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Global gold mining major highlights academic partnership with South Africa’s Fort Hare 

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2024 The University of Fort Hare, where the offspring of mineworkers were the first graduates, has agreed a R12.5-million, initial ten-year academic partnership with gold mining major AngloGold Ashanti, which no longer mines in this country and is now domiciled in London. Fort Hare is the university... 

France's Orano says Niger has removed mining permit for its Imouraren unit

By: Reuters     21st June 2024 French company Orano said on Thursday that Niger had removed a mining permit for its subsidiary Imouraren. Orano said the decision would have a negative economic impact on Niger and added it reserved the right to take legal measures to challenge the decision. 

Streamlined PPP framework could unlock infrastructure investment

By: Darren Parker     21st June 2024 In February, the National Treasury asked for public comments to be submitted in respect of the newly drafted amendments to the National Treasury Regulations (NTR) 16, and key elements of municipal public-private partnerships (PPPs) legislation, to bring it in line with recommendations based on a... 

Streamlined PPP framework could unlock infrastructure investment

ICMM highlights tailings safety on Brumadinho anniversary

21st June 2024 The fifth anniversary of the Brumadinho tailings dam collapse serves as a “powerful reminder” to all mining industry stakeholders about the tragic consequences of accidents and highlights the need to remain focused on improving how tailings facilities are managed across the entire industry,... 

An image of a mud slide in Brumadinho, Brazil
SETTING THE PRECEDENT The Brumadinho tailings dam collapse has necessitated the requirement of achieving zero harm to people and the environment

Green copper, vapour refining envisaged at Orion’s Northern Cape base metals mines 

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2024 Green copper and clean smelting and refining are envisaged at Orion Minerals’ quickly advancing base metals mines in South Africa’s well-endowed Northern Cape province, which has historically produced 2.5-millon tons of copper until base metal mining ceased there several decades ago. The fully... 

This Prieska mine chamber was blasted in the 1970s.
Photo by Creamer Media
This Prieska mine chamber was blasted in the 1970s.

South Africa now a compelling world investment story, upbeat Orion highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2024 “The sun is finally shining on us,” an upbeat Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart enthused during an Australia/South Africa webinar on Wednesday, when he outlined how South Africa has become one of the world’s most compelling short-term investment stories. Predicting that this country's investment... 

Errol Smart
Orion Minerals webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Fast-greening Richards Bay Minerals now eyeing on-site renewables, storage, aggregation  

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2024 Energy-intensive Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), which consumes an average of 1.8 terawatts of power a year, was able to secure its latest 140 MW wind energy power purchase agreement (PPA) in six months. When operating at full capacity, RBMs, power consumption across its mining and smelting... 

Richards Bay Minerals GM for Growth Strategy Bradley Reddy.
Richards Bay Minerals' Bradley Reddy interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Cereamer.

Southern Palladium remains committed to advancing Bengwenyama project

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2024 The completed prefeasibility study (PFS) drilling campaign for the Bengwenyama platinum group metal (PGM) project, on the eastern limb of South Africa’s distinctively endowed Bushveld Complex, is emphasising the robustness of the upper group two (UG2) reef, project developer Southern Palladium... 

Flashback to the listing of Southern Palladium on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange two years ago.
Flashback to the listing of Southern Palladium on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange two years ago.

Thungela poised to spend R3.9bn capital in South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2024 Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Thungela Resources is poised to spend R3.9-billion worth of capital in South Africa going forward. An estimated R1.3-billion of this capital expenditure (capex) is scheduled to be spent in the next six months and a further R800-million in the final six months of... 

Thungela Resources active in Mpumalanga.
Thungela Resources active in Mpumalanga.

Probably more diamond industry uncertainty now than at any other point – Gemdax 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2024 While the diamond sector probably has more uncertainty now than at any other point, participants also probably have a bigger opportunity than ever to shape what the future will look like. “One thing's for sure, the way the industry has operated over the last decade is not going to be the way it... 

Gemdax co-founder and partner Anish Aggarwal.
Gemdax's Anish Aggarwal interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Opinion: Beware, but do not fear!

14th June 2024 In this article, Webber Wentzel senior associate Francois Sieberhagen writes about the implications of the Supreme Court of Appeal's (SCA's) judgment in the case of Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy & Three Others vs Sustaining the Wild Coast NPC and Eight Others. 

Webber Wentzel senior associate Francois Sieberhagen
Webber Wentzel senior associate Francois Sieberhagen

Organisation looks into industry challenges

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      14th June 2024 High regulatory and legislative barriers in the quarrying sector are constraining its growth, says quarrying and surface mining professional body Institute of Quarrying Southern Africa (IQSA) chairperson Jeremy Hunter-Smith. This is compounded, he says, by the 20% downturn in the construction... 

An image of Jeremy Hunter-Smith
JEREMY HUNTER-SMITH High regulatory and legislative barriers in the quarrying sector are constraining its growth

Copper 360 on home straight to produce quite a bit of cash, CEO reports  

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2024 Copper mining and marketing company Copper 360 is on the home straight to produce quite a bit of cash by financial year end. That was the main takeaway from Mining Weekly’s post-results Zoom interview with the head of the only pure copper play listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). 

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

Zambia to set up mineral investment and trading unit

By: Reuters     12th June 2024 Zambia will set up a new entity for investment and trading in minerals as it seeks to earn more from its natural resources, the Cabinet said on Wednesday after giving its approval. The government of Zambia, Africa's second largest copper producer which currently owns several mining assets through... 

Reserve Bank concern about decline of public markets welcome development – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2024 The concern that South Africa’s Reserve Bank expressed last week on the state of this country’s public markets is seen as a welcome development by AmaranthCX director and public market promoter Paul Miller. Everything the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has done has not been enough to change... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Western Australia resolves mining imbroglio threatening licences

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2024 Western Australia’s government has approved draft legislation that will ensure the security of mining licenses and permits in the state, a major producer of iron-ore. The legislation, to be passed retrospectively, will resolve a High Court of Australia ruling in 2017 that theoretically almost... 

Western Australia resolves mining imbroglio threatening licences

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... 

Development of rare earth-free permanent magnets.
Materials Nexus CTO Robert Forrest interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa’s quickly advancing Copper 360 is guiding sharp 2025 revenue rise  

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2024 The revenue of South Africa’s quickly advancing Northern Cape copper mining company Copper 360, the only pure copper play on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, is forecast by the company to have risen sharply by the end of February next year. The AltX-listed company headed by CEO Jan Nelson, is... 

Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson.
Copper 360 annual results presentation covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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

Minerals Council calls for collaborative relationship among govt, labour, civil society and the private sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th June 2024 As political parties discuss the way forward in establishing a government of national unity, the Minerals Council South Africa says it and its members are advocating for a constructive, collaborative and trusting relationship among government, labour, civil society and the private sector to... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane

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.

Long-term unlocking of vast resources potential gaining ground

By: Simone Liedtke     7th June 2024 Mozambique’s mining industry has been a significant driver of economic growth over the past two decades. With vast mineral resources, including heavy sands, coal, magnetite, graphite, lithium, gold and gemstones, the country offers a promising landscape for mining investments, says mining... 

MOZAMBIQUE POTENTIAL
Mozambique continues to attract international interest and aims to bolster its position as a key mining hub in Southern Africa
MOZAMBIQUE POTENTIAL Mozambique continues to attract international interest and aims to bolster its position as a key mining hub in Southern Africa

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

Greater investment needed to ensure the success of Europe's CRMA

By: Chanel de Bruyn     6th June 2024 Greater investment in both technology and skills is needed in Europe to ensure the successful implementation of the Critical Raw Materials Act (CRMA), Member of the European Parliament Hildegard Bentele has stressed. Speaking at the MiningForum, in Berlin, Germany, on June 6, she said it was an... 

Member of the European Parliament Hildegard Bentele
Member of the European Parliament Hildegard Bentele

Richards Bay Minerals signs agreement for additional 140 MW of renewable energy   

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2024 A second renewable-energy project has been announced for heavy mineral sands extraction and refining company Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), which mines in northern KwaZulu-Natal and produces materials used in a wide range of everyday products, from paints to smartphones. In 2022, the Rio Tinto... 

From left Werner Duvenhage, James Cumming and Michael Wickins.
Richards Bay Minerals latest renewable energy announcement covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.

European countries urged to continue investing in mining

By: Chanel de Bruyn     6th June 2024 Europe is at risk of losing important sources of raw materials, because it is phasing out mining rather than investing in more mines, Federation of German Industries executive board member Wolfgang Niedermark told delegates at the MiningForum, in Berlin, Germany, on June 6. He stated that there... 

Federation of German Industries executive board member Wolfgang Niedermark
Federation of German Industries executive board member Wolfgang Niedermark

Mining input costs up by 7.2% y/y, Minerals Council says

By: Darren Parker     5th June 2024 The Minerals Council South Africa said on June 4 that its index of mining input costs increased by 7.2% year-on-year, matching the highest rate so far this year, which was recorded in January. This rise in input costs coincided with an acceleration in the rate of increase for the producer price... 

The Khumani iron-ore mine

ICMM suggests tax reforms to drive greater investment to meet metals, minerals demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2024 Mining organisation ICMM says its members paid corporate income tax (CIT) and royalties of $54.2-billion last year, employed 561 800 people and paid $39-billion in wages. About $187-billion was paid to suppliers, while community and social investments totalled $1.4-billion.  

Tucano mine, in Brazil

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.

Seventh administration needs to fast-track structural reforms to halt economic decline, Minerals Council says

By: Darren Parker     5th June 2024 The "concerning" economic growth dynamics across the South African mining sector should reinforce the need for the seventh administration, whatever shape it may take, to sustain and preferably fast-track the structural reforms started by the sixth administration, the Minerals Council South Africa... 

A haul truck operating at a mine site in South Africa

First call applications for R400m junior mining exploration fund close July 12

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2024 The first call applications for the R400-million junior mining exploration fund (JMEF) close on July 12. This was stated on Tuesday in a media release issued by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), in partnership with the Council for Geoscience (CGS) and the Industrial... 

Need for quick exploration activity.
Unless exploration increases fast, the vital mining economy will shrink.

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.

Volvo to issue world's first EV battery passport ahead of EU rules

By: Reuters     4th June 2024 Volvo Cars is launching the world's first EV battery passport recording the origins of raw materials, components, recycled content and carbon footprint for its flagship EX90 SUV, which is about to start production, the Swedish automaker told Reuters. The passport was developed by Volvo, which is... 

The Volvo logo on a vehicle

South Africa’s ARM completes strategic investment in Canada’s Surge Copper 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2024 South Africa’s diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals has secured its 15% strategic shareholding in Surge Copper, a Toronto Stock Exchange-Venture Exchange company that is advancing an emerging critical metals district in British Columbia, Canada. Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed... 

African Rainbow Minerals Executive Chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe
African Rainbow Minerals Executive Chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe

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.

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

Sibanye clinches yet another renewable energy purchase agreement 

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2024 Johannesburg- and New York-listed Sibanye-Stillwater has concluded its fourth renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA). The green metals and gold producer has reached financial close for an additional 140 MW wind energy project, the Umsinde Emoyeni Wind Farm, located on the border between... 

Sibanye-Stillwater secures fourth power purchase agreement.
Sibanye-Stillwater secures fourth power purchase agreement.

DR Congo names new government after months of delay

By: Reuters     29th May 2024 Democratic Republic of Congo has appointed a new government, spokesperson Tina Salama said in the early hours of Wednesday, ending an impasse that has mired the country in political uncertainty for months. President Felix Tshisekedi won a second term after elections in late 2023 that also handed... 

Kizito Pakabomba was appointed to oversee the Mines Ministry and Congo's globally significant reserves of coltan, copper and other minerals.
Kizito Pakabomba was appointed to oversee the Mines Ministry and Congo's globally significant reserves of coltan, copper and other minerals.
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