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Tin News

Explorer starts Tanganyika-based drill programme

16th February 2024 During January, junior explorer and developer AJN Resources started percussion drilling on its Manono Northeast project in the Tanganyika province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Local Congolese drilling company MB Exploration has been contracted to drill three drill fence lines for... 

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.

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).

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.

Indonesia's January tin exports slump 99% on delayed work approvals

By: Reuters     5th February 2024 Indonesia exported 0.4 metric tons of refined tin in January, down 99% from the same month last year, Trade Ministry data showed on Monday, as miners faced delays in work plan approvals. On a monthly basis, exports also dropped from nearly 6 000 tons in December. 

AVZ reports updated mineral resource at DRC project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st January 2024 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals has updated the mineral resource of its Manono lithium and tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after generating new results from the 2022 to 2023 drilling programme at the Roche Dure pegmatite, with mineral resource delineation drilling at Roche Dure... 

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.

Alphamin produced record tin output in 2023

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2024 JSE- and TSX-V-listed Alphamin Resources has announced record tin production of 12 568 t for the year ended December 31. This exceeded market guidance of 12 000 t and marked a 1% improvement on the production posted for the prior year. 

Tantalex produces tin and tantalum from DRC plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2024 Canada-headquartered Tantalex Lithium has produced its first batch of tin and tantalum concentrates from its Titan plant, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The first batch of 10 t of exportable high-grade industrial and fully traceable tin concentrates has been processed in Manono. An... 

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.

Tin shackled by surplus, but green industry demand poised to mop up supplies

By: Reuters     24th January 2024 The potential for a build-up of tin supplies this year is likely to put pressure on prices, but accelerating demand from the energy transition sector, including solar panels and electric vehicles, should support prices in the future. Tin is used in circuit-board soldering for products like mobile... 

Base metals navigating macroeconomic uncertainties

19th January 2024 With market dynamics presenting a mixed bag of challenges and potential opportunities, base metal nickel, specifically, has experienced notably low prices, averaging at $18 255/t in October 2023, which cross-commodity price reporting agency Fastmarkets says “prompts a cautious re-evaluation of... 

POTENTIAL REBOUND
Recent price increases suggest a potential rebound for copper in the macroeconomic environment
POTENTIAL REBOUND Recent price increases suggest a potential rebound for copper in the macroeconomic environment

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

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.

Australia expands list of critical minerals key to transition

By: Bloomberg     17th December 2023 Australia expanded its list of critical minerals deemed crucial to its energy transition and national security needs as the country boosts the strategically and economically important sector. The government added fluorine, molybdenum, arsenic, selenium and tellurium to the list of minerals that... 

Minister for Resources Madeleine King
Photo by Bloomberg
Minister for Resources Madeleine King

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.

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.

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.

Andrada achieves strong interim production, revenue growth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2023 Namibia-focused metals and mining company Andrada Mining, which operates the Uis mine, achieved significant growth in the six months ended August 31, driven by a 67% increase in tin concentrate production to 758 t, which resulted in a 58% increase in contained tin to 454 t. Consequently, revenue... 

Andrada’s Uis lithium pilot plant commissioned

By: Darren Parker     27th November 2023 The commissioning of London-listed technology metals mining company Andrada's pilot plant, located adjacent to the main tin processing plant at its Uis mine, in Namibia, was completed in October, resulting in the production of 10 t of on-specification saleable lithium concentrate.  The production... 

AVZ says AGM underscores strong support for board, strategy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th November 2023 Mineral exploration company AVZ Minerals says results from its annual general meeting (AGM), held on November 23, showcase both a strong vote of confidence for the board and its clear and considered strategy to advance the development of the Manono lithium and tin project in the Democratic... 

New Utshalo has potential to boost mining IPOs, enliven public markets 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2023 South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets and the new Utshalo must be complimented for setting out to do just that. New mining capital raisings have become too few and far between, liquidity is drying up, and the delisting trend on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) must... 

Former Nedbank investment banker Paul Miller.
Former Nedbank investment banker Paul Miller.

African Rainbow Minerals provides R20-million for Wits University research 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2023 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is supporting postdoctoral research into water, energy and digitalisation at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg. The investment is firmly located within the university’s mining precinct and dovetails with the... 

ARM founder and executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe and Wits ARM Building.
ARM founder and executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe and Wits ARM Building.

Imperative that exploration plan be implemented as matter of urgency – Khoza

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2023 If South Africa is not to be left out of the exploration boom, spurred by the immense mineral resources required to develop technologies needed to achieve net zero, it is imperative that the recommendations of South Africa’s Exploration Implementation Plan be implemented in full as a matter of... 

Integrated Geoscience Solutions Technical Director Dr David Khoza.
Integrated Geoscience Solutions Technical Director Dr David Khoza.

Andrada receives $25m from Orion

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th November 2023 Namibia-focused metals and mining company Andrada Mining has received $25-million in funding from Orion Resource Partners. Andrada in August signed binding documentation for an updated, conditional $25-million funding package with Orion. 

The Uis mine in Namibia

Andrada renews tin, tantalum offtake agreements

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th November 2023 African technology metals mining company Andrada Mining has renewed its offtake agreements with Thailand Smelting and Refining Co (Thaisarco) and AfriMet Resources for tin concentrate and tantalum concentrate, respectively. The offtake agreement with Thaisarco, for at least 90 t a month of tin... 

The Uis tin mine
The Uis tin mine

Renewables now critical part of metal mining thinking, says Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     14th November 2023 Renewables have become a critical part of metal mining thinking, the Sibanye-Stillwater Battery Metals Investor Day 2023 audience heard on Tuesday. “If you look at electricity, renewables are expected to account for between 80% and 90% of global power generation. So, renewables have become a very... 

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.
Sibanye-Stillwater Battery Metals Investor Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

BMI’s tin price forecast up $700/t

By: Darren Parker     6th November 2023 Market research firm BMI, a Fitch Solutions company, has slightly raised its tin price forecasts for the year from an average of $25 000/t previously to $25 700/t.   This adjustment is driven by global semiconductor sales appearing to have reached a trough, indicating rising demand for tin, the... 

Hydrogen plant buildout plan under way at metals smelter in Rustenburg 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2023 Work has begun on the development of a hydrogen plant at the smelting site in Rustenburg of Ironveld, the London Aim-listed speciality metals producer. The required funds have been raised to proceed with the manufacture and installation of a commercial demonstration plant that will produce... 

BurnStar CEO Dr Johan Brand with test reactor.
BurnStar CEO Dr Johan Brand with test reactor.

Exploration starts at Namibia prospect

27th October 2023 This month, Namibia-based lithium, tin and tantalum miner Andrada Mining confirmed its starting of an initial exploration programme at the Brandberg West exploration licence, at the opencast Brandberg West mine, in the Erongo region. The new prospecting programme will involve drilling over 3 000... 

Three men in PPE at a core sampling drill near the Brandberg West mine, in the Erongo region
PROSPECTIVE NAMIBIA Andrada Mining conducting drilling activities in Namibia in search of technology metals

Spanish court suspends section of Strategic Minerals’ Penouta permit

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd October 2023 Canadian company Strategic Minerals Europe said on Friday it was exploring its legal avenues to reverse a decision by a Spanish court to suspend the section C permit for its Penouta tin/tantalum mine. The Superior Court of Xusitza of Galicia (TSXG) has provisionally suspended the licence,... 

Andrada starts exploration programme at Namibian licence

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2023 Aim-listed African technology metals miner Andrada Mining has started its initial exploration programme for the Brandberg West exploration licence, in Namibia. The exploration programme will enable the miner to determine the extent of the mineralisation in and around the Brandberg West mine, says... 

Stable production, higher price boosts Alphamin's third-quarter Ebitda

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2023 TSX-V- and AltX-listed Alphamin Resources achieved earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $38.3-million for the quarter ended September 30, compared with the Ebitda of $35.4-million reported for the second quarter of this year. The increase in Ebitda came on... 

Approving outstanding permits could shift economy in 12-18 months, says Mzila Mthenjane  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2023 If the 5 066 outstanding mining and exploration permits were approved, South Africa could begin to see a shift in the economy within 12 to 18 months, new Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane told this week’s Joburg Indaba. In response to questions put to him by ENSafrica’s COO Otsile... 

Joburg Indaba panel from left Bernard Swanepoel, Otsile Matlou, Errol Smart, Mosa Mabuza and Mzila Mthenjane.
Joburg Indaba mining revival panel discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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