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DRC exploration ongoing

16th April 2021 Global mining house Ivanhoe Mines co-chairpersons Robert Friedland and Yufeng “Miles” Sun announced in February that the company plans to commence an expansive 2021 exploration programme on its 100%-owned Western Foreland exploration licences. The exploration programme will include about 2 550... 

Gamsberg ramp-up exceeds expectations

By: Halima Frost     16th April 2021 Diversified miner Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) says its Gamsberg mine and processing plant have successfully ramped up to full production, with the plant currently exceeding its projected design capacity of four-million tonnes a year.   The ramp-up was scheduled after a shutdown period from... 

ROUND TWO
The successful ramp up of the Gamsberg mine and its processing plant has been reported
ROUND TWO The successful ramp up of the Gamsberg mine and its processing plant has been reported

New collectors released

By: Halima Frost     16th April 2021 South African chemical company Axis House has developed and released a new polymetallic range of collectors  – PolyQ – to be used in the floatation process to recover base metals from polymetallic ores. “The PolyQ range of collectors are not only safer than standard reagents (xanthates) but also... 

REMARKABLE RECOVERY
The new polymetallic range of collectors offer greater recover y rates of base metals
REMARKABLE RECOVERY The new polymetallic range of collectors offer greater recover y rates of base metals

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2021 South Africa’s exploration industry has until April 19 to comment on controversial regulations still in draft form. “They’ve never consulted industry about it and what they are requesting is impractical,” says Allan Saad, a consulting exploration geologist, who formerly represented the now... 

Allan Saad, Consulting Exploration Geologist
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Trevali signs solar power PPA for Rosh Pinah 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2021 Canada-headquartered Trevali Mining on Wednesday announced a 15-year power purchase agreement with Emerging Markets Energy Services (Emesco) for the supply of solar power to the Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia. The PPA will deliver 30% of the zinc/lead mine’s power requirements over 15 years. The... 

The Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia
The Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2021 Canadian and Australian mines are big on wanting hydrogen ventilation in underground mining operations, and Canada will likely lead in the use of hydrogen underground. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of... 

Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.
Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.

How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds   

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2021 Of four factors required to attract investment in exploration, economic and fiscal stability is the most important, says highly experienced geological and mining consultant and nonexecutive company director Adrian Reynolds. Reynolds spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview about the factors... 

Adrian Reynolds
Geological and mining consultant Adrian Reynolds interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Canada tightens takeover rules for critical minerals

By: Reuters     25th March 2021 Canada has tightened foreign investment rules to protect the security of critical mineral supply chains, a government spokesperson said on Thursday, ahead of an expected surge in demand for metals used to make electric vehicles. The move comes as the US government works with Canada to boost... 

Canada tightens takeover rules for critical minerals

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Mine mechanisation is being advanced for two top-tier  local clients of Master Drilling, the CEO of the JSE-listed company, Danie Pretorius, said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview after reporting 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 An increased remote-operation drilling footprint is providing considerable benefit for Master Drilling, the JSE-listed drilling services company said on Tuesday, when it reported 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to $42.1-million, and a halved gearing ratio to... 

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling
Master Drilling results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling, which operates in 23 countries and which is continuing to grow its presence in new global markets, on Tuesday reported a “muted but resilient performance” for the full year ended December 31, thanks to what it described as a “flexible business model and... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.
Photo by Creamer Media
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.

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... 

PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes
PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Boliden warns profit to be hit by Covid outbreaks among staff

By: Reuters     15th March 2021 Miner Boliden warned on Monday that increased sick leave due to Covid-19 infections and production disruptions in its Aitik mine in Sweden and the Tara mine in Ireland would hit profits in the first quarter. The negative effect is expected to be nearly 200-million crowns ($23.4-million) and will... 

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... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller talks exploration to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Energy Secretary Granholm says US needs to produce more EV minerals

By: Reuters     10th March 2021 US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday said the United States needs to boost domestic production of the minerals used to make electric vehicles, so long as it is done sustainably. The United States has been trying to wean its automobile supply chain off of China and other countries... 

US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm
US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm

Canada positioning for post-Covid-19 recovery with critical minerals push – O’Regan

By: Donna Slater     9th March 2021 Canada is using its measures to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic to position itself as a haven for new technology and battery minerals, boasting a wealth of such minerals found in few other places around the globe, said Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan. He gave the keynote address at... 

Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan addressing the virtual PDAC 2021.
Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan addressing the virtual PDAC 2021.

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO Andrew T Stuart emphasised during last week’s Fasken online panel discussion on hydrogen. In this... 

Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.
Photo by Creamer Media
Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

Mining magnets: Arctic island finds green power can be a curse

By: Reuters     3rd March 2021 In the tenth century, Erik the Red, a Viking from Iceland, was so impressed with the vegetation on another Arctic island he had found he called it "the green land". Today, it's Greenland's rocks that are attracting outsiders - superpowers riding a green revolution. The world's biggest island has... 

Greenland Minerals and Energy's Kvanefjeld
Greenland Minerals and Energy's Kvanefjeld

Test mine study under way for Fourth Industrial Revolution try-outs  

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2021 A feasibility study is under way on a mine selected for the testing of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies ahead of their implementation, Minerals Council South Africa senior executive modernisation and safety Sietse van der Woude said on Wednesday. Van der Woude was answering... 

Clockwise from top left Sietse van der Woude, Ian Mackay, and Bernard Swanepoel.
Joburg Indaba Modernisation in Mining virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

The fight to save the LME ring begins as traders warn on pricing

By: Reuters     24th February 2021 The London Metal Exchange is facing broadening resistance to a plan to close its iconic open-outcry trading floor, with German traders and manufacturers joining some members to warn that closing “the Ring” would hurt pricing and volumes. The LME suspended trading on the floor in March, and last... 

Nagle expresses firm belief in Glencore’s coal-depleting climate change strategy 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2021 Firm belief in the climate change strategy being embarked upon by diversified mining and marketing company Glencore was expressed on Tuesday by incoming Glencore CEO Gary Nagle, Outgoing Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg announced in December that he would be handing over the reins of the global... 

Gary Nagle
Gary Nagle

Fitch Solutions raises lead price forecast

By: Donna Slater     8th February 2021 Amid improving market fundamentals, financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) has revised its 2021 lead price forecast upwards to an average of $1 950/t from its previous forecast of $1 900/t. The firm notes... 

Mining has a role to play in supporting the global population, says Cutifani

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2021 The global human population – almost nine-billion people – cannot be supported without mining, diversified miner Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani said during a panel discussion at the virtual Investing in African Mining Indaba on February 2. Speaking during an environmental, social and governance-... 

‘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.

Trevali to restart New Brunswick zinc mine

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2021 Having been on care and maintenance since March 2020, TSX-listed base metals miner Trevali Mining has announced the planned restart of operations at its Caribou mine near Bathurst, New Brunswick. The investment to restart the operation for the period January to February is estimated to be about... 

Trevali to restart New Brunswick zinc mine

Hecla achieves its second highest silver production ever

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2021 NYSE-listed Hecla Mining produced 13.5-million ounces of silver in 2020 – an increase of 7% and the second highest production in the company’s history, with the highest production being in 2016. Gold production fell by 23% to 208 962 oz from the 2019 record, owing to lower output at the Nevada... 

UK base metals project has potential to be a serious development – Anglesey CEO

By: Mariaan Webb     11th January 2021 The Parys Mountain base metals project, in north Wales, has the potential to be a “major” mining operation, able to produce copper, zinc, lead and gold concentrates at a cost that will allow it to withstand industry cycles, Anglesey Mining CEO Bill Hooley said on Monday. Announcing the results of... 

UK base metals project has potential to be a serious development – Anglesey CEO

Buchans enters into collaboration agreement with Boliden Mineral for Newfoundland project

By: Donna Slater     6th January 2021 Swedish high-tech metal producer Buchans Resources has entered into a collaboration agreement with Boliden Mineral, which will evaluate Buchans' volganogenic massive sulphide (VMS) base metals property in Newfoundland, Canada, for possible future investment and participation. Boliden Mineral is... 

Glencore enters partnership with Tre-Altamira to expand satellite monitoring across its TSFs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2020 Diversified miner Glencore has entered into an agreement with commercial services provider Tre-Altamira to expand satellite monitoring to more than 110 of its tailings dams worldwide, which Glencore says is the largest industry monitoring agreement to date specifically focusing on tailings... 

Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment 

By: Martin Creamer     10th December 2020 Countries wanting to attract exploration investment need readily available geophysics data to offer to prospective investors. “Geophysics is now key to the exploration industry, particularly for metalliferous-type deposits, which have the largest value,” Exploration Geological Consultancy MD... 

Exploration Geological Consultancy MD Regina Molloy
Photo by Creamer Media
Exploration Geological Consultancy MD Regina Molloy

Partnership aims to make Matagami central to mining development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th December 2020 The James Bay Native Development Corporation/Cree Development Corporation, the James Bay Development Corporation, the Société du Plan Nord and the Town of Matagami on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to deliver strategic infrastructure aimed at ensuring the vitality of Matagami and... 

Vedanta's Gamsberg mine stays shut as search continues for trapped worker 

By: Reuters     4th December 2020 South Africa's Gamsberg zinc mine remains shut while owner Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) continues to search for a worker trapped underground following a rockfall on November 17, the company said on Friday. "The rescue and recovery team are working hard on ensuring the operation is... 

Retiring Glasenberg handing over Glencore reins to Gary Nagle  

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg announced on Friday that he would be handing over the reins of the global mining and marketing company in mid-2021 to top Glencore executive Gary Nagle, who has served the company for more than two decades and is well-known in South Africa, where he ran Glencore’s... 

Gary Nagle, who will be taking over in mid-2021 from retiring Ivan Glasenberg, who has served Glencore with distinction.
Gary Nagle, who will be taking over in mid-2021 from retiring Ivan Glasenberg, who has served Glencore with distinction.

Glencore spells out emission-reduction pathway to 2050 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Friday announced its ambition to be a net-zero emissions company by 2050. Glencore set out the pathway towards reducing its total emissions footprint by 40% by 2035, taking in Scope 1, 2 and 3. 

Ivan Glasenberg, who is handing Glencore reins to Gary Nagle.
Photo by Bloomberg
Ivan Glasenberg, who is handing Glencore reins to Gary Nagle.

Lead hits 1-year high on mine disruption but oversupply looms

By: Reuters     2nd December 2020 Mine disruptions have helped lead prices rally to one-year highs but plunging imports of the metal in top consumer China will mean an oversupplied market that will cap further gains despite sustained demand from the battery sector. Also contributing to lead's 20% rise since the middle of October... 

Alexco commissions Keno Hill mill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2020 Dual-listed Alexco Resources has commissioned the Keno Hill mill, in Yukon, marking a significant milestone on its journey towards establishing the company as Canada’s only primary silver producer. The Keno Hill district mill resumed production, with lead/silver and zinc concentrates The... 

Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2020 An Mpumalanga coal mine is on the point of entering into an agreement before year-end to have its acid mine drainage water curse turned into potable water at no cost, Mining Weekly can today report. Recovered potassium nitrate, which retails at about R15 000/t and which is marketed at about R11... 

John Bewsey
Trailblazer Technologies director John Bewsey interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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