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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.... 

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... 

Electric cars and niche metals lure cash back to African mines

By: Bloomberg     2nd February 2018 Rising commodity prices may have revived enthusiasm for African resources, but it’s unlikely to be the old mainstays of coal and iron ore pulling crowds next week as the mining industry meets in Cape Town. The electric-vehicle boom and shifting industrial demand have transformed formerly niche... 

Electric cars and niche metals lure cash back to African mines

Beowulf to restart drilling at Finland graphite project

By: Mariaan Webb     30th January 2018 London-listed Beowulf Mining will restart drilling at its graphite project in Finland in March, as it steps up work to achieve a target of having a graphite asset in production in the next two to three years. The company’s current focus is the Aitolampi project, about 40 km south-west of the... 

Scoping study at Armadale’s Tanzanian graphite project on schedule for Q1 completion

By: Anine Kilian     29th January 2018 Aim-listed Armadale Capital is hoping to publish an upgraded mineral resource estimate for its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, by the end of February. “We believe [the upgraded resource estimate] will provide investors and potential end-users with a better sense of the size and... 

Junior projects lighting bright path into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group, which designs, manufactures, markets and installs electrical products and solutions across the full electrical spectrum, is achieving great success with its new specially crafted ‘pavement pounding, search and solve’ business model that ensures... 

Junior projects  lighting bright path  into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group
LOIUS MEIRING Zest WEG is in the 'very fortunate position' of being involved in all project phases

Corporation to strengthen partnerships at Indaba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 State-owned financial services provider Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC) is keen to deepen partnerships with South African exporters who offer their capital goods and services in international and emerging markets, including in Africa.  

Corporation to strengthen partnerships at Indaba
PAUL MOJALEFA PAUL MOJALEFA The Export Credit Insurance Corporation will exhibit to further promote and position its brand in the mining sector

Battery Minerals restructures board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th January 2018 Project developer Battery Minerals has restructured its board to a traditional governance structure, as it prepares to transition to a graphite production company. David Flanagan will move from executive chairperson to MD and cofounder Cherie Leeden will step down as an executive director and... 

Ford complains rising metals costs hurt profits, rivals unphased

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 When Ford Motor reports fourth-quarter results on Wednesday afternoon, it is expected to fret that rising metals costs have cut into profits, even as rivals say they have the problem under control. Aluminium prices have risen 20% in the last year and nearly 11% since December 11. Steel prices... 

Goldman, Citi final bidders for Scotiabank's metals business – sources

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 The field of prospective bidders for ScotiaMocatta, the metals trading arm of Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia, has narrowed to two, three banking and industry sources said on Wednesday. The two - Goldman Sachs Group and Citi - are undertaking due diligence checks, the sources said. 

Bass Metals moves closer to commissioning graphite mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd January 2018 ASX-listed Bass Metals, which is developing the Graphmada large flake graphite mine, in Madagascar, has completed a major component of the recommissioning process at the project. The mine is now nearing completion of Stage 1 of delivering a 100%-owned mine free of any serviceable debt. "With... 

Strike testing suitability of Burke graphite for lithium-ion batteries

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 Flotation tests conducted by Perth-based Independent Metallurgical Operations at Strike Resources’ high-grade Burke graphite project, in Queensland, have confirmed that a concentrate of purity in excess of 95% and up to 99% total graphitic carbon (TGC) can be produced using a standard flotation... 

Kibaran board approves spherical graphite pilot plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 The board of ASX-listed Kibaran Resources has approved the spherical graphite pilot plant programme at a plant in Germany, using feedstock from the Epanko graphite project, in Tanzania. Funded through available working capital, the initial testwork programme aims to optimise the spherical... 

Battery Minerals shares rise as it signs another offtake agreement

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd January 2018 Australian company Battery Minerals has signed its fourth binding offtake agreement for graphite concentrate from its Montepuez project in Mozambique, announcing on Monday that 80% of the forecast production of the mine has been sold a year before its first scheduled shipment. The company, led by... 

Battery Minerals shares rise as it signs another offtake agreement
Battery Minerals executive chairperson David Flanagan

Offtake agreements now cover 60% of Montepuez production – Battery Minerals

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 ASX-listed Battery Minerals has signed a binding offtake agreement with Qingdao Black Dragon Graphite for 10 000 t/y of graphite concentrate from its Montepuez project, in Mozambique, for an initial term of three years. This marks the third offtake agreement for the project. 

BlackEarth celebrates ASX listing, gears up for Madagascar drilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2018 ASX-listed BlackEarth is preparing to implement its drilling programme after listing on the Australian bourse on Friday following a $5.45-million initial public offering (IPO) raising. The company is embarking on a 200-hole graphite drill programme at its Maniry graphite project, in Madagascar,... 

China's proposed dual-credit scheme can reshape the EV market – WoodMac

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 China's electric vehicles (EV) market has grown exponentially to overtake the US as the world's largest EV market, thanks to heavy government subsidies to spur growth in the emerging automotive sector. However, research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) warns that these subsidies are... 

Graphite miner closes more sales agreements for its Mozambique mine’s product

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th January 2018 Australian Securities Exchange-listed miner Syrah Resources has announced a number of sales agreements for flake graphite produced by its Balama project in Mozambique. These agreements are with China’s Yichang Xincheng Graphite Company Limited and Germany’s CS Additive GmbH. Yichang Xincheng is a... 

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2018 A new Proudly South African mine tunnel borer that requires no blasting, delivers higher production advances, comes with a collaboration imprimatur and can be retrofitted to existing operations, will be unveiled at next month’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town and commissioned in the third quarter of... 

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling
Photo by Duane Daws
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