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New technology boost for African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago The key to unlocking value of Kabanga Nickel and enabling the full beneficiation of new era metals in Tanzania itself is an environment-friendly hydrometallurgy process that eliminates smelting and thus slashes the need for electricity. The Kabanga Nickel Hydromet process takes ore to refined... 

New technology boost for African mining
Kabanga Nickel's value unlocked by innovative technology.

Wescoal CEO resigns, efforts continue to diversify customer base  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2021 JSE-listed Wescoal has announced the resignation of Reginald Demana as CEO, citing personal reasons. Demand will step down at the end of June and has committed to assist in an orderly handover of duties, the coal miner said in a statement late on Monday.  

Wescoal CEO resigns, efforts continue to diversify customer base
Reginald Demana has resigned as Wescoal CEO

Harmony on track to meet guidance as Mponeng, MWS contribute to output 

By: Donna Slater     25th January 2021 Harmony Gold says it is on track to meeting its full-year production guidance of between 1.26-million and 1.3-million ounces of gold after having produced 745 347 oz in the six months ended December 31, 2020. The higher gold production was as a result of the integration of the Mponeng and Mine... 

Harmony on track to meet guidance as Mponeng, MWS contribute to output

Orion Minerals starts 2021 on a positive note following encouraging drilling results 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th January 2021 Dual-listed Orion Minerals has started 2021 on a positive note with an encouraging set of results from its high-impact exploration drilling programmes targeting near-mine and regional volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) copper/zinc and nickel/copper targets around its flagship Prieska copper/zinc... 

Diamond trade is roaring back thanks to stuck-at-home shoppers 

By: Bloomberg     25th January 2021 The global diamond trade spent years in the doldrums, only to be crippled by the pandemic just as things started looking up. Now, at last, business is booming again. Factories in the industry’s “engine room” -- the Indian city of Surat -- are so desperate to boost production that the... 

Diamond trade is roaring back thanks to stuck-at-home shoppers

Lily mine not for sale, says Vantage as it plans restart of operations 

By: Donna Slater     22nd January 2021 Owner of the shut Barberton-based Lily gold mine, Vantage Goldfields has countered claims made by political organisation ActionSA president Herman Mashaba that the mine has received two bids by third parties that intend to acquire and reopen the mine. The Lily mine has been closed since a... 

Lily mine not for sale, says Vantage as it plans restart of operations
A dated picture of the Lily mine decline-shaft entrance before the cave-in occurred

Botswana's private coal miner to double output if it wins Eskom contract, says CEO 

By: Reuters     22nd January 2021 Botswana's privately owned coal miner Minergy will double its output by opening a new mine if it wins a contract to supply coal to South Africa's biggest power utility Eskom, its chief executive officer said in a statement on Friday. Minergy was shortlisted to supply to Eskom's Tutuka power... 

Botswana's private coal miner to double output if it wins Eskom contract, says CEO

Responsible Mining Foundation seeks ‘more ambitious’ standards for TSFs 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd January 2021 The vast majority of large-scale mining companies are still unable to demonstrate that they review and report on how effectively they manage risks related to tailings storage facilities (TSF), and take responsive actions as necessary, despite growing disclosure on TSFs, the Responsible Mining... 

Responsible Mining Foundation seeks ‘more ambitious’ standards for TSFs
The Corrego do Feijao tailings dam collapse, in Brumadinho, Brazil.

Griffith appointed CEO designate of Gold Fields 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st January 2021 JSE- and NYSE-listed Gold Fields has appointed Chris Griffith CEO designate. Griffith will succeed Nick Holland with effect from April 1. Holland, who had been due to retire on September 30 after 13 years as CEO of the company, has agreed to retire six months earlier to facilitate the leadership... 

Griffith appointed CEO designate of Gold Fields

MRS tests new mobile rescue winder at South Deep 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st January 2021 Nonprofit organisation Mines Rescue Services (MRS) on January 21 carried out test work of a new mobile rescue winder at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine, in Gauteng. The winder will be used to bring employees to surface in the event that normal processes do not work.  

MRS tests new mobile rescue winder at South Deep

Platinum group metals demand set to overwhelm supply balance – Davis 

By: Martin Creamer     21st January 2021 Long-serving precious metals consultant Dr David Davis has reached the conclusion, after a comprehensive study, that the demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) is poised to outstrip stagnant supply. Davis, who has spent several months carrying out a ‘deep dive’ into the future of PGMs for... 

Platinum group metals demand set to overwhelm supply balance – Davis
Precious metals consultant Dr David Davis, who believes that platinum will be next to board the price rocket.

Sibanye's South African platinum operations exceed output guidance 

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2021 JSE- and NYSE-listed precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater achieved improved production from all the operating segments in the second half of 2020, compared with the first half of the year. Production of platinum group metals (PGMs) from Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African operations for the... 

Sibanye's South African platinum operations exceed output guidance

Chrome market could change with new export tax regime, dissuading Chinese offtake 

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2021 A “delicate” balancing act between chrome ore mining and stainless steel production may be under threat as South Africa changes its export tax regime to boost the commodity’s “welfare benefits” and to favour local chrome buyers instead of foreign buyers, Simon le Roux, a student at Rhodes... 

Platinum group metals playing role in Switzerland’s green hydrogen roll-out  

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs), which South Africa hosts in greater abundance than any other country on earth, are playing important catalytic roles in Switzerland’s green hydrogen and green truck rollout, which is now under way. Mining Weekly can today report that proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Platinum group metals playing role in Switzerland’s green hydrogen roll-out
Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility CEO Mark Freymueller is interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum group metals take another step closer to use in battery electric vehicles 

By: Donna Slater     19th January 2021 TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) and its subsidiary Lion Battery Technologies reports that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a second patent to Florida International University (FIU) related to the use of platinum group metals (PGMs) in lithium batteries. Lion is a... 

Platinum group metals take another step closer to use in battery electric vehicles

Want a fuel cell, you need platinum – analysts 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2021 If you want a fuel cell, you need platinum, is one of the multiplicity of points Bernstein investment company makes in a major work just released, which shows growing and ongoing demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) and provides ample reason why metals and mining matter more than ever. In the... 

Want a fuel cell, you need platinum – analysts
Photo by Bernstein
Predicted future PGM tons heading high.

Mark Bristow-led company to buy out embattled Rockwell Diamonds  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th January 2021 In line with executing its winding down strategy, JSE-listed Rockwell Diamonds has entered into an acquisition and amalgamation agreement with a British Columbia-incorporated company wholly-owned by Mark Bristow, called Bristco. It is intended that the transaction will be effected by way of an... 

Mark Bristow-led company to buy out embattled Rockwell Diamonds
Photo by Creamer Media
Barrick Gold Corporation CEO Mark Bristow

Caledonia lifts 2021 gold production guidance after record 2020 output 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th January 2021 Aim- and NYSE-listed Caledonia Mining Corporation produced a record 57 899 oz of gold in 2020, meeting the top end of its revised increased guidance for the year. The company had its guidance set at between 55 000 oz and 58 000 oz last year.  

Caledonia lifts 2021 gold production guidance after record 2020 output
Caledonia's Blanket gold mine, in Zimbabwe

Coal price expected to average $100/t as China turns to South Africa for coal 

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2021 China is buying South African coal at a time when analysts are forecasting a buoyant average coal price of $100/t for the first half (H1) of 2021. The purchase of South African coal by China follows Chinese relations with Australia deteriorating last year and imports of coal from Australia being... 

Coal price expected to average $100/t as China turns to South Africa for coal
Richards Bay Coal Terminal, from which South African coal is exported.

World’s biggest platinum miner makes another bold call on prices 

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2021 The world’s No. 1 platinum miner said the price of the metal could climb more than 80% over the next four to five years as the global economy recovers and supply dwindles. That forecast comes as demand for platinum-group metals has already rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, Sibanye Stillwater CEO... 

World’s biggest platinum miner makes another bold call on prices
Sibanye Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Minerals Council says industry committed to help accelerate vaccine roll-out 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th January 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa has pledged its support for government’s vaccine rollout programme, stating that access to an effective vaccine will help reopen the economy and save lives and livelihoods. The council’s members, alongside Business Unity South Africa and Business for South... 

Minerals Council says industry committed to help accelerate vaccine roll-out
Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo

Greater govt involvement, sustainability in mining sector expected in 2021 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2021 As mineral and metal prices, production and consumption improve this year amid a broader and deeper economic recovery from the pandemic, the outlook for miners and metal players is positive, says research agency Fitch Solutions. It notes that this year will see a mix of traditional trends... 

Greater govt involvement, sustainability in mining sector expected in 2021

Council expects gold investment, consumption to maintain strength in 2021 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th January 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic raised uncertainty by compounding existing risk and creating new ones; however, the end of 2020 saw investors optimistic that the worst was over, the World Gold Council’s (WGC's) outlook for 2021 reveals. The organisation expects investors will perceive the low interest rate... 

Council expects gold investment, consumption to maintain strength in 2021

China buying South African coal ‘could be game-changer but we shouldn’t be complacent’ 

By: Martin Creamer     13th January 2021 Normally, China does not import coal from South Africa, but 2021 has seen a shift. Shipments to mainland China were reported on Monday by the African Source Markets’ Weekly Coal Index Report. 

China buying South African coal ‘could be game-changer but we shouldn’t be complacent’
Richards Bay Coal Terminal, the port from which South African coal is exported

Gold exploration remains steady with moderate growth  

By: Donna Slater     13th January 2021 Amid falling exploration budgets across nearly all commodities, gold exploration remained steady in 2020, posting a 1% increase over 2019. Exploration was buoyed by stronger gold prices during the Covid-19 pandemic, reports research and data company Standard & Poor’s Global Market Intelligence... 

Gold among 2020's best-performing assets, says WGC 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th January 2021 Gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and similar products had what the World Gold Council (WGC) called “a remarkable year” in 2020, as gold ETFs had recorded yearly net inflows of $47.9-billion, or 877 t, collectively increasing gold holdings by over a third and reaching all-time highs in... 

Gold among 2020's best-performing assets, says WGC

Battery metals demand expected to rise in 2021 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th January 2021 Financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) expects the demand for key battery metals to rise in the coming year as renewable energy and technology adoption continues to pick up pace. The acceleration to a... 

Battery metals demand expected to rise in 2021

The essential role of platinum group metals in ‘greening’ the world needs highlighting 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2021 The ‘greenness’ that South Africa can help bestow on the world needs hard sell now, Mining Weekly can today report. While South Africa’s amazing platinum group metals (PGMs) continue their decades-long task of cleaning the air of the world’s cities in the autocatalytic convertors of vehicle... 

The essential role of platinum group metals in ‘greening’ the world needs highlighting
Photo by Hyundai Truck & Bus
'Green' hydrogen and fuel cells named by Lux Research as two of top-five energy technologies.

First Cobalt inks cobalt hydroxide feed arrangements for refinery 

By: Donna Slater     12th January 2021 TSX-listed cobalt refiner and miner First Cobalt has entered into long-term cobalt hydroxide feed arrangements with diversified miner Glencore and IXM SA − a fully owned subsidiary of China Molybdenum Company (CMOC) − to provide 4 500 t/y of contained cobalt to the First Cobalt Refinery from... 

First Cobalt inks cobalt hydroxide feed arrangements for refinery
The First Cobalt refinery

New ‘green’ platinum project leaps out of starting blocks, will use 82% less electricity  

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2021 The innovative new platinum group metals mining and processing project that slashes 82% off electricity use and elevates platinum to a new high level of greenness, leapt out of its starting blocks in North West province on Monday. “We’ve commenced. The tanks are rolling,” Pallinghurst managing... 

New ‘green’ platinum project leaps out of starting blocks, will use 82% less electricity
Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Arne Frandsen is interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Drone-mounted scanner visualises Finsch ore pass to determine serviceability 

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 Owing to the use of drone-mounted light detection and ranging (Lidar) equipment, diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ mine engineers have been able to visualise the condition of ore passes for the first time at the Finsch underground mine, in the Northern Cape. The use of Emesent’s Hovermap Lidar... 

Drone-mounted scanner visualises Finsch ore pass to determine serviceability
A Lidar scan of the ore pass at Petra Diamonds' Finsch mine provides detailed visualisation of the condition of the infrastructure

Gupta-linked firm was appointed to market and sell Alexkor joint venture diamonds, inquiry hears 

By: News24Wire      8th January 2021 A firm which was appointed to market and sell diamonds for a joint venture that state-owned diamond mining company Alexkor was part of had links to the Gupta family, the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture heard. The commission, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, held... 

Capital makes strides in getting all equipment on Sukari site for mining start 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2021 London-listed mining services company Capital Limited says payments on major capital equipment items required for contracts related to waste mining and extended drilling services at London-listed Centamin's Sukari gold mine, in Egypt, have significantly progressed. The company in December... 

Capital makes strides in getting all equipment on Sukari site for mining start
The Sukari openpit mine

Glencore in final-stage talks over Mopani stake sale to Zambia 

By: Reuters     8th January 2021 Glencore said on Friday it was in final-stage negotiations over a potential sale of its majority stake in Mopani Copper Mines to Zambia's mining investment arm ZCCM-IH. Zambian state radio ZNBC earlier reported the government had concluded talks with Glencore, citing President Edgar Lungu. 

US company planning at least 500 hydrogen fuelling stations in next 3 to 5 years  

By: Martin Creamer     7th January 2021 The creation of a minimum of 500 fuelling stations to provide hydrogen to mainly trucks powered by platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells is planned by a US company in the next three to five years. “We believe that everyone will be within a couple of miles of a hydrogen fuelling station in the... 

US company planning at least 500 hydrogen fuelling stations in next 3 to 5 years
Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly interviews RAGHU KILAMBI, the CEO of PowerTap, a company that provides crucial hydrogen fuelling infrastructure for fuel cell electric vehicles.

Zimbabwe’s Kuvimba seeks $1bn for 2021 acquisitions, capex 

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2021 A mining company majority owned by the Zimbabwe government and whose profits will partly be used to compensate former white commercial farmers for land confiscated two decades ago intends to raise $1-billion for acquisitions and capital expenditure. Kuvimba Mining House, in which the government... 

In blow to Vedanta, Zambian court rules KCM liquidator to stay in post 

By: Reuters     7th January 2021 A Zambian court has ruled the State-appointed liquidator of Vedanta's Konkola Copper Mines will not be discharged despite a November ruling ordering a halt to proceedings to allow Vedanta and minority KCM shareholder ZCCM-IH to pursue arbitration. The ruling is a blow to Vedanta, which has been... 

In blow to Vedanta, Zambian court rules KCM liquidator to stay in post

Gold mine ups return-to-work protocols as Covid infection numbers spike  

By: Martin Creamer     6th January 2021 Return-to-work protocols at South Deep gold mine have been significantly enhanced to manage the sharp rise in the number of employees testing positive for the coronavirus on return to work after the festive season. Seven hundred and fifty tests have been carried out over three-and-a-half days,... 

Gold mine ups return-to-work protocols as Covid infection numbers spike
Creamer Media speaks to Gold Fields executive VP Martin Preece on coronavirus at South Deep gold mine. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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