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Anglo investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy ­– Cutifani

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 23 minutes ago As the world’s largest marketer of platinum group metals (PGM), Anglo American is investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy, including through a joint venture with the State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani said on Wednesday. In a keynote address on day one of... 

Anglo investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy ­– Cutifani
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Mark Cutifani

Regulations tailored to alluvial diamonds will reward S Africa with jobs – Sadpo  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2020 South Africa’s one-size-fits-all mining legislation is losing vital jobs for the country in the job-intensive alluvial diamonds space that requires regulations tailored to junior mining to survive, South African Diamond Producers Organisation (Sadpo) reiterated on Monday. Because there are so... 

Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer speaks to the South African Diamond Producers Organisation’s Gert van Niekerk and Lyndon de Meillon. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Caledonia appoints Voltalia to build Blanket mine’s solar plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 4 hours ago Aim-listed Caledonia Mining has appointed Voltalia to build a 12 MW solar power plant at the Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe. This follows after the company last month secured the $13-million in required funds to invest in the construction of the project.  

Afrimat earnings slowly rise following pandemic impact

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 55 minutes ago Industrial minerals and building materials supplier Afrimat is expecting to report headline earnings a share of between 181.9c and 191c for the six months ended August 31, representing an increase of between 0% and 5% year-on-year. Earnings a share are expected to be between 183.5c and 192.7c,... 

Granny Smith hybrid power completed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 6 hours ago Gold miner Gold Fields on Wednesday announced the completion of one of the world’s largest renewable energy microgrids at its Granny Smith gold mine, in Western Australia. The hybrid power system, which has been integrated with an existing gas fired power station, is powered by more than 20... 

Granny Smith hybrid power completed
The renewable energy microgrid at Granny Smith, in Western Australia, is one of the world's largest, says gold miner Gold Fields.

Platinum to benefit from hydrogen revolution push, says WPIC

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 2 hours 52 minutes ago The hydrogen revolution is fast becoming action rather than talk, says the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). It notes that a series of spending commitments and investments are “pointing to a future where hydrogen will be a mainstream source of sustainable fuel”. 

Rainbow Rare Earths advances trial mining at Gakara

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 3 hours ago Trial mining operations at rare earth producer Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara operation, in Burundi, continue to strengthen, with concentrate production having increased to an average of 59.9 t a month from June to September. This is an increase from the 31.7 t a month average achieved between... 

Hydrogen can be game-changer for South African economy ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2020 Hydrogen has the potential to be a game-changer for the South African economy, PwC African mining leader Andries Rossouw said on Tuesday. Speaking during the virtual release of the professional services firm’s 12th edition SA Mine, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South... 

Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on PwC SA Mine 2020 event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Shanta starts construction of Singida project

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 2 hours 50 minutes ago Aim-listed Shanta Gold has started construction work, together with the updated project economics, for its Singida gold mining project, in central Tanzania. Construction is expected to span two years, with the first gold pour expected at the end of 2022. 

Cora Gold appoints new nonexecutive director

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago West Africa-focused gold company Cora Gold has appointed Andrew Chubb as an independent nonexecutive director with immediate effect. Chubb is currently a partner and mining head at natural resources-focused investment bank Hannam & Partners and was previously an MD at Canaccord Genuity, where he... 

Tajiri proves up for Strandline

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 7 hours ago A scoping study into the Tajiri mineral sands project, in Tanzinia, has estimated that the project could support a mine life of some 23-years, based on a mining rate of eight-million tonnes a year. ASX-listed Strandline Resources on Wednesday reported that the scoping study estimate a pre-tax... 

Mako readies for drilling after capital raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 7 hours ago ASX-listed Mako Gold has completed it’s a$!0-million capital raise, with the company planning to start a 10 000 m drill programme at its Napie gold project, in Cote d’Ivoire, next week. Mako in August launched the capital raise, which consisted of some 87-million shares, placed at a price of... 

Petra, NUM conclude one-year wage deal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th October 2020 Diamond miner Petra Diamonds reports that it has concluded a one-year wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). This applies to its South African operations for the financial year to June 30, 2021. The Company will make a once-off, ex gratia payment at the end of November 2020... 

Afrimat seeks to have Nkomati anthracite mine placed in business rescue

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2020 Openpit mining company Afrimat has lodged papers in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, in Johannesburg, asking for Nkomati Anthracite to be placed under supervision and to start business rescue proceedings. Unicorn Capital Partners (UCP), in which Afrimat holds a 27.27%... 

Caledonia to evaluate Zim govt's minerals portfolio for development potential

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2020 Aim-listed Caledonia Mining will evaluate mining rights, properties and projects in the gold sector that are controlled by the Zimbabwe government with a view to assessing the potential to advance the development of these properties or projects. Caledonia believes Zimbabwe is a highly prospective... 

Caledonia to evaluate Zim govt's minerals portfolio for development potential
Caledonia Blanket mine

Ghana suspends gold royalty fund's London listing - finance ministry letter

By: Reuters     6th October 2020 Ghana has suspended the $500-million listing of its gold royalty fund Agyapa Royalties in London following concerns raised by the main opposition party about transparency and governance, a finance ministry letter reviewed by Reuters showed. In an Oct. 1 letter to the special prosecutor, deputy... 

Altus commences 18-hole Lakanfla drill programme

By: Donna Slater     6th October 2020 Aim- and TSX-listed African mining royalty generator Altus Strategies, under a joint venture (JV) with ASX-listed Marvel Gold, has commenced a 3 800 m drilling programme at its Lakanfla gold project in Western Mali. Lakanfla hosts extensive hard-rock artisanal gold workings, with historic... 

Nickel supply to drop by 2025 – Macquarie

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th October 2020 Global financial services provider Macquarie Group has urged for investment into the nickel sector, despite an anticipated oversupply in the near-term. Speaking at the Paydirt Nickel conference, in Perth, Macquarie consultant Jim Lennon said that immediate investment in the nickel sector would... 

Nickel supply to drop by 2025 – Macquarie
Nickel ore being loaded at a mine in Indonesia

Rio Tinto, AB InBev sign MoU to deliver sustainable, low carbon aluminium cans

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2020 Beer drinkers will soon be able to enjoy their favourite brew out of cans that are both recyclable and responsibly produced as a result of a global partnership between diversified miner Rio Tinto and brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev). The two companies have signed a memorandum of... 

Satellite communications partnership formed to bolster remote operations

By: Donna Slater     6th October 2020 Mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat has entered into an agreement with remote monitoring and communications specialist Harvest Technology Group and satellite and radio communication systems company AST to provide Harvest’s customers in the mining, energy and utilities sectors with... 

Vast restarts production at Baita Plai

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 3 hours ago The Baita Plai polymetallic mine, in Romania, is operational once more, Aim-listed Vast Resources reported on Wednesday. Underground mining operations have restarted, following a short suspension of operations for refurbishment works of the transport link between the mine and the plant. Mining... 

Lithium demand seen doubling in next four years

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 3 hours ago Demand for lithium is expected to more than double by 2024, as the production of electric vehicles (EVs) batteries is set for substantial growth, says data and analytics company GlobalData. Demand for lithium is expected to rise at a 25.5% compound annual growth rate, from a forecast of 47 300 t... 

Titan intersects high-grade zinc at Empire State

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 5 hours ago Toronto-listed Titan Mining has announced high-grade zinc mineralisation in the Mahler zone of its Empire State mine, in upstate New York, which CEO Don Taylor says will ultimately extend mine life and enhance its production profile. 

Trillium encouraged by initial Newman Todd drill intersections

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 5 hours ago TSX-V-listed Trillium Gold has received assay results from the first four holes of its recent 3 186 m drill programme on the Newman Todd property, in Red Lake, which confirmed high-grade gold mineralisation over significant widths, including 15.41 g/t. Hole NT20-169 intersected 15.41 g/t gold... 

Trillium encouraged by initial Newman Todd drill intersections

Uranium miner Energy Fuels becomes debt-free

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 6 hours ago US uranium producer Energy Fuels on Tuesday became debt-free, which president and CEO Mark Chalmers said distinguished the company not only from many of its peers in the uranium and natural resources sector, but also from many public companies in general. The NYSE American- and TSX-listed Energy... 

BHP freezes membership of Australian state mining lobby over Greens campaign

By: Reuters     Updated 6 hours ago BHP Group has suspended its membership of an Australian state mining lobby group that has campaigned against the Greens political party ahead of an election this month in coal-rich Queensland state. Global miner South32 also said it had formally raised concerns with the group, the Queensland... 

Agreement finalised to reduce US reliance on uranium from Russia

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 6 hours ago The governments of the US and Russia have finalised a deal extending the limits of uranium imports from Russia for another 20 years, a move which US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says will help revitalise the domestic nuclear industry. The final amendment to the agreement suspending the... 

Agreement finalised to reduce US reliance on uranium from Russia
US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

K+S sells Americas salt business for $3.2bn

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 7 hours ago German minerals company K+S Aktiengesellschaft has agreed to sell its Americas salt business to industrial holding company Stone Canyon Industries, Mark Demetree and affiliates for $3.2-billion. The Americas operating unit mainly comprises K+S Chile, formerly known as the Chilean company,... 

K+S sells Americas salt business for $3.2bn
K+S chairperson Burkhard Lohr

Siren starts trading on the ASX

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 7 hours ago Junior explorer Siren Gold successfully listed on the ASX on Wednesday, after raising A$10-million through its initial public offering (IPO). Siren placed 40-million shares in the IPO, at a price of 25c each, with the company trading under the code SNG. At the IPO price of 25c a share, Siren has... 

Qld advances CooperString

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 7 hours ago The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a decision by the state government to implement an agreement for the proposed CopperString 2.0 high voltage transmission line. The 1 100 km line will connect the communities of Mount Isa and the North West Minerals Province to the national... 

Australian Budget a win for resources

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 7 hours ago The Australian resources sector has welcomed the federal government’s investment plans unveiled in the latest Budget. Federal Resources, Water and Northern Australian Minister Keith Pitt noted that the 2020-21 Budget contained measures to support a gas-fired economic recovery, as well as... 

Australian Budget a win for resources

Brazil judge denies request to freeze Vale accounts

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago A Brazilian judge denied a request to freeze 26.7-billion reais ($4.81-billion) in miner Vale's accounts, the courthouse said on Tuesday, in a decision related to losses incurred after the Brumadinho tailings dam burst last year. The decision is a setback for prosecutors, who have been taking a... 

Crowd attacks office of Centerra's Kumtor mine – media

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago Dozens of unidentified people tried to break into the office of Canadian-owned Kumtor Gold Company in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek on Wednesday, Russian news agency TASS and news website 24.kg said. Several miners had reported attacks on their offices and facilities a day earlier amid... 

Tesla is in talks with top miner BHP over nickel-supply pact

By: Bloomberg     Updated 7 hours ago Tesla is in talks with BHP Group on a nickel deal as the electric-car maker targets higher production and seeks to avoid a supply crunch, according to people familiar with the matter. Talks are held up on pricing, and no final agreement has been reached so far between the automaker and BHP, the... 

Tesla is in talks with top miner BHP over nickel-supply pact
BHP is focused on expanding its Nickel West unit after abandoning earlier plans to sell the assets.

Polymetal to build $80m Kutyn gold project

By: Mariaan Webb     6th October 2020 The $80-million Kutyn gold project, about 100 km from the Albazino mine in Far East Russia, has received board approval and will proceed to construction, London-and Moscow-listed Polymetal announced on Tuesday. Incremental production from the 90 000 oz/y Kutyn mine will compensate for an... 

Polymetal to build $80m Kutyn gold project
The new Kutyn gold project will form part of the Albazino hub.

Osisko launches new North American gold developer

By: Mariaan Webb     6th October 2020 Gold royalty and streaming company Osisko Gold Royalties on Monday announced the creation of Osisko Development to advance the Cariboo gold project, in British Columbia, into one of the "predominant mining camps in Canada". The Cariboo gold project is advancing through permitting as a 4 750 t/d... 

Osisko launches new North American gold developer

Nevada Copper slows Pumpkin Hollow ramp-up

By: Mariaan Webb     6th October 2020 The main shaft at Pumpkin Hollow copper mine, in Nevada, will be completed next month, which will increase hoisting rates and allow for mining operations to ramp up towards mill design capacity. The underground mine will ramp up to production rates of 5 000 t/d in the first quarter of 2021,... 

First Quantum sets Ravensthorpe targets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th October 2020 TSX-listed First Quantum is expecting to produce between 15 000 t and 17 000 t of nickel from its recently restarted Ravensthorpe mine, in Western Australia. The operation went into care-and-maintenance in 2017 on the back of falling nickel prices 

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