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December 23, 2021updated 07 Jan 2022 7:09am

Once empowered, always empowered? The new issue of MINE Magazine is out now

In this issue: South Africa's mining charter, India "phasing down" coal, and the impacts of the energy transition on metals.

By JP Casey

The legacy of Apartheid still looms large in South Africa, and the country’s critical mining industry is no exception. While Black empowerment requirements, rules that have ensured some of the country’s mineral wealth is owned by Black South Africans, have been enshrined in law for years, a court ruling could alter this state of affairs.

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With a high court concluding that the latest Mining Charter, published in 2018, constitutes policy and now law, there are concerns that its Black empowerment articles could be swept aside, with companies no longer legally obligated to fulfil them. Yet others argue that limiting Black shareholders to sell their assets exclusively to other Black South Africans has the effect of stifling the country’s economy, and impeding financial gain. As tensions rise, we consider the impacts of the ruling on both people and profits.

Elsewhere, we consider the implications of the precedent set by India’s move to “phase down”, rather than phase out coal from its energy mix, and assess how the clean energy transition could impact the mining, production and purchase of metals.

Whether you are on a desktop, tablet or smartphone, you can read the magazine for free online, and join the conversation on Twitter.

 

In this issue

 

Once empowered, always empowered: tensions rise in South African mining

In a notable victory for mining companies, a recent high court judgement set aside key provisions relating to Black empowerment in the South African Government’s controversial Mining Charter III, also stating it constituted policy and not law. Heidi Vella considers the verdict and its impact on mining companies and the sector at large.

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How AI can revolutionise the monitoring of tailings facilities

Tailing dam failures continue to be a real and present danger for mining operations. Zachary Skidmore investigates the potential of autonomous drones and AI in enhancing the monitoring of these facilities.

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Phasing down, not phasing out: Why is India locked into coal?

COP26 was meant to mark the start of the complete phase out of coal. However, following objections made by India and others, the agreement changed to ‘phasing down’ coal instead. Zachary Skidmore explores why India is so locked into coal.

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What does the energy transition mean for metals?

Zachary Skidmore speaks to Warren Patterson, ING’s head of commodities strategy, about the implications of ING’s report on energy transition metals and the growth of metals demand in a decarbonised society.

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Autonomous exploration: the potential for drones in the mining industry

Drone technology has the potential to be one of the most disruptive in the mining industry, especially as prices fall and the drones become more available. JP Casey considers the potential of drones to impact the mining industry in general, and exploration work in particular.

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2022 predictions: recycling of battery metals set to boom

Recycling has the potential to reduce the primary demand of metals considerably over the next ten years. Zachary Skidmore explores the potential of recycling and the barriers to its full-scale implementation.

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Next issue: automation

Automation holds perhaps no greater potential than in the mining industry. The promise of removing human workers from dangerous environments, mapping remote locations, and automating the drilling, excavating and sorting of ore has made the sector something of a proving ground for new autonomous technology. But will this potential ever be realised?

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As ore mines ramp up and come on stream, the total number of active surface machines (including trucks, excavators, shovels, loaders, graders and dozers) is forecast to rise from 141,470 in 2020 to 167,367 by 2025. This will be a CAGR of 3.4% from 2020 to 2025. The largest contributor to this growth is expected to be trucks, particularly smaller-sized trucks with shorter lifespans, used extensively in parts of Asia Pacific. Underground mining equipment is similarly expected to see a CAGR of 2.3% in this same time frame, with the number of mining trucks and loaders/LHDs in active underground mines expected to rise to 19,853 by 2025. GlobalData’s extensive mine-site research and equipment models have been used to build a complete view of mobile mining equipment populations globally for trucks, loaders, graders, dozers, excavators and shovels. This report includes informative breakdowns by each major region and key mining country, and also by major commodity. Read GlobalData’s Global Surface and Underground Mining Equipment: Populations & Forecast to 2025 for a complete view of the market, allowing you to best position yourself for the future.
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