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Beowulf inks graphite collaboration deal with Finnish university

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2018 Aim-listed Beowulf has signed a graphite collaboration agreement with Åbo Akademi University, formalising an agreement that the company has forged with the university, in Turku, Finland, over several years. The agreement is focused on knowledge sharing, the identification of graphite prospects,... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

Vision 2030 mining growth strategy under development ­– ­DMR

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2018 A Vision 2030 for the mining industry, and a strategy for growth and competitiveness of the sector, are topics under development, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said on Tuesday, when efforts to finalise and gazette the Mining Charter also intensified. In announcing that Mineral... 

Dormant Swedish mine comes alive in rush for car batteries

By: Bloomberg     6th April 2018 The global race to develop batteries for electric cars is reaching deep into the pine forests of central Sweden, where a dormant graphite mine is getting a new lease on life. Woxna, situated about 259 km north of Stockholm, was mothballed in 2001 amid a slump in prices. Now, a Canadian company... 

Dormant Swedish mine comes alive in rush for car batteries
Photo by Leading Edge Materials
The Woxna mine, in Sweden.

Graphmada aiming for commercial production – Bass

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th April 2018 The share price of ASX-listed Bass Metals jumped on Wednesday after the company announced its move into graphite production. Bass has completed the recommissioning of the newly refurbished process plant at the Graphmada large flake graphite project, in Madagascar, and is moving the project into... 

Balama resource doubles - Battery Minerals

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th March 2018 ASX-listed Battery Minerals has doubled the mineral resource estimate at its Balama graphite project, in Mozambique. The company on Thursday reported that the mineral resource now stood at 32.9-million tons, at 10.2% total graphitic carbon, with 26.6-million tonnes, at a grade of 10.3% total... 

Black Rock signs up with Tanzania Investment Centre to streamline Mahenge development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th March 2018 Junior graphite developer Black Rock Mining has registered with the Tanzanian Investment Center (TIC), which will assist in accelerating the development of the Mahenge graphite project. The registration, which follows a government due diligence, will see a streamlining of project permits,... 

Battery Minerals granted mining licence for Montepuez

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th March 2018 The Mozambique government has awarded a mining licence for the Montepuez graphite project, ASX-listed Battery Minerals reported on Monday. “This is a significant milestone for the company as it means we have approvals for Stages 1 and 2 of our Montepuez graphite project and for production of at... 

Bass completes dry commissioning in Madagascar

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th March 2018 Graphite miner Bass Metals has completed the dry commissioning if its newly refurbished process plant at the Graphmada mine, in Madagascar. The company told shareholders that it was now focused on the final phase of Stage 1, the wet commissioning of the process plant. 

Beowulf releases Finland graphite drilling results

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 Aim-listed exploration and development company Beowulf on Friday announced the preliminary drilling results for its latest drilling campaign at its Aitolampi graphite project in Finland.  

Beowulf releases Finland graphite drilling results
Photo by Bloomberg
Beowulf Mining is drilling for graphite at its Aitolampi project in Finland

Triton rebalances cash after Grafex buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th March 2018 ASX-listed Triton Minerals will raise A$5.2-million through a share placement and entitlement issue to fund work at its Ancuabe project, in Mozambique, and to accelerate the review of the vanadium development potential at the Nicanda Hill graphite project. Triton will place some 12.5-million new... 

Rare earths company acquires critical metals portfolio in Namibia

16th March 2018 Heavy rare earth elements project developer Namibia Rare Earths (NRE) has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of critical metal properties from private firm Gecko Namibia, which will see NRE obtain a controlling interest in a portfolio of seven metals properties, thereby expanding its focus... 

Rare earths company  acquires critical metals portfolio in Namibia
RARE MINERALS Namibia Rare Earths has started exploring several mineral deposits across the country

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2018 The so-called 'South Africa discount' that has dogged and diminished the share prices of mining companies operating in South Africa for decades, has been declared "unwarranted" by Goldman Sachs Europe Metals & Mining Equity Research analysts, against the backdrop of the winds of political change... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts
Photo by Goldman Sachs
Share prices of Glencore and Anglo at 2013 levels, despite higher earnings, lower debt

Caula to produce by 2019 – Mustang

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th March 2018 A strategic review into the Caula graphite and vanadium project, in Mozambique, has found that the project could produce its first product by mid-2019. ASX-listed Mustang Resources told shareholders that the review also established that the Stage 1 Caula project would produce vanadium... 

Siviour to have a 30 year mine life - Renascor

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th March 2018 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Siviour graphite project, in South Australia, has estimated that the project could deliver some 117 000 t/y of graphite over a 30-year mine life. Project developer Renascor Resources reported on Wednesday that the project would deliver 142 000 t/y of... 

Triton completes Grafex deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th March 2018 Junior Triton Minerals has completed the acquisition of an economic interest in the remaining 20% shareholding of Grafex. Triton in February struck a deal with private owner Gregory James Sheffield, under which the company will purchase his 20% interest in Grafex for $1.5-million, taking its own... 

Tanzania grants Magnis approval to operate graphite processing plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Tanzania has granted Australia’s Magnis Resources approval for a graphite processing plant in a designated special economic zone (SEZ) to process graphite mined from the Nachu mine. The SEZ is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Industry, Trade and Investment, and is not subject to the... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2018 Global mining exploration budgets are expected to swell about 20% in 2018, bolstered by the generally positive trend in metals prices extending into early 2018, a new report by S&P Global Market Intelligence has found. Global spending on the search for nonferrous metals rose 15% year-on-year in... 

Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

Siemens to enhance Magnis’ NY lithium-ion battery technology plant

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2018 ASX-listed Magnis Resources, battery technology developer Charge CCCV and industrial equipment multinational Siemens have signed a letter of intent to enhance the lithium-ion manufacturing technology at the New York battery plant, in which Magnis has a shareholding, through digitisation and... 

Syrah continues to ramp up Balama production despite damage to fines dryer

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 ASX-listed graphite company Syrah Resources has continued to ramp up production of flake and fines graphite at its Balama project, in Mozambique, with increased recoveries and production achieved in February. Syrah advised on Friday that an issue has arisen regarding the fines graphite circuit's... 

EV penetration rates to drive demand for numerous raw materials

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 With electric vehicle (EV) market growth to drive demand for lithium-ion batteries, as well as the materials used in their anodes and cathodes, soaring demand for numerous raw materials can be expected in the next ten years, says international metals and minerals researcher Roskill steel alloys... 

EV penetration rates to drive demand for numerous raw materials
FUTURE TRENDS Roskill delivered a presentation titled On the Road with Roskill on the side-lines of the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba

Battery Minerals completes scoping study on Balama graphite project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2018 ASX-listed Battery Minerals has completed a $50.1-million scoping study on its Balama Central graphite project, in Mozambique, to determine the potential viability of an openpit mine and building a graphite processing plant on site. The study was also aimed at determining the order of magnitude... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2018 New South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has received a resounding welcome from the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and mining luminaries. The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has welcomed the appointment of Mantashe, 62, describing him... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment
Photo by Duane Daws
Incoming Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Bass in final phase of Graphmada mine recommissioning

By: Simone Liedtke     26th February 2018 Industrial mineral concentrates producer Bass Metals has reached the final phase of its recommissioning works at the Graphmada large flake graphite mine, in Madagascar. The company is aiming to have Graphmada fully operation by late March, with Stage 1 establishing Bass as one of the only two... 

Kibaran eager to engage Tanzania’s new Minerals Commission

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2018 ASX-listed Kibaran Resources stands ready to present its Epanko graphite project to Tanzania’s yet-to-be-established Minerals Commission to start discussions over “silent” matters and the impact on the proposed Epanko debt financing arrangements. Kibaran said it had reviewed the mining... 

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 Finland has ousted Saskatchewan as the top international jurisdiction for mining investment, Canada's Fraser Institute announced on Thursday. Canada's leading independent think-tank, the Fraser Institute, administers its Annual Survey of Mining Companies and ranks jurisdictions around the world... 

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment

Triton acquires full ownership of Mozambique graphite projects

By: Simone Liedtke     21st February 2018 ASX-listed Triton Minerals has entered into an agreement with Gregory James Sheffield and Grafex Limitada under which Triton has agreed to purchase Sheffield's 20% interest in Grafex. On completion of the purchase, Triton's interest in Grafex will increase from 80% to 100%, and accordingly,... 

Beowulf is back drilling at Aitolampi, Finland

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th February 2018 Aim-listed Beowulf has started drilling at its Aitolampi graphite project, which forms part of the Pitkäjärvi 1 exploration permit in Finland. The company has plans to drill about 2 000 m, up to 15 drill holes, with the drilling programme split into two phases. The drilling contract has been... 

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th February 2018 There appears to be new political resolve to mend the relationship between the mining industry and the Department of Mineral Resources, says specialised law firm Malan Scholes director Hulme Scholes. Speaking at the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, on Thursday, the... 

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes
Photo by Duane Daws
HULME SCHOLES For the first time . . . we will see the trust deficit between the mining industry and department close

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The global equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic selloff in US stocks that culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

Triton signs offtake term sheet for Ancuabe graphite project

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2018 ASX-listed Triton Minerals has signed an offtake term sheet with China's Haida Graphite for graphite concentrate from the Ancuabe project, in Mozambique. The term sheet sets the framework for a binding offtake agreement that is anticipated to be signed by March 15. 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

Triton signs term sheet with Chinese firm for Ancuabe graphite

By: Anine Kilian     8th February 2018 ASX-listed Triton Minerals has signed a five-year offtake agreement to supply China-based Qingdao Tianshengda Graphite with graphite from the Ancuabe project, in Mozambique. The agreement is expected to result in the supply of 16 000 t/y of graphite concentrate from Ancuabe with a minimum... 

Volt applies for its mining permits in Tanzania

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th February 2018 Tanzania-focused flake graphite development company Volt Resources has lodged its mining licence applications for the Bunyu graphite project. The applications cover both the Stage 1 development, where an estimate 400 000 t/y of ore will be processed producing a nominal 20 000 t/y of graphite... 

Armadale’s Mahenge Liandu resource upgraded

By: Anine Kilian     7th February 2018 The resource at Aim-listed Armadale Capital’s Tanzania-based Mahenge Liandu graphite project has been upgraded to 51.1-million tonnes, at 9.3% total graphitic carbon, following an infill drilling campaign. The resource is now 25% higher than the previously reported 40.9-million tonnes at 9.41%... 

Hexagon signs MoU for offtake, project finance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2018 ASX-listed graphite developer Hexagon Resources has signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China National Building Materials – General Technology (CNBM-GT) to purchase 30% of planned primary production from the McIntosh graphite project, in Western Australia. The parties have... 

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