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(COMMENTARY)
The shock of seeing South Africa fall to the bottom 10 of attractive jurisdictions for mining investments in the influential Fraser Institute global survey has triggered a welcome recognition by President Cyril Ramaphosa of the urgent need to remove the impediments to the growth and development of the mining industry.

(COMMENTARY)
Australia has the world’s largest supply of four critical minerals and is in the top five for many more, so why is it not making the most of them? By Mohan Yellishetty

Indaba is back with a focus on new principles and innovative technologies that can help Africa’s mining industry achieve greater efficiency and sustainability in a world where the transition to a low-carbon future will create increasing demand for minerals and metals.

(DEVELOPMENT)
Home-grown International Graphite’s plan to establish the first mine-to-market graphite business with a sovereign supply chain wholly located in Western Australia have advanced with the signing of a lease agreement for the site of a pilot plant to deliver battery anode graphite for use in electric vehicles, renewable energy storage and other decarbonisation technologies.

(COMMENTARY) China’s desire for energy security poses a stark threat of 20%-plus falls in demand for thermal and coking coal from the Australian exporters currently enjoying a boom.

(ESG GOVERNANCE)
There’s been no fanfare for iron ore pellet giant Ferrexpo in announcing strong FY2021 financial results for its Ukrainian operations, pointing out they all relate from a “very different time” – prior to the brutal Russian military invasion.

(SUPPLY/SERVICES)
Processing specialist Elmore moves closer to the first demonstration of its unique moveable plant to deliver positive cashflow from stranded and currently uneconomic mineral deposits. John Feary reports

(ESG ENVIRONMENTAL)
Global miner Vale joins universities in research demonstrating environmental and economic benefits of the sand co-product from iron ore processing to reduce tailings volumes and meet soaring demand for construction material.

(REGULATION)
The volume and standard of Australia’s mineral resources and the quality of Canada’s political oversight of the sector have seen both countries take the leading positions in the annual global survey of mining investment attractiveness conducted by Canadian think tank The Fraser Institute.

(SUPPLY/SERVICES)
South African coal exporters have expressed alarm that a declaration of force majeure by the nation’s troubled rail freight operator Transnet over security and legal issues will cause more damage at a time when they are struggling to take advantage of strong global market demand.

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Mining Billboard

Insights and analysis from leading industry commentators