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BHP completes Oz Minerals buy
2nd May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified miner BHP has completed the acquisition of copper miner Oz Minerals, with the takeover target having applied to be removed from the ASX. “This acquisition strengthens BHP’s portfolio... 


Site works at the Kipushi mine in the DRC
Ivanhoe, Gécamines, Glencore sign offtake, financing deal to return Kipushi to production
28th April 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Kipushi Corporation, a joint venture (JV) between TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) State-owning mining company Gécamines, has entered into an offtake agreement and a... 


Minister in The Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Cabinet targets 1 000 MW of demand-side savings as winter approaches
28th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Cabinet reports that a target has been set to save about 1 000 MW, or the equivalent of one stage of loadshedding, through demand side management (DSM) measures, but has provided no details as to... 


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Producer’s branch targets safety critical applications
28th April 2023

According to steel fabricator Macsteel Special Steels Bright Bar in Meyerton, Gauteng, a division of Macsteel South Africa, its Bright Bar range has been created for safety critical applications.... 


Pre-applications for hydropower generation water-use licences invited
28th April 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has opened the preapplications phase for independent power producers (IPPs) to apply for authorisations to use water resources, water courses and... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Ramokgopa to fight outages with diesel
25th April 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s electricity minister proposed a plan to stave off deeper power cuts by increasing the use of diesel turbines along with building more storage capacity to store the fuel. State-owned... 


Copper industry warns of looming supply gap without more mines
Copper industry warns of looming supply gap without more mines
21st April 2023 By: Reuters

The world's appetite for copper to build most electronic devices will exceed supply over the next decade and imperil climate targets unless dozens of new mines are built, executives and analysts... 


The Presidential Climate Commission met in in Johannesburg on April 19
PCC underlines support for electricity reforms as govt mulls coal life extensions
20th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Amid a likely proposal that Eskom be allowed to extend the life of certain coal power stations beyond the decommissioning dates outlined in the Integrated Resource Plan, the Presidential Climate... 


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CNRI plans lithium exploration programme on granite pegmatites located at Ferguson Lake
14th April 2023

Canadian mining exploration and development company Canadian North Resources Inc. (CNRI) has announced the presence of extensive granitic pegmatite minerals on its Ferguson Lake property. In... 


MTN ‘hardening’ its sites as vandalism, theft shift from opportunistic incidents to organised criminality
14th April 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

MTN South Africa has accelerated its drive to ensure a resilient network as many of its towers are, in some cases, completely stripped, with the company spending over R1.5-billion this year. Teams... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
South Africa should not shy away from costs of fixing power crisis – Minister
12th April 2023 By: Reuters

South Africa should not shy away from spending to fix the country's power crisis, its electricity minister told Reuters, ahead of a cabinet decision later this month on his proposals to end the... 


India’s rare-earths miner eyes 400% expansion for clean energy
12th April 2023 By: Bloomberg

India’s sole rare-earths producer wants to boost its mining capacity by 400% in the coming decade to help the country lock in supplies of key minerals for its clean-energy transition. State-owned... 


Another offtake deal struck at Nolans
11th April 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Rare earths developer Arafura Rare Earths has inked an offtake agreement with wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for the supply of neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) from the... 


Australia and Germany to partner on critical minerals
11th April 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australia and Germany will collaborate on new opportunities for critical mineral projects, with Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King signing a joint Declaration of Intent... 


Coal ash seen as potential viable source of rare earth elements.
Coal, discard seen as potential viable sources of rare earth elements
5th April 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Coal is being spotlighted as a potential source of rare earth elements, critical raw materials that are vital for many clean technologies being implemented globally. The information derived from a... 


Aus deepens critical minerals ties with the UK
5th April 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australian Resources Minister Madeleine King has signed a statement of intent with the UK Minister for the Indo Pacific, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, to strengthen cooperation on critical minerals. “The... 


Mine waste finds new life as source of rare earths
4th April 2023 By: Reuters

Sweden, South Africa and Australia are at the forefront of a push to transform piles of mine waste and by-products into rare earths vital for the green energy revolution, hoping to substantially... 


Pensana close to finalising $550m financing for Saltend, Longonjo
3rd April 2023 By: Darren Parker

Magnet metals company Pensana is at an advanced stage in its financing of both the Saltend rare earth separation facility, in the UK, and the Longonjo mine, in Angola, the company said on April 3.... 


Ursula von der Leyen and Joe Biden meet in Washington in March
US and Europe wrangle over green subsidies to avoid a trade war
3rd April 2023 By: Bloomberg

As European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen sat in the Oval Office last month she gushed before the cameras about the US Inflation Reduction Act. “It’s great that there’s such a massive... 


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Australian resource exports set for new heights
3rd April 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australia’s resource and energy exports are forecast to reach a record A$464-billion in 2022-23, following a surge in energy prices in 2022. However, export earnings are forecast to ease to... 


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On-The-Air (31/03/2023)
31st March 2023 By: Martin Creamer

This week Martin Creamer discusses PGMs, critical metals, hydrogen. 


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South Africa must open the way for critical minerals exploration
31st March 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The world over, countries are declaring and finding critical minerals needed to transition to green energy. Raw materials used in wind turbines, solar power plants and batteries are being... 


Professor Judith Kinnaird, the Visiting Professor of the School of Geosciences, and the co-director of Cimera at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Critical metals for low-carbon economy being studied across 12 universities
30th March 2023 By: Martin Creamer

A consortium across a dozen South African universities has the spotlight on critical metals for a low-carbon future. At a time when the mining world is focused firmly on the availability of... 


Mining in South Africa looks to solar, AI and chickens to go green
29th March 2023 By: Reuters

On the once bone-dry soil of a diamond mine in South Africa's central Free State province, Susan Masoha now harvests big bunches of tomatoes, eggplants and spinach. The former cleaner at the mine... 


Granite Creek acquires molybdenum resource in BC
24th March 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

TSX-V-listed Granite Creek Copper has entered into an agreement to acquire the Lucky Ship molybdenum property, in the traditional territory of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in central British... 


Ministers agree to coordinate critical minerals efforts
24th March 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australia’s federal, state and territory resources and mining ministers have agreed to coordinate efforts to support the development of Australia’s critical minerals sector following a critical... 


Tesla's vision of EVs without rare earths will spur magnet race
20th March 2023 By: Bloomberg

Tesla’s ambition to remove rare earths from future models has producers in the sector reeling, but it also should spur global efforts to deliver alternatives for electric car motors that currently... 


Ionic's Uganda project proves profitable
20th March 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Stage 1 development of the Makuutu rare earths project, in Uganda, will require a capital investment of $120.8-million to support the five-million tonne a year project, which would deliver40... 


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Power outages dimming water supply efficiency
17th March 2023 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Purification works and booster stations are expected to be exempt from loadshedding; however, the recent power outages across bulk water utility Rand Water’s entire value chain have created... 


This road could save the planet — and carve up Alaskan wilderness
This road could save the planet — and carve up Alaskan wilderness
28th February 2023 By: Bloomberg

Coldfoot, Alaska, is a lone truck stop-cafe-bar-motel 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle. It’s the last spot for northbound semis to gas up on their way to Prudhoe Bay and a place where camo-clad... 


King hosts sit-down with critical minerals stakeholders
24th February 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King this week met with key industry and community groups to discuss how to best develop Australia’s critical minerals sector. King said the roundtables... 


A$565m investment planned at Port Hedland
22nd February 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The federal government has announced a A$565-million investment to expand the export and import capacity at the port of Port Hedland, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese saying it would help... 


The Soki mine in northern Finland could produce nearly 10% of rare earth elements demand in Europe.
Finland tightens mining law as demand for minerals surges
21st February 2023 By: Bloomberg

Finland’s Parliament passed an overhaul of its mining law to better protect the environment and safeguard national production of minerals amid surging demand. The new bill, approved on Monday,... 


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400 MW of immediate interest in Eskom’s short-term power purchase programmes
17th February 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM) reports that the initial market response to Eskom’s moves to purchase electricity that is immediately available from entities that generate their own... 


South32 CEO Graham Kerr.
New US legislation providing strong platform for South32’s manganese push in Arizona
17th February 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The new Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in the US has improved the business case for producing manganese in that country. Well-established South African manganese mining group South32 has confirmed... 


New ecofriendly blaster instrument introduced
17th February 2023 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

High-quality corrosion instrumentation supplier BAMR introduced the ecofriendly Bristle Blaster Cordless instrument – a product of blasting solutions company MontiPower – to the local market in... 


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Swift mining, minerals transport required to meet demand
17th February 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

To fully reap the benefits of the demand for battery-related minerals, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) needs to prioritise mining and export the minerals swiftly, says WSP Africa Earth &... 


WGC CFO Terry Heymann
Gold mines can play a key role in establishing infrastructure for transition to renewables
16th February 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Mining companies are developing and deploying strategies to reduce climate-related risks in the locations where mines are situated, and the ability for gold mines to self-generate power on a... 


Biden restarts $10bn tax credit for clean-energy makers
14th February 2023 By: Bloomberg

The Biden administration is restarting a popular tax credit for manufacturers of solar panels, wind turbines, fuel cells and other clean energy equipment after getting a $10-billion infusion from... 


Pensana highlights Lobito Corridor’s potential as critical minerals railway
13th February 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have taken major steps to create a trade corridor that could transform how the region’s resources are shipped, mineral exploration company... 


Future coal expands with enrolment of South African innovator - Menar
13th February 2023

Continuing a spate of new global enrolments, the World Coal Association (WCA) today welcomed South African mining investor, Menar, to its roster of progressive coal members. On the sidelines of... 


Mining loans forecast to pass $1bn at Congo’s biggest bank
10th February 2023 By: Bloomberg

Rawbank forecasts its lending to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mining industry will jump more than 20% to over $1-billion this year, buoyed by rising demand and strong prices for the country’s... 


African Mining Indaba 2023 – Schneider Electric emphasises industry partnership in meeting critical minerals and metals demand
10th February 2023

The Mining, Minerals, and Metals (MMM) industries’ clean energy transition will require the quadrupling of mineral requirements for (clean energy) technologies by 2040, says a report by the IEA.... 


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