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Specialist vehicles to benefit from platinum-based fuel cell electric propulsion, says council

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th April 2021 Sales of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) could reach 4.6-million a year by 2030, especially as the cost of hydrogen starts to fall, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) estimates. In the short to medium term, platinum demand growth is likely to be driven by heavy-duty and... 

Sibanye-Stillwater restructures historical Lonmin BEE structure

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2021 Dual-listed Sibanye-Stillwater has, effective April 13, restructured the previously highly indebted Lonmin broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) structure in relation to Western Platinum (WPL) and Eastern Platinum (EPL), with a view to ensuring the sustainability of the BBBEE... 

Cabinet expected to approve Hydrogen Society Roadmap by early 2022 at latest 

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2021 South Africa’s Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM) will be presented for Cabinet approval either before the end of the year or early next year and should outline how the country’s resource advantages should be leveraged to produce green hydrogen, as well as to integrate hydrogen-related technologies,... 

Tharisa on track to meet yearly production guidance

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2021 A resilient production performance feeding into a strong pricing environment has kept dual-listed Tharisa on track to achieve its full-year guidance. Reporting on a “solid” quarter of production for the three months to March 31, Tharisa notes that platinum-group metals (PGMs) production was up... 

Mining output up by 0.8% y/y in February

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2021 Total mining output (not seasonally adjusted) unexpectedly grew by 0.8% year-on-year in February after having contracted sharply by a downwardly revised 8.4% year-on-year in January. Nongold mining production grew by 2.4% year-on-year following a contraction of 7.8% year-on-year in January,... 

Impala Rustenburg hands over SLP projects to communities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th April 2021 Impala Rustenburg, a member of the Impala Platinum (Implats) group, on April 9 handed over nine completed social and labour plan (SLP) projects to communities near its operations. The projects represent over R94-million of investment from Impala Rustenburg, several years of work and the creation... 

Katoro, Power Metal to advance Haneti project to deep diamond drilling

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2021 Aim-listed Katoro Gold will be advancing its Haneti nickel and platinum group metals (PGMs) project, in Tanzania, to deep diamond drilling following the receipt of results from the recently completed maiden rotary air blast (RAB) drill programme, which targeted the discovery of nickel and PGMs.... 

Local company shines in furnace rebuilds

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is conducting several major furnace rebuilds locally and globally. Locally, the company is manufacturing and supplying the copper furnace components of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in Rustenburg, in... 

Pilot projects start at mines

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd April 2021 Drilling technology and services provider Rosond is involved in the development of new drilling solutions and methodologies for pilot projects at local underground mines. These projects involve using innovations, such as drilling using flushed air or foam instead of water, as well as using... 

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd April 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

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