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COMRO book editor Brian Protheroe (right) and Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer (left).
Massive water power possibilities in underground mining, says COMRO book editor
24th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

When hydropower was being developed for South Africa’s gold-mining industry, the industry was going through a tough time and the research organisation of the day, the Chamber of Mines Research... 


Battery maker ATL invests in Argosy Minerals
24th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

ASX-listed Argosy Minerals on Thursday announced a $5-million strategic investment from lithium-ion battery maker Amperex Technology (ATL) and the appointment of James Shay as COO. In terms of a... 


Rio Tinto CEO Jakob Stausholm
Activist investor asks Rio Tinto to give up its primary London listing
23rd May 2024 By: Reuters

A UK-based activist investor has called for Rio Tinto to abandon its London listing and unify its corporate structure in Australia instead, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. Palliser... 


Pakistan coal miners face expansion issue as China stops funding
Pakistan coal miners face expansion issue as China stops funding
23rd May 2024 By: Bloomberg

Chinese and other major lenders are increasingly reluctant to invest in Pakistan’s expansion of coal mines, according to the head of a local producer. “The real challenge for us is financing,”... 


Hugo Pienaar.
Green hydrogen must be allowed to decarbonise optimally, Junior Indaba hears
23rd May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Green hydrogen must be made cheap enough to decarbonise optimally at a time when the delay in emission reduction needs to be reversed if the world is to hit net zero by 2050. A range of factors... 


BHP CEO Mike Henry
BHP has a week to convince Anglo its South African plan can work
23rd May 2024 By: Bloomberg

BHP Group just won an extra week to convince Anglo American on its $49-billion takeover plan. But the world’s biggest miner still must resolve the deal’s most intractable obstacle: What to do about... 


From left, Kudakwashe Maramba, George Roach, Ntsiki Adonisi, Louis Nel, Jaco Prinsloo, Bernard Swanepoel.
Huge manganese value-add opportunity reiterated at Junior Indaba
22nd May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The huge opportunity that South Africa has to add value to its rich endowment of manganese through local processing was reiterated during the second day of Wednesday’s Junior Indaba. “Specific to... 


Anglo American chairperson Stuart Chambers
Anglo shoots down BHP’s third attempt, agrees to one-week extension
22nd May 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

The world’s top diversified miner BHP has made a third unsolicited conditional takeover proposal for smaller rival Anglo American on Wednesday, only hours before its initial deadline for a firm... 


Hydrogen Council CEO Ivana Jemelkova
Hydrogen Council appoints CEO
22nd May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Global CEO-led initiative the Hydrogen Council has appointed Ivana Jemelkova as CEO, following an extensive, international search. Jemelkova is a recognised leader in energy and sustainability,... 


Chinese coal group cuts 2024 output forecast
22nd May 2024 By: Reuters

The deputy chairman of the China Coal Transportation and Distribution Association (CCTD) told a seminar on Wednesday that annual output growth would be in a range of -1% to 1% this year, having... 


India's Vedanta Aluminium turning to renewables, not adding coal capacity, CEO says
22nd May 2024 By: Reuters

Indian metals-to-oil conglomerate Vedanta's aluminium business will no longer add coal-fired capacity, its CEO said, in the company's biggest move yet toward renewable energy. Vedanta Aluminium,... 


The Khoemecau copper mine in Botswana
BHP-Anglo prospects flag more M&A ahead for miners
22nd May 2024 By: Reuters

BHP's bid for Anglo American underlines the growing appetite for energy transition metals like copper from miners who must become more aggressive to secure new projects or risk missing out,... 


Solaris CEO blames 'counterproductive' Canadian policy for failed C$130m Zijin deal
Solaris CEO blames 'counterproductive' Canadian policy for failed C$130m Zijin deal
22nd May 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Copper and gold company Solaris has decided against selling a minority stake to China’s Zijin Group, owing to concerns that the transaction – announced in January – would not meet Canada’s foreign... 


Opening Junior Indaba panel (from left) Lili Nupen, Tseliso Maqubela, Errol Smart, Mosa Mabuza, Bernard Swanepoel.
Latest cadastre agreement excites South Africa’s Junior Indaba panel
21st May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

There were expressions of excitement at the South Africa’s Junior Indaba on Tuesday when attendees at the important mining event learnt of the signing of the service-level agreement (SLA) for South... 


Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe
South Africa's R105bn green hydrogen project to be energised by hot De Aar sunshine
21st May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s R105-billion green hydrogen, green ammonia project in the Eastern Cape took another major leap forward on Tuesday with the announcement of its underpinning by a cluster of nine solar... 


Menar MD Vuslat Bayoğlu
Menar advancing on the manganese front
21st May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Private investment company Menar, which is advancing steadily on the manganese front, has anthracite, coal, nickel, and gold in its diversified multi-country portfolio. The company's... 


China's iron-ore supply to rise by up to 10Mt in 2024, steel association says
China's iron-ore supply to rise by up to 10Mt in 2024, steel association says
20th May 2024 By: Reuters

China's domestic iron-ore concentrate output in 2024 will rise between 5-million and 10-million metric tons from the year before, its State-backed steel association said on Friday. "The key... 


Copper hits record above $11 000 on bets that shortage looms
Copper hits record above $11 000 on bets that shortage looms
20th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

Copper surged to its highest-ever level, extending a powerful, months-long rally driven by financial investors who’ve piled into the market in anticipation of deepening supply shortages. Futures... 


Lithium miners shake up trading to tackle wild price swings
Lithium miners shake up trading to tackle wild price swings
20th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

The world’s lithium miners — facing an unprecedented demand surge and wild price swings — are shaking up the way the commodity is bought and sold. As lithium emerges as a linchpin of the global... 


Gold hits fresh record as Fed rate-cut optimism fuels demand
Gold hits fresh record as Fed rate-cut optimism fuels demand
20th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

Gold notched a fresh all-time high, as investor demand soared across the broader metals complex amid increasing optimism the US will cut rates this year. Bullion jumped as much as 1.1% to hit $2... 


The cathode side of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells that convert hydrogen to electricity require platinum.
Platinum-enabled green molecules offering inviting green electron value-add – Nedbank
20th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

It’s no longer good enough to just produce electric vehicles (EVs). You have to produce green EVs, and to do that, you need green steel. To get the green steel, you need the green molecules that... 


BHP CEO Mike Henry
BHP debates improved bid as time runs out in Anglo takeover saga
19th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

With time running out on its $43-billion pursuit of Anglo American, BHP Group faces a critical question: what would it take to draw the smaller company to the negotiating table within the next few... 


Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane
Minerals Council, Geoscience, IDC going all out to boost South African exploration
17th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

A collective effort was apparent on Friday when Minerals Council South Africa, the Council for Geoscience and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) spoke on the same platform to promote a... 


Glencore's head office
Glencore expands adherence to standards, reporting frameworks to ensure sustainability
17th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Global diversified miner Glencore’s emissions and energy use increased in 2023, but the group continues to make strides in managing its operations sustainably and according to ever-evolving... 


China's April coal output falls to lowest level since Oct 2022
17th May 2024 By: Reuters

China's coal production in April fell to its lowest level since October 2022, statistics bureau data and Reuters records showed on Friday, as continuing mine safety inspections curbed output.... 


China’s top copper miner to ramp up output as supply risks mount
China’s top copper miner to ramp up output as supply risks mount
17th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

China’s leading copper miner raised its output guidance at a time when prices have been rallying toward a record on expected deficits. Zijin Mining Group aims to boost mined copper production to... 


Trafigura says aluminium rally is ‘over done’ as supply returns
Trafigura says aluminium rally is ‘over done’ as supply returns
17th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

Aluminum prices should decline by at least 6% over the next six months as supply returns to the market and high interest rates continue to crimp manufacturing demand, according to an analyst from... 


Investment in certain minerals, notably copper and lithium, is falling short of what was required for transition to net-zero energy system
Today’s well-supplied market for critical minerals ‘may not be a good guide for future’
17th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report describes the sharp decline in critical mineral prices over the past year as a double-edged sword, cautioning that, while it has been a boon for clean... 


Higher Education & Training DDG Zukile Mvalo
PGM-boosted green hydrogen backed by resolute South African govt's commitment
16th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The production of green hydrogen, which is most effectively generated when catalysed by platinum group metals (PGMs), has profound economic and social implications, including job creation, skills... 


The recruitment of new non site-based permanent employees and contractors has been stopped.
Anglo unveils hiring freeze, document shows, after rejecting $43bn takeover bid
16th May 2024 By: Reuters

Anglo American has suspended hiring globally, it said on Thursday, as it gets plans under way to simplify itself and build value – and avert a $43-billion takeover bid by Australia's BHP. Anglo... 


CHIETA CEO Yershen Pillay
State mining training authority backing green hydrogen skills centre creation
15th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

“We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be establishing the first centre of specialisation of green hydrogen skills,” South Africa’s Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA)... 


A BHP office building
BHP shareholders see room for one more sweetened Anglo bid
15th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

Shareholders in BHP Group and takeover target Anglo American expect the world’s largest miner to come back with a third and improved proposal before a regulatory deadline next week, even after the... 


Cobalt on a conveyor belt
US blames China’s CMOC for predatory tactics behind cobalt glut
15th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

China’s CMOC Group is being accused by a top US official of using “predatory” tactics to depress prices of a key battery metal by flooding the market with cobalt from Democratic Republic of Congo... 


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