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Barrick extends facility, establishes sustainability-linked metrics

By: Mariaan Webb     19th May 2022 Global bullion producer Barrick Gold on Thursday announced that it had extended its undrawn $3-billion revolving credit facility by one year to May 2027 and that sustainability-linked metrics had been incorporated into the facility. The metrics were made up of yearly environmental and social... 

In Chile's Atacama, lithium mining stirs fight over flamingos

By: Reuters     19th May 2022 On the white plains of Chile's lithium-rich Atacama desert, bright pink flamingos enliven the sprawling salt flats where sporadic blue pools provide much needed hydration. But flamingo numbers are falling, with a new study linking this to the water extracted by mining firms to pump up brine... 

Afrimat earnings grow on back of normalised volumes, strong iron-ore price 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2022 JSE-listed construction materials, industrial minerals and bulk commodities supplier Afrimat performed well in the financial year ended February 28, on the back of favourable iron-ore prices, an expeditious turnaround of the Nkomati anthracite project and a return to normal volumes in both the... 

Critical role of galvanized steel in the mining industry

19th May 2022 The mining industry requires a significant investment in infrastructure to be as efficient and as productive as possible. This is where galvanized steel plays a critical role, reports Simon Norton, Manager, Africa Desk of the International Zinc Association. Essential infrastructure in the mining... 

Steinmüller Africa transforms lives at Vukanini Primary School in Bethal, Mpumalanga

19th May 2022 Steinmüller Africa recently sponsored the refurbishment of Vukanini Primary School, neighbouring the company’s Bethal-based facility. The official handover, attended by one of Steinmüller Africa Directors, Mohamed Khan, took place on 8 of April 2022.  Steinmüller Africa provided project... 

Creecy offers provinces help to process EIAs for 100 MW embedded projects 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy reports that she has written to provincial environment MECs to enquire whether they require any assistance in processing environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for embedded-generation projects that could help relieve pressure on the... 

Burkina Faso rescuers find no survivors in flooded mine's rescue chamber

By: Reuters     17th May 2022 Rescue workers have found no survivors in a rescue chamber deep inside a flooded zinc mine in Burkina Faso, the government and the mine owner said on Tuesday, all but extinguishing hope that eight missing miners could still be alive after a month. The Perkoa mine, owned by Canadian firm Trevali... 

Law firm drawing on giga-scale hydrogen project experience to derisk new ventures  

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2022 Lack of expertise about getting giga-scale hydrogen projects off the ground is a big problem in the industry, say Allen & Overy South Africa’s Alessandra Pardini and Alexandra Cluver, who believe they know how best it should be done from experience gained through project managing three of the... 

China, US are racing to make billions from mining the moon's minerals

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2022 “There’s going to be a new world order out there, and we’ve got to lead it,” US President Joe Biden said after Russia’s war in Ukraine upended global geopolitics. Far from Earth, that transition is already happening. Just like in the era of Sputnik and Apollo more than half a century ago, world... 

Developing countries have opportunity to call for greater access to nuclear energy, technology

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 States that do not have nuclear weapons, which include most developing countries, have an opportunity to demand greater access to nuclear sciences and technologies for peaceful purposes, including for energy, industry and medicine, at the tenth review conference of the Treaty on the... 

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