (the “Regulations”) restricted the operation of a number of industries in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus... 


African aviation post COVID-19 – Where to?
18th May 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), aviation contributes to 2.6 % of Africa’s GDP and supports an estimated 6.2 million jobs. The aviation sector is one of the worse... 


Update: Draft COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for the Mining Industry issued for urgent public comment
14th May 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

In the case of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union v Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and Others, the Labour Court ordered the Chief Inspector of Mines ("Chief Inspector") by... 


The draft amendments to the Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity shine more light on municipal power generation
12th May 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

On 5 May 2020, the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy published draft amendments to the Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity which fall under the Electricity Regulation Act 4 of... 


Chief Inspector of Mines ordered to issue COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for the Mining Industry
11th May 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

On 1 May 2020, in the case of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union ("AMCU") v Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and Others, the South African Labour Court, ordered the Chief... 


Update: COVID-19 - Mining Operations during Level 4 Alert Lockdown
6th May 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

On 23 April 2020, the President announced that government would implement a gradual and phased recovery of economic activity in South Africa, with effect from 1 May 2020.  To achieve this, there... 


Five reasons to choose a short form construction contract for Captive Solar Projects
6th May 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) contracts are commonly used to undertake construction works in complex, large scale infrastructure projects. Currently in South Africa we are... 


Update: Mining declared an essential service and operations permitted to resume at 50% capacity
20th April 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

With South Africa beginning phase 2 of the national lockdown due to end on 30 April 2020, mining companies received positive feedback from the Minister for the Department of Mineral Resources and... 


Update on the state of COVID-19 lockdown on the South African mining industry
15th April 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

On 15 March 2020, the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, as designated in terms of section 3 of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 ("DMA"), declared a state of... 


Amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Regulations
8th April 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

On 27 March 2020, the Minister for the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy published for implementation, the Amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Regulations (“Amendment... 


REDRESS FOR COMMUNITIES  
The guidelines outline the processes that must be adhere to, if the mining right results in physical resettlement of landowners, holders of informal and communal land rights, and other affected parties
Resettlement guidelines aim to instil formal processes, consistency
31st January 2020 By: Khutso Maphatsoe

Companies and industry stakeholders have until January 31, 2020, to submit commentary on the Draft Mine Community Resettlement Guidelines (Draft Resettlement Guidelines), which were published for... 


Mine Community Resettlement Guidelines Open for Comment
14th January 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

On 4 December 2019, the Minister for the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (the "DMR") published the draft Mine Community Resettlement Guidelines (the "Draft Guidelines") for public... 


Is S Africa’s regulatory framework supportive of junior mining?
18th October 2019

Whenever the mining industry experiences a downturn, exploration spending usually plummets, a phenomena best illustrated by South Africa, whose exploration budget, according to S&P Global Market... 


South Africa’s business rescue system ‘slowly maturing’
11th October 2019 By: Simone Liedtke

The South African business rescue system is “slowly maturing”, with an ever-growing understanding of the roles of different stakeholders, law firm Fasken partner Haroon Laheer tells Engineering... 


ASHEN JUGOO 
We expect that there will be a remarkable increase in captive power projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa
Energy alternatives for mining
27th September 2019 By: Mamaili Mamaila

The demand for electricity in South Africa continues to increase and there is no certainty that State-owned power utility Eskom will be able to meet that demand at a cost-effective price, says... 


Shareholders vote in favour of Group Five business rescue plan
27th September 2019 By: Simone Liedtke

Business rescue practitioners (BRPs) Dave Lake and Peter van den Steen this month presented the business rescue plans for Group Five Construction (G5 Construction) and Group Five Limited (G5) to... 


HIGHER STANDARD The draft standard seeks to ensure that adequate housing, healthcare services, balanced nutrition and water are adequately provided for mine employees in South Africa
Draft housing standard calls for clarity on Charter requirements
30th August 2019 By: Tracy Hancock

It is unclear whether the requirements of Mining Charter III for mining companies with regard to the housing and living conditions of their mineworkers will fall away once the Draft Reviewed... 


Initiatives to boost diversity under way as only 15% of mining jobs are held by women
Initiatives to boost diversity under way as only 15% of mining jobs are held by women
2nd August 2019 By: Tracy Hancock

The gender gap in the mining industry will widen if it does not invest in attracting more women to associated careers, owing to the quickly evolving roles and skills required by the industry,... 


Initiatives to boost diversity under way as only 15% of mining jobs are held by women
Initiatives to boost diversity under way as only 15% of mining jobs are held by women
2nd August 2019 By: Tracy Hancock

The gender gap in the mining industry will widen if it does not invest in attracting more women to associated careers, owing to the quickly evolving roles and skills required by the industry,... 


Fasken Named Global Mining Law Firm of the Year by Who’s Who Legal for 11th Time
5th June 2019 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Toronto (Canada) - For the eleventh time, Fasken has been recognized as the world’s top Global Mining Law Firm of the Year by Who’s Who Legal for 2019, which is also the fifth consecutive win for... 


How is South Africa supporting mining exploration and its junior mining industry?
How is South Africa supporting mining exploration and its junior mining industry?
24th May 2019

In jurisdictions with depleting reserves, mining exploration can be the catalyst for future economic growth and business opportunity. Yet whenever the mining industry experiences a downturn,... 


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