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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, even when it has been... 

First call applications for R400m junior mining exploration fund close July 12

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2024 The first call applications for the R400-million junior mining exploration fund (JMEF) close on July 12. This was stated on Tuesday in a media release issued by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), in partnership with the Council for Geoscience (CGS) and the Industrial... 

Need for quick exploration activity.
Unless exploration increases fast, the vital mining economy will shrink.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Platinum-linked green hydrogen set to be world’s ‘new oil’, Forbes article highlights  

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2024 There's no climate solution without hydrogen. It’s the missing piece of the clean energy puzzle, says a global CEO-led initiative that brings together leading companies with a united vision. This initiative has ballooned to 150 multinationals companies from its modest 13-leader 2017 launch at the... 

Hydrogen economy, platinum group metals go together.
Photo by Inforgraphic: Heraeus Precious Metals
Hydrogen economy, platinum group metals go together.

Use underground mines for electricity storage, optimise mine water use – Karst Hydro  

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2024 South Africa’s many underground mines can be used as batteries that store the clean electricity that the water descending for cooling can provide. At the same time, the local community could end up with a utility that supplies them clean water along with a store of cheap and reliable green energy. 

Karst MD Guy Richards.
Karst interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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.

Mechanical cutting is going to be key for mining going forward – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2024 Mechanical cutting, in which huge progress is being made, is going to be key for the mining industry going forward, Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius emphasised on Tuesday, when his Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company presented a dividend-yielding set of 2023 full-year results that... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Expect digital unveiling, more innovation, greenness from 100-year-old mining-wired AECI  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2024 Mining explosives and chemicals company AECI, which turned 100 this week, will be unveiling a digital strategy for the mining market during the course of this year. It is also looking to become greener as it keeps innovation closest to its rapidly internationalising heart. 

AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger. Picture: Hush Naidoo.
AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Stage set for mining explosives centenarian to capture global top-three spot   

By: Martin Creamer     20th March 2024 The stage is set for proudly South African mining explosives trailblazer, AECI, to become the third biggest in its field globally by 2030, AECI Group chairperson Dr Khotso Mokhele told an enthusiastically applauding audience at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), where the newly strategised... 

Mining explosives pioneer AECI celebrating 100 years of business at the JSE.
AECI's 100-year celebration covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Picture: Hush Naidoo.

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. 

An image depicting SepFluor former CEO Rob Wagner
Photo by Creamer Media
SepFluor former CEO Rob Wagner

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. 

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