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Saudi Arabia embarks on utility-scale renewable energy projects 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 Saudi Arabia is seeking bids for its first utility-scale renewable energy projects, following the launch of the round one request for proposal (RFP) stage by the country’s Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al Falih. The RFP is now live on a 300 MW solar photovoltaic (PV)... 

Govt gives green light for shale gas fracking in Karoo

By: News24Wire      30th March 2017 The government has given the go-ahead for shale gas development in the Karoo region, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday. He revealed this during a community engagement on shale gas development in Richmond, in the Northern Cape. 

Pilbara strikes lithium deal with Atlas Iron

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th March 2017 Lithium developer Pilbara Minerals has signed a farm-in and joint venture agreement with iron-ore miner Atlas Iron over the Mt Francisco lithium-tantalum project, near the Pilgangoora lithium project. Under the terms of the agreement, Pilbara will acquire an initial 51% interest in the lithium,... 

Second Mt Marion shipment sets sail

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th March 2017 A second batch of lithium concentrate has been shipped from the Mt Marion lithium project, in Western Australia. The 16 662 t shipment is on route to offtake partner Ganfeng Lithium’s receiving facility in China, ASX-listed Mineral Resources and project partner Neometals said on Wednesday. 

New minerals head appointment sets cat among mining pigeons 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2017 The Chamber of Mines said on Thursday that it had been caught by surprise by the appointment of the new director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). While the chamber acknowledged that the appointment of the director-general was the prerogative of the Minister, it believed that... 

Cabinet discusses new minerals director-general, mine water and mine town steps

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2017 The Cabinet this week endorsed the appointment of Advocate Thabo S Mokoena as the new director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), a position that has been vacant for more than a year, and also approved the gazetting of a draft mine water management policy for public comment, as... 

WWF-SA concerned about proposed coal mine development in protected area

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th February 2017 Conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature-South Africa (WWF-SA) on Tuesday expressed concern about a letter sent by Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa to Indian company Atha-Africa Ventures, approving the development of an underground coal mine, in the Mabola Protected... 

Chamber calls for workable, practical Mining Charter

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has cautiously welcomed the address by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to the Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town. However, it has various concerns, and has called for a practical and workable third iteration of the Mining Charter, which is... 

Inquiry into Lily mine accident to start within a few days

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2017 An inquiry into an accident at the Lily gold mine, in Barberton, Mpumalanga, a year ago, will start within the next few days. This follows the wrapping up of an investigation by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The primary objective of the inquiry is to find the container in which three... 

DMR to focus on supporting junior miners; MPRDA to be finalised by June

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has welcomed signs of a new “spring” in the mining industry, noting the recovery in commodities prices, and has signalled that he will intensify support for junior miners in the year ahead. Zwane told the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape... 

NUM lambastes Sibanye’s legal bid against DMR over Section 54 stoppages

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday criticised Sibanye Platinum’s decision to pursue a legal bid against the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) for alleged financial damages as a result of Section 54 stoppages. Miningmx earlier this months reported that Sibanye had brought the... 

Tough operating climate brings greater transparency emphasis for miners 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th January 2017 The mining industry has continued to face significant uncertainty, volatility and pressure to contain costs over the past three years. This unpredictable business environment has given rise to a number of reporting trends geared towards providing stakeholders and users of mining companies’... 

Freeport seeks guarantees from Indonesia amid mining shake-up

By: Reuters     20th January 2017 The Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoran is seeking fiscal and legal guarantees from the government over mining rules issued last week, a spokesman for the copper mining giant said late on Thursday. The Southeast Asian nation has been pushing miners to build smelters to process ore locally, with... 

Mine safety a casualty of too many distractions, say unions as 2016 statistics show marginal improvement

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2017 South Africa’s mining stakeholders need to “go back to the drawing board” and refocus efforts on bringing down the number of fatalities in the sector, trade union Solidarity's deputy general secretary for occupational health and safety and sustainable development Advocate Paul Mardon said, as a... 

Rockfall claims one life at Implats’ 20 shaft

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2017 A rockfall at Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) 20 shaft, in Rustenburg, on Wednesday claimed the life of one mineworker and injured another. Implats spokesperson Johan Theron confirmed the incident to Mining Weekly Online, noting that the shaft has been shut down pending investigation. 

BC Iron expecting more from Iron Valley

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th January 2017 ASX-listed BC Iron has revised the full-year outlook for earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) from its Iron Valley operations, in Western Australia, following a strong quarter. Ebitda guidance has increased from a range of A$6-million to A$16-million to between... 

High Court exposes DMR as incompetent, irrational investment obstructor

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2017 A judgement of the Gauteng division of the High Court of South Africa exposes the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) as an irrational institution with a high degree of incompetence that obstructs the mining investment it is meant to facilitate, lacks energy in resolving issues, allows appeal... 

Lily Mine probe escalated to inquiry

By: SANews, SA government news service     7th December 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources says the investigation into the tragic Lily Mine disaster, which left three mineworkers trapped underground, will be converted into an inquiry. Xolile Mbonambi, the Acting Chief Inspector of Mines, said this when the department appeared before the Portfolio... 

Eskom reiterates 50%-plus black ownership requirement for coal suppliers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th December 2016 State-owned electricity provider Eskom on Monday reiterated its commitment to procure coal for its power stations from companies that have a black ownership of more than 50%, throughout the life of the mine. This comes after Exxaro Resources recently revealed a new black economic empowerment... 

DMR appointment causes concern

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has controversially made a key appointment within the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on the grounds that it is only temporary.   Earlier this month, the Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources, James Lorimer MP, requested... 

Concern raised about mine health and safety backsliding, targets under threat

By: Ilan Solomons     17th November 2016 The milestones that were agreed upon by all industry stakeholders at the 2014 Mine Occupational Health & Safety Summit are in danger of not being achieved in accordance with their timeline, warns Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) acting mines chief inspector Xolile Mbonambi. He was addressing... 

JSE Top 40 index indicative of deeper-lying problems

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2016 While industrial-listed companies as a proportion of the JSE’s Top 40 Index increased from 31% in the early 2000s to 70% in 2015, the resource-listed companies dropped, from over 50% to just 12% in the same period, though they slowly ticked back up to just over 20% by October. This, noted Bayhill... 

Zwane welcomes South Africa’s appointment as KPCS’s working group chair

By: Anine Kilian     17th November 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has welcomed the decision by the plenary of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) to endorse South Africa as the new chair of its working group on monitoring. The Minister is currently leading a South African delegation to the plenary meeting... 

Now Minister Zwane applies to interdict 'state capture' report 

By: News24Wire      31st October 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has filed papers to join proceedings in the application to interdict the release of the Public Protector's "state capture" report. The matter is due to be heard on November 1, after it was postponed in the High Court in Pretoria in October. President... 

Memorandam Of Kimberly Artisinal Mine Workers (Zama Zamas) to be Handed to DMR after a march to the DMR Offices on the 2nd Of November 2016.

     31st October 2016 Today we are gartered here us the Artisanal mine workers, the unemployed communities, Civil Society Organisations and the Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) to demand the rights, as enshrined in the constitution, to Work in order to place food on our tables. The blanket ban on... 

Fuel cell field trial providing detailed technical data on rural microgrids

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2016 A methanol-based fuel cell rural electrification field trial by JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) with support from the departments of Mineral Resources, Energy, Science and Technology and Trade and Industry, Eskom and the Moqhaka Municipality has provided detailed data on the use of... 

DiamondCorp’s share price dives as Lace commercial mining delayed

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th October 2016 The shares of DiamondCorp plunged by nearly 50% and 40% on the JSE and LSE respectively on Wednesday after the company reported another delay in the ramp-up to full commercial mine production of its Lace diamond mine. The 30 000 t/m production target at the Free State-based mine is now expected... 

Botswana pulls out of $279m Norilsk Nickel mine deal

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2016 Botswana withdrew its decision to buy a 50% stake in South Africa’s Nkomati mine from OAO GMK Norilsk Nickel because it can’t afford the price tag of just under P3-billion ($279-million). “The kind of situation we are in, where’s that money going to come from,” Khaulani Fichani, chairman of... 

Anglo’s top shareholder wants more South African control

By: Bloomberg     6th October 2016 Anglo American’s biggest shareholder wants South African investors to follow its lead and increase their holdings in the century-old miner as it pushes for the creation of a domestic commodities “champion.” “Our role is to make Anglo more South African-owned and controlled,” Public Investment... 

Fuel cell field trial provides technical data on rural microgrids 

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2016 A methanol-based fuel cell rural electrification field trial by JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) with support from the departments of Mineral Resources, Energy, Science and Technology and Trade and Industry, Eskom and the Moqhaka Municipality has provided detailed data on the use of... 

Lily mine disaster: Eight months of no answers

By: African News Agency      5th October 2016 Families of three Lily Mine employees who got trapped underground when the mine in Barberton collapsed in February are still in the dark about when the remains of their loved ones will be recovered, eight months after the disaster. Lily Mine workers – Yvonne Mnisi, Pretty Nkambule and Solomon... 

MinRes drags Pilbara to court

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd October 2016 ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) has served fellow-listed Pilbara Minerals with a writ of summons to the Supreme Court of Western Australia. The writ relates to a dispute over the validity of Pilbara Minerals' sales notice over lithium from the Pilgangoora project, in Western Australia. 

Regional integration key to bolster local diamond industry, beneficiation 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th September 2016 The importance of regional integration within the Southern African Development Community as a means to advance the region’s diamonds industry was a recurring topic at the South African Diamond Indaba, held in Midrand earlier this week, with industry stalwarts, such as De Beers Consolidated Mines... 

DMR moves to close down Langlaagte shaft of death

By: African News Agency      16th September 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on Friday confirmed that it was moving ahead with plans to shut down the shaft at the disused mine in Langlaagte, west of Johannesburg, where three illegal miners died last week after being trapped underground for days. DMR spokesperson Martina Madlala... 

Minister halts TEM’s Xolobeni mining application

By: Anine Kilian     16th September 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has placed an 18-month moratorium on Transworld Energy and Mineral Resources’ (TEM’s) application to mine at Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape. TEM is a subsidiary of ASX-listed Mineral Commodities, which announced in July that it plans to sell its stake in... 

Cabinet caught unawares by Zwane’s announcement on banks

By: News24Wire      15th September 2016 Fellow Cabinet members were not forewarned of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s announcement of a judicial inquiry into banks and read about it in the media, Cabinet spokesperson and Presidency Minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday. “No, I also like all of you read it in the... 

Gordhan met Gupta-owned Oakbay on banks 4 months ago 

By: News24Wire      9th September 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan admitted meeting with Oakbay Investments in May this year. In a parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance’s (DA's) David Maynier, Gordhan said he had met with Nazeem Howa, CEO of Oakbay Investments on 24 May. He was accompanied by National Treasury... 

Deeper gets deadly for workers in ageing South Africa gold mines

By: Bloomberg     9th September 2016 Finding minerals in South Africa after more than a century of digging often means going deeper than ever before. Now, it’s also becoming deadlier. In a country that remains one of the biggest producers of gold, platinum and diamonds, 60 mining deaths this year through August was 20 percent higher... 

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