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Creamer Media relaunches

By: Creamer Media Reporter Unveiled in October 2014, Creamer Media’s new-look global mining news website,, is set to delight its 40 000-plus weekly readers.  This is the fourth major revamp of since the site was originally launched fifteen years ago in 1999. offers... 

Lonmin aims for May 14 restart in challenge to platinum strike

By: Reuters South African platinum producer Lonmin is laying the groundwork to restart its operations next week after a concerted effort to woo striking miners back to work by taking its latest wage offer directly to them. This points to a possible end game in the 15-week strike by the Association of... 

Madiba lying in state for second day

By: SANews, SA government news service The body of the late former President Nelson Mandela has left 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Tshwane for the second day to Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre, at the Union Buildings, for members of the public to view. The cortege left the hospital, escorted by the South African National Defence Force... 

Company Announcement: Trentyre Takes Mine Safety to Serious Levels

Trentyre’s groundbreaking Quality Safety Management Assurance (QSMA) software system has transformed the way its on-site Tyre Management Service services control operating risks at massive mine sites. 

Noventa needs to raise $25m by July, shares keep falling

By: Matthew Hill Shares in Noventa continued to slide in London on Friday, after the junior miner said it needed to raise $25-million by the end of July. The prior day, the company shed more than half of it market value when it announced it urgently needed cash to complete a plant expansion at its Marropino... 

Noventa's shares hit the skids after 'urgent' funding announcement

By: Matthew Hill Noventa, which owns a tantalum mine in Mozambique, on Thursday said it is in “urgent” need of cash after development setbacks, sending its share price into freefall. Shares in Noventa plunged 57% in Toronto and 61% on the LSE on the news. 

Current lithium expansions enough to meet demand - Talison CEO 

By: Matthew Hill Lithium demand won’t be sufficient to justify new mines until the second-half of the decade, with expansions at current sources meeting the world’s requirements, the biggest primary producer of the metal, Talison Lithium, said on Tuesday. “The key thing is, we don’t see there being an opening... 

Talison makes record Q1 profit on higher lithium output, prices

By: Matthew Hill Australia-based Talison Lithium, the biggest producer of the battery-making ingredient, on Thursday posted record first-quarter earnings of A$6,3-million, which were 123% higher than the same period last year, as prices and output rose. The company produced 88 315 t of lithium concentrate during... 

Noventa replaces CEO on interim basis

Noventa, which operates a tantalum mine in Mozambique, said on Thursday CEO Pat Lawless had resigned on the same day, and would be replaced on an interim basis by the man who formerly held the position, John Allan. The TSX- and Aim-listed company said Lawless was returning to the UK for... 

Talison more than doubles reserves at Aus lithium mine

By: Matthew Hill Talison Lithium has boosted the reserves at its Greenbushes operations in Australia by 157%, to 31,4-million tons, nearly doubling the expected life of the mine to 22 years, the company said on Wednesday. Better recoveries and lower unit costs thanks to the operations recent expansion were to... 

Talison lithium sales surge 74% in Q3

By: Matthew Hill Talison Lithium, which mines the battery making ingredient in Western Australia, boosted sales by 74% year-on-year in the March quarter as production rose along with prices. Output at the TSX-listed company’s Greenbushes mine hit another new record of 88 315 t, which was one-third more than the... 

Noventa could double tantulum production to 1,3Mt

By: Matthew Hill Noventa, the TSX- and Aim-listed company that owns a tantalum mine in Mozambique, could double production from the 600 000 lb/y rate planned at year end earlier than 2013, chairperson Eric Kohn said on Tuesday. “It’s all driven by market demand,” he noted, adding that there was currently a... 

Canada Lithium to report 'materially' smaller resource in May

By: Matthew Hill Toronto-based junior Canada Lithium Corp (CLQ) said on Wednesday there will be a significant decrease in its Quebec project’s resources when it receives an independent review mid-May. CLQ at the end of February watched its share price halve after the company said it had found a discrepancy in... 

Conflict minerals law could push prices higher - MSCI ESG 

By: Matthew Hill Analysts at New York-based MSCI ESG said on Friday that a new US law aimed to stop the trade in conflict minerals might lead to higher prices of metals used in devices like computers and cell phones. The Dodd-Frank Act, which includes a clause requiring companies to report on whether they use... 

Funds needed urgently for DRC minerals-tracing project – ITRI

By: Matthew Hill Tracing mining products from the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has become “situation critical” as the April 1 deadline approaches for a US law banning the trade of conflict minerals, the International Tin Research Institute (ITRI) said on Tuesday. The official ban on mining, which... 

Frontier Rare Earths starts trading in Toronto

By: Matthew Hill China could become a net importer of rare-earth elements as it closes mines to curb pollution and increases consumption, Frontier Rare Earths CEO James Kenny said on Tuesday, ahead of the company’s TSX debut. Frontier owns the Zandkopsdrift project in South Africa’s Northern Cape, which it aimed... 

Push to Talk

Push To Talk or PTT as it is commonly known is a two way communication system using the GSM Cellular Network with a cellular device. It is suited for any organisation or industry which have a number of personnel out in the field or establishments where costs could be kept to the minimum.  

Great Western initiates BFS for South African monazite project

By: Chanel de Bruyn TSX Venture Exchange-listed Great Western Minerals Group (GWMG) on Wednesday initiated phase one of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) for its Steenkampskraal monazite project, in South Africa’s Western Cape province. It had appointed South African firm SRK Consulting Engineers & Scientists to... 

Many new lithium entrants as electric cars, consumer goods drive demand 

By: Irma Venter When the global recession spilled like hot coffee on the collective lap of consumers worldwide, sales of luxury goods spiralled downwards, dragging lithium demand with them. The lithium market is dominated by industrial applications such as ceramics and glass, laptop and cellphone batteries,... 

Lithium market sees many new entrants as electric cars, consumer goods drive demand

By: Irma Venter When the global recession spilled like hot coffee on the collective lap of consumers worldwide, sales of luxury goods spiraled downwards, dragging lithium demand with it. 

11/12/2009 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer South Africa gearing up to produce batteries for electric cars; Patrice Motsepe's African Rainbow Minerals wining a contract to supply coal to Eskom for 17 years; Nelson Mandela's grandson, Zondwa, buying yet another gold mine - his fourth in as many months. 

Aveng confident of victory, albeit delayed, in Aquarius dispute

By: Matthew Hill Construction, engineering and steel group Aveng has said, in its most confident statement on the dispute yet, that platinum-miner Aquarius Platinum South Africa would eventually have to pay out for cancelling a mining contract at its Marikana mine, but that this would likely only occur in three... 

Prewarning system reduces repair costs

By: Laura Tyrer Engine monitoring company Nicholas Auto Enterprises (NAE), of Edenvale, continues to provide the Engine Protection System (EPS) 900, which has been shown to save as much as R200 000 a unit each year. 

Flotation - less empiricism, more science

By: andrew lanham When you really think about froth flotation, it is a remarkable process. 

Technology can threaten mine safety

By: andrea marais Recently collaborative research by FutureMine consisting of mining companies AngloGold, Gold Fields and Harmony; CSIR Miningtek and Thrip (a governemental body) has indicated that South African mines need to take cognisance of the potential future threat of unsafe conditions underground due to... 

UN panel on plunder of DRC resources publishes final report

A United Nations committee investigating the plunder of gems and minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) published its final report today, listing the names of companies that did – and did not – cooperate with its work. 

UN says DRC villagers abused in quest for minerals

Armies, militia and crime syndicates are wreaking havoc on Congo villagers in their unabated quest to plunder the central African nation's mineral wealth, stated a new UN report. 

Rare-earth mine construction by April

Construction of Africa’s first rare-earth mine will start in April in the Western Cape after a minority shareholder withdrew her case against the Rare Earth Company (Rareco). 

Illicit coltan making electronics firms nervous

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to about half the world’s known reserves of a rare metal ore called columbite-tantalite, or coltan for short. 

Africa gets first rare-earth mine

The African continent will get its first rare-earth mine in 2002 which will provide 3% to 4% of the world’s consumption of rare-earth metals. 


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