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Public hearing participant questions Nersa mandate in evolving electricity market

By: Donna Slater     4th December 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa was outdated, and regulation changes were needed to bring it in line with current trends, the only respondent to public hearings into gold miner Gold Fields' application to build a 40 MW solar plant near its mine in Westonaria said on Thursday. Brian... 

Council celebrates women in mining heroes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd December 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa Women in Mining Leadership Forum has announced ten Covid-19 Women in Mining Heroes, as part of the its drive to shine a spotlight on the work done by women in the South African mining industry. The leadership forum was established to enhance the representation... 

Xtract receives approval to drill Bushranger project

By: Donna Slater     2nd December 2020 Brownfield mine developer Xtract Resources has received all required governmental approvals to proceed with its maiden Phase 1 drilling programme on the Bushranger copper/gold exploration project in the Lachlan Fold Belt (LFB), in New South Wales, Australia. Xtract executive chairperson Colin... 

On-The-Air (27/11/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th November 2020 Strong steps are being taken by investors to open new precious metals mines and to reopen old ones; An ingenious method of turning dreaded acid mine water into drinking water at no cost has been discovered; and there is an urgent need for South Africans to focus unflinchingly on creating economic... 

Nersa to host public hearing on Gold Fields' South Deep solar plant application 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2020 NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields’ South Deep mining operation has lodged an application with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for an electricity generation licence for a proposed 40 MW solar photovoltaic plant at the mine, in Westonaria. Nersa has advised that a public... 

Miners reiterate support for shift to cleaner vehicles 

By: Mariaan Webb     25th November 2020 The mining industry is making progress on a shift to cleaner, safer vehicles, as collaboration between the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) gains momentum. Under the ICMM’s Innovation for Cleaner, Safer Vehicles (ICSV) initiative, the... 

Reforms, development in Zimbabwean gold sector ‘crucial’

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2020 The instability in Zimbabwe, caused by a spike in violence in the country’s gold mining sector over the last year, has eroded the export revenue that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government “urgently needs to keep the country’s struggling economy afloat,” independent non-governmental... 

Gold drops to four-month low on vaccine news, Biden transition

By: Bloomberg     24th November 2020 Gold dropped to the lowest level in four months amid optimism over Covid-19 vaccine developments and the triggering of a formal transition process to President-elect Joe Biden. The General Services Administration acknowledged Biden as the apparent winner of the presidential election on Monday,... 

Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2020 An Mpumalanga coal mine is on the point of entering into an agreement before year-end to have its acid mine drainage water curse turned into potable water at no cost, Mining Weekly can today report. Recovered potassium nitrate, which retails at about R15 000/t and which is marketed at about R11... 

Oriole to start drilling at Bibemi before year-end

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th November 2020 Aim-listed Oriole Resources expects a Boart Longyear drill rig to arrive at its Bibemi project site in Cameroon, by early December, which will enable the company to start its 3 000 m diamond drilling programme before the end of the year. Additionally, ancillary equipment is en route from South... 

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