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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... 

Human rights a key issue

By: Halima Frost     16th February 2024 Modern slavery risk mitigation data and research company Evidencity says although poor governance is an endemic issue in the mining sector of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the protection of human rights – primarily those pertaining to the use of child labour – is the greatest challenge.   

 A young boy miner stood in front of an openpit artisanal mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo
MINOR MINERS The use of children and disadvantaged people in the Democratic Republic of Congo mining sector is rampant

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.

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).

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.

Russia's Rusal loses suit against Rio Tinto over alumina refinery, can appeal

By: Reuters     2nd February 2024 Russian aluminium producer Rusal has lost a lawsuit against global miner Rio Tinto that sought to win back access to its 20% share of the alumina produced at a jointly owned refiner in Queensland, a Australian Federal Court filing showed on Friday. Australia responded to Russia's 2022 invasion of... 

A conveyor at the QAL refinery

Coal miner Ndalamo pursuing renewable energy, other minerals

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2024 Coal mining company Ndalamo Resources is actively exploring opportunities in renewable energy and other minerals, paving the way for a diversified and resilient future. Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo states this in an Op-Ed in relation to the overarching theme of next week's 2024 Investing in... 

Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo.
Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo.

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.

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
Photo by Creamer Media
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.

Rio Tinto sees gradual recovery in China’s economy in 2024

By: Mariaan Webb     16th January 2024 Diversified mining major Rio Tinto expects stimulus measures implemented by China to catalyse a slow but steady recovery of the world’s second-biggest economy in 2024, providing reinforcement to commodity prices. Increased Chinese policy measures, reduced global recession anxieties and a general... 

CEO Jakob Stausholm
CEO Jakob Stausholm

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.

Mining urged to embrace international council’s new Scope 3 emissions guidance 

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2023 All mining and metals companies are being urged to embrace new guidance on reducing Scope 3 emissions, which was published by the International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Wednesday. The guidance is a tool to assist mining companies in their engagement with the financial sector,... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.

South Africa’s community engagement ahead of global peers, manganese AGM hears 

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2023 The South African mining industry is years ahead of its international peers when it comes to local and community engagement, Australia-listed Jupiter Mines, which owns 49.9% of the Tshipi manganese mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape, has told its shareholders. The controlling shareholder of the... 

Jupiter Mines chairperson Ian Murray
Jupiter Mines chairperson Ian Murray.

Rio Tinto approves renewable energy project for bauxite operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th December 2023 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has approved a new 12.4 MW solar farm and 8.8 MVa/2.1 MWh of battery storage to provide renewable energy for the Amrun bauxite operations near Weipa, Queensland. The 12.4 MW solar farm and battery storage are part of Rio Tinto’s global decarbonisation strategy and... 

Rio Tinto approves renewable energy project for bauxite operations

Greenfield investment lagging badly, mining’s contribution to economy halved 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2023 The growth of investment in fresh new greenfield mining projects is lagging badly and the contribution of the South African mining industry to the national economy has more than halved in the last two decades, Minerals Council South Africa’s latest Facts and Figures 2022 points out. Net fixed... 

Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.
Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.

New Utshalo has potential to boost mining IPOs, enliven public markets 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2023 South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets and the new Utshalo must be complimented for setting out to do just that. New mining capital raisings have become too few and far between, liquidity is drying up, and the delisting trend on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) must... 

Former Nedbank investment banker Paul Miller.
Former Nedbank investment banker Paul Miller.

Metro hits record output at Queensland bauxite mine

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd November 2023 The Bauxite Hills mine at Skardon River, in Queensland, has achieved a record production milestone of four-million tonnes, ASX-listed Metro Mining said on Thursday. The record production stands the miner in good stead to achieve its 2023 sales target of 4.5-million to 5-million tonnes, said CEO... 

Metro hits record output at Queensland bauxite mine

African Rainbow Minerals provides R20-million for Wits University research 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2023 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is supporting postdoctoral research into water, energy and digitalisation at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg. The investment is firmly located within the university’s mining precinct and dovetails with the... 

ARM founder and executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe and Wits ARM Building.
ARM founder and executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe and Wits ARM Building.

Imperative that exploration plan be implemented as matter of urgency – Khoza

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2023 If South Africa is not to be left out of the exploration boom, spurred by the immense mineral resources required to develop technologies needed to achieve net zero, it is imperative that the recommendations of South Africa’s Exploration Implementation Plan be implemented in full as a matter of... 

Integrated Geoscience Solutions Technical Director Dr David Khoza.
Integrated Geoscience Solutions Technical Director Dr David Khoza.

Rio Tinto fires former head of aluminium division on info breach

By: Reuters     15th November 2023 Rio Tinto on Wednesday dismissed the former head of its aluminium division Ivan Vella with immediate effect, an email to all employees sent by CEO Jakob Stausholm and seen by Reuters showed. Vella, who has spent two decades at the mining giant, was already due to leave the company in December,... 

Renewables now critical part of metal mining thinking, says Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     14th November 2023 Renewables have become a critical part of metal mining thinking, the Sibanye-Stillwater Battery Metals Investor Day 2023 audience heard on Tuesday. “If you look at electricity, renewables are expected to account for between 80% and 90% of global power generation. So, renewables have become a very... 

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.
Sibanye-Stillwater Battery Metals Investor Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen plant buildout plan under way at metals smelter in Rustenburg 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2023 Work has begun on the development of a hydrogen plant at the smelting site in Rustenburg of Ironveld, the London Aim-listed speciality metals producer. The required funds have been raised to proceed with the manufacture and installation of a commercial demonstration plant that will produce... 

BurnStar CEO Dr Johan Brand with test reactor.
BurnStar CEO Dr Johan Brand with test reactor.

South32 continuing to investigate reducing Hillside Aluminium’s emissions intensity  

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2023 The long-term energy transition solutions on which South32 is focused are renewable energy and electrification. The Sydney-, Johannesburg- and London-listed diversified mining company has transitioned to 100% renewable electricity supply at Sierra Gorda copper mine in Chile and is deploying... 

South32 annual general meeting.
Photo by Creamer Media
South32 annual general meeting.

First boiler at South32's Worsley Alumina converted to natural gas

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th October 2023 Diversified mining and metals company South32's Worsley Alumina operation, in Western Australia, has completed the conversion of the first of its coal-fired boilers to natural gas, helping to reduce the operation’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The operation includes a bauxite mine, near the... 

Alumina powder being loaded onto a ship
Alumina powder being loaded onto a ship

Rio posts another strong quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2023 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has delivered another strong quarter of results, with a production increase reported across all of its commodities, apart from titanium dioxide slag. “We delivered another quarter of progress and maintainedmomentum at our Pilbara iron-ore operations. We continued to... 

Image shows a Rio Tinto branded hat in the Pilbara

Essential integration of mining with circular economy highlighted at FT Mining Summit  

By: Martin Creamer     9th October 2023 Circularity is already practised at many mine sites, which use circular principles to reduce waste and conserve water. But to achieve full circularity for products – from production to consumption to reuse - requires collaboration between designers, policymakers and industry, the FT Mining Summit... 

From left to right Harry Dempsey, Douglas Johnson-Poensgen, Kunal Sinha, Louise Assem, and Trond Olaf Christophersen.
FT Mining Summit covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Approving outstanding permits could shift economy in 12-18 months, says Mzila Mthenjane  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2023 If the 5 066 outstanding mining and exploration permits were approved, South Africa could begin to see a shift in the economy within 12 to 18 months, new Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane told this week’s Joburg Indaba. In response to questions put to him by ENSafrica’s COO Otsile... 

Joburg Indaba panel from left Bernard Swanepoel, Otsile Matlou, Errol Smart, Mosa Mabuza and Mzila Mthenjane.
Joburg Indaba mining revival panel discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Conservation: if business-as-usual continues, world’s doomed – Oppenheimer conference hears  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2023 World-renowned conservationist Jane Goodall reminded hundreds of scientists present at the 12th Oppenheimer Research Conference in Midrand that if the world carries on with a business-as-usual approach to conservation, the planet is doomed. “Forests, wetlands, peatlands grasslands, all of which... 

Nicky Oppenheimer.
Oppenheimer Research Conference covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson. Photographs: Donna Slater

Bell placing strong new emphasis on underground mining equipment advance  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2023 With a legacy spanning decades and a reputation for pioneering advancements, South Africa’s Bell Equipment is now placing strong new emphasis on advancing underground mining equipment. Currently a producer of low-profile underground mining trucks as well as underground rockscalers, Bell is... 

Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen.
Bell CEO Leon Goosen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

New railway to include Zambia minerals line

22nd September 2023 Inclusive of a stretch of railway extending into Zambia’s copper-producing district, the start of the transfer of the concession of railway services and support logistics of the Lobito Corridor to joint venture (JV) Lobito Atlantic Railway was announced in July during a ceremony hosted by the... 

A copper mine at night in Zambia
MINE TO PORT The new and improved rail line in the Lobito Corridor will help get minerals to port quicker and safer

New mining school nurturing human capital in anticipation of major upcoming demand   

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2023 Copper mining company Copper 360, which announced in August that its School of Mining was under development at Concordia operation in the Northern Cape, has launched its first set of courses, aimed at nurturing human capital in anticipation of an expected provincial minerals development surge.... 

School of Mining in operational surroundings.
School of Mining in operational surroundings.

ABx strikes bauxite offtake

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th September 2023 Bauxite miner ABx Group has reached a five-year bauxite supply deal with cement manufacturer Adelaide Brighton Cement (ABCL), a subsidiary of ASX-listed Adbri. The agreement forecasts the supply of between 90 000 t and 120 000 t of cement-grade bauxite from ABx’s DL130 bauxite project, in... 

ICMM publishes guidance to improve the mining, metals industry’s disclosure of Scope 3 emissions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2023 Global metals and mining industry body ICMM has published a 'Scope 3 Emissions Accounting and Reporting Guidance', which provides a standardised framework for mining and metals companies to calculate and disclose their value chain emissions. With this document, ICMM aims to improve transparency... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Lindian enters into MoU to expand bauxite supply in Guinea

By: Darren Parker     4th September 2023 Mining company Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG), which is 49% owned by the Guinean State, alongside US-registered Halco Mining, a consortium comprising Rio Tinto-Alcan, Alcoa and Dadco Investments, has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ASX-listed Lindian Resources. The... 

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