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Manganese News

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. 

Battery costs fall, make electric vehicles cheaper - BMI

By: Reuters     3rd December 2020 The cost of battery cells used for electric vehicles has fallen to an average of $110/kWh, making such cars competitive with those using internal combustion engines (ICE), according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (BMI). One barrier to a higher take up of electric vehicles has been the high... 

Battery costs fall, make electric vehicles cheaper - BMI

Butcherbird expansion on the cards

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd December 2020 ASX-listed Element 25 has updated the economics of its Butcherbird manganese project, in Western Australia, highlighting the project’s expansion potential. A May prefeasibility study (PFS) estimated that the project would produce 312 000 t/y of medium-grade ump manganese concentrate, grading... 

Lack of publicly available cadastre impeding future mining potential – Miller 

By: Donna Slater     1st December 2020 The South African junior mining, and particularly prospecting, sector will continue its rapid degradation if the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) continues to refuse to publicly release information pertaining to national mining and prospecting rights, says mining supply sales... 

Lack of publicly available cadastre impeding future mining potential – Miller
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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller

Govt study into local lithium-ion battery value chain almost complete 

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 A study into the possible development of a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery value-chain in South Africa will be completed by the end of the year. The study is being undertaken by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), on behalf of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). It... 

Govt study into local lithium-ion battery value chain almost complete
Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

Manganese expertise boosts service to mines

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Geological service provider Minrom states that its dedicated team of geologists, with years of manganese mining expertise, can provide crucial decision-making services for manganese mines in the Northern Cape. Minrom’s services range from greenfield exploration and three-dimensional geological... 

Manganese expertise boosts service to mines
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MANGANESE EXPERTISE Through services to manganese mines in the Northern Cape, Minrom has identified pitfalls and bottlenecks that occur during the exploitation of resources during mining programmes

Keras reports positive discussions with Togo government

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th November 2020 Aim-listed Keras Resources says constructive meetings have been held with officials from the Togo government regarding permitting of the Nayéga manganese mine.   The mine is wholly owned by the company’s 85%-owned subsidiary, Société Générale de Mines (SGM). 

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... 

Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost
Trailblazer Technologies director John Bewsey interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Giyani appoints president, COO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd November 2020 Canada-based Giyani Metals, which is developing a manganese project in Botswana, has appointed Derk Hartman as president and COO with effect from March 1, 2021. The company also announced on Monday that Wajd Boubou had resigned as president to pursue other business opportunities. 

OM Holdings continues to earn in at Bryah JV

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th November 2020 ASX-listed OM Holdings, through its subsidiary OM Manganese has increased its shareholding in its manganese joint venture (JV) with Bryah Resources, days after the latter announced plans to sell its interest. As part of its farm-in and JV agreement with Bryah, OM Manganese has funded a further... 

Bryah gets manganese offer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th November 2020 ASX-listed Bryah Resources has received a A$5-million conditional cash offer for its interest in the Bryah Basin manganese joint venture (JV), with fellow listed OM holdings. The company told shareholders on Wednesday that the offer from ASX-listed Primero Gropu and natural resources specialist... 

Pandemic pushes more mines into care and maintenance

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th November 2020 A downturn in the global demand for certain minerals, uncertain and cyclical commodity prices and the increasing costs of production have resulted in several mines and beneficiation operations being placed on care and maintenance. These factors have been prevalent since late 2017, and... 

Pandemic pushes more mines into care and maintenance
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TRYING TIMES Many mines that have been placed on care and maintenance will remain in that state for the foreseeable future

Mining output down 2.8% y/y in September

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th November 2020 South Africa's mining production decreased by 2.8% year-on-year in September, with the iron-ore sector having made the largest negative contribution and diamonds the largest positive contribution. Seasonally adjusted mining production decreased by 0.3%  month-on-month in September. 

Platinum-linked green hydrogen economy right for Africa, says project manager  

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2020 The long value chain of green hydrogen economy has the potential to create a multiplicity of jobs and open up the market for investment possibilities for the Southern African region into what is expected to become a multi-trillion-dollar global decarbonisation market. Forschungszentrum Jülich... 

Platinum-linked green hydrogen economy right for Africa, says project manager
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer is given update on platinum-linked green hydrogen. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Transnet completes upgrades on tippler at Richards Bay port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th November 2020 Transnet Port Terminals reports that maintenance work and upgrades on Tippler 2 at the Richards Bay bulk terminal have been completed. The second tippler's capacity has thus increased from 74 t wagons to 90 t wagons, with an ability to handle 18 wagons an hour.  

Battery metals beneficiation holds ‘enormous potential’ for South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th November 2020 There is “enormous potential” for South Africa, should the country pursue green industrialisation and its manufacturing sector invest in the beneficiation of battery metals and the manufacture of various green products, such as electric vehicles (EVs), Department of Trade, Industry and... 

Exploration is priority, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2020 South Africa should be an exploration site that contributes to gross domestic product growth and employment creation. “Exploration is the way to go and a priority,” Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe told the 2020 Junior Indaba in his keynote address on Tuesday. (Also watch... 

Exploration is priority, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe
The Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Flow-through must not only incentivise exploration but also market participation – Miller 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2020 A flow-through share scheme tax incentive, currently under consideration for South Africa, must serve to incentivise not only exploration but also public listed market development and market participation by a diversity of investors. Mining supply sales consultancy AmaranthCX director Paul Miller... 

Flow-through must not only incentivise exploration but also market participation – Miller
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Mining supply sales consultancy AmaranthCX director Paul Miller

Giyani starts resource upgrading work on K.Hill prospect

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd November 2020 TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals Corporation has started with an infill drill programme at the K.Hill manganese project, in Botswana. The aim of the programme is to upgrade the current inferred mineral resource at the project to indicated mineral resources. 

New coral species discovered on seabed prized for mining potential

By: Reuters     29th October 2020 Three species of black coral have been discovered on the seabed of the northern Pacific Ocean, an area where several countries have contracts to explore for metals including cobalt and nickel as they race to find new supplies of the key battery elements. The corals were discovered on deep... 

Giyani expects Botswana DEA to approve K Hill SToR by end of the quarter

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th October 2020 TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals Corp expects the Botswana Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to approve the scoping and terms of reference (SToR) for its K Hill managanese project later this quarter. The environmental- and social-impact assessment (Esia) approval by the DEA is a two-stage... 

Hopes rise as top firms arrive at potential flow-through share model to stimulate mining exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2020 A flow-through share model has been drawn up with the help of top firms to stimulate badly neglected mining exploration in South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners leadership forum chairperson Errol Smart said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom... 

Hopes rise as top firms arrive at potential flow-through share model to stimulate mining exploration
Minerals Council South Africa Junior Miners’ Forum Chairperson Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Decision soon on platinum process that can save a Medupi power station worth of power   

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2020 The definitive feasibility study for the installation of a revolutionary new electricity-slashing processing plant at Pilanesberg Platinum Mine in the North West will be completed next month, in time for an investment decision from the shareholders in KellTechnology South Africa, which are... 

Decision soon on platinum process that can save a Medupi power station worth of power
Kelltech’s Keith Liddell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Transnet revamping concessions model to speed up private involvement in rail and ports 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2020 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet is in the process of overhauling its approach to opening up its port and rail networks, including 8 000-km of branch lines, to private participants, acknowledging that its previous models have been far to slow and cumbersome. CEO Portia Derby said the... 

Transnet revamping concessions model to speed up private involvement in rail and ports

Covid has highlighted the value of operating remotely – mining editor 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2020 The extraction of data from machinery to improve decision-making is a key benefit of the digital mine and has changed the way that mines manage their assets and perform machine maintenance, Australia Mining managing editor Ben Creagh said on Wednesday. Creagh was speaking during a virtual... 

Covid has highlighted the value of operating remotely – mining editor
ifm Australia’s Freddie Coertze and Aditya Kunder.

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2020 The upcoming platinum demand of Hyundai alone could come close to taking up the total annual production of one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines. Hyundai has stated categorically, in a double-page advertisement in The Economist of London, that it will be making 700 000 fuel cell stacks a... 

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC
World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

NUM prepares for strike at Northern Cape mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2020 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it has declared a wage dispute with Assmang Operations, in the Northern Cape, after it was unable to reach a wage settlement with the iron-ore and manganese miner. The union initially demanded a 15% increase access the board, but lowered its demands... 

South Africa is well positioned to export green hydrogen ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2020 South Africa is in an extraordinary position to revolutionise its own economy and supply green hydrogen to the world, PwC said on Monday. “The energy transition is and will be biggest global theme this decade,” PwC associate director James Mackay told journalists at a virtual event covered by... 

South Africa is well positioned to export green hydrogen ­– PwC
PwC Hydrogen Report 2020 covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Low prices, demand results in drop in Afarak’s mining, processing volumes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2020 LSE- and Nasdaq-listed Afarak Group has reported that its group production for the third quarter of the year at 40 766 t was 60.1% lower than the 102 219 t produced in the third quarter of 2019. This was owing to reduced mining activity in South Africa, the protection of staff amid Covid-19, low... 

Hydrogen fast-tracking will be much quicker than imagined – Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2020 The fast-tracking of the hydrogen economy will be much quicker than most people have imagined, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said at the Financial Times (FT) Commodities Mining Summit, where he was part of a panel that included Anglo American Platinum CEO Natasha Viljoen and South32 CEO... 

Hydrogen fast-tracking will be much quicker than imagined – Sibanye-Stillwater
Financial Times Commodities Mining Summit covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Company sets detonator new record

16th October 2020 The Enaex Africa team set another record for the highest number of detonators (3 876 units) fired in a single blast in South Africa, using DaveyTronic detonators at United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK). The average hole depth of the 1 938 holes was 14 m, with two detonators per hole. 

Company sets detonator new record
PRIORITISING SAFETY Record-breaking feats can only be celebrated when all involved are safe

Mining committed to doing all it takes to improve worker health – Matlala 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2020 Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala on Thursday committed the South African mining industry to doing all it takes to ensure that employee lives are saved and health is improved. Speaking at a global virtual health seminar to reprioritise... 

Mining committed to doing all it takes to improve worker health – Matlala
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Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala

Hydrogen-linked Platinum Valley Corridor Project under way – Nzimande 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2020 A Platinum Valley Corridor Project being developed as part of South Africa’s economic recovery was outlined by Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Wednesday. Taking part in the third Hydrogen Energy Ministerial meeting held virtually, Nzimande described the... 

Hydrogen-linked Platinum Valley Corridor Project under way – Nzimande
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Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

Southern Africa’s green hydrogen buy-in exceeding expectations – Sacreee  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2020 Southern Africa’s buy-in into the green hydrogen economy concept is exceeding expectations, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (Sacreee) executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula said on Tuesday. Green hydrogen is a clean form of hydrogen... 

Southern Africa’s green hydrogen buy-in exceeding expectations – Sacreee
Sacreee executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula discusses green hydrogen with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

E25 finds offtake for Butcherbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th October 2020 ASX-listed Element 25 has inked a non-binding term sheet with a subsidiary of fellow-listed OM Holdings over all of the manganese ore produced at the first stage of the Butcherbird project, in Western Australia. Under the terms of the agreement, OM Materials would take up to 365 000 t/y of... 

Mining operations to start soon at Menar’s East Manganese project 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2020 Mining investment firm Menar’s first manganese asset, East Manganese, in the Northern Cape, has been granted a mining right and water-use license, which the firm says paves the way for mining operations to start soon. The R250-million project was granted environmental authorisations in February... 

Mining operations to start soon at Menar’s East Manganese project
Menar's East Manganese operation.

Grande Côte operation achieves ‘excellent’ results

9th October 2020 Multinational mining and metallurgy company Eramet 2020 half-year results, released on July 29, noted that its Grande Côte Operation (GCO) built on the “excellent operating performance” of 2019, producing 371 000 t  of mineral sands over the period. Notably, GCO is the largest single dredge... 

Grande Côte operation achieves ‘excellent’ results
NOT SCRAPING THE BOTTOM The dredging operation at Eramet's Grande Côte operation reported an excellent operating performance for the first half of 2020

Mining majors must convince investors of need to replace value – Sir Mick Davis  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2020 Major mining companies need to convince investors of the crucial need to replace the value that they are taking out of the ground, mining luminary Sir Mick Davis said on Thursday. “Every single day that they take something out of the ground, that value disappears forever, and unless you do... 

Mining majors must convince investors of need to replace value – Sir Mick Davis
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sir Mick Davis at Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer
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