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Electricity supply constraints to impact on critical PGMs production - Davis 

By: Donna Slater     Updated 7 hours ago 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... 

Disused coal mines have potential to heat homes with lower-carbon energy

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2021 The UK Coal Authority posits that water from flooded coal mines has the potential to be used in the heating of UK homes and industry as a source of lower-carbon energy. In a December 2020 report, the authority states that mines are warmed by natural geothermal processes and, where the mines are... 

BHP joins Komatsu's green truck alliance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2021 Diversified miner BHP will join fellow major Rio Tinto to become a founding member of manufacturing company Komatsu’s GHG Alliance, which aims to develop commercially viable zero-greenhouse gas emissions haul trucks. BHP said on Tuesday that as a founding partner of the alliance, the company... 

Rio Tinto, Komatsu partner on development of zero-emission mining haulage solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 Global mining group Rio Tinto and manufacturing company Komatsu are partnering to fast-track the development and implementation of zero-emission mining haulage solutions, including haul trucks. Rio will conduct a pre-production trial of the new equipment at one of its sites and has the option to... 

Master Drilling buys 25% stake in A&R Group

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2021 JSE-listed Master Drilling has acquired a 25% stake in A&R Group. A&R, with its subsidiaries A&R Engineering & Mining Supplies and Lamproom Solutions & Consulting, specialises in mine mechanisation and digitisation.  

Ramaphosa sees big green economy opportunity in ‘bold’ climate commitment 

By: Terence Creamer     30th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is time for South Africa to “grasp the nettle” and embark on a “transformative path” towards a climate-resilient society both to fulfil its moral obligations in the face of an intensifying crisis, but also to seize the economic and job opportunities that are... 

ESG business critical, not just the right thing to do 

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2021 De Beers Group, the world’s largest diamond company by value, is working to leave a positive long-lasting legacy beyond mining. To achieve this, it has set 12 Building Forever 2030 Goals, three for each of the four supporting pillars. 

Pandemic can spur innovation in property sector

By: Nadine Ramdass     30th July 2021 Although the pandemic has made it difficult for commercial and industrial property stakeholders to plan effectively for the future, this has led to great innovations, new approaches and renewed opportunities, says engineering services consulting firm WSP Africa regional director Johan Piekaar.... 

CHIETA’s important role in upskilling, training youth for entrepreneurship opportunities

30th July 2021 The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) is a statutory body that was established by the Skills Development Act (SDA) in 1998. CHIETA’s role is to facilitate skills development as well as to ensure that skills requirements are identified and addressed through various... 

Sustainable business transformation

30th July 2021 Globally, there has been an intensified focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, with public and private sectors facing increasing pressure to demonstrate climate and social stewardship by transparently disclosing ESG targets and strategies. This focus on ESG will continue to... 

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