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Erin Energy enters farm-out agreement over two oil blocks in The Gambia

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2017 Dual-listed Erin Energy Corporation has entered into a definitive farm-out agreement with ASX-listed oil and gas company FAR, which will acquire an 80% interest and operatorship of Erin’s offshore A2 and A5 blocks in The Gambia. Erin Energy will retain a 20% working interest in both blocks. 

Gold mining operations need to transform into 'mines of the future' 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2017 Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland believes it is time for current gold mining operations to “fundamentally transform” into “mines of the future" in order to prosper. Speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) School of Mining Engineering’s celebration of 120 years of service, on... 

Gold mining operations need to transform into 'mines of the future'

Africa’s biggest copper find keeps giving as Ivanhoe hits mineralisation 3.8 km west of Kakula

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2017 The TSX-listed stock of Africa-focused explorer Ivanhoe Mining on Tuesday rose 12% after it announced that it had encountered more shallow, high-grade mineralisation at Africa’s largest copper deposit ever – the Kamoa-Kakula copper discovery, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A new hole... 

Master Drilling boasts strong order book 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 The launch of new projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, paired with increased investment in human resources, has resulted in a 12.1% drop in JSE-listed Master Drilling’s gross profit to $23.5-million for the 2016 financial year. However, the company noted that... 

Master Drilling boasts strong order book

Anglo says South Africa reorganisation adds sale flexibility

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2017 Anglo American said its decision to split some South African assets into a different subsidiary gives it the “flexibility” to dispose of its iron ore and export thermal coal assets should it decide to do so. The split, which was partly announced in February without reasons being given, means that... 

Nevsun finds more mineralisation at Eritrea-based Bisha, satellite deposits

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2017 Canadian base metals producer Nevsun Resources has found more mineralisation at its flagship Bisha mine and satellite deposits in Eritrea, on the Horn of Africa. Drilling undertaken in 2016 has increased the inferred resource at the Harena deposit by nearly 130% to 25-million tonnes grading 0.93%... 

Nevsun finds more mineralisation at Eritrea-based Bisha, satellite deposits
Photo by Nevsun Resources
Bisha, Eritrea

Proponents see glistening future in seabed mining, but environmentalists fret  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 With the current known mineral deposits on land increasingly being depleted globally, necessitating greater exploration, interest in deep-sea minerals is growing as mining companies look for future sources to exploit. “The ocean is where future resources exist,” India Council of Scientific and... 

Proponents see glistening future in seabed mining, but environmentalists fret

Paladin launches arbitration against Langer Heinrich JV partner

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd March 2017 Dual-listed Paladin Energy on Thursday launched arbitration proceedings against joint venture (JV) partner China National Nuclear Corporation’s (CNNC’s) Overseas Uranium Holdings subsidiary to seek orders and declarations regarding the sale of the Langer Heinrich mine (LHM), in Namibia’s Erongo... 

Argentina says Enirgi, Orocobre to invest $880m in lithium

By: Reuters     24th March 2017 Miners Enirgi Group Corporation and Orocobre will expand their production of lithium in Argentina with investments of $720-million and $160-million, respectively, Argentina's government said on Thursday. Argentina is the world's No. 3 producer of lithium, a hotly demanded material used in car... 

Tanzania gold export ban costing Acacia $1m a day in lost revenue

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 The recent implementation of a gold and copper exports ban by the Tanzanian government is costing its largest gold miner, Acacia Mining, an average of $1-million a day in revenues. LSE-listed Acacia Mining on Friday said it was now taking a “range of actions” at its Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi mines... 

Endeavour, Acacia end merger talks

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2017 Canadian gold miner Endeavour Mining has halted discussions with London-listed Acacia Mining regarding a potential merger. Endeavour, which operates a portfolio of gold mines in West Africa, has held talks with Acacia – which is majority owned by Canada's Barrick Gold – since mid-January. 

Endeavour, Acacia end merger talks
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Acacia CEO Brad Gordon

Miners regain mojo to spark $18bn in exploration hunt

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 A rebound in exploration by global miners could see spending hit $18-billion by 2025 with China the front runner in the search for a new generation of giant discoveries. Exploration budgets are rising after they plunged to an 11-year low of about $10-billion last year as mining companies slashed... 

Harmony plans to grow output to 1.5Moz, outlines acquisition criteria

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd March 2017 Dual-listed Harmony Gold is aiming to increase its yearly gold production from the current 1.1-million to 1.5-million ounces over the next three years. This would be achieved by undertaking expansions at its operations in South Africa, the rest of Africa and Papua New Guinea, while also... 

Harmony plans to grow output to 1.5Moz, outlines acquisition criteria
Golpu gold project, in Papua New Guinea

Escondida outcome seen as disaster for BHP as workers return

By: Reuters     25th March 2017 The end of a historic strike at Chile's Escondida copper mine, the world's biggest, has left its owner, BHP Billiton, nursing an estimated $1-billion loss and probably in a weaker position for negotiations in a year or so, company and industry insiders said. On Thursday, the 2 500-member union... 

Côte d'Ivoire govt agrees to sell 25% Ity stake to owner-operator Endeavour

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2017 Côte d'Ivoire State-owned mining company Sodemi has agreed to sell its 25% stake in the Ity gold mine back to Canadian gold miner Endeavour Mining. President Alassane Ouattara approved the State miner’s sale of ownership in the mine in a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning. Following the... 

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers embark on illegal strike action

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2017 No employees reported for their day shifts at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, on Thursday, with the gold miner saying this is in retaliation for the suspension of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) branch leadership who had encouraged an earlier go-slow... 

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers embark on illegal strike action
Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp

Glencore bond tanks and scuppers Anglo's return

By: Reuters     25th March 2017 Anglo-Swiss miner Glencore sold its first US dollar bond in two years on Tuesday, but the deal tumbled after pricing as a global sell-off added to a backlash against the deal's tight spread. The $1-billion ten-year trade is the company's first since April 2015, and follows a recovery in... 

Kusasalethu strike ends

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 A two-day unprotected strike at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, drew to a close on Friday afternoon, following discussions between Harmony's senior management and the senior leadership of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). “I am pleased that the... 

Kusasalethu strike ends

CoAL COO resigns

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2017 Michiel Jakobus Brönn has resigned as COO of Coal of Africa (CoAL). This follows after the Financial Services Board recently having fined him R350 000 for insider trading. 

BHP mine struggling to stave off title of longest Chile strike

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2017 The biggest copper mine in the world owned by the largest mining company is about to gain another, less desirable superlative – that of Chile’s longest mining strike in a generation. Management and union representatives at BHP Billiton’s Escondida are entering into another round of talks on... 

Reviving king of gold means getting mine workers off their knees

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 During his early years as a miner in South Africa, Joas Mahanuque spent six hours a day on his knees drilling for Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. The dust-filled tunnels half a mile underground were too low for him to stand, and temperatures reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).... 

Silver Wheaton board recommends name change as it rakes in record precious metals revenues

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2017 The pioneer of the metals streaming mine financing model Silver Wheaton has proposed a name change to Wheaton Precious Metals, to better reflect the fact that an increasing proportion of its revenue is derived from gold. The Vancouver-based company on Tuesday said that, since 2013, it had seen a... 

Silver Wheaton board recommends name change as it rakes in record precious metals revenues

Zambia copper miners face $276m bill in power dispute

By: Bloomberg     21st March 2017 Zambian copper miners including the local unit of Glencore Plc could face a power bill of more than $276-million if they lose a dispute with the government over electricity tariff rises, according to Copperbelt Energy Corp., their biggest supplier. A resolution to the three-year battle could... 

Diamond group De Beers buys out retail partner LVMH

By: Reuters     23rd March 2017 Anglo American's diamond specialist De Beers has bought the 50% stake held by French luxury goods group LVMH in De Beers Diamond Jewellers for an undisclosed sum, taking full ownership of the retail operation. Analysts said the joint venture no longer fitted LVMH's strategy, while Anglo American,... 

Big banks talking to Rio Tinto's specialist new Ventures arm

By: Reuters     21st March 2017 London bankers are vying for contracts after Rio Tinto said it had set up a new unit, Rio Tinto Ventures, to develop more specialised mining prospects as it seeks to reduce its reliance on bulk commodities, three banking sources said. The big miners have traditionally relied on producing... 

Govt to ‘amend and relax’ laws for small-scale miners in bid to combat illegal mining

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2017 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) –  The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will “amend and relax” some of its conditions in issuing mining permits to small-scale miners, Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Friday. The Deputy Minister was speaking following the conclusion... 

Govt to ‘amend and relax’ laws for small-scale miners in bid to combat illegal mining
Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant

Coal transporters take Eskom, government to court 

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 The Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) has approached the high court, seeking an interdict to bar Eskom from entering into contracts with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) as envisaged by government. At a press briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, CTF spokesperson Mary Phadi however... 

RNC, private equity firm Waterton Global form nickel-focused partnership

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2017 Canadian miner Royal Nickel Corp (RNC) has joined forces with private equity firm Waterton Global Resource Management (WGRM) to buy, develop and operate nickel assets. The companies on Wednesday announced that they had inked a joint venture (JV) accord that will result in Waterton buying a 50%... 

RNC, private equity firm Waterton Global form nickel-focused partnership

BHP's Escondida mine says negotiations dissolved; will return to production

By: Reuters     23rd March 2017 The negotiation process between BHP Billiton and striking workers at its Escondida mine in Chile has ended unsuccessfully, Escondida mine president Marcelo Castillo said on Thursday, and the company will try to restart operations. The company will also evaluate an option of the Chilean labor code... 

BHP buys back $2.5bn in bonds

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd March 2017 Mining major BHP Billiton has repurchased $2.5-billion worth of bonds, allowing the miner to extend its average debt maturity profile and enhancing its capital structure. BHP this week announced the expiration of its tender offers for its $1.25-billion, 3.25% senior notes due in 2021, its... 

BHP buys back $2.5bn in bonds

Goodlace joins Kumba board

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th March 2017 Former Impala Platinum CEO Terence Goodlace has joined the board of JSE-listed Kumba Iron Ore as independent nonexecutive director with immediate effect. Goodlace also previously held the post of Metorex CEO and Gold Fields COO and executive VP and head of the international operations. Currently,... 

Era boss moves to Rio Tinto

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th March 2017 Uranium miner Energy Resources of Australia (Era) has announced that its CEO and MD Andrea Sutton will resign to take up a position with parent company Rio Tinto. Sutton, who was appointed CEO and MD in 2013, will work with the board to ensure a smooth transition to her successor, Era said on... 

Black Mountain sells into Southern Africa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 Junior vermiculite miner ASX-listed Black Mountain Resources has completed its first sale, to a new customer, in Southern Africa. “This first sale is a pleasing development for Black Mountain,” said chairperson and CEO Julian Ford, adding that it demonstrated that there was a demand for the... 

Rockwell in a bind as court issues interim liquidation order on 3 subsidiaries

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2017 A judge in Kimberley, South Africa, has issued an interim liquidation order against three subsidiaries of TSX- and JSE-listed Rockwell Diamonds. The interim court order does not affect Rockwell Diamonds, the parent entity. 

Rockwell in a bind as court issues interim liquidation order on 3 subsidiaries
Photo by Rockwell Diamonds
Niewejaarskraal diamond mine, South Africa

ICMM guide to ensure greater consistency in water use disclosure

By: Anine Kilian     22nd March 2017 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has published a water reporting guide to help mining companies disclose their water use data in a consistent manner to allow for easier comparison. ‘A practical guide to consistent water reporting’, which was released on World Water Day,... 

ICMM guide to ensure greater consistency in water use disclosure
ICMM president and CEO Tom Butler

Brazil's Vale says US court annuls most of class action over dam disaster

By: Reuters     25th March 2017 Brazilian miner Vale said on Friday the US District Court for the Southern District of New York annulled the majority of a class action lawsuit against the company and executives over the collapse of a tailings dam in Brazil in 2015. The only parts of the case that remain ongoing are linked to... 

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