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Global gold mining major highlights academic partnership with South Africa’s Fort Hare 

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2024 The University of Fort Hare, where the offspring of mineworkers were the first graduates, has agreed a R12.5-million, initial ten-year academic partnership with gold mining major AngloGold Ashanti, which no longer mines in this country and is now domiciled in London. Fort Hare is the university... 

Green copper, vapour refining envisaged at Orion’s Northern Cape base metals mines 

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2024 Green copper and clean smelting and refining are envisaged at Orion Minerals’ quickly advancing base metals mines in South Africa’s well-endowed Northern Cape province, which has historically produced 2.5-millon tons of copper until base metal mining ceased there several decades ago. The fully... 

This Prieska mine chamber was blasted in the 1970s.
Photo by Creamer Media
This Prieska mine chamber was blasted in the 1970s.

Fast-greening Richards Bay Minerals now eyeing on-site renewables, storage, aggregation  

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2024 Energy-intensive Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), which consumes an average of 1.8 terawatts of power a year, was able to secure its latest 140 MW wind energy power purchase agreement (PPA) in six months. When operating at full capacity, RBMs, power consumption across its mining and smelting... 

Richards Bay Minerals GM for Growth Strategy Bradley Reddy.
Richards Bay Minerals' Bradley Reddy interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Cereamer.

Copper 360 on home straight to produce quite a bit of cash, CEO reports  

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2024 Copper mining and marketing company Copper 360 is on the home straight to produce quite a bit of cash by financial year end. That was the main takeaway from Mining Weekly’s post-results Zoom interview with the head of the only pure copper play listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). 

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

Reserve Bank concern about decline of public markets welcome development – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2024 The concern that South Africa’s Reserve Bank expressed last week on the state of this country’s public markets is seen as a welcome development by AmaranthCX director and public market promoter Paul Miller. Everything the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has done has not been enough to change... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

TotalEnergies, Air Products hydrogen deal uplifts platinum demand outlook still further 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2024 A 15-year agreement involving the supply of an initial 70 000 t of green hydrogen a year has been signed by TotalEnergies and Air Products. TotalEnergies, which is active in some 120 countries and which cites sustainability as being at the heart of its strategy, is setting out to reduce the net... 

TotalEnergies, Air Products hydrogen deal uplifts platinum demand outlook still further

Minerals Council calls for collaborative relationship among govt, labour, civil society and the private sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th June 2024 As political parties discuss the way forward in establishing a government of national unity, the Minerals Council South Africa says it and its members are advocating for a constructive, collaborative and trusting relationship among government, labour, civil society and the private sector to... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane

World Hydrogen alerted to benefit of South Africa’s zero-emission hydrogen haul truck 

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2024 One hydrogen haul truck eliminates the deleterious carbon emissions of the equivalent of 700 cars, First Mode global hydrogen sourcing director James Betts highlighted during this week’s World Hydrogen Australia webinar, where he spoke of the need for the hydrogen haul trucks to be conceived as... 

South Africa pioneered hydrogen haul truck.
South Africa pioneered hydrogen haul truck.

Bigger attendance expected

By: Halima Frost     7th June 2024 Following the inaugural London Indaba in 2023, event organiser Resources4Africa (R4A) says this year’s conference aims to garner more attention from investors and the global mining sector. Set to be held on June 25 and 26 at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, in London, this year’s event will... 

Men and women sitting on a stage in a panel discussion at the 2023 London indaba
PLANNING WITH A PANEL The panel discussions to be held at this year's London Indaba will host industry experts from across the mining sector

Spotlight on women in mining

By: Halima Frost     7th June 2024 Embracing the contributions of women in mining, and especially those in the mining of platinum-group metals (PGMs), can offer many benefits, reports women-centric network Women in PGMs (WiPGMs) chairperson and independent precious metals consultancy Metals Focus director Wilma Swarts. Swarts will... 

a group of women, involved in teh Platinum-group metals mining sector stood in front of a banner at an event
A WOMAN'S TOUCH Women in PGMs chairperson Wilma Swarts will highlight the contributions of women in the sector at this years London Indaba

Plant upgrade secures long-term operations

By: Simone Liedtke     7th June 2024 The upgrading and relocating of titanium and zircon producer Kenmare Resources’ wet concentrator plant A (WCP A), at its Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique, is aimed at securing long-term production and sustainability, the miner tells Mining Weekly. Kenmare is planning a significant... 

UPCOMING UPGRADE
Kenmare's largest mining plant, WCP A, is slated for an upgrade and transition to the Nataka ore zone
UPCOMING UPGRADE Kenmare's largest mining plant, WCP A, is slated for an upgrade and transition to the Nataka ore zone

Richards Bay Minerals signs agreement for additional 140 MW of renewable energy   

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2024 A second renewable-energy project has been announced for heavy mineral sands extraction and refining company Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), which mines in northern KwaZulu-Natal and produces materials used in a wide range of everyday products, from paints to smartphones. In 2022, the Rio Tinto... 

From left Werner Duvenhage, James Cumming and Michael Wickins.
Richards Bay Minerals latest renewable energy announcement covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.

Platinum group metal poised to help protect world from growing water pollution threat  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2024 Platinum group metal (PGM) is once again coming to the fore as a mineral resource that goes the extra mile in protecting a threatened global environment. The latest indispensable commodity that is poised to be shielded by PGM, which has been safeguarding the air of cities from vehicle exhaust... 

PGM-linked hydrogen peroxide generator.
PGM-using MatiTech MD Mike Bowley interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

First call applications for R400m junior mining exploration fund close July 12

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2024 The first call applications for the R400-million junior mining exploration fund (JMEF) close on July 12. This was stated on Tuesday in a media release issued by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), in partnership with the Council for Geoscience (CGS) and the Industrial... 

Need for quick exploration activity.
Unless exploration increases fast, the vital mining economy will shrink.

Diamond transparency from mine to finger is on way from Petra   

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2024 Traceability is becoming an increasingly important part of the natural diamond industry, specifically in terms of being able to verify provenance or origin. G7 sanctions being applied also make traceability technology more important. 

Petra Diamonds CEO Richard Duffy
Petra Diamonds CEO Richard Duffy interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa’s ARM completes strategic investment in Canada’s Surge Copper 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2024 South Africa’s diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals has secured its 15% strategic shareholding in Surge Copper, a Toronto Stock Exchange-Venture Exchange company that is advancing an emerging critical metals district in British Columbia, Canada. Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed... 

African Rainbow Minerals Executive Chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe
African Rainbow Minerals Executive Chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe

ESG intrinsic to long-term mining success, Gold Fields AGM hears 

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2024 Managing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects is intrinsic to the long-term success of mining, Gold Fields chairperson Yunus Suleman highlighted at this week’s annual general meeting (AGM) of the Johannesburg- and New York-listed gold mining company. “We have a critical role to... 

Solar power panels at South Deep gold mine.
Solar power panels at South Deep gold mine.

Enhancing mining sustainability through tech expertise

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2024 Amid an industry-wide shift towards more sustainable mining practices, engineering consultancy SRK Consulting says that the significance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in mining has evolved over the past few decades from basic monitoring to now include a wide range of... 

EVOLVING LEGACY
SRK Consulting's approach has adapted to evolving needs, incorporating new factors into the core of its technical decision-making processes
EVOLVING LEGACY SRK Consulting's approach has adapted to evolving needs, incorporating new factors into the core of its technical decision-making processes

Upliftment of engineers critical to industrial development

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2024 There is a critical need for broader educational reforms to encourage and increase the potential for take-up of engineering as a career among youth, including the country’s mining sector, which “remains the backbone of South Africa’s economy”, industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa... 

ROBUST WORKFORCE NEEDED
A more robust engineering workforce can drive technological advancements and operational efficiencies in mining
Photo by Adobe Stock
ROBUST WORKFORCE NEEDED A more robust engineering workforce can drive technological advancements and operational efficiencies in mining

Measures to address loss-making assets expected to secure R6.6bn yearly, Sibanye AGM hears 

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2024 The measures that green metals and gold mining company Sibanye- Stillwater has taken to address loss-making assets are expected to secure yearly savings and capital expenditure deferrals of R6.6-billion, chairperson Dr Vincent Maphai told the online AGM of the platinum group metals major on... 

Dr Vincent Maphai (left) and Neal Froneman.
Dr Vincent Maphai (left) and Neal Froneman.

Ruthenium highlighted again in what could be another big boost for platinum group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2024 Ruthenium, one of the six platinum-group metals (PGMs), is once again being given major research attention in view of it being exceptionally suited to uplifting the efficiency and sustainability of green hydrogen production from green ammonia. Late last year, it was a ruthenium-based catalyst... 

Valuable use of ruthenium being researched.
Photo by Inforgraphic: Heraeus Precious Metals
Valuable use of ruthenium being researched.

Social elements of ESG in mining more complex, but an established part of mining's legacy

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2024 While there are increasingly complex regulatory requirements governing the social obligations of mines, regulations are only catching up to what some mining companies are doing to benefit mine communities and stakeholders. Mining companies understand the need to obtain a so-called 'social licence... 

Massive water power possibilities in underground mining, says COMRO book editor   

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2024 When hydropower was being developed for South Africa’s gold-mining industry, the industry was going through a tough time and the research organisation of the day, the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation or COMRO, ceased to function in the form that it had for 30-odd years. Had COMRO continued... 

COMRO book editor Brian Protheroe (right) and Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer (left).
COMRO’S Legacy editor Brian Protheroe interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Municipalities, mines share the risk of tailings failures – SRK

By: Darren Parker     24th May 2024 Municipalities share the risk of tailings dam failure with mines, consulting firm SRK Consulting has pointed out, noting that the latest global standards reiterate how municipalities must play an important role in the emergency response and recovery efforts after such incidents. Local government... 

tailings dam

Furnaces group expands training initiative

By: Lynne Davies     24th May 2024 Global refractory and industrial solutions provider Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) Africa aims to mitigate challenges – such as limitations in infrastructure, resource constraints and workforce migration facing Francophone and sub-Saharan African countries – by expanding artisanal skills... 

The above image depicts trainees of the Dickinson Group training programme that will enhance the local talent pool, assisting create a skilled local workforce that can reduce dependency on external expertise and enhance productivity
TALENT-POOL ENHANCEMENT DGC’s training programme will enhance the local talent pool, assisting in creating a skilled local workforce that can reduce dependency on external expertise and enhance productivity

Operations resume at coal mine

By: Nadine Ramdass     24th May 2024 Coal mining and trading company Minergy Coal has resumed production at its Masama coal mine, in the Mmamabula West coalfield of southern Botswana, after successfully entering a mining contract with a new end-to-end services mining contractor, Meropa Resources – a consortium of four Botswana... 

An image of the Masama Coal Mine at sunset
BACK ON TRACK Masama Coal Mine has resumed production following an unplanned shutdown in March 2023

Green hydrogen must be allowed to decarbonise optimally, Junior Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2024 Green hydrogen must be made cheap enough to decarbonise optimally at a time when the delay in emission reduction needs to be reversed if the world is to hit net zero by 2050. A range of factors need to be aligned relating to policy, technology, the circular economy, social buy-in and primary supply. 

Hugo Pienaar.
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Latest cadastre agreement excites South Africa’s Junior Indaba panel  

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2024 There were expressions of excitement at the South Africa’s Junior Indaba on Tuesday when attendees at the important mining event learnt of the signing of the service-level agreement (SLA) for South Africa's long-awaited mining cadastral system, a key tool for orderly mineral exploration... 

Opening Junior Indaba panel (from left) Lili Nupen, Tseliso Maqubela, Errol Smart, Mosa Mabuza, Bernard Swanepoel.
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

ESG just a new way of reporting on what mining companies have already been doing for years, panel says

By: Darren Parker     21st May 2024 When considering the challenges involved in junior mining companies living up to increasingly stringent environmental, social and governance (ESG) requirements and reporting standards, mining and environmental law firm Malan Scholes director Hulmes Scholes has noted that ESG is just a new term... 

Malan Scholes director Hulmes Scholes
Malan Scholes director Hulmes Scholes

Platinum-enabled green molecules offering inviting green electron value-add – Nedbank  

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2024 It’s no longer good enough to just produce electric vehicles (EVs). You have to produce green EVs, and to do that, you need green steel. To get the green steel, you need the green molecules that green hydrogen provides. 

The cathode side of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells that convert hydrogen to electricity require platinum.
Nedbank CIB's Mike Peo interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson.

Minerals Council, Geoscience, IDC going all out to boost South African exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2024 A collective effort was apparent on Friday when Minerals Council South Africa, the Council for Geoscience and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) spoke on the same platform to promote a return to growth in the shrinking South African mining industry. Minerals Council South Africa CEO... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane
South African public-private sector exploration webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Jupiter plans to replicate sustainability approach of Tshipi at other manganese mines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2024 ASX-listed Jupiter Mines continues to advance environment, social and governance (ESG) initiatives at its 49.9%-owned Tshipi manganese mine, in South Africa, alongside its partner Ntsimbintle Mining. Jupiter CEO and MD Brad Rogers says ESG for the company is about real sustainability, genuine... 

Jupiter CEO and MD Brad Rogers
Jupiter CEO and MD Brad Rogers

Congo demands international embargo on Rwandan mineral exports

By: Bloomberg     16th May 2024 The Democratic Republic of Congo called for an international embargo of metal exports from neighboring Rwanda, whose government it accuses of using rebel groups to steal its natural resources. All mining products from Rwanda should be considered “blood minerals,” because their sale allegedly... 

State mining training authority backing green hydrogen skills centre creation   

By: Martin Creamer     15th May 2024 “We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be establishing the first centre of specialisation of green hydrogen skills,” South Africa’s Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) CEO, Yershen Pillay, made public this week. CHIETA is working on this with South Africa’s mining... 

CHIETA CEO Yershen Pillay
Nedbank CIB Green Hydrogen Roundtable covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media's Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd

Green energy presenting South Africa with massive reindustrialisation chance – Nedbank  

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2024 Green electrons and green molecules are presenting South Africa with a massive opportunity to reindustrialise, Nedbank CIB head of infrastructure, energy and telecommunications Mike Peo told the Green Hydrogen Roundtable on Monday. “We have an opportunity for South Africa to completely... 

From left, CHIETA CEO Yersen Pillay, Higher Education and Training Department DDG Zukile Mvalo, and Nedbank CIB Head of Infrastructure, Energy and Telecommunications Mike Peo.
Green Hydrogen Roundtable covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media's Shadwyn Dickinson.

Diversified miner focuses on community upskilling

10th May 2024 Johannesburg-headquartered diversified resources investment company Menar’s subsidiaries are prioritising youth empowerment through providing skills training, learnerships, internships and bursaries aimed at communities located close to its various operations. “Education’s unmistakable power is... 

An image of trainees at Menar's Gugulethu operation
EMPOWERING YOUTH Menar's programmes contribute to nurturing talent and enhancing skills availability

Consultancy concludes water project

By: Trent Roebeck     10th May 2024 Multidisciplinary consulting firm SRK Consulting recently completed a project involving mine water, in West Africa, which started with characterising the key aquifers at the mine. Thereafter, SRK developed a dewatering system based on site testing and numerical modelling, followed by a water... 

An image of a mining site
MINE WATER MANAGEMENT Most of a mine’s water will generally be used in the process plant and these applications can usually be managed with much lower water qualities

Hosted learnerships allow for collaborative skills development

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th May 2024 Hosted learnerships play a crucial role in addressing the skills gap in the mining sector, particularly in areas with high unemployment rates, by upskilling local talent, providing additional workforce and offering employment opportunities outside the sector, says training services provider... 

An image of mining consultants at a site
CULTIVATING TALENT Hosted learnerships enable a three-way collaboration approach to skills development, ensuring various businesses can play their part in cultivating talent
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