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Environmental News

ICMM highlights tailings safety on Brumadinho anniversary

21st June 2024 The fifth anniversary of the Brumadinho tailings dam collapse serves as a “powerful reminder” to all mining industry stakeholders about the tragic consequences of accidents and highlights the need to remain focused on improving how tailings facilities are managed across the entire industry,... 

Deal signed to test battery-powered haul trucks

21st June 2024 Forming part of its initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, iron-ore and nickel major Vale and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar have signed an agreement to test battery electric trucks and energy transfer systems, as well as to conduct studies on ethanol-powered trucks. This undertaking... 

An image of an electric mining haul truck
SUSTAINABLE MINING EQUIPMENT The shift towards battery electric haul trucks underscores the significant efforts made to reduce carbon emissions in the mining industry

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.

South Africa now a compelling world investment story, upbeat Orion highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2024 “The sun is finally shining on us,” an upbeat Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart enthused during an Australia/South Africa webinar on Wednesday, when he outlined how South Africa has become one of the world’s most compelling short-term investment stories. Predicting that this country's investment... 

Errol Smart
Orion Minerals webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

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.

Southern Palladium remains committed to advancing Bengwenyama project

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2024 The completed prefeasibility study (PFS) drilling campaign for the Bengwenyama platinum group metal (PGM) project, on the eastern limb of South Africa’s distinctively endowed Bushveld Complex, is emphasising the robustness of the upper group two (UG2) reef, project developer Southern Palladium... 

Flashback to the listing of Southern Palladium on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange two years ago.
Flashback to the listing of Southern Palladium on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange two years ago.

Thungela poised to spend R3.9bn capital in South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2024 Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Thungela Resources is poised to spend R3.9-billion worth of capital in South Africa going forward. An estimated R1.3-billion of this capital expenditure (capex) is scheduled to be spent in the next six months and a further R800-million in the final six months of... 

Thungela Resources active in Mpumalanga.
Thungela Resources active in Mpumalanga.

Infinity Lithium advances San José permitting process

By: Sabrina Jardim     14th June 2024 ASX-listed Infinity Lithium has reported significant progress at its San José lithium project, in Spain. The company has advanced to the next stage of the direct exploitation concession application (ECA) by lodging key project documentation, including exploitation, rehabilitation and restoration,... 

Lead removed from electronic blasting products

14th June 2024 Commercial explosives and blasting systems manufacturer Orica is expanding its lead-free non-primary explosives detonator (NPED) technology through the manufacturing of what it claims is the world’s first lead-free electronic blasting system range, at its plant in Gyttorp, Sweden. This... 

An image of Orica's fully lead-fee electronic blasting systems
INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS Orica's new, fully lead-free variant will integrate the company's non-primary explosives detonator technology, removing lead azide in the detonator, while the product range will not contain any substances of very high concern

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.

Resources Watch  

12th June 2024 This week: Richards Bay Minerals signs agreement for additional 140 MW of renewable energy; Platinum group metal poised to help protect world from growing water pollution threat and, Diamond transparency from mine to finger is on way from Petra 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Artificial intelligence used to eliminate need for rare earths in permanent magnets 

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2024 Discovering new materials has historically been slow. Now artificial intelligence (AI) is making it possible to discover a material entirely computationally and have that verified experimentally. An example of this is AI being used to create a permanent magnet that does not contain any rare earth... 

Development of rare earth-free permanent magnets.
Materials Nexus CTO Robert Forrest 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.

Water pollution, traceability, exploration fund make headlines   

7th June 2024 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the role that Platinum Group Metal can play against water pollution; traceability in the mining sector and Petra Diamonds progress in this area; and the R400-million junior mining exploration fund.   

Photo of Martin Creamer
Water pollution, traceability, exploration fund make headlines

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

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.

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.

Queensland outlaws carbon storage in Australia's biggest aquifer

By: Reuters     31st May 2024 Australia's Queensland state will ban carbon capture and storage in a giant aquifer that spans much of its territory, the state government said on Friday, after an outcry from farmers who said such projects could poison their water supply. The decision closes one route to decarbonisation in... 

Queensland Premier Steven Miles
Queensland Premier Steven Miles

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

Sibanye clinches yet another renewable energy purchase agreement 

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2024 Johannesburg- and New York-listed Sibanye-Stillwater has concluded its fourth renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA). The green metals and gold producer has reached financial close for an additional 140 MW wind energy project, the Umsinde Emoyeni Wind Farm, located on the border between... 

Sibanye-Stillwater secures fourth power purchase agreement.
Sibanye-Stillwater secures fourth power purchase agreement.

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.

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

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.

Huge manganese value-add opportunity reiterated at Junior Indaba 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2024 The huge opportunity that South Africa has to add value to its rich endowment of manganese through local processing was reiterated during the second day of Wednesday’s Junior Indaba. “Specific to manganese, we’re certainly very bullish,” Manganese Metal Co (MMC) CEO Louis Nel said in response to... 

From left, Kudakwashe Maramba, George Roach, Ntsiki Adonisi, Louis Nel, Jaco Prinsloo, Bernard Swanepoel.
From left, Kudakwashe Maramba, George Roach, Ntsiki Adonisi, Louis Nel, Jaco Prinsloo, Bernard Swanepoel.

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

South Africa's R105bn green hydrogen project to be energised by hot De Aar sunshine 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2024 South Africa’s R105-billion green hydrogen, green ammonia project in the Eastern Cape took another major leap forward on Tuesday with the announcement of its underpinning by a cluster of nine solar projects in the very high solar yielding area of De Aar. The giga scale 1 230 MW solar project is... 

Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe
Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe

Salares Norte project section temporarily put on hold to ensure chinchilla protection

By: Darren Parker     20th May 2024 NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields has announced that its Salares Norte project, in Chile, has received an urgent and transitionary measure (MUT) from Chile’s Superintendence of Environment (SMA). The MUT orders the immediate suspension of dismantling Rocky Area No 3, located at the North waste... 

A chinchilla
A chinchilla

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.

Glencore expands adherence to standards, reporting frameworks to ensure sustainability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2024 Global diversified miner Glencore’s emissions and energy use increased in 2023, but the group continues to make strides in managing its operations sustainably and according to ever-evolving standards. Glencore’s total energy use last year was 202 PJ, compared with 194 PJ in 2022. Renewable... 

Glencore's head office
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore's head office

PGM-boosted green hydrogen backed by resolute South African govt's commitment  

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2024 The production of green hydrogen, which is most effectively generated when catalysed by platinum group metals (PGMs), has profound economic and social implications, including job creation, skills development, and the fostering of new industries along a multifaceted mining, manufacturing and... 

Higher Education & Training DDG Zukile Mvalo
Higher Education & Training DDG Zukile Mvalo’s green hydrogen presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media’s Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

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... 

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