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Continued exploration, mine development in 2024

Updated 5 hours ago With Africa’s substantial and varied mineral endowment being undisputed, the year ahead will likely see ongoing progress in exploration and mine development, in both traditional metals and the minerals associated with the global energy transition, according to mining consultancy SRK Consulting MD... 

Coal mining to move to more sustainable practices

By: Halima Frost     Updated 5 hours ago The ongoing shift from traditional coal mining to sustainably mined coal in 2024 and beyond will “witness remarkable advancements” in new coal mining methods, driven by innovative technologies and evolving industry practices, says coal procurement, mining project development and services company... 

Two hands holding raw coal
THE FUTURE IN OUR HANDS The future of coal as an energy source needs to be aligned with more sustainable mining practices

Upward trend in generative AI adoption

By: Halima Frost     Updated 5 hours ago Security system provider Axis Communications has noted a marked increase in the uptake of new security-focused applications based on the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI), especially in the South African mining sector. The company, which provides security solutions – including... 

A new Internet of things enabled camera supplied by Axis Communications
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Security systems and the uptake of new technologies in the mining sector will continue its upward trajectory

Anglo achieves its best ever safety record, but reiterates commitment to zero harm

By: Darren Parker     22nd February 2024 Mining major Anglo American has achieved its lowest ever total recordable injury frequency rate of 1.78 in 2023, down from 2.19 in 2022, along with the company’s lowest ever monthly rate of 0.91 in December, CEO Duncan Wanblad revealed during the company’s 2023 financial year results presentation... 

Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad
Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad

Criminal Asset Recovery Fund, not fiscus, to fund SANDF’s war on illegal mining

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2024 The Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans has claimed that the deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in support of the South African Police Service to counter illegal mining at an estimated cost of R492-million is currently unfunded as of November last... 

Illegal miners

Petra urges discipline among diamond producers to ensure balanced inventory levels

By: Sabrina Jardim     20th February 2024 Despite its exposure to various risks and uncertainties, such as rough diamond prices, political instability and liquidity challenges – which could have a material impact on its long-term development – diamond miner Petra Diamonds has said it remains resilient. The company reported on February 20... 

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Petra Diamonds CEO Richard Duffy

DRDGOLD’s business model is ESG in action 

By: Tracy Hancock     20th February 2024 Considering that environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects have become increasingly important over the years, especially in the mining industry, gold producer DRDGOLD emphasises that its tailings retreatment business model was built to realise ESG compliance. “Essentially what we do is... 

DRDGOLD’s business model is ESG in action

Rich new Copper 360 discovery points to big Chile-type copper mine potential  

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2024 Okiep Copper Company, which mining company Newmont established in 1937, is today one of the 100%-owned subsidiaries of South Africa’s Copper 360, the only pure copper play listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Under Newmont, the Okiep Copper Company paid out about R30-million in dividends... 

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

Amplats attains IRMA standard for three platinum mines in Southern Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2024 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has passed the audit for Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance’s (IRMA’s) comprehensive mining standard for two of its mines in South Africa and one in Zimbabwe. The Unki mine, in Zimbabwe, was the first in the world to... 

Amplats' Unki mine, in Zimbabwe
Amplats' Unki mine, in Zimbabwe

Three dead as bus carrying B2Gold employees attacked in Mali

By: Reuters     16th February 2024 B2Gold Corp on Thursday said three of its employees died after sustaining injuries in an attack on an employee transport convoy in Mali. A bus transporting B2Gold employees from the Fekola Mine to Bamako was attacked approximately 75 kilometres west of Bamako, the Canadian miner said. 

Crucial decarbonisation investigation into Hillside Aluminium is continuing intensely 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2024 Solutions to support decarbonisation, while ensuring operational competitiveness into the future, are continuing to be intensely investigated at South Africa's large Hillside Aluminium operation in KwaZulu-Natal, South32 CEO Graham Kerr assured Mining Weekly in an interview on Thursday, following... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr.
South32 CEO Graham Kerr.

Can SA mining prevent more hostage dramas in 2024?

By: Darren Parker     16th February 2024 Since October of last year, several unlawful underground protests have raised serious concerns about the potential emergence of a new trend in which frustrated underground mineworkers turn to unlawful sit-ins and hostage-taking as a means of having their demands met. Although the South African... 

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Now palladium comes under the Heraeus-Sibanye spotlight to boost hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2024 Germany’s Heraeus Precious Metals and South Africa’s Sibanye-Stillwater are partnering to explore new applications for platinum-group metals (PGMs) in the hydrogen economy, with a specific focus on how applications can profit from the unique traits of palladium, one of the six PGM elements.... 

Palladium bars.
Palladium bars.

MHSC aims to empower women, ensure health and safety in mining industry

By: Shannon de Ryhove     15th February 2024 National public entity the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) has outlined ambitious goals to transform the mining industry by fostering gender diversity and prioritising the health and safety of all employees. MHSC CEO David Mamphitha has emphasised the council’s commitment to increasing the... 

A strategic aim of the MHSC is the resolution to achieve zero harm within the mining sector
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A strategic aim of the MHSC is the resolution to achieve zero harm within the mining sector

Hydrogen cars come into sharp new focus as global climate politics takes turn for better 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2024 For the first time, luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW has a fleet of hydrogen-fuelled cars on South Africa’s roads, supported by a green hydrogen refuelling infrastructure set up at its Midrand campus in Johannesburg. The outcome of BMW, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Sasol finding common... 

The BMW iX5 Hydrogen passenger car being refuelled with green hydrogen.
BMW, Anglo American Platinum, Sasol talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on the new BMW iX5 Hydrogen taking to South Africa’s streets. Video: Darlene Creamer.

DRDGOLD says dust control measures seem to be working

By: Darren Parker     14th February 2024 JSE-listed DRDGOLD has reported that only 0.6% out of 632 dust monitoring sites registered an exceedance in terms of the stipulated regulatory thresholds across its operations. “Because our operations are by and large in the city, the amount of dust that comes with various reclamation and... 

DRDGOLD surface mining

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).

Agriculture, crime, health & safety make headlines   

9th February 2024 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks headlines from the Investing in African Mining Indaba, criminal syndicates identified by Transnet and noise-induced hearing loss displacing TB and silicosis as the top priority health threat in the South African mining industry   

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Agriculture, crime, health & safety make headlines

Positive reaction to machine, tech partnership

By: Halima Frost     9th February 2024 Mining equipment manufacturer Veracio, a new subsidiary of international exploration drilling company Boart Longyear, says although its partnership with directional drilling service provider International Directional Services (IDS) is still in its infancy, the response from clients has been... 

A Veracio TruGyro implement placed on tests on a red rock surface
DEDICATED DRILL DISTRIBUTOR The partnership between IDS and Veracio will see the new TruGyro north-seeking continuous gyro tool being distributed to IDS clients across North America

Biodegradable cellulose gloves inventor wins 2024 Mining Innovation and Research award

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2024 Industry association Women in Mining Kenya founder Grace Akinyi won the Mining Innovation and Research Battlefield 2024 competition with her 'Eco Green Gold’ concept to produce biodegradable gloves from bacterial cellulose derived from coconut waste as a simple yet effective solution to the... 

Crucial to combine agricultural development with mining, Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2024 Africa is going to have a huge amount to do to help solve the world’s climate change problems, Toronto-listed Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland emphasised in his far-reaching thirtieth address to the thirtieth Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. In those 30... 

Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland.
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Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland.

Vedanta focused on becoming ESG leader 

7th February 2024 Good governance and sustainable development are at the core of diversified global natural resources and technology conglomerate Vedanta Group's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety and environment, and on enhancing the lives of local communities. The group is focused on becoming the... 

Vedanta focused on becoming ESG leader

Fluor ready to address carbon tax challenges 

By: Tracy Hancock     6th February 2024 One of the most significant focus areas for the mining and metals industry in the next decade, and into the future, will be the management of carbon emissions, says global engineering, procurement and construction company Fluor. Fluor process technology director Etienne Bredell discusses the... 

Fluor ready to address carbon tax challenges

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.

Weir Minerals discusses evolution of African mining 

By: Tracy Hancock     6th February 2024 Mining technology company Weir Minerals discusses how it expects the African mining industry to evolve in the context of positive disruption while attending this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba. Weir Minerals SA MD Rajen Govender unpacks the key disruptions the company has experienced... 

Weir Minerals discusses evolution of African mining

Murray & Roberts Cementation techniques, tech advance positive disruption 

By: Tracy Hancock     6th February 2024 Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation is integrating innovative techniques and technologies to drive positive disruption in the African mining sector. Murry & Roberts Cementation MD Japie du Plessis discusses the company's initiatives towards sustainable mining practices and how... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation techniques, tech advance positive disruption

Booyco Electronics embraces positive disruption 

By: Tracy Hancock     6th February 2024 Mine safety equipment manufacturer Booyco Electronics is embracing the concept of positive disruption to redefine the African mining industry. In a video interview with Mining Weekly at this year’s Investing in Mining Indaba, Booyco Electronics CEO Anton Lourens discusses how the company ensures... 

Booyco Electronics embraces positive disruption

Rio Tinto unit faces criminal case in Canada over injured worker

By: Reuters     6th February 2024 A Canadian unit of global mining company Rio Tinto is facing a criminal case after an employee was seriously injured at an Arctic diamond mine, according to an announcement by local authorities. The accident took place on January 26, 2003 at the Diavik mine, which is located about 200 km south... 

The accident took place on January 26, 2003 at the Diavik mine (pictured).
The accident took place on January 26, 2003 at the Diavik mine (pictured).

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.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions drives positive disruptions 

By: Tracy Hancock     5th February 2024 Equipment and technical solutions provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has introduced key technological innovations and advancements in Southern Africa to drive positive disruption in mining operations. Speaking to Mining Weekly at the Investing in Mining Indaba, Sandvik Mining and Rock... 

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions drives positive disruptions

Infrastructure repairs to Impala Rustenburg’s 11 Shaft to be completed by end-Feb

By: Chanel de Bruyn     31st January 2024 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) says infrastructure repairs to Impala Rustenburg’s 11 Shaft are expected to be completed by the end of February, with the build-up to full production targeted for April. This follows a November 2023 accident associated with a personnel... 

Impala Rustenburg's 11 Shaft
Photo by Jacques McCarthy
Impala Rustenburg's 11 Shaft

Coal miner Ndalamo pursuing renewable energy, other minerals

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2024 Coal mining company Ndalamo Resources is actively exploring opportunities in renewable energy and other minerals, paving the way for a diversified and resilient future. Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo states this in an Op-Ed in relation to the overarching theme of next week's 2024 Investing in... 

Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo.
Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo.

DRC’s green and automated Kibali gold operation highlighted as mining role model 

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2024 Kibali, the largest gold mine in Africa, is now also one of Africa's greenest and most impressively automated operations, which continues to stimulate local economic development and even provides ongoing funding for the reintroduction of white rhinos into a Unesco world heritage site in the... 

Kibali gold plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kibali gold plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sierra Rutile to suspend Area 1 operations, Sembehun receives ESHIA

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th January 2024 The Environmental Protection Agency of Sierra Leone has approved the environmental, social and health impact assessment (ESHIA), the associated environmental, social and health management plan (ESHMP) and the public disclosure report for ASX-listed Sierra Rutile’s Sembehun project, in Sierra... 

West African reports fatality at Burkina Faso gold project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2024 ASX-listed West African Resources said on Monday that a contractor had died while working at its Kiaka gold project, in Burkina Faso. No other persons were injured in the accident, the company said in a statement. 

Anglo launches battery raw materials research project with large China recycler 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2024 South Africa-founded and Johannesburg- and London-listed Anglo American on Friday announced the launch of a research and development project in collaboration with one of China’s largest battery and battery material recyclers. The purpose of the project with Shenzhen-based GEM is to explore new... 

GEM and Anglo teams at signing ceremony.
GEM and Anglo teams at signing ceremony.

New ventilation shaft holes out safely

By: Sabrina Jardim     26th January 2024 Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation and its client Palabora Mining Company (PMC) this month celebrated the last blast at the new ventilation shaft at the Lift II project, which took the shaft’s depth to a final 1 200 m below surface. The 8.5-m-diameter upcast vent shaft –... 

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