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Manganese News

Anglo delivers $3.5bn profit, declares final dividend

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 12 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. 

South Africa could use mining royalties to set up sovereign fund – Minister

By: Reuters     Updated 1 hour 9 minutes ago South Africa could use mining royalties to set up a proposed sovereign wealth fund, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa said in an annual address to parliament last week the government had decided to establish a sovereign fund, but he... 

ERG mulls construction of battery metals plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th February 2020 Diversified natural resources group Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) is assessing options for the construction of a plant to produce nickel/cobalt/manganese (NCM) precursor materials for use in lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles (EVs). The group is planning to develop the proposed plant in... 

ARM's basic earnings expected to rise

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2020 Diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) expects its basic earnings for the first half of the 2020 financial year to increase by between 60% and 65% to between just over R2-billion and R2.1-billion. Basic earnings per share for the six months under review are expected to be between 1 081c... 

Bushveld sees battery storage potential beyond EVs  

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2020 While the energy transition is gaining a lot of traction, integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo laments that the battery storage narrative is “still dominated by electric vehicles (EVs)”. He tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly that there is still a lack of... 

Bushveld sees battery storage potential beyond EVs
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo chats to Engineering News & Mining Weekly about the energy transition, how vanadium plays a role in this as well as how this fits into the company's growth plans. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Call made for accelerated exploration to build critical-minerals pipeline

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Amid growing demand for critical minerals globally on the back of increased production of the technologies needed to realise a low-carbon future, North America’s policies and regulations are said to be hindering exploration and depleting its project pipeline. This is the most minerals-intensive... 

Call made for accelerated exploration to build critical-minerals pipeline

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Mineral exploration and mining’s role in the global shift towards a low carbon future could dominate discussions at this year’s Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention, PDAC executive director Lisa McDonald tells Mining Weekly. “To meet demand for electric vehicle... 

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks
CRITICAL GATHERING Popular topics that should continue to attract high attendance at the PDAC Convention are diversity and inclusion, sustainability, capital markets and Indigenous affairs

Gold drives South Africa’s mining production higher

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2020 Mining production in South Africa increased by 1.8% year-on-year in December, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Thursday. The largest contributors to this were gold, with output up 24.9% and contributed 2.7 percentage points; other nonmetallic minerals, which was up 24.1% and... 

Gulf ore supply to start in Feb

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th February 2020 ASX-listed Gulf Manganese was expecting first manganese ore at its Kupang smelting facility, in Indonesia, during this month. The company in November of last year rejected an initial 100 t parcel of high-grade manganese from Sulawesi-based PT Arfa Indo Sarana, after the ore failed to meet the... 

Premier acquires further interest in MN Holdings

6th February 2020 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals will acquire a further 2% in MN Holdings (MNH), the owner and operator of the Otjozondu manganese mining project, in Namibia, for $200 000. This will take Premier's interest in MNH to 12%. 

Video: Minerals Council no longer just the voice of the mining majors 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th February 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa is no longer just the voice of the mining majors, Grant Mitchell, who heads up the council's Junior and Emerging Miners Desk pointed out in a briefing at the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba, this week. He highlighted that 40% of the Minerals Council's... 

Video: Minerals Council no longer just the voice of the mining majors
Minerals Council South Africa Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell addresses stakeholders at the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Transnet’s new head promises an open door and action

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2020 State-owned Transnet’s newly appointed CE Portia Derby has pledged to partner with the mining industry in an open and transparent way in a bid to boost the utility and ultimately help grow the economy. “We want to be a cool, easy company to deal with. We don’t want to make it difficult for you to... 

Transnet’s new head promises an open door and action

Minerals Council South Africa lobbying strongly for junior miners   

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2020 Junior and emerging miners hold the majority of the 1 700 to 1 800 mining rights that have been issued in South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa social performance head Alex Khumalo said on Wednesday. But most of these rights are not being exercised, Khumalo revealed at a media briefing he... 

Minerals Council South Africa lobbying strongly for junior miners
Minerals Council social performance head Alex Khumalo, junior miners leadership forum chairperson Errol Smart and junior and emerging miners' desk head Grant Mitchell in a briefing at the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

OM Holdings braces for supply constraints

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2020 ASX-listed OM Holdings on Wednesday warned shareholders of a potential raw material supply chain disruption as the Coronavirus continues to rage. The company told shareholders that regional authorities in China have taken precautionary measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, which has... 

Urgent steps needed to revive South Africa’s economy – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2020 Urgent steps are needed to revive the South African economy, Minerals Council South Africa chairperson Mxolisi Mgojo said on Monday. Speaking on the first day of the four-day Investing in African Mining Indaba, he said the Minerals Council was ready and willing to work with the government. 

Urgent steps needed to revive South Africa’s economy – Minerals Council
Minerals Council chairperson Mxolisi Mgojo discusses low investor confidence in South Africa, while CEO Roger Baxter warns about the deterioration in security in the South African mining industry and how this is impacting on the sector and the economy. Video and editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Seabed mining faces major challenges

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st January 2020 Data analytics and consultancy company GlobalData has warned that deep ocean mining faces serious difficulties. In a report it issued recently, it warned that attempts to mine the seabed at such depths were both technically difficult and controversial.  

Keras raises funds to fast-track Nayega development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2020 Aim-listed Keras Resources has raised £310 000 by placing about 206-million shares at a price of 0.15p apiece. The funds will be used to fast-track infrastructure development at the Nayega manganese project, in Togo. The project is held by the company’s 85%-owned subsidiary Société Générale de... 

Anglo American delivers on 2019 production targets

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2020 Diversified miner Anglo American delivered on its production targets across the business for the year ended December 31, CE Mark Cutifani said on Thursday with the release of the group’s unaudited production results for the fourth quarter and the full-year. Production was up 4% for the fourth... 

Anglo American delivers on 2019 production targets
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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

World risks 'disaster' as reuse of natural resources declines

By: Reuters     21st January 2020 The proportion of raw materials the world is reusing has fallen, researchers said on Tuesday, warning of a "global disaster" as annual consumption of natural resources rose to 100-billion tonnes for the first time. Just 8.6% of the 100-billion tonnes of materials – including minerals, metals,... 

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2020 The Megamillion Energy Company intends to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries, with a mandate to make batteries “in Africa, for Africa’s benefit first”. Megamillion aims to have Africa’s first lithium-ion battery production pilot plant up and running in the second half... 

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year
Nechan Naicker

Giyani starts work on feasibility study for Botswana manganese project

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2020 TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals will start work on the feasibility study for its K.Hill manganese deposit, in Botswana. The announcement follows after Giyani received positive initial feedback from SRK Consulting, Tetra Tech and Royal IHC following a three-day visit to K.Hill in late December. 

Billionaire’s letters to Congo’s Kabila were sought by UK fraud watchdog

By: Bloomberg     9th January 2020 UK fraud prosecutors sought an Israeli billionaire’s correspondence with the former President of Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila as part of one of their largest bribery investigations, a lawyer for the Serious Fraud Office said at a London trial. SFO attorney Jonathan Hall described... 

Gulf secures Kupang funding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th January 2020 ASX-listed Gulf Manganese Corporation has secured a €52-million structured loan facility from Glacier International Depository, Legal and General Investment Management, and HSBC Bank, to complete the construction of its Kupang smelting hub, in Indonesia. Gulf on Wednesday told shareholders that... 

Tshipi expansion on the cards for Jupiter  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th January 2020 ASX-listed Jupiter Mines has completed a concept study on the expansion of its Tshipi Borwa manganese mine, in South Africa, with a feasibility study expected to start shortly. Jupiter on Tuesday said that the feasibility study will be based on the production of 4.5-million tonnes, a 50%... 

Tshipi expansion on the cards for Jupiter

Jupiter’s Tshipi mine on track to meet 2020 guidance, despite manganese price decrease 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th December 2019 Australia-headquartered miner Jupiter Mines has confirmed that annualised sales for its Tshipi Borwa manganese mine, in South Africa, remain on track to meet the 2020 guidance, despite a decrease in the manganese price. Tshipi remains cash positive with its low cost of production, Jupiter said,... 

Jupiter’s Tshipi mine on track to meet 2020 guidance, despite manganese price decrease
The Tshipi é Ntle manganese mine, in the Northern Cape.

Eramet lowers H2 profit guidance after metal prices tumble

By: Reuters     13th December 2019 France's Eramet on Friday lowered its guidance for second-half profit blaming a sharp fall in prices for nickel and manganese, the miner's two main products. Eramet now expected earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) for second half of year in line with its... 

Mining output falls by 2.9% in October 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 South Africa’s mining output declined by 2.9% in October, following a 0.6% year-on-year decrease in September. Nedbank says this was the third consecutive month of yearly contraction for the sector. 

Resources Watch 

12th December 2019 Menar’s R7bn coal project pipeline adds 5 600 jobs; Manganese marketing approach needs reviewing; And, Menar restates national-interest coal offer to Eskom 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Giyani appoints contractor for enviro cleanup at Botswana deposits

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th December 2019 Canadian junior explorer Giyani Metals Corporation has selected Botswana-based minerals processing services company Lazenby Holdings to undertake the environmental cleanup work at its K.Hill and Otse manganese deposits. This is in accordance with the environmental management plans (EMPs) which... 

Southern Africa has opportunity to lead in e-mobility space, says SAIIA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2019 Irrespective of which policy position government and the private sector decide to take, the global and Southern African landscape will be affected by the e-mobility revolution. Independent public policy think tank, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) on Thursday discussed... 

Southern Africa has opportunity to lead in e-mobility space, says SAIIA

Manganese marketing approach needs reviewing – Menar  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2019 South Africa is not getting what it should out of its world-leading manganese endowment, says Menar MD Vuslat Bayoğlu. Bayoğlu believes that the current marketing approach needs to be reviewed. 

Manganese marketing approach needs reviewing – Menar
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoğlu outlines diversification plans to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

Pollution, platinum wage agreements, SA's manganese make headlines  

5th December 2019 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks air pollution, platinum wage agreements and South Africa’s manganese resources.   

Pollution, platinum wage agreements, SA's manganese make headlines
Pollution, platinum wage agreements, SA's manganese make headlines

Minerals Council members largely compliant with 2010 Charter requirements 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday published a report on the South African mining industry’s progress in transforming the industry in terms of the Mining Charter. The report was based on a survey by advisory firm Moshe Capital into the council members' transformation and community... 

Minerals Council members largely compliant with 2010 Charter requirements
Photo by Creamer Media
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter and public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana

Menar’s R7bn coal project pipeline adds 5 600 jobs  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2019 Menar MD Vuslat Bayoğlu says that his company’s planned R7-billion investments in coal projects between now and 2022 will create 5 600 jobs, and that this will contribute to the needs of a range of job-short areas and also help to ensure that Eskom has options to buy the right coal at the right... 

Menar’s R7bn coal project pipeline adds 5 600 jobs
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoğlu interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

Strides made in mine safety, but more should be done – DMRE official 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th November 2019 Although strides have been made in reducing mine fatalities, occupational diseases and industry disasters, there is still work to be done in the mining industry’s quest for zero harm, speakers at the Anglo American Tripartite Health and Safety Initiative, said on Thursday. With the industry... 

Strides made in mine safety, but more should be done – DMRE official

Anglo American joins ResponsibleSteel initiative 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2019 Diversified miner Anglo American has become a member of ResponsibleSteel, a nonprofit organisation and the steel industry's first global, multi-stakeholder standard and certification programme. ResponsibleSteel covers the entire steel supply chain, from raw material supply through steel... 

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use   

By: Martin Creamer     20th November 2019 Solar power is playing a major role in reducing daytime electricity bills and lowering diesel use in off-grid diesel consuming areas, says SunRanch.Solar, whose clients are benefiting from below grid power costs and major diesel savings. “We reduce people’s daytime power costs by 60% to 70%,”... 

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use
SunRanch.Solar talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Keras’ West Africa project to start producing manganese in 2020

By: Simone Liedtke     6th November 2019 Aim-listed Keras Resources’ Nayega manganese project, in Northern Togo, is expected to start production in the first quarter of 2020, the miner confirmed on Tuesday. The ancillary documentation related to the exploration permit, which is held by Keras’ majority owned subsidiary Société Générale... 

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