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Base Metals

Promise shown despite challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     21st January 2022 The South African mining industry continues to show promise in terms of base metal extraction and production despite challenges such as the impact of Covid-19, supply chain constraints and poor infrastructure, according to law firm Beech Veltman.  “South Africa is well known for its large... 

Battery metals could attain strategic mineral status

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     21st January 2022 Law firm Beech Veltman states that, in terms of the developments regarding the production and beneficiation of base metals, particularly battery metals, current legislative frameworks in South Africa and the rest of Africa do not generally distinguish between precious and base metals regarding... 

Generic image of pipe line copper welds
CRITICAL COPPER Strategic minerals such as chromium, platinum, manganese, gold, copper and diamonds typically attract higher tariffs in countries such as Zambia, Botswana and South Africa

Concern over decline in galvanised steel uptake

21st January 2022 The steady decline in the uptake of galvanised steel in South Africa is directly related to the drop-off in manufacturing activity and the dwindling number of construction and civil engineering projects under way, notes association body International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa Desk coordinator... 

A generic image of railway lines and the horizon
GOING DOWN The steady decline in the uptake of galvanised steel in South Africa is directly related to the drop-off in manufacturing activity

Multimetal recycling plant construction under way

21st January 2022 Copper producer Aurubis AG and Düsseldorf-based metallurgical plant supplier SMS group, last year signed a contract for the construction of a multimetal recycling plant in the US. As Aurubis announced on November 10, 2021, construction of the new Aurubis recycling plant will start in mid-2022 in... 

Mine aims for increased local content

21st January 2022 Metals and mining company First Quantum Minerals (FQM) is “determined” in its mission to increase local content across its mining operations. The mining firm has backed Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema’s appeal to industry players to “step up” and exercise holistic and prudent management of... 

Rising copper demand boosts scrap market

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th August 2021 Copper and copper alloys are significant materials in manufacturing with about 26-million tons of copper used globally in the production of electronic appliances, electricity, heating and air-conditioning, plumbing and architecture, explains industry body Copper Development Association Africa... 

An image of copper wire in underground tunnel
DAMAGING EFFECTS As a result of copper theft, the market is seeking alternative materials to replace copper, which is shrinking the copper market

Company’s products adhere to global standards

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th August 2021 Metals supplier Non-Ferrous Metal Works (NFMW) manufactures semi-fabricated copper and brass extruded shapes that comply with international chemistry, physical tolerances and the mechanical characteristics of end-products. All products are graded according to ISO 9001 quality assurance standards,... 

An image of manufactured copper product at South African metals supplier Non-Ferrous Metal Works' premises
DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES A full range of copper and alloys is manufactured by the company’s extruding production unit and supplied in semi-fabricated form to local and international destinations

DRC project gets apron feeders

13th August 2021 Mining equipment supplier TAKRAF South Africa, part of the global mining solutions provider TAKRAF Group, has supplied two machines for a leading copper/cobalt producer in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The order was fulfilled in line with Covid-19 restrictions, with installation and... 

TAKRAF South Africa’s apron feeders
FIT FOR PURPOSE TAKRAF South Africa’s apron feeders combine robust, heavy-duty frames with standard chains and rugged pans to provide extremely long service life

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

Proceq Live: user-friendly, sophisticated mobile apps

14th August 2020 The demand for portable hardness testing instruments has seen a sharp increase, with a rapid shift from testing tasks being undertaken by stationary machines in a laboratory, to the development and application of mobile instruments that allow for on-site measurements during the production... 

Proceq Live: user-friendly, sophisticated mobile apps

Sustainability measures, partnerships to ensure sector’s longevity

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th August 2020 As the research by the Global Battery Alliance (GBA) found, the demand for batteries is expected to increase 19 times by 2030, which constitutes one of the highest purchase orders the mining industry has seen to date. 

SUSTAINABILITY MATTERS
Eurasian Resources Group’s goal is for its Metalkol Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation operation to become the foremost sustainable cobalt producer
SUSTAINABILITY MATTERS Eurasian Resources Group’s goal is for its Metalkol Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation operation to become the foremost sustainable cobalt producer

Positive metals markets to drive ERG’s asset development

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th August 2020 Diversified resources producer Eurasian Resources Group’s (ERG’s) portfolio of copper and cobalt assets in Africa, particularly those in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are key to its long-term development plans, and the current copper and cobalt market dynamics support its ambitions. 

KEY BATTERY METAL
Eurasian Resources Group is poised to be one of the largest cobalt producers in the world at a time when demand for battery metals is expected to rise exponentially
KEY BATTERY METAL Eurasian Resources Group is poised to be one of the largest cobalt producers in the world at a time when demand for battery metals is expected to rise exponentially

Xanthates alternatives more effective – supplier

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th August 2020 The differential flotation of polymetallic sulphide ores, including copper, lead and zinc, are a common practice where these metals are mined from the same ore deposit. 

BOOKED AND BUSY
The team has several trials planned for operations in Turkey, Spain and South Africa
BOOKED AND BUSY The team has several trials planned for operations in Turkey, Spain and South Africa

More to zinc than what is commonly known

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th August 2020 Baby bum cream, fertiliser and roof tiles all have one thing in common: the lesser-known, but incredibly pervasive mineral zinc. 

HEALTHY COMPONENT 
Zinc is integral to human health as it boosts the immune system, with many zinc-based medicines, including tablets
HEALTHY COMPONENT Zinc is integral to human health as it boosts the immune system, with many zinc-based medicines, including tablets

Acquisition enhances ability to service mining sector

By: Cameron Mackay     17th April 2020 Operations management consulting firm DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) has acquired the assets of global consulting firm Lodestone Partners. The acquisition, effective as of February 29, reportedly deepens DSS’s knowledge and capacity for operational excellence, particularly in the natural... 

DAVIDE VASSALLO

The companies’ experience of working in the base metals industry enables DSS to better service this sector
DAVIDE VASSALLO The companies’ experience of working in the base metals industry enables DSS to better service this sector

Consultative approach critical for heavy-duty applications

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2020 Considering that manganese, a base metal, is an abrasive material and demanding on equipment, industrial and mining vibrating screens manufacturer Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin highlights the importance of “getting to know the ore and the application”. Consequently, a “consultative approach” is... 

KIM SCHOEPFLIN
By establishing a relationship with a customer, Kwatani is better equipped to customise vibrating equipment solutions
KIM SCHOEPFLIN By establishing a relationship with a customer, Kwatani is better equipped to customise vibrating equipment solutions

Additional copper/zinc target at Kosovo mine

17th April 2020 Minerals exploration and development company Beowulf Mining in February announced that exploration company Vardar Minerals had identified an additional copper/zinc exploration target at its Mitrovica licence in northern Kosovo, resulting in Beowulf investing a further £50 000 in Vardar. The... 

Sorting solution shows potential in metals sectors

By: Cameron Mackay     17th April 2020 Ore-processing equipment supplier TOMRA Sorting Mining has provided X-ray transmission (XRT) sensor-based ore sorting technology for two local mining plant projects on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, in Limpopo, which were commissioned recently. TOMRA Sorting Mining senior VP... 

XRT TECHNOLOGY MARKET 
P2E realised that sensor-based sorting, as a toll-treatment option, has benefits over DMS technology
XRT TECHNOLOGY MARKET P2E realised that sensor-based sorting, as a toll-treatment option, has benefits over DMS technology

Cobalt downward trend continues

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     16th August 2019 Despite cobalt’s continued downward trend, with its being reduced in cathodes in energy storage, the general sentiment is that the demand for the commodity will exceed supply, says commodities expert Core Consultants. “However, there is currently an oversupply in the hydroxide market, which leads... 

CHARGING UP? 
Cobalt prices are affected by a slower than expected ramp-up of electric vehicles
CHARGING UP? Cobalt prices are affected by a slower than expected ramp-up of electric vehicles

Chinese legislation impacting on copper market

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     16th August 2019 The biggest challenge that the copper market is facing is the Chinese restriction on copper scrap, international commodities consultancy Core Consultants tells Mining Weekly. “There is a reclassification of Category 6 copper scrap to a ‘restricted import good’ under the Chinese import... 

SPIRALING DOWN 
The copper quota for this year is expected to be less than the amount of scrap imported during 2018
Photo by Reuters
SPIRALING DOWN The copper quota for this year is expected to be less than the amount of scrap imported during 2018

Construction, investments progress at Kamoa-Kakula

16th August 2019 Significant progress is being made in the construction of the Kakula copper mine – the Stage 1, six-million-ton-a-year operation – on the tier-one Kamoa-Kakula project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines co-chairpersons Robert Friedland... 

Key countries set to boost global zinc production

16th August 2019 Global mined zinc production will continue to ramp up as strong zinc prices prompt miners to bring idled capacity back on line and invest in new projects, according to analysis and consultancy company Fitch Solutions. While some capacity taken off line over 2015 to 2016 is the result of permanent... 

Metallurgical testwork under way for Namibian copper project

16th August 2019 South African mineral research organisation Mintek has started metallurgical testwork on stockpile material from the Haib copper project in Namibia for Canadian rights holder and mining company Deep South Resources. Mintek has been provided with about 1.8 t of ore sample from a large stockpile... 

A SAMPLE OF WHAT’S TO COME
Stockpile samples at the Haib copper project in Namibia are being put to the test
A SAMPLE OF WHAT’S TO COME Stockpile samples at the Haib copper project in Namibia are being put to the test

Supplier progresses tech advancements

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     16th August 2019 Chemical reagents supplier and distributor Axis House has made advancements in projects pertaining to base metals, platinum group metals and gold ores. Axis House supplies a large quantity of flotation collectors, which are used to separate minerals from waste rock, to Zambia and the Democratic... 

LATEST ADVANCEMENTS 
Axis House supplies large quantities of flotation collectors which are used in key regions with large base metal reserves
LATEST ADVANCEMENTS Axis House supplies large quantities of flotation collectors which are used in key regions with large base metal reserves

South Africa could face copper shortage in next five years

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 Owing to a lack of significant new copper mining projects, constant illegal exports of copper scrap and import reductions from key copper producing economies, South Africa could struggle to meet local demand for copper in the next five years, says regional copper commodity body Copper Development... 

SUPPLY TROUBLES
Copper Development Association Africa says South Africa will have to import, at great cost, copper cathodes to meet local demand
Photo by Reuters
SUPPLY TROUBLES Copper Development Association Africa says South Africa will have to import, at great cost, copper cathodes to meet local demand

Nickel pig iron market contributes to Indonesian nickel mining growth

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 The growth of the nickel pig iron (NPI) market in Indonesia has led to the rapid increase of nickel mining operations in the country, says international metals and minerals consultancy Roskill senior analyst Olivier Masson. Nickel pig iron, a low-grade ferronickel, was created in China as a... 

STEELY RESOLVE 

About 70% of the primary nickel produced in 2018 was used for stainless steel production
Photo by Bloomberg
STEELY RESOLVE About 70% of the primary nickel produced in 2018 was used for stainless steel production

Canadian miner finds new high-grade zinc and gold deposit

19th April 2019 Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals has announced the discovery of 35.6 m of high-grade mineralisation including both zinc-rich massive sulphides and gold. The deposit is located between the old Chisel North mine and the producing Lalor mine in Manitoba, Canada, at a down hole depth between... 

ALAN HAIR 
These zinc-rich and gold-rich intersections highlight the ever prospective nature of the Flin Flon greenstone belt and demonstrate the value of our Manitoba assets
ALAN HAIR These zinc-rich and gold-rich intersections highlight the ever prospective nature of the Flin Flon greenstone belt and demonstrate the value of our Manitoba assets

Zinc inventories continue to fall

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 The poor performance of Chinese smelters and the closure of major zinc mines in the past two years have led to global and refined zinc inventories continuing to fall, says international commodities consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. “Many smelters last year chose not to buy expensive... 

REDUCED OUTPUT

Many Chinese smelters last year chose not to buy expensive concentrate and instead cut down on consumption rates and production
Photo by Bloomberg
REDUCED OUTPUT Many Chinese smelters last year chose not to buy expensive concentrate and instead cut down on consumption rates and production
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