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Mines continue to drive sustainable value creation

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 6 hours ago The African mining industry is increasingly focusing on generating as much value as possible from mining projects to benefit all mining stakeholders and strengthen its position as a sustainable contributor to the continent’s economies, says consulting engineer Aurecon resources client director... 

De Beers’ Venetia mine launches multimillion-rand empowerment deal

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th July 2017 Diamond miner De Beers has announced the launch of a major empowerment deal related to the transportation of employees to and from its operations at the Venetia diamond mine, in Limpopo. In a high-impact, local procurement and empowerment initiative, Venetia mine, in partnership with VM Diamond... 

Deputy Minister ‘uncomfortable’ at not being consulted

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2017 Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant told Radio 702 morning anchor Xolani Gwala on Wednesday that he was “uncomfortable” at having to read about the proposed mineral rights moratorium in the newspapers. Oliphant, who has served as the deputy to three Mineral Resources Ministers,... 

Deputy Minister ‘uncomfortable’ at not being consulted
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant

Stop moratorium now, NUM instructs DMR

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday that it is deeply concerned by the current consideration by the Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane to put in place a mineral rights moratorium until the finalisation of the Mining Charter Three court challenge by the Chamber of... 

Kumba CEO Mkhwanazi concerned by Minister’s reneging  

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2017 Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi on Tuesday expressed concern about the mineral rights and mining transaction moratorium that has been gazetted by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, especially because it followed his agreement to suspend the implementation of Mining Charter Three... 

Kumba CEO Mkhwanazi concerned by Minister’s reneging
Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi reported a reinstatement of the dividend at the presentation of half-year results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Darlene Creamer. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva

Moratorium infers intention to circumvent agreement – Leon 

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2017 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,... 

Moratorium infers intention to circumvent agreement – Leon
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills’ Africa practice partner and co-chair Peter Leon

Charter’s BEE ‘top-up’ provision may be unconstitutional

     21st July 2017 The new “top-up” provision in the latest Mining Charter gazetted on June 15, may prove to be unconstitutional and may lead to further expensive legal action by the mining industry, states Fasken Martineau partner and global mining group member Nicola Jackson. In a statement published on June 15,... 

Charter’s BEE  ‘top-up’ provision may be unconstitutional
GOVERNMENT PAYING LIP SERVICE? The controversial Mining Charter’s new procurement targets stipulate that 80% of services be performed by black economic-empowerment entities

Gold refinery champions upliftment through beneficiation

By: Nadine James     21st July 2017 Precious-metal smelting and refining complex Rand Refinery is committed to its socioeconomic upliftment initiatives, which are intrinsically linked to and furthered by its core aim of refining and then creating saleable gold products, or gold beneficiation, states Rand Refinery CE Praveen... 

Gold refinery champions upliftment through beneficiation
CLASS OF 2015 The Ekurhuleni Jewellery Project has trained more than 50 people and assisted more than 20 incubatees since its inception in 2009

Lack of confidence in black businesses cripples development

By: Nadine James     21st July 2017 Materials handling and alternative mining solutions expert Ncamiso Mining is expanding its presence in Welkom, where it sees strong potential to grow and support local black-owned and black economic-empowerment (BEE) entities across the various needs of their operations in the area. However,... 

Lack of confidence in black businesses cripples development
SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP The sharing of knowledge and experience would prove invaluable to black-owned companies and, ultimately, benefit all the businesses in the mining sector

Peru miners start nationwide strike, govt sees little impact

By: Reuters     20th July 2017 Unionised workers at mines in Peru, the world's second biggest copper producer, started a nationwide strike on Wednesday to protest the government's proposed labour reforms, the head of a federation of mining unions said on Wednesday. Workers at 56 mining unions in the Andean country, including... 

BMI index shows policy determines market attractiveness in Latin America

By: Henry Lazenby     20th July 2017 With policy being of the utmost importance when determining market attractiveness, countries with reliably stable  business environments will continue to dominate the top mining risk/reward index scores in the Americas, reflecting miners' prioritisation of reducing risk, given a volatile mineral... 

Taseko gets multiyear ‘NOW’ permit for contentious New Prosperity mine

By: Henry Lazenby     19th July 2017 The provincial government of British Columbia has issued Taseko Mines with a multiyear Notice of Work (NOW) permit that will allow the base metals producer to undertake a site investigation programme at the New Prosperity gold/copper mine. The mine project, which has been nixed twice by the... 

Taseko gets multiyear ‘NOW’ permit for contentious New Prosperity mine
Photo by Reuters
First Nations demonstrators protesting against the proposed New Prosperity copper/gold project by proponent Taseko Mines

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

Tahoe goes into damage control after flagship mine suspended

By: Bloomberg     14th July 2017 Tahoe Resources, whose flagship Guatemalan mine has been suspended, is taking steps to cut costs, including possibly slowing an expansion of a project in Peru and trimming exploration. The Reno, Nevada-based company may also discuss halting its dividend at an August board meeting and might slow... 

Tahoe goes into damage control after flagship mine suspended
Photo by Tahoe Resources
Escobal, Guatemala

Burundi rare earths project on track for first production

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Rare-earth element mining company Rainbow Rare Earths says it has made significant progress towards achieving first production at its Gakara rare earths project in Burundi, East Africa, with about $6-million has been invested in the project to date. Bolstered by Rainbow’s completion of an... 

Burundi rare earths project  on track for  first production
MAIN VEIN Rainbow Rare Earths is focused on exposing Gasagwe’s main vein, at the Gakara project’s initial mining site

Largest-diameter hole reamed in Africa – contractor

     14th July 2017 The reaming phase of a 7.3-m-diameter hole at South African integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Impumelelo coal mine, in Mpumulanga, has been completed, setting an African record for the largest-diameter hole reamed to date, says South African mining company Redpath Mining. Mining... 

Largest-diameter  hole reamed in  Africa – contractor
DRILLING WORK Redpath Mining's Redbore 90EX is being to raisebore the shafts at energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Impumelelo coal mine

Mining Charter Three unpacked ahead of court hearing

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th July 2017 Ahead of the High Court of South Africa’s hearing, on July 18, to decide on an interdict to halt the implementation of the revised Mining Charter, Deloitte Africa Energy and Resources leader Andrew Lane last week said the mining industry had to take a broader view of the charter, focus and... 

Mining Charter Three unpacked ahead of court hearing
Photo by Duane Daws
MOSEBENZI ZWANE Zwane published the Mining Charter on June 15, which was received with much turbulence and controversy

Pockets of potential bode well for future

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 The expected turning point in the African mining sector has not yet occurred, owing to continued soft economic growth in emerging economies allied to uneven global economic recoveries, divergent monetary policies and significant geopolitical/social issues, which continue to create further... 

Pockets of potential bode well for future
PIONEERING TECHNOLOGY The boiler emission abatement plant at platinum miner Impala Platinum’s refinery, in Springs is believed to be the first of its kind in Africa

Years of gridlock face South Africa as new rules hurt mining 

By: Bloomberg     13th July 2017 Executives from Sibanye Gold Ltd., South Africa’s biggest gold miner, were in Los Angeles in the final stages of a roadshow with U.S. bond fund managers last month when a bombshell hit from back home. The government had introduced shock new rules requiring local mines be 30 percent black-owned in... 

Years of gridlock face South Africa as new rules hurt mining

EPA considers cancelling Clean Water Act veto on debated Pebble project, Alaska 

By: Henry Lazenby     12th July 2017 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a pre-publication federal register notice to withdraw the July 2014 Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404(c) proposed determination, which would have pre-emotively imposed restrictions on the discharge of dredged or fill material from the Pebble... 

EPA considers cancelling Clean Water Act veto on debated Pebble project, Alaska
Photo by Northern Dynasty Minerals
The controversial Pebble copper/gold project, in south-west Alaska

Guatemala court confirms suspension of Tahoe mining licences

By: Reuters     7th July 2017 Guatemala's Supreme Court on Thursday confirmed a preliminary decision to suspend two mining licenses belonging to the local unit of Canadian miner Tahoe Resources Inc, citing violation of indigenous people's rights to be consulted. The decision affects the Escobal mine, Tahoe's flagship mine and... 

Guatemala court confirms suspension of Tahoe mining licences

Diverse footprint keeps orders coming in during downturn 

By: Victor Moolman     7th July 2017 The wide geographic spread of Barloworld Equipment, the South African distributor of US-based construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s products, insulates it from the effects of mining cycles that may challenge the sustainability of some of its competitors. 

Diverse footprint keeps orders  coming in during downturn
Barloworld executive director Shane Fitzpatrick talks about the growth of the company in Africa. Camerawork: Victor Moolman.

Guatemala suspends Tahoe’s flagship Escobal mining licence

By: Henry Lazenby     6th July 2017 Canadian miner Tahoe Resources says it will approach Guatemala’s Constitutional Court after the Guatemala Supreme Court provisionally suspended the mining licence on its Escobal operation, the third-largest silver mine in the world. The court issued a temporary licence suspension after... 

Guatemala suspends Tahoe’s flagship Escobal mining licence
Photo by Tahoe Resources
The Guatemala Supreme Court has provisionally suspended the mining licence of Tahoe Resources' Escobal silver mine

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.

Disruptive tech needed in local gold sector

     30th June 2017 Trends in gold production and processing have remained largely unchanged; however, the varying nature of future gold reserves will force change and, as such, the industry needs to be prepared to invest in and employ disruptive technology, says independent process industry consultant Santosh... 

Disruptive tech needed in local gold sector
SANTOSH GUNPATH To maintain its relevance to the global gold industry, South Africa has no option but to position itself as a gold technology sector

Funding dearth, restrictive laws and lack of leadership from govt stifling SA junior miners

By: Dylan Slater     30th June 2017 The junior mining sector in South Africa has “huge potential” to grow and re-establish itself in the domestic mining environment; however, this potential is being blunted by a lack of funding, restrictive legislation and a lack of leadership from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and... 

Funding dearth, restrictive laws and lack of leadership from govt stifling SA junior miners

Implementation of hybrid renewable-diesel microgrids set to increase

By: Nadine James     30th June 2017 Mining houses’ use of microgrids and renewable energy to generate power and supplement diesel energy at isolated mining operations has been steadily increasing, says renewable-energy and microgrid consultant THEnergy. THEnergy founder and MD Dr Thomas Hillig notes that the company has been... 

Implementation of hybrid renewable-diesel microgrids set to increase
ENERGY EFFICIENT A growing confidence in renewables has ensured that the use of hybrid plants will increase

Lonmin showcases nonmining career opportunities to youth

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 In launching its Youth Month initiatives, London- and JSE-listed platinum mining company Lonmin has convened a series of career guidance workshops for learners at schools in communities around the company’s mines and in labour-sending areas to showcase a career life “beyond mining”.   Lonmin... 

Lonmin showcases nonmining career opportunities to youth
WIDENING THE HORIZON Despite communities often seeing mining as the only career opportunity and choice, Lonmin aims to expose the youth to other career opportunities

Vedanta’s KCM UK Court of Appeal hearing starts next week

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th June 2017 Global mining company Vedanta Resources and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines’ (KCM’s) UK court appeal against a decision in favour of 1 826 Zambian villagers is set to get under way next week. High Court Judge Justice Coulson last year ruled that English courts had jurisdiction to hear... 

Grassroots shareholders celebrate black-controlled manganese mine’s R300m dividend

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2017 Against the background of rising calls for radical economic transformation in South Africa’s mining sector, particularly transformation that benefits the country’s communities, grassroots shareholders of the black-controlled Ntsimbintle were last week able to celebrate the Northern Cape manganese... 

Grassroots shareholders celebrate black-controlled manganese mine’s R300m dividend
A flashback to 2003 when Ntsimbintle's Saki Macozoma, seen holding some of the hard grey manganese metal mined from the sands of Kalahari, turned the first sod at the Tshipi mine.

Black junior Wescoal set to soar 

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2017 Stripping out Wescoal’s once-off nonrecurring costs paints a pretty picture of the performance of this black-controlled coal-mining and coal-marketing junior, which has declared a dividend payout of R22-million compared with R10-million last year The once-off costs of R90-million arose from the... 

Black junior Wescoal set to soar
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer talks to Wescoal CEO Waheed Sulaiman on the company’s results in the 12 months to March 31. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva

Guatemala police clear access to Tahoe’s blocked Escobal mine

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd June 2017 Police have used teargas to clear a public road near the town of Casillas, in south-east Guatemala, of protesters blocking access to Canadian miner Tahoe Resources’ controversial Escobal mine, the third-largest silver mine in the world. The TSX- and NYSE-listed miner said in a statement on Friday... 

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

Glencore paid $4bn in taxes, royalties in 2016

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd June 2017 Triple-listed Glencore on Friday reported it had paid some $4-billion in taxes and royalties to governments in 2016. Some $1.78-billion related to payments in respect of the extractive activities under the reporting requirements of the European Union (EU) directive, the mining giant’s yearly... 

Interim Volta Grande injunction lifted; Belo Sun works to resolve federal ban

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd June 2017 Brazil-focused project developer Belo Sun Mining on Thursday reported that the Agrarian Court of Altamira has lifted the temporary injunction related to the construction licence (LI) for the Volta Grande gold project. The court in February issued a temporary 180-day injunction halting certain... 

De Beers establishes incubation hub for Kroonstad’s entrepreneurs

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 Diamond miner De Beers’ Voorspoed mine has officially unveiled its Incubation Support Programme for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) at the miner’s Zimele business hub in Kroonstad, in the Free State. The programme is aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs. Thirty-five people from... 

De Beers establishes incubation hub for Kroonstad’s entrepreneurs
Photo by De Beers
PROVIDING A HELPING HAND De Beers supply development lead Lesiba Lamola with some of the incubatees of the Incubation Support Programme

Lonmin risk manager spells out four scenarios local mines may be exposed to in 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 In the Institute of Risk Management South Africa’s (IRMSA’s) recently launched 2017 risks report, four scenarios laying out how the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) might potentially be executed are tabled. As part of ensuring that mining companies have a thorough understanding of the... 

Lonmin risk manager spells out four scenarios  local mines may be exposed to in 2017
Photo by Duane Daws
BUILDING BOUYANCY Despite being a ‘taker’, resilient mining companies are able to absorb certain factors as a result of their planning and execution processes

Mines urged to ensure their operations are socially, environmentally sustainable

By: David Oliveira     23rd June 2017 Companies across all sectors are having to toe the line and create operations that are environmentally and socially sustainable; however, the path to sustainability is often unclear in a sector largely known for generating huge profit yields with equally huge negative environmental and social... 

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