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Kali Metals appoints new MD

21st May 2024 ASX-listed Kali Metals has announced the appointment of Paul Adams as MD from July 1. He will take over the role currently held by Graeme Sloan, who will step down as MD, but remain with Kali in a nonexecutive director role.  

Blackhawk has company-making potential, says Sierra Nevada chair

21st May 2024 ASX-listed exploration company Sierra Nevada has unveiled a high-grade intercept of up to 1 270 g/t at its Blackhawk ephithermal project, in Nevada, US, and says it plans follow-up drilling in hole BHD006. The company previously identified a large and high-grade intermediate sulphidation... 

Blackhawk has company-making potential, says Sierra Nevada chair

Galan raises A$14m for ongoing HMW development

20th May 2024 ASX-listed Galan Lithium has received commitments for an equity raising of A$14-million at A$0.24 a share. The capital raise will provide working capital headroom and financial flexibility for the ongoing development of the Hombre Muerto West (HMW) Phase 1 construction, while alternative funding... 

Montage Gold proposes new directors

20th May 2024 Canada-listed Montage, which is aiming to be a multi-asset African gold producer, has set June 7 as the date for its annual general and special meeting. Shareholders will vote on a proposed slate of director nominees, comprising six individuals: Ron Hochstein, Richard Clark, Anu Dhir, David... 

Rock Teck’s Germany lithium refinery plans approved

20th May 2024 TSX-V-listed Rock Tech Lithium has announced government approval for its planned lithium refinery in Guben, Germany. The Brandenburg State Office for the Environment on Friday issued the final approval for the refinery, paving the way for 24 000 t/y of battery-grade lithium hydroxide production. 

Hemlo Explorers to list on CSE

20th May 2024 Minerals exploration company Hemlo Explorers has applied to delist from the TSX-V and to list its shares on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE). Upon delisting on the TSX-V, Hemlo will list 50 724 920 shares on the CSE. Trading is expected to start on May 23. 

$80m raised for Empire copper/gold project in Idaho

20th May 2024 US-focused Phoenix Copper has successfully raised $80-million in a corporate bond issue to fund the construction of the Empire openpit mine, in Idaho. The bonds will be drawn down in tranches, with the first scheduled drawdown of $5-million set for May 31. 

AIC probing ‘high potential incident’ at Eloise

20th May 2024 Copper miner AIC Mines has suspended operations at its Eloise mine, in north-west Queensland, following a “high potential incident” over the weekend. The incident involved an underground loader straying off course while preparing a stope area for backfilling, resulting in a loss of control and... 

Astron Energy supports the critical mining sector through innovative solutions

17th May 2024 As a leading energy company and key player in the South African mining industry, Astron Energy is at the forefront of the latest innovations and technology being deployed in the mining sector. Astron Energy’s theme for 2024, Unlocking New Ways, is a testament to how the company sees itself able... 

Astron Energy supports the critical mining sector through innovative solutions

Opinion: World Telecoms Day – MTN celebrates 30 years and looks towards 2054

17th May 2024 In this article, MTN South Africa CEO Charles Molapisi writes about the telecommunication group's impact over the past 30 years, as well as its future plans. 

Opinion: World Telecoms Day – MTN celebrates 30 years and looks towards 2054
MTN South Africa CEO Charles Molapisi

Arizona Metals appoints new CEO and chair

17th May 2024 Explorer Arizona Metals has made key changes in its leadership team to steer the company in its next phase of growth with the development of the Kay Mine deposit. To facilitate the progression of Arizona, Duncan Middlemiss has appointed as president and CEO, succeeding Marc Pais, while Jacques... 

NCOP votes to pass Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill

17th May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the significance of the National Council of Provinces' (NCOP's) vote to pass the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill; if the Bill is likely to face any opposition; and what further actions can be expected once the Bill becomes law.   

NCOP votes to pass Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill
Engineering News editor Terence Creamer

Impact gears up for year-end for PFS on Lake Hope HPA project

17th May 2024 Exploration company Impact Minerals has set its sights on completing the prefeasibility study (PFS) for its high-purity alumina (HPA) endeavour, Lake Hope, by the year’s end, said MD Mike Jones on Friday. Bolstered by a strategic raising of A$4-million, with the issuance of 150-million shares at... 

Impact gears up for year-end for PFS on Lake Hope HPA project

Loyal Lithium raises cash for Quebec project

17th May 2024 North America-focused, ASX-listed Loyal Lithium has reported “exceptionally strong demand” for its capital raise dedicated to exploration works at the Trieste lithium project, in James Bay, Quebec. The company on Friday announced that it had raised A$3.3-million through the issue of shares at... 

Loyal Lithium raises cash for Quebec project

Diatreme’s Metallica takeover offer period extended

17th May 2024 The new closing date for mineral sands miner Diatreme Resources’ offmarket takeover of fellow ASX-listed Metallica Minerals has been extended to June 3. Following acceptances from the two biggest Metallica shareholders and many other shareholders, Diatreme currently has a relevant interest of... 

Mark Wilson

17th May 2024 This week we profile Mark Wilson, CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as Asia Pacific at SYSPRO, a provider of enterprise resource planning software 

Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson, CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as Asia Pacific at SYSPRO

Shirley Hayes appointed executive chairperson of Copper 360

16th May 2024 JSE-listed Copper 360 has appointed Shirley Hayes executive chairperson. Until now, she had served as nonexecutive chairperson. The copper producer says the change to her position comes as the commissioning of two plants at Copper 360's mining operations will demand significant focus from the... 

Shirley Hayes appointed executive chairperson of Copper 360
Shirley Hayes

Global mining community places Western Australia on notice

16th May 2024 The release of the yearly Fraser Institute Survey shows that Western Australia’s stranglehold as one of the most attractive jurisdictions in the world for mining, is not to be taken for granted. The latest results show a declining trend in Western Australia in recent years, dropping from fourth... 

Global mining community places Western Australia on notice

Saskatchewan retains crown as Canada’s top-rated mining jurisdiction – survey

16th May 2024 Saskatchewan has reaffirmed its status as the leading mining investment destination in Canada and among the top three globally, according to the latest findings from the Fraser Institute’s Annual Survey of Mining Companies. Released this week, the survey placed Utah and Nevada as the two top... 

Saskatchewan retains crown as Canada’s top-rated mining jurisdiction – survey
The Seabee mine in Saskatchewan.

Prescient supports Reatile’s acquisition of stake in 240 MW solar project

16th May 2024 Prescient Investment Management has approved R324-million in equity finance to support black-owned investment company Reatile acquire a 31.5% stake in a 240 MW Free State solar PV project. The Virginia Solar Park project was selected as part of the sixth bid window of South Africa’s Renewable... 

Rescue workers searching two remaining sections at George building collapse

16th May 2024 The George municipality says about 2 500 t of building rubble has been removed from the site of the collapsed building in the town, which has so far claimed the lives of 33 people. About 500 t of rubble remains on site, as rescuers near day ten of rescue and recovery efforts 

Rescue workers searching two remaining sections at George building collapse

Labyrinth retains deposit as sale of Canadian gold project falls through

16th May 2024 ASX-listed Labyrinth Resources has announced the termination of the sale and purchase agreement for its namesake gold project in Canada. The termination comes as a result of the buyer, Gold Projects WA, reportedly failing to fulfill its obligations. The termination would take effect on Friday... 

Strong support for QPM’s A$19m placement

16th May 2024 ASX-listed Queensland Pacific Metals (QPM) has successfully completed a A$0.38-a-share placement raising A$19.1-million to drive growth initiatives. The placement, QPM said on Thursday, was oversubscribed and strongly supported by new institutional and sophisticated investors.  

Neometals starts trading on OTCQX in US

16th May 2024 Australia-based process technology developer Neometals has upgraded to the OTCQX market in the US, it announced on Thursday. “The US trading upgrade reflects a desire to provide additional visibility and gain greater market exposure and liquidity,” said Neometals MD Chris Reed. 

GreenTech and Anax to collaborate on West Pilbara copper

16th May 2024 Pilbara-focused GreenTech Metals and Anax Metals on Thursday unveiled a nonexclusive memorandum of understanding (MoU) to assess the potential for a copper-focused base metals collaboration. The MoU will consider the potential to treat ore from GreenTech’s Whuno deposit, near Karratha, at the... 

GreenTech and Anax to collaborate on West Pilbara copper

Sun Silver gleams on ASX debut with Nevada project

15th May 2024 Nevada-focused Sun Silver on Wednesday listed on the ASX, following an oversubscribed A$13-million initial public offering (IPO). The company’s stock more than doubled on its first day trading on the bourse, closing at A$0.43 a share. “The very high level of investor demand saw us close the IPO... 

Tribunal orders Emfuleni municipality to provide documents to Cape Gate in excessive pricing matter

15th May 2024 The Competition Tribunal has ordered the Emfuleni local municipality to provide various documents to steel producer and electricity consumer Cape Gate, which alleges that the municipality excessively charged it for electricity in 2016/17. In its answering affidavit to the tribunal, the... 

Alamos intersects new style of mineralisation at Young-Davidson

15th May 2024 Canadian gold miner Alamos has intersected a new style of higher grade gold mineralisation in zones within the hanging wall of its Young-Davidson mine. These zones, located between 10 m and up to 200 m south of existing infrastructure and mineral reserves and resources, highlight the upside... 

Alamos intersects new style of mineralisation at Young-Davidson

Gold Fields to earn into Killi’s West Tanami project

15th May 2024 Exploration junior Killi Resources has announced an option and joint venture (JV) agreement with global miner Gold Fields, which has agreed to spend up to A$13-million for an 85% interest in the West Tanami project, in Western Australia. Killi CEO Kathryn Cutler said that the partnership with... 

Forensic pathologists identify 18 of the 33 deceased in George building collapse

15th May 2024 Forensic Pathology Services have, as at 06:00 on May 15, identified 18 of the workers killed in the collapse of a partially built residential building in George. The death toll has reached 33, while 19 people are still unaccounted for eight days after the building's collapse. 

Forensic pathologists identify 18 of the 33 deceased in George building collapse

Kinetiko thrilled with successful onshore gas-to-power demonstration in South Africa

14th May 2024 ASX-listed Kinetiko Energy has successfully demonstrated that it can produce gas-to-power (GtP) from an onshore natural gas resource at its Amersfoort project, in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The company is focused on developing an energy transition solution for South Africa focused on... 

Kinetiko thrilled with successful onshore gas-to-power demonstration in South Africa

bpSA celebrates 100 years in South Africa

14th May 2024 Energy company bp Southern Africa (bpSA) on May 9 celebrated its 100th year of operation in South Africa and says it will use this milestone to refresh and re-energise for the next century and beyond. To signal its commitment to a long-term future in South Africa, bpSA has designed a special... 

bpSA celebrates 100 years in South Africa
bpSA is celebrating 100 years of operating in South Africa

dtic seeks to create a competitive medical technology industry with new master plan

14th May 2024 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has launched the Medical Technology (MedTech) Master Plan, which is aimed at creating a proficient and competitive medical technology industry over the next three years that will supply domestic and international markets. “The medical... 

dtic seeks to create a competitive medical technology industry with new master plan
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Tirupati schedules requisitioned general meeting for June 11

14th May 2024 Specialist graphite producer Tirupati Graphite will, on June 11, hold a general meeting to give shareholders the opportunity to vote on a resolution brought by a group of shareholders to replace the current board of directors with new candidates. Tirupati last month received a letter from Walpole... 

Future Metals secures EIS grant for Eileen Bore drilling

14th May 2024 Exploration company Future Metals has been awarded A$180 000 under the Western Australian government’s exploration incentive scheme (EIS) to conduct drilling at the Eileen Bore prospect. Situated about 20 km from Future’s Panton project, in the East Kimberley region, Eileen Bore is an advanced... 

Future Metals secures EIS grant for Eileen Bore drilling

Pathology services seek to expedite identification as George building collapse death toll reaches 32

14th May 2024 Forensic Pathology Services (FPS) and the South African Police Service are planning to expedite the identification of persons killed in a building collapse in George, in the Western Cape, with only six of the 32 deceased persons identified thus far. Eighty-one people were working on site on the... 

Pathology services seek to expedite identification as George building collapse death toll reaches 32

Graphite miner Lincoln joins EU trade mission

14th May 2024 Graphite miner Lincoln Minerals CEO Jonathon Trewartha will participate in an Australia government-led trade mission to the European Union (EU) in early June. During the trade mission, Lincoln will showcase its Kookaburra graphite project, in South Australia, which Trewartha says can play a... 

Graphite miner Lincoln joins EU trade mission
The Kookaburra graphite project has the second largest known graphite resource on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.

Hochschild hits commercial production at its first Brazil mine

14th May 2024 Precious metals company Hochschild Mining has achieved commercial production at the Mara Rosa gold mine – its first operation in Brazil. During May, the Mara Rosa processing plant has operated at an average throughput of 90% of its nameplate capacity of 7 000 t/d and exceeded 80% average... 

Hochschild hits commercial production at its first Brazil mine
Hochschild Mining CEO Eduardo Landin

Buxton acquires Arizona manganese exploration project

14th May 2024 Australia-listed Buxton Resources on Tuesday announced an agreement to acquire a manganese brownfields exploration project in Arizona, US. The Matrix manganese project, in Mohave county, is adjacent to the Artillery Peak project, which has a resource of 277-million tonnes at 2.8% manganese.  

Buxton acquires Arizona manganese exploration project

Glencore Coal launches Australia apprenticeship progamme

14th May 2024 Glencore Australia has announced the opening of its 2025 apprenticeship programme for applications, inviting aspiring candidates to apply for an opportunity or skills development and hands-on experience in the coal industry in New South Wales and Queensland. Scheduled to kick off in January, the... 

Glencore Coal launches Australia apprenticeship progamme

Queensland Premier says nuclear will cost jobs

14th May 2024 Queensland Premier Steven Miles has strongly opposed the Liberal Party’s proposition to introduce nuclear reactors in the northern regions of the state, asserting that such a move is “recipe for a cost-of-living meltdown”. “Nuclear is the most expensive option,” Miles said in a joint statement... 

Queensland Premier says nuclear will cost jobs
Queensland Premier Steven Miles
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