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Sibanye-Stillwater eyes battery metals 

By: Nadine James     10th September 2020 Having started its diversification strategy by venturing into platinum-group metals (PGMs) in 2016, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman says the company is now considering diversifying into battery metals. In response to a question posed during the PGMs Industry Day on September 9, he stated,... 

Kavango identifies nickel, copper intrusions through 3D modelling in Botswana

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2020 London-listed Kavango Resources has found promising initial images from its computerised three-dimensional (3D) geological modelling of its Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ) project in Botswana. The company says the images confirm significant similarities between the northern section of the zone and... 

Vale idles New Caledonia nickel/cobalt mine as Aussie suitor walks away

By: Mariaan Webb     8th September 2020 Brazilian major Vale has announced that the Goro nickel and cobalt mine, in New Caledonia, will be placed on care and maintenance, after failing to reach an agreement with Australian miner New Century Resources to acquire the operation. The exclusivity period that Vale and New Century entered... 

Vale idles New Caledonia nickel/cobalt mine as Aussie suitor walks away

Decline work starts at Odysseus

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2020 Nickel miner Western Areas has started the development of twin declines at its Odysseus mine, at the Cosmos operation in Western Australia, awarding contractor Barminco a A$200-million contract. The development and production contract at the Odysseus mine will run over a five-year period, and... 

Decline work starts at Odysseus

Eramet's SLN nickel unit asks court to name expert for rescue plan

By: Reuters     4th September 2020 Nickel miner SLN has asked a commercial court in New Caledonia to appoint an expert to help with discussions over a rescue plan, its parent company Eramet said on Thursday. SLN submitted on Wednesday a request to the court to name an expert under a temporary procedure, an Eramet spokeswoman... 

Katoro Gold advances drilling programme at Blyvoor gold JV

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2020 A suitable drilling contractor has been engaged at the Blyvoor gold joint venture (JV) and drilling is currently under way and on schedule at the project. The drilling programme is a key activity in the resource upgrade programme that forms part of the technical work required for the completion... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum 

2nd September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has presented countries around the world with immense challenges, as the impact of the virus has affected every aspect of everyday life as we know it, write Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Dr Rebecca Maserumule and Prof Dmitri Bessarabov. (Chiteme and Maserumule are senior managers at... 

Hydrogen fuel and containerised fuel cell installations at One Military Hospital in Pretoria.
Hydrogen fuel and containerised fuel cell installations at One Military Hospital in Pretoria.

Malachite makes a play for Solomon Island nickel

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2020 Junior Malachite Resources has struck a term sheet to acquire an 80% interest in Kolosori Nickel. Malachite earlier this year entered into a memorandum of understanding with Kolosori Nickel to carry out a due diligence on the company, which owns the Kolosori nickel project, in the Solomon Islands. 

South Africa must link tax laws to job creation, says ARM’s Motsepe   

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2020 The private sector worldwide is the engine for job creation, in partnership with trade union organisations, government and communities, and South Africa must link its tax legislation to job creation. That is the view African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe... 

Dr Patrice Motsepe
African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe responds to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on attracting mining investment. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Covid-19 continues to disrupt mining and metals sector

By: Donna Slater     31st August 2020 The mining and metals industry is being deeply impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, as the situation continues to evolve and the virus spreads throughout the world, reports financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research. The firm notes... 

ARM earnings up, dividend declared 

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2020 The headline earnings of diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) increased by 6% to R5 534-million for the financial year to June 30. A final dividend of R7 a share is declared, in addition to the interim dividend of R5 a share, taking the total dividend for the 2020 financial... 

ARM executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe
Photo by Creamer Media
ARM executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe

Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2020 Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade, Northam CEO Paul Dunne said on Friday. Speaking at the JSE-listed company’s presentation of outstanding results, which saw the company shrug off the Covid-19 pandemic to report a record financial year in the 12 months to June 30, Dunne said... 

Paul Dunne
Northam Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Boliden announces €40m nickel expansion in Finland

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th August 2020 Swedish miner Boliden has announced a €40-million expansion of its nickel operations at Harjavalta, Finland. The expansion in the nickel line at the nickel smelter will increase the feed capacity from 310 000 t/y to 370 000 t/y of raw material. The expansion consists of a new concentrate dryer,... 

Boliden announces €40m nickel expansion in Finland

Mining industry yet to fathom scale of battery raw material challenges – Friedland 

By: Mariaan Webb     28th August 2020 While global electric vehicle (EV) sales are back to a healthy growth trajectory, significant investment in mining capacity is required if EVs are to become anything more than a niche market, says mining entrepreneur Robert Friedland’s Clean TeQ Holdings. The TSX- and ASX-listed company owns the... 

Clean TeQ co-chairperson Robert Friedland
Clean TeQ co-chairperson Robert Friedland

Zebediela nickel project exploration work to recommence

By: Donna Slater     27th August 2020 Aim-listed explorer and developer URU Metals reports that geological exploration work will soon restart at its 100%-owned flagship Zebediela nickel project, which is situated on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex in Limpopo, South Africa. The Bushveld Complex hosts an estimated... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2020 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling, which is active in 23 countries, is aligning itself with the transitioning global requirement of opencast mines going underground. “As the world is changing, so are the mines,” said Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan at the... 

Curves on the hard rock 9 ° inclination of the declining cutting face at Eland mine.
Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Congo grants new export ban waivers for copper, cobalt, tin

By: Reuters     25th August 2020 Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday gave mining companies an indefinite waiver to an export ban on cobalt hydroxide and carbonate, as well as tin, tungsten, and tantalum concentrates after meeting the country's biggest miners in Kinshasa. The mines ministry also announced an export ban... 

Western Areas posts highest NPAT in seven years

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th August 2020 Higher nickel prices has boosted the bottom-line for producer Western Areas during the full year ended June, despite a decrease in both production and sales for the 12 months under review. ASX-listed Western Areas on Tuesday reported that sales revenue for the full year ended June had increased... 

Rio Tinto takes option on ALX nickel project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2020 TSX-V-listed ALX Resources on Monday announced that it had entered into an option agreement with global mining major Rio Tinto over a nickel project in northern Saskatchewan, sending its shares up nearly 17% in early morning trade. The Falcon project, near the town of Stony Rapids, will be known... 

Rio Tinto takes option on ALX nickel project

Quebec explorer in funding deal with BHP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2020 Canadian junior Midland Exploration has executed a funding agreement with BHP for nickel exploration in Quebec. The strategic alliance between Midland and BHP’s Rio Algom will focus on identifying, testing and developing high-quality exploration targets in a large area of interest in the Nunavik... 

Elon Musk is going to have a hard time finding clean nickel

By: Bloomberg     24th August 2020 Elon Musk promises a “giant contract” with the miner that can supply nickel for Tesla Inc. batteries at low cost with minimal environmental impact, yet the industry’s messy track record may make that deal difficult to clinch. Recent accidents such as a diesel spill in Arctic Russia and a burst... 

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

Power Metal Resources increases stake in Haneti project

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2020 Power Metal Resources has increased its ownership interest in Aim-listed gold and nickel explorer and developer Katoro Gold’s Haneti nickel project, in Tanzania, to 35%. Katoro now holds 65% ownership. 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin.
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Power Metal launches drill programme at Botswana project

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2020 Aim-listed exploration and development company Power Metal Resources has elected to earn in to a 40% direct interest in the Molopo Farms Complex (MFC) project, in Botswana, by expending $500 000 on exploration expenditure, notably target drilling, this year. On completion of the earn-in, Power... 

Ivanhoe Mines, CNMC partner to consider African opportunities 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2020 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with the China Nonferrous Metal Mining (CNMC) group to jointly examine exploration, development and the acquisition of mineral projects, as well as considering production, smelting and logistics opportunities in Africa.... 

Ivanhoe Mines, CNMC partner to consider African opportunities

Mining production to end year higher than in the first half

By: Donna Slater     18th August 2020 Financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) says mining production and investment across most minerals, except for thermal coal, are likely to finish the year stronger than in the first half of the year as a result... 

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest   

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2020 An awesome new proudly South African face mask, with a replaceable filtration system at its heart, is attracting international interest. The innovative and timely Hudaco Air Mask is a lockdown-period product of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Hudaco Industries group. (Also watch attached... 

The Hudaco mask assembly.
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford and Hudaco’s executive consultant Mike Allnutt discuss the new Hudaco face mask innovation with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Horizonte tasks five banks to arrange $325m for Araguaia

By: Mariaan Webb     12th August 2020 Aim- and TSX-listed Horizonte Minerals has executed a mandate to arrange a senior project finance facility of up to $325-million to fund the construction and development of its Araguaia ferronickel project, in Brazil. A syndicate of five international financial institutions, including BNP... 

Trial mining at Araguaia, Brazil.
Trial mining at Araguaia, Brazil.

Ivanhoe on track to bring flagship Kakula mine into production in 2021

By: Donna Slater     11th August 2020 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines is progressing with mine development work on three of its Central and Southern African mining projects, with its flagship Kakula copper discovery in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on track to start producing in the third quarter of 2021. The miner reports that... 

Russian Arctic peoples appeal to Elon Musk for Nornickel boycott

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2020 A group of indigenous people in Russia are asking Tesla’s Elon Musk to stop buying supplies from miner MMC Norilsk Nickel until the company compensates them for environmental damage to their ancestral lands. “The lands of indigenous people appropriated by the company for industrial production... 

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

Coal will continue to be assessed but should remain in Glencore right now – Glasenberg 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2020 Coal will continue to be assessed but should remain in Glencore right now, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Thursday. For the six months to June 30, the London- and Johanneburg-listed diversified mining and marketing company report that its energy business was down 65% at $0.7-billion on... 

Ivan Glasenberg
Ivan Glasenberg

Glencore holds back on dividend, accelerates net debt reduction 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2020 Notwithstanding its cash-generative business and secure liquidity positions, the board of Glencore has concluded that it would be inappropriate to make a distribution to shareholders in 2020, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Thursday. Instead the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified... 

Ivan Glasengerg
Ivan Glasengerg

Exchange control lifting sends strong growth message – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     4th August 2020 The lifting of exchange control by South Africa sends a really strong message about the country’s desire to promote investment and growth, says Anglo American finance director Stephen Pearce. He gave South Africa a pat on the back during Anglo’s virtual presentation of half-year results last... 

Anglo American finance director Stephen Pearce
Anglo American finance director Stephen Pearce

Crop nutrients have double potential of coal being exited – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2020 Covid-19 notwithstanding, diversified mining company Anglo American will this year be spending the $300-million that it forecast on the Woodsmith polyhalite project in the UK, which gives it entry into the crop nutrients business at a time when fertilising is being hailed a godsend to ease global... 

Anglo American's Woodsmith polyhalite mining shaft under construction.
Photo by Anglo American
Anglo American's Woodsmith polyhalite mining shaft under construction.

Slow Sunrise start affects carrying value

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st July 2020 Triple listed Clean TeQ has warned of a A$180-million noncash writedown of the carrying value of its Sunrise nickel/cobalt/scandium project, in New South Wales, for the 2020 financial year. The company on Friday told shareholders that a review of the carrying value of the Sunrise project was... 

Savannah restart as early as H1 2021

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st July 2020 ASX-listed Panoramic Resources has flagged a potential restart of its Savannah nickel project, in Western Australia, in the first half of 2021. Panoramic in April this year temporarily suspended operations at the Savannah project, amid the Covid-19 outbreak, as the pandemic adversely impacted... 

Glencore’s strong first-half positions it for top-end marketing earnings 

By: Martin Creamer     31st July 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has delivered an overall strong  first-half operating performance amid the unprecedented challenges presented by  Covid-19. “This reflects both the ability and dedication of our teams to adapt to these difficult conditions,” said Glencore CEO Ivan... 

Glencore’s strong first-half positions it for top-end marketing earnings

World’s seeing widespread investment plans in hydrogen – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2020 The broader portfolio of diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American is positioned to contribute an environmental-led new materials demand in a world that is seeing widespread investment plans in hydrogen, Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani said on Thursday. “We’ve seen the early evolution of... 

Anglo says hydrogen is a clean and abundant fuel with applications using PGMs
Photo by Anglo American
Anglo says hydrogen is a clean and abundant fuel with applications using PGMs
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