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Vanadium News

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... 

Fast-greening Richards Bay Minerals now eyeing on-site renewables, storage, aggregation  

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2024 Energy-intensive Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), which consumes an average of 1.8 terawatts of power a year, was able to secure its latest 140 MW wind energy power purchase agreement (PPA) in six months. When operating at full capacity, RBMs, power consumption across its mining and smelting... 

Richards Bay Minerals GM for Growth Strategy Bradley Reddy.
Richards Bay Minerals' Bradley Reddy interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Cereamer.

Refreshed Lake Maitland uranium study impresses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2024 Australian company Toro Energy has announced the outcomes of a refreshed scoping study for the Lake Maitland deposit, at Wiluna in Western Australia, showcasing “impressive outcomes”. The study, which re-examines its 2022 predecessor amid improved uranium oxide (U3O8) prices, produced a 37%... 

Southern Palladium remains committed to advancing Bengwenyama project

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2024 The completed prefeasibility study (PFS) drilling campaign for the Bengwenyama platinum group metal (PGM) project, on the eastern limb of South Africa’s distinctively endowed Bushveld Complex, is emphasising the robustness of the upper group two (UG2) reef, project developer Southern Palladium... 

Flashback to the listing of Southern Palladium on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange two years ago.
Flashback to the listing of Southern Palladium on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange two years ago.

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.

Blue Sky sets Ivana uranium deposit on production path with COAM transaction

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th June 2024 Uranium exploration and development company Blue Sky has announced a transaction that could set the path to bring the Ivana uranium deposit, in Argentina, into production. Blue Sky has entered a binding term sheet with Argentinian firm Corredor Americano (COAM) to complete an option agreement in... 

TotalEnergies, Air Products hydrogen deal uplifts platinum demand outlook still further 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2024 A 15-year agreement involving the supply of an initial 70 000 t of green hydrogen a year has been signed by TotalEnergies and Air Products. TotalEnergies, which is active in some 120 countries and which cites sustainability as being at the heart of its strategy, is setting out to reduce the net... 

TotalEnergies, Air Products hydrogen deal uplifts platinum demand outlook still further

Minerals Council calls for collaborative relationship among govt, labour, civil society and the private sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th June 2024 As political parties discuss the way forward in establishing a government of national unity, the Minerals Council South Africa says it and its members are advocating for a constructive, collaborative and trusting relationship among government, labour, civil society and the private sector to... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane

Ironveld assessing options amid financing hiccup

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th June 2024 London-listed Ironveld, which owns a high-purity iron, vanadium and titanium project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex, in Limpopo, South Africa, says it is assessing its options as it may not be able to secure the funding it was previously expecting to close by the first half of this... 

Platinum group metal poised to help protect world from growing water pollution threat  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2024 Platinum group metal (PGM) is once again coming to the fore as a mineral resource that goes the extra mile in protecting a threatened global environment. The latest indispensable commodity that is poised to be shielded by PGM, which has been safeguarding the air of cities from vehicle exhaust... 

PGM-linked hydrogen peroxide generator.
PGM-using MatiTech MD Mike Bowley 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.

Commission approves Southern Point Resources’ Mokopane takeover from Bushveld

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2024 The Competition Commission has approved the acquisition by Southern Point Resources (SPR) Fund I of Mokopane, the holding company for a mining right in South Africa’s Limpopo province. SPR Fund I was established as an investment fund by the SPR group for mining projects in Southern Africa,... 

vanadium crystals

Ruthenium highlighted again in what could be another big boost for platinum group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2024 Ruthenium, one of the six platinum-group metals (PGMs), is once again being given major research attention in view of it being exceptionally suited to uplifting the efficiency and sustainability of green hydrogen production from green ammonia. Late last year, it was a ruthenium-based catalyst... 

Valuable use of ruthenium being researched.
Photo by Inforgraphic: Heraeus Precious Metals
Valuable use of ruthenium being researched.

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.

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

Platinum-enabled green molecules offering inviting green electron value-add – Nedbank  

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2024 It’s no longer good enough to just produce electric vehicles (EVs). You have to produce green EVs, and to do that, you need green steel. To get the green steel, you need the green molecules that green hydrogen provides. 

The cathode side of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells that convert hydrogen to electricity require platinum.
Nedbank CIB's Mike Peo interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson.

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.

State mining training authority backing green hydrogen skills centre creation   

By: Martin Creamer     15th May 2024 “We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be establishing the first centre of specialisation of green hydrogen skills,” South Africa’s Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) CEO, Yershen Pillay, made public this week. CHIETA is working on this with South Africa’s mining... 

CHIETA CEO Yershen Pillay
Nedbank CIB Green Hydrogen Roundtable covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media's Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd

Green energy presenting South Africa with massive reindustrialisation chance – Nedbank  

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2024 Green electrons and green molecules are presenting South Africa with a massive opportunity to reindustrialise, Nedbank CIB head of infrastructure, energy and telecommunications Mike Peo told the Green Hydrogen Roundtable on Monday. “We have an opportunity for South Africa to completely... 

From left, CHIETA CEO Yersen Pillay, Higher Education and Training Department DDG Zukile Mvalo, and Nedbank CIB Head of Infrastructure, Energy and Telecommunications Mike Peo.
Green Hydrogen Roundtable covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media's Shadwyn Dickinson.

VR8 mulls most favourable terms after signing third offtake MoU

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2024 Australia-headquartered Vanadium Resources (VR8) has signed a memorandum of understanding with China-based Hunan Zhongxin New Materials Technology for the offtake of 4 000 t/y of vanadium oxide, over a period of five years. The nonbinding MoU states that Hunan can extend the offtake agreement... 

Bushveld to dispose of Vanchem asset to SPR, working capital advanced

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th May 2024 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has secured additional funding to provide immediate working capital relief and ensure continuity of its operations by entering into a binding term sheet with Southern Point Resources Fund (SPR) to conditionally sell the entire Vanchem vanadium processing plant asset... 

An image of Bushveld CEO Craig Coltman
Bushveld CEO Craig Coltman

Platinum-based green hydrogen emerging as Winter Olympics decarbonisation pillar 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2024 Green hydrogen, which is generated with the benefit of the catalysis that platinum group metals (PGMs) provide, is being increasingly highlighted as a pillar of the global decarbonisation transition that is poised to save the world from ruinous climate change. News just out is that steps are... 

Platinum metals support every step of green hydrogen’s decarbonisation of the world.
Platinum metals support every step of green hydrogen’s decarbonisation of the world.

Ironveld appoints Kristoffer Andersson CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd May 2024 London-listed Ironveld, which owns a high-purity iron, vanadium and titanium project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex, in Limpopo, South Africa, has appointed Kristoffer Andersson CEO. He succeeds Martin Eales, who stepped down as CEO in February. 

A smelter owned and operated by Ironveld

Shanghai Platinum Week: Hydrogen’s going to feature big, says World Platinum Investment Council 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2024 The growth in demand for platinum applications in China is extremely high, making detailed access to the China market hugely advantageous. Providing this detailed access from July 8 to 11 will be the far-reaching Shanghai Platinum Week 2024, which is sandwiched between the London Platinum Week in... 

World Platinum CEO Trevor Raymond at Shanghai Platinum Week 2023.
WPIC's Trevor Raymond and Edward Sterck interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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.

Ironveld enters facility agreement with Tracarta

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th April 2024 Aim-listed mining development company Ironveld has entered into a further working capital loan facility agreement with shareholder Tracarta, in which Ironveld chairperson John Wardle has a beneficial interest. The facility agreement enables the company to draw down up to £125 000 on equivalent... 

Bushveld warns it may have to halt some operations amid funding constraints

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2024 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals recorded record quarterly production of 498 t of vanadium from the Vanchem operation, in Mpumalanga, South Africa, for the three months ended March 31, as well as record monthly production of 200 t from the same operation in March. The company’s overall production... 

New boost for platinum group metals may arise from emerging eFuel scale-up  

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2024 The emerging use of electrofuel (eFuel) as an interchangeable substitute for petrol, diesel and aviation fuel has the potential to create important new demand for Southern Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs). This is because eFuel is a combination of green hydrogen and waste carbon dioxide... 

Infinium founder and CEO Robert Schuetzle.
Infinium's Robert Schuetzle interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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.

Odds-on entry of palladium, platinum into EVs highlighted by research update 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2024 New York- and Toronto-listed Platinum Group Metals, which is emerging in South Africa’s Waterberg, on Tuesday provided an update on its new light battery technology that points to increasing potential of palladium and platinum playing a key energy density and weight-lowering role in cumbersome... 

Platinum Group Metals CEO Frank Hallam
Platinum Group Metals CEO Frank Hallam

PGM market development has paid dividends, could pay many more, Platinum Day told 

By: Martin Creamer     15th April 2024 The market development aspect of the platinum group metals (PGM) industry is fundamentally key, it was repeatedly stated at last week’s 2024 Resources for Africa Platinum Day. There is strong consensus that PGMs are amazing metals that are incredibly useful as future green metals across a broad... 

Strong consensus that markets need to be developed for platinum group metals.
Strong consensus that markets need to be developed for platinum group metals.

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

Vanadium Resources inks offtake MoU with Chinese firm

By: Mariaan Webb     11th April 2024 Vanadium Resources (VR8), a South Africa-focused, ASX-listed junior, on Thursday announced an offtake memorandum of understanding (MoU) with one of China’s leading vanadium nitride producers, Panjin Hexiang New Materials Technology. Under the terms of the MoU, VR8 will supply of 4 000 t/y of... 

VR8 CEO John Ciganek
VR8 CEO John Ciganek

Market development of full PGMs basket is essential, Industry Day hears  

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2024 Representatives of the producers of 90% of the world’s climate-vital platinum group metals (PGMs) heard during Wednesday’s PGMs Industry Day that market development of the full PGMs basket – and not just platinum and palladium – is essential at this time of global implementation of a cleaner and... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane
PGMs Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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.
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