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Kore brings Sepco on board for Kola project construction

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th June 2022 Dual-listed Kore Potash has signed a heads of agreement (HoA) with Sepco Electric Power Construction Corporation to build the Kola potash project, in Congo-Brazzaville. Sepco is an engineering partner of the Summit Consortium, which, in turn, has a memorandum of understanding in place with Kore... 

Rainbow to patent innovative rare earth extraction method

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th June 2022 London-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has completed a process flowsheet to efficiently extract rare earth elements from the phosphogypsum stacks at its Phalaborwa project, in South Africa. Rainbow developed the extraction process alongside US-based K-Technologies, following extensive test work by the... 

Two recently appointed Firefinch directors quit

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2022 Australia-based Firefinch on Tuesday announced that its two recently appointed nonexecutive directors had resigned. Liz Wall and Naomi Scott, whose appointments were announced at the end of May, had resigned with effect from Monday, the ASX-listed company said, without providing reasons for the... 

Gordhan says Eskom, unions reach wage agreement; hopes second day of Stage 6 load-shedding can be avoided 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     28th June 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday evening said he was hopeful that Eskom would be able to avoid implementing Stage 6 load-shedding for a second day on Wednesday, after the power utility and unions had reached a wage agreement earlier in the day. Eskom on Tuesday afternoon... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Power trip: While Stage 4 drags on some unions want Pravin, but Eskom heads to CCMA

By: News24Wire      28th June 2022 While Eskom has put its plans in motion to end protests that have disrupted its operations and break the deadlock at its wage talks, unions in the negotiations are split on whether the impasse may need an intervention from Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Historically, an intervention... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Resource Mining Corp starts maiden drilling in Tanzania

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2022 ASX-listed exploration company Resource Mining Corporation has started a maiden drilling programme for 18 reverse circulation holes at the Kabulwanyele nickel project, in Tanzania. The 1 000 m drill programme is testing a 2 km strike anomaly that was identified from prior soil and rock sampling... 

Deep-South nears final hearing in Haib licence renewal case

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2022 TSX-V-listed Deep-South Resources has advised that the hearing held on June 23, in its matter against Namibia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy , resulted in the court ordering the parties to file their case management reports by June 27. The next case management hearing will be held on June 30.  

Cora welcomes lead investor's continued support

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th June 2022 West Africa-focused gold company Cora Gold, which is developing its flagship Sanankoro project, in Mali, has confirmed that it has the continued support of lead investor Lionhead Capital Advisors. Cora and Lionhead in September 2021 entered into a $25-million mandate and term sheet to fund the... 

Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2022 Going forward, combined renewables plans already in place are poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Exxaro Resources’s Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo by up to 90%. The renewable strategy being executed by coal miner Exxaro’s wholly owned green energy arm – Cennergi – is the key driver of the... 

Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro/Cennergi MD energy Roland Tatnall interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer,

African Gold rebrands as Toubani

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th June 2022 TSX-V-listed Africa Gold Group has changed its name to Toubani Resources to better reflect its strategic focus on the development of the Kobada project, in Mali, and its ambition to dual list on the ASX. Toubani reflects the name of a popular bird in the Malinke language, president and CEO Danny... 

Optimisation study slices half-a-billion dollars off Kola project’s capital cost  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2022 Dual-listed Kore Potash has announced that the capital cost estimation for its Kola potash project, in Congo-Brazzaville, has decreased by $520-million to $1.8-billion, following the completion of an optimisation study on the project. Sepco Electric Power Construction Corporation undertook the... 

A photo of potash ore

Kefi refutes media reports that it lost its Tulu Kapi licence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th June 2022 Aim-listed Kefi Gold and Copper says media in Ethiopia have inaccurately reported that it had lost its Tulu Kapi licence. It notes that it has received a reminder of deadline letter from the Ethiopia Minister of Mines referring to a new deadline of June 30, by which it is required to demonstrate... 

Numsa shopsteward at Implats contractor murdered

By: News24Wire      27th June 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said that one of its shopstewards, Mahlomola Hlothoane, was murdered at his home on Friday evening. Police have confirmed the incident, and said there have been no arrests yet.  

WDC president says there seems to be movement towards KP reform

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2022 There seems to be a positive shift in the readiness of World Diamond Council (WDC) members to reforming the Kimberley Process (KP), says president of the organisation Edward Asscher. In closing the 2022 KP Intersessional, which was hosted in Botswana last week, he highlighted that strong... 

Metals haven’t crashed this hard since the great recession

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2022 Industrial metals are on track for the worst quarter since the 2008 financial crisis as prices are pummeled by recession worries. Copper, the great economic bellwether, has ricocheted into a bear market from a record four months ago, while tin just tumbled 21% in its worst week since a 1980s... 

Mineworker killed in accident at Perseus' Yaouré mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th June 2022 Gold miner Perseus Mining has reported that an employee of a mining contractor had been killed at its Yaouré mine, in Côte d’Ivoire, on June 24. Alohou Didier Leon Hamed had been employed by EPSA Group. 

New US programme targets rare minerals needs for EVs and solar panels

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2022 When a top Biden administration official was in Cape Town for a mining conference last month, he heard from a number of African nations desperate for foreign investment to help dig up critical minerals like lithium, manganese and cobalt. At the same time, Under Secretary of State Jose Fernandez... 

US Secretary of State Jose Fernandez
US Secretary of State Jose Fernandez

TNPA embarks on ambitious R9.1bn seven-year infrastructure development programme 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2022 Further to Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) “reimagined” operational model, launched in November last year, and increased efficiency initiatives that are under way, the State-owned utility has announced it will spend R9.1-billion over the next seven years on capital projects in the... 

Port of Ngqura
Port of Ngqura

Premier African enters into prepayment deal for Zulu pilot plant

By: Darren Parker     24th June 2022 Aim-traded Premier African Minerals has entered into a marketing and prepayment agreement in the form of a binding heads of terms with clean technology developer Suzhou TA&A Ultra Clean Technology. The agreement will allow the company to establish a large-scale pilot plant at its Zulu lithium and... 

Iron-ore output poised to grow globally up to 2030

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2022 Research agency Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research believes global iron-ore production is likely to accelerate between 2022 and 2026, after stagnating somewhat over the past five years. The agency forecasts global iron-ore mine output to grow by an average 2.7% over the period,... 

Fortescue iron-ore being transported
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Fortescue iron-ore

High-purity manganese facing phenomenal demand growth, PDAC hears 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2022 The commitment of at least six major motor companies to manganese-based batteries for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is elevating the demand outlook for high-purity manganese phenomenally, a Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference has been told. CPM Group lead manganese... 

Creamer Media screenshot.
CPM Group lead manganese analyst Andrew Zemek.

Sibanye's Stillwater mine suspended for 4-6 weeks

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2022 The Stillwater mine, in Montana, will remain suspended for four to six weeks to allow for access to the mine to be restored following recent flooding, precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater reported on Friday. The Stillwater mine accounts for about 60% of mined production from the group's US... 

Exploration at Lulo adds two new high-priority kimberlites for bulk sampling

By: Darren Parker     24th June 2022 The kimberlite exploration work programme at Lulo, in Angola, has been boosted by the addition of two new high-priority kimberlites for bulk sampling, says ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company. Lucapa, which owns Lulo in a partnership with Angolan national mining company Endiama and private Angolan... 

Lulo diamond mine in Angola
Lulo diamond mine in Angola

NSDV, Harmony Gold, Sadpo make headlines  

24th June 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks NSDV's deeming provision suggestion for minerals investment; Harmony Gold's renewables plan; and small diamond miners wanting to work with big licence holders to create more jobs in the industry. 

Photo of Martin Creamer
NSDV, Harmony Gold, Sadpo make headlines

Informal settlements near North West mining areas to be upgraded

By: Yvonne Silaule     24th June 2022 Informal settlements in the mining areas around the Bojanala and Dr Kenneth Kaunda districts, in the North West, will soon be upgraded as the provincial Department of Human Settlements sets out to fast-track upgrades. The expanding informal settlements are close to mining areas and mainly house... 

If power station protests persist, there’ll be much more load-shedding, Eskom warns

By: News24Wire      24th June 2022 Power utility Eskom warned on Friday morning that if protests at nine of its power stations and facilities continue, it increases the risk of higher stages of load-shedding. SA is currently experiencing Stage 2 load-shedding every day up to midnight until Sunday. 

An Eskom coal-fired power station

One of world’s biggest cobalt mines is at stake in Congo fight

By: Bloomberg     24th June 2022  A dispute over one of the biggest copper and cobalt mines is escalating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, threatening to disrupt exports of essential battery materials and raising questions about the project’s future. A top executive from state mining company Gecamines said that partner CMOC... 

Bester-Hilaire Ntambwe Ngoy Kabongo, Sage Ngoie Mbayo and Leon Mwine Kabiena, from left, in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, on June 16.
Bester-Hilaire Ntambwe Ngoy Kabongo, Sage Ngoie Mbayo and Leon Mwine Kabiena, from left, in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, on June 16.

Is it possible to convert old coal mines into successful farms?

By: Darren Parker     24th June 2022 The rehabilitation of South Africa’s closed coal mines has long been a source of contention among miners, environmental activists and affected communities. Numerous old mines were not rehabilitated at all, while many others were rehabilitated to within only the bare minimum requirements of the... 

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Is it possible to convert old coal mines into successful farms? 

By: Darren Parker     24th June 2022 The rehabilitation of South Africa’s closed coal mines has long been a source of contention among miners, environmental activists and affected communities. Numerous old mines were not rehabilitated at all, while many others were rehabilitated to within only the bare minimum requirements of the... 

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Eskom confirms 18 renewable energy bid winners for land leases in Mpumalanga

By: Darren Parker     23rd June 2022 State-owned utility Eskom has confirmed to Engineering News on June 23 that 18 companies have been selected from the bids received for the lease of Eskom-owned land in Mpumalanga, which has been earmarked for independently developed renewable energy generation projects. At this stage, no... 

Aura announces massive increase in uranium grade at Mauritania project

By: Darren Parker     23rd June 2022 ASX- and Aim-listed Aura Energy has achieved an average 550% increase in uranium grade through pilot scale confirmatory results from simple screening techniques carried out at its Tiris uranium project, in Mauritania. Preliminary bulk leaching tests have also confirmed rapid uranium extraction of... 

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Implats contractors comment on Numsa’s claims

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2022 Three contractors appointed at Impala Platinum’s mines in Rustenburg, North West, have expressed their views on some of the claims made by National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which is currently carrying out strike action at the mines. The three contractors, Newrak Mining,... 

US wants South Africa’s just transition investment plan aligned with lower end of decarbonisation pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2022 South Africa’s Just Energy Transition Partnership Investment Plan, or JETP-IP, should be geared towards projects that will support the country in meeting the lower end of its new Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), a senior US Treasury official has indicated. Ahead of the 2021 COP26 climate... 

Solar panels at the Komati power station, where some initial JETP projects could be located
Solar panels at the Komati power station, where some initial JETP projects could be located

Competition Tribunal approves Northam’s intervention in Implats/RBPlat merger

By: Darren Parker     23rd June 2022 The Competition Tribunal has issued an order granting platinum producer Northam Platinum leave to intervene in the large-scale merger between platinum miners Impala Platinum (Implats) and Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat).   The Competition Commission, which investigates large mergers before... 

Tribunal hearing mics and tables

Deeming could bring regulatory certainty to much-needed minerals investment – NSDV  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2022 The detraction of the South African investment market is the uncertainty around approval timelines and the implementation of a deeming provision could change all that by treating applications as approved after the passing of a set period of time. Many want to invest in exploration and mining... 

NSDV advisory head Mark Gilbert.
NSDV Advisory Head Mark Gilbert interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Ireland’s Arkle makes Zim entry with eye on lithium

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd June 2022 Ireland-based exploration company Arkle Resources is making an entry into Zimbabwe, with its focus on three licences where it will prospect for lithium. The company, which is listed on London’s Aim market, believes the licences, covering 163 ha, represent a low-cost entry into one of the biggest... 

An image of Arkle Resources chairperson John Teeling
Arkle Resources chairperson John Teeling

Panel unpacks mining-focused manufacturing obstacles

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2022 If South Africa is to solve its unemployment problem, about 6 000 new factories will have to be built every year over the next decade, each employing about 100 people. The incentives from government, however, do not match this scale of development, value chain strategic and engineering research... 

Mining equipment underground

Congo administrator seizes CMOC cobalt mine bank accounts – adviser

By: Reuters     23rd June 2022 A temporary administrator appointed by a Congolese court to run the world's second-largest cobalt mine took control of the project's bank accounts after majority owner CMOC refused him access to the mine, an adviser said on Wednesday. In written responses to Reuters, CMOC spokesman Vincent Zhou... 

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