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The Sishen mine
Logistics challenges force Kumba to cut its production guidance for 2024, 2025
Updated 1 hour 56 minutes ago By: Chanel de Bruyn

Although South African iron-ore miner Kumba Iron Ore has continued to deliver improved operational stability at both its Sishen and Kolomela mines, the logistical constraints facing the country has... 

Chilean copper smelter project drawing interest from China
8th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Chinese groups are exploring the possibility of participating in a copper smelting project in Chile — some of them in a bid to lock in supplies of a key metal in the energy transition. Officials... 

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Expansion helps enhance efficiencies
8th December 2023

Industrial products supplier BMG relocated its regional service centre and opened two new facilities in September, with BMG KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) regional manager Keith van Wyk noting that the... 

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Fund seeks to bolster regional sugar industry
8th December 2023

The Fund for Sustainable Sugar Industry Development in Africa (FSID), a private fund established by US-based private equity firm Lusitania Investment Capital (Lusitania) and its financial partners,... 

The success of mine care-and-maintenance depends on a commitment to customising services to meet the specific needs of every mine
Care, maintenance solutions customised for opencast mining
8th December 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

Reliable and adaptable services during care-and-maintenance phases in mining are crucial, says multi-disciplinary mining services and opencast mining contractor Zizwe Opencast Mining, emphasising... 

The Crocodile River Mine is gradually resuming operations after being placed on care and maintenance in 2013 due to economic factors and challenges associated with the mining method
PGMs miner eyes reopening shuttered mine
8th December 2023

Midtier platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) reports that operations at its North West province-based Zandfontein underground operation – within the greater Crocodile... 

Barloworld expects slowdown in mining equipment sales as commodity cycle cools
8th December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Barloworld expects a 10% to 15% decline in the 2024 Southern African mining equipment industry on the back of slowing commodity demand and weak commodity prices. “Having said that, we are... 

Hybrid solutions gain traction amid energy challenges
8th December 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

As loadshedding continues to impact businesses, many corporates are opting for hybrid solutions that leverage grid, generator, and renewable energy, mainly solar, to alleviate the pressure of... 

Pieter du Preez, CFO at Blyvoor Gold
Pieter du Preez
8th December 2023 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

This week we profile Pieter du Preez, CFO at Blyvoor Gold, a South African gold mining company that operates the Blyvoor mine, on Johannesburg’s West Rand 

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Erection of Karoo telescope dishes to start in early 2024
8th December 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project is, in terms of scale, undoubtedly the biggest astronomy programme in the world today. What was once a dream, and then a hopeful project, is... 

Vodacom and WWF to pilot AI early warning system to help protect marine mammals
8th December 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Connectivity, digital and financial services company Vodacom South Africa and independent conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa have joined forces to pilot... 

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No love, but some sympathy
8th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

There is not much love for ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA). The near-monopoly business is seen as over-protected, and under responsive by many of its customers. Many questions have been raised... 

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K.Hill battery-grade manganese project, Botswana – update
8th December 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Giyani Metals has secured $16-million in financing from South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation. 

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Karowe underground project, Botswana – update
8th December 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Capital costs for the underground expansion are expected to reach $100-million in 2024. 

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Blacksmith iron-ore project, Australia
8th December 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

A scoping study has proposed a three-million-tonne-a-year direct shipping ore project. 

The Mogalakwena PGMs mine
Anglo American preps sweeping cost cuts as price rout bites – sources
7th December 2023 By: Reuters

Anglo American is preparing to freeze spending on growth and widen job cuts in South Africa, going far beyond its initial savings target and paving the way to mothballing some higher-cost platinum... 

Australia's Liontown in talks with US Defence Dept on tantalum supply
7th December 2023 By: Reuters

Miner Liontown Resources is speaking with the United States Department of Defense about supplying tantalum from its Australian operations if the US passes a new regulation by year end as expected,... 

Private 5G to boost mining safety
7th December 2023

Licensed Private 5G networks can help make mining safer by allowing humans to be taken out of hazardous areas, as well as supporting more advanced occupational health and safety systems, real-time... 

Bakubung employees undertake illegal sit-in in latest blow to Wesizwe
7th December 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum says employees have embarked on an illegal sit-in at the Bakubung platinum mine, in North West, since the morning of December 6. Employees chose not to return to... 

Sibanye-Stillwater streaks ahead with renewables projects.
Sibanye-Stillwater accelerates decarbonisation with two further renewables projects
7th December 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The financial close and start of construction of two additional renewable energy projects for Sibanye-Stillwater’s South Africa operations has been announced. The first project, the Witberg wind... 

China’s CMOC says geopolitics helped drive Australian mine sale
China’s CMOC says geopolitics helped drive Australian mine sale
7th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Chinese copper and cobalt miner CMOC Group, which sold a controlling stake in its Northparkes mine in Australia earlier this week, said a changing geopolitical situation was one of the reasons for... 

Woodside and Mexico Pacific sign LNG supply deal
6th December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Australia’s Woodside has signed a sales and purchase agreement with Mexico Pacific to purchase 1.3-million tonnes a year, equivalent to about 18 cargoes a year, of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for... 

Jupiter Mines chairperson Ian Murray
South Africa’s community engagement ahead of global peers, manganese AGM hears
6th December 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The South African mining industry is years ahead of its international peers when it comes to local and community engagement, Australia-listed Jupiter Mines, which owns 49.9% of the Tshipi manganese... 

Australia’s Boss Energy buys stake in enCore's Alta Mesa uranium asset
Australia’s Boss Energy buys stake in enCore's Alta Mesa uranium asset
6th December 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

NYSE- and TSX-V-listed enCore Energy has sold a 30% interest in its Alta Mesa project, in the US, to Australia’s Boss Energy for $70-million. Boss will pay $60-million for its interest, make an... 

CAA Mining actively drilling for lithium in spodumene in Ghana – research firm
6th December 2023 By: Darren Parker

Non-independent researcher SP Angel has reported that mining and exploration company CAA Mining is actively engaged in drilling operations to delineate a new lithium-in-spodumene resource in Ghana.... 

Marula completes drilling programmes at South African project ahead of schedule
6th December 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Africa-focused mining and development company Marula Mining has completed Phase 1 and 2 diamond drilling programmes at the Blesberg lithium and tantalum mine in South Africa, ahead of schedule,... 

Power Metal Resources to start drill testing at Botswana project
6th December 2023 By: Darren Parker

Since early October, Aim-listed exploration company Power Metal Resources has advanced plans to drill test a key target at T1-14 at its Molopo Farms Complex (MFC) project, in southwestern Botswana,... 

China metals firms see US rules unlikely to upend supply chains
China metals firms see US rules unlikely to upend supply chains
6th December 2023 By: Reuters

Chinese firms producing and processing battery materials see new US rules aimed at limiting Beijing’s grip on the electric-vehicle industry as less stringent than feared, allowing them to preserve... 

Test work at Southern Palladium’s Bengwenyama shows strong PGM recovery rates
6th December 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Preliminary, unoptimised testing at JSE- and ASX-listed Southern Palladium’s Bengwenyama platinum group metal (PGM) project, in the Bushveld Complex of South Africa, indicates that the Bengwenyama... 

When the heat is on: Stress and psychological safety in high-risk work environments
6th December 2023

By Lani van der Merwe, Senior Consultant at OIM Consulting  In 2013, I found myself working on a project at a mine, where I was part of a team tasked with cadet assessment in a worker training... 

Deadly attack spurs plea for Peru crackdown on unlicensed mines
6th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Mining executives in Peru are imploring authorities to crack down on escalating violence by informal miners, which this weekend cost the lives of nine staff members of a large, legal gold mine.... 

Rescuers pull out first survivor of Zambia landslide that trapped 25 miners
6th December 2023 By: Reuters

Rescue workers in Zambia have pulled out the first survivor of a December 1 landslide that inundated a open-pit copper mine and trapped at least 25 people who were working there without a permit,... 

Rio Tinto brings forward Simandou iron-ore production to 2025
Rio Tinto brings forward Simandou iron-ore production to 2025
6th December 2023 By: Reuters

Rio Tinto on Wednesday brought forward the start of production from its giant Simandou iron ore project in Guinea to 2025 with plans to spend about $6.2-billion including on port and rail... 

Zambia's President hopeful that trapped miners still alive
5th December 2023 By: Reuters

Zambia's President Hakainde Hichilema said on Tuesday he was still hopeful that at least 25 informal miners trapped four days ago by a mudslide at an openpit copper mine were still alive, as rescue... 

Marula appoints new COO
5th December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Africa-focused battery metals investment and exploration company Marula Mining has appointed Martin Westerman to succeed Tokkas van Heerden, who has resigned, as COO. The appointment of a COO is... 

Congo government extends suspension of ERG’s Boss Mining
5th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

The Democratic Republic of Congo extended the suspension of Eurasian Resources Group’s Boss Mining copper and cobalt project for at least three months amid ongoing environmental and safety... 

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TotalEnergies takes steps to broaden methane emission reductions in the oil, gas sector
5th December 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

TotalEnergies has announced the signing of three cooperation agreements with national oil and gas companies – Petrobras in Brazil, SOCAR in Azerbaijan and Sonangol in Angola – to carry out methane... 

The Wabowden project includes the well-maintained Bucko mine and processing facility.
Blackstone takes option on CaNickel's Bucko Lake mine
5th December 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

ASX-listed Blackstone Minerals has executed an option agreement to acquire 100% of the Wabowden nickel sulphide project, in the Thompson nickel belt of Manitoba, Canada, from CaNickel for up to... 

Western start-ups seek to break China's grip on rare earths refining
5th December 2023 By: Reuters

Start-up tech firms are racing to transform the way rare earths are refined for the clean energy transition, a push aimed at turbocharging the West's expansion into the niche sector that underpins... 

Jake Klein says the acquisition of Northparkes is an unique opportunity for Evolution.
Evolution seals $475m deal for iconic Northparkes mine
5th December 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

Gold mining company Evolution Mining on Tuesday announced it would buy an 80% interest in the Northparkes copper/gold mine, in New South Wales, from CMOC Group. The deal, valued at $475-million,... 

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Liontown locks in port services deal for Kathleen Valley exports
4th December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Australian lithium company Liontown Resources has put in place the final link in securing its supply chain for the export of lithium ore from its Kathleen Valley project, in Western Australia, with... 

Rio Tinto approves renewable energy project for bauxite operations
Rio Tinto approves renewable energy project for bauxite operations
4th December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Diversified miner Rio Tinto has approved a new 12.4 MW solar farm and 8.8 MVa/2.1 MWh of battery storage to provide renewable energy for the Amrun bauxite operations near Weipa, Queensland. The... 

Godwin diesel driven dewatering pumps are now available in Zambia and the DRC through Integrated Pump Technology
Integrated Pump Technology now exclusive Godwin pump distributor in Zambia/DRC
4th December 2023

South Africa based, Integrated Pump Technology has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for Godwin diesel driven dewatering pumps in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).... 

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