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GE calls for more coal power within the IRP 

By: Kim Cloete     Updated 3 hours ago General Electric (GE) has called on the South African government to reconsider investing in a further 1 600 MW of coal-fired power generation capacity, describing it as "the lifeblood" of South Africa’s economy, a significant job creator and important source of foreign exchange. “The removal of 1... 

Zambian power firm CEC divests from telecoms business

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Copperbelt Energy Corp (CEC) has sold its 50% stake in CEC Liquid Telecom to Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecommunication Holdings, the power firm said on Tuesday. CEC, Zambia's main supplier of power for its mines, and Liquid Telecom were equal partners in the joint telecoms firm since... 

Congo miners seek concessions in new code as arbitration on hold

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 Miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seeking concessions under the nation’s new industry code and holding off challenging it through arbitration, in the hope they can still wring out a compromise in the world’s main source of cobalt and Africa’s biggest copper producer. Producers... 

Congo miners seek concessions in new code as arbitration on hold
Kibali gold mine

Transnet tests world’s longest manganese production train

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has successfully run a 375-wagon manganese train over a distance of 861 km from Sishen to Saldanha Bay. This formed part of the testing of the 4-km-long train, which will, once in operation, be a production train with the highest number of wagons in the world, and the... 

Gold comes alive in biggest jump since 2016 after equities roiled

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 Gold may have finally snapped out of its inertia. On Thursday, prices posted the biggest gain since June 2016, when the UK voted to exit the European Union, after a slump in global equity markets stoked demand for the metal as a store of value. Bullion received another shot in the arm after data... 

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2018 An investment pavilion will be introduced at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba to drive capital into African mining with even greater intensity, MD Alex Grose said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online during a media roundtable, Grose also revealed that more time would be... 

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining

Thabazimbi mine transfer to AMSA finalised

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2018 The transfer of ownership of the Thabazimbi iron-ore mine, from Kumba Iron Ore to steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has been finalised, Kumba said on Friday. Kumba in early 2017 agreed to transfer the mine, in Limpopo, to AMSA, for R1, plus the assumed liabilities. 

Ramaphosa treads 'softly-softly' in South Africa power play 

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa is caught in an intricate game of political chess as he seeks to stamp his authority on the government while maintaining a semblance of party unity before elections next year. While his finance minister and political ally, Nhlanhla Nene, resigned Tuesday after lying... 

Ramaphosa treads 'softly-softly' in South Africa power play
Cyril Ramaphosa and Tito Mboweni

Acacia Mining says employee in Tanzania charged with corruption

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 London-listed Acacia Mining said on Thursday an employee at its North Mara mine in Tanzania was charged with corruption but plead not guilty and has been granted bail. The employee was "responsible for signing cheques for approved payments made by NMGML at the time, including a cheque regarding... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss.... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

Rio Tinto to take hit on legacy alumina contracts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2018 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has warned of a $178-million impact on its financials during the first half of 2018, due to its legacy alumina contracts. The miner supplies some 2.2-million tonnes of alumina under legacy contracts, which are priced at a percentage of the benchmark aluminium price. 

Rio Tinto to take hit on legacy alumina contracts

Exxaro looks to fill Eskom coal shortage

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 Exxaro Resources said on Friday it was looking to supply coal to state-owned power utility Eskom, which has been hit by supply shortages, posing a threat to the power supply in Africa's most industrialised economy. Eskom, which has fewer than 20 days of coal supply at 10 of its power stations,... 

Desert Lion announces maiden mineral resource estimate for Namibian project

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2018 TSX-V-listed Desert Lion Energy has completed a maiden mineral resource estimate for its Namibian lithium project, the company announced on Friday. The maiden mineral resource estimate comprised the Rubicon, Rubicon Slimes, Helikon 1, Helikon 2, Helikon 3, Helikon 4 and Helikon 5 deposits, and... 

Fire still burning at Peabody’s North Goonyella

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2018 US coal producer Peabody has issued force majeure notices to coal customers and certain of its vendors at the North Goonyella mine, in Queensland, as the company continues to work to extinguish a fire. The US miner at the start of last week started implementing a multi-tiered plan to extinguish... 

Chile's Supreme Court signals death knell for Kinross gold mine

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 Chile's Supreme Court upheld an environmental order for a gold mine owned by Canada's Kinross Gold Corp to close its water pumping wells, the environmental regulator said on Wednesday, bringing the curtain down on a long-running dispute that sparked the Toronto-based miner's retreat from Chile.... 

Rusoro accepts Venezuela settlement proposal

By: Mariaan Webb     12th October 2018 Mining junior Rusoro, which has won a major victory in its international arbitration complaint against Venezuela, has agreed on the terms of a settlement proposal with the South American nation’s government. Rusoro said that Venezuela would pay more than $1.28-billion to acquire the company’s... 

Water shortage an emerging challenge for mines

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th October 2018 With water a critical resource across all mining and quarrying developments and operations, water scarcity is adding an extra layer to the challenges faced by South African miners. Water management is steadily emerging as the pre-eminent sustainability issue within the global energy and mining... 

Evicted Kenyans demand compensation after mining firm exits

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 Nathaniel Tumo was astounded when an excavator arrived at his farm in western Kenya four years ago and started digging for minerals, almost bringing down his house. "They started blasting a few metres away and the stones fell on my house," said Tumo, 62, his breath laboured from living alongside... 

Lithium leaders tout bright EV future after tough trading debut

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 The market for lithium will remain tight through 2025 as producers struggle to lift output fast enough to meet demand for the material that’s essential in making batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), according to the sector’s newest public company, Livent. “We think demand is going to grow... 

China swoops in on Canadian oil that's $50 below US crude

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Chinese oil buyers are making a beeline for a bargain across the Pacific. With Canadian oil over 60% cheaper than US benchmark West Texas Intermediate and global marker Brent, China’s refiners are being lured to the heavy, sludgy crude. That’s because – apart from being a source of fuel – it’s... 

Gold gets ignored as global equity rout fails to fire up havens

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Equities are plummeting, President Donald Trump says the Federal Reserve’s gone ‘loco’ and the trade war’s heating up, yet traditional havens in times of trouble such as gold are not getting any love. The biggest selloff in equities since February rolled through Asia and into Europe on Thursday,... 

Malaysian minister offers to step down from review of Lynas rare earth plant

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 The Malaysian minister in charge of a committee reviewing Australian rare earth miner Lynas Corp's plant has offered to step down following company criticism that she would not be impartial. Malaysian Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister's Office Fuziah Salleh said in a statement on Friday that... 

Minto idled as Pembridge struggles to close acquisition

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 LSE-listed Pembridge said on Thursday that it would renegotiate the acquisition terms for the Minto openpit mine and that Capstone Mining would implement a phased care-and-maintenance programme at the Canada-based mine until the acquisition can be closed. Pembridge stated that market conditions... 

Minto idled as Pembridge struggles to close acquisition
The Minto mine.

Barrick Gold maintains 2018 gold and copper guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 NYSE- and TSX-listed Barrick Gold has maintained its 2018 production guidance at 4.5-million to 5-million ounces and its copper guidance at 345-million to 410-million pounds, after reporting preliminary third-quarter production results. The miner, which recently agreed to buy London-listed... 

Barrick Gold maintains 2018 gold and copper guidance
The Lumwana copper mine in Zambia.

Wolf in administration as it fails to secure funding

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 The owner of the Drakelands openpit mine in the UK has run out of money and has gone into voluntary administration. Speciality metals producer Wolf Minerals announced on Wednesday that it had failed to secure funding and that it was not in a position to meet its short-term working capital... 

Wolf in administration as it fails to secure funding
The Drakelands mine, in Devon.

B2Gold delivers record Q3 production despite production shortfalls in Nicaragua

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 Canadian miner B2Gold had record-consolidated gold production of 242 040 oz in the third quarter – a 78% increase on the 106 412 oz produced in the third quarter of 2017. Fekola mine, in Mali; Masbate mine, in the Philippines; and Otjikoto mine, in Namibia, were the strongest contributors to... 

Chile environmental court orders Barrick to close Pascua-Lama gold mine

By: Reuters     15th October 2018 Chile's environmental court on Friday ordered Canada's Barrick Gold to definitively close the Chilean side of its stalled Pascua-Lama mining project, a final procedural step that draws a line under a long-running saga. The court, sitting in the northern Chilean city of Antofagasta, approved by... 

Chile environmental court orders Barrick to close Pascua-Lama gold mine

Gold Fields CEO asks for 'more time' as investors get antsy  

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2018 Gold Fields shareholders getting impatient over the company’s failure to stem losses at the huge South Deep deposit in South Africa shouldn’t lose hope, said CEO Nick Holland. Gold Fields said in August it’s embarking on yet another turnaround plan at the operation, its only one left in South... 

Gold Fields CEO asks for 'more time' as investors get antsy
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Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Atalaya evaluating strategic options

By: Mariaan Webb     12th October 2018 Copper miner Atalaya Mining is undertaking a review to evaluate its strategic options, the dual-listed miner confirmed on Friday, sending its shares in London up 15%. Atalaya, which owns the Proyecto Riotinto mine and Proyecto Touro development project in Spain, confirmed the strategic review in... 

Atalaya evaluating strategic options
Atalaya owns the Proyecto Riotinto mine in Spain.

First Cobalt eyes restart of Canadian refinery

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 Dual-listed First Cobalt has undertaken three independent studies to assess restarting its refinery in Ontario, Canada. The First Cobalt refinery was commissioned in 1996, and has a nominal throughput capacity of between 12 t/d and 24 t/d. 

Chilean court freezes sale of stake in lithium giant SQM to Tianqi

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 SANTIAGO – A Chilean court on Thursday suspended the sale of a coveted stake in lithium producer SQM to China's Tianqi Lithium, saying it will consider a lawsuit filed by the Chilean company's controlling shareholders, who oppose the deal. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, alleges a previous... 

Tribe opposes Midas’ proposed Stibnite project

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 The Nez Perce Tribe has formally adopted a resolution opposing the Stibnite gold project, that TSX-listed Midas Gold is advancing in the Valley county, Idaho, over concerns relating to the potential impact of mining on natural resources. Midas CEO Stephen Quin has expressed the company’s... 

Endeavour Silver to miss 2018 guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 Mexico-focused miner Endeavour Silver warned on Thursday that it would fall short of its 2018 production guidance and that its costs would also be affected, citing delayed commercial production at its El Compas mine, lower grades at Bolañitos and lower mine output at Guanaceví. In the third... 

Syrah's improvement plans bear fruit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has reported an 83% increase in production between the second and the third quarters, as the company’s improvement plan at its Balama operation, in Mozambique, starts to take shape. During the three months to September, Syrah produced 38 700 t of graphite, up from... 

Copper Mountain production in line with expectations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2018 The Copper Mountain mine, in southern British Columbia, performed in line with expectations in the quarter ended September 30, producing 18.3-million pounds of copper 7 500 oz of gold and 64 900 oz of silver. The company has guided that the third-quarter copper production would be 10% lower than... 

Equinox Gold raises $75m for Mesquite acquisition

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2018 Canadian firm Equinox Gold has raised $75-million through private placements to fund part of its acquisition of the Mesquite gold mine, in California. The company is buying the 135 000 oz/y mine from New Gold for $158-million. 

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