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On-The-Air (18/09/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2020 The mining industry is calling for Joburg’s mine dumps to come down to cut travel time in taxis; A rich old gold mine is being brought back to life in the Evander gold fields of Mpumalanga; and Platinum is fighting its way into battery electric vehicles, from which it has up to now been excluded. 

Gemfields seeking alternatives to auctions

By: Simone Liedtke     18th September 2020 Gemstone miner Gemfields says it is unable to provide guidance as to when it might be able to host its next auction, or generate meaningful revenue from sales, with its financial results for the first half of this year, ended June 30, reflecting the "immense impact” of the Covid-19 pandemic and... 

Harmony Gold, Pan African, platinum make headlines 

17th September 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the integration of Mponeng and Mine Waste Solutions surface gold recovery operation into Harmony Gold, Pan African's results and platinum possibly on its way into battery electric vehicles as a battery metal. 

NUM ‘shocked’ by growing number of mine fatalities in Limpopo

By: Simone Liedtke     16th September 2020 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed shock about the increasing number of fatal incidents in the Limpopo province’s mines this week.    

In-house-developed idler increases mine throughput, product longevity

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 The development of a South African-made conveyor belt idler has resulted in diversified miner Exxaro Resources increasing throughput at its Grootegeluk mine through one of its conveyor load points from 800 t/d to 3 000 t/d, says conveyor products manufacturer Brelko US and Africa manager Brent... 

Hydrogen, platinum fund sets up shop in South Africa with dollars to invest 

By: Martin Creamer     11th September 2020 London-headquartered AP Ventures, an independent venture capital fund focussed on investing in early-stage companies that use or enable the use of platinum group metals (PGMs), has established a presence in South Africa. AP Ventures founding partner Kevin Eggers told this week’s virtual 2020 PGMs... 

On-The-Air (11/09/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th September 2020 Minerals Council South Africa is working with the government to treble the size of our platinum industry; Research has now found a new place for platinum in electric vehicles; Royal Bafokeng Platinum this week urged the government to make the hydrogen economy a top priority. 

Promoting hydrogen economy should be No1 priority – RBPlat’s Phiri 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2020 Promoting the hydrogen economy should be South Africa’s number one priority, Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri said on Wednesday. Speaking during a panel discussion on the current state of the platinum group metals industry at the virtual 2020 PGMs Industry Day, Phiri said that this... 

Resources Watch  

8th September 2020 This week: South Africa must link tax laws to job creation; Joburg’s political legacy mine dumps should come down to cut commute time; and, lagging platinum being actively promoted 

Farmer appointed Davenport chairperson

By: Donna Slater     7th September 2020 ASX-listed potash miner Davenport Resources has appointed former Lonmin CEO Ian Farmer as nonexecutive chairperson as it continues the development of its portfolio of potash projects in Germany. Interim chairperson Dr Reinout Koopmans will step down with immediate effect, but will remain on the... 

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