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Tin News

Andrada reports higher tin, tantalum production for the quarter ended May 31

By: Darren Parker     21st June 2024 Aim-listed Andrada Mining, which owns operations in Namibia, has announced a 14% quarter-on-quarter increase in saleable tantalum concentrate production to 9 t for the quarter ended May 31, which is the first quarter of its 2025 financial year. In its quarterly operational update released on June... 

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... 

University of Fort Hare Vice-Chancellor Professor Sakhela Buhlungu (left) and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa.
University of Fort Hare Vice-Chancellor Professor Sakhela Buhlungu (left) and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Elementos secures option for Spanish tin smelter

By: Mariaan Webb     13th June 2024 Australia-listed Elementos has signed a nonbinding term sheet to obtain an option for up to a 50% interest in Iberian Smelting, owner of a tin smelting and refining facility near Robledallano, Spain. The facility is located about 220 km from Elementos’ Oropesa tin project. 

The Robledallano smelter in Spain
The Robledallano smelter in Spain

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.

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.

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.

Congo lawyers say received new evidence on Apple's minerals supply chain

By: Reuters     22nd May 2024 International lawyers representing the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo said on Wednesday new evidence gathered from whistleblowers indicates that Apple is sourcing minerals from conflict areas in the east of the country. In a statement, the lawyers urged Apple to answer questions... 

A laptop with the Apple logo

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.

Congo demands international embargo on Rwandan mineral exports

By: Bloomberg     16th May 2024 The Democratic Republic of Congo called for an international embargo of metal exports from neighboring Rwanda, whose government it accuses of using rebel groups to steal its natural resources. All mining products from Rwanda should be considered “blood minerals,” because their sale allegedly... 

Elementos restarts Spanish tin DFS with modified layout

By: Mariaan Webb     15th May 2024 The definitive feasibility study (DFS) and licensing activities for the Oropesa tin project will resume, following an agreement between Elementos and the Andalusian government on project layout modifications to address community and environmental concerns. The negotiations with government have... 

The modified site layout of the Oropesa tin project in Spain
The modified site layout of the Oropesa tin project in Spain

US tariffs on minerals leave out markets that China dominates

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2024 President Joe Biden just unveiled sweeping tariffs on a range of Chinese imports, including more than two dozen industrial raw materials. But the administration is being careful to avoid the critical minerals where Beijing’s grip on global supply is greatest. The commodities that made the duties... 

US President Joe Biden
US President Joe Biden

Tin prices may see further support from supply risks, rate cuts, analysts say

By: Reuters     14th May 2024 Tin prices, which have rallied in recent months to near two-year highs, could be bolstered further by supply disruptions, ongoing geopolitical conflicts, fund inflows in the event of interest rate cuts and stabilising demand, analysts say. Benchmark three-month tin on the London Metal Exchange... 

Alphamin buoyed by Mpama South plant progress

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th April 2024 TSX-V- and JSE-listed Alphamin Resources reports that tin concentrate production from the new Mpama South plant is imminent, with first ore having been successfully introduced on April 28. The final plant commissioning phase is now under way and should result in a ramp-up in tin concentrate... 

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.

Congo questions Apple on concerns about use of conflict minerals

By: Bloomberg     25th April 2024 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government notified Apple of concerns that the company’s supply chain may be tainted by conflict minerals sourced from the central African nation. A group of international lawyers engaged on behalf of the Congolese State sent a list of questions to the US tech... 

An Apple computer

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.

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.

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.

Uganda to launch first domestic tin processing plant next month

By: Reuters     4th April 2024 Uganda will commission its first tin refining plant in the southwestern region next month, a senior mining ministry official said, as part of efforts to expand capacity and add value domestically to its minerals. President Yoweri Museveni wants to maximise the benefits of exports to the East... 

Andrada increases tin production

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th March 2024 Aim-listed Andrada Mining, with a portfolio of mining and exploration assets in Namibia, achieved a 60% year-on-year increase in ore processed to 915 599 t for the financial year ended February 29. Tin concentrate production from the Uis mine increased by 54% year-on-year to 1 474 t and contained... 

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.

Expect digital unveiling, more innovation, greenness from 100-year-old mining-wired AECI  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2024 Mining explosives and chemicals company AECI, which turned 100 this week, will be unveiling a digital strategy for the mining market during the course of this year. It is also looking to become greener as it keeps innovation closest to its rapidly internationalising heart. 

AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger. Picture: Hush Naidoo.
AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Stage set for mining explosives centenarian to capture global top-three spot   

By: Martin Creamer     20th March 2024 The stage is set for proudly South African mining explosives trailblazer, AECI, to become the third biggest in its field globally by 2030, AECI Group chairperson Dr Khotso Mokhele told an enthusiastically applauding audience at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), where the newly strategised... 

Mining explosives pioneer AECI celebrating 100 years of business at the JSE.
AECI's 100-year celebration covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Picture: Hush Naidoo.

Andrada subsidiary enters into N$175m financing deal with Namibian lender

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th March 2024 African technology metals mining company Andrada Mining reports that its Uis Tin Mining Company (UTMC) subsidiary has entered into a conditional credit-approved N$175-million funding agreement with Bank Windhoek Limited (WBL). As part of the agreement, UTMC has agreed a conditional term sheet for... 

The Uis tin mine in Namibia
The Uis tin mine in Namibia

Top treasury official stresses US ambitions for Africa’s metals

By: Bloomberg     19th March 2024 US Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo used a five-day trip to South Africa to advertise his country’s ambitions of securing supplies of the metals needed for the global energy transition – materials that abound in Africa. Adeyemo, in a speech to US businesses active in the country, stressed... 

US Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo
US Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo

Cornish Metals CEO resigns

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th March 2024 Richard Williams has resigned as CEO of Cornish Metals, the company advancing the South Crofty tin project, in the UK. Williams will leave the Aim- and TSX-V-listed company on March 31, but will remain available on a consulting basis going forward. 

Andrada ramps up tin, tantalum and lithium production at Uis

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2024 Aim-listed Andrada Mining has started implementing an ore sorting circuit at the Uis mine, in Namibia, to increase tin concentrate production from 1 500 t/y to 2 600 t/y. This is expected to result in an increase in revenue of up to 75% and a reduction in the all-in sustaining costs of the... 

The Uis mine, in Namibia
The Uis mine, in Namibia

Metals offer lukewarm reaction to China's economic targets

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2024 Base metals drifted lower as traders assessed China’s 2024 economic goals for clues on the prospects for a significant rebound in the construction sector. Industrial commodities have struggled this year amid a disappointing recovery in the world’s second-largest economy, and investors are... 

Cornish Metals brings forward New Cook’s Kitchen shaft refurbishment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th March 2024 Exploration and development company Cornish Metals will start refurbishing the New Cook’s Kitchen (NCK) shaft at the South Crofty tin project, in the UK, ahead of schedule. “This is a key milestone for the project,” said CEO Richard Williams, stating that it demonstrated the confidence that the... 

Cornish Metals brings forward New Cook’s Kitchen shaft refurbishment

Indonesia working to approve more nickel, tin quotas

By: Reuters     27th February 2024 Indonesia's Ministry is trying to address delays in approving new mining volume quotas, an official at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry said on Monday. The ministry so far has issued approvals for quotas, known by the Indonesian acronym RKAB, for 145-million metric tons of nickel ore... 

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... 

A raw rock of pegmatite
EXPLORATION PROGRAMME Percussion drilling has started at the Manono Northeast project

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.
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