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Shirley Hayes sheds more light on next month’s copper listing on the JSE’s AltX  

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2022 Shirley Hayes, the founder and CEO of SHiP Copper, into which Big Tree Copper will be reversed when Copper 360 lists on the AltX of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) next month, on Monday shed more light on the way forward for what will be South Africa’s only pure copper play on the JSE. “It... 

Glencore to end silver streaming deal with Wheaton on Peru mine

By: Reuters     19th August 2022 Wheaton Precious Metals agreed to end its so-called silver "streaming" deal with Glencore on Peru's Yauliyacu mine for $150-million, the Canadian company said on Thursday, so that Glencore could divest the mine. Pioneered by Wheaton, the streaming model is a type of alternative financing in the... 

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Endeavour Silver chairperson Bradford Cooke dies

By: Mariaan Webb     19th August 2022 Mid-tier precious metals miner Endeavour Silver on Thursday announced the passing of its founder, director and executive chairperson Bradford Cooke in Vancouver at the age of 67. Cooke’s death was sudden and unexpected, the NYSE- and TSX-listed company said in a statement. 

Bradford Cooke has passed away at the age of 67
Bradford Cooke has passed away at the age of 67

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Endeavour Silver outperforms mine plans

By: Mariaan Webb     10th August 2022 Dual-listed Endeavour Silver has raised its 2022 guidance, as the miner continues to outperform its mine plans, delivering an “exceptional” second-quarter production performance that was 15% above plan. The company increased its production outlook to between 7.6-million and 8-million... 

Worst-performing precious metal silver may have seen bottom

By: Bloomberg     9th August 2022 Silver’s been the worst-performer among major precious metals in 2022, but prices may have fallen far enough to spark a modest recovery. The white metal has lost about 11%, weighed down by the stronger US dollar, rising interest rates and slowing growth. But prices could turn higher from later... 

Chile sinkhole grows large enough to swallow France's Arc de Triomphe

By: Reuters     8th August 2022 A sinkhole in Chile has doubled in size, growing large enough to engulf France's Arc de Triomphe and prompting officials to order work to stop at a nearby copper mine. The sinkhole, which emerged on July 30, now stretches 50 meters (160 feet) across and goes down 200 meters (656 feet). Seattle's... 

Fresnillo weathering labour, inflation and supply chain storm – CEO

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd August 2022 Mexico-focused silver and gold miner Fresnillo has reported a good first-half financial performance despite global supply chain bottlenecks, cost inflation and a tight labour market. These difficulties remain and will have “some impact” in the second half of the year, CEO Octavio Alvidrez says,... 

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

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Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

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Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

Fresnillo expects to meet 2022 guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     27th July 2022 London-listed Fresnillo has reported solid quarterly results, keeping the miner on track to achieve its 2022 guidance of 50.5-million to 56.5-million ounces of silver and 600 000 oz to 650 000 oz of gold production. The Mexico-focused miner produced 14.4-million ounces of silver production in... 

World-first hydrogen haul truck operational from August – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 The pilot world-first hydrogen haul truck launched early in the year, has had some final changes made to it before it heads into the pit and goes into operational mode from August. Meanwhile, the second prototype is already underway, where learnings from the first truck are being taken into the... 

Anglo American's nuGen truck.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Galena sets production target for 2023

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd July 2022 Base metals developer Galena Mining has set a production target of between 53 000 t and 68 000 t of lead from its Abra project, in Western Australia, for the 2023 financial year. Construction at the A$170-million Abra project is some 75% complete, Galena reported this week, and first concentrate... 

GCM’s gold and silver production up year-on-year

By: Darren Parker     18th July 2022 TSX-listed GCM Mining produced 16 370 oz of gold in June at its Segovia operations, in Colombia, bringing the total for the second quarter to 53 198 oz, compared with 52 198 oz a year prior. On July 18, GCM reported that it had also produced 85 741 oz of silver for the quarter, up from 54 573 oz... 

Ladd-Kruger joins SilverCrest board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2022 Anna Ladd-Kruger has been appointed to the board of Canadian precious metals company SilverCrest Metals. She brings a strong financial background and extensive mining industry experience from her more than 20-year career, the company says. “As we continue to advance the Las Chispas mine to... 

Basing analysis solely on data can result in treasure being mistaken for trash  

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2022 Applying subject matter expertise to process data streams for accuracy is a necessary part of mining’s new digital age, according to SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen. Olsen, the leader of SRK’s data engineering team, spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview from Canada.... 

How to avert the risk of valuable information being disregarded.
SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New mining Bill major threat to jobs and investment, must be strenuously opposed – ENSafrica  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2022 A new draconian mining industry draft Bill, which threatens jobs and investment – and can even impose a penalty of 10% of turnover on a mine company, along with corporate manslaughter charges – must be “very, very strenuously opposed", top South African mining industry lawyer Willem Le Roux urged... 

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Presenting ENSafrica webinar are from top anti-clockwise Willem Le Roux, Pieter Colyn and Celeste Coles.

Fortuna doubles Q2 gold production, silver slips 13%

By: Donna Slater     11th July 2022 NYSE- and TSX-listed precious metals miner Fortuna Silver Mines produced 100% more gold, year-on-year, from its four operating mines in the Americas and West Africa during the second half of the year with a total of 62 171 oz.  Silver production of 1.65-million ounces was 13% lower, year-on-year;... 

Endeavour Silver to exceed FY guidance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th July 2022 Mid-tier precious metals miner Endeavour Silver is continuing to deliver strong production results and is “well positioned” to beat its guidance for the year, CEO Dan Dickon reported on Friday. Endeavour, which operates two high-grade silver/gold mines in Mexico, produced 1.36-million ounces of... 

Pitarrilla acquisition elevates Endeavour portfolio

By: Mariaan Webb     7th July 2022 Precious metals miner Endeavour Silver has completed the acquisition of the Pitarrilla project from SSR Mining and will immediately work on verifying historical data to prepare a current mineral resource estimate, CEO Dan Dickson reported on Wednesday. A $1.8-million budget is set aside for... 

Hecla to help Keno Hill achieve its full potential

By: Mariaan Webb     5th July 2022 NYSE-listed Hecla Mining on Tuesday announced the acquisition of NYSE American- and TSX-listed Alexco Resources in a transaction that will make the company not only the biggest silver producer in the US, but also in Canada. Each outstanding common share of Alexco will be exchanged for 0.116 of a... 

an image of the Keno Hill silver mine in Yukon
The past-producing Keno Hill is seen as a seamless fit for Hecla

Wheaton strikes deal with Hecla amid its acquisition of Alexco

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2022 Canadian multinational miner Wheaton Precious Metals has entered into a definitive agreement with NYSE-listed silver producer Hecla Mining Company to terminate its silver stream on fellow-listed Alexco Resource Corporation’s Keno Hill silver district, in Yukon, Canada, for $135-million. "The... 

Ball in Mexico govt’s court to correct title issuance procedures – Almaden

By: Mariaan Webb     5th July 2022 The Supreme Court of Justice has formally notified the Mexico Economy Ministry (Economia) of its April decision declaring TSX- and NYSE American-listed Almaden Minerals’ titles relating to the Ixtaca project “ineffective”. However, the mineral title applications were filed in conformity with... 

Gold keeps its shine for investors as other precious metals fade

By: Bloomberg     1st July 2022 Investors cut holdings in exchange-traded funds for silver, platinum and palladium in the second quarter on fears that a potential recession will reduce industrial demand, but gold assets held up because of its role as a haven, and that may persist. Gold-backed ETFs shrank by just over 1% in the... 

Gold keeps its shine for investors as other precious metals fade

Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption   

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2022 If the world were to electrify every mine truck, it would stop 198 000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day from entering the atmosphere, which equates to a single electrified mining truck eliminating what would take 46 000 trees to absorb. That mammoth sustainability benefit was driven home firmly... 

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ABB's Erik Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Great Panther sells Mexico silver mines

By: Mariaan Webb     30th June 2022 Precious metals miner Great Panther will sell its Mexican subsidiary, which holds the Guanajuato mine complex (GMC), the Topia mine, as well as the El Horcon and Santa Rosa projects, to Guanajuato Silver (GSilver). "This is a strategic transaction that places the GMC and Topia mines in the hands... 

Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2022 Going forward, combined renewables plans already in place are poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Exxaro Resources’s Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo by up to 90%. The renewable strategy being executed by coal miner Exxaro’s wholly owned green energy arm – Cennergi – is the key driver of the... 

Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro/Cennergi MD energy Roland Tatnall interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer,

Deeming could bring regulatory certainty to much-needed minerals investment – NSDV  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2022 The detraction of the South African investment market is the uncertainty around approval timelines and the implementation of a deeming provision could change all that by treating applications as approved after the passing of a set period of time. Many want to invest in exploration and mining... 

NSDV advisory head Mark Gilbert.
NSDV Advisory Head Mark Gilbert interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Silver Hammer CEO excited by discovery potential of its past-producing mines

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd June 2022 There is an adage that says the best way to find a new mine is to look in the shadow of the headframe of an existing or historic mine. That is exactly what junior resources company Silver Hammer is doing in the US, where it owns assets in some of the best silver-mining districts. The exploration... 

Silver Hammer president and CEO Morgan Lekstrom
Silver Hammer president and CEO Morgan Lekstrom

Walkabout's maiden drill programme finds lead, zinc mineralisation at Scotland project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st June 2022 ASX-listed Walkabout Resources has announced solid assay results from a maiden drilling programme having been completed for 1 667 m at the Blackcraig lead/zinc/silver project, in Scotland. The assays results confirm the extension of a high-grade mineralised zone beneath historic lead/zinc mines... 

Green hydrogen’s business case significantly strengthened, summit hears  

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2022 Green hydrogen, when earlier identified as a necessary clean energy source to help the world achieve net-zero emissions in the coming decades, was higher up the cost curve than fossil fuels. Now that has changed with this week’s Financial Times Hydrogen Summit emphasising that green hydrogen’s... 

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FT Hydrogen Summit panel discussion.

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

Future metals beneficiation bonus on way for already hugely endowed Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2022 Modern technology and global decarbonisation demand is positioning South Africa’s already incredibly well-endowed Northern Cape with big beneficiation bonanza potential, in addition to being a green minerals, green metals and green energy haven. Rapidly developing clean beneficiation technology... 

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Future-facing metals in abundance in Northern Cape.

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Moody's expects most commodity prices to remain high over short term

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2022 Financial research firm Moody’s Investor Service says in its latest outlook for metals and mining that most commodity prices will remain high for the time being, supporting increases in earnings for many companies. Particularly, base metals prices will remain high and volatile, as prices for... 

Circular economy prompting steel, oil, carbon recovery from end-of-life mine truck tyres  

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2022 Highest and best use of ultra-large end-of-life mine truck tyres is being brought about by a change to the model in which resources are mined, made into products, and then become waste. Just one of these giant tyres can weigh 4.5 t and stand 14 feet tall. Put five of the 63-inch variety into a... 

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Kal Tire’s Dan Allan speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Far-reaching JSE reforms highlighted at exploration-focused Junior Indaba 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2022 The June 1 launch of the JSE’s new Cutting Red Tape initiative to make listing on the JSE considerably easier, faster and more sustainable is twinning with JSE’s recent private placements inventiveness that provides for the raising of capital in the private market for minerals exploration and the... 

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JSE head of origination and deals Sam Mokorosi.
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