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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... 

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... 

DRC exploration ongoing
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... 

Gamsberg ramp-up  exceeds expectations
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... 

New collectors released
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 measures, partnerships to ensure sector’s longevity
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. 

Positive metals markets to drive ERG’s asset development
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. 

Xanthates alternatives more effective – supplier
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. 

More to zinc than what is commonly known
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... 

Acquisition enhances ability to service mining 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... 

Consultative approach critical for heavy-duty applications
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... 

Sorting solution shows  potential in metals sectors
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     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... 

Cobalt downward  trend continues
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     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... 

Chinese legislation impacting  on copper market
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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... 

Metallurgical testwork under way for Namibian copper project
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     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... 

Supplier progresses  tech advancements
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... 

South Africa could face copper shortage in next five years
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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... 

Nickel pig iron market  contributes to Indonesian nickel mining growth
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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... 

Canadian miner finds  new high-grade zinc  and gold deposit
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... 

Zinc inventories continue to fall
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REDUCED OUTPUT Many Chinese smelters last year chose not to buy expensive concentrate and instead cut down on consumption rates and production

China’s scrap regulations important factor in copper market

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 New legislation and regulations by the Chinese government for the import of scrap materials could be a significant factor in the copper market this year, suggests international metals and minerals consultancy Roskill associate consultant Jonathan Barnes. China announced plans in April last year... 

China’s scrap regulations important factor  in copper market
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RESTRICTED REGULATIONS As a result of regulations and a trade war, China will need to replace copper scrap units with imports of more refined copper

Africa will struggle to keep up with lead-producing countries, says Fitch

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 Africa will struggle to keep up with major lead-producing countries, such as China and Australia, owing to a lack of new projects in the pipeline, says credit and macro intelligence solutions provider Fitch Group commodities industry expert Diego Oliva-Velez. There are currently only four new... 

Africa will struggle to keep up with lead-producing countries, says Fitch
Photo by Bloomberg
ENVIRONMENTAL RESTRICTIONS As a highly polluting and toxic metal, global lead production will remain under pressure over the coming years

Copper production forecast to plateau in 2019

17th August 2018 Think tank International Copper Study Group (ICSG) forecasts that global copper production will grow by around 3% in 2018 and then remain unchanged in 2019. At a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal in April, government delegates and industry advisers from most of the world’s leading copper producing and... 

Copper production  forecast to plateau  in 2019
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COPPER GROWTH Demand for cleaner energy and economic growth will have a positive impact on copper demand

Laboratory to expand services, product range

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     17th August 2018 Sandton-based chemical reagents supplier and distributor, Axis House, plans to considerably expand its metallurgical laboratory in the Western Cape, as well as its laboratory services and product range, as it believes that using specifically developed chemical reagents in the base metals... 

Laboratory to expand services, product range
Photo by Bloomberg
FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE Axis House develops specifically designed chemical reagents

Miner looks to meet Southern Africa’s zinc deficit

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     17th August 2018 While the zinc industry is poised to have a structural deficit until 2022, diversified miner Vedanta Resources' Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) is well positioned to meet the needs of South African zinc users, says VZI and Vedanta Resources Africa Base Metals CEO Deshnee Naidoo. “The feasibility... 

Miner looks to meet Southern Africa’s zinc deficit
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COMMITTED TO AFRICA Vedanta Resources has invested significant capital in Africa

Zambia’s refined copper outlook positive

17th August 2018 Zambia will remain one of the fastest growing refined copper producers in the world over the coming years, owing to strong domestic smelting capacity, rising mine output and continuing government support, according to economic research company BMI Research, a member of the Fitch Group. As the... 

Zambia’s refined copper outlook positive
Photo by Bloomberg
COPPER REFINING Refined copper production will gradually contribute more than raw materials to Zambia’s economy

Zinc developer secures offtake, funding for Nigeria project

17th August 2018 Australian zinc-focused mineral exploration company Symbol Mining has executed an offtake and marketing agreement for its shipping and sales programme for the Macy zinc project in Nigeria, with international commodities group Noble Resources International. The shipping and sales programme is... 

Zinc developer secures offtake, funding for Nigeria project
ON TARGET The first shipment of zinc and lead is expected from the Macy project in the third quarter

SA to remain among top nickel producers

By: Victor Moolman     20th April 2018 Market research company BMI Research forecasts that South Africa will remain among the top ten nickel producers in the world, with an estimated 49 500 t expected to be produced this year. South Africa has several nickel-producing mines, with one of the largest being the Nkomati mine, in... 

SA to remain among  top nickel producers
Photo by Creamer Media
SOUTH AFRICAN GROWTH New nickel mining projects that are under way will boost South Africa’s nickel production
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