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Chrome News

Mozambique port critical to chrome exports gets upgraded railway link

By: Bloomberg     21st February 2024 The biggest port in Mozambique that’s become a key hub for global chrome exports will upgrade a railway link, bolstering a planned $2-billion capacity expansion. The African Development Bank is financing the purchase of $40-million of locomotives and wagons and another $30-million is under... 

EIB in talks with South Africa over loan for ports, freight rail

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2024 The European Investment Bank (EIB) said it’s in talks to loan South Africa money to upgrade its port and freight-rail infrastructure as its first contribution to a decarbonization pact known as the Just Energy Transition Partnership. The loan, the size of which the EIB didn’t disclose, is part of... 

Locomotives owned by Transnet Freight Rail

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).

Mining industry sustainability hinges on energy, logistics reforms, Minerals Council stresses

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2024 The sustainability of the South African mining industry and its ability to play a meaningful and positive role in society and the economy are dependent on urgent and extensive structural reforms in the energy and logistics sectors, mining industry organisation the Minerals Council South Africa... 

Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane
Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane

Chrome highlighted for resistance properties

9th February 2024 With stainless steel considered a “marvel of modern engineering”, owing to its involvement with products ranging from kitchen appliances to surgical instruments, independent corrosion and failure consultant Simon Norton notes that stainless steel’s most celebrated feature is its “remarkable”... 

CHROME CONDITIONING
Chromium can be used in a chemical coating process known as chrome plating whereby a thin chromium layer is applied to a raw metal substrate
Photo by Adobe Stock
CHROME CONDITIONING Chromium can be used in a chemical coating process known as chrome plating whereby a thin chromium layer is applied to a raw metal substrate

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.

Procurement extortion, copper theft serious issues for South African miners

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th February 2024 One of the major crime problems facing South African mining companies is that of the so-called “construction mafias”, or perhaps more accurately (as far as mining is concerned) “procurement mafias”. That is, organised crime gangs seeking to extort procurement contracts from mining companies,... 

Werner Duvenhage, Dr Mashego Mashego and Stephen Bullock
Werner Duvenhage, Dr Mashego Mashego and Stephen Bullock

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.

Clear commitment to reform implementation needed in SoNA – Mavuso

By: Schalk Burger     5th February 2024 Business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to show a clear commitment to the hard work of reform implementation during his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday evening. South Africa's electricity crisis remains a... 

Locomotives operating on Transnet Freight Rail's rail lines

Transnet says rail volumes recovered slightly in the last quarter of 2023

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd February 2024 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says it experienced an improvement in rail volumes in the last quarter of the 2023 calendar year, as the implementation of Transnet’s recovery plan got under way. The quarterly rate of delivery to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) increased from 47.10-million... 

Coal being transported to port

Recycling jetting and vacuum unit redefining maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2024 With optimising operations, reducing costs and embracing eco-conscious practices being imperative in the mining industry, pumps manufacturer Werner Pumps’ truck-mounted recycling jetting and vacuuming unit “not only redefines maintenance protocols but also directly tackles the specific hurdles... 

MAINTENANCE SUPPORT
The truck-mounted recycling jetting and vacuuming unit tackles the specific hurdles encountered by maintenance teams working in the mining sector
MAINTENANCE SUPPORT The truck-mounted recycling jetting and vacuuming unit tackles the specific hurdles encountered by maintenance teams working in the mining sector

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

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.

Transnet needs ‘the right, permanent management, quickly’ – Havenga 

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2024 State-owned rail and port operator Transnet could, potentially, show significant improvement this year compared with last year’s dismal performance, says transport economist and macrologistics researcher at Stellenbosch University Dr Jan Havenga.  However, it is imperative that Public Enterprises... 

Image of US Prof Jan Havenga
Jan Havenga

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.

DP World’s $2bn Mozambique port expansion gets approval

By: Bloomberg     24th January 2024 Mozambique approved an extended deal for DP World, Grindrod and other operators of its biggest port, including a $2-billion expansion that will further draw cargoes away from neighboring South Africa’s creaking trade infrastructure. The group, which also includes Mozambique’s state-owned railway... 

The Maputo port

Jubilee achieves ‘robust’ second-quarter production performance

By: Sabrina Jardim     23rd January 2024 Metals processing company Jubilee has delivered a robust second-quarter operational performance and remains on track to meet its guidance for the full 2024 financial year. Chrome concentrate production for the three months ended December 31 increased by 13.2%, setting a new quarterly production... 

An image depicting Jubilee CEO Leon Coetzer.
Jubilee CEO Leon Coetzer

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.

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.

Merafe reports a 22% drop in chrome production for 2023

By: Darren Parker     12th January 2024 Chrome producer Merafe has reported that its attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture in the fourth quarter ended December 31  was 75 000 t, compared with the 97 000 t produced in the fourth quarter of 2022. The lower quarterly production resulted in a 22%... 

Ferrochrome smelting

Tharisa reports highest ever quarterly chrome output, increased PGMs production

By: Darren Parker     11th January 2024 London- and JSE-listed Tharisa has reported an 8.7% increase in mill throughput at its South African operations to more than 1.4-million tonnes, with improvements in both grade and recovery for platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome concentrate for the first quarter of the 2024 financial year,... 

Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis
Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

Power pricing predictability reached for Glencore-Merafe ferrochrome smelter

By: Martin Creamer     19th December 2023 The application of State electricity utility Eskom for a six-year negotiated pricing agreement for the Glencore-Merafe ferrochrome smelter operation in Rustenburg, in the North West Province, has been approved by South Africa’s energy regulator Nersa. This follows the ruling by the North Gauteng... 

Power pricing predictabilty reached for Rustenburg ferrochrome smelter.
Power pricing predictabilty reached for Rustenburg ferrochrome smelter.

JV marks strategic leap in chrome, PGMs recovery

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2023 August marked a strategic milestone for platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Sylvania Platinum with the announcement of the 50:50 Thaba joint venture (JV) with low-cost chrome producer ChromTech’s Limberg Mining, which is set to “be transformative in terms of Sylvania’s PGMs extraction in South... 

ENHANCED PRODUCTION
Sylvania Platinum’s ongoing efforts center on improving production efficiencies
ENHANCED PRODUCTION Sylvania Platinum’s ongoing efforts center on improving production efficiencies

Tharisa's full-year earnings take a knock, but chrome volumes, prices remain strong

By: Kenneth Creamer     14th December 2023 Miner, processor and marketer of chrome and platinum group metals (PGMs) Tharisa reported a 49.1% year-on-year decrease in earnings a share to $0.27 for the financial year ended September 30. Revenue decreased by 5.3% to $649.9-million from $686-million in the prior financial year, with the group... 

Tha Tharisa mine
Tha Tharisa mine

South Africa aims to fire up economic growth with port, rail revival

By: Bloomberg     13th December 2023 South Africa’s government and the business community set a target of boosting the economic growth rate by as much as six percentage points by fixing the country’s collapsing ports and freight-rail network. They predict that cracking down on crime and corruption may save as much as 300 billion... 

A TFR locomotive

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 mining output up 3.9% y/y in October

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2023 South Africa's mining production increased by 3.9% year-on-year in October, with platinum group metals (PGMs), manganese ore and chromium ore having made the largest positive contributions. PGMs production increased by 16.9% year-on-year (contributing four percentage points to the overall... 

A manganese mining operation in South Africa

Eastplats concludes investigation, says allegations unsubstantiated

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th December 2023 Platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome producer Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) says a special committee established to investigate allegations, including of chrome concentrate sales at discounted prices, has found the allegations to be unsubstantiated. Eastplats in April appointed the committee,... 

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.

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.

Gore warns of ‘plateauing’ pace of delivery on power, logistics, crime reforms  

By: Terence Creamer     29th November 2023 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) president Adrian Gore has warned that the pace of delivery across the joint initiatives being taken with government on electricity, logistics and crime is “plateauing” and has called for a greater sense of “urgency and determination” to re-establish momentum. In... 

Busa president and Discovery CEO Adrian Gore
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Busa president and Discovery CEO Adrian Gore

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.

More than half of copper cables on TFR's lines replaced with aluminium alternative 

By: Darren Parker     17th November 2023 Transnet has, so far, replaced about 55% of the copper cables across its national railway network with an aluminium conductor steel reinforced (ACSR) cable called Tiger Wire, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CE Russel Baatjies tells Engineering News. He says the switch to Tiger Wire is aimed at... 

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