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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... 

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... 

Solar PV panels

Nersa grants Envusa Energy trading licence

By: Donna Slater     18th December 2023 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved an electricity trading licence for Envusa Energy – a joint venture between diversified miner Anglo-American and renewable energy company EDF Renewables South Africa (EDF). In November, Envusa lodged an application for a licence... 

Envusa's energy trading area
Photo by Creamer Media
Envusa's energy trading area

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.

Jupiter eyes solar power at Tshipi

By: Darren Parker     16th November 2023 ASX-listed Jupiter Mines has released a strategy outlining the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities for 2024, including commitments to launch an ESG reporting framework, publish an inaugural Sustainability Report and exploring the potential to install solar power at the... 

Tshipi mine

Eskom’s Hex battery the first of eight utility-scale projects being deployed across four provinces  

By: Terence Creamer     9th November 2023 Eskom has officially started operating the first of eight utility-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) projects being introduced as part of Phase 1 of a World Bank-funded programme to add batteries with a combined storage capacity of 199 MW and the ability to discharge 833 MWh of... 

The 20 MW/100MWh Hex BESS site, in Worcester in the Western Cape
The 20 MW/100MWh Hex BESS site, in Worcester in the Western Cape

Partnership to boost regional energy offering

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2023 A planned strategic combination of South African petroleum and lubricants company Engen and fuels and lubricants company Vivo Energy, aimed at establishing a significant energy distribution company in Africa, stands to notably influence the energy sector across the continent, according to Vivo... 

The commitment to solar battery hybrid projects underscores the company’s dedication to environmental responsibility
SOLAR COMMITMENT The commitment to solar battery hybrid projects underscores the company’s dedication to environmental responsibility

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

Summit to highlight critical minerals processing

8th September 2023 Mining technology, critical mineral processing, and skills to drive a low carbon future and just energy transition will be discussed at an upcoming summit hosted by the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) on September 28 and 29. “Our first focus aims to promote research and innovation in the exploration,... 

The WMI aims to promote research and innovation in the exploration, extraction and processing of critical raw materials
RESOURCE ADVANCEMENT The WMI aims to promote research and innovation in the exploration, extraction and processing of critical raw materials

Demand for modular substations increasing

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st September 2023 As demand for dry-type transformers increases, particularly for difficult operating environments, dry-type transformer specialist Trafo Power Solutions is accelerating its delivery of complementary systems, including modular substations. Trafo Power Solutions, which was established in 2017 and... 

Weighing up renewable energy

1st September 2023 With the South African mining sector facing obstacles in terms of securing reliable and sustainable electricity, a clear view of the opportunities and challenges of integrating renewable energy into mining operations to fortify the sector’s contribution to the economy, is necessary, advises law... 

An image depicting a smiling woman, Mihlali Sitefane
MIHLALI SITEFANE Energy is one of the most significant expenses for the mining sector, comprising between 15% and 40% of the total operating costs

Solar energy for major coal mine

1st September 2023 Financial close was reached early in July for the 68 MW Lephalale Solar Project (LSP), which will supply renewable energy to Exxaro’s flagship Grootgeluk mine in Limpopo. The project, undertaken by independent power producer, builder and operator Cennergi – a wholly owned subsidiary of... 

An image depicting the Grootegeluk mine
Photo by Donna Slater
GOING SOLAR To ensure the successful realisation of the Lephalale Solar Project, the project will be constructed through a fully wrapped, engineering, procurement and construction contract

Vedanta aims to complete $1bn investment in South Africa soon   

By: Darren Parker     29th August 2023 Globally diversified Indian-headquartered mining company Vedanta Resources chairperson Anil Agarwal has told Mining Weekly that the company aims to complete its commitment to invest $1-billion in South Africa in the near future, although its plans are being held up by a lack of reliable... 

Vedanta Resources chairperson Anil Agarwal
Creamer Media's Martin Creamer speaks to Vedanta chairperson Anil Agarwal about the group's investments in South Africa. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

A$3bn boost to WA's electricity grid

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th August 2023 The federal and Western Australian governments have inked a landmark agreement to bolster the state’s energy security. The Commonwealth-Western Australia Rewiring the Nation deal would expand and modernise the electricity grids in Perth, the South West, and the North West Pilbara region. 

Image shows Australian currency

APA takes stake in resource sector with Alinta buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd August 2023 Energy infrastructure group APA Group has struck a A$1.72-billion acquisition agreement with energy provider Alinta Energy over its Pilbara assets, saying the resources sector had been identified as a key customer group. Alinta’s Pilbara assets include 200km of high voltage powerlines, the 210... 

Image shows a handshake

Coal crucial for alleviating poverty and loadshedding

By: Cameron Mackay     17th August 2023 Despite the negative impacts that coal-fired power stations have on the environment and local populations, localized energy solutions developer NET Energy owner Mike Blenkinsop has stressed that the detrimental impact of removing coal-fired power capacity from the South African electricity system... 

A lack of investment in coal mining globally has raised concerns for coal supply going forward. This, coupled with high demand, could result in supply constraints and high prices
A lack of investment in coal mining globally has raised concerns for coal supply going forward. This, coupled with high demand, could result in supply constraints and high prices

Women-centric mine contracting company launched

By: Halima Frost     11th August 2023 With a clear goal to become a reputable service provider to pre-selected blue chip mining companies, black woman-led and women-centric mine contracting company, TseboKgadi has been launched. TseboKgadi – which means “women with knowledge” in Sotho – has been established by mining advisory company... 

A photo of Maria Mogenadi wearing PPE at the forefront of a mining operation with load haul vehicles in the background
MARIA MOGANEDI Moganedi has gone from being one of the first ladies to complete a blasting training certificate in the mining sector to being the CEO of a women-centric mine contracting company

Bushveld’s new CEO outlines his priorities as full-year guidance is lowered

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd August 2023 Vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals’ new CEO Craig Coltman, who took up the position on July 1, acknowledges that the company faces challenges, but says he also sees many positive signs and opportunities to get the most out of Bushveld’s most import asset – its people – and to achieve full... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Craig Coltman
Bushveld Minerals CEO Craig Coltman

Makhado project economics improved as LoM increases ‘significantly’

By: Darren Parker     31st July 2023 An updated life-of-mine (LoM) plan and coal reserve estimate for MC Mining’s fully-licensed and shovel-ready Makhado steelmaking hard coking coal project have significantly increased the LoM and improved the project's economics. The increased coal reserves in the East Pit at Makhado have resulted... 

MC Mining MD and CEO Godfrey Gomwe
MC Mining MD and CEO Godfrey Gomwe
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