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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... 

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.

Petra signs PPAs to procure wheeled renewable energy for Cullinan, Finsch

By: Darren Parker     23rd May 2024 Diamond producer Petra Diamonds has entered into long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the procurement of wheeled renewable energy for its Cullinan and Finsch diamond mines from licenced South African energy trader Etana Energy. Etana provides cost-competitive clean energy from new... 

Cullinan diamond mine
Cullinan diamond mine

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.

Fuels, lubricants provider launches new brand positioning

3rd May 2024 African energy solutions group Engen has launched a new business-to-business brand positioning to cement the company as a preferred energy solutions provider to its commercial fuels and lubricants customers, including opencast mining companies – a significant user of fuels and lubricants owing to... 

How 30 years of democracy has transformed South Africa's mining industry  

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2024 South Africa’s 30 years of democracy has changed the character of this country’s mining industry profoundly, Minerals Council South Africa emphasised in a report that highlights the industry’s significant advance since the dawning of democracy in 1994. Importantly, South Africa’s highly regarded... 

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

Zambia seeks power imports for key mining sector

By: Reuters     23rd April 2024 Zambia's State-owned electricity utility Zesco said on Monday it is seeking to import power to avert an energy deficit that could affect output in Africa's second-largest copper producer. The southern African country generates 86% of its electricity from hydropower stations. Power generation has... 

Raw copper produced in Zambia

Minerals Council South Africa setting out to boost local demand for green hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2024 Minerals Council South Africa is focused on increasing the domestic demand for green hydrogen, which it sees as contributing to the kickstarting of the hydrogen economy in South Africa. “The applications that we’re looking at are stationary as well as mobility applications of using hydrogen... 

From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha
From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha.

Hydrogen, PGMs, underground mine energy storage make headlines   

12th April 2024 In this week's episode of Second Take, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses hydrogen’s role as a global energy solution; the market development of the full PGMs basket being essential; and about how South Africa’s underground mines could be used as batteries that store energy.   

Hydrogen, PGMs, underground mine energy storage make headlines
Hydrogen, PGMs, underground mine energy storage make headlines

Mines investing R46m to put an end to fall-of-ground fatalities   

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2024 South Africa’s mining industry is investing R46-million in an action plan to eliminate fall-of-ground (FoG) fatalities. The FoG action plan is being implemented through Minerals Council South Africa with the assistance of its Rock Engineering Technical Committee, and supported by the South... 

The next breakthrough must be zero fatality
Action plan to end fall of ground fatalities covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Role of gas in SA’s future energy mix under intense scrutiny

By: Darren Parker     5th April 2024 Given South Africa’s ongoing energy crisis, there remains much debate around whether gas should be included in the future energy mix and, if so, how much. Advocates argue that the fossil fuel is a necessity and a step up from coal – since it produces fewer carbon emissions when burned – but many... 

gas pipes leading to gas terminal
GAS CLIFF Until local gas resources come on stream, an impending gas shortage undermines South Africa’s near-term future dependence on it

Ivanhoe reports 86 203 t of copper production at Kamoa-Kakula in first quarter

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2024 During the first quarter, Ivanhoe Mines’ Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) successfully produced 86 203 t of copper in concentrate, the company has announced. In a first-quarter production update issued on April 3, the company maintained its 2024 full-year... 

Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex
Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex

Trina Solar, SOLA and WBHO collaborate on 135 MW solar plant for ARM

By: Schalk Burger     14th March 2024 Shanghai-listed solar photovoltaic company Trina SOLAr, renewable energy project developer SOLA and civil engineering and construction company WBHO Construction will build the 135 MW Merak 1 SOLAr project to power a South African mining operation owned by African Rainbow Minerals (ARM). SOLA and... 

The Vertrex modules to be supplied to the Merak 1 project

Tharisa launches its Redox One energy storage business

By: Sabrina Jardim     12th March 2024 Integrated resource group Tharisa has launched its Redox One business, which develops long-term energy storage solutions that incorporate the raw materials produced by Tharisa. The company says its solutions use proprietary proven technology developed over decades, including by the National... 

Redox One CEO THOMAS GEBAUER
Redox One CEO THOMAS GEBAUER

Gold Fields to build its biggest renewable energy project yet at St Ives

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th March 2024 JSE- and NYSE-listed Gold Fields’ board has approved a A$296-million, or $195-million, renewable energy project to be built at the St Ives mine, in Western Australia. The plant, comprising 42 MW of wind and 35 MW of solar capacity, will be the largest in the Gold Fields portfolio, to date, and... 

Gold Fields' Khanyisa solar plant at South Deep
Gold Fields' Khanyisa solar plant at South Deep

M&R gets back on track with narrowed losses, lower debt

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2024 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has reported a significant year-on-year reduction in its attributable loss for the six months ended December 31, 2023, signalling a positive turn in its financial performance. The company recorded a substantially reduced attributable loss of R95-million for the... 

3 workers or engineers in PPE on a construction or mining site

Hitachi Energy, BluVein accelerate the electrification of heavy haul mining fleets through MoU

By: Sabrina Jardim     5th March 2024 Global technology group Hitachi Energy and BluVein – an innovator in dynamic charging technology – have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to accelerate the electrification of heavy haul mining fleets. Hitachi Energy's advanced power electronics and digital charging technologies allow... 

An image depicting the BluVeinXL – Surface Mining Electrification Technology

BCG highlights challenges, opportunities amid energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     28th February 2024 Amid the global transition to cleaner energy sources, African countries face various challenges and opportunities pertaining to the adoption of renewable energy. Consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) partner Rudi van Blerk noted during an online discussion on February 27 that many African... 

Switchgear units supplied to DRC copper mine

16th February 2024 Switchgear manufacturer and supplier Actom MV Switchgear has been awarded a contract to supply the extensive new Kamoa-Kakula copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with power distribution supplier GELPAG’s solid insulated switchgear (SIS) units, which will be used in underground... 

Two ladies working on a group of electrical switchgear units
SWITCHING IT UP The contract to supply further switchgear units to the Kamoa-Kakula copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been awarded to Actom MV Switchgear

TotalEnergies CEO says IMF debt rules hobbling African green energy projects

By: Reuters     15th February 2024 Renewable energy investments in Africa are being hobbled by insufficient government loan guarantees, as the International Monetary Fund keeps a tight leash on country indebtedness, TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanne said Wednesday. Pouyanne said currently electricity projects in Africa suffer... 

TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanne
Photo by Reuters
TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanne

DRDGOLD reports near R1bn operating profit despite 7% production dropoff

By: Darren Parker     14th February 2024 Despite its gold production for the six months to December 31, 2023, having decreased by 7%, owing to a 13% drop in throughput, DRDGOLD managed to return an operating profit of R909.3-million, with cash operating costs of about R2-billion. CEO Niël Pretorius, during the company’s interim... 

DRDGOLD CEO Niël Pretorius
DRDGOLD CEO Niël Pretorius

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.

Innomotics revolutionises industry with integrated solutions 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     7th February 2024 Global technology and innovation leader Siemens is making waves in the mining industry with the launch of Innomotics as an independent motors, large drives and solutions powerhouse for the industry. The company's focus on integrating motors, medium voltage variable speed drives, automation... 

Innomotics revolutionises industry with integrated solutions

Energy shortage presents mining industry with opportunities, pivotal choices

By: Darren Parker     6th February 2024 The energy challenges facing mining companies in South Africa have given rise to significant opportunities, strategic management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group partner Rudi van Blerk says. Already, many of these companies have seized these opportunities, capitalising on the unique... 

Boston Consulting Group partner Rudi van Blerk
Boston Consulting Group partner Rudi van Blerk

Wärtsilä experiencing ‘great success’ across Africa 

By: Tracy Hancock     6th February 2024 International energy company Wärtsilä’s GEMS Digital Energy Platform has successfully provided the integration between solar photovoltaic and thermal installations for mining customers in Africa, most recently in Mali, Tanzania and Burkina Faso. “Further, working with flexible energy solutions... 

Wärtsilä experiencing ‘great success’ across Africa

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.

Initial signs that energy sector is stabilising; logistics to take longer – Minerals Council  

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2024 The domestic mining industry is looking at 2024 as a year of stabilisation, rather than growth, says Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane. The industry continues to face persistent challenges such as loadshedding, an ailing logistics sector, and a declining commodity market. 

Image of the MCSA's Mzila Mthenjane, Nolitha Fakude and Hugo Pienaar
Mzila Mthenjane, Nolitha Fakude and Hugo Pienaar

Mining Indaba strategic event for Engen 

5th February 2024 The Investing in African Mining Indaba is a strategic event that allows energy and solutions company Engen to understand the mining industry and its trajectory, says Engen mining sales manager Simon Prevett. This insight is key to tailor Engen’s solutions and customer value propositions to meet... 

Mining Indaba strategic event for Engen

Astron Energy supports mining customers at Mining Indaba 

5th February 2024 Southern African petroleum products supplier Astron Energy is an enabling partner in the mining industry and its presence at the Investing in African Mining Indaba is just one of the many ways the company builds relationships with and supports its customers. The Mining Indaba conference has been... 

Astron Energy supports mining customers at Mining Indaba

Shell new country chair reaffirms commitment to mining 

5th February 2024 Mining Weekly talks to newly appointed Shell Downstream South Africa country chair for South Africa Aluwani Museisi on the first day of the Investing in African Mining Indaba. Museisi succeeds Hloniphizwe Mtolo, who served Shell South Africa over the last nine years. 

Shell new country chair reaffirms commitment to mining

Customised solution powers mine, reduces emissions

2nd February 2024 A custom made end-to-end switchgear and circuit breaker solution from technology company ABB Electrification is powering up a new mining plant at Canadian gold and silver miner Kinross’ Tasiast 24k mine, with the aim of significantly reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the use of... 

Installing higher efficiency motors can help address energy crisis

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd February 2024 Energy-intensive industries, such as mining, are increasingly seeking out ways to reduce energy consumption, and the use of the latest motor and drive technology can play a significant role. Energy-intensive industries not only need to reduce energy consumption and increase efficiencies for... 

Renewables projects on track to meet energy requirement

2nd February 2024 Platinum group metals and gold miner Sibanye-Stillwater has reached financial close and started construction works on two new renewable energy projects for its South African operations The projects consist of the 103 MW Witberg wind energy project, located near Matjiesfontein in the Western Cape... 

Hybrid solutions to boost energy efficiency

By: Nadine Ramdass     2nd February 2024 Hybrid energy solutions combine various technologies that mining companies can integrate to establish a more reliable source of power, decrease operational costs and enhance their sustainability metrics. Such solutions are particularly useful amid mining companies’ encountering several challenges... 

An image of Blue Sun Energy's battery solution
NEW DEVELOPMENTS Emerging customised hybrid energy solutions can address various industry challenges

Hybrid energy plant constructed, commissioned

2nd February 2024 Battery materials development company NextSource Materials has completed commissioning and achieved full operationality of its solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage hybrid power plant, at its Molo graphite mine, in the Toliara province of southern Madagascar. The solar hybrid plant is owned... 

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

Busa warns that lack of detail in IRP 2023 makes it impossible to assess plan’s credibility 

By: Terence Creamer     8th January 2024 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) will approach the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to secure the technoeconomic information that has been used to inform the assumptions contained in the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which was released for public comment on January 4... 

Busa energy and environment desk head Happy Khambule
Busa energy and environment desk head Happy Khambule

Affirma, Norfund and KLP provide $145m for CEC to build additional capacity

By: Schalk Burger     8th January 2024 Private equity firm Affirma Capital, development finance institution Norfund and Norwegian pension fund Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) have invested $145-million in Zambian independent power producer and transmission company Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC). The aim is to build on CEC’s... 

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