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Metals rebound as world's energy crisis keeps roiling the market

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2021 Base metals were mostly higher, paring a weekly slump, as the global energy crisis kept roiling the energy-intensive sector. The global energy shortage, fueled by record coal and gas costs, has forced metal output cuts from China to Europe, depleting inventories. Freeport-McMoRan, the world’s... 

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... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Paul Milller during October 2021 Zoom interview.
AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Energy crisis pushes copper towards best week since 2016

By: Reuters     15th October 2021 Copper on Friday was heading for its biggest weekly gain since 2016 as surging power prices threaten to curb supply at a time when exchange stockpiles are at rock bottom. A rapid rise in the cost of energy and shortages of power in China have already forced zinc and aluminium smelters to cut... 

An image of molten copper

Europe's carmakers face raw material bottleneck for EV batteries

By: Reuters     13th October 2021 Major carmakers like Volkswagen, Daimler and Stellantis have been racing to secure battery cell supplies in Europe, but may face a bigger challenge as they seek to go electric - finding enough battery raw materials. Failure to obtain adequate supplies of lithium, nickel, manganese or cobalt... 

Miners disclose CO2 emissions on LME's sustainability register

By: Reuters     13th October 2021 Nine metal producers including Antofagasta and Teck Resources have disclosed the carbon emissions from their metal producing operations on the London Metal Exchange's newly launched digital register. The register known as LMEpassport is aimed at users of the exchange wanting to support the... 

The hottest party in the metals world is back, but much smaller

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2021 Near-record copper prices are usually a sure sign that the parties will be extravagant and the champagne will flow all night when the metals world descends on London. But with Covid-19 still raging across much of the globe, the famously rowdy annual gathering of traders, financiers and producers... 

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... 

Creamer Media screenshot of panel discussion at Joburg Indaba in October 2021
Photo by Creamer Media
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... 

Creamer Media screenshot from Joburg Indaba October 2021
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... 

Creamer Media screenshot of PwC Africa CEO Dion Shango at Joburg Indaba 2021
Joburg Indaba opening session covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

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,... 

Creamer Media screenshots and design of elements presented at PwC SA Mine 2021
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... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Paul Miller taken during Zoom interview on 4 October 2021
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed on transparency by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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

Teck cuts refined zinc output forecast on wildfire impact

By: Reuters     21st September 2021 Canadian miner Teck Resources cut its forecast for annual refined zinc production on Tuesday, citing an impact on its operations from wildfires in British Columbia. The company projected refined zinc production for 2021 to be in the range of 285 000 t to 290 000 t, down from a previous estimate... 

An image of Teck's Trial Operations
Teck's Trial Operations contains one of the world's biggest fully integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes.

Fancamp to become cornerstone investor in ScoZinc

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2021 TSX-V-listed ScoZinc Mining and Fancamp Exploration have terminated a previously announced arrangement agreement and, instead, the companies entered into a new agreement whereby Fancamp will become a cornerstone investor in ScoZinc. Fancamp will invest in ScoZinc by way of a C$1.3-million... 

CAML exploring avenues to reduce emissions

By: Mariaan Webb     15th September 2021 London-listed Central Asia Metals (CAML) is exploring avenues to reduce emissions at its mines in North Macedonia and Kazakhstan, as the company continues working towards developing a climate change strategy. CAML, which on Wednesday announced interim results, said that it had negotiated to... 

An image of the Sasa operations in North Macedonia.
Sasa operations in North Macedonia

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... 

Creamer Media screenshot of AmaranthCX director Paul Miller taken during Zoom interview.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Supplier keeps up with tech revolution

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Based on its BlueTechnology philosophy, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group has significantly broadened its expertise in processing, supplies and services for nonferrous metals production over the past year to meet the highest requirements of customers. “BlueTechnology in nonferrous metals... 

Three BlueSmelters supplied by SMS group in operation at Aurus automobile company in Russia for recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment
BLUE GROUP SMS group has implemented its range of BlueTechnology offerings at a greenfield plant in Russia for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment

Machine learning reaches mineral prospecting

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 The partnership between mining consulting services provider The MSA Group and Canadian mining software developer Koan Analytics has resulted in machine learning being available to minerals explorers in South Africa and throughout the world. “The partnership offers access to the most advanced... 

A map of ore deposits in a x-ray type image Ontario Canada for MSA Group and Koan
MINERAL MAP Clients will be able to use machine learning technology to map mineral resources across the globe

Real-time ore analysis set for African market

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 Digital mining solutions provider MineSense is establishing offices in Africa and Europe to introduce its real-time ore analysis technologies to the African Copperbelt by the fourth quarter. “Once we have successfully introduced the technology to the upper Africa region, we intend on filtering... 

An image of a large red tracked front loader at the mine face with bucket full of ore ready to be graded by a ShovelSense system
Caption: GRADE EXPECTATIONS The new ShovelSense ore grading technology is expected to reach African shores before the end of the year

Testing facility expansion under way

27th August 2021 Swiss multinational metals and minerals trade commodities group SGS has seen a rising demand for testing services to meet client requirements and, to facilitate the needs of its clients, it announced the construction of its new, state-of-the-art laboratory in April this year. 

Staff at SGS Group standing in front of a site being constructed at its better testing facility in Spijkenisse near the Port of Rotterdam
BREAKING GROUND The new groundbreaking state-of -the-art facility being built by SGS Group will allow for better testing

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.... 

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

Global lead production to recover by 4.6% this year, says GlobalData

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th August 2021 Global lead production is forecast by data analytics and consulting company GlobaData to recover by 4.6% and reach 4.69-million tonnes this year owing to increased output from mines in China (+3.3%) and Peru (+9.9%). The company notes that China, Australia, Russia and Canada will be the key... 

World-first plant supplied

20th August 2021 Metallurgical industry plant supplier SMS group last month announced that it had supplied a world-first greenfield e-scrap recycling plant for precious metals to plastics recycling giant Ecopolis Corporation. Following a multi-month commissioning phase, SMS group handed over a greenfield... 

A stock image of electronic waste
ONE MAN'S TRASH Precious metals such as platinum can now be extracted from waste materials at a luxury car manufacturer in Russia

Trevali puts $111m price tag on Namibia mine expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     18th August 2021 Vancouver-headquartered base metals miner Trevali has announced positive feasibility study results for an expansion of the Rosh Pinah zinc/lead mine, in Namibia, affirming robust project economics, while reducing carbon intensity and water consumption. The Rosh Pinah Expansion 2.0 (RP2.0)... 

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... 

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

Partner deemed fundamental for operator training

By: Nadine Ramdass     13th August 2021 Australia-headquartered global mining simulation technology solutions provider Immersive Technologies has been deemed fundamental in assisting Portuguese mining and construction firm Mota-Engil to fulfil its commitment to implement development programmes to upskill Gamsberg Black Mountain... 

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... 

A picture of Mark Bristow, taken from quarterly Barrick presentation on August 9, 2021
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Barrick president and CE Dr Mark Bristow.

Metals make climate change mitigation possible – Citi Research 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2021 In a rapid electrification scenario, metals have the ability to bring about the reduction of close to 1 000 gigatonnes (Gt) of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, Citi Research states in a note that examines the metals industry’s potential contribution to climate change mitigation over... 

A graphic compiled the Citi Research on the fast and moderate way of meeting the Paris climate change accord.
Complying with the Paris agreement on climate change mitigation.

Australian firm sells Myanmar project in wake of coup

By: Reuters     21st July 2021 Myanmar Metals said on Wednesday it planned to sell its 51% stake in Bawdwin silver, lead, and zinc project in Myanmar, citing difficulties in securing financing for the $300-million project after a coup led to social unrest earlier this year. Businesses have collapsed in the Southeast Asian... 

Exploration trailblazer Orion cracks retail investor code with 14 000-plus SA backers  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2021 More than 14 000 South Africans now own shares in the discovery and development mining company Orion Minerals, which is reflective of retail investment that can be stimulated in South Africa to support essential local minerals exploration. What is also extremely promising is that the dual listed... 

This is a picture of Errol Smart, CEO of Orion Minerals, who is also chair of Minerals Council junior miner leadership forum.
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mine achieves massive earnings boost after employing four more people  

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2021 Guided by a value driver tree (VDT) study, an opencast mine increased its earnings massively after employing four additional operators at comparatively negligible cost. The operation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) soared hugely from $634.3-million to... 

Gary Lane is also a director of SiMine
Value Driver Tree case study covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Small miners aim for European supply chain for EVs independent from China

By: Reuters     16th July 2021 Growing demand for electric vehicles has spurred small-scale miners of the lithium, cobalt and rare earths that automakers rely on to develop mines and build refining capacity in Europe to reduce their reliance on China. Efforts by the United States and Europe to build a secure and independent... 

Well-known mining personalities behind new green metals SPAC

By: Mariaan Webb     15th July 2021 Former executives of Canadian miner Detour Gold have teamed up with some of the biggest names in Australian mining and a Glencore director to launch a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) targeting assets fitting the green-economy metals and mining profile. Increasingly popular, SPACs are... 

Photo of a man, Mick McMullen, speaking at a function.
Mick McMullen, former executive at Detour Gold and Stillwater, is the CEO of Metals Acquisition.

Life in mining-dependent countries significantly improved – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Life in mining-dependent countries has improved significantly in the 23 years leading up to 2018, with strong governance the key to improving socio-economic well-being, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) said on Wednesday. A report that analysed 41 social metrics grouped under... 

A picture of the CEO of the International Coiuncil on Mining and Metals
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Alta upgrades Gorno estimates

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th July 2021 Junior Alta Zinc has reported a significant increase in the resource estimate for its Gorno zinc/lead/silver deposit, in Italy. The project is now estimated to host some 7.79-million tonnes of resource, grading 6.8% zinc, 1.8% lead and 32 g/t silver for 530 000 t of contained zinc, 140 000 t of... 

Exploration is quick foreign investment ‘no brainer’, says Minerals Council’s Smart  

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2021 Exploration is one of the quickest ways to secure foreign direct investment into South Africa for the generation of desperately needed jobs and wealth during the country's hour of need, said Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners’ leadership forum chairperson Errol Smart on... 

Picture of Errol Smart, who is also CEO of Orion Minerals.
Minerals Council Junior Leadership Forum chair Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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