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South32 on track to meet FY2017 cost guidance; FY2016 production in line with forecasts

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st July 2016 Diversified major South32 says the completion of restructuring initiatives and the fact that production met or exceeded guidance for the 2016 financial year for the majority of its operations is positioning the company well to achieve its unit cost guidance in the new financial year. Despite a... 

Judgment shows courts won’t easily endorse Mining Charter III's blunt arithmetical quotas – Leon

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane would do well to ponder last Friday’s landmark Constitutional Court judgment as he and his department mull public comments on the draft reviewed Mining Charter that he sprung on the South African mining industry in a surprise April gazetting. This is... 

Judgment shows courts won’t easily endorse Mining Charter III's blunt arithmetical quotas – Leon
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills’ Peter Leon,

Tax Bill throws up royalty surprises as Davis Tax Committee mulls broader mining reforms 

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2016 The Taxation Laws Amendment Bill released on July 8 contains two surprise amendments to mineral royalty taxation on the eve of the Davis Tax Committee’s next mining tax report, which is expected to provide the royalty regime with much needed certainty. The two amendments proposed in the Bill,... 

Tax Bill throws up royalty surprises as Davis Tax Committee mulls broader mining reforms
KPMG tax head Muhammad Saloojee talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Nickel rally to lose strength by year-end; aluminium settles into lower-for-longer pattern

By: Henry Lazenby     15th July 2016 New forecasts by BMI predict nickel prices will rise in the short term, however, the rally will taper off by year-end, as heightened Chinese refined nickel imports and ore supply disruptions from the Philippines buoy prices. However, the Fitch group research firm says positive long-term... 

Nickel rally to lose strength by year-end; aluminium settles into lower-for-longer pattern

Pneumatic equipment no longer centre stage, but still has place

By: Sebastian Whyle     15th July 2016 The uptake of pneumatic tools at mine sites has slowed, owing to new mining technology and techniques, equipment provider Borwa Mining Instruments MD Lebogang Matlou tells Mining Weekly.  

Pneumatic equipment no longer centre stage, but still has place
RIGOROUS REQUIREMENTS Mining companies are cleaning house, looking for genuine, nonfronting and reliable black-youth-owned mining suppliers

New SEC ruling eases transparency reporting burden on extractive sector

By: Henry Lazenby     12th July 2016 New rules adopted late in June by issuers reporting under the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held the promise that oil, gas and mining companies operating in Canada, which file annual transparency reports, might now be able to use that same report to meet new US requirements.... 

Alcoa second-quarter profit drops on low aluminium prices

By: Reuters     11th July 2016 Alcoa on Monday reported a lower quarterly net profit, as revenue was hit by falling aluminium and alumina prices and plant operations that have been curtailed, closed or sold off. Alcoa reiterated its forecast for global automotive production growth in 2016 of 1% to 4%, but said continued... 

Alcoa second-quarter profit drops on low aluminium prices

BofAML rejigs commodity price deck as global economic shocks favour gold over base metals

By: Henry Lazenby     8th July 2016 Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has adjusted the price forecast for most mined commodities, citing increased market uncertainty favouring precious metals over the base metals pricing outlook. So far this year, mined commodities have rallied sharply, reinforcing analysts’ view that... 

BofAML rejigs commodity price deck as global economic shocks favour gold over base metals
BofAML sees increased market uncertainty favouring precious metals over the base metals pricing outlook

Reactore Solutions

     8th July 2016 Reactore is a modular ERP system that is uniquely able to integrate with all major software and hardware systems in use at the majority of mines.  The solution is written with Scala, a reactive technology, providing real time data flow for timely scheduling and management of operations and... 

Reactore Solutions

Report predicts further declines in exploration activity this year

By: Ilan Solomons     8th July 2016 For the global mining industry, 2015 was a challenging year and early indications suggest that 2016 is unlikely to reveal the light at the end of the tunnel for the sector, states professional services firm SNL Metals & Mining. The firm notes that with depressed metals prices, production... 

Report predicts further declines in exploration activity this year
IN A HOLE With depressed metals prices, high levels of international political turmoil and a slowing Chinese economy, investors are understandably wary of the mining industry

Some services firms report business revival as several commodity prices rise

By: Henry Lazenby     6th July 2016 Certain mining services providers have reported increased interest from customers on both the investor and mining side, saying the slight recovery for many major commodities so far this year had translated into improved business. “Yes, there’s definite improvement in our business, especially... 

Some services firms report business revival as several commodity prices rise

Bonnell Aluminum plant's casting area to stay shut after blast

By: Reuters     30th June 2016 The casting area of aluminium extruder Bonnell Aluminum's Newnan, Georgia, extrusion plant will remain shut until an investigation into the cause of a Wednesday-morning explosion is complete, the company said in a statement. The blast injured five people and prompted the company to temporarily... 

Alcoa outlines business separation plans

By: Henry Lazenby     29th June 2016 US aluminium and lightweight alloys specialist Alcoa on Wednesday filed its initial plan to separate its upstream and downstream business segments with US securities regulators, saying the separation will allow each new company to pursue its own distinct corporate strategy and unlock the full... 

Alcoa outlines business separation plans

Glencore throws full weight behind transparency in money-to-govts report 

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2016 Global diversified mining and marketing company Glencore threw its full weight behind complete openness in its maiden Payments-To-Governments Report 2015. In a 17-page outline, Glencore CFO Steve Kalmin provides an overview of the $5-billion it paid last year to 16 governments ranging from... 

Glencore throws full weight behind transparency in money-to-govts report
Photo by Duane Daws
Glencore CFO Steve Kalmin

Mining Indaba slashes prices for mining corporates

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2016 Mining companies attending the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town will benefit from significantly reduced registration fees. Mining Indaba officials have introduced price reductions of up to 50% for the February 6 to 9 event, now in its twenty-third year. 

Mining Indaba slashes prices for mining corporates
Mining Indaba MD Jonathan Moore

Alumina files counterclaim against Alcoa

By: Mariaan Webb     27th June 2016 Australian company Alumina has filed a counterclaim against US group Alcoa, which last month turned to a Delaware court to prevent its partner in Alcoa Worldwide Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC) from blocking a demerger plan. Alumina said on Monday that its counterclaim sought court declarations to... 

First shipment of WA bauxite en route to China

By: Samantha Herbst     24th June 2016 Lightweight metals manufacturer Alcoa is celebrating its first shipment of Western Australia bauxite as part of an export trial approved by the state government last year. Perth-based Alcoa Mining president Garret Dixon noted that the milestone shipment – a 47 000-t parcel of bauxite bound for an... 

The MSA Group

     24th June 2016 Local mining consultancy The MSA Group provides exploration, geology, mineral resource, mining and environmental consulting solutions to a client base that includes some of the world’s largest multinational mining companies, as well as private equity and sovereign wealth funds, banks, governments... 

The MSA Group

Average capex overrun for mining companies hits 37% – EDC study

By: Simon Rees     20th June 2016 The average cost overrun for mining projects studied by Export Development Canada (EDC) has reached 37% over the capital expenditure (capex) budgeted, EDC managing principal Tin Lwin told an audience at a recent meeting of the Canadian Institute of Mining’s Management and Economics Society in... 

Average capex overrun for mining companies hits 37% – EDC study

Legal discretion dogging mine safety inquiries – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2016 The only certainty about current enforcement of South Africa’s Mine Health and Safety Act is consistent uncertainty, says Webber Wentzel partner Kate Collier. Addressing a seminar on the way the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) approaches senior mine management in the aftermath of serious... 

Legal discretion dogging mine safety inquiries – Webber Wentzel
Webber Wentzel partners tell Mining Weeky Online’s Martin Creamer of uncertainty being mining’s new certainty. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video & Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Improving froth pumping solution

By: Sascha Solomons     10th June 2016 Specialist slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals is introducing the next- generation WARMAN horizontal froth pump, which features a continuous air removal system that can be applied to the company’s froth pumps already in the market. This is in line with Weir Minerals’ focus on... 

Improving froth pumping solution
RUI GOMES Being able to develop and implement changes to produce greater efficiency is important in the pumps industry

Mining’s rebirth under way – Ritchken 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2016 New joint action is being brought to bear to arrest the devastating decline of the South African mining industry, which will involve the Mining Phakisa policy intervention seeking to boost the sector by positioning it as the centrepiece within a new, cohesive mining cluster that requires... 

Mining’s rebirth under way – Ritchken
Mining Phakisa's Edwin Ritchken outlines progress to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer at SAIMM conference. Video & Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

ANC in apparent Mining Charter reversal

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2016 The African National Congress (ANC) appears to have reversed its stance on the Mining Charter being enforceable under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) of 2002, which is a major point of contention between the mining industry and government, as it confers legislative... 

ANC in apparent Mining Charter reversal
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills Africa partner Peter Leon

Integrator has tools for long-term mining company success 

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2016 With several major, junior and small minerals and mining services companies debt stressed, folding or in business rescue, former investment researcher Stephen Roper has come up with a longevity and success formula – with diamond consultant Dr John Bristow offering input. Accountant Roper and... 

Integrator has tools for long-term mining company success
Integrated Thinking Laboratory founder and CEO Stephen Roper talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about the tools to extend the lives of mining companies. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Mining ‘most transparent’ – Corruption Watch 

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2016 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa on Monday welcomed the Corruption Watch report on transparency in corporate reporting, which found that South Africa’s most transparent companies came from the mining sector. Gold Fields, BHP Billiton and Anglo American Platinum come out tops in the report,... 

Mining ‘most transparent’ – Corruption Watch
Chamber CEO Roger Baxter

Commodity price indices rally as oil picks up where metals left off

By: Henry Lazenby     27th May 2016 Commodity price indices have rallied in recent weeks as strong performance by oil softened the lull in metals price movements. Scotiabank's commodity price index had improved by 4.5% month-on-month in April as energy gains more than offset metals weakness. 

Commodity price indices rally as oil picks up where metals left off

Lorimer decries mining’s production crash, job losses

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2016 Mineral Resources Shadow Minister James Lorimer MP on Tuesday decried the sharply reduced output of South Africa’s once-colossal mining industry and warned that mining's “jobs bloodbath” had only just begun. State statistics compiler StatsSA reported earlier this month that South Africa’s... 

Lorimer decries mining’s production crash, job losses
Shadow Minerals Minister James Lorimer

Miners adapting to more austere fundamental backdrop – report

By: Henry Lazenby     17th May 2016 Mining companies, in general, are adapting to a more austere fundamental backdrop, despite a recent announcement in Chinese media that the country would be removing stimulus and reprioritising reforms, which caused significant apprehension during Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s (BofAML’s) recent... 

Miners adapting to more austere fundamental backdrop – report

Draft Mining Charter under intense legal scrutiny

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2016 The possible far-reaching implications for the mining industry of the new draft Mining Charter came under intense scrutiny in Johannesburg on Tuesday when a team of lawyers discussed the various changes contained in the draft and focused in particular on its attempt to align the mining industry –... 

Draft Mining Charter under intense legal scrutiny
Sabelo Dlamini of Fasken Martineau

Alcoa strikes power accord to keep Intalco smelter open

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd May 2016 US specialty alloys producer Alcoa has struck an agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) that would help improve the competitiveness of its 279 000 t/y Intalco smelter, in Washington state. As a result, the smelter will not close at the end of June, as previously planned by the... 

Companies bought to enhance training offering

     29th April 2016 Training, supply and management group Workforce Holdings announced in January that it had acquired the various operating companies comprising outsourcing solutions providers Quyn Outsource Solutions. Workforce has predominantly placed staff in nontechnical positions and adding Quyn to its service... 

Companies bought to  enhance training offering
Photo by Bloomberg
SKILLS OFFERING EXPANDED Quyn Outsource Solutions’s e provision of technical skills to clients across a range of industries represents diversification for Workforce

Emphasis on opportunities in harsh business climate

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th April 2016 The West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) 2016 will showcase the opportunities that still exist in the challenging African market, says events company and organiser dmg-ems Africa VP Christine Davidson. The biennial event, which has been running for 22 years, will return to the Accra... 

Emphasis on opportunities  in harsh business climate
GLOBAL ATTRACTION Between 50 and 100 companies are expected to attend, with exhibitors from China, the UAE, France, Poland, South Africa, the UK and Turkey confirmed

MetSkill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2016 Process industry training provider MetSkill is actively involved with the development of the new occupational qualifications for the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations under the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA). Benoni, Gauteng-based MetSkill, 100% owned by MD Rebecca Sands, has... 

Mineworkers empowered

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th April 2016 If workers in the mining, energy and construction industries want to improve their financial situation, it is important that they take advantage of the financial literacy programmes currently being rolled out by financial assistance provider Mineworkers Investment Trust (MIT), which supports... 

Mineworkers empowered
Photo by Bloomberg
INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE The Mineworkers Investment Trust's financial literacy training started in Mpumalanga as a pilot study in June 2015 with more training expected to take place this year

Society aims to integrate more students into mining sector 

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th April 2016 The University of Witwatersrand's Students Mining Engineering Society (SMES) aims to increase the integration of mining engineering graduates into the mining industry this year, as well as to encourage mining engineering students to have an opinion on mining-related issues in South Africa. SMES... 

Society aims to integrate more students into mining sector
FORTUNE MSIBI Mining engineering students face the challenge of a lack of available jobs in the sector, as a result of South Africa’s financial crisis

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn

By: Sascha Solomons     29th April 2016 Beneficial trends and technological advancements in the mining industry are being introduced regardless of the depressed market conditions that the sector faces, says environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions technical manager Morne van Wyk. One such trend is recycling water... 

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn
HYFLUX KRISTAL HOLLOW-FIBRE Ensure the effective and environmentally safe reduction of excess wastewater in the mining industry

West Africa fraught with challenges in tough mining times

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th April 2016 While political instability, corruption and the global commodities price crunch have had adverse effects on the West African mining sector, other factors such as a lack of infrastructure, power shortages and inconsistency and a lack of transparency in terms of regulatory policy, as well as... 

West Africa fraught with challenges in tough mining times
Photo by Bloomberg
UNREST Factors such as war, social unrest or hardship are all indicative of a somewhat unstable political environment, which, in turn, negatively impacts on the attractiveness of certain economies

Orbite to close another financing with Quebec govt

By: Henry Lazenby     27th April 2016 TSX-listed Orbite Technologies has entered into a letter of intent with Investissement Québec to provide the company with total financing of C$15-million. Orbite advised Wednesday that the financing was expected to comprise the purchase of 10% convertible non-secured debentures in the principal... 

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