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Tin News

Giant private mining companies getting away with no obligation to report anything publicly   

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 A globally significant chrome producer operating six chrome mines and employing 7 000 people inside South Africa – with a social labour plan obligation on every mine, with tax and royalty obligations paid to the State – is permitted to operate in this country with no ongoing public disclosure... 

Sibanye-Stillwater moving to radical transparency on public tailings disclosure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Gold, platinum and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is moving towards the embrace of radical transparency when it comes to public disclosure on matters relating to tailings facilities against the backdrop of 230 significant tailings failures having taken place globally. Sibanye-Stillwater... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Expansion study at Manono starts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2021 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals has started an expansion scenario study for its Manono lithium and tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The study will investigate an increase throughput at Manono dense media separation (DMS) plant, up from the 4.5-million tonnes considered in the... 

AfriTin records strong interim performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2021 Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and maintaining the health and safety of employees as a priority, Aim-listed AfriTin delivered an impressive interim performance, CEO Anthony Viljoen says. The company has continued to exceed production targets at the Uis tin mine, in Namibia,... 

AfriTin secures financing for Namibia tin expansion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st September 2021 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining has entered into a £4.5-million five-year loan agreement with Standard Bank Namibia, to fund the Phase 1 expansion of its processing plant at the Uis tin mine. The expansion is planned to increase tin concentrate production by 67% from 720 t/y to 1 200 t/y.  

Uis tin mine, in Namibia
Uis tin mine, in Namibia

South Africa’s junior mining dearth result of unintended consequence – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 South Africa’s junior mining dearth is a result of savings no longer flowing through to primary capital raising and stock exchange listings, as the Jacobs Committee expected them to do. The unintended consequence is that there are no longer small investors for small companies. This has negatively... 

Creamer Media screenshot of AmaranthCX director Paul Miller taken during Zoom interview.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

AfriTin’s flagship Uis project exceeds production target by 5 t

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2021 African tin miner AfriTin Mining’s Uis project, in Namibia, maintained a production level above its steady-state target during the second quarter of its 2022 financial year, surpassing the targeted 180 t of tin concentrate by producing 185 t, containing 113 t of tin metal. A strong operational... 

AfriTin further investigates lithium, tantalum potential at Uis

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2021 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining says it is excited about the opportunity to diversity and consolidate its tech-metal exposure, after receiving positive preliminary results from lithium beneficiation test work. The company will soon launch an 8 000 m lithium and tantalum exploration drilling programme... 

AfriTin's Uis mine, in Namibia
AfriTin's Uis mine, in Namibia

Supplier keeps up with tech revolution

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Based on its BlueTechnology philosophy, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group has significantly broadened its expertise in processing, supplies and services for nonferrous metals production over the past year to meet the highest requirements of customers. “BlueTechnology in nonferrous metals... 

Three BlueSmelters supplied by SMS group in operation at Aurus automobile company in Russia for recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment
BLUE GROUP SMS group has implemented its range of BlueTechnology offerings at a greenfield plant in Russia for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment

Real-time ore analysis set for African market

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 Digital mining solutions provider MineSense is establishing offices in Africa and Europe to introduce its real-time ore analysis technologies to the African Copperbelt by the fourth quarter. “Once we have successfully introduced the technology to the upper Africa region, we intend on filtering... 

An image of a large red tracked front loader at the mine face with bucket full of ore ready to be graded by a ShovelSense system
Caption: GRADE EXPECTATIONS The new ShovelSense ore grading technology is expected to reach African shores before the end of the year

Testing facility expansion under way

27th August 2021 Swiss multinational metals and minerals trade commodities group SGS has seen a rising demand for testing services to meet client requirements and, to facilitate the needs of its clients, it announced the construction of its new, state-of-the-art laboratory in April this year. 

Staff at SGS Group standing in front of a site being constructed at its better testing facility in Spijkenisse near the Port of Rotterdam
BREAKING GROUND The new groundbreaking state-of -the-art facility being built by SGS Group will allow for better testing

IDC in discussion on the introduction of an exploration fund – Demana   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2021 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is in discussion on the introduction of a fund to underpin much-needed exploration in South Africa. This was stated by Reginald Demana, the IDC’s head of mining and metals, infrastructure and energy, in a wide-ranging Zoom interview with Mining Weekly.... 

Reginald Demana picture from files
IDC Mining, Metals, Infrastructure & Energy Head Reginald Demana interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says new SAIMM president  

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2021 South Africa is on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says newly elected Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Isabel Geldenhuys. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Geldenhuys expressed the view that all the big mines with big moving machinery... 

An image of new SAIMM president Isabel Geldenhuys
South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy president Isabel Geldenhuys interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Company’s products adhere to global standards

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th August 2021 Metals supplier Non-Ferrous Metal Works (NFMW) manufactures semi-fabricated copper and brass extruded shapes that comply with international chemistry, physical tolerances and the mechanical characteristics of end-products. All products are graded according to ISO 9001 quality assurance standards,... 

An image of manufactured copper product at South African metals supplier Non-Ferrous Metal Works' premises
DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES A full range of copper and alloys is manufactured by the company’s extruding production unit and supplied in semi-fabricated form to local and international destinations

Friendly South African face could quickly attract exploration investment – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2021 South Africa looks a lot like the global gold mining industry in that it has not encouraged reinvestment in its mining industry’s future, says Barrick Gold president and CE Dr Mark Bristow. "In fact, if anything, South Africa has harvested what it received back in 1994," adds Bristow, a hugely... 

A picture of Mark Bristow, taken from quarterly Barrick presentation on August 9, 2021
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Barrick president and CE Dr Mark Bristow.

Fitch Solutions expects a good year for tin output amid price rally

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th August 2021 Market research firm Fitch Solutions says high prices and less interruption from Covid-19 are driving tin mine production growth this year. This is a positive turn on the 1.3% year-on-year contraction in tin mine output recorded in 2020. 

Tin ore
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Tin ore

Alphamin drilling programmes at Mpama North, South mines to provide ‘excellent synergies’

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2021 Tin miner Alphamin Resources has received additional high-grade assay results from its Mpama South exploration drilling programme, while simultaneously starting its life-of-mine extension drilling at the high-grade Mpama North mine, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Alphamin has, so far,... 

AfriTin records first notable revenues 

By: Donna Slater     22nd July 2021 Aim-listed African tin mining company AfriTin Mining ended its financial year on February 28 with its first material revenue of £5-million, up from the £69 000 reported for the previous financial year. “The announcement of the first notable revenues is a monumental first step and a precursor of... 

Resources Watch  

21st July 2021 This week: Exploration is quick foreign investment ‘no brainer’; and, Things are very rosy in the world of AfriTin 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Exploration trailblazer Orion cracks retail investor code with 14 000-plus SA backers  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2021 More than 14 000 South Africans now own shares in the discovery and development mining company Orion Minerals, which is reflective of retail investment that can be stimulated in South Africa to support essential local minerals exploration. What is also extremely promising is that the dual listed... 

This is a picture of Errol Smart, CEO of Orion Minerals, who is also chair of Minerals Council junior miner leadership forum.
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mine achieves massive earnings boost after employing four more people  

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2021 Guided by a value driver tree (VDT) study, an opencast mine increased its earnings massively after employing four additional operators at comparatively negligible cost. The operation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) soared hugely from $634.3-million to... 

Gary Lane is also a director of SiMine
Value Driver Tree case study covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Small miners aim for European supply chain for EVs independent from China

By: Reuters     16th July 2021 Growing demand for electric vehicles has spurred small-scale miners of the lithium, cobalt and rare earths that automakers rely on to develop mines and build refining capacity in Europe to reduce their reliance on China. Efforts by the United States and Europe to build a secure and independent... 

Things are very rosy in the world of AfriTin – Anthony Viljoen 

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2021 At a time of galloping global tin demand, the London Aim-listed mining company AfriTin Mining not only has one of the biggest tin resources in the world at Uis in Namibia, but it has also been lucky enough to stumble upon one of the biggest hard-rock lithium resources on the planet, at a time of... 

An image of Anthony Viljoen, the CEO of AfriTin Mining
AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Well-known mining personalities behind new green metals SPAC

By: Mariaan Webb     15th July 2021 Former executives of Canadian miner Detour Gold have teamed up with some of the biggest names in Australian mining and a Glencore director to launch a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) targeting assets fitting the green-economy metals and mining profile. Increasingly popular, SPACs are... 

Photo of a man, Mick McMullen, speaking at a function.
Mick McMullen, former executive at Detour Gold and Stillwater, is the CEO of Metals Acquisition.

Life in mining-dependent countries significantly improved – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Life in mining-dependent countries has improved significantly in the 23 years leading up to 2018, with strong governance the key to improving socio-economic well-being, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) said on Wednesday. A report that analysed 41 social metrics grouped under... 

A picture of the CEO of the International Coiuncil on Mining and Metals
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

EU, Ukraine sign preliminary deal on key raw materials, batteries

By: Reuters     13th July 2021 The European Union and Ukraine signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) covering critical raw materials and batteries as the 27-country bloc tries to diversify supplies following disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The move is part of the European Commission's Action Plan... 

Tin prices to give Alphamin’s second-quarter Ebitda a boost

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2021 Tin producer Alphamin Resources expects to report earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $34-million for the second quarter, at a tin price of $28 326/t, versus the current of $31 800/t. The Ebitda guidance benefitted from a significant catch-up in tin sales... 

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

AVZ raises A$40m to enlarge Manono stake

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd July 2021 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals will raise A$40-million in a share placement to sophisticated, professional and institutional investors, to fund work at its Manono lithium and tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The placement will consist of more than 307.6-million shares, which will be... 

Energy transition metals poised for uneven, explosive run higher

By: Reuters     22nd June 2021 Buoyed by powerful demand expectations as the world moves away from reliance on fossil fuels, prices of many industrial metals rocketed, but future price rises are likely to be limited to a select few energy transition ingredients. The narrative of a synchronised upswing, characterised by some... 

Energy transition metals poised for uneven, explosive run higher

300-plus vehicle fleets assessed for cleaner, safer mine mobility in five regions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2021 As part of the cleaner, safer vehicles initiative of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), more than 300 vehicle fleets have been assessed for cleaner, safer mobility on more than 300 mines in five regions globally, ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell... 

ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell
International Council on Mining and Metals’ Sarah Bell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

AfriTin records strong start to 2022 financial year

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th June 2021 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining produced 183 t of tin concentrate at its Uis tin mine, in Namibia, in the first quarter of the 2022 financial year – the three-month period from ended May 31. This exceeded the production target of 180 t of tin concentrate. 

Early Tesla investor backs firm that tracks metals supply chain

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2021 An early Tesla investor is backing a startup that helps track battery metals across the supply chain to ensure they hold up to environmental and ethical scrutiny. The Westly Group, which led a funding round with five other venture capital firms, invested $14-million in Circulor, according to a... 

Early Tesla investor backs firm that tracks metals supply chain

Allow geologists from surrounding African countries to boost SA's exploration rebirth, top explorer advises  

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2021 Exploration geologists from surrounding countries should be allowed into South Africa to boost exploration. That is the view of Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan, who believes that South Africa’s planned exploration thrust should focus on commodities required in... 

Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan
Exploration manager Thinus Jordaan interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Indonesian tin miners target the ocean as reserves dwindle on land

By: Reuters     8th June 2021 From the shores of Indonesia's Bangka island, miners like Hendra head out by boat every day to scores of crudely built wooden pontoons dotted off the coast that are equipped to dredge the seabed for lucrative deposits of tin ore. Indonesia is the world's biggest exporter of tin used in... 

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2021 Mining companies with higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings outperformed the broader market during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, delivering 34% average total shareholder return over the past three years — ten percentage points higher than the general market index,  PwC... 

PwC Africa mining leader Andries Rossouw
PwC Mine 2021 Report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Hot prices pervading commodities market, CRU tells Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2021 Price hotness is pervading the commodities market, CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna said on Tuesday, when she addressed the second and final day of the Junior Indaba. Speaking on ‘what’s hot and what’s not’, Hanna said almost all commodities were at the higher-than-15% level. (Also watch attached... 

Commodity prices soaring above cost levels shown in this CRU chart.
CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna at Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa’s Council for Geoscience went live on Tuesday with making geoscience data digitally available. During a panel discussion on the first day of the Junior Indaba, Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza invited all to go on to the council’s website to find this data, the bulk of which,... 

From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
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From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
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