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New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2018 New cars being produced in Japan have platinum- and copper-intensive fuel cell drives that outdo battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) in cold climates as the EV batteries drain when the heaters are switched on, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday.... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

Many big new copper mines likely to be needed – Anglo

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2018 Based on two relatively moderate and reasonable growth assumptions, the world will need the equivalent of another 22 Collahuasi copper mines to meet expected copper demand by 2030, Anglo American base metals marketing head Alex Schmitt said on Tuesday. Collahuasi, which Schmitt described as the... 

Many big new copper mines likely to be needed – Anglo
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Anglo American base metals marketing head Alex Schmitt

Mining essential to human progress – Rio Tinto

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2018 The images of large yellow mine trucks flashed across the big screen at this year’s Mining Indaba looked pretty ordinary. But that misperception was quickly cut short when Rio Tinto CE Energy and Minerals Bold Baatar told the full-house audience: "What you're watching are robots on wheels.... 

Mining essential to human progress – Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto CE Energy and Minerals Bold Baatar

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 The Mogalakwena platinum mine lived up to its reputation of being the most profitable platinum group metals (PGM) mine on the planet when it gushed cash and elevated a modernising, community supporting, environment protecting, growth studying and fuel-cell marketing Anglo American Platinum... 

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell

Unmined gold offers exciting new opportunity – Froneman

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2018 With more gold in the ground than has been mined in the last 100 years, the South African gold mining industry has a great opportunity to modernise, introduce a social and economic compact, loudly condemn the errant behaviour of the past and eliminate the trust deficit, Chamber of  Mines VP and... 

Unmined gold offers exciting new opportunity – Froneman
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Wind of change sees DMR grant prospecting licences to De Beers 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2018 After a two-year procrastination, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has approved 16 prospecting licence applications submitted by De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM). The licences are all in the Kimberley area of the Northern Cape, where DBCM began mining diamonds 130 years ago. (Also... 

Wind of change sees DMR grant prospecting licences to De Beers

Gold Fields going all out to put South Deep gold mine into black 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2018 Gold Fields is going all out to push Gauteng's uniquely mechanised deep-level South Deep gold mine into the black once and for all. The company is ploughing R200-million a year into training, which it believes will set South Africa on an exciting new successful course in the pioneering fields of... 

Gold Fields going all out to put South Deep gold mine into black

Chrome ore supply deficit ahead – Tharisa

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2018 Platinum-group metals (PGMs) and chrome coproducer Tharisa Minerals CEO Phoevos Pouroulis is predicting a shortage of chrome ore supply in the short to medium term, driven by burgeoning stainless steel demand. Chrome ore is fundamental to the manufacture of stainless steel, demand for which is... 

Chrome ore supply deficit ahead – Tharisa
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Tharisa Minerals CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

Benchmark downplays investor fears of looming lithium oversupply, subsequent price crash

By: Henry Lazenby     25th January 2018 London-based Benchmark Mineral Intelligence has downplayed top-level investor fears this week regarding the potential for lithium market oversupply and an inevitable price crash to follow. The energy metals-focused research company pointed out that rumours about up to 180 000 t/y of added lithium... 

Benchmark downplays investor fears of looming lithium oversupply, subsequent price crash

'Every area of mining ripe for innovation' – Goldcorp

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Every conceivable area of mining is in dire need of technological innovation, major miner Goldcorp tells Mining Weekly Online in an interview. "We are not exactly the most advanced industry in the world, and we're slow in adopting new technologies. Every area is ripe for innovation," Goldcorp's... 

'Every area of mining ripe for innovation' – Goldcorp

Glencore shoots lights out, mulls divi top-up, reaffirms South Africa

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2018 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore shot the lights out with a superlative set of 2017 results that coincided with a leap in its share price in Johannesburg, the reaffirmation of South Africa as an even more positive investment destination, and the mulling of a dividend "top up"... 

Glencore shoots lights out, mulls divi top-up, reaffirms South Africa
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Flashback to Ivan Glasenberg opening Glencore-funded school in South Africa's coalfields.

Strong zinc output from Black Mountain, Skorpion – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2018 Diversified mining company Vedanta Resources said on Friday that its Vedanta Zinc International subsidiary had delivered strong zinc production at Black Mountain in the Northern Cape and at Skorpion in Namibia in the three months to the end of December, and that the $400-million Gamsberg zinc... 

Strong zinc output from Black Mountain, Skorpion – Vedanta
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Vedanta Zinc International CEO Deshnee Naidoo

Northam opens R900m platinum smelter expansion

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2018 Platinum mining company Northam on Thursday officially opened a R900-million smelter expansion at its Zondereinde platinum mine in Limpopo province. The addition of a second furnace extends the JSE-listed company’s 30-year-old partnership with metals company Heraeus, which contributed €20-million... 

Northam opens R900m platinum smelter expansion
Heraeus Precious Metals president André Christl and Northam CEO Paul Dunne

Big Mining Indaba thinking for 2019’s quarter-century milestone

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2018 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba has just ended here and the organisers are already putting their thinking caps on to make next year’s twenty-fifth anniversary of the event a grand affair. The names Cyril Ramaphosa, Elon Musk and the top who’s who of global and African mining are... 

Big Mining Indaba thinking for 2019’s quarter-century milestone
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Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose

Consultancy to partner with black entrants as they acquire Tier 1 coal assets

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is once again answering the call for transformation and broader economic participation of previously disadvantaged South Africans. The company’s latest initiative is black entrepreneur development in coal, which will be its key focus... 

Consultancy to partner with black entrants  as they acquire  Tier 1 coal assets
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WorleyParsons RSA CEO Denver Dreyer

Zinc, lead outlook bright but analysts expect peak pricing as soon as this year

By: Henry Lazenby     27th January 2018 High commodity prices in 2018 are expected to sustain robust margins for zinc and lead miners this year, as supplies of both metals remain constrained. According to market research and consultancy firm CRU International, following on from record zinc deficits in 2017 in the range of 650 000 t of... 

Zinc, lead outlook bright but analysts expect peak pricing as soon as this year
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Glencore zinc ingots

Increasing demand is platinum solution – Amplats

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) react positively to the amount of money spent on marketing, in a similar way to diamonds, Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith said on Tuesday. Speaking during a panel discussion on day two of the Mining Indaba, Griffith said PGMs were unlike copper, coal or... 

Increasing demand is platinum solution – Amplats

Pile-of-cash dilemma for mining industry once crippled by slump

By: Bloomberg     5th February 2018 Three years after a commodity slump left their finances in shambles, mining companies are swimming in so much cash that investors aren’t sure where the industry will spend it all. With metals from zinc to palladium trading at multi-year highs, four of the world’s top producers generated combined... 

Pile-of-cash dilemma for mining industry once crippled by slump

Tharisa entering multi-project PGM-chrome growth phase

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome co-producer Tharisa Minerals, which predicts that a global chrome ore deficit is on the horizon, has published details of its strategic Vision 2020 growth thrust. “Tharisa is entering an exciting growth phase,” CEO Phoevos Pouroulis said in the release to... 

Tharisa entering multi-project PGM-chrome growth phase
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Tharisa Mine this week.

Cobalt cannot be eradicated from electric car batteries – Umicore

By: Reuters     13th February 2018 Makers of electric vehicle batteries will have to keep using scarce, expensive cobalt in their products for the foreseeable future despite a push towards higher nickel compositions, materials technology company Umicore said on Monday. Manufacturers have been trying to increase the proportion of... 

Gold expected to peak at $1 500/oz this year – Thomson Reuters

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th January 2018 Gold prices are expected to average $1 360/oz and hit a 2018 peak of more than $1 500/oz later this year, according to research firm Thomson Reuters GFMS, which published its fourth-quarter Gold Survey on Thursday. The firm noted that the survey’s forecast discounts three federal fund rate hikes... 

Gold expected to peak at $1 500/oz this year – Thomson Reuters

Zambia court dismisses First Quantum bid to stop $1.4bn lawsuit

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 A $1.4-billion lawsuit against Canada's First Quantum Minerals in Zambia will go ahead, a Zambian court ruled after dismissing the company's bid to stop the case. State-owned ZCCM-IH launched action in October 2016 to sue First Quantum for $1.4-billion over claims that the Canadian company... 

Mining companies need to become disruptors – Deloitte

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2018 The key to a future in the mining sector increasingly lies in overcoming innovation barriers, embracing digitisation and unlocking the workforce of the future, as well as anticipating the digital mine of the future, Deloitte Global’s latest mining report shows. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s tenth... 

US seeks to boost output of 35 minerals, reduce import reliance

By: Reuters     17th February 2018 The United States should boost domestic production of 35 critical minerals including uranium, cobalt and lithium, to reduce its reliance on foreign suppliers, the Interior Department said on Friday. Aluminium and potash are also on the draft list of 35 critical materials used in basic... 

US seeks to boost output of 35 minerals, reduce import reliance

Copper deals off to best start in 12 yrs as prices surge

By: Bloomberg     27th January 2018 Copper mining deals are off to the best start in at least 12 years – and more money could be pouring into the sector this year. More than $500-million in transactions are pending or were completed so far this month, the most recorded for January in Bloomberg data going back 12 years. Merger... 

Anglo to sell New Largo assets to Seriti, partners for R850m

By: Anine Kilian     29th January 2018 LSE- and JSE-listed Anglo American is making further progress with its strategy of disposing of its Eskom-tied coal assets, announcing on Monday that it will sell its New Largo thermal coal assets, which are owned by its 73%-held subsidiary Anglo American Inyosi Coal, to New Largo Coal, for... 

Anglo to sell New Largo assets to Seriti, partners for R850m
Norman Mbazima

Master Drilling unveils novel mobile tunnel boring system at Indaba

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th February 2018 JSE-listed Master Drilling has launched its new South African-developed mobile tunnel boring system, which is suitable for the excavation of various types of tunnels. Master Drilling executive director Koos Jordaan explained at the unveiling of the system at the Investing in African Mining... 

Tharisa's Pouroulis meets Zimbabwe leader, seeks opportunities

By: Bloomberg     26th January 2018 Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis met Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa on January 18, as the Cyprus-based platinum and chrome mining company seeks opportunities in the country with the world’s second-biggest reserves of the metals. Pouroulis was accompanied to the meeting in Mnangagwa’s... 

Record-breaking year for Richards Bay Coal Terminal

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Despite a loss of 38 days to bad weather, 2017 has been a record-breaking year for South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) in KwaZulu-Natal, which loaded a record 76.47-million tonnes of South African-mined coal in the 12 months to the end of December. The private sector terminal, which... 

Record-breaking year for Richards Bay Coal Terminal
RBCT chairperson Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane

Paladin on track to relist on the ASX

By: Anine Kilian     7th February 2018 Uranium miner Paladin Energy on Wednesday said it had not received an appraisal notice from China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) Overseas Uranium Holdings (COUH), regarding the purchase of Paladin’s share in Langer Heinrich Mauritius (LHMHL), the holding company of the Langer Heinrich mine,... 

Gold giant Barrick faces grilling after fall to bottom of pack

By: Bloomberg     12th February 2018 Barrick Gold executives will have some explaining to do when the company releases full-year results Wednesday. Even with rising gold prices and a strengthened balance sheet, the world’s largest gold producer left shareholders with the worst returns among its top North American peers last year... 

De Beers eyes Zimbabwe, Congo after gaining South African permits

By: Bloomberg     6th February 2018 De Beers may follow its resumption of exploration for diamonds in South Africa’s Northern Cape by looking in the longer term at opportunities in countries like Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. "I’m excited about what I’m seeing in Zimbabwe," said Phillip Barton, chief executive... 

South Africa falls to small percentage of AngloGold output 

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2018 South African gold mines now represent around 13% of the AngloGold Ashanti portfolio, AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat) said on Tuesday. The fall in the contribution from AngloGold's South Africa region mines follows the sale of Moab and Kopanang and the closure of the Tau... 

South Africa falls to small percentage of AngloGold output

Tailings tailwind bolsters Pan African as rand gold price falls 

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2018 The tailings retreatment tailwinds blowing strongly into Pan African Resources are poised to ameliorate the blow that the low rand gold price is delivering to the company's more cost-intensive underground operations. Coming in brilliantly ahead of schedule and below budget is the Eilikhulu... 

Tailings tailwind bolsters Pan African as rand gold price falls

Mugabe's fall has veteran miners jockeying for Zimbabwe comeback

By: Bloomberg     13th February 2018 Robert Mugabe’s fall as Zimbabwe president is setting the scene for the return of a London mining listing for Andrew Groves and his long-term business partner – and former England cricketer – Phil Edmonds. Groves is preparing to relist the pair’s Zimbabwe coal, chrome and gold assets in London... 

Botswana power plant expansion plan stalls over terms 

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 A planned $800-million expansion of a coal-fired power plant in Botswana by Japan's Marubeni Corp and South Korea's Posco Energy has been put on hold due to a disagreement over terms, the energy minister said on Monday. Marubeni and Posco Energy were due to start work in January last year on a... 

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