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Matsa signs gold deal with AngloGold Ashanti

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 35 minutes ago Junior gold producer Matsa Resources has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with gold major AngloGold Ashanti over Matsa’s extensive Lake Carey gold project, in Western Australia. The MoU would see the two companies negotiating technical data and infrastructure sharing, with AngloGold... 

New mechanisms launched to help former mineworkers claims in the landmark silicosis case

By: African News Agency      Updated 1 hour 7 minutes ago A new website and a Facebook page was launched on Tuesday in a bid to assist former mineworkers and their dependents who may be entitled to compensation that have made provisions for a Trust Fund to pay mineworkers who contracted silicosis or TB at work. The historic R5 billion settlement was... 

PTM subsidiary, Capricorn municipality ink plan to increase water supply

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Waterberg JV Resources, the operating company of the Waterberg Joint Venture (JV), has entered into an agreement with the Capricorn district municipality, in Limpopo, to jointly develop a water supply management plan to increase the water supply and infrastructure capacity for both the local... 

Rusal starts shipping bauxite from Guinea's Dian-Dian mine

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Sanctions-hit Russian aluminium producer Rusal said on Tuesday it had started shipping bauxite from its Dian-Dian bauxite project in Guinea to its alumina refineries in other countries. Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer outside China, has been hit by US sanctions imposed on it and... 

Trans Hex expects to widen FY loss

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Diamond miner Trans Hex expects to report a loss a share of 175.6c for the financial year ended March 31, compared with a loss a share of 173.6c in the prior financial year. The company further expects to report a headline loss a share of 216.5c, compared with a headline loss a share of 114.6c in... 

Mining, manufacturing sectors urged to focus on local content

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2018 There is a close relationship between mining and manufacturing, especially in terms of the equipment that is manufactured and supplied to the mining industry, Manufacturing Circle executive director Phillipa Rodseth said at the Manufacturing Indaba, on Tuesday. Speaking during a panel session on... 

Harmony repays $100m on bridge facility, strengthens balance sheet

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Harmony Gold Mining has repaid a further $100-million of the original $200-million bridge loan raised for the acquisition of its recently-acquired Moab Khotsong gold mine, in the North West. “Harmony believes in having a robust and flexible balance sheet that supports its growth ambitions,”... 

Harmony repays $100m on bridge facility, strengthens balance sheet
Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp

Gem declares $18.3m in payments to Lesotho, Botswana governments

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Gem Diamonds paid just over $18.3-million to the governments of Lesotho and Botswana for extractive activities completed in the financial year ended December 31, 2017. Of this amount, about $18.1-million was paid to the government of Lesotho, with the balance of $230 000 paid to the Botswana... 

Youga mine life extended by 2 years as reserves increase 29%

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2018 The life of Avesoro Resources’ Youga gold mine, in Burkina Faso, has been extended by two years to 2027, with total forecast production of 614 000 oz. In an updated mineral resource and mineral reserve estimate for the mine, released on Tuesday, the TSX- and Aim-listed company noted that the... 

China marks cobalt, copper ascendancy in Congo with new group

By: Bloomberg     19th June 2018 More than 30 Chinese companies active in the Democratic Republic of Congo formed a business association backed by both countries’ governments, further cementing China’s ascendancy in copper and cobalt production in the central African nation. The 35-member Union of Mining Companies with Chinese... 

Aveng shares leap as M&R moves closer to tie-up

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Shareholders in South Africa’s Murray & Roberts voted on Tuesday for the company to look into a potential tie up with construction rival Aveng, sending Aveng's shares around 25% higher. The resolution got the backing of 52.06% of votes at the Murray & Roberts' (M&R) annual shareholder meeting. 

Aveng shares leap as M&R moves closer to tie-up
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M&R CEO Henry Laas

Cobalt stocks in China set for new surge as EV boom rolls on

By: Bloomberg     19th June 2018 A slump in cobalt prices and the shares of Chinese refiners may provide an ideal bargain-hunting opportunity for investors seeking a piece of the action as Asia’s top economy leads a global boom in electric vehicles. Cobalt sulfate, a chemical used in batteries, has dropped more than 20% since... 

Alphamin closes C$19.2m equity financing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 TSX-V- and AltX-listed Alphamin Resources has raised C$19.2-million through the issue of 76.8-million shares at C$0.25 apiece. As part of the private placement, first announced on May 28, Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra subscribed for 512 000 shares. 

ATON welcomes tribunal’s M&R voting-rights ruling, despite restrictions

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2018 Investment company ATON, which is seeking to acquire Murray & Roberts (M&R), has welcomed a Competition Tribunal ruling opening the way for it to vote all its shares at a general meeting at which M&R shareholders will vote on the merits of a proposed transaction with Aveng. The meeting is... 

ATON welcomes tribunal’s M&R voting-rights ruling, despite restrictions

CAR struggling to resume diamond exports, tax revenue lags

By: Reuters     18th June 2018 Despite a partial lifting of a ban on its diamond exports, the Central African Republic (CAR) is struggling to restore sales and seeing only a fraction of the tax revenue it once did, its mining minister said in an interview. As a member of the 81-nation Kimberley Process which certifies ethical... 

Tshipi may distribute R1.5bn to shareholders in Sept

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining, in which ASX-listed Jupiter Mines owns a 49.9% stake and which operates the Tshipi Borwa mine, expects to distribute R1.5-billion to its shareholders in September. In an update on Monday, Jupiter said Tshipi’s operations continue to exceed plan with annualised... 

Lucapa, partners sell another $2m of Lulo diamonds

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company and its partners Empresa Nacional de Diamantes (Endiama) and Rosas & Petalas have completed a further sale of 1 782 ct of alluvial diamonds from the Lulo project, in Angola. The parcel achieved gross sale proceeds of $2-million, or A$2.7-million, representing an... 

Charter in current form will not promote investment, growth – MCSA

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2018 The Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) believes that while the draft Mining Charter 2018 is a material improvement on the 2017 iteration, much more work needs to be done to create a Mining Charter that promotes competitiveness, investment, growth and transformation for the growth and prosperity... 

Charter in current form will not promote investment, growth – MCSA
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Arc buys a further 6% stake in Zamsort

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 Aim-listed Arc Minerals has acquired a further 6% interest in Zamsort, which is developing a copper/cobalt project in Zambia, from two separate shareholders. It now holds a 61% interest in Zamsort. 

High Court lifts interim order against MC Mining's Makhado project

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 MC Mining, previously known as Coal of Africa, on Monday said it welcomed a high court decision to lift an interim order against the company's environmental authorisation for the Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project. The court had in 2014 granted the Vhembe Mineral Stakeholders Forum and... 

Mines chief inspector compiling report on Sibanye-Stillwater accidents – Mantashe

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 The acting chief inspector of mines is compiling a report on all accidents that occurred at Sibanye-Stillwater mining operations since the beginning of this year, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Sunday. "This will enable us to take appropriate action, guided by the Mine Health... 

South32 offers $1.3bn for rest of Arizona

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th June 2018 Diversified miner South32 has struck a $1.3-billion takeover deal with TSX-listed Arizona Mining, offering to acquire the remaining 83% interest in the company through an all-cash offer. South32 is offering Arizona shareholders C$6.20 a share for their interest in the TSX-listed miner, which... 

South32 offers $1.3bn for rest of Arizona
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

The Israeli billionaire forcing Glencore to buck US sanctions

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2018 Not many billion-dollar companies would be willing to circumvent US sanctions for their business partner, but then few people are as powerful as Dan Gertler in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gertler scored a victory when Glencore said on Friday that it would evade US sanctions to keep paying... 

The Israeli billionaire forcing Glencore to buck US sanctions
Dan Gertler

South Africa proposes 30% black ownership for mining firms within 5 years

By: Reuters     16th June 2018 South Africa plans to raise black ownership at permit-holding mining companies to 30% from 26% within five years, the latest draft of a hotly-contested new industry charter showed on Friday. The government and miners had been at loggerheads over a previous version of the charter, which industry... 

South Africa proposes 30% black ownership for mining firms within 5 years
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Kefi raises £3m; issues shares to contractors, third parties

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2018 Aim-listed Kefi Minerals has conditionally raised £3-million, equivalent to about $4-million, through a placing of 120-million new ordinary shares at 2.5p apiece to existing and new shareholders. The placing proceeds net of expenses are expected to be about £2.8-million and will primarily be used... 

Exxaro appoints new chairperson

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2018 JSE-listed coal and heavy minerals miner Exxaro has appointed Jeffrey van Rooyen as independent nonexecutive chairperson.  

Mantashe to publish draft charter for public comment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe intends to, on Friday, publish the draft Mining Charter for public comments before it is finalised and gazetted.   This follows weeks of engagements with stakeholders and social partners.   “Publishing of the charter moves us a step forward in terms of... 

Glencore’s DRC settlements should allay fears about asset seizure – analyst

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th June 2018 Diversified miner Glencore’s settlement, this week, of various disputes with entities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), should allay investor concerns about the risk of a seizure of its DRC assets, says Goldman Sachs. Glencore, led by CEO Ivan Glasenberg, on Friday announced that it had... 

Glencore’s DRC settlements should allay fears about asset seizure – analyst
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) have reached a significant milestone in a collaborative exercise on water conservation and water demand management aimed at driving water savings and usage improvements in the mining industry. The... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

Gecamines says Glencore deal to yield billions for Congo State

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2018 A settlement between a Glencore unit and Democratic Republic of Congo’s State-owned Gecamines will contribute-billions of dollars of revenue to the government over the next decade, an official said. Glencore reached a deal with Gecamines on Tuesday to end a legal dispute over Kamoto Copper, which... 

Black Mountain finds partner in Uganda

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 ASX-listed Black Mountain has secured a farm-in partner for its Busumbu phosphate project, in Uganda. Black Mountain has struck a deal with African Minerals Ventures (AVM), which will earn a 51% interest in the project by spending $3-million over the next three years, with Black Mountain to... 

Glencore says settled Congo mining dispute

By: Reuters     15th June 2018 Miner and commodities trader Glencore has settled its Congo mining dispute with two companies associated with Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler by agreeing to pay royalties in a currency other than US dollars, Glencore said on Friday. US sanctions on Gertler, Glencore's former Israeli partner in... 

Glencore says settled Congo mining dispute
Glencore subsidiary Katanga Mining's operations in the DRC.

Samcodes, malaria, beneficiation make headlines  

15th June 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses Samcodes, malaria and beneficiation in this week's Second Take. 

Samcodes, malaria, beneficiation make headlines
Samcodes, malaria, beneficiation make headlines

Resource nationalism on the rise in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Nadine James     15th June 2018 The seemingly increasing trend towards nationalist thinking, combined with and likely driven by growing economic inequality, has resulted in several changes in mining and tax legislation in sub-Saharan Africa countries. Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Group co-chair and partner Peter Leon says the... 

Resource nationalism on the rise in sub-Saharan Africa

Nevsun extends Bisha mine life to 2022

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 TSX-listed Nevsun has approved an openpit extension of the Bisha mine in Eritrea, which will add 3.3-million tonnes of ore to the mill, delivering about 470-million pounds of zinc and 52-million pounds of copper. The extension will allow operations to continue to 2022 and gives Nevsun time to... 

World's largest gold ETF is getting a cheaper little brother  

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2018 The price of gold is falling, at least for investors in exchange-traded funds. The World Gold Council is readying a new fund that will charge less than any other gold ETF, regulatory filings show. It will vie for assets with 35 other precious-metals exchange-traded products in the US, including... 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2018 The value of illegal mining and dealing of metals and diamonds in South Africa is estimated to be more than R7-billion a year, says PwC. In its latest edition of SA Mine, the professional services firm equates this to revenue generated from 430 000 oz of gold at the current market price. 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC
Photo by Dylan Slater
Informal processing of sand from a depleted mine dump off the N3 South freeway, near Elandsfontein, in Germiston

Bushveld settles £5m debt with Atlas Special Opportunities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2018 Aim-listed diversified miner Bushveld Minerals has redeemed the outstanding unsecured convertible bonds that were issued to Atlas Special Opportunities in September 2017.  

Bushveld settles £5m debt with Atlas Special Opportunities
Photo by Creamer Media
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
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