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Test mine study under way for Fourth Industrial Revolution try-outs  

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2021 A feasibility study is under way on a mine selected for the testing of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies ahead of their implementation, Minerals Council South Africa senior executive modernisation and safety Sietse van der Woude said on Wednesday. Van der Woude was answering... 

The fight to save the LME ring begins as traders warn on pricing

By: Reuters     24th February 2021 The London Metal Exchange is facing broadening resistance to a plan to close its iconic open-outcry trading floor, with German traders and manufacturers joining some members to warn that closing “the Ring” would hurt pricing and volumes. The LME suspended trading on the floor in March, and last... 

These metals are soaring on a green frenzy and global recovery

By: Bloomberg     19th February 2021 Industrial metal prices are powering to the highest in years on bets an economic recovery from the pandemic and worldwide push for cleaner, greener energy will unleash vast amounts of pent-up demand. From base-metal bellwethers to essential inputs for batteries and home electronics, post-crisis... 

These metals are soaring on a green frenzy and global recovery

First day of trading for Cornish Metals on Aim

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th February 2021 Shares of mineral exploration and development company Cornish Metals started trading on London’s Aim on Tuesday morning. The company, which focuses on projects in Cornwall, UK, raised £8.2-million. 

AfriTin extends tin offtake agreement, signs new tantalum offtake agreement

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th February 2021 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining has signed an extension offtake agreement for tin concentrate produced at its Uis mine, in Namibia, with its existing trading partner, Thailand Smelting and Refining Corporation (Thaisarco). The renewed agreement with Thaisarco is for a further three years until November... 

AfriTin extends tin offtake agreement, signs new tantalum offtake agreement
Uis mine

Tin production to rebound in 2021, says Fitch Solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th February 2021 Financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research expects global tin mine production to rebound this year, as mines in Indonesia and Peru are unencumbered by government restrictions and can profitably operate amid a higher tin price... 

Battery metal demand to boost DRC mining

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) mining sector “has been given a boost, owing to a surge in demand for battery metals”, says Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking mining and resources finances co-head Nivaash Singh. He states that this has increased investment in operations for these... 

Battery metal demand  to boost DRC mining
NIVAASH SINGH Operators in the DRC will have to contend with corruption, illegal mining, growing terrorism, and the Covid-19 pandemic, after having had to deal with Ebola

Tin producer achieves record production

5th February 2021 Tin miner Alphamin Resources in January reported that its tin production at its high-grade operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo increased by 13% to a quarterly record of 2 898 t. This exceeded the company’s market guidance of between 2 600 t and 2 800 t. The company also provided an... 

Tin producer achieves record production
EXCELLING SAFETY The Bisie tin mine recorded zero lost-time injuries in the last quarter

Mining has a role to play in supporting the global population, says Cutifani

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2021 The global human population – almost nine-billion people – cannot be supported without mining, diversified miner Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani said during a panel discussion at the virtual Investing in African Mining Indaba on February 2. Speaking during an environmental, social and governance-... 

‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2021 “We need exploration to grow our industry,” Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Monday during a virtual State of the Mining Nation media briefing in which he described exploration as one of the low-hanging fruits that could change South Africa’s economic trajectory in... 

‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa media brief reporting by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Uganda's tungsten miner files competition case against International Tin Association

By: Reuters     1st February 2021 The owner of Uganda's only tungsten mine has filed a claim against the International Tin Association (ITA) over alleged anti-competitive behaviour, a claim summary published by Britain's Competition and Appeal Tribunal shows. Kerilee Investments Limited, the British majority shareholder in... 

W Resources continues improvements at Spanish project

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2021 Plant improvements at tungsten, tin and gold miner W Resources’ La Parrilla project, in Spain, should be completed early next month. During the quarter ended December 31, the plant continued to work a four-day week. Operations moved to a five-day working week earlier this month and the plan is to... 

Cornish Metals intends to float on London’s Aim market

By: Donna Slater     13th January 2021 Copper and tin miner Cornish Metals, which is currently listed on the TSX-V, has announced plans to list on the Aim market of the London Stock Exchange in February. The proceeds of the fundraising will be used to conduct an 8 000 m drill programme at its copper and tin project in Cornwall, in the... 

Alphamin achieves record quarterly production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th January 2021 TSX-V and JSE-listed Alphamin achieved record tin production of 2 898 t at its Mpama North mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the December quarter. This exceeded guidance of 2 600 to 2 800 t and was the result of better-than-expected tin feed grades and plant recoveries. 

Critical Metals closing in on potential investment opportunities in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th January 2021 Investment company Critical Metals says it stands ready to drive its strategy forward, despite the uncertainty around the supply of and demand for critical metals, as the need to invest in a stable supply becomes increasingly apparent. Despite 2020 being considered a difficult year by the... 

Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment 

By: Martin Creamer     10th December 2020 Countries wanting to attract exploration investment need readily available geophysics data to offer to prospective investors. “Geophysics is now key to the exploration industry, particularly for metalliferous-type deposits, which have the largest value,” Exploration Geological Consultancy MD... 

Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment
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Exploration Geological Consultancy MD Regina Molloy

Uis mine reaches nameplate concentrate production in November

By: Donna Slater     7th December 2020 Aim-listed tin miner AfriTin Mining successfully completed Stage 1 of the Phase 1 production ramp-up of its pilot mining and processing facility, achieving 63.9 t of tin concentrate (containing 41.6 t of tin metal) in November – a 32% improvement on the previous month. Following enhancement... 

Glencore spells out emission-reduction pathway to 2050 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Friday announced its ambition to be a net-zero emissions company by 2050. Glencore set out the pathway towards reducing its total emissions footprint by 40% by 2035, taking in Scope 1, 2 and 3. 

Glencore spells out emission-reduction pathway to 2050
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Ivan Glasenberg, who is handing Glencore reins to Gary Nagle.

Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2020 An Mpumalanga coal mine is on the point of entering into an agreement before year-end to have its acid mine drainage water curse turned into potable water at no cost, Mining Weekly can today report. Recovered potassium nitrate, which retails at about R15 000/t and which is marketed at about R11... 

Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost
Trailblazer Technologies director John Bewsey interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Great Lakes region still not benefitting from its minerals endowment 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th November 2020 Africa, and in particular the Great Lakes region, is richly endowed with minerals, but the continent and the region are not yet benefitting adequately from the sustainable mining and beneficiation of those minerals. This has given rise to the illicit extraction and smuggling of these minerals,... 

AfriTin on track to achieve plant nameplate capacity target

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2020 In ensuring it remains on track to achieve nameplate production of 60 t a month, tin miner AfriTin is continuing with the first stage of the Phase 1 production ramp-up of its pilot mining and processing facility at its flagship asset, the Uis mine, in Namibia. The company is targeting the... 

Platinum-linked green hydrogen economy right for Africa, says project manager  

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2020 The long value chain of green hydrogen economy has the potential to create a multiplicity of jobs and open up the market for investment possibilities for the Southern African region into what is expected to become a multi-trillion-dollar global decarbonisation market. Forschungszentrum Jülich... 

Platinum-linked green hydrogen economy right for Africa, says project manager
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer is given update on platinum-linked green hydrogen. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Smart says global decarbonisation journey will benefit Northern Cape base metals hub

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2020 Growing global demand for zinc, copper and tin minerals will place South Africa’s Northern Cape in a favourable position as the world continues to decarbonise the global economy, says Orion Minerals MD and CEO Errol Smart. The use of battery metals, of which copper is a main component, will... 

Panel calls for more junior mining, exploration in SADC region  

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2020 While many of the countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region continue to face various challenges, a panel at this year’s virtual Junior Mining Indaba found that Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continue to perform well. As an example, Caledonia Mining... 

Exploration is priority, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2020 South Africa should be an exploration site that contributes to gross domestic product growth and employment creation. “Exploration is the way to go and a priority,” Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe told the 2020 Junior Indaba in his keynote address on Tuesday. (Also watch... 

Exploration is priority, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe
The Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Flow-through must not only incentivise exploration but also market participation – Miller 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2020 A flow-through share scheme tax incentive, currently under consideration for South Africa, must serve to incentivise not only exploration but also public listed market development and market participation by a diversity of investors. Mining supply sales consultancy AmaranthCX director Paul Miller... 

Flow-through must not only incentivise exploration but also market participation – Miller
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Mining supply sales consultancy AmaranthCX director Paul Miller

Alphamin reports q/q improvements in Ebitda, tin sales

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th October 2020 Dual-listed Alphamin Resources’ tin sales up were up 3% quarter-on-quarter to 2 695 t for the third quarter ended September 30. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increased by 24% quarter-on-quarter to $16.1-million. 

Hopes rise as top firms arrive at potential flow-through share model to stimulate mining exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2020 A flow-through share model has been drawn up with the help of top firms to stimulate badly neglected mining exploration in South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners leadership forum chairperson Errol Smart said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom... 

Hopes rise as top firms arrive at potential flow-through share model to stimulate mining exploration
Minerals Council South Africa Junior Miners’ Forum Chairperson Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

AfriTin continues to ramp up production at Uis

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th October 2020 Aim-listed AfriTin is continuing with the production ramp-up of its pilot mining and processing facility at its Uis mine, in Namibia, and produced 39 t of tin concentrate containing 27.5 t of tin metal in September. For Stage 1 of Phase 1, the company is targeting the processing of 45 000 t a... 

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... 

Covid has highlighted the value of operating remotely – mining editor
ifm Australia’s Freddie Coertze and Aditya Kunder.

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
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Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala

Alphamin on track for yearly guidance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th October 2020 TSX-V- and AltX-listed Alphamin Resources Corporation says its tin sales for the quarter ended September 30 were up 3% quarter-on-quarter to almost 2 700 t. The company expects to reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $16-million for the quarter. 

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.

Hydrogen can be game-changer for South African economy ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2020 Hydrogen has the potential to be a game-changer for the South African economy, PwC African mining leader Andries Rossouw said on Tuesday. Speaking during the virtual release of the professional services firm’s 12th edition SA Mine, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South... 

Hydrogen can be game-changer for South African economy ­– PwC
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on PwC SA Mine 2020 event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Colombia's mining future tied to metals not coal, Minister says

By: Reuters     5th October 2020 Colombia's mining future is in metals and not coal, Minister of Mines and Energy Diego Mesa said, and the Andean country will continue developing oil and gas projects, including non-conventional deposits. The coal sector's problems have accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic, Mesa told... 

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