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Covid has highlighted the value of operating remotely – mining editor 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2020 The extraction of data from machinery to improve decision-making is a key benefit of the digital mine and has changed the way that mines manage their assets and perform machine maintenance, Australia Mining managing editor Ben Creagh said on Wednesday. Creagh was speaking during a virtual... 

Lynas increases production in Sept quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st October 2020 Rare earths miner Lynas has reported a significant increase in production of neodymium praeseodymium (NdPr) in the first quarter ending September, while total rare earth oxide production nearly doubled. Lynas on Wednesday reported that NdPr production for the three months under review increased... 

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2020 The upcoming platinum demand of Hyundai alone could come close to taking up the total annual production of one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines. Hyundai has stated categorically, in a double-page advertisement in The Economist of London, that it will be making 700 000 fuel cell stacks a... 

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC
World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

South Africa is well positioned to export green hydrogen ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2020 South Africa is in an extraordinary position to revolutionise its own economy and supply green hydrogen to the world, PwC said on Monday. “The energy transition is and will be biggest global theme this decade,” PwC associate director James Mackay told journalists at a virtual event covered by... 

South Africa is well positioned to export green hydrogen ­– PwC
PwC Hydrogen Report 2020 covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining committed to doing all it takes to improve worker health – Matlala 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2020 Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala on Thursday committed the South African mining industry to doing all it takes to ensure that employee lives are saved and health is improved. Speaking at a global virtual health seminar to reprioritise... 

Mining committed to doing all it takes to improve worker health – Matlala
Photo by Creamer Media
Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala

Southern Africa’s green hydrogen buy-in exceeding expectations – Sacreee  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2020 Southern Africa’s buy-in into the green hydrogen economy concept is exceeding expectations, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (Sacreee) executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula said on Tuesday. Green hydrogen is a clean form of hydrogen... 

Southern Africa’s green hydrogen buy-in exceeding expectations – Sacreee
Sacreee executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula discusses green hydrogen with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Pensana considers establishing a rare earths production facility in the UK

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2020 ASX- and LSE-listed Pensana Rare Earths has tasked the Wood Group to undertake a study into the establishment of an integrated rare earth processing facility in the UK. With the company having progressed the design of its Longonjo rare earths project, in Angola, to include the production of a... 

Pensana to bid farewell to COO in January 2021

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2020 LSE- and ASX-listed Pensana Rare Earths COO Dave Hammond will be stepping down with effect from January 1, 2021. Hammond has been with the company for the past three years. 

Grande Côte operation achieves ‘excellent’ results

9th October 2020 Multinational mining and metallurgy company Eramet 2020 half-year results, released on July 29, noted that its Grande Côte Operation (GCO) built on the “excellent operating performance” of 2019, producing 371 000 t  of mineral sands over the period. Notably, GCO is the largest single dredge... 

Grande Côte operation achieves ‘excellent’ results
NOT SCRAPING THE BOTTOM The dredging operation at Eramet's Grande Côte operation reported an excellent operating performance for the first half of 2020

Freight forwarder growing reach in West Africa

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Following the successful logistics for a mine in Sierra Leone, deugro, a highly-specialized expert in freight forwarding and an independent company of the deugro group,  intends to further expand its offering in West Africa. “We are excited and look forward to engaging with more clients in this... 

Freight forwarder growing reach in West Africa
IVAN DE SOUZA & SUNELL VAN DER WALT Senior members of deugro's sales and business development team unpack the company's sucess in west Africa

Mining majors must convince investors of need to replace value – Sir Mick Davis  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2020 Major mining companies need to convince investors of the crucial need to replace the value that they are taking out of the ground, mining luminary Sir Mick Davis said on Thursday. “Every single day that they take something out of the ground, that value disappears forever, and unless you do... 

Mining majors must convince investors of need to replace value – Sir Mick Davis
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sir Mick Davis at Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2020 A comprehensive exploration strategy will be developed in the next three months and engagement on the potential of the platinum group metals-linked hydrogen economy is taking place, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Thursday. In a keynote... 

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reporting on DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Flow-through must form part of overall exploration strategy – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2020 The introduction of a flow-through share scheme must form part of a full suite and package of measures tailored for a comprehensive exploration strategy for South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday. Speaking during question time on day one of the Joburg... 

Flow-through must form part of overall exploration strategy – Minerals Council
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer putting a question at Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rainbow Rare Earths advances trial mining at Gakara

By: Simone Liedtke     7th October 2020 Trial mining operations at rare earth producer Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara operation, in Burundi, continue to strengthen, with concentrate production having increased to an average of 59.9 t a month from June to September. This is an increase from the 31.7 t a month average achieved between... 

Pensana produces better-than-expected rare earth concentrate from testwork  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th October 2020 ASX- and LSE-listed Pensana Rare Earths has successfully produced a mixed rare earth carbonate (MREC) rich in neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) from testwork that is currently under way at its Longonjo rare earth project, in Angola. Industry experts Wood Group and Nagrom have successfully... 

Trump moves to expand rare earths mining, citing China threat 

By: Bloomberg     1st October 2020 President Donald Trump signed an executive order declaring a national emergency in the mining industry, a move aimed at expanding domestic production of rare earth minerals vital to most manufacturing sectors. The order directs the Interior Department to explore using the Defense Production Act... 

Trump moves to expand rare earths mining, citing China threat
US President Donald Trump

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future
Sandvik’s virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2020 The local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sandvik’s mining innovation virtual event. Video: Darlene Creamer

‘Astronomical’ rare earth demand growth forecast 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th September 2020 Research and advisory services firm Adamas Intelligence is forecasting “astronomical” demand growth for certain rare earth minerals in the 2030s and has said that the supply-side of the industry is unlikely to keep up with the growing demand. Demand for magnet rare earths, such as neodymium,... 

‘Astronomical’ rare earth demand growth forecast

Angolan wealth fund invests further $8.6m in Pensana

By: Simone Liedtke     28th September 2020 Angolan sovereign wealth fund Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA) has committed to a further $8.6-million equity investment in junior miner Pensana Rare Earths. The investment will be used to advance the Longonjo project, in Angola, as the first major rare earth mine to be developed in over a decade... 

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2020 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – A German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa is integrating the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region ahead of the projected opening up of a trillion dollar market going into the future. 

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence
Sasscol executive director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Kavango, Power Metals strengthen partnership to create new Botswana-focused entity

By: Donna Slater     21st September 2020 LSE-listed base and precious metals miner Kavango Resources has strengthened its partnership with battery metals miner Power Metal Resources by entering into a strategic joint venture (JV). Kavango in April agreed to sell a 51% interest in the Botswana-based Ditau project to Power Metals.  

Pensana disposes of interest in Tanzanian gold project

By: Simone Liedtke     21st September 2020 LSE- and ASX-listed Pensana Rare Earths will assume its responsibilities in the Miyabi exploration gold project, in Tanzania, with immediate effect, through private company Drillcraft. Drillcraft is based in Mauritius and has an established operational base in Tanzania. 

Pensana upgrades resource estimate at Angola project

By: Simone Liedtke     14th September 2020 Dual-listed Pensana Rare Earths has upgraded the measured, indicated and inferred mineral resource estimate of its Longonjo project, in Angola, to 313-million tonnes at 1.43% total rare earth oxides (REO) including 0.32% neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) for over 4.4-million tonnes of REO,... 

Hydrogen, platinum fund sets up shop in South Africa with dollars to invest 

By: Martin Creamer     11th September 2020 London-headquartered AP Ventures, an independent venture capital fund focussed on investing in early-stage companies that use or enable the use of platinum group metals (PGMs), has established a presence in South Africa. AP Ventures founding partner Kevin Eggers told this week’s virtual 2020 PGMs... 

Hydrogen, platinum fund sets up shop in South Africa with dollars to invest
Photo by Creamer Media
Top from left, Anton Berlin, Tim Schlick, Kevin Eggers. Bottom from left Benny Oeyen, Matthias Dohrn, Trevor Raymond.

Lynas completes part of A$425m raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2020 Rare earths miner Lynas has completed the retail component of its 1-for-7.7 pro rata accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer, raising A$114-million. The entitlement offer is part of a larger A$425-million equity raise to fund the company’s Lynas 2025 foundation projects, including the... 

Platinum has potential to be three-times-bigger $35bn-a-year industry – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2020 Instead of being the $11-billion-a -year type industry that it is today, the platinum business has the potential to be a $35-billion-a-year industry by 2050, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday. Baxter made this statement in response to a question put to him during a... 

Platinum has potential to be three-times-bigger $35bn-a-year industry – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter address to PGM Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Promoting hydrogen economy should be No1 priority – RBPlat’s Phiri 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2020 Promoting the hydrogen economy should be South Africa’s number one priority, Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri said on Wednesday. Speaking during a panel discussion on the current state of the platinum group metals industry at the virtual 2020 PGMs Industry Day, Phiri said that this... 

Promoting hydrogen economy should be No1 priority – RBPlat’s Phiri
Photo by Creamer Media
Steve Phiri, Andries Rossouw (from left top) and Natascha Viljoen, Nico Muller (from left bottom)

US, Europe face hurdles to cut China reliance for rare earths

By: Bloomberg     7th September 2020 The US and Europe’s ambition to boost production of rare raw materials used in electric vehicles and wind turbines and reduce dependence on China will face obstacles, including higher costs and environmental concerns. Two US Congressmen last week introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at... 

US, Europe face hurdles to cut China reliance for rare earths

Company patents extraction method

4th September 2020 Canadian-listed rare earth clean technologies developer Geomega Resources’ patent application US15/578,498 titled, ‘A system and a method for metallurgical extraction of rare earth elements (REE) and niobium’, was approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in June. 

Company patents extraction method
IT IS CHEMICAL A total of 58 kg of regenerated HCl is to be used per metric ton of ore to extract REE and niobium

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... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum
Hydrogen fuel and containerised fuel cell installations at One Military Hospital in Pretoria.

Lawmakers seek to curb US reliance on China for rare earths

By: Bloomberg     2nd September 2020 US House lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at reducing dependence on China for rare earths used in everything from electric vehicles to missiles to wind turbines. The legislation co-authored by Republican Lance Gooden and Democrat Vicente Gonzalez, both of Texas, is similar to that... 

Lawmakers seek to curb US reliance on China for rare earths

Saskatchewan to build Canada’s first rare earth processing plant

By: Mariaan Webb     28th August 2020 The government of Saskatchewan has announced C$31-million in funding for a rare earth processing facility, delivering on a key element of its 2030 Growth Plan. The facility, to be owned and operated by the Saskatchewan Research Council, will be the first-of-its-kind in Canada and will begin to... 

Saskatchewan to build Canada’s first rare earth processing plant
SRC president Mike Crabtree (right) and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe (left)

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... 

Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade – Northam
Northam Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Mkango gets Minister’s praise for Songwe Hill project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th August 2020 TSX-V- and Aim-listed Mkango Resources continues to progress the work programme for its Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi, towards completing a feasibility study by the second half of 2021. The Malawian Minister of Mining Rashid Gaffar visited the project earlier this year and... 

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... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world
Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Hastings raises cash for Yangibana

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th August 2020 Rare earths developer Hastings Technology Metals will raise A$14.6-million in a share placement to advance its Yangibana project, in Western Australia. The company on Wednesday said it would issue some 117-million new shares to institutional, sophisticated and professional investors at a price... 

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... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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