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Trader IXM will shrink aluminium unit to focus on core business
30th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

IXM, the trading house owned by Chinese miner CMOC Group, is stepping back from the aluminum market to focus on its core business. The trading house, the third-largest metals trader behind... 


Aerial view of Richards Bay Coal Terminal.
Decline in coal line security incidents is improving performance – Transnet
29th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Security incidents that disrupt trains transporting coal to South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) for export to the world are in definite decline and that has certainly helped to improve... 


GEM and Anglo teams at signing ceremony.
Anglo launches battery raw materials research project with large China recycler
26th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa-founded and Johannesburg- and London-listed Anglo American on Friday announced the launch of a research and development project in collaboration with one of China’s largest battery and... 


1.1 GW solar farm to power Rio Tinto’s Gladstone aluminium operations
1.1 GW solar farm to power Rio Tinto’s Gladstone aluminium operations
24th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Miner Rio Tinto is set to lead the development of Australia’s biggest solar power project, near Gladstone. The company has committed to buying all electricity generated the 1.1 GW Upper Calliope... 


South32 CEO Graham Kerr
Strong showing by South Africa’s Hillside helps to lift South32 to record aluminium output
22nd January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Ongoing strong performance by South Africa’s Hillside Aluminium operation in KwaZulu-Natal has helped diversified mining company South32 achieve record half-year aluminium production. Moreover,... 


POTENTIAL REBOUND
Recent price increases suggest a potential rebound for copper in the macroeconomic environment
Base metals navigating macroeconomic uncertainties
19th January 2024

With market dynamics presenting a mixed bag of challenges and potential opportunities, base metal nickel, specifically, has experienced notably low prices, averaging at $18 255/t in October 2023,... 


Gwede Mantashe
Cadastre imminent, 2024 to be used as year to clear backlogs, says Minerals Minister
18th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The introduction of an electronic cadastral system to record and enable online access to mining data is imminent, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe emphasised in an interview... 


Alcoa threatens to shutter Spain complex amid mounting losses
18th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

Alcoa's CEO said mounting losses at the company’s Spain production complex leave few options other than to shutter the operation. William Oplinger said in a call with analysts Wednesday the San... 


ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan
Global mining commits to nature-positive future
18th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Global mining and metals companies have committed at Davos to take urgent action to support a nature-positive future by 2030 that promotes the health, diversity and resilience of species,... 


Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill
South Africa-linked mining luminaries advising on metals industry greening
17th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa-linked mining luminaries are playing roles in an initiative to transform the metals industry with clean technology. Being targeted for metals is the elimination of energy-intensive... 


Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson
Smart wristwatches to uplift mineworker well-being at Copper 360
16th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Computer programmes that use artificial intelligence (AI) to model orebodies and plan mines optimally have already been introduced by Copper 360, says the JSE AltX-listed Northern Cape copper... 


CEO Jakob Stausholm
Rio Tinto sees gradual recovery in China’s economy in 2024
16th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified mining major Rio Tinto expects stimulus measures implemented by China to catalyse a slow but steady recovery of the world’s second-biggest economy in 2024, providing reinforcement to... 


JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster
JSE presents opportunity for critical mineral miners to access capital
12th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Critical mineral demand is growing significantly at a time when South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets – two crucial needs that can be fulfilled in one go by companies... 


Alcoa to mothball Western Australia alumina refinery, up to 1 050 staff at risk
Alcoa to mothball Western Australia alumina refinery, up to 1 050 staff at risk
9th January 2024 By: Reuters

US aluminum producer Alcoa said on Tuesday it planned to stop production in 2024 at its loss-making Kwinana Alumina Refinery in Western Australia because of challenging market conditions and the... 


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EU sets critical mineral goals, but faces struggle to hit them
18th December 2023 By: Reuters

The European Union (EU) has set targets to dig up, recycle and refine lithium, cobalt and other metals it needs for its green transition, but a shortage of new money, crippling energy costs and... 


Minister for Resources Madeleine King
Australia expands list of critical minerals key to transition
17th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

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... 


ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.
Mining urged to embrace international council’s new Scope 3 emissions guidance
13th December 2023 By: Martin Creamer

All mining and metals companies are being urged to embrace new guidance on reducing Scope 3 emissions, which was published by the International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Wednesday.... 


Economics for Spain refinery and smelter continue to worsen, says Alcoa
12th December 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

US-based Alcoa will be meeting with representatives of the national and regional authorities in Spain this week to discuss financial losses at the San Ciprian complex, which consists of an alumina... 


EU carbon tax could cost Africa $25bn, AfDB chief says
7th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

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,... 


Jupiter Mines chairperson Ian Murray
South Africa’s community engagement ahead of global peers, manganese AGM hears
6th December 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The South African mining industry is years ahead of its international peers when it comes to local and community engagement, Australia-listed Jupiter Mines, which owns 49.9% of the Tshipi manganese... 


$700m investment grows Rio Tinto’s US aluminium business
$700m investment grows Rio Tinto’s US aluminium business
5th December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Diversified major Rio Tinto has wrapped up the acquisition of a 50% equity stake in the Matalco business from Giampaolo Group for $700-million. The transaction combines the strengths of North... 


Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.
Greenfield investment lagging badly, mining’s contribution to economy halved
1st December 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The growth of investment in fresh new greenfield mining projects is lagging badly and the contribution of the South African mining industry to the national economy has more than halved in the last... 


Jupiter MD Brad Rogers with the beneficiated manganese product.
Manganese positioning South Africa for entry into huge new energy markets
28th November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Manganese mining company Jupiter Mines has produced a 99.9% pure sample of high purity manganese sulphate monohvdrate (HPMSM) using the Northern Cape’s manganese ore and bringing into service an... 


Former Nedbank investment banker Paul Miller.
New Utshalo has potential to boost mining IPOs, enliven public markets
24th November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets and the new Utshalo must be complimented for setting out to do just that. New mining capital raisings have become too few and far... 


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Opinion: R47bn of South Africa's exports exposed to EU CBAM as EU climate wave reaches South Africa’s shores
24th November 2023

In this opinion article, sustainability consultant Rhys Newton-Hill and Brundtland Consulting partner Henk Sa provide an in-depth analysis of the potential impact of the European Union's (EU's)... 


ARM founder and executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe and Wits ARM Building.
African Rainbow Minerals provides R20-million for Wits University research
23rd November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is supporting postdoctoral research into water, energy and digitalisation at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg.... 


Integrated Geoscience Solutions Technical Director Dr David Khoza.
Imperative that exploration plan be implemented as matter of urgency – Khoza
17th November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

If South Africa is not to be left out of the exploration boom, spurred by the immense mineral resources required to develop technologies needed to achieve net zero, it is imperative that the... 


Rio Tinto fires former head of aluminium division on info breach
15th November 2023 By: Reuters

Rio Tinto on Wednesday dismissed the former head of its aluminium division Ivan Vella with immediate effect, an email to all employees sent by CEO Jakob Stausholm and seen by Reuters showed. Vella,... 


Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.
Renewables now critical part of metal mining thinking, says Sibanye-Stillwater
14th November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Renewables have become a critical part of metal mining thinking, the Sibanye-Stillwater Battery Metals Investor Day 2023 audience heard on Tuesday. “If you look at electricity, renewables are... 


BurnStar CEO Dr Johan Brand with test reactor.
Hydrogen plant buildout plan under way at metals smelter in Rustenburg
1st November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Work has begun on the development of a hydrogen plant at the smelting site in Rustenburg of Ironveld, the London Aim-listed speciality metals producer. The required funds have been raised to... 


BlackRock says buy metals companies if you care about the climate
BlackRock says buy metals companies if you care about the climate
30th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

Investors are missing a big opportunity to profit from the energy transition because they have an outdated view of the metals and mining industry, according to one of the sector’s most influential... 


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Anglo American, South32, H2.SA make headlines
27th October 2023

Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Anglo American’s transition to 100% renewables in South America; South32's plan to  deploy energy efficient technology at Hillside Aluminum in South... 


South32 annual general meeting.
South32 continuing to investigate reducing Hillside Aluminium’s emissions intensity
26th October 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The long-term energy transition solutions on which South32 is focused are renewable energy and electrification. The Sydney-, Johannesburg- and London-listed diversified mining company has... 


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