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Sabrina Jardim

Sabrina Jardim

Sabrina Jardim is a Creamer Media Online Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

DMRE, IDC establish Junior Mining Exploration Fund

23rd February 2024 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) have signed a memorandum of agreement officially establishing the Junior Mining Exploration Fund. The establishment of this fund forms part of South Africa’s mineral exploration... 

Sylvania reports positive results despite lower PGM prices

22nd February 2024 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer and developer Sylvania Platinum says its revenue and net profit for the 2023 financial year remained respectable, despite the impact of a significantly lower PGMs basket price. The Sylvania Dump Operations (SDO) produced 38 405 oz of platinum, palladium,... 

SepFluor appoints new CEO, expects higher throughput

21st February 2024 South African fluorspar producer SepFluor has appointed Hendrik Snyman to succeed Rob Wagner as CEO. Wagner stepped down as CEO on December 31, 2023, but will remain as an adviser to the company throughout this year, while also remaining a SepFluor director. 

SepFluor appoints new CEO, expects higher throughput
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SepFluor former CEO Rob Wagner

Petra urges discipline among diamond producers to ensure balanced inventory levels

20th February 2024 Despite its exposure to various risks and uncertainties, such as rough diamond prices, political instability and liquidity challenges – which could have a material impact on its long-term development – diamond miner Petra Diamonds has said it remains resilient. The company reported on February 20... 

Petra urges discipline among diamond producers to ensure balanced inventory levels
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Petra Diamonds CEO Richard Duffy

Northam’s interim earnings impacted by commodity price decrease

19th February 2024 With the decrease in commodity prices, earnings across the platinum group metals (PGMs) sector are under pressure. This will, consequently, constrain cash generation across the sector, resulting in prudent management of liquidity becoming even more important, JSE-listed Northam said in a trading... 

Tormin Mineral Sands faces production delays

19th February 2024 Mining and development company Mineral Commodities’ (MRC’s) operations at the Tormin mine, in South Africa – held by the company’s 50%-owned subsidiary Mineral Sands Resources – has, so far, performed below expectations in the March quarter of this year. While production in the December 2023... 

Tulu Kapi stakeholders commit to proceed with project development

13th February 2024 Following meetings with senior representatives of stakeholders for aim-listed Kefi Gold and Copper’s Tulu Kapi Gold project, in Ethiopia, at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, all parties in the funding syndicate for the project will go to their respective committees this month to... 

HPX, Liberian govt, Guma sign letter of intent to develop Liberty Corridor

12th February 2024 US-based mineral exploration and development company High Power Exploration (HPX), which is backed by Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson Robert Friedland, has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with the Liberian government and pan-African diversified investment and operations group Guma Africa Group to... 

HPX, Liberian govt, Guma sign letter of intent to develop Liberty Corridor
Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson Robert Friedland

Steelmakers turning to DRI amid transition

12th February 2024 With global steelmakers increasingly turning to scrap steel recycling and direct reduced iron (DRI) as alternatives to blast furnaces, steel producers will not need to rely on carbon capture if the green steel transition continues to accelerate, says Institute for Energy Economics and Financial... 

Steelmakers turning to DRI amid transition

Volt makes progress for much larger funding from US energy dept

12th February 2024 Graphite producer and natural graphite anode developer Volt Resources says the US Department of Energy (DoE) has approved its concept paper for the ‘Integrated Production of Natural Graphite Anode via Innovative Process’, which puts it in the running to secure possible nondilutive funding of over... 

DFC announces new financing for Lobito Corridor

9th February 2024 US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) deputy CEO Nisha Biswal has announced new financing in support of the Lobito Corridor, which extends across Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), at this year’s Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment’s... 

AECI outlines new strategy as it celebrates centenary anniversary

9th February 2024 JSE-listed AECI celebrates its centenary this year, with Group CEO Holger Riemensperger attributing the company’s success to its solution-focussed value proposition and dedication from its workforce. Riemensperger describes AECI as a “remarkable success story founded on unique customer... 

AECI outlines new strategy as it celebrates centenary anniversary
AECI Group CEO Holger Riemensperger

Jubilee embarks on Zambia expansion strategy

8th February 2024 Metals processing company Jubilee Metals aims to expand its operations in Zambia to produce an initial 25 000 t/y of copper. The strategy includes the expansion of Jubilee’s copper resource base and processing capacity. As part of this strategy, Jubilee is expanding its processing facilities at... 

Jubilee embarks on Zambia expansion strategy
Jubilee CEO Leon Coetzer.

Amplats reports flat full-year refined output, warns of lower earnings

8th February 2024 Platinum group metals (PGM) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has informed shareholders that it expects to report a 67% to 77% year-on-year decrease in headline earnings and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the 2023 financial year. The company, which will publish its financial results... 

Amplats reports flat full-year refined output, warns of lower earnings
Amplats CEO Craig Miller.

Tim Schlick to succeed Huw Daniel as PGI CEO

7th February 2024 Platinum marketing organisation Platinum Guild International’s (PGI’s) long-time CEO Huw Daniel will retire at the end of March, after 21 years with the organisation. Having started his tenure in 2003 as president of PGI USA, Daniel was appointed CEO in 2015. 

Tim Schlick to succeed Huw Daniel as PGI CEO
Platinum Guild International’s long-time CEO Huw Daniel

DMRE, IDC establish Junior Mining Exploration Fund

7th February 2024 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) have signed a memorandum of agreement officially establishing the Junior Mining Exploration Fund. The establishment of this fund forms part of South Africa’s mineral exploration... 

DMRE, IDC establish Junior Mining Exploration Fund
IDC COO Joanne Bate

Sampling confirms extensive gold at Tati project

6th February 2024 London-listed exploration company Power Metal Resources reports that recent geochemical soil sampling assay results from the Tati gold project, in Botswana, have confirmed the presence of three significant gold-in-soil geochemical anomalies. The results prove further continuity within the... 

Spatial Dimension commences Angolan mining cadastre project

6th February 2024 Land management solutions provider Spatial Dimension has started activities to implement its Landfolio solution for the Angolan government. Partnering with Angolan company OceanGeo SA, Spatial Dimension will deliver a modern, online mining cadastre system for the Agência Nacional de Recursos... 

Spatial Dimension commences Angolan mining cadastre project
Spatial Dimension CEO Bill Feast

Drilling projects successful despite challenges

2nd February 2024 Owing to quay walls that are starting to collapse and their requiring replacement, drilling company Geomech Africa was contracted to conduct offshore drilling at various South African ports from the third quarter of 2022 to the third quarter of 2023. The company was contracted to drill offshore... 

Drilling projects successful  despite challenges
MOVING ALONG Geomech Africa was contracted to drill offshore to conduct the necessary investigations for the design of the new quay walls

Canmax agrees to carry-over of outstanding payments by Premier

30th January 2024 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals reports that Canmax Technologies has agreed that $3-million owed to it by Premier be carried forward. The payments relate to Premier’s failure to deliver at least 1 000 t a month of spodumene concentrate from its Zulu lithium and tantalum project, in Zimbabwe,... 

Canmax agrees to carry-over of outstanding payments by Premier
Premier African Minerals CEO George Roach

Sierra Rutile to suspend Area 1 operations, Sembehun receives ESHIA

29th January 2024 The Environmental Protection Agency of Sierra Leone has approved the environmental, social and health impact assessment (ESHIA), the associated environmental, social and health management plan (ESHMP) and the public disclosure report for ASX-listed Sierra Rutile’s Sembehun project, in Sierra... 

Blencowe receives letter of interest from US International DFC

29th January 2024 UK-headquartered graphite developer Blencowe Resources has received a formal Letter of Interest (LoI) from the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), in which the DFC has indicated its willingness to participate in debt funding for the Orom-Cross graphite project, in Uganda,... 

Blencowe receives letter of interest from US International DFC

QRC notes increase in women working in mining

29th January 2024 The number of women working in trade positions in Queensland’s resources sector jumped by almost 40% in the last financial year and now accounts for a record 13% of all trade roles, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) reports. New industry data also shows that nine out of ten women employed by... 

QRC notes increase in women working in mining
QRC acting CEO Judy Bertram

Multotec wins SACEEC Exporter of the Year Award

26th January 2024 Mineral processing equipment supplier Multotec has won the South African Capital Equipment Export Council’s (SACEEC’s) Exporter of the Year Award in the category for companies with a turnover of R2-billion to R5-billion a year. Multotec processing equipment MD Bheka Majola says the award is not... 

Multotec wins SACEEC Exporter of the Year Award
Multotec processing equipment MD Bheka Majola

New ventilation shaft holes out safely

26th January 2024 Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation and its client Palabora Mining Company (PMC) this month celebrated the last blast at the new ventilation shaft at the Lift II project, which took the shaft’s depth to a final 1 200 m below surface. The 8.5-m-diameter upcast vent shaft –... 

New ventilation shaft holes out safely

Firm uses Indaba to understand client needs

26th January 2024 As a participant at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8 – audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG is looking forward to participating in discussions related to this year’s theme, titled ‘Embracing the... 

Firm uses Indaba to understand client needs
SAFEERA LOONAT As a participant at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, KPMG aims to participate in discussions that promote positive disruptions, as outlined in this year’s theme

JSE punts incentives, facilitates capital flow

26th January 2024 While the global energy transition has sparked a greater demand for critical minerals, access to capital and a lack of incentives have made it challenging for African mining companies to embark on exploration projects and take advantage of this high demand. To address these challenges, financial... 

JSE punts incentives, facilitates capital flow
PATRYCJA KULA-VERSTER The JSE aims to use this year’s Mining Indaba as an opportunity to participate in discussions, connect with industry roleplayers and foster client engagements to get a better understanding of individual needs in terms of capital raising

Mineralisation-defining products on show

26th January 2024 International elemental analysis company Innov-X-Africa will exhibit products from its partners – technology solutions provider Evident, UK-based core analysis service provider Geotek and Australia-based technology company Portable PPB – at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be... 

Mineralisation-defining products on show
SHOWTIME Innov-X-Africa will exhibit products from its partners at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, including the Boxscan from Geotek

Greening focus

26th January 2024 Amid increasing emphasis on tackling climate change globally, mining companies have had to reassess their operational strategies to ensure the value-add of their sustainability objectives and outcomes, and enhance the equitability and justness of their mining practices, says global climate... 

Greening focus
REINHARDT ARP Sustainable and responsible mining plays a key role in Africa’s energy transition in terms of ensuring a just transition to sustainable mining, and contributing to the broader just transition

WiMSA exhibits as strategic Indaba partner

26th January 2024 Nonprofit women in mining lobby organisation Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) will exhibit as a strategic partner with Women in Mining UK at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8. WiMSA aims to use the... 

WiMSA exhibits as strategic Indaba partner
YOU GO GIRL WiMSA has embarked on various initiatives this year to help progress and develop women in the mining industry

Bilateral discussions on challenges held

26th January 2024 To help its mining clients navigate sector challenges, advisory and professional services firm Ernst and Young (EY) will host bilateral discussions at its V&A Waterfront office, in Cape Town, and will also moderate and participate in various panel discussions at this year’s Investing in African... 

Bilateral discussions  on challenges held
QUINTIN HOBBS Hobbs expects the discussions at the Mining Indaba to focus on several key themes, including ESG, capital raising, transparency and the impact of technology on the African mining sector

ESG for African miners – biggest risk, biggest opportunity

26th January 2024 For the third consecutive year, advisory and professional services firm Ernst and Young’s (EY’s) ‘Mining Risks and Opportunities Study’ has revealed that, although environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors pose the biggest risk for miners, it also represents their biggest... 

ESG for African miners – biggest risk, biggest opportunity
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COMING UP… EY will present its yearly ‘Mining Risks and Opportunities Study’, as a means of sharing insight into the key issues top executives should focus on, at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba

Meeting challenges of positive disruption

26th January 2024 With the African mining industry having witnessed significant transformation in various areas, asset integrity management and industrial solutions company Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) Africa is actively contributing to positive disruptions in the mining industry. Aligning with the theme of... 

Meeting challenges of positive disruption
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POSITIVE DISRUPTIONS A holistic approach consisting of infrastructure investment, supply chain optimisation, strategic asset management, skills development and strategic technology adoption, can help to address the challenges associated with trying to positively disrupt the mining industry

Company embarks on expansion programmes, advances alliances

26th January 2024 Through its focus on addressing critical challenges, leveraging advanced technologies and expanding into new markets, asset integrity management and industrial solutions company Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) Africa is setting new standards in operational efficiency, safety and environmental... 

Company embarks on expansion programmes, advances alliances
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COLLABORATION The addition of specialised maintenance services complements the combined strategies of DGC Africa and EAMS Africa, thereby enhancing the overall efficiency and reliability of mining operations

Mining modernisation to be highlighted

26th January 2024 At this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, professional services firm PwC will focus on the implications of embracing new technologies, strategies and ideas that can bring about significant positive changes in the African mining industry. The PwC Smart Mining team will participate in a... 

Mining modernisation  to be highlighted
CHRISNA EVANS Evans will participate in a panel discussion delving into the theme ‘Shared data and interoperability in mining: Are African miners doing enough?’

4IR progressing in African mining

26th January 2024 With Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies and systems becoming more prevalent in African mining, mining equipment simulator provider Immersive Technologies is focusing on digitisation and 4IR at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba. The company aims to share its latest... 

4IR progressing  in African mining
SHAPING MINDS Immersive Technologies will share its experiences in implementing simulation and digital training in African mining, as well as the latest developments in blended learning and application of data analytics in creating targeted, personalised training curricula

AECI outlines new strategy as it celebrates its centenary

23rd January 2024 JSE-listed AECI celebrates its centenary this year, with Group CEO Holger Riemensperger attributing the company’s success to its solution-focussed value proposition and dedication from its workforce. Riemensperger describes AECI as a “remarkable success story founded on unique customer... 

AECI outlines new strategy as it celebrates its centenary
AECI Group CEO Holger Riemensperger

Jubilee achieves ‘robust’ second-quarter production performance

23rd January 2024 Metals processing company Jubilee has delivered a robust second-quarter operational performance and remains on track to meet its guidance for the full 2024 financial year. Chrome concentrate production for the three months ended December 31 increased by 13.2%, setting a new quarterly production... 

Jubilee achieves ‘robust’ second-quarter production performance
Jubilee CEO Leon Coetzer

WPIC shines a spotlight on platinum investment options

19th January 2024 A range of accessible options exist for private and professional investors in platinum, and low minimum investment levels are possible, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reveals in a new infographic. Rarer than gold and with unique properties making it an in-demand industrial and... 

WPIC shines a spotlight on platinum investment options

Danakali explores new liquidity options; pursues a new project

18th January 2024 The board of directors of ASX-listed Danakali is exploring a range of new liquidity options for shareholders following the $154.7-million distribution from the sale of the Colluli potash project, in Eritrea. These include an off-market share buyback and further distribution of the company’s cash... 

Danakali explores new liquidity options; pursues a new project
SEAMUS CORNELIUS Danakali executive chairperson Seamus Cornelius says that, while the company will continue to explore the best way to accelerate relisting, it will also actively explore other liquidity options

Smart monitoring solutions offered for tailings dams

24th November 2023 Demand for smart monitoring solutions in tailings storage facilities (TSFs) and waste management infrastructure has increased, following governing bodies’ introducing new standards to mitigate TSF failures, says test and measurement solutions specialist TANDM application engineer Stewart... 

Smart monitoring solutions  offered for tailings dams
STEWART CHAPERON Failure of the lining system can cause pollution, while failure of tailings storage facility side walls may result in loss of life, infrastructure collapse and large-scale environmental damage
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