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Learning curve still too steep to define ‘best practice’ mining response

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 The rapidly evolving Covid-19 crisis learning curve is still too steep to conclusively define what a ‘best practice’ response looks like from the mining industry, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is facilitating a rapid exchange of information and knowledge to... 

Investissement Québec to buy Focus Graphite’s share in Kwyjibo rare-earth project

By: Donna Slater     24th April 2020 TSX-listed graphite exploration company Focus Graphite has signed a letter of intent (LoI) to sell its 50% interest in the Kwyjibo rare-earth elements project to Investissement Québec for C$7.2-million. The project, totalling 116 map-designated claims (CDC) and covering 6 283.5 ha, is located a... 

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on Thursday issued a firm directive to all mining operations to ensure safe start-up procedures as the sector prepares to ramp up to 50% of capacity. Mining Weekly can report that the directive is issued to ensure compliance with Section 5(1)... 

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.

Fall in Chinese demand halts Syrah supply

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd April 2020 Declining demand from China during the March quarter has seen graphite miner Syrah Resources reporting declines in both production and sales for the three months under review. Syrah on Wednesday noted that graphite production from its Balama operation, in Mozambique, reached 12 000 t during the... 

Impala CE granted bail after appearance on Covid-19 charge 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2020 The arrest of the chief executive of Implats' Implala Platinum Rustenburg mining operations was on Friday welcomed by the Mineral Resources and Energy Parliamentary chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo, who on Thursday called on law enforcement agencies to act decisively against mining executives who... 

Impala CE granted bail after appearance on Covid-19 charge
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Impala Platinum Rustenburg CE Mark Munroe

Minerals Council welcomes revised Covid-19 regulations

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday welcomed the amendments to the Disaster Management Act regulations as they pertain to mining. These regulations allow a phase-up in mining capacity to 50% during the lockdown period, but with all the preventative and mitigating controls in place to... 

Minerals Council welcomes revised Covid-19 regulations
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 All mining operations, excluding collieries supplying Eskom which have been permitted to operate at full capacity throughout national lockdown, may now resume at 50% capacity during the remaining lockdown days, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Thereafter,... 

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

NextSource plans battery anode plant in jurisdiction near Madagascar project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th April 2020 TSX-listed NextSource Materials will collaborate with Japanese and Chinese partners on the building of a value-add battery anode plant in a jurisdiction that is proximal to the company’s Molo graphite project, in Madagascar. NextSource did not name the Japanese trading company or Chinese... 

Mahenge feasibility study confirms project's potential

By: Donna Slater     31st March 2020 Aim-listed investment group Armadale Capital reports that, in line with its recently completed definitive feasibility study (DFS), its wholly-owned south-east Tanzania-based Mahenge Liandu graphite project (Mahenge) is a large, long life, low cost graphite deposit with a focus on high-quality... 

Mining could be enormous post-virus stabiliser – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2020 The mining industry could be an enormous asset in stabilising and growing the economy post the coronavirus crisis – but the right economic and regulatory circumstances would have to prevail, Minerals Council South Africa stated in a weekend media release. Post coronavirus, South Africa would... 

Syrah halts Balama production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th March 2020 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has suspended production at the Balama project, in Mozambique, as local restrictions to halt the spread of COVID-19, takes its toll. Syrah said on Friday that the government of Mozambique had enacted additional measures including the suspension of all in-bound... 

Bass halts Graphmada on Covid-19 fears

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th March 2020 Graphite junior Bass Metals has announced plans to place its Graphmada mine, in Madagascar, on care and maintenance. Mining at Graphmada was paused earlier in the year with the onset of the monsoons season, and operations were initially slated to restart in April. However, the company on... 

Syrah halts US battery project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th March 2020 ASX-listed Syrah Resources will temporarily suspend its battery anode material project, in Louisiana, delaying the distribution of purified natural graphite samples for qualification with potential customers. The Governor of Louisiana earlier this month issued a “stay at home” order to fight the... 

Triton optimistic about Ancuabe financing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th March 2020 Graphite developer Triton Minerals was optimistic about securing financing for its Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. Triton told shareholders on Friday that various of its Chinese partners had informed the company that their business in China was returning to more normalized levels... 

MRC reports maiden resource for Skaland

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th March 2020 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) has reported a Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant indicated and inferred maiden resource of 1.78-million tonnes at its Skaland graphite project, in Norway. Grading 22% total graphitic carbon, the Skaland project is estimated to host some 397 000 t of... 

New Armadale mine plan shows ramp-up to 1 Mt/y is possible

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th March 2020 An improved mine plan for Aim-listed Armadale Capital’s Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, has shown it is possible to produce one-million tonnes of ore after four years of ramping up production. Armadale says BatteryLimits, which completed the mine plan, envisions an initial ramp-up... 

EcoGraf successfully trials recycling technology

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th March 2020 ASX-listed EcoGraf has successfully trailed its proprietary graphite purification technology, recycling lithium-ion battery anode material in Germany. The company noted that the EcoGraf process delivered outstanding results, increasing the carbon purity of the recycled material by over 200%,... 

Glencore provides update on its transition to low-carbon economy

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2020 JOHANNESBURG ( – Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Tuesday published an update on its performance in transitioning towards a low-carbon economy. This follows its climate change position statement of February 2019. 

Glencore provides update on its transition to low-carbon economy
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Ivan Glasenderg

Call made for accelerated exploration to build critical-minerals pipeline

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Amid growing demand for critical minerals globally on the back of increased production of the technologies needed to realise a low-carbon future, North America’s policies and regulations are said to be hindering exploration and depleting its project pipeline. This is the most minerals-intensive... 

Call made for accelerated exploration to build critical-minerals pipeline

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Mineral exploration and mining’s role in the global shift towards a low carbon future could dominate discussions at this year’s Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention, PDAC executive director Lisa McDonald tells Mining Weekly. “To meet demand for electric vehicle... 

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks
CRITICAL GATHERING Popular topics that should continue to attract high attendance at the PDAC Convention are diversity and inclusion, sustainability, capital markets and Indigenous affairs

South Star releases positive graphite PFS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th February 2020 Vancouver-headquartered South Star Mining has announced the results of a prefeasibility study (PFS) for its Santa Cruz graphite project, in Bahia, Brazil, which the company plans to develop in a two-phase approach. Phase 1 will be a pilot plant operation with the capacity to produce 5 000 t/y of... 

Tanzania graphite project could start production by 2021

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th January 2020 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Chilalo graphite project, in Tanzania, has confirmed the project economics, with ASX-listed Graphex Mining telling shareholders on Wednesday that the company was continuing discussions with financiers with the aim of starting production by the fourth... 

Epanko financing gaining pace following Barrick deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th January 2020 The share price of graphite hopeful EcoGraf soared by nearly 17% on Tuesday, as the company expressed hope that gold miner Barrick Gold’s resolution of a dispute with the Tanzanian government would pave the way for the financing and development of the Epanko graphite project. Barrick recently... 

Key EV markets to start growing again – WoodMac

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2020 Following a year characterised largely by disappointing performances from the electric vehicle (EV) and consumer electronics sectors, better days are ahead for battery market participants, with key markets for electric cars set to start growing again. This is according to consultancy firm Wood... 

Key EV markets to start growing again – WoodMac

Africa expected to be responsible producer

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 Global commodities markets expect African producers to deliver “ethically” produced, traded and transformed material, says responsible sourcing auditing and advisory company RCS Global CEO Dr Nicholas Garrett. Responsible sourcing practices are resulting in higher standards at African mining... 

Africa expected to be responsible producer
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SCOPE WIDENING Cobalt remains the commodity under the most scrutiny in terms of responsible sourcing, but focus is expanding to include other key battery and tech-metal supply chains

Syrah's output falls to plan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd January 2020 Graphite miner Syrah Resources on Wednesday reported that 15 000 t of flake graphite was produced at its Balama project, in Mozambique, as production cuts took effect. The December quarter production was down significantly from the 45 000 t produced in the September quarter, as Syrah responded... 

Munglinup proves up for Mineral Commodities

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th January 2020 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) on a concentrate only production scenario at the Munglinup graphite project, in Western Australia, has confirmed that the project would become a crucial asset in ASX-listed Mineral Commodities’ ambition to supply natural graphite. With the completion of the... 

Armadale appoints nonexecutive director

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th January 2020 Aim-listed investment company Armadale Capital has appointed Amne Suedi to the board as a nonexecutive director, with immediate effect. Suedi, a legal professional, is the founder and CEO of Shikana Law Group, a law firm operating in Kenya, Zanzibar and Tanzania and headquartered in Dar es... 

South Star applies for graphite enviro permit, trial mining licence in Brazil

By: Simone Liedtke     7th January 2020 TSX-V-listed South Star Mining has completed and formally submitted the environmental permitting documents to the responsible permitting consortium for the construction and operations of a 5 000 t/y pilot plant facility at its Santa Cruz graphite project, in Brazil. The company will also be... 

Renascor ropes in Sicona for battery anode deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th December 2019 Graphite developer Renascor Resources has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with battery anode company Sicona to jointly develop battery anode material. Under the terms of the MoU, the two companies will collaborate in the production of next-generation anode materials... 

Renascor cleared for bulk sampling at Siviour

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th December 2019 The South Australian government has granted ASX-listed Renascor Resources approval for a 60 t bulk sample from its Siviour graphite project. Ore extracted from the bulk sample will be used in the pilot plant production trial, which is taking place in China, and will provide marketing samples to... 

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use   

By: Martin Creamer     20th November 2019 Solar power is playing a major role in reducing daytime electricity bills and lowering diesel use in off-grid diesel consuming areas, says SunRanch.Solar, whose clients are benefiting from below grid power costs and major diesel savings. “We reduce people’s daytime power costs by 60% to 70%,”... 

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use
SunRanch.Solar talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Qld govt commits A$13.8m to unlock critical minerals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th November 2019 The Queensland government on Tuesday announced A$13.8-million in funding for critical minerals in an effort to open up the untapped ‘new economy’ minerals bounty in North Queensland and foster new discoveries, projects and jobs. “Global demand is set to soar for cobalt and rare earth minerals... 

Trial mining starts in Madagascar - Black Earth

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th November 2019 Trial mining has started at the Maniry graphite project, in Madagascar, ASX-listed Black Earth Minerals has reported. Mining and excavation activities will be completed by late November, with the more than 60 t bulk sample going to Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in... 

Mahenge Liandu mine design nearing completion

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th November 2019 The mine design for investment group Armadale Capital's Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, is being finalised, following a site visit by the project engineer. The mine design, which will be optimised to ensure high-grade areas are targeted first, will be included in a definitive... 

Siviour gets a A$118m price tag

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th November 2019 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Sivior graphite project, in the Eyre Peninsula, has estimated that the project would require a capital investment of A$118-million based on a staged development, with an initial production of 80 000 t/y during the first four years of operation.... 

Bass ships record numbers in October

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th November 2019 ASX-listed Bass Metals has reported record monthly shipments from its Graphmada mine, in Madagascar. The company this week said that a record 809 t of graphite was shipped during October, setting a new monthly record.  

Syrah produces first purified spherical graphite  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th November 2019 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has announced the first production of purified spherical graphite from its battery anode material (BAM) plant, in the US. Syrah on Monday said that the first purified spherical graphite, produced from natural graphite sourced from the Balama operation, in... 

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