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Now is the right time to invest in renewables – report

A Van Zyl
Friday, February 7, 2020
First presented:
Teck is one of the miners embracing renewables. The company recently acquired the SunMine Solar Energy Facility in British Columbia.

Consultancy firm SRK issued a short analysis following a talk by South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, at the Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town, where he highlighted the importance of renewables for the mining industry. According to SRK director Andrew van Zyl, given the positive movements in some commodity prices, there is no better time to consider investing part of miners’ windfall gains to create their own renewable energy generating capacity.

“The mining sector continues to struggle with costs rising faster than productivity – and the administered price of electricity from Eskom has clearly been an important and unavoidable contributor to this headache,” Van Zyl said.

Feature Author

Andrew Van Zyl


  • Mine and project valuation;
  • Mining conventions;
  • Economics;
  • Recent valuations greater than $ 1 billion for chrome, copper and Gold;
  • Technical adviisor to the Government of Cameroon for the Mbalam Mining Convention and rail and port concessions.


Andrew has been involved in the fields of Mining and Engineering.  His expertise includes

  • Technical advice during mining convention negotiations;
  • Financial/techno-economic modelling;
  • Exchange rates and macroeconomics;
  • Research and reporting;
  • Precious and base metals due diligence;
  • Project management (managing tenders, the detailed design of processes and equipment, estimation, the procurement and erection of the equipment and have managed the cold and hot commissioning of process plants;
  • Tender management (analysis of project financials and risk);
  • General management (developing, budgeting, marketing and completing projects);
  • Quantitative analysis including model development and strategic analysis;
  • Process engineering and commissioning experience;
  • Operation of process plants, including a rapid train loading terminal.
Director | Principal Consultant
SRK Johannesburg
SRK Africa