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 US coal miner Ramaco ups 2024 guidance
US coal miner Ramaco ups 2024 guidance
13th February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

US-based metallurgical coal miner Ramaco Resources has raised its 2024 sales and production guidance, which it says reflects the strong market acceptance of the company's coal. The... 


Steelmakers turning to DRI amid transition
Steelmakers turning to DRI amid transition
12th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

With global steelmakers increasingly turning to scrap steel recycling and direct reduced iron (DRI) as alternatives to blast furnaces, steel producers will not need to rely on carbon capture if the... 


Mining’s focus switching to critical minerals, with ESG pressures increasing
12th February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The need to transform the global energy system and to cut carbon emissions, to counter the danger of climate change, is shifting the mining spotlight away from traditional high-value resources,... 


Stanmore swoops in on South32’s Eagle Downs
Stanmore swoops in on South32’s Eagle Downs
12th February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Coal miner Stanmore Resources on Monday announced that it would buy diversified mining firm South32’s 50% interest in the Eagle Downs metallurgical joint venture (JV) coal project, in Queensland.... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Ramokgopa denies President’s pre-Stage 6 SoNA assertions caused embarrassment and insists loadshedding ‘corner has been turned’
11th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has move to defend the statement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday night that “the end of... 


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Fleet of crushers and screens expanded
10th February 2024

A large African opencast mining contractor has significantly increased its fleet of mobile crushers and screens. Currently operating in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, opencast mining... 


Exxaro sharpens M&A focus after copper mine loss to China
9th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Exxaro Resources CEO Nombasa Tsengwa is sharpening the South African coal producer’s diversification strategy, after failing to acquire new mining and energy assets. The Johannesburg-based company... 


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Illawarra Metallurgical Coal, Australia
9th February 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

A coal mine in he southern coalfields of New South Wales, Australia. 


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On-The-Air (09/02/2024)
9th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer discusses water, railway lines and stopping noise-induced hearing loss.  


Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane
Mining industry sustainability hinges on energy, logistics reforms, Minerals Council stresses
9th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The sustainability of the South African mining industry and its ability to play a meaningful and positive role in society and the economy are dependent on urgent and extensive structural reforms in... 


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Medupi power station project, South Africa – update
9th February 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Efforts are being made to return Medupi Unit 4 to service by the end of July 2024. 


ESKOM ECHOES
ESKOM ECHOES
9th February 2024

There are slight echoes of South Africa’s Eskom in Taiwan, where the precarious financial state of the country’s sole electricity utility, Taipower, is threatening the island’s clean energy... 


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Kusile power plant project, South Africa – update
9th February 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Unit 5 of Kusile was synchronised to the national grid at the end of December 2023. 


Qld approves Winchester South draft EA – Whitehaven
Qld approves Winchester South draft EA – Whitehaven
8th February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Coal miner Whitehaven on Thursday welcomed the decision by Queensland Environment, Science and Innovation to approve the Winchester South coal mine draft environmental authority (EA). The approval... 


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Anglo’s fourth-quarter production in line with expectations despite rail constraints
8th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Diversified miner Anglo American’s production for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2023, was in line with expectations and in line with production in the third quarter, despite the deliberate... 


China is oversupplied with commodities as deflation persists
8th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

China’s commodities markets are heading into the Lunar New Year break on a glum note, with deflation embedded on both the consumer and producer sides of the economy. Weak aggregate demand is the... 


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Busa seeks govt's backing on private sector support to resolve energy, logistics crises
8th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Business organisation Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has outlined its expectations for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address tonight, with the first being a call for a clear... 


ROMPCO to expand its customer base and ensure uninterrupted gas supply in 2024
ROMPCO to expand its customer base and ensure uninterrupted gas supply in 2024
8th February 2024

Focused prioritisation and diligent execution of its goals allowed the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (ROMPCO) to maintain uninterrupted gas supply to customers and achieve... 


New Hope takes up bulk of Malabar’s A$160m raising
7th February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Coal miner New Hope committed to take up A$105-million of a minimum A$160-million institutional placement equity raising launched by coal junior Malabar Resources on Wednesday. The investment will... 


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Zero Carbon Charge signs R1bn deal to bring EV superchargers to South Africa
7th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Renewable energy-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station company Zero Carbon Charge has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese energy storage systems manufacturer Shanghai... 


Digitisation is key to contractor transparency, says Saryx
Digitisation is key to contractor transparency, says Saryx
7th February 2024 By: Tracy Hancock

Compliance, health and safety, and environmental awareness are central to long-term sustainability and are achieved by maintaining rigorous standards and improved visibility and/or transparency.... 


Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago
Kganyago roots for central bank independence
7th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago defended the independence of the monetary authority, which has faced repeated calls for its mandate to be expanded ahead of elections this year.... 


Transnet receives locomotive batteries through RBCT partnership
6th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned Transnet has taken delivery of seven full sets of batteries procured by the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). The delivery of these critical spares will improve the reliability of... 


From left Minerals Council South Africa’s Sietse van der Woude, Dr Thuthula Balfour, Japie Fullard, Mzila Mthenjane and Dushendra Naidoo.
Noise-induced hearing loss now highest priority mining health condition, Indaba hears
6th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

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 Optimum coal mine
NUM welcomes Optimum Colliery settlement, calls for rail allocation
6th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Trade union the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has welcomed the settlement agreement under which Liberty Coal has agreed to pay R461.7-million to the State in place of the confiscation of... 


Bunker fuels terminal to be developed on a brownfield site at the Port of Richards Bay
Preferred bidder selected for bunker fuels terminal on brownfield Port of Richards Bay site
5th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed FFS Tank Terminal as the preferred bidder to develop and operate a liquid bulk terminal specialising in bunker fuels on a brownfield site at... 


India sees annual coal output up 10.9% in 2024/25
5th February 2024 By: Reuters

India expects domestic coal output to increase by 10.9% to 1.13-billion metric tons in the fiscal year ending March 2025, a senior government official said, driven mainly by higher production from... 


OIM launches new payoff line at Mining Indaba
OIM launches new payoff line at Mining Indaba
5th February 2024 By: Tracy Hancock

Operational improvement management specialist OIM Consulting has launched a new payoff line at the 2024 Investing in African Mining Indaba – ‘Refining Lives. Releasing Value.’ – which captures the... 


Biden’s natural gas export project freeze is a 'mistake', Exxon CFO says
5th February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

The Biden administration’s decision to halt new natural gas-export licences is a “mistake” that will slow efforts to reduce climate-damaging emissions, according to Exxon Mobil. “Reducing... 


From green hype to bailouts, the nickel industry has imploded
From green hype to bailouts, the nickel industry has imploded
5th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Just 18 months ago, the world’s biggest mining company was in a nickel frenzy. BHP Group, to much fanfare, had struck a deal with Tesla to supply it with the crucial ingredient for electric... 


From left, Randy Fabi, Alan Waller, Gavin Kelly, Xolani Mbambo, Theo Johnson and Matthias Brodner.
Coal line criminals identified, must be jailed – Transnet
2nd February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The criminal syndicates that regularly bring South Africa’s coal export line to a halt have been identified through the intelligence operations that are conducted by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR).... 


MC Mining's JSE share price spikes on receipt of bidder's statement
2nd February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The JSE share price of South Africa-focused coal miner MC Mining rose by 26% on the afternoon of February 2, following its confirmation that it had received a bidder's statement from entities that,... 


Coal being transported to port
Transnet says rail volumes recovered slightly in the last quarter of 2023
2nd February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says it experienced an improvement in rail volumes in the last quarter of the 2023 calendar year, as the implementation of Transnet’s recovery plan got under way. The... 


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On-The-Air (02/02/2024)
2nd February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer discusses clean energy and a new electronic mining and exploration licensing system. 


The Cahora Bassa hydropower plant
Mozambique seeks to end 50-year hydropower pact with South Africa
2nd February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Mozambique plans to end half a century of hydropower supply to South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility, raising risks for the continent’s most industrialized economy and threatening the... 


Gas burners trending as end-users adopt cleaner energy practices
Gas burners trending as end-users adopt cleaner energy practices
2nd February 2024

Demand for gas-fuelled burners is increasing as South Africa’s production facilities continue to distance them-selves from traditional fossil fuels, such as coal, in line with lower global... 


EFFICIENCY UPGRADE
The company reduces the number of mobile pump sets through upgrading existing diesel pump units to move more water in less time
Mobile pumps improve efficiency, sustainability
2nd February 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

South African coal mining operations, particularly in openpit environments, are confronted with the ongoing challenge of managing water levels for seamless operations. Pumps supplier Mechanical... 


Port of Maputo reports record volume for 2023
2nd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) says the Port of Maputo achieved a record volume of 31.2-million tons in 2023, up 16% on the previous year. MPDC is a public–private partnership between... 


3D ADVANTAGES
Schurco’s cast high chrome slurry pump parts are manufactured using accurate three-dimensional modelling
Efficient pump refurbishment reduces downtime, costs
2nd February 2024

The unexpected breakdown of essential equipment, such as pumps, can often entail significant downtime and substantial financial losses. Recognising this critical challenge, pump supplier Schurco... 


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Collaboration and grid investment key to making 2024 a turning point in SA’s power crisis
2nd February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

If South Africa’s energy investment programmes and reforms continue, the energy availability factor (EAF) for State-owned utility Eskom’s coal fleet does not decline, and business partnerships and... 


MinRes makes board changes
1st February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

ASX-listed Mineral Resources (minRes) has announced the appointment of Jacqueline McGill to the board as an independent nonexecutive director, with effect from January 31. McGill is a highly... 


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Eskom to roll-out ‘load limiting’ to more Gauteng areas following Fourways pilot
1st February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom is aiming to expand the coverage of its so-called ‘load limiting project’ – where households equipped with smart meters continue to receive limited power supply during periods of Stage 1 to 4... 


Glencore CEO Gary Nagle
Glencore reports lower production, builds solar plant in South Africa
1st February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Diversified miner Glencore has reported lower volumes across its key commodities for the 2023 financial year, but notes that these were all nonetheless still within the guided ranges. The company’s... 


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