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Chemicals News

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.... 

Hydrogen cars come into sharp new focus as global climate politics takes turn for better 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2024 For the first time, luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW has a fleet of hydrogen-fuelled cars on South Africa’s roads, supported by a green hydrogen refuelling infrastructure set up at its Midrand campus in Johannesburg. The outcome of BMW, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Sasol finding common... 

The BMW iX5 Hydrogen passenger car being refuelled with green hydrogen.
BMW, Anglo American Platinum, Sasol talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on the new BMW iX5 Hydrogen taking to South Africa’s streets. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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.

Draslovka’s sustainable solution to metal supply deficits 

7th February 2024 Multinational chemicals producer Draslovka has developed a cutting-edge metal recovery process called Glycine Leaching Technology (GLT). Aimed at optimizing recovery of precious and base metals, this proprietary process unlocks substantial savings and is generating value for mining operations... 

Draslovka’s sustainable solution to metal supply deficits

Transformed AECI to go big globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2024 JSE-listed South African multinational AECI aims to be the global number three company in its core market segment of mining explosives and mining chemicals, by 2030. Of the company’s business, 80% is already outside South Africa and 30% is outside Africa, CEO Holger Riemensperger emphasises to... 

AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger
AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger

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.

SRK celebrating 50 years of consulting to natural resource sector 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2024 The 50 years of experience that SRK Consulting has accumulated since coming into existence in 1974 has placed it in an excellent position to outline how mining’s approach to environmental sustainability and responsible sourcing has evolved over the last 50 years. As a South African-founded global... 

SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl (right) interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.
SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl is interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

AECI outlines new strategy as it celebrates its centenary

By: Sabrina Jardim     23rd January 2024 JSE-listed AECI celebrates its centenary this year, with Group CEO Holger Riemensperger attributing the company’s success to its solution-focussed value proposition and dedication from its workforce. Riemensperger describes AECI as a “remarkable success story founded on unique customer... 

An image depicting AECI Group CEO Holger Riemensperger
AECI Group CEO Holger Riemensperger

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

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.

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.

Sasol’s Mabelane to head board at Eskom’s unbundled grid company, NTCSA 

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2024 The inaugural board of directors of the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA), which was announced by the Eskom board on Tuesday, will be chaired by Priscillah Mabelane, who is also the executive VP of Sasol’s energy business. The long-awaited appointment represents as significant... 

Priscillah Mabelane
Priscillah Mabelane

IDC-funded Canada-Botswana battery manganese demo plant to be built in Joburg  

By: Martin Creamer     20th December 2023 Giyani Metals is a company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in Toronto, Canada. Through its wholly-owned Botswana subsidiary Menzi Battery Metals, Giyani is the owner of the past producing K.Hill manganese mining project in Botswana. Giyani is now intent on producing battery manganese –... 

Giyani Metals CEO Danny Keating.
Giyani CEO Danny Keating interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Huge uplift for Eastern Cape on way from South Africa’s R105bn green ammonia project  

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2023 The building of the R105-billion green ammonia project by Hive Hydrogen South Africa is poised to be a huge economic uplift for the Eastern Cape. The large project is the first phase of a multi-phase venture that will be constructed over 16 years. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

ITOCHU Africa Bloc CEO Shinya Ishizuka, third from left, with Eastern Cape people at the signing of a memorandum of co-operation with Hive Hydrogen South Africa.
Hive Hydrogen GM Colin Loubser interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hive Hydrogen project will show how just energy transition is possible, says Gcabashe

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2023 Through its green ammonia export project in the Eastern Cape, the leadership of Hive Hydrogen South Africa intends to show how a just energy transition is possible, Hive Hydrogen chairperson Thulani Gcabashe highlighted at the signing ceremony of the $5.8-billion Coega development. “We’re already... 

Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe (left) and Itochu Africa Bloc CEO Shinya Ishizuka. Use of green hydrogen to combat climate change is an objective both companies share.
Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe (left) and Itochu Africa Bloc CEO Shinya Ishizuka. Use of green hydrogen to combat climate change is an objective both companies share.

Hive Hydrogen, Itochu sign co-op memo on $5.8bn Coega green ammonia export project

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2023 Hive Hydrogen South Africa and Itochu Corporation of Japan have signed a memorandum of co-operation to advance Hive’s Coega green ammonia export project in South Africa's Eastern Cape province. Itochu and Hive have agreed to work together on matters of viable green hydrogen and ammonia project... 

Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe and Itochu Africa Bloc CEO Shinya Ishizuka signing memorandum with Japan Ambassador Ushio Shigeru (top right) and Eastern Cape Premier’s office chief of staff Baphelele Mhlaba (top left).
Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe and Itochu Africa Bloc CEO Shinya Ishizuka signing memorandum with Japan Ambassador Ushio Shigeru (top right) and Eastern Cape Premier’s office chief of staff Baphelele Mhlaba (top left).

Second iteration of just transition project framework completed

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2023 Nonprofit economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) has developed the second iteration of its framework to identify and measure just transition projects in South Africa, and will publish it in March. The first iteration of the framework was used to test... 

TIPS research fellow Sandy Lowitt.
TIPS research fellow Sandy Lowitt.

Mpumalanga battery manganese aspirant hoping for IDC co-investment 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2023 Canada-headquartered Giyani Metals, which operates in Botswana, has secured $16-million in financing from South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to advance a battery-grade manganese project in Botswana – whereas South Africa’s Manganese Metal Co (MMC) of Mpumalanga is still... 

MMC in Mpumalanga.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
MMC in Mpumalanga.

Manganese positioning South Africa for entry into huge new energy markets 

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2023 Manganese mining company Jupiter Mines has produced a 99.9% pure sample of high purity manganese sulphate monohvdrate (HPMSM) using the Northern Cape’s manganese ore and bringing into service an internally developed hydrometallurgical production process. Inclusion of the battery grade manganese... 

Jupiter MD Brad Rogers with the beneficiated manganese product.
Jupiter MD Brad Rogers with the beneficiated manganese product.

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.

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.

New platinum group metals demand may be on way in energy generation and storage 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2023 New demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) may be created in the energy generation and storage field, Toronto- and New York-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) stated on Wednesday. The unique properties of PGMs as powerful catalysts are being applied to various technologies as possible solutions... 

Platinum Group Metals CEO Frank Hallam
Platinum Group Metals CEO Frank Hallam

Omnia weathers challenges to maintain strong interim financial position

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th November 2023 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings’ operations and capital were managed effectively against a backdrop of complex market dynamics, resulting in a strong cash position and balance sheet for the six months ended September 30, CEO Seelan Gobalsamy says. The group maintained a disciplined focus on costs,... 

Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy

Germany funding green hydrogen pilot plant in Namibia

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2023 A green hydrogen pilot plant and refuelling station, to gain scientific insights into the upscaling green hydrogen technologies and to ensure a high safety level for the hydrogen economy, is to be built in Nambia, Germany’s Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und-prüfung (BAM) stated on Thursday.... 

Illustration of green hydrogen pilot plant.
Illustration of green hydrogen pilot plant.

South Africa’s ilmenite poised for huge value boost following China signing 

By: Martin Creamer     15th November 2023 South African ilmenite used to manufacture titanium dioxide pigment in KwaZulu-Natal has received a major value boost with the signing of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the long-awaited sulphuric acid titanium dioxide project that has been championed over many... 

From left ECEC deputy marketing director  Xia Lungang, Nyanza CEO Donovan Chimhandamba, ECEC chairperson Li Lixin, Nyanza chairperson William Mathamela.
From left ECEC deputy marketing director Xia Lungang, Nyanza CEO Donovan Chimhandamba, ECEC chairperson Li Lixin, Nyanza chairperson William Mathamela.

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.

Old Mutual asks investors to vote down Sasol climate resolutions

By: Bloomberg     10th November 2023 Old Mutual Investment Managers said it plans to vote against a number of resolutions at the Nov. 17 annual general meeting of petrochemicals and fuel company, Sasol , because of its poor performance on climate targets. The unit of 178-year-old Old Mutual, which has about $18-billion under... 

Sasol logo

Omnia’s half-year earnings impacted by macroeconomic challenges, but group remains resilient

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th November 2023 JSE-listed Omnia expects to report lower headline earnings per share (HEPS), earnings per share (EPS), adjusted HEPS and adjusted EPS from continuing operations for the six months ended September 30. HEPS from continuing operations are expected to have decreased by between 2% and 12% year-on-year... 

Sasol defends disclosure of potential decarbonisation shortcomings as responsible corporate citizenship

By: Darren Parker     3rd November 2023 Energy and chemicals company Sasol has taken exception to nonprofit organisation Just Share accusing it of shirking its responsibility to meet its previously stated goal of reducing its greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2030, claiming that the disclosure of risks is simply part of being a... 

sasol sign

EU must step up action in clean tech race, say industry groups

By: Reuters     26th October 2023 Europe's green technology industries and materials suppliers urged European Union leaders meeting for a summit on Thursday to do more to prevent the bloc dropping out of the global clean tech race against competitors China and the US. The European Union is expected to pass legislation setting... 

Mined lithium ore

Lead-free detonator range safer for environment

20th October 2023 Commercial explosives and blasting systems developer Orica is taking another step towards its purpose to sustainably capitalise from the Earth’s resources by commercially launching what it claims is the “world’s first” lead-free nonelectric detonator range – Exel Neo. The company announced last... 

A detonator and charge placed on the wall of an opencast mining operation with
EXEL-ENT RESULTS The new Exel Neo range of non-electric detonators are a global first lead-free detonator which offers excellent results

Minerals Council South Africa highlights green hydrogen economy’s forward momentum 

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2023 The world over, green hydrogen is being recognised as the most effective route towards combating the climate crisis in the most holistic way possible, with Minerals Council South Africa on Monday highlighting the far-reaching collaboration between South Africa’s leading platinum mining company, a... 

The platinum group metals Polokwane smelter of Anglo American Platinum in Limpopo.
The platinum group metals Polokwane smelter of Anglo American Platinum in Limpopo.

Tribunal prohibits Sasol’s sale of sodium cyanide business to Draslovka

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2023 The Competition Tribunal has issued an order prohibiting the intermediate merger involving the sale of Sasol South Africa’s sodium cyanide business to a Czech Republic-based producer of sodium cyanide, Draslovka Holding, through its local subsidiary, Draslovka South Africa.   Sodium cyanide, a... 

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

AECI appoints new CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2023 Diversified chemicals solutions company AECI has appointed Rochelle Gabriels CFO and executive director, with effect from September 29. This follows the resignation, in April, of former CFO Aarti Takoordeen. Rafael Fernandes served as acting CFO in the interim. 

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