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Artificial intelligence used to eliminate need for rare earths in permanent magnets 

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2024 Discovering new materials has historically been slow. Now artificial intelligence (AI) is making it possible to discover a material entirely computationally and have that verified experimentally. An example of this is AI being used to create a permanent magnet that does not contain any rare earth... 

TotalEnergies, Air Products hydrogen deal uplifts platinum demand outlook still further 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2024 A 15-year agreement involving the supply of an initial 70 000 t of green hydrogen a year has been signed by TotalEnergies and Air Products. TotalEnergies, which is active in some 120 countries and which cites sustainability as being at the heart of its strategy, is setting out to reduce the net... 

TotalEnergies, Air Products hydrogen deal uplifts platinum demand outlook still further

World Hydrogen alerted to benefit of South Africa’s zero-emission hydrogen haul truck 

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2024 One hydrogen haul truck eliminates the deleterious carbon emissions of the equivalent of 700 cars, First Mode global hydrogen sourcing director James Betts highlighted during this week’s World Hydrogen Australia webinar, where he spoke of the need for the hydrogen haul trucks to be conceived as... 

South Africa pioneered hydrogen haul truck.
South Africa pioneered hydrogen haul truck.

Mining sector shows significant growth trajectory in Africa – consultancy

7th June 2024 Underscoring Mozambique’s significant mining sector growth is President Filipe Nyuse’s affirmation, through a statement, that Mozambique’s extractive industry amassed revenue exceeding $12.3-billion between 2020 and 2024. This revenue contribution, according to independent mining consultancy Core... 

LARA SMITH
Mozambique’s recent surge in mining activity is largely owing to the discovery of new natural resources
LARA SMITH Mozambique’s recent surge in mining activity is largely owing to the discovery of new natural resources

Platinum group metal poised to help protect world from growing water pollution threat  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2024 Platinum group metal (PGM) is once again coming to the fore as a mineral resource that goes the extra mile in protecting a threatened global environment. The latest indispensable commodity that is poised to be shielded by PGM, which has been safeguarding the air of cities from vehicle exhaust... 

PGM-linked hydrogen peroxide generator.
PGM-using MatiTech MD Mike Bowley interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Diamond transparency from mine to finger is on way from Petra   

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2024 Traceability is becoming an increasingly important part of the natural diamond industry, specifically in terms of being able to verify provenance or origin. G7 sanctions being applied also make traceability technology more important. 

Petra Diamonds CEO Richard Duffy
Petra Diamonds CEO Richard Duffy interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

ESG intrinsic to long-term mining success, Gold Fields AGM hears 

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2024 Managing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects is intrinsic to the long-term success of mining, Gold Fields chairperson Yunus Suleman highlighted at this week’s annual general meeting (AGM) of the Johannesburg- and New York-listed gold mining company. “We have a critical role to... 

Solar power panels at South Deep gold mine.
Solar power panels at South Deep gold mine.

AngloGold confirms all its operations are conflict-free

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2024 The operations of AngloGold Ashanti remain conflict-free as of December 31, 2023, the gold miner states in its ‘Conflict-Free Gold Report 2023’ on May 31, emphasising that it extracts gold in a manner that does not fuel conflict. AngloGold follows guidelines of the World Gold Council’s... 

AngloGold Ashanti's Obuasi mine, in Ghana
AngloGold Ashanti's Obuasi mine, in Ghana

AI weighbridge solutions combat coal corruption

By: Lynne Davies     31st May 2024 Weighbridge automation solutions provider JustWeighs recently developed and launched its new AI and surveillance equipment to combat coal transportation corruption and illicit trading. The company makes use of AI and data analytics to identify trucks with cloned numberplates or swapped trailers,... 

The above image depicts a truck that makes use of the JustWeighs system that provides coal producers with the ability to tract tonnages from pit to plant without the use of manual weighbridge slips
TONNAGE TRACKING The JustWeighs system provides coal producers with the ability to tract tonnages from pit to plant without the use of manual weighbridge slips

Upliftment of engineers critical to industrial development

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2024 There is a critical need for broader educational reforms to encourage and increase the potential for take-up of engineering as a career among youth, including the country’s mining sector, which “remains the backbone of South Africa’s economy”, industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa... 

ROBUST WORKFORCE NEEDED
A more robust engineering workforce can drive technological advancements and operational efficiencies in mining
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ROBUST WORKFORCE NEEDED A more robust engineering workforce can drive technological advancements and operational efficiencies in mining

New LHD engineered for hard-rock mining

31st May 2024 In an environment where cost control and remaining competitive and financially viable are constant challenges for operators of underground hard rock mines, mobile machinery manufacturer Komatsu reports that employing new technology is the logical starting point for making every aspect of a mine’s... 

The above image depicts the WX07 LHD which has been engineered for demanding underground environments and designed for small, narrow-vein applications with limited manoevering space
LIMITED SPACE The Komatsu WX07 LHD has been engineered for demanding underground environments, designed for small, narrow-vein applications with limited manoeuvring space

Ruthenium highlighted again in what could be another big boost for platinum group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2024 Ruthenium, one of the six platinum-group metals (PGMs), is once again being given major research attention in view of it being exceptionally suited to uplifting the efficiency and sustainability of green hydrogen production from green ammonia. Late last year, it was a ruthenium-based catalyst... 

Valuable use of ruthenium being researched.
Photo by Inforgraphic: Heraeus Precious Metals
Valuable use of ruthenium being researched.

Five killed after informal gold mine collapses in northern Kenya

By: Reuters     27th May 2024 At least five people were killed and several others were missing after an informal gold mine collapsed in northern Kenya, officials and local media said. The bodies of five miners have been recovered from the Hillo artisanal mine, and another three people were unaccounted for, regional... 

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.

Municipalities, mines share the risk of tailings failures – SRK

By: Darren Parker     24th May 2024 Municipalities share the risk of tailings dam failure with mines, consulting firm SRK Consulting has pointed out, noting that the latest global standards reiterate how municipalities must play an important role in the emergency response and recovery efforts after such incidents. Local government... 

tailings dam

Furnaces group expands training initiative

By: Lynne Davies     24th May 2024 Global refractory and industrial solutions provider Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) Africa aims to mitigate challenges – such as limitations in infrastructure, resource constraints and workforce migration facing Francophone and sub-Saharan African countries – by expanding artisanal skills... 

The above image depicts trainees of the Dickinson Group training programme that will enhance the local talent pool, assisting create a skilled local workforce that can reduce dependency on external expertise and enhance productivity
TALENT-POOL ENHANCEMENT DGC’s training programme will enhance the local talent pool, assisting in creating a skilled local workforce that can reduce dependency on external expertise and enhance productivity

Huge manganese value-add opportunity reiterated at Junior Indaba 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2024 The huge opportunity that South Africa has to add value to its rich endowment of manganese through local processing was reiterated during the second day of Wednesday’s Junior Indaba. “Specific to manganese, we’re certainly very bullish,” Manganese Metal Co (MMC) CEO Louis Nel said in response to... 

From left, Kudakwashe Maramba, George Roach, Ntsiki Adonisi, Louis Nel, Jaco Prinsloo, Bernard Swanepoel.
From left, Kudakwashe Maramba, George Roach, Ntsiki Adonisi, Louis Nel, Jaco Prinsloo, Bernard Swanepoel.

South Africa's R105bn green hydrogen project to be energised by hot De Aar sunshine 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2024 South Africa’s R105-billion green hydrogen, green ammonia project in the Eastern Cape took another major leap forward on Tuesday with the announcement of its underpinning by a cluster of nine solar projects in the very high solar yielding area of De Aar. The giga scale 1 230 MW solar project is... 

Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe
Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe

Platinum-enabled green molecules offering inviting green electron value-add – Nedbank  

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2024 It’s no longer good enough to just produce electric vehicles (EVs). You have to produce green EVs, and to do that, you need green steel. To get the green steel, you need the green molecules that green hydrogen provides. 

The cathode side of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells that convert hydrogen to electricity require platinum.
Nedbank CIB's Mike Peo interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson.

Glencore expands adherence to standards, reporting frameworks to ensure sustainability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2024 Global diversified miner Glencore’s emissions and energy use increased in 2023, but the group continues to make strides in managing its operations sustainably and according to ever-evolving standards. Glencore’s total energy use last year was 202 PJ, compared with 194 PJ in 2022. Renewable... 

Glencore's head office
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Glencore's head office

Mining-focused manufacturers see innovation as key to survival and future growth

By: Sabrina Jardim     17th May 2024 Amid the challenges of loadshedding, logistical constraints and volatile commodity prices, South Africa’s mining-focused manufacturers and equipment suppliers view ongoing innovation, including embracing digitalisation and artificial intelligence (AI), as increasingly central to their survival... 

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Mashatile says Jagersfontein house rebuilding project is advancing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2024 Deputy President Paul Mashatile has assured the National Council of Provinces that the Jagersfontein house rebuilding project is well under way. This project follows the collapse of a tailings dam wall at the Jagersfontein diamond mine, in the Free State, on September 11, 2022, resulting in a mud... 

Satellite image of the Jagersfontein tailings dam disaster
Satellite image of the Jagersfontein tailings dam disaster

PGM-boosted green hydrogen backed by resolute South African govt's commitment  

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2024 The production of green hydrogen, which is most effectively generated when catalysed by platinum group metals (PGMs), has profound economic and social implications, including job creation, skills development, and the fostering of new industries along a multifaceted mining, manufacturing and... 

Higher Education & Training DDG Zukile Mvalo
Higher Education & Training DDG Zukile Mvalo’s green hydrogen presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media’s Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

State mining training authority backing green hydrogen skills centre creation   

By: Martin Creamer     15th May 2024 “We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be establishing the first centre of specialisation of green hydrogen skills,” South Africa’s Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) CEO, Yershen Pillay, made public this week. CHIETA is working on this with South Africa’s mining... 

CHIETA CEO Yershen Pillay
Nedbank CIB Green Hydrogen Roundtable covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media's Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd

All-round value unlock targeted in proposed demerging of Anglo Platinum and De Beers 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2024 Diversified mining major Anglo American is targeting value elevation in its planned demerging of South Africa-based Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and the envisaged divestment or demerger of Southern Africa-dominant De Beers. In rejecting BHP’s second takeover offer, Anglo intends reshaping... 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad
Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad

Green energy presenting South Africa with massive reindustrialisation chance – Nedbank  

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2024 Green electrons and green molecules are presenting South Africa with a massive opportunity to reindustrialise, Nedbank CIB head of infrastructure, energy and telecommunications Mike Peo told the Green Hydrogen Roundtable on Monday. “We have an opportunity for South Africa to completely... 

From left, CHIETA CEO Yersen Pillay, Higher Education and Training Department DDG Zukile Mvalo, and Nedbank CIB Head of Infrastructure, Energy and Telecommunications Mike Peo.
Green Hydrogen Roundtable covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media's Shadwyn Dickinson.

Fantastic advance by Proudly South African manganese battery metal first-mover  

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2024 Proudly South African Manganese Metal Co (MMC) of Mbombela, Mpumalanga, is making a fantastic first-mover advance to enter the manganese battery metal market, which is progressing super-fast. To be established is a faster stream to market, which is not only ahead of the global game, but also... 

Manganese Metal Co chairperson Bernard Swanepoel
Manganese Metal Company interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Consultancy concludes water project

By: Trent Roebeck     10th May 2024 Multidisciplinary consulting firm SRK Consulting recently completed a project involving mine water, in West Africa, which started with characterising the key aquifers at the mine. Thereafter, SRK developed a dewatering system based on site testing and numerical modelling, followed by a water... 

An image of a mining site
MINE WATER MANAGEMENT Most of a mine’s water will generally be used in the process plant and these applications can usually be managed with much lower water qualities

Hosted learnerships allow for collaborative skills development

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th May 2024 Hosted learnerships play a crucial role in addressing the skills gap in the mining sector, particularly in areas with high unemployment rates, by upskilling local talent, providing additional workforce and offering employment opportunities outside the sector, says training services provider... 

An image of mining consultants at a site
CULTIVATING TALENT Hosted learnerships enable a three-way collaboration approach to skills development, ensuring various businesses can play their part in cultivating talent

Virtual training key to cost-effective skills development

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th May 2024 The mining industry is increasingly turning to virtual reality (VR) training to equip employees with essential skills in a simulated environment that mimics real-life conditions while reducing risks, reports consultancy firm World Wide Industrial and Systems Engineers MD Muhammad Ali. VR training... 

An image of World Wide Industrial and Systems Engineers MD Muhammad Ali
MUHAMMAD ALI Companies can achieve additional cost savings through integrating virtual reality training

Analytics software improves water management

By: Trent Roebeck     10th May 2024 TalbotAnalytics, software as a service (SaaS), developed by water solutions provider Talbot, uses data and artificial intelligence (AI) to enable mining operations in South Africa to efficiently use data from smart water meters to manage and improve mine water utilisation and treatment processes.... 

An image of a mining site
MINE WATER MANAGEMENT The TabotAnalytics software enables mining operation managers to efficiently streamline mining processes

Hydrogen’s ‘irreplaceable’ role highlighted by platinum-linked venture capital provider  

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2024 The role of hydrogen in the decarbonisation of the hardest-to-abate sectors of the global economy continues to be highlighted as “irreplaceable” by AP Ventures, the independent venture capital fund focused on investing in early-stage companies that use or enable the use of platinum group metals... 

AP Ventures Co-Founding Partner Kevin Eggers
AP Ventures Co-Founding Partner Kevin Eggers interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

South Deep gold output well down as Gold Fields implements recovery plan 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2024 With first-quarter gold production down 34% at South Deep gold mine, Gold Fields is focusing on setting up the well-endowed long-life Gauteng operation for longevity, quality ounces and sustainable production increases. The challenging quarter of the bulk mechanised mine near Westonaria, west of... 

Gold Fields CEO Mike Fraser
Gold Fields CEO Mike Fraser

Harmony reports second fatality in a week

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2024 A rock drill operator has died following a fall-of-ground incident at Harmony Gold Mining Company's Doornkop mine, in Gauteng, on May 2. “We are deeply saddened by this loss of one of our colleagues. At Harmony, safety is our foremost priority. A safe mine is a productive one – never the other... 

Platinum-based green hydrogen emerging as Winter Olympics decarbonisation pillar 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2024 Green hydrogen, which is generated with the benefit of the catalysis that platinum group metals (PGMs) provide, is being increasingly highlighted as a pillar of the global decarbonisation transition that is poised to save the world from ruinous climate change. News just out is that steps are... 

Platinum metals support every step of green hydrogen’s decarbonisation of the world.
Platinum metals support every step of green hydrogen’s decarbonisation of the world.

Surface-mining skills shortage a concern – association

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      3rd May 2024 Amid the current economic challenges in South Africa, local mining and quarrying industry representative organisation Aspasa stresses the importance of discovering smarter ways of mining economically and calls for the creation of platforms for young people to develop in the industry. The... 

An image of Letisha van den Berg
LETISHA VAN DEN BERG The opencast and surface mining sector can supply all the products to fix the construction and maintenance issues currently associated with road and water infrastructure

Mine focuses on steady-state production, tech, cost saving

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      3rd May 2024 Coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal is focusing on maintaining steady-state coal production at its Khanye colliery in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, with the former having made significant progress in the past six months by improving production through smarter operational management,... 

An image of the Khanye colliery
IMPROVING MINE OPERATIONS Canyon Coal aims to use technology to optimise operational processes and increase profitability at its Bronkhorstspruit-based Khanye Colliery

Underground construction employee dies at Harmony's Mponeng mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd May 2024 Gold miner Harmony Gold Mining Company reports that an underground construction employee, working on planned rail maintenance, died at its Mponeng mine near Carletonville, in Gauteng, on May 1. The nature of the incident that led to the fatality is under investigation. 

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