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South African ferrochrome furnaces need to regain competitive advantage, warns Roskill 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2021 The South African ferrochrome industry has benefitted from recent events in China, which commodity research consultancy Roskill says has removed significant global capacity through the closure of small furnaces. While higher-cost furnaces in southern China have been able to fill the short-term... 

South African ferrochrome furnaces need to regain competitive advantage, warns Roskill

Reinvestment in South Africa needed to ‘plant the seeds’ for a better future, says Exxaro 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2021 Reinvestment is needed to “plant the seeds” and create a better future for South Africa, says diversified miner Exxaro Resources projects and technology executive head Johan Meyer. This is especially critical considering that Covid-19 has made it more challenging to secure investments, but also... 

Reinvestment in South Africa needed to ‘plant the seeds’ for a better future, says Exxaro

South African coal supply to fall off coal cliff from 2025 onwards – Jones 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 South African coal supply is set to fall off a coal-cliff from 2025 onwards, African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones said on Monday. In response to Mining Weekly, Jones cited the three main factors that would cause South African coal supply to plummet as: 

South African coal supply to fall off coal cliff from 2025 onwards – Jones
Coal stockpiling at Mpumalanga coal mine.

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 The White House document on revitalising American manufacturing and fostering broad-based economic growth pays particular attention to South Africa as the world’s largest supplier of manganese, and to manganese as a potential preferred battery element contender, Mining Weekly can today report.... 

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender
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The White House on building supply chains.

Allow geologists from surrounding African countries to boost SA's exploration rebirth, top explorer advises  

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2021 Exploration geologists from surrounding countries should be allowed into South Africa to boost exploration. That is the view of Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan, who believes that South Africa’s planned exploration thrust should focus on commodities required in... 

Allow geologists from surrounding African countries to boost SA's exploration rebirth, top explorer advises
Exploration manager Thinus Jordaan interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exploration geologists, coal reserves, outperforming companies make headlines   

11th June 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses why exploration geologists in Africa need to be allowed to help find new metals and minerals; an opportunity to create new jobs by mining coal reserves in an environmentally correct manner; and mining companies that do their best for the environment... 

Exploration geologists, coal reserves, outperforming companies make headlines
Exploration geologists, coal reserves, outperforming companies make headlines

Secretive world of diamonds is in the grips of a buying frenzy 

By: Bloomberg     9th June 2021 At the latest De Beers diamond auction this week, buyers shopping for the kind of stones used to make an average engagement ring were in for a sticker shock: some prices had ballooned by 10% since the last sale. News of the unusually sharp increases spread swiftly through the community of 80-odd... 

Regenerative coal mining crucial part of just transition to green economy – Bevan Jones 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2021 A shift to “regenerative mining” of coal reserves is a crucial part of a solution to a greener, cleaner future, said African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones on Wednesday. Jones, a former commodity trader at Macquarie and Rand Merchant Bank, who cofounded the global coal market in London in the... 

Regenerative coal mining crucial part of just transition to green economy – Bevan Jones
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones

World needs Congo copper to kick fossil fuels, billionaire says 

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2021 An African nation emerging from decades of conflict and corruption holds the key to greening the global economy. That’s the view of mining magnate Robert Friedland, whose Kamoa-Kakula venture just started producing copper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After scouring 59 countries over... 

World needs Congo copper to kick fossil fuels, billionaire says
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Ivanhoe co-chairperson Robert Friedland

Central banks expected to buy the same amount of gold as last year, says WGC 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th June 2021 Central banks continue to be positive on gold, with about the same number of central banks expected to buy gold compared with last year, the World Gold Council (WGC) said on June 8. In its the ‘2021 Central Bank Gold Reserves (CBGR)’ survey, the council noted that 21% of central banks intend to... 

Central banks expected to buy the same amount of gold as last year, says WGC

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2021 Mining companies with higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings outperformed the broader market during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, delivering 34% average total shareholder return over the past three years — ten percentage points higher than the general market index,  PwC... 

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC
PwC Mine 2021 Report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Major joint effort needed to meet host community challenge – Menar  

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2021 A major joint effort is needed by big and small mining companies, government, labour, communities and traditional leaders and municipalities to meet the host community challenge facing South Africa’s mining industry, Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu said on Monday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom... 

Major joint effort needed to meet host community challenge – Menar
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SSC Group claims legal victory with high court ruling on business rescue of Lily, Barbrook mines 

By: Donna Slater     7th June 2021 SSC Group, a bidder and creditor for the Lily and Barbrook mines in Barberton, which both remain under business rescue, says “truth and justice” have been won with a court judgment that was handed down by the Mpumalanga High Court on May 31, which it says found that the behaviour and actions of... 

Anglo responds to dossier on coal demerging, Thungela shares fall 

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2021 The provision of R6.45-billion on the balance sheet of the demerged Thungela thermal coal company is over and above the regulatory guidance for miners in South Africa, is in accordance with IFRS and audited, and consistent with the provisioning norms within the industry. This was stated to Mining... 

Anglo responds to dossier on coal demerging, Thungela shares fall
Clouds over environmental liabilities.

Jubilee acquires additional PGMs tailings material in Eastern Limb orebody push 

By: Donna Slater     4th June 2021 Aim-listed metals processing company Jubilee Metals has acquired the rights to a further 944 000 t of platinum-group metals- (PGMs-) containing tailings on the Eastern Limb of the Bushveld Complex. This follows a day after it announced that it had secured its first rights to tailings on the... 

Jubilee acquires additional PGMs tailings material in Eastern Limb orebody push
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Jubilee Metals CEO Leon Coetzer

Battery materials, new cadastre system, digital geoscience data make headlines   

4th June 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks South Africa being considered for its value-add consolidation advantage to battery materials; the tender for a new modern cadastre system; and geoscience data being digitally available on the Council for Geoscience website.   

Battery materials, new cadastre system, digital geoscience data make headlines
Battery materials, new cadastre system, digital geoscience data make headlines

Today’s juniors targeting rich beyond-mining value-add to world’s new critical metals  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2021 Junior miners of the world’s new critical metals are targeting the rich value-add opportunity well beyond taking the ore out of the ground and shipping out concentrate, the Junior Indaba heard this week. Junior miners of metals such as rare earths, vanadium, nickel, platinum-group metals and... 

Today’s juniors targeting rich beyond-mining value-add to world’s new critical metals
Junior Mining strategic metals panel discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

DMRE continuing to experience chronic shortages of basic office supplies – law firm 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd June 2021 Regional offices of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) continue to experience chronic shortages of basic office supplies, such as paper and toner, a specialist mining and environmental law firm has confirmed. At the time of going to press, however, the DMRE had not responded to... 

Hot prices pervading commodities market, CRU tells Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2021 Price hotness is pervading the commodities market, CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna said on Tuesday, when she addressed the second and final day of the Junior Indaba. Speaking on ‘what’s hot and what’s not’, Hanna said almost all commodities were at the higher-than-15% level. (Also watch attached... 

Hot prices pervading commodities market, CRU tells Junior Indaba
CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna at Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rebirth of junior mining, exploration possible with reforms – Baxter 

By: Donna Slater     1st June 2021 Despite decades of decay in the South African junior mining and exploration industries, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter says a rebound is possible with the establishment of “reliable infrastructure” and “competitive information”, the latter generated by the Council for Geosciences... 

Rebirth of junior mining, exploration possible with reforms – Baxter
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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

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... 

Tender for new modern cadastre system to be invited next week
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.... 

Battery material value-add consolidation in South Africa under consideration by Mick Davis-linked NextSource
NextSource President and CEO Craig Scherba interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Vanadium continues to support circular economy adoption, says Bushveld Minerals 

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2021 Vanadium batteries continue to support the world’s adoption of a circular economy by providing a sustainable, safe and low-cost energy option with a lifecycle of more than 20 years. Over its lifespan, vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) technology offers the lowest cost per kiloWatt-hour stored,... 

Vanadium continues to support circular economy adoption, says Bushveld Minerals
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Lithium outlook for next decade ‘very upbeat’ as decarbonisation, electrification accelerate 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2021 The outlook for the lithium sector over a ten-year horizon is very upbeat, amid fast production and demand growth and numerous opportunities across a variety of countries, says research agency Fitch Solutions and Country Risk. It adds that the backdrop for lithium is “as bright as ever” as the... 

Lithium outlook for next decade ‘very upbeat’ as decarbonisation, electrification accelerate

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.  

Copper, JSE listings, battery mineral exploration make headlines   

28th May 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the Northern Cape’s lucrative copper potential that must be given assistance; concern over the lack of JSE listings ahead of the Junior Indaba; and South Africa’s battery mineral exploration potential. 

Copper, JSE listings, battery mineral exploration make headlines
Copper, JSE listings, battery mineral exploration make headlines (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

New green copper play in Northern Cape expects to be cash positive from month two  

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2021 The new green copper play in the Northern Cape expects to be cash positive from its second month of operation. Big Tree Copper, a rebrand of Cape Copper Oxide, will begin producing copper plate from July, which will be sold at the mine gate to Noble Metals. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

New green copper play in Northern Cape expects to be cash positive from month two
Big Tree Copper CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Iron-ore price contributes to Afrimat’s ‘best ever’ financial position 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2021 JSE-listed openpit miner Afrimat’s diversification strategy, along with a particularly strong iron-ore price, have supported the company’s overall profitability and ability to generate cash, despite impacts caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, in the financial year ended February 28. The group... 

Iron-ore price contributes to Afrimat’s ‘best ever’ financial position

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.) 

Concern over lack of JSE listings ahead of Junior Indaba
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... 

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo
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... 

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years
Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.

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... 

Diamond explorer Bill McKechnie feels South Africa has battery mineral exploration potential
Exploration geologist Bill McKechnie interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

South Africans right to be very proud of country’s iron-ore – IMR  

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2021 South Africans are well within their rights to be very proud of the iron-ore that is produced in the country. That is the view of Sedibeng Iron Ore CEO Aneesh Misra, who is also MD of IMR South Africa. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

South Africans right to be very proud of country’s iron-ore – IMR
Sedibeng Iron Ore CEO Aneesh Misra interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday  

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2021 Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday when trading of the shares of Nouveau Monde Graphite begin on the New York Stock Exchange. There is no half measure with Nouveau Monde Graphite chairperson and Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Frandsen when it comes to... 

Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday
Pallinghurst Group managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Pan African lifts full-year guidance on heels of robust operational performance 

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2021 Aim- and JSE-listed midtier gold producer Pan African Resources has raised its production guidance for the financial year to end on June 30, by 5 000 oz to 195 000 oz. It plans to maintain a similar production level for the 2022 financial year, based on current planning.  

Afrimat diversifies further with acquisition of near-development manganese project 

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2021 JSE-listed diversified miner Afrimat has entered into a purchase agreement with Aquila Steel and Rakana Consolidated Mines for the acquisition of a 100% stake in the Gravenhage manganese mining right and associated assets near Hotazel, in the Northern Cape. Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden says... 

Afrimat diversifies further with acquisition of near-development manganese project
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden

Climate change, geology graduates, PGMs make headlines   

21st May 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Anglo American calling the global climate crisis "something that exceeds anything seen in centuries"; a call for unemployed geology graduates to capture historic exploration data; and the PGMs opportunities coming out of the hydrogen economy being... 

Climate change, geology graduates, PGMs make headlines
Climate change, geology graduates, PGMs make headlines

Menar expects first ore from inaugural manganese mine in July   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th May 2021 Mining investment firm Menar has officially launched its first-to-portfolio manganese mine, East Manganese, in Hotazel, in the Northern Cape. MD Vuslat Bayoğlu expects the mine to produce its first ore in July and to ramp up to nameplate capacity of processing 30 000 t a month of ore by August.  

Menar expects first ore from inaugural manganese mine in July
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoğlu discusses the company's new East Manganese mine
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