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Yellen voices concern over metals controls dring China visit
7th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen voiced concerns over China’s export controls on two metals crucial to key technologies, and highlighted the need to diversify rather than decouple supply chains.... 

The post Covid-19 lockdown phase saw an acute shortage of hot rolled coil, which compromised the demand of the steel tube and pipe mills over successive quarters
Non-competitiveness, non-use plague South African steel industry
7th July 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

The current state of the South African steel industry is one where a lack of competitiveness and the non-use of its installed production capacity continue at a concerning rate, relative to other... 

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KITE 2023 promises to be ‘bigger and better’
7th July 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

The KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition, also known as KITE, will be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre from July 18 to 20 for the fortieth consecutive year.  Attendance numbers are... 

The Manufacturing Circle works to understand and address opportunities and challenges at an industry level for the overall benefit of the sector
SMP driving manufacturing opportunities
7th July 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

Within the framework of the Steel Master Plan (SMP), industry body Manufacturing Circle is taking an active role in driving demand-side manufacturing opportunities. The SMP is a strategic roadmap... 

The initiative will also unlock new sources of revenue for the institute, which until now has relied largely on membership fees for its income
‘Brand for hire’ concept raises profiles
7th July 2023

An innovative Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) initiative will give member companies and other industry professionals the opportunity to directly benefit from its... 

COAL BOTTLENECK: Exxaro Resources has warned that coal shipments by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet in 2023 have dropped to an annualised rate of only 46.5-million tons. The figure represents a fall from the 50.4-million tons of coal transported to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal for export in 2022, already the lowest volume recorded in three decades. Exxaro attributed the slump to locomotive availability, train derailments, and instances of cable theft and vandalism. Photograph: Bloomberg
7th July 2023

Exxaro Resources has warned that coal shipments by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet in 2023 have dropped to an annualised rate of only 46.5-million tons. The figure represents a fall... 

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Firm open to investing in the ‘right’ sectors in KZN
7th July 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

Black-owned private equity investment firm Agile Capital focuses on investments that drive sustainable development and have a demonstrable track record of growth and investment returns, with Agile... 

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Goulamina lithium project, Mali – update
7th July 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Leo Lithium has produced its first direct shipping ore material. 

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Titanium beneficiation project, South Africa – update
7th July 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Nyanza Light Metals has more than 75% of its titanium dioxide pigment signed up. 

The South Crofty mine
UK needs to revive rich mining history to counter China
6th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

When work began at the South Crofty tin mine in Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne, the first English settlement in America had only just been established, and the world’s trade with the... 

Ferrexpo's second-quarter output jumps
Ferrexpo's second-quarter output jumps
6th July 2023 By: Reuters

Ukraine-focused miner Ferrexpo posted an 18% jump in second-quarter production from the previous quarter, buoyed by stable production from first pelletiser line and initial contribution from second... 

Freeport Indonesia awaits export permit as copper concentrate piles up
6th July 2023 By: Reuters

Copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of Freeport-McMoran, said on Thursday it has not yet obtained a government permit to continue exporting its materials, risking overcapacity at its storage... 

Swanson to remain unaffected by Namibian export ban - Arcadia
6th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Arcadia Minerals has moved to allay shareholder concerns that the Namibian government’s ban on the export of unprocessed ore of certain critical minerals, including lithium, cobalt,... 

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TFR completes Mamathwane crossing loop ahead of schedule
6th July 2023 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has announced the completion of the construction of the Mamathwane crossing loop, in the northern Cape, 30 days ahead of schedule. The completion of the loop... 

Congo to benefit as China curbs germanium exports, State miner says
5th July 2023 By: Reuters

China's curbs on exports of germanium products will lift prices of the semiconductor material, Congolese state miner Gecamines said on Wednesday, creating more value for Democratic Republic of... 

Janet Yellen
China adviser warns chipmaking export curbs are 'just a start', ahead of Yellen's visit
5th July 2023 By: Reuters

China's export controls on metals used in making semiconductors are "just a start", an influential Chinese trade policy adviser said on Wednesday, as it ramps up a tech fight with the US days... 

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KNP gets A$3.1bn price-tag and potential partners
5th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Ardea Resources has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a consortium of Japanese companies to potentially develop the A$3.1-billion Kalgoorlie nickel project... 

China's metal export curbs a 'warning' to US and its allies - Global Times
China's metal export curbs a 'warning' to US and its allies - Global Times
5th July 2023 By: Reuters

China's move to restrict the exports of two metals crucial for making some types of semiconductors and electric vehicles is a warning that China will not be passively squeezed out of the global... 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has argued that the bloc needs to “de-risk” from China, but short of a full-blown “decoupling
China takes the trade fight to Europe, targeting the green transition
4th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

China’s decision to restrict critical mineral exports will hit critical sectors in the European Union’s effort to decarbonize its economy, and demonstrates the limits of western aspirations to... 

Nyrstar considers potential germanium and gallium projects
4th July 2023 By: Reuters

Nyrstar is looking at potential germanium and gallium projects in Australia, Europe and the United States, the Netherlands-based company told Reuters on Wednesday. China has announced export... 

Xi’s metal curbs risk backfiring as G7 seeks China alternative
Xi’s metal curbs risk backfiring as G7 seeks China alternative
4th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

China’s decision to control the export of two key metals showed it has some power to retaliate against moves by the US, Japan and Europe to cut Beijing off from advanced technology. But it also... 

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Australia has sufficient gas for 2024 - ACCC
4th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australia’s east coast gas market is expected to have enough supply to meet overall demand in 2024, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said at the tail end of last week. In... 

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Study confirms viability of Tasmanian hydrogen supply
4th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

A joint feasibility study has confirmed Tasmania’s suitability for green hydrogen production. The study was undertaken by the Tasmanian government and the Port of Rotterdam following a 2021... 

New Sunward Rock Drilling Rig is Delivered to Customer in South Africa
New Sunward Rock Drilling Rig is Delivered to Customer in South Africa
3rd July 2023

The new Sunward down-the-hole drilling rig SWDE165B recently arrived in South Africa after a month’s delay at sea. Once safety configurations were installed/made in adherence to local mining... 

Global iron-ore production growth to accelerate – BMI
3rd July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Research firm BMI states that global iron-ore production growth will accelerate in the coming years, bringing an end to the stagnation that has persisted since iron-ore prices hit a decade-low... 

Top copper producer Chile extends run of supply disappointments
Top copper producer Chile extends run of supply disappointments
3rd July 2023 By: Bloomberg

Chile reported another monthly decline in copper output, extending a run of supply disappointments in a nation that accounts for a quarter of global supply. Production in May came in 14% below... 

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Australia's resource exports forecast to drop
3rd July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australia’s export earnings are expected to fall over the next two years to 2025 as energy prices return to levels seen before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In the latest Resources and Energy... 

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Leo starts DSO production at Goulamina
30th June 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Leo Lithium has produced its first direct shipping ore (DSO) material at its Goulamina lithium project, in Mali. First revenue from DSO is on track to be received during the fourth... 

Nyanza CEO Donovan Chimhandamba.
Capital cost of South Africa’s titanium beneficiation project expected to peak at R14bn
28th June 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South African ilmenite used to manufacture titanium dioxide pigment in KwaZulu-Natal is on the way to receiving a major value boost. This because heavy mineral sands production sells at around... 

German Vice Chancellor and Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck
South Africa, Germany to establish a task force to drive green hydrogen production, trade
28th June 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has, on behalf of the South African government, signed a joint declaration for the planned establishment of a South African-German Hydrogen Task Force... 

Namibia had no power to cancel Chinese miner's licence, court rules
28th June 2023 By: Reuters

Namibia's mines minister did not have the power to cancel a Chinese lithium miner's licence and should have approached the courts to revoke it, a judge ruled on Tuesday. Lithium miner Xinfeng took... 

Provaris enacts Norway plans
27th June 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Green hydrogen developer Provaris has signed a collaboration agreement with Norwegian Hydrogen to jointly develop the 270 MW FjordH2 hydrogen project, in Norway. Provaris said on Tuesday that the... 

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Exxaro's first-half export coal sales to fall 6% on logistics challenges, low prices
27th June 2023 By: Chanel de Bruyn

Diversified resources company Exxaro Resources expects to report a 6% decrease in export coal sales volumes to 2.51-million tonnes for the six months ended June 30, compared with 2.67-million... 

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Australia continues at the head of the global energy pack - report
26th June 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Geoscience Australia’s 2023 assessment of Australia’s Energy Commodity Resources (AECR 2023) has revealed that Australia has maintained its role as leader in the global energy supply chain. AECR... 

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On-The-Air (23/06/2023)
23rd June 2023 By: Martin Creamer

It’s that time again on a Friday when Update At Noon presents another Update From The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. The use of platinum in... 

WPIC reiterates platinum deficit forecast
23rd June 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) has reiterated its forecast of a record platinum market deficit of almost one-million ounces this year. The deficit is a result of strong 28%... 

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Domestic manganese miners urged to up exports
23rd June 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

The South African mining industry needs to ensure that it remains competitive in its supply of manganese to the global market amid a global energy transition and an increasing emphasis being placed... 

Manganese oxide delivery approved for demonstration plant
23rd June 2023

Manganese project developer Giyani Metals, in March, received approval from the Botswana Department of Mines to export 100 t of manganese oxide material from its fully-owned K.Hill manganese... 

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Transnet expands manganese corridor for longer trains
23rd June 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

To boost the South African economy, State-owned rail company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has extended its Mamathwane crossing loop – a key manganese rail corridor, originating in the Northern Cape... 

S African explosives maker anchors in Brazil
23rd June 2023 By: Halima Frost

South African company AECI Mining is currently undertaking an expansion project in two strategically significant mining states in Brazil, with an anticipated completion date in mid-2023. This... 

Construction starts on Atlantis SEZ for green technologies
23rd June 2023 By: Irma Venter

Construction on Zone 1 of the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for green technologies in the Western Cape has started. The first tenant in the 22 ha Zone 1 will be industrial and specialist gas... 

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Kalgoorlie rare earths processing facility, Australia – update
23rd June 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Lynas Rare Earths has highlighted labour shortages as a potential challenge to the development of its Kalgoorlie rare earths processing facility. 

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Mardie salt and potash project, Australia – update
23rd June 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

BCI Minerals has flagged a cost blow-out at its Mardie potash project while warning of delays to first production.  

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