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Manganese News

MCA calls for stable policy to boost investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2023 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called on the federal government to implement a number of reforms in order to ‘seize a once in a generation opportunity’ to grow investment in the resources sector. In its 2023-24 pre-Budget submission, the MCA pointed out that Australia’s mining... 

Moolmans enters into a new R7bn five-year contract with Tshipi é Ntle

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st January 2023 Contract mining firm Moolmans, which is a subsidiary of JSE-listed Aveng, has entered into a new five-year contract, valued at about R7-billion, with its long-standing client and South African manganese miner Tshipi é Ntle. This contract award will result in significant investment in equipment,... 

Squeezed mining companies face growth dilemma

By: Reuters     31st January 2023 High costs and the prospect of shrinking earnings have made big miners nervous about expansion, even as shareholders demand investment in response to robust commodity prices, China's reopening and the role of minerals in decarbonising the economy. Although years of cost discipline have repaired... 

Opinion: Better infrastructure can help South Africa escape low growth

27th January 2023 In this article, Royal HaskoningDHV smart mobility director Bongani Mthombeni-Möller writes about the infrastructure challenges facing South Africa and what can be done to solve these for the benefit of the country's economy.  

Bongani Mthombeni-Möller
Bongani Mthombeni-Möller

TFR sets March 20 closing date for tender seeking OEMs to step in to rehabilitate idle locos 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2023 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has set a closing date of March 20 for responses to a tender inviting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to step in to rehabilitate more than 160 Chinese-manufactured locomotives that are out of service, owing to the unavailability of critical spare parts. The... 

An estimated 161 locomotives have been out of service for periods exceeding 90 days
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An estimated 161 locomotives have been out of service for periods exceeding 90 days

Transnet plans bond sale under $6bn note programme

By: Bloomberg     26th January 2023 Transnet, which operates South Africa’s ports and freight rail networks, is planning to sell a dollar-denominated bond under a $6-billion note programme, people familiar with the situation said. The bond will be of five-year tenure and investor meetings ahead of the sale will begin Thursday, the... 

A train operated by Transnet Freight Rail

South32 expects further production growth in H2; flags $100m build in working capital  

By: Darren Parker     23rd January 2023 Diversified miner South32 achieved a 12% year-on-year increase in group copper equivalent production for the first half of the 2023 financial year on the back of recent investments in copper and low-carbon aluminium capacity. "Group copper equivalent production increased . . . as we benefitted... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr
Photo by Bloomberg
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Study into US battery-grade manganese production making headway - South32

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd January 2023 Australia-headquartered South32 is progressing plans to potentially produce battery-grade manganese at its Hermosa project, in Arizona, with work on the selection phase of the prefeasibility study (PFS) of its Clark manganese/zinc/silver deposit now complete. Although the PFS selection study... 

Green hydrogen mine mobility on way in India to platinum applause

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2023 India has opted for hydrogen fuel-cell heavy-duty mine truck mobility in a green initiative that will have platinum group metals (PGMs) miners applauding. This is because the clean emission-free power will come from proton exchange membrane PEM technology, which is PGM-enabled. 

Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.
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Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.

US, DRC and Zambia sign MoU to strengthen EV battery value chain

By: Schalk Burger     19th January 2023 The US has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia to strengthen electric vehicle (EV) battery value chains. Under the terms of the MoU, the US will support the commitment between the DRC and Zambia to develop jointly a supply chain for EV... 

An EV charging

Transparency-boosting Battery Passport proof-of-concept launched at Davos

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2023 Multistakeholder organisation the Global Battery Alliance (GBA) launched a proof-of-concept for its Battery Passport at the World Economic Forum’s yearly meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on January 18. With the aim of establishing a sustainable battery value chain by 2030, the GBA’s Battery... 

TFR calls on emerging miners to apply for export manganese rail, port capacity

By: Schalk Burger     13th January 2023 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has invited emerging miners who hold valid mining rights and have existing manganese mining operations to apply for two-million tons a year of export manganese capacity that it has made available. All applications will be assessed in line with Transnet’s... 

A TFR locomotive

Transnet to issue locomotive rehabilitation tender as it reaches impasse with CRRC

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th January 2023 State-owned Transnet says it has reached an impasse with CRRC E-Loco Supply, following an "unwillingness" on the part of CRRC to engage with the relevant authorities in South Africa to normalise its operations in the country. Therefore, Transnet says that, as a matter of urgency, it will be... 

A Transnet locomotive

Euro Manganese finds offtake partner in Verkor  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th January 2023 ASX and TSX-listed Euro Manganese has signed an offtake term sheet with electric vehicle battery manufacturer Verkor for the sale of high-purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) from its Chvaletice manganese project, in the Czech Republic. Euro told shareholders on Thursday that the... 

Platinum-boosting clean hydrogen projects, patents are all the rage 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2023 The implementation agreement for Namibia’s planned multibillion-dollar Hyphen Hydrogen Energy project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of this year, Namibia President Hage Geingob revealed in his 2023 New Year’s message. Egypt has granted approval for two green hydrogen projects in... 

Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.
Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.

Enable South Africa to become green hydrogen centre – ANC

By: Martin Creamer     9th January 2023 Enabling South Africa to become a green hydrogen centre through government support is highlighted in the January 8 Statement 2023 of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC). "The ANC recognises important work in the Hydrogen Roadmap and directs government to... 

Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.
Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.

Element strikes offtake and funding deal with Stellantis

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th January 2023 Manganese producer Element 25 has signed an offtake and project financing agreement with global mobility provider Stellantis. Under the terms of the agreement, Element 25 will supply up to 10 000 t/y of battery grade high-purity manganese sulphate (HPMSM) to Stellantis for its electric vehicle... 

Jupiter overcomes third-quarter challenges that dented production, sales

By: Donna Slater     21st December 2022 Several issues, including contractor drill rigs and a strike by employees of South African rail and ports operator Transnet, negatively impacted on the production of ASX-listed Jupiter Mines’ Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining subsidiary in the quarter ended November 30. Tshipi é Ntle's Tshipi Borwa... 

Ironveld’s ferrochrome furnace acquisition purchase agreements agreed, signed

By: Donna Slater     21st December 2022 Iron, vanadium and titanium miner Ironveld reports that its purchase of Rustenburg-based Ferrochrome Furnaces is progressing, with all material underlying agreements required under a debt purchase agreement and share purchase agreement having been signed. The company notes that the timing of the... 

PIC lifts stake in Afrimat to 15.48%

By: Donna Slater     21st December 2022 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has increased its shareholding in JSE-listed industrial minerals, bulk commodities and construction materials miner Afrimat to 15.48%. The Afrimat group supplies a range of products ranging from construction materials including aggregates, bricks, blocks,... 

Minerals Council, Transnet to establish joint structures to improve rail, ports performance 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th December 2022 State-owned freight utility Transnet and the Minerals Council South Africa have agreed to form joint collaborative structures to ensure all possible actions are taken to stabilise and improve the throughput of South Africa’s rail and ports systems. Transnet recognises the integrated nature of the... 

The Port of Saldanha Bay
The Port of Saldanha Bay

Study shows PV plant’s value

16th December 2022 Canadian miner Giyani Metals provided results of a feasibility study (FS) conducted for its K.Hill battery-grade manganese project, located in Botswana, last month. The FS results followed lifecycle assessment – prepared by environmental consultants Minviro –  published in late September, which... 

Johannesburg-based high-purity manganese sulphate demo plant progressing – Giyani

By: Donna Slater     14th December 2022 Manganese project developer Giyani Metals Corporation reports that the construction of its demonstration plant in the north-west of Johannesburg, in South Africa, is progressing, with engineering currently 85% complete and procurement 40% complete. The demonstration plant will be capable of... 

South Africa's mining production down 10.4% y/y in Oct

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2022 South Africa's mining output decreased by 10.4% year-on-year in October, with platinum-group metals (PGMs), gold, diamonds and manganese ore having made the biggest negative contribution. Financial services provider Nedbank's economics unit pointed out that this marked the ninth consecutive month... 

Extortion ‘mafia’ hits South Africa’s $55bn mining sector

By: Bloomberg     9th December 2022 A threatening letter, a derailed train, blocked roads, burned vehicles, workers locked up. That’s what some of the world’s biggest mining companies say they’re battling in South Africa: Extortion. Covid plunged Africa’s most-industrialized country – home to the biggest deposits of metals ranging... 

A machine on site at a mining operation

Anglo invests $200m to accelerate zero emissions haulage solution 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American has signed a binding agreement with First Mode, the specialist engineering technology company it partnered to develop the nuGenTM technology. The agreement is intended to accelerate the commercialisation of the climate-friendly truck and includes Anglo... 

TFR to increase emerging manganese miners’ rail allocation to 4Mt/y

By: Donna Slater     6th December 2022 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says it is easing the requirements for emerging manganese miners to transport their ore and products to the ports of Gqeberha and Saldanha, starting with new contracting and capacity allocation processes in an effort to avail capacity allocation. With a... 

Transport Forum highlights need for multimodal logistics to remain competitive

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2022 Freight, logistics and transport industry experts have called for the restoration of South Africa's roads network, the restoration and development of the rail network and efficient ports and border posts, arguing that the country can only remain competitive if its logistics networks and supply... 

Railway tracks

Strong call for rapid green hydrogen investment by ramp-up backer 

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2022 A strong call for final investment decisions (FIDs) on a multiplicity of green hydrogen projects was made at the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit in Cape Town yesterday by H2Global, a market ramp-up instrument that serves as an innovative form of subsidy scheme to smooth out bumps along green... 

Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.
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Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.

R4-trillion needed for South Africa’s hydrogen economy, PIC declares  

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2022 South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) stated on Monday that more than R4.3-trillion is required for the development of the hydrogen economy, which it declared positive for people, planet, and client portfolios. The hydrogen investment strategy of the PIC, which has... 

Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.
Photo by Siemens
Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.

Transnet auction fails to attract private sector 

By: News24Wire      28th November 2022 On Friday, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) announced that only two companies had participated in its much-anticipated auction of slots to private players, the company's first foray into allowing private participation on the rail network.  The only bid made for the Cape Corridor's Kroonstad to East... 

A photo of railway tracks

South Africa’s mining market is dynamic and fast-moving, Siemens Large Drives finds  

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2022 South Africa is a super dynamic and super fast-moving market, says Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck, who has just completed a week of discussions with customers to highlight sustainability solutions for mining. From his perspective, South African mining economy is at the... 

Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck.
Siemens Large Drives' Oliver Beck, Tim Walwyn talk to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd, Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Pictures: Donna Slater.

TFR concludes ten-day maintenance programme on Sishen-Saldanha line

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2022 Rail operator Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has successfully completed a ten-day maintenance plan on its Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore corridor. The maintenance involved electrical, perway and technical support works from November 8 to 17, where the main deliverable was to restore the rail network to... 

UK, South Africa to establish Partnership on Minerals for Future Clean Energy Technologies

By: Schalk Burger     24th November 2022 UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly announced this week that the UK and South Africa were establishing a new Partnership on Minerals for Future Clean Energy Technologies to promote increased responsible exploration, production and processing of minerals in South Africa and Southern Africa.... 

South Africa’s crime crisis ruling out economic growth, sustainability discussion hears  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2022 South Africa’s economic paradox is that it cannot grow economically if it has a burgeoning crime crisis but it is unable to solve the burgeoning crime crisis if it is not growing. That was the opening comment of outgoing Mineral Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, who anchored the second of... 

Roger Baxter.
Roger Baxter.

Platinum moving into meaningful deficit amid emergent source of new end-demand 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2022 Platinum is moving into meaningful deficit amid an emergent source of new end-demand in the form of green hydrogen. The 2022 surplus of 804 000 oz is projected to move into a deficit of 303 000 oz in 2023, according to the Platinum Quarterly of the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) for the... 

World Platinum Investment Council director of research Edward Sterck.
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Edward Sterck interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Top green hydrogen/fuel cell collaboration boost for platinum-group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2022 A joint development agreement struck between global majors Nel Hydrogen US and General Motors is expected to speed up the development of green hydrogen technology that is competitive with fossil fuels.  The aim of agreement is to help accelerate the industrialisation of Nel’s proton exchange... 

Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.
Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.

Opinion: African minerals are critical for the green energy transition

15th November 2022 In this article, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung – South African Institute of International Affairs scholar Danielle Marais writes about the importance of Africa's mineral resources for the global green energy transition. 

KAS-SAIIA Scholar Danielle Marais
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