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Innovative wireless sensor approach could make exploration cheaper – Prof  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 An innovative wireless sensor method of mapping the subsurface of the earth could make exploration cheaper and mining safer, says Professor Musa Manzi, the award-winning director of the Seismic Research Centre of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. The method, which... 

Investment in mining crucial to ensure continued contribution to economy – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 Investment in the mining industry is crucial to ensure its continued contribution to the South African economy, says PwC in its thirteenth edition of SA Mine 2021, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry. In a year of doom and gloom on so many fronts,... 

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PwC presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Paul Miller taken during Zoom interview on 4 October 2021
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed on transparency by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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

Europe’s energy crisis to hit miners’ long-term power deals, Boliden says

By: Bloomberg     26th September 2021 Europe’s energy crunch will prove more than just a short-term headache for mining companies because price spikes will be accounted for in long-term power contracts, Sweden’s Boliden said. The mining sector is the latest to warn that it’s being hit hard by the spike in power prices. As producers... 

An image of an electricity pylon against the setting sun.

Nyrstar cuts zinc output in the Netherlands due to energy crisis

By: Reuters     26th September 2021 Belgium-based Nyrstar has cut zinc production at its smelter in the Netherlands because of the rise in electricity prices in Europe, the company said in a statement. "Nyrstar's fully electrified zinc smelter in Budel-Dorplein, the Netherlands, is curtailing production during peak times of day... 

Teck cuts refined zinc output forecast on wildfire impact

By: Reuters     21st September 2021 Canadian miner Teck Resources cut its forecast for annual refined zinc production on Tuesday, citing an impact on its operations from wildfires in British Columbia. The company projected refined zinc production for 2021 to be in the range of 285 000 t to 290 000 t, down from a previous estimate... 

An image of Teck's Trial Operations
Teck's Trial Operations contains one of the world's biggest fully integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes.

Glencore is leading transition metals major, says Deutsche Bank Research 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2021 Glencore is the leading major mining company when it comes to its portfolio of transition metals, says Deutsche Bank Research. The bank’s research analysts afford Glencore a top 1-to-5 position in copper, cobalt, zinc and nickel – metals they describe as being central to world’s decarbonisation... 

Screenshot of commodity revenue calculation by Morgan Stanley Research
Revenue by commodity calculated by Morgan Stanley Research

Fancamp to become cornerstone investor in ScoZinc

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2021 TSX-V-listed ScoZinc Mining and Fancamp Exploration have terminated a previously announced arrangement agreement and, instead, the companies entered into a new agreement whereby Fancamp will become a cornerstone investor in ScoZinc. Fancamp will invest in ScoZinc by way of a C$1.3-million... 

Zinc output set to recover this year, says GlobalData

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2021 Data and analytics company GlobalData says zinc production is set to recover by about 5.2% this year, reaching 12.8-million tonnes, from a 5.9% decline in 2020, to 12.1-million tonnes. Looking at production over 2021 to 2025, the company forecasts a compound annual growth rate of 2.1% and for... 

CAML exploring avenues to reduce emissions

By: Mariaan Webb     15th September 2021 London-listed Central Asia Metals (CAML) is exploring avenues to reduce emissions at its mines in North Macedonia and Kazakhstan, as the company continues working towards developing a climate change strategy. CAML, which on Wednesday announced interim results, said that it had negotiated to... 

An image of the Sasa operations in North Macedonia.
Sasa operations in North Macedonia

Mining companies launch International Mining Safety Hub to help reduce fatalities 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th September 2021 Various large mining companies have joined hands to launch the International Mining Safety (IMS) Hub – an online hub of industry-endorsed visual safety tools that allow for greater learning opportunities and improved safety for all levels of employees. "This is a collaboration by industry, for... 

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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... 

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

Outlook for metals improves – Moody’s

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th September 2021 Credit rating business Moody's Investors Service’s outlook for the global metals and mining industry changed to stable from positive with high prices expected to fade out throughout 2022. In a new report covering iron-ore, steel, coal, aluminium, gold, silver, nickel, copper and zinc, Moody's... 

Lundin CEO Inkster to step down

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th September 2021 Base metals producer Lundin Mining on Thursday announced that CEO Marie Inkster would leave the company at the end of the year for personal reasons and that Peter Rockandel had been selected as her successor. Inkster joined Lundin in 2008 and served as CFO for ten years before being appointed... 

Senex to supply gas to Qld zinc mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th September 2021 ASX-listed Senex Energy has inked a gas sales agreement with zinc miner New Century Resources for the sale of 7 PJ of natural gas over a three-year period Senex on Thursday announced that the natural gas would be supplied to New Century at the Diamantina power station in Mount Isa, generating... 

Resources Watch  

8th September 2021 This week: Unique refinery concept enters first phase; Harmony planning further 73 MW of green electricity generation; And, Implats contributes R13bn in taxes, royalties to South African government 

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Resources Watch

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

Unique refinery concept enters first phase 

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Global industry body the International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa desk spokesperson Simon Norton says the first phase of its “bold plan” to implement South Africa’s own zinc refinery has started. This includes raising the much-needed funding for the research phase, he stresses. 

A drone image of the Skorpion zinc refinery in Namibia which South Africa imports zinc from according to the IZA Africa Desk
The International Zink Association African Desk spokesperson Simon Norton discusses the concept of a new zinc smelter with ultra-low power consumption and a novel smelting process in South Africa.

China completes latest metal auctions as Xi urges better reserves system

By: Reuters     1st September 2021 China released another 150 000 t of state metal inventories to the market on Wednesday, its reserves administration said, completing a third round of auctions so far this year as it aims to ease the pressure of high commodity prices on businesses. The sales, which began in early July, are the... 

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President Xi Jinping has called for China to better manage its state reserves system.

EV push sees spike in 'ínfluencer conversations' about the issues - GlobalData

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st September 2021 As several countries have committed to bringing in cleaner fuelled cars in a bid to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, the demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is quickly gaining traction in automotive markets around the world. This shift towards electrification is also propelling mining and power... 

Machine learning reaches mineral prospecting

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 The partnership between mining consulting services provider The MSA Group and Canadian mining software developer Koan Analytics has resulted in machine learning being available to minerals explorers in South Africa and throughout the world. “The partnership offers access to the most advanced... 

A map of ore deposits in a x-ray type image Ontario Canada for MSA Group and Koan
MINERAL MAP Clients will be able to use machine learning technology to map mineral resources across the globe

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

Exxaro wins globally-recognised ESG award

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources has won the Best Sustainability Reporting Award in the Metals & Mining category in the 2021 Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting Awards. Exxaro, which operates in the coal mining and renewable energy generation sectors, and which is invested in... 

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‘No small feat’, says Vedanta as Lisheen receives closure certificate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th August 2021 The Lisheen mine, in Ireland, has formally transitioned into aftercare, signifying the completion of mine closure plan which started in 2015 when production at the former underground zinc and lead mine ceased. International zinc producer Vedanta Zinc says that the mine closure completion... 

An image showing the former Lisheen mine in Ireland.

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.... 

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

Vedanta vaccinates 450 people

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th August 2021 Vedanta Zinc International has hosted two mass Covid-19 vaccination drives in Aggeneys, in the Northern Cape, near its zinc operations. The first vaccination drive was to celebrate Mandela Day, which occurs yearly on July 18, followed by a three-day follow-up drive to ensure a wider reach.  

Vedanta vaccination drive, in Aggeneys
Vedanta vaccination drive, in Aggeneys

Trevali puts $111m price tag on Namibia mine expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     18th August 2021 Vancouver-headquartered base metals miner Trevali has announced positive feasibility study results for an expansion of the Rosh Pinah zinc/lead mine, in Namibia, affirming robust project economics, while reducing carbon intensity and water consumption. The Rosh Pinah Expansion 2.0 (RP2.0)... 

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... 

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

Proven performance of zinc for structural longevity 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th August 2021 Amid a global wave of stimulus programmes and resultant construction activity, the International Zinc Association (IZA) deemed it opportune to demonstrate the proven performance of zinc to protect steel from corrosion in the built environment. In a webinar on August 12, IZA Africa Desk manager... 

Hot dip galvanized structural steel
Hot dip galvanized structural steel

Teck suspends HVC ops due to fire risk, while Trail resumes

By: Mariaan Webb     16th August 2021 Diversified miner Teck Resources has suspended operations at its Highland Valley Copper (HVC) in south-central British Columbia, in response to wildfire activity in the area. The company said on Saturday that it had evacuated its staff and that the fire did not pose a risk to infrastructure at HVC. 

An image showing trees burnt down in a wildfire in North America.

Partner deemed fundamental for operator training

By: Nadine Ramdass     13th August 2021 Australia-headquartered global mining simulation technology solutions provider Immersive Technologies has been deemed fundamental in assisting Portuguese mining and construction firm Mota-Engil to fulfil its commitment to implement development programmes to upskill Gamsberg Black Mountain... 

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

Battery minerals demand unlocks exploration

By: Nadine Ramdass     13th August 2021 Increased interest in the development of electric vehicles (EVs) and battery storage has created demand for the minerals required for their development. This, in turn, provides opportunities to explore such minerals, which ASX-listed exploration and development company Celsius Resources is... 

An image of drilling at Celsius Resources' Opuwo project
DRILLING AT OPUWO Opuwo project is in a politically stable region

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.

Base metals to profit from solar demand

10th August 2021 The critical minerals sector is poised to become a major benefactor in the increase in global demand for solar power, advisory firm Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) said this week. A new report from Woodmac has shown that solar power would have a significant impact on demand for aluminium, copper, and... 

An image of solar PV panels.

Ferrochrome is part of the green revolution – Glencore 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore views the ferrochrome market as being particularly strong currently. “We've seen very healthy ferrochrome prices and good cash generation in that business,” Glencore CEO Gary Nagle said. 

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Glencore, which uses wind turbine generated energy in Canada and Australia, is looking to also do so in South Africa.
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