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Weekly Commodities Market Wrap

7th March 2022 ENERGIES – The price gyrations in oil, gas and coal have been spectacular and eye-watering. Coal has been the biggest winner in the European Union (EU) energy complex by far. But this is very much a spot crisis, as curves remain steeply backwardated. With most distressed buyers having already... 

Metalloys sale stalls

By: Donna Slater     7th March 2022 Diversified miner South32 reports that, because of a failure to satisfy certain commercial conditions, the sale of the Meyerton-based Metalloys manganese alloy smelter agreed by Samancor Manganese and Satka Investments, will not proceed. The sale of the smelter by the parties was agreed in... 

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The Meyerton-based Metalloys manganese alloy smelter

Commitment to green economy is crucial, says ARM’s Patrice Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2022 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) has reiterated its commitment to transitioning from coal to renewable energy, with its executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe describing the global commitment to the green economy as being not only important but crucial. Motsepe was... 

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African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe.

Decarbonisation creating greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime – Sibanye-Stillwater   

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2022 The decarbonising of the global economy to prevent climate change is going to create the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime. It will also leave behind the companies that do not adapt – regardless of what industry they are in. 

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Sibanye-Stillwater presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

ESG slowing down as energy transition highlights mining as indispensable – RMF  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2022 The energy transition is highlighting mining as an indispensable industry, said Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) CEO Hélène Piaget in opening a webinar on 'Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report 2022', which reports a slowdown in economic, environmental, social and governance (ESG). “Yet there... 

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Responsible Mining Foundation report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining industry progressing with energy transition to zero-emissions mines 

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2022 Energy and mining industry experts this week detailed how the mining industry is grappling with the technical challenges of transitioning existing, and preparing new, operations to become more efficient and integrating renewable energy sources to, eventually, facilitate net-zero emissions from... 

Biden announces investments to shore up key critical mineral supplies

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd February 2022 US President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced several investments in the domestic production of key critical minerals and materials, as the country moves to break its dependence on China and secure a ‘Made in America’ supply chain. In a White House statement, Biden announced that MP Materials had... 

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USGS finalises 2022 list of 50 ‘critical minerals’

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2022 The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has published its final list of 50 mineral commodities critical to the US economy and national security, updating the 2018 list that contained fewer commodities. New additions to the list include nickel and zinc, while helium, potash, rhenium and... 

Giyani expands, upgrades K.Hill resource

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th February 2022 TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals Corporation has announced an updated mineral resource estimate for the K.Hill manganese project, in Botswana, which states a 31% increase in indicated resources and a 121% increase in inferred resources for the project. The new estimates incorporates a southerly... 

South32 to proceed with energy efficiency project at Hillside smelter

By: Darren Parker     17th February 2022 Diversified miner South32 has made a final investment decision on the roll-out of the AP3XLE energy efficiency project at its Hillside aluminium smelter, in KwaZulu-Natal. The technology has already been deployed at the company’s Mozal aluminium smelter in Mozambique. 

South32's Hillside aluminium smelter
South32's Hillside aluminium smelter

Tshipi declares R500m dividend, starts search for a new CFO

By: Donna Slater     17th February 2022 ASX-listed Jupiter Mines’ South African Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining company has declared a final dividend of R500-million for the second half of its 2022 financial year, which ends February 28. With a 49.9% share in Tshipi é Ntle, Jupiter will receive R237-million (A$22-million, net of... 

South32 reports stellar first half, advances work at Hermosa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th February 2022 Diversified miner South32 has reported a 1 847% increase in profits after tax for the half-year ended December, along with record operating margins. Profits after tax for the first half of 2022 reached $1.03-billion, up from the $53-million reported in the first half of 2021, with underlying... 

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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Red tape delaying R90bn investment in ready-to-go projects – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2022 Red tape is delaying investment worth R90-billion in ready-to-go mining-related projects, at a time when the South African economy is in desperate need of such projects proceeding, to create jobs and to stimulate economic growth. Projects worth R30-billion would be able to proceed if the 4... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Green hydrogen strategy supporting development of R270bn Northern Cape pipeline 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2022 Over the past year, the South African government has built on its successful hydrogen strategy to make major strides in positioning the country as a global leader in the green hydrogen market, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated during his State of the Nation Address. This positioning included the... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Renault and US carmaker Rivian back moratorium on deep-sea mining

By: Reuters     11th February 2022 France's Renault and US carmaker Rivian have backed a moratorium on deep-sea mining and will exclude seabed metals from their supply chains in a blow to an industry that aims to capitalise on demand from electric vehicle and other industries. French President Emmanuel Macron has said deep seabed... 

Republican US senator presses Energy Department on seabed mining

By: Reuters     11th February 2022 A top Republican US senator urged the US energy secretary this week to provide information on the Biden administration's strategy for domestic mining of minerals for electric vehicle batteries on the seabed floor. Seabed mining is a new industry that backers say can supply many of the metals... 

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US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has been asked to provide more information on the Biden administration's strategy for ocean mining.

Foreseen renewables demand providing opportunity for job creation, just energy transition 

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2022 Demand already foreseen is providing South Africa with the far-reaching and very welcome opportunity to create sufficient new jobs – “and then some” – to ensure a just energy transition away from the country’s current climate-threatening carbon intensity, Mining Weekly can report. South Africa’s... 

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From left, clockwise, Paul O’Flaherty, Dr Tsakani Mthombeni, Hein Reyneke, and Andre de Ruyter

Metals, engineering need govt support to ensure sustainable economic recovery

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 South African businesses in the metals and engineering sector have faced enormous challenges over the past few years, with the Covid-19 pandemic compounding an already difficult situation, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Tuesday. Seifsa is a... 

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Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Glencore enters battery recycling JV, targeting renewable-powered facility 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has entered a battery recycling joint venture (JV) with strategic partner and battery pioneer Britishvolt, a UK battery cell technologies and research and development investor.   

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Britannia Refined Metals operation in Northfleet, UK.

South Africa needs to embrace Ubuntu principles in going green, webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2022 In decarbonising and going green, South Africa needs to embrace the principles of Ubuntu and show humanity towards others. That view was expressed by Gold Fields South Africa executive VP Martin Preece during the 'Decarbonisation & Going Green in the Mining Sector' webinar hosted by Creamer Media... 

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From top left, clockwise, are Abel Sakhau, Martin Preece, Jevon Martin, Nikisi Lesufi and James Mackay.

Bezant records positive results at Botswana manganese project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st January 2022 A recently completed geological mapping programme at Bezant Resources’ 100%-owned high-grade Kanye manganese project, in Botswana, indicates that the target horizon hosting high-grade manganese may extend continuously for at least 4 km between the Loltware and Moshaneng prospects. The mineralised... 

Anglo increases copper guidance for 2022 as Peru mine comes online

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th January 2022 Global miner Anglo American says its production for the fourth quarter of 2021 was flat compared with output in the fourth quarter of 2020. CEO Mark Cutifani noted on January 27 that operating levels across the group had been at about 95% of normal capacity throughout 2021 as a result of... 

Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani
Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani

South32 warns of global Covid impacts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th January 2022 Despite a strong December quarter, diversified miner South32 on Monday warned shareholders that labour shortages and freight bottlenecks would impact global operations this year. “We achieved a number of strong production results across our portfolio and realised significantly higher commodity... 

PIC increases shareholding in Afrimat to 15.55%

By: Donna Slater     21st January 2022 Following a disposal of shares by UBI General Partner, in its capacity as general partner of the African Rainbow Capital Fund, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has bought additional shares in building materials, industrial minerals and bulk commodities company Afrimat. The PIC now holds a... 

E25 mulls manganese processing plant in Asia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2022 A scoping study into a high purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) plant has confirmed the economic benefits of the proposed project, ASX-listed Element25 said on Tuesday. The proposed project includes the construction of a HPMSM conversion plant as well as supporting administrative,... 

Formal launch of South Africa’s first green ammonia project on Tuesday  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2022 The formal launch of South Africa’s first green ammonia project takes place on Tuesday, against the background of the initiative having already secured an in-principle offtake agreement from a global player – a clear indication of the world’s ‘go green’ momentum. Hive Energy and BuiltAfrica –... 

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BuiltAfrica chairperson Thulani Gcabashe interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Minerals Council backs State capture commission’s recommendations 

By: Martin Creamer     6th January 2022 Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday endorsed the recommendations of the first report of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. The Minerals Council said these recommendations, aimed at preventing endemic and corrosive corruption in organs of the state and within the private sector,... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

Butcherbird sets new daily record

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th January 2022 ASX-listed Element25 has reported new daily record productions at its Butcherbird manganese project, in Western Australia, having restarted operations after a logwasher repair and engineering modification works were completed in December. The miner on Thursday said that the work undertaken... 

American Manganese receives additional services, funding support

By: Schalk Burger     5th January 2022 Lithium-ion battery waste recycling and upcycling company American Manganese has received additional advisory services and funding support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to support its ‘Demonstration of Continuous Recycling of... 

EBRD to invest C$8.5m in Czech manganese project

By: Schalk Burger     4th January 2022 TSX-listed battery materials company Euro Manganese has entered into an C$8.5-million strategic investment agreement with multilateral lender European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to support development of the Chvaletice manganese project, in the Czech Republic. “Euro... 

Leading mining companies commit to contract transparency 

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2021 Members of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Thursday announced their commitment to disclose all mineral development contracts from the start of January this year, wherever they operate, marking a significant step by about a third of the global mining and metals industry to... 

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ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Specify energy transition action now, the money’s there for it, UN climate envoy urges  

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2021 The energy transition is woefully under specified, the United Nations special envoy on climate change action and finance Mark Carney told a global webinar, in which he described the specifying of energy transition action as being “a matter of urgency”. Such specification, the webinar heard,... 

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UN Climate Action Finance Envoy Mark Carney covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exploration debate highlights Nema challenge  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2021 The withdrawal of a portion of the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) has created a major challenge for mineral exploration in South Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) co-sponsored exploration webinar heard on Thursday. Taking part in the panel discussion under... 

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IDC co-sponsored webinar covered by Mining Weekly.

Company boasts substantial supply increase

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 The  average monthly turnover and tonnage throughput of Zambia-based steel product supplier Afrope Zambia has increased sixfold since its acquisition by South African logistics and trading company Inter Trade Africa in 2019. The company has expanded its product offering to the mining consumables... 

A man welding a steel mes screen used in the copper mines as a support underground, at the Afrope manufacturing plant in Zambia
STEELY SPARKS The amount of steel used in products used in mine support systems such as screen mesh Central Africa Copperbelt has increase exponentially

Rising demand for separation compound 

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 Since the partnership between global chemicals producer 2M Holdings and speciality materials company Celanese, established in 2014, demand for its methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC) compound, used to separate copper from ore, has grown substantially in the Central Africa region. 2M Holdings South... 

Large plastic containers of methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC) compound which is used in the separation or flotation of ores on the African Copperbelt
2M Holdings South Africa MD Denzyl O’Donoghue discusses the use of MIBC as an effective flotation agent in the separation of copper

Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, use hydrogen to cut diesel – Cutifani   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2021 Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, and then use the hydrogen that has been created to replace diesel. Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani proposed this climate blueprint while also outlining his London- and Johannesburg-listed mining company’s entry into crop nutrients that can free up... 

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GlobeScan climate event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Even the battery boom can’t escape world’s supply chain woes

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2021 Soaring commodity prices and supply chain bottlenecks threaten to push up the cost of batteries seen as crucial in the fight against climate change. Higher raw material costs could push the average price of a lithium-ion battery pack to $135 per kilowatt-hour in 2022, a 2.3% gain from this year’s... 

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