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Orion reawakening geological giant in Northern Cape  

By: Martin Creamer     18th April 2019 Three years ago, Orion Minerals was trading at an eighth of an Australian cent a share. It had a market capitalisation of $4-milllion and set out to find something that could be turned into a mine. The good news is that the company found that opportunity in South Africa, and its share price has... 

Sasol reports stabilisation in synfuels output  

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2019 Chemicals and energy group Sasol reports that output at its Secunda Synfuels Operations (SSO) stabilised in the third quarter, following the total shutdown of the West factory during the first half of its 2019 financial year, which had negatively affected production. In a note to shareholders,... 

Platinum Group Metals Ltd. Announces Appointment of Former Vale Executive Stuart Harshaw to Company’s Board of Directors

16th April 2019 Platinum Group Metals Ltd.announced today that Mr. Stuart Harshaw, P.Eng., MBA, has been appointed to the Company’s board of directors, bringing the number of directors to seven.  Mr. Harshaw was the Vice President, Ontario Operations, for Vale Canada Limited (“Vale”) until 2017 where he was an... 

PTM appoints former Vale exec to its board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2019 TSX- and NYSE American-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has appointed Stuart Harshaw to its board of directors. Harshaw was the VP of Vale Canada's Ontario operations until 2017. He also previously held mining board positions for Vale in Indonesia, Korea and Barbados.  

First Cobalt targets Canada plant restart within 2 years – CEO

By: Reuters     10th April 2019 First Cobalt aims to restart an idled cobalt refinery in Canada within two years and is in talks to supply the battery-grade product to four leading automakers, CEO Trent Mell said on Wednesday. The Toronto-based company is planning a $30-million revamp of the plant, located in the appropriately... 

A million tons of copper is on the way, but it may not be enough 

By: Bloomberg     8th April 2019 Giant mines currently under construction will churn out an additional one-million tons of copper through 2023, but that won’t be enough to fully close an expected gap between supply and demand in the next few years. Industry analysts and executives descending on Santiago this week for the Cesco... 

Northam trying out tunnelling first at rhodium-rich Eland mine development 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd April 2019 Platinum group metals mining company Northam is preparing to deploy innovative tunnel boring technology at its Eland mine as part of a R93-million shared risk-and-reward contract with Master Drilling. Eland, on the southeastern limit of the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, has a 19.3-million... 

Jubilee set to acquire Sable Zinc refinery  

By: Nadine James     22nd March 2019 Dual-listed Jubilee Metals on Friday announced that it has executed a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of the Sable Zinc refinery in Kabwe, Zambia. The refinery is situated immediately adjacent to the large stockpiles of zinc, lead and vanadium that Jubilee has contracted from BMR Group. 

Thabile Makgala

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2019 This week Mining Weekly features Thabile Makgala of Impala Platinum, a R26-billion company that mines, refines and markets platinum group metals. 

China becomes world's biggest importer of rare earths - analysts

By: Reuters     13th March 2019 China, the world's top producer of rare earth elements, last year also emerged as the biggest importer of the group of minerals used in everything from ceramics to consumer electronics, analysts said on Wednesday. China has for years been the world's biggest rare earths exporter, raising... 

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