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Canada’s potential growth backed by non-traditional demand

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th February 2021 Canada is the second largest country in the world and has vast uninhabited regions with diverse geology, hosting one of the most prolific mineral endowments on the planet, says North American mine developer Fortune Minerals president and CEO Robin Goad. 

Vision Blue helping world to achieve green dream with high-return prospects for investors  

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2021 The world’s energy transition away from fossil fuels is a phenomenon that is not dependent on any assumptions about gross domestic product (GDP) growth or countries urbanising or industrialising. It is a phenomenon driven by international consensus that the carbon footprint of the world has to be... 

Sir Mick Davis
Sir Mick Davis interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer about Vision Blue Resources. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Resources Watch  

10th February 2021 This week: Minerals Council says exploration needed to grow industry; President Cyril Ramaphosa says SA wants to promote greater exploration and beneficiation; and, Murray & Roberts Cementation achieves five-million fatality-free shifts 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Petra introduces changes at Williamson as human rights abuses investigation continues

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th February 2021 London-listed diamond miner Petra Diamonds is already making some changes, such as appointing a new security contractor and implementing a new grievance mechanism, at its Williamson mine, in Tanzania, while it finalises an investigation into alleged human rights abuses by security personnel at... 

Williamson openpit mine, in Tanzania
Williamson openpit mine, in Tanzania

Exxaro provides Covid-19 relief, testing support to Lephalale community

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2021 JSE-listed diversified miner Exxaro Resources says it has implemented community support initiatives to aid host communities around its Grootegeluk mine, in Lephalale, Limpopo, to help them overcome socioeconomic challenges they face as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Exxaro... 

Gahcho Kué and Brucejack mines report Covid-19 cases

By: Mariaan Webb     8th February 2021 Production at the Gahcho Kué diamond mine, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, has been suspended, owing to an outbreak of Covid-19 at the mine site. The Brucejack gold mine, in British Columbia, has nine positive cases. 

The Gahcho Kue mine, in Northwest Territories.
The Gahcho Kue mine, in Northwest Territories.

Platinum group metals outlook: constrained supply, very strong demand growth – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2021 The outlook for platinum group metals (PGMs) is one of constrained supply and very strong demand growth. “You’ve got the entire PGMs suite that is short and that certainly will translate into tight markets,” World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) Director of Research Trevor Raymond told Mining... 

World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Surface operations resume at New Afton

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th February 2021 Surface operations at the New Afton mine, in Kamloops, British Columbia, have resumed, following Tuesday’s underground mud-rush incident that led to the death of one worker and injured two. The mill facility and tailings operations were restarted on Thursday afternoon, bullion miner New Gold... 

DMRE commemorates five years since Lily mine collapse

By: Donna Slater     5th February 2021 On the fifth anniversary of the Lily mine collapse, the Department of Minerals Resources and Energy (DMRE) conveys its sadness in commemorating the loss of three miners. On February 5, 2016, there was a cave-in at the mine, in Barberton, Mpumalanga. An above-ground lamproom container, in which... 

DRC Minister joins responsible cobalt initiative

5th February 2021 Global minerals organisation the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) announced in December that Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) National Minister of Mines Professor Willy Kitobo Samsoni has joined the Cobalt Action Partnership (CAP) Steering Committee. RMI is partnership lead and... 

RESPONSIBLE VALUE CHAINS 
CAP promotes the engagement and commitment towards sustainable and inclusive cobalt value chains
Photo by Bloomberg
RESPONSIBLE VALUE CHAINS CAP promotes the engagement and commitment towards sustainable and inclusive cobalt value chains

Battery metal demand to boost DRC mining

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) mining sector “has been given a boost, owing to a surge in demand for battery metals”, says Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking mining and resources finances co-head Nivaash Singh. He states that this has increased investment in operations for these... 

NIVAASH SINGH
Operators in the DRC will have to contend with corruption, illegal mining, growing terrorism, and the Covid-19 pandemic, after having had to deal with Ebola
NIVAASH SINGH Operators in the DRC will have to contend with corruption, illegal mining, growing terrorism, and the Covid-19 pandemic, after having had to deal with Ebola

Miner supports cobalt initiative, secures investment

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 Diversified miner Glencore is playing a significant supporting role in The Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA), a multi-stakeholder initiative to support the production of fair cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says Glencore lead cobalt trader David Brocas. “We operate industrial mines in... 

MULTI-STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION
Glencore is actively supporting the FCA, and are encouraging other relevant companies to join the initiative
MULTI-STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION Glencore is actively supporting the FCA, and are encouraging other relevant companies to join the initiative

DRC mining to be highlighted at event

5th February 2021 Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will feature prominently during virtual trade and investment entity Canada-Africa Chamber of Business’ twenty-second yearly African Mining Breakfast and in mining investment company MineAfrica’s nineteenth Investing in African Mining Seminar on... 

Tin producer achieves record production

5th February 2021 Tin miner Alphamin Resources in January reported that its tin production at its high-grade operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo increased by 13% to a quarterly record of 2 898 t. This exceeded the company’s market guidance of between 2 600 t and 2 800 t. The company also provided an... 

EXCELLING SAFETY
The Bisie tin mine recorded zero lost-time injuries in the last quarter
EXCELLING SAFETY The Bisie tin mine recorded zero lost-time injuries in the last quarter

Cobalt initiative begins programme roll-out

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 International collaboration the Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) – launched in August last year – has begun implementing programmes to drive the safe and responsible development of cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The founding members of the FCA, alongside The Impact Facility, include... 

Mining code could cap cobalt growth for DRC

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 Demand for portable electronics, energy storage and electric vehicles will create significant demand for lithium-ion batteries, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be a critical supplier of raw materials used in these technologies, particularly cobalt, states international metals and... 

SECURING SUPPLY
The DRC is the world’s largest producer of mined cobalt. Most intermediates produced in the country are exported owing to the lack of refining capacity
Photo by Bloomberg
SECURING SUPPLY The DRC is the world’s largest producer of mined cobalt. Most intermediates produced in the country are exported owing to the lack of refining capacity

Survey shows 21% of South African miners have Covid-19 antibodies – Minerals Council

By: Donna Slater     4th February 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa last year announced plans to undertake a series of surveys to better understand the progression of Covid-19 in local mining operations and it has recently received the results of the first phase of seroprevalence surveys. The results show that the number of... 

Minerals Council health head Dr Thuthula Balfour
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Minerals Council health head Dr Thuthula Balfour

Anglo makes $30m contribution to vaccine roll-out; $10m allocated for use in South Africa 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th February 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American will make a $30-million contribution towards assisting in the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines across its operational footprint. The nature of the contribution, consisting of cash and in-kind support, will differ from country-to-country, based on the vaccine... 

Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani
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Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Harmony employee killed in fall-of-ground at Target

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th February 2021 Gold miner Harmony Gold Mining says an employee at its Target mine, in Welkom, had died following a seismic event that triggered a fall of ground on February 3. The relevant authorities were informed immediately and an investigation is under way. 

Botswana intensifying effort to attract non-diamond exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2021 Botswana has intensified efforts to digitise and make geoscience information readily available to local and international potential investors in an effort to encourage prospecting for non-diamond minerals, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi told the virtual 2021 Investing in African Mining... 

Botswana president Mokgweetsi Masisi
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Botswana president Mokgweetsi Masisi

R12bn cost of vaccination roll-out ‘immaterial’ relative to Covid’s economic cost  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2021 Having received finer pricing details from Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers over the past month, organised business is currently estimating that it will cost about R12-billion to vaccinate 70% of South Africa’s adult population – well below government’s earlier and heavily criticised estimate of... 

R12bn cost of vaccination roll-out ‘immaterial’ relative to Covid’s economic cost

Collaboration needed to overcome Covid-19 – mining industry

By: Donna Slater     3rd February 2021 Various mining-affiliated parties met on January 28 to discuss efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and to help the mining industry, its employees and mining-affected communities to tackle the challenge. Representatives from the Minerals Council South Africa, as well as trade unions the... 

Cutifani shares thoughts on role of industry amid pandemic

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd February 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani says the global mining industry has, for the most part, been able to show resilience amid the pandemic and provide assistance to communities beyond what governments in many jurisdictions are able to do. In conversation with Deloitte Africa senior... 

Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani
Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Opinion: Good job, Minister Mantashe – now more of the same

2nd February 2021 Ahead of this year's virtual Investing in African Mining Indaba, law firm Webber Wentzel commends Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) for continuing to work tirelessly throughout the Covid-19-related lockdown but calls for further... 

‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2021 “We need exploration to grow our industry,” Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Monday during a virtual State of the Mining Nation media briefing in which he described exploration as one of the low-hanging fruits that could change South Africa’s economic trajectory in... 

Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo
Minerals Council South Africa media brief reporting by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Brazil mining agency to hire more inspectors, allowing annual checks on all tailings dams

By: Reuters     29th January 2021 Brazil's National Mining Agency (ANM) is set to hire 40 more safety inspectors, to more than double the total number of inspectors, allowing it to check all the country's tailings dams annually, the agency's director told Reuters on Thursday. A 2019 disaster at iron ore miner Vale's Brumadinho... 

Technology presents opportunities for company, industry

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 While it will always be important for people in the mining sector to interact regularly in a forum where they seek new business opportunities, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that virtual events can replace many aspects of physical conferences that representatives were accustomed to attending. 

MARCIN WERTZ
As a conference that focuses on business networking, the Mining Indaba is certainly compromised by being limited to a virtual format
MARCIN WERTZ As a conference that focuses on business networking, the Mining Indaba is certainly compromised by being limited to a virtual format

ICMM announces equivalency benchmarks

29th January 2021 Last month, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry, published a series of equivalency benchmarks that compare the requirements of ICMM’s Mining Principles with several mining and... 

Industry expected to shoulder heavy responsibility

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 Much is expected of pioneer industries, such as mining, which often have to establish themselves and operate in environments that are less than ideal, lacking, for instance, in energy and transport infrastructure, local expertise and reliable supply chains, says independent consulting firm of... 

ANDREW VAN ZYL 
The African mining sector will, similar to other regions, face uncertainty around supply and demand dynamics
ANDREW VAN ZYL The African mining sector will, similar to other regions, face uncertainty around supply and demand dynamics

Tech keeps MDG going despite Covid-19 pandemic

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling Group (MDG) has always been keen to get involved in the digitisation aspect of technology advancement in the mining industry, with 2020 having shown how important this aspect is, and for the organisation to have an adaptive culture. 

EXPANDED HORIZONS The mobile tunnel borer (pictured above) has expanded Master Drilling Group’s offering into rapid horizontal blind hole development using mechanised methods without blasting
EXPANDED HORIZONS The mobile tunnel borer (pictured above) has expanded Master Drilling Group’s offering into rapid horizontal blind hole development using mechanised methods without blasting

Tech to advance African mining development

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 Despite the devastating economic repercussions of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Africa continues to be an integral component of the global financial system, says international technology company Minetec Smart Mining CTO Mustafa Yesilyurt. 

MUSTAFA YESILYURT 
As long as there is demand for energy, there will be a need for some form of mineral extraction, with clear evidence pointing to an increase in global energy requirements
MUSTAFA YESILYURT As long as there is demand for energy, there will be a need for some form of mineral extraction, with clear evidence pointing to an increase in global energy requirements

Export speed-up projects in spotlight at Richards Bay Coal Terminal  

By: Martin Creamer     28th January 2021 South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal is going all out to raise its export efficiency in a bid to counter ship queuing. With the R1.34-billion worth of stacker reclaimers and shiploaders provided in 2018 putting in solid performances, RBCT has now turned to debottlenecking conveyor projects... 

Five phases have resulted in a coal terminal with 91-million tons of export capacity
Richards Bay Coal Terminal’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Third consecutive year of coal export decline from Richards Bay Coal Terminal  

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2021 Coal exports from South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) last year declined for the third consecutive year, with the 70.2-million tons exported to mainly Asia and single-digit percentages to Africa and Europe, taking exports back to what they were in 2013. In 2020, two-million fewer... 

Geographic spread of South African coal exports from Richards Bay Coal Terminal.
Richards Bay Coal Terminal’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Green technology boost for African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2021 The key to unlocking value of Kabanga Nickel and enabling the full beneficiation of new era metals in Tanzania is an environment-friendly hydrometallurgy process that eliminates smelting and thus slashes the need for electricity. The Kabanga Nickel Hydromet process – which takes ore to refined... 

President John Magufuli of Tanzania, seated, looks on as Tanzania's Chief Treasurer Athumani Mbutukwa receives share certificates from Kabanga Nickel vice chairperson Chris von Christierson (centre) and Kabanga Nickel CEO Chris Showalter (right).
President John Magufuli of Tanzania, seated, looks on as Tanzania's Chief Treasurer Athumani Mbutukwa receives share certificates from Kabanga Nickel vice chairperson Chris von Christierson (centre) and Kabanga Nickel CEO Chris Showalter (right).

Arnot OpCo plans safe restart of operations with Covid-19 in mind

By: Donna Slater     25th January 2021 Mpumalanga-based coal miner Arnot OpCo is planning the restart of its operations near Middelburg in a safe and controlled manner that takes into account measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, at a time when South Africa is battling a second wave of infections. The company says it is not... 

Lily mine not for sale, says Vantage as it plans restart of operations 

By: Donna Slater     22nd January 2021 Owner of the shut Barberton-based Lily gold mine, Vantage Goldfields has countered claims made by political organisation ActionSA president Herman Mashaba that the mine has received two bids by third parties that intend to acquire and reopen the mine. The Lily mine has been closed since a... 

A dated picture of the Lily mine decline-shaft entrance before the cave-in occurred
A dated picture of the Lily mine decline-shaft entrance before the cave-in occurred

Responsible Mining Foundation seeks ‘more ambitious’ standards for TSFs 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd January 2021 The vast majority of large-scale mining companies are still unable to demonstrate that they review and report on how effectively they manage risks related to tailings storage facilities (TSF), and take responsive actions as necessary, despite growing disclosure on TSFs, the Responsible Mining... 

The Corrego do Feijao tailings dam collapse, in Brumadinho, Brazil.
The Corrego do Feijao tailings dam collapse, in Brumadinho, Brazil.

Platinum group metals demand set to overwhelm supply balance – Davis  

By: Martin Creamer     21st January 2021 Long-serving precious metals consultant Dr David Davis has reached the conclusion, after a comprehensive study, that the demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) is poised to outstrip stagnant supply. Davis, who has spent several months carrying out a ‘deep dive’ into the future of PGMs for... 

Precious metals consultant Dr David Davis, who believes that platinum will be next to board the price rocket.
Precious metals consultant Dr David Davis, who believes that platinum will be next to board the price rocket.
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