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Glencore sets ‘just transition’ from coal in promising motion with wheat pilot project  

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2021 Glencore has set the ‘just transition’ in promising motion with a highly successful winter wheat pilot project in Mpumalanga, South Africa’s province of coal mining and coal-fired power generation. The programme, which began in April, has been described as being hugely successful in demonstrating... 

Illegal sand mines continue to profit

By: Claire O'Reilly     22nd October 2021 Statistics released by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) inaccurately reflect the volume of illegal mining operations in South Africa, says mining industry body Aspasa (formerly Aggregate and Sand Producers of Southern Africa).  

DMRE to assist marginalised gold mining operations pump extraneous mine water  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th October 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has invited marginalised gold mining industry participants to approach it for assistance in dealing with the environmental and operational challenges caused by extraneous mine water. The department says the negative impacts of mine water can... 

Pan African reports record profit, proposes highest ever dividend  

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2021 Gold mining company Pan African Resources on Wednesday reported record after-tax-profit, higher gold production and proposed its highest ever dividend. In the 12 months to June 30, the company, headed by CEO Cobus Loots, recorded a 12.4% increase in group gold production to 201 777 oz, a 36%... 

Plans unfolding to rail manganese more efficiently – ARM 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2021 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is looking to upgrading its private rail siding from 60 t to 100 t rail wagons so that it can transport manganese ore to the Port of Saldanha in a much more efficient way. Currently, the private rail siding at the Black Rock mine in the... 

Stainless pump installed in lime slaker

20th August 2021 A stainless steel Grundfos booster pump is at work at water reclamation and desalination technology company Nafasi Water’s recently commissioned lime-slaking facility in the Mpumalanga coal mining region. 

Water management progress for KZN mine

By: Claire O'Reilly     20th August 2021 The conservation, protection and management of water have become top priorities for many mining companies, including the only South African anthracite-producing mine, Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), a subsidiary of mining investment company Menar. The primary objective of ZAC’s sustainable... 

Multiple approach plan to extend life cycle of mine water

By: Claire O'Reilly     20th August 2021 Environmental consulting firm Golder, a member of WSP in Africa, says a holistic approach to water management is essential to achieve resource sustainability. 

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... 

Rio invests big in Serbian lithium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th July 2021 Major Rio Tinto has committed $2.4-billion to the Jadar lithium-borates project, in Serbia. The Jadar project would scale up Rio’s exposure to battery materials, and demonstrate the company’s commitment to investing capital in a disciplined manner to further strengthen its portfolio for the... 

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