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Transnet results eclipsed by irregular expenditure, qualified audit and State capture

By: Terence Creamer     20th August 2018 A surge in irregular expenditure to over R8-billion triggered a qualification of Transnet’s 2018 financial results, all but eclipsing an otherwise strong financial and operational performance by the State-owned group. The irregular expenditure related primarily to procurement undertaken by... 

Transnet results eclipsed by irregular expenditure, qualified audit and State capture

M&R announces new appointments for underground mining platform

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2018 Mike da Costa was appointed CEO of Murray & Robert’s (M&R’s) global underground mining platform, effective August 1, mining contracting company M&R Cementation reported on Monday. The M&R underground mining platform covers six continents and its service offering spans the project value chain... 

Metals poisoned by Turkey contagion as copper nears bear market

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2018 From Turkey’s financial crisis to China’s trade war, the emerging-market contagion is infecting metal markets. Base metals markets tumbled on Wednesday, with most contracts falling more than 2% in London. Copper sank below $6 000 a metric ton and is now approaching a bear market. Not even gold,... 

Metals poisoned by Turkey contagion as copper nears bear market

Minister decries Gold Fields’ job-cut plan at cash-burning South Deep

By: Martin Creamer     14th August 2018 They say South Deep will be the last gold mine standing, but every report coming out of it indicates that it is an extremely hard nut to crack, with production hopelessly below guidance. Since 2006, Gold Fields has pumped R32-billion into South Deep without even breaking even, let alone making a... 

Minister decries Gold Fields’ job-cut plan at cash-burning South Deep
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Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Elikhulu tailings retreatment project pours first gold; Pan African announces next big project 

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2018 At the inaugural gold pour at its Elikhulu gold tailings retreatment project, in Mpumalanga, on Thursday, Pan African Resources announced the company's next big project, Royal Sheba, which will be built within the company's existing mining right at Barberton, Mpumalanga, before the end of 2019.... 

Elikhulu tailings retreatment project pours first gold; Pan African announces next big project

Cobalt prices stabilising – ERG

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 The recent price adjustment in the cobalt market represents a logical and short-term correction to the heightened speculative activity earlier this year, says Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) CEO Benedikt  Sobotka. Cobalt metal prices jumped in excess of 120% between 2016 and 2017, a sign of strong... 

Cobalt prices stabilising  – ERG
ERG CEO Benedikt Sobotka

One of South Africa’s oldest gold mines likely to reopen next year

By: Mariaan Webb     16th August 2018 Southern Africa-focused Galane Gold is advancing plans to reopen the Galaxy gold mine near Barberton, in Mpumalanga, with the company saying on Thursday that first production at the property is planned for March next year. The TSX-V-listed miner, which operates the Mupane mine in Botswana, said... 

Currency shocks knock platinum to ten-year lows

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Platinum prices tumbled to ten-year lows as the collapse of Turkey's lira rippled through markets and weakened the currency of top producer South Africa, underlining persistent oversupply of the autocatalyst metal. Platinum has been caught in a broad sell-off as investors rush to the safety of... 

Currency shocks knock platinum to ten-year lows

Congo copper faces increased LME scrutiny with audits

By: Bloomberg     16th August 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) will start requiring that copper producers which source metal from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) carry out independent audits to prove their material is ethically sourced, according to people familiar with the matter. The LME is reviewing its requirements... 

Congo copper faces increased LME scrutiny with audits

Amplats starts construction on Polokwane sulphur dioxide abatement project

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 Construction of the sulphur dioxide (SO2) abatement project at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Polokwane smelter got under way on Thursday. The company will implement new wet sulphuric acid (WSA) technology at the smelter and will ultimately reduce SO2 emissions by an estimated 96%, to... 

Lily mine to reopen in Feb 2019, says new owner

By: Anine Kilian     14th August 2018 Vantage Goldfields, which has been bought out by Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC), plans to reopen the Lily mine, in Barberton, Mpumalanga, in February 2019, three years after a pillar collapse claimed the lives of three employees at the mine.  A lamp house container in which... 

Gold Fields remains in ‘strong’ financial position, despite $367m loss, says Holland

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2018 Despite attributable losses from continuing operations for the six-month period ended June 30, of $367-million or $0.45 a share, CEO Nick Holland maintains that the NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields remains in a strong financial position. Holland further noted on Thursday that the integrity of the... 

Gold Fields remains in ‘strong’ financial position, despite $367m loss, says Holland
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Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Grootegeluk boosts Exxaro’s H1 coal output

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th August 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources’ coal production volumes for the six months to June 30 increased by 7%, or 1.5-million tonnes, compared with that of the second half of 2017. The company on Thursday attributed the increase in overall output to higher production volumes at the company’s... 

Grootegeluk boosts Exxaro’s H1 coal output
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Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Orion turbocharges Prieska study

By: Martin Creamer     15th August 2018 The Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed exploration and development company Orion Minerals, which is developing a zinc and copper project at Prieska in the Northern Cape, on Wednesday announced the second tranche of its two-tranche share issuance to raise $7.86-million. The total $11-million capital... 

Orion turbocharges Prieska study
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Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart

Gold seen fighting back in battle with dollar for haven role

By: Bloomberg     17th August 2018 Don’t write off gold in the battle of the havens. Bullion has lost out in a paradigm shift where the metal’s no longer viewed as the traditional refuge when investors are in a risk-off mood, but that won’t last, according to Rick Rule, CEO of Sprott US Holdings. 

Gold seen fighting back in battle with dollar for haven role

Gem Diamonds recovers 12th diamond of over 100 ct for 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a 138 ct top white colour and Type IIa diamond, at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. This diamond, the miner said on Wednesday, is the highest dollar per carat kimberlite diamond in the world. 

Gem Diamonds recovers 12th diamond of over 100 ct for 2018

Semafo reports two more deaths in restive Burkina Faso

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 TSX-listed West Africa-focused gold exploration and production company Semafo on Friday reported that a bus transporting employees from the town of Bobo-Dioulasso to the Mana mine, in Burkina Faso, had been shot at by armed bandits on Friday morning. One Semafo national employee and one... 

Mining industry reaffirms commitment to safety with campaign launch

By: Simone Liedtke     17th August 2018 The Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA), previously known as the Chamber of Mines, on Friday launched its National Day of Safety and Health in Mining 2018, which will see 66 MCSA member companies hosting safety and health days at each of their operations in the next month. The launch of the... 

Mining industry reaffirms commitment to safety with campaign launch
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MCSA CEO Roger Baxter

Battery boom spurs quest to resurrect World War II cobalt mines

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2018 The giant rocky outcrop known by locals as La Cobaltera offers a glimpse into northern Chile’s mining past, and a hint of its future. Slag from an ancient furnace is piled at the entrance of a mine shaft that hasn’t seen commercial activity since World War II. Inside, eucalyptus posts still... 

Battery boom spurs quest to resurrect World War II cobalt mines

Zambian Revenue Authority executes search warrant at Gemfield’s Kagem mine

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 Gemstone miner Gemfields on Friday said its Kagem Mining company had been subjected to an unannounced visit on Thursday by the Zambian Revenue Authority. Kagem Mining, through which Gemfields operates and holds 75% of the Kagem emerald mine, in Zambia, and its South African polygraph service... 

We made significant progress in Marikana, says Lonmin

By: African News Agency      15th August 2018 Platinum producer Lonmin has made significant progress in delivering on its commitment to the Marikana community, the company said on Wednesday. "Housing has been a key focus of the company’s social and labour plans, with modern housing developments being built for many of its employees," said... 

We made significant progress in Marikana, says Lonmin
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

Jaguar Mining lowers guidance, CEO resigns

By: Mariaan Webb     15th August 2018 The TSX-listed stock of Jaguar Mining on Wednesday fell by 25% after the Brazil-focused company released its second quarter results announcement, which contained a revised production guidance and news that Rodney Lamond is leaving his position as CEO and director. Jaguar lowered its production... 

Gold fades as world gets used to bad news, Perth Mint says

By: Bloomberg     18th August 2018 Investors have grown immune to the economic and geopolitical risks that typically drive haven demand for gold. That’s how Richard Hayes, the chief executive officer of Australia’s Perth Mint, summed up the reason behind bullion’s slump to a 19-month low despite tensions between the US and China... 

Gold fades as world gets used to bad news, Perth Mint says

Gold Fields advances projects to ‘underwrite a better future’

By: Simone Liedtke     17th August 2018 NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields aims to continue building new projects that will “underwrite a better future for [the miner] in terms of a longer life at lower costs”. This, CEO Nick Holland said during a conference call on Thursday, is particularly important, given the volatility of the gold... 

Six killed in armed incident near Semafo’s Boungou mine

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2018 West Africa-focused Canadian mining company Semafo on Monday reported that five gendarmes and one subcontractor employee had lost their lives in an armed incident that occurred between the town of Fada and the Boungou mine site, in the Est region of Burkina Faso. While operations at the Boungou... 

Mining production increases 2.8% y/y in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th August 2018 Mining production increased by 2.8% year-on-year in June, from a 1.8% decline in May, with the largest positive contributor being platinum group metals (PGMs), which rose by 28.2% and contributed 5.9 percentage points, says Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). Other positive contributors were... 

MC Mining secures R15m banking facility for Uitkomst colliery

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2018 Coal miner MC Mining’s 70%-owned Uitkomst colliery has procured a revolving asset facility from South African financial institution Absa Bank. Uitkomst intends to use the facility to finance the acquisition of new underground mining equipment following the transition to owner-operated mining at... 

Eastplats’ chrome circuit completion targeted for Q3

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th August 2018 Construction of Vancouver-based Eastern Platinum’s (Eastplats’) retreatment project, at its Crocodile River mine, in South Africa’s North West, is progressing well and all significant items required for the chrome circuit’s completion and commissioning are on site. Completion of the form... 

Anglo Pacific makes $50m investment in Labrador Iron Ore Royalty

By: Mariaan Webb     16th August 2018 LSE- and TSX-listed Anglo Pacific on Thursday announced that it had acquired a 4.25% shareholding in Labrador Iron Ore Royalty (LIORC) for $50-million, an investment that the company said should be immediately value accretive. LIORC, which is listed on the TSX and has a market capitalisation of... 

Nkwe recommends Zijin offer aceptance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th August 2018 The independent directors of South Africa-focused Nkwe Platinum have unanimously recommended a 10c a share takeover offer from shareholder Zijin Mining Group. The 10c a share takeover offer was a 25% improvement on the 8c a share offer launched in March this year, and provided shareholders with... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces  in push to improve safety and productivity

Anglo American expects to obtain permit for Minas-Rio mine by June 2019

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 Miner Anglo American Plc expects to obtain licences to expand its Minas-Rio multibillion-dollar iron-ore mine in Brazil by June next year, the company's CEO for Brazil Ruben Fernandes told Reuters on Wednesday. Minas-Rio is Anglo American's biggest development project, but it is still in ramp-up... 

Ghana President to address delegates at Mining Indaba 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th August 2018 Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo will speak at the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 4 to 7. Ghana is considered one of the major mining centres on the African continent; therefore, with Akufo-Addo speaking,... 

Ghana President to address delegates at Mining Indaba 2019
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Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo

Workers at Chile's Escondida, world's top copper mine, ink contract

By: Reuters     18th August 2018 The union representing workers of Chilean copper mine Escondida signed a new collective labor contract on Friday, ending the risk of a strike that could have paralyzed the world's biggest copper mine. Mine operator BHP had said earlier in the week that terms had been reached but the union needed... 

Afraid of no-one and ready for a long strike, union leader tells Implats

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Members of South Africa's AMCU mining union are ready to strike for a year if necessary and would bring the platinum belt to a standstill if Impala Platinum carries out plans to cut up to 13 400 jobs, the union's president said on Thursday. Joseph Mathunjwa, who led a five-month strike in 2014,... 

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Stabilising State-owned enterprises could take six months or longer, depending on the extent of corruption, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister on Wednesday briefed the portfolio committee on public enterprises on the progress made in addressing governance challenges at... 

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

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