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Tin News

Granville switches to owner-operated

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th March 2019 ASX-listed AusTin Mining will switch to owner mining at its Granville East mine, in Tasmania, following the liquidation of contract miner Jemrok. AusTin has terminated its contract with Jemrok and is now progressing with the necessary arrangements to start owner mining, which is expected to cost... 

Alphamin’s Bisie tin mine commissioning on schedule for Q2

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2019 The processing plant front-end crushing circuit commissioning has been completed at TSX-V-listed Alphamin Resources’ flagship Bisie tin project, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with full commissioning and ramp-up scheduled for the second quarter of 2019. The Bisie project is now running... 

Tin use in batteries may rise to 60 000 t by 2030 – industry group

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Tin could see a surge of new demand from lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage of up to 60 000 t a year by 2030, the International Tin Association (ITA) said on Thursday. Investors have been excited about the prospects for increased consumption of other metals, such as... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2019 Mining must take place with a strong focus on the interests of those who live in mining areas, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, a standpoint that supports the notion that a mining right and a land right can co-exist, without pleasing one party at the expense of the other.  But the... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Tin mining poised to become a significant mining play in DRC 

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th February 2019 Tin mining is poised to become a significant factor in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), especially in North Kivu, as it can contribute to the country’s socioeconomic wellbeing, says tin exploration and mining company Alphamin Resources CEO Boris Kamstra. Alphamin Resources is developing... 

Tin mining poised to become a  significant mining play in DRC
Alphamin Resources CEO Boris Kamstra discusses his prospects for the mining industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

AfriTin discovers lithium occurrences at Namibia licence

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th February 2019 AfriTin Mining has discovered significant grades of lithium, in addition to tin, in pegmatites in the ML 133 licence, located in the Nainais area, near its Uis tin mine, in Namibia. Recent test work indicates that the most abundant lithium-bearing mineral present is petalite, with lesser... 

AfriTin to add components to Uis pilot plant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st February 2019 AfriTin Mining has decided to implement two additional components to the Phase 1 pilot plant at its Uis tin mine, in Namibia. To increase plant throughput capacity and flexibility, a third dense medium separation section has been procured and a magnetic separation circuit will be installed in the... 

Renison safe after fire - Metals X

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th January 2019 ASX-listed Metals X has restarted operations at its Renison Tin operations, in Tasmania, assuring shareholders that the project had not sustained any damage from recent bush fires. Metals X was forced to suspend operations at Renison on January 25 and 26, and to evacuate non-essential personnel,... 

Bisie tin project on track for commissioning in H2

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Construction on tin exploration and mining company Alphamin Resources’ Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is about 90% complete and is on track for commissioning and first production in the second half of this year, says Alphamin Resources CEO Boris... 

Bisie tin project  on track for commissioning in H2
Photo by Creamer Media
BORIS KAMSTRA After commissioning, Alphamin Resources aims to reach nameplate capacity and maintain it for six months

To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass -... 

Fourteen miners killed in Rwanda tin mine – official

By: Reuters     21st January 2019 Fourteen miners were killed in an eastern Rwandan tin mine after a hill collapsed on them after heavy rains, an official said on Monday. "Because of recent rainfall in the area, part of the hill nearby collapsed and 14 miners who were getting ready for work were buried by land," Fred Mufuruke,... 

Bisie development on track

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th January 2019 The processing plant front-end crushing circuit at Alphamin Resources' Bisie tin mine, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been successfully commissioned, on schedule. This includes the primary crusher, two tertiary crushers and the screening buildings. Ore is now being fed through this... 

Strongbow to complete London listing in H1 2019

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2018 Strongbow Exploration, the company that is seeking to revive the South Crofty tin mine, in Cornwall, south-west England, has confirmed that it will plans to complete its listing on London’s Aim exchange in the first half of 2019. The company, which already has a listing on the TSX-V, previously... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair  

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2018 The Mining Charter has significant room for improvement to enable meaningful participation of women in mining, says Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) chairperson Lindiwe Nakedi. Soweto-born Nakedi, who owns Gubhani Exploration – a surface exploration drilling company that is currently the only... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair
Women in Mining chairperson and Gubhani Exploration MD Lindiwe Nakedi talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Alphamin draws down last of its credit facility to start tin production at Bisie

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th December 2018 TSX-V- and AltX-listed Alphamin Resources’ 80.75%-owned subsidiary, Alphamin Bisie Mining (ABM), which is based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has received all approvals required to draw down the final $20-million of its $80-million credit facility. ABM expects to receive the funds,... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

W Resources to raise £1.5m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2018 Aim-listed W Resources has announced a capital raise of £1.5-million, strengthening its capital reserves and balance sheet as it advances its tungsten and tin development plans. The placement of 306 122 449 shares at 0.49p a share introduced a new institutional fund manager, Miton, to the... 

Early production start-up at Spain tungsten/tin mine

By: Mariaan Webb     20th November 2018 Aim-listed W Resources has commenced the first of a three-stage tungsten and tin production programme with the early start-up of concentrate production at the La Parilla mine, in Spain. The company has started concentrate production from an existing concentrator, using tailings feed. Production... 

Early production start-up at Spain tungsten/tin mine

AfriTin starts Phase 1 of drilling programme at flagship Uis mine

By: Simone Liedtke     6th November 2018 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining has started Phase 1 of the validation and drilling programme at its flagship asset, the Uis tin mine, in Namibia. Confirmatory drilling began on October 26, and is expected to continue until the first quarter of 2019. The planned programme is expected to comprise 3 950... 

Mining veteran wants to build a $1bn battery metals giant

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2018 South African mining veteran Brian Menell wants to build a battery material giant to help challenge China’s domination of the nascent industry. It’s still early days for his privately funded company, TechMet, which controls just a handful of assets from Canada to Rwanda. But he’s raising more... 

Mining veteran wants to build a $1bn battery metals giant
Photo by Reuters
Lithiium ion batteries

AfriTin pilot production plant to achieve first material by end-2018

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2018 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining looks forward to achieving its target of processing the first material through the pilot plant at its Uis mine, in Namibia, by the end of this year, after having achieved a number of important milestones in the six-month period ended August 31. Construction of the pilot... 

Strongbow unveils financing deal, still aiming for 2018 London listing

By: Mariaan Webb     17th October 2018 Strongbow Exploration, the company that is seeking to revive the South Crofty tin mine in Cornwall, south-west England, is still targeting a listing on London’s Aim exchange this year, president and CEO Richard Williams said on Wednesday, while announcing a financing and offtake agreement with... 

Strongbow unveils financing deal, still aiming for 2018 London listing
Buildings at the South Crofty tine mine that closed in 1998.

Congo miners seek concessions in new code as arbitration on hold

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 Miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seeking concessions under the nation’s new industry code and holding off challenging it through arbitration, in the hope they can still wring out a compromise in the world’s main source of cobalt and Africa’s biggest copper producer. Producers... 

Congo miners seek concessions in new code as arbitration on hold
Kibali gold mine

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2018 An investment pavilion will be introduced at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba to drive capital into African mining with even greater intensity, MD Alex Grose said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online during a media roundtable, Grose also revealed that more time would be... 

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about the upcoming event. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Darlene Creamer

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining  

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on South Africa’s massive mining opportunity loss. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Christo Greyling.

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2018 The high-ranking delegation from China, which is due to arrive in South Africa next Monday to undertake a three-week study of South Africa’s globally recognised mineral reporting codes, will be given insight during their visit into a South African borehole logging system that is poised to go... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Alphamin receives approval for further $25m drawdown

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 Alphamin Resources has satisfied the conditions required to draw down an additional $25-million under a previously announced credit facility of up to $80-million. The drawdown will take the total amount drawn under the credit facility to $60-million. 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes
Photo by Creamer Media
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins

Uganda to join transparency programme as it seeks mining investors

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 Uganda plans to join a program aimed at rooting out corruption in resource industries as the East African nation seeks to reassure potential investors that it isn’t involved in “conflict minerals.” The Cabinet has already endorsed the plan to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative... 

AfriTin acquires additional exploration licences through Tantalum Investment

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd October 2018 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining will acquire the entire issued share capital of Namibia-based private company Tantalum Investment (TI), which holds two exploration licences for tin, tantalum and other associated materials, from Jan Jonathan Serfontein. TI is being acquired for £850 000, to be satisfied... 

Lundin names new CFO as Inkster formally assumes CEO role

By: Mariaan Webb     1st October 2018 Canadian base metals miner Lundin has promoted VP of finance, Jinhee Magie, to the position of senior VP and CFO, succeeding Marie Inkster, who on Monday formally took over from Paul Conibear as president and CEO. Conibear, who announced his retirement in July, will continue as an adviser until... 

Elementos ups Tasmania project's tin/copper resources

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2018 ASX-listed Elementos has increased the Cleveland project’s tin resource estimate by 168% and the copper estimate by 164%, following a revised Joint Ore Reserve Committee study. The openpit resource now contains 17 955 t of tin and 4 624 t of copper, the owner of the Tasmania-based project... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Battery metals boom boosting services, project potential

By: Paige Müller     3rd August 2018 There is a boom in the battery metals mining space, owing to a global focus on environment-friendly power initiatives, or ‘green’ energy, says mining industry specialist consultants The MSA Group. MSA Group critical metals principal consultant Michael Cronwright says the company has noted a... 

Battery metals boom boosting services, project potential
KAMATIVI LITHIUM TAILINGS PROJECT The Kamativi lithium tailings project is currently ongoing in Zimbabwe

Elementos to invest in Spanish tin

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st July 2018 ASX-listed Elementos has signed a heads of agreement with TSX-V-listed Eurotin to acquire the Oropesa tin project, in Spain, in exchange for one-billion shares in the company. Elementos told shareholders that Oropesa was one of the best undeveloped tin resources in the western world, with a... 

LME to launch monthly 'implied pricing' to attract funds

By: Reuters     17th July 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) will launch a new set of synthetic monthly prices to make it easier for investors and funds to invest in base metals as the LME battles competition from other exchanges such as those operated by CME Group Inc.. The world's oldest and largest market for industrial... 

New mining fund raising R750m to co-finance ancillary mine projects 

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2018 In an economic environment of tight capital allocation and bank pull back from mining finance, the new tax-incentivised CCP 12J Mining Fund is going all out to raise R750-million for co-investment in ancillary project opportunities on existing mine sites. On the list of targeted project... 

New mining fund raising R750m to co-finance ancillary mine projects
CCP 12J MD Paul Miller talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new tax incentives to boost mining investment. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Kasbah aims to have Morocco tin mine in production by 2020

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th July 2018 It is hoped that the Achmmach tin project, in Morocco, could be in production by 2020, following a positive definitive feasibility study (DFS). ASX-listed Kasbah Resources on Monday reported that the DFS is based on an underground mine with an initial ten-year mine life, producing 750 000 t/y... 

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