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Transnet tables new wage offer, applies to CCMA for conciliation

By: Schalk Burger     4th October 2022 State-owned Transnet has applied to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to convene conciliation discussions regarding the group’s current wage negotiations with labour unions. This follows after the unions rejected Transnet’s latest offer on October 3. 

Namibia Critical plans ‘significantly’ bigger rare earths mine

By: Mariaan Webb     4th October 2022 The Lofdal heavy rare earth project has the potential to be a "significantly" bigger operation than the previous studies, with Namibia Critical Metals on Monday unveiling the results of a new preliminary economic assessment (PEA). The new PEA works on a larger yearly run-of mine (RoM) and plant... 

Pensana signs MoU with potential offtaker of 25% of yearly rare earth oxide output

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2022 London-listed Pensana has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for offtake of 25% of its yearly production of raw materials used for the production of magnet materials. Pensana says it is pleased to be entering into this strategic relationship by supplying rare earth oxides from the Saltend... 

Makwana returns to lead a new Eskom board that includes five engineers 

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has unveiled the names of the much-anticipated new Eskom board, which includes five engineers and a trade unionist, and which will be led by Mpho Makwana, who was appointed executive chairperson at the utility in late 2009 following a previous leadership... 

South Africa is returning to prepandemic levels of economic growth

By: Darren Parker     30th September 2022 South Africa is returning to pre-Covid-19 levels of economic growth, according to the latest ‘KPMG Global Economic Outlook’ report. The global economic research and consulting firm said on September 29 that South Africa remained in a unique position where many of its natural resource exports... 

Sibanye reaches wage agreement with NUM, UASA, but AMCU holds out

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2022 Diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater says an agreement in respect of wages and benefits has been reached with two of the three recognised unions at its South Africa platinum group metals (PGMs) operations. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and UASA have reached an agreement with Sibanye. 

Export ban triples nickel investment in Indonesia’s Morowali

By: Bloomberg     30th September 2022 Indonesia’s nickel investment is set to triple in one of the country’s biggest industrial parks, following a 2019 ban on raw ore exports that President Joko Widodo says will help the economy produce higher-value goods. Spending on projects in Morowali Industrial Park in Sulawesi will reach... 

Rio produces first lithium concentrate in Canada

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th September 2022 Major Rio Tinto has started spodumene concentrate production at a demonstration plant at its Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium (RTIT) Quebec Operation, in Canada. The plant will demonstrate at industrial scale a new spodumene concentration process that provides lithium oxide grades and recoveries well... 

Association revamps to improve services

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 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... 

Circular economy uptake addressed

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 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,... 

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