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Chamber reveals plan to get South Africa’s ‘great mining industry’ back on front foot

By: Martin Creamer The Chamber of Mines of South Africa on Wednesday revealed a strategic plan to get South Africa’s “great mining industry” back on the front foot. Speaking at the well-attended 125th annual general meeting (AGM) of the historic organisation, chamber president Mike Teke – who was re-elected for a... 

Exploration and mine development up to 2.5 times more costly in Canada’s North

By: Henry Lazenby A new study has found that the cost to explore and build new mines is as much as 2.5 times higher in northern Canada, mainly as a result of a lack of critical infrastructure. The study, titled ‘Levelling the Playing Field’, found that the cost of mineral exploration and building and operating... 

Exploration and mine development up to 2.5 times more costly in Canada’s North

Production up at Glencore’s South African coal mines

By: Martin Creamer Production from Glencore’s South African thermal coal mines was 10% higher in the three months to end March. The London-, Hong Kong- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining and marketing company, headed by CEO Ivan Glasenberg, said on Tuesday that the ramp up of its newly commissioned... 

Production up at Glencore’s South African coal mines
Photo by Duane Daws
Ivan Glasenberg

Black interests opting out of once-mighty ferrochrome business 

By: Martin Creamer Black South African interests are giving South Africa’s once-mighty ferrochrome business the cold shoulder. The value-adding pursuit, which puts six times more value into chrome and generates three times more jobs than mere raw chrome exportation, was last week ditched by Royal Bafokeng Holdings,... 

Black interests opting out of once-mighty ferrochrome business
Photo by Duane Daws
Ferrochrome produced in South Africa.

Creamer Media publishes Iron-Ore 2015: A review of the iron-ore sector electronic research report

Creamer Media’s Iron-Ore 2015 report provides an overview of the global iron-ore market, with particular reference to pricing, supply and demand, as well as the trade in iron-ore. It provides information on not only the major mergers and acquisitions, and the trade of iron-ore in the sector, but... 

Creamer Media publishes Iron-Ore 2015: A review of the iron-ore sector electronic research report

Strategic minerals and the aerospace and defence industries

By: Keith Campbell The term “strategic minerals” is one that is much used but one that, in the words of Brazilian minerals lawyer Raquel Quaresma de Lima, “does not have a steady definition”, while the Science and Technology Committee of the UK House of Commons has observed that there is “no single definition of... 

Strategic minerals and the aerospace and defence industries

Merafe shares up on Glencore buying Bafokeng stake

By: Martin Creamer The shares of the black-run Merafe Resources rose sharply following the announcement that Royal Bafokeng Holdings had sold its entire shareholding to Glencore, with which Merafe has the Glencore-Merafe Chrome Venture in Limpopo province. The share price rose by 7.7% to 83 c a share in early... 

Merafe shares up on Glencore buying Bafokeng stake
Photo by Duane Daws
Zanele Matlala

Black-owned Merafe reports upped ferrochrome output from venture with Glencore

By: Martin Creamer The black-owned and black-managed ferrochrome company Merafe said on Wednesday that its chrome venture with Glencore had lifted production by 15% in the three months to March 31. The company, headed by CEO Zanele Matlala, saw its share price rise by 1.32% to 77c a share in early morning trades. 

Black-owned Merafe reports upped ferrochrome output from venture with Glencore
Photo by Duane Daws
Zanele Matlala

Canada’s mining industry welcomes federal budget 

By: Henry Lazenby Canada's national mining association has welcomed the Conservative government’s balanced federal budget 2015, citing its pleasure with renewed funding for critical areas such as environmental assessments, the Major Projects Management Office, Aboriginal education and training, and geoscience.... 

Canada’s mining industry welcomes federal budget
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Canada's Finance Minister Joe Oliver on Tuesday tabled a C$990.3-billion balanced budget.

Commission recommends approval of Assore, DCM deal

By: Natalie Greve The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that it approve, without conditions, a transaction that would see mining holding group Assore acquiring African Rainbow Minerals’ 50% stake in the Dwarsrivier chrome mine (DCM), in Mpumalanga. Post-merger, Assore would have... 

Mining BEE ownership to be tested in court – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer Government, organised mining and organised labour have agreed to work collaboratively to obtain a court ruling on the crucial issue of black economic-empowerment (BEE) ownership of mines, the only sticking point of Tuesday’s Mining Charter deadline. In an interim announcement on the outcome of... 

Mining BEE ownership to be tested in court – Minister
Photo by Duane Daws
Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi (centre), chamber's Mike Teke (left) and DMR DG Dr Thibedi Ramontja

Minerals Minister to announce mining charter audit outcomes

By: Martin Creamer South Africa’s Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi will on Tuesday brief the media on the outcomes of the audit to assess the extent to which mining companies have complied with the Mining Charter in the ten years to 2014. This follows the Minister making in clear last month that the... 

Minerals Minister to announce mining charter audit outcomes
Photo by Duane Daws
Ngoako Ramatlhodi

Bauba makes first chrome shipment in platinum exploration funding move

By: Martin Creamer The JSE-listed Bauba Platinum, which is mining and selling chrome ore to fund its platinum exploration, this week shipped the first run-of-mine output from its maiden chrome horizon blast at the Moeijelik operation. Bauba last year entered into a two-year chrome-ore supply agreement with ASA... 

Bauba makes first chrome shipment in platinum exploration funding move
Photo by Duane Daws
Syd Caddy

Seize opportunity to improve mining tax, pleads KPMG’s Saloojee

By: Martin Creamer South Africa should seize the current timely opportunity to amend its mining taxation in a manner that encourages foreign investment, stimulates prospecting, gets mining companies to start dealing with marginal mines and gives enough back to the fiscus for the benefit of this country's people,... 

Seize opportunity to improve mining tax, pleads KPMG’s Saloojee
Muhammad Saloojee

Noront Resources consolidates position in Ontario’s Ring of Fire for a bargain 

By: Henry Lazenby Northern Ontario’s emerging minerals-rich Ring of Fire (RoF) mining camp has a new champion after US-focused iron-ore producer Cliffs Natural Resources agreed to bow out of the prospective region by selling its claims to explorer Noront Resources for $20-million. Noront, which was currently in... 

Noront Resources consolidates position in Ontario’s Ring of Fire for a bargain

Glencore opts for squeaky clean

By: Martin Creamer Mining and marketing giant Glencore on Thursday took the unprecedented step of signing a major human rights commitment with a top human rights body, in a bid to keep its activities beyond reproach and squeaky clean. In its latest step of many recent steps to keep the company firmly on mining's... 

Glencore opts for squeaky clean
Photo by Duane Daws
Ivan Glasenberg

Zinc metal deficit expected to intensify – Glencore

By: Martin Creamer The zinc metal market’s 2014 deficit is expected to intensify this year, Glencore says in its latest annual report. The 200-page document, in which CEO Ivan Glasenberg notes slower than expected post-financial-crisis normalisation, positions the company as one able to react quickly and benefit... 

Zinc metal deficit expected to intensify – Glencore
Photo by Duane Daws
Ivan Glasenberg

Probe Metals starts trading on the TSX-V

By: Henry Lazenby After closing the plan of arrangement that saw gold major Goldcorp acquire explorer Probe Mines last week, a new exploration company Probe Metals started trading on the TSX-V on Tuesday under the ticker PRB. Goldcorp bought Probe in an all-scrip deal, which valued the company at about... 

Future lies in governments creating exciting legislative empowerment – Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer Southern Africa’s economic future lies in the creation by governments of exciting legislative, regulatory and fiscal empowerment that stimulates private sector investment. That is the view of Patrice Motsepe, executive chairperson of South Africa’s black-controlled African Rainbow Minerals (ARM)... 

Future lies in governments creating exciting legislative empowerment – Motsepe
Photo by Duane Daws
Patrice Motsepe

ARM’s Motsepe urges serious govt intervention on Eskom let down

By: Martin Creamer Patrice Motsepe, chairperson of the black-controlled diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals, on Monday urged the government to intervene seriously to establish Eskom as a competitive, cost-effective, reliable provider of electricity. Speaking at ARM’s presentation of interim results,... 

ARM’s Motsepe urges serious govt intervention on Eskom let down
Photo by Duane Daws
Patrice Motsepe

Across-board ARM review as earnings plunge 56%

By: Martin Creamer Black-controlled diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), which saw its half-year headline earnings plummet by 56%, is responding with an across-the-board review of its performance and expenditure. The JSE-listed company, headed by executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe, on... 

Across-board ARM review as earnings plunge 56%
Photo by Duane Daws
Patrice Motsepe

Australia’s ACJ investing $1.5bn in Zim chrome-smelting project

By: Oscar Nkala ASX-listed African Chrome Fields (ACJ) is investing $1.5-billion in an exothermic chrome smelter near the Zimbabwe Midlands town of Kwekwe. The smelter will have the capacity to produce 10 000 t of low-carbon ferrochrome a month and will process ore from the company's 147 chrome claims on the... 

Glencore commits to migrating first world safety to third world countries 

By: Martin Creamer Diversified major Glencore, which reported 16 fatalities last year, has committed itself to migrating first-world safety practices into challenging geographies where more than 80% of the deaths took place. The London-, Hong Kong- and Johannesburg-listed company’s SafeWork programme – in which 118... 

Glencore commits to migrating first world safety to third world countries
Photo by Duane Daws
Ivan Glasenberg

Glencore transitioning into deficit in most commodities – Glasenberg

By: Martin Creamer Diversified major Glencore was transitioning into deficit in most of the commodities it produced, CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Tuesday. Glasenberg, who has presided over returning $9.3-billion to shareholders in dividends and buybacks since 2011, told analysts and media in teleconferences in which... 

Glencore transitioning into deficit in most commodities – Glasenberg
Photo by Duane Daws
Ivan Glasenberg

Merafe in good position to meet increased ferrochrome demand – Matlala

By: Tracy Hancock JSE-listed Merafe Resources “remains excited” about the industry as its mix of energy efficient technology and the recent addition of Lion II allows the ferrochrome producer to capitalise on projected growth in ferrochrome demand. CEO Zanele Matlala advised in a conference call on Tuesday that... 

Merafe in good position to meet increased ferrochrome demand – Matlala
Photo by Duane Daws
Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala

Marketing hoists Glencore over low commodity price hurdle

By: Martin Creamer Diversified major Glencore has managed to scale the low commodity price hurdle with significant help from its marketing arm. The London- Hong Kong- and Johannesburg-listed company, which produces and markets 93 commodities, went against the grain with its surging agricultural business yielding... 

Marketing hoists Glencore over low commodity price hurdle
Ivan Glasenberg

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Canadian fed and Ontario govts unveil supports for mining industry

By: Henry Lazenby Several federal departments of the Canadian government, as well as the Ontario provincial government, unveiled new measures and investments on Sunday to increase support and drive growth in the country's besieged mining industry. In a speech to the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada,... 

Canadian fed and Ontario govts unveil supports for mining industry
Photo by Reuters
Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver

EY’s Canadian Mining Eye index falls 12% in Q4, lower oil prices provide some respite

By: Henry Lazenby Global professional services firm EY’s Canadian Mining Eye index fell 12% in the quarter ended December 31, compared with a 15% decline in the prior period. The index underperformed against the S&P/TSX Composite index, which fell 2% in the last quarter of 2014, while the London Metal Exchange... 

EY’s Canadian Mining Eye index falls 12% in Q4, lower oil prices provide some respite

Bauba’s chrome play clears last regulatory hurdle

By: Natalie Greve The Department Water and Sanitation has granted Bauba Platinum subsidiary, Bauba A Hlabirwa Mining Investments, a general authorisation of water use for the farm Moeijelijk, in Limpopo, fulfilling the last legislative condition required before the start of full-scale mining. The authorisation... 

IFM swings to H1 loss

By: Ilan Solomons Interruptions in production, lower sales volumes, higher production costs and one-off items impacted negatively on International Ferro Metals’ (IFM’s) results for the six months ended December 31, resulting in a net loss of R175.6-million, compared with a net profit of R32.3-million in the prior... 

IFM swings to H1 loss
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