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Steps being taken to improve manganese export logistics – ARM 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 5 hours ago Steps involving the use of two ports rather than one, longer trains and increased rail wagon payload are being studied to improve the logistics surrounding the export from South Africa of manganese ore. State-owned rail enterprise Transnet has put on hold the capital expansion plan centred on the... 

Steps being taken to improve manganese export logistics – ARM
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The control room at African Rainbow Minerals' Black Rock manganese ore mine in the Northern Cape.

Game-changing R3.6bn project positioning Kumba Iron Ore well into the future  

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2021 Four and a bit years ago Mining Weekly told its readers to keep a look out for the five letters – UHDMS – which stand for ultrahigh dense media separation. At the time, outgoing Kumba Iron Ore CEO Norman Mbazima had told Mining Weekly that these five letters translated into “mouth-watering”... 

Kumba Iron Ore executive head technical and projects Glen Mc Gavigan interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Minerals Council offers to part pay cost of replacing Samrad system 

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa has made recommendations to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) about critical reforms that are needed to encourage greater investment in exploration and mining. One of its suggestions is that the dysfunctional South African Mineral Resources... 

Minerals Council offers to part pay cost of replacing Samrad system
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

South32, Gold Fields and 12 others form consortium to decarbonise mining  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2021 Fourteen mining and mining services companies, including South32, Oz Minerals, Independence Group, Gold Fields, Barminco Sandvik and Epiroc have come together to form the Electric Mine Consortium aimed at decarbonising the mining industry. The Consortium was built on a 2020 report from State of... 

South32, Gold Fields and 12 others form consortium to decarbonise mining

Ontario palladium/copper project's 'time has come', says Gen Mining chair

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2021 A new palladium and copper mine in Ontario, Canada, could be under construction next year, if permitting and financing for the C$665-million project proceed as planned. Toronto-listed Generation Mining (Gen Mining) on Wednesday announced the results of a feasibility study for the Marathon... 

Ontario palladium/copper project's 'time has come', says Gen Mining chair

M&R's ‘all time high’ order book positions company for 2022 return to profitability 

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Considering engineering and construction services firm Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) “all time high” order book of R60.5-billion, and near orders of R19.9-billion, CEO Henry Laas says the group is “well positioned” for a return to profitability in the 2022 financial year. He adds that the firm is... 

M&R's ‘all time high’ order book positions company for 2022 return to profitability

US judge rejects SEC bid to expand Rio Tinto fraud lawsuit on Mozambique coal business

By: Reuters     4th March 2021 A US judge on Wednesday quashed a bid to widen the scope of a civil lawsuit by the US Securities and Exchange Commission that accused miner Rio Tinto of fraud at its Mozambican coal business, a court filing showed. The SEC filed a complaint against Rio in 2017 with allegations that it had... 

Southern Africa has ‘huge potential’ to benefit from the shift to green hydrogen

By: Simone Liedtke     4th March 2021 While there is growing momentum across the world in investing in hydrogen and the related import and export value chains, management consulting company Kearney MD Romain Debarre warns that there is still a lack of supply and demand for the hydrogen economy. While there is a market for hydrogen... 

Glencore Ferroalloys launches enterprise and supplier development hub

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2021 Glencore Ferroalloys is helping to redress South Africa’s historical socioeconomic inequalities by supporting local small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) through the recent launch of its first Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) Hub, in Rustenburg. Glencore opened the ESD hub,... 

Tsodilo gets green light to list on OTCQB

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2021 TSX-V-listed diamond and metals exploration company Tsodilo Resources has received approval to start trading on the OTCQB Venture Market under the symbol TSDRF as of the start of trading on March 4. Chairperson and CEO James Bruchs says the company believes a secondary listing on this market... 

Dundee’s Tsumeb smelter shutdown extended

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th March 2021 The Tsumeb smelter shutdown in Namibia has been extended to 40 days, owing to Covid-19-related safety protocols, travel restrictions and an increase in the scope of maintenance work. The shutdown was initially expected to be 30 days, but with the extended timeline, would now return to full... 

Galileo enters into agreement to sell Star Zinc to Zambia-focused company

By: Donna Slater     Updated 6 hours ago Zinc, copper and rare earths explorer Galileo Resources has entered into a conditional agreement with Siege Mining regarding the ceding of ownership, operation and participation in the Star Zinc project. For its part, Galileo will cede its ownership of the project for a consideration of $750... 

FIRB approves POSCO/Black Rock deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2021 The Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) has approved Korean major POSCO’s $7.5-million investment into ASX-listed Black Rock Mining. Under an agreement struck last year, POSCO would acquire a 15% interest in Black Rock by subscribing for more than 126-million shares in the Australian company,... 

Gold ETFs decline 2% in February as commodity price dips

By: Donna Slater     Updated 4 hours ago The World Gold Council (WGC) reports that gold exchange-traded funds (ETF) lost 2%, or $4.6-billion, of holdings in February as gold depreciated and interest rates increased. The global gold ETFs lost 84.7 t in the process, marking outflows for the third time in four months, and the seventh... 

Rare earth, uranium miners benefit from EV mania and dash of ESG

By: Bloomberg     4th March 2021 Rare earth miners and uranium producers are reaping rewards from the flood of money pouring into electrification and ESG investing themes. Lithium producers have been more traditional beneficiaries of EV and the green energy push. But more recently, rare earth producers have also started to... 

Rare earth, uranium miners benefit from EV mania and dash of ESG
The Mountain Pass mine contains more than 800 000 t of recoverable rare earth oxides with an average 8% ore grade, one of the highest quality known deposits in the world.

Mali, Emirates facilitated Venezuelan gold trade in 2020, opposition says

By: Reuters     4th March 2021 Venezuela sent gold to Mali in 2020 via Russian-owned planes to exchange for euros and US dollars that President Nicolas Maduro's government used to remain afloat despite US sanctions, an opposition representative said on Wednesday. Julio Borges, designated by opposition leader Juan Guaido as his... 

Green revolution gets more expensive as copper price surges

By: Bloomberg     4th March 2021 Look just beneath the surface of many of the technologies powering the energy transition and there’s a red metallic glint. Copper is a vital part of green infrastructure from grids to wind turbines, and a recent price surge threatens to make decarbonization more costly. Copper has doubled from... 

Green revolution gets more expensive as copper price surges

Under pressure from Rio Tinto, Quellman quits as Turquoise Hill CEO

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 4 hours ago Vancouver-based Turquoise Hill Resources announced on Thursday that Ulf Quellman had resigned as CEO, having agreed that it would not be in the best interest of the company for him to continue in his position. Majority shareholder Rio Tinto has reportedly felt that new leadership is needed to... 

Under pressure from Rio Tinto, Quellman quits as Turquoise Hill CEO

Eagle Graphite and UBC battery research project gets off the ground

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2021 Eagle Graphite, which owns the only natural flake graphite facility in western North America that is permitted for production, has announced its participation in a two-year research programme to develop and commercialise silicon-modified battery anodes made with graphite from its Black Crystal... 

Abcourt secures $6.5m loan for Sleeping Giant redevelopment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th March 2021 Canadian gold explorer and producer Abcourt Mines has completed financing of $6.5-million with the Royal Bank of Canada to accelerate the development of the Sleeping Giant mine, in Quebec. The TSX-V-listed company acquired the Sleeping Giant mine and mill in 2016, and in June 2020 announced... 

Teck COO receives Ben F Dickerson III Award

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th March 2021 Canadian diversified miner executive VP and COO Harry ‘Red’ Conger has been awarded the Ben F. Dickerson III Award by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) in recognition of his professionalism and contributions to the mining industry. “Red has clearly demonstrated the spirit... 

Amec report to lure critical minerals investors

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2021 A new report by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has been launched showcasing Australia’s critical minerals potential. “The document is a visual showcase of Australia’s outstanding critical minerals projects to attract investment to our emerging critical minerals... 

Golder to lead closure of Ontario’s first and only diamond mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th March 2021 Global miner De Beers has appointed Golder as the prime contractor to carry out the closure of the Victor mine – Ontario’s first and only diamond mine which operated from 2008 through 2019. Golder was selected to carry out the remaining closure activities, including demolition of the remaining... 

Work starts at Butcherbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2021 Pre-commissioning activities have started at the Butcherbird manganese project, in Western Australia, owner Element 25 reported on Thursday. The company told shareholders that electrical systems and instrument loop checking was under way, with power station installation and power-up scheduled... 

ioneer in A$60m capital raise for Nevada project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2021 ASX-listed ioneer on Thursday announced plans for a A$60-million capital raise to accelerate construction of its Rhyolite Ridge lithium/boron project, in Nevada. The company has unveiled a fully underwritten institutional placement to sophisticated, professional and institutional investors,... 

ioneer in A$60m capital raise for Nevada project

King of the Hills gets go-ahead

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2021 The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has approved the mining proposal for ASX-listed Red 5’s King of the Hills gold project. This approval was the final significant permit required for the restart of mining activities at King of the Hills in 2022, Red 5 said... 

Geoscience Australia sets next targets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2021 Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory have been flagged as the major recipients of the next phase of the Australian government’s A$225-million Exploring for the Future programme. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt on Thursday announced the... 

Australia's critical minerals roadmap paves the way - PM

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2021 The Australian government has unveiled its Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing roadmap, that would leverage Australia’s world-leading critical minerals and resources sector to create more jobs and economic opportunities for manufacturing businesses over the next ten years. The... 

Australia's critical minerals roadmap paves the way - PM
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Barrick pays tribute to Vernon Jordan

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th March 2021 Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold has paid tribute to US civil rights leader Vernon Jordan, who passed away on Monday at the age of 85. Jordan served on Barrick’s international advisory board since its inception over two decades ago. “He was a vigorous and effective participant in all advisory... 

Codelco to allow teleworking in post-coronavirus 'cultural change'

By: Reuters     4th March 2021 Chile's State-owned Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, said on Wednesday it would permanently incorporate teleworking into its shift schedule after months of experimenting with the model during the coronavirus pandemic. The sprawling mining company, which last year slashed personnel... 

DA questions disconnect between prospecting requirements, Minister's comments

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2021 Political party Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament James Lorimer has questioned the veracity of Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe's comments that the broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) shareholding will not be required for prospecting rights licence... 

Namibia moves to curb mining speculators, boost local ownership

By: Reuters     3rd March 2021 Diamond and uranium producer Namibia said on Wednesday that locals who own mineral exploration licences will no longer be able to sell out to foreigners, in a move aimed at curtailing speculation in the sector. Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo told Reuters that effective April 1, Namibian... 

ARM board approves R5.7-billion Merensky project at Two Rivers mine  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2021 The board of diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) has approved the Merensky reef project at the Two Rivers platinum group metals (PGMs) mine, ARM CEO Mike Schmidt said on Wednesday after the company reported record financial results. The ARM-managed Two Rivers is a joint... 

African Rainbow Minerals growth projects report by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer: Video: Darlene Creamer.

DMRE commits to provide final decision on Samrad system in six months 

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Thabo Mokoena, during a follow-up briefing to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Resources on March 3, committed the department to providing a final determination on the South African Mineral Resources... 

The major challenge of the mining industry is the imperative of growth – Dr Motsepe  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2021 The major challenge of the mining industry is the imperative of growth, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe said on Wednesday, when the 25 000-employee ARM reported record financial results. “You’ve got to replace the orebody that you’re mining with an equally... 

African Rainbow Minerals interim results report by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer: Video: Darlene Creamer.

Catalytic qualities of platinum driving constant innovation – WPIC

By: Donna Slater     3rd March 2021 Having been discovered two centuries ago, the use of platinum as a catalyst is driving new catalyst applications, reports platinum demand investment stimulator the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). In the early decades of the nineteenth century, scientist Sir Humphry Davy stumbled on the... 

South African mining scientist wins Wadsworth Award

By: Donna Slater     3rd March 2021 One of the top global awards in extractive metallurgy – the Wadsworth Award from The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) – has been presented to Dr Frank Crundwell of CM Solutions/Crundwell Metallurgy. Presented on March 3, during mining conference MineXchange in Denver, in the... 

South African mining scientist wins Wadsworth Award
Dr Frank Crundwell of CM Solutions/Crundwell Metallurgy

South Africa urged to play to strengths as its plots role in lithium-ion battery value chain 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2021 A newly released study of the potential for developing a lithium-ion battery value chain in South Africa concludes that the country should prioritise minerals beneficiation and mining, as well as battery manufacturing as it seeks to carve out a niche for itself in what is a fast-growing, highly... 

South Africa urged to play to strengths as its plots role in lithium-ion battery value chain

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