South Africa mine dam wall collapses, killing one and injuring 40

Mining News Pro - Flooding caused by the collapse of a mine dam wall in South Africa’s Free State province swept away houses and cars on Sunday, the provincial government said, killing one person and injuring another 40.

South Africa plans special police force to combat illegal miners

Mining News Pro - The South African Police Service will establish a specialized force to combat illegal mining that’s robbing the nation of revenue and hampering operations at mineral companies.

Europe crisis shows coal’s value, South Africa minister says

Mining News Pro - South Africa’s energy minister dismissed the notion that renewable electricity can bring an end to years of rolling blackouts, pointing to Europe’s pivot back to the use of fossil fuels as evidence of the constraints of using green energy.

One ‘Zamazama’ dead, 46 arrested in South Africa’s Witwatersrand Basin

Mining News Pro - About 700 tonnes of gold-bearing material valued at about $148,500 (ZAR2.5 million) has been recovered in a multidisciplinary enforcement action on eight premises on Monday in South Africa’s West Rand, part of the historic Witwatersrand Basin.

South African trade unions sign wage deal with Sibanye

Mining News Pro - Two South African trade unions have signed a three-year wage agreement with miner Sibanye Stillwater on June 11, one of the unions said on Sunday, removing the last hurdle to restarting operations at its gold mines in the country.

South Africans’ hair reveals heavy metal exposure from mining at Witwatersrand

Mining News Pro - An international team of researchers is analyzing individual hair samples from people living and working around the Witwatersrand basin near Johannesburg to determine the degree of uranium contamination and identify which populations are most at risk.

Gangs stealing cables miles underground torment South African platinum mines

Mining News Pro - South African miners are battling a growing threat miles underground in the world’s deepest platinum shafts: Gangs stealing copper cables and disrupting operations.

Top Gold Mines in South Africa

Mining News Pro - This list, compiled by Further Africa, highlights the top 10 gold mines in the country by proven gold reserves

Coal slurry dam spills near historic South African game reserve

Mining News Pro - Coal mining wastewater spilled near a historic South African game park last month, raising community concerns about the environmental effects.

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.

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.

​​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.

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