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The Pretoria High Court has stopped Uthaka Energy from starting to mine coal this week in the critical water source area of Mabola, Mpumalanga. Archive photo: supplied
Court stops Mpumalanga coal mineArticle

In yet another turn in what is already a six-year legal battle, Uthaka Energy, a coal-mining company, has been interdicted by the Pretoria High Court from mining in one of South Africa's critical water source areas...

John Yeld 26 Mar 2021

Kangra coal mine recommences operations
Kangra coal mine recommences operationsArticle

Coal mining company Kangra, which was put on care and maintenance due to Covid-19 lockdowns in the domestic and export markets has resumed operations...

11 Mar 2021

E&T - A year in review
E&T - A year in reviewArticle

2020 was a year full of growth and opportunities for E&T Minerals. It was a learning curve for our organisation as we optimised our operations, administration, corporate structure, processes and compliance...

Issued by E&T Minerals 25 Feb 2021

The judgement this week by Western Cape Deputy Judge President Patricia Goliath is a reminder to corporations that they cannot use the law to silence activists, says the writer. Illustration: Lisa Nelson
Slapp-ing back: Court checks corporate bullyingArticle

On 9 February 2021, the Western Cape High Court delivered an important judgement for all activists and NGOs who find themselves on the receiving end of powerful corporations trying to throw their weight around...

11 Feb 2021

Brian Molefe, former Eskom CEO. Image: Twitter
Molefe blames Glencore, Ramaphosa for Eskom's downfallArticle

Former Eskom CEO, Brian Molefe, blamed Glencore and President Cyril Ramaphosa for the downfall of the country's power utility in his statement at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture...

18 Jan 2021

#BestofBiz 2020: Energy & Mining
#BestofBiz 2020: Energy & MiningArticle

What a year 2020 has been! So, we've curated the year's most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views on Bizcommunity's Energy & Mining platform into our #BestofBiz2020 list...

14 Dec 2020

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, chairperson of Menar
Coal miners should take lead in being ethical suppliersArticle

In the interest of transformation and transparency, coal producers should develop a code of ethics to regulate contractual arrangements that ensure commercial viability to both the supplier and purchaser of coal...

9 Oct 2020

E&T Minerals announces bid for Optimum Coal Mine
E&T Minerals announces bid for Optimum Coal MineArticle

South African commodity trading and brokerage house E&T Minerals is one of the companies/organisations bidding for OCM (Optimum Coal Mine)...

Issued by E&T Minerals 17 Sep 2020

Aubrey Chauke
New capital opportunities for tomorrow's coal sectorArticle

Despite huge advances in clean coal technologies, abundance of coal in the SADC region and Southern Africa's vast energy needs, and the reality that coal will remain an important element of South Africa's energy mix well beyond 2040...

Aubrey Chauke 26 Aug 2020

Ndavhe Mareda, chairman. Makole Group
Black Royalty Minerals gets greenlight to start operations at KoornfonteinArticle

Black Royalty Minerals (BRM) has confirmed that it has secured both the Competition Commission and ministerial approvals for its acquisition of Koornfontein Coal Mine...

20 Aug 2020

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Negotiating a just transition from coalArticle

It has been over three years since Eskom announced the imminent closure of five of its coal-fired power stations...

10 Jul 2020

#YouthMonth: Telling stories that matter - Q&A with filmmaker Katya Abedian
#YouthMonth: Telling stories that matter - Q&A with filmmaker Katya AbedianArticle

Young South African/Iranian filmmaker of award-winning short film Skin Diver, Katya Abedian, shares her thought process behind her creations, gives tips for aspiring filmmakers and advice on staying creative (and kind) during a pandemic...

Ruth Cooper 29 Jun 2020

Investment titans continue to get serious about ESG
Investment titans continue to get serious about ESGArticle

The biggest challenge for multinational mining companies over the next decade will be responding to investors' growing focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues...

4 Jun 2020

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The case for turning South Africa's coal fields into a renewable energy hubArticle

South Africa is currently one of the world's largest carbon emitters. And it's increasingly being viewed as a pariah that isn't contributing as much as it could to the international fight against global warming and climate change...

Hartmut Winkler 26 May 2020

Kangra coal mine
Kangra placed on care and maintenanceArticle

Thermal coal miner Kangra has signed agreements with labour representatives to place the mine on care and maintenance...

22 May 2020

Reinier van Heel
Are there trade opportunities for junior coal miners in Level 4?Article

It is no secret that the current regulations around the production and trade of minerals related to the Covid-19 pandemic has presented constraints in the supply of industrial commodities...

Reinier van Heel 12 May 2020

Workers from Kinross Gold Mine, South Africa. Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images
Health and safety in the spotlight as South Africa's miners go back to workArticle

South Africa was put under strict social and economic lockdown on 26 March. By the end of April the government announced that it was easing some of the restrictions. This included allowing certain key sectors to begin operations once again. One of them was mining...

Nancy Coulson & Nicola Christofides 7 May 2020

Environment minister Barbara Creecy’s decision to allow mining on ten more West Coast beaches has prompted criticism from environmentalists. Photo: John Yeld
"New broom" minister Barbara Creecy raises dustArticle

Environment Minister Barbara Creecy's decision to allow vastly expanded West Coast beach mining has prompted sharp criticism from environmentalists...

John Yeld 9 Apr 2020

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Covid-19 and what it means for tax in the mining industryArticle

During the 21-day lockdown period, mining operations in South Africa will scale down significantly. The effect on deep-level mines will probably be most significant as coal mines supplying Eskom will continue to operate, albeit at a reduced level.

Adéle de Jager, 1 Apr 2020

The Constitutional Court has denied Athi-Africa Ventures leave to appeal against a judgment blocking its plan to mine coal in a protected area in Mpumalanga. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks
Constitutional Court rejects coal mining company's attempt to appealArticle

In a short, sharp smack-down, the Constitutional Court has rejected an attempt by would-be coal mining company Atha-Africa Ventures to draw it into a controversial plan to mine coal in a highly sensitive protected grassland and water catchment area in Mpumalanga...

John Yeld 20 Nov 2019

A main street of a poor neighbourhood in Cape Town during recent power cuts. EPA/Nic Bothma
How failing power utility is fuelling South Africa's economic crisisArticle

South Africa's state power utility Eskom is the biggest challenge facing the country. Mess up Eskom, and you mess up the country. And it looks as though key players are doing just that...

Mark Swilling 1 Nov 2019

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Are things looking up for the mining industry?Article

South Africa's mining sector is inching painfully towards better times, progressing beyond the Mining Charter furore to other key areas such as climate change, energy sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG)...

15 Oct 2019

Mpumelelo Mkhabela
Coal miners need to be committed to investing sustainablyArticle

Juniors and majors need to work closely together in the interest of ensuring the future stability of the coal mining sector...

18 Sep 2019

Youth in Mining opposes coal deal
Youth in Mining opposes coal dealArticle

South African Youth in Mining (Sayim) is strongly opposed to South32's exclusive sale negotiations of its subsidiary, South African Energy Coal (Saec), to Seriti Resources...

17 Sep 2019

Dr Sakhile Ngcobo, director, Sibambene Coal
Coal industry needs genuine empowermentArticle

In order to change the landscape of the South African coal mining sector, empowerment cannot just be words but a meaningful action that brings about black excellence throughout organisations.

9 Sep 2019

Vuslat Bayoglu, managing director, Menar
Coal and entrepreneurshipArticle

Coal has a long and illustrious history of providing energy stability, and is anticipated to play a key role in the global energy mix for many generations to come...

6 Sep 2019

Coal mines need to be taken to task over water pollution
Coal mines need to be taken to task over water pollutionArticle

Coal mines in Mpumalanga have polluted about 90% of groundwater in the Highveld region alone..

28 Aug 2019

Code broken on encrypted 200-year-old diary, revealing secrets of Britain's first lesbian marriage
Code broken on encrypted 200-year-old diary, revealing secrets of Britain's first lesbian marriageArticle

Showmax's Gentleman Jack series is based on decoded diaries of Anne Lister, who confounded society's expectations of women in 19th-century England...

Issued by Showmax 29 Jul 2019

Mining activities in South Africa’s rural areas tend to occur at the expense of local communities and the environment. Shutterstock
How South Africa's rural communities are getting a raw deal from miningArticle

Some of the most profitable South African mines are situated in the areas of the country that are home to traditional communities and are governed in terms of customary law...

Llewellyn Leonard 15 Jul 2019

The coal plant would be about 20km from Lamu town - a Unesco world heritage site. Shutterstock/Jen Watson
Court stops construction of Kenya's coal power plant. Here's whyArticle

Kenyan judges have stopped plans to construct the country's first ever coal-powered plant near the coastal town of Lamu, a Unesco World Heritage Site...

Moina Spooner 1 Jul 2019

Portia Malele
#YouthMonth: Breaking through mining's glass ceilingArticle

Portia Malele is an ambitious 32-year-old blazing a trail for female talent in the traditionally male-dominated world of mining...

27 Jun 2019

Former Sasol Coal miners claim more than R80 million for coal-related illnesses
Former Sasol Coal miners claim more than R80 million for coal-related illnessesArticle

Twenty-two former underground miners are claiming more than R80 million in damages from Sasol Coal after they contracted serious lung and other diseases as a result of years of inhaling coal dust while working in underground coal mines...

Ciaran Ryan 25 Apr 2019

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How much does Eskom need to fail before mines are forced to close?Article

If the Eskom crisis isn't resolved soon, the national unemployment crisis will become even more dire because of impending mass retrenchment in the mining industry...

Katherine Brown 24 Apr 2019

Zwelakhe Gila
Great, South Africa found gas. Now what?Article

The Brulpadda well off the shore of Mossel Bay is one of a number of highly anticipated exploration prospects in South Africa...

Zwelakhe Gila 19 Mar 2019

Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe
IPP tender process is fair, open and transparentArticle

The tender process and the awarding of renewable energy Independent Power Producers (IPPs) contracts have no room for favouritism...

25 Feb 2019

Thousands of trucks deliver coal each day to Eskom and to railway sidings for export. Photo: Katlego Phore
Forget cigarette smuggling. The big money is in stealing coalArticle

We've heard about gold theft, but coal theft is the biggest game in town. It's costing Eskom and coal companies billions of rands a year. It's highly organised and a major concern to police...

Ciaran Ryan 22 Feb 2019

Minister of MIneral Resources Gwede Mantashe visited Gloria Coal Mine last week, where 22 men are trapped underground, presumed dead. Photo: Ciaran Ryan
Lawlessness at Gupta mines was behind deadly tragedyArticle

A methane gas explosion ripped through the Gloria Coal Mine on 4 February, trapping 22 men underground. They were allegedly trying to steal cable...

Ciaran Ryan 19 Feb 2019

Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks
Court refuses appeal on Mpumalanga coal mineArticle

The North Gauteng High Court has refused an application for leave to appeal its decision to overturn the government's hush-hush approval of a new coal mine in a critical biodiversity and water conservation area in Mpumalanga...

John Yeld 28 Jan 2019

AP Photo/David Goldman
Do climate policies 'kill jobs'? An economist on why they don't cause massive unemploymentArticle

Climate change will hammer the US economy unless there's swift action to rein in greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, according to the latest National Climate Assessment report...

Garth Heutel 28 Dec 2018

Caution: More coal trucks on the roads
Caution: More coal trucks on the roadsArticle

Eskom has urged road users to heed safety rules as more coal trucks are expected to be on the country's roads as part of coal recovery efforts this festive season...

20 Dec 2018

Court overturns state's approval of controversial coal mine
Court overturns state's approval of controversial coal mineArticle

The government's hush-hush approval last year of a new coal mine within a critical biodiversity and water conservation area in Mpumalanga has been reversed...

John Yeld 9 Nov 2018

South Africa's energy future a pawn in a larger political game
South Africa's energy future a pawn in a larger political gameArticle

Professor Anton Eberhard of UCT GSB argues that South Africa needs to embrace unprecedented global innovation in new low-cost energy technologies and competitive markets if it wants to support real economic transformation...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 1 Nov 2018

Court drama as state tries to force through coal mining plan
Court drama as state tries to force through coal mining planArticle

In a last-minute move, the government is attempting a new strategy to push through a coal mine in a formally protected Mpumalanga wetland area...

John Yeld 17 Oct 2018

Charl-Johan Lingenfelder gets personal in his new film Kanarie
Charl-Johan Lingenfelder gets personal in his new film KanarieArticle

Charl-Johan Lingenfelder has been an inspirational tour-de-force as a musician, composer, writer, performer, his heavenly collaboration with director Christiaan Olwagen, Kanarie, is a proudly South African film taking the world by storm...

Daniel Dercksen 16 Oct 2018

Enda Molewa, who died in September, granted permission for coal to be mined in a protected area, when she was minister of environmental affairs. Photo from
Court challenge to Mpumalanga coal mineArticle

While much of her work was widely admired and supported, the legacy of the late Edna Molewa, who was environmental affairs minister, is not uncontested...

John Yeld 16 Oct 2018

Road extends life of Leeuwpan mine
Road extends life of Leeuwpan mineArticle

A new road has extended the life of Exxaro's Leeuwpan Coal Mine situated near Delmas, Mpumalanga, by providing access to further coal reserves...

4 Oct 2018

Common skin cancer can signal increased risk of other cancers
Common skin cancer can signal increased risk of other cancersArticle

Frequent skin cancers due to mutations in genes responsible for repairing DNA are linked to a threefold risk of unrelated cancers...

15 Aug 2018

Unaccounted water costs must be included in IRP
Unaccounted water costs must be included in IRPArticle

A new report from the Life After Coal campaign calls for these costs to our water resources to be accounted for in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) - South Africa's plan for the future electricity system...

16 Jul 2018

Hendrina Power Station. Photo: Eskom
Eskom reviews Optimum proposalArticle

Eskom is reviewing the Optimum Coal Mine's business rescue practitioners' proposal to reduce the monthly coal supply tonnage to the Hendrina power station from 400,000 to 200,000 tons a month...

2 May 2018

Ben Ngubane takes the state capture hot seat in Eskom inquiry
Ben Ngubane takes the state capture hot seat in Eskom inquiryArticle

Former Eskom chairman Ben Ngubane appeared before the parliamentary inquiry into state capture of Eskom on Wednesday to answer questions, ranging from the employment contract of former CEO Brian Molefe to the prepayment made to Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration and Resources for coal supplies...

Linda Ensor 7 Mar 2018

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