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AI in mineral exploration

AI in mineral exploration The recent copper discovery by KoBold Metals illustrates the important of AI and reassessing historic data.       By Dr. Nicolaas Steenkamp KoBold Metals, backed by tech giants like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, recently announced a potentially game-changing copper discovery in Zambia. This monumental find, estimated to be worth billions, highlights …

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South Africa's critical minerals landscape is poised for growth, with challenges and opportunities intertwined.

South Africa’s critical minerals landscape poised for growth

South Africa’s critical minerals landscape poised for growth South Africa‘s critical minerals landscape is poised for growth, with challenges and opportunities intertwined. By Dominic Varrie, Methembeni Moyo and Lili Nupen at law firm NSDV South Africa’s critical minerals (CRMs) industry stands at the intersection of immense potential and significant challenges. The surge in demand for …

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The first blast at Trigon Metals’ Kombat underground copper mine in Namibia was initiated recently.

First blast at Kombat

First blast at Kombat The first blast at Trigon Metals’ Kombat underground copper mine in Namibia was initiated recently. TSX listed Trigon Metals announced in early February that operational training at the historic underground mine commenced ahead of schedule marked by the successful blasting of the first block at the Asis West shaft’s No. 1 …

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Trench mapping by Askari Metals has delivered good results in a well-known pegmatite belt in Namibia.

Trenching targets Namibian pegmatites

Trenching targets Namibian pegmatites Trench mapping by Askari Metals has delivered good results in a well-known pegmatite belt in Namibia.   ASX listed Askari Metals’ recently announced results from their trench mapping programme at the Uis Lithium Project in the Erongo Region of Namibia, has yielded better results than what the company initially expected. Askari’s …

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Kibali in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

Kibali in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week Barrick Gold’s Kibali gold mine in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick of The Week. When Barrick Gold commissions the new 16-megawatt solar plant and additional battery energy storage infrastructure at its Kibali gold mine in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), …

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Circularity in African mining

Circularity in African mining The African mining industry is making strides towards a more circular economy, with ESG underpinning it. Mining is a historically linear process – we take materials from the earth, make products from them, and eventually throw them away as waste. With the intensification of climate change, environmental degradation, pollution – all …

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Don’t confuse yourself when doing business in Africa. Talk to us, at WhyAfrica we listen. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

At WhyAfrica we listen

At WhyAfrica we listen Doing business in Africa or expanding your African footprint can be confusing. Therefore, you need someone to listen to your needs. Investing in Africa’s homegrown companies and markets even more so. Traveling across Africa’s borders or looking for a job in an African country, can be a perplexing exercise. The last …

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A number of countries have implemented export bans or restrictions on raw materials over the last few years. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica.

Export bans and investment

Export bans and investment A number of countries have implemented export bans or restrictions on raw materials. By Nicolaas C. Steenkamp Several countries, particularly those rich in minerals crucial for clean energy technologies and strategic industries, have implemented export bans or restrictions on raw materials. Over the last decade, developing countries have started to pursue …

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The year of green mining

The year of green mining Analysts paint an optimistic future for green mining operations. By Johan Pretorius. Analyst firm, Market Research Future’s (MRFR) recent report Green Mining Market By Type (surface and underground), Technology (power reduction, fuel and maintenance reduction, emission and water reduction and other), and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the rest …

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Solutions for mining’s funding dearth

Solutions for mining’s funding dearth New financing options such as royalty arrangements and streaming, together with blockchain and crowdfunding, are emerging as alternatives to traditional funding mechanisms. By Rashaad Carrim and Shirleen Ritchie.  The mining industry is a pillar of global economic development, providing essential raw materials for various industries while also actively participating in …

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Mid-tier mining companies in Africa are crucial in shaping Africa’s future through embracing positive disruption

Africa’s miners embrace disruption

Africa’s miners embrace disruption Mid-tier mining companies in Africa are crucial in shaping Africa’s future through embracing positive disruption.   By Shammy Luvhengo The 2024 Mining Indaba presents a unique platform to delve into the significance of the mining sector in Africa. It is imperative to recognise that mid-tier miners play a pivotal role as …

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Multi-dimensional tailings standard demands varied disciplines

Multi-dimensional tailings standard demands varied disciplines     With the passing of the first deadline for mining companies to bring their tailings storage facilities (TSFs) into compliance with new standards, a fundamental shift has taken place toward a more multi-dimensional approach. By Vis Reddy and John Stiff In August 2023, the Global Industry Standard on Tailings …

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To be sustainable mining needs transformative leadership

To be sustainable mining needs transformative leadership The mining sector faces an increasing call for integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles into its DNA. To achieve this goal, the industry needs transformative leadership.     By Nomsa Mbere Transformative leadership in this context doesn’t merely pivot on compliance; it’s about fostering a culture of responsible …

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Digitisation boosts performance across mining’s value chain

Digitisation boosts performance across mining’s value chain It has been proven that digitisation boosts performance and production across the mine value chain. In this article Alana de Wet (A), iOCO’s Industry Lead for Mining, Energy and Industrials, discuss the transformative power of digitisation in enhancing mine performance. WhyAfrica (WA) Why should the mining sector fully …

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Zambian President Hichilema to deliver keynote address at Indaba

Zambian President Hichilema to deliver keynote address at Indaba Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema will deliver a keynote address at the 2024 Investing in African Mining Indaba, that will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 5 to 8 February.   This will be Hichilema’s second appearance at Mining Indaba as President, having delivered a …

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What does WhyAfrica offer in 2024?

What does WhyAfrica offer in 2024? After a short break in December 2023, WhyAfrica is off to a flying start in 2024 and getting ready to attend the 30th edition of Investing in African Mining Indaba conference and exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa, from 5 to 8 February. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica …

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Volt Resources delivers in Tanzania

Volt Resources delivers in Tanzania According to ASX listed Volt Resources’ CEO, Prashant Chintawar, the company has made significant progress in obtaining the necessary funding for its Bunyu graphite project in Tanzania. “We have successfully mined sample ore at Bunyu, secured export permits, shipped ore, and more recently, produced concentrate according to customer requirements, and …

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Barrick Gold’s Twiga in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

Barrick Gold’s Twiga in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week Barrick Gold’s North Mara and Bulyanhulu gold mines in Tanzania have not only sustained their strong performance in 2023, but the two mines have made a significant impact on Tanzania and in the local communities where they operate.   North Mara and Bulyanhulu are …

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South Africa’s JETP creates mining opportunities

South Africa’s JETP creates mining opportunities     South Africa’s recently developed Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan (JETP) which came into effect in 2023, promises a carbon-less future for the country and provides a comprehensive framework for the implementation of the just transition away from coal, in fulfilment of the country’s obligations under the Paris Agreement By …

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The triple threat to mining investments in Africa

The triple threat to mining investments in Africa Droughts, floods, and contamination are serious risks to mining investments in Africa. Water availability is a key investment risk to mining in many African countries, adding to the range of risks that will come under the spotlight at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that will be …

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Mozambique back on the map

Mozambique back on the map Mozambique is back on the map. First French energy firm TotalEnergies announced late last year that it plans to restart the long-delayed USD20-billion Mozambique liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the first quarter of this year. Work on the project was halted in 2021 after an insurgency led by Islamic State-linked militants …

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Growing electrification of automotive market will drive copper demand

Growing electrification of  automotive market will drive copper demand   The growing electrification of the automotive market will drive a 3.1-fold increase in copper demand for EV motors in 2034 compared with 2023. Electric motors are a core component of electrification in the automotive market. The market has heavily relied on rare earths for the permanent …

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Autonics: precise temperature control

Autonics: precise temperature control https://www.tme.eu/za/en/katalog/p,autonics_1361/ ADVERTORIAL It’s hard to disagree that these days all appliances, even the most basic ones, do almost everything for us. The washer-dryer will take care of the laundry, the food processor will prepare dinner, and the heat pump will ensure that the right temperature is maintained in our rooms. The …

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Mineral exploration in the spotlight at Mining Indaba 2024

Mineral exploration in the spotlight at Mining Indaba 2024 The low-carbon economy of the future depends on mining and in turn, the future of mining largely depends on the exploration for and discovery of new mineral deposits. The African continent remains a treasure chest of green metals and minerals and has significant reserves of platinum …

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Saudi’s drive to create mineral value chains in Africa

Saudi’s drive to create mineral value chains in Africa The Future Minerals Forum 2024, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 9-11 January 2024, focused on “Creating Resilient and Responsible Mineral Value Chains in Africa, Western and Central Asia.” By Dr. Nicolaas C Steenkamp The main outcomes from the Future Minerals Forum 2024 centred around strengthened …

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Misinformation and disinformation tops global risks in 2024

Misinformation and disinformation tops global risks in 2024 According to the Global Risks Report 2024 misinformation and disinformation are the world biggest short-term risks in 2024, while extreme weather and critical change to earths systems are the greatest long-term concerns. Drawing on nearly two decades of original risks perception data, the World Economic Forum’s Global …

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