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Lab extension to improve product quality

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 Sandton-based chemical reagents supplier and distributor Axis House anticipates that its planned laboratory expansion will allow the company to produce higher quality reagents that will boost the profitability of its Zambia-based copper mining clientele’s operations. Axis House sales... 

Mine looks to increase local labour force

14th September 2018 Canada-based mining and metals company First Quantum Minerals (FQM) aims to achieve a target of sourcing 25% of its employees from the surrounding area of the North-Western province of Zambia for the Sentinel mine in Kalumbila. The miner states that its local employment figures have continued to... 

Mine looks to increase local labour force
UPSKILLING COMMUNITIES Zambians are now being positioned on a global stage when it comes to latest innovations in low-grade copper mining

Zambia ventilation shaft project finalised

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 Mining contracting and engineering services company Redpath Mining Africa has completed what it has dubbed the “milestone” Synclinorium Ventilation Shaft project for Zambia-based copper mine, Mopani Copper Mines. Redpath Mining Africa’s Zambian branch, Redpath Zambia, was initially awarded the... 

Zambia ventilation shaft project finalised
REDBORE 100 The Synclinorium Ventilation Shaft project marked the entry of Redpath Mining’s Redbore 100 raise drill into Africa for the first time

Zambia’s operational investment spikes

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 A positive shift in Zambia’s copper and cobalt mining industries has resulted in an increase in much-needed operational investments by major mining houses, says mining, bulk materials handling and minerals processing equipment and systems supplier TAKRAF Africa. TAKRAF Africa regional sales... 

Zambia’s operational   investment spikes
INCREASED DEMAND Tenova TAKRAF Africa has noted an increase in Zambian mining houses expenditure on operational investments

New exploration licences validated

14th September 2018 Canada-based diversified miner Maxtech Ventures last month announced that its Zambian mining operation, Maxtech Mining Zambia’s two large-scale exploration licences have been validated by the Minister of Mines and Mineral Development of Zambia. The first large-scale exploration licence is for an... 

New exploration  licences validated
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HIGH-GRADE MANGANESE Maxtech Ventures’ two specific licence areas have shown the potential for high-grade manganese mineralisation of up to 70% manganese

Teck's copper project attracts interest before end-Sept deadline - sources

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Mining companies and commodities trading houses are expected to table first-round offers by a September 28 deadline for a stake in Teck Resources' Quebrada Blanca copper mine expansion in northern Chile, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. Canada's Teck has said a development partner... 

Strong new collaboration with governments of South Africa, Zimbabwe – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2018 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats), which is collaborating closely with the South African government to preserve jobs at the heavily lossmaking Impala Rustenburg operation, is also working in very close cooperation with the government of Zimbabwe, where it has secured major tax... 

Strong new collaboration with governments of South Africa, Zimbabwe – Implats
Implats CEO Nico Muller interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Galileo to acquire Kabwe residual rights, 95% stake in Star zinc project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2018 Aim-listed Galileo Resources has executed a heads of agreement to acquire the Kabwe residual rights, in Zambia, from BMR Group. The acquisition excludes BMR’s small-scale licence which is used as a zinc/lead/vanadium tailings recovery project, situated within the Kabwe mining licence.  

Bosnia's Aluminij calls for government help to ensure survival

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Aluminij Mostar, Bosnia's sole aluminium smelter, is at risk from high alumina and electricity prices and only urgent government intervention can help it stay on line, its GM said on Thursday. Heavily-indebted and loss-making Aluminij, which is among Bosnia's top exporters, has narrowly avoided... 

Europa initiate land use process for Spain mine development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2018 Triple-listed Europa Metals has initiated a change of land use process to facilitate the potential future development of its Toral lead/zinc/silver project, in northern Spain. The company has engaged consultancy MAGMA Soluciones Ambientales to progress the requisite land use applications across... 

Regulator objects to Poseidon’s entitlement offer

By: Mariaan Webb     13th September 2018 Corporate regulator the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has approached the Takeovers Panel to prevent Andrew Forrests’ Squadron Resources from increasing its interest in ASX-listed Poseidon Resources to nearly 61% without first gaining shareholder approval. Poseidon last... 

Bushveld increases indirect interest in Vametco to 75%

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has increased its indirect beneficial interest in Vametco Alloys to 75%, from 59.1%, through the acquisition of Sojitz Noble Alloys’ 21.22% interest in Vametco’s intermediate holding company Strategic Minerals Corporation (SMC), for $20-million. Following completion... 

Power plant delays fuel tensions over Rio's giant Mongolia copper mine

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Nearly 10 years on from the launch of a giant copper and gold project in Mongolia, Rio Tinto is still looking to secure a domestic power source it needs for the mine under an agreement with the government. Oyu Tolgoi, located in the South Gobi region near landlocked Mongolia's southern border... 

Power plant delays fuel tensions over Rio's giant Mongolia copper mine

Black Mountain buys idled nickel mine from Panoramic

By: Mariaan Webb     13th September 2018 US private equity firm Black Mountain announced on Thursday that it would buy the Lanfranchi nickel mine, near Kambalda, Western Australia, as it seeks to tap into the growing battery minerals market. The company will buy the idled Lanfranchi mine from Panoramic Resources for A$15.1-million in... 

Nickel price to benefit from short supply, strong steel demand through 2019

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 Slower production increases in leading supplier Indonesia and continued growth in stainless steel demand are forecast to extend a supply shortage in the global nickel market, supporting price gains through 2019. Nickel, which recently hit its lowest since December, could climb as high as $16 000... 

Congo Mines Minister insists no compromise on new mining code

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's mines minister said on Wednesday that a new mining code signed into law in March that hikes royalties and taxes cannot be called into question. Addressing a mining conference in the copper and cobalt-mining city of Kolwezi, Martin Kabwelulu called on industry... 

Congo Mines Minister insists no compromise on new mining code
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DRC Mines Minister Martin Kabwelulu

Record production boosts Atalaya’s H1 Ebitda

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Aim- and TSX-listed copper miner Atalaya Mining delivered earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of €34.4-million for the six months ended June 30, compared with €24.5-million in the first half of 2017, on the back of record production at the company’s Proyecto... 

Northern Star backs Venturex plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th September 2018 Junior Venturex Resources has struck a deal with shareholder Northern Star Resources which will see the gold miner advance a A$2-million unsecured loan for the definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Sulphur Springs copper/zinc project, in Western Australia. The unsecured loan will have a 12... 

European miners enter bear market with more pain seen for sector

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 A sixth consecutive day of declines took European miners to a bear market, and analysts predict more tough times for the sector that has lost more than 20 percent since June. “We have the beginning of a bearish trend,” Valerie Gastaldy, technical strategist at Day By Day, wrote in a note. “The... 

European miners enter bear market with more pain seen for sector

Simmering Alcoa labour dispute morphed into 'clash of the titans'

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 Workers of the Alcoa-controlled Becancour smelter in Quebec stand guard under umbrellas outside the gates. Whenever a vehicle approaches, a pair scurries to take down the driver’s details and make sure there’s no scab laborer in disguise. The ritual, witnessed on a rainy August morning, has... 

Katoro expects Kibo Nickel acquisition to close soon, mining licence for Imweru pending

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2018 Aim-listed Katoro Gold had an active six months to June 30, with the continued development of the Imweru gold project, in Tanzania, and diversifying its portfolio with the acquisition of Kibo Nickel. The company expects the Kibo transaction to be completed shortly, which will give Katoro access... 

New Century starts slurry movement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th September 2018 Based metals miner New Century Resources has started pumping zinc concentrate along the slurry pipeline to its port facility in Karumba. The company on Tuesday said that the operation of the slurry pipeline was another important milestone for New Century, with the saleable zinc concentrate... 

Metalicity advances Canadian spin-out

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th September 2018 ASX-listed Metalicity has completed the sale of its Admiral Bay zinc project and the Lennard Shelf zinc project to its Canadian subsidiary Kimberley Mining, with the prospectus for the subsidiary being finalised for a TSX-V listing in the December quarter. Metalicity on Tuesday said that it had... 

Nevada Copper takes fresh look at Pumpkin Hollow openpit

By: Mariaan Webb     11th September 2018 TSX-listed Nevada Copper, which last month moved into full-scale construction mode at its first underground mine, has delivered a study to show the potential for a standalone openpit mine at Pumpkin Hill, in the US. An existing technical report for Pumpkin Hollow contemplates two potential... 

Nevada Copper takes fresh look at Pumpkin Hollow openpit
The Pumpkin Hollow site in Nevada.

Manganese takes pole position in ARM’s earnings surge

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2018 Manganese formed the backbone of the earnings performance of diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) in the 12 months to June 30, delivering 64% of the headline earnings, at R1.9-billion, and helping the company move into a strong net cash position by recording the best margin.... 

Manganese takes pole position in ARM’s earnings surge
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African Rainbow Minerals CEO Mike Schmidt

Potanin returns 2% in Norilsk Nickel to Abramovich -sources

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin has returned a 2% stake in Norilsk Nickel to Roman Abramovich and his partners, according to a source in a holding which manages Potanin's assets and a source familiar with the matter. The original sale of the stake was disputed in a London court by aluminium... 

Congo mining revenues triple in H1; oil revenues fall by a third

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's revenues from its mining sector nearly tripled in the first half of 2018 over the same period last year to $864.61-million, the finance ministry said. Revenues from the hydrocarbons sector, however, declined by a third to $67.75-million, the ministry said in a... 

Rushydro says sanctions cloud prospects for joining Rusal's smelter

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 Plans by Russia's power company Rushydro to join a new aluminium smelter project that Rusal wants to build in Siberia, have been complicated by international sanctions, Rushydro's head Nikolai Shulginov said on Monday. Rusal, ranked the world's No.2 aluminium producer after China's Hongqiao,... 

Eureka gold mine to restart production in H1 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     7th September 2018 Aim-listed Vast Resources hopes to restart production at the Zimbabwe-based Eureka gold mine, in which the company’s 25%-owned Dallaglio Investments holds a 95% interest, in the first half of 2019. Multiple work programmes are currently being undertaken at Eureka to restore the mine to... 

ARM mulling ‘very exciting’ growth opportunities – Motsepe

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is right now looking at some very exciting growth opportunities, its executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe said on Friday. After announcing the delivery of 51% higher headline earnings of R4 814-million in the 12 months to June 30... 

ARM mulling ‘very exciting’ growth opportunities – Motsepe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe (right) with Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer at Friday's presentation of results

Rio Tinto exec joins Turquoise Hill board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2018 NYSE- and TSX-listed Turquoise Hill has appointed Rio Tinto VP for copper and diamond sales and marketing, Alan Chirgwin, to its board of directors. Chirgwin has extensive commercial background and a proven track record in the resources industry, specifically in the Asia Pacific region,... 

Kavango receives permit for Botswana electromagnetic survey

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th September 2018 Exploration group Kavango Resources has received a permit for the airborne electromagnetic geophysical survey of its KSZ project in south-west Botswana. The permit for the flying of the electromagnetic survey (VTEM) to be carried out over the licences in the Kalahari Suture Zone area was granted... 

Lundin has no plan to amend Nevsun offer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th September 2018 Canadian firm Lundin Mining has announced that it would not amend its bid for all of the issued and outstanding shares of fellow Canadian miner Nevsun Resources. This comes after Nevsun earlier this week agreed to a friendly C$1.86-billion takeover by Zijin Mining, trumping Lundin's hostile... 

Northam says growth strategy remains on track

By: Simone Liedtke     7th September 2018 Platinum producer Northam Platinum’s growth, diversification and optimisation strategy is on track, with progress being made in the development of the Booysendal South and Zondereinde mines, in Limpopo. Zondereinde has enjoyed relatively stable labour relations over the past few years, which has... 

Northam says growth strategy remains on track
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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Peru processing facility acquired

7th September 2018 Mineral resources company Inca One Gold has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire full ownership of Anthem United, which owns 90.14% interest in the 350 t/d Koricancha ore processing facility in Peru, from miner Equinox Gold. Koricancha is located about 50 km from Inca One’s ore... 

Peru processing facility acquired
OPERATING EFFICIENCY Koricancha is a custom-built, fully operational, industrial gold ore processing facility, featuring a carbon-in-leach gold circuit

Accelerate processes to ensure timeous recovery of mining sector – govt urged

By: Nadine James     7th September 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM is well-poised to make inroads into the mining industry, says AECOM Africa strategy and growth director Fadzai Nyamasve. She tells Mining Weekly that  although there  is still uncertainty in the market regarding the Mining Charter, AECOM expects... 

Accelerate processes to ensure timeous  recovery of mining sector – govt urged
FADZAI NYAMASVE Regulatory uncertainty is being addressed and there is a deliberate campaign to attract investors, so the pressing challenge is ensuring the industry recovers in a timeous manner

Services group gains agencies, boosts offering

By: Halima Frost     7th September 2018 Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies has been appointed as an agent for Danish chemical industry company Haldor Topsoe in Namibia, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Dickinson Group will promote, sell and strategically warehouse... 

Services group gains agencies, boosts offering
HANDLING THE LOAD Dickinson Group's state-of-the-art heavy duty vacuum truck is used for catalyst handling

Rusal's August aluminium exports up 7% from July - Ifax

By: Reuters     6th September 2018 Russian aluminium producer Rusal, under US sanctions since April, increased its aluminium exports by 7% in August compared to the previous month, Interfax news agency said. Rusal, the world's second-largest aluminium producer, saw its exports and supply chain crippled after Washington put the... 

Rusal's August aluminium exports up 7% from July - Ifax

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