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Minerals Council bemoans lack of competiveness focus in economic recovery plan 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa says the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan – unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 15 to a joint hybrid sitting of Parliament – does not go far enough in addressing areas where South Africa can improve its global competitiveness. While the... 

Business welcomes recovery plan, but urges swift implementation 

16th October 2020 Organised business formations have responded to the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan released by President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 15. On the whole, business has welcomed the plan, including the fact that it embraces many of the recommendations made to government by the social partners through... 

Gold reserves growth dwindling globally

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th September 2020 Research agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P's) Global Market Intelligence says major gold miners globally have seen their economically mineable gold reserves decline over the last decade, owing to a lack of new discoveries and a shift away from growth strategies to margin preservation. With top... 

Greater collaboration needed in steel supply chain

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2020 To ensure security of steel supply, the South African Institute for Steel Construction (SAISC) is calling for greater collaboration among all players in the local steel supply chain, from upstream producers to downstream merchants. Local steel demand was low before the Covid-19 pandemic, which... 

Home of the oil sands eyes cleaner future as hydrogen superpower

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2020 The idea of producing cleaner-burning hydrogen to rid the world of fossil fuels is gaining traction in the unlikeliest of places: Alberta, home of the infamously dirty oil sands. Better known for energy companies that have been blacklisted by the Church of England for their emissions-intensive... 

Transnet CEO expects subdued commodity prices to weigh on recovery from Covid 

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2020 Transnet CEO Portia Derby warned on Wednesday that the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa and the rest of Africa was likely to be negatively affected by still-subdued commodity prices and the serious deterioration in public finances across the continent, which had resulted in... 

Gas to assist in Covid recovery - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th August 2020 – The global gas industry is expected to play a ‘vital role’ in economic recovery post Covid-19, and in a cleaner energy future, a new report by the International Gas Union (IGU) has found. In its Global Gas Report 2020, the IGU noted that after growing by more than 2% in 2019, global gas use is... 

Battery revolution in drill rigs comes to Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th July 2020 Southern African mines will soon begin the transition from diesel-driven to battery-powered drill jumbos, with the introduction of the world’s first highly-automated underground electric drill rig by Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology. According to Saltiel Pule, Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology’s... 

Displacement continuing at copper mine where openpit give way is imminent 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2020 Vertical and horizontal displacement is continuing at the Nchanga Open Pit Cut 2 in Chingola in Zambia, where geo-technical assessments point to an imminent collapse of a portion of the open pit – but the anticipated slough had not happened by late Sunday when Mining Weekly spoke by phone to... 

SHYFTinc and Rentricity partner to turn Mine Water usage into Hydro power

22nd June 2020 SHYFTinc has recently established a new technology initiative with Rentricity. This agreement will bring Rentricity's innovative electricity production from gravity-fed or pressurized water pipelines directly into mines.  Rentricity has successfully implemented its renewable energy in-pipe hydro... 

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