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Anglo to focus on cost cutting following disappointing 2023 performance  

By: Darren Parker     22nd February 2024 Mining major Anglo American chairperson Stuart Chambers and CEO Duncan Wanblad have both expressed disappointment with the company’s financial results for 2023, which were released on February 22. Chambers opened the presentation of the company’s results by candidly describing the company’s... 

anglo american sign and logo

Major hydrogen economy developments in SA  

21st February 2024 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses BMW's hydrogen-fuelled cars on South Africa’s roads; Heraeus and Sibanye-Stillwater’s PGMs partnership to boost the hydrogen economy; and South Africa's hopes to collaborate with Japan on green hydrogen development.   

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Major hydrogen economy developments in SA

Rich new Copper 360 discovery points to big Chile-type copper mine potential  

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2024 Okiep Copper Company, which mining company Newmont established in 1937, is today one of the 100%-owned subsidiaries of South Africa’s Copper 360, the only pure copper play listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Under Newmont, the Okiep Copper Company paid out about R30-million in dividends... 

Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson.
Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Crucial decarbonisation investigation into Hillside Aluminium is continuing intensely 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2024 Solutions to support decarbonisation, while ensuring operational competitiveness into the future, are continuing to be intensely investigated at South Africa's large Hillside Aluminium operation in KwaZulu-Natal, South32 CEO Graham Kerr assured Mining Weekly in an interview on Thursday, following... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr.
South32 CEO Graham Kerr.

Reforms, Mining Exploration Fund, black ownership make headlines  

15th February 2024 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the need for energy and logistics reforms for sustainable mining; the agreement between the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and the IDC for the establishment of a Mining Exploration Fund; and black ownership in SA mining has reached 39%.   

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Reforms, Mining Exploration Fund, black ownership make headlines

Now palladium comes under the Heraeus-Sibanye spotlight to boost hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2024 Germany’s Heraeus Precious Metals and South Africa’s Sibanye-Stillwater are partnering to explore new applications for platinum-group metals (PGMs) in the hydrogen economy, with a specific focus on how applications can profit from the unique traits of palladium, one of the six PGM elements.... 

Palladium bars.
Palladium bars.

Barrick replaces 140% of gold reserve, no need for ‘dilutionary or delusionary’ M&A 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2024 New York- and Toronto-listed mining company Barrick has replaced more than 140% of its gold reserves in the last five years and more importantly at the same grade, Barrick CEO Dr Mark Bristow pointed out in reporting full-year 2023 gold production of 4.05-million ounces and copper output of... 

Barrick CEO Mark Bristow.
Barrick CEO Mark Bristow.

Power aggregators seen as key accelerators of South African mining’s energy transition  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2024 Many energy projects selling to one buyer, who in turn sells to many mines – this procurement model is seen as a key financial tool to accelerate the energy transition of South Africa’s mining industry. “We think the aggregator model can really accelerate the requirements of the mines to get... 

Nedbank CIB) Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh.
Nedbank CIB Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

2024 defining year for world’s first woman-owned phosphate mine, looking at IPO   

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2024 Adelaide Ruiters has been slogging away for ten years to get the world’s first woman-owned phosphate mine up and running. Now, 2024 looks like the year she'll likely do it. Ribbon-cutting for Adelaide Ruiters Mining and Exploration (ARME) is now expected around June, July ­– and being considered,... 

ARME founder and CEO Adelaide Ruiters.
AMRE CEO Adelaide Ruiters interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Permanent aerial mesh support, exoskeletons under scrutiny to make mining safer 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2024 Minerals Council South Africa is looking at the possibility of promoting permanent aerial mesh support throughout the mining industry as part of its fall-of-ground action plan. The Minerals Council has a robust fall-of-ground action plan that targets several dimensions of the biggest contributor... 

Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane flanked by Japie Fullard (left) and Dushendra Naidoo (right).
Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane flanked by Japie Fullard (left) and Dushendra Naidoo (right).

Agriculture, crime, health & safety make headlines   

9th February 2024 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks headlines from the Investing in African Mining Indaba, criminal syndicates identified by Transnet and noise-induced hearing loss displacing TB and silicosis as the top priority health threat in the South African mining industry   

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Agriculture, crime, health & safety make headlines

Gold mining industry striving to build on sustainability strides  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th February 2024 Striving for sustainability in every facet of the gold mining industry’s value chain is imperative and while considerable progress has been made in several areas, including responsible practices and reporting, as well as decarbonisation, there is still work to be done in other areas, such as... 

An image of World Gold Council climate change lead and market relations director John Mulligan
World Gold Council climate change lead and market relations director John Mulligan

Crucial to combine agricultural development with mining, Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2024 Africa is going to have a huge amount to do to help solve the world’s climate change problems, Toronto-listed Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland emphasised in his far-reaching thirtieth address to the thirtieth Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. In those 30... 

Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland.
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Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland.

Angola’s diamond sparkle brightened by new De Beers deal 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2024 Diamond mining and marketing company De Beers is to collaborate with Angola on opportunities to increase diamond production, support alluvial mining sector and enhance social development for the benefit of Angola’s citizens. De Beers on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with... 

De Beers CEO Al Cook with Endiama CEO Ganga Junior at Investing in African Mining Indaba.
De Beers CEO Al Cook with Endiama CEO Ganga Junior at Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Noise-induced hearing loss now highest priority mining health condition, Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2024 Noise-induced hearing loss has displaced tuberculosis (TB) and silicosis as the top priority health threat in the South African mining industry. “I’m emphasising noise-induced hearing loss because the other diseases have gone down markedly whereas noise-induced hearing loss has not gone down as... 

From left Minerals Council South Africa’s Sietse van der Woude, Dr Thuthula Balfour, Japie Fullard, Mzila Mthenjane and Dushendra Naidoo.
From left Minerals Council South Africa’s Sietse van der Woude, Dr Thuthula Balfour, Japie Fullard, Mzila Mthenjane and Dushendra Naidoo.

South Africa’s mining industry now 39% black-owned, Mining Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2024 In 2004, the year South Africa’s far-reaching Mining Charter was first introduced, black ownership in South Africa’s globally recognised mining industry stood at a negligible 2%. This has now leapt nearly 20 times higher to approximately 39%, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.

Rail, R&D partnership and Investing in African Mining Indaba make headlines   

2nd February 2024 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer provides updates on the new rail corridor agreement between RBCT and Transnet; Anglo American's partnership with large Chinese recycler GEM for a research and development project; and this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will focus on new... 

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Rail, R&D partnership and Investing in African Mining Indaba make headlines

Glencore reports lower production, builds solar plant in South Africa 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st February 2024 Diversified miner Glencore has reported lower volumes across its key commodities for the 2023 financial year, but notes that these were all nonetheless still within the guided ranges. The company’s own-mined production for the year totalled 1.01-million tonnes of copper, reflecting a 5%... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle

Geopolitical, economic uncertainty supported last year’s gold demand, price 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st January 2024 Member organisation the World Gold Council’s (WGC) latest ‘Gold Demand Trends’ report, released on January 31, indicates that yearly gold demand – excluding over-the-counter (OTC) market demand – fell to 4 448 t in 2023, down just 5% from what the council says was a notably strong 2022. When... 

A gold pour

DRC’s green and automated Kibali gold operation highlighted as mining role model 

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2024 Kibali, the largest gold mine in Africa, is now also one of Africa's greenest and most impressively automated operations, which continues to stimulate local economic development and even provides ongoing funding for the reintroduction of white rhinos into a Unesco world heritage site in the... 

Kibali gold plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kibali gold plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Decline in coal line security incidents is improving performance – Transnet 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2024 Security incidents that disrupt trains transporting coal to South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) for export to the world are in definite decline and that has certainly helped to improve performance, acting Transnet Freight Rail CE Russell Baatjies emphasised to Mining Weekly during... 

Aerial view of Richards Bay Coal Terminal.
Aerial view of Richards Bay Coal Terminal.

Anglo launches battery raw materials research project with large China recycler 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2024 South Africa-founded and Johannesburg- and London-listed Anglo American on Friday announced the launch of a research and development project in collaboration with one of China’s largest battery and battery material recyclers. The purpose of the project with Shenzhen-based GEM is to explore new... 

GEM and Anglo teams at signing ceremony.
GEM and Anglo teams at signing ceremony.

Vanadium Resources, Orion Minerals, Giyani Metals make headlines   

26th January 2024 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Vanadium Resources’ expansive long-life operation plans and how its mulling a listing on the JSE; Orion Minerals  new surface right access and property acquisition; and Giyani Metals $10-million in funding.   

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Vanadium Resources, Orion Minerals, Giyani Metals make headlines

New public-private rail corridor agreement already boding well – RBCT  

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2024 The three-month-old mutual cooperation agreement that the private-sector-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) signed with State rail enterprise Transnet in November is already boding well, RBCT chairperson Nosipho Damasane emphasised on Thursday. “Over the last few months, we’ve already... 

From top left clockwise, RBCT CEO Alan Waller, RBCT chairperson Nosipho Damasane, Acting Transnet CEO Michelle Phillips and Acting Transnet Freight Rail CE Russell Baatjies.
Richards Bay Coal Terminal presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Vanadium junior has expansive plans for long-life operation, mulling JSE listing  

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2024 Keep an eye on Vanadium Resources (VR8). It’s a motivated ASX-listed, JSE-mulling junior that is thinking expansively in line with the potentially very long-life mine that it is setting out to develop in South Africa’s expansive Bushveld Complex. VR8’s Steelpoortdrift mine project’s... 

VR8 MD and CEO John Ciganek.
VR8 CEO John Ciganek interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Northern Cape copper revival receives yet another promising forward nudge  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2024 South Africa’s prospective Northern Cape province on Tuesday received yet another promising forward nudge along the road to copper-revival in the form of development obstacles being moved out of the way for Orion Minerals. New surface right access and property acquisition will now allow Orion to... 

Errol Smart
Errol Smart

Strong showing by South Africa’s Hillside helps to lift South32 to record aluminium output 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2024 Ongoing strong performance by South Africa’s Hillside Aluminium operation in KwaZulu-Natal has helped diversified mining company South32 achieve record half-year aluminium production. Moreover, South Africa Manganese sales increased by 9% in the December quarter at a 5% price premium to the... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Nature-positivity, JSE opportunities, Copper 360 make headlines   

19th January 2024 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the nature-positive commitment that mining and metals companies have made; the opportunity presented by the JSE for critical mineral miners to access capital; and Copper 360 embracing smart watches to uplift mineworker wellbeing.   

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Nature-positivity, JSE opportunities, Copper 360 make headlines

New platinum group metals recycling facility opens in China 

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2024 A new platinum group metals (PGM) recycling facility has opened in China, where the autocatalyst recycling market is expected to grow at the rate of 18% a year. Recycled PGMs are calculated to offer carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction of up to 98% when compared with mined PGMs. 

The new BASF HERAEUS Metal Resource recycling facility in China.
The new BASF HERAEUS Metal Resource recycling facility in China.

Cadastre imminent, 2024 to be used as year to clear backlogs, says Minerals Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 The introduction of an electronic cadastral system to record and enable online access to mining data is imminent, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe emphasised in an interview with Radio 702 host Clement Manyathela on Thursday. Mantashe disclosed to Manyathela that agreement had... 

Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Gwede Mantashe

Global mining commits to nature-positive future 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 Global mining and metals companies have committed at Davos to take urgent action to support a nature-positive future by 2030 that promotes the health, diversity and resilience of species, ecosystems and natural processes. International Council of Metals and Minerals (ICMM) members have pledged... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

South Africa-linked mining luminaries advising on metals industry greening 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2024 South Africa-linked mining luminaries are playing roles in an initiative to transform the metals industry with clean technology. Being targeted for metals is the elimination of energy-intensive smelters, toxic chemicals and strong acids. 

Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill
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Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill

Smart wristwatches to uplift mineworker well-being at Copper 360  

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2024 Computer programmes that use artificial intelligence (AI) to model orebodies and plan mines optimally have already been introduced by Copper 360, says the JSE AltX-listed Northern Cape copper mining company, which is developing the Rietberg copper mine, the first of a dozen copper mining assets... 

Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson
Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Supply-demand trend favours platinum over palladium – Deutsche Bank Research 

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2024 The convergence in platinum and palladium prices is likely to go further. Fundamentals point more positively for platinum into 2025 on a better autocatalyst demand trend. 

Platinum bar.
Platinum bar.

JSE presents opportunity for critical mineral miners to access capital  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2024 Critical mineral demand is growing significantly at a time when South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets – two crucial needs that can be fulfilled in one go by companies raising capital on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) to fund their entry into the critical minerals... 

JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster
JSE Business Development Manager Patrycja Kula-Verster interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly.

Hydrogen as a driver of PGMs demand and new industry appointments make headlines  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th January 2024 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the hydrogen economy as a new growth area for platinum group metals; Ian Cockerill's appointment as CEO of West African miner Endeavour Mining and the importance of growing the pipeline of leaders in the mining industry; and the importance of... 

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Hydrogen as a driver of PGMs demand and new industry appointments make headlines

Hydrogen economy poised as key growth booster for platinum group metals – Heraeus  

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2024 The hydrogen economy is an important new growth area for platinum group metals (PGMs) and, in turn, PGMs are pivotal for hydrogen production and application across a broad front. Accentuating this in a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly, Heraeus Precious Metals new business development executive... 

Heraeus Precious Metals EVP Dr Philipp Walter
Heraeus Precious Metals New Business Development EVP Dr Philipp Walter interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Cockerill appointed CEO of West Africa gold company 

By: Martin Creamer     8th January 2024 South African Hall-of-Fame luminary Ian Cockerill has been appointed CEO of West African mining company Endeavour, which owns and operates gold mines in Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Senegal. Cockerill, who was Endeavour’s former deputy chairperson, gleaned most of his four decades of... 

Ian Cockerill
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Ian Cockerill
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