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

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 6 hours ago 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. 

Marula Mining seeks listing on the Aim

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2023 AQSE-listed Marula Mining intends to seek a listing of its ordinary shares on the LSE’s Aim market, subject to the preparation and acceptance of all the requisite documentation and regulatory approvals. Marula is an Africa-focused battery metals investment and exploration company and has... 

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.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
The Hydrox team (from left) CEO Corrie de Jager, process engineer Jason Cuomo, director/inventor George Anagnostopoulos, and director Paul van de Vyver.

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.

Canadian govt invests $100m in Jansen potash mine

By: Mariaan Webb     31st January 2023 Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne on Monday announced a $100-million investment through the Strategic Innovation Fund to support BHP’s $7.5-billion potash project. This mine, located in Jansen, Saskatchewan, is expected to generate the lowest direct emissions... 

Kore updates DX project’s metrics

By: Donna Slater     24th January 2023 Potash developer Kore Potash has updated the Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant mineral resource, ore reserve, prefeasibility study (PFS) information and production target for its 97%-owned DX project, in Congo-Brazzaville. The updated mineral resource – 129-million tonnes at an average... 

Kropz reports first bulk sale from Elandsfontein

By: Schalk Burger     23rd January 2023 Aim-listed phosphate producer and developer Kropz has completed its first shipment and sale of 33 000 t of phosphate concentrate from Kropz Elandsfontein, in South Africa. “After numerous challenges, we are delighted to announce our first bulk sale from our Elandsfontein phosphate project, which... 

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.
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.

Kore finalises last contract terms before announcing, accepting financing proposal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2023 Aim-listed Kore Potash says the financial proposal for the full construction cost of the Kola potash project, as well as the Dougou Extension potash project in Congo-Brazzaville, will be finalised soon. The company has advised that contractual terms between itself, the Summit Consortium, with... 

Mega miners are hunting for deals after decade on the sidelines

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2023 In the rush of the 2000s commodities boom, the world’s biggest miners earned a reputation as swashbuckling dealmakers, taking on rivals in an onslaught of hostile offers, massive mergers and vicious bidding wars. Then it all fell apart. A series of disastrous transactions meant balance sheets... 

Mega miners are hunting for deals after decade on the sidelines

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... 

Kropz appoints new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th January 2023 Emerging African phosphate producer and developer Kropz has appointed Louis Loubser as CEO and executive director with immediate effect. "The board are delighted to welcome Louis Loubser to the board as the company's new CEO. Louis has significant operational experience, which is what the company... 

Danakali strikes Colluli sales deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th January 2023 ASX-listed Danakali has struck a $166-million binding share sale agreement (SSA) with Sichuan Road and Bridge Group to sell its 50% shareholding in the Colluli sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Eritrea. A potential sale was flagged in October last year after Danakali inked a non-binding term... 

Image shows potash ore

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.

Kropz downgrades measured, indicated resources but gains more confidence

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th January 2023 Aim-listed Kropz has announced an increase in the total phosphate resources to 106-million tonnes at the Elandsfontein phosphate project, in South Africa’s Western Cape province. However, the company had to downgrade much of the previously measured resource to indicated status and also... 

Emmerson progressing environmental approval for Morocco project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2023 Morocco-focused potash development company Emmerson undertook considerable work in the fourth quarter of 2022 to progress discussions with regard to the environmental approval of the Khemisset project, CEO Graham Clarke says in corporate and operational activities update for the period, published... 

Kore sets Ministerial concerns at ease over Kola project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th December 2022 Triple-listed Kore Potash has advised that the Congolese Minister of Mines has responded positively to the company’s plans for its 97%-owned Kola project, in Congo-Brazzaville, following a meeting between the Minister and Kola representatives. This comes after the Minister initially expressed... 

Kropz CEO, COO agree to stay on until successors appointed

By: Donna Slater     19th December 2022 Emerging African phosphate producer and developer Kropz reports that outgoing CEO Mark Summers and COO Michelle Lawrence have agreed to remain in their positions until the company concludes a recruitment process for their successors. Summers, who announced his resignation on July 20, and Lawrence... 

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... 

Highfield raises A$13m for Muga

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th December 2022 Potash developer Highfield Resources will raise A$13-million in a share placement to institutional, sophisticated and professional investors to fund early work at its Muga project, in Spain. The ASX-listed company has received firm commitments for the placement of 21.6-million shares, at a... 

ARC provides portfolio update

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th December 2022 African Rainbow Capital  (ARC) Investments says telecommunications company rain’s acquisition of additional spectrum is expected to positively impact the valuation of the ARC Fund’s investment in rain. The telecommunications company’s plans for using the spectrum must still be finalised, as does... 

Tunisian phosphate project proves up for PhosCo

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th December 2022 A scoping study into the Chaketma phosphate project, in Tunisia, has estimated that the project could produce some 1.5-million tonnes a year of high quality concentrate over a mine life of 46-years. ASX-listed PhosCo on Friday told shareholders that the scoping study that the project had the... 

Anglo invests $200m to accelerate zero emissions haulage solution 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American has signed a binding agreement with First Mode, the specialist engineering technology company it partnered to develop the nuGenTM technology. The agreement is intended to accelerate the commercialisation of the climate-friendly truck and includes Anglo... 

Mosaic curtails potash production at Saskatchewan

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th December 2022 NYSE-listed Mosaic has temporarily curtailed production at the Colonsay potash mine, in Saskatchewan, as demand is returning more slowly than expected. Prior to the curtailment, Colonsay had been operating at a yearly run rate of 1.3-million tonnes with plans to expand output to 1.8-million to... 

World’s top fertiliser firm Nutrien sees shortfall on Russia and Belarus woes

By: Bloomberg     2nd December 2022 The top executive of the world’s largest fertilizer company sees a worldwide shortage of agricultural inputs ahead as “export challenges” keep Russia and Belarus supplies from reaching global markets. “Russia and Belarus are just enormous producers of fertilizer,” Nutrien CEO Ken Seitz said... 

Kropz draws down first R307.5m of R550m ARC fund loan

By: Donna Slater     1st December 2022 Aim-listed emerging African phosphate producer and developer Kropz made its first drawdown request under the new R550-million convertible equity facility from the company's largest shareholder African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Fund, on December 1. The first drawdown is for R307.5-million, comprising... 

NMP completes final ESIA after years of battling for Sandpiper project approval  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th November 2022 Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP) says it has completed a final environmental- and social-impact assessment (ESIA), which includes the current and best available scientific data for the area in the ocean where it intends to mine phosphate. The company has since 2012 struggled to get through the... 

Former Nutrien exec to act as strategic adviser to Arianne

By: Mariaan Webb     30th November 2022 Development-stage phosphate mining company Arianne Phosphate has appointed Raef Sully – a 10-year veteran of Nutrien and its predecessor Potash Corp – as a strategic adviser. Sully has most recently served as Nutrien executive VP and CEO of the nitrogen and phosphate divisions, where he was... 

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.

South Africa’s mining market is dynamic and fast-moving, Siemens Large Drives finds  

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2022 South Africa is a super dynamic and super fast-moving market, says Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck, who has just completed a week of discussions with customers to highlight sustainability solutions for mining. From his perspective, South African mining economy is at the... 

Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck.
Siemens Large Drives' Oliver Beck, Tim Walwyn talk to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd, Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Pictures: Donna Slater.

Miners welcome Australia's critical mineral support

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th November 2022 Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King has outlined the Commonwealth government’s measures to assist in developing the critical minerals industry in the country, among which was the development of a new Critical Minerals Strategy. Speaking at the Australian Critical Minerals Summit, in... 

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.

Centrex prices Ardmore expansion

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd November 2022 Phosphate rock producer is advancing plans for its Stage 1.5 expansion of its Ardmore phosphate mine, in Queensland. The company previously announced that it had been investigating the Stage 1.5 project as an additional development stage with the potential to increase production in the... 

WA extends potash rebate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd November 2022 The Western Australian government has extended the royalty rebate scheme for the potash industry, established in the 2022-23 State Budget. The extension of the scheme will provide a non-repayable 50% rebate on royalties paid for two years to companies that make first sulphate of potash (SOP)... 

Emmerson signs potash offtake MoUs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st November 2022 Potash development company Emmerson has signed two memoranda of understanding (MoU) for the supply of potash and salt to be produced at its Khemisset mine, in Morocco. Under the terms of its MoU with Swiss-based agritrader Keytrade, Emmerson will supply 245 000 t/y of muriate of potash (MoP) for... 

Sedibelo Platinum will now have wind power as well as solar and smelterless technology  

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2022 Latest news from Sedibelo Platinum Mines in North West province is that the company’s Pilanesberg platinum mines situated in the Bushveld Complex, 207 km west of Johannesburg, will not only have abundant solar power on site plus a world-first smelterless processing technology that consumes 82% –... 

Pallinghurst Group managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen.
Pallinghurst's Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Karnalyte’s potash plan update faces delays

By: Mariaan Webb     16th November 2022 The update to the technical report of the Wynyard potash project, in Saskatchewan, has been delayed and will only be finalised in the new year, reports Canadian fertiliser products developer Karnalyte Resources. The Toronto-listed company in March appointed consulting and engineering firm Wood... 

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