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Global gold mining major highlights academic partnership with South Africa’s Fort Hare 

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2024 The University of Fort Hare, where the offspring of mineworkers were the first graduates, has agreed a R12.5-million, initial ten-year academic partnership with gold mining major AngloGold Ashanti, which no longer mines in this country and is now domiciled in London. Fort Hare is the university... 

Rio Tinto invests $165m in Quebec smelter

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th June 2024 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has announced a $165-million (C$226-million) investment in its Grande-Baie smelter, located in Quebec. The investment aims to refurbish two anode baking furnaces that have reached the end of their operational lifespan. The company will also carry out feasibility... 

Rio Tinto invests $165m in Quebec smelter

Reserve Bank concern about decline of public markets welcome development – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2024 The concern that South Africa’s Reserve Bank expressed last week on the state of this country’s public markets is seen as a welcome development by AmaranthCX director and public market promoter Paul Miller. Everything the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has done has not been enough to change... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rio Tinto ups stake in Australia's second-biggest aluminium smelter

By: Mariaan Webb     11th June 2024 Commodities giant Rio Tinto will increase its interest Boyne Smelters (BSL), which owns and operates the Boyne Island aluminium smelter in Gladstone, Australia, to 73.5%. The company has agreed to acquire Mitsubishi’s 11.65% interest in BSL. This follows the recent agreement to acquire Sumitomo... 

Rio Tinto ups stake in Australia's second-biggest aluminium smelter

Guinea signs alumina refinery deal with Emirates Global Aluminium subsidiary

By: Reuters     7th June 2024 Guinea has signed a non-binding agreement with a subsidiary of Emirates Global Aluminium for the construction of a major alumina refinery, the second one in the country, two senior officials of Guinea's mines ministry told Reuters. The agreement, known as a "Term Sheet", said the company, through... 

First call applications for R400m junior mining exploration fund close July 12

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2024 The first call applications for the R400-million junior mining exploration fund (JMEF) close on July 12. This was stated on Tuesday in a media release issued by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), in partnership with the Council for Geoscience (CGS) and the Industrial... 

Need for quick exploration activity.
Unless exploration increases fast, the vital mining economy will shrink.

Rio Tinto celebrates 70th anniversary of BC Works

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2024 Diversified mining company Rio Tinto has marked the 70th anniversary of its BC Works operation, celebrating seven decades of significant contributions to the aluminium industry and the Kitimat community. As the sole aluminium smelter operator in British Columbia, Rio Tinto has cemented its... 

Rio Tinto celebrates 70th anniversary of BC Works

Rio Tinto secures future of NZ aluminium smelter, acquires full ownership

By: Mariaan Webb     31st May 2024 Commodities giant Rio Tinto announced on Friday that it would keep New Zealand’s sole aluminium smelter operational until at least 2044, following the completion of new 20-year electricity supply agreements. The Tiwai Point smelter, owned and operated New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS), has... 

Rio Tinto secures future of NZ aluminium smelter, acquires full ownership

Aluminium hits two-year high as China capacity limits help rally

By: Bloomberg     30th May 2024 Aluminum extended gains to a two-year high after China, the biggest producer, tightened capacity controls across an array of metals to meet emission-cutting goals. The light metal used in everything from window frames to solar panels has climbed with other base metals this year as expected US... 

Aluminium hits two-year high as China capacity limits help rally

Massive water power possibilities in underground mining, says COMRO book editor   

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2024 When hydropower was being developed for South Africa’s gold-mining industry, the industry was going through a tough time and the research organisation of the day, the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation or COMRO, ceased to function in the form that it had for 30-odd years. Had COMRO continued... 

COMRO book editor Brian Protheroe (right) and Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer (left).
COMRO’S Legacy editor Brian Protheroe interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Green hydrogen must be allowed to decarbonise optimally, Junior Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2024 Green hydrogen must be made cheap enough to decarbonise optimally at a time when the delay in emission reduction needs to be reversed if the world is to hit net zero by 2050. A range of factors need to be aligned relating to policy, technology, the circular economy, social buy-in and primary supply. 

Hugo Pienaar.
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Huge manganese value-add opportunity reiterated at Junior Indaba 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2024 The huge opportunity that South Africa has to add value to its rich endowment of manganese through local processing was reiterated during the second day of Wednesday’s Junior Indaba. “Specific to manganese, we’re certainly very bullish,” Manganese Metal Co (MMC) CEO Louis Nel said in response to... 

From left, Kudakwashe Maramba, George Roach, Ntsiki Adonisi, Louis Nel, Jaco Prinsloo, Bernard Swanepoel.
From left, Kudakwashe Maramba, George Roach, Ntsiki Adonisi, Louis Nel, Jaco Prinsloo, Bernard Swanepoel.

India's Vedanta Aluminium turning to renewables, not adding coal capacity, CEO says

By: Reuters     22nd May 2024 Indian metals-to-oil conglomerate Vedanta's aluminium business will no longer add coal-fired capacity, its CEO said, in the company's biggest move yet toward renewable energy. Vedanta Aluminium, the country's biggest producer of the metal, aims to increase the share of renewable energy it is... 

Latest cadastre agreement excites South Africa’s Junior Indaba panel  

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2024 There were expressions of excitement at the South Africa’s Junior Indaba on Tuesday when attendees at the important mining event learnt of the signing of the service-level agreement (SLA) for South Africa's long-awaited mining cadastral system, a key tool for orderly mineral exploration... 

Opening Junior Indaba panel (from left) Lili Nupen, Tseliso Maqubela, Errol Smart, Mosa Mabuza, Bernard Swanepoel.
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Alpha HPA upsizes equity raising to A$175m

By: Mariaan Webb     21st May 2024 ASX-listed Alpha HPA on Tuesday upsized its equity raising to facilitate the development of its high-purity alumina (HPA) refinery in Gladstone, Queensland, to A$175-million. The company previously planned a A$120-million equity raising as part of a broader funding package for the Stage 2 project. 

Alpha HPA upsizes equity raising to A$175m

Rio Tinto declares force majeure on Australian alumina cargoes

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2024 Rio Tinto Group has declared force majeure on alumina cargoes from its refineries in Queensland, Australia, due to shortages of gas to power its operations, according to people familiar with the matter. The company notified clients on Monday, the people said, asking not to be identified... 

The Yarwun refinery
The Yarwun refinery

With financing secured, Alpha HPA greenlights Stage 2 project

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2024 Australian critical minerals company Alpha HPA on Monday announced a final investment decision for the second stage of its high-purity alumina (HPA) refinery in Gladstone, Queensland, on the back of a positive definitive feasibility study (DFS) and securing A$520-million for the development. The... 

With financing secured, Alpha HPA greenlights Stage 2 project

Minerals Council, Geoscience, IDC going all out to boost South African exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2024 A collective effort was apparent on Friday when Minerals Council South Africa, the Council for Geoscience and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) spoke on the same platform to promote a return to growth in the shrinking South African mining industry. Minerals Council South Africa CEO... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane
South African public-private sector exploration webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Trafigura says aluminium rally is ‘over done’ as supply returns

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2024 Aluminum prices should decline by at least 6% over the next six months as supply returns to the market and high interest rates continue to crimp manufacturing demand, according to an analyst from Trafigura Group, one of the biggest traders of the metal. “We’re looking at a very grim demand... 

Trafigura says aluminium rally is ‘over done’ as supply returns

Critical minerals, food crops at risk of climate disruption by 2050, report shows

By: Darren Parker     30th April 2024 More than 70% of critical minerals needed for the transition to net zero emissions will be at risk from climate disruption by 2050, professional services firm PwC says. The firm's latest report, titled ‘Climate Risks to Nine Key Commodities Report’, shows that the production of copper, cobalt and... 

A graph showing the heat stress and drought riks of various commodities

Glencore bought aluminium from Rusal worth $1.06bn in 2023

By: Reuters     29th April 2024 Commodities group Glencore bought aluminium from Russian producer Rusal worth $1.06-billion in 2023 as part of their long-term contract, the Russian producer said in an annual report on Friday. Although Rusal, the world's largest producer outside China accounting for 5.5% of global output,... 

Vedanta misses Q4 profit estimates on lower prices

By: Reuters     25th April 2024 ndian mining group Vedanta reported a 27% drop in fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, reflecting weaker prices of major metals like aluminium and zinc amid ballooning finance costs. The oils-to-metals conglomerate, led by billionaire Anil Agarwal, posted a consolidated net profit of 13.69-billion... 

How 30 years of democracy has transformed South Africa's mining industry  

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2024 South Africa’s 30 years of democracy has changed the character of this country’s mining industry profoundly, Minerals Council South Africa emphasised in a report that highlights the industry’s significant advance since the dawning of democracy in 1994. Importantly, South Africa’s highly regarded... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.

LME moves to stop gaming of Russian aluminium sanctions-based rule

By: Reuters     24th April 2024 The London Metal Exchange (LME) moved on Tuesday to stop traders from taking Russian aluminium from its approved warehouses and returning it at a later date to profit from rule changes to comply with new sanctions. The US and Britain earlier this month banned the LME from accepting new Russian... 

LME moves to stop gaming of Russian aluminium sanctions-based rule

South32 reports improved operating results for March quarter

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2024 Diversified miner South32 has reported an overall improvement in its operating results for the March quarter and record year-to-date production at Hillside Aluminium, in KwaZulu-Natal, and South Africa Manganese, in the Northern Cape, along with a 60% increase in quarterly volumes at Illawarra... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Minerals Council South Africa setting out to boost local demand for green hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2024 Minerals Council South Africa is focused on increasing the domestic demand for green hydrogen, which it sees as contributing to the kickstarting of the hydrogen economy in South Africa. “The applications that we’re looking at are stationary as well as mobility applications of using hydrogen... 

From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha
From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha.

Glencore acts to profit from LME post-sanction rule change

By: Reuters     17th April 2024 Mining and trading house Glencore aims to take thousands of metric tons of Russian aluminium from the London Metal Exchange (LME) and return it at a later date to profit from rule changes, three sources familiar with the matter said. The LME has banned from its system Russian aluminium, copper... 

Glencore acts to profit from LME post-sanction rule change

Alpha HPA and Renascor score A$585m in loans for critical minerals projects

By: Mariaan Webb     17th April 2024 Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Wednesday announced the federal government’s support for two critical minerals projects in Queensland and South Australia, a move aimed at fostering local manufacturing and creating jobs. Alpha HPA is set to receive A$400-million in new loans to... 

Australian PM Anthony Albanese
Australian PM Anthony Albanese

Rio Tinto reports dip in first-quarter iron-ore shipments

By: Mariaan Webb     17th April 2024 Diversified mining group Rio Tinto has reported lower first-quarter iron-ore shipments of 78-million tonnes, amounting to a 5% year-on-year decline. The company attributed the dip to weather disruptions at ports, leading to a lower stock drawdown, and decreased production from certain mines in... 

Rio Tinto CEO Jacob Stausholm says the group delivered stable operating results in the first quarter.
Rio Tinto CEO Jacob Stausholm says the group delivered stable operating results in the first quarter.

Rusal says new Western sanctions won't hurt its aluminium supply

By: Reuters     15th April 2024 Russian aluminium giant Rusal said on Monday that new sanctions on Russian metals introduced by the United States and Britain will have no impact on its ability to supply aluminium to world markets. Washington and London on Friday prohibited metal-trading exchanges from accepting new aluminium,... 

Rusal says new Western sanctions won't hurt its aluminium supply

Metals spike on LME after Russian supply hit by US, UK sanctions

By: Bloomberg     15th April 2024 Aluminum and nickel surged on the London Metal Exchange as traders responded to new US and UK sanctions that banned deliveries of any Russian supplies produced after midnight on Friday. The new restrictions, aimed at curbing President Vladimir Putin’s ability to fund his military, inject major... 

The new restrictions are at curbing President Vladimir Putin’s ability to fund his military
The new restrictions are at curbing President Vladimir Putin’s ability to fund his military

South Africa's science, innovation dept launches circular minerals, metals initiative 

By: Darren Parker     11th April 2024 South Africa's Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), through the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has launched the first of three new government-led collaborative circular economy initiatives focusing on priority economic sectors that were identified by government in... 

DSI technology innovation deputy director general Mmboneni Muofhe
Photo by Creamer Media
DSI technology innovation deputy director general Mmboneni Muofhe

Platinum-linked green hydrogen set to be world’s ‘new oil’, Forbes article highlights  

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2024 There's no climate solution without hydrogen. It’s the missing piece of the clean energy puzzle, says a global CEO-led initiative that brings together leading companies with a united vision. This initiative has ballooned to 150 multinationals companies from its modest 13-leader 2017 launch at the... 

Hydrogen economy, platinum group metals go together.
Photo by Inforgraphic: Heraeus Precious Metals
Hydrogen economy, platinum group metals go together.

Use underground mines for electricity storage, optimise mine water use – Karst Hydro  

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2024 South Africa’s many underground mines can be used as batteries that store the clean electricity that the water descending for cooling can provide. At the same time, the local community could end up with a utility that supplies them clean water along with a store of cheap and reliable green energy. 

Karst MD Guy Richards.
Karst interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Baatar appointed Rio Tinto COO to spearhead global business development

By: Mariaan Webb     8th April 2024 Multinational mining giant Rio Tinto has announced the appointment of Bold Baatar as its COO, tasked with spearheading the group's commercial and business development endeavors worldwide. Baatar's ascent comes as Alf Barrios, the incumbent COO, prepares for retirement from Rio Tinto. 

Bold Baatar
Bold Baatar

Mines investing R46m to put an end to fall-of-ground fatalities   

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2024 South Africa’s mining industry is investing R46-million in an action plan to eliminate fall-of-ground (FoG) fatalities. The FoG action plan is being implemented through Minerals Council South Africa with the assistance of its Rock Engineering Technical Committee, and supported by the South... 

The next breakthrough must be zero fatality
Action plan to end fall of ground fatalities covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

World’s top aluminum producer sees raw material supply risk in Guinea

By: Bloomberg     28th March 2024 Aluminum Corp of China said it sees “relatively high” risks to supplies of bauxite from Guinea, highlighting its growing dependence on a single country for the raw material. The West African nation last year provided 70% of China’s imports of bauxite, which is used to produce aluminum. That’s... 

Mechanical cutting is going to be key for mining going forward – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2024 Mechanical cutting, in which huge progress is being made, is going to be key for the mining industry going forward, Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius emphasised on Tuesday, when his Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company presented a dividend-yielding set of 2023 full-year results that... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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