Africa’s crackdown on informal gold miners spreads to Mali

Mining News Pro - Mali is getting closer to bringing in new rules to better control artisanal gold mining and overtake South Africa as the continent’s second-biggest producer.

South Africa’s manganese output expected to grow – report

Mining News Pro - South Africa’s manganese output is expected to increase strongly, with Roskill predicting that the country will account for around half of the additional global manganese ore production over the next decade.

S. African port operator Transnet restores some operations at Richards Bay after fire

Mining News Pro - South African monopoly port operator Transnet said on Monday it had restored many of its operations since a fire broke out at its Richards Bay terminal last week, but that it still needed to ensure affected areas where safe before resuming others.

S. African port operator Transnet declares force majeure at Richards Bay terminal

Mining News Pro - South Africa’s monopoly port operator Transnet late Friday declared a force majeure at its Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, it said in a statement, following a fire that broke out at the port on Wednesday.

South Africa needs to ramp up critical minerals exploration as world decarbonises

Mining News Pro - The South African mining sector can remain internationally competitive and support socioeconomic development only if it drives decarbonisation and adapts to the global shift in commodity demand towards minerals used in green sectors such as renewable electricity and electric vehicles (EVs), a new study shows.

South Africa should not rush move away from coal

Mining News Pro - South Africa must manage its transition away from coal-fired power generation systematically and not rush a switch to renewable energy sources, Mining and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday.

Minerals Council South Africa developing 2050 Net Zero Action Plan

Mining News Pro - The Minerals Council South Africa is developing a Net Zero 2050 Action Plan and pathway towards achieving the goal of net zero greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions.

‘Just Transition Transaction’ can unlock fiscal space for South Africa’s low-carbon shift

Mining News Pro - A Just Transition Transaction (JTT) that enables South Africa to secure highly concessional finance from rich countries in return for accelerated decarbonisation would help create the fiscal space required to take such a programme forward, a new Meridian Economics study asserts.

South Africa miners back gradual move away from coal-fired power

Mining News Pro - South Africa’s mining industry has given its backing to moving the continent’s most developed economy away from coal but said it must be done gradually and responsibly.

South Africa mines plan $2.7 billion investment in power generation

Mining News Pro - Mining companies in South Africa are considering spending as much as 40 billion rand ($2.7 billion) to construct 2,000 megawatts of power generation capacity, said Roger Baxter, chief executive officer of Minerals Council South Africa.

Rainbow Rare Earths to use special separation tech at South Africa project

Mining News Pro - Africa-focused Rainbow Rare Earths (LON: RBW) has inked an an agreement with US-based K-Technologies to use its separation method in the miner’s Phalaborwa rare earths project in South Africa.

Rich nations head to South Africa seeking coal exit deal

Mining News Pro - Four of the world’s richest nations will send a delegation to South Africa as soon as next week to seek a deal to begin closing the country’s coal-fired plants, according to people familiar with the matter.

South Africa’s green energy push hinges on R402bn debt fix

Mining News Pro - The head of South Africa’s State power utility needs to substantially reduce its R402-billion of debt to realise his vision of transforming the coal-addicted behemoth into a leading green-energy producer and create as many as 300 000 jobs in the process.

South Africa backs GDP data despite missing mine statistics

Mining News Pro - South Africa’s statistics agency maintains that its gross domestic product estimates for the second quarter will be credible amid plans to use an estimated value for missing mining data.

West Wits reveals production plans in South Africa

Mining News Pro - A definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Qala Shallows Stage 1 of the Witwatersrand Basin project, in South Africa, has estimated that the project could produce 53 000 oz/y over a ten years.

South32 posts higher manganese, aluminium output from South African operations

Mining News Pro - Diversified miner South32 has posted a 21% year-on-year increase in manganese output from its South African mines to 2.26-million tonnes for the year ended June 30.

De Ruyter outlines green reindustrialisation vision for South Africa

Mining News Pro - Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has outlined the case for leveraging South Africa’s transition to green energy to reverse the country’s “vicious cycle of deindustrialisation and unemployment” and to trigger a “virtuous cycle of local demand for local goods to create investment and jobs”.

South Africa needs to commit to transitioning to net-zero by 2050

Mining News Pro - As a country with one of the most emissions-intensive power sectors in the world, and as a nation that is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, South Africa needs to commit to find ways to transition to a net-zero emission economy by 2050, National Business Initiative (NBI) CEO Joanne Yawitch asserts.

AngloGold plunges as key African mine may stay shut all year

Mining News Pro - AngloGold Ashanti stock dropped as much as 12% Friday after it cut production forecast and said a key mine in Ghana may not resume output this year after an accident in May.

African rare earth projects moving forward despite challenges

Mining News Pro - A recent report by Roskill commends the efforts by a number of African countries to establish a diversified rare earths supply chain but points out that developing projects that satisfy all parties involved comes with several challenges.

​​Civil unrest in South Africa, covid-19 may push cobalt prices up

Mining News Pro - Civil unrest in South Africa, a third wave of covid-19 and supply curbs in the Democratic Republic of Congo may push cobalt prices up to $25 per pound through 2021 from the current average of $23.94 per pound, according to a new report published by Fastmarkets.

Cyberattack disrupts main African cobalt, copper export hub

Mining News Pro - A cyber attack has disrupted container operations at the South African port of Cape Town, affecting its operating systems. Durban, the busiest shipping terminal in sub-Saharan Africa, was also affected.

Assmang calls force majeure on manganese alloys in South Africa

Mining News Pro - Assmang Proprietary Ltd. issued a notice of force majeure on manganese alloys production from its facilities in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, according to an email from Rorie Wilson, an alternate director at the company.

Mavuso says South African democracy proved mettle despite destruction

Mining News Pro - Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso says last week was a serious test of South Africa’s constitutional democracy, but she believes the country managed to pass the test and proved how strong it really is.

Assmang calls force majeure on manganese alloys in South Africa

Mining News Pro - Assmang issued a notice of force majeure on manganese alloys production from its facilities in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, according to an email from Rorie Wilson, an alternate director at the company.

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