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Battery metals a key opportunity for Africa

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 A number of exploration projects are moving closer to production, following a period of significant explorative work financed by investors in the African battery metals space, says minerals exploration and evaluation consultancy firm The MSA Group principal consultant for critical metals Michael... 

Botswana manganese estimate fires up aspirant battery supplier

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2018 A maiden mineral resource at the Kgwakgwe Hill manganese field in Botswana has given a Toronto venture exchange junior exploration company sufficient confidence to proceed immediately with a preliminary economic assessment, Mining Weekly Online can today report. The mineral resource estimate,... 

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... 

Work starts on initial phases of Songwe feasibility study

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2018 Work has started on the initial phases of a feasibility study into Mkango Resources’ Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. Metallurgical optimisation is under way at laboratories in Australia and Canada, with the work programme having been scaled up following the receipt, in January, of... 

Aftan secures clearance to abstract water from Orange river

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 The Environmental Commissioner of Namibia has issued a clearance certificate to allow for the abstraction of water from the Orange river for African Tantalum’s (Aftan’s) Namibia Tantalite Investment (NTI) mine.  

Intrepid shareholders approve sale of Zambia project to Weatherly

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2018 Shareholders of ASX-listed Intrepid Mines have voted in favour of Weatherly International's acquisition of the Kitumba copper project, in Zambia. The proposed A$4.75-million deal was announced in December. 

Consultancy looks to reduce cost of complying with new regulations

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 Mining consultancy The MSA Group is liaising with various industry players including mining companies, insurers, law and auditing firms to establish a consistent approach to assessing and reviewing mine closure liability. They believe that this collaboration will result in greater understanding... 

Lifetime process approach required for successful mine closure

By: Dylan Slater     27th July 2017 A common misconception of mine closure is that it requires planning for an end-of-life event, when, in actual fact, it should be a life-long process that should be started as early as when the planning of a mine starts.  

Africa ramping up diamond exploration

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th June 2017 As exploration activity in the African diamond mining industry resurges in expectation of a supply shortfall in the next five to eight years, mining consultant The MSA Group is preparing its facilities to meet a growth in demand for its services. 

Water management strategy cannot be ignored

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2017 With water scarcity and quality being fundamental risks to South Africa’s mines, necessitating that operations understand and develop water management strategies that ensure their viability, the comprehensive strategy of a North West platinum mine presents a level of management to aspire to,... 

Lucapa announces maiden Mothae resource estimate

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2017 ASX-listed Lucapa Diamonds has published a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource estimate for the Mothae kimberlite pipe, in Lesotho. The Mothae project is located about 5 km from Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng mine. 

Crippled Zimbabwe the leading African lithium producer

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Zimbabwe, a country which is facing a food security disaster, high levels of unemployment, skilled and semiskilled emigration and a cash-starved economy, having issued its own bond notes in November to solve its liquidity crisis, is leading Africa in lithium production. Bikita, a district in... 

Investors focused on funding future base metals exploration

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 There is an increasing investment trend involving near-surface, easily mined base metal oxide deposits in Africa that can generate early cash flow amid current commodity prices to fund further exploration of the deposit at a later stage, advances specialist consultant to the mining industry The... 

Technological innovation will drive new exploration strategies  

By: Nadine James     14th October 2016 Increased innovation in analytical instrumentation and unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, technology will further enhance the means and cost of exploration, thereby enabling the development of new exploration strategies, says mining consultancy The MSA Group. Oxford University and University of... 

Energy security key for prosperous copper mines

By: Aarifah Nosarka     9th September 2016 The recent prolonged drought in Zambia, home to an energy-intensive copper mining industry, brings the need for additional and diversified electricity production to the fore, as the country has traditionally relied on the hydropower it produced to generate the bulk of its electricity, mining... 

Cooperation needed to save PGMs industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th August 2016 Owing to the lower overall platinum group metals (PGMs) price, platinum producers have started to review opportunities to work together through joint ventures.  

Industry growth in hands of junior explorers

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th July 2016 Diamond exploration enquiries received by mining industry consultancy The MSA Group from small players in Botswana, Lesotho and the Free State have increased considerably since May this year. This includes greenfield kimberlite indicator mineral testing, alluvial diamond mineral resource... 

Significant iron-ore supply-demand imbalance persists

By: Robyn Wilkinson     22nd July 2016 Internationally, the iron-ore industry continues to battle constrained operating conditions, caused by near-static demand and a surplus supply of good-quality iron-ore, negatively impacting on the iron-ore price, says mining consultancy The MSA Group head of geology Dr Brendan Clarke. 

Changing mining landscape shapes trends

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 During a mining industry downturn – which typically occurs every 10 to 15 years – the exploration and funding landscape changes; this has implications for Africa, which aims to drive development through mining, says mining consultancy The MSA Group. In 2011, iron-ore and copper were extremely... 

Incremental mine development key for gold sector

By: Simon Sonnekus     24th June 2016 In the face of global capital constraints, gold mining companies have been forced to look into alternative options for the development of mines. The gold mining industry is known traditionally for larger-sized operations that require the establishment of a large reserve base as well as large... 

The MSA Group

24th June 2016 Local mining consultancy The MSA Group provides exploration, geology, mineral resource, mining and environmental consulting solutions to a client base that includes some of the world’s largest multinational mining companies, as well as private equity and sovereign wealth funds, banks, governments... 

After topping 14% in early 2015, women representation in South Africa’s mining industry now 10% 

By: Ilan Solomons     27th May 2016 Within the top 500 JSE-listed companies in South Africa, women make up 21% of the boards of these companies, which is the highest percentage of women on boards worldwide, noted volunteer nonprofit organisation Women in Mining South Africa chairperson Noleen Pauls. Pauls, who is also a geology... 

Adequate environmental management systems boost health, safety

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 An effective environmental management system (EMS) has to reduce the possible environmental damage caused by and the overall cost of a mine, as well as ensure that workers are safe and healthy, says mining industry consultant The MSA Group. 

Kipushi PEA places Ivanhoe’s DRC redevelopment project in league of its own 

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd May 2016 Africa-focused project developer Ivanhoe Mines has reported strong operating metrics for the high-grade Kipushi zinc/copper mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after publishing a new preliminary economic assessment (PEA) Monday. The PEA, conducted by consulting engineering firms... 

High-value projects key to success in economic downturn

By: Malusi Mkhize     19th February 2016 By identifying and concentrating on high-value projects as a positive project management practice, mining companies and project managers can help ensure the success of projects amid the current slump in the mining industry, local mining and exploration consultancy The MSA Group notes. MSA Group... 

Kipushi mineral resource estimates exceed expectations – Ivanhoe

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th January 2016 A new, independent, mineral resource estimate for Ivanhoe Mines’ joint venture Kipushi mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has shown measured and indicated mineral resources in the big zinc zone of 10.2-million tonnes. “This has exceeded our expectations and we are convinced that... 

Giving the mining investor a chance

By: Dylan Stewart     22nd January 2016 Attendees of a technical workshop, facilitated by mining consulting firm The MSA Group at the start of the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, will gain insight into the value proposition of each stage of the mining process, enabling investors to make the best informed decisions, says MSA... 

SA mining consultant to remodel copper resources in Congo

By: Dylan Stewart     4th December 2015 Specialist mining consultant The MSA Group is assisting mining major Glencore in re-modelling its mineral resource and geological models for Katanga Mining’s Kamoto Copper Company’s large-scale copper and cobalt mine complex in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  

Africa’s mineral wealth remains a conundrum

By: Malusi Mkhize     6th November 2015 The African continent ranks as one of the richest natural resources and mineral-endowed continents with vast opportunities for wealth for mining companies and investors. Fully exploiting Africa’s minerals continues to be problematic for mining companies, says mining consultancy The MSA Group... 

Sensitive commodity price environment continues

By: Malusi Mkhize     6th November 2015 Amid negative commodity demand and continued production at fairly high output levels, commodity prices for the near future will be stable at best and sensitive to any news that might be perceived as negative, such as the slowdown of China’s manufacturing sector and the recent Volkswagen diesel... 

New mining-residue stockpile regulations stricter than under MPRDA

By: David Oliveira     6th November 2015 The new regulations concerning the planning and management of residue stockpiles and deposits under the National Environmental Management Waste Act (Nemwa) will require greater characterisation and classification of waste streams generated by mining activities, such as tailings and waste rock... 

Diamond miner announces positive study results for kimberlite project

23rd October 2015 Aim-listed diamond development company Paragon Diamonds last month said that the results of two independent studies carried out by mining consultancy The MSA Group on the Mothae kimberlite project, in Lesotho, which Paragon is in the process of acquiring, exceeded management’s expectations. MD... 

Exploration industry remains challenging

16th October 2015 The exploration and mining industry remains challenging for investors and mining consultancies, with a decline in market activity, says mining consultancy The MSA Group geology operations manager Michael Cronwright. Cronwright says since the peak in exploration budgets in 2012, at about... 

Zambia sustains investment appeal, but requires fiscal stability and certainty

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th September 2015 Zambia remains an attractive mining investment destination, says mining consultancy The MSA Group, pointing out that in the ‘Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies: 2014 Investment Attractiveness Index for Africa’ report, Zambia ranked third, behind Namibia and Botswana. This ranking... 

Unyielding platinum dip forces miners to cut costs

By: Dylan Stewart     21st August 2015 Owing to weakened demand for platinum, the platinum price, currently at a six-year low of about $980/oz, is not expected to rise significantly in the near future, says geology and mineral resources consulting services provider  

Opportunities on the horizon for base metals – consultant

By: Ilan Solomons     14th August 2015 There has been a downturn in most base metal prices over the past five years, particularly copper, which is at its lowest level in six years, having traded at about $2.45/lb at the end of January this year. Geological, mining and environmental consulting services company The MSA Group principal... 

Investors can consider the next generation of iron-ore, says expert

By: Dylan Stewart     24th July 2015 Once demand starts to improve and the oversupplied market corrects itself, investors may start to think about where the next generation of iron-ore will come from as gaps for future demand begin to emerge, says Sahaj Capital MD Antony Rayment. 

Gold still main exploration commodity

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th June 2015 Gold remains the main commodity of interest for the exploration industry, accounting for 43% of exploration budgets in 2014, says mining and environmental consulting services company The MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson. He notes that, since the mid-1970s, gold exploration... 

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