South Africa’s blackouts threaten platinum supply in top miner

Mining News Pro - South Africa’s worst ever power blackouts are threatening platinum and palladium supplies in the top miner, both now and in the years ahead.

Extortion ‘mafia’ hits South Africa’s $55 billion mining sector

Mining News Pro - Musa Ngqulunga, chairman of the Ulundi Business Forum, denied it had anything to do with the derailment, but said the group had been angered by contracts awarded to a business from outside the region, saying “we can’t be spectators in our area.”

UK, South Africa seek deeper cooperation on critical minerals

Mining News Pro - South Africa is responsible for 60% of the global manganese supply, 75% of the platinum supply and 40% of the palladium supply. It also produces or has the potential to produce, vanadium, nickel, cobalt and rare earth elements.

Africa moving very slowly toward clean energy transition

Mining News Pro - Looking specifically at solar energy, Africa is now home to just 1.3% of global solar capacity. The existing capacity is 13GW or 5.5% of Africa’s total. South Africa, Egypt and Morocco account for two-thirds of the solar capacity.

21 bodies found at mine in South Africa

Mining News Pro - Muridili said evidence found on the scene suggested the people did not die where their bodies were found but “no foul play” was suspected. The bodies would undergo autopsies, she said.

Enormous Fine for Gelencore in Africa

Mining News Pro - Glencore traders hand delivered large quantities of cash to government officials, they sought to profit from political turmoil, and they inserted themselves into government-to-government deals that had been negotiated at preferential rates.

Ivanhoe awarded new exploration rights next to Platreef project on South Africa’s Bushveld Complex

Mining News Pro - Ivanhoe Mines (TSX: IVN) has been granted three new highly prospective exploration rights covering total surface area of 80 square kilometres adjacent to the company’s Platreef project in Limpopo province, South Africa.

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.

Glencore unit pleads guilty to bribery in Africa

Mining News Pro - A British subsidiary of Glencore (LON: GLEN) formally pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the seven charges of bribery brought against the mining and commodities trader by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which relate to the firm’s oil operations in Africa.

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.

Ghana’s 2021 gold output falls to 13-year low, loses spot as Africa’s top producer

Mining News Pro - Ghana’s gold production fell 30% last year to its lowest in more than a decade, knocking the country off its spot as Africa’s top producer, the president of the mines chamber said on Friday, blaming a taxation change and operational challenges.

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.

Africa’s accelerated energy transition should leave no-one behind

Mining News Pro - As the world pivots towards a green energy transition in the fight against climate change, Africa faces a generational opportunity to create new supply chains drawing upon its ‘Aladdin’s cave’- like endowment of mineral wealth, a keynote panel at the African Mining Indaba heard on Tuesday.

Barrick Gold eyes more copper assets in Africa

Mining News Pro -Barrick Gold wants to add more copper assets to its African portfolio due to a looming deficit and high prices for the industrial metal, which is also a key component in the making of electric vehicles (EVs) and vital to the renewables sector.

Bristow pleads with African miners to create ‘partnerships for prosperity’

Mining News Pro - A renewed focus on creating meaningful partnerships between miners, host communities and governments is quintessential to unlocking economic prosperity for African stakeholders, Barrick Gold CEO Mark Bristow told the audience at Investing in Africa Mining Indaba on Monday.

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.

Pan African announces high-grade drilling results at Barberton Mines

Mining News Pro - Gold miner Pan African Resources has announced that exploratory drilling into the down-dip extention of the orebodies at its Barberton Mines, in Mpumalanga, has yielded successful and significant high-grade drilling results, with visible gold in several drill intersections and development ends.

Africa leading green hydrogen projects

Mining News Pro - African countries captured 11% of the globally announced 163 GW of green hydrogen projects during the past year.

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

Perseus Mining secures key stakes in two African gold assets

Mining News Pro - Perseus Mining has struck a deal to acquire a 15% stake in Canadian junior Orca Gold from Resolute Mining, which will give the Australian gold producer stakes in two promising assets in North and West Africa.

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.

BHP back to Africa with Tanzania nickel investment

Mining News Pro - BHP (ASX, LON, NYSE: BHP) has committed to invest $100 million in a huge nickel project in Tanzania, UK-based private company Kabanga Nickel said on Monday, as the world’s largest miner seeks to expand its portfolio in commodities deemed key to the green energy transition.

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