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Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 11 minutes ago South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed his attendance at the Mining Indaba taking place in Cape Town next week, from Monday to Thursday. Ramaphosa, accompanied by eight ministers and three deputy ministers, will deliver a keynote address on Tuesday, 7 February. 

Tantalex closes tender on TiTan production

By: Darren Parker     Updated 5 hours ago Tantalex Lithium Resources says its TiTan tin and tantalum project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has closed on its tender for the production of 1 400 t/y of tin concentrate for two years. Metals and minerals trading company AfriMet Resources – part of the Vanomet group of companies... 

Squeezed mining companies face growth dilemma

By: Reuters     31st January 2023 High costs and the prospect of shrinking earnings have made big miners nervous about expansion, even as shareholders demand investment in response to robust commodity prices, China's reopening and the role of minerals in decarbonising the economy. Although years of cost discipline have repaired... 

Alphamin exceeds guidance, achieves record full-year output

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2023 Tin miner Alphamin Resources, which owns and operates the Mpama North mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, produced a record 12 493 t of tin in 2022 – exceeding its guidance of 12 000 t. Underground mining performed particularly well, with both volumes and tin grades exceeding expectations.... 

Namibia Chamber optimistic about industry’s 2023 prospects

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 Mining industry organisation Namibia Chamber of Mines (NCM) states that it is “very positive” on the trajectory of the local mining industry, stressing that it expects it to grow on the back of increased output from the diamonds and uranium sectors. “In the short term, growth in the mining sector... 

Andrada announces additional inferred MRE for tin in Namibia

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2023 Aim-listed Andrada Mining – previously AfriTin Mining – has announced an inferred, Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant mineral resource estimate (MRE) for tin over 11 historically mined pegmatite bodies located close to the actively mined V1/V2 pegmatite at the Uis mine, in Namibia. These 11... 

Green hydrogen mine mobility on way in India to platinum applause

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2023 India has opted for hydrogen fuel-cell heavy-duty mine truck mobility in a green initiative that will have platinum group metals (PGMs) miners applauding. This is because the clean emission-free power will come from proton exchange membrane PEM technology, which is PGM-enabled. 

Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.

Tungsten West updates Devon tin mine feasibility study

By: Mariaan Webb     16th January 2023 The share price of London-listed Tungsten West jumped 16% on Monday, after the company published an updated feasibility study that provides solutions to the energy price challenges that the Hemerdon tin and tungsten project, in the UK, faces. The updated feasibility study was completed as part... 

Tungsten West updates Devon tin mine feasibility study

China’s reopening should underpin commodity demand acceleration – Barclays 

By: Martin Creamer     13th January 2023 China’s reopening and ‘whatever it takes’ approach to the property sector are tectonic shifts that should underpin an acceleration in commodity demand through 2023, say Barclays Equity Research analysts. 2023 is set to be another strong year for miners, European metals and mining analysts Amos... 

Iron-ore sparkle.
Iron-ore sparkle.

AfriTin officially changes name to Andrada

By: Darren Parker     11th January 2023 The Registrar of Companies in Guernsey, where technology metals mining company AfriTin Mining is registered, has confirmed the company’s name change to Andrada Mining.   The change of name took effect on January 11 at 08:00, with dealings under the new company name having begun.  

Platinum-boosting clean hydrogen projects, patents are all the rage 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2023 The implementation agreement for Namibia’s planned multibillion-dollar Hyphen Hydrogen Energy project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of this year, Namibia President Hage Geingob revealed in his 2023 New Year’s message. Egypt has granted approval for two green hydrogen projects in... 

Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.
Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.

Enable South Africa to become green hydrogen centre – ANC

By: Martin Creamer     9th January 2023 Enabling South Africa to become a green hydrogen centre through government support is highlighted in the January 8 Statement 2023 of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC). "The ANC recognises important work in the Hydrogen Roadmap and directs government to... 

Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.
Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.

Alpahmin Bisie Mining appoints new MD

By: Darren Parker     15th December 2022 Jan Trouw will retire as MD of Alphamin Resources’ 84%-owned operating subsidiary Alphamin Bisie Mining (ABM) on December 31. He will continue to work with ABM in a part-time consulting role, providing oversight and advisory services pertaining to ABM’s underground mining and technical services... 

Galileo progresses lithium drill target mapping on historical Zim prospect

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2022 London-listed exploration company Galileo Resources says the reconnaissance mapping and sampling programme on its 29%-owned Kamativi lithium project, in Zimbabwe, has identified four target zones with potential for pegmatite-hosted lithium, tin and tantalum. The target zones lie along strike... 

AVZ holds fast to Manono shareholding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th December 2022 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals has taken legal action to affirm its 75% interest in the Manono lithium and tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The company has filed the first of two International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitrations against Dathomir Mining Resources and expects to... 

Anglo invests $200m to accelerate zero emissions haulage solution 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American has signed a binding agreement with First Mode, the specialist engineering technology company it partnered to develop the nuGenTM technology. The agreement is intended to accelerate the commercialisation of the climate-friendly truck and includes Anglo... 

AfriTin progresses lithium, tantalum product development

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2022 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining’s lithium product development programme has progressed on three fronts, mainly updating the mineral resource estimate, starting lithium pilot scale metallurgical testing and taking the first steps to explore commercial engagements for lithium petalite concentrate... 

AfriTin proposes changing its name to Andrada Mining

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2022 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining is seeking to change its name to Andrada Mining, reflecting the company’s expanding lithium and tantalum resources alongside its existing tin production, in Namibia. The company currently owns and operates the Uis tin mine. AfriTin management believes that the Uis... 

Uis mine

AfriTin drilling returns best lithium grades yet

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2022 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining has announced five more drill holes’ results as part of a diamond- and reverse circulation drilling programme on the Uis mine, in Namibia, which focused on increasing confidence of existing lithium and tantalum mineralisation. The results of the outstanding 20 drill... 

Strong call for rapid green hydrogen investment by ramp-up backer 

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2022 A strong call for final investment decisions (FIDs) on a multiplicity of green hydrogen projects was made at the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit in Cape Town yesterday by H2Global, a market ramp-up instrument that serves as an innovative form of subsidy scheme to smooth out bumps along green... 

Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.
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Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.

R4-trillion needed for South Africa’s hydrogen economy, PIC declares  

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2022 South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) stated on Monday that more than R4.3-trillion is required for the development of the hydrogen economy, which it declared positive for people, planet, and client portfolios. The hydrogen investment strategy of the PIC, which has... 

Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.
Photo by Siemens
Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.

Indonesian tin groups ask govt to consider impose export restrictions gradually

By: Reuters     28th November 2022 Indonesian tin industry groups on Monday asked authorities to consider implementing a planned tin ingot export ban gradually to allow the industry to develop domestic processing plants. Indonesia last month said the world's biggest exporter of refined tin is planning to ban exports of the metal... 

South Africa’s mining market is dynamic and fast-moving, Siemens Large Drives finds  

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2022 South Africa is a super dynamic and super fast-moving market, says Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck, who has just completed a week of discussions with customers to highlight sustainability solutions for mining. From his perspective, South African mining economy is at the... 

Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck.
Siemens Large Drives' Oliver Beck, Tim Walwyn talk to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd, Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Pictures: Donna Slater.

Tantalex’s TiTan project under way

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th November 2022 Having recently received the mining licence for the TiTan tin and tantalum project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tantalex Lithium Resources is now setting up the concentration plant and is aiming for the production of its first concentrate in March 2023. For Tantalex, this means... 

AfriTin buoyed by exploration of Namibia licence ML133

By: Donna Slater     24th November 2022 Tin miner AfriTin Mining is progressing with exploration of mining licence ML133, located about 35 km south-east of the company’s Uis mine in Namibia, having found thus far 13 m of mineralisation grading at 1.93% lithium oxide, 0.10% tin and 36 parts per million (ppm) of tantalum in sample T78.... 

South Africa’s crime crisis ruling out economic growth, sustainability discussion hears  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2022 South Africa’s economic paradox is that it cannot grow economically if it has a burgeoning crime crisis but it is unable to solve the burgeoning crime crisis if it is not growing. That was the opening comment of outgoing Mineral Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, who anchored the second of... 

Roger Baxter.
Roger Baxter.

AfriTin ‘encouraged’ by latest drill results

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd November 2022 Exploration drill results at Aim-listed AfriTin Mining’s flagship Uis mine, in Namibia, are in line with the company’s expectations for the V1/V2 pegmatite orebody, the African tech metals miner confirmed on Tuesday. In a release on November 22, AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen said the drill holes... 

Platinum moving into meaningful deficit amid emergent source of new end-demand 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2022 Platinum is moving into meaningful deficit amid an emergent source of new end-demand in the form of green hydrogen. The 2022 surplus of 804 000 oz is projected to move into a deficit of 303 000 oz in 2023, according to the Platinum Quarterly of the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) for the... 

World Platinum Investment Council director of research Edward Sterck.
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Edward Sterck interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

AfriTin’s vision is to fast-track lithium 

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2022 The vision of Africa’s aspirant tech-metal champion AfriTin Mining is to fast-track lithium production as it expands its footprint in Namibia. The six months to the end of August has seen the London Aim-listed company focus on bringing lithium and tantalum byproducts into production. 

AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen.
AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen.

Top green hydrogen/fuel cell collaboration boost for platinum-group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2022 A joint development agreement struck between global majors Nel Hydrogen US and General Motors is expected to speed up the development of green hydrogen technology that is competitive with fossil fuels.  The aim of agreement is to help accelerate the industrialisation of Nel’s proton exchange... 

Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.
Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.

Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2022 With South Africa having committed to transition away from coal, investments will not only be required for the retiring of coal plants and the ramping up of renewable energy, but also for coal communities, who will require alternative economic development plans to sustain the livelihoods of all... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.

Chicago is coming for London’s metal trading after LME stumbles

By: Bloomberg     8th November 2022 As the London Metal Exchange (LME) wades through the fallout of this year’s nickel crisis, its American rival is gaining ground. Chicago-based CME Group Inc. has successful copper and precious-metals contracts but has never managed to challenge the LME’s dominance in other industrial metals. This... 

First-phase commissioning of Namibia tin expansion project complete 

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2022 The commissioning of the first phase of the tin expansion project at the Uis mine in Namibia is complete, AfriTin Mining said on Monday. Appealingly, lithium and tantalum will also be extracted from the processing streams. 

AfriTin Mining CEO Anthony Viljoen.
AfriTin Mining CEO Anthony Viljoen.

ITSCI 'surprised' by RMI's decision to drop the scheme from list

By: Reuters     3rd November 2022 Mineral traceability scheme ITSCI said its standards remain compliant with due diligence guidance and it was "surprised" when the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) on Monday removed ITSCI from its list of approved programmes. Run by the International Tin Association, the ITSCI is a private... 

Green hydrogen truck trials going well – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2022 The 500 t world-first haulage truck powered by green hydrogen last week underwent fully loaded trialling that included tipping into the crusher at Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo. “The trials all went well,” Anglo American group technical director Tony... 

Clockwise from top left are Duncan Wanblad, Tony O’Neill, Stephen Pearce and Hilton Ingram.
Photo by Creamer Media
Clockwise from top left are Duncan Wanblad, Tony O’Neill, Stephen Pearce and Hilton Ingram.

Responsible Minerals Initiative cuts ITSCI from approved traceability list

By: Reuters     1st November 2022 The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) removed ITSCI from its list of approved traceability schemes on Monday, meaning smelters sourcing minerals through ITSCI will have to do additional due diligence to meet RMI auditing requirements. ITSCI, which is run by the International Tin Association,... 

New start-up intent on improving pit-to-port turnaround times  

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2022 Three women who have been in logistics collectively for more than 30 years have formed a company intent on helping to smooth out rail and port logistics in the Southern African region. The three are Nosipho Damasane, Nyameka Madikizela and Ncumisa Dube, who have formed Indlela Connections. (Also... 

Indlela Connections chairperson Nosipho Damasane.
Indlela chairperson Nosipho Damasane and CEO Nyameka Madikizela talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Make green hydrogen part of official economic recovery plan, Dept of Science and Innovation urges  

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2022 South Africa should leverage the hydrogen opportunity as part of its official economic reconstruction and economic recovery plan. Dr Cosmas Chiteme, the director of hydrogen and energy at Department of Science and Innovation, highlighted this as the top key message on the way forward at the... 

Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Director of Hydrogen and Energy, Department of Science and Innovation.
Mistra platinum group metals event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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