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Mining association says Canada’s rare earth support too modest to displace reliance on China

By: Mariaan Webb     20th April 2021 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has welcomed several expanded and refined measures proposed in the 2021 federal Budget to support the establishment and growth of a domestic battery supply chain, but CEO Pierre Gratton says specific support targeting rare earth elements (REE) is too modest... 

Unprotected strike brings Bushveld Vametco's operations to a halt 

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2021 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals on April 19 said industrial action at its Vametco operation, in the North West province, has resulted in a temporary halt in production from April 16. It is understood the unprotected industrial action is in relation to expectations of payments under the Employee... 

Mining investor TechMet closes second funding round at $120m

By: Reuters     16th April 2021 Mining investment firm TechMet, which counts the US government as its largest investor, said on Thursday it had closed its second round of funding at $120-million, roughly 50% higher than initially expected. The firm, which is an investor in battery recycler Li-Cycle, has now raised nearly... 

Mining investor TechMet closes second funding round at $120m

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2021 South Africa’s exploration industry has until April 19 to comment on controversial regulations still in draft form. “They’ve never consulted industry about it and what they are requesting is impractical,” says Allan Saad, a consulting exploration geologist, who formerly represented the now... 

Allan Saad, Consulting Exploration Geologist
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2021 Canadian and Australian mines are big on wanting hydrogen ventilation in underground mining operations, and Canada will likely lead in the use of hydrogen underground. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of... 

Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.
Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.

How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds   

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2021 Of four factors required to attract investment in exploration, economic and fiscal stability is the most important, says highly experienced geological and mining consultant and nonexecutive company director Adrian Reynolds. Reynolds spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview about the factors... 

Adrian Reynolds
Geological and mining consultant Adrian Reynolds interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Bushveld makes follow-on investment in VRFB manufacturer Enerox 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st April 2021 Vanadium miner Bushveld Minerals will invest a further $7.5-million in vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) manufacturer Enerox, as part of a larger $30-million commitment by Enerox investors to scale up the production of capacity of the energy storage solutions firm. Enerox will expand its... 

Now is time to get going on hydrogen economy opportunity – PIC 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2021 South Africa has got a massive opportunity to participate in the hydrogen economy and it would be a national travesty if the country failed to do so, says Public Investment Corporation (PIC) sector specialist mining, beneficiation and energy Heidi Sternberg. Mining Weekly can report that the PIC,... 

From top left, clockwise, are Prakashim Moodliar, Neal Froneman, Sifiso Sibiya, Kevin Eggers and Heidi Sternberg.
Photo by Creamer Media
From top left, clockwise, are Prakashim Moodliar, Neal Froneman, Sifiso Sibiya, Kevin Eggers and Heidi Sternberg.

South African-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 A South African-developed stationary hydrogen fuel cell is doing well as it is put through a testing phase at the Impala Platinum (Implats) refinery, group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya has revealed. The stationary hydrogen fuel cell at Implats’ precious metals and base metals... 

Impala Platinum group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya
Impala Platinum group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya

First hydrogen and movement by third quarter – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar has outlined what the company refers to as its smart power project, which is the development of the hydrogen fuel cell and battery-powered module, retrofitted on to a large haul truck, for deployment at the... 

Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar.
Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar.

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way  

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2021 Two-part modernisation is under way at the Amandelbult underground platinum group metals (PGMs) mine of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), one where conventional mine design remains intact but is renedered safer and more efficient, and the other involving mechanisation and the deployment of... 

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

Canada tightens takeover rules for critical minerals

By: Reuters     25th March 2021 Canada has tightened foreign investment rules to protect the security of critical mineral supply chains, a government spokesperson said on Thursday, ahead of an expected surge in demand for metals used to make electric vehicles. The move comes as the US government works with Canada to boost... 

Canada tightens takeover rules for critical minerals

Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2021 Substituting rhodium with palladium is the next platinum group metals (PGMs) substitution investment that PGM mining and marketing company Sibanye-Stillwater intends making. Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman revealed this during a panel discussion at this week’s PGMs Industry Day virtual event covered by... 

From left Bernard Swanepoel, RBPlat CFO Hanre Rossouw, Impala Platinum CEO Nico Muller, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman and Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
PGMs Industry Day panel discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Mine mechanisation is being advanced for two top-tier  local clients of Master Drilling, the CEO of the JSE-listed company, Danie Pretorius, said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview after reporting 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 An increased remote-operation drilling footprint is providing considerable benefit for Master Drilling, the JSE-listed drilling services company said on Tuesday, when it reported 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to $42.1-million, and a halved gearing ratio to... 

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling
Master Drilling results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling, which operates in 23 countries and which is continuing to grow its presence in new global markets, on Tuesday reported a “muted but resilient performance” for the full year ended December 31, thanks to what it described as a “flexible business model and... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.
Photo by Creamer Media
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.

Northam Platinum building 10 MW solar power plant at Zondereinde smelter  

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum said on Friday that it was designing and building a 10 MW solar energy plant for the company’s smelter at its Zondereinde mine, in Limpopo province. Located on the northern end of the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, near the town... 

Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne’s half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exploration, vanadium, local battery material champions make headlines   

19th March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks South Africa needing to boost exploration in the Northern Cape, South Africa’s opportunity to win back its share of the global vanadium market, and South Africa’s team of local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new... 

Exploration, vanadium, local battery material champions make headlines
Exploration, vanadium, local battery material champions make headlines

US looks to Canada for minerals to build electric vehicles - documents

By: Reuters     18th March 2021 The US government is working to help American miners and battery makers expand into Canada, part of a strategy to boost regional production of minerals used to make electric vehicles and counter Chinese dominance. On Thursday, the US Department of Commerce is hosting a closed-door virtual... 

US looks to Canada for minerals to build electric vehicles - documents

Exxaro eyeing 84 MW solar power for coal mine, hydrogen fuel cells 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 South Africa is at crossroads of energy liberalisation with 2.5 GW of embedded mining demand, including 84 MW demand at Exxaro Resources’ Grootegeluk coal mine alone and the intended use of hydrogen fuel cell powered trucking, Exxaro Resources said on Thursday. “Energy is the largest single... 

Exxaro Resources’ newly appointed MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro Resources’ newly appointed MD Energy Roland Tatnall

South Africa has opportunity to win back lost share of global vanadium market – Bushveld   

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2021 South Africa has an opportunity to win back its lost share of the global vanadium market, which at one stage stood at 25%-plus, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Mojapelo, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, contends that South Africa has the wherewithal to regain... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo talks on vanadium to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Davis’ Vision Blue launches $300m SPAC, invests in Kazakh vanadium project 

By: Mariaan Webb     15th March 2021 Energy and mining heavyweight Sir Mick Davis on Monday announced the launch of a $300-million special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) as part of his drive to invest in materials and commodities that will enable a shift to a low-carbon economy. Davis’ Vision Blue Resources (VBR) has partnered... 

Vision Blue Resources' Mick Davis
Vision Blue Resources' Mick Davis

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2021 Ahead of tackling policy issues, incremental ongoing effort must be prioritised to clear South Africa’s huge mineral exploration and mining rights backlog, says AmaranthCX director Paul Miller. The backlog currently stands at more than 5 000 unprocessed exploration applications and  235... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller talks exploration to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Canada targets 31 critical minerals for domestic production

By: Mariaan Webb     12th March 2021 Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan has announced the release of a Canadian critical minerals list, signalling to investors where the country’s focus will be in the global race to shore up supply of minerals that will drive the transition towards a low-carbon future. The list, announced... 

Canadian Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan
Canadian Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan

Mt Peake gets federal govt backing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th March 2021 he Mt Peake vanadium/titanium project, in the Northern Territory, has been awarded Major Project status by the federal government. Project developer TNG on Monday said that the grant of federal Major Project status was a recognition of the strategic significance of the Mt Peake project, and the... 

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO Andrew T Stuart emphasised during last week’s Fasken online panel discussion on hydrogen. In this... 

Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.
Photo by Creamer Media
Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

South Africa ‘unique’ circumstances could give it tech-minerals edge - 18

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2021 Amid continuing decarbonisation worldwide, the increased global demand for tech minerals (such as zinc, copper, tin and vanadium) presents South Africa’s mining regions with “a unique set of circumstances”, says dual-listed Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart. He tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly... 

South Africa ‘unique’ circumstances could give it tech-minerals edge - 18

Glencore Ferroalloys launches enterprise and supplier development hub

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2021 Glencore Ferroalloys is helping to redress South Africa’s historical socioeconomic inequalities by supporting local small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) through the recent launch of its first Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) Hub, in Rustenburg. Glencore opened the ESD hub,... 

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... 

Clockwise from top left Sietse van der Woude, Ian Mackay, and Bernard Swanepoel.
Joburg Indaba Modernisation in Mining virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green hydrogen to be produced from solar power at platinum mine  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2021 Although platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum will be starting with a 75 MW solar photovoltaic powered plant at its Mogalakwena mine, planned is an eventual 320 MW of solar power generation, the excess from which will be used to produce green hydrogen.... 

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

Glencore ferrochrome business evaluating clean energy projects 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2021 The ferrochrome business of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, which uses a substantial amount of electricity, is evaluating various clean energy projects, Glencore ferroalloys head Japie Fullard said during this week’s Glencore a media conference. The media conference followed... 

Glencore Alloys CEO Japie Fullard
Glencore Alloys CEO Japie Fullard

Coal to China set to continue while Asian giant not buying from Australia – Glencore 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2021 The export of South African coal to China is poised to continue while China decides not to buy Australian coal, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said during this week’s Glencore media conference. “China still imports round about 185-million tons to 190-million tons of seaborne coal. They like to... 

Glencore heading for a future without any coal production.
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore heading for a future without any coal production.

Nagle expresses firm belief in Glencore’s coal-depleting climate change strategy 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2021 Firm belief in the climate change strategy being embarked upon by diversified mining and marketing company Glencore was expressed on Tuesday by incoming Glencore CEO Gary Nagle, Outgoing Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg announced in December that he would be handing over the reins of the global... 

Gary Nagle
Gary Nagle

Glencore ready to support transition to low-carbon economy – Glasenberg 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is ready to support the transition to a low-carbon economy, CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Tuesday when the company reported finishing 2020 with earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $11.6-billion, Covid-19... 

Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

PGMs-linked hydrogen production on way with local electrolysers, 12J funding  

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2021 South African company Hydrox Holdings of Randburg is developing an advanced alkaline electrolyser to supply what it describes as “huge hydrogen demand”. The zero gap system will be the first locally produced electrolyser for South Africa and Africa, Hydrox states in a media release to Mining Weekly. 

Hydrox Holdings CEO Corrie de Jager
Photo by Creamer Media
Hydrox Holdings CEO Corrie de Jager

Toro to scope out vanadium potential at Wiluna

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th February 2021 ASX-listed Toro Energy on Thursday told shareholders that it would be undertaking further studies at its Wiluna uranium project, in Western Australia, to both evaluate and improve the project value. Toro earlier this week revealed the potential to recover vanadium as a by-product of processing... 

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