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DFFE deploys environmental inspectors to investigate KZN mine slurry river pollution

By: Schalk Burger     14th January 2022 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has deployed a team of environmental management inspectors to assist in an investigation into a slurry dam burst in KwaZulu-Natal on December 24, which resulted in tailings material flowing into nearby rivers and onto nearby land.... 

ZAC instructed to expand water sampling following slurry material spill into river

By: Yvonne Silaule     7th January 2022 The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, EDTEA, has instructed Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), to expand its water monitoring sampling points beyond the initial four areas that it had identified. EDTEA MEC Ravi Pillay on January 6 said this was... 

Constitutional Court prevents coal mine from starting up

10th December 2021 A coalition of eight civil society organisations represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) welcomed the Constitutional Court’s decision last month to dismiss coal mining company Uthaka Energy’s leave to appeal a 2021 High Court interdict, effectively preventing the company from... 

Rigging qualifications awarded to youth

26th November 2021 Last month, Italian energy company Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA) announced that it had decided to help 20 unemployed youngsters from the Raymond Mhlaba district in the Eastern Cape acquire basic rigging skills. Ten young men and ten young women completed a five-day course, which... 

Energy efficiency should be prioritised as South Africa walks supply tightrope

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2021 As the world looks to develop sustainable energy industries, mitigate the impacts of climate change and reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, energy efficiency has been emphasised as an integral part of the efforts to attain these objectives. Countries are falling well short of benchmarks,... 

Miners warn against change in fuel rebate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd November 2021 The resources sector has warned that scrapping of the existing diesel fuel tax credit could damage the Australian mining and exploration industry. The warning comes after reports emerged that iron-ore founder Andrew Forrest was privately lobbying the federal government to phase out the diesel... 

ETGL expands its logistics business into tractor, motorbike sectors

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 ETG Logistics (ETGL) has announced that it is expanding its product and service offering to the farming and automotive sectors. ETGL is the logistics vertical of ETG, a global conglomerate with business interests across various industries. 

Glencore sets ‘just transition’ from coal in promising motion with wheat pilot project  

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2021 Glencore has set the ‘just transition’ in promising motion with a highly successful winter wheat pilot project in Mpumalanga, South Africa’s province of coal mining and coal-fired power generation. The programme, which began in April, has been described as being hugely successful in demonstrating... 

Govt continues to support Ravenswood plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th November 2021 The Queensland government on Friday said that it would continue to support operations at the Ravenswood gold mine, to ensure the mine kept producing until 2034. “On 27 October, I extended the prescribed project declaration for Ravenswood’s mine expansion project for two years, until November... 

Battery boom has Sherritt CEO betting on Cuban nickel expansion

By: Bloomberg     8th November 2021 Sherritt International’s new boss sees the electric-vehicle revolution stretching all the way to Cuba, with the Canadian miner planning to boost output of battery-grade nickel and cobalt. In its first major move under CEO Leon Binedell, the Toronto-based company wants to increase production at... 

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