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Eastplats reports mineral resource estimate for Zandfontein TSF

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2017 SRK Consulting has recommended that a prefeasibility or feasibility study be undertaken to determine if the mineral resource at the Zandfontein upper group two tailings storage facility (TSF) at Eastern Platinum’s (Eastplats’) Crocodile River Mine (CRM) can be mined economically in the current... 

NUM, ANC ‘very encouraging’ – Royal Bafokeng Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2017 Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday that he was “very encouraged” by the stance taken the day before by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the ruling African National Congress (ANC). “We can only improve the situation if we work together and not against each other,”... 

Low grades, high power costs key snags to SA chromite sector’s competitiveness

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Despite South Africa’s rich chromite endowment, the low chromium oxide (Cr2O3) grades in its orebodies and the high cost of electricity are significant barriers to the country becoming the dominant player in the global industry. Mintek metallurgical project development consultant Dr Nic Barcza... 

Manganese makes list of key tech metals heading for short supply

By: Martin Creamer     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... 

Pallinghurst share price leaps on value unlock outline

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2017 The share price of mining investment fund Pallinghurst leapt in Johannesburg after the company outlined its plans to swop its investment fund shawl for a diversified miner’s mantle, unlock value through full absorption of its coloured gemstone associate and target a possible listing of the... 

New cost-slashing platinum technology gaining impressive momentum

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 The new cost-slashing, time-saving, capital-unlocking, mine-broadening and cobalt-saving platinum technology, driven by diversified mining company Pallinghurst and South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is gaining impressive international momentum as an initiative... 

Positive prices buoying ferrochrome business – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2017 Ferrochrome prices for the first half of 2017 are providing ongoing momentum for the ferrochrome business, which is poised to benefit from this year’s stainless steel production growth rate forecast of 3.5%. The demand for ferrochrome is driven overwhelmingly by the production of stainless steel,... 

Magara seizes Lonmin COO opportunity as he grasps low-price nettle 

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2017 It’s 7 am. Ben Magara walks in bang on time for our interview. He left home at 4.15 am to be in the gym at 5 am and the office at 6 am. He has a nice spring in his step as he tells me that he has grasped the COO opportunity in addition to his role as CEO of platinum mining company Lonmin,... 

Strong outlook for recovering ferrochrome industry – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2017 Ferrochrome and chrome ore prices recovered from rock bottom in the first quarter of last year to levels twice and four times higher respectively in 2017, a year in which a shortage of electricity supply has ceased to be a constraining factor, ferrochrome company Merafe reports. Despite market... 

Milestone for Two Rivers as PGM production surpasses 400 000 oz/y

By: David Oliveira     3rd February 2017 Mpumalanga-based Two Rivers, a joint venture between diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats), reached an important milestone last year, producing more than 400 000 oz of platinum-group metals (PGMs) for the first time since the mine started... 

Chromite extraction adds value to Amplats’ existing PGMs basket

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2017 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is aiming to add value to its existing basket of commodities with the commissioning of a new chrome recovery plant at its Thabazimbi-based Amandelbult complex, in Limpopo.  

Implats selling chrome interest

     9th December 2016 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) is disposing of its 65% interest in Impala Chrome, a chrome beneficiation operation that produces 200 000 t of chrome concentrate a year by processing four-million tonnes of tailings a year. As announced in a newspaper advertisement, Implats’... 

Thakadu to build $14m nickel beneficiation plant at Lonmin refinery

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2016 Platinum mining company Lonmin on Wednesday announced that it had agreed to supply its crude nickel sulphate stream to beneficiator Thakadu Battery Materials, which will be constructing a $14-million high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate plant at the platinum-mining company’s base metals... 

Merafe ferrochrome output rising in higher price environment

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2016 The attributable ferrochrome production of Merafe is on the rise, with the black-controlled JSE-listed company reporting upped output primarily on additional production from the low-energy Project Lion II furnaces of the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture. South Africa’s 300 000-member Bafokeng... 

Ferrochrome price in sharp rise

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2016 The European benchmark ferrochrome price for the fourth quarter of 2016 has been settled at 110c a pound, 12.2% up on the 98c-a-pound price of the third quarter. Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Merafe Resources said last month that it expected to benefit from renewed positive ferrochrome... 

Northam investing R5.5bn in platinum growth projects 

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2016 Platinum mining company Northam on Friday elaborated on the company’s suite of four growth projects timed to fill an expected future demand pull unmet by constrained future South African platinum supply. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange- (JSE-) listed company, headed by CEO Paul Dunne, expects the... 

Merafe cash skyrockets on ferrochrome venture’s superb showing

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2016 Ferrochrome company Merafe, which generates revenue and operating income primarily from its chrome venture with mining and marketing major Glencore, shot the proverbial lights out in 2015, when its cash generation went through the roof and every box was ticked from upped production to improved... 

IFM subsidiary enters business rescue

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th August 2015 Deteriorating business conditions have pushed London-listed International Ferro Metals’ (IFM’s) South African subsidiary into business rescue proceedings. The financially distressed IFM SA, which operates the Lesedi underground mine and ferrochrome-smelting operations, had been battling a... 

RBPlat warns of load-shedding impact as Q1 output falls 6% y/y

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th April 2015 JSE-listed platinum miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Friday reported that its milled tonnes, for the quarter ended March 31, had increased by 6% to 540 000 t, with Merensky and upper group two (UG2) volumes up 2% and 58% respectively. However, the built-up head-grade reduced by 10% to... 

Electricity-slashing platinum game changer expected by December 

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2015 The target date is the end of this year for the decision to go ahead with the commercial implementation of a paradigm shift technology that will mine and refine platinum in an integrated on-site process and use only a tenth of the electricity normally consumed. Major detail design work has... 

Ferrochrome smelter’s slashed power use opens way for major value-adding boost

By: Martin Creamer     14th November 2014 STEELPOORT, Mpumalanga – The Lion ferrochrome smelter owned and operated by the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, uses 37% less electricity than conventional ferrochrome processes to produce the equivalent volume of ferrochrome. In addition, the smelter needs far less coke than conventional... 

Technology slashes power use at Glencore's huge S African chrome smelter  

By: Martin Creamer     5th November 2014 The Lion ferrochrome smelter owned and operated by the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, uses 37% less electricity than conventional ferrochrome processes to produce the equivalent volume of ferrochrome. In addition, the smelter needs far less coke than conventional smelters as well as using... 

Pallinghurst platinum mine invests in low-energy smelt alternative

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2014 The platinum platform of diversified JSE-listed Pallinghurst has invested in a low-energy hydrometallurgical alternative to high-energy smelting. The environment-friendly Kell process, which Pallinghurst has been studying over a prolonged period, requires only a fifth of the electricity required... 

Lossmaking Bauba’s exploration drilling on hold, non-execs accept halved fee

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2014 The exploration drilling activities of lossmaking JSE-listed platinum exploration company Bauba have been put on hold and nonexecutive directors are talking only half of their fees until the company has sufficient cash to pay them in full. “Currently all drilling activities are on hold,” the... 

R500m IFM loan facility extended

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2014 Ferrochrome producer International Ferro Metals (IFM) on Wednesday announced that a R500-million loan facility with the Bank of China had been extended by a year. The facility would have expired on September 25, but was extended to September 16, 2015, on the same terms. 

Amplats in final planning stages for new Amandelbult chrome plant 

By: Leandi Kolver     3rd September 2014 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is in the final stages of getting a project under way to establish a new 600 000 t/y chrome smelter at its Amandelbult mine, in Limpopo, Anglo American precious and base metals Africa marketing head Jill Wolfe said on Wednesday. Speaking at the... 

Amplats resumes UG2 supply to ferrochrome producer

By: Natalie Greve     1st September 2014 Pursuant to its supply agreement with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), International Ferro Metals (IFM) said on Monday that it had received 20 000 t of upper group two (UG2) chrome concentrate supply in August, ahead of its previous expectations for the month. The company now expected to... 

Mechanisation boon for platinum producers – Ukwazi

By: Ilan Solomons     25th August 2014 The unrest that has plagued the local platinum-group metals (PGM) industry over the last two years, culminating in this year’s five-month-long strike, spearheaded by trade union the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, has forever changed the operating climate for local PGM miners,... 

Black-owned Merafe ferrochrome company entering sweet spot 

By: Martin Creamer     12th August 2014 After ten years of ongoing investment, the black-owned and black-managed ferrochrome company Merafe Resources is in a sweet spot of being able to harvest the cash-flow fruit from a suite of projects in which investments have been made over the past decade. The shares of the JSE-listed company,... 

Black-owned Merafe earnings soar on higher production

By: Martin Creamer     12th August 2014 The earnings of the black-owned and black-controlled Merafe have doubled in the six months when the company benefited from lower strike-hit volume of platinum-linked chrome. Merafe, headed by CEO Zanele Matlala, is paying an interim dividend of R28-million and letting people go at its corporate... 

Implats embarks on mechanised mining strategy 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2014 JSE-listed platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) has embarked on a strategy to research and develop modern mechanised mining methods and to expand them to all parts of the group. Implats CEO Terence Goodlace ruled out the perpetuation of current mining methods and promised regular... 

Bauba plans to mine chrome to fund platinum exploration

By: Martin Creamer     19th December 2013 Struggling Bauba Platinum intends generating cash flows from chrome mining to fund its continued search for platinum group metals (PGMs), in Limpopo province. JSE-listed Bauba Platinum, headed by CEO Syd Caddy, is a platinum group metals (PGM) exploration company working to develop the Bauba... 

Atlatsa lifts Q3 production 23% as restructuring costs bite

By: Natalie Greve     14th November 2013 Emerging platinum junior Atlatsa Resources has lifted its third-quarter platinum-group metal (PGM) production by 23% year-on-year to 47 611 oz, as the company continues to advance the development of its producing Bokoni mine, and the Brakfontein Merensky and Middelpunt Hill (MPH) operations,... 

South Africa’s raw chrome exports soar as ferrochrome edge is lost 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2013 South Africa’s long-standing position as the top global ferrochrome producer is being lost and the export of raw, unbeneficiated chromite ore is on the rise from this country. Heinz Pariser Alloy Metals and Steel market research director Dr Gerhard Pariser, who addressed the MetalBulletin... 

Implats wiping out mining’s fall-of-ground fatality scourge

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2013 South Africa’s second-largest platinum-mining company, Impala Platinum (Implats), is eliminating what has for long been the scourge of South Africa’s underground mines – fall-of-ground fatalities. Impala Platinum CEO Terence Goodlace said at the company’s presentation of results on Thursday... 

Amplats, Minas Rio expected to be Cutifani’s biggest headaches at Anglo

By: Leandi Kolver     19th April 2013 Analysts in the South African mining industry believe that new Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani’s biggest challenge might be platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), based on the recent volatility of the sector, plagued by violent strikes and uncertainty. The significantly... 

Threatened ferrochrome eyeing Canada’s potash turnaround model 

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2012 Stability can be brought to South Africa’s ferrochrome industry by creating a marketing organisation for ferrochrome similar to the Canpotex marketing arm that boosted potash in Canada, the South African ferrochrome industry says in a brochure handed to the media. The stricken ferrochrome... 

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