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COVID-19 continues to have devastating impacts on the lives, livelihoods and learning of millions of people, but the new Building Forward Better Framework published by a mining industry-business networker-international policy NGO outlines a key role for the global resources sector in long-term recovery.

The departure of three senior managers over Rio Tinto’s legal but badly misjudged destruction of priceless heritage features to dig up more iron ore illustrates that maintaining relationships with stakeholders is becoming more important to major corporations than business performance.

UK-based diamond miner Petra has pledged to investigate allegations of shootings, beatings and other human rights abuses at its Williamson mine, a 75-25% joint venture with the Tanzanian government in the northern Shinhanga province.

Booming expenditure on mineral exploration could be vital to helping the Australian economy to emerge from very unfamiliar territory, its first recessing in nearly 30 years.

Jupiter Mines has outlined a staged strategy including fast-track development of DSO mineralisation that will fund a long-life project for the proposed spin-off of its 100%-owned Central Yilgarn Iron Ore assets in Western Australia. JOHN FEARY reports

A new report backs the potential for Western Australia’s lithium mining sector, the source of 50% of world LCE production, to become a significant global player in the coming boom in downstream applications - but first it needs immediate state government action to maintain the viability of the upstream industry.

Mine producers and developers report no impact to date but border closures and likely regional bans in response to Mali’s military closures pose threat to operations in Africa’s fourth largest gold producer.

The West Australian government has launched an admittedly extraordinary legislative bid to deny the rights of abrasive mining billionaire Clive Palmer, but mining leaders say the unique circumstances suggest it will not be detrimental to the resources sector.

Heron Resources has reached standstill agreements with its secured lenders and major unsecured creditors that will allow it to pursue a 12-month search for a way to wrest value from its suspended Woodlawn zinc-copper mine in southern NSW, Australia

A global independent body will be established to monitor the world-wide adoption by mining companies of a new standard designed to prevent any future repetitions of the tragic tailings dam collapses at the Samarco and Brumadinho operations in Brazil.


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