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Collaboration needed to make South African mining globally competitive again – CSIR 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2022 Concern about mineral resource scarcity is widespread and, at the same time, many countries, such as Australia, Canada and China, are investing significantly in strengthening their mining-related research, development and innovation (RDI) capabilities. “This makes cost and differentiation... 

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CSIR CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini

Creecy offers provinces help to process EIAs for 100 MW embedded projects 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy reports that she has written to provincial environment MECs to enquire whether they require any assistance in processing environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for embedded-generation projects that could help relieve pressure on the... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Grindrod and partners create new export route for Botswana coal 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2022 Grindrod’s Matola terminal at the Port of Maputo says it has welcomed its second coal train from Botswana. The terminal also managed to successfully discharge the 50 wagons using the terminal’s tipplers. The first train arrived at the port in April, marking a milestone for Grindrod’s Mozambican... 

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South Africa, Namibia among new African Green Hydrogen Alliance’s founding members

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2022 South Africa, Namibia and four other African countries on May 18 formally launched the Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance, with the aim to make the continent a frontrunner in the race to develop green hydrogen, to accelerate the transition away from a reliance on fossil fuels and to shift to new... 

An image showing hydrogen economy building blocks
Six African countries have formally launched the Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance to further the hydrogen economy

South32 targets 20% output growth by 2023

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2022 Diversified miner South32 is expecting production volumes to grow by nearly 20% in the next financial year, compared with its 2021 production levels. CEO Graham Kerr told delegates at the Bank of America Global Metals, Mining & Steel Conference that the growth in output targeted for 2023 would... 

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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Tharisa’s acquisition of Karo considered to be fair to shareholders

By: Darren Parker     18th May 2022 JSE-listed integrated resource group Tharisa’s acquisition of a controlling interest in platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Karo Mining Holdings, which was announced on March 31, has been ruled fair insofar as the shareholders of Tharisa are concerned. The group announced on May 18 that the... 

De Beers generates $604m in fourth sales cycle

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th May 2022 Diamond miner De Beers has generated $604-million in revenue for its fourth sales cycle of this year. This compares to revenue of $566-million recorded for the third sales cycle of of this year and $385-million for the fourth sales cycle of 2021.  

204 ct diamond recovered at Mothae

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2022 Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company has recovered a 204 ct white diamond at its Mothae mine, in Lesotho. The diamond was the eight stone of more than 100 ct recovered at Mothae, and the third of more than 200 ct, since the mine started commercial operations in 2019. 

Edenville seeks to end contract mining arrangement with NextGen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th May 2022 Aim-listed Edenville Energy is in discussions with NextGen Coalmine to vary the existing contract mining arrangement the companies have on the Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania, and to potentially take back control of the operations. Edenville believes this will enable the company to capture a... 

Uranium specialist Patrick Mutz joins Aura board

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2022 ASX- and Aim-listed Aura Energy has appointed Patrick Mutz as an independent nonexecutive director of the company, effective May 18. Aura is focused on the development of its 85%-owned Tiris uranium project, in Mauritania. 

Cora records positive drilling results at Mali project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2022 2022 drill programme at its Sanankoro gold project, in southern Mali, and CEO Bert Monro says the latest results from Zone B North once again show shallow oxide mineralisation of good widths and grade. Reverse circulation (RC) drilling highlights from Zone B North include 17 m at 2.85 g/t gold... 

Caterpillar eyes energy transition as growth driver for mining business

By: Reuters     18th May 2022 Construction equipment maker Caterpillar believes demand for critical minerals as the clean energy transition gathers pace will translate to solid returns for its mining business, CEO Jim Umpleby said in an interview on Tuesday. The company is aiming at a global market worth about $5-trillion for... 

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18th May 2022 This week: Murray & Roberts continues raise boring activities in Africa; CSIR working on multitude of new tech, world-class capabilities; and, Mandela Mining Precinct focusing on rebuilding mineral extraction industry 

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Vale-BHP JV Samarco's financial creditors plan to take over the company

By: Reuters     18th May 2022 An alternate restructuring plan for Samarco Mineracao SA, a joint venture between Vale and BHP Group, proposes that financial creditors take control of the company. The plan filed by a group of bondholders is expected to replace Samarco's debt restructuring proposal, which was rejected last... 

Critical Elements produces battery grade lithium hydroxide

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2022 TSX-V-listed Critical Elements Lithium has successfully produced battery-grade lithium hydroxide in a pilot plant programme, converting spodumene concentrate from the Rose project, in Quebec, into battery grade lithium hydroxide using a thermal leaching process. The pilot plant conversion... 

Gold refiner to stop working with mines that miss carbon goals

By: Bloomberg     18th May 2022 One of the world’s biggest gold refineries will look to stop sourcing metal from mines that fail to meet standards on carbon emissions. MKS PAMP plans to curb emissions that come from its supply chain by 27.5% before the end of the decade, the company said in a statement Wednesday. As a result... 

Cooper Energy plans future at Otway hub

18th May 2022 ASX-listed Cooper Energy on Wednesday revealed growth aspirations for its offshore Otway gas hub, with new gas targeted for 2025. Cooper Energy told shareholders that completion of the upgrade to the Athena gas plant and the cutover from the Iona gas plant to the Athena gas plant in December... 

Copper prices slip on lingering global slowdown worries

By: Reuters     18th May 2022 Copper prices fell on Wednesday, as bets of big US rate hikes following hawkish comments from Federal Reserve officials, and a recent batch of weak economic readings from China put focus back on global economic growth concerns. Benchmark three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) was... 

Minto Metals signs offtake extension agreement with Sumitomo

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2022 TSX-V-listed Minto Metals has entered into an offtake extension agreement with Japan’s Sumitomo, which has agreed to buy all the copper concentrate produced at the Minto mine, in Yukon, for an additional four years. The agreement is for 50 000 dmt/y of concentrate and will be effective  until... 

SRG wins major contract with Alcoa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2022 Mining services provider SRG Global has been awarded a A$95-million civil infrastructure maintenance term contract with aluminium major Alcoa. The services will be provided at Alcoa’s Kwinana alumina refinery in Western Australia with a contract duration of five years comprising an initial... 

WA invests more into mining research

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2022 The Western Australian government has pledged a further A$6-million in funding over the next four years to the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) to enable it to progress research for the mining industry. In addition to the work already underway on the Net Zero Emission... 

Mountain Province discovers kimberlites at Kennady North

By: Mariaan Webb     18th May 2022 Diamond miner Mountain Province has discovered kimberlite in three of four targets tested at its Kennady North project, which surrounds the Gahcho Kué mine, in Northwest Territories. The company is midstride a 6 000 m drill programme, with 3 000 m having been completed. 

Champion Iron spots pellets opportunity in Sept-Iles, Québec

By: Mariaan Webb     18th May 2022 Canada-based iron-ore miner Champion Iron has announced the acquisition of the Pointe Noire pelletising plant, located next door to the port facilities that it currently uses, with a view of recommissioning the plant to produce direct reduction-grade pellets. A subsidiary of Champion will buy... 

MRC looks to partner with Mitsubishi in Europe

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2022 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) has struck a memorandum of understanding with Japanese major Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) to collaborate on graphitic anode materials supply in Europe. The two companies will explore collaboration opportunities under two phases. 

Kingsgate increases Chatree reserves

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2022 ASX-listed Kingsgate Consolidated has reported a 46% increase in the ore reserve at its Chatree gold mine, in Thailand. The ore reserves have increased to 1.3-million ounces of gold up from 0.89-million ounces of gold. Furthermore, silver ore reserves have increased from 8.3-million ounces to... 

BHP targets Jansen start in 2026

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2022 Diversified miner BHP is hoping to accelerate production at Stag1 of its Jansen potash project, in Canada. CEO Mike Henry told the Bank of America Global Metals, Mining & Steel Conference, that first production from the $5.7-billion Stage 1 project could be accelerated from 2027 to 2026.  

The Jansen project, in Canada
Photo by BHP
The Jansen project, in Canada

Forrest retakes reins at Fortescue as Gaines steps aside

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2022 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals on Wednesday announced a swathe of changes to its leadership structure, which will see founder Dr Andrew Forrest retake leadership once current CEO Elizabeth Gaines steps aside in August. Forrest will specifically be overseeing Fortescue’s iron-ore business, in... 

Andrew Forrest
Andrew Forrest

Ten percent of workers at Indian-owned Mozambique coal mine are on strike

By: Reuters     18th May 2022 Over 500 workers at a coal mine in Mozambique owned by a subsidiary of an Indian company have been on strike for a week, the company said in a statement on Tuesday, hurting coal production at a time of peak coal prices. The striking workers, who make up around 10% of the 5 300-strong workforce at... 

Burkina Faso rescuers find no survivors in flooded mine's rescue chamber

By: Reuters     17th May 2022 Rescue workers have found no survivors in a rescue chamber deep inside a flooded zinc mine in Burkina Faso, the government and the mine owner said on Tuesday, all but extinguishing hope that eight missing miners could still be alive after a month. The Perkoa mine, owned by Canadian firm Trevali... 

An image showing one of the galleries during a rescue operation inside Perkoa mine where water is still being pumped out, four weeks after a flood trapped eight miners inside the galleries, in Perkoa, Burkina Faso.
A view shows one of the galleries during a rescue operation inside Perkoa mine where water is still being pumped out, four weeks after a flood trapped eight miners inside the galleries, in Perkoa, Burkina Faso.

Record-breaking emerald Chipembele showcased at Gem Geneva

By: Donna Slater     17th May 2022 An emerald recovered at Gemfields' Zambia-based Kagem mine – which broke the Guinness World Record for being the largest uncut emerald ever found, as verified on April 22 – was showcased during a special ceremony of gem and jewellery show Gem Geneva this month. The special ceremony was held on... 

At Gem Geneva with Chipembele and the Guinness World Record certification, from the left are Liran Eshed (Eshed – Gemstar), Elena Basaglia (Gemfields), Avraham Eshed and Lior Eshed (Eshed – Gemstar).
At Gem Geneva with Chipembele and the Guinness World Record certification, from the left are Liran Eshed (Eshed – Gemstar), Elena Basaglia (Gemfields), Avraham Eshed and Lior Eshed (Eshed – Gemstar).

Ghana starts gold purchase programme to strengthen currency

By: Reuters     17th May 2022 Ghana has started a bulk purchase programme to buy gold locally to raise the gold component of its reserves, Central Bank Governor Ernest Addison said on Tuesday, in a bid to strengthen the cedi currency without increasing inflation. "We have started a bulk purchase program, domestic, where we... 

PGI’s latest jewellery review shows continued demand for premium platinum products

By: Darren Parker     17th May 2022 Market development organisation Platinum Guild International (PGI) has released its latest Platinum Jewellery Business Review (PJBR), in which it highlighted platinum’s prestigious image among jewellery retailers across the globe and their customers. “Platinum’s unique qualities continue to... 

a platinum ring

UP Centre for Future of Work to produce publications, provide advisory services and training

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 The Centre for the Future of Work (CFoW), launched by the University of Pretoria (UP) on May 17, will be Africa’s centre of excellence on the future of work, producing scientific and popular publications, advisory services and training, said CFoW director and UP Faculty of Economic and Management... 

Aton encouraged by high-grade North Ridge mineralisation of Rodruin

By: Donna Slater     17th May 2022 Egypt-focussed gold explorer Aton Resources’ Phase 2 drilling of the previously untested North Ridge site of the Rodruin prospect, which started in November 2021, has to date, resulted in gold mineralisation of 8.74 g/t and 29.4 g/t being discovered over 12 m. In 2018, Aton undertook a 50-hole... 

Cobalt for use in EVs outstrips other end uses for first time in 2021

By: Donna Slater     17th May 2022 Last year, the cobalt market grew in an unprecedented fashion, rising 22% on the year prior, with this upward trend expected to continue, rising by about 13% a year for the next five years, says cobalt sustainability organisation the Cobalt Institute. For the first time, cobalt demand from... 

Minexx appoints responsible sourcing manager

By: Donna Slater     17th May 2022 Minerals blockchain platform Minexx has appointed Dominique Kayigire responsible sourcing manager – a newly created position – to further accelerate the company’s ability to secure mineral supply chains, from being mined to the point at which they are used in electronic products.   He joins... 

Law firm drawing on giga-scale hydrogen project experience to derisk new ventures  

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2022 Lack of expertise about getting giga-scale hydrogen projects off the ground is a big problem in the industry, say Allen & Overy South Africa’s Alessandra Pardini and Alexandra Cluver, who believe they know how best it should be done from experience gained through project managing three of the... 

International law firm speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on giga-scale hydrogen projects. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

US coal companies struggle to cash in on Europe crunch

By: Reuters     17th May 2022  US coal producers are seeking to boost exports to cash in on soaring prices since Russia's invasion of Ukraine but face big headwinds including shipping bottlenecks, labor shortages, and a dismal long-term outlook discouraging investments in new mines. The outlook means the United States, which... 

US coal companies struggle to cash in on Europe crunch

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