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Manganese News

Iron-ore euphoria of today arising out of iron-ore despair of yesteryear offers crucial policy lesson, says mining analyst in a ‘Postcard to the President’ 

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2021 If you bought R100 000 worth of shares in Kumba Iron Ore at the start of 2016, you would now be sitting on shares worth a staggering R2.67-million, excluding dividends. This is because Kumba’s all-time low share price of R25.35 in January 2016 has skyrocketed 2 647% to R696.45, reflecting the... 

Aus working on resource export strategy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th May 2021 The federal government has announced a A$20-million investment into a Global Resources Strategy, to help diversify exports and find new markets for Australia’s resources and Technology. Resources, Water and Northern Australia Minister Keith Pitt on Friday said that the aim of the new strategy is... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions 

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2021 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report is warning of a potential supply deficit for some of the ‘critical minerals’ needed to support a global shift in the energy system that is aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as the growing number of country commitments to cutting... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions

Promising suite of manganese assets facing extremely attractive manganese fundamentals 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2021 Unlisted empowered mining investment company Ntsimbintle Holdings, which last month grabbed the headlines by becoming the biggest shareholder in the ASX-listed Jupiter Mines Limited, has promising additional manganese mining assets serving a manganese market that observers describe as having... 

Promising suite of manganese assets facing extremely attractive manganese fundamentals
Ntsimbintle chairperson Saki Macozoma

Lion Battery, investment-friendly policies, Brian Gilbertson make headlines   

30th April 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the Lion Battery initiative, calls for government to enact attractive investment-friendly policies  and Pallinghurst Group chairperson and co-founder Brian Gilbertson's retirement.   

Lion Battery, investment-friendly policies, Brian Gilbertson make headlines
Lion Battery, investment-friendly policies, Brian Gilbertson make headlines

Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor  

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2021 Mining, preceded by exploration, is the greatest economic multiplier of all business activities, including government expenditure, says Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson. It therefore makes huge sense for government to enact attractive investment-friendly... 

Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor
Integral Asset Management CIO Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Tackling climate change could not be more urgent – Anglo American 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2021 Tackling climate change could not be more urgent, Anglo American said on Monday when it presented its biannual sustainability performance update. “For the emissions that we control in our business, we have come a long way, delivering our 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 22% a... 

Tackling climate change could not be more urgent – Anglo American
Photo by Creamer Media
From left, clockwise Mark Cutifani, Anik Michaud and Stephen Pearce

Programme showing promising results 

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 The Advanced Orebody Knowledge (AOK) programme – one of six research programmes of the Mandela Mining Precinct – has reported notable results across a range of tests being conducted using the Precinct’s test mine near Rustenburg, in the North West. The programme aims to test and develop... 

Programme showing promising results
Mandela Mining Precinct Test Mine Manager Jurgens Visser and Advanced Orebody Knowledge manager Michelle Pienaar discusses the Mandela Mining Precincts programme and the test mine.

Jupiter records strong year, despite pandemic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd April 2021 ASX-listed Jupiter Mines and Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining, in which Jupiter holds a 49.9% interest, both remained cash positive and profitable for the financial year ended February 28, despite many challenges. Tshipi operates the Tshipi Borwa manganese mine in South Africa. 

Anglo American lifts first-quarter output on strong copper, PGMs performance 

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American managed to meet strong customer demand during the quarter ended March 31, despite some limited constraints at certain operations as a result of Covid-19, CE Mark Cutifani says. He notes that production for the quarter was achieved at 95% of normal operating capacity. 

Anglo American lifts first-quarter output on strong copper, PGMs performance
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Empowered Ntsimbintle strengthens standing in manganese mining  

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2021 Mining investment company Ntsimbintle Holdings has acquired a further 13.8% stake in Jupiter Mines, making it the Australian-listed miner’s largest shareholder, with a total holding of 19.9% and entrenching its position in manganese mining at Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining's mine in the Northern... 

Empowered Ntsimbintle strengthens standing in manganese mining
Tshipi Borwa manganese mine, in the Northern Cape.

Wescoal looking to possibly becoming broader energy company  

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2021 The JSE-listed coal-mining company Wescoal is looking to possibly becoming a broader energy company in which coal remains a substantial but reducing component alongside other energy pursuits such as renewables, Wescoal interim CEO Robinson Ramaite said on Monday. Outlining the company’s major... 

Wescoal looking to possibly becoming broader energy company
Wescoal interim CEO Robinson Ramaite interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Pictures: Donna Slater.

Anglo Pacific open to selling thermal coal royalties to boost ESG credentials

By: Reuters     15th April 2021 Mining streaming company Anglo Pacific could be open to selling its thermal coal royalties to accelerate its transition away from the most polluting fossil fuel, chief executive Julian Treger said on Wednesday. The London-listed company aims to decrease its reliance on coal and steel and attract... 

First ore processed at Butcherbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th April 2021 First ore has been successfully processed through the Butcherbird plant, in Western Australia, ASX-listed Element 25 reported on Thursday. The company told shareholders that commissioning activities at the manganese mine site were progressing well, with the project team now fully focused on... 

Updated PEA for Giyani's Botswana manganese project delivers positive results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th April 2021 TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals reports positive results from an updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) at its K Hill managanese project, in Botswana. The updated PEA incorporates a 36% increase in the inferred mineral resource estimate, resulting in a 21% increase in after-tax net present... 

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... 

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Assmang moves to cloud-based fence monitoring to bolster security

By: Donna Slater     7th April 2021 Security at manganese and iron-ore miner Assmang’s Black Rock mine, in the Northern Cape, has been improved in the past 18 months since moving from a radio-based alarm monitoring and communications system, to Devtron’s cloud-based Circuit Master solution. Assmang mines manganese ore at the Black... 

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 of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

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... 

How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds
Geological and mining consultant Adrian Reynolds interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Biden infrastructure plan targets electric cars, clean power

By: Bloomberg     1st April 2021 President Joe Biden is calling for sweeping investment in electric vehicles, renewable power and the electric grid as part of a broad blueprint to bolster the US economy while combating climate change. The president’s plans, part of a $2.25-trillion infrastructure and stimulus blueprint he is... 

Biden infrastructure plan targets electric cars, clean power
US President Joe Biden

Canadian Manganese aims to tap into growing battery metals market

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th March 2021 Mineral developer Canadian Manganese Company (CMC) on Friday announced an agreement with Maximos Metals as part of its vision to create a new technology metals company. Maximos holds nickel and cobalt interests in Labrador, while CMC owns the Woodstock manganese property in New Brunswick. The... 

Aus resource exports strong despite Covid

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th March 2021 Despite the restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Australian resource exports are expected to reach a record A$296-billion in 2020/21, and will remain strong over the next five years, the latest Resources and Energy Quarterly from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and... 

Aus resource exports strong despite Covid

Jupiter reports second highest sales year

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th March 2021 Junior Jupiter Mines has reported a solid fourth quarter for the period ending February, with the company’s Tshipi Borwa manganese mine, in South Africa, producing 891 256 to of ore. Manganese production for the fourth quarter was down from the 925 652 t produced in the previous quarter, as... 

Resources Watch  

24th March 2021 This week: Menar projects unpacked; Exxaro outlines value opportunity in transforming to low-carbon future; and, Northern Cape needs exploration boos 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

E25 raises cash for Butcherbird expansion

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th March 2021 ASX-listed Element 25 (E25) will raise some A$35.5-million through a share placement to investors to fund the Stage 2 expansion of manganese concentrate production at its Butcherbird project, in Western Australia. The company on Wednesday announced that it had received firm commitments from... 

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 advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients
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 in muted but resilient 2020 performance
Photo by Creamer Media
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.

Euro Manganese raises cash for Czech project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd March 2021 ASX- and TSX-V listed Euro Manganese will raise C$29-million in a private placement to accelerate work at its Chvaletice manganese project, in the Czech Republic. The company is offering 50-million chess depositary interests (CDIs) each representing one share at a price of 60c each. 

Euro Manganese raises cash for Czech project

Nombasa Tsengwa appointed CEO-designate of Exxaro Resources 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate of diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources, effective from 31May 2023, when current CEO Mxolisi Mgojo reaches the retirement age of 63. The appointment of Dr Tsengwa, who is Exxaro’s current MD Minerals, forms part of what the... 

Nombasa Tsengwa appointed CEO-designate of Exxaro Resources
Photo by Creamer Media
Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate.

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko

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... 

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller talks exploration to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Canada targets 31 critical minerals for domestic production

By: Mariaan Webb     12th March 2021 Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan has announced the release of a Canadian critical minerals list, signalling to investors where the country’s focus will be in the global race to shore up supply of minerals that will drive the transition towards a low-carbon future. The list, announced... 

Canada targets 31 critical minerals for domestic production
Canadian Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan

Mining production down in January, but mineral sales up almost 25% 

By: Donna Slater     11th March 2021 Mining production decreased by 6.2% year-on-year in January, with the largest negative contributors being platinum group metals (PGMs), coal and gold, according to the latest Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) report. PGMs slumped by 14.5%, subtracting 3.5 percentage points from the overall... 

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... 

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized
Photo by Creamer Media
Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

China to 'strengthen management' of strategic mineral resources, eyes green upgrade of steel

By: Reuters     5th March 2021 China will "strengthen management and control" of its strategic mineral resources, the government said on Friday as it set out a five-year development plan, without providing any details on how it plans to secure key supplies and boost self-sufficiency. China, the world's top metals consumer,... 

China to 'strengthen management' of strategic mineral resources, eyes green upgrade of steel

Steps being taken to improve manganese export logistics – ARM 

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2021 Steps involving the use of two ports rather than one, longer trains and increased rail wagon payload are being studied to improve the logistics surrounding the export from South Africa of manganese ore. State-owned rail enterprise Transnet has put on hold the capital expansion plan centred on the... 

Steps being taken to improve manganese export logistics – ARM
Photo by Creamer Media
The control room at African Rainbow Minerals' Black Rock manganese ore mine in the Northern Cape.

Work starts at Butcherbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2021 Pre-commissioning activities have started at the Butcherbird manganese project, in Western Australia, owner Element 25 reported on Thursday. The company told shareholders that electrical systems and instrument loop checking was under way, with power station installation and power-up scheduled... 

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