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Environmental News

Smarter mining key amid current market conditions

By: Tracy Hancock     Updated 4 hours ago Despite the boon of improved uranium demand, overall, depressed commodity prices and costly operating conditions are emphasising the need for Namibian mining companies to ensure that they mine a lot smarter, and more efficiently and sustainably. “We believe that our solutions meet that criteria.... 

Coal mining to move to more sustainable practices

By: Halima Frost     Updated 4 hours ago The ongoing shift from traditional coal mining to sustainably mined coal in 2024 and beyond will “witness remarkable advancements” in new coal mining methods, driven by innovative technologies and evolving industry practices, says coal procurement, mining project development and services company... 

Two hands holding raw coal
THE FUTURE IN OUR HANDS The future of coal as an energy source needs to be aligned with more sustainable mining practices

Upward trend in generative AI adoption

By: Halima Frost     Updated 4 hours ago Security system provider Axis Communications has noted a marked increase in the uptake of new security-focused applications based on the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI), especially in the South African mining sector. The company, which provides security solutions – including... 

A new Internet of things enabled camera supplied by Axis Communications
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Security systems and the uptake of new technologies in the mining sector will continue its upward trajectory

DRDGOLD’s business model is ESG in action 

By: Tracy Hancock     20th February 2024 Considering that environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects have become increasingly important over the years, especially in the mining industry, gold producer DRDGOLD emphasises that its tailings retreatment business model was built to realise ESG compliance. “Essentially what we do is... 

DRDGOLD’s business model is ESG in action

Rich new Copper 360 discovery points to big Chile-type copper mine potential  

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2024 Okiep Copper Company, which mining company Newmont established in 1937, is today one of the 100%-owned subsidiaries of South Africa’s Copper 360, the only pure copper play listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Under Newmont, the Okiep Copper Company paid out about R30-million in dividends... 

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

Amplats attains IRMA standard for three platinum mines in Southern Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2024 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has passed the audit for Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance’s (IRMA’s) comprehensive mining standard for two of its mines in South Africa and one in Zimbabwe. The Unki mine, in Zimbabwe, was the first in the world to... 

Amplats' Unki mine, in Zimbabwe
Amplats' Unki mine, in Zimbabwe

Crucial decarbonisation investigation into Hillside Aluminium is continuing intensely 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2024 Solutions to support decarbonisation, while ensuring operational competitiveness into the future, are continuing to be intensely investigated at South Africa's large Hillside Aluminium operation in KwaZulu-Natal, South32 CEO Graham Kerr assured Mining Weekly in an interview on Thursday, following... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr.
South32 CEO Graham Kerr.

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

Pursuing sustainable battery metals supply

16th February 2024 Despite a projected gradual decrease from 76% of global cobalt mine production in 2023 to 67% in 2028 and 66% in 2033, the DRC will continue to be the most dominant producer globally, according to price reporting and research agency Benchmark Mineral Intelligence. This decrease in production... 

An aerial view of a formal copper mine in DRC with load haul dump vehicles
CHAIN OF SUPPLY The copper mining sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo will benefit from the global increased demand for battery metals

Complex SA-DRC reactor project recognised

16th February 2024 The fabrication, in South Africa, of six large reactors for the Azmet Reactor project, being undertaken at a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is a “massive achievement” after it was awarded the Southern African Institute for Steel Construction (SAISC) 2023 Steel Awards Mining and... 

A three story high reactor manufactured by Viva Engineering with people in PPE under it to show scale
AWARD WINNING The supply of six reactors to a mine in the DRC has been met with an award from SAISC for the Mining and Industrial category

Human rights a key issue

By: Halima Frost     16th February 2024 Modern slavery risk mitigation data and research company Evidencity says although poor governance is an endemic issue in the mining sector of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the protection of human rights – primarily those pertaining to the use of child labour – is the greatest challenge.   

 A young boy miner stood in front of an openpit artisanal mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo
MINOR MINERS The use of children and disadvantaged people in the Democratic Republic of Congo mining sector is rampant

Now palladium comes under the Heraeus-Sibanye spotlight to boost hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2024 Germany’s Heraeus Precious Metals and South Africa’s Sibanye-Stillwater are partnering to explore new applications for platinum-group metals (PGMs) in the hydrogen economy, with a specific focus on how applications can profit from the unique traits of palladium, one of the six PGM elements.... 

Palladium bars.
Palladium bars.

Sovereign brings seasoned ESG officer on board for Kasiya development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th February 2024 ASX- and Aim-listed titanium and graphite miner Sovereign Metals has appointed Marco Da Cunha as lead environmental, social and governance (ESG) officer. Da Cunha has almost 20 years’ experience in environmental and social management, including preparing environmental- and social-impact... 

Barrick replaces 140% of gold reserve, no need for ‘dilutionary or delusionary’ M&A 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2024 New York- and Toronto-listed mining company Barrick has replaced more than 140% of its gold reserves in the last five years and more importantly at the same grade, Barrick CEO Dr Mark Bristow pointed out in reporting full-year 2023 gold production of 4.05-million ounces and copper output of... 

Barrick CEO Mark Bristow.
Barrick CEO Mark Bristow.

Hydrogen cars come into sharp new focus as global climate politics takes turn for better 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2024 For the first time, luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW has a fleet of hydrogen-fuelled cars on South Africa’s roads, supported by a green hydrogen refuelling infrastructure set up at its Midrand campus in Johannesburg. The outcome of BMW, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Sasol finding common... 

The BMW iX5 Hydrogen passenger car being refuelled with green hydrogen.
BMW, Anglo American Platinum, Sasol talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on the new BMW iX5 Hydrogen taking to South Africa’s streets. Video: Darlene Creamer.

DRDGOLD says dust control measures seem to be working

By: Darren Parker     14th February 2024 JSE-listed DRDGOLD has reported that only 0.6% out of 632 dust monitoring sites registered an exceedance in terms of the stipulated regulatory thresholds across its operations. “Because our operations are by and large in the city, the amount of dust that comes with various reclamation and... 

DRDGOLD surface mining

Sibanye attains A- rating for water management, climate change disclosures

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2024 JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater has attained an A- rating for its water security and climate change disclosures by Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for the 2023 assessment period. CDP is a global nonprofit organisation that manages the world’s environmental disclosure system for... 

Sibanye's nickel operation in Brazil
Sibanye's nickel operation in Brazil

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.

Heavy equipment manufacturer adopts cutting-edge innovations for sustainable mining

By: Shannon de Ryhove     13th February 2024 Leading heavy equipment manufacturer Komatsu provided insights into the company's pioneering development in the mining sector during an exclusive interview at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town, earlier this month. Komatsu GM for mining operations Hermann Hollhumer said the... 

Komatsu’s 4800XPC rope shovel is not only an engineering marvel but once fully assembled, will also be the first of its kind in Africa
Komatsu’s 4800XPC rope shovel is not only an engineering marvel but once fully assembled, will also be the first of its kind in Africa

2024 defining year for world’s first woman-owned phosphate mine, looking at IPO   

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2024 Adelaide Ruiters has been slogging away for ten years to get the world’s first woman-owned phosphate mine up and running. Now, 2024 looks like the year she'll likely do it. Ribbon-cutting for Adelaide Ruiters Mining and Exploration (ARME) is now expected around June, July ­– and being considered,... 

ARME founder and CEO Adelaide Ruiters.
AMRE CEO Adelaide Ruiters interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Steelmakers turning to DRI amid transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     12th February 2024 With global steelmakers increasingly turning to scrap steel recycling and direct reduced iron (DRI) as alternatives to blast furnaces, steel producers will not need to rely on carbon capture if the green steel transition continues to accelerate, says Institute for Energy Economics and Financial... 

Steelmakers turning to DRI amid transition

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).

PDAC to focus on new industry fundamentals

9th February 2024 This year’s Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention, will include a key programme that will help miners understand how to navigate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and benchmarks, following the growing focus on ESG scorecards and the influence these... 

A group of core samples listed and on display at last years PDAC
AT THE CORE The Core Shack – a unique venue where explorers may display their core samples – will again be an attraction at this years PDAC

Uranium explorer expands portfolio

9th February 2024 Uranium exploration company Skyharbour Resources has acquired several new prospective uranium exploration claims through online staking and through an agreement with exploration and project generating company Eagle Plains Resources, contributing to Skyharbour’s large property portfolio. These... 

an aerial view of the Russel Camp in Canada which is part of Skyharbours portfolio
SKYHARBOUR FROM THE SKY The Russel Camp in Canada which is part of Skyharbours portfolio

Lithium miner inks staff air transport deal

9th February 2024 Canadian critical minerals miner Nemaska Lithium, in November 2023, reported its partnership with regional airline Air Creebec to provide reliable, safe and comfortable air transportation for its employees and subcontractors, to its Whabouchi mine site. Located in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay... 

an aerial view of the Nemaska Whabouchi mine
PILOT PROJECT The remote location of the Nemaska Whabouchi mine makes it necessary for the company to fly its staff in to the area

Mining services companies facing climate conundrums

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2024 The need to counter climate change is raising a whole range of important issues for mining services companies, which, in comparison with the mining groups they served, are small in scale. This was highlighted at a function, hosted by environmental consultancy Digby Wells on the fringes of the... 

Global Reporting Initiative formally launches new biodiversity, mining standards

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2024 More than 50% of global gross domestic product was moderately or highly dependent on biodiversity, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) vice chairperson Bola Adeeko highlighted in Cape Town on Thursday. Adeeko, who was also the special projects director for Flour Mills of Nigeria, was speaking at... 

ICMM announces initiative to simplify responsible mining standards

By: Shannon de Ryhove     7th February 2024 In a significant move towards accountability and transparency in the global mining industry, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has unveiled plans to consolidate responsible mining standards into a single, globally recognised framework. This initiative, developed in... 

ICMM President Rohitesh Dhawan in conversation with Natural Resource Governance Institute Africa director Nafi Chinery at Investing in African Mining Indaba.
ICMM President Rohitesh Dhawan in conversation with Natural Resource Governance Institute Africa director Nafi Chinery at Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Multotec optimistic about African mining 

7th February 2024 Despite economic challenges globally, international minerals processing specialist Multotec Group remains optimistic about the future of mining in Africa and the company is looking forward to a productive and insightful Investing in African Mining Indaba this year, says Multotec Africa MD Peter... 

Multotec optimistic about African mining

Vedanta focused on becoming ESG leader 

7th February 2024 Good governance and sustainable development are at the core of diversified global natural resources and technology conglomerate Vedanta Group's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety and environment, and on enhancing the lives of local communities. The group is focused on becoming the... 

Vedanta focused on becoming ESG leader

Digitisation is key to contractor transparency, says Saryx  

By: Tracy Hancock     7th February 2024 Compliance, health and safety, and environmental awareness are central to long-term sustainability and are achieved by maintaining rigorous standards and improved visibility and/or transparency. However, some mines still employ old-fashioned lever arch, paper-based files in pursuit of this... 

Digitisation is key to contractor transparency, says Saryx

Draslovka’s sustainable solution to metal supply deficits 

7th February 2024 Multinational chemicals producer Draslovka has developed a cutting-edge metal recovery process called Glycine Leaching Technology (GLT). Aimed at optimizing recovery of precious and base metals, this proprietary process unlocks substantial savings and is generating value for mining operations... 

Draslovka’s sustainable solution to metal supply deficits

Threat of climate change has transformed the image of mining

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2024 The need to reduce global carbon emissions, to counter climate change, has transformed the public image of the mining industry, because of the urgent need to ramp-up the production of clean energy metals. So highlighted International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) CEO Rohitesh Dhawan,... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Anglo's Minas-Rio, Barro Alto mines complete IRMA audit; more mines to follow

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2024 Diversified miner Anglo American’s Minas-Rio iron-ore and Barro Alto nickel mines, in Brazil, have been assessed against the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance's (IRMA’s) comprehensive mining standard, achieving an IRMA 75 level of performance. The IRMA's Standard for Responsible Mining... 

The Minas-Rio mine
The Minas-Rio mine

FLSmidth discusses innovations for sustainable mining 

By: Tracy Hancock     7th February 2024 With technological advancements expected to disrupt the traditional African mining sector, full flowsheet technology and service supplier FLSmidth outlines the most promising innovations on the horizon in a video interview at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba. FLSmidth PCV sales head... 

FLSmidth discusses innovations for sustainable mining

Mining companies embrace COP28 commitments, charting sustainable path for mining industry

By: Shannon de Ryhove     7th February 2024 In the wake of COP28, the United Nations Climate Change Conference that took place at the end of 2023, the global mining industry is witnessing a transformative shift towards sustainability. The pivotal commitment to triple renewable energy production by 2030 has set the stage for a new era in... 

Mining companies embrace COP28 commitments, charting sustainable path for mining industry

Improve the ease of ESG management with Bureau Veritas 

By: Tracy Hancock     6th February 2024 With companies making greater environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments, often going beyond regulatory disclosure, managing sustainability goals may be time-consuming and complex and impeded by poor data quality. Creating and monitoring the implementation of codes, processes and... 

Improve the ease of ESG management with Bureau Veritas

SRK Consulting brings power of innovation to Mining Indaba 

6th February 2024 Celebrating 50 years of serving the mining industry worldwide, SRK Consulting continues to be a partner to its clients in working to derisk mining investments. As an independent consultancy with over 45 offices on six continents, the company provides focused advice and solutions through its... 

SRK Consulting brings power of innovation to Mining Indaba
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