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Gemstones News

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... 

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.

WiMSA has strong presence at Mining Indaba 

5th February 2024 Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) provides a free platform that supports and guides women's personal growth, leadership and career development in the South African mining industry. WiMSA was established in 2010 as a completely independent, volunteer-run non-profit organisation and exist... 

WiMSA has strong presence at Mining Indaba

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.

Optical sorter arrives at URA's Gravelotte mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st January 2024 London-listed URA Holdings' Gravelotte emerald mine, in South Africa's Limpopo province, has taken delivery of an optical sorter – an important step in the mine's transition to operational status. The state-of-the-art optical sorter was manufactured by Angelon Electronics and packaged and shipped... 

Gemfields achieved its second-highest auction revenues ever in 2023

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2024 Gemstone miner Gemfields reports that auction revenues and pricing for both emeralds and rubies remain strong, with the company having earned auction revenues of $242-million in 2023 – the second-highest year in Gemfields' history despite the withdrawal of November 2023's auction of... 

Polished emeralds and rubies produced by Gemfields

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.

Fabergé, Regent unveil new sea-themed egg

By: Darren Parker     14th December 2023 Jewelled egg maker Fabergé has introduced a new luxury egg called Journey in Jewels in partnership with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The egg was unveiled at a gala event in Miami, Florida, on December 10, and is currently on display aboard Regent’s newest ship Seven Seas Grandeur. It is the first... 

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.

Gemfields earns $69.5m from latest ruby auction

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2023 Ruby and emerald miner Gemfields has announced that total auction revenues of $69.5-million were accrued after selling all 97 lots, comprising 239 591 ct of ruby, offered for sale at its latest auction of mixed-quality rough rubies. The average realised price of the rubies was $290.02/ct. 

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.

URA raises £1m to restart South African emerald mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st November 2023 London-listed URA Holdings has raised £1-million in an accelerated bookbuild to restart operations at its 74%-owned Gravellotte emerald mine, in South Africa's Limpopo province. The funds were raised through the placing of 80-million new shares at a price of 1.25p each. 

Rough emeralds recovered in Zambia

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.

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

Emeralds, rubies continuing to give Southern Africa exceptional gemstone hues

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2023 The emerald green of Zambia and the ruby red of Mozambique are continuing to give exceptional gemstone hues to Southern Africa, Mining Weekly can today report. Zambian emeralds, which are among the oldest on earth, were created by contact between beryllium, chromium and vanadium more than 500... 

Gemstones from Zambia and Mozambique.
Gemstones from Zambia and Mozambique.

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

Gemfields’ latest emerald auction generates $25.5m in revenue

By: Cameron Mackay     18th September 2023 Gemstone producer Gemfields earned revenues of $25.5-million from its latest auction of commercial-quality rough emeralds recovered from the Kagem mine, in Zambia. All 43 lots put on offer were sold, resulting in an average price of $7.51/ct. 

The rough emeralds sold were extracted by Kagem, which is 75% owned by Gemfields and 25% by the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia
The rough emeralds sold were extracted by Kagem, which is 75% owned by Gemfields and 25% by the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia

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.

URA raises £240 000 to restart Gravelotte emerald mine 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2023 London-listed URA Holdings has raised £240 000 through a placing and subscription to buy critical equipment and machinery required for the restart of the Gravelotte emerald mine, in Limpopo, South Africa. Chairperson Ed Nealon says existing shareholders participated in the placing, including... 

Grizzly’s emerald auction generates record sales

By: Cameron Mackay     10th August 2023 Emerald producer Grizzly Mining says the company’s latest emerald auction, which was held in Dubai earlier in August, generated record sales of $48.63-million. The auction saw the company offer its latest mid- to high-grade rough emeralds from its flagship Grizzly emerald mine, in Zambia.  

Grizzly Mining chairperson Abdoulaye Ndiaye
Grizzly Mining chairperson Abdoulaye Ndiaye

Gemfields produces slightly lower interim output

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st July 2023 London- and Johannesburg- listed Gemfields produced 17.4-million carats of emeralds in the six months ended June 30, including 85 000 ct of premium emeralds, from the Kagem emerald mine, in Zambia. The company also produced 772 000 ct from the Montepuez ruby mine, in Mozambique, including 35 760... 

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.

Opinion: Illegal mining is a criminal activity

13th July 2023 In this article, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy media relations director Ernest Mulibana writes about the scourge of illegal mining in South Africa and its impact on the economy. 

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy media relations director Ernest Mulibana
Department of Mineral Resources and Energy media relations director Ernest Mulibana

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.

Gemfields’ emeralds, rubies featured at Paris fashion show 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th July 2023 A new collection of rings, featuring miner Gemfields’ emeralds and rubies, has been unveiled during the Journées de la Haute Joaillerie. Gemfields – a miner and marketer of coloured gemstones – has partnered with jewellery designers that it posits share the company’s transparency, legitimacy and... 

A ring with an emerald mined at Gemfields' Kagem mine
A ring with an emerald mined at Gemfields' Kagem mine

De Beers commits billion pula upfront to diamonds-for-development in Botswana  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd July 2023 The De Beers Group, which concluded in principle diamond sales and mining agreements with the government of Botswana at the weekend, has committed a billion pula (R1.4-billion) upfront to fund the development of diversification within Botswana. “I've just returned from Botswana and I'm really... 

De Beers Group CFO Sarah Kuijlaars.
Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly interviewing De Beers Group CFO Sarah Kuijlaars. 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.
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