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Gold fades as world gets used to bad news, Perth Mint says

By: Bloomberg     Updated 2 hours 8 minutes ago Investors have grown immune to the economic and geopolitical risks that typically drive haven demand for gold. That’s how Richard Hayes, the chief executive officer of Australia’s Perth Mint, summed up the reason behind bullion’s slump to a 19-month low despite tensions between the US and China... 

BlueRock secures loan from chairperson, CEO

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds, which owns and operates the Kareevlei mine, in the Kimberley region of South Africa, has entered into a loan with chairperson Paul Beck and CEO Adam Waugh.   

Semafo reports two more deaths in restive Burkina Faso

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 TSX-listed West Africa-focused gold exploration and production company Semafo on Friday reported that a bus transporting employees from the town of Bobo-Dioulasso to the Mana mine, in Burkina Faso, had been shot at by armed bandits on Friday morning. One Semafo national employee and one... 

Zambian Revenue Authority executes search warrant at Gemfield’s Kagem mine

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 Gemstone miner Gemfields on Friday said its Kagem Mining company had been subjected to an unannounced visit on Thursday by the Zambian Revenue Authority. Kagem Mining, through which Gemfields operates and holds 75% of the Kagem emerald mine, in Zambia, and its South African polygraph service... 

Mining industry reaffirms commitment to safety with campaign launch

By: Simone Liedtke     17th August 2018 The Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA), previously known as the Chamber of Mines, on Friday launched its National Day of Safety and Health in Mining 2018, which will see 66 MCSA member companies hosting safety and health days at each of their operations in the next month. The launch of the... 

Mining industry reaffirms commitment to safety with campaign launch
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MCSA CEO Roger Baxter

Impairments dent Harmony’s FY18 earnings

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 Despite meeting its production guidance targets and increasing its underground recovered grade by 8%, gold producer Harmony Gold warned in a trading statement on Friday that it expects its full-year headline earnings per share (HEPS) to be 40% to 45% lower than in 2017. HEPS for the year ended... 

Currency shocks knock platinum to ten-year lows

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Platinum prices tumbled to ten-year lows as the collapse of Turkey's lira rippled through markets and weakened the currency of top producer South Africa, underlining persistent oversupply of the autocatalyst metal. Platinum has been caught in a broad sell-off as investors rush to the safety of... 

Currency shocks knock platinum to ten-year lows

Afraid of no-one and ready for a long strike, union leader tells Implats

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Members of South Africa's AMCU mining union are ready to strike for a year if necessary and would bring the platinum belt to a standstill if Impala Platinum carries out plans to cut up to 13 400 jobs, the union's president said on Thursday. Joseph Mathunjwa, who led a five-month strike in 2014,... 

Gold seen fighting back in battle with dollar for haven role

By: Bloomberg     17th August 2018 Don’t write off gold in the battle of the havens. Bullion has lost out in a paradigm shift where the metal’s no longer viewed as the traditional refuge when investors are in a risk-off mood, but that won’t last, according to Rick Rule, CEO of Sprott US Holdings. 

Gold seen fighting back in battle with dollar for haven role

Gold Fields advances projects to ‘underwrite a better future’

By: Simone Liedtke     17th August 2018 NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields aims to continue building new projects that will “underwrite a better future for [the miner] in terms of a longer life at lower costs”. This, CEO Nick Holland said during a conference call on Thursday, is particularly important, given the volatility of the gold... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces  in push to improve safety and productivity

Nkwe recommends Zijin offer aceptance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th August 2018 The independent directors of South Africa-focused Nkwe Platinum have unanimously recommended a 10c a share takeover offer from shareholder Zijin Mining Group. The 10c a share takeover offer was a 25% improvement on the 8c a share offer launched in March this year, and provided shareholders with... 

Angola seeks to stimulate diamond, ornamental stone exports

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 The Angolan newspaper “Jornal de Angola” has reported that diamond mining companies operating in the country will, in future, be able to sell up to 60% of their production in the free market, under the country’s new Diamond Commercialisation Policy. Under the previous system, adopted in 2007,... 

Gold Fields remains in ‘strong’ financial position, despite $367m loss, says Holland

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2018 Despite attributable losses from continuing operations for the six-month period ended June 30, of $367-million or $0.45 a share, CEO Nick Holland maintains that the NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields remains in a strong financial position. Holland further noted on Thursday that the integrity of the... 

Gold Fields remains in ‘strong’ financial position, despite $367m loss, says Holland
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Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Amplats starts construction on Polokwane sulphur dioxide abatement project

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 Construction of the sulphur dioxide (SO2) abatement project at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Polokwane smelter got under way on Thursday. The company will implement new wet sulphuric acid (WSA) technology at the smelter and will ultimately reduce SO2 emissions by an estimated 96%, to... 

Grootegeluk boosts Exxaro’s H1 coal output

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th August 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources’ coal production volumes for the six months to June 30 increased by 7%, or 1.5-million tonnes, compared with that of the second half of 2017. The company on Thursday attributed the increase in overall output to higher production volumes at the company’s... 

Grootegeluk boosts Exxaro’s H1 coal output
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Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Elikhulu tailings retreatment project pours first gold; Pan African announces next big project 

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2018 At the inaugural gold pour at its Elikhulu gold tailings retreatment project, in Mpumalanga, on Thursday, Pan African Resources announced the company's next big project, Royal Sheba, which will be built within the company's existing mining right at Barberton, Mpumalanga, before the end of 2019.... 

Elikhulu tailings retreatment project pours first gold; Pan African announces next big project
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe speaks about the state of the mining industry and the need for ethical leadership and Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots discusses the economic and development highlights of the Elikhulu project, in Mpumalanga. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Congo copper faces increased LME scrutiny with audits

By: Bloomberg     16th August 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) will start requiring that copper producers which source metal from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) carry out independent audits to prove their material is ethically sourced, according to people familiar with the matter. The LME is reviewing its requirements... 

Congo copper faces increased LME scrutiny with audits

Stratex proposes name change

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 Aim-listed Stratex International is proposing to change its name to Oriole Resources. The proposed change reflects a repositioning of the company following the appointment of new CEO Tim Livesey and CFO Bob Smeeton earlier this year and a refocusing of the group's activities on early-stage... 

Cobalt prices stabilising – ERG

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 The recent price adjustment in the cobalt market represents a logical and short-term correction to the heightened speculative activity earlier this year, says Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) CEO Benedikt  Sobotka. Cobalt metal prices jumped in excess of 120% between 2016 and 2017, a sign of strong... 

Cobalt prices stabilising  – ERG
ERG CEO Benedikt Sobotka

IronRidge defines large gold targets in Chad

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources has defined at least five large, coherent gold targets at its Dorothe project, in Chat. Drill results received defined targets over 500 m to 1.2 km strike length and 100 m to 200 m widths from trenching; with targets still open along strike. 

Shanta lifts H1 profit

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 Aim-listed Shanta Gold has reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $23-million for the half year ended June 30, 2018,  up from $21.5-million in the first half of 2017. This was achieved despite fewer ounces being sold in the half year and increased royalty... 

MC Mining secures R15m banking facility for Uitkomst colliery

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2018 Coal miner MC Mining’s 70%-owned Uitkomst colliery has procured a revolving asset facility from South African financial institution Absa Bank. Uitkomst intends to use the facility to finance the acquisition of new underground mining equipment following the transition to owner-operated mining at... 

Kibo receives water permit approval for MCPP

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2018 Aim-listed Kibo Energy has received provisional approval from the Lake Rukwa Water Basin Board for water permits for the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), in Tanzania. An application was made to permit the operation of numerous water boreholes, which the Africa-focussed energy company said are... 

Mantashe blames Gold Fields bosses for mine woes

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 Gold Fields' plan to cut jobs at its struggling South African mine fails to address "poor management", Mining Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday, piling pressure on CE Nick Holland. Gold Fields, which is due to report half-year results later, said this week it would cut 1 100 permanent jobs... 

Iluka's H1 earnings surge

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th August 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka has reported an 80% increase in the underlying group earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the half-year to June. Underlying EBITDA reached A$278.5-million in the interim period, compared with the A$154.6-million in the previous... 

One of South Africa’s oldest gold mines likely to reopen next year

By: Mariaan Webb     16th August 2018 Southern Africa-focused Galane Gold is advancing plans to reopen the Galaxy gold mine near Barberton, in Mpumalanga, with the company saying on Thursday that first production at the property is planned for March next year. The TSX-V-listed miner, which operates the Mupane mine in Botswana, said... 

Hawks investigate cases related to Gupta-loot worth more than R40bn

By: News24Wire      16th August 2018 The Hawks are investigating cases related to the Guptas' state capture project that involves more than R40 billion which has been plundered from state coffers. Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya presented the Hawks' progress in several cases of state capture to the Portfolio Committee on Police on... 

Workers reject latest wage offer by South African gold producers

By: African News Agency      16th August 2018 Workers unions on Wednesday rejected the revised three-year wage offers of up to 7.2% salary increases made by South African gold producers at the a centralised collective bargaining forum. This as the fourth round of wage negotiations between four unions – the  Association of Mineworkers and... 

Farlam unhappy with snail pace in implementation of his Marikana recommendations

By: African News Agency      16th August 2018 Retired judge Ian Farlam, who chaired the government-instituted judicial commission of inquiry into the August 2012 Marikana massacre – in which at least 44 people including protesting Lonmin mineworkers, police officers, and security officials were killed in Marikana, outside Rustenburg – on... 

Exxaro H1 profit lifts boosted by coal performance

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 Exxaro Resources said on Thursday half-year profit rose 8%, boosted by a strong performance in its core coal business. Diluted headline earnings per share (HEPS) for continuing and discontinued operations rose to 953 cents per share for the six-month period ended June 30 2018, from 882 cents in... 

Transnet signals intention to suspend CEO Gama

By: African News Agency      16th August 2018 The Transnet board has served notice on CEO Siyabonga Gama and two other top senior officials that it intends to place them on precautionary suspension. Chief procurement officer Thamsanqa Jiyana and supply chain manager Lindiwe Mdletshe also received letters on Wednesday. 

Transnet signals intention to suspend CEO Gama
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Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

Orion turbocharges Prieska study

By: Martin Creamer     15th August 2018 The Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed exploration and development company Orion Minerals, which is developing a zinc and copper project at Prieska in the Northern Cape, on Wednesday announced the second tranche of its two-tranche share issuance to raise $7.86-million. The total $11-million capital... 

Orion turbocharges Prieska study
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Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart

We made significant progress in Marikana, says Lonmin

By: African News Agency      15th August 2018 Platinum producer Lonmin has made significant progress in delivering on its commitment to the Marikana community, the company said on Wednesday. "Housing has been a key focus of the company’s social and labour plans, with modern housing developments being built for many of its employees," said... 

We made significant progress in Marikana, says Lonmin
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Stabilising State-owned enterprises could take six months or longer, depending on the extent of corruption, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister on Wednesday briefed the portfolio committee on public enterprises on the progress made in addressing governance challenges at... 

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

First-half diamond sales down 16% at Botswana's Okavango

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 Sales at Botswana's State-owned Okavango Diamond Company (ODC) fell 16% in the first half of 2018 to $260-million, its managing director said, citing a high comparison base against last year's record growth. Marcus ter Haar said the company sold 1.778-million carats in the first half of 2018... 

Kibo to acquire 60% stake in UK energy company

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 Africa-focussed energy company Kibo Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the acquisition of a 60% equity interest in UK company Mast Energy Developments (MED). Under the terms of the MoU, Kibo can acquire a 60% shareholding in MED for £300 000 payable to existing MED... 

Keras advances testwork at Togo manganese project

By: Anine Kilian     15th August 2018 Aim-listed Keras Resources has made a number of appointments to advance the 10 000 t bulk sampling metallurgical test work programme at the Nayega manganese project, in northern Togo. Keras has appointed Graham Stacey as project manager, Carriere Mines Travaux Public (CMTP) as the turnkey mining... 

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