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Gugulethu construction is still on track to kick off this year

By: Tracy Hancock     Updated 7 hours ago Construction of the almost R600-million opencast phase (Phase 1) of coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal’s Gugulethu colliery is planned to start this year, subject to market conditions and the availability of export trains. Canyon Coal, a subsidiary of private investment company... 

Association revamps to improve services

By: Halima Frost     Updated 7 hours ago The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) will introduce its updated business plan and path to reach its 2030 goals at its ‘Vision 2030 – building a sustainable Southern African biogas market’ round table next month. Hosted by Sabia, it will include a discussion by representatives... 

Operations challenges impair sector growth

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     Updated 7 hours ago Local companies are not operating at full capacity, owing to a lack of manufacturing and product focus which impairs South Africa’s goal of becoming a relevant global player in the aluminium market, says non-ferrous metals importer and stockist Metal and Tool Trade (MTT) MD Volker Schutte. “We... 

Circular economy uptake addressed

By: Halima Frost     Updated 7 hours ago The need for and uptake of the circular economy mindset by larger organisations locally and globally was addressed during a webinar hosted by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) last month. The webinar, titled ESGS Webinar: Circular economy: Opportunities and Benefits,... 

SA largest aluminium-producing country in Africa

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     Updated 7 hours ago In 2021, South Africa produced about 720 000 t of refined aluminium, becoming the largest aluminium-producing country in Africa, says Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) CEO Muzi Manzi. “A large proportion of the primary metal produced is used in the local market as remelt ingots to... 

Global collaboration urged to raise $1.4tn for iron, steel decarbonisation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 7 hours ago To meet 2050 climate goals, the global iron and steel industry will require $1.4-trillion of investment across the value chain, from mining to steelmaking, estimates research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac). A research report, titled ‘Pedal to the metal: iron and steel’s... 

Replace red tape with red carpet and mines will gleefully provide the electricity we need

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago There is nothing more off-putting than needless red tape and there is nothing more encouraging than a government role out the red carpet to would-be investors. Red tape kills the growth and jobs that red carpet treatment boosts. South Africa is immediately short of 6 000 MW of electricity and... 

Collaboration key to realising Africa’s green hydrogen economy potential

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2022 There is considerable potential for Africa to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the green hydrogen economy, and for South Africa to be the hub out of which this is done; however, a key requirement of this will be collaboration. This was the key message from opening keynote speakers... 

Qld Super Grid could unlock A$740bn in mining investment

29th September 2022 The Queensland government’s planned electricity Super Grid could deliver a A$740-billion resource boom for the state, by opening up the resource-rich North West minerals province, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. The Super Grid was announced as part of the state government’s A$62-billion... 

Top miners teaming up in bid to wean themselves off dirty trucks

By: Bloomberg     29th September 2022 Members of the International Council on Mining and Metals are planning a joint effort to test hydrogen and other zero-emission technologies in a bid to shift away from diesel-fueled vehicles. Members, which include producers BHP Group and Glencore, are pitching sites to pilot technologies... 

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