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Chanel de Bruyn

Chanel de Bruyn

Chanel de Bruyn is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

Caledonia's Blanket mine lifts its first-quarter output by 6% y/y

10th April 2024 Gold miner Caledonia Mining Corporation has reported a 6% year-on-year increase in production from its Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, to 17 050 oz for the first quarter of this year. Gold sales also increased, by 17% year-on-year, to 18 450 oz. 

Sibanye concludes restructuring negotiations at its South African PGM operations

23rd February 2024 Multinational mining and metals processing group Sibanye-Stillwater has concluded consultations with stakeholders regarding the proposed restructuring of four shafts at its South African platinum group metal (PGM) operations, with 1 208 employees granted voluntary separation or early retirement... 

Sibanye concludes restructuring negotiations at its South African PGM operations
Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman

Lucara expects higher revenues for 2024; announces new large diamond recoveries

21st February 2024 Canada-headquartered Lucara Diamond Corp, which owns and operates the Karowe mine, in Botswana, expects its revenues to rebound to between $220-million and $250-million this year, after a "challenging" market in 2023 resulted in revenues of only $177.4-million, compared with the $212.9-million in... 

Lucara expects higher revenues for 2024; announces new large diamond recoveries
The Karowe openpit mine

South African uranium project owner to inward list on A2X

20th February 2024 LSE-listed Neo Energy Metals, which is developing the Henkries uranium project, in the Northern Cape, will inward list its shares on A2X Markets – a South African stock exchange – to enlarge its shareholder base and provide South African investors with an opportunity to invest in a... 

South African uranium project owner to inward list on A2X
Neo Energy Metals CEO Sean Heathcote

DMRE names preferred bidder to design, implement mining cadastre

31st January 2024 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), working with the State Information Technology Agency, has concluded the process to appoint a service provider for the design, implementation, maintenance and support of an electronic mining licensing system. This is in line with comments made... 

DMRE names preferred bidder to design, implement mining cadastre
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

MC Mining pleased with results of Uitkomst colliery turnaround, while Vele colliery struggles

31st January 2024 Run-of-mine (RoM) production at coal miner MC Mining’s Uitkomst Colliery steelmaking and thermal coal mine , in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, increased by 31% year-on-year to 129 272 t for the quarter ended December 31 – the second quarter of the company’s 2024 financial year. The JSE-, ASX- and... 

MC Mining pleased with results of Uitkomst colliery turnaround, while Vele colliery struggles
MC Mining MD and CEO Godfrey Gomwe

Infrastructure repairs to Impala Rustenburg’s 11 Shaft to be completed by end-Feb

31st January 2024 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) says infrastructure repairs to Impala Rustenburg’s 11 Shaft are expected to be completed by the end of February, with the build-up to full production targeted for April. This follows a November 2023 accident associated with a personnel... 

 Infrastructure repairs to Impala Rustenburg’s 11 Shaft to be completed by end-Feb
Photo by Jacques McCarthy
Impala Rustenburg's 11 Shaft

Engineering study demonstrates viability of Saudi green pig iron project – Magnum

17th January 2024 ASX-listed Magnum Mining & Exploration has successfully completed an engineering study into the technical and economic viability of establishing a green, high-purity pig iron (GHPPI) project, in Saudi Arabia. The proposed project will make use of HIsmelt technology to produce GHPPI, with the feed... 

Engineering study demonstrates viability of Saudi green pig iron project – Magnum

Antofagasta to invest $4.4bn in Centinela expansion

20th December 2023 Chilean copper miner Antofagasta has approved the construction of its Centinela Second Concentrator project, which will add 170 000 t/y of copper-equivalent to the company's production. "The Centinela Second Concentrator project is a key element of our profitable growth strategy as it will add a... 

Antofagasta to invest $4.4bn in Centinela expansion
Antofagasta's Centinela mine

Sigma enters into negotiations with finalists in strategic review process

19th December 2023 Brazil-focused Sigma Lithium’s strategic review process will continue into 2024, with the company having entered into contractual and detailed structural negotiations with finalists. The company has been evaluating strategic alternatives for the company, with parties having shown an interest in... 

Sigma enters into negotiations with finalists in strategic review process
The Grota do Cirilo mine

Cordoba to start engineering, design work at Colombia project in early 2024

19th December 2023 Minerals exploration company Cordoba Minerals Corp plans to start detailed mine engineering and design work at its flagship joint venture (JV) Alacran copper/gold project, in Colombia, in early 2024, after a feasibility study confirmed the project's economic attractiveness. The feasibility study... 

Cordoba to start engineering, design work at Colombia project in early 2024
The Alacran project area

Dundee Precious Metals sees growth potential as it moves to buy Osino

18th December 2023 TSX-listed gold miner Dundee Precious Metals (DPM) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TSX-V-listed Osino Resources Corp and, in turn, Osino's high-quality, long-life Twin Hills openpit gold project, along with other exploration assets, in Namibia. DPM has offered Osino... 

Dundee Precious Metals sees growth potential as it moves to buy Osino
The Twin Hills project area

Arizona Lithium raises A$16.5m for Canadian project

18th December 2023 ASX-listed Arizona Lithium has raised A$16.5-million in an oversubscribed flow through financing placement, with the funds to be used for exploration at its Prairie project, in Saskatchewan, Canada. The proceeds from the placement will strengthen Arizona Lithium's balance sheet, enabling it to... 

EU to invest nearly €204m in Fortescue's proposed green ammonia plant in Norway

18th December 2023 The European Union (EU) has endorsed and chosen to significantly invest in Australia-headquartered green technology, energy and metals company Fortescue’s plans for a flagship green ammonia plant in Norway, awarding the Holmaneset project a grant of €203.77-million as part of its Innovation Fund.... 

EU to invest nearly €204m in Fortescue's proposed green ammonia plant in Norway
An artist's impression of the proposed green ammonia plant in Norway

Li3 Lithium Corp sells stake in Zim project as it shifts focus to Nevada copper project

18th December 2023 TSX-V- and FSE-listed Li3 Lithium Corp has decided to shift its focus to copper and to its 485 ha Northern Lights copper project, in Nevada, in the US. Given the company's lack of sufficient funds and management resources to simultaneously undertake work on the Northern Lights project and on its... 

Petra announces potential sale of Koffiefontein

13th December 2023 London-listed Petra Diamonds has entered into a nonbinding term sheet on an exclusive basis with an undisclosed interested party for the potential sale of the Koffiefontein diamond mine, in South Africa. The diamond miner has been exploring a responsible exit from Koffiefontein since April 2022,... 

Petra announces potential sale of Koffiefontein
The Koffiefontein mine

Logistics challenges force Kumba to cut its production guidance for 2024, 2025

8th December 2023 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 resulted in “unsustainable levels” of stock building up at the two operations. “In light of... 

Logistics challenges force Kumba to cut its production guidance for 2024, 2025
Photo by Creamer Media's Nadine James
The Sishen mine

Mining 2030 Commission names members, welcomes investor support

22nd November 2023 Collaborative investor-led initiative the Global Investor Commission on Mining 2030, also known as the Mining 2030 Commission, has, to date, gained the support of 82 investors with over $11-trillion in assets under management (AUM). The commission, which has also announced the names of its 24... 

Mining 2030 Commission names members, welcomes investor support

Wheaton to add South African PGMs, gold streams to its portfolio

16th November 2023 Royalty and streaming group Wheaton Precious Metals and its subsidiary Wheaton Precious Metals International (Wheaton International) have entered into a definitive agreement with certain entities advised by Orion Resource Partners to acquire existing streams in respect of Ivanhoe Mines’ Platreef... 

Wheaton to add South African PGMs, gold streams to its portfolio
The Platreef underground mine

B2Gold confident of meeting full-year output guidance at lower cash operating cost

9th November 2023 On the back of a strong operational and financial performance for the first nine months of this year, international gold producer B2Gold expects to meet its production guidance of one-million to 1.08-million ounces for the full 2023 financial year. It notes that cash operating costs for the year... 

B2Gold confident of meeting full-year output guidance at lower cash operating cost
B2Gold's Otjikoto mine in Namibia

First boiler at South32's Worsley Alumina converted to natural gas

19th October 2023 Diversified mining and metals company South32's Worsley Alumina operation, in Western Australia, has completed the conversion of the first of its coal-fired boilers to natural gas, helping to reduce the operation’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The operation includes a bauxite mine, near the... 

First boiler at South32's Worsley Alumina converted to natural gas
Alumina powder being loaded onto a ship

Gold Fields commits to improving workplace culture as review uncovers ‘deeply concerning’ findings

30th August 2023 The world’s seventh-largest gold miner by production, Gold Fields, says it is committed to eliminating inappropriate and harmful behaviour in the workplace after an independent review confirmed that many employees and contractors have experienced bullying, sexual harassment and racism. The... 

Gold Fields commits to improving workplace culture as review uncovers ‘deeply concerning’ findings
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Gold Fields interim CEO Martin Preece

Congo-Brazzaville govt pledges fervent support for Kore’s Kola project

21st August 2023  Emerging potash developer Kore Potash has received a letter of support from the Congo-Brazzaville Ministry of Mines regarding the company’s development of the Kola potash project. Kore first published a definitive feasibility study on the Kola project, which is based in the Sintoukola Basin of... 

Centamin to proceed with DFS at 'economically robust' Côte d'Ivoire project

27th June 2023 LSE- and TSX-listed Centamin plans to proceed with a definitive feasibility study (DFS) at its Doropo gold project, in north-eastern Côte d'Ivoire, as the results of a prefeasibility study (PFS) have demonstrated an "economically robust" project, CEO Martin Horgan says. The PFS estimates that... 

Centamin to proceed with DFS at 'economically robust' Côte d'Ivoire project
Centamin CEO Martin Horgan

Exxaro's first-half export coal sales to fall 6% on logistics challenges, low prices

27th June 2023 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 tonnes for the six months ended December 31, 2022, as a result of Transnet Freight Rail's (TFR's) poor... 

Exxaro's first-half export coal sales to fall 6% on logistics challenges, low prices
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Exxaro FD Riaan Koppeschaar

Rain, mining licence conditions posing a challenge for Edenville's Rukwa mine

28th March 2023 Coal miner Edenville Energy continues to face challenges at its Rukwa mine, in Tanzania, as a result of wet weather and warnings from the Mining Commission in Tanzania that the company has failed to perform certain tasks required under its mining licence. The company reports that, although it has... 

Gold Fields, AngloGold set out to create Africa's largest gold mine

16th March 2023 Gold miners Gold Fields and AngloGold Ashanti have announced plans to merge their neighbouring Tarkwa and Iduapriem mines, in Ghana, under a new joint venture (JV). The companies have agreed, in principle, on the key terms of the proposed JV and have started with preliminary, high-level and... 

Gold Fields, AngloGold set out to create Africa's largest gold mine
AngloGold's Iduapriem mine

Strong operational performance delivers 6% y/y increase in De Beers' fourth-quarter output

2nd February 2023 Diamond miner De Beers, a subsidiary of Anglo American, achieved a 6% year-on-year increase in rough diamond production to 8.2-million carats for the fourth quarter of 2022. The miner said this reflects a strong operational performance across its assets, but partially offset by the planned... 

Strong operational performance delivers 6% y/y increase in De Beers' fourth-quarter output

Bushveld delivers record production despite loadshedding; electrolyte plant construction on track

31st January 2023 Integrated primary vanadium producer and energy storage solutions provider Bushveld Minerals produced a record 3 842 t of vanadium in the 12 months to December 31 and has set its production guidance for this year at between 4 200 t and 4 500 t of vanadium. Although production in 2022 was higher... 

Bushveld delivers record production despite loadshedding; electrolyte plant construction on track

Thungela to gain full ownership of Zibulo colliery and the Elders project

24th November 2022 South African thermal coal exporter Thungela Resources has reached an agreement with its black economic empowerment partner Inyosi Coal to acquire the 27% interest in Anglo American Inyosi Coal (AAIC) currently owned by Inyosi in exchange for shares in Thungela. Upon completion of the... 

Thungela to gain full ownership of Zibulo colliery and the Elders project
Thungela CEO July Ndlovu

Independent study confirms potential for Centamin to expand its Sukari underground operations

15th November 2022 LSE- and TSX-listed Centamin reports that an independent option study has confirmed the potential of its expanding the Sukari Underground mine, in Egypt, to 1.5-million tonnes a year of ore milled. This is at the upper end of the previously indicated range and represents a 31% increase in ore... 

Independent study confirms potential for Centamin to expand its Sukari underground operations

Sibanye's South African PGMs output falls on power curtailments, copper cable theft

3rd November 2022 Battery and precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has maintained its full-year production guidance for its South African platinum group metals (PGMs) operations at between 1.75-million and 1.8-million ounces of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E), despite third-quarter production... 

Sibanye's South African PGMs output falls on power curtailments, copper cable theft
Sibanye-Stillwater's Marikana mine

De Beers' third-quarter output rises on higher grades, strong production in Namibia

27th October 2022 Diamond miner De Beers – a subsidiary of diversified mining group Anglo American – increased its rough diamond production by 4% year-on-year to 9.6-million carats for the third quarter ended September 30. The higher output was achieved on the back of the treatment of higher-grade ore at Orapa, in... 

Amplats' third-quarter refined output falls on Polokwana smelter rebuild, loadshedding

27th October 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) reported a 6% year-on-year decrease in total PGM production to 1.05-million ounces for the third quarter. Production was, however, 1% higher compared with the second quarter of this year. 

Amplats' third-quarter refined output falls on Polokwana smelter rebuild, loadshedding
Amplats CEO Natascha Viljoen

Kumba lowers full-year export sales guidance following Transnet strike

27th October 2022 South African iron-ore miner Kumba Iron Ore has revised its full-year export sales guidance lower to between 36-million and 37-million tonnes, compared with the previously guided 38-million to 40-million tonnes, as a result of low levels of finished stock at the Port of Saldanha Bay, rail... 

Kumba lowers full-year export sales guidance following Transnet strike
Kumba CEO Mpumi Zikalala

Jubilee sees ‘tremendous’ growth potential after completing expansion programme

25th October 2022 London- and Johannesburg-listed Jubilee Metals Group has met its production targets for the financial year ended June 30, after having completed its capitalisation and expansion programme. Over the past 18 months, the company implemented a £58-million capital expansion (capex_ project to acquire... 

Bushveld considering renewable self-generation options for Vanchem

25th October 2022 Vertically integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals achieved “solid” production for the quarter ended September 30, despite the negative impact of loadshedding on its Vanchem operation, in particular. Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo attributed the good production performance to the... 

Bushveld considering renewable self-generation options for Vanchem
Photo by Creamer Media
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Thungela says Transnet strike unlikely to have significant impact on export sales

6th October 2022 Coal miner Thungela Resources says it does not expect a strike by State-owned Transnet's rail and port employees to have a significant impact on its coal sales for the fourth quarter, unless the industrial action is protracted. "Rail constraints over recent months have resulted in relatively high... 

Thungela says Transnet strike unlikely to have significant impact on export sales

Buffalo Coal confirms $27m loan will soon transfer to new owner Belvedere

2nd September 2022 TSX-V- and JSE-listed Buffalo Coal has advised that private investment fund Resource Capital Fund (RCF) has concluded, for the most part, the sale of convertible debt of $27-million to Belvedere Resources, following Belvedere’s acquisition of RCF’s controlling stake in Buffalo.   RCF disposed of... 

Anglo inks deal to accelerate roll-out of nuGen zero emissions haulage solution

22nd July 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American is in exclusive negotiations with specialist engineering technology company First Mode Holding and has agreed nonbinding terms to establish a combined business to accelerate the rollout of Anglo's nuGen hydrogen-powered Zero Emissions Haulage Solution (ZEHS). The... 

Anglo inks deal to accelerate roll-out of  nuGen zero emissions haulage solution
Anglo American's nuGen haulage truck

Anglo enters deal to accelerate rollout of nuGen zero emissions haulage solution

30th June 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American is in exclusive negotiations with specialist engineering technology company First Mode Holding and has agreed nonbinding terms to establish a combined business to accelerate the rollout of Anglo's nuGen hydrogen-powered Zero Emissions Haulage Solution (ZEHS). The... 

Anglo enters deal to accelerate rollout of nuGen zero emissions haulage solution
Anglo American's nuGen haulage truck
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