Clean Coal Technologies (CCT) – quo vadis?

The viability of clean coal technologies

By Alan M. Clegg Pr.Eng Pr.CPM PMP FSAIMM – Chairman, Shumba Energy Ltd and Spencer Eckstein – Director, Business Development, Ukwazi Mining Studies (Pty) Ltd Socrates famously stated: “The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.” Any new Coal fired power plant (“CFPP”)…

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Three key ways to empower SA’s mining SMMEs

Empowering SMMEs in the Mining Space

Despite obvious challenges, including energy insecurity and policy uncertainty, South Africa’s immense natural resources, coupled with current macro factors, provide ample opportunity for the country to further enhance its position on the global mining stage. One fundamental aspect hampering this progress is the lack of industry skills – skills that will be required to meet…

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Refining Climate Resilience

Mining and Climate Resilience

South Africa recently experienced flash floods in KwaZulu-Natal, causing loss of life and property, damage to homes, roads and railway infrastructure, and in cities like Gqeberha, taps have run dry. We can debate whether poor infrastructure or ineffective, local government entities are responsible, but it is clear that weather patterns have shifted significantly, some would…

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Green economy will require more commodities

Ukwazi | Green Economy and Manganese

Rather than requiring fewer commodities, the green economy, and its resulting technological developments, will actually require more commodities, says specialist mining services provider Ukwazi Business Development Director, Spencer Eckstein. Consequently, mining companies, including manganese players, need to adequately position and prepare themselves to maintain a competitive advantage going forward, he notes. Commitments after COP26 and…

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Mining and the circular economy – debunking the myths

Ukwazi | Mining and the Circular Economy

First things first, while “circular” and “green” are often used interchangeably, it is important to distinguish between them. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) defines a green economy as “one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.” A circular economy entails the recycling and reuse of…

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A close shave…or too close to call?

The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report entitled, Climate Change 2021, states that the earth’s surface and ocean temperatures are the highest they’ve been since 1850, with the most radical increases occurring after the year 2000. The report goes on further to say that the only solution is drastically reducing CO2…

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