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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... 

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

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

Expansion on track at Zambian project, First Quantum says

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2024 As part of its 2023 Preliminary Production and 2024 to 2026 guidance, published this week, TSX-listed First Quantum Minerals has reiterated its commitment to delivering the S3 Expansion project at the Kansanshi mine, near Solwezi, in Zambia. The announcement was made as part of a stock market... 

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

Ivanhoe signs JV with DRC State miner to revive 100-year-old Kipushi mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2024 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has signed a new joint venture (JV) agreement with State-owned mining company Gécamines to restart the high-grade Kipushi zinc/copper/silver mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The company has already started with surface construction activities and... 

Ivanhoe signs JV with DRC State miner to revive 100-year-old Kipushi mine

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

S&P Global Ratings downgrades Vedanta Resources amid bond maturity extension

By: Reuters     14th December 2023 S&P Global Ratings on Thursday downgraded the rating of Vedanta Resources, parent of Indian miner Vedanta, citing concerns about extension of maturities of some of its bonds. Vedanta Resources late Wednesday said it raised $1.25-billion from financial institutions for refinancing, including a... 

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.

US sanctions Russian metals magnate Sviblov and gold, zinc firms

By: Bloomberg     13th December 2023 The US imposed sanctions on Russian mining magnate Vladislav Sviblov and several mining companies connected to him, including one that’s developing one of the world’s largest zinc mines. The sanctions are the latest move against the Russian metals and mining sector, and come after the UK imposed... 

US sanctions Russian metals magnate Sviblov and gold, zinc firms

Boliden plans to restart Europe's biggest zinc mine in second quarter of 2024

By: Reuters     12th December 2023 Boliden is planning to resume wage negotiations next month with around 650 employees at its Tara zinc operation in Ireland with a view to resuming output in the second quarter of 2024, the Swedish miner told Reuters. Boliden put its Tara operations on care and maintenance in June due to negative... 

Boliden plans to restart Europe's biggest zinc mine in second quarter of 2024

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.

Explorer Forsan sets out to raise C$200m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th November 2023 Copper/zinc/gold/silver exploration company Foran Mining has announced a brokered private placement to raise C$200-million. BMO Capital Markets is the sole bookrunner and co-lead agent, together with Eight Capital and National Bank Financial as co-lead agents.  

Polymetals raises cash for Endeavour mine

By: Mariaan Webb     30th November 2023 Australian exploration company Polymetals Resources has announced an one-for-six nonrenounceable rights issue of new shares to raise up to A$8.12-million. Executive chairperson David Sproule will subscribe for A$1-million worth of shares. 

Maiden resource estimate for Variscan’s San Jose

By: Mariaan Webb     28th November 2023 ASX-listed Variscan Mines has announced a maiden mineral resource estimate (MRE) of 1.1-million tonnes at 9% zinc and 1.2% lead at the San Jose mine, in northern Spain. The project is centred around the former producing San Jose underground zinc/lead mine with a large surrounding area of... 

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.

Investigating tailings dumps for in-demand minerals

24th November 2023 US State geology department the US Geological Survey (USGS) has invested more than $2-million into studying the potential to source critical mineral resources in mine waste such as mine tailings, as part of US President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in cooperative agreements with 14... 

A scientist sieves a sample of tin placer tailings in Cassiterite Creek on the western Seward Peninsula of Alaska
CRITICAL ANALYSIS A scientist sieves a sample of tin placer tailings in Cassiterite Creek on the western Seward Peninsula of Alaska

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.

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.

Clover Alloys says it 'believes in' potential of Orion Minerals' projects, despite not exercising share options

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th November 2023 Privately owned South African mining group Clover Alloys has decided to not exercise additional share options in ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals, but remains a significant shareholder in the company with about 9% of Orion's share capital. Clover Alloys in March subscribed for 440-million... 

The Prieska copper/zinc mine
The Prieska copper/zinc mine

Zinc jumps on supply worries, Russian project fire report

By: Reuters     8th November 2023 Zinc prices touched the highest in over a month on Wednesday on concerns about supply after reports of a fire at a Russian mine project and after recent mine suspensions. Three-month zinc on the London Metal Exchange had gained 1.7% to $2 612 per metric ton by 12:15 GMT, the strongest since... 

World will stop without copper but price not reflecting upcoming needs 

By: Martin Creamer     6th November 2023 Copper and zinc mine development company Orion Minerals is well placed to take advantage of the projected copper shortfall in the second half of this decade with its portfolio of short lead-time, quality assets and exploration potential, S2Research analyst Simon Hudson-Peacock stated on Monday.... 

Site of Prieska copper-zinc mining development.
Site of Prieska copper-zinc mining development.

Sibanye-Stillwater continuing to assess operational positioning 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2023 With the global macroeconomic environment remaining challenging, Sibanye-Stillwater is continuing to assess the positioning of its operations for optimal performance and sustainability through the cycle, CEO Neal Froneman said on Thursday when the company provided a third-quarter operational... 

Stillwater mine in the US.
Stillwater mine in the US.

Nyrstar says to suspend operations at two US zinc mines

By: Reuters     1st November 2023 Nyrstar said it plans to temporarily close two zinc mines in the US state of Tennessee at the end of November due to weak prices and the impact of inflation. Dutch-based Nyrstar, majority owned by trading and logistics company Trafigura, said in a statement it will "temporarily pause production... 

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.

Orion advancing towards operational commencement at Prieska in Northern Cape

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2023 Johannesburg- and Sydney-listed Orion Minerals has continued its transition to mine developer and operator at the Prieska copper/zinc mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape. The diversified base metals company, which is developing three complementary base metal production hubs in the Northern Cape,... 

Orion is developing three complementary base metal production hubs in the Northern Cape.
Orion is developing three complementary base metal production hubs in the Northern Cape.

BlackRock says buy metals companies if you care about the climate

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2023 Investors are missing a big opportunity to profit from the energy transition because they have an outdated view of the metals and mining industry, according to one of the sector’s most influential investors. “Our view from speaking to our clients and investors at large is that the opportunity... 

BlackRock says buy metals companies if you care about the climate

Full-year Glencore production guidance remains largely in line 

By: Martin Creamer     30th October 2023 Full-year 2023 production guidance of London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining and marketing company Glencore remains largely in line with previous guidance. An exception is nickel, guidance for which has been reduced to reflect maintenance outages at the Sudbury smelter in Canada and a... 

Glencore chrome ore conveyance.
Glencore chrome ore conveyance.

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

Australia unveils A$2bn critical minerals boost

By: Mariaan Webb     25th October 2023 In a move that underscores Australia’s goal to secure its position as a global leader in critical minerals, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has unveiled a A$2-billion expansion in critical minerals financing. The financing will effectively double the capacity of the Critical Minerals Facility to... 

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is visiting the US this week.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is visiting the US this week.

NSW grants Aurelia mining lease for Federation project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2023 The New South Wales government has granted ASX-listed Aurelia Metals a mining lease for its Federation zinc, lead and gold project. The lease covers 3 885 ha and has been granted for 21 years. 

South32 reports record quarterly production at South Africa Manganese 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd October 2023 South Africa Manganese continued its strong performance in the three months to September 30, when it increased saleable production by 7% to a record 628 000 wet metric tonnes (wmt), South32 reported on Monday. Moreover, the realised price for optimise mix South Africa Manganese ore sales was a... 

South Africa Manganese's Hotazel mine in the Northern Cape.
South Africa Manganese's Hotazel mine in the Northern Cape.
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