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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

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
Photo by Duane Daws
Flashback to Ivan Glasenberg opening Glencore-funded school in South Africa's coalfields.

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

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

Glencore, Randgold form group to challenge Congo law changes

By: Bloomberg     19th February 2018 Glencore and Randgold Resources are among major mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo clubbing together in a bid to stop sweeping legal reforms, claiming their interests were poorly served by the existing industry body. In a letter sent to Congolese President Joseph Kabila on... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
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Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

New Toyota magnet cuts dependence on key rare earth metal for EV motors

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 Toyota Motor Corp has found a way to reduce the amount of a key rare earth metal used in magnets for electric car motors by around 20%, which could tame the cost of producing electric cars and reduce the risk of a supply shortage of materials needed for their production. The Japanese automaker... 

World refined copper deficit widens to 195 000 t – ICSG

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2018 The global refined copper balance for the first eleven months of 2017 indicates a deficit of about 195 000 t, some 27% wider than at the same time a year earlier, the latest data from the Lisbon-based International Copper Study Group (ICSG) shows. The think tank attributed the widening deficit to... 

Sibanye-Stillwater expects to report R4.44bn attributable loss for FY17

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2018 Sibanye-Stillwater expects to report an attributable loss of R4.44-billion, or $333-million, for the year ended December 31, compared with attributable earnings of R3.47-billion, or $237-million, for the 2016 financial year. In an updated trading statement issued on Wednesday, the precious metals... 

South32 appoints chief technology officer

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Vanessa Torres, who has over 25 years of experience in the mining and metals sector, has been appointed chief technology officer at diversified miner South32. "We see technology as a key enabler in driving safety and production improvements at our operations, and Vanessa's knowledge and... 

Bauba launches Moeijelijk underground chrome development

By: Anine Kilian     19th February 2018 JSE-listed Bauba Platinum officially launched the underground development phase of its Moeijelijk chrome mine, in Limpopo, on Friday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online, CEO Nick van der Hoven said the mine, which is set to create about 400 direct and indirect jobs by December, has already started... 

Bauba launches Moeijelijk underground chrome development
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Bauba CEO Nick van der Hoven

After 2017 consolidation, mining to pre-empt future metals demand – EY

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2018 With stronger balance sheets across the mining and metals sector, miners are increasingly returning to an investment-led strategy, which is driving a renewed focus on building portfolios that deliver sustainable shareholder returns, says multinational consultancy Ernst & Young (EY). The focus... 

After 2017 consolidation, mining to pre-empt future metals demand – EY

Guptas' Optimum Coal risks suspension as workers protest

By: Bloomberg     21st February 2018 South Africa’s Optimum Coal mine, linked to the politically connected Gupta family, will be suspended if managers fail to comply with the site’s social and labour plan. Workers protested Wednesday over the uncertainty at the operations. The Department of Mineral Resources conducted an inspection... 

Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold, platinum reserves decrease

By: Dylan Slater     19th February 2018 Precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater on Monday reported that its South African gold reserves had decreased by 10% year-on-year to 25.74-million ounces as at December 31, while its total platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold, or 4E, platinum group metal mineral reserves had declined by 4%... 

Acacia considers selling stake in Tanzania operations

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 Tanzanian gold miner Acacia Mining is considering the possible sale of a stake in some or all of its Tanzanian operations. “The company is engaging with a small number of potential investors, the process remains at a very early stage and there can be no certainty that an agreement will be... 

BHP rewards shareholders, profit jumps 25% on commodity prices

By: Mariaan Webb     20th February 2018 Higher commodity prices have helped the world’s largest diversified mining group to report a 25% increase in its underlying attributable profit and to reward shareholders with higher interim dividends. Melbourne-headquartered BHP grew its underlying attributable profit from $3.24-billion in the... 

BHP rewards shareholders, profit jumps 25% on commodity prices
BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie

Amplats restores dividend, productivity soars, six die

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 Six employees died in a year in which Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) chalked up R2.4-billion in free cash flow generated from its operations, doubled return on capital employed to 18% and reintroduced a cash dividend for the first time in seven years. Productivity has soared by 58% since 2012... 

Amplats restores dividend, productivity soars, six die
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Amplats CEO Chris Griffith and FD Ian Botha

Sweden hunts for cobalt as electrical vehicle race boosts demand

By: Bloomberg     16th February 2018 Sweden will step up efforts to find precious minerals such as cobalt and lithium, key battery components that are increasingly in demand among makers of electric vehicles. The government will invest 10-million kronor ($1.26-million) over the next two years to map the existence of minerals... 

Sweden hunts for cobalt as electrical vehicle race boosts demand

Mining sector unloved as investors find it hard to trust

By: Reuters     17th February 2018 Investors are shunning the mining sector, data from Thomson Reuters shows, as they struggle to forget the string of multi-billion dollar takeovers and expensive development projects that left them empty handed. A decade-long commodity boom coincided with years of economic growth when China took... 

Tanzania's new mining rules impose restrictions on foreign banks, insurers

By: Reuters     21st February 2018 Foreign-owned banks, insurance companies and law firms could be locked out of Tanzania's mining sector as part of tough new regulations that aim to limit foreign ownership of mining-related activity. Africa's fourth-largest gold producer is seeking to take more of the profits from its vast... 

Eskom board called on to prove utility not trading recklessly

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2018 The Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa has written to Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza requesting a detailed written explanation as to why the current board believes the State-owned utility can be rescued from its current financial distress, cautioning that Eskom may currently be... 

Eskom board called on to prove utility not trading recklessly
Accountability Now director advocate Paul Hoffman

Deadly mines linked to child labour thrive in rush for batteries

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2018 The appetite for electric cars is driving a boom in small-scale cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some mines have been found to be dangerous and employ child labour. Production from so-called artisanal mines probably rose by at least half last year, according to the... 

Govt to fast-track finalisation of outstanding mining policy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2018 To take advantage of the cyclical upturn in the mining sector and improved investor sentiment to boost economic growth, government needs to finalise outstanding policy and administrative reforms. The proposed implementation of the revised Mining Charter, contested by industry and the Chamber of... 

Govt to fast-track finalisation of outstanding mining policy
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 Gobal equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic sell-off of US stocks, which culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

Moab Khotsong deal concluded

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 Harmony Gold on Tuesday said all conditions precedent to its acquisition of Moab Khotsong from AngloGold Ashanti had been met and that the transaction would become effective on March 1. "The integration of Moab Khotsong will enhance the quality of our portfolio and boost our cash flows," said... 

Apple is said to negotiate buying cobalt direct from miners

By: Bloomberg     21st February 2018 Apple is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt directly from miners for the first time, according to people familiar with the matter, seeking to ensure it will have enough of the key battery ingredient amid industry fears of a shortage driven by the electric vehicle boom. The iPhone maker... 

Parliament to launch inquiry into Zwane

By: Reuters     21st February 2018 Parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of influence-peddling against Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, its oversight committee on mineral resources department said on Wednesday. The committee did not give specific reasons on why it wanted to open an investigation into... 

Parliament to launch inquiry into Zwane
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Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Rio Tinto considering power options for Oyu Tolgoi

By: Mariaan Webb     16th February 2018 Global miner Rio Tinto is considering its options for domestic power generation for the Oyu Tolgoi mine, including building an on-site power station, the company said on Friday, as it confirmed that the government of Mongolia had terminated a framework agreement for an energy plan for the South... 

Rio Tinto considering power options for Oyu Tolgoi
Rio Tinto has to find a domestic power source for Oyu Tolgoi within four years.

Russia's mining billionaires are back to fighting over Nornickel

By: Bloomberg     16th February 2018 The billionaire owners of Russia’s biggest mining company have revived a years-old feud. Oleg Deripaska, one of the top shareholders of MMC Norilsk Nickel, wants to stop Roman Abramovich from selling a stake in the company that may worth $1.5-billion, according to three people familiar with... 

Zimbabwe, Botswana set to sign diamond deal – report

By: News24Wire      19th February 2018 Zimbabwe is reportedly set to sign a diamond processing deal with Botswana within the next three months, after President Emmerson Mnangagwa met with his counterpart, President Ian Khama, this week in Gaborone. According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa was in Botswana on a state visit. 

Miners rich in cash are aiming for fat dividends, debt payments

By: Bloomberg     21st February 2018 The mining industry is awash with cash, and so far it’s got two main uses - pay down debt and reward investors. Three of the big four London-listed miners have released earnings this month, and it’s clear the companies are doing what shareholders have demanded of them.  

Contractors start FEED study at Stellar’s Sierra Leone project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2018 The front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for the underground mine development at Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds’ Tongo-Tonguma project, in Sierra Leone, is now under way. Stellar on Tuesday said a team of five consultants from contractors Paradigm Project Management (PPM) and SRK Consulting... 

Kabila yet to sign new mining code as deadline nears

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila has not yet signed into law a new mining code, a senior aide said on Tuesday, as international mining companies wage a last-ditch lobbying effort against the measure. The comments by Jean-Pierre Kambila, Kabila's deputy chief of staff, come... 

Gold, platinum miners bolster business, operational plans 

     16th February 2018 It’s been an exciting week for some gold and platinum miners, with plans to improve business and operations. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines. 

Gold, platinum miners bolster business, operational plans

High Court to hear communities' arguments against Mining Charter on Monday

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Mining community networks, which will represent over 150 activists and community-based organisations, will be in the Pretoria High Court from Monday next week to challenge the Mining Charter published by the Department of Mineral Resources in June last year. Mining Affected Communities United in... 

Nautilus completes production tools sea trials in PNG

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 Marine mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals has successfully completed submerged trials for its seafloor production tools (SPTs), in Papua New Guinea. "The overarching objective of the trials was to ensure that all three machines met the requirements of their respective functional design... 

Nautilus completes production tools sea trials in PNG
Photo by Nautilus Minerals
One of the SPTs under evaluation in Papua New Guinea

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