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Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2022 The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa does not have such a cadastre, fellow African countries that are already thriving on it include... 

Green hydrogen, fuel cells important part of any future energy system, says global strategist  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2022 Green hydrogen and fuel cells will be a very important part of any future energy system, says Switzerland-based energy and sustainability consultancy strategist Dr David Hart. Among the electrolysers that convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen are proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Dr David Hart, E4tech.
E4tech’s Dr David Hart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africans urged to turn exploration into Big Hairy Audacious Goal  

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2022 South Africans have been urged to rally around exploration as this country's Big Hairy Audacious Goal – a BHAG – so that what is described as "our lowest hanging economic fruit" can be turned to positive account. Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, who was speaking in support of the junior... 

Council of Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza.
Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New fund-raising product appropriate for junior miners, says JSE  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2022 The JSE has a new product that is appropriate for fund-raising by junior mining companies, JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi said on Friday. Mokorosi, who was speaking at Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar, highlighted the new product against the... 

JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi.
Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior Miner Webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

World’s largest battery-electric mine truck heading for commercial availability in 2024  

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 The world’s largest battery-electric truck for underground mining is on its way to becoming commercially available in 2024. Sandvik’s 65 t TH665B machine removes between 1 t and 2 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day, along with heat and noise. 

Jakob Rutqvist, Sandvik VP strategy and commercial for battery and hybrid/electric-vehicles business unit of Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions.
Sandvik VP Jakob Rutqvist interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Minerals Council urges faster inclusion of private electricity suppliers 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s electricity recovery plan and urges more rapid private sector participation in resolving the country’s deepening electricity crisis. Minerals Council members have 6 500 MW of embedded energy projects in the pipeline which will... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

AfriTin announces $22.8m placing as part of comprehensive funding package

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th September 2022 Aim-listed AfriTin has negotiated a potential funding package to finance the company’s existing operations at the Uis mine, in Namibia, as well as expansion plans for lithium and tantalum by-product development. The proposed funding package is aimed at combining a capital structure and term... 

Aus govt awards A$50m in grants to critical mineral projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2022 The federal government on Friday approved nearly A$50-million in grants to accelerate the development of the critical minerals industry in the country, as part of efforts to reach net zero. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King announced the grant of the finding to six key... 

Ministers follow President in visiting Jagersfontein diamond disaster area

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 Following the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantsashe will today visit the diamond tailings deposition dam that burst its banks, killing at least one person and destroying homes. Mineral... 

Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
Photo by Google Maps
Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.

AfriTin posts strong full-year performance as its Uis mine ramps up

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st August 2022 Aim-listed AfriTin’s performance for the financial year ended February 28 was one of strong operational delivery, which has resulted in the company considerably increasing production from the Uis mine, in Namibia, and generating its first group-wide profit, CEO Anthony Viljoen says. “Our... 

Most base metals climb on supply concerns, demand uncertainty

By: Reuters     23rd August 2022 Prices of most base metals moved higher on Tuesday, as supply-and-demand worries amid an energy crisis in Europe and China lent some support to the market against the backdrop of reduced stockpiles. The most-traded September zinc contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange SZNc1 was up 2% at 25... 

Uncertain demand prospects undermine copper prices

By: Reuters     22nd August 2022 Copper prices slipped on Monday as worries about demand dominated sentiment, though sliding inventories provided some support. A manufacturing slowdown in top metals consumer China in recent months because of Covid-19 lockdowns has weakened demand for the metal used widely in the power and... 

Uncertain demand prospects undermine copper prices

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

AfriTin completes construction on Phase 1 of processing plant expansion

By: Darren Parker     15th August 2022 Aim-listed tin miner AfriTin Mining has completed construction for the first phase expansion of the processing plant at the company’s flagship polymetallic Uis mine, in Namibia.  "The AfriTin team has [completed] the construction milestone for the Uis Phase 1 expansion project despite challenging... 

AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen
AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

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Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hurdles in Central, East Africa hamper mining

By: Mandisa Nyathi     29th July 2022 While the outlook for mining is bright, continued resource nationalism, increasing Chinese influence in mining affairs and illegal mining are significant challenges that Central and East Africa continues to face, says Boies Schiller Flexner partner Timothy Foden 

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

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Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

World-first hydrogen haul truck operational from August – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 The pilot world-first hydrogen haul truck launched early in the year, has had some final changes made to it before it heads into the pit and goes into operational mode from August. Meanwhile, the second prototype is already underway, where learnings from the first truck are being taken into the... 

Anglo American's nuGen truck.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Alphamin sets another quarterly production record

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2022 TSX-V- and AltX-listed Alphamin Resources produced 3 180 t of contained tin from its Mpama North mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the second quarter – a new record and 4% higher than production in the first quarter. The company reported on July 26 that year-to-date contained tin... 

AfriTin appoints Hiten Ooka as CFO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2022 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining, with a portfolio of mining and exploration assets in Namibia, has appointed Hiten Ooka CFO. This is a non-board appointment. 

Canada’s Tantalex on way to becoming African lithium producer  

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2022 Canadian junior exploration company Tantalex Lithium Resources, which is developing tin, tantalum and lithium projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is looking to raise capital $15-million early next year for the further development of its lithium assets. Tantalex is developing three... 

Tantalex Lithium Resources chairperson Hadley Natus.
Tantalux Lithium chairperson Hadley Natus interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Basing analysis solely on data can result in treasure being mistaken for trash  

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2022 Applying subject matter expertise to process data streams for accuracy is a necessary part of mining’s new digital age, according to SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen. Olsen, the leader of SRK’s data engineering team, spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview from Canada.... 

How to avert the risk of valuable information being disregarded.
SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

AVZ extends share suspension

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2022 Lithium hopeful AVZ Minerals on Friday extended the voluntary suspension of its share trade on the ASX as it still awaits the grant of a mining licence for its Manono lithium and tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). AVZ in early May announced that the DRC Minister of Mines had... 

New mining Bill major threat to jobs and investment, must be strenuously opposed – ENSafrica  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2022 A new draconian mining industry draft Bill, which threatens jobs and investment – and can even impose a penalty of 10% of turnover on a mine company, along with corporate manslaughter charges – must be “very, very strenuously opposed", top South African mining industry lawyer Willem Le Roux urged... 

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Presenting ENSafrica webinar are from top anti-clockwise Willem Le Roux, Pieter Colyn and Celeste Coles.

Cornish starts up three drill rigs at South Crofty

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th July 2022 Dual-listed Cornish Metals has launched an 8 000 m drill programme to advance its South Crofty tin project, in Cornwall, England. The drill programme may be extended up to 12 000 m and will inform a feasibility study on the project.  

Alphamin achieves record quarterly output, declares dividend

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th July 2022 TSX-V- and AltX-listed Alphamin Resources achieved record quarterly tin production of 3 180 t from its high-grade operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the three months ended June 30. Output was 4% higher than that produced in the quarter ended March 31. 

AfriTin subsidiary secures N$100m lending facility to further Uis project’s development

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th July 2022 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining’s majority owned subsidiary, Uis Tin Mining Company, has entered into a conditional, credit-approved term sheet for a lending facility with the Development Bank of Namibia to fund the Uis Phase 1 Stage II Continuous Improvement project, in Namibia. The proposed lending... 

Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption   

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2022 If the world were to electrify every mine truck, it would stop 198 000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day from entering the atmosphere, which equates to a single electrified mining truck eliminating what would take 46 000 trees to absorb. That mammoth sustainability benefit was driven home firmly... 

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ABB's Erik Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Spanish Parliament rejects motion to make mining approvals more difficult

By: Darren Parker     1st July 2022 The Spanish Parliament has rejected a motion by democratic socialist electoral alliance Unidas Podemos that would have made it more difficult to secure approvals for new mining projects and would have also increased taxes on existing mineral producers. On June 23, the motion was outvoted by an... 

Metals set for worst quarter since 2008 on global downturn angst

By: Bloomberg     30th June 2022 Base metals headed for the worst quarterly slump since the global financial crisis in 2008 as China’s economy recovered only gradually and fears of a world recession intensified. The London Metal Exchange Index has tumbled 23% since the end of March, although the decline has been magnified due... 

Metals set for worst quarter since 2008 on global downturn angst

Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2022 Going forward, combined renewables plans already in place are poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Exxaro Resources’s Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo by up to 90%. The renewable strategy being executed by coal miner Exxaro’s wholly owned green energy arm – Cennergi – is the key driver of the... 

Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro/Cennergi MD energy Roland Tatnall interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer,

£40m financing opened new chapter for Cornish Metals

By: Mariaan Webb     27th June 2022 The completion of the £40-million financing, including an investment by Vision Blue Resources, last month has opened a new chapter for TSX-V and Aim-listed Cornish Metals, which plans to reopen the historic South Crofty tin mine, in the UK. The company aims to advance South Crofty to a... 

£40m financing opened new chapter for Cornish Metals

Deeming could bring regulatory certainty to much-needed minerals investment – NSDV  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2022 The detraction of the South African investment market is the uncertainty around approval timelines and the implementation of a deeming provision could change all that by treating applications as approved after the passing of a set period of time. Many want to invest in exploration and mining... 

NSDV advisory head Mark Gilbert.
NSDV Advisory Head Mark Gilbert interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rafaella's Spanish openpit proves up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2022 An advanced prefeasibility study (PFS) into an openpit operation at the Santa Comba tungsten and tin project, in Spain, has shown that the project was economically robust and could complement the permitted underground mine. ASX-listed Rafaella Resources noted that the openpit PFS estimated that... 

Green hydrogen’s business case significantly strengthened, summit hears  

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2022 Green hydrogen, when earlier identified as a necessary clean energy source to help the world achieve net-zero emissions in the coming decades, was higher up the cost curve than fossil fuels. Now that has changed with this week’s Financial Times Hydrogen Summit emphasising that green hydrogen’s... 

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FT Hydrogen Summit panel discussion.

Alphamin unaffected by Bunagana border post closure

By: Donna Slater     15th June 2022 Tin concentrate producer Alphamin Resources reports that its operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo have not been impacted on by the recent closure of the Bunagana border post with Uganda. The Bunagana border post, located 60 km north-east of North Kivu province’s capital Goma, has been... 

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.
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