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Barberton should be focus of new gold thrust – exploration geologist  

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 1 hour 22 minutes ago Barberton should be the prime target to get South African gold mining going again, with geologists having an input at all stages of development and the mining cycle. “The main area that I think we should be concentrating on now is on Barberton. I think it has some exceptional geology,” said... 

Exploration geologist Gavin Gavine interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Cabinet expected to approve Hydrogen Society Roadmap by early 2022 at latest 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 3 hours ago South Africa’s Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM) will be presented for Cabinet approval either before the end of the year or early next year and should outline how the country’s resource advantages should be leveraged to produce green hydrogen, as well as to integrate hydrogen-related technologies,... 

 Cabinet expected to approve Hydrogen Society Roadmap by early 2022 at latest

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Platinum price to rise as green hydrogen emerges as a new demand segment 

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 4 hours ago The rarity of platinum, combined with a decline in supply and overwhelming demand, is a formula for a build-up of a “perfect storm”, says independent precious metal consultant Dr David Davis, who says that this will lead to significant upward pressure on the price of platinum, to which investors... 

Platinum price to rise as green hydrogen emerges as a new demand segment
Dr David Davis

Skyrocketing metal prices threaten to hinder EV affordability

By: Bloomberg     14th April 2021 A surge in demand for electric vehicles is sending the price of raw materials soaring, threatening to slow the push toward making cheaper batteries that are key to more widespread adoption. Lithium, the mainstay for rechargeable power packs used in EVs, is roaring back after a three-year slump... 

Skyrocketing metal prices threaten to hinder EV affordability

Sibanye continues to increase geographical diversity through M&As, says Froneman

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 1 hour 39 minutes ago While 2021 is looking like a solid year for precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater, executive director and CEO Neal Froneman has emphasised that the company will continue to increase its geographical diversity through value-accretive mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions. He noted during... 

Sibanye-Stillwater restructures historical Lonmin BEE structure

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 2 hours 6 minutes ago Dual-listed Sibanye-Stillwater has, effective April 13, restructured the previously highly indebted Lonmin broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) structure in relation to Western Platinum (WPL) and Eastern Platinum (EPL), with a view to ensuring the sustainability of the BBBEE... 

Glencore to benefit from turnaround strategy, commodity upswing – investment banks

By: Donna Slater     Updated 1 hour 27 minutes ago On the back of above-peer earnings growth, sector-leading free cash flow and elevated 2021/22 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), multinational investment banking firm Goldman Sachs has upgraded diversified miner Glencore’s stocks to "buy", from the previously... 

Billionaire miner sees copper as a national security issue

By: Bloomberg     14th April 2021 Copper is so crucial in electrifying the global economy that finding enough of it has become a national security issue, according to mining magnate Robert Friedland. Mining companies will have to be “real heroes” and governments will have to accept the industry if the world is to successfully... 

Billionaire miner sees copper as a national security issue
Robert Friedland

Resolute clears up Bibiani issues

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2021 The Ghanaian government has restored the mining lease for the Bibiani gold mine, ASX- and LSE-listed Resolute Mining reported on Wednesday, however the sale of the asset was now being questioned. The company in March this year announced that it would seek legal advice after the Ghanaian... 

Resolute clears up Bibiani issues

Paladin completes retail entitlement offer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2021 Uranium company Paladin Energy has completed the retail component of its 1-for-8.5 fully underwritten accelerated non-renounceable pro-rata entitlement offer, raising A$26.2-million. The entitlement offer formed part of Paladin’s plans to raise A$218.7-million to redeem outstanding senior... 

Updated PEA for Giyani's Botswana manganese project delivers positive results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 6 hours ago TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals reports positive results from an updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) at its K Hill managanese project, in Botswana. The updated PEA incorporates a 36% increase in the inferred mineral resource estimate, resulting in a 21% increase in after-tax net present... 

Fatal incident at Gold Field’s South Deep

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2021 An employee at gold miner Gold Fields’ South Deep mine, in South Africa, lost his life in a mining incident on April 13. Vumile Mgcine, a shaft timberman, succumbed from injuries sustained while attempting to unblock a shute outlet on an underground conveyor belt, the company reports. 

New law would allow Uganda to take stakes in private mining

By: Reuters     Updated 2 hours 23 minutes ago Uganda's cabinet has approved a draft mining law that would allow the government to own shares in private mining operations and impose steep penalties for violations in the sector, including prison terms of up to seven years. The draft law mirrors others in the region, including in Tanzania,... 

Remus sets its cap for FAR

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2021 ASX-listed FAR on Wednesday flagged a potential takeover offer from Remus Horizons. The company told shareholders that it had received a letter from Remus stating its intentions to make a 2.1c a share offer for all the shares in FAR, condition only on shareholders rejecting the sale of the... 

Atalaya says Spain solar plant in final stages of permitting

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 4 hours ago The permitting process for a 50 MW solar plant at Proyecto Riotinto, in Spain, is in the final stages, Aim- and TSX-listed Atalaya reported on Wednesday. The installation of the solar plant will not only reduce costs, but will also make a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions at... 

Serbia halts China-owned mine over environmental breaches

By: Reuters     Updated 4 hours ago Serbia has ordered China's Zijin Mining Group to halt work at a shaft at the country's only copper mine and to complete a waste water treatment plant after it failed to comply with environmental standards, the mining and energy minister said on Wednesday. Zijin became Serbia's strategic partner... 

Premier spin-out i-80 falls on TSX debut

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 7 hours ago Nevada-focused i-80 Gold, which was spun out of Premier Gold as part of a takeover by Equinox Gold, made its debut on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday. i-80, in which Equinox remains a cornerstone shareholder, opened at C$3.05 a share, but closed 21% down at C$2.40 a share. The new miner... 

PFS into cathode powder proves positive for Lithium Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 7 hours ago A prefeasibility study (PFS) by the subsidiary of ASX-listed Lithium Australia, VSPC, into a lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) cathode powder has confirmed the project’s robust economics. The PFS contemplated the production of 10 000 t/y of LFP cathode powder over a three year period, with the... 

Covid outbreak weighs on Mountain Province Q1 production

By: Mariaan Webb     14th April 2021 Canadian diamond miner Mountain Province has reported a sharp drop in first-quarter production, following the 22-day shutdown of its Gahcho Kué mine after a Covid outbreak in February. The mine recovered 1.39-million carats, which is 16% lower than the comparable quarter of 2020. The recovered... 

Paramount receives permits for drilling near Grassy Mountain

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th April 2021 NYSE American-listed Paramount Gold Nevada is gearing up to start a 15-hole reverse circulation drilling campaign at the Frost project, south-west of the company’s proposed high-grade underground Grassy Mountain gold mine, later this quarter. The company reported on Tuesday that it had received... 

Seriti rejects calls for probe into South32 deal that will make it Eskom's largest coal supplier

By: News24Wire      14th April 2021 Under siege Seriti Resources whose impending acquisition of South32 coal mines has raised calls for an investigation has dismissed the complaints against it as "vague" lacking substance. The black-owned coal miner has found itself embroiled in a storm after trade unions  flagged some aspects of... 

Matsa moves to PFS at Devon

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2021 A scoping study into the Devon pit, at the Lake Carey gold project in Western Australia, has proven that mining operations could be economically viable. ASX-listed Matsa Resources on Wednesday noted that the scoping study showed that the Devon pit could deliver a potential cash surplus of... 

Strike signs Peruvian offtake agreement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2021 ASX-listed Strike Resources has inked a binding offtake agreement with iron-ore trading firm Good Importing International for all of the iron-ore being mined from the Apurimac iron-ore project, in Peru. The offtake agreement would stretch for an initial two-year term, and incorporates a... 

Galaxy's plans for Sal de Vida firm up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2021 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources has completed an updated feasibility study for its Sal de Vida brine project, in Argentina, and will now move into detailed design and construction. The updated feasibility study focused on a staged development approach to reduce development capital risk and use... 

Sasol takes ambitious steps towards becoming a green-hydrogen major 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2021 Energy and Chemicals group Sasol made announcements on Tuesday that potentially open the way for the coal- and gas-heavy company to begin an energy transition designed to reposition it as a green hydrogen major and a leading global producer of carbon-neutral jet fuel. CEO Fleetwood Grobler... 

Sasol takes ambitious steps towards becoming a green-hydrogen major
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

GoviEx signs drilling contracts for Madaouela

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 TSXV-listed GoviEx Uranium has signed drilling contracts with Esafor and Foraco to undertake drilling programmes related to a feasibility study for its Madaouela uranium project in Niger. GoviEx CEO Daniel Major says that following the positive results of the updated pre-feasibility study (PFS)... 

Tharisa on track to meet yearly production guidance

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2021 A resilient production performance feeding into a strong pricing environment has kept dual-listed Tharisa on track to achieve its full-year guidance. Reporting on a “solid” quarter of production for the three months to March 31, Tharisa notes that platinum-group metals (PGMs) production was up... 

Mining output up by 0.8% y/y in February

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2021 Total mining output (not seasonally adjusted) unexpectedly grew by 0.8% year-on-year in February after having contracted sharply by a downwardly revised 8.4% year-on-year in January. Nongold mining production grew by 2.4% year-on-year following a contraction of 7.8% year-on-year in January,... 

South Africa stands to benefit from green hydrogen production – CDH

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 The advantages of green hydrogen technology to meet South Africa’s goals of transitioning to a lower carbon energy sector appear “uncontested”, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH). To qualify as a form of clean energy technology (one that does not contribute to greenhouse-gas emissions and... 

Iron-ore gains on China’s import surge as focus turns to costs

By: Reuters     13th April 2021 Iron-ore futures in China extended an advance as imports surged to a five-month high, signaling robust demand as the country grapples with rising commodity prices. Imports topped 100-million tons for the first time since October, with first-quarter volumes surging 8% from a year earlier,... 

Iron-ore gains on China’s import surge as focus turns to costs

'Deeds, not words': mining firms reshape boardrooms as investors demand sustainability

By: Reuters     13th April 2021 Under fire after a string of high-profile disasters, mining firms are shaking up their boardrooms in response to criticism that they are failing to meet their own environmental, social, and governance standards. Shareholders are demanding change from an industry whose reputation has been... 

'Deeds, not words': mining firms reshape boardrooms as investors demand sustainability

Nornickel expands Finland nickel refinery to supply EV market

By: Mariaan Webb     13th April 2021 Mining company Nornickel has announced an expansion of production from its nickel refinery in Finland in response to growing demand for responsibly produced electric vehicle (EV) battery materials in Europe. In Phase 1, nickel output at the Harjavalta refinery will increase from 65 000 t/y to 75... 

Nornickel expands Finland nickel refinery to supply EV market

South African ferrochrome industry ‘running out of time’ as it fights for survival, sustainability 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2021 South Africa’s ferrochrome industry has taken its first steps towards independent power generation, with plans to generate up to 750 MW of its own electricity (comprising wind, solar and cogenerated power) by 2024, Mining Weekly can report. The industry adds significant value to chrome ore by... 

South African ferrochrome industry ‘running out of time’ as it fights for survival, sustainability

MRC could fast-track anode production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2021 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) has struck a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Superior Graphite to fast track anode production into the European battery market. Under the terms of the MoU, the two companies would work together to form a joint venture (JV) that would use... 

NextSource secures partnership to build battery anode facility 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th April 2021 Toronto-based battery materials development company NextSource Materials has finalised a binding agreement to build and operate a value-added, battery anode facility (BAF) to produce spheronised and purified graphite (SPG) required in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid... 

NextSource secures partnership to build battery anode facility
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Yamana invests C$20.6m in Ascot

By: Mariaan Webb     13th April 2021 Precious metals miner Yamana Gold has invested C$20.64-million in explorer and developer Ascot Resources, which is restarting the past-producing Premier gold mine, in British Columbia’s Golden Triangle. Ascot reported on Monday that it had entered into an agreement with Stifel for a private... 

Yamana invests C$20.6m in Ascot

Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2021 Sasol and Air Liquide have formally announced plans to jointly procure 900 MW of renewable-energy capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) by 2030 and have issued a request for proposal (RFP) through which they aim to procure an initial 600 MW this year. The transaction, the companies... 

Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process
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