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Bill Gates-led fund invests in making lithium mining more sustainable

By: Bloomberg     Updated 1 hour 3 minutes ago Breakthrough Energy Ventures, helmed by Bill Gates, and MIT’s The Engine fund are leading an investment round of $20-million for Lilac Solutions, a US startup aimed at making the extraction of lithium less water-intensive and more sustainable. As the world looks to cut carbon emissions, people... 

Anglo delivers $3.5bn profit, declares final dividend

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 1 hour 4 minutes ago Diversified mining company Anglo American delivered 2019 profit attributable to equity shareholders of $3.5-billion, in line with the prior year. The company, headed by CEO Mark Cutifani, generated underlying earnings of $10-billion, a 9% increase, and $2.3-billion of attributable free cash flow. 

Anglo delivers $3.5bn profit, declares final dividend
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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Price-spiking palladium must be substituted with platinum – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2020 It is incumbent on the end users to help platinum group metals mining companies to a position where the platinum price will not be destroyed, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said on Wednesday. Speaking during the presentation of superlative results, Froneman said the industry could not... 

Price-spiking palladium must be substituted with platinum – Sibanye-Stillwater
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Neal Froneman

Very Proudly South African Sibanye-Stillwater set to take on world – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2020 An upbeat Neal Froneman said on Wednesday that world would see his “very Proudly South African’ precious metals mining company Sibanya-Stillwater take on global companies across the world. Speaking after the relisting of the platinum group metals (PGM) and gold mining company at the Johannesburg... 

Very Proudly South African Sibanye-Stillwater set to take on world – Froneman
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JSE CEO Dr Leila Fourie (left) and Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.

Hydrogen fuel cells the next big disruptive technology – Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2020 The next big disruptive technology will be hydrogen fuel cell technology, which is platinum rich, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said on Wednesday. Speaking ahead of half-year results of a 44% increase in revenue to R73-billion and a R432-million profit for 2019, Froneman stated that this... 

Hydrogen fuel cells the next big disruptive technology – Sibanye-Stillwater
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Donna Slater.

Sibanye-Stillwater delivers phenomenal 260% return – JSE 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2020 Top-performing Sibanye-Stillwater delivered a phenomenal return of 260% on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2019, JSE CEO Dr Leila Fourie stated on Wednesday when the company relisted to the accompaniment of a rapid 5.3% early-afternoon soaring of its share price. From a Gold Fields spinoff... 

Sibanye-Stillwater delivers phenomenal 260% return – JSE
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Sibanye-Stillwater's ceremony at JSE

China boosts first batch rare-earth mining quota for 2020

By: Bloomberg     19th February 2020 The coronoavirus outbreak isn’t damping appetite for rare-earth minerals in China. The country has increased the first batch of mining quotas for the strategic materials used in everything from electric vehicles to military hardware. The quota for six dominant producers, including China Northern... 

Moody’s expanded gold price range allows for flexibility in credit assessments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th February 2020 Ratings agency Moody’s has expanded its price sensitivity range for gold, based on supportive factors such as lower-for-longer interest rates and geopolitical uncertainties. Moody’s has increased the higher end of the sensitivity range by $100/oz to $1 400/oz, while the lower end of the range... 

Silvercorp resumes operations at China mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th February 2020 Dual-listed Silvercorp Metals has resumed mining operations at its Ying and CG mines, following an extended holiday period shutdown in line with the Chinese government’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Silvercorp’s production was suspended on January 17 for the Chinese New Year... 

Freeport Indonesia aims for August kick-off of construction on new copper smelter

By: Reuters     19th February 2020 Freeport Indonesia, operator of Grasberg, the world's second-biggest copper mine, expects to start construction of a new smelter in August, its chief executive said on Wednesday. Front-end engineering and design for the $3-billion smelter has been concluded and ground preparation is expected to... 

Gold tops $1 600 as virus fuels growth fears

By: Bloomberg     19th February 2020 Gold traded near the highest level since 2013 on concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus and how it’s impacting global growth. Palladium topped $2 700/oz as it continued its record-breaking rally. Bullion steadied after surging 1.3% Tuesday’s as Apple’s warning that the virus and efforts... 

South Africa’s Astron ‘a nice short to have for the trading business’ – Glencore 

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2020 Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg on Tuesday described his company’s investment in Astron Energy oil refinery and fuel distribution station business in South Africa as “a nice short to have for the trading business”. The Chevron oil refinery in Cape Town and the Caltex brand now fall under Astron... 

Climate-friendly copper, cobalt, nickel steal limelight as Glencore depletes coal reserve 

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2020 Climate-friendly energy transition metals, copper, cobalt and nickel, stole the limelight during Glencore’s presentation of 2019 results on Tuesday, when the company revealed that it would be depleting its coal reserves in line with the global move towards a low-carbon economy. Presenting... 

Climate-friendly copper, cobalt, nickel steal limelight as Glencore depletes coal reserve
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Ivan Glasenberg

Alderon adds second Chinese partner to Kami mine

By: Mariaan Webb     18th February 2020 Beijing-headquartered diversified group Tunghsu has signed a letter of intent to acquire a 26% to 38% interest in the Kami Mine Limited Partnership (Kami LP) from Alderon Iron Ore for between $15-million and $23-million, the TSX-listed iron-ore company announced on Tuesday. Tunghsu will be the... 

Alderon adds second Chinese partner to Kami mine

India’s NMDC firms up capex to lift production by 50%

By: Ajoy K Das     18th February 2020 Indian State-run miner NMDC, the country’s largest iron-ore producer, has firmed up capital investments of $324-million to increase production by 50% to 48-million tons a year by the end of 2020/21. The State miner is committing higher capital expenditure (capex) and is significantly ramping up... 

Glencore provides update on its transition to low-carbon economy

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2020 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Tuesday published an update on its performance in transitioning towards a low-carbon economy. This follows its climate change position statement of February 2019. 

Glencore provides update on its transition to low-carbon economy
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Ivan Glasenderg

Miners welcome Indonesia's new jobs bill that could spur coal growth

By: Reuters     18th February 2020 Miners have welcomed proposed changes to Indonesian mining rules under a new law aimed at boosting investment, though critics are concerned that the changes could underpin an expansion in polluting coal and threaten environment protection. President Joko Widodo's sprawling "Job Creation" bill... 

Modernisation, digitisation part of next value delivery – Amplats  

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2020 Top of the list of the four focus areas of platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to drive its next phase of value is operational efficiency. Outlining this at the company’s presentation of record financial and safety achievements, Amplats CEO Chris Griffith... 

Modernisation, digitisation part of next value delivery – Amplats
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on Anglo American Platinum’s results. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Substitution outlook intensifies with platinum at half palladium price ­– Amplats 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2020 With the price of platinum at half of the palladium price, the concept of replacing palladium with platinum in some gasoline catalyst convertors is increasingly likely to occur – but not in the very short term, outgoing Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith said on Monday.... 

Substitution outlook intensifies with platinum at half palladium price ­– Amplats
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on Anglo American Platinum’s results. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Hydrogen fuel cell mining set to cut Amplats’ greenhouse gas emissions – Griffith  

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2020 The introduction of hydrogen fuel cell mining in response to climate change is poised to cut the greenhouse gas emissions of platinum group metals mining company Anglo American Platinum by 30%. A large enabler of this significant reduction is the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell mining trucks,... 

Hydrogen fuel cell mining set to cut Amplats’ greenhouse gas emissions – Griffith
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on Anglo American Platinum’s results. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Egypt eyes gold rush with fresh exploration tender by March

By: Bloomberg     17th February 2020 Egypt will invite international gold-mining companies to take part in a new exploration tender after the North African country eased the rules to woo investors, according to a person familiar with the matter. The tender will be announced by early March, said the person, who asked not to be... 

Record-performing Amplats applying for 75 MW solar power at Mogalakwena

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American, which has reported record safety, record financials and the highest dividend in 15 years, has submitted an application to be allowed to self-generate 75 MW of solar power at its Mogalakwena mine where the world’s largest hydrogen fuel... 

Record-performing Amplats applying for 75 MW solar power at Mogalakwena
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Chris Griffith

Chris Griffith to step down as Amplats CEO

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2020 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith is to step down as CEO of the company after seven years at the helm, the board of Anglo American Platinum said on Monday. The company announced that Griffith, who took Kumba Iron Ore to great heights before taking on Amplats, will also leave... 

Chris Griffith to step down as Amplats CEO
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Chris Griffith

Coronavirus stalled First Quantum’s Zambian stake sale talks

By: Bloomberg     17th February 2020 The coronavirus has temporarily derailed talks to sell a minority stake in First Quantum Minerals’s Zambian operations, company executives said. The virus outbreak is preventing face-to-face meetings with potential Chinese buyers, postponing a sale that’s key to the Vancouver-based First... 

Coronavirus stalled First Quantum’s Zambian stake sale talks
First Quantum president Clive Newall

China’s massive car-sales slump threatens palladium’s rally 

By: Bloomberg     14th February 2020 A record 22% slump in China’s January car sales is threatening to derail the rally in palladium, used to curb emissions from vehicles. The precious metal generated a 59% return for investors last year, the most of any commodity tracked by a DCI BNP Paribas gauge. The rally was fueled by... 

Indian jewellery market increasingly preferring platinum over traditional gold

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2020 Platinum Guild International’s (PGI’s) February 2020 Insight report shines a light on how marketing can leverage shifts in demographics and steer consumer behaviour to create demand across consumer segments in India. PGI reports that India has become the fastest growing platinum jewellery... 

Robbery attempt prompts security step-up at South Deep – Gold Fields  

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2020 Security is being stepped up at South Deep gold mine in Gauteng to present an even more resistant barrier to armed criminals, said Gold Fields executive vice-president Martin Preece said on Thursday. This action follows last year’s gold robbery attempt at the mine by machine-gun wielding gangsters. 

Robbery attempt prompts security step-up at South Deep – Gold Fields
Gold Fields EVP Martin Preece talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Govt-mining industry cooperation at regional level very good – Gold Fields  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2020 The cooperation between the government and mines at regional level is very good, but where it falls down is at national level, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland said on Thursday. Responding to Mining Weekly during a media roundtable at the JSE, Holland said that at the national level, there was... 

Govt-mining industry cooperation at regional level very good – Gold Fields
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland questioned by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

IEA sees first global oil demand drop in a decade on coronavirus

By: Bloomberg     13th February 2020 Global oil demand will drop this quarter for the first time in over a decade as the coronavirus batters China’s economy, the International Energy Agency said. The new estimates show that oil markets face a significant surplus despite the latest production cuts by OPEC and its partners. Crude... 

Lynas shares surge on media speculation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th February 2020 The share price of rare earths miner Lynas closed more than 8% higher on Thursday after media reports in Malaysia suggested that the company’s operating licence had been renewed in that country. The company on Thursday confirmed that there had been speculation on the Malaysiakini website... 

Gold Fields' output beats guidance, profit soars, dividends total 160c a share

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2020 Gold mining company Gold Fields, which has declared a final dividend of 100 c a share, recorded 2019 production which exceeded guidance, along with lower costs and an increased dividend. Attributable 2019 gold equivalent production was 2 195 000 oz, an 8% increase, and all-in costs fell 9% to $1... 

Gold Fields' output beats guidance, profit soars, dividends total 160c a share
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Nick Holland

Barrick CEO sees no competition in his bid for Freeport's Grasberg mine

By: Reuters     12th February 2020 Barrick Gold CEO Mark Bristow on Wednesday said he sees no competition from rivals in his pursuit of Freeport-McMoRan's Grasberg copper/gold mine in Indonesia but cautioned any deal for the asset would take time to pull off. Bristow has fanned speculation that Barrick, the world's No. 2 gold... 

Barrick CEO sees no competition in his bid for Freeport's Grasberg mine
The Grasberg mine, in Indonesia.

PGM demand, prices likely to remain high this year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2020 After resurgent demand pushed the platinum market into deficit in 2019, with the total volume of platinum under investment coming in at a record 3.4-million ounces at the start of this year, speciality chemicals company Johnson Matthey says the platinum market could move back into surplus this... 

Barrick ups dividend 40% as gold output hits top end of guidance

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2020 “If you know where you’re going, you generally get there,” said Barrick CEO Dr Mark Bristow in response to Mining Weekly on Wednesday after the company presented convincing financial results that show that the New York- and Toronto-listed business is sure getting there under Bristow’s astute... 

Barrick ups dividend 40% as gold output hits top end of guidance
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Mark Bristow

'Green’ is king as ESG sweeps through mining world – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2020 Community members are being recruited to vegetate Johannesburg’s gold mine dumps as part of a dust suppression, environmental protection and ‘green’ imperative, DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius said on Wednesday. In presenting a stupendously successful set of half-year results that saw operating profit... 

'Green’ is king as ESG sweeps through mining world – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius presenting from New York to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

DRDGold cock-a-hoop on ‘wonderful’ gold performance  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2020 Surface gold-mining company DRDGold is cock-a-hoop over its half-year performance, which saw it produce 3 t of gold from waste dumps on the East Rand and the West Rand in the six months to December 31. But the company is also continuing to work intently on tracking down the gang of armed robbers... 

DRDGold cock-a-hoop on ‘wonderful’ gold performance
DRDGold CFO Riaan Davel interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Photographs: Donna Slater.

India keen to import more coking coal from Russia and Mongolia

By: Ajoy K Das     12th February 2020 In a bid to lower its import dependency on Australian coking coal, the Indian government has opened up bilateral government-to-government negotiations with Mongolia and Russia to ship greater volume of the dry fuel suitable for its domestic steel mills. Government officials say that talks focus... 

India keen to import more coking coal from Russia and Mongolia

India employs UAVs to protect Chhattisgarh iron-ore mines

By: Ajoy K Das     12th February 2020 The Indian government has beefed up security in the central state of Chhattisgarh to increase protection of iron-ore mining assets in the region from threats posed by ultra-left-wing extremists. Besides increasing deployment of central paramilitary personnel, the new security protocol is based on... 

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