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Fluorspar News

SepFluor appoints new CEO, expects higher throughput

By: Sabrina Jardim     21st February 2024 South African fluorspar producer SepFluor has appointed Hendrik Snyman to succeed Rob Wagner as CEO. Wagner stepped down as CEO on December 31, 2023, but will remain as an adviser to the company throughout this year, while also remaining a SepFluor director. 

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.

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).

Noise-induced hearing loss now highest priority mining health condition, Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2024 Noise-induced hearing loss has displaced tuberculosis (TB) and silicosis as the top priority health threat in the South African mining industry. “I’m emphasising noise-induced hearing loss because the other diseases have gone down markedly whereas noise-induced hearing loss has not gone down as... 

From left Minerals Council South Africa’s Sietse van der Woude, Dr Thuthula Balfour, Japie Fullard, Mzila Mthenjane and Dushendra Naidoo.
From left Minerals Council South Africa’s Sietse van der Woude, Dr Thuthula Balfour, Japie Fullard, Mzila Mthenjane and Dushendra Naidoo.

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.

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

Global mining commits to nature-positive future 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 Global mining and metals companies have committed at Davos to take urgent action to support a nature-positive future by 2030 that promotes the health, diversity and resilience of species, ecosystems and natural processes. International Council of Metals and Minerals (ICMM) members have pledged... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

South Africa-linked mining luminaries advising on metals industry greening 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2024 South Africa-linked mining luminaries are playing roles in an initiative to transform the metals industry with clean technology. Being targeted for metals is the elimination of energy-intensive smelters, toxic chemicals and strong acids. 

Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill
Photo by Creamer Media
Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill

Smart wristwatches to uplift mineworker well-being at Copper 360  

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2024 Computer programmes that use artificial intelligence (AI) to model orebodies and plan mines optimally have already been introduced by Copper 360, says the JSE AltX-listed Northern Cape copper mining company, which is developing the Rietberg copper mine, the first of a dozen copper mining assets... 

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

JSE presents opportunity for critical mineral miners to access capital  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2024 Critical mineral demand is growing significantly at a time when South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets – two crucial needs that can be fulfilled in one go by companies raising capital on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) to fund their entry into the critical minerals... 

JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster
JSE Business Development Manager Patrycja Kula-Verster interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly.

Mining urged to embrace international council’s new Scope 3 emissions guidance 

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2023 All mining and metals companies are being urged to embrace new guidance on reducing Scope 3 emissions, which was published by the International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Wednesday. The guidance is a tool to assist mining companies in their engagement with the financial sector,... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.

South Africa’s community engagement ahead of global peers, manganese AGM hears 

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2023 The South African mining industry is years ahead of its international peers when it comes to local and community engagement, Australia-listed Jupiter Mines, which owns 49.9% of the Tshipi manganese mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape, has told its shareholders. The controlling shareholder of the... 

Jupiter Mines chairperson Ian Murray
Jupiter Mines chairperson Ian Murray.

Greenfield investment lagging badly, mining’s contribution to economy halved 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2023 The growth of investment in fresh new greenfield mining projects is lagging badly and the contribution of the South African mining industry to the national economy has more than halved in the last two decades, Minerals Council South Africa’s latest Facts and Figures 2022 points out. Net fixed... 

Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.
Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.

New Utshalo has potential to boost mining IPOs, enliven public markets 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2023 South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets and the new Utshalo must be complimented for setting out to do just that. New mining capital raisings have become too few and far between, liquidity is drying up, and the delisting trend on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) must... 

Former Nedbank investment banker Paul Miller.
Former Nedbank investment banker Paul Miller.

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.

Imperative that exploration plan be implemented as matter of urgency – Khoza

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2023 If South Africa is not to be left out of the exploration boom, spurred by the immense mineral resources required to develop technologies needed to achieve net zero, it is imperative that the recommendations of South Africa’s Exploration Implementation Plan be implemented in full as a matter of... 

Integrated Geoscience Solutions Technical Director Dr David Khoza.
Integrated Geoscience Solutions Technical Director Dr David Khoza.

Renewables now critical part of metal mining thinking, says Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     14th November 2023 Renewables have become a critical part of metal mining thinking, the Sibanye-Stillwater Battery Metals Investor Day 2023 audience heard on Tuesday. “If you look at electricity, renewables are expected to account for between 80% and 90% of global power generation. So, renewables have become a very... 

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.
Sibanye-Stillwater Battery Metals Investor Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen plant buildout plan under way at metals smelter in Rustenburg 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2023 Work has begun on the development of a hydrogen plant at the smelting site in Rustenburg of Ironveld, the London Aim-listed speciality metals producer. The required funds have been raised to proceed with the manufacture and installation of a commercial demonstration plant that will produce... 

BurnStar CEO Dr Johan Brand with test reactor.
BurnStar CEO Dr Johan Brand with test reactor.

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

Bell placing strong new emphasis on underground mining equipment advance  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2023 With a legacy spanning decades and a reputation for pioneering advancements, South Africa’s Bell Equipment is now placing strong new emphasis on advancing underground mining equipment. Currently a producer of low-profile underground mining trucks as well as underground rockscalers, Bell is... 

Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen.
Bell CEO Leon Goosen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

New mining school nurturing human capital in anticipation of major upcoming demand   

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2023 Copper mining company Copper 360, which announced in August that its School of Mining was under development at Concordia operation in the Northern Cape, has launched its first set of courses, aimed at nurturing human capital in anticipation of an expected provincial minerals development surge.... 

School of Mining in operational surroundings.
School of Mining in operational surroundings.

Challenge of producing green hydrogen economically has been met – Natascha Viljoen   

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2023 The challenge of producing green hydrogen economically is now done and dusted. “That box has been ticked,” Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen assured Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
Outgoing Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Dalene Creamer.

Visser appointed Canada Fluorspar CEO

By: Mariaan Webb     25th July 2023 Canada Fluorspar, the company owned that recently bought the insolvent St Lawrence mine in Newfoundland, has a new CEO. Eben Visser, a mining executive with experience in project development, has taken up the position as CEO with immediate effect, chairperson Rudolph de Bruin announced on Monday. 

Water power in underground mining has gone mainstream, says HPE  

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2023 The long-standing use of water to cool underground mines is increasingly providing the opportunity to apply the free water pressure head that this offers to energise mining equipment. High-pressure water technology, a proudly South African technology, has advanced markedly over the last couple of... 

Hydro Power Equipment (HPE) director Ulrich Kienle.
HPE director Ulrich Kienle interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South African regulator not doing enough to promote junior mining – mining lawyer  

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2023 The major theme of the recent Junior Indaba was the concern that the South African regulator is not doing enough to promote junior mining in South Africa. Government’s role should be to cut red tape from the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act to bring the application system for... 

Malan Scholes Attorneys director and mining lawyer Hulme Scholes.
Mining lawyer Hulme Scholes interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Clean hydrogen could be virtually zero cost, US energy diplomat tells London Indaba 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2023 The main founders of the Inflation Reduction Act envision the US legislation as a clean energy bill to lower the costs of green energy technologies for everyone around the world as well as being emulated by especially those countries that have benefitted from emitting carbon into the air since... 

US Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources Office of Energy Transformation acting director Scott Woodard.
US Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources Office of Energy Transformation acting director Scott Woodard.

Private sector working with government on multiple work streams to end loadshedding  

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2023 The private sector is so far working with government on six of the ten energy crisis work streams, for which business raised R100-million to procure skills and expertise for donation on an arm's length basis to the Presidency, within which the National Energy Crisis Committee (Necom) is housed.... 

Business for South Africa chairperson Martin Kingston
Business for South Africa chairperson Martin Kingston interviewed by Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South African mining veteran to reopen Canada fluorspar mine

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2023 The insolvent St Lawrence fluorspar mine, in Newfoundland, has a new owner and could reopen before the end of the year. Luxembourg-headquartered African Minerals Exploration and Development Funds (AMED Funds), through a newly created subsidiary called Fluorspar Holdings, purchased Canada... 

South African mining veteran to reopen Canada fluorspar mine

I’ll somehow re-emerge in the mining sector at some point in the future, says Baxter  

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2023 I’ll somehow re-emerge in the mining sector at some point in the future, outgoing Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Tuesday, when spoke to Mining Weekly in a Teams interview. At the end of this month, Baxter will hand over to incoming CEO Mzila Mthenjane, who will inherit a... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter 
.
Outgoing Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green hydrogen atlas results show enormous Southern African potential – Sasscal 

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2023 The results of the green hydrogen atlas for Southern Africa, now readily available online, show enormous potential green hydrogen production throughout the region, the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (Sasscal) said on Monday. 

Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch of Namibia.
Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch of Namibia.

More succinct licence processes are a must to attract exploration investment – researcher  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2023 More succinct licence processes are needed to attract exploration investment in South Africa,  Pearl Gray Equity and Research managing partner Steve Booyens said on Friday. “There are loads of investors in North America, London and the European Union that want to invest, but they're afraid of... 

Pearl Gray Equity and Research's  Steve Booyens.
Pearl Gray’s Steve Booyens interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Fruitful discussion under way on exploration incentivisation – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2023 Fruitful discussions are taking place on flow-through shares to incentivise junior mining and exploration, Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell said on Thursday. In response to Mining Weekly, Mitchell said the Minerals Council was doing a lot of work... 

Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell.
Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell.

JSE pushing hard to attract junior miners, exploration companies to list, says Mokorosi  

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2023 South Africa’s Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is going all out to attract junior mining and exploration companies, making it easier for companies to get on to the exchange and to remain on the exchange, while ensuring that investor protections are of the highest calibre. In the last few years,... 

JSE Origination and Deals Head Samuel Mokorosi and Copper 360 chairperson Shirley Hayes at last month's Copper 360 listing.
JSE's Samuel Mokorosi interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Guidance on how mining should manage human rights impacts updated

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2023 Updated guidance to help mining companies improve how human rights impacts are managed across the globe has been published by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).  ICMM members include the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American, Glencore,... 

ICMM President and CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.
ICMM President and CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.

Sibanye-Stillwater funding Wits University’s carbon storage brainstorming ‘techathon’  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2023 Johannesburg- and New York listed platinum group metals, green metals and gold mining company Sibanye-Stillwater is funding a brainstorming ‘techathon’ on the challenge of storing carbon in suitable host rock environments in underground mines as part of an environmental protection imperative. “We... 

University of the Witwatersrand’s Wits Mining Institute DigiMine Laboratory head Ahsan Mahboob.
Wits Mining Institute DigiMine Laboratory head Ahsan Mahboob interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mantashe: Exploration funds July; Lorimer: Mining new deal can create poverty-busting jobs 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2023 The first R500-million worth of mineral exploration funds will be available from July, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe told Parliament on May 16 when Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer stated that a new mining vision can create new poverty-busting jobs and assure... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer.
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer.

Glencore takes yet another step along the busying road to circularity 

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2023 Mining and marketing company Glencore, which last month initiated steps to provide lithium-ion battery recycling solutions at scale for Spain and Portugal in partnership with FCC Ámbito and Iberdrola, on Tuesday announced yet another potentially far-reaching step along the busying road to... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.
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