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Firms joining forces to raise $500m for mining projects, particularly in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 Mining investment advisory company MX Mining Capital Advisors and law firm Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa are collaborating to assist in raising about $500-million in finance for mining projects worldwide and for Africa based ones in particularly. MX Mining is focused on raising capital and... 

Billions in investment to propel Zambia’s Mopani mine into costs ‘premier league’

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 “Like a sports team, Mopani copper mine, in Kitwe, Zambia is near the bottom of the league and needs to improve its ranking to avoid relegation or closure,” says diversified mining major Glencore’s Mopani copper mine CEO Johan Jansen, using a football analogy to explain where the company is in... 

Billions in investment to propel Zambia’s  Mopani mine into costs ‘premier league’
LOFTY AMBITIONS Through parent company Glencore’s commitment and financial support the mine’s management team wants to turn Mopani into a world-class mining company by 2023

Harmony ups South African capex, pays 70% higher dividend 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2017 Gold mining company Harmony Gold, which spent R2.3-billion capital expenditure (capex) on its South African operations in the 12 months to June 30, will be increasing its capex to R2.7-billion for mainly the ongoing development of the Phakisa and Tshepong gold mines in the Free State. The... 

Harmony ups South African capex, pays 70% higher dividend
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp delivering results at presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

BHP to invest $2.46bn to extend life of Chilean mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 BHP has approved capital expenditure of $2.46-billion for the Spence Growth Option (SGO) at the Spence opencut copper mine, in northern Chile, which will extend the mine life by more than 50 years.   CEO Andrew Mackenzie on Thursday said the SGO project supports BHP's strategy to deliver... 

BHP to invest $2.46bn to extend life of Chilean mine

KAZ Minerals more than doubles output as new mines ramp up

By: Mariaan Webb     17th August 2017 The ramping up to two new openpit copper mines in the Pavlodar and East regions of Kazakhstan has helped KAZ Minerals to more than double its first-half production, revenue and profit. The London-, Kazakhstan- and Hong Kong-listed miner on Thursday reported production of 118 000 t of copper in... 

KAZ Minerals more than doubles output as new mines ramp up

Hammer nails Glencore JV

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th August 2017 ASX-listed junior Hammer Metals has acquired fellow-listed AuKing Mining’s stake in tenements in Mount Isa, forming a new joint venture (JV) with major Glencore. Hammer and AuKing in December of last year struck a deal under which Hammer would pay 1.5-million shares for a number of tenement... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill
Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill

Work stops at Nifty

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th August 2017 Underground operations at the Nifty copper mine, in Western Australia, have been temporarily suspended as owner Metals X undertook remedial repairs to the secondary escapeway. The ASX-listed company said on Wednesday that the repairs would take around seven days to complete, with the mine to... 

Imperial running low on cash as debt payments loom, production dwindles

By: Henry Lazenby     16th August 2017 Base metals producer Imperial Metals is reviewing its mine plans and its capital requirements because of lower-than-expected metal output in the first half of this year, the company said late on Monday. To tide it over, the Vancouver-based company, which operates the Red Chris and Mount Polley... 

Palladium consumption to hit all-time high in 2017 – Nornickel

By: Mariaan Webb     15th August 2017 Palladium consumption is heading for an all-time high of 10.8-million troy ounces, which will leave the market in a deficit of more than one-million ounces in 2017, according to the world’s largest producer of the precious metal. Russia’s Nornickel said on Tuesday that it retained a positive... 

Palladium consumption to hit all-time high in 2017 – Nornickel

Africa's biggest copper mine hit by Zambian power restrictions

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2017 Zambia is cutting power to mines including Africa’s biggest copper site, the Kansanshi pit owned by First Quantum Minerals, escalating a fight over tariffs. "They have still got some significant amount of power for them to operate, but obviously their operations will not be at 100% because of the... 

Permitting advances at Black Butte

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th August 2017 The Montana State Authority has issued ASX-listed Sandfire Resources’ Black Butte copper project, with a draft mine operating permit (MOP), allowing the company to advance the project. The draft MOP is expected within the next 30 days, and marked the culmination of an extensive process... 

African body urges Congo to prosecute Anvil over mine deaths

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2017 The African Union’s human rights body urged the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government to prosecute officials of an Australian mining company over their alleged role in a military crackdown in 2004 that left more than 70 people dead. The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights also... 

Katanga to restate certain historic results 

By: Henry Lazenby     15th August 2017 Canadian copper/cobalt producer Katanga Mining said on Monday it would restate some past financial statements to correct inaccuracies in its recorded amount of copper production during 2015 and 2014. The company's independent directors are conducting an ongoing review in cooperation with... 

Higher prices lift Newcrest revenue as FY gold output dips

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th August 2017 Gold miner Newcrest Mining on Monday reported a 6% increase in revenue for the 2017 financial year, despite slightly lower gold production. Revenue for the 12 months to June 30 increased from A$3.2-million to A$3.4-million, as the company benefited from an 8% higher realised gold price and a 10%... 

Woodlawn equipment orders placed - Heron

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th August 2017 Dual-listed Heron Resources has advanced the development of its Woodlawn zinc/copper project, in New South Wales, placing initial orders for a number of long-lead, critical path equipment. The ASX- and TSX-listed company on Monday said that it had procured a $4.4-million fine grinding mill,... 

This Canadian copper giant is missing best of metal's surge

By: Bloomberg     12th August 2017 As copper producers from Freeport-McMoRan to BHP Billiton ponder what to do with the windfall from surging prices, First Quantum Minerals has no such dilemma. Unlike most of its peers, First Quantum’s copper sales are fully hedged – at an expected average price of $2.37/lb for the second half of... 

Nevsun delays Timok schedule, provides more capital for flagship Bisha ops

By: Henry Lazenby     11th August 2017 Canadian base metals producer Nevsun Resources this week announced a strategic update on its capital allocation plans, allotting extra capital to its Eritrea-based Bisha zinc/copper/gold operation and delaying the timetable for delivery of the Serbia-based Timok prefeasibility study (PFS) to the... 

Nevsun delays Timok schedule, provides more capital for flagship Bisha ops
Photo by Nevsun Resources
Bisha mine, Eritrea

Outlook stable for Anglo American – S&P's

By: Anine Kilian     11th August 2017 Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) has given global mining company Anglo American a stable outlook, raising its long- and short-term corporate credit ratings to BBB-/A-3 from BB+/B. The agency also raised Anglo American’s long-term South Africa national scale rating to zaAAA from zaAA+,... 

Aeon raises $5.5m for Queensland project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2017 Base metals explorer Aeon Metals on Friday said it had agreed to place 39.2-million shares at 14c each to sophisticated and institutional investors to raise A$5.5-million before costs. “The Aeon board is very happy to broaden the share register with a good mix of domestic and international... 

Gamsberg zinc project on course for first production in mid-2018

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources' Gamsberg zinc project, in the Northern Cape, remains on track for first production in mid-2018. Prestart activities and waste stripping at the project have progressed well, with the completion of the north access ramp – a critical milestone and part of the... 

Gamsberg zinc project on course for first production in mid-2018
ON TRACK Vedanta has excavated more than 22.5-million tonnes of waste rock while orders for the integrated process plant, water and power and mining activities have been placed

Growth aids new sales platform

By: Nica Schreuder     11th August 2017 There is cautious optimism worldwide in the future demand for valves, owing to investment in major industries, such as, besides others, mining and oil and gas, as well as related infrastructure, which has prompted growth in the valves industry this year. Industry players are hoping that this... 

Growth aids new sales platform
COMPLEXITY Despite the sophisticated nature of valves, ValveConnect emphasises that they are still commodity items accessible through an online platform

Nedbank debt-financing African mining projects to the tune of $7bn

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 Investment banking services provider Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) is providing the African mining industry with about $7-billion in debt financing products and says it remains open for business opportunities across the continent. Nedbank CIB mining finance principal Paul Miller... 

Nedbank debt-financing African mining projects to the tune of $7bn
STRICT CRITERIA Mining companies’ forecast cash flows need to be supported by scientific economic analysis that complies to a regulated standard

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence

     11th August 2017 Interest in Africa’s mineral potential is returning and there is a growing confidence in the future of the resources sector in Africa and in Africa–Australia relations, says organiser of the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference, Australian magazine publisher, Paydirt Media.  

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence
INTEGRAL EVENT The importance of Africa Down Under continues to be reflected in the number of high-profile attendees it welcomes to Australia’s mining capital each year

Efforts to reposition balance sheet, price improvements lift Glencore’s H1 earnings

By: Ilan Solomons     10th August 2017 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore said “extensive efforts” to reposition its balance sheet and propel the company’s industrial asset portfolio improvements over the last two years were reflected in its strong interim financial performance. The group on Thursday published its... 

Efforts to reposition balance sheet, price improvements lift Glencore’s H1 earnings
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Jubilee’s shares rise as it secures funding to advance metals recovery strategy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th August 2017 The share price of dual-listed Jubilee Platinum rose by as much as 9.23% on the JSE on Thursday morning, after announcing it had secured $50-million in project funding to support the growth strategy for its metals recovery business. The company has executed a funding agreement with RiverFort... 

Copper Mountain reports buoyant Q2 results

By: Henry Lazenby     8th August 2017 The TSX-listed stock of midtier miner Copper Mountain gained up to 7% on Tuesday, following the company reporting encouraging second quarter results. The company, which owns and operates the Copper Mountain mine, in southern British Columbia, expects to be ideally placed to take advantage of... 

Galileo continues review of Concordia drilling programme results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2017 Aim-listed Galileo Resources is still analysing and assessing the information generated by consultants Minxcon on the initial drilling programme at the Concordia copper project, in the Northern Cape. Under the terms of a January 2016 joint venture agreement with Shirley Hayes, Galileo obtained... 

Mantos acquires Rio Tinto's shares in Mason Resources

By: Samantha Herbst     7th August 2017 Pursuant to a share purchase agreement with diversified mining major Rio Tinto subsidiary Rio Tinto Holdings, and Canadian mineral exploration and development company Turquoise Hill Resources, Bermuda-based Mantos Copper will acquire about 13-million shares in copper development company Mason... 

Czech grants Auroch drilling approval for Tisová

By: Mariaan Webb     7th August 2017 Drilling at the historic Tisová copper mine in the Czech Republic is set to start in early September, explorer Auroch reported on Monday. An initial 12-hole drilling programme has been approved for the project, which hosts a volcanogenic massive sulphide-rich system previously mined for copper. 

Hudbay returns to Q2 profit

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 Canadian precious metals and base metals miner Hudbay Minerals achieved a net profit of $25.6-million and earnings a share of $0.11 for the three months ended June 30, compared with a net loss of $5.7-million and a loss a share of $0.02 in the second quarter of 2016. For the quarter, operating... 

Hudbay returns to Q2 profit
Photo by Hudbay Minerals
Lalor zinc, gold and coper mine, in Manitoba, Canada

Romania’s mineral resources agency endorses Rovina Valley project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th August 2017 The Romanian National Agency for Mineral Resources has endorsed the mining licence for the Rovina Valley project and has initiated the ratification process, TSX-listed Euro Sun reported on Thursday. The process would take about 90 days to complete. 

Lab closer to international accreditation of proficiency testing

By: Nadine James     4th August 2017 Laboratory service provider Qotho is one step closer to receiving ISO 17043 accreditation for its proficiency testing scheme, having been audited by national accreditation authority South African National Accreditation System (SANAS), says Qotho director and proficiency testing (PT) scheme... 

Lab closer to  international accreditation of proficiency testing
NHLANHLA MAMBA Qotho's imminent accreditation is vitally important

Conflicting Perceptions

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 There exists a clear sense of optimism in Zambia’s government circles about the future of the mining industry, particularly regarding the stability of the regulatory and fiscal regime, a stronger copper price and increased production, which the government projects will reach 850 000 in 2017 from... 

Conflicting Perceptions
Photo by AME Trade
NOT ON SAME PAGE Government’s optimism is not entirely shared by the industry owing to challenges around issues such as power, skills, bureaucratic delays and foresight concerns

Zambian copper mines urged to ‘grasp the opportunity’ as price enjoys strongest, most sustained rally

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 With the copper price hovering at around $6 000/t, the red metal is enjoying its strongest and most sustained price rally since the depths of the global commodity slump in January 2015, when it was languishing at around $4 300/t owing to slower Chinese demand, notes the Zambia Chamber of Mines... 

Zambian copper mines urged to ‘grasp the opportunity’  as price enjoys strongest, most sustained rally
BREATHING NEW LIFE With copper prices currently up about 40% from previous lows, copper mining companies are restarting stalled operations and even considering expansion

Women representation increases from ‘extreme minority’ to 13%-plus of SA’s mining workforce 

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 The local mining industry has made significant strides in executing transformation and promoting gender diversity in terms of women representation, with the number of women having increased from an “extreme minority” to exceeding 10% across different levels. According to the Chamber of Mines... 

Women representation increases from ‘extreme minority’ to 13%-plus of SA’s mining workforce
Vedanta Resources Zinc International and CMT CEO Deshnee Naidoo discusses the progress made in increasing women representation. Camerawork and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Taseko capitalises on rising copper prices, builds on 2016 success

By: Samantha Herbst     3rd August 2017 Building on its successes from 2016 and using the first half of 2017 to capitalise on rising copper prices, TSX- and NYSE-listed Taseko Mines has, over the past nine months, generated $192-million of cash flow from operations as well as $147-million in earnings from its mining operations, before... 

Taseko capitalises on rising copper prices, builds on 2016 success

DRA makes top origination appointment

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2017 Multi-disciplinary global engineering group DRA has appointed Pierre Julien to lead the company’s global origination team as executive VP origination. With more than 22 years of senior level industry experience, Julien has been tasked with identifying and accessing new business channels, seeking... 

DRA makes top origination appointment
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA Group Holdings CEO Wray Carvelas (left) with Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer in Johannesburg.
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