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Sabrina Jardim

Sabrina Jardim

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

Randburg, Zandspruit transport masterplan gets the green light

21st June 2024 The City of Johannesburg has approved a comprehensive Transport Master Plan (TMP) for the Randburg and Zandspruit areas. This strategic plan, developed by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), the Transport Department and consultants led by Merchelles Collective, addresses transport... 

Malawi rail upgrades under way, reports Sovereign Metals

20th June 2024 Upgrades to the 399 km Nkaya–Mchinji railway section connecting the Malawi–Zambia border to the Nacala Logistics Corridor (NLC), are under way, reports ASX- and Aim-listed Sovereign Metals. The railway section runs across the company’s Kasiya rutile/graphite project tenements and it notes that... 

De Beers opens entries for this year’s Shining Light Awards

19th June 2024 Diamond Miner De Beers has announced that entries for the 2024 Shining Light Awards (SLA) jewellery design competition are officially open. The competition falls under the De Beers Group Designers Initiative (DBGDI), a youth beneficiation skills development initiative aimed at inspiring, igniting... 

De Beers opens entries for this year’s Shining Light Awards

Infinity Lithium advances San José permitting process

14th June 2024 ASX-listed Infinity Lithium has reported significant progress at its San José lithium project, in Spain. The company has advanced to the next stage of the direct exploitation concession application (ECA) by lodging key project documentation, including exploitation, rehabilitation and restoration,... 

US Gold secures key water discharge permit for CK project

14th June 2024 Explorer and developer US Gold has received a key permit for the CK project, in Wyoming, further advancing the company’s development efforts. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) on May 31 issued US Gold subsidiary Gold King pollutant discharge elimination system permit,... 

Mining production rose by a modest 0.7% y/y in April

13th June 2024 Mining production rose by a modest 0.7% in April, after declining by -4.8% year-on-year – revised from -5.8% year-on-year – in March, data published by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) shows. Commenting on the statistics, Investec economist Lara Hodes says output was weaker than consensus... 

CEOs, policy leaders ready to accelerate action on hydrogen deployment by 2030

11th June 2024 In a significant step towards accelerating public-private action on hydrogen, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck and the European Commission executive VP for the European Green Deal Maroš Šefčovič, met with a global delegation of Hydrogen Council... 

Steenkampskraal may supply thorium for use in cancer therapy

7th June 2024 Producer and supplier of alpha-particle emitters for cancer therapy Thor Medical has signed a memorandum of understanding with rare earths and thorium miner Steenkampskraal Holdings for feedstock supply and technology cooperation.  The aim is for the parties to enter into a long-term partnership... 

Steenkampskraal may supply thorium for use in cancer therapy
Steenkampskraal monazite mine

Panthera restructures Mali JV agreements

7th June 2024 Aim-listed diversified gold exploration and development company Panthera Resources has further restructured the joint venture (JV) agreements with Golden Spear Mali (GSM) over the Kalaka and Bassala gold projects, in Mali. Under the new JV agreements, Panthera's interest in the Kalaka and the... 

GoviEx receives radiological certificate for Madaouela project

7th June 2024 TSX-V-listed GoviEx Uranium has received its radiological certificate for the Madaouela uranium project from the Nigerien government. The radiological certificate is a regulatory requirement prior to starting mining operations and confirms the completion of radiological baseline studies. 

Eskom says key revision number roll-over project on track

7th June 2024 State-owned Eskom says its key revision number rollover project is progressing well, with 3.61-million, or 52%, of the 6.9-million prepayment meters already recoded as of May 15. The main Eskom meter recoding project in all the nine provinces started in August 2023 after a successful pilot in... 

CGS provides expert insights on junior mining exploration

7th June 2024 Amid a mining industry plagued by challenges such as mining license application backlogs and host community unrest, the need for more action and collaboration in driving exploration in South Africa was the focal point for discussion throughout the first session of this year’s Junior Mining... 

CGS provides expert insights on junior mining exploration
DRIVING EXPLORATION From left: NSDV director Lili Nupen, DMRE minerals and petroleum regulation DDG Tseliso Maqubela, Orion Minerals MD and CEO Errol Smart, CGS CEO Mosa Mabuza and Junior Indaba director Bernard Swanepoel

NOA helps Tronox decarbonise its South African operations with 25-yr energy supply agreement

6th June 2024 Local integrated energy company NOA Group Holdings has entered into a 25-year energy supply agreement with NYSE-listed titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Tronox Holdings for its South African operating sites. Under the terms of the agreement, NOA will supply Tronox’s operations in... 

NOA helps Tronox decarbonise its South African operations with 25-yr energy supply agreement
NOA Trading CEO Andrew Taylor

Gem recovers 172.06 ct diamond at Letšeng

4th June 2024 London-listed diamond producer Gem Diamonds recovered a 172.06 ct Type II white diamond at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, on June 2. This is the seventh diamond greater than 100 ct recovered at the mine this year. 

Gem recovers 172.06 ct diamond at Letšeng
172.06 ct Type II white diamond

UN Global Campaign for Road Safety launched in SA

31st May 2024 In support of national and local authorities’ road safety initiatives, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety Jean Todt, in partnership with outdoor advertising company JCDecaux, on May 15, launched the UN Global Campaign for Road Safety under the hashtag #MakeASafetyStatement.... 

UN Global Campaign for Road Safety launched in SA
Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga

Globe says Kanyika capital funding requirements finalised at $46m

28th May 2024 Australia-listed Globe Metals and Mining has reported that capital funding requirements for Phase 1 project development at its Kanyika Niobium project, in Malawi, have been finalised at an estimated  $46-million, inclusive of a 25% project contingency allocation. The company says the Phase 1... 

IonicRE, Less Common Metals collaborate on expanding magnet rare earths supply chain

27th May 2024 ASX-listed Ionic Rare Earths (IonicRE) has signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UK-based metals and alloy manufacturer Less Common Metals (LCM) to work collaboratively on building a Western supply chain for rare earth permanent magnet production. Under the terms of the MoU,... 

Panellists discuss graphite demand and rare earth supply chains at Junior Indaba

27th May 2024 With growing demand for electric vehicles, yearly graphite supply needs to be about four times higher in 2030, and about nine times higher in 2040, than at present, owing to its use in energy transition-related products, such as lithium-ion batteries. During a presentation at the Junior Indaba... 

Lack of funding remains a big concern for coal juniors

24th May 2024 Amid challenging market conditions, junior coal miners in Africa face challenges in securing funding, with about 70% experiencing constraints in exploration and production owing to insufficient financing, said coal procurement and mining development company Alpha Resources and Investments CEO... 

Zhaojin moves ahead with compulsory acquisition of remaining Tietto shares

24th May 2024 ASX-listed Tietto Minerals has reported that the off-market takeover offer made by Zhaojin Capital for all of the issued shares in Tietto that Zhaojin does not already own, closed at 19:00, Sydney time, on May 14. As at Tuesday, May 14, Zhaojin had voting power of 90.72% in Tietto. 

DTPC launches Dube TradeZone 2, attracts R1.8bn in private investment

24th May 2024 KwaZulu-Natal provincial entity Dube TradePort Corporation (DTPC) has launched its Dube TradeZone 2 – the second phase of the industrial precinct and special economic zone (SEZ) adjacent to the King Shaka International Airport. Dube TradeZone 2 has, to date, attracted R1.8-billion in... 

DTPC launches Dube TradeZone 2,  attracts R1.8bn in private investment
Poulos Ngcobo - Dube TradePort deputy board chairperson; Pearl Bhengu - iThala Development Finance Corporation; Siboniso Duma - KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs; Mpumelelo Zikalala - Dube TradePort board chairperson; Hamish Erskine - Dube TradePort CEO; and Khanyisani Shandu - Trade and Investment KZN board chairperson

ESG key as investors back gold ETPs, metals funds – Tabula

17th May 2024 Gold exchange-traded products (ETPs) and metals funds are expected to benefit the most from positive flows into the commodities sector this year, with an environmental, social and governance (ESG) focus crucial to maximising inflows, research from European exchange-traded fund provider Tabula... 

Hummingbird says Corica restarts operations at Kouroussa

17th May 2024 Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources has reported the remobilisation of mining services provider Corica Mining Services at the Kouroussa gold mine, in Guinea. Corica in March suspended work at the mine following a dispute with Hummingbird about certain payments, which it believed it was due. 

Mining-focused manufacturers see innovation as key to survival and future growth

17th May 2024 Amid the challenges of loadshedding, logistical constraints and volatile commodity prices, South Africa’s mining-focused manufacturers and equipment suppliers view ongoing innovation, including embracing digitalisation and artificial intelligence (AI), as increasingly central to their survival... 

Mining-focused manufacturers see innovation as key to survival and future growth
AGAINST THE ODDS While the local mining sector continues to face challenges, such as loadshedding, industry players remain resilient

Mining-focused manufacturers see innovation as key to survival and future growth

17th May 2024 Amid the challenges of loadshedding, logistical constraints and volatile commodity prices, South Africa’s mining-focused manufacturers and equipment suppliers view ongoing innovation, including embracing digitalisation and artificial intelligence (AI), as increasingly central to their survival... 

Mining-focused manufacturers see innovation as key to survival and future growth
AGAINST THE ODDS While the local mining sector continues to face challenges, such as loadshedding, industry players remain resilient

Tirupati urges shareholders to vote against replacing the board with new directors

13th May 2024 London-listed specialist flake graphite producer Tirupati Graphite has asked shareholders to vote against resolutions brought by a group of shareholders seeking the removal of chairperson and MD Shishir Poddar, joint-MD Puruvi Poddar and Alastair Bath from office as directors of the company and... 

Unctad calls for innovative investment strategies

10th May 2024 Amid the complex landscape of global foreign direct investment (FDI), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) has called for innovative investment strategies to foster inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In its report titled ‘Global Economic Fracturing and Shifting... 

Atlantic achieves positive drilling results at Ewoyaa target

7th May 2024 Africa-focused lithium exploration and development company Atlantic Lithium has reported that initial assay results from the drilling completed so far this year at its Ewoyaa project, in Ghana, have delivered impressive intersections, providing confidence in the growth potential of the current... 

Growth in platinum jewellery demand continues in most key markets

6th May 2024 In its latest Platinum Jewellery Business Review (PJBR) for the fourth quarter of 2023,  marketing organisation Platinum Guild International (PGI) has reported that India’s jewellery market maintained its robust growth during the final quarter of last year, while Japan enjoyed modest gains, and... 

West Wits to raise A$1.4m

3rd May 2024 To strengthen its balance sheet and fund its ongoing operations, ASX-listed West Wits Mining has secured firm commitments from unrelated existing and new sophisticated and professional investors to raise A$1.4-million, before costs, through a share placement. It intends to issue about... 

Motus CEO to retire in October

3rd May 2024 Osman Arbee will be retiring as CEO of automotive group Motus, with effect from October 31, and will be succeeded by the group’s CFO Ockert Janse van Rensburg, with effect from November 1. Having joined Imperial Holdings in September 2004, Arbee’s career with the group has spanned 20 years. He... 

IIoT seen mitigating illegal connections to mains electricity

3rd May 2024 Illegal connections are one of the leading causes of electricity-related injuries and deaths in South Africa, while also posing a risk of fires and electrocutions in communities. It also adds to the costs incurred by power utilities and municipalities and, in turn, impair their ability to provide... 

Diamcor announces C$1.5m private placement

2nd May 2024 Diamond mining company Diamcor Mining plans to complete a non-brokered private placement financing of up to C$1.5-million, and anticipates that an aggregate of up to C$1.25-million of the financing will be subscribed to by existing larger shareholders, management and directors. The company says... 

Rand Refinery donates R2m to seven Gauteng schools

29th April 2024 As part of its commitment to education, precious metals refiner Rand Refinery has donated R2-million to seven primary and secondary schools in Gauteng. The company says this donation will be allocated towards refurbishments at, and procurement of modern educational tools by, the selected schools. 

Tetra Pak’s Pinetown plant reopened after R500m upgrade

26th April 2024 Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak has reopened its newly renovated factory in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, following an investment of about R500-million. The investment was directed towards upgrading and expanding the production capabilities of the Pinetown facility, which... 

Tetra Pak’s Pinetown plant reopened after R500m upgrade
Tetra Pak Southern Africa MD Klaus Plenge, President Cyril Ramaphosa and KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube on a tour of Tetra Pak's revamped Pinetown factory

Perseus expects strong operating performance to continue

24th April 2024 ASX- and TSX-listed Perseus Mining has reported gold sales of 115 648 oz in the March quarter – a 19 489 oz decrease on sales in the December 2023 quarter, owing to the timing of gold sales. The weighted average gold price realised was $2 025/oz, $62/oz more than the December 2023 quarter price... 

Ironveld enters facility agreement with Tracarta

24th April 2024 Aim-listed mining development company Ironveld has entered into a further working capital loan facility agreement with shareholder Tracarta, in which Ironveld chairperson John Wardle has a beneficial interest. The facility agreement enables the company to draw down up to £125 000 on equivalent... 

Dr Surinder Ghag appointed Sovereign chief technology officer

23rd April 2024 Aim- and ASX-listed Sovereign Metals has appointed graphite and battery anode specialist consultant Dr Surinder Ghag as chief technology officer of graphite. Ghag will assist Sovereign's graphite strategy in qualifying the graphite product from its Kasiya rutile/graphite project, in Malawi, for... 

Kumba’s first-quarter sales fall 10% on port challenges

23rd April 2024 Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore has reported a 10% year-on-year decrease in sales to 8.5-million tonnes for the quarter ended March 31, on the back of port performance challenges. About 400 000 t of shipments have been rolled over to the second quarter as a result. 

Kumba’s first-quarter sales fall 10% on port challenges
Kumba CEO Mpumi Zikalala

Boliden, Epiroc and ABB deploy first battery-electric truck trolley system for underground mining

22nd April 2024 Swedish metals maker Boliden, technology company ABB and original-equipment manufacturer Epiroc have successfully deployed the first fully battery-electric truck trolley system on an 800-m-long underground mine test track in Sweden, with a 13% incline.    ABB says the achievement of the... 

Boliden, Epiroc and ABB deploy first battery-electric truck trolley system for underground mining

Tabula launches ESG-focused exchange-traded commodity

22nd April 2024 European exchange-traded fund provider Tabula Investment Management has launched an environmental, social and governance- (ESG-) focused physical gold exchange-traded commodity (ETC), the single mine origin (SMO) physical gold ETC called BARS. Tabula says the BARS is the first exchange-traded... 

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