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Mining output performs well, but off a low base

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th June 2021 Mining output has increased by 116.5% year-on-year in April, after having increased by 22.5% year-on-year in March. The largest contributors were platinum group metals, growing by 276%; gold, growing by 177%; manganese ore, growing by 208%; and iron-ore, growing by 149%. 

Transnet reports increase in cable theft; 600 arrests made

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2021 State-owned logistics company Transnet on June 10 reported that there was an average of 650 incidents of cable theft a month in the first five months of this year, while more than 600 arrests have been made since the beginning of the year. Transnet loses about 120 km of overhead cables a month... 

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... 

PwC Africa mining leader Andries Rossouw
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... 

Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Jubilee enters into supply agreement to access Bushveld Complex's eastern limb orebodies

By: Donna Slater     3rd June 2021 Aim-listed metals processing company Jubilee Metals has entered into a further long-term, more-than-ten-year mine life platinum group metals (PGMs) feed supply agreement with a chrome mining customer, thereby expanding its PGM operations to the eastern limb of the PGMs-rich Bushveld Complex. 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... 

Commodity prices soaring above cost levels shown in this CRU chart.
CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna at Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa’s Council for Geoscience went live on Tuesday with making geoscience data digitally available. During a panel discussion on the first day of the Junior Indaba, Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza invited all to go on to the council’s website to find this data, the bulk of which,... 

From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
Photo by Creamer Media
From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.

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... 

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy Director-General Advocate Thabo Mokoena
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Davis and former Xstrata Alloys head join FAR board

By: Mariaan Webb     1st June 2021 Sir Mick Davis has been appointed chairperson of the board of Ferro-Alloy Resources (FAR), the European vanadium company in which his Vision Blue Resources firm has invested. FAR, which trades on the London exchange, reported on Tuesday that the previously announced investment of $3.1-million by... 

Sir Mick Davis will chair Ferro-Alloy Resources.
Sir Mick Davis will chair Ferro-Alloy Resources.

Afarak sells Stellite chrome mine to South African company

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2021 London-listed Afarak Group is nearing the finalisation of the sale of its Ilitha plant, assets and mining right, in South Africa, to WMA Chrome Mining and WMA Minmet Processing for R400-million, or €23.8-million. Ilitha is a South African company that owns the Stellite mine, located on the... 

Eastplats puts ‘unproductive litigation’ behind it

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2021 JSE-listed Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) has announced that the Supreme Court of Canada has declined to hear an appeal sought by a shareholder, which sought leave to start derivative action against certain of the company’s current and former directors. The latest shareholder appeal follows the... 

Tharisa's earnings rise on booming PGM prices

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2021 Platinum groups metals (PGMs) and chrome miner Tharisa’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation increased by 243.1% year-on-year to $124.2-million for the six months ended March 31. Its revenue increased by 61.2% year-on-year to $313.6-million, while its operating profit... 

Biden's EV metals import plan unlikely to match climate goals - executives

By: Reuters     27th May 2021 The Biden administration's plan to rely on ally nations for most of the metals needed to build electric vehicles (EV) ignores the complexity of modern mining and could keep the US from meeting aggressive climate goals, according to industry executives. Reuters reported on Tuesday that President... 

Senator John Barrasso:
Senator John Barrasso: "We have these minerals here. We should produce them and use them for American workers and consumers."

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.) 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller
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... 

Progress on raising the embedded generation cap to 50MW
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... 

Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.
Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.

Crawford nickel advances to feasibility study, EV opportunities eyed

By: Mariaan Webb     26th May 2021 The Crawford nickel sulphide project is immediately advancing to the feasibility study stage, after a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) demonstrated robust economics for what will be one of the biggest nickel sulphide operations globally. TSX-V-listed Canada Nickel Company on Tuesday... 

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... 

Bill McKechnie
Exploration geologist Bill McKechnie interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Climate is global issue that exceeds anything seen in centuries – Anglo   

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2021 Recent generations have defined the environment as a critical issue for humanity and climate change represents a new and sharper focus that exceeds any single global issue that we have seen in centuries, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani has told the Bank of America Securities Global Metals,... 

Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.
Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.

Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI   

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2021 A strong call for unemployed geology graduates to be contracted to capture historic exploration data electronically has been made by Letaba Elihle Investments (LEI) principal geology consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase. In a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly Ntshangase also called on South... 

LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase
LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele Ntshangase interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

SAEC name change to Seriti Power signals coal miner’s new broader energy vision   

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2021 The change of name of South African Energy Coal (SAEC) to Seriti Power when South32’s coal assets become absorbed into Seriti Resources from June is indicative of Sereti Resources seeing opportunities in general energy beyond coal, CEO Mike Teke said on Monday. SAEC is the name that the ASX- and... 

Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke
Seriti CEO Mike Teke interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2021 New technologies are transforming the mining and metals industry, making it cleaner and safer, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is progressing an 'innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles' initiative. The initiative brings together 28 of the world’s leading mining... 

An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.
An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.

Eastplats’ first-quarter loss narrows to under $1m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2021 JSE-listed Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) has narrowed its net loss attributable to shareholders to $900 000, or $0.01 apiece, in the first quarter of the year. This compares with an $8.2-million, or $0.09 apiece, loss attributable to shareholders in the first quarter of 2020.  

Mystery of sanctioned tycoon's assets in Zimbabwe revival plan

By: Bloomberg     11th May 2021 In December, the government of Zimbabwe announced a multibillion-dollar project called Kuvimba Mining House that would hold some of the nation’s most valuable gold, platinum, chrome and nickel mines and whose revenue would be used to revive the country’s moribund economy. The venture would be 65%... 

The Darwendale platinum mine project
Photo by Bloomberg
The Darwendale platinum mine project

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions  

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2021 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report is warning of a potential supply deficit for some of the ‘critical minerals’ needed to support a global shift in the energy system that is aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as the growing number of country commitments to cutting... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions

Glencore maintains full-year guidance as first-quarter production meets expectations 

By: Simone Liedtke     29th April 2021 Diversified miner Glencore’s overall production for the first quarter was broadly in line with the company’s expectations, with production reflecting that many of its operations continue to maintain thorough Covid-19 safe working practices. Full-year production guidance, however, has been... 

CEO Ivan Glasenberg
Photo by Bloomberg
CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor  

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2021 Mining, preceded by exploration, is the greatest economic multiplier of all business activities, including government expenditure, says Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson. It therefore makes huge sense for government to enact attractive investment-friendly... 

Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson.
Integral Asset Management CIO Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Programme showing promising results 

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 The Advanced Orebody Knowledge (AOK) programme – one of six research programmes of the Mandela Mining Precinct – has reported notable results across a range of tests being conducted using the Precinct’s test mine near Rustenburg, in the North West. The programme aims to test and develop... 

LIGHTING THE WAY
Some of the testing conducted by the Advanced Orebody Knowledge programme included handheld light-detection and ranging scanners from a range of suppliers
Mandela Mining Precinct Test Mine Manager Jurgens Visser and Advanced Orebody Knowledge manager Michelle Pienaar discusses the Mandela Mining Precincts programme and the test mine.

Glencore chair defends pay plan for commodity trader’s new CEO

By: Bloomberg     22nd April 2021 Glencore's chairperson defended an incentive plan for the commodity giant’s new chief executive officer, after prominent advisory firms urged investors to vote against it. Gary Nagle, the handpicked successor of outgoing CEO Ivan Glasenberg, will take over the helm of the world’s biggest... 

Gary Nagle
Gary Nagle

KWG considers Rail-Veyor as Ring of Fire chromite transport option

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd April 2021 Toronto-based KWG Resources is considering using Rail-Veyor Technologies Global’s automated train technology for the transportation of ten-million tons a year of chromite ore over 326 km from the remote Ring of Fire region, the company announced on Wednesday. Rail-Veyor’s technology provides an... 

Merafe lifts first-quarter ferrochrome production

By: Donna Slater     16th April 2021 Ferrochrome producer Merafe Resources reports that its attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture increased by 3% year-on-year to 130 000 t for the first quarter of this year. The increase, which has been achieved despite the Lydenburg smelter and Rustenburg... 

South African ferrochrome industry ‘running out of time’ as it fights for survival, sustainability 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2021 South Africa’s ferrochrome industry has taken its first steps towards independent power generation, with plans to generate up to 750 MW of its own electricity (comprising wind, solar and cogenerated power) by 2024, Mining Weekly can report. The industry adds significant value to chrome ore by... 

South African ferrochrome industry ‘running out of time’ as it fights for survival, sustainability

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2021 South Africa’s exploration industry has until April 19 to comment on controversial regulations still in draft form. “They’ve never consulted industry about it and what they are requesting is impractical,” says Allan Saad, a consulting exploration geologist, who formerly represented the now... 

Allan Saad, Consulting Exploration Geologist
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Horizon chrome mine to be auctioned off

By: Donna Slater     7th April 2021 The Horizon chrome mine, near Rustenburg, which has been placed into business rescue, will be sold at an auction scheduled for April 22 by auctioneers Bidders Choice. With a claimed remaining life of mine of more than 30 years, the chrome mine’s auction will comprise the sale of movable property... 

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

First Nations declare moratorium on Ring of Fire mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th April 2021 The Attawapiskat, Fort Albany and Neskantaga First Nations in the James Bay lowlands have declared a moratorium development in the Ring of Fire, stating that their territories and rights could be “seriously and permanently desecrated” by large scale mining. The First Nations argue that... 

First Nations declare moratorium on Ring of Fire mining

How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds   

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2021 Of four factors required to attract investment in exploration, economic and fiscal stability is the most important, says highly experienced geological and mining consultant and nonexecutive company director Adrian Reynolds. Reynolds spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview about the factors... 

Adrian Reynolds
Geological and mining consultant Adrian Reynolds interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Eastplats’ revenue buoyed by retreatment project

By: Donna Slater     26th March 2021 Owing to strong operating results from its Crocodile River Mine (CRM) retreatment project, JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome miner Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) reports that its revenue for the year ended December 31, 2020, increased by 43.1% year-on-year, to $56.1-million.... 

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