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May mining output falters on uncertain commodity prices

13th July 2017 Mining production data released by Statistics South Africa on Thursday revealed a second consecutive month of production contraction. The -0.2% contraction and the -1.4% contraction in April are viewed as concerning by Chamber of Mines of South Africa chief economist Henk Langenhoven, owing to... 

Tshipi now South Africa's largest manganese exporter – Jupiter

13th July 2017 In the five months to July, the Tshipi manganese mine in the Northern Cape exported more than 1.3-million tonnes of manganese ore, making it the largest exporter of manganese ore from South Africa, Jupiter Mines said on Thursday. Tshipi remains on track to achieve its record production target of... 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level

12th July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

Manganese makes list of key tech metals heading for short supply

11th July 2017 Nothing can stop the proliferation of iPhones, solar panels and Teslas, except perhaps a shortage of key natural resources, comments the latest Fortune magazine, which puts manganese from South Africa on the list of crucial technology metals needed in the US. Fortune’s world map showing the... 

Work starts on R1.7bn fluorspar mine

10th July 2017 Work has begun on the building of an opencast fluorspar mine and concentrator at Rust de Winter, 80 km northeast of Pretoria, Nokeng Fluorspar Mine announced on Monday. The wholly owned subsidiary of SepFluor said that the R1.7-billion finance for the 21-month project had been raised through a... 

Tharisa delivers another record production quarter

10th July 2017 Platinum group metals (PGM) and chrome producer Tharisa, which has again shown incremental improvements in production volumes and recoveries in the three months to June 30, is continuing to examine ways of further optimising its operations. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Tharisa, headed... 

On-The-Air (07/07/2017)

7th July 2017 The supply of more water from Lesotho to Gauteng has been given a wonderful thumbs-up; Violent protest brought the coal line to a screeching halt this week, dealing a blow to the economy; and The high winter electricity tariff should be cut so that closed furnaces can reopen and return lost jobs. 

Charter destroying national patrimony, depriving citizens of economic wellbeing

7th July 2017 Fourteen years ago, I attended a sod-turning ceremony at a manganese project in South Africa’s Northern Cape, made possible by a R1.7-billion equity investment by foreigners. These investors were prepared to bet on the successful development of a new manganese mine in the Kalahari, with one... 

New Exxaro BEE roll-out edges forward

4th July 2017 Diversified mining company Exxaro on Tuesday published further comments and calculations on the implementation of its replacement black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction. Exxaro announced in November last year that it would put in place a new BEE scheme that would decrease its BEE ownership... 

AngloGold signs staggered option to buy US exploration property

4th July 2017 American exploration company Renaissance Gold (RenGold) has signed an agreement with AngloGold Ashanti North America for an option to buy an exploration property northeast of Beatty, in Nye County, Nevada. RenGold, a gold/silver-focused exploration company that trades on the TSX Venture Exchange... 


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