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Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2020 The local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sandvik’s mining innovation virtual event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Lundin reports fatality at Portugal mine

By: Mariaan Webb     28th September 2020 Operations at the Neves-Corvo mine, in Portugal, have been suspended, following the death of a longtime employee at the mine on Friday. The accident occurred in an active production heading that was undergoing scaling activities, diversified miner Lundin Mining reported on Monday. The... 

CAML defers dividend decision pending clarity on tailings leak

By: Mariaan Webb     16th September 2020 London-listed Central Asia Metals has deferred its dividend decision and is reviewing its zinc and lead production guidance, after a tailings storage facility leak earlier in the week at its Sasa facility, in Northern Macedonia. The company planned to reinstate its dividend, but has now delayed... 

 CAML defers dividend decision pending clarity on tailings leak
The Sasa operation in Northern Macedonia

Ivanhoe Mines continues work on project portfolio

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2020 Canadian mining firm Ivanhoe Mines is in the process of updating its figures for an updated bankable feasibility study (BFS) and phased development plan for the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its South African Platreef operation. The updated BFS and PEA should be published within the... 

Drilling begins at Stonepark zinc project, Ireland

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th September 2020 Canada-based junior Group Eleven has started drilling at the Stonepark zinc project, in the Limerick basin of Ireland. Stonepark is a joint venture between Group Eleven and Irish explorer Arkle Resources, which trades in London. The drill programme at Stonepark will consist of two step-out... 

Plomosas offtake secured for 2021

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2020 ASX-listed Consolidated Zinc has secured offtake agreements for 100% of the zinc concentrate production expected from its Plomosas mine, in Mexico, for 2021. The company on Thursday reported that its subsidiary Minera Latin American Zinc had executed an extension of the zinc concentrate offtake... 

Superior Lake vends Canadian zinc project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2020 ASX-listed Superior Lake Resources on Thursday unveiled plans to vend its interest in its namesake zinc project, in Ontario, into a TSX-V listed company called CROPS Inc. The company told shareholders that since completing a bankable feasibility study (BFS) in 2019, Superior Lake had received... 

Superior Lake vends Canadian zinc project

Recovering Chinese steel output is boosting zinc price over short term

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2020 On the back of a stronger-than-expected rebound in economic growth in China, research agency Fitch Solutions Macro Research has revised upward its zinc price forecast for the year. Initially, the agency anticipated a $2 100/t zinc price, but has revised it to $2 200/t, compared with a zinc... 

Ironbark adds 90 000 t of zinc at Citronen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2020 A review of the mine plan for the Citronen zinc/lead project, in Greenland, has delivered an additional 90 000 t of zinc metal over the first six years of production. ASX-listed Ironark Zinc on Monday told shareholders that the review had confirmed a 3.3-million tonne a year operation as the... 

Digital transformation bearing fruit

4th September 2020 Latin American zinc, copper and lead producer Nexa Resources has appointed Swiss automation company ABB to provide state-of-the-art industrial automation systems for new and existing operations. 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum 

2nd September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has presented countries around the world with immense challenges, as the impact of the virus has affected every aspect of everyday life as we know it, write Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Dr Rebecca Maserumule and Prof Dmitri Bessarabov. (Chiteme and Maserumule are senior managers at... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum
Hydrogen fuel and containerised fuel cell installations at One Military Hospital in Pretoria.

Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2020 Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade, Northam CEO Paul Dunne said on Friday. Speaking at the JSE-listed company’s presentation of outstanding results, which saw the company shrug off the Covid-19 pandemic to report a record financial year in the 12 months to June 30, Dunne said... 

Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade – Northam
Northam Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2020 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling, which is active in 23 countries, is aligning itself with the transitioning global requirement of opencast mines going underground. “As the world is changing, so are the mines,” said Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan at the... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world
Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Trevali unveils Rosh Pinah expansion study results

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2020 Toronto-listed Trevali Mining has announced the outcomes of a prefeasibility study (PFS) for the expansion of its Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia, putting a price tag of $93-million on the RP2.0 expansion project. The study contemplates expanding the throughput from 0.7-million tonnes a year to... 

Trevali unveils Rosh Pinah expansion study results
Rosh Pinah, in Namibia

First Quantum Minerals maintains jobs amid Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     25th August 2020 Copper, gold and zinc miner First Quantum Minerals (FQM) has maintained jobs and production at its operations in Zambia, despite sector-wide moves to cut workforce and scale-down production as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Speaking at a visit by Zambia Mines and Minerals Development... 

Third of labour force let go – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2020 The Covid-19 crisis resulted in drilling company Master Drilling having to let go a third of its labour force in the world, Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius said on Tuesday. Fochville-based Master Drilling provides drilling services to the mining, civil engineering and building construction... 

Third of labour force let go – Master Drilling
Master Drilling half-year results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Bolivia's largest mine suspends operations again due to pandemic

By: Reuters     25th August 2020 Bolivia's San Cristóbal mine, a huge deposit of zinc, lead and silver, has suspended operations for a second time due to the coronavirus outbreak, it said on Monday, as Covid-19 infections continued to spread in the landlocked South American nation. The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of... 

Altus appoints Sandra Bates as general counsel

By: Donna Slater     21st August 2020 Aim- and TSX-V-listed African mining royalty generator Altus Strategies has appointed Sandra Bates as general counsel. She is an international lawyer with over 20 years' experience, having advised listed and private companies in the natural resources sector on complex commercial negotiations and... 

Trilogy-South32 venture delivers feasibility for $1bn Arctic project

By: Mariaan Webb     20th August 2020 Ambler Metals – a joint venture between Trilogy Metals and South32 – on Thursday announced the outcome of a feasibility study for the Arctic base and precious metals project, in north-western Alaska. With an estimated initial capital requirement of $906-million and sustaining capital of... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen export, Prieska, exploration make headlines  

19th August 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the SADC’s potential to export hydrogen into a trillion dollar market, the final mining right for the Prieska copper/zinc resource, exploration in South Africa and its opportunities.   

Hydrogen export, Prieska, exploration make headlines
Hydrogen export, Prieska, exploration make headlines (editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Mining production to end year higher than in the first half

By: Donna Slater     18th August 2020 Financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) says mining production and investment across most minerals, except for thermal coal, are likely to finish the year stronger than in the first half of the year as a result... 

Orion sees N Cape as ‘dripping roast’ as Prieska project declared 'shovel ready' 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2020 Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart is over the moon about the granting of the final mining right for the Prieska copper/zinc resource, near the Northern Cape town of Copperton – and it comes with exciting exploration rights included. “We’re extremely pleased that the final regulatory hurdle for the... 

Orion sees N Cape as ‘dripping roast’ as Prieska project declared 'shovel ready'
Orion mining right and exploration right areas in Northern Cape.

Xanthates alternatives more effective – supplier

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th August 2020 The differential flotation of polymetallic sulphide ores, including copper, lead and zinc, are a common practice where these metals are mined from the same ore deposit. 

Xanthates alternatives more effective – supplier
BOOKED AND BUSY The team has several trials planned for operations in Turkey, Spain and South Africa

More to zinc than what is commonly known

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th August 2020 Baby bum cream, fertiliser and roof tiles all have one thing in common: the lesser-known, but incredibly pervasive mineral zinc. 

More to zinc than what is commonly known
HEALTHY COMPONENT Zinc is integral to human health as it boosts the immune system, with many zinc-based medicines, including tablets

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest   

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2020 An awesome new proudly South African face mask, with a replaceable filtration system at its heart, is attracting international interest. The innovative and timely Hudaco Air Mask is a lockdown-period product of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Hudaco Industries group. (Also watch attached... 

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford and Hudaco’s executive consultant Mike Allnutt discuss the new Hudaco face mask innovation with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hudbay exploring early gold opportunity at New Britannia

By: Mariaan Webb     13th August 2020 Base and precious metals miner Hudbay has identified an early gold opportunity from the New Britannia mill, in Manitoba, and says it could produce gold earlier than expected in 2021. The NYSE-listed company, which is midstride a mill refurbishment project at New Britannia mill, is still studying... 

Hudbay posts $51.9m quarterly loss as Peru suspension weighs

By: Mariaan Webb     12th August 2020 The eight-week suspension of operations at the Constancia mine, owing to Covid-19 measures in Peru, had a significant impact on gold and base metals miner Hudbay Minerals’ second-quarter results, with the company posting a $51.9-million, or $0.20 a share, net loss. After adjusting for the impact... 

Ivanhoe on track to bring flagship Kakula mine into production in 2021

By: Donna Slater     11th August 2020 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines is progressing with mine development work on three of its Central and Southern African mining projects, with its flagship Kakula copper discovery in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on track to start producing in the third quarter of 2021. The miner reports that... 

Trevali accelerates T90 programme as its bolsters liquidity

By: Mariaan Webb     7th August 2020 Base metals miner Trevali has secured additional liquidity of up to $45-million from its long-term syndicate of lenders and its largest shareholder, Glencore. The Vancouver-headquartered company, which owns mines in Namibia, Burkina Faso, Peru and Canada, entered into a second amendment and... 

Trevali accelerates T90 programme as its bolsters liquidity
Trevali's Santander mine, in Peru

Coal will continue to be assessed but should remain in Glencore right now – Glasenberg 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2020 Coal will continue to be assessed but should remain in Glencore right now, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Thursday. For the six months to June 30, the London- and Johanneburg-listed diversified mining and marketing company report that its energy business was down 65% at $0.7-billion on... 

Coal will continue to be assessed but should remain in Glencore right now – Glasenberg
Ivan Glasenberg

Glencore holds back on dividend, accelerates net debt reduction 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2020 Notwithstanding its cash-generative business and secure liquidity positions, the board of Glencore has concluded that it would be inappropriate to make a distribution to shareholders in 2020, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Thursday. Instead the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified... 

Glencore holds back on dividend, accelerates net debt reduction
Ivan Glasengerg

Prieska granted water licence

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th August 2020 A key water licence for the Prieska copper/zinc project, in South Africa, has been granted. Project developer Orion Minerals on Thursday said that the 20-year water use licence was granted by the National Department of Water and Sanitation, and includes permission for mine dewatering to proceed,... 

Peru copper and gold output nosedive in first half of 2020, ravaged by coronavirus -govt

By: Reuters     5th August 2020 Peru, a top global metals exporter, saw its output of copper, gold and zinc nosedive in the first half of 2020, ravaged by restrictions put in place to curb the coronavirus outbreak, the government said on Tuesday. The world's No. 2 copper producer said production of the red metal plunged 20.4%... 

Glencore’s strong first-half positions it for top-end marketing earnings 

By: Martin Creamer     31st July 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has delivered an overall strong  first-half operating performance amid the unprecedented challenges presented by  Covid-19. “This reflects both the ability and dedication of our teams to adapt to these difficult conditions,” said Glencore CEO Ivan... 

Glencore’s strong first-half positions it for top-end marketing earnings

Essentials of Galvanizing webinar recording 

30th July 2020 Creamer Media’s Contract Publishing, in a joint venture with the International Zinc Association Africa Desk, recently hosted a webinar on the the role of zinc in corrosion protection as well as the launch of the Essentials of Galvanizing book - an essential guide for designers and engineers. 

Essentials of Galvanizing webinar recording
Essentials of Galvanizing webinar recording

Nexa Resources appoints ABB for automation systems

By: Donna Slater     28th July 2020 Electronics, automation and robotics company ABB is partnering with zinc, copper and lead miner Nexa Resources in a digital transformation programme to modernise existing mining and smelting process installations in Brazil and Peru. Aligned with Nexa’s directive automation and information master... 

Nexa Resources appoints ABB for automation systems
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