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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... 

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.

Manufacturer secures new clients despite challenges

By: Halima Frost     24th January 2024 Despite the negative effects of illegal mining and copper scrap exports on the confidence levels of international investors and clients, South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has manged to secure a large number of new international clients. The company’s direct marketing... 

A pure copper component being packed and labeled for export
EXPORT QUALITY Thos Begbie has secured many new international clients for its copper and copper processing products

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

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.

Flash smelter construction on schedule

24th November 2023 The construction of what is reported to be Africa’s largest direct-to-blister flash smelter, being constructed for copper/nickel/zinc miner Ivanhoe Mines at the Kamoa-Kakula copper complex, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is 56% complete and on target for commissioning in the fourth... 

An aerial view of Ivanhoe's construction progress at the Kamoa-Kakula copper complex
COPPER COMPLEX BEING CONSTRUCTED The new direct-to-blister flash smelter, being constructed at the Kamoa-Kakula copper complex, will be a part of the four Phases of construction being undertaken

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.

Loophole harming sector

By: Halima Frost     17th November 2023 Although illegal mining, theft of equipment and infrastructure, and a lack of fully functional local copper mines affect South Africa's copper sector, the prevailing export of scrap copper through loopholes in export regulations is also a major concern, says South African nonferrous metals... 

A large box of processed copper hangbars for a client
CONTINUAL PRODUCTION Despite setbacks caused by flooding, Non Ferrous Metal Works has maintained its order book of products like these copper hangbars for its client's

Timeous turnaround on motor repair

22nd September 2023 Last month, electric motor repair company Marthinusen & Coutts Zambia was requested by a copper smelter based in the Copperbelt region of Zambia to provide an in-country repair solution to two of their critical 4.5 MW compressor motors. Marthinusen & Coutts was given only three weeks in which to... 

Two men stood behind a glss safety screen, testing a compressor motor form Marthinusen Coutts in Zambia
COMMISSIONING COPPER The copper smelter in Zambia needed its compressor motors commissioned in a three week period

Contract awarded for pilot plant

8th September 2023 Global mining group Rio Tinto has awarded aggregates, mining and metals services and solutions provider Metso the detailed design and engineering contract for their continuous pilot plant (CPP) for the BioIron process. The contract is an extension of the work that Rio Tinto and Metso have been... 

Mines embrace digital transformation

18th August 2023 The mining industry in South Africa has embraced digital transformation, according to  corporate and commercial law firm Werksmans Attorneys head of regulatory Ahmore Burger-Smidt. South Africa’s mining industry uses digital mediums, such as machine learning, Big Data and artificial intelligence... 

Company expands into DRC with launch of two new entities

By: Bridget Lepere     14th July 2023 A new venture in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has led to asset integrity management and industrial solutions company the Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) establishing DGC Africa DRC - a company which focuses on asset integrity management and industrial services in the region. With... 

Image of people standing at the DGC stand at the DRC Mining expo
DIGGING THE PARTNERSHIP IDEA Dickinson Group of Companies staff speaking to attendees at the DRC Mining Week Expo, held between June 14 to 16, about its commitment to foster partnerships and collaborations in the Democratic Republic of Congo market

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.

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.

Firm supplies innovative furnace solutions for heating needs

26th May 2023 Comprehensive furnace services provider Dickinson Group of Companies, which was founded in 1910, has a strategic focus on meeting the heating demands of its clients, and in so doing, has become a premier provider of innovative furnace solutions. The company's primary furnace services include... 

REFRACTORY INSTALLATION
This service is focused on maintaining better furnace performance by ensuring high-quality refractory materials are used
REFRACTORY INSTALLATION This service is focused on maintaining better furnace performance by ensuring high-quality refractory materials are used

IGBT-based inverter design revolutionises furnaces

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2023 With the mining industry relying heavily on efficient and reliable furnaces for various metal processing applications, US-based heating contractor Electroheat Induction says that electric-powered furnaces have become the “preferred choice” owing to their reliability, efficiency and... 

TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN EFFICIENCY
By leveraging advanced technology, the company has eliminated the need for water-cooled leads for induction power up to 350 kW
TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN EFFICIENCY By leveraging advanced technology, the company has eliminated the need for water-cooled leads for induction power up to 350 kW

Innovative pollution control enables cleaner, healthier environment

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2023 The furnace industry faces significant challenges in managing air pollution linked to furnace operations, considering that each stage of the furnace operation requires a unique approach to address air pollution effectively. Energy and environmental solutions provider John Thompson, which... 

AIR POLLUTION CONTROL
Actom considers the size and specific requirements when selecting the appropriate filter, ensuring optimal air pollution control
AIR POLLUTION CONTROL Actom considers the size and specific requirements when selecting the appropriate filter, ensuring optimal air pollution control

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Firm secures ‘preferred’ status

By: Tracy Hancock     31st January 2023 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has been named a preferred supplier of Europe’s largest copper producer Aurubis, which also claims to be the world’s largest copper recycler. Thos Begbie, based in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, manufactures water-cooled copper and other furnace components... 

TACTICAL CHANGES
Thos Begbie is expanding its business strategy to gain a major advantage over the local market, as demand for copper processing snowballs
TACTICAL CHANGES Thos Begbie is expanding its business strategy to gain a major advantage over the local market, as demand for copper processing snowballs

Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2022 With South Africa having committed to transition away from coal, investments will not only be required for the retiring of coal plants and the ramping up of renewable energy, but also for coal communities, who will require alternative economic development plans to sustain the livelihoods of all... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.

Helping world transition to net-zero carbon is mining's biggest opportunity, says Minerals Council president 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 The biggest opportunity mining has as an industry is to help the world to transition to a net-zero carbon world, Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude said on Wednesday. Fakude, who is also chairperson of Anglo American's management board in South Africa, highlighted this during... 

Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.
Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.

Company on track to complete furnace rebuild

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd October 2022 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is on track to conclude the rebuild of the new furnace of multinational precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum group metals (PGMs) smelter this month. The first matte tap is set to be conducted also by the end of this month. This... 

An image of Thos Begbie workers at the Sibanye smelter
FROM THE GROUND UP Thos Begbie built on their role of manufacturing the smelter parts by going on to rebuild the smelter

A2C Distributors grows from strength-to-strength, attending EMA2022

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2022 Still going strong since it was established in 1997, business support services provider A2C Distributors has grown its range progressively. The company supplies a variety of tools and solutions to suit a customers’ needs and requirements. 

A2C Distributors grows from strength-to-strength, attending EMA2022

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
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