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Jubilee set to acquire Sable Zinc refinery  

By: Nadine James     22nd March 2019 Dual-listed Jubilee Metals on Friday announced that it has executed a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of the Sable Zinc refinery in Kabwe, Zambia. The refinery is situated immediately adjacent to the large stockpiles of zinc, lead and vanadium that Jubilee has contracted from BMR Group. 

Benchmark ferrochrome price settled at $1.20/lb

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2019 The European benchmark ferrochrome price has been settled at $1.20/lb for the second quarter of 2019, JSE-listed Merafe Resources said in a statement on Tuesday. This is an increase of 7.1% from the benchmark price of $1.12 /lb in the first quarter of this year. 

Ferrochrome, national platinum strategy and Nevada JV make headlines  

14th March 2019 This week Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses the country’s ferrochrome potential, the national platinum strategy and the Nevada JV agreement.   

Ferrochrome, national platinum strategy and Nevada JV make headlines
Ferrochrome, national platinum strategy and Nevada JV make headlines

Eskom reform urgent to restore ferrochrome potential 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2019 The demise of State power utility Eskom has caused South Africa to lose its optimal position in the lucrative ferrochrome business. Because of Eskom’s decline, unbeneficiated chrome ore exports from South Africa to China have enabled the Asian giant to ascend up the ferrochrome production ladder. 

Eskom reform urgent to restore ferrochrome potential
Photo by Merafe
South African chrome underpins China's ferrochrome dominance.

Merafe declares record dividend on lower profit, higher output

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2019 Chrome and ferrochrome company Merafe, which on Monday reported lower profit on higher production, has declared a record dividend that represents a distribution of 51% of headline earnings. The ungeared company had net year-end cash of R281-million and the R200-million unsecured, three-year... 

Merafe declares record dividend on lower profit, higher output
Photo by Creamer Media
Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala

Bauba’s new chrome wash plant reaches targeted throughput level 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th March 2019 Platinum and chrome explorer and producer Bauba Platinum’s new wash plant at the Moeijelijk chrome mine, in Limpopo, is producing at its planned throughput levels, boding well for the company to improve its profit margins, the JSE-listed firm reported on Friday, as it reported a half-year loss.... 

Bauba’s new chrome wash plant reaches targeted throughput level
Photo by Creamer Media
Bauba CEO Nick van der Hoven

NUM vows to press on with strike at Dwarsivier mine in Limpopo

By: African News Agency      7th March 2019 About 1 500 members of the National Union of Mineworkers have resolved to press on with a strike at Dwarsrivier mine in Limpopo to back demands for various allowances, the union said on Thursday. Underground, surface and administration workers have now been on strike for three days, demanding... 

Upper ore breakthrough boosts Implats’ Zimbabwe resource base 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2019 The development of an effective method of mining upper ores, which have in the past been excluded from stoping plans, has increased the resource base of the Bimha and Mupani platinum group metals (PGMs) mines in Zimbabwe, Impala Platinum (Implats) CEO Nico Muller has disclosed. In response to... 

Upper ore breakthrough boosts Implats’ Zimbabwe resource base
Zimplats Mupani Mine

RBPlat reopens UG2 shaft, creates UG2 access points at Styldrift  

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2019 Flexibility is a re-emphasised aspect of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining strategy. Changed demand has resulted in the need to twist and turn quickly to benefit from the rise in prices of metals in the PGM basket. Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri made special mention of... 

RBPlat reopens UG2 shaft, creates UG2 access points at Styldrift
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Christo Greyling.

RBPlat studying solar energy, upgrading slimes dams  

By: Martin Creamer     5th March 2019 Black-owned and black-managed mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) is investigating the use of renewable energy sources and investing in the upgrading of its tailings storage facilities. The company said in reply to Mining Weekly Online during question time at Tuesday’s presentation of... 

RBPlat studying solar energy, upgrading slimes dams
RBPlat executive head: operations Neil Carr outlines solar, tailings plans to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photo: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.

RBPlat highlights encouraging new govt approach to mining  

By: Martin Creamer     5th March 2019 South Africa’s only community owned mining group, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), on Tuesday highlighted the positive contribution being made to the local mining industry by President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and pledged to do its bit towards conquering... 

RBPlat highlights encouraging new govt approach to mining
RBPlat CEO Steve Phiri endorses new government approach at presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photo: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd

Royal Bafokeng Platinum secures R1bn building block  

By: Martin Creamer     5th March 2019 Black-owned and black-managed platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Tuesday announced a capital raise of R1 029-million through a rights offer that represents the key final building block to secure the company's path to 500 000 oz of platinum group element (4E)... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum secures R1bn building block
RBPlat CFO Hanré Rossouw spells out rights offer at presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photo: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd

ARM’s H1 headline earnings up 13% y/y 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st March 2019 Diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) achieved a 13% increase in headline earning to R2.2-billion for the six months ended December 31, 2018, compared with R1.9-billion in the six months ended December 31, 2017. The company, which is led by chairperson Patrice Motsepe and CEO Mike... 

ARM’s H1 headline earnings up 13% y/y
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ARM chairperson Patrice Motsepe

Freight rates drop as more ships become available – Assore 

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2019 Freight rates have dropped quite substantially since the iron-ore tailings dam tragedy in Brazil ,with more vessels becoming available, Assore CEO Charles Walters reports. Since the Brumadinho dam disaster, some 30-million tonnes of iron-ore supply have been withdrawn from the market. 

Freight rates drop as more ships become available – Assore
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Assore CEO Charles Walters

Assore earnings up, dividend maintained 

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2019 Mining and marketing company Assore on Tuesday reported 20% higher headline earnings to R2.92-billion in the six months to December 31, buoyed by an improved price basket and weaker exchange rate. Assore's jointly controlled Assmang recorded headline earnings of R4.29-billion, an increase of 23%... 

Assore earnings up, dividend maintained
Assore image on latest presentation booklet.

UG2 outperforms as Sibanye positions for new world ­  

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2019 The soaring prices of rhodium and palladium have put new focus on the upper group two (UG2) reef, for long the poor cousin of Merensky reef in the hierarchy of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining. Merensky's predominant platinum content has made it the preferred reef for decades but UG2 is... 

UG2 outperforms as Sibanye positions for new world ­
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman's results presentation reported on by Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer. Photograph: Creamer Media's Dylan Slater. Video: Creamer Media's Darlene Creamer.

Linhleko Projects, FLSmidth partner to boost Waterval chrome production by 20%

By: Nadine James     21st February 2019 Black-owned fabrication and mining installations company Linhleko Projects this week officially launched its cooperation agreement with FLSmidth – a 50/50 profit sharing agreement in which Linhleko uses FLSmidth’s REFLUX Classifier (RC) technology to enhance chrome recovery from... 

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Amid slow progress in realising South Africa’s mineral beneficiation strategy – as set out in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) 2011 policy document – mining industry participants, analysts and experts are re-evaluating the feasibility of mineral beneficiation as a growth trajectory path.... 

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2019 Mining must take place with a strong focus on the interests of those who live in mining areas, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, a standpoint that supports the notion that a mining right and a land right can co-exist, without pleasing one party at the expense of the other.  But the... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

First chrome concentrate shipped from Eastplats subsidiary’s retreatment facility

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th February 2019 Dual-listed Eastern Platinum’s (Eastplats’) Barplats Mines subsidiary has shipped the first 10 000 t of chrome concentrate from its newly built Zandfontein Upper Group 2 tailings chrome retreatment facility in South Africa’s North West province. The retreatment facility is being commissioned,... 

Tharisa starts trading on A2X

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th February 2019 JSE- and LSE-listed platinum-group metals (PGMs) and chrome producer Tharisa on Wednesday started trading on A2X Markets. This is the company’s secondary listing in South Africa, with its primary listing on the JSE. Its LSE listing also remains.  

Merafe records marginal production increase in Q4

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st January 2019 JSE-listed Merafe Resources’ attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, increased marginally by 2.6% year-on-year. The venture’s production for the year ended December 31, 2018, increased by 3.2% compared with the previous... 

Tharisa to list on South Africa’s A2X exchange

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th January 2019 JSE- and LSE-listed platinum-group metals (PGMs) and chrome producer Tharisa has been approved for a secondary listing on A2X Markets, effective February 6. Tharisa has a market capitalisation of R5.1-billion and has its primary listing on the JSE, and a secondary standard listing on the main... 

Tharisa to list on South Africa’s A2X exchange
Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

Continued investment and development in Africa expected

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 International metals and minerals consultancy Roskill expects continued interest, investment and development in Africa as the electronic vehicle (EV) revolution continues, says Roskill director Jack Bedder. “Africa has a significant role to play in the lithium-ion battery and EV story. The... 

Continued investment  and development in  Africa expected
Photo by Bloomberg
INCREASING DEMAND Cobalt demand is set to grow significantly and prices are expected to remain high

Gold, copper prices to rebound in 2019 – Fitch Solutions

By: Nadine James     23rd January 2019 Increased economic uncertainty and declining metal stocks are expected to drive gold and copper prices this year, Fitch Solutions commodities analyst Sabrin Chowdhury stated during a webcast on Wednesday. She noted that the expected rebound in gold was “already playing out” and that the price... 

South African businessperson Moti freed from detention in Germany

By: Bloomberg     22nd January 2019 Zunaid Moti, who owns chrome businesses in South Africa and Zimbabwe, was released from detention in Germany after being held in Munich since August. Moti has returned to South Africa after an arrest warrant issued by Russia was canceled, according to an emailed statement from his company, the... 

To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass -... 

Tharisa Q1 output declines as tailings processing takes toll

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2019 The processing of commissioning tailings negatively impacted on dual-listed Tharisa’s overall production and recoveries for the first quarter of the 2019 financial year. During the quarter, ended December 31, platinum-group metal (PGMs) production fell by 5.9% quarter-on-quarter to 33 600 oz and... 

Jubilee commissions 'industry-first' DCM fine chrome plant

By: Mariaan Webb     18th December 2018 Jubilee Metals has completed the fine chrome recovery plant at the Dilokong Chrome Mine (DCM) and has started commissioning the plant, which the dual-listed company believes will open up many opportunities in the chrome industry. CEO Leon Coetzer said on Tuesday that the DCM fine chrome plant... 

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.

Jubilee acquires chrome processing operation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th December 2018 Dual-listed Jubilee Metals has entered into an agreement to acquire all of the chrome beneficiation assets including plant, equipment, intellectual property and all rights to the existing surface material – estimated to be in excess of 1.8-million tonnes – owned by PlatCro Minerals and associated... 

Bauba says High Court halts mining right grant to Samancor Chrome

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 JSE-listed Bauba Platinum on Friday informed its shareholders that the High Court, in Pretoria, had set aside the granting of a chrome-ore mining right to Samancor Chrome in respect of the farms Wintersveld, Jagdlust and Zeekoegat, owing to a lack of proper notice and consultation with interested... 

Pioneering nickel sulphate venture draws down on loan 

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2018 Black-controlled Thakadu Battery Materials, a pioneering South African high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate developer, has made its first drawdown from South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) under a R152-million loan facility agreement. The IDC loan is funding... 

Pioneering nickel sulphate venture draws down on loan
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Tharisa FY18 headline earnings, operating profit fall

By: African News Agency      28th November 2018 Integrated resource group Tharisa on Wednesday reported a 13.6% decline in headline earnings per share to $0.19 in the year to September 30, while operating profit fell 26.3% to $72.5-million. Revenue was up 16.3% to $406.3-million and the company declared a final dividend to shareholders of... 

Tharisa, AMCU agree to two-year wage deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2018 JSE- and LSE-listed Tharisa has reached a two-year wage agreement with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) at the Tharisa platinum group metals and chrome mine, near Rustenburg. The agreement is effective from July 1, this year, to June 30, 2020, and applies to employees... 

Difficulties continue for Afarak in Q3

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2018 Industry seasonal effects, coupled with some internal adversities, primarily in the ferro-alloys segment, continue to make this a difficult year for specialty alloys producer Afarak. During the company’s third-quarter period, ended September 30, the benchmark price for ferrochrome fell further,... 

Eastplats retreatment project remains on track

By: Simone Liedtke     14th November 2018 Dual-listed Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) expects to start revenue-producing operations at the retreatment project at its Crocodile River mine, in the North West, in the fourth quarter of this year. The dual-listed company has, over the course of this year, focused on the construction of the... 

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