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Copper mine flashes warning of 'huge crisis' for world supply
3rd May 2023 By: Bloomberg

Accompanied by tinny taped music and overall-clad workers, Rio Tinto Group executives and Mongolian officials gathered a kilometer beneath the freezing Gobi Desert earlier this year to open one of... 

Aterian upbeat despite losses in 2022
2nd May 2023 By: Darren Parker

Despite LSE-listed Aterian making a loss of about £4.38-million in 2022 – a significantly larger sum than the loss made in 2021 of about £1.35-million – the company reiterated its firm belief in... 

From left, Anglo American Platinum’s Fahmida Smith and Themba Mahlangu, and Department of Science and Innovation’s Eudy Mabuza.
Anglo Platinum mine site interchange highlights South Africa's public-private hydrogen economy ambition
2nd May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

In a positive display of collaboration between South Africa’s public and private sectors, Anglo American Platinum’s Mogalakwena platinum group metals operation in Limpopo province hosted a... 

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Kibo finds solid biofuel performs better than coal
2nd May 2023 By: Darren Parker

Aim- and AltX-listed renewable-energy development company Kibo Energy has made “significant progress” on its previously stated aim to supply solid biofuel as a replacement for conventional coal to... 

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On-The-Air (28/04/2023)
28th April 2023 By: Martin Creamer

This week Martin Creamer unpacks developments in hydrogen and copper. 

Firms pledge billions worth of ICT investments in South Africa
28th April 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Vodacom and Cassava Technologies are among a total of eight companies pledging a collective R81.056-billion of investments into global business services, information and communication technology... 

Pre-applications for hydropower generation water-use licences invited
28th April 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has opened the preapplications phase for independent power producers (IPPs) to apply for authorisations to use water resources, water courses and... 

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Zero Carbon lithium project, Germany
28th April 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Vulcan Energy Resources aims to be the world’s first integrated lithium chemicals and renewable-energy producer with net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions. 

Orion MD and CEO Errol Smart
Orion reaches R2.5bn funding milestone
26th April 2023 By: Darren Parker

Key elements of junior metals explorer and mining aspirant Orion Minerals’ overarching strategic funding package have culminated in the securing of total funding of almost R2.5-billion – more than... 

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Resources Watch
26th April 2023

This week: Anglo’s 680 MW prioritised first-wave renewable energy projects on way; and, Platinum-based hydrogen production is in competitive upscale mode 

Hive Hydrogen chairperson Thulani Gcabashe.
50 more R105bn Hive Hydrogen projects still not enough if demand projections continue, says GM
25th April 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The R105-billion investment pledge by Hive Hydrogen at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s fifth South Africa Investment Conference was the biggest by far, resulting in Engineering News & Mining Weekly... 

Gravity energy storage to be trialled at decommissioned German mine
25th April 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

German mine owners Geiger Group have contracted gravity energy storage specialist Gravitricity to investigate the potential of storing energy at a decommissioned mine. The decommissioned shafts... 

Eskom's Komati power station
The rich world’s plan to help developing countries go green is floundering
25th April 2023 By: Bloomberg

It was meant to be the climate justice blueprint, the deal that showed how rich countries could help developing economies end their reliance on coal and go green. Almost 18 months on, South... 

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With oversubscribed listing in hand, Copper 360 ready to ramp up Northern Cape operations
24th April 2023 By: Donna Slater

With a recent oversubscribed private placement of shares totalling R152-million, South Africa’s only pure copper play Copper 360 has raised enough capital to see it through at least a... 

Nickel Asia to open two more Philippine mines, eyes power unit IPO
24th April 2023 By: Reuters

Nickel Asia, the Philippines' biggest nickel ore producer, expects to bring two more mines into production in three years and will assess the feasibility of building another processing plant, its... 

Green Connection mulls appeal of TotalEnergies’ approval to drill on southwest coast
21st April 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Nonprofit organisation The Green Connection has described the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) decision to grant TotalEnergies Exploration and Production South Africa... 

Council extolls platinum’s role in decarbonisation
21st April 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Ahead of Earth Day on April 22, industry body the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) has highlighted platinum’s role in decarbonisation as a key transition metal for the energy transition. It... 

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Raising capital, Anglo American, SAIC make headlines
21st April 2023

Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses South Africa's need to raise capital at the small end of the stock exchange;  the first wave of Anglo American’s renewable energy projects; and the... 

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Smart grid can mitigate system challenges
21st April 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

The integration of smart technology can ensure reliability and efficiency of the country’s electricity grid.  A smart grid system will be able to effectively manage challenges associated with... 

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Smart grid offers benefits for all stakeholders
21st April 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

Implementing a smart grid system in South Africa offers a range of benefits for power generators, electric utilities, customers and society, says UP specialist energy industry consultant Dr Willem... 

Energy storage a short-term solution
21st April 2023

Energy storage, and how it can be integrated into the energy distribution mix and contribute to electricity stability in South Africa, needs to be considered as a short-term solution, says solar... 

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Manufacturer accelerates autonomous drills transformation
21st April 2023

Mining and infrastructure equipment manufacturer Epiroc says it is continuously accelerating the transformation of the mining industry toward lower emissions, improved safety, and higher... 

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Witwatersrand basin project – Qala Shallows Phase 1, South Africa – update
21st April 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

West Wits Mining has reported cost savings at its Qala Shallows gold project. 

The Presidential Climate Commission met in in Johannesburg on April 19
PCC underlines support for electricity reforms as govt mulls coal life extensions
20th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Amid a likely proposal that Eskom be allowed to extend the life of certain coal power stations beyond the decommissioning dates outlined in the Integrated Resource Plan, the Presidential Climate... 

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World Bank proposes financing framework for developing countries' energy transitions
20th April 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

International finance institution the World Bank has proposed a new framework to help develop a comprehensive financing approach for the energy transition. This comes as developing countries... 

Heraeus Precious Metals Executive Vice-President New Business Philipp Walter.
Platinum-based hydrogen production is in competitive upscale mode, Heraeus’ Walter reports
20th April 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Platinum group metals- (PGM-) based proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis is a competitive technology in upscale mode and is making its mark in electrolysis for hydrogen production as well as... 

Canadian dealmakers expect low-carbon shift will drive mining M&A
20th April 2023 By: Reuters

Canadian advisors to mergers and acquisitions (M&A) expect a shift toward low-carbon technologies and government subsidies for them will spur dealmaking in mining for years to come and some are... 

Ramaphosa affirms climate goal amid coal push
20th April 2023 By: Bloomberg

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa pledged to meet the nation’s net-zero carbon emission target despite a push to keep coal-fired power plants open. Ramaphosa met with the Presidential Climate... 

CCUS and gas has big role in net zero - study
20th April 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

While new analysis has highlighted the need for natural gas and large carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) in Australia’s race to net zero, there would be very little space for nuclear... 

Rising demand for batteries offers significant growth potential for Africa
19th April 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

Demand for batteries in Africa over the next decade is largely expected to both grow significantly and be supported by the continent’s vast renewable energy potential, which includes abundant solar... 

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Govt moves to ease enviro path for solar and battery projects
17th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government is moving to exclude solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage facilities from the requirement to obtain environmental authorisation in areas where the environmental... 

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CNRI plans lithium exploration programme on granite pegmatites located at Ferguson Lake
14th April 2023

Canadian mining exploration and development company Canadian North Resources Inc. (CNRI) has announced the presence of extensive granitic pegmatite minerals on its Ferguson Lake property. In... 

Green steelmaking will bolster platinum demand up to 2030, says WPIC
14th April 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

With the steel industry’s ambitious plans to cut emissions by at least 80% by 2050, compared with 1990 levels, it will call for an increasing amount of hydrogen-based steelmaking, which bodes well... 

West Wits secures power for Qala Shallows
14th April 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Junior West Wits Mining has flagged cost savings at its Qala Shallows gold project, which forms part of the larger Witwatersrand Basin gold project, in South Africa, after gaining approval for 7.5... 

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Green hydrogen to positively impact sector
14th April 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

The development of a green hydrogen economy will impact positively on South Africa’s labour landscape as the country continues to adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) while,... 

The on-site workshops hosted by Sanedi, the GIZ and RENAC last month revealed substantial interest and willingness to participate in the local green hydrogen sector across the value chain
How to finance the green hydrogen value chain
14th April 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Derisking and understanding the technology, its requirements and cost benefits are critical factors that need to be considered when reviewing the financial feasibility of, and support for, the... 

Golden Arrow to add 60 locally built electric buses to its fleet next year
14th April 2023 By: Irma Venter

Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) aims to add 60 locally built electric buses to its fleet in 2024, says GABS company engineer Gideon Neethling. The Cape Town-based bus operator started testing two... 

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Eland mine complex, South Africa – update
14th April 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Northam Platinum has reported that processing of ore from surface sources continues while underground and openpit feed are being batch-treated. 

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Nolans neodymium/praseodymium rare earths project, Australia – update
14th April 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Arafura Rare Earths has signed an offtake agreement with wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for the supply of neodymium and praseodymium from the Nolans project. 

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Africa has ‘golden opportunity’ in battery commodities market
14th April 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

The battery commodities market is experiencing a golden age of growth and development, spurred by rapid technological advances and the growing demand for batteries to support cleaner mobility and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the fifth edition of the South African Investment Conference
Ramaphosa underlines commitment to energy and freight reforms as he unveils new R2tr investment target
13th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled a new investment target of R2-trillion for the five-year period to 2028 at the fifth edition of the South African Investment Conference on Thursday, where he also... 

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Eskom’s biggest union demands 15% wage hike as power cuts worsen
13th April 2023 By: Bloomberg

The biggest labour union at South Africa’s Eskom Holdings wants a 15% wage increase even as the utility fails to generate adequate electricity to meet the country’s needs, resulting in nationwide... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Sasol scrambles to run on gas and hydrogen in South Africa
13th April 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s second-biggest emitter aims to be among the continent’s biggest buyers of renewable energy – but for now Sasol remains firmly tied to fossil fuels. The company that made its name... 

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