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Altiplano earns half of Comet JV; starts bulk sample

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd November 2017 Exploration junior Altiplano Minerals has earned a 50% stake in the Comet Joint Venture (CJV) with Comet Exploration, which is conducting exploration on the Farellon and Maria Luisa copper/gold development projects, in Chile. Headed by John Williamson, co-founder of Kaminak Gold, which discovered... 

Brazil lower house okays higher mining royalties, new regulator

By: Reuters     22nd November 2017 Brazil's lower house of Congress on Wednesday passed a bill that would boost royalty rates on iron ore by 75% - instead of doubling the rates as had been proposed - and later voted to approve the creation of a new mining regulator. Under the revised plan, gold mining royalties would rise 50%,... 

Nevsun loses bid to stop Canadian lawsuit over forced labour claims in Africa mine

By: Reuters     22nd November 2017 Nevsun Resources lost its bid to have a Canadian court throw out a lawsuit by Eritreans workers who say they were forced to work at its mine in East Africa, according to an appeals court judgment released on Tuesday. A lower Canadian court ruled last October that the lawsuit against Nevsun can... 

Parliament delays passing key mining law

By: Reuters     22nd November 2017 South Africa's Parliament will miss a December target to pass changes to mineral resource laws, seen as key for greater investor certainty, a senior Parliamentary official said on Tuesday. In September, Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane told a mining conference in Australia that the new target date... 

Parliament delays passing key mining law
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Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Havilah teams up with CMC to develop North Portia

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd November 2017 South Australia copper-focused junior Havilah Resources and mining partner Consolidated Mining and Civil (CMC) have agreed to jointly advance the North Portia copper/gold deposit, which is a key element of miner’s copper growth strategy. The parties have signed a binding memorandum of... 

Ivanhoe marks first blast at Kakula

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2017 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has marked the start of work on the twin declines at the ultrahigh-grade Kakula copper discovery, at the Kamoa-Kakula copper project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with the first blast. The Kakula boxcut was successfully completed on October 26, followed by... 

Underground ore reserves extend Prominent Hill life to 2029

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st November 2017 An 18% increase in the underground ore reserve at Prominent Hill could extend the mine’s life to 2029, copper/gold miner Oz Minerals reported on Tuesday. The increase in underground ore reserves to 39-million tonnes at 1.7% copper equivalent has enabled an expected underground production rate of... 

Copper's big meh shows Chile's commodity crown is slipping

By: Bloomberg     21st November 2017 There was a time when a sneeze in Santiago would cause the global copper market to catch a cold. Not any more. The first round of Chilean presidential elections Sunday delivered a surprisingly weak result to frontrunner Sebastian Pinera, a conservative billionaire running on a fiscal... 

Rio Tinto's US copper smelter restarts, force majeure remains

By: Reuters     21st November 2017 Global miner Rio Tinto restarted the smelter at its large Kennecott mine in the United States last Friday after a nearly six-week outage but force majeure on refined copper has not yet been lifted, a company spokesman said on Monday. There was no timeline for when the force majeure would be... 

Copper Mountain to acquire Altona in A$93m deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th November 2017 TSX-listed Copper Mountain Mining Corporation (CMMC) on Monday announced that it would buy ASX-listed Altona Mining for A$93-million, giving the company access to the undeveloped Cloncurry copper project, in Queensland. The project holds a measured and indicated mineral resource containing more... 

Copper Mountain to acquire Altona in A$93m deal

Queensland’s Capricorn copper mine reopens

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th November 2017 he Capricorn copper mine, in near Mount Isa, in Queensland, has produced its first copper concentrate and has officially been declared open. The mine, jointly owned by private equity fund EMR Capital and mining group Lighthouse Minerals, will produce about 30 000 t/y of copper in concentrate over... 

Finders expects lower Dec quarter copper output, higher costs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th November 2017 Copper miner Finders Resources reported on Friday that a delay at its Wetar copper project, in Indonesia, would see quarterly production remain below par. The company lowered its copper cathode production for the December quarter to be between 4 000 t and 5 000 t, from a previous estimate of... 

Finders expects lower Dec quarter copper output, higher costs

Zambian mining sector edging closer to ‘zero harm’

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 The atmosphere at the Zambian mining industry’s third annual Health and Safety Conference, held in Ndola on November 2 and 3, was particularly positive as, at the time, the industry was firmly on course for a fatality-free year, the Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM) reports. This was significant, as... 

Zambian mining sector edging closer to ‘zero harm’
KANSANSHI MINE A woman truck driver from Kansanshi mine sustained fatal injuries when the heavy-duty truck she was driving collided with another truck in the sole fatality in Zambia’s mining industry so far, this year

'A good number of investors' considering countries offering better return-on-investment prospects than SA

By: Dylan Slater     17th November 2017 Mining policies imposed by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on local industry are creating increased uncertainty for investors, a growing number of whom are considering investing in mining projects and exploration in other countries, with a greater chance of a healthier return on... 

'A good number of investors' considering countries offering better return-on-investment prospects than SA
Photo by Duane Daws
PAUL MILLER A significant volume of additional capital needs to be earmarked for every new mining project to account for risk associated with policy uncertainty

Orion initiates hitech regional exploration in Northern Cape

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2017 Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed company Orion Minerals will from November 26 initiate an airborne survey across a large area of South Africa’s Northern Cape as part of a regional exploration programme that will make use of the latest available technology in an area last explored in the 1980s.... 

Orion initiates hitech regional exploration in Northern Cape
A SkyTEM survey operation.

Investor TCI demands UK's LSE answer more questions in board tussle

By: Reuters     16th November 2017 Activist investor TCI has demanded the London Stock Exchange answer a series of questions ahead of a shareholder meeting called by the fund to oust the chairperson over his handling of the planned replacement of its chief executive. Among the questions TCI wants answered by the LSE board before... 

Orion’s shares rise on Prieska metallurgical testwork update, loan facility extension

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 Dual-listed base metals miner Orion Minerals’s share price on the JSE was trading 6.15% higher on Wednesday after the company announced the positive results from initial metallurgical test work at its Prieska zinc/copper project and the extension of a loan facility. Orion and mining-focused,... 

Savannah secures enviro permits for Oman copper projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th November 2017 Aim-quoted Savannah Resources has been granted environmental operating permits for the first two of a series of planned copper mine developments in Oman, marking a “major breakthrough” for its development plans, CEO David Archer announced on Wednesday. The Ministry of Environment and Climate... 

Glencore is said close to creating mining royalty company

By: Bloomberg     15th November 2017 Glencore is close to finalising a $700-million deal with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to create a new base-metals royalty company, according to people familiar with the matter. The Swiss commodity giant will bring royalty agreements from about 10 mines, while Ontario Teachers’ will... 

Glencore is said close to creating mining royalty company
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Winmar withdraws from Spain JV, reduces salaries by 50%

By: Mariaan Webb     14th November 2017 Australia’s Winmar Resources has slashed its staff salaries and directors fees by half to minimise cash outflows until it has secured a new lead project. The announcement on Tuesday comes a day after the company said that it had withdrawn from the Lomero joint venture project with Kimberly... 

Namibia Rare Earths expands metals portfolio

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 TSX-V-listed project developer Namibia Rare Earths has signed an agreement with private firm Gecko Namibia to acquire a controlling interest in a portfolio of seven metals properties, thereby expanding its focus from heavy rare earths to include cobalt, copper, zinc, lithium, graphite, tantalum,... 

New Alliance to ensure responsible cobalt supply from Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Joining other international businesses and organisations at the inaugural World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit, held in New York from September 18 to 19, diversified miner Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) helped launch the Global Battery Alliance. 

New Alliance to  ensure responsible cobalt supply  from Africa
CONFLICT-FREE OPERATION ERG’s Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation project will supply 14 000 t/y of responsibly mined cobalt to the global market in 2018

Political tension slows mining activity in Tanzania

By: Victor Moolman     10th November 2017 Despite the fact that political tension in Tanzania has impacted the mining industry, with several operations subsequently closing, SEW-EURODRIVE continues to have a strong presence in the country, with Tanzania as its main hub for East Africa. SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa national sales manager... 

Political tension  slows mining activity in Tanzania
NORMAN MALEKA There will be demand for after-sales support in Tanzania, owing to new industries established in the country

Zambian chamber lauds Chile as model of what mining can achieve with the right policies

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 A two-person team from Chile’s mining industry recently visited Zambia and met with the Zambian Chamber of Mines (ZCM), the Presidency, the Zambia Revenue Authority’s Mineral Value Chain Monitoring Project and Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings. The ZCM believes that Zambia can... 

Zambian chamber lauds Chile as model of what mining can achieve with the right policies
Photo by Codelco
LONG-TERM VISION Chile place’s great emphasis on due process and the rule of law, when it comes to their mining industry; even where it might not be to the country’s short-term benefit

Mining technology gets boost from new Wits-Sibanye partnership

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2017 Mining technology is being given a Fourth Industrial Revolution boost through the new partnership struck between precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater and the Wits Mining Institute. Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood outlined in a news release on Thursday that... 

EY's Canadian Mining Eye Index trends positively in Q3

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th November 2017 The EY Canadian Mining Eye index gained 2% during the third quarter, following a 7% decline in the prior period. The gain was driven by increases across the board in precious and base metals. "As commodity prices continue to increase, appetite for investment in existing projects is expected to... 

Prieska zinc/copper project delivers further positives

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th November 2017 Dual-listed Orion Minerals on Wednesday reported further positive results from its ongoing drilling programme at the Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape. The company said in a drilling update that the assay results received confirm significant zinc and copper mineralisation over the... 

Phoenix Global embarks on ambitious plan to restart Empire copper mine, Idaho

By: Henry Lazenby     8th November 2017 Aim-listed copper junior Phoenix Global Mining has formulated an ambitious growth strategy to restart mining at the brownfields Empire copper mine, in Idaho, by 2020. The company made its debut on the LSE's Aim market late in June, with the aim of bringing the historic mine back into production,... 

Phoenix Global embarks on ambitious plan to restart Empire copper mine, Idaho
Photo by Phoenix Global Resources
Drilling underway at Phoenix Global Resources' Empire mine, Idaho

Bristow, Friedland may go head-to-head in on-stage copper-gold debate

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2017 Dr Mark Bristow of Randgold Resources and Robert Friedland of Ivanhoe Mines may go head-to-head in a live on-stage gold-versus-copper debate at the Investing in African Mining Indaba event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose disclosed... 

Bristow, Friedland may go head-to-head in on-stage copper-gold debate
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Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose (right) and Martin Creamer

Harmony ups output, cuts costs, improves margins

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2017 Gold-mining company Harmony produced 14% more gold in the three months to September 30, when it cut unit costs by 8% and improved the margins of profit at its South African operations. Excellent operational performance was responsible for the margin improvement and last month’s acquisition of the... 

Harmony ups output, cuts costs, improves margins
Photo by Duane Daws
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

Canadian junior mining sector riding renewed wave of confidence

By: Henry Lazenby     7th November 2017 Despite signs of improved investor confidence in Canada's prolific junior mining sector – mainly driven by rising consumer technology demand for resources – analysts are warning that the market recovery is in a delicate phase and will require discipline to survive until more substantial commodity... 

Canadian junior mining sector riding renewed wave of confidence

Copper Mountain swings to Q3 headline profit as mine performs above plan

By: Henry Lazenby     7th November 2017 The TSX-listed stock of British Columbia-focused miner Copper Mountain Mining has jumped more than 12% on Monday trading, after the company reported a higher-than-expected headline profit, on account of the mine performing above plan. The Vancouver-headquartered miner that operates its flagship... 

DRC’s State mining company hiding revenues – Carter Center

By: Martin Creamer     6th November 2017 Certain revenues of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) State mining company Gécamines are not directed to the public treasury and are largely beyond the realm of public oversight, resulting in the DRC and its people being deprived of many of the benefits of its rich minerals endowment, the Carter... 

DRC’s State mining company hiding revenues – Carter Center
Former US President Jimmy Carter

CAML the new owner of Macedonia’s Sasa mine as takeover is completed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th November 2017 London-based Central Asia Metals Limited (CAML) is officially the new owner of the Sasa mine in Macedonia, after the company on Monday concluded the acquisition of Lynx Resources and was readmitted to trading on Aim. The $402.5-million acquisition has diversified CAML’s base metal production... 

Orion issues first tranche of shares in capital raising

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd November 2017 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals on Friday issued the first tranche of shares as part of a two-tranche capital raising. The company aims to raise $5.5-million at an issue price of 2.4c an ordinary fully paid share to fund the resource drilling campaign at the Prieska zinc/copper project, to... 

Kyrgyzstan reverses Bozymchak suspension

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd November 2017 The Kyrgyzstan government has cancelled the suspension of operations at the Bozymchak mine and full production has resumed, KAZ Minerals reported on Friday. The London-listed company announced on Thursday that the government had suspended operations at the gold and copper mine for three months.... 

IHS Markit materials price index up 0.5% as technology leads

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd November 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit gained 0.5% over the past week, building on a 1.6% gain the previous week. The main drivers last week were technology, with IHS's computer chip-based DRAM sub-index climbing a significant 5.2%, while oil and lumber were up 1.3% and... 

Hudbay net earnings rise 22% as output rises in Manitoba, Peru

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd November 2017 Canadian base metals miner Hudbay Minerals has posted a 22% improvement in third-quarter profit as the company's Manitoba and Peru operations produced more metals at lower costs. The Toronto-headquartered company reported a net profit of $40.9-million, or $0.17 a share, for the three months ended... 

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