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Community unrest leads to fatal shooting near Exxaro's Grootegeluk mine
Published: 21 Oct 20
Diversified South African-based resources group Exxaro Resources says a local community member was killed in a shooting incident near its Grootegeluk mine on October 20. "The deceased was part of a community protest that entered the private property owned by Exxaro near its Grootegeluk mine operations, which protestors set fire to a part of the veld and a conveyor belt leading out of the mine.
South African coal industry to reach tipping point in 2025
Published: 21 Oct 20
The South African coal industry will likely reach a tipping point by 2025, when renewable energy should be cheaper, both in terms of capital and operational expenditure, than existing coal-fired electricity capacity. This means that, by 2030, the South African coal landscape will look "completely different", as domestic coal production is likely to start fragmenting and shutting down,  African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones noted during a webinar on October 21. In the near-term, however, the ...
Cleaner coal tech to help South Africa reduce emissions, says Minerals Council Cleaner coal tech to help South Africa reduce emissions, says Minerals Council
Published: 21 Oct 20
Coal is integral to South Africa, economically and socially, and will continue to play a pivotal role for many years to come; therefore, technology and innovation in the industry should be pursued to mitigate carbon emissions as part of the country’s just energy transition journey. This was indicated by speakers during the Minerals Council South Africa’s ‘Advancing the just transition: coal technology and innovation’ webinar, held on October 21 − the day on which the council was also observing Global Ethics Day.
Aspasa tightens requirements for its members around fair competition, social aspects
Published: 21 Oct 20
The Aggregate & Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) has introduced a new set of policies for members to uphold, which relate to all aspects of surface mining operations. Aspasa director Nico Pienaar says the code documents good, ethical behaviour and says that, while most member companies adhere to these anyway, it gives the association recourse in the event of unethical behaviour being reported.
Koeberg Unit 2 returns to service
Published: 21 Oct 20
Unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power station on October 21 successfully completed its twenty-fourth outage since it first started to generate electricity. The unit is synchronised onto the electricity grid and will load up to full capacity by next week, power utility Eskom reports.
Redemption of $450m convertible bonds completed − Sibanye
Published: 21 Oct 20
About $383-million of the outstanding $383.8-million in outstanding bonds have been converted by bondholders of JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater’s wholly owned subsidiary Sibanye Gold, which in September exercised its option to redeem all outstanding bonds. Sibanye Gold had exercised its option in respect of its $450-million 1.875% convertible bonds, due 2023, to redeem all outstanding bonds at their principal amount, together with accrued but unpaid interest up to but excluding the optional redemption date.
Phola communities allowed to intervene in Thabong, South32 coal merger; SAEF's application dismissed
Published: 21 Oct 20
The Competition Tribunal has dismissed the South African Energy Forum’s (SAEF’s) application to intervene in proceedings regarding the proposed large merger between Thabong Coal and South32 South Africa Coal Holdings (South African Energy Coal or SAEC).
Anglo stands ready to defend itself in lawsuit over lead poisoning in Zambia
Published: 21 Oct 20
JSE-listed diversified miner Anglo American South Africa has noted a class action lawsuit filed against it by Mbuyisa Moleele Attorneys and Leigh Day in the Gauteng High Court, related to lead poisoning claims stemming from the Kabwe mine, in Zambia. The lawyers filed the lawsuit on behalf of a class estimated to comprise more than 100 000 individuals in the Kabwe district of Zambia. The claimants believe they have been exposed to lead contamination.
Rand Water's Eikenhof pumping station unable to operate amid power outage
Published: 21 Oct 20
Water utility Rand Water says its Eikenhof pumping station has not been operating since early on October 21 as a result of an unplanned electricity outage. "Rand Water’s reservoir levels that receive water supply from the Eikenhof pumping station are now at significantly reduced levels.
Work on Central and Mabopane rail lines delayed by a year, says PRASA
Published: 21 Oct 20
It will take another year for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to restore limited electrical service on the main rail lines servicing Cape Town and Johannesburg, the entity conceded in Parliament on Wednesday. "We are now looking at the end of October or November next year to bring back limited electrical service on the Central and Mabopane lines,“ PRASA's chief executive for infrastructure, Hishaam Emeran, told Parliament's standing committee on transport, public service, administration and public works.
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