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Aluminium News

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
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Webber Wentzel partner Kate Collier

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
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Mining Phakisa strategist Edwin Ritchken

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
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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
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Integrated Thinking Laboratory CEO Stephen Roper (right) with Martin Creamer

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

Alcoa's spin-off plan sparks dispute with Australian partner Alumina

By: Reuters     30th May 2016 ustralia's Alumina has "serious concerns" about the impact of a demerger plan of US partner Alcoa on the pair's bauxite and alumina production joint venture, the Australian company said on Monday. Alumina said in a statement that it was concerned the plan would "result in a material adverse... 

Alcoa's spin-off plan sparks dispute with Australian partner Alumina
Alumina from the Alcoa Worldwide Alumina and Chemicals JV being loaded onto a ship for transport.

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
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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
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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
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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... 

Maputo seeks capital gains taxes from mining majors

By: Keith Campbell     22nd April 2016 Mozambique’s Tax Authority has confirmed that it is holding negotiations with Vale Mozambique, the local subsidiary of major Brazilian mining group Vale, on the payment of capital gains tax. Vale Mozambique is one of a number of major companies with whom the Tax Authority is currently having such... 

Middle East, North Africa on mining periphery despite hosting 30% of the world’s minerals

By: Ilan Solomons     15th April 2016 Despite having more than 30% of global mineral reserves, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region severely lacks exploration and resource development investment. The region’s mining industry is facing several challenges such as social and environmental pressure from communities living near... 

Middle East, North Africa on mining periphery despite hosting 30% of the world’s minerals

Alcoa beats expectations, despite layoffs and narrower Q1 earnings

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2016 US metals company Alcoa on Monday reported a 70% drop in headline earnings, mainly owing to a 40% dip in the Alumina Price Index (API) and a 26% drop in aluminium pricing. The NYSE-listed specialty alloys maker reported adjusted earnings of $108-million, or $0.07 a share, excluding the impact of... 

Alcoa beats expectations, despite layoffs and narrower Q1 earnings
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Alcoa reported first quarter revenues of $4.9-billion, down 15% from $5.8-billion in the first quarter of 2015

Alcoa’s upstream unit secures $350m in bauxite supply contracts over 2 yrs

By: Henry Lazenby     6th April 2016 US specialty metals producer Alcoa has secured several bauxite supply contracts valued at about $350-million over two years. The NYSE-listed company, which expected to separate its main upstream and beneficiating downstream business units later this year, on Wednesday advised that it would supply... 

Glencore agri sale surprises on upside

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2016 The announcement by Glencore that it is selling 40% of its agricultural business to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for $2.5-billion cash has received the nod from analysts. Glencore said the proceeds from the transaction would be used to reduce net debt. 

Glencore agri sale surprises on upside
Photo by Duane Daws
Ivan Glasenberg

Over 40 minerals and metals contained in seawater, their extraction likely to increase in the future

By: Keith Campbell     1st April 2016 It is generally known that many minerals and metals exist, dissolved in seawater and in the waters of briny lagoons and salt lakes. According to Stanford University in the US, seawater contains 47 minerals and metals. Starting with the most abundant and proceeding to the least abundant these are... 

Over 40 minerals and metals contained in seawater, their extraction likely to increase in the future

Research predicts another tough year for commodities

By: Henry Lazenby     30th March 2016 In the wake of lacklustre discipline by producers to curtail output in the face of relentless price declines, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) Global Research was concerned that another leg of lower prices may be required to incentivise another round of cuts for a range of materials. In its... 

Down 25% year-on-year, Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index expected to rally in March

By: Henry Lazenby     29th March 2016 Despite Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index recording its fourth consecutive monthly decline in February when it edged down 0.3% month-on-month, and down 25% year-on-year, analysts expected the index to rally significantly in March. According to a press release commodity prices had rebounded... 

China sets course for smooth economic transition and commodity price gains

By: Simon Rees     24th March 2016 The retreat of commodity prices on the back of China’s economic shift belied rising levels of uptake and the likelihood of an upcycle later in the decade, CRU Group managing consultant Philip Macoun told an audience at the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention.... 

China sets course for smooth economic transition and commodity price gains

KPMG calls for levelling of mine rehab playing field

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2016 KPMG corporate tax head Muhammad Saloojee wants the tax authorities to level the mine rehabilitation playing field by ensuring that mine rehabilitation insurance premiums are tax deductible. His commentary to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online comes against the background of a tax ruling that... 

KPMG calls for levelling of mine rehab playing field
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Muhammad Saloojee

US bemoans Chinese aluminium imports

By: Kim Cloete     17th March 2016 The US Aluminum Association (AA) has accused Chinese companies of misclassifying certain products to avoid duties on primary aluminium and has insisted that China steps up to its responsibilities to play fair. AA president and CEO Heidi Brock told the International Aluminium Conference in Cape... 

High energy costs, low prices heap pressure on aluminium industry

By: Kim Cloete     17th March 2016 Industry players and government say they are committed to growing the aluminium industry despite harsh times for the sector caused largely by very depressed aluminium prices.   “Aluminium prices have remain depressed, arguably the lowest in our history. Supply and demand is out of kilter and cost... 

High energy costs, low prices heap pressure on aluminium industry

Unexpected headwinds keep commodity prices lower for longer

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2016 A faster-than-expected slowdown in demand for commodities in 2015 has placed a damper on broad-based commodity price recoveries in 2016, compounded by lacklustre global economic growth and record inventories, which will take time to work down as production cutbacks and mine closures take effect.... 

Unexpected headwinds keep commodity prices lower for longer

Moody’s cuts BHP’s debt rating

By: Henry Lazenby     4th March 2016 Investment risk ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service on Thursday cut the world’s largest miner BHP Billiton’s debt rating from A1 to A3, mentioning the deterioration in the company's earnings and cash flow, which has led to significantly weaker credit metrics. The outlook for all ratings of... 

Glencore posts $4.9bn net loss

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2016 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Tuesday reported a net loss to equity holders of $4.9-billion for 2015, a year of focus on debt reduction, supply discipline and cost efficiencies. The company recorded net exceptional charges to equity holders of $5.8-billion, related... 

Glencore posts $4.9bn net loss
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Ivan Glasenberg
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