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Lower South Deep output dents Gold Fields’ FY18 profit 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th February 2019 Dual-listed Gold Fields achieved normalised profit from continuing operations of $27-million for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared with the $154-million posted for 2017.   The company’s profit was dented by a decline in output, led by its South Deep mine in South Africa. 

Wescoal ends Khanyisa Triangle JV

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th February 2019 JSE-listed Wescoal on Friday announced it was exiting the Khanyisa Triangle joint venture (JV) with Uju Resources, Mwelase Mining and Aztolinx, allowing Wescoal to exploit the coal resource exclusively. In 2016, Wescoal and Uju agreed to jointly exploit the mining area known as the Khanyisa... 

Nevada like Witwatersrand of 1970s – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 Nevada is like the Witwatersrand of the 1970s, says new Barrick Gold president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow, whose Randgold Resources is now merged into Barrick to form the world’s biggest gold mining company, which is also an extractor of copper, a metal that Bristow sees as “another gold”. The brand... 

Nevada like Witwatersrand of 1970s – Bristow
Barrick Gold CEO Dr Mark Bristow

ARM expects increase in H1 headline earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 Diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) expects its headline earnings a share for the six months ended December 31, to increase by between 8% and 15% to between R11 and R11.80, compared with the R10.23 reported for the first half of the prior financial year. This positive impact is as a... 

Mantashe calls for more security at mines following Gloria coal mine incident 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday said the priority remains to restore ventilation at the Gloria mine, in Mpumalanga, and to reduce flammable gases underground so that the search and recovery process can continue with the necessary speed. He also called for security at mines to... 

Govt, industry collaboration needed to create thriving diamond industry – Ernie Blom

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 World Federation of Diamond Bourses president Ernie Blom has called on Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, through an open letter, to put into practice what government has said regarding the development of the South African mining industry, in general, and to help “pave the road to... 

Centamin announces significant resource increase at Côte d'Ivoire projects

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 A 120 000 m drill programme in 2018 across dual-listed Centamin’s wholly-owned landholdings in Côte d'Ivoire, has resulted in an increase of more than 100% in mineral resources, the company announced on Friday. A maiden resource has been declared at the ABC project, on the west side of the... 

Harmony Gold and DRDGold make headlines  

15th February 2019 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks Harmony Gold rising to President Cyril Ramaphosa's ten-point mining challenge, DRDGold calling Eskom’s grid upkeep problematic and, Harmony looking to solar power and biofuel energy.   

Harmony Gold and DRDGold make headlines
Harmony Gold and DRDGold make headlines. Camerawork and Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Zimbabwe set to retrieve trapped illegal miners, more casualties expected

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Zimbabwean authorities are expected to start retrieving trapped illegal gold miners on Friday but none are expected to have survived flooding in the shafts and the number of casualties could be about 50, State media reported. The accident in Battlefields, 175 km (109 miles) west of Harare, has... 

Gruyere only months away from first production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th February 2019 Gold miner Gold Road Resources is expecting the Gruyere joint venture (JV) with Gold Fields to produce between 100 000 oz and 120 000 oz this year, the company said on Friday. The Western Australia-located project is expected to produce its first gold during the June quarter, with commercial... 

Mantashe to visit Glory coal mine where 22 men are still trapped underground

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe is expected to pay a visit to the Gloria coal mine near Middelburg, Mpumalanga, where 22 alleged copper thieves have been trapped and are believed dead following an explosion at the beginning of February. A group of 42 men, reportedly Lesotho nationals,... 

Tin use in batteries may rise to 60 000 t by 2030 – industry group

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Tin could see a surge of new demand from lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage of up to 60 000 t a year by 2030, the International Tin Association (ITA) said on Thursday. Investors have been excited about the prospects for increased consumption of other metals, such as... 

Gold Fields FY profit slumps as production drops

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 South Africa's Gold Fields Ltd said on Friday its full-year profit slumped 73%, dented by a decline in bullion production led by its South Deep operations. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) fell to $0.07 per share, for the full year ended Dec. 31, 2018, from $0.26 in the previous year. 

Gold Fields FY profit slumps as production drops
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Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Amid slow progress in realising South Africa’s mineral beneficiation strategy – as set out in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) 2011 policy document – mining industry participants, analysts and experts are re-evaluating the feasibility of mineral beneficiation as a growth trajectory path.... 

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation 

By: Nadine James     14th February 2019 Mining Charter 3 and its Implementation Guidelines have created an environment where it is possible for local manufacturers to leverage procurement capacity to drive transformation, Department of Mineral Resources representative Xolile Mbonambi said at a breakfast held at the Industrial... 

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation
MEMSA chairperson Freddy Mugeri discusses the implications of Mining Charter 3 for equipment manufacturers. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Premier agrees to amended terms for KME acquisition, welcomes Ministry’s financial assistance

By: Simone Liedtke     14th February 2019 The board of Aim-listed Premier African Minerals has agreed to amended terms with KME Holdings for the proposed acquisition of KME’s assets and has, in addition, agreed to terms for the acquisition of 50% of the equity in the Zimbabwe-based near-term gold producer Honey Badger Resources (HBR).... 

Resources Watch  

14th February 2019 Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits; De Beers to spend R30m on diamond exploration this year; and, Ramaphosa challenges mining to take ten value-adding steps 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Kibo, Edenville’s shares knocked by Tanesco bid rejection

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 The share prices of Kibo Energy and Edenville Energy took a knock on Thursday after the companies announced that they had not qualified to participate in the next stage of a bidding process by the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) to develop coal power projects with a total capacity... 

Kibo, Edenville’s shares knocked by Tanesco bid rejection
Kibo's drilling at the Mbeya coal-to-power project, in Tanzania

Gold, operational costs drag down South Africa’s December mining production

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 South Africa’s mining production decreased by 1.6% year-on-year in 2018, following a 3.9% year-on-year increase in 2017 and a decrease of 3.7% year-on-year in 2016, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) revealed on Thursday. In December, mining production decreased by 4.8% year-on-year, with the... 

Ramaphosa promises to correct lack of consultation with labour on Eskom unbundling 

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged on Thursday that there had been insufficient consultation with labour on government’s plan to unbundle Eskom into three separate companies, but he also stressed that the proposed restructuring would not result in privatisation. In his response to the debate... 

Ramaphosa promises to correct lack of consultation with labour on Eskom unbundling
President Cyril Ramaphosa

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 The complete preferred list of bidders for South32’s energy coal interests is still being finalised, South32 CEO Graham Kerr told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday, when he also provided three reasons why the company’s Australian manganese operations are doing better than its South African... 

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders
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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

GoldStone expects definitive economic plan for Ghana mine to be completed in Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 Aim-listed GoldStone Resources expects the definitive economic plan (DEP) for its Akrokeri-Homase gold project, in Ghana, to be completed during the second quarter. The DEP assesses the capital requirements, operating costs and timelines in respect of developing an operational mine on the... 

Vast Resources set to mine Zimbabwe diamond territory – Minister

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 London-listed miner Vast Resources is to be allowed into Zimbabwe's diamond fields, Mining Minister Winston Chitando said on Thursday, joining other new entrants including Russia's Alrosa. Zimbabwe is stepping up efforts to exploit its mineral resources to revive a moribund economy sapped by high... 

NUM seethes over lack of consultation on Eskom unbundling 

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed deep unhappiness with the decision of President Cyril Ramaphosa to announce the unbundling of Eskom in the absence of any prior consultation with the union, which is a formal ally of the governing African National Congress (ANC). The union,... 

NUM seethes over lack of consultation on Eskom unbundling
NUM president Joseph Montisetse (left) listens while his general-secretary David Sipunzi speaks during a media conference

Jan Steenkamp appointed MD of Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 Aim-listed emerging phosphate producer Kropz has appointed Jan Steenkamp MD of the company’s 74%-owned Elandsfontein project, in South Africa’s Western Cape province. Steenkamp is a South African mining industry veteran and has managed mining operations across a number of commodities. He also... 

Jan Steenkamp appointed MD of Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine
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Elandsfontein MD Jan Steenkamp

At least 23 illegal Zimbabwean gold miners feared dead after shafts flooded

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 At least 23 illegal miners are trapped and feared dead in Zimbabwe after shafts and underground tunnels they were working in were flooded by water from a burst dam, a state-owned daily newspaper reported on Thursday. The southern African nation has been working to regulate thousands of people who... 

Sibanye considers restructuring gold operations; says FY loss to narrow to R1bn  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater will consult with stakeholders about the possible restructuring of its gold operations and associated services, as a result of ongoing financial losses. In a trading statement released on Thursday, the miner said it expects to report an attributable loss... 

Sibanye considers restructuring gold operations; says FY loss to narrow to R1bn
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Kinross meets FY guidance, but posts lower earnings

By: Mariaan Webb     14th February 2019 Gold miner Kinross has reported a drop in adjusted earnings and also posted weaker production results, but the miner pointed out that its output and costs were in line with its guidance. Kinross produced 2.45-million gold-equivalent ounces (GEO) at an all-in-sustaining cost (AISC) of $965/oz,... 

Barrick’s Loulo gold mine going solar

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 As part of its cost-reduction me and drive to manage its carbon footprint, the Loulo-Gounkoto gold mine is to install a 24 MW off-grid solar hybrid plant to support its existing 63 MW thermal power station, by harnessing Mali’s abundant solar resource. The 24MW off-grid solar plant has the... 

Barrick’s Loulo gold mine going solar
Loulo gold mine introducing solar power

Barrick advancing autonomous gold production – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 Autonomous production systems and projects are being advanced across Barrick Gold as the group focuses on boosting mining efficiency, new Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow tells Mining Weekly Online. This is part of an all-out drive by Bristow to ensure that Barrick, into which Randgold... 

Barrick advancing autonomous gold production – Bristow
Barrick Gold CEO Dr Mark Bristow

Famed Cullinan mine banks on big diamonds to drive down debt

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 The owner of one of the world's most famous diamond mines could be about a decade away from clearing its multi-million-dollar debts, in a sign of the struggles facing an industry assailed by synthetic rivals and uncertain demand. Petra Diamonds bought Cullinan in 2008, aiming to breathe new life... 

South32 hikes Illawarra guidance, posts 17% jump in H1 profit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th February 2019 Diversified miner South32 has reported a solid first half for the six months ending December, with increases in revenue, profit and underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). South32 on Thursday reported that revenue for the first half of 2018 was up 9% on... 

South32 hikes Illawarra guidance, posts 17% jump in H1 profit
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Lower grades, higher costs contribute to lower FY18 adjusted earnings for Barrick 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2019 Since merging with Randgold Resources six weeks ago, Barrick Gold Corporation on Wednesday said it has made progress in achieving its short-term priority goals and its full-year objectives. Barrick expects to produce between 5.1-million and 5.6-million ounces of gold and between 375-million and... 

Lower grades, higher costs contribute to lower FY18 adjusted earnings for Barrick

Bristow snaps into fast action wearing Barrick crown 

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 Dr Mark Bristow has snapped into fast action wearing the Barrick crown. His Randgold Resources, which now falls under the Barrick Gold umbrella, on Wednesday bowed out with panache when it declared a 35% dividend increase to $2.69 a share, buoyed by record production of 807 000 oz of gold at the... 

Bristow snaps into fast action wearing Barrick crown
Barrick CEO Mark Bristow in the field.

Palladium supply shortfall will worsen this year – Johnson Matthey

By: Reuters     13th February 2019 A deficit in the palladium market that has driven prices of the autocatalyst metal to record highs will widen dramatically this year, specialist materials company Johnson Matthey said in a report on Wednesday. The company, a leading autocatalyst manufacturer, said the shortfall in the roughly... 

Shifting R100bn in Eskom debt to government will have ‘dire’ economic consequences 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2019 Amid confirmation that Eskom is technically insolvent and will require a capital injection by April to remain a going concern, a leading economist is cautioning against the proposed transfer of R100-billion of the utility’s debt to government’s balance sheet. Instead, Standard Bank chief... 

Shifting R100bn in Eskom debt to government will have ‘dire’ economic consequences
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Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim

Lemur completes review of power BFS for Imaloto project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th February 2019 Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur has completed the review of the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the power aspect of its Imaloto integrated thermal coal mining and independent power producer (IPP) project, in Madagascar. It has also issued a request for proposals for legal advisory... 

Eskom grid upkeep increasingly problematic – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 The quality of maintenance of the Eskom distribution infrastructure is becoming increasingly problematic, DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius said on Wednesday. At the company's presentation of power-hit interim results for the six months to December 31, Pretorius said that although DRDGold's own power... 

Eskom grid upkeep increasingly problematic – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius discusses poor electricity infrastructure risk with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and video editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer.
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