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Nation built on gold loses its African crown to rival Ghana

By: Bloomberg     10th June 2019 South Africa’s struggling gold industry has suffered yet another humiliation, losing its status as continent leader to Ghana. The country that led global gold production for a century and extracted about half the bullion mined to date is now Africa’s second-largest gold producer. Output is... 

Mining Charter III part of efforts to bring ‘equality to reality’ – Mantashe 

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th June 2019 The latest (third) iteration of the Mining Charter must not be viewed in isolation, but rather seen within the context of the socioeconomic transformation of South Africa, affirmed Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe in a keynote address to a recent colloquium hosted by the... 

Junior Indaba panel finds sentiment in Charter towards juniors still lacks  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th June 2019 Opening the Junior Indaba, in Auckland Park, on Tuesday, chairperson Bernard Swanepoel questioned whether Mining Charter III had helped to kickstart exploration activity in South Africa’s mining sector. Swanepoel mentioned that the prevailing sentiment seemed to be that, while the gazetted... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel   

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2019 Junior mining is badly in need of a policy framework that will kickstart activity, mining luminary Bernard Swanepoel said on Tuesday. Speaking to a packed 2019 Junior Indaba conference for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining, Swanepoel outlined how he had boldly stepped into the... 

‘Blanket deviation’ does not exempt 1 MW to 10 MW projects from licensing process – Nersa  

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is ready to consider licence applications for small-scale embedded generator (SSEG) plants between 1 MW and 10 MW in line with the “blanket deviation” from the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) provided by former Energy Minister Jeff Radebe in a... 

Independent power producer association hails Mantashe's appointment

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2019 The appointment of Gwede Mantashe as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy has been welcomed by the South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA), which described as “massive” the challenges he, Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa and the rest of... 

On-The-Air (31/05/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2019 Mr Gwede Mantashe must take his new energy portfolio seriously by boosting renewable energy, which is cheaper and jobs-rich. South Africa’s new carbon tax, which comes into effect tomorrow, aims at curtailing our colossal dependence on coal-based electricity A feather in South Africa’s cap is... 

Industry generally welcomes Gwede Mantashe as Minerals and Energy Minister 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2019 In a move that has, so far, generally been welcomed by the mining industry, President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Gwede Mantashe as the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister. This, law firm Herbert Smith Freehills director Patrick Leyden says, follows on the back of Mantashe having made... 

Harding has no economically viable gold, Council for Geoscience confirms 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2019 Following an investigation of the KwaMachi community’s claims of having found gold in a quarry near the area in Harding on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, the Council for Geoscience (CGS) has determined that there is no economic gold in either the quarry or its surroundings. All concentrations... 

These are the balls Ramaphosa will have to juggle ahead of Cabinet announcement 

By: News24Wire      27th May 2019 While President Cyril Ramaphosa is officially the man charge at the Union Buildings, there won't be any time for him to bask in any glory. His first major task is the announcement of his deputy president and the rest of his Cabinet. Ramaphosa is walking a tightrope as he balances the need to... 

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