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On-The-Air (14/06/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2019 South Africa’s first electricity-from-the-sea project is under way in the Western Cape; South Africa is being urged to champion the electric car – to put an end the vast sums of money that leave the country to pay for imported petroleum; and Mineral exploration in the Northern Cape is putting... 

SA's EV opportunity, Tshipi-South32 agreement  

13th June 2019 This week Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks South Africa’s opportunity in platinum and manganese, the electrification of taxi fleets and the Tshipi and South32 agreement.   

On-The-Air (07/06/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2019 Great news for South Africa is that manganese is edging its way into the growing electric vehicle (EV) market; This week’s packed Junior Indaba pleaded with the government to kickstart junior mining or face significant decline in mining as a whole. A South African company has raised R160-million... 

Zero harm is possible – Zikalala  

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2019 Nompumelelo (Mpumi) Zikalala has hit the ground running as the newly appointed Managing Director of De Beers Group Managed Operations in South Africa and Canada, which employ more than 5 500 people, including contractors. The focus of the De Beers Group Managed Operations leadership team is on... 

Manganese, Junior Mining, Mantashe make headlines 

6th June 2019 This week, Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks manganese as an EV metal, a kickstart for junior mining and, approval for Gwede Mantashe’s appointment. 

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... 

Commentators differ on whether recent price slide indicates palladium bubble has burst 

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2019 Much price volatility is predicted for palladium – primarily an industrial metal for use in autocatalysts – over the next year, driven particularly by unpredictable trade sentiment as the US/China dispute unfolds, says multidisciplinary research team Afriforesight's chief precious metals analyst... 

Platinum in climate change, remote machinery, Mandela Mining Precinct make headlines  

29th May 2019 In the face of climate change more emphasis needs to be given to platinum, and there needs to be a collective South African effort on this part. Meanwhile, in an effort to stop miners going down deep-level mines, remote machinery should come to the fore. And, inroads are being made in research,... 

On-The-Air (24/05/2019) 

24th May 2019 Researchers this week made a strong call to mining companies to stop sending people into deep underground mines and to use remote machinery instead. South African manganese is helping fuel cells to be more affordable, which will be a big boost for platinum. A greater sense of purpose is emerging... 

Mining Charter III provisions seen by some as too onerous for junior miners 

By: Nadine James     24th May 2019 There should be a new regulatory regime for juniors – one that adheres to the spirit of Mining Charter 3, but which introduces reasonable and achievable transformation and procurement targets relative to the size and financial constraints of junior and emerging miners, says Eversheds Sutherland... 

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