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Gold Fields’ new Chile mine delivers its first gold
Gold Fields’ new Chile mine delivers its first gold
Updated 4 hours ago By: Mariaan Webb

The new Salares Norte mine, in Chile, has produced its first gold, Johannesburg- and New York-listed Gold Fields reported on Tuesday. The new mine, which is key to the company achieving its gold... 


Brand new fuel cell is platinum-catalysed.
New platinum-based hydrogen fuel cell as cheap to make as conventional car engine
Updated 4 hours ago By: Martin Creamer

The brand-new platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cell system that has just been released for passenger cars reveals that fuel cells can be as cheap to manufacture as internal combustion engines... 


Nedbank CIB Markets Research Head Arnold van Graan.
Current low PGM prices not reflective of supply-demand fundamentals – Nedbank CIB
Updated 4 hours ago By: Martin Creamer

Platinum group metals (PGM) prices, where they are now, do not reflect the medium to long-term supply demand fundamentals. Instead, they are driven by short-term distortions, which imply that a... 


Namibia Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo (left) and German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Dr Robert Habeck.
$10-billion Namibian green hydrogen project receives major German boost
12th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Namibia’s first gigawatt scale green hydrogen project – the $10-billion Hyphen development scheme – this week received a major boost from Germany. The boost came in the form of the German... 


The Kibali mine
Barrick explores new gold and copper ventures in DRC
12th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Buoyed by the success of Kibali – Africa’s biggest gold mine – Barrick Gold is setting its sights on new opportunities in gold and copper in partnership with the government of the Democratic... 


An image of Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen mine
Kumba’s Sishen, Kolomela iron-ore operations perform highly in responsible mining audit
12th April 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen and Kolomela mines, in South Africa, have been assessed against the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance’s (IRMA’s) comprehensive mining... 


At Harmony Gold's Eva copper project in Australia.
Special ‘prescribed’ status for Harmony’s Aussie copper project
12th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The copper mining project that Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Harmony Gold is developing in Australia has been granted special ‘prescribed project’ status in recognition of its social and... 


Redpath logo on machinery
Redpath acquires RUC
12th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

Contract mining company Redpath Mining subsidiary Redpath (Australia) Holdings has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire fellow contract miner RUC Mining Contractors. Pending regulatory... 


Mining explosives pioneer AECI celebrating 100 years of business at the JSE.
Stage set for mining explosives centenarian to capture global top-three spot
5th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The stage is set for proudly South African mining explosives trailblazer, AECI, to become the third biggest in its field globally by 2030, AECI Group chairperson Dr Khotso Mokhele told an... 


Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu.
RBCT, TFR show that private-public collaboration can work very well – Menar
5th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The private-sector’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) and the State’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) have shown that the private sector and State-owned entities can work together very well, Menar MD... 


Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson.
Copper 360 output set to quickly increase twofold on Nama Copper acquisition
5th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Energetic Northern Cape copper mining company Copper 360 this week produced the first concentrate from the plant it has just acquired from Nama Copper, which becomes its second concentrator plant... 


Underground mechanised mining trainee with VR set
Murray & Roberts Cementation raises the bar on mechanised mine training
5th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation on March 14 hosted a media tour of the mock-up mine and training facilities at its Bentley Park Training Academy, in Carletonville. The site is... 


UCT research team develops ‘new set of tools’ to support mine closure planning in South Africa
5th April 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

A new set of tools aimed at assisting in responsible and sustainable mine closures across South Africa has been developed by a University of Cape Town (UCT) research team through a Water Research... 


From left Orion Resource Partners’ Andrew Ham, Rigel’s Stephen Saunders, Aurous CEO Richard Floyd, Citi’s Michael Cramer, and Citi South Africa’s Flint McGregor.
South African gold producer to be publicly traded entity in combination with US group
29th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South African gold producer Aurous, which owns and operates the Blyvoor gold mine and the Gauta tailings retreatment project on Gauteng's West Rand, has announced plans to go public through a... 


Exxaro media briefing.
Wind generation up, solar operational soon, Exxaro reports
29th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Group wind power generation last year increased by 8% and the Lephalale solar power project is on its way to being operational in the first quarter of next year, Exxaro CE Dr Nombasa Tsengwa... 


Elemental Energy’s Dereck Armstrong.
Stationary hydrogen power highlighted as major solution by Toyota fuel-cell-using developer
29th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

When Engineering News & Mining Weekly covered last month’s local launch of BMW’s first hydrogen car fleet on South Africa's roads, we discovered that BMW’s hydrogen refilling station in Midrand is... 


The Uis mine, in Namibia
Output upped at Namibia tin, tantalum and lithium mine
29th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Aim-listed Andrada Mining has started implementing an ore sorting circuit at the Uis mine, in Namibia, to increase tin concentrate production from 1 500 t/y to 2 600 t/y. This is expected to... 


Implats group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya.
Implats experiencing strong PGMs demand, working on pulling hydrogen uptake closer
22nd March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Platinum group metals (PGM) mining, refining, and marketing company Implats, which reported solid production in a low-price environment on Thursday, is ironically still experiencing strong demand... 


Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.
New solar farm being built in Limpopo, wind boost on way from W Cape – Northam
22nd March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum has begun construction of an 80 MW solar power farm at its Zondereinde operation in Limpopo – and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed... 


Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman
Sibanye-Stillwater confident in price-hit PGMs
22nd March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

While the operating environment remains challenging, with macro-economic and geo-political uncertainty persisting, the medium- to long-term view of Sibanye-Stillwater remains largely unchanged on... 


Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe.
Hive Hydrogen signs wind energy deal for R105bn Eastern Cape green ammonia plant
15th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Hive Hydrogen South Africa has signed an agreement with Genesis Eco-Energy to implement 372 MW of wind power in the Western Cape, in support of the development of its R105-billion green ammonia... 


Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp.
Harmony Gold board approves R7.9bn project on back of superb half-year results
15th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The board of mining company Harmony Gold has approved the commencement of a R7.9-billion life-of-mine (LoM) extension project at the rich Mponeng gold mine in the West Wits region of South Africa's... 


Fish being released into the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve
Thungela launches fish breeding facility in wake of mine-affected water spill
15th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Coal producer and exporter Thungela on February 23 launched a fish breeding facility at the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve, in Mpumalanga. The facility was pursued in congruence with efforts to restore... 


Anglo American's Africa and Australia Regional Director Themba Mkhwanazi.
Project finance clinched for 520 MW South African wind, solar projects – Anglo
15th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Johannesburg- and London-listed diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American announced on Thursday that jointly owned renewable energy venture with EDF Renewables, Envusa Energy, has... 


South32 CEO Graham Kerr
South32 exits coal with Australia’s Illawarra sale
15th March 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified mining company South32 on Thursday announced the $1.65-billion sale of its Illawarra assets, in Australia, marking the group’s exit from coal and aligning with a strategy that... 


Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson.
Rich new Copper 360 discovery points to big Chile-type copper mine potential
8th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


An image showing part of Sibanye-Stillwater's Marikana operation
Mining-sector trade unions dismayed by retrenchments
8th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Trade unions the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have expressed their dissatisfaction with the plans announced by various mining... 


BHP CEO Mike Henry
Worst of inflationary wave over, says BHP CEO
8th March 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified mining group BHP CEO Mike Henry has expressed confidence in a more favourable economic outlook for 2024, declaring that the worst of the global inflationary wave is over. BHP, which on... 


Greens Creek in Alaska is the biggest silver mine in the US.
Silver demand growth outpacing production increase
8th March 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

The relentless expansion of solar power installations is triggering a staggering surge in silver demand, which is outpacing production capacity, says US-based silver producer Hecla Mining CEO... 


An image depicting Petra Diamonds CEO Richard Duffy
Petra urges discipline among diamond producers to ensure balanced inventory levels
8th March 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

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... 


The BMW iX5 Hydrogen passenger car being refuelled with green hydrogen.
BMW’s hydrogen-fuelled cars take to local streets for first time
1st March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


Barrick CEO Mark Bristow.
Barrick replaces 140% of gold reserves, no need for ‘dilutionary or delusionary’ M&A
1st March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

New York- and Toronto-listed mining company Barrick has replaced more than 140% of its gold reserves in the last five years and more importantly at the same grade, Barrick CEO Dr Mark Bristow... 


Palladium bars.
Now palladium comes under the Heraeus-Sibanye spotlight to boost hydrogen economy
1st March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


M&R Cementation's mock-up mine
M&R Cementation unveils mock-up underground mine training facility
1st March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Mining contractor Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation has unveiled its new mechanised mining mock-up facility, which serves to provide equipment operators and supervisors with a more realistic... 


Uranium surge to endure – Cameco CEO
Uranium surge to endure – Cameco CEO
1st March 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

The current bullish trend in the uranium market is not just a fleeting moment, uranium major Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel declared on Thursday, stating that the market is driven by global-scale factors... 


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