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Less Eskom coal, fewer S African diamonds, less refined platinum, lower iron-ore sales – Anglo

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 3 hours ago Diversified mining company Anglo American on Thursday reported 12% lower coal production for South Africa’s State electricity utility Eskom, 31% less refined platinum production, 4% lower iron-ore exports and fewer diamond carats from South African diamond mines, in the three months to September... 

Less Eskom coal, fewer S African diamonds, less refined platinum, lower iron-ore sales – Anglo
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Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani

Zuma says govt seriously mulling Operation Phakisa for mining sector

By: Leandi Kolver     Updated 43 minutes ago President Jacob Zuma on Thursday reiterated that government was seriously considering a mining-focused Operation Phakisa phase. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe earlier this year, at the Mining Lekgotla, noted that an Operation Phakisa for the mining sector was on its way, with... 

Zuma says govt seriously mulling Operation Phakisa for mining sector
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President Jacob Zuma

South Africa's main coal terminal stops releasing export data

By: Reuters     Updated 5 hours ago South Africa's Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), the largest in the world, has stopped publishing monthly operational updates detailing shipments of coal because it is "competitive information", its chief executive said on Thursday. "This information is commercial, it's a competitive... 

South Africa's main coal terminal stops releasing export data
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Richard Bay Coal Terminal

AMCU members down tools at Lace mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 10 minutes ago Workers at DiamondCorp’s Lace mine, in the Free State, downed tools on Thursday in an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union- (AMCU-) led protest against the Aim-listed company’s refusal to employ two full-time salaried shop stewards. Diamondcorp said in an update to shareholders that... 

AMCU members down tools at Lace mine
Lace mine

Amplats lifts FY output guidance on lower Q3 post-strike ramp-up losses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 6 hours ago The post-strike ramp-up in production at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Rustenburg, Union and Amandelbult mines was completed a month ahead of schedule, with normal output having resumed by September. In its third-quarter production report, released on Thursday, the platinum miner noted... 

Kumba Q3 output up 37% y/y

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 5 hours ago Kumba Iron Ore lifted its output by 37% year-on-year and 13% quarter-on-quarter to 13-million tonnes in the quarter ended September 30. The Sishen mine produced 9.3-million tonnes of iron-ore in the quarter – up 44% on that produced in the third quarter of 2013 and 11% higher than that produced... 

Rio extends Walsh's contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 7 hours ago The CEO of mining giant Rio Tinto, Sam Walsh, would remain at the company’s helm for the foreseeable future after the company’s board extended his tenure. Rio CFO Chris Lynch also had his tenure extended. 

Rise in Q2 hedging volumes not indicator of trend

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 29 minutes ago The significant jump in the volume of hedging activities during the second quarter of the year was not an indication of a secular shift in producer sentiment to hedge gold production, Societe Generale and Thomson Reuters GFMS said this week. The duo’s second-quarter Global Gold Hedge Book... 

Cape Lambert granted mining licence at Marampa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 6 hours ago ASX-listed Cape Lambert on Thursday announced that it had been granted a mining licence for its own Marampa iron-ore project, in Sierra Leone. “I am delighted that the Ministry of Mineral Resources has finally approved the grant of Marampa’s mining licence so that we can get on with the process... 

Lucara’s exceptional diamond tenders rake in $136m in 2014

By: Henry Lazenby Southern Africa-focused miner Lucara Diamond Corp this week reported that exceptional stone tenders had this year accounted for $136-million, reflecting a strong diamond market and robust demand for large precious gems from the company’s flagship Karowe mine, in Botswana. The TSX- and... 

Lucara’s exceptional diamond tenders rake in $136m in 2014

Randgold CEO warns against tax hike in new Congo mining code

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC's) focus on maximising short-term tax revenues risks squandering long-term mining prospects, the chief executive of one of its largest mining investors warned on Wednesday. Speaking at a mining conference in Kinshasa, Mark Bristow, the CEO of gold miner... 

Elemental halves Congo capex in refigured project plan

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 6 hours ago Potash developer Elemental Minerals on Thursday announced a new capital estimate of $908-million for the development of its Sintoukola sylvinite (Kola) project, in the Republic of Congo. This compares with an initial capital estimate of $1.85-billion in the 2012 prefeasiblity study (PFS), which... 

With five projects in its fold, Northern Star output surges

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 6 hours ago Gold miner Northern Star Resources has continued the trend of record quarterly production, as production surged following the incorporation of its five projects. During the three months to September, Northern Star recovered 147 884 oz of gold, compared with the 114 780 oz recovered in the... 

Govt-ordered Ranger mine spill report published

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 6 hours ago The federal and Northern Territory governments have released the findings of an independent expert report into the leach tank failure at uranium miner Energy Resources of Australia (ERA’s) Ranger mine, in the Northern Territory. The government-ordered independent report, released this week, has... 

Atlas Iron responds to changing market with accelerated cost-savings plan

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 6 hours ago Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron on Thursday said its expected its cost savings for 2015 to be higher than previously thought, as the company’s cash-cost initiatives surged during the three months to September. Atlas on Thursday told shareholders that all-in costs for the September quarter had reached... 

Atlas Iron responds to changing market with accelerated cost-savings plan

Maules Creek to rail ahead of schedule

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 6 hours ago First coal from the Maules Creek operation, in New South Wales, was expected to be railed in January next year, more than two months ahead of schedule, owner Whitehaven Coal reported on Thursday. The ASX-listed miner said that the acceleration of the first coal railing was owing to the strong... 

Newcrest advances Cadia East

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 6 hours ago Gold miner Newcrest Mining would now shift its development focus at the Cadia East operation to the propagation of Panel Cave 2, following the safe propagation of Panel Cave 1 this week. “Newcrest has developed world-class expertise in bulk underground mining techniques gained from the... 

Beadell looks at contract mining for Tucano

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 6 hours ago ASX-listed gold miner Beadell Resources has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with fellow listed mining contracter Maca over the management of mining operations at the Tucano gold mine, in Brazil. Beadell’s existing mobile fleet and equipment would progressively be transferred to Maca under a... 

Resources Watch

By: Creamer Media Reporter Welcome to Creamer Media’s Resources Watch, a weekly video round-up of the events and people making and shaping the news in the mining industry. This week: A R50-million virtual reality centre is set to revolutionise mine design. Rockwell Diamonds reports that costs are down, revenue is up, and... 

Resources Watch

BC introduces new two-tier tax on income from LNG facilities

By: Henry Lazenby The province of British Columbia this week introduced its much-anticipated legislation for a new two-tier tax on net income from liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. The legislation, which was originally announced in the provincial budget in February, introduced a two-tier income tax that... 

BC introduces new two-tier tax on income from LNG facilities

MBAC stock surges on loan maturity extensions, liquidity update

By: Henry Lazenby The TSX-listed stock of Brazil-focused fertiliser producer MBAC Fertilizer on Wednesday jumped by as much as 157%, or C$0.11, after the struggling company reported that it had signed final agreements with its senior lenders to extend the maturity of its loans and defer related interest and... 

Nautilus Minerals steps closer to releasing PNG funding

By: Henry Lazenby Prospective seafloor miner Nautilus Minerals has satisfied one of the conditions precedent to releasing $113-million, which its project partner – the Papua New Guinea government – had paid into escrow in May, representing the balance of the State’s 15% share of capital required to complete the... 

Quebec govt and miners to undertake Labrador Trough rail feasibility

By: Henry Lazenby The Quebec government has formed a partnership with mining companies Champion Iron and Lac Otelnuk Mining to undertake a feasibility study for the construction of a multi-user railway, linking the port of Sept-Îles with the Labrador Trough, a 1 600-km-long geological belt rich in iron-ore... 

Fortress Minerals to buy stalled Ecuador project for $240m from Kinross

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-V-listed Fortress Minerals has agreed to buy the stalled Fruta del Norte (FDN) gold/silver project, in Ecuador, for $240-million in cash and scrip from TSX- and NYSE-listed Kinross Gold. Kinross last year booked a $720-million charge related to the discontinued FDN. Kinross shelved the... 

Fortress Minerals to buy stalled Ecuador project for $240m from Kinross

Nordgold Q3 production up 11% y/y, company on track to achieve upper end of full-year guidance

By: Leandi Kolver LSE-listed Nordgold on Wednesday reported a 11% year-on-year, and 2% quarter-on-quarter increase in production for the three months ended September 30, to 270 600 gold equivalent ounces. The company also noted that, for the nine months ended September 30, production had reached 746 900 oz, a 13%... 

Waterberg JV PFS on track

By: Leandi Kolver The prefeasibility study (PFS) for TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) Waterberg Joint Venture (JV) project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex is on track, with completion targeted for the second quarter of next year, PTM said on Wednesday. The company noted that an... 

Eskom to receive R20bn injection, but no other SoC bailouts 

By: Terence Creamer Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene confirmed a further direct allocation to power utility Eskom of at least R20-billion. But he also stressed on Wednesday that the injection would have no impact on the Budget deficit as the capital would be raised through the sale of “non-strategic State assets”.... 

Eskom to receive R20bn injection, but no other SoC bailouts

Spending ceiling lowered, taxes to be raised as Nene holds fiscal consolidation line 

By: Terence Creamer Fiscal consolidation could no longer be postponed, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told lawmakers on Wednesday, while also announcing a R25-billion lowering of the expenditure ceiling and flagging plans to raise an additional R27-billion through higher taxes in the coming two years. Delivering a... 

Spending ceiling lowered, taxes to be raised as Nene holds fiscal consolidation line
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

Capital-raise puts novel underpin on Northam Platinum’s funded R6.6bn BEE deal

By: Martin Creamer Platinum mining company Northam on Wednesday concluded a fully funded ten-year R6.6-billion black economic-empowerment (BEE) equity transaction underpinned by a R4.6-billion capital raising, which has the potential to position the JSE-listed company as a fully integrated, fully empowered South... 

Capital-raise puts novel underpin on Northam Platinum’s funded R6.6bn BEE deal
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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

China overseas direct investment seen rising 10% a year

By: Reuters China's overseas direct investment is projected to rise at least 10% annually for the next five years, a trend that will soon make the country a net capital exporter, a senior commerce ministry official said on Wednesday. "It's only a matter of time," said Zhang Xiangchen, an assistant minister... 

Baosteel taps ex-junior miner CEO for Australia iron ore project

By: Reuters China's Baosteel has snared the former boss of Iron Ore Holdings (IOH) to lead the development of its West Pilbara Iron Ore project in Australia, in a blow to IOH's new owner, BC Iron Ltd. BC Iron said on Wednesday former IOH MD Alwyn Vorster had resigned from the board of BC Iron as he had... 

Shaw River signs offtake deal with Noble

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed Shaw River Manganese on Wednesday announced that it had secured an offtake agreement with Noble Resources International for up to 30 000 t of manganese from its flagship Otjozondu project, in Namibia. The sales contract was structured for fixed pricing, at different product... 

Sibanye maintains FY output guidance

By: Creamer Media Reporter Gold miner Sibanye Gold has maintained its output guidance for 2014 at 1.61-million ounces. The company, which would release an operating update for the third quarter on October 28, on Tuesday said total cash costs for the year to end December 31 would be about $850/oz, while all-in sustaining... 

MCA pushes for greater policy reform

By: Esmarie Swanepoel While complementing the Tony Abbott-led government on its policy reforms aimed at reducing the red tape burden on Australian businesses, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on Wednesday called for an even greater reform. On the Spring Repeal Day, the Abbott government introduced legislation... 

Sumatra signs documents for Tembang finance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Gold hopeful Sumatra Copper & Gold has executed the documentation for its $45-million funding facility for its Tembang gold project, in Indonesia. Earlier this month, Sumatra announced that it had secured the senior debt facility with Nomura Singapore and Indonesia Eximbank. 

Cape Lambert to fund Timis Mining’s Marampa buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Resource investment company Cape Lambert on Wednesday announced that it had entered into a term sheet with Timis Mining to provide that company with about $20-million for its planned acquisition of the Marampa iron-ore project, in Sierra Leone, from the administrators of London Mining. Under the... 

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