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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... 

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.

Something must be done to make exploration investment attractive – ex-JSE stalwart Noah Greenhill  

By: Martin Creamer     8th May 2023 Beginning in the early 1970s, the Canadian government said guys, we're losing ground in exploration investment. We don't seem to be attracting any of that cash. Let's introduce something that attracts money to the sector and they sat around the table and some really clever tax guys came up with... 

Noah Greenhill, former senior marketing and business development GM of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Former senior JSE GM marketing and business development Noah Greenhill interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen has advantage of relatively cheap energy storage, DNV study finds 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2023 Both hydrogen and battery technologies are expected to operate in the power sector, but in different areas, says independent risk management and assurance firm DNV. Hydrogen is expected to play a role as a form of dispatchable generation, which allows for the seasonal storage or production of... 

Global mining supply. Source: DNV report.
Photo by DNV
Global mining supply. Source: DNV report.

Shaft-sinking boom-time stalwart Nigel Townshend returns as chair of mining services company  

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2023 Mining luminary of South Africa’s shaft-sinking boom period at the beginning of the millennium Nigel Townshend is back in action as the newly appointed nonexecutive chairperson of United Mining Services (UMS) Limited. Since the start of this month, Townshend has been at the top table of UMS, an... 

Nigel Townshend.
New UMS chairperson Nigel Townshend interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum-based hydrogen production is in competitive upscale mode, Heraeus’ Walter reports  

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2023 Platinum group metals- (PGM-) based proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis is a competitive technology in upscale mode and is making its mark in electrolysis for hydrogen production as well as in the use of hydrogen for vehicle mobility. PEM electrolysers have distinct advantages when... 

Heraeus Precious Metals Executive Vice-President New Business Philipp Walter.
Heraeus' Philipp Walter interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green hydrogen investment pledge hits conference’s top spot at R105bn 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2023 The investment into green hydrogen was the biggest investment pledge by far to be announced at the fifth South African Investment Conference (SAIC) in Sandton. The R105-billion energy investment commitment of Hive Hydrogen knocked the socks off the other top-ten pledges by coming in R45-billion... 

Hive Hydrogen South Africa executive chairperson Thulani Gcabashe.
Hive Hydrogen South Africa executive chairperson Thulani Gcabashe.

Public sector opacity, emerging private sector silence are curbing mining’s growth prospects 

By: Martin Creamer     14th April 2023 The lack of public sector transparency and emerging private sector silence from companies opting not to list are combining to limit South Africa’s knowledge of the mining sector, and thus curb its growth prospects, Mining Weekly can today report. Public sector opacity and private sector delisting... 

SA Mining Map published by AmaranthCX and 1Map.
SA Mining Map published by AmaranthCX and 1Map.

How South Africa could have 21 new mining listings 

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2023 South Africa could have 21 new mining listings if foreign mining companies that already operate in this country would also list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the largest stock exchange in Africa, but one that is shrinking. The 21 companies are all listed elsewhere, with no listing in South... 

AmaranthCX founder and director Paul Miller, when he listed Keaton Energy on the JSE many years ago, well before the delistings issue arose.
AmaranthCX founder and director Paul Miller, when he listed Keaton Energy on the JSE many years ago, well before the delistings issue arose.

Stunning online mining map highlights far-reaching remaining mining potential   

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2023 AmaranthCX and its technology partner 1Map have collaborated to publish a comprehensive, online South African Mining Map, with electronic, all-commodity depiction. The governments of other mining jurisdictions, including the governments of neighbouring African States, provide this information... 

AmaranthCX founder and director Paul Miller, who is moving into the renewable energy business.
AmaranthCX's Paul Miller, interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Anglo signs another green steel deal involving South African iron-ore  

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2023 Mitigating climate change, the biggest challenge of our time, requires a new, clean industrial revolution, says H2 Green Steel of Sweden, which on Tuesday announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Anglo American to advance green steelmaking. The London- and... 

Kolomela iron-ore operation of Anglo group company Kumba Iron Ore, inNorthern Cape.
Kolomela iron-ore operation of Anglo group company Kumba Iron Ore, inNorthern Cape.

Trackless mobile machinery one of mining’s burning issues, ENSafrica webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd April 2023 South Africa’s new trackless mobile machinery (TMM) regulations published five months ago are one of mining’s burning issues and perhaps an undeclared state of national disaster for some, ENSafrica webinar attendees heard on Monday. TMM is defined as any self-propelled mobile machine used at a... 

ENSafrica's safety and health webinar team.
ENSafrica health and safety webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining needs truth-and-reconciliation approach to ESG, says Rifle-Shot’s Naidoo  

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2023 Mining companies need to approach environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles on a truth and reconciliation footing and be honest about where they are on a scale of one to 10, says Rifle-Shot Performance business development director Dilley Naidoo. Naidoo, who spoke to Mining Weekly on... 

Rifle-Shot Performance Business Development Director Dilley Naidoo.
Rifle-Shot’s Dilley Naidoo interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum group metals can add million South African jobs plus R8-trillion to economy  

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2023 Collaborative marketing of platinum group metals (PGMs) has the potential to add a million more South African jobs and contribute R8-trillion more to the economy as the world greens and lowers carbon intensity. The combination of green hydrogen displacing natural gas and fuel cell electric... 

Platinum group metals can boost South African jobs and economic growth.
PGM Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video editing: Darlene Creamer.

Safety environment that almost guarantees that people come first is a must, says Naidoo  

By: Martin Creamer     20th March 2023 Mine safety is absolutely essential. Stopping injury and fatality in mines just has to happen. How can South Africa achieve the zero harm that is needed? This was Mining Weekly’s opening question to Dilley Naidoo, the director of business development at Rifle-Shot Performance. (Also watch... 

Mining is striving for zero harm.
Rifle-Shot Performance's Dilley Naidoo interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Banking has crucial role to play in enabling mining to transition to clean energy, says Nedbank CIB 

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2023 The banking sector has a crucial role to play in enabling mining companies to transition to clean energy fully, says Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) principal for sustainable finance solutions Telvina Naidoo. “Innovative funding structures and sustainable-finance solutions can help... 

Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) principal for sustainable finance solutions Telvina Naidoo.
Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) principal for sustainable finance solutions Telvina Naidoo.

Re-pursue exploration to help re-build South Africa’s economy, says business booster   

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2023 Let us re-pursue the exploration investment that catalysed South Africa’s economic growth more than a century ago as a means of helping to rebuild South Africa’s struggling economy. That is among the ardent messages put over by mining sector performance enhancer Dilley Naidoo, the the director of... 

Dilley Naidoo, Director of Business Development, Rifle-Shot Performance.
Rifle-Shot Performance's Dilley Naidoo interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Higher commodity prices failing to spur fixed mining investment  

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2023 The regulatory uncertainties and inability of the industry to transparently, quickly and efficiently apply for mining and prospecting rights in a corruption-free manner has had severe investment consequences, Minerals Council South Africa states in its Facts & Figures Pocketbook 2022. This is... 

South African mining remained a trillion rand industry for the second year in 2022.
South African mining remained a trillion rand industry for the second year in 2022.

Trackless mobile machine safety next big challenge, says Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2023 Having last year achieved the lowest fall of ground fatalities ever, South African mining’s next big safety challenge is to achieve greater safety in the use of trackless mobile machines – rubber-tired vehicles that operate in underground mines without making use of rail tracks. In 2021, South... 

From left to right, Nikisi Lesufi, Japie Fullard, Roger Baxter and Allan Seccombe.
From left to right, Nikisi Lesufi, Japie Fullard, Roger Baxter and Allan Seccombe.

Anglo has 600 MW keyed up ready to go, green hydrogen also developing rapidly, says Wanblad  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2023 All policy in South Africa specifically relating to energy certainly does tend to be moving into a path of time and space where it really is incentivising the building out of renewable energy generation capacity in the country, said Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad on Thursday when the London-... 

Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Minerals Council welcomes 125% energy tax break in Budget speech

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2023 Minerals Council South Africa welcomed the government’s intervention on Eskom’s debt and the financial encouragement to stimulate businesses building renewable energy projects by offering generous tax incentives as outlined in the 2023 Budget Speech. The Minerals Council believes there should be... 

South Africa’s hydrogen corridor will create 14 000 jobs, says Anglo Platinum CEO  

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2023 South Africa’s hydrogen corridor, which has been declared a strategic project, will create 14 000 jobs and consume 63 000 oz of platinum, Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen told Mining Weekly on Monday. Viljoen’s interview by Mining Weekly followed the JSE-listed company’s presentation... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen (left) and FD Craig Miller at the results presentation.
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Opportunity to commercialise greenness of South Africa’s nuclear power, says South32 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2023 Nuclear power is part of the green taxonomy in Europe, where South Africa places most of its aluminium products and where most of the price pressures on non-green aluminium are going to arise in the coming years. But, for some reason, nuclear energy is not part of the green taxonomy in South Africa. 

South32 COO Noel Pillay.
South32 COO Noel Pillay.

Growing need for critical raw materials highlighted by US, EU policies – Glencore  

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2023 Recent government policies, such as the US's Inflation Reduction Act and the European Union’s proposed Green Deal Industrial Plan, demonstrate the growing need for critical raw materials through to the end of the decade and beyond, necessitating fresh investment in both primary supply and... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.
Glencore results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green hydrogen moves by China, India boosting outlook for platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2023 The firm embrace of the new green hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cell future by China and India is a huge twin boost for Southern Africa’s great platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment, Mining Weekly can today report. Hydrogen technologies have a special relevance for South Africa as most of the PGMs... 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is intent on making India a global green hydrogen hub.
Photo by Hydrogen Council
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is intent on making India a global green hydrogen hub.

Sustainable mining companies can gain from sustainable finance trends – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2023 Mining companies that can demonstrate responsible and sustainable mining practices can set themselves up to take advantage of the current environmental social governance (ESG) and sustainable finance trends, says law firm Webber Wentzel. “In 2023, ESG will continue to gain regulatory traction... 

Webber Wentzel highlights funding opportunity for mining companies that are doing the right thing.
Photo by Creamer Media
Webber Wentzel highlights funding opportunity for mining companies that are doing the right thing.

Just energy transition could spur R1.5-trillion green investment – Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr   

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2023 Through the just energy transition investment plan, R1.5-trillion could be invested in South Africa over the next five years in new frontiers of renewable energy, green hydrogen and electric vehicles, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH). Moreover, with the national state of disaster being... 

New frontiers of renewable energy, green hydrogen and electric vehicles have potential to grow the economy significantly.
New frontiers of renewable energy, green hydrogen and electric vehicles have potential to grow the economy significantly.

Global renewable energy generation to hit 320 GW this year, Mining Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2023 Renewable energy capacity will increase by 8% to 320 GW this year, Ivanhoe Mines founder and CEO Robert Friedland told the Investing in African Mining Indaba on Wednesday at an event themed on the comment of former US president John F Kennedy that the moon launch was being undertaken “not because... 

Ivanhoe Mines founder and CEO Robert Friedland.
Ivanhoe Mines founder and CEO Robert Friedland.

Ramaphosa determined to remove all impediments in way of sustained mining growth 

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2023 The Presidency is determined to remove all impediments in the way of the sustained growth of the South African mining industry, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Investing in African Mining Indaba on Tuesday, where he drew full auditorium applause. In addition, Minerals Council South Africa... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa and DRC president Félix Tshisekedi.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and DRC president Félix Tshisekedi.

Mining countries being helped to build critical mineral supply chains

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2023 The United States of America wants to support mineral producing countries to build enabling environments for investment throughout the critical minerals supply chain and not just focusing on extraction alone. This was stated by US Under Secretary of State for economic growth, energy and... 

Jose W Fernandez addressing a packed Investing in African Mining Indaba auditorium.
Photo by Creamer Media
Jose W Fernandez addressing a packed Investing in African Mining Indaba auditorium.

Minerals Council's Roger Baxter encouraged by board-level engagement with Transnet 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2023 Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Monday that the council is encouraged by the board level engagement it has undertaken so far with State rail enterprise Transnet and is hoping that this engagement will deliver some very specific results in stabilising rail performance in the... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, Council president Nolitha Fakude, office bearer Themba Mkhwanazi, and chief economist Henk Langenhoven.
Photo by Creamer Media
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, Council president Nolitha Fakude, office bearer Themba Mkhwanazi, and chief economist Henk Langenhoven.

Ever greater global acknowledgement of need to decarbonise ever more urgently – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2023 Ever greater acknowledgement is being given to the need to decarbonise global energy and transport systems ever more urgently. At the same time, ever greater global recognition is being given to the fact that many of the products of mining are fundamental to enabling that shift. 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.

Seriti Green raises need for Africa to appraise vanadium as electricity storage battery metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2023 Wind farm builder Seriti Green, which is planning substantial electricity storage capacity at its big renewable energy project in Mpumalanga, has raised the need for vanadium to be appraised as a battery storage metal of choice in Africa owing to the difficulties of sourcing lithium batteries.... 

From left, Layton Nenzinane, Peter Venn and Doug Gain.
Seriti Green Mpumalanga wind farm developers talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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