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AfriTin secures £4.7m to bring Uis Phase 1 into production

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2019 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining has secured additional financing that will enable it to bring the Phase 1 pilot plant at its flagship Uis tin mine, in Namibia, into production. The company raised about £3-million through the issue of 99.61-million ordinary shares. 

Consolidated Tin Mines adds to war chest

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd May 2019 Junior Consolidated Tin Mines has raised an additional A$4-million through a share placement to a new international investor. The placement to Chinese investor Tiesong Duan was in addition to the placement to Wealth Pointer Global, which took place in April this year and raised A$20.99-million.  

AfriTin completes drilling on first 20 holes at Uis mine

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining on Monday announced that it had completed the first 20 diamond drill holes, which were recommended for the validation of the historical data by CSA Global, at its flagship Uis tin mine, in Namibia. The drill holes form part of the drilling programme designed to support... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac   

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa is correct in stating that South Africans need to act together with urgency and boldness if they are to realise the economic opportunities before them, Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac said on Tuesday. Baissac, who was speaking to Mining Weekly Online following the finding of... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about South Africa’s economic growth needs. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

LME appoints first female chairperson in its history

By: Reuters     10th May 2019 The London Metal Exchange (LME) has appointed Standard Chartered and ConocoPhillips board member Gay Huey Evans – the first female chairperson in its 142-year history. Evans, who is also on the board of Itau BBA International and has previously worked at Citi, Barclays Capital and the UK's... 

Micromine software upgraded to increase performance

By: Thabi Madiba     10th May 2019 Following the positive effect of current worldwide exploration on the demand for mining software solutions specialist MICROMINE’s products, the company will release the latest version of its three-dimensional (3D) modelling and mine design software, Micromine 2020, in the last quarter of this... 

Micromine software  upgraded to  increase performance
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE The upgraded Micromine 2020 offers enhancements to implicit modelling and pit optimiser modules

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.

Alphamin's Bisie nears final commissioning

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd May 2019 Hot commissioning has started at TSX-V-listed Alphamin Resources' Bisie tin project, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.   Construction of the mine was completed in the first quarter of this year and wet commissioning was completed in the week of April 22. Hot commissioning involves feeding... 

More than 40m people work in artisanal mining – report

By: Reuters     25th April 2019 More than 40-million people around the world work in artisanal and small-scale mining where minerals including gold, diamonds and cobalt are dug up often by hand, a report by the World Bank and development organisation Pact said on Wednesday. Increasing demand for metals and rising prices have... 

More than 40m people work in artisanal mining – report

Global Witness welcomes LME’s new responsible sourcing rules 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2019 International nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Global Witness has welcomed the London Metal Exchange’s (LME’s) new responsible sourcing rules, which were published for public consultation on Tuesday. The exchange’s responsible sourcing roadmap is intended for LME-listed brands and builds on a... 

Global Witness welcomes LME’s new responsible sourcing rules

La Parrilla jig and mill plant commissioning gets under way

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2019 Aim-listed W Resources on Tuesday confirmed that commissioning of the jig and mill plant at La Parrilla, in Spain, has begun. The jig and mill plant will upgrade the La Parrilla ore, efficiently reject barren material, and prepare material for feed to the concentrator plant. 

Alphamin raises $12m for Bisie mine development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th April 2019 JSE-listed and TSX-V-listed Alphamin Resources’ largest shareholder, Tremont Master Holdings, has acquired about 40-million shares, or 50% of shares placed, in the private shares placement that Alphamin launched. The company placed 79-million shares, raising gross proceeds of C$15.9-million, or... 

Nigeria suspends mining in Zamfara state after banditry surges

By: Reuters     8th April 2019 Nigeria has suspended mining in the restive northwestern state of Zamfara, a presidential aide and the police chief said on Sunday, amid concerns that illegal miners were connected to a surge in banditry. The suspension underscores the breakdown of security in a part of the country where the... 

Granville switches to owner-operated

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th March 2019 ASX-listed AusTin Mining will switch to owner mining at its Granville East mine, in Tasmania, following the liquidation of contract miner Jemrok. AusTin has terminated its contract with Jemrok and is now progressing with the necessary arrangements to start owner mining, which is expected to cost... 

Alphamin’s Bisie tin mine commissioning on schedule for Q2

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2019 The processing plant front-end crushing circuit commissioning has been completed at TSX-V-listed Alphamin Resources’ flagship Bisie tin project, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with full commissioning and ramp-up scheduled for the second quarter of 2019. The Bisie project is now running... 

Tin use in batteries may rise to 60 000 t by 2030 – industry group

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Tin could see a surge of new demand from lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage of up to 60 000 t a year by 2030, the International Tin Association (ITA) said on Thursday. Investors have been excited about the prospects for increased consumption of other metals, such as... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2019 Mining must take place with a strong focus on the interests of those who live in mining areas, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, a standpoint that supports the notion that a mining right and a land right can co-exist, without pleasing one party at the expense of the other.  But the... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Tin mining poised to become a significant mining play in DRC 

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th February 2019 Tin mining is poised to become a significant factor in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), especially in North Kivu, as it can contribute to the country’s socioeconomic wellbeing, says tin exploration and mining company Alphamin Resources CEO Boris Kamstra. Alphamin Resources is developing... 

Tin mining poised to become a  significant mining play in DRC
Alphamin Resources CEO Boris Kamstra discusses his prospects for the mining industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

AfriTin discovers lithium occurrences at Namibia licence

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th February 2019 AfriTin Mining has discovered significant grades of lithium, in addition to tin, in pegmatites in the ML 133 licence, located in the Nainais area, near its Uis tin mine, in Namibia. Recent test work indicates that the most abundant lithium-bearing mineral present is petalite, with lesser... 

AfriTin to add components to Uis pilot plant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st February 2019 AfriTin Mining has decided to implement two additional components to the Phase 1 pilot plant at its Uis tin mine, in Namibia. To increase plant throughput capacity and flexibility, a third dense medium separation section has been procured and a magnetic separation circuit will be installed in the... 

Renison safe after fire - Metals X

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th January 2019 ASX-listed Metals X has restarted operations at its Renison Tin operations, in Tasmania, assuring shareholders that the project had not sustained any damage from recent bush fires. Metals X was forced to suspend operations at Renison on January 25 and 26, and to evacuate non-essential personnel,... 

Bisie tin project on track for commissioning in H2

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Construction on tin exploration and mining company Alphamin Resources’ Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is about 90% complete and is on track for commissioning and first production in the second half of this year, says Alphamin Resources CEO Boris... 

Bisie tin project  on track for commissioning in H2
Photo by Creamer Media
BORIS KAMSTRA After commissioning, Alphamin Resources aims to reach nameplate capacity and maintain it for six months

To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass -... 

Fourteen miners killed in Rwanda tin mine – official

By: Reuters     21st January 2019 Fourteen miners were killed in an eastern Rwandan tin mine after a hill collapsed on them after heavy rains, an official said on Monday. "Because of recent rainfall in the area, part of the hill nearby collapsed and 14 miners who were getting ready for work were buried by land," Fred Mufuruke,... 

Bisie development on track

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th January 2019 The processing plant front-end crushing circuit at Alphamin Resources' Bisie tin mine, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been successfully commissioned, on schedule. This includes the primary crusher, two tertiary crushers and the screening buildings. Ore is now being fed through this... 

Strongbow to complete London listing in H1 2019

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2018 Strongbow Exploration, the company that is seeking to revive the South Crofty tin mine, in Cornwall, south-west England, has confirmed that it will plans to complete its listing on London’s Aim exchange in the first half of 2019. The company, which already has a listing on the TSX-V, previously... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair  

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2018 The Mining Charter has significant room for improvement to enable meaningful participation of women in mining, says Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) chairperson Lindiwe Nakedi. Soweto-born Nakedi, who owns Gubhani Exploration – a surface exploration drilling company that is currently the only... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair
Women in Mining chairperson and Gubhani Exploration MD Lindiwe Nakedi talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Alphamin draws down last of its credit facility to start tin production at Bisie

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th December 2018 TSX-V- and AltX-listed Alphamin Resources’ 80.75%-owned subsidiary, Alphamin Bisie Mining (ABM), which is based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has received all approvals required to draw down the final $20-million of its $80-million credit facility. ABM expects to receive the funds,... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

W Resources to raise £1.5m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2018 Aim-listed W Resources has announced a capital raise of £1.5-million, strengthening its capital reserves and balance sheet as it advances its tungsten and tin development plans. The placement of 306 122 449 shares at 0.49p a share introduced a new institutional fund manager, Miton, to the... 

Early production start-up at Spain tungsten/tin mine

By: Mariaan Webb     20th November 2018 Aim-listed W Resources has commenced the first of a three-stage tungsten and tin production programme with the early start-up of concentrate production at the La Parilla mine, in Spain. The company has started concentrate production from an existing concentrator, using tailings feed. Production... 

Early production start-up at Spain tungsten/tin mine

AfriTin starts Phase 1 of drilling programme at flagship Uis mine

By: Simone Liedtke     6th November 2018 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining has started Phase 1 of the validation and drilling programme at its flagship asset, the Uis tin mine, in Namibia. Confirmatory drilling began on October 26, and is expected to continue until the first quarter of 2019. The planned programme is expected to comprise 3 950... 

Mining veteran wants to build a $1bn battery metals giant

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2018 South African mining veteran Brian Menell wants to build a battery material giant to help challenge China’s domination of the nascent industry. It’s still early days for his privately funded company, TechMet, which controls just a handful of assets from Canada to Rwanda. But he’s raising more... 

Mining veteran wants to build a $1bn battery metals giant
Photo by Reuters
Lithiium ion batteries

AfriTin pilot production plant to achieve first material by end-2018

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2018 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining looks forward to achieving its target of processing the first material through the pilot plant at its Uis mine, in Namibia, by the end of this year, after having achieved a number of important milestones in the six-month period ended August 31. Construction of the pilot... 

Strongbow unveils financing deal, still aiming for 2018 London listing

By: Mariaan Webb     17th October 2018 Strongbow Exploration, the company that is seeking to revive the South Crofty tin mine in Cornwall, south-west England, is still targeting a listing on London’s Aim exchange this year, president and CEO Richard Williams said on Wednesday, while announcing a financing and offtake agreement with... 

Strongbow unveils financing deal, still aiming for 2018 London listing
Buildings at the South Crofty tine mine that closed in 1998.

Congo miners seek concessions in new code as arbitration on hold

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 Miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seeking concessions under the nation’s new industry code and holding off challenging it through arbitration, in the hope they can still wring out a compromise in the world’s main source of cobalt and Africa’s biggest copper producer. Producers... 

Congo miners seek concessions in new code as arbitration on hold
Kibali gold mine

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2018 An investment pavilion will be introduced at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba to drive capital into African mining with even greater intensity, MD Alex Grose said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online during a media roundtable, Grose also revealed that more time would be... 

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about the upcoming event. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Darlene Creamer

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining  

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on South Africa’s massive mining opportunity loss. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Christo Greyling.
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