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Manganese News

Eramet needs €1bn Gabon expansion, Argentina lithium mine

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 7 hours ago French multinational mining and metals firm Eramet is searching for more than €1-billion in financing to fund an expansion of its manganese mine in Gabon, and to build a new lithium mine in Argentina. The company plans to raise its manganese ore production capacity from 4.3-million tons a year... 

Transnet signs R8.5bn rail deal with UMK 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2019 State-owned freight utility Transnet and manganese producer United Manganese of Kalahari on Wednesday “renewed their business vows” by signing an R8.5-billion contract to move two-million to three-million tonnes a year of manganese by rail to six South African exports channels. Transnet... 

Transnet signs R8.5bn rail deal with UMK
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
UMK CEO Victor Radko and Transnet commercial sales and marketing group executive Mike Fanucchi

Studies reveal numerous product opportunities for Giyani’s Botswana projects

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 Metallurgical testing results of stockpile material from TSX-listed Giyani Metals’ K.Hill and Otse manganese deposits, in Botswana, indicate that a variety of lumpy and fine particle manganese products are possible, the company said on Friday. As an example, Giyani noted that a 36% manganese... 

Platinum mine truck being converted to run on hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2019 Early research and development work has begun to pave the way for the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell electric trucking at a local platinum mine, Mining Weekly Online can today report. A truck is currently being converted to run on hydrogen, which will initially be brought to the mine in tankers. 

Platinum mine truck being converted to run on hydrogen
Inner workings of platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cell

Resources Watch 

13th June 2019 Junior mining badly in need of kickstart And, Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

SA's EV opportunity, Tshipi-South32 agreement  

13th June 2019 This week Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks South Africa’s opportunity in platinum and manganese, the electrification of taxi fleets and the Tshipi and South32 agreement.   

SA's EV opportunity, Tshipi-South32 agreement
SA's EV opportunity, Tshipi-South32 agreement

Tshipi é Ntle, South32 to mine barrier pillar between Tshipi, Mamatwan mines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2019 Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining, a subsidiary of ASX-listed Jupiter Mines, has signed an agreement with global diversified miner South32 to mine the barrier pillar between their respective manganese mines in the Northern Cape. Tshipi owns and operates the Tshipi Borwa mine and South32 the Mamatwan... 

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2019 South Africa, which has a wonderful platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment and an abundance of high-quality manganese ore, should go all out to be in the best of two new carbon-reducing technology worlds. On the one hand, it should do all it can to be in the world of hydrogen with the help of... 

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds
Photo by Toyota/Anglo American
A fuel cell electric vehicle requires platinum

Giyani proceeds to final stage of sample testing programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2019 TSX-V-listed junior explorer Giyani Metals Corporation has completed the solvent extraction phase of its ongoing hydrometallurgical testing programme. The company reported on Friday that the extraction tests had been performed on manganese mineralised material taken from the company’s K.Hill... 

Northern Cape may be where parts of Australia were in 90s – The Mineral Corporation 

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2019 South Africa’s highly prospective Northern Cape may now be where geologically endowed parts Australia were in the early 1990s, John Murphy, the MD of The Mineral Corporation (TMC), said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online in an exclusive interview at the 21-year-old advisory group’s... 

Northern Cape may be where parts of Australia were in 90s – The Mineral Corporation
Photo by Creamer Media Photographer Dylan Slater
The Mineral Corporation MD John Murphy.

Manganese, Junior Mining, Mantashe make headlines 

6th June 2019 This week, Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks manganese as an EV metal, a kickstart for junior mining and, approval for Gwede Mantashe’s appointment. 

Manganese, Junior Mining, Mantashe make headlines
Manganese, Jr Mining, Mantashe make headlines

TFR to conduct yearly maintenance shutdown on MMC line this month

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2019 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will be conducting its yearly maintenance shutdown on the Mineral Mining and Chrome (MMC) line from June 4 to 10.  The shutdown will allow TFR to undertake maintenance work that cannot take place during normal occupational conditions. 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2019 Manganese could make its mark in the battery electric vehicle (EV) arena by displacing cobalt to a large extent in many of the cathode formulations, where the bulk of battery metals are used. The Junior Indaba heard on Wednesday that manganese, which South Africa hosts in abundance, is in a race... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal
Junior Indaba strategic metals discussion covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel   

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2019 Junior mining is badly in need of a policy framework that will kickstart activity, mining luminary Bernard Swanepoel said on Tuesday. Speaking to a packed 2019 Junior Indaba conference for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining, Swanepoel outlined how he had boldly stepped into the... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel
Junior Indaba opening addresses covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater.

IHHA conference to ‘better equip’ Transnet to take advantage of global knowledge, technology

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2019 As it keeps the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in mind, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is hopeful that the upcoming International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) conference will provide the State-owned entity with an opportunity to not just showcase South African capabilities and potential to the... 

Independent power producer association hails Mantashe's appointment

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2019 The appointment of Gwede Mantashe as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy has been welcomed by the South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA), which described as “massive” the challenges he, Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa and the rest of... 

South Africa still top seaborne manganese supplier – Jupiter  

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2019 South Africa remains the leading manganese supplier to the seaborne market, accounting for more than 35% of global production, excluding China, Jupiter Mines chairperson Brian Gilbertson noted in the company’s annual report on Thursday. Australia-listed Jupiter Mines owns 49.9% of Tshipi é Ntle,... 

South Africa still top seaborne manganese supplier – Jupiter
Photo by Creamer Media
Jupiter Mines chairperson Brian Gilbertson

Giyani receives EMP approvals for Botswana manganese prospects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 Giyani Metals on Friday announced that the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in Botswana had approved the environmental management plans (EMP) for its K.Hill and Otse manganese prospects and requested the company to proceed to the public review stage. Giyani submitted three EMPs for its... 

Tshipi mine on track to meet three-million-tonne sales target

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 ASX-listed Jupiter Mines says its 49.9%-owned subsidiary Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining’s Tshipi Borwa mine in South Africa, is on track to deliver on its three-million-tonne sales target for the 2020 financial year. The company remains focused on cost control, with free-on-board production... 

Tshipi mine on track to meet three-million-tonne sales target
Tshipi Borwa manganese mine

Gulf's DSO operation gets final approval

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th May 2019 ASX-listed Gulf Manganese has received final approval from the Indonesian Ministry of Trade for its direct shipping ore (DSO) licence. The approval from the Ministry of Trade follows an earlier approval from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, and marks the final ratification for the... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac   

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa is correct in stating that South Africans need to act together with urgency and boldness if they are to realise the economic opportunities before them, Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac said on Tuesday. Baissac, who was speaking to Mining Weekly Online following the finding of... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about South Africa’s economic growth needs. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

Gulf gets approval for DSO exports from Indonesia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th May 2019 The share price of ASX-listed Gulf Manganese soared by 20% on Wednesday on news that the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources had approved the company’s plans to export direct shipping ore (DSO) from its manganese operations in the region. The approval covered 103 162 t/y of DSO. 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.

Keras appoints COO to help build manganese portfolio

By: Simone Liedtke     29th April 2019 Aim-listed Keras Resources has concluded the bulk sample agreement for its flagship Nayega manganese project, in northern Togo, which confirms all the technical, financial and logistical assumptions of Keras’ internal feasibility study. The agreement, which concludes six months of work by Keras... 

Cost-per-tonne guarantee reducing mine development risk

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2019 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Design, build and operate project companies Evolve Mining and AMC have an approach to mine development and operation that is attracting attention. Evolve Mining designs for the lowest cost per tonne and AMC then mines at the guaranteed cost per tonne. Evolve is... 

Cost-per-tonne guarantee reducing mine development risk
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
TREVOR GARDEN Designing for the lowest cost per tonne

Bryah ups its game with OM Holdings JV

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd April 2019 ASX-listed junior Bryah Resources has struck a farm-in and joint venture (JV) agreement with fellow-listed OM Holdings to hunt for manganese on the Bryah Basin project. Under the terms of the agreement, OM will spend up to A$7.3-million to earn a 70% interest in the manganese mineral rights of... 

Gemfields sells Jupiter shareholding for $31m 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2019 JSE- and BSX-listed Gemfields’ subsidiary, Pallinghurst Consolidated, will sell the 145-million shares it holds in ASX-listed Jupiter Mining to AMCI Euro Holdings for A$44-million, or $31-million. Gemfields stated on Monday that the transaction was consistent with the board’s strategy for the... 

Transnet sets new weekly manganese record 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th April 2019 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail on Monday announced that it had achieved a new weekly throughput record of 335 812 t of manganese, beating its previous record by 6 362 t. The record was achieved in week two of the 2019/20 financial year and compares with a target of 290 794 t for that week. 

ERG joins UN Global Compact

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th April 2019 Diversified natural resources group Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) has joined the United Nations Global Compact – the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. ERG has also undertaken to implement the compact's ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour the environment... 

Tshipi achieves record full-year export volumes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd April 2019 Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining’s Tshipi Borwa mine in, in South Africa, met its sales target of 3.51-million tonnes of manganese for the 2019 financial year. ASX-listed Jupiter Mines, which has a 49.9% beneficial interest in Tshipi é Ntle, has reported that this resulted in record export volumes. 

Menar’s Canyon offers Eskom cheaper coal on open-book basis  

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2019 Coal mining company Canyon Coal, a Menar group company, is prepared to offer coal to State-owned electricity utility Eskom at a cheaper price on an open-book basis from two new projects. The Menar group, which does not supply coal to Eskom at present, employs 3 500 people on a R7-billion asset... 

Menar’s Canyon offers Eskom cheaper coal on open-book basis
Menar MD and Canyon Coal executive chairperson Vuslat Bayoğlu talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photos: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Jupiter appoints its first female director

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2019 Jupiter Mines has appointed Melissa North to the board of directors as FD, effective March 18. North, who is the first female to be appointed to the Jupiter board, joined Jupiter in 2012 as group financial controller and was subsequently appointed CFO and company secretary. 

At least 30 people die after Angola mine collapse

By: African News Agency      18th March 2019 A deadly mine collapse in Angola has left at least 30 people dead.  The incident occurred in Chipindo municipality in Angola’s south-west Huila Province as illegal gold miners mined for gold, the state media reported on Sunday. 

Sitatunga starts project implementation activity at East Managanese 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th March 2019 Exploration and mining development company Sitatunga Resources will start building its first manganese mine, in the Northern Cape, this year, following receipt of the last regulatory authorisations. The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on February 22 granted environmental authorisation for... 

Sitatunga starts project implementation activity at East Managanese
Photo by Sitatunga
East Manganese project approval granted.

Burkina Faso says Paris court dismissed $2.2bn claim over manganese mine contract

By: Reuters     14th March 2019 A Paris court has dismissed a $2.2-billion claim against Burkina Faso lodged by Pan African Minerals Group over control of one of the world's largest manganese mines, Burkina's government said on Thursday. Romanian-Australian tycoon Frank Timis' Pan African Burkina Limited (PAB) bought the rights... 

ARM’s H1 headline earnings up 13% y/y 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st March 2019 Diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) achieved a 13% increase in headline earning to R2.2-billion for the six months ended December 31, 2018, compared with R1.9-billion in the six months ended December 31, 2017. The company, which is led by chairperson Patrice Motsepe and CEO Mike... 

ARM’s H1 headline earnings up 13% y/y
Photo by Creamer Media
ARM chairperson Patrice Motsepe

Freight rates drop as more ships become available – Assore 

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2019 Freight rates have dropped quite substantially since the iron-ore tailings dam tragedy in Brazil ,with more vessels becoming available, Assore CEO Charles Walters reports. Since the Brumadinho dam disaster, some 30-million tonnes of iron-ore supply have been withdrawn from the market. 

Freight rates drop as more ships become available – Assore
Photo by Creamer Media
Assore CEO Charles Walters

Assore earnings up, dividend maintained 

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2019 Mining and marketing company Assore on Tuesday reported 20% higher headline earnings to R2.92-billion in the six months to December 31, buoyed by an improved price basket and weaker exchange rate. Assore's jointly controlled Assmang recorded headline earnings of R4.29-billion, an increase of 23%... 

Assore earnings up, dividend maintained
Assore image on latest presentation booklet.
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