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Lonmin closes BEE equity gap

By: Martin Creamer Platinum-mining company Lonmin on Wednesday completed three transactions that take its black economic empowerment (BEE) shareholding to the 26% laid down by South African law. The London- and Johannesburg-listed company said the three transactions had been concluded with employees and near-mine... 

Lonmin closes BEE equity gap
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Ben Magara

Richland exits Tanzania, narrows focus on Australia

By: Natasha Odendaal A day after announcing that it had gained some control over illegal mining activities at its Tanzanian operations, Aim-listed Richland Resources has agreed to sell the embattled TanzaniteOne Mining Limited (TML) to Sky Associates for $5.1-million. The gemstone producer and developer, following a... 

Paladin raises A$50m

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Uranium miner Paladin Energy has completed an accelerated institutional component of its A$144-million entitlement offer, raising about A$50-million, with more than 86% of entitlements taken up. The dual listed miner said on Wednesday that the new shares, which were priced at 26c each, would... 

IFM Section 54 notice lifted, 4 000 t of production lost

By: Leandi Kolver International Ferro Metals (IFM) on Wednesday announced that the Section 54 notice for its two ferrochrome furnaces and pelletiser has successfully been lifted following a meeting with the Department of Mineral Resources. The Section 54 notice had been issued last week following a health and... 

ABG shareholders approve name change to Acacia Mining

By: Leandi Kolver African Barrick Gold (ABG) shareholders on Wednesday voted in favour of the company’s proposed name change to Acacia Mining, with the new name to come into effect on Thursday. ABG earlier this month explained that its core objective was to develop a business that was recognised as a leading... 

Etango heap leach plant construction on track

By: Creamer Media Reporter ASX-listed Bannerman Resources on Wednesday said the construction of its Etango heap leach demonstration plant, in Namibia, was on track for completion early in 2015. The activities completed since awarding the contracts in September included the establishment of the site infrastructure,... 

PTM seeks determination of scale of Waterberg deposit

By: Natasha Odendaal TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) sought to determine the scale of the Waterberg deposit as it progressed the exploration of the Waterberg Joint Venture (JV) in South Africa’s Bushveld Igneous Complex. The group remained focused on further exploration and engineering on the newly... 

Namib DFS shows low risk and robust economics

By: Leandi Kolver The definitive feasibility study (DFS) for Aim-listed North River Resources’ Namib lead/zinc/silver mine, in Namibia, has confirmed that the project is technically low risk and economically robust, the company said on Wednesday. It added that a strong after-tax internal rate of return of more... 

Forsys reports positive metallurgical results for Namibia project

By: Creamer Media Reporter SGS South Africa has completed a metallurgical study on Namibia-focused uranium explorer Forsys Metals’ Norasa project, which comprises the Valencia and Namibplaas projects. The metallurgical study was a major component of the feasibility study (FS) for the project, which was being prepared by... 

Botswana must diversify – Khama

By: Anine Vermeulen Botswana should focus on establishing a diamond sector that was second to none, President Ian Khama said during the thirteenth Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower in Maun, this week. He noted that the relocation of diamond aggregation and sales to Gaborone, as well as the development... 

SA meets more nuclear vendors amid ‘costly diversion’ criticism

By: Terence Creamer The Department of Energy (DoE) confirmed on Wednesday that the second nuclear vendor parade workshop, which took place at a venue in the Drakensberg, had been concluded with delegations from China, France, South Korea and the US. The first such workshop, which was also held in the Drakensberg in... 

SA meets more nuclear vendors amid ‘costly diversion’ criticism
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Professor Anton Eberhard

SA coal-related R&D inadequate – ASSAf

By: Leandi Kolver South Africa’s investment in coal-related research and development (R&D) was inadequate, given the fact that coal would continue to dominate the country’s energy supply for the foreseeable future, a recent study by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) showed. In its study, titled ‘The... 

SA coal-related R&D inadequate – ASSAf

Kobada scoping study demonstrates robust project economics

By: Leandi Kolver TSX-V-listed African Gold Group on Tuesday announced the completion of a scoping study and an updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its Kobada gold project, in Mali, demonstrating low capital expenditure requirements and high returns. African Gold said the scoping study demonstrated... 

Triton completes Mozambique graphite project's scoping study

By: Esmarie Swanepoel A scoping study into ASX-listed Triton Minerals’ Nicada Hill graphite project, in Mozambique, has estimated that the project could support a production of 210 000 t/y of graphite concentrate. The scoping study was based on a 51-million-tonne indicated resource, grading 12.4% graphitic carbon,... 

Creamer Media publishes Coal 2014: A review of South Africa's coal sector research report

Creamer Media’s Coal 2014 report examines South Africa’s coal industry amid the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the market, as well as various issues... 

Creamer Media publishes Coal 2014: A review of South Africa's coal sector research report

AMVI modifying DSO operations to increase Agata revenue

By: Leandi Kolver Joint venture company Agata Mining Ventures (AMVI) was modifying its high-iron/low nickel direct shipping ore (DSO) operations to include shipments of ore containing higher nickel content to increase revenues at its Agata nickel laterite project in the Philippines. AMVI, in which TVI Resource... 

Allied Nevada optimises Phase 1 of Hycroft mill expansion

By: Mariaan Webb US precious metals miner Allied Nevada Gold has lowered the cost of the first phase of its Hycroft mill expansion project by reviewing the construction sequence of infrastructure and other components. The company said on Wednesday that it could begin operation of the first line of the mill for a... 

Allied Nevada optimises Phase 1 of Hycroft mill expansion

Cartesian invests in IC Potash subsidiary

By: Creamer Media Reporter Cartesian Capital Group has made a $10-million strategic investment in project developer IC Potash (ICP) subsidiary Intercontinental Potash Corp USA (ICPUSA), which owns the Ochoa sulphate of potash project, in New Mexico. Cartesian had acquired 500 000 class A preferred shares of ICPUSA at a... 

BHP misses out to China's Jinchuan on nickel pact

By: Reuters BHP Billiton's struggling Nickel West smelter in Australia lost out on a potential key supply source of nickel when rival Jinchuan Group of China signed a purchase agreement with an Australian miner. Australia's no. 3 nickel miner, Western Areas, on Wednesday said it reached a two-year agreement... 

JV nears completion of Agata nickel processing plant DFS

By: Creamer Media Reporter TSX-V- and Frankfurt-listed Mindoro Resources says its subsidiary, Agata Processing Inc (API), expects to complete a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for a nickel processing plant at the Agata project, in northern Mindanao, Philippines, by the end of this year. TVI Resource Development (TVIRD)... 

Osisko buys more shares in Virginia Mines

By: Natasha Odendaal As TSX-listed Osisko Gold Royalties geared up to combine its business with TSX-listed Virginia Mines, the Montreal-headquartered gold-focused royalty and stream company acquired a further one-million shares in Virginia Mines. Osisko, which still had to complete the acquisition of 2.38-million... 

Rochester royalty earns Rye Patch $2.61m in first nine months of 2014

By: Creamer Media Reporter Junior miner Rye Patch on Wednesday said the Rochester mine net smelter return (NSR) had earned it $2.61-million, or about C$2.85-million, in the first three quarters of this year. The Rochester mine paid a 3.4% NSR royalty quarterly to Rye Patch on each ounce of silver and gold produced and sold. 

SAIL wants Indian coal blocks to be awarded by govt

By: Ajoy K Das Even as the Indian government gets ready to launch its maiden allocation of coal blocks through competitive auction, demands have surfaced that the resource should be allocated through a ‘government dispensation route’, or based on government’s recommendations. Leading the charge was Steel... 

Klondex Mines receives $10.3m from the exercise of warrants

By: Creamer Media Reporter Nevada-focused narrow-vein gold miner Klondex Mines has raised $10.3-million through the exercise of warrants by shareholders during October and November. About 5.86-million common share purchase warrants were exercised at a price of $1.75 a share. 

Decline in commodity prices puts brakes on resource projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The latest data from the Bureau of Resources and Economics (BREE) has revealed that the downward spiral in commodity prices has resulted in an increase in the number of resource projects either being delayed or deferred. BREE stated in its latest Resources and Energy Major Projects report that... 

Decline in commodity prices puts brakes on resource projects

WPG buys out JV partner in Tunkillia gold project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Junior developer WPG Resources has taken full ownership of the Tunkillia gold project, in South Australia, after reaching an agreement with joint venture partner Helix Resources. WPG acquired a 70% shareholding in the Tunkillia project at the end of May this year, through a transaction with... 

Golden Queen says California precious metals project on schedule

By: Creamer Media Reporter The Soledad Mountain gold and silver project near Mojave, in California, is proceeding on schedule, with processing facilities set to be commissioned in late 2015, TSX-listed Golden Queen Mining reported on Tuesday. The Vancouver-based company said its 50%-owned subsidiary, Golden Queen Mining... 

Mount Gibson in trading halt over further pit slump

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Iron-ore miner Mount Gibson Iron on Wednesday went into a trading halt, after a further slump in the Main pit seawall, at its Koolan Island mine, in Western Australia, interrupted geotechnical repairs at the site. Last month, operations in the Main pit were temporarily suspended as a... 

Woodside adds more acreage in Africa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Australian oil and gas major Woodside has again increased its foothold in Africa, announcing on Wednesday that it had entered into a contract for a reconnaissance licence offshore Morocco. The company told shareholders that it had entered into an exclusive contract with the national oil company... 

Enviro assessment process for Taseko’s Aley project starts

By: Creamer Media Reporter The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) will start an environmental assessment review of TSX- and NYSE-listed Taseko Mines’ Aley niobium project in northern British Columbia. Additionally, the Federal Minister of Environment had granted substitution of the environmental... 

Cobre looks for lithium at Pilbara tenements

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed Cobre Montana and fellow-listed Pilbara Minerals have executed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to test the lithium carbonate potential in Pilbara’s Pilgangoora project, in Western Australia. Under the terms of the MoU, Cobre Montana will undertake a six-months study of the... 

RNI confirms funding talks for Grosvenor

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Gold hopeful RNI on Wednesday told shareholders that it had received various financing proposals for its Grosvenor project, in Western Australia. The company noted that the proposals included the financing required to bring the Grosvenor project into production, as well as to repay RNI’s... 

Eskom says New Largo coal supply talks with Anglo back on track

By: Terence Creamer Electricity utility Eskom says it and Anglo American have concluded a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that maps out the process to be followed to enable the parties to conclude a final coal-supply contract for the Kusile power station, which is currently being build in the Mpumalanga province.... 

Eskom says New Largo coal supply talks with Anglo back on track
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Eskom capital division group executive Dan Marokane

US Federal Court grants injunction halting EPA process against Alaska’s Pebble

By: Leandi Kolver The US Federal District Court has granted the Pebble Limited Partnership’s (PLP’s) request for a preliminary injunction in its litigation against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PLP parent company Northern Dynasty Minerals reported on Tuesday. The EPA in February announced that it... 

US Federal Court grants injunction halting EPA process against Alaska’s Pebble
Northern Dynasty Minerals' Pebble project

Rare ruby expected to attract attention at Gemfields auction

By: Martin Creamer A rare ruby is expected to attract attention at London Aim-listed Gemfields’ upcoming ruby auction. The 40.23-carat rough ruby, unearthed at the company’s Montepuez deposit in Mozambique’s northeast Cabo Delgado province, is expected to set a new benchmark for the quality of African rubies. 

Rare ruby expected to attract attention at Gemfields auction
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Ian Harebottle

Omnia expecting future benefit from new underground mining product, H1 profit lower

By: Leandi Kolver Specialised chemicals provider Omnia was expecting to see financial gains from its new underground charging unit, which enables it to take its emulsion into the underground mining space, during the next financial year, MD Rod Humphris said on Tuesday. Speaking at a presentation of the group’s... 

Omnia expecting future benefit from new underground mining product, H1 profit lower
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Omnia CEO Rod Humphris
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