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Rio launches $2.5bn share buy-back

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd September 2017 Diversified major Rio Tinto will spend an additional $2.5-billion on its ongoing share buy-back programme, funded by the recent sale of its Coal & Allied subsidiary to ASX-listed Yancoal. The capital return programme will be executed through a combination of an off-market buy-back tender,... 

Rio launches $2.5bn share buy-back

Giant miner vies with Google, GE, for hires amid automation push

By: Bloomberg     22nd September 2017 Rio Tinto, the world’s second-largest mining company, is focused as much on driver-less trucks and automated drills as conventional shovels and loaders these days. That means it needs a whole lot more high-tech workers. The London-based company is stepping up efforts to lure engineers and... 

Giant miner vies with Google, GE, for hires amid automation push

Tahoe dials up gold guidance as Escobal impasse drags on

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 Precious metals miner Tahoe Resources has increased its guidance for expected gold output while its flagship Escobal mine, in Guatemala, continues to languish in care and maintenance, despite holding a valid licence to mine. The Vancouver-headquartered company announced after market close on... 

Offer for Rockwell affiliates flops on BRP haste; orderly wind down still planned

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 Bankrupts alluvial diamond miner Rockwell Diamonds advised on Friday that it has received two offers which, when combined, would have been able to buy out the Canadian company’s distressed South African subsidiaries. However, an untimely motion to place the affiliates into provisional liquidation... 

Opec says winning battle to curb oil glut

By: Reuters     22nd September 2017 Output cuts by Opec and other oil producers are clearing a supply glut that has weighed on crude prices for three years, ministers said at a meeting on Friday to review the pact that expires in March 2018. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and several other producers... 

South32 adds to board

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd September 2017 Diversified miner South32 has made two additions to its board of directors, with the appointment of Dr Xiaoling Liu and Karen Wood as independent nonexecutive directors. Xiaoling will join the South32 board on January 15, and will seek election at the company’s next annual general meeting,... 

Argonaut adds resources at its two operating assets

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 On the heels of pouring first gold at its brand-new San Agustin project earlier this week, Mexico-focused miner Argonaut Gold has also increased the pit-constrained resources at its two operating mines, the company has advised. At El Castillo, the Toronto-based miner added about 328 000 oz of... 

Lower metals prices weigh on materials price index – IHS

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has slipped 0.1% last week, the first decline in four weeks, as metal markets finally began to slide, the firm advised on Friday. The strength of the last few weeks has been mainly attributable to a surge in metal prices and the... 

Central Asia Metals to buy Lynx Resources for $402.5m

By: Anine Kilian     22nd September 2017 Aim-listed base metals miner Central Asia Metals will buy Bermuda-based Lynx Resources for $402.5-million. Lynx, which is owned by Bermuda-based fund Orion Co-Investments III and Swiss private equity firm Fusion Capital, owns the SASA zinc/lead mine in Macedonia. 

Central Asia Metals to buy Lynx Resources for $402.5m
Central Asia is buying the SASA zinc/lead mine in Macedonia.

Acacia repositions Buzwagi mine to produce only gold doré

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2017 LSE-listed Acacia Mining will reposition its Buzwagi mine, in Tanzania, to produce only gold doré until the end of its life in 2020. This follows positive results from a processing trial that indicated that the mine should be able to achieve gold recoveries of about 85% through the additional use... 

Gold Fields says KPMG still external auditors

By: Reuters     22nd September 2017 South African gold mining company Gold Fields said on Friday that KPMG remains its external auditor but it will continue to monitor future developments. "The Gold Fields board of directors has considered the matter and will be closely following future developments in this area. KPMG remain the... 

Zanaga upbeat on iron-ore market fundamentals

By: Anine Kilian     22nd September 2017 Although the global iron-ore market continues to demonstrate better-than-expected fundamentals from a demand perspective, particularly in relation to pricing for higher-quality products, Aim-listed Zanaga Iron Ore remains concerned about the continuing build-up in Chinese iron-ore port stocks. In... 

Hernic Ferrochrome in business rescue – Mitsubishi

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2017 Ferrochrome producer Hernic has been placed in business rescue, Mitsubishi Corporation said on Friday. The businessrescue of the Japanese subsidiary, Mitsubishi Corporation said in a release to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online, is taking place under the Companies Act, following a... 

Exxaro, NUM wage agreement halts strike

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2017 Coal mining company Exxaro Coal and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have reached a three-year wage agreement, which brings the current wage strike at its Grootegeluk and Leeuwpan mines to a conclusion.  “We are pleased that the parties were able to resolve the dispute speedily,” Exxaro... 

Wyatt disregarding worker concerns - CME

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd September 2017 The Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) has lashed out at comments made by Treasurer Ben Wyatt, warning that he should not diminish or disregard the concerns of thousands of gold workers in the region. Wyatt this week said that more than 600 jobs were to be created in the... 

Gateway secures funding package for Bowen basin coal buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd September 2017 ASX-listed Gateway Mining has secured a funding package of up to A$10-million from cornerstone investor Baker Steel Resources Investment Trust to finance its acquisition of Queensland Coal Investment Holdings (QCIH). In March, Gateway announced its plan to acquire QCIH, which owns two coal... 

Arrium dividend distribution begins

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd September 2017 The administrators of ASX-listed Arrium has begun distributing a first dividend of A$500-million to the creditors of the now defunct company, following the divestment of the company’s steel and mining interests. Arrium administrators said on Friday that about 5 000 unsecured creditors would... 

Tharisa transitions to owner mining, absorbs 900 contractor personnel

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2017 Platinum group metal (PGM) and chrome co-producer Tharisa Minerals on Friday announced the unconditional purchase of mining equipment from MCC Contracts as part of its switch to owner mining, which includes the employment of 900 MCC employees, effective from October 1.  The company, which has... 

Tharisa transitions to owner mining, absorbs 900 contractor personnel
Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

Stanmore's plan for Isaac Plains East proceeds

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd September 2017 Coal miner Stanmore Coal’s plan to extend the mine life of its Isaac Plains mine, in Queensland, is progressing well, with no objections recorded for the Isaac Plains East project. The ASX-listed Stanmore on Friday reported that no submissions or objections were received during the public... 

Giant pink diamond discovered could be Alrosa's most expensive

By: Bloomberg     22nd September 2017 Russia’s Alrosa has unearthed a pink diamond that the gem giant says could be the most expensive it has ever found. Alrosa, which produces more stones than anyone else, found the 27.85 ct pink gem at its alluvial mines in Russia’s Far East. The company said the biggest pink diamond it had... 

Newcrest divests of New Zealand exploration asset

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd September 2017 ASX-listed gold miner Newcrest Mining has abandoned its 80% stake in the Rahu project, in New Zealand, to joint venture partner New Talisman Gold Mines. New Talisman on Friday announced that it had acquired Newcrest New Zealand Exploration, with the junior company evaluating its options to... 

Strike reaches new gas deal with Orica

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd September 2017 Independent oil and gas company Strike Energy has struck a new gas sales agreement with Orica International to supply up to 64 PJ of gas from the Southern Cooper Basin gas project. The new gas sales agreement replaces a 2014 agreement for the supply of up to 250 PJ of gas, with the gas to be... 

Pan African poised for growth  

     22nd September 2017 More than a third of the yearly gold production of Pan African Resources is destined to arise from low-cost, low-risk tailings businesses, it was revealed at the company’s results presentation this week. Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about the... 

Pan African poised for growth

SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

By: David Oliveira     22nd September 2017 Despite the mixed performance and expectations of the recycling industry, local platinum producers Sibanye and Northam Platinum this year entered the platinum-group metals (PGMs) recycling market. Platinum recycling is projected to decline by 6% year-on-year to 1.76-million ounces this year,... 

SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

Alamos expands revolver by $250m

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd September 2017 TSX- and NYSE-listed miner Alamos Gold has reached agreement with its syndicate of lenders to increase its undrawn existing $150-million revolving credit facility by $250-million to $400-million on more favourable terms the company announced on Thursday. Based in Canada’s financial capital... 

Fire disrupts Vale Fertilizantes plant in Brazil

By: Reuters     22nd September 2017 A fire disrupted operations at a Vale Fertilizantes plant in Brazil's southeastern state of Minas Gerais on Thursday, the company said. The fire occurred at a water cooling tower for a plant producing sulphuric acid in its Uberaba facility around noon and was under control within an hour, a... 

Primero’s fall from grace accelerates on San Dimas ramp-up delay

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd September 2017 Precious metals producer Primero Mining’s proverbial fall from grace is near complete with the company once more trading in penny stock territory since early September – a level last seen in 2009 and a far cry from its peak at C$8.89 a share in July 2014. The Toronto-based company’s NYSE- and... 

Zinc darling Trevali poised for further organic, M&A growth as prices climb

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd September 2017 Following the recent $400-million acquisition of a portfolio of zinc assets from mining major Glencore, Vancouver-headquartered Trevali Mining has become the go-to investment vehicle for investors keen to get in on rising zinc prices. Supported by strong fundamentals, including a growing supply... 

Zinc darling Trevali poised for further organic, M&A growth as prices climb
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Trevali president and CEO Mark Cruise

Mining Weekly iPhone and Android Apps available for free download 

     22nd September 2017 Creamer Media’s readers continue to be part of the mobile revolution.  Over 20% of Creamer Media’s online readers view the websites on their mobile devices. To cater for this growing mobile readership Creamer Media offers a MiningWeekly.com app for iPhone and Android users.  These apps offer... 

Mining Weekly iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

Brazil miner Votorantim Metais files for New York, Toronto IPO

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 Brazil-based mining company Votorantim Metais Holding filed on Thursday for an initial public offering in New York and Toronto, according to a securities filing, which did not signal the pricing or total fundraising expected. Proceeds from the offering would go entirely to the controlling... 

Eldorado calls off threat to shutter Greek development projects as relations thaw

By: Henry Lazenby     21st September 2017 Canadian gold producer Eldorado Gold reports that icy relations with the leftist Greek government is on the mend, and it has temporarily postponed its threats to mothball development of the Kasandra Mines assets in Halkidiki, Northern Greece. The Vancouver-based company said on Thursday that it... 

Pan African rolling out vibrant internal growth projects 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2017 Midtier gold mining company Pan African is rolling out vibrant internal growth projects involving the revival of Evander Mines’ 7 Shaft and the alleviation of congestion at Barberton Mines’ Fairview operation, which will provide the flexibility needed to better exploit what is arguably the... 

Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots outlines gold growth projects to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Eskom not generating enough cash to cover interest on debt – report

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2017 A new report analysing Eskom’s financial position warns that the State-owned utility is simply not generating enough cash through operations and electricity sales to cover the interest on its borrowings, which will peak at around R500-billion in the coming three years. However, it also argues... 

Eskom not generating enough cash to cover interest on debt – report

Outa moves to freeze Gupta mines’ rehabilitation trust fund accounts

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) plans to bring about an urgent interdict against the Bank of Baroda to freeze the R1.75-billion held in the Gupta-owned Optimum and Koornfontein coal mines’ rehabilitation trust fund accounts. The group on Thursday said in a statement that the interdict... 

Resources Watch  

     21st September 2017 Metso showcases ongoing commitment to servicing South African mining sector; and, systems water intensive, but more efficient and environment friendly 

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NUM continues strike at Petra’s Finsch mine, to down tools at Koffiefontein after wage deadlock

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has issued Petra Diamonds with a 48-hour notice for a planned, protected strike at the Koffiefontein mine, in Northern Cape. The union on Thursday said it would withdraw all members from the mine, starting on Saturday morning, until Petra accedes to the... 

Mining's biggest mystery is what Agarwal plans to do with Anglo

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2017 As Anglo American’s board met at the lavish Vergelegen wine estate in South Africa yesterday evening as part of a 100-year celebration, executives were blindsided by news headlines: Indian mining tycoon Anil Agarwal was becoming the biggest shareholder. After Anglo’s managers partied to honor the... 

Mining's biggest mystery is what Agarwal plans to do with Anglo

Kallak shows jobs, revenue potential – Beowulf

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 Aim-listed Beowulf Mining on Thursday said the development of its Kallak magnetite iron-ore project, in Sweden, into a mining operation will create direct and indirect jobs, increase tax revenues and slow down population decline in the nearby town of Jokkmokk. A socioeconomic study, initiated by... 

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