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China eyes rare earth export curbs for US defence sector – FT
17th February 2021 By: Bloomberg

China is exploring whether it can hurt U.S. defense contractors by limiting supplies of rare-earth minerals that are critical to the industry, the Financial Times reported. Industry executives... 


ROCK SOLID TRAINING
The partnership between Gabion Baskets and Tjeka Training Matters aims to raise the standards of gabion structure installations in South Africa
Partnership ensures basket of training opportunities
12th February 2021

Manufacturer Gabion Baskets has partnered construction training specialist Tjeka Training Matters to provide practical instruction in the installation of its products. Under this new arrangement,... 


MULTIFACETED 
Scandium oxide is used to improve the performance of solid oxide fuel cells, which are used as a power source for data centres and hospitals, as well as in niche products such as lasers and lighting for stadiums or studios
Major enters scandium market
12th February 2021

Diversified major Rio Tinto will become the first producer of high-quality scandium oxide in North America, with construction of a new commercial-scale demonstration plant underway at its Rio Tinto... 


GETTING THERE 
The NICO Project (pictured above) is a near shovel-ready, vertically integrated primary cobalt deposit with a 1.1-million-ounce in-situ gold co-product
Canada’s potential growth backed by non-traditional demand
12th February 2021 By: Mamaili Mamaila

Canada is the second largest country in the world and has vast uninhabited regions with diverse geology, hosting one of the most prolific mineral endowments on the planet, says North American mine... 


Defence industrial group increasing focus on exports
12th February 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

During the 2019/2020 financial year, exports accounted for 42% of State-owned defence industrial group Denel’s business, with Asia being the single biggest export market, taking 24%. Perhaps... 


Denel finally publishes 2019/20 annual report
12th February 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel released its 2019/20 annual report on February 1. The period covered by the report did not include the very difficult months for the group... 


New Acland Stage 3 coal mine expansion project, Australia – update
New Acland Stage 3 coal mine expansion project, Australia – update
12th February 2021 By: Sheila Barradas

The Australian High Court has upheld an appeal by community group Oakey Coal Action Alliance against the New Acland Stage 3 expansion. 


Zondo blasts 'negligent' former Eskom board over R1.68bn prepayment to Gupta entity
11th February 2021 By: News24Wire

Failure by the 2015 Eskom board to interrogate the submission to authorise a R1.68-billion prepurchase payment to a Gupta-owned company cast doubt on the directors prudence, with State Capture... 


Possible impact of Myanmar coup on China's metal and rare earth supply
10th February 2021 By: Reuters

Myanmar's military coup and declaration of a state of emergency has sparked concern in neighbouring China over metal and mineral supplies amid already high tin, copper and rare earth prices. Below... 


Williamson openpit mine, in Tanzania
Petra introduces changes at Williamson as human rights abuses investigation continues
10th February 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

London-listed diamond miner Petra Diamonds is already making some changes, such as appointing a new security contractor and implementing a new grievance mechanism, at its Williamson mine, in... 


UK awards contract for advanced uncrewed fighter aircraft prototype
5th February 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed a £30-million contract with a consortium of  aerospace companies, led by Spirit AeroSystems Belfast (a British subsidiary of major US aerospace group... 


High Court backs OCAA appeal against New Hope coal expansion
High Court backs OCAA appeal against New Hope coal expansion
3rd February 2021 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Australian High Court has upheld an appeal by community group Oakey Coal Action Alliance (OCAA) against coal miner New Hope Corporation’s New Acland Stage 3 expansion. The High Court has ruled... 


Uganda's tungsten miner files competition case against International Tin Association
1st February 2021 By: Reuters

The owner of Uganda's only tungsten mine has filed a claim against the International Tin Association (ITA) over alleged anti-competitive behaviour, a claim summary published by Britain's... 


Eskom approaches court to have R23bn equity injection added back this year
Eskom approaches court to have R23bn equity injection added back this year
26th January 2021 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned electricity utility Eskom will make the case later this month for the immediate execution of a High Court order stipulating that an amount of R23-billion stripped unlawfully from its... 


Lynas gets going on US project
22nd January 2021 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australian rare earths major Lynas has reached an agreement with the US government to build a commercial light rare earths separation plant. The US Department of Defence in July last year told... 


THREE STRIKES Superior Tube received the sought-after certifications after a series of highly exacting audits designed to test every aspect of each process under scrutiny
Reaccreditation in three programmes received
22nd January 2021

Specialist manufacturer Superior Tube was awarded three prestigious National Aerospace and Defence Contractors’ Accreditation Program (Nadcap) reaccreditations for its heat treating, welding, and... 


Insurer trying to limit Covid-19 business interruption payout indemnity to just three months
22nd January 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

Specialist public loss adjustment company Insurance Claims Africa (ICA) has expressed disappointment, but no surprise, at major insurance company Santam’s latest manoeuvre in the seven-month-long... 


UK launches study into using nuclear power for space exploration
22nd January 2021 By: Rebecca Campbell

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has signed a contract with global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce to study future nuclear power options for space missions. This is the first such contract... 


Rio Tinto enters scandium market with Canada plant
15th January 2021 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified major Rio Tinto is set to become North America’s first producer of scandium oxide, with the construction of a commercial scale demonstration plant at its Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT)... 


Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan
Canada unveils hydrogen strategy to kick-start clean fuel industry
17th December 2020 By: Reuters

Canada has unveiled its long-discussed hydrogen strategy, calling on investors to spur growth in a clean fuel sector that the government says could be worth C$50-billion, create 350,000 jobs and... 


Sconi one step closer with extraction agreement
17th December 2020 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Australian Mines on Thursday said that a Deed of Access for resource extraction had been issued by the Australian Department of Defence, bringing the Scoini nickel/cobalt/scandium... 


The White Mesa mill, in Utah
Energy Fuels to enter commercial REE business in Q1
14th December 2020 By: Mariaan Webb

US-based Energy Fuels is set to become a rare earth producer in the first quarter of 2021, announcing on Monday that it had entered into a supply agreement to process monazite at its White Mesa... 


Tirupati's shares start trading on the LSE; company obtains LSE Green Economy Mark
14th December 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The ordinary shares of integrated graphite and graphene producer Tirupati Graphite started trading on the LSE on December 14. “With this milestone reached, we have a very exciting opportunity to... 


Qld explorers spending big - QEC
10th December 2020

The Queensland Exploration Council’s (QEC’s) members invested more than A$640-million on exploration in 2019-20, across coal, petroleum, gold and copper deposits in Queensland. In its tenth annual... 


WA establishes battery taskforce
30th November 2020 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Western Australian government on Monday named the members for its Future Battery Industry taskforce who will actively explore global opportunities to grow the state's critical minerals... 


What the end of the UK–EU transition period means for UK–SA trade
What the end of the UK–EU transition period means for UK–SA trade
27th November 2020 By: Rebecca Campbell

With effect from January 1 this year, the UK left the European Union (EU). But that day also inaugurated the start of a transition period, during which the UK remained part of the EU customs union... 


Business rights or human rights? Swiss vote shines spotlight on companies
Business rights or human rights? Swiss vote shines spotlight on companies
26th November 2020 By: Reuters

A billboard of a runny-nosed, dour-faced girl framed by Glencore's sprawling zinc mine in Peru greets commuters at Zurich's main train station with an ominous slogan: "Water contaminated. Child... 


SA urged to pursue cybersecurity frameworks based on global best practice
SA urged to pursue cybersecurity frameworks based on global best practice
20th November 2020 By: Schalk Burger

The data that public and private organisations capture and use, as well as its sensitivity, risk, and protection, are central not only to international best practices of cybersecurity, but also to... 


CSIR gears up to bring relevant science and technology conversations to all in its first online conference
CSIR gears up to bring relevant science and technology conversations to all in its first online conference
3rd November 2020

A South African born surgeon living in the United States of America – and one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the healthcare sector, Prof. Patrick Soon-Shiong – is amongst the top speakers... 


Top UK companies highlight advanced technologies they are developing for future fighter
30th October 2020 By: Rebecca Campbell

Major British aerospace, defence and industrial technology companies BAE Systems (BAES), Leonardo UK (part of Italy-based global aerospace and defence group Leonardo SpA), MBDA UK (part of the... 


UK provides funding for ‘self-eating’ space rocket concept
23rd October 2020 By: Rebecca Campbell

The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), an agency of the country’s Ministry of Defence, has committed £90 000 (about R1.92-million) to support the development of a potentially... 


New Australian push for critical mineral investment
21st October 2020 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The federal government has launched its second edition of the Australian Critical Minerals Prospectus, showcasing the country’s significant capability in critical minerals in a bid to attract... 


Emerging technologies set to transform the search for minerals
Emerging technologies set to transform the search for minerals
16th October 2020 By: Rebecca Campbell

With the world now one-fifth of the way through the twenty-first century, cutting-edge technologies are transforming many if not most aspects of the mining industry worldwide. Mineral exploration... 


Emerging technologies set to transform the search for minerals
Emerging technologies set to transform the search for minerals
16th October 2020 By: Rebecca Campbell

With the world now one-fifth of the way through the twenty-first century, cutting-edge technologies are transforming many if not most aspects of the mining industry worldwide. Mineral exploration... 


US revelation about first new-generation combat aircraft surprises aerospace world
9th October 2020 By: Rebecca Campbell

The US Air Force (USAF) has stunned the aerospace world by secretly building and flying the first-ever sixth-generation jet fighter prototype. The news was revealed by Assistant Secretary of the... 


Morrison plans A$1.5bn manufacturing strategy
1st October 2020 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has highlighted the role the mining and resources sector will continue to play in Australia’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Morrison on... 


Armscor – Providing Cost Effective And Efficient Defence Solutions
Armscor – Providing Cost Effective And Efficient Defence Solutions
24th September 2020

The Armaments Corporation of South Africa SOC Limited (Armscor) is an acquisition agency for the South African Department of Defence. Its mandate is to provide armed forces with the... 


B2Gold CEO Clive Johnson
B2Gold is comfortable being in Mali – CEO
23rd September 2020 By: Mariaan Webb

Canada-based gold miner B2Gold has not lost any production because of Covid-19 or the recent military coup in Mali and believes that the political situation in the West African nation is “heading... 


EVEN ODDS
Although there are “pockets of excellence”, the local aerospace industry is very small and focuses almost exclusively on exports
Initiative to accelerate technology strategies amid aerospace industry decline
18th September 2020 By: Mamaili Mamaila

The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) plans to continue building technology strategies with industry for long-term implementation amid the industry’s decline of late. 


Oupa Magashula
Local manufacturing needs support to fulfil potential, panellists say
11th September 2020 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Local manufacturing had the potential to support South Africa's economic recovery, but this required addressing a myriad of challenges, panellists said during a South African Capital Equipment... 


AIRING IT OUT 
In its efforts to ensure that the sector returns to its former glory, Camasa has participated in the process of drafting a sector masterplan
Association laments sector decline
11th September 2020 By: Mamaili Mamaila

The aerospace manufacturing sector is in a “freefall” and there does not appear to be any parachute in sight, says industry body Commercial Aerospace Manufacturing Association of South Africa... 


Covid-hit civil aerospace unit drags down Rolls-Royce
11th September 2020 By: Rebecca Campbell

UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has unveiled its results for the first half (H1) of 2020. It reported that the Covid-19 pandemic had had a significant impact on its... 


EVEN ODDS 
Although there are “pockets of excellence”, the local aerospace industry is very small and focuses almost exclusively on exports
Initiative plans to accelerate tech amid industry decline
11th September 2020 By: Mamaili Mamaila

The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) plans to continue building technology strategies with industry for long-term implementation amid the industry’s decline of late. “The impact of the... 


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