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Mining countries being helped to build critical mineral supply chains

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 2 hours 48 minutes ago The United States of America wants to support mineral producing countries to build enabling environments for investment throughout the critical minerals supply chain and not just focusing on extraction alone. This was stated by US Under Secretary of State for economic growth, energy and... 

Minerals Council's Roger Baxter encouraged by board-level engagement with Transnet 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 5 hours ago Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Monday that the council is encouraged by the board level engagement it has undertaken so far with State rail enterprise Transnet and is hoping that this engagement will deliver some very specific results in stabilising rail performance in the... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, Council president Nolitha Fakude, office bearer Themba Mkhwanazi, and chief economist Henk Langenhoven.
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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, Council president Nolitha Fakude, office bearer Themba Mkhwanazi, and chief economist Henk Langenhoven.

Ever greater global acknowledgement of need to decarbonise ever more urgently – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2023 Ever greater acknowledgement is being given to the need to decarbonise global energy and transport systems ever more urgently. At the same time, ever greater global recognition is being given to the fact that many of the products of mining are fundamental to enabling that shift. 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.

Seriti Green raises need for Africa to appraise vanadium as electricity storage battery metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2023 Wind farm builder Seriti Green, which is planning substantial electricity storage capacity at its big renewable energy project in Mpumalanga, has raised the need for vanadium to be appraised as a battery storage metal of choice in Africa owing to the difficulties of sourcing lithium batteries.... 

From left, Layton Nenzinane, Peter Venn and Doug Gain.
Seriti Green Mpumalanga wind farm developers talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Proudly South African technology catches eye of fusion project researchers 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2023 Innovative Proudly South African membraneless technology has caught the eye of the engineers involved in the huge global ITER fusion project as a possible solution to recover tritium from tritiated water. The membraneless technology is the brainchild of Hydrox Holdings engineers, based in... 

The Hydrox team (from left) CEO Corrie de Jager, process engineer Jason Cuomo, director/inventor George Anagnostopoulos, and director Paul van de Vyver.
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The Hydrox team (from left) CEO Corrie de Jager, process engineer Jason Cuomo, director/inventor George Anagnostopoulos, and director Paul van de Vyver.

Value of US mine production jumps to $98bn – USGS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd February 2023 US mines produced $98.2-billion in nonfuel mineral commodities in 2022, an estimated $3.6-billion increase over the 2021 revised total of $94.6-billion, the US Geological Survey (USGS) announced on Thursday, releasing its yearly mineral commodity summaries report.  The report covers more than 90... 

Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2023 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed his attendance at the Mining Indaba taking place in Cape Town next week, from Monday to Thursday. Ramaphosa, accompanied by eight ministers and three deputy ministers, will deliver a keynote address on Tuesday, 7 February. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.

MCA calls for stable policy to boost investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2023 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called on the federal government to implement a number of reforms in order to ‘seize a once in a generation opportunity’ to grow investment in the resources sector. In its 2023-24 pre-Budget submission, the MCA pointed out that Australia’s mining... 

Image shows an opencast mine with dump trucks

Squeezed mining companies face growth dilemma

By: Reuters     31st January 2023 High costs and the prospect of shrinking earnings have made big miners nervous about expansion, even as shareholders demand investment in response to robust commodity prices, China's reopening and the role of minerals in decarbonising the economy. Although years of cost discipline have repaired... 

WA resource sales hits record

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 The Western Australian government this week revealed that the resources sector reached record sales of A$231-billion in 2021-22, with employment reaching an all-time high of more than 157 700 workers. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's 2021-22 Statistics Digest stated that... 

Sierra Rutile increases 2023 production, capex guidance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th January 2023 ASX-listed Sierra Rutile has set its production guidance for the 2023 financial year at between 140 000 t and 144 000 t. This after it produced 136 000 t of rutile at its operations in Sierra Leone in the 2022 financial year. 

Marula set to begin deliveries from Blesberg shortly

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2023 AQSE-listed Marula Mining continued on an upward trajectory towards its near-term project development and production milestones across its projects, CEO Jason Brewer says in an update on the quarterly activities of the company for the three-month period ended December 31. “The company has made... 

Australian firm applies for mineral sands mining licence in Sri Lanka

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd January 2023 Western Australia-headquartered Titanium Sands has announced that it is proceeding with the formal mining licence application process for its Mannar Island project, in Sri Lanka. The company says final exploration resource work over its five main licences all exceed the Geological Survey and... 

Green hydrogen mine mobility on way in India to platinum applause

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2023 India has opted for hydrogen fuel-cell heavy-duty mine truck mobility in a green initiative that will have platinum group metals (PGMs) miners applauding. This is because the clean emission-free power will come from proton exchange membrane PEM technology, which is PGM-enabled. 

Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.
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Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.

Kenmare records solid year

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2023 London-listed Kenmare Resources achieved a “good” 2022, with ilmenite production  from the Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, of 1.09-million tonnes, despite the challenges of power interruptions in the fourth quarter, MD Michael Carvill says in a trading update for the year and... 

An image of Kenmare Resources' Moma titanium minerals mine in Mozambique
Moma titanium minerals mine

New gov grants for critical mineral developments

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2023 The federal government this week released guidelines for new grants to help develop Australia’s critical minerals sector, support downstream processing, create jobs across regional Australia and support global efforts to achieve net-zero. The Critical Minerals Development Program will provide up... 

Platinum-boosting clean hydrogen projects, patents are all the rage 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2023 The implementation agreement for Namibia’s planned multibillion-dollar Hyphen Hydrogen Energy project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of this year, Namibia President Hage Geingob revealed in his 2023 New Year’s message. Egypt has granted approval for two green hydrogen projects in... 

Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.
Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.

Ironveld starts producing high-purity iron ahead of schedule

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th January 2023 London-listed high-purity iron (HPI), vanadium and titanium miner Ironveld’s subsidiary, Ironveld Smelting, has completed the refurbishment of one furnace at its Rustenburg smelter complex ahead of schedule, with two more furnaces to follow. The first furnace is already smelting magnetite ore... 

Enable South Africa to become green hydrogen centre – ANC

By: Martin Creamer     9th January 2023 Enabling South Africa to become a green hydrogen centre through government support is highlighted in the January 8 Statement 2023 of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC). "The ANC recognises important work in the Hydrogen Roadmap and directs government to... 

Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.
Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.

Deysel quits as MRC CEO

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th January 2023 ASX-listed mining and development company Mineral Commodities has announced the resignation of MD and CEO Jacob Deysel, for personal reasons. Deysel will remain available in an advisory capacity, while CFO Adam Bick will assume the role of interim CEO, effective immediately. 

Kazera inks deal to sell African Tantalum to Hebei Xinjian

By: Donna Slater     20th December 2022 Aim-listed investment company Kazera Global has signed a definitive agreement to sell its 100% interest in African Tantalum (Aftan) to Hebei Xinjian Construction (Xinjian) for $13-million. The sale of Aftan – which is the holding company for Kazera's interest in the Tantalum Valley mine, in... 

Strandline ships first concentrate from Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th December 2022 ASX-listed Strandline Resources has shipped its first heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) from its Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The company loaded some 6 500 t of HMC at the Port of Geraldton, worth an estimated A$6.5-million, with sales proceeds expected later this week. 

Australian resource exports surge as project pipeline grows

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th December 2022 Australian resources and energy exports will earn a record A$459-billion in 2022–23, before easing to A$391 billion in 2023–24, new data from the Department of Industry, Science and Resources shows. The latest Resources and Energy Quarterly publication forecasts combined export earnings for... 

Image shows loading operations at Port Hedland

AUSMESA to focus on mining skills

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th December 2022 The Australian Minerals and Energy Skills Alliance (AUSMESA) is looking at ways to relieve labour shortages in the mining and resources sector as one of its first priorities. AUMESA was announced earlier this week as part of the federal government’s A$402-million investment over the next four... 

Thunderbird construction progresses

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th December 2022 Construction of the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia, is now more than 60% complete, with ASX-listed Sheffield Resources remaining on target to deliver first mineral sand products in the first quarter of 2024. “Construction activities at Thunderbird are on schedule. With... 

Aus joins critical minerals ESG coalition

13th December 2022 Australia has signed on to the Sustainable Critical Minerals Coalition, which is an initiative led by Canada to promote sustainable, environmentally and socially responsible mining practices for the critical minerals sector. Other signatories will include Canada, the UK, France, Germany and the... 

Galileo progresses lithium drill target mapping on historical Zim prospect

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2022 London-listed exploration company Galileo Resources says the reconnaissance mapping and sampling programme on its 29%-owned Kamativi lithium project, in Zimbabwe, has identified four target zones with potential for pegmatite-hosted lithium, tin and tantalum. The target zones lie along strike... 

AfriTin progresses lithium, tantalum product development

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2022 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining’s lithium product development programme has progressed on three fronts, mainly updating the mineral resource estimate, starting lithium pilot scale metallurgical testing and taking the first steps to explore commercial engagements for lithium petalite concentrate... 

Aussie miners to adjust portfolios in 2023 - KPMG

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th December 2022 A survey conducted by advisory firm KPMG has revealed that a significant number of Australian mining companies would change their portfolio of products towards future-facing commodities in 2023. KPMG Australia’s national mining and metals leader Nick Harridge said the economic shift toward a... 

Canadian Solar to supply modules for 256 MW North West projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th December 2022 Solar technology group Canadian Solar has announced that its majority-owned subsidiary CSI Solar had signed a 256 MW module contract with SOLA Group, the Cape Town-based independent power producer that is building two utility-scale projects in South Africa on the back of pioneering private power... 

Critical minerals strategy open for debate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd December 2022 The federal government has released a discussion paper and opened public consultation on the future of the critical minerals industry in Australia. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King said the consultations would inform the government’s new Critical Minerals Strategy and... 

Metallica raises cash to advance Cape Flattery

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th November 2022 ASX-listed Metallica Minerals will raise some A$9.6-million through a fully underwritten share placement and a fully underwritten non-renounceable pro-rata entitlement offer to progress its Cape Flattery silica sands project, in the Cape York Peninsula. The company was aiming to raise just under... 

Strong call for rapid green hydrogen investment by ramp-up backer 

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2022 A strong call for final investment decisions (FIDs) on a multiplicity of green hydrogen projects was made at the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit in Cape Town yesterday by H2Global, a market ramp-up instrument that serves as an innovative form of subsidy scheme to smooth out bumps along green... 

Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.
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Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.

R4-trillion needed for South Africa’s hydrogen economy, PIC declares  

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2022 South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) stated on Monday that more than R4.3-trillion is required for the development of the hydrogen economy, which it declared positive for people, planet, and client portfolios. The hydrogen investment strategy of the PIC, which has... 

Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.
Photo by Siemens
Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.

Kenmare lowers guidance on the back of power challenges

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th November 2022 London-listed Kenmare Resources, which operates the Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, has lowered its 2022 full-year guidance. “Production of ilmenite, our primary product, was strong in October and we maintained the 1.2-million-tonne-a-year run rate we achieved in quarter... 

Chalmers warns of narrow critical mineral supply chains  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th November 2022 Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers has warned of the dangers of a constrained supply chain for the critical minerals sector, warning that the sector could become hostage to geopolitical competition and conflicts. Speaking at the Australian Critical Minerals Summit, in Sydney, Chalmers said that as... 

Image shows an aluminium refinery

Downstream processing could add A$40bn to Aus economy - PwC

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th November 2022 Modelling undertaken by advisory firm PwC has shown that value-added industries in the critical minerals sector could contribute more than A$40-billion to the Australian economy by 2025. The value-added industry, which includes processing, refining and manufacturing, could also deliver as many... 

South Africa’s crime crisis ruling out economic growth, sustainability discussion hears  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2022 South Africa’s economic paradox is that it cannot grow economically if it has a burgeoning crime crisis but it is unable to solve the burgeoning crime crisis if it is not growing. That was the opening comment of outgoing Mineral Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, who anchored the second of... 

Roger Baxter.
Roger Baxter.
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