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De Beers launches lab-grown diamond company Lightbox Jewellery in US

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Diamond miner De Beers has launched a new company called Lightbox Jewellery that will begin marketing a new brand of laboratory-grown diamond jewellery designs at lower prices than existing lab-grown diamond offerings.  

De Beers launches lab-grown diamond company Lightbox Jewellery in US

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2018 A return of capital expenditure (capex) and inorganic sources of growth are seen as a key corporate priority for 2018 and beyond, CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic said on Wednesday. The provider of marketing intelligence to mining told the Junior Indaba that the company’s... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU
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CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic

Glencore faces new legal challenge against Congo cobalt mine  

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2018 For Glencore in the Democratic Republic of Congo, problems don’t form an orderly queue: they pile up on top of each other. In the latest example of the commodity giant’s deteriorating relationships in the country, a convicted fraudster has resurrected a legal claim the company considered dead,... 

Glencore faces new legal challenge against Congo cobalt mine

Congo's miners face harsh new reality as mining law finalised

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2018 The options for mining companies battling new legislation in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- Africa’s biggest copper producer and the source of two-thirds of the world’s cobalt -- have just about run out. After six months of lobbying, companies including Glencore and Randgold Resources have... 

De Beers concludes R600m transport empowerment deal at Venetia diamond mine 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2018 Diamond-mining company De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) has concluded the process of selecting six local black economic empowerment (BEE) partners as part of an impressive R600-million-to-R700-million, eight-year transport empowerment initiative at the Venetia diamond mine in South Africa’s... 

De Beers concludes R600m transport empowerment deal  at Venetia diamond mine

Paladin mothballs Namibia uranium mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th May 2018 Dual-listed Paladin Energy on Friday confirmed that its Langer Heinrich uranium mine, in Namibia, was being placed on care and maintenance, but said that the low-cost openpit operation would be one of the first to resume production when the uranium market normalised. Paladin in April said that... 

Paladin mothballs Namibia uranium mine
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Langer Heinrich

Govt creating junior miners’ fund, boosting geoscience, legitimising zama-zamas 

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2018 The government is partnering the State-owed Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to establish a junior miners’ fund that will provide exploration investment capital to black-owned emerging miners; it is also investing R20-billion in the Council for Geoscience to boost exploration as well as... 

Govt creating junior miners’ fund, boosting geoscience, legitimising zama-zamas

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

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

PEA completed for South America’s ‘most advanced’ PGM project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Pedra Branca platinum group metal (PGM) project, in north-eastern Brazil, has confirmed the economic potential of the project, which Aim-listed Jangada Mines says is South America’s largest and most advanced PGMs play. The PEA has assigned a net... 

Sibanye blames workers not following rules as mine deaths spike

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2018 Sibanye Gold says workers failing to follow rules and procedures are largely to blame for a spike in fatal accidents at its South African operations, where 19 people have died since January. The company accounts for more than a third of the deaths in South African mines this year and faces... 

Five killed, including 2 Congolese security forces, in attack on Banro mine

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Five people were killed, including two Congolese security forces, and several company workers wounded in an attack on Banro Corp's east Congo gold mine, a Banro official told Reuters. A Mai Mai militia attacked Banro Corp's east Congo Namoya gold mine on Thursday. 

Vedanta reports fatality at Gamsberg project

By: Anine Kilian     28th May 2018 An employee was killed in a mining related accident at Vedanta Zinc International’s Gamsberg project, in the Northern Cape, on Friday. All work at the Gamsberg project has been halted while investigations involving the local emergency services and South African Police Service, the Department of... 

Glencore’s Katanga resolves debt dispute with Gécamines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 Diversified miner Glencore’s Katanga Mining subsidiary has settled its legal dispute with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) State-owned trading and mining company La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines).  

Glencore’s Katanga resolves debt dispute with Gécamines
Machinery is seen at the Gecamines' copper plant in Kambove.

South African mining-focused EV manufacturer launched

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 Battery-driven mining vehicle solution provider Battery Power Industries (BPI) officially launched on Wednesday. The South African original-equipment manufacturer specialises in the development of battery energy systems, electrical traction systems and high-speed charging systems for underground... 

South African mining-focused EV manufacturer launched

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2018 South Africa has succeeded in creating a meticulous set of mineral reporting codes that continue to gain international recognition. The South African Mineral Reporting Codes (Samcodes), which protect investors, are currently so highly regarded that in October South Africa will host a large... 

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins
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Samcodes standards committee chairperson Matt Mullins (left) and Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer

Nkomati Anthracite to supply 40% of South Africa’s needs in three to five years

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st June 2018 The Nkomati Anthracite mine, in which Unicorn Capital Partners holds a 50.3% interest, plans to produce as much as 40% of South Africa’s anthracite needs in the next three to five years.  

Nkomati Anthracite to supply 40% of South Africa’s needs in three to five years

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

Vale is said to reach $700m deal to sell cobalt output

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Vale SA reached an agreement to sell future production of cobalt as battery makers look to shore up supply of the metal amid a nascent electric-vehicle boom, people with knowledge of the matter said. The deal is for about $700-million of cobalt produced at the Voisey’s Bay complex in Canada that... 

Vale is said to reach $700m deal to sell cobalt output
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Voisey's Bay mine and concentrator in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Gold street is where South Africa’s mining history goes to die

By: Bloomberg     20th June 2018 The death rattle of the industry that once symbolised South Africa can be heard in the town of Carletonville – on Gold street. That’s where Paseka Selemela has been guarding cars since 2010, when the scaffolding business he worked for closed. Prior to that, he was an assistant at a now-shuttered... 

Vedanta to double output at Zambia's Konkola Copper Mines – regional CEO

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Vedanta Resources plans to double finished copper production at Zambia's Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) to 200 000 t this year, the CEO of its Zambian unit said on Monday. KCM has ploughed roughly $3-billion into the Southern African country's copper mines since 2004, including a $1-billion... 

Sibanye-Stillwater shares rise on deleveraging plan

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2018 The share price of Sibanye-Stillwater rose on Thursday on the news of a deleveraging plan that explicitly excludes debt and equity raising. Prospective deleveraging options include a streaming arrangement to raise $500-million and a process inventory financial arrangement to raise a further... 

Sibanye-Stillwater shares rise on deleveraging plan
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Only one-third of the 15 largest copper producers reported positive production trends – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Only about one-third of the 15 largest copper producers with output of more than 40 000 t of copper per quarter reported positive production trends during the first quarter of this year, driving quarter-on-quarter output 4.8% or 136 548 t lower, a new report by S&P Global has found. However, on... 

Only one-third of the 15 largest copper producers reported positive production trends – S&P Global

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
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Informal processing of sand from a depleted mine dump off the N3 South freeway, near Elandsfontein, in Germiston

China Inc takes another bite of Congo's copper mining riches

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2018 China is making another big bet on copper in the Democratic Republic of Congo, deepening its presence in a country that’s proved very difficult for Western business. Congo holds huge reserves of copper, but is also one of the hardest countries to navigate -- with problems with security,... 

Miners halt dividend payouts, stay-in-business capex as price languishes in the doldrums

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 The once burgeoning platinum industry that in the recent past benefited from a years-long upswing in commodity demand and prices is now failing to recover from the global economic depression that heralded the end of its glory days and shut many smaller operators down. In the wake of the 2008... 

Miners halt dividend payouts, stay-in-business capex as price languishes in the doldrums

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 Deep-sea mining is yet to become a major mining activity, and not much is known about undersea deposits of minerals. However, some role-players in the mining industry are claiming that the deep-sea floor could be host to an abundant and untapped resource of highly sought-after commodities, which... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism 

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2018 The lithium price might be in for a rough ride this year, as a supply response might overshoot what the market actually needs, London-based pricing intelligence firm Metal Bulletin’s head of research William Adams tells Mining Weekly in an interview. “We see a slight lithium surplus coming this... 

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism

Sibanye-Stillwater appoints safety exec, to fund study to enhance risk management

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Following a spate of fatalities at its South African mines this year, Sibanye-Stillwater has committed to funding an independent study, to be conducted by a visiting academic at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), with the aim of developing practical recommendations for enhancing risk... 

Sibanye-Stillwater appoints safety exec, to fund study to enhance risk management

Brand new equipment takes centre stage at coal terminal

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2018 The first phase of the equipment replacement project reached full swing at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) on Thursday when R1.34-billion worth of brand new stacker reclaimers and shiploaders went into official action, holding out the prospect of improved turnaround times for coal... 

Brand new equipment takes centre stage at coal terminal
Photo by Martin Creamer
The official launch of a new machine at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal

Battery metals industry dependent on ‘flavour of the month’

By: Simone Liedtke     6th June 2018 With nearly every forecast predicting higher battery use in the years ahead, especially lithium-ion batteries to power new and existing technologies, demand for its component metals may be dependent on what some title “the flavour of the month”. 

Battery metals industry dependent on ‘flavour of the month’
Photo by Dylan Slater
IDC senior project development manager Bertie Strydom

B2Gold opens 7 MW solar farm at Namibia mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 Gold producer B2Gold Namibia on Wednesday celebrated the opening of the B2Gold Otjikoto solar farm, in the Otjozondjupa region.  

B2Gold opens 7 MW solar farm at Namibia mine
Otjikoto solar farm in Namibia

Tharisa may join Karo in $4.2bn Zimbabwe platinum project

By: Bloomberg     31st May 2018 Tharisa, the platinum and chrome miner run by the Pouroulis family, is considering investing in a $4.2-billion platinum project in Zimbabwe being developed by another company founded by the family. Tharisa would join Karo Resources, founded by mining entrepreneur Loucas Pouroulis, in building the... 

Tharisa may join Karo in $4.2bn Zimbabwe platinum project
Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

One-size-fits-all legislation ill-conceived – Swanepoel  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2018 To have one-size-fits-all mining legislation is ill-conceived, mining luminary Bernard Swanepoel said on Tuesday in his opening address to the Junior Indaba. Swanepoel pointed out that Canada and Australia were benefiting from a disproportionate slice of global exploration investment because they... 

One-size-fits-all legislation ill-conceived – Swanepoel

Seriti Resources interested in Optimum Coal as it looks to export

By: Reuters     6th June 2018 South African miner Seriti Resources wants to move into exporting coal and would be interested in buying the assets and quotas of the Gupta family's Optimum Coal, its CEO said. Bidding for Optimum Coal would pit Seriti, which has ambitions to become a black-owned mining champion, with bigger... 

Seriti Resources interested in Optimum Coal as it looks to export
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Seriti CEO Mike Teke

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

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