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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... 

Electric buses expected to spur platinum demand – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2017 Electric buses powered by platinum-catalysed fuel cells are attracting the attention of South Africans, who will visit Germany next month to update themselves on passenger carriers that emit zero pollution into the atmosphere. “There’s a lot of interest in fuel cell buses simply because the... 

Electric buses expected to spur platinum demand – Implats
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Impala Platinum (Implats) group executive marketing Paul Finney

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

2 500 jobs at risk at lossmaking Impala Rustenburg

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2017 South Africa’s second-largest platinum mining company has initiated a process that may lead to 2 500 staff reductions at its lossmaking Impala Rustenburg operation, where financial sustainability has deteriorated significantly in recent years.  The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Impala... 

2 500 jobs at risk at lossmaking Impala Rustenburg
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Implats CEO Nico Muller

Tanzania President orders wall built around tanzanite mines, says govt will start buying stones

By: Reuters     20th September 2017 Tanzania's President on Friday ordered the military to build walls around its tanzanite mines and directed the central bank to buy the precious stone to boost reserves – the latest twist in a spat with mining firms over alleged tax evasion. "All tanzanite gemstones will be controlled and will... 

First Cobalt exits volatile DRC in favour of mining friendly Ontario Cobalt Camp

By: Henry Lazenby     19th September 2017 TSX-V-listed First Cobalt will not complete a strategic alliance over seven cobalt exploration properties close to several major copper/cobalt operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) Central African Copperbelt. The Toronto-headquartered company announced on Monday that it would... 

Orion seeks to develop new, modern copper mine over historical success

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th September 2017 With a secondary listing on the JSE now firmly under its belt, Australian base metals firm Orion Minerals is looking to reignite the development of a South African mining asset it believes was abandoned well before its prime – the Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape. However, for... 

Orion seeks to develop new, modern copper mine over historical success
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Orion CEO Errol Smart

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

Third of Pan African gold from low-cost, low-risk surface tailings 

By: Martin Creamer     20th 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, which have long lives ahead of them. Pan African CEO Cobus Loots told investors, analysts and journalists at the company’s presentation of financial results... 

Third of Pan African gold from low-cost, low-risk surface tailings

Further investment in Anglo by majority shareholder of Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2017 Vedanta head Anil Agarwal has once again hit the headlines by announcing an intended further personal investment in Anglo American through Volcan Investments, which is the majority shareholder of Vedanta Resources. Volcan announced on Wednesday that it intended investing £1.25-billion to... 

Further investment in Anglo by majority shareholder of Vedanta
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Vedanta head Anil Agarwal

Sibanye-Stillwater announces $450m convertible bond offering

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2017 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Tuesday announced the impending launch of a $450-million convertible bond offering linked to the refinancing of the outstanding portion of the bridge loan the company raised to buy Stillwater Mining in the US. The senior unsecured guaranteed... 

Sibanye-Stillwater announces $450m convertible bond offering
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

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 rolling out vibrant internal growth projects

Kinross to proceed with Tasiast Phase 2, Round Mountain expansion projects

By: Henry Lazenby     18th September 2017 Senior Canadian miner Kinross Gold has revealed that it will spend about a $1-billion on two significant capital growth plans for the Phase 2 expansion of its Tasiast mine, in Mauritania, as well as the Phase W of the Round Mountain mine, in Nevada. “With Phase 2, Tasiast's annual production is... 

Kinross to proceed with Tasiast Phase 2, Round Mountain expansion projects
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Kinross Gold's Tasiast mine, Mauritania

Sasol proposes new R21bn BBBEE ownership transaction 

By: Anine Kilian     20th September 2017 JSE-listed Sasol on Wednesday announced a proposed new R21-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) ownership transaction, Sasol Khanyisa, which will replace Sasol’s debt-ridden Sasol Inzalo fund, which expires in June 2018. When Sasol Inzalo lapses, it will not be able to... 

Sasol proposes new R21bn BBBEE ownership transaction

Rally in zinc price raises spectre of substitution

By: Reuters     19th September 2017 A sharp rally in zinc prices is posing the threat that industrial users will find ways to substitute the metal with cheaper alternatives or use less, curbing overall consumption. High prices may also dampen a nascent move by Chinese automakers to use more zinc for galvanising, while the Western... 

Congo's Gecamines to set new rules on mining proceeds

By: Reuters     19th September 2017 Congo's Gecamines will implement new controls to "hold its partners accountable" in copper and cobalt projects, the state miner said on Tuesday. Gecamines' partners on mining projects include Glencore, China Molybdenum and Ivanhoe. The company said it will initiate discussions with its partners... 

Iron-ore sinks as 'peak steel' call, supply angst rattle market

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2017 Iron-ore has been dragged back into the $60s after getting hit by a barrage of bad news, with persistent concern about rising global supply, fresh questions about the outlook for demand in China, and a warning from Australia’s central bank that the top buyer may be nearing peak steel. The... 

Two more firms fire KPMG as corporate South Africa weighs links with auditor

By: Reuters     19th September 2017 A South African broker and an energy investment firm fired KPMG on Tuesday, two of a host of local firms weighing whether to ditch the auditor to distance themselves from a scandal involving business friends of President Jacob Zuma. Sasfin and Hulisani, both relatively small financial companies... 

Tanzanian leader's war for taxes puts economy in firing line 

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2017 Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s deepening dispute with companies he accuses of being tax cheats is rattling investors and dimming the allure of one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. Since taking office in late 2015, Magufuli has been on a drive to increase revenue from natural resources... 

Tanzanian leader's war for taxes puts economy in firing line
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Tanzanian President John Magufuli

Tlou submits plans for Botswana power plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st September 2017 ASX- and Aim-listed Tlou Energy has submitted a proposal to the Botswana Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security to develop up to 100 MW of coalbed methane- (CBM-) fuelled pilot power plants in the African country. The government of Botswana earlier this year requested... 

Botswana seeks option to buy unusually big diamonds from its mines

By: Reuters     18th September 2017 Botswana is amending its law to give the government the first option to buy diamonds that are unusually large or have other unusual features found in its mines, such as the world's second-biggest 1 109 ct diamond discovered two years ago. The cornerstone of Botswana's success has been one... 

Syrah aiming to raise A$110m for Mozambique project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th September 2017 Graphite developer Syrah Resources is hoping to raise A$110-million through a share placement and pro-rata accelerated nonrenounceable entitlement offer to fund the development of its Balama project, in Mozambique, and to provide working capital. The company said on Tuesday that some 7.4-million... 

Syrah aiming to raise A$110m for Mozambique project

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... 

Kinross to invest $820m to tread water on production

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2017 Kinross Gold is spending more than $800-million to essentially tread water as – like many miners – it faces a future in which new gold assets are increasingly difficult to find and costly to develop. The Canadian miner said Monday it will move ahead with expansions at mines in Mauritania and... 

H1 2017 shows world refined copper deficit of 75 000 t

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 The world’s refined copper balance for the first half of 2017 indicates a deficit of around 75 000 t, including revisions to data previously presented, the Lisbon-based International Copper Study Group revealed on Wednesday. This is mainly owing to stagnant growth in the world refined copper... 

H1 2017 shows world refined copper deficit of 75 000 t

BHP says it paid $4.7bn in global taxes

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th September 2017 Mining major BHP paid some $4.7-billion in global taxes and royalties in the 2017 financial year, with a further $1.2-billion payable to the Australian government in corporate tax income payments before the end of the calendar year. Australian taxes, royalties and other payments accounted for... 

BHP says it paid $4.7bn in global taxes

Eastplats’ report confirms Barplats reserves, economics

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th September 2017 Eastern Platinum’s (Eastplats’) independent technical report (ITR), chrome mineral reserve estimate and economic assessment on its Barplats Zandfontein UG2 tailings storage facility (TSF), located at Crocodile river mine, has been completed, the dual-listed miner said on Monday. The ITR,... 

Integra seizes precious metals opportunity in Idaho

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 Mere months after Integra Gold was bought out in a deal worth about C$590-million by Eldorado Gold, essentially the same team – reincarnated as Integra Resources – has reached agreement with major Kinross Gold to buy the DeLamar gold/silver mine, in Southern Idaho. The C$7.5-million... 

Russian nuclear giant joins scramble to supply electric-car boom

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2017 Russia’s State-owned nuclear corporation is joining the lithium rush. After a collapse in the price of uranium, Rosatom Corp. plans to start mining and trading the metal used in batteries as it seeks to profit from the rapid rise of electric vehicles. 

Russian nuclear giant joins scramble to supply electric-car boom

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

Petra’s Finsch, Kimberley Ekapa Mining JV impacted by labour disruption

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2017 Aim-listed Petra Diamonds’ Finsch and Kimberley Ekapa Mining joint venture operations are being affected by a labour disruption that started on Monday evening. Underground and surface mining operations are affected, but plant treatment is continuing at near normal capacity, treating surface... 

Petra’s Finsch, Kimberley Ekapa Mining JV impacted by labour disruption

Johnson Matthey to invest £200m in battery material technology

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 Johnson Matthey said it will invest an initial £200-million in expanding its battery material technology business from 2018, aiming to capitalise on growth in the electric vehicle market. The specialty chemicals company said the overall market "could be (worth) more than $30-billion (in) sales... 

Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud

By: Henry Lazenby     18th September 2017 Fraud is a significant burden on the mining industry and is likely to cost companies an average of 5.85% of turnover every year. Therefore, catching it before it happens is often the best weapon to combat this scourge. This figure is based on 20 years of data across more than 40 sectors,... 

Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud

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... 

Petra’s FY17 profit down 69% y/y; company restarts Tanzania mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2017 The delayed ramp-up of expansion programmes, rising on-mine cash costs and a stronger rand have negatively impacted on LSE-listed Petra Diamonds’ financial results for the 2017 financial year, with net profit down 69% year-on-year to $20.7-million. Cash generated from operations was down 10%... 

Petra’s FY17 profit down 69% y/y; company restarts Tanzania mine
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Petra CEO Johan Dippenaar

Gem recovers 115 ct diamond at Letšeng

     19th September 2017 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a high-quality 115 ct, D colour Type IIa diamond from its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho.   This follows the recovery of five other diamonds of over 100 ct so far this year from the mine. 

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