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China, US are racing to make billions from mining the moon's minerals
17th May 2022 By: Bloomberg

“There’s going to be a new world order out there, and we’ve got to lead it,” US President Joe Biden said after Russia’s war in Ukraine upended global geopolitics. Far from Earth, that transition is... 


MIC Khulisani Ventures concludes first allocation with tech companies
17th May 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Mineworkers Investment Company’s (MIC’s) Khulisani Ventures has concluded its first allocation of R43.5-million to technology companies Kelo and Rentoza. In July 2021, MIC launched MIC... 


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Diamond prices are spiking and even De Beers can't fill the gap
11th May 2022 By: Bloomberg

Prices are surging in some corners of the rough-diamond market, as sanctions on one of the world’s two giant miners ripple through the supply chain. In the past, the industry could turn to behemoth... 


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South Africa keen to harness hydrogen economy opportunities, President Ramaphosa tells Indaba
10th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

It was just amazing to see the innovation that the mining industry is capable of scaling up, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in his enthusiastic address on... 


Victoria hopes to improve coal mine rehabilitation
6th May 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Victorian government on Friday announced plans to improve the management for coal mine land during the rehabilitation process. Minister for Resources Jaala Pulford announced enhanced... 


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Tom Quinn
6th May 2022 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

This week we profile Tom Quinn, head of content for the Mining Indaba, Africa Oil Week and Green Energy Africa at Hyve Group, one of the world’s largest providers of industry conferences and... 


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Politics of power
6th May 2022 By: Terence Creamer

The politics surrounding both Eskom and South Africa’s now protracted electricity crisis has always been problematic. It was politics that prevented the implementation of the necessary market... 


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Gordhan says Eskom restructuring will avert ‘protracted failure’ of utility
5th May 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan acknowledged that Eskom is in crisis but has dismissed suggestions that the utility is broken and heading for a “protracted failure”, saying that the... 


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Lifting project comes to a close
29th April 2022 By: Halima Frost

Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros has successfully concluded a longstanding contract with a global pulp and paper company based in South Africa. The contract, initially signed in... 


DARK DAYS: South Africa’s electricity crisis has its roots in poor policy decisions that span nearly three decades, starting with the failure to implement the 1998 White Paper. Administration after administration has failed to tackle the crisis, which has been amplified by stop-start investment, serious corruption, construction delays and a worrying skills flight. The overworked and undermaintained coal fleet is now decommissioning itself, leaving South Africans facing the prospect of a cold and dark winter, during which there is a worst-case risk of 101 days of load-shedding.
DARK DAYS
29th April 2022

DARK DAYS: South Africa’s electricity crisis has its roots in poor policy decisions that span nearly three decades, starting with the failure to implement the 1998 White Paper. Administration after... 


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New look and feel
29th April 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Dear valued reader, Those of you who receive the physical Engineering News & Mining Weekly magazine will no doubt have noticed already that we have made a fairly dramatic change to our paper. 


Firm prepares for outsourcing trend
22nd April 2022

The global trend towards green energy and sustainable environmental management is placing almost impossible regulatory pressure on mining companies and the bodies that regulate them. 


Addressing the energy trilemma in mining operations with natural gas and renewable power
Addressing the energy trilemma in mining operations with natural gas and renewable power
21st April 2022

The world today is faced with the energy trilemma of achieving the right balance between reliability, sustainability and affordability for electricity generation, delivery and consumption.  


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NSDV prepares for outsourcing trend in mineral rights management
20th April 2022

Specialist mining law firm creates outsourced compliance solution for Africa’s mining industry  


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Geopolitical support for hydrogen evolution positive for platinum group metals
19th April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The overall geopolitical situation is lending strong support to the hydrogen evolution, which in turn continues to drive the demand for platinum group metals (PGMs). Hydrogen Europe and the... 


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Alcohol Breathalysers
19th April 2022

Alcohol Breathalysers was established in 2004 with the aim to make reliable, affordable and accurate digital breathalysers available to ensure that all businesses and individuals can gain access to... 


Mondi builds structure using 100% composite material with 100% local content
15th April 2022 By: Natasha Odendaal

Mondi Richards Bay, refurbishing its chemical plant over the past 18 months, has erected a complex and demanding structure using 100% composite material with 100% local content, a first for a... 


Rail White Paper lauded as Transnet inefficiency lops off at least 1% of GDP
15th April 2022 By: Irma Venter

The South African coal, chrome, iron-ore and manganese mining sectors lost between R39-billion and R50-billion in export earnings last year as Transnet struggled with capacity to rail bigger... 


Lithium set to spark greater interest than ever before
14th April 2022

AusIMM and Murdoch University are once again bringing together the best and brightest minds at the Lithium, Battery and Energy Metals Conference in Perth and online from September 14-15 2022.... 


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Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm
5th April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron... 


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Gas will outpace coal – firm
1st April 2022

Over the next two decades we will see a significant growth in Africa’s oil and gas sector, with population growth, urbanisation and the emergence of a wealthier middle class in Africa driving demand.  


New initiative to optimise cross-border transit
1st April 2022

Financial technology insurance consultancy Askari has concluded an agreement with Hollard Mozambique Insurance to launch its digital strategy, which targets cross-border trucking fleets. 


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Companies need to support pulp and paper industry
1st April 2022

The role of local pumps distributor AQS Liquid Transfer/Axflow’s support in the South African pulp and paper industry is not limited to the pumping or transfer of pulp, but to the full product... 


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Local paper recycling has room to grow – association
1st April 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

Despite the local recycling rate of 70% being above the global paper recycling rate of 59.1%, South Africa can still improve in its treatment of paper waste, states industry body the Paper... 


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Sequestration crucial for local forestry, paper industries
1st April 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

Industry body Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony highlights that in the National Treasury’s Budget Review in February, sequestration was... 


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Expansion secures company’s position in growing market
1st April 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

With the global increase in the demand for dissolving pulp, paper and pulp company Sappi’s current business strategy for local growth is focused on the R7.7-billion expansion project at its Saiccor... 


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White Paper on rail lauded as SA loses at least 1% of GDP to Transnet inefficiency
31st March 2022 By: Irma Venter

The South African coal, chrome, iron-ore and manganese mining sectors lost between R39-billion and R50-billion in export earnings last year as Transnet struggled with capacity to rail bigger... 


ESG in the Mining Industry: What’s Missing?
31st March 2022

By Nomsa Mbere, Partner & Sebastian Steenkamp, Associate by Webber Wentzel A recent analysis of ESG reports by nine mining companies highlighted strengths and weaknesses in how they are tackling... 


Trudeau climate plan calls for 42% cut in oil and gas emissions
30th March 2022 By: Bloomberg

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government wants a 42% reduction in emissions from the oil and gas sector as part of Canada’s plan meet its 2030 emissions reduction goal. Trudeau’s plan promises... 


Mandela Mining Precinct showcases newly trialled drilling innovation
25th March 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) this week displayed two lighter, faster, quieter and more energy-efficient rock drills at its premises in Johannesburg, showcasing new technology that could... 


Clarity needed on supply, energy plan
18th March 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

Local industry stakeholders need clarity on how the decision by multinational companies Shell and BP’s South African Petroleum Refineries (Sapref) to freeze spending and pause refinery operations... 


Rio welcomes Aboriginal Heritage discussion paper
15th March 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified miner Rio Tinto has welcomed the release of a discussion paper by a joint Commonwealth government and First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance, which is aimed at strengthening... 


Wits confirms a previously dismissed theory applicable to the Bushveld Complex
14th March 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

An international group of researchers, led by geologists from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), have found that the Bushveld Complex in South Africa functioned as a “big magma tank” in... 


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Weekly Commodities Market Wrap
14th March 2022

ENERGIES - Coal markets had a wild ride last week, with Richards Bay Coal Terminal physical prices reaching a high of around $450/mt, before coming back down to around $380. As we said previously,... 


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Control valves offer multiple advantages
11th March 2022

Triple Eccentric Valves, also known as Triple-Off-Set valves (TOV), are gaining  popularity owing to interest in zero leakage valves for open/close functionality. German valves manufacturer Zwick... 


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Minerals Council celebrates women in mining, speaks out about persistent issues
8th March 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Minerals Council South Africa has chosen the forty-fifth International Women’s Day on March 8 to host its own celebration of women in mining, or rather the “unsung heroes of the industry”.... 


Gold rises above $2 000 as Ukraine war boosts haven demand
7th March 2022 By: Bloomberg

Gold prices on Monday scaled the $2 000-level for the first time in a year-and-a-half, as investors rushed to the safety of the metal in the wake of an escalating Russia-Ukraine crisis, while... 


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Company provides lifting, rigging solutions for efficiency and safety
4th March 2022

Local equipment supplier BMG’s Tools & Equipment Lifting team offers a specialist service to diverse sectors throughout Africa, including automotive and tyre manufacturing, paper and pulp, sugar,... 


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Labelling a necessity to identify steel products
4th March 2022

Labelling or identifying steel products is an absolute necessity in today's global steel market owing to the fact that the tracking of steel has posed problems in the past as a result of the many... 


Emphasis placed on recycling
4th March 2022

In response to both consumer and legislative pressures, some of South Africa’s largest retailers and brands are now putting a greater emphasis on the recyclability of their packaging. Law firm... 


Toyota sees 540 000-plus new-vehicle market this year, aims for 40% of passenger-car sales being NEVs by 2025
25th February 2022 By: Irma Venter

Total new-vehicle sales in South Africa should reach at least 540 000 units this year, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. “The breakdown for this year’s forecast... 


France should start mining lithium at home, Minister says
18th February 2022 By: Reuters

France should start exploiting its own lithium resources to meet increased demand stemming from a shift away from fossil fuels, Barbara Pompili, the country's environment minister, said in a video... 


Mysterious deep-ocean creatures may help combat climate change
17th February 2022 By: Bloomberg

As the deep ocean faces growing peril from climate change, seabed mining and other threats, scientists have discovered that seafloor sediments are home to vast populations of previously unknown... 


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