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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... 

Millennials snubbing diamonds has hedge fund seeing slump deepen

By: Bloomberg     19th January 2018 Diamonds are set to slump further, according to a hedge fund whose bet on marijuana made it the world’s best performer in 2016. Prices of the precious gem may slump as much as 10% this year as it loses appeal with younger consumers and faces challenges from synthetic alternatives, said... 

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... 

Tracking Europe's waste: 'There's gold in them landfills'

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Some of Europe's richest deposits of valuable materials are in the trash, ranging from gold in smartphones to cobalt in electric car batteries, according to a survey of urban mining published on Wednesday. Scrap vehicles, batteries, computers, fridges and other electronic and electrical waste... 

Bacanora expands Zinnwald potential with licence for previously mined deposit

By: Mariaan Webb     10th January 2018 Lithium developer Bacanora has been granted an exploration licence of the previously mined Falkenhaim lithium deposit, in Saxony, Germany. The licence is about 5 km from Bacanora’s 50%-owned Zinnwald lithium project and has the potential to increase the life of a mine at Zinnwald, the London-... 

Growth of European gold-backed ETFs outpaces US funds in 2017 – WGC

By: Reuters     9th January 2018 European gold-backed exchange-traded funds added more than double the amount of t that North American ones did in 2017, growing their assets by 13.9%, the World Gold Council (WGC) said on Tuesday. Though North America contained more than half the amount of global exchange-traded fund holdings,... 

Kibaran, ProGraphite sign knowledge-sharing agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2017 ASX-listed Kibaran Resources has signed a binding agreement with German-based ProGraphite under which it would grant Kibaran full access to its extensive technical and commercial knowledge relating to the processing of graphite for use in battery product applications. Noting that this was an... 

Australia cobalt rush accelerates on electric vehicle demand, DRC troubles

By: Reuters     15th December 2017 Australia, home to the world's second-biggest cobalt reserves, is seeing a rush of interest in projects still years from production as makers of batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) seek supplies of the metal from a more costly but less risky source than top miner, the Democratic Republic of... 

IHS Materials Price Index buoyant on strong commodity rally

By: Henry Lazenby     15th December 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has gained a strong 1.3% last week, hitting its highest level since late 2014 the company reported on Thursday. Three categories led gains, including ferrous metals, rubber and freight, all of which posted large jumps, according to... 

Kibaran mulling battery-grade graphite pilot in Germany

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 Following the successful completion of a feasibility study on downstream processing of graphite from its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania, exploration company Kibaran Resources will establish a pilot plant in Germany that will be expanded to commercial scale for the supply of premium battery... 

Europe’s coal plants will bleed more cash by end of 2020s

By: Bloomberg     15th December 2017 Almost all coal plants in the European Union will be outspending their income by the end of the next decade, relying on subsidies to stay open to back up wind and solar generation. About 54 percent of the region’s plants already fail to break even, according to a report by London-based Carbon... 

Macron's climate summit draws pledges to make coal a risky bet

By: Bloomberg     13th December 2017 Some of the world’s biggest investors turned their backs on US President Donald Trump’s plan to revive the coal industry, pledging to divest from fossil fuels at a conference organised by French President Emmanuel Macron. The One Planet Summit in Paris was designed to galvanise support for the... 

Lithium Australia declares maiden resource at German project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th December 2017 Perth-based explorer Lithium Australia has declared a maiden inferred mineral resource estimate of 25-million tonnes at 0.45% Li2O at the Sadisdorf tin/lithium project, in Saxony, Germany. Lithium Australia is farming into a joint venture with Tin International, which previously defined a tin... 

Gold-backed ETFs increased by 9.1 t in November

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2017 Gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) grew by 9.1 t during November, World Gold Council (WGC) data showed on Wednesday. With global gold-backed ETFs collectively holding 2 357 t, funds added 198 t of gold, equivalent to $8.5-billion, so far this year, which represents an increase of 8.3% in... 

Kibaran to build battery-grade graphite producing pilot plant

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2017 Following the successful completion of a feasibility study on downstream processing of graphite from its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania, ASX-listed Kibaran Resources will establish a pilot plant in Germany that will be expanded to commercial scale for the supply of  premium battery graphite... 

Magnis receives strong interest from flake graphite buyers

By: Samantha Herbst     28th November 2017 Having evolved into a diversified project developer with graphite mine developer operations and ownership in the large-scale manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, ASX-listed graphite buyer and seller Magnis Resources has received strong interest from a number of parties looking to source... 

Kibaran receives resettlement approval for Epanko

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2017 Australia-based junior Kibaran Resources on Tuesday reported that the Tanzanian government had approved the resettlement action plan (RAP) compensation schedules for its Epanko graphite project. The chief valuer from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development (MLHHSD)... 

Germany's respite for coal may end as talks resume with Merkel

By: Bloomberg     26th November 2017 The future of Germany’s coal industry is moving back into the spotlight as Chancellor Angela Merkel restarts talks on forming a new coalition government, with pressure building for stricter limits on the most polluting fuels. Two months after national elections, discussions aimed at forging a... 

German car makers warned of possible battery materials shortage-Welt am Sonntag 

By: Reuters     26th November 2017 The German car industry risks running short of key raw materials for automotive batteries, hampering a planned boost in the production of electric vehicles (EVs), Germany's largest industry association BDI warned. "The risk of running into bottlenecks in raw material supply is increasing because... 

Mato Products celebrates thirtieth anniversary 

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Conveyor belt solutions company MATO Products, a member of the Multotec Group, celebrates 30 years of supplying South African mining and industrial clients this year. At the November 8 function celebrating its success and longevity, MATO Products GM Benjamin Sibanda announced that the company is... 

Great Barrier Reef pitched against coal jobs in Queensland vote

By: Bloomberg     21st November 2017 The fate of Adani Group’s A$16.5-billion Australian coal mine hinges on weekend elections in Queensland state, as voters weigh the promise of new jobs against a potential environmental threat to the Great Barrier Reef. The Labor government has vowed to reject A$900-million in federal funding for... 

Arafak Q3 impacted by seasonal factors

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2017 After delivering positive and robust first and second quarters, Nasdaq- and LSE-listed Afarak Group’s third quarter was hit by seasonal fluctuations. The group on Friday posted strong revenue growth on the back of higher ferrochrome prices and strong market fundamentals; however, profitability... 

COAL DEADLOCK

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2017 Riot police are seen blocking protesters during a rally against opencast brown coal mining at the Garzweiler mine, is a large surface lignite mine north-west of Cologne, in Germany. The German city of Bonn is hosting United Nations-led climate talks that end today, November 17. Thousands of... 

Madagascar graphite mine poised for global success

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Proving its growing strength in the graphite market, Australian industrial mineral concentrate producer Bass Metals – the only graphite producer currently listed on the ASX – last month sold, in advance, 50%, or 3 000 t/y, of flake graphite concentrate from the first stage of its Graphmada mine’s... 

Bacanora granted mining licence for German lithium project

By: Mariaan Webb     8th November 2017 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Bacanora Minerals has been awarded a 30-year mining licence for its 50%-owned Zinnwald lithium project in southern Saxony, Germany, where a feasibility study is under way. The feasibility study is expected to be completed in mid-2019 and will seek to demonstrate the... 

In the country where coal is king, a battle with the EU looms

By: Bloomberg     6th November 2017 The buzzword in the Brussels energy and climate bubble is 450, a number that is dividing European Union lawmakers and making coal-dependent Poland fume over upcoming reforms to the world’s biggest carbon market. Negotiators representing the 28-nation bloc and its member states will meet on Nov. 8... 

Turkey's gold-buying spree has market wondering how much and why

By: Bloomberg     6th November 2017 Turkey’s central bank is hoarding gold again. The question is, how much and why? Official data show Turkey added 3.8-million ounces of gold worth almost $5-billion to reserves this year. While actual purchases could be much less – the figure is skewed by metal deposited by commercial banks –... 

First indigenous tree species planted on West Rand sand dump

By: Ilan Solomons     27th October 2017 Local environmental watchdog the Federation for Sustainable Environment (FSE) planted the first indigenous trees, namely Ziziphus mucronatas, which are commonly known as Buffalo Thorns, on the rehabilitated footprint area of Sand Dump 20 in Randfontein, on the West Rand, earlier this month. The... 

Africa must innovate or risk being left behind

     27th October 2017 South Africa remains a resource-rich region, but has missed opportunities to take advantage of the resources boom. As such, it has suffered more than other resource-rich regions during the industry downturn, says mining networking platform African Mining Network (AMN) chairperson Yolanda Torrisi.... 

Mad scramble for lithium mines stretches from Congo to Cornwall

By: Bloomberg     25th October 2017 For evidence of just how hot battery ingredient lithium is right now, look no further than Australia’s AVZ Minerals. A penny stock until a few months ago, the mining hopeful has surged about 1 500% this year. The proposition: recasting a remote, century-old tin mine in the Democratic Republic of... 

Bacanora secures environmental nod for Mexico lithium project

By: Mariaan Webb     20th October 2017 Calgary-headquartered Bacanora Minerals has secured the final key requirement for its flagship lithium project, announcing on Friday that Mexico’s Environmental Ministry had approved a 35 000 t/y lithium carbonate operation at Sonora. The approval is a major milestone for Bacanora, which is... 

Bald Hill fully funded - Tawana

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th October 2017 Lithium developer Tawana Resources on Friday told shareholders that the company was fully funded to start production in the first quarter of 2018 from its Bald Hill project, in Western Australia, after securing A$25-million in funding. The funding package comprises a A$20-million share placement... 

Bauma CONEXPO AFRICA: numerous industry leaders on board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 The economic comeback of Sub-Sahara and positive market opportunities in South Africa are reflected in the number of companies that have already signed up for the upcoming bauma CONEXPO AFRICA. The third international trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining... 

Dalradian gets another $20m cash injection on warrant exercises

By: Henry Lazenby     13th October 2017 Canadian gold explorer Dalradian Resources reported a C$19.96-million cash injection after holders of common share purchase warrants originally issued on October 7, 2015, were exercised. The Toronto-headquartered company, with equity listings on both the TSX and Aim, said about 50.18-million of... 

Building presence in East Africa through Tanzanian office

     13th October 2017 Drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive is adding to its existing presence in Tanzania, its main hub in Eastern Africa, by opening a new office in Kenya and starting a recruitment drive in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). SEW-Eurodrive’s Tanzanian branch, in Der Es Salaam,... 

Mining finance groups invest in C$85m in Dalradian

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2017 TSX- and Aim-listed Dalradian Resources on Tuesday announced that it had raised C$84.75-million from two respected mining finance groups, which have signed up to participate in the advancement of the Curraghinalt gold project, in Northern Ireland. Orion Mine Finance II has agreed to make an... 

Opinion: South Africa’s coal mining sector could shrink by 46% 

     6th October 2017 In this opinion article, independent economic risk consultant Rob Jeffrey argues that the mining industry and coal industry need to fight for their very future otherwise all is lost. Few people realise that future economic, political and social prosperity are at currently stake. Decisions made in... 

The Krugerrand's remarkable contribution to SA mining value-addition 

By: Ilan Solomons     6th October 2017 The gold bullion Krugerrand represents a most remarkable story from a beneficiation perspective, with more than 60-million pieces sold over the past 50 years. This equates to more than 1 660 t of local gold used in the process, and about 25% of all South African gold sold currently is in the form... 

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