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Sandfire sets its sights on building a new copper production hub in Botswana

1st December 2020 ASX-listed Sandfire Resources has taken the decision to proceed with the $259-million development of the T3 Motheo copper/silver project, in Botswana, following the completion of a positive definitive feasibility study (DFS) on a base case 3.2-million-tonne-a-year operation, with "clear... 

Lack of publicly available cadastre impeding future mining potential – Miller

1st December 2020 The South African junior mining, and particularly prospecting, sector will continue its rapid degradation if the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) continues to refuse to publicly release information pertaining to national mining and prospecting rights, says mining supply sales... 

Metal prices expected to average higher in 2021 amid recovery from Covid-19 – Fitch Solutions

1st December 2020 Financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) expects miners and metal producers to experience a more favourable pricing environment in 2021 with nearly all mineral and metal prices forecast to average higher on a... 

De Beers sets goal to become carbon-neutral by 2030

1st December 2020 Diamond miner De Beers on November 30 launched its 12 Building Forever goals, which focus on ethical practices across the diamond industry, partnering to boost communities, putting in place structures to protect the natural world and accelerating equal opportunity. The 12 “ambitious”... 

Covid-19 accelerates energy transition – PwC

27th November 2020 Assurance, advisory and tax services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reports – through its newly released Africa Oil & Gas Review, titled Energising a New Tomorrow – that the rampant spread of the Covid-19 pandemic globally has resulted in galvanising of commitments to a green energy... 

New markets expected to drive cobalt demand

26th November 2020 Although faced with many challenges, UK-based research group Benchmark Minerals forecasts that growth in the battery sector will drive cobalt demand, outweighing falling cobalt intensities in individual cells. As such, it forecasts the battery industry will require a further 100 000 t of the... 

Bombardier locomotives pass 10m kilometre mark on South African rail lines

26th November 2020 Mobility technology company Bombardier Transportation reports that, as of November 26, its locomotive fleet provided to State-owned logistics company Transnet has successfully completed ten-million kilometres in service since operations began in December 2017. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in... 

Northam completes R1.33bn book building note placement

26th November 2020 JSE-listed platinum group metals miner Northam has completed a private placement of domestic medium-term notes to the value of R1.33-billion in a bookbuild that was oversubscribed by 33%, under Northam’s R15-billion domestic medium-term note (DMTN) programme. The proceeds from the issuance of... 

Anglo, Minerals Council gear up to combat gender-based violence

25th November 2020 The mining industry is taking further steps to address gender-based violence (GBV), with diversified miner Anglo American introducing wide-ranging measures to address GBV and harassment across its mines and mining communities in South Africa. In addition, the Minerals Council South Africa... 

Power Metal completes drilling of first hole at Kalahari Key project

20th November 2020 Aim-listed metals exploration and development company Power Metal Resources has completed the drilling of the first hole at Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration's Molopo Farms Complex (MFC) project, in Botswana. 

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