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Spearmint announces Clayton Valley lithium resource estimate
Published: 15 Jun 21
Canadian junior explorer Spearmint Resources can add its name to the list of companies with an in-ground resource estimate in Clayton Valley, Nevada, which continue to attract global attention as a sought-after lithium address in the US, hosting the only producing lithium deposit in North America. The company has unveiled a maiden resource estimate of one-million tonnes of lithium-carbonate equivalent (LCE) at its Clayton Valley Lithium Clay project. The estimate includes 815 000 indicated tonnes and 191 000 inferred tonnes.
Partnership eyed for vaccine rollout acceleration in Africa Partnership eyed for vaccine rollout acceleration in Africa
Published: 15 Jun 21
World Bank president David Malpass and his senior management team, comprising Dr Axel van Trotsenburg and Dr Makhtar Diop, have met with the African Union’s Covid-19 Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (Avatt) to discuss modalities for a partnership that will accelerate vaccine deployment to Africa. In a historic Covid-19 vaccine procurement agreement signed on March 28, the Avatt had previously successfully secured up to 400-million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) single-shot Covid-19 vaccine with the support of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).
Paramount, partners enter final phase of US Armed Overwatch programme Paramount, partners enter final phase of US Armed Overwatch programme
Published: 15 Jun 21
A team from US-based defence engineering company Leidos, in partnership with South African aerospace and defence company Paramount Group, has been selected to enter the final phase of the US Special Operations Command’s (Socom’s) Armed Overwatch aircraft prototype programme. Leidos, Paramount US and Vertex were among five teams awarded a total of $19.3-million for prototype demonstrations and will advance the Bronco II aircraft to the third phase of operational prototype demonstration later in June.
New exploration alliance targets US copper deposits
Published: 15 Jun 21
LSE-listed Imperial X and TSX-V-listed Alianza Minerals on Tuesday announced a strategic alliance to explore for copper deposits in the US, with a focus on projects in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The two companies said the intended to identify new copper exploration opportunities to acquire and advance with the intent of finding a partner to further the projects.
NUM to march next month over rising unemployment in Mpumalanga
Published: 15 Jun 21
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Highveld Region is preparing to march against continued retrenchments, outsourcing, use of labour brokers and the increasing unemployment rate in the Mpumalanga province. The march, to be held on July 15, will be targeted at State-owned utility Eskom, as well as diversified miners South32, Seriti Resources, AngloCoal, Exxaro Resources and various mining contractors operating in the province, the trade union says.
Nigeria’s cratering economy may become Africa’s biggest threat
Published: 15 Jun 21
If there was ever a time Nigeria could have taken off, it was in 1999. Democracy had been restored, with its economy reopening after decades of mismanagement and plunder under military dictatorships. Tomi Davies, a systems analyst, was one of thousands of Nigerians who came home to help rebuild the country. After a few years working on public-sector projects, he was offered a bag full of dollars to add ghost employees to the payroll system he was installing. When he refused, a group of men attacked him at his home in the capital, Abuja.
Asanko-owner Galiano Gold CEO steps down
Published: 15 Jun 21
Toronto-listed Galiano Gold on Monday reported that Greg McCunn had stepped down as CEO and as director of the company and that he would be succeeded by COO Matt Baylak. Galiano operates and manages the Asanko Gold mine, in Ghana, which is jointly owned with Gold Fields.
Oil and gas industry riding high - Appea
Published: 15 Jun 21
The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has unveiled the oil and gas industry’s first Social License report, which has shown that support for the industry was nearly two-and-a-half times higher than opposition. Appea CEO Andrew McConville said the report highlights how the oil and gas industry is building trust in the community as well as creating thousands of jobs and protecting the environment.
Congo picks Australia's Fortescue to develop giant hydro project Congo picks Australia's Fortescue to develop giant hydro project
Published: 15 Jun 21
Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) government said on Tuesday Fortescue Metals Group would develop the Grand Inga hydroelectric power project, including a 4,800-megawatt dam that has already been committed to Chinese and Spanish developers. Australia's Fortescue confirmed earlier on Tuesday that it was in talks with Congo to develop a series of dams that could become the world's largest hydroelectric project, but it said no formal binding agreement had been concluded.
E79 stock skyrockets on 2.4k g/t at Happy Valley, Australia E79 stock skyrockets on 2.4k g/t at Happy Valley, Australia
Published: 15 Jun 21
The share price of Canadian minnow E79 Resources surged 240% to C$1.26 a share on Monday, as the company reported initial assay results from the first two drill holes at its Happy Valley gold prospect in Victoria, Australia. The two drill holes confirm extension of mineralised structures substantially below known historic mining levels at Happy Valley. HVD002 intersected gold about 60 m beneath known historic mining and HVD003 intersected gold about 80 m below that. Drill hole HVD003 confirmed a section of visible gold assaying at more than 78 oz/t, or 2 430 g/t.
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