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Simone Liedtke

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Sustainability to drive commodity markets for next ten years

16th April 2021 China's strong demand for commodities has shifted the global industry’s perspective away from developing market consumption to a focus on Chinese consumption, BlackRock MD Evy Hambro said during a discussion as part of this year’s virtual Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) Industry Day, on March 24.... 

Sibanye continues to increase geographical diversity through M&As, says Froneman

14th April 2021 While 2021 is looking like a solid year for precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater, executive director and CEO Neal Froneman has emphasised that the company will continue to increase its geographical diversity through value-accretive mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions. He noted during... 

Platinum price to rise as green hydrogen emerges as a new demand segment

14th April 2021 The rarity of platinum, combined with a decline in supply and overwhelming demand, is a formula for a build-up of a “perfect storm”, says independent precious metal consultant Dr David Davis, who says that this will lead to significant upward pressure on the price of platinum, to which investors... 

Tharisa on track to meet yearly production guidance

13th April 2021 A resilient production performance feeding into a strong pricing environment has kept dual-listed Tharisa on track to achieve its full-year guidance. Reporting on a “solid” quarter of production for the three months to March 31, Tharisa notes that platinum-group metals (PGMs) production was up... 

Mining output up by 0.8% y/y in February

13th April 2021 Total mining output (not seasonally adjusted) unexpectedly grew by 0.8% year-on-year in February after having contracted sharply by a downwardly revised 8.4% year-on-year in January. Nongold mining production grew by 2.4% year-on-year following a contraction of 7.8% year-on-year in January,... 

South African ferrochrome industry ‘running out of time’ as it fights for survival, sustainability

13th April 2021 South Africa’s ferrochrome industry has taken its first steps towards independent power generation, with plans to generate up to 750 MW of its own electricity (comprising wind, solar and cogenerated power) by 2024, Mining Weekly can report. The industry adds significant value to chrome ore by... 

Kibo advances Benga power project with Mozambique energy utility

12th April 2021 Africa-focused Kibo Energy and its local joint venture (JV) partners have agreed on the next steps towards the ultimate finalisation of a power purchase agreement (PPA) at the company’s Benga power plant project (BPPP), in Mozambique, following a discussion with Mozambique energy utility... 

Gauteng launches R23bn infrastructure project book

9th April 2021 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has published its priority projects, valued at R23-billion, for delivery in the next ten years as part of its contribution to an infrastructure-led economic recovery. Of the 67 projects, 13 are private developer contribution projects valued at... 

Equinox completes Premier Gold Mine acquisition, renames Hardrock project

8th April 2021 Dual-listed Equinox Gold has completed its acquisition of TSX-listed Premier Gold Mines, adding Premier's interest in the construction-ready Hardrock project in Ontario, Canada; the producing Mercedes mine, in Mexico; and the Hasaga and Rahill-Bonanza exploration properties, in Ontario, to the... 

Investors call on EPA, Congress to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay from mining impact

8th April 2021 Fifty investors, managing $105-billion in assets, released a letter on April 8 calling for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Congress to permanently protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, and the world’s largest wild salmon fishery, against large-scale mining. While recognising the... 

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