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Manganese News

Tshipi achieves highest efficiencies in history in May

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd June 2021 Mining efficiencies increased during May at the Tshipi Borwa mine, making it the highest in the mine’s history, majority stakeholder Jupiter Mines reports. Overall production volumes for both high- and low-grade ore were above target at Tshipi, with further low-grade ore produced to meet the... 

Sasol, manganese, ICMM make headlines  

18th June 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks how Sasol could be ready to produce green hydrogen within the next 24 months; the White House document that is focusing on manganese as a preferred battery element contender; and the International Council on Mining and Metals assessing over 300 vehicle... 

Sasol, manganese, ICMM make headlines
Sasol, manganese, ICMM make headlines

New pact to boost cathode development

By: Halima Frost     18th June 2021 Multinational materials technology company Umicore and chemicals company BASF have entered into a nonexclusive patent cross-licence agreement, which covers a range of cathode materials and precursors. The cathode materials will include combinations, such as nickel/manganese/cobalt,... 

POWER BALL
Spheres precipitated out of nickel, cobalt, and manganese salts are created to make cathode material
POWER BALL Spheres precipitated out of nickel, cobalt, and manganese salts are created to make cathode material

Manganese preferred for diversification efforts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th June 2021 While the thermal coal and anthracite market fundamentals remain strong for now, coal-focused mining investment firm Menar intends to diversify its commodity base, particularly as metals supporting green economies come to the fore.  

MAD FOR MANGANESE
Looking at the future growth prospects of the group, Menar decided it is best to diversify its asset base
MAD FOR MANGANESE Looking at the future growth prospects of the group, Menar decided it is best to diversify its asset base

Northern Cape manganese ready to be mined

By: Halima Frost     18th June 2021 Specialist mining advisory company Ukwazi Mining engineer Jaco Mans tells Mining Weekly that South Africa has the capacity and capability to meet the increasing global demand for manganese. He explains that the Northern Cape holds more than 70% of the global manganese reserves and that the area... 

MANAGING MANGANESE
Ukwazi is able to help manganese mines optimise their processes and operations
MANAGING MANGANESE Ukwazi is able to help manganese mines optimise their processes and operations

K.Hill metallurgical results point to high purity manganese

By: Donna Slater     17th June 2021 TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals reports that the preliminary results from metallurgical test work, undertaken by Mintek, of its Botswana-based K.Hill manganese project shows a high-purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) with less than 1% total impurity and manganese content of more than 31.5%.... 

Butcherbird haulage starts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th June 2021 Ore haulage has started at the Butcherbird manganese project, in Western Australia, ASX-listed Element 25 (E25) has reported on Wednesday. The ore will be transported from the Butcherbird operation to the Utah point, in Port Hedland. The first shipment comprises some 25 000 t to 30 000 t of... 

300-plus vehicle fleets assessed for cleaner, safer mine mobility in five regions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2021 As part of the cleaner, safer vehicles initiative of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), more than 300 vehicle fleets have been assessed for cleaner, safer mobility on more than 300 mines in five regions globally, ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell... 

ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell
International Council on Mining and Metals’ Sarah Bell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

NUM to march next month over rising unemployment in Mpumalanga

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2021 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Highveld Region is preparing to march against continued retrenchments, outsourcing, use of labour brokers and the increasing unemployment rate in the Mpumalanga province. The march, to be held on July 15, will be targeted at State-owned utility Eskom, as... 

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender  

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 The White House document on revitalising American manufacturing and fostering broad-based economic growth pays particular attention to South Africa as the world’s largest supplier of manganese, and to manganese as a potential preferred battery element contender, Mining Weekly can today report.... 

The White House on building supply chains.
Photo by Creamer Media
The White House on building supply chains.

Early Tesla investor backs firm that tracks metals supply chain

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2021 An early Tesla investor is backing a startup that helps track battery metals across the supply chain to ensure they hold up to environmental and ethical scrutiny. The Westly Group, which led a funding round with five other venture capital firms, invested $14-million in Circulor, according to a... 

Early Tesla investor backs firm that tracks metals supply chain

Allow geologists from surrounding African countries to boost SA's exploration rebirth, top explorer advises  

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2021 Exploration geologists from surrounding countries should be allowed into South Africa to boost exploration. That is the view of Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan, who believes that South Africa’s planned exploration thrust should focus on commodities required in... 

Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan
Exploration manager Thinus Jordaan interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining output performs well, but off a low base

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th June 2021 Mining output has increased by 116.5% year-on-year in April, after having increased by 22.5% year-on-year in March. The largest contributors were platinum group metals, growing by 276%; gold, growing by 177%; manganese ore, growing by 208%; and iron-ore, growing by 149%. 

Transnet reports increase in cable theft; 600 arrests made

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2021 State-owned logistics company Transnet on June 10 reported that there was an average of 650 incidents of cable theft a month in the first five months of this year, while more than 600 arrests have been made since the beginning of the year. Transnet loses about 120 km of overhead cables a month... 

TNPA, CDC collaborate to accelerate infrastructure delivery

By: Simone Liedtke     10th June 2021 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as the implementing agent for the migration of the manganese terminal and the liquid bulk terminal to the Port of Ngqura, as well as their construction and operationalisation. The CDC and... 

Black Canyon’s Flanagan Bore prospect returns extensive mineralisation

By: Donna Slater     10th June 2021 ASX-listed manganese, copper and cobalt explorer Black Canyon reports that a field assessment of its Flanagan Bore manganese prospect in the Pilbara, Western Australia, has confirmed the presence of extensive mineralisation at surface and highlighted significant scope to grow the known... 

US must work with allies to secure electric vehicle metals - White House

By: Reuters     8th June 2021 The United States must work with allies to secure the minerals needed for electric vehicle batteries and process them domestically in light of environmental and other competing interests, the White House said on Tuesday. The strategy, first reported by Reuters in late May, will include new... 

US must work with allies to secure electric vehicle metals - White House

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2021 Mining companies with higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings outperformed the broader market during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, delivering 34% average total shareholder return over the past three years — ten percentage points higher than the general market index,  PwC... 

PwC Africa mining leader Andries Rossouw
PwC Mine 2021 Report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Major joint effort needed to meet host community challenge – Menar  

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2021 A major joint effort is needed by big and small mining companies, government, labour, communities and traditional leaders and municipalities to meet the host community challenge facing South Africa’s mining industry, Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu said on Monday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom... 

Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hot prices pervading commodities market, CRU tells Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2021 Price hotness is pervading the commodities market, CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna said on Tuesday, when she addressed the second and final day of the Junior Indaba. Speaking on ‘what’s hot and what’s not’, Hanna said almost all commodities were at the higher-than-15% level. (Also watch attached... 

Commodity prices soaring above cost levels shown in this CRU chart.
CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna at Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa’s Council for Geoscience went live on Tuesday with making geoscience data digitally available. During a panel discussion on the first day of the Junior Indaba, Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza invited all to go on to the council’s website to find this data, the bulk of which,... 

From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
Photo by Creamer Media
From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.

Tender for new modern cadastre system to be invited next week   

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 A tender for a new modern cadastre system to provide exploration information will be invited by the end of next week, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Tuesday. In his opening keynote address on initiatives to ignite the exploration... 

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy Director-General Advocate Thabo Mokoena
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Battery material value-add consolidation in South Africa under consideration by Mick Davis-linked NextSource  

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2021 South Africa, which has the wherewithal to provide the value-add consolidation advantage to battery materials that the world’s electric vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) want, is being seriously considered for the role, NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba said on Monday.... 

NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba
NextSource President and CEO Craig Scherba interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Resources Watch  

27th May 2021 This week: SAEC name change to Seriti Power signals coal miner’s new broader energy vision; Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data; and, Menar expects first ore from inaugural manganese mine in July 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Biden's EV metals import plan unlikely to match climate goals - executives

By: Reuters     27th May 2021 The Biden administration's plan to rely on ally nations for most of the metals needed to build electric vehicles (EV) ignores the complexity of modern mining and could keep the US from meeting aggressive climate goals, according to industry executives. Reuters reported on Tuesday that President... 

Senator John Barrasso:
Senator John Barrasso: "We have these minerals here. We should produce them and use them for American workers and consumers."

Concern over lack of JSE listings ahead of Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2021 In anticipation of next week's Junior Indaba virtual conference, AmaranthCX director Paul Miller has updated statistics on the change in the number of listed mining companies on the JSE over time. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) It is not a pretty picture. (See attached chart.) 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMRE) and Minerals Council South Africa have established a task team to promote exploration, outgoing Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. The exploration task team, Mgojo said during his address to the council’s 131st annual general... 

Progress on raising the embedded generation cap to 50MW
Minerals Council South Africa AGM covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The board members of Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday elected the first female president in 131 years. New president Nolitha Fakude, a former Minerals Council VP who is the chairperson of Anglo American South Africa, said she would be focusing on ensuring that mining contributes... 

Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.
Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.

E25 sells first manganese from Butcherbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th May 2021 Manganese developer Element 25 (E25) has signed its first sales contract at its Butcherbird project, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed company on Wednesday reported that it had inked an agreement with a subsidiary of ASX-listed OM Holdings, and had delivered the first parcel of material from... 

Li-ion batteries provide development opportunity for South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2021 As electric mobility and energy storage increases its share of the transport and energy sectors, the demand for batteries is rising, with lithium-ion batteries (LIB) dominating the market. While research by Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) indicates that South Africa’s vibrant venture... 

Diamond explorer Bill McKechnie feels South Africa has battery mineral exploration potential  

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2021 The renowned exploration geologist linked to the colossal and still-thriving diamond discovery against all odds at the Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo, believes there is no reason why new battery and other specialist minerals cannot be discovered in South Africa, using the techniques that he... 

Bill McKechnie
Exploration geologist Bill McKechnie interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Port solution found for Butcherbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th May 2021 Manganese developer Element 24 (E25) has inked a port access agreement with the Pilbara Port Authority, providing use of the Port Hedland Utah Point facility for the bulk export of manganese from the Butcherbird project. While the terms of the agreement were confidential, E25 said it was in line... 

Afrimat diversifies further with acquisition of near-development manganese project 

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2021 JSE-listed diversified miner Afrimat has entered into a purchase agreement with Aquila Steel and Rakana Consolidated Mines for the acquisition of a 100% stake in the Gravenhage manganese mining right and associated assets near Hotazel, in the Northern Cape. Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden says... 

Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden

Menar expects first ore from inaugural manganese mine in July   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th May 2021 Mining investment firm Menar has officially launched its first-to-portfolio manganese mine, East Manganese, in Hotazel, in the Northern Cape. MD Vuslat Bayoğlu expects the mine to produce its first ore in July and to ramp up to nameplate capacity of processing 30 000 t a month of ore by August.  

Menar's East Manganese mine, in Hotazel, Northern Cape
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoğlu discusses the company's new East Manganese mine

Climate is global issue that exceeds anything seen in centuries – Anglo   

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2021 Recent generations have defined the environment as a critical issue for humanity and climate change represents a new and sharper focus that exceeds any single global issue that we have seen in centuries, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani has told the Bank of America Securities Global Metals,... 

Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.
Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.

Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI   

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2021 A strong call for unemployed geology graduates to be contracted to capture historic exploration data electronically has been made by Letaba Elihle Investments (LEI) principal geology consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase. In a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly Ntshangase also called on South... 

LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase
LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele Ntshangase interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

SAEC name change to Seriti Power signals coal miner’s new broader energy vision   

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2021 The change of name of South African Energy Coal (SAEC) to Seriti Power when South32’s coal assets become absorbed into Seriti Resources from June is indicative of Sereti Resources seeing opportunities in general energy beyond coal, CEO Mike Teke said on Monday. SAEC is the name that the ASX- and... 

Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke
Seriti CEO Mike Teke interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2021 New technologies are transforming the mining and metals industry, making it cleaner and safer, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is progressing an 'innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles' initiative. The initiative brings together 28 of the world’s leading mining... 

An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.
An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.
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