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Funding delays hinder Just Energy Transition implementation
19th January 2024

South Africa has comprehensive policy tools to respond to climate change adaptation and mitigation needs, but timely access to funding remains a major impediment to implementing the country’s Just... 

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Gas lock-in
19th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail,” the quote, attributed to Benjamin Franklin, reads. What happens, however, when your plan is a failure? The misnamed draft Integrated Resource Plan... 

Gwede Mantashe
Cadastre imminent, 2024 to be used as year to clear backlogs, says Minerals Minister
18th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The introduction of an electronic cadastral system to record and enable online access to mining data is imminent, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe emphasised in an interview... 

BHP CEO Mike Henry
BHP’s solid first half dimmed by metallurgical coal stumble
18th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified mining group BHP has had a “solid” operational first half, CEO Mike Henry said on Thursday, reporting higher six-month copper and energy coal production, but lower iron-ore and... 

Coal loaded for transport by rail
Transnet plans to partially reopen coal line after derailment
18th January 2024 By: Reuters

South African freight rail operator Transnet plans to reopen the first of two coal lines to the country's major coal export terminal on Thursday after it was blocked following a train collision... 

A Call to Action to Decarbonise South Africa's Manufacturing Industry
A Call to Action to Decarbonise South Africa's Manufacturing Industry
18th January 2024

In a world increasingly attuned to environmental sustainability, South Africa's manufacturing industry finds itself at a crossroads. The looming threat of the European Union's Carbon Border... 

Fanie Steyn, Manager Electric Motors at WEG Africa
WEG Africa applauds energy standards that drive motor efficiency
17th January 2024

In a country where most electric motors are not energy efficient, the announcement by South Africa’s government of its plans to introduce Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) is not a day... 

RFA CEO Gavin Kelly
RFA urges investigation into outdated TFR systems following derailment
17th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the Road Freight Association (RFA) says the collision of two coal trains on the Richards Bay ore line at the weekend underscores the vulnerability of the multi-ore line owing... 

Sunward South Africa unveils new facility in Boksburg
Sunward South Africa unveils new facility in Boksburg
17th January 2024

Drill, earth-moving and construction equipment supplier Sunward South Africa has unveiled a new dedicated office, warehouse and workshop facility in Jet Park, in Boksburg, to better serve the... 

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Port of Maputo reports record volume for 2023
16th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

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

Coal miner fatality reported at Saraji, Queensland
Coal miner fatality reported at Saraji, Queensland
16th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Mining major BHP on Tuesday confirmed the death of a contractor employee in a vehicle incident at its Saraji mine, in Queensland’s Bowen Basin. In a brief statement conveying sympathy to the... 

China’s drive for record coal spurs yet another deadly accident
China’s drive for record coal spurs yet another deadly accident
15th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

The human toll of ever-increasing coal production in China is once again to the fore after thirteen were killed in a mine accident just days after the government said it will start a three-year... 

One killed in flood at mine in Russia's Arctic north
15th January 2024 By: Reuters

One miner was killed and another injured by a flood at a coal mine in the Russia's Arctic Komi region, Russia's emergencies ministry said on Monday. Groundwater broke through into the Zapolyarnaya... 

Indonesia targets 710Mt coal output in 2024 after record 2023
15th January 2024 By: Reuters

Indonesia, a major thermal coal exporter, aims to produce 710-million metric tons of coal in 2024, the Mining Minister said on Monday, after posting record output last year. Indonesia's coal... 

COP28 deal offers opportunities for renewables-powered charging stations – Zero Carbon Charge
12th January 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The twenty-eighth Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that targets reaching 11 terawatts (TW) of renewable energy generation capacity by... 

China's imports of Mongolian coal set to rise as transport improves
12th January 2024 By: Reuters

China's imports of Mongolian coking coal may rise to a record in 2024, after more than doubling in 2023, on improving transport links and its lower price versus domestic and international supplies,... 

Forrest to advance 14 GW of new clean energy in Australia
Forrest to advance 14 GW of new clean energy in Australia
11th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

Billionaire Andrew Forrest pledged to develop 14 GW of new clean power projects in Australia by 2030, offering a boost to the nation’s efforts to accelerate investments in renewable energy.... 

IEA executive director Fatih Birol
World powers ahead with renewables as South Africa’s draft plan signals pullback
11th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

While South Africa’s latest draft electricity plan is signalling a pullback in renewables investments for the period to 2030 relative to the prevailing policy, the rest of the world is powering... 

The scaled-up gas-to-power capacity allocation in the draft IRP would initially require LNG imports
No plan yet for public hearings into gas-heavy draft IRP 2023
10th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has belatedly released the background technical information that has been used to inform the assumptions included in the draft Integrated... 

new conveyor at Richards Bay Bulk Terminal
Richards Bay Bulk Terminal conveyor repairs remove 400 coal trucks from roads
10th January 2024 By: Darren Parker

One of three conveyor belts damaged in the October 2021 fires has returned to full operation at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, in KwaZulu-Natal, and will prioritise the handling of coal exports.... 

Battery metal price plunge is closing mines and stalling deals
Battery metal price plunge is closing mines and stalling deals
10th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

A meltdown in some of the most-hyped energy-transition metals is wreaking havoc across the mining world, stalling projects, scuppering deals and triggering a scramble for cash that promises to... 

India’s plans to double coal production, ignore climate threat
India’s plans to double coal production, ignore climate threat
10th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

As climate diplomats at COP28 in Dubai debated an agreement to transition away from fossil fuels last December, India was facing another energy conundrum: It needed to build more power capacity,... 

Priscillah Mabelane
Sasol’s Mabelane to head board at Eskom’s unbundled grid company, NTCSA
9th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The inaugural board of directors of the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA), which was announced by the Eskom board on Tuesday, will be chaired by Priscillah Mabelane, who is also... 

The Red Chris mine produces gold and copper
C$36bn in critical mineral investment at stake in BC
8th January 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Sixteen proposed critical mineral mines, representing C$36-billion in near-term investment, 300 000 person-years of employment and C$11-billion in tax revenues, are at a key juncture, based on... 

Busa energy and environment desk head Happy Khambule
Busa warns that lack of detail in IRP 2023 makes it impossible to assess plan’s credibility
8th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) will approach the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to secure the technoeconomic information that has been used to inform the assumptions... 

Scatec sub-Saharan Africa executive VP Jan Fourie
South Africa to add further solar PV in 2024 – Scatec
8th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Renewable energy company Scatec says solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity will grow significantly in South Africa this year and will continue to replace fossil-fuel-based traditional energy sources, as... 

Mike Levington
Opinion: The grid’s the thing
8th January 2024

In this opinion article, Mike Levington argues that using renewable energy to meet South Africa’s economic and developmental goals will require a significant shift in thinking about the grid. 

Caledonia Mining's Blanket mine
Zimbabwe gold output declines 15% amid electricity, forex shortages
8th January 2024 By: Reuters

Zimbabwe produced 30 metric tons of gold in 2023, 15% less than the previous year, official data showed on Monday, as electricity cuts and currency volatility impacted output. The Southern African... 

A Maersk vessel
War, weather put ocean shippers on notice for rough seas in 2024
7th January 2024 By: Reuters

 Recent hostilities in the Red Sea have thrown global shippers of vital goods for a loop - but it is hardly the only issue that big carriers are facing as 2024 kicks off. Giants like Maersk say the... 

Wind turbines and solar PV panels
South Africa's new energy plan is 'shoddy' and will probably fail – analysts
6th January 2024 By: News24Wire

South Africa's new energy generation plan lacks detail and leaves many unanswered questions, according to some energy analysts. The long-awaited draft of the Integrated Energy Plan (IRP) of 2023... 

Canadian dealmaking seen rebounding in 2024, led by energy, mining
4th January 2024 By: Reuters

Canadian energy, power and mining companies are expected to lead a rebound in dealmaking this year helped by lower interest rates, following a slump in overall mergers and acquisitions in 2023 to... 

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Coal financing is still booming – led by China
20th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

The amount of bank financing going to mining coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel of them all, remains at surprisingly high levels. Most of it is coming from China. A new report from researchers at... 

Sunward expands presence in S Africa with 3 000 m2 distribution, service centre
Sunward expands presence in S Africa with 3 000 m2 distribution, service centre
20th December 2023

Drill, earth-moving and construction equipment supplier Sunward South Africa has unveiled its dedicated distribution facility in Jet Park, Boksburg, to serve the Southern African mining and... 

Machinery seen at the Muchesu project
Contango receives payment for Muchesu bulk sample
20th December 2023 By: Donna Slater

LSE-listed natural resource development company Contango Holdings has received about $116 000 from a large multinational company (MNC) as payment for the previously reported 1 000 t bulk sample of... 

Peabody renames North Goonyella mine as Centurion
19th December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

NYSE-listed Peabody has renamed its North Goonyella mine, in Queensland, Australia, to the Centurion mine. In October, the company reached an agreement to acquire a large portion of the Wards Well... 

Coal shipments on Transnet freight-rail network have plunged to 30-year lows and iron-ore railings are at their lowest in a decade
Crumbling South African rail prompts Botswana to forge new route
19th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Botswana has received unsolicited bids from investors to build a rail line to a Namibian port that will help avoid South Africa and its disintegrating logistics network. The 1 500 km... 

A coal mine in Australia
Australia adviser urges improved reporting of methane emissions
19th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Australia needs to improve the accuracy of fossil fuel producers’ reporting on greenhouse-gas emissions, especially on methane releases from opencut coal mines, a review of the nation’s climate... 

Particulate matter is soot generated while burning coal and emitted through the plants’ stacks or chimneys
Eskom soot pollution is at a 31-year-high, 42 times worse than China
19th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Coal-fired power plants operated by South Africa’s state utility are emitting pollutants that primarily cause respiratory diseases such as asthma at almost 42 times the intensity of those in... 

Coal stockpiles
Coal’s peak is here, but demise of dirtiest fuel will be slow
18th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Global efforts to boost clean energy and rein in carbon emissions have had a clear impact on coal: consumption of the dirtiest fossil fuel is expected to peak this year. Total consumption of coal... 

On-The-Air (15/12/2023)
On-The-Air (15/12/2023)
15th December 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer discusses green ammonia, copper and the mining sector. 

Of policy wonks, Utopians and realists
15th December 2023 By: Saliem Fakir

Policy wonks like me are in the business of persuasion and perhaps a little grandstanding. The picture of the world we want has to be a different one from the status quo. Utopias can display... 

Greenfield project nears full-scale mining
15th December 2023 By: Lynne Davies

The development of the Gugulethu Colliery – a greenfield project located to the southeast of Hendrina and proximate to Davel – is taking place at an “opportune time” as export opportunities for... 

LOOMING CHALLENGE: Coal-dependent South Africa needs to more than double climate financing to achieve its emissions reduction targets, a Presidential Climate Commission paper states. Current yearly average funding of R131-billion needs to be boosted to R334-billion for the country to meet its net-zero goal by 2050, the paper states.
15th December 2023

Coal-dependent South Africa needs to more than double climate financing to achieve its emissions reduction targets, a Presidential Climate Commission paper states. Current yearly average funding of... 

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