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Minister for Resources Madeleine King

Australia expands list of critical minerals key to transition

17th December 2023

Australia expanded its list of critical minerals deemed crucial to its energy transition and national security needs as the country boosts the strategically and economically important sector. The... 


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Nedbank, Norfund to lend Pele Green R2.5bn for renewable power plants

14th December 2023

Pele Green Energy has secured R2.5-billion in funding from lenders including Nedbank Group to help it build renewable power plants including one ordered by Anglo American Platinum. The other... 


Billionaire Adani’s new copper foray to further tighten world's ore supply

Billionaire Adani’s new copper foray to further tighten world's ore supply

14th December 2023

The planned start of billionaire Gautam Adani’s copper plant in India next year will spur a sharp rise in imports of concentrate, further tightening the global supply of ore on which smelters... 


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Sasol says investors critical of its climate record have ‘flawed understanding’

14th December 2023

Sasol has hit back at investors who said they would reject its climate-change report at an annual general meeting last month, before it was abandoned because of a protest. The petrochemicals... 


The Cerro Matoso operation in Colombia

South32 invokes force majeure at Colombia ferro-nickel operation

14th December 2023

South32 invoked force majeure at its Colombian nickel operations as community protesters block the movement of people and supplies to the giant open pit mine and smelter. “This affects all our... 


An Eskom run coal-fired power station

Eskom set for seventh full-year loss as power cuts grip South Africa

13th December 2023

South Africa’s Eskom Holdings is on track to post its seventh consecutive full-year loss as the utility crumbles under the weight of its debt pile and high financing costs, poor plant performance... 


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South Africa aims to fire up economic growth with port, rail revival

13th December 2023

South Africa’s government and the business community set a target of boosting the economic growth rate by as much as six percentage points by fixing the country’s collapsing ports and freight-rail... 


COP28 president Dr Sultan Al Jaber

COP28 ends with deal on transition away from fossil fuels

13th December 2023

The COP28 climate talks in Dubai ended in a deal that saw a commitment to transition away from all fossil fuels for the first time. The president of this year’s UN-sponsored summit, the UAE’s... 


As Chile prepares to open lithium assets, this Canadian miner is ready to pounce

13th December 2023

Wealth Minerals is lining up funding for lithium drilling and testing in Chile as the Vancouver-based firm waits for the government there to disclose rules for new production areas. Financing... 


US sanctions Russian metals magnate Sviblov and gold, zinc firms

US sanctions Russian metals magnate Sviblov and gold, zinc firms

13th December 2023

The US imposed sanctions on Russian mining magnate Vladislav Sviblov and several mining companies connected to him, including one that’s developing one of the world’s largest zinc mines. The... 


Consolidation has played a central role with gold giant Newmont securing a A$28.8-billion deal this year to buy Australian rival Newcrest Mining.

Record resources deals rescue a dim year for Australian bankers

13th December 2023

Energy and mining deals have dominated Australia’s dealmaking scene like never before this year. About $A111.3-billion ($73-billion) of energy and mining deals have been announced in Australia... 


How coal giant Colombia is trying to wean its economy off fossil fuels

How coal giant Colombia is trying to wean its economy off fossil fuels

12th December 2023

Colombia has become the first major coal producer to join a group of nations calling for the end of fossil fuels, in a bid to escape the economic trap it could face as the world ditches the... 


The world’s copper supply is suddenly looking scarce

The world’s copper supply is suddenly looking scarce

12th December 2023

A forecast surplus of copper going into 2024 has suddenly all but disappeared. The next couple of years were supposed to be a time of plenty for copper, thanks to a series of big new projects... 


US House approves Russian uranium import ban

US House approves Russian uranium import ban

12th December 2023

The US House voted Monday to approve legislation that would bar the importation of enriched Russian uranium, sending the measure to the Senate where it has support but limited time for passage this... 


BHP workers consider strike action at some Australian mines

BHP workers consider strike action at some Australian mines

11th December 2023

Workers critical to the operation of five Australian coal mines owned by BHP Group are readying to vote on industrial action that could involve strikes before the end of the year, the AFR reported,... 


There’s a way to quit coal without wrecking jobs and communities

8th December 2023

It’s a persistent global conundrum: Can policymakers close coal mines and power plants without ruining local economies in the process? In August, a delegation of Vietnamese officials looking to... 


Chilean copper smelter project drawing interest from China

8th December 2023

Chinese groups are exploring the possibility of participating in a copper smelting project in Chile — some of them in a bid to lock in supplies of a key metal in the energy transition. Officials... 


SA may need $136bn for energy transition – study

8th December 2023

South Africa cannot escape the need to spend significantly on new wind and solar power plants, a BloombergNEF study shows. Under a range of scenarios considered by researchers the country may need... 


EU carbon tax could cost Africa $25bn, AfDB chief says

7th December 2023

Africa could lose as much as $25-billion annually due to the European Union’s new carbon border tax, hurting the continent’s trade by penalizing valued-added exports such as iron and fertilizers,... 


China’s CMOC says geopolitics helped drive Australian mine sale

China’s CMOC says geopolitics helped drive Australian mine sale

7th December 2023

Chinese copper and cobalt miner CMOC Group, which sold a controlling stake in its Northparkes mine in Australia earlier this week, said a changing geopolitical situation was one of the reasons for... 


G-7 to ban Russian diamonds starting next year

G-7 to ban Russian diamonds starting next year

7th December 2023

Group of Seven nations have agreed to ban Russian diamond imports from the start of next year in the latest move to curb Russia’s ability to fund its invasion of Ukraine. While the G-7 and its... 


Russian uranium import ban teed up for US house floor vote

7th December 2023

Legislation that would bar the import of enriched Russian uranium into the US has been teed up for a vote in the US House of Representatives. The Prohibiting Russian Uranium Imports Act, by... 


Chile targets 1Mt copper boost in tightening market

Chile targets 1Mt copper boost in tightening market

7th December 2023

Chile is targeting an acceleration of its nascent copper-production recovery over the coming years in what would help fill a predicted supply gap as the energy transition spurs demand for the... 


Surge in lithium stocks raise hope rout in EV metal almost done

6th December 2023

A sudden jump in the share prices of Chinese lithium producers is spurring optimism that a rout in the electric vehicle battery metal may be coming to an end. China’s two biggest producers —... 


Deadly attack spurs plea for Peru crackdown on unlicensed mines

6th December 2023

Mining executives in Peru are imploring authorities to crack down on escalating violence by informal miners, which this weekend cost the lives of nine staff members of a large, legal gold mine.... 


Eskom's Duvha power station in Mpumalanga

Eskom, Sasol pollution harms children, government studies find

6th December 2023

Two studies ordered by South Africa’s government into the impact of air pollution on community and child health showed emission limits it imposed on companies that emit the toxins are insufficient.... 


Investors are seeing past 75% lithium plunge, Chile’s Enami says

Investors are seeing past 75% lithium plunge, Chile’s Enami says

6th December 2023

Chile’s State-owned Enami will be in a position to choose a partner for a sprawling lithium project by mid next year, saying a plunge in prices of the battery metal hasn’t damped the interest of... 


Global coal use at power plants will peak in 2023, Rystad says

Global coal use at power plants will peak in 2023, Rystad says

6th December 2023

Global power-production from coal will peak this year as surging deployment of renewables displaces the dirtiest fossil fuel, according to research from Rystad Energy. Burning coal will produce... 


Congo government extends suspension of ERG’s Boss Mining

5th December 2023

The Democratic Republic of Congo extended the suspension of Eurasian Resources Group’s Boss Mining copper and cobalt project for at least three months amid ongoing environmental and safety... 


Mining giant Vale says China can't control price of iron-ore

Mining giant Vale says China can't control price of iron-ore

5th December 2023

China may be the world’s biggest buyer of iron ore, but even that powerful position doesn’t mean that Beijing can succeed in dictating prices for the steelmaking ingredient, said the head of No. 2... 


Gold being poured

Blank-cheque firm in talks to merge with South African gold mine

5th December 2023

Rigel Resource Acquisition Corp, a New York-listed blank-cheque company, is in talks to combine with a South African gold miner, people with knowledge of the matter said. The deal could value... 


Codelco appoints new CFO, strategy head to navigate copper woes

5th December 2023

World No. 1 copper supplier Codelco appointed new heads of finance and strategy as the Chilean state copper behemoth battles slumping production and rising debt. Alejandro Sanhueza will become... 


Zimbabwe uses platinum to pay back $400m Afreximbank debt

4th December 2023

Zimbabwe is using the proceeds of its platinum exports to settle a $400-million loan from the African Export-Import Bank as the indebted nation turns to its mineral wealth to open lines of credit.... 


Senator Joe Manchin

Manchin slams Biden’s EV tax credit rules as soft on China

4th December 2023

New rules from the Biden administration to limit a lucrative consumer tax credit for electric vehicles that contain ingredients from China and other foreign adversaries drew the wrath of Senator... 


Gold price hits an all-time high

Gold price hits an all-time high

4th December 2023

For many investors, gold is looking hot right now. The precious metal just touched an intraday record $2 135.39 an ounce thanks in part to its haven status: The more volatile the world gets, the... 


Nine dead in Peru’s Poderosa mine after armed men raid

4th December 2023

Nine people died and 15 were injured after a raid by a group of armed men in the Poderosa mine facilities in the province of Pataz, Peru, the Interior Ministry said in a statement late Saturday.... 


TechMet CEO Brian Menell

US gives $50m boost to critical minerals investor TechMet

1st December 2023

A US government agency has given investment firm TechMet an additional $50-million to support the company’s focus on critical minerals. The backing from the US International Development Finance... 


Image of Barbara Creecy

South Africa warns others not to go from electricity to darkness

1st December 2023

One of the architects of South Africa’s groundbreaking deal with rich nations to move more quickly away from coal sounded a note of caution to other countries considering similar agreements.... 


Copper climbs to 11-week high on Panama mine risk, shortfall

Copper climbs to 11-week high on Panama mine risk, shortfall

1st December 2023

Copper advanced to the highest level in 11 weeks on concerns over the looming shutdown of a large mine in Panama and amid expectations of a widening ore supply deficit in 2024. The Panama... 


First Quantum risks covenant breach, cost cuts if Panama shuts important copper mine

First Quantum risks covenant breach, cost cuts if Panama shuts important copper mine

1st December 2023

First Quantum Minerals could be forced to slow spending next year and face a potential breach of debt covenants if Panama follows through on plans to close a copper mine that generated roughly... 


Lithium slump has room to run as bearish bets mount in Guangzhou

Lithium slump has room to run as bearish bets mount in Guangzhou

30th November 2023

The swift and brutal decline in lithium prices may still have room to run as bearish bets mount on the Chinese futures market that trades the battery metal. Prices on the Guangzhou Futures... 


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