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Transnet to pursue ‘just and equitable’ settlements with rail OEMs awarded ‘unlawful’ contracts 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2019 Having determined the procurement of 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives to be “irregular and unlawful”, Transnet has communicated its intention to review contacts awarded to four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in 2015. The State-owned freight logistics group has also indicated that it... 

Sibanye adds global experience to safety panel 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 JSE- and NYSE-listed precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has established a Global Safe Production Advisory Panel, after identifying the need for an additional safety initiative in 2018. The panel consists of a group of leading academics and is chaired by Sibanye group safety head Dr Kobus... 

South32 delivers solid Q2 results; announces leadership shuffle 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th January 2019 Diversified miner South32 has reported a solid production performance in the December quarter, with the miner maintaining its production guidance for the full year to June 2019. “We achieved a strong quarter of production, maintaining full-year guidance for all operations with the exception of... 

South32 delivers solid Q2 results; announces leadership shuffle
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Platinum price fall worsening plight of job-intensive mines 

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2019 The latest fall of the platinum price is threatening to become the last straw that broke the camel’s back for some deep labour-intensive platinum group metals (PGMs) mines on particularly the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, Mining Weekly Online can today report. Well ahead of the latest... 

Platinum price fall worsening plight of job-intensive mines
Platinum price fall pressurising mines.

Optimum, Koornfontein preliminary business rescue plan to be submitted for creditor approval next week 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Legal adviser Bouwer van Niekerk expects to have a preliminary business rescue plan for Optimum Coal Mine and Koornfontein Mine submitted for creditor approval by the end of next week, he confirmed to Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday. The mines’ business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have been... 

Optimum, Koornfontein preliminary business rescue plan to be submitted for creditor approval next week

Project Halo refutes allegations of favoritism in bid to acquire Optimum, Koornfontein mines 

By: African News Agency      16th January 2019 Project Halo – the consortium which came out as the preferred bidder in the highly-contested purchase of coal mine previously owned by the Gupta family – on Tuesday rejected allegations of impropriety in the way it secured the bid to acquire mine and other related assets.  Last year, Project Halo... 

November mining production down 5.6% y/y  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2019 South Africa’s mining production decreased by 5.6% year-on-year in November. Statistics South Africa on Tuesday reported that the largest contributors to the decrease had been the iron-ore, gold, diamonds and other non-metallic minerals sectors. 

Anglo American begins quest to unearth next CEO 

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 Anglo American has promoted a section head it considers to have CEO potential, focusing its attention on internal talent as it begins searching for a successor to the man who steered the mining company through the 2015/16 commodities price slump. CEO Mark Cutifani has won plaudits for his... 

Anglo American begins quest to unearth next CEO
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Mark Cutifani

Sibanye banks on US mines, high palladium price as South African strike spreads 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th January 2019 In response to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (AMCU’s) secondary strike action announcement, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman on Tuesday said the company had been preparing its local platinum operations for this outcome and had contingency plans in place. AMCU on... 

Sibanye banks on US mines, high palladium price as South African strike spreads
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

AMCU to strike at Sibanye’s platinum operations from Jan 22 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2019 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Monday confirmed it would embark on secondary strike action at Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum operations in South Africa from January 22. This is in support of the strike at Sibanye’s gold operations on the West Rand and in the Free... 

AMCU to strike at Sibanye’s platinum operations from Jan 22

Newmont seeks to become world's biggest gold producer through $10bn Goldcorp buyout 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2019 NYSE-listed Newmont Mining Corporation and NYSE- and TSX-listed Goldcorp have entered into a definitive agreement that will result in Newmont acquiring all shares of Goldcorp in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at $10-billion. Newmont will acquire each Goldcorp share for 0.3280 of a Newmont... 

Newmont seeks to become world's biggest gold producer through $10bn Goldcorp buyout
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Newmont CEO Gary Goldberg

Mantashe to engage Xolobeni community  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe will once again engage with the Xolobeni community on Wednesday to try to find suitable solutions to an impasse over the awarding of mining rights in the Xolobeni area of the Eastern Cape. Following the Minister’s last meeting with the Amadiba Crisis... 

Mantashe to engage Xolobeni community
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Hydrogen leap needed to aid platinum’s future 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2019 A South African decision to step firmly into the hydrogen age, like so many other countries are doing, has great potential benefit for the country. Because South Africa has better combined solar and wind resources than just about any other country, it is well positioned to generate hydrogen using... 

Hydrogen leap needed to aid platinum’s future

Sibanye-Stillwater market update draws AMCU’s fury  

By: Simone Liedtke     11th January 2019 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has accused gold miner Sibanye-Stillwater of “bragging about its profits” and of “shocking arrogance” while the union’s members remain on strike at the miner’s South African gold operations. The union said it viewed Sibanye’s market... 

Sibanye retains favourable debt covenant 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th January 2019 JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater on Friday announced that all lenders of its dollar and rand revolving credit facilities (RCF) have agreed to retain the upper limit of the RCF until December 31. The RCF comprises 13 South African and international banks. The upper limit of the RCF is net... 

Sibanye retains favourable debt covenant

BRPs to meet with Optimum, Koornfontein creditors to vote on proposed business rescue plans 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th January 2019 The joint business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of Optimum Coal Mine (OCM) and Koornfontein Mines (KFT) expect to convene meetings with creditors within the next few weeks to vote on the proposed business rescue plans for the mines. The meetings will take place once the BRPs have resolved... 

BRPs to meet with Optimum, Koornfontein creditors to vote on proposed business rescue plans

Value-chain relationship rebuild essential for platinum group metals’ survival – Ritchken 

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2019 The rebuilding of key strategic relationships across the value chain of the platinum group metals (PGMs) sector is essential for the survival of the industry, Mining Phakisa coordinator Edwin Ritchken states in the book The Future of Mining in South Africa: Sunset or Sunrise, published by the... 

Value-chain relationship rebuild essential for platinum group metals’ survival – Ritchken
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Mining Phakisa coordinator Edwin Ritchken

Sibanye reports good PGMs performance, but gold output falls amid strike 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th January 2019 JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday said its South African platinum group metals (PGMs) operations continue to do well, with the miner expecting its platinum, palladium, gold and rhodium (4E) PGMs production for 2018 to be about 1.17-million ounces. In a statement detailing... 

Sibanye reports good PGMs performance, but gold output falls amid strike
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Centamin output falls 13% y/y in ‘operationally challenged’ year 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2019 Dual-listed Centamin produced 472 418 oz of gold in 2018 – a 13% year-on-year decrease. The company, which operates the Sukari mine, in Egypt, had, during 2018, revised its full-year guidance downward in response to operational challenges, including lower grades from the openpit in the first half... 

Centamin output falls 13% y/y in ‘operationally challenged’ year
The Sukari mine, in Egypt

AMCU reveals 2019 plans amid ongoing strike at Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2019 Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) president Joseph Mathunjwa on Wednesday said the union would continue its protected strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations until its demands for a R1 000 increment for the next three-year period are met. He assured members and media... 

Gold treads lower on improved risk appetite; palladium at record high 

By: Reuters     9th January 2019 Gold prices edged lower on Wednesday as a likely end to a long-drawn Sino-US trade war boosted risk sentiment, outweighing expectations of a pause in interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, palladium hit a record high at $1 340.50 an ounce during the session. 

Gold treads lower on improved risk appetite; palladium at record high

Tanzania names latest mining minister in ongoing industry clash 

By: Reuters     8th January 2019 Tanzania named a new mining minister on Tuesday amid a prolonged spat between the government and gold producer Acacia over a $190-billion tax bill, which has severely limited the London-listed company's operations in the East African nation. Dotto Biteko, whose appointment was announced by... 

Gold miners to focus on mitigating risks – Fitch Solutions 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2019 Consultancy company Fitch Solutions believes the gold mining industry will remain fragmented, with the top five companies producing just one-fifth of global output. Despite the company’s expectation of a slight rebound in prices, it stated in its latest ‘Outlook for gold miners’ report, published... 

Gold miners to focus on mitigating risks – Fitch Solutions

AMCU strike continues at Sibanye as union verification process is adjourned 

By: African News Agency      8th January 2019 Sibanye-Stillwater said on Monday that the mediator of the ongoing strike at its gold operations in South Africa would approach the Labour Court to seek guidance about the verification of union membership after it (Sibanye) did not agree with the striking union about terms of reference for the... 

Africa, South America to drive copper mine capacity growth up to 2021 – ICSG 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2019 The International Copper Study Group (ICSG) expects copper mine capacity to grow at an average rate of 2.2% a year up to 2021. The ICSG notes in its biannual ‘Directory of Copper Mines and Plants’ that the average is derived from the lower growth of about 0.5% seen in 2018/19 as compared to... 

Africa, South America to drive copper mine capacity growth up to 2021 – ICSG

BlackRock heaps praise on gold's role as a tough year opens 

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 Gold may extend gains as global growth slows, equity market volatility remains elevated and the Federal Reserve is expected to ease back on the pace of policy tightening this year, according to a BlackRock money manager, who says the precious metal offers an effective hedge. “Recession fears are... 

BlackRock heaps praise on gold's role as a tough year opens

Goldman takes hatchet to near-term metals outlook as China sours  

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 Goldman Sachs Group chopped back its near-term metals forecasts as China’s economy has “decelerated notably,” while balancing that outlook with a prediction mainland policy makers will respond by stoking expansion in the second half, aiding a revival in copper and aluminum. The bank – which had... 

Orion presents case for first 10 years of Prieska mine 

By: Mariaan Webb     19th December 2018 With a resource upgrade in hand, base metals mine developer Orion Minerals on Wednesday presented the outcomes of a scoping study for its Prieska zinc/copper project in South Africa’s Northern Cape. The study investigated the economic viability of an initial ten-year phase of underground mining... 

Orion presents case for first 10 years of Prieska mine
Orion MD Errol Smart

Gold Fields and NUM sign formal agreement ending South Deep strike 

By: Mariaan Webb     18th December 2018 The 45-day strike at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine has officially ended following signing of a formal settlement agreement between the JSE- and NYSE-listed company and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). Employees have been returning to work since last Thursday, when the union called off the... 

Gold Fields and NUM sign formal agreement ending South Deep strike
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The South Deep mine

Barrick makes good on promise of larger dividend as Randgold merger passes final milestone 

By: Mariaan Webb     18th December 2018 Canadian gold major Barrick Gold is rewarding its shareholders with a larger full-year dividend, in line with a previous commitment to boost its payouts as a sweetener for its $6.1-billion merger with Africa-focused Randgold Resources. The company has declared a fourth quarter dividend of $0.07... 

Barrick makes good on promise of larger dividend as Randgold merger passes final milestone
Randgold CEO Mark Bristow is the designate president and CEO of Barrick Gold.

Orion’s flagship Prieska project to be a beacon of hope for junior miners 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th December 2018 Junior mining in South Africa will finally see a new level of growth as a result of South Africa’s newly gazetted Mining Charter 3, base metals miner Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart told Mining Weekly Online on Friday. Junior mining, which he says has been the “bottom-feeding sector” in the mining... 

Orion’s flagship Prieska project to be a beacon of hope for junior miners
Orion CEO Errol Smart

Global uranium supply sufficient to meet future demand – NEA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th December 2018 Intergovernmental agency, the Nuclear Energy Association (NEA), says the world’s supply of uranium is more than adequate to meet projected requirements for the foreseeable future, regardless of the role that nuclear energy will play in meeting future electricity demand and global climate... 

Global uranium supply sufficient to meet future demand – NEA
Cameco's Inkai mine in Kazakhstan

Policy certainty lifts sentiment, safety slips and a challenging 2019 forecast 

By: Nadine James     14th December 2018 Improved sentiment on the back of a newly appointed Minerals Resources Minister, the publication of and the subsequent consensus on Mining Charter 3 after extensive consultations, and mixed global commodities demand influenced by macroeconomic developments – primarily US-China trade tensions –... 

Policy certainty lifts sentiment, safety slips and a challenging 2019 forecast

High Court sets out process to action against silicosis, TB settlement agreement  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 The Johannesburg High Court on Thursday issued a court order setting out the processes in terms of which members of the settling classes and any interested parties should be invited to show cause why the silicosis and tuberculosis class action settlement agreement should not be made an order of... 

Sibanye extends union wage agreements to all employees, ends AMCU strike 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 JSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater has extended the wage agreement entered into with some unions to all employees, effectively rendering the three-week-long strike by Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) members unprotected. During the course of the strike, which was called by... 

Sibanye extends union wage agreements to all employees, ends AMCU strike

Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi throws weight behind platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2018 The Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi has thrown its weight behind technologies that harness the high-performance characteristics of platinum group metals (PGMs) by joining Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC) as an investor in AP Ventures,... 

Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi throws weight behind platinum
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AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair  

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2018 The Mining Charter has significant room for improvement to enable meaningful participation of women in mining, says Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) chairperson Lindiwe Nakedi. Soweto-born Nakedi, who owns Gubhani Exploration – a surface exploration drilling company that is currently the only... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair
Women in Mining chairperson and Gubhani Exploration MD Lindiwe Nakedi talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Minerals Minister defends coal, complains about high electricity prices  

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th December 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has defended the role of coal in the country's energy mix and complained about the harmful effect of high electricity prices on the local beneficiation of minerals. He was delivering the keynote address at the launch, in Pretoria, of a book – The Future... 

Minerals Minister defends coal, complains about high electricity prices
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