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Chamber calls on mining to renounce its apartheid past

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2017 Mining is the foundation of the South African economy. Much of the manufacturing and services sectors exist because they were initiated to service and provide inputs to the mining industry since the second half of the 19th century. However, mining was also one of the foundation stones of South... 

Amendment Bill in limbo, but processes crucial

By: Sascha Solomons     3rd February 2017 While stakeholders are waiting for the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill to pass into law, it is important to not only comply with the current version of the MPRDA, but also to take into account the proposed amendments, comments Hogan Lovells partner and head... 

Amendment Bill in limbo, but processes crucial
WARREN BEECH Renewed consultation might eliminate some of the concerns on the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act Amendment Bill

Merafe improves production, cuts debt levels

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd February 2017 JSE-listed Merafe Resources’ attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture for the year ended December 31, increased by 4% to 107 t, compared with the 101 t produced in 2015. Merafe said in statement last week that it expects to report basic earnings a share of... 

Merafe improves production, cuts debt levels
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INCREASED VALUE Merafe Resources expects to report basic earnings a share of between 20c and 23.5c for the full year, compared with the 13.7c recorded in the prior year

Mining remains core to defining South Africa’s economy – Manuel 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2017 For the last 150 years, mining has been the driving force of South African industry and economic development. Even though dislike of mining is expressed in various ways, that does not take away from the manner in which mining has shaped South Africa and influenced the interactions of its people. 

Mining remains core to defining South Africa’s economy – Manuel
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Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel

Glencore considering bid for Impala’s chrome waste business

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2017 Glencore, the mining and trading firm run by billionaire Ivan Glasenberg, is considering a bid for Impala Platinum Holdings’s 65% stake in a chrome waste-retreatment operation in South Africa, two people familiar with the matter said. Glencore already has an agreement to buy metal from Chrome... 

Bank upbeat about mining sector in 2017, predicts steady commodity price uptick 

By: Ilan Solomons     30th January 2017 Given that the global economy is expected to grow by 3.4% this year and 3.5% in 2018, the health of global macroeconomics is good, which bodes well for a resurgence in the global mining industry during the course of this year. This is according to Standard Bank mining and metals research head Tim... 

Bank upbeat about mining sector in 2017, predicts steady commodity price uptick
Standard Bank’s Tim Clark and Sandra du Toit discuss their perceptions of the state of the global mining sector and predictions for the year ahead. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 30.1.2017

Digital mining gaining traction – EY 

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2017 The tempo of mine modernisation – the coming together of mechanisation, digitisation and behavioural change – is on the up as mining companies pursue what is seen as the next productivity step change. With several companies having already mechanised, a growing number are now looking to digitise... 

Digital mining gaining traction – EY
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EY mining and metals leader Wickus Botha

Fewer potholes on road ahead for vanadium, chrome, manganese

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 It has been a challenging three years for the South African mining sector, particularly for ferroalloy producers. Several producers have reduced their output, while others have either entered business rescue or have been forced to close completely, says metals, minerals, carbon and chemicals... 

Fewer potholes on road ahead for vanadium, chrome, manganese
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NEW-YEAR DEPICTION Ferrochrome prices will remain strong in the first half of 2017, but there might be an oversupply thereafter, leading to lower chrome-ore prices

Juniors to battle for project development prizes at Indaba

27th January 2017 Identifying the best junior mining companies for investors and supporting the development of new projects is at the core of the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba, says event organiser Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose. 

Juniors to battle for project development prizes at Indaba
ALEX GROSE Participating junior miners will receive feedback from a judging panel comprising members from leading investment management groups at this year’s Investment Battlefield

Partnership to attract new investors, companies

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 Mining Indaba director of content Harry Chapman is confident that new investors and mining companies will be attracted to the 2017 Investment Discovery Forum (IDF) owing to its partnership with banking group Investec and investment services provider RBC Capital Markets, and programming that... 

Partnership to attract new investors, companies
FUNDING EXPANSION Guyana Goldfields will use the net proceeds of its bought deal financing to fund an expansion of its flagship Aurora gold mine in South America

New equipment to be showcased

27th January 2017 Equipment developers Volvo Construction Equipment and Terex Trucks will be represented by plant and equipment supplier Babcock at the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba, where it will showcase new products from the manufacturers that will be introduced this year as part of the company’s... 

New equipment  to be showcased
BIGGER AND BETTER The Volvo A60H 60 t articulated hauler is the largest of its kind in the world

Amtec

27th January 2017 Witbank-based Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) specialises in the construction of materials handling systems and processing plants. “Amtec is especially proficient and experienced in brownfield and shutdown construction activities having successfully undertaken many ‘difficult’ projects in... 

Amtec

Merafe increases FY output, reduces debt

By: Ilan Solomons     26th January 2017 JSE-listed Merafe Resources’ attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture for the year ended December 31, increased by 4% to 107 t, compared with the 101 t produced in 2015. Merafe on Thursday said that it expects to report basic earnings a share of between 20c and... 

Merafe increases FY output, reduces debt
Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture chrome refinery

Geoscience BC gets C$10m boost, publishes its largest geophysical survey

By: Henry Lazenby     26th January 2017 The British Columbia government has made C$10-million in funding available over two years to further support its work encouraging mineral, coal, and oil and gas exploration investment in the province, Premier Christy Clark announced this week at the Association for Mineral Exploration’s Roundup... 

Geoscience BC gets C$10m boost, publishes its largest geophysical survey
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British Columbia Premier Christy Clark _ Geoscience BC

‘Very tough’ mining year ahead as ‘lawfare’ breaks out – Nedbank

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2017 South African mining has a “very tough” year ahead, with "lawfare" breaking out. While existing large, powerful mining companies will persist, growth through new entrants and foreign investment is highly unlikely this year, resulting in escalating opportunity loss. 

‘Very tough’ mining year ahead as ‘lawfare’ breaks out – Nedbank
Nedbank mining finance principal Paul Miller

Mine safety a casualty of too many distractions, say unions as 2016 statistics show marginal improvement

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2017 South Africa’s mining stakeholders need to “go back to the drawing board” and refocus efforts on bringing down the number of fatalities in the sector, trade union Solidarity's deputy general secretary for occupational health and safety and sustainable development Advocate Paul Mardon said, as a... 

Mine safety a casualty of too many distractions, say unions as 2016 statistics show marginal improvement
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Mineral Resources Minister Mosebezi Zwane

Despite expecting further delay to RoF development, Noront exploration guns for gold

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2017 Despite reporting progress with discussions between stakeholders, the largest landholder in the emerging Ring of Fire (RoF) mining camp of Northern Ontario, Noront Resources, said Tuesday that it expected further delays to the development of its cornerstone Eagle’s Nest mine. The precious and... 

High Court exposes DMR as incompetent, irrational investment obstructor

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2017 A judgement of the Gauteng division of the High Court of South Africa exposes the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) as an irrational institution with a high degree of incompetence that obstructs the mining investment it is meant to facilitate, lacks energy in resolving issues, allows appeal... 

High Court exposes DMR as incompetent, irrational investment obstructor

Tharisa confident of meeting FY PGM, chrome output guidance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2017 JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome producer Tharisa on Wednesday reported that its operations remain on track to meet the 2017 full-year production guidance of 147 000 oz of PGMs and 1.3-million tonnes of chrome concentrates, of which 300 000 t will be specialty grade chrome... 

Bauba restarts chrome mining after price recovery

By: African News Agency      5th January 2017 A recovery in prices has seen Bauba Platinum resume chrome mining at its Moeijelijk Mine, the company said on Thursday. The mine was placed under care and maintenance on January 11 last year after a decline in the chrome-ore price – from $175/t to about $120/t – rendered the chrome project... 

Bauba restarts chrome mining after price recovery

IHS Materials Price Index jumps to 18-month high; emergent weakness to undermine momentum

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2016 Analytics firm IHS Markit reports that its Materials Price Index (MPI) rose for a sixth consecutive week, increasing 1.4% to hit a fresh 18-month high. IHS Global Insight Pricing & Purchasing senior economist Ben Orhan pointed out that ferrous metals once again drove the index higher, gaining... 

IHS Materials Price Index jumps to 18-month high; emergent weakness to undermine momentum

Ferrochrome price settled for first quarter – Merafe

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th December 2016 JSE-listed Merafe Resources on Thursday said the European benchmark ferrochrome price for the first quarter of 2017 has been settled at $1.65/lb. This, the company noted in a statement to shareholders, would be an increase of 50% from the $1.10/lb price in the fourth quarter of this year. 

Stillwater deal runs deep

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2016 The acquisition of America’s Stillwater Mining has the potential to put South Africa’s Sibanye on the inside track of low-cost mechanised primary mining as well as provide it with deep insight into secondary mining – the recycling of platinum-group metals (PGMs). Both these inputs will help... 

Stillwater deal runs deep
The US assets Sibanye is buying

Implats selling chrome interest

9th December 2016 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) is disposing of its 65% interest in Impala Chrome, a chrome beneficiation operation that produces 200 000 t of chrome concentrate a year by processing four-million tonnes of tailings a year. As announced in a newspaper advertisement, Implats’... 

Invicta’s Walters to join Assore as CEO

6th December 2016 JSE-listed mining holding company Assore has appointed Charles Walters CEO, effective July 1. He will join the company as CEO designate on April 1. 

All systems go at Hernic as Jubilee eyes new projects

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd December 2016 Mine-to-metals company Jubilee Platinum is days away from starting the commissioning of its new Hernic platinum group metals-bearing chrome tailings processing plant, in the North West. With some 90% of the budgeted capital spent to date, the group is nearing the full completion of the mechanical... 

Diligent Glencore delivers on debt promise, restarts dividend

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2016 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has delivered on last year’s commitment to cut debt and structurally increase the strength of its balance sheet – and it has done so in a way that has preserved the group’s long-term earnings capability.  JP Morgan Cazenove analysts described the... 

Diligent Glencore delivers on debt promise, restarts dividend
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Ivan Glasenberg at last year's hand over by Glencore of a R75-million school in South Africa's coalfields to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

Chinese demand, prices trigger ferrochrome green shoots in India

By: Ajoy K Das     1st December 2016 Green shoots are emerging in the ferrochrome industry in India, as a revival in demand from China and higher prices have spurred producers to bring idled capacity back into production. “Improved Chinese demand and price realisations have definitely had a salutary impact on Indian ferrochrome... 

Chinese demand, prices trigger ferrochrome green shoots in India

Tharisa posts record year with profit of $15.8m, announces maiden dividend

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2016 Platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome concentrates producer Tharisa on Tuesday reported “record results”, with its profit after tax more than doubling from $6-million in 2015, to $15.8-million for the year ended September 30. This translated into basic earnings per share (EPS) of $0.05 and... 

Capital expenditure to continue downward trend

By: Henry Lazenby     29th November 2016 Despite a modestly more buoyant outlook for key metal prices, mining capital expenditures (capex) are expected to continue on a downward slide over the next three years as miners seek further cost cuts and to improve operational margins, according to analysis by Fitch Group research arm BMI.... 

Capital expenditure to continue downward trend

Discredited DMR making ill-considered demands on struggling industry

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is making ill-considered demands that have little hope of being met. Instead of following the continent’s African Mining Vision and Zambezi Protocol, the DMR is going out on a dictatorial limb. 

Discredited DMR making ill-considered demands on struggling industry
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Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter and Chamber of Mines Senior Executive Public Affairs and Transformation Tebello Chabana

DMR appointment causes concern

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has controversially made a key appointment within the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on the grounds that it is only temporary.   Earlier this month, the Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources, James Lorimer MP, requested... 

DMR appointment causes concern
DA Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources James Lorimer MP

Business, labour need to combine as errant DMR turns dictator

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2016 The point has been made that mining business and labour have never been closer than now and that they need to make use of the current window of opportunity to establish a better foundation between themselves so that they can collectively shame the government into moving mining forward for the... 

Business, labour need to combine as errant DMR turns dictator
Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter

DMR must be challenged, good governance must be assured

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2016 Mining has the wealth-generating potential to boost economies, but countries blessed with a mineral endowment must at least do their bit by assuring good governance. Regrettably, against the background of the recently released 'State of Capture' report of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela,... 

DMR must be challenged, good governance must be assured
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Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela

Chinese demand breaks five-year commodities downward spiral

By: David Oliveira     4th November 2016 Chinese commodity demand being higher than expected helped breaking a downward trend in global demand starting in 2011, however, global financial services provider Macquarie advised that the mining industry was still in negative growth territory. During a teleconference last month Macquarie... 

Shanghai to host chromium conference next week

By: Ilan Solomons     4th November 2016 The International Chromium Development Association (ICDA) will be hosting the Chromium 2016 conference in Shanghai, China from November 8 to 10, where presenters will provide insights into the current state of the sector and its future prospects. ICDA president Jeff McLaughlan will open the event... 

Shanghai to host chromium conference next week
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CHROMIUM MARKET PERSPECTIVES There will be a roundtable discussion on the chrome and ferrochrome markets at the Chromium 2016 conference in Shanghai

Third-quarter Glencore coal production down on Optimum disposal

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2016 Third-quarter production of diversified major Glencore reflects the various operational suspensions and supply reductions announced and actioned notably in coal, oil, copper and zinc. The London-, Hong Kong- and Johannesburg-listed mining and marketing company, headed by CEO Ivan Glasenberg, said... 

Third-quarter Glencore coal production down on Optimum disposal
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Mining decline will continue unless new minerals Bill changed – Lorimer 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2016 The decline of South Africa’s mining sector will continue unless the new Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act Amendment Bill – passed by the National Assembly on Tuesday – is radically changed, says Democratic Alliance Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer MP. The Bill, sent... 

Mining decline will continue unless new minerals Bill changed – Lorimer
The Democratic Alliance’s Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer MP

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