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Biden's EV metals import plan unlikely to match climate goals - executives

By: Reuters     27th May 2021 The Biden administration's plan to rely on ally nations for most of the metals needed to build electric vehicles (EV) ignores the complexity of modern mining and could keep the US from meeting aggressive climate goals, according to industry executives. Reuters reported on Tuesday that President... 

Concern over lack of JSE listings ahead of Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2021 In anticipation of next week's Junior Indaba virtual conference, AmaranthCX director Paul Miller has updated statistics on the change in the number of listed mining companies on the JSE over time. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) It is not a pretty picture. (See attached chart.) 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMRE) and Minerals Council South Africa have established a task team to promote exploration, outgoing Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. The exploration task team, Mgojo said during his address to the council’s 131st annual general... 

Progress on raising the embedded generation cap to 50MW
Minerals Council South Africa AGM covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The board members of Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday elected the first female president in 131 years. New president Nolitha Fakude, a former Minerals Council VP who is the chairperson of Anglo American South Africa, said she would be focusing on ensuring that mining contributes... 

Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.
Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.

Diamond explorer Bill McKechnie feels South Africa has battery mineral exploration potential  

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2021 The renowned exploration geologist linked to the colossal and still-thriving diamond discovery against all odds at the Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo, believes there is no reason why new battery and other specialist minerals cannot be discovered in South Africa, using the techniques that he... 

Bill McKechnie
Exploration geologist Bill McKechnie interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Fort St James to buy property in Bathurst mining camp

By: Mariaan Webb     24th May 2021 Exploration company Fort St James Nickel on Friday announced a letter of intent agreement to buy a base and precious metal property in the Bathurst mining camp, in northern New Brunswick. The Nepisiguit project, located about 30 km south-west of the city of Bathurt, borders the Heath Steele... 

Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI   

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2021 A strong call for unemployed geology graduates to be contracted to capture historic exploration data electronically has been made by Letaba Elihle Investments (LEI) principal geology consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase. In a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly Ntshangase also called on South... 

LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase
LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele Ntshangase interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Resources Watch  

19th May 2021 This week: Colleagues pay tribute to Wits’ Fred Cawood as he prepares to retire; Platinum on cathodes of zinc-air system chosen to decarbonise New York City; and, Specialised attorneys fill gaps engineers cannot 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2021 New technologies are transforming the mining and metals industry, making it cleaner and safer, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is progressing an 'innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles' initiative. The initiative brings together 28 of the world’s leading mining... 

An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.
An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.

Mining policy, NY zinc-air system, AngloGold Ashanti make headlines   

14th May 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks why mining policy in South Africa needs to deal with both the highs and lows of mining, New York using platinum on the cathodes of a zinc-air system and AngloGold Ashanti investigating renewable energy projects across the entire group.   

Mining policy, NY zinc-air system, AngloGold Ashanti make headlines
Mining policy, NY zinc-air system, AngloGold Ashanti make headlines

Platinum on cathodes of zinc-air system chosen to decarbonise New York City  

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2021 Platinum features on the cathode of zinc-air battery technology that is taking the City of New York by storm in helping to lower the carbon footprint of its buildings, Mining Weekly can today report. Zinc8, the Canadian Stock Exchange company that has won the city’s decarbonisation challenge, has... 

Zinc8 president and CEO Ron MacDonald
Zinc8 Energy Solutions Ron MacDonald interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Orion obtains urgent interdict to prevent further protest disruption at Prieska 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2021 Copper developer Orion Minerals has obtained an urgent interdict in the Northern Cape High Court, in Kimberley, to prevent any further disruption to its business at the Prieska copper/zinc mine involving violence and intimidation. Orion on May 7 said actions at the miner’s operations have “mostly... 

Orion obtains urgent interdict to prevent further protest disruption at Prieska

Protest action across South Africa damaging country’s prospects for further investment, exploration 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th May 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa has condemned the “violence and thuggery” being experienced at various operations and in various communities across South Africa and has called on authorities – especially the South African Police Service – to “act swiftly and impartially” to ensure the safety of... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions  

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2021 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report is warning of a potential supply deficit for some of the ‘critical minerals’ needed to support a global shift in the energy system that is aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as the growing number of country commitments to cutting... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions

New CEO for NorZinc

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th May 2021 TSX-listed mine development company NorZinc has appointed Rohan Hazelton as new CEO, succeeding Don MacDonald, who is stepping down as director and CEO after three years in these roles. Chairperson John Warwick thanked MacDonald for his service and welcomed Hazelton to the company. 

EIUG welcomes zinc miner as a member

By: Schalk Burger     30th April 2021 Nonprofit association the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) on April 30 said its new member Namibian and South African zinc mining company Black Mountain Mining (BMM) will strengthen the association and diversify its portfolio through the addition of the zinc industry. The EIUG is committed to... 

New Century hit by wet weather

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2021 Base metals miner New Century Resources has reported a 6% decline in zinc production for the three month to March, compared with the December quarter. Zinc metal production from the Century mine, in Queensland, reached 30 433 t during the quarter under review, down from the 32 350 t produced in... 

Teck posts triple-digit first-quarter profit growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2021 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources says a solid first quarter operational performance and higher commodity prices contributed to a good start to this year for the company. CEO Don Lindsay reports that the company achieved major milestones on its priority projects, including surpassing... 

Teck Resources' Elkview mine, in Canada
Teck Resources' Elkview mine, in Canada

Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor  

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2021 Mining, preceded by exploration, is the greatest economic multiplier of all business activities, including government expenditure, says Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson. It therefore makes huge sense for government to enact attractive investment-friendly... 

Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson.
Integral Asset Management CIO Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Glencore chair defends pay plan for commodity trader’s new CEO

By: Bloomberg     22nd April 2021 Glencore's chairperson defended an incentive plan for the commodity giant’s new chief executive officer, after prominent advisory firms urged investors to vote against it. Gary Nagle, the handpicked successor of outgoing CEO Ivan Glasenberg, will take over the helm of the world’s biggest... 

Gary Nagle
Gary Nagle

Bunker Hill PEA envisages rapid restart

By: Mariaan Webb     21st April 2021 Under new Idaho-based leadership, Bunker Hill Mining on Tuesday announced the results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its iconic namesake mine, envisaging a rapid restart at a capital cost of $42-million. The Bunker Hill mine, located in Idaho’s Silver Valley, will generate about... 

Commodities of the future to boom over 20-year horizon

By: Donna Slater     21st April 2021 A significant number of commodities are set to experience strong demand growth over the next 20 years, while “conventional” commodities will receive an added boost as they take a central stage in the green and digital transitions, says financial risk management, solutions and insights company... 

Commodities of the future to boom over 20-year horizon

First concentrates produced at Plomosas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th April 2021 The first lead and zinc concentrates have been produced at the Plomosas zinc mine, in Mexico. ASX-listed Consolidated Zinc on Friday reported that construction of the tailings dam has been completed, with the project now operational, while process plant refurbishments was also completed within... 

World-first mineral export under financial transparency

16th April 2021 Global blockchain platform Minexx has exported minerals with full financial transparency from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by processing $250 000 of blockchain certified payments. This is a milestone for the company and the sector, as it secures the supply chain from the moment a... 

CHAIN OF EVENTS
The effective implementation of transparent blockchain payments have secured the supplychain from the moment a mineral is mined to the point of being used in technology in the DRC
CHAIN OF EVENTS The effective implementation of transparent blockchain payments have secured the supplychain from the moment a mineral is mined to the point of being used in technology in the DRC

DRC exploration ongoing

16th April 2021 Global mining house Ivanhoe Mines co-chairpersons Robert Friedland and Yufeng “Miles” Sun announced in February that the company plans to commence an expansive 2021 exploration programme on its 100%-owned Western Foreland exploration licences. The exploration programme will include about 2 550... 

EXPLORE MORE
Ivanhoe Mines has begun its expansive 2021 exploration programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo
EXPLORE MORE Ivanhoe Mines has begun its expansive 2021 exploration programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Gamsberg ramp-up exceeds expectations

By: Halima Frost     16th April 2021 Diversified miner Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) says its Gamsberg mine and processing plant have successfully ramped up to full production, with the plant currently exceeding its projected design capacity of four-million tonnes a year.   The ramp-up was scheduled after a shutdown period from... 

ROUND TWO
The successful ramp up of the Gamsberg mine and its processing plant has been reported
ROUND TWO The successful ramp up of the Gamsberg mine and its processing plant has been reported

New collectors released

By: Halima Frost     16th April 2021 South African chemical company Axis House has developed and released a new polymetallic range of collectors  – PolyQ – to be used in the floatation process to recover base metals from polymetallic ores. “The PolyQ range of collectors are not only safer than standard reagents (xanthates) but also... 

REMARKABLE RECOVERY
The new polymetallic range of collectors offer greater recover y rates of base metals
REMARKABLE RECOVERY The new polymetallic range of collectors offer greater recover y rates of base metals

Glencore to benefit from turnaround strategy, commodity upswing – investment banks

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2021 On the back of above-peer earnings growth, sector-leading free cash flow and elevated 2021/22 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), multinational investment banking firm Goldman Sachs has upgraded diversified miner Glencore’s stocks to "buy", from the previously... 

Glencore to benefit from turnaround strategy, commodity upswing – investment banks

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.

New Century flags lower costs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th April 2021 Zinc miner New Century Resources has flagged improved economics for its 2021 financial year as the annual zinc concentrate benchmark treatment charge (TC) reduced by 47% compared with the 2020 benchmark. The ASX-listed miner on Friday noted that the 2021 TC has been set at $159/t, compared with... 

Trevali signs solar power PPA for Rosh Pinah 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2021 Canada-headquartered Trevali Mining on Wednesday announced a 15-year power purchase agreement with Emerging Markets Energy Services (Emesco) for the supply of solar power to the Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia. The PPA will deliver 30% of the zinc/lead mine’s power requirements over 15 years. The... 

The Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia
The Rosh Pinah mine, in Namibia

Plomosas plant readies for first concentrate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2021 First concentrate production from the Plomosas zinc mine, in Mexico, is targeted for later this week. ASX-listed Consolidated Zinc on Wednesday told shareholders that mill commissioning at Plomosas has now started, and wet commissioning of the plant is expected over the next 48 hours. 

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.

Boliden sees 300m SEK hit from Covid, production snags in Q1

By: Reuters     6th April 2021 Miner Boliden said on Tuesday it expects a negative impact from the pandemic and production disruptions of 300-million crowns in the first quarter. The Swedish firm had previously forecast a negative effect of 200-million crowns, due to increased sick leave caused by Covid-19 infections and... 

The Aitik mine, in Sweden
The Aitik mine, in Sweden

Superior Lake settles project divestment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2021 ASX-listed Superior Lake Resources has completed the divestment of its namesake zinc project, in Ontario, into TSX-V listed company Metallum Resources Inc, which was previously known as CROPS. Superior Lake last year flagged plans to vend its interest in the project to Metallum after failing to... 

First Nations declare moratorium on Ring of Fire mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th April 2021 The Attawapiskat, Fort Albany and Neskantaga First Nations in the James Bay lowlands have declared a moratorium development in the Ring of Fire, stating that their territories and rights could be “seriously and permanently desecrated” by large scale mining. The First Nations argue that... 

First Nations declare moratorium on Ring of Fire mining

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.
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