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Anglo American Collaboration on Feasibility Study for South Africa's Hydrogen Valleys

Anglo American announces a collaboration agreement to complete a feasibility study to develop a “hydrogen valley” anchored in the platinum group metals-rich Bushveld geological area in South Africa. Spearheaded by South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the collaboration agreement also includes energy and services company Engie, the South African National Development Institute (SANEDI) and clean energy solutions provider Bambili Energy (Bambili).


Anglo American Platinum safely completes the ACP Phase a Rebuild

Anglo American Platinum has safely and successfully completed the rebuild of the Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) Phase A unit, with first converter matte ready to dispatch to the Base Metals Refinery for the next stage of processing. The ACP Phase A is now in ramp-up and on track to be operating at full capacity by the end of the year.


Anglo American Response to South Africa’s COVID-19 Measures

Anglo American notes the statement made by the President of the Republic of South Africa on the evening of Monday 23 March in relation to a 21-day nationwide lockdown, to take effect at midnight on Thursday 26 March, in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa. Anglo American will review the detailed regulations relating to this action that are being published, including in relation to exemptions for certain business activities, and will issue a further statement in due course.


The President’s ten Principles for the Future of the Mining Industry

It was the first time that the Head of State, the President addresses the Mining Indaba in Cape Town recently. This emphasized the importance that he and his cabinet place on the future of the industry.

President Ramaphosa emphasized the need for all stakeholders to come together, to create a common vision of the future, and to work together to achieve it.

In doing so, he articulated the following ten principles:

  • We must foster inclusive growth for all stakeholders where mining takes place. This includes employees, their families and surrounding communities.
  • Mining companies should establish partnerships with local governments to address and solve local problems in municipalities and communities.
  • Companies should invest in improving the living conditions of mine workers.
  • Mining companies should invest in education and training, that allows mine employees and communities to transition to a new economy, aligned to industrial revolution 4.0.
  • We should all create partnerships with education and training colleges to ensure curricular are modern and appropriate.
  • We should not be afraid to embrace the principle of increased local beneficiation, to create downstream benefits and employment.
  • We must collectively pat more attention to health and safety in the mining industry.
  • We must constantly look to embrace the aspirations of the youth, by creating internships, job opportunities and local entrepreneurs and SMMEs.
  • We must continue to priorities the representation of women in all levels of management, operations and boards.
  • We must have the courage to include workers and their representatives in our boards.
  • These principles should guide the direction of the Institute, to ensure that it contributes as a valued partner in the future of our industry. Let us all consider how we can contribute.

Source: Alastair Macfarlane, SAIMM


The Mine of the Future

The mining industry is in a crisis. The failure to get the policy, legislative, administrative and operating environment right is being compounded by a recline in resource demand and resulting excess capacity, weakening prices and increasing volatility. Many also need to mine deeper to reach new deposits, which is resulting in a significant increase in the cost of extraction and these costs are forcing mining companies to make difficult decisions to sustain short-term operations, while still adhering to long term objectives. What’s more, advanced technologies are severely impacting the broader industry albeit in a seeming unrelated way. Emerging products and services require new materials which is changing the mix in the demand for minerals and metals and this is expected to continue. This of course has long term implications for the demand for primary resources. And for the foreseeable future, this state is the ‘new normal’.


Kumba granted residual 21.4% Mining Right for Sishen Mine

Kumba Iron Ore Limited  announce that the Department of Mineral Resources has, after taking all the relevant considerations into account, granted the residual 21.4% undivided share of the mining right for the Sishen mine to Kumba’s subsidiary, Sishen Iron Ore Company (Pty) Ltd following the completion of an internal appeal process, as prescribed by section 96 of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act.


Job Creation exceeds 650 following the Resumption of Site Work at Ivanhoe Mines' Platreef Project in South Africa

Ivanhoe Mines: Holes being drilled in preparation for first blast at the box cut.

Ivanhoe Mines Executive Chairman Robert Friedland and Chief Executive Officer Lars-Eric Johansson announced that the total workforce engaged on development of the company's Platreef Project on the Bushveld's Northern Limb, in Limpopo province, now exceeds 650 men and women. More than 500 of the jobs, representing 78% of the total workforce, are held by residents of the local Mokopane area.


Anglo American announces new CEO of Business Unity South Africa

Anglo American plc (“Anglo American”) announces the secondment of Khanyisile Kweyama, Executive Director of Anglo American South Africa, for a two year term as CEO of Business Unity South Africa (“BUSA”), the organisation that represents the interests of the business community in South Africa. Ms Kweyama will take up her new position at BUSA with effect 2 January 2015.

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