Three key ways to empower SA’s mining SMMEs

How Ukwazi Empowers Mining SMMEs

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

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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Just transition – A preliminary perspective

Eskom and the coal industry are at the core of the just transition. Approximately, 75% of our electricity is coal based and derive from 16 large power stations. By 31 December 2021, Eskom was due to split out its transmission business from generation and distribution, while it is sticky debt of R400bn plus and deep…

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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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PGMs – Mining isn’t just about rocks

Ever wonder, what we as South Africans are really good at? No, it’s not rugby, although sometimes we are like when we won the World Cup in Japan! No – It’s mining, particularly platinum group metal mining. It’s deep, it’s dangerous and, it’s costly but it’s worth it, when you find the right stuff safely;…

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Mining and ESG

Launches full project development and delivery (PDD) offering In June 2020, Rio Tinto in Australia blasted a 46 000-year-old Aboriginal cultural heritage site in the Juukan Gorge cave, to expand its iron ore operation in the Pilbara in Western Australia. Although it had ministerial consent to do so, the local community was opposed to it.…

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Autonomous Vehicles – Science fiction or current mining reality?

Ukwazi’s head of mining in the Northern Cape, Jaco Mans, has first-hand experience of conducting studies for companies who wish to use autonomous vehicles underground. Mans states, “The mine of the future is digitally connected from pit to port, utilising artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic mining systems (RMS). In this scenario, the use of autonomous…

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