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EPA approves Lynas plant in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) this week granted environmental approval for rare earths producer Lynas to develop its rare earth processing facility. Lynas is proposing to construct and operate the plant on Great Eastern Highway, about 7 km from... 

New methods, technology key in driving net zero goal

By: Anna Moross     22nd October 2021 The South African road infrastructure and construction industry can learn from international markets and apply several key lessons on its journey to achieving the goal of net zero, ensuring a balance between emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere, says consulting engineers... 

Plans to tackle transport risks

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa has remained steadfast in its goal of Zero Harm. However, as of September 23, 2021, 40 fatalities were reported compared with 32 during the same period last year. Along with fall-of-ground (FoG) incidents, transport and... 

Minerals Council says collaboration is key to unlocking growth-supporting infrastructure

By: Nadine James     22nd October 2021 There have been positive developments since the introduction of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan in October last year, and while implementation has been delayed, continued engagement between Minerals Council South Africa and government, as well as the current commodities price... 

Minerals Council says collaboration is key to unlocking growth-supporting infrastructure

By: Nadine James     22nd October 2021 There have been positive developments since the introduction of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan in October last year, and while implementation has been delayed, continued engagement between Minerals Council South Africa and government, as well as the current commodities price... 

Coal and iron pile up in South Africa on rail constraints

By: Bloomberg     21st October 2021 Kumba Iron Ore’s struggle in getting supplies to ports is further highlighting the constraints South Africa faces in exporting key commodities including coal. The continent’s top iron ore producer said its premium steelmaking material is being held up at mines in South Africa’s Northern Cape... 

Kumba lifts third-quarter output but port, weather disruptions impact on sales

By: Simone Liedtke     21st October 2021 South African iron-ore miner Kumba Iron Ore’s production increased to 10.8-million tonnes during the third quarter, ended September 30, but equipment breakdowns at the Port of Saldanha Bay and weather disruptions affected ship movements, resulting in lower sales of 10.1-million tonnes. Owing to... 

Rio sets new emission targets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th October 2021 Major Rio Tinto has set a target to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 50% by 2030, more than tripling its previous target. The miner said on Wednesday that a 15% reduction in emissions is now targeted for 2025, five years earlier than previously. These targets are supported by around... 

BHP continues with Woodside deal after tough quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2021 Diversified miner BHP has reported a fall in production across the majority of its commodity portfolios, apart from petroleum, during the three months to September. “BHP’s operations delivered reliably during the first quarter and we completed planned major maintenance activities across a number... 

Thungela lowers production guidance owing to deteriorating rail performance  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th October 2021 JSE-listed coal exporter Thungela Resources says that, following an initial recovery in the performance of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) subsequent to the yearly maintenance shutdown in July, rail performance has continued to deteriorate in the second half of the year. Thungela consequently... 

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