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Botswana mining sector on the rebound

By: Halima Frost     27th May 2022 The Botswana mining sector is on the rebound, following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the sustained period of subdued commodities prices from 2015 to 2019, industry organisation Botswana Chamber of Mines CEO Charles Siwawa tells Mining Weekly. He adds that the rebound can be... 

South Africa must reform its regulatory environment, make itself investor-friendly – simple  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 South Africa must reform its regulatory environment and make itself investor-friendly – simple. That is the straight-forward view of Dr Mathews Phosa, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in his capacity as the non-executive vice-chairperson of the high-flying Jubilee Metals Group plc, a London Aim-... 

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Jubilee's Dr Mathews Phosa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead  

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Severe global battery shortage likely post 2025, GlobalData forecasts

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 Extraction of raw materials will not meet soaring battery demand unless capital markets change course in the face of environmental, social and governance pressures and invest heavily in new mines, says business data and analytics company GlobalData in its 'Batteries – Thematic Research' report.... 

Glencore settles most bribery, manipulation investigations 

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Wednesday announced the settlement of most of its bribery and market manipulation investigations. This follows almost four years of investigations and a serious environmental social and governance (ESG) overhang over the group, 

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Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.

European Lithium makes a play for Avebury

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd May 2022 ASX-listed European Lithium has thrown a potential A$125-million spanner in fellow listed Mallee Resources’ plans to acquire the Avebury nickel sulphide project, in Tasmania. Mallee earlier this year unveiled a deed of company arrangement (DOCA) to acquire Allegiance Mining, which has gone into... 

Copper miner ranked sixth-largest producer globally

20th May 2022 TSE-listed global metals and mining company First Quantum Mineral (FQM), which operates the Kansanshi mine and smelter, in Solwezi, and the Sentinel mine, in Kalumbila, in Zambia’s North-Western province, has been ranked the sixth-largest copper producer in the world. Mining commodities data... 

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CURTAILED COPPER CROP Sentinel’s copper production of 52 475 t for the first quarter of this year was 7 722 t lower than the fourth quarter of 2021, while Kansanshi’s copper production of 41 899 t was about 10 000 t lower

Cobalt development an exciting prospect

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 While copper is still the main commodity driving reagent demand in Zambia, mining reagent manufacturer and supplier Axis House MD Justine Stubbs is also excited by the prospects presented by the country’s largely unexplored and unexploited cobalt reserves. Along with copper, of which Zambia is... 

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MARKET DEMANDS There has been a big drive to reduce the hazardous nature of reagents

Significant infrastructure agreement signed

20th May 2022 Project management firm GED Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ministry of Infrastructure, and DRC building firm Agence Congolaise des Grands Travaux finalised the 25-year concession agreement (CA) outlining the infrastructure development requirements of the DRC segment of the GED... 

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ROUTE TO DEVELOPMENT The signing of the concession agreement between GED Africa and DRC Ministry of Infrastructure is a step towards creating trading links to Zambia and the international Port of Dar es Salaam to support sectoral development in mining and agriculture

Critical mineral demand of order of magnitude never seen – Sheila Khama  

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2022 "My genuine sense is that we are going to see a growth in the mining sector of an order of magnitude we haven't seen. I also think that we're going to find that the need for minerals is going to force the world to think that if we can't get minerals on our shore, where else do we get them from? 

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Mining stalwart Sheila Khama spoke to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on critical metals. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Talon announces drill record at Minnesota nickel project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th May 2022 Toronto-listed Talon Metals has announced a new record at the Tamarack nickel project, in Minnesota, with 23.44 m of massive sulphide nickel and copper mineralisation. The record drill forms part of 26 new drill holes results that Talon reported on Wednesday.  All the new holes have intercepted... 

Collaboration needed to make South African mining globally competitive again – CSIR 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2022 Concern about mineral resource scarcity is widespread and, at the same time, many countries, such as Australia, Canada and China, are investing significantly in strengthening their mining-related research, development and innovation (RDI) capabilities. “This makes cost and differentiation... 

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CSIR CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini

Nickel Mines starts commissioning of fourth line

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th May 2022 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has started commissioning the fourth rotary kiln electric furnace (RKEF) line at its 80%-held Angel Nickel project, in Indonesia. Each of Angel’s RKEF lines has a nameplate capacity of 9 000 t/y of nickel metal, equating to 750 t of nickel metal per month. 

Musk considers Indonesia trip to explore possible investments

By: Bloomberg     16th May 2022 Elon Musk, the world’s richest person, is considering a visit to Indonesia to explore investment opportunities in the resource-rich Southeast Asia country. The chief executive officer of Tesla and SpaceX met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the rocket manufacturer’s site in Boca Chica,... 

Nornickel is first Russian firm to get OK to keep listing abroad

By: Reuters     13th May 2022 Metals giant Nornickel has become the first Russian company to be granted permission by a government commission to keep its listing abroad - for one year for now. Nornickel, the world's largest producer of palladium and refined nickel, and other large Russia-registered firms have sought... 

Metal demand seen surging for decades on strength of energy transition, World Bank says

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2022 Demand for metals used in everything from wind-turbine blades to batteries will surge for decades to come, driven by efforts to decarbonize the global economy and shift away from fossil fuels, according to the World Bank. Even as consumption growth for other commodities like grain probably will... 

Minimum of 14 000 jobs a year from South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor now under development has the potential to generate a minimum of 14 000 jobs, $400-million in gross domestic product and $900-million in taxes a year by 2050. In an addition, there is potential to grow platinum group metal (PGM) demand by between 1% to 2%... 

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Minerals Council hydrogen briefing from left Allan Seccombe, Roger Baxter and Fahmida Smith.

Elon Musk says Tesla open to buying a mining company

By: Reuters     11th May 2022 Tesla is open to buying a mining company if producing its own supply of electric vehicle (EV) metals would speed up worldwide adoption of clean energy technologies, CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday. Concern is mounting across the EV industry that there may not be enough supply of lithium, nickel,... 

Minerals Council spells out members’ commitment to climate change mitigation 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 Members of Minerals Council South Africa have agreed to commit to a climate change response strategy that will reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and achieve a net zero emission by 2050 or earlier. Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi on Tuesday... 

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Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi, closest right, with Minerals Council's Allan Seccombe, left.

South Africa keen to harness hydrogen economy opportunities, President Ramaphosa tells Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2022 It was just amazing to see the innovation that the mining industry is capable of scaling up, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in his enthusiastic address on Tuesday. “Last week, I attended the launch by Anglo American of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Investing in African Mining Indaba.

South Africa has significant implementation crisis – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2022 South Africa has a significant implementation crisis. A number of government departments and parastatals were hollowed out. Capacity is a significant issue in almost every parastatal – water authorities, Eskom, Transnet and across the board. “We’re not rushing in to take over activities because... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Indonesian president plans to meet Elon Musk over nickel - Minister

By: Reuters     9th May 2022 Indonesian President Joko Widodo is planning to meet Elon Musk during an upcoming US visit, a Minister said on Monday, as the Southeast Asian country seeks to accelerate development of its nickel industry to supply batteries for electric vehicles. Representatives of Musk's EV maker Tesla were... 

First Quantum approves $1.35bn capex for Kansanshi expansion, Enterprise projects

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2022 TSX-listed First Quantum Minerals’ board of directors has given the go-ahead for the immediate roll-out of two projects in Zambia – the S3 expansion at its Kansanshi copper/gold mine, as well as the roll-out of the Enterprise nickel project. “First Quantum has been working constructively with the... 

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Mincore ore processed through Kambalda

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th May 2022 Mining major BHP’s Nickel West division has processed the first ore from ASX-listed Mincor Resources’ Kambalda operations through its Kambalda nickel concentrator, in Western Australia. The milestone would see Mincor deliver on its previous target of achieving first nickel concentrate production... 

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Green hydrogen can be produced in South Africa immediately, coal conference hears

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2022 The generation of green hydrogen is achievable in South Africa immediately and is not a complicated process, Sasol just transition office head David Kawesha said on Friday. “You just need the renewable energy resource, electrolysers to split water, and that’s really what the basic process is,”... 

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McCloskey's Southern African Coal Conference panel from left moderator Randy Fabi, Tracey Davies, Steve Nicholls, Jan Oberholzer and David Kawesha.

Vale signs long-term deal to supply Tesla with nickel

By: Reuters     6th May 2022 Brazilian miner Vale said on Friday it has signed a long-term deal with Tesla to supply the US-based electric vehicle maker with nickel coming from its Canada operations. Vale did not provide financial details on the deal and did not say for how long it will last. The Brazilian miner said in a... 

Kazera raises £1m to pursue tantalum, lithium and nickel projects

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2022 Aim-listed investment company Kazera Global has raised £1-million, before expenses, through placing 100-million new ordinary shares at a price of 1p apiece with new and existing investors, representing a 5% premium to the closing price on June 4. Kazera invests in South Africa-based diamond and... 

EPA recommends against PolyMet permit reissuing

By: Mariaan Webb     6th May 2022 TSX- and NYSE American-listed developer PolyMet Mining is facing potential setback with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week recommending that the Army Corps of Engineers should not reissue the Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for its proposed NorthMet copper/nickel project, in... 

Canada nickel bid is 'tip of iceberg' of BHP growth ambition

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2022 BHP Group’s unsuccessful attempt to buy a junior Canadian nickel miner last year should be seen as “almost the tip of the iceberg” for its ambitions in the resource-rich country, says one of the company’s top executives. The world’s biggest mining company sees nickel as one of three... 

Canada nickel bid is 'tip of iceberg' of BHP growth ambition

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Moody’s foresees elevated commodity prices, constraints persisting throughout this year

By: Donna Slater     4th May 2022 Moody’s Investors Service says the persistence of weaker mining production and volume constraints will exacerbate tight markets and further elevate prices of many metals after a number of large rated global diversified mining companies posted first-quarter production results showing weaker... 

Moody’s foresees elevated commodity prices, constraints persisting throughout this year

Glencore's human rights record worst in green metals, group says

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2022 Glencore has the worst human rights record among miners of metals used in renewable energy, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre said in a report. The alleged abuses attributed to all companies range from attacks on activists to violations of environmental laws to forced relocations.... 

Moody’s upgrades Sibanye-Stillwater’s credit rating

By: Donna Slater     3rd May 2022 Credit ratings company Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded JSE- and NYSE-listed precious and battery metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s corporate family rating (CFR) from Ba3 to Ba2 with a positive outlook. Moody’s notes that the rating action reflects the strong financial performance that... 

Nickel Mines readies for first revenue from Angel

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd May 2022 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has been granted an Izin Usaha Industri (IUI) or Industrial Business Licence at its 80%-held Angel Nickel project, in Indonesia, allowing it to start commercial sales of nickel. First sales from Angel Nickel is now being targeted for later this month. 

South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium status to world that needs this very rare metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2022 South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium supply status to gain the full confidence of a world that requires this very rare platinum group metal (PGM) to advance the fast-moving hydrogen economy. Iridium is a potent co-roleplayer with PGM stalwart platinum when it comes to... 

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SFA Oxford CEO Henk de Hoop interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Implats reports 6% lower refined production amid challenging operating landscape 

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2022 The gross refined production of platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Implats declined by 6% to 2.35-million ounces in the nine months to March 31, when sales volumes of 2.38-million ounces were 4% lower than the prior comparable period. “The operating landscape continues to be challenging,”... 

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Implats CEO Nico Muller

Mincor eyes May start for Kambalda

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2022 Nickel developer Mincor Resources is gearing up to start production at its Kambalda operations, in Western Australia, in May this year, after reaching an agreement with the Nickel West division of major BHP to update the terms of an ore tolling and offtake purchase agreement (OTCPA). Under the... 

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