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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.
Strong call for rapid green hydrogen investment by ramp-up backer
30th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.
R4-trillion needed for South Africa’s hydrogen economy, PIC declares
28th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


Kenmare lowers guidance on the back of power challenges
25th November 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

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... 


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Chalmers warns of narrow critical mineral supply chains
25th November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

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... 


Downstream processing could add A$40bn to Aus economy - PwC
24th November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

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... 


Roger Baxter.
South Africa’s crime crisis ruling out economic growth, sustainability discussion hears
23rd November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


World Platinum Investment Council director of research Edward Sterck.
Platinum moving into meaningful deficit amid emergent source of new end-demand
22nd November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Platinum is moving into meaningful deficit amid an emergent source of new end-demand in the form of green hydrogen. The 2022 surplus of 804 000 oz is projected to move into a deficit of 303 000 oz... 


Richards Bay Minerals in court bid against trusts, says most of R530m didn't reach communities
18th November 2022 By: News24Wire

Richards Bay Minerals has approached the high court to impose tighter governance controls over local community development trusts to ensure that hundreds of-millions in financial benefits will... 


Commercial production starts at Coburn
18th November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Strandline Resources has achieved commercial production of heavy mineral concentrate at its Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia, days after processing first ore at its wet... 


Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.
Top green hydrogen/fuel cell collaboration boost for platinum-group metals
16th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

A joint development agreement struck between global majors Nel Hydrogen US and General Motors is expected to speed up the development of green hydrogen technology that is competitive with fossil... 


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More investment needed in Australia's critical minerals - PwC
11th November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

A new report by PwC found that despite an increase in Australia’s critical minerals sector, the country’s current pipeline of development projects would fall well short of expected demand surge.... 


Thunderbird progressing to plan
9th November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia, remains on track to deliver its first mineral sands product in the first quarter of 2024. ASX-listed Sheffield Resources on Wednesday... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights
8th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

With South Africa having committed to transition away from coal, investments will not only be required for the retiring of coal plants and the ramping up of renewable energy, but also for coal... 


ITSCI 'surprised' by RMI's decision to drop the scheme from list
3rd November 2022 By: Reuters

Mineral traceability scheme ITSCI said its standards remain compliant with due diligence guidance and it was "surprised" when the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) on Monday removed ITSCI from... 


High commodity prices led to record tax - ATO
3rd November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Data released by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on Thursday showed that large corporations in Australia pad some $68-billion in income tax in 2020-21, the highest since reporting started.... 


Migration needed to fill skills gap - Australia Minister
3rd November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Both skilled and unskilled migration into Australia would form a part in breaching the massive skills gap facing Australia, Resources Minister Madeleine King said on Thursday. Speaking on the... 


Corridor Sands proves up for MRG
3rd November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

A scoping study and preliminary economic assessment (PEA) into the Corridor Sands project, in Mozambique, has estimated that the project would require a capital investment of $239-million.... 


Sovereign finds offtake partner for Malawi rutile
2nd November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Sovereign Metals has started offtake talks with titanium dioxide pigment producer The Chemours Company over a potential 20 000 t/y of natural rutile from the Kasiya project, Malawi. The... 


Australian minerals critical to net zero - King
2nd November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australia’s critical mineral resource could be a lynchpin for global net zero ambitions. Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King said this week that in order to reach net zero emissions, the... 


Commissioning starts at Coburn
2nd November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

First ore has been processed in the wet concentrator at the Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. ASX-listed Strandline Resources on Wednesday said that while commissioning of the... 


Clockwise from top left are Duncan Wanblad, Tony O’Neill, Stephen Pearce and Hilton Ingram.
Green hydrogen truck trials going well – Anglo
1st November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The 500 t world-first haulage truck powered by green hydrogen last week underwent fully loaded trialling that included tipping into the crusher at Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena platinum... 


Image shows QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane
Miners spending big locally - QRC
1st November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Resources companies in Queensland reportedly spent some A$27.7-billion on local goods and services in 2020-21, a new report from the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has shown. Spending in the... 


Responsible Minerals Initiative cuts ITSCI from approved traceability list
1st November 2022 By: Reuters

The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) removed ITSCI from its list of approved traceability schemes on Monday, meaning smelters sourcing minerals through ITSCI will have to do additional due... 


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Iluka production falls
28th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The demerger of the Sierra Rutile and constraints in the Chinese ceramics market has seen mineral sands miner Iluka Resources report a decline in both production and sales for the third quarter... 


Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Director of Hydrogen and Energy, Department of Science and Innovation.
Make green hydrogen part of official economic recovery plan, Dept of Science and Innovation urges
26th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa should leverage the hydrogen opportunity as part of its official economic reconstruction and economic recovery plan. Dr Cosmas Chiteme, the director of hydrogen and energy at... 


Miners welcome Budget outcomes
26th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The resources sector has welcomed the federal government’s Budget, but has warned that policy changes could have a negative impact on future investments. The Budget papers point out that higher... 


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Aus/Japan strike critical minerals partnership
24th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Just days after announcing the development of a Critical Minerals Strategy, the Australian government signed a new critical minerals partnership with Japan to help build secure supply chains. The... 


Freeport Saldanha CEO Kaashifah Beukes.
Sasol/Saldanha sign MoU for green hydrogen hub in Western Cape
18th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol, already a seasoned grey hydrogen producer, and Freeport Saldanha Industrial Development Zone on Tuesday announced the signing of a memorandum of... 


Botswana Diamonds CEO James Campbell.
Enabling exploration is urgently needed to put South African mining back in ‘sunrise’ mode
17th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

High on the list of the steps that must be taken to stop South African mining from fading further into sunset mode is free access to geological information from State institutions such as the... 


Rain falls on the Sierra Rutile parade
17th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Africa-focused Sierra Rutile has flagged lower production from its Sierra Leone operations for the September quarter, ahead of its results announcement later this month. The ASX-listed company... 


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