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Cobalt News

Electra advances cobalt refinery, says project budget at risk

By: Mariaan Webb     27th May 2022 Cost pressures emerging from systematic inflation, constrained global supply chains and the sanctions on trade with Russia have put the capital budget of Electra Battery Metals’ cobalt refinery, in Ontario, at risk. The TSX- and Nasdaq-listed company said on Thursday that project cost inputs,... 

Botswana mining sector on the rebound

By: Halima Frost     27th May 2022 The Botswana mining sector is on the rebound, following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the sustained period of subdued commodities prices from 2015 to 2019, industry organisation Botswana Chamber of Mines CEO Charles Siwawa tells Mining Weekly. He adds that the rebound can be... 

A large uncut diamond on a bed of black kimberlite from a mine in Botswana
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH The mining sector in Botswana holds great potential for investors according to the Botswana Chamber of Mines

South Africa must reform its regulatory environment, make itself investor-friendly – simple  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 South Africa must reform its regulatory environment and make itself investor-friendly – simple. That is the straight-forward view of Dr Mathews Phosa, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in his capacity as the non-executive vice-chairperson of the high-flying Jubilee Metals Group plc, a London Aim-... 

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Jubilee's Dr Mathews Phosa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Commodities in 'perfect storm' says ERG, as crisis starts super cycle

By: Reuters     26th May 2022 Years of under-investment in mining of metals essential to energy transition, supply shocks and high energy prices will continue to drive commodity prices higher, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) CE Benedikt Sobotka said on Wednesday. Combined with Covid-related logistical issues and demand for... 

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead  

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Severe global battery shortage likely post 2025, GlobalData forecasts

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 Extraction of raw materials will not meet soaring battery demand unless capital markets change course in the face of environmental, social and governance pressures and invest heavily in new mines, says business data and analytics company GlobalData in its 'Batteries – Thematic Research' report.... 

Glencore settles most bribery, manipulation investigations 

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Wednesday announced the settlement of most of its bribery and market manipulation investigations. This follows almost four years of investigations and a serious environmental social and governance (ESG) overhang over the group, 

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Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.

Cobalt development an exciting prospect

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 While copper is still the main commodity driving reagent demand in Zambia, mining reagent manufacturer and supplier Axis House MD Justine Stubbs is also excited by the prospects presented by the country’s largely unexplored and unexploited cobalt reserves. Along with copper, of which Zambia is... 

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MARKET DEMANDS There has been a big drive to reduce the hazardous nature of reagents

Significant infrastructure agreement signed

20th May 2022 Project management firm GED Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ministry of Infrastructure, and DRC building firm Agence Congolaise des Grands Travaux finalised the 25-year concession agreement (CA) outlining the infrastructure development requirements of the DRC segment of the GED... 

An image of GED Africa Tamás Jászberényi and DRC Infrastructure Minister Gizaro Muvuni Alexis shaking hands during the signing ceremony
ROUTE TO DEVELOPMENT The signing of the concession agreement between GED Africa and DRC Ministry of Infrastructure is a step towards creating trading links to Zambia and the international Port of Dar es Salaam to support sectoral development in mining and agriculture

Refinery project makes headway in Zambia

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 The ramp-up of the copper oxide and copper sulphide circuit at the Project Roan copper concentrator near Kitwe, in Zambia, was scheduled to start this month, according to diversified metal recovery business Jubilee Metals’ interim results for the six months ended December 31, 2021. Project Roan –... 

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READYING ROAN The Roan concentrator will have the ability to produce an additional 10 000 t/y of copper

Critical mineral demand of order of magnitude never seen – Sheila Khama  

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2022 "My genuine sense is that we are going to see a growth in the mining sector of an order of magnitude we haven't seen. I also think that we're going to find that the need for minerals is going to force the world to think that if we can't get minerals on our shore, where else do we get them from? 

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Mining stalwart Sheila Khama spoke to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on critical metals. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Manganese mine rail-loading boost being assessed by South32 

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2022 Diversified mining company South32 is assessing the potential expansion and modernisation of rail loading infrastructure at its Wessels manganese mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape, says South32 CEO Graham Kerr. Kerr, who presented at the Bank of America Global Metals, Mining & Steel Conference... 

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Accelerated operational decarbonisation.

Collaboration needed to make South African mining globally competitive again – CSIR 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2022 Concern about mineral resource scarcity is widespread and, at the same time, many countries, such as Australia, Canada and China, are investing significantly in strengthening their mining-related research, development and innovation (RDI) capabilities. “This makes cost and differentiation... 

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CSIR CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini

Cobalt for use in EVs outstrips other end uses for first time in 2021

By: Donna Slater     17th May 2022 Last year, the cobalt market grew in an unprecedented fashion, rising 22% on the year prior, with this upward trend expected to continue, rising by about 13% a year for the next five years, says cobalt sustainability organisation the Cobalt Institute. For the first time, cobalt demand from... 

South Africa’s high-flying Jubilee creating 800 mostly long-term jobs in Zambia 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2022 Diversified metal recovery business Jubilee, which is rolling out an investment of R786-million in South Africa and Zambia, has offered employment and contractor opportunities to more than 800 people in Zambia, the most of which are long term, the company stated in a release on Monday. In Zambia,... 

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Copper and cobalt in Zambia and platinum group metals and chrome in South Africa.

Metal demand seen surging for decades on strength of energy transition, World Bank says

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2022 Demand for metals used in everything from wind-turbine blades to batteries will surge for decades to come, driven by efforts to decarbonize the global economy and shift away from fossil fuels, according to the World Bank. Even as consumption growth for other commodities like grain probably will... 

Arc, Anglo reveal plans to form copper/cobalt mining JV in Zambia

By: Darren Parker     12th May 2022 Junior exploration company Arc Minerals has entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of diversified miner Anglo American, which formalises the parties’ intention to form a joint venture (JV) with respect to Arc’s copper/cobalt project in the North-Western province of Zambia. Under the... 

Congo mines Minister seeks to cancel artisanal cobalt monopoly

By: Reuters     12th May 2022 Democratic Republic of Congo Mines Minister Antoinette N'Samba Kalambayi is seeking to cancel a decree granting Entreprise Generale du Cobalt (EGC) a monopoly over artisanal cobalt produced in the country, she told Reuters on Wednesday. EGC was created to buy, process and market artisanal cobalt... 

Minimum of 14 000 jobs a year from South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor now under development has the potential to generate a minimum of 14 000 jobs, $400-million in gross domestic product and $900-million in taxes a year by 2050. In an addition, there is potential to grow platinum group metal (PGM) demand by between 1% to 2%... 

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Minerals Council hydrogen briefing from left Allan Seccombe, Roger Baxter and Fahmida Smith.

Minerals Council spells out members’ commitment to climate change mitigation 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 Members of Minerals Council South Africa have agreed to commit to a climate change response strategy that will reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and achieve a net zero emission by 2050 or earlier. Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi on Tuesday... 

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Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi, closest right, with Minerals Council's Allan Seccombe, left.

South Africa keen to harness hydrogen economy opportunities, President Ramaphosa tells Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2022 It was just amazing to see the innovation that the mining industry is capable of scaling up, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in his enthusiastic address on Tuesday. “Last week, I attended the launch by Anglo American of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Investing in African Mining Indaba.

South Africa has significant implementation crisis – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2022 South Africa has a significant implementation crisis. A number of government departments and parastatals were hollowed out. Capacity is a significant issue in almost every parastatal – water authorities, Eskom, Transnet and across the board. “We’re not rushing in to take over activities because... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Zambian President calls on African leaders to act, not talk, regarding economic development

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th May 2022 Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema has called for African countries to exploit their resources “properly, strategically and cleverly”. He was delivering a keynote address at the first day of the Mining Indaba 2022 conference in Cape Town, on Monday. “This calls for deliberate efforts on the... 

Zambia President Hakainde Hichilema
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Zambia President Hakainde Hichilema

Green hydrogen can be produced in South Africa immediately, coal conference hears

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2022 The generation of green hydrogen is achievable in South Africa immediately and is not a complicated process, Sasol just transition office head David Kawesha said on Friday. “You just need the renewable energy resource, electrolysers to split water, and that’s really what the basic process is,”... 

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McCloskey's Southern African Coal Conference panel from left moderator Randy Fabi, Tracey Davies, Steve Nicholls, Jan Oberholzer and David Kawesha.

Jervois on track for ICO start in third quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th May 2022 ASX- and TSX-listed battery metals company Jervois remains on track to start first ore processing at its Idaho Cobalt Operations (ICO), in the US, in the third quarter of this year. Speaking at the company’s annual general meeting, non-executive chairperson Peter Johnston told shareholders that... 

Mbalula recommends a people-centred just transition

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2022 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has said a just transition is about improving the lives and livelihoods of all South Africans, particularly those that are bearing the brunt of climate impacts, and protecting and empowering workers and communities, as the country navigates the shift away from... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Canada in 'active discussions' with EV supply chain companies - Minister

By: Reuters     5th May 2022 Canada is talking to a number of companies interested in setting up production in the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain, the industry minister said, as the government seeks to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 and play a role in the shift toward greener cars. There are "very active... 

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Francois-Philippe Champagne

Moody’s foresees elevated commodity prices, constraints persisting throughout this year

By: Donna Slater     4th May 2022 Moody’s Investors Service says the persistence of weaker mining production and volume constraints will exacerbate tight markets and further elevate prices of many metals after a number of large rated global diversified mining companies posted first-quarter production results showing weaker... 

Moody’s foresees elevated commodity prices, constraints persisting throughout this year

Glencore's human rights record worst in green metals, group says

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2022 Glencore has the worst human rights record among miners of metals used in renewable energy, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre said in a report. The alleged abuses attributed to all companies range from attacks on activists to violations of environmental laws to forced relocations.... 

South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium status to world that needs this very rare metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2022 South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium supply status to gain the full confidence of a world that requires this very rare platinum group metal (PGM) to advance the fast-moving hydrogen economy. Iridium is a potent co-roleplayer with PGM stalwart platinum when it comes to... 

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SFA Oxford CEO Henk de Hoop interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Glencore guides higher full-year ferrochrome output with coal marking time 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is guiding 3% higher ferrochrome performance for the whole of this year, with no change to its coal production guidance. Full-year guidance for nickel is also up by the same three percentage points but full-year 2022 zinc guidance has been reduced... 

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Wimbledon opts for platinum to mark Queen’s jubilee, centre court centenary 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2022 In the year of the Queen of England’s platinum jubilee, the coins to be used in the Wimbledon ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss will be made of platinum for the first time in the championships’ history. This follows last month’s unveiling by the UK Royal Mint of its largest ever... 

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Platinum coin to be tossed at Wimbledon.

Canadian North sets aside C$11m for Nunavut exploration

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th April 2022 TSX-V-listed exploration and development company Canadian North on Monday announced a C$11-million budget for its exploration plan at Ferguson Lake, in Nunavut, focusing on nickel, copper, cobalt,  palladium and platinum mineralisation. The exploration plan will include a resource estimation, a... 

Palladium One increases LK indicated resources by 250%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th April 2022 Precious metals exploration company Palladium One has published an updated mineral resource estimate (MRE) for its Läntinen Koillismaa (LK) project, in north-central Finland, increasing the Kaukua area’s indicated resources tonnes by about 250%. The project now has 1.1-million ounces total... 

Australian Mines hopes to add to Sconi resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd April 2022 ASX-listed Australian Mines has started the hunt for additional nickel and cobalt resource at its Sconi nickel/cobalt/scandium project, in Queensland. The current plan for the $974-million Sconi project includes a two-million tonne a year ore processing plant, delivering a mixed nickel-cobalt... 

Aeon pauses PFS work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd April 2022 Junior Aeon Metals has paused the prefeasibility study (PFS) on its Walford Creek copper/cobalt project, in Queensland, on the back of ever-increasing global input costs and supply chain volatility. The ASX-listed company in June of last year completed a revised scoping study for Walford Creek,... 

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