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AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger. Picture: Hush Naidoo.
Expect digital unveiling, more innovation, greenness from 100-year-old mining-wired AECI
22nd March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Mining explosives and chemicals company AECI, which turned 100 this week, will be unveiling a digital strategy for the mining market during the course of this year. It is also looking to become... 


Small-scale mining operations
LBMA seeking to integrate small and artisanal miners into the legitimate gold supply chain
22nd March 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Independent precious metals authority LBMA has launched a major initiative to support the integration of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) into the legitimate global gold supply chain, through... 


Glencore nonexecutive director John Wallington
Glencore bids Coates farewell, appoints Wallington nonexec director
22nd March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Global miner Glencore has announced the retirement of board member Peter Coates effective May 29, after a 30-year association with Glencore. He joined the Glencore board in 2011 and has served as... 


Namibia Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo (left) and German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Dr Robert Habeck.
$10-billion Namibian green hydrogen project receives major German boost
22nd March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Namibia’s first gigawatt scale green hydrogen project – the $10-billion Hyphen development scheme – this week received a major boost from Germany. The boost came in the form of the German... 


water bubbles
SQM supports water treatment startup with initial $1.27m investment
22nd March 2024 By: Darren Parker

UK-based engineering tech startup Salinity Solutions has secured a $1.27-million initial investment from battery-grade lithium chemicals producer Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile’s (SQM’s)... 


The Illawarra coal operations
M Resources, GEAR plan funding round after $1.65bn coal mine buy, source says
22nd March 2024 By: Reuters

Australian coal trader M Resources and Singapore's GEAR plan a funding round after their $1.65-billion purchase of South32's Illawarra metallurgical coal operations, a source familiar with the... 


Glencore's head office
More investors push Glencore to keep coal post Teck deal
22nd March 2024 By: Reuters

A growing group of Glencore investors are keen for it to keep mining coal instead of spinning out the soon-to-be enlarged unit, with one eye on its financial outlook and another on the... 


Mining explosives pioneer AECI celebrating 100 years of business at the JSE.
Stage set for mining explosives centenarian to capture global top-three spot
20th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The stage is set for proudly South African mining explosives trailblazer, AECI, to become the third biggest in its field globally by 2030, AECI Group chairperson Dr Khotso Mokhele told an... 


China coal industry group expects output growth to slow in 2024
China coal industry group expects output growth to slow in 2024
20th March 2024 By: Reuters

China's coal output is expected to increase 36-million metric tons, or 0.8%, to about 4.7-billion tonnes in 2024, a Chinese coal industry group said on Wednesday, slower than last year's 2.9%... 


Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson.
Copper 360 output set to quickly double on Nama Copper acquisition
19th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Energetic Northern Cape copper mining company Copper 360 this week produced the first concentrate from the plant it has just acquired from Nama Copper, which becomes its second concentrator plant... 


China cuts first 2024 tungsten mining quota 1.6% from year ago
19th March 2024 By: Reuters

China has set its first batch of 2024's mining quota for tungsten concentrate at 62 000 metric tons, the Ministry of Natural Resources said on Tuesday. That represents a fall 1.6% from 63 000 t of... 


Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu.
RBCT, TFR show that private-public collaboration can work very well – Menar
19th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The private-sector’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) and the State’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) have shown that the private sector and State-owned entities can work together very well, Menar MD... 


Gold bars
Dirty gold can still slip into London market, rights groups say
19th March 2024 By: Reuters

The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), which sets standards for the world’s most established gold market, needs to do more to exclude gold linked to human rights abuses or criminality from... 


Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala and FD Ditabe Chocho.
Ferrochrome producer Merafe cites green energy solutions as 2024 opportunity
18th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The Glencore-Merafe Chrome Venture is exploring renewable energy projects to mitigate power shortages and power costs, Merafe Resources CEO Zanele Matlala said on Monday, when the Johannesburg... 


Global commodity trading profits topped $100bn for second-best year ever
18th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

The commodity trading industry reaped its second-best year ever in terms of profits, banking over $100-billion and building up a mountain of cash to spend on assets and breaking into new markets.... 


Indonesia says nickel miner Vale to build another $2bn HPAL plant
18th March 2024 By: Reuters

Nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia is exploring a potential investment in a high-pressure acid leaching plant in Sulawesi island, with an estimated cost of 30-trillion rupiah ($1.91-billion), its... 


Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala.
Merafe declares cash dividend on record profit, elevated chrome
18th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Ferrochrome and chrome company Merafe achieved a record profit of R1 753-million despite what it describes as a challenging economic environment in the 12 months to December 31. The board of... 


Barrick CEO Mark Bristow
Barrick tackling Pueblo Viejo ‘teething problems’
15th March 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Gold and copper miner Barrick has experienced “teething problems” at its flagship Dominican Republic growth project, CEO Mark Bristow said on Friday, but added that the Pueblo Viejo expansion... 


Platinum cathode required in PEM fuel cells to convert hydrogen to electricity. Heraeus infographic.
Major new gigafactory fuel cell thrust enlivening demand outlook for platinum
15th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

A major new fuel cell thrust in North America is enlivening the outlook for platinum and helping the world advance further along the road to net zero. Emphasising that the advancement of the... 


Iron-ore drops below $100 on China’s persistent property crisis
Iron-ore drops below $100 on China’s persistent property crisis
15th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Iron-ore futures fell below $100/t for the first time in seven months as investors bet that China’s years-long property crisis will run through 2024, keeping a lid on steel demand. The steelmaking... 


Copper surges past $9 000 with supply threats stacking up
Copper surges past $9 000 with supply threats stacking up
15th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Copper rallied above $9 000 a ton — its highest level in 11 months — as investors react to the risk that global supply challenges will tilt the market back into deficit. The metal, seen as a... 


Copper cathode produced in the DRC
Congo, Chinese partners sign reviewed Sicomines copper and cobalt JV agreement
15th March 2024 By: Reuters

Democratic Republic of Congo and Chinese investors on Thursday signed an agreement reached in January that revises some terms of their Sicomines copper and cobalt joint venture, Congo's... 


Ambassador Cong Peiwu
China to invest in Canada mining despite crackdown, envoy says
15th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

China’s ambassador says the country will continue to do business in Canada’s domestic critical minerals sector despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “unfortunate” crackdown on foreign... 


Black Cat replaces funding package for Paulsens restart
Black Cat replaces funding package for Paulsens restart
15th March 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Gold company Black Cat Syndicated has replaced its A$60-million funding package to advance its vision of being a dominant player in three gold districts, the ASX-listed company announced on... 


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Economic and geopolitical uncertainty supporting strong gold demand and prices
15th March 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Amid economic uncertainties and rising inflation, total gold demand, including over-the-counter (OTC) demand, reached a new record of 4 899 t in 2023, thereby supporting the highest yearly average... 


Exxaro media briefing.
Wind generation up, solar operational soon, Exxaro reports
14th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Group wind power generation last year increased by 8% and the Lephalale solar power project is on its way to being operational in the first quarter of next year, Exxaro CE Dr Nombasa Tsengwa... 


A Chrysos PhotonAssay unit
Capital achieves fourth consecutive year of strong growth
14th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Mining services company Capital CE Peter Stokes says the company is excited for the year ahead after "another great year" in 2023, in which it achieved growth for the fourth consecutive year,... 


Exxaro CE Dr Nombasa Tsengwa.
Exxaro declares R5.4bn dividends, green energy business thriving
14th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Diversified mining company Exxaro, with interests in the coal, energy and ferrous markets, has declared final and special dividends. The share dividend of R10.10 a share is roughly R3.4-billion and... 


Work under way at the Black Rock manganese operation.
New level of Transnet transparency much improved – ARM
13th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Since the new leadership at State rail enterprise Transnet has began engaging with South Africa's mining industry, the level of transparency has been “much, much improved”, according to African... 


Unctad develops digital solution to promote new critical mineral discoveries
13th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

To prevent a production gap of critical and energy minerals amid burgeoning demand to keep global warming within the 1.5 °C targeted under the Paris Agreement, the United Nations Conference on... 


Japan's Marubeni to invest in Hudbay's exploration activities
Japan's Marubeni to invest in Hudbay's exploration activities
13th March 2024 By: Reuters

Canadian miner Hudbay Minerals said on Wednesday that Japanese trading house Marubeni will invest up to C$12-million across exploration activities at three of the miner's projects. Once the... 


Amid nickel glut, Indonesia's next President vows to keep 'downstreaming' policy
13th March 2024 By: Reuters

Indonesia's incoming president, Prabowo Subianto, has pledged to continue predecessor Joko Widodo's nickel "downstreaming" policy but faces the task of reducing oversupply while pushing to... 


China's top copper smelters agree on rare joint production cuts, sources say
13th March 2024 By: Reuters

Chinese top copper smelters on Wednesday came to a rare agreement to jointly embark on production cuts at some loss-making plants as they seek to cope with a shortage of raw material, according to... 


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