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Two-phase coal project will secure production

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th February 2021 Coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal’s De Wittekrans greenfield project, in Mpumalanga, South Africa, will take place in two phases. Phase 1 – the opencast operation – has an economically minable reserve of 14.3-million tonnes of run-of-mine (RoM), while Phase 2 comprises the... 

Concentrator plant at platinum mine under way

By: Darren Parker     19th February 2021 Engineering, design and project management company COENG is overseeing the engineering design, procurement and construction management of a three-million-tonne-a-year concentrator plan at platinum mining company Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung platinum mine, in the North West. Phase 1 of the project,... 

PDAC welcomes proposed flow-through legislation

12th February 2021 In December, the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) welcomed the federal government’s draft legislative proposals to protect jobs and save operations within the junior mining exploration sector and other flow-through share issuers, by extending the timelines for spending the... 

Canadian firm launches pioneering hydrogen advisory team

12th February 2021 Canadian law firm Fasken has launched a new Hydrogen Energy Advisory Team (H2EAT), a pioneering initiative to help clients navigate the global transition to a clean hydrogen economy. 

Hydrogen electrolyser installed in Canada

12th February 2021 Multinational industrial gases supplier Air Liquide has completed the construction of the world's largest proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser. 

Major enters scandium market

12th February 2021 Diversified major Rio Tinto will become the first producer of high-quality scandium oxide in North America, with construction of a new commercial-scale demonstration plant underway at its Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. 

Challenges need to be met to further development

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th February 2021 While Canada’s mineral potential is well recognised, it has several challenges that need to be addressed to capitalise on the resource development opportunity, says North American mine developer Fortune Minerals president and CEO Robin Goad. 

Association commits to supporting diversity, inclusion

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th February 2021 In December, the national organisation for the Canadian mining industry, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and its members, which include 45 of Canada’s leading mining companies, released a statement denouncing all forms of discrimination, racism and sexism, and committed to eliminating such... 

Canada’s potential growth backed by non-traditional demand

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th February 2021 Canada is the second largest country in the world and has vast uninhabited regions with diverse geology, hosting one of the most prolific mineral endowments on the planet, says North American mine developer Fortune Minerals president and CEO Robin Goad. 

‘Green’ trend an opportunity for mining

12th February 2021 Africa’s minerals sector should “seize the opportunities presented by the global transition towards green energy”, experts noted during a virtual webinar on the future of mining in Africa, post-Covid-19. One opportunity lies in growing global demand for lithium, which is used in batteries for... 

juwi Renewable Energies

12th February 2021 juwi Renewable Energies in South Africa is part of the international juwi Group, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies.  With over 5.1GW of installed capacity and 25 years of experience, we are proud global leaders in the renewable energy sector. We develop solar photovoltaic,... 

Company delivers solar mounting structures to mine

12th February 2021 Solar equipment supplier Valsa Trading announced that it supplied its locally designed and manufactured solar photovoltaic (PV) ground mounting structures to a large mine in the Northern Cape in December. The mounting structures are designed and manufactured to provide a “quick-install, secure... 

Positive progress at ‘mine of the future’

By: Halima Frost     12th February 2021 Global automation company ABB says operators at the Sustainable Underground Mining (SUM) future mine project, have been able to make use of new remote technological systems implemented by the company since September 2020. The SUM project aims to establish a new world standard for sustainable... 

Generator supplier completing two orders 

By: Halima Frost     12th February 2021 International power generator supplier Cummins has recently commissioned one mining site and is in the process of commissioning a further site where both system monitoring and control philosophies, were upgraded. The mining sites operate and supply 18 MVA and 5 MVA of prime rated generator power... 

PDAC 2021: The world’s premier virtual mineral exploration and mining convention

10th February 2021 The mineral exploration and mining industry will come together – virtually – on March 8-11, 2021, for the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) 2021 Convention. This year marks the 89th year for the iconic event. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect travel and major... 

Modernisation in South Africa will attract new investment, offer opportunities for industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th February 2021 Demonstrating that modernisation in South Africa is possible will attract new investment and offer opportunities for the mining industry, while simultaneously promoting the country as an attractive mining investment location, says Boston Consulting Group (BCG) MD and partner Tycho Mőnks. This... 

Opinion: Decarbonisation will need more, better mining

5th February 2021 In this opinion piece, SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl reflects on some of the most prominent topics discussed at this year's Investing in African Mining Indaba. Mining remains a vital part of a low-carbon future, a fact that was confirmed by the topics prioritised... 

Opinion: Sustainable energy - a fascinating dynamic for the resources sector  

5th February 2021 In this opinion piece, written to coincide with the yearly Investing in African Mining Indaba,  Absa Corporate and Investment Banking natural resources and energy head Shirley Webber writes about the key sustainability trends the financial services industry will be monitoring this year. Issues... 

Union Mine exceeds expectations

5th February 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mine Siyanda Bakgatla Platinum Mine (SBPM) is exceeding all financial and operational expectations, says SBPM CFO Imraan Osman. “Since acquiring Union mine from platinum producer Anglo American Platinum in early 2018, our financial performance has improved... 

PGMs faring well during pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th February 2021 While Covid-19 continues to pose challenges for several industries, the mining industry, specifically platinum group metal (PGM) mines, has been somewhat less affected. Mining advisory company Ukwazi tells Mining Weekly that most PGM mines, like other mines, were considered essential services and... 

PGMs company’s subsidiary awarded US patent

5th February 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Platinum Group Metals reports that it has completed an "at-the-market" offering of common shares first announced on September 4, 2020. The offering was completed on November 30, 2020 pursuant to an Equity Distribution Agreement with financial service... 

High demand creates price boom for PGMs

5th February 2021 With the news of effective and soon-to-be-deployed coronavirus vaccines and a decisive result in the US presidential election, global political and economic uncertainties have started to ease and there is a renewed sense of optimism. Platinum-group metals (PGMs) have been enjoying a surge, with... 

Mining production fell in November

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th February 2021 As a consequence of renewed lockdown regulations in key trading partner countries, domestic mining production took a nosedive in November as it dropped by 11.6% year-on-year (y/y). This likely diminished hopes of a significant recovery in the sector for the fourth quarter as output levels... 

Palladium fund launches ETCs

5th February 2021 Palladium, nickel, platinum and copper producer Nornickel announced that the Global Palladium Fund (GPF), founded by Nornickel, launched exchange traded commodities (ETCs) for metals on Deutsche Börse, thereby enabling low-cost access to commodity investment opportunities. The fund’s intention... 

Metal volatility creates supply deficit

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th February 2021 Amid the global knock-on effects of Covid-19 in every industry, and despite the impending deficit caused by high demand and low supply, international commodities consultancy Core Consultants states that 2021 is the year for metals. “In the mining industry, metals have formed somewhat of a safe... 

Hydrogen plant to power truck

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th February 2021 Energy transition leader ENGIE has contracted Pretoria-based engineering firm Thermtron Scientific to provide balance of plant services for the on-site hydrogen plant of the Mogalakwena mine, in Limpopo, on an engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning basis. Initial talks between... 

DRC Minister joins responsible cobalt initiative

5th February 2021 Global minerals organisation the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) announced in December that Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) National Minister of Mines Professor Willy Kitobo Samsoni has joined the Cobalt Action Partnership (CAP) Steering Committee. RMI is partnership lead and... 

Battery metal demand to boost DRC mining

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) mining sector “has been given a boost, owing to a surge in demand for battery metals”, says Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking mining and resources finances co-head Nivaash Singh. He states that this has increased investment in operations for these... 

Miner reports gold intercepts at flagship deposit

5th February 2021 Gold miner Loncor Resources last December announced that the second core hole of a 7 000 m drilling programme at its Adumbi deposit had intersected gold at its 84.6%-owned Imbo Project in the eastern part of the Ngayu greenstone belt, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The second core... 

Miner supports cobalt initiative, secures investment

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 Diversified miner Glencore is playing a significant supporting role in The Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA), a multi-stakeholder initiative to support the production of fair cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says Glencore lead cobalt trader David Brocas. “We operate industrial mines in... 

DRC mining to be highlighted at event

5th February 2021 Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will feature prominently during virtual trade and investment entity Canada-Africa Chamber of Business’ twenty-second yearly African Mining Breakfast and in mining investment company MineAfrica’s nineteenth Investing in African Mining Seminar on... 

Non Ferrous Metal Works

5th February 2021 Non Ferrous Metal Works (NFM) Group is one of the leading non-ferrous metallurgical manufacturers and suppliers in Southern Africa. Established in 1947, NFM is a family-owned business employing over 300 people. With its head office and production facilities situated south of Durban and sales... 

Tin producer achieves record production

5th February 2021 Tin miner Alphamin Resources in January reported that its tin production at its high-grade operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo increased by 13% to a quarterly record of 2 898 t. This exceeded the company’s market guidance of between 2 600 t and 2 800 t. The company also provided an... 

Cobalt initiative begins programme roll-out

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 International collaboration the Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) – launched in August last year – has begun implementing programmes to drive the safe and responsible development of cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The founding members of the FCA, alongside The Impact Facility, include... 

Mining code could cap cobalt growth for DRC

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 Demand for portable electronics, energy storage and electric vehicles will create significant demand for lithium-ion batteries, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be a critical supplier of raw materials used in these technologies, particularly cobalt, states international metals and... 

Gold supply to increase as economic recovery plans continue

By: Simone Liedtke     4th February 2021 Gold supply is likely to increase this year as a consequence of many countries continuing to implement their economic recovery plans following the Covid-19 pandemic, World Gold Council (WGC) chief market strategist John Reade said during a gold-focused discussion on the second day of this year’s... 

African battery metals are central to global ESG agenda, says Indaba panel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th February 2021 The world is increasingly electrifying, while also focusing on environmental protection using green technology to do so, and Africa needs to capture as much of the investment value that goes along with those trends, Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo has said. Speaking during a panel... 

Red tape costing SA miners their competitive edge, laments Sibanye-Stillwater boss 

By: News24Wire      4th February 2021 Rebooting local mining would require a common vision between the sector and government, the CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater Neal Froneman said on Wednesday, adding that a number of growth-inhibiting factors still remain. From policy certainty, efficient processing of mining rights application to... 

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