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

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 1 hour 39 minutes ago Despite reporting progress being made with discussions between stakeholders, the largest landholder in the emerging Ring of Fire (Rof) mining camp of Northern Ontario Noront Resources said Tuesday it expects further delay to development of its cornerstone Eagle’s Nest mine. The precious and base... 

MAC’s TSM initiative emerges as proven mining sustainability standard

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2017 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has released its twelfth yearly ‘Towards Sustainable Mining’ (TSM) progress report, highlighting the significant impact the initiative has had over the years to foster sustainability practices among its members. According to the MAC, Vancouver-based... 

In Peru, a smelter's future stirs fears of its toxic past

By: Reuters     13th January 2017 Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's efforts to revive a nearly 100-year-old smelting complex could overcome a crucial hurdle at a coming auction where five companies have shown interest in placing bids. But celebration is far from universal given the sprawling smelter's toxic legacy and... 

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers stage underground sit-in, no demands made

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2017 Around 1 700 workers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, in Carletonville, have staged an illegal sit-in underground, with no demands or grievances yet forthcoming. Harmony Gold on Thursday said the employees had refused to return to surface on Wednesday after the end of the morning shift, with... 

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers stage underground sit-in, no demands made

Tahltech Drilling sets up one-stop exploration shop for northwest BC’s ‘Golden Triangle’

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2016 Escalating resource exploration activity in north-west British Columbia’s rich ‘Golden Triangle’ has prompted the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC) and Geotech Drilling Services to form a new partnership to enhance drilling services. The partnership comes at a time of unfolding... 

Tahltech Drilling sets up one-stop exploration shop for northwest BC’s ‘Golden Triangle’

Latin American miners expected to persist with cost-cutting and disinvestment strategies

By: Henry Lazenby     16th December 2016 The end of the commodities super cycle continues to have a dampening effect on several South American economies, especially those that previously relied on high hydrocarbons prices to achieve high rates of growth. As well as hitting government earnings and rates of economic expansion, the... 

Latin American miners expected to persist with cost-cutting and disinvestment strategies

Sibanye Gold’s tailings project launch likely 'in next six months'  

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2016 Sibanye Gold will probably launch its West Rand Tailings Retreatment Project (WRTRP) in the next six months. The WRTRP, which aims to recover 11-million ounces of gold, 170-million pounds of uranium, as well as sulphuric acid from 1.3-billion tonnes of tailings, offers 35 years of mine life, 5... 

Sibanye Gold’s tailings project launch likely 'in next six months'
WRTRP team at Sibanye Gold.

Government ready to compensate Marikana victims – Zuma

By: News24Wire      12th December 2016 The Presidency announced on Sunday that government is ready to compensate families of the Marikana victims. "The SAPS has instructed its attorneys to make offers of payments in full settlement of claims for the claims where quantification were complete and are not under criminal investigation,"... 

Government ready to compensate Marikana victims – Zuma

Mozambique projects in sights of tax and regulatory authorities at home and abroad

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 Mozambique’s Tax Authority is monitoring the natural resources sector to ensure it collects the capital gains taxes due to it. This was affirmed by Tax Authority President Amélia Nakhare late last month. She was addressing a promotion ceremony for tax officials, at Boane in Maputo province.  

Platinum miner advancing safety initiatives

     9th December 2016 Safety is a priority at all Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) operations, emphasises the South African platinum miner, which will roll out front-drive technology and proximity detection on track-bound equipment in 2017 as part of its safety strategy. The company describes the initiative as a “major... 

Platinum miner advancing safety initiatives
SAFE AS HOUSES Impala Platinum’s safety strategy entrenches the belief that mining can be conducted without causing injury and harm

Teck, Fort Chipewyan Métis ink participation agreement for Frontier oil sands project

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2016 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources has signed a formal participation agreement with the Fort Chipewyan Métis Local 125, identifying several economic benefits while creating opportunities for meaningful engagement and communication with the indigenous group, as the proposed Frontier oil... 

Zambian town must diversify to survive eventual mine closure

     2nd December 2016 Diversified miner China Non-Ferrous Metals Mining Company’s (CMNC’s) 2009 acquisition of the Luanshya copper mine and the mine’s subsequent success reinvigorated the mining town’s economy, says local small and medium-sized business association Luanshya District Business Association (LDBA).... 

Zambian town must diversify to survive eventual mine closure
DOWN BUT NOT OUT Although Baluba's underground operation has been put on care and maintenance, the openpit mine is doing very well

Crude pipeline approvals attract reaction straddling both sides of argument

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2016 Tuesday's approval by the federal Liberal government of Kinder Morgan’s C$6.8-billion Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) project and Enbridge’s C$7.5-billion Line 3 Replacement project has drawn equally strong praise and criticism from Canadian business and civic organisations. Gathering almost... 

Crude pipeline approvals attract reaction straddling both sides of argument
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Protesters walk down Robson Street in opposition to Canada's decision to approve Kinder Morgan's pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific coast, in Vancouver

PTM’s Maseve ramp-up dogged by DMR safety blitzes

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2016 The ramp up of South Africa-focused miner Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s)  cornerstone Maseve mine has been hampered in recent weeks by safety blitzes in the North West province by the inspectorate branch of South Africa's Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The company noted on Tuesday that... 

Trudeau govt approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines, rejects Northern Gateway

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2016 Canada’s Liberal federal government under leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved two out of three contentious crude oil pipelines in the country, critical infrastructure needed to get Canada’s vast oil reserves to new markets. In a landmark decision, the Trudeau government has... 

Trudeau govt approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines, rejects Northern Gateway

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
Photo by Duane Daws
Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter and Chamber of Mines Senior Executive Public Affairs and Transformation Tebello Chabana

Côte d’Ivoire to benefit from joint Randgold, Newcrest exploration

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2016 Côte d’Ivoire, which is fast becoming the darling of mining investors, will soon be on the beneficial receiving end of a joint Randgold Resources and Newcrest exploration thrust in the south-east of the West African country. London-listed gold discoverer and developer Randgold announced on Friday... 

Côte d’Ivoire to benefit from joint Randgold, Newcrest exploration
Photo by Duane Daws
Randgold CEO Mark Bristow

Diamcor reports ‘excellent progress’ at Krone-Endora project

By: Ilan Solomons     18th November 2016 South Africa-focused diamond producer Diamcor Mining continues to make “excellent progress” at its Krone-Endora at Venetia diamond project in Limpopo. The Canadian-headquartered company’s 5 888 ha Krone-Endora project is located directly adjacent to De Beers’ flagship Venetia diamond mine and its... 

Diamcor reports ‘excellent progress’ at Krone-Endora project
KRONE-ENDORA, DRY-SCREENING PLANT The project is opencast, employing low-cost strip-mining methods and has the potential for an initial 15-year operational lifespan

Mining major committed to SLP adherence

     18th November 2016 In the face of global and domestic economic challenges, the need for mining major Anglo American to make a positive, sustainable contribution to society is perhaps greater than ever, says Anglo American South Africa executive head Andile Sangqu. “We have not compromised in our efforts towards... 

Mining major committed to SLP adherence
UNION MINE Anglo American Platinum handed over 19 social and labour plan projects to the Rustenburg community

Mining promoted before protection of communities

By: Nadine James     18th November 2016 Many of the deficits pertaining to the implementation of social and labour plans (SLPs) reflect a legal regime established by the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) that, despite defined transformative objectives, primarily targets the promotion of mining activity rather than... 

Mining promoted before protection of communities
Photo by Reuters
LIVING IN MINING"S SHADOW Despite attempts to ensure that communities benefit from mining activity, the legislation surrounding social and labpur plans is flawed and skewed in the mining company's favor

Software solution enhances compliance, reduces costs

By: Nadine James     18th November 2016 The social and labour plan (SLP) management solution from governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software company IsoMetrix ensures increased compliance with the Mining Charter, the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) SLP... 

Software solution enhances compliance, reduces costs
DASHBOARD CONFESSIONALS IsoMetrix's Social and Labour Plan Management solution includes several dashboards that provide real-time data for informed decision-making.

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

Another Chinese firm pockets Tenke stake as Lundin sells share for $1.14bn

By: Henry Lazenby     15th November 2016 Canadian base metals miner Lundin Mining has agreed to sell its effective 24% stake in the Democratic Republic of Congo-based Tenke Fungurume mine for $1.14-billion to a Chinese private equity firm, the company said in a statement late Monday. Lundin will sell its 30% indirect interest in... 

Another Chinese firm pockets Tenke stake as Lundin sells share for $1.14bn

Hudbay resumes Constancia ops on peaceful brokered resolution

By: Henry Lazenby     11th November 2016 Base metals miner Hudbay Minerals has resumed operations at its Constancia mine, in Peru, after negotiating a peaceful resolution regarding occupation of the openpit area, with support from the Peruvian government, the company reported Friday. The Canadian miner on Tuesday called a halt to... 

Consultancy assists miner in relocation of KZN community

By: Dylan Slater     11th November 2016 Planning for the start of mining at the KwaZulu-Natal-based Zulti South lease area, mineral sands miner Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has been working closely with mining consultancy SRK Consulting to ensure that its resettlement strategy continues to enhance both the company’s social licence to... 

Consultancy assists miner in relocation  of KZN community
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT The role of an experienced resettlement practitioner is integral in providing practical management solutions

Final position on regulations requires greater impetus

By: Victor Moolman     11th November 2016 Although government has shown a willingness to consider the concerns raised by industry regarding the recently promulgated Financial Provisioning Regulations under the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) and softening some of the “hard edges”, greater urgency in establishing a clear... 

Final position on regulations requires greater impetus
MINE ACIDITY The new regulations should help to decrease the acidity of the acid mine water discharge from mines that have been closed

Majority of Southern Africans ‘desperately poor’ despite region’s mineral endowment

By: David Oliveira     11th November 2016 Despite its mineral resources, the South African Development Community (SADC) region had the worst health and poverty gap on the planet, Bench Marks Foundation chairperson Dr Jo Seoka said at the foundation’s two-day conference, which was held in Johannesburg last month.   He added that while a... 

First Quantum rubbishes Zambian arbitration claims

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2016 Base metals miner First Quantum Minerals on Wednesday rubbished two claims by Zambia government-owned ZCCM International Holdings (ZCCM), filed days apart, which seek to recover money involved in transactions between First Quantum and certain subsidiaries. ZCCM is a 20% shareholder in the... 

Hudbay calls temporary halt to Constancia ops

By: Henry Lazenby     9th November 2016 Canadian base metals producer HudBay Minerals on Tuesday announced it has temporarily suspended operations at its Constancia mine, in Peru, as a result of trespassers in the openpit area. The TSX- and NYSE-listed miner said the decision was needed to maintain employee safety, as well as that of... 

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

Trumpism doesn’t play in Canada, which just eased takeover rules

By: Bloomberg     4th November 2016 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, bucking a global trend toward greater protectionism, will loosen foreign takeover rules for more than 50 Canadian publicly traded companies next year, including those in mining, oil and marijuana production. Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced this week Canada... 

Trumpism doesn’t play in Canada, which just eased takeover rules

Randgold earmarks slice of orebody value for mine communities

By: Martin Creamer     4th November 2016 The sustainability activity of gold-mining company Randgold Resources is built on the premise of devoting part of the value of its orebodies to communities around its mines, in a way that aims to elevate the quality of life and leave an ongoing economic legacy after the orebody has been mined... 

Randgold earmarks slice of orebody value for mine communities
Photo by Duane Daws
Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow

Africa a focus for energy solutions in mining

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 The global mining industry risks wasting millions of dollars if greater emphasis is not placed on its employing renewable-energy solutions, such as solar photovoltaic (PV) technology and biogas, according to global nonprofit organisation Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR).  

Africa a focus for energy solutions in mining
SUNSHINE FOR MINES Greater emphasis should be placed on employing renewable-energy solutions in the mining industry

Caterpillar to invest $1bn in Africa over next five years

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th November 2016 US mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, its independent dealers and the Caterpillar Foundation are to invest $1-billion in business, education and training across Africa over the next five years, chairperson and CEO Doug Oberhelman announced at the US-Africa Business Forum in New York, last... 

Caterpillar to invest $1bn in Africa over next five years
Photo by Duane Daws
EMPOWERING AFRICA Since 2010, Caterpillar has invested about $50-million to support projects in Africa that improve the lives of those living in poverty

Coltan processing technology developed for Africa advances

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 Mining and metals company AB Minerals is introducing a new disruptive processing technology, which has been developed to assist African columbite–tantalite (coltan) mining countries with the low-cost production of metallurgical-grade tantalum powder and niobium oxide using an industrial-scale... 

Coltan processing technology  developed for Africa advances
FOCUS ON AFRICA The Great Lakes region is the world’s largest producer of coltan and a key location for AB Minerals' first processing plant

Foreign demand still drives African mining

By: Sascha Solomons     4th November 2016 Africa’s mining and quarrying activities continue to be characterised by export-oriented activities and, as a result, the mining sector of this mineral-rich continent is driven primarily by the commodities appetite of the world’s largest economies. “While this is great for mining States in Africa... 

Foreign demand still drives African mining
JACQUES ERASMUS To become globally competitive, emerging economies in Africa are looking to leverage the latest technological advancements

Vedanta-supported mobile clinic screens hundreds for various diseases

By: Dylan Slater     28th October 2016 Northern Cape-based zinc, lead, silver and copper mining operation Black Mountain Mining (BMM) – an operation of diversified natural resources company Vedanta – assisted more than 600 vulnerable people without access to private health care to receive “life saving” early detection of breast,... 

Vedanta-supported mobile clinic screens hundreds for various diseases
RAISING AWARENESS Black Mountain Mining’s PinkDrive mobile clinic assisted more than 600 people without medical aid

Vale Canada fined C$1m for mine fatality

By: Henry Lazenby     26th October 2016 An Ontario provincial court has levied a C$1-million fine – the second-highest ever – against Vale Canada, after one worker died and another was critically injured while attempting to clear a jam in a rock-crushing machine at a plant near Sudbury. Vale Canada pleaded guilty and has been fined an... 

Vale Canada fined C$1m for mine fatality
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