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Darren Parker

Darren Parker

Darren Parker is a Creamer Media Contributing Editor Online for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Toubani strengthens its board as it advances Kobada DFS

Updated 2 hours 16 minutes ago

ASX-listed Toubani Resources has announced several changes to its board of directors and study management team to drive the delivery of the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Kobada gold... 

Perseus gets back to drilling in Sudan as conflict eases

Updated 3 hours ago

ASX- and TSX-listed Perseus Mining has restarted drilling work at its Meyas Sands gold project, in Sudan. This initial drill programme, which restarted on May 20, is aimed at testing high-priority... 

syrah balama process plant

Graphite market challenges made 2023 tough for Syrah but the future looks promising

24th May 2024

Unforeseen graphite market developments in 2023 cast a shadow on ASX-listed Syrah’s Balama graphite project’s sales and production momentum, while highlighting the company’s strategic position in... 

MC Mining acknowledges Goldway’s plans to buy all outstanding shares

24th May 2024

ASX-, JSE- and Aim-listed MC Mining has acknowledged the announcement made on May 22 by investment firm Goldway Capital Investment regarding an offer to compulsorily buy out certain ordinary shares... 

tailings dam

Municipalities, mines share the risk of tailings failures – SRK

24th May 2024

Municipalities share the risk of tailings dam failure with mines, consulting firm SRK Consulting has pointed out, noting that the latest global standards reiterate how municipalities must play an... 

pylon at sunset

Genuine progress behind easing of loadshedding – energy council

24th May 2024

The current loadshedding reprieve is not a result of excessive diesel burning to pacify voters but rather a consequence of government and business coming together to made headway in solving South... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Scaled-up infrastructure spend key to success of industrial policy – Patel

24th May 2024

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has called for rapid scaling up of infrastructure spending, among other urgent initiatives, to ensure current industrial policy can succeed.... 

madison drilling campaign at Khan

Madison begins drilling at Namibian uranium project

23rd May 2024

Toronto-based Madison Metals has started its maiden 2024 drill programme at the Khan project at Madison West in Namibia’s Erongo uranium province.  In April, the company announced that it had... 

Cullinan diamond mine

Petra signs PPAs to procure wheeled renewable energy for Cullinan, Finsch

23rd May 2024

Diamond producer Petra Diamonds has entered into long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the procurement of wheeled renewable energy for its Cullinan and Finsch diamond mines from licenced... 

JSE primary markets business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster

More funding mechanisms needed to support juniors in early stage exploration, panel says

22nd May 2024

South Africa needs more funding mechanisms to support junior mining at an early stage of exploration, Bedrock Capital CEO Messu Mwaniki said on May 21 at the Junior Indaba in Johannesburg. “I think... 

Malan Scholes director Hulmes Scholes

ESG just a new way of reporting on what mining companies have already been doing for years, panel says

21st May 2024

When considering the challenges involved in junior mining companies living up to increasingly stringent environmental, social and governance (ESG) requirements and reporting standards, mining and... 

Kefi announces launch of Tulu Kapi project

20th May 2024

Aim-listed gold and copper exploration and development company Kefi has announced that the Tulu Kapi Gold Mines (TKGM) board has formally launched the project. "Our launch timing is fortuitously... 

A chinchilla

Salares Norte project section temporarily put on hold to ensure chinchilla protection

20th May 2024

NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields has announced that its Salares Norte project, in Chile, has received an urgent and transitionary measure (MUT) from Chile’s Superintendence of Environment (SMA).... 

European Ferrochrome Benchmark price to be discontinued

20th May 2024

JSE-listed chrome producer Merafe Resources has advised that the quarterly European Ferrochrome Benchmark (EUBM) price will be discontinued with effect from June. The company will, therefore, no... 

Wits School of Mining Engineering Professor Fred Cawood

Greater man/machine collaboration needed as AI, automation evolve – Cawood

17th May 2024

In the new world of digitised and automated mining that is headed towards increased dependence on AI to solve problems and facilitate complex processes, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)... 

blast furnace at AMSA

AMSA to convert one Vanderbijlpark blast furnace into an electric arc furnace by 2028

17th May 2024

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Kobus Verster has confirmed that the company will be converting one of its three blast furnaces into an electric arc furnace (EAF) within the next... 

AMSA's Vanderbijl Park facility with open ground in the foreground

AMSA expects to break ground on Vanderbijlpark’s 200 MW solar plant this year

17th May 2024

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is planning to start construction on a 200 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at its Vanderbijlpark facility, in Gauteng, towards the end of the... 

russian phosphate

Large igneous phosphate resource in Norway could redefine EU critical minerals supply chain

16th May 2024

Norwegian mining and exploration company Norge Mineraler chairperson John Vergopoulos says the discovery of a large igneous phosphate deposit sets the company apart as a key supplier of raw... 

Automated mining vehicles

Half of mining industry still resisting AI integration

15th May 2024

At least half of heavy machinery users within the global mining industry still rely primarily on manual supply chain management tools, with 40% still using manual tools for operational planning,... 

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Execution risk to Anglo’s restructure plan substantial – WoodMac

15th May 2024

Mining major Anglo American has accelerated its portfolio planning in the wake of rejecting fellow mining major BHP’s second bid proposal of $42.2-billion (£34-billion), or £27.70 a share, in a... 

platinum ingots

PGMs to face continued supply constraints, low prices – report

14th May 2024

Precious metals consultancy Metals Focus’ new ‘Platinum Group Metals (PGM) Focus 2024’ report, which offers a comprehensive analysis of the PGM industry, indicates that the rest of the year will be... 

Lexington renews Jelani prospecting right to 2026

13th May 2024

Aim-listed Lexington Gold has announced that the prospecting right owned by Jelani Resources has now been formally renewed until May 29, 2026. This follows on the back of announcements made on May... 

lithium ore

Zimbabwe leading the sub-Saharan African lithium mining boom

13th May 2024

The past three years have witnessed a surge in hard-rock pegmatite lithium mining activity across Southern Africa, according to consultancy firm AmaranthCX. “While Zimbabwe has emerged as the... 

Mkango executives’ salaries cut by up to 50% until September

10th May 2024

Aim-listed Mkango Resources has cut the salaries of its executive management team by between 25% and 50% from April through to September. This comes as part of the company’s cost cutting... 

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Froneman confident PGM prices will rebound once temporary decline abates

10th May 2024

Multinational mining and metals processing group Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman remains confident that the platinum group metals (PGM) price outlook is fundamentally positive and that the... 

Sibanye underground workers

Sibanye reports lowest serious injury rate in its history for the first quarter

10th May 2024

JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater has reported its lowest group serious injury frequency rate (SIFR) in its history for the first quarter, ended March 31. The SIFR of 2.19 was 15% lower than... 

Gold bars

April was strong for gold but ‘stagflation’ concerns abound – WGC

8th May 2024

According to the World Gold Council (WGC), gold had another good month in April, posting a 4% gain and ending the month at $2 307/oz. “Unlike March, gold finished off its intra-month high from... 

Sovereign reports ‘excellent’ graphite testwork results

8th May 2024

ASX- and Aim-listed Sovereign has reported “excellent” results from graphite testwork completed at multiple independent laboratories in Australia, Canada and South Africa using a conventional... 

Tietto urges shareholders to accept Zhaojin bid or sell their shares

8th May 2024

Hong Kong-based Zhaojin Capital has obtained enough acceptances for its off-market takeover bid to control the composition of ASX-listed Tietto Minerals’ board. As of May 6, Zhaojin held about... 

The Khan project in Namibia

Khan project exceeding Madison CEO’s expectations

8th May 2024

Uranium exploration and development company Madison Metals CEO Duane Parnham has said the latest findings from the company’s Khan uranium exploration project at Madison West, in the Erongo uranium... 


Orion Minerals in final stages of Okiep acquisition

6th May 2024

ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals has reached the final stages of its acquisition of a controlling interest in the Okiep copper project, located about 570 km north of Cape Town in the Northern... 

Coal train

TFR ramps up coal trains to 28 a week

3rd May 2024

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has embarked on a ramp up of GF-class coal trains from 21 a week to 28 a week, supported by an injection of locomotives. This is part of Transnet’s recovery... 

ABB engineer working on ABB drives and motors

ABB becomes minority investor in GridBeyond

3rd May 2024

Technology company ABB has joined investors EDP, ESB, TotalEnergies, Act and DublinBIC in becoming an investor in energy management solutions company GridBeyond, which uses artificial intelligence... 

Zimplats CEO Alexander Mhembere

Zimplats to become cash generative in next financial year despite challenging environment, CEO says

3rd May 2024

Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Zimplats CEO Alexander Mhembere is confident about the company’s ability to become cash-generative in the next financial year, which starts in July, despite the... 

A graph showing the heat stress and drought riks of various commodities

Critical minerals, food crops at risk of climate disruption by 2050, report shows

30th April 2024

More than 70% of critical minerals needed for the transition to net zero emissions will be at risk from climate disruption by 2050, professional services firm PwC says. The firm's latest report,... 

Aterian sells portion of its royalty over Rwanda lithium project

29th April 2024

London-listed critical metal-focused exploration and development company Aterian has sold its portion of the net smelter return royalty (NSR) over the HCK lithium project, in Rwanda, for £200 000.... 

Altona appoints David Catterall as Sesana project consultant

29th April 2024

London-listed Altona Rare Earths has appointed David Catterall as a consultant, with a special focus on the company's Sesana copper/silver project, in Botswana, where he will work closely with CEO... 

Ongoing Douta exploration efforts

Thor reports lower revenue, profits for 2023

29th April 2024

Gold mining and exploration company Thor Explorations has reported a $24-million year-on-year decrease in revenue from $165.2-million in 2022 to $141.2-million for the year ended December 31, 2023.... 

Sibanye-Stillwater COO Richard Stewart

Collaboration crucial to ensuring PGM industry’s success

26th April 2024

Creating greater synergies between competing platinum group metal (PGM) companies might be the only way for the industry to survive the current economic downturn, diversified miner... 

Memsa CEO Lehlohonolo Molloyi

Creativity, innovation keep South Africa’s mining tech manufacturing industry competitive

25th April 2024

An admirable degree of creativity exists within the South African mining technology and equipment manufacturing sector, giving manufacturers the necessary flexibility to weather the significant... 

rough diamonds being sorted using tweezers

Diamond council urges industry to transition to revised System Of Warranties urgently

24th April 2024

The World Diamond Council’s (WDC’s) revised System of Warranties (SoW) is set to reach its first critical deadline on September 21, when it becomes obligatory for all rough diamond sales.   “We... 

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