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Moratorium infers intention to circumvent agreement – Leon

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 2 hours 59 minutes ago The mineral rights moratorium gazette notice of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane infers an intention to circumvent the underlying purpose of the agreement reached with the Chamber of Mines, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Africa partner and co-chair, Peter Leon, said on Friday. In particular,... 

Amplats own-mine output up, sales down in two-fatality quarter

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2017 Performance from its own mine operations helped platinum production from Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to increase in the three months to June 30, but sales volumes fell sharply on technical problems and two mineworkers succumbed to fatal injuries. Full-year production guidance remains... 

Demand growth for some metals may exceed 1 000% – World Bank

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2017 A new World Bank report highlights the potential impacts that the expected continuing boom in low-carbon energy technologies will have on demand for many minerals and metals, including Southern Africa's platinum, manganese and chrome. Using wind and solar energy, and energy storage batteries, as... 

Amplats earnings head for sharp half-year fall

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2017 Platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Tuesday advised its shareholders to expect a sharp fall in earnings of between 45% and 67% for the six months to June 30. The JSE-listed platinum major advised that headline earnings for the first half of the year are likely to decrease... 

Amplats earnings head for sharp half-year fall
Anglo American Platinum operations

Nine recommended improvements should charter renegotiation ensue

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2017 The agreed suspension of the implementation of the controversial Mining Charter Three may present an opportunity for the parties to negotiate a revised version that reflects terms acceptable to all parties. If so, the renegotiated charter should contain at least nine improvements, say Herbert... 

Nine recommended improvements should charter renegotiation ensue
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills Africa partner and co-chair Peter Leon

Chamber wins round one in battle against mining charter

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2017 In what is a clear first round victory for the Chamber of Mines of South Africa against the errant Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has agreed to suspend the implementation of the controversial Mining Charter Three until after the High Court has... 

Chamber wins round one in battle against mining charter
Chamber CEO Roger Baxter – chamber wins first round in fight against devastating Mining Charter Three

Merafe expecting sharp earnings rise

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2017 Ferrochrome company Merafe is expecting a sharp rise in earnings for the six months to June 30. Merafe shares in 20.5% of the earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of the Glencore-Merafe Chrome Venture, which has a total installed capacity of 2.3-million tonnes of... 

Merafe expecting sharp earnings rise
Photo by Duane Daws
Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala

Low grades, high power costs key snags to SA chromite sector’s competitiveness

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Despite South Africa’s rich chromite endowment, the low chromium oxide (Cr2O3) grades found in its orebodies and the high cost of electricity are significant barriers to the country becoming the dominant player in the global industry. Mintek metallurgical project development consultant Dr Nic... 

Low grades, high power costs key snags to SA chromite sector’s competitiveness

Chamber’s interdict application likely to succeed – attorney

By: Nadine James     12th July 2017 Mining industry employers’ organisation Chamber of Mines’ (CoM’s) urgent interdict application to halt the implementation of the third iteration of the Mining Charter – published by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on June 15 – is likely to succeed, says Webber Wentzel partner Rita... 

Chamber’s interdict application likely to succeed – attorney
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Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Miners rewarded for improved capital discipline

By: Henry Lazenby     11th July 2017 Increased cash flows, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity and new debt issues have helped many of the world’s top miners strengthen their balance sheets in 2016, reflecting miners’ response to investor messages around capital discipline, according to new analysis from PwC Canada. "As the global... 

Miners rewarded for improved capital discipline

Tharisa delivers another record production quarter

By: Martin Creamer     10th July 2017 Platinum group metals (PGM) and chrome producer Tharisa, which has again shown incremental improvements in production volumes and recoveries in the three months to June 30, is continuing to examine ways of further optimising its operations. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Tharisa, headed... 

Tharisa delivers another record production quarter
Photo by Duane Daws
Tharisa, headed by CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

Zim likely to miss $300m chrome ore export target this year

By: Oscar Nkala     7th July 2017 The Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) has indicated that local chrome producers might not achieve the projected 2017 export target of $30-million, owing to falling international commodity prices and the flooding of the traditionally lucrative Chinese market with cheap-quality ore... 

DMR approves Lesedi mining right transfer to Samancor Chrome

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2017 The Department of Mineral Resources has approved the transfer of the Lesedi mining right from South African subsidiary International Ferro Metals Limited (IFMSA) to Samancor Chrome, London-listed International Ferro Metals (IFM) said on Thursday. Once registration of the cession of the Lesedi... 

DMR approves Lesedi mining right transfer to Samancor Chrome

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2017 Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again to support investment in mining companies operating in Africa and to provide an effective platform... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the major new focus on junior miner involvement. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

3D printing could improve mining uptime and productivity

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 Forward-thinking mining organisations are realising that industrial-scale, three-dimensional (3D) printing of equipment used in mines could make operations more cost effective and reduce the frustrations of equipment downtime, says information technology consultancy and systems integration firm... 

3D printing could improve mining uptime and productivity
Photo by Bloomberg
OPERATIONAL CONTROL By 3D printing the spare parts and replaceable components that complex mine machinery requires, operators can gain greater control over the supply chain

Few resource-rich countries properly manage their natural resources – report 

By: Reuters     28th June 2017 More than 80% of the world's major mining, oil and gas-producing countries fail to adequately govern the way they extract and manage natural resources, according to an index that tracks accountability and corruption. Eritrea was the worst performer in the annual index released by the New... 

Musina Intermodal Terminal to improve cross-border trade

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2017 The Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT), launched on Monday, is set to reduce the cost of cross-border trade, especially for bulk commodities, on the North-South trade corridor. The terminal, about 3 km outside Musina and about 13 km from the Beitbridge border post, will serve to move commodities,... 

Musina Intermodal Terminal to improve cross-border trade
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is taken on a tour of the Beitbridge Border Post on Monday

Mining Charter violates shareholder rights – Hogan Lovells

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2017 Mining Charter Three’s arbitrary increase of empowerment shareholding to 30% violates the property rights of shareholders, and the new charter’s requirement to pay 1% of yearly turnover is not expected to survive challenges under the Companies Act and the Constitution. Property rights under the... 

Mining Charter violates shareholder rights – Hogan Lovells
Hogan Lovells partner Wessel Badenhorst

Multidisciplinary mining company says market is challenging

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2017 With the general depletion of natural sand reserves around South Africa, especially within large cities, multidisciplinary materials openpit mining company Afrimat has invested in sand producing plants – especially in Gauteng – to produce high-quality concrete sands to ensure higher concrete... 

Multidisciplinary mining company says market  is challenging
CHALLENGING CONDITIONS Overall, the construction materials sector remains relatively flat

Mining Charter exposing South African economy to GATT angst  

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2017 The procurement rules of the new Mining Charter may violate South Africa’s obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), exposing the country to challenges by other member states of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Herbert Smith Freehills lawyers Peter Leon and Patrick... 

Mining Charter exposing South African economy to GATT angst
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Herbert Smith Freehills co-chair Peter Leon

Mining Charter set to worsen stakeholder relations – Bench Marks

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2017 The new Mining Charter is the flawed outcome of inadequate consultation with communities, the board of the Bench Marks Foundation said on Tuesday, when it warned that the document is poised to worsen stakeholder relations. Bench Marks executive director John Capel condemned the new charter as a... 

Mining Charter set to worsen stakeholder relations – Bench Marks
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Rt Rev Dr Jo Seoka, chairperson of the Bench Marks Foundation, which has launched a scathing attack on the new Mining Charter.

Winter electricity tariffs, low prices prompt Samancor to switch out furnaces

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th June 2017 Chrome producer Samancor Chrome intends to switch out furnaces at its eMalahleni, Middelburg, Steelpoort and Mooinooi operations, owing to the higher winter tariffs charged by Eskom, paired with a “sudden” downturn in the chrome market. The recent downturn saw chrome ore prices dropping from... 

Amplats' exit from Brazil platinum prospect sparks London listing

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2017 The withdrawal of South Africa’s Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) from a platinum group metals (PGM) project in Brazil has opened the way for Jangada Mines to acquire the asset and head for the London Aim to raise an initial £2-million in equity capital to fund the project. Jangada chairperson... 

Amplats' exit from Brazil platinum prospect sparks London listing
Funding sought for Brazil platinum project

Chamber going to court to halt devastating charter blow to already battered mining sector 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2017 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa will be applying at the earliest opportunity for a court date for a declaratory order on continuing empowerment consequences, as well as immediately seeking an interim court interdict to suspend the implementation of Mining Charter Three, the devastating set... 

Chamber going to court to halt devastating charter blow to already battered mining sector
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Chamber of Mines of South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo

IHS Markit's materials price index registers 3.1% weekly decline

By: Henry Lazenby     9th June 2017 A broad basket of commodities tracked by market research house IHS Markit has declined the most in a single week since mid-April, falling 3.1% last week in a broad retreat. IHS senior economist Ben Orhan said in a news release to Mining Weekly Online on Thursday that the commodity price index... 

Phosa condemns charter tinkering, urges growth negotiations  

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2017 Stop tinkering with sector charters and instead negotiate them in a manner that creates room for sizable growth, African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee member Dr Mathews Phosa urged on Wednesday. Delivering the keynote address at the Junior Indaba, the former premier of... 

Phosa condemns charter tinkering, urges growth negotiations
African National Congress National Executive Committee member Mathews Phosa addressed the Junior Indaba, which was cover by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photograph: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Major Transnet Freight Rail mineral mining, chrome maintenance shut

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2017 Transnet Freight Rail will embark on a seven-day shutdown in the Mineral Mining & Chrome (MMC) area of operation from June 5 to 11. This year’s affected areas include Witbank, Nelspruit, Koedoespoort, Swaziland, Maputo, Empangeni and other lines tapping into Transnet Port Terminals and Transnet... 

Major Transnet Freight Rail mineral mining, chrome maintenance shut

Young bull run kickstarts cyclical mining industry into exploration mode

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd June 2017 With the commodity and equity markets in much better shape than a year ago, mining industry players are navigating the early days of a new bull run with renewed interest in exploration and mergers and acquisitions activity to secure future supplies. While the commodity market is perhaps not... 

Young bull run kickstarts cyclical mining industry into exploration mode
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Resource Maven newsletter writer Gwen Preston on a mining site visit

Intermodal terminals benefit emerging smaller players

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Market response to the newly established intermodal terminals in Elandsfontein, Gauteng, and Musina, Limpopo has been positive; however, industry still perceives the use of rail as a challenge. 

Intermodal terminals benefit emerging smaller players
Photo by Bloomberg
INSTRUMENTAL SUPPORT Demonstrating its support for road-to-rail migration, State-owned enterprise Transnet Freight Rail has ensured that rail services are well managed and fairly priced

Tharisa appoints new nonexecutive director

By: Anine Kilian     1st June 2017 LSE- and JSE-listed platinum group metals and chrome producer Tharisa has appointed Roger Davey as independent nonexecutive director, effective June 1. Davey holds an MSc in mineral production management from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London and an MSc in water resource... 

Zambezi Protocol to serve as guide for identity-changing chamber 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2017 The 128-year-old Chamber of Mines of South Africa provided an important indicator of its intended new direction when it revealed that the Zambezi Protocol would be its guiding light as it embarked on its identity and name-change programme. Under unanimously elected new president of Mxolisi Mgojo,... 

Zambezi Protocol to serve as guide for identity-changing chamber
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer asks new Chamber of Mines office bearers to spell out the influential institution’s decision to change its 128-year-old name and identity. Photographs and Video: Duane Daws. Video Editing : Lionel d Silva.

Limpopo illegal miners appear in court

By: African News Agency      29th May 2017 Five people allegedly involved in massive illegal mining of chrome in Limpopo are expected to appear in Sekhukhune and Mecklenburg courts on Monday. Police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the suspects aged between 33 and 44 were arrested last week during an operation by the police and... 

New company aims to be ‘unrivalled’ service provider

     26th May 2017 With a focus on safety and supporting its customers, the process of integrating diversified industrial-use products and services provider Komatsu and high-productivity mining solutions provider Joy Global has begun, following the conclusion of a $3.7-billion deal in April. On May 8, executive... 

New company aims to be ‘unrivalled’ service provider
RETAINING FOCUS Newly renamed Komatsu Mining will continue to promote and invest in the Joy Global P&H, Joy and Montabert brands

Sector requires repositioning to realise future success

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2017 While outsourced mining services specific to the resources sector are adequate for now, the depressed commodity cycle in South Africa has masked the need for outsourcing to robustly position itself for the future, says Independent process industry consultant, business analyst and chemical... 

Sector requires repositioning to realise future success
SANTOSH GUNPATH Global, rather than local macroeconomics will be the driver for the outsourced mining services sector

Alcohol testing, education longterm solution to abuse

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 Testing backed up by educational programmes is a tried and tested method, proven to reduce alcohol-related incidents, drive down absenteeism and improve overall productivity in the mining sector, alcohol detection technology and services provider Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans tells Mining Weekly. 

Alcohol testing, education longterm solution to abuse
EFFECTIVE TESTING Testing needs to be carried out every single day as part of the mine’s standard health and safety policy to be effective

Fibre-optic pyrometer offers South Africa greater accuracy

By: Nadine James     19th May 2017 The South African minerals and metals processing industry has yet to take advantage of the fibre-optic Calex Fibre-Mini pyrometer, compared with the response from international markets, which has been favourable. The pyrometer, used to measure temperatures of reflective metals, was developed by... 

Fibre-optic pyrometer offers  South Africa greater accuracy
FIBRE-MINI PYROMETER The fibre-optic sensing head withstands up to 200 °C ambient temperature

Krugersdorp plant converts furnaces to produce ferrochrome

     19th May 2017 As a result of the upward trend in ferrochrome prices, Krugersdorp-based processing plant Mogale Alloys – owned and operated by global vertically-integrated producer of speciality alloys Afarak Group’s African subsidiary, Afarak Mogale, has converted two of its four furnaces to facilitate... 

Krugersdorp plant converts furnaces to produce ferrochrome
NIMBLE OPERATION Mogale's swing plant operation, enables it to change its production capacity in line with market expectations

Legislation plays ‘big role’ in uptake of healthcare services 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 In many countries, health and safety legislation is either nonexistent or not effectively enforced and, therefore, greatly influences the number of mining-related work opportunities available for healthcare service providers, such as International SOS in Midrand, South Africa 

Legislation plays  ‘big role’ in uptake  of healthcare services
International SOS medical director Dr Charl van Loggerenberg speaks about 'Duty of Care' and the company's services and products. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva
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