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Lindi Jumbo project on track

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 1 hour 1 minute ago ASX-listed graphite developer Walkabout Resources says its mine construction schedule at the Lindi Jumbo graphite mine, in Tanzania, is on track. An engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Lindi Jumbo graphite process plant has been concluded with Yantai Jinpeng Mining... 

No zero carbon without green hydrogen, US pledging $1/kg coal-parity price 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2021 The world will be unable to meet its zero-carbon targets without the introduction of green hydrogen solutions, says Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha, at a time when the US has launched a programme to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%. Nasdaq-listed Plug Power, a pure play... 

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Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha

Lithium Energy weighing downstream options

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st October 2021 Junior Lithium Energy on Thursday announces plans for a potential downstream graphite processing hub, in Queensland. The ASX-listed company told shareholders that it has started investigations to establish a dedicated, environmentally sustainable manufacturing facility to purify and spheronise... 

Triton reviewing earlier start at Ancuabe

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st October 2021 Graphite hopeful Triton Minerals has launched a strategic review of its Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique, with the aim of bringing the project into production in the short-term, at a small scale, and on a commercially viable basis. The strategic review would focus on the potential for... 

BlackEarth's Indian plant set in stone

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th October 2021 ASX-listed BlackEarth has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with India’s Metachem Manufacturing Company to develop an expandable graphite plant in India. Under the terms of the agreement, Blackearth will source high quality graphite concentrate for treatment in the new expandable graphite... 

Policy-not-law charter judgment going long way towards providing certainty – NSDV 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2021 The court judgement that the mining charter is policy and not law goes a long way towards providing regulatory certainty, says NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan ­– but it is not the end of the road, he cautions in a 1 500-word analysis entitled The Great Mining Charter Debate. Khan... 

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NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan.

Incentive needed for smaller end of stock exchange to survive – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2021 An incentive is needed for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange, which is facing an existential crisis, said AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller on Monday. Reacting to the groundswell of headlines about delistings and lack of listings on the Johannesburg Stock... 

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AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Solutions for recycling EV batteries needed now to ensure future sustainability

By: Donna Slater     11th October 2021 With the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable and less carbon-intensive energy solutions globally, as well as moves to expand electric and hybrid vehicle use, comes the issue of discarded batteries and electrical components in the future as electrical and battery systems reach the end... 

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

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Form top left clockwise are Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Olivia Markham, Brett Beatty, Bernard Swanepoel and Mick McMullen.

South Africa’s exploration investment lowest since democracy began, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2021 South Africa’s mining industry is at its lowest level of exploration investment since democracy began in 1994, the Joburg Indaba heard on Thursday. “Never have we spent less – and this is a pity because significant promises were made about an exploration plan for the country,” Joburg Indaba... 

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Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa in danger of missing out on commodity boom, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2021 A much more enabling environment is needed to ensure that South Africa does not miss out on yet another commodity boom, the Joburg Indaba heard on Wednesday. “We know that we’ve missed at least one commodity boom,” Foskor chairperson, Industrial Development Corporation director and founding... 

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Joburg Indaba opening session covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

MRC plans a demerger of European graphite

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th October 2021 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) has announced plans to form a sustainable graphite business in Europe, following a strategic review process. The review process, which was aimed at optimising the company’s corporate and capital structure to fund future growth and accelerate shareholder... 

Innovative wireless sensor approach could make exploration cheaper – Prof  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 An innovative wireless sensor method of mapping the subsurface of the earth could make exploration cheaper and mining safer, says Professor Musa Manzi, the award-winning director of the Seismic Research Centre of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. The method, which... 

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Wits Professor Musa Manzi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Investment in mining crucial to ensure continued contribution to economy – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 Investment in the mining industry is crucial to ensure its continued contribution to the South African economy, says PwC in its thirteenth edition of SA Mine 2021, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry. In a year of doom and gloom on so many fronts,... 

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PwC presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Giant private mining companies getting away with no obligation to report anything publicly   

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 A globally significant chrome producer operating six chrome mines and employing 7 000 people inside South Africa – with a social labour plan obligation on every mine, with tax and royalty obligations paid to the State – is permitted to operate in this country with no ongoing public disclosure... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed on transparency by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Tirupati, Monash to collaborate on developing graphene products

By: Simone Liedtke     4th October 2021 London-listed Tirupati Graphite has entered into a research collaboration agreement with the Department of Material Sciences and Engineering at Monash University, in Victoria, Australia, to develop commercial applications for a range of graphene products in raw and recycled polymer nanocomposites... 

Prefeasibility study work begins on Uganda graphite project

By: Mariaan Webb     1st October 2021 UK-listed junior Blencowe Resources has completed an internal preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its graphite project in Uganda, the results of which paved the way for the company to start work on a prefeasibility study (PFS) using an independent consultant. The internal PEA estimates that... 

Sibanye-Stillwater moving to radical transparency on public tailings disclosure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Gold, platinum and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is moving towards the embrace of radical transparency when it comes to public disclosure on matters relating to tailings facilities against the backdrop of 230 significant tailings failures having taken place globally. Sibanye-Stillwater... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Green Sedibelo will use 82% less electricity to take PGMs all the way to end consumer  

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines is well on its way to becoming the lowest of low-energy PGM energy users and the highest of high on-site beneficiators of metals that are key in the global fight against climate change. Sedibelo’s technology sensation is the remarkable... 

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Pallinghurst managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

GreenRoc Mining makes London debut

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th September 2021 Greenland-focused GreenRoc Mining on Tuesday started trading on London’s Aim, offering investors exposure to a diversified mix of commodities designated as critical minerals by the EU and US. The company has raised gross proceeds of £5.12-million through the issue of 51.2-million new ordinary... 

Talga starts graphite trial mining in Sweden

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2021 ASX-listed Talga has started trial mining at its Vittangi graphite project in north Sweden. The 2021 trial mining campaign is extracting a 2 500 t sample of natural graphite from the Niska South deposit of Vittangi. 

Walkabout confident of meeting development targets at Lindi Jumbo

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th September 2021 ASX-listed graphite developer Walkabout Resources says mine construction at its Lindi Jumbo graphite mine development, in south-eastern Tanzania, is on track. The company has started the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Yantai Jinpeng Mining Machinery. 

Shipping disruptions delay Syrah shipments

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th September 2021 Graphite miner Syrah Resources on Friday told shareholders that disruptions to the container shipping market has forced the company to delay some 12 000 t of natural graphite sales from its Balama operation, in Mozambique, from late September to early October. The company noted that natural... 

Siviour gets major project status

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2021 ASX-listed Renascor Resource’s A$209-million Siviour battery anode material operation, in South Australia, has been granted Major Project status by the federal government. Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt said the Siviour project is expected to support over 100 new jobs during the... 

South Africa’s junior mining dearth result of unintended consequence – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 South Africa’s junior mining dearth is a result of savings no longer flowing through to primary capital raising and stock exchange listings, as the Jacobs Committee expected them to do. The unintended consequence is that there are no longer small investors for small companies. This has negatively... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

WA unveils resources strategy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2021 The resources sector has welcomed the Western Australian government’s release of its Resources Development Strategy, which outlined six priorities and focuses on policy to streamline approval processes, promote investment opportunities, and a commitment to continuing to support the successful... 

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Tirupati brings Vatomina flake graphite project online

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2021 London-listed Tirupati Graphite has commissioned its first of four 9 000 t/y flake graphite modules at the Vatomina project, in Madagascar. This brings the company’s total production capacity in Madagascar to 12 000 t/y and keeps it on track to achieve its target capacity of 84 000 t/y by 2024.  

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Graphite processing plant at Tirupati's Sahamamy project

Armadale granted Mahenge Liandu mining licence

By: Donna Slater     3rd September 2021 Aim-listed investment group Armadale Capital has been granted a mining licence for its 100%-owned Mahenge Liandu graphite project in south-east Tanzania from the Tanzanian Ministry of Energy and Minerals. The mining licence provides the company with exclusive development and mining rights over... 

Nouveau Monde admitted to Global Battery Alliance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2021 Canadian graphite developer Nouveau Monde has been admitted as an active member of the Global Battery Alliance (GBA) – a World Economic Forum initiative striving to establish a sustainable battery value chain. GBA members include Alliance for Responsible Mining, BMW Group, Google, Groupe... 

Talga starts trial mining in Sweden

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2021 ASX-listed Talga has started trial mining at its Vittangi graphite project, in northern Sweden. The trial mine, operating under a three-year permit issued by the Environmental Review Commission within the Norrbotten County Administration Board, covers the extraction of 25 000 t graphite ore from... 

Tirupati records strong full-year performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th August 2021 Aim-listed Tirupati Graphite’s production for the financial year ended March 31 increased by 30% year-on-year, while sales volumes increased by 54%. During the financial year under review, the 3 000 t/y Sahamamy facility, in Madagascar, which had declared commercial operations from January 2020,... 

Construction to start at Lindi Jumbo

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2021 The Lindi Jumbo graphite project, in Tanzania, has progressed to the construction phase, owner Walkabout Resources said on Tuesday. The ASX-listed company told shareholders that the independent project manager had completed the site visit, and that bulk earthmoving contractor TNR was now... 

IDC in discussion on the introduction of an exploration fund – Demana   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2021 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is in discussion on the introduction of a fund to underpin much-needed exploration in South Africa. This was stated by Reginald Demana, the IDC’s head of mining and metals, infrastructure and energy, in a wide-ranging Zoom interview with Mining Weekly.... 

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IDC Mining, Metals, Infrastructure & Energy Head Reginald Demana interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

NextSource’s Molo project construction on schedule and budget

By: Donna Slater     19th August 2021 TSX-listed strategic materials development company NextSource Materials reports that construction of the Molo graphite project, in Madagascar, is on schedule and within budget. The $25-million first phase of the Molo project is fully funded and is expected to be the next graphite mine to enter... 

South Africa on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says new SAIMM president  

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2021 South Africa is on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says newly elected Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Isabel Geldenhuys. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Geldenhuys expressed the view that all the big mines with big moving machinery... 

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South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy president Isabel Geldenhuys interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Acquisition advances Tirupati’s green aspirations

By: Simone Liedtke     17th August 2021 Fully integrated specialist graphite producer and graphene and advanced materials developer Tirupati Graphite has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of Suni Resources. Suni Resources holds the Mozambique portfolio of graphite assets of ASX-listed Battery... 

Black Rock signs offtake at Mahenge

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th August 2021 Junior graphite developer Black Rock Mining has converted two existing Chinese pricing and volume agreements into binding term sheets for offtake at its Mahenge project, in Tanzania. The ASX-listed company on Friday said that the term sheets had been inked with existing offtake customers Taihe... 

Friendly South African face could quickly attract exploration investment – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2021 South Africa looks a lot like the global gold mining industry in that it has not encouraged reinvestment in its mining industry’s future, says Barrick Gold president and CE Dr Mark Bristow. "In fact, if anything, South Africa has harvested what it received back in 1994," adds Bristow, a hugely... 

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Barrick president and CE Dr Mark Bristow.
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