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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, even when it has been... 

Pilot phase at Sovereign’s Malawi project on track

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th June 2024 ASX- and Aim-listed Sovereign Metals says pilot site construction for the ongoing pilot mining and land rehabilitation programme (pilot phase) at the Kasiya rutile/graphite project, in Malawi, is on schedule, with groundworks under way. “This pilot phase is a step-change for Kasiya and... 

Green Battery and Volt Carbon to co-develop Quebec graphite project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th June 2024 TSX-V-listed Green Battery Minerals has entered into an option agreement with fellow-listed Volt Carbon Technologies to co-develop the Berkwood graphite project, in Quebec. Volt has an option to acquire a 5% interest in the project by funding C$150 000 in exploration before the end of December... 

Tirupati confirms Lynch-Bell’s appointment as chairperson following EGM

By: Darren Parker     12th June 2024 Flake graphite company Tirupati Graphite has confirmed the appointment of Michael Lynch-Bell as nonexecutive chairperson, following a shareholder-requisitioned extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on June 11. A group of shareholders, who hold about 5.8% of Tirupati’s ordinary share capital, in... 

Blencowe signs first offtake MoU for Orom-Cross graphite

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th June 2024 London-listed Blencowe Resources has signed its first nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) for natural large flake concentrate offtake from the Orom-Cross graphite project, in Uganda. Under the terms of the MoU, vertically integrated graphite producer Jilin New Technology Graphite intends... 

Walkabout ships first graphite from Tanzania mine

By: Mariaan Webb     7th June 2024 Australia-listed Walkabout has produced and shipped its first consignment of on-specification graphite concentrate from the Lindi Jumbo graphite mine, in Tanzania. The shipment is destined for Europe, marking a milestone for the project during its commissioning phase. 

Walkabout ships first graphite from Tanzania mine

Long-term unlocking of vast resources potential gaining ground

By: Simone Liedtke     7th June 2024 Mozambique’s mining industry has been a significant driver of economic growth over the past two decades. With vast mineral resources, including heavy sands, coal, magnetite, graphite, lithium, gold and gemstones, the country offers a promising landscape for mining investments, says mining... 

MOZAMBIQUE POTENTIAL
Mozambique continues to attract international interest and aims to bolster its position as a key mining hub in Southern Africa
MOZAMBIQUE POTENTIAL Mozambique continues to attract international interest and aims to bolster its position as a key mining hub in Southern Africa

Tirupati clarifies rationale of certain corporate actions amid minority shareholder pressure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2024 London-listed emerging graphite miner Tirupati Graphite has, in a statement to shareholders on June 5, explained its rationale for appointing certain board members rather than those suggested by a group of underlying shareholders who hold a combined 5.8% of shares in the company. The group of... 

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.

Volt starts shipments of high-value purified graphite

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2024 Australia-listed Volt Resources on Friday commenced high-purity (99.5%) micronized graphite shipments from its Zavalievsky (ZG) mine, in Ukraine. Volt last month received a 40-t customer order at a price exceeding €2 700/t. To date, about 26 t have been produced and shipped to the customer, with... 

Volt starts shipments of high-value purified graphite

Tirupati appoints Lynch-Bell nonexec chair

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2024 UK-based Tirupati Graphite has appointed Michael David Lynch-Bell as nonexecutive chairperson. He previously led consultancy Ernst & Young’s global oil and gas advisory practices, with a total 38-year career having been served at the consultancy.  

Incoming Tirupati nonexecutive chairperson Michael David Lynch-Bell
Incoming Tirupati nonexecutive chairperson Michael David Lynch-Bell

Blencowe continues to advance graphite prequalification work, expects offtake agreements soon

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2024 As London-listed Blencowe Resources advances the definitive feasibility stage of the Orom-Cross graphite project, in Uganda, towards production near the end of 2025, the company has had various fruitful engagements with offtakers. From only 2% of its total tenement area, the Orom-Cross project... 

Graphite ore shard

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

By: Sabrina Jardim     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... 

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.

Graphite market challenges made 2023 tough for Syrah but the future looks promising

By: Darren Parker     24th May 2024 Unforeseen graphite market developments in 2023 cast a shadow on ASX-listed Syrah’s Balama graphite project’s sales and production momentum, while highlighting the company’s strategic position in global battery anode and natural graphite markets, chairperson Jim Askew said on May 24 at the... 

syrah balama process plant
Balama process plant

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.

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.

Use resources to diversify African economies, unlock sustainable growth

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2024 A majority of African economies, or 83%, are highly commodity-dependent and are vulnerable to external shocks, experiencing good growth when commodity prices are high, but seeing growth reversal and setbacks when prices are low. Chad, for example, experienced an average of 9% growth in GDP... 

Haul trucks in operation at a West African mine

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.

Today’s well-supplied market for critical minerals ‘may not be a good guide for future’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2024 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report describes the sharp decline in critical mineral prices over the past year as a double-edged sword, cautioning that, while it has been a boon for clean energy deployment and affordability, it is a bane for critical mineral investment and... 

Investment in certain minerals, notably copper and lithium, is falling short of what was required for transition to net-zero energy system
Investment in certain minerals, notably copper and lithium, is falling short of what was required for transition to net-zero energy system

MRC in talks to take full control of WA graphite project

By: Mariaan Webb     15th May 2024 Graphite-focused Mineral Commodities (MRC) is in negotiations with its joint venture (JV) partner in the Munglinup project, on Western Australia’s Fitzgerald coast, to settle a dispute regarding its right to increase its interest in the project. The company currently holds a 51% interest... 

MRC in talks to take full control of WA graphite project

Tirupati schedules requisitioned general meeting for June 11

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2024 Specialist graphite producer Tirupati Graphite will, on June 11, hold a general meeting to give shareholders the opportunity to vote on a resolution brought by a group of shareholders to replace the current board of directors with new candidates. Tirupati last month received a letter from Walpole... 

Graphite miner Lincoln joins EU trade mission

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2024 Graphite miner Lincoln Minerals CEO Jonathon Trewartha will participate in an Australia government-led trade mission to the European Union (EU) in early June. During the trade mission, Lincoln will showcase its Kookaburra graphite project, in South Australia, which Trewartha says can play a... 

The Kookaburra graphite project has the second largest known graphite resource on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.
The Kookaburra graphite project has the second largest known graphite resource on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.

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

By: Sabrina Jardim     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... 

MRC plans to sell SA mineral sands mine as focus shifts to graphite

By: Mariaan Webb     10th May 2024 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) has announced a decision to divest its interest in the Tormin mineral sands mine in South Africa to allow the company to focus its efforts on graphite assets and downstream active anode material projects. The company entered into a proceed deed with... 

MRC plans to sell SA mineral sands mine as focus shifts to graphite

Tirupati grows production, sales but warns of working capital limitations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2024 London-listed Tirupati Graphite has successfully grown its commercial production by 49% year-on-year and its sales revenue by 70% year-on-year for the financial year ended March 31, despite working capital limitations. Chairperson Shishir Poddar attributes the company’s strong performance to... 

Sovereign reports ‘excellent’ graphite testwork results

By: Darren Parker     8th May 2024 ASX- and Aim-listed Sovereign has reported “excellent” results from graphite testwork completed at multiple independent laboratories in Australia, Canada and South Africa using a conventional flowsheet that was consistent across all laboratories. The company believes this confirms its ability to... 

Kinross records 20% margin surge, free cash flow triples

By: Mariaan Webb     8th May 2024 Canadian miner Kinross has kicked off the year on a robust note, marking a 20% surge in margins and a remarkable tripling of its free cash flow. In its first-quarter report unveiled this Tuesday, Kinross revealed a 20% uptick in margins to $1 088/gold-equivalent ounce (GEO) sold, outpacing the... 

The Tasiast mine
The Tasiast mine

South Star makes first graphite sale from Santa Cruz

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th May 2024 TSX-V-listed South Star on Tuesday announced a binding sales agreement for the initial purchase of 100 t of graphite concentrate from the Santa Cruz mine, in Brazil. The material will be shipped in five shipping containers, each holding 20 one-tonne super stacks. 

Walkabout warns of short-term impact on Tanzania exports following cyclone

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th May 2024 ASX-listed Walkabout Resources says its Lindi Jumbo graphite mine, in Tanzania, was only mildly impacted on by heavy rains and a brief power interruption as a result of cyclone Hidaya, which passed over the country over the weekend. However, the coastal road from the project to the capital Dar es... 

Tirupati offers to meet with shareholders who sought the removal of three directors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2024 Specialist graphite producer Tirupati Graphite says its directors have offered to meet with shareholders who have requested a general meeting be held to allow shareholders to vote on the removal of three directors from the company's board. The company, which has operations in Madagascar and... 

Walkabout achieves first concentrated ore at Lindi Jumbo, ramp-up efforts continue

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd May 2024 ASX-listed Walkabout Resources has started concentrating ore at its Lindi Jumbo graphite mine, in Tanzania, with commissioning activities continuing to ramp up. The mine is poised to become one of the top five natural graphite producing mines outside of China and the first new major mining... 

Graphite miners lobby US govt to impose levy on China-sourced EV material

By: Reuters     2nd May 2024 North American graphite miners are lobbying the US government to impose a 25% tariff on three graphite products sourced from China in order to counter Beijing's monopoly on a key material used in automobile batteries. If successful, the move will pit the miners against their main customers- the... 

Graphite miners lobby US govt to impose levy on China-sourced EV material

Asic targets Magnis and Poullas over disclosure failures

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th April 2024 The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (Asic) has initiated civil penalty proceedings in the Federal Court against graphite company Magnis Energy Technologies and its executive chairperson, Frank Poullas. The allegations revolve around Magnis' alleged failure to disclose material... 

Magnis holds a majority stake in Imperium3 New York (iM3NY), which operates a US battery plant.
Magnis holds a majority stake in Imperium3 New York (iM3NY), which operates a US battery plant.

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.

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa names new Mines Minister in mini-reshuffle

By: Bloomberg     25th April 2024 Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reappointed Winston Chitando as the Southern African nation’s Mines Minister, a post he held before last year’s elections. Prior to his reappointment, Chitando was the local government minister. 

Zimbabwe Mines Minister Winston Chitando
Photo by Reuters
Zimbabwe Mines Minister Winston Chitando

Changing business opportunities, challenges in Zimbabwe highlighted

By: Schalk Burger     24th April 2024 Zimbabwe is undergoing change and aims to attract more companies to do business in the country, but risks and challenges remain for businesses aiming to capitalise on the opportunities in the country. These were some of the views raised by Zimbabwean and international representatives during an... 

A Zimbabwe flag

Armadale sets out to earn a majority stake in US silver asset

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th April 2024 Aim-listed investment company Armadale Capital, which holds mine investments in Africa, has entered into an agreement to earn a 50% interest in Africo American Incorporated (AAI), the holding company of the Canyon Silver lead/zinc/silver exploration asset, in Idaho, in the US. Armadale has an... 

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