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Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa’s Council for Geoscience went live on Tuesday with making geoscience data digitally available. During a panel discussion on the first day of the Junior Indaba, Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza invited all to go on to the council’s website to find this data, the bulk of which,... 

Tender for new modern cadastre system to be invited next week   

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 A tender for a new modern cadastre system to provide exploration information will be invited by the end of next week, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Tuesday. In his opening keynote address on initiatives to ignite the exploration... 

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy Director-General Advocate Thabo Mokoena
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Battery material value-add consolidation in South Africa under consideration by Mick Davis-linked NextSource  

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2021 South Africa, which has the wherewithal to provide the value-add consolidation advantage to battery materials that the world’s electric vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) want, is being seriously considered for the role, NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba said on Monday.... 

NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba
NextSource President and CEO Craig Scherba interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Fitch lifts 2021 pricing assumptions for various metals 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2021 Credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings has increased its copper price assumptions, among others, following “exceptionally” strong pricing conditions in the year-to-date. The agency declared a new price assumption of $9 000/t for this year, up from its previous assumption of $7 200/t.  

Rio paves aluminium alloy way

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th May 2021 Mining major Rio Tinto has partnered with casting solutions provider Comptech to bring a new generation of aluminium alloys to the market for use in advanced technologies such as electric vehicles and 5G antennas. Rio’s metallurgical experts have designed the alloys for the semi-solid... 

Concern over lack of JSE listings ahead of Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2021 In anticipation of next week's Junior Indaba virtual conference, AmaranthCX director Paul Miller has updated statistics on the change in the number of listed mining companies on the JSE over time. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) It is not a pretty picture. (See attached chart.) 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMRE) and Minerals Council South Africa have established a task team to promote exploration, outgoing Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. The exploration task team, Mgojo said during his address to the council’s 131st annual general... 

Progress on raising the embedded generation cap to 50MW
Minerals Council South Africa AGM covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The board members of Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday elected the first female president in 131 years. New president Nolitha Fakude, a former Minerals Council VP who is the chairperson of Anglo American South Africa, said she would be focusing on ensuring that mining contributes... 

Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.
Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.

Li-ion batteries provide development opportunity for South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2021 As electric mobility and energy storage increases its share of the transport and energy sectors, the demand for batteries is rising, with lithium-ion batteries (LIB) dominating the market. While research by Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) indicates that South Africa’s vibrant venture... 

Diamond explorer Bill McKechnie feels South Africa has battery mineral exploration potential  

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2021 The renowned exploration geologist linked to the colossal and still-thriving diamond discovery against all odds at the Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo, believes there is no reason why new battery and other specialist minerals cannot be discovered in South Africa, using the techniques that he... 

Bill McKechnie
Exploration geologist Bill McKechnie interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Alcoa starts trial to lower carbon footprint

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st May 2021 The federal government has announced a A$11.3-million investment, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), to support aluminium producer Alcoa’s A$28.2-million trial using renewable energy to process bauxite into alumina, a key part of the aluminium supply chain. Alcoa this week... 

Alcoa starts trial to lower carbon footprint

Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI   

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2021 A strong call for unemployed geology graduates to be contracted to capture historic exploration data electronically has been made by Letaba Elihle Investments (LEI) principal geology consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase. In a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly Ntshangase also called on South... 

LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase
LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele Ntshangase interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Rusal to demerge its higher carbon assets and change name

By: Reuters     19th May 2021 Russian aluminium producer Rusal said on Wednesday that it would demerge its higher carbon assets into a separate company as part of its goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and will change its own name to AL+ as part of the process. Hong-Kong listed Rusal is the world's largest aluminium... 

Rusal to demerge its higher carbon assets and change name

SAEC name change to Seriti Power signals coal miner’s new broader energy vision   

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2021 The change of name of South African Energy Coal (SAEC) to Seriti Power when South32’s coal assets become absorbed into Seriti Resources from June is indicative of Sereti Resources seeing opportunities in general energy beyond coal, CEO Mike Teke said on Monday. SAEC is the name that the ASX- and... 

Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke
Seriti CEO Mike Teke interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

The world economy is suddenly running low on everything

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2021 A year ago, as the pandemic ravaged country after country and economies shuddered, consumers were the ones panic-buying. Today, on the rebound, it’s companies furiously stocking up. Mattress producers to car manufacturers to aluminum foil makers are buying more material than they need to survive... 

New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2021 New technologies are transforming the mining and metals industry, making it cleaner and safer, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is progressing an 'innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles' initiative. The initiative brings together 28 of the world’s leading mining... 

An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.
An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.

Eskom highlights financial limitations as it mulls industrial applications for discounted tariffs 

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2021 State-owned electricity producer Eskom confirms that it has been approached by customers in various industrial sectors with regard to possible applications for discounted Negotiated Pricing Agreements (NPAs), but says its weak financial position prevents widespread implementation. The first NPA... 

 Eskom highlights financial limitations as it mulls industrial applications for discounted tariffs

Regulator gears up to evaluate new discounted tariff deal for Hillside smelter  

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has invited stakeholder comment on a proposed 10-year negotiated pricing agreement (NPA) between Eskom and the Hillside aluminium smelter, in KwaZulu-Natal, which is owned by South32 and is Eskom’s largest single customer. The proposed NPA is... 

The Hillside aluminium smelter
The Hillside aluminium smelter

Low carbon world needs $1.7-trillion in mining investment

By: Reuters     10th May 2021 Mining companies need to invest nearly $1.7-trillion in the next 15 years to help supply enough copper, cobalt, nickel and other metals needed for the shift to a low carbon world, according to consultancy Wood Mackenzie. The United States, Britain, Japan, Canada and others raised their targets... 

Low carbon world needs $1.7-trillion in mining investment

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions  

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2021 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report is warning of a potential supply deficit for some of the ‘critical minerals’ needed to support a global shift in the energy system that is aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as the growing number of country commitments to cutting... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions

Rio Tinto’s Iceland smelter achieves ASI certification

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2021 Diversified major Rio Tinto said on Monday that its ISAL smelter, in Iceland, had been certified by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) for meeting the highest internationally recognised standards for responsible aluminium production. ISAL achieved ASI performance standard certification... 

Rio Tinto’s Iceland smelter achieves ASI certification

Afarak notes quarterly decline in output, particularly ferroalloys

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th April 2021 LSE- and Nasdaq-listed Afarak Group has reported a 50.6% decline in production for the first quarter of this year, to 37 000 t, owing to reduced mining activity at its South African mines in line with lower market prices and demand. Production in the first quarter of last year totalled 76 405 t.  

Biden's EU trade dilemma: more pain for Harley, distillers or back off metals tariffs?

By: Reuters     29th April 2021 The Biden administration faces a major dilemma in its dispute with the European Union over Trump-era steel and aluminum tariffs: back down to avoid acute pain for Harley-Davidson Inc and whiskey distillers or stick with the duties even though they are now exacerbating acute shortages for US... 

Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor  

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2021 Mining, preceded by exploration, is the greatest economic multiplier of all business activities, including government expenditure, says Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson. It therefore makes huge sense for government to enact attractive investment-friendly... 

Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson.
Integral Asset Management CIO Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Copper jumps to highest since 2011 as demand bets reignite rally

By: Bloomberg     26th April 2021 Copper surged to the highest in a decade on expectations supply will tighten as the global economic recovery gains traction. Prices have climbed amid a broad rally across industrial commodities from iron-ore to aluminum. Economic bellwether copper has been boosted by prospects for rebounding... 

Copper jumps to highest since 2011 as demand bets reignite rally

Rio trials new technology at Alma smelter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st April 2021 Major Rio Tinto’s Alma smelter, in Quebec, has been tapped for the first installation and demonstration of an inert anode technology developed by the ELYSIS joint venture (JV), at a commercial size. The demonstration plant would have a capacity of 450 kiloamperes (kA), which is a common... 

World-first mineral export under financial transparency

16th April 2021 Global blockchain platform Minexx has exported minerals with full financial transparency from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by processing $250 000 of blockchain certified payments. This is a milestone for the company and the sector, as it secures the supply chain from the moment a... 

CHAIN OF EVENTS
The effective implementation of transparent blockchain payments have secured the supplychain from the moment a mineral is mined to the point of being used in technology in the DRC
CHAIN OF EVENTS The effective implementation of transparent blockchain payments have secured the supplychain from the moment a mineral is mined to the point of being used in technology in the DRC

DRC exploration ongoing

16th April 2021 Global mining house Ivanhoe Mines co-chairpersons Robert Friedland and Yufeng “Miles” Sun announced in February that the company plans to commence an expansive 2021 exploration programme on its 100%-owned Western Foreland exploration licences. The exploration programme will include about 2 550... 

EXPLORE MORE
Ivanhoe Mines has begun its expansive 2021 exploration programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo
EXPLORE MORE Ivanhoe Mines has begun its expansive 2021 exploration programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Gamsberg ramp-up exceeds expectations

By: Halima Frost     16th April 2021 Diversified miner Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) says its Gamsberg mine and processing plant have successfully ramped up to full production, with the plant currently exceeding its projected design capacity of four-million tonnes a year.   The ramp-up was scheduled after a shutdown period from... 

ROUND TWO
The successful ramp up of the Gamsberg mine and its processing plant has been reported
ROUND TWO The successful ramp up of the Gamsberg mine and its processing plant has been reported

New collectors released

By: Halima Frost     16th April 2021 South African chemical company Axis House has developed and released a new polymetallic range of collectors  – PolyQ – to be used in the floatation process to recover base metals from polymetallic ores. “The PolyQ range of collectors are not only safer than standard reagents (xanthates) but also... 

REMARKABLE RECOVERY
The new polymetallic range of collectors offer greater recover y rates of base metals
REMARKABLE RECOVERY The new polymetallic range of collectors offer greater recover y rates of base metals

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2021 South Africa’s exploration industry has until April 19 to comment on controversial regulations still in draft form. “They’ve never consulted industry about it and what they are requesting is impractical,” says Allan Saad, a consulting exploration geologist, who formerly represented the now... 

Allan Saad, Consulting Exploration Geologist
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Govt launches A$1.3bn MMI fund

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2021 The hydrogen technology, specialised batteries are expected to benefit from the government’s A$1.3-billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). The MMI will help manufacturers to scale-up production, commercialise their products and operations, and integrate into domestic and global supply... 

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2021 Canadian and Australian mines are big on wanting hydrogen ventilation in underground mining operations, and Canada will likely lead in the use of hydrogen underground. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of... 

Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.
Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.

Govt awards energy saving grants

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st March 2021 The federal government on Wednesday launched A$14-million worth of grants under its broader A$3.5-billion Climate Solutions Package to help lower power bills for high energy-using businesses. Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor announced that 48 businesses that consume more... 

Economics improves at FYI's HPA project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st March 2021 An updated definitive feasibility study (DFS) into ASX-listed FYI Resources' high purity alumina (HPA) project, in Western Australia, has nearly doubled the projected net present value. FYI on Wednesday told shareholders that the updated DFS had estimated a post-tax net present value (NPV) of... 

Aus resource exports strong despite Covid

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th March 2021 Despite the restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Australian resource exports are expected to reach a record A$296-billion in 2020/21, and will remain strong over the next five years, the latest Resources and Energy Quarterly from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and... 

Aus resource exports strong despite Covid

Canada tightens takeover rules for critical minerals

By: Reuters     25th March 2021 Canada has tightened foreign investment rules to protect the security of critical mineral supply chains, a government spokesperson said on Thursday, ahead of an expected surge in demand for metals used to make electric vehicles. The move comes as the US government works with Canada to boost... 

Canada tightens takeover rules for critical minerals
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