R/€ = 19.10 Change: 0.01
R/$ = 17.41 Change: -0.01
Au 1714.55 $/oz Change: -15.15
Pt 828.45 $/oz Change: -9.25


New Century takes aim at Vale Goro nickel/cobalt mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th May 2020 Base metals miner New Century Resources has struck an exclusivity agreement with major Vale to negotiate the purchase of a 95% interest in the issued shares of Vale Nouvelle-Caledonie (VNC), which owns the Goro nickel and cobalt mine, in New Caledonia. Vale said on Tuesday that the negotiations... 

Cameco restarts Port Hope, Cigar Lake remains shut

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th May 2020 TSX- and NYSE-listed Cameco has announced that it is resuming production at its Port Hope Conversion Facility’s UF6 plant and its Blind River refinery in Ontario. Both operations will restart in the week of May 18, and achieve regular production levels the week of May 25. 

Carmakers urged to invest in mines to avoid battery metal pinch

By: , Bloomberg     11th May 2020 Mine developers scrambling to fund projects to meet forecast demand for battery metals see the threat of looming supply crunches as a trigger for electric-vehicle makers to step in with investments. An already tough environment to raise project finance for the mines is being made worse by the... 

Neometals launches downstream study in India

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th May 2020 ASX-listed Neometals has partnered with Indian company Manikaran Power to conduct a feasibility study (FS) evaluating a lithium hydroxide refinery in India. The FS would be based on a nominal capacity of 20 000 t/y of lithium hydroxide. 

Risk to uranium supply greater than risk to demand – Cameco

By: Mariaan Webb     4th May 2020 The uranium industry is facing increased supply constraints as the unplanned supply disruptions related to the Covid-19 pandemic are adding to the supply curtailments that have occurred in the industry for many years. Canadian major Cameco says in its first-quarter market update that it believes... 

China’s EV slowdown deepens debt woes at top lithium supplier

By: , Bloomberg     15th April 2020 The global health crisis has deepened financial troubles at one of China’s biggest producers of lithium used in electric vehicle batteries. The pandemic is set to batter this year’s demand for the material that’s vital in powering new energy transport. Prices are at four-year lows, and a... 

Update on the state of COVID-19 lockdown on the South African mining industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th April 2020 On 15 March 2020, the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, as designated in terms of section 3 of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 ("DMA"), declared a state of emergency in the Republic of South Africa, in terms of section 27(2) of the DMA. On 23 March 2020,... 

On-The-Air (10-04-2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2020 Mining companies are going to great lengths to fund human welfare in response to the Covid-19 crisis; Government is allowing a few mining companies to continue operating under strict hygiene conditions; and Gold is continuing to play its centuries-old role of being a safe haven in times of trouble. 

New gold futures contract launched – LBMA 

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2020 A new gold futures contract just launched has expanded delivery options, London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) said on Thursday. The membership of LBMA, a gold and silver trade association, is made up of banks, traders and logistics companies across the world, resulting in it being given... 

Mitsubishi unpacks movement of PGM markets amid lockdowns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2020 Mitsubishi Corporation International (MCI) says in its latest precious metals update that it expects South Africa’s platinum supply to reduce by around 7%, or by between 200 000 oz and 300 000 oz, in light of closed operations during South Africa’s 21-day national lockdown. The announcement by... 

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