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South African coal supply to fall off coal cliff from 2025 onwards – Jones 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 South African coal supply is set to fall off a coal-cliff from 2025 onwards, African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones said on Monday. In response to Mining Weekly, Jones cited the three main factors that would cause South African coal supply to plummet as: 

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender  

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 The White House document on revitalising American manufacturing and fostering broad-based economic growth pays particular attention to South Africa as the world’s largest supplier of manganese, and to manganese as a potential preferred battery element contender, Mining Weekly can today report.... 

The White House on building supply chains.
Photo by Creamer Media
The White House on building supply chains.

Allow geologists from surrounding African countries to boost SA's exploration rebirth, top explorer advises  

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2021 Exploration geologists from surrounding countries should be allowed into South Africa to boost exploration. That is the view of Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan, who believes that South Africa’s planned exploration thrust should focus on commodities required in... 

Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan
Exploration manager Thinus Jordaan interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Regenerative coal mining crucial part of just transition to green economy – Bevan Jones 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2021 A shift to “regenerative mining” of coal reserves is a crucial part of a solution to a greener, cleaner future, said African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones on Wednesday. Jones, a former commodity trader at Macquarie and Rand Merchant Bank, who cofounded the global coal market in London in the... 

African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones

Sudan mining policy still needs work, says law firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2021 Sudan has come to light as a jurisdiction that is more open to mining investment since the lifting of US sanctions in 2017, with 160 concession blocks available, of which 64 contain gold. The country’s government, however, still has a long way to go to attract meaningful investment, says law... 

Sudan mining policy still needs work, says law firm

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2021 Mining companies with higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings outperformed the broader market during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, delivering 34% average total shareholder return over the past three years — ten percentage points higher than the general market index,  PwC... 

PwC Africa mining leader Andries Rossouw
PwC Mine 2021 Report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Top copper nation calls for debate on how to best tap the boom

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2021 Chile's government is calling for a broad discussion on what the top copper-producing nation wants to get out of mining, rather than rushing in to vote on a proposed new tax system. In its current form, a royalty bill approved by the lower house last month would take company taxes well beyond... 

Top copper nation calls for debate on how to best tap the boom

Major joint effort needed to meet host community challenge – Menar  

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2021 A major joint effort is needed by big and small mining companies, government, labour, communities and traditional leaders and municipalities to meet the host community challenge facing South Africa’s mining industry, Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu said on Monday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom... 

Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SSC Group claims legal victory with high court ruling on business rescue of Lily, Barbrook mines 

By: Donna Slater     7th June 2021 SSC Group, a bidder and creditor for the Lily and Barbrook mines in Barberton, which both remain under business rescue, says “truth and justice” have been won with a court judgment that was handed down by the Mpumalanga High Court on May 31, which it says found that the behaviour and actions of... 

Software released that predicts vibration, airblast outcomes

4th June 2021 The world’s largest manufacturer of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems Orica recently announced the release of its new Advanced Vibration Management (AVM) software that links blast design, modelling and measurement to conserve sensitive structures.  

Socioeconomic challenges threaten progressive laws

By: Nadine Ramdass     4th June 2021 Mozambique’s Mining Law and Petroleum Law are progressive and designed to attract investment to the country, but the impact of the declining economy since 2016, the Covid-19 pandemic and an insurgency in northern province, Cabo Delgado, have made it difficult for the country to reap the benefits... 

WARREN BEECH
Government will need to take decisive steps to stimulate further investment.
WARREN BEECH Government will need to take decisive steps to stimulate further investment.

Ruby mine recovery on horizon

By: Nadine Ramdass     4th June 2021 Insurgent attacks and Covid-19 have had a significant impact on the Mozambican mining industry, says Gemfields CEO Sean Gilbertson. The investment climate in Mozambique, particularly Cabo Delgado – which holds a lot of promise from an investment perspective, in terms of growth opportunities, and... 

ADRIAN BANKS
Healthy ruby supply and demand are expected this year
ADRIAN BANKS Healthy ruby supply and demand are expected this year

NMP hosts informative workshops as court case is again postponed

By: Donna Slater     3rd June 2021 While it awaits the outcome of a once again postponed court case, Namibia Marine Phosphate (NMP) has completed a series of online information workshops that sought to inform potential future employees and members of the community about progress being made into its intended Sandpiper marine... 

DMRE continuing to experience chronic shortages of basic office supplies – law firm 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd June 2021 Regional offices of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) continue to experience chronic shortages of basic office supplies, such as paper and toner, a specialist mining and environmental law firm has confirmed. At the time of going to press, however, the DMRE had not responded to... 

Hot prices pervading commodities market, CRU tells Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2021 Price hotness is pervading the commodities market, CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna said on Tuesday, when she addressed the second and final day of the Junior Indaba. Speaking on ‘what’s hot and what’s not’, Hanna said almost all commodities were at the higher-than-15% level. (Also watch attached... 

Commodity prices soaring above cost levels shown in this CRU chart.
CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna at Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Peru's Castillo has copper tax deals in his sights; Chinese firms at risk

By: Reuters     2nd June 2021 Peru's Presidential front-runner is taking aim at copper mining firms' coveted tax stability agreements that freeze tariffs, and the plan could have an outsized impact on Chinese miners in the world's No. 2 producer of the red metal. Socialist candidate Pedro Castillo, the narrow favorite to win... 

Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa’s Council for Geoscience went live on Tuesday with making geoscience data digitally available. During a panel discussion on the first day of the Junior Indaba, Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza invited all to go on to the council’s website to find this data, the bulk of which,... 

From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
Photo by Creamer Media
From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.

Tender for new modern cadastre system to be invited next week   

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 A tender for a new modern cadastre system to provide exploration information will be invited by the end of next week, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Tuesday. In his opening keynote address on initiatives to ignite the exploration... 

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy Director-General Advocate Thabo Mokoena
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Battery material value-add consolidation in South Africa under consideration by Mick Davis-linked NextSource  

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2021 South Africa, which has the wherewithal to provide the value-add consolidation advantage to battery materials that the world’s electric vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) want, is being seriously considered for the role, NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba said on Monday.... 

NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba
NextSource President and CEO Craig Scherba interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Russian metals firms may face $1.4bn in extra tax, shares fall

By: Reuters     31st May 2021 Russian metals producers may face a demand to pay 100-billion roubles ($1.4-billion) in additional tax to the government for 'screwing the state', First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov said in an interview with Russia's RBC TV. Moscow has been keeping a close eye on rising raw materials... 

New green copper play in Northern Cape expects to be cash positive from month two  

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2021 The new green copper play in the Northern Cape expects to be cash positive from its second month of operation. Big Tree Copper, a rebrand of Cape Copper Oxide, will begin producing copper plate from July, which will be sold at the mine gate to Noble Metals. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

Big Tre Copper CEO Jan Nelson
Big Tree Copper CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Newly elected Minerals Council office bearer vaccinated

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2021 Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp, who was elected a Minerals Council South Africa VP on Wednesday, braved Thursday’s early morning chill to receive his Covid-19 vaccination at the Medscheme Health Facility in Florida, Roodepoort. Steenkamp, 62, qualified to do so in terms of the Department of Health’s... 

Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp receiving his Covid-19 vaccination at the Medscheme Health Facility in Florida, Roodepoort.
Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp receiving his Covid-19 vaccination at the Medscheme Health Facility in Florida, Roodepoort.

Biden's EV metals import plan unlikely to match climate goals - executives

By: Reuters     27th May 2021 The Biden administration's plan to rely on ally nations for most of the metals needed to build electric vehicles (EV) ignores the complexity of modern mining and could keep the US from meeting aggressive climate goals, according to industry executives. Reuters reported on Tuesday that President... 

Senator John Barrasso:
Senator John Barrasso: "We have these minerals here. We should produce them and use them for American workers and consumers."

Concern over lack of JSE listings ahead of Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2021 In anticipation of next week's Junior Indaba virtual conference, AmaranthCX director Paul Miller has updated statistics on the change in the number of listed mining companies on the JSE over time. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) It is not a pretty picture. (See attached chart.) 

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

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMRE) and Minerals Council South Africa have established a task team to promote exploration, outgoing Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. The exploration task team, Mgojo said during his address to the council’s 131st annual general... 

Progress on raising the embedded generation cap to 50MW
Minerals Council South Africa AGM covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The board members of Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday elected the first female president in 131 years. New president Nolitha Fakude, a former Minerals Council VP who is the chairperson of Anglo American South Africa, said she would be focusing on ensuring that mining contributes... 

Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.
Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.

Diamond explorer Bill McKechnie feels South Africa has battery mineral exploration potential  

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2021 The renowned exploration geologist linked to the colossal and still-thriving diamond discovery against all odds at the Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo, believes there is no reason why new battery and other specialist minerals cannot be discovered in South Africa, using the techniques that he... 

Bill McKechnie
Exploration geologist Bill McKechnie interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Atrum hoping to change minds

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th May 2021 Coal hopeful Atrum Coal has launched an information offensive around its Elan project, in Alberta, in the hopes of swaying opinions on the proposed hard coking coal project. The ASX-listed company earlier this year announced that it would pause prefeasibility studies on the Elan project after... 

Atrum hoping to change minds

South Africans right to be very proud of country’s iron-ore – IMR  

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2021 South Africans are well within their rights to be very proud of the iron-ore that is produced in the country. That is the view of Sedibeng Iron Ore CEO Aneesh Misra, who is also MD of IMR South Africa. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

Aneesh Mistra, CEO Sedibeng Iron Ore
Sedibeng Iron Ore CEO Aneesh Misra interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday  

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2021 Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday when trading of the shares of Nouveau Monde Graphite begin on the New York Stock Exchange. There is no half measure with Nouveau Monde Graphite chairperson and Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Frandsen when it comes to... 

Arne Frandsen
Pallinghurst Group managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Fujimori looks to speed up projects to tap copper riches in Peru

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2021 Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori would support energy and mining projects if elected, a campaign adviser said, drawing a stark contrast with her left-wing rival. Her government wouldn’t seek to renegotiate contracts at the Camisea gas deposit and would push for the go-ahead of the... 

Peru Presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori
Peru Presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori

Bluejay says Greenland Minister reaffirmed support for mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st May 2021 Aim-, FSE-listed and QTCQB-traded Bluejay Mining CEO Bo Stensgard said on Friday that he had held a positive meeting with Greenland’s mining Minister, who was appointed following the recent general election in that country. Housing, Infrastructure, Mineral Resources and Gender Equality Minister... 

Climate is global issue that exceeds anything seen in centuries – Anglo   

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2021 Recent generations have defined the environment as a critical issue for humanity and climate change represents a new and sharper focus that exceeds any single global issue that we have seen in centuries, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani has told the Bank of America Securities Global Metals,... 

Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.
Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.

Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI   

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2021 A strong call for unemployed geology graduates to be contracted to capture historic exploration data electronically has been made by Letaba Elihle Investments (LEI) principal geology consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase. In a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly Ntshangase also called on South... 

LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase
LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele Ntshangase interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Centerra pursuing 'all measures' after Kyrgyzstan gold mine seizure, CEO says

By: Reuters     19th May 2021 Canada's Centerra Gold is taking all measures possible to protect shareholder rights and is seeing good support from the Canadian and UK governments, CEO Scott Perry said on Tuesday, a day after Kyrgyzstan seized control of the company's Kumtor gold mine. Kyrgyzstan's Parliament voted Monday to... 

Teck sees little risk of higher taxes in copper producer Chile - CEO

By: Reuters     19th May 2021 Canada’s Teck Resources sees little risk of higher taxes in copper powerhouse Chile due to a stability agreement that shields the company's massive Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 copper project from higher levies for 15 years, CEO Don Lindsay said on Tuesday. Chile's lower house this month approved a... 

Teck CEO Don Lindsay
Teck CEO Don Lindsay

Hydrogen providing PGM opportunity similar to 90s emissions boost – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2021 The advent of the hydrogen economy is providing an opportunity for platinum group metals (PGMs) similar what occurred in the 1990s when the PGM market faced a structural boost driven by stringent emissions regulations, Sibanye-Stillwater COO Richard Stewart said on Tuesday. Particularly for the... 

Sibanye-Stillwater COO Richard Stewart
Sibanye-Stillwater COO Richard Stewart

Asian demand for South African export coal remains strong – Seriti 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2021 Seriti Resources, which will take over South African Energy Coal (SAEC) from South32 on June 1, is particularly excited about the opportunity as the Seriti group to start now exporting coal in addition to continuing to support coal flows into Eskom. “We note that Asian demand for South African... 

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