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Manganese News

Keras commits continual funds for community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th February 2021 As part of its environment, social and governance (ESG) initiatives, Aim-listed Keras Resources has announced it will contribute 0.75% of manganese sales revenue from the Nayéga mine, in Togo, once it is developed, to be used for community projects in the vicinity. The contribution will be made... 

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... 

Test mine study under way for Fourth Industrial Revolution try-outs
Joburg Indaba Modernisation in Mining virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Canada could take major slice of EV economic pie – Benchmark

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd February 2021 Canada has sizeable potential to be one of the upstream leaders of the lithium-ion battery ecosystem that the world is building, says Benchmark MD Simon Moores, who will be appearing in front of the House of Commons on Monday. Moores will partake in a discussion on Canada’s role in building a... 

Canada could take major slice of EV economic pie – Benchmark
Eagle Graphite has the only flake graphite quarry in western North America.

Transnet adjusts infrastructure strategy to deal with damaging weather conditions

By: Donna Slater     18th February 2021 State-owned Transnet is investigating methods to deal with unpredictable and severe weather patterns, which have negatively affected the railway network during and after cyclone Eloise hit Southern Africa in late January, resulting in heavy rainfall across South Africa. Transnet Freight Rail... 

Transnet adjusts infrastructure strategy to deal with damaging weather conditions
The results of a recent wash-away incident

Tshipi declares R1.1-billion final dividend

By: Donna Slater     18th February 2021 ASX-listed Jupiter Mines, which has a 49.9% interest in Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining, reports that Tshipi has declared a final dividend to its shareholders of R1.1-billion for its 2021 financial year. As such, Jupiter will receive R521.5-million in addition to R30.6-million in marketing profits.  

Eramet sees higher core earnings this year after pandemic hit

By: Reuters     17th February 2021 French mining group Eramet said on Tuesday it expected a rebound in core earnings this year after starting to recover in recent months from severe disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The company reported a net loss of €675-million for 2020, while earnings before interest, tax,... 

Bryah to retain manganese holding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th February 2021 ASX-listed Bryah Resources will retain its 70% shareholding in the Bryah basin manganese joint venture (JV) as suitors failed to meet outstanding conditions for the offer. Bryah in January announced that it had received a conditional A$5-million cash offer offer from ASX-listed Primero Group and... 

ARM expects headline earnings to more than double

By: Donna Slater     16th February 2021 JSE-listed diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) reports that its headline earnings for the first half of its 2021 financial year are expected to increase by between 129% and 138%, to between R4.93-billion and R5.12-billion. This compares with the R2.15-billion in headline earnings... 

Giyani receives first assay results from drilling programme in Botswana

By: Simone Liedtke     9th February 2021 TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals has received the first set of assay results from the reverse circulation (RC) infill drilling programme, at its K.Hill manganese project, in Botswana. The company has also announced a new planned exploration programme and the appointment of an additional drilling... 

‘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... 

‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa media brief reporting by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Good vibrations for the year ahead

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Vibrating original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Kwatani’s capital project pipeline is “exceptionally strong against the back-end of weak markets”, which Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin says is a result of time spent actively working with mining and project houses during the worst of the pandemic. For... 

Good vibrations  for the year ahead
KIM SCHOEPFLIN The pandemic has not affected Kwatani’s business as negatively as originally expected

Four mining companies adopt Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism

By: Donna Slater     27th January 2021 Mining Shared Value (MSV), a nonprofit initiative of Engineers Without Borders Canada, reports that four mining companies have, so far, adopted the Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism (LPRM), with two more confirming their plans to do so shortly. Ivanhoe Mines became the first company... 

November mining production down 11.6% y/y

By: Donna Slater     19th January 2021 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reports that South Africa’s mining production decreased by 11.6% year-on-year in November, largely owing to iron-ore output having decreased by 35.3%, contributing 3.9 percentage points. Platinum group metals (PGMs) also dragged the industry’s performance down,... 

Keras raises £1m 

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2021 Aim-listed phosphate and manganese miner Keras Resources has conditionally raised £1-million through the placing of 869.57-million shares. The funds will be used to explore opportunities to grow the company's portfolio through organic growth and the potential introduction of new projects.  

Manganese markets achieve good performance despite headwinds, reports LCIB

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2021 Global manganese ore dispatches reached a new record of 42.93-million tonnes in 2020, the London Commodity Intelligence Bureau (LCIB) reports. Shipments were 3.1% higher year-on-year. 

Euro Manganese advances Czech project to next permitting stage

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th January 2021 TSX-V-listed Euro Manganese says the Czech Ministry of Environment has completed a six-month screening of the company’s preliminary environmental impact assessment for the Chvaletice manganese project. The project is intended to recycle waste from a decommissioned mine in Czech Republic to... 

Eramet faces continued challenges in New Caledonia, despite rescue plan success

By: Simone Liedtke     12th January 2021 Global mining and metallurgical group Eramet’s rescue plan, which aims to ensure the sustainable recovery of the group’s New Caledonian subsidiary, is achieving the expected impact under normal operating conditions, the company confirmed on January 12. It noted that the subsidiary, Société Le... 

Temco sale settles

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th January 2021 Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance has completed the purchase of the hydro energy-powered Tasmanian Electro Metallurgical Company (Temco) smelter in Tasmania, fro diversified miners South32 and Anglo American. Gupta said this week that the acquisition not only secured the jobs of the smelter’s 250... 

Zambia President says greater State role in mines will help economy recover 

By: Reuters     17th December 2020 Zambia must build majority stakes in selected mines to benefit from its mineral wealth beyond taxes, President Edgar Lungu said on Thursday, as he set out an economic recovery plan after the country defaulted on a debt payment last month. Africa's second-biggest copper producer, Zambia is seeking... 

Zambia President says greater State role in mines will help economy recover
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

Butcherbird permits in the bag

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th December 2020 ASX-listed Element 25 has received key environmental approvals for its manganese project, in Western Australia. The company on Friday reported that the works approval and the mining proposal had been approved by the relevant state government departments, while permission has also been obtained... 

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... 

Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment
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Exploration Geological Consultancy MD Regina Molloy

Mantashe enthused by third-quarter mining performance 

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2020 The third-quarter performance of South Africa’s mining sector is encouraging, says Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, noting that “impressive growth” was recorded despite “difficult conditions” brought on by Covid-19. The sector grew at a yearly rate of 288.3% compared with the... 

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. 

Glencore spells out emission-reduction pathway to 2050
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Ivan Glasenberg, who is handing Glencore reins to Gary Nagle.

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
Photo by Bloomberg
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... 

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