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Full reopening of mining from June 1 – President Ramaphosa

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2020 Subject to strict Covid-19 protocols, mining will be allowed to reopen fully from June 1, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. In his address on South Africa’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the President announced that South Africa would advance to level 3 from June 1, with an... 

Leon lists measures to attract mining investment in these challenging times  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2020 South Africa should consider appointing an independent minerals regulator to speed up minerals licensing, Herbert Smith Freehills Africa co-chair Peter Leon said during a webinar this week. Responding to Patrick Leyden, who moderated the webinar entitled re-imagining the sub-Saharan mining... 

Leon lists measures to attract mining investment in these challenging times
Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Co-Chair Peter Leon spoke at a webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Medallion appoints new CEO as 'tremendous' REE opportunity opens up

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2020 Rare-earth elements (REE) company Medallion Resources has appointed Mark Saxon its president and CEO to lead the company through a “critical” phase as opportunities open up in the industry. Saxon has substantial experience in REE and other critical raw materials. He was recently president and CEO... 

Lynas says political debate puts US Defence contract progress on hold

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2020 A political debate on the merits of rare-earth supply in the US has put on hold progress on the US Department of Defense (DoD) Phase 1 contract for a heavy rare-earth separation facility. This is according to Australia's Lynas, which on April 22 had been advised of the DoD's intent to award a... 

Mining becoming significant corporate buyer of renewable energy ­– ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2020 The mining industry has started to become a significant corporate buyer of renewable energy in regions where these technologies have become reliable and cost-competitive compared with fossil fuel-based electricity, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). These regions include... 

Mining becoming significant corporate buyer of renewable energy ­– ICMM
Wind turbines at Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine in Western Australia.

Gazetted Covid guideline restates much of what mining has already adopted 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2020 The newly gazetted guideline to prevent, mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic on mines is largely a restatement of what has already been adopted by the mining industry. Most of the requirements of the code of practice (COP) mandated in the gazette already form part of the standard operating... 

Gazetted Covid guideline restates much of what mining has already adopted
ENSafrica executive consultant Willem le Roux

Covid prevention a must at mines – gazette 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2020 Covid-19 prevention, mitigation and management programmes must be established at mines using the guideline gazetted by Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza on Tuesday. The gazette notice states that this guideline provides minimum requirements for the compilation of a code of practice to prevent... 

Covid prevention a must at mines – gazette
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Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza

Mandatory code of Covid mining practice gazetted 

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2020 South Africa's guidelines for a mandatory Code of Practice (COP) to mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic in the mining industry have been gazetted. Failure by employers to prepare and implement a mine's COP in line with the guidelines would constitute a criminal offence and a breach of the... 

Mandatory code of Covid mining practice gazetted
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Rainbow Rare Earths further defines Gakara orebody

By: Donna Slater     19th May 2020 London-listed miner Rainbow Rare Earths reports that, resulting from a recent structural and lithological review of its Burundi-based Gakara project, three large carbonatite bodies have been identified, representing the regional source of rare earth elements. The structural and lithological... 

Equatorial Guinea mines ministry signs first five mining contracts

By: Donna Slater     18th May 2020 Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH) has signed the first mining contracts in the country’s history, following the conclusion of the country’s inaugural mining bidding round last year. The ministry signed five mining contracts with three different companies, including one... 

World’s top mining companies committed to climate change solutions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2020 Twenty seven of the world's leading mining and metals companies and 36 associations are committed to climate change solutions through their membership of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), Mining Weekly can today report. The ICMM is an international organisation dedicated to a... 

World’s top mining companies committed to climate change solutions – ICMM
International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler

Council increases mapping to drive South Africa's exploration attractiveness 

By: Donna Slater     12th May 2020 As part of government’s response to keep the South African economy afloat during the outbreak of Covid-19 and beyond, the Council for Geosciences (CGS) has been mandated to increase its country-wide survey to bolster South Africa as an exploration hotspot once the lockdown is over. CGS CEO Mosa... 

Ted Cruz seeks to end US dependence on China for rare earth metals

By: , Bloomberg     12th May 2020 Senator Ted Cruz said he plans to introduce legislation on Tuesday that aims to end US reliance on China for rare earth elements used in the manufacturing of products including consumer electronics, electric vehicles and fighter planes. The Bill is part of a push in Congress to shift supply... 

Ted Cruz seeks to end US dependence on China for rare earth metals
Senator Ted Cruz

China raps State miner Minmetals for renewed environmental failures

By: Reuters     11th May 2020 China's environment ministry on Monday called on China Minmetals Corp to improve implementation of environmental protection measures and oversight of subsidiaries in a less than glowing report on the state-run metals producer's compliance. As it looks to clean up heavy industry in China, the... 

Judgment reserved at Mining Charter review hearing 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2020 A full bench has heard the application for a judicial review of certain aspects of the Mining Charter gazetted in September 2018. Judge President Mlambo, judges Vally and  Van Der Schyff reserved judgment on the application lodged by the Minerals Council South Africa on March 27, 2019, when the... 

Judgment reserved at Mining Charter review hearing
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Minerals Council South Africa building in central Johannesburg.

Vital's Canadian project a step closer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th May 2020 ASX-listed Vital Metals has been granted government approvals to start mining operations at the North T Zone at its Nechalacho rare earths project, in Canada. Amendments have been made to the land use permit and the water licensee issued by the MacKenzie Valley Land and Water Board, enabling... 

Pensana secures more rare earth-prospective ground in Angola

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th May 2020 ASX-listed rare earths explorer Pensana Metals’ share price went up 4.7% to A$0.22 apiece following the granting of an exploration licence for the 7 456 km2 Coola project, which is highly prospective for rare earth mineralisation, in Angola. The area is about 16 km from its Longonjo rare earths... 

Lynas restarts Malaysian plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2020 Rare earths miner Lynas on Monday restarted operations in Malaysia, after the government announced that nearly all economic sectors, including manufacturing, would be allowed to resume operations, as measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is relaxed. The company told shareholders that the... 

Lynas gets restart date in Malaysia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st May 2020 Rare earths miner Lynas is expected to resume operations at its Advanced Materials Plant, in Malaysia, by May 4. The company on Friday said that all economic sectors, including manufacturing, mining and services would be allowed to resume from the beginning of next week. 

Pensana gets mining permit in Angola

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2020 The Angolan government has approved a mining title for ASX-listed Pensana Rare Earth’s Longonjo project. The mining title allows Pensana to mine for rare earths, and is renewable up to 35 years, covering an area of 21 km2. 

Lynas plant in Malaysia remains closed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2020 The Malaysian government has extended its Movement Control Order until May 12, meaning rare earths miner Lynas’ operations in the country would remain suspended. Operations at the Advanced Materials Plant was suspended in March as part of the country’s wider effort to halt the spread of the... 

Morale high as Covid-masked South African miners get back to work 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2020 Morale is reportedly high as Covid-masked and physically distanced South African mineworkers get back to mining underground for companies that have gone the extra mile to ensure that they have been fully remunerated and host communities generously funded during the national lockdown. In a... 

Morale high as Covid-masked South African miners get back to work
Mineworkers with personal protective equipment.

Learning curve still too steep to define ‘best practice’ mining response

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 The rapidly evolving Covid-19 crisis learning curve is still too steep to conclusively define what a ‘best practice’ response looks like from the mining industry, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is facilitating a rapid exchange of information and knowledge to... 

Learning curve still too steep to define ‘best practice’ mining response
ICMM CEO Tom Butler

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on Thursday issued a firm directive to all mining operations to ensure safe start-up procedures as the sector prepares to ramp up to 50% of capacity. Mining Weekly can report that the directive is issued to ensure compliance with Section 5(1)... 

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.

US quandary: how to secure weapons-grade minerals without China

By: Reuters     22nd April 2020 The US wants to curb its reliance on China for specialised minerals used to make weapons and high-tech equipment, but it faces a Catch-22. It only has one rare earths mine - and government scientists have been told not to work with it because of its Chinese ties. The mine is southern... 

Lynas makes it to the first phase of US defence contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd April 2020 The US Department of Defense (DoD) has told rare earths miner Lynas of its intent to award the Australia-based company with a Phase 1 contract for a US-based heavy rare earths separation facility. The Phase 1 funding will allow Lynas and its joint venture partner Blue Line to complete detailed... 

Quebec rare earth plant retrofitted to produce hand sanitiser

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st April 2020 Canadian rare earths company Geomega has begun modifying its rare-earth pilot plant, located at the National Research Council in Boucherville, Quebec, to be able to produce hand santiser. In a statement announcing the initiative, Geomega says that the hand sanitiser will be geared predominantly... 

Impala CE granted bail after appearance on Covid-19 charge 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2020 The arrest of the chief executive of Implats' Implala Platinum Rustenburg mining operations was on Friday welcomed by the Mineral Resources and Energy Parliamentary chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo, who on Thursday called on law enforcement agencies to act decisively against mining executives who... 

Impala CE granted bail after appearance on Covid-19 charge
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Impala Platinum Rustenburg CE Mark Munroe

Minerals Council welcomes revised Covid-19 regulations

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday welcomed the amendments to the Disaster Management Act regulations as they pertain to mining. These regulations allow a phase-up in mining capacity to 50% during the lockdown period, but with all the preventative and mitigating controls in place to... 

Minerals Council welcomes revised Covid-19 regulations
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 All mining operations, excluding collieries supplying Eskom which have been permitted to operate at full capacity throughout national lockdown, may now resume at 50% capacity during the remaining lockdown days, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Thereafter,... 

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

Power Metal Resources to start Ditau acquisition process by September 1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2020 Aim-listed Power Metal Resources (POW) has started the process of acquiring a 51% interest in the Ditau project, in Botswana, from fellow Aim-listed Kavango Resources for £150 000 in shares. POW will issue about 35-million new ordinary shares of 0.1p each, at an issue price of 0.42p apiece, to... 

Rainbow Rare Earths continues to export through Tanzania

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2020 London-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has exported a further 100 t of concentrate, after having exported 75 t in February. The company has steadily increased production at its Gakara mine, in Burundi, and commissioning of a fleet of five new trucks will grow production further, which will be... 

Lynas applies for leeway in Malaysia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th April 2020 Rare earths miner Lynas has applied for approval to operate its Lynas Advanced Materials Plant, in Malaysia, as that country extends its lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Lynas in March temporarily suspended operations at its Malaysian plant as part of a country-wide initiative to halt the... 

China's rare earth exports leap in March after coronavirus-hit Jan, Feb

By: Reuters     14th April 2020 China's rare earth exports rose 19.2% year-on-year in March, customs data showed on Tuesday, hitting their highest since at least 2014 as a backlog of product was shipped, helping the industry rebound from a January-February slump due to the coronavirus outbreak. Exports totalled 5 551.4 t last... 

Hastings gets enviro nod for Yangibana rare earth project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2020 ASX-listed Hastings Technology Metals has been granted a Commonwealth environmental permit for its Yangibana rare earths project, in Western Australia. “We have now received all material approvals required for the development of the Yangibana rare earths project. This environmental permit... 

Hastings gets enviro nod for Yangibana rare earth project

Too early to comment on when mining will resume – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2020 Comment on when mining industry operations will resume is premature but what is certain is that when resumption does occur, it will not be business as usual, Minerals Council South Africa said on Thursday. Noting reports on the resumption of mining operations after 16 April, Minerals Council... 

USA Rare Earth progresses re-establishing a critical mineral supply chain outside China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th April 2020 North American miner USA Rare Earth has purchased neodymium iron boron permanent magnet manufacturing equipment from Hitachi Metals America, which will form part of the only manufacturing plant of this sort in the Americas. USA Rare Earths is developing the Round Top Mountain heavy rare earth... 

Dazzler resource increases by 50%

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2020 ASX-listed Northern Minerals has reported a 50% increase in the mineral resource estimate for the Dazzler rare earths deposit, at its Browns Range project, in Western Australia. The deposit is now estimated to host 214 000 t of ore, grading 2.33% total rare earth oxide for five-million kilograms... 

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