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14th October 2021 This week: Joburg Indaba hears that South Africa is in danger of missing out on commodity boom; South Africa’s exploration investment lowest since democracy began; and, Innovation brings benefits and poses challenges 

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

Panel urges responsible coal phase-out 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2021 The business community of South Africa, including coal miners, coal processors and unions, shares the sentiment that the just energy transition must be implemented in a responsible manner if the country is to reach carbon neutrality and not damage the economy. Sasol Mining senior VP Lucky... 

On-The-Air (08/10/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2021 Investment in mineral exploration has sunk to its lowest level since the start of our democracy in 1994; South Africans are being hurt by companies of significance not being open to public scrutiny; and Major mining licence backlogs are delaying job creation. 

De Ruyter reiterates Eskom’s need to adapt to the changing energy landscape

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2021 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter says there are significant efficiency gains to be made by embracing digitalisation at the State-owned power utility. Speaking during the second day of the Joburg Indaba on October 7, he unpacked the changing energy provider landscape in South Africa.  

PGMs landscape is changing but not fading, producers agree  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th October 2021 When it comes to the future growth of platinum group metal (PGM) producers, some are covering their bases by diversifying into battery metals, while others are looking to benefit from the much-hyped hydrogen economy. Impala Platinum CEO Nico Muller sees the company’s scope for growth as being... 

South Africa’s exploration investment lowest since democracy began, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2021 South Africa’s mining industry is at its lowest level of exploration investment since democracy began in 1994, the Joburg Indaba heard on Thursday. “Never have we spent less – and this is a pity because significant promises were made about an exploration plan for the country,” Joburg Indaba... 

Holistic approach needed to achieve a just transition, says panel  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th October 2021 With environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects often related to solving issues in an area or country, thinking is starting to shift away from managing the Covid-19 crisis and vaccine delivery to the just energy transition. A panel discussion on ESG hosted during the first day of the... 

Transnet building pipeline of transactions for private sector participation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2021 Transnet CEO Portia Derby says the State-owned group received a “fantastic” response to its two recent requests for information (RFIs) for private participation at the ports of Durban and Ngqura and that several other private sector participation (PSP) transactions are under development. The... 

Ramaphosa moots possible hydrogen partnership with Namibia as he punts Boegoebaai export hub 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa stands ready to be a major exporter of green hydrogen and has described the special economic zone (SEZ) proposed for development at Boegoebaai, in the Northern Cape, as a major step towards realising the country’s potential to be a global leader in... 

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