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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? 

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

Aton encouraged by high-grade North Ridge mineralisation of Rodruin

By: Donna Slater     17th May 2022 Egypt-focussed gold explorer Aton Resources’ Phase 2 drilling of the previously untested North Ridge site of the Rodruin prospect, which started in November 2021, has to date, resulted in gold mineralisation of 8.74 g/t and 29.4 g/t being discovered over 12 m. In 2018, Aton undertook a 50-hole... 

Excellon scouting for Mexico acquisitions as Platosa winds down

By: Mariaan Webb     17th May 2022 Precious metals producer Excellon is actively pursuing acquisition opportunities in Mexico, as it heads towards the wind-down of its Platosa operations. On the Toronto- and New York-listed company’s wish list is acquisition opportunities for producing and development-stage assets, CEO Brendan... 

Buenaventura says San Gabriel gold/silver project to produce by 2024

By: Reuters     11th May 2022 Buenaventura, one of Peru's largest precious metals miners, will speed up construction of its San Gabriel gold and silver project, with a production start date no later than 2024, the company's president said. The miner recently announced the start of construction of the San Gabriel mine,... 

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.

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.

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.

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

Wimbledon opts for platinum to mark Queen’s jubilee, centre court centenary 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2022 In the year of the Queen of England’s platinum jubilee, the coins to be used in the Wimbledon ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss will be made of platinum for the first time in the championships’ history. This follows last month’s unveiling by the UK Royal Mint of its largest ever... 

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Platinum coin to be tossed at Wimbledon.

Integra goes for heap leach only option at DeLamar

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd April 2022 TSX-V- and NYSE American-listed Integra Resources has announced that it is advancing the heap-leach stage of its DeLamar project, in Idaho, into permitting and development on a standalone basis. The company stresses that the low-cost, low-risk strategy to focus on the financial engine of the... 

Bear Creek owns Mercedes mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd April 2022 TSX-V-listed Bear Creek is now the owner of the Mercedes mine, having completed the acquisition of the mine in Sonora, Mexico, from Equinox Gold. “We are extremely pleased to have acquired a producing gold-silver mine with a strong operating team, underlying assets with a replacement cost... 

Silver demand to rise 5% this year – industry report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th April 2022 Global silver demand is forecast to rise by 5% this year on the back of structural advancements in industrial fabrication, which is expected to achieve another record in 2022. The 2022 demand growth forecast comes on top of an impressive 19% gain in 2021, when total demand reached 1.05-billion... 

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Cascabel ‘no ordinary mining asset’, says SolGold as it unveils PFS

By: Mariaan Webb     20th April 2022 Dual-listed SolGold on Wednesday published a prefeasibility study (PFS) for its Cascabel project, in Ecuador, outlining plans for a multi-decade, low-cost copper producer that could help establish Ecuador as the next copper frontier. Cascabel would produce an average of 132 000 t/y of copper,... 

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The Cascabel project area in Ecuador

Greater fuel cell adoption would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2022 The enactment by more governments of policies to enable greater hydrogen fuel cell mobility would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, Mining Weekly can today report. Adoption of hydrogen fuel cell mobility has already been significantly enabled by the German... 

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PGMs Industry Day webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Altus granted ten-year mining licence for Morocco project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th April 2022 Aim-, TSX-V- and OTCQX-listed Altus Strategies has been issued a ten-year mining licence for its 100%-owned Agdz copper/silver project by the Ministry of Energy, Transition and Sustainable Development of Morocco. The company’s Moroccan portfolio is held by its 100%-owned subsidiary Aterian... 

Clients planning to close many renewable energy project deals this year – Nedbank CIB  

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2022 While Africa is blessed with great natural sun and wind resources, it has about 600-million people living without access to electricity, which is one of the biggest impediments to the continent’s economic growth. Renewable energy is available to put an end to this impediment, as it can provide... 

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Gatos Silver produces record quarterly production from CLG mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th April 2022 NYSE- and TSX-listed Gatos Silver has produced a record 2.39-million silver ounces from its 70%-owned Cerro Los Gatos (GLC) mine, in Mexico, in the first quarter of the year. This marks a 58% increase compared with the first quarter of last year, which was impacted by a temporary shutdown for two... 

Hydrogen key to long-term use of platinum, says SFA Oxford’s Forrest   

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2022 Coordinated industry intervention is required to create sustainable platinum group metals (PGM) markets, with hydrogen the key to the long-term use of platinum, said outgoing SFA Oxford head Stephen Forrest in a swansong address. “Promote PGMs heavily as platinum’s structural surplus helps... 

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Platinum Group Metals Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer Media

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Trevali rolls out digital technologies to further digitalisation goals

By: Donna Slater     4th April 2022 Canada-headquartered base metals miner Trevali is increasingly rolling-out its use of the Emmesent Hovermap simultaneous localisation and mapping light detection and ranging scanner, both underground and on the surface, as the miner moves towards increased digitalisation of its mines. With its... 

Minerals Council ending century-long relationship with Johannesburg CBD

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2022 Minerals Council South Africa has begun a new era by moving into modern premises in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and closing a century-long chapter in Johannesburg’s central business district (CBD). The historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street– which was constructed in 1921 – will be sold. 

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Historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street.

Silver production starts at Wonawinta

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st March 2022 ASX-listed Manuka Resources has started silver production at its Wonawinta operation, in New South Wales, after completing the first phase of gold production from its Mt Boppy gold project in May this year. The company told shareholders on Thursday that all major capital upgrades, and wet... 

Holtby to retire as chair from Wheaton board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th March 2022 Streaming company Wheaton Precious Metals has announced the retirement of Doug Holtby as chairperson and nonexecutive director of the board upon the completion of his term at the upcoming shareholders meeting in May. Holtby, who has been a director since 2006 and chairperson since 2009, has... 

Silver junior to list on Lima exchange

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th March 2022 Canadian silver mining company Silver X has applied to list its common shares for trading on the Lima stock exchange. Listing on the Lima exchange will give regional investors easier access to invest in the future of the company, says CEO Jose Garcia. 

Silver Hammer permitted to drill at Silverton, Nevada

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th March 2022 Vancouver-based Silver Hammer has been granted a two-year drilling and surface disturbance exploration permit to drill at its past-producing Silverton silver mine, north-east of the Tonopah silver district in Nevada. The drilling is part of an exploration programme targeting extensions of the... 

Parliaments must act swiftly to reduce climate change – Mapisa-Nqakula  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2022 National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Monday urged heads of the world's Parliaments gathering at the 144th plenary assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to undertake all necessary efforts to deal with climate change through oversight and the constitutional powers of the... 

South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Now’s the time for full energy freedom, says green hydrogen stalwart Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2022 Let’s give energy sovereignty to the world. Renewable energy is everywhere. Every country can produce it. Now is the time to capture it, and have full energy freedom, enthused Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest, while being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane... 

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Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest (right), being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour.

Endeavour to raise $40m in bought-deal financing

By: Mariaan Webb     16th March 2022 Midtier precious metals miner Endeavour Silver on Tuesday announced a $40-million bought-deal financing, the proceeds of which it would use to pay the cash component of its Pitarrilla project acquisition. Endeavour entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters, led by BMO Capital... 

Equivalent of a Koeberg arising in solar projects – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2022 The equivalent of a Koeberg power station is arising in the form of new largely mine-linked private-sector solar power photovoltaic projects across Southern Africa, according to AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller, whose company is working on the second edition of its electronic map of... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Manuka completes gold production, switches to silver

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th March 2022 ASX-listed Manuka Resources has completed Phase 1 gold production at the Mt Boppy project, New South Wales, and will now transition to silver production at its Wonawinta plant in March. Manuka told shareholders on Tuesday that the Mt Boppy gold project had outperformed forecasts by over 70% in... 

Transnet bottlenecks to hamper South Africa's export opportunities amid Russia sanctions  

By: Darren Parker     4th March 2022 The bottlenecks in South Africa’s export corridors – caused in large part by State-owned logistics company Transnet’s inability to provide sufficient capacity – will likely undermine any opportunities that could arise from commodity supply shortages and higher prices as more sanctions are... 

A Transnet train

ESG slowing down as energy transition highlights mining as indispensable – RMF  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2022 The energy transition is highlighting mining as an indispensable industry, said Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) CEO Hélène Piaget in opening a webinar on 'Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report 2022', which reports a slowdown in economic, environmental, social and governance (ESG). “Yet there... 

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Responsible Mining Foundation report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

BHP invests C$100m in owner of South American copper project

By: Mariaan Webb     28th February 2022 Diversified mining company BHP will invest C$100-million in Canadian junior Filo Mining, which is developing a copper/gold/silver project straddling the border between Argentina and Chile. Toronto-listed Filo Mining on Monday announce that it would issue 6.27-million common shares in a private... 

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The Filo del Sol project is located on the border of Argentina and Chile

Gold soars over 2%, palladium advances as Russia attacks Ukraine

By: Reuters     24th February 2022 Gold prices jumped more than 2% on Thursday to their highest in over a year and palladium extended a rally as Russian forces invaded Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin authorised what he called a special military operation. Spot gold climbed 1.9% to $1 943.28 per ounce by 0720 GMT, after... 

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