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Exploration News

Exploration, vanadium, local battery material champions make headlines   

19th March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks South Africa needing to boost exploration in the Northern Cape, South Africa’s opportunity to win back its share of the global vanadium market, and South Africa’s team of local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new... 

A$50m in grants for Beetaloo exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th March 2021 The oil and gas industry has welcomed a A$50-million federal government grant to support and accelerate exploration in the Beetaloo basin, in the Northern Territory. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said the grants will be provided through the Beetaloo Cooperative... 

ESG investment opportunities provided

By: Cameron Mackay     19th March 2021 Law firm ENSafrica executive Lloyd Christie says the Financial Provisions Regulations, which came into effect in 2015, have presented significant opportunities for sustainable finance, as well as environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment in the local mining industry. He highlights... 

ESG investment opportunities provided
LLOYD CHRISTIE Mobilising capital for a sustainable economy will require shifting the current capital allocation from an unsustainable pathway to a sustainable one

Garalo report points to two-million-ounce potential

By: Donna Slater     18th March 2021 Gold mine developer Contango Holdings reports that a National Instrument 43-101 independent technical report has confirmed the potential for two-million ounces gold at its Garalo project. in the Sikasso region of southern Mali. The report also finds that the two target zones – G1 and G3 targets... 

Northern Cape ‘elephant country' needs exploration boost, says explorer  

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2021 South Africa is still "elephant country" and needs to boost exploration in the Northern Cape's highly prospective Namaqua metamorphic geological province in particular, says PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes. Meintjes, a private explorer who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, focuses on... 

Northern Cape ‘elephant country' needs exploration boost, says explorer
PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Power Metal Resources receives ‘encouraging results’ for South Ghanzi project

By: Simone Liedtke     17th March 2021 Aim-listed metals explorer and developer Power Metal Resources has received “encouraging results” from the airborne electromagnetic (AEM) surveys recently flown over the South Ghanzi project, in the Kalahari Copper Belt, in Botswana. The South Ghanzi project is part of a strategic joint venture... 

Orion identifies four drill targets that may expand Okiep Flat Mines resources

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2021 Diversified metal exploration and development multinational Orion Minerals has identified four shallow, high-priority drill targets close to existing mineral resources at the Okiep Copper Complex, in the Northern Cape. The targets have the potential to substantially expand the mineral resource at... 

Altus gains more exploration ground in Morocco

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th March 2021 TSX-V- and Aim-listed Altus Strategies has been granted exploration licences for three copper and silver projects totalling 252 km2 in the western Anti-Atlas region of Morocco. Following a competitive tender process, Altus’ subsidiary Aterian Resources was awarded the projects. 

Premier granted exclusive prospecting order for Zimbabwe project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th March 2021 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals has been granted an exclusive prospecting order (EPO) over an area that encompasses the Zulu lithium and tantalum claims in the Fort Rixon district of Zimbabwe for a period of three years. "I am deeply appreciative of the Zimbabwe Government for the granting of... 

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2021 Ahead of tackling policy issues, incremental ongoing effort must be prioritised to clear South Africa’s huge mineral exploration and mining rights backlog, says AmaranthCX director Paul Miller. The backlog currently stands at more than 5 000 unprocessed exploration applications and  235... 

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller talks exploration to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Kinross earns 70% stake in Laguna in Snow Lake

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th March 2021 An affiliate of Kinross Gold has earned a 70% interest in the Laguna/Lucky Jack/Puealla Bay properties, in Snow Lake, Manitoba, junior partner Rockcliff Metals announced on Thursday. Rockliff, which retains a 30%participating interest in Laguna, reported that Kinross had earned its interest by... 

Ansto unveils new exploration technology

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th March 2021 Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Ansto) has unveiled a new technology that could provide new insights into climate change and minimise the effects of mining by making it more efficient. Using one of the highest intensity neutron imaging machines in the world, known as... 

Exploration success relies on technology and collaboration - BHP 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th March 2021 Innovation and application of new technology would be vital to unlocking resource exploration potential, diversified miner BHP said this week. Speaking at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), BHP’s chief technical officer, Laura Tyler, stated that the exploration... 

Exploration success relies on technology and collaboration - BHP
Laura Tyler says new technologies will be vital to unlocking exploration potential.

New blasting system to be launched in 2021

By: Theresa Bhowan     12th March 2021 Explosives and blasting systems provider Orica will launch the next generation of the wireless blasting system solution, WebGen 200. The WebGen 200 is set for commercial release in late 2021; with availability subject to the regulatory approvals. Orica initiating systems VP Adam Mooney describes... 

New blasting system  to be launched in 2021
BLAST OFF Since the launch of WebGen in 2017, Orica has executed more than 1 550 blasts that have been detonated using the wireless technology

Discovery Harbour shares spike on Newcrest earn-in news

By: Mariaan Webb     11th March 2021 TSX-V-listed Discovery Harbour’s value doubled this week as the junior announced that Australian major Newcrest Mining would earn into its Fortuity 89 property, in Nevada. Discovery Harbour holds early-stage epithermal gold Fortuity 89 property, which covers close to 34 km2 and is located about... 

Organisation to support at-risk, entrepreneurial nature of exploration, development

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2021 South Africa requires a robust, representative, principled and professional, future-focused mineral-exploration and development organisation that is capable of educating, promoting, lobbying and, if necessary, litigating for the creation of a vibrant exploration sector, says exploration,... 

Organisation to support at-risk, entrepreneurial nature of exploration, development
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Dr John Bristow

Mineral Rights, JSE, Kumba make headlines   

5th March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks slow mineral rights processing and ending it; why the JSE should be South Africa’s main mine funder; and Kumba Iron Ore’s exciting new project.     

Mineral Rights, JSE, Kumba make headlines
Mineral Rights, JSE, Kumba make headlines

Tasman raises cash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th March 2021 Junior Tasman Resources on Friday announced plans for a A$4.8-million capital raise to fund exploration work in South Australia, and to support future investment in fellow ASX-listed companies. The junior told shareholders that it would place some 60-mllion shares to sophisticated and... 

NDI confirms northern Aus potential

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th March 2021 Results from the first campaign of the National Drilling Initiative (NDI) has confirmed the mineral potential of a previously under-explored region of northern Australia. Preliminary analysis of data and samples from 10 stratigraphic drill holes from the East Tennant region of the Barkly... 

NDI confirms northern Aus potential

South Africa ‘unique’ circumstances could give it tech-minerals edge - 18

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2021 Amid continuing decarbonisation worldwide, the increased global demand for tech minerals (such as zinc, copper, tin and vanadium) presents South Africa’s mining regions with “a unique set of circumstances”, says dual-listed Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart. He tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly... 

South Africa ‘unique’ circumstances could give it tech-minerals edge - 18

Galileo enters into agreement to sell Star Zinc to Zambia-focused company

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2021 Zinc, copper and rare earths explorer Galileo Resources has entered into a conditional agreement with Siege Mining regarding the ceding of ownership, operation and participation in the Star Zinc project. For its part, Galileo will cede its ownership of the project for a consideration of $750... 

Tsodilo gets green light to list on OTCQB

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2021 TSX-V-listed diamond and metals exploration company Tsodilo Resources has received approval to start trading on the OTCQB Venture Market under the symbol TSDRF as of the start of trading on March 4. Chairperson and CEO James Bruchs says the company believes a secondary listing on this market... 

Minerals Council offers to part pay cost of replacing Samrad system 

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa has made recommendations to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) about critical reforms that are needed to encourage greater investment in exploration and mining. One of its suggestions is that the dysfunctional South African Mineral Resources... 

Minerals Council offers to part pay cost of replacing Samrad system
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Geoscience Australia sets next targets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2021 Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory have been flagged as the major recipients of the next phase of the Australian government’s A$225-million Exploring for the Future programme. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt on Thursday announced the... 

DMRE commits to provide final decision on Samrad system in six months 

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Thabo Mokoena, during a follow-up briefing to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Resources on March 3, committed the department to providing a final determination on the South African Mineral Resources... 

New exploration strategy a step closer, but questions remain

By: Donna Slater     3rd March 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa and the Council for Geoscience are said to be close to publishing their so-called new strategic Exploration Implementation Plan. Announced during the Joburg Indaba in October 2020, the new exploration strategy was then earmarked for development within three... 

Ionic adds to Uganda resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd March 2021 Junior Ionic Rare Earths has reported a three-fold increase in the mineral resource estimate at its Makuutu project, in Uganda. The mineral resource estimate at Makuutu is now estimated at 315-million tonnes, at 650 parts per million total rare earth oxide, representing a 210% increase on the... 

Exploration spend continues to grow - ABS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd March 2021 New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown that mineral exploration expenditure continued to grow in the December quarter. “Total Australian mineral exploration expenditure grew in every quarter in 2020, illustrating the strength of Australia’s mineral exploration... 

Exploration spend continues to grow - ABS

Cora starts 22 000 m drilling campaign at Sanankoro

By: Donna Slater     1st March 2021 West Africa-focused Cora Gold has started a 22 000 m drilling campaign at its flagship Sanankoro gold project in southern Mali. CEO Bert Monro says the drill programme will be the largest single programme that Cora has ever completed.  

Tesoro modifies El Zorro structure to align with Chilean regulations

By: Donna Slater     1st March 2021 ASX-listed gold explorer Tesoro Resources has modified the terms and structure of its acquisition of the El Zorro gold project in Chile, as both the project and the Ternera deposit, are now materially larger than contemplated by the existing purchase option agreement. Under the existing purchase... 

Implats, 4IR and Target North make headlines   

26th February 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Implats' R10-billion worth of new platinum projects, the feasibility study on a mine selected for the testing of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and the Greenfield exploration drilling that has restarted at Target North.   

Implats, 4IR and Target North make headlines
Implats, 4IR and Target North make headlines

South Africa's mineral licensing system holding back prospecting, exploration

By: Schalk Burger     25th February 2021 Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Thabo Mokoena has conceded that the South African Mineral Resources Administration System (Samrad), which was introduced to allow the general public and investors to view the country's mineral rights, is dysfunctional. He told a... 

South Africa's mineral licensing system holding back prospecting, exploration

NT launches next round of exploration funding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th February 2021 The Northern Territory government has opened Round 14 of its exploration drilling and geophysics grants. This program, which is part of the A$26-million Resourcing the Territory initiative, is the biggest investment by any territory government into programs to attract and support resources... 

Merger to create new North American precious metals explorer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th February 2021 A new North America-focused precious metals exploration and development company is set to emerge from the combination of TSX-V-listed Silver Mountain Mines and private British Columbia company Nevgold. Nevgold holds the rights to acquire the Limousine Butte and Cedar Wash project, in Nevada,... 

Greenfield exploration drilling restarts at Target North gold prospect  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2021 Greenfield exploration drilling has restarted at the Target North prospect in the Free State, which Covid-19 temporarily halted, Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp told Mining Weekly on Tuesday. Speaking during a Zoom interview after presenting an outstanding set of dividend-yielding  financial... 

Greenfield exploration drilling restarts at Target North gold prospect
Harmony gold CEO Peter Steenkamp interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Red Mountain gains access to Koonenberry

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd February 2021 Gold hopeful Red Mountain Mining has inked land access agreements over its Koonenberry gold project, in New South Wales. Land access agreements are required with local landholders prior to any exploration groundwork being undertaken in New South Wales, with Red Mountain telling shareholders that... 

Two-phase coal project will secure production

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th February 2021 Coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal’s De Wittekrans greenfield project, in Mpumalanga, South Africa, will take place in two phases. Phase 1 – the opencast operation – has an economically minable reserve of 14.3-million tonnes of run-of-mine (RoM), while Phase 2 comprises the... 

Two-phase coal project will secure production
KEEP IT COAL The De Wittekrans mine has an estimated life-of-mine of about 25 years

Namibia suspends new mining right applications

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 The Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) will not consider or process new applications for mineral rights from November 18, 2020, to August 17, 2021,  the ministry said in a statement last year.   The reason is to enable the ministry to review requirements and procedures for right... 

Namibia suspends new mining right applications
BRYAN WHITE Mining industry will grapple with the Covid-19 measures for some time, and notes that they have largely been normalised as part of mines’ work processes
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