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US moves to restore stockpiling ‘panic button’ in EV metals fight with China

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2024 Insiders liken it to a “panic button.” And for more than 80 years, the primary job of the National Defense Stockpile has been to keep the US military supplied with essential raw materials and protect against supply shocks. So when China surprised the markets by restricting exports of two niche... 

EIB in talks with South Africa over loan for ports, freight rail

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2024 The European Investment Bank (EIB) said it’s in talks to loan South Africa money to upgrade its port and freight-rail infrastructure as its first contribution to a decarbonization pact known as the Just Energy Transition Partnership. The loan, the size of which the EIB didn’t disclose, is part of... 

Locomotives owned by Transnet Freight Rail

IEA to launch security programme for minerals critical to energy sector

By: Reuters     14th February 2024 The International Energy Agency (IEA) is launching a programme to secure the supply of minerals critical to energy security, as demand rises fast while manufacturing remains in the hands of a few key producers, its executive director said on Tuesday. Fatih Birol said the production of electric... 

IEA executive director Fatih Birol
Photo by Bloomberg
IEA executive director Fatih Birol

Power aggregators seen as key accelerators of South African mining’s energy transition  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2024 Many energy projects selling to one buyer, who in turn sells to many mines – this procurement model is seen as a key financial tool to accelerate the energy transition of South Africa’s mining industry. “We think the aggregator model can really accelerate the requirements of the mines to get... 

Nedbank CIB) Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh.
Nedbank CIB Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Bezant advances early works at Namibia project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2024 In anticipation of being granted a mining licence, Bezant Resources continues with exploration on its 70%-owned Hope and Gorob copper/gold project in central Namibia. The company has also submitted a social and environmental impact assessment to interested and affected parties for comments. 

Permanent aerial mesh support, exoskeletons under scrutiny to make mining safer 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2024 Minerals Council South Africa is looking at the possibility of promoting permanent aerial mesh support throughout the mining industry as part of its fall-of-ground action plan. The Minerals Council has a robust fall-of-ground action plan that targets several dimensions of the biggest contributor... 

Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane flanked by Japie Fullard (left) and Dushendra Naidoo (right).
Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane flanked by Japie Fullard (left) and Dushendra Naidoo (right).

Mining industry sustainability hinges on energy, logistics reforms, Minerals Council stresses

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2024 The sustainability of the South African mining industry and its ability to play a meaningful and positive role in society and the economy are dependent on urgent and extensive structural reforms in the energy and logistics sectors, mining industry organisation the Minerals Council South Africa... 

Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane
Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane

Crucial to combine agricultural development with mining, Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2024 Africa is going to have a huge amount to do to help solve the world’s climate change problems, Toronto-listed Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland emphasised in his far-reaching thirtieth address to the thirtieth Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. In those 30... 

Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland.
Photo by Creamer Media
Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland.

Noise-induced hearing loss now highest priority mining health condition, Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2024 Noise-induced hearing loss has displaced tuberculosis (TB) and silicosis as the top priority health threat in the South African mining industry. “I’m emphasising noise-induced hearing loss because the other diseases have gone down markedly whereas noise-induced hearing loss has not gone down as... 

From left Minerals Council South Africa’s Sietse van der Woude, Dr Thuthula Balfour, Japie Fullard, Mzila Mthenjane and Dushendra Naidoo.
From left Minerals Council South Africa’s Sietse van der Woude, Dr Thuthula Balfour, Japie Fullard, Mzila Mthenjane and Dushendra Naidoo.

South Africa’s mining industry now 39% black-owned, Mining Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2024 In 2004, the year South Africa’s far-reaching Mining Charter was first introduced, black ownership in South Africa’s globally recognised mining industry stood at a negligible 2%. This has now leapt nearly 20 times higher to approximately 39%, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.

Clear commitment to reform implementation needed in SoNA – Mavuso

By: Schalk Burger     5th February 2024 Business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to show a clear commitment to the hard work of reform implementation during his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday evening. South Africa's electricity crisis remains a... 

Locomotives operating on Transnet Freight Rail's rail lines

Blackstone executives volunteer to reduce cash-based salaries

By: Mariaan Webb     1st February 2024 ASX-listed Blackstone Minerals, which is developing an integrated battery metals processing business in Vietnam to produce nickel/cobalt/manganese precursor products, has announced cost-cutting initiatives to ride out difficult market and price conditions. To preserve cash and limit shareholder... 

Blackstone executives volunteer to reduce cash-based salaries

Tshipi achieves record quarter production

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st January 2024 Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining, in which ASX-listed Jupiter Mines has a 49.9% beneficial interest, achieved record production at the Tshipi manganese mine in the Kalahari manganese field for the quarter ended December 31, 2023. Production was 1.02-million tonnes, a 29% increase on the previous... 

Coal miner Ndalamo pursuing renewable energy, other minerals

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2024 Coal mining company Ndalamo Resources is actively exploring opportunities in renewable energy and other minerals, paving the way for a diversified and resilient future. Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo states this in an Op-Ed in relation to the overarching theme of next week's 2024 Investing in... 

Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo.
Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo.

Transnet needs ‘the right, permanent management, quickly’ – Havenga 

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2024 State-owned rail and port operator Transnet could, potentially, show significant improvement this year compared with last year’s dismal performance, says transport economist and macrologistics researcher at Stellenbosch University Dr Jan Havenga.  However, it is imperative that Public Enterprises... 

Image of US Prof Jan Havenga
Jan Havenga

Anglo launches battery raw materials research project with large China recycler 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2024 South Africa-founded and Johannesburg- and London-listed Anglo American on Friday announced the launch of a research and development project in collaboration with one of China’s largest battery and battery material recyclers. The purpose of the project with Shenzhen-based GEM is to explore new... 

GEM and Anglo teams at signing ceremony.
GEM and Anglo teams at signing ceremony.

Giyani secures $10m of funding to progress K.Hill to a final investment decision

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th January 2024 TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals has secured $10-million in funding from private equity fund ARCH Sustainable Resources Fund. The funding fulfils a key condition for the drawdown of a $16-million convertible loan facility secured from South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation. 

Ore recovered at the K.Hill project

DP World’s $2bn Mozambique port expansion gets approval

By: Bloomberg     24th January 2024 Mozambique approved an extended deal for DP World, Grindrod and other operators of its biggest port, including a $2-billion expansion that will further draw cargoes away from neighboring South Africa’s creaking trade infrastructure. The group, which also includes Mozambique’s state-owned railway... 

The Maputo port

Strong showing by South Africa’s Hillside helps to lift South32 to record aluminium output 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2024 Ongoing strong performance by South Africa’s Hillside Aluminium operation in KwaZulu-Natal has helped diversified mining company South32 achieve record half-year aluminium production. Moreover, South Africa Manganese sales increased by 9% in the December quarter at a 5% price premium to the... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

South32 coal production falls sharply

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd January 2024 Diversified mining company South32 on Monday reported a sharp drop in coal production, with metallurgical coal output slumping by 50% in the December quarter. The Illawarra mine, in Australia, produced 744 000 t in the three months ended December, compared with 1.48-million tonnes in comparative... 

The Illawarra metallurgical coal mine in Australia
The Illawarra metallurgical coal mine in Australia

Cadastre imminent, 2024 to be used as year to clear backlogs, says Minerals Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 The introduction of an electronic cadastral system to record and enable online access to mining data is imminent, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe emphasised in an interview with Radio 702 host Clement Manyathela on Thursday. Mantashe disclosed to Manyathela that agreement had... 

Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Gwede Mantashe

EU-backed investors plan €500m battery raw materials fund

By: Reuters     18th January 2024 Two of Europe's leading energy transition investors plan to raise €500-million for a battery raw materials fund, aiming to plug "significant gaps" in the region's supply chain, executives told Reuters. InnoEnergy, backed by the European Union, and Demeter Investment Managers said the EBA... 

The fund will focus its efforts on critical minerals, including lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese and graphite.
The fund will focus its efforts on critical minerals, including lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese and graphite.

Global mining commits to nature-positive future 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 Global mining and metals companies have committed at Davos to take urgent action to support a nature-positive future by 2030 that promotes the health, diversity and resilience of species, ecosystems and natural processes. International Council of Metals and Minerals (ICMM) members have pledged... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

South Africa-linked mining luminaries advising on metals industry greening 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2024 South Africa-linked mining luminaries are playing roles in an initiative to transform the metals industry with clean technology. Being targeted for metals is the elimination of energy-intensive smelters, toxic chemicals and strong acids. 

Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill
Photo by Creamer Media
Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill

Smart wristwatches to uplift mineworker well-being at Copper 360  

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2024 Computer programmes that use artificial intelligence (AI) to model orebodies and plan mines optimally have already been introduced by Copper 360, says the JSE AltX-listed Northern Cape copper mining company, which is developing the Rietberg copper mine, the first of a dozen copper mining assets... 

Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson
Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

JSE presents opportunity for critical mineral miners to access capital  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2024 Critical mineral demand is growing significantly at a time when South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets – two crucial needs that can be fulfilled in one go by companies raising capital on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) to fund their entry into the critical minerals... 

JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster
JSE Business Development Manager Patrycja Kula-Verster interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly.

IDC-funded Canada-Botswana battery manganese demo plant to be built in Joburg  

By: Martin Creamer     20th December 2023 Giyani Metals is a company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in Toronto, Canada. Through its wholly-owned Botswana subsidiary Menzi Battery Metals, Giyani is the owner of the past producing K.Hill manganese mining project in Botswana. Giyani is now intent on producing battery manganese –... 

Giyani Metals CEO Danny Keating.
Giyani CEO Danny Keating interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Critical Mineral Resources appoints COO after chairperson resignation

By: Donna Slater     20th December 2023 Morocco-focused critical mineral explorer and developer Critical Mineral Resources (CMR) reports that chairperson Christopher Lambert has left the company’s board of directors with immediate effect of December 20. As the board considers his replacement, it reports the appointment of Noureddine... 

South Africa aims to fire up economic growth with port, rail revival

By: Bloomberg     13th December 2023 South Africa’s government and the business community set a target of boosting the economic growth rate by as much as six percentage points by fixing the country’s collapsing ports and freight-rail network. They predict that cracking down on crime and corruption may save as much as 300 billion... 

A TFR locomotive

Firebird selects location for China manganese sulphate plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2023 Advanced manganese developer Firebird Metals has signed an agreement for industrial land with the Jinshi local government, in Hunan, for its China battery-grade manganese sulphate plant. The agreement, announced on Wednesday, covers land allocation, tax incentive structures, land rebates for the... 

Mining urged to embrace international council’s new Scope 3 emissions guidance 

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2023 All mining and metals companies are being urged to embrace new guidance on reducing Scope 3 emissions, which was published by the International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Wednesday. The guidance is a tool to assist mining companies in their engagement with the financial sector,... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.

PE Bulk Terminal completes yearly maintenance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2023 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has successfully concluded the yearly ten-day maintenance shutdown of the Port Elizabeth Bulk Terminal to ensure the seamless handling of manganese for the next 12 months. This was a planned initiative carried out in agreement with customers during which bulk... 

South Africa's mining output up 3.9% y/y in October

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2023 South Africa's mining production increased by 3.9% year-on-year in October, with platinum group metals (PGMs), manganese ore and chromium ore having made the largest positive contributions. PGMs production increased by 16.9% year-on-year (contributing four percentage points to the overall... 

A manganese mining operation in South Africa

South Africa’s community engagement ahead of global peers, manganese AGM hears 

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2023 The South African mining industry is years ahead of its international peers when it comes to local and community engagement, Australia-listed Jupiter Mines, which owns 49.9% of the Tshipi manganese mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape, has told its shareholders. The controlling shareholder of the... 

Jupiter Mines chairperson Ian Murray
Jupiter Mines chairperson Ian Murray.

Mpumalanga battery manganese aspirant hoping for IDC co-investment 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2023 Canada-headquartered Giyani Metals, which operates in Botswana, has secured $16-million in financing from South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to advance a battery-grade manganese project in Botswana – whereas South Africa’s Manganese Metal Co (MMC) of Mpumalanga is still... 

MMC in Mpumalanga.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
MMC in Mpumalanga.

Greenfield investment lagging badly, mining’s contribution to economy halved 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2023 The growth of investment in fresh new greenfield mining projects is lagging badly and the contribution of the South African mining industry to the national economy has more than halved in the last two decades, Minerals Council South Africa’s latest Facts and Figures 2022 points out. Net fixed... 

Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.
Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.

Jupiter Mines, Copper 360 and DRDGold make headlines  

1st December 2023 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the news of Jupiter Mines producing a 99.9% pure sample of high purity manganese sulphate monohydrate; Copper 360 acquiring a new production-doubling copper processing plant next to its own processing facility; and DRDGold looking at the recovery of... 

Photo of Martin Creamer
Jupiter Mines, Copper 360 and DRDGold make headlines

Giyani secures $16m for Botswana manganese project

By: Mariaan Webb     1st December 2023 Canada-headquartered Giyani Metals has secured $16-million in financing from South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to advance its battery-grade manganese project in Botswana. The IDC financing is the cornerstone of a $26-million funding package over the next 15 months to... 

Giyani secures $16m for Botswana manganese project
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