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Tin News

Alphamin expresses concern about a dwindling tin price  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2020 JSE- and TSX-V-listed Alphamin Resources produced 2 119 t of contained tin in the quarter ended March 31. This was at the mid-point of its guidance range and compares with the 2 235 t of contained tin produced in the quarter ended December 31, 2019.  

Standard Bank meeting all capital and liquidity requirements 

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2020 Capital and liquidity requirements across all the markets in which it operates are continuing to be met, Standard Bank Group FD Dr Arno Daehnke said during an investor call. Daehnke disclosed that the bank was benefitting from building up increased capital levels over the last few years in line... 

Standard Bank meeting all capital and liquidity requirements
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AfriTin suspends mining in Namibia, continues processing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st March 2020 Aim-listed AfriTin has partly suspended activity at its Uis mine, in Namibia, following the country’s declaration of a partial lockdown from March 27 to April 16. In Namibia’s legislation, mining operations are categorised as critical economic services and are able to continue minimum... 

AfriTin suspends mining in Namibia, continues processing
AfriTin's Uis tin mine, in Namibia

AVZ Minerals’ DRC project delivers positive tin, tantalum test results

By: Donna Slater     30th March 2020 ASX-listed mining exploration company AVZ Minerals has reported positive flotation test results of tin and tantalum recoveries at its Manono lithium and tin project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with a total tin recovery of 63% with a grade of 64.1%,. AVZ has concentrated its... 

Mining could be enormous post-virus stabiliser – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2020 The mining industry could be an enormous asset in stabilising and growing the economy post the coronavirus crisis – but the right economic and regulatory circumstances would have to prevail, Minerals Council South Africa stated in a weekend media release. Post coronavirus, South Africa would... 

CEZ to proceed with Cinovec investment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2020 London-listed European Metal Holdings (EMH) on Friday reached final agreement with integrated energy utility CEZ Group around a partnership and investment into the Cinovec lithium/tin project, in Czech Republic. CEZ in November agreed to become a 51% shareholder in EMH's Czech subsidiary Geomet.... 

CEZ to proceed with Cinovec investment

Indonesia tin miner PT Timah cuts output, delays exports on coronavirus

By: Reuters     18th March 2020 Indonesian tin miner PT Timah, the world's second-largest producer, said it is temporarily reducing its production and will delay exports as the coronavirus outbreak has impacted demand for the metal. "In the current situation, due to coronavirus outbreak, many companies are stopping production... 

Alphamin defers debt capital repayments

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th March 2020 Dual-listed Alphamin Resources’ 80.75% subsidiary, Alphamin Bisie Mining has exercised its previously announced option with senior lenders to defer debt capital repayments. As announced in October 2019, the company’s lender consortium granted an option to 

China warns metals firms not to race back from virus

By: Reuters     6th March 2020 China's Industry Ministry said on Friday metals firms should not seek to ramp up production at all costs and should "avoid vicious competition" with one another as they return to work in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Industrial production in China, the world's biggest metals consumer,... 

Policy review could improve investor confidence

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2020 Mining consulting firm The MSA Group is hoping that the review of Namibia’s Minerals (Prospecting and Mining) Act will enhance the country’s “friendliness” toward mining investors. The MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson says the 1992 legislation has been under review since 2018.... 

Policy review could improve investor confidence
DRIVING INVESTMENT Namibia’s reliable transport infrastructure, despite the remote nature of many sites of mineral interest, is attractive to investors

AfriTin delivers first shipment to Thai client

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2020 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining has delivered its first tin concentrate shipment of 6 t, grading more than 60%, to Thailand Smelting and Refining Company (TSRC). The concentrate was produced at AfriTin's Phase 1 pilot mining and processing facility, at the Uis mine, in Namibia.A second batch of 20 t of... 

Manono DFS 95% complete

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2020 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals says the definitive feasibility study (DFS) into its Manono lithium and tin project, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is 95% complete, with the results to be released by March 31. It adds that transport studies to select the most suitable and cost effective method... 

Miners face funding squeeze as green investing surges

By: Reuters     3rd February 2020 As global investors shift away from heavy industry in favour of cleaner sectors, mining companies are losing billions in financing, raising the cost of capital and jeopardising projects. Making the mining industry more sustainable by running mines on renewable energy, for example, will be a key... 

EU conflict minerals legislation set to strengthen

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2020 The European Union’s (EU’s) new conflict minerals regulation is due to come into force on January 1, 2021, almost four years after the text of the legislation was initially published in May 2017. Law firm Fieldfisher partners Laurent Ruessman, Jonathan Brooks and Andrew Hood say the new... 

EU conflict minerals legislation set to strengthen

Strongbow increases private placement

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2020 TSX-V-listed Strongbow Exploration has increased the nonbrokered private placement financing, announced earlier this month, from $2-million to $2.35-million. The proceeds will be used for a drill programme at the company’s South Crofty tin project in the UK, and for general working capital purposes. 

First tin concentrate shipped from Uis in 30 years

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 Tin miner AfriTin Mining successfully shipped its first tin concentrate from the newly recommissioned Uis tin mine, in Namibia, in November last year. It was the first tin concentrate shipped from the mine in about 30 years since the mine closed in 1990, following a tin price collapse. 

First tin concentrate shipped from Uis in 30 years
ANTHONY VILJOEN Tin exceeds the growth prospects of other commodities

Africa expected to be responsible producer

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 Global commodities markets expect African producers to deliver “ethically” produced, traded and transformed material, says responsible sourcing auditing and advisory company RCS Global CEO Dr Nicholas Garrett. Responsible sourcing practices are resulting in higher standards at African mining... 

Africa expected to be responsible producer
Photo by Bloomberg
SCOPE WIDENING Cobalt remains the commodity under the most scrutiny in terms of responsible sourcing, but focus is expanding to include other key battery and tech-metal supply chains

Nigeria to resume mining in Zamfara state in first quarter – minister

By: Reuters     22nd January 2020 Nigeria will lift a ban on mining in Zamfara state by the end of March after the government deployed a surveillance team to stifle illegal activity in the northwestern region, the minister of mines and steel development said. The government suspended operations in April on concerns that illegal... 

World risks 'disaster' as reuse of natural resources declines

By: Reuters     21st January 2020 The proportion of raw materials the world is reusing has fallen, researchers said on Tuesday, warning of a "global disaster" as annual consumption of natural resources rose to 100-billion tonnes for the first time. Just 8.6% of the 100-billion tonnes of materials – including minerals, metals,... 

Strongbow raises cash for drilling at English tin mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th January 2020 TSX-V-listed Strongbow Exploration is raising capital to fund a drilling progarmme at its South Crofty tin project, in the UK, announcing on Thursday plans to raise $2-million through a private placement. The company will place 40-million units, priced at $0.05 each. 

AVZ finds power solution for DRC project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2020 Lithium hopeful AVZ Minerals on Wednesday announced that its subsidiary AVZ power SAU had inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Hydraulic Resources and Energy, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to investigate the refurbishment of the Mpiana-Mwanga hydro-electric power... 

Asia to continue driving global tin output growth over medium term

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2020 Global tin mine production will grow at a slower rate of 0.9% a year between 2019 and 2028, compared with a growth rate of 2.1% a year over 2009 to 2018, research firm Fitch Solution estimates. The modest production growth rate will, however, be supported by rising tin prices, it adds.  

Glencore joins blockchain network to ensure responsible cobalt supply

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 Global miner Glencore has joined the Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network (RSBN) – an industry collaboration using blockchain technology to support responsible sourcing and production practices from mine to market. The network’s blockchain has moved beyond proof of concept and is on track to... 

AfriTin raises £3.8m for Uis mine development

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2019 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining has raised £3.8-million through the issue of unsecured loan notes as it continues with the development of its flagship Uis tin mine, in Namibia, which is in the commissioning phase. The notes have been placed with a strategic African tin trading group, AfriMet Resources,... 

European Metals may sell majority stake in Cinovec to Czech utility

By: Simone Liedtke     20th November 2019 Dual-listed European Metals and Czech power utility CEZ Group have reached a conditional agreement regarding a potential strategic partnership and significant investment into the Cinovec project, in the Czech Republic. Upon the expected conclusion of the agreement by early 2020, CEZ will become a... 

European Metals may sell majority stake in Cinovec to Czech utility

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use   

By: Martin Creamer     20th November 2019 Solar power is playing a major role in reducing daytime electricity bills and lowering diesel use in off-grid diesel consuming areas, says SunRanch.Solar, whose clients are benefiting from below grid power costs and major diesel savings. “We reduce people’s daytime power costs by 60% to 70%,”... 

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use
SunRanch.Solar talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

New assessment criteria for tin smelting companies developed

By: Simone Liedtke     14th November 2019 The International Tin Association (ITA) and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) have jointly developed and published new assessment criteria for tin smelting companies”, which seek to clarify common upstream and downstream views of due diligence requirements for the tin supply chain.   The... 

Bisie tin output rises as plant performance improves

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2019 TSX-V- and JSE-listed Alphamin Resources’ Bisie mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo produced 2 345 t of contained tin in the three months ended September 30 – a 269% increase compared with the quarter ended June 30. The higher output was attributed to improved plant recoveries and higher... 

Alphamin mulls logistics options for Bisie after bridge collapses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2019 Tin miner Alphamin Resources is looking into the most cost effective logistical alternatives to enable it to maintain full production at its Bisie mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after a bridge collapsed on the main provincial road used by the company to transport its concentrate for... 

Metals sector in costly battle to turn green

By: Reuters     25th October 2019 Metals producers, from miners to smelters, are grappling with increasingly tough and costly environmental demands imposed by banks seeking cleaner investments. While the transition may prove overwhelming for smaller producers, larger companies are playing a long game, casting ahead to a period... 

Digital monitoring can drive improvements in battery metals mining conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st October 2019 A first-ever long-term artisanal and small-scale (ASM) mine site monitoring data study by supply chain auditor RCS Global Group’s Better Mining team has revealed the challenges in ethical battery supply chains. The team assessed 12 months of data from RCS Global’s new Better Mining platform,... 

Digital monitoring can drive improvements in battery metals mining conditions

SA moves to give new impetus to exploration, following years of stagnation 

By: Tracy Hancock     18th October 2019 The absence of new mining projects, owing to limited exploration, continues to weigh on the future sustainability of South Africa’s once thriving mining sector, which once captured a larger share of major mining budgets. “There is simply not enough investment in new mineral exploration to take... 

SA moves to give new impetus to exploration,  following years of stagnation
Mandela Mining Precinct co-director Alastair Macfarlane discusses an initiative under way to stimulate local exploration. Camera work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Recoveries at Alphamin’s Bisie mine improve to 65%

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2019 TSX-V- and JSE-listed Alphamin’s Bisie mine, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo produced 2 345 t of contained tin in the third quarter. Overall recoveries at the mine, which is ramping up, improved to 65% during August and September, compared with design levels of about 72%. 

Tin demand likely to contract this year – association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2019 Although refined tin use grew by 2% year-on-year in 2018, the International Tin Association (ITA) expects demand to contract for this year, primarily as a result of an unstable macroeconomic environment. Releasing the results of its fifteenth annual report, on Thursday, the association said... 

Biodiversity, climate everyone’s issues – Environment Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2019 South Africa is one of the world’s top three mega biodiverse nations along with Brazil and Indonesia, said Environment Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy in her address to the Oppenheimer Research Conference (ORC). “We are thus one of the richest countries in terms of the diversity of... 

Biodiversity, climate everyone’s issues – Environment Minister
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy ORC presentation by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Camera Work: Darlene Creamer

Investment in climate-positive companies growing – Joburg Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2019 Asset managers globally have become the lightning rod of populist views in Western countries, with the conversation now dominated by climate-change issues within the environmental, social and governance (ESG) paradigm as well as what the prospective upheaval in the vehicle industry means for... 

Investment in climate-positive companies growing – Joburg Indaba
Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer on Joburg Indaba climate discussion. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Photo: Dylan Slater.

Environment government’s most important Ministry – Oppenheimer  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2019 The Environment Ministry is the most important ministry in the government, former mining luminary Nicky Oppenheimer said at this week’s tenth Oppenheimer Research Conference. “Environment is at the forefront of everybody’s mind, and we in South Africa are unbelievably blessed with the environment... 

Environment government’s most important Ministry – Oppenheimer
Former mining luminary Nicky Oppenheimer covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Camera Work: Darlene Creamer. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

New technologies can make mining safer, sunrise industry – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2019 The utilisation of new technologies could make mining a sunrise industry while simultaneously addressing safety and health issues, Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. Responding to a question by Joburg Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel following his keynote... 

New technologies can make mining safer, sunrise industry – Mgojo
Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo’s address to Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.
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