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Furnace adaptation can greatly reduce emissions
10th March 2023

Researchers from the University of Birmingham, in the UK, have designed a novel adaptation for existing iron and steel furnaces that could reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the steelmaking... 


Purchase subsidy would be ‘most appropriate’ EV incentive model – Naamsa
10th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council has proposed the “provision of a direct, fixed new-energy vehicle purchase subsidy” as the most appropriate incentive model to support South Africa’s move... 


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Right to be paranoid
10th March 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Some of the reactions to the regulations that were belatedly published to give effect to the state of disaster declared to tackle South Africa’s more than decade-old electricity crisis could be... 


Barriers to STEM go under the microscope
3rd March 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The federal government has called for input on the barriers to participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The independent Pathway to Diversity in STEM review has... 


Last year’s spectrum auction bodes well for telecoms sector in 2023
3rd March 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Despite the dual headwinds of loadshedding and consumer inflation, 2023 has the potential to be a watershed year for telecommunications in South Africa, says cloud-based, business telephone service... 


Former Eskom CEO Allen Morgan speaking at a ceremony held to retrieve the 1999 time capsule
Retrieved 1999 Eskom time capsule contained warning of likely generation shortfall by 2007
2nd March 2023 By: Terence Creamer

In his letter to the employees of Eskom of 2023, buried in a time capsule in 1999 near to the ‘rock man’ energy statue at the entrance of Megawatt Park, then CEO Allen Morgan highlighted two... 


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Wake-up call
24th February 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The European Union’s (EU’s) decision to proceed with the implementation of a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) has serious implications for South Africa and Africa. In terms of an agreement... 


An AusIMM first: New Leaders Summit 2023 welcomes abstracts from students and new professionals
21st February 2023

For the first time in over a decade, AusIMM is providing mining students and new professionals with an opportunity to submit an abstract for Australia’s signature leadership event for emerging... 


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S Africa needs smarter ports
17th February 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

For South Africa’s eight ports to keep up with the changes in global shipping, and safeguard trade that is vital to the economy, it is extremely important that Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)... 


Kgosientso Ramokgopa
Ramaphosa’s investment czar says South African infrastructure in dire state
15th February 2023 By: Bloomberg

The head of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s infrastructure and investment office warned that the nation’s power, rail and water reticulation systems are in a dire state and that fixing... 


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Trust deficit
10th February 2023 By: Terence Creamer

While the plan for tackling South Africa’s long-running power crisis has broadly taken shape, well-founded concerns persist. Many of these anxieties are not currently with the plan itself, which... 


Outgoing Eskom CEO André de Ruyter and outgoing Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Seriti Green comes in for praise during Eskom, Minerals Council fireside chat
7th February 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The coal-to-renewables initiative of Seriti Green, the 91% black-owned and black-controlled Seriti Coal associate, came in for special praise at the interesting fireside chat between outgoing Eskom... 


Wind turbines
Lack of functioning mining cadastre also posing risk to renewables projects
6th February 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The absence of a functional mining cadastre in South Africa, which has been undermining the sector for years, is now having potentially negative knock-on effects for developers of renewable-energy... 


Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso.
Intervention urgent to resolve rail, port problems, says Business Leadership South Africa
30th January 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Urgent intervention is required to resolve the problems of South Africa’s freight rail system and ports, says Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA)CEO Busi Mavuso, who in this week’s BLSA... 


Alcohol Breathalysers
Alcohol Breathalysers
27th January 2023

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... 


Asteroid-mining startup AstroForge to launch first space missions this year
25th January 2023 By: Bloomberg

Asteroid-mining startup AstroForge plans to launch its first two missions to space this year as it seeks to extract and refine metals from deep space. The first launch, scheduled for April 2023,... 


Copper360 chairperson Shirley Hayes
Copper360 to develop inclusion White Paper
12th January 2023 By: Darren Parker

Copper producer Copper360 has launched a project to develop a White Paper on inclusion, specifically to measure current levels of inclusion in the mining and resources sector. The intent of the... 


Bowen calls for consultation on emissions reduction plans
20th December 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The federal government has called for consultation to include emissions reduction in the National Energy Objectives, which govern the way electricity and gas markets and regulations work across the... 


Appea calls for urgent meet as gas plans firm up
12th December 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) has requested an urgent meeting with the Australian Prime Minister, saying intervention announced at the end of last week was... 


Canada's critical-mineral strategy aims to accelerate permitting
Canada's critical-mineral strategy aims to accelerate permitting
9th December 2022 By: Reuters

Canada will unveil a new strategy on Friday to ramp up production and processing of critical minerals vital to power electric vehicle (EV) batteries, according to a copy of the strategy paper seen... 


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Extortion ‘mafia’ hits South Africa’s $55bn mining sector
9th December 2022 By: Bloomberg

A threatening letter, a derailed train, blocked roads, burned vehicles, workers locked up. That’s what some of the world’s biggest mining companies say they’re battling in South Africa: Extortion.... 


Argentina is pressing US for exception to tap EV bonanza
Argentina is pressing US for exception to tap EV bonanza
5th December 2022 By: Bloomberg

The world’s fastest-growing lithium producer is lobbying hard to gain access to President Joe Biden’s new electric vehicle tax credits, despite Argentina not meeting the requirement of being a US... 


Railway tracks
Transport Forum highlights need for multimodal logistics to remain competitive
2nd December 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Freight, logistics and transport industry experts have called for the restoration of South Africa's roads network, the restoration and development of the rail network and efficient ports and border... 


Critical minerals strategy open for debate
2nd December 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The federal government has released a discussion paper and opened public consultation on the future of the critical minerals industry in Australia. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia... 


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Multipurpose filter guarantees ‘exceptional’ results
2nd December 2022 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Triple R – a cellulose-based cartridge/filter for removing all oil impurities – manufactured in Triple R’s fully automated factory in Ohira, Japan, guarantees 100% filtration. The Triple R filter... 


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Hydraulic systems need filtration
2nd December 2022

“Hydraulic systems - which operate under extremely high pressures with tight tolerances - are susceptible to wear from abrasive particles and therefore require efficient filtration to offer... 


How Holcim is using Komatsu’s iSite fleet management system to drive production and safety breakthroughs – and reduce CO2 emissions
1st December 2022

As a global leader in sustainable and innovative building and construction solutions, Holcim is committed to driving its operations towards net zero. Over the past two years the company has been... 


Aurubis CEO 'disappointed' LME did not ban Russian metals
Aurubis CEO 'disappointed' LME did not ban Russian metals
25th November 2022 By: Reuters

The chief executive of Aurubis, Europe's biggest copper smelter, said on Thursday he was disappointed by the London Metal Exchange's decision not to ban Russian metals. "I was disappointed that... 


Qld calls for comment on critical minerals
22nd November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Queensland government has released a discussion paper on boosting critical mineral exploration in the state, and speeding up approvals. “Queensland has vast reserves of the critical minerals... 


Russia's Rusal: 2023 sales pick up after LME decision
Russia's Rusal: 2023 sales pick up after LME decision
21st November 2022 By: Reuters

Russian aluminium producer Rusal said on Saturday that its sales for 2023 have picked up after the London Metal Exchange (LME) decided not to ban Russian metal from being traded and stored in its... 


AT RISK: University of Pretoria macroecologist Dr Luis Pertierra, who took this photograph, has co-authored, with Prof Steven Chown of Monash University, a paper outlining policy proposals to protect the Southern Ocean ecosystem. Published in the leading Science journal, the paper warns that allowing fishing to continue in its current form in the Southern Ocean is increasingly unsustainable. The Southern Ocean, which contains about 10% of the world’s sea water, disproportionately absorbs carbon dioxide and heat produced elsewhere, thus, buffering the rest of the world from the impacts of climate change. The ocean’s food web also supports iconic animals such as these Adélie penguins, which are a near-threatened species found only along the Antarctic coast.
AT RISK
18th November 2022

University of Pretoria macroecologist Dr Luis Pertierra, who took this photograph, has co-authored, with Prof Steven Chown of Monash University, a paper outlining policy proposals to protect the... 


No surge of Russian metal into LME warehouses-exchange
15th November 2022 By: Reuters

 London Metal Exchange approved warehouses have not seen a surge of Russian metal after unfounded worries that the bulk of consumers would shun the metal, the LME said. The exchange released new... 


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Mineral licences, coal transition, Namibia's EIB funding make headlines
11th November 2022

Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the backlog of mineral licences being cut by almost 45%; the recent Mistra policy paper which argues that as South Africa moves away from coal,... 


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Noncompliance culture must be resolved
11th November 2022 By: Nadine Ramdass

Mining companies must address the culture of noncompliance regarding health and safety measures to ensure that all employees respect the measures put in place, and the relevant authorities, thereby... 


Rising burnout within the mining sector, says consultant
11th November 2022

If physical fitness encompasses the body’s ability to function optimally and without injury across a range of tasks and scenarios, psychological fitness refers to how mentally and emotionally... 


New research shows mobile finance can increase national GDP
11th November 2022 By: Natasha Odendaal

Mobile financial services are critical drivers of financial inclusion and its successful deployment and adoption can have a positive impact on gross domestic product (GDP) in developing countries.... 


What mining, mental health and marathons have in common: The importance of psychological fitness
10th November 2022

By Lani van der Merwe, Organisational Development Consultant at OIM Consulting You’re most likely familiar with the definition of fitness, as it applies to your body. If considered fit, you might... 


Projections for global temperature increase by 2100 above preindustrial levels based on targets and announcements from COP27.
Climate projections again point to dangerous 2.7 °C rise by 2100
10th November 2022 By: Bloomberg

The research partnership Climate Action Tracker (CAT) on Thursday released its latest projections of how greenhouse gas emissions may dangerously raise the global average temperature. The result is... 


Qld makes plans to back small-scale miners
10th November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Queensland government will introduce a suite of possible changes to support the continued operation of small-scale miners in the state, with a moratorium on new claims to end as scheduled on... 


More governments are turning against the rush to mine the deep sea
More governments are turning against the rush to mine the deep sea
9th November 2022 By: Bloomberg

As world leaders gather at the United Nations climate summit in Egypt this week, another international meeting is underway in Jamaica to decide the fate of the planet’s oceans. The UN-affiliated... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights
8th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

With South Africa having committed to transition away from coal, investments will not only be required for the retiring of coal plants and the ramping up of renewable energy, but also for coal... 


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M&R Cementation appoints MD following incumbent's 2023 retirement
7th November 2022 By: Donna Slater

Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation has appointed Japie du Plessis MD designate, effective March 1, 2023, following the retirement of incumbent Mike Wells, who will... 


An image of the Mafube coal mine in South Africa
Instead of phasing down coal the world is burning more than ever
4th November 2022 By: Bloomberg

Last November in Glasgow, the world’s climate leaders were locked in a fierce debate over whether the final draft of the summit’s agreement should include a pledge to “phase-out” or “phase-down”... 


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