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Early copper/zinc production investigations under way at Orion’s Prieska  

By: Martin Creamer     20th January 2022 The executive team of Orion Minerals is re-evaluating the development schedule of the Prieska copper-zinc project to assess the potential for its fast-tracking. Also flagged is the opportunity to extract pillars left by historic mining. 

Orion CEO Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Eskom seeks to show prudency of running diesel plants as its pegs cost of load-shedding at R9.53/kWh

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2022 State-owned electricity producer Eskom sought to demonstrate the economic prudency of running the diesel-fuelled open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) harder to mitigate load-shedding during the fourth day of National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) public hearings into its latest allowable... 

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Sibanye restarts some safety-affected operations but records another fatality 

By: Darren Parker     20th January 2022 Mineral resources group Sibanye-Stillwater has restarted some of its operations following safety-related interventions and stoppages that were announced on December 15, the company said in a statement on January 20. Despite these interventions, however, another mineworker has died. A locomotive... 

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A fatality occurred at 2 Shaft at Driefontein gold mine

Metals rally heats up as nickel hits $24 000 on supply snarls

By: Bloomberg     20th January 2022 Base metals are heating up yet again, with nickel reaching $24 000 a ton for the first time in more than a decade and tin notching up a fresh record on supply snarls and China’s monetary easing. Metals supplies are dwindling amid the global recovery from the pandemic with all the main London... 

Successful trials culminate in Tirupati adopting own column flotation system at Vatomina 

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2022 Following successful trials, specialist graphite and graphene company Tirupati Graphite will ship the first commercial-scale column flotation system (CFS) for installation and operation at its 9 000 t/y Vatomina graphite production plant in Madagascar. In July 2021, the Tirupati Graphene &... 

Resolute sees gold output increase

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th January 2022 Gold miner Resolute Mining has reported a 5% increase in gold production for the quarter ended December, compared with the September quarter, with full-year production reaching guidance. Gold production in the three months to December reached 79 816 oz, with full-year production reported at 319... 

Specialised services winners announced for Angola diamond exchange

By: Darren Parker     20th January 2022 Angola’s national diamond trading company Sodiam has completed the process of evaluating expressions of interest from both Angolan and international companies for the provision of specialised services, including diamond boiling and diamond tenders – services deemed important for the future... 

Kore Potash nears financing proposal for flagship Kola project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th January 2022 UK-headquartered Kore Potash expects to finalise an optimisation study report, and an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract proposal for the Kola potash project, in Congo-Brazzaville, before the end of this quarter. Sixty days after the completion of the optimisation study,... 

New board advances uranium project with renewed vigour

By: Darren Parker     20th January 2022 A newly appointed board of directors is advancing Australian mineral resources company Aura Energy’s Tiris uranium project, in Mauritania, with gusto. The new board was appointed in December, with members strategically chosen to focus on production. In a statement on January 20, chairperson Phil... 

Altus, Marvel Gold sign amended JV agreement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th January 2022 Aim-, TSX-V- and OTCQX-listed Altus Strategies has entered into an amended joint venture (JV) and earn-in agreement with ASX-listed Marvel Gold. The companies had initially entered into a JV agreement in June 2020. 

Caledonia COO appointed director

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th January 2022 Gold miner Caledonia mining, which operates the Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, has appointed Dana Roets as director, with immediate effect. Dana has been the COO of Caledonia since 2013 and will continue in this role following his appointment to the board. 

Renewable alternatives critical to support Mpumalanga’s decarbonisation drive  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th January 2022 The transformation and decarbonisation of the South African energy system is gathering momentum; however, a regional plan is required for the coal mining region of Mpumalanga, to prevent considerable economic and socioeconomic losses and ensure a just transition, and a push for renewable energy... 

Large and rare black diamond on auction

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th January 2022 The government of Dubai on January 18 hosted an exclusive public viewing of an extremely rare black diamond called “The Enigma” at the Dubai Diamond Exchange. The diamond has never before been exhibited.  

The Enigma 555.5 ct black carbonado diamond
The Enigma 555.5 ct black carbonado diamond

Gold near highest since November as traders seek inflation hedge

By: Bloomberg     20th January 2022 Gold held near the highest level in almost two months amid demand for an inflation hedge, while the bond market sell-off stalled and US equities continued to retreat. President Joe Biden said it’s the Federal Reserve’s job to rein in the fastest pace of inflation in decades, and supported the... 

Sandfire posts solid quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th January 2022 Copper miner Sandfire Resources has reported a strong December quarter, with the miner maintaining its full year production guidance. Copper production in the December quarter reached 18 675 t, up from the 15 946 t produced in the September quarter, bringing half-year production to 34 621 t.  

CreditSights sceptical on 'transformational' deal for BHP

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th January 2022 Investment researcher CreditSights has questioned reports that mining major BHP is gearing up for a ‘transformational merger and acquisition (M&A)’ deal. News outlet Bloomberg earlier this week reported that BHP was beefing up its deal-making team, and was looking at pursuing a transformational... 

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Magazine round up | 21 January 2022 

Updated 4 hours ago A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader.  

Magazine round up | 21 January 2022

Case against 87 suspected Orkney 'zama zamas' charged in deadly shootout transferred to regional court

By: News24Wire      20th January 2022 The case against 87 suspected illegal miners arrested after a deadly shootout with police in Orkney in October has been transferred from the Orkney Magistrate's Court to the Regional Court in Stilfontein, North West. The accused were arrested in Orkney following a shootout with law enforcement... 

Imperial surrenders Giant Copper claims in BC

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th January 2022 ancouver-based explorer Imperial Metals has reached an agreement with British Columbia to surrender the Giant Copper mineral claims, which are surrounded by two parks. The claims, which Imperial has held since April 1988, host two mineral deposits containing copper, silver and gold and a... 

US needs to develop its own copper resources, says Pebble owner

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2022 Northern Dynasty, the owner of the contentious Pebble copper/gold mine, in south-west Alaska, says that the US must develop its own copper resources to ensure a successful energy transition to a zero-carbon economy. Citing forecasts from major banks about a looming deficit and higher copper... 

An image of studies under way at the Pebble project area in south-west Alaska

McClean Lake granted approval for tailings expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2022 The McClean Lake operation has been given approval to expand its JEB tailings management facility, positioning the facility to serve as a regional milling centre for current and future projects in the eastern portion of the Athabasca basin for years to come. Following public hearings, the... 

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The McClean Lake mill

US potash sanctions may push Belarus deeper into Putin’s arms

By: Bloomberg     20th January 2022 US sanctions against Belarus’s potash industry that have helped push fertilizer prices to record highs may also draw President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime more tightly into Russia’s embrace to survive the shock to its finances. While Lukashenko hasn’t yet asked Russia for support, the Kremlin... 

Brazil prosecutors order Vale to shore up 18 mining dams after heavy rains

By: Reuters     20th January 2022 Brazilian prosecutors in the state of Minas Gerais said on Wednesday that 18 tailings dams at mines run by Vale require some work to guarantee their safety following heavy rains in recent months. In a statement, state prosecutors said an analysis of 31 dams had revealed the need for the... 

Kairos raises cash for lithium and gold hunt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th January 2022 Junior Kairos Minerals has raised A$7.1-million through the exercise of options to fund gold and lithium exploration in Western Australia. The company on Thursday announced that it had exercised mor than 285.2-million options, at a price of 2.5c each. 

Santos sets records as Oil Search merger pinacles

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th January 2022 ASX-listed Santos has reported record annual production, record sales revenue and record free cash flows for the year ended December, on the back of a strong December quarter. Santos MD and CEO Kevin Gallagher said Santos delivered record annual production and sales revenue in 2021, as strong... 

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Northern Star on track to meet guidance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th January 2022 Gold miner Northern Star Mining on Thursday said it was on track to meet its production expectations of between 1.55-million to 1.65-million ounces of gold for the 2022 financial year, following a strong December quarter. Gold sales in the December quarter reached 392 655 oz, at an all-in... 

Woodside sales spike, along with revenue

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th January 2022 Oil and gas producer Woodside Energy has reported an 86% increase in sales revenue during the fourth quarter ended December, compared with the previous quarter, with revenues reaching A$2.85-billion. The ASX-listed company said that the average realised price increased by 53% in the same period,... 

Eskom says some industrial customers require ‘urgent’ assistance, but urges targeted subsidies 

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2022 Eskom has acknowledged that urgent interventions are needed to assist certain large industrial customers, some of which are competing with international companies whose electricity is subsidised, to navigate the transition to cost-reflective electricity tariffs. In a presentation on the third day... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim at a previous Nersa hearing
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CFO Calib Cassim at a previous Nersa hearing

BME unpacks the benefits behind its new-generation electronic detonator 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2022 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME has unpacked the benefits of its latest and most advanced electronic blast detonation system called AXXIS Titanium. The company hails this system as a significant advance for both the company and the country, as it improves South Africa’s... 

BME's AXXIS Titanium system
BME's AXXIS Titanium system

Gold Fields rejoins World Gold Council

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2022 Market development organisation the World Gold Council (WGC) has welcomed Gold Fields back as a member. The firm was a founding member of the WGC in 1987 and played an important role in shaping the direction of the WGC and many of the initiatives that have supported the development of the global... 

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Chris Griffith

Barrick meets FY guidance with 4.4Moz gold output

By: Mariaan Webb     19th January 2022 Bullion major Barrick Gold has met its yearly guidance targets for the third consecutive year, producing 4.44-million ounces of gold and 415-million pounds of copper. The group’s guidance for the year was to produce 4.4-million to 4.7-million ounces of gold. The Africa and Middle East, as well... 

Vanadium Resources’ stake in South African project increases to 73.95%

By: Donna Slater     19th January 2022 ASX-listed Vanadium Resources (VR8) has received approval from the South African government to receive transfer of an interest of 23.95% in the Limpopo-based tier-one Steelpoortdrift vanadium project, thereby increasing VR8’s interest to 73.95%. As a result, VR8 will be receiving transfer of the... 

Tertiary raises £500 000 Nevada, Zambia exploration

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2022 Aim-listed Tertiary Minerals has raised £500 000 before expenses through a placing of over 294-million new ordinary shares in the company. The placing was arranged through the company's joint broker Peterhouse. 

Polish minister says Czechs to drop Turow complaint if deal signed

By: Reuters     19th January 2022 If the Czech government agrees to terms for resolving a dispute over the Turow lignite mine, it will withdraw its complaint to the European Union's top court, a Polish Minister said on Wednesday, striking an upbeat note about the latest round of talks. The two European Union neighbours have... 

Pan African achieves record interim gold production

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2022 JSE-listed Pan African Resources achieved record gold production in excess of 108 000 oz for the six months ended December 31, exceeding its previous expectations of producing 105 000 oz of gold. CEO Cobus Loots says the higher output was achieved while continuing to manage the impact of the... 

An image of Pan African Resources' Elikhulu
Elikhulu

Antofagasta sees lower 2022 copper production on water shortage

By: Reuters     19th January 2022 Chilean miner Antofagasta on Wednesday forecast annual copper production below 2021 levels, as operations continue to be impacted by Chile's driest weather in years. The London-listed miner, majority owned by Chile's Luksic family, said 2021 copper production fell 1.7% to 721 500 t, which was... 

Rainbow Rare Earths cements 70% share in Phalaborwa project

By: Donna Slater     19th January 2022 LSE-listed rare earths miner Rainbow Rare Earths reports that its 70% share in the 38.3-million-tonne Phalaborwa rare earths project, through an amendment to an agreement for co-development and join venturing in the project with Bosveld Phosphates, has been confirmed. When the joint venture (JV)... 

B2Gold reports record production

By: Mariaan Webb     19th January 2022 Canada-based bullion miner B2Gold has achieved its thirteenth consecutive year of record gold production, with output of 1.05-million ounces. The Toronto-listed company’s consolidated 2021 gold production from its three operating mines of 987 595 oz was near the top end of its revised guidance... 

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